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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HIH i s FOOD Whars for dinner Cook will ask same Page C1j at 5 Page Bl Vol 164 No 278 50 cents The outlook Mostly sunny skies High 54 low 35 Wednesday October Switching jobs I Exrestaurateur opens pawn shop Suspect called gleeful at beating By SANFORD Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Prosecutors plan to show that Glenn A Taylor 18 was a part of a mob that seemed gleeful while beating to death Richard Skelton of Wood River while the defense plans to depict Taylor as a mild mannered youngster who may Trial in Skelton death charged with racial overtones haVP VlflH rlifflfMlltv hnlnnrl fill have had difficulty under standing the confession he signed The felony murder trial of Taylor continued Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court amid an atmosphere charged with racial overtones as mem bers of civil rights groups helped to fill the courtroom and Circuit Judge J Lawrence Keshner admonished specta tors to avoid outbursts During a break in the trial Keshner said he would allow neither outbursts nor nods of the head in agreement or dis agreement He said he spotted such conduct during the early part of the trial He ordered that James Gray president of the Alton branch of the NAACP be barred from wearing his orga nization pin and that another man in the gallery be barred from displaying the NAACP logo on his shirt Gray who sat at the defense table during Mondays proceedings said he respects the judge and will go along with his rulings We always he said Assistant States Attorney Don Weber told the jury in his opening statement that he plans to prove that Taylor ran to the spot in the 1100 block of East Seventh Street on Aug 11 1998 pushed others aside and joyfully gave Skelton two punches to the ribs Weber told jurors to listen closely as pathologist Dr Raj Nanduri describes the rib See BEATING Page A13 Slyders on the way White Castle to open doors Friday iii Alton By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON They asked for White Castle sly and come Friday fans of the tiny square hamburgers with five holes will get their wish The longawaited restaurant is scheduled to open midmorning Friday at 2998 Homer Adams Parkway An exact time has not been set said Gloria Hollingsworth St Louis area supervisor We are excited about being she said There has been a lot of response from a lot pf residents and that continues to boost The Alton White Castle built during the sum mer on a lot in front of Ace Hardware will be the 25th locatioii in the St Louis area Hollingsworth said White Castle System based in Columbus Ohio has more than 330 restaurants nationwide Crews worked this week to finish some last details on the 35by 52foot building The general contractor for the project was Ashcraft Bloomquist Inc of St Louis The restaurant seats 43 in twoand fourper son booths and has a special griddle for drive through orders only a large portion of the White See CASTLE Page A13 Alton students below state averages on test By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Pupils in the Alton School District scored slightly below state averages in almost all categories of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test assistant superintendent Marie Schickedanz reported during Tuesday nights meeting of the Alton School Board Also Tuesday night the board voted to hire Consulting and Resource Group Inc of Monticello to seek a replacement for the districts retiring superinten dent Michael Beaber Pupils in the third fifth eighth and 10th grades took the new ISAT test in reading mathematics and writing for the first time last February Districtwide results for the tests were below state aver ages for all grade levels in all subject areas with one exception See STUDENTS Page A13 MADE set to begin Red Ribbon Week By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Members of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers from across Madison County are spreading the mes sage diligently particularly during this coming week that drinking and driving is a tragedy waiting to happen During a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Allstate Insurance Co office lin Bethalto the state of Illinois MADD organization SeeMADD PageA13 Good Morning A39 Bulletin Board Comics Calvey Doles Hack Harris Kadell Kemper Chadwick Madison McLane Naylor Weber Zipprich drivthrouBh wlndow the White Cast Noisy lesson for National Fire Prevention Week A group of preschoolers from the Simpson Center in Bethalto cover their ears as a firetruck sounds its siren Tuesday at the Bethalto Volunteer Fire Department At left firefighter Dennis Goodell shows Daniel Teepee 5 how the firehose works at the tour which was part of National Prevention Month SMITH
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