Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Joe Rehana

Narrowband upgrades now complete

Johnson County 911 coordinator sent a text Friday evening announcing, “Narrowbanding is complete, normal radio operation has resumed. All Johnson Co frequencies are now narrowband.” And with that text more than a year of planning came to fruition as the municipal, police and emergency radios of Johnson County completed an …

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Walker Home Supply building in Goreville brought down

The Walker Home Supply building was demolished today to make way for a new Family Dollar parking lot and business, which is slated for construction later this fall.  Dozens of people were out on Broadway watching the demolition and many said they were “sad” to see it go. Vernon Bell, a …

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County history comes to life at Bicentennial event

[slider_pro id=”6″] Johnson County kicked off its Bicentennial weekend with the lowering of the current U.S. flag and the raising of a period piece 15-star flag at its courthouse in Vienna on Friday. Before the flag was lowered, “John Bradshaw” read a statement from the governor of the Territory of …

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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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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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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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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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Vienna and Goreville to celebrate the 4th of July

Residents Celebrate Freedom Fest

Fireworks in Vienna The City of Vienna will host a free fireworks display on July 4th at the Vienna ballfields starting at dusk. Freedom Fest  in Goreville With just a week to go before Goreville kicks off its annual Fourth of July celebration, now in its third year as an …

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Buncombe quarry recognized for community outreach

Buncombe Quarry recieves award

When Delta Companies’ Southern Illinois Stone Company quarry opened its gates to groups of 5th graders from Lincoln Elementary School in Marion recently, the Buncombe miners did not have a community relations award on their minds, they just wanted to show the students the foundation of foundations. Southern Illinois Stone …

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