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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Above: Norman Matsche, owner of RiverTronics Inc., is not against the new Alton police station, but wants to keep his business on Broadway, where it has been located since 1972. Below: Michael Matsche, 13, Norman’s grandson holds a sign during the rally to try to save the business’ building at 2614 E. Broadway in Alton. The city says it needs the property as part of the new police station cornplex.  Friends, family join ® man’s property protest  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Neighbors, employees, friends and relatives of Alton business owner Norman Matsche added their voices Monday to Matsche’s in protest of the city’s possible take-over of his property to make way for the new police station.  More than 30 people gathered on the lot of RiverTronics Inc. to support Matsche’s effort to continue operating the business at the corner of East Broadway and Washington Avenue. Matsche is one of two property owners who have not yet sold their property to the city in the area where the proposed new police station will be built.  Charlotte Doughty, the other  property owner who has not sold her property to the city, joined the group gathered at RiverTronics on Monday morning. Doughty’s building, which houses Ernie’s Auto Service, is adjacent to Matsche’s building on Washington Avenue.  Doughty said the city offered her $50,000 for her property, which she said she bought 15 years ago for $46,000. Doughty refused the offer.  “I get $660 in rent off of it now, and that rent is a big part of my income,” she said.  Doughty said she would be willing to sell her property if the city offered her a price, which she felt would allow her to sustain her current income level. She estimated she would need  I See PROTEST, Page A7  umped-up gas rices may stay that way  By CURTISS A. HARTLEY  For The Telegraph  EDWARDSVILLE — Gasoline prices reached the highest point of the year in this area last week, and there s only a slight drop expected  According to the AAA Auto Club of Missouri, prices throughout the Midwest reached an average of $1.23 per gallon last week That’s more than a quarter higher than a year ago.  A spot-check of service stations in the area Monday revealed prices for unleaded gasoline ranging lrom $1.18 per gallon in Belleville to $1.29 per gallon in Granite City.  Mike Right, a spokesman for AAA, said that prices have moderated a lit-  Area gas prices have been rising steadily over the last few weeks.  Goofl Morning  Area & Illinois .........A3    Obituaries ............A5  Bulletin Board.........A6    Dickerson, Dowdy, Ernst,  Business .............DI    Fleming, Hoffmann, Hurt,  Classifieds ...........C6    Kahl, Moore, Porter, Rieger,  Comics ..............C4    Sawyer, Schoeneman, Steiner  Editorial..............A4    Scoreboard...........B2  Nation & World .....A8,C6    Stocks .............D2-4  Union, club failing to reach contract agreement  ...    *    •    i    J___ I A. I______-    it    „    ..    I    ,1    I    j, n r, / > ( ’    *'  tie, but said he could only speculate on future trends.  “I suspect in the immediate future the prices should continue to moderate,"  Right said.  “Crude is coming down, as is wholesale gasoline.”  Right said that there are two factors driving the current market. He said OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) nations are not adhering closely to stringent cutbacks in production that they had announced earlier this year; and non-OPEC  countries are signaling a possible increase in production, which would help drive prices lower, he said.  Right said that as OPEC countries ease up on production limits and other nations increase production, prices for crude oil and wholesale gasoline should start to moderate.  “As a result of those two things halfway around the world, we may see a lowering of prices in the future,’ Right s a id  Last week’s high prices, he said, were a result of OPEC’s attempts to keep the price of a barrel of crude oil above $20.  “What has happened, of course, is oil prices are up over  I See GAS, Page A7  By BETHANY BEHRHORST  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY — The dining room facility at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club is vacant.  Several posh receptions and parties have been cancelled since the onset of the strike about a week and a half ago. For six weeks, members of the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees  International Union Local #74, which represents 2,250 hotel and restaurant workers throughout the Greater St. Louis area, have tried to work with club board members on a compromise with regard to contract negotiations.  But after several weeks of waiting, and only six meetings on the matter, the 12 union employees affected by the strike are concerned and want to know what will happen.  “I just don’t know,” said Jeanne Greer, a 25-year employee with the Sportsmen’s Club. “We’re very, very uncomfortable with this. We’ve only had six meetings initially to try to negotiate and come up with something. Finally, we’ve had some people quit and go someplace else.”  Greer said the process to come up with a new contract has been long and tiring, with little progress made. The union filed  ■ See CONTRACT, Page A7  _   ...I    i  • 700 Rolls In stock • Vinyl from 33< sq. ft.  Carpet from 33 < sq. ft.  Mohawk lcwlaots Wood Flooring lr— * I  99  mr*.  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  rai||]£  laking up succsss  Duke Bakery named Family Business of the Year  Page DI  fo\. 164, No. 269 - 50 cents  The Outlook  Mostly sunny and  pleasant. High near 78, low near 53  PageD6  lams on a roil  Quarterback Hurt Warner continues hot streak  Page Bl  Tuesday, October 12,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Woman shot during photo  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH and SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writers  EDWARDSVILLE - Friends are mourning the death of a longtime New Douglas area teacher, who was apparently accidentally shot Sunday by her husband as he held a rifle as a prop in a Western-style wedding  Teacher accidentally killed by husband holding a rifle  photo session  Judith Ann Ernst, 48, was shot in the head at her home around 12:30 p m, Sunday and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:05 p m., authorities said The shooting occurred along Mount Olive Road,  near Livingston-New Douglas Road, west of the town of New Douglas, which is in far northeastern Madison County.  The chief investigator, Madison County Sheriff’s Department Detective Scott Sandidge, would say  little about the incident on Monday. He said he could not yet classify the shooting as an accident, nor could he say anything to identify the victim before an official statement from the department, which is expected today Monday was Columbus Day, and  most law enforcement oificials had the holiday off.  “It is still under active in\ostiga-tion,” Sandidge said “We’re not releasing anything at this tim.' ’ Witnesses to the incident are being interviewed, he said  Madison County Chief Deputy  ■ See SHOT, Page A 7   

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