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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Open again j Now or never Riverbend j State wrestling Replicas ibeginsin back in j Champaign business I PageDl PageB1 Vol 164 No 36 50 cents The outlook Cloudy with a chance of light snow high near 38 low near 25 PageD6 Saturday February Teameffart Lewis family renovates hippie Chouse PageCl 67 extension wins support State official pledges to back work on roads By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The states secretary of trans portation pledged his support for the extension of 67 and Illinois Route 255 Friday but stopped short of specifying how the road work would be funded We are going to see what we can do to free up extra federal dollars and we are going to have to increase our state Kirk Brown said The federal government has done its job and we need money to keep our roads Brown said he has backed down on his sup portfor increasing state gasoline taxes to pay foriroadwork because it is contrary to Gov George Ryans stance Another limited option could be to increase license plate fees Brown addressed a combined meeting of the Corridor 67 and Completion of 1255 Alton Bypass committees at the Alton Holiday Inn his speech Brown said Ryan has formed an informational task force that is studying how road money is being used and hpwimore money could be generated to main tainrexisting roads and to build new ones group also is looking at whether adminis trative costs could be cut Representatives from both committees stressed the importance of their common now I See 67 Page A7 Representatives are uging improvements to the 67 corridor and the extension of Illinois Route 255 to Godfrey The SMITH Scenic Byway Council elects new board By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph The Meeting of tttetGreat Rivers Scenic BjWay Council broke new gCOuiid Thursday night when ttvoted in a new board approved a set of bylaws and began looking ahead The count was unanimous when the original 10member council appointed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in June 1997 voted itself out of existence in favor of a new 15member group that more accurately represents the many commu nities along the 50mile byway The Federal Highway Administration designated the route one of 53 across the United States a national See BYWAY Page A7 Voumard eulogized as man of compassion The SMITH Pallbearers carry the casket of former Alton Mayor Ed Voumard Jr at his funeral Friday in Alton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON People from all walks of life from steelworkers to a congressman gathered at Gent Funeral Home Friday to say goodbye to their friend former Alton Mayor Ed Voumard Jr The Alton community has suffered a great loss in the passing of Ed the Rev George Humbert pastor of College Avenue Presbyterian Church told mourners at the funeral home Voumard 50 a former Alton mayor alderman city clerk and Madison County Board member died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm Sunday A line of people filed past Voumards casket and shared memories of his life Voumards heart was in Alton and its people Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville said Madison County States Attorney William Haine and Voumards friends Greg Weirich and Mike Holiday Jr delivered eulogies about how Voumard touched the lives of people in Alton Ed fulfilled his lifes dream to be mayor of Alton Haine said He was a man of compassion who always lent a helping hand to someone in Weirich Ed cared about each resident of the city and their Holiday said See VOUMARD Page A7 10year term asked for driver in DUI crash By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer jEDWARDSVILLE A pros ecutor on Friday asked for a 10year sentence for a Moro man responsible for killing his girlfriend and a cousin in a driving accident But the mans defense attor neysuggested probation and boot camp which would help avoid prison altogether Macoupin County Circuit Judge Joseph Koval took the closing arguments under advisement and set March 2 for the sentencing of Ronald J Hansen States Attorney Vince Moreth asked for a 10year sentence even though Hansen is eligible for 14 years undej the law Moreth said Hansen should be made to take respon sibility for his actions He noted that Hansen more than the average person should have known better than to drink and drive since he lost a brother in an alcoholrelated accident in 1990 Hansen had a bloodalcohol content of percent on Nov 26 1997 when the car he was driving ran off the road and into a tree killing his cousin Theresa L Cannedy 18 of Bethalto and his girlfriend Robin M Miller 19 of rural Jerseyville Hansen the two victims and another cousin Clifton Smith were returning home from a night of drinking in Bethalto and Carlinville when the crash took place just before dawn on Hilyard Township Road one mile south of PJainview and 12 miles south of Carlinville in Macoupin County Hansen and Smith were not Hansen pleaded guilty last June to two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence Moreth has maintained that Hansen has continued to drive despite having lost his license after the crash A young cousin of Hansens testified at an earlier hearing that he had seen Hansen drive past his house in Bethalto late last year However Hansens attorney S Russell Meyer of Alton called a witness Friday to rebut that testimony Dennis I See CRASH Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C6 C4 Editorial Horoscope C4 C2 Obituaries A5 Ballard Barth Boente Bgrgess Clark Justice Lemmon Littizs Lopez Oliver Smith Wallace Scoreboard B2 TRUCKLOAD SALE TARKETT 6900 Manchester St Louis MO VIHYfc FLOORING I compare to competitors 9009 Natural Bridge St Louis MO   

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