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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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Youth violence in Illinois considered preventable, not inevitable

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 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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CRIME STOPPERS: Generator stolen from rural Weldon shed

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
CLINTON -- DeWitt County sheriff's deputies are looking for tips to solve a burglary that occurred in rural Weldon on or about Sunday, March 22.
Thieves entered an unlocked shed and stole a Yamaha generator and numerous hand tools.
Sheriff Jered Shofner said this crime serves as an important reminder for farmers.
"As we begin planting season, remember
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‘Drive for the Kids’ nets $2,440 for Clinton Elementary, Junior High School

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
CLINTON -- Clinton Elementary School and Clinton Junior High School received a boost in funds recently when the schools participated with Wilson Chrysler-Jeep in the annual Chrysler "Drive for the Kids" program.
On Wednesday, Wilson Chrysler-Jeep owner Steve Wilson presented CES principal Mary Diener and CJHS principal Drew Goble with a check for $2,440, which the schools will split to
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County gives go -ahead on shelter design

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Board voted on Thursday to proceed with a design to convert a building on the former Black's Heating & Air Conditioning property into a new animal shelter. But, one board member felt the plan was not the one presented earlier to the public.
Chairman of the public safety committee Dan Ballenger made the proposal
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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to murder

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
CLINTON -- James Jacquart, 26, of Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to  first degree murder for the September 7, 2013  slaying of Blayne Benefield, in Farmer City.  Jacquart was sentenced to 35 years in prison.  He will serve 100 percent of his sentence.
DeWitt County State's Attorney Dan Markwell and Sheriff Jered Shofner issued a joint statement saying that the sentence was
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Illinois average gas price up 28.6 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 28.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.65/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 $2.42/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in
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Knowing a place means knowing its people

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
CLINTON -- People can often have misconceptions about what it means to volunteer in their communities. Or, they might think volunteering involves just one or two activities. Local RSVP director Silvia Comfort has helped changed those notions and build a strong volunteer base in the area. Comfort will leave the local agency at the end of March,
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Council votes 3-2 to fund DCDC for another year

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
CLINTON -- A split vote Monday favored the city council approving financial support for another year for the DeWitt County Development Council (DCDC). Come budget time next year, however, the city reducing its contribution to the agency is entirely possible.
The $47,000 city contribution to DCDC went on file a few weeks ago and came up for a vote
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Board approves money to update weight room

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
CLINTON -- An upgraded weight room at Clinton High School has been approved, thanks to Tuesday night's board approval to add $12,654.15 to the project. Other contributors to the total cost of more than $30,000 will be the booster club and some of the athletic teams.
Prior to board approval, Athletic Director Barry Gurvey along with Clinton High School football
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U.S. EPA: Mahomet aquifer now a ‘sole source’ aquifer

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has designated a portion of the Mahomet aquifer a "sole source aquifer," which will protect the underground waterway from certain kinds of contamination. The agency's Chicago office made the announcement in a Mar. 11 media release.
The aquifer is a major municipal drinking water source for more than half the
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Theft frustrates company razing downtown building

Posted: Friday, Mar 13th, 2015
CLINTON -- Tim Walker has performed a number of demolition and excavating jobs in Clinton. Each job seems to come with some bad luck as well. His most recent demolition has been part of that same, unfortunate pattern.
Walker owns Walker's Home and Tree Service. For the past few weeks he has been working for car dealer
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Solid waste job decision likely with next budget

Posted: Friday, Mar 13th, 2015
CLINTON -- The county board's land use committee this week talked about reestablishing the job of county solid waste coordinator, or at least filling a position that's vacant -- or not, depending on your point of view.
It depends partly on point of view because the state does not mandate that counties employ a solid waste coordinator, although most do.
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‘Coffee with a Cop’ March 25

Posted: Friday, Mar 13th, 2015
CLINTON -- On March 25, officers from Clinton Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
All residents are invited to attend. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on March 25 at Hardee's, 306 South Grant Street, Clinton. Please contact Chief Lowers with questions: (217)
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Land use committee hears concerns about changing wind tower standards

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
CLINTON -- Anticipating an application from E.ON Climate and Renewables, N.A. for a wind farm in southwest DeWitt County, the county board's land use committee heard Monday some concerns about its wind farm ordinance.
County board member Terry Ferguson suggested the committee look at its current ordinance governing wind farms before E.ON submits its application. Ferguson said standards for
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Average Illinois gasoline price bucks trend by falling

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.46/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Cluver meets with Mitchell in Springfield

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
Rennie Cluver, executive director of the Clinton Community YMCA, met with State Rep. Bill Mitchell at the State Capitol on March 4.
Courtesy of Bill Mitchell office
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City preps to tighten finances for next fiscal year

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
CLINTON -- As the city approaches work on the next fiscal year budget, on Monday, commissioner of accounts and finances Tom Edmunds touched on some points concerning city finances.
"I want to talk about a couple of cost centers, and that's to the budget in general," Edmunds said.
The city parking fund will be eliminated. The employee who handled
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Seventh coldest Illinois February on record reported

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- The statewide average temperature for February was 18.6 degrees, which is 12.3 degrees below the 1981-2010 average and the 7th coldest February on record. In comparison, February 2014 was the 9th coldest at 19.5 degrees, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Snowfall for February in Illinois was widespread and well above
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CHS sweethearts for 2015

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
CHS Sweethearts for 2015 each class are, left to right, boys Jacob Hospelhorn, Canaan Isaac, Collin Underwood, Noah McClurg,  left to right, girls Madison Filkin, Riley Donelson, Daryn Hennenfent, Raeann Huffman. 
 Photo courtesy of Woods Photography Studio
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City commissioner critical of current hospital board’s management path

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
CLINTON -- As the Dr. John Warner Hospital board nears its selection of a management firm for the facility, city commissioner Nan Crang, on Monday, was critical of what she felt was the board's limited consideration of other options.
Crang read a statement to the city council followed by additional remarks and some questions during board discussion.
"I've been thinking
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