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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836THE TELEGRAM HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN * wk McGwire SammyVSosa 55 home runt atter 144 garnet 59 home runt after 142 games The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant; high near 74, low near 51 PageD4 Renovations Volunteers rally to help Umon Baptist Church Page DI Vol. 164, No. 241 — 50 centsMonday, September 13,1999 www.thetelegraph.comAlton Expo taking shape at Riverfront Park Wells tested positive for bacteria, study says By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A recent study warns well owners that eight out of IO private wells tested positive for bacteria that causes stomach ulcers and some types of stomach cancer. Toni Corona, the environmental health services manager at the Madison County Health Department, said she is unaware of the study but the health department will conduct a test for anyone concerned about their private ■ See WELLS, Page A7 Area/Illinois ..... A3 Bulletin Board A6, B2-4 Classifieds ...... 07 Comics ......... D? Editorial ........ A4 Horoscope ...... D? Nation/World AB Neighbors....... RI Lottery.......... ,A7 Obituaries....... AS King, Morris, Smith, Region.......... rn Scoreboard...... c? Television...... D3 Weather........ D4 Transit station behind schedule ified workers, transit district officials have said. Once the building is complete, it will be manned by a dispatcher who will be electronically connected to the main district office and be able to perform the same duties as are performed there Technological advances enable a dispatcher at the Edwardsville station to handle phone calls for ride requests, calls from door-to-door drivers and provide access to the central computer scheduling system, according to .Julie Hauser, a spokeswoman for the district. The transit district main telephone number for transit information - 931-7433 - will ring into the new facility as well as into the MCT main dispatch office in Granite City The number can ■ See TRANSIT, Page A7 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Set-up crews are gearing up for the 25th annual Alton Expo that begins Wednesday at Riverfront Park The five-day fair promises a wide variety of free musical entertainment, plus the usual favorite foods, rides, games of chance and assorted wares for sale. The Expo is sponsored yearly by the Alton Exposition Commission. The main sponsor is Dixon Distributing Co. of Godfrey. “I think ifs going to be considerably better than we’ve had in the past,” said Don Hayes of the entertainment line-up. “We are going to have Big Band, country, rock and blues. It will be a good variety.” Hayes is an Alton Exposition commissioner and co-chairman of publicity for the Expo; Dick Connell is the other co-chairman. Both men are from Alton. Hungry fair-goers will be able to “graze” from booth to booth, partaking of buttery corn on the cob, refreshing cold ice cream, pizza, fish, bratwurst, pork steaks and other tangy barbecued meats, amoilg other offerings. “We’re hoping for great weather,” Hayes said. The Optimist Club will sponsor its bingo tent. Other tents will house arts and ■ See EXPO, Page A7 Internet giant The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Alan McHugh with Robert Wadlow’s shoe and other Wadlow memorabilia at the Alton Museum of History & Art. Web site dedicated to Robert Wadlow is making him a citizen of the world By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Alton’s famous gentle giant, Robert Wadlow, is becoming a worldwide personality on the Internet. “The life of the tallest man in history is touching the lives of thousands of people across the world on the Internet,” said Mary Ann Warmack, coordinator of the Alton Museum of History & Art. Wadlow has become like a folk hero to people who see his life story on a Web page created in 1996 by historian Alan McHugh of Alton. “More than 300,000 people from the U.S. and foreign countries have visited the Web page to see tile pictures and story of Robert Wadlow,” said McHugh, vice president of the Alton history museum. McHugh’s Web page unveils an interesting and accurate portrayal of Wadlow, who was loved by the people of his hometown of Alton, where he grew up and sold lemonade on the street corner with other children in his neighborhood. The people of Alton watched Wadlow grow to a height of 8 feet, 11.1 inches - the tallest person in medical history. Thousands of people gathered in Alton to mourn the sudden death of the 22-year-old gentle giant on July 15, 1940, from an infection caused by steel braces he wore on his legs. ■ See GIANT, Page A7 Tents are up Sunday for the Alton Expo at Riverbend Park In Alton. The Expo is scheduled to begin Wednesday. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Completion of the new Madison County Transit bus station in downtown Edwardsville is at least a month behind schedule, but it will be manned with two hew dispatchers and electronic equipment upon completion. Jerry Kane, executive director of the Madison County Transit District, said construction originally scheduled for August is still under way. Transit district officials have discussed the delays in their regular meetings and have laid the blame on labor shorfages and a time-consuming land cleanup job at the outset. With a strong economy and a number of construction jobs under way at once, construction firms are having difficulty finding enough qual- The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Construction continues on the Madison County Transit Station of Edwardsville at the corner of Main Street and Hillsboro Avenue. ;