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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Boating popularity causing concern Page IMVol. 164, No. 143 — 50 cents YMCA provides interaction for disabled youth Page B-l BS&; I Lady Ha* high near 92, j ponder what low near 72    ;    might have been Page IM : Page C-l Monday, June 7,1999 www.thetelegraj)h.com Alton may see tax bill increase By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The good news is that property tax bills will be mailed on a timely basis to Madison County residents this month. The potentially bad news is that Alton may be one of two townships in the county to see a slight increase on those tax bills. However, Kerry Miller, chairman of Madison County’s Board of Review, said there’s no reason for Alton residents to fear a property tax increase yet. “People are saying their taxes are going up before the bills go out. You can’t calculate what you owe until the rates are certified by the county clerk. Nobody can say their tax bill is going up until they know what the tax rate is,” Miller said. Property tax assessments went smoothly throughout the county, which received a total multiplier of “one.” Only two communities had negative assessments — which means that the township assessor overvalued properties. They were Alton and Venice. “Venice’s problem is that they had a power plant reassessed and lost quite a bit of value on that. The school district was out a couple hundred thousand dollars,” said County Clerk Mark Von Nida. Alton, on the other hand, was one of several townships — along with Godfrey, Fosterburg, Moro, Olive, New Douglas and Omphghent — that was in the 4-year reassessment cycle this past year. The county is divided into four sections, with each section being reassessed once every four years. “One of the reasons Alton got a negative multiplier was the amount of increase due to the reassessment. It doesn’t necessarily mean the assessor is doing a bad job,” Miller said Von Nida added: “Being an assessor is a tough job Everybody wants their properties to be worth more when they go to sell it, but they want the property to be worth less when it’s assessed for taxes." ■ See BILLS. Page A-7 ^    For The Telegraph/JOHN LYON Members of the 1999 Carrollton Lady Hawks softball team were paraded through the streets of Carrollton Sunday afternoon in recognition of their playing in the IHSA Class A Softball State Championship. For more on the Lady Hawks, see Sports, Page C-1. Carrollton welcomes team back to the nest By LOUIE KORAC Telegraph sports writer CARROLLTON — For the second time in just over three months, the community of Carrollton welcomed back their beloved Lady Hawks from a state tournament. The Lady Hawks, who finished second in the Illinois High School Association Class A basketball tournament, came home a little sooner than expected in the IHSA Class A state softball tournament. The Lady Hawks bowed out late Friday night in the quarterfinals to eventual state finalist Lanark Eastland 1-0 and eliminated their dream of winning a state title. Despite the loss, the Lady Hawks were given a parade escort through town and to the high school on Sunday to congratulate them for their accomplishments this season. A smaller crowd turned out at Carrollton High School for the softball team than the basketball team, but nevertheless, everyone was very appreciative of a group that went 24-8 in volleyball, 35-1 in basketball and 34-4 in softball. Carrollton athletic director Greg ■ See TEAM, Page A-7Alton to receive $120,000 grant for industrial redevelopment i INDA m WPI I FR    redevelopment of the industrial area, including Telegraph staff writer    Phase One and Phase Two environmental site a r    assessments. ALTON — A forthcoming state grant will “With up to $120,000 available to each munic-help the city take its first steps in redeveloping ipality, this assistance can be the catalyst to its industrial corridor, particularly near the bring back to productive use sites that have Laclede Steel Co. property.     ——    been community eyesores or Alton officials learned    .    .    ,    potential hazards to the Wednesday in Springfield ii ' I'his assistance Can be environment,” said IEPA that the city will be receiv-    I the Catalyst to bring    Director Thomas Skinner, ing a $120,000 Illinois t)ack to prodllCtive Use Sites    Other Cities to receive Brownfields Redevelopment    ii f h f    Pnmrminitv    grants are    Effingham, Grant    tnat nave been community    Farmington and Macomb. Mayor    Don Sandidge    eyesores or potential hazards    The grant    money, for attended    the All Cities    to the environment.”    environmental    studies, can- Brownfields Conference    not be used for clean-up sponsored by the Illinois    Thomas    Skinner    costs. Environmental Protection    IEPA    director    Gov.    George    Ryan’s new Agency and the Illinois    Illinois FIRST program, Department of Commerce - however, includes a $10 mil- and Community Affairs, where he learned lion low-interest revolving loan program to about the grant.    assist both public and private redevelopers The money will be used to identify and evaluate any environmental problems preventing    B    See    GRANT,    Page    A-7 Hot car I ne i eiegrapn/MMnuic m. dmhinco ton Firefighter Tom Whitmore hoses down a car that burned Sunday at the corner of Homer lams Parkway and Alton Square Drive after an accident at the intersection. The car belonged to .win W/nct nf FHuuarricuillp Area/Illinois . .. . .A-3,8 Obituaries ..... .. .A-5 Bulletin Board . . .B-2,3 Arndt, Darr, Day, Hendrix Classifieds .... ... .C-6 Region........ . . .D-1 Comics....... ... .D-2 Scoreboard . . .C-2 Editorial...... ____A-4 Television .... . . .D-3 Nation/World .. . . . .B-4 Weather...... . . .D-4 Farming community is rich with history By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer SCOTTVILLE - Margaret Hettick is reviving the history of Scottville back to 1825 when pioneer Andrew Hettick settled on the land to build a log home and till the soil. “Scottville has a rich history back to the time when Abe More on Scottville, Page A-6 Lincoln was practicing law in Illinois,” Hettick said. The quaint town of Scottville is nestled on the prairie of northwest Macoupin County. Hettick and her husband, Ralph, have roots in Scottville, a farming community where pioneers came from countries .such as England and Ireland to plant corn in the early 1800s. “My great grandfathers, Isham Powell and John Harrison Dugger, settled around Apple Creek to till the soil,” said Hettick, who is proud of her family’s heritage in Scottville. Hettick was born in 1924 on a farm, the daughter of Ray and Opal Dugger Powell. When Hettick’s father died, her mother and five children, ■ See HISTORY. Page A-7 ;

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