News from here and there: July 15, 2020

GOREVILLE — Summer continues, hot and humid, and with it, the desire to get away for a vacation.     

Although traveling isn’t recommended due to the Coronavirus, that is spiking across the sun belt, lots of folks have been on the road and in the air.     

The curve is apparently not flattening as it was a few weeks ago.  Seemingly, people are not taking the pandemic seriously.  I heard of two acquaintances last week who have been stricken with the virus, the first that I have personally known.  It is scary!     

School administrators continue in the attempt to reopen schools in our county, a challenge to say the least.  How do you socially distance a roomful of active youngsters?  I have no idea, but I am sure those in the know will get it all figured out.     

A son who works in a school has been busy all summer helping to sanitize every surface in preparation for school to begin safely.  A grandson-in-law teaches American History in  a Florida high school and a plastic shield has been built around his desk, all will wear masks, and the prepared lecture will be shown on a screen.     

I have family living in Arizona and Florida, two of the hot spots of the virus, and another Colorado family has just returned home from Texas where another outbreak was underway.     

Those two little great-grands in Colorado were seen at their riding camp each astride a horse that looked too big for the 5 and 6-year-old little gals.  They were loving it and not a bit scared.     

Also seen on Facebook, was our grandson’s long-time buddy, Boss, a German shepherd that he had loved for years.  Boss had gotten old and had arthritis and could hardly walk and he passed away last week.     

What would we do without Facebook, I wondered, as I saw our brand new great- granddaughter, number 13, born on July 7, to our granddaughter, Leah and Andrew Sadlo in Orange Park, Florida.  The new little miss has been named Jemma Drew and was welcomed home by her big sister, 19-month-old Jamison, who loves her to pieces.  She probably thinks that her baby sister is a new toy.  Andrew’s mom drove down from her Long Island, New York, home to help out.     

The new business in town had a grand opening, with a large crowd, I was told.  Hometown Floral and Market on North Broadway was the scene of much busyness on Saturday, with two food trucks providing lots of great cuisine, including mini peach pies and fried green tomatoes.The new shop features farmhouse decor, gift items, fresh flowers and repurposed items galore.     

We will miss receiving the postal cards from Bill Newton, former Gorevillian, later of Sherman, Il., who passed away on July 7.  His second funeral was held at Cana Cemetery, after a visitation at Blue Funeral Home, Goreville, and an earlier funeral in Sherman.  He was married to Donna Sue Perry, also from Goreville, who passed away in 1999.  They had two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren, who will miss their granpa terribly.  Bill was a world traveler and he returned to San Francisco each year to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.  We will also miss his “Gorevilleisms” that he posted on Facebook.  His parents were Ralls and Aileen Henley Newton, who worked at the old Goreville Post Office for many years.  Bill will be missed!     

Two Goreville artists, Patty Morrison and Lynn Gross, have their works on display at the Little Egypt Arts Association Centre on the Marion Square.  Before arriving there, you might want to call 998-8530, since the centre is open on a limited schedule these days.     

Congratulations to Jim Dunn, Goreville, and Max Casey, Buncombe, who have recently retired from the board of the Johnson County Farm Bureau.     

The Goreville Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop will be bringing out Fall and Winter merchandise the last week of September.  The shop will be open at its regular schedule, each Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and each Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.  They are now giving away clothes hangers and plastic tubs without lids, free to one and all.  Customers are to wear face masks and practice social distancing.     

The Jo. Co. Home and Community Education (HCE) coach trips have new dates. The changes include:  Boston Trip–Sept 28-Oct.6.  Branson Shows–Nov. 15-19.  Nashville Christmas–Dec. 6-8.  Call Faye Mize at 618-771-0066 for more information.     

So far, the coach trip to the Gulf Coast, by the Second Act of So. Il. Healthcare has not been canceled.  The date is Oct. 19-24, with stops in Mobile, Alabama to tour the Bellingrath Gardens, a dolphin cruise, Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, historic home tours, time on the beach, and dining on local cuisine.  The cost is $1177.00 for single or $875 for double.  Call 877-480-4040.     

Birthdays!  July 22–Joyce Dutton!  July 23–Donna Smith, Hunter Kinsey!  July 24–Matt Tosh, Stephen Jones, Betty Stegle, Joshua Billingsley, Connor Craig! July 25–Jackie Pritchett, Tony Thomley, Emily Nannie!  July 26–Sondra Goins!  July 27–P.J. Amigdalos!  July 28–Allison Webb, Dylan Bailey!  May you all have many more!     

Congratulations to David Hogue, Vienna, on his 78th birthday on July 9!     

On July 8, twin brothers, Webby Sullivan and Ryan Sullivan celebrated their birthdays! I used to have these cuties at my daycare way back when.     

Anniversaries to be observed include  Janet and Gary Morrison, whose 60th will be on July 23!  Randy and Connie Merriman will celebrate theirs on July 24!  Steve and Tammy Pearman will have their special day on July 26!     Congratulations to Misty and Andrew Rowe who celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary on July 6!     

Theresa and Larry Bowns celebrated their 57th anniversary on July 6!  Congratulations!     

Registration packets have been sent out for the 2020-21 school year to parents of Goreville students.  July 16, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be registration for grade and high school students to be held in the high school gym.  High school principal Jeri Miller said it is VERY important to get as many as possible registered that day.  There will be a limit to the number of people in the gym at one time.  Parents are requested to not bring the entire family, only one parent and their students.  This will help the line to move more quickly.  Social distancing will be a must. 

School will begin on August 13, with an ll:30 a.m. dismissal.  Guidelines will be sent to all parents or guardians in the next few weeks.  For those unable to register on July 16, the high school office will be open 8 a.m. to noon each Mon-Fri.  All students must be registered by August 5.  Said Miller on Facebook, “Our hopes are to have all students in class and learning face-to-face and we appreciate everyone’s patience and confidence in us to do what is best and to keep everyone safe and back in school.  We sure miss our students.”     

The folks at Hillview Healthcare were busy creating colorful  butterflies on a recent day and staying socially spaced while also keeping cool.     

At Autumn Ridge Supportive Living was seen Jim Cox playing his guitar and singing. outside the facility on July 7, with the appreciative residents safely indoors enjoying the  music.     

Mark your calendar!  The Eagle House Ministries will be hosting a “Marriage Retreat” on Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.     

EHM will also be having their 10th annual “Run For Hope” on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Vienna City Park on the Tunnel Hill State Trail.  Call  618-658-1700 for info on either of these events.     

Some upcoming events include:  July 18–Marion Cruise Night at Cornerstone Church parking lot, 5-8 p.m.  The annual Veterans on Parade in downtown Marion on the second Saturday, at 10 a.m.  The Wonder Water event in Creal Springs on Sept. 24-25 with evening entertainment.  Also in Creal Springs will be the annual Blues Junk and Primitives event on Oct. 3-4.     Congratulations to Dr. Steve Webb, superintendent of the Goreville School, who has been invited to present his recently published book at the International Learners Conference in Valencia, Spain.     

Todd and Sarah Tripp and their family looked to be having a great time in Daytona, Florida on Facebook.     

The folks out at The Gospel Mission at Robinwoods held an outdoor singing and concert on a recent Saturday evening, with gospel, patriotic and country music being performed by their own.  And possibly, they will be holding another performance.     

A bit behind with this arrival is this news!  James and Audrey Robinson of Marion are the proud parents of a new daughter, who arrived on May 26.  The little miss, MacKenzie Elizabeth, was welcomed home by her 4-year-old brother, William James.  Grandparents are Lonnie and Cathy Hinton, Vienna, and Lewis and the late Delonda Robinson, Goreville.     

We also sighted another adorable granddaughter, that of John and Angie Pressley, Buncombe, Elysia Lin, daughter of Carol and Jonathan Pressley, who live in California.     

Your newsy items are welcomed in this, your community column.  Send your latest happenings along to 618-422-2086 or email to     

Have a great remainder of the week, wear a mask, stay socially distant, and wash your hands often.  Stay well!

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