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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A lawsuit involving a resident’s fatal fall at the Madison County Nursing Home last year has been dismissed on a technicality, but an effort is under way to reinstate it. William Morton, 85, of Collinsville, died Feb. 15,1998, when he fell or jumped from the third-floor window of the home at 2121 Troy Road in Edwardsville. His son, Richard, filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court on behalf of his father’s estate in August, claiming negligence on the part of the nursing home. However, only one defendant was named: the Madison County Nursing Home Auxiliary, a nonprofit group that legally has nothing to do with management of the home. It wasn’t until months later that Morton’s attorney, Mark Levy of Edwardsville, realized that the defendant he wanted to name was Madison County — the owner and operator of the home. Levy filed an amendment to the suit, adding the county as a defendant, on March 29, 1999, 42 days after the one-year statute of limitations for filing the suit had run out. Circuit Judge P J. O’Neill dismissed the case, citing the fact that the plaintiff failed to meet a statutory requirement for serving a summons on the correct party within the statute of limitations. In this case, a summons was served on nursing home administrator Roger ■ See HOME, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Ron Green, left, and Henry Anderson, Alton Public Works Department employees, mount a sign designating Barth Park on Fifth Street as Robinson Field Monday. The name honors longtime Public Works employee George Robinson, who worked diligently to prepare the field, which will be used as a practice field by the Marquette High School football team. Practice field’s name began as a joke, ended as an honor “W; By CORY A. PITT For The Telegraph ALTON — A new sports practice field will be opened next year at Barth Park, near Seminary Square in Alton, to replace a field lost by new playground and parking lot developments at Riverside Park. The new field, to be called    ■ George Robinson Field, will be used by Marquette Catholic High School football team as a practice facility and will be open to the community for other activities as well. George Robinson, a development operator for the Alton Department of Public Works, has worked to develop the field for several months. He - currently has the field leveled out in hopes it will be ready for use in the fall of 2000. “I think it’s an honor somebody took a notion to what I do,” Robinson said, e started referring to the field as Robinson Field, and it just stuck.” Joe Hernandez director of Public Works adding that he was surprised to hear the Weathers said. field would be named after him. Joe Hernandez, Alton director of Public Works, credits Robinson’s work on the field as the reason why it will bear his name. “(The field’s name) started out as a joke,” Hernandez said. “We started referring to the field as Robinson Field, and it just stuck. “George is one of my best operators, and he’s really done an excellent job with the field. He deserves a lot of credit.” George Weathers, director of the Alton Park and Recreation Department, looks forward to the field’s opening. He said the field will be seeded this summer, again in the fall and into next spring in preparation for athletic practice for area youth. “(Robinson Field) will be nice for anybody to have as an athletic field,” The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Secretary of State Jesse White, second from left, visited with recipients of volunteer awards for their efforts In the Project READ program at Lewis and Clark Community College Monday. The volunteers are, from left, Bob Witcher, Godfrey; Ann Barnard, Carlinville; Rich Mathews, Alton; and Sonny Hildred, Jersey County. honored for READing Volunteers By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer • GODFREY — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White joined officials from Lewis and Clark Community College on Monday to honor volunteers dedicated to adult literacy. The four volunteers honored donated more than 1,200 collective hours of tutoring time to the college’s Project READ program in the last fiscal year. Project READ provides one-on-one literacy tutoring for adults from a five-county area, including Madison, Macoupin, Greene, Calhoun and Jersey counties. White, who as secretary of state is state librarian and works with statewide literacy programs, commended the local volunteers for their efforts. “We want you to remember that we in society deeply appreciate what you do in trying to educate adults,” White said. “When you see an individual who at one time could not read and is able to read now, that is a great reward.” White and Karen McCann, Project READ recruiter, presented the honored volunteers with a plaque during Monday’s program in the Multimedia Room in the Advanced Technology Center at LCCC. ■ See READ. Page A-7 Opening soon Graftal Visitors’ Center to make its debut Page C-l Pos! 126 Alton falls to Collinsville Page B-l The outlook Partly sunny, thunderstorms; high near 87, low near 69 Page IM • Beads 'n Things i Friends draw I a ‘bead’ on i business Page IM Vol. 164, No. 158 — 50 cents Tuesday.June 22,1999     www.thetelegraph.com Judge dismisses nursing home suit Case involving a resident’s fatal fall ends on technicality Donation to better business at SIUE $1 million given by alumnus HO. I ALUMNI VTE    .999 fC $i /.OOO.QO(P\ DOLLARS k jb&Mtuz Koni& The Telegraph/M ARG IE M. BARNES Ralph Korte of Highland, chairman of the board of Korte Construction, donates $1 million Monday to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business during a special ceremony. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Ralph Korte, who never went to high school and earned a business degree by going to night classes, gave $1 million Monday to the SIUE School of Business. “Our company has operated in 32 states, and we did $140 million in business last year, but if it weren’t for my degree from SIUE, I might be doing $1 million a year,” Korte said. The construction man from Highland donated the money to establish the Ralph and Donna Korte Fund for Leadership and Innovation in Business Education. The specific budget for the money still is being planned, but some of the activities might be expanded use of video conferencing, development of on-line courses and workshops, or training sessions for faculty members on new curricular innovations. Korte said he attended night school on the G.I. Bill at the former Rock Junior High School building in East St. Louis. He was admitted on the strength of his test scores on his high school equivalency tests. He credited former Southern Illinois University President Delyte Morris with establishing the campus in Edwardsville to serve people in the St. Louis region who might not otherwise have a chance to go to college. “I never spent a day in high school,” Korte said. He served in the military during the Korean War and went to school while working at his own construction business. “My only purpose was to get even with Uncle Sam, but soon ■ See SIUE, Page A-7 Area/Illinois .....A-3,8 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-7 Comics...........C-4 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......D-5 Obituaries ........A-5 Barnes, Bennett, Burdorff, Campbell, Crawford, Hammann, Lorton, Straub, Tietze, Wahl, Woolsey Scoreboard B-2 Television ........C-3 Hopefuls flock to apply with Eagle One By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - More than 600 job hopefuls gathered Monday at St. Louis Regional Airport. Eagle One Aviation Inc. LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, promised in a Saturday news conference at the airport to offer as many as 350 jobs to qualified candidates and those laid off from Boeing Co.’s operations in St. Louis. Eagle One is negotiating to ■ See EAGLE, Page A-7