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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  THE T ELEGRAPH  Neighbors  Alton Memorial Hospital continues history of helping  PageB-l  Vol. 164, No. 24 — 50 cents  The outlook Partly sunny and warmer; high near 60, lownear46 ' Page BS  Hoops action  Class A girls regionals tip off tonight  Page C-l  Monday, February 8,1999  Heavy rain  causes  flooding  The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES  Left to right Dawn Logan, 16, Amber Newby, 10, and Courtney Newby, 7, all of South Roxana try to stay dry as they walk down Park Street In South Roxana that was flooded Sunday because of backed up sewers from the heavy rains Sunday morning.  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  SOUTH ROXANA -Saturday’s heavy overnight rain left its mark on several residents of South Roxana when they awoke to flooded yards and streets Sunday morning.  Most of the flooding was contained in the area bordered *by Sinclair, Indiana, Madison and Park streets where residents are getting used to seeing standing water.  South Roxana resident Darrell Williams owns rental property at 1006 Park Street  where puddles from the street were so deep that passing cars sloshed waves of water into the home.  “We usually only see it this bad when we get so much rain over a short period of time," Williams said. “I had to sandbag the front door so water wouldn’t go in. I really have to commend our street department though, they are doing a great job for (understaffed.)  ."The problem is that the sewer drains are plugged up. I was out there earlier this morning in waders and pulled a lot of trash from the cul-  ■ See FLOODING, Page A-7  Church is reaching out with multipurpose plans  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  FOSTERBURG - Members of the First Baptist Church gather for Sunday morning worship to sing and praise the Lord just like their ancestors did in 1857.  The Rev. Rodney Annis stands in the church pulpit to preach the good news of the gospel like the Rev. Carl Becker did 1*25 years ago to pioneers who settled in Fosterburg.  “The message of God has been going forth for 142 years from our church,” said Annis, pastor of the historic First Baptist Church.  Members of the church are reaching to new heights to build a multipurpose center in the community where the church has its spiritual roots.  “We’re planning to build a multipurpose building with a gymnasium to reach out to people of all ages, especially children," said Annis, who proudly displayed the architect’s drawings  Telegraph  Towns  of the church facility.  The 14,000-square-foot center will be added to the beautiful brick church on Fosterburg Road in the heart of Fosterburg  “We’ll break ground in April,” Annis said. “It’ll be a big day in the life of our church ”  The church has been in the center of life of residents of Fosterburg since 1857 when the farming community was first platted by Oliver  - P.    and Lucinda Foster.  Fifteen German immigrants such as Carl Hummert, August Ploeger and Herbert Keiser organized the German Baptist Church 142 years ago in the growing prairie town of Fosterburg. “The church members spoke German and kept the church records in German until 1889 when the name was changed from German Baptist to First Baptist," Annis said  The town history shows that the first Baptist church was built in 1865, the same year that hometown boys from Fosterburg were fighting with the 80th illinois Regiment in the Civil War  ■ See CHURCH Page A-7  The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES Terry W. Richison, master magician and illusionist, center, gets some help from his brother Larry Richison, right, as he performs a feat of magic and cuts assistant Jeri Bortz in half Sunday during the performance of “It’s Magic” at Alton High School.  Magic tricks a treat at AHS  Consolidated election easy on county’s wallet  EDITOR ’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part part series about the upcoming consolidated April election,  GOPAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The April 13 election is going to be unlike any other, says Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida.  Although the adjustment to a consolidated election will be difficult for Von Nida and his staff, the savings to the county are expected to be great.  School board races, which used to be in November, will coincide with political races. Other groups having something on the ballot may include: townships, municipal libraries, library districts, community college boards, regional boards of school  trustees and fire protection districts.  An additional 73 offices will be voted for in April. Von Nida said he expects the county will save about $100,000 in election judge salaries alone.  “Instead of being paid two times a year, they’ll only be paid once,” added Von Nida, who said judges are paid on a per diem of $100 per day.  The consolidated format was supported by the Illinois State Board of Elections in 1997 because of the traditionally low turnout for November elections.  Cook and Du Page counties in northern Illinois have held consolidated elections for the past IO years. Legislators decided to put the plan into law this year for the rest of the state.  ■ See ELECTION, Page A-7  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — It was magic at the Alton High School auditorium Sunday as master magician and illusionist Terry .Richison presented “Ifs Magic” during an Easter Seals fund-raiser over the weekend. Richison performed on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.  Before an audience of approximately 200,  Richison performed his magical feats and blended them with humor. To the delight of the audience, he asked for assistance on nearly every trick  A participant named Sandy helped Richison cut ropes apart and make them whole again, a duo named Chris and Rich followed Richison’s instructions to burn a $1 bill and the audience  ■ See MAGIC, Page A-7  Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Bulletin Board .B-2  Comics D-2  Editorial ......A-4  Nation/World . .A-8  Obituaries A-5  Cleaver, Crossman, Evans, Fletcher, Golenor, Herzog, Jegel, Klein,  Niemeier, Nirsch, Stromske, Surratt Scoreboard ... .C-2  Television D-3  Weather.......D-4  Overturned law provides key to early release for prisoners  By MICHAEL HAYES  Telegraph staff writer  More than 30 prisoners in Madison County will be getting out of jail early after a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision overturned a 1995 truth-in-sentencing law.  State’s Attorney Bill Haine and Attorney General Jim Ryan are not the happy about the decision.  “It’s a manifest injustice to the peace of Illinois,” Haine said. “There should be a mechanism for a resentencing.”  Nearly 2,600 criminals were sentenced under the law,  ■ See RELEASE, Page A-7  Early prison releases by county  Number of prisoners to be released in each county due to* an overturned 1995 truth-in-sentencing law  35  30  25  20  15  10  5  34  2 1 0  Madison    Greene    Macoupin    Jersey    Calhoun  County    County    County    County    County  SOURCE Illinois Department of Correction  110 N. Adams Parkway  r&  CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUNO POOLS (1998 models in fleck) limited quantity  LAYAWAY NOW FOP SPRING  ;m< »ouno moi  SALE PRICED   

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