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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Kimberly Peirce Redbirds unveils five win years of opener research n ni PageCl PageBl Mostly sunny and High 64 low 46 Page CIO Christmas decorations ready at Fruit Stand Page B7 300 50 cents November 1999 Ovation for Judge Keshner 800 in fortress of friends applaud jurist By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer GODFREY More than 800 people mourned during Wednesdays funeral Mass for Madison County Cireuil Judge Lawrence but they also cel ebrated his lile and accomplishments with a fiveminute standing There was grief as Keshners family and what his called his fortress of friends bid a final farewell with a collective heavy heart at Ambrose Church in In the midst of the was the standing ovation for See Page A9 I The BARNES Mary is joined by family members Wednesday as the casket of herllate Circuit Judge Lawrence leaves Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey after funeral at Martin Petrie plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipes as Keshners casket was carried into the Open burning in BBQ pit ignites house fire in Alton By LINDA Telegraph staff writer ALTON Lincoln Avenue resident Deborah Brown stepped out of her shower late Wednesday afternoon to find her home in I was taking a came and Brown said of suddenly seeing the fire around of the 2300 block of Lincoln said she was getting ready for a teachers Her son and hus banrj were not home when the rear of their house caught Brown said she had been burning a small pile of paper in a barbecue pit before taking her The barbecue pit has a retaining Assistant Fire Chief I was taking a came and Deborah Brown resident Stephen Mikoff said the barbe cue pit was about 10 feet from the rear of the predominantly cinder block The fire spread to the back porch and Mikoff It got into the ceiling and attic above the The rest of the onestory home suffered smoke There were no Mikoff Alton firefighters were on the scene for about 90 putting out the fire and then clearing out parts of the walls and attic to ensure there were no hidden The fire fighters brought an aerial two pumpers and a res cue truck with Mikoff estimated damage at No citations were issued for burning the which violates the citys open burning The BADMAN Alton firefighters hose down a fire that spread out the rear of a house at 2347 Lincoln Street in Alton Wednesday Morning Bulletin Woods Durbin calls for reforms for farmers By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Dick joined Senate Minority Leader Torn Wednesday to call for improv ing the nations farm policy so it is driven by opportunities and not by The two senators appeared at a news conference in to announce they will hold Democratic hearings next year on the need to make longterm changes to help farm ers in Illinois and across the Although Democrats in the current F Iarm policy in this coun try is a dis Dick Durbin senator session of Congress pressed Republicans to act quickly to provide billion in muchneeded emergency farm Durbin said the time is long overdue for the federal government to create a policy that helps farmers sur vive without dependence on federal We believe its time Congress See Page A9 Area farmers eligible for drought loans By KERRY SMITH Tuloyraph staff writer Jersey and Calhoun County farmers are eligible for emer gency loans to help them recover from this years John R announced 11 that five Illinois counties have been declared natural disaster areas by the federal Adams and Pike counties also were named federal natural disaster areas this Shimkus The declarations stem from a sum mer of drought that began about June 14 Tknow 1 drought created another hardship for John Shimkus representative 1 and continued through the After surveying the damage and talking with area Shimkus con vinced Congress to proclaim farmers in the disaster areas eligible for emergency Shimkus said farmers can apply for the emergency loan applications through June The loans can be used See Page A9
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