Alton Telegraph, March 6, 1999

Alton Telegraph

March 06, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 rn :TELEGR Rich past Community Bank has long history of service Page GI ^Vol. 164, No. 50 — 50 cents j Goodbye, Charlie 'ii I I’m outta here, I Spoonhour Page B-l Partly sunny and cooler; high near 41, low near 19 sufTuuiiuinyb Tips can make your Page Clo house a home ( x Special Section MMHMI Saturday, March 6,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Nursing home fights for life Firm sues to stop termination of benefits The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The SunRise Care & Rehabilitation nursing home at 1095 University Drive in Edwardsville. By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A nursing home filed suit Friday against a federal agency that has terminated the home’s Medicare and Medicaid benefits. SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive, filed for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis. A termination of benefits would mean 04 of the home’s 120 residents would have to move and could force the home lo close. Nine residents receive Medicare and 85 benefit from Medicaid. The home had alerted relatives of residents Thursday night that their loved ones must find new homes by April 8, when federal benefits will expire The suit delays that deadline to April 15. “We’re pleased and looking forward to Monday w hen we can find out a date for a hearing." said Karen Gilliland, spokeswoman for Sun Health Care Group, which owns SunRise. The news of 41 citations by inspectors from the Health Care Financing Administration came as a shock to the more than IOO residents attending Thursday’s meeting. “(SunRise) is a large corporation with a gi See HOME. Page A-9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Members of the Church Women United of the Greater Alton Area light candles during a celebration Friday of World Day of Prayer at Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton. gather for World Day of Prayer Women By ANDE YAKST1S Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Women of different races and church denominations stood side by side Friday and lifted their voices in prayer for peace in the community and across the world. “We’re joining our voices in the Alton community this morning with women all over the world to pray for peace and an end to violence,” prayer leader Ruth Pippins told a gathering of women at Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton. Women from 20 churches attended a World Day of Prayer service sponsored by Church Women United of the Greater Alton Area. Hymns and prayers filled the worship center in a strong show of unity among women of many denominations. “When we all come together and pray, it has a powerful, positive impact on the life of our community,” Pippins said. The women gathered first for conversation, coffee and doughnuts in the Robert Wadlow room of the church. “The prayer service energizes us to make a stronger commitment in our church and community,” said Marian Twigg of the United Presbyterian Church of Wood River. The women bowed their heads and prayed, especially for Venezuela, a -country plagued with poverty, vio- ■ See PRAYER, Page A-9 Man guilty of arson By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A jury found a Collinsville man guilty in a racially related firebombing, despite a prosecution hampered by missing and uncooperative witnesses. The jury deliberated a little more than two hours Friday evening before reaching the verdict against Billy J. Hayes, 30. “I’m innocent,” Hayes said loudly as he was taken from the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies. “They’re putting an innocent man in jail. I want you to know that.” Hayes was convicted of aggravated arson, a crime punishable by six to 30 years in prison, or more if Associate Judge James Hackett later determines that aggravated factors apply. Hayes was accused of lighting a gasoline-filled bottle and throwing it through a bedroom window of the home of Joseph Groce and his wife, Harriet Cannida-Groce, just after I a.m. Aug. 29, 1996. The Groces repaired the fire damage and still live in the house in the IOO block of Kimberly Court, just outside Maryville. “There was a lot of anger in the beginning, but as time goes on, it kind of dies down some. Ifs a nice neighborhood, but this will have lifelong effects,” Cannida-Groce said. She is black. Her husband and the defendant are white. She said neighbors have ■ See ARSON, Page A-9 rea/Illinois .. .A-3 ulletin Board .A-6 lassifieds C-7 omics .......C-5 ditorial ......A-4 oroscope ----C-5 ation/world .. .A-8 •bituaries.....A-5 yres, Ballard, Bennett, Bryant, Compton, Federer, Hair, Hayes, Hillman, Jones, Osterman, Schey, Shellenberg, Youngblood Religion.....A-7,8 Stocks........C-2 Television C-6Big Boy moving into former Shoney’s By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The familiar Big Boy restaurant — with its trademark statue of an oversized boy carrying a monster-sized hamburger — is on its way to Alton. In recent weeks, workers have been busy converting the now-closed    Shoney’s Restaurant, 181 E. Homer Adams Parkway, into a Big Boy. The interior has been gutted to make way for redecorating the dining room and rearranging the kitchen set-up. New booths and food preparation stations are being added, and the exterior will get a new look, a corporate official said. “The interior will be completely redone in a mahogany finish, and the booths will be designed to fit customer demand,” said Tony Michaels, executive vice president of marketing and public relations for Elias Brothers Corp. of Warren, Mich., which owns and operates Big Boy Restaurants and Bakery. Opening date for the Alton restaurant is expected to be between March 18 and 30. Michaels said the restaurant offers milk shakes made with hand-dipped ice cream, hand-breaded onion rings, homemade salad dressings, pork chops, spaghetti, chicken, fish and chips, meat loaf and a breakfast bar., Breakfast items off the menu also sell well, Michaels said. “And desserts are one of our fine points; our desserts are colossal,” he said. The restaurant chain was a forerunner in offering nutrition information on its menus 15 years ago and has “health smart" food choices, he said. 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