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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Business specializes in sports collectibles "•"Bl____ Vol. 164, No. 48 — 50 cents j Regional hoops I Alton advances i with victory over I Waterloo Page B-l The outlook I Sound of Broadw Partly to mostly Big Band music cloudy;!# ; Will help fight near si, low : off winter blues near 39 Page IM ;    Page    C-l Thursday, March 4,1999 www.thetelegraph.com The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Rubble and debris lay in a pile Wednesday in the 6500 block of Humbert Road in Godfrey. Rubble irks neighbors Debris remains from demolition of house after storm By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - Remnants of last June’s devastating wind storm in the Humbert Road area continue to plague the village Of particular irritation to some is a pile of bricks that remains after a house was demolished in the 6500 block of Humbert. Not only is the rubble unattractive, it also poses a safety hazard, residents and village officials say. “They tore down the house and left a pile of rubble,” said Beth Sever of Wood River, who attends the nearby Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6500 Humbert. “Ifs been there since June." Sever said church members have called officials about removing the rubble, so far to no avail. The property is owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation, which hired Kevin Edwards Trucking of Edwardsville to demolish the building last fall. Asbestos work was subcontracted out. and the demolition completed ■ See RUBBLE. Page A-9 Sunset on the river ‘I heard aloud boom’ Victims testify in arson trial By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Family members say they ran in terror from a pitch-black, smoke-filled house after a 1996 firebombing that authorities say was racially motivated. “I heard a loud boom or a bang, and I saw a fire. I had to wake my wife up. She was screaming in her sleep," Joseph R. Groce Jr. testified Wednesday. Groce, his wife, Harriet, and their daughter Jasmine were among the first day’s prosecution witnesses in the trial of Billy J. Hayes, 30, of Collinsville. Hayes is charged with aggravated arson for allegedly throwing a flaming wine bottle filled with gasoline into a bedroom window of the house in the IOO block of Kimberly Court, just east of the Maryville city limits and north of Interstates 55-70. ■ See BOOM, Page A-9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The sun sets behind a pillar of the Clark Bridge in Alton Wednesday evening, leaving a clear sky to turn red and blue. Clouds are on the horizon, however, as rain is expected to move into the area tonight and Friday, but temperatures will warm up to the mid 50s. I rn ll , Thursday, Mar 4 STONEBRAKER .'.V Mi I ■ RnnAip ll mil DELUXE" WEEKEND BANDS Saturday, Mar 5 "FLUID DRIVE ll Friday, Mar 6 "SABIE" fl Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-7 Comics.......C-4 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world .C-7;D-5 Obituaries A-5 Ashauer, Bigelow, Buckner, Farenzena, Federle, Hirschl, Hoehn, Hopkins, Kahl, Rigsbey, Steelman, Weishaupt, White, Wille, Wyatt, Yeager Television C-5 Weather.......D-6 Dental School ranks second in national test By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — High test scores recently earned dental students from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton a second-place national ranking. Seniors from the dental school scored the second-highest cumulative score on the National Board Dental Exams in December. The exams are required for students seeking a license to practice dentistry. “I’m extremely pleased,” said Pat Ferrillo, dean of the dental school. “Ifs a reflection of the hard work of the students and faculty.” The 44 seniors from the Alton campus who took the test were ranked against students from 54 other dental schools across the nation. “Our students represented themselves and all of Illinois very well,” Ferrillo said. The exam, which is administered over two days, tests the student* knowledge of basic biomedical and dental sciences and their ability to ■ See DENTAL, Page A-9 SIUE dedicates Dunham Hall By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Edward Brown of East St. Louis plays the DJemba Wednesday at SIUE during the dedication of Katherine Dunham Hall, formerly the Communications Building on the Edwardsville campus. EDWARDSVILLE - Katherine Dunham was ill and could not attend the dedication Wednesday of an SIUE building in her name, but her proteges spoke volumes in her behalf. Edward Brown, a master drummer at Dunham’s dance studio in East St. Louis, played the DJemba, a West African drum, while Theo Jamison and Jack Williams, two of her former students, joined in a brief impromptu demonstration of her dance style. “We couldn’t hear Katherine Dunham’s voice, but we heard the sound of her disciples,” said David Werner, chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “You are now in Katherine Dunham Hall.” Dunham Hall was formerly the Communications Building on the Edwardsville campus. Werner said only a select few people have university buildings named after them but that Dunham is a natural choice. “She is best known for integrating art into life. She is a pioneer of dance and dance technique and a pioneer of black culture and ■ See DUNHAM, Page A-9