News From Here & There: August 16, 2021

GOREVILLE — Although we attempt to share only good news, it seems the news from last week has been anything but good.

The light at the end of the tunnel has dimmed considerably, with the Corona Delta Variant exploding across our country.

With many ignoring the need for the vaccine and refusing to receive it, the booster is now being offered and hopefully, those who need it will get in line. And, if wearing masks and social distancing will be necessary again, so be it.

We understand that the booster shots will soon be available at CVS and Walgreen pharmacies.
It is up to all of us to end this nightmare.

It was also sad to hear that more of our young troops are being sent to Afghanistan to fight the Talaban.

At one time, we had three grandsons serving our country in the armed forces in Afghanistan. Fortunately, all three returned home, with two receiving Purple Hearts.

Now on to good news!

School has started and scholars are happily (?) attending classes, along with equally happy teachers, all glad to be back in the classrooms.

We have several great-grands back at their desks in grades that include kindergarten, first, second, third, 2 in fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth and twelfth. One graduated in 2020 and three more are waiting to begin school in a few years.

John Conlee, Grand Ole Opry star, will perform on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Remember his big hit, “Rose Colored Glasses”?

Also coming up next month will be the annual Octoberfest at the Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. A German meal, music, inflatable slide, a German oom-pah band, and much more will be underway. To purchase tickets, call the church office at 618-997-5190.

The Marion Carnegie Library is now hiring for several positions. Applications are available at the city hall on Tower Square Plaza and at the Marion library on South Market Street.

The Adult Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. They are currently reading “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano.

Eagle House Ministries will present their annual “Run For Hope” on October 1, beginning at 6 p.m. with a 10K Run, a 5K Run/Walk, and a Kids’ Fun Run. The event will take place at the Vienna City Park, during the Fall Festival. Check it out on

On Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. a worship service will be held in the amphitheater in the Vienna City Park. This is free, with a donation jar onsite. Bring a lawn chair. Light snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. service.
On Sept. 15,”Rekindling the Spirit Youth Rally” will be held at the Fellowship Baptist church in Vienna, with food served at 6:30 p.m. and the service from 7-8:15 P.,m. All area youth are invited.

I recently waited in my car, while our daughters, Pam and Nancy, climbed to the top of The Lighthouse at Eagle House Ministries. They were muchly impressed and recommend the self-tour to everyone. The view from the top is breathtaking and will be even more impressive when the Johnson County foliage changes colors. The Lighthouse is open each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

August 21 is National Honey Bee Day. August 29 is Lemon Juice Day. August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. August 30 is Grief Awareness Day and is also Beach Day. Celebrate!

The Union County Fair will be celebrating its 140th year on August 20-28. Visit their website at
Story Hour is underway each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion Carnegie Library for parents and their pre-schoolers. This is free.

I may never cook again! Our grandson, Matt, brought over a crockpot filled with his homemade French onion soup, plus bread bowls from Panera’s, along with his 5-year-old Maelyn. We had a feast and a nice visit. The next day, our daughter, Pam, brought over an ample supply of her homemade chili. And the following day, daughter Nancy, brought in a large sample of her homemade beef stew. Thank you all!

The Knights of Columbus continue to serve fried chicken and fish each third Friday, to continue through September, at 4:30 to 7 p.m. at their hall, located adjacent to the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Drive-thru or dine-in will be available.

The fish lunches served at the Goreville Masonic Lodge on Saturday, during the car show, were delicious. I picked up a meal and devoured all the hot French fries en route home. One called for another and soon they were gone.
Volunteering at the Goreville Ministerial Alliance this week will be members of Grange Hall Church, with those from Lake of Egypt Christian Church working next week. A $ a bag sale is underway of summer clothing.

Seen on Facebook: Alana Odum of the Gypsy Mane Salon was passing out school supplies on August 7 outside her shop. What a generous gesture!

The 2021 River to River All-Corvette Car Show will be held in downtown Herrin at East Monroe and North 14th Streets on Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is free to the public, with car registration being $15. For more, call Dennis at 618-889-8555. Rain date will be the following Saturday.


Aug. 17–Brooke Pritchett, Taylor Taborn, Martha Ethridge, Nicky Rehder, Joan Hallberg! Aug. 18–Virginia Webb, Adam Francis, Rawley Max and Brooks Allen Falmier! Aug. 19–Joy Jones, Cora Childers, Kelbey Harper, Tim Quigley! Aug. 20–Tyler Johnson, Andrayah Hill, Ned Ray, Claire Lambert, Vernon Coffee! Aug. 22–Larry Peas, Chad Bailey! Aug. 23–Allen Choate, Carol Kammerer! May you all have many more!

We welcome your news in this, your community column., Let us know about summer guests, new grands and greats, church events, out-of-town trips, club activities, fundraisers and such.

Call 618-422-2086′ email; or via mail to 907 C Independence Avenue, Marion, Il. 62959.

Have a great remainder of the week!

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