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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 home runs after 133 games The outlook Partly sunny hot and humid High 91 low 67 For your health Businessman Jason Harriett hopes to give customers a Positive Image PageDl Vol 164 No 232 50 cents Saturday September Repaired lock open for business Barge accident caused million in damages The SMITH From left Gov George Ryan Col Michael Morrow commander of the St Louis office of the Army Corps of Engineers Lt GovCorrine Wood and Rep Jerry Costello all had a hand in the reopening Friday morning of the repaired lock at Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 in Alton Beware State Police on lookout during weekend By SANFORD Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Illinois State Police will be out in force during the Labor Day weekend looking for people who may be driving too fast or too drunk We will have about twice the usual number of officers on said Trooper Ralph Timmins of State Police District 11 which has its headquarters in Collinsville Officers normally assigned to administrative duties or other specialties will be called out today Sunday and Monday to man the high ways The officers will be looking especially closely today because the largest number of accidents on a holiday weekend happen on Saturday Timmins said The effort is part of a pro gram throughout Illinois to keep highways safe this weekend The officers will conduct air and laser patrols work in wolf packs to concentrate on speeding aggressive dri ving and seat belt violations as well as conduct eight roadside safety checks The officers also will con duct seat belt patrols in which drivers under 18 and drivers carrying children may be stopped if they are Observed without belts buck led up The Madison County Partnership for Community Health promoted safety belt use before the weekend The organization stuffed fliers into pay envelopes remind ing Madison County employ ees to buckle up Fliers also vere handed out to people using the Madison County Administration Building parking lots For those people wearing belts in the drivethrough the Edwardsville McDonalds 1704 Troy Road will award free coupons for ice cream cones said Chae Li Yong of the Madison County Health Department No matter where motorists travel in the upper Midwest they will notice an increased level of traffic Illinois State Police Director Sam W Nolen said Capt Diana Sievers com mander of District 11 said her office has a working relationship with Missouri that will curb traffic offend ers traveling from one state to another Local law enforcement officials said they too will be vigilant during the week end Well not have extra patrols but our deputies will be alert especially for impaired said Capt Robert Hertz chief deputy for the Madison County Sheriffs Department Hertz said drunken drivers tend to appear on the roads during specific time periods over holiday weekends and deputies will be looking for them Alcohol is not the only fac tor involved in making the holiday death toll worse Timmins said Fatigue and distraction such as talking on a cell phone are two important factors in traffic Timmins said We advise people to pace themselves and not overex he said Good Morning Board A6 Business Classifieds Comics Horoscope C4 Obituaries A5 Deambrogio Peek Goetten Miller Wild Scoreboard B2 Television By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The states top officials tugged a tag line Friday at Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 on the Mississippi River and ceremoniously opened the structures foot main chamber which had been closed for nearly a month Afterward Gov George Ryan pledged his support to try to drum up million in Illinois FIRST money to pay for exhibits in the adjacent National Great Rivers Museum inside the squarefoot Melvin Price Visitors Center Illinois FIRST is the new governors package to gener ate money for public improve ment projects On hand were Republicans Ryan and Lt Gov Corinne Wood Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville and state Sen Evelyn Bowles D Edwardsville Col Michael Morrow commander of the St Louis District of the Army Corps of Engineers gave instructions Ryans wife Lura Lynn watched from a short distance The team holding onto the rope helped guide a bulky section of strongback metal as a crane eased it down into the lock The 40ton piece of steel hooked onto the top of one of nine bulkheads stacked in 50 feet of muddy Mississippi waters The crane then brought up the two connecting pieces Eventually the crane brought up all the bulkheads which had been placed in the lock to hold back the river waters while construction crews from the Corps of Engineers worked double shifts to repair the low miter gates of the lock The workers came from the St Louis Rock Island and St Paul corps districts Last Feb 3 a barge passing through the lock had failed to go in reverse It hit the lower steel miter gates causing nearly million worth of damage said lockmaster Tom Miller The barge company is responsible for paying the costs of repair Morrow said Morrow said corps officials met with agriculture represen tatives to determine the best time to shut down the lock for repairs Between 60 percent and 70 percent of the nations grain passes through the locks and the heavy fall harvest lies just ahead See LOCK Page A7 An unidentified woman is questioned by a Madison County Sheriffs deputy after her car was hit by an Amtrak train at the crossing on Alby Street near the intersection with Humbert Road In Godfrey Friday afternoon She was not injured in the minor collision Driver safe as train hits car By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY A 78yearold Alton woman escaped injury Friday when the front of her car was scraped by an Amtrak passenger train at a railroad crossing at Alby Street and Humbert Road The driver whose identity was not disclosed was stopped in a line of traffic on Alby at the edge of the rail road tracks about when the Ann Rutledge pas senger train approached the crossing according to a report from the Madison County Sheriffs Department The driver of the car triedto back up and the railroad crossing arm came downon1 the back of her 1098 Oldsmobile sheriffs deputies said The Chicagobound passen ger train rolled through the crossing and scraped the front of the car but the driver escaped without authorities said V Charlene Wilson Jackson and their children were in a vehicle behind tlfei car hit by the train V I yelled at the driver to get off the Jackson said Wilson called 911 for help and the two friends hurriecl to see whether the driver of the See TRAIN Good behavior added to curriculum By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Teachers in the Alton School District are striv ing to teach socially accept able positive behavior in their classrooms just as math sci ence and spelling are taught using guidelines provided by a system new to the district Alton is one of two districts in the state to implement dis trictwide a newly developed Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program The program also is being implemented in the Champaign School District This is one more way Alton is on the cutting edge of educa said Marie Schickedanz assistant superintendent The program which was developed by faculty from uni versities in Oregon Kansas Missouri and Kentucky helps schools form individual pro grams to promote positive stu dent behavior in and out of the classroom The program was introduced to the Alton School District in early August during a twoday training session led by Tim Lewis of the University of MissouriColumbia A team of five to 10 staff members from each district school building attended the training sessions Each of the teams completed a survey assessing the schools current discipline procedures and student behavior patterns Data from the school such as number of office referrals from the different school set tings also was analyzed The program gives the building a process a systemat ic way of looking at data to provide positive said Debra Sheary principal of the Motivational Achievement Center Its looking at the data deciding where are the referrals com ing from where are we having problems then working up a strategy to deal with those After studying the survey results and the collected the teams developed a siiiitfieV easily remembered summary statement of what is expected of the pupils in their building Each building is forminga strategy that puts together succinctly the expectations they have for their Schickedanz said Each of the summaries emphasizes the positive befcav   

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