Saturday, February 23, 2019

News

Commissioners announce asbestos cleaning almost complete

By Jessica Wettig The Johnson County Commissioners held their regularly semimonthly meeting on Mon., Sept. 24. The meeting is regularly on Tuesdays, but the meeting was moved due to scheduling issues. Chairman Ernie Henshaw announced that the asbestos cleaning on the old building is nearly complete. The next stage is …

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Revitalization Committee to place lights at courthouse

By Jessica Wettig Johnson County Revitalization seeks a project to place old-fashioned lights at the Johnson County Courthouse. Phil Morris, Foreman Depot, said the organization is 40 years old, and seeks to bring together all of the organizations in the community to work on one project at a time. The …

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BGS receives book donations from Goreville Eastern Star

Buncombe Grade School received book donations from the Goreville Eastern Star, part of the Goreville Masonic Lodge, on Wed., Sept. 26. Associate Matron Alice Sims, pictured far left, and her sister Worthy Matron Ann Ford, pictured next to her, watched the students gather after their presentation as they pick from …

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Sheriff’s Office reports rash of stolen equipment

On Sun., Sept. 16 and into early Mon., Sept. 17, it was reported to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department that a several ATV’s, UTV’s and trailers were missing within a mile of each other. This area was close to U.S. 45, between I-24 and Tunnel Hill Road. Sheriff’s Deputy Jon …

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Clyde Taylor killed in  tractor accident

Clyde Taylor, 80, of rural Vienna was killed Monday morning, Sept. 17, when the tractor he was driving rolled over on top of him. According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Taylor was mowing on a pond levee on his farm located on Yorkshire Lane, just north of Vienna, when the …

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Fowler visits Vienna in support of amphitheater

By Jessica Wettig Senator Dale Fowler attended a meeting, held at the Foreman Depot, on Thursday morning to discuss a proposal for an amphitheater at the Vienna City Park Those in attendance included: Senator Dale Fowler; Phil Morris, Foreman Depot; Crystal Davenport, Southern Five Planning Commission; Russ Kreuter, Edward Jones; …

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Candidates speak about taxes, pension crisis, economic development

By Jessica Wettig Four political candidates had the chance to speak on popular issues at the Southern Illinois Candidates Showcase on Saturday at Shawnee Community College. The candidates in attendance were Sen. Dale Fowler, State Senate Candidate Steve Webb, State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnier and State Representative Candidate Patrick Windhorst. …

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Lake of Egypt Fire Dept. Dive Team attends training

By Jessica Wettig The Lake of Egypt Fire Department Dive Team spent their day obtaining a Full Face Mask certification at Mermet Springs in Belknap on Wed., Sept. 12. Dive Team Leader Brady Crane said the team formed in Oct. 2017, because a group of firefighters recognized the need in …

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Village Hall migrates to old Regions Bank building

By Jessica Wettig Goreville Village Hall employees moved their offices to the building that used to occupy Regions bank last weekend. Administrative Assistant/Water Clerk Pam Perry she is the only one in the building full time right now, but the other employees are working on moving into their offices. Plans …

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School resource officers aim to keep teachers, administrators on their toes

By Jessica Wettig On Aug. 20, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that requires Illinois schools to conduct an active shooter drill within the first 90 days of classes. School Resource Officer and Goreville School Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb aided in getting this bill passed. School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are …

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