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Massive fracks in Illinois: Speculation or reality?

By Susan Odum, Extension Educator, Community Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension If you have been keeping up with current events, you most likely are aware that energy company representatives are researching land records at our local courthouses and working to secure oil and gas leases from mineral rights owners …

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Tamms prison receives temporary ‘stay of execution’

Last week the employees at Tamms Correctional Center in Ullin received notice that a temporary delay in layoffs and closures would mean their employment status would remain “unchanged until further notice.” An Aug. 23 correspondence from the Illinois Department of Corrections to its Tamms’ employees was made available to the …

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Herrin woman killed in motorcycle crash

Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police responded to a motorcycle accident on U.S. Route 45 South at 4:18 p.m. Monday, August 27. The crash happened approximately 1.5 miles south of Ballowe Church Road, south of Vienna. Michele C. Pender, 42, of Herrin was traveling south on Rt. 45 …

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Three-day bicentennial celebration in Vienna

The Johnson County Bicentennial Planning Committee announced Tuesday morning the schedule of events for the bicentennial  celebration. The Johnson County Bicentennial Celebration will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 14th – 16th at the Vienna City Park. The event will feature the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission presenting living …

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Old National Bank in Vienna to become Legence Bank

The Vienna branch office of Old National Bank may soon become a branch office of Legence Bank, pending regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Legence Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the holding company First Eldorado Bancshares, Inc. in Eldorado signed an agreement on Tuesday, August 14, to …

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Single vehicle accident injures Buncombe woman

A single vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Pleasant Grove Road required the driver to be airlifted to an Evansville hospital with serious injuries. The incident happened approximately four miles west of Buncombe. According to Johnson County sheriff deputy Scott Sparks, Conny Cunningham, 31, of Buncombe was ejected from the pickup truck …

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Environmental, safety issues concern group of Vienna residents

A group of nearly two dozen Vienna residents attended a special public meeting Friday afternoon at city hall to discuss environmental and safety issues in their neighborhood. The Vienna Times and a nearby daily newspaper were notified late Thursday morning by city hall of the special meeting in an email …

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Lake Egypt Water District requests water conservation

Lake Egypt Water District and Southern Illinois Power Cooperative joined together in issuing a press release Wednesday requesting users of the Lake of Egypt to take extra measures in water conservation due to the ongoing drought. According to the release, residents are asked to voluntarily conserve due to weather conditions …

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Forby and Phelps praise temporary end to prison transfers

[quote] “I know that the decision to stop transferring prisoners is only temporary, but I hope it becomes permanent.  There are too many jobs at stake, Illinois’ prisons are already overcrowded, and it just makes no sense to move inmates from one of Illinois’ newest operational prisons to two of its …

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Workshop helps landowners better understand fracking

When a pair of presenters from Ohio State University Extension finished an educational workshop last Thursday in the Gambit Event Center entitled, “Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production,” Johnson County resident and landowner Verna Taylor left with as many questions as she arrived with. Taylor took notes and listened …

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