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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 fiening outdoors Program offers children a Taste of Nature PageBl 19250 cents Tasty business Shrimp farm has bitesize profits PageDl The outlook Guess what Still hot and humid high near low near 75 July Closing In on 500 Big Mac smacks 492 as the Cardinals beat the Rockies 64 PageC2 A fire which destroyed the historic Lorton Hotel in downtown Jerseyville early Sunday morning continued to smolder well Into the Fire guts historic hotel By REBECCA HOPKINS staff writer Jerseyville fire fighters were roused from their beds a lit tle after 4 Sunday to respond to a fire in the historic Lorton Hotel at 114 Arch Assisted by firefighters from the Carrollton Fire efforts were hampered by extreme heat and dense Two firefighters were treated for heatrelated said Jerseyville Fire Chief Thomas Both are Woelfel said the first priority was removing residents from the hotel and surrounding apartments The build ing then became totally involved and was declared a complete Woelfel said the state fire marshal was called in as a routine matter because of the size of the He said the fire mar shal reported nothing suspicious at this but the scene remains under investi A complete investigation of a fire See Page A7 Gift ban rejected by board By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A gift ban proposal considered elitist by some Madison County Board members has been soundly The board argued last week at its monthly meeting about whetherindivid Tf 8011160116 ual members I should be nCli allowed igifts a Kill IJmxr valued It a HOW maximum of about voting ban of gifts worth or morel Board member Rick was the most vocal in trying to lobby his col leagues for the maxi He based the number on the amount set in the Illinois Campaign Reporting With that once an elect ed official has received rnore years tune from a cam or ii TJ Its for IfllS tning all the other This board is mOlltb at 11IUUIIL that were try ing to be better than the rest of the in fUp 111 Lire Don Rea communi said board member Nick DGlen The voted 208 against the giftban maximum being Required by the Illinois Legislature to accept some kind of gift the board voted 262 to settle on a the official must report any further donations from that contribu Board mem ber Dennis DGranite City East AltoA noted that tKe gift ban onetime meaning someone could give a member tickets to a Loute Cardinals baseball game totaling one night and dp the same favor for a board See Page A7 For The Telegraph Jeannle Henry will portray Molly OFolly the Jester at the Southern Illinois Renaissance Renaissance coming to SIUE By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Renaissance will be born again Saturday and Sunday and again 78 at Cougar Lake Recreation area at The Southern Illinois Renaissance which will benefit the Trails West Council of Boy Scouts of will feature court and thats no an organizer Its shaping up real said Don Scout execu tive for the He said the event will be a See Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin t Obituaries Rex Heat cant beat fairs opening day By TONY For The Telegraph HIGHLAND Sweltering heat thinned the crowds but did nothing to dampen the opening day spirit at the Madison County Fair in Children gazed at prize animals while adults took cover in the shade of the main pavilion and clapped their hands to the rolling beat of folk music during the fiddling A bevy of youngsters lined up to compete in the Childrens Pedal Tractor spon sored by the Madison County Young Farmers The competition was divided into three based on the participants weight under 45 4660 pounds and 6180 Weve had more than 100 kids try this said Mark president of the They really get into and I think the parents are having as much fun as the kids Winners in the three classes were Timothy Anders under 45 Mallory Plocher 4560 pounds and Matthew Meyer 6180 All three will advance to state competition that will take place during the Illinois State Fair in A number of organizations and individu als set up booths to distribute information about products or Among them were Madison County Ducks Right to Life of Highland and various politi Members of the Farm Bureau Women for Agriculture Committee presented a detailed display delineating dozens of com See Page A7 The SMITH Megan and her sister arent watching flying but fish floating in a giant tank used for a fishing demonstration Sunday at the Madison County Fair In The girls are the daughters of Robert and Leann Zeller of New July 30 ROWN BEANS HAM July 31 and Aug 1 STONEBRAKER RALPH BURffl
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