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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Two out of three Cardinals top Cubs 65 in series finale Page C-l The outlook Sunny skies and warm conditions; high near 88, low near 60 PageD4 Quality of Ufo Aquatics program helping those with arthritis Page B-l Vol. 164. No. 213 — 50 cents Monday. August 16.1999 www.thetelegraph.com The Telegraph/M ARG IE 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 5:50 p.m., 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 was unnecessary. Fire fills sky with smoke By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD - A fire in Clark Refining and Marketing Inc.’s coker heater early Sunday evening sent huge black billows of smoke into the air for 30 minutes while the plant’s own ejqergency response team brought the blaze under control. Clark environmental manager Bill Irwin said there were no injuries as a result of the fire, which began at 5:50 p.m. Sunday. “No one was injured, and there was no off-site release of petroleum hydrocarbon,” said Irwin. “Shortly after the fire was put out, our own investigation team began its work ... the cause is unknown at this point.” Nearly 30 Clark emergency response team members worked to control the fire, which Irwin said was doused by 6:20 p.m. The company has mutual aid agreements with Hartford’s and South Roxana’s volunteer fire See FIRE, Page A-7 Former official agrees to retire County, Darr settlement ends five-year-long case By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The five-yearlong 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 not receive any back pay under the agreement. “It was an amicable agreement for both Darr sides, which this order reflects,” said the county’s attorney, John Gilbert. He said the settlement 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 credited with service from Sept. 21,1994, to Feb. 28 this year at a pay rate of $2,883 per month. The cost of the county’s share of Darr’s retirement is estimated at between $13,700 and $14,000, which will be paid into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The retirement agreement also ■ See DARR, Page A-7 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 pieferences are finding homes with American families through Lifelink Adoption Services. Lifelink is a child and family 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 Lifelink’s procedures 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 Telegraph/MARGIE 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 well,” McBrien said. “Since (each parent) will be dealing not only with our agency, but also with a foreign agency and the U.S. and foreign governments, there can be policy changes during the process that occur without warning.” McBrien said prospective parents are carefully chosen through a home study process ■ See LIFELINK, Page A-7 Lilly’s restaurant blooming in Grafton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GRAFTON — Two-year-old Lilly Mielke will grow up with her own drive-in restaurant in the middle of Grafton. “We named our new restaurant Lilly’s after our little daughter, Lilly,” said her mother, Wendi Mielke, manager of the new business. Lilly’s drive-in restaurant opened this summer near the site of the former root beer stand, once a landmark on Main Grafton. “As a teen-ager I worked at the famous root beer stand in town,” said Mielke, who has plenty of experience in the restaurant business. Lilly’s has the atmosphere of a 1960s-style drive-in cafe and the delicious food of a popular sit-down restaurant. Mielke’s father and mother, Bill and Joyce Hurst, bought the property and built the restaurant for the family and Telegraph Towns Street in especially their granddaughter, Lilly, who will own it someday. “It was a gift for Lilly on her second birthday,” her mother said. “The restaurant is my mother and father’s retirement business, my inheritance and Lilly’s future when she grows up.” Customers who stop at Lilly’s can taste all kinds of meals from hamburgers and barbecue sandwiches to fish and a fried chicken sandwich. “We take pride in our delicious hamburgers made from fresh lean beef, not frozen,” Mielke said. “We have an awesome bacon cheeseburger and corn dogs. We’re going to start some new meals in September like chicken club sandwiches.” Mielke invites Grafton visitors to stop at Lilly’s to taste her assortment of ice cream, banana splits and the new “Mississippi Razzle” named ■ See LILLY’S, Page A-7 For The Telegraph/MELINDA KIDWELL Kynan Mielke, back, Bill Hurst, left, Wendi Mielke, right, Joyce Hurst, front, and Lilly Mielke, 2, are the owners and management of Lilly’s, the new drive-in 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, R-Illinois, has made progress toward assisting Illinois farmers with two recent proposals. Congress approved a measure Fitzgerald co-sponsored 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 interest-bearing 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 unfavorable global market condi- ■ See FARMERS, Page A-7 I Good Morning # I Area/Illinois ... .A-3,6,8 Obituaries ........A-5 Bulletin Board ____B-2 Bell Sr., Burkett, French, Classifieds... ____C-7 Kanllakan, Kladar, b >  4 •' Comics____ ... .D-2 Kulenkamp, Musgraves, Sv Editorial..... ... .A-4 Schroeder, Smiley Nation/World . B-4 Scoreboard.......C-2 ■i ■' ■'.....    -- . MB    *