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Taylorville Native Ambassador Family for March of Dimes March for Babies Sunday

Over 100 walkers turned out for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies at Washington Park in Springfield.  The event is held each year to raise money to help the March of Dimes in its efforts to prevent premature births and infant mortality.

Taylorville native Sheri Miller was the 2017 Ambassador Family for the event.  Sheri lost her daughter Alexis 40 minutes after birth in April of 2011, due to the baby having underdeveloped lungs.

Sheri led this year's March for Babies, and said she walked today to remember Lexi and other premature babies that didn't make it.

Sunday's March of Dimes March for Babies raised some 39-thousand dollars.  You can give on-line at teamprincessalexis.org.

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Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Says Recently Approved TIF Districts Will Help Attract Business to Taylorville

 
Taylorville is in the process of attempting to attract new businesses to town, and one aspect of that is the creation of TIF districts to give the area another tool to attract new businesses. The Taylorville City Council recently approved the creation of two TIF districts in the city to help lure businesses to the area.
 
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says the creation of the TIF districts give the city another reason for people to move to the area.
 
 
Barry explained what a TIF district is, and the general areas of where the two TIF districts the city approved will be located.
 
 
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Offering Mental Health First Aid Class to Prepare People to Help Those Dealing With Mental Health Issues

 
May is Mental Health Awareness month and many organizations in the community are trying to help raise awareness of the issue of mental health. Taylorville Memorial Hospital is doing their part by hosting a mental health first aid class to help teach participants how to identify signs of people potentially suffering from a mental health issue, and ways to help that person.
 
Kim Bourne, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and discussed the class. The course will give people the skills to be able to help with a number of different issues.
 
 
Along with the class, TMH works alongside a local organization to help people who are currently going through a mental health crisis get the help that they need.
 
 
Nearly 44 million adults in America experience mental illness in a given year, and one in five adults experience a mental illness. To sign up for the Mental Health First Aid Classes, visit MemorialBehavioralHealth.org to sign up, or call the hospital at 824-1600.

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United Way of Christian County Holds 2018 Allocations Hearings

 
The United Way of Christian County recently held their 2018 member agency allocation hearings to determine what organizations will receive funding through the United Way of Christian County next year. The United Way of Christian County had one agency choose not to reapply, but also added an agency for 2018: Hope House of Central Illinois.
 
Susan Lawrence, Executive Director of the United Way of Christian County explained how the allocation hearing process works, and said although it's a long process, it's one of the organization's favorite times of the year.
 
 
The new agency the United Way added, Hope House of Central Illinois provides support for families experiencing the loss of a child by giving them a place to get away from the stresses of the situation. They plan to build a retreat center in Christian County near Taylorville.
 
 
Lawrence appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Food Delivery Service, E-Recycling Businesses Created by Christian County CEO Students

Eight students participated in the Christian County CEO program this year, and the businesses they created were presented to the public last Thursday at the Lincoln Land Community College’s Taylorville campus. This is the first in a series of three stories featuring the businesses of those students.

 

Rhett Molen has created a online food delivery business called Taylorville Food Delivery dot com. He talks about how customers can place their orders.

 

 

Molen says his brother gave him the idea. His brother lives in Springfield and they have a food delivery service up there.

 

Brendan Watson has started a computer service and electronic recycling business called Title Computer Technologies. Watson talks about what his business provides its customers.

 

 

Watson says he wanted to do something with computers, and he says the profit margins in electronic recycling business right now are “mind-boggling.”

 

The Christian County CEO Trade show was broadcast live on Groovy 97.3, WRAN.

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Taylorville Post Office Has Record Breaking Year For Food Drive

The Taylorville Post Office had a record collection for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this year. The Taylorville office collected over 20,000 pounds or 10 tons of food for those in the area in need. This was the 25th year the drive has been held nationwide.

 

Brent Cornell is the food drive coordinator at the Taylorville Post Office. He says that handing out bags has played a big role in collection numbers in recent years.

 

 

Cornell says one retired letter carrier in particular did great work for this year’s drive.

 

 

The “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive happens the second Saturday in May every year. If you would still like to donate food for the cause, you can bring it in to the post office anytime.

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More Changes Coming for HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville recently made a change in the CEO position. Aaron Puchbauer (poo-bower) has stepped in and become the new President and CEO of the hospital, as the hospital continues it's transition as a new member of the HSHS Health System.
 
Puchbauer explained what attracted him to the position at HSHS Good Shephered in Shelbyville.
 
 
Marilyn Sears, COO of the hospital discussed why the hospital, formerly known as Shelby Memorial Hospital affiliated itself with the HSHS system.
 
 
With the new CEO and HSHS affiliation, many changes are being planned for the hospital, including an event being held at the hospital on June 1st, designed to help people eat better.
 
 
Along with new events, the hospital is investing money into improving the hospital, in order to increase the level of care provided at the hospital.
 
 
Puchbauer and Sears both appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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Area Honor Flight Participants Excited for the Opportunity

One Taylorville, three Shelbyville, and an Assumption veteran will be participating in the upcoming Land of Lincoln honor flight to Washington D.C. Tuesday, and they are looking forward to the experience. Alan Collebrusco of Taylorville, and Ron Chaney, Ed Henne, and Ken Rigan all of Shelbyville, and Ron Clutter of Assumption will be making the journey to D.C. to check out the war memorials, along with other important sites in the nation’s capital.

 

Collebrusco says he looks forward to seeing the World War II memorial.

 

 

Chaney is also excited for the trip. He says a friend told him about the Honor Flight program.

 

 

Their day will start before the sun rises on Tuesday for the flight. 81 veterans, along with a guardian for each, will be participating in the flight. The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight has been serving veterans in Illinois since May of 2009.

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Louisville Slugger Museum Brings Its Act to Springfield

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is bringing an exhibit this weekend to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Louisville Slugger Museum Curator Chris Meiman (My-men) says the exhibit today and Sunday (5/20 and 5/21) is a perfect fit with the existing Cards and Cubs rivalry exhibit at the museum. As you might expect, they're bringing some lumber along.



The exhibit has something for every baseball fan of every age, including a mainstay of the Kentucky museum.



While the Louisville Slugger exhibit will remain through the weekend, the Cubs and Cards Rivalry exhibit continues through year's end.

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Southeastern Illinois Farmer Says Industry Needs to Speak Up to State and Federal Lawmakers

A south-eastern Illinois farmer hopes key decision makers are hearing from his industry. Dennis Green farms outside of Lawrenceville—near the Indiana border. He says it’s important for his colleagues to speak up, especially to state and federal lawmakers.



And Green says farmers also need to listen and learn from other farmers on various practices, like no-till. Steve Stallman of Chester knows about that. 



Stallman has received almost a foot of rain in his area of the state, but still has 85-percent of his corn planting complete. 

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Commodity Markets Concerning Many Illinois Farmers

Shaky commodity markets continue to be on the minds of some Illinois farmers as spring planting marches on in many parts of the state. The weak markets concern McHenry County farmer Michelle Aavang.



The northern Illinois farmer has been watching new farm bill discussions and debate closely. But, she says there’s still a long way to go in developing what could serve as a farm safety net for her and other farmers beyond next year. 



Aavang represents DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She, her husband and son raise crops and livestock near the northern Illinois town of Woodstock.

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Missions for Taylorville Looking for Volunteers for Upcoming Work Day

Missions for Taylorville is looking to clean up the city, and they need your help. The group is looking for volunteers for its work day coming up on June 3rd. No special skills are required to volunteer. All that is needed is a helping heart and a willingness to take part in creating a more attractive Taylorville.

 

Missions for Taylorville coordinator Bill Kerns says the organization would like for volunteers to sign up early to save everyone valuable time on June 3rd.

 

 

Although signing up beforehand is important, it is not required. Kerns says there will be work for anyone that shows up on the work day.

 

 

Volunteers should meet at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium on June 3rd at 8:30 a.m. to receive their work assignments. Kerns says that there could be more than 50 projects they look to complete that day.

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Christian County 911 to Conduct Wireline Tests Next Week

Christian County 911 will be testing wireline numbers in the Shelby County area from Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26th between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

These tests will determine network accuracy and location detail for each wireline phone prefix within Shelby County. This procedure is required to make a successful test with a minimum of 10% of the wireline numbers. A public safety telecommunicator will make a call to the number and ask that a return call is made using a test code. This will replicate a 911 call enabling a verification of data.

 

On July 3, Christian County 911 will begin providing enhanced 911 services for the Shelby County area, including calls for wireline, wireless and VoIP.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mickie Ehrhardt, Christian County 911 Administrator at (217) 287-7911.

 

The Christian-Shelby Joint Emergency Telephone System Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each Month at 5:30 p.m. at the Pana Police Department, Pana, IL. The public is welcome to attend.

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Local Students Honored in Art Contest Sponsored by Congressman Rodney Davis

A Taylorville High School senior and junior were honored recently in the 13th District's Congressional Art Competition. JT Boehme, a junior at THS, won first place for the piece called "Processing Nature" shown below.

 

 

Victoria Hart, a senior at THS, received third place for her piece "First Model" below.

 

 

Another piece by Boehme, "Writer's Block" shown below, was chosen as the Fan Favorite by Davis' Facebook followers.

 

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American Pickers Show Coming Through Illinois in June

Do you have a noteworthy collection? Do you think it could impress Mike and Frank on American Pickers? You could have your shot to show off your collection next month! The History Channel Hit Show will be traveling across Illinois in June, and they are looking for collections to check out along the way!

 

Cat with American Pickers says there are multiple ways to reach out to the show.

 

 

She says the show’s journey through the state will depend on who contacts them about collections.

 

 

Cat says the pair especially like to check out collections with local history ties. She says the sooner the better if you would like to contact the show to come see you this go-around.

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Shelbyville Schools Wrapping Up Another School Year

The school year is wrapping up for many schools around the region, including Shelbyville schools. Although the year is wrapping up, there are still several events and programs that aren't quite done.
 
Denise Bense, Superintendent of the Shelbyville School District says the next big event her office is preparing for is for graduation ceremonies for the Shelbyville High School Seniors.
 
 
Shelbyville athletics are still in action as well, with track and field events still taking place, and the Shelbyville softball team participating in their regional tournament.
 
 
Bense appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.
 

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CCEDC is One Step Closer to Receiving Federal Funds for Taylorville Industrial Park

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation is one step closer to securing federal funds to go towards the Taylorville Industrial Park. The Economic Development Administration notified the CCEDC on May 11th that they would like to receive a full application for public works funding for the new industrial park. This comes after a pre-application was submitted making a case for funding for Taylorville’s Industrial Park.

 

CCEDC Executive Director Mary Renner says the money being applied for would supplement money already raised.

 

 

Renner says the next step in the process could be lengthy.

 

 

Renner says an important step in this process is identifying companies that will commit to moving to Taylorville within five years if federal funding is awarded. If anyone is interested in learning more, you can call Renner at 638-5032.

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60th Annual Pana Days This Weekend

It’s that time of year again, the 60th annual Pana Days are this weekend at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Pana. The festival kicked off Thursday night with the carnival opening up to the public. The event also includes craft vendors, food, and numerous events throughout the weekend.

 

Pana Chamber of Commerce President Regina Agney says there is one big change this year that will give area residents more opportunity to swing by.

 

 

Agney talks about some of the events that are happening live on Genuine County WMKR.

 

 

Armbands for carnival rides cost $20 or $1 per ticket. The event being put on by the Pana Chamber of Commerce runs through the weekend.

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USTR Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The U.S. Trade Representative Thursday notified Congress of the administration's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The negotiations can now begin in 90 days, as outlined by law after a notification letter is sent to Congress. In a call with reporters, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said President Donald Trump is fulfilling a key promise by starting the renegotiation process.

 

 

Lighthizer says the USTR office will begin working on negotiation intentions immediately.

 

 

Lighthizer says he spoke with his counterparts in Mexico and Canada, adding all three nations will benefit from the renegotiation.

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Free Fishing Tournament for Kids Coming Up

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville want kids 13 and under interested in fishing to join them on June 3rd for a free fishing tournament at Opossum Pond. The pond is located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area, and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on that Saturday morning. There will be three competing age groups for ages six and under, seven to nine, and 10 to 12, with prizes in each category for “:Most Fish”, “Biggest Fish”, and “Smallest Fish”.

 

Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Sarah Haslett says the tournament is a great way for parents and kids alike to learn how to fish.

 

 

Haslett says there are safety measures that kids are required to follow, and that means the parents will need to make sure to have some extra equipment.

 

 

Haslett asks that all parents pre-register their children if possible. The number to call to pre-register is 217-774-3951, ext. 2.

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USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance for Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency this week announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed to better clarify the real input costs covered beginning in 2018.

 

The RMA is expanding margin protection for corn and soybeans to Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The expansion also includes a harvest price option, which allows farmers to get the greater price so they can rebound faster. Margin protection insurance is privately-developed and first became available in 2016 to provide coverage based on an expected margin, which is the expected area revenue minus the expected area operating costs, for each applicable crop, type and practice.

 

A producer may choose coverage from 70 percent to 95 percent of their expected margin. The last day to purchase a margin protection policy for corn, soybeans, and spring wheat is September 30, 2017.

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Freshman Lawmaker Blasts State Agency Over Costly Memberships

A Quad City area state lawmaker criticizing costly memberships within the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. State Representative Mike Halpin says the agency’s consulting memberships have already cost taxpayers $208,000. He says the Governor needs to take a stand as well. 



Halpin says in April, the memberships made headlines when $71 million was transferred by then Comptroller Leslie Munger out of the General Revenue Fund and deposited into various other funds, some of which went to pay for the agency’s memberships. Halpin was just elected last November. 

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Champaign Area Start-Up Aims to Keep Top Ag Talent in Illinois

The ag industry remains focused on hiring and retaining top talent. That’s the mission of Champaign based Agrible, Inc. They’re home to agronomists, scientists and developers—who work for the grower in the field says the company’s Cynthia Bruno.



Luke Zwilling has been with the start-up since the beginning and says their location provides a great advantage.



The company opened in 2012 and now features a staff of 53 employees.

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Good Crowd Attends Christian County CEO Trade Show

 

A good crowd attended Thursday night's Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" Trade Show at Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville campus.

7 of the 8 students completing this year's C-E-O program, kicked off their new businesses.  One student was absent due to a death in the family.

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams, completing his 2nd year in the role, told Regional Radio News this year's group of students were great entrepreneurs.

The C-E-O Trade Show was broadcast live on groovy 97-point-3 W-R-A-N.

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Sights and Sounds of Citizens for Education Rally in Springfield Wednesday

 

Representatives from the Citizens for Education committee in Taylorville spoke at the Rally and Footrace for Fair School Funding on Wednesday, you can see the full video above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christian County 4-H Program Partnering with Christian County YMCA to Offer Local Food Class for Area Youth

 
The Christian County 4-H program is partnering with the Christian County YMCA and their summer program to offer during the summer classes to help teach kids about where the food they eat comes from, and how they can eat and grow food locally.
 
Peggy Hampton, 4-H Youth and Development Educator with the U of I Extension Office  discussed the partnership, including details on when the classes will take place.
 
 
The classes will teach the kids taking the classes about locally grown food, and will give them a chance to grow their own foods as well.
 
 
Parents who are interested in signing their children up for the classes can do so at the Christian County YMCA through their summer program. Hampton appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Ken Hart with People's Bank and Trust Earns Lifetime Achievement Award from the ECIDC

Recently Ken Hart, a local member of the community was given the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement award. The work Hart has done over the years is continuing to be recognized, as he is also the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the East Central Illinois Development Corporation.
 
Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and discussed the award, and the work Hart has done over the years.
 
 
Hornbuckle reflect on some of the work Hart has done over the years, and that the Chamber is fully supportive of Hart and the work he's done.
 
 
Hornbuckle also thanked those who have helped put the basket for Hart together.

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Several Groups Working to Treat Mental Health Issues in Christian County

May is mental health awareness month, and the Christian County Sheriff's Office is working to help fight the issue in Christian County. The County also provides programs such as mental health court to help people who are dealing with legal issues as a result of mental illness.
 
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning show to discuss mental health, and what the county is doing to help those suffering from mental health problems. One thing the county jail does is provides mental health treatment for inmates.
 
 
Kettelkamp is also a part of the mental health court team in Christian County, and spoke highly of the work that the mental health court has done.
 
 
Another point that Kettelkamp wanted to make was that the negative stigma surrounding mental health needs to change, and that those dealing with mental health problems should seek treatment.

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Nokomis Water Shut-Off

*Update: Water service has been restored and the City of Nokomis is now under a boil order until further notice.

 

Due to repairs, water service for the City of Nokomis has been temporarily shut off. According to the Nokomis City Clerks office, service will be restored within 2-3hours.

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Tornado Wrestling Foundation to Host Mouse Races Fundraiser

Race Day is coming on June 3… Mouse Races that is! The Tornado Wrestling Foundation will be hosting their 2017 Mouse Races Fundraiser at the Christian County Fairgrounds on Saturday June 3. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with races starting at 7. The event will only be for those 21 and older, and will feature complementary beer, a cash bar, and other games that night.

 

Tornado Wrestling Foundation Treasurer Gerry Mahr says Taylorville wrestling coach Lee Mateer brought the idea to town after seeing its success in neighboring communities.

 

 

Mahr says between each race, there will be other ways for people to enjoy themselves or try their luck.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15, or at the door for $20. Businesses can also sponsor a mouse as well. For more information on tickets or sponsoring a mouse, Mahr says to give him a call at 306-5140.

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What is the CEP Program Starting in Taylorville Elementary Schools Next Year?

Last Monday, the Taylorville school board voted to try out the CEP program for Pre-K through 4th grade students in the district. But what is the CEP program, and what are the benefits for the district and the students?

 

CEP stands for Community Eligibility Provision, and it’s a federally funded program to feed all students breakfasts and lunches at no cost to the students and families. Districts can choose to participate at certain schools, or an entire district can participate if they meet the qualifications. There are many districts across the state that have signed up for the program. One of those district’s is the East Alton Elementary School District, about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis. The district has about 550 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. East Alton has just completed their second cycle in the program. The school district participates in the program district-wide, from Pre-K through 8th grade.

 

Jill Miller is the Curriculum Instruction Coordinator for the East Alton School District, and she coordinates the CEP program in the district. She says one of the benefits for the district is there is a lot less paperwork to deal with on the front end, along with feeding every student in the district.

 

 

The plan in Taylorville is to try the program at the elementary level to start, and possibly add higher grade levels in future years. Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Greg Fuerstenau said told Regional Radio News after the May board meeting that the time had come for the district to make a decision on where to take the breakfast and lunch services going forward.

 

 

 

Miller says a school or district must re-apply for the program every four years. She says the program is a blessing for the district and for the families.

 

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Mexican Customers of U.S. Grains Talk About Importance of Trade

A team of customers of U.S. grains in Mexico is in the United States this week to talk with farmers and lawmakers about the importance of trade between the two countries. NAFB's Micheal Clements has more....
 

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AFBF Welcomes Beef Trade Deal with China

The recent announcement of an agreement to restart U.S. beef exports to China could be worth more than $2 billion to U.S. agriculture. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen says the China beef market is growing, and China is looking to purchase more beef.
 
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Part of the agreement with China includes poultry and biotechnology approvals.
 
                     
 
The target date to complete the agreement is July 17th of this year. Salmonsen says U.S. beef could then be exported to China.
 
         
 
That’s AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen.

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Bustos Awaiting Infrastructure Plan From Trump

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos looking for a defined infrastructure plan from President Trump, but says his administration remains too riddled with questions concerning ties to Russia.



Bustos made her remarks on the House Floor Wednesday. 

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Over 1,100 Illinois Farmers Respond to Action Request

A request to support reform the federal government's process to create and enforce environmental regulations stirred some 1,100 farmers into action. Illinois Farm Bureau asked farmers to actively support a so-called "back to basics” effort by new federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. IFB President Rich Guebert explains what it's about.



And as for Springfield, Guebert says farmers await action on a state budget just like many other interests throughout Illinois.



Guebert farms in Ellis Grove in Randolph County. 

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Rauner Offers Pro-Senate, Anti-House Message

Governor Bruce Rauner has good things to say about one chamber of the Illinois General Assembly, the other not so much. On one hand, he says he's cheering on the Senate as the chamber continues to consider the Grand Bargain series of bills.



The temperature in the room cools a little when Rauner offers his opinions on the Illinois House.



The Senate is expected to renew voting on bills tied to the Grand Bargain.

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Wind Advisory Again Extended to 4am Thursday; Many Roads Still Closed

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has again extended their wind advisory for Central Illinois, until 4 o'clock Thursday morning, after continued high winds blowing dust, caused almost zero visibility, closed several highways, and caused numerous accidents.

As of 9:15 Wednesday night, gettingaroundillinois-dot-com reported that Interstate 72 was closed from just east of Jacksonville to Springfield, and from Buffalo to Illiopolis.

The Weather Service reported that a dust storm at 5 o'clock 2 miles east of Tuscola on Route 36 in Douglas County, caused an accident with a semi and 6 cards due to zero visibility and blowing dust.

The Weather Service said that dangerous winds would continue through the overnight hours, due to the strong winds blowing dust and lowering visibilities to less than one quarter mile.

Loose, lightweight objects may be blown around. Minor tree or property damage is possible. Driving may be difficult especially in high profile vehicles and on east- west roads.

The Regional Radio listening area is also in the "marginal" category for possible severe weather on Thursday.  Stay tuned to this Regional Radio station and taylorvilledailynews.com for the latest in weather information.
 

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Wind Advisory Extended til 9pm Wednesday; Many Roads Closed Due to Blowing Dust

The National Weather Service in Lincoln extended their wind advisory for Central Illinois, until 9 o'clock Wednesday night, after continued high winds blowing dust, caused almost zero visibility, closed several highways, and caused numerous accidents.

The Illinois Department of Transportation closed Interstate 72 between the Sangamon-Morgan County line and Springfield, during the 5 o'clock hour Wednesday afternoon, due to the limited visibility.  The eastbound lane of Illinois Route 104 between Auburn and Interstate 55, was also closed at 4:57.

Law enforcement also reported to the Weather Service, that a dust storm at 5:20 Wednesday afternoon caused lane closures on Interstate 55 near McLean due to poor visibility from blowing dust.

The Weather Service reported that a dust storm at 5 o'clock 2 miles east of Tuscola on Route 36 in Douglas County, caused an accident with a semi and 6 cards due to zero visibility and blowing dust.

Blowing dust from the strong winds was lowering visibilities on some east west roads to less than one quarter mile, adding that numerous car accidents have been reported.

Motorists were urged to use caution when driving Wednesday evening, especially on east-west roads due to the strong south wind.

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Crimestoppers Crime of the Week - May 17, 2017

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Christian County.

 

Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 14, 2017, person or person unknown made entry onto a pump station, located at 1900 North 100 East Road.  While there, the unknown subject or subjects opened a hydrant and drained the water tank.   The drain caused a loss of 53,000 gallons of water.  The hydrant was also damaged.  The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

 

Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.

 

You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

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Christian County CEO Students Preparing for Christian County CEO Trade Show

The Christian County CEO Trade Show is just around the corner and the students who are currently participating in the Christian County CEO Program are ready to show off the businesses they've created to the community.
 
Several of the students in the Christian County CEO Program appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show to discuss their businesses, and what the program has meant to them. CEO Student Rhett Molen previewed what business he has come up with, and will be showcasing at the trade show.
 
 
Meanwhile fellow CEO classmate Kyle Woods said he came up with a number of different business ideas, but one stood out to him.
 
 
The Christian County CEO Trade show will take place on Thursday, May 18th at Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville Campus. Tune into Groovy 97.3 WRAN for live coverage from the event.

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State Representative Bourne Joins Bipartisan Group in Illinois House Urging Senate to Pass Budget Plan

Illinois hasn't had a full state budget in two years, and a group of lawmakers in the Illinois House are joining together to let the senate know they're ready to get to work on a budget proposal currently making it's way through the senate.
 
One of the lawmakers in this group is State Representative Avery Bourne, who wants to not only see a budget, but fundamental changes in how Illinois does business. Bourne says she joined the group to urge the Senate to keep working on a budget plan.
 
 
Bourne wants to see changes made to how Illinois runs as a part of this next budget, and feels the plan the Senate has been working on would be a good start.
 
 

 

State Representative Avery Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Two Taylorville Residents Re-Elected to Boards at CNB Bank & Trust

Two Taylorville residents have been re-elected to the boards that run CNB Bank and Trust. Ralph Antle was re-elected to the board of the bank’s parent company, CNB Bank Shares Inc. George Yard was re-elected to the bank’s board.

 

CNB Bank & Trust has 13 locations, including locations in Alton; Brighton; Carlinville; Carrollton; Clayton, Missouri; Hillsboro; Jacksonville; Jerseyville; Oak Forest; Palos Heights; Pittsfield; Shipman and Taylorville.

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Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center to Receive Donation from Monsanto

One local not-for-profit will be receiving a donation of $2,500 thanks to an area farmer and Monsanto. Karen Brockelsby of Christian County was awarded an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation from Monsanto, and Brockelsby wanted the money directed to the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center.

 

Loving Arms Executive Director Cathy Coker says the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

 

Coker talks about what the center provides for the community:

 

 

For more information on Loving Arms, you can check out their website by clicking here.

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Taylorville Fire Department to Purchase New Rescue Boat

The Taylorville Fire Department will have a new tool to save lives when water rescues need to be made. The city council approved their share of funding for the purchase of a new rescue boat for pond or lake emergencies.

 

Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says the purchase was needed because the current boat was aging rapidly.

 

 

Crews says the new boat helps the department to provide quicker response times for water rescues.

 

 

The boat is expected to cost about $7,600, and the city approved $3,000 in funds to go towards the boat at Monday night’s meeting.

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Evidence Based Education Funding Plan Takes Hit

Progress on an evidence based education funding formula takes a hit. State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb says an amendment was offered Tuesday in Springfield that throws a wrench into things.



Hammond believes the amendment is being motivated by Chicago special interests.



The Governor’s Education Funding Reform Commission offered a report to the state legislature earlier this year. 

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Durbin Weighs in on Trump Sharing of Intelligence

President Trump's sharing of classified information with Russian officials is getting response from one of his most outspoken critics, Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin is expressing fears the developments will hurt the battle against terror threats like ISIS.



Durbin once again turned back the clock to the early 70s and made comparisons to Watergate.



Durbin also renewed his call for a special prosecutor and independent commission to investigate possible ties between the President’s inner circle and Russia. 

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18-Year-Old Honored for Building Own Egg Business

An 18 year old from western Illinois getting some impressive recognition for building his own egg business. Jim Taylor reports.

 

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County Clerk & Recorder Fee Increases Approved at Christian County Board Meeting

 

For the first time in almost 15 years, fee increases at the county clerk and recorder’s office were approved at Tuesday night’s Christian County Board meeting. A study was conducted of all similar fees in neighboring counties to provide input on how much the fees should increase.

 

Christian County Clerk and Record Laurie Mense says she understands that taxes continue to go up, but fee increases keep the cost burden on those who need her office’s services.

 

 

The proposed increase in fees will raise approximately $98,000 for the office. Mense says she is proud of how her office conducts it’s business, and doesn’t want to cut services from what they are now.

 

 

The fee increases will go into effect on June 1. You can see a full video of the Christian County Board meeting by visiting WTIM-TV’s YouTube page.

 

The fee changes are as follows:

 

Land - $75 (currently $60)

Non-Land - $66 (currently $58)

Plat - $95 (currently $98, a decrease)

Tax Redemptions - $94 (currently $25)

Birth Certificates - $18 (currently $9)

Marriage Certificates - $18 (currently $9)

Additional copies of either - $6 (currently $4)

Marriage Licenses / Civil Unions - $75 (currently $50)

Death Certificate - $22 (currently $19)

Additional D.C. copies - $10 (currently $8)

Records Search - $10 (currently $9)

Notary Services - $17 (currently $5)

Mail - $17 (currently $10)

DBA - $30 (currently $5)

Changes - $10 (currently $1.50)

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Christian County Residents Receiving IRS Tax Scam Calls

There is a scam going around where people will call your phone and say they're with the IRS and that you owe them money. These types of scams have hit residents in Christian County, and the Christian County TRIAD program wants people to know what to expect if you owe the IRS money.
 
Rich Peters with the Christian County TRIAD program appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show to warn people about theses scams. He says he wanted to continue getting the word out, after hearing from several Pana residents how they had received some of these scam calls.
 
 
Peters said the IRS will not call you if you owe them money, and instead will send you a letter.
 
 
It should also be noted that the debt collection companies will only call you should they not hear from you once they send you a letter.

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Illinois Congressman Says There's A Lot of Misinformation About the New Health Care Bill

Many are wondering what the future is for healthcare in the country. The US House of Representatives just recently passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, which is intended to reform health care coverage for Americans.
 
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he's frustrated at what he calls misinformation about the act. Davis says some of the things being said about the new bill are incorrect.
 
 
One aspect of the bill is it puts more power into the hands of states to determine what kind of health care is offered for citizens in that state. Davis says in some states such as Illinois, this means a more comprehensive health care system than the national system.
 
 
Congressman Rodney Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville Man Arrested and Charged for Possessing Child Pornography

A Taylorville man has been arrested on multiple counts of possession of child pornography charges. 44-year-old Michael P. Shilling was arrested Monday afternoon and has been charged with seven counts of child pornography possession. Bond has been set at $100,000.

 

Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said the investigation came about and was executed quickly.

 

 

Schilling returned home during the execution of the search and was taken into custody without incident. Schilling could face two to five years in prison on each count if convicted.

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Taylorville Water Department to Start Accepting Credit Card Payments

Taylorville residents will have another option when it comes to paying their water bill. The city council approved the purchase of two encrypted credit card readers for the Water Department at Monday’s meeting for the purpose of accepting credit card payments towards water bills. Credit cards will be accepted over the counter with a 2.25 percent surchage fee, and online with a 2.5 percent convenience fee.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says this purchase is about helping Taylorville residents pay their bills.

 

 

Barry says it shouldn’t be long before the water department is able to start accepting credit card payments.

 

 

For the full interview with Mayor Barry, or to see the full special and regularly scheduled city council meetings from Monday night, visit the WTIM-TV channel on YouTube.

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Peoples Bank and Trust / WMKR Pana Students of the Month - April 2017

 

The WMKR and Peoples Bank and Trust students of the month for April are from left to right:

 

Jennifer Mathis - Peoples Bank and Trust Pana far left then Senior Courtney Beck, Junior Claire Holthaus, Sophomore Madylyn Rowley, Freshman Olivia Schmitz and far right is Joani Jones -  Peoples Bank and Trust Pana.

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Illinois Department of Agriculture Encourages Safe Agri-Chemical Recycling This Summer

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agri-chemical containers.  The Department announced Monday it has arranged sites where the containers will be collected later in the summer.

 

State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe said in a statement that the program offers farmers and agri-chemical facilities an opportunity to demonstrate their environmental stewardship by not throwing the containers out with any other garbage.

 

The collected containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other products. Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program. Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic agri-chemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.

 

Some of the Central Illinois drop-off locations later this summer include places in Pana, Montrose, Vandalia, Girard, and Jacksonville.

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A Weekend Full of Chili at the Palomino Club This Weekend

Central Illinois chili-cookers can show off their talents and possibly earn a spot at the world chili cookoff in October. A pair of competitions, the Lincoln Prairie Trails Regional Cook-off and the Aldo Klinghammer Memorial Chili Shuffle, are coming up this weekend at The Palomino Club in Taylorville, with money raised from the event going to the Christian County Senior Citizen’s Center.

 

Chief Judge for the cook-offs Tom Calvert says the event is a regional competition for the world contest because of the participation numbers in the local contest.

 

 

Calvert says the cookers will be getting an early start in the morning, but for those that want to eat, taste-testing it will be in the afternoon.

 

 

In a previous interview with Regional Radio News, Palomino Club owner Tina Blazier said her goal for the fundraiser is $3,200 this year.  

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital to Offer Mental Health First Aid Classes

When people think of first aid, a bandage, CPR, or calling 911 are usually the first things that come to mind. But one national program is teaching that the first aid for mental health is you. Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be hosting two mental health first aid classes, with the first being on Wednesday, May 24th. The one-day course will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Kim Bourne, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, gives an overview of what the class will offer.

 

 

Bourne says almost everyone knows someone dealing with a mental health issue or stressful situation that could lead to an issue.

 

 

For more information or to sign up for the course, click here.

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U of I Tax Policy Expert: Questions Remain Unanswered With Trump Administration Tax Reform Plan

A University of Illinois tax policy expert says too many questions remain unanswered with the Trump administration tax reform plan. Don Fullerton isn’t calling the plan good or bad. He says it’s just basically a one-page list of bullet points.



The last significant tax reform occurred in 1986, and although it intended to simplify the tax code, Fullerton says special interests got in the way.



Fullerton says just like lawmakers, he’s awaiting analysis on the Trump reform plan from the Congressional Budget Office and Treasury Department. 

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Bipartisan Group of House Members Try to Nudge Senate

A bipartisan group of more than 30 Illinois House members are tired of sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the budget process. With the Grand Bargain seemingly stuck in neutral in the Senate, State Representative Tim Butler and others want to see the Senate craft the best compromise they can so the House can go to work...



Butler says the bipartisan group will have more to say if there isn't progress toward a budget...



Lawmakers face a May 31 deadline to pass budget bills with simple majority votes.

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After Some Spirited Discussion, New TIF Districts Passed at Taylorville City Council Meeting

 

After an hour and 15 minutes of, at some points, spirited discussion in a special board meeting before the regularly scheduled Taylorville City Council meeting, the board voted 6 to 2 to give the go-ahead on two new tax-increment-financing (TIF) districts in Taylorville. The first would be located along Route 29 in the northwestern part of the city, while the other will be on what Mayor Bruce Barry calls the “Old Tenaska Property” along Route 48.

 

Barry talks about the next steps in the TIF creation process:

 

 

Barry says the possible hotel coming to Taylorville now looks more promising with the TIF district’s passing.

 

 

That proposed hotel would be located in TIF district 1 on the northwest side of Taylorville. Also in Monday night’s meeting, the mayor gave an update on his efforts to help clean up Taylorville. He says that some addresses he’s been given are more likely demolition candidates, but that there are plenty of areas of town that he’s started to help begin the clean-up process.

 

 

To watch the full video of the regular and special board meetings on Monday night, visit WTIM-TV’s YouTube channel.

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Christian County CEO Students Preparing for Christian County CEO Trade Show

The Christian County CEO Trade Show is just around the corner and the students who are currently participating in the Christian County CEO Program are ready to show off the businesses they've created to the community.

 

Several of the students in the Christian County CEO Program appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show to discuss their businesses, and what the program has meant to them. CEO Student Brendan Watson said the program was something he had considered before, but a growing interest in business made him decide it was for him.

 

 

The CEO Trade Show is an opportunity for students in the program to show off the businesses they've created as a part of the program. CEO Student Samantha Hafliger previewed her business, saying her family has a history in the business already.

 

 

The Christian County CEO Trade show will take place on Thursday, May 18th at Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville Campus. Tune into Groovy 97.3 WRAN for live coverage from the event.

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Safe Haven Hospice Offers High Level of Care for Hospice Patients and Family Alike

Those looking for hospice care for themselves or their loved ones are searching for the best possible option they can find. Safe Haven Hospice offers hospice care that focuses not only on the hospice patient themselves, but the entire family as well to make the transition as smooth and painless as possible.

 

Jennifer Brooks and Ernie Harvey with Safe Haven appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and discussed what Safe Haven Hospice offers to it's patients. Harvey said there is a misconception of what hospice care is, and outlined what happens when someone elects to utilize hospice care.

 

 

Brooks commented, explaining what sets Safe Haven apart from other hospice providers. She said Safe Haven has high standards for how they treat their patients, and focuses it's care not only on the hospice patient, but their family as well.

 

 

To contact Safe Haven Hospice, give them a call at (855) 879-4096, or visit them online at safe-havenhospice.org.

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CICBC, Chamber of Commerce Partner to Host Blood Drive This Friday

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center and Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host a community blood drive this Friday in the square in Taylorville. The bloodmobile will be in the square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

 

Caleb Parker, a Donor Relations Consultant with the C-I-C-B-C, says that all presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free t-shirt depending on whether they “bleed red” or “bleed blue”.

 

 

Parker wants to remind everyone that a little time out of your day to donate could save multiple lives.

 

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to donate, you can call Kristan Patnode at 217-287-7000 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

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Edinburg Veteran's Memorial to be Dedicated Saturday

 

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony of the new Veteran’s Memorial at the Edinburg Cemetery on Saturday, May 20th at 10 a.m. The event will feature a speaker from the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, along with a benediction, invocation, and a presentation of the colors during the ceremony.

 

Edinburg Cemetery Association Secretary / Treasurer Sandy Sample says her husband Jim, who is the cemetery caretaker, spearheaded the new memorial at the cemetery. The association received the money remaining from the John Poor Post of the American Legion in Edinburg when the post disbanded, and part of that money funded the veteran’s memorial project at the cemetery.

 

Sample says donations to the Honor Flight program will be accepted at the dedication. She asks that checks be made out to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight and that you write “Edinburg Cemetery” in the memo line. People who cannot attend the event but would like to donate to the Honor Flight can mail a check to 57 Country Place, Springfield, Illinois 62703.

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10th and Final Brian McMillen Memorial Run to Take Place Memorial Day Weekend

This will be the 10th and final year for a fundraiser walk in memory of former Lincoln Land Community College student Brian McMillen. The walk is taking for the last time on Saturday, May 27th, and will feature a 5-K run and walk, a 10-K run, and this year only, there will be an after-party!

 

Run committee member Craig McFarland says the original goal of the runs was to create an endowed scholarship for future Lincoln Land students. With that goal achieved, the committee talked with the family, and all parties thought having one final run would be the best option.

 

 

McFarland says with the yearly run coming to an end, McMillen will continue to be honored and not forgotten at Lincoln Land.

 

 

The run will begin at 8 a.m. on the 27th at the LLCC Springfield campus, with the after-party happening at the Chatham VFW Hall. Registrations will be accepted leading up to race-day at a discounted price, but you can show up that morning and register as well.

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$13,000 in Reward Money Raised to Find Suspects who Robbed and Left for Dead Retired Western Illinois Farmer

A retired Western Illinois farmer robbed and left for dead in his home, days later his friends raise $13,000 in reward money to find those responsible for the crime. Jim Taylor reports: 


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Action On Truck/Trailer Length Legislation Expected This Spring in Springfield

A key rural transportation item dots the legislative agenda in Springfield as the spring session winds down. Don Schaefer represents the Midwest Truckers Association and he expects action on legislation impacting the length of truck/trailer combinations….



Schaefer hopes for movement on the bill next week in the senate. He says increasing the length limit will result in greater efficiencies for farmers when hauling products like grain. The spring session wraps up May 31st. 

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Downstate Lawmaker Wants State Ag Director Position Elected, Not Appointed

A downstate lawmaker believes the state ag director position should be decided by voters and not a gubernatorial appointment. State Senator Sam McCann of Plainview presented the constitutional amendment Thursday in Springfield.



McCann says twelve other states elect ag directors, including Illinois neighbors Kentucky and Iowa. 

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UIS Faculty Unanimously Approve New Contract

Tenured and tenure track faculty at University of Illinois-Springfield voted unanimously to ratify their first contract Friday. This comes after 20 months of negotiations and walking out of the classroom earlier this month. The vote comes after the two sides agreed on a contact on May 7th.

 

UIS United Faculty represents more than one hundred sixty faculty members. It is a chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, which represents faculty, staff, and graduate students at seven public universities in Illinois. 

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My Little Bird on Main in Shelbyville Offering Customers A Number of Different Products and Services

Residents and visitors in Shelbyville can get a number of different products from food, coffee, and gifts at My Little Bird on Main in Shelbyville. Rachael Shewmaker with My Little Bird wants everyone to know to stop on and see what the store has to offer.

 

Shewmaker says the store got it's name from a unique story about he first words as a child, which lead to a nick name her mom gave her.

 

 

The shop offers a number of different products. Ranging from clothing to coffee to light lunch options.

 

 

Shewmaker appeared as a guets on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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Shelby County Offering Several Attractions to Help Bring Visitors to the Area

Shelby County has worked to invigorate the tourism industry in the county, by offering a number of different attractions to get people to the region. These range from camping options offered through the Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, to community events such as the Shelbyville Farmers Markets.

 

Freddy Fry with the Shelby County Office of Tourism, along with Diane Roberts with the Shelbyville Farmers Markets both appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown Shelbyville Studios, and discussed some of the things Shelby County has to offer to visitors. Fry discussed the camping options the county has with the US Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville.

 

 

Roberts shared information on the Shelbyville Farmers Markets, previewing some of the various types of items visitors can find at the markets.

 

 

Roberts says the farmers market is a growers only market, meaning that any of the produce offered was grown by the vendor themselves. The markets will open up on May 23rd, and runs every Tuesday from 3 until 5:30.

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U of I extension Offering Summer Workshop on Growing and Preserving Strawberries

Christian County area residents will have the chance to learn about growing and preserving strawberries at a special workshop held through the U of I Christian County Extension Office. Attendees of the workshop will learn about growing strawberries in their home gardens, and then ways they can preserve those strawberries to enjoy throughout the year.

 

Horticulture Educator at the U of I Extension office Andrew Holsinger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and discussed the workshop. Holsinger along with fellow U of I educator Lisa Peterson are teaming up to provide the workshop to the community.

 

 

The workshop is a part of the Extension's “Eat Local” initiative, designed to get as many people in the area as possible eating and growing local produce.

 

 

The workshop will be held at the Extension's Taylorville office on June 7th from 9 until 1. More information on the workshop can be had by contacting the University of Illinois Christian County Extension office.

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Sunny Knoll Organics Open For Business In Taylorville

Taylorville residents has a new place to shop for outdoor items. Sunny Knoll Organics offically opened their doors at 215 West Spresser on Friday at noon. Business owner Nick Poor says to him, Sunny Knoll Organics means “Repurpose, Restore, and Reuse.”

 

Poor says there are more reasons this weekend to check out Sunny Knoll than just seeing what the business has to offer.

 

 

Poor says this isn’t his first business venture in Taylorville.

 

 

 

 

For more information on Sunny Knoll Organics, you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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Farmers Worried About Corn Crop Because of Heavy Rains

Farmers are worried about their corn crop across the Midwest. Some of it most certainly will need to be replanted because of standing water, but some whole fields have turned yellow.

Farmers don't worry too much about a few very young yellow corn plants in their fields. They do get concerned when every plant is yellow. The problem, in this case, isn't the wet weather says University of Illinois Agronomist Emerson Nafziger…

 

                     

It's the night time temps that are mostly causing the problems. When those overnight lows are in the 30's, and 40's, it damages the leaf...

 

           

 

The corn should green up once air temperatures return to normal. However, it may be only the new growth that is green says Nafziger. He's not sure if there will be long-term consequences…

 

          

    

The good news, though it is cold comfort says Nafziger, is that any replants that must be done in these yellow fields won't be so very far behind because the standing plants haven't really been growing much.

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Citizens for Education Committee Earn New Chamber of Commerce's Inspiration Award

 

Above: Members of the Citizens for Education Committee stand with their Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's "Chamber's Inspiration Award."

 

School districts around the state of Illinois are feeling the pinch because of the delay of state aid payments. Taylorville has not been an exception. With the district strapped for cash and huge budget cuts possible, some concerned citizens put together a proposed took it on themselves to make sure district students weren’t the ones punished for the district’s financial woes.

 

A new award given at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet last Friday is called the “Chamber’s Inspiration Award”, and it was given to the members of the Citizen’s for Education Committee that put much time and effort into getting the measure passed. The presenter of the award, Miller Media Group’s Randy Miller, said this award isn’t meant for one particular person.

 

 

The committee’s efforts helped the referendum pass by more than a 2-to-1 margin. With the passing of the referendum, a property owner with a $100,000 should expect to pay an extra $283 per year to Taylorville schools.

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Druby's in Shelbyville Celebrating 25 Years in Business

One Shelbyville restaurant is celebrating a special anniversary next week. Druby’s on West Main Street is celebrating their 25th anniversary of being in business. Druby’s, which is known for their “Four Cheeseburgers and a Pound of Fries” and “Ten Tacos” family meals, will have 25th anniversary specials all day on Thursday, May 18th.

 

Druby’s owner Rob Bosgraaf says there are reasons to come out to the restaurant any time during the day on the 18th.

 

 

Bosgraaf says there’s one question he’s heard many times over the years of running the restaurant. Where did they come up with the name of Druby’s? He says it has special meaning with his family.

 

 

For more information on Druby’s in Shelbyville, you can go to their website by clicking here.

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