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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  The Telograph/MARGIE M. BARNES  Charlie Vandevord, left, and Greg Gelzinnis put up the 12 days of Christmas cutouts at Rock Spring Park in Alton in preperation for the Celebration of Christmas, which will open on Friday, November 19th.  Second trial in beating case begins  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE — Opening arguments are scheduled for today in the second trial in the Aug. ll, 1998, fatal beating of Richard L. Skelton of Wood River.  The trial of Glenn A. Taylor, 18, began Monday with jury selection. It is the second trial in the death of Skelton,  48, who, authorities said, suffered a heart attack as a result of a severe beating at the hands of a mob.  The trial will l?st four to five days and will wrap up by Friday, officials said.  Taylor is on trial on a charge of felony murder. Assistant State’s Attorney Don W. Weber said he dismissed a charged of first-degree murder  to concentrate on the felony murder charge.  The murder count that was dismissed had charged that Taylor had beaten, bludgeoned and kicked Skelton, “knowing that such conduct created a strong probability of great bodily harm, thereby causing death."  ■ See TRIAL, Page A7  By DEBORAH L. BATES  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A car crash that claimed the lives of three 18-year-olds has left family, friends and the community grieving.  Twin sisters Melissa and Erica Holliday and Benjamin B. Blain died in the wreck Saturday night near Charleston.  “It’s so tragic. It’s so tragic," said Blain’s mother, Mary Blain.  She    said  that when she would    ask  Benjamin Blain in one word how he’d recommend someone should live his or her life, he always said “be kind."  Mary Blain said her son was an organ donor and she gave the consent to donate his cornea to science.  “It would be a wonderful thing to see the world through  Blain  E. Holliday  Ben’s eyes,” his mother said. “It would feel so good if part of him went on somewhere and lived on.  “Both my boys, as they get older, they aren’t stingy with hugs and kisses. He was always there for a hug and a kiss and I don't have that anymore. He was such a good kid, Everybody loved him. He’d help out anybody that needed help. He was very kind. He was loved by all. He’s one of the most intelligent people we ever knew. He was a good thinker. He could philosophize with the best of us.”  The three victims were M. Holliday j 999  graduates  of Edwardsville High School. A moment of silence was observed in memory of the students at EHS on Monday morning.  ■ See TRAGIC, Page A7  Board votes to ‘adjust’ fire chief’s salary to ‘zero’  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  ROXANA — Village board trustees Monday night voted unanimously to “adjust the  fied date. ''  Trustee  Nick Adams   -  made the  Ford  motion, saying after the meeting that a special committee session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25, at 6:30. At this meeting, he said, trustees and Mayor Kay Spencer will continue to discuss how to han  dle any, all or no future compensation for Ford.  On Oct. 8, after four weeks at his post in Roxana, Ford accepted a position with the Madison County Fire Marshal’s Office. He has been in Springfield since Oct. ll in training specific to his new job.  Trustees are expected on Oct. 25 to discuss whether Roxana will plan to hire another chief, retain a fire chief on a consulting basis, promote from within or not fill position, which was not full time until Ford was hired in September.  State Fire Marshal’s Office Deputy Director Dan Williams hired Ford on Oct. 8 as an administrative assistant, a new position.  ■ See BOARD, Page A7  Good Morning     Area & Illinois    .....A3    Nation & World .    ____A8,C6      Bulletin Board    .....A6    Obituaries .....    .......A5      Business ........    .....DI    Blain, Cleaves, Cristel, Curry,      Classifieds ......    .....C6    Jackson, Madison, Meyers,      Comics .........    .....C4    Monke, Sanders          Editorial.........    .....A4    Scoreboard    .......B2      Horoscope ......    .....C4    Stocks .......    .....D2-4     Student paints with the pain of childhood  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Swirls of bright colors on a canvas portray the swirling emotions within the heart of 19-year-old Monika Trejo.  Trejo, a student at Catholic Children’s Home, has taken a paintbrush in hand to express the anxieties, hopes and fears she has experienced during her troubled childhood. Now Trejo is sharing her art and her heart with the nation as part of a national art show being orga-  “I  t has given me more confidence in  cli ail 3IIUw ucmg uiga-    |    n    j'  nized by the New York myS6ll, cHlU University Child Study fjjgfg  a rea Hy  Two of Trejo’s acrylic i rn DOrtant paintings have been cho-     LcU1L   thing.”  Monika Trejo  sen from more than 600 entries to be among the 103 pieces of art included in the newly-published book    “Childhood  Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery and Hope.”  “I am so happy; it real-    —  ly makes me feel special,” Trejo said of being included in the collection. “It has given me more confidence in myself, and that’s a really important thing.”  on her work being included in a new collection  I See STUDENT, Page A7  The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Monika Trejo, 19, left, and Lisa Kay, director of art therapy at Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, with a book of artwork that will be part of a national exhibit opening Nov. 1 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  F* 700 Rolls in stock Vinyl from 33 « sq. It.  Carpet from 33 < sq. ft.  Mohawk laminate Wood flooring from * I ** sq. It.  FINANCING AVAILABILE  irs sa 1   tragic’  Community mourning teen-agers who died Saturday in car crash  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas  TRUCKLOAD^ CARPET J SALE!   

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