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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Bonefishin Program teaches the rod and reel basics PageDl Birds avoid sweep Cards hold on to beat Giants 54 PageCl The outlook Mostly sunny and comfort able high near 83 low near 61 PageCS Foolin around Kings Howns show love for others through entertainment PageBl 178 50 cents Chaplain helps keep veterans spirits high By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Alton VFW Chaplain Charles Scoggins has love in his heart and a prayer on his lips for veterans in hospitals and nursing homes I try to lift the spirits of veterans who were wounded or disabled in wars like World War II Vietnam and said Scoggins who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II Scoggins friendly face is familiar to veter ans at hospitals nursing homes and veteran care facilities from Alton to St Louis and Quincy On most Sunday mornings Scoggins preaches the gospel message from the pulpit at the historic Kane Church of Christ in Greene County My life is devoted to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with people said Scoggins who has been a minister since 1952 During the week Scoggins wears his mili tarystyle uniform as the VFW chaplain to preside at special events and funerals of vet erans of World War II Vietnam Korea and See CHAPLAIN Page A7 Monday July Fall and rise Applegrower learns to appreciate the little things after falling off the top of silohome By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer MARINE Larry Mills will never look at home repair the same way again Over a year ago he never dreamed that a simple outdoor repair job on his converted silohome would lead to serious life changes But then he never expected to fall 55 feet from his perch I hit the T p i that old familiar pe knew rd sealing a window on SCreWCU UD HIV MuRL SJS5S bad but I didnt any idea that perimeter of the flatId UD HIV The M COPE Larry Mills stands in front of his converted silohome Mills was seriously injured last May when he fell from the silos roof while making repairs who happened to be a doctor stood on the roof moving the rope of a safety har ness around each side as Mills completed his task Suddenly he said she felt the rope go slack in her hands When he slammed into the unfor giving ground he was almost in a standing position and absorbed the impact with his legs Mills said he broke eight bones in 18 places including multiple vertebrae and leg fractures and a severe pelvic injury After a previous vertebrae injury Mills said he recognized a supersen sitized feeling in his legs that let him know he had seriously injured his back When I hit the ground I felt that old familiar feeling I knew Id screwed up my back but I didnt have any idea that Id messed up my legs as bad The paramedics said it was like a noodle but it hurt bad every time theyd move he said Perhaps lucky to survive the fall Mills certainly was lucky in his medical care He required two surgeries that only recently had been perfected both by doctors in St Louis Mills became only the llth person to receive a sacral recon struction an operation on the nerves in the pelvic area performed by a See FALL Page A7 Larry Mills on his fearsome fall The YAKSTIS Orchard grower Keith Hagen shows some of the peaches ripen ing In the Hagen Family Orchard near Brussels Mouths begin to water as peachpicking time approaches in Brussels By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRUSSELS Kenneth Hagen is starting his 43rd sea son of picking red ripe peach es in the scenic hills of Calhoun County Well be picking one of the largest nicest peach crops in said Hagen one of Calhoun Countys bestknown fruit growers Peaches are ripening on thou sands of trees in turesque rolling Calhoun a county the pic hills of nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers Its peachpick ing time and Hagen Tom Ringhausen the Odeleher family and other growers will harvest thousands of bushels of fruit in the famous orchard country from Brussels to Batchtown and Hardin Well start picking the pop ular Red Haven peaches on July Hagen said Peach eaters like the sweet juicy taste of Red Hagen and his orchard crew are getting ready for the rush of peach lovers at the opening of his roadside market next weekend His market is familiar to fruit lovers on the Brussels Ferry Road four miles south of the Brussels Ferry landing in Calhoun County Hagen planted his first peach and apple trees in 1956 on the Hagen family farm when he returned home from the Army and the Korean War Ive been growing peaches and apples for 43 Hagen said Telegraph Towns I See BRUSSELS Page A7 A day in the park Carol Hanklns left and her husband Larry Hanklns Normal get some historical facts from preter at Pere Marquette Park on the Twin Mounds lookout point See Story Page D1 Minority health screenings offered weekdays this month By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Health screenings for minorities are being offered throughout Madison County every weekday in July as part of Minority Health Month AfricanAmericans are at an especially high risk for strokes diabetes and high blood pres sure said Paula Berry a regis tered nurse who works as an administrative assistant at the Madison County Health Department The MCHD is helping to bring attention to the health issues of racial and ethnic groups in our county and See HEALTH Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Board Obituaries Baumgartner Brooks Darr Gilman Heepke Petrokovich Wanick Television THURSDAY July 15 STONEBRAKER WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY July 16 JULES BLATTNER SATURDAY July 17 and SUNDAY July 18 STONEBRAKER
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