Alton Telegraph, February 18, 1999

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February 18, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Baseball talk    : Costas draws large crowd at    j Marquette; Page RT: Vol. 164, No. 34 — 50 cents Best of care Veterinarian Steven Pope ‘pictures’ the best for his patients Page D-l The outlook Cloudy with showers developing. High 48; low 35 Pagel>6 ■■■■■■MMMOKMMNMMMMNMMMIMi Thursday, February 18,1999 Concert of love Performances will honor memory of Sandi Young Page C-l ------------- www.thetelegraph.com Haine fights parole in fatal crash Driver in Missouri prison on kidnap, murder charges By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County state’s attorney is again fighting the release of a prisoner involved in a fiery crash that killed a Godfrey woman on the Great River Road in 1977. But the fight appears to be more an exercise in principle since the inmate appears destined for several more years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. An Illinois parole hearing for Dennis B. Kirksey, 46, has been set for 9 a m. April 14 at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester. But State’s Attorney William Haine is not waiting for the hearing He sent a letter this month objecting to any parole, one day after receiving notice of the hearing from the state. Kirksey and another prison escapee, Raymond Milentz, were fleeing Grafton police in a stolen car Dec. 21, 1977, when they slammed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Mary Ann Cress, 28, 2*2 miles west of Alton. The gas tank exploded, and Cress died while trapped in the burning car. Kirksey and Milentz had escaped the previous day after overpowering security guards while on their way back to the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City from a court hearing in St. Louis. At the time the men were serving prison sentences for murder. They were eventually also sentenced for kidnapping, ■ See HAINE, Page A-7 Sheltered Care head gets new contract By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Board extended the contract Wednesday for the administrator of one of the county’s tax-supported care homes. Donna Marrone, administrator of the Madison County Sheltered Care Home in Edwardsville, received a nine-month extension because she has done a good job the last three months, officials said. In November, Marrone was given only a three-month extension while Roger Hotson, administrator of the Madison County Nursing Home in Edwardsville, was guaranteed a contract for 12 months County officials hope to close the Nursing Home in the next few months, while there are no plans for to close the Sheltered Care Home. “I’m relieved,** Marrone said after she heard of her reappointment. County Board Chairman Rudy Papa would not say why Marrone wasn’t tendered the same one-year term as Hotson. But he reached the ■ See CONTRACT, Page A-7Radio star The Telegraph/M ARG IE M. BARNES Natalie Smith, an eighth-grader at East Middle School, practices in the sound room at radio station WBGZ in Alton Wednesday before recording a segment for Black History Month. Story, Page A-7. The I eiegrapn/MUbt» bMi i n Nyssa Adams, 9, receives ashes on her forehead during Mass with her classmates Wednesday morning at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday launches Lent « Tt is the dust from which we come land to which we will go.” Rev. Virgil Menk pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent for both Roman Catholics and Protestants, with many church-goers receiving the traditional marking of black ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40-day Lenten season that precedes Easter. It is the time when many Christians choose to give up a food or activity as repentance and to examine their spiritual lives. “The Lenten season is a time to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to convert from the sinful, selfish ways of living in favor of deeper, religious ways,** said the Rev. Virgil Menk, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey. Menk said the ash that he places on worshipers’ foreheads represents the Bible verse about physical mortality in Ecclesiastes 3:20: “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.” “It is the dust from which we come and to which we will go,” Menk said. “It is a reminder of our mortality and of the time we have to prepare for eternal life.” Menk said the ashes also serve as a reminder throughout the day for Christians to reflect on the meanings of the Lenten season. “It is an external sign of one’s commitment to Jesus Christ in the form of a cross,” Menk said. Some Protestant churches also marked the day with special worship services. At College Avenue Presbyterian Church of Alton, 1702 Clawson St., parishioners attended a 5:30 p.m. service with a “Lenten labyrinth" theme. “A Lenten labyrinth is a journey, or an adventure, allowing a person to change,” said the Rev George Humbert Jr., pastor of the church. “You start on the outside of the labyrinth and no matter how you go, you go to the four corners then to the middle, which is the rose of the Resurrection (Easter). It is less like a linear path than a twisted labyrinth." The sermon, Humbert said, “causes a person to reflect upon the whole journey, or pilgrimage of his or her life. It’s about getting our lives in order as a whole, in a creative way. Lent is always a chance to reflect." Wood River searches Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-6 Comics.......B-5 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world .. .C-5 Obituaries A-5 Baker, Dhue, Lopez, Palmer, Schaeffer, Southard, Taylor, Tieman, Turner, Royce, Ulmet, WatsonScoreboard ... .B-2 Television C-4 for new police chief By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - With Tuesday’s announcement that Wood River Police Chief Charles Nunn is retiring, the city must now look for a replacement. Nunn, 50, cited his recovering from brain surgery last month as the reason for his retirement. City Manager Thomas Christie said the city will look within the police department and at outside sources for the next chief. “The city code requires all openings to be advertised in the (newspapers). We will also post the opening in the (police) department, and ail of those who are interested should forward their resumes to the city manager. “I want to interview the candidates as I get the resumes. I will conduct interviews with persons whose applications look promising. From start to finish, a decision should be made in six to eight weeks.” Commander David Downs and Sgt. Jim Schneider both told The Telegraph they are interested in the position Downs and Schneider have been running the day-to-day operation of the department since Nunn has been unable to perform his duties. Nunn, at his home, said.he’s learning to enjoy his retirement. “I was old enough. ITI miss (the job). There were some things I wanted to get done, but I couldn’t because of this brain tumor.” Wood River Mayor Lon Smith said Nunn, who has been with the police department for 25 years, will be missed. “I think Chuck has been a very good police chief,” Smith said “He is an honest working guy and respectable person. I envy him in retirement.” Thursday, Feb 18 "STONEBRAKER" BORAM* WEEKEND BANDS    * Friday, Feb 19 Sat/Sun, Feb 20/21 > "FREE SPIRIT" "FANTASY" f. # ;

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