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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Prep baseball Roxana rales to beat EA-WR  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  'im! ISIS HAP  —II  Page B-l  Songs of the season  DCIX choirs will fill the air with the smooth sounds of spring  PageC-l  flppn#  The outlook Chance of showers, storms. High 74; low 55  Page I>6  In the family  Gent Funeral Home named Small Business of the Month  Page IM  Vol. 164, No. 97 —50 cents  Thursday, April 22,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   School violence hot line set  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Diana Mullaney of Godfrey holds up a sign Wednesday asking the Madison County Board to repent of their vote a year ago on the closing of the county’s nursing and sheltered care homes during a rally outside the county Administration Building. More than 50 people carried signs and chanted as they marched.  Demonstrators rally for new vote on homes  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE — Nearly 60 demonstrators called Wednesday morning for a new vote on the closing of the county care homes.  People carried signs, chanted and marched in the courtyard of the Madison County Administration Building to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the County Board’s 15-13 vote to close two care homes.  Gary Groeteka, co-chairman of the County Homes Action Committee, led a chant calling for the Madison County Nursing Home and Sheltered Care Home to remain open. He said the County Board, with seven new members, should take another vote.  “Let your board members know. Make  ■ See RALLY, Page A-9  Board members blast Bathon  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Madison County Board members lashed out Wednesday at Treasurer Fred Bathon, who they say has acted inappropriately as an officeholder in recent months.  “The board needs to take a harder look at what goes on in that office,” Robert Stille, D-Edwardsville, said. “I feel he’s done things in the past that we’ve not said anything about. I don’t  %W11W  know if he realizes the County t ranQ fQ r  Board is the one that runs the government, not Mr. Bathon.”  Homer Henke, R-Moro, agreed with Stille and said he’s “had it up to here” with Bathon.  “He’s had more press conferences in the last six months than Mark McGwire. The differ-  ■ See BATHON, Page A-9  Bathon defends furniture  Good Morning  Area/Illinois............A-3-10  Bulletin Board.............A-8  Classifieds ...............C-6  Comics.............. D-5  Editorial..................A-4  Nation/world..............C-5  Obituaries................A-5  Amador, Brown, Duello, Hanner, Howland, Lehr, Murrell, Schmidt, Stratman, Vieth  Television ................C-4  THURSDAY, APR. 22  “STONEBRAKER”  WEEKEND BANDS  FRIDAY APRIL 23  FLUID ORIVE”  SAT & SUN APRIL 24 & 25  “FANTASY”  >  fi  Parents need to talk with children, expert says  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — A nationally known expert on safety in schools said Wednesday during an appearance in Alton that parents need to become more involved with their children to prevent tragedies like Tuesday’s deadly shooting spree in Colorado.  Ron Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, said parents should take a stronger responsibility to interact with their children.  “It’s far too easy for parents to drop their kids off in kinder  garten and pick them up in the twelfth grade and wonder what happened,” he said. “Parents, students, law enforcement officials, school administrators should talk to students to find out what the problems might be. Parents should ask their children what their day was like."  Stephens spoke during a dinner at Saint Anthony’s Health Center, which was scheduled before the massacre in Littleton, Colo., where 13 people were killed Tuesday by two students at Columbine High School, who then took their own lives.  ■ See EXPERT, Page A-9  Alton native near  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  Kathy Reilly knew there was something terribly wrong Tuesday afternoon when she looked up from working in her suburban Littleton, Colo., yard  A string of helicopters was flying overhead toward Columbine High School, just miles away. At the same  time, Reilly — an Alton native — could hear screaming fire and police sirens.  “It reminded me of a grocery store shooting” that had occurred nearby, she said “Then a neighbor called me and said, “Get in the house and watch the television.’’^"  Reilly turned on her television set and, with the rest of the world, watched the horror that was unfolding less than  Caller will be anonymous, state’s attorney stresses  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE Madison County officials are setting up a toll-free hot line for children concerned about the possibility of violence in schools.  “We are going to develop a toll-free number that will be monitored 24 hours a day by Probation    and    Court  Services,” State’s Attorney William    Haine    said  Wednesday.  “The gist of the program is that we will make the line available to all students, an anonymous line they may access if they feel one of their  « rphe tragedy I got to my heart.”  Rudy Papa  Madison County Board chairman  peers is going off the edge.” The hot line was announced during a news conference in the aftermath of Tuesday’s mass killing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where 15 died in a shooting  ■ See VIOLENCE, Page A-9  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Ron D. Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, visits with Bill Kessler, president and CEO of St. Anthony’s Hospital, before his presentation there Wednesday.  scene of shooting  two miles away.  Two students in black trench coats had committed the deadliest school massacre in history, firing shotguns and setting off homemade bombs. Fifteen people were killed, including the suspected gunmen, who committed suicide.  Reilly, the former Kathleen Hickey of Alton, knew her 16-year-old son, Kevin, was at Bear Creek High School three  miles away.  But with all of the schools in the Jefferson County School District south of Denver under a lockdown, he could not leave for an hour after his normal dismissal time.  “He didn’t come home from school on time; I was pretty nervous about that,” she said The students at Bear Creek  ■ See NATIVE, Page A-9  INSIDE  ■ Investigators sift through ‘Dante’s Inferno’  Page C-5  ■ The killers were ‘Gothics’ to schoolmates  Page C-5   

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