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Last week, Tradewind Energy submitted a second application for their Alta Farms II wind farm in northwest DeWitt County.

 

Friday Morning on the WHOW Morning Show, DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg weighed in on the re-submission and indicates the application hasn't been accepted yet as Regional Radio News reported Friday, because of incompletions recognized by Zoning Administrator Angie Sarver.

 

 

Chairman Newberg anticipates another emotional process that will result in a special County Board meeting. While he doesn't have a timeline of when the Board may take up a vote on the proposal, he indicates they are seeking out a new venue for the vote to take place because of likely conflicts with the school district.

 

 

Last week, Tradewind officials indicated to Regional Radio News, they were hopeful the Board would take the issue up shortly after the holiday season. 


Weekly Weather Summary

It will a pleasant and cool weekend. With the Farm Progress Show coming up next week, Kevin Grady with the State Climatologist office tells us what we can expect...

 

 


State Fair Attendance Up

PRELIMINARY NUMBERS SHOW ATTENDANCE AT THIS YEAR’S ILLINOIS STATE FAIR WAS UP BY 37 PERCENT.

 

CLOSE TO 509 THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITED THE FAIR LAST WEEK…UP FROM ABOUT 371 THOUSAND IN 2018. STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON KRISTA LISSER ATTRIBUTES THE INCREASE TO SEVERAL FACTORS.

 

LISSER SAYS LOWERING THE COST OF ADMISSION DURING THE WEEK TO JUST FIVE DOLLARS ALSO REALLY HELPED, AS WELL AS A SOLID GRANDSTAND LINEUP THAT BROUGHT IN RECORD TICKET SALES AND REVENUE.

 

 

LAST YEAR…FAIR ATTENDANCE WAS A LITTLE UNDER 370 THOUSAND.


State and Federal officials to NASCAR racers will be on hand throughout the three days of the Farm Progress Show next week.

 

National Events Manager for Farm Progress Matt Jungmann (young-man) indicates Secretary Sonny Perdue will be among the visitors next week, along with Governor Pritzker and a couple of NASCAR drivers.

 

 

The Farm Progress Show runs Tuesday through Thursday, August 27-29. 


The DeWitt County Farm Bureau has announced the hiring of their new manager. 

 

Allison Reinecke will start as the organization’s new manager, effective Sept. 1.

 

Reinecke is a Wisconsin native, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. Reinecke joined Illinois Farm Bureau’s County Manager Trainee Program in May where she trained with county Farm Bureau managers across Illinois.

 

Reinecke was previously employed as a Dairy Intern at ST Genetics, Agronomy Intern at Biddick, Inc., and Business Intern at Zimmerman Cheese, Inc.

 

In a statement Friday, Reinecke said, quote- “I am honored to be joining DeWitt County Farm Bureau (DCFB) as Manager. My passion for agriculture brought me to Illinois, and I am excited to be able to serve DCFB members and advocate for local agriculture. I look forward to being a part of DeWitt County Farm Bureau’s continued success.”

 

Manager Janell Baum-Thomas will be taking a new position at Baum Chevrolet Buick next month. 


Warner Hospital and Health Service and the Clinton YMCA are partnering together for a diabetes prevention course.

 

The class kicks off next Tuesday, August 27. CEO of Warner Hospital and Health Services, Paul Skowron indicates this expands on the many things the two Clinton entities are doing together.

 

 

The classes are from 10 am to 11 am at the Clinton YMCA. It is free to attend. you can get more information by calling 217-937-5275 or email events@warnerhospital.org. 


Each late-August and early-September, ruby-throated hummingbirds gather in the marsh at Weldon Springs State Park to feast on the nectar of spotted jewelweed flowers before their annual migration southward.

 

Get a close-up look at this tiny winged jewel and the fascinating wildflower that helps fuel its high-energy existence on Sunday, September 1 from noon to 4 PM at the marsh, below Chautauqua Picnic Area.  Participants should feel free to come and go anytime throughout the afternoon.

 

For additional information, please contact the park office at 217-935-2644.


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