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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Tweeking Some Events for 2018

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chilllifest Committee held their monthly meeting Monday night in the Chamber board room on the second floor of the U-S Bank building, to continue its work towards the 33rd Annual Chamber Chillifest October 6th and 7th on the Taylorville square.

Chillifest Chairperson Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that some new committee members have brought new ideas to this year's event.

Hornbuckle added the there will be some tweeks in the annual Pageants, in the International Chilli Society chilli cookoffs, and more.

And, Hornbuckle says that while Chillifest is the Chamber's biggest fund-raiser, the festival involves the whole community.

Get the latest information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest at the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.
 

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Shelbyville Passport Program Popular in Youth

Shelby County Tourism wants Shelby County residents to know what is going on in their community.

 

Freddie Fry is with Shelby County Tourism, she says they have a program revolving around passports and visiting merchants.

 

 

Fry says this program is very popular among the youth of Shelbyville and creates plenty of excitement.

 

 

Fry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Taylorville High School Athletic Summer Camps Coming to a Close

Taylorville High School has been running camps for their athletic teams throughout the summer. With the school year fast approaching, Many of those camps have come to an end. Taylorville High School Athletic Director Paul Held on how this summer’s camps went.

 

 

With the School year right around the corner, that means it is almost time for football and volleyball to begin their seasons. Held is looking forward to both sports to begin especially since the Tornadoes should be playing on new turf this fall.

 

 

Held mentioned that the new outdoor facility may be done for the Tornado’s home opener in August.

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Holds Second Annual Employee Giving Campaign

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation had a successful Employee Giving Campaign this year. This is the second year that Mission in Action hosted the giving campaign, and the numbers were better than last year.

 

 

That is Raedena Ryan, the executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation. Ryan is amazed, and overjoyed about how TMH’s employees love to give back to the hospital.

 

 

Ryan is also excited for what the future has to offer for Mission in Action. She believes that Mission in Action is going to continue to grow for years to come.

 

 

Mission in Action hoping to continue to help promote good health through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation for years to come, and to continue to give back to the community.

 

 

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Taylorville High School Getting School Clean

With the summer drawing to an end it is time for students and teachers alike to start thinking about heading back to school.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau says they try their best to keep the school clean during the time faculty and students are in the building.

 

 

Furstenau says while in the school year they just try to make it to the summer so that then they can go through and be more thorough with the cleaning.

 

 

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

 

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Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair Starts Monday

This weekend Shelby County residents are gearing up for the Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair which starts on Monday.

 

Lisa Mott is the President of Junior Fair Board, she says Monday morning gets started with the sheep show and the day will continue with plenty of shows after that.

 

 

Mott says they have been working for the past 12 months to try and make sure that this years Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair is the best one yet.

 

 

Mott appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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STEM Lab Coming to THS

Taylorville High School is excited to announce the arrival of the new STEM labs coming this August.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau says this is a tremendous opportunity for Taylorville students.

 

 

Furstenau says one thing he can’t wait to see is the virtual reality stations that are coming with the STEM lab.

 

 

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

 

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TMH Golf Outing this Saturday

This Saturday Christian Country residents have the opportunity to be part of the annual Taylorville Memorial Hospital Golf Outing.

 

Debbie Johnson is the Volunteer Coordinator and Auxiliary Liaison with TMH, she says this is the biggest fundraiser for TMH.

 

 

Johnson says they are still looking for teams to join and welcome day of golfers that come out.

 

 

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

 

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Heavy Rainfall and Hot Temperatures' Impact on Gardening

With the summer weather varying each day from 90 degrees to heavy doses of rain, it could affect the way people garden. Gwen Podeschi, a master gardener, talked about how the large amount of rain has affected her plants this summer.

 

 

When Podeschi was asked whether or not the heavy rain has had a positive, or negative impact on plants, she said it’s a little bit of both.

 

 

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Farmers Market Bringing Super Sweet Corn this Week

Two weeks ago the Christian County Farmers Market had Calhoun County Peaches for the first time while last week we saw the first sweet corn of the season.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says this week is set to be even better with Illinois Super Sweet Corn set to debut.

 

 

Downs says when he is asked to pick between Calhoun County Peaches and Illinois Super Sweet Corn he cannot decide and will end up with both.

 

 

The Christian County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon on the Taylorville Square.

 

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing Causing Crash on I55 Wednesday

At roughly 2:37 Wednesday afternoon, a single engine place had to make an emergency landing on I55 heading southbound. The plane cause a small crash with one passenger vehicle, but nobody was harmed. Trooper Sean Ramsey, the District 9 safety education officer, on how the situation was managed.

 

 

Ramsey did admit however, that towing the plane was not an easy task.

 

 

When asked if he knew the pilots reason for being in the air, Ramsey said it was for aerial photography.

 

 

Traffic on I55 has cleared since the accident, and all lanes are now open.

 

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Christian County Farmers Supply Company Hosts Annual Field Plot Demonstration Day

Christian County Farmer's Supply Company held their annual Field Demonstration Day at their plot on West Spresser in Taylorville on Thursday.  NEWSTALK WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White broadcast live from the event, which highlighted the latest in crop growth technology.

C-C-F-S manager Mark Bauman said the annual event showcases new technology in agriculture.

Farmers that didn't make it to Thursday's Field Demonstration can visit the plot during daylight hours along West Spresser near the former West School in Taylorville.

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Shelby County Dive Team Recovers Body from Kaskasia River Last Thursday

The Shelby County Dive Team was able recover a body from the Kaskaskia River last Thursday. The body was identified as 35 year old, Wallace Darkow Jr. of Effingham, who had been kayaking with a group of friends on Saturday, June 30th. Shelby County Dive Team Commander, Austin Pritchard, helped recover Darkow’s body from the river.

 

 

After finding Darkow’s body, Pritchard and his dive team had to find a way to recover his body safely from the river.

 

 

There were other agencies on sight assisting in the search, and Pritchard mentioned how helpful that was for him and his team.

 

 

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Christian County YMCA Hosting Debt Elimination Drive

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center wants Christian County residents to know that they have plenty going on during the summer months.

 

Chris Wettenhiller is the Executive Director with the Christian County YMCA, he says in the early 2000’s the YMCA took on fundraising initiative to add on the aquatic center and the wellness center.

 

 

Wettenhiller says the YMCA will be doing their regular fundraiser and is always willing to accept donations so that the rates do not have to be raised to make up for the difference when it comes to the debt.

 

 

Wettenhiller appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Christian County Senior Citizens Center Set for Busy July

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center wants Christian County residents to know that they have plenty going on during the summer months.

 

Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says that they have a lot of trips coming up in the month of July.

 

 

Mahr also wants residents to know that if you are not a fan of travel the Senior Citizens Center has plenty going on at their Taylorville location as well.

 

 

Mahr appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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HSHS Good Shepard Hospital to Host Second Annual Vacation Body School

Coming up on July 30th, the HSHS Good Shepard Hospital is going to host their second annual Vacation Body School. The school is designed for children in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, and classes will continue until August 2nd. Teri Whalen, an occupational therapy assistant at HSHS Good Shepard, talked about what kids and parents can expect from the school.

 

 

In addition to the lessons focusing on heart health, there is going to be plenty of fun activities for kids to take part in.

 

 

Last year was the Vacation Body School’s first year in existence and the school saw rising attendance numbers each day. Class times will start in the morning at 10, and continue until noon. The classes are free, and per-registration is encouraged.

 

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TMH CEO Updates Kiwanis Club on Construction At Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about construction starting on the new 60-million dollar Taylorville Memorial Hospital, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

T-M-H Chief Executive Officer Kim Bourne told Kiwanis members about the project, which officially got underway this week.  Bourne said that a group of Catholic nuns built Saint Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville in 1906, with the current 5-story facility built by the sisters in 1954. 

The hospital became Taylorville Memorial Hospital, operated by Memorial Health Systems, in 1995, and Bourne said the new lobby, surgery and radiology building, along with new space for Springfield Clinic, was constructed in 2011.

Bourne told the Kiwanis Club that the 1954 building now has infrastructure and code-related deficiencies, which caused hospital officials to begin work on plans for a new hospital building in 2015.

The new Taylorville Memorial Hospital building is actually being built in 2 phases, with phase one just starting.  The hospital will move into the completed phase one in January of 2020, moving out of the 1954 building.  Phase 2, which will be support offices, will replace the 1954 building, and will be ready to move into in January of 2021.

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.

 

PICTURED:    Kim Bourne (center), C-E-O of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly luncheon of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the T-M-H auditorium.  Kiwanis program chair Raedena Ryan is at the left; Kiwanis Club president Martin Vota is at the right.

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Shelby Electric Cooperative Scheduled Outage

Due to necessary line work in the Velma Substation area, Shelby Electric will have service shut off today, from 9:00am - Noon. Customers affected include Timberlake Subdivision and surrounding area. Customers in that area were notified of this scheduled outage. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

 

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Strasburg Farmers Market Giveaway this Thursday

The Strasburg Farmers Market is doing a giveaway this Thursday, July 12th. The Market is going to hold a drawing, and the winner will receive a free basket, with items from each vendor. Karen Kull (Cool), of the Strasburg Community Action Network, talks more in detail about the giveaway.

 

 

There is no cost to enter the drawing, and you must be present to win. For those interested in how to register, Kull explained that as well.

 

 

The Strasburg Farmers Market is every Thursday from 4:30-6 in the evening on the parking lot of the Strasburg Community Center.

 

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Taylorville School Board Carries Motion to Make Entire District K-4

The Taylorville School Board met on Monday night at the Administration Education Center, and discussed multiple topics involving the surrounding school system. First, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau displayed pictures of what the new STEM Labs will look like at Taylorville High School. Dr. Furstenau on the opportunities this could provide for future students.

 

 

The board later moved on to a consideration of support staff evaluation which was approved unanimously by the board. Also approved unanimously was the consideration of resolution for allowance of inter-fund transfers. Following that, the 2018 paper bid was unanimously accepted by the board.

 

The largest discussion that took place was one revolving around the idea of moving the entire district to K-4 for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Furstenau commented on what this means for the district moving forward.

 

 

After the motion cleared at a narrow 4-3 vote by the board, the meeting was adjourned. The Taylorville School Board meets on the second Monday of every month at 7 in the evening.

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U of I Extension Hosting Tree Class on Thursday

Andrew Holsinger is the Horticulture Expert with the U of I Extension Program. On Thursday, July 12th Holsinger will be hosting an event about tree health.

 

Gwen Podeschi is a Master Gardener, she says this is a great way to find out what is wrong with your trees and how to fix any ailments.

 

 

Linda Smith is also a Master Gardener, she says if you already are having tree problems this would be a good class to attend.

 

 

Podeschi and Smith appeared as a guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Some Stress Can Be Good

Stress is an element of life that everyone has to deal with whether it is at work or even around the house.

 

Clinical Director with the Shelby County Community Services Ed Lacheta says stress cannot be avoided, where we really get in trouble is how we deal with stress.

 

 

Lacheta says a little bit of stress can be a good thing and go along way in raising awareness and motivation.

 

 

Lacheta appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Funding Released to Help Rural Illinois

A few weeks ago in Springfield the Illinois House of Representatives passed the budget for next year. This is the first time this has happened on time since Avery Bourne was elected in 2015.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois. She says in recent weeks as well there has been funding released that will help those who live in rural Illinois.

 

 

Bourne shares how the 6 million dollars will be split up around the state.

 

 

Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Father of Unresponsive Infant to be Charged with Aggravated Battery

The Taylorville Police, and Fire departments responded to a call reporting an unresponsive infant on the 100 block of East Main Cross on Friday morning around 10:30. When officers arrived to the scene, the Taylorville Fire Department had moved the infant to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and was later moved to HSHS St. Johns in Springfield. Currently, the infant is still at HSHS St. Johns, and during the investigation a two-year-old child has also been taken into protective custody.

 

The father of the infant is 30 year old Chad Johnson, and he has been taken into custody for Violation of an Order of Protection, and a warrant for larceny. Johnson will be charged later today for aggravated battery to a child.

 

This is an ongoing investigation by the Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office. Authorities are asking that anyone who may have information to contact the Taylorville Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.

 

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Village of Strasburg Under a Boil Order

The Village of Strasburg has issued a boil order until further notice. Residents of Strasburg as well as surrounding areas that rely on the Village’s water supply are urged to boil water for cooking and drinking purposes for 5 minutes before use.

 

Linda Oakley is the Village Clerk for the Village of Strasburg she says the water department has been replacing its entire water line system in the past few weeks. This causes lots of possibilities for leaks and once that happens boil orders need to go into effect.

 

Once again the Village of Strasburg has issued a boil order until further notice. Residents of Strasburg as well as surrounding areas that rely on the Village’s water supply are urged to boil water for cooking and drinking purposes for 5 minutes before use.

 

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Summer Getting Busy for Shelbyville

The summer months are always busy for the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce.

 

Jodi McCormick is the Director of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of commerce. She says there is a balloon fest coming to town.

 

 

McCormick wants to remind residents about the membership drive being put on by The Lions Club.

 

 

McCormick appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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July is Grill Safety Month

July is Grill and Grill Safety Month and the University of Illinois Extension Program wants to let residents know the proper way to grill.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness with the Extension Program she says first and foremost make sure that everything you are using is clean.

 

 

Peterson says a lot of residents may look at the burger they are grilling and think it is done but looks can be deceiving.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville School Board to Meet Monday Night

They Taylorville School Board is holding its monthly meeting tonight at 7 o’clock. Items on the Board’s agenda include a consideration of support staff evaluation, resolution for allowance of inter-fund transfers, Elementary lunch program report, and a Superintendent report. Regional Radio News is going be covering the Taylorville School Board meeting.

 

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Miller Media's Katie Kohl Recieves Award for Saving a Life

Miller Media’s Katie Kohl was honored as the Volunteer of The Month on July 2nd, after saving someone’s life in early May. It was May 7th when Katie Kohl answered a phone call during WRAN’s morning call in game, Lettermania, and knew something was was not right.

 

 

Kohl was given the Volunteer of the Month Award by Mayor Barry during the City Council Meeting July 2nd. That’s when Mayor Barry declared July 2nd a holiday.

 

 

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US Corps of Engineers Gearing up for Another Busy Weekend

All residents who decided to spend the Fourth of July at Lake Shelbyville had a great time and enjoyed the holiday.

 

Ashley Florey with the US Corps of Engineers says with while the Fourth of July is behind them there is still plenty more to do at Lake Shelbyville.

 

 

Florey says the US Corps of Engineers wants to stress safety for those who do decide to come out to the lake for a good time.

 

 

Florey appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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University of Illinois Extension to Hold Tomato Presentation July 27th

Tomatoes are one of the easiest fruits to grow. However, pests and disease could cause problems for those who do not know how to properly protect their crop. University of Illinois Extension is going to hold a presentation at the Christian County Extension Office this July 27th that will teach people on how to control and protect their tomatoes. Andrew Holsinger, the Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, spoke about what exactly will be taught at the presentation.

 

 

The University of Illinois Extension wants to better educate people on how to protect their tomatoes. Holsinger talked about the goal of the session coming up this July.

 

 

The presentation is free for those who would like to go, and starts at 10 oclock in the morning. You can register by calling the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

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Christian County Historical Society and Museum Tractor Drive

The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is hoping to see Taylorville residents coming up in the middle of July.

 

Maureen Bruns says the Christian County Historical Society and Museum will have a fundraiser on July 14th that will benefit two organizations.

 

 

Bruns advises residents to stick around for the tractor show starting at 11 in the morning and to bring the kids as this will be a great family event.

 

 

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

 

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U of I Extension Ready for Berry Month

The beginning of July marks the beginning of national berry month and the University of Illinois Extension Program is buzzing with excitement about berry month.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the program. She says July is the perfect month for berry month to spread awareness for what all berries can do for the human body.

 

 

Peterson says there is not necessarily one berry that is any better than the rest but it is important to get berries in your system for fiber.

 

 

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

 

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Ameren Illinois Warns Christian County of Potential Utility Scam Threat

Ameren Illinois is warning its customers about an electric utility scam, and Christian County has had reports of the issue. Marcelyn Love, a spokesperson for Ameren Illinois spoke more on what exactly the scam is.

 

 

Love says that this has been a recurring issue for Ameren over the last few years. She also spoke about the challenges that it presents Ameren, and what they can do to help.

 

 

To report a potential scam to Ameren, customers are told to call 800-755-5000.

 

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Ron Burke of Christian County Sheriff's Office Reflects on the Active Shooter Drill

This past Saturday, there was an active shooter drill at the Taylorville Town Square. Agencies from around Taylorville, and surrounding areas were on scene, participating in the drill. Ron Burke, the Jail Administrator of Christian County spoke about how successful the drill was.

 

 

Burke also talked about the planning that went into the drill. The goal of the pre-planning was to ensure that the drill was going to be as realistic as possible.

 

 

Now that the drill is over, Burke thinks that Taylorville and its agencies are well prepared for an event like this if it ever occurs.

 

 

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Christian County Coroner Releases Results of Three Death Investigations

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans this (Thurs) afternoon released to Regional Radio News, the results of 3 death investigations.

 

Winans' says that Aaron T. Rathgeber, 31, of Taylorville died on April 20, 2018 in his home. His cause of death was asphyxiation due to hanging. His manner of death was determined to suicide.

Winans' report released today (Thurs) also said Christopher Beard, 56, of Tower Hill, died on May 3, 2018 at Pana Community Hospital E. R. His cause of death was pulmonary thromboembolism due to deep vein thrombosis of the legs. Other significant conditions contributing to the death are methamphetamine intoxication, hypertensive and ischemic heart disease. His cause of death was undertermined.

And, Winans' death investigation concluded that Cassandra Agnew, 38, of Taylorville died June 18, 2018 in her home. Her cause of death was diphenhydramine intoxication and accidental.

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One Person Killed in July 4th Accident in Pana Township

A 33-year-old Ramsey man was killed in a one-car accident in Pana Township just past midnight on the 4th of July.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans tells Regional Radio News that Vernon L. Hall was driving west on 100 North Road in Pana Township, when he lost control of the vehicle, struck the ditch, then hit a utility pole.

Hall was pronounced dead at the scene, from blunt force trauma to the head.  Winans says he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident is under investigation by the Christian County Sheriff's Office and the Christian County Coroner's Office.  Toxicology results are pending.

The Pana Fire Department, Pana Ambulance, and Shelby Electric Cooperative assisted at the scene.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Fight Hunger Spark Change

Throughout the month of April Central Illinois Foodbank teamed up with Walmart and Feeding America to provide meals nationwide for those in need.

 

Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank Ashley Earnest says this is the fifth year of the campaign.

 

 

Earnest says Central Illinois Foodbank worked with 20 different Walmarts in the area and in total brought in just under $100,000.

 

 

This is not an annual campaign but Earnest says she is hopeful that Central Illinois Foodbank will team up with Walmart again next year and maybe get above $100,000.

 

 

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

 

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Congressman Davis Wants to Fix Immigration

The border of Mexico and the United States has been a hot topic for discussion in recent weeks with immigration issues continuing.

 

Congressman of the 13th District of Illinois Rodney Davis says there were actually two immigration bills that were both voted down recently.

 

 

Davis says kids being separated from their parents is terrible and should never happen and the bill he voted addressed that issue.

 

 

Davis says he believes the reason a solution has been put off for so long is do to the fact that immigration is such a high political issue that politicians can use it to run their campaigns around.

 

 

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

 

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Mayor Barry Sees Results in PCW

Physicians Choice Wellness is an option for Taylorville residents that may be trying to shed a few pounds to get their summer body back.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he has been going to PCW for a couple of months now and is seeing a noticeable difference.

 

 

Weight loss can be a tough track to maneuver. Mayor Barry says he knows residents that do not eat regular meals but instead try to take supplements to help lose weight, Barry says this is not the case with PCW.

 

 

Mayor Barry says it is difficult being the Mayor and showing up at events with all the food out but he has to resist the temptation to go get more food.

 

 

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

 

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Farmers Market Back to Regular Location

Last Saturday the Farmers Market was forced to move off the Taylorville Square due to an active shooter drill.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says last week even with the heat and change in location was still a great success.

 

 

Downs believes that one of the reasons the Farmers Market was so successful last week was due to the Calhoun County Peaches debuting.

 

 

With Calhoun County Peaches debuting last week Downs wants residents to know that there is going to be another market item coming out for the first time this season this Saturday as well.

 

 

The Farmers Market will return to its regular spot on the Taylorville Square this Saturday from 9-1.

 

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Steve Henry Talks Diverse Portfolios

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

 

Henry says he has noticed that some investors think they are being diverse with their portfolio when they really are not.

 

 

Henry says at CSH Investments they take a different look at diversity and try to read between the lines of what is in the portfolio.

 

 

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

 

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Central Illinois Foodbank gets $50,000 Grant

Last week Central Illinois Foodbank announced that they would be receiving a 50,000 dollar grant from Morgan Stanley.

 

Ashley Earnest is the Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank. She says with the 50,000 dollar grant they plan on launching a new produce delivery program.

 

 

Earnest says the day they found out they were going to get the grant was a day unlike any other.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Hosts Its Third Babysitting Clinic of the Year

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary just finished hosting its third babysitting this year on June 27th. The clinic taught eleven students how to care for an infant, and they also learned CPR. Penny Shehadeh, the hospital’s Nurse Educator, mentions why the community as a whole benefits from these clinics.

 

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been hosting the babysitting clinic for years, and this was their third clinic this year. Shehadeh mentions this event has been even more successful in years past.

 

 

The hospital is going to continue to host more clinics in the future, and for those interested you can call 824-1601.

 

 

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Congressman Davis Talks Farm Bill

Central Illinois farmers have been watching the news very carefully to see if there is any update on the Farm Bill in Washington.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois. He says he is happy the Senate was able to pass a Farm Bill and is hoping to serve on the conference committee for a second time.

 

 

Davis says the bills are similar on the agriculture side, but the biggest difference comes with food stamps.

 

 

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

 

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Water Main Installation to Close Down East Main Street

On July 9th, the Taylorville Water Department is going to begin a six week construction project on East Main Cross Street. The construction is going to install a 10 inch water main which will cause East Main Cross to periodically close. The initial closure will have the street closed from Paw Paw to Shawnee, and the final closure will be from Shawnee to Cherokee. After the work is complete, the construction area will be overlaid. Taylorville Water Department apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause, and they hope to resolve those issues as best as possible.

 

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Trooper Ramsey Talks 4th of July Safety

The Illinois State Police will be out in full force Wednesday for the fourth of July trying to protect and serve.

 

ISP Trooper Sean Ramsey says the officers know alcohol will be a part of the Fourth of July, the problem arises with residents do after drinking.

 

 

Ramsey says there are plenty of options for those who have had too much to drink, whether that is Uber or a taxi, do not get behind the wheel after drinking.

 

 

Trooper Ramsey appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Lisa Sims Big Smile Recipient

Lisa Sims is the winner of the Big Smile of the month thanks to her work as the Chair of Relay for Life for 10 years.

 

Sims says there have been plenty of rewarding moments that came with serving as chair for the last decade. She always enjoyed meeting the cancer survivors.

 

 

Sims says with this being her last Relay for Life she is happy to say the event was a success.

 

 

Sims leaves some big shoes to fill as the Chair of Relay for Life. Sims says she feels confident in her replacement.

 

 

Sims says while she is no longer Chair of Relay for Life she will still be involved with organization in some capacity.

 

 

Sims served as Chair of Relay for Life for 10 years and was a volunteer for 11.

 

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Taylorville City Council Decides on Sewer Line Connection Charge for Local Church at Monday Night Meeting

On Monday night, at the Municipal building in Taylorville, the City Council met to discuss items such as the Walnut Street Project, TIF District, new insurance policies, and the Taylorville Christian Church.

 

 

After a decisive 5-4 motion, the City Council decided to have the Taylorville Christian Church pay the city $1,300 for not getting the proper permit to dig when it comes to sewer work. Alderman Earl Walters was the last member of the City Council to vote after passing the first time around.

 

 

Alderman Walters’ vote tied the motion 4-4, and Mayor Barry made the final and decisive vote, and voted yes.

 

 

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16th at 7 in the evening.

 

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4th of July Celebrations

The fourth of July is coming up this Wednesday, so here is everything you need to know about the surrounding area’s 4th of July celebrations.

 

Taylorville fireworks start at dusk on lake Taylorville. The Optimists club is responsible for the fireworks, and has been for over 30 years.

 

Shelbyville has fireworks planned at Lake Shelbyville Dam West Recreational Center. At 4 in the afternoon, Lilly’s concessions will open up, and will be serving a variety of fair foods. Also, that evening from 6-9, Battle Creek Band will be preforming a live concert. The fireworks will begin at 9 o’clock on Wednesday night.

 

Hillsboro is going to host a biathalon on the morning of July 4th at 7:45. They will also have a cardboard boat regalia on Lake Hillsboro. Fireworks at Hillsboro are set to begin at dusk.

 

Sullivan is going to have a parade in the morning. Later on, there will be sack races, and a watermelon eating contest. Fireworks in Sullivan are set to begin at dusk.

 

Herrick is going to have a parade at 10 o’clock in the morning. Following the parade, there will be live performances of the Van Waylon Band, the Fabulous Hoedads, and Jac Freeze. Fireworks at Herrick are set to begin at dusk.

Pana’s fireworks are set to begin at dusk on July 3rd.

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Shelby County Engineers for Highways Keeping Roads Safe

The Shelby County Engineers for Highways are responsible for keeping the roads safe to drive on whether that means shoveling snow or doing summer construction.

 

Allen Spesard is with the Shelby County Engineers for Highways. He says there are plenty of challenges when it comes to working on the roads during the summer and winter.

 

 

Spesard says he is often asked what are the deciding factors that determines what road gets worked on.

 

 

Spesard appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry To Start Extensive Renovation of Taylorville Building

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry's building at 400 West Main Cross in Taylorville, will undergo a major renovation and expansion of dentist offices, right after the 4th of July.

Co-owner Doctor Amanda Lewis told Regional Radio News, that their Taylorville office will re-locate temporarily while the construction takes place.

And, Doctor Lewis says the temporary location is familiar to many Taylorville residents.

Doctor Lewis says the remodel of their existing building will offer more treatment rooms.

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry's Taylorville phone number will remain the same during the time they operate from Doctor Taglioli's former office.  That number is 824-8232.
 

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LLCC Getting Ready for Fall

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville is half way done with their summer courses. Students are now beginning to look towards the fall semester.

 

Dee Krueger is the Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville. She says they have plenty to offer in the fall.

 

 

Krueger recommends to all her students that they get a head start on the fall with financial aid.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville City Council Meets Tonight

The Taylorville City Council holds their twice-a-month Council meeting this evening at 7. One of the topics of discussion is a motion to approve application forms for water and sewer service. Also, Mayor Bruce Barry will give an update on the location plan for the Taylorville Development Association Commercial and Industrial Park. There will also be discussions revolving around the topic of finances.

Regional Radio News will be in attendance and will have a full report on-air and on-line tomorrow morning.

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Villas of Holly Brook Having Breakfast for First Responders

The Villas of Holly Brook are ready for the Fourth of July festivities and ready to support first responders that work on the holiday.

 

Erica Linn is the new Executive Director for the Villas of Holly Brook. She says all first responders from Shelby and Christian County to come and get some breakfast.

 

 

Linn says there is no RSVP and the residents from the Villas of Holly Brook look forward to having the first responders visit.

 

 

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

 

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Christian County Sheriff's Office Releases Report on June 23 Injury Accident

The Christian County Sherriff’s Office today released details on an injury accident that occurred June 23rd on Illinois Route 48 near 198 North,  just past 11:30 at night. Deputies report that vehicles driven by 24-year-old Kaleb Abernathy and 25-year-old Gale Mulvaney were involved.
The reports states that when the deputy arrived, Mulvaney’s car on the north side of Illinois Route 48 with the front end of the car resting against the passenger side door of Abernathy’s vehicle.  Abernathy was en route to the hospital by ambulance upon the deputy’s arrival. Mulvaney refused medical treatment, but he had minor injuries according to the accident report. The report further states that the deputy also noticed an odor of alcohol from Mulavney.
A witness who talked to the deputy, stated that Mulvaney had crossed the center line into Illinois Route 48 following Abernathy, and thereafter the collision between both cars occured.
The deputy observed skid marks starting in the Northeast bound lane of Illinois Route 48 and crossing into the Southwest bound lane. Illinois State Police crash reconstructionist have been brought into the investigation.
21-year-old Aryanna Marston was a passenger in Abernathy’s car and was sent to the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield via Dunn’s Ambulance.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Breaks Ground on $60 Million Project

 

A cool breeze greeted the over 100 people that attended the ground breaking ceremony of the 60-million dollar "Advancing Care by Design" building project at Taylorville Memorial Hospital this morning.
 
The new building will be complete by early 2021, covering some 97-thousand square feet.  The new structure will replace the 65-year-old structure built in 1953.
 
T-M-H C-E-O Kim Bourne emceed the event, and told the crowd how important this day was.
 

 

 
Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry told the ground breaking ceremony crowd, that Taylorville Memorial Hospital is an important asset in the community.
 

 

 
Memorial Health Systems President and C-E-O Ed Curtis spoke about the relationship M-H-S has had with Taylorville since taking over the former Saint Vincent Memorial Hospital in 1995.
 

 

 
The T-M-H ground breaking ceremony was broadcast live on NEWSTALK WTIM.
 
 
 

 

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Bohannon Talks Huckabee Sanders Situation

Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently was asked to leave a restaurant when the owner said Sanders was not welcome.

 

Jim Bohannon is the host of the Jim Bohannon show that airs on WTIM weeknights from 9 to midnight. Bohannon says after the Sanders were asked to leave the restaurant the owner followed them across the street and continued to harass them.

 

 

Bohannon says now Homeland Security has issued a memo to its employees that they stay out of restaurants with badges on.

 

 

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

 

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Farmers Market Moving for a Weekend

The Farmers Market can normally be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square from 9-1, this weekend the are having a venue change.

 

Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. He says due to an active shooter drill this weekend plans have been slightly changed.

 

 

Downs says there is still good reason to come out as the CalhounCounty Peaches will be at the Farmers Market for the first time this season.

 

 

The Farmers Market will return to Taylorville Square next Saturday from 9 am till 1 pm.

 

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NEWSTALK WTIM to Broadcast Taylorville Memorial Hospital Ground Breaking Ceremony Live

Taylorville Memorial Hospital will officially break ground on their 60-million dollar modernization project, Friday at 10 o'clock in the morning, in a ceremony near the Jesus statue on the south side of the hospital.

Several dignataries from T-M-H, its parent hospital Memorial Medical Center, and the community, will speak.

The public is invited to come and witness the ground breaking.  NEWSTALK WTIM will also provide LIVE coverage from the ceremony at 10 o'clock.  The broadcast is expected to last about an hour.

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Severe Weather Downs Power Lines, Trees Thursday Afternoon

Severe thunderstorms hit Central Illinois late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening, causing some damage but apparently no injuries.

The National Weather Service received these storm damage reports Thursday evening:

At 3:48, law enforcement officials reported tree limbs and power lines down in Beardstown.

Trained spotters reported numerous trees town in Morgan and Sangamon counties during the 3 o'clock hour.

Taylorville Airport reported a 53 mile an hour wind gust at 5:09.

At 5:35, tree limbs were reported down in Kitchell Park in Pana.

At 5:23, thunderstorms brought down tree limbs that were blocking a street in Blue Mound.

Lightning from a severe thunderstorm took 3 of the Miller Media Group radio stations off the air at 5:20 Thursday afternoon.  WTIM, WRAN, and NEW Country 104-point-1 were off until just before 6 o'clock.

The line of severe thunderstorms moved out of the Regional Radio listening area by 7 o'clock Thursday night.

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Fire Destroys Home in Langleyville Early Wednesday Morning

On Wednesday, June 27th, there was a fire on Langleyville road. Andy Goodall, Assistant Fire Chief of the Taylorville Fire Department, spoke about the condition of the house when they arrived on scene.

 

 

The house was completely burnt down because the fire escalated so quickly before help was able to arrive. Their is no current answer to how the fire started, but Goodall mentioned that it is being investigated.

 

 

At this time, Goodall was not able to share information on the family affected by the fire, but they will not need additional shelter.

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Active Shooter Drill This Saturday on the Taylorville Square

This Saturday morning at the Taylorville square, there is going to be an active shooter drill. Rohn Burke of the Christian County Sheriffs Office spoke on what the public can expect, as well as what time the drill will take place.

Burke also mentioned that multiple agencies will be involved in the active shooter drill to receive the proper training in case an event like this ever does happen. He mentioned the importance of having different agencies on the scene for training, and how that can make a difference.

During the event, no streets around the square will be shut down to ensure the event is as real as possible. Also, there will be people wearing makeup to look injured, but nobody will be in actual harm. 

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Miller Media Group President Randal J. Miller Celebrates 45th Anniversary in Radio

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller celebrated his 45th anniversary in radio last Saturday, with a 4-hour show on NEWSTALK WTIM, talking with many people that have been a part of his career.

One of those was Danny Russell, who worked with Miller early in both of their careers at WTIM in 1981 and 82.  Russell visited with Miller about when they first worked together.

Russell told Miller that the variety of jobs he had at NEWSTALK WTIM and other radio stations, enabled him to learn many different things.
 

Russell has been the long-time voice of the Morning Show on Genuine Country 94-point-3 WMKR, he’s the group’s production director, and is also in demand in the community as a musician.

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Optimists Club Getting Ready for Fireworks

Every year on the fourth of July residents in Taylorville look forward to the fireworks at dusk, it is the perfect ending to a great holiday.

 

Steve Switzer is with the Optimists Club responsible for the fireworks on the holiday. He says the Optimists Club has been around for years and strive to bring out the best in people.

 

 

Switzer says the Optimists club has been responsible for the fireworks on the fourth of July in Taylorville for over 30 years.

 

 

Switzer says the fireworks show is the biggest event the Optimists Club handles. The second biggest is Christmas for Kids.

 

 

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

 

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Solar Meeting at LLCC in Taylorville Goes Well

On Wednesday at Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville residents gathered to hear about how solar is coming to town.

 

Scott Allen with Citizens Utility Board says the idea of the program was to spread the knowledge of solar and prepare Taylorville residents for what is coming.

 

 

Allen says that individual residents can get involved with solar on their own home as well.

 

 

Allen says the reception at the event was excellent and plenty of people had questions and wanted to know more.

 

 

Taylorville residents should be seeing areas adjusting to the potential incoming of solar panels around town.

 

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Social Security Administration Using Social Media

The Social Security Administration is trying to keep up with technology advancing in order to keep getting their message across.

 

Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration Jack Myers says one of the things the SSA is trying to strive for is to help people learn about programs long before retirement.

 

 

Myers says one of the newest ways you can see the SSA is when they do their Facebook Live events.

 

 

Myers says a common question received at the SSA is what does the future hold for Social Security.

 

 

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

 

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Heat Wave Coming Through Central Illinois

Christian County residents have been battling the heat all summer and after some cool days it looks like the heat is set to return.

 

Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving South Central Illinois Bryce Goff says with the weather getting warm it is important to stay safe.

 

 

Goff says there is plenty of advice for residents on how to have a fun but safe summer in this heat.

 

 

Goff reminds residents working outside to take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated.

 

 

This weekend temperatures are expected to rise into the 90’s again and the American Red Cross advises residents to be wary of the heat.

 

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Solar Coming to Taylorville

Solar energy is making its way to Taylorville and city officials are hoping it can help the city be more efficient.

 

Program Director with the Illinois BlueGreen Alliance Dick Breckenridge says it starts with the Christian County Board has adopted some solar ordinances.

 

 

On June 27th at Lincoln Land Community College in Talyorville there is a solar event that will take place from nine to noon. Breckenridge says Scott Allen with the Citizens Utility Board will get things started.

 

 

Breckenridge says there are a lot of entities that make up the Illinois BlueGreen Alliance.

 

 

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

 

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Assumption Fest Begins Thursday

With the summer upon us it means it is time for another Assumption fest.

 

Angie Masters is the President of Assumption Fest. She says Assumption Fest kicks off on Thursday, June 28th and will take over downtown Assumption.

 

 

Masters says Saturday will get started with a parade and the day is full and will not completely wrap up until late that night.

 

 

Masters says this year the can’t miss event is a live show coming from Florida and shows will be going on all throughout Assumption Fest.

 

 

Assumption Fest begins Thursday, June 28th and lasts till Sunday, July 1st.

 

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Taylorville Public Library Having Busy Summer

Taylorville Public Library is looking for ways to get more Taylorville residents through the doors.

 

Library Director Steven Ward says once a month they put on an event called Friends at the Library.

 

 

Ward says last week Sue Ade was kind enough to stop by and talk about her books and visit with those who came out.

 

 

Ward says turnout varies on the popularity of the speaker, one that is always popular is Judge Ron Spears.

 

 

August 16th Don Chamberlain will visit Taylorville Public Library for Wildlife Photography in Illinois.

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears About Holy Land Trip at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a recent Holy Land trip taken by a local resident, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Frank Patino related to the Kiwanis Club, his experiences during a 15-day trip to several Middle Eastern countries with 3 other local men.

Among the cities they visited included Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Nazareth, Jerusalem, Gethsemane, and Bethlehem, all in Israel.

The highlight of the trip, says Patino, was being baptized in the Jordan River.

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.

 

CAPTION TO PICTURE:  Taylorville resident Frank Patino (center) talked about his recent Holy Land trip, to the Taylorville Kiwanis Club on Tuesday.  Program chair Reverend Michael Evanchek is at the left; Kiwanis president Martin Vota is at the right.

 

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Accident Grabs Attention of ISP and Christian County Sheriff

Christian County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police are teaming up to try to get to the bottom of what happened at an accident June 24th that involved a woman being struck by a drunk driver..

 

Sean Ramsey is with the Illinois State Police he says they are handling the reconstruction of the crash.

 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says the officer that would have handled the report has been out for three days, and an accident report should be made available soon.

 

 

The woman involved in the crash remains in critical condition but is stable. Stay tuned to Miller Media Group of stations as we will provide updates.

 

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Villas of Holly Brook Welcoming New Guests

The Villas of Holly Brook know that caring for a loved one advanced in age can be challenging. They want residents to know that rooms are available at their facility.

 

Erica Linn is the new Executive Director at the Villas of Holly Brook. She says in Shelbyville they really try to separate themselves from the pack.

 

 

Linn says it is never easy to put a loved one in an assisted living facility but there are signs you can see that may lead you to do so.

 

 

Linn says residents of Holly Brook in Shelbyville still have the ability to get outside and enjoy their lives.

 

 

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

 

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Mayor Barry Excited for 4th of July

The 4th of July is a time that brings our country together to celebrate our independence and remember why we are so free.

 

There was concern about the fueling station on Lake Taylorville after the storms flipped it over. Mayor Barry assures Taylorville residents that the fueling station will be back to normal by the holiday.

 

 

Mayor Barry says he is also excited to get out and walk in the 4th of July Parade in the morning to kick off the festivities.

 

 

Mayor Barry says though that the fireworks put on at dusk cannot be missed, he says if you do miss the show you will be missing out.

 

 

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

 

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