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A tree for Carol

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
GORDON WOODS / Journal
Students of Clinton Elementary School, on Wednesday, planted a tree in honor of naturalist Carol Thompson for her work with students in the schools and as a site interpreter at Weldon Springs State Park. See another photo on page A3.
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Alex Jette on the road to recovery

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Life can change in an instant. Just ask Alex Jette.
A 2010 Clinton High School graduate, Jette was an athlete, a member of the drum line and National Honor Society as well as vice president of his senior class.
After high school, Jette attended Southern Illinois University, where he was involved with the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Pi. He
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Meet Dan Markwell: DeWitt County State’s Attorney

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Forty-five year old Dan Markwell is settling into his new role as DeWitt County State's Attorney, but that shouldn't be a surprise.
Markwell has been practicing law for more than 15 years, most of that time in prosecution.
A native of Taylorville with a childhood dream of being a law enforcement officer, Markwell graduated from Southern Illinois University
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City council passes FY 2016 budget without Alliant money

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton City Council, on Monday, approved the city's fiscal year 2016 budget but without money to pay Alliant, the firm scheduled to take over management of the hospital.
A year ago, the council removed $160,000 from the city's 2015 budget that would have made an initial payment to Alliant. Most of the council opposed a plan
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Watching and recording: License plate readers debated in Illinois

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Mounted on police cars or sites around town, automated license plate readers are monitoring the comings and goings of thousands of Illinois motorists every day.
The cameras read license plates as a system records the date, time and location of each passing vehicle. According to Adam Schwartz, senior lawyer with the ACLU of Illinois, the technology is unregulated, and violates
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Activist group releases report on Illinois chemical dangers

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
(Public News Service) -- Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers.With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be unknown to first responders.
In six midwestern states, including Illinois, said Sean Moulton,
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Illinois average gas price up 6.3 cents in past week

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.58/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Illinois soil temperatures were warm in mid-April

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Soil temperatures were slightly above the long-term average in the middle of April, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program Manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
On April 14, soils averaged 2 to 3 degrees above the long-term average with statewide averages ranging from 56.5 degrees F
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Don’t get fooled by severe weather home repair scams

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Spring storms can wreak havoc on Illinois homes, and local consumer watchdogs are warning people to beware of scam artists offering steep discounts.
Former FBI Agent Bob Denz said scam artists usually say they happened to be in the neighborhood and have a crew available right now. It's a simple operation that he said rakes in billions
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Illinois ranks ninth nationally in percentage of bridges on the brink

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new report finds Illinois has one of the highest percentages in the nation of bridges in need of major repairs or upgrades.
The analysis, conducted by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), found that more than eight percent of Illinois' bridges are structurally deficient.
Alison Black, chief economist with the ARTBA, says that number
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Grant to connect low-income Ill. job seekers to employers

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois will be expanding efforts to connect low-income job seekers to resources that can help them secure employment. The state is receiving nearly $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test an employment-and-training program.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Tim English says the program will assist participants in the
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Youth violence in Illinois considered preventable, not inevitable

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
(Public News Service) -- Health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24.Rebecca Levin, director of Strengthening Chicago's Youth, says it occurs in
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DARE graduation

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Clinton Elementary School held its annual DARE graduation recently. See photos on page A9 of Tuesday's Clinton Journal.
GORDON WOODS / Journal
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CHS art students win seven awards at show

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courtesy of Clinton High School
Last week, Clinton High School students participated in the annual spring Arts In Education Art Show, held at Madden Arts Center, in Decatur.  Nine area high schools participated in the show, and CHS took home the most ribbons with seven.  The following students placed in the show: from left to right,Quinnie Calvert, Sydney Musselman, Raegan
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Awaiting outcomes before changing wind ordinance

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
CLINTON -- County zoning administrator Mike Bradford, on Monday, recommended to the land use committee of the county board that the county not pursue a "fast track" approach to updating its current wind tower ordinance. E.ON Climate and Renewables, a builder and operator of wind farms, is expected to submit its application to the county in June.
E.ON must
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Lincoln Heritage Committee stages 'Remembering Lincoln' April 17 & 18

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
The Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County will sponsor a play, Remembering Lincoln, on April 17 and 18 at the Presbyterian Church in Clinton.  In 1865, Illinois Governor Oglesby proclaimed a day of mourning, and various towns held services in Lincoln's honor, including Clinton.

The local newspaper recorded the events, and even printed the entire eulogies of the Reverent
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Library book sale April 17 & 18

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
Courtesy of Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library used book sale will be held on Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..  Starting at noon on Saturday, the books will be on sale for $1 a bag.  Above are members of the Friends, Helen Stites,
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Clinton signs three-year electric supply contract

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
CLINTON -- Clinton recently entered a new electric supply agreement for its electric aggregation program with Homefield Energy. The agreement will succeed the current agreement with Homefield, when it expires at the end of May.
Clinton officials participated in the recent annual electricity auction, and Homefield was the low bidder.
The new three-year contract offers eligible residential and small
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Voters replace mayor; Wapella trades parties

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
CLINTON -- Clinton voters' propensity for changing mayors every four years held true on Tuesday as the local electorate served mayor Carolyn Peters her metaphorical walking papers and sent former mayor Roger Cyrulik back into office.
Cyrulik defeated Peters 888 to 356 in an election that showed a 24.6 percent voter turnout.
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Plane crash kills seven people east of Bloomington

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
BLOOMINGTON -- A small plane that crashed into a soybean field just east of the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) in Bloomington took the lives of seven men returning from the NCAA championship game in Indianapolis late Monday night.
Killed were pilot Thomas Hileman, 51, Bloomington; Aaron Leetch, 37, Normal; Andrew Butler, 40, Normal; Torrey Ward, 36, Normal; Woodrow "Jason"
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City to purchase county property

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton City Council, on Monday, approved the purchase of county owned property for $151,300. The property is located on S. Cain Street, near the city yard waste facility.
The city plans to purchase the property, which includes the current county animal shelter, a county storage building, known as the Haynes building and a vacant lot, for
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C.H. Moore Homestead now open for 2015 season

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
CLINTON -- The C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum is now open for the 2015 season.  The musuem opened for the season officially on Wednesday.
Museum tours include the restored Victorian mansion, which was the home of C.H. Moore, one of Clinton's earliest and DeWitt County's most prominent citizens as well as long-time friend of Abraham Lincoln. Tours
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Journal to receive two Illinois Press Association awards

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Press Association notified the Clinton Journal on Friday that it has placed for two awards in its annual editorial competition.
The Journal placed for two awards in the Government Beat Reporting catagory for coverage by editor Gordon Woods of the DeWitt County Board and for coverage of the Clinton City Council.
The Journal will learn at
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Clinton citywide clean up day April 25

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton will conduct its annual citywide clean up from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.
Clinton no long offers curbside pick up but provides a central location for disposal at the city yard waste facility, located on S. Cain Street, near the DeWitt County animal shelter. City personnel will monitor the site and
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Senate passes bill supporting Illinois nuclear plants

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD-- The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee has passed Senate Bill 1585, legislation to establish a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) that would bolster Illinois' clean energy leadership, support the state's nuclear energy facilities and protect jobs, consumers and a reliable electricity supply.
"We commend Sen. Donne Trotter for his leadership and the members of the Senate
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Eighth consecutive Biz Expo held Wednesday

Posted: Friday, Apr 3rd, 2015
CLINTON -- Some 50-60 area businesses participated in Wednesday's Clinton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau's annual business expo. This was the fourth year for the event in the Clinton High School gymnasium.
Clinton Chamber executive director Marian Brisard described turnout for the event as "fair." The weather was some of the best that visitors to the expo
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DeWitt County Museum presents ‘Mourning Moore’ on April 25

Posted: Friday, Apr 3rd, 2015
CLINTON -- On Saturday, April 25, the C.H. Moore Homestead / DeWitt County Museum will host a special event, Mourning Moore: Victorian Mourning Customs and the Funeral of C.H. Moore.  During this presentation, the lower story of the Moore mansion will be shrouded in mourning and the touching story of Moore's funeral presented.
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Police seek information about burglary

Posted: Friday, Apr 3rd, 2015
CLINTON -- The Clinton Police Department seeks the public's help and information in solving a residential burglary.   
On or around Wednesday March 11, an unknown person or persons entered a private residence located in the 1000 block of East Washington Street and stole hunting bows and firearms. 
The firearms are described as a Winchester .22 rifle, a Winchester single-shot, sawed-off
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2015 Teacher of the Year Nominees

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Clinton Community District 15 announces the Teacher of the Year candidates for the 2014-2015 school year.
These candidates have exemplified excellence in and out of the classroom.
The following candidates are Kisha Maurer, Junior High, Trisha Bostic, CES, Tanya Donelson, CES, Renee Henne, Junior High, and Phyllis Marquis, Junior High.

• Students, staff, family,
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DeWitt County youth participate in National Dairy Bowl

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
CLINTON -- Four 4-H members earned the right to advance to the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest during the statewide 4-H contest held Saturday, March 7 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, in Bloomington.
The national competition team includes Bria Koester, Dakota; Brock Irwin, Belvidere; Charlie Elliot, Freeport; and Julia Mitchell, Winnebago. First alternate is Elizabeth Koester, Red
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Average Illinois gas price up 3.5 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.68/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.43/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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County will sell property to City of Clinton

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
CLINTON -- The county will sell the current animal shelter property to the City of Clinton once the shelter moves into its new facility. The sale also includes a building, known as the Haynes Building, and an empty lot.
The board voted this past week to sell the property to the city for $151,300. The property is located
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