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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 WOOD RIVER - He was a protector, a leader, a hunter and a friend. City officials and co-workers are recalling the life and times of former Wood River Police Chief Charles E. “Chuck" Nunn, who died Thursday night at his home after battling cancer. Nunn, 50, was a member of the police force in Wood River for 26 years, and served as police chief from 1988 ____ until his Nunn retirement in February. Nunn also was the Grafton police chief in 1971-72. Flags in Wood River flew at half-staff Friday. “Chuck and I were friends for years," said Wood River Police Chief Jim Schneider, who was appointed to the job earlier this week. “Not only was he a leader, but he was someone you could always look up to. He was always fair. He was a friend to me.” Schneider said Nunn was The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Paul Listokin, a sub-contractor for Kids Playtyme Inc., slides out from underneath the Playland under construction Friday at the new Godfrey McDonald’s. The Playland, one of the most elaborate in the St. Louis area, takes three men more than a week to install and will include a robot for kids to bounce in. The restaurant opens later this month. Area man wins $150,000 in Big Game Land mines fight called example of changing diplomacy By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER — There is sometimes a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and that rainbow ends — at least this week — in Wood River. Kenneth Brown of Wood River bought a $150,000 winning lottery ticket as part of the $197 million jackpot in the Big Game Lottery that was drawn Tuesday night. The ticket was purchased at Donahue’s Farm Fresh, 305 E. Edwardsville Road. “Let’s see if we can have lightning strike twice in a week," store owner Jeff Donahue said to a customer buying lottery tickets. Brown could not be reached for comment Friday. Donahue said he couldn’t believe someone had bought one of the winning lottery tickets from his store. Three other winners were from the Metro East, with each ticket worth $150,000. The single winning ticket for the Big Game jackpot was purchased in Boston. “The gentleman called me a little after 7 p.m. (Tuesday) and said he had the five winning numbers,” Donahue said. “I was first skeptical until he started reading the numbers. At IO a m., I received the official word from a lottery representative. A representative also came and posted the sign in (the store’s) window saying we had a winner.” ■ See GAME, Page A-11 By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ELSAH — Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams explained her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines during a speech focusing on citizen-level diplomacy Friday at Principia College. Williams, in conjunction with the campaign, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1997 for her efforts to ban anti-personnel land mines internationally. The founding coordinator of the campaign, Williams explained during Friday’s talk the process involved in forming and leading the effort. Williams’ speech was part of Principia’s 50th Annual Public Affairs Conference. The theme of this year’s conference, which runs through today is “Changing Diplomacy: Facing Global Challenges for the 21st Century.” “The theme of the conference is changing diplomacy, and our campaign is seen as an eminent example of that,” Williams said. The campaign came to a successful climax late last year, when more than IOO nations signed an international land mine treaty. The United States, however, was not among them. Williams said she hoped this success story would encourage students attending Principia’s conference to get involved in their world. “All I can do is tell them what we did,” Williams said “It’s not my mission to make people into me. Ifs to tell them that ordinary people can ■ See MINES, Page A-11 Area/Illinois . .A-3,9 Bulletin Board .A-8 Classifieds C-5 Comics.......C-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope C-6 Nation/world . .A-10 Obituaries.....A-5 Cravens, Dever, Hickman, Hutchinson, Jutting, Nunn, Olson, Rea, Ruschhaupt, Sewell, Skinner, Stover, Weaver, Wetzel, Williams Religion.....A-6,7 Stocks........B-2 Television.....C-7 >, WMS ' 'ti f ■ ’ it* ■ I • ' Ii i.iy: ■ • • 4'WV-.- •; ' . . . ... ..............-......................-- .................... .......... ...... ........-------------------------------------------------------- - ■ ........-........... ■ .........................................................--------------- ----------------------—■■■■-------------------------- --------------------------- -------------------------------------■ ■■■ ------------------------------------- J 112 W. Homer Adams Pkwy REV COH 618-467-6370 CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC.__ Thinking About Building? s Professional disbursement of funds during construction projects of all types (new homes, commercial blags, remodeling and home ^improvement) j Th# only - M«P«ndaiit Motor#tibias# Disbursement Service Agent Something old Antiques are long at Alton Landing Page B-l Redbirds fall Errors prove costly as Alton loses to O’Fallon Page C-l The outlook ;    Healths Fitness Stance    j    Kickboxing fit    *    • SeSorm; i grows as exercise high 70    I    option : Special Section Page C-12 ;Vol. 164, No. 85 — 50 cents Saturday, April 10,1999 www.theteleg ra ph.comLaclede plan would save plant By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A plan by Laclede Steel Co. to make $50 million in improvements to the Alton mill could save hundreds of jobs and keep the plant open into the next century, a Laclede official said Friday. Laclede is searching for private and public financing for $50 million in improvements proposed major capital improvements to the Alton plant, including the giant electric melt shop and the 14-inch bar mill, said Michael Lane, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Laclede “The plant improvements could increase steel production in Alton, reduce maintenance costs and possibly add new employees in the future.” The success of the plan for improvements is vital to the future of Laclede’s 625 hourly employees, who have an annual payroll of $27 million, said Terry Wooden, president of United Steelworkers Local 3643. “If we can make the improvements to the plant, Laclede will grow, and we’ll save the jobs. Our union is committed to keep the jobs in Alton and help the plant stay viable and operating into the next century.” The plan by Laclede officials to overhaul major production units at the Alton plant depends on its success in securing bank financing and the approval of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schemer in St Louis. Laclede filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30 in a move ■ See LACLEDE. Page A-11 Wood River mourns former police chief By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Getting ready to play The Telegraph/JOHN Wood River Police Sgt. Michael Sabolo hangs black bunting on the front of the Wood River police station Friday in memory of former police chief Charles E. “Chuck” Nunn, who died of cancer Thursday. aware of his appointment as police chief. “He did know. I think he was very much happy about that.” Schneider said that Wood River’s police force is in mourning. “They’re quite upset, but they’re taking it in stride,” he said of the officers. “It’s probably best for (Nunn) and his family. He had been fighting (cancer) for some time.” Wood River Mayor Lon Smith remembers Nunn as a strong and caring leader. “I’ve been around for his whole career. He was kind of a gentle man. but a no-nonsense person. I never heard anybody talk badly of him. I think he handled his job well. He loved being a policeman. He will be missed.” Nunn’s first cousin, Tim Nunn, 49, of Edwardsville, recalled childhood memories of Charles Nunn’s love for hunting and fishing. “We’ve been friends since ■ See CHIEF, Page A-11 ;