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Members in Clinton Community Airing Concerns with Walmart Departure

Just less than a week ago it was announced that the Walmart Corporate office had made the decision to close the Clinton Walmart.
 
Many members of the community have reached out to Walmart Corporate including some city officials including Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.

 

 
Brisard says she'll miss Walmart both as a member of the Chamber and as a local citizen. 

 

 
The Clinton Walmart is scheduled to close July 20.

New Emergency Management Coordinator Coming to DeWitt County

The DeWitt County Board held their monthly county board meeting last week.  One topic on the agenda under public safety put to motion the appointing of a new Emergency Management Coordinator.  Current EMA Coordinator Teresa Barnett is set to retire at the end of August.
 
Chairman of the Board David Newberg says Barnett will definitely be missed.
 

 

 
The board approved the motion to appoint Kurt Tweedy as EMA Coordinator.
 

 

 
Tweedy will be named EMA Coordinator upon successful completion of a background check, pre-employment physical and drug screening.

Clinton School District Amends Budget at Board Meeting

The Clinton Community School District held their monthly board meeting last week wrapping up the 2017-18 school year.
 
Superintendent Curt Nettles stopped by the WHOW Morning Show and explained how at each June board meeting a look at amending the budget is always on the agenda.
 

 

 
Mr. Nettles says this school year the district was able to manage a solid budget and should finish in the black.
 

 

 
The Clinton School District Board of Education will not meet in July.

Edward Jones to partner with The Write Stuff for Kids

One local business is partnering with The Write Stuff for Kids to collect much needed school supplies for children in DeWitt County.
 
Edward Jones, located on the square in downtown Clinton, is a drop off location. Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Bryce Starkey, says it's a great feeling supporting the children in the community. Especially when children are in a situation they have no control over.
 

 

 
The president of The Write Stuff for Kids, Helen Michelassi, says, "our work would not be possible without the help of our community partners. It takes a great deal of effort to cover what's needed for this project." Michelassi is thankful for Edward Jones and the community's help.
 

 

 
Each year The Write Stuff for Kids provides supplies for over 400 Clinton students. Supplies may be dropped of at Edward Jones weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm at 707 Northside Square in downtown Clinton through July 25.

Miniature Golf Course with Wildlife at Miller Park Zoo

The Miller Park Zoo is known for patrons going to see all types of animals and view some of their favorite creatures.  Now zoo goers can also enjoy another summer activity while making the trip to the Miller Park Zoo.
 

 

 
Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff says adding more entertainment and family fun is a goal of emphasis to attract and keep patrons coming to Miller Park Zoo.  More information on the Miller Park Zoo can be found at bloomingtonparks.org.

Retail Merchants celebrate Supreme Court Ruling on Sales Tax

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) is weighing in on Thursday's United State’s Supreme Court’s ruling which will allow states to collect internet sales tax. IRMA President and CEO Rob Karr is excited about the level playing field for retailers with a bricks and mortar presence...
 

 

 
Karr says Illinois is in a great position to quickly put the ruling to use...
 

 

 
Experts believe the ruling could bring another $200 million a year in revenue to Illinois.

Rural Mainstreet Economy Expands for June

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index measured above growth
neutral in June for a fifth straight month. This is the first time since
July 2015 the survey has recorded five straight months of overall indices
above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in
rural areas of a Midwest dependent on agriculture. However, the overall
index slid slightly to 56.1 from 56.3 in May. Further, organizers caution
that “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes has yet to show up”
in the survey results. As part of the survey, bankers responses project
farmland prices to sink by another 2.1 percent over the next year, and the
confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months
out, fell to 48.8 from May’s 50.0, indicating declining economic optimism
among bankers. Bankers also say in the survey that over the past month
borrowing by farmers expanded, as the loan-volume index rose to 76.3 from
74.3 in May.

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