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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois ISERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Dangerous Accidents plague Dial Corp. entrance Page B-l Mystery solved Comicbook creator bought 70th home run ball Page GI Tho outlook Partly sunny and mild; high near 55, low near 46 Page EW Vol. 164, No. 25— 50 centsTuesday, February 9,1999 After the rain The normally trash-filled ditch along Old Edwardsville Road in Roxana was clean Monday after overflowing from recent heavy rains and leaving its trash along the roadside. Farmer Tom Prager used a shovel to channel standing water from his soybean field into a nearby ditch north of Fosterburg on Monday. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Farm fields remain flooded By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - Things are returning to normal for residents in South Roxana after fighting flooding problems over the weekend. However, land owners just south of the village still have plenty of standing water in farm fields after weekend rains left more than 2 inches of water. South Roxana Public Works fore man Allen Anderson said two employees worked through Sunday night to pump the water out. “Everything’s just fine,” Anderson said Monday. “All the water’s gone. We (started) around 5 p.m. Sunday and pumped the water until sometime overnight. We just opened all the ditches to make sure everything was running. We’ve been out cleaning the ditches preparing for anymore rain. With two people working, we’re doing the best we can.” Jack Helmkamp, a co-owner of family-owned farm property just south of the village, said for now planting season will go according to schedule. “There’s still a lot of water standing,” he said. “It’s farm ground and it’s not planting season Planting season usually starts in late March or early April Eventually the water ■ See FIELDS, Page A-7 Business of the month Pharmacies have prescription for success Page IM Touchdown for board Bethalto vindicated after appellate court reverses CM suspension decision By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - The Bethalto Board of Education has been vindicated in its stand in the case of nine football players suspended in October in violation of the district’s zero-tolerance policy on alcohol use. At a press conference Monday evening, Bethalto School Board President Tom Beiermann read a statement announcing that on Friday the Fifth District Appellate Court had reversed and remanded Judge Phillip Kardis’ decision allowing nine football players to finish the season on the field in spite of the school’s disciplinary policy." Beiermann said he was extremely please with the court’s unanimous ruling. “It means the decision we made was correct and we acted according to policy,” Beiermann said. “I am ■ See BOARD, Page A-7 Ducks ready to fly after bout with death By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON - After a bout with death, ll mallard ducks are free to live again in the wild. The ducks were covered with oil from a Wood River Refining Co. oil spill in Hartford on Jan. 13. The spill, which took place along the Mississippi River, was apparently caused by a broken pipe. Workers with Treehouse Wildlife Center Inc. near Brighton have treated the 18 ducks that survived the spill, which killed five ducks. “We released ll of them last Monday," said Pam Lippert, clinic supervisor at the center. “We have seven of them remaining at the center and they will proba-. bly be released within the next week We had three people from Tri-State (Bird Rescue and Research) working on the ducks along with ten people from Treehouse.” ■ See DUCKS, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Treehouse Wildlife Center Inc. volunteer Pam Lippert holds one of seven ducks who remain at the shelter after being treated for exposure to diesel fuel from a Jan. 13 spill by the Wood River Refining Co. into the Mississippi River at Hartford. Workers recently released 18 of the 25 ducks being treated and hope to release the others next week. Good 38 fVtorninu Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Bulletin Board .D-5 Business......D-1 Classifieds C-7 Nation/World . .C-5 Obituaries.....A-5 Ashlock, Congecton, Desper, Hamm, Herzog, Hill, Holliday, Lefter, Marks, Niemeier, Ozee, Reid, Soper, Suire, Wanick, Webb Scoreboard ... .C-2 Final SIUE chancellor candidate visits campus By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The last of three candidates for the SIUE chancellor post to visit campus is a former SIUE professor and administrator whose current post is just across from Cincinnati. Paul Gaston, provost and executive vice president at Northern    Kentucky University, said Monday he spends much of his time keeping contacts with leaders in Cincinnati. He said building such relationships would be a key part of his effort as chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He said he was a member of a group called Leadership Cincinnati, a Chamber of Commerce organization, as well as a member of the Covington Business Council in Covington, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. “It sends a message that we don’t stop at the river,” Gaston said Monday at an open meeting on campus of faculty, staff and members of the public. “I even did a tour of duty with a police officer," Gaston said in describing his activities in the larger city. Responding to a question from the audience, Gaston said that as chancellor he would expect to take the lead in developing new sources of revenue for the university. “It will not happen unless ■ See SIUE, Page A-7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES Paul L. Gaston, a candidate for chancellor at SIUE, answers questions Monday during a visit to the campus. if. V RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIAL CARPETING OVER 700 ROUS IN STOCKI PRICKS STARTING AT JUST DISCOUNT CARPET Sin 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 465-2622 ;