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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                  www.thetelegraph.com   sis?  $295  Coupons and special offers inside most editions  Bitten in Big Apple  Cards lose 7-4 toNew YorkMets  Page B-l  Come on in Fred’s Barber Shop is a refuge from the hectic world  PageD-l  lUVWJICtLV  It has potential  Mountaineer is a luxury SUV that’s ready to take tm the outdoors  Page C-l  The outlook  Partly sunny and warm. High 86; low 67  Page D-12  Area/Illinois . .A-3-9 Bulletin Board A-10  Business D-1  Classifieds ... .C-2  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope ...D-10 Nation/world . .A-12  Obituaries A-6  Bernhardt, Crause, Russell, Snyder  Scoreboard B-2  Stocks........D-2  Weather D-12  Vol. 164, No. 219  Serving The River Bend Since 1836  August 22,1999    $1.50  Laclede to seek U.S. loan  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Workers at Laclede Steel walk past bars made from recycled steel that are waiting to be shipped from the Alton plant.  Money will help bail firm out of bankruptcy  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Laclede Steel Co. will apply for federal loans to make $40 million in improvements to save the Alton plant and help bail the company out of bankruptcy.  On Tuesday, President Clinton signed the vital bill to guarantee $1.5 billion in federal loans to help financially strapped oil and steel companies, including Laclede.  Laclede officials and Steelworkers union leaders welcomed the news of the federal loans, which could pump new life into the deteriorating 84-year-old Alton steel plant.  “The loans may be a lifesaver to make needed improvements to the Alton plant, save 600 Steelworkers jobs and pull Laclede out of bankruptcy,” said Terry Wooden, president of Alton United Steelworkers Local 3643. “The plant’s $26-million-a-year payroll is vital to the health of the Alton economy.”  Laclede filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30 in a move to reorganize the company’s finances and keep the Alton plant and five others open.  The federal loans could help Laclede make $40 million in improvements to the Alton plant to increase production and help it emerge from bankruptcy, said Michael Lane, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Laclede.  ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-11  County to aid Boeing workers  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE County officials are getting ready to help the hundreds of county residents who will lose their jobs at Boeing Co.  “We can provide anything from career counseling to paying for advance training for people who want to change careers,” said Bill Hanke, director of the Madison    County  Employment and Training Department.  The Madison County Board recently authorized officials to approve an agreement with the state of Missouri to share in $6 million of federal money aimed at helping former Boeing employees. Hanke said he feels confident Missouri officials will approve the agreement.  “This is an effort among Madison County, St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County. Ifs a coordinated effort to help laid-off Boeing workers with their career adjustments,” said Jim Monday, Madison County supervisor of administration.  The Madison County share of the money will be $388,000. Workers from Illinois may go to a training and job service center set up near the Boeing plant in  ■ See BOEING, Page A-11  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  A large crowd gathers around the back of a pickup truck where soda was being handed out Saturday to go with a hot dog lunch at the annual NAACP Back to School-Stay in School program in Alton’s Salu Park.  Back to School rally boosts students  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — The hundreds of youths who attended the NAACP’s annual Back to School-Stay in School rally Saturday received the necessities for successful school year: ranging from pencils and paper to the motivation to seek a quality education.  The annual rally, part of a national event sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was held from 9 a.rn to I p.m. at Salu Park. Children ranging in age from preschoolers to teen-agers gathered for activities centered around the theme of education.  Community leaders — including Alton School Superintendent Mike Beaber,  « rphe opportunity that I levels the field for everyone is to get a good education.”  Mike Beaber  Alton schools superintendent  Mayor Don Sandidge and Alton Branch NAACP President James Gray — spoke to the students about the importance of pursuing education.  “The opportunity that levels the field for everyone is to get a good education,” Beaber said. “Whether young people take  advantage of the opportunity to get an education is up to them.”  Keynote speaker for the event was Clarence Hightower, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League. Hightower urged the youths to continue to dream.  “I’m not talking about pie-in-the sky dreaming,” he said. “I’m talking about thinking about your future. I want you all to make the commitment that I’m going to keep on dreaming.”  Hightower — the brother of Andy Hightower, co-chairman of the Back to School-Stay in School rally, and Ed Hightower, superintendent of the Edwardsville School District — is an Alton native and an Alton High School  ■ See RALLY, Page A-11  Alton probation program wins national award  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer '  EDWARDSVILLE - A national organization has cited Madison County and Alton for their team approach to government and community corrections.  The National Association of Counties gave its Innovative Government Award to the PACUP program, which puts people on probation to work  for the city of Alton. PACUP stands for Probation Alton Clean Up.  The National Association of Counties is affiliated with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said Darrell MeGibany, director of probation and court services for Madison County.  The association tries to promote innovation and cooperative government through the  awards, he said. This year’s awards were given at the association’s annual meeting in St. Louis.  MeGibany said the PACUP program is a good example of how community corrections can work. People learn a lot more by going to work every day than by being locked up, he said.  “Public service is an extremely important part of our community corrections  philosophy,” MeGibany said.  In the first 18 months of the program, 350 offenders have provided 16,845 man-hours of work and created more than $165,000 in savings for the city, said Mark Hatscher, coordinator.  The crew members, all of them from Alton, have cut weeds and picked up trash on empty lots, trimmed trees, picked up abandoned tires, washed city vehicles, cleaned  up storm damage, painted, built a coffer dam at the Alton Marina and retrieved a boat dock that had broken loose from its moorings, Hatscher said.  He said the PACUP crew is made up of people who have been placed on probation and given community service as part of their sentences.  The motivation of the partic-  See AWARD, Page A-11   

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