Tuesday, October 17, 2017

News

Governor candidate tours facility, holds roundtable discussion in Vienna

By Lindsey Rae Vaughn J. B. Pritzker, a Chicago native who is running for governor, visited Autumn Ridge Supportive Living Facility in Vienna on Friday, Aug. 25. Pritzker is running as a democrat. He held a roundtable discussion with human service providers and community partners, wanting to know how they …

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Lt. Governor holds strategic meeting in Vienna concerning drug issues

By Lindsey Rae Vaughn Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti held a strategic meeting at the Vienna Public Library on Friday, Aug. 25, concerning drug problems. Several county officials and local leaders were present. Sanguinetti talked about how people get addicted to drugs, specifically opioids. “[Opioids] are far different from any …

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Total Solar Eclipse attracts thousands to county

Johnson County was host to as many as 10,000 or more visitors from across the country, and world, Monday, August 21, 2017 for the viewing of the ‘Total Solar Eclipse Across America’. The once-in-a-lifetime event has not been witnessed in this region for more than 100 years. At the Vienna …

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VHS welcomes NASA scientists

By Dixie Terry On Aug. 17, the Vienna High School hosted a Solar Eclipse Field Day for county students, in grades 5-12. There was a definite air of excitement as the students gathered to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse. The grade school students of Cypress, New Simpson Hill, …

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Local scouts receive donation

Local Cub and Boy Scout troops each received a $250 donation on Monday, Aug. 21, from the VFW Beggs-Gurley Post 5222. The donation goes towards helping the scouts attend summer camps, among other activities. Photo provided.

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Village of Goreville set to host eclipse activities over the weekend

The Village of Goreville is planning to host some activities for its citizens and the general public during the weekend of the 2017 eclipse, Saturday, Aug. 19 through Monday, Aug. 21. Some activities may cost, specifically on Monday, Aug. 21. Dr. Leslie Looney from the University of Illinois astronomy department …

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Sheriff’s office, ambulance service, ESDA: Agencies release eclipse safety announcements

Johnson County emergency services agencies this week are releasing eclipse safety announcements. The announcements come as local officials prepare for an Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. The eclipse is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Southern Illinois, where the period of totality for the eclipse will last the longest. …

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IL-146 closed Aug. 23-24

IL-146 will be closed on Aug. 23 and 24 at the I-57 overpass in Union County. The reason for this closure is to erect and set the beams for the I-57 southbound structure over IL-146. For safety reasons IDOT cannot allow traffic underneath this operation, therefore a closure is necessary. …

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Eight vehicle crash injures several, unnknown good Samaritans save lives

An eight vehicle, semi involved personal injury traffic crash occurred on Friday, Aug. 4 at 12:08 p.m. The accident took place on Interstate 24 in the west bound lane at mile post 1.5 in Johnson County. All involved vehicles, excluding a Peterbilt, driven by Nathan Fast, 37, of Byron, Minnesota, …

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Residents asked to prepare for solar eclipse

Johnson County Sheriff Charles Harner would like to warn residents about the total solar eclipse and the weekend prior to it. Johnson County is expecting high volumes of traffic the weekend of Aug. 18-21. The total solar eclipse takes place on Monday, Aug. 21. Go shopping for groceries, prescription medication, …

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