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HSHS Good Shepherd Receives $50,000 Donation from Shelby County State Bank

Shelby County Bank donated $50,000 to HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Foundation’s centennial fundraising campaign. It is the largest contribution the hospital has received, and CEO Aaron Puchbauer is very thankful for the donation.

 

 

HSHS Good Shepherd is going to be able to use the donation towards new hospital technology helping with both patients, and employees.

 

 

Good Shepherd will be able to help fund new renovations, and technologies with the donation.

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Making Jar in Freezer Meals Class

February is heart health month and the U of I Extension is offering a class on February 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening at the extension office in Taylorville to help teach how to freeze your meal the correct way.

 

Lisa Peterson is the instructor of the Making Jar in Freezer Meals class, she says this is a great way to eat a little healthier as well as save some money.

 

 

Peterson shares some examples of foods that do and do not freeze well, its her advice that you steer clear of freezing anything with noodles in it.

 

 

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

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Davis Speaks in Boston on Bipartisanship

With each day that passes the government shut down extends its record of the longest shut down in United States history. It appears that bipartisanship has taken a back seat and the end is down the road.

 

Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of Illinois, he recently had the opportunity to head out to Boston to speak to local schools about bipartisanship.

 

 

Davis says he had the opportunity to speak at the Kennedy Institute, he was happy to participate in the Q&A for the participants in the crowd.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Police Department Hosting Presentation with Christian County TRIAD

The Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County TRIAD will be hosting a special presentation next Thursday January 24th. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile on what the presentation will hold.

 

 

Hile says he expects the presentation to last around an hour, with a question an answer scheduled as well.

 

 

The presentation starts at 9:30 in the morning, and will be held at the Taylorville Municipal Building.

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Men Who Cook Postponed by TMH Auxiliary

Due to inclement weather this weekend, Men Who Cook has been postponed to a later date according to the TMH Auxiliary. Debbie Johnson with TMH Auxiliary explains more on the decision.

 

 

Johnson confirms that despite that change in date to March 2nd, the event will go on exactly like it was planned to originally.

 

 

Men Who Cook will be in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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Snow and Wind to Cause Hazardous Road Conditions this Weekend

With potential of more hazardous winter weather headed towards the Regional Radio News coverage area, it is important to approach the roads with caution. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says get your driving out of the way before the snow could hit tonight.

 

 

Strong winds are expected with the storm as well, which means the roads can be tricky according to Crews.

 

 

Christian County is currently under a winter weather advisory.

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Taylorville FFA to Represent Country in Scotland

Taylorville High school FFA has accomplished something that no other group has ever done at THS, they are national champions. Sue Schafer, FFA coach, talked about the accomplishment with Regional Radio News.

 

 

This was the first time that THS was able to compete at this particular contest, and Schafer described them as “underdogs”.

 

 

Next, they will get to represent America on a world stage by competing in Scotland this June. Schafer, and all the students are thrilled to take on the opportunity.

 

 

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Taylorville Senior Citizens Center Offering Painting Courses

On the fourth Thursday of every month, the Taylorville Senior Citizens Center offers an oil painting class. Gerry Mahr of the Senior Citizens Center says its open for anyone to attend.

 

 

The instructor is a trained Bob Ross student, and is qualified according to Mahr.

 

 

Mahr encourages all residents to come out who are interested, even if they don’t have any painting experience.

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry Shows Off New Renovations

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry was the host for the most recent Business After Hours. One reason why they wanted to play host, was to show off their new renovations, which Dr. Amanda Lewis has been looking forward too for quite some time.

 

 

As far as being the host for Business After Hours, Lewis was more thankful for the community than anything else.
 

 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was also held during Business After Hours in honor of CI Smiles new renovations.

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LEAD Program Attends First Event

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is very proud of their LEAD program. The LEAD program is designed to have 15-20 residents in the class and help them grow as individuals.

 

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, she says recently the LEAD program attended their first event.

 

 

Hornbuckle says the good times are just getting started as next week they will be attending a colors class to find out their strengths and weaknesses.

 

 

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

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Serve it Safely Class Coming to the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville

You cannot have a great company event with out some food being served, the U of I Extension Office wants to make sure that you are serving your food in the correct way.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension. Peterson is teaching a class on February 27th about serving food safely.

 

 

Peterson this class is really gonna help with your company’s next big fund raiser.

 

 

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

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Snow and High Winds Expected this Weekend According to NWS

More winter weather could be on its way this weekend for much of the Regional Radio News coverage area. Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Chuck Schaffer shares what he is keeping an eye on as this storm develops.

 

 

Schaffer says that there is potential for several inches of snowfall, but contrary to last weekends storm, high winds could play a factor during the storm.

 

 

It is still too early to know exactly what this weekends storm will bring, but it is best to be prepared.

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Assumption Appoints New Mayor

After their last Mayor John Kehl retired, assumption appointed their new Mayor on Monday night. Don Dust was voted unanimously by the city council to take the position, and he is honored to be filling the role.

 

 

Kehl played a major role in the community before he retired last Thursday, and Dust recognizes that all while looking toward the future of Assumption.

 

 

In particular, Dust is looking forward to a new sewer project that the city will be working on.

 

 

Dist was appointed by the council on Monday night.

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Taylorville FFA Wins National Award

Last Monday the Taylorville School Board met at their regular time, however the meeting was unlike any before it.

 

Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau is the Superintendent of Taylorville Schools, he says they started the meeting by announcing the Taylorville FFA Livestock Team being National Champions.

 

 

Fuerstenau explains what criteria the team had to beat to be National Champions, and mentions there were some individual honors to go around.

 

 

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

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Missions for Taylorville Handing Out Vouchers

Tuesday night Missions for Taylorville handed out their round of vouchers to tornado relief victims in their effort to help fight back.

 

Bill Kerns with Missions for Taylorville says with these vouchers they are giving out they will be doing so to those who need it most.

 

 

Kerns says these vouchers essentially work like a gift card that will keep all the money local in businesses located in Taylorville.

 

Kerns wants to make residents aware of where and how to sign up for these Missions for Taylorville vouchers.

 

 

Missions for Taylorville is still accepting monetary donations at Taylorville City Hall located at 115 N Main Street, or donate on the Missions for Taylorville Facebook page.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears About SBA Disaster Loans, Lincoln Land Community College Programs, at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about federal disaster loans, as well as Lincoln Land Community College, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.  

 

Julie Garrett, a Disaster Assistance Representative with the Small Business Administration, spoke about both residences and businesses affected by the December 1 tornado, being able to apply for SBA Disaster Loans.  Loans can be applied for in person daily thru this Thursday at the Taylorville Fire Department.  These loans are low interest and variable loan terms.  Loans can also be applied for online at disasterloan.sba.gov. 

 

Dee Krueger, Director of Lincoln Land Community College’s Taylorville campus, spoke about the history of Lincoln Land’s Taylorville locations, starting on the square and currently at 800 South Spresser Street. She spoke about the diversity of classes available for many different ages.  Approximately 45% of the students are in Health Care and second on the list was Criminal Justice.

 

Krueger added that Lincoln Land has a program called “College Now.”  The Taylorville campus will hold an informational meeting on the program, including content, qualifications, and cost, for area high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, their parents and guardians on January 22, from 6 to 7 p.m, in the South Building Room 1126.

 

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.

 

Kiwanis President Michael Evanchek, U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Representative Julie Garrett

 

LLCC’s Tisha Miller, Kiwanis President Michael Evanchek, LLCC Director Dee Krueger

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Christian County CEO Now Accepting Applications for Next School Year

The Christian County C-E-O, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program, is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

The on-line application can be accessed by going to “christiancountyC-E-O-dot-com”, and click on the “apply now” icon on the top of the page.  Applications are being accepted from Christian County high school students that will be juniors or seniors next school year.

 

The Christian County C-E-O program guides each team member through starting and running their own functioning business, all while cultivating essential skills and an expansive, long-lasting network of community members and business owners. 

 

It is not funded by the local schools, though, students do receive school credit for their time commitment. 

 

The application process begins with asking for the applicant’s cell phone number, so that the application can be verified.  The application will then accept the student agreement, take a personal survey, write a short personal narrative, enter parent or guardian information, and then review the application before it’s submitted.

Once it’s submitted, the applicant will received a text and e-mail with a link for parents or guardians, and personal references to use to submit their information.

 

Applications are being accepted until March 1, 2019.  A committee of the Christian County C-E-O board, will review all applications and make the final determination on what students will be enrolled in next year’s program.

 

Questions on the application process can be directed to Joe Curvey, board president, at 824-4996.

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State Trooper Sean Ramsey Urges Caution while Driving in Winter Weather

With freezing rain, and snow hitting much of central Illinois, State Trooper Sean Ramsey wants to remind drivers to play it safe.

 

 

For those who need to travel on the roads, Ramsey has some advice, and mentions a way to check road conditions before getting in the car.

 

 

Freezing rain is a possibility overnight on Wednesday, and more snow could be on the way this weekend.

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SIU and TMH Begin Partnership in Primary Care Clinic

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is opening up a Center for Family Medicine Clinic inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Dr. Janet Albers with SIU is looking forward to bringing primary care services to the Taylorville community.

 

 

As far as why SIU wants to come to Taylorville, Albers says that they have a history working with Memorial Health Systems.

 

 

TMH CEO Kim Bourne is looking forward to the upcoming partnership.

 

 

The new Primary Care Clinic is located in the Specialty Clinic space near the hospitals Laboratory and Rehab Services departments.

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CSH Investments

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

 

Henry has been a certified financial planner since 1998 and explains what sets CSH Investments apart from the rest.

 

 

Henry says at CSH Investments they will cater to an individuals needs in their portfolio for long term profits.

 

 

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

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Davis Wants to See Border Security Resolved

Democrats and Republicans are at ends in Washington in terms of border security and there does not appear to be a compromise in sight.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of Illinois in Washington. He is in full support of stronger border security, saying the biggest issue is drugs coming across the border.

 

 

Davis says Senator Chuck Schumer as recently as 2013 voted for 700 miles of border fencing up. It seems as what might have changes his mind is the new President

 

 

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

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College Grad Student Helping Assumption in Community Development

Community development is an important aspect in all cities, and Assumption wants to continue their growth into the future. They have even received help from a Graduate Student from Western Illinois, Pape Cisse, who has come in to find ways for the small town of Assumption to grow. Cisse explains why he chose to come to assumption.

 

 

Cisse has already starting multiple projects in Assumption, and he even hopes to add new real estate in the future.

 

 

Cisse was a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning show live from Assumption City Hall.

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Assumption Police Department Connecting with Local Community

The Police Department in Assumption is constantly looking for ways to connect with its local community, especially local schools. Assumption Police Chief Brian Wade says one of his favorite events is “Beef with the Chief”.

 

 

Wade says that the police department prides themselves on making difference in the community, and he looks forward to doing more of that in 2019.

 

 

Wade was a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live from Assumption City Hall.

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Assumption Community Pride Growing Locally

Assumption Community Pride is helping propel the city of Assumption forward by finding new opportunities to grow. Phile Corzine with Assumption Community Pride says Whether it is business, realestate, or community events, they are promoting community development in every way they can.

 

 

There are multiple committes a part of Assumption Community Pride who focus their efforts on different parts of the city. Corzine works with real estate, and it has helped him take on some new business ventures.

 

 

Corzine was a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live from Assumption City Hall.

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Assumption Mayor Sees Bright Future Before Retiring

Last Thursday, Assumption Mayor John Kehl announced his retirement as Mayor of Assumption. Despite his departure as Mayor, Kehl is looking forward to the future of Assumption including a Dollar General coming to town.

 

 

With Kehls last day being Monday, he believes that Assumption is in a good place moving forward.

 

 

Kehl was a guest on News Talk WTIM’s Morning Show live from Assumption City Hall.

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