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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SammyVsosa  Md'  _J# J  HEAD to HEAD-ACAIN  Mark McGwire  i 51  home runs  home runs after 127 games  after 128 games  Gridiron action Prep football season kicks off tonight  Page B-l  The outlook Mostly sunny and hot; high near 90, low near 67  Page IM i  Vol. 164, No. 224 — 50 cents  Friday, August 27,1999  Hair care and more Cosmetologist has always wanted to help people  look their best  Page D-l  www.theteleqraph.coin   Jackson leads Bow Farm march  ‘We are blessed he came,’ strike backer says  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY — Members of the throng of 500 who heard the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s colorful speech Thursday said they were touched by the dynamic speaker — whether they came in support of the union or just to see the famous man.  “We are blessed he came; he should be around here to talk to people and inspire them more often,” said Roy Brown of Alton, who said he supports the strike against Beverly Farm  Annual breakfast kicks off school year for teachers  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY - School officially started Thursday morning for the more than 400 teachers in the Alton School District at the sixth annual Alton District Employees’ Kickoff Breakfast in the River Bend Arena on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.  Superintendent Michael Beaber addressed the group of teachers, staff members and community leaders at the beginning of his final year as superintendent. Beaber, who has served as superintendent since 1994, plans to retire at the end of this school year.  Beaber reflected on his childhood education in  Burlington, Iowa, and on his career in the Alton School District, which began in 1962. In his 37 years as an Alton educator, Beaber has served as a junior high and high school teacher, an assistant principal, director of the J.B. Johnson Career Development Center, an assistant superintendent and superintendent.  During his 20-minute address, Beaber encouraged the teachers to take their pupils and their difficulties to heart.  “In this business, you have to work from the heart,” he said. “You have to treat children as you want to be treated. There is no substitute for the personal touch.”  ■ See TEACHERS, Page A-9  Good Morning  Area/Illinois . ...A3-10  Bulletin Board ____A-6  Business .........DI  Classifieds........C5  Comics ...........D5  Editorial ..........A4  Horoscope ........D5  Nation/world .....C3,4  Obituaries ........A5  Blackketter, Brugger, Crosnoe, Helmkamp, Isenberg, Matlock, Schneider, Stockard, Thirion  Television ......  .D7  Foundation by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.  The Rev. George Lewis, 75, of Webster Temple Church of God in Christ in Alton, said he liked Jackson’s messages about the plight of working people.  “He has special concern for fair wages for people working at Beverly Farm,” he said.  Lewis said it was the first time he had heard Jackson speak live. He said he remembers seeing Jackson on television when he was in  Memphis in 1968 with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in support of garbage workers wanting to organize into an AFSCME local. King was assassinated during the trip.  “He’s gotten to be a more powerful speaker,” Lewis said about Jackson.  Buddy Maupin, regional director of AFSCME Council 31, called Jackson’s speech “inspiring.” “It was a powerful message, there was a great turnout, and it was a great day,” Maupin  See BACKER, Page A-9  Grand jury fails to take action against Bathon  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A criminal investigation into Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon likely ended Thursday when a grand jury refused to take action concerning the former auditor’s “flower fund.”  “Nothing could be tied criminally to anybody,” Special Prosecutor Ed Parkinson said at the end of the three-hour session in Madison County Circuit Court. “I think this is the end of it.”  Parkinson said he would issue a report on the investiga  tion sometime today.  Nine past and present employees of Bathon answered questions in front of the grand jury, in a proceeding that by law was closed to the public. The jury had the option of doing nothing, indicting Bathon or issuing a report. It chose to do nothing.  During a brief session in his office immediately after the end of the grand jury findings, Bathon read a statement while surrounded by his staff, including some of those who testified.  “I want to say how proud I am of my office staff, who has worked diligently and effi  ciently during this time when our every act was being scrutinized,” Bathon said. “I am confident we will continue to service the public in a courteous and professional manner.”  Bathon took no questions, and he and the staff members left the room as a group immediately after he read the statement. His attorney, John Rekowski of Collinsville, declined to expand on the statement.  Bathon has proclaimed his innocence since December, when county Auditor H. Jack Frandsen accused him of forc-  ■ See BATHON, Page A-9  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  ■ See JACKSON, Page A-9  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  The Rev. Jesse Jackson marches down Humbert Road with a crowd of about 500 people while carrying 6-year-old Howard Beard of Bethalto on his shoulders Thursday during a rally in support of striking Beverly Farm Foundation workers. B&ard is the son of Beverly Farm employee and AFSCME Council 31 member Brenda Pfeifer. At left, a man shouts out his support during Jackson’s rally speech which followed the march.  Rights leader asks Ryan for meeting over strike  “Everybody is somebody. Save the workers; save the family. Stop the violence. Save the children. Keep hope alive. We will win. Keep hope alive. I love you. ”  — The Rev. Jesse Jackson  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY — One of the country’s most charismatic political leaders took his place at the head of a labor union march Thursday and led some 500 strikers, supporters and children up Humbert Road to a rousing rally.  For more than an hour, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, president  r I l he  J  Ra * nbow  More photos  Coalition in Chicago,    piiwwo  provided inspiration, _ rage L-i  support and love to  members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The union has been on strike against Beverly  Farm  Foundation,  «TI7e must find a  3 30  ;  1/1/    Humbert  Ti way to move Road, since  from a battleground Sm&SS to common ground.” “ n ° 0  bl *  contract Jesse Jackson agreement after ll addressing strikers months of  _ talks.  “I asked  (Gov. George Ryan) today for a meeting so we might work together to find some common ground,” Jackson said about union representatives and Monte Welker, executive director of Beverly Farm.  “We must find a way to move from a battleground to common ground,” said Jackson, 57, who is an ordained Baptist minister and two-time presidential candidate.  At the outset of the 1:30 p.m. march, Jackson scooped up young Howard Beard, 6, and deposited the boy high atop his shoulders. Jackson carried Howard, the son of Brenda Pfeifer of Bethalto, for half the three-block trek from Beverly Farm to Glen Haven Golf Range, 6515 Humbert Road. Pfeifer is a strik-  S  ******  ■   

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