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Former bank employee pleads guilty on multiple charges

Laura Nicole Logsdon, 31, of Buncombe, plead guilty on Friday to two charges that could see the former Legence Bank manager serving up to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In the first charge, financial exploitation of an elderly person, the state alleges that Mrs. Logsdon assumed control …

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Shawnee MTD receives $1.4 in federal CARES Act funding

Shawnee Mass Transit District has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant as a part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES, Act. The funding will be used to offset the lost revenue from the changes in ridership patterns during the pandemic, as well to help …

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SUV overturned in two-vehicle crash in Vienna

Taryn Bailey, 18, of Vienna was cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Intersection on Thursday in an incident that led to a vehicle rollover and minor injuries. According to the Illinois State Police, the incident occurred at 11:05 a.m. Bailey, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was northbound on …

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Johnson County Beautification Committee’s Nuisance Ordinance passes 

Stronger, clearer ordinance a victory for the committee By Jordan McBride The Johnson County Beatification Committee was created just over a year ago. One of the missions central in its initial charter was drafting a revised nuisance ordinance for the county. The previous nuisance ordinance was considered unclear and enforcement, …

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Vienna City Council shoots down July 4th fireworks

Mayor Simmons cast a cautious tie-breaking vote By Jordan McBride The annual July 4 fireworks display at the Vienna City Park has been a topic on the city council agenda ever since the body began convening again in May, after skipping a few sessions at the height of the COVID-19 …

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Williamson County Sheriff warns of recent vehicle thefts

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick wants residents to be aware of recent thefts within Williamson County, and would like to remind residents of simple steps they can take to help deter thefts. In the past few weeks the Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of theft reports.  …

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Vienna High School receives national Beta award

National Beta has recognized Vienna High School as a 2020 Hall of Fame Service Award recipient. The Hall of Fame award was designed to celebrate those National Beta clubs who develop service projects that go above and beyond to benefit their school, community, and state. Only one Senior Beta club …

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Gov. Pritzker announces all regions have met health metrics to move to Phase 4 on June 26

State Expands Testing with New Mobile Testing Teams, Launches County Level Risk Assessment Tool Ahead of Phase 4  Gov. Encourages Illinoisans to Continue Wearing Face Coverings in Public Today, Governor JB Pritzker announced that every region of the state meets the health benchmarks to advance into Phase 4 of the …

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Goreville Merchants had memorable run 40 years ago

By Mike Buhler The Goreville Blackcats and Lady Blackcats have had quite a run in sports over the last 12 months — with the softball team winning a state title last spring, the girls basketball team winning two regional titles and the baseball and volleyball teams winning regional titles as …

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