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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois Marina/Riverfront Master Plan Riverboat landing Amphitheater Pedestrian plaza The outlook Scattered thunderstorms. High 77; low 52 Page D-10 Area/Illinois .A-3-11 Bulletin Board .A-9 Classifieds C-3 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope C-2 Nation/world . .A-14 Obituaries A-8 Brown, Cook, Cornell, Ford, Kelly, Mather, Sullivan, Twarog, Wheeler Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 4# ROUND POOL PACKAGE *1499 stall at ion Available Call Doc or Jason    In Ground ""«H»oAndr62« a>    fl?    16^2 Pool 466-53CI    IJJ    $11,999.°° Mississippi River www.thetelegraph.com ti? $272 I    ti/SU i ami I I    T    I * Coupons and special offers I 1 inside most editions 1 Slums State track Jersey’s Jamie Waters takes 6th in discus in meet Uiin;iv.lUvi\ Eye-catching looks Audi’s new TT coupe sure to turn heads as it sweeps through the turns Page C-l —,—,   - j    ■■.I    ''  - Page B-l Nearly 80 years Sdbold continues to a name for them-Ive Page IM —--—- SUNDAY ------- THE TELEGRAPH vol.im.no. 128    Serving    the    River    Bend    Since    1836    Mayas,ism mm Illinois FIRST boon for area By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The Illinois Legislature’s passage this weekend of a public works package should mean the city can begin construction soon on two prime projects. On Friday night, the Legislature approved Gov. George Ryan's $12 billion “Illinois FIRST" spending plan. City and economic development officials throughout the River Bend saw most of their wishes come true, providing Ryan signs off on the plan and state lawmakers can agree on a budget that will make it possible. “I kind of thought we hit the jackpot,” Mayor Don Sandidge said. The Illinois FIRST package contains about $5.6 million for Alton to obtain federal matching funds for improvements to Riverfront Park, state Rep Steve Davis, D-Bethalto, said in a telephone interview from the floor of ■ See BOON. Page A-13 Twister of 1948 ‘Morning suddenly stood still’ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series about violent storms that have hit the area. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer Fifty-one years ago, a tornado tore a path of destruction from Fosterburg to Bunker Hill and Gillespie, killing 30 people and injuring 150. “I saw the big, black funnel cloud drop out of the sky and tear homes into pieces across gur town," said,T3:y§M-oM Clyde Miller, who survived the twister in Fosterburg. The fateful day — March 19, 1948 — still is a nightmare to residents who remember when the deadly tornado ripped through their sleeping town at   --6:40 a.m. Photos of    “it’s rjjqoqtpr    been 51 uisdsier    years but Pages A 6,7    seems like yesterday when I saw the frightening dark, funnel cloud twisting toward our house," Miller said. He and his family huddled in a shallow, dirt cellar and heard the 200 mph winds whipping over their heads. “We heard our home explode into a hundred pieces above our heads,” he said. “The twister carried broken pieces of our house a mile through the air.” Miller climbed out of the cellar and stared with disbelief across Fosterburg. “It looked like our whole town was blown away." Televised images of the recent Oklahoma tornado brought back horrible memories for Miller and other residents who survived the 1948 tornado. Farmer Eugene Gvillo, then a 13-year-old farm boy, and his father, Walter, were feeding the hogs when they saw the H See TWISTER, Page A-13 Reporter who broke Lewinsky scandal started here The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Renae Eldridge of Alton skated down the River Road Saturday with her father-in-law, Terry Eldridge of Godfrey, and Michelle Schield of Alton at the annual River Road Ride and Roll, but Patrick and Carol McManus of Edwardsville took the bicycle tandem route, carrying along their sons Ryan, 5, and Jonathan, 2. By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer He’s one of the nation’s bestknown journalists, the man who broke the story about the Monica Lewinsky scandal and now the author of a bestselling book about President Clinton. And he got his start cover- and, of ing Washington politics for course, in the The Telegraph.    pages of Michael Isikoff has been Newsweek turning up everywhere in magazine, recent months: on MSNBC, where he is a where he is an analyst ; on the top investiga-TV talk show circuit to pro- tive reporter, mote his book, “Uncovering But long-Clinton: A Reporter’s Story;” time Isikoff Telegraph readers may remember him from his days as a Washington correspondent for the Alton newspaper during the 1970s. Isikoff was a graduate student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston when he went to Washington in 1976 as part of a school program that matched students to newspapers in Illinois. He drew the Alton Evening Telegraph. That was the year the U.S. Senate was debating the proposal to replace Locks and ■ See REPORTER, Page A-13 Families Ride and Roll on River Road By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The clouds parted, and the cyclists pedaled to and from Grafton during Saturday’s annual River Road Ride and Roll to stretch both their muscles and the beautification outreach budget of Pride Inc. From IO a.m. to 4 p.m., cyclists from ages 6 through 76 could be seen journeying northwest, hugging the Mississippi River and enjoying the two lanes of the Great River Road that were blocked off for them through Pride’s coordination with the Illinois Department    of Transportation. Pride executive director Sue Hardin said last year’s River Road Ride and Roll generated more than $8,000 for use on public beautification projects throughout the River Bend. “Pride Inc. has been in existence since 1966 as a nonprofit organization focused on beautifying the greater Alton area. This bike ride is a great event. We’re hoping we drew close to 500 riders today. It’s truly a family event.” H See RIDE, Page A-13 ;

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