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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Cards Obtain vinafrom Brewers Paged SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 164 No 340 50 cents Far out Pupils learn about time through art Page Bl k Mostly sunny and cold High 20 Low 7 Page C8 Tuesday December 21 1999 Car enthusiasts come to see Icars from the past Page Dl Car thieves pull key switch scam By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Two conniving car thieves have been switching keys at car dealers lots after taking short test drives then returning later to steal the vehicles police warn The duo has struck three times in about two weeks said Lt James None of stolen cars has been recovered police lieutenant says Hessel of the Alton Police Department Im sure this is not just happen ing to Hessel said about car deal ers in other towns around The Telegraph area The thieves struck most recently last weekend at Quality Pontiac 1620 Homer Adams Parkway A car salesman told police that two men both black thin and between the heights of 5feet5inches and 5feet7inches came to the dealership between 5 and Friday One of the suspects who had a goatee and called himself testdrove a white Ford Tempo down the length of the park ing lot and back The second suspect talked to the salesman while George drove the car then appeared to be inspecting the vehicle Both men were wearing heavy coats the report said The men handed keys to the sales men and left Police reports said that the car was missing Saturday morn ing and there was some broken glass on the lot where the car had been See SWITCH Page A7 Mailers scramble to send gifts should slow down Wednesday postmaster says By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer As lastweek shoppers filled the malls Monday lastminute mailers crowded post offices in The Telegraph area Area postmasters reported that Monday was the busiest day thus far in the holiday mailing season as holiday pro crastinators mailed the cards and packages prepared over the final weekend before I See MAILERS Page A7 SMITH Mary Middlecoff a mail clerk at the Godfrey Post Office tosses parcels into route bins to be delivered by carriers Monday the busiest mailing day of the year Levee residents facing tax increase Public hearing set for Dec 27 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Citizens who own property within the bounds of the Wood River Drainage and Levee District likely are facing an increase on their 2000 tax bills to keep the levee district solvent offi cials said Monday Board president Leroy Emerick said taxpayers havent experienced a levee district tax increase since 1982 More levee operating revenues are essential he said just to stay financially afloat We have applied for B See TAX Page A7 These are some of the challenged races facing voters in the March 21 primary Ddenotes Democrat Rdenotes Republican AUDITOR Pete Fields DGlen Carbon vs Rick Steve Norm DGranite City vs Patricia Earnshaw DAlton COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 3 Ruth Ann Baugh DDorsey vs John Fleming DWorden COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 4 Steven Ruppert DAlton vs Fred Stutz DBethalto COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 5 Eugene Frizzo RAlton vs Kevin Botterbush RGodfrey COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 9 Jeff Julian DAlton vs Peggy Voumard DAlton COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 16 Helen Hawkins DGranite City vs Patricia Polley DGranite Ron Goode D Hartford BOUNTY BQARD DISTRICT 19 Frank Laub DGranite City City COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 25 Randy Presswood DPonto6n jpeach vs Jim Caffrey DGranite City and Carl Macips D City and Linda McKechan DGranite City Handful of hopefuls face opposition in primary By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Only two countywide officeholders and a handful of Madison County Board hopefuls face opposition in next springs pri mary election Ten Madison County races materialized with the close of petition filings at 5 Monday but just one of those is among Republicans The race for County Board District 5 in Godfrey pits Eugene Frizzo of Alton against Kevin Botterbush of Godfrey The winner will challenge Democratic incumbent Jack Orrill in the fall Democrats dominating spring election Otherwise Democrats clearly dominate the primary field as they have historically in Madison County The key races are for audi tor and coroner where the respective incumbents H Jack Frandsen and Dallas Burke are stepping down Running for auditor as Democrats are Pete Fields of Glen Carbon and Rick Faccin of Alton The winner will face Republican Doug Mueller the Godfrey Township supervisor in November Running for Burkes seat are Democrats Steve Nonn a lieutenant on the Madison County Sheriffs Department and Patricia Earnshaw an Alton psychotherapist The winner will face Republican challenger Rich Hampson of Worden in the fall Incumbent candidates with out challenges in March are States Attorney William Haine Recorder of Deeds Dan Donohoo and Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci Primary races also have developed in County Board Districts 3 4 5 9 16 18 19 and 25 and most of the inter est is focused on the three seats being given up by the incumbents In District 3 incumbent Jim Augustine of Livingston chose not to run for office He had been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Frandsen of Alhambra when Frandsen was appointed county auditor last year Seeking his seat are Democrats Ruth Ann Baugh of Dorsey and John Fleming of Worden In District 18 where incum bent Wanda Stille chose not to run Democratic challengers are Jack Minner and Greg Worthen both of Edwardsville In District 25 where incum bent Don Rea of Pontoon See PRIMARY Page A7 Good Morning iBridge Bulletin Board Business Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope Lotteries Ann Landers A38 A6 A5 Bauer Cooper Flagg Hardy Kodros Kramer Marlng Metzger McCoy Neunzerling Pollock Rawlings Reichel Rowland Schaefer Schmidt Shive Steiner Scoreboard 63 IKEVCOR CONST mnm WVKIS INC Four Clark stations close By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Four independently owned Clark gasoline stations in The Telegraph area closed Monday at least temporarily The stations include one along Illinois Route 140 in Cottage Halls one on Central Avenue in Roxana one at the corner of Wood River Avenue See CLARK Page A7 The M BARNES The newly remodeled Clark station on Illinois Route 140 in Cottage Hills purchased by Ys Choice several months ago is temporarily closed JTOO tn stock Vinyl from Carpet frow ft 99 ft ft 3475 HUMBERT RD 4652622   

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