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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRA HEAD in HEAD ivtMciMra 51 home runs after 132 games home runs after 129 MM    games Soccer eaIwr icks past Stauriton Page Bl The outlook Mostly sunny and warm; high 81, low 61 Page D8 Vol. 164, No. 228 - 50 cents Tuesday, August 31, 1999 Winning rlda Alton man’s work featured in motorcyle magazine Page DI www.thetelegraph.com Excitement, anxiety returns to AHS By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The campus of Alton High School cable to life Monday morning as students, teachers, administrators and staff arrived for the first day of the 1999-2000 school year. The students, from freshmen to seniors, experienced emotions ranging from excitement to nervousness. Seniors Evan Monckton, 17, and Te Tee Hong, 17, were excited to be starting their final year at AHS. “It’s exciting,” Hong said. “When you’re a freshmen you look up to the seniors. Now we’re the seniors, and people look up to us.” Monckton said his first day of school as a senior was very different from his first day as a freshman. “When I was a freshman, I didn’t know what to think,” he said. “Now as a senior, you just walk in, see a bunch of people you know and start talking.” Looking back on their three years of experience at AHS, the seniors offered some advice to the incoming freshmen. ■ j I .ISSW**** i ■/ You’re starting a new stage of your life," Hong said. “Enjoy it, but don’t mess it up.” Monckton said he advised freshmen to consider both the privileges and responsibilities that come with the freedom in high school. “There’s a lot more freedom, and freshmen need to use common sense,” he said. “Teachers here are different than in middle school. They’ve got so many students to worry about that you don’t have ■ See AHS, Page A-9 Far left:    Evan Monckton, left, and Te Tee Hong talk over their first day back to school at Alton High on Monday morning. Left: Catching up on gossip between classes on the first day back at Alton High School on Monday, were, from left, Adrienne Floyd, Lindsey Belcher, Delilah Young and Christin Edwards, all freshmen. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH LCCC receives development grant By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Lewis and Clark Community College has received a grant to improve faculty development and academic programs. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, a sponsor of the grant, announced Monday that the grant was approved. The U.S. Department of Education grant is for $344,401 in the first year of a potential five years. In the first year of the grant, LCCC plans to increase the use of technology and alterna tive teaching strategies. Kent Scheffel, director of media services at LCCC, said he wants the students to be able to use technology and understand it so it will enhance their academic careers. “The grant will also provide technical support so that our faculty will have the opportunity to develop multimedia courses,” Scheffel said. The college plans to add multimedia modules and on-line courses. The grant is renewable for five years. It can be renewed if the college meets certain See GRANT, Page A9 Crushed Corvette The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Christine Snyder, 27, of Grafton, holds her head as she looks over her damaged Corvette after being rear-ended by a car driven by Paul Seiberlich, 59, of Highland on Monday. The accident occurred on the Berm Highway at the entrance to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam around 11:50 a.m. Both drivers sustained minor injuries and were treated and released from Alton Memorial Hospital. Memorable moment Parents guide, videotape their childrens’ way into Kindergarten By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Kindergartners, many clutching a parent’s hand with one hand and a book bag full of school supplies with the other, lined up behind Godfrey School on Monday morning, waiting for the first morning bell of the school year to ring. * Many parents stood in line with their children, snapping photographs or videotaping each moment leading up to the opening of school on Monday, the first day of the 1999-2000 school year in the Alton School District. Doug and Seawn Stoutner began videotaping their daughter Sarah, 5, before they left home Monday morning. “We taped her coming out of the house, getting in the jeep, walking in the school doors,” Seawn said. Sarah is the Stoutner’s oldest child. They also have a 2-year-old son, Christopher. The couple said they were sending their oldest child to school with mixed emotions. “I’m glad she’s starting school, but I’m going to miss her,” Seawn said. Sarah faced her first day of The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH D.J. Weeks, 5, is momentarily distracted from his teacher’s lesson on how to use the cafeteria at the first day of kindergarten at Godfrey School on Monday. school with composure her parents found surprising. “She’s doing better than we expected,” Doug said. “She was going through a phase this morning where she was a little scared, but when she saw all the other kids she was OK.” “She said she would make me I See KINDERGARTEN, Page A-9 Good Morning r i Area/Illinois.........A3,8 Bulletin Board .......A6.7 Business .............DI Classifieds............^8 Comics............  •    *^ 8 Editorial.............. A4 Nation/World C4,7, D6 Obituaries ............ A5 Adams, Davis, Egelhoff, Grafford, Greeting, Gross, Hartnagel, Hayes, Hendricks, Kennedy, Luketich, Lyon, Major, Winchester Region...............Cl Scoreboard...........B2 Stocks..............D2-4 Television.............D6 Weather..............D8 Prosecutor :Bathon’s fund shouldn’t have existed Bathon By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Fred Bathon’s $3,000-a-year staff “flower fund” should never have been allowed to bloom, according to the report of a special prosecutor released Monday. Eight months of insinuation and investigation regarding the employee fund in the former Madison County Auditor’s Office came down to a simple, five-paragraph report. “It should be apparent that a cash fund of this proportion should never have existed, especially one maintained by an officeholder whose statutory charge is to be the watchdog of taxpayer monies,” the report from special prosecutor Ed Parkinson reads. Parkinson investigated the case after it was referred by Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine to the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.. The two-page report was mostly amplification of comments Parkinson made last Thursday after a Madison County grand jury refused to take action against Bathon. The investigation stemmed from comments made last December by newly elected Treasurer H. Jack See BATHON, Page A9