Thursday, January 18, 2018


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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Fracking finds opponents in Johnson County

Author’s note: In the course of writing this article, outside of those interviewed for the story, nearly 100 percent of the people I’ve spoken to this past week regarding the issue of Fracking have never heard of the process and knew next to nothing of its probable proximity in Johnson …

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Rex, Betsy Wright die from vehicle accident injuries

Rex and Betsy Wright, of Vienna, died Wednesday, July 11 from injuries they sustained in a head-on vehicle crash. The accident happened Tuesday evening in a construction zone in the Indianapolis, Ind. area. Details of the accident were not available. Betsy died at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital …

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Cagle’s BP changes ownership, name

picture of Sue and Bill Cagle

After 30 years of operating the store at the intersection of Rt. 146 and I-24, Bill and Sue Cagle has sold the Cagle’s BP station to Long and Golightly of Paducah. The Paducah firm will operate the store as a Cheer’s Convenience Store beginning July 12. The firm has three …

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Three households, one fire Sunday morning challenges Vienna Fire Department

A semi-truck trailer fully engulfed in flames

The Vienna Fire Department responded Sunday morning to reports of a semi-truck trailer on fire along the east-bound entrance ramp of I-24, near Rt. 146. The department spent approximately 2 1/2 hours containing a blaze that destroyed a 53 foot Mayflower moving trailer and its contents that may have contained …

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Excessive Heat Warning issued for Vienna

The National Weather Service out of Paducah, Ky. issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Johnson County and other parts of Southern Illinois early Friday at 3:20 a.m. and is to remain in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. Below is a copy of the warning: AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN …

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