Monday, January 21, 2019

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Vienna Lady Rams claim regional crown, headed to state

Start spreading the news: the Vienna Lady Rams junior high basketball team is headed to the state tournament. The Lady Rams won the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class M Region 2 Tournament over the weekend by downing Eldorado 44-33 in the regional championship game Saturday afternoon. Vienna …

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Vienna native named acting interim director for new SCC Vienna Center

Shawnee Community College President Peggy Bradford has selected Teale Betts as Acting Interim Director of the Shawnee Community College Vienna Center. The Vienna Center located within Vienna High School will officially open for the Spring 2019 semester on January 17, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house beginning at …

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County officials take oath at Swearing-In Ceremony

Newly elected county officials took oath Monday morning, Dec. 3, at the Swearing-In Ceremony at the courtroom annex. Pictured Back Row (L-R): Johnson County Clerk/Recorder Robin Harper-Whitehead, Johnson County Commissioner Jason Taylor, Johnson County Assessor Danell Mott, Johnson County Sheriff Pete Sopczak, and Johnson County Treasurer Brent Williams. Pictured Front: …

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Dairy Queen acquires two additional owners

By Jessica Wettig Scott Coleman welcomed two new business partners last week to share ownership at the Vienna Dairy Queen. Coleman is from Southeast Missouri, and purchased the restaurant from Chester and Ann Lawrence in June 2011. One owner, Nick Myers, 23, is the son of David and Connie Folsom. …

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Lampposts to be lit during Christmas on the Square

      The Johnson County Revitalization Committee will celebrate their first beautification project on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m. during Christmas on the Square. The committee has been gathering private purchases for old-fashioned lampposts that will be place next to the Johnson County Courthouse sidewalks. These will be …

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Disaster information meeting set for Dec. 20

The Johnson County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Committee would like to invite everyone to a public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna. This meeting is to inform the public of the potential disasters that could strike the county, the losses expected from those …

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Deer harvest numbers show large increase in region

Illinois Firearm Deer Season began with the Nov. 16-18 weekend. It will conclude this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Local preliminary harvest totals report by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources totaled 8,537 this year, which is up 763 deer, with last year resting at 7,774. Johnson County had 1205, with …

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New Simpson Hill announces homecoming court

New Simpson Hill School held their homecoming event on Saturday, Nov. 9. The homecoming court is pictured above. (L-R): Tommy Holhubner (escort), Larrah Miller (7th Grade Attendant), Chase Meier (escort), Avie Jones (retiring Queen), Adam Board (escort), Macie Whiting (candidate), Jaxton Trigg (kindergarten attendant), Kalyn-Rae Fritch (Queen), Landon Webb (escort), …

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VHS graduate nominated for Georgia Nurse of the Year

Megan Gerdes, formerly of Vienna and graduate of Vienna High School, was nominated one of 25 finalists for the state of Georgia Nurse of the Year Award. Megan has been a labor delivery nurse for 2 ½ years.  She is the daughter of Ken and Carol Gerdes, Simpson. This event …

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Tunnel Hill Run keeps local businesses busy

By Jessica Wettig The annual Tunnel Hill State Trail 100/50 mile run was held Nov. 10-11. It attracted over 3,000 people; about 800 registered runners, and even broke a new record. But, another benefit of the run is the impact it has on the local economy. Phil Morris, Forman Depot, …

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