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Clinton-area labor leaders welcomed at the Capitol

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Courtesy of Sen. Chapin Rose
Local labor leaders and City of Clinton officials met with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) on April 2 to discuss economic development issues within the central Illinois community. The group is shown at the President's Podium on the floor of the Illinois Senate. Pictured, left to right, Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters, Senator Rose,
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County board to negotiate for Black’s property

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Board voted on Thursday to enter negotiations to buy the former Black's Heating & Air Conditioning property, located east of Clinton on Rt. 10.
After about a 40-minute closed session, the board reconvened its regular meeting and voted to negotiate to buy the Black's property for redevelopment as a new county animal shelter. The
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One in two Illinoisans struggles with reading

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD --Adult literacy goes beyond being able to curl up with a good book.
Experts say reading struggles also can translate into troubles functioning in an ever-changing world.
Dorothy Miaso, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, says being literate means knowing how to be successful within a family, community and workplace.
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llinois gas prices up nearly 9 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
ILLINOIS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.92/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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The Clinton Journal to receive Illinois Press Association award

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- The Clinton Journal was notified on Monday it has placed in the Illinois Press Association's (IPA) annual editorial competition.
Editor Gordon Woods and manager Katy O'Grady-Pyne will be awarded for the Journal's 2013 news coverage of the DeWitt County Board. The Journal will learn where it placed in the competition at the June IPA awards banquet, held
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County marks National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Modified: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
CLINTON -- DeWitt County next week will recognize its 911 dispatchers as it marks National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. The national week to acknowledge 911 telecommunicators became official in the mid-1990s.
Nine dispatchers plus supervisor Tony Harris staff the DeWitt County CenCom center with experience ranging from one year to 19 years. Twenty-five-year CenCom dispatcher Kevin Wahl retired
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Clinton Arbor Day celebration Saturday, April 26 on S. Taylor Street

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
CLINTON -- The Clinton Tree Commission has announced plans for the city's annual Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 in the 200 block of South Taylor Street between East Main Street and East Jefferson Street within Clinton's City Arboretum.
The event will kick off when fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest winners are presented at the
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700K to zero in 10 minutes

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
CLINTON -- Competing county board factions each rejected the other's animal shelter proposals Thursday leaving the county nowhere in its quest to replace the current aging and dilapidated shelter. The county's design for a new shelter that the board has spent months on with architects also appears to be at the end of a lonely road.
When board members
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Expenditures, volunteer week, commendation

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
CLINTON -- The city council on Monday approved a list of miscellaneous expenditures that included police gear and brush grinding services, among other items.
The council approved the purchase of 11 Blauer brand 4-in-1 tax shell duty coats for city police officers from Ray O'Herron Co. at a cost of $3,740. Officers wear the heavy-duty coats while on duty.
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Lincoln Heritage Committee donates book

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 1st, 2014
Courtesy of Lincoln Heritage Committee
On March 21, members of the Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County presented a special book to Joan Rhoades, library director of the Vespasian Warner Public Library. The book, "A Day Long To Be Remembered - Lincoln in Gettysburg," was signed by Michael Burlingame, the author, as well as Robert Shaw, the photographer. The book was also
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Board approves contract to run Warner hospital

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 1st, 2014
CLINTON -- The Dr. John Warner Hospital board on Monday gave preliminary approval to a contract to manage the hospital. The board recently decided it would not renew the contract of hospital CEO Earl Sheehy.
On Tuesday, the board approved a management contract with Alliant Management Services pending final review and some adjustment of contract language by attorneys.
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Clinton Power Station back to full operating power

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 1st, 2014
CLINTON -- Clinton Power Station returned to full power on 30 following a shutdown to perform scheduled maintenance on two electrical power supplies that support turbine operation. The unit was removed from service on March 20.
 The maintenance, which was on the non-nuclear side of the plant, could not be performed while the unit is operating. The shutdown did not
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First-time Expo businesses, promotions help draw visitors

Posted: Friday, Mar 28th, 2014
CLINTON -- Nearly 60 businesses and organizations participated Wednesday in the annual Clinton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The Expo also included some area businesses new to the event.
"It's good for the Chamber," Chamber executive director Marian Brisard said of the event. "Everybody in this made us look good."
Brisard praised the work of everyone involved who
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Animal shelter project mired in indecision

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 26th, 2014
CLINTON -- Whether its uncertainty about how much to spend, ambiguity about whether to continue with the architect or reconsider existing buildings or late debate about exactly what the county needs in an animal shelter, the process to build the new county facility seems to take one step forward and two backward.
As architect Kennedy Hutson made a return visit
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Voters reject ‘reform’ officials in most races

Posted: Friday, Mar 21st, 2014
CLINTON -- Reform coalition members of the DeWitt County Board could make up a lame duck majority until the November election if Tuesday's primary results are any indication.
In the District B Repubican county board race, incumbent board member Tom Pruser received 548 votes, the most of any candidate running in any of the board races. Former board member
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School board to spend nearly $25k on restroom repairs

Posted: Friday, Mar 21st, 2014
CLINTON -- On Tuesday night, Clinton School Board members learned the epoxy floors in the junior high restrooms and the high school athletic entrance restroom are "not withstanding the test of time," according to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes. Experts have inspected the flooring and determined it was not installed correctly. The company that did the flooring installation is no longer
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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014
Gordon Woods / Journal
Mayor Carolyn Peters, far right, read a proclamation on Monday recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month. With Peters, left to right, Kara Bach and Jo Sipes, of the Children's Advocacy Center, Bloomington, and DeWitt County State's Attorney Karle Kortiz. The Children's Advocacy Center has a satellite office in Clinton.
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City council votes to fully fund DCDC $47,000

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014
CLINTON -- Clinton City Council had a long list of items to consider on Monday, including a number of expenditures, an annexation agreement, more information about a proposed change in the city liquor ordinance and a vote that possibly saved a local agency.
The council approved by a split vote its annual portion of financial support for the DeWitt County
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