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Local Veteran James Dolly passed away on Thursday, January 14 and his funeral is at 2:30 pm on Tuesday in Clinton.

 

Jeff Morlock earlier this month announced an effort to honor local veterans during their funeral precessions. The plans for Mr. Dolly's procession is changing as the burial is in Kenney.

 

The Funeral route will be from Calvert Funeral homes South entrance, turning right, or west, on Jefferson, to Grant, turning left, or south, on Grant to the hospital, turning right, or west, at the hospital, and proceeding to Kenney to Pleasant Valley Cemetery at E 350 North Road. 

 

Morlock is encouraging anyone able, to attend anywhere along the route with flags around 3 pm.

 

Clinton Fire Departments' ladder truck with the US flag will be tentatively at the Clinton High School west entrance, or in that general vicinity. Additionally, veterans who wish to attend will meet at the entrance to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at 3:15 PM.

 

Morlock thanks the Kenney Fire Department, who has been very involved in every DeWitt County Veterans Honor Flight return escort, and many other events supporting our local veterans.

 

Morlock hopes the community joins them to show support for Mr. Dolly and his family.


Juniors in the districts of Clinton, Blue Ridge, Warrensburg-Latham, and Maroa-Forsyth who would like to learn more about the world of business have a limited amount of time to consider joining a program that would do just that.

 

The Central Illinois CEO program introduces area high school students to the basics of business and also provides hands-on experience. Emma Culbertson is a student from Clinton High School in the program now and she says the deadline to apply for the program is February 1 but there's also an opportunity for juniors interested to be a part of the class for a day.

 

 

COVID has created a very different environment for the class this year. While juniors next year may not have the challenges of the class this year, Culbertson says it's still a great course to take and you'll learn a lot.

 

 

Emma Cook from Warrensburg-Latham High School says the site visits and projects the class takes on are one of the best parts of the class, from her perspective.

 

 

Culbertson encourages any juniors interested in joining the CEO program or getting information about 'take a junior to class day' to reach out to someone in the program in their school or visit centralillinoisceo.com.


The City of Lincoln is encouraging its Health Department to work with small businesses in Lincoln on a plan to reopen.

 

Mayor Tracy Welch on the WHOW Morning Show Friday told Regional Radio News their businesses are on the brink of closure and they need to do something to help them. For most business owners, their business is their livelihood.

 

 

Governor Pritzker announced lessened mitigations for parts of Illinois last Friday. According to the Mayor, while that is great, he is not sure how that will impact dining for restaurants.

 

 

Many leaders in other communities would be hesitant to put together such a plan due to repercussions from Springfield but Mayor Welch says it is starting to get to a point where even the City cannot survive having these businesses not operating.

 

 

According to the Mayor, their previous experience with COVID restrictions in Lincoln did not work and so they are encouraging the Health Department to work with each individual business and develop a plan that works for each one.

 

 

A couple of measures the City of Lincoln is developing is using a portion of their CURES money from the spring stimulus bill to put back into their businesses through grants. Additionally, this week the City Council will consider reducing liquor license fees to help small businesses in Lincoln. 


The fight for high school sports in Illinois continues and many are hoping for movement in the next few weeks. 

 

Monticello Schools Superintendent Dr. Vic Zimmerman hopes the vaccine begins to expand the possibilities for student-athletes in Illinois but questions whether it will. It is his prediction we'll likely only get those spring sports in this year.

 

 

How much would the vaccine availability and inoculation of Illinoisans impact the prospects of sports this year? Dr. Zimmerman doubts it would have that much impact because it won't be available to everyone by the time decisions on sports or even seasons kick-off.

 

 

Many administrators, coaches, parents, and players believe the State of Illinois missed its opportunity to get sports in the fall played as COVID data at the time was very favorable. Dr. Zimmerman indicates while hindsight is always 20/20, even at the time people were still fighting for the games to be played.

 

 

The expectation is next week, the IHSA will call a special meeting to decide on the fate of many sports in Illinois. The proverbial can has been kicked to the end of the line for sports in Illinois and now decisions have to be made. 


Quiet Weather to Last To End of Month

While portions of the Midwest were hit with some blizzard type conditions late last week, Freese-Notis meteorologist Dan Hicks expects a relatively quiet weather pattern to continue in Illinois through the end of this month.

 

 

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings last Friday for parts of western Iowa, northwestern Missouri, eastern Nebraska, southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota.


Local Coronavirus Update

The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported over 30 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

 

DeWitt County reported 15 new cases in Clinton, 2 in Farmer City, and one each in Kenney and Wapella. 

 

Piatt County reported 10 new cases in Monticello and 3 in Cerro Gordo.

 

With these additional cases, DeWitt County has had a total of 1165 cases; Piatt County has had a total of 1215 cases.  

 

DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Director David Remmert indicated in a release, "We are receiving numerous calls and emails regarding vaccinations.  We will continue to alert the public as additional priorities are announced but it is expected that we will be able to move into 1B priority groups within 2 weeks.  The 1B priority group includes those aged 65 or older and 'Essential Workforce'. Only these groups are eligible for receiving vaccination at this time. We will be utilizing local media, our Facebook page, and our website to announce a SignUpGenius page you can go to in order to schedule your appointment for these community clinics.  At that time, we will also announce a secondary phone number for those without internet access to call for an appointment."


If you eat Monical's Pizza in Clinton Monday nights, you'll also be supporting a Clinton non-profit.

 

The Vault and Monical's have teamed up on Monday nights where Monical's is donating half of their Monday night profits to support the youth center on the Clinton Square. Executive Director Tammy Wilson says it is an incredible blessing to have their support.

 

 

The Vault has kicked off their annual 'High Five' fundraising campaign. According to Wilson, the campaign seeks community members to come alongside them in support of their mission to serve the community's youth.

 

 

Learn more about The Vault by visiting thevaultclinton.org.


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