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City commissioner encourages residents to call board members about hospital controversy

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
CLINTON -- Several hospital staff members and physicians were present at Monday's city council meeting as commissioner Tom Edmunds expressed harsh words for its current management under interim CEO John Winenger. And Edmunds suggested residents contact hospital board members and city council members if they, too, were unhappy with recent hospital developments.
Happening just ahead of Edmunds comments Monday
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Governor Quinn acts to block disposal of PCB waste at Clinton Landfill

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Governor Pat Quinn has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to take further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). As a result, today the IEPA is seeking information from the DeWitt County Board in order to authorize the State to block PCB dumping in Clinton. 
Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect our
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Emergency services conduct mock drill

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
DeWitt County emergency services conducted a mock drill Tuesday morning. The drill involved a simulated crash of a crop duster with multiple victims. Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton Police, DeWitt County EMS, DeWitt County Sheriff's Office, CenCom, DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency, Clinton Fire Department and fire departments from surrounding towns participated in the drill, which was held
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Rauner wants business, farm-friendly Illinois

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
CLINTON -- Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner was in Clinton on Friday visiting with county Republicans and Farm Bureau members The DeWitt County Farm Bureau hosted the event.
Rauner made several stops in the area on Friday, including visiting a local manufacturer and hosting a town hall meeting in Pontiac and meeting with business leaders in Bloomington.
Rauner
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Walgreens honors AmVets as Illinois Contributor of the Year

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
CLINTON -- In December of 2013 the Clinton Walgreens participated in a system-wide candy sales event.  Store manager Shaun Schlosser and his staff felt it would be a great way to give back to the community, while getting it involved in the project. 
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Illinois average gas price down 6.8 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ILLINOIS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.63/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the
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Republican candidate for governor stops in Clinton

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner was in Clinton on Friday to meet with county Republicans. The DeWitt County Farm Bureau hosted the event. See our interview with Rauner in Tuesday's Clinton Journal.
Gordon Woods / Journal
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Animal shelter committee fails to get board support

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CLINTON -- County board chairman Sherrie Brown returned to Thursday's board meeting with her intended appointments to a committee to oversee conversion of the Black's property into a new animal shelter. But three of the five names she offered didn't sit well with some board members.
A proposed committee to handle the animal shelter project has taken a number
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'What'a you lookin' at?'

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Gordon Woods / Journal
This fella was one of the roosters in competition over the weekend during the DeWitt County 4-H Fair. See more photos on pages A9-10.
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School board pays tribute to lost member

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CLINTON -- An empty chair with his name placard marked the seat where the late Tom Pruser would serve as vice president each month during the Clinton Unit School District board meetings. Pruser passed away unexpectedly on June 26 in a work-related accident.
On Tuesday night, board president Rod Wertz described Pruser as a "friend to our community" who played
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2014 DeWitt County 4-H Fair on target

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Marc Rogers / Journal
Dan Ennis with archery participants at this past weekend's DeWitt County 4-H Fair. See the archery story in Friday's Clinton Journal and more fair photos, including awards night recipients, coming in the Journal.
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County board looks for scope of ‘baseline testing’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
CLINTON -- County board member Terry Hoffman said he sought a "baseline" testing scope of work from Patrick Engineering with regard to possible contamination from Clinton Landfill. But by the time the discussion was over on Thursday, establishing the definition of "baseline" seemed easier said than done.
Hoffman was asking for "a baseline testing of wells in the area."
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Write Stuff for Kids begins 2014-15 campaign

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
CLINTON, As families begin their round of shopping for school supplies for the coming year, The Write Stuff for Kids Inc. also will be gathering supplies for children who need help with the basics for school.
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Illinois gas prices down 7.1 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
ILLINOIS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.71/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Chloe goes fishing

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Courtesy of U of I Extension / DeWitt County
In partnership with Weldon Springs State Park and U of I Extension, a 4-H Fishing Clinic was held on Thursday, July 10. Carol Thompson from Weldon Springs State Park taught safety to the youth and helped with the fishing clinic.
Pictured is Chloe Barth a 4-H member of DeWitt County.
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County sets rules for medical cannabis facilities

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
CLINTON -- On Thursday, the county board approved ordinance language governing the zoning of medical cannabis facilities. Illinois counties began dealing with the issue when the Compassionate Care Act legislation made the facilities legal in the state this year.
Although some nearby counties, such as Macon, McLean and Piatt, chose to treat the facilities as agricultural operations rather than
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Wayne working to build a ‘Culture of Unity’

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
He may have the
same surname as a
superhero, but unlike Batman, Jerry Wayne doesn't believe in flying solo.
This Wayne believes teamwork is the key to proving stability and unity to the students, faculty and staff at Clinton High School.
In the past few years, CHS has seen several administrative changes and Wayne wants to "maintain
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Found Artifacts

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Gordon Woods / Journal
DeWitt County Museum assistant manager Joey Woolridge's special exhibit of found artifacts is coming together, but Woolridge could use some more items. Among those loaned by residents so far is an antique embalming fluid bottle and an unusual cow bell. Woolridge encourages anyone with an interesting item they dug up or found anywhere in
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Illinois gas prices down 4.1 cents in a week

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
ILLINOIS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.79/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the
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On duty on the Fourth

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
Law enforcement was on the beat Friday as sheriff Jered Shofner judged the bicycle contest and police chief Ben Lowers led the bicycle parade.
Marc Rogers / Journal
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Lichtenwalter appointed to the Police Pension Board

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
CLINTON -- The Clinton City Council, on Monday, appointed city treasurer Clint Lichtenwalter to the Police Pension Board. Lichtenwalter was appointed after efforts to recruit a new member proved unsuccessful.
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Local physician files embezzlement suit against former employee

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
CLINTON -- Clinton physician Dr. Farrukh Kureishy filed a lawsuit in DeWitt County on June 13 against his former office manager alleging she embezzled more than $600,000 from his office during her tenure.
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June in Illinois: Warmer and wetter than average

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
CHAMPAIGN -- The statewide average precipitation for June 2014 in Illinois was 6.78 inches, 2.58 inches above average and the 8th wettest June on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
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**Police need help solving increased burglaries**

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
CLINTON -- The Clinton Police Department seeks the public's help and information in solving a burglary that occurred to a local business.
On July 2, Clinton Police officers were dispatched to Auto Works / Bobs Imports Sales and Service; located at 741 E. State Highway 54.
Upon arrival, officers learned that suspects had attempted to forcibly pry open the office
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Clinton celebrates Celebrate Clinton Fourth

Posted: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014
Gordon Woods / Journal
Residents were on Mr. Lincoln's Square Friday for Independence Day activities, hosted by Celebrate Clinton. See more photos in the Clinton Journal next week.
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Syngenta dedicates Clinton area expansion

Modified: Monday, Jun 30th, 2014
WAPELLA -- Syngenta North America hosted a luncheon and open house on Thursday to dedicate the $12 million expansion of its Clinton corn and soybean research and development facility, located east of Wapella.
State and local officials joined Syngenta representatives on the site once occupied by Thorp Seed starting in 1936, one of the five family owners of the former
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Chamber annual golf outing

Posted: Friday, Jun 27th, 2014
Marc Rogers / Journal
Advance Rehab / Dr. John Warner Hospital physical therapy staff at the recent Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau annual golf outing. See story and more photos on page B10 of Friday's Clinton Journal.
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COUNTY BOARD MEMBER KILLED IN WORK ACCIDENT

Modified: Friday, Jun 27th, 2014
HEYWORTH -- Late Thursday afternoon, McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling released a statement reporting that an autopsy concluded that Tom Pruser, 54, of Clinton, died from compressional asphyxia (the inability to breath) "due to being trapped under an Allis Chalmers 5030 compact utility tractor."
According to information Kimmerling provided earlier, Pruser was reported missing at about 6:15 a.m. on
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DJWH board gets overview of standards, patient care reporting

Posted: Friday, Jun 27th, 2014
CLINTON -- Dr. John Warner Hospital risk manager Kathy Isaac, on Monday, gave the hospital board a survey of hospital quality assurance data in a format the facility began using in May. She also gave the board a forecast of the information she expects to provide the board through the first part of 2015.
"This month you'll be receiving
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Where does my lunch come from?

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 24th, 2014
Courtesy of Sherry Fulton / U of I Extension-DeWitt County
Above, right: The DeWitt County "Where Does My Lunch Come From?" 4-H SPIN Club. The club visits PrairiErth Farm. The goal for this program is to have youth visit local agriculture sites to see where their food comes from. The youth then prepare a lunch that
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Stalemate over animal shelter

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 24th, 2014
CLINTON -- Sides are currently at a stalemate over the next step to convert the former Black's property into a new animal shelter. County board members debated and voted on what to do next, but by the end of Thursday's board meeting, they had made no progress.
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