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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Region Christians bringing The Witness throughout area Page Dl cents The outlook Partly cloudy and mild high near low near 39 PagelM Sports Jeff Gordon races to win at Daytona 500 PageCl February you marry me V Kris reads the many reasons he loves Erica Kinder during his surprise proposal Sunday dur ing their walk through the woods off Worden Street in Petree gives an engage ment ring to his future bride Erica The BARNES Proposal along memary lane By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Visions of romance and flowers are what Valentines Day is all about in the but a young couple in Alton probably topped the imagination of a Hollywood screenwriter with their After enduring years of the heart break of first separations and the offagain pain of a longdistance Kris Petree and Erica Kinder have final ly decided to tie the In a last but wellplanned surprise Kris took Erica on a walk reminiscent of their junior high school romance where he had care fully hidden a a rose and a can The couples story began nine years ago when they met and fell in love during junior high They dated happily until Kris a minister at Cherry Street Baptist was transferred to That was in June Petree We tried to keep things going See Page A7 Community leader dies at age 88 By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Longtime com and education leader Robert died Saturday at his Alton Minsker was wellknown in the Alton area for his leadership in a variety of roles for the betterment of the A 1934 graduate of the University of Minsker played varsity football and remained an avid Illini Best known for his active involve ment in Minsker was a member of the Alton School Board for 13 nine of those as Minsker He was also a member of the found ing Board of Directors for Lewis and Clark Community College on which he served for seven and was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Council of Metropolitan Many of the areas leaders in edu cation were saddened to hear of Minskers Alton Superintendent of Schools Michael Beaber What a In my view Bob Minsker was one of the most compas caring men I have ever He was a wonderful asset to the community and especially to disad vantaged He was an inspiration to many of us in education and his death is a great He was I See Page A7 SIU president chosen to chair task force By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The president of Southern Illinois University has been named chairman of a national task force on teacher Ted presides over the and Carbondale campus is chairman of a task force that includes 35 top cators The task force is I going to study ways to improve the quali ty of teachers enter ing the education job Of roughly undergraduate Sanders students at 942 are majoring in secondary and special university spokesman Keith Nichols The members include college and university heads of higher education chief academ ic deans and representatives from school districts all over the The task force was established by the president of the American Council on in cooperation with other higher education Our goal is to provide a visible national presence for advocacy of promising steps that can be taken to improve the quality of teachers enter ing the nations Sanders See Page A7 Specialty deficiency Teachers difficult to find for specialized subjects NOTE This is the second of a three part series about possible teacher shortages locally and in light of deficits in other parts of the United By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer Although educators arent going as faras spying there is a shortage of teachers in the they do admit that filling some job slots takes extra We never have had much problem said Roxana School Superintendent We have a good reputation in the educational community and the certified staff has a good con always difficult for a school district to hire people in certain core areas such as math or sci because with their educational backgrounds they can work in the business world where the pay See Page A7 The SMITH James a teacher in the vocational welding class at the Johnson Center in demonstrates a plasma arc cutter to his from Anthony David and Ryan Bulletin Wilson Pocahontas residents are proud of legendary name By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer POCAHONTAS Residents of Pocahontas are proud of the legend that their town is named after a beauti ful Indian maiden who once lived on the The Powhattan Indians lived around Pocahontas long said well known resident Angie who was born and raised in the Local historians tell the romantic story of the legend of daughter of the chief of the local Powhattan When the Walt Disney released the popular movie Pocahontas it put the town of Pocahontas on the map Telegraph Towns across the local antique dealer Jerry Nance People the country mailed letters to our post office for the Pocahontas postmark and folks had their pictures taken in front of our town Nance National and Louis tele vision news crews focused on a town of 850 people in Bond near the Madison County The town is just off Interstate After the movie Pocahantas was I was interviewed on CNN TV and the Louis TV said who is the fire chief of the PocahontasOld Ripjey I See PAGE A7 4865501 tAfAWAY HOW wisreiW P IMiOUMaPOOLMJirjj I
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