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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good Morning * Area/Illinois ... ____A3-10 Little, Lucker, McCracken, Bulletin Board . .......A6 Mitchell, Mizerny, Oliver, Classifieds ... .......C5 Painter, E. Robinson, J. Nation/world .. .......D5 Robinson, Schwengel, Obituaries---- ....... A5 Schultz, Schuttleworth, Esarey, Farmer, Harmon, Thompson, Watson Hasting, Hatcher, Johnson, Television ........... By DONNA J. NOLAN Telegraph staff writer Since the Great River Road was designated as a National Scenic Byway in June of last year, it has been mak- Oing news this year, especially with recent federal funding. Four grants totaling more than $600,000 were awarded Dec. 22 to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. ■ See ROAD, Page A9 Vi«K< JI MI, nm mom 2000 Annual New Year’s celebration Page ClSERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol. 164, No. 350 - 50 cents Mr. Oonurs final stand Owner handing over the keys to new owner Page DI Friday, December 31, 1999 Safe Y2K planned Emergency service agencies prepared By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Agencies that deal with emergencies on a regular basis are preparing for any that may occur as the area moves into the new millennium. Law enforcement agencies and fire departments have developed plans to help resi dents have a safe and happy New Year. Law enforcement agencies have replaced or repaired all non-Y2K compliant equipment to ensure a smooth transition within the departments and have increased New Year’s Eve patrols in an effort to make the move into the new millennium peaceful outside the departments. Robert Hertz, chief deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, said the department has brought up to Y2K compliance all its equipment, including 911 telephone operations, all jail operations and the department’s back-up power generator. The department has stocked up on food and bottled water supplies to provide for the 200 prisoners in the Madison County Jail in case of an emergency. “Internally, all our operations should be fine,” Hertz said. “Externally, we don’t have a lot of control. We will have additional people working, but we’re basically now in a wait-and-see mode. From what we see and hear, nothing ■ See SAFE, Page A9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Drake Tire and Auto Service at 1214 East Broadway in Alton has taken a lighter approach toward the Y2K threat with this sign. Great Flood of ’93: The year the rivers raged over the area By ANDE YAKSTIS , Telegraph staff writer TMK iKIMRAPH T D P Marins fifths stage, and flooded Downtown businesses. “The Downtown levee held, but the floodwater poured through the big underground Piasa sewer into the businesses,” said Moyer, who worked day and night with volunteers on the sandbag lines. The Great Flood of 1993 forced thousands of people to flee their homes in West Alton. Grafton, Hardin, East Hardin and the farmland of Greene County. The flooding Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers ■ See FLOOD, Page A9 DNA technology leads to charges in ’77 killing Scenes such as this were common in Downtown Alton during the Great Flood of 1993, when the ConAgra plant at Broadway and Landmarks Boulevard was one of dozens of businesses inundated by the raging Mississippi River. ALTON — Businessman Bill Moyer remembers when volunteers stood shoulder to shoulder to build a giant levee across Downtown Alton to stop the flooding Mississippi River from raging through the business district in 1993. “It was a great outpouring of help from hundreds of volunteers to build a 14-foot high levee of sandbags, rock and concrete barricades to stop the Mississippi from flooding Downtown businesses," Moyer said. Moyer was Alton public works director in the historic summer of 1993 when the flooding Mississippi River roared across the Great River Road into Alton. Volunteers from the area and across the United States, and even foreign countries, converged on Alton to face the flooding river to build a 1,200-foot long levee across Downtown, Moyer recalled. On Aug. I, 1993, the Mississippi River raced to a record high of 42.2 feet at Alton, 21.2 feet above flood Suspect in Oklahoma prison By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Modern science led local police to a suspected serial killer during 1999, and it may finally put to rest the question that has festered within the community for the last 22 years. Who killed Denise Berlemann Stahlhut? Police are certain    the answer    is    Stahlhut Herman E. Lamb Jr. “I think we have a good case,” said Sgt. Scott Evers, chief investigator for the Edwardsville    Police Department. Lamb, 53, sits in prison in Oklahoma, serving a sentence for a murder conviction out of Florida. He is fighting extradition to Illinois to stand trial in Telegraph photo After this year’s celebrations of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, Eldred Mayor Joe Beiermann shows off the stretch between Eldred and Kampsville. River Road honored Madison County for the 1977 slaying of Stahlhut, but Evers believes the transfer will go through sometime ©during the next year. “It shouldn’t be any problem getting him back,” he said. “The problem is you’re dealing with two states. He was convicted in the state of Florida, but they transferred his prison ■ See KILLING, Page A9 THE IKIMIHU'II Bev Farm strike draws nationwide attention By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — In the six weeks since the end of AFSCME’s four-month strike against Beverly Farm Foundation, the management, staff 0and union have been I working hard to return to normalcy and to smooth any hard feelings that may remain. The duration and wide- ■ See STRIKE, Page A9 ’i'm: mmipi /jnana THE TELEGRAPH ;