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Christian County Farm Bureau Wrapping Up Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings are officially wrapped up at the Christian County Farm Bureau is once again excited to get back to helping you working in the field.

 

Matthew Heberling is with the Christian County Farm Bureau he says even with a harsh winter they stayed plenty busy in terms of educational meetings.

 

 

Heberling says the next step was meeting with country financial in terms of insurance claims and new this year will be the utilization of drones.

 

 

Heberling appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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Nokomis Without Water

The City of Nokomis is currently without water after a water line has been hit. The city is currently working to repair the line, and once repaired, Nokomis will be under a boil order until further notice. Regional Radio News will provide updates as more information is released.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Announces 2019 Chillifest Dates

Dates have been announced for the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.

 

This year’s event will take place October 5th and 6th.  

 

This year’s Chillifest will again return many of the favorites attendees have enjoyed, as well as 2 days of International Chilli Society judging in several different categories.

 

The Chamber will again serve its famous Chillifest chilli, as well as Pepsi products, under the Purple and Gold tent on the south side of the Courthouse Square.

 

As the schedule gets finalized in coming months, you’ll find it and all the contest entry forms, at the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Dental Services for Kids, Ameren Tornado Response at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about efforts to provide free dental services to children, and Ameren’s response to the December 1 tornado, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kiwanis member Raedena Ryan reported on the  "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids" program, supported by the local Kiwanis Club.  She told the club that Dr. David Trost leads an organization called "Miles of Smiles" that provides free dental checkups to school children across the state.  They in turn refer students from Taylorville schools in need of urgent dental care to Central Illinois Smiles.
   
A grant of $2,500 from our Kiwanis Club (matched with another $2,500 by the TMH Foundation) was used to fund oral surgery and other services beyond what Dr. Greg Haarman's clinic, Central Illinois Smiles could provide.  Haarman is also a Kiwanis member.

Program speaker for the day was Karly Combest, Community Relations Coordinator Division 4 for Ameren Illinois on Storm & Disaster Preparedness.   She reported on the Taylorville Tornado last December First which included a peak outage count of 2,600 of which all were restored by midnight on December 3rd.  273 total resources were engaged in the restoration effort, they replaced 140 poles, 39 transformers and over 10,000 feet of conductor.  Ameren responded to 68 gas leak calls and four different locations of blowing gas.

Combest had with her Shelley Beierle, Distribution Design Specialist of Ameren Illinois, Pana Operations Center.

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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Moultrie County Health Department Sponsoring Certified Food Protection Manager's Class

The Moultrie County Health Department is sponsoring a Certified Food Protection Manager’s class in April to provide certification for food service managers. Jeff Houska explains more on what the class is.

 

 

Houska shares who could benefit from attending the class.
 

 

The class will be held April 24th from 8am-5pm at the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. 

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Taylorville Youth Cheer Brings on New President and Board

Taylorville Youth Cheer has revamped their board, and new president Billie Heberling is ready to start over from scratch.

 

 

Heberling says that they may have a new board, but their main values will remain the same.

 

 

Heberling says that their first sign up date will be from 9am-12pm at Manner’s Park on April 6th.

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Horticulture Educator has Busy Winter Planning

As a Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Tayloville you may think that during the rough winter months Andrew Holsinger gets some time off.

 

Holsinger says this is not the case as he may not be out in the field as much but he spends much of that time planning for the season ahead.

 

 

Holsinger says agriculture should not go unnoticed in the state of Illinois as it is very important.

 

 

Holsinger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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CCFS Ready to Get Back to Work

Christian County FS has been around for nearly a century now and every year around this time the itch to get back to farming grows stronger than ever.

 

Nathan Rogers with Christian County FS explains how they can work for you and ensure that your yield is as successful as it has ever been.

 

 

Rogers says after a great year last year he cannot wait to get back to work, but understands that mother nature is not always the most courteous.

 

 

Rogers appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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Billie Heberling Running for Alderman of Ward 3

Billie Heberling wants your vote to be the new Alderman of Ward 3 in Taylorville. Heberling says she is no stranger to the city government as her father was involved for years, now she sees it as her time and she wants to be a voice for Ward 3.

 

 

Heberling already has some ideas in the works in terms of how to help the city save or make some money

 

 

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

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TMH Foundation Accepting Applications for John H. Butterfield Scholarship

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced that they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship. Executive Director of the Foundation, Raedena Ryan, explains more.

 

 

Ryan says that the scholarships are available to anyone in Christian County with an interest in agriculture or nutrition.

 

 

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant, and the deadline to apply is April 1st.

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Treasurer Frerichs Wants Marijuana Vendors to Use Banks

Marijuana is a hot topic of discussion across the country and currently 33 states have marijuana use available in some capacity, either for recreational use or medicinal.

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he is hoping to get banking and marijuana together but right now there are some legal issues at the federal level.

 

 

Frerichs says he is hopeful that Congress will give this the OK. He admits it has been slow moving for now but has his fingers crossed that discussions could intensify any day now.

 

 

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

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Earl Walters Running for Alderman of Ward 4

Earl Walters is once again up for re-election to be the Alderman of Ward 4 in Taylorville. Walters first became and Alderman in 1983 and brings 19 years of experience to the Talyorville City Council as an Alderman. 

 

 

Walters says he wants to be as thorough as possible to make sure that the right decision can be made the first go around.

 

 

Walters has always been big on community involvement and giving back to the community, something that was instilled in him at an early age.

 

 

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

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City Council Honors Taylorville Food Bank on Monday

On Monday night, the Taylorville City Council held their second monthly meeting at City Hall. First honored was the Taylorville Food Pantry for their continued dedication to help the Taylorville residents, especially in the aftermath of the December tornado. Mayor Bruce Barry says the pantry stepped up during the city’s time of need.

 

 

Following that, the council passed 3 motions, including one to extend the completion date for the Taylorville Steak N Shake. Barry says a delay in putting the sewer in contributed to the extension.

 

 

Following that, the council discussed committee reports where motions were passed from the Personnel, Emergency Services, Lake and Airport, and Water and Environmental committees were passed. After committee reports, the Council entered a closed session.

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month.

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Shelby County Health Fair Coming Soon

Soon Shelbyville residents will have the opportunity to head out to the Shelby County Health Fair.

 

Betty Watkins is with Sail which is a center to promote independent living, she shares when and where the Shelby County Health Fair will be held.

 

 

Watkins says this will be an event that you do not want to miss, not only will you get to learn a healthy lifestyle but it will be fun as well.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Steak N' Shake Nearing Completion

Midway through March, Taylorville’s new Steak N’ Shake is nearing completion. The new restaurant is expecting to be done with construction by the end of March according to David Bruno with Stuller Inc.

 

 

With just a few more steps left in the building process, Bruno shares what is left to be done.

 

 

Bruno fully expect for the building to finish on schedule.

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TMH Hosting Informational Forum on Marijuana, Opioids

The Christian County Prevention Coalition will host an inofrmational forum on medical and recreational marijuana as well as opioids on Wednesday, March 27th. Conny Mueller Moody with the Illinois Department of Public Health will be a guest speaker, on who can best benefit from the forum.

 

 

Moody says that the IDPH is trying to use these forums as a way to further educate people across the state on medical marijuana.

 

 

The program is free, no registration is required, and it will be hosted in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.

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LEAD Program Visits Springfield

The Christian County LEADership program focused on state government last week when they visited the state’s capitol. Linda Smith with the program says that they visit Springfield every year.

 

 

The group also got to speak with Avery Bourne who Smith says is one of the most accessible legislators she’s ever met.

 

 

The group also got to meet with lobbyist Pam Weber, before their visit concluded.

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Changes Coming to the Streets of Shelbyville

Changes are coming to the streets of Shelbyville and the City Officials cannot wait to show off the renovations to the public.

 

Thomas Schafer is the Street Commissioner in Shelbyville he explains the project they have been working on since he joined the committee.

 

 

Schafer says for this project good will not be good enough, he is looking for something the will really grab someone’s attention.

 

 

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

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Mayor Johnson Happy with Success of Shelbyville

Shelbyville is getting into the swing of election season as residents will be hitting the polls hard before too much longer.

 

Mayor Jeff Johnson is up for re-election he has been the Mayor of Shelbyville for 6 years now.

 

 

Johnson says he is proud of what all Shelbyville has been able to accomplish in recent memory and is looking forward to continued growth for the city.

 

 

Johnson knows that all the grants have helped and he says he owes a big thank you to his team that helps get these grants for the city.

 

 

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

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Pana Hopeful for New Dog Park

A group of residents in Pana have been hard at work for almost a year in hopes of bringing a dog park to town. Among the group is Francis Schmitz, and she says the idea to add a dog park originated from her kids.

 

 

Schmitz says that not only will it add a place to let dogs exercise, but a place for people to socialize as well.

 

 

Schmitz says they hope to have the park done within a year.

 

 

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Shelby County CEO Students Enjoying the Program

Thursday was the 14th annual Farm City Breakfast hosted by the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. The Shelby County CEO program joined the breakfast, and student Cassidy Tucker shares what the CEO experience is like.

 

 

Student Beau Bennet mentions some of the businesses the class has been fortunate to visit, including a bobby pin factory.

 

 

Tucker and Bennett were guests on Miller Media Station WRAN’s remote broadcast.

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Ag Lit Chicks Back in the Classroom

Every year the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville looks for ways to get ag involved in the classroom, one of their more popular methods is the Ag Lit Chicks.

 

4H and Ag Lit Program Coordinator Rebecca Livingston says this is personally one of her favorite things the extension office does as the kids really get involved.

 

 

Livingston says it can be tricky to keep the chick eggs at the perfect temperature with humidity playing a factor as well.

 

 

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

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3 on 3 Youth Basketball Back at CC YMCA

Nothing quite makes the ears of someone who lives in the Midwest quite like the word basketball, it is a game that we play from an early age. The Christian County YMCA is ready for the next wave of young basketball players come out and play.

 

Mary Kate Curtin is the Membership and Marketing Director for the YMCA. She is excited to announce that the 3 on 3 basketball co-ed league is once again back this year after there was a possibility of it not returning.

 

 

Curtin says the league has come along way since its first year, as now the have the multiple courts for all the different age groups.

 

 

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

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High Wind Warning in Affect for Regional Radio Coverage Area

A high wind warning is in effect east of I-55 from 9 am to 10 pm today, with a wind advisory from I-55 west. Southwest winds will increase to 25-40 mph with gusts of 45-55 mph by late morning and afternoon, with some gusts of 55-65 mph possible this afternoon and early evening in eastern Illinois.

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Grant Wade Wants Your Vote For City Council

City Councilmen in Sullivan are campaigning for to get ready for election day which is coming up

 

Grant Wade is a City Councilman for Sullivan he shares his beginnings in getting involved with the community.

 

 

Wade started getting involved in the community when he first moved to Sullivan. He found once he got started it was hard to stop adding groups to his list.

 

 

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

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