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Space Derby 2014

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Cub Scouts 142 held its annual Space Derby recently. Pictured are the finishers. Matthew Messenger, 1st place, Dillan Sprague, 2nd place, Noah Heath, 3rd place, Parker Daniels, 4th place, Lincoln Adams, Best design of show.
Courtesy of Edvydas Cicenas

‘Nasty’ explosion caused junior high power outage

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
CLINTON -- A hungry rodent may have been the cause of the recent electrical issue at Clinton Junior High School that closed the entire district for a day earlier this month, but the engineer who inspected the problem is more inclined to believe an electrical contractor nipped a wire during construction.
A forensic electrical engineer, hired by the insurance company

City council discusses future fire station

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
CLINTON -- As part of their discussion Monday about property the city owns in the 300 block of N. Madison Street, commissioners talked about preliminary plans for a new fire station and possible locations for the facility.
As city commissioners discussed the future of a building located at 310 N. Madison Street that the city owns, the talks became also

DeWitt County Habitat holds house blessing

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity conducted a ceremony on November 9 at 914 W Clay, Clinton, to celebrate the transfer of the completed home from the affiliate to the new owners Stanley and Jeneva Jackiewicz and their children Marissa and Stanton.
Approximately 20 people attended the house blessing ceremony conducted in the new home's

Public meetings held about multi -use trail plan

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
CLINTON -- On Thursday, the City of Clinton and the Farnsworth Architectural Group sponsored two public meetings presenting an initiative on the constructing of multi-use trails in Clinton and the surrounding DeWitt County area. 
This type of project had been discussed a number of years ago but did not come to fruition. 

UPDATED: Power outage causes canceled classes on Monday; power restored, CJHS students back in class

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
CLINTON -- The Clinton School District canceled school on Monday, Nov. 10 because of an electrical outage at Clinton Junior High School.
The district office reported the main feeds that provide electricity to the building had significant damage that resulted in the loss of power to the junior high building. Electricians believed an electrical arc caused the problem.

Legion Auxiliary readies baskets

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Gordon Woods / Journal
The holidays came early for some local veterans. Ladies of the Clinton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 103 distributed groceries to some vets, gift cards to som and blankets to others on Thursday. In October, supplies went over to the Veterans Administration Hospital, in Danville, to help vets there. The gifts all were made

Board updated on landfill, county EAV

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
CLINTON -- County supervisor of assessments Sandy Schlosser updated the county board Thursday on the equalized assessed valuation (EAV) of Clinton Landfill. She explained value versus "going concern."
During a conference call Schlosser, superintendent of schools Jeff Holmes and state's attorney Karle Koritz held recently with officials about the landfill value, Schlosser said a number of $60 million was

Candlelight tours, photos with Santa coming this month at Moore Homestead

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
CLINTON ‚ During the holiday season, the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn Street, in Clinton, Ill., will be decorated in Victorian splendor, lighted by candles, and filled with music. 

Circumstances and election converge on county board

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 5th, 2014
CLINTON -- Two years ago, voters tossed some incumbents from the county board amid unsubstantiated rumors of secret meetings involving plans for a new animal shelter and claims by a handful of activists claiming the board was not tough enough on landfill owners.
On Tuesday, voters did some more tossing, this time ejecting two board appointees of the leadership they

A fine feathered Halloween

Modified: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
Susan Munoz / Journal
Second grade student Brannon McCue and his pumpkin ‘Duck for President." See more photos on A8.

CEO surveys hospital’s current financial status

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
CLINTON -- Dr. John Warner Hospital interim CEO Robert Wolleben reported recently to the city council about the current financial health of the hospital. Indicators used showed good progress in key areas for the facility.
Emergency department visits are up about 3 percent for the fiscal year, Wolleben said. This should equate to about 5,800 emergency room visits,

Clinton Police investigate burglaries to Three Stars, Tidy House Laundry

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
CLINTON -- At 12:53 a.m., Thursday, Clinton Police, assisted by Dewitt County Sheriff's deputies, were called to the scene of a burglary in progress at Three Star Restaurant, located at 1161 West State Route 54, in Clinton.
A responding unit located the suspect vehicle, where a brief pursuit ensued before the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

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