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Crime Stoppers needs info about June 25 burglary, damage

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Police Department seeks the public's help and information in solving a residential burglary and criminal damage to property that occurred in the 400 block of W. Washington St., in Clinton.   
On or around June 25, Clinton Police officers responded to a reported burglary and learned that an unknown person or persons forcibly entered the residence.  It
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Dangerous weekend expected on Illinois roads

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
The Fourth of July is almost upon us and as some Illinoisans pack their cars for holiday travel safety experts are reminding folks to be extra cautious on the roads.
The National Safety Council is estimating 409 people will lose their lives, and more than 49,000 will be injured nationally in car accidents between Thursday evening and Sunday night.
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Maroons players and coach selected for Eastern All Star Football Game

Modified: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
MAROA -- Three recent Clinton Maroons graduates were selected to play in the 25th Eastern Star All Star football game, held on June 25at Maroa-Forsyth High School.
Selected to play for the West squad were Alex Wheat (LB), Josh Hickman (DB, Punter) and Eli Logue (WR). Maroons football head coach John Hayden was selected as an assistant coach for
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Rain helps a garden grow

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Liberty Village Garden Club and Bounce Back Therapy Department recently built two raised garden beds on the Hawthorn Inn grounds. The beds were built by Physical Therapist Jim Jarman. Wood for the project was donated by Masonry Construction LLC, of Wapella. Cheyanne Marston, COTA Staff Therapist and owner of Marston Farms, Decatur, donated the vegetables plants. The garden has several
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Olympic love brings world traveler through Clinton

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Around 10 p.m. on June 22 there was an extraordinary man passing through Clinton:  Chen Guan Ming, the  "Olympic Rickshaw Rider."
No, this is not a new competition. Ming rides to the Olympic Games in his rickshaw. 
A farmer from Tong Shan district near Xu Zhou City, China, Ming decided to go to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing riding (pedaling) his rickshaw. 
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Remember firework safety

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinois residents to leave fireworks to the experts. Many injuries and fires occur each year from these devices and therefore should be used only by trained professionals.
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2015 DeWitt County 4-H Fair gets underway July 10; Horse show July 4

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
The 2015 DeWitt County 4-H Fair will be held July 10-13 at the fairgrounds on business Rt. 51 North in Clinton.
Specific shows for dogs, horses and shotgun are held on dates prior to the fair and can be found in the 2015 Event Schedule.
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CHS to begin concussion baseline testing for athletes

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
CLINTON -- At Tuesday's meeting, the Clinton School Board unanimously agreed to spend $600 for impact testing for athletes beginning this fall.
Impact testing is given to athletes to establish a baseline for brain activity. The tests will be conducted prior to any activity is permitted, explained Athletic Directory Barry Gurvey. Football is the top sport for concussions and
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Second brother nets 15 years for Farmer City murder

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
CLINTON -- Alexander Jacquart pleaded guilty to dismembering a human body and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, according to DeWitt County State's Attorney Dan Markwell.
Jacquart, along with his brother, James, killed 21-year-old Farmer City resident Blayne Benefield in September 2013. The Jacquart brothers were working for a carnival at Farmer's City Heritage Days.
Alexander Jacquart
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Tucker named Illinois Outstanding AmVet

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
CLINTON -- Darrel G. Tucker recently was named State of Illinois Outstanding AmVet of the Year for 2014, 2015 at the recent American Veterans 70th Annual Convention, held on June 6. Citing Tucker's many contributions to AmVets Post #14, District #4 and the Clinton community, PDC (Past Department [State] Commander) Cheryl Weglewski said that the award "couldn't go to
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Journal receives two awards at annual press banquet

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
NORMAL -- The Clinton Journal won two awards for its coverage of local government at the recent Illinois Press Association convention and awards banquet, held on June 12 at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Normal.
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Expert says avian influenza was destined to happen

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in the United States was a surprise to many, but one expert says it was destined to happen.
Robert Wallace, who has worked with the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on avian influenza, said the production model
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City hires an actuary for study

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- The city council voted Monday to hire an actuarial firm. The hiring is part of a requirement to now conduct an actuarial study as part of the city's audit.
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board requires the actuarial study under two of its standards. The study involves certain post-employment benefits.
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DeWitt County 4-H members test their engineering skills at state competition

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- With team names such as Titanium Technobots, Some Assembly Required and Terror Bytes, you knew the event was going to bring high tech excitement, laughter and adventure all day long.
The DeWitt County team, Titanium Technobots, participated in this year's Illinois 4-H State Robotics Competition held on Saturday, May 2, at the University of Illinois.
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Help fund 2015 Clinton July 4 fireworks display

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- Brady Realtors is taking donations for this year's Fourth of July fireworks display scheduled for Saturday, July 4, but they could use some more help.
The cost to put on this year's show is $7,900, but so far they're about $2,000 short. So, they are asking for help from residents and businesses.
The 2015 fireworks show will
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‘Meet the Beatles’ opens summer concert series on the square

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau announced their Summer Concert Series line-up.  The monthly concerts will start this month, on Friday, June 26, with Meet The Beetles, A Beatles Tribute Band.  
The concert will be held on Mr. Lincoln's Square stage, downtown Clinton, from 7-10 p.m.  
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An obstacle course challenge for charity

Modified: Friday, Jun 12th, 2015
RICHMOND, Ill. -- Most of us have had to run some kind of obstacle course in our lives, from school fitness, to scouting badges, to military training.  But to take on a course voluntarily for a charity, not so much, especially in the mud. 
This is what happened in Richmond, Ill. on Saturday, May 30, and two Clinton natives
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Clinton AmVets recognizes retiring Hardee’s manager

Posted: Friday, Jun 12th, 2015
CLINTON -- Tuesday, May 26, was the last working day for Clinton Hardee's manager Dan Hardesty.  Dan served the Clinton community and area veterans for 15 years. 
Hardesty is retiring to his home in Bloomington to be with friends and family.  Hardesty has been an avid supporter of local veterans organizations, so on his special day, AmVets Post #14
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Trucking firm, IEPA addressing odor problem; Rep. Bill Mitchell involved

Modified: Thursday, Jun 11th, 2015
CLINTON -- State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) announced yesterday that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is acting to address odor complaints at H & M Trucking in Clinton.
The IEPA and H & M are aware of the pungent odor emanating from the property and both entities say they are working to address the issue.
"We are aware
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Illinois average gas price down 1.8 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.94/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.
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