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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 f|l|| Region Updated ginde touts River Bend Page IM Bucket Brigade Seeking homes rn need of paint Page B-l The outlook Qoudy with a chance for rain; high near 47, low near 37 Page IM ; Stampede ! Broncos I trample i Falcons i 34-19 PageC-lVol. 164, No. 17 —50 cents Monday, February 1,1999 Area activist Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board B-2 Comics........   .D-2 Editorial  .....A-4 Nation/World ----B-3,4 Obituaries........A*5 Bruce, Lievers, Simpson, Stewart, Stites, Summers, Turner Television ....... D-3 Scoreboard.......C-2 Weather..........D-4 EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment of a two-part series about the fight to control and cure multiple sclerosis, By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Fund-raisers are a vital part in trying to stomp out multiple sclerosis in the U.S. A concert held at Joshua’s Convention Center in East Alton in January raised $1,000 for the cause. An annual walk-a-thon scheduled to take place April ll at Gordon Moore Park should raise more funds “It’s a five-mile round-trip (walk) and lunch is provided when the walkers get back,** said Julie Full Lopez of Godfrey. “It’s a nice, family thing to do.” Full Lopez became a strong health care activist after being diagnosed Keeping clean without court Program to offer ‘Supervision by Grafton group’s park project finally blooming By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph GRAFTON - A group of seven residents is finally seeing its efforts pay off in its struggle to create a focal point in Grafton. The Grafton Parks Committee has been working for almost five years to gain financial and other support to complete construction of the Grove Memorial  ..................— Park on the corner of Illinois Routes 3 and KH) Plans include the _ installation of a round gazebo that will be surrounded by brick and stone walkways, stone benches, trees, landscaping and playground equipment. The one-square-block park is now decorated with a -Welcome to Grafton” sign, a park bench and a scattering of trees. In the summer, weekend farmers markets are held there “A lot of people didn’t think this would ever be a reality, Telegraph Towns but it’s going to happen," said committee member Joyce Harmon, who has sold engraved bricks and paving stones that will be laid in place on park grounds soon “We’ve worked very hard on this since 1994 to get it all together." The city was recently awarded a Federal Highway Administration grant , of $106,500 for parking areas and —— restrooms. The Illinois Department    of Natural Resources has also pitched in with $191,000 in matching funds. AmerenUE donated $5,000 for the installation of lights. City officials have also been holding fund-raisers to help pay for the park’s many amenities. About $6,000 annually has been raised for several years at the city’s Indian Summer Days festivities, where volunteers have fried thousands of pounds of fish in a grass-roots ......................... >    v    # ■ See PARK, Page A-7 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - County officials will soon let more traffic offenders pay for their misdeeds by mail. Traffic ticket forms have been distributed to area police departments for a new program called “Supervision by Mail.” The program is aimed at giving traffic offenders u chance to keep their driving records clean without the hassle of coming to court to do it. “Prior to this (drivers) had two choices; mail in their guilty plea, which would give them a conviction on their driving record, or they could appear in court, where they could request supervision (and avoid a mark on their record),” said Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons. “This way we’re bypassing their need to come to court. This gives them the opportunity to keep their driving record clean.” Offenses will be kept off their driving record as long as motorists don’t commit subsequent offenses during the period of their supervision, which generally runs 60 to 180 days, he said. Those who qualify are people who haven’t had court supervision for the last year on traffic offenses where they were not required to appear in court, Gibbons said. Only minor infractions will be considered for the program, such as some speeding tickets and moving violations like failure to use turn signals and improper lane usage. The Telegraph/M ARG IE M BARNES Pastor Dave Runyan, of Grace Community Church in Bethalto hands out door prizes to children Sunday during the Super Bowl Blast at East Alton Recreation Center. Super Bowl Blast a touchdown with teens By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - The Keasler Complex was Super Bowl central oh Sunday when nearly IOO teens from the area gathered to watch the game, eat junk food and generally share in fun with others of the same age group Sponsored by the Rev. Dave (“Pastor Dave") Runyan and the Grace Community Church in Bethalto, the fourth annual Super Bowl Blast was a safe gathering for teens. Even the adults were having fun no matter how much effort it cost them. Organizers Scott Campbell and Clifton Champlin just wanted to give teen-agers a place to gather and have fun. Campbell is a 17-year employee of the East Alton Recreation Dept, and a member of the church. Champlin works with the church’s youth group. ■ See BLAST, Page A-7 People with DUIS, multiple-violation offenses and tickets from accidents can still count on coming to court, Gibbons said. The program has been in the works since fall, when Chief Judge Andy Matoesian suggested it as a means of convenience to the public. Response to the idea shows broad approval. “The state’s attorney wants it, the judges want it and the circuit clerk wants it," Matoesian said. The chief judge handed the task of organizing the program to Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono. Bono said the public will have plenty of reasons to support the concept. “Right now, people have to take off ■ See MAIL, Page A-7 The Telegraph/STEVE WHITWORTH A crowd begins to gather for the weekly traffic docket at the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville. The “Supervision by Mail" program may soon help cut down on these crowds.helps fund fight against multiple sclerosis with MS 19 years ago. She has a 16-year-old son and works as a writing instructor for the department of instructional services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a general education instructor at Sanford Brown Business College. It takes all the energy she cad muster in her spare time to volunteer for the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She and Jeanette Hazen are chairwomen of this year’s walk-a-thon. Full Lopez said the walk should generate more than $350,000 in the Metro East, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Alton, the Alton Police Department and the’ city’s Public Works Department all are cooperating to make the event possible. The money generated locally from various events is given to the Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS Society, the money is used for research projects aimed at find a cure for the illness, as well as to expand on existing advocacy programs, support groups for individuals and their caregivers and educational classes. Full Lopez said she believes in the society and its work She went without treatment for 14 years after being diagnosed. Then she said the development of new drugs made her future brighter. Full Lopez said ifs important for those newly diagnosed with the illness to seek out advice from doctors regarding medications and other treatments “You go on treatment so you don’t get that bad,” she said Avonex, Betaseron and Copaxone are the three drugs used to prevent exacerbations, which are flare-ups of ■ See ACTIVIST, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Julie Full Lopez has been a strong voice for legislation on multiple sclerosis. TIO H. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002 466.5301 HUGE SAVINGS ON ALL SPAS Nordic Hot Tubs ;