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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Golden Corral New owner offers tasty treats Musical Awardwinner taps its way to the Fox Theater Page Cl The outlook Prep soccer Mostly j Tigers sunny High I clinch SWC 70 low 45 title PageDG PageBl Vol 164 No 279 50 cents Thursday October Prayers for victims Survivors hold service at county courthouse BARNES Darlene Ayers holds her two children Breanna Ayers 4 and Benjamin Ayers 3 months as they recite the Interfaith Prayer during Wednesdays Interfaith Prayer and Memorial Service at the Madison County Courthouse Plaza By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A Wood River pastor told a small Wednesday how his 4yearold nephew was left without a mother when a killer knocked her out and put four bullets into her head Ill never forget that little boys words My mommys said the Rev Lee Jackson He didnt know how to sayhis mother was Jackson gave an account of the how the incident affected him and his family at an Interfaith Prayer and Memorial Service at the Madison County Courthouse Plaza sponsored by the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council Jackson reaffirmed his faith in God despite the deep despair over the loss of his sis ter He told how his former brotherinlaw paid have his sister murdafetl Authorities investigated rriorje than four years before solving the case If it were not for God we might have got a gun killed my Jackson who is pastorvjojf United Pentecostal Chubrjkuin Wood River He noted how v begets violence and abused children tend to abijse their own children Family violence is of demic proportions Its not jittt one or two people I counsel many of my members AyJrjrOt were the victims of sexual abuse as Jackson said He said he has had ence with counseling of family violence who end up in the court system and many I See PRAYERS Page A9 Democratic Party endorsements draw fire By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Democratic prima ry race for countywide offices is off to a lively start in Madison County The party announced its endorsements for the March primary this week but already two candidates are casting doubt on the endorse ment process The slatemaking committee endorsed Rick Faccin of Alton for auditor and Steve Nonn for coroner prompting Faccins likely opponent to say he never wanted the endorsement in the first place The committee made up of 75 members serves as the candidatescreening committee for the Madison County Democratic Party The group met earlier this week to decide on the endorsements This is not the Democratic Party I knew This is a party of selfserving interests and fat pension said Pete Fields the deputy auditor to incumbent Auditor Jack Frandsen Fields said he did not want the endorsement of the party because of its links to a controver sial pension plan that allows countywide office holders to retire at 80 percent of their highest salary after 20 years even if they drew the highest salary for only a short time The plan makes it possible to serve most of the 20 years at a county board members salary but retire at the much higher salary of an appointed fulltime position They want to pass the perks around and its all done at taxpayers Fields said His likely opponent Faccin said he agrees the pensions are a much too expensive and unfair perk but Faccin pointed out that Fields See DEMOCRATIC Page A9 Friends say suspect took couple of good shots at Skelton By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Friends of Glenn A Taylor 18 testified Wednesday that they saw the defendant take a couple of good shots at Richard Skelton who died Aug 11 1998 on an Alton street as a result of a mob beating Witnesses Richard Young 17 and Jason Campbell 19 backed up earlier testimony by Skeltons daughter that Taylor punched Skelton in the ribs However Young and Campbell admitted under questioning from Taylors defense attorney that they had made deals with prosecutors in exchange for their testimony Another witness Dr Raj Nanduri a forensic patholo gist testified that Skelton suffered two broken ribs near his heart along with a deep gash in the head and other wounds all of which contributed to his fatal heart attack But Nanduri also testified that Skelton had 70 percent blockage in one of his coro nary arteries and up to 90 percent blockage in another artery If Skelton was upset as suggested by the defense that also might have con tributed to his death See SKELTON Page A9 Good Morning A310 Bulletin Board A6 Horoscope 05 05 Bailey Calvey Houseman Kadell Lazzari Rfnghausen Schmitt Saturday is day to Make a Difference By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Communities and organiza tions across the River Bend are getting ready to make a difference this weekend Make a Difference Day is a national volunteer effort that focuses on performing commu nity services specific to gov ernment health care educa tion and more About 10 members of St Bernard Schools student coun cil in Wood River are planting shrubs Saturday at Benbow Field in thanks to the city of Wood River for its yearround support Our student leaders want the city to know we value everything it does to support our said student coun cil director Veronica Galletta who along with fellow council director Margie Siatos is help ing coordinate Saturdays event The Zonta Club of Edwardsville and Eden United Church of Christ are cospon soring a Make a Difference Day Coat Giveaway from 10 to 2 Saturday Coats will be given away at Eden UCC 903 N Second St in Edwardsville Those in need of coats are encouraged to visit the church and pick one out Mens womens and childrens coats will be available Hartfords First Baptist Church is making a difference to help feed the hungry The church distributed door The SMITH Children at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Bethalto collected more than able diapers for the Arms of Love Crisis Pregnancy Center Representing their classmates are Allen Nettleton Lindsay Brown Will Zykan Michael Vargas Matthew Stutz Aggie Withers Angela Stutz Kayla Broadway and Dalton Price todoor to Hartfords 600 homes Wednesday night ask ing residents to consider filling a bag with nonperishable items First Baptists goal is to fill more than two trucks with food donations Shop n Save in Wood River and East Alton stores will col lect the food donations from 9 to 5 this Friday Altons Head Start chapter is also making a positive dif ference in the lives of resi dents in need of food Head Start parents children and staff are aiming to collect items of nonperishable food to donate to the Crisis Food Center of Alton Pupils at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Bethalto hope to make a difference in the lives of the very young by donating diapers to the Arms of Love Crisis Pregnancy Center in Godfrey Pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade have collected more than diapers for the cri sis center See DIFFERENCE Page
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