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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois Bl r I lf Sports    v* Boys’ basketball j “ tips off Page Cl : SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836    — TELECiRA Region Painting history Page Bl The outlook Mostly sunny and warm; High 76, low 51 Page C8 Necessity Loss of hearing prompts Ralph Johnson to open center PageD Vol. 164, No. 298 - 50 cents I UGSUdy, leovciiiuci s*, Alton GrandPa’s included in sale of national chain Ohio’s Value City buys stores of tho “Wp nlan to offer the -—-—-"    “    The    Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A customer walks out of the Alton Grandpas store on Homer ^^^k^V. which wMI be sold along with the chain’s other stores in the St. Louis area to the Value City cham ct department stores from Columbus, Ohio. By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The Grandpa s chain of discount stores, including the popular Alton location, has been sold, participants in the deal announced Monday. Officials with Value City Department Stores Inc. and Gramex Corp., the parent company of GrandPa’s, said all 15 GrandPa’s stores in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area have been sold to the Value City chain of stores, based in Columbus, Ohio. Value City will close the stores later this month for complete renovations. By first quarter 2000, the GrandPa’s at 2600 E. Homer Adams Parkway, which opened about a year ago in the site ol the old Venture store, and all other GrandPa’s stores will reopen as Value City stores. Gramex Corp. owner and board chairman Tom Holley said Value City has assured him that the more than IOO employees at GrandPa’s Alton store are not in danger of losing their jobs as a result of the sale. “Value City has committed to keeping all existing GrandPa’s employees,” Holley said. Mike Tanner, president of Value City, confirmed that GrandPa’s employees at all locations will have the option of continuing work under the Value City name and that additional positions may be available. “We plan to offer the GrandPa’s sales associates continued employment and will interview other executives for possible placement with Value City,” Tanner said The offer was one Holley had been mulling over since a year ago, he said “We actually had this offer last October, just as we were getting ready to open the doors at the GrandPa’s store in Alton,” Holley said. “We just couldn’t pass it up any longer.” Holley said he is not going to retire but has not decided on his next professional venture. With the sale ot GrandPa’s,    Holley said Gramex will shift its focus to ■ See GRANDPA’S .Page A7 Prescription costs high for seniors Medicine prices add up for aging middle class By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer It is not unusual for Alice Lohr to spend more than $160 a month on medication tot her husband, Bud. The Godfrey couple are among the fortunate seniors in this area who still are able to afford the rising cost of pie-    — scription medicines But Gerry LeClaire, right, owner of the Godfrey Prescription Godfrey Prescription Shoppe shoppe in Godfrey, helps out Harold White with his wife s ■ See SENIORS, Page A7 prescription Monday. Area/Illinois........A3,6 Bulletin Board........B3 Business............DI Classifieds...........C7 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........D5 Nation/world.........B4 Obituaries...........A5 Allen, Budde, Coatney, Fox, Keller, Keshner, Longwisch, Sleeper,Tschannen Region..............Bl Scoreboard..........C2 Bev Farm contract talks resume today By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - Negotiators for AFSCME Council 31 and Beverly Farm Foundation plan to resume contract talks today in St. Louis. The bargaining talks follow an injunction that three judges from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued Nov. 2, ordering representatives of the home for developmentally disabled adults to recognize the American »Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and “We’re->ust VV going to go in and see what happens.” Steve Patsaros Beverly Farm human resources director to resume contract negotiations. ■ See TALKS, Page A7 Colleagues mourn Keshner’s death «TTe was easily the most loved person in Xlthis building.” Rod Taylor Madison County courhouse bailiff By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Gloom pervaded the Madison County Courthouse on Monday as employees, attorneys and others mourned the sudden weekend death of Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner. Black bunting was draped over the entrance to Room 247, where Keshner has presided for the last several years. Candles, photos and memorabilia were placed on a table blocking the entrance to the courtroom, which will be closed this week in his memory, Chief Judge Andy Matoesian said. Keshner was the first sitting circuit judge to die in Madison County since Austin Lewis of Madison in 1968. He died Saturday of what was thought to be a cerebral aneurysm. He became ill at his Godfrey home earlier that day and was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. The courthouse will be closed Wednesday until I p.m. so that court personnel can attend the IO a m. funeral at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey, Matoesian said. The process of finding a replacement for the 61-year-old Keshner won’t begin until after this week’s memorial services, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison said Monday. The Supreme Court will appoint a temporary replacement but is under no specific timetable to do so, preferring instead to take the time to find the right candidate, he said-    . . ,    .    , “I expect we’ll act fairly quickly, though,” Harrison said. “Madison County is a busy court.” Because Harrison represents Illinois’ Fifth Appellate District, which includes Madison County, he can make a recommendation to the ■ See KESHNER, Page A7 smorial display is set up Monday in front of the courtroom of Madison Tty Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner, who died suddenly last Saturday . ;