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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Prep hockey Marquette wins, 3-2 over Edwardsville  Page Bl  Chance of rain and mild. High 59; low 49  Page D8  Extra time for  holiday  shopping  Page DI  Vol. 164, No. 322 - 50 cents  Friday, December 3, 1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Fire destroys Livingston house  Homeowner safe  By DEBORAH L. BATES  Telegraph staff writer  LIVINGSTON — A fire Thursday morning near Livingston left a house a total loss, the lawn a wet, soggy mess and the owner virtually unharmed.  Assistant Chief Bob Chulka of the Livingston Fire Department said the call came in about 9:45 a m. Thursday. Six hours later, the five fire departments that responded left the remnants of the charred house to stand alone next to the lawn, soggy from the firefighters’ efforts.  Chulka, whose department was the first to arrive on the scene, said the house at 8609 West Frontage Road was fully involved in flames when his crew got there.  The homeowner, Sam McKenzie, was inside when the fire started. He was taken by ambulance to Staunton Hospital, where he was treated and released. McKenzie’s wife, Mary, was not home at the time of the fire.  • Chulka declared the house a total loss. He said the cause is undetermined and not suspicious. The house is in the Olive Fire Protection District, which responded to the call along with fire departments from Livingston, New Douglas, Staunton and Alhambra.  me Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  A curtain of smoke envelops firefighters Thursday as they battle a windswept fire at 8609 W. Frontage Road near Livingston that gutted the house and sent the homeowner to the hospital. At right, a firefighter, one of several from the five departments at the scene, moves in on a wall of flames at the side of the house.  Woman has reasons to lead fight against drunken drivers  Daughter, father, nephew killed in accidents  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - Bethalto resident Vickey Cannedy knows better than anyone the permanent devastation drinking and driving causes.  Cannedy and her husband, Terry, lost one of their three children, their 18-year-old daughter, Teresa Lynn, in an accident caused by a drunken driver the night before Thanksgiving in 1997. In 1962, Cannedy lost her father when his car was hit by a drunken truck driver. And in 1990, Cannedy’s nephew Bobby Hansen, 16, was killed by a driver under the influence of alcohol.  Just past the second anniversary of her daughter’s death and four months after her son Jason’s daughter was born and named after Teresa,  MADD plans Walk for Life, candlelight vigil this weekend.  Cannedy is trying to move on. As coordinator of two Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers events this weekend, Cannedy’s energies these days are funneled into awareness campaigns on the perils of drinking and driving.  At 6 p.m. Saturday, the county’s MADD chapter is hosting a Walk for Life through Roselawn Cemetery, followed by a special tribute to living and deceased victims of drunken drivers.  ■ See FIGHT, Page A11  DUI crashes rise  lives lost due to drunk drivers  ■ Number of deaths in the U.S. caused by traffic crashes: 41,471  ■ How many of these deaths were alcohol-related: 15,935  ■ Number of deaths in Missouri during 1998 due to DUI’s: 270  ■ Number of deaths in Illinois during 1998 due to driving under the influence: 588  ® Month with the most alcohol-related traffic deaths: Decembc  * Illinois' legal limit of alcohol ir the blood system: .08   m  Missouri’s legal limit of blood alcohol content: .10  SOURCES: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers & Madison Co. MADD Chapt  Good Morning     Area/Illinois ...    .....A3-9    Austin, Bartels, Carpunky,      Business......    ......DI    Fensterman, Gaines, Gulled,      Classifieds    ......C7    Gunning, Hauschild, Ivers,      Comics .......    ......D5    Markovich, Mennimeier,      Editorial.......    ......A4    Ramage, Seibert, Stafford'      Horoscope    ......D5    Scoreboard..........C2      Nation/world . .    . . . A10,12    Stocks..............D2      Obituaries.....    ......A5    Television ...........C6     The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Vickey Cannedy of Bethalto holds a picture of her 18-year-old daughter, Teresa Lynn, who was killed by a drunken driver two years ago.  around holidays  Illinois deaths down from last year  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  It’s a fact: the advent of the holidays brings the onset of an increasing number of DUIS.  Statistics from the national organization of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers reveal that out of 192 traffic fatalities last New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 129 of the deaths — 67 percent — were alcohol  related. Last Thanksgiving and the night before, the national statistics tell a similar tale: Out of 570 road fatalities, 231 of them — 40 percent — occurred as a result of drunk drivers.  Illinois State Police report that DUI-related fatalities in 1999 are slightly lower than they were last year. LL Chuck Brueggemann said that as of  ■ See DUI, Page A11  Former Pride leader returns to aid Marketplace  Woman will be program manager  Marketplace. Zimmer said the position is half fund raising and half project work. Pride is a regional beautification organization with offices at Lewis and Clark Community College.  Zimmer said there were seven applicants — four of them strong candidates — for the position left empty when former program manager Lisa' Reime returned to work for the city of Carbondale in October. He said Hutchinson-Gross, 36, was the top candidate for the job. She plans to begin her new job either Jan. 3 or 4, she said.  “I’m real excited about coming home,” she said. “I worked on the (Marketplace) design committee when I was with Pride, and I really enjoyed learning about the Marketplace mission and economic improvements in the Downtown area. Downtown is  ■ See PRIDE, Page A11  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — A familiar area booster will take the helm of Alton Marketplace Association next month.  Dorothy Hutchinson-Gross, former executive director of Pride Inc. in Godfrey, will be returning to Alton    to  become program manager of the nonprofit organization that promotes businesses and beautification projects    in  Downtown Alton.  “Dorothy faced the same problems with Pride that we face here, and she has ideas for solving them,” said Peter Zimmer, chairman of  Hutchinson-  Gross   

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