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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois www.thetelegraph.com lip i $327 I Coupons and special offers * inside most editions Once in a lifetime Look back on events that made the papal visit special for so many Section F Sports Hoops action Redbirds defeat Granite City Warriors by a score of 81-61 PageB-l I He's a leader Kessler a leader at Saint Anthony’s and in the community PageD- The outlook Cloudy with a chance of rain. High 44; low 38 PageD- Good :•: Morning Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A~5 Classifieds C-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .C-2 Nation/world .. .E-1 Obituaries A-6 Bruce, Croxford, Egeditch Gillespie, Helling, Holmes Johnson, Uevers, Mennemeyer, Mitch, Oert Russo, Rutledge, Steljes Stroud, Summers, Tague Wagner Scoreboard B-2 THE TELEGRAPH Serving the River Bend Since 1836    january    si,    1999    $i.» Vol. 164, No. 16 Hiring all in family in county Employing relatives called commonplace By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - On the list of county employees, names like Semanisin, Papa, Fitzgerald, Henke, Romine and Burris frequently appear. Each is a name of members of the Madison County Board, who some people say use a “good old boy” network to hire county employees. Steve Hoehn of Dorsey is the treasurer of a grass-roots group that feels this way. Hoehn and the County Homes Action Committee have been fighting the County Board in an effort to save two tax- supported nursing homes in Edwardsville. Hoehn said he was irritated recently when former County Board member and current auditor H. Jack Frandsen hired his daughter. He said he’s learned a lot about county government since getting more involved with the issues. “Our county government is really, really crooked," he said. “No private citizen could get a job unless they were related to somebody. Look at the lists and they look like a family tree. “Department heads go around and ask County Board members to hire people. It doesn’t matter if they’re qualified or not. We’ve got a lot of qualified people in the county who need jobs.” H See HIRING, Page A-9 New hope offered for MS sufferers Ellen Jourdain. a senior on Marquette Catholic High School s pompon team, continues her performance even though her headband slipped down over her eyes Saturday at the Milnor Drill Team Association competition at Edwardsville High School. The squad finished second. Drill squads bring in ’da funk   - . . . . WW. sat rn      J    WW    ti I MI I. et I f un 1/ ” By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The sounds of funky music and spirited chants and the sights of decorative costumes took over the Edwardsville High School gymnasium Saturday. The Illinois Drill Team Association Edwardsville Invitational featured flag and pompon squads from 22 schools seeking to quality for the state competition in Champaign in March. During the aerobic funk competition,    the Edwardsville varsity squad presented a “tribal funk,’ choreographed by Craig Wilson. “We all get nervous, but today we felt really on," squad co-captain Lauren Bothers, 17, said. “We knew we were going to have fun H See FUNK, Page A-9 EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series about the fight to control and cure multiple sclerosis. By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Although it might sound like alphabet soup to most people, A, B and C are three important letters to 350,000 individuals throughout the United States living* with multiple sclerosis. Avonex, Betaseron and Copaxone — A, B and C — are three brand-name medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration They are administered to patients to help combat the effects of the disease and to stifle its progression. Medical advances in the last six years have given those living with multiple sclerosis choices - something they never had before. The drugs are administered intravenously and can cause varying degrees of side effects, some of which can resemble those associated H See MS, Page A-9 Boy Scouts take to ‘wilderness’ Survival skills tested in Klondike Derby By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — More than 600 Boy Scouts participated in the annual Boy Scouts Klondike Derby Saturday at Camp Warren Levis. The event, sponsored by Trails West Council Boy Scouts of America, tested Scouts’ survival skills in the wilderness. Bob Reid served as Klondike “Pete," coordinator of Saturday’s event. “This has been a tradition in the council for many years. Ifs a take-off of the Iditarod race in Alaska. We’re very fortunate it has not rained." Scouts had to pull their sleds with survival gear to different locations in the camp called “cities Once they reached the cities, they had to perform tasks to illustrate the Scouting skills they learned. More than 95 staff members from the Trails West Council volunteered for the event. The Scouts participated in archery, shotgun practice and first-aid survival drills. “We reinstated the ravine crossing on rope, commando wire or cargo net,” Reid said. “The Scouting skills we teach today, kids are interested in. “As they learn these skills, the Scouts learn how to be good citizens. They learn how to cooperate. They learn how to interact with other people." Several Scouts enjoyed “roughing it” for seven hours in the Godfrey wilderness. “Ifs just fun to be out H See SCOUTS, Page A-9 ■ ■jut .........  —"    The    Teleyraph/RUSS    SMITH Scouts, from left, Ben Reed, 12, Tom O’Hara, 17, and Adam Grilling, 13, all of Colhnsville, do their beet to keep alive a small campfire that they started without matches Saturday at Trails Af s Council Klondike 1999 at Camp Warren Levis in Godfrey. 466-5301 110 H. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002 HUGI SAVINGS ON ALI SPAS A Nordic Hot Tuba ;

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