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Nearly 2,100 students enrolled in CUSD for 2015-16

Modified: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
CLINTON -- At Tuesday's Clinton Community Unit School Board meeting, Superintendent Curt Nettles told board members there are currently 658 students enrolled at Clinton High School; approximately 470 at Clinton Junior High School; 560 at Clinton Elementary School; and 395 in the ECE, Pre-K and first grade.
"That's a little over 2,000, getting close to 2,100 kids in district enrollment,"
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'I ask only to be free. The butterflies are free.'  ~Charles Dickens

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
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Deer versus deputy

Modified: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office reported on its Facebook page that a deer took on a deputy this week. While the county vehicle suffered a smashed windshield, broken side view mirror and minor damage, the deputy was unharmed.
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Crisis with budget brings Mitchell to town

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
CLINTON -- The current static state of the Illinois budget brought Rep. Bill Mitchell to Clinton on Wednesday. Mitchell visited officials of the DeWItt County Human Resource Center. HRC is close to its own operational crisis, since thousands of dollars it normally is paid by the state each month has been held up by the state budget crisis.
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CJHS hosts annual open house

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
Parents and students attended the Clinton Junior High School annual open house on Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parents were able to talk to teachers and administrators and learn about what their kids are doing in class this quarter.
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Warrant for obstruction of justice

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
CLINTON --The DeWItt County Sheriff's Office seeks tips to locate Lola P. Barr (DOB 2/28/1994). Barr failed to appear in court to face charges of Obstructing Justice. Lola P. Barr is a 21-year-old white female who is five three inches tall, weighing 137 pounds with Blonde Hair and Hazel Eyes. She was last known to live in
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Body cams in use locally for two years

Modified: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
A piece of police equipment
smaller than a deck of playing
cards is getting a lot of
attention across the state and the country right now, but the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office has been using body cameras for two years.

Read the story in Tuesday's Clinton Journal.
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County annex expenditures approved

Modified: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
CLINTON -- On Thursday, the DeWitt County Board approved expenditures associated with the new animal shelter. Referred to as the "DeWitt County East Annex," work is under way to convert one of the buildings at the complex to house the new shelter.
Public Safety Committee chairman Cris Rogers proposed $3,480 for Bloomington Fence to move an already existing fence
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Arson suspect sought by police

Modified: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office seeks tips to locate Michael R. Russo (DOB 1/23/1990). Russo failed to appear in court to face charges of arson. Russo is a 25-year-old white male who is five eight inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and green Eyes. He was last known to live in the Clinton,
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City approves hospital CEO new contract

Modified: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
CLINTON -- On Monday, the Clinton City Council approved a contract for interim hospital CEO Paul Skowran. The action makes Skowran permanent CEO.
City finance commissioner Tom Edmunds said adding Skowran's salary as permanent CEO to the city budget had little effect on overall finances.
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UPDATE: A steer and a star make Memories for a Clinton teen

Modified: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner was the winning bidder of the Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer during the State Fair on Tuesday ...and the owner of the steer was Taylor Donelson, of Clinton.
Naming her steers after country
music singers has been something
19-year-old Taylor Donelson of Clinton has done for the past decade. This year, her
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Legion Auxiliary elects new officers

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2015
The Clinton American Legion Auxiliary recently elected new officers for terms beginning in September. Seated, left to right, Marjorie Devore, past president; Kathy Clayton, president, and Jean Rogers, vice president. Standing, left to right, Carole Wylder, chaplain, Koni Lovett, secretary, and Marcia Burns, treasurer. Not pictured, Marilyn Hight, membership chairman, and Margaret Feaman, sergeant at arms.
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Police need info about local storage unit burglaries

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Police Department seeks the public's help and information in solving a business burglary and criminal damage to property that occurred at 1506 IL. St. Rt 54 E., in Clinton.   
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Religious exemption from childhood immunization now requires certificate

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their children being immunized for school admitance must now submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must be signed by a health care provider.
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Abuse, workload threatens city brush pick up program

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
CLINTON -- The unusually high workload for city workers and abuse of the service by some residents could result in major changes for the city's monthly brush pick up program.
Streets and public improvements commissioner Nan Crang on Monday prepared the city council for suggested upcoming changes to the brush pick up program.

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Crosswalks get new paint

Modified: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
City workers are in the process of repainting the crosswalks on Mr. Lincoln Square. The work shown here took place on Thursday.
Gordon Woods / Journal
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Ill. body camera bill could become national blueprint

Modified: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- From a professional police officer's point of view, Illinois new legislation to improve policing and strengthen community trust is a win, said Rep. John Cabello.
Cabello, a Rockford police detective on leave while he serves in the General Assembly, was among the lead negotiators of Senate Bill 1307, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Wednesday.
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Annual merit badge fair

Posted: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
Clinton Power Station hosted the Clinton Boy Scouts over the weekend for the annual merit badge fair. About 150 visitor scouts and troop leaders worked to earn nearly a dozen merit badges offered during the fair.
Courtesy of Clinton Power Station
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New manager at Clintonia Eagle

Posted: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
CLINTON -- Byron Conner has been promoted to manager of the Clintonia Eagle Theater. The long-time Clinton resident (since the age of three) will replace Kelsa Gubelman Bowen on August 20. Gubelman Bowen will continue to work part time at the theater.
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Rolling Americana via The Netherlands

Posted: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
CLINTON -- On Sunday, Aug. 2, there was a peculiar site in Clinton.  Several weeks back an international traveler from China and his rickshaw were in town.  This time, there was another visitor from a distant land, the Netherlands. 
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City prepares to re-bid street projects work

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2015
CLINTON -- The city council voted this past week to reject a bid from Otto Baum Company for nearly $132,000 for work along W. Jefferson Street. In July, engineer Phil Koberlein advised the council to reject the bid and start over.
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Officials will attend Macon Co. wind farm hearings

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2015
County board land use committee chairman Sue Whitted and zoning administrator Angie Sarver will attend one of the four days expected to be scheduled for wind farm hearings in Macon County. The same firm proposing wind towers in DeWitt County is involved with a project in Macon County.
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Record wet conditions continuing for the Midwest

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- Heavy rain continued to fall across the Midwest this July after Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio broke records for June precipitation. Seven of the nine states in the region recorded above normal precipitation for July, according to Bryan Peake, service climatologist at the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/), Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS).
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Average Illinois gas price down 2.6 cents in past week

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2015
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.60/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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A local entrepreneur

Posted: Friday, Aug 7th, 2015
Lilah Cluver, 7, had a lemonade stand last Wednesday on South Monroe Street. Lilah said she was trying to earn money for a toy she wants. She said any profits over that would be donated to the Clinton YMCA.
Katy O'Grady-Pyne / Journal
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State budget impass could equal crisis for local agency

Posted: Friday, Aug 7th, 2015
CLINTON -- "A critical situation;" that is how Tom Edmunds describes the financial status of the DeWitt County Human Resource Center (HRC). Edmunds manages the business affairs of the local nonprofit agency.
HRC is the only area agency that provides local psychiatric services, but the lack of a state budget agreement threatens those services, including money that covers some
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Aug. 11 Perseid meteor show to be in honor of Carol Thompson

Posted: Friday, Aug 7th, 2015
CLINTON -- A Perseid Meteor Shower observing session will be held at Weldon Springs State Park beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, August 11.
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Chamber representatives attend tourism update meeting

Posted: Friday, Aug 7th, 2015
CLINTON - Marian Brisard and Chae Mills, representing the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, traveled to Peoria on Wednesday, July 29, to hear the annual update from Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism.  The Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria was host to the event.
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Gone fishin'

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
Tyler Upton, 14, said the fish weren't biting last week as he cast a line at Weldon Springs State Park.
Katy O'Grady-Pyne / Journal
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City looking to recoup some of its festival costs

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
CLINTON -- The city will look at ways to recoup some of the cost of providing trash pickup along Center Street during the annual Apple N' Pork Festival. The city's Tim Followell put the issue before commissioners during the council's regular meeting on Monday.
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Register to enter ‘Pigs on Parade’

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
CLINTON -- Anyone interested in entering the "Pigs on Parade" contest for the 47th Annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival should pick up entry forms and plywood pig cutouts at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum August 18 through August 29, or until all available pigs have been claimed. 
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July cooler and wetter for Illinois

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
July was both cooler and wetter than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
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Windmill returns

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
Through the efforts of numerous volunteers and members of the DeWitt County Museum Association, the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum windmill has been repaired and reinstalled on the museum grounds.  In 1900, the C.H. Moore residence was one of the first in the area to have electricity, which was generated by a windmill and Delco batteries. 
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Local student receives grant for autism event

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
As a senior at Clinton High School
this past school year, Kaelan Smith
traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Corn Belt Energy Youth Tour to Washington. While there, he learned about service project grants awarded to at least one student from each state.
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Free Wi-Fi convenient, yet risky for Illinoisans

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
Public wireless networks make updating social media or checking emails convenient when on the go, but a new survey finds many people are engaging in activity that could make them vulnerable to hackers.
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