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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Baseball talk Costas draws large crowd at Marquette PageBl Vol 164 No 34 50 cents Best of care Veterinarian Steven Pope pictures the best for his patients PageDl The outlook j Concert of love cjoudywith j Performances showers developing Highljiowss j memoryof i Sandi Young PagelXJ j Thursday February Nyssa Adams 9 receives ashes on her forehead during Mass with her classmates Wednesday morning Ambrose Catholic Church Ash Wednesday launches Lent By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent for both Roman Catholics and Protestants with many churchgoers receiving the traditional marking of black ash on their foreheads Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40day Lenten season that precedes Easter It is the time when many Christians choose to give up a food or activity as repentance and to examine their spiritual lives The Lenten season is a time to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to convert from the sinful selfish ways of liv ing in favor of deeper reli gious saidthe Rev Virgil Menk pastor of St Ambrose Catholic Church in tis thadustirom and to which we will go v Rev Virgil Menk pastor of St Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey Godfrey Menk said theash that he places on worshipers fore heads represents the Bible verse about physical mortali ty in Ecclesiastes All go unto one place all are of the dust and all turn to dust It is the dust from which we come and to which we will Menk said It is a reminder of our mortality and of the time we have to pre pare for eternal Menk said the ashes also serve as a reminder through out the day for Christians to reflect on the meanings of the Lenten season It is an external sign of ones commitment to Jesus Christ in the form of a Menk said Some Protestant church es also marked the day with special worship ser vices At College Avenue Presbyterian Church of Alton 1702 Clawson parishioners attended a service with a Lenten labyrinth theme ALenten labyrinth is a journey or an adventure allowing a person to said the Rev George Humbert pas tor of the church You start on the outside of the labyrinth and no matter how you go you go to the four corners then to the middle which is the rose of the Resurrection It is less like a linear path than a twisted The sermon Humbert said causes a person to reflect upon the whole jour ney or pilgrimage of his or her life Its about getting our lives in order as a whole in a creative way Lent is always a chance to Haine fights parole in fatal crash Driver in Missouri prison on kidnap murder charges By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County states attor ney is again fighting the release of a prisoner involved in a fiery crash that killed a Godfrey woman on the Great River Road in 1977 But the fight appears to be more an exercise in principle since the inmate appears des tined for several more years in the Missouri Department of Corrections An Illinois parole hearing for Dennis B Kirksey 46 has been set for 9 April 14 at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester But States Attorney William Haine is not waiting for the hearing He sent this month object ing to any parole one day after receiving notice of the hearing from the state Kirksey and another prison escapee Raymond Milentz were fleeing Grafton police in a stolen car Dec 21 1977 when they slammed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Mary Ann 28 2Vz miles west of Alton The gas tank exploded and Cress died while trapped in the burning car Kirksey and Milentz had escaped the previous day after overpowering security guards while on their way back to the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City from a court hearing in St Louis At the time the men were serving prison sentences for murder They were eventually also sentenced for kidnapping See HAINE Page A7 Sheltered Care head gets new contract By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County Board extend ed the contract Wednesday for the administrator of one of the countys taxsupported care homes Donna Marrone administra tor of the Madison County Sheltered Care Home in Edwardsville received a month extension because she has done a good job the last three months officials said In November Marrone was given only a threemonth extension while Roger Hotson administrator of the Madison County Nursing Home in Edwardsville was guaranteed a contract for 12 months County officials hope to close the Nursing Home in the next few months while there are no plans for to close the Sheltered Care Home Im Marrone said after she heard of her reap pointment County Board Chairman Rudy Papa would not say why Marrone wasnt tendered the same oneyear term as Hotson But he reached the See CONTRACT Page A7 Good Mornirtg Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C6 Editorial C5 Baker Dhue Lopez Palmer Schaeffer Southard Taylor Tieman Turner Royce Ulmet Watson Scoreboard B2 Wood River searches for new police chief By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER With Tuesdays announcement that Wood River Police Chief Charles Nunn is retiring the city must now look for a replacement Nunn 50 cited his recovering from brain surgery last month as the rea son for his retirement City Manager Thomas Christie said the city will look within the police department and at outside sources for the next chief The city code requires all openings to be advertised in the We will also post the opening in the police department and all of those who are interested should forward their resumes to the city manager I want to interview the candidates as I get the resumes I will conduct interviews with persons whose appli cations look promising From start to finish a decision should be made in six to eight Commander David Downs and Sgt Jim Schneider both told The Telegraph they are interested in the position Downs and Schneider have been running the daytoday operation of the department since Nunn has been unable to perform his duties Nunn at his home learn ing to enjoy his I was old enough Ill miss the There were some things I want ed to get done but I couldnt because of this brain Wood River Mayor Lon Smith said Nunn who has been with the police department for 25 years will be missed I think Chuck has been a very good police Smith said He is an honest working guy and respectable person I envy him in Radio star The Natalie Smith an eighthgrader at East Middle School practices in the sound room at radio station WBGZ In Alton Wednesday before recording a segment for Black History Month Story Page A7 BANDS Thursday Pet MBMKER Friday Feb 19 FREE SPIRIT Feb FANTASY
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