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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois Sports CM boys dunkEAWR 58-45 Page C-l - Vol. 164, No. 33 — 50 cents SERVING THE RIVER BEND TRLIX* It I Tmhyx Mu I Something fishy I Cooking seafood is easy if a I few rules are followed Page BS Tho outlook Partly sunny and cod; high near 42, low near 28 PageC-8 Wednesday, February 17,1999 CM players’ attorney seeks compromise Wants to approach board about ‘modified’ suspension By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — A compromise is being proposed to the Bethalto School Board in an effort to resolve the suspension of nine football players last fall. Gregory Tobin, an attorney for the players who were accused of violating the district’s zero-tolerance policy on alcohol use, first attempted to approach the board with the proposal at a Feb. IO executive session, but was asked to leave the building. Tobin’s original proposal suggested that the board consider community service as a discipli nary action rather than suspension. In a call to The Telegraph on Monday, Tobin offered an amended proposal that would include some form of “modified” suspension. He did not elaborate on a specific modification, but did say that the students’ parents would approve of it. “We would like to approach the school board with this,” Tobin said. “The parents involved have approached the school board on several occasions, but were rebuffed by them. The parents want the opportunity to be heard before the school board to discuss this lawsuit with them.” ■ See CM, Page A-7 A tradition Ventimiglia family opens Italia Bakehouse and Bistro Page D-l www.thetelegraph.com Construction continues The Telegraph/M ARGIE M. BARNES South bound traffic along Illinois Route 3 is rerouted as construction on the bridge by New Poag Road in Hartford is under way. See story, Page A-3 Voumard died of aneurysm, autopsy says By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An autopsy revealed that former Alton Mayor Ed Voumard Jr. died Sunday of a cerebral aneurysm, the Madison County Coroner’s office reported Tuesday. Residents of the community are shocked by the sudden death of Voumard, 50, who served the people of Alton as alderman, city clerk, mayor and a Madison County Board member. He was on the County Board at the people.” Rep. Jerry Costello D-Belleville out his heart and soul time of his death for the city of Sunday night. ... The Alton Alton and its Fire Department rescue squad arrived at Voumard’s home about 9:44 p.m. Sunday and attempted to revive the former mayor who had collapsed. He was rushed to Alton Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m. The coroner’s office reported Tuesday that the official cause of death was a cerebral aneurysm. The visitation for Voumard will be from 4 to 8 p m Thursday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton where a funeral service will be at ll a m. Friday. People of all walks of life, from laborers to congressmen, continue to remember Voumard, whose lifelong dream was to be elected mayor in 1989. “My wife, Georgia, and I are saddened by the death of Ed Voumard,” U.S. Rep Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, said Tuesday. “Ed poured out his heart and soul for the city of Alton and its people.” Voumard was a strong — . voice for major improvements to help the future of Alton, Costello said. “Ed and I worked closely together to get funding for major projects such as the new Clark Bridge and the development of the big Alton Marina on the riverfront, - the congressman said. Alton City Clerk Mary Boulds praised Voumard, who taught her to operate the city clerk’s office. “I started to work as Ed’s secretary when he was city clerk in 1983.” Boulds recalled. “Ed was a wonderful teacher to me." Boulds’ husband, Alton Fire Capt. David Boulds, was the fire chief under Voumard, who was mayor from 1989 to 1993 ■ See VOUMARD, Page A-7 Good Morning t99! Tm Am (kmtrtBU loaded, 3,xxx miles MV 'MJN Hon IM % I    Four    Flag ^ " Motor, /nCr oiasmob,ie $, doc fees extra 656-6340 BUICii prwrwr * All nates prices include a star I So. ti way 159 II mf. N. of J 270J Edwardsville / (den (durban 1999 Aurq QfOt 2.9% A.P.R. "'MMt fVi/TT Area/Illinois .... . A-3 Obituaries ........A-5 Bulletin Board .. .. .A-8 Barham, Budde, Dhue, Business...... .. .D-1 Johnson, Littzs, Palmer, Classifieds..... . . .D-5 Patrick, Schaefer, Comics........ . . C-6 Sherman, Southard, Taylor, Editorial....... . . .A-4 Voumard, Wilson Food . . .B-1 Scoreboard.......C-2 Nation/World ... . . C-5 Television ........C-7 Board may strengthen adult business rules By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Board is expected to pass an amendment to its ordinance of regulations for adult businesses at its monthly meeting this morning. If today’s amendment is aoproved by the board, it will strengthen the county’s rules fpr businesses that sell adult goods. Land Use Committee mem bers said Tuesday they will recommend the amendment to the full County Board. “The (adult) industry is changing and growing,” said Joe Parente, Madison County building and zoning administrator. “The committee felt the need to provide some type of regulations, mostly through previous court rulings We’re not allowed to say no to (people who want to open adult shops) because ifs a violation ■ See ADULT, Page A-7 Ariette Honaker, 8, right, and Tswana Parker, 8, react to the loud shrill of a smoke detector set off by Chae Li Yong of the Madison County Health Department Tuesday. Young’s child safety presentation at the J.B. Johnson Center taught the children about gun safety, the importance of wearing helmets and pads, and other safety issues. Program teaches children safety basics By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Using bright yellow and blue plastic toy telephones on Tuesday, kindergarten and second-grade pupils at J.B. Johnson Elementary School practiced calling 911 during a child safety program. The program, presented by the Madison County Health Department, teaches children safety basics such as how to call for help in an emergency, how to report a fire and what to do if they see a gun. “I’m shocked sometimes at the answers kids will give,” said Madison County Health Educator Chae Li Yong “Many times students will say they should kick the gun or pick it up with a stick.” Yong presents the safety program to pupils in kindergarten through third-grade throughout the county. As part of the program, pupils race to put on knee pads and elbow pads for biking, try on life vests and feel an artificial brain to see how soft the brain is and how easily it can be injured. Yong also encourages students to remind their parents to check the batteries in their smoke detectors at home each month on the date of the child’s birthday. Last year the program was presented to more than 5,000 children in the county. “I think we saw some improvements after the presentations," Yong said. Yong also does a safety presentation for middle school pupils which focuses around a game called “Amazing Feats ” Both presentations are available for ail districts in the county. Any school interested in the safety presentation can contact Yong at the Madison County Health Department. *1 hope some of the parochial schools will pick up the program, and even some of the larger districts that don’t have it yet,” Yong said