Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Southern Crittenden County News: July 17, 2008

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Joe Bennett, Dan Ogle, Dan Henderson and Orville Henderson enjoyed an all-day visit on Friday to Cahokia Mounds, near Collinsville, IL. The mounds are the site of an ancient Native American city (650-1400 A.D.). The 2,200 acre site includes numerous man-made earthen mounds.

Vacation Bible School was enjoyed by all who attended at Seven Springs. A cookout with games was held on Saturday night. Commencement was on Sunday. Approximately 75 were in attendance for the worship service there on Sunday.

Local farmers are enjoying abundant crops of green beans, fresh corn and homegrown tomatoes. The farming spirit is alive and well in this part of the county.

More than 100 people were in attendance at the Smith-Owen family reunion in Frances on July 5.

Thoughts and prayers go out to George Strilko of New Lenox, IL (husband of the former Carolyn Myers of Southern Crittenden County) who is in the hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Josh, Star and Jacob Mahs and Jenny Patton enjoyed a visit to Chesterton, IN over the weekend.

Steve and Norma Peek were in Dycusburg visiting on Sunday.

Recipes are coming in quickly for the Dycusburg cookbook. Please submit yours by e-mailing

A collaborative effort between some Southern Crittenden residents and the local county shelter has resulted in the removal of several cats, including kittens at Dycusburg. This is a kind reminder that stray animals often suffer due to lack of vaccinations and proper care. We encourage all readers to spay and neuter their animals. If, for any reason, you can no longer care for your pet, a shelter is available behind the county road department in Marion.

The Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) is looking for more active members. If you are interested in joining, please contact DCG President Michelle Henderson at 988-2758 or The next meeting date will be announced in next week's issue.

The most recent cleanup efforts in this part of the county have focused on Dycus Road.

Please share your news by e-mailing or You can also call 988-2758.

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