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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois to discuss accidents By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Board members likely will take up the debate over safe driving and taxpayer liability today. The discussion is expected because county officials have released figures showing traffic crashes involving the Madison County Sheriff’s Department resulting in $274,000 in liability expenses during the last IO years “We’ve been looking into it, and we’re going to be looking into it further,” said Jack Orrill of Godfrey, a member of the Central Services Committee, which reviews payments in court settlements. The committee is scheduled to meet today. _ The meeting comes on the heels of a collision Sept. 17 that resulted in heavy damage to a squad car and injury to another driver. The deputy in the accident received a ticket from the Highland Police Department. Another committee member, Wayne Bridgewater of Edwardsville, released figures from the county’s Risk Management Department showing sheriff’s cars had been e are the biggest department in the county, and our deputies perform more hazardous duties than other employees.” Bob Churchich Madison County sheriff involved in 19 accidents this year as of July 12. The report shows the Sheriff’s Department is responsible for more accidents and greater liability cost that any other department. The figure 19 is the second-highest number of accidents in the past IO years, with about two months remaining in the fiscal year. There were 21 accidents, the most ever, in the fiscal year that ended last Nov. 30, the report from Risk Management stated. Central Services Committee members voted two weeks ago to withdraw a proposed $22,000 settlement of an accident claim arising from an accident involving a squad car. County Board members said they want to resist too easily settling court cases against the county at taxpayers’ expense. The County Board then reversed the committee and agreed to the settlement after meeting with Madison County State’s Attorney Bill Haine behind closed doors. But Sheriff Bob Churchich denied that the numbers indicate his deputies do not know how to drive or are more care- ■ See ACCIDENTS, Page A7 Vol. 164, No. 255 - 50 cents Monday, September 27,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Committee Dianne Winney of Edwardsville looks at a 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe owned by John Slaughter of East Alton during the D.A.R.E. Car Show Sunday in Edwardsville. Cars rev up funds for D.A.R.E. By TONY D. MASINELLI For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE - The sky was clear but thunder filled the air as more than 160 street rods, customs and full-race cars gathered on the grounds of TheBank of Edwardsville for the 8th annual D.A.R.E. Auto Show on Sunday. Hundreds of spectators strolled through row after row of some of the finest examples of automotive engineering and ingenuity in the region. Virtually every type of rare or collectible car was represented, from a Model T Ford to a brand-new Plymouth Prowler. “We’ve got just about any kind of car here that you can imagine,” said Chris Taylor, a D A R E. officer with the Edwardsville Police Department. “This is the biggest show we’ve ever had. We’re extremely happy with the turnout.” Proceeds from show entries, food sales, and raffles assist the D.A.R.E. program by providing funding for T-shirts and other items that are given to students who participate in the program. Each year, the auto show raises more than $4,000, but this year is expected to be the best ever. “I believe we’ll raise more than $5,000 this year, which is really great,” said Sarah Yates, a D.A.R.E. volunteer who has worked at the auto show since its inception. “We really appreciate the efforts of the businesses and individuals who have come together to make this such a success.” Yates said TheBank of Edwardsville has been very gracious with donations of money and space for the show, and many other local businesses have participated, as well. “The community is very good about supporting D A R E. because this is a program ■ See CARS, Page A7 EDWARDSV1LLE/GLEN CARBON EDITION Still undefeated Rams clobber Falcons 35-7 at the Trans World Dome Page Cl The Outlook Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms late. High near 77, low near 54 Page B8 Neighbors Volunteers make beautiful music with Orchestra Page Bl Shimkus trying to protect Social Security surplus Artist pins down spot on TV show The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Kate Tegtmeier shows some of her button art at Patchwork Plus on West 3rd Street in Alton. By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is cosponsoring legislation to protect the spending of Social Security funds. Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is one of 24 current supporters of a resolution to protect the surplus from the Social Security account. Congress will submit the resolution when more members sign on as co-sponsors. “I do not want to see us spend the Social Security surplus on new or bigger government programs," Shimkus said. “I must stand up and say ‘enough is enough;’ we can no longer allow the past practice of raiding Social Security funds for regular government spending.” The Social Security Trust Fund has run a surplus since 1983. The federal government has spent the surplus on programs other than Social Security. In the past, there have been more people paying in to Social Security than those taking out of the fund. This extra revenue no longer will be available soon because the baby boom generation soon will be acquiring funds from this account. “At some point, we’re going to have more getting than paying,” said Craig Roberts, chief of staff for Shimkus. “We have to make certain that we don’t bankrupt the fund.” The resolution, Roberts said, “forces Congress and Washington to get real about the budgeting process and likely forces the American people to look at what we spend money on " ■ See SURPLUS, Page A7 By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A local woman is taking her miniature “wearable art” to the big time. Rate Tegtmeier will appear on the Home and Garden Television network show “Simply Quilts" next month with her own unique brand of home comfort. Tegtmeier makes pins out of quilts so small they wouldn’t come close to covering a Barbie Doll, let alone a bed. Each handmade pin measures less than two inches on a side and features authentically sewn quilting squares of just about one inch of beautiful hues and patterns. “I make the pins using mini blocks. Some are original designs, and some have been handed down for generations,” Rate Tegtmeier said. “Most are old, classic, public domain quilting patterns that have been around for many, many years. Most patterns signified things found in nature that colonial women would put in their quilts.” One example she gave was that of a “flying geese” pattern. An important part of the colonial era wilderness, and the diet, women incorporated the abstract form of flying geese into their art. The geese are portrayed as three triangles in a line with the point of one touching the center of the straight back of the next. Tegtmeier is also working to perfect original designs. Among those she offers are a dainty wren house and a geometric take on Santa ms. Tegtmeier’s television appearance started as a chance meeting in a Peducah, Rentucky quilting show. While looking for a new source of hand-dyed fabrics, she met the show’s host outside a store showing her pins. “She said, ‘oh, I’d like to do a segment about how you do that.’ I told her I would be really nice. I didn’t take it very seriously at the time. When I didn’t hear anything about it for the longest time, I thought she just forgot about it,” she said. Taping the show required Tegtmeier to make a whirlwind flight out to Los Angeles. “It only took about two hours to do the taping. They tape several shows a day, but they go from one segment to another very quickly. Most of the time was just getting everything set up,” she said. Each Pin takes Tegtmeier between two and three hours to make, she ■ See ARTIST, Page A7 Area/Illinois .... ......A3 Bulletin Board . . . .B2-3,6 Classifieds ---- ......C7 Editorial....... .......A4 Horoscope .... .......B5 Nation&World .. .......A8 Neighbors ..... .......Bl Obituaries ............A5 Bonifer, Cleary, Cottingham, Liles, Phillips, Plegge, Quade, Scheldt, White Scoreboard...........C2 Television.............B7 Weather..............B8 «Tmake the pins lusing mini blocks. Some are original designs, and some have been handed down for generations.” Rate Tegtmeier claus. pin artist
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