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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 toca is on Charismatic goes for the Triple Crown PageCl MI This business is hot and cold PageBl Partly warm and High 91 low 71 PageC12 cents 1999 Make sure your car doesnt break down and leave you overheated Special Section Clark buying refinery Employees assured of plants stability By KERRY SMITH and ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writers ROXANA Equilon Enterprises LLC ended months of speculation when it announced Friday it is selling its Wood River Refining at Roxana to Clark USA Jim Equilon president and informed the refinerys employees of the intended sale Friday morning and held sepa rate briefings for union who are 60 percent of the plants Rumors have been rampant for a year about Clarks possible purchase of the which produced its first gasoline in 1918 as Shell Oil of Morgans message carried words of encour agement and stability about the future of the plant and its said Phil Wood River Refining Morgan broke the news at to about 20 representatives of 11 refinery includ ing the big Operating Engineers local at the plant on Illinois Route He informed the representatives that Clark would honor the unions threeyear which has more than two years Roxanas known as Shell Shell provided jobs for thou sands in area Page A7 for 80 is a division of Houstonheadquar tered Equilon Enterprises LLC and is jointly owned by Shell and The refinery has dedicated and excellent Morgan told The long history of this refinery reflects very positively on your 24 hours a year year We thank each of you for the hard work youve done to maintain the refinery as a com petitive plant in a very challenging business Schwin said the sale which has been in the works for nearly a is in its ini tial approval and the two companies will work to finalize the Schwin said Equilons business strategy is to sell its Roxana refinery to Clark USA and to simultaneously sell its plant in El to another owner as an effort to concen trate more intently on four other key areas nationwide pipeline and See Page A11 Workers accustomed to change The BADMAN The older and smaller Clark Refinery in Hartford can be seen in the foreground in relation to the much larger Wood River Refining to the which is in By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Fridays for mal announcement of Clark USA impending buyout of Wood River Refining came as no surprise to long time plant many of whom have been discussing the topic for nearly a Pipefitter and welder Bob who has worked at the refinery for 21 said he went through a similar transi tion at the plant in when he survived a Shell reduction in force but saw 67 of his co workers A Brighton Elaine was transferred from his cur rent position to one in opera tions for twoandahalf See Page A11 The BADMAN Workers leave the main gate of the Wood River Refining in Roxana Friday after Clark USA announced its intent to buy the Two young stars spark Lady Hawks By LOUIE KORAC Telegraph sports writer PEKIN Experience is a necessity when a ballclub is trying to win a state champi The Carrollton Lady Hawks have plenty of but they also have some young sters who are playing like sea soned Freshman second baseman Alicia DeShasier and sopho more shortstop Karen Brannan have provided the Lady Hawks 343 before Friday nights game with timely bats and great The twosome are going about playing in the Illinois High School Associations Class A State Tournament like its no big deal to show ing little or no intimidation being around some of the best the stale has to See Page A11 Maiiiiiig Bulletin Board Business ClassifiedsC8 Comics Editorial HoroscopeA8 Schwegel ScoreboardC2 Thunderstorm cancels Alton High graduation By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A violent thunder storm with high heavy rain and lightning raged through the area Friday canceling the Alton High School graduation and knocking out power to homes and The graduation ceremony was probably for the first time in Alton School District Superintendent Michael Beaber Beaber said late Friday night that school officials still hoped to reschedule the cere mony for tonight or He said the schools comput er system would call the par ents of all graduating seniors to inform them when the deci sion is The information also will be broadcast on WBGZ Radio in and Beaber said he would ask Louis television and radio sta tions to spread the The storm blew a tree down School officials will call parents to inform them when ceremony is across highvoltage power lines in the 600 block of Jefferson knocking out power to the auditorium of West Middle School in the 1500 block of State where the high school graduation had been moved after the outdoor ceremony was rained Assistant Chief Stephen Mikoff of the Alton Fire Department said a pumper remained at the scene on Jefferson until when power was restored after crews from AmerenUE repaired the downed Alton firefighters wore busy See Page A11 The BADMAN Jaime Bechtold gets a comforting hug from her outside of West Middle School in Alton Friday after learning that power outages had canceled the Alton High School
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