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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Wrestling CMs Shaun Dannebrink keeps on winning Page Cl Nuts and holts Handyman Express nofrills fixit business Page Dl Partly sunny and High 44 Low 31 Page C8 347 50 cents December aby will get ftreasure ol Igifts Page Bl WlTTOTressr Garage fire damages home Ashes placed in garbage bag started fire By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO A garage fire apparently started by a bag of ashes caused substan tial damage to a home in the Timberwood Estates subdivi sion on The fire began about at the home of David and Kathy 213 Teakwood David Smith and the Smiths two children were in the house at the time the fire but everyone escaped without From what I could the homeowner said he had cleaned out his fireplace Monday morning and had put in the said Dave assistant fire chief for the Bethalto Volunteer Fire He was obviously assuming all of the ashes were The fire began in the See Page A7 4 n i The BARNES Bethalto and firefighters work to put out a fire at 213 Teakwood Drive in Bethalto on Monday morn ITne fire be9an in the garage and spread to the upstairs Kathy Smith arrives at home late Monday morn to see her house ready for Y2K Preparation began as early as 1996 By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer and even years preparation by area institutions will be put the test early Saturday Wrning when the clock to 12 and the cal endarchanges to January Banks across the the stateand the nation began as early as 1996 to prepare for the transition into the new mil and most bankers believe the transition will be a smooth According to information from the Illinois Office of Banks and Real percent of the more than 600 Illinois financial institutions had received the highest possi ble rating on their Y2K com pliance reports as of September Across the nearly percent of See Page A7 Tax hike approved J8y KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer A judge in Madison Circuit Court gave approval Monday for the Wood River Drainage and Levee Districts petition for the districts first tax increase in 18 new rate of per of assessed property approximately a 22 per cent increase over the rate of cents that had been in effect since will take effect on levee district taxpay ers bills in the of A handful of citizens attend ed the judicial hearing presided over by Associate Judge Lewis Mallott to express their opinions about the proposed tax increase and See Page A7 The SMITH The Melvin Price Locks and Dam a multimilliondollar federal project completed in helps up to 40 percent of the nations grain harvest reach Locks and Dam vital link to river system Dam honors late Melvin Price Good Morning t Classifieds C4 A4 horoscope Obituaries By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor ALTON The new Melvin Price Locks and Dam were com pleted in 1994 and form vital link in the nations river trans portation About 40 percent of the nations grain passes through the structure each No one should ever doubt this structure is vital to the national and international Jerry said when the new lock The new main lock and 600foot auxiliary lock replaced the 1938 Henry Rainey Lock and Dam The 1938 structure had a single 600 foot lock that required large tows to uncouple to get stalling river traffic and driving up River traffic had increased since its result ing in average delays of 15 which tied up 73 million tons of river traffic a The old lock was decommis sioned and demolished in the same year the main lock of the Melvin Price structure was put into Construction began on the new structure in The cost was estimated at million in 1980 By the time See Page A7 1999was the Belles year Casino acquires fun goes dockside By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Alton Belle Casino made headlines throughout 1999 first when the state allowed open board ing in and then when its colorful new landing facility opened in On June Illinois George Ryan signed a dock side gambling bill into law the next the Alton Belle See Page A7 11IJB SALE 700 Rolls in stock Vinyl from 334 Carpet from 334 laminate Wood Flooring from 1
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