Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Joe Rehana

Another successful Junk Jamboree held in Vienna

By Mike Kolb Johnson County hosted its semi-annual Junk Jamboree this past Saturday, April 19. Vendors and bargain hunters alike traveled from all over the region to the courthouse square in Vienna. One vendor traveled over two hundred miles from Roodhouse. Bargain shoppers were able to find everything from used …

Read More »

VGS to present The Little Mermaid JR

Shows are Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Vienna Grade School invites you to journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., this Friday and Saturday evening. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs …

Read More »

Correctional employees picket for safer working conditions at Vienna Center

By Mike Kolb Employees of Vienna Correctional Facility picketed outside the prison Monday afternoon to make a stand for safety and morale. Union president Mike Turner explained, “This is about staff safety and morale.” The inciting incident that drove the union to make a public stand occurred a few weeks …

Read More »

Nelson, Taylor plead guilty on recent charges

Matthew Nelson and William Ryan Taylor were sentenced to prison Monday, April 20, for their involvement in a series of criminal activities in Johnson County on March 31, 2015. Nelson and Taylor, along with Elizabeth Messemore, were arrested and held on multiple charges after fleeing from police in a stolen …

Read More »

Vienna school board begins search for new superintendent, principal

Vienna High School will be loosing both its superintendent and principal at the end of this school year. In a special board meeting Thursday evening, April 16, superintendent Edwin Shumate turned in his letter of resignation to the school board. Shumate has accepted the superintendent’s position at Cobden Unit District …

Read More »

Made up story lands one in prison

Gibbs gets two year sentence By Mike Kolb “This whole event is reprehensible,” those were the words of Judge James R. Williamson Wednesday afternoon at the sentencing hearing of Joyce Gibbs. On Oct. 7, 2013, Joyce Gibbs called 911 and claimed to have been taken at gunpoint from a gas …

Read More »

SIU to host one of three additional IDNR fracking hearings

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three additional public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling after it originally scheduled only two public hearings with the first of those to be held Nov. 26 in Chicago and the second to be held Dec. 3 …

Read More »

V-G Eagles clench play-off berth

The Vienna-Goreville Eagles defeated the Eldorado Eagles in a narrow, 14-13 home victory Saturday afternoon to clench a play-off berth and knock off the visiting Eagles’ chance at a three-way tie for a Black Diamond Conference Championship title. The Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette will bring the full story in …

Read More »

Initial report of armed man at Ferne Clyffe proves false

Johnson County residents became well aware of an incident that occurred at Ferne Clyffe State Park nearly 20 hours before Illinois State Police would confirm that an ongoing investigation was underway. It was believed that an armed man was responsible for the abduction of a woman at gunpoint and was …

Read More »

Vienna students benefit from Dixon Springs Bootcamp garden

Students at the Vienna High School have started the semester with more access to fresh produce thanks to a partnership with the Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program in Pope County. Hundreds of pounds of green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, okra, radishes, cucumbers and even a few crates of onions have made …

Read More »