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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 true craftsman Remodeling produced a beautiful house but no maid PageCl Vol 164 No 15 50 centiT Getting ready for Garden Expo Theyre tops Lady Hawks ranked first instate PageBl Qoudywitha chance of showers High 50 Low 38 PageDfi Read about all the moments that made the papal visit such a special event Coming Sunday The SMITH Master Gardeners from the Madison County branch of the University of Illinois Extension Service work on their display which will be part of the Weekend Garden Expo March 2021 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville The women are from left Judy Smejkal of Troy Juanita Palmier of Glen Carbon and Mary McCauley of Collinsville The display will feature a raised bed garden with flowering plants and a walkway leading to a country cottage Smurf it m closes down Last workers leave plant By LINDA Telegraph staff writer ALTON A skeleton crew at SmurfitStone paper mill worked its last day Friday the final chapter in the mills shutdown The employees had remained at the plant 10 Cut after the company termi nated its paper mill operations Dec 1 At that lime there were 238 employees but only about 70 of them remained on as office workers and supervisors Company officials refused to discuss the closing or reveal how many people had remained at the Smurfit mill through Friday One office employee said all or nearly all of the work ers were finishing their jobs Friday at the plant including herself and the general man ager who could not be reached for comment Corporate officials in both See SMURFIT Page A7 The SMITH Friday was the last day of operations at the SmurfitStone paper mill in Alton Extreasurer derides Bathon action By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Fred Bathon didnt need to spend nearly of the countys money for new equipment for mer Madison County Treasurer Bill Aery said Bathon moved from auditor to treasurer in December bringing with him furniture printers and other items that were charged to the auditors office before his transfer Everything he needed to run the office was in said Aery RGodfrey who was treasurer until December If he wound up with left in the auditors budget he should have given it back to See BATHON Page A7 Businesses may get 911 delay By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Gov George Ryan is expected to sign a bill that gives business es an additional year to imple ment a plan to improve emer gency telephone service We dont plan to object because most businesses dont know about it and would not be able to implement it in said David Whipple Madison County 911 coordina tor Whipple is also president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association Whipple said his organiza tion was willing to go along with the delay in the first place because the measure was attached to a bill calling for improvements in cellular or wireless phone emergency service However the bill concerning See 911 Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C6 Editorial Horoscope C2 C4 Allen Berry Bowker Cox Gallup Gross Kuklis Minton Mitch Navarre ScoreboardB2 Business owners leery of police station plans By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON Business owners at the corner of Broadway and Washington Avenue are apprehensive about the citys plans to build a police station on the site I have a lot of equipment here that would be expensive to said Norman Matsche owner of Rivertronics 1704 Broadway No one with the city has ever talked to me except for a Realtor asking me to Rivertronics is one of five businesses that would have to be razed to make way for the police station The city is also waiting for an environmental study of two former gas station sites in the area to determine if contaminated soil would have to be removed City officials said they have options to buy 75 percent of the 30 parcels of property We dont want to push any body out of Mayor Don Sandidge said We will do anything we can to keep them in Sandidge said he has asked The B ADM AN Norman Matsche of Rivertronics 1704 Broadway is less than thrilled with the prospect of moving his business to make room for a new police station the architect on the project to offer alternatives to buying out the businesses The mayor said it may be possible to eliminate some parking areas and allow the businesses to stay He said the city may offer the businesses a chance to move to the business park planned across Broadway at the old OwensIllinois glass plant He said federal grants may be available to help Matsche with moving expenses Rivertronics and Matsches other company Datatronics employ about 20 people Matsche specializes in radar and communications electron ics for boats operating on the Mississippi River He sells and maintains large equipment for barges See STATION Page A7
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