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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 'T'U'B? TOV T?#^TT yT UU im TTT!* JI JEftT^ViTPTT-rm-S- AT Teacher of Year Wal-Mart honors Grafton woman Page IM St. louis victory Cardinals fight then beat Dockers PageC-l The outlook Partly sunny and mild. High 65; low 50 Page IM Relay for Ufo Cancer Society benefit is set for June 4,5 Page B-lVol. 164, No. 129 —50 cents Monday, May 24,1999 Building mood County may raze highway garage for new one By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Officials are discussing demolishing Madison County’s 49-year-old highway building and building a modernized one. The county’s Highway Department works out of buildings that are fronted by Marine Road in Edwardsville and stretch along the intersecting Pin Oak Road The primary building officials are interested in replacing is the main tenance garage, which is the building closest to Marine Road and was built in 1950. “Mortar’s falling out of the ceiling The roof, door and windows are bad," said William “Skip" Krumeich, D- Edwardsville, chairman of the County Board Buildings Committee, which heard the preliminary proposal last week. Don Re^, D-Granite City, is the board’s Highway Committee chairman. He and county engineer Dave Dietzel presented the proposal. “The maintenance garage, which also has offices and a parts room, has no hydraulic lifts, and the heating is shot," Dietzel said. “The other buildings (behind the garage) are all in excellent shape " Rea said his committee had looked into building an addition to the garage, but he said it may be more feasible to tear down the old one and build a new one. “I’ve had preliminary discussions ■ See BUILDING. Page A-9Stopping to smell the roses May 21, 1949: Wood River twister left five dead EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series about violent storms that have hit the area. Reporter Ande Yakstis contributes an eyewitness account of one storm. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - On May 21, 1949, I watched a sunny day suddenly turn as black as night and saw a giant funnel cloud drop out of the sky over W’ood River. I looked into the air from the corner of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue and saw the clouds turn a strange green, then orange then black. The air was so heavy that you could hardly breathe. The time was 5:55 p.m. All of a sudden, I saw the twister drop out of the sky like a big, black snake, twisting and turning across the Standard Oil Co. refinery, crushing large, empty oil tanks like tin cans. Fifty years have passed, but residents still live with the horror of the day when the tornado tore through Wood River, killing five people and injuring more than 50. The ugly tail of the twister ripped a devastating path northeast through neighborhoods of Wood River, uproot- ii A ll at once, I was xx flying through the air among pieces of broken trees.”Photos Pages A-4,5 Kelly Judd victim of storm ing 100-year-old trees, splitting houses into pieces and hurling cars through the air. Kelly Judd was walking to Camp’s Drug Store at Sixth and Ferguson Avenue when the violent wind picked him off the ground and hurled him through the air. “All at once, I was flying through the air among pieces of broken trees,” Judd said after the storm. “I landed on the ground against a fence. I was cut and bruised, but I was lucky to be alive." The tornado snaked a deadly path five blocks wide through homes along Seventh, Eighth and Ninth streets and Madison and Ferguson. The twister skirted Roxana and turned its fury toward Edwardsville Road, the Brushy ■ See TWISTER. Page A-9 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Kathy Plough, of Golden Eagle admires the roses in bloom Sunday at the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden at Gordon Moore Park in Alton.SIUE, teachers collide in court over parking fees By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - More than two years after it began, no one seems able to pave over the parking fee dispute between SIUE and a teachers union. So, once again, parties will leave the campus lots and drive to a neutral forum: this time, the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield. Arguments are expected to be heard next month on whether the university has the right to keep in place a three-year, $55 fee increase that it began implementing in 1996. The dispute comes down to this: SIUE believes it can raise the fees without having to bargain with its unions. The Illinois Education Association, on the other hand, says parking fees are a “condition of employment” that must be bargained, since the campus’ location dictates that most Good Morning Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board B-2,6 Classifieds C-8 Comics B-4 Editorial ......A-6 Horoscope B-4 Nation/world .. .B-3 Obituaries.....A-7 Harbaugh, Keenan, Kelly, Monroe, Twarog, Shephard, Slaten, Wallace Scoreboard____C-2 Television.....B-5 workers must drive to it. An administrative law judge and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board both agree with the union. Conditions of employment, which also cover such things as hours and pay, are mandatory subjects of bargaining, according to the Illinois Labor Relations Act. Last fall, the labor board ruled that the university must bargain the fees and ordered the school to rescind any increases enacted from 1996 to 1998. SIUE appealed that ruling to the appellate court and asked for a stay of the rescission until the appeal is complete. “Rather than sitting down and bargaining, the university decided to spend more taxpayer money on their attorneys and appeal this,” said Mike Cook, UniServ director for Region 45 of the IEA, who is ■ See FEES, Page A-9 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the teachers union are locked in a dispute about fees for parking on the campus. Benld to celebrate heritage at festival By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BENLD — Townspeople of Benld will relive their Italian heritage May 28-31 at the 46th annual Italian-American Days celebration. The history of Italian families in Benld dates to the early 1900s, when families immigrated from Italy to work in the prosperous coal mines aroundHard-working coal mining town Page A-8 town. “We invite everyone to come to Benld and join us to celebrate Italian-American Days with delicious food from old Italian recipes, games, music and fun,” said Angelo Saraeco, 80, a descendant of a historic Italian family in Benld. The festival was started 46 years ago by the Italian Club, with such prominent Italian names as Nisio Berutti, Anton Fassero, John Ciprano, Mike Fazio, Ben Tarro, Louie Baima and Albert Bertagnolli, said Jerry Saracco, one of the coordinators of the four-day public event. “Italian-American Days is known throughout the state for its fine Italian foods and games,” Saracco said. He is president of the Italian Club; his brother, Ed, is treasurer; Larry Goldasich is vice president; and John Balzarine is secretary. “The club was started to help the community of Benld,” Angelo Saracco said. “The new pavilion in Benld was built ■ See BENLD, Page A-9 I THURSDAY, MAY 27 lirTAmrnpifti/rn/f WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY MAY 28 "Fluid Drive" SATURDAY MAY 29 and SUNDAY MAY 30 "Soul Reunion" > fj The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Madison County's Highway Department works out of buildings that are fronted by Marine Road in Edwardsville and stretch along the intersecting Pin Oak Road. A » ;