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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois www.thetelegraph.com \smi I ~ *    ti i $387 I I more 1 than 1 I I I I I Coupons and special offers I I inside most editions I I  __...---    * Spouts <§le Clash of titans Rams to take on Tennessee and Hentrich Page Bl lye on the future Lon Smith is in his fourth term as Wood River mayor Page DI W HEELSaDEA KS Subaru legacy Continuing to find new riches PageC The outlook Mostly cloudy and mild. High 69; low 53 Page DGood Morning Area/Illinois .. A3-9 Bulletin Board .. A Classifieds C3 Editorial.......A Horoscope .... .D Nation/world ... A10.1Obituaries A6 Ballard, Gallet, Hoffman, Jenkins, Savage, Wilfong Scoreboard .... C Stocks ........ D f I IWW rn J J J!. I. 164. No. 289 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 October 31. 1999    $1.50 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Olivia Brice, 3, watches the annual Alton Halloween Parade, including part of the St. Paul United Methodist Church float from Brighton, left, Pa»sJ>y his double exposure photo as she sits on the shoulders of her aunt, Fransetta Brice of Alton, near the start of Saturday night s parade on East Broadway Saturday night. Parade is family delight By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Three generations of Joan Paddock's family oined the thousands of specta-ors lining the downtown streets Saturday night to watch Alton’s 83rd annual Halloween Parade. Paddock, 76, has watched more than 40 Halloween parades make their way down Broadway through the years. This year, she was joined by her daughter Martha Lewis and Lewis’ two daughters. “I haven’t missed one in years,” Paddock said. “I’ve frozen to death, Ive been rained on, but I haven’t missed a parade.” This year, spectators left the jackets and umbrellas at home and enjoyed the warm fall weather while watching the parade. While waiting for the parade to being, Paddock reminisced about more elaborate parades during the years when industries thrived in Alton “I remember when the glassworks used to have tremendous floats and the different plants all had floats,” she said. “But the last two years have been really good parades, too." The families of Sherri Farniok and Kelly Lemons, both of Godfrey, watched the parade from the back of a borrowed pickup truck parked along East Broadway. The families’ five children, ranging in age from 18 months to 8 years, patiently sat on blankets and in lawn chairs for more than an hour before the parade passed them by. “We had to come early to get a good spot because the kids are just dying to get some candy,” Farniok said. Farniok’s son, 6-year-old Jared, condensed all the wonders of the parade into one short phrase. “I like the candy," he said. Young and old spectators were entertained by a parade including exhibits that crossed community boundaries. Marching bands from three area high schools, emergency personnel from more than five communities, and businesses from a variety of local towns and villages joined the holiday affair. The crowd cheered when Ferrellgas’ fire-breathing dragon passed by, laughed at the antics of the Shriners veering in and out of traffic on their three-wheeled vehicles, ■ See PARADE, Page A11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda, the Witch of the North, ham it up on the Alton High Thespian Troupe 126 float. SIUE tackles idea of football program BY DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The student voices crying out for football at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have reached the ears of school officials. The university has begun a study to explore obtaining a football program. “It’s great,” said Sharissa Holliday, 20, a sophomore at SIUE. “It will bring in revenues and have a positive impact overall.” “I’m in support if there is support. For myself, I probably won’t attend a game, but if everybody wants it, ifs a good idea,” said David Eckhard, a junior. Eckhard and Holliday said they thought a football team would greatly improve the image of the university. Eckhard said he thinks it is only natural for a school to have a football program and that SIUE should have one. “Ifs almost as bad as you going to a school and they say ■ See SIUE, Page AilCandidate won’t speak ill of foes BY DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - He has declared himself a candidate for office, but Democrat G.O. “Pin” Bloodworth won’t play the game to gain votes for the 20th District, congressional seat. “I don’t have animosity with anyone that’s running,” said Bloodworth, who will run for the Democratic nomination in the March primary for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville. “I’d rather not comment on For The Telegraph/CURTISS A. HARTLEY Democrat G.O. “Pin” Bloodworth is seeking the nomination in the March primary for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville. anybody at this time.” Bloodworth, a U.S. Navy veteran, will rely on his life experience rather than defaming other candidates. He emphasizes his lifelong residency in Granite City and Macoupin and Madison coun- ■ See CANDIDATE, Page A11 Open boarding boosts Alton Belle’s coffers By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - During its first three months of open boarding on the Alton Belle Casino, Argosy Gaming Co. saw an immediate payback of 35 percent more revenues from the gambling boat than it earned during the same quarter last year. The jump in revenues — from $17.2 million during the third quarter of 1998 to $23.4 million in the third quarter of 1999 — was vastly more than corporate officials had hoped for, confirmed G. Dan Marshall, vice president, treasurer and director of investor relations. it is more than either we or Wall Street had projected,” he said. “It was a very nice increase in revenues. Before open boarding, we had been running IO percent to ll percent more revenues than last year.” Marshall attributes the revenue increases in Alton to patrons spending more time on the boat, rather than a dramatic increase in the number of people gambling at the casino. ■ See COFFERS, Page A11 -- 9,    ’    T I J St mI Wa* lr i I rinv ifips* Rent a HUI e Nm / “ w V _ ^mwTCRTAINMBiT M Nesters / rck it^k Stifling ay    Head ;

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