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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Track Jersey defends titie at Roxana Relays Page B-l The outlook Increasing clouds; high near 68, low near 54 Pagel>6 J* ii The‘moreT of the story Elusive mushrooms are a welcome sign of spring in River Bend oodlands Page C-l W< VoL164lNoi95 — 50 cen,s Nursing I candlelight vigil homes Tuesday, April 20,1999 debate returns Attorneys to set hearing date as rally is planned By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Players in the controversial attempted closings of the county’s two nursing homes are returning to the spotlight this week — a year after the Madison County Board voted to close the homes. Today, attorneys will meet in Springfield to set a hearing date, probably in June, to decide the fate of the Madison County Nursing Home, 2121 Troy Road in Edwardsville. Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:30 a m., the County Homes Action Committee will hold a rally at the south entrance of the County Administration Building in Edwardsville. “Hopefully, we’il get a good turnout and bring it back to the public’s attention that the homes are still open,” said Gary Groeteka, a committee co-chairman who works at the Madison County Sheltered Care Home, 333 S. Main St. in Edwardsville. The rally is intended to commemorate the board’s 15-13 vote last April to close the homes, based primarily on former County Auditor Fred Bathon’s claim that the homes were losing money. “The board is seeing that controversial claim become a reality,” said Debbie Groeteka, the committee’s other co-chair. The rally will allow committee members to protest three points that are causing the County Homes Fund, which is used for both homes, to dwindle: ■ The board will not allow ■ See HOMES, Page A-7 Godfrey’s bolice deal questioned Official says county taxpayers footing bill By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE County taxpayers are footing the bill for Godfrey’s “sweetheart” police protection deal, says one official. Madison County Board member Wayne Bridgewater, D-Roxana, said Monday that the cost for police services in Godfrey should be more comparable to that of other area municipalities. “Perhaps the taxpayers of Madison County are fronting the bill for Godfrey’s poljce Bridgewater Stobbs protection,” Bridgewater read from a statement at a press conference. “Taxpayers in my district of Roxana. Wood River ■ See GODFREY, Page A-7 Easter Seals closer to care center goal of age with special needs. The estimated cost of the center is $1 million. The center could include a new program called an Assistive Technology Center. If funding can be raised, the By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - As part of its “Caring for Children in the New Millennium” theme, Easter Seals.    of Southwestern Illinois is working to finalize plans for a new developmental child care center in University Park. In a letter sent out to donors, the center was described as a model for the    The    Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES whole of the St. j^e entrance to University Park from Illinois The TelegraphAJOHN BADMAN Tara Webb, 14, of Granite City, joined about 60 people Sunday evening in a candlelit prayer vigil in Lincoln-Douglas Square for Kosovo refugees. See photo page, B-6. Louis metropoli tan area. The 12,500-square-foot center will provide services for 150 children and jobs for 25 staff members. At least 20 percent of the children will be from infants to 5 years Route 157, where the new Easter Seals developmental child care center will be built. program would help school districts in up to 15 counties, especially rural ones. The pro- See CENTER, Page A-7 Tile plant expansion to add 20 more jobs By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER — As many as 20 more jobs and $10 million in investments are part of a planned expansion of the tile plant being constructed in town. Terry Pinto, president of Environmentally Correct Projects Inc., announced the planned expansion Monday. The plant, Enviro-Stone Products of Wood River — formerly Enviro-Tile of Wood River — will convert recyclable glass to tile for floors and walls. The new expansion plans are part of the plant located at the EnviroTech Business Park, along Illinois Routes 3 and 143. “We will make an announcement before the City Council on our plans of a $10 million expansion for the plant,” said Pinto. “We plan on doubling the size and production of the plant. We want to add two more kilns. This would add 20 more jobs. Hopefully the expansion is completed and operational by the end of the year.” Pinto said the potential demand for the facility — the only plant of its type in the United States — initiated talks on expansion. "Right now the demand for this product is so high,” he said. “We will have customers from not only this country, but customers from overseas countries.” The expansions would bring the total investments for the plant to $23 million and the ■ See PLANT, Page A-7 Good:•i Morning Area/Illinois............A-3,8 Bulletin Board..........A-6 Business...................D-1 Classifieds................C-6 Comics......................C-2 Editorial.....................A-4 Nation/World.............D-5 Obituaries...........*....A-5 Cornelius, Frey, Hanneken, Hemphill, Jegel, Lentz, McBride, Medder, Pohlman, Renner, Simpson, Smith, Waters, M., Waters,W., Whitehead ’ Scoreboard...............B-2 Finishing touches The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN McDonald’s maintenance man Ed Williams cleans the plate glass windows Monday on the front of the new McDonald’s on Godfrey Road near North Middle School. 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