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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Hockey Blues beat Sharks 42 Page Bl Sunbird Travel Assure cure for the travel bug Page Dl change is in the handling PageCl The outlook Rain mixed with snow High 46 Iow33 PageD12 Good Morning A312 Bulletin Board Dl C5 A4 A14 Obituaries A6 Doerr Elwell Harmon Hill Mitchell Rogers Seibert Sr Scoreboard C2 Stocks D2 Vol 164 No 324 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 December 5 1999 Young urges staggered terms Alderman wants issue on ballot By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Believing that a complete change of the guard in the City Council in 2001 would be disruptive Alderman Fred Young is resurrecting an earlier effort to stagger alder mens terms Young is circulating peti tions to put the issue on the March 21 primary ballot The initiative would call for elect ing aldermen in evennum bered wards in one year then electing those in oddnum bered wards two years later as the city did until 1993 At first in 2001 aldermen in wards 2 4 and 6 would win twoyear terms then after that serve for four years In 2001 aldermen representing wards 1 3 5 and 7 would be elected for four years he said Every governmental entity should have some he said Most jobs in corpora tions construction office duties industries including municipal responsibilities are better able to avoid the potential for chaos and disrup tion by assuring some degree of knowledgeable overlap of experienced See YOUNG Page A13 and to dn LU UU right Fred Young 4th Ward alderman The SMITH A group of supporters of the Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers gather Saturday for a Walk for Life under a tree of lights at Roselawn Cemetery in Bethalto Below Terry Cannedy of Bethalto who lost a daughter in a drunk driving accident in 1997 hugs a family friend after the Walkers remember victims of DUI crashes By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO somber group gathered in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens Saturday night united by the devastation drunken driving has brought into their lives and by their determination to prevent it from happening to others The approximately 20 resi dents were participants in the Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Drivings Walk for Life at 6 in the Bethalto cemetery Its a walk for life a walk for said Vickey Cannedy chairwoman of the event Cannedys 18yearold daughter Teresa was killed in an accident caused by a drunken driver in 1997 We dont want any parent to have to go through what weve gone Luminarias lighted the llife a walk for Vickey Cannedy chairwoman of the event pathway as the group walked to a tree illuminated with white lights in the midst of the cemetery Representatives from Elias Smith Funeral Homes read a list of more than 30 victims of drunken dri ving accidents ringing a bell after each name was read Again and again the bell rang A red light was lit to represent each victim the lights outlining the form of an angel A separate angel in See DUI Page A13 Rams ready for big Team dould clinch first postseason berth since 1989 By WARRED MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST LOTJIS The playoffs begin today for the St Louis Rams A victory or a tie in the noon game with the Carolina Panthers 56 in Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte clinches i the NFC West Division championship for the Rams That would make the Rams the first club in the NFL to gain a playoff berth The Rams fran chise hasnt qualified for the postseason since 1989 or won the W e s ij Division since 1985 Coach D i c 1 Vermeil wants his team to be sharp today and stay sharp until the playoffs begin next month Pljas he doesnt want any sort of letdown The Rams whipped the Panthers 3510 Nov 14 at the Trans World Dome Were preparing for this game likeits a division cham pionship Vermeil said Were using this game as a tool to leap how to play in an intense playoff atmosphere on the road This football team has never done it Im sure Carolina jvill present us with that kind of atmosphere To See RAMS Page A13 Volunteers gather to make a house a home By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor ALTON Sonia Deshotel was covered with Creamy paint frosted her dark hair speckled her cran berry Tshirt striped her bronze cheekbones It was the same paint gleaming on the walls of her Family of seven set to move in new home Deshotel and about 30 vol unteers spent Saturday paint ing and cleaning the house in the 700 block of Central Avenue in Alton Alton landlord Jeff Hatten offered the house to Deshotel and her six children after learning the family was living in a shelter Joe Morales and the Alton Mexican Club had made it a goal to find the fam ily a home by Christmas Deshotel and her family moved to the area from Lake Charles to live with a family member but the living arrangement did not work out But in the past few weeks she has found a family of friends in Alton Morales and some of those friends spent this past week ripping out carpet and See HOME Page A13   

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