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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  ETELEGRAP  Region  Christians bringing “The Witness” throughout area  Page D-l  The outlook ;  Partly cloudy    !  and rnild; high j near 57, low near 39  Page IM :  Sports  Jeff Gordon races to win at Daytona 500  Page C-l  Area/Illinois .......A-3  Bulletin Board............B-3,4  Comics..........................D-2  Nation/World..............B-5,6  Neighbors.....................B-1  Obituaries......................A-5  Brunches, Budde, Gilbert, Haushalter, Hopkins, Johnson, Kimbro, Majovsky, Minsker, Mullink, Sherman, Sneeringer, Stanka, Tracy, Wilson  Scoreboard...................C-2  Weather....................  D-6  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 beautiful Indian maiden who once lived on the land.  “The Powhattan Indians lived    around  Pocahontas long, long ago," said wellknown resident Angie May-Bolin, who was born and raised in the community.  Local historians tell the intriguing, romantic story of the legend of Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the local Powhattan Indians.  When the Walt Disney Co. released the popular movie “Pocahontas" it put the town of Pocahontas on the map  across the country, local antique dealer Jerry Nance said.  “People from across the country mailed letters to our post office for the Pocahontas postmark and folks had their pictures taken in front of our town sign,” Nance said.  National and St. lx>uis television news crews focused    on  Pocahontas, a town of 850 people in Bond County, near the Madison County line.  The town is just off Interstate 70.  "After the movie Pocahantas was made, I was interviewed on CNN TV and the St. Louis TV stations," said Nance, who is the fire chief of the Pocahontas-Old Ripley  ■ See NAME, PAGE A-7  Telegraph  Towns  Specialty deficiency  Teachers difficult to find for specialized subjects  Vol. 164, No. 31 — 50 cents___________ Monday,    February    15,1999     www.thetelegraph.com   Community  leader dies  at age 88  many reasons he loves Erica Kinder 22, right, during his surprise proposal Sunday during their walk through the woods off Worden Street in Alton. Petree gives an engagement ring to his future bride  SIU president chosen to chair task force  students at SIUE, 942 are majoring in elementary, secondary and special education, university spokesman Keith Nichols said.  The members include college and university presidents, heads of higher education associations, chief academic officers, deans and representatives from school districts all over the country.  The task force was established by the president of the American Council on Education, in cooperation with other higher education associations  “Our goal is to provide a visible national presence for advocacy of promising steps that can be taken to improve the quality of teachers entering the nation’s schools,” Sanders said  m See SIU, Page A-7  EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series about possible teacher shortages locally and statewide, in light of deficits in other parts of the United States  Will you marry me?  Kris Petree, 21, reads the  Proposal along memory lane  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Visions of romance and flowers are what Valentine’s Day is all about in the movies, but a young couple in Alton probably topped the imagination of a Hollywood screenwriter with their celebration.  After enduring years of the heart  break of first love, separations and the on-again, off-again pain of a long-distance relationship, Kris Petree and Erica Kinder have finally decided to tie the knot. In a last minute, but well-planned surprise proposal, Kris took Erica on a walk reminiscent of their junior high school romance where he had carefully hidden a ring, a.rose and a candle.  The couple’s story began nine years ago when they met and fell in love during junior high school They dated happily until Kris’ father, a minister at Cherry Street Baptist Church, was transferred to Wisconsin.  “That was in June 1991," Petree said. “We tried to keep things going  ■ See PROPOSAL, Page A-7  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The president of Southern Illinois University has been named chairman of a national task force on teacher education Ted Sanders, who presides over the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses, is chairman of a task force that includes 35 top educators nationwide The task force is going to study ways to improve the quali- Sanders ty of teachers entering the education job market.  Of roughly 9,000 undergraduate  He was also a member of the founding Board of Directors for Lewis and Clark Community College on which he served for seven years, and was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Council of Metropolitan St. Louis.  Many of the area’s leaders in education were saddened to hear of Minsker’s death.  Alton Superintendent of Schools Michael Beaber:  “What a tragedy. In my view Bob Minsker was one of the most compassionate, caring men I have ever known.  “He was a wonderful asset to the community and especially to disadvantaged youngsters. He was an inspiration to many of us in education and his death is a great loss. He was  ■ See LEADER, Page A-7  Erica Kinder.  By UNDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  Although educators aren’t going as far as saying there is a shortage of teachers in the area, they do admit that filling some job slots takes extra effort  “We never have had much problem attracting teachers,” said Roxana School Superintendent James Herndon.  “We have a good reputation in the educational community and the certified staff has a good contract.  “It’s always difficult for a school district to hire people in certain core areas such as math or science, because with their educational backgrounds they can work in the business world where the pay  ■ See TEACHERS, Page A-7  The Teleflraph/RUSS SMITH James Chestney, a teacher in the vocational welding class at the J.B. Johnson Center in Alton, demonstrates a plasma arc cutter to his students, from left, Anthony Terrell, 17, David Brantley, 18, and Ryan Ottwell, 18,  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Long-time civic, community. and education leader Robert S Minsker, 88, died Saturday at his Alton home. Minsker was well-known in the Alton area for his leadership in a variety of roles for the betterment of the area  A 1934 graduate of the University of Illinois, Minsker played varsity football and remained an avid Illini fan.  Best known for his active involve- Minsker ment in education, Minsker was a member of the Alton School Board for 13 years, nine of those as president.  The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES   

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