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Dixie Terry – News from Here & There: Nov. 14

Posted November 14, 2012 by Dixie Terry in Community

The election is over!  Now, the political ads will no longer interrupt us, with their mud-slinging. I would have more respect for these national politicians if they would apply the millions they spend on advertising to paying off the national debt. I know it will never happen, but it would be nice. Thanks to all those political candidates who quickly removed their signs immediately after the election was over.

And, it’s on to basketball, Thanksgiving, and wintering our homes for the upcoming cold season. There is another holiday on the way, after Thanksgiving, but we won’t even talk about it, until after the leftover turkey is devoured and the  dishes are packed away.

Everyone is urged to attend the community Thanksgiving service, to be held this year at McKinney Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. There will be special music at the worship service, after which, finger food and fellowship will follow. This is sponsored by the Goreville Ministerial Alliance.

The folks at the Goreville Baptist Church will be holding their Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

A large crowd of fans and friends attended the chicken and dumpling dinner at the Goreville School on Saturday evening. A special ring ceremony was presented in the gym for the 2011-12 Lady Blackcats softball team, state winners.  Then, the Blackcat basketball teams were introduced and scrimmage games followed, with the Blackcats winning each game. The junior high Cats are also into their basketball season and are making a name for themselves.

Who is having a birthday? Nov. 13-Suzi Bowns, Alex McCree. Nov. 14-Evan Lee Moore, Destiny Roberts. Nov. 15-Brandon Potocki, Tim Bowns, Carl Henderson, Shawn McKitrick. Nov. 16-Jerry Kluge, Connie Abell, Violet Billingsley, Colton Childers!  Nov. 17-Nona Luke, Leon Jones. Nov. 18-Fayetta Ballard, Jennifer Mize, Donald Runge. And, may you all have many more!

An art show by the Continuing Education painting class of John A. Logan College will be presented at the Marion senior citizens building on Nov. 29, l:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

The 52nd annual Pope County Deer Festival will be underway on Nov. 14-17. The Goreville marching band will participate in the parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. in downtown Golconda. BBQ will be available, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

A large crowd gathered at the northbound rest stop of I-57 last Friday, for the Blue Star marker dedication, a salute to all veterans.  This was sponsored by the National Garden Clubs Inc. and the District VII Garden Clubs of Illinois, along with the Department of Transportation.

Goreville Ministerial Alliance volunteer Ray Kerley brings out another box of ornaments to the front of the store where it was transformed to a Christmas themed display of everything from Christmas socks to Christmas crafts.

The Christmas bazaar of the Goreville Ministerial Alliance will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and will continue on Nov. 26-30. Stop in and shop til you drop, for decorations, clothing, gifts, trees, all for the holidays. Presently, the annual toy sale is underway, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 9-noon.

Blue shopping bags blowing in the breeze were seen around town after the Boy Scouts deposited the bags to be filled and set out next Saturday, Nov. 17, filled with grocery items for the local food pantry.

Your blood is needed!  The Youth For Christ of the New Simpson Hill School will be sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2-6 p.m. This is their second drive and their goal is 30 pints. Appointments are not necessary, but are available by calling Patti at 658-8536.

Volunteers, food, and cash are needed for the Thanksgiving Day Meal Ministry at Eagle House Ministries. Give a call to 658-8116 or 771-2279.    Names of shut-ins who would like to have a holiday meal delivered can be called in as well.

The music department of Shawnee Community College will be presenting a Christmas concert on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. There is no admission. Come out and enjoy music of the not-quite-here season.

SCC will also be presenting their Madrigal Feast, “You Can Count on Me!” on November 30 and December l at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $25.

And yet another holiday presentation will be “Come See the Lamb,” a Christmas musical on Dec. 13 and 17 at 7 p.m. The admission is a donation of cash or canned goods for God’s Pantry.

The Goreville Masons were flipping pancakes on Saturday, as a benefit for the Masonic Children’s Home in Murphysboro, was held.  Some of the youngsters got to attend and enjoy sausage and pancakes. They were good!

Go on a shopping spree at the 4th Annual Goreville Craft Days and Business Expo at the grade school gym on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the media center of the school. Space is available for $20 to display and sell items. Call Allison Robison at 995-2142.

The Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will be holding another of their sesquicentennial series on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in Vienna. The era in the spotlight will be l950-1980 and will be an open forum for attendees to participate.

Got news? Give a call or fax to 995-249l or email to

Have a great remainder of the week!