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Dixie Terry – News From Here & There: May 23

Posted May 23, 2012 by Dixie Terry in Community

And the rains came! Just in time, so I didn’t have to rise at dawn and water all the accumulated plants that need a daily drink.

Lots of events are underway, so grab your datebook and take note.

On Saturday, May 26, Tree Talk and A Spring Walk will welcome one and all down to the Cache River Wetlands Center, 1-3 p.m. to study basic identification skills in learning how to identify over 127 species of flora and fauna in the wetlands of the Cache River. Call 618-657-2064 for more.

Order your Bicentennial Families of Johnson County before June l, for the price of $57.95. After that date, the price will be $74.95. Send checks to JCGHS Families, P.O. Box 1207, Vienna, Ill. 62995. Shipping cost is an extra $5 or pick up in Vienna when the books are received by the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society sometime in mid-summer. Purchasers will be notified when and where to pick up.

Congrats to all the recent area grads of 2012! Here’s hoping your future will be successful in whatever career that is chosen.

Ladies! The Women’s Discipleship Conference will be held on June 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shawnee Community College. This is an interdenominational event for women and girls of all ages. The cost is $15, which includes lunch and activities. The keynote speaker is from Memphis, Tenn., with breakout speakers being Stephanie Shafer and Melissa Langley. For registration, send fees to Eagle House Ministries, c/o FOOTSTEPS, 3590 State Route 37 North, P.O. Box 97, Buncombe, Ill. 62912.

There was a full house at the Shawnee Development Council Inc. corporate office on May 15, for their annual board recognition and awards reception. Community Action Week had been underway and several received recognition. Scholarships were presented to several recent grads in the seven county area that is served by SDC. Congratulations to executive director, Cheryl Vanderford, for receiving the first ever community support recognition award.

Like a taste of culture, in-between ball games? Enroll the kids at your house in the Children’s Theater Workshop at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on July 23-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. On Friday, the youngsters will perform onstage, showing off their new-found skills. This is for ages, 8-16, and is sponsored by the Paradise Alley Players. Check it out on

The monthly Cruise Night in downtown Marion will be underway this Saturday evening, with cars galore parked around the square for viewing. Come out and enjoy a summer evening with friends and car lovers.

The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce heard Greg Frehner of the Johnson County Bicentennial planning committee on May 18 at the luncheon meeting held at The Gambit in Vienna. Frehner told of different projects that will be underway in 2012, many after school begins next fall, that will involve the students and schools of our county. Stay tuned. The June 15 meeting of the chamber will be at The Old Homeplace at noon. You do not have to be a member to attend, so let’s have a big turnout of local folks. Lunch is payable at the door.

Let’s get the lighthouse completed at the Eagle House Ministries location on the Buncombe Hill. Send your generous donations to E.H.M., 3580 State Route 37 North, P.O. Box 97, Buncombe, Ill. 62912.

Veterans of World War II will be departing from the Williamson County Airport in September. If anyone knows of a vet of World War II, give a call to Don Niehart at 217-254-2986. The veterans will be given a cost-free one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to view the many war memorials. Several vets from our area have already gone on this adventure. A guardian for each vet will be provided to take care of him for the day. Wheelchairs are taken along on the flight for each of those on the trip. Honor Flight has provided for dozens of World War II vets in the past three years.

Yard sales galore were underway in the community yard sale event on the Goreville-Tunnel Hill Road and beyond. I made it to three and brought home some treasures or junque, depending on your outlook. I also spent a few minutes at Crestwood Estates yard sale, visiting with former neighbors Gary and Shirley Eason, Bill and Fran Chapman, and at the auction of the late Ken and Mary Ann Willis estate, and visiting with their granddaughter, Lee of Texas, who is overseeing the estate. The Willises were our next-door neighbors for fourteen years that we lived at the lake.

Free gasoline will be given to three lucky people, who win in the raffle being provided by the Johnson County Revitalization Corporation. Casey’s in Vienna and H&H Fuel in Goreville are providing gift cards for the fundraiser for the renovation of the old Grand Theatre on the Vienna Square. The winners will be announced at the Freedom Fest in Goreville on July 4. Winners need not be present to win! Call 6l8-771-6877 for tickets at $5 or 3/$10. Prizes will be for $300, $100, or $50 worth of gas.

A nice crowd attended the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society meeting on May 20 at the Carnegie Library in Vienna. Gary Hacker provided the program on county history. A picnic will be held on Monday, June 4 at the Vienna City Park by the JCGHS, a potluck affair, with everyone welcome to bring a dish and enjoy. You don’t have to be a member to attend, president Ed Annable announced.

Congrats to Sharon Walker, Goreville, who was honored at Shawnee Community College on graduation night as the Faculty Member of the Year. Also attending were her parents, Ron and Billie Case, and Sharon’s husband, Mike Walker.

Bettie Futch of Eagle Point Bay and her granddaughter, Tamie Schofield, flew from Nashville to Newport News, Va., the week before Mother’s Day. They attended the retirement ceremony of Burton T. Corley, after 20 years of military service, along with his wife, Christina, Bailey Corley, Robert Corley, June Breitkaupt. On May 11, Bailey celebrated her llth birthday with a bowling party with family and friends. Burt plans to pursue a master of divinity degree and enter full time ministry in his retirement.

The Miners are back and winning over the London, Ontario team. New menu items might entice us all to eat at the ballpark. By the way, the Johnson County Night at Rent-One Park will be on Thursday, July 19. Tickets at $6 and $8 are available from Chamber of Commerce members and the deadline is Friday, July 13. Tickets can also be picked up at the window by calling 969-8528.

Welcome back from Florida to June Oehler who is now at home in Eagle Point Bay!

Pancakes will be served up this Saturday, May 26, by the Security Patrol of Eagle Point Bay in the EPB Association Building. See you there!

The Sullivans and Harners of Webbtown have returned after a week of Disneyworld, along with lolling on the beaches of Panama City Beach.
Mark your calendar for the ice cream supper of the Community of Christ Church on Tunnel Hill Road on Saturday, July 7, as a part of the Johnson County Bicentennial celebration. There will also be grilled delights, along with a bevy of desserts, plus several flavors of homemade ice cream, along with lots of southern hospitality. Bring your summer guests and enjoy supper under the shade trees.

If you sighted the photo of Byron Vinyard on the front page of a recent newspaper, it was a reminder that he is a former Johnson Countian, now living in Sparta, and who is a collector of World War II mess kitchen items and often holds a free G.I. meal for veterans. His parents are Phyllis and Paul Vinyard.

Some May birthdays that we’ve been told about include: May 22-Annette Conroy, Johnna Herren, Brody Whitehead, Daniel Madden, Jacob Cox. May 23-Joshua McGill, Marie Suits, Caitlyn Link. May 24-Lily Cottrell, Maxine Hood, Brook Shoemaker. May 25-Jonathan Waller, Joshua Stafford, Dakota Runge. May 26-Josh Pritchett, Tammy Pearman, Nancy Ward. May 27-Duane McGinnis, Karen Ray, Racheal Jack, Lisa Mathews, Patty Smith. May 28-Irene Webb. May 29-Megan Watkins, Ed Manier, Jon Oetting, Kim Grammer. And, may you all have many more.

Congratulations to those celebrating wedding anniversaries! Kevin and Annette Conroy, May 22. Jeff and Joyce Maze, May 23. Fred and Linda Moore, May 30.

A summer coach trip has been planned by the HCE board on June 18-20. A three-day trek will include Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Ashville, N.C. The Titantic Museum, Biltmore Mansion, Dixie Stampede, and much more will be included in the price, which also includes several meals. Contact Faye Mize at 795 Hilltop Lane, Simpson, Ill. 62985. Seats are filling fast.

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Have a great remainder of the week!