Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Alton School Board fills final vacancy
By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — The final vacant administrative spot in the Alton School District was filled Tuesday evening when the school board voted to appoint Kathleen Bredenkoetter as coordinator of instructional services and special programs.
Bredenkoetter replaces Suellen Girard, who left the position to become assistant superintendent of the Jacksonville School District. Bredenkoetter’s appointment
represents the eighth district administrative change made this summer.
A 12-year employee of the Alton School District, Bredenkoetter formerly was a third-grade teacher at Eunice Smith School. She also has taught second grade at Horace Mann and J.B. Johnson elementary schools.
Before coming to the Alton district, Bredenkoetter taught in the Hazelwood (Mo.) School District for four years and other Missouri schools for three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elemen
tary education and special education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
In other business, the board approved a tentative budget for the fiscal year beginning July Land ending June 30, 2000. James Baiter, assistant superintendent, presented the board with estimated expenditures and revenues for the year.
The budget estimated that the district would have a total of $50.5 million in revenues in the 1999-2000 fiscal year, an
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The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH
Vivian Wheeler of Wood River, who has the longest beard of any living woman, pays a visit to hairstylist Jamie Bolz of Kustom Ruts in East Alton.
She’s a record holder
Woman’s beard locks in her spot in Guinness Book
Wood River passes teen smoking resolution
By KERRY SMITH
Telegraph staff writer
WOOD RIVER - The City Council and Mayor Lon Smith have approved a resolution discouraging tobacco use by minors, declining to pass an ordinance that would have provided penalties for youths caught smoking.
After several weeks of discussion, the mayor and council members voted 3-2 Monday night to pass the resolution written by Smith.
Smith said he voted in
favor of his resolution in lieu of a proposed city ordinance banning cigarette smoking by youths under the age of 16. The mayor said he always has favored a resolution rather than an ordinance on this topic.
In its current written form, the proposed Wood River ordinance could not have been put into effect legally anyway, the mayor said. A phrase in the proposed ordinance that grants an exception for minors
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The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Residents and volunteers have donated their labor to repair the brick sidewalk along Olin Park on State Street in Alton, rather than see it laid in concrete. Helping out on the project Tuesday were, from right to left, Tom Hoechst, 1st Ward alderman; Jim Menzie of the Alton Park and Recreation Department; Jason Frerichs, a volunteer from Morrissey Construction Co.; Victor Urbonas of the Park and Recreation Department; and Don Graham, a nearby resident.
Residents’ work saves sidewalk
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Telegraph staff writer *“hb concrete rather than
brick. Hoechst, 1st Ward, said ALTON — A volunteer effort his conversations with area
spearheaded by Alderman residents convinced him that
Tom Hoechst is saving a brick the brick should remain in
Sidewalk at Olin Park on State place, and if the city couldn’t
Street. afford to do it, he would do it
Both the sidewalk and curb himself.
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By KERRY SMITH
Telegraph staff writer
WOOD RIVER - Vivian Wheeler has found her niche as a world record holder.
The lifelong Wood River resident will star in a segment of the “Guinness Book of World Records” television show sometime this fall as the woman with the longest beard on record.
“I am filling the position after a bearded woman who retired and shaved her beard,” said Wheeler, 51, who one year ago drafted a letter to Guinness officials and touted her eligibility for the record.
Although Wheeler’s black beard only extends some 3 to 4 inches beyond her chin, at one time it was about 12 inches long. The beard is fairly straight, but Wheeler said it gets noticeably curly when trimmed.
“My beard started growing
when I was only IO years old,” Wheeler said. “My father was embarrassed by my facial hair and made me cut it off. January 12, 1992, the day of my mother’s funeral, was the last time I shaved off my beard. It was down to my chest at that point, and now it’s growing all over again.” .
. As Wheeler ages, she said there is more upkeep in dyeing her hair and her beard to a matching hue.
“Five minutes for the hair, five minutes for the beard,” Wheeler said.
On Tuesday, Guinness field director Dave Garrison and a film crew focused their TV cameras on Wheeler at her local hangout, the Hit and Run Pancake Ranch at 900 Edwardsville Road in Wood River. From there, Wheeler and the Guinness crew drove to Kustom Ruts on Brookshire Boulevard in East Alton, where hairstylist Jamie Bolz washed and styled Wheeler’s
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Vivian Wheeler of Wood River, who has the longest beard of any living woman, gets a shampoo Tuesday under the scrutiny of a film crew from the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ television show.
hair, then gently rinsed and groomed her beard.
“The beard can get pretty hot, especially during the heat wave we just went through,” Wheeler said. “Sometimes I gather it together and tie it, like you
would do with your hair.” Multiple hormone imbalances often are the cause of aggressive facial hair growth spurts. Wheeler said while this may be the cause, the
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