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June 28, 2020

GOREVILLE — Here we are in Phase Four of the Restore Illinois Plan, with more openings, that include libraries, museums, golf courses and theatres.  Our favorite eateries can now serve us indoors, but only ten to a party and tables six feet apart. And, don’t forget to wear your mask!     

Our state has seemingly made good progress in fighting the Covid-19 said the Illinois Dept. of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in a recent news release.      

Social distancing, expanded testing procedures, avoiding crowds, staying-in as much as possible, wearing masks, will all contribute to getting rid of the evasive virus, we are reminded.     

Said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Health recently, as he advised Congress, the next few weeks will be critical, as the Coronavirus has surged in several states.     

The curve is no longer flattening and there is a definite health crisis underway as people are becoming more “careless,” rather than “careful” being the reason.     

When country singer Garth Brooks made the decision to bring some joy across our country with a series of concerts to be held at drive-in theatres across the U.S., the idea was also picked up by “Live Nation,” a national tour promoter, who will highlight Brad Paisley in a series of concerts in July, to be held at drive-in theatres in Nashville, Tn.; Maryland Heights, Mo.; and Noblesville, Ind.     

At the Garth Brooks concerts, audience members will remain in their cars and listen via car radios.  There will be no concessions or souvenirs sold.  Tickets will be $100 per car.     

At the Brad Paisley events, attendees will have two parking spaces between each car.  They can bring lawn chairs and sit outside and are also welcome to bring food and drinks.  Only four per car will be allowed, with tickets at $125 per car.     

More entertainment is being offered by the Johnson Co. Home and Community Education (HCE) of the U. of I. Extension.  They will provide coach trips this fall and winter season for any area adults, men and women.  The trips include:  Boston, Salem and Cape Ann, Sept. 29-Oct. 7, $949.  Branson, Mo. Holiday Shows, Nov. 16-20, $585.  Nashville Holiday Shows, Dec. 7-9, $429.  To make reservations or for information, call Faye Mize at 618-771-0066.  You do not have to be an HCE member to participate.     

A reminder of the new business opening in Goreville on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m.  the Hometown Floral and Market will welcome customers at 307 North Broadway.  The shop will feature farm house decor, gift items, fresh floral wraps from Flower Ridge Farm, and more.  There will also be food trucks on site, Easy Street, Southern Food Company, and Anna Baking Company.  Stop in and get acquainted..     

Did you know?  Southern Illinois peaches are almost ripe and ready to be baked up into a peach pie or cobbler.  Donna and Barry Eastman said theirs will be ripe and ready in mid-July, so expect to be waited on while you stay in your car, a new procedure this year due to the Coronavirus.  They will be offering four  delicious varieties.   

A reminder!  Support our local businesses.  Some who have been closed for several weeks have been severely hurt economically and will welcome your dropping in.  Our small businesses, with local owners, add to the character of our community.       

The Lake of Egypt Association of Property Owners (LEAPO) challenged their members last year to help raise funds for this year’s 4th of July fireworks display to be held at The Elks picnic grounds on the lake.  The fundraising was to be done by collecting aluminum cans and dropping them off at the caged trailer behind the old fire station on Lake of Egypt Road.  Checks can also be sent to LEAPO, P.O. Box 127, Goreville, 62939.  .LEAPO will donate the same amount that is collected     

The village of Goreville will be holding their traditional fireworks show at dusk on July 4 at the village park, even though the Freedom fest was canceled.     

If you have some unneeded furniture at your house, “The Unit” of Eagle House Ministries can use it to give those in need.  Bring it any time or call to have it picked up.  For more, call 618-658-1700.     

Birthdays!  July 8–Kim Lingle, Ryan Martin!  July 9–Loretta Robinson, Juanita Broyles, Tracy Kirby, David Stryker! July 10–Stephanie Ferren, Jim Kellums, Verna Mae Billingsley!  July 11–Eli Manier, Amanda Stokes, Travis Foster!  July 13–Kevin Kirby!  July 14–Dana Black-Street, J.O. Fadely, David Baker, A.J. Johnson!  May you all have many more!     

Wedding anniversaries coming up include:  July 12, Blaine and Nancy Ward!  July 13, Amy and Richard Schuhardt!  July 14–Harry and Tammy Rowe!     

July is National Ice cream Month, as well as National Hot Dog, National Baked Beans, and “Enjoy A Picnic” Month.  Celebrate your favorite!     

The Goreville Ministerial Food Pantry offers food assistance to those in need.  If you live in the Goreville School District, food is available to pick up or be delivered if that is needed.  The next drive-thru food pick-up will be on Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m. to noon.  Call by Tuesday, July 14 for the July 18 pickup, so your food boxes can be ready and waiting.  Call 618-995-9360 and leave your name and phone number.  All calls requesting food will be returned.       

The food giveaway on June 20 resulted in 45 food gifts given to those who participated, reported Jim and Natalie Dougherty, who volunteered at the food pantry.     

The Goreville Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop is open each Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and each Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.  The volunteers working this week will be from the Goreville United Methodist Church and Busby Chapel Free Will Church.  No more than ten shoppers at one time are allowed at one time; masks must be worn; and social distancing must be practiced.     

The Goreville Village Park Improvement Committee is participating in the Prairie Farms “Our Caps–Your Cause” Campaign.  Save your caps from milk jugs and take them to the Goreville School after the beginning of school.     

Our state’s blood supply is critically low, stated officials from the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers.  To donate, go to to find a donor center near you.     

If anyone has unwanted prescription drugs to discard, Rep. Dave Severin and the Marion Police Dept. will be collecting them on Tuesday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Marion Police Station  at 1001 W. DeYoung St. Accepted will be prescription meds; ointments and patches; pet meds; and vitamins.  This is a free service.     

We welcome your newsy items for this, your community newspaper, “Goreville News”.  Share news from your church, club, organization, or neighborhood.  We also like to share birthdays and anniversaries, awards, reunions, vacations, house guests, the arrival of new babies, weddings, and almost anything that is going on in our community.  Call 618-422-2086 or email     

Have a great remainder of the week and stay well!

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