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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois Vol 164 No 3 50 cents SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Monday January 18 1999 Super Bowl bound IKiekputs I r on top i Special section ri Denver Broncos j News senior flypast Jets citizens can use PageCl hade The outlook Partly sunny and colder high around 40 low 29 PageC10 Chiropractors program benefits Boys and Girls club Page Bl Fog blinds local motorists By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Sundays thick fog created havoc on the highways and is the proba ble cause of two separate wrecks that tied up traffic and kept 67 closed for four hours officials said According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the first crash occurred around noon when a northbound 1993 Ford swerved to miss a stalled vehicle crossed the center island and broad sided a 1993 Oldsmobile stopped at a Several injured in wrecks on 67 yield sign Cottage Hills resident Pamela Harris 41 driver of the Ford was not injured The four passengers in the vehicle also from Cottage Hills Ann Harris 17 Joshua Harris 10 Marcus Harris 9 and Maria Harris 9 all suffered minor injuries and were treated at Saint Anthonys Health Center in Alton and released The occupants of the second vehicle Barbara Tiffany 55 and Rachel Key 81 both from Florissant were treated at Christian Hospital Northeast According to a hospital spokeswoman the two were stable The second accident at approximate ly involved five cars in a chain reaction that appeared to be a result of stopped traffic from the first accident Brandi Varble 23 of Alton was stopped in traffic for the first accident when she was hit from behind by a sec ond car driven by Beverly Sweeney 62 of St Peters Mo Two vehicles follow ing Sweeney were able to stop but a fifth vehicle driven by Alfred Dunaway 60 of Alton was unable to stop Dunaways vehicle hit the one in front of him setting off a chain reaction Sweeney and her passenger Francis Brummet 58 of Florissant sus tained injuries and were being treated at Christian Hospital Northeast The driver of the third vehicle Kerri Grills 21 of Alton and the driver of the fourth vehicle Deborah Wilder 48 of St Louis were also being treated at Christian Hospital Northeast A hospital spokeswoman said all the victims were stable A 14 r i u r The M BARNES Alton Firefighter Brad Jacobs puts out a smoldering mattress Sunday that was dragged out of a house fire in the 700 block of Highland Avenue Firefighter woman hurt in duplex blaze Alton firefighters work the scene of a duplex house fire Sunday in the 700 block of Highland Avenue M By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON An Alton woman and a firefighter suffered injuries Sunday as a result of a blaze in a duplex on Highland Avenue Rhonda Brown 43 a guest of resident Dolly Dupree was taken to the emergency room at St Anthonys Health Center for treatment of smoke inhala tion when a fire swept through the apartment at 711 Highland Ave Dupree was not at home at the time of the fire One of the firefighters was See BLAZE Page A9 Wood River banking on the past for its future JO At i EDITORS NOTE This is the sec ond of a threepart series about the Wood River Civic Action Bodys efforts at revitalizing the city By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Think Elvis think classic cars and think black andwhite television sets These are a few of the visions the Civic Action Body wants the public to associate Wood River with Standing inside the lobby of the Midtown Theater and Cultural Arts Center recently members of the Civic Action Body discussed how important a building such as the Midtown Theater is to the success of the group Lon Smith the executive direc tor of the theater said the Civic Action Body and the theater have a good relationship The building repre sents something different a symbol to attract potential business owners to Wood River We try to offer guidance and tech nology in trying to find business own ers the right location in Wood said the organizations president Bob Drake We want them to help make Wood River a nice place to bring a business and also show them that the businesses work Drake said the organization has specific goals to accomplish in 1999 Our goals are economic develop ment and taking an active interest in filling every empty building We also want to pick up on he said The group is looking at refurbishing a church gas station and diner as well with a 1950s feeling We want an atmosphere like Laclede Landing St he See FUTURE Page A9 Good Mornirig Bulletin Board B2 B1 iBamatt Blevins Brueggemann Brunjes Jones Richter Smith Strickland Wieneke Television Kings dream remembered in Alton u A s long as we A never forget anH hie and JUS By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A celebration of hope brought out the sunshine Sunday at Greater St James Baptist Church with the presenta tion of the eighteenth annual birthUjq day commem oration of the legaCV Will llV6 OH Rpv ivcv ui Martin Luther Aviicvci SeVbyTh State RePSteve Davis Alton chapter DBethalto oftheNAACP King would have been 70 years old Jan 15 Dense fog didnt dampen the spirits of the attendees of the celebration which featured choral performances by the Alton High School Gospel Choir and a moving address by guest speaker Bobby Collins president of 100 Black Men Inc Greater St James Pastor Abraham Byrd read from scripture and delivered his invocation before intro ducing the days guests who would help celebrate the theme The Future is in Your Mayor Don Sandidge chal lenged the guests to help one another in Kings memo ry The future is in our hands because we have to help one he said We must I See DREAM Page A9 ftH welcomes the crowd In Alton for the Alton Branch NAACP 18th Annual Commemoration of Rev Martin Luther King Jr FAST EDDIES BON AIR BROADWAY AT PEARL Thursday Jan 21 STONEBRAKER Friday Jan 22 FREE SPIRIT Saturday Jan 23 RALPH BUTLE Sunday Jan 24 SABLE
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