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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Neighbors MltePtet efforts Pageki Region 300 attend bicycle safety event PageDi V6L 164 No 122 50 dents Monday May The outlook Chance of showers and taderetomis high near 80 low near 62 PageD4 Sports Jersey coach ends long career Paged irl 7 drowns in Piasa Creek By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY A 7yearold girl drowned after stepping off a sandbar into 15 feet or more of water in Piasa Creek just north of Godfrey on Sunday afternoon Andrea Sweeney along with her sister Billie 10 and brother Mike 3 and five other children were taken swimming by a baby sitter when Andrea apparently stepped off the sandbar and into a deep pool with a swift current Andreas body was found at about 7 by divers Tim Nesbit and Pat Tanner from the Bubblemasters Underwater Rescue Team BURT who were called in to aid in the search Her parents names were not available at press time The accident happened around 4 near Delmar overpass over Piasa Creek in about 15 to 20 feet of water The baby sitter Nancy Ash had apparently taken two of her own children and six others on the outing They had been in the water approxi mately 20 minutes when Andrea disappeared Ash and the children are from the East AltonWood River area I See GIRL Service and Alton Volunteer Piasa Creek where a 7yearold girl drowned Sunday Residents ste 3 up isease By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Twentyeight River Bend residents dusted off their walking shoes Sunday in a 10kilometer effort to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The organizers of the Great Strides event which was held in Russell Commons Park and sponsored by MasseyYost Pharmacy hoped to raise nearly from volunteer participation Each walker in the event 13 was asked to try to raise alt least by soliciting spon sors for per kilometer Ten kilometers is equal to miles We asked each walker to donate in addition to sign ing said Nellie Briggeman one of the organiz ers who recently lost a nephew to cystic fibrosis Many of those participating in Sundays walk had been personally touched by the genetic disease that affects people in the United States Brussels Mayor Sarah Kinder drove down just to make a contribution My son Chris 23 has cys tic Kinder said Weve been very fortunate that he has enjoyed good health but as he gets older it gets harder for him to rebound from an Chris now is facing some financial insecurities because he no longer can be carried on his parents health insurance and he is not eligible from his employer The family current ly is checking into options for See FIGHT Page A7 The BARNES Laurie Edwards of Bethalto pulls her two daughters Holly 9 and Abby 4 Sunday during the 10K Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis at Russell Commons Park in Alton The family lost a friend to the disease eight years ago a distraught on a swimming excursion to Piasa Creek on Tax bills may on By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Due to cooperation from the state Madison County residents are expected to get their property tax bills by the end of June County Clerk Mark Von Nida said Officials had predicted last month that the bills wouldnt be mailed until midJuly which could have caused prob lems for taxing bodies relying on tax revenue to keep their bills paid If the bodies dont get tax revenue on time they have to rely on borrowing to pay their bills and payroll The quicker taxing bod ies get their money the more possible revenue they can get from Von Nida said School districts receive about 65 percent of county property taxes municipal gov ernments get about 15 percent the county gets 10 percent and special districts get 10 per cent The 10 percent that returns to the county goes into the general operating budget along with fee revenues fine revenues and sales tax from unincorporated areas Its difficult to say whether the bills going out later would actually cost tax ing districts money Wed have to do a further survey to find out what having the money a little later means to each dis Von Nida said See BILLS Page A7 in Brighton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON On Memorial Day World War II veterans Merle Schmidt and Elmer Bott will join townspeo a parade to salute horhetown veterans who went to war people of our town are patriotic said Bott 81 Navy veteran who answered the call with other Bjjghton soldiers to fight in War II history of Brightons Proud World War II veterans Merle uuv 1111C1 uuu n front of the Veterans Memorial of American Legion Post 476 in Brighton Cemetery where a Memorial Day service will be cele brated to honor veterans young people who served their left their hometown of country in the armed forces Brighton to serve on the bat comes alive in the Brighton tlefields from the Civil War in Heritage Museum Young men and women See BRIGHTON Page A7 Goori Mommy Bulletin B2 Brumley Couch Demas Haller Lowry McCaherty Meyers Peoples Sander Williamson New executive director takes over at the YWCA By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON The YWCAs new executive director Colleen Carpenter wants to help youngsters follow their dreams in life I strive to motivate young people to trust and believe in themselves to set good goals in life and pursue Carpenter said Carpenter 41 started as the new executive director on April 26 Shes excited about working with the staff to help shape the future programs of the YWCA in Alton She is a mother of three children and has a special I See YWCA Page A7 The SMITH Colleen Carpenter Is the new executive director of the Alton YWCA THURSDAY MAY FRIDAY MAY 21 FANTASY WEEKEND BANDS r4 CATI IDHAV II JULES BLATTNER1   

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