Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois Vol. 164, No. 115 — 50 cents Monday, May 10,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Bathon’s budget may be reduced By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Madison County Board members may reduce Treasurer Fred Bathon’s budget because of concerns about the amount he spent on travel last year as county auditor. 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 $9,636 draw criticism, could cause cuts he has, he has to accept criticism," said Papa, D-Bethalto. “It will raise the eyebrows of the Finance Committee when they set the next budget." Bathon’s auditor’s office spent more than three times its budget for travel expenses in fiscal year 1998. No other, department came close to exceeding its travel budget by that much. County Board members say they will address the matter of Bathon’s former office spending $9,636 for trips to conferences in places such as Tampa-St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., and San Francisco at upcoming Finance Committee meetings. Bathon’s travel budget for his auditor’s office staff was $3,000. “Yes, I’m concerned with that," said Finance Committee member Rick Faccin, D-Alton. “Is this necessary? And could he have gone someplace else like Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to get the train ing?" “The board doesn’t run my office I do,” Bathon said. “If they want to hinder my operations, they are able to do that. But I manage my office in a way that’s progressive and positive for the taxpayers of Madison County." He said most of the travel is necessary for continuous educational training. Chief Deputy Treasurer Rich Hampton added that travel is an individual line item that "we can switch around any way we want." Travel receipts show that Bathon’s employees also attended conferences in Champaign, Peoria, Chicago and Springfield between May and November 1998. Bathon attended five conferences, including one in Chicago with four employees in the auditor’s office just a week before being sworn in as trea- ■ See BATHON. Page A-7 Fred Bathon treasurer SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Learning more J.B. Johnson staff I teach children social skills PageB-1 : Funding sought for diabetes ip research rn Page EM - The outlook Partly sunny and warm; high near 83, low near 61 Page IM Stanley Cup Blues primed for Game 3 against Dallas Stars Page GI Steamboat’s 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 steamboat, the Belle of Calhoun, to Mozier landing. “When people heard the whistle of the steamboat coming up the Mississippi, they hurried to the Mozier Bay Landing to greet the Belle and her crew,” said the 92-year-old 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, livestock, corn and barrels of fish to haul to the St. Louis markets. ..................................................—— “It was a colorful sight v nfimng|fg to see the giant paddle- lulCyi wheel churning up waves Tilling! f» behind the Belle.’ lUWIIw Clendenny said. “The tall - stacks puffed clouds of smoke as the pilot steered the big boat into Mozier.” In the early 1900s, Mozier was a colorful Mississippi River town of IOO residents with two general stores, Cliff Odon and Smithinger’s Blacksmith Shop, Eckert’s Harness Shop and businessmen who sold blocks of river ice to commercial fishermen to keep their fish cold. “Joe Perry was a fish peddler,” Clendenny said. “He drove a horse anti buggy from home to home in the countryside to sell fish.” Merle Clendenny and his son, Gary Clendenny, sat in the Mozier Short Stop Restaurant last week and talked about the history 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 A-7 Marriages honored on Mother’s Day By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer On Mother’s 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 //XfvOU Depression, mounting bills •• I j uu in the early years of the ldon’t union and the births of four children: Russell WOiTK Leon, 60, of Arkansas; Chloe (Chappell) Huber, lugtrulcl, 58, and Nancy (Chappell) it f5^11S Stephens, 49, of Chicago; and Sheryl (Chappell) apart.” Gunter, 55, of Tennessee. They both agree they Russell have been blessed to see Chappell six of their eight grand- . . , children graduate from married Tor college. The other two are nearly 66 well on their way. They years also enjoy seeing their IO__ great-grandchildren “If you don’t work together, it falls apart," 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 janitor to compensate for their income when he was laid off from Standard Oil, now ■ See MARRIAGES, Page A-7 hor me leiegrapn/juniN lyun The St. John United Church of Christ recognized the 50th wedding anniversary of members Jim and Jean Jones on Sunday. Victims assistance agency facing closure Paperwork problems are to blame, SAV-lst executive administrator says Good J* : Morning Area/Illinois .....A-3,6 Bulletin Board .A-8, B-2 Classifieds........C-7 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World B-4 Neighbors........B-1 Obituaries........A-5 Davis, Horvath Region...........D-1 Scoreboard.......B-2 Television ........D-3 By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer A 3-year-old boy sexually abused by his mother’s boyfriend. A woman gang-raped, now lacing problems in her marriage. Another woman, raped at a. party while her husband watched. He didn’t 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 SAV-lst. 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 in,” Berry said. “Now I’m wondering where they’re going to go.” Berry says much of the blame for the agency’s possi- ■ See VICTIMS, Page A-7 <c frop\E $ THURSDAY, MAY 13 iii Bon Air WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY MAY 14 SATURDAY MAY 15 SUNDAY, MAY 16 The Telegraph/bt I many bttiHi-iuMS i Dm left, Earline Gurley, board president; Jamie McFarland, secretary; and Joanne Berry, execu-e assistant, stand in front of Sexual Assault Victims First, a five-year-old Madison County encv orovidina assistance and services for victims of rape, incest and sexual assault.