Alton Telegraph, June 4, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 lek in time s Country doesn’t give in to the cute and gaudy Page IM Driven to help Roxana seniors repair car for paralyzed teen PageC-l Chance of afternoon thunderstorms; high near 84, low near 68 Page IV8 Mac injured as Cardinals lose 4-2 Page B-l Vol. 164, No. 140 — 50 cents Friday, June 4,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Refinery sale may be near By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — A Clark Refining & Marketing Inc. official said an announcement could be made today about Clark’s purchase of Shell’s and Texaco’s jointly owned Wood River Refining Co. The energy giants have been negotiating for months about the potential sale of the plant, Shell-Equilon’s Houston-based corporate communications team said. The plant, along Illinois Route 111 within Roxana’s village limits, employs 1,050 people. Wood River Refining Co. is owned by Equilon Enterprises LLC, the parent company of the Shell-Texaco Alliance. Details of the sale are expected today. Clark recently sold more than 70 gas stations to concentrate on its efforts in the refinery business. Speculation about the impending sale has been rampant for months. Baby sitter indicted The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES Madison County State's Attorney William Haine, left, and Madison County Sheriff's Detective Scott Sandidge announce the indictment of Nancy E. Ash on a charge of endangering the life of a child. By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — A baby sitter who could not swim and was warned about taking children swimming was indicted Thursday in last month’s drowning of a child in a Godfrey creek. A Madison County grand jury charged Nancy E. Ash, 32, of the 1200 block of Rixon Street, Alton, with endangering the life of a child, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The charge alleges that Ash knowingly placed the lives of Andrea N. Sweeney, 8, and seven other children ne*®*"*! Jai!* Ash Sweeney at risk when she took them swimming in Piasa Creek May 16 without knowing how to swim herself. “Some of these things are accidents, purely,” Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine said. "But the facts of this are that she placed the children at risk knowingly and willfully.” Andrea drowned after she and a 10-year-old boy, JoJo Manning, stepped off a sand bar into about ll See SITTER, Page A-7 Sanders urges firing of SIUC chancellor By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - SIUC Chancellor Jo Ann E. Argersinger will be fired Saturday if university officials back a recommendation by Southern Illinois University President Ted Sanders. Meanwhile, Argersinger’s supporters are protesting her ouster by speaking out against Sanders, who oversees both the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses. Sanders said Argersinger was given the opportunity to resign May 26 during an executive session of the SIU Board of Trustees. “We tried to handle it in a manner that would cause the least harm to the university. She chose another course,” Sanders said. He held a news conference Thursday in Carbondale. He said Argersinger has been telling people she already has been fired “even though she continues to come to work.” The Board of Trustees will hold a special executive session Saturday to discuss Sanders’ recommendation. They will hole the final vote on whether to fire Argersinger for allegedly subversive decisions and disagreements with her bosses Sanders said he was surprised when, shortly after Argersinger was hired last July, she began making major managerial moves “after little or no consultation.” She fired former provost John Jackson after 30 years of service, and Sanders said he learned from reading in a newspaper that Rich Falvo was being removed as the graduate school dean. “As president of this university, I have the ultimate accountability to the Board of Trustees, the governor, the General Assembly and the taxpayers of Illinois. I cannot do my job the way I want to do it if a key member of my management team is not keeping me informed.” On the Carbondale campus, a groundswell of support is lining up behind Argersinger. A rally is scheduled for today; on Wednesday, the SIUC Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing support for the embattled chancellor. Three members of the Faculty Senate went to the Edwardsville campus Thursday to meet with ■ See SANDERS, Page A-7 SandersLady Hawks step up to the plate tonight By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer CARROLLTON Competing in late rounds of state tournaments has become a habit for female athletes at Carrollton High School. The Lady Hawks softball team (34-3) is heading to the state quarterfinals on the heels of the girls basketball team’s second-place finish in the Illinois High School Association Class A tournament in February. The basketball and softball teams share a large number of key performers. The Lady Hawks are making their third consecutive trip to Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park and will face Lanark Eastland at 7:30 tonight in the quarterfinals. Carrollton has advanced to the state quarterfinals four of the past five years. “We’ve been fortunate around here,” athletic director Greg Pohlman said before the team bus left Thursday for Pekin. “The whole town’s excited about it. For the fans, this is a treat.” Despite school being closed for the summer, a sizeable crowd turned out Thursday to either escort the team to Pekin or wish them good luck. Pohlman said that head coach Lori Blade has the talented team ready to play. “We wish you girls the utmost luck,” Pohlman told the Lady Hawks. The four seniors — pitcher Liz DeShasier, catcher Angela Higgins, designated hitter Krysten Camden and first baseman Kacie Symes — said they have a good chance in the tournament. “I hope to see you all out there,” said DeShasier, who is ■ See HAWKS, Page A-7 Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business......D-1 Classifieds C-4 Comics.......D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-5 Nation/world .. .C-3 Obituaries.....A-5 Alexander, Blasingim, Johnson, Kessinger, Loafman, McClinton, O’Reilly, Richards, Williams Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television.....D-7 Weather.......D-8 Victory near in Kosovo, Costello says By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - The true end of the Kosovo conflict is in sight, U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-IU., told 25 residents Thursday at South Roxana Village Hall. “We think we have some very good news internationally,” Costello said,, “and it is good news not only for our . ...    country Milosevic but for accepts around thepeace plan ;h°eVhder  Page C-3 you agree or disagree with the NATO proposal, strong evidence tells us there’s no doubt that ethnic cleansing has been taking place with incredible magnitude. It’s well past time for this to end.” On Thursday, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic accepted a peace plan for Kosovo that is designed to end mass expulsions of ethnic Albanians and ll weeks of NATO airstrikes. More than 855,000 ethnic Albanians have abandoned their homes in Kosovo and fled the country. James Selimi is the son of Sam Selimi, an ethnic Albanian who is owner of Lindy’s Restaurant on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. James Selimi was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen, but he was raised in Macedonia. He said Thursday The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-lll., addresses a town meeting Thursday at South Roxana Village Hall. that whether the Albanian Kosovars will benefit from whatever final pact is made depends on Milosevic’s ability to honor the agreement in full. “A lot of people in the United States ask if we’re winning this war or if we are losing it. If Milosevic agrees with exactly what NATO proposes, then it’s a good plan for Albanian Kosovars. But if Milosevic is just trying to engage in some sort of propaganda through these settlement talks, then it’s no good. “If the Albanians can escape from the pressure of Milosevic and are once again able to live as free people in their homeland, then they have won.” President Clinton and NATO remain cautious and are waiting for Milosevic to pull his troops out. The Associated Press contributed some information for this article. ;

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