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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol. 164 No. 3 50 cents ■ Super Bowl bound    ; I Kick puts Falcons on top    i    special section Denver Broncos    !    News senior ^flypast Jets    I    citizens can use ^    Page    GI    I    ^ mmm S Tho outlook Partly sunny and colder ; high around 40, low 29 PageC-10 Monday January 18, 1999 Healthy start iv Chiropractor’s benefits boys and Girls club Page R-l Wood River banking on the past for its future EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series about the Wood River Civic Action Body’s efforts at revitalizing the city. By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Think Elvis, think classic cars and think black- and-white television sets. These are a few of the visions the Civic Action Body wants the public to associate Wood River with. Standing inside the lobby of the Midtown Theater and Cultural Arts Center recently, members of the Civic Action Body discussed how important a building such as the Midtown Theater is to the success of the group. Lon Smith Jr., the executive director of the theater, said the Civic Action Body and the theater have a good relationship. The building represents something different, a symbol to attract potential business owners to Wood River. “We try to offer guidance and technology in trying to find business own ers the right location in Wood River,” said the organization’s president Bob Drake. “We want them to help make Wood River a nice place to bring a business and also show them that the businesses work together." Drake said the organization has specific goals to accomplish in 1999. “Our goals are economic development and taking an active interest in (filling) every empty building. We also want to pick up on tourism,” he said. The group is looking at refurbishing a church, gas station and diner as well with a 1950s feeling. “We want an atmosphere like Laclede Landing (St. Louis),” he ■ See FUTURE, Page A-9 Fog blinds local motorists By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Sunday’s thick fog created havoc on the highways and is the probable cause of two separate wrecks that tied up traffic and kept U.S. 67 closed for four hours, officials said. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the first crash occurred around noon when a northbound 1993 Ford swerved to miss a stalled vehicle, crossed the center island and broadsided a 1993 Oldsmobile stopped at a Several injured in wrecks on U.S. 67 yield sign. Cottage Hills resident Pamela Harris, 41, driver of the Ford, was not injured. The four passengers in the vehicle, also from Cottage Hills: Ann Harris, 17; Joshua Harris, IO; Marcus Harris, 9; and Maria Harris, 9; all suffered minor injuries and were treated at Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton and released. The occupants of the second vehicle, Barbara Tiffany, 55 and Rachel Key, 81, both from Florissant, Mo., were treated at Christian Hospital Northeast. According to a hospital spokeswoman the two were stable. The second accident at approximately 1:30 p.m. involved five cars in a chain reaction that appeared to be a result of stopped traffic from the first accident. Brandi Varble, 23, of Alton, was stopped in traffic for the first accident when she was hit from behind by a second car driven by Beverly Sweeney, 62, of St. Peters, Mo. Two vehicles following Sweeney were able to stop, but a fifth vehicle driven by Alfred Dunaway, 60, of Alton, was unable to stop. Dunaway’s vehicle hit the one in front of him setting off a chain reaction. Sweeney and her passenger, Francis Brummet, 58, of Florissant, Mo., sus tamed injuries and were being treated at Christian Hospital Northeast. The driver of the third vehicle, Kerri Grills, 21, of Alton; and the driver of the fourth vehicle, Deborah Wilder, 48, of St. Louis were also being treated at Christian Hospital Northeast. A hospital spokeswoman said all the victims were stable. Firefighter, woman hurt in duplex blaze The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Alton Firefighter Brad Jacobs puts out a smoldering mattress Sunday that was dragged out of a house fire in the 700 block of Highland Avenue. taken to the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Health Center for treatment of smoke inhalation when a fire swept through the apartment at 711 Highland Ave. Dupree was not at home at the time of the fire. One of the firefighters was ■ See BLAZE, Page A-9 By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An Alton woman and a firefighter suffered I injuries Sunday as a result of I a blaze in a duplex on _      I    Highland Avenue. The Teiegraph/Margie m barnes Rhonda Brown, 43, a guest Alton firefighters work the scene of a duplex house fire Sunday In the 700 block of Highland Avenue In Alton.    of resident Dolly Dupree, was Area/Illinois . .A-3,    7-10 Bulletin Board.....B-2 Classifieds........C-7 Comics  ...B-4 Editorial..........A-6 Horoscope ........B-4 Nation/World----B-3, 6 Neighbors........B-1 Obituaries........A-7 Barnett, Blevins, Brueggemann, Brunjes, Dwyer, Jones, Richter, Smith, Strickland, Wehren, Wieneke Scoreboard.......C-2 Television ......  .B-5 Weather.........C-10 I   T FAST EDDIE'S    #if ~"TTT Ti7-7, 7‘    ,    * BON AIR ^ V-    Fri<lay.Jan    22 irMturctyJan 23 Sunday Jan 24 BROADWAY AT PEARL ♦ ORE/VT FOOD “STONEBRAKER”!! “FREE SPIRIT”*, "RALPH BUTLER!. “SABLE”  ----J    i—— --—------------------et.-._____ King’s dream remembered in Alton By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A celebration of hope brought out the sunshine Sunday at Greater St. James Baptist Church with the presentation of the eighteenth annual birthday commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sponsored by the Alton chapter of the NAACP. King would have been 70 years old Jan. 15. Dense fog didn’t dampen the spirits of the attendees of the celebration which featured choral performances by the Alton High School Gospel Choir and a moving address by guest speaker Bobby Collins Jr., president of IOO Black Men Inc. Greater St. James Pastor Abraham Byrd read from scripture and delivered his invocation before introducing the day’s guests who would help celebrate the theme, “The Future is in Your Hands.” Mayor Don Sandidge challenged the guests to help one another in King’s memory “The future is in our hands because we have to help one another," he said. “We must ■ See DREAM, Page A-9 a As long as we fxnever forget, his dream and his legacy will live on forever.” State Rep. Steve Davis D-Bethalto The T elegraph/M ARG IE M BARNES Alton Mayor Donald E. Sandidge welcomes the crowd Sunday at Greater St. James Baptist Church in Alton for the Alton Branch NAACP 18th Annual Commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ;