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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Mot guilty Marine pilot acquitted in cable car deaths On the hardwood Alton battles Belleville East for regional crown Vol 164 No 49 cents PageBl The outlook Cloudy with a chance of High 54 low 35 PagelM Friday March Taste of success Luther Dryers turns lemons into sweet business PageDl The SMITH Students pet a hen held by Oblate Father Darrell Rupiper during an assembly Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul School in Alton as part of The Heifer Project an effort to provide incomeproducing animals to needy families across the world Children learn value of animals Project Heifer teaches how sheep chickens aid needy families By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A dog in sheeps clothing and a live chicken helped show pupils Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul School how they can help needy families in thirdworld countries as well as in the United States The Awareness Seekers a local interde nominational group used live animals to present the Heifer Project to the elementary school pupils The Heifer Project is an effort to provide incomepro ducing ani mals to needy families across the world Were try ing to make the children aware that there are peo ple who are not as fortu nate as said Sean Cullen a sem inarian at the Mary Immaculate Novitiate in Godfrey fAnd during Lent were trying to encourage them to help those less A video showed the pupils how an animal a water buffalo or a sheep can help a struggling family by providing milk wool and other resources for the family to use and sell Walt Gregory owner of an organic farm outside Alton showed the pupils a live chick en and explained how one hen will lay about 250 eggs in one year providing food and potential income for a family If you give a chicken to someone that lit tle bpy or girl can have eggs for breakfast See ANIMALS Page A7 U Tf you give a Achickento someone that lit tle boy or girl can have eggs for breakfast every Walt Gregory owner of an organic farm The SMITH Patrick Davey 6 learns to do the duck dance with his fellow pupils during the assembly Loopholes in pension plan costly Taxpayers shelling out more this year By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Political pension loopholes are costing county taxpayers an additional this year officials say And because of recent con troversial hirings involving county officials that figure is expected to dramatically increase next year The County Boards Legislative Committee voted unanimously Thursday to sup port bills filed recently in the Illinois Senate that would halt abuses of the retirement plan known as Elected County Also on Thursday state Rep Steve Davis DBethalto announced he is cosponsoring in the Illinois House designed to curb pension abus es Davis bill is similar to the one in the Senate Evidently other counties are having the same prob committee chairman Alan Dunstan DTroy said The state legislators who1 voted for it didnt think it would be a problem but most of us are looking at it as an Pensions for elected county officials were enhanced with the introduction of the plan in Madison County in 1997 Previously those officials received the same retirement benefits as regular county employees However public office was deemed less attractive because elected officials dont get sick time or vacation pay and pensions were minimal for those who didnt remain in office long County Clerk Mark See PENSION Page A7 Indian artifacts found at site of apartments By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA Archaeologists have made South Roxana their temporary home in the past week They have found American Indian artifacts on the site of a planned apartment complex The property south of homes along Sinclair Avenue will eventually be the home of a 10 building complex owned by Lockwood Development Co of St Louis Theyve located some bro ken pieces of pottery arrow heads and burn South Roxana Police Chief Dennis Carpenter said The artifacts supposedly are years Officials with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency said the artifacts could be a part of the Cahokia Mounds system The company and the village must now wait for approval from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency before proceeding with development Anne E Haaker deputy state historic preservation offi cer told The Telegraph that towns are required by law to survey land suspected of being an American Indian site or cultural If theres land that requires a state or federal permit the land must be she said It must be surveyed when theres a high probabili ty of the land being a historic Another site in South Roxana a water main exten sion project along Wagon Wheel Road will soon be sur veyed by archaeologists At least three surveys have been performed in the village in the last four years starting with an excavation on proper ty where Caseys General Store now stands Village officials said the only downside to the surveys is that they hold up construction and the village must pay for those done on village property Good Morning lf V Bulletin Board A6 01 Classifieds C3 Jgdltorlal Horoscope Obituaries A5 Ashauer Bryant parity Hair Hirschi Mattock Qsterman Steel man Sullivan Swetlik Wide 82 Television D7 County to get out word about tax cap vote By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staffwriter EDWARDSVILLE County officials are concerned about the lack of interest in the April 13 tax cap referendum So the Legislative Committee decided Thursday to recommend that the Madison County Board launch an advertising campaign to educate the public about how a cap could affect property taxes Spending a little extra money to inform the public is not out of County Clerk not going to create a tax W Wayne Brldgewater County Board member Mark Von Nida told committee members He said no proponents of the plan have stepped forward so county officials should feel obligated to distribute facts since the County Board decid ed unanimously in December to put the question to voters Normally the process would be for proponents to gather petitions and interest The County Board has the authority to place it on the bal lot but theres an absence of anybody speaking out on this Von Nida said Committee members are concerned that voters will see the complicated wording on the ballot which will include tax and limits side by side and automatically be in favor of the proposal As for an individual tax bill going down its not going to said Wayne Bridgewater DRoxana Were not going to create a tax If the proposal passes Von Nida said individuals are like ly to receive big fat tax bills See TAX Page A7
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