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Dixie Terry – News From Here & There: Sep. 5

Posted September 5, 2012 by Dixie Terry in Community

Welcome September!  And thank you for the rains that came along with Isaac, without the wind.  We hope all our readers had an enjoyable Labor Day holiday.  Did you see the blue moon, which wasn’t blue, on Friday evening, the second full moon of the month, that takes place “only in a blue moon”.  The next one will be in July 2015.

A nice crowd attended the book signing at the Carnegie Library in Vienna on August 28, when Maureen Hughes, author, and Bob Winchester, former  Illinois representative, presented a program on “Sins of the South.”  This is a book on the criminal world in which Southern Illinois was a part of, during the 20s-50s, and of Winchester’s father, Shot, who owned the famous Club Winchester, south of Olmsted, where Mafia members and the big bands were often seen.

Veterans of World War II will be going on the “Honor Flight” on September 13-14, leaving from the Williamson County Regional Airport. Locals are requested to write these men and women a letter of appreciation, for serving their country.  Send mail, for their mail bag which is presented on the flight enroute home from Washington, D.C., to Central Illinois Honor Flight, 712 East Jefferson, Effingham, IL. 62401.  Students in our local schools might like to do this as a patriotic project. Area citizens are also invited to welcome these men and women home on September 14 at the airport terminal, with the flight expected to arrive around 7 p.m.

The 10th annual Art in the Park is coming up on Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Vienna City Park. This is sponsored by the Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) and will feature area artists and crafts people and their creations, all for sale. Cara Webb is the chair of this event and can be reached at 995-2592.  HCE members will be selling hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts.  Come out and shop for unique items for the upcoming holidays and visit with local artisans.

“Get well” wishes go out to Nadia Boner, who has been in Carbondale Memorial Hospital, after breaking an elbow in a monkey bars accident. We hope she is on the mend and will soon be out and about.

It sounds so good to hear the Goreville School marching band out rehearsing on nearby streets, which means it is fall parade time, once again!

Does anyone have any knowledge of the building that housed Green’s Garage in Goreville, which was located where the new Southern Trust Bank now sets?  If so, give a call.  The children of Lloyd Green, owner, each have a brick that was rescued before the building was razed, and a granddaughter, Angie Pressley, is seeking info on the building.

Lil Abner will be presented at Shawnee Community College as the fall children’s musical.  Several youngsters from our area were auditioning last week.  Stay tuned!

The Stonecroft Ministries will be holding their Southern Illinois Women’s Connection luncheon at Kokopelli’s Clubhouse Restaurant in Marion, on Thursday, September 13 at ll:45 a.m.  All area women are invited to attend by calling 993-8948 or 983-3431 for reservations. There will be speakers, music and entertainment, along with a lunch.

The 8th annual Veterans on Parade will be underway on Saturday, September 8 in Marion.  The parade begins at 11a.m. from the junior high parking lot.  All veterans, their families, first responders and other public servants, are welcomed.  That evening fireworks will be presented by the Knights of Columbus on their grounds.

The Ragain Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 9, at noon, at the Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative recreational park, past the Lake of Egypt Golf Course.  All Ragains or friends of the Ragains are welcome to attend the potluck and remembering when session.   Call Faye Ragain Fox at 997-5900 for more.

More information on fracking will be shared at upcoming public events in the near future.  Stay tuned for times and places.

Coming up on Saturday, September 22, will be the annual  Tour de Hope of the Hands of Hope Clinic in Marion. This clinic offers medical service from volunteer doctors, nurses and other professionals to those, who work, but cannot afford health insurance, in Franklin,  Williamson, and Johnson counties.  Mindy Hammond, Goreville, is the executive director and this is one of their major fund raisers.  Stay tuned for information.  Local, Joe Martin, is one of the top money raisers and he is probably waiting for your donation.

Some birthdays that are coming up include these:  Sept. 9–Ruth Dunn, Jeannie Housewright, Jakob Breeden! Sept. 10–Roy Gilbert, Christopher Gage, Ron Banfield, Gretchen Handlos, Kyefer Cavins, Ava Hamernik!  Sept. 11–Cathy Dudley, Fran Thorne, Krysten Dauksavage, Thelma Moake, Ken Sharp, Andrew Manier!  Sept. 12–Rita Moake, Allen Gilbert, Debbie Bennett, Daniel Eastman, Lucas Nannie, Jenna Waters!  Sept. 13–Cale Moake, Billie Case, Barb Smith!  Sept. 14–Roger Potocki!  Sept .15–Sandi Atkins, Dawn Carlson, Cliff Cavins, Katherine Dillman, Christian Stafford!  And, may you all have many more!

Congratulations to Lee and Cindi Swinehart on their September 11 wedding anniversary!

Keep in mind the Bicentennial of Johnson County!  A flag raising ceremony will take place on Friday, September 14, at noon at the courthouse.  A 15-star flag will be raised for the weekend to commemorate the county’s beginning, when the governor of the Territory of Illinois, read a proclamation, which will be repeated.  Everyone is welcome.  More events will be underway at the Vienna City Park, with reenactments and much more on Saturday and Sunday.  Bring the youngsters for a first-hand history lesson.

Grandparents’ Day will be celebrated at Goreville School on September 7 at 9 a.m.  All grandparents of students in the school are urged to attend and enjoy the entertainment that will be provided by the students.

Joe McFarland of the IDNR will be presenting a fall mushroom hike on Sunday, September 9, 1-3 p.m. at the Cache River Wetlands Center.  It’s free and fun.  Call 618-657-2064.

The Goreville Women’s Club will hold their first meeting of the season at the home of Phyllis Webb on September 11, at l:30 p.m. Any area woman is welcome to join this social club that began in 1948 as the Goreville Progressive Women’s Club.

Got news?  We welcome items of interest, such as vacations, houseguests, new grands and greats, achievements, tours, club news, school happenings, church events or whatever.  This is your community column and news is appreciated.  Give a call or fax to 995-249l or email to

Have a great remainder of the week!