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2013-03-30 06:47:21.027

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Sheriff's Office Investigates Bus Crash

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Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic crash that occurred Thursday afternoon near Clarksdale.  The crash involved a school bus and a semi-trailor. Two students ages 7 and 10 from Palmer, Illinois were passengers in the bus. Both students and drivers went to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital for routine examination, with all parties being released from the hospital.

The driver of the school bus, Kenneth R. Badman Sr. age 67 of Taylorville, Illinois was westbound on 800 East Rd. and failed to stop at the intersection with Illinois Route 48. Mr. Badman told the investigating Deputy that his brakes failed as he approached the intersection. Mr. Badman drives for Beck Bus, Transportation LLC.

The driver of the semi-trailor, Ivan N. Guenov, age 49 from Las Vegas, NV was soundbound on Illinois Route 48 approaching the intersection with 880 East Road. The semi struck the passenger side door of the school bus.  Due to the quick and evasive actions taken by Mr. Guenov, serious and possibly fatal injuries were avoided.

Mr. Badman was issued a citation for failure to yield –stop at an intersection. The investigation of the crash is being continued by the Christian County Sheriff Office.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-28-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING"

ARRESTS:

 

Lisa A. Dale, 26, of Decatur was arrested on March 26 on a bond forfeiture warrant for perating an uninsured motor vehicle. 

 

TRAFFIC:

  

On March 24, Cindy Mansfield-Tilley of Kincaid was traveling eastbound on Illinois Rt 104 and was ppproximately 6/10 of a mile west of township rd. 900 E.  Kimberly Shroyer was traveling westbound on Illinois Rt. 104 approximately 4/10 west of a mile, west of township road 900 East.  Mansfield-Tilley stated she lost control of the vehicle on the snow covered roadway. She began to rotate clockwise in the roadway.  Shroyer stated she saw Mansfield-Tilley losing control and tapped her brakes.  She advised her vehicle then began to slide sideways on the roadway.  Mansfield-Tilley was not able to regain control.  No injuries were reported.

 

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Fire Department Calls 3-28-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-25-13

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident 

3-26-13

3 EMS

 

3-27-13

2 EMS, 1 FIRE, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Nation Running for City Treasurer

The citywide elections are a week from tomorrow.  The City Treasurer job is up for grabs after the announced retirement of  long-time treasurer Terri France.  Candidate Jackie Nation is running for the position.  She is the current Deputy Treasurer and says her familiarity with the office is one of her major assets:

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2013-03-30 06:46:35.190

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Geo Cache Event to bring Thousands to Shelbyville

The long-anticipated Geo Cache event is coming to Shelbyville soon.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they are expecting a huge turnout:

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Christian County YMCA Board of Directors

At the annual meeting of the Christian County YMCA, the Board of Directors recognized the service of retiring Board Members and welcomed three new Board Members.

Brad Paisley, Aaron Calvert, Dick Lyons, Mike Brotherton and Sean McGinnis were recognized for their numerous contributions to the YMCA. The YMCA recognized their service with the presentation of a plaque.

Also, at the annual meeting, the YMCA welcomed three new Board Members.  Bruce Kettelkamp and Duane Stock will form the class of 2015 and Tammy Rhoades will join the class of 2013 with the option of serving an additional 3 year term.

The new board members help make up a sixteen member Board of Directors which also includes Karol Davis, Kenny Hadden, Linda Smith, Melisa Livingston, Michael Hady, Amy Hagen, Kevin Kietzman, Bill Chapman, Bob Febus, John Gardner, Mike Havera, Mary Del Valle and Scott Stallman.

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Pictured above (left to right) are the new YMCA Board Members Bruce Kettelkamp, Tammy Rhoades and Duane Stock.

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Rosenthal says Constituents Dislike Gay Marriage Proposals

Efforts to legalize gay marriage in Illinois continue in the legislature.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says his constituents have made it clear how they feel about it:

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2013-03-28 06:52:52.573

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Lakeshore Offers Special Passes

If you’re itching to get out on the golf course , Lakeshore Golf Course has a money-saving deal.  Jason Boldig says they’re offering a special pass:

[audio:boldigmembershippass032813.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Find out more by calling Lakeshore Golf Course at 824-5521

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Dueling Pianos Planned

The Public Schools Foundation is holding a fundraiser next month.  Alma Himstedt says they had great success with an event last year, so they’ll try it again:

[audio:himstedtschoolfoundation032813.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Again, Dueling Pianos will be Friday April 5th.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeks Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters Christian County is looking for volunteers. Lisa Rakey of Big Brothers Big Sisters says they will especially be watching for high school students who may want to get involved:

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2013-03-28 06:56:01.203

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WTIM Announces Program Changes; Dennis Miller Begins July 1

(Taylorville)--WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Radio in Taylorville today announced several programming changes that will take effect July 1st.

WTIM's 2 local interview programs, "Inside Central Illinois", heard weekdays at 2:10pm and 2:40pm, will move to 8:40am and 9:10am effective July 1st. WTIM's popular Open Line program will continue to air from 9:40am to 10am weekdays.

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"The Dennis Miller Show", a 3-hour syndicated talk show from the Dial-Global Radio Network, begins airing on WTIM on July 1 from 2pm to 5pm weekdays. Miller, a long-time member of the "Saturday Night Live" cast, has produced a nationwide talk show since 2008, and is a contributor on Bill O'Reilly's program on the Fox News Network.

Miller's show features guests as well as calls from listeners.

WTIM president Randal J. Miller, in making the announcement, said he's thrilled to bring Dennis' unique brand of humor and wit, to Central Illinois listeners.

WTIM's local news updates will continue to air at the bottom of each hour during Dennis' show, as well as local weather at 6 and 33 minutes past the hour.

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 is part of the Miller Media Group, that owns and operates eleven radio signals that serve central and northwest Illinois. Corporate headquarters and studios for the 5 Taylorville-cluster stations are in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

TRAFFIC:

On March 25, Robert Burrus, of Pana, and Johnathon Cox of Pana were heading west on Rt. 16.  Cox was turning left onto 2100 East Rd.  Burrus was behind Cox and thought Cox was turning right.  As Cox was turning, Burrus hit him in the driver side of the vehicle causing damage to both units.  Both Johnathon and his female passenger were taken to Pana Community Hospital. 

On March 25, Crystal Cook of Taylorville was traveling east on 1350 North Rd at about 1890 East.  She lost control on the snow and slush packed road.  Cook and passengers started to drive off the north shoulder, but crashed into snow that had been pushed into a pile by snowplows.  Cook hit the snow bank and overturned on the north side of the road. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On March 22, at 11:16 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer initiated a trafic stop on a vehicle at Shumway and Adams.  The vehicles registration stated the male registered owner had an active warrant out of Montgomery County.  The male was identified as Jeremy Bahn, 28, of Springfield.  He was arrested and transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bnd.

On March 20, a Taylorville Police officer made contact with a female subject at the Taylorville Police Department.  He knew the female subject.  Amanda Stickel, of Taylorville had a valid warrant out of Christian County.  He placed the female subject under arrest and transported her to the Christain County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

On March 24, at 1:38 am, officers were dispatched to Major Leagues in reference to a fight outside.  Ronald D. Fisher of Taylorville walked out of the bar.  He was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol y a minor and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.  He was released on a notice to appear.

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John Coady Speaker for Taylorville Kiwanis Club

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Retired Judge John Coady was the speaker at the Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. He presented a program entitled "You Be the Judge". Actual court cases were retold followed by group discussion of the possible punishments. After much speculation, the actual outcomes were revealed. The exercise revealed the often difficult decisions facing a judge.  

For more information on the local club, go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com

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Schools Continue to Struggle with Funding

Schools continue to struggle with funding issues.  Dr. Greg Fursteneau, superintendent of Taylorville Schools, says it will get worse if promised state funding doesn’t start coming through:

[audio:fursteneautoughtimes032713.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The State of Illinois owes Taylorville millions of dollars in funding.  Other districts are struggling with similar issues.

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Residency Loophole Closed

At its meeting earlier this week, the Taylorville City Council dealt with residency requirements.  Mayor Greg Brotherton says the council was just closing a loophole in the ordinance:

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The council voted on the issue Monday.

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Ferris Runs for Park Board Seat

Decision time for voters is coming up.  There are open seats this election cycle on the Taylorville Park Board, and a former IDOT employee and Little League coach, Bob Ferris, is running:

[audio:ferrisqualifications032713.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Ferris says his experience in dealing with people is one of the main reasons to vote for him:

[audio:ferriswhyvoteforme032713.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The elections are coming up April 9th.

 

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-25-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Aaron M. Rodden, 22, of 417 Douglas Street Edinburg, was arrested on March 21 for operating an uninsured vehicle. 

Jeremy A Bahn, 28, of 151 E. Johnson Ave.Nokomis, was arrested on March 22 on an original arrest warrant for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 

Travis L. Tanner, 33, of 801 Borah Ave. Tovey, was arrested on March 23 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Alic D. Vandermaiden, of 409 Beech Street Kincaid, was arrested on March 23 for driving with a suspended license, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jerry H. Bunning, 60, of 400 Lincoln Trail, was arrested on March 23 on an original arrest warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assult. 

Taylor J. Christian, 22, of 105 Garrison Kincaid, was arrested on March 23 for theft. 

Richard C. Perugino, 44, of 611 Dial Street Kincaid, was arrested on March 22 for domestic battery. 

Amanda L. Buschon, 30, of 308 Meadow Drive Troy, Illinois, was arrested on an original arrest warrant for driving an uninsured motor vehicle. 

TRAFFIC: 

 Jeffrey Kelly had his 2012 Dodge parked, unoccupied off the roadway on North Church Street in Stonington.  Tyler Moffett of Stonington backed out from a private drive located at 718 North Church.  Moffett struck Kelly in the rear passenger area.  Moffett left the scene.  A short time later,  Moffett arrived and stated he failed to realize he had struck Kelly's vehicle.  

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Fire Department Calls 3-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-22-13

1 Public Assist

3-23-13

3 EMS,

3-24-13

3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Gas odor

 

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Moulton School to hold Fundraiser

Times are tough for Central Illinois schools.  Most districts are dealing with budget shortfalls, most of which are associated with the State’s failure to deliver promised funding.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says one Shelbyville School is taking matters into their own hands:

[audio:tadmoultonfundraiser032613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

You can call the Chamber at 774-2221 for info.

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Taylorville Native Helping Joplin Tornado Relief

A Taylorville native and former staff member of WTIM Radio, is spearheading an effort in Jacksonville to raise money for tornado relief in Joplin, Missouri.

Allen Stare was a part-time announcer at WTIM Radio while in high school in the 1980’s.  Stare also worked for the Miller Media Group’s former Virden radio station in the early 90’s.  Stare, who now owns his own advertising agency in Jacksonville, is the Youth Committee Chair at the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.

He led that church’s youth group, on a trip to Joplin to help with the clean-up and re-build of that area, in August of 2012.  After that trip, Stare says several of the teens wrote a song as a result of their experience.  They performed the song, entitled “Turn Us Into Miracles”, at their church in the fall of 2012.

[audio:Starecut1Mar2613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Stare says the First Presbyterian Church youth group in Jacksonville then recorded the song, and it was then mastered in Nashville, Tennessee and released on various digital platforms on March 7th.

[audio:Starecut2Mar2613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Here is a portion of the song.

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Stare says proceeds from the song will go towards the Joplin Tornado Relief.  It’s available from iTunes and Google Play.

 

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Pipeline Move Gets Green Light to Resume Route 29 Construction Near Edinburg

Mike Bell of the Project 29 Committee, gave Christian County Economic Development Corporation board members an update on construction on the remain 6 miles of Route 29 around Edinburg, at the board’s quarterly meeting this afternoon.

Bell talked with Regional Radio News after the meeting, about the comments he gave board members, saying that he was just notified a few minutes before the meeting, that the move of a pipeline that was delaying construction, will now move forward as soon as the weather breaks.

[audio:Bellcut1Mar2613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Bell added that the new 4-lane Route 29 around Edinburg has spurred further economic development in the community.

[audio:Bellcut2Mar2613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Bell added that Ayerco is planning to move their existing convenience store closer to the 4-lane, with land already purchased, and will likely add some kind of fast food restaurant as part of their move.

Project 29 holds their monthly meeting at the Edinburg Restaurant Wednesday night.

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Christian County Economic Development Holds Quarterly Board Meeting

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The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their quarterly meeting this afternoon in the Krieger’s banquet room, to review ongoing economic development efforts in Christian County.

Executive director Mary Renner gave her report to the board on current efforts to attract and retain business and industry to Christian County. Regional Radio News talked with Renner after the meeting about a proposed major retailer that’s working on coming to Taylorville.

[audio:RenneraudioMar2613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Renner also reported to the board on several other economic development projects she’s working on, including the proposed Tenaska coal gasification project, a proposed wind farm, and the new Rock Solid Produce that is using the former Buckley’s Landscaping greenhouse next to Waste Management to grow herbs being sold to grocery stores thru-out the state.

Renner also reported on the proposed Ameren Illinois Rivers project that will build a new high voltage line thru Central Illinois including Christian County, and the pending sale in June of Dominion Energy’s Kincaid power station to an investment group known as Energy Capital Partners.

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Board chair Dick Adams presented Cindy Brown, former secretary to Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton, with a plaque for her years of service as secretary to the board. Brown recently was named Director of Human Resources for the City of Taylorville, and as a result, will end her service as board secretary.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-22-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Roy W. Colclasure, 38, of Pana was arrested on March 22 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

TRAFFIC: 

On March 21 Wayne E. Arthur, 77, of Hindsboro Illinois, was traveling southbound on IL Rt. 51 approx 3/10 of a mile north of twp. rd 600 north.  He was pulling a houle 5350 fertilizer spreader.  He stated the spreader began to sway.  He crossed the center line and attempted to correct its direction of travel.  Arthur proceeded back into the southbound lane where the spreader overturned.  The spreader overturned once and came to rest facing in a northwest direction.  He received damage to the driver's side rear area, rear window, and back end.  The spreader had overall damage.  No injuries were reported.

Kourtney E. White Watts, 19, of Niantic was northbound on county rd #22 and stopped at the stop sign .  She stated that she preceded into the intersection and directly into the path of Jeffrey W, Fielstul, who was traveling westbound on cty rd #2 approaching cty rd #22.  Fielstul stated that he seen White entering the intersection and tried to avoid being struck but was unable to do so.  Fielstul drove onto the shoulder of the roadway approximately 56 ft. before the intersection and continued west into the north side of the intersection where he was struck.  Fielstul continued thru the intersection and into the ditch approximately 99 ft. returning back to the roadway and coming to rest.  No injuries were reported.

On March 21, a Christian County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle accident on Illinois Rt. 48 at approximately 1170 north.  He arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Robert Hylton, 47, of Morrisonville.  Hylton stated an animal ran in front of his vehicle and he struck the animal.  The Christian Coounty Deputy observed damage to the undercarriage of his 2002 Lincoln LS.  Hylton was towed from the scene.  No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On March 21,at approximately 9:29 am, a Taylorville Police Officer observed a vehicle make an I.V. C. violation in the area of Rt. 29 and Lake Drive.  The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver who was identified as Jaclyn C. Pugsley, 24, of Pana.  It was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System that the drivers license was suspended in Illinois.  Pugsley was arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released. 

On March 21, at 11:24 am, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to 610 S. Webster Street.  The officer was informed that a male juvenile was at the residence.  The juvenile had an active warrant for his arrest.  The juvenile was located, arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Dpartment. 

 

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Rodney Davis Introduced Legislation That Will Put School Districts Back in Control

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has introduced legislation he says will put local school districts back in control of schools and ensure that that classrooms are not being over-regulated by the federal government.

Congressman Davis says the legislation, known as the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, would assist the 861 school districts in Illinois by preventing the Department of Education from issuing rules that conflict with a school’s goals, budget priorities and educational programs.

The bill also ensures that schools are not spending  resources complying with duplicative and unnecessary regulations put forth by the feds, and requires the Department of Education to seek  input from local school boards, superintendents, principals and teachers before issuing new  regulations and grant conditions.

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Pana Chamber Announces Activities

There are several things coming up in Pana.  According to the Pana Chamber of Commerce, the City Council Meets Monday night at 7:00.  On Tuesday, there will be an informational meeting concerning the upcoming school tax referendum, taking place at Pana Jr. High.  The Chamber will be closed for Good Friday.

 

The Pana Chamber is also welcoming some new members: Fat Moe’s, Caps Cars, Spring Garden Restaurant and Rose City Wrecker.

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Herwig: Young Leaders Meeting Coming up

A relatively new group will hold another meeting soon.  Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau says the Young Leaders will meet soon at a local restaurant:

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2013-03-23 17:44:02.347

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Chamber Sponsors Annual Raffle

It’s time again for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s annual $10,000 raffle.  President and CEO of the Chamber, Patty Hornbuckle, says they’ll draw the winner’s name at their upcoming banquet:

[audio:herwigmeeting032513.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Again, Hornbuckle says they only sell 200 tickets.

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Schafer Runs for Pana Township Road Commissioner

The incumbent Township Road Commissioner is stepping down, leaving a vacancy.  A Pana area farmer is running for the position.  Chris Schafer says the current commissioner asked him to run:

[audio:schafer1032513.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Schafer says he is confident he can do the job:

[audio:schafer2032513.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The election is April 9th.

 

 

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Council to Seek Second Opinion on Hathaway Homes

The question of the Hathaway Housing project is stirring things up on the Taylorville City Council again.  The City fears a costly lawsuit if the plans are not approved, yet aldermen are under pressure from residents to vote it down.  The Council last week moved to get a second legal opinion on the subject.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says the problem is vexing:

[audio:mayorhathaway032613.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Christian County Integrated Services is the company proposing the Hathaway Homes project.

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Letterly Dicusses Cover Crops

Energy and Environmental Educator for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Educator Gary Letterly has been looking at cover crops lately:

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2013-03-25 16:31:04.907

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Girl?s Night Out Tuesday

The Girl’s Night Out events in Shelbyville continue to gain in popularity, and the next one is Tuesday night.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says this month’s topic is the importance of sleep to women’s health:

[audio:tadgirlsneedsleep032513.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Call the Shelbyville Chamber with questions about any Shelbyville area events.  The number is 774-2221.

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Central Illinois Digging Out from Heavy Snow

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The digging out continues across Central Illinois, after a Sunday snowstorm left as much as 18 inches of heavy, wet snow.

 

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has released the official snow totals across Central Illinois. The winners appear to be Springfield and Taylorville, both with 18 inches. Sherman came in with 17 inches, followed by Pana with 16, Winchester 14, Athens 14, Tuscola and Decatur 13, Havana and Jacksonville 12, and a host of communities with eleven.

 

Several communities in the Regional Radio listening area received 9 to eleven inches, closing schools and businesses.

 

A handful of schools remain closed today. 

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning thru Monday Morning

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter storm warning for the entire Regional Radio listening area, until early Monday morning.

In its statement, the Weather Service said SNOW IS EXPECTED OVER CENTRAL ILLINOIS
TODAY...CONTINUING THROUGH TONIGHT. THERE MAY BE A BRIEF BREAK
IN THE SNOW LATER THIS MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS
ANTICIPATED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING.

TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 9
INCHES OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL...EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
ILLINOIS.

NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL GUST OCCASIONALLY AS
HIGH AS 30 MPH...BECOMING MORE OF A NORTH TO NORTHWEST DIRECTION
TONIGHT. DUE TO THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW...THERE IS NOT
EXPECTED TO BE ANY BLOWING SNOW DURING THE DAY...BUT SOME MAY
OCCUR TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES COOL AND THE SNOW BECOMES DRIER.

SNOW COVERED AND HAZARDOUS ROADWAYS WILL BE THE
PRIMARY IMPACTS. ROADS MAY BE SLUSHY AT TIMES ON SUNDAY AS
TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S. HOWEVER...AS
TEMPERATURES FALL INTO THE 20S THIS EVENING...THE SLUSH WILL
FREEZE AND CAUSE ADDITIONAL ICY CONDITIONS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR
HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR
OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL
MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest in weather information.

 

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Illinois State Police Not Recommending Travel Sunday Night; Level 2 Snow Emergency Declaration in Christian County

The Illinois State Police are not recommending travel Sunday night, due to the winter storm.

Interstate 57 at Pesotum is closed due to the heavy snow.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has issued a Level 2 Snow Emerency Declaration. All roadways are hazardous, with blowing and drifting snow. No one should be out during these conditions, unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.


Drivers may be ticketed and vehicle may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operations.

Christian County has received over 12 inches of snow, it is anticipated that a level 3 declaration is possible.

A level 3 declaration would include all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel..

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Fire Department Calls 3-20-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWOING CALLS:

3-18-13

2 Public Assists, 1 EMS

3-19-13

3 EMS

3-20-13

4 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Smoke Scare

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Area Arrests 3-21-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS: 

Amanda M. Stickel, 20, of 700 West Park Blvd., Taylorville, was arrested on March 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor. 

Trent S. Hunter, 19, of 417 N. Second Street, Vandalia, was arrested on March 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.

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Lake Land College instructor champions for Tree Campus-USA

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Lake Land College humanities instructor Tom Caldwell recently presented information about trees to local arbor enthusiasts at the annual Energy Innovation Conference.

As part of a special project to designate Lake Land as a Tree Campus-USA, Caldwell designed the session “Tree Care and the World in which We Live” to include topics such as tree selection, invasive species, the psychological benefits of trees, a cost and utility comparison, and tree care. 

To earn the Tree Campus-USA designation, over the last academic year, Caldwell has led a variety of projects. These projects include removing invasive tree species and replacing them with native Illinois trees; working with students on service learning projects; and enhancing certain landscapes on campus to create wind barriers, which help to reduce energy costs.

To learn more about the Tree Campus-USA project at Lake Land, contact Caldwell at (217) 234-5314 or tcaldwel@lakeland.cc.il.us.

 

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Pana Cops Nap Tire Slasher

Pana Police believe they have solved a series of crimes going back to last year. According to reports, Officer Daniel Bland gets most of the credit for arresting a 15-year-old in connection to a series of tire slashings that took place in late November and early December. Officer Bland was reportedly working on another case in which the 15-year-old suspect was being interviewed. The juvenile reportedly admitted the crimes to Officer Bland. The information will be forwarded to the Christian County State’s Attorney’s office, along with a request that a juvenile petition be filed. 

Police say the 15-year-old punctured 79 tires on a total of 47 vehicles in Pana on November 30th and December 1st of last year.

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Community Garden Concept Gaining Popularity

The concept of Community Gardens is becoming more and more popular.  The University of Illinois Extension plans to provide some learning opportunities for those interested.  Andrew Holzinger of the Extension says there are a lot of people showing interest:

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2013-03-21 21:18:24.227

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Christian County Sheriff Reiterates Opposition to Medical Marijuana

Efforts continue in Springfield to legalize medicinal marijuana. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp things that’s a bad idea for a number of reasons:

 [audio:sheriffmedicalmary032213.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia currently have medical marijuana laws in place. Additionally, two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized weed for recreational use.

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Cinema Hosts Chamber Event

The Greater Taylorville Chmaber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours event took place Wednesday. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the turnout was great:

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2013-03-22 06:25:07.690

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Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Shelbville?s Forest Park

If your kids are looking forward to an Easter egg hunt, hop on over to Shelbyville’s Forest Park Saturday. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says it’ll be a great chance for the kids to have fun and get some Easter treats:

 [audio:tadegghunt022213.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Contact the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce for details. The number is 774-2221.

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Boldig: Many Improvements at Lake Shore Golf Course

It’s been a little over a year sing Boldig and Associates took over the Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville. Jason Boldig says they have made several improvements in that time, including renovation of the bunkers:

 [audio:boldigrenovations032213.mp3]comment here[/audio]

A number of other improvements have taken place, including work on the drainage system, the pro shop and banquet room. Call the golf course at 824-5521 to find out more.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-20-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Abigale A. House, 24, of 2100 Grand Blvd. B Taylorville, was arrested on an original arrest warrant on March 19 for possession of cannabis. 

Dalton L. Spracklen, 21, of 411 N. Clay Pana, was arrested on March 19 for operating a vehicle with no insurance. 

TRAFFIC:

On March 10, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle crash with unknown injuries at County Road 1 at approximately 200 North.  Deputy arrived on the scene and determined the vehicle to be unoccupied based on his observations, the vehicle was traveling south on County Road 1 when it went off onto the shoulder to the right(west) and off the roadway.  The vehicle traveled approximately 200 ft and came to rest in the filed to the right (west) of County Road 1. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

While a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol he observed a red vehicle at the intersection of East Franklin and Paw Paw Street.  He knew the driver had a revoked license.  He stopped the vehicle in the rear of a residence in the 800 block of East Franklin Street.  The driver, Michael Chad Sexson, 38, of Taylorville was arrested for driving on a revoked license.  Sexson was released on a notice to appear. 

On March 18, at 3:02 p. a Talorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a IVC violation.  Subsequent to the stop, Truman J. Seago, 49, of Rockford, IL was arrested for a Montgomery warrant. 

 Taylorville Police, who were conducting a drug investigation Monday, arrested two suspects who allegedly tried to destroy their clandestine drug lab. The bust, which occured in the 700 block of N. Chesnut, brought the arrests of 2 Taylorville residents: 32-year-old Chay J Anthony and 45-year-old Ryan A. Kauzlarich. They were taken into custody on charges of unlawful participation in meth manufacture.

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Lake Land College receives GeoAlliance Grant

Lake Land College recently received a $50,000 grant funded by GeoAlliance. The grant will help offset the cost of the energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system that was recently installed in Webb Hall on the college campus in Mattoon.


GeoAlliance is collaboration between the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in
Springfield and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in Chicago (ICECF).
Lake Land College is in the process of converting all the buildings on its campus from outdated
fossil fuel heating and cooling systems to geothermal heating and cooling technology. This is the second grant that GeoAlliance has awarded to the college, and both grants total $95,000.


Geothermal heat pump systems use the earth’s natural energy and that’s why they are so efficient
and so inexpensive to operate. During cooling months, heat and humidity from inside a building is transferred into the earth through tubing in the ground. In the heating months the process is reversed.

There is no combustion with a geothermal heating system, but a modest amount of electricity is used to operate the circulating pumps, fans, controls, and compressor, which along with the heat exchangers are the major components of the geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are considered the most energy efficient available today, saving 30 to 70 percent on energy costs.


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Gay Marriage a North-South Issue

The topic of gay marriage continues to be discussed in Springfield.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal, who opposes gay marriage, says it’s more of a north-south issue than Democrat-Republican:

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Rosenthal says marriage should be defined as being between a man and woman.

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Rodney Davis Speaks on Floor of House

 Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville spoke earlier this week on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of a new University affiliated Laboratory:

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Darrick Fleming Touts Syngenta

The owner of Christian County Seeds, Darrick Fleming is a seed advisor for Syngenta.  Fleming says a lot of considerations go into deciding what’s right for your farm operation:

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Christian County Seeds is E. of Stonington in the former Garwoods facility.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters wants to get the Word out

Big Brothers big Sisters Christian County is looking to get the word out about their organization.  Lisa Rakey of BBBS says they are seeking speaking engagements:

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Rakey recently took over at Big Brothers Big Sisters, replacing Vanessa Wiseman.

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Crime of the Week for March 18

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a subject impersonating a police officer.

Over the past several weeks there have been reports in Sangamon and Macoupin Counties in regards to a subject attempting to pull people over.   The subject from Sangamon County  is described as driving a small,  white, 4-door, older model vehicle with a hood that is a different color that the rest of the vehicle.   The Macoupin County subject is described as driving a small, silver, box type vehicle.   The public is advised that if any vehicle matching these descriptions attempts to stop them, they are asked to contact law enforcement.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous.

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Lincoln Man Accused Of Threatening President Obama

A Lincoln man allegedly wants to kill President Obama. Louis Kinderman allegedly threatened the President's life on the "Contact Us" link on the White House website last month. His message indicated that he'd make sure no agents got in his way because no one was going to stop him from shooting President Obama. Kinderman allegedly made the threat using a fake name, address, and email address, but Secret Service tracked him down and arrested him in Lincoln. He appeared in court last week and was released on a ten-thousand dollar bond.

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Wi Fi a Mystery to Some

We often hear terms like “wi-fi” but unless you use it, you may be unclear on just exactly what it is.  Billy Williams of Computer Techniques Incorporated, or CTI, says it’s a great way to make the internet portable:

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Williams says wi-fi is just one of the many technological improvements he has seen since opening CTI 15 years ago.

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Farm Bureau to Participate in Youth Conference

 Among its many upcoming activities, the Christian County Farm Bureau will be a part of a Youth Conference. Melissa Herwig of the Farm Bureau says the event will take place in Springfield:

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Call the Christian County Farm Bureau at 824-2940 to find out more.

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Farm Credit Services has Long History

The Farm Credit system has proven to be an important factor in today’s agriculture. Regional Manager of Farm Credit Services in Taylorville, Dan Pollock, says the system was tailored to fill a need:

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Pollock made the comments yesterday, which was National Ag Day.

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County Board Accepts Resignation Of County Treasurer Colleen Hadley

Christian County Board Chairman Paul Schmitz expressed his reluctance as he read a letter of resignation submitted by Christian County Treasurer Colleen Hadley. Treasurer Hadley expressed her desire for her resignation to become effective on May 31, 2013. The board accepted the resignation unanimously, although many expressed their wishes to vote “No” if that would mean she would have to stay. In a related move the Board approved the appointment of past board member Michael Drea to serve as the Christian County Treasurer beginning on June 1, 2013.

The board approved joint agreements with IDOT for Federal Participation in 4 bridge replacement projects including 1 in Buckhart Township, 2 in Locust and 1 in Assumption. Through the joint agreement, the Federal government will pay 80%, the state 16% and the townships and county splitting the remaining 4%. The lease of a JD 6115R tractor for 8 months was approved at an amount of $5,946.50. A couple of request by the Taylorville Arts Association to use the courthouse and the grounds was approved.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to amend the current Liquor Ordinance to include new language for a license for a winery and the special event use. Karen Swiney of Pana, submitted an application to open a winery that she began the process in 2008. The board approved the liquor license application pending all license requirements are met and reduced the license fee to $100 until the business is ready to open.

Also approved was the purchase of the installation of a home security system for State’s Attorney Mike Havera’s home. Real estate software from Fike and Fike was retained for another 3 years. The board also approved the use of Espy Services to research the phone bills for the cell services and landlines for any billing errors. Espy will receive 50% of any money recovered for the county. The purchase of 50 new chairs and a chair dolly at a total of $531.50 plus shipping was approved.

At 7:10 the board moved to go to a closed meeting setting to discuss litigation filed by AFSCME concerning a petition to include the payroll specialist position into the bargaining unit.

 

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Mattoon Police Investigating Apparent Murder

Mattoon Police are investigating the death of a Mattoon man Monday night. Police were called to the Toaster Bar at 7:30 Monday night after a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, they found Benjamin E. Newton dead. The apparent murder is being investigated by the Mattoon Police, Coles County Coroner's Office and Coles County State's Attorney's Office. No circumstances surrounding the death have been released.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-18-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

William C. Miller, 43, of 2721 N. 2100 East Rd., Blue Mound, was arrested for aggravated domestic battery. 

Paul Berner, 66, of 1253 N. 2500 East Rd., Assumption, was arrested on March 18 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Wanda J. Budds, 58, of 405 E. 2nd Street, Pana, was arrested on March 17 for burglary.

Kenneth R. O'Brian, 20, of 360 East 900 North Rd., Morrisonville, was arrested on March 17 for possession of liquor and consumption of liquor. 

Mark G. Goebel, 21, of 204 N. Monroe, of Morrisonville, was arrested on March 17 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, illegal possession/transportation. 

Travis M. Gregg, 28, of 2805 Moultrie Ave., Mattoon, was arrested on March 16 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute and aggravated reckless driving.

Chay J. Anthony, 32, of 6 West Haven Ct., Taylorville, was arrested on March 16 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Eric T. Mort, 22, of 1459 N. 8th Street, Springfield, was arrested on March 15 on a bond forfeiture warant for unspecified statute.

Elizabeth M. Spencer, 40, of 977 N. 877 East Rd., Palmer, was arrested on March 16 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Michael L. Knowles, 38, of Blue Mound was arrested on March 16 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

On February 28, George W. Anderson telephoned the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report that theft of material from a construction site located at 1546 Illinois Rt. 29.  Property taken from the United Construction Midwest site included scrap metal and both new and used parts.  The items included assembly parts, sprockets, shafts, a chain, return rollers and rods, castings, and calibration weights.  The incident occurred sometime between January 28 and February 28. 

On March 17, Donald DeLong reported that person(s) had damaged his truck while it was parked at 410 Borah Ave.  When Christian County Sheriff's Office Deputy arrived on scene, Donald showed the damage to the truck.  The tailgate had been schatched and the passenger door.  Person(s) also punched several holes in the oil filter allowing the oil to drain from the engine.  No other damage was reported. 

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS:

On March 15 at approximately 12:44 am, Christopher W. Maltby, 23, of Edinburg, was northbound on houston STreet.  He accelerated out of a parking lot located at 1500 South Houston.  He began to spin the tires on the vehicle causing it to fish tail, initially to the east.  Maltby over corrected and began to travel to the west.  He traveled off the raod and struck the east side, north portion of the house located at 1421 South Houston.

Michael L. Knowles, 38, of Blue Mound, was east bound on Tpwnship Rd. 14 and lost control of his 1998 Oldsmobile Auro, and went into a ditch on the north side of the roadaway.  His vehicle struck the field entrance culvert causing his vehicle to flip on its top.  Maltby was uninjured in the accident. 

Sarah K. Hogarth, 33, of Stonington, was westbound on Second sTreet in Stonington.  She was at teh intersection on Maple facing north.  Hogarth entered the intersection failing to yield and struck Ricci L. Hamell, Jr., 30, of Taylorville in the front drivers's side.  Bothunits received front-end damage.  No injuries were reported. 

Vivian J. Batty, 77, of Stonington, was traveling west on County Hwy. 4 and stopped at the stop sing on County Hwy 4.  She then proceeded on to Rt. 48.  Batty did not see Richard D. Walter, 66, of Blue Mound on Rt. 48 traveling south and hit him on the rear driver side. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

On March 15 at 9:06 am, Jacob C. Johnson, 32, of Taylorville, called the Taylorville Police Department and said he found out he had a warrant from Sangamon County and requested to turn himself in.  Taylorvile Police Sgt. went to 908 E. Adams.  Johnson told the officer he had a warrant.  It was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and came back with a valid warrant.  He was arrested, processed and lodged at Christian County Correctional Center. 

A Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed a blue vehicle with a female driver traveling on Spresser Street.  A registration check on the the vehicle showed that the female registered owner was suspended.  Taylorville Police Department officer later located the vehicle and the driver, Heather Meinart-Farlow, 31, of Taylorville.  She was released on a notice to appear.

On March15 at 10:03 pm,a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code violation.  A consensual vehicle search was conducted and the juvenile driver was arrested for possession of cannabis.  He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On March 16 at 12:57 pm, Taylorville Police Sgt. was out with a broke down truck in the 800 block of West Vandeveer.  He knew the subjects working on the truck as Chay Anthony and Josh Keathley.  He ran both subjects through Law Enforcement  Agency Data System, and it came back that both were wanted.  Josh Keathley warrant was out of the geographic area.  Chay Anthony was wanted out of Shelby County for failure to appear for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Chay Anthony was arrested, processed and lodged at the Christian County Correctional Center.

On March 17, at 1:00 am, at Taylorville Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code Violation.  Upon further investigation, the male driver, Michael D. Kennedy, 58, of Taylorville was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  He was transported to the Police Department, and released after posting bond. 

On March 18 at 2:55 am, Taylorville Police Department officers arrived at 609 W. Franklin Street in reference to underage drinking.  Three juvenile and Aaron Logue, 20, of Taylorville were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.  They were transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.  The juveniles were released to there parents.  Aaron Logue was issued a notice to Appear. 

 

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Rosenthal Supports Fracking

There is a major divide growing in the Illinois Democratic Party regarding fracking, the process of extracting petroleum products from deep underground.  Democratic Governor Pat Quinn enthusiastically supports it.  But Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan recently called for a 2 year moratorium on the practice.

Republican Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville agrees with the governor:

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Opponents say fracking, which uses high pressure water to extract the petroleum, pollutes the water systems.  Supporters like Rosenthal say fracking means jobs for Illinois, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

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Schnell to Run for Taylorville Park Board

A Taylorville resident has thrown his hat into the ring for elective office.  Doug Schnell is running for a spot on the Taylorville Park Board.  Schnell says he has been interested in the activities of the Park Board for years:

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Including Doug Schnell, a total of 5 people are running for the 2 open seats.

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Siles Touts new System

The Taylorville Public Library will switch to a new computer system soon.  Head Librarian Dorothy Siles says the new system, Polaris, consolidates several different library programs into one:

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Polaris will be activated April 9th.  It will cover most of central and Southern Illinois.

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Shelbyville High School March Students of the Month For March

These are the Shelbyville High School March Students of the Month sponsored by Druby's Restaurant!

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From left to right are:  Senior Alex Matlock, Jr. Kayla Brachbill, Sophomore Megan Overbeck, Freshman Morgan Powers.  On the right is sponsor Rob owner of Drubys Restaurant.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About Electricity Choices from Ameren

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(Taylorville)—The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about choices Ameren residential customers have, from one of their spokespersons, at Tuesday’s weekly meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kenny Blum told Kiwanis members that due to electricity deregulation in Illinois, Ameren customers can choose their electric supplier. All Ameren does now, is deliver the electricity to their customers. Blum added that the area’s recent vote allowing electric aggregation, is one of the ways customers can choose their electricity supplier.

Blum also told the Kiwanis Club that as a result of electricity deregulation, power suppliers in Illinois must purchase 25% of their power from renewable sources by the year 2025, and that Ameren is presently at 6%. He urged Kiwanis members to go to the web site actonenergy-dot-com to learn about ways Ameren customers can save money on their power bills.

Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported that the club’s recent pancake and sausage breakfast fund raiser has so far netted the club over 27-hundred dollars for local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.

WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, was a guest at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting, in honor of National Agriculture Day.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information on the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, go to taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.

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Miller Media Group, Local Sponsors Celebrate National Agriculture Day

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, right, interviewing Kevin Bernson, director of media relations, Shelby Electric Cooperative, at WRAN Ag Day live broadcast Tuesday at Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Farm City Breakfast at 4-H Center, Shelbyville.

 

The Miller Media Group and a host of local sponsors, celebrated National Agriculture Day on 2 of its stations on Tuesday.

 

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, right, interviewing Larry Danneberger of Shelby Energy.

The day began with a live broadcast on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN from the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Farm City Breakfast, where that committee sold a full breakfast for just one dollar.  Among those participating in the broadcast were Kevin Bernson, Marla Eversole, and Larry Danneberger from Shelby Electric Cooperative and Shelby Energy, as well as Scott Montgomery, Mike Cruit, and Mike Loyd from Farm Credit Services.

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, right, interviewing Marla Eversole of Shelby Electric Cooperative.

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, right, interviewing Mike Cruit, Farm Credit Services.

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, right, interviewing Mike Loyd, director of marketing, Farm Credit Services.

 

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WRAN/WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White interviewing Scott Montgomery of Farm Credit Services, who is also with the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee that sponsored Tuesday's Farm City Breakfast at the 4-H Center in Shelbyville.

The group’s celebration of National Agriculture Day continued on WTIM Newstalk 97.3, with a 2-hour live broadcast from Farm Credit Services on West Route 104 in Taylorville.  Those participating in that broadcast included Dan Pollock, Mike Franzen, and Mike Loyd from Farm Credit Services, and Rachel Fikan from the University of Illinois Extension Christian County Office.

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WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, left, interviewing Dan Pollock of Farm Credit Services, at Tuesday's WTIM Ag Day live broadcast at Farm Credit Services, West Route 104, Taylorville.

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WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, left, interviewing Mike Franzen of Farm Credit Services.

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WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White, left, interviewing Mike Loyd, director of marketing, Farm Credit Services.

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WTIM farm broadcaster Jared White, left, interviews Rachel Fikan of the University of Illinois Extension Christian County.

Miller Media Group local farm broadcaster Jared White, hosted both live broadcasts.  It was the 15th consecutive year for the WRAN Ag Day live broadcast, and the 21st consecutive year that WTIM has broadcast an Ag Day remote.  Both remotes spotlight the importance of agriculture to the economies of the Shelbyville and Taylorville areas.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-15-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING:

Mondale Jamison, 30, of Gary, Indiana was arrested on March 14 on a original arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Edgar F. Huerta, 19, of 409 Taylorville Blvd., was arrested on March 14 for consumption of liquor.

Christopher W. Maltby, 23, of 311 West Lincoln, Edinburg, was arrested on March 15 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

On March 15, 2013, a Christian County Deputy was dispatched to a call of a vehicle that had wrecked on Houston Street near the 1500 block.  When he arrived, he found the vehicle had hit the house at 1421 S. Houston.  There were no injuries and a subsequent investigation led to the driver, Christopher W. Maltby, 23, of Edinburg, being arrested for DUI. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

On March 14, at approximately 9:35 am, a Taylorville Police Officer observed a vehicle with an equipment violation in the area of Shumway and Third Street.  The vehicle was stopped and the officer made contact with the driver, Mondale Jamison, 30, of Gary, Indiana.  Taylorville Police Department learned through Law Enforcement Agency Data System that Jamison had a valid warrant for his arrest and his drivers license was suspended.  He arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and lodged in the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

TRAFFIC:

Mary L. Searcy, of Taylorville was stopped at the stop sign and entered onto South Spresser Street pulling in front of Sherri J. Waterman, time to avoid hitting Searcy. 

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Fire Department Calls 3-15-13

THE TAYORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMNET REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-13-13  2 EMS

3-14-13  2 EMS

3-15-13  1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Taylorville Facility Receives Top Honors

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top critical access care hospitals in the nation.  The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network recognizes TMH as a “Healthstrong” hospital.  Only 100 hospitals nationwide receive the honor, out of 4400. 

The ICAH says the award is given based on eight performance categories measuring 56 different performance metrics.

The only other hospitals so honored in Illinois are in Lincoln,Rochelle, Sandwich and Murphysboro.

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Rep. Davis Votes to Modernize Federal Workforce Development Programs

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville Friday voted for legislation known as the SKILLS Act to help Americans receive the job training they need in order to compete in the modern workforce. The bill passed the House on a vote of 215-202.

Davis said the SKILLS Act will help the more than 12 million Americans actively looking for jobs receive the education and training they need.

The SKILLS Act, H.R. 803, modernizes and reforms federal workforce development programs to help make life work for more people by eliminating arbitrary roadblocks that prevent workers from accessing job training immediately and ensuring that the workforce investment system is responsive to the needs of employers.

Davis said congress needs to focus on streamlining ineffective and inefficient programs to promote a better use of taxpayer dollars and increase our return on investment. He says the SKILLS Act accomplishes that.

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Bella Amore in Taylorville Offering One of a Kind Dresses for Prom 2013

BELLA AMORE IN TAYLORVILLE OFFERING ONE OF A KIND DRESSES FOR PROM 2013

Prom season is just around the corner, and Bella Amore on the square in downtown Taylorville has the latest styles. 

Owner, Janet DeClerck, says Prom 2013 is featuring a "wide range of styles."  Declerck says they have the best selection in the area.  Bella Amore only sells one style of gown to each school. All gowns are registered

The store has a large selection of $99 Prom dresses.  And, another selection of Prom Dress that that are 25% off.  They also offer tuxedo rental.

Bella Amore has expanded their business, and is now in two buildings.  Prom & Formal housed in one, and Bridal Gowns in the other.  The store is on the West side of the Taylorville Square.  They are open Monday through Saturday.

 

 

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Fikri: Avoid Mindless Eating

If the thought of dieting makes you cringe, you should know there is an alternative that may work for you. New research points to “Mindless eating” as a culprit in weight control issues. Nutritionist Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council says it’s easy to eat without thinking:

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Fikri says replace the chips and candy with healthier snacks, like yogurt, fruit, cheese and whole grain crackers. Fikri says research shows protein filled snacks enhance your feeling of fullness, so that may help with curbing your temptation.

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Fursteneau: West School Sale a Win for Everybody

The Taylorville School Board announced at its most recent meeting that the vacant West School property has been sold.  Dr. Greg Fursteneau, district superintendent, says everybody seems happy with the terms of the deal:

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The district recently announced the closure of South School as a cost-cutting measure.  The State of Illinois is millions of dollars in arrears to the district.

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Vatthauer: Psychologists Should be Allowed to Prescribe

There is an effort ongoing in the Illinois Legislature to allow psychologists to prescribe certain medicines to their patients.  Currently in Illinois, only medical doctors and psychiatrists are allowed to do so.  According to licensed counselor Karen Vatthauer, psychologists should be able to prescribe medicines under certain circumstances:

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Vatthauer says under the current system, a patient may need to see 3 professionals just to get a needed prescription:

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Vatthauer runs a private practice in Taylorville, located at 800 N. Webster in the building with Lacy Law Offices.

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Lunch and Learn Coming up Thursday

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Lunch and Learn” is coming up this week. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the topic will be hiring:

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If you want to RSVP for Thursday’s Lunch and Learn, call the chamber at 824-4919

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Another Girl?s Night Out

The Girl’s Night Out events in Shelbyville have proven to be very popular.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the next one is just a little over a week away:

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Taylorville City Council Tables Approval of Hathaway Homes Preliminary Plan

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Taylorville aldermen Monday night voted to table a recommendation by the Taylorville Planning Commission to approve the preliminary plan for the proposed Hathaway Homes project being built by Christian County Integrated Community Services, and for aldermen to bring their ideas on what attorney to hire for a second opinion to review their March 4th action approving the construction of the new subdivision.  The vote on the motion, after long discussion by council members, was 6 to 2. 

The council was split between those who voted against the proposed subdivision on March 4th, and those voting in favor of it, with Mayor Greg Brotherton breaking the tie voting in favor of proceeding with the project.  Those against it say they’ve talked with attorneys outside the city, who say the city could win a threatened law suit from C-C-I-C-S.  Other council members say the vote Monday night is putting the city at risk of losing a law suit.  Mayor Greg Brotherton told Regional Radio News after the meeting Monday night, that he’s frustrated that the Council can’t get this issue behind them.

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Brotherton added that if the City Council hits the brakes on the project, it is possible C-C-I-C-S could ask the city to pay for all the work that has been done up to this point.

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Asked for a comment after the Council’s vote tabling the Planning Commission’s recommendation Monday night, Christian County Integrated Community Services executive director Jeff Copley said he was disappointed.  Taylorville city council members will bring their recommendations on an attorney to provide the city a 2nd opinion on whether or not the city could win a case if sued by C-C-I-C-S, at the next Finance Committee meeting which is currently set for the 3rd week in April.

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Before Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting, the Council held a public hearing to hear public input on the city’s application for a Community Assistance Development Grant, or C-DAP grant, to improve the city’s storm sewers.  City engineer Joe Greene spoke to the Council about the various needs of the city and where monies need to be spent first if such grants are obtained.

The vote to formally apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a state C-DAP grant, was 6 to 2, with aldermen Martin Vota and Ray Koonce both voting no saying the city doesn’t have the matching funds should the grant be approved.

The Council OK’d a resolution for an antenna site lease agreement with T-6 Broadband for their antennas on the north Taylorville water tower, they annexed property at 1400 North Cheney, OK’d an ordinance permitting gambling and video gaming per state statutes, tweeked current liquor ordinances to allow 12 Class A and A-1 liquor licenses and 10 Class C or C-1 licenses all amended to allow video gaming, and amended the city code addressing residency requirements to now say that the fire chief, assistant fire chief, police chief, deputy police chief, and police lieutenants all have to live inside city limits.  Alderman also OK’d the repair of the cemetery backhoe at a cost not to exceed 57-hundred 50-dollars.

Council members OK’d retaining the current insurance company, KMRM, Incorporated, a division of Dimond Brothers Insurance, for the general liability, property, equipment, auto, and pollution coverage, and did not require public bids.  They decided to begin the process of hiring a full-time police officer to replace an officer that will be retiring later this year.  The Council purchased 26 police badges and a video recording system for the police department.

Water rates for industrial users inside and outside the City of Taylorville, will be going up, after action by the Taylorville City Council Monday night.  Aldermen voted to direct the city attorney David Fines, to prepare an ordinance raising the inside city limit industrial water rate from one dollar-83 per 100 cubic foot of water, to one-dollar 91, to match the outside city limits industrial water rate.  And, as of January First of next year, they will also raise the inside city limits industrial rate to one dollar-99 per 100 cubic foot, to match the outside city limits rate which is already set to go to a dollar-99.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night OK’d the purchase of 2 aluminum sulfate feed pumps costing some 93-hundred dollars, and a meter reading device with software and charge costing 64-hundred dollars.

The aldermen OK’d forwarding the fiscal year 2013-2014 Airport and Lake Budgets to the Finance Committee, voted to accept the low bid of 80-dollars per week from Whitlow Septic Service for sanitation services at Lake Taylorville for this season, accepted the lowest responsible bid of 14-dollars per cabin from Carole Howell for cabin cleaning at Lake Taylorville for this season, OK’d the lake campers schedule of events for this year, and OK’d a farm lease for ground at Taylorville Municipal Airport with Brian Moses.

The Taylorville City Council at the start of their meeting, honored the Lady Tornadoes varsity basketball team, who were in attendance Monday night, for a great season.

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Vendors Sought For Pana Days Chautauqua

            The Pana Chamber of Commerce is seeking various vendors for the Fifty-Sixth Annual Pana Days Chautauqua to be held on Thursday May 16 thru Saturday May 18, 2013 at Pana’s Historic Kitchell Park.   The Pana Day’s Chautauqua has developed over the last 55 years into one of Central Illinois finest small town events.   Free entertainment and various contests will be held throughout the event.   H & H Amusements will provide the carnival for the event.   Various craft, demo, display and flea market vendors are invited to apply for booth space at the event.   Vendors may contact Janet Blue, Pana Chamber Secretary at 217 562-4240 or email at panachamber@consolidated.net for more information or an application form.

 

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Chamber to Sponsor Business After Hours

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s next Business After Hours event will take place at a new member’s location.  Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber President and CEO, says they recently signed up the Taylorville Cinema:

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The Taylorville Cinema is located on the North side of the Taylorville Square.

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Shelbyville 4H Plans Special Activities

Next week is 4H week, and Shelby County 4Hers will sponsor a special breakfast.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the event will help point out how little money farmers make for their labor:

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Mayhall says there will be another blood drive in Shelbyville next week:

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce if you have questions, at 774-2221

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Kerns Says Community Garden Meetings Continue

The Taylorville Community Garden planning committee continues to meet on a regular basis. The next meeting will be Thursday at 7pm at Davis Memorial Christian Church. Anyone interested in invited to attend. Bill Kerns, pastor at the church, says they have received a lot of help from the community, but they can still use more:

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You need to earn voucher to partake in the Community Garden. You can earn them in a variety of ways, such as donating time, attending seminars, and by donating tools and garden supplies.

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Area Arrests 3-14-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

19 year old Shawnee M. Odell of Kincaid, was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant for criminal trespassing.

19 year old Jody A. Koonce of  Nokomis  was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant for an unspecified statute. 

23 year old Aaron L. Ferguson of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday on a bond forfeiture warrant for two counts of forgery. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS

 On March 12, at 11:03 pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 1525 West Elm Street in reference to a theft of service to a cab company.  Nathan K. Wiggle, 26, of Decatur, was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.

 

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Fire Department Calls 3-14-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-11-13

1 EMS, 1 Automobile Accident

3-12-13

3 EMS, 1 Smoke Smell, 1 Fire

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TFD to host Car Seat Safety Check

The Taylorville Fire Department will be the place for a car seat safety check this weekend.  You’ll be able to have your child’s safety seat checked by a trained technician at no charge.

The event takes place this Saturday from 10am till 1pm.  It’s sponsored by the Taylorville Fire and Police Departments, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the SIU School of Medicine, and the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

The Taylorville Fire Department is at 202 W. Main Street in Taylorville.

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TPD to offer Basset Classes

We see it on a regular basis: bartenders and shop clerks busted for selling booze to minors.  The Taylorville Police Department will be hosting two Basset Classes next month.  The classes are designed to teach retailers how to deal with the problem.  The classes are mandatory for sellers and servers of alcohol in the City of Taylorville

The first class will be April 10th at 1pm, while the second class will be the following day, April 11th at 9am.  Both classes will be held on the lower level of the Municipal Building.  There is no need to preregister, you can just show up.

These will be the last opportunities to take the classes for free.  Additional classes will take place this summer, but attendees will have to pay a fee.

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Myers says there are Changes to New Program

There are changes to a fairly new Social Security program.  Jack Myers of the Springfield office tells Regional Radio that the “My Social Security Account”, which was first instituted last year, is seeing some improvements:

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Call your local Social Security office for details on the “My Social Security” program.

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Williams: Computer Technology Changes Fast

Almost everybody uses computers these days.  Billy Williams of Computer Techniques Incorporated or CTI, says advances in Computer technology have been amazing in the 15 years since CTI opened:

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CTI is located on Sportsman Drive, across from Taylorville High School.

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Sipes to Stand for Reelection

The mayor of Pana, Steven Sipes, will stand for reelection next month.  The incumbent faces two challengers, one of whom is a current alderman.  Mayor Sipes says he’s proud of the work he’s done so far, but says there’s more to be done:

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Sipes’ opponents are Alderman Bill Pierce and Earl Baker.

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Over 180 Attend Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center Banquet

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Over 180 people attended Thursday night's annual Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center banquet at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

Guest speaker following dinner was Kirk Walden of Nashville, Tennessee, who has been involved with Crisis Pregnancy Centers for over 20 years. He is a humorist and writer on life-affirming topics whose work has appeared in many pro-life publications and on the Focus on the Family web site.

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Walden told the crowd that Loving Arms is on the forefront of those facing unplanned pregnancy, helping to change hearts, lives, and ultimately the culture.

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Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center reaches women considering abortion, it helps to mentor dads so that children are born into 2-parent households, and provides an abortion recovery program to those hurt by a past abortion. The Center is located at 500 North Walnut in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-12-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Nathaniel L Howell, 34, of 15 East Lawn, Taylorville, was arrested on March 12 for purchase of methanphetamine precursor, possession of methanphetamine manufacturing material, methanphetamine manufacturing. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

A Taylorville Police Officer was out on a traffic stop and observed a male subject leaving the area in a red vehicle.  The male subject, George T. Bailey, 39, of Taylorville had a valid warrant out of Sangamon County.  The stop on the vehicle was made in the 300 block of West Market Street.  His information was ran through the Law Enforcement Agency Data System and verified the warrant.  Bailey was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

TRAFFIC

On March 10, Mark Zuber of Taylorville was slowing for traffic, and Gloria Lynn did not slow down and struck Zuber in his 2011 Ford pick up. 

On March 3, Sara Sunderland was traveling north on Shawnee when her vehicle veered to the right and struck a utility pole.  Sunderland was unsure why her vehicle struck the pole.  Her 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo had front passenger side damage and was towed from the scene by Taylorville towing. 

On March 9, Austin Moore of Taylorville was turning east onto West Franklin Street from south Cheyenne when he lost control of his motorcycle.  Moore advised his 2006 Kawasaki slid across the lane into Christopher Morgason 2000 Dodge Caravan who was traveling west on west Franklin.  Moore was issued a citation for operating an uninsured vehicle. 

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Jerry Mahr Of The Christian County Senior Citizens Center Speaker At Kiwanis Meeting

 width=Jerry Mahr of the Christian County Senior Citizens Center was the speaker at the Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. He spoke about the activities, and services offered by the Senior Center. Card games, day trips, painting classes, bingo, knitting, computer classes, and dancing are just a few of the activities available. They also provide a taxi service for the area seniors to doctor’s appointments, beauticians, grocery stores and more. Over 27,000 trips were made last year alone. Another 11,000 meals were delivered to area seniors last year through their meal on wheels program. The Senior Center is open daily from 8am-4pm. For more information about Taylorville Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com

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Taylorville Cops make Drug Bust

During the wee hours Tuesday, Taylorville Police made a traffic stop at the intersection of Walnut and Vine Streets.  During the incident, a clandestine meth lab was reportedly found in the vehicle.

34 year old Nathan L. Howell of Taylorville was arrested on various meth-related charges.

Taylorville Police were assisted in dismantling the meth lab by the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team.

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Kincaid Power Plant to be Sold

The Kincaid power plant will be sold. Dominion Resources says it's selling off its Kincaid coal plant as well as its Elwood natural gas plant to the private equity firm Energy Capital Partners. The deal will generate after-taxes proceeds totaling more than 650-million-dollars. Federal officials still have to approve the deal.

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Rosenthal on Gun Issues

The State of Illinois is seeing plenty of support for new gun laws.  The sentiments reflect the national trend, after several mass shootings.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal says some type of legislation will probably be passed:

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Rosenthal says the gun issue has brought his office hundreds of phone calls from concerned gun owners.

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Rosenthal on Gun Issues

The State of Illinois is seeing plenty of support for new gun laws.  The sentiments reflect the national trend, after several mass shootings.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal says some type of legislation will probably be passed:

[audio:rosenthalguns031313.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Rosenthal says the gun issue has brought his office hundreds of phone calls from concerned gun owners.

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Phony Cop Still Active

There has been another report of a fake cop trying to pull over women in Sangamon County.  Taylorville Police Chief Dave Herpstrieth says drivers should be aware:

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The Chief says there are some things citizens can do to decrease the danger:

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So far, there have been no reports of the fake cop in Christian County.

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Mark Terry says Department of Insurance Prepared for Emergencies

The Illinois Department of Insurance is ready to act in case of an emergency.  Mark Terry, Diector of Consumer Education for the agency, says they are ready to go at a moment’s notice:

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Terry says people need to know about their options during emergencies.

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Christian County Prevention Coalition

The Christian County Prevention Coalition is dedicated to stopping drug and alcohol abuse, especially on the part of young people.  Retired Judge John Coady is a member, and says they’re lucky to have the help of Ted Penesis, Education Manager for the Illinois Liquor Commission:

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Penesis says Christian County is dealing aggressively with the problem as opposed to other counties in Illinois:

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Other members of the coalition include Christian County Board Chairman Paul Schmitz and Taylorville Deputy Chief of Police Brian Hile.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-11-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING: 

Rudy J. Copelin, 38, of 2 East 4th Street, Pana, was arrested on March 8 for domestic battery.

Logan A. Snow, 22, of 1347 N. 940 East Rd., Taylorville, was arrested on March 8 on an original arrest warrant for domestic battery. 

Mary J. Mize, 36, of Assumption, was arrested on March 8 on an original arrest warrant for possesssion of drug paraphernalia.

Karen M. Jones, 44, of 520 East South Street, Shelbyville, was arrested on March 9 on an original arrest warrant for unspecified statute. 

Charles M. Carron, 23, of 705 East Elm, Taylorville, was arrested on March 9 for domestic battery and possession of cannabis.

Jacob R. Conaway, 21, of rural Edinburg, was arrested on March 9 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alexander B. Shanks, 19, of 811 East First Street, Pana, was arrested on March 9 on a bond forfeitre warrant for unspecified statute.

Clint A. Emery, 21, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested on March 10 on a bond forfeiture warrant for endangering the life of child. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On March 8, at 4:39 pm, Taylorville Police Officer located Logan A. Snow, 22, of Taylorville, at the Christian County YMCA.  The officer kniw there was a valid warrant for him in Christian County.  The warrant was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agency Date System.  Snow was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On March 9, a Taylorville Police officer was dispatched to 60 Hannon Trailer Ct. in reference to criminal damgae to property.  Alecia Houston said she saw her boyfriend slash her and her roomates tires.  Brian T. Scott, 27, of Taylorville, was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department and was released on a notice to appear.

On March 10, in the early morning hours, officers were dispatehed to 705 E. Elm in reference to a loud party.  Officers knew Clint A. Emery, 21, of Taylorville to have a valid Christian County warrant which was verified through the Law Enforcement Agency Data System.  Clint Emery was arrested and tranported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office. 

On March 11 at 12:35 am, officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle.  Matthew D. Neece, 35, of Taylorville, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and operating a vehicle with out headlights.  He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and released after posting cash bond. 

TRAFFIC:

On March 8, Norma M. Bota of Taylorville and Angelene D. Radbideau, of Tovey, were in the 100 block of West Market, Taylorville which is a two laned one way street.  Bota was backing from the parking space.  Rabideau slowed/stopped in traffic waiting on vehicles ahead.  Bota backed into Rabideau in the roadway.  Bota received damage to the left rear of her 1990 Cadillac Coupe and Rabideau received damage to the passenger side door of her 2003 Chevrolet truck.  No injuries were reported.  Norma Bota was issued a citation for improper backing. 

 

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Shelby County Board to Meet

The Shelby County Board will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.  Items on the agenda include appointing Marlene Waggoner Supervisor of Assessments, after the resignation of Diana Wagner.

Board members will also discuss awarding road oil bids, and talk about a petition from the village of Sigel concerning a needed bridge replacement.

The meeting is at 9:00 Wednesday morning in Courtroom B in the Shelby County Courthouse.

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Gas Prices in Illinois

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.80/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.   Prices in Taylorville this morning were around $3.60 per gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Illinois during the past week, prices yesterday were 24.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

 

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Heberling: Fundraiser next Month for CCHS

The Christian County Historical Museum is only open one day a week, but it still has bills to pay.  Jodi Heberling of the historical society says that’s one reason why they will be holding a fundraiser next month:

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The Christian County Historical Museum in Taylorville is located near the intersection of routes 29 and 48.

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Theresa Gowin says many things led her to Memory Care

Gowin Parc in Taylorville is just one of several Gowin Parc locations in Central Illinois.  Theresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc says many things led her to pursue a career in memory care:

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Gowin Parc will open its next facility in Paris Illinois.

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Legislature to Address Pensions: Rosenthal

The Illinois Legislature is expected to spend time this week dealing with the pension crisis.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says there are several proposals out there:

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Representative Rosenthal says even if legislation is passed, that won’t be the end of it:

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The unfunded pension liability in Illinois is approaching $100 billion.

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Fire Department Calls 3-11-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-7-13

3 Carbon Monoxide, 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

3-8-13

1 Smoke Scare, 1 EMS

3-9-13

1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

3-10-13

1 Illegal Burn, 1 Automobile Accident, 1 EMS

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Taylorville School Board Accepts Bid for West School Property

The Taylorville School Board accepted a bid from Curvey Real Estate for the purchase of the West School Property. 2 sealed bids were submitted and opened at the regular meeting of the Taylorville School Board on Monday evening. The first bid opened was submitted by M&K enterprises and was in the amount of $5555.25. The second bid was the bid submitted by Curvey Real Estate in the amount of $55,600. Bernie Curvey only requested that the board begin the process of getting the property rezoned commercial. It was pointed out by 2 of the board members that the frontage area on Spresser Street was already zoned commercially. The members then moved unanimously to accept the bid submitted by Curvey Real Estate that was over $50,000 more than the only other bid.

It was noted by Board President, Dave Cowell, that Superintendent Fuerstenau was unavailable for the meeting due to the passing of his mother. The School Board also moved on several personnel issues including the acceptance of the resignations of Lois Austin, Jill Covington, Linda Antle and Edie Jones, all effective at the end of the school year. It was also agreed to the dismissal of  3 teachers due to staff reductions for the 2013-2014 school year. Those teachers, Carmen Grendze, Ashley Luzader and Brina Townsend, were all honorably dismissed. A letter would be drafted to that effect by the board and sent to each and to the representative union. 19 non tenured teachers were also rehired for the upcoming year.

In other business, the board approved the bids for mowing of the school property. Bids were submitted by 4 different businesses, A Cut Above Lawn Care, Matt DeClerck Lawn and Garden, Longdon’s Mowing and Hauling and Tryon Lawn Care. The care of the properties were split between A Cut Above Lawn Care and Tryon Lawn Care. The district master calendar was approved, as was membership in the Illinois High School Association and the designation of People’s Bank and Trust as the Financial Institution for the School District. A bid for upgrades to the technology for the High School was submitted in 4 parts. Chris Kuntzman, Director of Computer Services, reported that some questions had arisen on 3 of the parts of the bids. It was agreed to table those 3 items until there was further clarification. The board approved a bid from New Wave Communications to provide the school system with an upgrade to the fiber WAN from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. In accepting the bid, the school will upgrade to 10 times the speed for half of what they are presently spending.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:35.

 

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Area Arrests 3-8-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Jacob A. Campbell, 21, of 204 N. Vollentine, Taylorville, was arrested on March 7 on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.

Richard D. Eddy, 41, of 829 W. Edwards, Vandalia, was arrested on March 8 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and illegal possession/transportation. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

Sean K. Grader, 40, of Bethalto, Illinois, was driving a 3/4 ton cargo van, pulling a box trailer southbound on Rt. 48 just south of Morrisonville.  Due to snow packed roads and windy conditions, Crader lost control and slid into the right ditch causing the box trailer to jacknife into the rear of the van.  No injuries were reported. 

 

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Shelby County Guilty Pleas

According to Shelby County State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide, several defendants have pleaded guilty to various crimes.  They include:

Rob French, who was sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Michael J. McNeely, on a petition to revoke probation for an original crime of theft.  Both McNeely and French were represented by Public Defender Robert Swiney (SWEENY).

Stony Lewis will receive 2 years for possession of a controlled substance.  He was represented by Attorney Greg Grigsby of Taylorville.

Trevor Lindsey will get 3 years for arson.  He was represented by Conflict Public Defender Walter Lookofsky.

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Medical Marijuana a Mistake: Sheriff

The Illinois legislature is once again trying to pass a law legalizing marijuana for medical use.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp warns that the drug is more dangerous than people may think:

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The medical marijuana bill in the Illinois legislature is still pending.  Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the weed for recreational use.

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Phone Scamming: Big Business

You hear about a lot of phone scams these days.  Local citizen’s advocate Mac McGwire says that may have to do with technological advancements, which have rendered phone scamming into a big business:

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McGwire says as always, don’t give any private information to unknown callers.  If you suspect a scam, call police.

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New Business for ?Dandy Don?

Many people in Edinburg and other towns know Don Kendall.  He’s been a businessman in the area for decades:

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Geo Cache Coming to Shelbyville

A first ever event for Shelbyville is coming up.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says local businesses need to be prepared for the Geo Cache Event:

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The event is expected to bring as many as 3,000 people to Shelbyville.

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Area Arrests 3-7-13

THE CHRIATIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

 Aaron W. Rule, 37, of rural Mechanicsburg, was arested on March 6 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute and domestic battery. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On March 6, at approximately 11:48 am, officers were dispatched to 316 1/2 W. Market for a report of domestic battery.  Officers arrived and spoke to a neighbor, the victim and the suspect.  After a brief investigation, the suspect, Jason M. Barr, 39, of Taylorville, was arrested for domestic battery.  He was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and lodged in the Christian County Correctional Center. 

On March 6 at 6:25 pm, Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop for an expired registration.  Subsequent to the stop, Melissa S. Eveland, 37, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while her license were suspended. 

Mid afternoon on March 6, Taylorville Police went to 802 West Elm subsequent to an investigation.  Skyler J. Myers, 27, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

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Commemorate The American Civil War With Lake Land College

We are in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, and you can commemorate this event in American History with Lake Land College

Throughout the month of March, Lake Land will host an exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum entitled, “To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War.” This exhibit will be on display at the Learning Resource Center.

A presentation, “War Weaponry and Innovations” will be hosted on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to noon in Webb Hall, room 081.

Additionally, “Patriotism, Sentimentality, Yearning, and Loss: The Songs of the Civil War” will be presented by Nancy Caldwell, Lake Land College music instructor. This event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Neal Hall, room 109.

During this session, participants will hear examples of Civil War songs and discuss their specific appeal to Americans during the war and beyond.

According to Caldwell, music was an important emotional outlet during the War.

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Two Fundraising Events in Shelbyville

A couple of fundraisers are coming up in Shelbyville, and both involve the schools.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the first event is coming up Sunday:

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Mayhall says the next event will be Monday:

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221.

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Davis Questions Ag Secretary

 

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Bennet: Time to Act on Old Crop Sales

It may be time for farmers to clean up their old crop sales. Matt Bennet of Total Grain Marketing in Windsor says this is not a time to sit idly by:

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Ameren Illinois Offers Customers Limited Opportunity For Past Due Balances

Ameren Illinois customers with past due balances are being encouraged to take advantage of a limited time opportunity to establish a repayment plan by making a 10 percent down payment.

To establish a payment plan, customers should call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000.

Beginning April 1, customers with outstanding balances will be required to pay 25 percent of the total amount owed before they can establish a monthly payment plan.

After March 31, residential customers with past due amounts and have failed to establish a payment plan or have broken a payment plan agreement will be subject to service disconnection beginning April 1.

Some customers may be eligible to receive bill payment assistance through LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). LIHEAP provides energy services payment assistance to eligible low-income households, elderly persons and those with disabilities.

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Cowden-Herrick Schools Face Deficit

Uncertainty remains for the Cowden Herrick School District.  Like many schools in Central Illinois, the district is suffering because of the failure of the State Legislature to deliver promised funds.

The Cowden Herrick School Board’s Finance Committee will meet next week to discuss a predicted shortfall of well over a half million dollars.

Superintendent Darrel Gordon says in the meeting notice that they hope to avoid layoffs and reductions in curriculum.  The meeting is Monday March 11th at 6:30pm.

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New President of Lake Land College

Lake Land College has announced their newest President of Lake Land College to be Dr. Jonathan “Josh” Bullock, who will begin his responsibilities as president of the college on July 1st

Dr. Bullock previously held the position of vice president for strategic advancement at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Prior to taking on the vice presidential role in 2008, he was the institutional research and institutional advancement partner at the same institution from 2002 to 2008. Since 1993 he has been an adjunct professor at Marian University. His academic background includes a doctoral degree from Marian University, a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Bullock succeeds current President Scott Lensink, who retires on June 30th and served the campus with dignity and integrity.

 

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LLCC Offers ACT Help

Classes are underway intended to help High School students with the ACT exam.  Scott Stallman of Lincoln Land Community College says being prepared for the test can make a big difference:

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Exercise a Matter of Personal Preference

Whether you like to exercise alone or as part of a group, the Christian County YMCA can accommodate you.  Executive Director of the Y, Chris Weitenhiller says their walking track is a popular feature:

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Weitenhiller says if you are more interested in joining a group, they can accommodate that as well:

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Call the YMCA if you have questions, at 287-7271

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Another Phone Scam

No one is immune to phone scams.  Recently, a local businessman was the intended target of an attempted scam.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Patty Hornbuckle says the would-be victim handled the situation perfectly:

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If you are the victim of an attempted scam, hang up the phone and contact authorities.

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Social Security Earnings can be Limited: Myers

Those approaching retirement age may be wondering whether they can afford to retire.  Jack Myers of the Springfield Social Security office says it may depend on when you retire:

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-5-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS

Sean M. Lewis, 29, of Macon, was arrested on March 4 on an original arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license. 

TRAFFIC

Timothy E. Sparling, 49, of Taylorville, was stopped on traffic to turn left on Rt. 104 facing west at Broaddus Road.  Daniel J. Krajec, 32, of Taylorville, was eastbound on Rt. 104.  Sparling noticed a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed from behind.  Sparling turned left onto Broaddus Road to avoid being struck in the rear-end.  Krajec was unable to stop his 1994 Ford F350 Series and struck Sparling in the rear-end of his 2002 Chevrolet Malibu.

Debra S. Ryan, 58, of Pana, was traveling northbound on township road 1600 East approaching the intersection with township road 700 North.  Ryan lost control on th snow/ice covered roadway, left the roadway at the northeast corner of the intersection.  She traveled approximately 25 ft. in her 2005 GM before striking a guy wire, attached to a utility pole.  She also struck the County Road marker sign and came to rest.  Ryan received front end damage. 

Daniel J. Ehrhardt, 20, of Taylorville, was southbound on County Highway 1.  There was snow and ice on the roadway.  Ehrhardt was just south of 650 North Rd when he hit a patch of ice and slide sideways down into the left hand ditch.  He traveled approximately 90 ft. along the ditch before coming to rest facing west in his 2000 Honda Accord. 

Karen F. Reynolds, 44, of Nokomis, was traveling south on County 1.  She said that a rear tire had a blow out and she lost control and drove off the shoulder and down into a ditch.  She overturned in her 2000 Dodge Durango and come to rest on its roof.

 

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Curtin puts on Bull Sale this Week

A local livestock farmer is planning a bull sale Friday.  T.J. Curtin of Curtin Land and Cattle near Blue Mound says his operation has gone to the expense of DNA testing for cattle:

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The bull sale will be Friday at Curtin Land and Cattle, 2 and a half mile west of Blue Mound.

 

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Jenny Stephens: You have to Treat them Like your Own

Gowin Parc in Taylorville has been open now for a few months.  Executive Director of Gowin Parc, Jenny Stephens says they get the best results by treating residents like members of their own family:

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Stephens says every day is different, and everybody pitches in:

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Gowin Parc will open a new facility in Paris Illinois soon.

 

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Davis Dislikes Sequestration

You hear the word sequestration thrown around a lot lately.  It means automatic budget cuts for the Federal Government.  U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville tells Regional Radio News that he disagrees with the entire concept:

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Congressman Davis, a Republican, says the two parties need to work together better.

 

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Bolinda's Shoe Store Has A Big Turnout For Opening Day

Bolinda's Shoe Store on the East Side of the Taylorville Square Opened for business last Friday.

Linda Farris says they would like to thank the community for supporting them.

Farris adds that they have had lots of people in and that Opening Day went very well.

Some people have been in looking for boots, while others are shopping for spring shoes.

Bolinda's will be having a having a winter clearance sale on boots to make room for more spring merchandise. 

Bolinda's Shoe Store carries men's, women's, & children's walking, running, sport, casual & dress shoes.  Sketchers, Red Wings Boots & more! 

Bolinda's Shoe Store is open Monday through Saturday 9-6 in downtown Taylorville. 

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FOLLOWUP: FAA Closing Control Towers in Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Springfield April 7th

The Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday announced that airport control towers in Bloomington-Normal, Decatur and Springfield will be closed on April 7th, due to sequestration.

The agency Tuesday released the list of towers that could be closed, but Wednesday announced that some 173 control towers would be closed, with another 16 to be closed September 30th.

The F-A-A added that if a particular airport could make a case why their control tower should remain open, their decision could change.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the tower closings are part of 600-million dollars that must be cut from his budget due to the mandatory federal budget cuts.

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Taylorville Tornadoes fall to Champaign Centennial Chargers

As heard on WTIM, the Champaign Centinnial Chargers beat the Taylorville Tornadoes with a final score of 57-51

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Area Arrests 3-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On March 5, at 9:44 pm, officers were dispatched to 2100 Grand Blvd., in reference to to a male subject holding a female subject down in the parking lot.  Officers arrived and subsequent to investigation, Nickerlos O. Roland, 27, was arrested for domestic battery and resisting a peace officer.  He was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center. 

 

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Fire Department Calls 3-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

3-4-13  1 EMS

 

3-5-13  1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS

 

3-6-13  1 EMS

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-4-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Lakhvir Singh, 28, of 320 S. Curtis, Edinburg, was arrested on March 4 for domestic battery. 

Ashley L. Rockford, 28, of 28 Fairview Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested on March 4 for domestic battery. 

Scott A. Kay, 42, of 133 S. Locust, Pana, was arrested on March 2 for domestic battery. 

Bret L. Spencer, 52, of 332 E. Masonic, Owaneco, was arrested on March 2 for battery.

Joseph L. Ishmael, 26, of 313 Garfield Ave., Pana, was arrested on March 2 for domestic battery. 

Nathan K. Wiggle, 26, of 4524 North Kruse, Decatur was arrested on March 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute.

Samantha J. James, 29, of 507 Fairview, Pawnee, was arrested on March 3 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Todd W. Tonelle, 47, of Rural Taylorville, was arrested on March 2 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession control. 

Paul M. Hocq, 38, of 200 S. 11th, Springfield, was arrested on March 2 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of cannabis. 

Deborah L. Christer, 42, of 133 1/2 S. Locust, Pana, was arrested on March 2 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, driving on a suspended license, and disorderly conduct.

Walter D. Harker, 50, of 1218 W. Pauline Apt. 1, Taylorville, was arrested on March 2 for domestic battery.

Gerald A. Brown, 28, of 715 E. Poplar, Taylorville, was arrested on an original arrest warrant for theft.

Rian N. Nagle, 23, of 1276 US Highway 51, Assumption, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Wendy L. Law, 45, of South Vine, Pana, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant on February 28 for deceptive practice. 

Todd K. Coleman, of 48, of Rural Assumption, was arrested on March 4 on an original arrest warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

TRAFFIC

James W. Farris, 58, of Rochester was traveling south on County Highway 22 and approaching a right hand curve at 1800 N. Rd.  Farris went off the roadway as he entered the curve and lost control.  He went off the east side of the roadway and overturned in a greass medium and came to rest in his 1991 Jeep Wrangler.  Farris was assisted in exiting his vehicle through the rear window.  His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Ryan C. Casner, 29, of Taylorville was heading north on 1900 East Rd., around 1100 N. Rd and a deer ran into the roadway. Casner hit the deer causing damage to the front of his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

Vincent E. Muncy, 27, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound on County Highway 6 approximately 1/2 mile of a mile east of Township Rd. 1900 East.  Muncy lost control on the snow/ice convered roadway.  Muncy exited the roadway t the right and traveled approximately 50 ft. before striking the south ditch., then traveled another 70 ft., in the ditch, overturning before coming to rest in his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee with its wheels facing northeast. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS

On March 3, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed a grey Chevrolet car traveling north on Cheney.  Taylorville Police Officer knew the driver, Gregory Mclean, did not have a valid drivers license.  Upon further investigation, a female and male juvenile passenger were arrested for illegal consumption.  Gregory Mclean, 24, of Taylorville, was placed under arrest for no valid drivers license.

On March 2, at 10:39 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer received a report of criminal damage to property at 1525 West Elm.  Officers tried making contact with the subject, Dotty M. Eppenger, who resides at 1523 W. Elm.  The female subject Dotty M.  Eppenger, 25, of Taylroville tried exiting the rear of ther apartment through a window and fleeing on foot.  Officers had a  short foot pursuit and apprehended the female.  She was charged with criminal damage to property, attempting to flee and elude officers. She was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear. 

In The early morning hours of March 3, Taylorville Memorial Hospital called the Taylorville Police Department and advised a male subject, Nathan K. Wiggle, 26, of Decatur ran out of the Emergency Room on foot.  He had a valid warrant out of Macon County.  He was apprehended in the parking lot of Quiznos.  He was placed under arrest and later transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office. 

At 2:40 am on March 3, Mark G. Passonie, 52, of Taylorville, came to the Taylorville Police Department and stated that Ronald E. Hall beat him up outside of the Cork & Keg.  Officers located Ronald Hall at Bill's Toasty.  After speaking with witnesses, both subjects were charged with fighting in public.  Ronald Hall, 40, of Taylorville, was also charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.  They were released on notices to appear.

On March 3 at 10:22 am, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to 102 E. Vine in reference to a female not leaving the residence.  During the investigation, Ashley L. Riggs, 28, of Taylroville was arrested for domestic battery and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.  She was later transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On March 1, a Taylorville Police Officer arrived at Walmart in reference to a retail theft.  After speaking to loss prevention, Johnny Lee Katcher, 26, of Taylroville, was arrested for retail theft.  He was transported to the Taylorville Police epartment and released on a notice to appear. 

On March 1, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed a male subject walking in the 700 block of East Poplar Street.  Taylorville Police Department officer knew the male subject to have a warrant out of Christian County.  Taylorville Police Officer made contact with the male subject and ran his name through the Law Enforcement and Agency Data System and verified the warrant.  Gerald A. Jr. Brown, 18, of Taylorville, was placed under arrest and transorted to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On March 2, officers were dispatched to 1218 W. Pauline apartment 10, in reference to Walter Harker, 50, of Taylorville throwing Lisa Harkers clothes out the front door.  Taylorville Police Officer witnessed upon arrival, Walter Harker with his hands on Lisa Harker.  Walter Harker was arrested for domestic battery, and transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center. 

 

 

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Fire Department Calls 3-4-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-1-13  3 EMS

3-2-13  4 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

3-3-13  5 EMS, 2 Motor Vehicle Accident

3-4-13  3 EMS

 

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Crime Of The Week

CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR MARCH 4, 2013

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a series of thefts that are occurring in Christian County.

Over  the past several weeks, there have been several thefts occurring at United Contractors Midwest, located at the old McCabe's plant 1546 IL Route 29.  Within this time period somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 worth of materials have been stolen.  It is believed that the thefts have been occurring in the overnight to early morning hours.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous.

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Coroner Identifies Pana Crash Victim

Authorities have identified a Christian County woman killed in a weekend accident on Route 48 near Decatur.  The Macon County Coroner’s office says 72 year old Martha Mausshardt of  Pana was killed when her vehicle struck another vehicle as it crossed Route 48 near the  Wyckles Road intersection.

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Community Blood Drive At Pana United Methodist Church Needs Your Help

    A blood drive will be held at Pana First United Methodist Church located at 619 Kitchell Street in Pana on Wednesday, March 13.  The hours of the blood drive are 1:00pm to 7:00pm. For your convenience, please call Alexis to sign up (toll free) at 1-866-GIVE-BLD ext 5158.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Barber College offers Classic Barber Shop Experience

Many young people have never experienced the feeling of an old fashioned barber shop.  According to Denise Johnson of the National Barber College in Taylorville says they have preserved some of the atmosphere and services of the old fashioned shops:

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The National Barber College, which is located on E. Maincross in Taylorville, is currently accepting students.

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Lake Shelbyville Work this Weekend

The Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is still looking for volunteers for an event this weekend.  According to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, it’s time once again for the annual Fish Habitat Improvement Project:

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The Army Corps of Engineers will provide lunch for the volunteers.

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FAA Releases Lists of Possible Control Tower Closures Due to Sequistration; Includes Springfield and Decatur

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The Federal Aviation Administration today (Tuesday) released the list of airport control towers that could be closed due to sequistration.

 

According to the FAA, airport control towers in Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, and Springfield in Central Illinois, could be closed, as part of the 600-million dollars that the Department of Transportation has to cut according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

 

LaHood says some air traffic control tower employees may have to be furloughed to come up with the 600-million dollars in mandatory cuts.

 

It's not known if or when these 3 airports will lose their air traffic controllers.

 

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 3-1-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS

Skyler J. Gist, 22, of 308 James Street, Bulpitt, was arrested on February 28 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of liquor.

Brittany A. Dilley, 25, of 214 E. Sarah Street, Assumption, was arrested on February 28 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Quinton A. Lancaster, 22, of 903 Hawley Street, Taylorville, was arrested on February 28 on an original arrest warrant for violating an order of protection.  

Rodney L. Green, 29, of 403 S. Clark Street, Pana, was arrested on February 28 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute. 

TRAFFIC

Shelby F. Schmale, 20, of Saint Liberty Illinois, was southbound on Rt. 48 at 975 North Rd., and slowed for a turning vehicle ahead.  Maria L. Belsher, 30, of Morrisonville was southbound in her 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier and failed to reduce speed and struck Schmale in the rear end of her 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

A Taylorville Police Officer was called to 412 West Second Street, Taylorville, in reference to a vehicle that struck their property and left.  Taylorville Police Officer observed damage to their fence and a tree.  The vehicle owner and driver were located.  The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for failure to give information after striking unattended vehicle or property, and one for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 

On February 28, at 11:43 am, Taylorville High School contacted the Taylorville Police Department about two female juveniles fighting at the school.  A Taylorville Police Officer spoke to Assistant Principal Mr. Hutchison.  Mr. Hutchison told the officer that both parties were involved in a mutual fight.  Both juveniles were arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for City Ordinance Violation - Fighting.  Both juveniles were processed and released to their parents. 

 

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Fire Department Calls 3-1-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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United Way Plans Allocation Hearings

If your organization is one of the many non-profits depending on the United Way of Christian County for funding, you should be aware of upcoming allocation hearings.   Organizations seeking funds should contact the United Way of Christian County by calling 824-8404, or email unitedwayofcc@consolidated.net.  The applications are now available, and allocation hearings will take place April 23rd and 24th.  The United Way of Christian County is located at 108 W. Market, on the S. side of the Taylorville Square.

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Gowin Parc: Seven Levels of Care

The new Gowin Parc in Taylorville offers “seven levels of care”.  Teresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc explains what that means:

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Gowin Parc boasts locations in Pana and Mattoon along with the recently opened Taylorville facility.  A location in Paris Illinois will open soon.

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LLCC: Show Me the Money

Funding your education is tough, and most students can use all the help they can get.  According to Scott Stallman of Lincoln Land Community College, they have scheduled an event that should make it a little easier:

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Lincoln Land Community has a campus in Taylorville.  Its main campus is in Springfield.

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Taylorville City Council Conduct Business in 23-Minute Meeting, Then Go Into Executive Session

The Taylorville City Council conducted routine business in their 23-minute open session Monday night, before going into executive session to discuss probable litigation being threatened by Christian County Integrated Community Services over its denying permission to build the proposed Hathaway Homes subdivision behind the V-F-W on the city’s south side.

The Council OK’d a lease agreement with the Taylorville Fire Protection District, for a 2013 Ford Expedition, they OK’d turkey hunting using a bow on the north end of Lake Taylorville for this season, they ratified the 3rd and last labor agreement—this one with AFSCME Local 3349—for a 3-year period, and OK’d use of city streets by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for their 5th annual 5K run and walk May 4th.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night accepted the only fuel bid received which was from Christian County Farm Supply, they accepted the only bid received for sidewalk concrete from Presnell Brothers, they OK’d the only bid received for curb and guttering replacement this season from Phil Tullis Excavating, and also approved Tullis’ bid for sidewalk replacement which was also the only bid received.

The Taylorville City Council Monday night OK’d the city to seek quotes for trash removal for the next 2 years, they accepted a quote of 8-thousand dollars to upgrade street lights at Shumway and Spresser, they OK’d the Main Street Committee’s 2013 event dates, approved an additional sign to be erected on the square prohibiting parking on the south inside of the square Saturday mornings from 6 to 10 during the Farmers’ Market season, and OK’d asking the state to use motor fuel funds for concrete grinding and asphalt overlay on North Cherokee from Bidwell to Esther and North Pawnee from Esther to Pleasant Street. They also voted 7 to one, with alderman Martin Vota voting no, to waive bidding and purchase a 2013 vacuum truck for the street department at a cost of just under 300-thousand dollars.

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Taylorville Aldermen Allow Hathaway Homes Subdivision Following 2 1/2 Hour Executive Session

After a 2-and-a-half hour executive session, the Taylorville City Council Monday night voted to allow the Christian County Integrated Community Services, to build their proposed Hathaway Homes subdivision behind the Taylorville V-F-W.   The council voted in open session following the executive session, with aldermen Earl Walters, Bruce Jones, John Lawrence and Ernie Dorchinez all voting yes.  Voting no were aldermen Shawn Burtle, Rob Heberling, Martin Vota and Ray Koonce.  Mayor Greg Brotherton broke the tie, voting to allow the subdivision to be built.

The project was approved last month by the Taylorville Planning and Zoning Commission, but was turned down by the full Council on grounds that the city didn’t need more subsidized housing.

In a Street and Sewer Committee meeting last week, officials with C-C-I-C-S, including executive director Jeff Copley and the attorney representing the agency, Ted Graham, informed the committee of what stages of the project have been addressed, and what the agency has already invested monetarily.

Attorney Graham told the Committee meeting last week, that while his client had not yet filed a law suit against the city for its failure to approve the project, the agency intended to do so if the City did not take action to, quoting Graham, “remedy the problem.”

Committee members stated the issue would be placed on the Council’s Monday night agenda, for council members to go into executive session to discuss probable litigation, which is what occurred after conducting the council’s regular business, with the decision being to allow the subdivision to be built.

C-C-I-C-S was instructed to submit their plat to the Taylorville Council for approval, at an upcoming Council meeting.

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New Wave Communications Getting New Owners

 

 width=The cable TV company that serves most of the communities in the Regional Radio listening area, is getting a new owner. New Wave Communications, based in Sikeston, Missouri, is selling its cable TV systems in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, to an investment firm based in Overland Park, Kansas, called Rural Broadband Investments, LLC.

The application for transfer of control of New Wave, was filed with the Federal Communications Commission on February 18th.

That application was presented to the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night, as the city had to OK the transfer of ownership of the cable TV franchise to the new owners. The motion to approve the transfer passed unanimously. New Wave regional manager Bill Flowers was in attendance at the Council meeting, but the Council had no questions on the transaction.

New Wave owns and operates cable TV systems in the Regional Radio listening area in Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Hillsboro, and Litchfield, among other communities across central and southern Illinois.

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Regional Radio listening area, from midnight Monday night to Midnight Tuesday night.

The Weather Service says:

SNOW WILL BEGIN AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT ACROSS THE AREA.
THE SNOW WILL BECOME MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE DAY
TUESDAY AND TUESDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL THEN BEGIN TO DIMINISH
AND TAPER OFF TUESDAY EVENING.

TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS DURING THE 24 HOUR PERIOD
WILL BE 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS BEING IN
THE NORTH...ALONG AND NORTH OF I-74.

WINDS WILL BECOME GUSTY AT AROUND 30 MPH TUESDAY
AFTERNOON WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME PATCHY BLOWING OF THE SNOW.

TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT TOMORROW AS THE SNOWFALL
BECOMES MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES. THE PATCHY BLOWING OF THE
SNOW WILL ALSO LIMIT VISIBILITIES...MAKING DRIVING TREACHEROUS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL
CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather updates.

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State Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Disciplines 2 Taylorville Professionals

Regional Radio News has learned that a Taylorville physician and a Taylorville pharmacy, both were disciplined by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in January.

According to information posted on the department's web site, Vernon Klinefelter, a Taylorville physician and surgeon, has been temporarily suspended. The agency says, quoting the article on their web site, that “the respondent is unable to practice medicine with reasonable judgment, skill or safety due to mental illness or disability” end of quote.

Also, according to the state agency's web site, The Medicine Shoppe in Taylorville's pharmacy license, and owner Hugo Henry Orlandini Jr.'s pharmacist license, have both been placed on indefinite probation and fined $5,000, owed jointly and severally, after a Department inspection revealed multiple violations of the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act including a failure to secure Schedule II Controlled Substances, inadequate recordkeeping, and food present in a freezer containing medications.

Additionally, the agency says an audit revealed shortages and overages.

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Area Arrests 2-28-13

The Christian County Sheriff's Office Report the Following Arrests:

Rachel M. Rednour, 26, of 612 S. 7th Street, Harvel, was arrested on February 27 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession control. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

On February 27, the Taylorville Police Department conducted a Tobacco Compliance Check.  Casey's General Store, locatd at 401 N. Cheney was found to be in violation.  Cashier, Debra Thompson, 52, of Taylorville was issued a City Ordiance Violation for sale of tobacco to a miinor. 

 

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Taylorville Police Conduct Tabacco Compliance Check

Wednesday, the Taylorville Police Department conducted a Tobacco Compliance Check.  Casey's General Store east at 401 N. Cheney was found to be in violation.  The cashier, 52 year old Debra Thompson of Taylorville was issued a City Ordinance Violation for sale of tobacco to a minor. 

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United Way of Christian County For 2014 Funding Year

All health and human care not-for-profit agencies serving Christian County and wanting to seek funds from United Way of Christian County for the 2014 funding year should contact the United Way office at 108 W. Market, 2nd floor US Bank Building, Taylorville, by phone 824-8404, or by email unitedwayofcc@consolidated.net. Agencies must be a 501(C)3 organization. Allocation applications are being distributed and are due by March 25, 2013.

Allocation Hearings will be held April 23rd and April 24th, 2013, and are being scheduled now.

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Pension Reform hits Dead End

Pension reform attempts have again come to a stalemate in the Illinois House.  The latest efforts were dismissed by Republicans, who said the whole thing was a joke.  Rep. Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says the sides are still a long way apart:

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The state has a near 100 billion dollar pension liability.  Rep. Rosenthal says a promise is a promise, and the contracts should be enforced.

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Taylorville Chamber Sponsors Small Business Seminar

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce sponsored a small business seminar this week.  President and CEO of the chamber Patty Hornbuckle says the turnout was great:

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Prom ?Swap and Shop? Coming up in Shelbyville

With the prom season approaching, many young ladies are in the market for a nice gown at a reasonable price.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says an event this weekend in Shelbyville may be just the ticket:

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You can call the Shelbyville Chamber with questions at 774-2221.

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Myers: earn Credits for Social Security

You may not know it, but you need to earn credits in order to receive Social Security Benefits.  Jack Myers of the Social Security office in Springfield tells Regional Radio News you earn the credits every time you get a paycheck:

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Call the Social Security office in Springfield at 326-0108 if you have questions.

 

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The Taylorville Tornadoes Walk Away With A Regional Victory

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Mt. Zion with a score of 64-49.

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