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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Big Mac is back  Fans flock  for McGwire  autograph  Page C-l  Monday  January 25, 1999  The outlook    j Boys and Gills Club  Partly sunny and    j New director  I continues to    j  i broaden    *  j services ■fear  Page IM :    Page    B-l    -M-    j  cooler. High 38; low 28  Alton fails to attract film theater   www.tliet.legraph.com     SERVING    THE    RIVER    BEND    SINCE    1836  Heights and O’Fallon.  The company also opened a 14-screen theater complex at Jamestown Mall in St. Louis County last fall.  Kerasotes Theaters operate Eastgate Theater in East Alton, Roxana Cine in Roxana and Showplace 12 and Cottonwood Theater, both in Edwardsville.  Don Miller, president of the River Bend Growth Association, said no companies appear to be interested in the Alton area.  “We have looked and not had any encouragement at all,” Miller said. “None of the companies have responded.  ■ See THEATER. Page A-7  Vol. 164 No. 9 50 cents  Page IM  The Grand Theater on Market Street is a possible site for a new theater in Alton.  Winging if Author to speak on  eagles  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Alton officials are having difficulty bringing a new movie theater complex to the city.  “We have sent 17 letters to theater companies across the country and no luck in finding interest,” said Rita Backstrom, associate director of the city’s department of business and economic development.  The Alton Cine, which was at 2640 Claire Ave., has been closed since April 1998. The former operators of the building, Wehrenberg Theatres TU t i -____________ Inc.,    operate multitheater  The Telegraph/RUbb bMiTH    ,    ^  complexes in Fairview  SIUE ‘a microcosm’ of drug resurgence  EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series about the increased use of psychedelic drugs in the area.  By STEVE WHITWORTH  Telegraph staff writer  Even as the new millennium approaches, retro is in. The 1960s and 1970s perhaps never have been as popular as they are now.  “That ‘70s Show” is one of television’s latest hits. Burger King has an advertising campaign that uses disco music and guys in leisure suits. Volkswagen’s campaign for its new version of the Beetle uses psychedelic images and music echoing the car’s popularity in the ‘60s.  And it’s not just the music and the fashion of the ‘60s and ‘70s that are back in vogue.  Psychedelic drugs are mak  ing a comeback, as well.  Several cases involving “magic” mushrooms, which induce hallucinations, have been reported recently in the area.  One of those cases occurred at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where police charged a young woman with felony drug possession for allegedly having a small amount of hallucinogenic mushrooms.  At the time of her arrest, SIUE Police Chief Rich Harrison said he couldn’t recall seeing mushrooms seized on campus “since the Mississippi River Festival.” He was referring to the annual on-campus series of concerts during the 1970s that eventually was dropped largely because of problems with drug activity.  ■ See DRUG, Page A-7  Good : Mornidg  Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin BoardA-6;B-2  Classifieds C-5  Comics.......D-2  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope D-2  Nation/world .B-3,4  Obituaries A-5  Anthony, Carver, Haine, Jackson, Koster,  Straub, Tolliver Scoreboard ... .C-2 Television D-3  theteiegraph.com  Village gears up for Lewis and Clark festivities  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  HARTFORD - Village officials are beginning to look at how the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center will affect the village.  “Hartford is a small industrial town,” said Deanna Barnes, administrative assistant for Hartford. “We are working very hard to rise to the occasion to host America during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 2003-2006.  “This is a chance to expand our commercial development within the village.”  Barnes said she hopes the village can grow economically through new businesses moving to Hartford.  ■ See VILLAGE, Page A-7  Eldred historic stop on scenic byway  u\ Tisitors who drive through Eldred V will see some of the most beautiful country in the United States.”  Joe Beiermann  mayor  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  ELDRED - Eileen Cunningham was a child in the 1920s when she fell in love with the beauty of the majestic bluffs along the river coun-  Telegraph Lir* Towns  most beautiful farm in Greene County in the scenic Cole Creek Valley,” Cunningham, 78, said.  As a 10-year-old country girl, she milked “Old Lillie”  the farm cow every morning and walked two miles along the countryside to the one-room North Lincoln country school.  “You can stand on the magnificent bluffs at Eldred and see three miles across the Illinois River into Calhoun  County,” said Cunningham, a Greene County historian.  The quiet, quaint bluff town of Eldred has a prominent place on the 50-mile National Scenic Byway, which stretches from Alton along Grafton to Eldred then across the Illinois River to Kampsville.  Eldred Mayor Joe Beiermann will be proud to show off his community to visitors from across the country.  “Visitors who drive through Eldred will see some of the most beautiful country in the United States.”  The past of Eldred has been preserved forever by Cunningham’s late sister, Norma Smith Newtown, in a 269-page book “My sister, Norma, handwrote her memories of growing up in Eldred, and we published her history in 1990,”  ■ See ELDRED, Page A-7  Right to Life vigil  I ne leiegrapn/MMnuit m o#\nweo  Rep. John Shimkus addresses a crowd Sunday in front of the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville during a prayer vigil sponsored by The Glen-Ed Right to Life organization.  FAST EDDIE’S ”  BON AIR ^  BROADWAYAT PEARL  9  ort EAT FOO P  JSC  Thursday, Jan 28  L  Friday, Jan 29  "STONEBRMER'^WILICHT WMT  Saturday, Jan 30  "FANTASY"   

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