Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Community

Chicken & dumpling dinner planned

Vienna Masonic Lodge #150 AF&AM and the Egyptian Chapter # 30 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a chicken & dumpling fundraiser on Sunday, March 2, at the Masonic temple located on Old Route 146 Loop. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   All-you-can-eat …

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An act of kindness

By John Casey of Alton and formally from Tunnel Hill (Editor’s note: John Casey grew up in the Tunnel Hill. Danny and Phil Albritton lived for a while in Tunnel Hill and later moved to Vienna. They graduated from Vienna High School.  According to Mr. Casey, the Albritton brothers were …

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What’s Flying at VHS: Hoops For Heart

By Markayla Johnson VHS celebrated Valentine’s day with a lot of heart spirit this year! The annual American Heart Association Hoops for Heart event was held on February 14 in the gym. VHS raised a total of $4,004.20 for the American Heart Association! This money will be used to help …

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St. Catherine Church members form preservation society

By Ila Ulrich A little church that sets on top of a hill in the tiny village of Grand Chain, Illinois is expected to have full pews at a special Mass, Saturday, Feb. 22. Closing rites for St. Catherine of Alexandria Church are slated to be conducted at that mass. …

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Area Scout leaders honored by council

In addition to presenting awards to its volunteers, District Chairman Dale Ritzel introduced the new Kaskakskia District Executive, DeMarcus Huddleston.  He is an Eagle Scout and a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. Those honored with awards were: Rookie of the Year – Beth Caraker of Pack 41,  chartered …

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Johnson County Veterans Memorial moving forward

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which members of VFW Beggs-Gurley Post No. 5222 joined the Vienna mayor to present details of their Memorial Wall project to the commissioners. Veteran Richard Brumley spoke before the commissioners detailing the project’s scope and mission saying it …

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150-year old family farm recognized by Illinois Department of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has designated the farm in Vienna, owned by John and Velma Waters of Vienna and Jeff and Teresa Waters Smith of Olathe, Kan., a Sesquicentennial Farm. The farm, originally purchased from the government in 1852 by John VandeWaters, is located northeast of Vienna on Waters …

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Joni

That silly little ‘Cupid’ does not let anything come between her and LOVE. This week, Cupid sends heartfelt wishes, from her hospital bed in Herrin, to all her loved ones in Johnson County. Her message reads: “Cupid wants to say, ‘Sorry, I can’t be out to wish you a Happy …

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Sherry Hogue, longtime Vienna mail carrier retires

After 28 years of rain, sleet, snow and more, Vienna rural mail carrier Sherry Hogue retired Friday, Jan. 31.  She ended her career at 6:00 p.m. that evening. Hogue has been most recently recognizable by the bright yellow jeep that travels across the southeast countryside of Johnson County nearly everyday. …

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Cypress student wins national essay contest

Emma Wells, sixth grade student at Cypress Elementary School, recently submitted an essay titled “The Most Famous Person From My School” to the National Rural Education Association. Her essay won the elementary division of this national competition.  Emma wrote about James Edwin Montgomery, her great-grandfather, who served in the U.S. …

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