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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-29-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On April 27, a Taylorville Police Officer was flagged down and advised of a female who was beggging for money in front of the Grandview Outlet Store.  The female, Dorothy Oliver, 65, of Taylorville waved down a white SUV at the corner of Washington & Wilson.  Oliver spoke to the passenger briefly and the officer saw the passender hand Oliver some money.  The vehicle then drove off.  Oliver was arrested and transported to the police department where she was processed and released with a City Ordiance.  Court date is set for May 15. 

On April 26 at 5:04 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer observed a male subject operating a vehicle that he knew had a revoked license.  He made contact with the males wife at 805 N. Silver.  She confirmed he was driving the vehicle.  The officer made contact with the male driver, Bradley K. spent, 44, of Taylorville who advised the officer he would come to the Taylorville Police Department.  The male subject arrived at the Taylorville Police Department at 9:05 pm.  He was placed under arrest for driving with a revoked license.  He was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On April 26 at 3:33 pm, a traffic stop was initiated at Shumway and Main.  The female driver, Lisa R. Wadkins, 48, of Taylorville, had a valid warrant out of Christian County.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond. 

On april 28, at 2:47 am a Taylorville Police Officer was patrolling on East Park Street and Washington Street.  He saw a female juvenile walking east bound on east Park Street.  Officer spoke to the juvenile and told her she was out after curfew.  The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Departmnet and released to her grandfather. 

On April 25 at 11:30 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to Ace Hardware about an unknown subject taking items without paying for them.  The suspect, Roger Hammond, 51, of Taylorville left on a scooter.  The officer found items taken from Ace Hardware.  Hammond was detained, processed and released on a notice to appear.

On April 25, a Taylorville Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Webster and Main.  The driver, Crystal L. Anders, 26, of Bulpitt was arrested for driving while his license were suspended. 

On April 28, at 7:52 pm a Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Cottage and Pleasant.  Subsequent to the stop, Douglas P. Malone, 40, of Taylorville was arrested for drinving while his license were suspended. 

TRAFFIC:

On April 24, at approximately 3:48 pm, officers were dispateched tot he 1000 block of East Park Street for a traffic crash with injury.  Upon arrival, the driver Brittany Hall, of Pana, stated she  was traveling East on East Park Street when she had stopped to turn left.  She was them struck from behind by Alex J. Weikle of Taylorville.  Weikle advised he was talking of the cell phone and did not realize Hall stopped.  He was unable to stop his vehicle in time and struck the back of Hall. 

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

Joshua B. Keathley, 32, of 49 Illini Drive Taylorville, was arrested on April 26 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

Cory L. Blake, 19, of 1130 Springfield Street Kincaid, was arrested on April 26 for disorderly conduct. 

Jacob L. Goodman, 28, of 100 E. Williams Taylorvile was arrested on April 28 for battery. 

Jesse W. Mollet, 24, of 626 Glenn Street Kincaid was arrested on April 27 for domestic battery.

Joshua Andres, 27, of 444 Walnut Street Dawson, was arrested on  an original arrest warrant for failure to appear. 

Codi C. Hasquin, 23, of  116 North Shady Lane Girard, was arrested on April 28 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

Shannon L. Clay, 41, of 101 James Street Bulpitt, was arrested on April 28 kon a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 4-29-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-23-13

2 Public Assists, 1 EMS, 1 Carbonmonoxide

4-24-13

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Automatic Alarm

4-25-13

2 EMS

4-26-13

4 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

4-27-13

1 EMS

4-28-13

3 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Farmers Hope to Plant Soon

The wet spring has made it difficult if not impossible for farmers to get into the fields. Last year at this time, corn was already coming up, but this year, according to Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Melissa Herwig, producers haven’t been able to get the process started:

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More rain is predicted for Central Illinois week.

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Donut Hole: What is it?

You may have heard the expression “Donut Hole” in reference to Social Security, and wondered what it meant.  Jack Myers of Springfield’s Social Security office explains:

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Find out more about the so-called “Donut Hole” go to socialsecurity.gov.

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Raffle Drawing Friday

It won’t be long before some lucky person wins $10,000.  The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the giveaway, and tickets are still available, according to Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle:

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The drawing will be Friday night at the conclusion of the banquet.  You can buy tickets at the chamber office on the south side of the Taylorville Square, or buy them over the phone using your credit card by calling 824-4919.

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2 Miller Media Group Newstalk Stations Switching Network Affiliations To CBS Effective August First

CBS(Taylorville)--2 of the Central Illinois newstalk radio stations owned and operated by the Miller Media Group, will switch their radio network affiliation to the CBS Radio Network effective August First.

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, and WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM in Clinton, will join the CBS Radio Network on that date.

In making the announcement, Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, said that with these 2 stations' affiliating with the nation's premier national news network, WTIM and WHOW will also have access to breaking news coverage 24/7.

The CBS Radio Network has the largest number of correspondents of any national radio network, with bureaus in New York, Washington, and many major cities in the United States and around the world.

CBS Radio Network News on the hour, will be heard on both WTIM and WHOW starting August First.

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The Outdoor Shop Celebrates Grand Opening

Outdoor ShopDespite the rain on Saturday, the turnout for the Grand Opening of The Outdoor Shop, was very inspiring for owners Brian and Tina Johnson. Many braved the rain to take part in the festivities which included door prizes, drawings, free archery, special pricing on fishing and hunting equipment as well as great food prepared by Three Boys Bar-B-Q.

If the turnout is any indication of what to expect, Brian and Tina have hit a home run with their new store. The store features live bait and tackle for the fishing enthusiast, bows, arrows and other gear for the hunting or archery enthusiast and a full line of clothing for the outdoorsman in each of us. The shop also features an indoor archery range that is open to the public.

Brian and Tina are also taking consignments on the full range of outdoor equipment including boats, four wheelers and motorcycles. The Outdoor Shop is located at 1020 Nectar Lane in Taylorville. Phone number is 217-824-HUNT (4868).

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Area Arrests 4-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 

Jason M. Chronister, 29, of 820 East Park Taylorville, was arrested on April 25 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

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Rep. Davis Votes to Protect Traveling Public

U.S. Congressman  Rodney Davis of Taylorville voted Friday to reverse the recent cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and give the agency the flexibility to transfer funds and avoid furloughing traffic controllers and closing contract towers.

The bill, approved by the House on Friday, allows the Transportation Secretary to transfer $253 million in FY 2013 from other FAA accounts to the Operations account to avoid reductions in service and staffing but does not make any additional funds available. Also, the bill gives the FAA the flexibility to do additional transfers within accounts to restore funding for the contract towers that are slated to be closed on June 15, 2013, including the towers in Decatur, Bloomington and Bethalto.

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Prairie Heart Institue of Springfield Held Annual Stat Heart Round Table Dinner

The Prairie Heart Institute of Springfield held their annual Stat Heart Round Table Dinner at the Crowne Plaza on April 18th in Springfield.  Pana Community Hospital received the award for Best Improvement in Overall Performance.  To achieve this award, PCH partnered with Pana and Assumption Ambulance to achieve a time of 81 minutes from Door to Device  and meet the national standard in treating patients who are having a heart attack.  In this particular case, the patient’s right coronary artery was 95% blocked and had the clogged artery opened in Springfield in the 81 minute time frame.  

 

The Prairie STAT Heart program was developed in 2004 and was one of the first in the country to focus on streamlining emergency care to meet the national goal of providing non-surgical treatment of diseased arteries within 90-120 minutes from a patient’s arrival at a rural community hospital. 

 

Pana Hospital teamed up with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants and St. John’s and Memorial hospitals in Springfield in July of 2005 to activate the Stat Heart Program.  Under the leadership of Rosemary Horsthemke who was ED Manager at the time, PCH was the 4th hospital to activate the STAT Heart program.  Currently, thirty community hospitals participate in the program. 

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Deer Car Collisions Still a Concern

Recent heavy rains have stirred up the deer population in Central Illinois.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says drivers need to be watchful for the animals:

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School Employees Face Layoffs, Reduced Hours

The consequences of the State of Illinois’ failure to pay schools their expected funding are now being felt.  Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Greg Fursteneau says some people are losing their jobs while others are seeing their hours reduced:

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Saga of Proposed Hathaway Homes Subdivision in Taylorville Continues

The saga of the Hathaway Homes subsidized housing subdivision in Taylorville, proposed by Christian County Intergrated Community Services, took 2 more steps Monday night.

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The Taylorville Planning Commission held a special meeting at City Hall, to review, and ultimately recommend to the Taylorville City Council, both the construction plan and final plat. Planning Commission members did add to their recommendation, that the funds C-C-I-C-S would use to build a sidewalk along Elm Street, be escrowed until whenever the city widens the road and builds sidewalk from West Avenue to Briarcliff Road.

During the Taylorville City Council’s special meeting held immediately after the Planning Commission’s special meeting, the only item on the agenda was considering the Planning Commission’s recommendation.

Several aldermen expressed their feelings, positive and negative, about the project. Alderman Ray Koonce said he felt forced to vote yes.

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Alderman Martin Vota said that he had concerns about drywall touching concrete in the Birkshire development also owned by C-C-I-C-S allegedly exposing residents to mold, and had statements from residents and an independent inspection showing mold had grown in certain apartments there.

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And, Alderman Bruce Jones said the issue should have never gotten out of hand.

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The final vote for approving the project’s construction plan and final plat, was 4 yes votes, and aldermen Rob Heberling, Martin Vota, and Ray Koonce abstaining from voting. Under parliamentary rules, the votes to abstain go with the majority, so the final vote was 7 to nothing. Alderman Shawn Burtle was absent due to illness.

Regional Radio News asked Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton after the meeting, if attorneys for both sides had come to an agreement so that if the city voted to accept the construction plans and final plat, that the law suit the C-C-I-C-S filed would be dismissed. He said that was not the case.

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When asked after the City Council meeting whether C-C-I-C-S would not drop its law suit, executive director Jeff Copley said it was in the hands of the attorneys for both sides.

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One Dead in Saturday Night Accident on Route 104

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in a traffic accident that claimed the life of a Taylorville woman.  According to the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred about a half mile outside of Kincaid Saturday night around 9:45. 

 

Police says the driver of a Chevy S-10 crossed the center line for unknown reasons, striking head on a vehicle driven by 33 year old Christopher Norris of Taylorville.  He and a passenger, 46 year old Don Humphrey of Morrisonville were both sent to the hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the other vehicle, a 49 year old woman whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The crash is still under investigation.  According to police reports, all of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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Long Term Cancer Study coming up

Hardly a day goes by without news about new cancer treatments.  The new medical technology is a result of research, and Steve Turner of the American Cancer society says a long term study is coming up:

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Those wishing to participate in the study shoudl enroll at CPS3ILLINOIS.org. The study is open to those who are between 30 and 65 years of age.

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Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans Releases Name of Weekend Accident Victim

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released the name of a Taylorville woman killed in a head on collision this weekend.

 

  The accident, which occurred just before 10:00 Saturday night, happened on Route 104 about a half mile west of Kincaid.  According to reports from the Illinois State Police, a Chevy S-10 crossed the center line for unknown reasons, hitting head-on a Ford F-150 driven by 33 year-old Christopher M. Norris of Taylorville.  Norris and a passenger, 46 year-old Don D. Humphrey of Morrisonville were both taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Chevy S-10, 49 year old Debra Patterson of Taylorville was pronounced dead on the scene. 

 

 

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans office says an autopsy will take place Monday in Bloomington.  The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State police.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.  Police say all of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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Controversy on Hathaway Homes Project Continues; City Council Holding Special Meeting Monday On Issue

The Taylorville City Council will hold a special Council meeting Monday night immediately following the Planning Commission meeting which begins at 6.

The only item on the Council’s special meeting agenda, is the Planning Commission’s recommendation on the Christian County Integrated Community Services’ Hathaway Homes subdivision final plat.  The low income housing project is being proposed by C-C-I-C-S on West Elm Street behind the V-F-W.

The project has been controversial since first being proposed earlier this year.  After the City Council turned down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow the project, C-C-I-C-S filed suit against the city claiming the agency had followed all city codes for the project to be approved.  The City Council reluctantly approved the preliminary plans on April 15th.  Monday night’s special Council meeting will be to hear the Planning Commission’s recommendation on the final plat.

C-C-I-C-S has not dropped their law suit against the city even though the City has approved the project.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton told Regional Radio News that the issue is now in the hands of attorneys representing the city’s insurance carrier, adding that it appears C-C-I-C-S is wanting the city to pay the agency’s legal fees and other costs to settle out of court, in exchange for dropping the suit.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-25-13

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

Justin R. Sherman, 31, of 1412 S. Houston Street Taylorville, was arrested on April 23 for violation of an order of protection. 

 Ladonna Hill, 46, of 350 Central Ave. Kincaid, was arrested on April 23 for driving with a revoked license.

Holly Conaway, 28, of 704 East Poplar Apt. 3 Taylorville, wa arrested on April 24 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute. 

TRAFFIC:

On April 25, Samuel Lacey, 24, of Taylorville, was northbound on 1025 East approaching 1450 North Rd.  He advised his cell phone rang and he looked over to see who was calling, failed to reduce speed at the railroad crossing, failing to reduce speed at the stop sign, leaving the roadway at 1450 North, hitting a street sign marking the intersection and traveling approximately 100 ft into the field north of 1450 North Rd.  The street sign was a total loss and Lacey sustained substantial damage to the under carriage and the right front bumper. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On April 23, M. Passini came to the Taylorville Police Department and said that J. Sherman had violated an Order of Protection.  Passini showed text messages from Sherman.  Justin R. Sherman, 31, of Taylorville was arrested for violating an order of protection and was taken to the Christian County Sheriff's Office. 

On April 24, a Taylorville Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle behind 502 S. Washington.  The officer had prior knowledge of the male driver having a suspended drivers license.  The driver Dalvon M. Jackson, 35, of Taylorville was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing. 

On April 24, a Taylorville Police Officer spoke with a male juvenile in the lobby of the Taylorville Police Department.  While speaking with the male juvenile the officer could smell an odor of an acoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  The male juvenile was arrested for illegal consumption. 

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Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Saturday is Drug Take Back Day.  The purpose is to provide people a safe way of disposing of unused prescription drugs.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the program has been a huge success:

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Again, Drug Take Back Day is going on tomorrow at several locations.

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Illinois still Mulling Gun Control Options

The shooting of 5 people in Scott County the other day is bringing renewed calls for gun control in Illinois.  State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says there is little agreement in Springfield on the topic:

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City to Benefit from Hathaway Project

The Hathaway Homes project has been a nightmare for the city of Taylorville in many ways.  It has inspired dissension on the city council and caused the city to be suecd by Christian County Integrated Community Services, the company advancing the project. Mayor Greg Brotherton says nevertheless, it will end up being beneficial for the city:

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The low income housing development will be built behind Ace Hardware on the city’s west side.

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Shelbyville Manor to Honor Cub Fan

Friday April 26th from 2-4pm Shelbyville Manor is honoring a member of their community.  Jim Watton of A.J.’s Fitness at Shelbyville Manor says everyone is invited:

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Again, that’s going on Friday from 2 to 4pm at the new therapy gym at Shelbyville Manor, to honor Ruth Knudson (pronounced nudson) for her many years of service in the Shelbyville community. 

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Christian County Damage Assessment Team Deployed to Fulton County

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(Pictured are Mickie Ehrhardt, Jessica Elsia, Bill O'Connell with two members from public works in Fulton County. Picture # 2 is Jeremy Brozio and Tom Baldock).

 

 

The Christian County Damage Assessment Team was deployed to Fulton County to survey the town of London Mills and Bernadotte, both of which sustained damaged homes from the recent flooding.

Six members of the team deployed under mutual aid agreements designed to assist another county during a disaster. The Christian County Damage Assessment Team works under the Christian County Emergency Management Agency. Team members who deployed were Mickie Ehrhardt, Jessica Elsia, Tom Baldock, Bill O'Connell, Jeremy Brozio and Mike Crews.

"This was the first deployment of our team and they did a fantastic job working their way through both of these communities. The team initially met with Fulton County EMA Manager Chris Helle and his command staff to establish our search areas and gain an understanding of the topography and safety issues. Once they had boots on the ground, the Christian Team divided into three groups walking each street gathering information on structural damage, flood insurance and water levels inside of homes. This information is crucial to assist Fulton County in receiving a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Upon returning to the command post, we determined 44 homes were eligible under the FEMA criteria, the same number of homes determined by a seasoned team from the American Red Cross. The fact both teams numbers matched exactly, was a testament to the keen eyes our assessment team had to detail. Our folks showed great compassion to many of the residents listening to their stories of loss. Providing that sympathetic ear was an important part of this deployment. I couldnt be happier with the job they performed.- Mike Crews, Christian County Emergency Manager.

The towns that were surveyed suffered losses from water over-topping the levess along the Spoon River in Fulton County. Fulton County has been declared a State of Illinois Disaster area by Governor Quinn.

 

 

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Rodney Davis Named to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program

 

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville this week was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Patriot” program. The program, chaired by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), is a goal-oriented program to help Members stay on offense and fully prepare for their re-election campaigns.

Through a number of Member-based communications, fundraising and strategy goals established at the beginning of the cycle, the program helps to ensure that its members are ready to run well-funded and organized campaigns against their Democratic opponents. Davis was one of 11 Republicans named to the program this week.

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Crime of the Week for April 23, 2013 CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR APRIL 23, 2013

                              

This week Christian County Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between 12:30 am and 6:00 am Monday, somebody made entry into a vehicle while it was parked at 66 Hillcrest Trailer Court.  Several items were stolen, including: an IPOD, a woman's wallet, and gift cards.  The total dollar amount of the missing items is unknown at this time.  

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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Farmers Must be Certified

With the planting season here, Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau is reminding farmers that they must be certified in order to use certain chemicals:

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Call the Farm Bureau at 824-2940 for more info.

 

 

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Grand Opening Saturday: The Outdoor Shop

One of Taylorville’s newest businesses is planning a Grand Opening this Saturday.  Brian Johnson, who along with his wife Tina owns The Outdoor Shop,  says they’ll have food, prizes and more:

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The Outdoor Shop is at 1020 Nectar Lane, just off of N. Cheney across from the FS station.

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People's Bank & Trust in Taylorville to Sponsor KITE FLY this Saturday

Come out to the "Kite Fly" Saturday, April 27th from noon until 2 pm at the Taylorville Junior High School.  This event is sponsored by People's Bank & Trust in Taylorville.  Enjoy FREE kites, one per child while supplies last.  Look high in the sky at twelve noon and watch the sky divers land!  Rain date is planned for May 4th. 

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Rep. Davis to Host Congressional Art Competition Reception

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he will be hosting a reception to recognize the students participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for the 13th District. The reception will be held on Saturday  from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in the David Erlanson Art Gallery at Richland Community College in Decatur. This is a free event, open to the public.

This year’s competition features 20 entries from students from several area high schools.

Three area judges will pick a winning entry to be announced at the reception on Saturday. Judging this year’s competition will be Jerry Johnson, Executive Director of the Decatur Arts Council; Jamie Rutherford, Richland Community College Adjunct Faculty and Facilitator of the Davis Erlanson Gallery; and Denise Blakeman, a local artist from Christian County.

All students will receive a certificate of congressional recognition for their participation. The winning student will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines and have his or her winning artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982 as an opportunity to showcase the talent of high school students and acknowledge gifted young artists. Hundreds of thousands of high school students have been able to participate at the local level over the years.

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2013 Pana Community Hospital Wellness Event This Saturday

The Pana Community Hospital Wellness Event 2013 is this Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pana High School.  The grand prize is two season passes to the Muni and a $50 gift card compliments of Peoples Bank & Trust.  The Muni is an outdoor theater near Lake Springfield.  Performances for this summer include Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, Peter Pan, and RENT.  Everyone who attends the Wellness event can register to win the grand prize.  Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the event.

Over thirty health related agencies and businesses will host a booth at this year’s event.  Many agencies are providing a variety of screenings open to the public and all screenings are absolutely FREE.

 

New to the event are health related presentations to be held at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am during the wellness event.  Each presentation will be held in the commons area just outside the main gym at the high school.  Participants who are browsing the booths may take time to listen to one or all three of the presentations being held throughout the morning.  

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Terry: not all Insurance Policies Cover Flooding

With the wet spring we are experiencing, some Central Illinoisians will expect to rely on flood insurance.  But Mark Terry with the Illinois Department of Insurance says you may not be covered:

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Heavy rains this spring have caused flooding in many areas of Central Illinois.  Governor Pat Quinn has declared 44 counties disaster areas.

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Five Dead In Manchester, Illinois Shooting

Illinois State Police say five people are dead and one is injured after a shooting in Manchester. WICS is reporting Winchester police have a suspect in custody. Schools in Jacksonville District 117 will remain closed today as a precaution. Manchester is 50 miles west of the state capital of Springfield, Illinois.

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CCICS still Pursuing Lawsuit

Despite attempts on the part of the City of Taylorville to address the situation, Christian County Integrated Community Services is still pursuing a lawsuit against the city.  Even though city aldermen last week approved their plans to build a housing development, the company has not dropped a lawsuit.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says it’s something the city can deal with:

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Aldermen were originally reluctant to ok the group’s plans, mostly because of pressure from constituents who feared the development would drive down home values in the area.

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County Agency Offers Weather Information

Severe weather season is here, and you may be looking for a way to get in-depth weather information.  Taylorville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the Christian County Emergency Management Agency may have just the thing for you:

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Call the Emergency Management Agency at 824-5421.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-23-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Alter E. Ivy, 30, of 307 S. Main Stonington, was arrested on April 22 on a bond forfeiture warrant for retail theft, and was arrested for criminal damge to property.

Charity A. Farmer, 37, of 902 East 6th Street Pana, was arrested on April 22 for domestic battery.

Amanda N. Langston, 29, of 207 S. Poplar was arrested on April 22 on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a revoked license.

Nathan K. Wiggle, 26, of 1523 W. Elm Taylorville, was arrested on April 23 for possession control. 

TRAFFIC:

On April 20, a Christian County Deputy was dispatched to a deer vs. car accident on Illinois Rt. 48 at 650 North.  The deputy spoke with the driver, Laura A. Hadley, 35, of Taylorville who stated she was north bound on Rt. 48 when a deer entered the roadway from her right(east) and she struck it.  Hadley received front end damage to her 2007 GMC Acadia.  No injuries were reported.  Hadley's vehicle was towed from the scene. 

On April 23, a Christian County Deputy was dispatched to Illinois Rt. 104 at 430 East for a deer vs. car accident.  Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the driver, Naim Kasoski, 59, of Godfrey, Illinois.  The driver stated he was east bound on Rt. 104 when a deer entered the road from his right(south) causing him to strike the deer.  There was front end damage to his 1997 Plymouth Voyager.  No injuries were reported. 

 

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Mushroom Hunting could be Good this Year

With all the rain we’ve seen this year, it could be a great year for mushroom hunters.  Peggy Hampton of the University of Illinois Extension says there will be something for mushroom hunters this weekend:  

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Call the local extension office at 287-7246.

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2013 Annual Kite Fly Coming up

If someone tells you to go fly a kite, don’t be too quick to take offense.  They may just be inviting you to the Annual Kite Fly sponsored by People’s Bank and Trust.  The event takes place this Saturday from noon to 2pm at Taylorville Junior High School.

Children attending will each receive a free kite.  Skydivers will kick things off by landing on the field at noon.  Rain date for the Kite Fly is May 4.

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Rosenthal: Pension Issue still not Resolved

Even though they have been talking about it for years, the Illinois Legislature has yet to resolve the pension issue.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal says the matter might be decided by the end of the current session:

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The State’s unfunded pension liability is approaching $100 billion.

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City of Taylorville Copes with Flooding

Central Illinois is still dealing with the aftermath of heavy rains that moved through last week.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says the city held up pretty well against the onslaught:

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Park Board Hears Report on Wells at Lake Shore Golf Course

 width=Amid the process of swearing in newly elected board members, the Taylorville Park Board heard an extensive report from Jeff Boldig, golf course manager, concerning the issue of water wells at the course. Apparently after an exhaustive search to find someone willing to work with Lake Shore on the well problems, Todd Skinner of  Skinner Limited Total Pump Services inspected the present wells and pumps. His report was that 1 well was totally nonfunctioning and that the other well was working at less than half it’s original capacity. Unfortunately, both wells have concrete walls and are unable to be redrilled. Mr. Skinner submitted a bid to drill a new well, at a site to be determined by the Health Department. The bid came in at an amount of $7975. J’s Pump Service also submitted a bid to install the new pump, run the wiring and water lines, to the new site from the old well. The amount of that bid was $6000. The board approved these bids for the golf course as well as bids in the amount of $9641 for irrigation and heads and $2500 for repairs to the maintenance shed, including new gutters. The money was to be dispersed from $40,000 that had been set aside for repairs and updates to Lake Shore Golf Course.

The board also heard a request from Matt O’Brien, District Executive for Boy Scouts of America. The request was to hold a 1 day camp on Thursday, July 25, 2013 for the Cub Scouts (K-4). The members of the board verified that the Scouts would have the proper insurance in place. Permission was granted.

Quinn Broverman swore in the newest members of the Taylorville Park Board. The members sworn in  were Doug Meyer, Tanya Reno and Jim McCoy.

It was noted that the budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 would be on file for the next 30 days for the purpose of public inspection. The budget should be approved at the regular May meeting of the Park Board.

Maintenance Supervisor, Gary Brown, reported that the crews had prepared the ball diamonds for opening day of Red Bland Little League which was Saturday, April 20th. The maintenance crew has also begun full mowing and working on the pond. There is some work to be done on the pool prior to opening day.

Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock, reported on several activities that had taken place in April including the Senior Citizens lunch, opening day for Red Bland Little League, the Kids are Kids dance and the kickoff of the Running Club. Upcoming events include the Relay for Life 5K and The Cotton Club Dance both scheduled for May 11th.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45.

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Gas Prices in Illinois

Illinois, April 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 12.7 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 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Illinois during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 9.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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Still Many Unanswered Questions after Weekend Stabbing

Police are still not releasing much information in the wake of a fatal stabbing that took place early Saturday morning in Pana.

The Victim, 29 year old James “Adam” Bertin was attending a family get together in memory of his cousin, James Cox, who passed away in the hospital last Monday.  It’s still not known what caused the incident in which Bertin was stabbed in the neck.  He was pronounced dead Saturday just after 4am at Pana Community Hospital.

According to Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans, an autopsy was scheduled to take place over the weekend.

Police have so far not announced any arrests or named any suspects, but they are apparently treating the incident as a homicide.

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Los Rancheros Open for Business

A new Mexican Restaurant is open in Taylorville.  Los Rancheros opened its doors recently, serving a large menu of Mexican dishes.  Assistant Manager Maria Lopez says they have several locations in Central Illinois:

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Lopez says the proicess of opening Los Rancheros took a while:

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Los Rancheros is located on Bidwell St. in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-23-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

 

Bobby D. Smith, 48, of 604 East Franklin Taylorville, was arrested on April 19 on a bond forfeiture warrant. 

Cathy L. Cooper, 46, of Pana, was arrested on April 19 for possession control and obstructing an officer.

Joel T. Glenn, 57, of Kincaid was arrested on April 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Derek W. Kelmel, 27, of Morrissonville was arrested on April 20 on an original arrest warrant for unspecified statute. 

Haley L.Springer, 19, of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.

INCIDENT:

On April 17 at 6:55 p.m., Christian County Correctional Office received a call of a white Ford truck damaging the roadway located at 2000 North 2300 East Rd.  The driver, Patrick Hartnell, 20, of Moweaqua, was located and issued a citation for unlawful use and damage to the roadway. 

TRAFFIC:

On April 20, 2013, Thomas Gorbett Jr., 76, of Taylorville was traveling westbound on 1800 North Rd.  A vehicle traveling eastbound came into the westbound lane causing Gorbett to veer into the ditch on the north side of the roadway.  Gorbett did not have to be towed and got out th the ditch.  The vehicle was smoking and had undercarriage damage. 

Casey Beard, 36, of Taylorville was heading south on 1350 East Rd around 1250 North Rd.  Beard lost control and ran off the roadway.  She traveled sideways into the ditch which was full of water.  Beard went 276 yards from the time she left the roadway until it came to a stop.  Beard was in water just below the windows.  No standing water was on the roadway.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On April 18, at 6:03 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer observed a truck off-roading on Lake Taylorville property off of Lakeshore Drive.  He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Subsequent to the stop, a male juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 

A Taylorville Police Officer went to 604 East Franklin Street and made contact with the male subject that he knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County.  His information was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and the warrant was verified.  Bobby D. Smith, Jr. 48, of Taylorville was placed under arrest and was trasnported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

On April 20, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle traveling north on Walnut street with a female driver.  A registered check of the vehicle showed that the female registered owner of the vehicle had three valid warrants.  The officer made a stop on the vehicle at Main and North Streets and made contact with the female driver.  The driver, Jennifer Musser, 26, of Pana was the registed owner.  Her information was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and verified the three warrants.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

While on patrol, a vehicle license plate was ran and was learned that a male registered owner had a suspended drivers license.  The driver Brian K. Tackett, of Taylorville matched the description of the registered owner.  The vehicle was stopped and the office spoke to the driver.  The driver was the owner and knew he had a suspended license.  He was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On April 20, a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle disobeying a traffic control device.  Upon further investigation, the female passenger, Katie Dawn Holliday, 18, of Morrisonville was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.  She was released on a notice to appear. 

On April 21, at 1:22 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle for suspended registration.  Subsequent to the stop, Benjamin F. Grant, 37, of Taylorville was cited for driving while his license was suspended and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. 

On Sunday, April 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. dispatch asked for officers in the lobby due to complainant James B. Burgess coming into the lobby to report a male subject refusing to pay for the cab fare.  When the officers went outside to the cab, the male subject was gone.  He was apprehened in the rear parking lot of the apartments in the 100 block of East Vine Street.  Suspect, Aaron Davis, 37, of Taylorville was walked back to the Taylorville Police Department and subsequent to the arrest a smoking device was located in the rear pockets and a small baggy with purported cannabis in the right coin pocket of his pants.  He was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

 

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Elder Care Changing in America

Times change, and our methods of caring for the elderly changes with them.  A pair of facilities in Taylorville prodives a good example of that.  Suzi Johnson of Taylorville Estates says they are right next door to Taylorville Care Center:

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Rhonda Baker of Taylorville Care Center says it’s really convenient for the two facilities to be next door to each other:

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Call Taylorville Estates at 824-2222, or Taylorville Care Center at 824-9636.

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Miller Media Group Sponsors Fund Raiser for March of Dimes

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The Miller Media Group on Saturday, sponsored a drive-thru donation day for the March of Dimes March for Babies.  Team captain Sheri Miller and several members of her team, set up a tent in front of the Miller Media Group studios in Taylorville, and broadcast an appeal for donations on all 5 radio stations.  The community responded, donating some 630-dollars in their 5 hours of fund-raising on Saturday.

Company president Randal J. Miller anchored the live broadcast, and talked with Sheri about where the money raised Saturday goes.

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Sheri’s daughter Alexis died 40 minutes after being born in April 2011, due to a birth defect which prevented her lungs from developing properly.

Sheri’s team goal this year is to raise some 6-thousand dollars to benefit the March of Dimes, and with Saturday’s drive-thru donation day, her total is now well over 2-thousand dollars.  The March for Babies takes place May 18th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  You can donate to Sheri’s team at teamprincessalexis-dot-com.  All monies raised go directly to the March of Dimes to help prevent birth defects.

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Legislature should Address Funding Shortages: Fursteneau

Lack of funding for downstate Illinois schools has been a huge problem.  One area superintendent says it’s time the legislature addresses the problem.  Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Greg Fursteneau says it should be a priority:

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Peoples Bank & Trust recognizes Dr. David Lett as Volunteer of the Quarter

 width=Pana, Illinois: As a community bank, Peoples Bank & Trust recognizes the value of volunteerism in our communities. To recognize, commend and promote the volunteerism, Peoples Bank & Trust has established a program to recognize an outstanding community member for their volunteer efforts of improvement to our community.

Peoples Bank & Trust would like to recognize Dr. David Lett, Pana Superintendent of Schools as our “Volunteer of the Quarter” for his work with Lake Land College in our local area. Lake Land College has had a large positive impact on the students of Pana and Dr. Lett has been a major supporter and has worked hard to get them and keep them in Pana.

In honor of his services, Peoples Bank & Trust would like to make an $800 donation to the Lake Land College Foundation in honor of Dr. David Lett. Dr. Lett’s name will also be placed on a plague which will be displayed at the bank.

Peoples Bank & Trust is an independent Community Bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Charleston, Springfield, White Hall, Waverly, Palmyra, Morrisonville and Tower Hill. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-19-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Dennis R. Boshell, 41, of 323 Pleasant Stree Taylorville, was arrested on April 17 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Karla J. Gregory, 45, of Springfield was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute.

TRAFFIC:

Matthew Pusch, 31, of Auburn was traveling south on Rt. 48.  Pusch said he began sneezing and could not see, then los control of his 2011 GMC Savana.  He left the roadway and hit a utility pole on the south side of Rt. 48.

Sheila Carroll, 57, of Pana was southbound on 2200 East Rd.  David Smith, 72, of Pana was eastbound on 350 North Rd.  Carroll failed to stop at the stop at the stop sign.  He entered the roadway andstruck Smith in the rear drivers side.  No injuries were reported. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On April 17, at 4:29 p.m., Allan E. Schreier, 24, of Taylorville came to post to turn himself in on a Montgomery County FTA warrant.  Dispatch verified the warrant through Law Enforcement Agency Data System.  Schreier was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center. 

 

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Fire Department Calls 4-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-16-13

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 1 Dectector Activation, 1 Fire, 1 Auto Accident, 1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

4-17-13

1 EMS, 1 Auto Accident

 

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Fire Department Calls 4-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-16-13

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 1 Dectector Activation, 1 Fire, 1 Auto Accident, 1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

4-17-13

1 EMS, 1 Auto Accident

 

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Shelbyville Students of the Month

 

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L to R is Senior Alissa Hudson, Junior Alason Lenz, Soph Sierra Conlin, Freshman Sheldon Meyer, and Rob Bosgraaf from Druby's.

 

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Fursteneau Signs New Contract

The Taylorville Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Fursteneau has signed a new 5 year contract. Fursteneau, who came to Taylorville from Iowa, says Taylorville is now home for him and his family:

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Fursteneau replaced Rich Wilson as superintendent when he retired.

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Weekend Events in Shelbyville

With the rain winding up and sunshine in the weekend forecast, it looks like perfect weather for mushroom hunting.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be a lot of that going on this weekend in Shelbyville:

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Mayhall says the Army Corps of Engineers will be looking for some help this weekend:

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221.

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Taylorville Chamber Events

It’s been a busy week for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they had a great turnout for their Business After Hours event Wednesday:

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Christian County YMCA to Celebrate Healthy Kids Day®

On Saturday, April 27, the Christian County YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Christian County  to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day takes place at 1900 YMCAs.

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The Christian County YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Y  from 9-11a.m and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as a book fair featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog, fitness challenges, exercise and class demonstrations,    giveaways, registration incentives and healthy snacks. 

For more information call the Y at 287-7271.

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The 18th Annual Pana Wide Yard Sale Date is Set

  The 18th annual Pana wide yard sale will be held on Saturday May 4, 2013, beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Lots of sales are expected, as has been the case over the first seventeen years.

          Cut off for registering your address is noon on Tuesday April 30.   This will insure your address being printed on both the map and in the Pana News Palladium’s Thursday edition.  You can register your address by calling the Chamber of Commerce Office at 217-562-4240 or emailing panachamber@consolidated.net. Addresses may be left on the answering service if the phone lines or operators are busy or after hours.  

          Maps will be made available the day of the sale at:  Casey's, Karla's Kollectibles, Shasteen’s & Qik N Ez.                      

          Those registering sales are encouraged to use nice signs to direct shoppers to their location but are requested to remove them at the close of the weekend

 

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Elder Care Changing in America

Times change, and our methods of caring for the elderly changes with them.  A pair of facilities in Taylorville prodives a good example of that.  Suzi Johnson of Taylorville Estates says they are right next door to Taylorville Care Center:

[audio:johnsontvlestates041813.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Rhonda Baker of Taylorville Care Center says it’s really convenient for the two facilities to be next door to each other:

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Call Taylorville Estates at 824-2222, or Taylorville Care Center at 824-9636.

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School Funding in Illinois at Crisis Levels

The State of Illinois is millions of dollars in arrears to school districts.  Stae Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says the situation is desperate, especially downstate:

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Representative Rosenthal says he has spoken to several downstate superintendents, and they all say the same thing.

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Lake Land College Volunteer of the Quarter

PRESS RELEASE

 For Immediate Release:

For Additional Information Contact: John Gardner, President & CEO

Phone: (888) 728-1954

Pana, Illinois: As a community bank, Peoples Bank & Trust recognizes the value of volunteerism in our communities. To recognize, commend and promote the volunteerism, Peoples Bank & Trust has established a program to recognize an outstanding community member for their volunteer efforts of improvement to our community.

 Peoples Bank & Trust would like to recognize Dr. David Lett, Pana Superintendent of Schools as our “Volunteer of the Quarter” for his work with Lake Land College in our local area. Lake Land College has had a large positive impact on the students of Pana and Dr. Lett has been a major supporter and has worked hard to get them and keep them in Pana.

In honor of his services, Peoples Bank & Trust would like to make an $800 donation to the Lake Land College Foundation in honor of Dr. David Lett. Dr. Lett’s name will also be placed on a plague which will be displayed at the bank.

Peoples Bank & Trust is an independent Community Bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Charleston, Springfield, White Hall, Waverly, Palmyra, Morrisonville and Tower Hill. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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Central Illinois Dealing With Record Rainfall

Central Illinois is dealing with record rainfall that fell on Wednesday and Thursday, causing rivers and streams to flow out of their banks, and roads to become flooded.

According to the National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect for Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Sangamon and McLean Counties. Flood watches remain for Christian and Macon Counties.

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The W-Underground 24-hour precipitation map shows that an area from Chicago to the Quad Cities, Quincy and Peoria, received the most rain in Illinois, with 3 to 6 inches.

The Bloomington-Decatur-Springfield area received around an inch and a half, with areas south of that line getting 2-and-a-half to 4 inches.

Motorists should exercise caution when traveling the next several days, as many roads will be flooded due to the excessive rainfall.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-16-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Rachel A. Dixon, of 46 Hannon, Taylorville was arrested on April 15 on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

TRAFFIC:

On April 15, Nathan T. Mount, 18, of Shelbyville was traveling eastbound on Rt. 104 approaching the entrance for 794 Ilinois Rt. 104.  Mount began to slow down to turn into the entrance.  Donald Runyon Jr, 34, of Kincaid and two passengers Jessica Koonce, 20, of Bulpitt and Caleb Sarver, 18, of Cowden were traveling eastbound on Illinois Rt. 104.  Runyon stated he did not see any brake lights on Mounts vehicle.  Runyon said that when he realized Mount had stopped, he hit the brakes and was unable to avoid hitting Mount.  Runyon left black marks on the roadway from applying the brakes for approximately 55ft.  The brake lights on Mount 1998 Chevrolet Conversion were checked and were not functioning property.

On April 14, Kyle E. Wessbecher, 28, of Mt. Pulaski, was parked with no one inside in the parking lot at the South Fork Dirt Riders. Kruise E. Cross, 21, of Springfield was parked next to Wessbecher in the parking lot.  Cross was leaving the parking spot and hit Wessbecher with the rear end of the pickup.  Wessbecher had damage to the front right side panel and door.  Cross left the scene and was found at 1351 S. Shumway, Taylorville.  Cross had damage to the back bumper and right back panel of his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

A Taylorville Police officer went to Hannon Trailer Court and made contact with a female subject that he knew had a valid warrant out of Chirstian County.  Rachel A. Dixon, 27, of Taylorville name was ran through the Law Enforcement Agency Data System and the warrant was verified.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 

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Lake Land College to Celebrate Arbor Day

To celebrate Arbor Day, Lake Land College is hosting two tree planting ceremonies and students and the public are invited to participate in the events.

On Wednesday  join the Effingham Gardeners Connection and the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology for a tree planting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on the east side of the Kluthe Center parking lot, 1204 Network Center Blvd., Effingham. During the ceremony, a willow oak tree will be planted to replace a tree that recently died near the entrance of the Kuthe Center.

On Arbor Day,  Friday, April 26, join Tom Caldwell, Lake Land College humanities instructor and certified arborist along with the Tree Care Committee to plant a bald cypress on the west side of the campus pond located near the maintenance building. The ceremony will take place at

For more information about the Arbor Day ceremonies, contact Caldwell at (217) 234-5314 or

tcaldwel@lakeland.cc.il.us.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Speaker at Tuesday's Program

 

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Cindy Diss was the scheduled speaker at the Taylorville Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. She is in charge of a program called Kids For Christ through the Taylorville First United Methodist Church. It’s a non-denominational religious program for any child from Kindergarten through the 5th grade. The children are picked up directly from school and immersed in a bible lesson, a craft, and a game. The bible lesson is usually acted out in a skit using professional grade hand puppets. Cindy entertained the club by demonstrating the use of the hand puppets. The program has been in existence for 27 years. It meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 and is free to the public. For more information about Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com

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Grant to Instruct ?Auto-Canics?

As schools continue to cut programs because of budget constraints, community members are stepping up to fill in at least some of the void.  Todd Grant, whose family has been involved in the car business for decades, will be the instructor for some upcoming classes on auto repair and maintenance:

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The first class, Basic Vehicle Operations, will take place in early May, while the second, Advanced Vehicle Operations will be in early June.  If you’d like to find out more, call Debbie Grant at 820-5728.

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Davis Comments on Boston Bombing

At least 3 deaths and dozens of injuries are the result of a bombing at the Boston Marathon earlier this week.  U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says it’s a despicable act, and he’s confident authorities will catch those responsible:

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Authorities have yet to announce any progress in the investigation.

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Mac McGwire to Speak at Library

Public advocate Mac McGwire is known for fighting the good fight against scamsters in Central Illinois By the has other interests, and according to Dorothy Siles of the Taylorville Public Library, McGwire will speak on a different topic when he appears at the library’s Guest Lecture Series:

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The Taylorville Public Library is at 121 W. Vine street.

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The Outdoor Shop is Hunter?s and Fisher?s Paradise

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The Outdoor Shop in Taylorville has everything for the hunter, fisher and just all around outdoorsy person. Owners Brian and Tina Johnson have brought their dream to life and it is now open at 1020 Nectar Lane in Taylorville. Brian has been hunting and fishing since he was a young boy and realized that there was no longer a place in the area to cater to the hunter and fisherman:

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The Outdoor Shop carries a large selection of sporting equipment including fishing gear such as rods, reels, tackle, boxes, live bait and more. They also stock a selection of bows and have the ability to repair them also. They look to be adding firearms and ammo very soon.

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One of the big draws for the Outdoor Shop is the indoor archery range. New targets should be arriving this week and that will be the final touch for that part of the shop. Brian stated that they will run specials for those interested in Archery, plus they have reached out to several groups in the area to offer the indoor range for special group events.

 

The hours for The Outdoor Shop are daily from 7 am to 9 pm, Saturdays 10 to 9 and Sundays 1 to 5. The shop will also be accepting consignments in anything from bows to boats, four wheelers to motorcycles.

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Brian and Tina invite everyone to stop by and check out The Outdoor Shop, again at 1020 Nectar Lane, off of N. Cheney St. in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Colt A. Stephens, 24, of rural Morrisonville, was arrested on Aril 17 for residential burglary and possession control. 

Krista L. Bowers, 29, of North Locust Assumption, was arrested on April 16 on an original arrest warrant for operating a vehicle with no insurance. 

INCIDENTS:

On April 16 around 5:30 p.m., the Christian County Sheriff's Office took a report of credit/debit fraud that had occured.  The complaintant reported that their debit card information had been stolen.  The victim was contacted by their bank about charges made on a debit card.  Charges totaled to the amount of $588 and was traced back to being used in Nebraska. 

On April 16, Amanda Smith came to the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report theft of her green waste management container.  Ms. Smith stated that the theft occured between 3:30 Monday April 15, and 11:00 am April 16.

TRAFFIC:

On April 16, John H. Durbin, 48, of Kincaid, was parked on the north side of the1200 block of Coal Street at a residence.  When he was leaving the reisidence, he noticed damge to the rear driver side door.  It appeared that another vehicle had left the Thunderburd Lounge parking lot, which is located on the south side of Coal Street.  When the unknown vehicle left, it backed out across Coal Street and backed into Durbins 2008 Chrysler 300 Limited.  The at fault unit was not on scene and was not identified. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING REPORTS:

On April 16, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Taylorville Junior High School in reference to a juvenile with pills in her locker.  Upon investigation, a female juvenile was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

On April 16, the Taylorville Police Department was advised of a male juvenile who had left his residence and taken alcohol.  The occicer located the male juvenile, and located the alcohol in his possession.  He was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department.  The male subject was processed and released to his father. 

On April 14, at 9:35 p.m., a Taylorville Police officer conducted a traffice stop on a vehicle for IVC violation.  Subsequent to the stop, Storm L. Qualls, 19, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, April 16 at approximately 11:41p.m., 911 called to report an anonymous caller who wanted to report a possible domestic at 2100 Grand Blvd. in Building B.  Two deputies arrived along with officer Wood, and located the disturbance to be coming form apt. B6.  When he arrived the female subject was standing in the landing speaking with deputies.  He spoke briefly with her and they asked dispatch how many times they had responded to this apartment.  The suspect, Tiffany M. Collier, 27, of Taylorville was the name on the lease and she was issued a City of Taylorville violation for disorderly house.  She was given a notice to appear for June 5. 

On April 16, at 9:27 p.m., a Taylorville Police officer made contact with Jason K. Beaty, 31, of Taylorville at the Christian County Correctional Center.  They knew Beaty to have a valid Christian County FTA warrant.  Dispatch verified through Law Enforcemnet Agency Data System.  The officer served Beaty with the warrant, and he was returned to his holding cell.

Kaycee Windell of Owaneco was traveling southbound on Shawnee Street.  She stopped and proceeded into the intersection.  Thomas Vaughn of Blue Mound was traveling east bound on Park Street.  Vaughn struck Windell on the right side.  Windell came to rest against reisdence at 326 N. Shawnee Street.  Windell reported not being able to see Vaughn. 

 

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Christian County Board Declines Gift of Sharpsburg Property from Wells Fargo

The Christian County Board had an opportunity to accept the gift of property offered to them by Wells Fargo. The property was currently in repossession and would be transferred to the Board with a free and clear title. Chairman Schmitz stated that he had looked at the property and that some major work would need to be done on the bathroom, but over all, it was pretty solid property. It was pointed out that the County would need to keep the property insured and mowed until such time that it sold. Board member Pearce stated his misgivings about getting into property and especially in light of the fact that the property had been for sale for an extended period and had not sold. After some discussion, it was decided by the board to decline the gift.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of several pieces of equipment including 2 chip spreaders from Woody’s Municipal Supply for $9,936. The purchase of  2 snow plows, one 12’ reversible and one expressway, were approved in the amount of $9800 from Valk Manufacturing. Permission was once again given to the Christian County National Day of Prayer Task for the use of the north portico. The portico will be used for the annual Bible Reading Marathon from Saturday, April 27th through Tuesday, April 30th.

There was a lengthy discussion about the possibility of renting out the Courthouse for special events. Much of the discussion centered around the ability to serve alcohol. It was decided that the Highway, Building, Grounds Committee would present a possible plan at the next board meeting.

It was decided to split special funds that are set aside in the County’s budget in the amount of $300, between Twin Pines Cemetery in Pana and Langley Cemetery in Langleyville as had been done for the past several years. It was also agreed to allow the sale of an old laptop to Colleen Hadley. The laptop had been appraised in the amount of $350 by CTI. The meeting was adjourned at 7:20.

 

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Area Arrests 4-16-13

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

Lee M. Coke, 29, of 1002 W. england Street Taylorville, was arrested on April 13 by the Illinois State Police for MOB Action.

Brent L. Musser, 22, of 305 N. Elm Street Pana, was arrested on April 13 by the Illinois State Police for MOB Action.

Victor C. Pickel, 36, of 313 N. Walnut Street Pana, was arrested on April 13 by the Illinois State Police for MOB Action.

Dylan L. Carroll, 17, of 305 N. Elm Street Pana, was arrested on April 13  by the Illinois State Police for MOB Action. 

Steven S. Durbin, 31, of 801 E. Poplar Taylorville, was arrested on April 14 on a bond forfeiture warrant for unspecified statute.  .

Kelly J. Wyckoff, 36, of 28 Bayadier Drive Pana, was arrested on April 11 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

William R. Watring, 33, of 103 North 1st Street Mechanicsburg, was arrested on April 13 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Rachel L. Purkes, 26, of 301 North Locust Pana, was arrested on April 13 for obstructng justice.

Cory O. Scribner, 30, of 200 N. Pine #69 Pana, was arrested on  April 13 by Illinis State Police for MOB Action. 

Travis M. Gregg, 28, of 2805 Moultrie, Matoon, was attested on April 13 by the Illinois State Police for MOB Action. 

Harry D. Lash, 58, of 219 Elm Street Kincaid, was arrested on April 13 for obstructing justice.

Rusty Morrison, 35, of 221 N. Church Street, Mechanicsburg, was arrested on April 13 for aggravated assault, obstructing justice and resisting a peace officer. 

Sloan E. Mosley, 24, of 1316 W. California Ave. Decatur, was arrested on April 13 on a bnd forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

MichaelW. Odell, 61, of 1215 Springfield Street Kincaid, was arrested on April 13 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Jason K. Beaty, 31, of 302 N. Shumway, was arrested on April 12 on a bond forfeiture warrant for theft.

Jose I. Bautista, 18, Decatur was arrested on April 12 for driving on a suspended license.

Justin L. Barnes, 34, of 406 West Lake, Pana, was arrested on April 12 on a bond forfeiture warrant for violating an order of protection. 

Josh E. Durbin, 25, of 1524 S. Houston Taylorville, was arrested on April 12 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Lorenza R. Olvera, 32, of 115 E. Palmer Taylorville, was arrested on April 12 for domestic battery. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On April 12, CVS Pharmacy called and advised that someone had called in a forged prescription.  Upon investigation, Paula Wood, 43, of Moweaqua was arrested for prescription forgery and lodged at the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

On April 12, at 8:11 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer conducted an investigative stop on a vehicle in the 1400 block of West Elm.  Subsequent to the stop, Justin L. Price, 21, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of cannabis. 

On April 12, at 8:34 pm officers were made aware of a Jason Beaty, 31, of Taylorville, who had a valid Christian County Warrant.  Officers made contact with Beaty and confirmed the warrant through L.E.A.D.S.  He was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On April 14, at 3:54 am, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol on East Park when he stopped to check welfare on two subjects walking with some items. He recognized one of the subjects was Steven S. Durbin, 21, of Taylorville to have a Sangamon County FTA warrant.  Dispatch confirmed the warrant through Law Enforcement Agency Date System.  Durbin wa placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center. 

 

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Fire Department Calls 4-16-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-12-13

1 Public Assist

4-13-13

1 EMS, 3 Public Assists, 1 Auto Accident

4-14-13

2 EMS

4-15-13

1 EMS

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Park District to Offer Swim Lessons

One of the best ways to protect your kids against drowning is teaching them to swim.  Bailey Hancock of the Park District says the lessons at Manner’s Park Pool will be underway soon:

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Rosenthal: Let People Decide about Lieutenant Governor

The is a move afoot to eliminate the office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor.  The Illinois House voted last week to have the question put before the voters.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville voted in favor of it:

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-4-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Jacob DeClerck, 25, of Pana waas eastbound on Twp. Rd. 700 North approximately one-tenth mile east of Twp. RD. 2100 East.  DeClerck advised he passed out.  He traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a field drainage ditch embankment.  DeClerck was transported to Pana Community Hospital by private vehicle. 

On March 4, the Christian County Sheriff's Office responded to 216 W. Calloway Street in Langleyville for a report of a stolen four wheeler.  It was reported that a 2007 yellow Suzuki between April 1, 2013 and April 4, 2013.  The ATV was valued at $2700.00.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

On April 4 at 6:51 pm, Taylorville Police Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Spresser and Madison on a vehicle with a mandatory insurance suspension.  Officers made contact with the drier, Heather A. Smith, 33, of Stonington.  She was driving with a suspended license.  She was cited and released on a notic to appear. 

On April 4, Taylorville Police Officer took a report of a car crash and unauthorized use of a vehicle.  Taylorville Police Officers arriced at 720 W. Vandeveer Street and spoke to the complainant and the suspect.  After a brief investigation, Aaron Hall, 36, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a suspended license and criminal trespassing to a vehicle. 

 

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Davis Sponsors Legislation to Restore Funding to Air Traffic Control Towers

Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he co-sponsored legislation to restore funding to all 149 air traffic control towers which have been slated to close on June 15th, including the towers at airports in Bloomington, Decatur and Bethalto.

The bipartisan legislation restores the funding for 149 contractor-operated air traffic control towers through fiscal year 2013 without appropriating any new funds by leveraging unobligated funds within the FAA’s current budget.

This legislation is similar to a bipartisan amendment offered last month to the Senate appropriations bill but was denied a vote on the Senate floor. 

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Tax Deadline Today

Today is the dreaded  tax deadline day.  If you’re a serious procrastinator, Lori Henry of H and R Block says they’re open till 8:00 tonight:

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H and R Block’s Taylorville office is at 926 W. Spresser St, while the Pana office is at 210 W. second.

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Telenet Series: County Extension

If you’ve heard the term “telenet series” and wondered what it is, you’re not alone.  Amanda Cole of the Extension Service explains:

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Call the local Extension office at 287-7246 if you have questions.

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Fursteneau says Tax will Affect only Purchases Already Taxed

In the lead up to last Tuesday’s vote there was a lot of information about what would be exempt from the 1% sales tax, but not that much about what would be taxed.  Dr. Greg Fursteneau, superintendent of Taylorville Schools, says you’ll pay the extra amount on anything you currently pay sales tax on:

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The new sales tax, which takes effect January 1st, will also apply to gasoline purchases.

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Fund Raiser for Taylorville School District

2 weeks into their fund raising efforts and Enrique Camacho is excited about the response. Charro Mexican Bar and Grill in Taylorville is raising funds for the Technology Fund at Taylorville Community High School all during the month of April. Mr. Camacho, owner of Charro Mexican Bar and Grill, has chosen to donate 10% of all proceeds every Monday during the month of April. He said the response so far has been encouraging and is challenging the residents of Taylorville to help by enjoying a delicious, authentic Mexican meal this Monday and see 10% of their ticket go to the Technology Fund.

With 3 Mondays left in the month, Mr. Camacho hopes to hand a big check over to the school system at the end of the campaign.

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5 Arrested in Pana Murder Case

 

Although no names have been announced, 5 arrests have been made in connection with a weekend murder in Pana.  According to the office of Christian County States Attorney Mike Havera, the Monday arrests were all on mob action charges.  Havera says the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests might be made.

 

The victim, 29 year old James “Adam” Bertin of Pana was attending a family get together in memory of his cousin, James Cox, who died in the hospital last week.  Bertin was apparently stabbed in the neck.  It’s still not known what caused the the  incident.

 

The investigation is being conducted by the Pana Police Department, along with the Christian County Sheriff’s office, the Illinois State Police, and the Chistian County  States Attorney’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office.

 

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Arrests Made in Connection to Pana Murder

Victor PickelRachel PurkesLee Coke

           Victor Pickel                      Rachel Purkes                  Lee Coke

Dylan Carroll Travis Gregg

         Dylan Carroll                     Travis Gregg

Several arrests have been made in connection with a weekend murder in Pana.  According to the office of Christian County States Attorney Mike Havera, the Monday arrests were all on mob action charges. Those arrested for MOB action are 29-year-old Lee M. Coke of Taylorville, 22-year-old Brent L. Musser of Pana, 36-year-old Victor C. Pickel of Pana, 17-year-old Dylan L. Carroll of Pana, 30-year-old Cory O. Scribner of Pana, and 28-year-old Travis M. Gregg of Pana.  Another arrested in connection to the crime was 26-year-old Rachel L. Purkes of Pana, who was arrested for obstructing justice. Havera says the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests might be made.

The victim, 29 year old James “Adam” Bertin of Pana was attending a family get together in memory of his cousin, Jacob Cox, who died in the hospital last week.  Bertin was apparently stabbed in the neck.  It’s still not known what caused the the  incident.

The investigation is being conducted by the Pana Police Department, along with the Christian County Sheriff’s office, the Illinois State Police, and the Chistian County  States Attorney’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office.

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Taylorville Proclaims April 16 Carey McVickers Day at Council Meeting Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council conducted a lot of business during their 33-minute meeting Monday night.

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The Council first recognized the Taylorville High School boys basketball team, and its head coach Carey McVickers, on their outstanding season. The team went 18 and 16, and made it to the state sectional playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

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McVickers was also presented a proclamation stating April 16th as “Carey McVickers Day” in the City of Taylorville. He was presented the proclamation by Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton, who also presented McVickers with a key to the city.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night acted on a number of motions Monday night. They annexed 5 parcels into the city, including properties at 1110 West Coal Street, 1505 South Houston, 4 Hillcrest Court, 16 Wedgewood Court, and 312 Beechwood Drive. Council members also approved changing city code to now require trees to provide at least 14 feet of clearance above sidewalks and streets, instead of the present 8 feet, with aldermen Rob Heberling and Martin Vota voting no sayins they were against language in the ordinance allowing the city to prune on private property when it interferes with a street light or traffic light or sign.

They OK’d forwarding to the finance committee, the proposed fiscal year 2014 Police Department budget; voted to advertise for a deputy city treasurer; and forwarded the fiscal year 2014 Police Department budget to the Finance committee.

City Council members in Taylorville Monday night passed a number of items on their agenda. Aldermen voted to purchase a 3G modem for the defribulator monitor and enter into an air time contract; forwarded the proposed fiscal year 2014 Fire Department budget to the Finance committee; designated ambulance fee revenue and non-resident call revenue to be used for the future purchase of a new ladder truck; OK’d promoting Sheryl Smith in the Water Department; and OK’d to advertise for an equipment operator in the Water Department.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night passed a hold harmless agreement regarding a Taylorville Lake lot road encroachment, and accepted a quote of 35-hundred dollars for airport liability insurance, with one-thousand dollars of the premium to be paid by the Mid-America Parachute Club as their annual Liability Amendatory Endorsement Fee for adding their skydiving operations to the policy.

The Taylorville City Council Monday night voted unanimously, to request that local State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, hand deliver a letter from the City, to Governor Pat Quinn, offering forgiveness of the Taylorville Prison water bill, in exchange for the city’s annexation of the Prison. Water Committee chairman Ernie Dorchinez told Regional Radio News, that the City has tried to get the State’s attention on the past-due water bill for months.

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Taylorville aldermen also learned Monday night, that Ameren has offered to install switches to de-energize the lower set of wires going down the alley north of the Street Department on Cherokee for a pending project, at no charge; and the Council voted to forward the fiscal year 2014 Water Department budget to the Finance Committee.

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Taylorville Aldermen Accept Hathaway Homes Preliminary Plans

After a one hour and 15-minute executive session before the regular City Council meeting Monday night, Taylorville aldermen unanimously voted to accept the preliminary plans submitted by Christian County Integrated Community Services, to build a new subsidized housing subdivision, to be called Hathaway Homes, behind the Taylorville V-F-W on the city’s south side.

Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton told Regional Radio News that the City Council met with representatives from the city’s insurance carrier, and an attorney representing that carrier, and those discussions in closed session led to the open session vote accepting the plans.

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Mayor Brotherton added that to his knowledge, there was no arrangement made so if the City approved the preliminary plans, that C-C-I-C-S would drop the law suit they filed against the city, but that’s what he expects to happen.

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C-C-I-C-S received the OK from the Taylorville Planning Commission, for both the initial plans, and the preliminary plans, for the proposed Hathaway Homes subdivision, earlier this year.  The Taylorville City Council initially denied approval of the initial plans, then at another meeting approved them, but then denied approval of the preliminary plans.  Those are the plans the Council vote 8 to nothing, to approve Monday night.

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Pana Man Victim Apparent Murder Victim

Details are still sketchy, but police are investigating an apparent murder that took place in Pana.

 

A source tells Regional Radio that the victim, reported to be 29 year old Adam Bertin of Pana, was brought to the Pana community hospital early Saturday morning with what appeared to be stab wounds. 

 

According to media reports, the stabbing may have taken place at a family bonfire.

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Pana Man Fatally Stabbed Early Saturday Morning; Investigation Continues

 width=A Pana man is dead after being stabbed to death early Saturday morning.  Dead is 29-year-old James A. “Adam” Bertin.  Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans says that Bertin was pronounced dead at the Pana Community Hospital emergency room, at 4:11 Saturday morning.  Winans said an autopsy was scheduled to take place on Saturday into the cause of death.

 

Winans said the investigation into Bertin’s death is on-going with the cooperation of Pana Police, District 9 Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, and Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera.

 

Sources tell Regional Radio News that the incident was an apparent murder that may have taken place at a family bonfire.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and taylorvilledailynews-dot-com for further developments.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-11-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Ricky L. Hobbs, 45, of 705 E. Poplar Taylorville, was arrested for an issuance of warrant 

Ryan M. Tester, 31, of 602 Arlington Rd. Taylorville, was arrested on April 9 for domestic battery.

Tonya M. Herman, 22, of 200 S. 11th Street Springfield was arrested on April 10 on an original arrest warrant for driving with a revoked license. 

TRAFFIC:

Peggy Vollintine, 63, of Tovey was traveling eastbound in the 400 block of Midland Blvd. when the driver decided to park along the side of the roadway.  Vollintine said she turned too soon while trying to park and struck a 2008 GMC Envoy that was already parked with no occupants.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE REPORT THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On april 9, at approximately 2:40 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer initiated a traffic stop and arrested the driver Amanda Jordan, 21, of Springfield for driving while her license was suspended.  She was trasnported to the Taylorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear.

On April 10, at approximately 1:04 am, a Taylorvile Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing it leaving the GAs Light Motel Parking Lot with a defective muffler.  The Driver, Randy Vail, 19, of Taylorville driving privilege was suspended by the State of Illinois.  He was arrested and taken to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed and teleased on a citation. 

On April 9 around 9:07 am, a Taylorville Police Officer stopped a vehicle and found the driver, Richard S. Harris, 38, of Taylorville, to have a revoked drivers license.  Harris was arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department and processed. 

 

 

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The 25th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities is Coming Up

Applications for the 25th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities, hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park are available at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office or by contacting the Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 Ext. 7049. 

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card or a disabled veteran identification card.  This year 10 spots will be held for Wounded Warriors.  All disabled veterans wounded in combat are encouraged to apply.  Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2013 to the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, RR 4, Box 128B, Shelbyville, IL  62565. 

On April 23, 2013, twenty-five applicants will be selected by drawing to participate in the hunt during the first Illinois firearm season.  Past hunt participants have enjoyed morning and afternoon hunts from ground blinds and elevated stands, catered meals for the three-day event, free lodging, and an average harvest success rate of 75 percent over the last five years.  Last year’s hunt had 25 participants and harvested 21 deer. 

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Fursteneau Grateful to Voters

Dr. Greg Fursteneau, superintendent of Taylorville Schools, says he’s grateful to Christian County voters after the turnout at the polls Tuesday:

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The schools won’t start to see any of the money until next year.

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Taxes due Monday: Henry

Monday is tax day, April 15th.  You must either file your taxes or obtain an extension by that day, or face interest and penalties.  Lori Henry of H and R Block in Taylorville and Pana says she is often asked what to do if you forget to file a W2 form with your taxes:

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There are several H and R Block locations in Central Illinois, including in Taylorville and Pana.  Henry says they will be open until 8pm Monday.

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Chamber Picks Business of the Quarter

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has chosen its latest Business of the Quarter, according to Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle:

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Again, Little Luxuries is located at 115 S. Washington St. in Downtown Taylorville.

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Fire Department Calls 4-10-13

 

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-7-13

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

4-8-13

2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

 

4-9-13

2 EMS

 

4-10-13

1 EMS

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Shelbyville Victory vs St. Teresa

As heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN, Shelbyville won in just six innings against St. Teresa with a score of 13-3.

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Christian County Fair Board Takes Over Popular Barbeque Blues and Cruise Festival

Ron Fleming, long time member of the Christian County Fair Board announced today that the Fair Board would be picking up the extremely popular Barbeque Blues and  Cruise Festival that was previously hosted by the Taylorville Main Street Organization. The 1 day festival features barbeque cook offs as well as a car show, 5K run, bands and much more.

Fleming stated that it was the hope of the fair board to continue the tradition that was started by Taylorville Main Street by keeping all the activities that previously made the event so popular. The only change planned at this time is the addition of more food vendors so attendees could have more options for dining. The tentative date for this year’s Barbeque Blues and Cruise Festival is set for July 27. The Fair Board invites everyone to mark their calendars and make sure to attend this great  annual event in Taylorville.  

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Crime of the Week for April 8, 2013

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime over the past couple of weeks, person or persons unknown entered onto the Lighthouse Learning Center, located at 1185 East 1100 North Road in Taylorville.   While on the property, the unknown subject or subjects took a implement drag box from the grounds.  The implement drag box is valued at approximately $400.  

 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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Trivia Night Hosted by the Taylorville High School Band Boosters

 A Trivia Night will be hosted by Taylorville High School Band Boosters on Fri., April 19 in the High School cafeteria. Teams of 6 to 8 players can preregister by calling Sharon at 217-820-1604. Cost is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Taylorville High School bands. Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle, and concessions will be available. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for registration; trivia competition will run from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 40 teams.

 

For more information, contact Sharon at 820-1604.

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Free Electronics recylcing Collection

            Pana Mayor Steve Sipes received word Friday April 5, 2013 that BLH Computers, Inc. has approved a free electronics recycling collection for the City of Pana.   The event will be held in conjunction with Pana Clean-up Day, Saturday May 11, 2013.  The collection will be held at the PanaCity Hall parking lot, which is located just behind PanaCity Hall, 120 East Third Street on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

            Mayor Sipes has received many phone calls as to the City hosting another electronics recycling collection.   Due to a recent law old electronics can no longer be picked up by trash haulers because electronics can no longer be placed in land fills.         The list of items to be accepted will be functioning and nonfunctioning computers, games, copiers, phones, VCR’s, DVD players, Monitors, TV’s and various other electronic devices.  This service is also sponsored by the City of Pana, Christian County Solid Waste Management and BLH Computers, Inc.  

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Illinois Legislature still Wrestling with Pension reform

The pension issue in the Illinois Legislature is still not resolved, even after months of discussion.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says it’s a sticky problem, and he’s not sure when there might be a resolution:

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The state’s unfunded pension obligation is now near $100 billion.

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YMCA Sustaining Drive

The Christian County YMCA is planning another sustaining drive.  Chris Weitenhiller of the Y says the money raised goes to making the YMCA accessible to everyone:

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Sheriff Opposes Medical Marijuana

According to reports, the Illinois Legislature may vote on the issue of medical marijuana as soon as next week.  The sponsors of the bill say it will be the most tightly controlled medical marijuana program in the country.  But Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp still opposes the efforts, saying the weed is a gateway drug:

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Representative Lou Lang has been the leading proponent of medical marijuana.

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Christian County Intergrated Community Services Files Suit Against City of Taylorville Over Hathaway Homes Project

Regional Radio News has learned that Christian County Integrated Community Services has filed a lawsuit against the City of Taylorville over its treatment of the agency's proposed Hathaway Homes subsidized housing subdivision.

 

C-C-I-C-S and the City have tangled at various levels over the past few months. The City Planning Commission approved the project, only for the City Council to reject the project initially, then after a 2-and-a-half closed session at another meeting, coming back into open session to vote 4 to 4 with Mayor Greg Brotherton casting the deciding vote to allow the project to take place.

 

C-C-I-C-S then submitted to the Planning Commission, the preliminary plans for the project, which the Planning Commission approved, only for the Taylorville City Council to reject them.

 

The agency has warned the city ever since the process began, that they could bring a law suit against the city, claiming the city has no grounds to turn the project down.

 

Some Taylorville aldermen have heard from residents that they don't want the project to be built, but C-C-I-C-S contends it has met every city statute and code and the city has no reason to deny it.

 

Taylorville City officials are not making any comment on the law suit, but aldermen had previously scheduled a budget committee meeting for later this month to determine if the city had the funds to hire a 2nd opinion lawyer that could also defend them in the event a lawsuit was filed.

 

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Mac Warns of ?Jury Duty? Scam

There are a lot of scams out there, but local citizen’s advocate Mac McGwire says there’s one you may not have heard of:

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As always, Mac advises extreme caution when dealing with unsolicited calls.

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Renner: Most Economic Benefits come from Existing Business

Mary Renner of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation spends a lot of time with existing businesses.  Renner says while most people imagine she spends all her time courting new businesses, most economic expansions come from local concerns:

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Renner says economic expansion is a lengthy process, even when it involves existing businesses.

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Business After Hours at 1st National on Spresser

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s next Business After Hours event is coming up next week.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says this month it’s at the First National Bank on Spresser:

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Call the Chamber if you have questions, at 824-4919.

 

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Davis Opens New District Office in Taylorville

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he has opened a new district office located in downtown Taylorville..

The office is located at 108 E. Market St., Taylorville, IL 62568 and is open from 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number for the new office is 217.824.5117. Constituents may also contact the office by e-mail at www.rodneydavis.house.gov.

Davis is already operating offices in Champaign, Decatur and Washington, D.C.

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Severe Weather Rumbles Thru Area With Heavy Rain, High Winds

Severe thunderstorms rumbled thru the Regional Radio listening area late Wednesday evening, bringing with it high winds, hail and lots of rain.

Storm spotters reported to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, that 3-quarter inch hail was reported 2 miles south of Pana, at 1:18 Wednesday afternoon.

Spotters reported to the Weather Service, that a funnel cloud was sighted 5 miles north of Sullivan at 1:25 Wednesday afternoon.

Wind gusts of 46 miles an hour were reported during the 9 o’clock hour at the Litchfield Airport, and 37 miles an hour at Ramsey Junior/Senior High School.

Rain totals included 1-point-48 inches at Lincoln, and 2-point-44 inches at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

Widespread damage has been reported in the metro St. Louis area. Egg size hail fell in the Pacific, Missouri area at mid-evening on Wednesday.

Temperatures are considerably cooler for the next several days, as a result of the cold front moving thru Wednesday night.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On April 4 at approximately 12:32 a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to Taylorville High School for a male juvenile that had contraband with him.  The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department. 

On April 6, Taylorville Police Department advised of a domestic disturbance at 2100 Grand Blvd. Apt. A6.  The complainant stated her husband would not leave the apartment.  During the course of the investigation, the male subject, Walter D. Harker, 50, of Taylorville was arrested for manufacturing/delivery of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance.  Harker was processed and lodged in the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.

On april 7, at 8:2 pm Taylorville Police officers were dispatched to the Loading Zone to a report of a female refusing to leave.  The complainant stated the female had become physical and was aggressive.  Subsequent to investigation, Mary M. Wrachford, 35, of Ohlman was arrested fro possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a Local Ordianance Violation for Public Intoxication. 

TRAFFIC:

Barbara White of Taylorville was stopped in traffic facing north bound on Cheney Street.  Amanda Pickett of Taylorville was traveling north bound on Cheney Street.  Pickett reported her coffee had spilled and she looked down and struck White in the rear end of her Lincoln Mercedes. 

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

Walter D. Harker, 50, of Taylorville was arrested on April 6 for manufacturing/delivering cannabis and possession control.

Christopher M. Crow, 28, of Edinburg, was arrested on April 7 on a bond forfeiture warrant for operating a vehicle with no insurance. 

Randi L. Jones, 22, of Taylorville, was arrested on April 7 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis. 

Stephanie L. Weaver, 39, of Kincaid, was arrested on April 7 for contributing to the deliquency of a minor. 

TRAFFIC:

On april 5, Julie A. Sisk, 37, of Nokomis and passengers Dalton T. Fisk, 18, of Nokomis and Jessie M. Watkins, 17, of Nokomis were traveling southbound on County Highway #1 approximately two-tenths of a mile south of twp. rd. 700 north when a deer entered the roadway.  Ssk was unable to avoid striking the animal.  She received front end damage and front driver's side damage to her 2007 GM.

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Extra Help Available for Part D: Myers

If you’re confused by Social Security programs, you’re not alone.  Jack Myers of Social Security’s Springfield office says there is extra help available for Medicare Part D:

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Find out more online at socialsecurity.gov.

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Congressman Davis on Immigration

The U.S. House and Senate are expected to tackle immigration reform soon. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says although Democrats and Republicans are far apart on the issue, there are some areas of agreement:

 [audio:davisimmigration040913.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Congressman Davis represents Illinois’ 13th District.

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Henry Says: Track your Refund

If you’re getting antsy to receive you tax refund, you can keep track of it. Lori Henry of H and R Block says the IRS offers a way to keep up on your money’s progress:

 [audio:henrytrackreturn040913.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Call H and R Block in Taylorville at 824-4031. Tax deadline day is this Monday, April 15th.  

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Election Results: Tax Prop Passes

Here are results from contested races in Tuesday’s municipal elections.  The Christian County Tax Proposition was given the thumbs up by voters, meaning a 1% sales tax will be implemented, with the money going to county schools. 

 

For the Taylorville treasurer seat, Jacque Nation was the winner over Melvin White III.

 

In the race for Taylorville alderman in ward I, the winner was Larry Budd, who defeated Steven M. Miller and Brendan Harrold.

 

Winners of seats on the Taylorville School Board are Rick Bryan, Mary Kate Fraley and Seth McMillan.

 

For Taylorville Park Board, those taking seats are Tanya S. Reno, James M. McCoy and Douglas E. Meyer.

 

Taylorville Township Highway Commissioner will be Todd Beatty, winner over Clark Pearce.

 

Taylorville Township Trustees will be Judy Gianasi, Mark Durham, Rich Payne and Susan Pearce.

 

Incumbent Pana Mayor Steve Sipes has won reelection.  Bulpitt Mayor will be Ruth Ann Wicks.  Kincaid Village President is Douglas Thomas.

 

Winner in the race for Morrisonville Village Clerk is Darcy Montgomery.

 

Bear Creek Township Highway commissioner is Bruce P. Durbin.  For Buckhart Township Commissioner, the winner was Jeffrey W. Boaden.

 

In Tovey, those winning as Trustees were Michael Zanotti, Margaret Pucetti and Joanne Howard.

 

In Shelby County, Todds Township Highway Commissioner will be Willie R. Johnson.

 

Clarksburg Township Clerk is Norma Lape.  Clarksburg Township Highway Commissioner will be Richard Foley.

 

In Montgomery County, Angela R. Lynch was the winner in the race for Witt City Clerk. 

Village President for Donnelson is Joanne Jones.  Farmersville Village President will be Joe Tischau. 

 

In the race for Pawnee School Board, the top 4 vote-getters were Gary P. Starr, Josh Adcock, Lynn Bently and Shelly Craigmiles.

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Taylorville School Board Makes Personnel Moves in Last Meeting Before Elections

In their last meeting prior to elections, the Taylorville School Board approved several personnel issues. They accepted the resignations of Marlene Butcher, Reading Aide at South School, Warren Hemmer, Physics and Physical Science Teacher, Dixie White, Language Arts and Social Studies, Junior High and Steven Ma, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and AP Calculus at the High School. They also approved the reduction in force of Cindy Brown, Tabitha Harris and Tracy McCallister. It was also agreed to reduce hours to 5¾ for the Cafeteria staff, Library Aides, Computer Aides, Reading Aides, Preschool Aides, Cleaning Aides and Office.

The School Board approved the extension of Dr. Fuerstenau contract through June 30, 2018 in a special meeting held April 4, 2013.

The Science Club was granted permission to take 2 camping trips. The first will be April 26 and 27 to Ramsey Lake and the second to Giant City Park in Carbondale, May 10, 11 and 12.

In other business, the Board approved the THS Technology Project bid. The bid was awarded to SageNET in a total amount of  $98,008.69. The project is designed to handle all the digital and video needs for the high school for several years to come. The project will be paid for by a low interest (1-2%) for 3 years. The mowing bids were dispersed among 3 bidders. A Cut Above Lawn Care received the bid for the Junior High and the Building Trades Lot. Chlebus Lawn Care for Memorial, North, South, Central, Senior High and Pepsi Building. DeClerck Mowing got the bid for the Stonington property. The Board retained the services of Lively, Mathias, Hooper and Noblet CPAs for the annual audits at an amount of $11,220. Several changes to the 2013-2014 Elementary Discipline Code were approved as was a resolution to move $300,000 from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:20.

 

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Fire Department Calls 4-4-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

4-1-13

1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

4-2-13

1 EMS

4-3-13

3 EMS, 1 Auto Accident, 1 Fire

4-4-13

1 Gas Spill, 1 Public Assist, 4 EMS

4-5-13

2 EMS

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IRS Scams Common: McGwire

With April 15th approaching, taxes are at the top of many people’s agendas.  But Local Citizen’s Advocate Mac McGwire says: watch for fraudsters:

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As always, Mac advises extreme caution in dealing with unsolicited calls.

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Spores and More coming up in Shelbyville

With more rain across Central Illinois this year, mushroom hunting may be somewhat easier than it was during last year’s drought,  and an annual event in Shelbyville may be just the thing.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says Spores and More is coming up:

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce if you have questions about Spores and More.  The number is 774-2221.

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Chamber Sponsors Lunch and Learn

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is planning for the next “Lunch and Learn” event.  Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the chamber, says this month’s topic is important for everyone:

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The Lunch and Learn events take place at Peoples Bank & Trust in Taylorville

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Area Arrests 4-4-13

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

Ralph J. Schribner, 20, of 5 N. Carr Pana, was arrested on April 4 on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.

Craig A. West, 21, of 506 S. Houston Taylorville, was arrested on April 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for resisting a correctional officer. 

William J. Scott, 52, of Blue Mound, was arrested on April 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a revoked license. 

Brian K. Tackett, 27, of 1205 Galveston Drive Taylorville, was arrested on April 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for speeding over status. 

Christopher E. Meinart, 32, of 908 E. Poplar Taylorville, was arrested on April 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence/drugs. 

TRAFFIC:  Krista Downey, 17, of Pana and two juvenile passengers were south bound on 2500 East Rd. approaching 600 North when she realized she forgot the turn ahead.  Downey braked to slow down, leaving approximately 50 ft of skid marks.  She was unable to stop and ran off the intersection into the ditch.  Downey came to a stop on the south side of the ditch. 

Cody E. Bilyeu, 26, of Pana, was parked in the private parking lot next to Wyatt Christine, 17, of Pana.  Bilyeu vehicle was unoccupied when Christine pulled out of the parking space.  Christine stated he turned the wheel too soon and hit Bilyeu.  Christine's passenger side behind the passenger door made contact with the front driver's side of Christine's 1999 ford F150 Series.

Douglas L. Kohl, 61, of Taylorville, was heading west on Rt. 104 plowing snow.  David L. Wheeler, 56, of Rapid City, SD was heading east on Rt. 104.  Kohl hit a large area of snow and ice causing the snow plow to go into the other lane of traffic.  Kohl hit Wheeler on the drivers side of the vehicle causing damage to Wheeler's 2008 Ford F250 Series.  Kohl had no sign of damage to the plow or the truck. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On March 3, at approximately 9:23 am a Taylorville Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the area of the 500 block of East Poplar Street.  After a brief investigation, the driver, Christopher E. Meinart, 32, of Taylorville was arrested for having a warrant and Heather Meinart - Farlow, 31, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while her license were suspended. 

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Christian County Historical Museum Opens this Weekend

The Christian County Historical Society Museum officially opens this weekend.  Jodi Heberling of the Historical Society says they are looking for volunteers for clean-up day starting at 9am Saturday, in anticipation of A fundraising dinner Sunday:

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Carry-outs will be available.  The Christian County Historical Museum is at the intersection of routes 29 and 48.

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Chamber Urges Yes Vote Tuesday\

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is on board with a proposed sales tax increase which would benefit Christian County schools.  Preswident and CEO of the chamber Patty Hornbuckle urges voters to mark “yes”:

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McConnell: Shelbyville Chautauqua Unique

Efforts to save Shelbyville’s Chautauqua building continue.  One of the leaders of the Save Our Chautauqua movement is Vonda McConnell, who says there are a lot of Chautauqua buildings out there, but none of them are quite like Shelbyville’s:

[audio:mcconnellchautauqua040513.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The Shelbyville Chautauqua building is located in Forest Park.

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Geode cache Event this Weekend in Shelbyville

The long awaited Geode Cache event is finally here.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be hundreds of people in town:

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Area Arrests 4-2-13

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

Tara M. Perugino, 28, of 717 S. Dial Street Kincaid, was arrested on April 1 for battery. 

TRAFFIC:

On March 30 Robert Vogel, 52, of Decatur, was traveling northbound on twp. rd. 1800 East approximately 6/10 of a mile south of twp. rd 200 North.  He stated an animal entered the roadway and he swerved to avoid contact.  Vogel swerved left, then proceeded back to the right.  He traveled back across the roadway to the left then proceeded back to the right.  He traveled back across the roadway to the left, exiting the roadway.  Vogel entered the west ditch traveling northbound and proceeded over a culvert/field lane.  He traveled to the embankment where his 1999 Ford F150 Series came to rest.  Vogel was transported by private vehicle to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. 

On March 29, Edward Lugwig, 69, of Mt. Auburn had been traveling northbound on twp rd. 1600 East.  He was approximately 3/10 a mile north of cty hwy #6 and pulled into a private drive on the west side of the roadway.  Ludwig began to back onto the roadway to proceed south.  Chester Crowe, 36, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on twp rd. 1600 East.  Crowe saw Ludwig backing and applied its brakes, leaving approximately 75" of skid marks.  Crowe could not stop to avoid striking Ludwig.  Ludwig received rear end damage.  Crowe received front end and front, passenger side damage.  No injuries were reported. 

INCIDENT:

On April 1, Robert T. "Tyler" Reatherford called the Christian County Sheriff's Department to report the theft of and All Terran vehicle, ATV.  He advised the 2012 Can-AM Commander 800, camouflage in color, was taken form an outbuilding on his proterty.  The incident occurred sometime between March 24, 2013 and April 1, 2013. 

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Taylorville Schools to Hold Kindergarten Registration

The Taylorville School District will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year, Tuesday, April 23th from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at North and Stonington Elementary schools only.  Please register at the school your child will be attending next year. If you currently live in the boundaries of Stonington Elementary School,  (Mt. Auburn, Stonington, Bertinetti edition, and Taylorville lake area), your kindergarten child will be attending Stonington Elementary.  The boundaries for Stonington have not changed.  If you live in South, North, or Memorial boundaries, you will register at North for Kindergarten.

 

  (If you are unsure about which school your child will attend please contact any of the elementary schools’ offices or the superintendent’s office at 824-4951).

 

Before entering in the fall, the district will need a copy of your child’s physical/immunization record, a certified birth certificate (from the county in which the child was born), the child’s social security number, and a proof of residency (your tax bill or contract for lease/purchase of your home, driver’s license or utility bill with current address).  We do not accept the hospital birth certificate. If you have any of this information available, please bring it to the registration.

 

Registration forms will be available at each school.

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Local Restaurant to Raise Funds for Taylorville School District

Charro Mexican Bar and Grill, located on Route 104 in Taylorville, has announced a fund raising event for the Taylorville School District. Owner, Enrique Camacho, stated that he was aware of a need for additional funds in the school district, especially for the Technology Fund. Wanting to give back to the community that has supported Charro Mexican Bar and Grill so graciously since their arrival here, he has to decided to donate 10% of all tickets, written each Monday in April, to the Technology Fund. Mr. Camacho is looking forward to the support of the community in this endeavor. Stay tuned for updates as Charro Mexican Bar and Grill in Taylorville partners with you, their customers, in raising additional income for the Taylorville School District Technology Fund.

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Letterly Touts Dudley Smith Farm Event

The annual Dudley Smith farm and Field day is et to take place soon.  Extension Educator Gary Letterly says it should be an interesting day:

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Again, the Dudley Smith Farm and Field Day is set for June 25th.

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Renner says Business Changes take Time

Mary Renner of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation says she still can’t reveal the name of a major retailer who seems poised to open a facility in Taylorville. 

Renner says people get impatient, but economic development takes time:

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Renner says she’ll reveal the retailer as soon as she can.

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Tax Deadline Coming up

The April 15th  tax deadline is fast approaching.  H and R Block’s Lori Henry says some people need extra time:

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Henry says missing the deadline completely is not such a big deal if you don’t owe the government:

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Henry says if you owe money, it must be paid by April 15th to avoid substantial interest and penalties.

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MISSING CASEY MAN

 Casey Police Continue Looking for Missing Man

 The Casey Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of a local man. 28 year old Daniel James "DJ" Roscom was last seen in Casey Monday March 18th. Roscom's family says they believe DJ may be in grave danger. His credit cards have not been used since his disappearance.

 DJ is described as 5'8'' tall, weighing about 145 pounds, with short blond hair and a number of tattoos. To date, all leads have been exhausted, so a search for DJ will take place this weekend. The search will start at the Fairview Park Pavillion in Casey at 9am.

 

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Crime of the Week for April, 1, 2013

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle theft that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 26, 2013, person or persons unknown stole a vehicle from 115 West Adams Street in Taylorville.  The vehicle, a 2004 white Ford pick-up, was parked in the driveway of the residence during the time of the incident.   The vehicle was later located in Decatur.  The vehicle had been damaged and burned.  The total dollar amount of damage is not known at this time.

 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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Davis: Gun Laws Punish Law-abiding Owners

Gun control legislation is being considered in Washington D. C.   Recent mass shootings have caused lawmakers to consider ways of preventing such incidents, but Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the legislation proposed so far misses the mark:

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Congressman Davis represents Illinois’ 13th District.

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Save Our Chautauqua

A Shelbyville woman had no idea what she was starting when she posted a page on Facebook.  Vonda McConnell says she created a Facebook page and events took off from there:

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Cottage Rose Celebrates Anniversary

A local business is celebrating an anniversary.  Sheila Yost of Cottage Rose says it’s a big milestone:

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2013-04-03 06:46:41.090

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Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville Opens

After months of remodeling and anticipation, Los Rancheros Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville opened its doors April 1st in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center on Bidwell Street in Taylorville. 

Assistant Manager Maria Lopez, says her family owns two restaurants in Springfield and they decided to come here after several comments from customers:

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Customers can expect typical Mexican dishes - but they also offer a new variety of entree's - seafood and steaks.

Maria adds that they offer a re-invented variety of drinks in the lounge.  Skinny Rita - a fresh citrus margarita is one of their favorites.  Top shelf tequilla's, import beers and lots of margarita choices.

All their decor in Los Rancheros and the dishes and beverage glasses are imported from Mexico.  The pillars inside were handmade in Mexico.  Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner!  Carry-outs are also available. 

 

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People First Bancshares INC. Announces New Employees, New Markets And Outstanding Performance

People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 27, 2013 at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, IL. During the meeting, James D. Randolph and David R. Fines were reelected to three year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company. Other directors of the Bank and Holding company are Larry D. Beaty, George Hiler, David Slater, Michael E. Beyers, John Gardner and Michael M. Trexler. Barry V. Heaton and Robert Zueck were re-appointed to serve as Director Emeritus.

During the report of operations, John Gardner, President and CEO, explained that 2012 was a great year for Peoples Bank & Trust and recognized the Board, Management and Employees for their contributions to bank’s success. Gardner welcomed new officers: Cindy Whittemore, Vice President, Senior Credit Administration Officer, Carol Furnish, Vice President, Credit Administration Manager, Carl Moran, Jr., Community Bank President, Mike Rueter, Vice President, Business Banking, Robert Lyman, Vice President, Business Banking, Larry Boston, Vice President, Business Banking, Jeff Grimmett, Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking, Lori Doolin , Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking, and Terry Schafer,             Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Human Resources.

Gardner reported that following its acquisition and merger with White Hall Bank & Wemple State Bank in December, Peoples Bank & Trust has expanded into the communities of Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples Bank & Trust now has banking facilities in ten communities representing seven distinct market areas. “We’re excited about the opportunity to join these communities.” Gardner explained, “They are very similar in nature to the communities where we’ve been most successful, and where we’ve been able to make a positive impact for the community.”

Growth and shareholder returns were financial highlights of 2012. Gardner reported that bank assets increased from $297 million to $404 million; deposit volume increased from $245 million to $335 million, the bank’s loan portfolio grew from $197 million to $274 million; and net income increased from $3.8 million to $5.3 million. Earnings per share increased from $11.80 to $16.50, resulting in an increase in book value per share from $64.02 to $74.33.

Gardner concluded, “2012 was a great year for Peoples Bank & Trust. We plan to continue to build our employee teams, operate in a safe and sound manner, focus on our customers and deliver strong shareholder returns."

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices located in Charleston, Altamont, Tower Hill, Pana, Taylorville, Morrisonville, Springfield, Waverly, Palmyra and White Hall. Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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Lake Land College to host Mobile Veterans Center

Lake Land College will host a Mobile Veterans Center on April 10 and 11 on the Lake Land College campus in Mattoon. College students who are veterans as well as community members who are veterans are encouraged to come participate in the activities the center offers.

The Mobile Veteran Center is the latest effort by Department of Veterans Affairs to reach the underserved veteran populations of rural America. Its primary mission is to help veterans readjust to civilian life

 The Mobile Veteran Center will be parked outside of the Luther Student Center, on the west side of the building. For a map of the campus, visit: www.lakeland.cc.il.us/campusmap/campus.cfm.

The unit has two confidential counseling areas on either end, with a waiting room in the center.  The internet satellite and onboard generator assures that Veteran Center counselors will have real time access to the veteran’s VA records on a secure system. Additionally, a video conferencing system allows face-to-face visits between the veteran and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center health provider. 

On April 10, the center will be on campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on April 11, it will be on campus from 8 a.m. to noon.

To learn more about veterans’ services at Lake Land College, visit www.lakeland.cc.il.us/financialaid/veterans.cfm.

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April a Busy Time for LLCC

There’s a lot going on for Lincoln Land Community College.  Tisha Miller, Operations Analyst for Lincoln Land Taylorville/Litchfield, says April is a busy month:

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Call Lincoln Land’s Taylorville office for more information: (800) 572-5448.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-1-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Arrests:

Mark Ralston, 51, of 324 E. Union Nokomis, wasarrested on March 29 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear/answer.

Michael J. Masterson, 27, of 717 West England Taylorville, was arrested on March 31 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kyle W. Kisner, 25, of Springfield was arrested on March 31 for possession of cannabis. 

TRAFFIC: 

 On March 30, William Burkhart of Galesburg, was traveling north westbound on South Cherokee Street approximately 1/2 mile east of 1350 East Rd. when a deer ran into the roadway.  Burkhart was unable to avoid striking the deer.  No injuries were reported. 

On March 30, Christina Peat, 24, of Kincaid was west bound on Rt. 104.  Peat advised a deer came from the north near the entrance to Kincaid.  Peat stated the deer entered the roadway and was unable to stop striking the deer.  The deer left the roadway to the south.  Peat received substantial front end damage to her 1999 Mitshbishi Galant. 

On March 31, Rodney Degler, 42, of Taylorville was eastbound on West Calloway, Taylorville.  He lost control and entered the yard of 219 West Calloway.  Degler struck a mailbox, light post, brick decorative pillar, and a tree.  He left the scene.  Degler left a trail of fluids before being disabled and abandoned in the 200 block of North Brents.  He admitted to driving the vehicle, but did not recall the crash. 

 The Taylorville Police Department Reports the following Arrests:  

On March 29 at 4:49 am, a Taylorville Police officer initiated a traffic stop on Walnut and Franklin.  Aaron Logue, 20, of Taylorville and three make juveniles were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.  Logue was released on a notice to appear.  The three juveniles parents were contacted and they were released to them. 

While a Taylorville Police Department officer wa s on patrol, he observed a male driving a vehicle that he knew to have a suspended license.  The vehicle was stopped and the driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license.  He was released on a notice to appear.

On March 30, a Taylorvile Police officer received information in reference to underage drinking inside a vehicle.  The vehicle was located.  Upon investigating, Darbie Durham, 18, of Taylorville and Sydney Stork, 18, of Taylorville and a juvenile were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. 

On March 30, at approximately 1:33 am, a Taylorville Police Officer was patrolling the portion of North Webster Street near the entrance of the Palomino Club when the listed vehicle started into traffic from the parking lot and caused the vehicle in fromt of him to swerve out of the south bound lane into the north bound lane.  He stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Karinena Durbin, 38, of Taylorville.  During the stop it was learned that her drivers license from Arizona had been suspended.  Her vehicle was moved back to the parking lot by a by stander and she was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released on a citation from driving while her license were suspended. 

 

On March 31, at 2:15 am, Taylorville Police Department Offficer's were dispatched to West Main Cross in reference to a fight.  Officer's arrived and spoke to two make subjects at Main Cross near Shumway.  Upon investigating, Michael J. Masterson, 25, of Forth Worth, Texas was arrested for Main County FTA warrant. 

 

On March 31, at 7:01 pm, Taylorville officers were dispatched to 538 North Cottage in reference to a fight in progress with bats involved.  Officer's arrived, and upon investigation, Michael J. Albetts, 29, of Kincaid was arrested for Public Intoxication.

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Fire Department Calls 4-1-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

3-31-13

1 leaf fire, 1 auto accident, 1 EMS

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Park Budget Shows Positive Balance for 2012-2013

The Taylorville Park District showed a positive balance for the fiscal year 2012-2013. The income for the year was $754,205.43 against a total expenditure of $706,507.29 leaving a positive balance of $47,698.14. This news was met with high praise by all the park board members.

The monthly treasurer’s report for February showed a starting amount of $450,373.51 with receipts of $1665.19 and disbursements of $43,745.70 for a balance of $418,178.55.

In other business, it was reported that 7 bunkers located on 6 holes at Lake Shore Golf Course had been reconfigured. They will be laying sod in approximately 3 weeks. Once the sod is set, the sand will be placed.

The Maintenance Department reported that they had begun the process of  power washing tables, allowing them to dry and then sealing them. The ball diamonds are in pretty good condition with a little more work to be completed. The crew also constructed 2 raised flower beds to be used for summer camp.

The Recreation Director announced that Senior lunch on March 14th was a success as was the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Running Club will begin on April 11th. The JFL football teams and cheerleaders asked for permission to place an outlet on the sign at the Bragg Complex. It was decided that the matter needed to be referred to the maintenance department. Bailey Hancock thanked the board for allowing her maternity leave. She appreciated the time she was allowed with her newborn son.

The Park Board also agreed to table any decision on the budget for Fiscal Year 2013 until the next meeting because of the recent illness of Legal Counsel Bob Broverman.

Marianne Becker, Park and Finance Director, reported that she had completed the courses for the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act. She also made the purchase of several first aid kits for several areas of the park district. She is yet to purchase weather radios for the park office, the pool and the maintenance area. The pond has been stocked with trout and fishing official begins on April 6th at 5 am.

The meeting adjourned at 7:15.

 

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Chamber Supports School Vote

The upcoming elections will feature a question regarding school funding.  The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is in support of the tax plan.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle, urges residents to vote yes:

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The election is a week from tomorrow.

 

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Taylorville City Council Honors Wrestlers, Deals With Budget Issues Monday Night

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The Taylorville City Council held a one-hour meeting in regular session Monday night, and before getting down to business on a number of motions, Mayor Greg Brotherton and council members honored the Taylorville High School wrestling team and coaches that were in attendance, for an outstanding season. Mayor Brotherton told the audience that under 3rd year head coach Lee Mateer, this year’s T-H-S wrestling team won the Central State 8 Conference championship, the Illinois State High School Association regional they participated in, the sectional, and qualified to participate in the state finals. Brotherton added that 8 wrestlers from Taylorville, were named to the Central State 8 All-Conference team. The team and coaches were given applause for their accomplishments this school year.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night addressed a number of contentious issues during their one-hour session, with one of them being whether or not a sweet gum tree should be removed from the boulevard at 310 Richmond Street. Some residents in the neighborhood asked city crews to take the tree down, saying the sweet gum balls were clogging the storm sewer basin in that area. The issue went to the Taylorville Tree Board, which voted to leave it up. Then it went to the city council street committee, which voted 2 to 2, so the issue then was brought to the full City Council for a vote. After long discussion, a motion was made to take the tree down, with the full Council vote being 4 to 4 Monday night, and Mayor Greg Brotherton voted no, asking that the request be sent back to the Tree Board. Some aldermen are concerned that there isn’t a specific city policy for taking down existing trees on Taylorville’s boulevards.

The Taylorville City Council Monday night voted 6 to 2, to approve applying for an Illinois Community Development Assistance Program, or CDAP, grant, to help pay for separating storm and sanitary sewers along East Main Cross.

The vote wasn’t without a lot of discussion, with some aldermen saying other larger projects the city is facing, should take priority. While the CDAP grant provides 80-percent funding for the total project cost of 150-thousand dollars, the City of Taylorville has to come up with the remaining 20-percent, or 30-thousand dollars. Alderman Martin Vota was one of 2 Taylorville aldermen that voted no, telling Regional Radio News that much larger projects that may be forced upon the city, are on the horizon.

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Alderman Earl Walters, who made the motion to seek the grant, said that while he understood the concerns of aldermen who want other wards of the city to benefit from city projects, this one will benefit several areas of the city.

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The motion to apply for the grant passed 6 to 2.

During his mayoral comments Monday night during Taylorville’s City Council meeting, Mayor Greg Brotherton came out in support of the April 9th ballot initiative to raise sales tax in Christian County, one-percent to benefit construction and maintenance of school buildings in school districts thru-out the county. Mayor Brotherton told Regional Radio News, that children are our future and that’s why he’s supporting the referendum.

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The initiative will be on ballots thru-out Christian County on April 9th.

Taylorville aldermen acted on a number of motions that came out of committee, in their Monday night meeting at City Hall. The council OK’d a cabin cleaning services contract with Carole Howell for lake cabins this year; they amended the enterprise zone agreement with the county; they raised water rates for industrial users inside the city limits of Taylorville; they OK’d the sale of some personal property owned by the city; and voted to send a letter of support for the C-E-F-S Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Home Buyer Assistance Program.

Taylorville City Council members Monday night voted 7 to one to repair an existing pump near the Taylorville prison costing some 42-hundred dollars, they purchased a new lawn tractor for Oak Hill Cemetery costing just over 64-hundred dollars after trade, and directed city attorney David Fines to amend an existing ordinance regarding the maximum fee that can be charged on a qualified enterprise zone project, to 50-thousand dollars. Taylorville aldermen approved working with the Taylorville Tree Board for plans to landscape the Municipal Building, they accepted Waste Management’s bid for trash hauling for the next 2 years; they OK’d directing city attorney David Fines to change the ordinance regarding tree pruning to state that that there must be 14 feet of clear space above a street or sidewalk instead of the present 8 feet; they OK’d a bid from Phil Tullis Excavating to clean an existing storm sewer catch basin in the East Park Street viaduct costing some 35-hundred dollars; and voted to move some funds in order to have monies available for further home demolition when the city condemns property.

 

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