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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The real world Explorer program allows youths to work in future career situations Page Cl 227 50 cents Mostly sunny and pleasant Page D6 August Judges Pay fine or do time Improved equipment will speed up booking By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County Sheriffs Department will have the most advanced booking system in the when it takes delivery of a digital camera purchased with state grant Chief Deputy Bob Hertz said the new equipment that has been brought online in the past five years will put information about suspects into the criminal justice system in a The new camera coming from the Illinois State Police is the last of a series of new inno vations that will make paper processing and oldfashioned mug shots a thing of the Hertz In the old prisoners Program cracking down on scofflaws The BARNES Madison County Sheriffs Department Jail Deputy Lance Reynolds at the livescan finger print were booked into the County Jail using a ink finger prints and and a black andwhite 35millimeter cam Hertz The new system will be a lit tle faster but a lot more effi once the information is It will eventually eliminate the paper we have stacked up to the Hertz The latest innovation is a dig ital purchased with a grant from the State See Page A7 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison Countyjudges have one word for people who are refusing to pay their fines through a new alternative sentencing program The line leading from the county courthouse to the county lockup has been long and contin uous the last two weeks as a crackdown on fine On 33 people were sent to jail by Associate Judge Robert Hennessey after they appeared in Madison County Circuit Court and did not have a good reason why previously assessed misdemeanor and traf fic fines could not be Deputies marched defendants across the street in two causing a processing uproar at the Defendants scrambled to come up with the money to pay off their fines anywhere from on up to keep from spending the night behind The vast majority found the Madison County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Robert Hertz Its surprising to me how many of them dont have the money until they get Hertz All of a sudden that money just shows The previous Associate Judges Randall Bono and Lewis Mallott sent acom bined 26 people to jail during docket calls in Granite City most of the defen dants found the cash to bond out at the last The new program was intro duced in May and defendants were given 90 days to pay fines by working them off through a couple of options sponsored by the or another option that involves taking traffic classes through See Page A7 Bethalto Homecoming began with soldiers return from WWI By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Leslie Prehn and his com rades came home from the battlefields of World War I to a big homecoming parade by the townspeople of The rousing welcome from residents for the returning hometown World War I veter ans in 1919 was the beginning of the annual Bethalto local historian Arvel Fowler The Bethalto Community Park will glow this Labor Day weekend with carnival entertainment and the aroma of fried chicken for the 80th Bethalto The homecoming will open and continue through at the World War I vets marched in their uniforms in 1919 down the main street of led by the Upper Alton Drum Fowler Townspeople brought picnic baskets of chicken to the park for the homecoming celebration for the The homecoming grew from the 1919 parade and town picnic for the vets to the big Telegraph Towns homecoming of In Bethalto American Legion Post 214 and the volun teer fire department teamed up to sponsor the annual Funds from the homecom ing bought the fire depart ments first fire truck in Fowler Money raised from the homecoming through the years has helped build an excellent fire department in Old photographs in the Bethalto Historical Museum show the 80year history of the Bethalto The museum displays a pho tograph of Robert Wadlow of the tallest man in the rid ing in the Bethalto Hardware float in 1920 in the homecoming It was a big event for the people of Bethalto to see Robert Wadlow waving from a float in the Fowler On the museum walls hang photographs of the homecom ing parade with a float of the Apple Feed Store and the 1928 Bethalto High School I See Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Flowers Rose 1 The BARNES John an employee of Stumpf Construction and and Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Brian install piers for the ramp up to the new platform being constructed that will look over Ellis Bay at the Riverlands in West Companies give Riverlands project a boost By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON Two area companies known for their support of educational and environmental projects have stepped forward to assist the Army Corps of Engineers in its latest Clark Refining Marketing and Triad Industries are supplying the labor needed to construct a wildlife observation platform and pedestrian trail to give birdwatchers a closeup view of Riverlands Park Ranger Brian Markerl said the Corps is grateful to Clark and Triad for funding the contractors for the Construction began about 10 days with an anticipated completion date of Were planning an official dedication of the platform and the trail on 25 in conjunction with National Public Lands said Clark and Triad have been really generous as cor porate partners in this We appreci ate their and we couldnt afford to bring this to reality without Total cost of the Markert is including paving and con tract The Fish and Wildlife Service paid for the cost of the wood and other materials needed for the observa tion The paved trail and the observation platform will provide an opportunity for those using a wheelchair to get a closer view of wildlife activity than was previ ously possible with the rocky banks of the Riverlands Markert said slopes and ramps that are being built and attached to the platform will afford disabled persons smooth access on and off the Triad Industries vice president Jeff Heintzsaid his firm believes in support ing ventures that promote learning for children and This is an excellent opportunity to bring people up close who would other wise have extreme difficulty getting close to the Heintz Hopefully the corporate support of this highly visible and worthwhile project will encourage other local industry to become involved and take a leadership role in efforts such as Clark Refining Marketing environ mental manager Bill Irwin said the nature observation post and pathway will be done in time to serve as an ideal fall field trip for young wildlife watchers and their We see this as another great reason for children to visit the learning center at Irwin The official dedication of the obser vation platform and nature trail will take place at on From to that the public is invited to take part in tours and activities specific to the new   

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