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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 o Newly designed bill makes it simpler PageCl Vol 164 No 154 50 cents Bluff Qty beats Danville 74 PageBl Friday June 18 1999 The outlook Sunny to partly Native writes of High78low56 PageD10 PageD1 I 350 new jobs on the wing Texas firm to open division at Regional By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO A new business is coming to St Louis Regional Airport and is expected to bring up to 350 jobs to the area Airport officials will hold a news conference Saturday morning to announce that Eagle One Aviation Inc LLC an aircraft modification firm based in Fort Worth Texas is preparing to open a structural machinist division here After nearly a year of negotiations the year old aerospace player will take on the conver sion of Boeing 727 models from passenger to cargo planes The result is a major economic coup for Bethalto and the rest of the area Were delighted about Eagle Ones deci said Marion Richardson manager of St Louis Regional They said they liked the wel come they received from our airport communi ty as well as the potential to continue to expand their Bethalto operations in the future Weve still got lots of space available on this airports Richardson said Were excited about the additional business and industry Eagle Ones presence here will Bethalto Mayor Steve Bryant said pumping several hundred new jobs into the village is a major development We are always eager for positive economic See JOBS Page A11 More jobs worth the noise residents say By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Residents already are talking about what a major new employers arrival in their village will mean Linda McNeese who lives on Gulp Lane near Clover Leaf Golf Club says new busi ness spells new opportunities for folks to find a good job or move to a better one I dont know any Boeing or any machin ists who are looking for work at this McNeese said but its always encouraging when new business comes into our The new employer Eagle One Aviation is an aircraft modification firm specializing in converting Boeing 727 passenger jetliners what residents call the noisy planes to cargo carriers I still think the planes flying into St Louis Regional Airport are getting too big and flying too McNeese said Bertha Archibald who lives on Airline Drive in Bethalto agrees about the noise even though she has lived several miles from the airport for the past three years The noise is not niuch to complain about though if this company is going to be bring ing in new Archibald said Thats a good thing I dont personally know of any one right now who is out of a machinist job but it will mean a lot to those in I See NOISE Page A11 The BADMAN A military version of a DC9 frequently flown into St Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto for training by the 11th Airlift Squadron based at Scott Air Force Base takes off Thursday from The DC9 is similar in size to 727 passenger planes that a Texasbased company plans to convert into cargo planes at the former AEL complex At right Rick Erzinger part owner of the former AEL hangars and offices at St Louis Regional Airport stands in the hangar that will be part of the space used by Eagle One Aviation Inc LLC Alton Belles cruising days are numbered By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Anyone wanting to take one last cruise on the Alton Belle Casino should get on board without delay Once Goy George Ryan signs the dockside gambling bill the Alton boat will stop taking its leisurely excursions IVa miles up the Mississippi River as of that day We will cease cruising as soon as the boat gets back as of its next said Brenda Bauer general manager of Argosy Gaming Alton Belle The Illinois Gaming Board has approved the Belles new internal controls which will allow it to switch immediately to a dockside facility Owners of gambling boats have the option to remain cruising or docked however all of them are expected to discontinue their excur sions Rumors had circulated that Ryan intended to sign the bill today which would allow the law to go into effect immediately A spokesperson in his office however said Ryan did not plan to sign the bill today she could not say when he will If Ryan signs the bill it would be the biggest change in Illinois gambling laws since casinos were legalized in 1990 I See BELLE Page A11 MMNi A39 Bulletin Board A7 ClassifiedsC5 Editorial Feltes Fosha Milford Runyon Schueler Schultz Tucker Wiser LCCC takes over Nelson complex By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Preservationists were grin ning from ear to state Sen Evelyn Bowles said Thursday as Lewis and Clark Community College officially took over ownership of the his toric Nelson complex Nelsons dream has come full said Cindy Gale representing the Friends of Leclaire preservation orga nization Gale was one of several speakers for the ceremony at the Nelson site where the for mer plumbing fixture factory will become a vocational school operated by LCCC The site became available when Southern Illinois University Edwardsville which formerly had control of the property and called it the Wagner Complex decided to movo art classes and storage to the central campus The ceremony also marked the receipt of from the See LCCC Page A11 Foi The TelegraplVMELlNDA KIDWELL State Rep Jay Hoffman and state Sen Evelyn Bowles were recognized Thursday for their role in obtaining for Lewis and Clark Community College to plan courses and do environmental cleanup at the Nelson complex in Edwardsville   

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