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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Trade Cards acquire Kile Slock anil slow Get started on your holiday foods early Paged PageBl Tin iiacor outlet Sunny and Specializing pleasant high in the outof low 38 theordinary Page D8 306 50 cents November 1999 Sanders resigns SIU post By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Southern Illinois University President Ted Sanders announced Tuesday he is leaving Illinois for a Rocky Mountain high in Sanders is leaving SIU to become president of the Education Commission of the a 30yearold consortium of state and local inter ests focused on educational The position with the which is headquartered in will he effective in The ECS role in bringing together key actors to help shape the best of educational pol icy fits perfectly with my Sanders No organization in America can match President joining education consortium the depth and policy potential of I look forward to the challenge of making maximum use of those chairman of the SIU Board of called the commissions gain SIUs The board and many in the university and general community will see our loss of a nation ally known and respected leader as a signifi cant setback in our constant efforts to have the university gain in stature and VanMeter We are certainly grateful to him for what he has accomplished during his stay with us and will observe with interest and a good deal of collective pride the additional contributions he is sure to make to American education in his prestigious new Sanders was a finalist for the position as long as a year ago but withdrew his candidacy after a good deal of thought about conditions at the university and what he felt was his pro fessional and ethical responsibility for their VanMeter The search was and Sanders See Page A9 rphe ECS role 1 in bringing together key actors to help shape the best of educational policy fits perfectly with my Ted Sanders SIU president The BADMAN Employees of Upper Alton Cemetery use leaf blowers to herd the thousands of fallen leaves in the cemetery into a burning pile this Dry fall turning fields into fire hazards By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Firefighters are busy battling fires in dangerously dry brush and farm fields across the Fires spread fast through dry grass and weeds and can quickly endanger a home and Wood River Fire Chief Guy Williams Moisture level three inches below normal Wood River firefighters teamed up with fire depart ments from Edwardsville and Meadowbrook recently to fight fastspreading fires along dry roadsides and corn fields near Belk Park in Wood A lighted cigarette care lessly thrown from a car into brittle grass and weeds can quickly burst into a field of fastmoving Williams Gusty winds caused a fire to spread across a dry corn field near Belk he Five acres of corn and a util ity pole were burned in the A dry autumn with unseasonably high winds has turned grassy woods and corn stubble into fire haz Its dry as a tinder box in the grass and Edwardsville fire Ron Schrage A shortage of rain has held the moisture level to inch es in Louis for two inches below normal for the first 11 months of the said Tom Spriggs of the Louis National Weather The moisture is more than three inches below normal in the Alton The grass and fields are dry as a Williams cautioned people to be careful about burning See Page A9 Murder trial begins Suspected drug dealer accused of killing man By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Greg Greer was a 16yearold drug dealer when he killed a man in Alton over in a dope deal gone Assistant Madison County States Attorney Don Weber said During opening arguments in Madison County Circuit Weber said Greer went to a house at 301 Main on 2 with his Jerry to sell some crack cocaine to Christine one of the Weber said the state intends to prove that the Greers talked to the Courtney of and attempted to walk out with the money but did not leave the A struggle Weber told the and Greg Greer allegedly pulled out a gun and shot who was not involved in the drug Stevenson reportedly stag gered back and Call the Ive been The struggle and Stevenson pulled a knife from a holder and stabbed Greg the prosecutor See Page A9 Bulletin Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope A10C6 Stone Stocks Television Strikers hold vigils at homes of Bev Farm board members Contract talks scheduled to resume today By KATHLEEN HILL and LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writers GODFREY On the eve of another round of contract AFSCME union mem bers held surprise vigils Tuesday evening in front of the residences of Beverly Farm Foundations board of About 14 supporters of the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees strike against Beverly Farm held glowing white sang and prayed in front of the homes of Sophia Friedman and Roger Queen in We wanted to let them be aware that they have a part in the said Local 3784 member Jerry Kennedy said the board members can tell Beverly Farm executive director Monte Welker to settle the strike and treat the workers with Other AFSCME supporters held similar vigils at other board members homes in Moline and said Andy public affairs associate for The unions Local 3784 has been on strike since July 9 against the home for develop mentally disabled adults at 6301 Humbert Road in See Page A9 Duck A redtailed hawk swoops over the heads of students at Central Elementary SchooMn Roxana Tuesday during a visit by members of the World Bird Sanctuary See tos Page pno
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