Good afternoon. This is Gene Edwards with the
local news brought to you by Citizen's Bank.
In the headlines today: new traffic rates, a fire at a downtown
restaurant, a welcome end to the city workers' strike, and a final
score on the Little League baseball championship.
Remember that today new overtime parking rates went into effect all
over the city. Yellow tickets for parking overtime at a downtown
meter will now cost two dollars if paid within twenty-four hours.
The old rate was one dollar. The cost goes up from three dollars to
five dollars if paid after the twenty-four-hour period. Red tickets
will now cost four dollars, up a dollar from the old three-dollar
An early morning fire that started in the kitchen of the Chalet
Restaurant, 1400 Market Street, caused extensive damage to the
restaurant and to the adjoining Jones Jewelry Store.
Both the restaurant and the jewelry store suffered smoke and water
damage. Fire Chief Bill Howard estimated the loss in excess of one
hundred thousand dollars on the buildings alone. Owners had not
estimated the loss of contents by news time.
Roofs on several nearby buildings were ignited, but quickly
extinguished. The cause of the fire is not known.
Mayor Carl Rogers said that a tentative agreement had been reached
last night with city workers, ending the strike which had disrupted
city services since last Monday.
Rogers said that Union Local one-fifty of City Employees had been
granted a contract guaranteeing them a ten-cent-an-hour raise for
this year and a twenty-five-cent-an-hour raise for next year.
Members of the Local are expected to report back to their jobs
Little League baseball Friday night featured games in both the lower
and upper divisions. In the lower division, the Pirates lost to the
Tigers by only one run. The final score on that game was seven-six.
In the upper division, the Red Sox defeated the White Sox eight to
five in a play-off to determine the winner of the city championship.
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