Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Vol. 164, No. 23
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February 7,1999 $1.50New vote format poses risks
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series about the consolidated April election.
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE Officials and candidates are concerned about the area’s first consolidated election, to be held April 13.
Although the new format is expected to eventually save
First consolidated election April 13
money, the switch will be a headache for election officials because of an increase in ballot combinations and the greater chance of voting errors, some officials say.
In addition, the election will create hundreds of “lame-duck” candidates on school boards.
This is the first time school
board elections have been held at the same time as the elections of municipal political figures.
Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida is busy training his 1,000 election judges, some on a one-on-one basis, about the new ballots. He is also producing a newsletter.
“The consolidated election
causes a terrific number of intersecting boundaries. For instance, even in a small town like Alhambra, there are eight ballot combinations,” Von Nida said.
A voter who lives just outside of Alhambra could vote within the Highland School District while a neighbor might vote within the
Livingston School District.
There were 60 ballot combinations in Madison County during the November general election, but there will be more than 150 in April.
“The logistics will be that much more complicated. The judges will have to get the ballots to the right booths and the voters to the right booths,” Von Nida said.
He hopes an “election night-
■ See VOTE, Page A-9
The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN
Beth Riewaldt, a naturalist with the World Bird Sanctuary, holds up a Harris hawk named Salsa for visitors to the Masters of the Sky program Saturday in the National Great Rivers Museum in the new visitors center at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam.
Sky riders: Wild birds tame spectators
Senate, nation watch tape of ex-intem’s testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monica Lewinsky told her story in public at long last on Saturday, testifying in videotape snippets before President Clinton’s impeachment trial and a nationwide television audience about a White House sexual affair and cover-up First House prosecutors, then the president’s defense team served up segments of her taped deposition to the Senate to buttress the case for and against Clinton’s conviction.
In portions .........
a1 knew I would deny the rela-
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Eight swift raptors amazed hundreds of spectators Saturday at the annual Masters of the Sky program in the National Great Rivers Museum
The birds, all but one raised in captivity at the World Bird Sanctuary west of St. Louis, flew low and fast over fascinated crowds. One bird, a bald eagle, had been rescued by the sanctuary after being shot.
The four presentations will be
repeated today(Sunday) at IO a m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at the museum inside the visitors center at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.
Cost is $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for
■ See RIDERS, Page A-9
aired at the behest of prosecutors,
said Clinton tiOIlShip.” had never *
instructed her to tell the truth in taped deposition
when word _
of the affair
began to leak, responding “correct" when asked if that were the case. “I knew I would deny the relationship," she also said.
But in tape shown by the Clinton defense team, she testified Clinton did not suggest she use their cover story in an affidavit she was to file in the Paula Jones lawsuit. In addition, she said she never thought the affidavit was to be false. Had Clinton suggested that, she said, “I would have remembered something like that, and I don’t.”
Lewinsky’s image lit up four large video monitors in the Senate chamber.
There was no indication that her testimony had shaken the prospects for Clinton’s expected acquittal on the two articles of impeachment by the end of the week. Already, Democrats were angling for Republican votes for a plan to censure the president after his acquittal
Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told reporters after the day’s trial session he thought a
■ See LEWINSKY, Page A-9
With a song in her heart
82-year-old gospel singer has been touching souls for 70 years
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — The sweet voice of Mable Meeks touches the heartstrings of people everywhere through soul-stirring gospel songs.
“The Lord put a song in my heart to make people happy with my music," said the 82-year-old singer from Alton.
For nearly 70 years Meeks has thrilled listeners, pouring out her heart with songs like “Amazing Grace.”
“My songs come from deep in my soul, from my love of the Lord Jesus Christ,” she said.
Gospel music has filled Meeks’ life since she was a toddler listening to her mother, Letha Everett, sing the old spiritual “Rock of Ages."
IVlfrom deep in my soul, from my love of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Sweet music filled our home when I was a child,” she recalled. “We listened to my mother’s soprano voice singing the old hymns.” Meeks’ mother sang familiar spirituals like “God Will take Care of You" and she shared her love of music with her children, Mable,
Marian and Ethel.
“I was 4 years old when I started to sing the old hymns,” Meeks said. “I’m 82 years old and still singing the music I love.”
Meeks’ two sisters, Ethel Keene and Marian Williams, grew up with music in their lives.
“Marian sang in the choir with me and Ethel played the organ at home."
Meeks was 13 years old when she first sang in the junior choir of the former Holy Temple Church in Alton.
Today, on Sunday morning, Meeks is in the choir of St. John Baptist Church on Market Street in Alton, a congregation she joined when she was 18 years old.
Meeks’ son, Gerald “Jerry”
■ See SONG, Page A-9
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Mable Meeks, 82, of Alton, sings her stirring gospel songs at St. John Baptist Church on Market Street in Alton.
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