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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 iBBBr 4p TODAYS FOOD Sosa Changing of the guard I Summer meals start to j give way to fall favorites PageBl after 138 games The outlook Partly thunderstorms early high near low near 56 Same as always New owners keep tradition ofHartmanns alive PageDl 236 cents September Fireworks trial to begin By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A civil case resulting from a deadly fireworks explosion in Alton more than two years ago will begin unfolding today in a Granite City Jury selection was completed late Tuesday afternoon in Madison County Circuit Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis will hear the case at 9 in the satellite courtroom on the second Jury chosen to hear civil case involving the deaths of 3 floor of Granite City City The case will take at least two Kardis Terese of the Louis firm of Hinshaw and is representing all of the among them the city of Alton and Fireworks a Crown company that was doing business as the Mad Bomber the night of July That three Chicago area men died when a fireworks shell misfired and set off a chain reaction on the main fireworks barge during the citys annual fireworks One of the men burned to death the other two drowned in the Mississippi The three resulting civil cases were consolidated into one for the The all from are Marionete the widow of Marvin James Lafromboise also known as Rick He was in charge of lighting the pyrotechnics and was burned to death in the explo sion and Gerardo and Juana parents of Ramon age He was a ready box attendant who stood by during igni He drowned after jumping or being thrown overboard by the Rosemary widow of Ralph the crew who also According to the case dozens of exhibits and a minutelong videotape are among the possible evi dence to be presented to the jury by See Page A11 Steel under construction The BADMAN Mark an employee of Arning Industries places bolts Tuesday for the steel framework of a canopy at the new Caseys General Store under construction on Washington Avenue in Alton just south of the Homer Adams The conveniencetype store and gas one of several erected across the River Bend in recent is nearing Sold sign goes up at old YMCA building By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON The former YMCA building dominating the corner of Third and Market streets has been sold and will be converted into executive apartment Wooff Better Homes Gardens agent Duke Harris said the which was made final transfers ownership to the ICN a development firm with headquarters in Delaware and Mexico The sale price was not dis ICN began renovation work Monday to transform the stately brick building into a yetunspeci fied number of Harris said Developer plans apartments Edgar ICNs vice presi is heading the project from an office in Since the build ing has no subcontrac tors first step Tuesday was to pry wooden boards off the win dows to shed light on their The renovation of this building will mean great things for Downtown Harris The apartment units will be more deluxe than anything in existence so far in our communi This development is definitely going to be a premier addition to our Original plans for the under previous called for executive apartment but the high cost of the project proved to be too prohibitive for those Harris said ICN will probably head the renovation effort as both developer and general The old Y building has been on the market was con demned with alot of effort from our commercial has now been sold to a corpora tion that is going to make it into an impressive historical land Harris Architectural blueprints also call for orie floor of the stately building to be dedicated to execu tive Harris I think the renovation and redevelopment of this building is just another start in attracting developers to invest their money in the Harris These types of projects have a way of motivating local money to It can be a snowball if we all push the Dennis the city of Altons director of community said Alton is work ing hard to attract similar devel opers and interest them in taking on this kind of renovation of upperstory residential units See Page A11 New judge appointed to circuit court Harrison to fill seat once held by Meehan By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE One judicial career began and another one ended Tuesday with the appoint ment of Clarence Harrison II to an associate judgeship in Madison County Circuit of Collinsville will take over the seat vacated by Michael who was ousted without tion by circuit judges when his term expired at the end of Harrison is the son of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison of Collinsville and will become the youngest male judge in the 3rd Judicial His swearing in has not yet been Harrison acknowledged comments others have made about his fathers posi tion of but does not think it affected the end I dont know that it T Harrison In Judicial some the associates bench Harrison is the son of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison of Collinsville and will become the youngest male judge in the 3rd is at one end of the spectrum and the Supreme Court is at the opposite Interaction is pretty The bottom he is his hope that he can bring as much integrity to the bench as his who was a circuit judge and appellate judge before his current None of the nine circuit judges has commented on the The vote is done in and only the names of winners are announced after a review by the Administrative Office of the Illinois a division of the state Supreme The field of candidates for two vacant associate judgeships began with 14 After Ellar See Page A11 Good morning Bulletin Board Obituaries Walker Scoreboard Stocks Hulshof show support for farmers By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE repre sentatives John Shimkus and Kenny Hulshof expressed their support of tax relief for working Americans and support for farm ers at a press conference Tuesday We want to give income tax relief to people who pay income said The congressional tax cut plan calls for a return of part of the projected surplus during the next 10 Taxpayers would receive one dollar out of every four dollars of the The House and the Senate have each passed the but President Clinton is expected to veto The president is pretty assertive and will not pass that Shimkus A spokesperson for Shimkus I See PageA11 For The HARTLEY Kenny and John during a press conference Tuesday at the Madison County Courthouse They spoke about a tax relief bill and emergency agricultural f
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