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Seniors are invited to the DeWitt County Friendship Center Monday for a free flu shot clinic.

 

Walgreens' pharmacists will be at the Friendship Center from 10 am to noon getting seniors their recommended shots. Executive Director of the DeWitt County Friendship Center, Paula Jiles says it is that time when seniors need to get in and she hopes as many as possible will get their shots.

 

 

Seniors are one of the most susceptible groups of people vulnerable to the devastation the flu can cause. Jiles says that is why they must get their flu shots now.

 

 

The free flu shot clinic is from 10 am to noon Monday. You can contact the DeWitt County Friendship Center for information on this event and anything else going on by calling 217-935-9411. 


Haunted House Opening Weekend

It's opening weekend for the Clinton Haunted House.

 

Chamber Executive Director Marian Brisard says the Terror on Washington Haunted House is the biggest fundraiser of the year for them. She indicates without it, they would struggle to do all the things they do for the community.

 

 

The Terror on Washington Street Haunted House can only take on a certain amount of visitors per tour inside, so while guests wait, Brisard says they are introducing a couple of new attractions this year, including a virtual reality haunted house tour.

 

 

What a lot of guests should find exciting this year is the introduction of Frankie's Escape Room. Brisard indicates this is the old visitors center on the west side of town that has been repurposed this year.

 

 

The Terror on Washington Street Haunted House takes roughly 30 to 40 volunteers per night to make the operation a success. Brisard indicates without volunteers from various groups around the area, they couldn't make it happen. 

 

 

The Haunted House opens and will operate every Friday and Saturday, including the first weekend of November and special hours on Halloween night. Get more information about all the happenings at clintonhauntedhouse.com. 


Organizers of the 2019 Farmer City Christmas Parade are seeking entries for the event on Sunday, November 24. 

 

The Farmer City Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade and has designated the theme as "TV Holiday Classics on Parade". The Chamber touts the fact the parade is one of the largest in central Illinois and are hoping bands, groups, businesses, and shrines will enter for this year.

 

To get registered, contact Chad Will by phone at 309-386-2791 or send a completed entry form to 101 Comet Lane in Heyworth.

 

The parade kicks off the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 2 pm from the Farmer City Fairgrounds.

 

Get more information by contacting Wills or visit the Farmer City Christmas Parade Facebook page. 


A pension taskforce says that Illinois downstate police and fire pensions are leaving millions of dollars of lost returns on the table and the 649 individual funds should be consolidated into just two. Democrat Governor JB Pritzker announced the task forces’ findings today and says now is the time to stop small funds from losing even more money.

 

 

The task force pegs the lost returns at a million dollars a day. And says if the funds were brought together they could generate a billion to two billion in new gains over the next five years.

Any move to consolidate the funds needs to be approved by lawmakers.


THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IS URGING FARMERS TO MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY DURING THE HECTIC HARVEST SEASON.

 

FROM HUGE MACHINERY TO LONG HOURS AND STRESS…FARMING POSES A NUMBER OF SAFETY CHALLENGES. THAT INCLUDES TRACTOR ROLLOVERS SAYS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SPOKESPERSON MIKE MATULIS.

 

VISIBILITY IS ALSO IMPORTANT, AND FARM VEHICLES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH TWO WHITE LAMPS ON THE FRONT AND TWO RED LAMPS ON THE BACK AS WELL AS A FLASHING AMBER LAMP. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO BE PATIENT AND SLOW DOWN WHEN THEY ENCOUNTER FARMERS DRIVING ON THE ROAD.

 

 

FARMERS ARE ALSO URGED TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AS THEY WORK LONG HOURS. THAT INCLUDES TAKING BREAKS, EATING GOOD MEALS AND STAYING HYDRATED.


Weekly Weather Summary

It was a wet start to the weekend and now things have really cooled off. State Climatologist Trent Ford tells us what to expect in the week ahead...

 

 


October is Cyber Security Month

THIS IS CYBER SECURITY MONTH IN ILLINOIS AND THE EXPERTS SAY KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SAFE STARTS WITH A SOLID PASSWORD. 

 

YOUR PASSWORD SHOULD BE HARD TO CRACK…BUT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE OVERLY COMPLICATED SAYS STATE CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER ADAM FORD. HE RECOMMENDS A PHRASE LIKE “I LIKE PIZZA,” THEN ADDING A SYMBOL AND A NUMBER. FORD SAYS YOU ALSO SHOULDN’T USE THE SAME PASSWORD FOR EVERYTHING.

 

 

FORD SAYS YOU SHOULD USE THE STRONGEST PASSWORDS FOR YOUR MOST VITAL ACCOUNTS.

 

 

FORD SAYS YOUR PASSWORD SHOULDN’T BE SO COMPLICATED THAT YOU NEED TO WRITE IT DOWN. HE SUGGESTS USING A SHORT SENTENCE, SUCH AS “I LIKE PIZZA” AND ADD A NUMBER AND SYMBOL.


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