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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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Avg. Ill. gas price down 8.9 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 8.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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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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Local residents address county board about recurring odor

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
CLINTON -- A newspaper story headline from the 1990s brought a few laughs from residents on Thursday, but they didn't take the topic of the story as a laughing matter. Now, the issue is back, and residents living in the vicinity of H&M Trucking want the county to get involved.
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School board approves tentative FY2016 budget

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Unit 15 School District board this past week approved a tentative 2016 fiscal year budget. The fiscal year will begin on July 1, and approval of the tentative budget permits the district to begin spending money for the upcoming school year, superintendent Curt Nettles told board members.
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Illinois fast food workers say, “We want $15, too!”

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Unit 15 School District board this past week approved a tentative 2016 fiscal year budget. The fiscal year will begin on July 1, and approval of the tentative budget permits the district to begin spending money for the upcoming school year, superintendent Curt Nettles told board members.
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Average Illinois gasoline price down 8.6 cents in past week

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.73/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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City updated on summer street work

Modified: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
On Monday, engineer Phil Koeberlein brought city council members up to date on the city's summer street maintenance work. Work started this week.
"Today, the contractor worked on Panther Road on the southwest side of town," Koeberlein said.
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Holmes named interim D-W superintendent 

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
The DeLand-Weldon School Board hired Dr. Jeffrey Holmes to serve as interim superintendent, effective July 1, 2015. Holmes recently served 11 years as the superintendent of Clinton Unit 15 Schools, where he retired this year. 
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UI report addresses consequences of depleting ground water aquifers

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Aquifers provide a natural source of groundwater, and a new study from the University of Illinois examines the possible consequences of over-drawing from three major aquifers in the United States.
Megan Konar and other researchers examined the Central Valley, High Plains and Mississippi Embayment aquifers. She said reliance on these three aquifers accounted for 93 percent of groundwater depletion
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4-H awards 2015

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
Gordon Woods / Journal
DeWitt County 4-H held its awards ceremony on July 12 during the weekend of the annual 4-H show. See project class group photos coming soon in the Clinton Journal.
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Some places still deliver: Warner Library’s homebound delivery program

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
CLINTON -- It used to be that many small markets would deliver your groceries to your house. Doctors used to make house calls, and dairies delivered your milk to your door.
While these are largely things of the past, if you're hungry for some reading and permanently or temporarily unable to get out of your house, you can, believe
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Higher than normal rainfall keeps soil conditions wet

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- Soil conditions throughout Illinois remain wet as most of the state experienced higher than normal rainfall in the first two weeks of July, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program Manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
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‘Happy Hour’ legal again in Illinois

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday signed legislation allowing "happy hour" to return to bars in Illinois. The state banned the practice in 1989.
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Local resident wise to scams, notifies police

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
A Clinton resident recently received mailings from three separate alleged awards centers notifying him he was the winner of millions of dollars in prize money. All he had to do was send in the corresponding processing fee.
The resident received the three mailings on the same day.
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Local Boy Scouts attend annual summer camp

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
During the week of June 21-27, Clinton Boy Scout Troop 142 enjoyed a fun filled week during summer camp.
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Utterback recognized for 32 years with Clinton Fire Protection District

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Bob Kuntz, right, presents Russell Utterback with a plaque thanking him for 32 years of service to the Clinton Community Fire Protection District board.
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CDC examines heroin use increase in U.S., including Illinois

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is increasing among most age groups and income levels, according to a recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Mitchell talks about senior funding, welfare reform

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
CLINTON -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, Republicans and even Democrats are targets of blame for the current lack of a state budget. Rep. Bill Mitchell this past week was at the DeWitt County Friendship Center to talk about the "no budget" situation and about protecting funding for senior services.
Mitchell referred to a mailing sent out about the future of
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A rainy June sets new record for Illinois

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- The statewide average precipitation for June 2015 in Illinois was 9.53 inches, or 5.33 inches above the average June precipitation. This was the wettest June on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
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Urban flooding a big, expensive problem in Illinois

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
(Public News Service), Urban flooding is prevalent throughout Illinois, and a new report demonstrates how state agencies are examining ways to address the problem.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, flooding in urban areas caused more than $2 billion in damages between 2007 and 2014.Loren Wobig, manager of the Division of Resource Management, says climate trends have increased
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Illinois average gas price down 2.6 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $2.76/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Heavy rain causes flooding

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
Heavy rain late Wednesday and early Thursday caused widespread flooding in the area, including Woodlawn Park, located on the north edge of Clinton. Rain also caused field flooding in a number of places and some local basement flooding. Forecast is for 30-40% chance of rain Friday through Sunday.
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Clinton Council to consider items for fire department

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
CLINTON -- Later this month, Clinton City Council commissioners will consider three expenditures for the fire department, including a tanker truck, a piece of equipment the department does not currently own.
During Monday's council meeting, members saw proposed purchases for CFD placed on file for public viewing before the next scheduled meeting. Commissioners will vote on the purchases at
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First Christian Church unveils technology, colors of phase one of facility renovation

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
CLINTON -- First Christian Church has recently completed its initial phase of a major remodeling project, and church officials have been eager to show it off. Clinton Rotary members recently got a look at redesigned sections, and the church plans an open house for the public on Tuesday.
The church is conducting the remodeling work without borrowing any money,
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Record June rain, flooding inundates the Midwest

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- Heavy rain and flooding highlighted a wild month of June across the central portions of the Midwest.  The wettest state was Illinois, where a precipitation record that has stood for over 100 years was broken, 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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