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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 issippl Fireworks Ffi fit III SI I UOllVai Riverfront Park Saturday events 3 to midnight Beer tent entertainment DJ and karaoke 6 to midnight grass 6 to 9 Face painting and balloon makers to FingersA Stones Vol 164 No 169 50 cents The outlook Partly sunny hot and humid High low 76 PagelH Bombed Quincy defeats Bluff Qty PageBl Saturday July More bettors boarding Belle By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON During the Alton Belle Casinos first week of dpckside gambling patrons didnt seem to miss cruising up the Mississippi River On Thursday afternoon the casinos parking lot was near ly filled Patrons cruised along the eastern perimeter hoping to find someone pulling out of Attendance up 20 to 30 since boat docked a closer parking space Its busy in said Dallas Williams of Glen Carbon who was leaving the Belle with his wife Cathryn They have a much bigger crowd than they used Argosy Gaming Co officials said last weekend the first weekend the casino was allowed to remain docked after Goy George Ryan signed a dockside gambling bill that attendance jvasup 20 per cent to 30 percent varying by the time of day Attendance remained strong during the first four days of the week although numbers of patrons on those days had not been released The number of customers are up and they are very happy about said Gifford Pace director of marketing for the Alton Belle They are excited about their freedom to come and go as they The Argosy officials say they expect the number of Belle gamblers eventually to level off to about 10 percent to 15 percent above the cruising days level The last official count of Belle patrons that the Illinois Threecar accident Paramedics attend to Suzanne Bradshaw of Godfrey who was injured in a traffic accident at Friday at the Car thatJ th anothe swerved through the l tree while trying to avoid Bradshaws car Five people were taken to Alton Memorial Hospital Independence Day fun Carnival rides abound on Alton riverfront and Piara scene A car h By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON Visitors who wait ed until today to enjoy Altons Mississippi Fireworks Festival can try their hands at nearly 20 games and hold on tight aboard a dozen amusement rides Cameron Ellington 3 of Alton wasnt wasting time From 5 Friday when the festival opened until a few minutes before 8 he had used 40 ride tickets Hes not even the least bit tired said Camerons father Carl This is his third carnival and he is definitely making the most of St Louisbased Archway Amusement is running the twoday event which runs from 3 today until mid night Punctuating tonights activities will be the elaborate fireworks display beginning about Fouryearold Jordan Whitten of Alton preferred the games holding armfuls of prizes she was awarded by picking up luckynumbered plastic ducks Edwardsville mother Becky Seyers two sons and her hus band Jeff were seated three across in front of the Pork a group game in which golf balls dropping into magic holes sent traveling motorcycles toward a finish line I already rode Predator and Pharoahs Fury but the See ALTON Page A7 The BADMAN Participants m the probation program like Julie Morgan right helped sandbag the fireworks control bunker on the old railroad bridge approach in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area Friday In West Alton Mo FieldonMtojnark 45th Fourth of July festivities By ANOE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer FIELDON Residents of the his toric country town of Fieldon will salute the Fourth of July Sunday with a patriotic party of fireworks and home fried chicken Townspeople have turned out every July 4th for 45 years to celebrate the birth of their country said 87yearold Hazel Dunham one of Fieldons oldest Festival plans Page A8 and most respected residents On Independence Day the town of 350 is a picture of smalltown America with the Stars and Stripes flying from white front porches We invite the public to join us in Fieldon for the Fourth of July celebra Mayor Betty Duggan said There will be games bingo good country cooking and Veterans will raise Old Glory on the town flagpole and 11yearold Elizabeth Duggan will sing the nation al anthem to start the festivities at Duggan said You can feel the real spirit of the Fourth of July in our she said Fieldon is a quaint country town in Jersey County on Illinois Route 16 about 10 miles west of Jerseyville Fieldon is a patriotic town of peo ple who love the flag and their coun said Dunham who has lived through much of the towns history Dunham has a lifetime of memories of family and friends in Fieldon a town with a history going back to before the Civil War She was born 87 years ago on a farm in a hollow in the Macoupin Creek bot See FIELDON Page A7 Gaming Board released was in May showing patrons Some patrons board ed the Alton Belle from January through May of 1999 Casino boat owners through out Illinois expect to save hun dreds of thousands of dollars yearly in operating expenses and in taxes at some casi nos because of last weeks See BELLE Page A7 awarded insult Survivors of car crash victim to share settlement By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A civil lawsuit stemming from a fatal accident last year has been resolved in Madison County Circuit Court The family of John J Higginbotham 80 of Edwardsville has been awarded a settlement in a wrongful death suit resulting from the crash Sept 3 on Illinois Route 159 The suit against the driver who caused the crash John F Nunes Jr of Gillespie was settled Wednesday The same day Nunes was found guilty of improper lane usage and placed on 90 days court supervision The traffic ticket was given to Nunes by the Illinois State Police after his northbound Chevy 1500 truck swerved across the center line and hit Higginbothams southbound 1985 Chevrolet Astro minivan about seventenths of a mile north of Moro Road Higginbotham then was hit in the rear by a 1993 Plymouth Sundance driven by Nathan Bloodworth Jr Higginbotham was pronounced dead about two hours later at Altqn Memorial Hospital Nunes attorney Rand Hale of East Alton said Nunes 44 was not charged with anything more substantial than the tick et because drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the See SUIT Page A7 Morning Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsC6 Editorial HoroscopeC4 D5 Obituaries A5 Barfield Clifford Frazer Heil Powles Renken Swofford ScoreboardB2
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