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New animal shelter promised great weather, gets great weather

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
CLINTON -- The county's public safety chairman Cris Rogers must have had a word with the weather master. Rogers guaranteed great weather for the new animal shelter open house on Saturday, and wouldn't you know it, that's just what visitors got.
"The weather's going to be beautiful," Rogers said smiling during Thursday's county board meeting. "I guarantee that."
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Exelon’s Clinton nuclear plant clears capacity auction

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
CHICAGO -- Exelon Corporation announced this past week that its Clinton nuclear plant cleared in the 2016-2017 MISO capacity auction and is committed to operate through May 31, 2017, consistent with its decision last fall to operate the plant for one additional year.
However, Exelon reported the plant continues to lose money and will have to be shut down
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DeWitt County final multiplier announced

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- DeWitt County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier", is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state's
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CCEF hosts ‘Derby Day’ May 7 at country club

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Community Education Foundation will host "Derby Day, Run for the Roses for Education," fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Clinton Country Club.
There will be traditional Derby food and beverages and an evening of entertainment. Be sure to wear your Derby hat.
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Weather radio programming event May 5 at Clinton Walgreens

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- DeWitt County/Clinton Emergency Management Agency will sponsor a NOAA Weather Radio Programming Event for the public.  The DeWitt County/Clinton EMA will be at the local Walgreens store, corner of Van Buren and Grant Streets, Clinton, programming NOAA Weather Radios from 3:30-7 p.m., Thursday, May 5.
Walgreens and WAND TV's J.C. Fultz have joined with EMA
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School board approves band trip to Canada

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
CLINTON-Even with three absent board members, the Clinton Board of Education was able to have a quorum and approve the Clinton High School band trip to Toronto, Canada in 2017.
Band director Nathan Wheeler's presentation outlined specifics of the trip including an itinerary, activities and accommodations.
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Bikes blessed as motorcyclists converge on square

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- This past weekend, Sunday, April 17, the second annual Clinton "Blessing of the Bikes" was held on Mr. Lincoln's Square (and anywhere else a bike, or trike, could park).
When the final count was tallied, approximately 600 bikes were in attendance, not including the ones that came to see the event without stopping to be blessed.
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A ladder with a view

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
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The Blessing and Curse of Social Media in Law Enforcement

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- Social media has experienced a boom in popularity in the past
decade. In Clinton, Facebook
appears to be the primary source
for this communication, according to Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers.
"In the case of an emergency, we can reach hundreds, if not thousands of people, in a matter of minutes through social media
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New animal shelter grand opening Apr. 23

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- The public is invited to attend a grand opening and Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m., 2 p.m. for the new DeWitt County animal shelter.
The animal shelter is located at the new DeWitt County facility East Annex, located at 5955 Weldon Springs Road, Clinton. There will be refreshments for
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Wind farm saga continues to turn

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
CLINTON -- There aren't yet any wind farms in DeWitt County. Various wind farm companies have toyed with the possibility of the county as a site for the electricity-producing towers. So far, though, none have been planted on local soil, giving the county, if nothing else, time to assess the evolving political, legal and scientific landscape of the
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Parac becomes newest Troop 142 Eagle Scout

Modified: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Saturday, April 2, a ceremony was held in the Revere Room of the Warner Public Library to celebrate and complete the installation of a new Eagle Scout to Boy Scout Troop #142 of Clinton. 
Michael "Mikey" Andrew Parac, son of Michelle and Dan Parac, was honored as new Eagle Scout.
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Clinton Police seek info about burglary, property damage

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Police Department seeks the public's help and information to solve a residential burglary and criminal damage to property.   
On or around April 12, the Clinton Police Department responded to a report of a residential burglary that occurred in the 100 block of the East Side of Mr. Lincoln's Square.
During the burglary a suspect or suspects
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Arbor Day celebration Apr. 30

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Tree Commission will host the City of Clinton's 16th annual Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the City Arboretum, located at the corner of E. Jefferson Street and S. Alexander Street, north of the Clinton YMCA .  The rain location will be Douglas School.
To begin the celebration,
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Recognizing Vietnam veterans

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016
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County wants junk yards cleaned up

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016
CLINTON -- The County is renewing its effort to bring area salvage yards into compliance with code. One of the challenges, however, will be to convince salvage yard owners the county is serious after a lull in enforcement of several years.
Zoning administrator Angie Sarver, on Monday, approached the county board's land use committee about how much support she
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DeWitt County ag leaders visit Illinois officials

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Three DeWitt County Farm Bureau Board Members visited with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield on Wednesday during Illinois Farm Bureau's (IFB) Government Affairs Leadership Conference.
Farmers Terry Ferguson, Tom Hieronymus and David Steward shared their concerns with Rauner regarding the state budget impasse, trucking regulations and SB 2160/HB 4254, a bill to lower taxes on farmland
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Illinois average gas price down 2.9 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.06/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.04/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in
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Guests help mark beginning of museum season

Posted: Friday, Apr 8th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Friday, April 1, the DeWitt County Museum Association board of directors hosted a "Spring Premiere" event at the C.H. Moore home. Guests who attended this special invitation-only event included members of the DeWitt County Museum Association as well as honorary guests.
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$80,000 hospital renovation planned

Posted: Friday, Apr 8th, 2016
CLINTON -- In an effort to improve the patient experience at Dr. John Warner Hospital, the board recently approved an $80,000 renovation to its admitting and registration area. The project is expected to be complete by the end of June.
"This new board," said CEO Paul Showron, "came in with the thought that employee focus groups should generate much
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March 2016 10th warmest on record

Posted: Friday, Apr 8th, 2016
CHAMPAIGHN -- March 2016 was the 10th warmest March on record with an average temperature of 46.5 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal. Illinois was not alone; essentially the entire US was warmer than normal in March, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
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Clinton Eagles donates to local fire departments

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016
Representatives of Clinton, Kenney and Wapella Fire Departments accepted a donation of $23,100 Sunday from Clinton Eagles lodge. The annual donation comes from funds raised during the Eagles' NASCAR / Daytona 500 Sunday party. Departments use the money for various equipment and other needs. Left to right, Danny Ballenger, Jr., B.J. Carter, Andy Dunham, Justin Curless, David Dallas,
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Crowne Realty ribbon cutting

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016
CJ
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City council approves bids for street projects

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016
CLINTON -- The city council on Monday approved bids for street projects on Elm, Jefferson and Washington Streets. The first round of bids was rejected in August, so those projects were re-bid.
Illinois Valley Paving was awarded the bids for the Elm and Washington Streets work. The Elm Street bid was $227,301, the Washington Street bid $265,184.
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Pharmacists able to dispense heroin overdose antidote thanks to new training

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- On-demand, web-based training is now available for pharmacists throughout Illinois seeking to dispense Naloxone, a drug widely used to counteract the effects of overdose from narcotics, such as morphine and heroin. 
By completing the Illinois State Opioid Antagonist Training Program, certified pharmacists will gain the ability to dispense Naloxone without a prescription to those who might benefit
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Illinois average gasoline price up 1.1 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.08/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.06/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Chamber Business Expo 2016

Posted: Friday, Apr 1st, 2016
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Anti-heroin coalition gaining momentum

Posted: Friday, Apr 1st, 2016
CLINTON -- A large coalition of volunteers and community organizations met Tuesday in DeWitt County with the goal of curbing heroin overdose deaths.  
"This heroin epidemic is a horrible thing, but what I saw today was a diverse group that is determined save lives in this community," said DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner. 
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American Legion Auxiliary to host national president April 7

Posted: Friday, Apr 1st, 2016
CLINTON -- Sharon Conaster and her husband Marty share a special connection that no other couple can claim. They are the first husband and wife team to serve as national officers of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.
Sharon Conaster is national president of the Legion Auxiliary for 2015-2016, while her husband served as national commander of the
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Search under way for new president of Richland College

Posted: Friday, Apr 1st, 2016
DECATUR -- The Chairman of the Richland Community College Board of Trustees, Bruce Campbell, is announcing the appointment of the committee tasked with managing the search for a new president of Richland.
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