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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: November 26, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Alton Acres Community Center helps feed needy Page Cl Keeping up with Jones Rams linebacker is finding the end zone Page Bl The outlook j Gift Guide Partly cloudy j Some ideas and High j for 54 low 36 I friends Page CIO i Special Section 31550 cents November Peeling car paint draws suits By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A pair of lawsuits motoring through state and federal courts are aimed at exposing the alleged ly faulty paint process used for years on Chrysler and Ford In one a Moro Christina Marie is trying to show that the peeling Two area women seek class action efforts paint on her 1990 Plymouth Voyager minivan is indicative of problems suffered by sever al drivers of Chrysler products made between 1988 and In the second a Bethalto Joyce Elaine claims that similar faulty paint work has affected her 1990 Ford Taurus and tens of thousands of other Ford products produced between 1985 and The common local link in both cases is the Lakin Law Firm in Wood which is cooperating withChicago attor ney Paul Weiss in pursuing class action status for the law suits in two The Ford Motor suit is the most recent of the two and was filed last month in Madison County Circuit Attorney Brad Lakin said Phillips seeks to represent thousands of Ford owners who bought Ford vehicles and allegedly Were never told that a paint system adopted in 1983 would cause thousands of vehi cles to exhibit a paint defect known as which appears as peeling Ford changed paint processes between 1995 and he This was a situation where a company put profits over the interests of its Lakin Internal company documents tell us the company knew this paint which had a limited was The suit alleges that See Page A9 Volunteers share with needy for Thanksgiving All ages come together to lend hand The SMITH Elisabeth helps Katharine of fill a turkey plate for needy people Thursday at the Community Hope Center In Cottage Elisabeth volunteered her time along with her Roberta of to help put together Thanksgiving By ANbE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer COTTAGE HILLS Jamie and Sandy Hutchins and their children helped needy families have a happy Thanksgiving Thursday with turkey and all the trimmings from Community Hope Our family is sharing our holiday with hungry people to help them have a Thanksgiving said Sandy Hutchins of The couple and their chil dren and 11 months joined dozens of volunteers who delivered turkey dinners from Community Hope Center to older folks living dis abled people and young fami lies who are out of Were fixing Thanksgiving dinners for hungry said Christie a stu dent at the Sixth Grade Center in The aroma of freshly cooked mashed pota toes and pumpkin pies drifted through the kitchen at Hope Center in Cottage Our volunteers are deliv ering turkey dinners and all the trimmings to 220 needy people of all said Barbara the dinner who scooped a big helping of potatoes into a con children and house wives were among the volun teers who carried dinners to apartments and homes of older people living alone on fixed Many older folks are pay ing for expensive medical pre scriptions and cant afford a Thanksgiving said Crystal director of Hope See Page A9 Community Christmas iembodies spirit of giving Last the program collected almost in cash and in donated items ByVICKIBENNINGTON For The Telegraph Community Christmas participants and supporters think giving is better than getting at and individu als are joining together to help make someones Christmas a little as they have been doing for the past 10 We want to redo what we did said Glenda AFLCIO community services liaison with United Way Past years have been very suc Last the program collected almost in cash and in donated The good thing is that 100 percent of donations and cash go directly to the See Page A9 Si Good Morning Bulletin Claplfleds Horoscope Wood Television B6 The EARNED Unusually dry conditions led to this recent fire in a farm field near battled by firefighters from the Eldred Carrollton volunteer fire Fire officials said dry dust often catches fire on truck and farm machinery which can ignite parched Dry weather hurting some farmers By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer The extremely dry and warm weather this harvest season has been devastating to some strangely it has had virtually no affect on Others producing great yields Its so said Medora farmer Dan a Jersey County Board Despite unusually dry condi tions the last several overall grain yields are not down by Moore Its not a total he It just depends on where youre Just two miles down the road makes the biggest The agricultural activist said some farmers have had fields with great while others have unfortunately had basically zero yields because ol unusually dry conditions He said it varies literally from See Page A8   

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