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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois family success Cassenskeep humble beginnings in mind as businesses growPage IMKing of the road Chevrolet Suburban still the big boy on the blockPage C-lThe outlook Mostly sunny and cooler. High 62; low 41Page D-12 Morning Area/Illinois .A-3-11 Bulletin Board .A-9 Business D-1 Classifieds C-2 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope Nation/world .A-12,14 Obituaries A-6 Carey, DuCommun, Frisse, Karlovich, Rea, Twjtty Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Weather D-12Eight running for Bethalto School Board By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — Three incumbents and five challengers are vying for three seats on the Bethalto School Board. Tom Beiermann, Robyn Dreith and Lawrence “Jay” Stemmley will seek to retain their seats against challengers Don Flack, Debra Gerber, John Walker, Jane Unsell and Jerry Lepchenske. Beiermann is president of the board, a position he has held for seven and a half years. He is running for his fourth term. Beiermann owns and operates Beiermann’s Service and Auto Repair in Cottage Hills. He and his wife are graduates of Civic Memorial High School and have three children who also are CM graduates. Looking ahead to a potential new term, Beiermann said he sees drug and alcohol prevention and education as a major district concern. He commended the district’s efforts to hire a full-time student resources officer to help deal with drug and alcohol problems. Beiermann suggested implementing drug prevention programs in the lower elementary grades. “I’m very concerned to see drugs’ effect on junior high and grade school kids. ” Dreith, who is running for her third term on the board, is an administrative assistant at Bethalto United Methodist Church. She has three sons in the district and has lived in Bethalto for 22 years. Dreith listed reducing class size as a goal. She said she felt the district had made great strides with the addition of Parkside and the work at Meadowbrook but that reducing the size of classes was still a concern. “If we can lower class size, teachers can give more attention to kids, and we’ll see their abilities go up,” Dreith said. Stemmley is seeking his second term. The 16-year Bethalto resident is co-director of instructional technology and networking for the See BETHALTO, Page A-13In swing of spring .. . -■ * KT The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Under the watchful eye of her mother, Hannah Morgan, 6, was a little swinger Saturday under a tree in her yard in Alton. Hannah is the daughter of Judy and Kevin Morgan of Alton. Guilty verdict protest Two jurors in fatal beating case to join demonstration By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - In January, Karen Wilson and Christina Wethington were among the jurors who convicted a 17-year-old youth of felony murder in the fatal mob beating of Richard Skelton in Alton. On Monday, Wilson and Wethington will join a group protesting that verdict at 9:30 a.m. outside the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville. The two jurors who helped convict Taiwan Davis of murder in Skelton’s death said they would join the demonstration because they were misled into believing they had no choice other than to vote guilty on a charge they thought was too harsh. “I feel that what happened to Taiwan was wrong,” said Wethington, 27, of Wood River. “I didn’t feel he should be charged with murder. I feel that he should get a new trial because he does not deserve such a harsh punishment.” “Justice wasn’t done-,” said Wilson, 55, of Worden. “We weren’t given all the informa- ■ See PROTEST, Page A-13 Godfrey Schnucks in the market for growth By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - An addition to the north side of the Godfrey Schnucks supermarket is quickly taking shape. Workers from Holland-Hinrichs Construction Inc. of St. Louis began work about two weeks ago on the 10,000-square-foot cinder block addition at the store, 2712 Godfrey Road. The towering walls are drawing attention from shoppers and store employees taking their breaks. Once the addition is finished in late summer, it will allow for expanded produce, deli, seafood, floral and video departments, said Marie McGeehan of Casey Communications Inc. of St. Louis, spokesman for Schnuck Markets Inc. “Everything is going to be bigger,” McGeehan said. The delicatessen expansion will allow the store to offer its “Chef’s Express” line of hot carryout items, she said. Once the addition is completed, workers will begin renovating the old section of the store. That area has about 42,000 square feet of space. “There will be a new decor,” she said but could not specify what the interior will look like when finished. A completion date for the interior renovation has not been established, she said. The store’s parking lot also will be upgraded, including the addition of new lighting. Total cost of all the work is $1.5 million. Phil Lunn, the Godfrey store manager, referred calls to Schnuck’s St. Louis corporate offices for comments. McGeehan said Schnuck Markets remodels or expands its grocery outlets “on a store-by-store basis.” “It depends on how old the . stores are,” she said. “Stores are renovated many times during their lifetimes.” The Godfrey store was among 57 National groceries that Schnuck bought in 1995. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The walls for an addition to the Godfrey Schnucks store were taking shape Friday. _ d? with what to 3800 V-6, Pwr sunroof, seat, cass, & CD & much more. V Four Flags BUICK PONTIAC Motors, Inc, ♦All sales prices include all incentives. Tax, license, doc fees extra *56*340 Oldsmobile So. Bway 159 (I mi. N. of 1-270) EdwarsulkVGIen Carbon I    yourlaxrefum^^^H Use it to get a dependable vehicle & re-built your credit! HR Just call toll free & apply 24 hours a day for a HJ hew or pre-owned vehicle loan using your touch-test I tons phons or apply on the Interns!. | 1-888-284-CARS ww.ioii.fcaMttmMcwy I siP' I i $163 i I Coupons and special offers * inside most editions f Sports Double header Marquette takes two from Alton Page B-l SUN! DV® THE TELEGRAPH Vol. 164, No. 86 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 ■« i—WW***—**    IU—ll'!’ im mtmmmm r—winr»fmi.w»i n i «■■■■■ y. April ll, 1999    $1.50 Six vie for Alton school Board By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Six candidates are vying for three seats on he Alton School Board. Two board members will be elected from Godfrey Township and one from Alton Township. Those running in Godfrey Township are incumbent David Lauschke, Terrence Peterson and Virgil Hook. Lauschke, who is running for his fourth term, is presi dent of the board. He is an Alton High School graduate and a real estate broker with Paul R. Lauschke and Associates. He and his wife, Laura, have a son attending Irving School and two 15-month-old daughters. Lauschke said he would like to continue working with the board on the recently formed finance committee. One issue Lauschke and the committee have studied is the possibility of reconfiguring the district to reduce the number of school buildings used. The district uses 21 buildings “We can’t cut administrators without leaving a building unsupervised,” Lauschke said. “If we had fewer buildings in use, we’d have fewer principals.” He said the study was in the beginning stages and that the idea may not be feasible. Lauschke expressed concern about the need for additional athletic facilities at the high school. He said he felt the addition of a gym. not a field house, would be most feasible. “It wouldn’t be some type of glamorous field house or community center,” he said. “It might be just something the size of three full-court basketball courts." Peterson is making his second run for the board; he ran unsuccessfully two years ago. Peterson is a certified public accountant, teaches graduate accounting courses at Keller Graduate School in St Louis and provides project work management services independently. He is an Alton High graduate, and he and his wife, Stephanie, have one daughter at West Middle School and one daughter at the Montessori School. Peterson expressed concern about academic levels in the district. He supports the phonics-based reading program re- H See ALTON. Page A-13 ;