Low Resolution Image: Become a member to access this full resolution image at 375% higher quality.

OCR Text

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TIII J11 BLECH A PF. HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN Mark McGwire 56 home runs lf Mark t H- In ' usa 59 home runs The outlook Sunny to partly couldy; High near 77, low 55 Page CIO DARE. Coloring contest for children; entry deadline is Oct. 7 ,fl#» ti Vol. 164, No. 246 - 50 centsSaturday, September 18, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Chiefs hiring draws fire By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — Some village trustees and citizens are wondering about the quick appointment of a new chief for the Roxana Fire Department. The concern is not so much about the qualifications of veteran firefighter Terry Ford, 46, but about how quickly his hiring came about. Ford began work for the village Sept. 8. He retired from Godfrey’s Fire Prevention District Aug. 2 after 26 years as fire chief. Ford said he is enjoying his new surroundings and the opportunity to work with Roxana’s three firefighters — Steve Stamper, Wade Stahlhut and Bob Newberry, all of whom will celebrate their first anniversary with the Roxana Fire Department in early October. “This is a new challenge for me,” said Ford, who is preparing to move from Godffey to Roxana. “I’ve got a very dedicated team of 12 volunteer and three paid firefighters. They’re very eager, aggressive young men, and I’m excited to have the chance to lend leadership to an already fine department.” Roxana village attorney Leonard Berg said the village did not advertise the open position of fire chief because it wasn’t required to by law. “There was no requirement to advertise the position of fire chief,” Berg said. “This is a mayoral appointment. Roxana followed the proper pro cedures.” Ford said he met with Mayor Ray Spencer and village trustee Nick Adams, chairman of Roxana’s public safety committee, Sept. 7 and was appointed a few hours later at that evening's Village Board meeting Trustee Jim Loyd said that although he was out of town the week before the council meeting, it nonetheless came as a complete surprise to him that Spencer was planning on hiring a new chief. Loyd said he voted against the Sept. 7 appointment, not because of the quality of the candidate but because of the rushed way in which the ■ See HIRING, Page A9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Former Godfrey Fire Chief Terry Ford has been appointed the new fire chief in the village of Roxana. Group seeks to build new care home_ By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A group backing the Madison County nursing and sheltered care homes is hoping to raise millions of dollars to build and operate a new home after the existing homes are closed. The County Homes Action Committee on Friday announced it plans to be the agency that takes over a combined new home, outlined in a settlement between the Madison County Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Committee members said they are aware the road to their goal will be a long, hard one. “Nothing is certain but our determination," said Debbie Groeteka, chairman of the committee. The proposal comes after a yearlong fight by the committee to persuade the Madison County Board to continue operating the homes as they have for years. The board voted to close the homes but was initially denied permission to do so by the Health Facilities Planning Board. After coming up with a plan to replace the existing homes with one privately operated home, the planning board voted to allow the closing. The agreement between the county and the planning board calls for the county to take proposals from private operators. Groeteka said the new operation under the action committee would be a union shop, as specified in the agreement. That specification may keep some private businesses from putting in a bid, she said. Her group has taken out the paperwork to submit a bid to the county and get a license from the state. Some County Board members have expressed interest in the action committee’s move, Groeteka said. Jim Monday, county supervisor of administration, said the county will consider the proposal from the committee, as well as from any other group or organization that wants to submit a proposal. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” Monday said. “The concern I have would be with the concept (that) they are planning to keep the ■ See HOME, Page A9 Nina thrills children at Alton Marina Payday reaches New Horizons — Area/Illinois........A3-8 Bulletin Board........A6 Business............Cl $2 bills for workers Classifieds...........B9 Comics..............B6 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........B6 Nation&world........A10 Obituaries...........A5 Acord, Barnett, Clymer, Cox, Huff, Hughes, Lengacher, Seniker, Wiedman Scoreboard..........B2 Stocks..............C2 Television............B7 Weather............CIO By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A resort company with a mixed reputation is taking an unusual step to let people know how much its employees contribute to the local economy. Because of a promotion by the New Horizons Travel Club, which has an office in Edwardsville, merchants probably will see an increase of some seldom-seen currency — namely, $2 bills — flowing through their stores. Each New Horizons employee at the corporate headquarters in Litchfield cashed in paychecks, except for loose change or odd numbers, for $2 bills this week. Bill Bailey, founder of the company, said this is the seventh year the corporate office has participated in the event. Plans for a similar payday in the Edwardsville office are under way, he said. Bailey said the employees enjoy the day, which has become notorious at shopping centers in Litchfield. “There are many people who The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Cody Schmidt, 11, left, and Adam Cassady, 11, of Troy, Mo., climb a ladder to get a better look at the upper deck of a replica of the Nina, one of three ships used by Christopher Columbus on his journey to the New World in 1492. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The New Horizons Travel Club’s office in Edwardsville soon will take part in the company’s new promotion — $2 bills for employees. collect these bills and will pay a premium to get their change back in $2 bills. We have an incentive for the merchants also,” Bailey said. The company has tracked the serial numbers of “aboOt a dozen” of the bills. Merchants who receive the bills can contact the office for a substantial return on their money. “If they bring in one of those bills, we will redeem them at the office for prizes between $20 and $200. It’s a way to raise consumer awareness of our compa ny and how much we contribute to the economy. This gets our name on the street and lets people know who we are, while they enjoy the originality of the promotion,” Bailey said. ■ See PAYDAY, Page A9 By LINDA ti. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — It isn’t Christopher Columbus’ original vessel, but the modem Nina replica is a striking visitor to the Alton Marina. It’s also a big hit with schoolchildren. “I liked it; it was neat because we got to learn about it,” said 10-year-old Alice Bietsnyder of Troy, Mo. Alice and friend Sarah McCullen of Claude Brown Elementary School in Troy were among some 300 pupils who had boarded the 93.6-foot boat by 10:45 p.m. Friday. The “new" Nina will be docked at the marina until Sept. 26, when it leaves for Cape Girardeau, Mo. “I liked underneath the deck where you steer,” said Sarah, IO. “They show pictures of when it was built." Both girls were unsure if they would want ■ See NINA, Page A9 ;

Clippings and Obituaries for the Alton Telegraph