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Sacha Young named CES principal for 2017 -18 school year

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- At Tuesday's night Clinton School Board of Education meeting, Sacha Young, current assistant principal at Clinton Elementary School, was approved by the board to be principal of the school beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Donations from Davenport

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
William "Bill" Davenport is described as a private person who was always generous to others.
Leaders from several local nonprofit organizations know this is a massive understatement.
Davenport's nephew, Steve Davenport, remembers visiting with his uncle and said he would invariably receive a couple phone calls requesting donations during nearly ever visit.
"He never turned them down," recalls Steve.

Clinton man arrested for meth possession

Modified: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
CLINTON, DEWITT COUNTY, Ill., On Wednesday, February 22, as the result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation, Richard A.P. Gharrett, 32, of Clinton, Ill., was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a class 2 felony. He is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail pending a bond hearing. If convicted, this felony range from

Farm Bureau hosts area FFA members for ‘Aquaintance Day’

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
ATLANTA, Ill.., Just how many different career options might a person find behind the doors of an ag implement dealer?
 "At least 15," says Abby Coers, marketing director with Central Illinois Ag, a Case IH dealer headquartered in Atlanta, Ill., with branches in Clinton, Mason City and Farmer City.
FFA members from Clinton and Blue Ridge chapters found out

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

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.

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

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

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.

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,

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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