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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER 1MB SINGE 1836 Teacher of Year Wai4tart honors Grafton woman PageDl St louls victory Caitlinals beat Dodgers Tag The outlook Partly su and mild 6 low No 12960 cents m Relay lorLHe Cancer Sodefy benefit is set Monday May Building mood County may raze highway garage for new one Madison Countys Highway Department works out of buildings that are fronted by Marine Road in Edwardsville and stretch along the intersecting Pin Oak Road ByPAULMACKlE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Officials are discussing demolishing Madison Countys 49year6ld highway build ing and building a modernized one The countys Highway Department works out of buildings that are fronted by Marine Road in Edwardsville and stretch along the intersecting Pin Oak Road The primary building officials are interested in replacing is the main tenance garage which is the build ing closest to Marine Road and was built in 1950 Mortars falling out of the ceiling The roof door and windows are said William Skip Krumeich DEdwardsville chair man of the County Board Buildings Committee which heard the prelim inary proposal last week Don Rea DGranite City is the boards Highway Committee chair He and county engineer Dave Dietzel presented the proposal The maintenance garage which also has offices and a parts room has no hydraulic lifts and the heat ing is Dietzel said The other buildings behind the garage are all in excellent Rea said his committee had looked into building an addition to the garage but he said it may be more feasible to tear down the old one and build a new one Ive had preliminary discussions See BUILDING Page Stopping to smell the roses u M m i t r BARNES Kathy Plough of admires the roses in bloom Sunday at the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden at Gordon Moore Park in Alton May Wood River twister left five dead EDITORS NOTE This is the second of a threepart series about violent storms that havehit the area Reporter Ande Yakstis contributes an eyewitness account of one storm By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER On May 21 1949 I watched a sunny day suddenly turn as black as night and saw a giant funnel cloud drop out of the sky over Wood 1 River I looked into the air from the corner of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue and the clouds turna then orange then black air was so heavy that you could hardly breathe The time was All of a sudden I saw the twister drop out of the sky like a big black snake twisting and turning across the Standard Oil Co refinery crushing large empty oil tanks like tin cans Fifty years have passed but resi dents still live with the horror of the day when the tornado tore through Wood River killing five people and injuring more than 50 The ugly tail of the twister ripped a devastating path northeast through neighborhoods of Wood River uproot A 11 at once I was riflying through the air among pieces of bro ken Photos Pages Kelly Judd victim of stofrn ing 100yearold trees splitting houses into pieces and hurling cars through the air Kelly Judd was walking to Camps Drug Store at Sixth and Ferguson Avenuewhen wind picked him off the ground and hurled him through the air All at onceT was flying through the air of broken Judd said after the storm I landed on the ground against a fence I was cut and bruised but I was lucky to be The tornado snaked a deadly path five blocks wide through homes along Seventh Eighth and Ninth streets and Madison and Ferguson The twister skirted Roxana and turned its fury toward Edwardsville Road the Brushy See TWISTER Page A9 SIUE teachers collide in court over parking fees By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE More than two years after it began no one seems able to pave over the parking fee dispute between SIUE and a teachers union V So once again parties will the campus lots and drive a neutral forum this tirneV Court Arguments are expected to be heard next month on whether the university has the right to keep in place a threeyear fee increase that it began implementing in 1996 The dispute comes down to this SIVE believes it can raise the fees without having to bargain with its unions The Illinois Education Association on the other hand says park ing fees are a condition of employment that must be bargained since the campus location dictates that most workers must drive to it An administrative law judge and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board both agree with the union Conditions of employment which also cover such things as hours and pay are manda tory subjects of bargaining according to the Illinois Labor Relations Act Last fall the labor board ruled that the university must bargain the fees and ordered the school to rescind any increases enacted from 1996 to 1998 SIUE appealed that rul ing to the appellate court and asked for a stay of the rescis sion until the appeal is com plete Rather than sitting down and bargaining the university decided to spend more taxpay er money on their attorneys andappeal said Mike Cook UniServ director for Region 45 of the IEA who is See FEES Page A9 The M BARNES Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the teachers union are locked in a dispute about fees for parking on the campus Good Morning Obituaries A7 Bulletin Board Hafbaugh Keenan Kelly Monroe Twarog Comics B4 Shephard Slaten Wallace Scoreboard 02 B3 Benld to celebrate heritage at festival By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BENLD Townspeople of Benld will relive their Italian heritage May 2831 at the jeth annual ItalianAmerican Days celebration The history of Italian fami lies in Benld dates to the early 1900s when families immigrat ed from Italy to work in the prosperous coal mines around Hardworking coal mining town Page A8 town We invite everyone to come to Benld and join us to cele brate ItalianAmerican Days with delicious food from old Italian recipes games music and said Angelo Saraccp 80 a descendant of a historic Italian family in Benld The festival was started 46 years ago by the Italian Club with such prominent Italian names as Nisio Berutti Anton Fassero John Ciprano Mike Fazio Ben Tarro Louie Baima and Albert Bertagnolli said Jerry Saracco one of the coordinators of the fourday public event ItalianAmerican Days is known throughout the state for its fine Italian foods and Saracco said He is president of the Italian Club his brother Ed is trea surer Larry Goldasich is vice president and John Balzarine is secretary The club was started to help the community of Angelo Saracco said The new pavilion in Benld was built See BENLD Page A9 THURSDAY MAY 27 FRIDAY MAY 28 Fluid Drive WEEKEND BANDS SAT Soul Reunion1 u
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