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Two-car wreck Friday on E. Van Buren

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Local emergency responders reported to a two-car accident Friday at about 2 p.m. near the Subway restaurant. At least one person was transported by DeWitt County EMS. No other information available at posting time.

Gordon Woods / Journal
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Gov. Rauner attends local Lincoln Day dinner

Modified: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Republican Central Committee held their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 21st at the Clinton Country Club. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was the keynote speaker this year to the sold out event. Governor Rauner spent time talking with all of the attendees individually before addressing the crowd as a whole.
The Governor
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a banner weekend

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Clinton Otters have had some excellent swimmers and teams over the years, but an Otters team had never won a state competition banner before. But now, Clinton YMCA can say Otters have taken not just one state banner but three.
Head swim coach Josh Gibson hosted an awards ceremony on Tuesday evening to show off the banners
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Sales tax revenue up …sort of

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Local sales tax revenue was up for the latest period, but city commissioner Tom Edmunds pointed out on Monday it was due primarily to the State of Illinois' new accounting system.
"I think they're finally getting it straightened out," Edmunds said during Monday's regular city council meeting.
Clinton sales tax revenue was up about $17,000 over the previous
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Former Washington School property being considered for possible building trades program

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
CLINTON -- Because the Clinton School District received zero bids on the former Washington School property, the board is now considering the site for a possible building trades program.
Options for the property include leaving it as green space, offering the property at auction, listing with a realtor, or another use, explained Superintendent Curt Nettles.
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‘Bring Your Goals to Life’ series at Extension in March

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
CLINTON -- The University of Illinois Extension will host Nutrition & Wellness educator Caitlin Huth for "Bring Your Goals to Life" during March.
The free, two-part series will focus on health-related goals. The first workshop will help participants narrow and set reachable goals to work on until the next class. Participants will meet again after about six weeks
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2017 Americanism Essay Awards

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Gordon Woods / Journal
The Clinton Elks Lodge Americanism committee on Thursday presented its 2017 Americanism essay awards to three seventh grade students at Clinton Junior High School. Front, left to right, 1st place Sophie Young, 2nd place Trinity Morris, and 3rd place Morgan Drozs. Each student also received $50. With the students, left to right, Darvin
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More trash talk at Clinton City Council meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
CLINTON -- Although still working on ideas to fix the trash problem created by the annual Apple n' Pork Festival, council members tend to agree with commissioner Nan Crang -- Center Street should be as clean on the Monday morning after the festival as it is before it begins.
Council members began earlier this month addressing the trash problem created
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A happy life

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
"Love thy work, and life
will be a happy one."
Those words by 19th century English writer and artist John Ruskin are favorites of Sherry Fulton's. By most measures, Sherry would agree with Ruskin's assessment -- she has loved her work, hence, her life has been a happy one.
Sherry will retire at the end of March after
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Warner Hospital sees highest revenue months

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
CLINTON -- Paul Skowron, CEO of Warner Hospital and Health Services, told Clinton Rotary members on Tuesday that this past December and January were the highest revenue months in hospital history.
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Chamber Agri-Business Banquet donates to CHS FFA

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
Janell Baum-Thomas, the Clinton Chamber's Agri-Business Banquet committee chairperson, right, awarded a check to Clinton High School FFA members Tennyson Kern and Megan Holt at the event held on February 25, at Clinton Country Club.  This year's banquet marked the 10th year for the event.  Since 2008, the CHS FFA has received over $2,000 from the Agri-Business Banquet sponsors. 
Courtesy DeWitt
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Council approves upgrade to water plant computer system

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
CLINTON -- The city council on Monday approved an agreement with Donahue & Associates to make significant upgrades to the computer system that controls the water plant. Donahue specializes in drinking water, storm water and waste water projects.
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Making Memories

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
Lauren Johnson loves making memories.
A native of Clinton, Lauren cherishes the memories she has with her mom, the late Carol Thompson, and she wants to continue the tradition with her daughters, Kendall, 4, and Collins, 3. She also wants to help others enjoy lifelong cherished memories.
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Lilly, the animal lover

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
CJ
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City looks to solve trash problem by 2018 festival

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2017
CLINTON -- Clean-up of N. Center Street during this past year's Apple n' Pork Festival was a topic of discussion before the 2016 festival. Monday night, the city council addressed the issue again and hopes to have a plan in place by the end of March.
Commissioner Nan Crang asked council members if they wanted to get neighborhood residents
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Electrical safety meeting set for Mar. 16 at highway building

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2017
CLINTON, DeWitt County first responders, road commissioners and Farm Bureau members are invited to dinner and an electrical safety demonstration on March 16 at the DeWitt County Highway Building, 9900 Revere Rd., Clinton.
Dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. RSVPs are requested by March 13. The featured speaker is Corn Belt
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Animal control getting new cargo van

Posted: Friday, Mar 3rd, 2017
CLINTON -- The county board voted on Feb.23 to purchase a new vehicle for the animal control department. The new van will come from a local dealer.
The 2016 Ford Transit Connect cargo van will replace an aging Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and will be equipped with an interior cage for carrying animals. The board approved the purchase
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March 9 meeting set for county natural disaster planning

Posted: Friday, Mar 3rd, 2017
CLINTON--Steps to prevent injuries and deaths while maintaining vital services for DeWitt County residents before floods and severe storms hit will be discussed when the DeWitt County Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee meets at 1 p.m. on March 9, at the DeWitt County Building, 201 W. Washington Street, in Clinton. Committee meetings are open to the public.
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County upholds zoning ruling, denies variance

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
CLINTON -- The county board voted on Thursday to uphold a zoning board of appeals decision. The zoning board had denied a request by a property owner that would have allowed him to put two head of cattle on land located north of the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Property owner Jamison Holt had requested a variance from county code to allow
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City approves TIF changes, redevelopment agreement for gas station

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
CLINTON -- The Clinton City Council on Feb. 20 approved a redevelopment agreement and changes to two TIF (Tax Increment Financing) districts.
The agreement and TIF changes were made to accommodate redevelopment of property for a new gasoline station planned by Mach I Investments. The property planned for redevelopment is a city block bordered by Van Buren Street on
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Band program annual ice cream social

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
Gordon Woods / Journal
Band director Nathan Wheeler introduced the Clinton High School band Saturday during the annual band program's ice cream social fundraiser. CHS jazz band and the Clinton Junior High School bands also performed. The CHS pep band will perform twice on Friday during the IHSA Girls' Basketball State Finals, at Redbird Arena, Normal.
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