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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 The outlook Partly cloudy and cold: high near 32, low near 25  Page CM  Programs are key to SIUE’s growth  EDITOR’S NOTE: This is tty final installment of a two-part series about the continuing growth of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - New buildings and growing enrollment are attracting attention at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, but new programs and higher quality are where the rubber meets the road in an academic environment.  Chancellor David Werner tells his staff and faculty that quality and effectiveness is the top priority of all the measures of what constitutes a “premier metropolitan university," as stated among SIUE’s  goals.  A metropolitan university like SIUE has an advantage of being close to a large city, officials point out. The proximity gives students not only an opportunity to explore social and cultural events of an urban area but a number of out-of-class educational opportunities like internships and practicums.  The SIUE nursing program is just one that takes advantage of those opportunities, said Lorraine Williams, associate professor of nursing.  Williams said students regularly perform rotations in nearby hospitals, clinics and social service agencies to gain valuable experience in the real world.  ■ See SIUE, Page A-11  Good Morning *     Area/Illinois    .. A-3    Berry, Binney, Denother,      Bulletin Board ..    , .A-8,9    Gates, Gersman, Johnson,      Classifieds.....    . A-10    Justice, Miller, Mossman,      Comics........    .. .C-2    Theivagt          Editorial.......    . .A-4    Scoreboard .    ..... .B-2      Nation/World .. •    A-12    Television ..    ......C-3      Obituaries.....    . . .A-5    Weather    .......C-4     SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Horizons  Cities working to breathe new life into downtown districts  Special Section •  Vol. 164, No. 38 — 50 cents  Monday, February22^1999  Sports  Lady Hawks ready for super-sectional  Cage B-l   www.theteleqraph.com   me letegraprvMMi-njie m. omhinco  A backyard statue is about the only thing left standing after firefighters battled a blaze at a home belonging to Clayton and Dorothy Raymer at 6851 N. Illinois Route 159 in Moro. Dorothy Raymer died in the fire.  Woman dies in blaze  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY - A family’s fear has become a reality after the body of Dorothy A. Raymer, 68, was found in the remains of their burned home on Sunday morning According to Deputy Coroner Ralph Baahlman, Raymer apparently was overcome by smoke and was unable  to escape. An autopsy is scheduled for today.  The fire began at approximately 1:30 p m Saturday and moved quickly through the three-story home at 6851 N. Illinois Route 159. Firefighters from Holiday Shores, Meadowbrook, Hamel, Edwardsville, Bunker Hill and Dorsey fought the blaze for more than three hours, but were unable to save any part of  the structure.  Firefighters remained on the scene until 2:30 a rn., then returned severa' hours later to search for the body.  Sgt. Mike Strong of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said fire fighters had to use a backhoe to lift por tions of the home’s upper stories while  ■ See BLAZE, Page A-1  One man dead, another injured after shooting  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Alton police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that resulted in a death and an injury early Sunday morning.  Alden E.  Berry, 23, was pronounced dead at 3:08 a m. at Alton Memoria Hospital where he had been transported following a 911 call to a residence at  Coroner Ralph Baahlman, an autopsy will be performed today to determine the exact cause of death. Funeral arrangements are pending at Williams Mortuary in Alton.  Another man, Clark E.  Perry, 25, also suf-f e r e d injuries as a result of the gunfire. Perry was transported to S t Anthony’s Health Center and later transferred to  The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES    St. Louis  A house at 1011 Elliot St. in Alton    University  IOU    where a fatal shooting took place    Hospital  Elliott St.     ear |y Sunday morning.    *here  lu ‘  is   '    listed in  According to police reports, the shooting apparently took place inside the residence where a party was in progress with a large crowd of people.  An argument erupted between the victim and another individual at the party. When it became physical, Berry was shot once in the abdomen.  Police received the 911 call at 2:48 a.rn  According to Deputy  serious condition.  Police said a motive for the shooting is not known at this time, but preliminary findings indicate that the shooting may be gang related  A suspect is in custody, but police are not releasing his identity at this time. The weapon believed to have, been used in the shooting was recovered. Police detectives are continuing their investigation.  H. Adams Parkway CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUND POOLS Alton, IL 62002    (1998 models in sleek) limited quantity  466-5301    LAYAWAY    NOW    FOR    SPRING  Massacre scapegoat a native of Carrollton  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  CARROLLTON Carrollton descendants of Maj Marcus Reno waited 91 years before their favorite son was cleared of blame for Gen. George A.  Custer’s -last stand” massacre at the Little Big Horn in 1876.  -Gen Reno was finally found innocent in 1967 of any wrongdoing for Custer’s defeat and death at the historic Little Big Horn," said Alton lawyer Philip Alfeld, a Greene County historian.  Maj Reno was a hometown boy from Carrollton who was thrust into American history as the scapegoat for Custer’s loss of the battle and the massacre of his soldiers, Alfeld said.  Gen. Custer was a national hero and his defeat to the Indians at the Little Big Horn was a disgrace to the famous general’s career, Alfeld said.  ■ See NATIVE, Page A-11  The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES enny Findley, a student at RiverBend Christian School in Wood River, performs a sign language olo Sunday during the Stars Over the River Bend Talent Show at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.  Young stars showcase talents  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY - Talented youngsters from around the River Bend area showcased their abilities Sunday as the River Bend Growth Association presented the Ninth Annual Stars Over the River Bend Talent Show.  Held in the Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, the program showcased the talents of  28 teens from area high schools. Groups of teens from each school performed before an audience of 300 for two hours in one of four categories: Ensemble, Instrumental, Variety and Vocal Soloist, and were rated by a panel of four judges.  A winner was chosen from each category as well as two Bests of Show, a tie this year. The winners were:  ■ See STARS Page A-11   

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