Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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On the mat Alton loses dual match to Granite Qty
Page R-lLaclede may lay off 200 here
Owens eliminates st
50 jobs on shift Smurfit-Stone
By PAUL BRINKMANN
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — Fifty employees at Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. will be without a job after today, company officials said.
The company, at 315 Tolle Lane, is eliminating its midnight shift because of a downturn in world markets. A spokesman said the company hopes the layoffs will be temporary.
■ See OWENS, Page A-9
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
Paper mill, recycles paper into corrugated medium for cardboard packaging
Plant closure eliminated 242 jobs.
Laclede Steel Company
Steel works, turns scrap metal into semi-finished tubular and bar products
Plant employs 800 with an anticipated 180 to be laid off.
Total layoffs 472
Owens-Brockway Glass Containers, Inc.
Manufactures glass bottle-making machines and bottle inspection machines
Plant employs 505, with 50 to be laid off. These layoffs may be temporary.
Firm considers moving pipe mill
By PAUL BRINKMANN
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Laclede Steel Co. will lay off up to 200 steelworkers here and consolidate some operations in Pennsylvania unless a more cost-efficient alternative is found quickly, company officials said Thursday.
“The company feels that right now the choice for our tubular product is to consolidate in Fairless (Pa.),” said Mike Lane, Laclede’s chief financial officer. “The equipment there is more efficient, and moving that to Alton is
But Lane held out hope the layoffs might be avoided if a more efficient solution is found.
“The company remains willing to explore other possibilities with the union. All these things are subject to review by the bankruptcy court and our creditors. We are anxious for the union’s input.”
Lane said other Alton operations will remain for the time being, including the melt shop, the bar mill and the
See LACLEDE, Page A-9
Senate opens historic trial of president
Republican leaders want Clinton to testify
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Below, Raymond Nolte, 13, waits for Alton firefighters to chip footholes Into the ice to reach him Thursday after he slid down a hill at Milton Cemetery and hit his head on a concrete slab. Above, firefighters use ropes and a basket to lower Nolte down the ice-covered slope to a waiting ambulance.
WASHINGTON (AP) -Before a jury of IOO silent senators, House prosecutors Thursday demanded President Clinton’s removal from office, charging he had “piled perjury upon perjury” and obstructed justice. Senate Republican leaders suggested Clinton might be invited to testify at his impeachment trial.
“I think he should be invited, or at least I don’t have a problem with him being invited,” GOP Whip Don Nickles told reporters at the conclusion of the historic, six-hour trial session. Majority Leader Trent Lott also had expressed at least passing interest in the idea, Republican sources said. Lott’s office declined comment.
Inside the Senate chamber, where monumental issues of war and peace have been thrashed out for more than a century, the first presidential impeachment trial in 131 years trial unfolded in an atmosphere of uncommon gravity.
“Failure to bring President Clinton to account ... will cause a cancer to be present
in our society for generations,” asserted Wisconsin Republican James
Sensenbrenner, standing in the well of the chamber to address the senators and a nationwide television audience counted in the millions.
The nation’s 42nd president was in the White House, preparing for Tuesday’s State of the Union address, when Chief Justice William Rehnquist rapped the gavel and announced that the Senate would “convene as a court of impeachment.”
With the exception of two brief breaks, the trial remained in session until after dark as a string of House Republicans laid out their evidence. They buttressed their presentation with numerous images of Clinton on videotape, many of them of his testimony before independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s grand jury.
The prosecutors repeatedly used the word “conspiracy” to describe Clinton’s efforts to thwart court proceedings against him, making the argu-
■ See TRIAL, Page A-9
fighters flying off shelves
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
Gaping holes appeared Thursday on store shelves where windshield washer solvent, de-icer spray and sidewalk salt used to be.
GrandPa’s in Alton was down to three cans of de-icer, but more was on the way.
“We get a truck in every day,” said Come Laux, a service desk employee.
St. Peters Hardware in Alton had supplies of a variety of winter fighting fluids, such as de-icer and washer fluid.
“We got a truck in last night,” employee Celina Sams said.
Stores like Target, Schnucks, Sears Hardware and Quik Trip, all on Troy Road in Edwardsville, were out of windshield washer fluid and windshield spray
The Big Kmart in the same area had an ample supply after a delivery came in Thursday. Other stores were expecting deliveries today.
Kreige Hardware in Edwardsville had an ample supply of snow shovels but was short on washer fluid and de-icer.
“I got a shipment in earlier this week, but I sold it all," owner David Kreige said.
Freezing rain Wednesday hung around to cause problems Thursday.
About 30 people visited the Alton Memorial Hospital emergency room Wednesday and Thursday for weather-related injuries.
“It was bumps, bruises, sprains and a few fractures,” spokesman Rob Shelton said.
Among the injured was Ray Nolte, 13, of Alton, who crashed into a grave marker
while sledding down an ice-covered hill at Milton Cemetery in Alton.
Firefighters had to tie off ropes to reach Nolte, who suffered a mild concussion.
“We put him in a Stokes basket and slid him down the hill after putting him in a
■ See WINTER, Page A-9
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