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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Coupons and special offers I inside most editions Once in a lifetime Look back on events that made the papal visit special for so many Hoops action Redbirds defeat Granite Warriors by a score of 8161 PageBl Hes a leader Kessler a leader at Saint Anthonys andinuie community PageDl The outlook Goudywitha chance of rain High 44 low 38 PageD10 Mornirii A310 Bulletin Board A5 ClassifiedsC6 Editorial A4 HoroscopeC2 E1 Bruce Crpxford Egeditch Gillespie Helling Holmes Johnson Lievers Mennemeyer Mitch Oertle Russo Rutledge Steljes Stroud Summers Tague Wagner ScoreboardB2 TlIK Vol 164 No 16 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 January The SMITH Ellen Jourdain a senior on Marquette Catholic High Schools pompon team continues her performance even though her headband slipped down over her eyes Saturday at the Illinois Drill Team Association competition at Edwardsville High School The squad finished second Drill squads bring in da funk By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The sounds of funky music and spirited chants and the sights of decorative cos tumes took over the Edwardsville High School gymnasium Saturday The Illinois Drill Team Association Edwardsville Invitational featured flag and pompon squads from 22 schools seeking to quality for the state competition in Champaign in March During the aerobic funk competition the Edwardsville varsity squad presented a tribal choreographed by Craig Wilson We all get nervous but today we felt really squad cocaptain Lauren Borchers 17 said We knew we were going to have fun See FUNK Page A9 Hiring all in family in county Employing relatives called commonplace By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE On the list of county employees names like Semanisin Papa Fitzgerald Henke Romine and Burris frequently appear Each is a name of members of the Madison County Board who some people say use a good old boy network to hire county employees Steve Hoehn of Dorsey is the treasurer of a grassroots group that feels this way Hoehn and the County Homes Action Committee have been fighting the County Board in an effort to save two taxsup ported nursing homes in Edwardsville Hoehn said he was irritated recently when former County Board member and current auditor H Jack Frandscn hired his daughter He said hes learned a lot about county government since getting more involved with the issues Our county government is really really he said No private citizen could get a job unless they were related to somebody Look at the lists and they look like a family tree Department heads go around and ask County Board members to hire people It doesnt matter if theyre quali fied or not Weve got a lot of qualified people in the county who need See HIRING Page A9 New hope offered for MS sufferers EDITORS NOTE This is the first of a twopart series about the fight to control and cure multiple sclerosis By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Although it might sound like alphabet soup to most people A B and C are three impor tant letters to individu als throughout the United States living with multiple sclerosis Avonex Betaseron and Copaxone A B and C are three brandname medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration They are administered to patients to help combat the effects of the disease and to stifle its pro gression Medical advances in the last six years have given those liv ing with multiple sclerosis choices something they never had before The drugs are administered intravenously and can cause varying degrees of side effects some of which can resemble those associated See MS Page A9 Boy Scouts take to wilderness Survival skills tested in Klondike Derby By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY More than 600 Boy Scouts participated in the annual Boy Scouts Klondike Derby Saturday at Camp Warren Levis The event sponsored by Trails West Council Boy Scouts of America tested Scouts survival skills in the wilderness Bob Reid served as Klondike coordinator of Saturdays event This has been a tradition in the council for many years Its a takeoff of the Iditarod race in Alaska Were very fortunate it has not Scouts had to pull their sleds with survival gear to different locations in the camp called Once they reached the cities they had to perform tasks to illus trate the Scouting skills they learned More than 95 staff mem bers from the Trails West Council volunteered for the event The Scouts participat ed in archery shotgun prac tice and firstaid survival drills We reinstated the ravine crossing on rope commando wire or cargo Reid said The Scouting skills we teach today kids are interested in As they learn these skills the Scouts learn how to be good citizens They learn how to cooperate They learn how to interact with other peo Several Scouts enjoyed roughing it for seven hours in the Godfrey wilderness Its just fun to be out See SCOUTS Page A9 The SMITH Scouts from left Ben Reed 12 Tom OHara 17 and Adam Griff Ing 13 all of Colfinsville do their best to keep alive a small campfire that they started without matches Saturday at Trails West Council Klondike 1999 at Camp Warren Levis in Godfrey 110 H Adams Parkway Alton II 62002 4665301 HUGE SAVINGS ON AIL SPAS Nordic Hot Tubs SAU PRIC1D PROM   

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