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It is customary to recognize outgoing Board of Education members for their time serving the community.

 

Unfortunately, that time was never allowed to Ron Conner, who passed away over the summer while still seated on the Board of Education. Tuesday night, Superintendent Curt Nettles recognized the long-time Clinton High School principal and his service to the community.

 

 

Nettles praised Conner's outgoing nature to understand what was going on and why decisions were being made. Nettles appreciated Conner's approach.

 

 

Nettles says it is still strange not to have Conner around but he still there are reminders or him being around.

 

 

Ron's family was presented with a plaque from the Illinois School Board Association and his nameplate that sat at his seat on the School Board. 


New 4-H Year Underway

The post-4-H Fair rest and recovery period is barely past us and it's already time to kick off a new year.

 

Lindsey Burden at the University of Illinois Extension Office in DeWitt County says the new 4-H year opened September 1 and that means it is time for youth to start getting back together with their clubs and plan on workshops and all the things that encompass 4-H.

 

 

There are plenty of programs to take advantage for youth in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties. Burden says the highlight of the clubs is the ever-growing robotics club where the kids are doing some phenomenal things.

 

 

According to Burden, if you are interested in 4-H but wonder if you have the time for it, there is not that much of a time commitment. She feels there is something for everyone and feels it is a good experience for youth to take on.

 

 

If you're interested in joining 4-H or finding out more about it, you can contact Burden at the DeWitt County University of Illinois Extension Office at 217-935-5764 or visit go.illinois.edu/dmp. 


A major schools project in a Logan County district is moving along but you wouldn't know it if you were going strictly by what it looks like.

 

The Mt. Pulaski district is updating their facilities with an addition to their main building and it's going to eventually be a great benefit for their students and community but right now, Superintendent Fred Lamkey says it doesn't look like there's been significant progress.

 

 

Wednesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Lamkey told Regional Radio News the update includes five new classrooms, a media center, and an all-purpose room. He adds they needed to update the flow of their buildings. 

 

 

Lamkey says they needed to update their classrooms and get them up to 21st-century learning standards. They are hoping they could be moved in by the fall of next year but Lamkey indicates that is very aggressive for everything they have to do and believes the holidays of next year will be the latest they'll be using all their updates. 


The Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur has a couple of projects that their guests likely have noticed and those are continuing to plug along.

 

Richie Wolf with the Rock Springs Nature Center says their two cat-tail ponds are under construction and are empty. The renovation is made possible thanks to a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

The ponds will become one big pond and Wolf explains they are adding pathways for canoe and kayak launches.

 

 

Wolf indicates their bike trail is getting improvements at a couple of points. They will be shutting things down to renovate the bridges along the trail.

 

 

The volunteer and bus parking lot have been re-paved. Wolf says it comes just in time for school field trips this fall.


The recently started Business Bootcamp in Clinton is drawing praise from city leaders who are pleased with the turnout the program has drawn in its inaugural year.

 

City Administrator Tim Followell on the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday pointed out the third session of the program is Wednesday evening and he has been very pleased with the turnout and the response from their participants.

 

 

Followell explains the business boot camp gives individuals or couples looking to start up their own business the knowledge and tools for everything they will need.

 

 

The latest class introduced prospective business owners to marketing and Followell says their participants were very engaged. This week attendees will learn about the banking side of getting a loan for their business. 

 

 

At the end of the boot camp in October, those that have attended all four sessions and intend to open a business in downtown Clinton will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to get them started. 

 

Followell feels the City may be on to something and is already exploring how to bring Farmer City into the program in future camps. 


3 months are dedicated to brush cleanup each year by Clinton City crews and so changes to the program have been approved.

 

Monday night at the Clinton City Council meeting, the Council approved the changes that were a few months in the works under first-term Commissioner of Streets Ken Buchanan. Buchanan calls the changes major.

 

 

According to Buchanan, the change suspends pickup during December, January and February, however, if there is a storm that deems the program to be started back up, they will take care of those needs during that time.

 

 

Buchanan continues to implore the public to use the yard waste facility. Additionally, the size of the loads' City crews will pickup is now limited. 


Weekly Crop Report

PRODUCERS ARE GETTING READY FOR THE FALL HARVEST AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.

 

CROP PROGRESS STILL TRAILS LAST YEAR’S SCHEDULE, BUT MAY SOON BE READY TO HARVEST IN A FEW SPOTS SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SUMMA. HE SAYS 67 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN THE DENT STAGE AND 14 PERCENT IS MATURE.

 

 

25 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE TURNING COLOR AND THREE PERCENT ARE DROPPING LEAVES. 42 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

 

JUST 35 PERCENT OF PASTURES ARE RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 88 PERCENT COMPLETE.

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE CAME IN AT 12 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 25 PERCENT SHORT, 57 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND SIX PERCENT SURPLUS.


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