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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: January 2, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 352 50 cents THE TELEGRAPH Saturday January 199 fimr of football action Wisconsin stuns UCLA to win Rose Bowl Look inside for results of the other New Years Day college bowl PageC4 PASADENA TOURNAMENT of ROSES The outlook possibly heavy high near low near 15 Once upon a nightmare Lots of hard work and love turn condemned home into dream home PageBl NOWY NEW YEAR Area slapped with major winter storm By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON After a prolonged period of seminice winter has finally hit with a The areas dusting of snow last Wednesday became a whiteblanket ed New Years Day with the National Weather Service pre dicting an accumulation in excess of 12 The snow will increase throughout the day on Friday with the possi hilitv nf Qlppf The BADMAN and becoming Alton did the all snow aeain best she could to keeP the snow before it sK off her head FridaV with a late SatnrriS 3S she Io0ks for ner car 0 late Saturday the Schwegels grocery parking r The or early in upper Loms office Sunday morn HH the AAA sug said lead forecaster and gests that a winter survival kit meteorologist Dale contain the Mowing items This is certainly the biggest A shovel for digging out a storm weve had in the last several The snowy weather also caused many stores and restaurants on Homer Adams Parkway to close Many Alton Square mall stores closed their doors at People should post pone any travel if at all he If you must be out then plan ahead and drive accord ing to condi Bechtold also suggest ed vers carry a winter sur kit Crystal of East and her Kietra of Alton took advantaae angels in a yard in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue in advantage stuck vehicle Sand or cat litter to use on slippery surfaces An ice scraper to clear windows and mirrors Longhandle broom to clear away snow from especially around tail lights and radiator grill Blanket or sleeping bag and additional clothing Extra windshield washing solution Battery jumper cables Candle and matches in a can to provide extra warmth in a stalled vehicle be sure to open windows Highenergy food canned candy or nutrition Paper towels to clean The BADMAN of Fridays snow to make snow headlights and brake lights Cellular phone to summon emergency AAA also suggests that dri vers plan on driving at See Page A7 Smurfit provided dismal news THE TEMEGIL II Laclede Steel filed fo Chapter 11 By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON Just one month before the end of 1998 came two successive economic blows that will be remembered for years to On Laclede Steel announced its filing for Chapter 11 bank The very next as local officials scrambled to assess the Laclede SmurfitStone abruptly closed its Alton paper More than highpaying jobs were provided by the two I Smurfits clo1 sure meant the loss of 242 positions and mil lion in payroll Lacledes bankruptcy filing meant that 850 employees were suddenly very unsure of their I certainly hope we are not looking at the end of big industry in said Mayor Donald I am hop ing Laclede pulls through and I hope that someday Smurfit may The city has been formulat ing plans to retain and attract industry since the largest sin gle closure in the citys histo when OwensIllinois Glass plant shut down in the early That closure affected I See PAGE A7 Stories Of First Night rings in 99 By TONY MASINELLI For The Telegraph GODFREY Story choirs and dozens of entertainers appearing in eight different venues on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College participat ed in a spectacular celebration of the new at First Night River Bend on New Organizers estimated that to Repplle attended the which is designed to be a nonalco hojic alternative way to celebrate the new The First Night idea originated in Bostpn 20 years and since then has grojvji into an international Night River Bend is a familyori ented celebration of the arts and the com said Linda cochairper son jf the What better way to cel ebrate the new year than with the arts Its more uplifting than other ways people have traditionally Sponsored by Community Celebrations which also provides the Celebration of Christmas lighting display at Rock Spring First Night River Bend con For The LYON New Years Eve revelers celebrate 1999 with fireworks at First Night River tinues to draw more guests every This is our fourth and its defi nitely our biggest Nevlin Id like to see this become a family tradition I See FIRST Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Ualnger Skelton beating death was an ugly incident By DARRYL HOWLETT DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writers ALTON One of the ugliest and controver sial dents in 1998 was the mob beating death of Wood River resident Richard Skelton in It started on a late Monday night when discovered his television set miss Skelton went look ing for it and lost his life at at the hands of a He went to a house in The BARNES Suzette Moore holds a photograph of her Elmer when he was 8 years Moore believes her son is wrongly accused of a first degree murder charge in the death of Richard Skelton of Wood the 1100 block of East Seventh Street because he thought his television set was taken there to buy It Skelton brought along several family mem including his brother Fred Skelton and daughter Shelly I See Page A7   

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