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Remembering When: September 25, 1991

GOREVILLE — In the September 25, 1991, edition of the Goreville Gazette, was a photo of the Goreville Church of Christ auditorium that was damaged by wind in June.  The ceiling was destroyed and insulation had covered the pews and floor.     

During the remodeling, the members have been meeting in the church basement. Donnie Billingsley has completed the remodeling, building a new ceiling, adding new fixtures and refinishing the floors.     

During the remodeling, the church members decided to donate their bell, which had been silent for years, to the Goreville First Baptist Church, from whom the church building was purchased.     

Pictured was Correctional Officer Kenneth M. Retz, Goreville, designated as Shawnee Correctional Center Employee of the Month for Sept. 1991.     

The Goreville School board of education met on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. with all members present.  The board met in executive session to review the progress being made in the negotiations with the Goreville United Federation of Teachers.  No action was taken and the district remains without a contract.     

Supt. Steffey reported that the Goreville Elementary School was one of two area schools to be selected as pilot sites with training and materials valued  at $8000.     

The Goreville Pentecostal Church will hold a Soup Kitchen on Sat. Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for anyone who wishes to attend.  The menu will include beef and noodles, peas, homemade bread, cookies, tea or coffee.     A change in weather occurred, from the 90s to the low 40s, following rain showers.     

Wes Baker was injured by an explosion that burned his arms and face and is being treated in a St. Louis Hospital.     

Another accident, when Omer Craig was stopped at an intersection in Marion, and a gravel truck hit him from the rear, knocking his vehicle across the intersection.  He is now home, after tests, with cuts and soreness.     Oral Burklow was given a 93rd birthday dinner by her neighbors at the Goreville Pentecostal church on Sunday.     

Amanda Hood celebrated her 6th birthday with a party, given by her parents, Mike and Laura Hood, with family and friends.     

Chester and Ellen Schierbaum of Mobile, Alabama, visited his mother, Gertrude Schierbaum of Tunnel Hill and attended the Schierbaum Reunion, along with his sister and husband, Mary Lou and Curtis Craig, Goreville.     The Goreville State Bank offered money market checking at 5.50% and 18-month certificates of deposit at 5.75%.     

Century Hardware offered an inventory reduction sale until Oct. 5, with cash and carry discounts.     

Cop-A-Tan tanning spa, located next to Pyramid Acres at Lake of Egypt, offered sessions at $4.50.  The owner is Lori Sana.     

Six residents arrived at the Gazette office on Friday morning with the correct identity of last week’s Mystery Person, Hazel Girtman.  Bill Stearns’ name was drawn from those of Helen Stokes, Linda Stearns, Verna Billingsley, Bill Durham and Katy Tripp.  Bill was the winner of a large stuffed pizza from Dad’s Pizza, compliments of Whitnel Funeral Home.     Hazel Dean Sullivan was born in Happy Hollow on July 11, 1924, to Raleigh and Della Craig Sullivan  She has a brother, Ralph of Creal Springs, and three sisters, Verna Mae Billingsley, Reanna Martin and Loettta Black, all of Goreville.     

She attended Dunntown Grade School and Goreville High School.     She was married to Ernie Girtman.  They have a daughter, Barbara.     

She is a member of Busby Chapel Church.     

The Martin Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at noon, with a potluck dinner at Ferne Clyffe State Park.  Family and friends are welcome.     And so it was, on Sept. 25, 1991, in Goreville and Lake of Egypt.

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