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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Lookup Children can mark Wadlow birthday Page C-l mu GOW* CWI* GUR COND*! TS The outlook Mostly doudy with a few morning flurries; high near 37, low near 27 PageD-8 Concrete lungle Community Seed and Feed has served customers for 60 years Page D-l Friday, February 19,1999 www.thetelegraph.comChurch set to rebuild from storm Vol. 164, No. 35 — 50 cents Material arrives to replace wrecked addition By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — The seemingly unremarkable piles of solid steel beams lying outside Faith Lutheran Church belie their status as milestones in the church’s recovery from a devastating windstorm. On Thursday, a crew from Jun Construction Co. of Godfrey delivered the longawaited beams and other material to the church. Within a couple months, workers will transform those building supplies into an addition at the north end of the church, 6809 Godfrey Road. “It’s been such a vacant spot,” the Rev. Curtis Deterding said. “Even though we’ve been doing a lot to put the building up, we haven’t seen anything yet” that showed tangible progress. The “pre-engineered” building will replace a gymnasium and two portable classroom buildings that were destroyed by heavy winds June 14, 1998. The addition may cost as much as $371,588, depending on interior options that the church board of directors might choose during the construction process. The children at Faith Lutheran School will use the gym and three classrooms; the gym also will be used by the church as a fellowship hall. A mezzanine is planned above the classrooms and will be used as storage at first. The area later may be converted to classrooms. Construction of the replacement gym and classrooms is the second phase of the church and school’s recovery from the severe windstorm that hit Godfrey hard. First on the priority list was to renovate the church’s seriously damaged sanctuary, restore its pews, replace the roof, flooring and alarm system and repair the lower-level school. “It was not a project we could plan all at once or do all at once,” Deterding said. Cost of the devastation was ■ See CHURCH, Page A-7 Page B-l I The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Workers unload trusses and supports from a flatbed Thursday that will form the new addition to the Faith Lutheran Church In Godfrey. The Telegraph/RUSS SM I t h leanene Barbee, 9, at left, grabbed onto a rope and swung on an obstacle course at boot camp hursday at McKinley School in Alton. Above, Nakeia Jackson, 9, practiced her sharpshooting with he help of parent volunteer Alan Medford. Top pupils get the 'boot’ Day of activities is reward for good behavior By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A shrill whistle and a call of “attention” interrupted third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes at McKinley School Thursday. Select students were drafted and led to “McKinley Boot Camp” by “Gen.” Marcia Dodds, known on regular days as Principal Dodds. The boot camp was a reward for pupils who had no detentions and who had completed all assignments during the first semester. Two hundred pupils — 73 percent of the school’s enroilment — were eligible to attend boot camp The activity was unknown to the pupils until Dodds and her sergeants broke into the classrooms. “I thought we were in trouble,” said third-grader Brittlyn Graham. Jeremy Irion, also a third-grader, thought it was a fire drill. The recruits were led to the boot camp set up in the gym. Pupils swung on a rope swing, crawled through a tunnel and ran through a group of tires on an obstacle course. Other recruits practiced their sharp-shooting skills, taking aim at balsam wood airplanes with rubber dart guns. Nearby, “Drill Sgt. Bill," a father volunteering for the day, led recruits through a tough regimen of jumping jacks, sit-ups and running in place Dodds gave the recruits a closing pep talk. She empha- ■ See BOOT, Page A-7 Clark to sell gas stations By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD - Clark USA Inc. is focusing on refineries after announcing plans to sell its 700 gas stations. The St. Louis-based company announced Wednesday that it wants to concentrate its efforts on marketing and improving its refineries. “We want to focus all of our management resources on our refineries," said Suzanne Miller, a spokeswoman for Clark. “This will benefit all of our refineries, including the one in Hartford.” Clark supplies 70 percent of their refined oil products to the open market and 30 percent to Clark’s own gas stations. “In 1998, we had a good year in sales at our gas stations,” she said. “We just wanted to go in a different direction and put all our marketing emphasis on the refineries.” Miller said the company will improve efficiency in its refineries as well as look into acquiring more refineries. “There is nothing definite on when or what refineries we’re looking at,” she said. Good Morning ii Area/Illinois . .A-3-8 Bulletin Board .D-5 Business......D-1 Classifieds ... .C-3 Comics.......D-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-6 Nation/world .. .C-3 Obituaries.....A-5 Barham, Donaldson, Grieve, Herron, Johnson, Kalla!, Lopez, Nodine, Prine, Taylor, Tieman, Turner, A., Turner, J. Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television.....D-7 Pride salutes ‘special lady’ By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Pride Inc. honored one of the River Bend’s most notable contributors to beautification    efforts Thursday at its 33rd annual meeting Bertha “Bert” Roberts, former Godfrey Township highway commissioner and public works director for the village of Godfrey, received the beautification organization’s 1998 Outstanding Citizen Award. 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