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Fight the Heat by Staying Hydrated

The heat is here in Central Illinois! With heat index values reaching upwards of 110 make sure you are staying hydrated.

 

Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the Christian County U of I Extension Office Lisa Peterson wants you to make sure you are getting plenty of water in your system.

 

 

Men sweat more and lose more water than women. Peterson goes over the numbers of how many cups of water you need to be drinking on a daily basis to stay hydrated.

 

 

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

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Congressman Davis Wants to See the Southern Border Issues Resolved

By now every American citizen across the country is aware of the situation going on at the southern border with illegal immigrants making their way into the United States.

 

Congressman Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois, he says anyone who does not think there is a problem at the border could not be more wrong. Davis just wants to see that the laws are followed.

 

 

Being in Illinois citizens of the state may be thinking that the southern border is over 1,200 miles away so they will not feel the effects of the immigrants, Davis says this is not the case. 

 

 

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

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China Joining the World Market

Steve Henry with CSH Investments is the go to guy in Taylorville for investment advice on the stock market and bonds.

 

Steve Henry is looking at the big changes coming to the market in terms of China opening up their market to the world. Henry says this has been a project China has been trying to accomplish for a while, but now it is finally done.

 

 

There is some strategy involved to the implementation of China joining the world market. If China were to attempt this feat in just one year Henry says it would be pure chaos.

 

 

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

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McMillan Garden And Landscaping To Close End Of July

A landscaping company is closing down after 13 years. Seth McMillan from McMillan Landscape And Garden Center announced on the companies Facebook page that they will be selling their business and ending the store on July 31st.   McMillan says he has taken a full time teaching job.

 

 

McMillan says that even though the store is closing, they will honor any contracts that they still have until they are complete. McMillan wants to thank the community for everything over the last 13 years.

 

 

McMillan said on his Facebook page, “ After 13 years in business, We have decided to sell out. Our retail store will officially close on July 31st. Please know that any client who has a current lawn care agreement or landscape project your contract will be honored. Our business will continue to operate until all of our current agreements have been fulfilled. Thank you for supporting our small business over the years!”
 

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CTI Possibly Making Way to Pana

Changes are coming to Pana as the community continues to grow with new businesses wanting to come to Pana and call this town home.

 

Pana Mayor Don Kroski says he is hopeful that CTI might be making their way to town to install some fiber internet, as long as the community shows enough interest.

 

 

Kroski believes bringing a business like CTI to town is whats best for Pana and its residents, saying that it comes down to consistency and keeping the internet running at high speeds.

 

 

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

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Stock Racing Coming To Christian County Fair

The sounds of roaring engines, screaming fans, and heart-pumping action will once again take center stage at the Christian County grandstand on Wednesday evening on July 24th. Larry’s Service Center is presenting the 6th annual triple header of racing. Adam Landers says the racing will be broken up into three sections.

 

 

Landers says there will be an exhibit for Modified’s as well. 

 

Prizes for the faster races will be $500 while the Hornets is $200.  Gates open at 5.  Races start at 7. For more information contact 217-764-3200.

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Bond Set For Taylorville Man At $1,000,000

Arguments for the bail hearing for the man accused of shooting two people in Taylorville on Tuesday evening was heard in court Friday morning. Nathan Howell appeared in court Friday with two deputies from the Christian County Sheriff’s office. Howell, alongside public defender, Michael Drake listened as State Attorney Sarah Carlson gave the State’s argument of not only the probable cause statement that was read on Wednesday but also highlighting Nathan Howell’s extensive criminal history including being currently on probation in Montgomery County for a battery charge and facing a methamphetamine charge in that county as well.  Due to all of those factors, the State asked for a bond set at one million dollars.  When Judge Christopher Matoush asked public defender Michael Drake for his side of the case, Drake informed the court that they would not argue for reduction of bond at this time, but was hoping to push forward on having a mental evaluation done.  Bond was set at one million dollars and Judge Matoush informed Mr. Drake that any motion for an evaluation would have to be done at a later date. The preliminary hearing plus any evaluation motions filed will be heard on August 16th. 

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Christian County Sheriff Offers Heat Advice

Spending an extended amount of time outside in the heat will take its effect the Christian County Sheriffs Office wants to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe.

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says with this heat check on the elderly and if they say they are doing fine check on them in person to make sure everything is alright.

 

 

Kettelkamp says make sure you check the back seat before getting out to run errands. Even if you think it will be a quick in and out stop it does not take long for the heat to be deadly for a young child or pet.

 

 

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

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Adult Prom Tomorrow Night

The party starts tomorrow at the Pillar Event Center in Taylorville for the Adult Prom which starts at 7 in the evening.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says they are expecting a good crowd to come out and tickets will still be available at the door.

 

 

The Clinton J Hornbuckle Memorial Foundation is near and dear to Patty’s heart. The foundation is hoping to raise funds to cover transportation costs for Taylorville youth sports.

 

 

The Lori Bedinger Memorial Foundation is also helping put this event together. Hornbuckle says for this foundation it is about helping the arts.

 

 

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

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Christian County HIstorical Society Quilt Show Saturday

The Christian County Historical Society is hosting a quilt show on July 20th from 10-2.  The proceeds will go towards the Historical Society.  Museum Director Maureen Bruns says the cost is 5 bucks but that gets you a whole lot more than just seeing the quilts.

 

Bruns says there is something for everyone at the quilt show.

 

 

For more information visit the Christian County Historical Society’s Facebook Page.

 

 

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Farmers Market Ready for the Heat

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.

 

Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. He knows the heat is on the way Saturday but says they will be out at the square and to come early to beat the heat and get your Calhoun County peaches.

 

 

Downs is excited to announce that the sweet corn is on its way back this weekend a little later than normally anticipated but he expects the sweet corn to go fast.

 

 

Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.

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Man Accused Of Shooting Two People Makes Court Appearance, Victims Critical But Stable

The man who shot two people in Taylorville on Tuesday appeared in court for the first time Thursday afternoon. Nathan L. Howell appeared via video conference from the Christian County Jail.  State Attorney Mike Havera issued new charges against Howell. He is being charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and attempted 1st-degree murder (2019CF203). Judge Christopher Matoush had State Attorney Havera read the probable cause. At 10:32 PM on July 17, a 9-1-1 call came in for an unresponsive subject from a possible gunshot. Officers were dispatched to 1259 N1250 East Road. As officers arrived, shouting was heard. A male and a female flagged down police.  The officers were trying to establish where the gun was, and the male and female didn’t know. As police cleared the house, a man, later identified as Mike Staton, was found bleeding from the head in the kitchen. EMS was called and began working on Staton.  Police went and cleared the rest of the house. A weapon was found at the bottom of the stairs in the back of the house, a .22 caliber Ruger in a pool of blood.  As police gathered to spread out to find the shooter, a woman, later identified as Roxanna C. Anthony, approached the group of about 6 people. A shot rang out and hit Anthony in the head and she slumped to the ground. Police later found Nathan C. Howell with a .22 caliber rifle and live rounds of ammunition as well.  Both patients were airlifted for treatment. Judge Matoush found probable cause. According to Anthony’s sister, Mary Henderson, she is in ICU and heavily sedated. She also said she is unsure if Roxanna Anthony will be able to see again.  Staton was released from the hospital. Howell requested an attorney for the bond hearing. Bond is set for Friday morning at 10:30.  Howell said on record, he wouldn’t be able to pay bond. Howell faces 6-30 years, a $25,000 fine, and 3 years parole for aggravated discharge of a firearm and 25-life for attempted 1st-degree murder. Howell will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence if convicted and no probation will be granted.

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State Senator Manar Eager to Get Back in Session But Staying Busy Over the Summer

In late May representatives in Springfield wrapped up the spring session and it has been mostly quiet since then.

 

State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois. He admits he is eager to get back into session as there is still plenty of work to do, towards the top of the list will be working on property taxes.

 

 

Manar is ready to get back to a state of normalcy when back in session in the fall. He assures though that he has not been on summer vacation, he has stayed plenty busy.

 

 

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

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Illinois Fire Marshall Encourages Pool Safety This Summer

With people going to pools to beat the heat, the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office wants to make sure you practice pool safety. Drowning is the leading cause of deaths for children ages 1-4 through the United States and in Illinois alone, 6 kids under the age of 15 died from drowning last year.  JC Fultz who is a spokesperson for the Illinois State Fire Marshall says that you can teach your kids early about pool safety.

 

Fultz says to learn CPR and teach kids that toys and floats should be put away after swimming as well.

 

 

Fultz says pools and spas should have a four-sided fence with a self-closing self-latching gate around it for extra protection.

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ISP Reminds You Not To Leave Kids Or Pets In Hot Vehicles

With most of central Illinois in a heatwave, the Illinois State Police would like to remind you to never leave children or pets in a hot car.  According to www.heatkills.org, a car's interior temperature can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes and up to 43 degrees in an hour. Illinois State Police Trooper Mindy Carroll says that if you see a child or pet locked up in a car that’s shut off, you should call 9-1-1, give the location and description of the vehicle than stay with the vehicle until help arrives. 

 

 

Carroll says if the situation is urgent, or the child or animal looks in trouble go ahead and break the window.  Carroll advises you to have someone with you as a witness.

 

 

For more information on car safety and heat visit the U of I Extension website at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/facts/110621.html 

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Shooting In Taylorville Sends Two To Hospital (WITH UPDATES)

UPDATED: Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp held a press conference on Wednesday morning at 10 to discuss the shooting.  He informed the press that Nathan Howell had been in court for incidents in the past.  Trooper Sean T. Ramsey from the Illinois State Police stated that the shooting took place in two buildings and that the evidence would take quite a while to gather.  Kettelkamp said he wasn’t going to be able to comment a whole lot on what took place, but did say that Howell was arrested about 15 minutes after the 9-1-1 call came in.

 

 

A shooting on Route 48 and Nokomis Blacktop Tuesday evening has sent two to the hospital and one in custody. The shooting took place Tuesday evening around 10:30. The Christian County Sheriff’s office along with Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting that took place at 1259 North 1250 East Road in Taylorville. Taylorville, Morrisonville, and Edinburg Police assisted in the scene.  Both victims were taken to Springfield Hospital their conditions are unknown at this time. The suspect that was taken into custody is 40-year-old Nathan L. Howell. He is being held at the Christian County Jail and is already being charged with unlawful use/possession of a weapon by a felon. State Attorney Mike Havera said that he didn’t have a whole lot that he could say at this time, but did inform Regional Radio News that official State charges would be filed later today and that Howell could add additional charges as well pending the investigation. A press conference is scheduled for 10 AM at the Christian County Jail.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

 

 

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Congressman Davis Wants to Hear From You about the Farm Bill

For months Congressman Rodney Davis fought for his fellow Illinois Natives to get the Farm Bill through Congress.

 

Congressman Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois, he says now that the Farm Bill has been implemented he is wanting to hear from Central Illinois residents about the bill.

 

 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been attempting to get an Agriculture Disaster Declaration. Davis says this might be coming down the road as it is gaining bipartisan support.

 

 

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

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HSHS Good Shepherd To Host Health Fair

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville along with Shelby County Farm Bureau will be hosting a health and wellness fair.  The fair will have a number of health care vendors, and Director of Marketing Kristy Gorden says that the idea kind of came together as a way to provide farmers with a health fair.

 

 

There will be all kinds of vendors at the health fair including one that will be giving free minute sleep apnea tests.

 

The event is free to the public and vendors will be set up in the classrooms off the main entrance with parking available in the main lot of the visitor’s center.  For more information visit HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital's Facebook page.

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PCH Making Way Towards 1.5 Million Dollar Goal

Pana Community Hospital is inching closer to its goal of raising 1.5 million dollars for its hospital renovations.

 

Marketing Manager with PCH Melissa Rybolt says while the end is in sight for the building project they are making their final push to raise the money to reach their goal.

 

 

With 1.1 million dollars accounted for towards the goal Rybolt recaps some of the fundraisers to get where they are today, and says without the community this wouldn’t be possible.

 

 

Rybolt sees the 400,000 dollars left to get and is hopeful that number can be reached by the end of the year. She says to keep an eye out for their letters for the end of year appeal around the end of October.

 

 

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

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Real Estate In Christian County Available For Auction

Christian County will be offering real estate and mobile home items through a sealed bid auction, for properties that were delinquent on their taxes.  21 real estate items and 2 mobile homes will be available through a sealed bid auction. The required minimum bid on real estate is $828.00 and on mobile homes is $900.00.  All items need to have their bids in no later than close of business on August 16th.  Regional Radio News tried to reach out to the Auction Sale Department but they did not want to comment. All bids must be turned into either the Christian County Treasurer’s Office located in the Courthouse at 101 South Main Street or online at www.iltaxsale.com. For more information contact 618-656-5744.

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Opioid Awareness Clinic To Hand Out Naloxone Kits

An informational meeting will take place on July 30th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital to discuss opioid overdoses and to hand out Naloxone kits. The Naloxone kits help prevent overdose deaths. Dennis and Chris Metsker, from the Sharpe House, will give a presentation in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at 6 pm on July 30th.  Dennis Metsker says while they won’t be able to completely eliminate opioid deaths, bringing awareness to an ongoing issue is important. 

 

 

Both Dennis and Chris Metsker will speak about what opioids are, what the signs of withdrawal is, what the Good Samaritan Law is, what medication-assisted treatment options there are, and how we can reduce overdose deaths.  

 

 

RSVP’ing is appreciated, and you can call 217-824-1601 to RSVP.  The event and kits are sponsored by The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of substance use, prevention, and recovery.

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Several Hundred Attend Taylorville Night to Salute Responders to December First Tornado at Springfield Sliders Game

Several hundred Taylorville residents attended Tuesday night's "Taylorville Night to Salute Responders to the December First Tornado" at the Springfield Sliders baseball game.  The night was arranged by the Miller Media Group, and co-sponsored by the Taylorville Fire and Police Departments.

 

 

Those intoduced in a pre-game ceremony included Taylorville Fire Department Union President Matt Adermann, Taylorville Police Department Union President Alan Mills, Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  

 

Adermann sung the National Anthem; here's a portion of Adermann's performance.

 

 

Adermann's son Jaxon threw out the first pitch after his dad sang the Anthem.

 

Mills spoke with Regional Radio during a live broadcast of the game on Genuine Country 94-point-3 WMKR, and said he was taken aback when traveling thru his hometown of Hewittville the morning after the December First tornado.

 

 

 

The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Fire and Police Unions, provided a free pair of sunglasses to all those in attendance Wednesday night.

 

 

The Sliders lost their game in 12 innings to the Cape Girardeau Catfish by a final score to eleven to 9.

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New Taylorville Police Chief Guest Speaker at Kiwanis Club Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the new Taylorville Chief of Police, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Dwayne Wheeler took the reins of the Taylorville Police Department on July First.  He says that 2 major priorities are mentoring the younger officers, and lowering the number of thefts and burgularies in the city.

 

Chief Wheeler added the reason there are so many thefts and burgularies, is due to drug addicts stealing to support their habit.  He went on to explain that the Department is aware of as many as 12 drug houses in the city, and his goal is to do the police work necessary to cause arrests at each of them and close them down.

 

 

Chief Wheeler said that both he and Assistant Police Chief Vince Childers, are working the streets along with the officers, to provide more manpower to reduce crime in the city.

 

7 members of the Decatur Golden K Kiwanis Club, were guests at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Two Males Arrested After Fight In Downtown Taylorville

The Taylorville Police Department responded to a fight in the downtown square Monday evening. Taylorville Police received a 911 call at 10:43 stating that a fight was about to occur. According to the police statement, when police arrived, there was a group of people that were there. One man was running towards a Police Officer’s squad car. The man, later identified as Willie Jones II, approached the squad car. When the officer went to talk to him, a juvenile grabbed the officer’s arm to stop him.  The officer pulled away, but the juvenile insisted. At this point, the officer placed the juvenile under arrest. As the officer was arresting the juvenile, the officer stated that Jones came around the back of the police car and grabbed the officer to keep him from arresting the juvenile. The juvenile fought with the police officer until another police officer arrived, and from police statements, the other officer pulled out a taser but never used it. Both suspects were finally detained and placed in police vehicles. After being placed in the squad car, the police report states, that the juvenile calmed and stated that the fight happened when an unknown male had sprayed Jones with mace. The juvenile also apologized for his role in the engagement. Jones was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer. The juvenile was processed and released to his parents. Jones made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning via videophone where probable cause was found by Judge Christopher Matoush and a bond was set at $10,000 with 10% to apply.

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Come to the Fair for the Pageant a Week from Today

One week from today we will find out who will be crowned Miss Christian County 2019 as well as the coronations of Junior Miss and Little Miss.

 

Miss Christian County 2018 Aly Moore admits that she never thought of her self as a pageant girl, but once she got involved she was quickly glad she did.

 

 

Whoever wins Miss Christian County next week will never forget that day. Moore does acknowledge though that winning the crown is just the beginning of the journey.

 

 

Moore looks back on her year as Miss Christian County and says that she will be forever grateful for the opportunities that have come from this experience.

 

 

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

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