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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SPORTS College football Illinois 41 Arkansas State 3 Missouri 31 UAB28 PageBl We are the union Zimmermans voice speaks for working people PageDl 1 f Driving excnmenr Pontiac may have outdone itself with its best Grand Am yet Paged The outlook Partly sunny with thunderstorms High 86 low 63 PageD8 Morning Ill Board 01 Ml A4 Hprotcopt NptlonAworld A12C4 Balster Chapman Fester Miller Owca ReDfro Wessel Wieland Scoreboard Weather SUNDAY THE TELEGR APII Vol 164 No 233 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 September Bar owners petition Backers of later hours gathering names eww The SMITH Eddie Sholar owner of Fast Eddies Bon Air in Alton shows pages of petitions he has collected from those in favor of allowing later closing hours for liquor sales in the city By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A second set of petitions is being circulated in Alton in preparation for the City Councils vote Wednesday on extending the hours taverns can serve alcohol Bar owners say they have collected hundreds of signa tures from patrons saying they support the proposed change in the citys liquor ordinance They predict they will gather several thousand names by Wednesday when aldermen vote on extending the hours from 1 to 2 on week days and to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays The new hours would be under review one year after going into effect Tavern owners approached Mayor Don Sandidge this sum mer suggesting the change so they can better compete with the Alton Belle Casinos new river landing bar and gam bling facility that will open this fall We are not asking nearly as much as they said spokesman John Sholar about the Alton Belles closing hours of 4 Sunday through Thursday and 6 on Fridays and Saturdays The Illinois Gaming Board sets the hours of the casino Sholar is an Alton lawyer who is representing 31 of 48 tavern owners who hold A and D liquor licenses in Alton His brother Ed owns Fast Eddies Bon Air 1530 E Fourth St We just want a level play ing field for John Sholar said I counted eight to 10 bars SeePETITIONTPageA11 Bethalto festivities are sweet treats By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO The verdict is in Bethalto Police Officer Darren Trent handed out the best candy at Saturdays 80th annual Day Parade in Bethalto The Rose kids Brittani 15 Courtney 14 and Marcus 10 had a prime spot for viewing the parade which began at 11 at Bethalto Junior High School traveled down Second Street and ended just east of Village Hall on Central Street Although the parade proces sion took a mere 12 minutes to pass by it included an entourage of nostalgic firetrucks antique cars emer gency response vehicles and businesses touring in cleanly let Jtered pickup trucks and vansr Tve been at this location for two of the four years my business has been in said Marsha Hyatt owner of KwikKuts at the cor ner of Second and Winona streets Its a great spot to watch the parade as it just gets Alton brothers Christopher Winfree 5 and David Winfree 4 each had a plastic bag full More photos PageA11 of hard candy and Tootsie Rolls the reward for watching Bethaltos annual procession from the back of their parents pickup truck These cars are really said Christopher taking a look at the miniature metal Shell racecar he got from Shell Oil Co Brownie Troop 844 marched near the front of the parade lineup followed by Curbys Weed Butchering Service of Edwardsville in a restored black coupe nine Bethalto Amoco men seated on hay bales atop a truck the Madison County Hazardous Materials Unit the Meadowbrook Fire Protection District in a handsome black pumper truck and Meadowbrook First Assembly of Gods puppetfilled float Bunker Hill Fire District No 1 sported a 1928 firetruck and a middleaged man drove an old light blue station wagon inscribed with Scripture After the parade more than 100 spectators and participants continued celebrating at ithe Bethalto Homecoming in the city park Tm BADMAN Tanner Mies 5 of Alton glances at inflatable aliens on the midway Saturday at the Bethalto Homecoming At right members of Bethalto Brownie Troop 844 from the Zion Lutheran School carry their banner as they march in the Bethalto Labor Day Parade SWAP is a hit Churchich says By SANFORDJ SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County SWAP pro gram just keeps getting bet ter Sheriff Bob Churchich said Im happy to report the program continues to be very productive and worth The program known as Sheriffs Work Alternative Program under director Norman L Nilsson has been more productive each year for the past seven years it has been in exis tence Churchich said It started as a grant pro gram but its so good the county picked up the he said For the first eight months of 1999 more than in labor has been provided to communities and notfor profit groups by SWAP compared with for the same period in 1998 Churchich said Inmates in the SWAP pro gram have completed 182 projects through August of this year compared with 140 for the same period last year The program allows inmates to serve their time by participating in the work program in various commu nities in the county return ing home at pro gram reduces the jail popu lation while providing See SWAP Page A11 Counseling Center to mark 40th anniversary with gala By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer ALTON Employees and supporters of the Community Counseling Center of Northern Madison County will attend a 40th anniversary gala later this month to celebrate its four decades of providing mental health and sub stance abuse services to River Bend residents The 40th anniversary gala will be held Sept 17 at the Holiday Shores Clubroom It is by invitation only About 250 people are expected to attend the event said Roger Watkins director of resource development for the Community Counseling Center We have invited a lot of dignitaries from the governor on Watkins said We also have invited all former board members over that entire 40year period It will be attended by all of the staffand administration of Community Counseling Center as well as a lot of the executives from other local service provider Thousands of people from the River Bend and throughout Southwestern Illinois have availed themselves of the centers services through the years Much of our business is providing individual therapy to members of the community who are just looking for someone to talk to about issues going on in their Watkins said We also support a large community of persons with severe and persistent mental He said center employees stay in communica tion with as many as 300 such people in the Alton area Many of those population are in regular attendance at our Pathways which is a psychosocial rehabilitation program Watkins said The center also provides substance abuse counseling and treatment through its Miller Program a residential setting for six I See GALA Page A11
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