Tuesday, August 22, 2017

News

Regional economic development plan set to be discussed in Vienna

The University of Illinois Extension is hosting an informational session on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office located at 208 East Main in Vienna. The informational session will outline the components of a rural regional economic development plan established by …

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Expect delays during road construction

Construction work on U.S. Hwy. 45 in Vienna is expected to begin as early as Monday, Aug. 22, that will likely create some traffic delays. The delays may be worse in the early morning hours and when the two Vienna Schools let out in the afternoons. According to Illinois Department …

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Board mulling possibility of referendum on November ballot

New land proposal opposed at county board meeting By Lucas Wright Support from Johnson County residents has been almost entirely on the side of keeping a new county government office complex on or near the Vienna square, and the citizens might finally get the opportunity to have their voice heard, officially. With …

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Johnson County Sheriff’s Department receives donation for new K9 deputy

By Shannon Woodworth LAKE OF EGYPT — It’s a glimmer of hope for every badge across the nation. At a time when the country’s law enforcement officers face a turmoil of violence, a bright ray of light shined upon the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department last week. It came in the …

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Vienna High School registration set

Vienna High School registration will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, July 28 from 7 a.m. to noon with makeup days on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the principals office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A parent or guardian …

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Mounds man dies in crash in Johnson County

By Amber Skelton The Illinois State Police District No. 22 said in a news release that 29-year-old Johnathan Travis Lee of Mounds, died early Friday morning, July 15, from a single-car crash. The driver, later identified as Lee, was traveling west on Ozark Road approaching US 45. He failed to …

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County treasurer wants businesses aware of sales tax

By Lindsey Rae Vaughn The additional one percent County Public Facilities Tax went into effect July 1 in Johnson County. However, according to Johnson County Treasurer and Collector Brent Williams, some businesses have contacted his office and said they hadn’t been notified. “I want businesses to be aware that they …

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Outside offer emerges amidst courthouse controversy

By Lucas Wright While the issue of the county courthouse has remained the focal point of conversation in the county, a former Vienna resident has put forward an offer with a well-known piece of property in town. Kenneth Carter, owner of the property where the Whitnel Funeral Home used to …

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I-57 ramps at Goreville to be closed

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists of upcoming Interstate ramp closures. Beginning on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, weather permitting, the I-57 south bound entrance and exit ramps (Exit 40) to Goreville will be closed for 10 days. These closures are necessary to construct pavement on I-57 …

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Public outcry dominates county board meeting

By Lucas Wright While there was no mention on the agenda of last meeting’s purchase of land, the Johnson County board meeting was filled with public comment on the issue. Not a single comment made from the public was in favor of moving the courthouse off of land on or …

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