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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 The outlook  Partly sunny with thunderstorms. High 86; low 63  Page D8  Good:*':  Morning  Area/Illinois ----A3-1Q  Bulletin Board  A7  Business .........DI  Classifieds........C4  Editorial ..........A4  Horoscope ........C2  Nation/world . .A12;C4  Obituaries ........A6  Baister, Chapman,  Foster, Miller, Owca, Renfro, Wessel, Wieland  Scoreboard  B2  Stocks ...........D2  Weather ..........D8  -    SUNDAY --  THE TELEGRAPH  vol, im. no. 233__Serving The River Bend Since 1836 september mw n.»  Wo ara tho union'  Peggy  Zimmerman’s voice speaks for working people  Page DI  SWAP is a hit, Churchich says  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County SWAP program just keeps getting better, Sheriff Bob Churchich said.  “I’m happy to report the program continues to be very productive and worthwhile.”  The program, known as Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, under director Norman L. Nilsson, has been more productive each year for the past seven years it has been in existence, Churchich said.  “It started as a grant program, but ifs so good, the county picked up the expenses,” he said.  For the first eight months of 1999, more than $93,880 in labor has been provided to cohimunities and not-for-profit groups by SWAP, compared with $80,880 for the same period in 1998, Churchich said.  Inmates in the SWAP program 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 communities in the county, returning home at night. The program reduces the jail population while providing  H 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 substance 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 down,” Watkins said. “We also have invited all former board members over that entire 40-year period. It will be attended by all of the staff- and administration of Community Counseling Center, as well as a lot of the executives from other local service  provider organizations.”  Thousands of people from the River Bend and throughout Southwestern Illinois have availed themselves of the center’s 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 lives,” Watkins said. “We also support a large community of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.”  He said center employees stay in communication with as many as 300 such people in the Alton area.  “Many of those population are in regular attendance at our Pathways program,” which is a psycho-social rehabilitation program, Watkins said.  The center also provides substance abuse counseling and treatment through its J.K. Miller Program ; a residential setting for six  H See GALA, Page A11   www.thetelegraph.com   Sports  College football  Illinois 41 Arkansas State 3  Missouri 31 UAB28  Page Bl  Bar owners petition  of later hours gathering names  Wheels*Deajls  Driving excltmenr  Pontiac may have outdone itself with its best Grand Am yet  PageCl  Tanner Miles, 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.  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Eddie Sholar Sr., owner of Fast Eddie's 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 Council’s vote Wednesday on extending the hours taverns can serve alcohol.  Bar owners say they have collected hundreds of signatures from patrons saying they support the proposed change in the city’s liquor ordinance. They predict they will gather several thousand names by Wednesday, when aldermen vote on extending the hours  from I a m. to 2 a m. on weekdays and to 3 a rn on Saturdays and Sundays.  The new hours would be under review one year after going into effect Tavern owners approached Mayor Don Sandidge this summer suggesting the change so they can better compete with the Alton Belle Casino’s new river landing bar and gambling facility that will open this fall “We are not asking nearly as much as they have,” said spokesman John Sholar about the Alton Belle’s closing hours  of 4 a m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a rn. 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 Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. Fourth St.  “We just want a level playing field for us,” John Sholar said.  “I counted eight to IO bars ■ See PETITION. Page A11  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 Saturday’s 80th annual Homecoming/Labor Day Parade in Bethalto.  The Rose kids — Brittani, 15, Courtney, 14, and Marcus, IO — had a prime spot for viewing the parade, which began at ll a m. at Bethalto Junior High School, traveled down Second Street and ended just east of Village Hall on Central Street.  Although the parade procession took a mere 12 minutes to pass by, it included an entourage of nostalgic firetrucks, antique cars, emergency response vehicles and businesses touring in cleanly lettered pickup trucks and vans.  “Eve been at this location for two of the four years my business has been in Bethalto,” said Marsha Hyatt, owner of Kwik-Kuts at the corner of Second and Winona streets. “Ifs a great spot to watch the parade as it just gets going.”  Alton brothers Christopher Winfree, 5, and David Winfree, 4, each had a plastic bag full  More photos  Page A11  of hard candy and Tootsie Rolls, the reward for watching Bethalto’s annual procession from the back of their parents’ pickup truck.  “These cars are really cool,” 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 Curby’s 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 God’s puppet-filled float.  Bunker Hill Fire District No. I sported a 1928 firetruck, and a middle-aged man drove an old, light blue station wagon inscribed with Scripture.  After the parade, more than IOO spectators and participants continued celebrating at the Bethalto Homecoming in the city park.  ( ' * *   

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