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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Heartmade Treasures v Hobby becomes anew career PageDl Summer arrives Heatwave hitsarea PageBl The outlook Partly sunny hot and humid high near 93 low near 71 PageD4 Back to state Tigers will defend their crown at tournament m Vol 164 No 144 50 cents Tuesday June 9 Refinery sale a good thing Mayors say transaction beneficial to communities By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Area mayors are saying that Fridays announcement that ShellTexaco will sell the Hood River Refining Co to Clark USA Inc is abeneficial outcome for their communities Hartford Mayor Ron Carnell says there is some irony in the transaction since he said Clark itself had some rough transitions local ly during the past decade Clark has had some shaky times in recent Carnell said But this is just positive proof that the company is now com pletely capable of focusing 100 per cent of its has proven o be auite itseit to be quite a j contender in this a contender in tr boththis plants merge Ron Carnell operations Clark USA Inc Hartford mayor President and CEO William Rusnack said the refinery will represent the seventh largest in the country manufactur ing barrels per day Carnell complimented the management of what has been known as the Shell refinery and the management of Clarks Hartford facility Phil Schwin at Shell has done an excel lent job and so has Forrest Lauher in over seeing the Clark Carnell said See MAYORS Page A7 The BADMAN An aerial view shows the citysized complex that makes up Wood River Refining Co in Roxana which Clark USA owners of the nearby Clark Refinery in Hartford announced Friday that they would purchase Economic officials believe sale is a slick move By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA An economic devel opment expert and a labor market economist agree that the sale of Shell and Texacos jointlyowned Wood River Refining Co makes sense in light of the buyers and the sellers upcoming changes in busi ness strategy River Bend Growth Association President Don Miller said the sale will likely mean an increase in the priority of the operations at the 80 yearold refinery Clark really wanted this Shell Texaco refinery whereas Shell is getting out of the refinery busi said Miller This is encour aging because Clarks entire focus will now be on refineries compared to only about 25 percent of Shells operations that were devoted to Last month Clark USA under the subsidiary of Clark Refining Marketing sold off all its retail stations to focus more on the firms refineries Once the paperwork is complet ed on the Wood River Refining Co sale refinery plant manager Phil Schwin said Shell plans to focus on four areas of operation lubricants transportation pipeline and mar keting Miller said current Wood River See OFFICIALS Page A7 Get your kicks at Festival 66 Celebration will feature classic talent show By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer This weekend will give everyone a chance to get their kicks with out going far as Festival 66 rplls into town to celebrate the nostalgic heritage of the RJother Route 66 festival which is in its people a chance to cruise back to a sim pler time with classic music classic cars and activities for all ages said Festival Committee Chairman Greg Schmidt One of the annual high lights the car cruise wont be headed for the coast just across town The trip will start at 6 Saturday at Edwardsville Middle School and go to the Steak n Shake at 2382 Troy Road expecting to have 3M or 400 cars Schmidt said Most of them Will be classic or soupedup cars but a couple of minivans always sneak in Those minivans show that Man pleads guilty to reckless homicide By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Before his death at the hands of a drunken driver Robert T Cunningham enjoyed playing Santa Claus collecting arcade stuffed animals and delivering them to sick and needy chil dren He was very wellloved by the Madison County Assistant States Attorney James Buckley said Now the man responsible for Cunninghams death faces up to seven years in prison as the result of a plea agreement reached Monday in Madison County Circuit Court Darrell R Smith 39 of the 7000 block of Beneze Lane in Godfrey pleaded guilty to reckless homicide the crime with which he was charged after his Ford Bronco broad sided a Chevrolet Caprice cab being driven by Cunningham last Dec 23 at the intersection of Tolle Lane and Godfrey Road in Godfrey The state has agreed to seek no more than a seven year term but Smith can also ask for probation said his See HOMICIDE Page A7 Rich Henry left and his wife Linda at Henrys 66 Service Station along fiVuteKn SteuntonRNES its not all about what has been Part of what makes the festival special Schmidt said is that it is for everyone including bystanders Everybodys he said Something that makes it special is the way people line up to wave as the cars go A show to spotlight local talent is planned for Saturday night The winner will proceed to a statelevel talent contest next January See FESTIVAL Page A7 Good morning Bulletin Bryant Clark Goeman Gress Lowe Matthews Saunders Williams Stocks Television YRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE 700 Rolls In stock Vinyl from 33 4 sq ft Carpet from 33 sq ft Laminate Wood Flooring from 1 CARPITr 4652622   

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