Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836
January 19. 1999
Fighting In Yugoslavia Serbian forces attack ethnic Albanian villages
The outlook Partly sunny and wanner ; high 53, low 35
Papal visit Region ready for pope
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — Detectives are looking for a light-colored Pontiac Grand Am that may have struck and killed a single mother of a 5-year-old boy early Monday.
The victim was struck by two vehicles while crossing Godfrey Road at 2:20 a.m. Monday.
Stephanie L. Sproull, 25, of the 200 block of Luella Street in Godfrey, died after she was struck by two automobiles while she was running across the four-lane highway in the 6500 block of Godfrey Road, Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke said.
Her mother, Katherine McDonald, said Sproull was working at night in a tavern so she could stay home and take care of her son during the day. Sproull had earned a degree as a
paralegal and was hoping to enter that profession some day, McDonald said.
Sproull had divorced and was living with her mother when she died.
“She liked being with her friends, reading her books and writing in her journals,” McDonald said.
Burke said Sproull was hit by a Chevrolet Blazer whose driver stopped after the impact, but she was also struck by a Pontiac Grand
Am whose driver continued on after the impact.
Burke described the events that led up to the accident this way: Sproull worked at a tavern in Delhi and was picked up from work by a girlfriend and her girlfriend’s boyfriend. While on the way home, the women became involved in a heated argument, and Sproull insisted on being dropped off, Burke said. The boyfriend pulled over, and the
two women got out and continued the argument. Sproull then ran across traffic lanes and was struck, Burke said.
Detectives from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate. They spent the day attempting to find the Grand Am, which was presumably headed toward the Alton area when the accident occurred.
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Above, Robert Dixon, 7, applauds atter watching the puppet show performed as part of the Brotherhood Breakfast put on Monday by the Hayner Public Library at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. Left, Thomalita Franklin of Alton holds her son Freeman, 5, while the two listen to a story at the annual Brotherhood Breakfast.
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
Local youths carry on MLK’s struggle for civil rights
GODFREY — Olivia Neal of Alton wasn’t born when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died in his struggle for human rights but his dream lives in her heart.
“Dr. King inspired me to follow a dream in my life and to strive to do the best I can to help people get along together,” said the 19-year-old Neal, who is pursuing a career in mass communications at SIUE.
Neal’s stirring solo of the old hymn “Go Down Moses” touched the hearts of listeners at a Martin Luther King Brotherhood Breakfast on Monday at Lewis and Clark Community College.
“The words “let my people go’ in the song “Go Down Moses’ reflects the life of Dr. King who spoke out for freedom for all people, regardless of race,” Neal said.
Neal, a sophomore, is a familiar
voice as a Saturday disc jockey on jazz radio station WSIE-FM (88.7) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Children and parents gathered at LCCC on Monday to honor the life of King at a breakfast sponsored by the Hayner Public Library District, the Alton Housing Authority and the Family Literacy Connection at the college.
The aroma of fried bacon, toast and fresh-baked doughnuts drifted through the room where children enjoyed a breakfast and listened to stories about the legacy of King.
“(The) Rev. King had a dream and he made a difference in the lives of everyone,” Hayner Librarian Pam Klipsch told the children.
The brotherhood breakfast was organized last year by Klipsch,* who
wanted to make the King holiday more meaningful in the lives of people in the community.
Ricky Jefferson, 12, of Alton munched on a bowl of Frosted Flakes and talked about how much he loved King.
“Dr. King wants us all to live in peace together," said Jefferson, a fifth-grader at Eunice Smith Elementary School in Alton.
Girl Scout leaders Kim Lumpkins and Gwendolyn Hammonds of Alton
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Bus routes modified during pope’s visit
Civic group’s enthusiasm catching, businesspeople say
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - The roads are expected to be jam-packed when Pope John Paul ll visits St. ^
Louis, but >
Madison County n Transit officials g hope to alleviate *z the problem —
A series of ^ two-day service rr modifications J*} were announced ^
The changes # will be implemented during the Papal visit next Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27, and will affect Madison County commuters who use the bus service to get to and from downtown St.
“The changes are being made to ensure MCT customers can avoid the significant traffic congestion and street closures in downtown St. Louis and Z still get to their jobs or join the "Z other spectators es taking part in > this historic w event,” MCT *< Chairman Ron — Selph said ^ Routes in The ^ Telegraph area 5^ affected will be the Godfrey-Alton Express, the Bethalto Express and the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Express.
On the morning of Tuesday,
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Brueggemann, Helens, Hicks, Jacoby, Johns, Jones, Nicholson, dander, Place, Richter, Rosa, Saville,
Steinbaugh, Strickland, Wiser
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last of a series about the Wood River Civic Action Body’s efforts at revitalizing the city.
By DARRYL HOWLETT
Telegraph staff writer
WOOD RIVER - Part of the original concept for the Civic Action Body was to assist business owners in the downtown district.
The group still maintains its strong connection to the downtown while expanding to businesses all over the city.
Owners are excited about the resurrection of the organization starting in May 1998.
“(CAB) has been very beneficial to the downtown district,” said Keith Tite, owner
ti T think they’re ldoing a wonderful job.
They have put some new blood in the organization. It’s great.”
Smit’s Flower Shop
of Wood River Hardware on East Ferguson Avenue, “It promotes everybody helping each other.”
Judy Wilder, owner of Smit’s Flower Shop, said the new vision of the organization has
energized all Wood River busi nesses.
“I think they’re doing a won derful job," Wilder said “The; have put some new blood ii the organization. Ifs great.”
Brenda Gibson, owner o Party Magic, agrees wit! Wilder’s assessment.
“The group has been sue cessful in promoting Ladies Night Out, Summerfest -which included sidewalk sale — and Octoberfest,” Gibsoi said. “We have a good, activ group. A few years ago, no on was interested in gettini (business owners) together Now all of that has changed, like being down here. It’s eas er to get to or from St. i-oui or wherever.”
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