Local News

Metal Buildings Again a Hot Topic at Taylorville City Council Meeting Tuesday

Allowing metal buildings in residential neighborhoods was again a hot topic at the Taylorville city council meeting Tuesday night. The board took two different votes on the matter, with the final vote ultimately failing and sending the ordinance back to committee.

 

The ordinance currently says all buildings built on residential property must match the existing structure of the home. With the first vote, the council was split 4-4 on allowing the city’s board of appeals to make a determination on if a homeowner can be allowed to build a metal structure such as a carport on their property. Mayor Bruce Barry broke the tie by voting yes, and he says he will likely always vote with his board of appeals when they make a unanimous recommendation.

 

 

When a change needed to be made to the ordinance, it then failed to pass 5-3 on the second go around. Barry says he doesn’t want metal buildings like carports all over the place, but he also believes the board of appeals should have the leeway to make the decision on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

The city is also exploring the possibility of refinancing to a rate reduced loan for the new water treatment plant, which could free up hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for Taylorville. The next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the Taylorville Municipal Building.

0
comments


Crimestoppers Crime of the Week - January 17, 2018

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.

 

Sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 6, 2018, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 709 North Ridge Avenue apartment #6.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took 2 dozen Playstation 3 games and a money order.  There did not appear to be any damage done while making entry.  The total dollar amount of the theft is estimated at over $300.

 

Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.

 

You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274637) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous.  

0
comments


Pay The Date Promotion Back At Christian County YMCA

Pay the Date is back at the Christian County YMCA. The promotion which allows local residents to “pay the date” for their first month's membership at the YMCA, offers a low cost option for people to get off to a healthy start to the new year.
 
Christian County YMCA Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller says this promotion is a great way to get involved at the Y at a reduced cost.
 
 
The Pay the Date promotion is one of a number of things the Christian County YMCA offers to help residents with the financial cost of becoming a YMCA member.
 
 
Weittenhiller appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Solution For Infrastructure Spending A Goal For Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis in 2018

Anybody who’s driven on a road in America will know that the nations infrastructure needs some attention. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is hoping that President Trump makes infrastructure spending a priority in the new year, and that Congress can figure out a way to diversify how America funds it’s projects such as road construction.

 

Congressman Davis says the majority of roadworks projects are funded through the federal gas tax, however those funds are diminishing due to an increased number of fuel efficient vehicles on the roadways.

 

 

The nation has seen an increasing number of electric vehicles on it’s roads this decade, which poses a problem for infrastructure spending since those vehicle owners end up paying nothing into funds such as the Highway Trust Fund. Davis says this is one of the reasons the country needs to diversify the way it funds it’s infrastructure projects.

 

 

Davis warns that if a solution isn’t found for funding for the nations infrastructure, the nation’s projects will have to be funded through the general fund, taking away money from many other essential services such as schools and healthcare.

 

Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Springfield Man Killed in Crash on I-55 South of Glenarm Identified

The Springfield man that died on a crash on Interstate 55 south of Glenarm has been identified. 44-year-old Mark Heaton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at about 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon. Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards released the identification Wednesday.

 

Heaton was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on 55 when his vehicle crossed the median, hit the I-55 northbound bridge, and then struck a 2017 GMC pickup truck that was traveling northbound.

 

Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

0
comments


Durbin Stands by Expletive Claims

Senator Dick Durbin is sticking to his guns, saying there is no doubt that he heard President Trump say expletives comparing African countries and Haiti to something akin to a toilet. He says claims that the President referred to houses of excrement rather than holes, makes little difference.



Durbin also expressed certainty as to which word he heard.



In a Tweet, President Trump referred to Durbin as "Dicky Durbin". He said “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,”''

0
comments


IAA Foundation Has 76 Scholarships Available

The IAA Foundation reminding current and prospective agriculture students about over seventy scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is February 1.



IAA Foundation Director Susan Moore says specific guidelines are available at “iaafoundation.org”. 

0
comments


TMH Auxiliary Hosting "Men Who Cook" Event Saturday

Are you a man who has a thing for cooking? Or do you enjoy good food? The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is having its annual “Men Who Cook” fundraiser this Saturday at the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH, and the public is invited to attend.

 

Pam Whittaker is on the hospital’s auxiliary board. She attends the event each year and says you should never leave the event hungry.

 

 

20 men will be cooking their specialty dishes for the event Saturday. Whittaker says the list of cooks includes some well-known people in town.

 

 

The event will also feature a cash bar and live auction. Rhonda Trost, who is also a member of the auxiliary board, says there are plenty of great items up for bids.

 

 

The doors will open Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with food sampling to start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the hospital’s gift shop or by calling the hospital at 824-1677.

0
comments


TMH to Tear Down Five-Story Building, Start $60 Million Expansion

Taylorville Memorial Hospital announced a major, multi-million dollar construction project Wednesday. The 97,000 square foot building will replace most of the current hospital.

 

Kim Bourne is the President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She says the project has been years in the making.

 

 

The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will hold 25 new private patient rooms, outpatient and therapy services, laboratory, pharmacy, specialty clinic, and central utililty plant. The second phase will include food and nutrition services, administrative offices, and conference rooms. The current five-story building will also be torn down during phase two.

 

Bourne says the nearly $60-million expansion comes at a time when Taylorville is seeing many economic boosts in the community.

 

 

Bourne says this expansion shows that TMH is committed to Taylorville for years to come.

 

 

The project is pending approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Groundbreaking is anticipated to take place this summer, and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2021.

 

Rendition of Taylorville Memorial Hospital following completion of construction.

 

0
comments


Blighted Buildings Coming Down Slowly But Surely in Assumption

Many communities across the area are looking at beautifying their town by tearing down blighted buildings. The city of Assumption is doing its part, and the city’s mayor John Kehl says blighted building are a common problem in small town America.

 

Kehl appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show’s Hometown Tour live from Assumption City Hall. He says the city has demolished a handful of buildings the past few years.

 

 

Bringing down blighted buildings is no small task according to Kehl.

 

 

Kehl says the city still has a few more buildings they are looking to tear down.

0
comments


Assumption Police Department Working To Foster A Positive Relationship With Community

Stopping crime starts with a good working relationship between a community and it's police department according to Assumption Chief of Police Brian Wade. Wade says the Assumption Police Department has partnered with several organizations in town to help identify potential problems in the town, and how they can be solved before becoming an issue.
 
Wade appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show's Hometown Tour live from Assumption City Hall, and highlighted some of the work the department is doing to help put an early stop to crime.
 
 
The Police-Community relationship has been strained in many communities across the country. Wade says the police department in Assumption actively works with the community to help foster a positive relationship.
 
 
Wade also credited the community's help in keeping Assumption a safe community.

0
comments


ICC to Hold Hearing on Coal Power Plants in Hillsboro Today

The Illinois Commerce Commission is holding a hearing today in Hillsboro that could affect how many in the area receive their electricity. The hearing will be at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Hillsboro from 1-5 p.m. and is open to the public.

 

95th District State Representative Avery Bourne says the hearing is on the status of the current electricity distribution system, and the coal power plant closings in the state, which includes the plant in Coffeen.

 

 

Bourne says the jobs at these plants are high-paying good jobs that need to stay in these small communities.

 

 

Bourne appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Double-Crop Forum Set for February 7th in Mt. Vernon

Farmers would be well served to look at the ‘triple threat’. So says Illinois Wheat Association Executive Director Jim Fraley. He’s referring to double-cropping wheat and soybeans to generate income from three different sources—wheat, wheat straw and soybeans. And Illinois Soybean Association’s Dan Davidson says double–crop opportunities are expanding in the state because of new seed varieties.



The wheat and soybean associations are teaming up to host a double-crop forum February 7th in Mount Vernon. You can register at “Illinoiswheat.org.” The fee is $20. 

0
comments


Congressman Davis Expects Trump To Tackle Infrastructure in 2018

The farm bill and infrastructure are two key things Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis believes President Trump will focus on in 2018. With the tax bill overhaul in place, the Taylorville Republican believes the President will shift his focus to the American infrastructure in 2018.



Congressman Davis is also focused on getting a farm bill passed this year.

0
comments


Rauner Discusses Amendatory Veto of School Funding Bill

The State Board of Education warns Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the school funding reform bill may bring “further disruption and confusion” for all school districts in the state. The State Board issued a statement last week indicating efforts to install a new school funding formula depend on lawmakers. Rauner explained his use of amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill.



Rauner pinpointed areas that need the most help.



Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield later this month and could attempt to override Rauner’s amendatory veto.

0
comments


Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant Begins Thursday

Over 70 county fair queens will be converging on Springfield later this week. The Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant begins Thursday. Among the contestants is 18 year old Josie Finch. She won the Mercer County Fair Queen title last July.



Miss Illinois County Fair Queen will be crowned Sunday. 

0
comments


Local School Districts to Receive State Grant Money for Libraries

Multiple local school districts will receive library grant money thanks to the School District Library Grant Program. The Illinois State Legislature has authorized up to 75 cents per student for qualifying schools.

 

The Central A&M and Nokomis school districts will receive $750 each. Pana will receive about $935, and Taylorville will be getting almost $1,800.

 

95th District State Representative Avery Bourne says school libraries help to improve literacy for area students by working with teachers to choose books that inspire, grow imaginations, and challenge young readers.

 

The grants will be processed by the Secretary of State’s Office this week and then will be forwarded to the Illinois Comptroller’s Office for payment.

0
comments


Edinburg Boil Order Lifted

The boil order in Edinburg has been lifted as of today 1/15/18.

0
comments


Springfield Man Dead After Crash on I-55 South of Glenarm

A Springfield man is dead after an accident Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 just south of Glenarm.

 

The 44-year-old man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin. He was driving southbound on 55 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle, a 2001 Nissan. His vehicle left the roadway, went across the median and struck the bridge on the I-55 northbound side. The car then traveled into the northbound lane of traffic and struck a 2017 GMC pickup truck that was traveling northbound.

 

The 44-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The conditions of those in the pickup truck, a 53-year-old male and a 55-year-old female both of Kennett, Missouri, are not known at this time.

0
comments


Stonington Village Treasurer Passes Away Friday

Stonington’s village treasurer for more than 20 years died on Friday. Kevin LeVault passed away in Clarksville, Tennessee at the age of 58.

 

Stonington mayor Ryan Marucco says LeVault has left his mark on the community.

 

 

Visitation for LeVault will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, with the funeral service to be held on Friday morning at 11 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur. To see the full obituary, click here.

0
comments


Lake Ice At Lake Shelbyville Not Always Safe For Winter Activities

Winter is here and many are getting outside and enjoying activities such as ice fishing. The Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is reminding visitors to the lake that due to the fluxuating levels of the water at the lake during the lake's winter draw down, the ice on the lake may not be as solid as it looks.
 
Ashely Florey is with the Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, and says the winter draw down causes large differences in lake levels that has an impact on the thickness of the lake ice.
 
 
Florey reminds visitors that it can be difficult to judge what ice on the lake is safe to be on.
 
 
Florey appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

0
comments


Stivers Murder Trial Continuing Into Second Week

The trial for a Pana man accused of killing his baby is continuing into its second week this week. 24-year-old Robert A. Stivers is accused of killing his 4-month old in February of 2016.

 

The trial started Wednesday with the state starting its case through the Friday recess. It resumes Monday at the Christian County Courthouse.

0
comments


TMH, Christian Co. Health Department Partnering to Conduct Area Health Needs Survey

Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the Christian County Health Department are partnering to get public input about residents’ health needs in the county. The online survey was released Thursday.

 

Kim Bourne is the President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She says the hospital and the county health department are both required to conduct this kind of survey regularly.

 

 

Bourne says it is important for the hospital and the health department to have this information so they can best provide for the community.

 

 

The survey will run through February 12th. You can find a link to this survey here, or you can get a hard copy at the Christian County Health Department or at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

0
comments


Christian County Extension Office Holding Public Meeting Thursday

Residents can have their voices heard about what they would like to see offered through the University of Illinois Extension this week. The Extension is hosting a public meeting Thursday to collaborate on ideas with community leaders and the general public.

 

Amanda Cole is the County Director at the Extension. She says the last time they had these public meetings, the community wanted to continue to provide opportunities for the area’s youth through the 4-H programs.

 

 

Cole describes how the meeting will play out Thursday.

 

 

The meeting will be held at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville. Lunch will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting will start at noon. You can get more information or RSVP for the meeting by calling the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

0
comments


Rauner Offers Short But Direct Response to Trump's Alleged Comments on Africa, Haiti

Governor Bruce Rauner is responding to claims President Trump used a (toilet like) expletive to describe Haiti and African nations during a bipartisan meeting.



Rauner was visiting Rockford to speak with small business leaders.

0
comments


Durbin Blasts President Trump's Alleged Comments About Haiti, Africa

llinois Senator Dick Durbin says President Trump said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist." during bipartisan immigration talks. He also says the Commander in Chief isn't being truthful when he denies using an expletive to describe Haiti and African nations.



Senator Durbin., speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Chicago, also took issue with the President's choice of immigration terminology.



Durbin says his hope of getting a bipartisan agreement approved by the White House died Thursday.

0
comments


LaHood Named to Ways and Means Committee

Congressman Darin LaHood has been tabbed to serve on the House Ways & Means Committee. The Peoria area Republican received the appointment, replacing Ohio's Pat Tiberi. LaHood looks forward to the post on chief tax writing committee in the House.



LaHood believes the new committee assignment will give a boost to the 18th Congressional District.



The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade and tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures. The appointment will be confirmed by the full House Republican Conference in the coming days.

0
comments


Select Interiors in Shelbyville Under New Ownership

There's a new owner at Select Interiors in Shelbyville. Ryan Hendrix has taken over the ownership position, and says he has several things in mind to continue to improve the business.
 
Hendrix says taking over the ownership role was good timing for both himself, and the previous ownership.
 
 
Hendrix says that service is going to be an important aspect of the business for him moving forward, saying Select Interiors and Flooring Company does it right.
 
 
Hendrix appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

0
comments


Carlinville Man Struck and Killed on I-55 South of Divernon

A Carlinville man was killed early Saturday morning after being struck by a semi on interstate 55 south of Divernon.

 

26-year-old Aaron R. Carr was in the left lane of southbound traffic when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Illinois State Police, Divernon Fire Department, Divernon and Pawnee Police, and the Sangamon County Coroner all responded to the scene.

 

The case is still under investigation.

0
comments


Shelby County Office of Tourism Event Calendar Keeping Locals Up To Date On Area Events

Although this time of the year is typically a slower time of the year for tourism and events in Shelby County, the Shelby County Office of Tourism says those looking to stay up to date on what's going on in Shelby County by visiting the Office's Events Calendar at LakeShelbyville.com.
 
Freddy Fry is with the Shelby County Office of Tourism and says those in the county can contact the Office of Tourism to have their events added to the calendar.
 
 
One upcoming event to Shelby County is a trivia night behing held in Strasburg. 
 
 
The Strasburg trivia night will take place on January 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 at Stew-Stras High School, with entry fees of $80 a team in advance, and $100 at the door. 
 
Fry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown Shelbyville Studios.

0
comments


Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce to Host 4th Annual Scholarship Awareness Day

Students looking for scholarship money will have one place to be to find many area scholarships later this month. The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will hold the 4th Annual Scholarship Awareness Day at Taylorville High School on Thursday, January 25th.

 

Patty Hornbuckle with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. She says there isn’t a good resource to find all area scholarships in one place, which is why the Chamber of Commerce puts on this event.

 

 

The event will start at 10:30 a.m. on the 25th and run until 12:45 p.m. Hornbuckle says there are a lot of dollars out there to help college-bound young adults with their high education expenses.

 

 

If your group or organization has a scholarship that would like to have a table at Scholarship Awareness Day, you can RSVP by calling the Chamber of Commerce’s office at 824-4919 by Tuesday, January 23rd.

0
comments


Decatur Man Who Died in Taylorville Tuesday Suffered Apparant Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

A Decatur man appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Tuesday. Taylorville Police responded to the hospital Tuesday evening, and an autopsy was performed on 30-year-old Gregory J. Robbins on Thursday.

 

Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says while there is still some investigating to do, what has been done so far has led to this indication.

 

 

The Taylorville Police Department, Christian County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services continue to investigate. Taylorville Police ask that if you have any information concerning this investigation to call the department or Crimestoppers.

0
comments


Heart Attack May Have Led to Crash that Killed Effingham Man

A heart attack led to the crash that killed an Effingham man Wednesday afternoon. 62-year-old Jerry A. Newburn died when his semi-tractor trailer went off of Bear Creek Road west of Pana after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans released a statement Friday morning saying Newburn died from cervical spinal injuries due to the crash. Winans says an ongoing heart attack also played a significant factor in the crash.

 

Toxicology is still pending. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Christian County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the crash.

0
comments


Greater Taylorville Chamber and Rodney Davis Putting On Tax Reform Informational Open House Today

With tax reform on the way, many have questions as to how it will effect them or their businessse. The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is pairing with Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) to provide an open house today to answer questions on taxes.
 
Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning show and says it's a great way to learn more about the new tax code.
 
 
The event is an informal event, where people can come and go as they please, and no reservations required.
 
 
The Tax Reform Open House is taking place today from one until two at the US Bank Community Room on the south side of the Taylorville Square.

0
comments


State Senator Manar Reacts To Governor's Veto Of School Funding Bill

Schools waiting on equity funding through the recently passed school funding reform bill will have to wait for that money, possibly not receiving any of those new dollars until next school year. Governor Bruce Rauner vetoing a “trailer bill” to the school funding reform bill, that now puts that funding on hold.
 
State Senator Andy Manar, one of the main legislators behind school funding reform says the governor's office requested this additional bill to deal with some aspects of school funding reform that the original bill didn't address, but then waited to act on the bill, and ultimately re-wrote it.
 
 
According to Manar, this puts a halt to school funding reform for the time being, meaning school districts waiting on additional funding through school funding reform will have to keep waiting.
 
 
State Senator Andy manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Shelbyville Police Warning Public About Counterfeit Bills Being Used in the Area

The Shelbyville Police Department is warning residents about counterfeit money being spread around the community. Shelbyville Police Cheif Dave Tallman says three businesses and one individual have all received a fake hundred dollar bill in recent weeks.

 

Tallman says the bills being used are intended to be movie props.

 

 

The counterfeit bills are only a piece of what Tallman says has been a nationwide problem.

 

 

Tallman says if you receive one of these counterfeits, try to remember as much as you can about who gave it to you and call your local police department.

0
comments


CICBC Holding Blood Drive at Taylorville High School Next Week

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is holding a community blood drive next Friday at Taylorville High School. The drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the east gym at the high school.

 

Krista Jiroutek is a Recruitment Development Coordinator with the CICBC. She says all presenting donors will receive t-shirts, and there is extra reason for donors to come to the drive at THS.

 

 

The winter has taken its toll on the area’s blood supply according to Jiroutek.

 

 

Jiroutek encourages people to sign up to donate online at their website here.

0
comments


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Celebrating Illinois Bi-Centennial and Four Presidents with Illinois Roots

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield will spend much of 2018 celebrating Illinois’ Bi-Centennial. Research historian Christian McWhirter says special attention will be paid this year to the three other presidents with Illinois roots besides Lincoln. 



You can check out a complete calendar of events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum at “presidentlincoln.illinois.gov”. 

0
comments


Rauner Says No to Closing Quincy Veterans Home, Yes to New Plumbing

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has wrapped up his week long stay at the troubled Quincy Veterans Home. He says the state will install new plumbing at the facility, which has been plagued by deadly bouts with Legionnaires' Disease. However, he isn't interested in closing the doors.



Rauner says he didn't cut corners in his visit.



Legionnaires' has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents at the home since 2015. In addition to installing new water pipes, Rauner says he'll look into construction of a new dorm facility. 

0
comments


Effingham Man Dead After Single-Vehicle Crash Wednesday West of Pana

An Effingham man is dead after a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon west of Pana. The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. on Bear Creek Road, a half mile east of 1700 East Road. Pana Fire, EMS, Ambulance, and Police, along with the Christian County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene.

 

62-year-old Jerry Newburn was driving a semi-tractor trailer at the time of the crash. Newburn was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. The Christian County Coroner’s Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.

0
comments


New Timeslot Offered for TMH Diabetes Self Management Classes

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is once again offering Diabetes Self Management Classes to help teach people about the disease, and how they can better manage it in their day to day lives. This upcoming class will be offering a new, daytime class to help people who may not be able to make evening classes.
 
Janelle Cornell is a Clinical Dietition at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and says the new time slot offers more options for those in the community looking to learn more about the disease.
 
 
Cornell says this class is designed to help prevent people losing control of their diabetes, and seeing severe reprecussions as a result.
 
 
Cornell appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Christian County Senior Center Providing Transportation To Taylorville Food Pantry

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center is teaming up with the Taylorville Food Pantry to provide transportation for those who need it to the food pantry's new location.
 
Gerry Mahr with the Senior Center says the Center was approached by the Pantry after it became apparent that there was a need for the service in town to get people to the pantry.
 
 
The bus will pick up and drop off those using the the service at “bus stops” in Taylorville, instead of the traverler's homes.
 
 
The Senior Center's bus will also pick people up from Park Glenn on Saturday Mornings at 8:30 to bring to the food pantry.

0
comments


Shelby Electric Cooperative Employees Open 2018 With Donation to Pana Food Pantry

The holiday seasons have wrapped up but Shelby Electric Cooperative is helping one local food pantry serve the community into the new year. The co-op presented food and monetary donations to Loaves and Fishes in Pana on Monday.

 

Heidi Hall with Shelby Electric Cooperative says the co-op does something like this to give back to the community each year.

 

 

Hall says being able to give back after the holidays is huge, because the need doesn’t diminish after the holidays.

 

 

Loaves & Fishes is open on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. It is located on 120 East 2nd Street in Pana.

0
comments


Action-Packed Day One of Stivers Murder Trial

It was an action packed day one of proceedings in the trial of a 24-year-old Pana man accused of killing his 4-month-old child. Opening arguments in the Robert Stivers trial took place Wednesday morning at the Christian County Courthouse.

 

Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera started presenting the state’s case with testimony from John Yard of the Illinois State Police. He testified on the interviews with the defendant’s family members. Havera also presented the videotaped interview of the defendant. Both the testimony and video presentation continued into the afternoon. Havera also presented a phone call and text from Stivers’ phone into evidence Wednesday.

 

The trial will continue Thursday at the Christian County Courthouse, and will probably go into next week.

0
comments


Pana Community Hospital Expansion Construction Continues Through Winter Months

Frigid temperatures aren’t hampering the progress of Pana Community Hospital’s multi-million dollar expansion project. The hospital continues to work on its biggest expansion project in 40 years.

 

Melissa Rybolt is the marketing manager at Pana Community Hospital. She says there are many projects construction crews are working on over the next few weeks.

 

 

Rybolt says she anticipates the first phase of the project to be wrapping up by the end of the summer.

 

 

Rybolt says the steel beams for the hospital’s expansion will start being placed next month.

0
comments


McCann Calls for Health Director to Resign

State Sen. Sam McCann is offering the strongest response yet to the ongoing concerns about Legionnaire's Disease at the Quincy Veterans' Home. The Macoupin County Republican is calling on Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah to resign, citing communication issues with the newest cases at Quincy.



He is also calling for a capital plan to help upgrade the infrastructure of the state's veterans’ homes and finish the stalled veterans’ home project in Chicago.

0
comments


Don't Tailgate Someone on the Roads in Illinois

One of the pet peeves that many motorists have is when another vehicle comes up from behind, and rides the tail end of the lead motorist and often times simply will not pass no matter the conditions. Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson says there is a specific law that addresses that situation…



Wilson says offenders can be ticketed if caught.

0
comments


President Trump Touts Regulatory Reform During Speech to Farmers

President Donald Trump told Illinois and other farmers attending the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville his administration has rolled back more federal regulations than originally promised. Farmers listening gave the president rousing approval;



Trump also touted recently approved legislation designed to cut taxes, including the estate tax. He also pledged to work with Congress to achieve approval of a new federal farm bill before current law expires.

0
comments


Decatur Man Dies Tuesday in Taylorville of Apparent Gunshot Wound

A Decatur man died from an apparent gunshot wound Tuesday evening. 30-year-old Gregory J. Robbins died of the wound suffered.

 

Taylorville Police were called to Taylorville Memorial Hospital just after 5 p.m. Tuesday in response to Robbins’ gunshot wound. He died at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for today in Bloomington.

 

The Illinois State Police, Christian County Coroner’s Office and Taylorville Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

0
comments


Stivers Murder Trial Set to Start Today

The trial for a Pana man accused of killing his baby in 2016 will start today at the Christian County Courthouse.

 

24-year-old Robert A. Stivers is accused of killing his 4-month old child in February of 2016. The jury was selected Monday at the courthouse. The trial was anticipated to start Tuesday but was pushed back because of the judge being ill.

 

The trial could take as long as two weeks.   

0
comments


New Training Facility Helping Taylorville Fire Department Stay Prepared

The Taylorville Fire Department recently completed work on a new training facility that will allow the department to give it’s firefighters training in a more realistic environment so they’re better prepared to fight fires in the community. The facility comes in handy, as the department has hired several new members who will be using the training facility before undergoing further training to become full fledged firefighters.

 

Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says the community was very supportive of getting the new facility built.

 

 

The location will be seeing heavy use soon as the department utilizes the facility to help train new new additions to the department.

 

 

Along with the new facility, the fire department is working on attaining several grants that would help the department both further their training, as well as purchase new equipment.

 

 

Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Hometown Tour live from the Taylorville Municipal Building.

0
comments


Elementary School CEP Program Seeing Better Than Expected Results in Taylorville

Taylorville Kindergarten through 4th grade students have been provided a free breakfast and lunch each school day this year thanks to the CEP program put into place for this school year. The CEP program was one topic of discussion at Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting. Taylorville District Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the program has seen better than expected results through the first semester.

 

Fuerstenau says the program was projected to run at a loss for the district this year, but so far, that hasn’t happened.

 

 

The number of elementary students eating school-provided meals has significantly increased so far this school year.

 

 

Fuerstenau says the students eating breakfast provides a better learning environment.

 

 

Elementary school consolidation was also a point of discussion Monday night. The district presented a report on how bus routes would be affected by bussing third and fourth grade students to Stonington. The board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday the 16th at 7 p.m. for more discussion on consolidation.

0
comments


Three Vie for Shelby County Judge Seat

The filing deadline has come and gone for those looking to run for the 4th Judicial Circuit Shelby County Resident Judge Position. Three people have filed to fill the seat vacated by the death of Allen Bennett.

 

One lone Democrat has filed for the position. Shelby County State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide of Shumway is running for the judgeship on the democratic ticket.

 

On the Republican side, Associate Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow will seek the Shelby County judge seat, and local attorney Dennis Atteberry is also running for the position. Atteberry does have a pending objection to his candidacy.

 

Illinois’ primary election is set for March 20.

0
comments


U of I Extension Seeking Public Input at Meeting Next Week

The University of Illinois Extension wants to hear from residents at an upcoming public meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 18 to share programming ideas, look for collaboration opportunities and develop new educational program ideas.

 

Amanda Cole is the County Director at the Extension. She says the meeting will feature some short presentations on current offerings at the Extension, followed by a time for public comments.

 

 

Cole says they last had these meetings about four years ago. She says the last go-around, there was overwhelming support to continue the strong 4-H programs in Christian County.

 

 

There will be a lunch provided for those in attendance, starting at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will start at noon. You can get more information or RSVP for the meeting by calling the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

0
comments


QVH Under Focus of Lawmaker Panel

In order to get more answers as to why Legionella bacteria remains a problem at the Quincy Veteran’s home the Illinois House and Senate held a joint committee hearing on the matter. In 2015, 12 people died of Legionnaires disease and in October another person died of Legionnaires. Erica Jefferies the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says that they have taken multiple steps to address Legionella bacteria in the water system.



Jefferies says that despite all of those steps they still do have Legionella bacteria in the home’s water system but they know about it because of the increased testing efforts. 

0
comments


Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Rural Broadband

Following an address to Illinois and other farmers in Nashville, President Trump signed two executive orders that the administration believes will fund and streamline expansion of broadband access in rural areas.



Trump says the action will improve internet access in areas of Illinois and other parts of the country that have lagged behind recovery from the Great Recession a decade ago. The president addressed more than 7,000 farmers in Nashville taking part in the American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

0
comments


Duckworth Joins Colleagues in Fight Against FCC Over Net Neutrality

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate colleagues in calling for restoration of net neutrality rules. Duckworth talked about the fallout she believes the end of net neutrality would cause a number of troubles.



Senator Duckworth is teaming up with over 30 of her Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo action by the FCC and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules.

0
comments


WTIM, People's Bank and Trust January 2018 Taylorville High School Students of the Month Announced

The NEWSTALK WTIM and People's Bank and Trust Taylorville Students of the Month for January were presented with their awards recently.

 

Pictured left to right are: Senior Danielle Epley, Junior Emma Dilley, Sophomore Jacob Beyers, and Sarah VanHuss from Peoples Bank and Trust. Freshman Brock Schoonover is not pictured.

 

0
comments


Fuerstenau Anticipates School Funding Reform Dollars to Start Flowing Soon

School funding reform went into effect in Illinois on January 1, and Taylorville School District superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the district should be finding the amount of new state money it will receive in the near future.

 

Fuerstenau appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. He says once those numbers are known, it will help in the planning for next school year’s budget.

 

 

Fuerstenau says state lawmakers need to continue to put more money into education each year to make sure the school funding reform bill does its job.

 

 

Fuerstenau doesn’t know how the election year will play into the funding debate for schools this year, but he says State Senator Andy Manar is already pushing for lawmakers to continue letting school funding reform do the job of getting all districts to adequate funding.

0
comments


McClure Funeral Home Offering More Relaxed Environment To Answer Questions About Final Arrangements

Speaking about final arrangements can be difficult, and many questions sometimes go unanswered. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is looking to get those questions answered, and is holding a Q and A session at their location on January 24th to help families get answers in a more relaxed enviornment.
 
Scott McClure with McClure Funeral Home says it can be difficult to set the appointment to speak with a funeral home about final arrangements, which is why the funeral home is offering this more informal option to get general questions answered.
 
 
McClure had more information on when and where the event is taking place, and asks that all who are interested pre-register for the event.
 
 
The event is free to attend, and those interested can register by calling McClure Funeral Home.

0
comments


Taylorville Police Department Continuing To Build Relationship With Community

The police-community relationship has been strained in many communities in recent times, however one department that hasn't experienced much of those issues is Taylorville. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says his department has seen an outpouring of support from the community, and works to help continue that relationship.
 
Hile says when Dallas experienced an attack on it's police officers, his department fielded a number of phone calls and other forms of support from the community for several weeks.
 
 
One of the programs the Taylorville Police Department helps to put on to help the relationship the department has with it's citizens is the TRIAD program's Police Academy. Hile says the final details are being put in place for this year's academy.
 
 
Hile appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Hometown Tour broadcasting live from the Taylorville Municipal Building.

0
comments


2017 Busiest Year on Record for Taylorville Fire Department

2017 was the busiest year on record for the Taylorville Fire Department. The department took over 1,600 calls last year, more than any other year in its 130-year history.

 

Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says that’s unlike the national trend of fire calls dropping, and he doesn’t have a specific reason for the spike in calls.

 

 

Crews says one fire in particular serves as a reminder for all residents to call 911 when there is an emergency.

 

 

Crews and Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Taylorville Mayor Barry Hopes EDA Grant is Start of Big Things for Industrial Park

The Economic Development Administration announced Thursday that Taylorville would receive more than half a million dollars in grant money towards a new industrial park on the northwest side of the city. Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry says the announcement is another piece of the puzzle for what should be big things coming for the city’s northwest side.

 

Barry says getting this grant money has been a long process that has spanned multiple mayors.

 

 

Barry says the city is putting the final touches on a TIF district in northwest Taylorville to further spur economic development.

 

 

There has been some interest from businesses having a location at the Industrial Park site, and Barry says he hopes the grant gets the ball rolling for development.

 

 

Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Rotering Calls for Illinois to Get Tougher on Sexual Harassment

The Golden Globes Awards Show became as much a public service announcement aimed at sexual harassment as it was a show honoring achievement in film and television. Meanwhile, Democratic Attorney General candidate Nancy Rotering believes Illinois needs to rewrite the script when it comes to its sexual harassment laws. She says laws would focus on the worst of the worst, the repeat offender.



Rotering also believes another idea that might help is a confidential phone line at the Attorney General's office for sexual harassment complaints.

0
comments


Infrastructure a Key in Helping Reverse Downward Farm Income Trend

The farm economy has faced four years of record low income, but a senior economist at the Illinois Farm Bureau says there are several factors that can help reverse that trend. One is a significant investment in transportation infrastructure, according to Mike Doherty. 



Doherty says another key to the ag economy is maintaining and advancing trade agreements. He also believes the recently adopted tax reforms should help the balance sheet of farmers.

0
comments


U of I President Wants to Hold the Line on Tuition

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen wants tuition to stay put for University of Illinois students at the three system campuses. Killeen says he will recommend the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year. He hopes to slow the exodus of Illinois high school grads to college outside the state's borders. If the University Board agrees, Champaign-Urbana tuition would stay at $12,000, Chicago $10,6 and in Springfield the tuition level would remain at $9,400.

0
comments


Strasburg And Nokomis Boil Orders In Effect

Regional Radio News has been informed of a boil order for the community of Strasburg, as well as a boil order for the community of Nokomis until further notice. We will have more details as they become available.

0
comments


Davis: Let the Russia Investigation Play Out, But There Needs to be a Resolution

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to investigate into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. While U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis wants to see these investigations run their course, he understands that many Americans want to see a resolution to this investigation.

 

Davis says all charges filed so far have nothing to do with collusion, and he and his counterparts in Congress need to fill their oversight role of the Department of Justice and the FBI.

 

 

Davis says he refuses to buy into the Democratic talking point that President Trump is going to fire Special Counsel Mueller.

 

 

Davis appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

0
comments


Taylorville Fire Department Reminds Residents to Keep Chimneys Properly Maintained in Colder Months

It’s winter, and it’s cold. Area residents are having to keep their homes warm. For some, using their chimney seems like a safer option than using space heaters. But Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall says residents have to keep their chimneys properly maintained.

 

Goodall says homeowners should have their chimney inspected by a professional to make sure it is in working order.

 

 

Goodall says for insurance purposes, the best practice is to have your chimney inspected annually. He says it’s also important to use the right kind of fire-burning wood for wood-burning chimneys.

 

 

Goodall says it is important to remember chimney maintenance and inspections even if you only use it a few times a year.

0
comments


U of I Extension to Offer Certified Food Protection Managers Class & Exam in February

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Managers class and exam, and the registration deadline for the class and exam are quickly approaching.

 

Lisa Peterson is a Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the Extension and teaches the class. She says it is held over two days, finishing with the exam on February 2nd.

 

 

Peterson says she makes the class as interesting as she can.

 

 

Peterson says it costs 115 dollars to take the class and exam. She says everyone who would like to be a part of the class must pre-register by this friday. You can register by contacting Peterson by email at lap5981@illinois.edu, or by calling the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

0
comments


Keeping Your Furnace Properly Maintained During Bitter Cold Weather

Below-freezing temperatures have gripped the Midwest for about two weeks, and the weather taking its toll on many homes. Keeping the heat at a comfortable level may be overworking your furnace. Jay Barrett, Sales Manager at Barrett Heating and Cooling in Alton says properly maintaining your unit is important in getting efficient use out of the equipment.



Barrett says there are fewer parts that can break in electric heat exchangers, so they are seeing more calls for repairs coming in for furnaces powered by natural gas or oil.

0
comments


Teen Drivers Can Sign Up For Organ Donation

A new year and a new law for new drivers in Illinois. Now 16 and 17 year olds can sign up to become organ donors. Secretary of State Jesse White approves of the law allowing teen drivers to sign up – the law used to say you had to be 18. White says this move will allow for more people to give and be given the gift of life.



More than 4,000 people in Illinois are currently waiting for a transplant.

0
comments


Ag Secretary Perdue names FSA state committee

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointments for the Farm Service Agency state committee. The five member panel is responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs. Among the Illinois appointments is Melanie DeSutter of Woodhull in Henry County.

 


Other members of the FSA state committee include Jim Reed of DeLand, Martin Barbre of Carmi, Ron Moore of Roseville and Troy Uphoff of Findlay. 

0
comments


Tax Credit Program Stirs Up $36 Million in Donations

After being able to donate to a new tax credit scholarship program, the state says tens’ of millions have been pledged. The program was created during the process to reform school funding and it allows donors to apply a 75 percent tax credit up to $1 million donation. Individuals or corporations are eligible to donate. 

So far $36 million has been donated to scholarship granting organizations around the state. The scholarships are to private K-12 schools and the application process to receive one begins on January 24th. Eligibility requirements maintain that students must come from homes that have an annual income below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. 

The dollars won’t be spread equally around the state. Donations are made in predetermined regions selected by the donor. 

0
comments


Monthly Lunch and Learn Events At Shelbyville Manor Teaching Area Seniors

Shelbyville Manor has an upcoming event for area seniors designed to help teach seniors about various topics while enjoying lunch. This month's speaker is from HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, and will be discussing the ongoing influenza outbreak, and how to avoid it.
 
Kim Wiley is the Director of Marketing and Sales at Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn, and says the “Lunch and Learn” event is held every month, and open to anybody who'd like to attend.
 
 
This month's speaker will be touching on the ongoing influenza outbreak, and how to avoid it.
 
 
Wiley appeared as a guest on the newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

0
comments


Local Weather
Main Office:
217-824-3395