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Marina service dock gets repaired

The DeWitt County Board had their monthly meeting a little early with Thanksgiving on the way.

 

Randy Perring, who is in charge of the Marina, reported that the service dock was getting some repairs done. The process wasn't easy as they had a hard time finding divers said Perring.

The divers able to work on the service dock should keep it afloat with more troubling winds come through said Perring.

Perring thanked the board for all the work they have done over the year, and on working together. Perring will have one more board meeting with the county board before leaving the county board.


Partners in Parenting with special guest speaker

Partners in Parenting is having guest speaker Cory Baxter come to Clinton Junior High Library.

The Partners in Parenting meet every third Thursday to talk about parenting related topics. The group was originally called a parent advisory said Clinton School Counselor Amanda Douglas.

The group is open to all junior high parents. The group plans and the beginning of each year and to decide what topics the group will discuss they send out surveys to parents to see what topics they might be interested in said, Douglas. These topics will then get presented to all the parents. 

This month they will be bringing in guest speaker Cory Baxter to talk about speaking teen said, Douglas.

There is no need to rsvp, but it does help to call ahead if you are interested so the school can help provide all the material for the presentations. If you have any questions, you can call the Clinton Junior High at 217-935-2103. The Partners in Parenting will be meeting at 6 pm in the Clinton Junior High Library.


Noël The Musical Comes to Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

A brand new holiday family musical is coming to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts next month. The musical is to find the joy in our own lives and to rediscover the magic of Christmas. The new holiday family musical is working to go to Broadway eventually said Assistant Performing Arts Manager Ann-Marie Dittman.

The musical is going to tell a story about a little girl who helps find the magic of Christmas said, Dittman.

The musical will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.artsblooming.org, where you can get discounts or family packs. You can call the BCPA at (309) 434-2777 if you have questions or go to their office in Bloomington at 600 N. East Street.
 


Measurable snow for Illinois midweek

Illinois got some measurable snow mid-week. That assessment from meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.

For the first 12 days of November, temperatures over most of Illinois are running anywhere from 4-to-8 degrees below normal. 


FIREARM DEER HUNTING SEASON KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY IN ILLINOIS.

THE FIRST PERIOD OF ILLINOIS’ MOST POPULAR HUNTING RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY. STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SPOKESPERSON ED CROSS REMINDS THAT IN MANY NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNTIES WHERE CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IS A PROBLEM, HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER DEER TAKEN AT A CHECK STATION BETWEEN EIGHT A-M AND EIGHT P-M.

HUNTERS IN THE REST OF THE STATE CAN REGISTER THEIR HARVEST BY CALLING: 1-866-IL-CHECK OR ONLINE AT: DNR DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.


Peer to Peer Car Rentals Up For Review

Lawmaker’s are working on a veto override of a bill that allows for widespread renting of personal cars to others. Think of it as Air-b-n-b for vehicles. The bill changed under Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto pen months ago. Now both sides are fighting to either keep the bill or add regulations that would include taxing peer to peer rentals. 

 

Greg Scott with the American Car Rental Association says his companies aren’t losing business just yet but this emerging car rental market will impact them and state revenues.

About 12,000 cars right now are up for peer to peer rentals in Illinois.


One month left to examine federal health insurance options

Illinois residents have about a month left to examine health insurance options under the federal Affordable Care Act. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer and other I-D-O-I officials plan to travel to all 102 Illinois counties to answer questions and provide some guidance;

Six insurance carriers - that's one more than last year - can provide health insurance to Illinois residents. Some won't have as many plans to choose from, while others could have up to 30 different choices and some subsidized by the federal government based on income;

I-D-O-I says for the first time since 20-15, the cost of most health insurance plans within the federal program will be stable or could drop for those that enroll for coverage next year. The deadline is December 15th. More information can be found online at get-covered-dot-illinois-dot-gov.


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