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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SPORTS Clash of titans Rams to take on Tennessee and Hentrich PageBl Eye on the future Lon Smith is in his fourth term as Wood River mayor PageDl Subaru Legacy Continuing to find new riches Page Cl The outlook Mostly cloudy and mild High 69 low 53 Page DIG Morning A39 Bulletin Board 3allard Gallet Hoffman Jenkins Savage Wilfong Scoreboard C2 Jfti Vol 164 No 289 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 October 31 1999 The BADMAN Olivia Brice 3 watches the annual Alton Halloween Parade including part of the St Paul United Methodist Church float from Brighton left pass by in this double exposure photo as she sits on the shoulders of her aunt Fransetta Brice of Alton near the start of Saturday nights parade on East Broadway Saturday night Parade is family delight By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Three genera tions of Joan Paddocks family joined the thousands of specta tors lining the downtown streets Saturday night to watch Altons 83rd annual Halloween Parade Padd6ck 76 has watched more than 40 Halloween parades make their Broadway through the years This year she was joined by her daughter Martha Lewis and Lewis two daughters I havent missed one in Paddock said Ive frozen to death Ive been rained on but I havent missed a This year spectators left the jackets and umbrellas at home and enjoyed the warm fall weather while watching the parade While waiting for the parade to being Paddock rem inisced about more elaborate parades during the years when industries thrived in Alton I remember when the glassworks used to have tremendous floats and the dif ferent plants all had she said But the last two years have been really good jarades The families of Sherri Farniok and Kelly Lemons both of Godfrey watched the parade from the back of a bor rowed pickup truck parked along East Broadway The families five rang ing in age from 18 months to 8 years patiently sat on blan kets and in lawn chairs for more than an hour before the parade passed them by We had to come early to get a good spot because the kids are just dying to get some Farniok said Farnioks son 6yearold Jared condensed all the won ders of the parade into one short phrase I like the he said Young and old spectators were entertained by a parade including exhibits that crossed community boundaries Marching bands from three area high schools emergency personnel from more than five communities and businesses from a variety of local towns and villages joined the holiday affair The crowd cheered when Ferrellgas firebreathing dragon passed by laughed at the antics of the Shriners veer ing in and out of traffic on their threewheeled vehicles See PARADE Page A11 The BADMAN The Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Witch of the North ham it up on the Alton High Thespian Troupe 126 float SIUE tackles idea of football program BY DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The student voices crying out for football at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have reached the ears of school offi cials The university has begun a study to explore obtaining a football program Its said Sharissa Holliday 20 a sophomore at SIUE It will bring in rev enues and have a positive impact Im in support if there is support For myself I proba bly wont attend a game but if everybody wants it its a good said David Eckhard a junior Eckhard and Holliday said they thought a football team would greatly improve the image of the university Eckhard said he thinks it is only natural for a school to have a football program and that SIUE should have one Its almost as bad as you going to a school and they say See SIUE Page A11 Candidate wont speak ill of foes BY DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE He has declared himself a candi date for office but Democrat Pin Bloodworth wont play the game to gain votes for the 20th District congres sional seat I dont have animosity with anyone thats said Bloodworth who will run for the Democratic nomina tion in the March primary for the seat held by Rep John Shimkus RCollinsville Id rather not comment on For The A HARTLEY Democrat Pin Bloodworth is seeking the nomina tion in the March primary for the seat held by Rep John Shimkus RCollinsville anybody at this Bloodworth a Navy veteran will rely on his life experience rather than defaming other candidates He emphasizes his lifelong residency in Granite City and Macoupin and Madison coun See CANDIDATE Page A11 Open boarding boosts Alton Belles coffers By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON During its first three months of open boarding on the Alton Belle Casino Argosy Gaming Co saw an immediate payback of 35 per cent more revenues from the gambling boat than it earned during the same quarter last year The jump in revenues from million during the third quarter of 1998 to million in the third quarter of 1999 was vastly more than corporate officials had hoped for confirmed G Dan Marshall vice president trea surer and director of investor relations It is more than either we or Wall Street had he said It was a very nice increase in revenues Before open boarding we had been running 10 percent to 11 per cent more revenues than last Marshall attributes the rev enue increases in Alton to patrons spending more time on the boat rather than a dra matic increase in the number of people gambling at the casi no See COFFERS Page A11 COLORTYME   

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