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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois Gray named to Housing Authority By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The City Council Wednesday named James Gray, president of the Alton Chapter of the NAACP, as a commissioner on the Alton Housing _ Authority. The 5-2 vote for approval came amid controversy over whether Mayor Don Sandidge’s appointments could be laid over in committee so aldermen could take time to consider them. Questions also arose about whether Gray’s position with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People could pose conflicts of interest if he served on the five-member board of commis- Gray sioners. Voting against Gray’s appointment were 5th Ward Alderman Charles Brake and 6th Ward Alderman Gary Fleming. “I have always supported your appointments,” Fleming told Sandidge. “But your appointment is a potential conflict of interest. He would have access to files on the clients” and other information. "I would like to talk to our (Madison County) State’s Attorney Bill Haine concerning that.” At the conclusion of the meeting, Fleming said his vote and comments were “nothing personal” against Gray and he wished him well. “I know you will do a good job.” First Ward Alderman Tom Hoechst said that in his two years in office, Gray’s appointment appeared to be ■ See GRAY, Page A-9 Mother voices concerns about school playground SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Still going strong B&RAuto Body marks 30 years Page D-l Vol. 164, No. 41 — 50 cents On ice Mermaid’ comes to Kiel PageC-l The outlook j Partly cloudy i and wanner; • high 55, low near 36 Page EM) : MHOMMiwHaMenHe Sotting his sights McGwire talks about goals for the season Thursday, February 25,1999 Page B-l Grandpa Jim sings one of his biblical tunes Wednesday at Faith Luthern Church in Godfrey. Grandpa Jim thrills youngsters By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Pupils at the Faith Lutheran Church and School were entertained by a new family friend Wednesday morning. Dressed in beige slacks, a checkerboard shirt and a green vest, Grandpa Jim, a nationally known children’s entertainer, performed a number of songs and told biblical stories about what God promises to mankind Grandpa Jim — whose real name is Jim Likens — won a 1997 Angel Aw ard for his storytelling. The awards are given to national programs that promote family values and quality entertainment for children. “I guess the thing I like about entertaining kids is their innocence. For the most part, they have not been jaded by the world. They love music, they love to listen, and I love to sing for them.” ■ See GRANDPA, Page A 9 The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES Dawn Denother, 11, of Godfrey, watches Grandpa Jim perform Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey. Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds ... .C-7 Comics.......C-4 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .C-4 Nation/world .. .C-6;D-5 Obituaries A-5 Baugh, Bierbaum, Charlton, Cox, Fowler, McNesh, Nodine, Robbins, Silas, Stemm, Svoboda, Swann Scoreboard B-2 Television C-5 By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - A district mother addressed the Bethalto School Board during Wednesday evening’s meeting with concerns about the playground conditions at Parkside Elementary School. Toni Davis, mother of two children attending Parkside, told the board that children are not allowed to play on playground equipment because of the mud surrounding the equipment. She said pupils at Parkside are restrained to a parking lot during recess, which she called a safety hazard “Parking lot means just that — cars coming in and out to park, and not always in a safe and slow manner,” Davis said. She also referred to a handicap access ramp to the playground equipment that she says has shifted due to moisture, leaving a gap between the ramp and equipment large enough to pose a safety hazard. “Standing within view of the play area is an unusable piece of $28,000 worth of playground equipment,” Davis said Dr. Sandra Wilson, principal of Parkside Elementary, said the school is waiting to receive materials to fix the ramp to the equipment. She said that children are not allowed to play in the grassy area of the playground ■ See MOTHER, Page A-9 Pupils get shot at TV ‘tame’ Thursday, Feb 25"STONEBRAKER" am rnBonAiP WEEKEND BANDSFriday, Feb 26 "JULES BLATTNER" Sat/Sun, Feb 27/28 /"TWILIGHT JUMP" £ I $|E am) they h*«* * chant* «l t**n. Ottutn Mutt* IM *)>*** I ll Intr •«*<! IM tt**nttMW « I tnt rn 4«t !*•**» t*« ***** i'VVVV/ ail s <« lky.'v£* ,*■& .'-v MVA/ The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES y Faustian, 9, left, gets some help with cue cards from Joe Denny white taping a weather seg- U/AHvtAeHttii at ronfral £ la manta rw Qrhnnl in Qnvana By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — Elementary pupils flew through the air, talked on the beach and ran down city streets, all during assemblies Wednesday at Central Elementary School in Roxana The assemblies, titled “Lights, Camera, Action,” gave kindergarten to fifth-grade pupils the chance to become television stars as they learned how television programs are produced. Mobile Productions Inc., an educational production company from Michigan, presented the assemblies. Throughout the day, pupils from each of the grade levels met in the school cafeteria, where a bright green backdrop was set up before video cameras and other video equipment. The pupils performed in front of the green backdrop. The producers from Mobile then transported the pupils from the school cafeteria to locations such as the beach, a farm, ski slopes or even the set of Disney’s movie “The Lion King.” Other pupils, while lying on a black box with their arms stretched out in front of them, saw themselves suddenly flying through the air. One group of pupils gave weather reports in front of a full weather map. ■ See FAME, Page A-9 ;