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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois Morning Area/Illinois........A3,6 Business............Cl Classifieds...........C6 Comics..............B5 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........B5 Nation/world.........A8 Obituaries...........A5 Bauser, Becker, Brooks,'Cox, Gusewelle, Hanei, Peters, Rotter, Ruyle, Walker, Wisnasky Scoreboard..........C2 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRAPH Basketball    • Explorers    j race past Eagles Page Bl i Mostly sunny and cool High 46; Low 32 PageC8 Early Childhood Symposium PageA3 By KERBY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - The efforts of 42 firefighters and more than 24,000 gallons of water were not enough to save any part of a longtime neighborhood grocery store and lunch spot known more recently as Debbie's Market, authorities said Monday. Six fire departments responded to the blaze and huge billows of black smoke that erupted at 9:59 p m Sunday, roughly two hours after the market at the comer of Sinclair Avenue and Park Street had closed. South Roxana Fire Chief Jim Eich said there was no one inside when the fire broke out and that the cause is believed to be of electrical origin. “The State Fire Marshal’s ■ See FIRE, Page A7 Two boys in juvenile custody after bringing handgun to school District working to keep students focused By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer HARDIN - Two Calhoun County High School boys were taken into juvenile custody for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to the Hardin school, Calhoun School District Superintendent Terry Strauch said Monday. The arrests came on the heels of two separate arrests of male pupils at Calhoun Middle School in Kampsville Thursday for writing alleged death threat notes. The first boy’s note threatened the life of students and teachers while the second listed only teachers, school officials said. Strauch said the district ■ See CUSTODY, Page A7 Vol. 164, No. 333 - 50 cents    Tuesday,    December 14,1999    www.thetelegraph.comFire destroys grocery store Cause of blaze believed to be electrical Neighborhood stunned by store’s loss ‘Vital part’ of community will be missed, residents say Candidates file petitions for Board Hr* too toils in slockHr ' Vinyl from 33 < sr. ll. iwpr * Carpet (rom 33* sr. ft.Jrprrjo/Mohawk Umiiwte Wood Flooring from * I ** a M "    """"..............mmummmmmm .......■    ...    .    ..       .    ....... ................................ The Wood River Fire Department’s Snorkel truck, top of page, pours water into the burning Debbie’s Market late Sunday night on Sinclair Avenue in South Roxana. Two firefighters, above, man a hose line in the rear of the store as flames leap through the roof. Owner Kenny Beasley, right, hangs his head as fire guts the landmark grocery store. By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA — A devastating fire late Sunday night destroyed what many residents knew as their neighborhood grocery and gathering place. The fire that gutted Debbie’s Market, known for years prior as Charlie’s Market, destroyed what many came to rely upon as a friend in troubled financial times, a morning hangout for coffee drinkers and a place to stock up on good will, as well as groceries. “We just stood there Sunday night and watched it burn,” said Debbie’s Market employee Susie Duke, a nearby resident. “It was like my second home. I just loved working there: checking, making sandwiches and working in the deli. I loved the people. Ifs such a shock to all of us.” Fellow South Roxana resident and village board trustee Edie Chester said the market was known by all as a community mainstay. “Ifs been a vital part of our community, and we will miss it very much,” she said. “One of my friends remembers buying candy in there when she was a little girl, and she’s 70 I See LOSS, Page A7 Dec. 20 deadline to file for March election sp, * mm?4M VKiV Cor “ INC By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - About IOO people showed up at Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida’s office Monday, the first day for filing petitions to run as candidates in the March 21 primary election. Candidates for precinct committeeman, county board, auditor, recorder of deeds, circuit clerk and state’s attorney lined up to present their petitions and get their names on the ballot for the March 21 ballot. “We had a lot of people lined up, and we had seven people behind the counter to help them,” Von Nida said. Notably absent among potential County Board candidates was one incumbent, Wanda Stille of Edwardsville, widow of the late Bob Stille. Jack Minner of 632 Harvard St., in Edwardsville, and Greg Worthen of 34 Halleck Ave., also in Edwardsville, filed to run for Stille’s District 18 seat. “I just wanted to fulfill Bob’s term, and I’m too old to start a new career,” Wanda Stille, 67, said. “I started this one at 67, and I want to retire before age 70.” ■ See CANDIDATES, Page A7 ;

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