Looking Back: January 7, 1998
By Dixie Terry
In the January 7, 1998, edition of the Goreville Gazette was pictured the newly erected sign at the United Methodist Church, in memory of deceased members, Harold Childers, David Childers and Dessie Maze. Pastor of the congregation is Reverend E.W. Reneker.
The village board met on Jan. 5, with these trustees present: Charlene Baity, Frank Sullivan, Larry Vaughn, Brent Schierbaum, Steve Benard and Mayor Bill Durham. The board voted to purchase a 1994 fire truck from Meyers Truck Sales in Germantown, Wisconsin, to replace the wrecked fire truck of the local fire department.
Seen was: “Dear Friends, It is with heartfelt appreciation that we thank you for helping make this Christmas a happier one for many families. Thirty-eight food baskets were picked up and fifty children were given two gifts each. The Goreville Ministerial Alliance.”
Harold Ewing, who owned Ewing Grocery in Goreville for 30 years, passed away in Texas last week. The funeral was held in West Frankfort.
The mystery picture of last week remained a mystery with no correct guesses. So, the mystery person, Roger Bastien, will win the unclaimed prize of one VCR cleaning, valued at $15, provided BK VCR Repair. Bastien is married to Alleisha Schuetz and their children are Floyd Ray, Everett and Hannah.
Goreville Senior Citizens will meet Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the Senior Center, followed by either Bingo or entertainment. The election of officers will also be held.
Any parent wishing to have their children fingerprinted for the purpose of home record, contact Police Chief David Leach for an appointment.
Toupal’s Country Corner Restaurant offered a Sunshine Breakfast Special for $1.99, served 4 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
December applications for marriage licenses included: Michael Jay Wheaton and Valerie Ann Caraker, both of Goreville; Chad Damion Krawczuk and Tara Jo McHugh, both of Vienna; and Gregory Wade Walker and Leigh Anne DeLeonardo, both of Vienna.
Weather last week included an inch or so of snow early in the week, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s over the weekend, with 50s forecast for all of next week.
The population of Johnson County was up from 11,347 in 1990 to 12,954 in 1996, which included those incarcerated at either the Shawnee or Vienna Correctional Centers.
And so it was, on January 7, 1998, in Goreville and Lake of Egypt.