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Maryville, Missouri Donates Toys for Taylorville After Tornado

An owner of 2 radio stations in Maryville, Missouri, asked his high school football team to collect toys for the children in Taylorville, Illinois, and Friday afternoon he pulled that trailer over 5 hours to deliver them to the Taylorville head football coach.


Jim Cronin is owner of 2 radio stations in Maryville, and told Regional Radio News how he filled the trailer with toys for Taylorville.



Cronin decided to ask his listeners to donate toys for Taylorville, Illinois, after hearing about the tornado. 



Cronin and Miller Media Group owner Randal J. Miller, are both members of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank, a group of 100 broadcasters in mainly small markets in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  The group holds twice-a-year conventions in member towns, plus share an every other month newsletter.


Taylorville High School football coach Jeb Odam accepted the toys on behalf of the T-H-S football team, and told Regional Radio News the toys will be donated to an organization that's involved with local toy distribution for children during the Christmas season.




Second Installment of "A Season of Hope" Airs on 6 Miller Media Group Stations

The second in the series of special programs called "A Season of Hope" with information on recovery and relief efforts after the December First tornado hit Taylorville, was heard on Friday on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations.


The program featured 3 guests in this week's installment.


The first was co-executive director of the Taylorville Food Pantry Amy Hagen, who said she and co-executive director Pam Moses were listening to the coverage on the Miller Media Group stations the night the tornado hit, and they quickly made the decision to open the Food Pantry the next day.



The 2nd was co-executive director of the Food Pantry Pam Moses, who shared that she expects the need for food to those affected, for months to come.



The third guest on Friday's special tornado recovery program was Jody Rusher, outreach coordinator for the local C-E-F-S Economic Opportunity office in Taylorville, that is now the central location to direct people to relief agencies or for volunteers to call to help.  Rusher shared why the county asked them to be the go-to agency and phone number for those affected by the tornado, as well as volunteers wanting to help, to call.



The program can be heard in its entirety, on the "Tornado Recovery Assistance" page of taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.


The third and final installment of the program "A Season of Hope" will be presented on the 6 Miller Media Group radio stations next Friday, December 21st from 3 to 4 in the afternoon.



Christian County Master Gardeners Share Advice on Tornado Damaged Landscaping

A catastrophic EF-3 tornado that hit Taylorville knocked down trees, and tore a part a lot of residents landscaping. The Christian County Master Gardeners are looking to help residents, and teach them how they can get their landscaping back to what it was before. Local master gardener Gwen Podeschi says they were at the MARC last weekend to help answer questions.



Podeschi says they are going to hold a program in April about replacing trees.



If residents want to reach out to the Master Gardeners, Podeschi shares how.



Podeschi, and all of the local master gardeners are happy to provide landscaping advice to those who have damage from the tornado.


Dumpsters Available for Tornado Debris Saturday

Cleanup is still going on in the affected areas from the tornado at the beginning of December, and debris needs to be thrown away in the correct places. Mayor Bruce Barry says there will be dumpsters available at the street department.



The city is always willing to take debris such as tree limbs. Barry also says that volunteers are welcome to come help unload trucks at the street department, and he will provide lunch.



Volunteers are welcome to come out and help Saturday beginning in the morning at 9.


LERT Making a Difference in Tornado Cleanup

The Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) has been assisting in the relief efforts after the December 1st tornado in Taylorville. Pastor Rodney Blomquist shares some of what LERT was able to after the storm.



LERT also accepted volunteer help, and they received help from not just residents, but people outside of the community. For instance, the Millikan Baseball team volunteered. 



Blomquist says that the volunteer help made a positive impact on the recovery efforts.




Senator Manar Sees Strength in Taylorville

State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois he was in Taylorville less than 48 hours after the tornado went through the city.


Manar knows his role in the recovery from the tornado, he is ready to help and knows that he can make a difference in Taylorville by helping with resources and figuring out how to pay for the assistance the city needs



Manar says his heart is warmed when he sees the response the Taylorville community has had to the Tornado, he has heard from others how strong this community has been.



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


Rob O'Brian Sees Long Road Ahead for Taylorville

Taylorville residents are still dealing with the damage the EF3 tornado did to the city on December 1st.


Rob O’Brian is the President of O’Brian and Associates located in Joplin Missouri. He knows what Taylorville residents are feeling as in May of 2011 Joplin was hit by and EF5 tornado.



O’Brian says the first step is always the hardest in the recovery process and acknowledges that when a natural disaster like this happens there is so much to do in the aftermath.



O’Brian says there were a lot of questions after the EF5 tornado went through Joplin in terms of when things would go back to normal.



O’Brian appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Patty Hornbukle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, she has seen in the two weeks since the tornado came through our city a community that has rallied together.


Hornbuckle knows that there are still residents that need help and those that want to help any anyway they can, she shares how residents can do just that.



Hornbuckle knows that there are residents in town that are looking for some normalcy, she is trying to do just that even if it is just for a day. Hornbuckle and the Chamber of Commerce will be at the fire department Saturday morning at 9 with T-shirts and sweatshirts.



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


Gagne Building Updated Hours

For those who are interested in collecting donations, or making a donation at the Gagne Building, there are new hours. Beginning December 13th, the Gagne building is open from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon through December 16th. Hours change from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon on December 17th through December 21st. They are not asking for clothing donations at this time.


Rosati's Pizza Opening Doors December 17th

Rosati’s Pizza on the Taylorville square is opening its doors Monday, December 17th. Owner Peggy Brandon is looking forward to opening day and reflects on everything leading up to the opening.



To make sure that Rosati’s is prepared for the first day of business, corporate helped out by teaching the necessary skills.



Brandon hopes Rosati’s can become a large part of the Taylorville community, and she looks forward to serving her customers.




Kids, Cops, and Christmas Recieves Donation from CNB Bank and Trust

CNB Bank and Trust donated $300 towards the Taylorville Police Department’s Kids, Cops, and Christmas. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile on the generous donation. 



The goal of Kids, Cops, and Christmas is to help kids in the community who may not get the chance to celebrate Christmas like most others.



Kids, Cops, and Christmas is Thursday starting at 5.


Christian County Problem-Solving Court Graduation this Friday

The Christian County Problem-Solving Court Graduation is this Friday at Davis Memorial Christian Church. Ann Wolfe, Supervisor of the probation department, says 5 people are going to graduate this time around. 



Wolfe says this graduation is a huge milestone for former addicts as they continue to recover.



The ceremony will begin at 1 in the afternoon on Friday.


Sullivan Old Style Government Still Working Just Fine

Being the Mayor of the biggest city in Moultrie County would be a stressful job for anyone to handle. Ann Short has that job title at the moment and is enjoying her time in office.


Short says first things first she is the Mayor of Sullivan, but does admit that her duties are vast as she is the head of multiple departments.



The City of Sullivan has a commission form of government, Short says these forms of government are dying off, but it works for the City of Sullivan.



Short appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the downtown Metro Communications Building in Sullivan.


TCCU Donates $10,000 to Missions for Taylorville

Taylorville Community Credit Union is making a generous donation of $10,000 to Missions for Taylorville. TCCU CEO Will Perkins says they are happy to help the community.



Perkins compares the donation with neighbor helping neighbor.



Perkins was thankful for the response that he saw from the community after the tornado, and was happy to help.


Taylorville Food Pantry Hard at Work After Tornado

Taylorville Food Bank has been busy after they were full from donations last week. Amy Hagen from the food pantry says they have been hard at work since December 2nd, the day after the tornado struck Taylorville.



After the tornado hit, residents from all over the community have found ways to help, and Hagen shares her thoughts on what she has seen come through the food pantry.



The Food Pantry also received a large donation from Nuehoff Media of $50,000 was a complete surprise to Hagen.




Taylorville Kiwanis Donates to Missions for Taylorville Relief Effort

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club donated some 177-dollars from its weekly "Happy Bucks" promotion, to the Missions for Taylorville tornado relief program, during its Tuesday luncheon.


The "Happy Bucks" promotion is a former Post Office Box converted into a piggy-bank type container, and Kiwanis members normally donate a dollar or 5-dollars when they have something happy to share with the club.


Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak tells Regional Radio News how the donation happened.



On Wednesday, Evanchak donated a check from the club for $177, to the Missions for Taylorville tornado relief effort, on Wednesday.  Accepting the check on behalf of Missions for Taylorville was its director Ed Legg.


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.


MARC Aids Over 100 Affected Residents

Friday and Saturday last week, a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) was set up to help assist residents who suffered from the December 1st tornado. Maria Henneberry of the Red Cross shares that they were able to help over 100 residents.



Not only did the MARC assist with victims, but also with volunteers. They were able to use their resources to learn where volunteers could be used best.



Henneberry says that having the 22 different agencies on hand made a huge impact.



The MARC was open at Taylorville Christian Church last Friday and Saturday.


People's Bank and Trust Offering Zero Interest Loans for Tornado Victims

People’s Bank and Trust is wanting to help residents who were affected by the December 1st tornado, and CEO John Gardner is going to provide zero percent interest loans to those needing short term support. 



Gardner says initially they are going to offer this until the end of December.



People’s Bank and Trust is happy to help those in need who suffered damage from the tornado.


Southern Baptist Works Over Two Thousand Hours for Tornado Recovery

Illinois Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has been helping Taylorville recover after a catostrophic tornado damaged hundreds of homes. Dennis Felix, commander on sight in Taylorville shares how much they were able to help. 



Felix, and other members of the relief team were on sight shortly after the tornado hit. Felix says that when looking at how Taylorville has recovered, this is a strong community.



Felix also mentions that they have been busy all summer helping other communities rebuild from natural disasters. Before they came to Taylorville, they were assisting with hurricane Michael in Florida.




Senior Citizens Center Excited for December Trips

Just because the temperatures are heading south for the winter and winter months are upon us does not mean the Christian County Senior Citizens Center is taking a break in the action.


Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says there are still a couple of trips left this month that have vacancies.



The Cross Country Classics always bring a big crowd when the visit Taylorville. They are back December 16th to do their Christmas Show and Mahr says the Senior Citizens Center will be driving residents over to the event that day.



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


Taylorville Schools Fortunate to have Minimal Damage After Tornado

On the first day of December at 5:20 in the evening an EF3 tornado made its way through Taylorville. Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau made the decision to close school on Monday to make sure the building was safe for students to return. 


Fuerstenau says the Taylorville School District is fortunate to have received minimal damage from the storm.



Fuerstenau is proud to be a Taylorville resident saying how impressed he is with how quickly and with what great strength this community rallied together.



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


Taylorville Kiwanis Entertained by THS Madrigal Singers at Tuesday Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club were entertained by over 20 members of the Taylorville High School Madrigal Singers, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.  


T-H-S music teacher Keith Chase led the singers in several selections that were part of their Madrigal Dinners last weekend at the high school.


Here's some of how they ended their performance for the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday:



Several guests attended the Madrigal Singers presentation, including Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry, police chief Brian Hile, and Taylorville High School principal Matt Hutchison.


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.


Taylorville Fire Department Called to Assist in Monday House Fire

Taylorville Fire Department was called in to assist with a house fire on 2041 North 1300 East Road between Taylorville and Mt. Auburn Monday morning. Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall on what the scenario was for the two story house fire.



Goodall says that the cause of the fire is still being investigated. However another hazard was thick fog which caused a pedestrian accident.



There were no injuries reported from the fire, or the accident.


Missions for Taylorville Releases Tornado Repair Application

Missions for Taylorville has released its tornado repair application form, for those who were affected by the December First tornado, to complete.  

If you own a building that was damaged by the tornado, and would like assistance from the Missions for Taylorville program to help with repairs, please download the application which can be found on the "Tornado Recovery Assistance" page on taylorvilledailynews.com.  There is an icon there to click on to bring up the application in PDF format. 

You can also download it HERE. 

It's also available on the Missions for Taylorville Facebook page, and also on the missionsfortaylorville-dot-org web site.

Complete the application, then bring it to the Davis Memorial Christian Church, 
1500 West Franklin, Taylorville, during church office business hours Monday thru Thursday 8am-noon and 1pm-3:30pm, or Fridays 8am-noon. 


Maryville, Missouri Radio Stations Donating Toys To Taylorville

Help has been coming to Taylorville from all over ever since the December 1st tornado that damaged over 600 homes, even from outside of the state. Jim Cronin, owner of KNIM AM-FM in Maryville, Missouri, has found a way he can contribute. The local high school football team in Maryville is going to donate toys in honor of Christmas. Cronin says this is not the first time his station has done something like this.



Cronin also mentions that the toys aren’t only for tornado victims, but to help give during the holiday season.



Cronin will present the toys raised to the Taylorville High School football team this Friday, December 14th.



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