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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: February 1, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Region Updated guide touts River Bend PageDl Bucket Brigade Seeking homesin need of paint PageBl The outlook Stampede Cloudy with a I BronCOS chance for rain high near low dmpie neartf i Falcons i 3419 PagelM pageC1 17 cents February Keeping clean without court Program to offer Supervision by Mail By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE officials will soon let more traffic offenders pay for their misdeeds by Traffic ticket forms have been distrib uted to area police departments for a new program called Supervision by The program is aimed at giving traffic offenders a chance to keep their driving records clean without the hassle of com ing to court to do Prior to this drivers two choic es mail in their guilty which would give them a conviction on their driving or they could appear in where they could request supervision and avoid a mark on their said Assistant States Attorney Thomas This way were bypassing their need to come to This gives them the opportunity to keep their driving record Offenses will be kept off their driving record as long as motorists dont commit subsequent offenses during the period of their which generally runs 60 to 180 he Those who qualify are people who havent had court supervision for the last year on traffic offenses where they were not required to appear in Gibbons Only minor infractions will be consid ered for the such as some speeding tickets and moving violations like failure to use turn signals and improper lane People with multipleviolation offenses and tickets from accidents can still count on coming to Gibbons The program has been in the works since when Chief Judge Andy Matoesian suggested it as a means of con venience to the Response to the idea shows broad The states attorney wants the judges want it and the circuit clerk wants Matoesian The chief judge handed the task of organizing the program to Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono said the public will have plenty of reasons to support the Right people have to take off See Page A7 The BARNES Pastor Dave of Grace Community Church in Bethalto hands out door prizes to children Sunday during the Super Bowl Blast at East Alton Recreation Super Bowl Blast a touchdown with teens By REBECCA HpPKINS Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON The Keasler Complex was Super Bowl central on Sunday when nearly 100 teens from the area gathered to watch the eat junk food and gen erally share in fun with others of the same age Sponsored by the Dave Runyan and the Grace Community Church in the fourth annual Super Bowl Blast was a safe gath ering for Even the adults were hav ing fun no matter how much effort it cost Organizers Scott Campbell and Clifton Champlin just wanted to give teenagers a place to gather and have Campbell is a 17year employee of the EastAlton Recreation and a member of the Champlin works with the churchs youth See Page A7 The WHITWORTH A crowd begins to gather for the weekly traffic docket at the Madison County Courthouse in The Supervision by Mail program may soon help cut down on these Grafton groups park project finally blooming By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph GRAFTON A group of seven residents is finally see ing its efforts pay off in its struggle to create a focal point in The Grafton Parks Committee has been working for almost five years to gain financial and other support to complete construction of the Grove Memorial Park on the corner of Illinois Routes 3 and Plans include the installation of a round gazebo that will be sur rounded by brick and stone stone landscaping and play ground The onesquareblock park is now decorated with a Welcometo Grafton a park bench and a scattering of In the week end farmers markets are held A lot of people didnt think this would ever be a Telegraph Towns but its going to committee member Joyce who spUK engraved bricks and paying stones that will be place on park Weve worked very this since 1994 to get The city was recently awarded a Federal Highway Administration of for parking areas The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has also pitched irrvyUli in matchirig donated for the instaliar tion of City officials have also holding fundraisers to pay for the parks many About annually has been raised for at the citys Indian Summer Days where teers have fried thousands pounds of fish in a T t See Page AX fl Good Morning Bulletin Turner Area activist helps fund fight against multiple sclerosil EDITORS NOTE This is the final installment of a twopart series about the fight to control and cure multiple By BETHANY BEHRHORSf Telegraph staff writer Fundraisers are a vital part in try ing to stomp out multiple sclerosis in the A concert held at Joshuas Convention Center in East Alton in January raised for the An annual walkathon scheduled to take place April 11 at Gordon Moore Park should raise more Its a fivemile roundtrip walk and lunch is provided when the walk ers get said Julie Full Lopez of Its a family thing to Full Lopez became a strong health care activist after being diagnosed with MS 19 years She has a 16 yearold son and works as a writing instructor for the department of instructional services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a general education instructor at Sanford Brown Business It takes all the energy she can muster in her spare time to volunteer for the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis She and Jeanette Hazen are chair women of this years Full Lopez said the walk should generate more than in the Metro The Illinois Department of the City of the Alton Police Department and the1 citys Public Works Department all are cooperating to make the event The money generated locally from various events is given to the Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS fhe money is used for research projects aimed at find a cure for the as well as to expand on existing advocacy support groups for individuals and their care givers and educational Full Lopez said she believes in the society and its She went without treatment for 14 years after being Then she said the develop ment of new drugs made her future Full Lopez said its important for those newly diagnosed with the illness to seek out advice from doctors regarding medications and other You go on treatment so you dont get that she Betaseron and Copaxone are the three drugs used to prevent which are flareups of See Page A7 The SMITH Julie Full Lopez has been a strong voice for legislation on multiple Nordic   

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