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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois The outlook Mostly sunny and very warm, with the high 87 and the low 60 Pagel>8 Rood Morning Area/Illinois A3-16 Bulletin Board  A8 Classifieds........C7 Editorial ..........A4 Horoscope........C2 Nation/world.......C6 • * * A * Obituaries.........AS Buescher, Darr, Davis, Duba, Jenkins, Pruett, Rose, Stockard, Lawrence, Mason, Matlock, Wilson Scoreboard........B2 www.thetelegraph.com r mm tm tm tm mt tm    rn,    mm    mm    m    % I *9^ | I $306; I Coupons and special offers I ^ _ inside most editions J Sports Prop football Years of service Tom Johnson dedicates efforts to those less fortunate Page IM Vol. 164, No. 226    Serving    The    River    Bend    Since    1836    August    29,1999    USO Family members present when body pulled from river Auction to add to Alton land bank By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A property auction Sept. 16 will help put some neglected property back on the tax rolls and allow the city of Alton to put some lots in its land bank. “We’ve put 500 parcels back on the tax rolls so far,” said Madison County Board member Mike Fruth. He is a member of the Property    Trustee Commission, along with County Board members Rick Faccin and Wayne Bridgewater. Alton’s city planner, Phil Roggio, said officials have been attending the auctions recently to look for lots, especially in the Hunterstown area, that can be converted to single-family residences. In the meantime, the lots are kept in better shape by that city than they would be otherwise. “We have the PACUP team under the Public Works Department cut the weeds and clean the trash off the lots,” Roggio said. The lots are taken over by the county after owners fail to pay property taxes. Properties in Alton, ■ See AUCTION, Page A-15 Tonight is bargain at homecoming fall to Chicago Hubbard Page B-l By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer ■ See LABOR, Page A-15 of Cherry Hill. Tonight’s entertainment, Back in the Saddle, is a must-see for country music fans, Venezia said. Tonight also will be the grand prize drawing of the club’s raffle. Venezia said he has the honor of pulling the winning tickets. “I get to give away $350 Sunday. That’s $300 for the grand prize and $50 for second.” Carnival rides and specialty foods will be available all day, but Venezia said the weekend’s drink of choice had surprised him. “We bought bottled water on a fluke, and it has turned out to be one of our best sellers,” he said. “Our fish sand- ■ See BARGAIN, Page A-15 Wheeled ealm Growing stronger Dodge Viper rolls into eighth year and continues to add horsepower Page C-l The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Volunteers resume their search from Piasa Creek for the body of Randall Kent Flowers of East Alton Saturday morning. Flowers’ body was recovered Saturday afternoon. ALTON - The body of an East Alton man who apparently fell from a houseboat during a fishing outing was recovered Saturday from the Mississippi River near the Norman Brothers Inc. landing on the Great River Road, authorities said. Family members who were at the scene when the body was recovered positively identified the victim as Randall K. Flowers Sr., 43, said Ralph Bahhlmann Jr., chief deputy with the Madison County Coroner’s Office. Flowers had been reported missing shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, when he apparently fell from the rear of a 35-foot vessel operated by his friend, John Gentry of East Alton, as it entered Piasa Harbor near the confluence of the Mississippi and Piasa Creek in Jersey County. An extensive search of the ■ See VICTIM, Page A-15 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Dale Stanley of Belleville, a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local #98, plays tuba from a float in the Labor Day Parade in Upper Alton Saturday, and Whitney Lucas, 11, hands out candy from her bicycle to Shanna Pull, 6, and her sister Emily, 3, while riding in the parade in Alton. Labor marches in Upper Alton By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Labor Day came a little early to the River Bend this weekend as politicians and members of several unions participated in an annual parade Saturday. The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor sponsored the parade that started at Alton High School and wound through Upper Alton. As he lined up participants in the parking lot at the school, Dave Hayes, a member of a By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer Tyler Samples, 10, Rosewood Heights, winds up with a dart as his friend Hall Turner, 10, South Roxana, waits his turn at a booth at the South Roxana Dad’s Club Homecoming Saturday. The annual event continues through today. SOUTH ROXANA - Members of Dad’s Club hope for large crowds today on the final day of their annual homecoming. This year marks the 53rd year for the event, which offers good, clean fun for families, Dad’s Club member Tony Venezia said. “We had a good turnout last night. We’ve had some really good bands that have played, and that helps. Thursday and Friday, we had The System, and they had rows of people still around the stage at midnight when all the rides were already shut down.” Saturday night featured the playing