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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 'j _Jj; 'J    HJJ Homo Front A brighter shade of Victorian Page B4 PftP scares Granite City 21 Alton 14 EA-WR 38 Gillespie 7 j Page Cl j p» • Belion Cloudy With i National Credit a chance of showers    Inside Page D8 Vol. 164, No. 274- 50 cents Saturday, October 16, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comChiropractor held on drug charge By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - Police from South Roxana and East Alton joined forces in a search and seizure operation, arresting and charging an East Alton resident with the unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Authorities arrived about 4:45 p m, Thursday at the home of East Alton chiropractor William C. Wood, 41, in the IOO block of Lincoln Avenue. Wood was arrested and charged with delivering prescription drugs illegally. East Alton Police Chief Richard Brown said Thursday’s arrest is evidence of an already successful teamwork relationship between the two village’s law enforcement squads. “We started out with information that South Roxana’s drug task force had given us," Brown said. "Even though this specific incident wasn’t occurring in their town, South Roxana understands that drugs don’t have to be in our own back yard to affect us.” South Roxana Police Chief Dennis Carpenter said more charges may be filed against Wood. “This arrest was the result of our drug task force's investigation," Carpenter said “The arrest and search warrant was based on purchases of con trolled substances that our undercover guys bought from Dr Wood. This is just one of many investigations we’re pursuing, and we are anticipating further charges in this case over the next few weeks." Wood was taken to the Madison County Jail, where he remained Friday under $30,000 bond. “This is not the first case we’ve made working with South Roxana police, and ifs hopefully nowhere near the last case we can do together," Brown said “Chief Carpenter and his department are great people.” At least six members of ■ See DRUG, Page A11 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ST. LOUIS — Her smile is as radiant as it was when she captured America’s heart at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Gold medal-winning gymnast Mary Lou Retton, 31, spoke at her first Billy Graham Crusade Thursday night in St. Louis. The vigor that propelled her high above the vault as the first U.S. woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics is redirected these days. As a Christian, a wife and a mother, the Houston resident says God and family come first. “Ifs a huge honor for me to take part in a Billy Graham Crusade,” Retton said Thursday night in the Trans World Dome in Downtown St. Louis, minutes before giving her personal testimony. “I grew up in a Christian home. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in Jesus Christ, but I kept that to myself, until now.” A member of Houston’s Second Baptist Church along with her husband, Shannon Kelley, Retton said her top priority is being mom to their two daughters, Shayla, 4, and McKenna, 2. “I guess I’ll always want people to remember me as a happy, loving, very blessed person whose life revolves around the Lord and whose family is Number One,” Retton said. “My girls are my gold medals now.” ■ See GYMNAST, Page A11 “KIDZ GIG” and “Concert for the Next Generation Greater _ ST. LOUIS Billy Graham CRUSADE October I4-I7.1999-TWA Dome 9:30 a.m. Doors open 11:00 a.m. Psalty the Singing Song Book & Friends 5:30 p.m. Doors will reopen 7:00 p.m. Concert for the Next Generation ■ Christian Pop band dc Talk ■ Gospel R&B artist Kirk Franklin 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Billy Graham’s message to young people 9:00 p.m. Crusade concludes ~~KSIV AM 1320 and KSIV FM 91.5 will be broadcasting live during the Billy Graham Crusade. The inspiring Billy Graham Crusades Evangelist carries message of God far and wide By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Fall colors reaching their peak By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer GRAFTON — Fall colors are beginning to peak this weekend in the area, and visitors who travel on the Great River Road will find many interesting things to do. Forestry experts have warned that the colors of the autumn leaves will not be as vivid this year as they have been in years past. However, they still predict the annual display of colors will be “relatively decent,” said Pete Skuba, forest protection program administrator with the state Division of Forestry, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “If you had to rate it on a scale of I to IO, I’d rate it about 5 to 6,” he said. Skuba recommends that the best route for viewing fall colors in the area is the Great River Road along the Mississippi River from Alton to Grafton, featuring the majestic Palisades, and the Great River Road again along the Illinois River from Grafton to Kampsville, where the wooded bluffs will display many autumn hues. The fall colors forecast calls ■ See COLORS, Page A11 Area/Illinois.........A3 Bulletin Board.......A6 Classifieds..........C8 Comics.............C6 Editorial............A4 Horoscope..........C6 Nation&world.......A12 Obituaries..........A5 Bartels, Catt, Crader, Doles, Haycraft, Jones, Larsh, Ramey, Scott Scoreboard.........B2 Stocks.............A8 Television   C7 The Teiegrapn/junri o«uivi«n Xympic gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton was energetic is she delivered a short speech at the Greater St. Louis Billy Graham Crusade. Gold Medal gymnast brightens up dome ST. LOUIS — The Billy Graham Crusades have been taking place for 52 years in more than 185 countries. Some 210 million people around the world have been witnesses to Graham’s proclamation of the word of God. Every evangelistic crusade conducted by Graham is the result of a cooperative effort involving the evangelist, his team and dozens of local Christian congregations of all denominations. Graham is invited by clergy and laity who have banded together, he says, because of the common desire to reach their community with the message of Christ. Since Graham’s very first crusade in Los Angeles 52 years ago, his message has basically remained the same; ifs a message of God s love, God’s judgment and God’s desire to let the people he’s created commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “It is always good for us to get together,” Graham said. “This city (St. Louis) has made tremendous changes and progress, in terms of racial unity, since we were here last time. The race problem is not an Billy Graham American at Trans World Dome ft™b(,u™oru _ problem. But there’s one Photo page Bl thing we can all do, no matter what our differences are, and that’s to just love each other.” During Thursday night’s crusade message, Graham spoke about the fact that the world topped the 6 billion mark in population this week. “In the next millennium, they’re saying we’ll top between IO and 12 billion,” he said. “We’re told we can’t support the 6 billion that now live, that there won’t be enough water and other scarce resources and that the types of suffering — from disease to poverty to war — will increase. But God is in charge. There’s a mystery to it all, and yet by faith, we believe, that God had no beginning and that he has no end.” In his early years of the Billy Graham Crusades, the evangelist stayed as long as one month in a given host city, as he did in St. Louis on one of his previous two visits. But because of the increasing number of his commitments, his age and his health, Graham ■ See CRUSADES, Page A11 «rnhere’s one I thing we can all do, no matter what our differences are, and that’s to just love each other.” I ne leiegrapn/junn dauman Evangelist Billy Graham addresses thousands at the Trans World Dome in Downtown St. Louis as his image is broadcast over one of several large view screens behind him. ;