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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 learning more JJB Johnson staff teach children socM skills Pagefrl Tag Day Funding sought for diabetes research PagetM The outlook Partly surffiy and warm high near 83 low near 61 Vol 164 No 115SO cents Stanley Cup Blues primed for Game 3 against Dallas Stars PageOl Monday May v vr v m V Bathons budget may be reduced By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Board members may reduce Treasurer Fred Bathons budget because of concerns about the amount he spent on travel last year as county audi tor County Board Chairman Rudy Papa said Bathon would have no one to blame but himself if the Finance Committee decides to reduce his next budget this fall If the former auditor spends money on travel the way Travel expenses of draw criticism could cause cuts he has he has to accept criti said Papa DBethalto It will raise the eyebrows of the Finance Committee when they set the next Bathons auditors office spent more than three times its budget for travel expenses in fiscal year 1998 No other department came close to exceeding its travel bud get by that much County Board members say they will address the matter of Bathons former office spending for trips to conferences in places such as TampaSt Petersburg Beach and San Francisco at upcoming Finance Committee meetings Bathons travel budget for his auditors office staff was Yes Im concerned with said Finance Committee member Rick Faccin DAlton Is this necessary And could he have gone someplace else like Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to get the train ing The board doesnt run my office I Bathon said If they want to hinder my opera tions they are able to do that But I manage my office in a way thats progressive and positive for the taxpayers of Madison He said most of the travel is necessary for continuous educa tional training Chief Deputy Treasurer Rich Hampton added that travel is an individual line item that we can switch around any way we Travel receipts show that Bathons employees also attend ed conferences in Champaign Peoria Chicago and Springfield between May and November 1998 Bathon attended five con ferences including one in Chicago with four employees in the auditors office just a week before being sworn in as trea I See BATHON Page A7 Fred Bathon treasurer Marriages honored on Mothers Day Kjfyou dont By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer On Mothers Day couples were honored for honoring one another during a service at St John United Church of Christ in Wood River The Chappells eloped 65 years ago and will celebrate 66 years of teamwork and trust May 28 Russell and Leah Chappell 86 and 87 respectively have seen each other through the Great Depression mounting bills in the early years of the union and the births of four children Russell WOFK Leon 60 of Arkansas Chloe Chappell Huber 58 and Nancy Chappell if fallo Stephens 49 of Chicago ll and Sheryl Chappell Gunter 55 of Tennessee They both agree they have been blessed to see six of their eight grand children graduate from college The other two are well on their way They also enjoy seeing their 10 greatgrandchildren If you dont work together it falls Russell Chappell said Through the tough economic times of their marriage during and after the Great Depression Russell Chappell worked a variety of odd jobs His wife said he would do anything to keep the bills paid and food on the table He became a nighttime jani tor to compensate for their income when he was laid off from Standard Oil now See MARRIAGES Page A7 Russell Chappell married for nearly 66 years Th i u 11 1 AU i For The LYON The St John United Chinch of Christ recognized the 50th wedding anniversary of members Jim and Jean Jones on Sunday Steamboats arrival could draw a crowd By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer MOZIER Merle Clendenny remembers when townspeople gathered on the riverfront in the early 1920s to welcome the famous steam boat the Belle of Calhoun to Mozier landing When people heard the whistle of the steam boat coming up the Mississippi they hurried to the Mozier Bay Landing to greet the Belle and her said the 92yearold Clendenny who grew up in Mozier in Calhoun County The beautiful Belle of Calhoun looked like the majestic steamboat from the movie Showboat as it steamed toward Mozier to load apples live stock corn and barrels of fish to haul to the St Louis markets It was a colorful sight to see the giant paddle wheel churning up waves behind the Clendenny said The tall stacks puffed clouds of smoke as the pilot steered the big boat into In the early 1900s Mozier was a colorful Mississippi River town of 100 residents with two general stores Cliff Odon and Smithingers Blacksmith Shop Eckerts Harness Shop and businessmen who sold blocks of river ice to com mercial fishermen to keep their fish cold Joe Perry was a fish Clendenny said He drove a horse and buggy from home to home in the countryside to sell Merle Clendenny and his son Gary Clendenny sat in the Mozier Short Stop Restaurant last week and talked about the histo ry of Mozier a town of 40 people on Illinois Route 96 in western Calhoun County The folks around Mozier made a living in the early 1900s by fishing in the river raising apple See CROWD Page A7 Towns Morning Bulletin Board A8 B2 D2 Obituaries i Davis Horvath Victims assistance agency facing closure Paperwork problems are to blame SAVlst executive administrator says By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer A 3yearold boy sexually abused by his mothers boyfriend A woman gangraped now facing problems in her mar riage Another woman raped at a party while her husband watched He didnt stop it An adolescent raped by her father and her brothers She thought it was a normal part of life Volunteers and employees at Sexual Assault Victims First see cases like these everyday said Joanne Berry board member and executive administrator for SAVlst It is the only agency in Madison County open to the public that handles rape sexual assault and incest cases at no charge to clients But after June 30 the agency might be forced to close its doors for good For me the most painful thing is watching those little kids come Berry said Now Im wondering where theyre going to Berry says much of the blame for the agencys possi See VICTIMS Page A7 The BEHRHORST From left Earline Gurley board president Jamie McFarland secretary and Joanne Berry execu tive assistant stand in front of Sexual Assault Victims First a fiveyearold Madison County agency providing assistance and services for victims of rape incest and sexual assault THURSDAY MAY 13 WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY MAY 14 SATURDAY MAY 15 SUNDAY MAY 16   

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