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Warming Centers Open Today and Tomorrow

Due to the extreme cold today and tomorrow morning, two local entities will be open as Warming Centers as announced by the DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency Tuesday morning. 
The DeWitt County Friendship Center, on 410 E. Main St in Clinton, is open today and tomorrow from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
The Warner Library, on 310 N. Quincy St in Clinton, is open today and tomorrow from 9:00 AM until its new closing time at 8:00 PM.
The library also has a bin of hats and gloves if you need them to take warm. It is located at the front of the library and is free to take advantage of. 
Local officials say stay indoors as much as possible and limit strenuous outdoor activities.

Clinton Board of Education Approves High School Introductory Technology Course

The Clinton Board of Education Tuesday night approved a semester long technology course for high school freshman. 
Superintendent Curt Nettles brought the idea to the Board of Education at their monthly meeting. He explains it will give freshman an introductory course to the technology used by high school students.
Dorothy Harrold indicates there is an option for students to opt out of the introductory course and advance to another course after they pass a pre-test.
Principal of Clinton High School, Jerry Wayne believes the course will give their students the tools early to get the full impact of the devices.
The measure passed and will be implemented starting next year. 

Clinton First Christian Church Hosting Huge Speech Competition

A group of home-schooled students are in need of approximately 300 volunteers to judge a speech and debate competition next week at Clinton's First Christian Church.
Amy Joy Tofte spoke before the Clinton Rotary Club Tuesday and indicates around 150 students from six states will converge on Clinton for a speech and debate competition at First Christian Church.
Tofte indicates the event needs around 400 people to volunteer to be a judge. She says they are about a quarter of the way to their 400 volunteers they need.
With all the families of those in attendance, it is estimated 400 people will be in the community for the weekend, and FCC Pastor, Greg Taylor, says it will be a big deal for the local economy.
The event is next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Anyone is welcome to be a judge for this event. Things start as early as 7:15 am and conclude as late as 10 pm. You can stop by the church during these times if you're interested and meals are provided for volunteers. 
Click HERE to learn more, or to sign up.

Local Health Network Available for Addictions, Mental Health Issues in Central Illinois

A central Illinois health network is hosting a March event aimed at equipping parents with proper tools to help their kids avoid drugs and introduce central Illinois to a great resource for addictions of several types. 
Sandra Beecher explains her new position at Rosecrance Health Network allows her to serve the community still. She says her office in Champaign has residential treatment.
Beecher indicates Rosecrance has facilities scattered across the midwest and they are facilities that are very nice. She indicates they do treatments of all types for all ages.
Rosecrance and The Vineyard Church in Champaign are partnering to host an event called Stairway to Heroin on March 6. It will feature speakers discussing recovery, law enforcement officials and health administrators. The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more, contact Beecher at 217-722-6174 or email her at rbeecher@rosecrance.org. 

IAA Foundation Has 76 Scholarships

The IAA Foundation reminding current and prospective agriculture students about over seventy scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is February 1.
IAA Foundation Director Susan Moore says specific guidelines are available at “iaafoundation.org”. 

Durbin Stands By Expletive Claims

Senator Dick Durbin is sticking to his guns, saying there is no doubt that he heard President Trump say expletives comparing African countries and Haiti to something akin to a toilet. 
He says claims that the President referred to houses of excrement rather than holes, makes little difference.
Durbin also expressed certainty as to which word he heard.
In a Tweet, President Trump referred to Durbin as "Dicky Durbin". He said “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,”'

Durbin Presses Homeland Security Secretary for Answers on 'S-Holes'

Senator Dick Durbin had a number of questions for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the future of the Dream Act and her memory of last Thursday's White House meeting between President Trump and a number of Senators, including himself. Durbin asked Nielsen if she heard the President use an expletive to describe Haiti and African nations.
Durbin noted Graham used an expletive to refer to the word he claims President Trump said.

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