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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 GonsflsMn' Program teaches tile rod and reel basics Page D-1 E TELEGRAPH I 50 cents Chaplain helps keep veterans’ spirits high By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph stafj 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 Korea," said Scoggins, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War ll Scoggins' friendly face is familiar to veterans 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 everywhere," said Scoggins, who has been a minister since 1952. During the week, Scoggins wears his mili-tary-style uniform as the VFW chaplain to preside at special events and funerals of veterans of World War II, Vietnam, Korea and ■ See CHAPLAIN. Page A-7 Birds avoid sweep Cards hold on to beat Giants 54 Page C-l Tho outlook Mostly sunny and comfortable; high near 83, low near 61 Page C-S Foolin'around King’s Klowns show love for others through entertainment Page R-l Vol. 164, No. 178 Monday, July 12,1999 www.thetelegraph.com The Telegraph/BARBARA M. COPE Larry Mills stands In front of his converted silo-home. Mills was seriously injured last May when he fell from the silo's roof while making repairs. Fall and rise Applegrower learns to appreciate the little things after falling off the top of silo-home 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 silo-home would lead to serious life changes. But then, he never expected to fall 55 feet from his perch WTI Then I hit the VV i ground, I felt appTfarm family s that old familiar The accident hap feeling. I knew I’d pened as he was ° , sealing a window on screwed up my Mills?was suspended back, but I didn’t thaTrun^alonglhe f™ 5 ^ ^ that perimeter of the flat- I d messed UD my topped, 12-sided roof i _ l j M of the silo. A friend, &S beld. who happened to be . nim** ne required Larry Mills two surgeries that on his fearsome fall only recently had been perfected, both by doctors in St a doctor, stood on the roof moving the rope of a safety harness 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 unforgiving 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 “supersensitized” 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 I’d screwed up my back, but I didn’t have any idea that I’d messed up my legs as bad. The paramedics said it was like a noodle, but it hurt bad every time they’d move it,” he said. Perhaps lucky to survive the fall, Mills certainly was lucky in his medical care. He required in Louis. Mills became only the lith person to receive a sacral reconstruction, an operation on the nerves in the pelvic area, performed by a ■ See FALL, Page A-l Good Morning Area/Illinois .. . .A-3,6,8 Baumgartner, Brooks, Darr, Bulletin Board .. .B-2,4 Gilman, Heepke, Classifieds... .....C-6 Petrokovich, Wanick Comics...... .....D-2 Region.......... D-1 Editorial..... .... .A-4 Scoreboard...... C-? Nation/World . .....B-3 Television ....... .D-3 Obituaries ... .....A-5 Weather ......... .0-8 The Telegraph/ANDE YAKSTIS Orchard grower Keith Hagen shows some of the peaches ripening in the Hagen Family Orchard near Brussels. Mouths begin to water as peach-picking time approaches in Brussels By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRUSSELS — Kenneth Hagen is starting his 43rd season of picking red, ripe peaches in the scenic hills of Calhoun County. “We’ll be picking one of the largest, nicest peach crops in years,’’ said Hagen, one of Calhoun County’s best-known fruit growers. Peaches are ripening on thousands of trees in turesque rolling Calhoun, a county Telegraph Towns the pic-hills of nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. It’s peach-picking 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. “We’ll start picking the popular Red Haven peaches on July 15,” Hagen said. “Peach eaters like the sweet, juicy taste of Red Havens.” 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. “I’ve been growing peaches and apples for 43 years,” Hagen said. ■ See BRUSSELS, Page A-7 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. African-Americans are at an especially high risk for strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure, said Paula Berry, a registered 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 A-7 A day in the park Carol Hankins, left, and her husband, Larry Hankins, right, of Normal, get some historical facts from Steve Niemann, a seasonal interpreter at Pere Marquette Park on the Twin Mounds look-out point. See Story, Page D-1. _ SATURDAY, July 17 and SUNDAY July 18 “STONEBRAKER’ FRIDAY, July 16 JULES BLATTNER
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