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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sti I going strung Body marks 30 years nnwMH Vbl 164 No 41 50 cents On ice The LitUe Mermaid comes to Kiel PageC1 The outlook Partly cloudy and warmer high 55 low near 36 PageD6 Setting his sights McGwire talks about goals for the season Thursday February PageBl Grjandpa Jim sings one of his biblical tunes Wednesday at Faith Luthern Church in M jlrandpa Jim youngsters By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Pupils at the Faith Lutheran Church and School were entertained by a new fajnily friend Wednesday morning in beige slacks a checkerboard shirt arida green vest Grandpa Jim a nationally known childrens entertainer performed a number of songs and told biblical stories about what God promises to mankind Grandpa Jim whose real name is Jim Likens won a 1997 Angel Award for his sto The awards are given to national pro grams that promote family values and quality entertainment for children fl guess the thing I like about entertaining kips is their innocence For the most part they have not been jaded by the world They love music they love to listen and I love to sing for I See GRANDPA Page A9 The M BARNES Dawn Denother 11 of Godfrey watches Grandpa Jim perform Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey Gray named to Housing Authority By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The City Council Wednesday named James Gray pres ident of the Alton Chapter of the NAACP as a commissioner on the Alton Housing Authority The 52 vote for approval came amid controversy over whether Mayor Don Sandidges appoint ments could be laid over in committee so aldermen could take time to consider them G Questions also arose about whether Grays position with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People could pose conflicts of interest if he served on the fivemember board of commis sioners Voting against Grays appointment were 5th Ward Alderman Charles Brake and 6th Ward Alderman Gary Fleming I have always supported your Fleming told Sandidge But your appointment is a poten tial conflict of interest He would have access to files on the clients and other information I would like to talk to our Madison County States Attorney Bill Haine concern ing At the conclusion of the meeting Fleming said his vote and comments were nothing personal against Gray and he wished him well I know you will do a good First Ward Alderman Tom Hoechst said that in his two years in office Grays appointment appeared to be See GRAY Page A9 er voices concerns about school playground By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO A district mother addressed the Bethalto School Board during Wednesday evenings meeting with concerns about the playground conditions at Parkside Elementary School Toni Davis mother of two children attending Parkside told the board that children are not allowed to play on playground equipment because of the mud surrounding the equipment She said pupils at Parkside are restrained to a parking lot during recess which she called a safety haz ard Parking lot means just that cars coming in and out to park and not always in a safe and slow Davis said She also referred to a handicap access ramp to the playground equip ment that she says has shifted due to moisture leaving a gap ramp and equipment large enough to pose a safety hazard Standing within view of the play area is an unusable piece of worth of playground Davis said Dr Sandra Wilson principal bf Parkside Elementary said the school is waiting to receive materials to fix the ramp to the equipment She said that children are not allowed to play in the grassy area of the playground See MOTHER Page A9 Moriiiiiir A310 Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsC7 Editorial A4 S Horoscope C4 C6D5 Obituaries A5 Baugh Bierbaum Charlton Cox Fowler McNesh Nodine Bobbins Silas Stemm Svoboda Swann Scoreboard Pupils get shot at TV fame By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Elementary pupils flew through the air talked on the beach and ran down city streets all during assemblies Wednesday at Central Elementary School in Roxana The assemblies titled Lights Camera gave kindergarten to fifth grade pupils the chance to become television stars as they learned how television programs are produced Mobile Productions an educational production compa ny from Michigan presented the assemblies Throughout the day pupils from each of the grade levels met in the school cafeteria where a bright green backdrop was set up before video cam eras and other video equip ment The pupils performed in front of the green backdrop The producers from Mobile then transported the pupils from the school cafeteria to locations such as the beach a farm ski slopes or even the set of Disneys movie The Lion Other pupils while lying on a black box with their arms stretched out in front of them saw themselves suddenly fly ing through the air One group of pupils gave weather reports in front of a full weather map I See FAME Page A9 i A xi The M BARNES Missy Paustlan 9 left gets some help with cue cards from Joe Denny while taping a weather seg ment Wednesday at Central Elementary School in Roxana Thursday Feb 25 STONiBRAKiR WEEKENP BAIMPS Friday Feb 26 JULES BLATTNER Feb TWILIGHT JUMP 4V i
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