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WMKR 94.3, Taylorville Kiwanis Raise $3200 In First-Ever Pie Auction

Miller Media Group radio station WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, held their first-ever Pie Auction on-air on Thursday.

 

The Kiwanis Club lined up several dignitaries who appeared in 30-minute segments, bringing a pie along with them.  WMKR president Randal J. Miller hosted the on-air auction, taking phone calls and selling each of the dignitary’s pies to the highest bidder.

 

WMKR and the Kiwanis Club raised some 32-hundred dollars to go towards the club’s many local programs for children and youth, including Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school scholarships, the Christian County YMCA, and sponsoring the local Kiwanis Key Club at Taylorville High School as well as the Kiwanis Builders Club at Taylorville Junior High School.

 

Among the participating dignitaries was Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, who told WMKR listeners that the Kiwanis Club provides important programs to teach children and youth responsibility.

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Junior High School Builders Club advisor Jackie Foil, and one of her Builders Club members Stephanie Robinson, appeared on the Pie Auction, and while they auctioned their pie, Foil told WMKR listeners that the program gets kids involved in community service at an early age.

 

 

Dignitaries appearing included Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, Judy Prasun from People’s Bank and Trust, Linda Crawford and Jared Beckham from First National Bank in Taylorville, Advisor Jackie Foil and member Sophie Robinson from the Taylorville Junior High Kiwanis Builders Club, State Representative Avery Bourne, Adam Jeffrey from Craggs Realtors, Joe Hauser and Buzz Besson from the Market Street Inn, Will Perkins from the Taylorville Community Credit Union, Marty and Donna Davis from the Davis Family McDonald’s Restaurants, and Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry.

 

WMKR and the Kiwanis Club thank all those who purchased pies during Thursday’s first-ever Kiwanis Pie Auction to Benefit Children and Youth.

 

The event was organized by Miller and Kiwanis Fund Raising Committee chair Will Perkins.

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Cottage Food Law Class Coming Next Week

Coming up next Thursday Christian County Residents have the opportunity to be a part of a class through the U of I Extension Office to discuss cottage food law.

 

Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension Office Lisa Peterson explains what it means to be involved with a cottage food law or operation.

 

 

With the multiple changes coming to the cottage food law Peterson say this class is going to get into the ins and outs of what is and isn’t allowed with the new laws.

 

 

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

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PCH Ready for Phase 2 of Construction

Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce that they are officially in phase two of their construction project.

 

Director of Business Development with Pana Community Hospital Carol Chandler says phase two shifts its focus to the front of the hospital as opposed to phase one which wrapped up the back.

 

 

Chandler says for the time being entrance into the hospital can be a little confusing to maneuver, with this thought in mind PCH will be offering help to get you where you need to go.

 

 

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

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be a day for Taylorville to remember as for the first time ever the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Event will be held in Taylorville.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says this event supports a great cause that is often a tough subject to talk about.

 

 

The cost is $25 a person for the walk and shoes will be provided by the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, Hornbuckle explains the ways you can register.

 

 

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

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CORRECTION to Story on Taylorville City-Wide Clean-Up Day April 27

The City of Taylorville Mayor's Office has notified Regional Radio News, of corrections to an earlier story we aired regarding the April 27th City-Wide Clean-Up Day.

City officials now say that the clean-up day will still take place from 7am to 3pm, but residents are to take their debris to the Taylorville Street Department located at 205 N. Cherokee St. this includes any debris from the December First tornado. 

The City is also recruiting volunteers for that day. Please contact the Mayor's office at 287-7946 if you'd like to help with the City-Wide Clean-Up Day in Taylorville on April 27th.

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HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville Preparing for Open House

Coming up at the end of April HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville is opening their doors for an open house to show off their new renovations to the public. HSHS Leadership Team President and CEO Aaron Puchbauer says this has been a long time coming.

 

 

Puchbauer explains more of what is coming with the renovations saying there will be a new found emphasis and patient privacy.

 

 

Puchbauer says they cannot thank the community enough for their patience during this renovation process.

 

 

The open house will be April the 29th from 5 to 7 in the evening at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.

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PCH Gets Ready for National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 2nd is going to be a big day in Central Illinois and across the country as it is National Day of Prayer.

 

Director of Business Development with Pana Community Hospital Carol Chandler says at the moment they are preparing for the day and want to make this one as successful as ever.

 

 

Chandler acknowledges that National Day of Prayer will be happening across the nation but PCH tries to but their own personal touch to it.

 

 

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

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CSH Investments Talks Reversion to the Mean

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

 

Henry says one of the more basic concepts in investing is often over looked in reversion to the mean, Henry explains the concept.

 

 

Henry says things are starting to adjust back to normal after being seen as incredibly high in recent years with multiple factors attributing to those highs.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears About Essential Oils at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the benefits of eesential oils, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Tammy Braye, a former appliance business owner in Taylorville, spoke about the benefits of Doterra Essential Oils.  Braye told the club that essential oils came into her live in 2014, and she saw changes in both her life and in the lifes of others.

 

Braye added that essential oils are compounds of different plants, and can come from root, bark, or other parts of a plant.  

 

Braye told the Kiwanis Club that essential oils can be used for headaches, coughs, and anxious feelings, among other diseases. 

 

 

She added that the Doterra Company goes to the country of origin where the plants grow best, no matter where around the world, helping farmers grow sustainable plants.

 

Braye said that the Doterra Company sent over 400 essential oils’ kits, that were distributed to disaster victims following the December First tornado.  

 

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.

 

Caption to picture:  Tammy Braye (center), representing Doterra Essential Oils, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  Kiwanis Vice-President Sarah Van Huss (left) presided at the meeting.  Program chair for the Tuesday meeting was Judy Prasun (right).

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Christian County Board Meets; Hears Comments on Updating Wind Farm Ordinance

The issue of updating Christian County's ordinance regulating the siting of wind farms, has drawn quite an audience for Christian County Board meetings the last few months, and Monday night was no exception.  

 

Many citizens following the wind farm issue, were in attendance last night, with comments made from one person opposing the wind farms, during the public comment period before the meeting began.

 

County Board chair Becky Edwards told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that she wants a full vetting of the pro's and con's of the issue before any board vote is taken.

 

 

Matthew Heberling is president of the Christian County Farm Bureau.  He told Regional Radio News after the meeting that the local Farm Bureau is not taking a position on the expansion of alternative energy in Christian County.

 

 

Heberling isn't surprised at the number of Christian County residents that have attended recent County Board meetings while the wind farm ordinace has been discussed.

 

 

The Board OK'd motions for the use of the Courthouse grounds for the National Day of Prayer May 2nd, and a Bible-reading marathon at the Courthouse May 8TH.

 

They heard the report of a clean audit report from CPA Rich Hooper, and appointed former long-time Taylorville firefighter Dave Oldham to the Taylorville Fire Protection District Board of Trustees.

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WMKR 94.3, Taylorville Kiwanis Holding First Ever Pie Auction Fund Raiser Live On-Air Thursday

Miller Media Group radio station WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, will hold their first-ever Pie Auction to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community, this Thursday starting at 9 in the morning.

 

Local dignataries will appear in 30-minute segments, each with a pie that will be auctioned on the air, with all the proceeds going to the Taylorville Kiwanis Club to benefit local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.  Projects supported by the local Kiwanis Club include Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, the Christian County YMCA, and high school scholarships among others.

 

The local Kiwanis Club puts nearly 10-thousand dollars a year into local projects for children and youth, and monies raised on Thursday will help fund that mission.

 

Residents are encouraged to listen to the live pie auction, and call a special number that day to place their bid for a pie live on the air.  The number to call is 777-W-M-K-R.  

 

Scheduled dignitaries to appear on the first-ever WMKR Taylorville Kiwanis Pie Auction to benefit children and youth, include Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, State Representative Avery Bourne, and many local business owners and representatives.

 

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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Rebate Card Bill Making Way Through Springfield

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has been hard at work fighting for Illinoisans to get them their money back.

 

Recently Frerichs has been keeping an eye on the Rebate Cards Bill, saying it isn’t fair for companies to send you a rebate card and apply dormancy fees.

 

 

Frerichs explains how the bill made its way to the floor, saying his office thought of this idea and how beneficial it could be for the state but it was up to the representatives to take it up.

 

 

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

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes this Saturday

This Saturday residents from Christian County and the surrounding areas have the opportunity to be a part of something special.

 

Erin Domonousky is the Medical and Legal Advocate for the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault she says for the first time ever the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event will be held in Taylorville.

 

 

Domonousky says the men who participate in this event are true warriors, by the end of the walk she sees men who are powering through the finish line just to get the heels off.

 

 

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

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Taylorville City Council Table Proposed Ambulance Ordinance

An ordinance to insure that the City of Taylorville is covered with 3 fully staffed ambulances 24-7 once again was tabled by the City Council Monday night, after some of its provisions were questioned by the owners of the remaining local ambulance service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Dunn, co-owner of Dunn's Ambulance Service, was accompanied by several of her employees.  She inquired about the way the proposed ordinance was written in the area of how many ambulances any ambulance service would have to provide, how much information any ambulance service could legally provide the City, and whether an ambulance company's employees could be held liable in case the City would cite the company they were working for.

 

 

Chairperson of the City Council's Emergency Services Committee, Ernie Dorchinez, told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that the intent is to make sure that no matter how many ambulance companies operate in the city, that between those companies there are 3 fully staffed ambulances 24-7 serving Taylorville.

 

 

After a lengthy discussion, the Taylorville City Council unanimously voted to table the ordinance for further review.

 

One other contentious issue died for the lack of a second.  The Council's Personnel Committee voted 4 to nothing, to recommend to the full City Council, that the City advertise to fill a vacant full-time municipal building laborer position.  But, the motion was brought to the full Council and died for the lack of a second.  Personnel Committee Chair Martin Vota told the Council that they could expect a possible greivance to be filed by the union as a result of the Council's lack of action Monday night.

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Taylorville Aldermen Extend Steak and Shake Construction Deadline; Pay Water Plant Construction Bills Monday Night

Taylorville Aldermen Monday night considered a variety of issues in their nearly 45-minute meeting.

The Council approved an extension of their Tax Increment Financing agreement with the owners of the new Steak and Shake, until May 31st, due to rain causing problems pouring the new road to the business.

The Council paid several bills pertaining to the new Water Treatment Plant project.  And, they forwarded to the Finance Committee, the Fire Department and Airport Budgets for the coming fiscal year which starts May First.

Monday night's Taylorville City Council meeting was the last full meeting for 2 outgoing aldermen.  Martin Vota did not seek re-election after 12 years on the Council.  Long-time alderman Earl Walters was defeated by newcomer Kathy Driskell.   Seating of new aldermen takes place at the May 6th Council meeting.

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Illinois State Senate OK's Tax Credit for Christian County Tornado Victims

State Senator Andy Manar’s plan for the state to offer a 750-dollar natural disaster tax credit to people affected by a 2018 central Illinois tornado outbreak was approved by the Senate this week.
The credit would be available in tax year 2019 for people and small businesses in counties that were declared a state disaster area by the governor following the Dec. 1, 2018, tornado outbreak that devastated Taylorville and surrounding areas. More than 20 people were injured in the storm, which included an EF-3 twister, and hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed.
Manar says that he appreciates his colleagues across the state recognizing the importance of a tax credit like this for people in his district who continue to rebuild their lives after the December First natural disaster.
The measure passed with bipartisan support and no opposition on Thursday. It must be approved by the House before it can go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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Manar Fighting to Solve Infrastructure Problems in Illinois

Recently we were made aware of a bridge collapsing in Chattanooga, and in Illinois representatives in Springfield are working hard to avoid that in our state.

 

State Senator Andy Manar  represents the 48th District of Illinois and is hopeful that they can get this infrastructure bill pushed through by the end of session in May.

 

 

Manar and his colleagues in Springfield know that if you are not ahead of the infrastructure problems they could add up quickly and by then it might be too little too late.

 

 

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

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Christian County YMCA Ready for Their Spring Session

After surviving the bitter winter Illinois months Spring is finally in the air and the Christian County YMCA is ready for their Spring Session to begin.

 

Membership and Marketing Director Mary Kate Curtin says it is time to start thinking about signing up for the classes in the Spring Session.

 

 

Curtin says the classes are free to Y members and there is still time to sign up to reserve your spot today.

 

 

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

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TMH Foundation Publishes Community Update

The TMH Foundation has published their 2018 Community Update, recognizing its many donors, and sharing their stories that have impacted the community. Executive Director Raedena Ryan explains more.

 

 

When looking back at some of the Foundation’s bigger initiatives, Ryan says its hard to not mention more than one.

 

 

In addition to enhancing patient experiences, the TMH Auxiliary reached a milestone gift that advanced their cumulative giving over $1.5 million dollars. 

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Taylorville Walmart Officially Opens Online Grocery Shopping

The Walmart in Taylorville had their grand opening of their new online grocery shopping feature. Jeremy Grahm, E commerce manager, talks more about the new service.

 

 

Grahm explains what the process was for Walmart to launch the new service.

 

 

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CCPC Hosting Hidden in Plain Sight

The Christian County Prevention Coalition is hosting their “Hidden in Plain Sight” event which focuses on teaching parents to recognize drug paraphernalia that could be hidden in their teenagers bedrooms. Bernadette Salisbury, Treasurer of the CCPC, with more.

 

 

Salisbury says that she recommend the event for parents with kids of all ages.

 

 

Hidden in Plain Sight will be held at the South Fork High School Library.

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Brix Veterinary Service Ready to Help

Brix Veterinary Service in Shelbyville is here to help keep your animals feeling right whether they be big or small.
 
Dr. John Brix of Brix Veterinary Service says in his job no two days are alike, he shares how they cater to a variety of animals.
 

 

 
Brix says they can help with cattle as well and if you are unable to bring the cattle to Brix they can come to you.
 

 

 
Brix appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Shelbyville Studios.

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Shelbyville Schools Superintendent Excited for Future

With the recent elections now behind us it is time for the new wave of elected officials to pick up the torch and continue the hard work.

 

Superintendent of Shelbyville Schools Denise Bence says she is extremely happy to have the team in place and is excited to see what all they can accomplish.

 

 

Bence says the vacancy of Shelbyville High School Principal has been filled and she thinks they hit a home run with this candidate.

 

 

Bense appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Shelbyville Studios.

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Shelby County Art Show Draws Big Crowds

Big crowds attended the first day of the 2-day Shelby County Art Show at the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center.

 

 

The show featured both juried and non-juried art by Shelby County residents.  Local singers provided music thru-out the day.

 

 

 

 

 

The show continues on Sunday from noon to 5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Art Show This Weekend

This weekend is the Shelby County Art Show and those involved are ready to show off their hard work for the patrons.

 

Carol Kessler is the Director of the Shelby County Art Show, she gives a history of the event saying it has been over 50 years since the first art show.

 

 

Kessler says there is plenty of great art to come and check out including art from junior artists.

 

 

Kessler appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Shelbyville Studios.

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