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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 fJftfHftm nJIBHHH Just ducky Tommies 1 MiniMall blooms in Wood River Page Dl 273 50 cents Taste of frontier Cabin j restoration i in Bethalto i Page Cl j The outlook Partly cloudy and warm high low 55 Page D8 Prep football Jersey tackles CM in a battle of 70 teams PageBi October Thousands cheer Graham Evangelist brings crusade to Trans World Dome The BARNES Evangelist Billy Graham addresses the people who attended the opening night Thursday of his crusade at the Trans World Dome in By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer LOUIS Thousands of voices filled the air with the stirring hymn Amazing Grace from the crowd that poured into the Trans World Dome Thursday night to hear evangelist Billy Graham preach the gospel message of Jesus The mass of people broke into spontaneous Christian songs as they flocked into the dome in Downtown Louis to hear one of the worlds great est evangelists proclaim the message of Christian The spiritual excitement of Grahams appearance was everywhere among thousands of people who filled the dome for the historic 1999 Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade in Its an great moment in my Christian life to hear evangelist Billy Graham preach the good news of Jesus said Patsy Dossey of Wood a member of the Bethalto Church of The spirit of God was in the smiles and friendly voices of people who came to the dome to hear the chair sing How Great Thou Art and listen to Graham proclaim the gospel The autumn sunset glowed dinner LOl JIS BWy fifiihant CRUSADfi mt m txm Doors open to the crusade at the TWA Dome Crusade service begins Charlie Daniels Band Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner Baseball HallofFamer Lou Brock Greater Louis Billy Graham Crusade Mass Choir Crusade music director Cliff Barrows Crusade soloist George Beverly Shea The Billy Graham Crusade concludes m IWt ii on the steel Gateway Arch as thousands of people lined up for five blocks along Downtown Louis streets to wait for the doors of the to You can feel the spirit of God when you walk into the said Joan who drove to the Crusade from the Friendship Baptist Church of Hardin in Calhoun You can see the spirit in the faces of the people who are coming to hear Billy People drove in vans and hundreds of buses from across the country and from as far away as India to hear Hundreds of people came from Wood East Bunker Hill and across the River Bend for the historic We brought two bus loads of folks to the said the Charles pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bethalto and a volunteer leader at the Glenda and Forrest Hall drove from Alton to the dome to be spiritual counselors at the See Page A11 Grahams message God loves you The BARNES The crowd listens intently to Billy Grahams By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer LOUIS For people gathered Thursday night in the Trans World the twoyear wait was worth The Billy Graham brought his ministry back to Louis for the Greater Louis Billy Graham his last crusade of the Grahams message was simple yet earnest God loves you no matter and if you repent of your he guaran tees to bring you peace and joy that youve never Speaking of his friendship with John Kennedy and his Carolyn Bessette who were killed in a plane crash during the sum Graham said physical death is inevitable but spiritu al death is spared through making things right with Jesus I cannot even prove to you the existence of Graham And no scientist But by we know that there is something beyond our People used to look to sci ence to save Now were afraid that science will destroy Graham shared the concept that God will judge but that he wants to love and forgive for When we abuse the envi we pay a Graham When we we break Gods moral and spiritual and we pay a But if we accept Jesus he has already paid See Page A11 New child support system draws fire from parents BY DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A new system for child support payments has left some recipients without money to pay bills or to buy necessities for their Gayla of said she has been receiving child support checks for 13 years without until The last check she received was in the middle of and this has caused her to be late in paying My landlord even threatened to evict she Nobody can tell us Its affecting my My landlord is wanting me to move out with two and Christmas is And when it was going to I never had a problem in 13 The federal law went into effect It mandates that each state have a single dis bursement center through which child support payments are sent and then distributed to Jackson said she has been trying since 4 to contact the State Disbursement the Illinois center that now is processing child sup port She said she kept receiving a busy signal and then called the operator to check the centers phone Theyve had their phone off the Jackson Theyre trying to tell me they were having and I called the and the phone was off the She said she contacted the Madison County Circuit Clerks Office and they said they were going to report the What really makes me mad is them taking See Page All Morning Bulletin Slaten Vietnam War heros body coming home after 28 years Clyde Wilkinson Shot down over Laos in 71 By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A local family has won a 28year battle to bring home the remains of a Army pilot shot down over Laos and killed during the Vietnam The body of Clyde David Wilkinson was identified positively through DNA testing this Although the truth about Wilkinsons fate brings some closure for his Lee Ann she and close family friend Jackie Stephenson said 28 years was too long to have was a He was one of Americas Jackie Stephenson close family friend to live with the Some I would wake up and think he was going fo come knocking on the Warner When they told I didnt believe it at but I wasnt I am angry it took them 28 years to get the job Stephenson helped Warner and her Tiffany and Tracey as they waded through the govern ment channels to bring Wilkinsons remains who survived three tours of duty as a Green Beret in said there is raw no excuse for the militarys apparent lack of effort to find Wilkinsons He was a He was one of Americas Stephenson The Army knew exactly where his plane went but his plane went down behind lines the govern ment didnt admit They had photos of but it took them 28 years to go in and bring him Thats unac was 25 years old when his AGIG Cobra aircraft was shot down by enemy fire over He See Page A11
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