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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Familiar name Casablanca Restaurant becomes popular place to dine PageDl The outlook Skies will be partly sunny high around low 65 PageDS 222 50 cents August Mark McGwire 51 Accused teacher free on bond By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Teacher Jonathan charged with assault for allegedly having a sexual affair with one of his students at Edwardsville High was released Tuesday from the Madison County Madison County Chief umm Sex assault suspect wont plead lawyer says Criminal Judge Edward Ferguson lowered Beckers bond from to allowing him to post bail with that he had borrowed from How are you doing other wise the judge asked Hanging in he responded during a video appearance broadcast between the jail and the Beckers John Rekowski of said his client will plead not guilty to a charge of criminal sexual assault when he appears at his preliminary hearing 2 in Madison County Circuit Rekowski declined to delve much into the states allega Hes obviously a well in Marine sets P a kiddie ride preparation for the annual South Roxana which opens Thursday evening Dads Homecoming taking shape By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Rides are being trucked in and assembled for this weekends 53rd annual South Roxana Dads Today is the final day to buy advance discount Tickets can be purchased in advance from Caseys General Store and Debbies Market in South entertainment stages were taking shape and carnival booths were well on their way to completion for the fourday Tony one of 28 Dads Club members who together with Dads Club Auxiliary mem bers have been planning for this since said solid attendance throughout the weekend is what will this years homecoming a Held at South Roxana Dads Club the event begins 5 Thursday and runs until midnight Friday and Things get going at 1 Saturday The best bargain on rides be both Saturday and Sunday Venezia Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 and kids have the opportunity to purchase sixride tickets for the price of only Myrt Stearns of South a member of the South Roxana Dadc55 AuSy se broom to sweep away the cobwebs In the main concession stand Tuesday in preparation for the Thursday opening of the annual South Roxana preparation ipr families are able to rp i I he proceeds from this event go to great Tony Venezia Dads Club member Venezia And were offering an unlimited number of rides from 2 to 5 for a Its a great and the proceeds from this event go to great Dads Club Park is a direct beneficiary of the money the homecoming Venezia said the Dads Club works hard to maintain the quality of the park yearround and to pay for improvements and Making sure needy area serve their loved ones a hot meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas is another outreach accom plished by the South Roxana Dads thanks to home coming Venezia said the South Roxana Needy Family Fund has been a func tion of the Dads Club and Dads Club Auxiliary for Homecoming committee members are crossing their fingers in expectation of as many as guests at this years Venezia respected member of the com and of the teaching Rekowski Well wait and see what the specific allegations and then respond to Beckers and his church pastor were at the appearance for emotional Rekowski Beckers bond had been set intentionally in part because officials with the Edwardsville Police Department feared he might do harm to Rekowski A support group ist in place to help Becker See Page A11 City gets final piece in puzzle for school rehab State OKs tax credit for developers 1 turning Humboldt into seniors complei By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city has cleared its final hurdle in obtaining financing to reno vate the old Humboldt School into a senior citizens On the Illinois Housing Development Authority approved a 10year tax credit for the developers of ihe the nonprofit Greater Alton Community Development and the National Development Council of The tax credit is the final piece of the puzzle in financ ing the million project at 1028 Sixth at the edge of the Hunterstown neighbor said Dennis director housing and com munity development for We realize there is a grow ingneed for quality senior housing in our and this will allow us to fill that Dugan We are seeing developments like this taking place all across the state where older schools and build ings are being converted into quality housing for people age 55 and It is a victory for our city that has been over a year in the John director of the Water main repairs under way at society By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Work will begin today to repair a water main break at the Madison County Humane Business manager Susan Haddad said the work should not take much longer than two or three depending on the amount of damage con tractors find when they look at the water A temporary connection was hooked up to the main line and will serve the shelter until the permanent repairs are The line break occurred sometime between Thursday night and Friday whenit was discovered by See Page A11 National Development also said it was good news that developers will be able to offer tax credits financing the This action secures perma nent financing for the Humboldt Senior which will provide muchneed ed quality housing for persons age 55 and he There has been a lot of sup port and effort on the part of the county and state to make this a The approval will allow us to begin working on a construction arid groundbreaking Tax credits are offered to investors usually corpora tions who buy them at less than face The pur chasers become equity investors in the then are able to deduct1 the investments from their corporate The equity provided by the tax credit investors will be about Tax credits bring private equity into investments in exchange for tax Downs Dugan said some potential investors have expressed interest in buying tax credits See Page 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