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Dixie Terry – News From Here & There: Aug 15

Posted August 15, 2012 by Dixie Terry in Community

Goreville Saline Masonic Lodge hosted its first annual car & truck show Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, drawing more than 80 cars to the area.

Fall is in the air, with a sneak preview last week of what is to come. Welcome to the better weather and the downpour.

The Ragain Clan will be holding their reunion on Sunday, September 9 at noon, at the Southern Illinois Power Co-op Recreational Park, past the Lake of Egypt Golf Club. They welcome all family and friends to drop by!

The Fortress Quartet will be giving a program on Sunday, August 19, at 10:30am, at the Lake of Egypt Christian Church at Sunset Harbor, along with the Summer Round-Up Celebration. The singers include Doc Horsley, Joey Rhodes, Carl Sanders and Jim Beaty. The public is welcome.

At the Harbor Church on South Market Road, on Friday, August 17, will be Friday Night Alive, for youngsters in grades 7-12. Snacks, games and more are promised. Call 521-1622 for more.

The eighth annual Veterans on Parade will be held on Saturday, September 8, beginning at llam in Marion. All veterans from around the area are urged to participate. Any vet needing a ride in the event should be at the V. A. Hospital at 10am. Others should gather at the Marion Junior High School parking lot. First Responders will lead the parade this year. For more, call Ed Davis at 993-3379.

Keep in mind the Breakfast in the Park on Saturday, August 25, when the Johnson County Revitalization Corporation will be serving a biscuit and sausage gravy all-you-can eat event, for $7. This will serve as a fundraiser for the ongoing renovation of the old Grand Theatre. When completed, the theatre will serve as a cultural center for the area. Be there, 7:30-l0:30am. Carry-outs are also available. Call 618-771-6877.

As Johnson County continues the commemoration of its 200th birthday, the Genealogical and Historical Society will present the sixth in a series of programs on the county’s early history. The event will be on Sunday, August 19 at 2:30pm in the community room downstairs in the Vienna Carnegie Library, with Ed Annable, president of JCGHS bringing the program. The public is welcome!

A large crowd of well-wishers greeted Vannetta Maze at Regions Bank last Friday, for her retirement/birthday party. She has worked for the bank for thirty years and has a large contingent of fans in the community. And, we wish her the best of everything in her newfound free hours. She shared that she will begin cleaning house for starters and then travel with her husband is on the agenda.

It was good to meet the new branch manager of Regions Bank, Michael LeWallen of Murphysboro. It seems our community has made a good impression on him and he is looking forward to being a part of our town. I wonder if he will become a devout Blackcat fan!

Since the Knights of Columbus of Marion had to cancel their fireworks on the 4th of July, they will be held on Saturday, September 8, at dusk. They will also be serving dinner that evening, 5-8pm, as a fundraiser.

Goreville has been inundated with pink flamingoes lately, it seems. Several flocks of these critters have been seen on local lawns. What is going on?

The Bicentennial Family Book has been completed and is ready for pickup at the Paul Powell Museum, on Saturday, August 18, l-4pm, for those who have ordered the historical book. Those who have paid for their book received a letter and card in the mail last week. I dropped in on Sunday to pick mine up and have enjoyed reading about the many people who have called Johnson County home.

The 26th annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference will be on Saturday, September 15 at John A. Logan College. Abby Rike of “The Biggest Loser” television show will be the speaker. Lots of breakout sessions, a luncheon, and a chance to win a “Treasures of Southern Illinois” grand door prize, will be on the agenda. The cost is $45, which includes breakfast and lunch. Call 618-985-9210 or 618-985-2828,Ext.8604.

A Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to Marion on Tuesday, October 9 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, beginning at 5pm. This is being sponsored by the Daily Republican newspaper and tickets are $10 each or four for $30 through August 3l. Send check to The Daily American, lllEast Emma, West Frankfort, Il. 62896.

The Marion Carnegie Library will be holding a Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, August l7 and 18, 9am-4:30pm. Paperbacks for $.25 and hardbacks for $1, along with DVDs, videotapes, cassettes, and more, at low prices, offered by the Friends of the Library.

You are invited! The Men’s Fellowship of the First Christian Church in Marion is hosting their annual ice cream social on Sunday, August 19, 5-7pm at the church fellowship hall on North Market. Donations will be accepted for future projects. Homemade ice cream and a selection of desserts will await guests, along with southern hospitality.

The Vienna Globe Trotters are planning a trip for March 26-April 6, 2013, to Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Berlin, and other interesting stops along the way. For more, call Faye Mize, at 618-695-2430 or

The first home game of the Vienna/Goreville football team will be on Saturday, August 25 in Vienna at 1pm, against Chester High School.

Birthdays will be celebrated soon by these folks! Aug 23–Allen Choate, Carol Kammerer! Aug 24–Margie Ward, Jennifer Craft, Elda Ruckrigel! Aug 25–Scott Obourn, Kelly Harper, Sandra Smith, Barry Eastman! Aug 26–Matt Webb, Cindy McCree, Arthur Jacobs! Aug 27–Nan Worrell, Tracy Skuta, Chase Jarvis, Michael Retz! Aug 28–Ashleigh Kellums! Aug 29–Vivian Baity, Steve Barnes, Larry Peas, Chad Bailey, JoAnn Maze! Aug 30–Jon Wright, Shelly Thomas, Heather Russell, Claire Lambert, who will turn eleven! Aug 3l–Betty Rose, Rick Miller, Lucas Jones! And, may you all have many more!

Congratulations to these couples who will be celebrating wedding anniversaries soon! Aug 23–Lauren and Sam Lambert! Aug 24–Clyde and Deanie Dillman! Aug 25–Glenn and Phyllis Webb! Aug 28–Joyce and Dave Frederick! Aug 3l–Donna and Bob Farris!

This Sunday, August 19 will find tryouts going on for the 13-U Southern Illinois Hustlers, at 2pm, on field 7, at Ray Fosse Park in Marion. Call 618-751-2896 for more.

The first annual car and truck show at the Saline Masonic Lodge was apparently a success. A large crowd gathered to view the vintage vehicles and to eat and enjoy the entertainment. Another is already in the planning for next year!

Artists and crafts people are welcome to show and sell their creations at the Vienna City Park on Saturday, September 8, 10am-2pm. This is the 10th annual event, sponsored by the Johnson County Home and Community Education of the University of Illinois Extension Service. The event is being chaired by Cara Webb, who can be reached at 995-2592. There is no charge to show arts and crafts, but reservations should be made ahead of time. There is also no charge for those who arrive to browse and buy. The HCE members will be selling hot dogs, chips, desserts, and drinks at a nominal cost. This will be a great opportunity for early holiday shopping of unique and one-of-a-kind items.

Keep in mind the breast cancer fundraiser that is being sponsored by the Lake of Egypt Association of Property Owners (LEAPO). Decorate a bra for $10, which will be displayed at an art show on September 27, 6-9pm, at the Lake Egypt fire station on Lake of Egypt Road. Register for a free workshop on bra decorating by calling Jodi at 995-2629. There will be a workshop at the fire station on September 6, 10am-1pm and at the Eagle Point Bay Association Building on September 10, same time. A free lunch will be served, but reservations are a must by September 4 and 8. The deadline for the decorated bras is September 21, at the fire station on the corner of Lake of Egypt Road and South Market Street Road. All funds will be presented to the “Women With Hope” of the Southern Illinois Healthcare, to be used for transportation to cancer treatment centers, wigs, and other needs of breast cancer patients. Hurry and get those bras decorated, with glitter and bling! Organizations and clubs are urged to design a bra and donate it to the cause.

World War II veterans are still needed for the upcoming flight to Washington, D.C. to view the many war memorials. The free flight will depart from Williamson County Regional Airport, but only if there are enough vets who register by calling 217-254-2986. If you are a WW II vet or know of one, please call that number. This is a one-day trip on a chartered plane, provided at no cost for any vet who served their country during the WW II conflict.

The Du Quoin State Fair opens on Friday, August 24, with lots of free entertainment this year, such as the Lee Greenwood Show on Sunday, August 26, at 7:30pm. Pick up tickets for this show at Pass Heating and Air Conditioning and Peoples Bank.

Johnson County continues to celebrate its 200th birthday. Has your club or organization or church planned an event yet? Please do! Think style show, quilt show, pie supper, tea party, or whatever!

Shoes for Haiti are still being collected. Take gently used or new shoes, no flip-flops or dressy styles, to the Fellowship Baptist Church, Vienna, or to the Community of Christ Church on Sunday, August 19, or leave them on my front porch on Sidney Lane. Thanks to all who have provided shoes, that will be shipped to those without, in Haiti.

On Saturday, August 25, l-4pm, head down to the Cache River Wetlands Center, and meet some cold-blooded critters of the wetlands. Take the youngsters to meet snakes and turtles up close. A hike will also be provided out on the boardwalk of the Heron Pond, to look for more of the reptiles. Call 618-657-2064 for more. It is free! And, on Sunday, September 9, 1-3:30pm, Joe McFarland will be leading a hike to search for fall mushrooms at the Cache River Wetlands Center, followed by a hike for those who wish to participate. Joe has written books and articles on ‘shrooming and is an authority on common fungi that grows in Southern Illinois.

The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will meet this coming Friday at the U. of I. Extension Building for their regular business meeting and a luncheon provided by the Johnson County Home and Community Education. All members are urged to attend, along with anyone else. Give a call at
658-2063. This will serve as a fundraiser for HCE who will provide the program on what their organization provides for the community.

Young musicians are need for the fall musical at Shawnee Community College. Auditions for those, over eight years old, will be held on Friday, August 3l, 2-6pm, and on Saturday, September l, 9am-noon. For more, contact Tim Frizzell at 618-634-3234 or We would like to see a bunch of local youngsters performing in the musical.

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Have a great remainder of the day!