Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois
By SUE HURLEY
‘ For The Telegraph
GRAFTON — A special committee of .the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway ended months of wrangling Wednesday as it unanimously approved a set of i bylaws that will govern the I way it does business.
Combining sets of organizational rules now being used by other byway councils around the country, the group’s ad hoc bylaws committee came up with a 12-article set of bylaws approved during a meeting at Grafton’s City Hall.
The IO original members of I the byway committee, gi appointed by the Illinois j* Department of Transportation a year before the 50-mile I stretch of highway was designated a scenic byway by the
Administration last June, I have been working for six | months to devise a set of bylaws.
During that time, the group has been criticized at public meetings for not moving more
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PageC-1 www.thetelegraph.comSentencing in Dill deaths delayed
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - A Moro man who has admitted causing the crash that killed his girlfriend and cousin says he still has a problem with alcohol, partly because of their deaths.
Ronald G. Hansen, 21, must wait at least another week to find out if he will go to prison for the November 1997 deaths of his cousin, Theresa L. Crnnedy, of Bethalto, and
ii Tdon’t know how much more of this I lean take.”
Hansen faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty last June to two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence. His attor ney has asked that he be sen-
mother of one victim
tenced to probation.
Hansen, the two victims and another cousin, Clifton Smith, were coming home from a night of drinking in Bethalto and Carlinville in a car driven
by Hansen. Hansen apparently missed a curve and the car slid sideways into a tree. The crash took place just before dawn on Hilyard Township Road, one mile south of Plainview and 12 miles south of Carlinville in Macoupin County. Smith and Hansen both were uninjured in the crash.
The sentencing hearing was a morbid family gathering. On one side of the courtroom sat
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Robin M. Miller, 19, of rural Jerseyville.
A twice-delayed sentencing hearing was continued again Wednesday after almost three hours of testimony in the
Carlinville Miller courtroom of Circuit Judge Joseph Koval.
Koval granted a defense
request to call a witness to rebut testimony offered by the brother of one of the victims. That testimony will take place Feb. 19.
.“I don’t know how much more of Cannedy this I can take,” said Theresa Cannedy’s mother, Vicky, of Bethalto.
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Traffic makes its way up the Great River Road, designated last summer as a National Scenic Byway, as a towboat pushes its load of barges downstream Wednesday on Alton Lake.
School Board plots strategy in football case
Officials await appellate court order
By REBECCA HOPKINS
Telegraph staff writer
BETHALTO - No action was taken after the Bethalto School Board met with its attorney Wednesday night in the case of nine Civic Memorial High School football players.
The board met in executive session at its administration building, 322 E Central, for nearly two hours After the board adjoured, School Board President Thomas Beiermann released this statement:
“This meeting was called as a working session, and no action can be taken tonight. We are pleased with the appellate court’s order. A decision regarding the suspensions is not appropriate until the order becomes final.
“Our attorney advises us the “Mandate” from Mt. Vernon could be received in approxi mat,ely 21 days, unless an appeal is filed. We will address the conclusion of this matter at that time.”
Attorneys for the players, Bob Ramsey and Greg Tobin, were present but were asked to leave the building. They waited outside for about an hour before deciding that the hoard did not want to address
“We never had the opportunity to speak to the board,” Tobin said “They are apparently not interested in talking to us. We were going to give the board the opportunity to answer our proposal that the young men perform a specified number of community service hours and that all litigation be terminated immediately.”
Tobin said he would like the two parties to participate in a joint press conference to announce a resolution and the intent of the parties to work together for the betterment of the children and community.
-We strongly believe that several players were not guilty of anything," Tobin said “It s hard for the parents to accept punishment of a child when they believe him innocent of any wrongdoing."
The board called the session to discuss legal strategy and disciplinary options regarding the players. The players were suspended from the team in October 1998 for allegedly drifting alcohol at the home of one of the players. Drinking alcohol is a violation of a code of conduct each student-athlete
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Kendall Hill rejects fire service contract
By DARRYL HOWLETT
Telegraph staff writer
WOOD RIVER - Contract negotiations concerning fire protection services between the Kendall Hill subdivision and the city of Wood River have hit a wall
Representatives from Kendall Hill rejected the city’s proposal Jan. 19.
The contract calls for residents to pay the city of Wood River $12,000 annually for fire protection services. That is the same amount residents have been paying for several years, according to Wood River city officials.
Kendall Hill, which receives water services from the city,
has been operating without a contract since May I, 1998, although the Wood River Fire Department maintains protection services.
The previous agreements consisted of a four-year contract that lasted from May, I, 1993, to April 30, 1997, followed by a one-year contract that ended April 30, 1998 “We offered them a contract,” Wood River City Manager Thomas Christie said. “They turned it down. What the city’s response will be is not determined. That will be decided at the next (City Council) meeting (Tuesday).” The city of Wood River could
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Chris Tepen, an employee of Ostmann General Contracting Inc. in St. Peters, Mo., works inside the new Godfrey McDonald’s restaurant under construction on Godfrey Road Wednesday. Mild weather is helping the progress of the restaurant, which will seat 85 to 90 people when completed this spring Owners Dick and Susan Bold, who also own the Alton and Bethalto franchises, will hire 65 to 70 people