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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Explorers race past Eagles Page Bl 4 Mostly sunny and cool High 46 Low 32 PageC8 IISl 333 50 cents December Early Childhood Symposium PageA3 Fire destroys grocery store Cause of blaze believed to be electrical SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA The efforts of 42 firefighters and more than gallons of water were not enough to save any part a longtime neigh borhood grocery store and lunch spot known more recent ly as Debbies author ities said Six fire departments responded to the blaze and huge billows of black smoke that erupted at roughly two hours after the market at the corner of Sinclair Avenue and Park Street had South Roxana Fire Chief Jim Eich said there was no one inside when the fire broke out and that the cause is believed to be electrical The State Fire Marshals See Page A7 jeighborhood stunned by stores loss The BADMAN Tfie Wood River Fire Departments Snorkel top of pours water into the Burning Debbies Market late Sunday night on Sinclair Avenue in South Two man a hose line in the rear of the store as flames leap tjirough the Owner Kenny hangs his head as fire guts the landmark grocery Vital part of community will be residents say By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA A devastating fire late Sunday night destroyed what many residents knew as their neighborhood grocery and gath ering The fire that gutted Debbies known for years prior as Charlies destroyed what many came to rely upon as a friend in troubled financial a morning hangout for coffee drinkers and a place to stock up on good as well as We just stood there Sunday night and watched it said Debbies Market employee Susie a nearby It was like my second I just loved working there making sandwiches and work ing in the I loved the Its such a shock to all of Fellow South Roxana resident and village board trustee Edie Chester said the market was known by all as a community Its been a vital part of our and we will miss it very she One of my friends remembers buying candy in there when she was a little and shes 70 See Page A7 landidates file petitions for Board 20 deadline to file for March election By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE About 100 people showed up at Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nidas office the first day for filing petitions to run as candidates in the March 21 primary Candidates for precinct county recorder of cir cuit clerk and states attorney lined up to present their peti tions and get their names on the ballot for the March 21 bal We had a lot of people lined and we had seven people behind the counter to help Von Nida Notably absent among potential County Board candi dates was one Wanda Stille of widow of the late Bob Jack Minner of 632 Harvard in and Greg Worthen of 34 Halleck also in filed to run for Stilles District 18 I just wanted to fulfill Bobs and Im too old to start a new Wanda I started this one at and I want to retire before age See Page A7 Morning C1 B5 Wisnasky Two boys in juvenile custody after bringing handgun to school District working to keep students focused By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer HARDIN Two Calhoun County High School boys were taken into juvenile custody for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to the Hardin Calhoun School District Superintendent Terry Strauch said The arrests came on the heels of two separate arrests of male pupils at Calhoun Middle School in Kampsville Thursday for writing alleged death threat The first boys note threatened the of students and teachers while the second listed only teach school officials Strauch said the district See Page A7 4 700 ftolis in Mi mVW WP w Vinyl from 33 4 DISCOUNT 3475 HUMBERT HD ALTON 4652622   

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