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  • A Clinton resident is in jail tonight after he was arrested for production of meth and a moonshine distillery.

     

    32-year old Richard A.P. Gharrett of Clinton was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a class 2 felony.  

     

    He is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail pending a bond hearing.  If convicted, this felony range from probation up to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

    Additional charges may be filed by the DeWitt County State’s Attorney.  

     

    No other information was available.

     

    TF6 is a multi-agency enforcement unit specializing in narcotics enforcement.  TF6 is composed of officers from the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Piatt County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State University Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.  Task Force 6 was assisted by the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

    The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.  Persons having information regarding illegal drugs are encouraged to contact the TF6 tip line at www.taskforce6.com.


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  • Joe Sartie, owner of Snappers Bar and Grill on the Clinton Square, is a community oriented idea man.
     
    So naturally when brew pubs started to crop up across the area, Sartie saw an opportunity for something new. The organizer of the annual Brushville concert on the square and the business owner explains he plans to take the former downtown dry-cleaner facility and turn it into a brewery.
     
     
    According to Sartie, he is partnering with some friends from Decatur to brew the beer. He calls it 'dipping his toes in the water' and seeing where the idea takes him.
     
     
    Sartie feels the downtown Clinton Square is on the up-and-up and hopes to continue to do his part in helping it grow. He feels the summer events that are starting to grow in popularity on the square are only going to add to the viability of the brewery. 

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  • Two area FFA chapters are reaching out to their communities and schools during FFA week.
     
    The Clinton FFA chapter makes FFA week about outreach as well as an internal celebration. Riley Donelson, vice president of the Clinton chapter, indicates that they hosted spirit dress up days to get the entire student body involved and aware of the FFA program.
     
     
    Kevin Toohill, Clinton chapter president, says that the chapter is very involved with career development events. Members are able to learn and take part in different agricultural fields that they may be interested in as a career at these events.
     
     
    The Mt. Pulaski FFA chapter is involved in many competitions throughout the school year. Vice president Skye Kratzinger indicates that the chapter takes part in food science, public speaking, meat judging, and parliamentary procedure competition events.
     
     
    A major part of FFA is record book keeping. Lucas Ailsworth, president of the Mt. Pulaski chapter, says that FFA members are involved in supervised agricultural experience record book keeping. Members are involved in an agricultural business and keep records of their expenses and compete in record book competitions.
     
     
    The Mt. Pulaski chapter holds their FFA Week during March, instead of the week that it is traditionally held nationally. They say this allows them to do more outdoor activities involving their peers and the youth of the community. 

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  • GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS URGING THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT STRONG STANDARDS FOR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS.
     
    ISBE MUST SUBMIT A PLAN ON IMPLEMENTING THE “EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT” TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THAT SHOULD INCLUDE SUPPORTING GOOD TEACHERS AND HELPING ALL KIDS SUCCEED.
     
     
    GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THAT SHOULD INCLUDE COLLEGE READINESS EFFORTS…ESPECIALLY IN AREAS LIKE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
     
     
    THE GOVERNOR ALSO WANTS TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE WELL PREPARED FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS AND THAT PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS KNOW HOW WELL THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE DOING.

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  • The Illinois State Fair is going public with its first Grandstand concerts. 
     
    Half of the lineup is finalized and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon reveals an act that should be familiar to any country fan who hasn't slept under a rock the last few decades.
     
     
    Other big names include classic rock legend John Mellencamp on the final day of the fair, August 20th. Country star Chase Rice has been tabbed to perform August 11th. 
     
    Pop star Jason DeRulo takes the stage August 17th and it could be a sleepless evening for any livestock left at the Fairgrounds on August 19th as metal act Five Finger Death Punch turns up the volume. A ticket sales date has not been set. 

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  • It's been an eventful first month in office for President Donald Trump, but with key cabinet choices confirmed, Senator Tammy Duckworth hopes Trump shifts his focus to a topic he raised on the campaign trail.
     
     
    Duckworth says it's time for more action, and less words....
     
     
    Senate Democrats began promoting a $1 Trillion infrastructure plan last month.

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  • FFA chapters across the nation this week will be hosting festivities to celebrate FFA Week.
     
    The Maroa-Forsyth FFA chapter places an emphasis on business outreach during FFA Week. Reed Jostes, treasurer of the Maroa-Forsyth chapter, indicates their chapter makes sure that members get to meet business leaders that are in the area that they are interested in.
     
     
    Jostes says business development is a year-round outreach program for the Maroa-Forsyth FFA chapter. He emphasizes the importance of this outreach due to only having a majority of members who wish to have careers in the agribusiness field.
     
     
    The Blue Ridge FFA chapter hosts an annual petting zoo for elementary students to promote FFA. Nick Becker indicates that the petting zoo will feature many different farm animals, and the agribusiness class will have a project that will coincide with the petting zoo.
     
     
    Every FFA chapter highlights FFA week differently with many chapters celebrating with spirit dress up days and various outreach programs.

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