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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Til E TELEGRAPH SC wrestling tourney Edwardsville Tigers finish rn 4th Page Cl Vol. 164, No. 348 - 50 cents Today s Food 2000 party moves Y2K crew controls chips in the bowl and on computers Page Bl me outlook Mostly sunny and I seasonable High 45; Low 36 Page D8 • Car dealership Customers can shop in cyberspace Page DI Wednesday, December 29, 1999 www.thetetegraph.com Hospitals prepared for new year By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer The Y2K committee at Alton Memorial Hospital will toast in the New Year with non-alcoholic beverages in the hospital cafeteria after ensuring that all systems are still go for the year 2000. Y2K committee will be on hand to make sure all systems are go Ar^a companies prepare for Y2K Members of the committee •will be on duty at the hospital during the late night of New Year’s Eve and early morning of New Year’s Day to make sure the months of preparing for Y2K were effective. The committee, led by Y2K coordinator and chief nurse executive assistant administrator Beverley Sutton, began planning for the new millennium in March. Each department in the hospital was required to submit a Y2K plan outlining any potential problems to the committee. The hospital’s computers were replaced earlier this year, and any other equipment that was not Y2K compliant also was replaced. All hos- See Page A7 pita! files have been backed up on disk, and the hospital’s emergency ■ See HOSPITALS, Page A7 Good Morning Area/Illinois A3,6,8 Bulletin Board........A6 Business ............DI Classifieds...........C9 Comics .............D5 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........D5 Nation&world ........D8 Obituaries ...........A5 Allen, Austin, Bates, Boucher, Buckshot, Carter, Clearwater, Dawes, Gibson, Gillig, Harmon, Kaufman, Lile, Metcalf, Pace, Pile, Rawe, Raymond, Sandrin, Schrumpf, Young. Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks ..............D2 Television ...........D6 Weather.............D8 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Steve Jones, of MEDCO Ambulance Service carries Madaiyn Williams, 2, of Troy, after taking her out of the back seat of her parents car that was in a two-car accident at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Sixth Street in Wood River. Two - car accident results in minor physical injuries Citations will be issued, officer says By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - The intersection of Madison Avenue and Sixth Street was the site of a two-car accident Tuesday morning that left two adults with minor injuries but spared three children. Officer Rick White of the Wood River Police Department said at 11:04 a m. yesterday, a car driven by Wood River resident Lois Kasten, 76, turned north from Madison Avenue onto Sixth Street on a green light and failed to yield to traffic. Injured were Troy residents David and Abby Williams, whose vehicle struck Kasten’s as she turned in front of them as they proceeded west on Madison Avenue, White said The Williams’ were treated and released Tuesday afternoon from Wood River Township Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. “There will be citations issued in this accident,” White said. Kasten will be cited for failure to yield, and the Williams will be ohed for lack of insurance on their vehicle. All three children who were riding in Williams’ car — their children, 4-year-old David Williams and 2-year-old Madaiyn Williams along with 9-year-old James Keiffer — were uninjured, White said. Wood River Fire Department assisted Wood River Police in the accident. A MedCo ambulance and an Alton Memorial Hospital ambulance also assisted, White said. Kasten was taken to Saint Anthony s Medical Center, treated and released. The Williams were driving a Nissan Sentra and Kasten was driving a Chrysler Cirrus, White said Player Lyghts up youths’ night Rams cornerback provides ‘positive influence’ for children By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — All-Pro cornerback Todd Lyght of the St. Louis Rams brought a little bit of the team’s magical season to Alton when he visited youngsters at the Catholic Children’s Home on Tuesday night. A hush fell over nearly 25 residents when Lyght stepped into the Ryan House, the home’s emergency short-term placement quarters for youths rescued from environments of abuse and neglect. The 30-year-old native of Washington, D.C., and record-setting Rams defender said paying a visit to these youngsters, ranging in age from ll to 16, is time well spent. “I think it’s very important for kids to have role models,” Lyght said. “Me personally, I was lucky enough to have my father as a role model. It can be tough for kids in broken homes and state-run homes who don’t have the benefit of their parents’ love and guidance. Kids can relate to people who’ve had some type of success, and I’m just glad I can come here and be a positive influence.” Children’s Home development coordinator Devona Yates said Lyght’s magical visit resulted from a longtime friendship between home ■ See LYGHTS, Page A7 Bridge is area’s attention THE TELEGRAPH hor me leiegrapn/ci-uv^n rsMsaLcn Todd Lyght talks football with the children of the Catholic Children’s Home Tuesday night. Mob beating results in death, convictions span By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor failed to receive fair treatment because of their race. “Ifs been one of the most contentious matters we’ve had D See BEATING, Page A7 TMF TELEGRAPH ALTON - The new Clark Bridge brought the area national attention when in opened in January 1994. The bridge across the Mississippi River replaced a structure opened in 1928 and demolished in 1994. D See BRIDGE, Page A7 By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Aug. ll, 1998, murder case involving the death of a white man from Wood River on an Alton street at the hands of an alleged mob of young black men continued to make headlines in 1999. Despite efforts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office to keep the race issue out of the cases surrounding the beating death of Richard Skelton, 48, of Wood River, civil rights leaders claimed defendants Taiwan M. Davis, 18, and Glenn A. Taylor
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