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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: April 30, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Girls soccer Tigers give Redbirds the boot PageBl Taste of summer Wood River Kiwanis serve uptasty barbecue PageCl The outlook j Feelinrignfathome Mostly sunny j Cornerstone and mild High Coffeehouse owner thinte theyve found theriffotspot PagelW 105 50 cents April Panel votes to censure Bathon of total disregard for board policies By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon needs to be cen sured to end his recent spate of inappropriate several county officials said I would hope after today this is put to Its ridicu lous we have this trading and barbing in the said Rick a member of the Madison County Boards Finance which voted Thursday to recommend the censure to the board of the whole at its meeting next But Bathon said the County Board simply is pro longing a process that should have ended at Thursdays Every chance they have to put closure on this they drag it out another Theres no closure on what theyre he But committee members said Bathon has shown total disregard in the last six months for the authorities and policies of the County Board and other elected The committee also recom mended that D Pontoon repay the countys general fund out of his offices budget for worth of furniture and equipment purchased with the auditors budget in November and moved to the treasurers office shortly Bathon was the countys auditor before assuming his elected position as treasurer worth of treasurers bonds purchased with funds from the auditors The furniture and bonds could not be accounted for in See Page A9 Bathon Good Morning t A310 Bulletin Board Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope Wakeford The SMITH Students were gathered on the football field bleachers Thursday morning after a bomb threat was called in to East AltonWood River High School for the second time this Bomb threat at school Students evacuated after second call in week By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Students were evacuated Thursday after a bomb threat was called in to East AltonWood River Community High the second such threat this We received the call at Once we police and school officials searched the school Nothing nothing suspi Wood River Police Chief Jim Schneider We got several leads were I hope this doesnt I dont want to see the school year disrupted or the students staying in school he School officials said clerks in the attendance office received the telephoned threat from a The school had received a bomb threat earli er in the Numerous schools nationwide have reported similar bomb and death threats since the mas sacre last week at Columbine High School in Classes are canceled today at Collinsville High School for a teachers conference to address the rumors of bomb The Wood River Fire Department also assisted police and school officials in Thursdays search for a bomb at EAWR We were there for emer gency medical services and fire fire Dana Emerick The Fire Department is a support We did assist in searching the outside perime ters of the School officials announced the bomb threat to students before telling them to vacate the school and meet in the football stadium we sat in the bleach said Niki a sophomore from Wood Some kids were really soared about the bomb Most of the students wanted to go The first bomb they didnt us about About I was in the guidance center when the I See Page A9 Construction accident The SMITH William is taken on a stretcher to an ambulance Thursday after falling from the roof of an addi tion to the Camp Heating and Electric Building on Milton Road in Fire officials said an employee of Scott Darr Construction of East suffered a broken He was listed in satisfacto ry condition Thursday afternoon at Alton Memorial Petition drive seeks to oust Gray By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON City resident Lee Barham and several volunteers began a petition drive this week seeking removal of James Gray as presi dent of the Alton branch of the Barham said members of his Concerned Citizens of are going doorto door to collect as many names as possible to show our dis pleasure with Grays Barham said that once the drive is conclud he will mail the petitions to the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Barham said he hopes the office will send investigators to Alton to determine Grays effectiveness as a not get me removed from James Gray I See Page A9 School violence hot line to open today By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer Madison Countys hot line against school violence should be up and running but officials are devising ways to better use The main thrust of our efforts to promote it will prob ably be next Madison County School Superintendent Harry Briggs The line will be directed to the Juvenile Detention Center because it is open 24 hours a The line will be and the telephone will have a different such as to make sure staff members remain aware it is a separate function from their normal said Darrell director of probation and court The hot line number is 888 People who call will remain anonymous although police will know where the call originated and may talk to a trained staff member when they see a student who they feel may be about to engage in I would suggest that if any one has a concern about behavior like talking about violence or carrying they should Briggs The plan was the brainchild of Madison County Board Chairman Rudy a for mer in the aftermath of last weeks school massacre in McGibany said he plans to meet with an expert in the field and get ideas about train ing of people on hand to answer the We want to develop a proto McGibany Forms will be used to ensure all the right questions are asked and People who take the calls will telephone and fax the local police department first then the school McGibany The line will have caller and people who call in bad information as a prank will be investigated and Briggs We want people to under stand that we are taking this See Page A9   

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