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Jensen's Home Furnishings To Receive New Ownership

Jensen’s Home Furnishings on Webster will have new ownership. The Jensen family has announced that on August 1st, the Jensen Furniture store will be owned by the Wright family. Jerry and the Wright family goes back over 40 years and Jerry says the Wright family will continue to run it the same way. Tim Collins will continue on as manager. Tom Wright who is the president of Wright Furniture and owns stores in Dieterich, Effingham, and Robinson, says he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Taylorville.

 

“On behalf of the Wright family, we are very excited for the opportunity to serve the greater Taylorville area for their home furnishings needs. We have the pleasure of knowing the Jensen’s for many years, and have always admired their family run business. Wright’s Furniture has been in business for 140 years and are currently in our 5th generation of family members involved in operations. Our goal is to continue operating much the same as Jensen Home Furnishings has in the past, while adding some exciting new lines. We can’t wait to get started and hope to meet many of you very soon.”

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Life Jacket Drive Coming To Lake Shelbyville

There will be a life jacket drive from June 28th to July 8th at Lake Shelbyville.  The US Army Corps of Engineers will hold a life jacket drive at Forest “Bo” Wood Fee Both, Lithia Springs Marina Ship Store, and the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.  There are 15 life jacket loaner stations at Lake Shelbyville. Sea Tow Foundation is an organization that promotes boating safety and holds a life jacket loaner program. The Executive Director of Sea Tow Foundation, Gail R. Kulp, says that life jackets last a lot longer than people realize.

 

 

One area that life jacket loaner stations have started to reach out to is non-human life jackets.  The Sea Tow Foundation has life jackets for your dogs as well.

 

For more information visit boatingsafety.com, boatingsafety.org or contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville. 

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Bohannon Trying to Make Sense of Pritzker Signings

Recently Governor JB Pritzker took a stand against President Trump in continuing the fight against mass deportation threats.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, says when looking at the three pieces of legislation Governor Pritzker signed it is hard to make heads to tails of it.

 

 

Bohannon looks at the RISE Act that was signed by Pritzker and is baffled as to why transgender students were included in the vernacular. 

 

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

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Taylorville Ready to Welcome New Chief of Police and Superintendent

Taylorville will be seeing two new faces when the calendar turns to July as that will mark the first day on the job for the new Chief of Police and Superintendent.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry wants to thank both Chief Brian Hile and current Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau for their years of hard work. Dwayne Wheeler will be the new Chief of Police and Barry says Taylorville is getting a good one.

 

 

Barry may not have had anything to do with the hiring of the new Superintendent but says he is looking forward to meeting her, and while she may have big shoes to fill he knows the School Board made the right choice.

 

 

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

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Vestibular Program Offered at TMH

Some might think its a head rush from standing up too quickly, but others realize that it might be time to see a physician to see if its something more when dealing with the constant feeling of being dizzy.

 

Manager of Therapy at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Jodi Holcomb encourages anyone who may be dealing with dizziness to become a part of the vestibular program.

 

 

The symptoms for vertigo can hit you without a moments notice. Holcomb says luckily for TMH they are fortunate to have the necessary equipment to diagnose and treat patients.

 

 

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

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Governor JB Pritzker Signs Recreational Marijuana Law

Governor JB Pritzker made Illinois history on Tuesday. Governor Pritzker signed the recreational marijuana bill into law making Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation. With the bill being signed into law, roughly 700,000 records will be eligible for expungement under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Out of those 700,000; 400,000 will be automatically expunged as long as it’s under 30 grams. Pritzker says change is hard but necessary and with marijuana being used equally across racial lines, it has never been a more important time in the state’s history to make this change.

 

 

The new allocation of state revenue from the legalization of marijuana is projected to generate over $57 million in tax revenue in 2020 with that figure jumping to $375 million in 2024. Governor Pritzker has budgeted at least 20% of it to address substance abuse and prevention along with mental health issues.  10% will go towards paying the backlog of unpaid bills. Governor Pritzker says Illinois is tired of paying money towards enforcing cannabis regulation.


 

Recreational marijuana will go into effect on January 1st, 2020. Residents of Illinois will be allowed to have up 30 grams of the flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and no more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.

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Lake Land College Named In Top 25 In Most Affordable Online Colleges

An area college has been named one of the most affordable online colleges that offers medical coding certificates.  An education research publisher, SR Education Group has named Lake Land College #11 on the top 25 most affordable online colleges offering the medical billing and coding certificates.

 

In order to be named on the list, SR Education Group researched schools that offer at least one fully online degree and are regionally accredited. The data was taken from the 2018 and 2019 academic school year.  Lake Land College is featured in the 2019 national college rankings.  

 

This program is completely offered online.  This program allows students to study diagnostic and procedural aspects of medical coding.  The program also prepares students for management positions in health information. 

 

After graduation students will be ready to take coding exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.  For more information about the program, contact Kathleen Daugherty, who is the medical programs and business instructor at 217-234-5355 or visit lakelandcollege.edu.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About TMH Rehab Department at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many services provided by the Rehabilitation Department at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Jodi Holcomb, Sonali Bhole and Sharmila Gopalakrishnan from the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Rehab Department, were the program speakers.  Holcomb gave an outline of the many types of rehab services offered by T-M-H.  Bhole and Gopalakrishnan then discussed a program they’re involved in to prevent falls among community members.  

 

The 2 gave statistics showing that fall-related deaths in the United States, have increased 30-percent from 2007 to 2016, and that the most common cause of falls is brain injury.

 

A pilot program the 2 implemented at Hickory Estates in Taylorville, significantly lowered the number of falls by its residents.  Gopalakrishnan gave the statistics.

 

 

They added that when the eyes, ears, and feet don’t get the correct commands by the brain, a fall occurs.

 

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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First National Bank in Taylorville Undergoing Parking Lot, Landscaping Changes

First National Bank in Taylorville is undergoing parking lot and landscaping changes.

 

Executive vice president Linda Crawford tells Regional Radio News that the east parking lot will be resurfaced, and a new green area will be on the back side of the property.  Included in the green space will be grass, trees, and possibly a picnic shelter.

 

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Christian County Sheriff Urging Safety During Summer Vacations

Kids look forward to it every year, summer vacation where they don’t have to worry about tests at the end of the week or homework on a nightly basis.

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says summer vacations are always exciting but make sure you are staying safe as well. He gives tips for parents to keep their children out of harms way.

 

 

With the County and State Fair coming up soon Kettlekamp says it is better to be proactive than reactive, if a plan is in place it can make all the difference in finding your child.

 

 

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

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29 West Motel Changes Name

 

The familiar motel that sits at 709 West Springfield Road has a name change. The 29 West Motel has changed its name to Economy Inn. Nick and Kathy Patel, who have owned the Inn for the last 29 years, haven’t changed anything except for the sign, and still promise great service and a place to stay.

The December storm, followed by a rough spring, destroyed what was left of the sign, and Nick felt that now would be a great time to change the color and add a new sign, that way you can see it at night in order to help business.  For more information, on the Economy Inn, call Nick or Kathy at 217-824-2216.

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Applications For Tornado Tree Replacements Available

If you feel that your yard could use a little “sprucing up,” or if you are missing the shade that you once had before the Taylorville tornado came through, then the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team has something for you.  Applications are now open for you to apply to receive a new tree that may have been lost in the December 1st storm.  Barb Grabner-Kerns, a volunteer with the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team says that the trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you have to apply by September 1st. 

 

 

The application is 4 pages long.  In order to be eligible homeowners have to have been impacted by the December tornado, be in a home that is occupied and have construction completed and the lots cleaned up.  Grabner-Kerns says you can pick whichever tree you want as long as it’s within reason.

 

 

For more information, contact Barb at Bar4trees@ctifiber.com or 217-561-1062.

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Macoupin County Woman Dies In Crash Sunday Morning

A Bunker Hill resident has died after a one car fatality in Macoupin County Sunday morning.  23 year old Julianne Biro of Bunker Hill was heading northbound on Illinois Route 159 in a 2002 White Chevrolet Trail Blazer.  Biro drove off the west side of the roadway and over corrected.  Biro skidded off the road struck a ditch embankment and went airborne 140 feet before landing in the front yard of a residence north of Bunker Hill.  The vehicle rolled multiple times coming to rest 400 feet from where the car struck the ditch embankment coming to rest upside down.  Illinois State police is still investigating the crash.

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Business After Hours at Midland Community Bank a Success

On Wednesday of last week Members of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce attended the always popular Business After Hours Event at Midland Community Bank.

 

Midland Community Bank Branch Manager Casey Campbell says a great time was had by all and that there were some lucky winners walking away with some chamber bucks to spend in the community.

 

 

Jeff Durbin is on the Executive Board for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, he shares where the Business After Hours for July will be held saying there will be two hosts.

 

 

Campbell and Durbin appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Clean the Grill and Cook the Meat Thoroughly, Advice for the 4th of July

Once the rain finally subsides and the sun is shining it will be time to clean off that grill and get some barbecues going in the back yard.

 

Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Christian County Lisa Peterson puts and emphasis on cleaning that grill thoroughly, saying if you do not you might not feel to well in the coming days.

 

 

Peterson wants to remind you of the importance of using a food thermometer to make sure that the meat is cooked all the way through, there are times where the burgers can look done when in fact they are not.

 

 

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

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Avery Bourne Holds Coffee And Conversations In Taylorville And Pana

 

Representative Avery Bourne was at McDonalds in Taylorville and Pana on Friday morning to talk to local residents about issues and concerns that they may have.  Bourne was on hand for what she calls “Coffee and Conversations.” Bourne says that this is a chance for her reach more people in an informal setting.

 

Now that the spring legislative session is passed, Bourne is setting her eyes on Governor JB Pritzker, and what bills he is signing into law.

 

 

Representative Bourne says that if you can’t make it for her “Coffee and Conversations” sessions, to reach out to her office in Litchfield or set up a time to meet one on one.
 

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Kincaid Woman Sentenced To 11 Years In Department Of Corrections

A Kincaid woman was sentenced to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Friday as part of a negotiated plea. Cynthia R. Karrick pleaded guilty to one 2019 charge of methamphetamine delivery, and one 2018 charge of possession of meth under 5 grams. Karrick also had her probation revoked and terminated unsuccessfully from a 2017 charge of possession of meth under 5 grams. Judge Brad T. Paisley sentenced Karrick to 9 years for meth delivery plus 2 years supervised release with 145 days already served. Karrick was also sentenced to 2 years for the 2018 charge and one year mandatory supervised release with 55 days served. The max charge that Karrick could have received was 4-30 years. Judge Paisley said that Karrick could be eligible for parole in 5 ½ years. Karrick will also have to pay all fines and court fees.

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State Senator Manar Sees Spring Session as a Success, Proud of Passed Capital Bill

The Spring Session of the legislative season wrapped up nearly a month ago, residents across the state have had time to decompress and review what all was accomplished now.

 

State Senator Andy Manar says from what he is hearing regardless of which side of the isle you fall on it was a successful session in Springfield, he says Governor Pritzker deserves some praise for bringing everyone together.

 

 

Manar says the Capital Bill is reason for rejoicing as for what feels like the first time in forever the state of Illinois has a budget to follow, and road work will be a point of emphasis in the upcoming months.

 

 

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

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Christian County Holds Problem Solving Graduation Friday

While it may have been storming outside, there was a calm and peace inside Davis Memorial Church. Six Christian County residents have graduated problem solving court and are working towards a second chance.  Problem Solving Court gives coping methods and helpful solutions for dealing with addiction in ways that can’t be dealt with traditionally.  Judge Brad T. Paisley spoke about how much this program is helping not just individual lives, but families as well and why it works so well.

 

Christian County continues to give full support to mentorship and is committed to the rehabilitation process.  Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is thrilled to see everyone succeed but says the battle is just beginning and Sheriff Kettelkamp knows from personal experience.

 

 

Nine total Christian County residents saw their records expunged on Friday.  There was a slideshow that moved the audience showing pictures of the problem solving court attendees’ mugshots followed by pics of their families and children.  For more information visit Christian County IL Problem solving Court’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Weather Service Extends Flood Advisory til 9:30am Saturday; Many Roads Flooded

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a urban and small streams advisory at 3:30 Saturday morning, and extended it until 9:30 Saturday morning.

Central Illinois received between 2 and 4 inches of rain Friday into Saturday morning, causing flooding of many roads and streets.

Taylorville Police closed the Illinois Route 29 viaduct at 3:40 Saturday morning, after it flooded because of heavy rain overnight.

Veterans Parkway in Springfield and US Highway 51 near Pana, were both reported flooded in spots due to overnight rain.

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The weather forecast calls for off and on rain all weekend.  The rain is expected to end Monday night, with sunny skies for the rest of the week.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information.

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Urban and Small Streams Flood Advisory Issued Saturday Morning; More Rain Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a urban and small streams advisory from 3 til 6:30 Saturday morning, after heavy rain.

Central Illinois received between 2 and 4 inches of rain Friday into Saturday morning, causing flooding of many roads and streets.

Taylorville Police closed the Illinois Route 29 viaduct at 3:40 Saturday morning, due to it being impassible due to the excessive rain.

The weather forecast calls for off and on rain all weekend.  The rain is expected to end Monday night, with sunny skies for the rest of the week.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information.

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Severe Weather Expected Friday Afternoon

Severe weather is expected for Christian County and the surrounding area including Montgomery and Shelby counties Friday.  Radar has indicated a strong front moving into Sangamon County around 12:30 PM and around Christian County around 1PM.  Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews says to expect 60 mile an hour winds and to turn on your weather radios.

 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

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The Dudley Farm Field Day Talks Crops, Livestock

The Dudley Smith Field Day was on Wednesday and saw a very good crowd to their event.  The 228 acre farm was donated 26 years ago and is used for agricultural research.  Doug Peterson, a regional soil health specialist, was one of the main speakers at the field day.  Peterson talked about one way that farmers are beating all the rain water---soil and soil health.

 

Aaron Shafer, a farmer in Pana who spoke at the Field Day about livestock and taking care of them all while at the same time managing crops.

 

 

Jared White was at the Dudley Smith Farm June Field Day for WTIM.

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Antique Car Show To Drive Into Taylorville

An antique car show will be revving up in Taylorville the last Saturday in June.  Antique Automobile Club of America will be meeting between 8:30 and 9AM on Saturday, June 29th in the Walmart Parking Lot.  Fred Lewis, who is one of the officers for Oakland Pontiac Worldwide, says there are members from all over the world that will be here for the event.

 

 

The event right now has 26 cars registered.  They will be at the Taylorville Square on Saturday the 29th until around 12:30.

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Montgomery County Fair Offering Something For Everyone

The Montgomery County Fair is in full swing as it is going on now until the 23rd.  Fridays events feature everything from a swine show to motorcross and quad racing. Marti Benning, Vice President of the Fair Board says you should come to Montgomery County over the weekend to see some special wood carving. 

 

 

The chainsaw carving events will be happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Of course, you don’t want to miss the demolition derby, says fair treasure Shannon Durbin.

 

 

There is a five dollar admission at the gate, but free carnival rides are provided.  The carnival portion runs from 6PM to close, with a 1-3PM Saturday Matinee.

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