Monday, July 4, 2022


Vienna Grade School loses two teaching treasures to retirement

Vienna's Retired Teachers

Vienna Grade School recently honored two long-time teachers during their retirment reception. Suzanne Dixon and Cherie Hill retired at the end of the school year. Both women have taught school for over 30 years each. Suzanne Dixon graduated from Vienna Grade School and Vienna High School. Other than her time …

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Buncombe quarry recognized for community outreach

Buncombe Quarry recieves award

When Delta Companies’ Southern Illinois Stone Company quarry opened its gates to groups of 5th graders from Lincoln Elementary School in Marion recently, the Buncombe miners did not have a community relations award on their minds, they just wanted to show the students the foundation of foundations. Southern Illinois Stone …

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Phelps Slams Governors Decision to Close Tamms Correctional Center

State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) released the following statement regarding Governor Pat Quinn’s planned August 31, 2012 closure of the Tamms Correctional Center and other Southern Illinois facilities: “I am disappointed and shocked by the governor’s out-of-touch efforts to close the Tamms Correctional Center, one of the few facilities in …

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Vehicle overturns in downtown Vienna

John Obourn of Vienna escaped serious injuries Friday when the Jeep Liberty he was driving made contact with a vehicle driven by Nisabea Veach, also of Vienna, near the Vienna post office. The crash happened at approximately 12:05 p.m. According to Vienna police, both Obourn and Veach were traveling east …

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Local group travels to Haiti for missions

A group from Johnson County set off on June 8th for a 10 day mission trip to the country of Haiti. While there, they volunteered their time at the Children’s Lifeline International ( The team, consisting of 16 people, taught bible schools for orphanages and local schools, witnessed to the …

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Eagle Point residents request road repairs

In what was an otherwise uneventful Johnson County commissioners meeting Monday, the Eagle Point Bay Homeowners Association packed the room with its members in hopes of a resolution to road repairs it says are desperately needed. Speaking on behalf of the association, its vice president, Armen Asaturian, read aloud a …

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Drought conditions continue

The City of Vienna has issued a water conservation notice until further notice. “Even though there is no immediate threat to the current supply, the request to conserve water is a preventative measure,” said city superintendent Gene McNeely.  “The city’s water supply is lower than normal for this time of …

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Vienna man killed at Olmsted Lock and Dam job site

Robert R. Billingsley, 54, of Vienna, was killed Friday afternoon, June 1, while working on the Olmsted Lock and Dam project on the Ohio River. Billingsley was pronounced dead at the scene at about 1:35 p.m. Billingsley, employee of a joint venture between URS Washington Division, Boise, Idaho, and Alberici …

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Floyd Koehler to retire from police department, fire chief

Longtime Vienna police officer and current fire chief Floyd Koehler will retire on May 31. Koehler has been a servant of the City of Vienna for over 36 years. He began his career with the city as a volunteer fireman and was later hired as a part-time police officer in …

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Memorial Day program held Monday in Vienna

The Memorial Day program, that has become a tradition in Vienna, was held Monday on the grounds of the Carnegie Library in Vienna. As the Johnson County courthouse clock struck 11 a.m., patriotic music could be heard echoing around the historic square. A welcome was given by Loudene Lemme, regent …

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