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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Two out of three Cardinals top Cubs 65 in series finale PageCl The outlook Sunny skies and warm conditions high near 88 low near 69 PagelM Quality of life Aquatics program helping those with arthritis PageBl Vol 164 No 213 50 cents Monday August The M BARNES Refinery firefighters work to put out a blaze at the coker heater at the Clark Refinery in Hartford Sunday evening The fire broke out about sending flames and billowing black smoke into the air Residents reported hearing a popping or cracking noise before seeing the smoke The fire was quickly under control and evacuation vvas unnecessary Fire fills sky with smoke By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer A fire in Clark Refining and coker heater early Sunday evening sent huge black billows of smoke into the air for 30 minutes while the plants own emergency response team brought the blaze uniter control environmental manager Bill Irwin said there were no injuries as a result of the fire wjffiich began at Sunday No one was injured and there was no off site release of petroleum said Irwin Shortly after the fire was put out our own investigation team began its work the cause is unknown at this Nearly 30 Clark emergency response team members worked to control the fire which Irwin said was doused by The com pany has mutual aid agreements with Hartfords and South Roxanas volunteer fire See FIRE Page A7 Former official agrees to retire County Darr settlement ends fiveyearlong case By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The fiveyear long case of former Madison County official Lanny Darr has come to an end with an agreement for Darr to retire and the county to fund a share of his retirement Darr who was fired for wrecking a county pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol got the county to agree that it made an error in the way it fired him according to an order signed by Associate Judge Ann Callis of Madison County However he will Darr not receive any back pay under the agreement It was an amicable agreement for both sides which this order said the coun tys attorney John Gilbert He said the settle ment allows the county to get out of the case with a minimum of cost Darr will be credited with his county pension benefits and will be allowed to take early retirement He will be cred ited with service from Sept 21 1994 to Feb 28 this year at a pay rate of per month The cost of the countys share of Darrs retirement is estimated at between and which will be paid into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund The retirement agreement also See DARR Page A7 Lifelink helps children and families connect By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Children around the world who have little opportunity for a secure future due to poverty single parenthood or cultural homes with American families through Lifelink Adoption Services Lifelink is a child and fami ly services agency that offers adoption placement services and assistance to agencies in foreign nations Speakers Melanie Kera and Sharon McBrien led a dozen hopeful individuals through a Sunday afternoon introductory session of Lifelinks proce dures for foreign adoptions which focused mainly on Asian and Baltic nations McBrien a social worker and the regional adoption coordinator said international adoption is a special challenge requiring flexibility and patience International adoption requires not only a time and financial commitment but a The M BARNES Mary Buettel of Bunker Hill explains her own experience with adopting a child from Russia to a group of prospective adoptive parents during a Lifelink orientation at Edwardsville First Baptist Church mental and emotional one as McBrien said Since each parent will be dealing not only with our agency but also with a foreign agency and the and foreign govern ments there can be policy changes during the process that occur without McBrien said prospective par ents are carefully chosen through a home study process See LIFELINK Page A7 Lillys restaurant blooming in Grafton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GRAFTON Twoyearold Lilly Mielke will grow up with hef own drivein restaurant in the middle of Grafton named our new restau raflt Lillys after our little daughter said her mother Wendi Mielke manag er of the new busi ness Lillys drivein restaurant opened this summer near the site of the for mer root beer stand once a land mark on Main Street in Grafton As a teenager I worked at the famous root beer stand in said Mielke who has plenty of experience in the restaurant business Lillys has the atmosphere of a 1960sstyle drivein cafe and the delicious food of a pop ular sitdown restaurant Mielkes father and mother Bill and Joyce Hurst bought the property and built the restaurant for the family and Telegraph Towns especially their granddaugh ter Lilly who will own it someday It was a gift for Lilly on her second her mother said The restaurant is my mother and fathers retirement business my inher itance and Lillys future when she grows Customers who stop at Lillys can taste all kinds of meals from hamburgers and barbecue sandwiches to fish and a fried chick en sandwich We take pride in our delicious hamburgers made from fresh lean beef not Mielke said We have an awesome bacon cheese burger and corn dogs Were going to start some new meals in September like chicken club Mielke invites Grafton visi tors to stop at Lillys to taste her assortment of ice cream banana splits and the new Mississippi Razzle named See LILLYS Page A7 For The KIDWELL Kynan Mielke back Bill Hurst left Wendl Mielke right Joyce Hurst front and Lilly Mfelke 2 are the owners and manage ment of Lillys the new drivein restaurant in Grafton The business was named after Lilly Mielke Senator pushes proposals to assist Illinois farmers By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Sen Peter Fitzgerald RIllinois has made progress toward assisting Illinois farmers with two recent proposals Congress approved a mea sure Fitzgerald cosponsored that will encourage farmers to prepare for times that are less profitable Farm Fish And Ranch Risk Management accounts allow farmers to defer taxes for up to 20 percent of their taxable income each year The money will remain in an inter estbearing account for up to five years FFARRM accounts will give farmers a useful risk management tool to help them prepare for and manage unforeseen crises such as bad weather disease and unfavor able global market condi I See FARMERS Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Obituaries Bell Burkett French ff t Kanllakan Kladar Kulenkamp Musgraves Schroeder Smiley Scoreboard   

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