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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois CARBON EDITION THE 5 and 0 IHMHMI The Outloolt 4 ifeicjMifirs HVPamc hlim MncHv enrmir okiAo T A 5anrtO Rams burn Atlanta 4113 Page Cl 276 50 cents The Outlook Mostly sunny skies and High near low near 37 Page D4 October Amencan Lung Aviation works safety PageBl Twocar crash claims three teens Blain By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Three Edwardsville teen agers were killed Saturday in a twocar accident in Coles County near Illinois State Police reported Twin sisters Melissa and Erica were pronounced dead shortly after emergency vehicles arrived at the A third Benjamin also was pro nounced dead shortly after ward at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in nearby All three victims were in a 1994 Ford Taurus driven by Melissa police The accident happened at 6 Saturday three miles north of where Melissa was attend ing Eastern Illinois Police said the 1994 Taurus crossed the centerline on Illinois Route 130 for an unknown reason before striking another car The driver of the other Brian of was treated and released from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Police said Erica and Zumbahlen were wearing seat but it was unknown if Blain was wearing The teens were all 1999 graduates of Edwardsville High where Melissa was a member of the schools varsity softball Principal Ed Harris said extra efforts to ensure I See Page A7 making at Harvest Homefest David Hanson helps his daughter Andrea both of with the hat she made Sunday at the Harvest Local crime rate down By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County States Attorney Bill Haine said hes beginning to sound to himself like a broken in explaining the recent down ward trend in crime Haine was referring to the latest available statistics that show serious crimes in Madison County were down percent for the first six months of compared with a similar period in I attribute the drop to the work of the local prose judges and Haine More criminals are in jail or in prison or on which further reduces their ability to get in Haine Figures compiled by the Illinois State Police show the number of crimes statewide for the sixmonth period down from in 1998 to in for a 10 percent The trend in crime statis tics has been downward for several the stales See Page A7 By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Edwardsville School District is in line for state funding to help pay for future and officials are trying to determine the best time to begin the school district has applied and been accepted into this program district officials have to decide whether they wish to remain eligible this year or wait until the next School Construction Program provides state funding for qualifying The state will pay for 35 per cent of a districts construction but whatever is not covered will have to be paid for by the Superintendent Ed Hightower said that with the growth of the communi the district needs to put itself in a place to receive as much state fund ing as possible to address the growth issue of the Were trying to position the dis trict and community so the taxpayers will not have to be responsible for carrying the entire Hightower This is the heart of the Were looking for alternative fund If this program had been available when Edwardsville High School was the taxpayers would have been responsible for 35 percent less of the the superintendent Bob an architect with FGM Architects and has proposed a hypothetical plan that the district could follow should dis trict officials so The plan and the accompanying timelines were designed so that no considerations were Hightower I am in no way suggesting that using funding we follow a Hightower We do not want to say that we have not provided all of the informa He said officials wanted to be able to say to the Here is all of the Now you decide what to The district potentially could build a new elementary school and a new middle build classroom addi tions to Hamel and and pur chase land on which to build a second new elementary The first timeline that was pro posed calls for a referendum date of March In the second the referendum date would be The main concern Barnett has with the later referendum is the schools ranking in the There were 131 districts that quali fied this Fiftytwo schools already have received which currently ranks Edwardsville Theres a real good chance theyre getting funding in Barnett if the district waits until the next it could be See Page A7 financial assistance helps out schools in need By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The School Construction Program is a statefunded program that provides financial assistance tQ Illinois schools that are in T Districts that apply for the funding are eligible if they have experienced an emer such as fire or destruc tion of another or the dis trict has inadequate housing needs for the Inadequate housing includes a school building that is more than 100 years old or has too many students per square feet of floor Columbus School in the Edwardsville School District is more than 100 years in func tional age and has enough chil dren per square feet to qualify the district for the The district has contracted FGM Architects and Engineers to help determine the work that will need to be The state will cover pro ject costs to eliminate the problem that made the district eligible for the For if this pro gram had been available when the new Edwardsville High School was the state would have covered 35 percent of the costs of building the high The construction of the new school solved the problem of overcrowding that occurred at the old high Planning for the project is crucial because the project provides the money for what ever is predicted by the dis trict and If there is something unexpected that the district has not then the district is responsible for covering those The state will not reimburse the Good Morning Area Bulletin Comics Nation World Schneider
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