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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: October 22, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HIBBfc1 4P On the ice Blues win 32 in overtime over Edmonton Page Bl The Mostly sunny High 57 low 32 Page D8 Vol 164 No 280 50 cents Friday October Twins killed in crash buried Funeral held in church where sisters were baptized By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE They entered life together nearly 19 years ago and have now left to join their mother in eternal life Twin sisters Melissa N Holliday and Erica L Holliday died Saturday in a car accident near Charleston During funeral services Thursday at St Boniface Church Father John Corredato expressed the grief of the family the church and the communi ty Human words cannot Erica express the Holliday sorrow we feel in our hearts this Corredato said standing in the same church where the sisters were baptized Perhaps the connection twins shared took them out of this world together where they will join their mother the late Marcia J The SMITH Pallbearers and friends of Melissa Holliday console each other Thursday after placing her coffin in a hearse moments after pallbearers carried the casket of her twin sister 18yearold Erica Holliday from St Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville below after the funeral Mass for the two Holliday Corredato said Throughout the service Melissa the friendship Holliday and the bond Melissa and Erica Holliday shared was expressed Corredato spoke of the sisters love for music their love for others and their love for life saying there is a lesson to be learned to live and love life to its fullest and enjoy it as these sisters did Life is too brief and in this case life is all too brief See TWINS Page A11 Lakeside service honors teen By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE More than 100 people gathered Thursday at a lakeside service to celebrate the life of 18year old Benjamin B Blain Blain was one of three Edwardsville teenagers killed in a traffic accident Saturday near Charleston Twins Erica and Melissa Hollidays were also buried Thursday At an unorthodox service next to Leclaire Lake many friends and fami ly members recalled how Blain had touched their lives with his kindness and love for life When his mother Mary would ask Ben in one word how hed recommend someone should live his or her life he always said Be Blains father Robert told the gathering over the calming sound of the lakes fountain Ben was an organ donor which included the corneas of his eyes It would be wonderful to see the world through Bens Those in the crowd dressed in an eclectic mixture of tiedyes or suits and ties tearfully rejoiced at the stories the speakers offered Sitting on blan kets spread out over the grass or lean ing against a fence laughter often was heard after anecdotes involving the young man they knew Many said the cheerful service on a breezy sunny I See TEEN Page A11 Defendant denies role in fatal beating By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Glenn A Taylor flatly denied on the witness stand Thursday that he hit or kicked Richard Skelton and said he was intimidated into signing a confession by Alton police officers Another witness Lisa Baker said she was in the area when Skelton was beat en to death and heard Skelton use a racial slur in asking about his stolen tele vision She said police also used racial slurs in investi gating the case Police vehe mently denied any such lan guage Taylors trial on a murder charge is expected to go to the jury today after closing arguments He is accused of hitting Skelton 48 two times See TWINS Page A11 Bulldozers clearing way for pharmacy Good Morning Bulletin Board Classifieds Comics Horoscope A310 A7 C5 A4 04 A12 Obituaries A5 Cox Ousfmann Goff Haferkamp Harris Lahletp Mellor Schmitt Ufert Wplff 02 Television Weather By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON Several vacant structures in Alton and Godfrey are being bulldozed to make way for two new CVS Pharmacy stores During the next 10 days the old Alton fire station at College Avenue and Scovell Street a former dentist office an abandoned house an auto motive repair business and a Chinese restaurant will be razed to accommodate a CVS Pharmacy said Stephen Sweet owner of Abatement Management Inc AMI is CVS subcontractor in charge of demolition for the project The store and adjoining parking lot will occupy a significant amount of space that until Wednesday was known as Scovell Street City of Alton public works director Jim Hernandez said Scovell Street is no longer a street the property was con veyed to CVS during the sale of the land that will be home to the prototype store Scovell has been permanently closed from College Avenue to The SMITH A backhoe from Abatement Management Inc begins demolition of a house in the 2400 block of College Avenue Thursday Several buildings on the block are being demolished to make way for a CVS Pharmacy store Crawford Street in Upper Alton Were expecting to begin construction as soon as the bulldozing is done probably as soon as early to mid said Todd Andrews CVS Pharmacy director of corporate commu nications Were looking at See PHARMACY Page A11   

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