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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TH Opening soon Grafton Visitors Center to make its debut PageCl Post 126 Alton falls to Collinsville PageBl The outlook j Beads n Things Partly sunny Friends draw taderstorms j a on highnear87 Iownear69 DUSmess PagelM i paSeIM Vol 164 No 158 cents Tuesday June ROBINSON FIELD THIS FIELD BUILT BY EORGE ROBINSON The 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 fields name began as a joke ended as an honor 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 park ing 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 started referring nc e and will be open to the r i j munity for other activities as KODlflSOn r ucuigc yvcauicio uucutw and it jUSt the Alton Park and well George Robinson a devel opment 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 its an honor somebody took a notion to what I Robinson said adding that he was surprised to hear the field would be named after him Joe Hernandez Alton director of Public Works credits Robinsons work on the field as the reason why it will bear his name fields name started out as a Hernandez said We started refer ring to the field as Robinson Field and it just stuck George is one of my best operators and hes really done an excellent job with the field He deserves a lot of George Weathers director Recreation Department Joe Hernandez looks forward to the fields director of Public Works 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 Field will be nice for any body to have as an athletic Weathers said Judge dismisses nursing home suit Case involving a residents fatal fall ends on technicality By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A lawsuit involving a residents 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 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 fathers 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 man agement of the home It wasnt until months later that Mortons 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 defen dant on March 29 1999 42 days after the oneyear statute of limita tions for filing the suit had run out Circuit Judge ONeill dis missed the case citing the fact that the plaintiff failed to meet a statuto ry requirement for serving a sum mons on the correct party within the statute of limitations In this case a summons was served on nursing home administrator Roger See HOME Page A7 The 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 Mildred Jersey County Volunteers honored for READing By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White joined officials from Lewis and ClarkCommunity College on Monday to honor volun teers dedicated to adult literacy The four volunteers honored donated more than collective hours of tutoring time to the col leges Project READ program in the last fiscal year Project READ provides oneonone literacy tutor ing for adults from a fivecounty area including Madison Macoupin Greene Calhoun and Jersey coun ties White who as secretary of state is state librarian and works with statewide literacy programs com mended the local volunteers for their efforts We want you to remember that we in society deeply appreciate what you do in trying to educate White said When you see an individual who at one time could not read and is able to read now that is a great White and Karen McCann Project READ recruiter presented the honored volunteers with a plaque during Mondays program in the Multimedia Room in the Advanced Technology Center at LCCC See READ Page A7 Donation to better business at SIUE million given by alumnus 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 class es gave million Monday to the SIUE School of Business Our company has operated in 32 states and we did million in business last year but if it werent for my degree from SIUE I might be doing million a 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 develop ment of online courses and workshops or training ses sions for faculty members on new curricular innovations Korte said he attended night school on the 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 The M BARNES Ralph Korte of Highland chairman of the board of Korte Construction donates million Monday to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business during a special cer emony 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 Korte said He served in the military during the Korean War and went to school while working at his own construction busi ness My only purpose was to get even with Uncle Sam but soon See SIUE Page A7 Morning Bulletin Barnes Bennett Burdorff Campbell Crawford Hammann Lorton Straub Tietze Wahl Woolsey Television 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 operations in St Louis Eagle One is negotiating to See EAGLE Page A7   

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