Monday, October 23, 2017

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Old National Bank in Vienna to become Legence Bank

The Vienna branch office of Old National Bank may soon become a branch office of Legence Bank, pending regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Legence Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the holding company First Eldorado Bancshares, Inc. in Eldorado signed an agreement on Tuesday, August 14, to …

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Single vehicle accident injures Buncombe woman

A single vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Pleasant Grove Road required the driver to be airlifted to an Evansville hospital with serious injuries. The incident happened approximately four miles west of Buncombe. According to Johnson County sheriff deputy Scott Sparks, Conny Cunningham, 31, of Buncombe was ejected from the pickup truck …

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Environmental, safety issues concern group of Vienna residents

A group of nearly two dozen Vienna residents attended a special public meeting Friday afternoon at city hall to discuss environmental and safety issues in their neighborhood. The Vienna Times and a nearby daily newspaper were notified late Thursday morning by city hall of the special meeting in an email …

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Lake Egypt Water District requests water conservation

Lake Egypt Water District and Southern Illinois Power Cooperative joined together in issuing a press release Wednesday requesting users of the Lake of Egypt to take extra measures in water conservation due to the ongoing drought. According to the release, residents are asked to voluntarily conserve due to weather conditions …

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Forby and Phelps praise temporary end to prison transfers

[quote] “I know that the decision to stop transferring prisoners is only temporary, but I hope it becomes permanent.  There are too many jobs at stake, Illinois’ prisons are already overcrowded, and it just makes no sense to move inmates from one of Illinois’ newest operational prisons to two of its …

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Workshop helps landowners better understand fracking

When a pair of presenters from Ohio State University Extension finished an educational workshop last Thursday in the Gambit Event Center entitled, “Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production,” Johnson County resident and landowner Verna Taylor left with as many questions as she arrived with. Taylor took notes and listened …

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USDA officials tour drought stricken Southern Illinois

A few scattered rain clouds brought some much-needed relief to the region last weekend, but for many of the farmers in Southern Illinois, the rain may have been too little and too late.  This summer’s drought has been called the worst since 1988, and for farmers like Goreville’s Delbert Craig …

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Lockdowns, shakedowns fuel further debates on Tamms closure

When a power outage at a minimum-security state prison in East Moline occurred recently, a Moline union leader claimed staff reductions and overcrowding led prisoners to “riot” when the lights went off. Whether what occurred was a riot or just unruly inmates at East Moline Correctional Center is in dispute …

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Forby continues to fight to keep Tamms open

When news of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to shutter Tamms Correctional Center could result in a number of its inmates getting sent to other states, State Senator Gary Forby, D-Benton, wasted no time in issuing a press release Monday blasting the governor for outsourcing Illinois jobs. “Pat Quinn likes to …

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FSA announces emergency CRP release

Southernmost counties eligible Reprinted with permission from the July 16 edition of Farm Week Thirty-seven counties, primarily in Southern Illinois (see map), were approved Friday for emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to start Aug. 2, announced Scherrie Giamanco, Farm Service Agency (FSA) state executive director. The list …

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