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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 2, 2008, Alton, Illinois ALL AROUND See what is happening in the River Bend SPECIAL AVOID THE Its in to protect your skin from sun Pantry director recognized NFL TRAINING Rams prepare for scrimmage TELEGRAPH 50 201 Serving the River Bend since 1836 August 2008 Machinists on strike at dealerships REPORTED FIRST AT The JIM BOWLING Members of Machinists Union Local 313 picket Friday morning outside of the Closed service garage at Quality Pontiac in About 90 union employees from six area dealerships are on The main dispute machinists say they have is their contention that their current health Insur ance plans are being traded in for lesser but will cost them more money in the long By AMBER RUSSELL For The Telegraph The service bays at several area auto dealerships stood empty Friday and may remain that way for awhile after work ers from Machinists Union Local 313 went on Talks broke down Thursday when union representa tives were dis cussing the end of their con tract with area dealers who are part of the Automobile Dealers Pickets went up Friday morning at Roberts Quality Pontiac GMC and and Piasa Lincoln Mercury dealerships in Workers from Cassens and Sons in Glen Carbon and Weber Chevrolet and Koetting Ford in Granite City also are because the mechanics and service writers said they feel that they are not getting the benefits and pay schedule they About 90 union employees are on which could affect business in the The main dispute machinists have is the fact that their current health insurance plans are being traded in for lesser poli but will cost them more money hi the long See Page A JUNK MAN RIVER Mississippi filled with debris during high water By LINDA WELLER The Telegraph ALTON Theres lots of junk in the Mississippi dislodged by June flooding and carried along by continued ele water levels prompting officials to warn boaters to be extra The river is and peo ple need to be safe out there there is a lot of debris said Nicole spokes woman for the Louis District of the Army Corps of The water is up as it it brings a lot of debris with Final defendant pleads guilty in Alton killing Reginald Stegall faces up to 20 years for murder The BOWLING Mark Pullen of Wood River picks up a rusted piece of metal and other garbage off the shoreline of the Mississippi River next to the village of Elsah while looking for fossil rocks Thursday afternoon with his George and Mark Pullen Larger amounts of trash than usual have been spotted ashore or in the river especially since it has risen above flood level again this Added to the threat of float ing entire trees and chunks of the Mississippi River again is above flood stage and flowing That river is really power she It was supposed to crest Saturday at feet at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 and decrease to feet by Flood stage is 21 feet at that Alton Although current flooding is less severe than that in the higher waters forced the Rivers Project Office in West to temporarily close its access areas because of ris ing river Maple Island in West Alton and the Low Water Dam on Chouteau Island in Madison also closed last week because of By SANFORD SCHMIDT The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE A prosecutor said she plans to ask for a 20year prison sen tence for a 20yearold Alton man who pleaded guilty Friday to murder in the fatal shooting of a 17yearold Reginald Stegall admit ted in Madison County Circuit Court that he was the driver of the Stegall SUV which drove by the James Center in where Scott Dink Garner was shot to death on June Assistant Madison County States Attorney Susan Jensen agreed to drop a See Page A Feds may help flooded property owners in Grafton See Page A7 By JILL MOON The Telegraph GRAFTON Property owners who sustained flood related damages could be eli gible for federal help if the citys preapplication is The Illinois Emergency Management Agency informed city officials that Grafton would be eligible to participate in the Hazard See Page A Mostly sunny HIGH LOW 68 DRAWING BY WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AREA NATION STOCKS TELEVISION mmm ACCENT finds at Grafton market NEWS Cemetery cleanup planned Saturday CHECK US OUT ON lit myspace Bioc BULLETIN Dennis Grubaugh Former publisher gets a tip of the From The City Desk City Calling all RIVER BEND MOMS Join the conversation about all things modern V u INFO CENTER GAS PRICES Everything you need to know about the River Bend Let our map of area fuel prices show you f where to fill up provided by Tessmer
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