Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Friday, June 11,1999
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Caution urged on Kosovo
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE Members of the area’s congressional delegation expressed optimism Thursday that the end of the war in Kosovo has been reached but urged continued caution as America’s role turns to peacekeeper.
“All of us understood from the beginning that at some point this mission would require peacekeeping troops,” said U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-111.
He and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-111., spoke by telephone Thursday from Washington, D C., one day after a pact was signed clearing the way for a long-term peace plan in Kosovo, a province of Yugoslavia, after nearly 80 days of NATO bombing of Serb forces and infrastructure.
President Clinton has committed the use of 7,000 U.S. peacekeeping troops as part of the NATO force that will be needed when and if the Kosovo peace plan is finalized.
■ See KOSOVO. Page A-9
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH
Greg Kerr, owner of Kerr Drug Store in Alton, serves up a cherry sprite, at right, to Nick Hausman, 15, one of the Alton High School students who came in during lunch period almost daily. Other students, left to right, are Brett Hartig, John Lasinski, Andy Galligan, Chris Nelson and Tim Grant, all 15.
Kerr Drug Store closing doors after 80 years
By ANGELA MUELLER” or discontinuing service to Telegraph staff writer smaller stores have forced
him to call it quits on a family ALTON — When Greg Kerr tradition, closes the doors at Kerr Drug “Smaller businesses just Store at 5 p.m. today, it will be can’t make it anymore,” Kerr for the last time. said. “There’s a reason why
After 80 years of filling pre- you don’t see corner drug-scriptions, selling cards and stores anymore.” jewelry and serving ice Kerr Drug Store has been cream, the Alton institution is operating in Alton since 1919, going out of business. when Kerr’s grandfather,
Kerr, pharmacist/owner of Speed Kerr, opened the store the family-run drugstore, 2512 at the corner of Washington College Ave., said low profit and College avenues. In 1928, margins from group prescrip- the store moved to its current tion card rates, stiff competi- location.
tion from chain drugstores and---
suppliers going out of business ■ See KERR, Page A-9Good Morning
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Hair salon target of racial vandalism
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Staff at a Milton area hair salon are dismayed over two racially motivated vandalisms but say the incidents aren’t going to deter them from earning an honest living.
When workers at D & K’s Hair Gallery, 911 Milton Road, arrived at work early Thursday, they found someone had used green spray paint to spell out a racial slur on the shop’s concrete entryway.
A month ago, someone had smeared the same word on the hair salon’s oversized picture windows, apparently using a piece of pizza, manager Donald Mason-El said.
The hair care business is in a predominantly white neighborhood.
On Thursday, Mason-El said his staff was trying to remove the offensive word from in front of the salon. He said he was disappointed but not angry about the incident.
“I’m above that ignorance, but they are letting us know we are not welcome here,” he said. “There is nothing we can do about people like that; we can’t change them.”
Mason-El said he does not know whether the vandalism to the black-owned shop was the work of juveniles or adults. He said he did not report the first vandalism to police but did file a report Thursday.
A police source said it was not yet known whether the report of the hate crime would be forwarded to the FBI; the
■ See SALON, Page A-9
The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN
Earth movers were hard at work Thursday morning leveling ground for the second building at the Gateway Commerce Center on Illinois Route 111 adjacent to the existing Dial Corp. warehouse.
Bulldozers signal Gateway growth
«TI7e may be all the way to Chicago VV if this keeps up.”
a partner in development
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Earth graders rolled over Gateway Commerce Center Thursday, while developers said a building boom in the Metro East is likely to continue.
Builder Ralph Korte, one of the partners developing the site, said Gateway is filling fast because warehouse space to the south has filled up.
The Lanter Co. started out in Madison, then developed a warehouse now occupied by Capri Sun and Hershey Co. at North Port Industrial Park off of Illinois Route 3 in Granite
City. Korte said clients are interested in occupying the remainder of the new, 407,000-square-foot building.
“We may be all the way to Chicago if this keeps up,” Korte said.
Jeff Lanter, one of the owners of the Lanter Co., said one customer has signed up to
occupy the new building at Gateway, although he declined to give the name of the company.
Mike Towerman, president of TRiSTAR Business Communities, said his company likely will continue to build at Gateway for the next 25 years.
A group of legislators, local officials and partners in the venture appeared Thursday at the groundbreaking for the second building to occupy Gateway Commerce Center. The Dial Corp. warehouse is just across the street from the Lanter site. The park is in unincorporated Madison County off of Illinois Route 111, near Interstate 270.
The building is being developed by a partnership of Lanter, TRiSTAR and Korte Construction Co. of Highland. TRiSTAR is the developer of the Gateway property. Lanter
■ See GATEWAY, Page A-9