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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 mite-'  A true‘craftsman’ ; Remodeling produced a beautiful house, i i but no maid  PageC-1 •  # They’re tops  Lady Hawks ranked first instate  Page B-l  The outlook Cloudy with a chance of showers; High 50,  Lew 38  Page IM  Vol. 164, No. 15 — 50 cents  emnmmmBwmaTmnnmwMniiiiiiiriiiHOi»iwmw in im him i i ngi iw—n> miitm » i nmm  Saturday, January 30,1999  A look back  Read about all the moments that made the papal visit such a special event  Coming Sunday  www.thetelegraph.com   Getting ready for Garden Expo  Smurfit mill closes down  Last workers leave plant  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — A skeleton crew at Smurfit-Stone Corp.’s paper mill worked its last day Friday, the final chapter in the mill’s shutdown.  The employees had remained at the plant, IO Cut St., after the company terminated its paper mill operations Dec. I.  At that time 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 workers were finishing their jobs Friday at the plant, including herself and the general manager, who could not be reached for comment.  Corporate officials in both  ■ See SMURFIT, Page A-7  The Teiegraph/RUSS SMITH Friday was the last day of operations at the Smurfit-Stone paper mill in Alton.  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Ex-treasurer derides Bathon action  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Fred Bathon didn’t need to spend nearly $20,000 of the county’s money for new equipment, former 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 auditor’s office before his transfer.  “Everything he needed to  run the office was in there,” said Aery, K-Godfrey, who was treasurer until December.  “If he wound up with $20,000 left in the auditor’s budget, he should have given it back to  ■ See BATHON, Page A-7  The Telegraph/RUSS 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 20-21 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.  Businesses may get 911 delay  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Gov. George Ryan is expected to sign a bill that gives businesses an additional year to implement a plan to improve emergency telephone service.  “We don’t plan to object, because most businesses don’t know about it and would not be able to implement it in time,” 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 organization 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 A-7     Area/Illinois .    A-3,8    Allen, Berry, Bowker,      Bulletin Board    .A-6    Cox, Gallup, Gross,      Business ...    . .D-1    Kuklis, Minton, Mitch,      Classifieds ..    . .C-6    Navarre          Comics.....    . .C-2    Religion ...    ... .C-5      Editorial ----    . A-4    Scoreboard    ... .B-2      Horoscope ..    ..C-2    Stocks ----    ... .D-2      Nation/world .    . .C-4    Television    ... .C-3      Obituaries . . .    A-5    Weather .    . . D-6     or  MO    St.    Louis,    MO  New Shipment of  ALLS a HITCHES and     New Hours          Mon-Sat          8am - 7pm          Sunday          10am - 5 pm         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 city’s plans to build a police station on the site.  “I have a lot of equipment here that would be expensive to move,” said Norman Matsche,    owner    of  Rivertronics    Inc.,    1704  Broadway. “No one with the city has ever talked to me except for a Realtor asking me to sell.”  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 don’t want to push anybody out of business,” Mayor Don Sandidge said “We will do anything we can to keep them in Alton.”  Sandidge said he has asked  The Teleuiaph/JOHN BADMAN  Norman Matsche of Rivertronics Inc., 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 Owens-Illinois glass plant.  He said federal grants may be available to help Matsche with moving expenses  Rivertronics and Matsche’s other company, Datatronies,  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 A-7   

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