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Shelby Electric Co-op Upgrading

Shelby Electric Cooperative knows that with the weather changing so will the way residents use their thermostats.

 

Dustin Theiss is with the Co-op, says with temperatures cooling down it would not be a bad idea to have someone come out and check out your heating unit.

 

 

Theiss says the Co-op in the past year alone they upgraded 17 of their sites as upgrades are critical to not falling behind in the internet game.

 

 

Theiss appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Show live from our downton Shelbyville Studios.

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Firnhaber Running for Shelby County Treasurer

Erica Firnhaber is running for Shelby County Treasurer and is looking forward to the results on the 6th.

 

Firnhaber says the most important thing to her is her name. She believes that character and integrity are what matters most in an elected official.

 

 

Firnhaber wants to be accountable and transparent as the Shelby County Treasurer, she explains further what she is hoping to accomplish if elected.

 

 

Firnhaber appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Show live from our downton Shelbyville Studios.

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Red Cross in Need of Donors During Flu Season

With flu activity picking up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors to help strengthen blood supply. Laura McGuire with the Red Cross says they are currently in a low inventory period.

 

 

McGuire says that is is also important for people to donate blood now because of some of the situations down south with the hurricane.

 

 

The Red Cross says that donors of all bloop types, especially type O, are needed.

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First Christian County Sports Youth Fair a Success

October 18th was the first every Christian County Youth Sports Fair. It was an event that allowed parents, and their children, get a chance to learn about all the different youth sports around Central Illinois. Julie Solliday, who hosted the event, says that it was a great success. They are even planning on doing one this spring, for the spring sports. 

 

 

Solliday says that she is going to try and do this on an annual basis now, while having one fair in the fall, and another in the spring. She also has a few people to thank, for helping put the event together.

 

 

The Fair was last Thursday, and Solliday is hoping to hold the spring fair sometime in February.

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Taylorville Public School Foundation Continues to Raise Money for Taylorville Schools

The Taylorville Public School Foundation has played a large role in funding for Taylorville’s Public Schools. Board member Jarred Rahar (Rare) says the foundation was formed back in 1996, and has since grown a lot.

 

 

The foundation does a lot of fundraising to help provide for Taylorville Schools. Rahar shared many of the different fundraisers they hold with Regional Radio News.

 

 

With all of the money going back into the school systems, the Taylorville Public School Foundation has played a role in many different projects.

 

 

The Taylorville Public School Foundation held their most recent fundraiser October 11th for McTeacher’s night.

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry "Big Smile of the Month" is the Chillifest Committee

The NewsTalk WTIM Central Illinois Family Dentisry Big Smile for the Community for the month of October is The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee. The Committee worked tirelessly year round to put together the annual Chillifest the first weekend of October, and it was a success. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle said it took all 23 committee members to put the weekend together.

 

 

Hornbuckle says that her favorite part about it, is seeing how much everyone comes together to enjoy the weekend.

 

 

Hornbuckle, and the rest of the Chillifest committee are Central Illinois Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” for the month of October.

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Gateway Foundation Hoping to Make a Difference

Central Illinois Residents are affected every day by substance abuse, whether it is themselves going through it or a loved one that they see struggling. 

 

Mindy Melton is an outreach coordinator with the Gateway Foundation. She wants to make residents aware that there is help available and they have a program dedicated to getting youth on the right tracks.

 

 

A chief concern for those struggling with substance abuse could be how exactly they will pay for the help they need. Melton says that there are multiple payment options including health insurance coverage.

 

 

Melton sees employees that struggle with substance abuse and shy away from help thinking they could lose their job. This is not the case as it is their job is protected as they work on their addiction.

 

 

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

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City of Taylorville and TFPD Reach New Agreement

The Taylorville Fire Protection District (TFPD) and the City of Taylorville have reached an agreement. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews is pleased with the new agreement, and is looking forward to what the future holds. 

 

 

TFPD is also going to help with the purchase of a new firetruck for the Taylorville Firedepartment. Crews looks forward to how they will benefit from the new purchase over, what he says, could be the next 30 years.

 

 

Crews is looking forward to the new truck, as well as continuing the City’s relationship with the TFPD.

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Rosati's Bringing Chicago Pizza to Taylorville

The Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Business after hours was October 17th, and Rosati’s was the host. The new restaurant has not opened its doors yet, but the franchise owner Peggy Brandon says there is nothing like Rosati’s Pizza.

 

 

Brandon, who grew up in Taylorville is looking forward to bringing Rosati’s to the city. Owning the restaurant is going to be a semi-retirement project.

 

 

Brandon still does not have a firm date on when Rosati’s will open, but she is looking forward for that day to arrive.

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United Way to Begin Campaigning for 26 Agencies

United Way is getting ready to campaign to help raise money for their 26 agencies in Christian County. Ashley Basso with United Way says this is something they begin to do every Fall season.

 

 

One point that United Way really likes to focus on while campaigning, is spreading awareness to residents that some local agencies are in need of funding. Basso says that not all people may realize that funding is necessary, and they try to spread that awareness.

 

 

United Way helps fund raise for a total of 26 agencies not just in Taylorville, but all of Christian County.

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Tornado Wrestling Foundation Celebrating 50 Years

The Tornado Wrestling Foundation is celebrating their 50th year and are hoping for the biggest enrollment in the foundations history. 

 

Jane Griffith is with the Tornado Wrestling Foundation and gives some background on the purpose of the foundation.

 

 

Last night the Tornado Wrestling Foundation had its second go around of registration. Griffith says these registration fees go along way in terms of what the participants are able to do.

 

 

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

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Business After Hours Once Again A Success

On Wednesday night the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and all Chamber Members, had the opportunity to head over to Rosati’s Pizza for Business After Hours. 

 

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Chamber, she says this event went great with nearly 100 people stopping by to see the new restaurant that was hosting the event for the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation.

 

 

The Vice President of the Board for the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation spoke at the event. Hornbuckle says residents may be unaware of exactly just how much the School Foundation does for the community.

 

 

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

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Achievement Night November Second

Rebecca Livingston with the U of I Extension Program recently added on to her job title of 4-H Coordinator as she now is in charge of Ag Lit as well. As 4-H Coordinator she is hoping to see plenty of familiar smiling faces at Achievement Night on November 2nd. This event is meant to be a celebration of all the accomplishments for the year.

 

 

Livingston says last year the turnout was more than they could have imagined with nearly 100 people attending the event. If you have yet to register Livingston wants you to know that there is still time to do so.

 

 

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

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Pana Community Hospital Holding Children's Health Fair October 20th

October 20th is Pana Community Hospital’s 15th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair. The fair will feature all sorts of health and safety booths loaded with information for kids of all ages. 

 

 

Although most of the fair revolves around kids, Rybolt says there will be a corner for parents as well.

 

 

There are other activities taking place than the booths, and health checks. In fact, one of the new features this year that Rybolt is particularly excited about is an inflatable obstacle course. 

 

 

The Children’s Health Fair is free and open to the public, from 9 in the morning until noon at Pana Senior High School.

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New Christian County Liquor License Classification Has Business Owner Excited

Last week, the Christian County Board added a new a liquor license classifaction. The new classification allows for the sale of alcohol by a vendor at a special event in the unincorporated parts of Christian County. Karen Beck who owns the Barn at Bridge Out holds a lot of vendor events.

 

 

With the new liquor license classification, Beck is looking forward to what this allows her business to do.

 

 

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Bull Market Now Bear Market Coming

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

 

Henry says two common terms are bull and bear markets. Bull market is when stocks are constantly going up, Henry remembers the bull market from the 60’s.

 

 

Henry sees that we are in a bull market currently and that is normally followed by a bear market, Henry shares some of the warning signs to watch out for.

 

 

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

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WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month Announced

The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for October 2018 were presented with their awards recently. Pictured from left to right are.

 

Senior McKenna Kull, Junior Katelyne Donald, Sophomore Kynlee Summers, Freshman Rope Hatfield, and Family Drug Representative Bridgette Depew.

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Congressman Davis Hopes Farm Bill Will Help Residents Land Jobs

Congressmen Rodney Davis, representing the 13th District of Illinois is trying to use the farm bill to help those get the training they need for a future job. Davis says there are jobs available for those seeking employment, but sometimes they lack the proper qualifications, and he hopes the Farm Bill can change that.

 

 

Davis says that this should help families get out of the cycle of poverty, and help them earn a well paying salary.

 

 

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

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PCH Promoting Mammograms During October

Pana Community Hospital knows that October is breast cancer awareness month, and they want to help promote mammograms. Melissa Rybolt with PCH talks about the contest that can be entered this month if you schedule a mammogram. 

 

 

Getting a mammogram is important for women because it could detect breast cancer at an early state. Rybolt even goes as far to say that it could be life saving.

 

 

In order to be eligible, just call PCH during the month of October to schedule a mammogram.  

 

Rybolt appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

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TCCU Celebrating National Credit Union Day October 18th

October 18th is National Credit Union Day, and Taylorville Community Credit Union is looking to give back to the community. TCCU President and CEO Will Perkins, says they are going to celebrate what it means to be a credit union. 

 

 

Perkins says that it is important to show their appreciation for there members, and TCCU’s philosophy is people helping people.

 

 

National Credit Union day will be at TCCU at 422 West Main Cross in Taylorville. The event is from 11 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon.

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Taylorville Fire Department and Police Department to Hold Halloween Party

The Taylorville Police and Fire Departments are holding a Halloween Party on October 30th. It is a family friendly event that is going to hold fun activities for kids and families. Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall says they started the event last year, and brought it back again.

 

 

There will also be food available, and a few giveaways for participants.

 

 

The Halloween party is at the Taylorville Fire Department from 5 in the afternoon until 7 in the evening.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About Taylorville Food Pantry at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Taylorville Food Pantry during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

 

Amy Hagen and Pam Moses are co-directors of the Taylorville Food Pantry, which is overseen by the Taylorville Ministerial Association.  The pair talked about the increasing number of people they’re serving, and how they are stretching both donated dollars and donated food to provide for more needy in the community.

 

Hagen told the Kiwanis Club that 20 to 30-percent of those served by the local food pantry are children, and added that since CEFS moved to a different location and was unable to continue its food pantry, the Taylorville Food Pantry has seen more demand from residents thru-out Christian County.

 

Hagen said the pantry’s new building and location behind the Driver’s License Station on East Main Cross, has enabled the Taylorville Food Pantry to serve more people.  

 

 

Hagen added the local pantry operates strictly on donated dollars and food.

 

Moses shared that some 152 households representing over 400 people, were served by the Taylorville Food Pantry in 2017.  She added that so far this year, over 272 households representing over 850 individuals, have benefited from the local food pantry so far this year.    Moses gave an example of why one family came to the Taylorville Food Pantry.

 

 

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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Gifts of the Season Signature Event Coming to TMH

We may only be in October but the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is already planning and looking forward to their Gifts of the Seasons Signature Event.

 

Raedena Ryan is the Executive Director of the Foundation. She says this is a great event and wonderful evening that helps future employees in the medical field.

 

 

Ryan speaks on the scholarship fund and how it benefits the student as well as the hospital and community.

 

 

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

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Senior Life Solutions Holds Successful Art Show

Senior Life Solutions held their first art show on October 14th, featuring art works from local senior citizens. Tavia Jones, a therapist at Senior Life Solutions, says the art show went well over the weekend.

 

 

This was the first time that Senior Life Solutions held the art show, but Jones says they are planning to do it again annually. They are already beginning to brain storm ideas for next year.

 

 

Jones, and Senior Life Solutions, were happy with how the event went, and look forward to hosting again in the future.

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Taylorville Fire Department Now Taking Applications for Volunteer Firefighters

The Taylorville Fire Department is currently taking applications for volunteer firefighters. Interested applicants must be 18 years old, have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and have a high school diploma or GED. Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall shares the responsibilities a volunteer may have. 

 

 

Volunteer Firefighters are a great deal of help to TFD, and Goodall says it helps make everybody’s job a little bit easier.

 

 

For those who are interested in applying need to have their applications in to TFD by 4 in the afternoon on November 9th. 

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Money Match Program Ready To Mail Checks

The Illinois State Treasurers Office has set records the past two years in terms of unclaimed property being returned to its rightful owner, and they are hoping to set a record again this year.

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says one of his goals while in office is to return as much money as he can. He is hopeful the money will be spent at local businesses as well to help the economy.

 

 

Frerichs says the Money Match Program is now a full go, and with this program they are making it easier than every to get your unclaimed property. The Treasurers Office will mail the unclaimed property to its rightfull owner as long it is less than $2000.

 

 

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

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Taylorville City Council Reaches Agreement with TFPD

On October 15th, the Taylorville City Council met to discuss, and vote on matters regarding the city of Taylorville. First, the Youth of the Month was honored, and it was the 5th grade Taylorville JFL team. The finished their regular season 6-1, and won the conference championship. Following that the City Council voted and passed a motion allowing Attorney Rocci Romano to represent the Taylorville Fire Protection District, and Taylorville Fire Department. Also, the council passed a motion allowing Taylorville Fire Department to purchase a new firetruck replacing an old one. Mayor Bruce Barry shared more on the details.

 

 

Following that, multiple ordinances were brought up, and they all passed unanimously. Including the Sale of Personal Property Owned by TFPD, a 1993 Ford F-350 Type III Ambulance. After the ordinances were passed, Barry shared his Mayoral update which included the city wide cleanup over the weekend.

 

 

Following the Mayoral update came the committee reports. Motions were presented by the Emergency Services, Personnel, Lake and Airpot, and Water and Environmental committees and all of their motions were passed.

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month.

 

You can watch the full city council meeting here.

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Haunted Trail Popular for Thrill Seekers

As we inch closer to Halloween haunted houses are in full swing and are always popular this time of yaer to get in the spooky spirit.

 

Abbi Hinton-Mars is with a group putting together a haunted trail called the Hillbilly Holler and they are still looking for volunteers.

 

 

Hinton-Mars says the Hillbilly Holler can be a little to scary for the young kids and they are working on some events that is more age appropriate.

 

 

Hinton-Mars appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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Patty Talks Chamber News

Chillifest has officially wrapped up and the Greater Taylroville Chamber of Commerce sees this event as once again a success this year even if the weather was not ideal.

 

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, she wants to take the time to thank her sponsors that make this event possible.

 

 

With Chillifest now in the rear view the Chamber keeps on moving as they are welcoming a new member to the Chamber and working to get a ribbon cutting ceremony date.

 

 

Business after hours will be this Wednesday and there is a certain pizza restaurant that is not yet open to the public but is opening its doors for business after hours and chamber members who come out to the event.

 

 

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

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HSHS Good Shepherd Has New X-Ray Equipment

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has recently installed a new Carestream Q-Rady DRX digital X-ray System that will help improve x-rays for their patients. Glenda Plunkett with HSHS, on the benefits of having the new equipment.

 

 

Plunkett says that it will also allow doctors to give x-rays to patients while standing, making it more beneficial.

 

 

HSHS Good Shepherd is hoping that the new equipment is going to help better satisfy the needs of their patients.

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McTeachers Night October 11th a Success

October 11th, was McTeacher’s night last week. It is a night when the McDonalds in Taylorville uses a portion of what they sell to donate the Taylorville Public School foundation. Shirely Shaw who is with the foundation, said that it was a very successful night. 

 

 

Shaw also mentioned where the foundation will send the money that was fund raised during McTeachers night.

 

 

McTeachers night was last Thursday, and a lot of school faculty participated. 

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Landmark of Taylorville Donates Over $900 to Taylorville Sports Boosters

Landmark of Taylorville was honored at halftime of Friday night’s Taylorville football game for donating $963 to the Tornado Sports Boosters during last years boys and girls basketball season. Melissa (Meh-Lisa) Livingston, with the Tornado Sports Boosters is incredibly thankful for the generosity of Landmark and what it has allowed Tornado athletics to do.

 

 

Jason Johnson of Landmark says that doing what they do is a nice way to give back to the schools.

 

 

Livingston and Johnson both appeard as guests during NewsTalk WTIM’s halftime show at the Taylorville High School Football game.

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HSHS Planning Trip to Haiti Next April

Next April, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is taking a mission trip to Haiti. Jean Hudson is one person in a group of 10 who is planning to make the trip. It is the first mission trip she’s going on, but she is looking forward to being immersed in a new culture, and building relationships.

 

 

The trip may not be until April, but Hudson believes that it is going to be a life changing experience.

 

 

Hudson still has a few things to do before she leaves such as updating her passport, and getting the proper shots, but she is looking forward to April.

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Dollar General Coming to Assumption

Assumption announced today that they will be welcoming a Dollar General to their city. Mayor John Kehl is looking forward to the addition of having a Dollar General, and he says that a lot of people were involved in the process over the last 2 years.

 

 

Kehl also believes that having a Dollar General will have a positive impact on Assumption given that they do not have a grocery store.

 

 

Kehl says that they are planning for a groundbreaking in April, and hopes the store will open sometime in July or August.

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Manar on School Funding Law and Election

We have been hearing about State Senator Andy Manar and his school funding bill becoming a law, now with some time passing we get an update as to how the law is doing. 

 

Manar says this is a good thing and he wishes he could see more of this making sure the law is doing what it should. Manar says so far it could not be going any better as bill he sponsored and helped turn into a law is doing exactly as it should.

 

 

On the 6th of November residents will be flooding the polls top vote for multiple offices, one of them being State Senator representing the 48th District. This is the office that Manar currently holds and he shares why he should return to office for another term.

 

 

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

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Vonda McConnell Named Miller Media Group "Employee of the Quarter"

Vonda McConnell, an account manager with the Miller Media Group radio stations in Shelbyville, Pana, and Taylorville, was named the "Employee of the Quarter" for the 3rd quarter of 2018, this week.

 

Management and staff vote on the honoree each quarter.  

 

McConnell has been an account manager for the company since January of this year. She previously was the long-time executive director of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce.

 

McConnell received a check for 100-dollars, and is in a drawing next April for a Florida trip.

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Time to Start Thinking About Bringing Plants in for the Winter

With the excepted high temps getting lower and lower as the day go on it is time to think about what to do with your plants.

 

Andrew Holsinger is the Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville says your perennial plants will become dormant soon.


 

Holsinger acknowledges there are plants that can thrive in the winter months, and if you choose to put these in your garden it is important to not plant in too wet of a soil.

 

 

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

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42nd Annual Eco-Meet Has 39 Schools Compete

October 4th was the 42nd Annual Lake Shelbyville Eco-Meet, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Eco-Meet is an environmental competition for junior high and high schools to compete against each other at a varsity and junior varsity level. Sarah Haslett, a natural resources specialist, explains more on what the Eco-Meet is about. 

 

 

This year, 39 schools competed, and that included a total of 156 students. Haslett says that she is very pleased with the turnout, but is still hoping to add more schools. 

 

 

Haslett also says that the tests they give vary from year to year, but she shared some examples of what students might expect.

 

 

Crestwood came in first place in the Junior Varsity competition and Litchfield placed first at the Varsity level.

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Grove City Cemetery Walk This Sunday

The 16th annual Cemetery Walk is happening this Sunday at Grove City Cemetery. It is a day residents are welcomed out to the cemetery to see a reenactment of the lives of some of the people buried in the cemetery.

 

Vauna Stahl, with the Christian County Genealogical Society, says this happens every year and Grove City was once a booming town with a rich history.

 

 

Stahl shares more as to why Grove City Cemetery was chosen saying shes always been fascinated by the city, but there is one particular event that sticks out in her mind.

 

 

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

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Senior Life Solutions Art Show on Sunday

This Sunday Taylorville Memorial Hospital is hosting their first ever Senior Life Solutions Art Show on the hospitals 4th floor.

 

Tavia Jones is a therapist for the program. She says there is plenty of excitement around the hospital for this event, and there is still room for more to sign up and join.

 

 

Jones says the art show got started this year when patients in the program mentioned they are still making crafts, and it helps them cope with anxiety.

 

 

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

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Arrest Made in Taylorville Cash Store Robbery

Regional Radio News has learned from the Taylorville Police Department that 32 year old Algernon Perkins of Alorton, Illinois made his first appearance in Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois on Federal charges of Interference with Commerce by Robbery. Perkins has been charged because of his role in armed robberies involving several cash stores including the one in Taylorville which was robbed on September 19th. Police Chief Brian Hile explains more on the current situation.

 

 

The charge of Interference with Commerce by Robbery carries a maximum term of incarnation of twenty years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Perkins is currently detained pending the outcome of the proceedings. 

 

When the Taylorville Cash Store was robbed on September 19th, there were two suspects in the case. Hile says that finding the other suspect, or suspects, is part of the ongoing investigation.

 

 

This is an ongoing investigation involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Taylorville Police Department, and other Southern Illinois Police Agencies. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for the latest updates on Perkins, and the cash store robbery.

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Persimmon Registration Due Soon

The Christian County Historical Society and museum wants to make everyone aware of the fact that this Friday is the deadline to register for the Persimmon Pageant.  

 

Maureen Bruns is with Christian County Historical Society and Museum, she thinks back to last year when they had to turn away a handful of residents who got their registration in a day late.

 

 

The pageant is November 3rd, but Bruns wants residents to know that there is plenty more going on that day than just the pageant.

 

 

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

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Bourne Claims Clark Backs Out of Debate in Letter to the Editor

Republican incumbent Avery Bourne, who is State Representative of the 95th District, says that her Democratic opponent Dillon Clark has backed out of a debate being hosted by the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce in Montgomery County October 18th. According to Bourne, Clark had confirmed he would participate in the debate, but has decided to change his mind. Bourne shared these thoughts in a Letter to the Editor, her statement on the letter. 

 

Clark shared a statement from his side, and says that he is planning to be at another debate, not backing out. 

 

 

This is in response to a Letter to the Editor that Bourne wrote, and is posted on the Letters tab on Taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Edinburg High School Hosting Blood Drive

Edinburg High School is hosting a community blood drive October 22nd. The blood drive is a good opportunity for people to donate blood, but also help out the school. Krista Jiroutek with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center says that if the school has enough donors, it could help them become grant eligible.

 

 

Edinburg hosts this blood drive twice a year, and all donors will receive a free T-shirt.

 

 

The blood drive is October 22nd at the high school from 12:30 in the afternoon until 6:30 in the evening. 

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Audit Check Looks Good For Taylorville Schools

On Tuesday night the Taylorville School Board met with plenty to discuss. Among the many topics was the Fiscal School Year Audit, which was presented by Adam Mathais. 

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the audit was very clean and everything checked out okay.

 

 

The audit revealed that the district saw and increase in revenue of $2.3 million with an expenditure increase of $1.3 million for a net income of just over $700,000. Fuerstenau shares what the plans are for with the extra money left over in terms of next years budget.

 

 

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

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Tower Crews Adjust NEWSTALK WTIM 96.1 FM Outage Time Thursday

Tower crews have adjusted the service outage time for NEWSTALK WTIM's 96-point-ONE FM Christian County signal on Thursday.  

A new antenna for 96-point-ONE will be installed at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, resulting in that signal being off the air for up to 2 hours.

None of NEWSTALK WTIM's other AM or FM signals or streams, are affected by this outage.

The new 96-point-ONE antenna is being installed to improve that signal's coverage.  Thanks for your patience while this work takes place, weather permitting.

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30th Annual YMCA Auction Coming Up

This year marks the 30th year of the annual auction put together by the Christian County YMCA.

 

Director of the YMCA Chris Weittenhiller says they are really looking forward to the 30th and the opportunity to go back down memory lane.

 

 

Weittenhiller says there will be both a silent auction as well as a live auction for those who come out to participate in this event. 

 

 

The event is on the 9th of November at the Pillars Event Center and doors open at 5:30. The last day to RSVP to this event is the 31st of October.

 

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

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Blood Drive Coming to Shelbyville October 16th

A blood drive is going to be held by the First Assembly of God in Shelbyville October 16th. All are encouraged to come out due to the constant need of blood donors. This according to Deb Magee of the American Red Cross.

 

 

Magee says that it is also important to donate because it can help those from across the country in need.

 

 

The blood drive is October 16th, from 2 in the afternoon until 6 in the evening. 

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Dr. Hughes Talks HSHS Coming to Taylorville

Recently HSHS Medical Group broke ground at their Taylorville location off route 29.

 

Dr. Loren Hughes is with HSHS he explains further why they decided to open up an office in Taylorville, saying that it just made sense to bring back a local doctor to the community.

 

 

Hughes says with the new office open there are talks that Prairie Cardiovascular will be coming as well, so now patients will not have to make the drive to Springfield.

 

 

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

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Taylorville School Board to Hold Public Forum Regarding Stonington

The Taylorville Board of Education met on Tuesday night to discuss topics and issues revolving around the Taylorville School District. First off, Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau explained the $50,000 grant that the school district has been awarded to help students with their mental health at Taylorville High School. After that, Principal Matt Hutchinson spoke about Taylorville High School’s successful Career Day, and College Night last week. Also, in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Taylorville High School will be able to add 5 more dual credit courses related to agriculture. Next up on Tuesday’s agenda was the presentation of the Fiscal Year School District Audit given by Adam Mathias. The audit revealed that the district saw an increase in revenue of $2.3 million, and an increase in expenditures of $1.3 million. Overall the district had a net income just over $700,000. The motion to accept the report cleared unanimously. Following that was the building committee report given by Stephen Turner. The report revolved around current, and projected enrollment numbers, and its impact on the Stonington building. In the building committee’s findings, they found that they currently have too many classrooms, and not enough students to fill all those classrooms. The final breakdown is that it would cost less, and save the district money if the board decides to close Stonington. Fuerstenau spoke more on what is next for Stonington, and the upcoming public forum regarding the building. 

 

 

After that the committee went in to a closed session discussing the appointment, employment, and dismissal of employees of the public body or legal counsel of the public body. Following that was the superintendent report, and then adjournment. 

 

The Taylorville School Board meets on the second Monday of every month.

 

You can watch the full School Board Meeting here.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About Missions for Taylorville at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Missions for Taylorville organization, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

 

Ed Legg is coordinator of Missions for Taylorville, which is a non-profit organization that organizes volunteers in June and September of each year, to help Taylorville homeowners that don’t have the money, or can’t physically do the work, to do repairs around their home.

 

Legg said the idea for the organization came from the late Chris Wilson in 2009. 

 

 

Wilson’s idea became reality in 2010 with one community-wide work day, and expanded to 2 work days in 2016.

 

Legg added that all work is done by volunteers, and the organization raises money or asks for donated material so that all material used is free to the homeowner.

 

Legg told the Kiwanis Club that those helped by the Missions for Taylorville group, do not need to belong to any church, and that the Missions group itself is non-denominational.

 

You can find information about the organization by going to their Facebook page, or on-line at missionsfortaylorville-dot-org.

 

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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NEWSTALK WTIM's 96.1 FM Off Air Thursday Afternoon to Install New Antenna

Newstalk WTIM's Christian County signal at 96-point-one FM will be off the air for up to 2 hours on Thursday afternoon starting around 4:15. Tower crews will be installing a new transmitting antenna for 96-point-one, to improve the signal's coverage.

 

All of newstalk WTIM's other signals on AM, FM, and on line, will remain on the air and will not be affected. Thanks for your patience while we work to improve the 96-point-one FM signal in Christian County.

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Taylorville School District Awarded $50,000 Grant To Help Students With Mental Health

Taylorville Community Unit School #3 was awarded a $50,000 grant to provide mental health care for Taylorville High School Students. It’s called the Department of Justice STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program grant, and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, and Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau announced the grant on Tuesday morning. The two explained what they hope the grant will provide current and future students. Fuerstenau says that a portion of the money will allow students access to a counselor.

 

 

Christian County Mental Health is also going to work with Taylorville High School in promoting student’s mental health. Sue Paso, the Clinic Manager for Christian County Mental Health, says the purpose of the grant is to reduce the amount of students struggling mentally no matter what the issue.

 

 

Paso also says that the addition of having a counselor at Taylorville High School is going to help tremendously.

 

 

Taylorville High School and Christian County Mental Health are looking to put these changes into effect as soon as possible.

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Taylorville School Board to Discuss Stonington Building Tonight

The Taylorville School Board is holding their monthly meeting tonight at 7 in the evening after returning from the holiday weekend. What is expected to be discussed Tuesday night, is what the school board would like to do with the Stonington building. Last week, the building committee voted by a vote of 2-1 to close Stonington, and now it will be put into a motion during Tuesday’s meeting. This is according to Steve Turner, who will be called upon at the meeting to discuss the Building Committee’s thoughts on their vote.

 

 

Regional Radio News will cover the meeting for the latest report, and the whole meeting can be watched the next day on YouTube on WTIMTV’s channel.

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Farm Crawl Extended Another Week

All summer Central Illinois has been privileged to be able to have the Farm Crawl on the first and third Saturday of the month.

 

This event was supposed to stop at the end of September, but Sharon Hill with the Master Gardeners says there is a special exception for this Saturday.

 

 

Hill says the deadline was extended thanks to the great weather we have been experiencing, but also it helps that there is so much going on at this Saturdays venue.

 

 

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

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Family Meals Make a Difference

The St. Louis Dairy Council encourages you to find time in your day to sit down with your family around the dinner table and eat.

 

Jill Williams with the Dairy Council says studies show that families that eat together end up eating healthier together as well. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to eat right.

 

 

Williams knows that it can be difficult to find time to prepare a meal with a busy schedule, she advises planning ahead and if you cant then make sure you have quick healthy options in your home.

 

 

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

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Kiddie Tractor Pull Results Announced Sunday at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

Kiddie tractor pull winners were announced Sunday during the 2018 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3 and 4-year-old division, first place went to Harper Ryan, second place to Drew Sample, and third place winner was Liam Swiney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 5 and 6-year-old division, first place winner was Lane Fleming, second place winner was Maybel Repscher, and third place winner was Joslyn Stevens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 7 and 8-year-old competition, first place went to Griffin Gregory, second place winner was Oliver Broux, and third place went to Brody McDowell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the 9 and 10-year-old division, first place winner was Gage Dunaway, second place winner was Isaac Repscher, and third place winner was Nathan Brown.

 

The kiddie tractor pull was organized by the Taylorville F-F-A and sponsored by Larry’s Service Center.  Larry Barry again provided play by play for the event.

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The 2018 Chamber Chillifest Brought in Cooks From Across the Country

Chillifest was this last weekend on the Taylorville square, and it brought in chili cooks from all across the country to compete in this years cook off. Each cook has a different story as to why they began cooking chili, and where they come from, but they all come together for a good weekend of fun on the Taylorville Square. Jim Weller is from Illinois, and he has been cooking chili since 1983, and it all started because a friend entered him in a contest.

 

 

Weller has seen success cooking chili at the world competition, and so has his wife. He also cooked two different types of chili this time around at Chillifest including the new home style category.

 

 

Two cooks from California made their way to Taylorville for Chillifest over the weekend as well. Ken and Chuck were the two cooks from the west coast, and Ken shared that they wanted to come out and learn some of the styles of how chili is cooked in the mid-west.

 

 

His partner Chuck was crowned a world champion back in 2016, and he talked about some of the differences he noticed in mid-west chili compared to what he normally cooks on the West Coast.

 

 

The 2018 Chamber Chillifest was this past weekend on the Taylorville Square.

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2018 Scarecrow Daze and Balloon Fest a Success

Scarecrow Daze took place this last weekend in downtown Shelbyville, and it brought together a great crowd. Derek Hayden, President of the Chamber Board, says the turnout for this years Scarecrow Daze was great.

 

 

Balloon Fest also took place with Scarecrow Daze. The two go hand in hand as Scarecrow Daze takes place during the day and Balloon Fest is in the morning, and afternoon. Kevin Bernson with Balloon Fest said that despite the weather, they had a successful year flying balloons.

 

 

Scarecrow Daze and Balloon Fest was this past Saturday at downtown Shelbyville.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Now Offering Lung Screenings

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is now going to offer CT lung screenings. Radiology Manager Doug Ferrill, says that with the screenings, TMH hopes that it can help detect lung cancer earlier because it is one of the most common forms of the disease.

 

 

There is specific criteria that makes people eligible for the lung screenings. Ferrill explains what those are.

 

 

The lung screenings are an addition that TMH hopes to help detect cancer earlier in patients.

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry Moves into newly Renovated Offices

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry moved out of their temporary office to their newly remodeled offices on West Main Cross. The renovations allowed them to double their size, and Dr. Amanda Lewis is thrilled to have the extra space, and new treatment rooms.

 

 

There are still some things that need to be refined in the new offices, but Lewis is confident that they will continue to like the renovated offices as time goes on.

 

 

Lewis also mentioned that they are planning to have an open house of the new offices coming up during the holiday season.

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Eco Meet a Success

Every year the US Army Corps of Engineers holds an Eco Meet, which is competition that brings in schools from all over the state to see which school is the best at science.

 

Phil Manhart is with the Corps of Engineers, he shares this year some background on this event.

 

 

The Eco Meet has Varsity as well as Junior Varsity competitions. Manhart shares the winning schools as well as how the tests are constructed.

 

 

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

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Villas of Holly Brook Member of the Month

Member of the month is a new program at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce as of last spring.

 

Jodi McCormick is the Director of the Chamber she explains what this program is all about and how the Chamber started the program up.

 

 

It is up to the board who is the winner out of the nominees, for the month of October the winner is the Villas of Holly Brook.

 

 

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

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Second Day of Chilli, Verde, Homestyle Judging Takes Place at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

Winners were announced Sunday in the International Chilli Society Centrral States Chilli Cookoff, during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

In the traditional red chilli cookoff, first place winner getting 750-dollars and a banner, was Ken Hook of California.  Second place winner receiving 200-dollars and a certificate, was Jill Simmons of Missouri, and third place winner getting 100-dollars and a certificate was Maureen Barrett of Illinois.

 

In chilli verde judging Sunday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place was won by Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, receiving 400-dollars and a banner. Second place winner was Chuck Harber of California, getting 150-dollars and a certificate, and third place winner was Lynn Virant of Nebraska who received 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In homestyle chilli judging Sunday, first place went to Diane Lentz of Kentucky who received 400-dollars and a certificate.  Second place went to Jeff Netser of Indiana who received 150-dollars and a certificate, and Mary Cannon of Missouri took third place, winning 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In the “People’s Choice” awards, Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, won the homestyle competition, Bob Dunn of Taylorville the verde competition, and Greg Virant of Nebraska the red chilli competition.   All 3 will have their entry fee paid for next year’s Chillifest cook-off.

 

Tom Calvert again chaired both days of International Chilli Society judging at the Greater Taylorville Chillifest.

CAPTION TO PHOTO AT LEFT:  Traditional red chilli winners during Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest competition includes, from the left:  2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent; 17-year-old Dariess Moreland 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO;  first place winner getting 750-dollars and a banner, Ken Hook of California;  third place winner getting 100-dollars and a certificate Maureen Barrett of Illinois; 

and Tom Calvert, Chillifest Cookoff chair.

Front row, from the left:  

2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.  

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO AT LEFT:  Chilli verde winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest included, from the left:  

17-year-old Dariess Moreland 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO;  Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, receiving 400-dollars and a banner; second place winner Chuck Harber of California, getting 150-dollars and a certificate; and third place winner Lynn Virant of Nebraska who received 50-dollars and a certificate; and Tom Calvert, Chillifest Cookoff chair.

Front row, from the left:  2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent; 

2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.  

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO AT LEFT:  Homestyle chilli cookoff winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest included, from the left:

2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent; 17-year-old Dariess Moreland 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO;  first place winner Diane Lentz of Kentucky who received 400-dollars and a certificate;  Mary Cannon of Missouri who took third place, winning 50-dollars and a certificate; and Tom Calvert, Chillifest Cookoff chair.

Front row, from the left:  

2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.  

CAPTION TO PHOTO AT LEFT:  “People’s Choice” Award winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest included, from the left:

17-year-old Dariess Moreland 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO;  Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won the homestyle competition; Bob Dunn of Taylorville who won the verde competition, and Greg Virant of Nebraska who won the red chilli competition; and Tom Calvert, Chillifest Cookoff chair.

Front row, from the left:  2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent; 

2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.  

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Little Chilli Bean Winners Announced Sunday at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

-Winners were announced Sunday in the “Little Chilli Bean” baby contest at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

The contest was a “People’s Choice” contest, with the public putting money into the jar of their favorite baby.  

 

The top 3 raising the most money, were given Chamber gift certificates.

 

First place went to 15-month-old Myla Martin of Taylorville, who won at 100-dollar Chamber gift certificate.  Second place went to 14-month-old Myles Kater of Stonington, who won a 75-dollar Chamber gift certificate.  And third place went to 9-month-old Colten Gagne of Taylorville, who won a 50-dollar Chamber gift certificate.

 

People’s Bank and Trust again sponsored the “Little Chilli Bean” contest.  Proceeds raised from the contest helps the Chamber pay for the Chillifest event.

 

CAPTION TO PICTURE:  “Little Chilli Bean” winners were announced Sunday by the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  From the left:   2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent; 17-year-old Dariess Moreland, 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; Little Chilli Bean first place winner 15-month-old Myla Martin of Taylorville; Little Chilli Bean second place winner 14-month-old Myles Kater of Stonington; 2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White;  and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.  Third place winner 9-month-old Colten Gagne of Taylorville was not available for the picture.

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Raffle Winners Announced at Conclusion of Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Sunday

Raffle winners were drawn at the conclusion of the 2018 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  Over 30 prizes were drawn, including a gun.
Here's the list of winners, who can claim their prize starting Tuesday at the Chamber office above U-S Bank during regular business hours:

Donated by: Item: Winner:

1 Jenner Ag Kubota Toy Pack #1 Dani Prince

2 Dr. Rick & Mary DeValle $25 Chamber Gift Certificate #1 Bonnie Miller

3 Refreshment Services PEPSI Portable Basketball Hoop Larry Budd

4 TMH Gift Shop Fall Gift Bag Bridgette Crawford

5 Mary Katlin Photography One Hour Photo Session Linda Curtin

6 Dr. Rick & Mary DeValle $25 Chamber Gift Certificate #2 L. Orator

7 Jennifer Franklin, Broker RE/MAX PROFESSIONALS Keurig &Coffee Basket Wendy O'Bryan

8 HD Exteriors Snack Cooler L. Orator

9 Shoe Sensation Nike Bag & Accessories Linda Curtin

10 Red Barn Produce White Pop Corn Bag Doug Houchin

11 Dr. Rick & Mary DeValle $25 Chamber Gift Certificate #3 Doug Schnell

12 Chuck Martin Bird Hunting Book Doug Schnell

13 Neikes Floor Covering $250 Gift Certificate Ann Bandy

14 Emily Lynch WICS Channel 20 Pumpkin Creek Farms Family Pass (6) Earl Walters

15 Northside Veterinary Clinc Dr. Randy Thompson $25 Gift Certificate #1 Cathy Schaeffer

16 Dr. Rick & Mary DeValle $25 Chamber Gift Certificate #4 Doug Schnell

17 Northside Veterinary Clinc Dr. Randy Thompson $25 Gift Certificate #2 Rhoda Whipple

18 Jenner Ag Kubota Toy Pack #2 Amy Vocks

19 Northside Veterinary Clinc Dr. Randy Thompson $25 Gift Certificate #3 Amy Vocks

20 Red Barn Produce Yellow Pop Corn Bag Linda Curtin

21 CTI 3-month free fiber/internet Mary McCarthy

22 Taylorville Police Department 2 Hour Ride-a-Long with an officer Bridgette Crawford

23 Carol Alexander & Liberty the Pig "The Big Squeal" and Mug Barry Kent

24 Northside Veterinary Clinc Dr. Randy Thompson $25 Gift Certificate #4 James Cole

25 Edward Jones - Blake Davis Gift Bag Shawn Burtle

26 Consolidated Communications Gift Bag Amy Vocks

27 YMCA 1 year Famiy Membership Wendy O'Bryan

28 Spring Garden $20 Gift Card Molly Alaria

29 Whit's End $10 Gift Card Joe Kent

30 A T & T in Taylorville iPhone 8 Protection Pack Peggy Brandon c/o Voggetzer

31 LakeShore Golf Course (2) 18 Hole Greens Fees Amy Vocks

50/50 Pageant Cash Raffle Chester Motley

Collections of Professions Gun Raffle Rick Norton

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Red, Homestyle, Verde, People's Choice Award Winners Announced in First Day of Chilli Judging at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

The first day of International Chilli Society-sanctioned judging at the 2018 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, had winners announced last Saturday afternoon.

 

The Saturday competition is called the “Chillinois” Cookoff.  In red chilli, first place went to Jeff Netzer of Indiana, who won 750-dollars and a banner.  Second place went to Cathy Schmedeke from Clinton, Illinois, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner in red was Jill Simmons of Missouri, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.

 

In the first-ever homestyle chilli cook-off at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Saturday, Bob Dunn of Taylorville won first place, taking 400-dollars and a banner.  Second place winner was Tonya Jester from Indiana, who received 150-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was Julie Netzer from Indiana, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In verde competition Saturday, first place winner was Ken Hook from California, who won 400-dollars and a banner.  Second place winner was Bob Dunn from Taylorville, who won 150-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was Diane Lentz from Kentucky, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

“People’s Choice Award” winners in Saturday’s chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, include Tonya Jester of Indiana winning in homestyle, Larry Lentz from Kentucky in verde, and Sam Hughes of Taylorville winning in red chilli.  All 3 will have their 2019 entry fee paid.

 

Tom Calvert again chaired the I-C-S chilli cook-off for the Greater Taylorville Chamber on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  Red chilli winners were announced in judging Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  Back row from the left:  Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO;  first place winner Jeff Netzer of Indiana, who won 750-dollars and a banner; second place winner Cathy Schmedeke from Clinton, Illinois, who won 200-dollars and a certificate; third place winner in red Jill Simmons of Missouri, who won 100-dollars and a certificate; and Tom Calvert, Chamber chilli cook-off chair Tom Calvert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE: Winners were announced Saturday in the first-ever homestyle chilli cook-off at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  Back row, from the left:  Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO: Bob Dunn of Taylorville who won first place, taking 400-dollars and a banner; Second place winner Tonya Jester from Indiana, who received 150-dollars and a certificate; third place winner Julie Netzer from Indiana, who won 50-dollars and a certificate; and Chamber chilli cook-off chair Tom Calvert.

Front row, from the left:  2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; 2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent;  17-year-old Dariess Moreland, 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  Verde cook-off winners were announced Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  Back row, from the left:  Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber CEO; first place winner Ken Hook from California, who won 400-dollars and a banner; Second place winner Bob Dunn from Taylorville, who won 150-dollars and a certificate; third place winner Diane Lentz from Kentucky, who won 50-dollars and a certificate; and Chamber Chilli cook-off chair Tom Calvert.  Front row, from the left:  2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White; 2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent;  17-year-old Dariess Moreland, 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  “People’s Choice Award” winners were announced in Saturday’s chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  Back row, from the left:  Patty Hornbuckle, Greater Taylorville Chamber CEO; Tonya Jester of Indiana winning in homestyle, Larry Lentz from Kentucky in verde, Sam Hughes of Taylorville winning in red chilli; and Chilli Cook-off chair Tom Calvert.  Front row, from the left:   

2018 Little Miss Chilli Pepper 3-year-old Carmen Vincent;  2018 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper 9-year-old Katelyn White;  17-year-old Dariess Moreland, 2018 Miss Chilli Pepper; and 2018 Little Mister Chilli Pepper 5-year-old Silas Joyce.

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Rain Causes Accident Near Consolidated Communications Building in Taylorville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylorville Police responded to an accident near Consolidated Communications Saturday afternoon.  Rain apparently was a contributing factor.  

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and taylorvilledailynews.com for further information.

 

Pictures provided by Ramey Miller.

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Royalty Crowned Saturday at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Pageant

Little Miss Chilli Pepper, Little Mister Chilli Pepper, Junior and Miss Chilli Peppers, were all crowned on Saturday during the first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

There were 10 Miss contestants, 15 Junior Miss contestants, 20 Little Miss and 7 Little Mister contestants that marched across the stage for the judges.  Brittany Moore was pageant director again this year.

 

17-year-old Dariess Moreland, the daughter of Ron and Erike Moreland of Edinburg, was named Miss Chilli Pepper 2018.  First alternate was 16-year-old Kennedy Mann, the daughter of Adrienne and Mike Mann Frizzo of Taylorville; second alternate was 14-year-old Alaina Deal, the daughter of Phil and Teri Deal of Morrisonville.  People’s Choice Award winner was 19-year-old Sierra Beck, the daughter of Kenneth Beck and Tanya Jett of Taylorville.  Miss Congeniality in the Miss competition was Aliana Deal; Miss Personality was Faith Horton, the daughter of Wesley and Amanda Horton of Pana.  Best Dressed in the Miss competition was Sierra Beck, and Most Photogenic was 17-year-old Carlee Phillips, the daughter of Jake and Heather Phillips of Pana.  Top raffle ticket seller among the Miss contestants was Aliana Deal.

 

In the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper competition, 9-year-old Katelyn White, the daughter of Jennifer and Eric White of Taylorville, was crowned Junior Miss.  First alternate was Alea Wagahoft, the daughter of Travis and Amy Wagahoft of Morrisonville.  Second alternate was Ella Hohenstein, the daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Hohenstein of Taylorville.  Miss Congeniality was eleven-year-old Hannah Chitwood, the daughter of Max and Bev Chitwood of Taylorville; Miss Personality was 9-year-old Liberty Courtaway, the daughter of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville.  Best Dressed in the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper competition was Ella Hohenstein, and Most Photogenic was also Ella Hohenstein.  Top raffle ticket seller among the Junior Miss contestants was Ella Lundin, the daughter of Shannon and Drew Cowgill and Nils Lundin of Taylorville.

 

In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper competition at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Saturday, 3-year-old Carmen Vincent, the daughter of Morgan Holthaus and Eric Vincent of Taylorville, was crowned Little Miss.  First alternate was 4-year-old Kylie Paine, the daughter of Kyle and Kayla Paine of Taylorville.  Second alternate was Leigha Broccardo, the 3-year-old daughter of Bre Broccardo and Bruce Mansfield of Morrisonville and Illiopolis.  Miss Personality was 5-year-old Charli Goodin, the daughter of Brian and Jenna Goodin of Taylorville.  Best Dressed was 6-year-old Braylin Crowder, the 6-year-old daughter of Kryshna and Christian Crowder of Taylorville.  Most Photogenic Carlie Buerk, the 4-year-old daughter of Eric and Cassie Buerk of Owaneco.  Top raffle ticket seller among the Little Miss contestants was Kylie Paine.

 

And, in the Little Mister Chilli Pepper competition, 5-year-old Silas Joyce, the son of Denver and Stacie Joyce of Taylorville, was crowned Little Mister.  First alternate was 5-year-old Jayce Carlile, the son of Peyton Turvey and Jason Carlile of Taylorville.  Second alternate was 4-year-old Liam Swiney, the son of Whitney and Zachery Swiney of Taylorville.  Mister Personality among Little Misters was 4-year-old Easton Kurt Travis Ginger, the son of Katie and Weston Ginger of Taylorville.  Best Dressed was 6-year-old Keagan Michael Cruz, the son of Marion and Brook Cruz of Morrisonville. Most Photogenic was Silas Joyce.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO ABOVE:   Miss Chilli Pepper winners Saturday morning at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest pageant include:  17-year-old Dariess Moreland, (seated) the daughter of Ron and Erike Moreland of Edinburg, Miss Chilli Pepper 2018;  First alternate 16-year-old Kennedy Mann,(left) the daughter of 

 

Adrienne and Mike Mann Frizzo of Taylorville; and second alternate 14-year-old Alaina Deal, (right) the daughter of Phil and Teri Deal of Morrisonville.   2017 Miss Chilli Pepper Alison Wright is standing in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO ABOVE:  Junior Miss Chilli Pepper winners Saturday morning at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest pageant include:  9-year-old Katelyn White, (seated) the daughter of Jennifer and Eric White of Taylorville, crowned Junior Miss;  First alternate Alea Wagahoft, (left) the daughter of Travis and Amy Wagahoft of Morrisonville;  Second alternate Ella Hohenstein, (right) the daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Hohenstein of Taylorville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO ABOVE:  In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper competition Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest,  3-year-old Carmen Vincent, (seated) the daughter of Morgan Holthaus and Eric Vincent of Taylorville, was crowned Little Miss.  First alternate was 4-year-old Kylie Paine,(right) the daughter of Kyle and Kayla Paine of Taylorville.  Second alternate was Leigha Broccardo, (left) the 3-year-old daughter of Bre Broccardo and Bruce Mansfield of Morrisonville and Illiopolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION TO PHOTO ABOVE:  In the Little Mister Chilli Pepper competition Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, 5-year-old Silas Joyce,(seated) the son of Denver and Stacie Joyce of Taylorville, was crowned Little Mister.  First alternate was 5-year-old Jayce Carlile, (right) the son of Peyton Turvey and Jason Carlile of Taylorville.  Second alternate was 4-year-old Liam Swiney, (left) the son of Whitney and Zachery Swiney of Taylorville. 

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Rain Puts Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest On Hold

Rain put the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest on hold as of 1:30 this afternoon.   Chillifest Committee officials are watching the radar, and hope to be able to resume activities yet this afternoon.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and taylorvilledailynews.com for further information.

 

 

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Building Committee Votes to Close Stonington

The Taylorville School Board Building Committee voted in favor of the Stonington Closure earlier this week. This does not mean that the building is officially going to close, it still needs to be voted on by the whole school board on October 9th. Building Committee Member Steve Turner, says the decision that he made came down to looking toward decisions that were made in the past regarding building usage.

 

 

Turner says that he will bring his findings to the School Board meeting on October 9th, and from there the school board will make a decision on what they would like to do with the Stonington facility.

 

 

The vote for the Stonington Closure by the building committee passed 2-1, and now it is up to the School Board to decide what will happen next.

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Shelby County Community Services Talks Stress

Shelby County Community Services wants to spread awareness about stress and the implications stress can have on ones body.

 

Ed Lacheta with Shelby County Community Services says emotional stress is a well known stress in daily lives.

 

 

Another well known stress is cognitive stress that essentially means someone going through cognitive stress overthinks.

 

 

Lacheta admits there is no way to stop the outside stresses but there are some way to take better care of yourself, one of those ways is sleep.

 

 

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

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Kicks Off On the Square Saturday

The 33rd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest takes place tomorrow and Sunday on the square.

 

Here is this weekend's schedule of events, subject to change:

 

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Ceremonies National Anthem-Shanda Courtway          

Welcome by Mayor Barry on the South Stage
9:00 AM Chilli available under the Chilli Tent! On the Southeast Courthouse Lawn
9:00 AM Lil' Chilli Bean Contest begins Purple & Gold Tent
9:00 AM Gun & Prize Raffle Tickets --- available for purchase Purple & Gold Tent
9:00 AM Little Miss/Little Mr./Junior Miss/Miss Pageants On the South Stage
10:00 AM 7th Annual Bags Tournament REGISTRATION Northeast Corner of Square
10:30 AM Chillinois Regional Cookoff begins East Side of Square
11:00 AM Bags FLY for the 7th Annual Bags Tournament  Northeast Corner of Square
11:30 AM Chilli Eating Contest/Pie in the Face On the South Stage
12:00 Noon Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Taekwondo Demonstration On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:00 PM Taylorville JH Dance Team Performance On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:30 PM Center Point Dance Academy Performance On the South Stage/South Stage Area
2:00 PM Dexter Anodyne On the South Stage
3:00 to 5:00pm Cross Country Classics On the South Stage
4:00-4:20 PM The Dance Station Performs On the South Stage/South Stage Area
5:00 PM Cook Off Awards Presentation On the South Stage

North Stage entertainment:
12:00 Noon Cactus Ranch On the North Stage
2:00-4:00 pm Tim Zini On the North Stage

 

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
9:30 AM Central States Regional Cookoff East Side of the Square
10:00 AM Chilli Available at Chilli Tent On the Southeast Courthouse Lawn
10:00 AM Lil' Chilli Bean Contest Continues Purple & Gold Tent
10:00 AM 7th Annual Bags Tournament REGISTRATION Northeast Corner of Square
11:00 AM Bags FLY 7th Annual Bags Tournament Northeast Corner of Square
11:30 AM Sky High Tumblers Performance On the South Stage
11:45 AM 7th Annual Bags Tournament MEETING Northeast Corner of Square
12:00 NOON Taylorville High School Poms Performance  On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:15 PM TYFL & JFL Cheer Performance On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:30 PM Taylorville Junior High Cheer Performance On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:45 PM Taylorville High School Cheer Performance On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:00 PM Taylorville High School Jazz Band On the South Stage
1:00 PM Lil' Chillibean Contest Ends Purple & Gold Tent
2:00 PM Antone Derocchi Performs On the South Stage
3:00 PM Lil' Chillibean Contest Results On the South Stage
3:00 PM Cody Moomey Performs On the South stage
4:30 PM Cook Off Awards Presentation On the South Stage
Raffle /Drawings to follow awards presentation On the South Stage

North Stage entertainment:
12:00 Noon Relativity Performs On the North Stage
2:00 PM Rockaholics Performs On the North Stage

 

Listen to all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations for complete coverage this weekend, as well as stories from the pageant and other competitive events being posted all weekend long at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Fatal Accident in Moultrie County

On Wednesday, the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office and Sullivan Fire and Rescue responded to a two vehicle crash on Moultrie County Road 800 North just west of Moultrie County Road 1300 East. Two drivers, and a passenger were involved in the accident. The two drivers were 20 year old Albert Mokrejs of Mattoon, and 70 year old John Grooms of Sullivan. Moultrie County Sheriff Chris Sims shared with Regional Radio News the details of the accident.

 

 

Mokrejs was the driver of the Ford vehicle who was pronounced deceased on scene.

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New Ag Lit Coordinator Ready To Get In The Classrooms

Rebecca Livingston with the U of I Extension Program has her hands full as she is 4H Program Coordinator and now is the newly appointed Ag Lit Program Coordinator as well.

 

Livingston is looking forward to the road ahead with her ag background and getting into classrooms and sharing what she knows with the students. Livingston explains some of the challenges in speaking to these students at such a young age.

 

 

Livingston is excited to get in the classrooms and she already knows how she is going to try to connect with the classroom with pumpkins.

 

 

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

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