Alton Telegraph, December 13, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ii1 ll ll TELEGRAP CIU      Jfc______I..    AC.!.._____J., SUI Saint Louis U beats Missouri Page Cl Th® outlook Morning showers then clearing High 46; Low 37 Page C8 lommunltv Christmas anding Items still needed for holiday campaign Page Bl Mmi Vol. 164, No. 332 - 50 centsMonday, December 13, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comRams trounce Saints again Team makes NFL history after win NEW ORLEANS (AP) -The Rams have clinched a division title and the first postseason game in St. Louis in the 33 years the city has had an NFL team. What more can they do? Turns out, quite a lot. “It’s been a fun ride,” Rams running back Marshall Faulk said after St. Louis beat the New Orleans Saints 30-14 Sunday, becoming the first team in NFL history to go undefeated in their division a year after going winless in division play. For the second straight week, St. Louis also had a 300-yard passer in Hurt Warner, a 100-yard rusher in Faulk and two 100-yard receivers. Faulk scored two touchdowns and rushed for 154 yards. “We have some players playing good football, and there we go from 0-8 to 8-0 and still have a shot at home-field advantage all the way through the playoffs. That’s what we’re looking for,” St. Louis coach Dick Vermeil said. More Rams Cl The Rams (11-2), who already have won the NFC West, have a two-game lead for clinching the best record in the NFC. They have three games to play. Warner completed 21 of 31 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, Isaac Bruce reached 1,000 yards receiving with four receptions for 102 yards, and Torry Holt caught six passes for 113 yards. “We were not trying to run up the score,” Warner said. “We were just trying to run the ball up the gut and they happened not to be able to stop us. We’re not going to take a knee with five minutes left." For the Saints (2-11), it was another bitter Sunday, playing before a scanty crowd in the cavernous Superdome. By the end of the game, only a scattering of jeering fans remained, drowned out by a ■ See RAMS, Page A7 Associated Press St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk (28) carries the ball downfield as he is pursued by New Orleans Saints linebacker Chris Bordano during first half NFL action in the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday. Faulk gained 8 yards on the play. Child abuse, neglect rates down Numbers ‘still too high’, official says By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Reported incidents of child abuse and neglect and infant deaths in Madison County have declined in recent years, according to the Illinois Kids Count report recently released by Voices for Illinois Children. Voices for Illinois Children, a non-profit children’s advocacy group, prepares a report each year compiling statistics concerning children from the Department of Family and Children Services and other state agencies. According to this year’s report, 1,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in Madison County in 1998, 36 fewer than reported in 1997. Greene, Jersey, Calhoun and Macoupin counties also saw a decrease in reported child abuse and neglect cases. The rate of indicated reports of child abuse and neglect across Illinois decreased 9.1 percent from 1997 to 1998. Statewide, 32,668 incidents of abuse and neglect were reported in 1998. The 1998 report represents the third year in which statewide reports of child abuse and neglect have k) Results ol Annual Kids Count Report Infant deaths 1993-1997 % chg in infant deaths since 198892 (Md abuse & neglect CMS 199B Child abuse & neglect cases 1997 Madison County IM -144% LOCK) 1,036 Greene County 9 * 49 62 Jersey County IO -4.6 45 54 Calhoun County I * 2 7 Macoupin County 20 21.3 172 182 Headlights to shine for dangerous problem By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer Car headlights might shine the spotlight on one of the most dangerous aspects of the nation’s highways on Friday. Dec. 17 is “Lights On For Life” day and all drivers are being encouraged to drive with their lights on all day. The purpose is to encourage everyone to take a stand against impaired driving. “Lights On For Life” has been done one day in December for the past IO years The event is part of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. The theme for “3-D” month ■ See HEADLIGHTS, Page A7 SOURCE: Voices for Illinois Children ‘totals were insufficient to calculate a rate decreased in number, Alan Simpson of Voices for Illinois said. “That’s obviously a good ■ See RATES, Page A7 Y2K fears giving retailers brisk business Gas cans, water coolers among items being sold By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer As 1999 ends and Y2K looms around the corner, those wanting to be prepared for any possible crises are giving area retailers brisk business. At Lowe’s, new Alton store manager Lisman Dolphy said if it’s powered by kerosene, gasoline or batteries, it’s a hot item amongst Y2K readiness shoppers. “Anything that generates or sustains power is selling extremely well at this time,” said Dolphy. He began yesterday to label selected emergency-related product displays across the store with the sign, “Y2K item.” “We’ll be posting a countdown to January 1st in the store,” he said, “just to remind people how many days they have left if they’re feeling like they need to purchase anything.” ■ See Y2K, Page A7 Church keeps the faith By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer SCOTTVILLE - Pastor Charles Richison preaches the gospel message from the pulpit of the Scottville Christian Church where the first pastor George Owen proclaimed the message of salvation in 1849. Telegraph Towns “The message of faith has been going forth from the Christian Church in Scottville for 150 years,” said Richison, pastor of the church for 37 _______ years. Members and guests crowded the historic church last month to cele- The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse employee Laurin Davis straightens up flashlights which are among the items being stocked up on as people prepare for possible problems that may be caused by the Y2K computer bug. shopping fays til Christmas '’.-i    ~ umum I HEV COR coxsntucnoN services, inc. I See PASTOR, Page A7 filii I hi mil Area/Illinois...........A3 Bulletin Board.........B2 Classifieds............C5 Editorial..............A4 Nation/world..........A6 Obituaries............A5 Jones, L., Jones, M., Katzmarek, Peters, Schneider, Seale, Walker, Wiedman, Wiegand MOU? 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