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Health Fair Tomorrow

Tomorrow Christian County residents will have the opportunity to head out to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for a free health fair.

 

Memorial Hospital Director of Neuro-Sciences Tiffany Whitaker says this health fair event coming up tomorrow in Taylorville is one you do not want to miss.

 

 

Whitaker says while this is the first time doing this event in Taylorville it has been done in Springfield in years past.

 

 

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

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Pana High School Students of the Month Announced--May

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust in Pana have announced their Pana High School students of the month. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes every month.

 

The Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust students of the month are Senior Marissa Cravens, Junior Chloe Hendrickson, Sophomore Amanda Hunter, and Freshman Kadence Perry.

 

Congratulations to our May Pana Students of the Month!

 

Pictured L-R: Junior Chloe Hendrickson; Peoples Bank and Trust Representative Larry Boston; Sophomore Amanda Hunter

 

Pictured L - R:  Freshman Kadence Perry; Senior Marissa Cravens

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Severe Weather Expected Tuesday Evening

Severe weather is expected in Christian County and the surrounding area on Tuesday.  Severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging wind over 60 miles per hour, and even a slight risk for tornadoes will affect the listening area Tuesday evening and overnight.  Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews warned Regional Radio News about the possibility for damaging winds. 


1-2 inches of rain is also expected with the storms, and with that much rain coming that quickly, Chief Crews also talked about the possibility of flooded roads. 

 

 

Hail is predicted to be quarter size, with strong winds and a possible touchdown of a tornado with the greatest threat being between 6PM and Midnight Tuesday evening.  Flooding continues to be an issue near the Illinois River.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

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Taylorville Student of the Month Honorees--May

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for May. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes.

 

The Students of the month are: Chad Kennell-Senior, Tanner Mickey-Junior, Natalie Lavin-Sophomore, and Kennedie Cearlock-Freshman.  Congratulations to our honorees!

 

 

L-R Senior Chad Kennell; Junior Tanner Mickey; Sophomore Natalie Lavin; Freshman Kennedie Cearlock; People's Bank and Trust Representative Lindsay Lopian.

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Earl Walters Named Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry "Big Smile For the Community" For May

The Central Illinois Dentistry's Big Smile for the community for the month of May is presented to Earl Walters. For nineteen years, Earl Walters dedicated his time and resources to the residents in Ward 4.  Community pride, a passion for helping others and a commitment to Taylorville are the heart of what Earl has accomplished.  Earl says that giving back to the community is the most important thing he can do.

 

 

To nominate someone for the NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” award, send your nomination to bigsmile@randyradio.com.

 

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Pana Woman In Custody After High Speed Chase Thursday

A Pana woman will remain in jail following a high speed chase Thursday.  31 year old Jennifer J. Smith was in court today in custody following her appearance Friday morning where probable cause was established.  Smith is charged with aggravated fleeing police more than 21 miles per hour and obstructing identification. Smith is also facing charges for driving on a suspended license, and possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear for those charges.  Smith’s public defender Michael Drake informed the court Monday, that the reason Smith was driving so fast, was her passenger was having a heart attack and Smith didn’t see the lights behind her.  State Attorney Jaimee Ward informed the court, that there was nothing in the police report about a heart attack, that Smith was driving over 100 miles per hour and that there was multiple false information given at the time of the incident.  Ward also informed the court that Smith has a warrant in Effingham County concerning a methamphetamine charge.  Judge Paisley after hearing both sides set the bond at $30,000 plus a $5,000 bond for a failure to appear from earlier for the other charge. A preliminary hearing is set for June 11th.

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Red Nose Day Upcoming

Red Nose Day is right around the corner and will once again raise awareness to fighting child hunger.

 

Public Relations Manager with the Cental Illinois Foodbank Ashely Earnest explains the purpose behind Red Nose Day as well as their involvement in the day.

 

 

Earnest says if you are hoping to contribute to the fight against world hunger there are plenty of opportunities.

 

 

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

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Optimist Club To Pick Officer Of the Year

The Taylorville Optimists Club is celebrating National Police Week and they will be honoring an officer of the year at their Breakfast Salute to Law Enforcement on Thursday May 23rd at their meeting at 6:30AM in Taylorville.   Terry Wright, the Program Director for the Month of May which is “Respect the Law” Month, says the meeting will be broken down into three sections:  A tribute to those fallen officers, A guest speaker, the newly appointed acting director of the Chief of Police, and the Officer of the Year award.

 

 

Three Officers were picked from the nominations but this is the first year where a Department of Corrections officer was chosen with the nominations.

 

 

The Optimist Club is very strong in their support for law, and if anyone is interested in the Optimist Club, contact Terry Wright at 827-5978.

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Palmer Man Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Battery Of A Child

A Palmer man will face up to 18 years in custody for aggravated battery of a child under 13. 20 year old Darrel Hunter Sanders plead guilty to Judge Bradley T. Paisley in Christian County Court Friday in a negotiated plea deal. Sanders was accused of throwing a child, born January 18, 2018 to the ground up to four times between February 15th and 19th of 2018 resulting in multiple skull fractures, hemorraging and seizures. State Attorney Michael M. Havera has said that the child is doing better than the initial prognosis, but there is still a long road ahead. As part of the negotiated plea deal, the victims family along with the police agreed to cap the sentencing at 18 years. Sanders could have faced up to 30 years in custody. Sanders will be sentenced July 30th at 1:15. He will get 6-18 years with three years mandatory supervised release at his sentencing hearing.  

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month and Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Memorial Medical Center want to make you as prepared as possible.

 

Director of Neuro-sciences at Memorial Tiffany Whitaker wants you to remember the acronym Be FAST.

 

 

Taylorville Memorial Hosptial Emergency Department Nurse Manager Kristy Cesaretti says Taylorville residents are fortunate to have TMH as a Stroke Designated Hospital

 

 

Cesaretti and Whitaker both appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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UPDATED: Traffic Accident Kills Two In Montgomery County, Including Raymond Police Chief

A crash in Montgomery County has left two people dead Thursday morning, including the Raymond Police Chief.

 

Illinois State Police responded to the fatal crash that took place on Illinois Route 127, just south of N 21st Avenue in Montgomery County.  At approximately 8:09, Thursday morning, a Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 23 year old Samantha Lapradd of Hillsboro was heading north while a Ford Mustang driven by 39 year old Valerie Sheldon, who was the Raymond Police Chief, was heading South.

 

Lapradd’s vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck Sheldon’s vehicle head on.  

 

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner.  

 

The Raymond-Harvel Fire Department, Raymond/Harvel Ambulance, Hillsboro Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department assisted on the scene.  Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is still continuing the investigation. 

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Christian County Fair Seeking Beauty Pageant Applicants

The 2019 Christian County Fair Pageant is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Miss, Jr Miss, and Little Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageant which will be held on July 23, 2019.  Jenny Swinger, who is the Director of the Pageant says that the pageant is changing with the times as they are adding a interview portion this year.

 

 

Entry fees for Little Miss is $35 for the first 25 entries, Jr Miss will be $50 for the first 20 entries, and entries for Miss Christian County Fair will be $75. The Christian County Fair Pageant is proud to announce that the scholarship amount for the Queen will be at least one-thousand dollars this year and could be more.  For entry, you can complete your form at www.christiancountyfair.com.  Payments may be mailed to 2283 N 1000 East Road Edinburg, Illinois 62531.  For more information contact Jenny Swinger at 217-369-3959 or email her at christiancountypageant@gmail.com.

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Pana Pride Hosts Monthly Meeting In May

Pana Pride, an organization working towards helping Pana grow, had their monthly meeting on Tuesday night.  Melissa Rybolt, President of Pana Pride, and her staff are working towards a lot of different projects including the beautification of Pana, events that are coming up, and industry in the area.  The beautification part of the organization is helping with planting and creating trees, and general wellness of the area.

 

With the event committee moving towards Pana Heritage Days coming up, the industry committee is working towards repairing industries in Pana after the departure of Wal-Mart.

 

 

Pana Heritage Days is Friday night and Saturday in downtown Pana.  Pana Pride has their monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 at the First United Methodist Church and meetings are open to the public for those who want to make the community a better place to live.

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A Week Away From Graduation

A week from today all the hard work of 12 years of schooling will pay off for the soon to be Taylorville High School Graduates.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says this class will always be special in his heart as he was their Superintendent for all 12 years of their education.

 

 

Fuerstenau says its hard to look at this graduating class and not crack a smile at how successful they have been.

 

 

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

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After a Workout Grab Some Chocolate Milk

Summer is right around the corner and soon it will be time to get our beach bodies back and be ready to lay out by the pool.

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis Dairy Council says if you have just completed a tough workout you should be grabbing for some chocolate milk.

 

 

Williams says one of the benefits of chocolate milk is how easily available it is, and the cost compared to some of the sports recovery drinks.

 

 

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

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Steak N' Shake To Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Steak N” Shake Restaurant located at 1224 West Springfield Road in Taylorville will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10AM.  The restaurant itself will be open from 10-10 and will be open to the public as the Mayor, Bruce Barry, will be there, along with many local politicians.  Steak N’ Shake Franchisee David Bruno is excited to have the Chamber of Commerce there for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

 

Steak N’ Shake originally announced they would be opening the restaurant in May of 2018.  The owner Wilma Stuller Motes will be on hand for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as well.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Annual Prayer Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their 29th annual Prayer Luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

The Kiwanis Club selected an “Outstanding Spiritual Leader” from nominations received from the community.  Ed Legg, (right) executive director of the “Missions for Taylorville” committee, was selected for spearheading rebuilding efforts following the December First tornado.  Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak (left) presented the award to Legg.

 

The Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon featured 3 speakers.  Alice Newlin spoke about her personal emotional encounter with the tornado and how her faith got her through it.

 

Dennis & Chris Metsker, who are husband and wife, also spoke.  Dennis had been in Kincaid getting ready to transport a "drug person" ready to commit to their drug program called "Safe Passage."  Dennis told the gathering that he took this person and drove to Taylorville where his wife Chris was hunkered down in the basement.  The Metsker’s had lost their entire house.  Chris said she wasn't alone, and had her faith holding her down while the tornado was trying to pull her out.

 

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

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Sullivan Schools Wrapping Things Up

As the school year winds down Sullivan students are looking forward to summer vacation, but staff realizes there is still some business that need to be taken care of.

 

Superintendent of Sullivan Schools Ted Walk is looking forward to graduation this weekend and seeing the senior class cap off their high school education.

 

 

Walk says this year has been one of the more successful in terms of not only academics but also athletics.

 

 

Walk appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Jackson Family of Dealerships in Sullivan.

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Thursdays Popular at Sullivan VFW

The Sullivan VFW is enjoying their time in a new building and are hoping to see you out there sometime soon.

 

Janet England with the VFW says Thursdays are always a popular night and those that come out have a chance to walk away with some real money.

 

 

You may have heard of bingo before but never like the way the Sullivan VFW plays their Extreme Bar Bingo.

 

 

England appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Jackson Family of Dealerships in Sullivan.

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Pana Heritage Days Friday And Saturday

The Pana Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 75th Pana Heritage Days in downtown Pana this Friday and Saturday.  There will be everything from bouncy castles to food vendors, a battle of the bands, and a beauty pageant.  Jennifer Mathis who is the Pana Chamber of Commerce President is excited because the event is moving back to being downtown.

 

 

Mathis also talked about how Heritage Days itself is a free event, but there will be some events within Heritage Days that will cost a little money—including a dunk tank with teachers and high school students.

 

 

Heritage Days will run on Friday May 17th from 5-10PM and on Saturday May 18th from 8-5PM.  For more information contact the Pana Chamber of Commerce.

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Rep. Avery Bourne To Set Traveling Office Hours

State Representative Avery Bourne will have upcoming travel hours in Taylorville.  Representative Bourne will be at Congressman Rodney Davis' Office on 108 West Market Street downtown in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R, on Tuesday May 21st from 10:30-1PM.  

 

 

Representative Avery Bourne encourages constituents who need help to stop by so a member of her staff can assist them.  No appointment is necessary.  For more information contact Representative Bourne's district office at 217-324-5200.

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Glazebrook Excited to be Mayor of Sullivan

Richard Glazebrook is ready to take the big seat in town as the new Mayor of Sullivan, he is eager to get things going.

 

Glazebrook says there has definitely been a learning curve for this new occupation, but he is doing his best not to become overwhelmed.

 

 

Glazebrook believes that city government is second to none in terms of the people having their thoughts and concerns heard and problems being addressed.

 

 

Glazebrook appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Jackson Family of Dealerships in Sullivan.

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Lincoln Land Community College To Host Job Fair/Resume Workshop

Lincoln Land Community College alongside the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair Tuesday, May 21st from 1-3:30 PM in the South Building at Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville which is located at 800 South Spresser Street.   Tisha Miller who is the enrollment coordinator at Lincoln Land encourages anyone who is hiring to come out to this fair.

 

 

Lincoln Land Community College will also be hosting a build a resume workshop Thursday.  You can book an appointment in the morning, but there will be free walk-in appointments in the afternoon for those people who are interested in shoring up your resume. 

 

 

Miller encourages all job seekers to come and check out this opportunity, as there will be plenty of options there regardless of whatever employment you seek.

 

 

For more information visit www.llcc.edu/taylorville.  

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Miller Media Group Shares in Award for Taylorville Tornado Coverage, Relief Efforts

The Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville, this week was one of 3 broadcast groups that won a prestigious award from an organization it's a member of.

 

The International Broadcasters Idea Bank, a group of 100 broadcasters from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, held their Spring Convention in Cleveland, Mississippi this week, and awarded the Miller Media Group the Russ Withers Award for its efforts during and after the December First tornado in Taylorville.  Neuhoff Media in Decatur, and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, shared in the award.

 

Idea Bank president Mike Hulvey, in presenting the award, told a Tuesday night gathering that when radio stations pull business and community resources together for the benefit of those in desperate need, it is worth honoring.  Collectively the IBIB group of broadcasters in these areas helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for direct relief efforts. 

 

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller accepted the award on behalf of the Taylorville group of stations.  Hulvey, who is chief operating officer for Neuhoff Media, accepted their award for fund raising efforts for Taylorville after the tornado, and Mark Jansen, who owns a group of stations in Nebraska, accepted on behalf of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, for their work in raising money for Nebraska flood victims.

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Representative Avery Bourne Meets With 4H Participants, Discusses Budget

A State Representative is always busy, and Avery Bourne, State Representative with the 95th district, talked a little about all the work that keeps her busy.  Bourne spent time with 4-H participants and talked about how she has seen them in years past and what a joy it has been to watch them during their 4H careers.

 

 

Bourne talked about some of the events going on at the Illinois House of Representatives.  There are about 16 days left in the legislative session, and that means getting items to Governor JB Pritzker to sign before May 31st.  Governor Pritzker has also put forth many initiatives that he wants pushed through. 

 

 

Bourne also worried about all the tax increases that are being put on the table despite their being much more revenue generated than expected. 

 

 

Last week, Bourne celebrated Tech Week with students and teachers from Pana and Taylorville.

 

State Representative Avery Bourne meets with some 4-H Participants in Springfield.

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