Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRAPH Die badge bunch Family passes on long tradition of Girl Scouting Page B-l The outlook Chance of showers and thunderstorms; high near 69 low near 57 Page IM \ ST LOUIS Playoffs Blues fall to Coyotes Page C-l Good Morning Area/Illinois............A-3,6 Bulletin Board .. .B-2-4 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Lottery...........A-7 Nation/World......A-8 Neighbors ........B-1 Obituaries ........A-5 Attey, Fish, Parse!!, Rut!, Stemmier, Tomerlin Region...........D-1 Scoreboard.......C-2 Television ........D-3 Weather...........D-4 IO x 33 x 48 OVAL POOL PACKAGE The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Loren “Ted” Shuey of Gillespie, a World War ll Army veteran and former German prisoner-of-war, displays his medals, including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, battle stars and Prisoner-of-War Decoration. Board to discuss area transportation projects By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer ST. LOUIS - The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council’s board will meet' this week to review several transportation projects of importance to The Telegraph area. The board’s meeting will be held at IO a m. Wednesday at the council’s offices in downtown St. Louis. Last week, the council’s Executive Advisory Committee met to discuss a number of action items, all of which were approved to be forwarded to the board this week. The three transportation projects of most importance to The Telegraph area are: ■ the relocation of Illinois Route 159 in Edwardsville; ■ the construction of a bidirectional left-turn lane on U.S. Highway 67 (Godfrey Road) between its intersection with Illinois Route 111 and U.S. Highway 267; ■ and the widening of U.S. 67 to become a four-lane expressway from Godfrey in Madison County to Jacksonville in Morgan ■ See PROJECTS, Page A-7 POOL PACKAGE 1499 Installation Available " Call Doc or Jason " " Your Local Dealer “ • - 110 H. Adams Parkway $ nils Alton, IL 62002 ^ M 466-5301 BAgU^jL (toot! (’loin hut. 2499 Installation Available will hold your pool Vol. 164, No. 101—50 cents Monday, April 26,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Corny conversation The Teiegrapn/MAHuit: m tJAHNts Luke Puchner-Hardman, 4, of Edwardsville, shows off the tattoo on his hand to Mr. Cornelius during the third annual Earth Day Celebration Sunday at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville. Story, Page D-1. Mayor miffed over officials faulty facts Says budget figures should have been checked By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The mayor of East Alton says officials need to get their information straight before talking about the cost of his police force. “Perhaps (Madison County Board members) Steve Stobbs and Wayne Bridgewater should only talk about the communities they represent,” Mayor Fred Bright said. He took exception to statistics that Stobbs, R-Godfrey, used in The Telegraph last week to compare the cost of East Alton’s police operations to Godfrey’s police contract with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. “Stobbs came up to me back in December at a fund-raiser and asked what our public service budget was,” Bright said. “I told him about $700,000 for police and $400,000 for fire. “I quoted figures off the top of my head. He should have called my office. I’ve talked with him (since the article appeared). He agreed.” Stobbs had said, in response to the need for property tax reform and the recent loss of industry, that local governments need to downsize. He said Godfrey is an example of a fiscally strong local government. He added that Godfrey has an area of 30 square miles with a population of 16,000 but pays only $911,626 for county police protection each year. Meanwhile, he said East Alton is ■ See FACTS. Page A-7 Animals cause J vehicle crashes By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Two single-vehicle accidents involving animals on the roadway were reported Sunday resulting in unknown injuries to the occupant of one vehicle. At 2 a m., Fieldon resident Zelma Trask. 28, struck a horse on Illinois Route 3 just south of Highway 109 in Jersey County She and passenger Todd Turner, 29, of Jerseyville were transported to St. Anthony’s Health Center a See CRASHES, Page A-7 Veteran remembers prison camp horrors By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer Volunteers put best foot forward to fight hunger GILLESPIE — Fifty-six years have passed, but Army veteran Loren “Ted” Shuey remembers the frightening experience of marching down a snowy road to a German prisoner-of-war camp. “It was a long and hard ...................... march with horrible conditions Telegraph to Lukenwald Stalag 111-A prison,” said Shuey, who was a TnUfllS war prisoner for 18 months I Moil® from 1943 to 1945. “One American prisoner next to me was shot in the head and killed by a guard for not obeying a command.” The 78-year-old proud World War II veteran lives quietly today with his wife, Marie, in Gillespie, a patriotic town of people who honor their veterans I See CAMP, Page A-7 Hundreds turn out for 1999 CROP Walk By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Hundreds of volunteers from 15 area churches came out in questionable weather Sunday to exercise the need to walk for hunger. The organizer of Sunday’s eleventh annual CROP Walk said he hopes to raise $15,000 at the end of this year’s circuit of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “We usually have somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 walkers for this event,” said David Ferguson. “Last year we raised $14,000, but my real goal is to raise $1 million because I feel so strongly about the work at the Glen-Ed Food Pantry and the work done by Church World ■ See CROP. Page A-7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Dave Gregory pulls his son Danny Gregory, 4, as they start the CROP Walk Sunday at SIUE to benefit Church World Services and the Glen-Ed Pantry.