Monday, June 17, 2019

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Johnson County prepares for consolidated elections

Johnson County will hold its 2013 consolidated elections April 9 with positions for mayors, clerks, trustees and school board members all on the ballot. Not all positions have candidates and in many cases candidates in Johnson County are running unopposed as the deadline for filing ends Thursday. Consolidated elections are …

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Vienna, Shawnee correctional employees demonstrate

Vienna and Shawnee Correctional Center employees demonstrated Tuesday afternoon in Vienna protesting the contract negotiations between the state and ASFCME Union employees.  ASFCME Local #415 president Mike Turner said during the demonstration, “Negotiations are getting nowhere with the state, and pension reform seems to be the big hold up.” “We …

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Four year old saves family from fire

When Cindy Easton left for a late shift at work Thursday night and set her four-year old son up to watch a movie while his sister and stepfather had already drifted off to bed, she never imagined it would lead to the saving of lives. “He’s a hero,” said Easton, …

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Family of four displaced by housefire

An early Friday morning fire in Vienna has left a family of four planning their next actions. The Vienna Fire Department was called to 303 Circle Drive at 12:36 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25. The split level home, owned by Cindy and Joshua Easton, received major damage. During a brief telephone …

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Burglary at Family Dollar Sunday night

The Vienna Police Department is investigating a weekend burglary that occurred at the Vienna Family Dollar store, located in the Southern Garden Shopping Center. The robbery resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars, including property damage. According to the Vienna store manager, Amanda Jones, the store was burglarized sometime …

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Filmmakers, stars in Vienna this week

A filming crew of nearly 50 people were in Vienna earlier this week, as they filmed segments of an upcoming movie, Dig Two Graves, written and directed by Hunter Adams. Local filming took place at what is locally known as the Old Kuykendall Home on West Main Street, and at …

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Inmate-empty Tamms to close Friday, Jan. 4

The Tamms Correctional Center’s last day of operation is Jan. 4, 2013, Illinois Department of Corrections officials said Monday, noting that all inmates have been transferred to other facilities. After a lower-court injunction to block the closure was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court Dec. 19, Gov. Pat Quinn proceeded …

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Shimkus votes to make most tax cuts permanent

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) voted late New Year’s Day to extend most of the tax rates that he first voted for under President George W. Bush.  The package cut tax rates that went up January 1, 2013, and extended the farm bill. “This package will make the Bush tax …

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Snowstorm dumps 10-16 inches, county at near standstill Wednesday

Snow removal crews were busy Wednesday and Thursday, December 26 and 27, in Johnson County as they cleared an estimated 14 inches off of roadways. An additional four to six inches of snow was added over night Friday. Emergency personnel in the county were also kept busy responding to a …

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Snow-related accident on I-24 injures six, including four children

A Georgia family of six was involved in a major two-vehicle accident on Interstate 24, near Vienna, Wednesday evening, Dec. 26. The van they were traveling in (pictured right) was stuck by a semi tractor-trailer combination at mile marker 15 at approximately 7:04 p.m. that day. The driver of the …

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