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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois Remembering loved ones MADD holds andlelight igil Page Dl SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Blues Fall in Philadelphia Page Cl Mostly sunny and pleasant High 44 Low 31 Page CIO Vol 1647 No 32550 cents Monday December Neighbors Earthly angel elps homeless mission PageBl Rams clinch division title 3421 victory leads way to playoffs A D T m t CHARLOTTE AP Dick Vermeil doled out bear JiUgS by the dozens Georgia Frontiere wrote a special poem Kurt Warner tried on his com memorative Tshirt and found it to be a perfect fit The St Louis Rams capped unlikely rise from NFC West doormats to division cham pions with a 3421 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday I came here think ing we could get it said an emotion al Vermeil hired as Rams coach in 1997 that can never be taken away from us We want that little Warner threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns Sunday including a pair to AzZahir Hakim We felt we were good enough to do Warner said There were no questions in our minds Now weve gone out and shown e felt we were good enough to do this coachThere were no questions in our minds Now weve gone out and shown Kurt Warner by 10 with left You just felt the air going out of your Carolina tight end Wesley Walls said You feel bad Youre embarrassed You lose the game and they clinch the division at your home Carolina 57 hurt itself all day with penalties breakdowns in the secondary and missed tackles The Panthers who inter cepted Warner twice but were unable to convert either one into points missed a chance to reach the 500 mark for the first time in two owner chance on went to the room after the game to give him a poem she wrote especially for the occasion Except for my chil dren and my grand children this is my she said I knew that if he had enough time he could handle Off in a corner of the locker room Warner the Arena Football soaked in the celebration scene holding his NFC West champions base ball cap as he tried to gather his thoughts With four regularseason games left Warner has 32 scor ing passes one more than Jim Everetts teamrecord 31 in 1988 The records are he said but we want something on Rams victory over the Carolina Panthers St Louis which improved to 102 for the first time since 1978 hasnt been to the playoffs since 1989 After winning their first six division games by an average of 25 points the Rams wrapped up the crown the Panthers secondhalf rally The Rams defense had shut out their last three opponents in the second half but Carolina scored 14 points to make it close before Dre Elys 56yard inter ception return put St Louis up We kind of dug ourselves in a coma and couldnt come out of said center Frank Garcia who had one of the Panthers personal foul penalties Steve Beuerlein threw a pair of sec ondhalf touchdown passes in an attempt to keep alive Carolinas bid for its first three game winning streak since 1997 Beuerlein linked up with Donald Hayes on a 36yard scor ing play in the third quarter and Patrick Jeffers on a 71yarder with left in the game mak ing it 2421 But Beuerleins third intercep tion on an underthrown pass to Muhsin Muhammad went direct ly to Ely who ran untouched down the sideline for the score See TITLE Page A9 04 i Associated Press St Louis Rams cornerback Dre Ely does a celebratory dance in the end zone after returning an interception for a touchdown in the Rams victory Sunday in Carolina Soc Security retirement benefits age rises Fill 1 J A Those born in 1938 and after will be affected By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor Two local financial planners say their clients are not shocked by news that the retirement age for receiving full benefits from Social Security is being raised Americans will begin to feel the effects next year of a 16yearold law raising the eligibility ages for Social Security benefits Those born in 1938 and after are affected The increase is just two months for those born in 1938 They will have to be 65 years and two months old to receive full benefits But for those born in 1960 and after the increase is a full two years Those individuals cant receive full benefits until they are 67 Im not getting a lot of shock See AGE Page A9 Nature of retirement lifestyle changing By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor Jim Bridwell said he already has retired once Tom Sherwood said he may not retire at all Bridwell retired nine years ago from a 20year career in the United States Army He said he and his wife Karle Bridwell fol low their own advice in planning for the future When we get to toting every thing up we kind of add Social Security The fact that I will not qualify for full benefits until Im 66 is irritating but not critical Weve done a good job in other ways so it wont make or break our Bridwell said He said many of his clients LIFESTYLE Page A9 Delayed gratification The Social Security Administration is raising he age at which Americans can receive their retirement benefits Heres a look at how the changes will affect recipients If you were born will turn age 62 The percentage of benefits you receive If you retire then But to collect 100 of your benefits you need to retire when you 1937 before 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 194354 1955 1956 1957 1956 1959 1960 later 1999 before 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 200516 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 79 78 77 75 75 74 72 71 70 70 65 yrs 65 65 65 65 66 yrs 66 66 66 66 66 67 yrs 2 mo 4 mo 6 mo 8 mo 10 mo 2 mo 4 mo v 6 mo 8 mo 10 mo Prides house tour hit of holiday season homes impress crowds ByJIM KULP For The Telegraph Judging from comments at one house the Holiday Candlelight Home Tour sponsored by Pride Inc was a hit of the holiday sea SPA was the most common remark made at the h6me of Mike and Margaret Freer on North Alby Road in Godfrey one of six homes included in the tour Built in 1997 and designed by Margaret Freer herself some visitors were impressed by the openness of the living room dining room and kitchen They are not divided by walls Beautiful very nice very said Margie Crull of Godfrey who was on the tour wjth her husband Paul A nice party house and the deco rations are interesting differ ent from the Paul See TOUR Page A9 Historical society makes over Victorian mansion as museum ByANDEYAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer CARLINVILLE yearold Ryan Leonard admired the Christmas gingerbread houses in Santa Claus land in the magnificent Victorian man sion of the Macoupin County Historical Museum They look like candy hous es in a real Christmas vil Seven said Leonard a first grader at G i r a r d Elementary School in the county The little holiday houses Telegraph Towns See MANSION Page A9 Rhonda Cline left and Bev Bolton both of Bethalto walk Slaten home on George St Sunday in Alton during the Pride Home Tour OMTCUCHON WC Morning Bulletin B2 B3 Cramblett Doerr Gowan Hill Hurley Kasinger Petersen Seibert Vonnahmen Watts
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