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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 59 home runs u after 144 games Hurricane Floyd for largest and most powerful storm ever Pages The outlook Nice return sunny j Aja Martin of with pleasant Aijc conditions High i near low j shot against around 52 PageDS Marquette Paged 243 50 cents September Settlement in fireworks suit By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer GRANITE CITY The fam ilies of the three men who died in a 1997 fireworks tragedy on the Alton riverfront have reached confidential set tlements with the city of Alton and a fireworks production attorneys in the Families agree to substantial amount case said The agreements were reached among attorneys Tuesday afternoon in Madison County Circuit after jurors had been dismissed for the Jurors were expecting to return to hear closing argu ments which would have been the eighth day of the Attorneys would not reveal the settlement but one of them acknowledged it was a substantial amount for his Plaintiff lawyers earlier had said they intended to seek a multimilliondollar verdict from the The city is covered by its municipal insurance but its codefendants may have to pay out of The insurance company for Fireworks Partners and owner Andrew James went to federal court to successfully challenge its coverage of the fireworks according to a plaintiffs Bill Gavin of The Madison County case See Page A15 Panel seeks solutions to cemetery woes By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Illinois State Comptroller Daniel Hynes heard complaints about deteriorating cemeteries Tuesday from several state who had papers in hand and photographs for The idea is to allow this to be a factfinding opportunity so that next year we can put state legislation together to correct these Hynes said during Tuesdays hearing in the fourth in a series of hearings he is conducting throughout Hynes state Evelyn D Edwardsville state Jay D Collinsville and state Steve D Bethalto heard from about 12 people or groups who wanted to make their cases Hynes saidthose who spoke helped him to understand the Madison County States Attorney Bill a suggestion forconsistent contracts throughout the indus What the law should require is precision in the Haine He suggested a clear and uniform contract that is onesided for those in mourning to Hynes identified another problem as a lack of funding for the The real work lies ahead for Funding may be necessary from the he We need to see if the state will make the cemeteries a The lack of funding was a common problem expressed by those in Matthew Wright and his were among the speakers at the They spoke against the Greenwood Cemetery in Fairview Heights and said their family has contacted the caretaker to no There are broken headstones and other headstones that have sunk beneath ground Dawn Wright Rena Van director of cemetery care for the Office of said the owner of Greenwood Cemetery would not return her The caretaker for the cemetery told Van Tine that the cemetery does not have the funds to manage the upkeep of the When they do cut the they mow over the floral Dawn Wright Matthew Wright said that when he requested a he did was dump concrete on See Page A15 Expo tonight The BADMAN An employee of Luehrs Ideal Rides in Carbondale is reflected in the mirror on the merrygoround Tuesday as he finishes assembling the ride in Altons Riverfront Park for the annual Alton which opens Victim of fiery crash served community Telegraph staff writer ALTON Monday mornings fiery chain col lision along Interstate 270 claimed the life of an Alton man known as a dedicated hus coworker and community Mike was sitting behind the wheel of his red Honda waiting for westbound traffic to ease near Graham Road when his was the first of 16 vehicles hit by a rig out of The accident occurred about and erupted into a major explosion and killing three people and seriously injuring six Polly Trout will remember her husband of 17 years as the willing volunteer parent for their 8yearold school field It was Trout and all she Mike loved Rachel very When she wanted to learn the he took up Suzuki instruc tion with An avid Trout found time to delve into to teach and even to keep up with home improvement his wife Mike had an excellent voice and could sing Polly Trout He was He definitely made the most of every minute of his One of Trouts Boeing Kathy said Trout would be remembered for his sense of Trout and Holmes worked alongside each other as systems analysts for the final three of Trouts 20 years at the com Trout will also be remembered for his leadership in Boeings March of Dimes cam He was really very helpful and he had a great sense of Holmes Mike was wellliked by everyone who knew him and worked with You could always count on Mike to keep everyone And in addition to being a wonderful Mike was a great He went to violin dance recitals and band with his Trout was heavily involved with booking the See Page A15 Trout Good Morning A313 Bulletin Board Classifieds Comics Editorial Obituaries Weule Television Coffers for Bev Farm strikers swell with in donations By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Nine weeks after AFSCME Council 31 members struck Beverly Farm the locals strike fund coffers are being fortified by Council 31s executive board unanimously voted 9 to transfer to the strike Also last the councils retiree chap ter authorized a donation of and AFSCME International President Gerald McEntee contributed another to the McEntee previously had donated to the This addition of over a quarter million dol lars to the strike fund will ensure that Beverly Farm strikers will continue to receive weekly strike benefit for as long as it takes to win a fair said Buddy AFSCME regional Maupin said the latest influx of funding will sustain the 8090 strikers through the middle of He that the addi tional donations have both good and bad The bad thing is the workers have to stay on strike to win just Maupin The good thing is we certainly could use that money in a lot of different such as organizing workers in nonunion work This has the noblest of We are sustaining the striking workers of Beverly We are keeping a commitment to We said we would meet their needs and we are doing The strike fund money is used to pay strike benefits of per week per worker who puts in the required hours on the picket line for the strikers medical insurance premiums and to stock a local pantry that provides food for striking AFSCME went on strike July 9 after nearly a year of unsuccessful negotia tions with Beverly Farm management to come I See Page A15 The Beverly Farm Foundation employee Mable Cation gives a thumbs up to passersby as they honk in support of the picket line she was walking Tuesday afternoon with fellow employee Lavada Nored on Humbert Road in
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