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Bridging the technology gap

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Libraries house books; everyone knows that. And, libraries house any number and variety of archival and historical materials, documents, photos, recordings and so on. Few people, though, may be aware that libraries are increasingly offering purely practical services.
Sure, the library is a cultural center, says Joan Rhoades, director of the Vespasian Warner Public Library, but the library
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Dodge ball fundraiser for Clinton Education Association

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
CLINTON -- On February 24, Clinton High School will hold its second annual dodge ball tournament for the Clinton Education Association Scholarship fund. All adults and high school students who can dodge a ball are welcome.
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Former Eagle Scout returns as a Marine

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
Courtesy of Edvydas Cicenas
The Boy Scout Troop in Clinton was recently visited from one of their former boys, an Eagle Scout who is now a U.S. Marine, Private First Class Cameron Goergen. He returned for a visit after boot camp before starting his next phase of training. And he returned in his Marines full-dress uniform, which impressed the
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Council acknowledges passing of Ernest Thorp

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
CLINTON -- During Monday's city council meeting, commissioner Tom Edmunds and fellow council members acknowledged Ernest Thorp, who passed away recently. Thorp was a well known local veteran and business owner, active in many veterans' efforts, including annual Memorial Day observances.
"He and Marjorie Devore were in charge of that for many, many years," Edmunds said. "Just a
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School board names new head football coach

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
CLINTON -- The school board this week named Nick Blackburn the new Clinton High School football coach. Blackburn will assume head coach responsibilities immediately.
Blackburn is a 2007 graduate of St. Teresa High School. He earned his degree in elementary education from Millikin University, Decatur, in 2014. He currently teaches 5th grade at St. Patrick School, Decatur,
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City council updated about water plant computer system

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
CLINTON -- Commissioner John Wise updated the city council on Monday about the results of recent attempts to repair the 14-year-old computer system at the city water plant. The computer controls the automated functions at the plant.
Unfortunately, Wise said, those repair attempts were unsuccessful.
"We tried the simple fix," Wise said on Monday. That didn't do it.
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Clinton Chamber hosts annual dinner

Posted: Friday, Feb 3rd, 2017
CLINTON -- The Clinton Chamber's Annual Dinner was held on Saturday, January 28, at Clinton Country Club. Ed Cicenas (EMC Photography), the Chamber's new president, presided over the annual meeting. State Senator Chapin Rose made a surprise appearance before dinner.
Outgoing officers/board members were Ryan Utterback, President & past VP (Utterback Real Estate), and Dexter Peterson,
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Threat causes CJHS evacuation

Posted: Friday, Feb 3rd, 2017
CLINTON -- Clinton Junior High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon about 3:20 p.m. following an undisclosed threat found by a student on a restroom wall. Clinton Police responded and a short time later the building was deemed safe. All after school activities resumed as scheduled. Police chief Ben Lowers reported his department's intention to prosecute the person responsible for the
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Clinton native recognized as outstanding physician

Posted: Friday, Feb 3rd, 2017
A Clinton native is making his mark as a physician in northwestern Illinois, and his work there earned him a prestigious award this past fall.
Dr. Matt Gullone, son of retired Clinton educators Gary and Barbara Gullone, received the 2016 Rural Physician of the Year Award, presented to him during a special reception in October. Gullone is with the
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2017 Pinewood Derby

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 31st, 2017
Local Scouts officials stop to allow some repair work to a car during Saturday's 2017 Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby, held in the Family Life Center at First Christian Church. See all the race awards recipients in Friday's Clinton Journal.
Gordon Woods
/ Journal
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Museum celebrating important milestones

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 31st, 2017
will be a year of many milestones for the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum. This significant year will bring the bicentennial of the birth of Clifton H. Moore, the sesquicentennial of the completion of the construction of the Victorian mansion, and the golden anniversary of the establishment of the DeWitt County Museum Association.
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Wapella increases fee for FOIA requests

Posted: Friday, Jan 27th, 2017
WAPELLA -- The Wapella Village Board, on Tuesday, voted to increase the fee the village charges to process Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Trustees voted to begin charging the statutory maximum allowed of 15 cents per page.
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Investment firm celebrates opening in hotel property

Posted: Friday, Jan 27th, 2017
CLINTON -- The Magill House on the square in Clinton has its first tenant since receiving National Historic Register status in 2003. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Edward Jones associate Bryce Starkey was onWednesday, and Bryce Starkey hosted an open house in the historic building.
"We're excited about our first tenant and hope the building will attract more interest now
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School district to sell Webster property to City

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
At last Tuesday's school board meeting, the Clinton school board approved selling the former Webster School property to the City of Clinton for $8,000. The group also approved moving forward on sealed bids for the former Washington School property.
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Seairah Moore signs to play basketball for Robert Morris

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- On Friday afternoon, CHS senior Seairah Moore, the daughter of Jessica Paxton and Trevor Moore, signed to continue her basketball career and academic studies at Robert Morse University, in Springfield.
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CHS pep band picked to play at IHSA Girls’ Basketball Tourney

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- The Clinton High School pep band will be one of only eight Ilinois high school pep bands to perform during the IHSA Girls Basketball 3A/4A Tournament, held March 3-4 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington.
CHS band director Nathan Wheeler notified parents this week about the honor.

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Upgrades nearing for water plant computers

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Although the staff at the water plant manages to do what's necessary to keep the computer that runs the system up to par, the plant is now 14 years old. Commissioner John Wise pointed out during Monday's council meeting that, in the not too distant future, a major upgrade to the plant's computer will probably be required.
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Chief Dallas reports fire department calls were up in 2016

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Emergency calls handled by the Clinton Fire Department were up in 2016 compared to the department's highest year, CFD fire chief David Dallas reported on Monday.
In 2016, the department responded to 676 calls, about 40 more than CFD's highest year, 2010.
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