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Prairie State Insurance Cooperative announces equity return to schools

Robert McDermott, Business Manager for the Rochester School District Community School District Number 3A and Chairman of the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative (PSIC), recently announced an equity return to members of $709,360. The return includes monies for property/casualty policy years 2006-07, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14. PSIC is a full-service insurance …

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Johnson County site added to National Register of Historic Places

Efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to preserve and promote the state’s heritage paid off in 2017 with 25 properties being added to the National Register of Historic Places. The places recognized are scattered across the state and include two archaeological sites along the Cherokee Trail of …

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Free tax return preparation available

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School safety is a priority at Vienna High School

By Joshua W. Stafford,  Superintendent of Vienna High School No doubt this last week has been indescribably difficult for the entire region and the many people that have been impacted by the Marshall event. As Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has officially proclaimed today (Jan. 28) a day of prayer for …

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2018 Illinois tax filing season begins Jan. 29

The Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin accepting 2017 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 29, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) begins accepting federal individual income tax returns. IDOR is reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a …

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Third house fire within 14 days

Another house in Johnson County caught fire Sunday evening, Jan. 14, making it the third house fire in a 14-day span. The others were on Jan. 1 and Jan. 6. The Vienna Fire Department was called at 8:15 p.m. Sunday to 1050 Old Bloomfield Road near Vienna to a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived they found …

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Winter weather impacts local events

Winter weather hit Southern Illinois over the weekend and caused the cancellation of many local events. A winter storm warning was issued for Southern Illinois counties including Union, Johnson, Alexander and Pulaski County. This warning was in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 until 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. …

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Vienna selects Lenore Ashby to serve as special education instructor

The Vienna board of education and administration have selected Lenore Ashby to serve as a special education instructor at the high school. Ashby is a native of Southern Illinois and a graduate of Massac County.  She continued her education at Shawnee Community College with the completion of her associates degree, …

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Vienna blood drive set for Jan. 15

The January American Red Cross Blood Drive in Vienna comes at a time when there is a critical need for blood and blood products. Fellowship Baptist Church on Senior Drive will be hosting the blood drive Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Presenting donors will receive …

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Johnson County tentative multiplier for 2017 announced

Johnson County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization …

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