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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois 344 50 cents December Miracle on Central Avenue Santa Mexican Club gift wrap new home for six children girian stands on a stepladder to admire the family Christmas His u r Ashly Sanders 8 look up at the Ashley is the granddaughter of Joe and Linda Morales By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor ALTON Slightly more than a month Sonia Deshptel had told her six chil dren there would be no family Christmas this She didnt see how it could The family was living in an Alton She had lost her job and her home in A planned living arrangement with a family member in Collinsville ended I told them Santa just would not be able to do Deshotel That was before she met the members of the Alton Mexican Club and all the generous people who creat ed the Christmas miracle on Central A few days before Deshotel had a She had a And the children had presents wedged under and around and behind the They dont have Christmases like is so I think Im to cry she She cried several times the day the family moved into It was the weekend before A was at work laying carpet as furniture and bicycles and a computer were brought inside the Deshotel took one at the computer and burst into She ran upstairs com pose The computer was donated by who lives in Godfrey When she learned about the Deshotel familys she wanted to My kids have so much I really did this for the It just makes us feel good to do The computer has several educational programs dif ferent age Deshotels children range in age from 2 to The computer will be set up in the dining room so she See Page AT lew to feghts n was home tfprentle Giant gylPAVE WHALEY i staff writer most of the 22 is George To its the birthday of a Pershing Wadlow here in 1918 and here Unlike wjng took on a When he entered kinder garten at the age of he was as tall as At age he was 6 5 tall and weighed 210 area he was the Boy Scout in the world at By the time of his at age 22 in had reached 8 the tallest per recorded Though it wasnt tried his best to remain a normal young He was advertising manager the Alton High before grad uating in He then enrolled at Shurtleff College in where he to study life could hardly be the son of Harold The Telegraph By the time of his death at age 22 in Robert Wadlow had reached 8 inches the tallest per son in recorded history and likely to remain Louis welcomed Pope John By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer Louis became a common dateline in religious news all over the globe in 1999 as two of the most famous religious fig ures in the world visited the In late Pope John Paul II spent days in It was the pon tiffs first visit to the United States since At the age of he might not make a return trip to this country and will almost cer tainly never return to this In the Billy Graham came to Louis for four The Billy Graham Crusade made the Trans World Dome its final stop of the 20th century from 14 who has preached Gods word for more than 50 years in front of 210 million people in 185 turned 81 in Since it had been 26 years since his previ ous Louis he The Telegraph Evangelist Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II made appearances in Louis this also is likely never to The popes visit came with fprewarnings of massive traf fic tieups for miles around the Louis with the possi bility of snow further compli cating after some snow and ice in the first part of the weather was almpst springlike for the popes visit and the traffic jams never material President Clinton greeted the pope on his arrival Tuesday afternoon at Louis International The pope then greeted peo ple mostly youths at a Kiel Center rally the first night of his The energy level was said Jeff See Page A7 See Page A7 Cross beacon of hope to travelers ByANDEYAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer HAMEL The illuminated cross on St Pauls Lutheran Church is a beacon of light for weary Christmas travelers in the night along busy Route The cross has been a light of hope for many years to truckers and people who drive through the night along the interstate said the William pastor of the historic Pauls Lutheran Church at Lonely travelers see the cross shining bright above a lighted Christmas Nativity scene of the baby Mary and Joseph on the lawn of the which faces the well traveled Truckers blow their horns and flash the headlights when they see the familiar cross on the front of the majestic brick Drivers from across the country send letters and email to the congregation to say that the cross is a beacon of light to them on their lonely trips along the highway on a cold winters We found a note stuck in the church door from a traveler along Route Weedon The driver said the lighted cross was a reminder that the Lord was with them on their See Page A7 Mornirid Bulletin Board Business Classifieds Comics Horoscope Scoreboard Television 01
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