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Lottery held for ballot placement in March primary

Positions on the March primary ballot for candidates who filed simultaneously were decided by a lottery held in the Johnson County clerk’s office Tuesday morning. Election authority Robin Harper-Whitehead said the lottery allows for an equal chance to each candidate who filed at the same time as their opposition within …

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Meth lab discovered in northern Johnson County

Creal Springs man arrested, son sought On November 15, 2013, Destry Mitchell was charged with a 19-count complaint arising out of an anhydrous ammonia methamphetamine production laboratory that was discovered on Parker City Rd. in Creal Springs by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. The lab discovery resulted after deputies Scott …

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SIU to host one of three additional IDNR fracking hearings

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three additional public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling after it originally scheduled only two public hearings with the first of those to be held Nov. 26 in Chicago and the second to be held Dec. 3 …

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IDNR Proposes Regulations to Implement Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is accepting public comment and has scheduled two public hearings on proposed regulations to implement provisions of the state’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. Before these hearings, it might be beneficial for the public to learn about hydraulic fracturing and the benefits that …

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Charges filed against De Soto woman in Ferne Clyffe incident

Joyce M. Gibbs, 46, of De Soto, was charged with disorderly conduct in Johnson County Tuesday morning for her report that kept the residents of Goreville on edge over an erroneous claim of an armed and dangerous man on the loose at Ferne Clyffe State Park in early October. Gibbs’ preliminary …

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Johnson County to receive $1.7 million in infrastructure grants

The city of Vienna and the village of Goreville are each set to receive a $400,000 Housing Rehabilitation Grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the state of Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn announced more than $6 million in infrastructure investments in Southern Illinois communities last week …

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Wildlife Preservation Fund project grants to benefit Johnson County

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced the award of 26 grants for wildlife enhancement projects made possible through voluntary donations to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund. The Wildlife Preservation Fund is a voluntary contribution check-off option on the Illinois state income tax form. In the 29 years of …

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Fatal motorcycle/deer collision

Johnson and Massac County emergency personnel responded Monday afternoon, Nov. 11, to a fatal crash on US 45, 1000 feet south of Johnson/Massac county line. A motorcycle driven by Paul D. Meyers Jr., 49, of Grand Chain, was struck by a deer at approximately 3:55 p.m.  Meyers and his passenger, …

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Ozark home destroyed by fire

Four area fire departments were called to a house fire Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, in rural Ozark. The fire was reported at approximately 11:00 a.m. The home of Kevin Craig, located at 1000 Thunderhawk Road just north of Ozark, was a total loss. Firefighters from the New Burnside department were …

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