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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Victory More Rams celebration Page Cl Neighbors Helping needy others celebrate the holidays Page Bl The outlook Light snow falling temperatures High 31 Low 11 Page D6 Vol 164 No 339 50 cents Online Schools are Y2KOK Page D5 Monday December Schools prefer flexible discipline T 1 J m 1 IMBi Best Devaluate each case individually Hightower says By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE superinten dents said they prefer to handle student discipline on a casebycase basis instead of using strict zerotolerance policies We have high expecta tions that are Very Hightower superintendent of the Edwardsville School District If a student violates Local our policy then we will deal with each student on an indi vidual Hightower said the district has a clear outlines for student behavior including respect for each other discipline and absolutely no bullying Most of the area schools fol low similar guidelines Michael Beaber superinten dent of the Alton School District said Alton schools fol low a form of zerotolerance said Ed but administrators reserve the right to amend student penal ties Zerotolerance in my opin ion means there are certain acts students commit in a school that the school cannot Beaber said For example district policies rec ommend that a student be expelled if he or she brings a weapon to school Then you have to go into a whole litany of what a weapon he said While most of the schools in the area have not had to deter See DISCIPLINE Page A7 Edwardsville gets safety grant By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE School officials will use a state grant to teach students how to stop violence before it starts The district worked last summer to make the schools safer by adding security cam eras new exterior doors and phones in each classroom Even with all of this until we start reaching the kids we are not going to be success Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower said The Safe to Learn Grant is designed to help the district provide the emotional support students need The grant will provide funding for the district to add personnel empathy training programs for students and more afterschool pro grams If were going to prevent things we have to have an ongoing relationship with the students because theyre the ones who are going to come to said Beth Bolton assis tant principal at Edwardsville Middle School With the grant the district will provide the Second Step Program which is a violence prevention curriculum based in empathy The program teaches students to solve prob lems and manage anger The district also will devel op support groups for both vic tims and aggressors See GRANT Page A7 Rams secure Dome as home 3110 victory over New York Giants gives team home field advantage for playoffs The M BARNES Devin Bush 23 of the St Louis Rams returns an intercepted pass 45 yards for a third quarter touchdown in the Rams 3110 win Sunday over the New York Giants at the Trans World Dome Billy Jenkins 22 of the Rams and Pete Mitchell of the Giants watch the play By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST LOUIS Dome sweet home The St Louis Rams secured home lielti for as Ibnjpas they are alive in the playoffs Sunday The Rams overcame a stubborn and fiesty bunch of New York Giants scoring a 3110 vic tory before a loud Trans World Dome record crowd of The win means St Louis will be at home either Jan 15 or 16 for their firstever home playoff game The Rams have a bye for the first round of the play offs The Super Bowl goes through St said free safety Devin Bush whose interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter helped salt the game away from the Rams We have home field through out We know were a good football U Tbelieve our Iguys believe nobody can beat Rams coowner Stan Kroenke agreed Nothings guaranteed but what you try and do is create an edge for he said Our team has done that with getting the homefield advantage I believe our guys believe nobody can beat them here When you get to this level confi dence is a big fac tor We may not take it all the way but we believe we can play with ariy St Louis hiked its record to an impres sive 122 mark The loss dealt the Giants 77 a tough blow to their playoff hopes It marked only the second win over a winning team this season for the Rams with the first coming over the 49ers who were 31 at the time This was a very tough game for our Kroenke said We had something to play for obviously and we had three games to do it We just went out and got it done See RAMS Page A7 Stan Kroenke Rams coowner Museum offers Victorian holiday ByANDEYAKSTIS telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Visitors can take a walk back in time to a festive Christmas of the Victorian days in the 125 yearold Bethalto Historical Museum You can see how families deco rated their Christmas trees Telegraph Towns and homes for Christmas back in the early said Arvel Fowler director of the muse um of history at 124 W Main Street People lit real candles on their Christmas trees because there was no electricity in many A Victorian Christmas tree See MUSEUM Page A7 Madison County approves highway plan GOOll Morning A4 64 A5 Sauer Booth Bryant Flagg Grebel Jones Lehen Maring McCusiton Pence Rosenthal Rowland Projects should be complete by summers end By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Projects in Edwardsville and Alton are two of the top priori ties in Madison Countys five year highway plan The Edwardsville project calls for improving Birch Drive between Edwardsville and Wood River The Alton project calls for improvements to Indiana Avenue County Engineer Dave Dietzel said Birch is one of several major projects on the list He said it could be com pleted by late next summer at a price tag of million Its a big he said County offi cials still are negotiating with property owners for right of way he said Indiana Avenue in the Alton industrial corridor near the former OwensIllinois property is considered a key to the The M BARNES Postal Service letter carrier Steve Mitchell of Alton makes his way through the roacl construction in the 2400 block Seminary Road in Alton to deliver mail citys economic development prospects The new road will provide access to the former glass works property at two points providing better access to major highways for the entire industrial area said Altons Economic Development Director Phil Roggio A public informaiion ing on the improvement for 6 Tuesday at City See PLAN   

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