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If you are looking for ways to give back to the community during the holiday season, the Salvation Army is asking for your contributions.


Cody Monkman with the Neighborhood Care Center In Clinton indicates the DeWitt County Salvation Army chapter is based out of the Neighborhood Care Center. He says this came to be through his involvement with the Neighborhood Care Center and the First Christian Church.



With the loss of Walmart last year, the Salvation Army did a letter drive instead of the traditional red kettle campaign. Monkman notes they found that this was better due to funding allocations.



With the financial hardships brought upon by the global pandemic, Monkman says more people and new people are coming to the Neighborhood Care Center asking for help.



Laura Conheady says the Salvation Army funds are used for utility bills, rent, and gas vouchers. With their funds from last year, they have only been able to give $25 per family.



To donate to the Salvation Army, send contributions to the Neighborhood Care Center at P.O. Box 346 Clinton, IL 61727 ATTN: Laura Conheady. Please make checks available to The Salvation Army.

Like they did in the spring, the Clinton School District will once again be offering lunches to students during the remote learning session.


Clinton Schools Assistant Superintendent Drew Goebel says starting today, students can pick up breakfast and lunch from Lincoln School, Douglas School, Webster Apartments, and Countryside Apartments between 12:30-2 pm.



Goebel notes the pickup time is later in the day than it was previously. This change is attributed to the school day being more structured with students meeting online at a specific time.



Goebel indicates they will also have pickup locations at Kenney, Wapella, Hallsville, DeWitt, and Lane for students of the district that live outside of the city limits.



Meal distributions begin today and will run until the end of the semester each day students would normally be in session. Goebel welcomes anyone with questions to contact him at (217) 935-8321

Long-term weather forecasts are not showing a pattern of extended cold or extended warm temperatures and moisture forecasts are showing things could be wet.


Last week, Chris Miller at the National Weather Service in Lincoln told Regional Radio News the up-and-down temperatures have surprisingly resulted in things being average for this time of the year and we're expecting more of those up-and-down temperature swings during the winter months ahead.



While we're headed towards a 'La Nina' winter, Miller explains a winter with above-average precipitation doesn't necessarily mean we're in for a wet enough winter to break the drought we're experiencing.



Miller reminds residents that rarely does snow equate to a significant amount of moisture as it takes over ten inches of snow to equate to one inch of rain fall. 

Local Coronavirus Update

The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported 75 new coronavirus cases this week.


11/25/2020 Wednesday


DeWitt: 2 new cases in Clinton. 2 new cases in De Land. 2 new cases in Wapella.
Piatt: 8 new cases in Monticello. 2 new cases in Cisco. 5 new cases in Mansfield. 2 new cases in Bement. 1 new case in Cerro Gordo.  1 new case in Atwood. 1 new case in White Heath. 1 new case in Hammond. 1 new case in Milmine


11/26/2020 Thursday

No Report.


11/27/2020 Friday

No Report.


11/28/2020 Saturday

DeWitt:  10 new cases in Farmer City. 7 new cases in Clinton. 3 new cases in Waynesville.
Piatt: 12 new cases in Monticello. 5 new cases in Bement. 4 new cases in Mansfield. 3 new cases in Cerro Gordo. 1 new case in Lodge. 1 new case in White Heath. 1 new case in Milmine.


With these additional cases, DeWitt County has had a total of 658 cases; Piatt County has had a total of 809 cases.


The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department reminds the public to refrain from attending large gatherings, wash your hands, watch your distance, wear a mask in public, protect vulnerable populations, and test even when asymptomatic.

Winter Weather Preparedness

With the start of the holiday season also comes the possibility of hazardous weather conditions.


Chris Miller, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln, indicates we are now in the Holiday travel season. He urges motorists to use caution when driving on snowy or icy roads and to keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle.



In addition to winterizing your car, Miller says it is also important to winterize your house. He recommends stocking up on items that you would need in case you are unable to leave your home in the event of a storm.



Winter safety tips and information is available online at weather.gov/lincoln.

Weekly Weather Summary

November has seen warmer than average temperatures and that trend will continue into the beginning of December. However, December as a whole is leaning toward La Nina conditions. State Climatologist Trent Ford has the latest...



Like many other holiday festivities, the Miller Park Zoo's Wild Lights will look a little different this year.


Jay Tetzloff, Miller Park Zoo superintendent, indicates Wild Lights will be held on two weekends this year. Reservations are required due to the zoo's capacity limits.



Tetzloff says the success of Spooktacular led them to not only expand Wild Lights to two weekends but also the hours of the event. Zoo patrons can expect a candlelight walk through the zoo and Santa as well.



Wild Lights is December 4, 5, 11, and 12 from 5-8 pm. The admission price for zoo members is free and, non-members are $5. To purchase tickets and make reservations call, (309) 434-2250 or visit millerparkzoo.org.

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