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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ram n touch with naturo Day camp part of 12-month programming Page B-l Another loss I Tigers top I Caixls Page C-l i Partly sunny and mild; high near 80, low near 59 Page C-8 Veterans want to outlaw flag desecration Page IM IMMUUM Vol. 164, No. 150 —50 cents Monday, June 14,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Loophole looms over official By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Madison County Board member has been hired by Nameoki Township for a $600 weekly job that never has been filled before. The job as special projects supervisor for the township’s Highway Board member takes position with pension-padding possibilities Department also could allow Don Rea, D-Pontoon Beach, to take home a healthy pension if he retires from both the County Board and the township in 2002. “I have no intent to try to drag this out until I retire from the County Board," said Rea, pointing out that his friend, Highway Commissioner Loren Madison, asked him to fill the position temporarily. “Loren, like a lot of township highway commissioners, is not aware of all the grants available (for road pro jects). I’m on the County Board, and I know where the grants are and how to get them," Rea said Rea said he began the job on June I, receives no benefits and works five days per week from 7 a m to 3:30 p.m. The job would pay Rea $31,200 if he stays there for a year. But Rea, 60, said he doesn’t know whether he’ll stay on much longer than just this summer. He said Madison’s term will end in 2001, and he will definitely quit the job at that time. Rea served with Madison on the Pontoon Beach Village Board for ■ See LOOPHOLE. Page A-7 Alhambra set to celebrate 150th birthday By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALHAMBRA — The people of this eastern Madison County town will celebrate 150 years of history with a public birthday bash next weekend “We invite everyone to our sesquicentennial celebration party with a weekend of entertainment, food and special history displays and events,” said Joe Dauderman, co-chair with Deb Reckmann for the historic festival. Alhambra residents will say “Happy Birthday” to their town with special events, music, parades and a spectacular fireworks display. The sesquicen-tennial weekend will    Tau    non    caa begin at 6 p m    V Friday and continue    A the history through Sunday r AU, arn K ra with carnival rides,    AlilalliUI o a variety of foods unfold as you finale at 9 W p r m s walk through the Su ^ ay u ,    , sesquicentennial The historic town ^    •    i.u    ~ of Alhambra is museum rn the Sy^ide “tS Park hall.” Illinois Route 140,25 j oe Dauderman miles east of Alton. Alhambra has its    festival    co-chair roots in the ances-__ tors of pioneer families who rode in horse-drawn wagons across the country to settle on the prairie land to plant corn, build stores, a railroad, churches and country schools. William Hinch and his family came from Kentucky in 1817 and built their log cabin home from big oak trees in the Alhambra countryside along Silver Creek. Families such as the William Pitman, James Farris, Robert Aldrich and William Hoxsey clans followed Hinch and settled in the young pioneer community. A special history display at the sesquicentennial will show how the town was born in 1849, when settler Dr. Louis Sheppard laid out the community and named it Alhambra. Sheppard’s wife suggested that the town be named ■ See BIRTHDAY, Page A-7 howplace 12 Kerasotes Theatre employee Kari Garber sells movie tickets to Jeff Beavers of Edwardsville. I fit? I eieyrapn/iviMnvjnc rn. Dnnntu IDs already a feature presentation Clinton’s call to screen teens nothing new for area movie theaters By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer President Clinton’s appeal to theater operators to step up efforts to keep underage youths out of R-rated movies is unlikely to result in any major changes at cinemas in The Telegraph area. That’s because the local theaters, almost all of them owned by Kerasotes Theatres, already are strict in their enforcement of age restrictions, company officials said. Earlier this month, Clinton asked the National Association of Theater Owners to crack down on teen-agers younger than 17 who try to get into R-rated movies. The president’s request was part of his effort to fight youth violence by limiting the ability of underage teens to see violent films. The theater owners’ group pledged to enforce the rules, but Kerasotes officials say that’s nothing new for their company. “That’s been a standing operations procedure with Kerasotes for a long time,” said Rob Lehman, senior area manager for Kerasotes. "We have always carded anyone who looks 17 or younger. If they don’t have an ID, we don’t let them into the auditorium.” The movie ratings system allows for children under 17 to watch an R-rated movie if accompanied by an adult, but Lehman said the company’s employees are careful about their interpretation of that rule. “A parent can come by and purchase a tick- ■ See ID, Page A-7 \ The Telegraph/HtbtuUA hukmns esident of the Elijah P. Lovejoy Committee J. Erie Robinson, far left, joins Lovejoy scholarship d award winners as they place a wreath on Lovejoy's grave at the Alton City Cemetery Sunday. Dm the left are David Grisham, Laura Nolte, Charles Banks and Jennifer Marshall. June 17^*' STONEBRAKER” THURSDAY, U WEEKEND BANDS SATURDAY, June 19 FRIDAY, June 18 SOUL REUNION ABLE SUNDAY, June 20 ‘RALPH BUTLER” 3-6PM ‘SABLE” 7-11 PM a Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board .. .B-2,4 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......A-8 Obituaries........A-5 Crane, Dunnagan, Dvorchak, Marshall, Rhoads-Simpson, Root, * Seiferman Scoreboard.......C-2 High school graduates receive Lovejoy awards By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON - For the 46th year, the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Committee gave awards to four recent high school graduates at a ceremony held Sunday in the Jesse Lundun Cannon Auditorium at Elijah P. Lovejoy Elementary School. The program featured music by the Alton Municipal Band and a vocal performance by Louise O’Steen, who sang “Eye on the Sparrow” and “Blessed Assurance." The featured speaker was Marie Schickedanz, assistant super intendent for educational services at Alton Community Unit School District No. ll. Charles Banks, a 1999 graduate of Alton High School, was the recipient of the Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship. Banks will attend the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana to study mechanical engineering. “I want to thank God, Ed Gray and the entire Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship Committee for selecting me to receive this award,” Banks said. “I believe I am prepared and will work hard to continue my education.” While attending Alton High ■ See AWARDS, Page A-7