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  • Regional Radio News has learned that A-H-W, a John Deere retailer with 13 stores across Illinois and Indiana, has purchased the 3 John Deere stores owned by the Cross family in Clinton, Mount Pulaski, and New Holland.

    The sale was announced on Monday on the A-H-W web site.  A-H-W Chief Operating Officer Chad Braden said the plan to combine the three stores into AHW LLC has been finalized, and was approved by John Deere on Friday, August 19th. 

    A-H-W says the anticipated closing date is September 19th.  A-H-W has indicated that due to timing of the busy fall season, it will be “business as usual” at the three locations.  Braden says the biggest difference customers will notice will be the new A-H-W sign.  He added more changes will come in the winter of 2017.

    With the addition of these three stores, A-H-W will have a total of sixteen locations serving central and eastern Illinois, along with western Indiana.


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  • State Senator Chapin Rose (pictured left) and Representative Bill Mitchell (pictured right) were recognized by the DeWitt County Farm Bureau over the weekend.

     

    At the annual Farm Bureau meeting at the DeWitt County Fairgrounds Sunday, the two local lawmakers were awarded with the Friends of Agriculture award. Sen. Rose says that is a great honor for him to receive from people in his district.

     

     

    Sen. Rose hopes to continue to work closely with the agriculture community and to further support the ag community.

     

    As a part of the meeting, Gene Whitted of Wapella was elected Vice President, replacing Dave Steward of Kenney. Steve Mayfield, Clinton, Mark Nunnery, Clinton, Glenn Reeser, Farmer City, and Brandon Rutledge, Leroy, were each elected to three-year board terms expiring in 2019. 


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  • State Representative Bill Mitchell stopped in Clinton during the lunch hour Tuesday afternoon to serve area seniors brats and hot dogs.

     

    The Representative served lunch at the DeWitt County Friendship Center and followed with a question and answer forum. He says generally he hears about the dysfunction in Springfield but DeWitt County seniors want to know about the power plant.

     

     

    Representative Mitchell says legislation is continuing to be hashed out in Springfield and is hearing Exelon would reconsider their stance if legislation is crafted to be voted on in November.

     

     

    The Representative served 73 seniors Tuesday afternoon. 


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  • The Clinton Dairy Queen across from Clinton High School is getting a new look.  The old facade has been torn off, with a new outside to be installed.

     

    The restaurant continues to be open during its remodeling.

     


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  • Construction progress continues at the new location of the Clinton Save-A-Lot at Washington and Monroe Streets.  Owner Dave Jackson tells Regional Radio News the building is on track to be completed, and the new 19,000 square foot store opened this fall replacing their present building on North Center Street.

     


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  • July and August have been on the wet side this year, capped off the first weekend of this years State Fair when State Climatologist Jim Angel says the same system that caused the massive flooding in Louisiana inundated the fairgrounds and brought up to ten inches of rain to parts of Southern Illinois.

     

     

    And the rest of August also looks warm and wet.

     

     

    Angel says September looks to be an the warm side, but it’s too early to predict September precipitation. The National Weather service is calling for above normal temperatures to last at least into November.


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  • A NEW STATE LAW ADDRESSES SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON ILLINOIS COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES.

     

    THE LAW REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY FOR HOW SEXUAL VIOLENCE SHOULD BE REPORTED AND PROTOCOLS FOR HOW THE COLLEGE WILL RESPOND SAYS ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN.

     

     

    THE LAW ALSO REQUIRES COLLEGES TO ADOPT A FAIR PROCESS FOR HANDLING SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS AND PROVIDE A CONFIDENTIAL ADVISOR TO VICTIMS SO THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS. SENATOR BILL CUNNINGHAM OF CHICAGO SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION.

     


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