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Authorities say two people are dead after a crash on Route 54 early on Monday morning in DeWitt County.

 

The crash took place near Route 54 and Spirit Road around 1 am, claiming the lives of both drivers.

 

The crash is under investigation by the DeWitt County Coroner, DeWitt County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police.

 

This story will be updated. 


With a resolution on a wind farm in DeWitt County in sight, the DeWitt County Board approved an ordinance for solar energy in the county.

 

County Board member Terry Ferguson indicates this is something the RPC and ZBA have worked on for a year now and it was quite a process because of how complex solar energy can be.

 

 

Ferguson feels solar energy could be a source of renewable energy that continues to grow. He feels it is friendly to landowners and non-participating landowners.

 

 

The state has a lottery for who gets a solar garden, something the County has been approached with recently. With the ordinance being updated, a solar garden or commercial sized field could be built in DeWitt County. 


The State of Illinois has again changed how schools are to test their students this year and the Principal of Clinton High School discusses what that looks like for his building this spring.

 

Jerry Wayne says in years past only juniors were tested but now the whole building is going to be tested.

 

 

According to Wayne, the building staff working through their plans for everyone to get their testing in. He indicates they are probably going to have to dedicate a whole day to testing and lose the teaching for that day.

 

 

Wayne indicates the PAARC testing was in place for one year, eliminated and only juniors took the SAT, and now the state has mandated testing back in place.

 

 

Wayne says he is very pleased with the plan they have in place to meet the needs of the students. He understands the frustration of testing from a teacher perspective, especially because a one time test can sometimes lack information to make valuable. 


Looking for something to do with the kids over spring break? Stop by the Vespasian Warner Public Library in the afternoons for a make and take craft.

 

Children's librarian Paula Lopatic indicates that Monday through Thursday, March 25-28, kindergarten through fifth graders are invited to make a drop-in craft anytime between 2-4pm. Lopatic says they are requesting parents to supervise their students for the crafts.

 

 

Lopatic indicates the other crafts include paper sculpting, interviews with parents or grandparents, and a crayon cup. The crayon cup activity will require a 15 minute cooling period before being taken home.

 

 

Again the make and take drop-in crafts are from 2-4pm Monday through Thursday. For more information contact the library at (217) 935-5174. Preregistration is not required.


IDNR Says Leave the Wildlife Alone

WHEN IT COMES TO CUTE BABY DEER, BUNNIES AND BIRDS…THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS IT’S BEST TO KEEP YOU HANDS OFF. 

SPRING IS A BUSY BREEDING SEASON FOR WILDLIFE, WHICH MEANS A LOT OF YOUNGINS RUNNING AROUND. D-N-R- SPOKESPERSON ED CROSS SAYS PEOPLE OFTEN PUT THE BABIES AT RISK…THINKING THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED.

 

 

CROSS SAYS IT MAY ALSO LOOK LIKE A BABY BIRD HAS FALLEN OUT OF THE NEST, BUT THE FLEDGLINGS LIVE ON THE GROUND FOR A FEW DAYS WHILE THEY GROW THEIR FLIGHT FEATHERS.


The Weldon Springs Foundation will hold its spring meeting on Friday, April 5, 2019, in the parlor of the Clinton United Methodist church.  

 

The social will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30.  Support the park by attending the meeting and become an active member. If you plan to attend, organizers ask you to bring a snack to share.

 

Additionally, the Foundation will have a booth at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on March 27th at the Clinton High school.  

 

The IDNR is seeking seasonal summer help at Weldon Springs State Park. One position is Conservation Educational Representative.  Also, three workers for outdoor maintenance of the park.  Working: May 1 - Aug 31, age 18 and older.

 

For further information, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources web site at illinois.dnr.gov.


The Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District Foundation is excited to announce their Oil and Tire Recycling event will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Piatt County FS located at 427 W. Marion St. in Monticello. 

 

Jonah Totten, Resource Conservationist for the Piatt County SWCD, says if you plan to recycle tires, you must be a Piatt County resident and must be prepared to show ID with address. Also, you must be able to unload your tires.

 

Tires must be off the rims or they will not be accepted and no more than 10 tires per person will be accepted. 

 

A donation of two-dollars per car tire is recommended and for larger tires, it's just based on size. 

If you have tires larger than car size tires you must call 217-762-2146 x 3 or 309-831-7558 on or before July 1 and have your tire dimensions ready. 

 

You can bring as much oil as you wish. 

 

Recycling and reusing used motor oil is the preferred disposal method and can provide great environmental benefits. Recycled used motor oil can be refined into new oil, processed into fuel oils and used as raw material.

 

Again, the recycling day will be on Wednesday, July 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Piatt County FS. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Piatt County SWCD office at 217-762-2146 x3.


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