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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois Oldfashioned fun Illinois State Fair schedule inside Pages SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HSdBUPPPp flBHdmp Still a Tiger Mizzoumay looktoJim Dougherty asQB PageBl The outlook She delivers Scattered afternoon j Business High92low73 errands i PageIM 209 50 cents August Trial witness tells of killing Evans By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE One of the intended victims in an alleged murder scheme struck back from the witness stand Wednesday in Madison County Circuit naming the pur ported plotter as the gunman in a 1995 Clifton formerly of Alton and an inmate at Menard Correctional Center in identified James Raven Evans as the killer of Nekemar Pookie was shot to death in June 1995 in a wooded area north of the Schnucks store in Evans has been charged with murder in his of is being tried on charges of solicitation of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly hatching a plot in the Madison County Jail to kill Wheeler to keep him from testifying about the Pearson Wheeler was to be killed while in according to previous He is serving 23 years for the killing of Dwight Riddlespriger of Alton on a Godfrey tavern parking lot in Evans also is accused of plotting to kill Lester Warr of the owner of the No Doubt tav ern in the 1900 block of Oakwpod Warr was the father of Brian Warr of The BADMAN Alton High Schools new head football Joe watches his as reflected in his Wednesday during the first day of practice for the 1999 freshman John Vetter gets a little water on the face and a cooling More prep Page B1 Its pigskin season High school teams getting ready to kick off By ANGELA MUELLER and DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer Hundreds of young men across the area headed out into the sun Wednesday for the first official day of high school football Coaches recorded high numbers of athletes reporting for signi fying the popularity of this rough and tough fall Football made a solid comeback Wednesday with 81 athletes showing up for the first day of practice at Alton Last year the Redbirds ended the football season with cjhly 38 Weve almost tripled from last new head coach Joe Hook Im very We wanted to get 100 kids out by the end of the week of and I think well get Hook said fan attendance at games also low last He could not name a cause but said he hoped Wednesdays high turnout of athletes was a sign of footballs The numbershave been way down the past few but this year were trying to have better communi trying to sell the program he I think it all comes down to the coaches and If you dont get the word out no one is going to show Hook said he believed football is still a sport of prominence through out the Weve got some really strong foot ball schools in this Southwestern he Football is still strong around Marquette Catholic also saw a large crop of prospective players out See Page A9 New law gives towns economic boost By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Illinois communities have a brandnew tool for attracting highpaying On George Ryan signed into law Senate Bill legislation that repre sents nine years effort by state Frank The program is called the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act and rewards incoming and expanding businesses for creating new jobs and If an existing company expands its work force and creates at least 25 new or if an outofstate industry opts to move to the firm will be rewarded with a state income tax credit proportionate to the number of posi tions it Existing companies investing at least mil lion to enhance their Illinoisbased plants or to build new offices or plants are also eligible under the bills provided they meet the new jobs Watson I began working on this in under for mer Jim Edgars but he didnt place a major priority on economic incentives like Ryan What today we have signed into effect was actually part of Ryans campaign Senate Bill 40 passed unanimously in the See Page A9 the only other witness to Pearsons Wheeler Brian Warr was killed last and another Robert Fletcher of has been charged and is awaiting Evans suspected Pearson of burglarizing Evans home in the 2700 block of Powhattan Street and sought retribution because of Wheeler told Assistant States Attorney Keith See Page A9 Later bar hours draw step closer City Council votes to approve resolution more votes due By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON In a 43 aldermen approved a resolution at Wednesday nights City Council meeting that would change the citys liquor ordinance to extend the hours that bars can serve Next step for the proposed ordinance change is for the City Council to vote on first sec ond readings at the next two 25 and If approved on second a public hear ing would be held and the amended ordinance would go into high road as we Mandrell lold aldermen he HCXt is opposed to the later bar Scott Mandrel Money is resident not the only considera he said of some tavern owners desire to compete with the Alton Belle Casinos forth coming gambling which will have a Mandrell said he is concerned about drunken drivers and the message the extension would send to youth in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Alton should be an island of sanity in a declining sea of he Lets take the high road as we move Alton into the next Aldermen Phil 2nd Ward Joe Maher 3rd Ward and Gary 6th voted against the during the closing minutes of the Alderman Fred 4th pro posed an amendment that would require tnte city to examine the effect of the new bar hours one year after the ordinance is See Page A9 Good Morning Busings C5 A5 Wreath C4 I
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