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Bus Driver Charged for Indecent Solicitation of a Child

 

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A local bus driver was arrested on May 30th by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child which is a class 3 felony. 43-year old James M. Owens VII was employed by the Durham Bus Service as a school bus driver. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp told Regional Radio News about the situation:

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Sheriff Kettlekamp also told Regional Radio News how the investigation began:

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Owens appeared in court Friday. Bond was set at $50,000.00. Again, if you have any additional information, contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4691 or the Illinois State Police Investigations at 782-4750.

 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-31-13

THE CHRISITAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 

Brian M. Danenberger, 28, of 1204 Oakmont Apartment C, Springfield, was arrested on May 30 for domestic battery.

James M. Owens, 43, of 1094 Illinois Route 29, Owaneco was arrested on May 30 for indecent solicitation.

 

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Fire Department Calls: 5-31-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

May 30

1 EMS, 2 lines down

 

May 31

1 Medical Alarm

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Farmers Market Continues Strong Start

The Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market will be up and running again Saturday. Market manager Ed Down says they will once again feature asparagus and other early season produce:

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The Farmers Market also features fresh eggs, baked goods, and arts and crafts. It runs from 9am til 1pm every Saturday on the downtown Taylorville Square. 

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Chamber Welcomes New Members

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is adding a couple of new members. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they are happy to welcome the 2 businesses:

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In other chamber news, Hornbuckle says a donation drive for victims of Oklahoma tornadoes was successful. The money raised will be sent next week.

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Severe Weather Causes Power Outages, Trees Down Friday Night

Another round of severe weather nailed Central Illinois Friday night, bringing high winds and heavy rain.

The storms hit the Regional Radio listening area between 9 and 10 Friday night, with 70-mile-per hour winds clocked by a trained spotter in Kincaid at 9:07.

By the time it was done, there were numerous power outages and trees down. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that many trees were down on county roads late Friday night.

Ameren reported that 484 electric customers in Taylorville were without power late Friday night, and 183 customers in the Stonington-Edinburg area also lost power due to the severe weather.

Numerous tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the Regional Radio listening area Friday night.

Before the storm got here, it pounded the metro St. Louis area, with 2 tornadoes touching down. One of them was at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, causing several thousand travelers to take cover. The airport also lost power for a time Friday night. Numerous roofs were also reported off of homes in the metro St. Louis area.

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Local Hospital Offers New Program

Sports medicine is becoming a big part of healthcare, and a local hospital is getting more involved. According to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, Shelby Memorial Hospital will offer a new program this summer:

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If you'd like more information, call Shelbyville Memorial Hospital at 774-3961. The hospital is located at 200 S. Cedar Street in Shelbyville.

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Simms: Cancer Prevention Study-3 Enrollment was a Huge Success

The American Cancer Society’s Research held an enrollment event for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 study at the Taylorville High School last Tuesday. They invited men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join their study in an effort to better understand lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Lisa Simms for the American Cancer Society told Regional Radio News they had a large turnout between the enrollment site at the high school and 6 other locations in Springfield:

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Simms also told Regional Radio News that they are gearing up for the Relay for Life on June 28th and are prepared in case it rains:

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To register for the event or donate and also for more information, check out the website relayforlife.com.   

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Social Security Updates Mobile Website

The Social Security Office has launched a new mobile version of their website. Jack Myers from the Social Security Office told Regional Radio News that the upgraded site is much more user friendly for smart phone users:

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In the spirit of Memorial Day, Myers gave Regional Radio News a reminder of the benefits they offer through their Wounded Warriors program:

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For more information, visit their website at www.socialsecurity.gov. 

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Fikri: People Need More Calcium to Combat Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that has been causing problem for people for years. Joyce Fikri(FICK-REY) of the St. Louis Dairy Council told Regional Radio News what osteoporosis entails: 

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Decatur Found Guilty for Attempted Murder

A decision has been made in the Christian County jury trial for 24 year-old Jonathan Watson of Decatur who was charged with attempted murder after striking a pedestrian with his car in a hit and run incident back in January. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera gave Regional Radio News the latest on the case:

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2013-05-30 09:30:50.193

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Christian County Farm Bureau to hold Grain Handling Safety Day

With the summer months upon us, that means there will be plenty of work being done around grain bins. However, with grain bins comes many dangers which is why the Christian County Farm Bureau is having a Grain Handling Safety Day. Melissa Herwig told Regional Radio News about some of the potential dangers:

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Herwig says if you become trapped, the first thing you should do is not move:

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Herwig added that the grain acts like quicksand in these situations. The date is tentatively set for Saturday, June 22nd. For more information and to get on call list for when the date is set, contact Melissa at 824-2940. 

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Shelbyville High School Trying to Raise Money for New Athletic Building

The Shelbyville High School Athletics has a huge project on their hands as they look to raise money for a new athletic building. The building will include a new wrestling room which the program is in need of as they have outgrown the one they have now. Currently there are about 130 wrestlers between K-12 grades. Wrestling Coach Greg Harkin told Regional Radio News that one of the two events they are putting on to raise money is a raffle:

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The second event is a fundraiser event that will be on Saturday July 20th from 8:00am to 9:00pm at the Shelbyville High School Football Area. Jenni Case from Dairy Queen, who is organizing the event and also has a grandson that wrestles, says they have a special guest in store:

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Admission for the event will be five-dollars. For more information, visit their website www.shelbyvilleathleticfundraiser.com.

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Mokena Resident Killed by Lightning Strike

A Mokena man was laid to rest Wednesday after being killed in a freak accident. Jonathan Oliosi was fishing with friends near the Lake Shelbyville Dam Sunday, when he was struck by lightning. He and his pals were just preparing to leave because they saw the rain coming in but witnesses say the lightning came out of nowhere and hit Oliosi. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.  

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Young Ag Leaders Program Prepares For Big Meeting

The Young Ag Leaders is a program that is young itself in Christian County. The Young Ag Leaders had been around before but faded off for some time until being restarted in March 2013. The program consists of people ages 18-40 that are farmers, industry leaders, industry representatives, small business in the community, and other organizations.  Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau told Regional Radio News what is planned for a big meeting on June 4th and what day they plan on holding meetings:

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Herwig also told Regional Radio News that those involved now just want to give back to the community:

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If you are interested in joining the Young Ag Leaders, either call Melissa at 824-2940 or come to the June 4th meeting at 6:00pm at the Farm Bureau building located at 400 West Market Street in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-30-13

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

Cory A. Jones, 28, of 1361 N 1025 East Road, Taylorville, was arrested on May 29th for driving with a suspended license.

Thomas J. Hansen, 21, of 3169 Carmen Avenue, Springfield, was arrested on May 29th on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Larry E. Skinner, 41, of 702 Haner Street, Taylorville, was arrested on May 29th for possession of cannabis.

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Fire Department Calls: 5-30-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Davis says IRS Scandal Requires Investigation

The IRS is accused of persecuting conservative conservative organizations, and on local politician says it needs to be investigated. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says this type of politics is familiar to Illnoisians:

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Davis represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District.

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Lake Lot Rental not a Moneymaker for Taylorville

Despite what many people think, the lake lot rental at Lake Taylorville is not a big cash generator for the city. Mayor Greg Brotherton says the benefits to the city have to with bringing visitors to Taylorville:

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Many of the lake lot renters are from out of town.

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Severe Weather Hits Central Illinois With High Winds, Rain

Severe weather moved thru Central Illinois Thursday night, uprooting trees, taking down power lines and dumping more rain on already saturated fields.

Wind gusts clocked as high as 88 miles an hour, were experienced in the Quad Cities Thursday afternoon. The Galesburg area received over 3 inches of rain early Thursday evening.

Closer to home, numerous severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for many Central Illinois counties, with reports of 60 to 70 mile per hour wind gusts at Nokomis at 7:45 Thursday night, and a tree being uprooted at Taylor Springs in Montgomery County.

The rain is expected to continue into early Saturday, with a flash flood watch continuing thru Saturday.

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Chamber to Hold Golf Outing

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is well into the planning phase of an annual event. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the Golf Outing is next week, and they have something special planned this year:

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For more information, Call the Chamber at 824-4919 or stop by their offices on the south side of the Taylorville Square.

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Hager: Great Strides in Stroke Treatment

One local hospital is in the vanguard of stroke treatment. Greg Hager of Pana Community Hospital says treatment methods for the affliction have taken great strides in recent years:

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Hager says for stroke victims, time is of the essence:

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May has been Stroke Awareness Month.

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Complaints Surround Tree Removal

There has been something of a controversy surrounding the removal of trees along the front of the old West School property in Taylorville. Mayor Greg Brotherton says neighbors of the property have a right to be concerned with how the property will be used:

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The Taylorville School Board sold the property to Curvey Real Estate, which is trying to have it rezoned to commercial. 

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Department of Insurance: Obamacare Impact to be Huge

With Obamacare now the law of the land, Illinoisians are trying to deal with big changes. Mark Terry of the Illinois Department of Insurance says he can remember only one other insurance change that had a comparable impact:

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Most of the features of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it's known, have already taken effect.

 

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Sheriff: Some Convenience Stores Still Peddling Synthetic Pot

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says some area convenience stores are still selling synthetic marijuana, despite new laws prohibiting the substance:

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Again, the Sheriff says you should contact your local police agent if you see the substances being sold.

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Letterly: Much Planting Progress Last Week

Farmers got a lot of work accomplished last week. Gary Letterly of the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Services says a great deal of long-delayed planting got done:

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Fire Department Calls: 5-29-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

MAY 29

1 Fire, 1 Automatic Alarm

 

On May 29th at 8:22pm, the Taylorville Fire Department received a call for a car fire. When firefighters arrived, they found a 2001 BMW 740iL fully engulfed in flames near an exposed garage and another car about 15 feet away. The fire was extinguished and everything was under control around 8:52am. The garage sustained heat damage to the siding and the other car, a 2000 Ford Taurus, had damage to the front bumper. Firefighters looked over the BMW and cooled the garage door siding. The owner of the car Todd Doneloe was on scene and reportedly stated that he had been having problems with the alternator. Doneloe said he would handle the towing. Firefighters checked the trunk of the car for a fire extinguisher but did not find one and then headed back to the station.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-29-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On May 25 at 1:10 pm, Kimberly A. Coleman, 26, of Kincaid and Kelly S. Perkins of Kincaid were westbound on Highway Route 104. Around 794 East, Coleman slowed for traffic. Perkins failed to reduce speed and rear-ended Coleman. Coleman spun 180 degrees and came to rest in the north ditch facing east. Coleman was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

ARRESTS;

Richard B. Peat of 408 Dial Street, Kincaid was arrested on May 28 for domestic battery

Michael K. Bennett of 304 South Curtis. Edinburg was arrested on May 28 for domestic battery

 

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Taylorville Baseball

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, the Taylorville Tornadoes baseball team’s season came to an end Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to the Bloomington Purple Raiders in the Springfield Sectional Semi-Final. Errors were the story of the game for the Tornadoes as several miscues kept innings going and eventually led to runs for the Purple Raiders. Despite the loss, it is still a great and memorable season for the many seniors that are on the team as they won a regional title which was the first time a Tornadoes baseball team has done so since 1984. They also finished with a winning record of 15-14.

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Taylorville Park District Has Heated Debate Over Increased Charges

The Taylorville Park District had a heated debate over a prevailing wage increase from Cyde Enterprises for a gutter replacement job at their meeting Tuesday night. The increase of 1468-dollars was not in the original bid presented to the board but was in a second contract that was signed by Operations Manager for Lakeshore Golf Course Jason Boldig without board approval. Board member Jim McCoy voiced his opinion saying that the charge is unfair and is not happy with Cyde:

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The board agreed to not approve the payment until a payroll and list of supplies is provided and will hold back if Cyde refuses to provide proof. The board expects to have to pay the increase but all members agreed that they have to learn from this mistake.

 

Two Car Cruises were approved by the Taylorville Park District Tuesday night. The first will be held by the 40 Mile an Hour Club on Sunday September 8th from 10am-4pm at the Chautauqua Auditorium. There will be no charge for the event as Luke McLeod from the 40 Mile an Hour Club says it will be donation based:

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The second Car Cruise is to be put on by the Kids R Kids group on September 28th from 4-9pm at the Manners Park Dining Hall. Right now there is a 7-dollar entry free and there will also be a live band. Further details on the event are still being put together.

 

The Manners Park Pool is preparing to open as soon as weather permits it. Recreation Director Baily Hancock gave her report at the Taylorville Park District meeting Tuesday night and says they have plenty of lifeguards ready to go for the summer:

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Hancock also noted the Running Club has low attendance but she hopes more people will start to come out over the summer:

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The Running Club meets on Saturdays at 8am and weather permitting morning water aerobics will begin on Monday, June 3rd. 

The Taylorville Park District took care of many business items at their meeting Tuesday night. They approved a resolution to abolish the Taylorville Parks Foundation Certificate of Deposit and checking account. They will use the money from that to purchase new park benches. They approved the annual budget for the fiscal year from March 2nd, 2013 to February 28, 2014. They also agreed to take the nice neighbor approach after having someone park a boat for several weeks on the Perkinson’s Property. The board decided to send a signed ordinance to the people living in the house near there letting them know where the park’s property ended and theirs begins. They also approved bills for Skinner Limited’s testing and work on a new well and Ricci Plumbing putting in a new gast compressor and alarm that is needed with the recent moving of the septic tank at Lakeshore Golf Course.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:20pm.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-28-13

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

Kristina L. Lindsay, 35, of 220 East Frankiln Street Apartment 2, Taylorville was arrested on May 25 on issuance of warrant.

Charlene L. Ray, 60 of 901 Southeast Sixth Street Morrisonville was arrested on May 25th for possession control.

Amber N. Durbin, 20, of 103 West First Street, Morrisonville was arrested on May 24 for domestic battery.

Crystal L. Anders,  27, of 101 James Street, Bulpitt was arrested on May 24 for domestic battery, battery, and home invasion.

Tammy R. Durbin, 44, of 1028 Springfield Road, Kincaid was arrested on May 24 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear and answer.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On May 23, a Taylorville Police Department officer was advised of a retail theft from Taylorville Walmart. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Terry L. Boyd, 51, of Pawnee and Karla J. Gregory, 45, of Springfield had been arrested in Springfield for retail theft. Boyd and Gregory were given notices to appear on the Taylorville charges while at Sangamon County Jail.

 

On May 24 at 2:05pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were alerted about a Blue Cadillac being driven to town by Tammy Durbin, 44, of Stonington. Durbin had a valid warrant from Christian County. Officers made contact with Durbin at the Springfield Clinic in Taylorville. Durbin was arrested and transported to Christian County Correction Center.

 

On May 25 at 2:16am, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for no rear registration light and improper lane usage. Upon the investigation, Samuel A. Sassetelli, 22, of Taylorville was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Sassetelli was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and was released after posting his Illinois Drivers License and $100 cash bond.

 

On May 25 at 7:19pm, Taylorville Police Department were out at 220 East Franklin Apartment 2. Officers made contact with Kristina L. Lindsey, 35, who had a valid Christian County Warrant. The warrant for Lindsey was confirmed through Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Officers allowed Lindsey to make arrangements for bond and get something to eat before being transported to Christian County Correction Center. While waiting on Lindsey to get ready, officers noticed a cat pawing at a door. Officers attempted to open the door and located Charlene L. Ray, 60, in the closet. Ray has a valid Christian County warrant that was confirmed through Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Both were transported to Christian County Correction Center,

 

On May 26, at 6:07pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shop lifter. Walmart Loss Prevention reported Jerry L. Hay, 48, of Taylorville was armed with a utility knife, and was also in possession of a pellet gun. When officers arrived, loss prevention had the shoplifter detained. Subsequent to investigation, Hay was arrested for retail theft.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On May 23 at 5:48pm, Linda S. Shafer, 62 of Taylorville was traveling west on Sherman. Shafer failed to stop at the intersection at Sherman and Cheney. Thomas N. Blessent, 70, and Lillian M. Blessent, 75, of Taylorville were traveling south. When Shafer failed to stop at the intersection, she hit Blessent in the front drivers side of the vehicle. Both Shafer and Blessent left the roadway and impacted a chain link fence on the south east corner of the intersection. All 3 were transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Injuries were reported but not evident on the scene.

 

On May 23 at 7:05am. Samantha J. Helton, 36, of Taylorville reportedly said that she exited BP's parking lot into the right hand lane on Route 104 heading was and was struck by Albert Burchi,  74, of Kincaid who was traveling in the left hand lane. Burchi reported he was traveling on Route 104 and swerved into the other lane to miss Helton. Both reportedly refused treatment.

 

On May 26th at 1:05pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to a two vehicle accident at East Park and Long. Adriana Allen, 36, of Taylorville stated she was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Long Street and was struck in the rear end by Robert M. Fandrich, 20, of Shelbyville stated he tried to stop to avoid striking Allen but could not stop with the wet pavement. Fondrich had a box trailer attached to the rear of his truck. Fandrich had minor front end damage and Allen had major rear end damage. Allen reported her 7-year old son was complaining of neck pain and said she would have him checked out at the hospital. No further injuries were reported. Fandrich was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

On May 27 at 4:26 pm, Gary J. Foreman, 30, of Taylorville was turning left onto Market from Shumway. The road was wet due to heavy rains. Foreman slid into a 2005 Dodge Ram, owned by Randy L. Hall of Taylorville, that was legally parked on the side of the road. Foreman struck the driver's side of the truck causing damage to both driver side door and the truck bed.

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Fire Department Calls: 5-28-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

May 24

1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS, 1 smoldering burn pile

 

May 25

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 report of a smoke smell

 

May 26

3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Smoke report

 

May 27

2 Automatic Alarm, 2 EMS, 1 gas odor

 

May 28

2 Automatic Alarm, 1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

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Christian County Garden Walk is Just Around the Corner

The Christian County 2013 Garden Walk is coming up on Saturday, June 15th. People will have the opportunity to travel to seven homes in the Taylorville and Morrisonville areas to see how others arrange and display their gardens. Master Gardner Linda Smith says it is a great way to get ideas for your own personal garden:

 

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Smith told Regional Radio News that the selection process is a basic process:

 

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Tickets will be available for purchase June 1st at the extension office at Cottage Rose in Taylorville, Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville, and Lowe’s  Hardware in Morrisonville. Tickets will be 8-dollars in advance and 10-dollars the day of the event.

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Taylorville Baseball Postponed Again

The Taylorville Tornadoes and Rochester Rockets baseball Regional final has been postponed until Tuesday, May 28th at 4:30pm due to wet conditions.

The game is currently in the top of the 5th with 2 outs, a runner on, and a 1-1 count on the batter. The Tornadoes lead 4-2.

The game will be broadcast on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

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Shelbyville Baseball

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Teutopolis with a score of 8-1.

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Taylorville Baseball

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville facing Rochester game has been postponed until Monday at 10am. The game will resume at the top of the 5th inning with Taylorville on top 4-2.

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Shelby County State's Attorney Sends Child Sex Offender to Prison

Shelby County State's Attorney Gina Vonderheide announced Friday afternoon, that Robert Miller was sentenced to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, for felony Unlawful Residency of a Child Sex Offender. Vonderheide said that in addition to prison, his sentence includes 2 years of Mandatory Supervised Release, formerly known as Parole.

Miller was represented by Shelby County Public Defender Robert Swiney. He was prosecuted by Vonderheide and Assistant State's Attorney Marvin Hanson.

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Miller Media Group President Randal J. Miller Celebrating 40 Years in Radio June 1

(Taylorville)—Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller will celebrate his 40th anniversary in the radio business, with a 5-hour program featuring his family and many of his mentors that have helped him in his 40 year career. The show will air Saturday, June First, from noon to 5pm on the 3 Central Illinois Miller Media Group newstalk radio stations—WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM and 92.3 FM in Clinton, and WRJM newstalk 1270 AM and 107 FM in Charleston.

The show will also have a live video and audio stream, both at a special web site, RJM40-dot-com. The web site features many pictures of Miller’s 40 years in the radio business.

Miller, a Shelbyville native, graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1973, and obtained his first job at the former WSHY AM and FM in Shelbyville on June 2, 1973. Miller earned an associate degree in applied science, with a radio broadcasting major, from Lake Land College, in 1975.

Miller owns and operates eleven radio signals covering Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Kewanee, Galva, Geneseo, the Quad Cities, Clinton, and Charleston. He and his family live in Taylorville, where they have resided the past 19 years.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-24-13

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

Lacey C. Swinburne, 31, of 805 East Franklin, Taylorville was arrested on May 24, for issuance of warrant.

David L. Bradley, 34, of 404 South Walnut Street, Pana was arrested on May 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On May 24 at approximately 12:30 am, Taylorville Police Department dispatch received a call from a resident at 603 East Market Street in reference to a large fight behind their house. Upon arrival in the 600 block of East Franklin Street, officers come in contact with David Droke and Chloe Windell, 18, of Taylorville. One officer reportedly noticed an odor of alcohol emitting from Windell's breath when she was sobbing. Windell was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released on a notice to appear for the City a Taylorville for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.


On May 23 at approximately 10:22 a.m., a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Main and Market for an Illinois Vehicle Code violation. The officer learned that Todd A. Richter, 36, of Pana had a suspended drivers license. Richter was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On May 16 at 7:08 pm, Arthur G. LeBeane, 90, allegedly side swiped a legally parked van on the side of the road. LeBeane reportedly stated he had to move over for a vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction.

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Fire Department Calls: 5-24-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

May 22

3 EMS, 1 Medical Alarm

 

May 23

3 EMS, 2 Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Big Fundraiser Going on to Save Roseland Theater

The Roseland Theater in Pana is on the verge of being shut down. With the recent changes in technology and films being switched over to a digital format, owners Jeff and Julie Eisentraut must raise the money to purchase a digital projector or they may be forced to shut down the theater. The conversion process of the theater from film to digital is going to cost 52,000-dollars. A website known as “kickstarter.com” allows people to start fundraising campaigns and the Eisentrauts have started one so people can donate money to help save the theater. There are also several rewards to go along with the donations: a 10-dollar donation gets you a voucher for a family size popcorn to go, a 100-dollar donation will get four tickets to the digital premiere and a Roseland Theater tote bag, a 500-dollar donation will get a movie party for 100 people with popcorn and soda, and up to a 10,000-dollar donation will get a 10-year movie pass for four, two tote bags, a movie party, and recognition on the theater’s Wall of Fame. You can make donations  by clicking here: “Roseland Theatre Digital Projectors”. The campaign ends on June 29th.  

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-23-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Amber S. Sorrells, 31, of 906 South Eighth Apartment BW, Springfield was arrested on May 22 for driving on a suspended license and telephone harassment. 

Paul M. Hocq, 38, of 1120 West 9th Street, Springfield was arrested on May 22 for possession of cannabis.

Aaron L. Ferguson, 23, of 924 North Taylorville Boulevard, Taylorville was arrested on May 23 for theft and unauthorized control.

Justin L. Barnes, 34, of 406 West Lakes Street, Pana was arrested on May 23 on a bond forfeiture for failure. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

On May 21 around 9:54pm, Randall L. Hall, Jr., 26, of Moweaqua was traveling east on 1350 North Road and reportedly started to turn south on 2000 East Road. Randy L. Hall, 44, of Taylorville was traveling North on 2000 East Road and turning left onto 1350 North Road. Hall, Jr. allegedly hit Hall at the intersection. Hall, Jr. had damage to driver's side front end and Hall had minor damage to driver's side rear. 

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Work Starts in June On CTI Upgrade

Taylorville will soon be one of the very few high tech cities in the nation offering increased internet speeds. Computer Techniques will begin construction next month on a project designed to bring fiber  optic internet technology to Taylorville. Co-owner of CTI Billy Williams says there is a big difference between Copper wire technology and fiber optics.

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The work, which begins next month, will take about 2 and a half years to complete. 

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Assumption Resident Given 12 Years for Meth Charge

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An Assumption resident has been sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a negotiated plea Wednesday morning. 21-year-old Timothy M. West pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful participation on methamphetamine production. West along with two others, 61-year-old Edgar S. Boone of Pana and 29-year-old Jonathon G. Hamilton of Pana, were arrested in January after a traffic stop in which methamphetamine was discovered in their vehicle. Boone was reportedly arrested on the scene. West and Hamilton were not taken into custody until authorities later searched the Assumption residence where the vehicle was reportedly seen parked and found more methamphetamine. Charges are still pending against Boone and Hamilton.

West was also given a three year term of mandatory supervised release and court costs in the plea deal. 

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High School Sports Recap and Updates 5-23-13

As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes baseball team started off Regionals with a 5-3 victory over the Decatur-Eisenhower Panthers. Blake Peters picked up the win for the Tornadoes going five innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five. The Tornadoes advance to the regional final on this Saturday May 25 at 11:00am and will face the winner of the Mount Zion and Rochester game which takes place today. The regional final game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

As heard on Solid Gold 94.3 WRAN, the Shelbyville Rams came from behind to beat Harrisburg 3-2 in eight innings in sectional play. The Rams advance to the sectional final and will face the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes on Saturday May 25th at 10:00am. That game will be on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN.

The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes softball team begins regionals today against Mount Zion. Game time is 4:30pm and will be on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

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Two Taylorville Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Taylorville residents are being held at the Christian County Correctional Center after being arrested on drug charges. On Wednesday May 22nd, the Taylorville Police Department officers brought a state authorized search warrant to the home of 40-year-old Richard “Matt” Ruff and his wife, 34-year old Sara Ruff located on 525 E Elm Street following a drug investigation. During the search of their home, officers reportedly found numerous hypodermic syringes, packaging material, a digital scale, over 800-dollars, and a substance which field tested positive for the presence of heroin. The substance along with some of the syringes will be analyzed by the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

Richard Ruff is the former Director of Christian County Health Department and resigned from that position at a February 2011 board meeting. A little over a year later in October of 2012, Ruff was indicted on two counts of felony and theft and four counts of felony official misconduct for allegedly taking unauthorized control over CCHD funds and property. His Sara Ruff was a practicing attorney in Taylorville in which she focused on family and divorce cases. She worked for the Chicago based law firm, Jenner and Block before coming back to Taylorville in 2010. She also was named Future Star Litigator for Illinois in 2009.

Sara and Richard were taken into custody without incident and charged with the possession of a controlled substance. They were taken to the Taylorville Police Department and later moved to the Christian County Correctional Center. The Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. 

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Dave Ryan Gets 2nd Place in Chicago Golf Tournament

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Neither wind, nor rain or cold could slow down Kewanee’s Tom Miler, who won his third CDGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday at Elgin Country Club, defeating defending CDGA Player of the Year Dave Ryan of Taylorville in the championship match, 6 and 4. For Miler, representing Kewanee Dunes, it was a record third title in six tries (no one else has won more than once in the 12-year history of the event), and his second consecutive CDGA Senior win.

“I played very well all week, except for some problems on the back nine on Monday,” Miler said following the victory. “Conditions were tough today, but the course was set up well and the grounds crew did well to get it in shape this morning.”

The championship match between Miler and Ryan—a rematch of last year’s thrilling final won 1 up by Miler—teed off with temperatures in the upper 40s and a light rain, with winds gusting at more than 20 miles per hour at times. Both finalists tallied par on the first three holes and a bogey on the fourth, before Miler took the lead by draining a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-4 fifth. After a great up and down by Ryan to save par and halve the hole at the sixth, Miler knocked down another birdie putt, this one from 30 feet, at the seventh to go up 2. On the eighth, Ryan found the trees on the right side of the fairway, while Miler worked his way down the fairway to take the hole.

After pars at the ninth, the match made the turn with Miler 3 up. After halving the 10th, Miler won the 11th and 12th holes to go 5 up, then closed out the victory by winning the 14th.

“With the weather, it was hard to get anything going, tough to make birdies,” Miler added. “I just tried to stay out of trouble and have a chance for par on every hole. The rough was thick, so I tried to keep it in the short stuff to make it easier.”

The victory gives Miler an early season lead in the CDGA Senior Player of the Year point standings—an award Ryan has won in three of the past four seasons.

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Lady Tornadoes Softball Team Falls to Mt. Zion in IHSA Regional

The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Softball Team ended their season Thursday afternoon, falling in the Illinois High School Association Regional played at Taylorville, to the Lady Braves of Mt. Zion 9 to nothing.  The Lady Tornadoes end their season 16 and 12.

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Congressman Davis Supports Keystone Pipeline Project

The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted 241 to 175 to declare that no presidential permit will be needed to okay the controversial Keystone Pipeline project. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says there has been enough red tape delaying the project:

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Public's Help Needed in Break-ins

A series of vehicle break-ins in Christian County has prompted Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp to seek the public's help. Sheriff Kettlekamp says if you see anything unusual, don't hesitate to call police:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp is also reminding drivers about the Click it or Ticket campaign:

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Police will also be watching for speeders and impaired drivers during the holiday weekend.

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Shelbyville Manor to Host Stroke Awareness Luncheon

The Shelbyville Manor is hosting a Stroke Awareness Luncheon at noon on May 30th. Kristy Gordon, the Director of marketing and sales at Shelbyville Manor, tells Regional Radio News about what will be going on during the luncheon:

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If you are interested in attending, call the Shelbyville Manor at 774-2111. Reservations must be made by this Friday May 24th.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-22-13

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

Sara S. Ruff, 34, of 525 E Elm Street, Taylorville was arrested on May 22 for possession control.

Richard M. Ruff, 40, of 525 E Elm Street, Taylorville was arrested on May 22 for possession control.

David Tipsword, 42. of 236 W Chapel Street, Mt. Auburn was arrested on May 21 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING ARRESTS:

On May 21 ay 8:26am, a Tayloville Police Department officer made a traffic stop on Monica J. Ortega, 38, of Mt. Auburn at Northern and Webster. The officer ran Ortega through Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and she came back with a suspended license for financial reasons. Ortega was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.  

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Fire Department Calls: 5-22-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

May 20

1 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

 

May 21

2 EMS, 2 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Line Down

 

May 22

1 EMS

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Davis: Disaster Relief for Oklahoma

The full impacts of the tragic storms in Oklahoma are still being realized. U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says disaster relief in situations like this is a good use of federal funds:

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The massive tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma Monday afternoon, destroying millions of dollars Worth of property and causing dozens of deaths and injuries.

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Crews: We're Prepared for Storm Disasters

The city of Moore, Oklahoma is trying to recover after a devastating tornado went through the town on Monday killing 24 and leaving about 24-thousand homes destroyed. Acting Fire Chief Mike Crews told Regional Radio News that a tornado like the one in Oklahoma could happen anywhere in Christian County:

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Crews also told Regional Radio News that if such a disaster were to happen, Christian County has a strong plan in place:

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If you would like to donate money to help those in Oklahoma, the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has donation jars at their location on the second floor of U.S. Bank and the City Clerk’s Office. You can also mail donations to either location. 

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Updated High School Baseball and Softball games

The Taylorville Tornadoes baseball team will begin regional play today at 4:30 pm. Their first game is against Decatur-Eisenhower and can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM. The Shelbyville Rams start sectional play against Harrisburg today at 6:30pm and that game can be heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN. The Taylorville Tornadoes softball team was scheduled to start regionals today but that game has been postponed due to water on the field and moved to Thursday, May 23 at 4:30pm and can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

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Taylorville Resident to Play in State Golf Championship Thursday

Two of the state’s most decorated senior amateur golfers in the past five years will square off on Thursday in the championship match of the 12th Chicago District Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship when Tom Miler representing the Kewanee Dunes Golf Club, faces off against Dave Ryan of Taylorville representing the Piper Glen Golf Club. The match, which begins at 9 a.m. at Elgin Country Club, is a rematch of last year’s final round, which Miler won 1-up.

Miler, who is the only player to ever win the CDGA Senior twice, defeated Mark Jason representing the North Shore Country Club 3 and 2 in quarterfinals Wednesday morning, then returned in the afternoon to best Ken Larney from Calumet Country Club 5 and 4.

Ryan, a three-time CDGA Senior Player of the Year and defending CDGA Player of the Year, took down Greg Wohlford from Pontiac Elks Country Club 2 and 1 in the quarters and Tommy Robinson from Deerfield Golf Club 5 and 3 in the semifinal match.

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Taylorville Baseball - Tornadoes Win vs Eisenhowser

As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, Taylorville Tornadoes won vs Eisenhower Panthers Wednesday, May 22, 2013 with a score of 5 to 3

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Shelbyville Baseball victory vs Harrisburg

As heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN, Shelbyville moves on as they take another victory vs Harrisburg Bulldogs on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 during the extra 8th inning with a score of 3 to 2

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Christian County Board Recognizes Several Retirees

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The Christian County Board acknowledge several early retirements at their meeting Tuesday night. Those who were recognized were: Jim Brown, Denise McCullough, Joe McAvoy, Allen Sims, Ruth Tucker, Anita Lemanski, and Bev Merano. All were presented with a plaque for their service.

 

Colleen Hadley was also recognized on her retirement as County Treasurer. Chairman Paul Schmitz read a statement from the board thanking Hadley for her contributions:

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Hadley was presented with a plaque as well.

A new boiler will be installed in the courthouse after the Christian County Board approved the request at their meeting Tuesday night.. Board member Greg Hager says replacing the boiler entirely would bring more efficiency than repairing it:

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The installation for the new boiler will begin shortly after Memorial Day.

At their Tuesday meeting, the Christian County Board approved a resolution to lend their support to the United Mine Workers of America in their effort against the Peabody, Arch Coal, and Patriot Coal. Peabody, Arch, and Patriot are trying to strip active, laid-off, and retired coal miners their contractually-promised lifetime health care and pension benefits.

The health insurance rates for 2014 were presented before the Christian County Board on Tuesday night. Dental and life insurance plans have no changes or premium increases. In order to maintain the same rates for Blue Cross, a new option was presented that would add an out-of-pocket and from 100% coinsurance to 90%, of which the out-of-pocket is proposed to be paid by the employer as well.  With this plan, all levels of rates were reduced except the family plan, the co-pay remains the same, and the prescription drugs were reduced in the first to tiers. The new option of coverage was approved with the county to reimburse the employee and their dependents for the deductible and out-of-pocket.  

The Christian County Board also approved the Durhamm Minor Subdivision in the Stonignton Township. They approved the use of the courthouse to be a $350 charge and a 4 hour limit. The request for a fourth secretary for the States Attorney office was approved. A request to put in a payroll schedule payment for the highway department to pay 6 days ahead was also approved. While this is just for the highway department now, it could be adopted by others if it proves to be successful.

Other approved requests by the board were: an amendment to Liquor License to require Bassett training, a special warranty for a public transportation grant, approval of the mileage and per diem report, and the reappointment of Denny Stiner as President of the Owaneco Fire Protection District for 3 years.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.

 

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Farm Bureaus Prepare for Summer Ag Institute

Christian County and Macon County Farm Bureaus are teaming up for the Summer Ag Institute which is a three day presentation for teachers to inform them how they can use agriculture in their classroom. Teachers will earn 18 continuing education credits for the three day program. Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau told Regional Radio News what’s in store for day one:

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Herwig also said some students don’t realize how much they are impacted by agriculture:

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The event will be from June 11-13 and will cost 125-dollars. To register or for more information, contact Melissa at the office at 824-2940.  The deadline to register is this Friday, May 24th.  

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Area Arrests/Accidents 5-21-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Robert J. Christer, 31, of 16 Springside Avenue, Pana was arrested on May 20 for being an escaped felon.

Daniel S. Brest, 38, of 222 Elm, Kincaid was arrested on May 19 for domestic battery.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On May 20th at 11:24pm, Teresa M. Anderson, 26, of Stonington was westbound on County Highway 4 and reportedly did no observe Lindsay M. Sinnard. 24. of Assumption stopped in the roadway also westbound. Anderson allegedly swerved to miss Sinnard but still collided with Sinnard. Anderson had passenger side damage and Sinnard had damage to driver's side mirror and driver's side front quarter panel and headlight. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

 

On May 18 at 1:36pm, Moody L. Myers, 70, of Taylorville was stopped at the intersection of Elm and Cheney and reportedly did not see McKinsey K. Crosby, 20, of Taylorville. Myers allegedly struck Crosby knocking her off her scooter. Crosby was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital by Taylorville Fire Department. Crosby was also reportedly issued two citations: operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid registration.

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Taylorville Begins Regional Play, Shelbyville in Sectionals

The Taylorville High School baseball and softball teams will kick off regional play tomorrow Wednesday, May 22nd. The Tornados baseball team will face Decatur-Eisenhower at 4:30pm and that game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM. The Tornados softball team will play against Mount Zion at 4:30pm and can be heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. Also, the Shebyville Rams begin sectional play against Harrisburg tomorrow. Their game is set for 6:30pm and will be on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN. If any of the teams win their game Wednesday, they will play again on Saturday. 

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Taylorville Schools Prepare For Move Over Summer

The maintenance staff in the Taylorville School District has a busy summer ahead of them as they prepare to move classrooms out of South School due to its closing. Kindergarten, first and second grade will be moving into North; third and fourth will be moved into the Memorial School System. Also the fifth grade is moving to the Junior High building so those classrooms will need to be moved as well. Superintendent Gregg Feurstenau says the move will still be a stretch but they have the space:

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The last day of school for students is the 23rd and faculty will be done on the 24th. The moving process will begin shortly after.   

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Food Bank Visits Mt. Auburn

The Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry visited Mt. Auburn Saturday. Several tons of food was given away to the need. Kayleigh Friend of the Food Pantry says they are able to get a lot of food from grocery stores that have passed their expiration dates, but the food is still wholesome:

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The Saturday morning giveaway was at the park in Mt. Auburn.

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Cancer Prevention Study at Taylorville High School

 

The American Cancer Society’s Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join their Cancer Prevention Study-3. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations. There will be an enrollment event for the study at the Taylorville High School tomorrow May 21, from 4:00-7:30pm. Cancer Prevention Study Champion Eric Bertoldo told Regional Radio that it is a great way to help out and give back to those who have had cancer:

 

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Bertoldo also explained how the event will go at the high school and the process of the study:

 

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To enroll ahead of time, go to www.cps3illinois.org. There are limited spots available but they will be accepting some walk-ins.

 

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Manners Park to Host Day Camp

It won't be long before the kids will be out for summer, and if you're looking for a place for them during the day, you may want to consider the Manners Park Day Camp. Bailey Hancock, Recreation Director for the Park District, says they keep the kids busy.

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On rainy days, the kids will participate in activities in the air-conditioned dining hall.

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Boat Capsizes on Sangchris Lake

The Taylorville Fire Department received a call around 7:30pm Sunday for two missing people after a boat capsized on Sangchris Lake. The dive team was sent out but when they arrived, the two people were reportedly found on land with no injuries. The dive boat was launched and was able to recover the small boat and tow it back to the dock. The Taylorville Fire Department dive team handed command over to Edinburg Fire Department and returned back to the station.

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Fire Department Calls 5-20-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

May 17

2 Auto Alarm, 1 power line down

 

May 18

4 EMS, 1 Auto Alarm, 2 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

 

May 19

3 EMS, 1 dive call

 

May 20

1 EMS

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Chamber to Update Community Calendar

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is looking to update its Community Calendar.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says it helps local organizations plan their events:

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-20-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Vicki L. Pickel, 63, was arrested on May 19 for driving under the influence.

Antwain L. Riles, 37, of 925 E. Adams, Taylorville was arrested on May 18 on a bond forfeiture for violating work release rules.

Beverly Ann Miller, 39, of 24 Illini Drive, Taylorville was arrested on May 18 for possession control.

Joseph C. Lucas, 22, of 2100 South Grand Boulevard, Taylorville was arrested on May 17 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

ACCIDENTS:

On May 17, 2013, Rudy D. Rees, 60, of Kincaid was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 48 approaching the village of Morrisonville. Rees was following a farm tractor. William D. Hull, 44, of Litchfield was behind Rees and another vehicles. Hull reportedly checked if Rees and the other vehicle were going to pass the tractor but did not see any indication and began to pass them. As Hull came along side Rees, Rees began to pass and allegedly struck Hull. Hull recevived front passenger damage and Rees received driver's side damage. Rees was transported by Morrisonvile ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

On May 18, 2013, Orville A Harris, 55, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 48 approximately 1/2 mile north S. Spresser Street in Taylorville. Harris reportedly looked back at an approaching semi-truck. When he turned around, a Can-Am motorcycle in front of him was braking. Harris applied the brakes leaving approximately 100 feet of skid marks. Harris allegedly struck the rear tire of the Can-Am causing him to lose control. Harris's motorcycle went down on its side, skidding approximately 84 feet before coming to rest on its side facing west. Harris received front end damage and was transported by Sutton's ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On May 19 at 11:00am, Robert Oliver, 36, of Taylorville was arrested for a false police report and theft. He was processed and released on a notice to appear for June 20, 2013 at 10:00 am.

On May 17 at 11:39am, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatcher to 925 E Adams Street for reference of underage drinking outside the trailer. There were five minors arrested for illegal consumption and Antwain L. Riles, 37, of Taylorville was arrested for contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor. Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Riles. He was transported to Christian County Correctional Center on the warrant. The other five were released to family members after processing.

ACCIDENTS:

Keving G. Stich, 65, of Taylorville was reportedly attempting to turn left onto North Cheney from Casey's West and was waved out into the roadway by another driver. Stich says when he pulled out he did not see Conner J. Lingl, 16 until he allegedly struck him. Lingl was traveling south on North Cheney approaching West Spresser when Stich allegedly pulled out and struck him. Stich had damage to the front end and Lingl received damage to the front passenger side of his vehicle. No injuries were reported.

On May 13, Robert J. Samson of Taylorville came to the Taylorville Police Department to report that his vehicle was struck sometime over night. There was reportedly blue paint transfer on his vehicle. The crash occured at 510 South Shumway. The matter is still under investigation.

 

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Taylorville City Council Honors 2 Citizens, Makes Appointments, Hears Litigation

The Taylorville City Council conducted a lot of business in their 40-minute meeting Monday night at City Hall.

Joe Hauser of the Taylorville Planning and Zoning Commission, brought to aldermen 2 recommendations.  The first was a request to table the request by Bernie and Joe Curvey, to re-zone the former West School property from residential to commercial, citing neighborhood concerns about the proposed zoning.  Aldermen agreed and did not act on the Curvey’s request.  The Curvey’s are to come back to the Planning and Zoning Commission with a revised request.

The 2nd recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission, was from the City Council’s Ordinance Committee, asking that lot widths for proposed subdivisions be revised in R-2 residential areas.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this change to the full City Council, and aldermen OK’d that recommendation 8 to nothing.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night heard the status of a lawsuit against the city, brought by Christian County Integrated Services and Siegrist Builders, over the Hathaway Homes subdivision proposed by the agency on the city’s south side.  Aldermen earlier this year twice veto’ed the plans, then on advice of attorneys representing the city’s insurance carrier, voted to OK the subdivision, but C-C-I-C-S and Siegrist did not drop the lawsuit.  Newly appointed city attorney Rocci Romano told the Taylorville council, that after discussions with the attorney representing the city’s insurance carrier, Romano will not be involved in the suit.

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Romano added it’s hoped the 2 sides can settle before the suit goes to trial.

It was a special evening of recognition for 2 special Taylorville residents, at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting.

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Reverend Richard Wamsley, senior pastor at Taylorville Christian Church, was recognized for his 27 years of service to the church and the community, during Monday night’s City Council meeting.  Wamsley, who is retiring, was given a plaque recognizing his contributions to the community.

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And, eleven-year-old Rebecca Wiggins, daughter of Kate Hames of Taylorville, was given a proclamation announcing May 20th as “Rebecca Wiggins Day” in the city.  Wiggins has raised money the past 4 years, for the American Red Cross’ “Project I-T” providing technology to wounded soldiers.  This year, Wiggins raised some 7-thousand dollars.

Taylorville City Council members saw the swearing-in of several people, and approved several mayoral appointments, at their Monday night meeting.  Aldermen saw the oath of office administered to returning alderman Ernie Dorchinez, as well as new firemen Kirk Rainey and Alfred Fox.  New city treasurer Jacque Nation was appointed to the Fire Pension Board, retiring city treasurer Terri France was appointed to both the Police Pension and Library Boards, and Barbara Grabner-Kerns was appointed to the Tree Board.  And, assistant fire chief Mike Crews was appointed Acting Fire Chief following the retirement of fire chief Jeff Hackney.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night approved several motions brought from various city council committees.  They OK’d a resolution resurfacing Pawnee and Cherokee Streets, approved closing a portion of Cherokee Street May 27th for the annual Memorial Day Services, OK’d contributing 3-thousand dollars to the Optimist Club to go towards fireworks for the 4th of July celebration, and directed the Mayor to sign the Direct Energy Contract to lock in electric rates for city offices for a 2-year term.

Aldermen Monday night voted to transfer 50-thousand dollars from the general fund to the water fund as a re-payment of a loan from the water fund; OK’d forwarding city budgets to the city treasurer for further refinement, and OK’d the Optimist Club to solicit funds at West Main Cross and Webster on Flag Day June 14th to support the annual fireworks celebration. 

Taylorville council members OK’d spending some 15-hundred dollars for landscaping around the Municipal Building, approved Taylorville Police to purchase 5 vests costing just under 4-thousand dollars, and instructed police chief Dave Herpstreith to apply for the 2013 COPS Hiring Grant application.  Aldermen also approved water superintendent Dave Speagle to spend up to 10-thousand dollars for lab fees.

 

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Taylorville Team Named Top Family Team at March of Dimes March for Babies

Over 800 people gathered at the Food-A-Rama Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Saturday, to march in the annual Central Illinois March of Dimes March for Babies. The event is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the March of Dimes, in their efforts to prevent birth defects and premature birth of babies.

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From the left:  Cathy Miller, Mykayla Thompson, Christine Thompson, Paige Myers, Sheri Miller, T. J. Zucco.

A team headed by the Miller Media Group's Sheri Miller of Taylorville, named Team Princess Alexis in memory of Sheri's daughter who passed away 40 minutes after being born in April of 2011, was recognized as the top family fund-raiser for this year's Walk. Sheri's team raised almost 7-thousand dollars for the March of Dimes, over the past 5 months.

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Sheri thanked the many people that responded to her requests for donations over the past several months.

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Rachel Buraski, a volunteer for the March of Dimes, was emcee for the event, and gave participants the good news that thanks to the efforts of the March of Dimes, premature births in Illinois have gone from one in 8, to one in 9.

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The March of Dimes March for Babies nets the charity over 100-million dollars annually, to help in the fight against premature birth and birth defects in babies.

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Shelbyville Wins Regional Title vs Tuscola

As heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN, Shebyville Rams won the regional title Saturday, May 18, 2013 against Tuscola

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Former WTIM Broadcaster Doug Quick Honored

Long time central Illinois TV and Radio broadcaster Doug Quick has been accepted into the Mid-America Emmys "Silver Circle" for his years of dedication and service to central Illinois television. The "Silver Circle" honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to broadcasting in their community and most notably for his passion to preserve broadcast history. Quick started his in radio career right here on WTIM in 1974 and told Regional Radio how he got that opportunity.

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Quick is currently the Chief Weather Anchor and Co-Anchor at WCID, Channel 15 in Champaign. Quick was born and raised in Taylorville and said it was a great place to grow up.

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Quick returned in 2002 to WTIM as a part of the 50th anniversary show. If you want to read more of his story, go to his website dougquick.com. Quick will be presented with the award  at the 37th Emmy Awards on October 5th in St. Louis.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On May 14, 2013 at approximately 4:42 pm, a Christian County Sherriff's Police officer was dispatched to 1700 North just west of Illinois Route 48 for a one vehicle roll over with unknown injuries. The officer arrived on the scene and observed Michael J Rahar, 31, in a black Dodge pickup on its top on the side of the roadway in the ditch on 1700 North. The officer approached the vehicle and found Rahar inside the vehicle unable to get out. Fire and rescue were able to pry the door open, allowing Rahar to exit the vehicle. Rahar refused treatment and requested Kertow for the tow.

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On May 16, 2013, Curtis D. Ryen, 42, of Taylorville telephoned the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) took some lumber from a C.E.F.S. project site, located in Hewittville. The subject(s) removed 38 - 1x4x8 pieces of lumber. The incident occurred sometime between 11:00am on May 15 and 9:00am on May 16.

ARRESTS:

Alic D. Vandermaiden, 19, of 409 Beech, Kincaid was arrested on May 16, 2013 for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.

Micahel McCallister, 44, of 203 W Boyd, Langleyville was arrested on May 16, 2013 for criminal damage.

Michael J Ralston, 24, of 304 Chestnut St., Pana was arrested on May 17, 2013 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Frederick J. Tremain, 36, of 222 E. Palmer St., Taylorville was arrested on May 17, 2013 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On May 16, 1013 at 10:22pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Domino's to reference of a battery that had happened in the area. Frederick J. Tremain, 36, was located and arrested in the 900 block of W. Vine Street.

On May 16, 1013 at 5:22pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Sangamon and S. Houston. The owner of the vehicle, Amber D. Ginger, 28, had a suspended driver's license. Subsequent to the stop, Ginger was cited for driving while license was suspended. Ginger was released on a notice to appear on scene.

 

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Fire Department Calls 5-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

May 15, 2013

1 EMS

May 16, 2013

1 EMS

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Taylorville Baseball Picks Up Victory Over Charleston

As heard on WTIM last night, the Taylorville Tornadoes baseball team was victorious over Charleston 3-2. Zach Beal broke a two-all tie with a two out RBI double in the bottom of the fifth and threw two scoreless innings in relief to secure the win. Starting pitcher Seth Trulock went five innings giving up two runs off of  three hits while striking out seven. Taylorville will wrap up the regular season on Monday May, 20th at Mattoon and regionals begin on Wednesday May 22nd where they will face the winner of the Decatur-MacArthur and Decatur-Eisenhower. Taylorville is hosting regionals and coverage of their games will be on WTIM.

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Taylorville High School Seniors Prepare For Graduation

With all the doom and gloom surrounding school funding lately, it’s nice to concentrate on a positive aspect.  Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says High School graduation is this weekend:

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The ceremonies will be Saturday at 5pm at Taylorville High School.

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Rosenthal Speaks on Concealed Carry Bill

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee has approved a concealed carry bill that would allow police in Chicago to set up tougher rules for who can carry a gun and where.  The measure would allow the state's home rule cities to add to the list of places already stipulated in the law where concealed guns would be banned.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal gave Regional Radio his thoughts on the bill:

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2013-05-17 08:57:17.020

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Taylorville Resident Involved In Crash on Rt. 108

On May 15, 2013 around 5:23pm, Lila L Perino, 77, of Carlinville was eastbound on Illinois Route 108 at Standard City Road.  Brandon Hunt, 33, of Taylorville was westbound. At that time, Perino attempted to make a left turn onto Standard City Road and turned into the path of Hunt. Hunt applied his brakes and attempted to stop, but was unsuccessful and crashed into the passenger side of Perino in the westbound lane. Hunt was transported to St John's Hospital by helicopter due to serious injuries. Perino was not injured during the crash and was charged for failure to yield when turning left.

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Sheriff Kettlekamp In Favor Of Possible Blood Alcohol Level Change

The NTSB has proposed a change to the legal blood alcohol level to move it from point-08 down to point-05. While more research needs to be done, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says he would be in favor of a possible change.

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Henry Haupt, with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, says it's too soon to say if they support the idea. 

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Other State officials say that lowering the DUI limit is worth a look.

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Baker: We Support Senate Pension Bill

Pension problems continue in Springfield as both the Senate and the House have passed bills. Local AFSCME President Terry Baker gave Regional Radio his thoughts on the two bills:

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2013-05-16 07:29:47.280

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Terry: Obamacare Already in Effect

Many people are still asking: when does the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it's known, take effect? Mark Terry of the Illinois Department of Insurance says it's in effect now:

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Many aspects of Obamacare are being phased in over several year period.

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CTI To Build State Of The Art Fiber Network

Local businessmen Adam Vocks and Billy Williams of Computer Techniques in Taylorville have announced that the city will soon join a short list of communities with a state of the art fiber system for the home. Willams tells Regional Radio it will make for a much more efficient connection.

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Construction on the project will begin next month and is expected to take 2 and a half years. CTI will also offer telephone service, and also hopes to begin offering various TV services. CTI is located at 1100 Sportsman Dr., next to Taylorville High School

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Area Arrests 5-15-13

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

Crystal M. Osburn, 19, of 215 N Van Buren Apartment G, Litchfield was arrested on May 14 on a bond forfeiture for operating a vehicle without insurance.

Tyler L. Engelhart, 18, of 416 S Vine St, Nokomis was arrested on May 15 for consumption of liquor

Tommy M.J. Foster, 20, of 617 Sanford, Nokomis was arrested on May 15 for consumption of liquor

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Fire Department Calls 5-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

5-13-13

1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Illegal Burn

 

5-14-13

2 EMS

 

5-15-13

3 EMS

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Recognizes 2013 Outstanding Spiritual Leader

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held it's 23rd Annual Prayer Luncheon on Tuesday May 14th. Anabelle Leighs was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Spiritual Leader. Jennifer Richardson followed as the featured speaker with a message of how faith, kindness, and service has impacted her life. For more information on Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Shelbyville Victory vs Pana

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Pana in just 6 innings with a score of 12-2.

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WMKR Listeners, Miller Media Group Donate $4200 to March of Dimes

Thru the generosity of listeners, WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 raised some 42-hundred dollars for the March of Dimes during a day-long Radiothon on Wednesday.

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WMKR president Randal J. Miller and his daughter Sheri, co-hosted the event, asking listeners to call in their donation to the March of Dimes in their efforts to help prevent birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality.

Listeners donated some 22-hundred dollars, and as a result they tapped into a 2-thousand dollar match the Miller Media Group offered the fund-raiser.

The event was in memory of Sheri's daughter Lexi, who died 40 minutes after birth in April of 2011 due to a birth defect where her lungs were not fully developed.

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The executive director of the March of Dimes in Central Illinois, Shannon Mathis, also appeared on the WMKR Radiothon, and explained where the money raised goes.

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And, Mathis added that Sheri's team, named Princess Alexis in memory of her daughter, is one of several that will participate in this Saturday's March for Babies at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Each team brings their own storyboard of why they're raising money, many times in memory of a family member such as what the Miller's experienced. Mathis says those storyboards all have a personal message.

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Sheri and her team thank all the WMKR listeners that donated during Wednesday's March of Dimes Radiothon.

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2013-05-15 06:44:23.717

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Chamber Plans Golf Outing

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will soon be on the links. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says their annual Golf outing is just weeks away.

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Lake Land College Broadcasting Students Earn Radio Marketing Professional Certificate

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Several Lake Land College broadcast sales students recently earned certification as radio marketing professionals. Students completed the training as part of the broadcast sales class in the radio/TV program at Lake Land College.

The Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) designation is the entry-level course in a comprehensive, multi-level training and certification program developed and administered by the Radio Advertising Bureau. RMP graduates must complete a rigorous course of study that focuses on mastering the basic knowledge and the initial skills necessary to immediately generate sales for the station and results for the advertisers.

Greg Powers, radio/TV instructor and station manager of WLKL 89.9 FM, administered the certification exam through the Radio Advertising Bureau, a nationally recognized agency.

“The Radio Marketing Professional certification is a tremendous asset for students entering the broadcast workforce," Powers said. "Broadcast employers are searching for employees who are multifaceted. The students who have completed this certification are very marketable.”

Each of the professionals will be honored on a plaque displayed alongside those of previous years’ students.      

Newly certified students are: Michael Dwyer, Bronx, N.Y.; Loxie Sanders, Mattoon; Aaron Wood, Sullivan; Dennis Day, Strasburg; Zach Walters, Hindsboro; Jared Lindley, Marshall; Brandon Kronewitter, Effingham; Kody Rueter, Effingham; Dakota Little, Bethany; Nathan Scott, Bethany; and Ryan Lane, Charleston.

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Mobile Food Pantry To Visit Mt. Auburn

The Mobile Food Pantry will be making an appearance in Northern Christian County this weekend. Kayleigh Friend of the Food Pantry says they will bring tons of food to Mt. Auburn.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-14-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

James E. Dixon, 39, of 200 Mason, Rosamond was arrested on May 10 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear/answer.

Carrie M. Harrison, 27, of 534 N. Pawnee Street Taylorville, was arrested on May 10 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Jared L. Hohenstein, 34, of 316 N. Shumway Street Taylorville was arrested on May 10 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Susan R. Fisher, 34, of 1036 N. 14th Street Springfield was arrested on May 11 for aggravated battery.

Rodney T. Peck, 39, of 919 W. Prairie Street Taylorville was arrested on May 10 for domestic battery.

William W. Moore, 32, of 108 Summit Street Kincaid, was arrested on May 10 for operating an uninsured vehicle.

Jeremy P. Beer, 32, of 3177 Southern Hills Drive Decatur, was arrested on May 13 for failure to appear.

Faith N. Hoppes, 21, of 1505 N. 32nd Street Decatur was arrested on May 12 for failure to appear.

Sadie L. Stephens, 46, of 405 Richardson Ave Kincaid, was arrested on May 12 for possession control.

Cody L. Henson, 30, of Decatur was arrested on May 11 for failure to appear.

Jeremy R. Langley, 27, of 615 W. Prairie Street Decatur, was arrested on May 11 for methamphetamine precursor.

Brooke B. Killebrew, 32, of 906 S Main of Winchester was arrested on May 14 for possession control.

Stephanie E. Reber of 804 W Vandeveer St. of Taylorville was arrested on May 14 for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

INCIDENT:

On May 11, 2013, Laurie E. Kirchhoff of Bulpitt, telephoned the ChristianCOunty Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) took the mail from her mailbox located at 101 Garrison Street and damaged it. The incident occurred sometime between May 10 and May 11, 2013.

TRAFFIC:

On May 14, Edward Ludwig of Mount Auburn was parked facing south at 305 South Elm, Stonington. Ludwig was backing across the roadway when Andrew Marucco of Stonington struck him in the driver's door. The drivers exchanged information. Ludwig later requested a crash report. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

A Taylorville Police Officer made contact with a female subject at the Taylorville Police Department that was known to have a valid warrant. The female subject, Rian N. Nagle, 24, of Pana, was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

A Taylorville Police Department officer wnt to the Cork & Keg and made contact with Kirk M. Johnson, 59, of Taylorville that was known to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

Two Taylorville Police officers went to 901 E. Stevenson Street and made contact with Briar D. Samson, 18, of Taylorville that was known to have a valid warrant out of Christian Coiunty. Samson was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

A Taylorville Police officer made contact with Christi J. Tedrow, 33, of Taylorviille at the Taylorville Police Department that was know to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Tedrow was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On May 10, at 9:40 pm, Taylorville Police officer made contact with Jared L. Hohenstein, 34, 316 N. Shumway. Hohenstein was known to have a valid failure to appear warrant out of Christian County. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agency Data System. Hohenstein was placed under arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

A Taylorville Police officer was on patrol and observed Rodney T. Peck, 40, of Taylorville standing in front of a residence in the 900 block of Prairie Street. Peck was know to have a valid warrnt out Christain County. The offricer made contact with Peck, and ran his information through the Law Enforcement Agency Data Ssytem and verified the warrant. Peck was placed under arrest and transported him to the Christian County in lieu of bond.

Two Taylorville Police officers made contact with Carrie Michelle Harrison, 27, of Taylorville at her residence. Harrison was known to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Harrison was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County in lieu of bond.

On May 10 at 7:13 pm Taylorville Police officer made contact with Alter. E. Ivy, 30, of Pana at the Christian County Correctional Center. Ivy was known to have a valid warrant out of Logan County. Christian County Dispatchers confirmed the warrant through Law Enforcement Agency Data System. Ivy ws served with a warrant and returned to his cell.

On May 12, at 6:37 pm, a Taylorville Police officer conducted a traffic stop on Rt. 48 near Houston for a Illinois Vehicle Code violation. Dispatch ran the registed owner as Faith N. Hoppes, 21, of Raymond through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and discovered she was wanted on a Montgomery County failure to appear warrant. Hoppes was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On May 12 at approximately 9:48 pm, a Taylorville Police officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle with its hazard lights on at Vine and Shawnee. It was determined that Susanna M. Durham, 30, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Durham was issued a citation .

 

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Fire Department Calls 5-14-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

5-8-13

2 EMS, 1 Illegal Burn

 

5-9-13

1 Illegal Burn

 

5-10-13

2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

 

5-11-13

1 EMS

 

5-12-13

3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Shelbyville Begins Clean-Up Process

The clean-up process has begun for Shelbyville after three buildings on North Morgan between the Shelby County Detention Center and The Longbranch Bar and Grill caught fire late Monday night. The businesses that were near the fire will be closed for a day or two so the clean-up crews can take care of the water and smoke damages. The electricity for those buildings is back on and business is expected to be back to normal in the near future. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there has been plenty of support and expects a quick bounce back:

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Rosenthal Optimistic About Fracking

The Illinois Legislature is considering regulations covering the so-called practice of fracking.  The process has been successful in other states, but not everyone supports it.  House Speaker Mike Madigan has expressed reservations while Governor Pat Quinn has showed support.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal says he’s optimistic about it:

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The process extracts oil from deep underground.

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Scamsters Quick To Use New Methods

Fraudsters are always ready to implement a new scam, and they can be quick to react to stories in the news.  Citizens Advocate Mac McGuire says several scams popped up almost instantly following the Boston Marathon bombing:

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Macguire says if you suspect a scam, contact your local law enforcement, the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General’s office.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers To Close Road Near Dam on Wednesday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the road across the main dam at Lake Shelbyville to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Wednesday  from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.   This closure is necessary to provide safety for workers and members of the general public while the Fire Department, Police Department, and Corps of Engineers are engaged in a rescue training exercise on the dam   For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951.

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Fire Breaks Out In Shelbyville

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Downtown Shelbyville has changed again due to a fire in the downtown area. Three buildings on North Morgan between the Shelby County Detention Center and The Longbranch Bar and Grill caught fire Monday evening around 9 pm. Flames and smoke could be seen from a couple miles away.

Departments from Shelbyville, Strasburg, Sullivan, Tower Hill, Pana, Findlay, Windsor, Lovington, Assumption, and Moweaqua responded to the fire as well as several others.

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Fire hoses were aimed at three sides of the building trying to keep the fire under control and from spreading.

The fire was extinguished and the scene was cleared at approximately 4:30 am. There was major damage done to the three buildings and also considerable amount of water and smoke damage.

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Superintendent Fuerstenau Predicts Dismal Financial Year Ahead

Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent of the Taylorville School District, predicted a grim future in terms of finances at the Taylorville School Board meeting on Monday night. Fuerstenau said that the pension push from the state to local districts has a high probablity of being passed which would lead to a major impact on the district's budget. He also noted that the state fiscal woes were not getting any better. Fuerstenau did have some positive news in terms of the budget saying April was a very good month as the taxes were flowing but the month of May could bring about a different story.

 

The School Board approved the resignation of the following staff: Peggy Breckenridge, W. Lee Meteer, Paula Kunzeman, Christine Young, Noma Wright, Dee Held, Vivian Kay Myers, Erin Driskill, Lynn Rice, and Lisa Sims. They also approved a recommendation to employ Bill Hall for Science and Math at Taylorville High School.

 

The longest conversation of the night came from the proposal for a new phone system at Taylorville High School. The proposal was to go with a Mitel system through NewWave Communications instead of either Midco or TechElectronics. After 30 minutes of questions and discussion, the Board came to a decision to have the proposals re-bid as the exact specifications were not sent to all 3 companies as they were not known at the time of the initial bid.

 

The Board approved several increases in prices for the 2013-2014 school year. Driver's Education will increase from $100 to $150, there will be a ten cent increase for breakfast and lunch, and a technology fee of $25 will be added. Registration prices will stay the same because of the addition of the technology fee.

 

In other action, the Board unanimously approved the list of seniors who were eligible for graduation.

 

After a lengthy closed session, the meeting resumed with the Superintendent's report. Fuerstenau brought awareness to the following events: Baccalaureate Service on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm, Vocational Banquet on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 in the High School Cafeteria, High School Graduation on Saturday, May 18 at 5:00, and the Junior High Orientation on May 21.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:40 pm.

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A LATE MORNING TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF RT.29 & RT.104 HAS SENT TWO TO THE HOSPITAL

One man was extracated from his Saturn and taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, as well as his three year old passenger with non-life threatening injuries.  The Saturn wagon and a man driving a pick-up truck were involved in the accident.  The man driving the pick-up truck refused treatment.  No further information is available at this time. 

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City Wide Garage Sales Coming Up

Those who like to swap and shop will be interested to know that the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor upcoming city wide garage sales again.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says this is the second year for the event:

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Again, the sales will take place in the North part of the city June 7th and 8th, and the South side June 14th and 15th.

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Recent Teleconferences Address Growing Tomatoes

One of Central Illinois’s most popular garden products is the tomato.  Easy to plant and tend, the tomato is a perfect match for home gardeners both experienced and inexperienced.  Andrew Holzinger of the University of Illinois Extension says they recently held a series of teleconferences addressing problems that can arise:

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If you have questions about your garden, contact the local Extension office at 287-7246.

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Senior Spelling Bee Coming up

If you’re over 50 and think you’re a good speller, you may want to join in an upcoming activity.  Jerry Marr of the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says there’s a spelling bee coming up:

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Call the Senior Center at 824-4263 for more information.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-10-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On May 9 at approximately 2:20 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Washington and Market Street.  The driver, Jesse L. Hartline, 24, of Pana was arrested for driving while her license were suspended. 

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Susan Babic, 28, of Decatur was arrested on May 10 on a bond forfeiture warrant for aggravated DUI and retail theft.

Leonard D. Aldridge, 32, of 318 North Foggit Edinburg, was arrested on May 9 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methanphetamine. 

Jason C. Krouse, 33, of 604 Northwestern Taylorville, was arrested on May 9 on a bond forfeiture warrant for illegal possession/transportation. 

Nicole R. Schneider, 24, of rural Morrisonville was arrested on May 9 for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jessica L. Hebert, 24, of 84 Hillcrest Trailer Ct. Taylorville, was arrested on May 9 on a bond forfeiture warrant for operating an uninsured vehicle.

Donald A. Moore, 54, of rural Mechanicsburg, was arrested on May 9 on a bond forfeiture warrant for aggravated battery. 

TRAFFIC:

Elizabeth Engleman, 35, of Nokomis was southbound on County Highway #1 just south of County highway #12.  Engelman struck a dog in the roadway.  She received front-end damage to her 2009 Dodge van.

 

 

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Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe Gets Fresh New Look

Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe on the east side of the Taylorville Square has an updated look.

Owner Shelia Yost says they decided it was time to do a little remodeling. 

They painted the walls in the front of the store dark gray, and complimented them with bright colors. 

Yost says this new look has really opened up the front of the store.  She says they relocated the candy. 

Cottage Rose has a new line of decor - throw pillows, signs, plagues, metal and tinware. 

Yost says they have lots custom gift baskets for Mother's Day - and invites everyone to stop in and take a look at their new remodel. 

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Two Blood Drives in Shelbyville

Spring and summer bring more activity and more need for donated blood.  In Shelbyville, a blood drive takes place from noon till 4pm at Shelbyville Manor in the Hawthorne Inn’s Bounce Back Addition.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be another one coming up as well:

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221 for more information.

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Farmer?s Market this Saturday

The Taylorville Farmer’s Market is now underway.  Last week’s rainy Saturday was the “soft opening” for the event, which takes place every Saturday from 9am till 1pm.  Market Manager Ed Downs says it’s a little early for most produce, but nevertheless, they’ll have plenty of goods Saturday:

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Downs says there will be a variety of gift baskets for Mother’s Day available Saturday.  The Farmer’s Market in downtown Taylorville will take place every Saturday from 9am till 1pm through October.  Along with fresh produce, offerings will include baked goods, fresh eggs and crafts.

 

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

This Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers will sponsor the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  To participate, all you have to do is leave your nonperishable food donation by your mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up. 

They can also use some volunteers to help sorting and storing the donated foods, weighing them as they come in and helping the carriers with the donations along their routes.

The postal carriers hope groups will challenge each other to see who can get the most donations. 

Locally each year, around 4 tons of food collected and donated to the Taylorville Food Pantry.

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Rosenthal: Pension Plans may Violate Constitution

There are now competing pension reform plans, one from the Illinois Senate and one from the Illinois House.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says either way, it will probably be challenged in court:

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The Senate version is being supported by the unions, and might be passed without a challenge.  The House version, being promoted by Speaker Michael Madigan, would save the state more money but would face an uncertain fate in court.

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Crime Stoppers Payouts

You may have wondered how the Christian County Crime Stoppers gets the money to pay for information.  Crime Stoppers Coordinator Officer Alan Mills says some of it comes from the criminals themselves:

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Mills, who is a Taylorville Police officer, says the clandestine payouts are handled by Crime Stoppers board members:

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Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest, while those supplying the information remain completely anonymous.

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Area Arrests 5-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

Officers were sent to 704 E. Poplar Apt. 3 in reference to a make beating on the door and windows.  Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the male also with Holly Conaway, 19, of Taylorville.  Dispatch ran Conaway's information and advised she had a valid warrant out of Macoupin County.  Holly Conaway was placed into custody and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

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

 

Jennifer A. Girard, 25, of 713 Dial Street Kincaid, was arrested on May 7 for driving with a revoked license.

 

Holly A. Conaway, 19, of 704 E. Poplar Apt. 3 Taylorville, was arrested on May 7 on a bond forfeiture warrant for issuance of warrant.

 

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Fire Department Calls 5-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

5-6-13

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

5-7-13

2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Scholarship Awarded by the International Broadcasters Idea Bank

Michelle Carman of Sullivan, a graduate of the Lake Land College radio-tv program and currently enrolled in the radio-tv program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, was the receipent of a 75-hundred dollar scholarship presented by the International Broadcasters Idea Bank, at their spring convention banquet Tuesday night at the Decatur Convention Center and Hotel.

Carman spoke with Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, who is a member of the organization, after her check was presented Tuesday night, and said her passion for the industry which she expressed in her application essay, impressed the judges enough to enable her to win the scholarship.

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And Carman said the adjustment from a community college to a 4-year university was hard, but she's made it.

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Carman said her ultimate goal is to be a radio air personality in country radio in Nashville.

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Carman works part-time for the Cromwell Radio Group in Mattoon while attending EIU.  Cromwell is also a member of the I-B-I-B.

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Tornado Touches Down North of Owaneco

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Even though no watches or warnings were in effect in Christian County, a tornado touched down at about 5:42 Thursday afternoon about 3 miles north of Owaneco near the Owaneco-Stonington blacktop.

Regional Radio listeners provided us with multiple pictures and video from Facebook, that at least 3 different people took, of the tornado on the ground.

Dust could be seen flying as the tornado came down.  No injuries or damage have been reported to our newsroom.

The Midwest was in the “slight risk” category for severe weather on Thursday, but again, no watches or warnings were issued.

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Sheriff Warns of a New Scam

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is warning citizens of a current scam occurring on seniors as Mother’s Day approaches. Seniors are receiving calls saying that their children have purchased a life alert system  for them at the cost of $400.00 as a Mothers Day gift. The scamster then tells the seniors that there is a monthly fee of $30.00 and that they would need a credit card number to make the monthly payments.

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2013-05-10 06:26:41.570

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Chamber has Two Events next Week

Next week will be busy for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they will sponsor events both Wednesday and Thursday next week:

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2013-05-10 06:28:07.870

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FBI Warns of New Mortgage Scam: MacGuire

The FBI is warning citizens of a new scam making the rounds.  Local Citizen’s Advocate Mac MacGuire says the FBI sent him a warning:

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MacGuire says if you suspect a scam, you should call police.

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Neuhoff Official at Idea Bank Convention

The Miller Media Group is co-hosting the 2013 International Broadcasters Idea Bank Spring Convention this week at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.  During a live broadcast  Tuesday, Regional Radio Owner Randall J. Miller spoke with Mike Holvey, Chief Operating Officer of Neuhoff Broadcasting, which is also co-hosting the event.  Holvey, who is also secretary-treasurer for the Idea Bank, says they have felt welcome in Decatur:

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The group accepts new members by invitation only.  The Miller Media Group became a member in 1993.

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Davis Main Sponsor of ?Opportunity Knocks?

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville is trying to fulfill one of his campaign promises to improve the job situation.  The Taylorville native is a main sponsor of “Opportunity Knocks”:

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Illinois, especially Central Illinois, has a higher than average unemployment rate

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Strong Turnout For the Taylorville Fire Department Mock Disaster

The Taylorville Fire Department hosted a Mock Disaster titled "Taylorville Tornado" on Tuesday.

Taylorville Fire Chief, Mike Crews, says this type of event is done about every two to three years:

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Representatives from several local and area agencies were on hand.  

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Crews says there are a lot of talented individuals in Christian County that are well trained, and ready if there is an actual disaster.   

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Crime of the Week for May 5-6-13

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

Sometime between  10:00 pm on Tuesday April 30 and 1:30 am on Wednesday May 1, Someone  made entry into a residence located at 703 East Poplar Street.  Stolen items include 2 televisions and a  laptop computer.  The total dollar amount of items taken 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.  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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International Broadcasters Idea Bank Convenes in Decatur

The International Broadcasters Idea Bank is meeting in Decatur this week, co-hosted by the Miller Media Group.  The organization has been around for decades.  The Executive Director of the group, T. David Luber, says it started out as a small group but grew quickly:

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Miller Media Group President Randall J. Miller is broadcasting live from the convention this week.

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Chamber Events Upcoming

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will honor its Member of the Quarter this week.  President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says the event is tomorrow (Wednesday):

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Hornbuckle says the chamber is also working on the upcoming city-wide garage sales:

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Last week at its annual banquet, the chamber awarded Bernadette Salisbury the Citizen of the Year award, while the Randy France Volunteer of the Year award was given to Suzie Montgomery.

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Kayleigh Smith: Food Pantry

The Central Illinois Food Pantry is an organization designed to fight hunger.  Kayleigh Friend of the food pantry says they are in some ways a distribution center:

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The Central Illinois Food Pantry recently announced a move to a new, larger building.

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Area Arrests 5-7-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On May 3, at 7:39 p.m. Taylorville Police Officers made a stop in the 1500 block of West Elm.  Antonio Haynes, 31, of Springfield was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, look alike substance and obstructing.

While investigating a suspicious vehicle on call, Amanda Carnahan, 32, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of cannabis.  She was transported to the Taylorvile Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On May 5, at 2:22 a.m., officers arrived at the Loading Zone in reference to an unconscious male outside the bar.  He was identified as Dustin M. Miller, 29, of Mount Pulaski.  He was found to have a Montgomery County warrant.  He was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

On May 5, at 5:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of E. Main Cross in reference to a female subject passed out behind the wheel of her SUV.  Subsequent to investigation, Carrie J.Thompson, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

A Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle with a female driver traveling North on Houston Street.  A check was made through the Law Enforecement Agency Data System showed the registered female owner of the vehicle had a suspended Illinois license.  The driver was identified as Anna Lorenston, 38, of Taylorville.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department.  She was then processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On May 6, in the early morning hours officers were dispatched to the 800 block of East Franklin Street in reference to a fight in the street.  The suspects fled the area on foot just before the officers arrived.  A female juvenile was located in the 900 block of East Franklin Street.  She was arrested for illegal consumption by a minor.  She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for procerssing.  The juvenile was relealsed to her parent. 

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Area Arrests 5-3-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

Connie Gallagher, 64, of Paris, Illinois was arrested on May 2 for failure to appear. 

Terrie L. Campbell, 46,of 510 West Maple Street Apt. 4 Taylorville, was arrested on May 2 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

TRAFFIC:

Matthew R. Reed, 31, of Blue Mound was south bound on 2300 E. Rd. 174 ft. north of 500 north rd when he hit a bump in the roadway and lost control. Reed ran off the roadway and into the right ditch.  He remained upright until he hit a embankment around a culvert.  Reed overturned and landed approximately 30ft. south of where he hit the embankment. 

On May 2, Jennifer S. Thompson, 39, of Moweaqua was traveling eastbound on CR-4, at approximately 2136 East when she hit water covering the roadway.  Thompson said she began to hydroplane and then struck a utility pole.  She then spun 180 degrees and slid dwon a waterway for approximately 50 ft.  No injuries were reported at the time of the accident. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On May 1 at 10:03 a.m., a Taylorville Police Officer made a traffic stop on Illinois license plate#1036753 just norht of Trinity Dodge on Rt. 29.  The driver was identified as Susan R. Fisher, 34, of Springfield.  Fisher stated she did not have a license.  A check of her license came back as suspended.  Fisher was arrested for driving witha suspended license and issued citations for driving with a suspended license and speeding.  Fisher was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On May 2, a Taylorville Police Officer saw Mary Mize, 36, of Nokomis, driving at the corner of Main Street and East Park.  The officer knew Mize to have a suspended license.  THe others stopped Mize, and it was verified through Law Enforcement Agency Data System.  Mize was attested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department.  She was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On May 2, at 11:45, Taylorviile Police Officers made contact with Terri L. Campbell, 46, of Taylorville who had a valid warrant of Christian County.  She was placed under arrest and trasnported to Christian County Sheriff's Department. 

On May 3, at 1:23 a.m. a Taylorviile Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Main Cross & Cherokee.  Upon further investigation, the female driver Tammy M. Browing, 42, of Taylorville was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department where she was released after posting bond. 

 

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Drug Take Back a Success

The recent Drug Take Back Day was a big success in Christian County.  Taylorville Police Department Officer Alan Mills says they collected an amazing amount, especially considering the weather was less than cooperative:

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The drugs collected are picked up by the DEA and placed in secure trucks.  The contents are then incinerated.

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Christian County Sheriff Awards Student Scholarship

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is congratulating Tarryn Link, of Taylorville, on being awarded one of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Academic Scholarships.

The Sheriff says Link was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants in the Christian County area.  He says the Illinois Sheriff’s Association considers this scholarship program to be an investment in the future as well as a strong signal of their respect and support for education.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association awarded 112 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2013/2014 academic year.

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Summertime sees Shift in Programming for BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters has changes during the summertime because kids are no longer in class.  Lisa Rakey, Director of Community Relations for the organization’s Capital Region says community based mentors come into play when school’s out:

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It’s not known yet exactly how the closing of Taylorville’s South School will affect Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

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Scholarships at Lincoln Land

It’s always a good time to think about securing scholarships.  Scott Stallman of Lincoln Land Community College says the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is one organization that offers help:

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2013-05-06 06:27:42.833

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-6-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S

DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Antonio Haynes, 31, of Springfield was arrested on May 3 for possession of a liik alike substance and obstrucking justice.

Jacoby Woodlan, 27, of Decatur was arrested ohn May 3 for possession of cannabis.

Derek Mathias, 23, of Blue Mound was arrested on May 3 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Sean M. Mills, 21, of Springfield was arrested on May 4 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Dustin Miller, 29, of Mt. Pulaski was arested on a bond forfeiture warrant for possission manufacturing <15 grams of methanphetamine. 

TRAFFIC:

On May 4, a Christian County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Main Street in Bulpitt for a two vehicle accident.  Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with Cory Blake, 18, of Kincaid.  Blake stated he was north bound on Main Street and made a left hand turn west onto Edwards Street.  Blake said he did not see Seth Haflinger, 17, of Kincaid until he struck him.  Haflinger stated he way sitting at the stop sign on Edward Street facing east.  Haflinger stayed Blake came around the corner and turned too sharrp.  No injuries were reported.  

John Castle, 59, of Pana was traveling northbound on Cty. Hwy. #22 in his 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, and he said he decided to turn around and backed into a driveway at approximately 3100 North County Highway #22.  Douglass Dean, 42, of Buffalo, IL was parked in the driveway in his 2011 Chevy Silverado.  Castle began pulling out of the driveway turning south when the trailer he was hauling struck the left side of Dean.  Castle's trailer received no damage.  Dean receive damage to the left bedside and rear bumper.  No injuries were reported. 

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On May 4, Christian County Sheriff's Office responded to 2157 East 1880 North for several semi trucks that had been on fire.  The complainant called at approximately 7:30 a.m. and stated several trucks had been on fire overnight.  Six semi trucks with attached grain trailers had been on fire.  All six trucks were a total loss due to the fire.  At the time of the report, it was estimated that three trailersreceived damage caused by the fire.  The vehicles belonged to Doug Downs trucking. 

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SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF ELECTED OFFICIALS TOOK PLACE AT MONDAY NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Taylorville City Council Chambers were filled Monday evening as the swearing in ceremony of elected officials was held.

 

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The Oath of Office was administered by Judge Paisley. Taking the Oath of Office were Mayor - Greg Brotherton, City Clerk - Pam Peabody, Newly Elected City Treasurer - Jaque Nation, Ward I Alderman - Larry Budd, Ward II Alderman - Rob Heberling, Ward IV Alderman - Shawn Burtle

Also taking the Oath of Office, was the new City Attorney Rocci Romano. The council approved Rocci Ramono 7-0.  Mayor Brotherton thanked Attorney David Fines for his years of service, and said they were wanting a "style change" in City Hall.   

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Others taking the Oath of Office were City Engineer Joe Greene, and Superintendents Dick Wiseman - Street & Sewer, George Calvert - Health & Building, David Speagle - Water, Dave Herpstreith - Chief of Police, Alan Jackson - Lake, Bill Newberry - Cemetery Sexton & Airport Manager, Cindy Brown - Human Resources. 

A special recognition was presented to retiring Alderman John Lawrence who was given a plaque for his service.  Also, receiving very special recognition was retiring City Treasurer Terri France.  She was awarded with a plaque, and an engraved vase.  All seven City Council members that were present at the meeting handed a red rose to Terri and Mayor Brotherton presented Terri with a white rose for her years of dedication and service to the City of Taylorville as City Treasurer. 

The Monday evening City Council Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Students of the Month for May

 

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From left to right are:  Senior Nathan Standerfer, Jr. Zach Williams, Sophmore Adam Hudson, Freshman Brock Hammond.  And, on far right is Rob Bosgraaf owner of sponsor Druby's.

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Area Arrests 5-2-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Robert T. Pullen, 22, of 725 Dial Street Apt. 8 Kincaid, was arrested on May 1 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of cannabis. 

INCIDENT:

On April 29, 2013, the Christian County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting the theft of copper wire and copper tubing from a rural Morrisonville Farm.  The theft occurred between the evening of April 28 to the morning of April 29.  The total amount of material taken is not known at this time. 

 

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Motorcycle Accident Near Sprigfield Claimed a Life

                                                                                               

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2013-05-03 06:26:15.207

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Shelbyville High School plans Baccalaureate

One sure sign that the school year is winding down is Baccalaureate exercises.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says Shelbyville High School will hold its event this weekend:

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2013-05-03 06:28:09.440

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Raffle Tickets Still Available

Tickets for this year’s $10,000 Chamber of Commerce Raffle are still on sale, but time is running out.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the drawing will be held Friday night at the conclusion of the annual Chamber Banquet:

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Hornbuckle says the speaker at this year’s banquet will be Jeff Fleming:

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If you want to purchase a ticket, stop by the chamber on the S. side of the Taylorville Square, or do it over the phone using your credit card by calling 824-4919.

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Raffle Tickets Still Available

Tickets for this year’s $10,000 Chamber of Commerce Raffle are still on sale, but time is running out.  Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the drawing will be held Friday night at the conclusion of the annual Chamber Banquet:

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Hornbuckle says the speaker at this year’s banquet will be Jeff Fleming:

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If you want to purchase a ticket, stop by the chamber on the S. side of the Taylorville Square, or do it over the phone using your credit card by calling 824-4919.

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Hospital Sponsors 5K Saturday

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is putting on a 5k run Saturday.  Event committee member Ashley Basso says it’s not too late to register for the run:

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Basso explains the purpose of the event:

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Again, the hospital’s 5k run, the “Run for your Bones” is at Taylorville Memorial Hospital with registration at 8:30 Saturday morning, and the run at 9.

 

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Holds 106th Annual Banquet; Local Leaders Honored

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Over 120 people attended the 106th annual banquet of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Friday night at Lake Shore Golf Course.

Following dinner, a number of awards were presented to those who provided many hours of service to the Chamber and the community, as well as 3 Chamber scholarships provided by area colleges and universities for 2 semesters of tuition and fees.

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3 area high school seniors were selected, including, from the left:  Tim Shafer of Taylorville, who will attend Lincoln Land Communitiy College; Ashley Gaither of Central A&M, who will attend Richland Community College; and Bobby Rose of Nokomis, who will attend the University of Illinois Springfield.  Linda Smith, chairperson of the Chamber scholarship committee, made the scholarship presentations.

The Ambassador of the Year Award was presented by Gina Prinzavalli to Len Hempen. The Chairwoman’s Award was presented by outgoing chairwoman Jenni Stephens, to 2 people—Elizabeth Hohenstein and Scott Stallman.

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The Randy France Volunteer of the Year Award went to Susie Montgomery, for her many volunteer efforts.  She was presented the award by award committee member Kent Richardson.

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award went to Bernadette Salisbury, for her many contributions to the community as a former teacher, former United Way executive director, and current Taylorville Memorial Hospital board chair.  She was presented the award by award committee member Doctor Ron Mizer.

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The Taylorville Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to long-time Taylorville businessman Jim Gagne (left), who was presented the award by Chamber President/CEO Patty Hornbuckle and Award Committee member Dan Raab.

In his remarks accepting the award, Gagne said Taylorville has been a great place to raise his family and operate a business.

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Gagne owns the local Anheuser-Busch distributorship.

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Following the passing of the gavel from outgoing chairperson Jenni Stephens (right) to new Chamber chairperson Elizabeth Hohenstein, humorist Jeff Fleming provided the entertainment.

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(Jeff Fleming, the "Humor Guy", Friday night at the Greater Taylorville Chamber banquet.)

The final event of the night was the 10-thousand dollar cash raffle drawing. The winner was Jenni Stephens.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to Host Run for Your Bone Fund Raiser

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is putting on a 5k run Saturday. Event committee member Ashly Basso says it’s not too late to register for the run.

The fun run 5k run and walk will be held on Saturday May 4th at the hospital.

Each year the auxiliary ear marks where the money raised at the event will go. This year the money has been pledged to help offset the costs for the new bone density machine that the hospital has purchased. Hence, the name for this year’s event, “The Run for Your Bones” 5k Run and Walk. There will also be a children’s race for kids 10 and under.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital used to borrow a bone density machine from other medical facilities and is very happy to have one of their own. A bone density machine tests skeletal strength and also tells if patients are at risk for a fracture.

The new bone density machine will be at the race so that participants and fans can have their bone density tested to see if they are at risk for bone weakness.

Everyone is invited to participate in the “Run for your Bones” event on Saturday, May 4th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Registration will be at 8:30 Saturday morning and the run will begin at 9. Register for the event by calling 824-1843 or download an entry form at Taylorvillememorial.org, Registrations will be accepted up to the morning of the event. Pre-registration fees will be $15, registration fees the morning of the event will be $20. Sign up by 8:30 am the morning of the race and the race itself will begin at 9:00.

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Ameren Customers Experience Power Outages Wednesday Evening

Senior Communications Executive, Leigh Morris, tells Regional Radio some Kincaid and Edinburg residents were with out power Wednesday evening.

The outages started around 8:42 p.m. Morris says. The cause was a cross arm broke which resulted in 2,081 Ameren Illinois resident in the Kincaid and Edinburg to be with out power.

Power was restored at approximately 10:50 p.m. Wednesday evening.

There was also an equipment problem in the Macon and Blue Mound area last evening that caused power outages. Two-thousand customers were without power from approximately 11:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Morris says all power in these areas has been restored.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 5-1-13

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

Jessica S. Wehner, 19, was arrested pm April 30 for Driving Under the Influence, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jeffrey A. Burdzilauskas, 26, was arrested on an original arrest warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

TRAFFIC:  Douglas Merriman, 37, of Decatur, was westbound on County Highway #4 just west of Moweaqua.  Christopher Westbrook, 30, of Moweaqua was also westbound on County Highway #4 behind Merriman.  Merriman advised he activated the vehicles left turn signal, applied the brakes and began to make a left turn into a private drive.  Westbrook advised he did not see the rear lights on Merriamn and began to overtake him.  Westbrook struck the left rear of Merriman.  Christopher Westbrook was thrown from the motorcycle and was transported from the scene by Moweaqua Ambulance

 

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Fire Department Calls 5-1-13

 THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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2013-05-02 06:27:24.217

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Park to Host Cotton Club Dance

Manner’s Park Dining Hall will be the place to be Friday May 11.  Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says that’s when they will be hosting a dance:

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Hancock says weather permitting, the Manner’s Park Pool will open May 25.

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Callers Remain Anonymous with Crimestoppers

Christian County Crimestoppers goes to great lengths to assure callers remain anonymous.  Christian County Crimestoppers Coordinator Alan Mills says they even have a special phone dedicated to Crimestoppers calls:

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Crimestoppers also now boasts a website, and callers can also text information, all while remaining anonymous.  Christian County Crimestoppers has helped recover tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods since its debut in the late 80s.

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Taylorville Home Source to Throw Spring Fling

A Taylorville business will be taking advantage of the warmer temperatures by offering a sidewalk sale.  Vicki at Taylorville Home Source says their Spring Fling is coming up this Friday and Saturday:

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Taylorville Home Source is at 919 W. Spresser in the Marsango Plaza.  Again, the Spring Fling is Friday and Saturday.

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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-30-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARRESTS:

James D. Snell, 29, was arrested on April 29 for criminal trespassing to land. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On April 30, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol in the 800 block of West Spresser.  He said a male subject on a blue bicycle exiting the parking lot of Taco Gringo.  The male subject stopped in Marsango Plaza.  The male subject was a juvenile.  The officer determined the bicycle had been reported stolen on April 29.  The male subject was placed into custody.

A Taylorville Police officer was dispatched to Major Leagues in regards to a male subject who threatened to shoot subjects in the bar.  The officer arrived and made contact with the male subject.  He was secured and it was discovered he had no weapons.  The male subject Benjamin E. Mansfield, 54, of Blue Mound, was placed under arrest for public intoxication, transported to Taylorville Police Department, and released on a notice to appear. 

 

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Relay for Life Coming Next Month

The American Cancer Society’s biggest annual fundraiser is now just weeks away.  Steve Turner of ACS says the Relay for Life takes place next month:

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Again, this Year’s Christian County Relay for life takes place at Taylorville High School June 28th starting at 6pm.  It’s an all-night event, so it doesn’t wind up until the following morning.

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Lake Land College Honor Students' Achievements At Student Recognition Banquet

Lake Land College honored its students’ achievements at the annual Student Recognition Banquet held recently in Mattoon.

More than 150 students were officially recognized at the event.

Students were recognized for their academic achievements, elected offices and organizational roles for the academic year. 

Seven students received the Outstanding Student Award for their academic division. The awards are given to a student from each academic division who has displayed excellence within his/her division as well as contributed to Lake Land College and the community.

The Outstanding Award Recipients include: Ashley Oberling for the Agriculture Division, Plainfield; Kristin Ives for the Allied Health Division, Mattoon; Christopher Archer for the Business Division, Toledo; Gary Trepanier for the Humanities Division, Mattoon; Zachary Righter for the Math/Science Division, Sullivan; Daniel Peddycord for the Social Science/Education Division, Charleston; and Tony Seelow for the Technology Division, Sullivan.

The criteria of the award include: graduation from a program with 30 or more hours during the 2012-2013 academic year, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, outstanding contributions to the division and outstanding contributions to Lake Land College and the community.

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Rosenthal on Medical Marijuana: No

The Illinois Legislature continues to wrestle with the issue of Medical Marijuana.  Proponents claim it’s the only way to treat some illnesses.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says he thinks it’s a mistake:

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Rosenthal says he’s not the only one who opposes the idea:

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The issue has surfaced several times in recent years, but so far the legislature has still not okayed it.

 

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Clutter Buster Helper now Open

If your Life is full of clutter, there is help.  Deonne Orvis has opened “Clutter Buster Helper”.  Orvis has seen a lot of life’s clutter, and says there is a fine line between Hoarding and collecting:

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Orvis is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.  Her number is 615-4618.

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Outdoor Shop Offers Camping Needs

One of Taylorville’s newest businesses is offering camping accessories.  Brian Johnson of the Outdoor Shop says that’s just one of the things the business offers:

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The Outdoor Shop also offers hunting and fishing needs along with other things.  The Outdoor Shop is at 1020 Nectar lane, off of North Cheney Street in Taylorville.

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Coroner Releases Preliminary Autopsy Results in Weekend Accident

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has announced that preliminary autopsy results have been released for Mrs. Debra Patterson, who died last Saturday at the scene of the Rt. 104 traffic crash.   The autopsy showed that she died from multiple injuries due to the pickup truck collision. 

According to reports, the accident occurred when Mrs. Patterson’s Chevy truck crossed the center line on Route 104 near Kincaid, causing a head on collision with a Ford pick-up driven by 33 year old Christopher Norris of Taylorville.  Norris and a passenger were sent to the hospital  with non-life threatening injuries.  Mrs. Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene just before 10pm Saturday.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the incident.  The investigation is being handled by the  Illinois State Police.

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Havera: Indictments Handed Down in Pana Murder

A Christian County Grand Jury Wednesday returned indictments against four Pana residents in the death of Adam Bertin.  17 year old Dylan Carroll, 30 year old Lee Coke and 37 year old Victor Chain Pickel were all indicted on charges of mob action.  29 year old Travis Gregg was indicted on first degree murder charges along with mob action.

 

29 year old Adam Bertin of Pana was reportedly brought to Pana Community Hospital early in the morning on April 13th.  He had apparently been stabbed in the neck during an incident at a family get together.  He was pronounced dead just after 4am that day.

The investigation was time-consuming because there were reportedly dozens of witnesses to interview and a mountain of evidence to process.

 

Bond for Travis Gregg is set at a half million dollars.  He could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison if convicted.  The other defendants are being held on a quarter of a million dollars bond.

 

Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera says undisclosed charges have also been filed against a juvenile in the case.

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