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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois Js. TRUCKLOAD CARPET A SALE! M'r" MasterCard] THE The outlook Partly sunny, thunderstorms late; high near 86, low near 68 PageIV6 Impressive Alton woman’s business shops so you won’t drop Page D-l Swinging for Page B-l McGwire hits No. 498 In Cardinals victory Tuesday, August 3,1999 50 cents autopsy declaring the death to have been caused by drowning. A memorial service for Roades will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a rn. at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton, 1702 Clawson St. Roades was a decorated Vietnam veteran and had worked both as a firefighter and a security guard since 1974. He was planning to retire in May. the old Alton Belle Casino, near the intersection of Illinois Routes 3 and 143. Roades, 49, was last seen at 2:15 a m. Thursday by fellow security workers who took their lunch break. Eight law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois State Police, two canine units and a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department helicopter searched on land and in the Mississippi River for 13 hours the day of Roades’ disappearance in the 100-plus degree heat. At 6:55 a m. Friday, two Economy Boat Store employees who were fueling a boat spotted Roades’ uniformed body floating near their dock. Wood River police took the body to Wood River Township Hospital for X-rays that day, and Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke performed an drowning and from his autopsy point to an accident. “We’re pretty satisfied that it was an accident, and a tragic one at that,” said Schneider. “Given the dark and the hazardous conditions, it all makes sense.” Roades did not have any known physical ailments, Schneider said. The firefighter was working third shift security at the dock location of By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - The death of Alton firefighter Charlie Roades last week was accidental, as far as the Wood River Police Department is concerned. Wood River Police Chief Jim Schneider said Monday that all evidence both at the scene of Roades’ By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer Cool, dry Canadian air has broken the heat wave which caused losses in the corn crop across The Telegraph area. “Cooler air rolling down from Canada is a relief to everyone who has been sweltering in the humid, 103-degree temperatures,” said Steven Thomas, chief meteorologist at the St. Louis National Weather Service. The cool northern air will hang around the area through Friday, with temperatures dropping from last week’s 100-plus degrees to a daily high in Record heat ■ Three days peaked above IOO degrees July 26 • 102 degrees July 29*103 degrees July 30*103 degrees ■ Temperatures hit 90 degrees or higher for 18 days in July, tying the record set during July 1980. ■ All-time hottest day was 115 degrees on July 14,1954. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Dorothy Cairns of Wood River pauses from cutting grass to feel a cool breeze in her hair at the home of her sister, Mary Cairns, background, in Alton Monday. The cool, dry Canadian air was a relief to people who suffered in the 100-degree heat last week. Tennessee teens help out in Alton Feeder Challenge, a nature study project designed to interest students in the birds of Illinois and to encourage them to provide food and shelter for birds in winter when food is scarce. “We want to encourage an awareness of the birds in the environment in this area and a awareness of their needs,” said Vicki Hedrick, a member of the Illinois Audubon Society’s educational committee. Kevin’s class kept a log of birds that visited a bird feeder at the school, then reported their results to the Audubon Society. The Society then published in a newsletter the results from the more than 400 participating schools from across the state. Pupils also had the opportunity to enter the Wildlife Art Challenge, a program designed to encourage youth creativity and enhance By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A colorful drawing of a red-headed woodpecker will be bringing an 8-year-old Godfrey youth statewide recognition. Kevin Anderson’s artwork has been chosen as one 6f IO pieces to be featured in the Illinois Audubon Society’s Wildlife Art Challenge exhibit, which will be on display at shopping centers, libraries and other locations across the state this year. The exhibit is currently on display on the lower level of the Alton Square mall near the entrance to Famous Barr. The exhibit will be at the mall until Aug. 12. Kevin, the son of Sam and Myra Anderson, is a pupil at Lewis and Clark School. Last year Kevin’s second-grade class, under the direction of teacher Dianna Baker, participated in the Audubon Society’s Junior Winter Bird Area/Illinois .....A-3,6 Bridge...........D-5 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-7 Comics...........C-4 Editorial..........A-4 Lottery...........A-7 Nation/World ____C-3,6 Obituaries........A-5 Allen, Batty, Bostick, Brush, Dollins, Gihring, Jones, Morris, Roades, Wilske Scoreboard.......B-2 Television ........C-5 Weather..........D-6 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Hanging drywall doesn’t top the list of how most teen-agers want to spend their summer vacations, but that’s what a trio of Tennessee youths is doing in Alton. Three young members of First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Tenn., cut drywall, hoisted the heavy sections up to framing lumber and nailed them in place Monday. “I’m getting to learn things, and it feels good to help people,” said Jacob Moore, 15. “At home I would only be doing summer reading. Already I’ve learned how to do everything imaginable with drywall. Ifs good to know these things.” .' ; j. , ■ ’ ■ The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Kevin Anderson, 8, shows off his drawing of a spring woodpecker, on display at Alton Square mall. Kevin is the son of Myra and Sam Anderson of Godfrey. ■,See TEENS, Page A-7 ■ See EXHIBIT, Page A-7 vyTy * ZOO Roils in slock Mr • Vinyl from 334 sq. ft. F • Carpet from 33< sq. ft. Pergo/Mohawk laminate Wood Flooring from SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ;