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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois Heartmade Treasures Hobby becomes a new career Page IM SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TSUBGRAPH* Summer arrives l*Heat wave hits area Page B-l The outlook Partly sunny, hot and humid; high near 93, low near 71 Page IM Back to state Tigers will defend their crown at tournament m Page C-l WVol. 164, No. 144 — 50 cents Tuesday, June 8,1999 www.thetelegraph.com The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN An aerial view shows the city-sized complex that makes up Wood River Refining Co. in Roxana, which Clark USA Inc., owners of the nearby Clark Refinery in Hartford, announced Friday that they would purchase. Economic officials believe sale is a slick move good thing’ Refinery sale ‘ Mayors say transaction beneficial to communities By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Area mayors are saying that Friday’s announcement that Shell-Texaco will sell the Wood River Refining Co. to Clark USA Inc. is a beneficial outcome for their communities. Hartford Mayor Ron Camell says there is some irony in the transaction, since he said Clark itself had some rough transitions locally during the past decade. “Clark has had some shaky times in recent history,” Camell said. “But this is just positive proof that the company is now completely capable of focusing IOO per- cent of its ener- {{/Mark has gies on the refin-    I vnrnvpn ery business.    V-/MIU veil vypn Clark has proven itself to be quite itself to be quite a contender in this & COntCIlQGr 111 both this industry.” Ron Carnell Hartford mayor industry.’ • Once plants merge operations, Clark USA    Inc. President and  _______ CEO William " Rusnack said the refinery will represent the seventh largest in the country, manufacturing 295,000 barrels per day. Carnell complimented the management of what has been known as “the Shell refinery” and the management of Clark’s Hartford facility. “Phil Schwin at Shell has done an excellent job, and so has Forrest Lauher, in overseeing the Clark refinery,” Carnell said. ■ See MAYORS, Page A-7 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — An economic development expert and a labor market economist agree that the sale of Shell and Texaco’s jointly-owned Wood River Refining Co. makes sense in light of the buyer’s and the seller’s upcoming changes in busi ness strategy. . River Bend Growth Association President Don Miller said the sale will likely mean an increase in the priority of the operations at the 80-year-old refinery. “Clark really wanted this (Shell-Texaco) refinery, whereas Shell is getting out of the refinery business," said Miller. “This is encour aging because Clark’s entire focus will now be on refineries, compared to only about 25 percent of Shell’s operations that were devoted to refining.” Last month, Clark USA Inc., under the subsidiary of Clark Refining & Marketing Inc., sold off all its retail stations to focus more on the firm’s refineries. Once the paperwork is completed on the Wood River Refining Co. sale, refinery plant manager Phil Schwin said Shell plans to focus on four areas of operation: lubricants, transportation, pipeline and marketing. Miller said current Wood River ■ See OFFICIALS. Page A-7 T • 700 Rolls in stock • Vinyl from 33< sq. ft. Carpet from 33< sq. ft. Pergo/Mohowk laminate Wood Flooring from $ I 99 >q. ar ^Perge Get your kicks at Festival 66 Celebration will feature classic cars, talent show Man pleads guilty to reckless homicide By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Before his death at the hands of a drunken driver, Robert T. Cunningham enjoyed playing Santa Claus, collecting arcade stuffed animals and delivering them to sick and needy children. “He was very well-loved by the community,” Madison County Assistant State’s Attorney James Buckley said. Now, the man responsible for Cunningham’s death faces up to seven years in prison as the result of a plea agreement reached Monday in Madison County Circuit Court. Darrell R. Smith, 39, of the 7000 block of Beneze Lane in Godfrey, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, the crime with which he was charged after his Ford Bronco broadsided a Chevrolet Caprice cab being driven by Cunningham last Dec. 23 at the intersection of Tolle Lane and Godfrey Road in Godfrey. The state has agreed to seek no more than a seven-year term, but Smith can also ask for probation, said his ■ See HOMICIDE, Page A-7 By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - This weekend will give everyone a chance to get their kicks without going far as Festival 66 rolls into town to celebrate the nostalgic heritage of the “mother road,” Route 66. The festival, which is in its third year, will give people a chance to cruise back to a simpler time with classic music, classic cars and activities for all ages, said Festival Committee Chairman Greg Schmidt. One of the annual highlights, the car cruise, won’t be headed for the coast, just across town. The trip will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Edwardsville Middle School and go to the Steak ‘n Shake at 2382 Troy Road. “We’re expecting to have 300 or 400 cars participate,” Schmidt said. Most of them will be classic or souped-up cars, but a couple of minivans always sneak in there.” Those minivans show that The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Rich Henry, left, and his wife, Linda, at Henry's 66 Service Station along Route 66 In Staunton. it’s not all about what has been. Part of what makes the festival special, Schmidt said, is that it is for everyone, including bystanders. “Everybody’s welcome,” he said. “Something that makes it special is the way people line up to wave as the cars go by.” A show to spotlight local talent is planned for Saturday night. The winner will proceed to a state-level talent contest next January. ■ See FESTIVAL, Page A-7 Area/Illinois .....A-3,8 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-7 Comics...........B-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......D-5 Obituaries........A-5 Bryant, Clark, Goeman, Gress, Lowe, Matthews, Saunders, Williams Scoreboard.......C-2 Stocks ...........D-2 Television ........B-3 ;

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