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Federal Sequestration cuts to hit Head Start

While recent news of the ongoing federal sequestration cuts focus on the furloughs of Air Traffic Controllers this week, which has led to longer lines at airports across the nation, little attention has been given to the cuts that will hit Head Start and reduce its operating capabilities in its …

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Commissioners to hold public forum in Goreville on fracking

The Johnson County commissioners voted Monday at a regularly scheduled commissioners meeting to hold a public dialogue forum on May 8, at the Goreville High School cafeteria on the subject of hydraulic fracturing. According to a press release issued by the University of Illinois Extension office in Vienna, “The commissioners …

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Vienna firefighters respond to fire in Goreville

The Vienna Fire Department joined Goreville and Lake Egypt Fire districts in battling a house fire at 500 South Fly Street Friday afternoon in Goreville. The house was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. Goreville Fire Chief Tim Gage said the cause of the fire was unknown at the time …

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County Commissioners: more time needed to debate fracking

The Johnson County commissioners said more time was needed to debate their position on a proposal to sign a letter of support in asking the state of Illinois to place a two-year moratorium on the process of hydraulic fracturing. Speaking at the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday,  commissioner Phil Stewart said …

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Commissioners pass video gaming resolution

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which the board approved a Video Gaming Resolution requiring operators to register with the county and paves the way for the county to collect its share of the gaming revenue. The ordinance establishes a $25 registration fee per …

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Roll over accident injures two at Concord Church Road

Illinois State Police responded to a one-vehicle accident that occurred late Sunday morning, April 7, on Illinois Rt. 146, east of Vienna, at Concord Church Road. Phyllis Gulati, 66, of St. Petersburg, Fla., the driver, received serious, but nonlife threatening injuries, according to ISP. Gulati’s mother, 91-year old Mary Ozment …

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Crash on Rt. 146 at Concord Church Rd. Sunday morning sends two to hospital

Illinois State Police are currently investigating the cause of this one-vehicle accident that occurred late this morning on Rt. 146, east of Vienna at Concord Church Road. Two unidentified people were transported to a hospital by Johnson County Ambulance. The injuries of the occupants are unknown at this time. Extrication of …

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Grass, brush fire this afternoon near Simpson

A grass and brush fire near Rt. 147 at Simpson kept three area fire departments occupied this afternoon. The fire was reported at 4:15 p.m. today as a grass fire. When Vienna firemen arrived at the scene, across from Simpson Baptist Church, they discovered most of the fire in a …

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Driver escapes serious burn injuries thanks to 10 year-old boy and mother

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the cause of a car fire that sent the driver to an area hospital Monday evening. The driver, Robert (Robbie) Reeder, 29, of rural Vienna, escaped serious injuries thanks to the quick actions of a young man. The incident was reported at …

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