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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Trade Cards acquire Decor outlet Page Cl Today s Food Stock and stow Get started on your holiday j foods early Page Bl I rn The outlook Sunny and    i    Specializing pleasant; high    I    in the out-of- 59. low 38    i    the-ordinary Page D8 Page DI Vol. 164, No. 306 - 50 centsWednesday, November 17, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comSanders resigns SIU post By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University President Ted Sanders announced Tuesday he is leaving Illinois for a Rocky Mountain high in Colorado. Sanders is leaving SIU to become president of the Education Commission of the States, a 30-year-old consortium of state and local interests focused on educational policy. The position with the consortium, which is headquartered in Denver, will be effective in February. -The ECS role in bringing together key actors to help shape the best of educational policy fits perfectly with my interests,” Sanders said. “No organization in America can match President joining education consortium    jr°'e together key actors to help shape the best of educational policy fits perfectly with my interests.” the character, depth and policy potential of ECS. I look forward to the challenge of making maximum use of those assets.” A D. VanMeter, chairman of the SIU Board of Trustees, called the commission’s gain SIU's loss. “The board and many in the university and general community will see our loss of a nationally known and respected leader as a significant setback in our constant efforts to have the university gain in stature and influence," VanMeter said “We are certainly grateful to (him) for what he has accomplished during his stay with us and will observe with interest and a good deal of collective pride the additional contributions he is sure to make to American education in his prestigious new position " Sanders was a finalist for the position as long as a year ago but withdrew his candidacy “after a good deal of thought about conditions at the university and what he felt was his professional and ethical responsibility for their improvement,” VanMeter said The search was renewed, and Sanders ■ See SANDERS, Page A9 Ted Sanders SIU president Murder trial begins Suspected drug dealer accused of killing man By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Greg Greer was a 16-year-old drug dealer when he killed a man in Alton over $65 in a dope deal gone bad, Assistant Madison County State’s Attorney Don Weber said Tuesday. During opening arguments in Madison County Circuit Court, Weber said Greer went to a house at 301 Main St. on Jan. 2 with his cousin, Jerry Greer, 26, to sell some crack cocaine to Christine Wilmans, one of the residents. Weber said the state intends to prove that the Greers talked to the victim, Courtney Stevenson, 29, of Godfrey, and attempted to walk out with the money but did not leave the cocaine. A struggle ensued, Weber told the jury, and Greg Greer allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Stevenson, who was not involved in the drug deal, Stevenson reportedly staggered back and said, “Call the police, I’ve been shot.” The struggle continued, and Stevenson pulled a knife from a holder and stabbed Greg Greer, the prosecutor said. ■ See TRIAL, Page A9 The Telegraph/john bauman Employees of Upper Alton Cemetery use leaf blowers to herd the thousands of fallen leaves in the cemetery into a burning pile this week. Dry fall turning fields into fire hazards (    .    ii    I    pc    in    St    I    ,nnis    for    1999.    tv “ Moisture level three inches below normal By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Firefighters are busy battling fires in dangerously dry grass, brush and farm fields across the area. “Fires spread fast through dry grass and weeds and can quickly endanger a home and property,” Wood River Fire Chief Guy Williams said. Wood River firefighters teamed up with fire departments from Edwardsville and Meadowbrook recently to fight fast-spreading fires along dry roadsides and cornfields near Belk Park in Wood River. A lighted cigarette carelessly thrown from a car into dry, brittle grass and weeds can quickly burst into a field of fast-moving flames, Williams said. “Gusty winds caused a fire to spread across a dry cwn field near Belk Park,” he said. “Five acres of corn and a util-itv pole were burned in the fire.” A long, dry autumn with unseasonably high winds has turned grassy fields, woods and corn stubble into fire hazards. “It’s dry as a tinder box in the grass and fields,” Edwardsville fire Capt. Ron Schrage said. A shortage of rain has held the moisture level to 31.52 inch es in St. Louis for 1999, two inches below normal for the first ll months of the year, said Tom Spriggs of the St. Louis National Weather Service. “The moisture is more than three inches below normal in the Alton area. The grass and fields are dry as a bone.” Williams cautioned people to be careful about burning ■ See HAZARDS, Page A9 Strikers hold vigils at homes of Bey Farm board members Contract talks scheduled to resume today Area/Illinois .......A3-7 Bulletin Board.......AS Classifieds .........C6 Comics ............B7 Editorial.........  •    ‘A4 Horoscope .........B7 Nation/world ... .A10;C6 Obituaries..........A5 •Baiters, Burton, Hancock, Hansel, Hendrix, Mansholt, Moore, Stone Scoreboard.........C2 Stocks .............D2 Television ..........B8 By KATHLEEN HILL and LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writers GODFREY — On the eve of another round of contract talks, AFSCME union members held surprise vigils Tuesday evening in front of the residences of Beverly Farm Foundation’s board of directors. About 14 supporters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ strike against Beverly Farm held glowing white candles, sang and prayed in front of the homes of Sophia Friedman and Roger Queen in Godfrey. “We wanted to let them be aware that they have a part in the strike,” said Local 3784 member Jerry Kennedy. Kennedy said the board members can tell Beverly Farm executive director Monte Welker to settle the strike and treat the workers with respect. Other AFSCME supporters held similar vigils at other board members’ homes in St. Louis, Moline and Chicago, said Andy English, public affairs associate for AFSCME. The union’s Local 3784 has been on strike since July 9 against the home for developmentally disabled adults at 6301 Humbert Road in ■ See VIGILS, Page A9 me I eieyi apn/ounn DAUMAN ed-tailed hawk swoops over the heads of students at Central Elementary School in xana Tuesday during a visit by members of the World Bird Sanctuary. See story, pho-. 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