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Tourism officials share local travel economic impact at Wetlands Center

The Illinois Office of Tourism Road show made their annual stop to Southern Illinois at the Cache Wetlands Center in Cypress on Tuesday, July 29. This year, the Office of Tourism celebrated three consecutive years of record breaking travel industry numbers. According to statistics presented by state travel director Jen …

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Coalition pushes for state to enact hydraulic fracturing regulations after more than a year

  Four hundred days have passed since the state legislature in Illinois passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act in 2013, but as yet the law has not been enacted. That leaves the legislators and environmental groups in Illinois who worked closely together on the bill scratching their heads and wondering …

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Friday night fire on West Eden Road

A fire Friday night, July 18, completely destroyed a two-home in Southern Johnson County. About all that remained Saturday morning was a pile smoldering ashes. According to Belknap Fire Chief Darrell Ballard, the Belknap Fire Department responded at 8:45 p.m. to the home of Louie and Theresa Smith, located at …

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Congressman Kenneth J. Gray – Obituary

Congressman Kenneth J. Gray, 89, of West Frankfort passed away at 11:29 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 in the Herrin Hospital. He was born November 14, 1924 in West Frankfort to Thomas and Anna (Reed) Gray. He married Gwendolyn June Gray and she preceded him in death. He later married …

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Buncombe woman seriously injured in traffic crash Thursday morning

A traffic crash involving  three vehicles and a John Deere 6-row planter resulted in one driver being seriously injured Thursday morning, July 10, in western Johnson County. The accident occurred at 10:27 a.m. According to Illinois State Police, Deanna D. Morris, 21, of Buncombe, was westbound on Illinois Rt. 146 …

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Belknap receives settlement check

The Village of Belknap has received $19,636.43 last week from Western Surety Company, the village’s bonding agency, as final settlement of village funds stolen in recent years by former village clerk Nancy Hester. Nancy Hester was convicted last year of a Class 2 Felony Theft of more than $25,000 from …

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Cairo bank robbery suspect indicted today in Federal Court

NEWS RELEASE – BENTON (ILLINOIS) FEDERAL COURTHOUSE JAMES NATHANIEL WATTS CHARGED WITH KILLING TWO EMPLOYEES AND CRITICALLY INJURING ONE DURING ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY OF FIRST NATIONAL BANK IN CAIRO  A Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment today, Tuesday, June 3, charging James Nathaniel Watts, 29, of Cairo, Illinois, with …

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Judge Williamson elected chief judge

The Circuit Judges of the First Judicial Circuit have elected a new chief judge, effective May 9, 2014. Johnson County Presiding Circuit Judge James Williamson was elected to fill the post after his predecessor, Circuit Judge Mark H. Clarke, announced he would not seek another term as Chief Judge. Judge …

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Hinton elected SIEA president

Lonnie Hinton, publisher of The Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette, was elected president of the Southern Illinois Editorial Association (SIEA) Friday, April 25, during the organization’s annual spring meeting at Giant City Lodge. He replaces outgoing president Gary Metro, editor of the Southern Illinoisan, in the one-year term as president.  …

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VGS presents Once Upon a Mattress

If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all …

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