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A DeWitt County deputy's squad car escaped heavy damage and no one was hurt in an incident in rural DeWitt County Thursday night that could have ended much worse than it did.

 

DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker tells Regional Radio News, one of his deputies was directing traffic on the scene of a vehicle that had gone off the road on Route 54 near Parnell Road when a driver approached the scene and lost control of the vehicle and ran into the deputy's squad car. Sheriff Walker says they are very fortunate no one was hurt.

 

 

If any citations or tickets are issued, it will be issued by the Illinois State Police. Sheriff Walker says State Police were on the scene after the incident involving their squad car and is just relieved no one was hurt.

 

 

With more potential treacherous weather on the way this weekend, the Sheriff implores everyone to be safe on the roads and use caution. 


Elderly Still Targets of Scams

It takes a community effort to prevent our elderly neighbors from being the victim of scams.

 

DeWitt County TRIAD is still seeing the elderly being the target of scams and Tony Harris says the challenge is scams are always changing. He believes it is important for local authorities to stay up on the latest in scam trends.

 

 

According to Connie Unruh with TRIAD, the grandchild/grandparent scam is still catching people. This scam plays on the emotions of an elderly person who thinks a grandchild is in trouble. Unruh points out, it was believed this scam had run its course but it is still popping up.

 

 

The local scam alert hotline through the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office is 217-935-9507. Harris and Unruh remind residents if you are unsure about any phone call you get, do not give out personal information, hang up and call the Sheriff's hotline to give them the details and talk with them about if the call is legitimate. 


Weekly Weather Summary

A wet week highlighted this week's weather. What is in store for the weekend and the week ahead? State Climatologist Trent Ford tells us....

 

 


Tax Filing Season Begins Monday

YOU CAN START FILING YOUR STATE AND FEDERAL TAX RETURNS NEXT WEEK. 

 

MONDAY IS THE FIRST DAY FOR TAX FILING…AND ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SPOKESPERSON SAM SALUSTRO HAS THIS ADVICE.

 

 

SALUSTRO SAYS THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET YOUR REFUND IS TO FILE ELECTRONICALLY AND REQUEST DIRECT DEPOSIT. LAST YEAR…ABOUT 88 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS OPTED TO E-FILE.

 

 

VISIT: TAX DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV AND CLICK ON “MY TAX ILLINOIS” TO BEGIN FILING YOUR RETURN. TAXES ARE DUE BY APRIL 15TH.


DeWitt County Zoning Administrator Angie Sarver will retire at the end of February.

 

Land Use Committee Chairman Terry Ferguson made the announcement at the Thursday night DeWitt County Board meeting and Friday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg thanked Sarver for her many years of service to DeWitt County.

 

 

The Land Use Committee will be charged with the hiring process to find Sarver's replacement. Newberg indicates some things in the job description could be adjusted before the job is posted.

 

 

Newberg wishes Sarver the best in her retirement. 


City leadership in Lincoln has long been working towards an extensive renovation of Fifth Street Road.

 

Mayor Seth Goodman says the road has its rough patches in many places and for some time, they have been working to acquire parcels of land to get things taken care of. He explains that would go from Route 66 to the bridge that passes over Interstate 55. 

 

 

According to Mayor Goodman, the history of the project saw some potential growth but since the focus has since shifted to simply repairing it to a more suitable driving standard.

 

 

A lot of work still has to go into this project but the Mayor says they are focused on taking things one step at a time in the process.

 

 

Businesses along the Fifth Street Road include International Paper, The Center for Youth and Family Solutions, Heritage Packaging Corporation, Community Action, Picture This Photography and Sysco. 


Getting quality fresh food can be tough this time of the year with so much produce out of season but a University of Illinois Extension nutrition expert has a few tips to get quality, healthy food.

 

With most of the country under the blanket of cold weather, finding quality fresh produce can be difficult but Caitlin Mellendorf explains fish-based soups and chowders are starting to become a trend.

 

 

Citrus fruits are in season right now and Mellendorf says there's plenty of good ways to get those incorporated in your meals. Lemons and kale are in season right now. 

 

 

According to Mellendorf, if the fresh produce section of the grocery store doesn't have a lot of variety or nothing looks good, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables are a great alternative.

 

 

You can find more healthy ideas for winter meals by visiting the University of Illinois Extension website, extension.illinois.edu/dmp and Mellendorf posts to a blog there with ideas and recipes. 


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