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A4 THE PANTAGRAPH, Wednesday. May 18, 1988 Chenoa hires new superintendent AROUND tjS Accident victims' conditions better Two men Injured In unrelated traffic accidents have improved at area hospitals, nursing supervisors said. Bandy A. Young, 29, Mayflower, Ark., improved from critical to serious condition last night at St Joseph's Hospital Medical Center in Bloomington following a crash Monday In which another man was killed. William Ralelghs, 56, of Arenzville, an Illinois Department of Transportation worker, died in the crash. Two other IDOT workers were treated and released after the collision involving a semitrailer truck driven by Young and two IDOT trucks about five miles south of Bloomington on U.S. 51. Also, Richard Mlbbs, 18, of De-lavan has improved from serious to fair condition at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was operating a motorcycle two miles south of Hopedale last Saturday when the cycle went into a ditch, killing the passenger, Philip Bridgmon, 17, of Pekin. By PAUL SWIECH Pintagraph staff CHENOA The superintendent of a small school district near Carbondale has been named Chenoa's superintendent and elementary school principal. Dale Smith, 46, will take over July 1 for Superintendent Gene Jontry, who has been named full-time superintendent at Octavia. Smith accepted the job after the Chenoa school board unanimously offered him a contract that will pay him 146,000 next year. Board President Robert Bertsche yesterday described Smith as an articulate educator and experienced leader who received high recommendations. Smith, superintendent of the 540-student Christopher elementary school district, said he Is looking forward to the challenge of leading the Chenoa district, which Is facing an $800,000 debt. Chenoa has 560 students in kindergarten through high school. When he took over at Christopher, the district had a debt of there until 1986, when he became Christopher's superintendent. Forty people applied for the Chenoa job. The Illinois Association of School Boards whittled that down to seven, whom they recommended to the board. That number then was reduced to two, and on Friday the board decided to try to hire Smith and began negotiating with him. The board voted to restructure its administration in January after ending its four-year agreement with Octavia, under which they shared Jontry as superintendent. Board members, emphasizing their satisfaction with Jontry, said they wanted a full-time superintendent who also would be a principal or teacher. Jontry was not interested and resigned after 21 years as superintendent. Octavia voted in February to hire him as full-time superintendent as part of its administrative restructuring. Chenoa's new structure calls for Smith to divide his time as superintendent and elementary school principal. about $500,000 but will end this fiscal year with money left over, he said. The district retired the debt by making cuts without hurting programs, doing maintenance work to save on energy costs, sharing purchases with other districts and winning more federal and state grants, he said. Smith also said he has been Impressed with Chenoa board members' openness and commitment to education. Passage of the March tax hike to retire the debt and provide more money for operations "reflects the community's positive attitude regarding the schools, and sold me on the community," he said. Smith began teaching in 1964 at Vandalia High School, staying there until 1969. He then became Hartsburg-Emden Elementary School principal until 1975, when he was appointed principal of Brush Intermediate School in Carbondale. Two years later, he was named Carbondale Community High School principal and remained Property owners stuck with sidewalk tab CHAMPAIGN A new sidewalk Is going to be built along South Nell Street from John Street to Klrby Avenue, but property owners along the stretch will be picking up the tab. The City Council last night passed an ordinance establishing a special sidewalk tax. Property owners will be paying for the $10,000 project In five installments. Had the council not approved the measure, the cost would have taken out of the motor fuel tax fund. WICO (Channal IS) Champaign Man charged in car-bike death PEORIA A Stark County man was Indicted yesterday on felony reckless homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol charges in connection with a car-bicycle accident two weeks ago. Brett Chatto, 29, Wyoming, is accused of driving the car that killed the Rev. Thomas Triebel, who was bicycling on Knoxville Road in Peoria. Triebel was associate pastor at First Federated Church, Peoria. Chatto, who is free on bond, also was charged with driving without a license. WMBO (1470 AM), Paorla Prosecution may wrap up murder trial today SPRINGFIELD Prosecutors may close their case today in the murder trial of a Springfield man. Melvin Connors, 26, is charged with gunning down Tony Sanders, 23, outside his home in the 2600 block of Sherwood Avenue on Aug. 10. Witnesses testified yesterday that Sanders and Connors had been, feuding that night after Sanders had bumped into Connors and stepped on his toes. The defense contends Sanders was shot by someone other than Connors as a result of a drug deal turned sour. Connors, whose street names are Curly Neal and Beat Street, reportedly is a former member of a Springfield gang known as the Disciples. WTAX (1240 AM), Sprlngflald Beginning Thursday, May 12, featuring the finest quality in name brand men's clothing, sportswear, shoes and outerwear. During this ANNIVERSARY SALE ROBERTS is reducing prices significantly on the entire stock of new spring and summer merchandise. ROBERTS will be open Monday thru Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Sundays 12:00-5:00 P.M. We hope to have the pleasure of greeting you at our Anniversary Sale. ENTIRE STOCK REDUCED! FOR UNEXCELLED SERVICE AND up-to-the-minute fashions, come to ROBERTS. IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF SPRING SUITS AND SPORTCOATS ARE NOW ON SALE! FREE ALTERATIONS on all clothing during this special salel SPORT COATS Versatile as they are good looking. ..super with a casual sport shirt or a dress shirt and tie. Available in the lastest colors for men's fashions. NEWSWA' jrmi "s ; v , sir' RACQUET KINGSRIDGE '19$ M69 V& '189 CROWN '129 PALM BEACH $149 ED McMAHON U49 SUITS Our collection of suits are tailored in blends of dacron polyester and wool, shadow plaids, stripes and solids that use creative design, color and textural interest to expand the ordinary to the extraordinary. i JV 4 J VA J 1 I! I Kingsridge and Jaymar Sansabeit Updated stripes and solids. Reg. NOW $249 -Big and tall, and Large, sizes Extra Ed McMahon- 46-52 in Regular Longs in 42-50. Reg. S3W made in U.S.A., with an understanding of the fit and comfort so essential to the American man's lifestyle. Special reduced price for this sale. Regular SSer NOW $199 Allyn St. George solid colors In taupe navy, charcoal, medium grey, char-blue. Reg.J2W NOW $239 NOW $209 Racquet Club f ull-lined suit coats with pleated or plain front slacks. Reg. .$46? NOW $269 1 C?-Jt FLORSHEIM Claim drug traffickers used to aid Contras WASHINGTON, D.C. A House subcommittee chairman said yesterday he has evidence that the Reagan administration used known drug traffickers to secure guns for the Nicaraguan Contras. Rep. William Hughes, D-N.J., who chairs the House crime subcommittee, said he would air the allegations which he acknowledged were unproven so far at public hearings next month. Hughes said the subcommittee has been tracking a 3 V4-year "pattern" of administration officials either ignoring or encouraging criminal activity on behalf of the Contra rebels. Stealth bombers to carry 2,000 warheads WASHINGTON, D.C. Gen. Larry D. Welch, Air Force chief of staff, disclosed Monday that the planned new fleet of Stealth bombers will be able to carry a total of 2,000 nuclear warheads, making a retaliatory force so potent he said it would further deter anyone from attacking the United States. The Air Force's top general confirmed in a luncheon meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters that the cost of the stealth bomber has climbed above projections but argued the fleet will be worth its cost. "What you're buying is deterrence," he said. "I can't put a value on deterrence." Reagan stays vague on astrology issue WASHINGTON, D.C. President Reagan refused to disavow the practice of astrology yesterday, saying he did not know enough about it to say whether or not there is "something to it." But Reagan also insisted that no changes were made in his schedule because of first lady Nancy Reagan's dealings with an astrologer. "We made no decisions on it and we're not binding our lives to this," Reagan told reporters in a short question-and-answer session in the White House briefing room. The president then quickly added, "And I don't mean to offend anyone who does believe in it, or engages in it seriously." But asked if he believed in astrology, the president paused before replying. "I don't guide my life by it, but I won't answer the question the other way because I don't know enough about it to say, is there something to it," he then replied. Dukakis wins easily in Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. Democratic front-runner Michael Dukakis cruised to victory over Jesse Jackson in the Oregon presidential primary yesterday, a West Coast warm-up for their final election showdown early next month. Dukakis, polishing his credentials as the Democrats' certain nominee, was gaining almost 60 percent of the vote, to 37 percent for his sole remaining rival. It was his ninth primary victory in the last 10 contests many of them by landslides. OK given for major new Denver airport BRIGHTON, Colo. Adams County voters yesterday approved by nearly a 55-45 percent margin a plan to let Denver annex land for a new $3 billion airport that could become the nation's second-busiest within 12 years. With 145 of 164 precincts reporting, the vote was 28,734, or 54.8 percent, for the plan and 23,723, or 45.2 percent, against it. Denver wants to build a new airport on an unincorporated 45-square-mile site 10 miles northeast of Stapleton International Airport. Proponents, who outspent foes about 10-to-l in the more than $1 million campaign, said the airport would boost Colorado's economy and provide new jobs. They said development would mean property tax relief. The new airport could become the second busiest in the country by the year 2000, the FAA says. $66pf J J ss s DTiu HIRTS Jaymar Sansabeit polyester Reg. '49s6 43 blended Reg. 52 pleated Reg. W 59 Jaymar with Belt loops polyester 39 blended '54 M9 Haggar Reg. s33 28 )Ai? V ";! I Golf Co-ordinated slacks, shirts, sweaters, and jackets. Slacks-Casual or dress in polyester or poly cotton blends. Reg. 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