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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois The outlook Mostly sunny skies and cooler. High 44; low 29 ‘LesMiserables’ Successful musical    J comes to the Fox    J PageC-1 Girls hoops Roxana mines win over Gillespie PageB-1 Page 1X6 Page D-l www.thetelegraph.comThursday, February 4,1999 Vol. 164, No. 20 — 50 cents By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ALTON — A news conference has been called for 3 p.m. today at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis where it is expected Alton High School’s Bob Shannon will be named as CBC’s new football coach “Well, no, nothing’s finalized that I know of,” Shannon said Wednesday afternoon. “Not yet, anyway. Anything that comes about this has to come from from (CBC).” Otherwise, Shannon, who also is Alton’s athletic director, issued either denials or “no comments” as to whether he has accepted the position. “I’mTelling you, anything on this has to come from them," Shannon said Efforts to reach CBC athletic director Mike McCormack were unsuccessful. Alton Superintendent Mike Beaber did not return calls to The Telegraph A CBC official did confirm, though, that the school finalized its decision to hire a new coach Tuesday. Earlier this week, Shannon, The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton football coach Bob Shannon has a heart-to-heart talk on the sidelines with a player during a home game in October of last year. Shannon is leaving Alton atter only two seasons for Christian Brothers College High School in Clayton, Mo. ■ See SHANNON. Page A-9 was a month old at the time, had stopped breathing one day,” she said. “I took little Gary and left him with my brother’s caretaker’s house while I was at the hospital with Tyler. My brother said Gary (Pate Sr.) came over and took my son. I haven’t seen him since.” Michelle Pate has had a string of heartaches. Her first son, Austin — from a previous relationship — died at 2 months from a virus in 1994; another son, Brandon, died of sudden By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER — A mother is asking for the public’s help in bringing her little boy home. Michelle Pate, 23, who lives in the IOO block of Harnett Street, prays every day that her 4-year-old son, Gary Pate Jr., will soon run into her arms. Pate said she hasn’t seen her son since he was taken by her estranged husband, Gary Pate Sr., 28, in June “My 9-month-old son, Tyler, who ■ See MOTHER, Page A-9Shimkus rings up cellular 911 bill The Telearaph/RUSS SMITH Teacher Sandy Witt led her second-graders, alt playing instruments made of recycled metal, in a schoolwide Recycling Day parade Wednesday at St. Matthew’s Catholic School in Alton. Story, Page A-3 By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — David Whipple, 911 coordinator for Madison County, said he was delighted Wednesday to learn about legislation sponsored by his congressman. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus announced Wednesday he has introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would designate 911 as the universal emergency telephone number to report emergencies when using wireless communications throughout the United St flites The bill is called the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 (HR 438). Whipple is president of the Illinois chapter of the National Emergency Number Association. “Our motto is, “One nation, one number,’” Whipple said. He said the legislation sponsored by Shimkus, R-Collinsville, appears to fit in well with that philosophy. Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds ... .C-8 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world .C-5,6 Obituaries A-5 Albanese, Boedeker, Fatchett, Gray, Hindi, Holmes, Pries, Russell, Schneider, Siler, Simpson, Wooff Scoreboard ... .B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television C-4 by the USG A." Spencer T Olin Community Golf Course is gaining national attention. A picture of a hole at the Olin course is featured for the month of March in the 1999 USGA calendar. Huber said the last two days of the championship will be broadcast on national television. With the United States Golf Association’s strict regulations on sponsorship and other means of raising money, selling ads is about the only way to raise the $55,000 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Hosts of this summer’s 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Alton hope businesses will support the prestigious meet by buying ads in the event’s program. Proceeds from sale of the ads will be used to pay costs to transport the 168 players to Alton from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and back, a welcoming banquet and small gifts for volunteers “Ifs simply to support something that is very good for the region,” said Don Huber, committee chairman of the ad sales. “It’s one of eight major championships put on ■ See LINKS, Page A-9 BROADN AX A T PEAJRJSERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ;