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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 164 No 246 50 cents The outlook Sunny to partly couldy High near 77 low 55 Page CIO Saturday September Coloring contest for children entry deadline is Oct 7 Chiefs hiring draws fire By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Some village trustees and citizens are wondering about the quick appointment of a new chief for the Roxana Fire Department The concern is not so much about the qualifica tions of veteran firefighter Terry Ford 46 but about how quickly his hiring came about Ford began work for the village Sept 8 He retired from Godfreys Fire Prevention District Aug 2 after 26 years as fire chief Ford said he is enjoying his new surroundings and the opportunity to work with Roxanas three firefighters Steve Stamper Wade Stahlhut and Bob Newberry all of whom will celebrate their first anniversary with the Roxana Fire Department in early October This is a new challenge for said Ford who is preparing to move from Godffey to Roxana Ive got a very dedicated team of 12 vol unteer and three paid firefighters Theyre very eager aggressive young men and Im excited to have the chance to lend leadership to an already fine Roxana village attorney Leonard Berg said the village did not advertise the open position of fire chief because it wasnt required to by law There was no requirement to advertise the position of fire Berg said This is a may oral appointment Roxana followed the proper pro Ford said he met with Mayor Kay Spencer and village trustee Nick Adams chairman of Roxanas public safety committee Sept 7 and was appoint ed a few hours later at that evenings Village Board meeting Trustee Jim Loyd said that although he was out of town the week before the council meeting it nonetheless came as a complete surprise to him that Spencer was planning on hiring a new chief Loyd said he voted against the Sept 7 appoint ment not because of the quality of the candidate but because of the rushed way in which the The BADMAN Former Godfrey Fire Chief Terry Ford has been appointed the new fire chief in the vil See HIRING Page A9 age of Roxana Nina thrills children at AltonMarma By LINDA ft WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON It isnt Christopher Columbus original vessel but the modern Nina replica is a striking visitor to the Alton Marina Its also a big hit with schoolchildren I liked it it was neat because we got to learn about said 10yearold Alice Bietsnyder of Troy Mo Alice and friend Sarah McCullen of Claude Brown Elementary School in Troy were amqrig some 300 pupils who had boarded the boat by Friday The new Ninawill be dockedat the marina until Sept 26 when it leaves for Cape Girardeau Mo I liked underneath the deck where you said Sarah 10 They show pictures of when it was Both girls were unsure if they would want See NINA Page A9 i i The SMITH Cody Schmidt 11 left and Adam Cassady 11 of Troy climb a ladder to get a better look at the upper deck of a replica of the Nina one of three ships used by Christopher Columbus on his journey to the New World in 1492 Group seeks to build new care home By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A group backing the Madison County nursing and sheltered care homes is hoping to raise millions of dollars to build and operate a new home after the existing homes are closed The County Homes Action Committee on Friday announced it plans to be the agency that takes over a combined new home outlined in a settlement between the Madison County Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board Committee members said they are aware the road to their goal will be a long hard one Nothing is certain but our said Debbie Groeteka chairman of the commit tee The proposal comes after a yearslong fight by the committee to persuade the Madison County Board to continue operating the homes as they have for years The board voted to close the homes but was initially denied permission to do so by the Health Facilities Planning Board After coming up with a plan to replace the existing homes with one privately operated home the planning board voted to allow the closing The agreement between the county and the planning board calls for the county to take proposals from private operators Groeteka said the new operation under the action committee would be a union shop as speci fied in the agreement That specification may keep some private businesses from putting in a bid she said Her group has taken out the paperwork to sub mit a bid to the county and get a license from the state Some County Board members have expressed interest in the action committees move Groeteka said Jim Monday county supervisor of administra tion said the county will consider the proposal from the committee as well as from any other group or organization that wants to submit a pro posal I dont know how theyre going to do Monday said The concern I have would be with the concept that they are planning to keep the I See HOME Page A9 GOOd Morning fletin A6 Acord Barnett Clymer Cox Huff Hughes Lengacher Seniker Wiedman Payday reaches New Horizons bills for workers By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A resort company with a mixed reputa tion is taking an unusual step to let people know how much its employees contribute to the local economy Because of a promotion by the New Horizons Travel Club which has an office in Edwardsville merchants proba bly will see an increase of some seldomseen currency name ly bills flowing through their stores Each New Horizons employee at the corporate headquarters in Litchfield cashed in paychecks except for loose change or odd numbers for bills this week Bill Bailey founder of the company said this is the sev enth year the corporate office has participated event Plans for a similar payday in the Edwardsville office are under way he said Bailey said the employees enjoy the day which has become notorious at shopping centers in Litchfield There are many people who The New Horizons Travel Clubs office in Edwardsville soon new promotion bills for employees collect these bills and will pay a who receive the bills can contact premium to get their change back in bills We have an incentive for the merchants Bailey said The company has tracked the serial numbers of about a dozen of the bills Merchants the office for a substantial return on their money If they bring in one of those bills we will redeem them at the office for prizes between and Its a way to raise con sumer awareness of our compa The BADMAN will take part in the companys ny and how much we contribute to the economy This gets our name on the street and lets peo ple know who we are while they enjoy the originality of the pro Bailey said See PAYDAY Page A9   

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