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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELE6RA Tasty work Seafood sales help keep shrimp business afloat Page D-l Soccer Edwardsville Tigers defeat CM Page B-l me oui Partly sunny and mild; high near 67, low near 47 Page IMI i Through ber eyes I Dorsey artist : captures the i life around her on film . Page C-lVol. 164, No. 104 — 50 cents Thursday, April 29,1999 www.thetelegraph.comBelle unveils showplace$12 million entertainment, dining complex planned The steamboat history of Alton will come alive in the Alton Belle Casino's new Spirit of America and Fun Barge dining and entertainment showplace in a wharf district atmosphere next to the gambling boat, shown in this artist's drawing. The Spirit of America steamboat replica, at right, will be towed to the Alton Belle and will open in November.    The    Teiegraph/RUSS    smith By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Alton Belle Casino customers will take a trip back to the steamboat era in a new $12 million dining and entertainment showplace. Alton Belle general manager Brenda Bauer unveiled plans Wednesday for a spectacular Spirit of America steamboat dining and entertainment complex on the riverfront next to the Belle gambling boat. “We’re excited and pleased that the Alton Belle is making such a big economic investment in the future of the Alton community and the growth of tourism in the area,” Mayor Don Sandidge said. “It shows that Argosy Gaming Co. is making a commitment to Alton for many years ahead.” The 260-foot Spirit of America resembles an old-fashioned steamboat and captures the colorful history ■ See BELLE, Page A-9 138” SS Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-7 Comics .D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-5 Nation/world .C-5,7 Obituaries A-5 Bergfeld, Bruening, Burt, Dickerson, Jackson, Laughlin, Opperman, Phillips, Prusa, Rapp, Saale, Webb, Young Television C-4 THURSDAY, APR. 29 IE WEEKEND BANDS RIDAY, APRIL 30 SATURDAY, MAY 1 SUNDAY, MAY 2 “SABLE” Deputy police chief appointed By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Mayor Don Sandidge appointed a 20-year Alton Police Department veteran as deputy chief at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting. Sandidge named Lt. Rick Wells, 46, as replacement for former Maj. Vernon Hensley, who retired April 2. The appointment is effective today. Aldermen then unanimously approved Wells’ appointment. As assistant chief, Wells will assume the title of major, I See CHIEF, Page A-9 Fallen workers honored Plan for end-of-life decisions, priest urges By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Father Craig MacMahon says Dr. Jack Kevorkian is wrong to supervise assisted suicides for terminally ill people. But the Roman Catholic priest said he knows the issue of life and death is controversial. He recommends steps be taken before people reach the end to ensure patients have control of their lives. “Death is not the ultimate evil. But to intervene and cause death is wrong.” Such life-and-death matters were addressed Wednesday night during a community program aimed at confronting end-of-life care issues at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton. The program, sponsored by the Saint Anthony’s Foundation, included discussions about Catholic teachings on end-of-life care; long-term planning options and advance directives; and how hospice and home health care can help during the long-term planning process. MacMahon, a chaplain on staff at Saint Anthony’s, talked about the controversy of assisted suicide ■ See PRIEST, Page A-9 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Destructive fire The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton firefighters rush into position Wednesday night as fire sweeps through vacant mobile homes at Storeyland Mobile Home Sales at 3085 Fosterburg Road in Alton. The cause of the fire, which the fire department called suspicious, is under investigation. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Roxanne Osborne, widow of union painter Ron Osborne, wipes away a tear Wednesday during Workers' Memorial Day services at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. ALTON — With a light rain falling Wednesday, families, friends and co-workers remembered those who died on the job as part of Workers’ Memorial Day services. Three men were remembered during the ceremony at Gordon Moore Park: Thomas Mike Isaacs of Litchfield, Jerry D. McGee of Belleville and Ron Osborne of Troy. Isaacs died after an electrical explosion at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He and another worker, John C. Williams, were working on a 480-volt electrical panel in the ■ See WORKERS, Page A-9 J ;