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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois rnSERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook Chance of showers and thunderstorms; high near 80, low near 62 Page IM Jersey coach ends long career Page C*1 Page B-l MHM 50 cents Monday, May 17,1999 when Andrea apparently stepped off the sandbar and into a deep pool with a swift current. Andrea’s body was found at about 7 p m. by divers Tim Nesbit and Pat Tanner from the    Bubblemasters Underwater Rescue Team (BURT) who were called in to aid in the search. Her parents’ names were not available at press time. The accident happened By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - A 7-year-old girl drowned after stepping off a sandbar into 15 feet or more of water in Piasa Creek just north of Godfrey on Sunday afternoon. Andrea Sweeney, along with her sister, Billie, IO, and brother, Mike, 3, and five other children were taken swimming by a baby sitter around 4 p m. near the West Delmar overpass over Piasa Creek in about 15 to 20 feet of water The baby sitter, Nancy Ash, had apparently taken two of her own children and six others on the outing. They had been in the water approximately 20 minutes when Andrea disappeared. Ash and the children are from the East Alton-Wood River area. ■ See GIRL. Page A-7 Llf0tS|aAAh hUHnCu Service lead a distraught Nancy Ash to an ambulance^oMrans-S u n d ay w^» e r^o ne o/t he child re n^ro w ned° h'1 d r 9 n 0n a swimmi"9 excursio" t0 Piaaa Creek on Members of the Lifestar Ambulance Service and Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps '/n the water at Piasa Creek, where a 7-year-old girl drowned Sunday. Residents step up to help fight disease By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Twenty-eight River Bend residents dusted off their walking shoes Sunday in a 10-kilometer effort to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The organizers of the Great Strides event, which was held in Russell Commons Park and sponsored by Massey-Yost Pharmacy, hoped to raise nearly $3,000 from volunteer participation. Each walker in the event was asked to try to raise at least $100 by soliciting sponsors for $2 per kilometer. Ten kilometers is equal to 6.2 miles. “We asked each walker to donate $20, in addition to signing sponsors,” said Nellie Briggeman, one of the organiz ers, who recently lost a nephew to cystic fibrosis. Many of those participating in Sunday’s walk had been personally touched by the genetic disease that affects 30,000 people in the United States. Brussels Mayor Sarah Kinder drove down just to make a contribution. “My son Chris, 23, has cystic fibrosis,” Kinder said. “We’ve been very fortunate that he has enjoyed good health, but as he gets older, it gets harder for him to rebound from an episode.” Chris now is facing some financial insecurities because he no longer can be carried on his parents’ health insurance and he is not eligible from his employer. The family currently is checking into options for ■ See FIGHT, Page A-7 . _.    ,    I    mo i oieyrapn/iviMnvjl t M. dAp Laurie Edwards, of Bethalto, pulls her two daughters, Holh and Abby, 4, Sunday during the 10K Strides Walk for Cy Fibrosis at Russell Commons Park in Alton. The family lo friend to the disease eight years ago. Tax bills may arrive on time By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Due to cooperation from the state, Madison County residents are expected to get their property tax bills by the end of June, County Clerk Mark Von Nida said. Officials had predicted last month that the bills wouldn’t be mailed until mid-July, which could have caused problems for taxing bodies relying on tax revenue to keep their bills paid. If the bodies don’t get tax revenue on time, they have to rely on borrowing to pay their bills and payroll. “The quicker (taxing bodies) get their money, the more possible revenue they can get from interest,” Von Nida said. School districts receive about 65 percent of county property taxes, municipal governments get about 15 percent, the county gets IO percent and special districts get IO percent. The IO percent that returns to the county goes into the general operating 'budget, along with fee revenues, fine revenues and sales tax from unincorporated areas. “It’s difficult to say whether the bills going out later would actually cost taxing districts money. We’d have to do a further survey to find out what having the money a little later means to each district,” Von Nida said. ■ See BILLS, Page A-7 By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON - On Memorial Day, World War II veterans Merle Schmidt and Elmer Bott will join townspeople at a parade to salute hometown veterans who went to war. “The people of our town are patriotic folks,” said Bott, 81, a U.S. Navy veteran who answered the call with other Brighton soldiers to fight in World War II. The history of Brighton’s O    ... i    ..... „    The    Telegraph/ANDE    YAKSTIS Proud World War ll veterans Merle Schmidt and Elmer Bott stand in front of the Veteran's Memorial of American Legion Post 476 in Brighton Cemetery where a Memorial Day service will be celebrated to honor veterans. young people who served their country in the armed forces comes alive in the Brighton Heritage Museum. “Young men and women left their hometown of Brighton to serve on the battlefields from the Civil War in I See BRIGHTON, Page A-7 Area/Illinois A-3,B-3 Bulletin Board...A-6, B-2 Classifieds................C-6 Comics......................D-2 Editorial.....................A-4 Nation/World.............A-8 Obituaries.................A-5 Brumley, Couch, Demas, Haller, Lowry, McCaherty, Meyers, Peoples, Sander, Williamson Scoreboard...............C-2 New executive director takes over at the YWCA By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The YWCA’s new executive director, Colleen Carpenter, wants to help youngsters follow their dreams in life. "I strive to motivate young people to trust and believe in themselves, to set good goals in life and pursue them,” Carpenter said. Carpenter, 41, started as the new executive director on April 26. She’s excited about working with the staff to help shape the future programs of the YWCA in Alton. She is a mother of three children and has a special ■ See YWCA, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Colleen Carpenter is the new executive director of the Alton YWCA. THURSDAY, MAY 20 ll tiptops WEEKEND BAWDS FRIDAY, MAY 21 II SATURDAY, MAY 22 and SUNDAY, MAY 23 FANTASY” “JULES BLATTNER a ;