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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Round Ta We Service always a priority at family restaurant PageDl Something SMore Vacation leads back to food editors roots PageBl Vol 164 No 215 50 cents Wednesday August Vivian Wheeler of Wood River who has the longest beard of any living woman pays a visit to hairstylist Jamie9Bolz oUCustom Kuts in East Alton Shes a record holder Womans beard locks in her spot in Guinness Book By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Vivian Wheeler has found her niche as a world record holder The lifelong Wood River resident will star in a seg ment of the Guinness Book of World Records television show sometime this fall as the woman with the longest beard on record I am filling the position after a bearded woman who retired and shaved her said Wheeler 51 who orie year ago drafted a letter to Guinness officials and tout ed her eligibility for the record Although Wheelers black beard only extends some 3 to 4 inches beyond her chin at one time it was about 12 inch es long The beard is fairly straight but Wheeler said it gets noticeably curly when trimmed beard started growing when I was only 10 years Wheeler said My father was embarrassed by my facial hair and made me cut it off January 12 1992 the day of my mothers funer al was the last time I shaved off my beard It was down to my chest at that point and now its growing all over As Wheeler ages she said there is more upkeep in dye ing her hair and her beard to a matching hue Five minutes for the hair five minutes for the Wheeler said On Tuesday Guinness field director Dave Garrison and a film crew focused their TV cameras on Wheeler at her local hangout the Hit and Run Pancake Ranch at 900 Edwardsville Road in Wood River From there Wheeler and the Guinness crew drove to Kustom Kuts on Brookshire Boulevard in East Alton where hairstylist Jamie Bolz washed and styled Wheelers The SMITH Vivian Wheeler of Wood River who has the longest beard of any living woman gets a shampoo Tuesday under the scrutiny of a film crew from the Guinness Book of World Records tele vision show hair then gently rinsed and groomed her beard The beard can get pretty hot especially during the heat wave we just went Wheeler said Sometimes I gather it together and tie it like you would do with your Multiple hormone imbal ances often are the cause of aggressive facial hair growth spurts Wheeler said while this may be the cause the I See BEARD Page A13 The outlook Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms high near 86 low near 66 Pagel8 Encore Paquetteis hero again in Cards victory PageCl I Health issue Wood River passes teen smoking resolution By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER The City Council and Mayor Lon Smith have approved a resolution discouraging tobacco use by minors declining to pass an ordinance that would have provided penalties for youths caught smoking After several weeks of dis cussion the mayor and council members voted 32 Monday night to pass the resolution written by Smith Smith said he voted in favor of his resolution in lieu of a proposed city ordinance banning cigarette smoking by youths under the age of 16 The mayor said he always has favored a resolution rather than an ordinance on this topic In its current written form the proposed Wood River ordi nance could not have been put into effect legally anyway the mayor said A phrase in the proposed ordinance that grants an exception for minors See SMOKING Page A13 The SMITH Residents and volunteers have donated their labor to repair the brick sidewalk along Olin Park on State Street in Alton rather than see it laid in concrete Helping out on the project Tuesday were from right to left Tom Hoechst 1st Ward alderman Jim Menzie of the Alton Park and Recreation Department Jason Frerichs a volunteer from Morrissey Construction Victor Urbonas of the Park and Recreation Department and Don Graham a nearby resident Residents work saves sidewalk By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A volunteer effort spearheaded by Alderman Tom Hoechst is saving a brick sidewalk at Olin Park on State Street Both the sidewalk and curb had been deteriorating for some time but the city could afford to replace the walk only with concrete rather than brick Hoechst 1st Ward said his conversations with area residents convinced him that the brick should remain in place and if the city couldnt afford to do it he would do it himself I See SIDEWALK Page A13 Good Morning A311 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds Editorial HoroscopeD5 Obituaries A5 Brookman Buchanan Erzes Fox Inlow Rose Stewart Scoreboard C2 Alton School Board fills final vacancy By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The final vacant administra tive spot in the Alton School District was filled Tuesday evening when the school board voted to appoint Kathleen Bredenkoetter as coordinator of instruc tional services and special programs Bredenkoetter replaces Suellen Girard who left the position to become assistant superintendent of the Jacksonville School District Bredenkoetters appointment represents the eighth district administra tive change made this summer A 12year employee of the Alton School District Bredenkoetter formerly was a thirdgrade teacher at Eunice Smith School She also has taught second grade at Horace Mann and Johnson ele mentary schools Before coming to the Alton district Bredenkoetter taught in the Hazelwood School District for four years and other Missouri schools for three years She holds a bachelors degree in elemen tary education and special education from the University of Missouri at St Louis In other business the board approved a tentative budget for the fiscal year begin ning July 1and ending June 30 2000 James Baiter assistant superintendent presented the board with estimated expenditures and revenues for the year The budget estimated that the district would have a total of million in rev enues in the 19992000 fiscal year an See BOARD Page A13 COLORTYMEJ 2801 Homer Adams 4668293 Hours MF107 SatSj 46 RCA BIG SCREEN RCA DVDs a week MITuc Computer A FULL SIZED WASHER DRYER 5Drawing loin hold   

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