2A | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Today’s local weather
SAVINGS Story continued from 1A
TODAY: Partly sunny. High in the upper 50s. TONIGHT: Cloudy. Low in the upper 40s.
Births GENESIS MEDICAL CENTER DAVENPORT TYLER
Adam and Sarah Tyler of Fulton, Ill., a son, Saige Galen, born Nov. 16 at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport. He has a sister Marika, 3 ½, and brother Maddex 2 ½. Grandparents are Bill and Kim Heid of Thomson, Ill, Dave and Connie Tyler of Fulton and Jennie McKenzie of Fulton. Great-grandparents are Dean and Ruth Wright, Roger and Betty Gallentine and Galen and Linda Heid all of Stockton, Ill., Paul and Dolly Tyler of Rock Falls, Ill., and Jay and Lottie McKenzie of Fulton.
SATURDAY: Brisk. Cloudy. Rain likely in the morning.
Kohl’s customers started arriving at 10 p.m., but the line had extended into the parking lot by opening time. The big ticket item at Target? A 46-inch TV for a few hundred dollars. But, according to customers waiting in line, only 27 are available locally. Once they’re sold, they’re gone. “We’ve counted how many people in the line are buying them,” said Sue McEachron, a Target shopper. “We’re TV number 9.” McEachron had been in line since 7 p.m. Though the shopping required some slight shifting of Thanksgiving dinner plans, she said the deals were worth it. Kevin Patel claimed the first spot in line at Target. He is an experienced Black Friday shopper, and has a simple philosophy when choosing which retailer to stake out. “Whoever has the best deal gets our business,” Patel said. Planning is key for successful Black Friday shopping, according to Patel. He kept warm with blankets and pocket hand warmers to fight off the cold, and downloaded maps from the internet to ensure that the path to the desired items was memorized. Wal-Mart shoppers were at least able to avoid the cold. Though the big electronics sales did not start until midnight, shoppers packed their carts early and waited in line. The savings are the big draw of Black Friday sales. For a few brief hours, there is a chance to pick up great holiday gifts at seemingly impossible prices. But, according to one Kohl’s shopper, there may be another upside to participating in the hectic shopping event. “The thrill of standing in line.”
Then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. High in the upper 40s. SATURDAY NIGHT: Blustery. Colder. Cloudy with a chance of snow. Low in the upper 20s. SUNDAY:Colder. Cloudy with a chance of snow. High in the mid 30s. SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s.
In Clinton Official High Official Low Precipitation
Today High one year ago Low one year ago All-time high All-time low
59 40 0 37 23 67, 1896 2, 1950
43 Normal high Normal low 26 Precip. for month 2.64 Normal precip. for month 2.18 Precip. for year 32.88 Normal precip. for year 32.46 7:02 Sunrise: Sunset: 4:36
Around the United States
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Midday Pick 3: 9-8-7 Midday Pick 4: 6-0-3-9 Evening Pick 3: 3-3-1 Evening Pick 4: 1-7-2-9 Little Lotto: 18-20-21-25-39 Est. Lotto jackpot: $8.75 million Est. Mega Millions jackpot: $55 million Est. Powerball jackpot: $25 million Drawing date: Nov. 26, 1011
Grains Prices quoted at 8 a.m. today; subject to fluctuation. Prices may vary slightly at county buying stations. • ADM/Growmark: No. 2 yellow corn Clinton $5.92. • County PIK price: Corn $5.79, beans $11.19, oats $2.33, winter wheat $6.27, and spring wheat $8.18.
River Stages THURSDAY LaCrosse, Wis. Dubuque Dam 11 Dubuque Bellevue Fulton, Ill. Railroad Bridge Camanche LeClaire Rock Island, Ill. Muscatine Keithsburg, Ill. Burlington Keokuk L/D 13 Pool: L/D 13 Tail: Water Temp. L/D 15 Pool: L/D 15 Tail: L/D 16 Pool: L/D 16 Tail: Maquoketa River Wapsipinicon River Rock River, Ill.
4.88 4.85 7.53 4.54 4.72 N/A 9.30 4.39 4.81 6.32 6.72 7.78 2.67 14.13 4.72 41 18.39 4.81 11.30 3.90 11.88 5.95 7.40
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Men rob Cedar Rapids resident in his home Associated Press
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 60-year-old Cedar Rapids man has been robbed in his home. The Gazette reports that Michael Barrow told police he awoke to a loud noise early Wednesday morning and saw an armed man standing in the doorway of his bedroom. Barrow says the gunman told him to be quiet or he’d be shot. The gunman yelled for another robber to come help him, and the two fled Barrow’s home with two cash boxes that contained an undisclosed amount of money. Barrow was not injured.
SCHOOLS Story continued from 1A
Kamri Davis, 2, attended the Victory Center’s Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday with her grandmother, Fannie Davis. SAMANTHA PIDDE/CLINTON HERALD
DINNER Story continued from 1A
Fannie and Kamri said they enjoyed the food and were excited to be there. Eighty-five-year-old Mitchell Collins, of Clinton, said he was happy to be at the dinner. He comes every year and loves it. He enjoyed not only the food, but also the atmosphere and entertainment. Collins could be seen bobbing his head along with the music provided by Oscar Perales. Perales’ son, Jovanni was dancing along with his father’s music and his wife, Maria, was singing as well. Along with the food and atmosphere, some attendees were looking forward to the prizes being given
out. Gimenez said he was happy they had enough gifts, prizes and grocery items that every man, woman and child would receive something. “This event is really greatly supported by volunteers and by the people,” Gimenez said. “I just believe that this is a great time for us to be thankful.” Gimenez thanked everyone in the community for all of their support for organizing the food drive. More than 2,000 cans of food and 80 turkeys were received. Gimenez said two bicycles, 10 grocery boxes with more than 40 items, 25 turkeys, 17 gift certificates, 49 new toys for children, 19 toys for toddlers and $500 in cash were given away at the event. Former Mayor
LaMetta Wynn handed out many of the prizes and Dan Dennehey, the quarterback for the Morrison Mustangs, drew the names for the boy and girl bicycles. Gimenez was also thankful for the 81 volunteers who helped during the dinner. He said he knows the area needs an event like this since some people have fallen into tough times. He admitted that he knew of some families who were living in their cars this week. “So we thank God for the volunteers,” said Gimenez. He said some of these people not only gave their time serving, but also donated money for the event. Rosetta Davis, of Clinton, was in the kitchen scooping food onto plates. She had vol-
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unteered for the event years ago and said she wanted to feel like she was giving back to the community. Next to her in the food line was Carolyn Judon, of Fulton, Ill. Judon has volunteered before, though not for this event. She felt it was a great cause and wanted to help out. Haley Bryson, 17, of Polo, Ill., traveled with her mother to serve plates of food at the event. Liz Ottens, 17, of Fulton, and Jane Heuer, of Clinton, could be found serving pie as the meal progressed. By the end of the dinner, 321 meals were served in the building, 81 meals were served to volunteers and 121 meals were delivered to those unable to attend. This brought the total to 523 meals.
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At three years, Reed said that the time students spend in middle schools is limited, and it may not be worth the effort to fix minor population issues. “(Let’s) not cause any more uproar in their lives,” Reed said. “Why cause all the fuss for one year?” The taskforce confirmed that students who will enter fifth grade will be allowed to spend their final year at the elementary school they’ve been attending, regardless of shifting lines. Members also concluded that whatever new lines are implemented will likely be adjusted again in the near future, as the population of Clinton is “transient.” The next meeting of the taskforce will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ClintonHigh School library. As the taskforce is a subcommittee of the district board of education, all meetings are subject to open meetings laws and are open to the public.
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