Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Joe Rehana

Public meeting to discuss I-66 Corridor set for next week

The Illinois Department of Transportation continues work on the planning of Interstate 66 with a public information meeting to be held in Ullin on Wednesday, July 24. A 66 Corridor feasibility study began earlier this year and is expected to last four years with the public meeting in Ullin as …

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Fiber Optic installation adds tools to teachers’ trade

Installation of the region’s first fiber optic network that will connect municipalities, hospitals, schools and emergency services to broadband speeds unavailable before is near completion. In Johnson County, large spools of orange tubing that contain the fiber optic cable have been visible on the side of State Route 37 over …

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Southern Illinois Next Generation 911 project nears completion

When the counties of Southern Illinois organization power up their new, Next Generation 911 system for testing next month, they will be one step closer to completing a project that is nearly five years in the making. Counties of Southern Illinois (CSI), a collection of 15 counties and the city …

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Protestors seek audience with Quinn over fracking

Saline County resident Dayna Conner, from Stonefort, is not alone in her desire to have an audience with Illinois lawmakers on the subject of proposed hydraulic fracturing in southern Illinois. Conner and two others began a sit-in at Gov. Pat Quinn’s office Tuesday morning, returning Wednesday as they sought an …

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Duck race raises more than $18,000 for cancer patients

Community collaboration  The seventh annual Heather Treat Memorial Duck Race enjoyed its most duck sales ever as organizations from Johnson County schools participated in finding adoptees for the 3,422 ducks sold this year. Despite three days of rain and a soggy Sunday morning, organizers said the ducks sold out well …

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Fall at Ferne Clyffe leads to airlift

A young man from Marion was airlifted from Goreville to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis Monday night after sustaining several injuries from a fall at Ferne Clyffe State Park. The hiker was conscious throughout the process of getting him airlifted and Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene said he was …

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Vienna firefighters respond to fire in Goreville

The Vienna Fire Department joined Goreville and Lake Egypt Fire districts in battling a house fire at 500 South Fly Street Friday afternoon in Goreville. The house was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. Goreville Fire Chief Tim Gage said the cause of the fire was unknown at the time …

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County Commissioners: more time needed to debate fracking

The Johnson County commissioners said more time was needed to debate their position on a proposal to sign a letter of support in asking the state of Illinois to place a two-year moratorium on the process of hydraulic fracturing. Speaking at the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday,  commissioner Phil Stewart said …

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Commissioners pass video gaming resolution

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which the board approved a Video Gaming Resolution requiring operators to register with the county and paves the way for the county to collect its share of the gaming revenue. The ordinance establishes a $25 registration fee per …

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Kornbread Junction destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon

A fire broke out in the attic of Kornbread Junction on Tunnel Hill Road sometime after 1 p.m. today and brought the building to the ground. No injuries were reported. No official report is available at this time, but it is believed to have been electrically induced as the owner, …

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