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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good:": Morning Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-4 Classifieds I.. .C-5 Comics C-2 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope C-3 Nation/world .. .D-5 Obituaries A-5 Branham, Cherepkai, Dugan, Fierce, Halliburton, Hoppe, Maurer, McCain, McElroy, Skinner, Stroud Religion C-4,5 Television C-3 IE Celebrate 500 Color poster commemorates another McGwire milestone In Sunday’s Telegraph SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRAPH On the Web Bank marks first year on the Internet Page IM Ijg' The outlook j One out ot two Oraafdonu, I Cards split I twin bill I with Pirates with the high 87 and the low 71 Page IM) Page B-lVol. 164, No. 204 —50 cents Saturday, August 7,1999 www.thetelegraph.com ’67 slaying suspect takes By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The life of one-time murder suspect Norval Wells, once jailed in Madison County for four years, ended with an ironic twist when he committed suicide last month at a bus station in Fayetteville, Ark. “Regardless of what the state of Illinois said about him, he was a real good guy,” said hisNorval Wells was arrested 25 years after killing brother, Phil Wells of St. Louis. “He desperately wanted to be liked and to have friends, but he was never able to find them.” Norval Wells, who was 75 when he died July 16, was a suspect in the fatal shooting of Paul Hale in Alton June 30,1967. He married Hale’s widow, and the couple moved to Colorado. They later divorced, but Wells remained a suspect in the slaying. Wells was arrested in Colorado almost exactly 25 years after the killing and charged with murder. He was taken to the Madison County Jail in July 1992 and remained there until 1996, when he was released for health reasons. Grant sought to raze Blair By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - The East Alton Elementary School Board hopes to find grant money to save the district the , $120,000 expense of demolishing the 70-year-old Blair Elementary School. Members of the School Board recently met with representatives from Madison County    Community Development to discuss possible grants the district could seek. Mike Gray, district superintendent, said the board has estimated it will cost about $120,000 to demolish the vacant school, 316 Washington Ave., and take up the asphalt around the building. “We’re looking at ways to save $120,000 in tax dollars.” The board is accepting bids from architectural firms for the demolition project. Gray said the board originally had planned to have the 37,000-square-foot building demolished this summer, then learned about the possibility of financing the demolition with grant money. He said the district missed the grant application deadlines for this year’s cycle. The new cycle will begin in October, and the ■ See BLAIR, Page A-7own life A World War ll B-24J Liberator, the only flying B-24 in the world, comes in for a landing Friday at St. Louis Region^ Ail sort in Bethalto. The aircraft, flown by the Collings Foundation, will be on display and offering flights today and Sunday. Below, R.H. Schmidt, 74, of Glen Carbao»who was a gunner on B-24s during the war, shows his grandson, Josh Capstick, 12, of Alhambra, around the plane. Memories take flight at Regional air show By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — As he soared through the air Friday as a passenger at more than 2,500 feet in a B-24 Liberator plane, pilot Les Thompson of Granite City reminisced. Thompson sat against a green steel wall, snug in the belly of the historic aircraft. His feet were propped up over the top of a narrow opening leading to the ship’s midsection and tail directly over the gunner’s section of the plane. He peered out of the window of the plane, looking at cornfields, homes, swimming pools and lakes, smokestacks and chimneys while making the 50-minute flight to Bethalto from Springfield. The B-24 is among a variety of planes, including vintage aircraft from the 1940s and upscale corporate jets totaling as much as $4 million, on display this weekend at St. Louis Regional Airport. The plane brought back memories for Thompson, who piloted 19 combat missions and six food missions during World War II in a B-17 bomber with the 18th Squadron in the 34th Bomb ■ See FLIGHT, Page A-7 110 canoers rumble down Mississippi By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — All 110 of them came by canoe and kayak down the Mississippi River. Paddlers aged 12 to 80 reached Alton’s riverfront Friday afternoon to celebrate the sixth day of the weeklong Great River Rumble ‘99. The 147-mile river excursion from Quincy to St. Louis drew adventurers from IO states, some from as far away as California. Troop leader Rex Klein said the most challenging day was Thursday at Lock 25 at Winfield, Mo., when it was time to pick up the vessels and carry them. “We had to portage when we got to Winfield because Lock 25 was closed for repairs, and the gates were down. “But we’re having a wonderful time. We travel different stretches of the Mississippi River every year. It’s got the beauty and the charisma for a perfect trip, and ifs a real challenge to paddle.” Canoers change partners and vessels every day to keep the adventure interesting and to build camaraderie, Klein said. On Wednesday, IO riders and one paddler dressed in period costumes as settlers, hunters and trappers as the group traveled from Hamburg to Batchtown. Alton landing chairman ■ See RUMBLE, Page A-7 Wells had gone to Fayetteville in search of a clinic that could help him with longtime circulatory problems. He had written to relatives about his plans to end his life after his health took a turn for the worse, Phil Wells said. ■ See SUSPECT. Page A-7 Wells The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Some of the 110 participants in the 147 mile-long Great River Rumble ’99 arrive Friday at Alton’s Riverfront Park during their trip from Quincy to St. Louis. - • Colortype.. ^^■2801 Homer Adams Hours: M-F10-7 Sat. 9-5 . _^46” RCA BIG SCREEN RGA DVD’S £4*99* • • • • MiTac $ REGISTER TO WIN! a FULL SIZED ESSfftf k    WASHER & DRYER p    ‘Drawing to bs held Oct. 1,1999 (JTV-104wk«/S3,430.96 • DVD-78wk«/S779.22 • Computed 04wks/$3,534!^ ;

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