Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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By KERRY SMITH
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Business leaders across town agree that the economic impact created by GrandPa’s has been positive.
The locally owned discount store opened its doors at 2600
Value City buys discount store
E. Homer Adams Parkway in October 1998. Value City Department Stores Inc. announced Monday it has purchased the Alton GrandPa’s store and 14 others in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Mayor Don Sandidge, who many credit as the individual who worked the hardest to bring GrandPa’s to Alton, said the continued presence of a discount goods store at this site has been a real plus for
“I think GrandPa’s has had a tremendous impact on the city of Alton,” Sandidge said Tuesday. “When we first heard Venture was closing, we put out feelers, and we were able to attract GrandPa’s. The fact
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Eva Faust of Bunker Hill found a spot on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus to study between classes Monday. Short sleeves were the rule as temperatures climbed into the 80 s.
Autumn falls to summer heat
Warm weather brought to us by La Nina
‘Record high temperatures were recorded on these dates
*79 degrees *85 degrees *79 degrees forecast 1982 1989 1971 .
Today Thursday Friday___
FOR THIS WEEK
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph Staff Writer
ALTON — A warm mass of southern air is pushing the autumn heat toward record temperatures this week across the area
“The unseasonably warm weather this week is nearing record temperatures set 15 to 60 years ago,” said Vince Acquaviva, a meteorologist at the St. Louis National Weather Service.
The temperature soared to 80 degrees Monday., just short of the 81-degree record temperature set Nov. 8, 1931, Acquaviva said.
The Tuesday afternoon temperature gradually climbed to 77 degrees, one degree short of the record high of 78 degrees set Nov. 9, 1975.
The Pacific Ocean current
Partly sunny Sunny and warm Sunny and warm Mostly sunny Mostly cloudy High 73, low 45 High 71, low 46 High 74, low 48 High 73, low 47 High 70, low 45
La Nina is causing a large warm air mass to move north through the Midwest,
Acquaviva said. “The warm, dry air will hang over Alton and St. Louis through Saturday.”
The temperature will climb into the 70s today through Friday, moving close to record temperatures for the second week of November, Acquaviva said.
The record temperature for today is 79 degrees, set Nov. IO, 1982. “The record for
Thursday, Nov. ll, is 85 degrees in 1989, and the record for Friday is 79 degrees on Nov. 12, 1971,” Acquaviva said.
The Indian summer of October and November has been unusually warm and very dry, Acquaviva said. “The dry months of September, October and November have dropped the moisture level below normal for the year,” he said.
About 31.52 inches of moisture has been recorded this year through Nov. 8,
below the normal 32.01 inches for the first IO months of the year, Acquaviva said
Heavy snow, rain and ice raised the moisture level five inches above normal for the first three months of 1999, Acquaviva said.
The rainfall stayed slightly above normal tor the year until late July, when a 100-degree dry spell parched the soil in cornfields, lawns and gardens. “The late summer and fall have been extremely dry,” Acquaviva said.
Beverly • Farm talks
Negotiations are first in four months
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY Representatives from Beverly Farm Foundation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who had gone four months without negotiating for a contract, sat down together Tuesday to resume where they left off July I.
Buddy Maupin, an AFSCJHE Council 31 regional director, attorney Ross Friedman of St, Louis and federal mediator Roger Hendrix met for about four-and-a-hall hours at the Federal Mediations and Conciliation Services Building in west St Louis County.
Steve Patsaros, human resources director at Beverly Farm, was at the building but did not sit in on the talks, said Monte Welker, executive director at Beverly Farm. Friedman, attorney for the
home for developmentally disabled adults, 6301 Humbert Road, consulted with Patsaros from time to time, Welker said.
•They primarily talked about sidebar issues," Welker said, reviewing where the previous talks had left off July I, before AFSCME’s strike against the home, which began July 9.
Welker declined to discuss the talks; Peter Schmalz, another regional director of AFSCME Council 31, said Hendrix ordered the two sides not to discuss Tuesday’s negotiations and also declined comment.
Participants set a tentative date for a second meeting Nov. 17.
Last week, three judges from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued an injunction forcing Beverly Farm Foundation to recognize
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Revenge called motive in slaying
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE Witnesses say an Alton teenager whose skeletal remains were found in Godfrey in 1995 was killed in retribution tor robbing the man who is now charged with his murder.
Possible motives for the June 24, 1995, slaying of Nekemar “Pookie” Pearson were suggested during the
Witness tells of seeing defendant shoot victim
opening day of the first-degree murder trial of James “Raven” Evans, 29, of Alton in Madison County Circuit Court.
Perhaps the most damaging testimony came from Clifton Wheeler, a convicted murderer who claims he saw Evans fire a 9 mm pistol into Pearson’s naked body, which
was left in a wooded area off Pierce Lane, not far from Rolling Hills Golf Course.
During his testimony, Wheeler stared straight at Evans, only looking away when asked to identify exhibits. Evans was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit murder for a plot he hatched while in Madison
County Jail to kill Wheeler and Alton tavern owner Lester Warr of Alton, whom he thought could tie him to Pearson’s death,
In addition to Wheeler, prosecutor Keith Jensen called ll other witnesses Tuesday to build his case
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The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH John Nichols, superintendent at Riverbend Contractors in Roxana, climbs a ladder to make a final check of the 28-foot lighthouse installed Tuesday at the Alton Marina. A beacon light will be installed in the top of the lighthouse later this week.