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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN L •A Bf ll McQwlrn _ SaminyVsosa home runs home runs after 131 games after 133 gamesTHE TEE mn APH Homecoming Bethalto celebrates I 80 years Paged! The outlook Partly cloudy and warm. High 89 ; low 67 Page D6 Couple shares love of fine woodworking Page DI Vol. 164, No. 230- 50 cents Thursday, September 2,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Killer’s sentencing hearing teday By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE - A sentencing hearing will be held today to decide the fate of convicted murderer Ricky E. Callahan, found guilty of a December 1997 stabbing spree at a Jerseyville bar that killed one man and injured four other people. The hearing before Circuit Judge Ronald Robinson is set for 9 a m. in Jersey County Circuit Court in Jerseyville. Callahan, 23, of Jerseyville, was convicted by a jury July 22 in the stabbing spree at Lorton’s Bar. Callahan was found guilty of murdering Ronald E. Haenitch, 28, of rural Jerseyville. The jury also found Callahan guilty of armed violence against four other bar patrons. The attacks followed a woman’s refusal to dance with him at the bar, which later was closed. After consulting with experts on capital punishment, Jersey County State’s Attorney Gail Gisy said he decided not to pursue the death penalty against Callahan because of the difficulty in proving a level of premeditation required for a death sentence. However, he said he felt it was Callahan’s intention to kill or seriously ipjure the victims. ' Without the death penalty, Callahan faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. The minimum penalty is between 20 and 60 years in prison, which must be served completely in Illinois, Gisy emphasized Callahan actually could be sentenced to 60 years in prison on each count of armed violence for the knife attacks on the surviving victims. Gisy said. The minimum penalty on each of count is IO to 30 years, he said. Along with stabbing Haenitch in the chest, Callahan also stabbed a woman in the back, gave two men massive abdominal injuries and cut another man ■ See CALLAHAN, Page AO near The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Rick Kitchen cuts pipes that will be made into parking barriers at the White Castle restaurant being built on the Homer Adams Parkway in Alton Tuesday. Ashcraft Bloomquist of St. Louis is the general contractor of the project.$23 million plan for Chouteau By SCOTT COUSINS For The Telegraph MADISON - Chouteau Island would become a $23 million recreation and nature area that would be completed in time for the Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial | under a plan advanced this week. The first phase of the project includes a 5 golf course, trails and camping area that would be paid for with a mix of public and private money. About 35 officials from local, state and federal agencies met Monday in Madison to hear a presentation by city officials and representatives of Gateway Trailnet, which is overseeing the rehabilitation of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River. Madison officials advanced the proposal, citing the island’s “unique setting” and its “key role” as part of the Confluence Greenway, Madison Mayor John Hamm, state Rep. Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville, and U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, said they expected to see some movement in the next month or so as agencies responded to the proposal. “I think the Chouteau Island project has the potential to be a tremendous asset to the entire region,” Costello said. “This is the first of many meetings that will take place." Holbrook said the meeting was “the first step in the first phase.” He added that, as the meeting closed, officials with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Waste See PLAN, Page AS Sixth-day enrollments reported across area By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer School districts are reporting enrollment numbers for the sixth day into the 1999-2000 school year. The East Alton Elementary School District reported a total sixth-day enrollment of 1,031, the lowest enrollment since September 1989. The number is a decrease of 73 pupils from last year’s sixth-day enrollment of 1,104. The district had seen a gradual increase in enrollment in recent years. Superintendent Mike Gray said he could not attribute this year’s decline to one specific cause other than the general mobility of the area. “We’ve got a very mobile society here in our district,” he said. “Once we start a school year, our enrollment may fluctuate by as much as 30 or 40 students at one grade level during the year.” Gray said the district enrollment already had altered this year from the numbers reported after registration. “I don’t know why this area has such a high mobility rate,” he said. “I know we have a high amount of rental property, and that may have something to do with it.” Sixth-day enrollment figures in each of the district buildings were: Washington ■ See ENROLLMENTS, Page A9 ROTO called to attention at AHS Good Morning Area/Illinois .. • . .A3-10 Nation/world . .... .C5 Bulletin Board . .....A6 Obituaries .... ......A5 Business...... .....DI Hopkins, Jarman, Johnson, Classifieds .....C5 Kaegi, Martin Comics ....... .....D5 Scoreboard .. ......B2 Editorial ...... .....A4 Stocks ...... ......D2 Horoscope .....D5 Television .... ......C4 By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON —With a cry of “attention” from senior Jessica Spinks, a classroom of cadets at Alton High School stood with heads lifted and shoulders back, waiting for the next command. These students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, are cadets in the Junior ROTO program, which is in its second year at AHS. The program has almost doubled in size in its second year. Last year, 90 students enrolled in the U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. This year, 173 students have entered the program. The Junior ROTC program is offered as a class at the high school through which students can earn either physical education or science elective credits. The program focuses on leadership skills and academic learning. “Our basic mission in the high school is to teach these cadets to be better citizens by increasing their self-respect, improving their attitude and increasing their service to the country,” said Lt. Col. Larry Baker, ROTC instructor. “We are not here to recruit. There is not a commitment or obligation to the military.” During the academic portion Chief Don Breitbach points out dress rules to be followed on dress day to the new Jr. ROTC class at Alton High School Wednesday. Dressed In their uniforms are Junior ROTC members, from left, Jessica Spinks, Angela Raab, and Lindsay Clonginger. of the program, the cadets learn about the history of aviation and space exploration, the principles of flight and the military’s role iii history. The leadership portion of the program teaches the cadets military customs and courtesies, as well as military procedures, such as how to march. The cadets spend portions of their class time outside on the football field practicing marching and other corps procedures. ROTC cadets form a color guard, which performs at football games and in local parades. Baker said the color guard is available to perform at other area functions. “If an organization has an event where they need a color guard, we’d be glad to come and participate in their activities,” he said. H See ROTC, Page A9 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 111a Si ;

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