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Youth Initiative banquet

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
Youth Initiative program coordinators Ginny Carter and Susan Cooper, along with the program's board of directors, hosted a banquet in the First Christian Church family life center for program students and their families on July 22 as students concluded seven weeks of public service projects in the area.
Gordon Woods
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Vote for electric aggregation set for county ballot

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- Voters living in unincorporated areas of DeWitt County will have the opportunity in November to change the way they receive their electricity. A ballot question asking to approve electric aggregation is scheduled to appear.
Electric aggregation, if approved, would allow Ameren customers in unincorporated areas of the county to participate in the annual electricity auction, which, in
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Renewable energy gluts threatening stable supply of power

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- During much of the talk about what could happen if Clinton and the Quad Cities nuclear plants close, analysts have predicted skyrocketing electric rates and a loss of necessary power from the grid.
At least one of these problems already is happening.
In a story Thursday by the New York Times, reporter Eduardo Porter revealed that in Germany,
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Nature walk honors Carol Thompson

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
Susan Muñoz / Journal
Several of Carol Thompson's family members attended the National Brain Tumor Society Nature Walk held this past Saturday. Pictured, from left to right,Sally McFeeters, Carol's mother; Debra Kiick, Carol's sister; and Brad Kiick, Carol Thompson's brother-in-law.
More photos on A6 and next week in the Clinton Journal.
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One good Deed deserves Another

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
One day last week Hayden
Kaufman of Clinton, did
something most people would
not.
Kaufman, 19, is an Emergency Medical Technician in Clinton. He also attends Heartland Community College in Normal where he is studying nursing.
With time to kill last week, Kaufman was wandering around downtown Bloomington and noticed an obvious homeless man sitting
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Ride for Wounded Warriors travels through Clinton, stops at Eagles

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
CLINTON -- OnSaturday afternoon, July 16, a group of cyclists from around the area (approximately 130 motorcycles in all) conducted a motorcycle tour from Decatur on Rte. 48 to Weldon, where they then proceeded along Rte. 10 to Clinton for a rest stop at the Clinton Eagles. 
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Thankful for their Service

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- If you think kids don't know what's happening in the world around them, think again.
Conor Berry of Kenney noticed Clinton's Coffee Corner offers free coffee for law enforcement officers.
This led to a conversation about the recent incidents involving law enforcement and 11-year-old Conor asked his mom, Theresa Buggar, what they could do to thank local
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Residents showing support for local police

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers said Monday that residents were showing spontaneous support for local police officers since the recent ambush killings of three officers in Baton Rouge, La. Lowers' comments came during the regular city council meeting.
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CUSD in good financial shape ...for now

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Unit School District Superintendent Curt Nettles told board members Tuesday night that the district's finances present "a pretty good picture…for this year."
"I assume some more tweaking of (this budget) will occur between now and September when we officially approve it," said Nettles, but for now he anticipates the district budget to stay close to balanced.
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CJHS vaulter headed to AAU Junior Olympics in Texas

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- With all the Rio Olympics news, we're bringing it down home. 
This summer, junior high 8th grader-to-be, Kolby Weiss, has been perfecting her skills in track and field, specifically pole vault.  Kolby became interested in vaulting when her brother participated in vaulting for a year. 
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Republican leaders address Exelon issue

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Rep. Bill Mitchell, Rep. Dan Brady and Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin were at the former visitors' center at Clinton Lake on Friday. The legislators talked about progress in the energy bill that could prevent closure of the Clinton Power Station and Quad Cities nuclear plants. Dozens of Exelon employees also attended the media conference held on
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Clinton is 'Our Town'

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
City commissioner Nan Crang spoke Friday afternoon with Channel 3 news, covering Clinton for an "Our Town" segment. Clinton was featured on "Our Town" several years ago.
Gordon Woods / Journal
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‘It’s pickle ball, old sport’

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Dick Graves, who was instrumental in getting pickle ball courts added at Rotary Park, participated in a demonstration of the popular game during a ribbon cutting on Tuesday.
Katy O'Grady-Pyne / Journal
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Waynesville United Methodist part of county history

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
The history of Waynesville is in
many ways the history of DeWitt
County. As the first established town in the county, Waynesville is also home to the county's first church, Waynesville United Methodist.
Formed in 1826, the year after Waynesville's formation, Waynesville United Methodist has occupied a series of buildings over the decades, and the congregation is
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Sheriff spends 10 weeks at Quantico

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner is
a changed man.
A recent 10-week stint at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., has forced him to look differently at his life, his work and his goals.
The FBI National Academy is a professional development course for experienced law enforcement leaders. Participants must be nominated and then only those personally
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Bill Spencer sentenced for aggravated battery

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
CLINTON --Judge Roger Webber, on Monday, sentenced Bill Spencer, 61, of Kenney, in connection with a 2014 county board meeting incident.
Webber sentenced Spencer to 12 months probation and 25 hours of community service. He also fined Spencer $500 plus court costs.
A jury earlier found Spencer guilty of aggravated battery for shoving county Republican chairman Dustin Peterson during
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Exelon takes next step in Quad Cities, Clinton closures

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
CHICAGO -- Exelon Generation has formally notified grid operator PJM Interconnection of plans to retire the Quad Cities Generating Station on June 1, 2018.
The notification was the latest of several procedural notifications Exelon is required to make before retiring the Quad Cities and Clinton Power Station nuclear plants in Illinois. In June, Exelon similarly notified the Nuclear Regulatory
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•• Crime Stoppers offers reward for robbery suspect ••

Modified: Friday, Jul 8th, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Area Crime Stoppers has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the July 1, 2016 robbery of the Dewitt Savings Bank, in Clinton.
At approximately 3:51 p.m. on July 1, a lone black male entered the Dewitt Savings Bank, approached a teller station and presented a handwritten
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Clinton AmVets named Illinois ‘Post of the Year’

Posted: Friday, Jul 8th, 2016
CLINTON ‚ At the recent Illinois AMVETS State Convention, Clinton AMVETS Post 14, and its supporters, received several outstanding awards. These awards are further explained in the following categories:
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City working with property owners on annexation

Posted: Friday, Jul 8th, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton officials are working with a local family to avoid forced annexation into the city. The Shorts attended Tuesday's city council meeting, and mayor Roger Cyrulik agreed to postpone a council decision until the family met with city attorney Steve Myers and city administrator Tim Followell.
Property owner Joan Short and her son were at Monday's meeting.
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Video stills of bank robber released

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 6th, 2016
cj
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Homer Simpson's favorite food

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 5th, 2016
Gordon Woods / Journal
KIds engaged in a little harmless donut eating during the donut eating contest held on Monday as part of the Celebrate Clinton July 4 activities on Mr. Lincoln's Square. More photos on page A2.
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Suspect sought in Friday bank robbery

Posted: Monday, Jul 4th, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Police Department and other law enforcement authorities are on the lookout for a man who robbed DeWitt Savings Bank late Friday afternoon.
Clinton Police responded at about 3:56 p.m. to DeWitt Savings Bank after report of a robbery there. Arriving officers were just six minutes behind the suspect, who presented a hand written note to a
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**Public invited to participate in library survey**

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
CLINTON -- In order to serve its patrons better, Vespasian Warner Public Library asks everyone in the library district to take a few minutes to fill out a survey about library services. The survey should take about five minutes to complete.
With the answers, library administration will be able to determine which services are most important to patrons and
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The deLightful Tour deWitt

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
CJ
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Multi-county 911 center at least two years away

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
CLINTON -- A plan to merge a number of county E911 call centers is at least two years away, sheriff Jered Shofner reported on Monday during a special meeting of the county's CenCom committee. The plan would centralize several dispatch centers at a new facility in Macon County.
The proposal came about resulting from the offer of a donation
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City administrator: Clinton will be “fine”

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
CLINTON -- "People say we're going to be a ghost town," after the Exelon power plant is closed, said Clinton city administrator Tim Followell, "but people said that when the railroad left; people said that when Revere left. When the power plant closes, we'll still be here. We're going to look a little different, we're going to act a little
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