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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 4HHB CelebrateSOO Color poster commemorates another McGwire milestone In Sundays Telegraph OnthfilVeh Bank marks first year on the Internet Page m Chance of with the high 87 and the low 71 PagelW 204 50 cents One out of two Cards split twin bill with Pirates PageBl August 67 slaying suspect takes own life By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The life of onetime murder suspect Nbrval once jailed in Madison County for four ended with an ironic twist when he committed suicide last month at a bus station in Regardless of what the state of Illinois said about he was a real good said his Norval Wells was arrested 25 years after killing Phil Wells of He desperate ly wanted to be liked and to have but he was never able to find Norval who was 75 when he died July was a suspect in the fatal shooting of Paul Hale in Alton June He married Bales and the couple moved to They later but Wells remained a suspect in the Wells was in Colorado almost exact ly 25 years after the killing and charged with He was taken to the Madison County Jail in July 1992 and remained there until when he was released for health Wells had gone to Fayetteville in search of a clinic that could help him with longtime circulatory prob He had written to rela tives about his plans to end his life after his health took a turn for the Phil Wells See Page A7 Wells t v Pnly the World C0mes fbnriBndirig Friday at Louis in bv flight at Regional air show By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO As he soared through the air Friday as a passen ger at more than feet in a B24 Liberator pilot Les Thompson of Granite City Thompson sat against a green steel snug in the belly of the historic His feet were propped up over the top of a narrow opening leading to the ships midsection and tail directly over the gunners section of the He peered out of the window of the looking at swimming pools and smoke stacks and chimneys while making the 50minute flight Bethalto from The B24 is among a variety of including vintage aircraft from the 1940s and upscale corporate jets totaling as much as on display this weekend at Louis Regional The plane brought back memories for who piloted 19 combat missions and six food missions during World War II in a B17 bomber with the Squadron in the 34th Bomb See Page A7 Grant sought to raze Blair By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON The East Alton Elementary School Board hopes to find grant money to save the district the expense of demolish ing the 70yearold Blair Elementary Members of the School Board recently met with rep resentatives from Madison County Community Development to discuss possi ble grants the district could Mike district superin said the board has estimated it will cost about to demolish the vacant 316 Washington and take up the asphalt around the Were looking at ways to save in tax The board is accepting bids from architectural firms for the demolition Gray said the board origi nally had planned to have the building demolished this then learned about the possibility of financing the demolition with grant He said the district missed the grant application deadlines for this years The new cycle will begin in and the See Page A7 i Bulletin Boad Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope Obituaries Stroud 110 cancers rumble down Mississippi By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON All 110 of them came by canoe and kayak down the Mississippi Paddlers aged 12 to 80 reached Altons riverfront Friday afternoon to celebrate the sixth day of the weeklong Great River Rumble The 147mile river excursion from Quincy to Louis drew adventurers from 10 some from as far away as Troop leader Rex Klein said the most challeng ing day was Thursday at Lock 25 at when it was time to pick up the ves sels and carry We had to portage when we got to Winfield because Lock 25 was closed for and the gates were But were having a wonder ful We travel different stretches of the Mississippi River every Its got the beauty and the charisma for a perfect and its a real challenge to Canoers change partners and vessels every day to keep the adventure interesting and to build Klein On 10 riders and one paddler dressed in period costumes as hunters and trappers as the group traveled from Hamburg to Alton landing chairman See Page A7 The BADMAN Some of the 110 participants in the 147 milelong Great River Rumble 99 arrive Friday at Altons Riverfront Park during their trip from Quincy to CCOLORTYME 2801 Homer Adams Hours MF107 5 RCA BIG SCREEN RCA DVDS jp a week REGISTER TO WIN A FULL SIZED WASHER DRYER Ortwlnp to be 111888   

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