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State Senator Andy Manar on $15 Minimum Wage

Last week the Illinois State Senate Signed a bill into law that will raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour, it is currently being reviewed by the House of Representatives.

 

State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois, he says this debate over minimum wage is nothing new it has been going on for years.

 

 

Manar explains why he believes the minimum wage will be raised stating that voters have wanted this for a while now.

 

 

Manar believes this bill will be signed officially into law but explains what the hold up could be if there is one.

 

 

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

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Christian County YMCA Soccer League Starts Soon

For those getting excited for warmer weather the Christian County YMCA is right there with ya.

 

YMCA Director Chris Weittenhiller is happy to announce that the Spring Soccer League is right around the corner and shares what you need to know.

 

 

There is still plenty of time to register your young one for soccer but Weittenhiller says the earlier the better.

 

 

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

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Extension Office Water Cycle Lesson

The U of I Extension Office in Taylorville loves getting into the classroom to help teach the kids about the environment.

 

Environmental and Energy Stewardship Educator Ashley Belle says she is looking forward to teaching kids about the water cycle.

 

 

Belle says she really enjoys getting into the classroom and giving the students the hands on experience and seeing the light bulb moment.

 

 

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

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TMH Auxiliary Ready for Men Who Cook

After being postponed due to weather, the TMH Auziliary is hosting their Men Who Cook event on Saturday March 2nd. Auxiliary Liaison, Debbie Johnson, says they lost a few chefs for the event after the postponing, but they added more.

 

 

Johnson says that the event is a blast, and there is always so much food, it’s hard to eat it all.

 

 

The Auxiliary will be auctioning off a YETI Cooler, Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker, and many other items. Tickets for the event at $35, and you can stop by the TMH Gift Shop to purchase them.

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Business After Hours at the Moose

It is almost time for the third Wednesday of the month which means Taylorville residents are gearing up for another night of Business After Hours.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle shares where this event will be located.

 

 

The Chamber has been putting on this event for a while now, Hornbuckle wants everyone to be aware of just how special these events are.

 

 

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

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Moultrie County Counselling Center Here to Help

One of the toughest things to do for someone struggling with mental health is ask for help, the Moultrie County Counseling Center wants residents to know their doors are always open.

 

Dave Cole is the Executive Director of the Counseling Center. He knows how difficult it can be to stop by and get help, for this reason he tries to be discrete

 

 

Cole says the first appointment requires a lot of paper work to be done but for those going through a crisis they can see you the day of.

 

 

Cole appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Sullivan Studios.

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Taylorville Police Chief Visits Hickory Estates, Warns of Scammers

Last week, Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile met with residents of Hickory Estates to discuss common scams. Many scammers target senior citizens, but almost everyone is affected the random number calls dialed every day, which is what Hile discussed. He said that the conversation at Hickory Estates was refreshing because those in attendance were very engaged with what was being said.

 

 

Hile says the best advice that he can share regarding the scam callers is to just ignore the number. If they call is important, they will leave a message.

 

 

However, Hile says that he is beginning to see an awareness grow of scams, and how to handle them.

 

 

Hile also reminds the public of the old adage that if its too good to be true, it isn't.

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Deadline Approaching for Missions for Taylorville Assistance Applications

The Missions for Taylorville assistance deadline is fast approaching, and anyone home owners who have tornado damage are encouraged to apply. Bill Kerns with Davis Memorial Christian Church says they just want to help as many people as they can, not just in Taylorville, but all of Christian County.

 

 

Kerns says that even if residents have minor damage, Missions for Taylorville highly encourages them to apply.

 

 

Since the tornado, donations continue to come in, and Kerns says he has just been blown away by the support.

 

 

Anyone who is interested in applying, they can reach out with questions by calling 824 8181. For those who would like to apply, applications can be picked up at most local churches, or Taylorville City Hall.

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Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative New Safety Committee

The Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative is responsible for providing power to thousands of residents.

 

Manager of Marketing Sam Adair says this can be an extremely hazardous job but they like to preach safety as much as possible.

 

 

Journeyman Lineman with the Cooperative Bob Schafer says the job can get frustrating in terms obstacles getting in the way.

 

Adair and Schafer both appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Sullivan Studios.

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Little Theater on the Square Gearing up for fun Weekend

The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan is the place to be this weekend.

 

Marketing Director of the Little Theater on the Square Brenda Abbott says they are excited to be showing an Oscar nominated period piece.

 

 

Also this weekend is the daddy and daughter dance and Abbott is looking forward to a good turn out for the always popular event.

 

Abbott appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Sullivan Studios.

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Anderson Jewelers in Taylorville to Remain Open

Anderson Jewelers is going to remain open after a successor was announced. The current owner, Dave Cowell, will be handing the keys of to Jennifer Prose this month.  Prose currently works for Cowell, and has for the last 3 years, she explains the idea behind taking over the building.

 

 

Prose said shes nervous of what the future holds with Anderson Jewelers, but at the same time, excited.

 

 

Cowell will continue to own the store from a distance, but Prose will now manage the store. Prose will officially take over on February 15th.

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Newby Construction Repairs Tornado Damaged Homes

Since the tornado that hit Taylorville on December 1st, Newby Construction has been working hard to repair homes that have been damaged. Owner Kris Newby says that things were hectic the first week, and their main focus was to help as many people as he could.

 

 

Newby says that one of the main problems he has seen so far is damaged to roofs. 

 

 

Newby has seen damage from winds and storms before, but he says he has never seen anything like this before.

 

 

Newby Construction continues their efforts to repair homes that were damaged from the December tornado.

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Register for Winter 2 Program Session Today at the Y

The action never seems to stop at the Christian County YMCA as they are getting ready for their second round of winter programs.

 

Director of the YMCA Chris Weittenhiller says registration for winter two program sessions is now open.

 

 

Weittenhiller says there is more to do than just spend some time in the pool, he shares some of the programs the Y offers to help stay in shape.

 

 

Weittenhiller says there are multiple ways to register from stopping by to see them in person to using their new app.

 

 

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

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Come Out and Support the Taylorville Band

There are two great opportunities coming up to hear the Taylorville High School band perform at the school.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says he highly encourages coming out to support these students in the band program.

 

 

Residents who have been to a Taylorville basketball game have had the opportunity to hear the jazz band perform. Dr. Fuerstenau says the games are always enjoyable but when the band is there it is just that much better.

 

 

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

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Two Big Announcements at Taylorville School Board Meeting

Last night the Taylorville School Board met at their regular time, the agenda included personnel changes as well as an update on the Junior High.

 

The big news of the evening was when Dr. Fuerstenau announced that Taylorville, Nokomis, and Pana will be withdrawing from the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative. He explains what this means for those schools going forward.

 

 

A presentation took place to wrap things up at the end of the meeting as Taylorville Principal Matt Hutchison and Teacher Matt Blomquist shared with the school board an update on Building Trades coming back.

 

 

The Taylorville School Board meets on the second and fourth Monday’s of the month at 7:00.

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New Associate Judge Appointed in Fourth Judicial Circuit

After being voted in by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Judges, Jeffrey DeLong will be serving as an Associate Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. It was put into effect last Friday, February 8th. DeLong will be filling the vacancy of Amanda Ade-Harlow who was elected as Resident Circuit Jedge of Shelby County in December. 

 

The Fourth Judicial Circuit consists of nine counties. That includes Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, and Shelby.

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LEAD Program Tours TMH and THS

The Christian County LEAD Program recently were able to tour through Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Taylorville High School. Linda Smith from the program says they learned a lot about the new additions to be made at TMH during their visit.

 

 

During the group’s visit to Taylorville High School, they got an indepth look at the STEM labs. Smith says it was an amazing experience to see all the technology that was available.

 

 

Smith also compliments the opportunities that the STEM lab provides students compared to other schools.

 

 

In addition to the STEM lab, the group also visited agricultural classrooms, the greenhouse, and multiple other classrooms at THS. The LEAD Program tours health and education facilities in both Taylorville and Pana.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Fund Raising with Kroger

The Taylorville Kiwanis has now found a way to fund raise through an agreement with the Taylorville Kroger. The Kroger rewards card now serves as a way residents can support the Kiwanis Club. Alderman Martin Vota on Kroger’s community rewards program.

 

 

Vota says that Kroger has money allocated for programs such as this. 

 

 

If you are already a Kroger card carrier, Vota says you can sign up to have your card involved with Taylorville Kiwanis.

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

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Christian County Master Gardeners Helping Trees

Taylorville is still handling clean up from the December 1st tornado and groups are pooling their time to help with the trees lost.

 

Christian County Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says they recently met with the other groups at Davis Memorial Church to see what can be done. 

 

 

Jan McClure is also a Master Gardener, she says that residents should be on on the look out for some strike force teams that will be out assessing the damages.

 

 

Podeschi and McClure both appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Bourne Not Sold on $15 Minimum Wage

Recently the Illinois Senate passed a bill that will raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, it will now go to the Illinois House of Representatives for review.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois in the House. She says she is not completely sold on this idea quite yet.

 

 

Bourne she might be able to get on board with it if this minimum wage law was neutralized to where you live, if it is not it could have a huge impact on local businesses.

 

 

Bourne says this could take some time for the House to work through, they are in session until July and want to make sure they are thorough.

 

 

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

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Two Events on Thursday for TMH

February is Heart Health Month and Taylorville Memorial Hospital has an event coming up on Valentines day to help educate the public on their health.

 

President and CEO of TMH Kim Bourne says the class is free and open to the public and will not only cover heart health but also diabetes.

 

 

The Taylorville Junior High School Volleyball team will be hosting a fundraiser also on Thursday, proceeds will go to the CUPS fund for uninsured and under insured women who need mammography exams.

 

 

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

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Quarterback Club Fundraiser a Success

On Saturday night residents of Christian County sat down at the American Legion in Stonington for the 10th annual Quarterback Club Fundraiser.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry emceed the event he says the event has grown so big in its decade of existence that they decided to expand from just donating to the JFL.

 

 

Dinner was served by the Taylorville FFA to the 250 supporters that came out which was followed by the live auction. Barry says there are plenty of people to thank.

 

 

The big winner for the night was Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp as he won the grand prize at the end of the night, a check for 5,000 dollars.

 

 

In total over $9,000 were raised Saturday night at the 10th annual Quarterback Club Fundraiser.

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Christian County CEO Program Helping Students Gain Confidence

Last week, Christian County CEO students visited the Regional Radio News Studios to talk about their upcoming Winter Banquet. Along with organizing the winter banquet, students have learned a lot over the past year. When looking back at the year CEO Student Jolene Clayton said there’s now way she would have been able to do a radio interview before now.

 

 

Clayton says that the hands on experience from their instructor Dick Adams has made a huge difference.

 

 

The Christian County CEO students are hosting their Winter Banquet is Saturday February 23rd.

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Doctor Amanda Lewis from Central Illinois Smiles would like to make sure that parents are getting their kids to the dentist. Lewis says that despite what some may think, it is vital that children get into the dentist at a young age.

 

 

Outside of bringing your child into the dentist, Lewis says brushing twice a day is what’s recommended.

 

 

Lewis reminds that keeping your teeth clean is always important, especially among kids.

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New Shelbyville Schools Superintendent

Changes are coming for the Shelbyville School District. In December Superintendent Denise Bence informed the School Board that she intends on retiring at the end of the year.

 

Bence has been in the Shelbyville School District since 1997 starting out as the elementary school Guidance counselor and has served as Superintendent for the past 11 years.

 

 

Bence’s replacement has already been named, Shelbyville High School Principal will take over as Superintendent at the end of the school year. He plans on hitting the ground running and says his first order of business will be finding his replacement as Principal of Shelbyville High School.

 

 

Bence and Schuricht appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM morning show live from the downtown Shelbyville studios.

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