Dixie's Remember When

Looking Back: October 1, 1997

By Dixie Terry
In the October 1, 1997, edition of the Goreville Gazette was the headline, “Ruritan Fall Festival Deemed A Huge Success.”  Pictured were three GHS junior class girls, Nicki Webb, Jackie Reed and Angela Ragain, selling apples at the event.     

Pictured was Larry Toler, getting a haircut from LaRita Sullivan, at “The Hair Works” in downtown Goreville, located in the former Darrell Poe barber shop.      

Over 80 Goreville residents attended the community meeting at Goreville School for a four-day Drug Awareness Program, with Jim Dodera as the keynote speaker.     

Pictured was the staff of Magna Bank, who would host a Customer Appreciation Week on Oct. 6-11.  They included:  Darla Jones, Angie Webb, Angie James, Berna Dean Whitehead, Vennetta Maze, Karen Foster, Pat Watkins, and not in the photo, Bonnie Davis.     

Harley and Margie Ward of Sleepy Hollow neighborhood on the Lake of Egypt, have returned from a 9-day tour of France, enjoying the countryside, including Normandy Beach, as well as three days in Paris. 

Ace Harris was given a 70th birthday party on Sept. 27, with over fifty friends and relatives arriving to help him celebrate.     

Linda’s Fun Place will open at the corner of Broadway and Collins Streets on Oct. 2,  3-11 p.m., with video games, pool tables, and much more.  The Coffee Corner will also open soon.     

At the Goreville school board meeting, the board received a proposal by agriculture teacher, Jeffrey Robison, to purchase equipment to begin a greenhouse program.  The proposal was unanimously approved.     

David’s Jewelry, in downtown Goreville, is your tuxedo headquarters, where a cool tux can be chosen from 70 different styles.     

Seen in the obituaries was that of Francis M. “Buddy” Casper, age 60, who died on Sept. 28 at Union County Hospital.  He was born on Feb. 23, 1937, to Francis M. Casper, Sr. and Carrie (Foster) Casper.  He married Joyce Tripp on Aug. 2, 1957,  She survives. He was the owner of Casper Insurance Agency of Anna, formerly of Goreville.  Their two daughters are Deborah Fox and husband, Jeff, Goreville, and Michelle Casper, Carterville, and a son, Mark and friend, Cindy Godwin, of Anna.     

Three residents were at the newspaper office with the correct identification of the “Mystery Photo” of last week, who was Jennifer Sullivan.  The name of Ann Ganzer was drawn from those of Lloyd Craig, Jr. and Cecile Morgan.  Ann was the winner of 25 patio blocks, compliments of Goreville Concrete. 

Jennifer Ruth Sullivan was born Nov. 21, 1976, at Marion Memorial Hospital, to Jack and Paula Jones Sullivan.  Her brother is Jesse Sullivan. She attended Buncombe and Goreville schools and graduated from Vienna High in 1994.  She received an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Shawnee College. Jennifer has worked at Hillview Healthcare in Vienna and also works at the family business, Scenic Ridge Plaza, 3 miles west of Goreville. She attends church at Cedar Grove. Her hobbies include working, fishing and four wheeling.

Goreville junior high cheerleaders came home as winners at the U. of Evansville in July, competing against thirteen schools.  Member, Sarah Ragain, 8th grade co-captain, won the elite All-Star Cheerleader Award, which will give her the opportunity to participate with other All-Stars across the country, in  a holiday parade in Philadelphia.  Pictured were: Addy Stone, Jenny Mustain, Amanda Hood, Sarah Ragain, Stephanie Starnes, Melissa Robertson, Micki Beth Walker, Nichole King and Tiffany Stroud.

GHS softball team was pictured after a successful season:  Sarah Lange, Nicole Burlison, Sarah Starnes, Tarea Espeland, Anne Pfeffer, Jennifer Billingsley, Courtney Eastman, Amber Watkins, Sarah Billingsley, Stephanie Eastman, Jerri Miller, coach, Amber Short, Bobbi Kline, Janelle Craig, Krystal Short and LaRaye Franklin, assistant coach.     

And so it was, on Oct. 1, 1997, in Goreville and Lake of Egypt.

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