Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Lawyer sues former
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - A lawyer is taking two former partners to court to stop the loss of his business after the breakup of their firm Wood River lawyer Rodney J. Pitts filed suit this week against David W. Dugan of Alton and Theodore R. Diaz of Godfrey.
The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to keep Dugan and Diaz from using equipment and records it says they took from the firm last week.
In recent days, the pair set up a new law office at Illinois Route 111 and Airline Drive in
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A firefighter pulls hose through the heavy smoke of a house fire Tuesday at 101 Missouri Avenue in South Roxana. Firefighters from Roxana helped bring the fire under control. At left, Morgan Russell, 5, who lived in the house with her parents, watches the fire with her grandmother, Nancy Russell of Wood River.
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Vol. 164, No. 19 — 50 centsWednesday, February 3,1999
Celebrating to years Owner of Alton Auto Body marks anniversary of his dream job
Sandidge outlines improvements
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Mayor Don Sandidge saved his surprise for last during his annual “State of the City” speech Tuesday night.
“You’ve got a White Castle coming,” he told applauding members of the East End Improvement Association, Inc. in the meeting room of the Alton Sports Tap.
White Castle is coming, mayor announces
Sandidge had joked that “when” the popular hamburger restaurant is coming to Alton is one of the most frequently asked questions he fields.
He said company officials in St. Louis confirmed Friday that they had purchased land on the Homer Adams Parkway near Ace Hardware. The
eatery will be built later this year, he said.
Sandidge spoke for 30 minutes, first reviewing the city’s progress over the past year then looking forward to improvements in coming months.
He said work is progressing on aligning Henry Street at
Landmarks Boulevard and adding another traffic lane. Improvements also are planned at the Market Street entrance to the Alton Belle Casino while plans to renovate its Eagle’s Nest restaurant “have been scrapped” in favor of adding a paddlewheel vessel at the east end of the area.
Sandidge said the city awaits matching funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve the riverfront area to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam area.
He also updated progress on road work, the Owens-Illinois project on Broadway, beautification projects, the city’s “for-
giveable loan program” to attract residents and efforts to keep Laclede Steel in the city.
Sandidge said the Alton Marina, which has an 85 percent occupancy, will be expanded with more slips.
“There are a lot of smaller boats, but the larger boats want to come in,” he said. “We are going to move the smaller boats in” toward shore, after
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Fire leaves family homeless
By DARRYL HOWLETT
Telograph staff writer
SOUTH ROXANA - Five members of a family are homeless after a fire, apparently started by a candle, destroyed their home Tuesday afternoon.
Steven and Stephanie Orlandini had been renting the house in the IOO block of Missouri Avenue. No one was injured in the fire.
“The husband and (two) kids were inside at the time of the fire,
which started in the children’s bedroom,” South Roxana Fire Chief Jim Eieh said “The one bedroom and bathroom received fire damage, and the rest of the house received smoke and heat damage."
The family, which includes children ages 5, 3 and 2, had been renting the house for three months and doesn’t have renter’s insurance.
“I picked up my daughter from school and went to Wal-Mart. When I came back, the house was on fire,” Stephanie Orlandini said.
Steven Orlandini said he was in his bedroom watching television with two of the children when he noticed smoke.
Orlandini said the fire was probably caused by a candle in his children’a bedroom The family cat was uninjured Firefighters from South Roxana and Roxana put out the fire in 20 minutes.
Steven Orlandini said the family would probably stay overnight with relatives in Wood River.
Students get look at black-owned businesses
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
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bn Payne, left, an SIUE graduate student from San Jose, Calif., and Joslyn E. Glasper of East . Louis look over items for sale at the cultural bazaar Tuesday in the Goshen Lounge of the Myte W. Morris University Center.
EDWARDSVILLE - A cultural bazaar had much to teach students at Southern Illinois University
The walls were lined with booths displaying the wares of black-owned businesses as well as businesses selling items with an African-American link.
Vendors said the students seemed to react well to the items and took some home to expand their minds “The students bought a lot of books with a black history theme," said Deborah Gipson, a member of the Black History Month Organizing Committee.
February is Black History
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