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Tuition Deadline for Fall Classes at LLCC is Today

The deadline for tuition for fall classes at Lincoln Land Community College is Monday, July 1st. LLCC Executive Director Scott Stallman tells Regional Radio News why the deadline is so soon:

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Stallman says one of the reasons why people don’t make it through the semester is due to not having a plan for how they are going to pay for things. Contact Lincoln Land Community College at 287-7081 for more information.

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Howard Buffett Special Guest On Miller Media Group Farm Shows

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Howard Buffett, a Central Illinois farmer who heads his own foundation and is the son of Birkshire Hathaway owner Warren Buffett, will be local farm broadcaster Jared White's special guest on the Miller Media Group 6:40am Morning Farm Shows which will air on the group's 3 agriculture radio stations July 8th and 9th.

According to Buffett's Foundation web site, thehowardbuffettfoundation.org, he grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been active in agriculture, business, conservation, philanthropy, photography, and politics.

He currently spends the majority of his time managing the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private charitable foundation.  Buffett operates a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and oversees three foundation-operated research  farms: over 1,200 acres in Arizona, over 3,000 acres in Illinois, and 9,200 acres in South Africa. Mr. Buffett has served in a number of public positions.

Buffett serves on several corporate boards include Birkshire Hathaway and Archer Daniels Midland.

White's conversation with Buffett airs in the 6:40am Morning Farm Shows July 8th and 9th on the 3 Miller Media Group ag radio stations:  WHOW The BIG 1520 AM and 92.3 FM in Clinton, WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, and WRJM newstalk 1270 AM/107 FM in Charleston.  Miller Media Group ag programming is also streamed at the company's farm web portal, illinoisfarmradio.com.

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Another Meeting About Shelbyville Chautauqua Coming Up

There is a lot of concern regarding the Shelbyville Chautauqua building, The structure, which is located in Shelbyville's Forest Park, is in need of expensive repairs. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, says another meeting on the topic is coming up:

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A few years ago, the Shelbyville Chautauqua building was named one of Illinois' 10 most endangered historic places by Landmarks Illinois.

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Taylorville Night Coming Up at Macon Speedway

Next Saturday night, July 6th, will be Taylorville Night at the Central Illinois race track. President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says she hopes for a good turnout:

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Call the chamber at 824-4919 for more information.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-28-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On June 27, Caleb WJ Sheets of Springfield was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 104 at approximately 800 East Road when a deer ran into the roadway. Sheets was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:

George T. Bailey, 39, of 411 Glen Street, Kincaid, was arrested June 27 on a original arrest warrant for theft.

Richard C. Perugino, 44, of 611 Dial Street, Kincaid, was arrested June 27 for a false reports to 911.

Paul E. Allen, 18, of 209 East Second Street Apartment C1, Pana, was arrested June 28 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 27 at approximately 11:38 am, Taylorville police Department officers were sent to 820 North Silver Street for a report of domestic battery. After a brief investigation, a 17 years-old female juvenile of Taylorville was arrested.

On June 27 at 6:59pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the parking lot at Washington and Adams. Following the stop Christopher M. Crow, 28, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended and was released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-28-13

THE TAYLROVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Fikri: Plenty of Great Summer Dairy Treats

With summer upon us, there are plenty of great dairy based products to help us cool off. Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council tells Regional Radio News that while ice cream is a popular summer treat, there are other great options out there:

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June has been Dairy Month.

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Pana Community Hospital Continues to Renovate

The Pana Community Hospital is busy this summer making improvements to their facilities. Melissa Rybolt from Pana Community Hospital tells Regional Radio News that they have received some new equipment:

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Pana Fireworks Show Next Week

The Pana Fireworks Show is right around the corner. Pana Fireworks Committee Member Tim Christer is eager to spread the word especially with a change of date:

 

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Once again, the show will start at 9:15pm on July 3rd at the Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds.

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Watson Inc. Donates to Park

A local manufacturer is making a substantial donation to the Taylorville Park District. According to Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Watson Inc. is giving the Park chemicals for the pool:

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Watson Inc. is located on the Route 48 bypass in Taylorville.

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Farmers Market to Offer Peaches

Something new is coming to the Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market this Saturday. Market Manager Ed Downs says you'll be able to purchase Calhoun County favorites:

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2013-06-27 13:17:46.977

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Pickup/Semi Crash Sends a Latham Resident to the Hospital

A crash between a pickup and a semi has sent one to the hospital. This morning around 7:12, 28-year-old Kyle C Wright of Latham was stopped at a stop sign in his pickup on Meridian road at the intersection with Illinois Route 121.  49 year-old Charles D Neuman of Delavan was south bound in his semi-struck on IL. Rte. 121.  Wright did not see Neuman and proceeded into the intersection to continue east on Meridian road.  The front of Nueman’s semi struck the driver’s side of Wright.  The collision knocked Wright into the ditch on the west side of Route 121, where it overturned onto its top.  Neuman drove into a field on the east side of Route 121 where it came to rest facing south. Both men received major damage to their vehicles.  Wright was removed from the vehicle by the Logan County Rescue Squad and transported to St. John’s hospital in Springfield with non-life threatening injuries.  Neuman was not injured. Wright was issued a citation for failure to yield.

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Shelbyville July 4th Celebration Next Week

The City of Shelbyville will observe Independence Day next week with an all-day celebration at Forest Park. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they have a carnival schedules this year:

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Christian County Farm Bureau to Host Discussion on Cover Crops

The Christian County Farm Bureau will be holding an evening program on July 24th to address the topic of cover crops. Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa Herwig tells Regional Radio News what is in store for the event:

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-27-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On June 22nd, Earl D. Christman, 65, of Palmer, called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) entered his machine shed located at 620 North 1150 East Road, and stole two chainsaws and one pole saw. The incident occurred sometime between June 5 and June 22.

 

ARRESTS:

Nathan B. Foor, 33, Nathan B. Foor of RR2 Box 156, Tower Hill, was arrested June 26 for domestic battery.

David A. Handlin, 33, of 336 East Main Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested June 26 for driving on a revoked license

Rodger D. Paoni, 39, of 1751 North Grand Avenue West, Springfield, was arrested June 27 for driving on a revoked license

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPORTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On June 27. a Taylorville Police Department officer was out of his vehicle at Circle K gas station. A black pickup pulled into the parking lot and the driver exited the vehicle. The driver then urinated by the side of the vehicle. The officer made contact with Kenneth L. Blake, 53, of Kincaid and issued a city ordinance violation for public urination. 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-27-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALL:

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Gowin Parc Opens New Location in Paris

Gowin Parc is opening up a new location. Theresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc, tells Regional Radio News that a fourth location will be opened in Paris and residents will be moving in this Friday:

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Gowin adds that Memory Care is what Gowin Parc is all about:

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There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Noon. Gowin Parc is a residence for patients suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia, but also is an Independent Living Facility that operates in Mattoon, Pana, and Taylorville. The new Gowin Parc in Paris is located at 705 Kenton Street. For more information about Gowin Parc in Paris, call 463-3003 or visit www.gowinparc.com. 

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Major Changes In WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Programming Begin Monday

Major changes in programming are coming to Newstalk 97.3 WTIM in Taylorville, beginning Monday, July 1st.

 WTIM's 2 local interview shows, now called "Inside Central Illinois", will be integrated into a new "WTIM Morning Show" which premieres from 8:00 to 10:00am weekdays starting Monday.  Local interview segments will be heard at 8:40, 9:10, and 9:40 weekday mornings.  Some of those 3 segments will also feature an "Open Line" as the station has been doing from 9 to 10am weekdays.

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Afternoons starting July First will feature Fox News contributor and syndicated talk show host Dennis Miller (pictured above) from 2 to 5pm.  Miller is heard on over 300 radio stations across the country.  Miller's show began in 2008 and has steadily gained audience and affiliates, according to WTIM president Randal J. Miller.

 

WTIM is part of the Miller Media Group of radio stations that serve Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Clinton, and Charleston.  The company's corporate headquarters is also in Taylorville.

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Davis: Farm Bill Defeat Disappointing

The failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a farm bill left many lawmakers stunned. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says it was an extreme disappointment:

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Details Emerge in Death Investigation of Taylorville Resident

New details have emerged in the death investigation of a Taylorville resident. On Monday night at 11:36, 911 received a call from a male in the 500 Block of Washington Street that his wife was unresponsive in the bathtub.  Emergency responders transported 59 year old Mary J. Agnew to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at 12:20. An autopsy was held in Bloomington Wednesday afternoon.  Autopsy results are pending toxicology testing.  The investigation continues with the Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police zone 4 Investigations, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, Christian County State's Attorney, and Christian County Coroner handling the investigation.

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IHSA Considers Bumping Class Of Successful Teams

The IHSA is considering a new rule called the “Success factor,” which would bump sports teams up a class if they continue to win in the state post season series.  The agency is reviewing a proposal that would require the state to look at a team’s individual success and dish out points for each round of play.  For example, a team that makes it through round one and two of post-season would get one point.  Tack on two points for winning quarter and semi-finals, and add another three for winning the state title.  Teams that get more than 21 points in three years, and those that gets at least six points a year for three years, would be bumped up. 

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Assumption Fest Starts Thursday

One of Central Illinois' favorite events is getting underway. Assumption Fest starts at 6:30 Thursday evening. Angela Ohl-Marsters says they kick things off with the pageant:

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Ohl-Marsters says there will be dozens of dun events during Assumption Fest's 3-day run:

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Most events at Assumption Fest are free to attend. Again, Assumption Fest runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Downtown Assumption.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

MacKenzie J. Brion, 19, of 705 North Webster Street, Taylorville, was arrested June 25 on a bond forfeiture for consumption of liquor by a person under 21.

Daniel L. Watkins, 23, of 64 East 300 North Road, Morrisonville, was arrested June 25 for forgery, burglarly and theft by deception.

Holly A. Conaway, 19, of 400 West Franklin Street 409, Taylorville, was arrested June 25 for burglary, theft by deception, and forgery.

Diana D. Shephard, 33, of 3001 South Lincoln Avenue, Springfield, was arrested June 25 for driving in a suspended/revoked license.

Michael S. Burke, 44, of 1003 North Fourteenth Apartment A, Springfield, was arrested June 25 for obstruction of justice by destroying evidence.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 25, Zachary W. Mills was traveling eastbound on 900 North Road. At approximately 1070 East Road and 900 North Road, a deer jumped out in front of mills from the south. Mills Stopped on the road after hitting the deer. Mills was towed from the scene.

On June 25, a 16-year-old male from Argenta was traveling southbound on 2600 East Road. The male stated the brakes did not work when he came to the intersection at 250 North Road. William C. Hawker, 23, of Pana was traveling westbound on 250 North Road. The male struck Hawker on the passenger side of the vehicle. Hawker went left off the roadway, hit the ditch, flipped, and landed on the back end of the vehicle. Hawker went into the creek approximately 50 yards from the intersection. The male continued south and stopped on the roadway. No injuries were reported. Hawker was towed from the scene due to damage. The male was not towed.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 25, two Taylorville Police Department officers went to a Taylorville residence and made contact with MacKenzie J. Brion who was known to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Brion was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis hears about FBI at Weekly Meeting

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Pictured Left to Right: John McClure June Program Chairman, Brad Ware, and Kiwanis President Gina Prinzavalli.

 

The FBI was the topic at the weekly Taylorville Kiwanis Meeting on Tuesday June 25th. Brad Ware from the Springfield field office detailed their responsibility to investigate the two broad areas of national security and criminal priorities. National security priorities include terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber crimes. Criminal priorities include public corruption, civil rights, violent crime and major thefts, organized crime, and white-collar crime. While we all know of many cases of corruption and various crime and theft in downstate Illinois, many were surprised to learn that two people in the Springfield FBI office jurisdicttion were convicted of terrorisist actions.  For more information on Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis .com 

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House Approves ?Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge?

Bipartisan legislation naming the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River the “Stan Musial Veteran Memorial Bridge” received the approval of the United States House on Tuesday.

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis of Taylorville  and John Shimkus  were among 16 co-sponsors of the legislation, which passed the House on a vote of 395-2.

The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. 

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Christian County Coroner Investigating Taylorville Death

Regional Radio News has learned that Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigation, and Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans are investigating the death of 59 year old female in Taylorville.

Calvert-Winans says that Mary J. Agnew was pronounced dead at Taylorville Memorial Hospital's emergency room Tuesday morning at 12:20. An autopsy will be held later today in Bloomington.

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Heberling: Fair Starts Early for 4H

The Christian County Fair is still a couple weeks away, but area 4Hers will get an early start. Local 4H Program Coordinator Jodi Heberling says they have some events starting this week:

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The Christian County Fair runs July 9th through the 14th. Look for extensive live coverage every day of the fair on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

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Next Step After Tenaska Fall Through is Unknown

With Tenaska backing out of Christian County, that leaves an empty property to be dealt with. Christian County Economic Development Corporation Director Mary Renner tells Regional Radio News that what will happen next is unknown:

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Renner says she agrees with Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton’s comments that the project was a victim of politics and she is saddened to see the project fall through.

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Christian County 4-H Youth Exhibit Projects in Foods Show

 

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Pictured left to right, First row: Meredith Thomas, Natalie Fry, Sidney Wagner, Noah Bailey, David Bruns,Kristina Allen, Mackenzie Harmon, Caitlin Lauwerens, Jordan Lauwerens. Second Row: Ivy Fry, Manna Witt, Lauren Bailey, Rebecca Brookens, Daniel Cornell, Catherine Brookens, Kaleigh Gabriel, Brooke Bates, Drew Brookens, Felicity Witt, Anna Brookens, Kirra Walter, Alex Brockamp, Meridith Cook, Bryce Barton, Kara Brockamp, Hannah Lupton, Amy Heberling.

Not Pictured: Kamila Allen, Rozella Colbrook, Weston Erlenbush, Abby Winans, Hunter Gerlick, Madison Lush, Isabella Murphy, Shiloh Witt, Karlee Kuntzman, Cameron Harmon, Jacob Thomas, Tanner Mickey, Jhett Walker and Jhdyen Walker

 

The 4-H Food Show was held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at University of Illinois Extension Christian County office.  Over Forty youth exhibited food projects for the judges. The results from the show are grouped by project area and are listed in the following sequence: member’s name, 4-H Club, city of residence and awards. State Fair delegates are indicated as Sfair and State Fair Alternate as SFA.  The award of Best of Show, indicated as BoS, is given to those 4-Hers who are under ten years of age and not eligible to continue onto the state fair with a state fair quality project.

 

4-H Cooking 101 - Cookies

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Lauren Bailey

Tri-County Kids

Owaneco

A

SFA

Weston Erlenbush            

Young Riders                                     

Roby

A

 

Ivy Fry

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

 

Natalie Fry

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

SFA

Jordan Lauwerens            

Warriors 

Rochester

A

 

Jhadyn Walker               

Lads and Lassies                                

Morrisonville

A

BoS

Jhett Walker                  

Lads and Lassies                                

Morrisonville

A

 

Manna Witt                   

Owaneco Indians and Maidens                     

Taylorville

A

SFA

 

4-H Cooking 101-Coffeecake

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Meredith Cook

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

Class Champion

Nicholas Fry

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

 

Caitlin Lauwerens

Warriors

Rochester

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 101 - Cereal Bars

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Noah Bailey

Tri-County Kids

Owaneco

A

 

Hunter Gerlick

New Vision

Taylorville

A

 

Tanner Mickey

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 201-Cheese Muffins

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Bryce Barton

Warriors

Taylorville

A

 

David Bruns

Tri-County Kids

Rosamond

A

 

Kirra Walter

Owaneco Indians and Maidens

Owaneco

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 201-Scones

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Rebekah Brookens

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

Class Champion

 

 

 

 

SFA

Amy Heberling                

New Vision                                      

Owaneco

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 201-Nut Bread

 Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Madison Lush

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

A

 

Isabella Murphy

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

A

 

Meredith Thomas

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 301-Dinner Rolls

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Mackenzie Harmon

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

A

 

Amy Heberling

New Vision

Owaneco

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 301-Sweet Rolls

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Felicity Witt

Owaneco Indians and Maidens

Taylorville

A

Class Champion

 

 

 

 

Sfair

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 301-Layer Cake

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Kristina Allen

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

 

Kaleigh Gaberiel

Warriors

Rochester

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 401-Focaccia Bread

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Anna Brookens

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 401-Sponge Cake

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Kamila Allen

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

Class Champion

 

 

 

 

Sfair

Alex Brockamp

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

A

 

Amy Heberling

New Vision

Owaneco

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H Cooking 401-Pie Shell

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Kara Brockamp

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Meals I

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Brooke Bates

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

Sfair

Johnathan Brookens

New Vision

Taylorville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microwave Magic A

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Karlee Kuntzman

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

B

 

Shiloh Witt

Owaneco Indians and Maidens

Taylorville

A

SFA

 

 

 

 

 

Microwave Magic C

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Brooke Bates

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microwave Magic D

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Rebekah Brookens

Tri-County Kids

Pana

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Preservation

  Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Catherine Brookens

New Vision

Taylorville

A

Sfair

Cameron Harmon

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

B

 

Hannah Lupton

Lads and Lassies

Morrisonville

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Demonstration

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

David Bruns

Tri-County Kids

Rosamond

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Decorating 

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Rozella Colbrook

Old Stonington 4-H Club

Stonington

A

BoS

Daniel Cornell

INDEPENDENT

Stonington

A

BoS

Amy Heberling

New Visions

Owaneco

A

 

Sidney Wagner

Christian County 4-H Clover Club

Taylorville

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candymaking

Exhibitor Name

Group Name

City

Award

Special Awards

Rozella Colbrook

Old Stonington 4-H Club

Stonington

A

 

Kirra Walter

Owaneco Indians and Maidens

Owaneco

A

 

Abby Winans

Mt Auburn Rustlers

Mount Auburn

A

 

               

 

Each exhibitor received individualized conference judging on their food projects, allowing for a unique learning experience.  This show was a success due to the generosity of the volunteers who judged. Thank you to all of the volunteers that help throughout the 4H year.

 

Outstanding cake decorators were awarded with the Wilton Cake Decorating award and will be receiving a yearbook from Wilton Industries. These awards went to Daniel Cornell in the Senior Division and Rozella Colbrook in the Junior Division.


Food demonstrations were also presented by David Bruns, David showed the audience how to make peanut butter breakfast wraps, he received an “A” rating.

 

The number of youth allowed to exhibit at the State Fair is limited; therefore, it is a true honor to be selected at the county level to continue to the state level.  Projects will be conference judged on Christian County’s designated day at the Illinois State Fair, Friday, August 9, 2013.

 

The Clothing show will be held on Thursday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a style show about 7 p.m.

Additional exhibit opportunities include:

     The 4-H Poultry, Rabbit and General Projects Shows will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Christian County Fairgrounds on West Spresser Street in Taylorville.

4-H members from around the county will be given the opportunity to exhibit their accomplishments in a wide variety of areas. Many of these projects will remain on display until Thursday evening, July 11, 2013. Some of the projects will be auctioned off during the 4-H Auction Thursday evening at the Beef Show Arena beginning at 5:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME FOR THE AUCTION.

     Livestock shows will begin on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 the Swine Show will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the Sheep Show/Goat show beginning no earlier than 10 followed by the  Beef Classes that will not begin before 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend any and all of these shows.

     Check us out on line their website:  www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian and the Christian County Ag Association Fair website: www.christiancountyfair.com . Any questions should be directed to the Extension office at 287-7246. Christian County projects selected for the State Fair will travel to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Friday August 9, 2013.  Take time to see the wonderful things youth in our county are accomplishing during any of our local exhibit opportunities and during the Illinois State Fair.

 If you would like more information about joining 4-H or have any questions, please contact the Extension office at 287-7246.

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Shelby County Allows Concealed Carry

Shelby County made a decision to allow its residents to carry a concealed firearm if they have a valid FOID card. Shelby County State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide tells Regional Radio News it was time to make this decision:

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Vonderheide explains how the charges process would work:

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This concealed carry decision only applies to Shelby County and if you are planning to carry a concealed weapon outside of Shelby County, you need check with officials from that area before leaving to find out their enforcement on it. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-25-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Jeffrey E. Sides, 29, of 510 West First Street, Stonington, was arrested June 24 for disorderly conduct.

Brian E. McKinney, 44, of 1108 South 8th Street, Monmouth, was arrested June 24 for failure to appear or answer and driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 22, Isaiah D. Williams, 18, of Shelbyville was northbound on 2420 East Road. Williams stated he was being chased by Cole W. Martz, 20, of Shelbyville. Just north of 350 North, Williams lost control and entered the east ditch. As Williams re-entered the roadway, he made contact with the tires of Martz. Martz admitted to trying to catch Williams. Williams received both passenger and driver's side damage. Martz did not receive any damage. No injuries were reported.

On June 22, John E. Beyers, 39, of Pana, was eastbound on County Road 250 North. At approximately 2550 east, Beyers lost control when he encountered standing water. Beyers entered the north ditch and overturned. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On June 24 at 9:11pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Hershey Towers in reference to a loud party. Following investigation, Hunter J. Oliver, 21, of Taylorville was arrested on an Effingham County failure to appear warrant.

On June 24 at 12:52 am, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to 2100 Drand Boulevard Apartments in reference of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officer saw Richard B. Peat, Jr., 51, of Kincaid, in the parking lot being disruptive and combative toward others. The officer made contact and arrested Peat, Jr. for public intoxication. Upon further investigation, Peat, Jr. was also charged with battery. Peat, Jr. was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and was released on a notice to appear.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 21, Devin D. Baker, 18, of Pana, was traveling south on Cheney Street when Cassandra S. Agnew, 33, of Taylorville failed to yield at the intersection and struck Baker in the rear passenger side door. Both vehicles were moved prior to officers arrival. No injuries were reported. Agnew was charged with failure to yield.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 24:

2 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

 

June 25:

1 EMS

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Taylorville Park Board Receives Great News About Pool at Meeting

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The Taylorville Park District Board received some great news in regards to the Manners Park Pool at their meeting Monday night. Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says they did outstanding on their first audit:

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The audit was done by Ellis & Associates. The Manners Park Pool is Open Daily from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

The Park Board took care of other business at their meeting Monday night. They approved to pay the remaining balance on the Lakeshore Golf Course Maintenance Shed Guttering to Cyde. The Board had held back because of what seemed to be an additional 1468-dollars but after Cyde provided a break down, it turned out the total amount was correct. The Board agreed to require a breakdown for any service from this point on. The Board also approved the Christian County prevailing wage rate and the purchase of a bigger refrigerator for the Manners Park Dining Hall.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:30pm.

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Missing Person Alert Cancelled

The missing person alert for Viola F. Howell, 69 has been cancelled. The alert was issued when Howell went missing on June 23 from the parking lot at the Walgreens in Pana.  If you have any questions, contact the Pana Police Department at 562-2141.

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Mayor: Tenaska Project a Victim of Politics

The Tenaska group officially called off the power plant project, which would have brought hundreds of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to Christian County. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton tells Regional Radio News that he got word last week from Bart Ford, Vice President of Development for the Tenaska Group:

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The project would have required passage of special legislation to implement. It was opposed mainly by environmental groups like the Sierra Club, and by Exelon, the company giant which stood to lose millions of dollars had the plant been built,

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-24-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On June 22, William R. Reeter, 68, of Blue Mound, reported to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office that person(s) had entered his shed and taken his 1996 New Holland 1725 tractor. The tractor was last seen on June 21 at approximately 12:00pm and reported stolen at 9:36am on June 22.

On June 20, Steve Hoffman, 62, of Pana contacted Christian County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of property. Hoffman said that sometime between June 18 and June 20, unknown person(s) entered the shop building on his property located at 2181 East 700 North Road and stole several different types of copper wiring. He had noticed a battery cable, welding cable and leads, 220 welding cord, three phase electric cord, extension cord wire and Romex wiring had all been taken as well. 

 

ARRESTS:

Michelle L. Smith, 40, of 625 Glen Street, Kincaid, was arrested June 24 for domestic battery.

Georgia E. Ward, 38, of 216 South Locust Street Apartment L, Assumption was arrested June 23 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Kyle M. Smith, 18, of 635 Glen Street, Kincaid, was arrested June 23 for criminal damages to property.

Clifford E. Ballion, 48, of 905 West Franklin Street, Taylorville was arrested June 23 for domestic battery and driving on a suspended license.

Nathan E. Pinnell, 30, of 107 West First Street, Morrisonville, was arrested June 22 for operating uninsured.

Damon L. Price, 34, of 1523 West Elm Street, Taylorville, was arrested June 23, for domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

Patrick M. Motley, 23, of 1254 Illinois Route 48, Taylorville was arrested June 22 for operating uninsured and possession of drug paraphernalia

Brandon J. Emery, 22, of 814 Hawley, Taylorville, was arrested June 22 for driving on a suspended license.

Abigale A. House, 24, of 2100 North Grand Boulevard B1, Taylorville, was arrested on June 21 for battery.

Alexander B. Shanks, 20, of 610 South Webster Street, Taylorville was arrested June 21 for failure to appear.

Justin M. Gatton, 26, of 911 West Park, Taylorville, was arrested June 21 for possession of cannabis.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On June 22, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle traveling North on Cheney Street. A registration check of the vehicle showed that the male registered owner had a valid warrant out of Montgomery County. The vehicle pulled into FS. The officer turned around and pulled into the parking lot behind the vehicle. The officer made contact with Nathan E. Pinnell 30, of Morrisonville and identified him as the male registered owner. The officer ran his information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Pinnell was placed under arrest and he was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond on the warrant.

On June 22, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Rotue 48 and Cherokee. After the stop, Rhashedd L. Armour, 29, of Petersburg, was arrested fo driving while license was suspended. Armour was released on a notice to appear.

In June 23, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed a male subject laying in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Webster and Market. The officer made contact with Jose Francisco, 39, who was determined to be highly intoxicated. Francisco was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing.

Michael E. Wilson, 50, of Taylorville was arrested on June 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Wilson was released after posting $100 cash bond and his Illinois driver's license.

On June 23, 911 advised the Taylorville Police Department of a 911 hang up. The owner of the phone resided at 1523 West Elm. A Taylorville Police Department Office went to the address and could hear there was a domestic in progress. The officer mad contact with the subjects and following an investigation, Damon L. Price 34, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic violence. Price was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and later lodged at Christian County Sheriff's Office.

On June 21, two Taylorville Police Officers went to 2100 Grand Boulevard and made contact with Abigale A. House, 24, of Taylorville who was known to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. House was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond on the warrant.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 21, Beverly J Cascio, 81, of Taylorville advised she was exiting from Casey's Gas Station, attempting to turn right onto East Park Street when she struck Kayle M. Matheny, 21, of Taylorville. Cascio advised she did not see Matheny before striking her. Cascio received damage to the front left quarter panel. Matheny advised she was heading easy when Cascio pulled out and struck her passenger side front door.

On May 22, an anonymous owner came to Taylorville Police Department to report that sometime overnight her vehicle had been struck. Damage was done to the driver side mirror. Located at the scene was a passenger side mirror that is from the other vehicle that is unknown at this time.

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CTI Cuts the Ribbon for Fiber Optic Project

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Computer Techniques Incorporated in Taylorville held a ribbon cutting on Monday for their Fiber Optic Project. Billy Williams, co-owner of CTI, tells Regional Radio News the plan for starting the project:

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The upgrade to fiber optic technology will bring better internet speeds and CTI plans to offer phone and TV service as well. Williams added they are planning to start the project no later than tomorrow, Tuesday June 25. CTI is located at 1100 Sportsman Drive next to the Taylorville High School.

 

Equipment for the project on display in front of the CTI office:

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Fire Department Calls: 6-24-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 22

1 Automatic Alarm, 1 gas leak, 1 EMS

 

June 23

7 EMS, 1 Public Assist

 

June 24

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Sheriff Warns of Burglaries

It's vacation season, and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp reminds you to avoid being a victim if crime. There are some precautions you can take the will help:

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Sheriff Kettlekamp also says you should have someone pick up your mail and any newspaper while you're away. He also warns against posting your vacation plans online where burglars can see it.

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Girls Night Out Tuesday

Another Girl's Night Out is coming to Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the monthly event is Tuesday night:

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Exciting Events in Store for Assumption Fest Next Week

The Assumption Fest is this upcoming Thursday through Saturday, June 27th to June 29th. In addition to many popular returning events, there will also be some new exciting ones. Assumption Fest President Angela Ohl-Marsters says one of the more intriguing new events is the Solution Action Sports BMX Stunt Show:

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The BMX show will be on 2nd and Oak Streets. Other new events include the Macon Speedway Show Car, Woodcarving, and a Historical Re-enactment. The Grand Parade will be on Saturday and they are still accepting entries for it. The Assumption Fest is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the parade, call Angela at 820-1690.   

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Taylorville Chamber Welcomes New Members at Cookout

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City Reaches Settlement Over Hathaway Homes Project

A settlement has been reached in the Hathaway Homes Subdivision lawsuit.  The lawsuit had been filed by Christian County Integrated Services and Siegrist Builders in an attempt to recover alleged losses which they claim occurred as a result of the City’s delay in approving the project. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton tells Regional Radio News he is glad to see an agreement come about:

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The settlement amount is reportedly $30,000 which is considerably less than the potential $100,000 plus amount originally sought.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-21-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On June 17, Catherine A. Mudd, 27, of Mt. Auburn was parked on the north side of East Chapel Street, approximately 1/10 of a mile west of North Maple Street in Mt. Burn. Mudd was parked legally facing westbound. Mudd also had a trailer attached to the rear of the vehicle. Larry R. Werve, 62, of Mt. Auburn was parked across the street in a parking area of the property, located at 207 East Chapel Street. Werve stated he began to back up and did not see Mudd parked across the street. Werve backed in a southeast direction onto Chapel Street attempting to proceed westbound. Werve then struck Mudd. Werve received rear and passenger side damage. Mudd received driver's side and rear damage. No injuries were reported.

 

INCIDENTS:

On June 19th at approximately 8:53am, Christian County 911 received a call from a rural Mechanicsburg residence of a 32 year old unresponsive male. The male, identified as Nickolas J. Melton, was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Christian County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Aubrun Fire District, and Sutton's Ambulance arrived at the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Christian County Coroner and the Christian County Sheriff's Office with toxicology results pending.

 

On June 20, Doug Downs, 50, Moweaqua, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to reports a theft. Sometime between the hours of 12:00am and 3:00am, unknown subject or subjects broke the lock on his machine shed located at 2157 East 1880 North Road. Once inside, the subject or subjects removed approximately 30 large semi batteries.

 

On June 21, Hattie M. Brockelsby, 62, of Taylorville, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to reports unknown subject(s) cut the hose to her pool located at 1270 East 1900 North Road. The incident occurred sometime between 9:30pm on June 20 and 6:30am on June 21.

 

ARRESTS:

Leda L. Ward, 37, of 218 West Boyd, Taylorville, was arrested on June 20 for possession of cannabis.

Ronald E. Hall, 40, of 430 South Walnut Street, Taylorville, was arrested on June 20 for failure to appear.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 20 at 5:47pm, a Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 430 South Walnut Street. Officers made contact with Ronald E. Hall Jr., 40, of Taylorville who had a valid Christian County warrant. The warrant was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and Hall, Jr. was arrested and transported to Christian County Correctional Center

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Fire Department Calls: 6-21-13

THE TAYLROVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLLS:

June 20

2 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Illegal Burn

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Big Events Planned in Shelbyville

With summertime now officially here, ther kids are out in force, often riding bicycles. With that in mind, there is a Bike Safety event Saturday in Shelbyville, according to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce:

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Mayhall also says a meeting concerning the Chautauqua Building is planned:

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The Shlebyville Chautauqua Building is located in Forest Park.

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More New Goods Available at Farmers Market

The Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market continues to add new produce items each week. Market Manager Ed Downs says this week is no exception:

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Along with seasonal produce, the market also features farm fresh eggs, baked goods, and arts and crafts. The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 1pm on the Taylorville Square.

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Tenaska Discontinuing Efforts to Locate Power Plant Near Taylorville

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Tenaska today announced that it is discontinuing its development efforts for the Taylorville Energy Center proposed for Christian County, an advanced coal-fueled electric generating facility designed to capture carbon dioxide. The company will focus its efforts on ongoing development of natural gas-fueled and renewable facilities to customers across the nation.

 

Over the past seven years Tenaska has served as the managing partner of Christian County Generation, LLC, a limited liability company that has sought to develop the Taylorville Energy Center.

 

The Taylorville Energy Center is a clean coal project that, to be viable, required the passage of both legislation to create a “Clean Coal Portfolio Standard” framework and implementing legislation to facilitate the long-term sale of the initial project’s electric output, according to Bart Ford, Tenaska Vice President of Development.

 

Ford added the Illinois Clean Coal Portfolio Standard was signed into law during the 95th General Assembly in 2009. However, implementing legislation was not passed in the following years.

 

Ford indicated that Tenaska has reached the end of the resources that it can devote to continue this effort, therefore the company has made the difficult business decision to withdraw from Christian County Generation.

 

The company’s business partner, MDL Holding Company, will continue as the project owner.

 

Ford said Tenaska has appreciated the strong support that the Taylorville Energy Center received from the local community.

 

Regional Radio News has learned that Tenaska will be putting its Christian County property up for sale.

 

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Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Resigns

The Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman has stepped down from his post.  Jim Allen resigned Thursday after an email surfaced of him calling Erika Harold a “street walker” and “love child” of Democrats.  He also reportedly said Harold would lose the primary and then go back to be hired by a Chicago firm to fill its racial quota. Harold is an African American attorney and former Miss America, who’s challenging Congressman Rodney Davis in the 13th District.  Allen’s comments drew criticism from the national Republican Party.  

Allen did apologize for the racially charged remarks he made in the email. 

Harold announced earlier this month that she would challenge Davis for the Republican Primaries. Republicans have suggested she is in the race at the behest of the Democratic Party, as a spoiler.

Andrew Flach, a spokesman for Representative Davis, said the comments do not reflect the congressman's views. 

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Member Appreciation Cookout Tomorrow; CTI Ribbon Cutting Next Week

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has its Member Appreciation Cookout tomorrow. The event is at Manner's Park from 11:30am to 1pm at the Chautauqua Building. They ask that you RSVP to the Chamber at 824-4919.

It's also been a busy time for the Chamber. They held a Business After Hours Function at Newwave Communications this week, and there was a ribbon cutting held at Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant Wednesday. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says there will be another ribbon cutting next week:

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CTI is located at 1100 Sportsman Drive, across from the Taylorville High School. 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-20-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On June 19, Mary E. Kresin, 56, of Pana, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) forcibly entered a machine shed and removed several items including a Dee Zee 48" black chest toolbox, a new bright orange chain with black chain and ratchet pull lever, and a 20 foot Heavy Duty Log chain. The machine shed is located on their property at 692 North 2500 East Road. The incident occurred sometime between 10pm on June 18 and 7:00am on June 19.

On June 13, Matthew A. Green, 53, of Springfield, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) attempted to enter his machine shed, located at 538 East 1500 North Road. No entry was gained but the subject(s) damaged the metal entry door and door knob to the shed. The incident occurred sometime between 5:00pm on June 12 and 1:00pm on June 13.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 19, Jared P. Lebon, of Pana was northbound on US-51 just north of Township Road 1300 North Road. Lebon stated that a deer ran into the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking the deer.

 

ARRESTS:

Amy O. Watring, 31, of 257 West Center Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested June 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Jonathon J. Burgener, 27, of 1677 North Church Street, Decatur, was arrested June 20 for burglary.

Marciano Williams, 22, of South 11th Street, Springfield, was arrested on June 20 for possession control

Michael P. Forbes, 32, of RR1 Box 347, Ramsey, was arrested on June 19 for revoked/suspended license.

Justin M. Durbin, 21, of 514 West First Street, Taylorville, was arrested on June 18 for other amounts of narcotics.

Virgilio Antele-Chagal, 37, of 16 South Poplar, Pana, was arrested on June 18 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Robert R. Snyder, 58, of 412 Northern Avenue, Taylorville was arrested on June 18 for driving with revoked license.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-20-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 19

2 EMS, 1 Fire

 

June 20

1 EMS

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Sheriff: Scams Affect Legitimate Businesses

It seems like every day there are reports of a new scam. Changes in technology have helped bring about a whole industry of fraud, and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the scams make it difficult for legitimate businesses:

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Sheriff Kettlekamp says if you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. The Sheriff says it's important for you to report any scam attempts, even if you're not taken in, because it helps law enforcement keep track of patterns, and gives them a chance to warn the public.

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Young Ag Leaders Program Continues to Grow

The Young Ag Leaders program is continuing to build on a strong start. Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa Herwig tells Regional Radio News that the program is expanding:

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The Young Ag Leaders will not be meeting in the month of July due to the fair and other schedule conflicts. The program is open to people ages 18 to 40. If you are interested in joining, call the Christian County Farm Bureau at 824-2940 for more information.

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One Killed in Semi-Truck and Motorcycle Collision

An accident involving a Semi truck and a motorcycle Wednesday afternoon near Pana has caused the death of a Cowden woman.

According to the Illinois State Police, the accident happened when the motorcycle was rear ended near the intersection of  Routes 51 and 16 in Pana.  Both vehicles were reportedly westbound on Route 16 when the semi truck, driven by 34 year old Tha Yang of Eucha, Oklahoma, rear-ended the motorcycle.  The driver of the motorcycle, 57 year old Charles Dilley of Cowden, and his passenger, 57 year old Carol Dilley of Cowden, were thrown off the vehicle.  Charles Dilley was injured and sent to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Carol Dilley was airlifted to St. John’s, where she was pronounced dead.

Yang was uninjured. He was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.   The crash remains under investigation.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held its first meeting for the 2013 event Thursday afternoon in the Chamber board room.

Chillifest chairperson Greg Hornbuckle is in his 4th year of heading the event, and says there has already been a lot of planning that’s taken place for the 2013 edition on the Taylorville square October 5th and 6th.

The event will bring back many favorite attractions, such as bands and dance troupes performing on the Chillifest stage, as well as the Little Miss and Little Mister Chilli Pepper contests.

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The 5-K run and walk will also be back, as well as the kiddie tractor pull.

The event celebrates chilli, which will again be served by Chamber volunteers, and is what makes it the organization’s largest fund-raiser of the year. Chillifest is also a sanctioned chilli cook-off event by the International Chilli Society, with chilli and salsa cooks coming from many states to compete.

Information on Chillifest, as well as the many forms and applications for the event, will again be available on-line at chillifest-dot-info…and that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s.

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Remains Found in Sangamon County Identified

An autopsy was performed Wednseday morning on the remains found by Sangamon County officials June 18.  The autopsy was able to confirm that they are the remains of 57-year-old Timothy Patrick Ryan of Springfield.  There is no evidence of any homicidal injury. At this point, his death appears to be consistent with a suicide. Further testing is being performed and will not be back for several weeks.

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CCEDC Puts Plan in Place To Fill Future Treasurer Opening

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee agreed at their meeting Wednesday afternoon to the plan of having a new treasurer in place by October 31st to replace John Lawrence who is retiring. Board President Dick Adams expressed appreciation for what Lawrence has done all these years:

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Motorcycle and Semi Crash on Rt. 16 and Rt. 51

Illinois State Police are on the scene of a traffic accident near the intersection of Route 16 and Route 51 near Pana in Christian County. The crash happened around 2:30pm, and involved a motorcycle and semi truck. Police say both drivers were taken to nearby hospitals.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-19-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORTS THE FOLLOWING INCIDENTS:

On June 16, Brett Hogge, 41, of Langleyville, called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report on unknown person(s) had busted out the driver's side window of his Chrysler Town and Country van sometime throughout the night while parked at his residence, 216 South Vollentine.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On June 17, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to the 300 block of North Washington Street in regards to a male subject who had fallen. The officer arrived and made contact with Kebin E. Griffiths, 48, of Taylorville who was walking West on Poplar Street. The officer spoke to Griffiths and noted a very strong odor of alcohol emitting from him. Griffiths was placed under arrest for public intoxication and released on a notice to appear.

 

On June 17, 2 TPD officers went to 515 South Shawnee Street and made contact with Percy D. Wubker, 20, of Jacksonville, who the officers knew had a valid warrant out of Montgomery County. The officers ran Wubker's information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Wubker was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department. After receiving confirmation, Wubker was transported to Christian Count Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

On June 19, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to 820 East Oak in reference to a loud noise complaint. The officer went to the area and could hear loud music coming from the garage. Officers made contact with the subjects and subsequently 3 juveniles and 5 minors: Zachary T. Bland, 20, of Taylorville, Daniel T. Crosby, 18, of Pana, Kayman A. Farlow, 19, of Benton, Brion J. MacKenzie, 19, of Taylorville, and Robert C. Scott, 19, of Taylorville, were arrested for illegal consumption and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bland was also charged with possession of cannabis. All subjects were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on notices to appear.

 

On June 18, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Lake Lot #33 for possible underage drinking. Upon investigation, Kurklan E. Dickey, 18, of Taylorville and two female juveniles were arrested for Illegal Consumption of alcohol by a minor.

 

On June 12, a Taylorville Police Department officer was advised of a male subject lyin on the West side of Casey's East. The subject appeared to be intoxicated. The officer went to the address and made contact with Robert E. Tarrant, 46, of Taylorville. Tarrant was placed under arrest for public intoxication. He was processed and released on a notice to appear.

 

On June 17, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 612 East Ash in reference to a domestic dispute. A female identified as Sorsha A. Taylor, 22, of Taylorville was arrested for public intoxication. Taylor was issued a city ordinance for public intoxication and given a notice to appear.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 15 at approximately 2:43pm, Tyler R. Adcock, 18, of Moweaqua was traveling westbound from Northern Avenue across Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 104 when he was struck by James R. Adkins, 77, of Pana. A witness that was behind Adcock said they had the green light and he saw Adkins was not slowing down for the red light so the witness did not enter the intersection. The witness saw Adkins hit Adcock. Another witness was across the intersection and he too noticed that Adkins was not slowing down. That witness also watched Adkins hit Adcock. Adkins said he thought he had the green light as he went through the intersection and struck Adcock. No injuries were reported. Adkins was towed from the scene.

 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-19-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 18:

1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Autopsy Today on Remains Found in Sangamon County

The Sangamon County Coroner's office will conduct an autopsy today (Wednesday) on the remains discovered by County Sheriff's and Rescue personnel around 7:15 Tuesday evening  south of the Stanford overpass.  There has not been a positive identification or an established cause of death.  More information should be available following autopsy.

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Christian County Board Holds Short Meeting

 

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The Drug Court Graduation was brought to the attention of the Christian County Board at their meeting Tuesday night. Chairman Paul Schmitz explains what the event is:

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The graduation is this Friday, June 21st, at 1:00pm in the Taylorville High School cafeteria. 

 

The Christian County Board was informed at their meeting Tuesday night that they may have to reimburse a sheep farmer after he lost 22 sheep to a wild dog attack. Board member Laura Wilkinson what was decided in the Executive/Personal/Liquor Committee meeting in regards to the situation:

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Despite being uninsured, the farmer is entitled to some reimbursement according to the Animal Control Act. The money would come out of the Animal Control Fund. 

 

The Christian County Board took care of many motions in their short meeting. They approved the requests to fill the Sheriff’s deputy position following the retirement of Mick Moliske later this month and to hire an additional correctional officer. The Board also clarified how it was going to accomplish the split of the sharing of a secretary between the Solid Waste Office and the Zoning Office. They decided to have the Solid Waste Office maintain status quo for this fiscal year and incorporate the 60/40 split next year. The Board also adopted the annual prevailing wage ordinance, approved the motion to continue work on the Drug/Alcohol Abuse Policy with the department heads, and approved the Highway American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to leave a week delay in pay which would make overtime calculations in sync with the pay period. The meeting adjourned at 6:47pm.

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Pedestrian Killed By Car Identified

The 50-year-old man who was struck and killed by a car has been identified as Phillip Todd Haines of Pana. Haines was killed on U.S. 51 when a Ford Explorer driven by a 49 year old Assumption man struck him while he was for some reason, out in the middle of the highway. Haines was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-18-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On June 17, both Thomas J. Curtin, 35, of Blue Mound and William A. Crist Jr., 51, of Edinburg, were traveling on County 14 in opposite directions. Around 1750 East Road, Curtin's and Crist's driver's side mirrors hit. Both mirrors were damaged and caused damage to the paint on the driver's door on both vehicles. Crist's mirror hit the drivier's side window causing it to shatter. Curtin and Crist both claimed that the other crossed into his lane of traffic. There was not any marks on the roadway to determine where the impact happen. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:

Percy D. Wubker, 29, of 154 Howe Street, Jacksonville, was arrested on June 17 for theft.

Angela M. Beard, 38, of 113 East Market Street Apartment 1, Taylorville, was arrested June 17 for driving on a suspended license

Aaron J. Jeffers, 25, of 500 Johnson, Nokomis, was arrested June 18 for operating uninsured.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-18-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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2013-06-18 07:45:29.367

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Davis Demands Answers from NSA and FBI

In a newsletter to his constituents the other day. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville said he is demanding answers from the NSA and the FBI concerning the collection of phone records and data from online technology firms. Davis says they have gone way too far:

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2013-06-18 13:18:07.653

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Chamber Has Active Week Planned

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has a full agenda this week. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says they have their monthly business after hours Wednesday evening:

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Hornbuckle says the monthly Lunch and Learn event this week will address a very important topic:

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Additionally, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new Los Rancheros Restaurant at 10:30 Wednesday morning, and they will hold their annual New Member Appreciation Cookout this Friday from 11:30am to 1pm. If you want to RSVP, call the Chamber at 824-4919 or stop by the office on the South side of the Taylorville Square

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Congressman Davis' District Chief of Staff Speaks to Taylorville Kiwanis Club

Tim Butler, District Chief of Staff for Congressman Rodney Davis, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Butler worked for Congressman Ray LaHood for 14 years, and is a native of Peoria. He worked on Davis’ campaign, and later helped him set up 3 district offices in Taylorville, Decatur, and Champaign. 2 more offices are expected to be opened.

Butler told the Taylorville Kiwanis members that Congress passing a farm bill is high on Congressman Davis’ agenda.

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And, Butler added that the recent controversies in Washington, is asking for more accountability by the Congress, from the Obama administration.

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Butler added the Taylorville congressman still gets back home on weekends.

Congressman Davis serves on the House Agriculture and Transportation Committees.

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Taylorville City Council Holds Busy Meeting

 width=The deadline has been set for resumes to be turned in for the fire chief opening. Mayor Greg Brotherton gave the date in his update at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night:

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Mike Crews is serving as the Acting Fire Chief and is a candidate for the spot.

 

The Taylorville City Council was told that their requested action has been filed against a Taylorville property for an excessive amount of garbage and the owner had been given a summons for a hearing. City Attorney Rocci Romano explains the situation:

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Romano also filed an emergency motion and asked the court to hear the case this Wednesday.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved many motions at their meeting Monday night. The Council approved the mayoral appointment of Ron Nicol to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. They also approved a levy for an additional tax of .02% for the Library purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, and for the maintenance, repairs and alterations of Library buildings and equipment. The motion for the BlueCross/Blue Shield Plan with a 1.65% decrease in health insurance premium rates effective July 1, 2013 and the motion to ratify the payment of 4,980-dollars for a Honda TDU 7000 LXU Diesel Generator and other equipment were approved. Several other payments were approved including the pay request #1 from Maxcore Inc. in the amount of 286,245-dollars for the Cherokee Street Tower Project, the motion to forward to the IEPA for transfer of funds from the IEPA Low Interest Loan to the City in the amount of 18,198-dollars for engineering fees from Benton and Associates, and the acceptance of the bid of 12,450-dollars from Brotcke Well and Pump for Well #3 pump removal and installation.

 

The Council ended the night by going into a closed session to get an update on the ongoing lawsuit over the Hathaway Homes. Mayor Brotherton said there was no comment that could be publicly made on what was discussed in the session.

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Taylorville Police Receive Report of Suspicious Activity Near North School

On Saturday June 15th around 10:35 am, the Taylorville Police Department received information of suspicious activity at the North Elementary School. A woman told police that her son rode his bicycle to North School to play on the playground equipment. While he was riding his bike on the concrete walkway, he fell off. After sitting up, he saw a male subject stop his van, get out, and begin to walk towards the boy with his arms extended out. As the boy got up, the male subject allegedly attempted to put his arms around him but the boy jumped on his bike and rode away. The boy reportedly never heard the male subject say anything and saw the man get back in his van and drive off.

 

The male subject was described as tall with short brown/blondish hair. He was thin, with no facial hair and he was wearing blue jeans, a plain white t-shirt, and black sneakers. The van was described as a plain white full size Chevy with two windows on the front side and two windows on the back doors. The intent of the male subject is unknown. If you have any information concerning this incident or if you were in the area during the time of the incident and might have seen something, call the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211. 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 14

4 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist, 1 report of gas odor

 

June 15

5 EMS. 1 Automatic Alarm

 

June 16

5 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On June 16, John S. Muffick, 63, of Taylorville was traveling westbound on Lincoln Trail passing by Roosevelt Road when a deer struck the side of Muffick's vehicle causing damage to the entire driver's side. No injuries were reported.

 

INCIDENTS:

On June 12, the Christian County Sheriff's Office met with Robt McGehee of Taylorville at his home on 3833 Lake Drive. McGehee wanted to report damage to his yard. Damage was done to the yard with a chemical used to kill the grass. The damage happened between the night June 6 and the morning of June 7.

 

ARRESTS:

Jacob R. Conaway, 22, of 2035 North 600 East Road, Edinburg, was arrested on June 14 for possession control.

Christi J. Tedrow, 33, of 33 Kennedy Drive, Taylorville, was arrested on June 14 for operating uninsured.

Andrew M. McDonald, 18, of South Cherrywood Trailer Park, Taylorville was arrested on June 15 for unlawful possession of a firearm

Austin P. Green, 18, of 32 Mashie Court, Sherman, was arrested on June 15 for consumption of liquor by a person under the age of 21.

Shane A. Drum, 33, of 2350 East 600 Noth, Pana, was arrested on June 16 for domestic battery.

Shawn T. Stone, 22, of 735 Murphy School Road, Anna, was arrested on June 17 for driving under the influence of alcohol

Brock A. Emery, 19, of 126 East Street, Harvel, was arrested on June 17 for illegal consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On June 15 at approximately 12:18am, Taylorville Police Department dispatch received  phone call from an employee at Walmart in regards to a tan Ford Taurus leaving the parking lot with 5 individuals that appeared to be under 21 with alcohol. A Taylorville Police Department officer saw the vehicle matching the description and found it on Haner Street. Subsequent to arrest, suspect David W. Moma, 21, of Taylorville admitted to taking a bottle of alcohol from Walmart. He was arrested and taken to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released on a notice to appear for retail theft.

 

Two Taylorville Police Department officers inspected a car that on officer had located in reference to suspicious activity and underage drinking. One of the officers identified the backseat passenger as Andrew M. McDonald, 18, of Taylorville. The officer ran McDonald through Taylorville dispatch who advised McDonald had a valid warrant out of Christian County. McDonald was placed into custody and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

On June 14 at 11:10pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Christi Tedrow, 33, of Taylorville, at the Mach 1 on Springfield Road. The officer knew Tedrow to have a valid Christian County failure to appear warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Tedrow was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 14 at approximately 2:22pm, both Mary Montgomery, 48, of Taylorville, and Brandon R. McCaughn, 18, of Taylorville, were traveling east on Spressor Street. An unknown vehicle was turning into a private drive just east of Shumway Street. McCaughn said the vehicle in front of him slowed suddenly so he had to slow suddenly to avoid hitting the unknown vehicle. Montgomaery said when McCaughn slowed down, she tried to slow down but was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting McCaughn. When asked, both Montgomery and McCaughn said they were not injured. A short time later, McCaughn complained of injuries. McCaughn was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Montgomery was towed from the scene.

 

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Autopsy Today for Pedestrian Killed By A Car

Christian County Corner Amy Winans says that an autopsy will be held today for the 50 year old male pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle Saturday, night on Rt. 51 in Pana Township. 

According to police reports, a Ford Explorer driven by a 49 year old Assumption man was headed north on U.S. 51 around 10:30 Saturday night when it struck a pedestrian who was for some reason, out in the middle of the highway.  The still unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner.

Neither the driver of the Explorer nor either of his 2 passengers were injured.  

The name is being withheld pending notification of family.  The investigation is being handled by Illinois State Police, Christian County Sheriff Office and Christian County Coroner office. 

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Grain Handling Safety Day This Saturday

The Christian County Farm Bureau’s Grain Handling Safety Day is coming up this Saturday June 22nd from 9:00am-3:00pm. Manager Mellisa Herwig tells Regional Radio News that even those who have been working around grain bins for a number of years should come to the Safety Day:

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Call the Christian County Farm Bureau at 824-2940 to RSVP by this Wednesday, June 19th.

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Dorn: Soybeans Must Go In Soon

Despite the wet spring, farmers have their corn planting done but souybeans are another matter. Christian County farmer David Dorn, Jr. says it's not time to panic yet:

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Dorn farms near Pana.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-14-13

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

Todd J. Brokens, 35, of 803 West Main Cross Apartment 3B, Taylorville, was arrested on June 13 on an original arrest warrant for resisting a peace officer.

James J. Weinart, 35, of 612 East Stevenson Street, Taylorville, was arrested on June 13 on a original arrest warrant for aggravated domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 13 at 5:13pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Subsequent to investigation, Cale R. Sexton, 30, of Taylorville, was arrested for retail theft.


On June 13 at 3:42pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to #1 Hillcrest Trailor Court and made contact with Todd J. Brookens. 35, of Taylorville who the officer knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran Brookens' information through Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. The officer placed Brookens under arrest and transported him to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-14-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 13

2 Public Assists, 1 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

 

June 14

2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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New Scam Targets Christian County

Christian County residents are the target of a new scam known as the Extortion Scam. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News what people should look out for:

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2013-06-15 07:30:30.490

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Fuerstenau: Elementary Track Meet Not Going Away

A long time tradition in Taylorville was facing a possible end. The Taylorville Elementary Schools' track meet, which has been around for 43 years, was in jeopardy because of the school restructuring. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the event will be modified but will not be going away:

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This year’s track meet was held on May 16th

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House Republican's Plan to Make College More Affordable

Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville joined fellow state representatives Adam Brown, Rich Brauer, D.C Davidsmeyer, and Bill Mitchell at a press conference yesterday at the University of Illinois Springfield unveiling a package of legislation designed to make college more affordable for middle-class Illinoisans. Rosenthal says this plan will help families send their kids to college:

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The House Republicans’ plan would create a $1000 tax credit to help middle class families pay for college expenses at an Illinois accredited school. The credit would grow for each semester that the eligible student is supported by the eligible taxpayer. To be eligible for the credit, the family or the student must have the following status:  attend a MAP-approved Illinois institution on at least a half-time basis with tuition and fees  greater than $1000, be an Illinois resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and the family must have an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000. Those already receiving Illinois MAP grants would not be eligible.

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South Fork Youth Association Golf Outing Fundraiser This Saturday

The South Fork Youth Association is putting on a golf outing fundraiser to raise money for a couple of scoreboards. The First Annual Father’s Day Open Golf Outing will be this Saturday at the Lake Shore Golf Course in Taylorville with a 7:30 am tee time and it will be a shotgun start. Youth Association Board Member Jack Hanlon tells Regional Radio News that they have some great rewards lined up:

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Hanlon also says there will be a hog roast starting at 2 pm:

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You can register for the golf outing all the way up to the 7:30 am tee time. The cost is 100-dollars a person or 400-dollars a team and it includes access to the hog roast. For non-golfers, the hog roast will cost 25-dollars in advance and 35-dollars at the door. Call Jack Hanlon at 825-5085 to register ahead of time or for additional information.  

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Farmers Market to Feature Music Saturday

Music will fill the air on the Taylorville Square Saturday. Whistling Dixie will entertain shoppers at the Farmers Market this week. Market Manager Ed Downs says there are a lot of things available at the market:

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2013-06-13 14:00:43.687

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-13-13

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

Michael A. Blake, 25, of 917 North 965 East Road, Palmer, was arrested on June 12 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 12 at 1:56pm, Dotty Eppenger, 26, of Taylorville, came to Taylorville Police Department post to report she had been involved in a domestic disturbance the prior night. The officer knew that Taylorville Police Department had been dispatched to her address multiple times over the past 90 days for disturbance at her apartment. The officer issued Eppenger a Local Ordinance Violation for Disorderly House.

 

On June 13 at 12:18am, a Taylorville Police Department officer made a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Timothy Aldrich, 27, of Morrisonville. Aldrich was arrested for driving under the influence, processed, and posted his driver's license and $100 bond. 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-13-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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2013-06-13 07:35:43.047

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Future of Taylorville Finance Uncertain

Mayor Greg Brotherton was recently sworn in for his second term. The Mayor says Taylorville has been keeping its head above water financially, but the future remains uncertain:

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The Mayor and several other city officials were sworn in late last month. 

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Christian County Garden Walk is This Saturday

The communities of Morrisonville and Taylorville will share the spotlight this Saturday for the Christian County Garden Walk. Seven homes will be featured this year, accompanied by three points of interest along the way.  Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi (Po-des-ski) tells Regional Radio News that the Garden Walk allows people to explore the area:

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Podeschi added that there is an added incentive for people to visit the three points of interest:

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The walk will be from 9:00am to 4:00pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the walk and can be purchased in Taylorville at the U of I Christian County Extension Office or Cottage Rose Gifts & Crafts and in Morrisonville at Kitchell Memorial Library, Lowe Hardware, or Sloan Furniture. Call 287-7246 for additional information.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-12-13

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

Gary A. Lyerla, 45, of 59 Hannon Trailer Ct., Taylorville, was arrested June 11th for failure to appear.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 10th at approximately 1:37 am, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After a brief investigation, Christopher M. Crow, 28, of Taylorivlle was arrested for driving while license was suspended.


On June 11th, a Taylorville Police Department officer made a traffic stop at Webster and Bidwell. The officer ran the drivers information through Taylorville dispatch. Taylorville dispatch advised Steven C. Smith, 38, of Atlanta, Illinois, has a revoked drivers license. The officer placed Smith under arrest and transported him to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released on a notice to appear.

 

On June 11, a Tatlorville Police Department officer observed Gary A. Lyerla, 45, of Taylorville. The officer knew Lyerla to have a valid Christian County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch verified the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Lyerla was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Corrections Center. 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-12-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FORE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 6

1 EMS

 

June 7

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

June 8

1 Fire, 2 EMS

 

June 9

1 EMS

 

June 10

1 Fire

 

June 11 

3 EMS, 2 Automatic Alarms

 

June 12

1 EMS

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Rosenthal: Special Session May Address Concealed Carry

Governor Pat Quinn has called the legislature back to Springfield next week to address the pension problem. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says they may deal with another issue as well:

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2013-06-12 12:54:12.333

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Taylorville Residents Arrested for Manufacturing/Delivery of Cannabis

Two Taylorville residents are facing drug charges for the manufacturing and delivery of cannabis. On June 7th, the Taylorville Police Department went to the residence of 62-year-old Steven E. Potts and 33-year-old Nathan P. Allen located at 630 East Adams Street with a state authorized search warrant. During the search, officers found a number of drug paraphernalia items, packaging material, scales, bags of the suspected cannabis, and over 1500-dollars in U.S. currency. Officers also found two handguns with one of them having the serial number defaced. Taylorville Police Deputy Chief Brian Hile tells Regional Radio News what led to the search and arrests:

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Potts was also charged with defacing identification of firearms. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending. If you have additional information concerning this incident or other illegal drug activities, contact the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

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Sheriff Seeking Information on Crimes

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is seeking the assistance from the public with any information pertaining to the following burglaries that have recently occurred in Christian County:

 

On June 9, the Sheriff's Office was contacted to report a residence in the Lake Bertinetti area had been entered, without permission, and several items were taken.  It was determined forcible entry was made through a rear bedroom window.  Once inside, the subject(s) went through closets, dressers, desks, etc. and removed several items.  Items taken from the residence included a Garmin GPS, Chanel sunglasses, a leather jewelry box, and miscellaneous loose change.  Also taken were approximately 80 uncirculated two dollar bills, Susan B. Anthony dollars, a large amount of 1970's silver dollars, wheat pennies, and half dollars.  Several pieces of jewelry were taken, including diamond rings and necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches.  The residence was located on the north side of Bertinetti and the incident occurred sometime between 2:30 pm on 06-07-13 and 8:30 am on 06-09-13.  

 

On June 9, The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary of a machine shed,   where an ATV was taken. This incident occurred in the May Township area.  

 

On June 10, Assumption Cooperative Grain Company in Pana notified the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary.  Unknown subject(s) took money and checks from the business.

 

 

If you have any information in regards to these crimes, contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

 

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Military Personnel Still Targeted by Frauds

All types of military personnel are a primary target for some major frauds. High priced military loans and misleading car sales are amongst the top but Public Advocate Mac MacGwire tells Regional Radio News there are other major frauds out there:

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There is also an expensive life insurance policies scam which put military personnel into a high presser sales pitch that trap them into unnecessary and expensive life insurance policies. MacGwire says the best thing to do is to call the Veteran’s Administration for information and check the Better Business Bureau’s website, www.bbb.org/us/military/resources, for guides that cover important information, advice, and contacts.

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Senior Center Working on Transportation

The Christian County Senior Center is in the process of working out transportation services with the Illinois Department of Transportation for Christian County. Gerry Mahr from the Christian County Senior Center gave Regional Radio News an update on the services:

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2013-06-11 11:19:39.003

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Vatthauer: Worry Can Cause Physical Problems

Almost all of us worry at one time or another. It’s a normal but unproductive phenomenon and counselor Karen Vatthauer says it can even cause physical illness:

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In fact, Vatthauer says worry can actually make your problem worse:

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Karen Vatthauer is the owner of Beacon Professional Counseling at 800 N. Webster, in the same building with Lacy Law Office. 

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Auburn Resident Killed in Motorcycle Accident Identified

The Auburn resident who was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday has been identified as 47 year old Timothy Hanson. Hanson was traveling east on Route 104 on the east edge of Waverly when his motorcycle went off the roadway onto the south shoulder for reasons unknown.  Hanson reportedly struck a culvert, went airborne, and landed in a field on the south side of Route 104.  He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Morgan County coroner. There was nobody around when the accident occurred. Someone who was passing by later spotted the wreck and called the police. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Relay for Life Approaches

The Relay for Life is just a few weeks away on June 28th. Lisa Simms of the American Cancer Society told Regional Radio News that the teams are exceeding expectations:

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Simms said if you are looking to help out with the event but not sure what you want to do, one of the biggest needs they always have is bags of ice:

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For more information, check out the website relayforlife.com.   

                        

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Christian County Coroner Releases Death Investigation Results

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans Tuesday afternoon released the cause of death in several area death investigations.

Winans said that the February 17th death of 33-year-old Michael Zahradka of Pana, who was pronounced dead at his residence, was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy. An autopsy also showed other contributions were chronic narcotism. His death was ruled natural.

Winans announced that the March 17th death of 26-year-old Jamie Cothern of Pana, who was pronounced dead at Pana Community Hospital, was caused by cardiac arrhythmia due to left ventricular myocardial hypertrophy, and was ruled as natural. These results were determined as a result of an autopsy.

The Christian County Coroner ruled the April 3rd death of 45-year-old Michael Smith of Taylorville, who was pronounced dead at his residence, as being caused by fentanyl intoxication. His death was determined to be accidential after an autoposy.

And, Winans said that following an autopsy, the April 29th death of 49-year-old Debra Patterson of Taylorville, who died on Illinois Route 104 near Tovey, was caused by multiple blunt injuries due to a pick up truck collision. Winans added that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and Patterson’s death was determined to be accidental.

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Taylorville School Board Approves News Phone System

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The updated amounts of the Mitel phone system were given to the Taylorville School Board at their meeting Monday night. The board called for a re-bid at last month’s meeting due to specification issues between the three companies that could provide the system: Midco in the Chicago area, TechElectronics in the  St. Louis area, and NewWave/Heart in the Taylorville and Decatur areas. Despite Midco being the lower than NewWave/Heart by 126-dollars, Technology Direct Chris Kuntzman still preferred NewWave because of the localism factor:

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Board member David Cowell wanted to go with the lower bid and said location is not an issue:

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The majority of the board, however, voted to approve the Mitel phone system through NewWave/Heart.

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The Taylorville School Board was presented with a letter and petition in regards to the possible discontinuation of Early Bird classes at the Taylorville High School at their meeting Monday night. Junior Brent Frump, who was unable to attend the meeting, had a letter addressing the board read asking them to not let this happen:

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The board will discuss the topic at a special session before July’s board meeting.

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The Taylorville Schools are in the process of moving classrooms out of South School due to its closing. Superintendent Dr. Greg Feurstenau said in his report at the Taylorville School Board meeting Monday night that process is going well:

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Kindergarten, first and second grade are being moved into North; third and fourth will be moved into the Memorial School System, and the fifth grade is being moved into the Junior High building.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-10-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On June 8, Anna F. Williams, 63, of Tower Hill was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 51, Williams stated she got off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle, traveling northbound, that was passing a vehicle in the northbound lane. Willians went off the road then lost control causing the vehicle to turn north. Williams went off the roadway again and struck a guardrail with the passenger side of the vehicle. There is damage to the entire passenger side. No injuries were reported.

Hannah R. Jones, 23, of Rochester was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 29 approximately 1/2 mile south of 1900 N Rd. when a deer ran into the side of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:

Bradley Martin, 24,of 105 South West Street, Stonington was arrested on June 8 for assault.

Delaney S. Dilley, 21, of 205 East 5th Street, Pana was arrested on June 8 for domestic battery and unlawful use of weapon

Terra L. Kraus, 25, of 703 East South 10th Street, Shelbyville was arrested on June 8 for failure to notify

Aaron W. Rule, 37, of 713 East 2675 North Road, Mechanicsburg was arrested on June 8 for domestic  battery and criminal damage to property

Dakoda B. Shanks, 19, of 10 Fairview Trail Ct., Taylorville was arrested on June 8 for theft of a motor vehicle

Frank K. Sedlock, 27, of 302 S. Main Street, Stonington was arrested on June 9 for driving on a suspended/revoked license

Brent A. Getz, 21, of 2 N John St., Taylorville was arrested on June 8 for failure to appear

Steven E. Potts, 62, of 630 E. Adams Street, Taylorville was arrested pn June 8 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis and defacing ID marks

Nathan P. Allen, 33, of 630 E Adams St., Taylorville was arrested on June 8 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis

Jason C. Krouse, 33, of 315 N Long Street, was arrested June 9 for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession control

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 6, a Taylorville Police Department officer was advised of a female subject driving without a license. The officer located the suspect vehicle and the 15-year old female. She was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released to her mother.

 

On June 8, Taylorville Police Department Officers were sent to a fight on West Adams near Cheney Street. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with several subjects in the area. The subjects stated the fight was over 2 male subjects that had left the area. One of the male subjects was located at 1301 West Adams. The juvenile male was arrested for illegal consumption and released to his mother.

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Davis says IRS Must Change

The IRS scandal is still brewing. The agency is accused of persecuting conservative organizations. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the IRS needs to change its outlook:

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2013-06-10 12:01:38.203

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Payment for Property Taxes Coming Up

The time has come to pay property taxes. Statements were put in the mail last Friday and if you haven’t already received it, it should be coming this week. Christian County Treasurer Mike Drea tells Regional Radio News when the deadlines will be to pay:

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Drea also tells Regional Radio News how people can pay:

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For more information, call the Treasurer’s office at 824-4889 or stop by the office located on the 2nd floor of the Christian County Court House on 101 South Main Street.

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Lunch and Learn to Address Insurance Changes

If you're still confused about changes in health insurance, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has just the thing for you. According to CHamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle, the next Lunch and Learn event will address the issue:

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Call the Chamber to RSVP at 824-4919.

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Mills: Agencies Cooperate During Emergencies

Things can become chaotic during an emergency situation. That’s why responders have a plan to work together during a crisis, according to Taylorville Police Officer Alan Mills:

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Alan Mills is the Christian County Crimestoppers Coordinatior.

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Lincoln Land Community College to Start Mandatory Orientation

Lincoln Land Community College is now going to require a mandatory orientation for its students. Scott Stallman from Lincoln Land Community College told Regional Radio News it is intended to help students adjust better to college life:

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2013-06-10 12:18:40.510

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Taylorville Public Library Hosting Thursday Evening Lecture Series

The Taylorville Public Library is hosting a series of lectures on Thursday nights. The next lecture on Thursday, June 13th offers a unique topic as Ed Finch will be talking about the Civil War at Sea. Dorothy Siles of the Taylorvile Public Library told Regional Radio News that most people don’t know about the naval warfare during the Civil War:

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The lecture begins at 7:00pm at the library on 121 West Vine Street and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be provided. Call the library at 824-4736 for additional information.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-7-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Christopher R. Lewis, 26, of 1503 West Elm Street, Taylorville was arrested on June 6 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 4, Dale L. Copenbarger, 73, of Mount Auburn was traveling northbound on County Highway #19 and had stopped at the stop sign with intersecting road County Highway #2. Raymond P. Wartenbe, 65, of Mechanicsburg was driving eastbound with a 7-year old boy and Maggie D. Wartenbe, 64, of Mechanicsburg on County Highway #2 and was approaching the intersection with County Highway #19. Wartenbe stated he observed Copenbarger at the stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection. Copenberge stated he stopped at the stop sign but did not see any approaching vehicles and proceeded into the intersection to continue traveling northbound. Wartenbe was unable to avoid striking Copenbarger. Copenbarger came to rest in a field at the northeast corner of the intersection and Wartenbe came to rest in the ditch at the northeast corner of the intersection. Copenbarger received driver's side damage and Wartenbe received front end damage and front passenger side panel damage. Copenbarger was transported for treatment of injuries by a private vehicle. Maggie Wartenbe was transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment of injuries. 

 

On June 6, Linda L. Hinton, 59, of Witt was traveling north on Christian County Highway #1 at about 750 North. A deer entered the roadway from the east and hit Hinton. No injuries were reported.

 

On June 5 at approximately 1:30pm, A Chirsitan County officer was dispatched to Illinois Route 51 at 500 North for a two vehicle accident with unknow injuries. The officer arrived on scene and found Randal K. McElroy, 56, of Nokomis, in his vehicle in the ditch on the west side of IL Rt. 51 and Areli Ellsworth, 26, of Mulberry Grove in the ditch on the east side. EMS arrived and transported McElroy to Pana Community Hospital, and Ellsworth as well as 2 children to Pana Community Hospital. The officer spoke with McElroy at the hospital later. McElroy stated he saw Ellsworth southbound on IL Rt. 51 and believed her headlights were two separate vehicle's headlights further away. Ellsworth stated McElroy did not make a complete stop at IL Rt. 51. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On June 4, Thomas L Vonck, 57, of Taylorville, Elizabeth M, Nelson, 20, of Taylorville, and Eric Lancaster, 39, of Pana, were all headed east on Park Street. Lancaster and Nelson were slowed in traffic. Vonck struck Nelson in the rear of the vehicle. Nelson was pushed into Lancaster causing damage to the front and rear of Nelson. This also caused damage to the rear of Lancaster. Vonck also had damage to the front end of his vehicle. No injuries were reported. 

 

On June 6, both Carly N. Fleming, of Taylorville, 18, and Courtney R. Wilson, 21, of Kincaid, were traveling west on Spressor Street near Houston Street. Wilson was slowed in traffic. Fleming was traveling directly behind Wilson. Fleming was not able to stop or slow down before striking Wilson in the rear area. Injuries were reported but not physically evident.

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Strawberries Available at this Weekend's Farmers Market

A quanity of long anticipated strawberries will be available this weekend at the Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market. Market Manager Ed Downs says supplies will be limited:

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The market also features asparagus, turnips, lettuce, green onions and other early season produce. Farm fresh eggs, flowers and baked goods are also available. The Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9am to 1 pm on the East side of the Taylorville Square.

 

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Shelbyville Hosting Several Activities This Weekend

The City of Shelbyville will be host to a couple of notable activities this weekend. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be a cookout Saturday:

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2013-06-06 14:26:31.780

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Military Personnel Targeted by Frauds

There are major frauds out there that are targeting our military personnel. These frauds apply to 3 groups: active duty personnel, veterans both those leaving the service now and those who have been veterans for some number of years, and young people who are signing up with the military. Public Advocate Mac MacGwire told Regional Radio News some of the top frauds at the moment:

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Other frauds include a veteran’s benefits buyout programs, fake rental properties, and expensive life insurance property. MacGwire advises military personnel to be cautious around ads that use words or phrases such as “quickly” or “need to move this fast.” MacGwire also says to call the Veteran’s Administration for information and check the Better Business Bureau’s website, www.bbb.org/us/military/resources, for guides that cover important information, advice, and contacts.

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Senior Center's 26th Annual Variety Show Approaching

The Senior Citizens of Christian County are preparing for their 26th Annual Variety Show on June 21st at 6:30pm. Gerry Mahr of the Christian County Senior Center told Regional Radio News that they have many great acts lined up and it will be fun for the whole family especially with Pete the Juggler coming:

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Other acts include the Taylorville Tappers, Harmony, Circle A & Senior Center Line Dancer and more. The variety show will be held in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now and the cost is 3-dollars for senior and children and 5-dollars for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at the Senior Center or at the door.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-6-13

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

Christopher E. Meinart, 32, of 908 E. Popular Street, Taylorville, was arrested on June 5 for driving on a suspended license

Chloe L. Windell, 18, of 516 Taylorville Boulevard, Taylorville, was arrested on June 5 for driving with a suspended license

Willian E. Lawrence, 39, of 202 West Washington Street, Pana, was arrested on June 5 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear or answer.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Taylorville Police Department officers were sent back to 721 Poplar Street in reference to an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and spoke to the parties involved. Upon further investigation, Ethel M. Crain, 41, of Taylorville was arrested for aggravated assault to a police officer. Crain was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and later released on a notice to appear. 

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Fire Department Calls: 6-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 5

3 EMS

 

June 6

1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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First Round of City-Wide Garage Sales this Weekend

This weekend will be the first of two weekends for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's annual Garage Sales. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says there are dozens of participants:

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2013-06-06 14:19:53.713

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Former Miss America Running for Congress

A former Miss America wants to unseat Congressman Rodney Davis:

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Erika Harold cites her credentials and her plans to launch a Republican primary challenge in Illinois:

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Erika Harold announced plans to launch a Republican primary challenge to Illinois Representative Rodney Davis in a video message Tuesday. A Harvard Law School graduate. Harold cited her reign as Miss America in 2003 and her work as an attorney as some of the "incredible opportunities" she's had in her life. Harold is the second former Miss America to be considering a run for Congress. Miss America 2000, Heather French Henry, is reportedly weighing the possibility of joining the U.S. Senate race on Kentucky as a Democratic candidate.

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Christian County Needs Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry visited Mt. Auburn recently, giving out tons of food. Kayleigh Friend of the Central Illinois Food Pantry says Christian County has demonstrated a special need for the service:

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Friend says a family at a recent food giveaway made her remember why they do the workd they do:

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The Central Illinois Food Pantry recently move into a larger facility in Springfield. The organization helps hungry families in 21 Central Illinois counties.

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Officer Mills: Need to Take Storm Safety Seriously

Storms around the country have caused death and injury this season. Officer Alan Mills of the Taylorville Police Department says although we haven't seen the deadly storms they've seen in Oklahoma, we still need to take storm safety seriously:

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Mills says you should stay informed when bad weather threatens.

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Taylorville Public Library Prepares for Summer Reading Program

The Taylorville Public Library is gearing up for their 5-week summer reading program for kids and adults. Dorothy Siles of the Taylorville Public Library told Regional Radio News how the program will work:

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2013-06-05 14:35:46.877

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-5-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Joshua F. Haines, 28, of 1519 West Elm Street, Taylorville was arrested on June 4 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear or answer.

Robert W. Oliver, 36, of 2100 Grand Boulevard Apartment A1, Taylorville was arrested on June 4 for violating sex offender registry.

Lawrence E. Tolliver, 61, of 1115 East Franklin Street, Taylorville was arrested on June 4 for violating sex offender registry.

Zachary G. McFarland, 23, of 312 North Jefferson, Ramsey was arrested on June 4 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Clayton A. Langley. 24, of 100 West Washington, Pana was arrested on June 4 for issuance of warrant.

John R. McGlothlin, 41, of Edinburg was arrested on June 4 for driving on a revoked license.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On May 31, Ellie D. Held, 17. of Morrisonville was traveling South on Route 48 with 3 minors. Held said that she drove into water on the roadway and lost control of her vehicle. Held traveled off of the roadway to the right then back onto the roadway crossing the north bound lane of traffic and into the south ditch and overturned one time. Held and the 3 minors were taking to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

On May 31, Claude N. Friesland, 58 of Ramsey, was traveling north on 1000 East Road approaching the intersection with 1800 North Road. Friesland said he did not see Michael S. Dugan, 42, of Taylorville, approaching the hill crest traveling east and collided with Dugan in the intersection. Friesland was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop or yield intersection. North and south bound traffic at this intersection have yield signs. No injuries were reported.

 

On Hune 3, Angela K. Doherty, 27, of Taylorville went to Christian County Sheriff's Office to report being in an accident on June 1 at approximately 3:330am. Doherty stated that she was east bound on 400 North Road at approximately 650 East Road when she drove into standing water. Doherty said that she doesn't remember what happened next but the vehicle began taking water. Doherty stated that she opened the door to exit the vehicle and the rushing water pushed the door backwards. Doherty said that the vehicle was later towed by an unknown company. No injuries were reported.

 

Robert J. Payne, 56, of Owaneco was eastbound on TWP Road 850 North on June 4. Approximately one half mile east of TWP Road 1600 East, a deer ran into the path of Payne. Payne struck the deer causing damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported and the vehcile was driven from the scene.

 

On June 5 at 6:02am, Roselyn P. Huber, 60, of Nokomis, was northbound on County Road 1. Huber stated that a deer ran into the roadway but was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 4 at 12:52pm, Zachary G. McFarland. 23, of Ramsey, came to Taylorville Police Department to turn himself in on a warrant. McFarland was run though Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and he came back with a valid warrant from Christian County for failure to appear for driving suspended. McFarland was arrested and transported to the Sheriff's Department. McFarland was processed and posted bond.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-5-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 4

2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

June 5

2 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

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New Charge Brought Against Former Bus Driver

A new charge has been brought against former bus driver 43-year old James M. Owens VII. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp told Regional Radio News that they have added a sexual assault charge after a new victim came forward:

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Sheriff Kettlekamp says they believe there are more victims:

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Owens was initially charged with indecent solicitation of a child last Thursday. Contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4691, if you have more information.                                                            

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Davis Signs Letter to President

Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville last week joined other U.S. House members in signing a letter to President Obama protesting delays in veterans receving their benefits. Davis, who represents Illinois' 13th District, says these kind of delays are unacceptable:

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160 Representatives from both sides of the political aisle joined in urging the President to take some action.

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Lake Land College Phone System Down, Affecting Inbound and Outbound Calls

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Taylorville High School Receives Donation for Technology Fund

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The Taylorville High School received a donation of 577-dollars for their technology fund from Charro Mexican Bar and Grill yesterday. Ezequiel Camacho, owner of Charro, donated 10% of every meal sold on Monday’s during the month of April. Taylorville High School Principal Robert Richardson told Regional Radio News what the technology fund will be used for:

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Camacho is also willing to help other organizations in the area. If your organization is interested in partnering with Charro Mexican Bar And Grill, send your request to bryanp@randyradio.com.

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Taylorville City Council Receives Update on Lawsuit; Addresses Weather

The Taylorville City Council got a lot done in a short 23 minute meeting on Monday night. 

The Taylorville City Council received an update from City Attorney Rocci Romano on the ongoing lawsuit between the city and Christian County Integrated Services and Siegrist Builders over the Hathaway Homes subdivision. Romano says there has been some movement on a settlement proposal:

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Romano added that there has been no building permit issued or requested by the developers. The cost and full numbers for the job are still in the works.

 

After a weekend a rough weather, Mayor Greg Brotherton said in his update at the City Council meeting Monday night that he thinks the city dodge a bullet:

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Mayor Brotherton also brought attention to the 175th anniversary of Taylorville that will be celebrated in May of 2014. Alderman Ray Koonce says he is working with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and several other individuals who are planning a big event and that there is a committee being formed at the moment. Koonce added that the only thing holding them up is word of Christian County planning something as well but they are working to coordinate plans.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved several motions at their meeting Monday night. They approved a motion to allow Security Finance to block off 3-4 parking spaces in front of their office at 101A South Washington to park several race vehicles for their Annual Customer Appreciation Day on June 7, 2013. The council also approved a motion to accept the quote of 3,342-dollars from Gardner/L&M Glass to repair the back door in the Police Department Squad Room. The bid of 951,005 from McIntire & Company utilizing the concrete storm sewer option for the Ward II-City Park Addition-Phase 4-Park Avenue Storm Sewer Project was approved. The city council approved the quote of 11,937-dollars for three 13 foot Hilbilt Tandem Truck Beds.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:23pm. 

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Local Student Named Letters About Literature Semi-Finalist

6th grader Grace Blakley who attends VisionWay Christian School in Taylorville, received a special recognition award at a school wide assembly. Blakley was notified that she was a Semi-Finalist in the national writing contest Letters About Literature, a national writing contest. Blakley was choosen amongst 50,000 entries. Blakley wrote an essay/letter explaining how the book “Little Women” has impacted her life to Louisa May Alcott . Blakley was awarded a certificate and medal.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 6-4-13

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

Tyler E. Prince, 18, of 820 E. Ester, Taylorville, was arrested on June 3rd for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Nicholas J. Dyer, 16, of 104 Sherrie Avenue, Kincaid, was arrested on June 3 for operating a vehicle without insurance.

Amber L. Bradshaw of 2701 N South 8th Street, Springfield, was arrested on June 3 for theft and unauthorized control.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 4 at approximately 6:55 am, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Joshua F. Haines, 28, of Taylorville at Taylorville Police Department. The officer learned that Haines had a valid warrant for his arrest from Fayette County. Haines was arrested and transported to Christian County Correction Center in lieu of bond.

 

On June 3, Frank D. Mathon called Taylorville Police Department to reference a semi that had just gone down Cleveland to Snodgrass. A Taylorville Police Department officer located the semi at Ahlstrom's and advised driver Shavkat Normatov, 54, of Saint Louis, of the City Ordinance Violation that semi's were prohibited on Cleveland. Normatov stated he saw the no semi on Cleveland but was unable to turn around so he proceeded to Snodgrass to Ahlstrom's. Normatov was cited for No Semi Prohibited on Cleveland.

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Fire Department Calls: 6-4-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

May 31: 

2 Public Assists, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 3 Automatic Alarms, 1 EMS

 

June 1:

1 line down, 3 EMS

 

June 2:

4 EMS, 1 Public Assist

 

June 3:

3 EMS

 

June 4:

1 EMS

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Fiber Optic Technology Opens Doors for CTI

New fiber optic technology being put in place by Computer Techniques Incorporated in Taylorville will open up a world of new possibilities for customers. Billy Williams, co-owner of CTI, says they will be able to offer many new services once the work is done:

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The work is being started this month. Williams says it will take a couple of years to get the technology available to the entire city.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Opens New Location

An organization that recently gave away tons of food in Mt. Auburn has a new location.  Yesterday marked the first day the Central Illinois Foodbank opened its doors to the public and partner agencies at 1937 East Cook Street in Springfield. The building, donated by Springfield Pepsi, will allow the organization to better serve 150 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, and residential programs in a 21-county region.

This move comes at a time when need remains consistent—about a 40 percent increase across the board over the past three years. With the new facility, the Foodbank will be able to offer a greater volume and variety of products to partner agencies serving those at risk of hunger.

The building offers more than 2.5 times the capacity in comparison to the former Moffat Ave. location, as well as several temperature zones of cold storage to manage perishable products such as dairy, produce, and frozen items. In addition, safe areas for volunteers have been created where produce can be cleaned and sorted into retail sized packaging, as most produce comes in bulk shipments.

The Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes more than 8.5 million pounds of food annually to over 150 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region.  Central Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, as well as United Way.  The mission of the Foodbank is to collect donated food and grocery items from growers, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers and retailers for distribution to charitable agencies. 

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Lake Land College Cheerleaders Selling Cardinals Tickets For Fundraiser

The Lake Land College cheerleaders are selling Cardinals tickets to help raise funds for their team. 

The Wednesday August 14 game against the Pirates is slated for 7:15 p.m. in St. Louis. The seats are located in the lower left field box and right field box, in section 129.

The tickets normally sell for $62, but the team is selling them for $30 each, and as an added bonus, the Lake Land College cheerleaders will perform prior to the game at the Ford Plaza.

For more information, or to purchase your tickets, call Coach Dessie Boeser at (217) 234-5068 or email her at dboeser@lakeland.cc.il.us

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Young Ag Leaders Program Running Strong

A group designed for young farmers and farm workers is doing well. Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau says the Young Ag Leaders group is keeping busy:

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2013-06-04 05:51:20.853

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Ameren Working to Restore Power, Re-opens Emergency Operations Center

With a new round of rain and thunderstorm throughout the evening, Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center (EOC) again opened and crews worked throughout the evening to restore more scattered outages.

With the threat of more storms predicted across Illinois, the Ameren Illinois EOC reactivated at 7:00 p.m. on Friday May 31.

The storm began working its way through the Ameren Illinois territory at about 7:00 p.m. Thursday, causing more than 45,000 customer outages overnight Friday and Saturday morning. Hardest hit were the areas of Maryville/Belleville/Alton, Decatur, and Gilman. But scattered outages were caused by downed poles and other storm-related damage throughout the territory. Ameren Illinois crews, including more than 700 co-workers, restored almost 23,500 outages throughout the night and early morning. The Ameren Illinois storm trailers will be deployed to Gilman and Maryville, and mutual-aid assistance from other utilities has been requested.

 “Our crews are dedicated to restoring power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible,” said Richard Mark, president and CEO, Ameren Illinois. “We have dispatched field personnel to assess damage and restore service, and will have a better idea on estimated restoration times once the full extent of the damage to the distribution system is known.”

Detailed safety and outage information is available at IllinoisOutage.com. Customers with mobile devices can visit www.ameren.mobi.

If your power goes out, call Ameren Illinois at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and always call as soon as possible to report a downed line or natural gas odor. The Ameren Illinois contact number is 1-800-755-7000. In addition to the safety and outage information available at IllinoisOutage.com, customers and media can receive timely updates on outage restoration by following the Ameren Illinois news feed at twitter.com/AmerenIllinois.

 

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Storm Damaged Property

125 EAST ST
JEISEYVILLE....TREE ON HOUSE

111 N RICKS
MORRISONVILLE...ROSEANNE BRADLEY - LIMB ON VEHICLE


210 E. FRANKLIN
EDINBURG ....TREE ON TRAILER...PER 25-1 OFFICER RILEY


409 S. SHERIDAN
EDINBURG ....TREE ON HOUSE..PER 25-1  OFFICER RILEY


1665 N 1800 EAST RD
TAYLORVILLE...JIM CURTIN SHED

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Free Meals to be Offered to Kids

The Illionois Coalition for Community Services is partnering with First United Methodist Church in Taylorville to offer free meals for children in the area this summer. Children up to and including age 18 are invited to eat. No reservations are needed and there are no income restrictions. Persons over the age of 18 who are enrolled in a state approved educational program for the mentally or physically disable are also eligible to eat. Those who qualify can eat lunch from 12:00-1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church on 200 South Walnut Street every Monday through Friday starting this Monday June 3rd and continuing until August 9th. If you are interested in volunteering, show up anytime from 11:30am to 1:30pm or contact the church office at 824-2782 for more information.

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RECC Area Hit by Storms Again Friday Night

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) had 1,600 members out of power Friday night after strong storms passed through from Carlinville to Taylorville.

President/CEO David Stuva said the co-op has extensive damage, but has not been able to evaluate all of the problems at this point. The worst damage is along Interstate 55 from Litchfield to Chatham and Rochester areas, although the Girard and Virden areas were out due to Ameren transmission line problems Saturday night. RECC crews had just finished a two-day effort Friday evening to restore power after intense wind storms hit Virden, Lowder, Waverly and other areas last Thursday. 

Stuva said additional crews are arriving this morning to help in restoring power, with at least 22 linemen. Crews are expected from Adams Electric, Illinois Rural Electric, Spoon River, McDonough Power and Western Electric Cooperatives.

RECC serves a total of about 5,800 accounts in five counties south of Springfield.  More information can be found on RECC’s Facebook page, or the website at www.recc.coop

             

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