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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SlNMCTS On to West Coast Rams face 49ers today Page Bl Hometown values Bruckert Chevrolet marks 70 years of service Page Dl BMWX5 Automaker prefers to call new entry a sport utility vehicle Paged The outlook Partly sunny and mild High 65 low 49 Page D10 Good Mornirtg Bulletin A8 BaSbee Bugg Huff Jones Lachowicz Oakley Paris Sager Vicari Volentine SUNDAY THE XELEGRAP Vol 164 No 310 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 November 21 1999 Bev Farm vote today Union to decide on tentative accord The SMITH Beverly Farm employees from left David Jewell Clinton Best and Ronald Painter keep the fires going in a picket shack in front of Beverly Farm Saturday By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY A vote of unionized Beverly Farm employees is scheduled for this afternoon and an AFSCME spokesman said the outcome could mean the end of a fourmonth strike at the residential care home Buddy Maupin regional director of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 said Saturday that about 200 members of AFSCME Local 3784 plan to cast their votes during a ratifi a Tthink the union members are Igoing to like what weve accom Buddy Maupin regional director of AFSCME cation meeting at 2 today The meeting at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall 4051 Humbert Road is expected to yield enough votes to grant approval of a tenta tive contract agreement reached with Beverly Farm Maupin said The bargaining committee is unanimously recommending ratification of this agree See VOTE Page A11 The SMITH More than people an hour have been visiting the Illinois State Police Web site giving the names and addresses of sex offenders in the state Web site lists sex offenders in county 370 names put Madison County among highest By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A Web site that lists convicted sex offenders in Illinois contains near ly 370 from Madison County giving it one of the highest numbers of any county in the state Though the number may alarm some offi cials are quick to qualify the statistics Madison County States Attorney William Haine said the numbers probably indicate the success of prose cution in the area rather than the frequency of offenses I say in all sincerity since 1989 the States Attorneys Office has been very aggressive in the prosecution of these Haine said We have had very aggressive prosecutors over the years working with very talented police offi cers and very talented Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators The result of that joint effort is an extensive number of See WEB Page A11 On the road Extension of Indiana Avenue may begin within months By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Construction of the Indiana Avenue extension which is considered a vital piece of the East End Industrial Corridor Redevelopment Plan could begin within months City officials plan to meet with staff at the Illinois Department of Transportation the first week of December to tie up issues related to the final design plans and environ mental cleanup where the road will be built The city then will await IDOTs approval of the plans The proposed road would run eighttenths of a mile from its stub on the north side of the Berm Highway northward It will link with a short old sec tion of Indiana off Broadway near Alton Plaza traveling through the former Owens Illinois Inc glass plant site It will open up possible additional roadways that would run east to Laclede Steel said Phil Roggio director of business and eco nomic development for the city of Alton City officials believe those smaller offshoot roads could attract light industry or other business to the OwensIllinois area which is on the brink of being redeveloped It is very important not only to get OwensIllinois off the ground but to continue to help other investments locate in the brownfield area he said The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority has agreed to issue million in bonds to the developers Alton Center Business Park LLC before Jan 1 Gov George Ryan must sign off on the bond sale to Union Planters Bank Alan Ortbals executive director of Collinsvillebased SWIDA said Ryan had not done so as of Friday A sales agreement also is forthcoming between the developers Clayco Construction and Clark Properties Inc of St Louis which comprise Alton Center Business Park and Owens Illinois Not only is that agreement important to redeveloping the old 159acre industrial site the road project cannot pro ceed until those parties come to a deal Roggio said OwensIllinois has to hap pen he said Part of that agreement will deal with cleaning up contami nants before building the road See ROAD Page A11 The SMITH Brad Martens right the director of the Piasa Area Habitat for Humanity makes last minute preparations with Melissa Morris who accepted the keys at a ceremony in front of her newly rehabbed home at 10th and Easton Streets in Alton Saturday Family at home in Habitat house By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff ALTON If home is where the heart is Melissa Heather and Danielles new residence bears a welcome equal to none other More than 100 Habitat for Humanity supporters from toddlers to seniors and every age in between gathered at 929 Easton St late Saturday afternoon for the dedication of a residence that will house the Alton mother and her two T is is an awesome Heather Morris daughter of homeowner teenage daughters Wrapped in a red velvet ribbon the twostory blue gray house received blessings from Habitat sponsors includ ing Main Street United Methodist Church Pastors William Fester and Sharon Potter The house was built in the 1940s and originally sat on the property of St Anthonys See HABITAT Page A11   

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