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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois EDWARDSVILLE/GLEN CARBON EDITION VOL 163 No. 352 SO cents EG It A P Saturday January 2, 1999 The Sno\ he outlook w, possibly heavy ^ highnear29, lownearl5 PageDS Once upon a nightmare Lots of time, hard work and love turn condemned home into dream home Page B-l NEW YEAR Area slapped with major winter storm By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — After a prolonged period of semi-niee weather, winter has finally hit with a vengeance. The area’s dusting of snow last Wednesday became a white-blanketed New Year’s Day with the National Weather Service predicting an accumulation in excess of 12 inches. “The snow will increase throughout the day on Friday with the possibility of sleet and becoming all snow again before it stops late Saturday or early Sunday morning,” said lead forecaster and meteorologist Dale Bechtold. “This is certainly the biggest storm we’ve had in the last several years. The snowy weather also caused many stores and restaurants on Homer Adams Parkway to close early. Many Alton Square mall stores closed their doors at 5 p.m. “People should postpone any travel if at all possible,” he said. “If you must be out then plan ahead and drive according to conditions.” Bechtold also suggested that drivers carry a winter survival kit with them for emergencies. The St. Louis office the AAA suggests that a winter survival kit contain the following items; ■ A shovel for digging out a stuck vehicle; ■ Sand or cat litter to use on slippery surfaces; ■ An ice scraper to clear windows and mirrors; ■ Long-handle broom to clear away snow fr^m vehicle, especially around headlights, 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 ■ See SNOW, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Crystal Waite, 9, of East Alton, left, and her cousin, Kietra Schemake, 10, of Alton, took advantage of Friday's snow to make snow angels in a yard in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue in Alton. County homes top story Mixed bag for supporters of homes The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Madison County Nursing Home activities director Cindy Bloodwort helps Mary (P.J.) Pejakovlch wrap a Christmas gift at the nursing home. By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A rough year for county care home supporters has ended with mixed blessings. On one hand, county officials hope to have the Madison County Nursing Home, 2121 Troy Road, closed by spring. On the other, they have withdrawn a request to close the Madison County Sheltered Care Home, 333 S. Main St., which may remain open into the next century. care* Mon< ed ^ O “Having this drawn out this long has not been good for anybody,” said County Administrator James Monday. Although officials have been concerned for many years about the deteriorated state of the two tax-supported homes, the battle lines intensified in March when voters rejected two referendums each by more than 4,000 votes. A $6.5 million bond to build a combined nursing-sheltered ■ See HOMES, Page A-7 THE TEUNIS A PII Stories jim o! 1998 ft Miles of county road improvements planned By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - There are miles and miles of long-range improvements planned for Madison County during the next five years. Don Rea, a Democrat from Pontoon Beach who serves as the chairman of the County Board’s Highway Committee, helps organize which requests for road repairs can be met. -We look at the requests from various townships and communities. That doesn’t mean we’U be able to do them all, but we look at them all.” Rea and his committee members, along with County Engineer David Dietzel, meet with representatives of local street departments to discuss projects. “Dietzel is very active in pursuing federal and state grants,” added Rea, who said the county received about $7 million in such funding in 1998. The county often provides a 25-percent match on outside grants. Municipalities and townships also supply funding on road projects within their boundaries. One of the major projects coordinated by the Highway Committee in 1997 was a $900,000 upgrade to a county ditch running from Sand Road in Edwardsville south to Horseshoe Lake Road and into the Metro East Sanitary District in East St. Louis The ditch work was not a county expense, but residents should benefit greatly from reduced flooding now expected west of the bluffs. In a five-year plan released in December, the county listed ■ See ROADS, Page A-7 Good;*: Mommy Area/Illinois.................... A-3 Bulletin Board................ A-6 Classifieds...................... O-fi Comics........................... R-4 Editorial.......................... A-4 Nation/world.................. A-8 Obituaries...................... A-5 Boone, Devenlng, Dick, Drew, Franz, Grafford, Hayes, Mueller, Usinger Scoreboard.................... C-2 Television...................... B-5 wwwJturtelegranh coni Edwardsville was king of baseball in *98 By LOUIE KORAC Telegraph sports writer EDWARDSVILLE - It will be a year that will go down as the most memorable in Edwardsville baseball history. It all began on a spring day in March, when the Edwardsville Tigers opened the 1998 high/ school campaign with a 12-2, five-inning win at Francis Howell North (Mo.) It was the first win in what turned out to be a 40-6 campaign that ended on June 13 in Geneva, when the Tigers walloped Tinley Park Andrew 10-2 to win the school’s first state championship in eight years. “We’re national champs,” bellowed then-Edwardsville High coach Tom Pile following the Tigers’ win. ■ See BASEBALL, Page A-7 Associated Frees Nick Seibert jumps on a pile with the rest of his Edwardsville High School baseball teammates after the Tigers won the 1998 Illinois Class AA title with a 10-2 win over Tinley Park.
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