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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook Partly sunny and pleasant high near 74 low near 53 PagelM Grand opening Kitchen and Bath Outlet Center wiD have something for everyone PageDl i 164 No 24250 cents Tuesday September Community says goodbye to Gisy Friends and family pay final respects to attorney By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Friends remembered Gail Richard Gisy on Monday as a special person who treated everyone fairly and worked to do what was right in his legal career Relatives friends local and area dignitaries police offi cers and legal professionals packed into the sanctuary at The First tlnited Methodist Church in Jerseyville to pay tribute to the Jersey County states attorney killed in a twovehicle wreck Thursday by an alleged drunk driver in northeast Jersey County Samples of Gisys favorite country tunes were played before and in portions of the hushed service officiated by the Rev Delbert Pancake Pictures of Gisy and his fami ly were displayed around the casket and photos and memo rabilia from his high school sports career were well In the service friends and relatives talked about Gisys basic goodness love for his family and dedication to his profession and the A good friend Jergeyville city attorney George Butch Wittman called Gisy a credit to the legal who worked to help people either as a private lawyer public defender or as a prosecutor Gails goal was never money prestige or Wittman said Gail alwayjs See GISY PagMS Right Pallbearers carry the casket of Gail Gisy Jersey County states attorney down the steps of theiRrst UrtSSodist Church after his funeral in Jerseyville on Monday Above Gisys wife Angela follows the casket holding hands with two of her children Kayla 5 left and Derek 11 Gisy was killed in an automobile accident Thursday night Property owner doesi not want to make way for new police station By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Business owner Norman Matsche holds the distinction of being one of the twb last property owners wlfo hasnt sold his land to tKe city to make way for the new police station of Godjrey howev want known as out whois trying to be stubborn or greedy ideally he said he would just like to be leftalone to continue running hisbusiness on the corner of East Broadway and Washington Avenue as he has for about 15 years Matsche said he does not believe the city needs his first property and that the polijce station project has ample space without taking his cor ner i Im not trying to hold the city he said I never put a dollar amount on it until they pressured me I told Dennis Dugan director of housing and community development and Mayor Don Sandidge that my first choice is to stay The question of whether he is going to sell is moot because the city is pro gressing with quick domain pro ceedings against his three contiguous properties which officials say are in Altons See OWNER Page A7 lo Norman Matsche property owner Good Morning Board C6 Ansell Balster Benton Downing Gates Goforth Johnson Long Molloy Oettel Roady Sheppard Alton man killed in 1270 crash By GREG OPTAIN For The Telegraph FLORISSANT Mo Three motorists including an Alton man and Maryville woman were killed and nine more were injured in a fiery crash involving 13 vehicles Monday morning on a busy stretch of Interstate 270 Michael Trout 41 of East llth Street in Alton and Billie J Eldridge 26 of the 800 block of Patty Dritfe in Maryville were among those killed in the accident The third motorist killed was an unidentified St Louis man Trout was driving a Honda and was stopped in traffic on Interstate 270 when a tractortrailer hit him start ing the multicar pileup according to Ken Tretter a telefcommunicator with the Missouri Highway Patrol The accident happened around 8 on westbound I 270 between New Florissant and Nqrth Hanley roads directly in front of St Thomas AquinasMercy High School A total of eight cars two tractortrailers two vans and Associated Press An accident on westbound Interstate 270 near Florissant Mo caused a chain reaction pileup Monday during morning rush hour a pickup truck were involved in the accident Florissant Police Chief Robert Lowery said the accident was unlike any he had seenin his 38 years in law enforcement It was the worse accident Ive ever seen in the city of he said The Missouri Highway Patrol believes the impact of the tractortrailer hitting Trouts vehicle caused other vehicles to crash into the backs of other vehicles Police said people from homes and businesses in the immediate area told them at least two explosions followed the acci dent Police believe heavy rush hour traffic preparing to exit on to southbound Interstate 170 contributed to the accident Theres no doubt in my See 1270 Page A7 Tax reassessment objections par for the course By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The number of objections to tax reassessments is running about normal despite a spirited outcry from the village of Glen Carbon The county has received more than 800 objections to reassessments as of the Friday deadline to file objections Some additional objections are likely to come in by mail Kerry Miller chairman of the Board of Review said at a meeting Monday By the time we receive the objections that were mailed by the Friday deadline we will probably have received about which is par for the Miller told members of the County Board Tax Cycle Committee We are now off and running to process those People in a concerned citizens group in Glen Carbon have been holding meetings to protest their taxes A lot of them are pretty said Nick Hamilos the county board member who represents Glen Carbon Glen Carbon residents are claiming their tax assessments have gone up between 35 percent and 50 percent This is a little bit said See TAX Page A7 WK v i v 700 Rolls in stock CARPET t VV 1UMW 10 9TWK Vinyl front sq ft y Carpet from 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