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A wilderness adventure

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
Chris Schwartz worked as a counselor
at the Clinton Community YMCA
during high school, and his supervisor Rob DeLeon thought a new experience might be good for Chris.
Chris graduated from high school in May and recently returned from spending the summer as a counselor at YMCA Camp Greenville, located near Cleveland, S.C. Chris said it looked

DeWitt County prepares for natural disasters with plan

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
CLINTON -- DeWitt County will begin developing a countywide plan that will identify activities and projects to reduce the damages caused by natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, snow storms, thunderstorms, and ice storms among others. The plan is called a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and will be funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Going for a half century and headed into the future

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
CLINTON -- Only about 30 percent of small business start-ups make it past the 10-year mark, so when a business reaches 50 with no signs of letting up, that's a pretty big deal.
Jay Peterson, his sons and staff are celebrating that 50 mark this week at Peterson Insurance Services, and the business Peterson's father Corky starting back in 1966

Rauner signs Rose-sponsored law helping EMS, fire departments

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Legislation aimed at saving lives for those suffering life-threatening allergic reactions, as well as helping local fire and rescue departments keep spending in line, was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 19. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) sponsored Senate Bill 3335 and credits the Broadlands/Longview Fire Protection District

Proposed gun club could violate county code

Modified: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- For the time being, a controversial proposal to allow a gun club to open near Waynesville remains pending. On Thursday, the county board had the opportunity to approve a special use permit for the club but chose instead to send the case back to the zoning board of appeals.
At issue is a proposal by American Heritage

Another local veteran visits the nation’s capital

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Tuesday, Aug. 16, another Honor Flight carried veterans from Illinois to Washington D.C. to tour the capital and the war memorials there.  Clinton had two Korean Conflict veterans scheduled for the current flight, but only Robert Bradd was able to make the flight after missing an April flight due to illness. 

CUSD board approves substitute pay increase

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- Teachers who substitute in Clinton schools received a raise Tuesday night when the Board of Education approved increasing their daily pay from $85 per day to $95 per day. Teachers who are former Clinton school district employees will receive $100 per day when they substitute.

Damaged valve caused disruption in water service

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
CLINTON -- Commissioner John Wise, on Monday, talked about a damaged water main valve that recently caused a brief water outage near the hospital. Wise spoke during the regular city council meeting.
"They hit right in the side of a valve that no one even knew was there," Wise said. "It's been buried underneath the highway for 30

*** See Tuesday's, 8/16, Clinton Journal to meet your new 2016-17 teachers ***

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

CHS Wall of Honor open for nominations

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
CLINTON -- Nominations are now being accepted for the CHS Wall of Honor. All nominees must be CHS Alumni; additional qualifications are listed below.
Nomination forms may be obtained on the Clinton School's Web site under the high school tab or by contacting Lynne Severson in the high school office at (217) 935-8337 ext. 1001 or lseverson@cusd15org.

Ill. Dept. of Veterans Affairs announces new program for veterans

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) held Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair this past Sunday.
During the program Erica Jeffries, Director of IDVA announced a new State-wide program to thank the service men and women, our veterans and their families.
"On Friday, November 11, 2016, people all over this great state

Something concrete

Modified: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
Gordon Woods / Journal
Two workers, above, performed some concrete finishing work this week for the new Save-A-Lot food store. The store is scheduled to open sometime this fall.

New York energy plan touted as model to save Illinois nuclear plants

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- This, mayors and community leaders across Illinois sent a letter to Illinois' Governor and legislative leaders urging them to follow New York's lead in adopting a new energy program that will preserve the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear plants.
Backed by business, labor, and environmental groups, the New York Public Service Commission recently approved a Clean Energy

Illinois mayors, community leaders cite New York energy model in supporting Illinois' nuclear power: Urge legislation immediately

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016
Local leaders continue to push Illinois policymakers for decision on struggling
nuclear plants to protect jobs and their communities

SPRINGFIELD, Today, Tuesday, Aug. 9, mayors and community leaders across Illinois sent a letter to Illinois' Governor and legislative leaders urging them to follow New York's lead in adopting a new energy program that will preserve the economic


Posted: Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016
Courtesy of Weldon Springs Foundation
Jeff Moeur, AmeriCorp NCC, Steve Buchtel, Trails for Illinois, and Charlie Montgomery,  site superintendent at Weldon Springs and Clinton Lake, met to finalize plans for the trail project at Weldon Springs and possibly Clinton Lake.  From Sept. 13 -Nov. 1,  a team of 7-12 young adults will upgrade the trails.  Community participation days will

A hospital with no water?

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016
CLINTON -- When water is shut off to a home or business, it's a short-term inconvenience. But what happens when water is shut off to a hospital? 
It happened to Dr. John Warner Hospital this past week, when the city had to temporarily shut off water to the hospital and its neighbors.

City council lauds recent concert

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016
CLINTON -- City commissioners and staff praised the recent concert held on Mr. Lincoln's Square, which featured the band "Brushville." Comments came during this past week's city council meeting.
"The crowd was fantastic," said commissioner Nan Crang, who initiated the two concerts held this summer. "I think everyone behaved."

Proclamation goes to the dogs

Posted: Friday, Aug 5th, 2016
When Lukah Case, of Clinton, learned the State of Illinois did not celebrate International Assistance Dogs Week, she took it upon herself to correct that.
A couple of months back, 18-year-old Lukah contacted Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to request Illinois participate in this international celebration.

*** Area pair arrested for meth conspiracy ***

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 2016
DEWITT COUNTY, Ill./CLINTON, On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation initiated in DeWitt County and led into Macon County, William E. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois, and Lori A. Agee, 37, of Clinton, Illinois, were arrested for the offense of Methamphetamine Conspiracy, a Class X felony. William E. Maznader is incarcerated

It rings a bell

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 2nd, 2016
The Johnstown, Pa. fire chief might
not have been around when his
department sent a gift to the Clinton Fire Department, but when he was recently contacted about it, it did ring a bell.
Some 127 years after Clinton firefighters donated to help victims of the Johnstown, Pa. flood, local firefighters, over this past weekend, personally returned a

Youth Initiative banquet

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
Youth Initiative program coordinators Ginny Carter and Susan Cooper, along with the program's board of directors, hosted a banquet in the First Christian Church family life center for program students and their families on July 22 as students concluded seven weeks of public service projects in the area.
Gordon Woods
/ Journal

Vote for electric aggregation set for county ballot

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- Voters living in unincorporated areas of DeWitt County will have the opportunity in November to change the way they receive their electricity. A ballot question asking to approve electric aggregation is scheduled to appear.
Electric aggregation, if approved, would allow Ameren customers in unincorporated areas of the county to participate in the annual electricity auction, which, in

Renewable energy gluts threatening stable supply of power

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- During much of the talk about what could happen if Clinton and the Quad Cities nuclear plants close, analysts have predicted skyrocketing electric rates and a loss of necessary power from the grid.
At least one of these problems already is happening.
In a story Thursday by the New York Times, reporter Eduardo Porter revealed that in Germany,

Nature walk honors Carol Thompson

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
Susan Muńoz / Journal
Several of Carol Thompson's family members attended the National Brain Tumor Society Nature Walk held this past Saturday. Pictured, from left to right,Sally McFeeters, Carol's mother; Debra Kiick, Carol's sister; and Brad Kiick, Carol Thompson's brother-in-law.
More photos on A6 and next week in the Clinton Journal.

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