Wednesday, November 25, 2020

News

Stolen Pope County school bus recovered in Johnson County

  Pope County Schools retrieved their stolen bus Tuesday morning after it was reported sitting in the parking lot of Yarbor’s Convenience Store, more than 30 miles from where it was reported missing early Monday morning. Pope County Sheriff Jerry Suits said his department has a person of interest but …

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Walker Home Supply building in Goreville brought down

The Walker Home Supply building was demolished today to make way for a new Family Dollar parking lot and business, which is slated for construction later this fall.  Dozens of people were out on Broadway watching the demolition and many said they were “sad” to see it go. Vernon Bell, a …

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Judge grants union request

By Isaac Smith Alexander County First Circuit Judge Charles C. Cavaness again sided with the unions Tuesday morning in Cairo when he granted the temporary restraining order the group had requested. Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled after Steven Bierig, the arbitrator handling the grievances filed by the American Federation of State, …

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Fire danger still high!

A series of three fires in less than 24 hours has kept local firefighters busy around the county. A brush fire Tuesday night, in a power-line right of way within the Shawnee National Forest (SNF), resulted in minor damage to the forestland thanks to local fire departments. Vienna Fire Department …

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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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