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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois taside ffldst editions SPORTS Champs women edge China in World Cup PageBl Anniversary Hodge 66 celebrates 25 years of providing motorists with fidl service PageEl Sophistication Mercedes redesigns model to take on Scais PageDl The outlook Mostly sunny and High 82 low 59 PageE10 Morning Inols Board Business QlasslfledsD4 Editorial Horoscope Varble Scoreboard THE TELHSR JMr 177 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 July Bev Farm workers rally Pickets vow to walk line until contract is approved By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Union employees gathered at a rous ing rally Saturday and vowed to stay on strike until they win a contract with Beverly Farm a home for developmentally disabled Well picket 24 hours a day until we have a contract with Beverly Farm and it is rati fied by union said Peggy staff representative of the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees Council State and local union lead state Vince and state James Clayborne DEast joined members of AFSCMELocal Workers went on strike at 10 Friday at Beverly which opened in 1897 as a home and training center for developmentally disabled u x The BADMAN Henry executive director of the member AFSCME Council blasts Beverly Farm Foundation executive director Monte Welker in a heated speech to union members Saturday at a rally across from the home on Humbert Road in Below members thrust their picket signs high in the air as they walk the line at the main wage for our said whose union represents 325 of the 575 employees at the Its terrible that the average pay main issue in the strike is to get a decent living wage for our More photos Page C1 Peggy Zimmerman unjon representative adults on Humbert Road in At Saturdays a work er held high the Stars and Stripes as strikers We will We will They carried bundles of green balloons and wore green the color of the AFSCME The main issue in the strike is to get a decent living Corn but market price low By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Farmers may harvest a bumper crop of corn this but theyll be paid the lowest price in years for their golden grain at the We have an excellent corn one of the best in many Moro area farmer Jerry Kruckeberg The price well get at the market for our corn may be among the lowest The price for corn at Illinois markets plunged below an average of a bushel near the lowest in 11 accord ing to an analyst at the Chicago Grain In when the corn bins are we might even see lower prices at the Kruckeberg The price for soybeans at the market fell below this one of the lowest prices in 25 There is a surplus of corn on the market and a potential for a big crop this See Page A11 is only hour for trained employees who are responsible for the direct care of Employees paraded along Humbert carrying dozens of signs On Strike and Where is the care for workers The pickets clapped their hands and We want a contract Drivers along Humbert slowed their honked their horns and gave a thumbsup sign to show their Were on strike until we get an agreement with Beverly said Buddy regional director of the AFSCME Beverly Farm executive director Monte Welker watched the picketing employees and said the strike was not interfering with the daily operation and care of the 407 residents at the Welker estimated that about 150 union employees reported for work Friday night and Saturday We have more union peo ple working inside than there are outside at the union strike Welker Only about nine workers didnt report for work this morn See Page A11 The BADMAN Max Shaffer of Glen dressed as Uncle stops traffic on Main Street in Edwardsville Saturday for participants in the Wheelchair Ramble in support of the Madison County Nursing 40 protest closing of nursing home By TONY MASINELLI Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Members of the County Homes Action Committee gathered Saturday on the steps of the Madison County Courthouse to hold a rally and march in protest of the proposed closing of the Madison County Nursing More than 40 demonstra including committee members and their support participated in the sec ond annual Wheelchair To symbolize the plight of those nursing home residents who are unable to fight for many protesters rode in wheel The reason for this is that a year in the Madison County Board decided to put two tax increases associated with the two county homes the Nursing Home and the See Page A11 Agency gets million hand up from state By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A pro gram that started in Madison County has received a mil lion grant to expand and improve its efforts to help peo ple in financial George Ryan announced the grant to A Hand which is based in Collinsville but also operates in Wood River and other parts of the We work to help people in said Becky community services coordina tor for A Hand We can help them with utility rent or car She said she tries to help people before a problem in one such as a 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