Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois Morality Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-8 Classifieds C-3 . .A-4 .B-10 .A-12 . .A-6 Editorial ... Horoscope . Nation/world Obituaries ., Biggerstaff, Brown, Burris, Havens, Jacobson, Long, Lurton, Walter, White Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Weather......D-10 www.thetelegraph.com is# I $400 I Coupons and special offers _ inside most editions Sports Baseball \ Cougars <y take two * games from Bellarmine Page IM Silverado strikes gold Chevrolet’s popular truck remains on top of the heap Page C-l HI' 'rn The outlook Arnee day all around. Sunny, with the high 78 and the low 57 Page D-10 ■ = = - SONDAY TUR TELEGRAPH vol, im, no. lo?__Serving The River Bend Since 1836_May 2, tow n.50 Mercantile Bank sold Service to remain same through end of the year By STEVE WHITWORTH announced late Friday it had signed a Telegraph staff writer < definitive agreement to acquire St. Louis-based Mercantile ST. LOUIS — Customers of Bancorporation through an exchange Mercantile Bank branches in The of shares valued at about $10.6 billion. Telegraph area will see few changes The transaction will create the sector the rest of this year stemming ond-largest banking franchise in the from Firstar Corp.’s acquisition of Midwest, officials with both compa-Mercantile Bancorporation Inc., bank nies said. The franchise will provide a officials said Saturday. full line of consumer banking, com- “As far as customers are concerned, mercial banking and trust and invest-everything will stay the* same until at ment management services and prod-least Jan. I,” said Beth Fagan, a ucts to more than 5 million customers spokeswoman for Mercantile. She said through about 1,180 branch locations that meant Mercantile customers and 2,000 automated teller machines would continue using their same in nine Midwestern states, Tennessee, checks, ATM cards, debit cards and Arkansas and Arizona, plus trust oper-account numbers at least through the ations in Florida, end of this year. Firstar, based in Milwaukee, ■ See MERCANTILE, Page A-11 Seniors center seeks to swap land with city By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — City officials plan to meet with representatives from Senior Citizens Plus Inc soon to discuss a proposed property swap. Constance Robinette, executive director of the senior center, last week suggested the city give the senior center 9.3 acres of land at Worden and Leverett avenues. In return, the center would turn over its property, including a 6,500-square-foot building at 3512 McArthur Blvd., to the city. The building is worth $175,000, Robinette said. “We are asking the city of Alton to make another investment in Senior Services Plus, similar to 25 years ago,” she said. “After 25 years, we have grown; we are landlocked. There is no place to expand.” In 1974, the city donated $30,000 from revenue-sharing money for the board of directors to buy the former St. Mark’s Methodist Church to house the program. Robinette said the building has been expanded three times. In light of the multitude of aging baby boomers that will be using the center in coming years, she said the program ■ See SWAP, Page A-11 Businessman fired up over action by city By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON — The village is defending itself against the claims of a businessman concerning a mobile home. Mike Storey, owner of Storeyland Mobile Home Sales, is outraged over village actions after a fire that destroyed one of his mobile homes at 162 S. Pence Ave. Storey said the village removed concrete “pads” for his mobile home without his permission. “A fire occurred at the home (April 26),” Storey said. “The fire chief and the village of East Alton cleaned up the mobile home without permission of the mobile home owners. Then they dug up all the footings and foundations and left us with a big hole, without notifying us, without any type of court order. They ■ See ACTION, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Hand holding, like the shadows of students and volunteers from the William M. Bedell Achievement and Resource Center in Bethalto, was a big part of the regional Special Olympics Saturday at SIUE. Special Olympians shine on sunny day By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — It was hard to tell which shone the brightest Saturday — the smiles of 606 Special Olympians, the medals they won or the welcome May sunshine. Bright and early, athletes from age 8 to 60 converged on Ralph Korte Stadium at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a day of competition in more than 20 track and field events. The biggest event, the softball throw, attracted 200 competitors. “I like the weather; ifs fun,” said one 17-year-old shot putter and mile-runner named Monica, who lives at Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Washington County. Jennifer, 14, a fellow Hoyleton competitor, was proud of her gleaming silver medal hanging on a blue and yellow rib- ■ See OLYMPIANS, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Harry Vink, a member of the Ainad band from East St. Louis, plays a tune on his baritone horn as participants parade around the track during opening ceremonies. < ' 1999 BUICK CENTURY ' SUPER SALE *18,644 *-750 ’ocular pa Rebate V Four Flags BUICK PONTIAC Motors ± Inc. Oldsmobile BHB Popular package, cassette and wwauaa- <17,894 *A1I sales prices include all incentives. Tax, license, doc fees extra. 1999 PONTIAC So. Hway 159(1 mi. N. of 1-270) ....... t Carbon Loaded, ail options, sunroof. MSRP *21,510 Super Sale Price 19,994 7 Hu/ Jacks-of-all-trades General Refrigeration and Plumbing fills a wide range of needs Page IM The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Morrison Powell of Wood River leaves the Washington Avenue branch of Mercantile Bank in Alton Saturday.