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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Prep hockey Redbirds win opener Page Bl ir j Debut feature j'W Kimberly Peirce unveils five I    years    of research MHBBjl    Page Cl Vol. 164, No. 300 - 50 cents Christmas decorations ready at Fruit Stand Page B7 www.thetelegraph.com Thursday, November 11, 1999 800 in ‘fortress of friends - mourn, applaud jurist By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - More than 800 people mourned during Wednesday's funeral Mass for Madison County Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner, but they also celebrated his life and accomplishments with a five-minute standing ovation. There was grief as Keshner’s family and what his widow. Mary, called his “fortress of friends" bid a final farewell with a collective heavy heart at St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey In the midst of the grief, however, was the standing ovation for Keshner, ■ See KESHNER, Page A9 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Lincoln Avenue resident Deborah Brown stepped out of her shower late Wednesday afternoon to find her home in flames. “I was taking a shower, came out, and boom,” Brown said of suddenly seeing the fire around 3:50 p.m. Bl own, of the 2300 block of Lincoln Avenue, said she was getting ready for a teacher’s conference. Her son and husband were not home when the rearof their house caught fire. Brown said she had been burling a small pile of paper in a barbecue pit before taking her shower. The barbecue pit has a retaining wall. Assistant Fire Chief was taking a shower, came out, and boom.” Deborah Brown resident the scene for about 90 minutes, putting out the fire and then clearing out parts of the walls and attic to ensure there were no hidden flames. The firefighters brought an aerial tower, two pumpers and a rescue truck with them. Mikoff estimated damage at $15,000. No citations were issued for burning the papers, which violates the city’s open burning ordinance. Stephen Mikoff said the barbecue pit was about IO feet from the rear of the predominantly cinder block home. The fire spread to the back porch and pantry, Mikoff said. “It got into the ceiling and attic above the kitchen.” The rest of the one-story home suffered smoke damage. There were no injuries, Mikoff said. Alton firefighters were on The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN house at 2347 Lincoln Alton firefighters hose down a fire 1 Street in Alton Wednesday afternoon Area farmers eligible for drought loans uTknow ldrought created another hardship for farmers.” Area/Illinois    A3- Bulletin Board........* Business............ B Classifieds........... B Comics............. c Editorial.............^ Horoscope..........^ Nation/world........A Obituaries...........^ Fox, Gormly, Rolanda, Sneed, Sleeper, Townzen Woods Scoreboard.......... 1 Stocks..............' Television........... 1 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Madison, Jersey and Calhoun County farmers are eligible for emergency loans to help them recover from this year’s drought. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, announced Nov. ll that five Illinois counties have been declared natural disaster areas by the federal government. Adams and Pike counties also were named federal natural disaster areas this week, Shimkus said. The declarations stem from a summer of drought that began about June John Shimkus U.S. representative By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, joined Senate Minority Leader Tom Das.chle, D-S.D., Wednesday to call for improving the nation’s farm policy so it is driven by opportunities and not by emergencies. The two senators appeared at a news conference in Washington, D C., to announce they will hold Democratic hearings next year on the need to make long-term changes to help farmers in Illinois and across the nation. Although Democrats in the current Dick Durbin U.S. senator I and continued through the fall. After surveying the damage and talking with area farmers, Shimkus convinced Congress to proclaim farmers in the disaster areas eligible for emergency loans. Shimkus said farmers can apply for the emergency loan applications through June I. The loans can be used H See LOANS, Page A9 ■ See DURBIN, Page A9