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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-31-13

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

Brett R. Vincent, 17, of 312 South Walnut, Mt. Auburn, was arrested July 30 for speeding.

Todd W. Tonelle, 47, of 517 North Lawn Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested July 31 for possession of a controlled substance

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On July 27 at 1:05am, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to a fight at 1300 West Adams. Upon further investigation, Alexander B. Shanks, 20, of Taylorville and Justin M. McKay, 20, of Taylorville, were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

On July 30 at 4:04pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer saw a white male subject on a bicycle at the intersection of Spresser Street and Cheney Street while on patrol. The bicycle matched the description of one reported stolen earlier. The officer made contact with Cory A. Skinner, 19, of Taylorville. Upon further investigation, Skinner was arrested for theft. Skinner was transported ti Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:
On July 30 at 1:42pm, a 16-year-old female said was traveling north on Cheney when Brittany M. Spencer, 17, of Nokomis cut her off and did several "break checks" before stopping in the middle of the roadway at the intersection of Cheney and Park Avenue. The 16-year-old said she was unable to stop before striking Spencer in the rear. The 16-year-old was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Spencer said she was traveling north on Cheney when the 16-year-old was following close behind her. Spencer said she slowed down to make a left turn onto Park Avenue when the 16-year-old struck her from the rear.

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Fire Department Calls 7-31-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 30
2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

July 31
1 Public Assist

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Taylorville Police Department to Hold 4th Annual Senior Police Academy

The Taylorville Police Department, Christian County Senior Citizens Center, and the Christian County TRIAD are preparing for the 4th annual Senior Police Academy in September. Taylorville Deputy Chief Brian Hile tells Regional Radio News they have a lot of great field trips and activities lined up:

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The Senior Police Academy is open to anyone age 50 and over and will begin September 5th and run through November 7th. To register, contact Marilyn Fisher at the Senior Center at 824-4263.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-30-13

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

Penelope J. Gomez, 24, of 304 Shumway in Taylorville was arrested July 29 for possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance.

Dangelo L. Walker, 23, of 2341 South 10th, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested July 30 for possession of cannabis and cannabis trafficking.

Michael M. Redwine, 25, of Salvation Army, Springfield, was arrested July 30 for theft of labor/services/property.

William H. Smith, 57. of 1043 South 6th Street, Springfield, was arrested July 30 for theft and burglary.

Leonard D. Aldridge, 32, of 515 North 6th Street, Watseka, was arrested July 29 for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

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Fire Department Calls 7-30-13

July 26
3 EMS

July 27
5 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Fire at 2100 Grand Boulevard

July 28
2 EMS

July 29
2 EMS, 1 Power Line

July 30
1 Garage Fire at 624 North Cottage 

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Two Taylorville Teens Arrested For Manufacturing/Delivery of Cannabis

Two Taylorville teens were arrested Friday on drug charges. Around 6:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were responding to a call of male subjects harassing a female on South Washington. The female stated that two juvenile males had been texting her in reference to an incident from the night prior. She said they were near the train station on Second Street. One officer located one of the males walking on Second Street and stopped to talk with him. The other officer spotted the second male at the basketball courts in Manner's Park. The officer said his name on the PA and instructed him to walk towards the patrol vehicle. The 16-year-old male turned towards 19-year-old Tilur Miller, of Taylorville, with his left hand at his side. As he walked past him, he attempted to pass Miller an item. Miller dropped the item and then attempted to pick it up discreetly while the 16-year-old attempted to distract the officer. The officer instructed the 16-year-old to stand still and approached Miller on the basketball court. The officer patted down Miller and felt a bulge in his front right pocket. The officer removed it thinking it was the item the male had attempted to pass off and discovered $765-dollars and a small bag containing a green leafy material purported to be cannabis. In another pocket the officer discovered what had fallen to the ground, a large bag of purported cannabis. Miller and the 16-year-old were placed under arrest and charged with manufacturing and delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis. 

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Taylorville Chamber to Honor Member of the Quarter; Continue Chillifest Plans

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has many irons in the fire. Right now Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they’re setting up to honor the Member of the Quarter, accounting firm Hickman, Specha, Steiner and Beckley:

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Hornbuckle also says entry forms are becoming available for the upcoming Chillifest events:

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Chillifest takes place October 5th and 6th on the Taylorville Square. You can get entry forms along with complete information at chillifest.info. 

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Taylorville Mayor: Dead End Street to be Opened Up

While construction is ongoing on Taylorville’s West side, there will be an opportunity to open up a dead end street off of Route 29. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says there will never be a better time to do it:

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The construction is intended to improve sewer drainage.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking for Donations for Upcoming School Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capitol Region is preparing for their after school program at North and Memorial elementary schools. Lisa Rakey, Director of Community Relations at BBBS, tells Regional Radio News they are looking for donations:

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Lisa says they are also looking for high school students to be mentors. If you would like to donate or are interested in volunteering, call the office at 753-1216 or visit their website bbbscaptialregion.org.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-29-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
Joe F. Rule, 57, of 713 East 2675 North Road Mecahnicsburg, was arrested July 27 for domestic battery.

Holly A. Conaway, 19, of 704 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 27 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Tilur M. Miller, 19, of 525 East Park Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 26 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.

Randall W. Haynes, 54, of 713 East 2675 North Road, Mechanicsburg, was arrested July 27 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

ACCIDENTS:
On July 28, Angela M. Stokes, 23, of Moweaqua, advised she was eastbound on Illinois Route 48 around 9:40pm when she struck a black Labrador dog that was on the highway near 200 East Road. Stokes sustained substantial damage to the passenger front quarter panel and fog light. Stokes said she was not injured nor in need of medical attention.

On July 25, Ann M. Moomey, 22, of Owaneco was traveling eastbound on 2300 North Road and Ray L. Melton, Jr., 41, of Edinburg was traveling northbound on County Highway 22. Moomey did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of 2300 North and County Highway 22. Moomey hit Melton, Jr. on the left side of the bed of the pickup. Moomey had damage on the front end of the vehicle and Melton, Jr. had damage to the rear end bed area of the pickup. Moomey and Melton, Jr. were both towed from the scene by Larry's Service Center. Moomey and Melton, Jr. both refused medical service.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On July 25 at 1:18pm, Taylorville Police Department dispatch took a report of a male subject passed out in his vehicle in the middle of the road. The vehicle had left prior to the officer's arrival. The officer later spoke to multiple people who identified Cody M. Pugsley, 27, of Taylorville as the driver of the vehicle. Pugsley was contacted to come to post to be issued a citation for driving while license was suspended.

On July 25 at 9:21am, Rhonda Turner, 49, of Taylorville, arrived at Taylorville Police Department. Tester advised McKinney threw a drink and came at her and she was only defending herself when she struck McKinney. Tester was arrested for battery, processed and released on a notice to appear.

On July 26 at 6:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were responding to a call of male subjects harassing a female on South Washington. The female stated that two juvenile males had been texting her in reference to an incident from the night prior. She said they were near the train station on Second Street. One officer located one male walking on Second and stopped to talk with him. The other officer spotted the second male at the basketball courts in Manner's Park. The officer said his name on the PA and instructed him to walk towards the patrol vehicle. The 16-year-old male turned towards 19-year-old Tilur Miller, of Taylorville, with his left hand at his side. As he walked past him, he attempted to pass Miller an item. Miller dropped the item and then attempted to pick it up discreetly while the 16-year-old attempted to distract the officer. The officer instructed the 16-year-old to stand still and approached Miller on the basketball court. The officer patted down Miller and felt a bulge in his front right pocket. The officer removed it thinking it was the item the male had attempted to pass off and discovered $765 and a small bag containing a green leafy material purported to be cannabis. In another pocket the officer discovered what had fallen to the ground, a large bag of purported cannabis. Miller and the 16-year-old were placed under arrest for manufacturing and delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing.

On July 28th at 2:18pm, a Taylorville Police Department was dispatched to Amity Food Mart in reference to a theft that had just occurred. Upon further investigation, George A. Nash III, 41, of Virden was arrested for retail theft.

On July 25, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and saw a red Jeep traveling east on Franklin Street. Two of the male passengers did not have seat belts on. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 400 block of West Franklin. After investigation, the male juvenile driver was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Two other male passengers were issued citations for failure to wear seat belt.

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Pastor Switzer: Calvary Fest a Success

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Good Turnout for First Alzheimer?s Educational Session

The Alzheimer’s Association along with Gowin Parc, Christian County Triad and Taylorville Police Department hosted the first of three educational sessions on Alzheimer’s. Taylorville Deputy Chief Brian Hile said the event was a success:

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Again, the next session is this Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm at the U of I Extension Office. You can register for the event up to the start time by calling 726-5184.

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Davis: Crop Insurance Important to Everyone

Crop insurance is a great way for farmers to protect their products. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says it is important not only for farmers but for everyone:

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April Pana Stabbing Determined to be Homicide

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans held an inquest Thursday evening in the courthouse.  Here are the jury findings. 

29 year old James Adam Bertin, died as a result of stab wound to the neck.  The jury determined the death to be homicide.  Adam was pronounced dead on April 13, 2013 at Pana Community Hospital.  



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Chamber Community Calender a Useful Tool

You would hate to schedule an event only to find it's in conflict with another event. That's why the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Community Calender is such a useful tool. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they need to hear from you in order to include your event:

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Registration Taylorville Community Schools Approaches

Registration for Taylorville Community Schools is approaching. Families of returning students may begin the online registration process on August 1 at www.taylorvilleschools.com.  Parents or guardians needing a log-in ID and password may call their school to obtain this information.  Parents without computers may go to the school’s computer lab during registration hours, and the process may be completed there. There will be no paper registration for returning students.

Registration in each of the elementary schools will be held on Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7.

Taylorville Junior High School will hold registration for 7th and 8th graders on Tuesday, August 6 from.  5th and 6th graders will register on Wednesday, August 7. 

Registration for Taylorville High School seniors will be Monday, August 5; juniors and sophomores will register Tuesday, August 6; and freshmen will register Wednesday, August 7.

High school students new to the district will register on Thursday, August 8. These students are asked to contact the High School office before August 1 so that transcripts from previous schools can be obtained prior to registration. 

For full details and more instructions, click here.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:


INCIDENTS:
On July 24, Dave Combs, 52,of Pana, an employee of Joe's House & Home in Pana, called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report that the business had been broken into. The burglary occurred between 10:00pm July 23 and 8:00am July 24. Approximately $380 in cash had been stolen from the business.

ARRESTS:
Tyler M. Washburn, 40, of 192 East South Street, Oconee, was arrested on July 25 for residential burglary.

Derrick L. Covington, 30, of 1210 South Hilton Street, Decatur, was arrested July 25 for possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of weapon. 

Catherine M. Eck, 37, of 10 Webster Street, Pana, was arrested July 25 for possession of a controlled substance. 

Lester G. Ward, 37, of 10 Webster Street, Pana, was arrested July 25 for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a contolled substance, and unlawful use of weapon.

Michael C. Davis, 29, of 308 Kitchell Street, Pana, was arrested July 25, on a bond forfeiture for residential burglary.

Richard E. Busboom, 18, of 314 Locust in Stonington, was arrested July 25 for battery.

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Fire Department Calls 7-26-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 25
1 Fire, 1 EMS

July 26
1 EMS

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Local Manufacturer Sponsors Pool Party

A local business has been helping out the Taylorville Park District this year. Watson Foods has donated needed supplies for the pool and a lot more. Now they are sponsoring a free pool party at Manners Park. President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Patty Hornbuckle, says the party this Friday

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The party will be from 7 to 9pm at the Manner's Park Pool.

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Taylorville Public Library Wraps Up Another Summer Reading Program

The Taylorville Public Library recently wrapped up their summer program. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News that they had a great turnout:

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Farmers Market to Feature Peppers

As has been the case almost every week, the Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market will feature something new Saturday. Market Manager Ed Downs says they will be offering a variety of peppers which will be making their 2013 debut:

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The Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm on the Taylorville Square.

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Taylorville 2013 Football Schedule Released

The Taylorville Tornadoes football team will be on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM. The season will start for the Tornadoes on August 23rd with the Purple and Gold Scrimmage. Here is the rest of the Tornadoes Schedule.

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Central A&M 2013 Football Schedule Released

The Central A&M Raiders football team will be broadcast on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR all season long. Here is Central A&M's schedule.

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Police Arrest Another from Last Week's Drug Investigation

Add another arrest to the total from last week’s drug investigation. 25-year-old Dontrell D. Franks of Springfield was arrested July 23 for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Police have now arrested 19 of the 22 from last week and are still looking for the other 3. If you have any information in regards to this search or other drug activity, contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

Also, police once again arrested 39-year-old Tyrone A. Powyszynski of Pana on Tuesday for violation of an order of protection. Tyrone was one of the 15 who were arrested on drug charges last week Wednesday, July 17. 

 

 

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Shelbyville 2013 Football Schedule Released

The Shelbyville Rams football team will be broadcast on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN. This will be Mark Ramsey's first year at the helm for the Rams. Here is Shelbyville's schedule:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-25-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:


ARRESTS:
Jessica S. Wehner, 19, of RR3 Box 24, Pana, was arrested July 24 on a original arrest warrant for possession of an amount of controlled substance. (720 570/402-c)

Charles E. Coleman, 61, of 1831 East Decatur, Decatur, was arrested July 25 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jessica L. Brello, 26, of 1932 East Decatur, Decatur, was arrested July 25 for theft/control inte (720 5/16-1-a-1-a)

Tyrone A. Powyszynski, 39, of 10 Webster Street, Pana, was arrested July 24 for violation of an order of protection.

ACCIDENTS:
On July 22, Alyshia M. Rightnowar, 23, of Kincaid, was westbound on 1025 East Road approaching 1350 North Road when a deer ran out in front of her. Rightnowar tried to avoid striking a deer and lost control. Rightnowar ended up in the right hand ditch and had front end damage and right side damage. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:


ARRESTS:
On July 22 at 9:04pm, 911 received an open line call. The 911 dispatcher could hear male subjects talking about drugs. The call mapped out to the area of England and Houston. Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to check the area. Following the investigation, Michael A. Blake, 25, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and Jesse E. Mollet, 25, of Taylorville was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.

On July 23 at 5:27pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 48 Fairview Trailer Park in reference to Deric Brown, 26, of Springfield. Brown had a valid Sangamon County warrant which dispatch confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Brown was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

 

ACCIDENTS:
On July 21, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Arby's for a hit and run traffic crash. Brittany A. Fleming of Taylorville said her vehicle was parked in the southeast section of the parking lot at 6:30am. When she was getting ready to leave at 2:00pm, she noticed the damage to the passenger side rear bumper. No suspect information is known at this time.

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Fire Department Calls 7-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:


July 24
4 EMS, 1 Brush Fire

July 25
1 EMS

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Mail from Social Security Often Contains Important Info

Don't let your mail from Social Security get mixed up with the junk mail. Kevin Rice of Social Security's Springfield office says it may contain important information:

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You can estimate your potential benefits at the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov.

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Barnhart on Illini Basketball: Team Working as Whole Led to Success

The University of Illinois men’s basketball team is gearing up to build off of last season’s success. The voice of the Fighting Illini Brian Barnhart joined Randy Miller Tuesday for a special preview show on WTIM and says the team working as a whole is what led to that success:

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Not too Late to Sign Up for Fall Classes at LLCC

Fall Classes at Lincoln Land Community College begin next month but that doesn't mean it's too late to register. Scott Stallman, Executive Director at Lincoln Land says the sooner you get signed up, the better:

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The Taylorville facility is a satellite campus for Lincoln Land. The school's main campus is in Springfield. 

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3 Local Groups Team Up with Alzheimer?s Association for Educational Sessions

Gowin Parc, Christian County Triad and Taylorville Police Department are teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association to put on three free educational sessions on Alzheimers at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Taylorville. Jenni Stephens, Director at Gowin Park, tells Regional Radio News what will be going on:

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Again the first session is Thursday, July 25 from 7:00-8:30pm. You must register for the free sessions and can do so up to the start time by calling 726-5184. 

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Davis: Revised Farm Bill Not First Choice

A revised farm bill was passed last week by the House. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says this version of the bill was not his first choice:

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Two More Arrested in Relation to Last Week's Drug Investigation

Two more arrests have been made in relation to last week’s drug investigation. 31-year-old Justin L. Moma and 32-year-old Casey D. Moma, both of Taylorville, were arrested Tuesday for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor. Of an initial 22 indictments, police have now arrested 18 of those people. Police are actively looking for the other four. If you have any information in regards to this search or other drug activity, contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-24-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On July 18, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy was called to speak with a motorist about a traffic accident involving one vehicle and a deer. The deputy spoke with Amy L. Williams, 30, of Decatur who said she was traveling on 1800 Road (CR-7) when a deer entered the roadway. Williams could not avoid striking the deer. Williams received front end damage on her vehicle. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:
Dontrell D. Franks, 25, of 1303 East Jackson Apartment A, Springfield, was arrested July 23 on a bond forfeiture for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

Justin L. Moma, 31, of 400 Bryant, Taylorville, was arrested on July 23 on an original arrest warrant for methamphetamine precursor.

Casey D. Moma, 32, of 400 Bryant, Taylorville, was arrested on July 23 on an original arrest warrant for methamphetamine precursor.

Dedra F. Daughterty, 42, of 800 Linkins, Tovey, was arrested on July 23 for violating an order of protection

Chay J. Anthony, 33, of 6 West Haven Ct., Taylorville, was arrested July 24 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

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Fire Department Calls 7-24-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Taylorville School District Announces Registration

Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2013-14 school registration.

 

Families of returning students may begin the online registration process on August 1.  The primary guardian should log in to the district’s Skyward Family Access page at http://www.taylorvilleschools.com.  Parents or guardians needing a log-in ID and password may call their school to obtain this information.  Parents without computers may go to the school’s computer lab during registration hours, and the process may be completed there.  Assistance will be available for those with no computer experience.  There will be no paper registration for returning students.

 

Health, dental, and vision exam forms and elementary and junior high supply lists are available on the district website at http://www.taylorvilleschools.com on the registration page. 

 

To finish registration, parents will need to go to their children’s schools to submit any pages printed during the online registration process.  At that time, parents will be given free and reduced meal and textbook rental/fee waiver program information, and a brochure regarding the free student accident insurance program.  Elementary and junior high families will receive a discipline code handbook.  Families should be prepared to show two forms of proof of address, such as a driver’s license, utility bill, mortgage or lease document, or bank statement.

 

Parents may utilize the district’s online Web Store for payment of textbook rental, fees, and optional purchases by MasterCard or Visa.  The Web Store will open Monday, August 1 at http://taylorvilleschools.revtrak.net.  Payments for textbook rental, a variety of student fees, and foodservice for all students in the family can be made at the same time.  A nominal convenience fee will be added at the end of the transaction.  Parents are asked to bring a printed receipt to final registration so payment can be verified.  RevTrak is a secure, user-friendly website with an easy to understand Frequently Asked Questions page to assist with the payment process.  Families also have the option to pay by cash or check at their school

 

Elementary

 

Registration in each of the elementary schools will be held on Tuesday, August 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Wednesday, August 7, from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by or on September 1, 2013. 

 

Parents of new elementary students, including kindergarteners who have not preregistered, should contact the Administration Office at 824-4951 by August 5 to verify their building assignment. 

 

The elementary book rental for the school year is $35 for Kindergarten and $45 for Grades 1-4, plus all K-4 students will be assessed a $25 technology fee.  Elementary meal prices will be $1.20 for breakfast and $1.95 for lunch.  For families needing financial assistance, applications for the free/reduced meal program and textbook fee waiver will be available through the online registration process.

 

All students entering kindergarten or those new to Illinois are required to have physical and dental exams, as well as a vision exam.  Second grade students are also required to have a dental exam.  Dental and vision exam waivers are available for children who meet certain conditions.  Kindergarteners must also show proof of being up to date on required immunizations, which includes the chicken pox vaccine.

Elementary Reorganization

 

Beginning this year, students who formerly attended Memorial, North, or South Elementary Schools will be assigned as follows:  Grades K-2 will attend North Elementary School.  Grades 3-4 will attend Memorial Elementary School.  Students who were formerly assigned to Stonington Elementary School will remain there for Grades K-4.  All 5th grade students will now attend Taylorville Junior High School.

 

TaylorvilleJuniorHigh School

 

Taylorville Junior High School will hold registration for 7th and 8th graders on Tuesday, August 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  5th and 6th graders will register on Wednesday, August 7 from noon – 7:00 p.m.  Working parents may take advantage of the evening hours on Wednesday regardless of their child’s grade level.

 

Junior high students new to the district are asked to contact the junior high office at 824-4924 before August 1 so that transcripts can be obtained prior to registration.

 

Orientation for all first-time junior high students, including all incoming 5th and 6th graders and any 7th and 8th graders new to the school will be held to acquaint students with the school, daily procedures, teachers, classes, and lockers.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The orientations will be held in the Forum as follows:

August 6

New 7th graders at 9:30 a.m.

New 8th graders at 11:00 a.m.

August 7

New 5th graders at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

New 6th graders at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. 

If you plan to attend an orientation session, please arrive 30 minutes early to complete the registration process.

 

Grade 5 book rental for the school year is $45 and Grade 6-8 is $70, plus all Grade 5-8 students will be assessed a $25 technology fee.  An athletic participation fee of $125 at the junior high level will also be assessed to students who are selected to a team, payable at the time of team selection. 

 

Junior high meal prices will be $1.20 for breakfast and $2.10 for lunch.  For families needing financial assistance, applications for the free/reduced meal program and textbook fee waiver will be available through the online registration process.

 

All 6th sixth grade students and those new to Illinois are required to have physical and dental exams prior to the start of school.  Also, students new to Illinois are required to have a vision exam.  Dental and vision exam waivers are available for children who meet certain conditions. 

 

TaylorvilleHigh School

 

Registration for Taylorville High School will be held during the week of August 5 as follows:  seniors – Monday, August 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; juniors and sophomores – Tuesday, August 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and freshmen – Wednesday, August 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Working parents may take advantage of the evening hours on Wednesday, regardless of their child’s grade level.

 

High school students new to the district will register on Thursday, August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  These students are asked to contact the High School office (824-2268) before August 1 so that transcripts from previous schools can be obtained prior to registration.  Paper registration packets for new students only will be available at the high school beginning August 1 so that forms can be completed prior to registration day.  Please contact the high school at 824-2268 if you need additional information.

 

Senior high students will receive their discipline code, student handbook, and student planner at school on Monday, August 19.

 

High school students should attend with their parents as yearbook and student ID photos will be taken during registration.  School-appropriate attire is required.  Make-up dates will be scheduled for students who are not able to attend registration.

 

Book rental for the school year is as follows:  Grades 9-11 - $70; and Grade 12 - $80.  In addition, all students will be assessed a $25 technology fee and all students are required to purchase a student planner for $10.  ($4 for students who are approved for reduced lunches; fee waived for students who are approved for free lunches.)  An athletic participation fee of $150 at the high school level will also be assessed to students who are selected to a team.  There is a $150 fee for the Driver Education course.  Some courses may also require workbooks or supplies for an additional fee.  This information will be available at the school and at the Web Store.  The Taylorville High School P.E. Department will have available both boys’ and girls’ PE clothing for sale as a separate purchase. 

 

THS students who plan to drive to school must complete a parking tag registration form and pay the $35 fee as part of the registration process.  Parking tags will not be distributed during registration.  Parking tags will be issued from Mr. Hutchison’s office (Student Services) Friday, August 9 through Tuesday, August 13, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

High school meal prices will be $1.20 for breakfast and $2.10 for lunch.  For families needing financial assistance, applications for the free/reduced meal program and textbook fee waiver will be available through the online registration process.

 

All ninth grade students and those new to Illinois are required to have a physical examination prior to the start of school and must also show proof that they have received their required booster immunizations.  Also, students new to Illinois are required to have a dental and a vision exam.  Dental and vision exam waivers are available for children who meet certain conditions.  Completed forms may be turned in at registration or the first day of school.

 

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

 

The “Tornado Drill” freshman orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m., for all incoming THS 9th graders.  This orientation will acquaint students to the school building, daily procedures, teachers, classes, and lockers.  Activities for the orientation will include a building tour, meetings with administration and staff, and a mini-schedule of their day.  A sack lunch will be provided.

 

BEGINNING OF SCHOOL

 

The 2013-14 school year will open on Thursday, August 15, with a one-day workshop for all personnel of the district.  The first day of student attendance will be Friday, August 16, with a dismissal time of 2:30 p.m.  Both breakfast and lunch will be served that day.  The 2:30 p.m. dismissal time will continue through Friday, August 30.  Full-day attendance will begin Tuesday, September 3.

 

The TaylorvilleSchool District offers an extensive range of general and vocational education opportunities according to Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator.  All programs are offered to students without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.  The Superintendent's Office is located in AdministrationEducationCenter at 512 W. Spresser Street, telephone 824-4951.

 

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Barnhart on Illini Football: Offense in Good Shape, Defense Needs Work

The University of Illinois Football season is right around the corner. The voice of the Fighting Illini Brian Barnhart joined Randy Miller Tuesday for a special preview show on WTIM and says coaches are looking for depth on the defensive line:

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Herwig: Young Ag Leaders to Meet in a Couple Weeks

The Young Ag Leaders of Christian County will have a meeting in a couple of weeks, according to Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa Herwig:

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Call the Christian County Farm Bureau at 824-2940 for more information

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Big Brothers Big Sisters in Need of High School Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region is looking for high school students to volunteer as mentors for elementary school children. Lisa Rakey, Director of Community Relations at BBBS, tells Regional Radio News what they are looking for in a mentor:

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Rakey said the most important thing they ask for from volunteers is the commitment to be there every week:

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If you are interested in joining or know someone who would be, call Lisa at 753-1216 or go online to bbbscaptialregion.org for more information. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-23-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Andrew T. Ash, 37, of 5875 Gaule Road, Rochester, was arrested July 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Matthew C. Tucker, 22, of 510 South Wyandotte Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 22 for battery.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On July 21, Rose S. Smith, 61, of Taylorville was southbound on County Highway 1. Just south of County Road 800 North, Smith struck a deer in the roadway. No Injuries were reported.

On July 21, Tammy S. Bailey,44, of Kincaid said she was south bound on 1350 East Road when she saw a red, pickup truck with a flat bed and running lights on the cab, northbound on 1350 East Road. Bailey said the pickup appeared to be in her lane heading towards her location. Bailey stated she got over onto the shoulder as far as she could but the pickup collided with her driver's side mirror and continued northbound. Bailey remained on scene at the crash location for officer. The pickup truck's destination was unknown and Bailey was unable to get a partial license plate number.

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Fire Department Calls 7-23-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 22
4 EMS, 2 Illegal Burns

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from Radio Voice of the Fighting Illini

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From the left:  WTIM president Randal J. Miller, Radio Voice of the Fighting Illini Brian Barnhart, Kiwanis Club president Gina Prinzavalli.

The Radio Voice of the Fighting Illini, Brian Barnhart, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Barnhart was hosted by Kiwanis member and owner of the Miller Media Group Randal J. Miller. Miller’s newstalk station in Taylorville WTIM Newstalk 97.3 has been a long-time Illini Radio Network affiliate.

Barnhart has been the play-by-play announcer for University of Illinois football and mens basketball broadcasts, for some 10 years, and told the Kiwanis Club that while it was a tough year for the Illini football team, the mens basketball team was a bit of a surprise heading into the NCAA tournament. Both teams had new coaches last year.

Barnhart added that this season, the football team should show improvement with the addition of several junior college recuits, while the Fighting Illini mens basketball team will also have lots of new faces.

Barnhart said the thing he likes the most about his job is the opportunity to connect with listeners thru-out the state thru the radio.

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In a question-and-answer session after his remarks, Barnhart said that while there is wide support to bring back Chief Illiniwek, it’s unlikely to happen because of the N-C-A-A ruling against the mascot. He also said last season’s call of the end of the Illinois-Indiana basketball game, where Illinois won the game with a last second shot, was probably the most exciting call of his career.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

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Taylorville Park Board Hears About Tree Keepers Program and More Good News About Pool

The Taylorville Park District Board heard about a Tree Keepers program at their meeting Monday night. Barb Grabner-Kerns from Trees Forever explains what the program entails:

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Barb said while Trees Forever is based out of Iowa, the company recently received a grant for 1500-dollars to extend the program into Illinois. Barb added she has been in the area for about a year and was recently appointed to the Taylorville Tree Board. She will be working with them for various future projects.

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The Manner’s Park Pool recently had another audit by Ellis and Associates. Recreation Director Bailey Hancock told the Taylorville Park Board that once again the staff received outstanding marks:

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The Manners Park Pool is Open Daily from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Thomas McKinney asked the Taylorville Park District Board at their meeting Monday night for permission to bring his Ice Cream Truck to Manners Park. The Board approved the request as long as he just sells ice cream for now and not drinks because they do not want the possibility of money being taken away from the concession stand during little league season. The Board also heard from Maintenance Superintendent Gary Brown who told them they will be losing their Pepsi machines. Brown said with the amount of machines they had, the cost to maintain them was outweighing the money they were making from them. Brown added he talked to Pepsi about bringing back just one machine next spring and seeing how that works out.

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Mayor says Hathaway Controversy Over

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says the Hathaway Homes controversy is finally behind us. The litigants in the lawsuit against the city, including Christian County Integrated Services and Siegrist Builders, agreed on a settlement. City Mayor Greg Brotherton says it could have been much worse:

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The Mayor says there are no hard feelings and the City should be able to work with the litigants in the future.

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New Tattoo Store Opens in Taylorville

To the Moon Tattoos recently opened on the Taylorville Square. Owner Jeff Graham of Stonington says tattoos are becoming more socially accepted:

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Fuerstenau: State is Caught Up on Owed Bills

Putting together and maintaining a school budget is not an easy task especially when the State owes the district money. Taylorville Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregg Feurstenau tells Regional Radio News that as of now, Illinois is caught up on owed payments:

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The Taylorville Schools are currently getting ready for the first day of school which is scheduled for Friday, August 16.

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Moweaqua Resident Pronounced Dead at His Home

On Saturday, July 20 around 11:50A.M., 911 received a call that 25-year-old male was unresponsive at his residence in rural Moweaqua, Christian County.   Authorities arrived and pronounced Nicholas A. Robling of Moweaqua dead on the scene.  An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday) in Bloomington.  Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigation, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, and Christian County Coroner's Office are handling the investigation.   

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Arrest Made In Relation to Last Week's Drug Investigation

Another arrest was made in relation to the 22 indictments that were made last week following a massive drug investigation. 43-year-old Christopher L. Christian of Tower Hill was arrested on Friday for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor. Christian was one of the remaining seven people that police were looking for after arresting 15 last Wednesday. Police are still actively looking for the other six. If you have any information in regards to this search or other drug activity, contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-22-13

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

Maggie D. Dust, 37, of 5 South Walnut Street, Pana, was arrested July 21 for aggravated battery on a policing volunteer and fireman. 

Colt A. Stephens, 24, of 408 Dial Street, Kincaid, was arrested July 20 for theft.

Christopher L. Christian, 43, of 203 Cleveland Box 264, Tower Hill, was arrested on July 19 on a original arrest warrant for 3 counts of methamphetamine precursor.

John W. Sorrells, 30, of 905 South Wyandotte Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 21, on a bond forfeiture for aggravated driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm to another.

Lawrence E. Coghlan, 39, of 1207 West Park Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested July 21 for production of 20 to 50 plants of cannabis. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On July 19, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to Walgreens in reference to a retail theft. Josh Lynch, 31, of Taylorville, was the suspect and was located a short time later. Lynch was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was released on a notice to appear.

On July 20, Lisa Harker advised Taylorville Police Department that she and her morther, Claudia Skinner, were threatened by Abigale House, 24, of Taylorville. Harker said House became upset with her, they exchanged words and then House threatened her and Skinner with an ax. House was arrested, processed and released on a Notice to Appear. The ax was placed into evidence.

On July 21, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 1121 East 1500 North Road Apartment H3 in reference to a battery that had just happened. Shawn D. Watkins, 35, of Taylorville was located at Mach One on Route 29 and Route 104. Watkins was arrested for battery and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was released on a notice to appear.

On July 18 around 9:44am, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to the intersection of Park Street and Cherokee Street for a traffic crash. Alice L. Holland, 88, of Taylorville, stated she was traveling west on Park Street and was turning to left to go south on Cherokee. Holland said there was a green light and she did not see Cecilia Corriveau, 51, of Taylorville coming. Holland started to turn and struck Corriveau. Corriveau stated she was traveling east on Park Street and had a green light at the intersection when Holland turned in front of her and she was unable to stop in time and struck Holland. No injuries were reported. Holland was cited with failure to yield.

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Fire Department Calls 7-22-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:


July 19
2 EMS

July 20
3 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 3 Illegal Burns, 1 Carbon Monoxide

July 21
2 Public Assist, 1 EMS

July 22
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Line Down

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Letterly: Technology Has Helped Advanced the World of Agriculture

Changes in technology over the years have helped make advancements in various job fields. Gary Letterly, University of Illinois Extension Educator tells Regional Radio News that he has seen evidence of that in the field of agriculture:

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Letterly says despite changes in technology and the economy, there are still plenty of good family farm operations in Christian County:

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If you have any questions, you can call the Extension office at 287-7246. 

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Debit Cards Targeted By Scams

Another scam is on the rise in Christian County. This one is targeting debit cards. Debbie McLaughlin from the First National Bank in Taylorville tells Regional Radio News the details of the scam:

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McLaughlin warns people to be cautious when using the internet as fraudsters can steal your information if you enter it on an unsafe website. If you receive any suspicious calls or emails, contact your bank immediately for information. 

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Sheriff Touts Drug Court

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he attended meetings concerning the Drug Court. The Sheriff says the Drug Court is a great alternative to sending offenders to prison:

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The Sheriff says the drug courts are not for drug dealers, but for users who are addicted to a substance. 

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High School FFA Advisor Meteer Retires

A long-time FFA Advisor has stepped down. Taylorville High School's Lee Meteer officially retired last week. Meteer says there are a lot of great memories:

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Lake Shelbyville Re-Opens Boat Ramps and Dam West Beach

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville has announced that all regular boat ramps and Dam West Beach are now available for use.  The boat ramps and beach were temporarily closed due to high water, but a recent break in rainfall has allowed them to reopen.

 

In celebration of the beach reopening, Lake Shelbyville will be hosting a water safety carnival on Saturday, July 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children and adults of ages all are welcome to attend.  The beach fee will be waived for the entire day to allow all beach users a chance to come out and enjoy the free games and activities. 

   

Call the Lake Shelbyville Interpretive Services and Outreach Department at 774-3951 extension 2 for additional information and updates.

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17-year-old Dies at St. John's Hospital After Accident

Morgan McKinnon, age 17, of Murrayville Illinois was pronounced deceased at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield this Thursday morning at 7:20. She was the passenger on a motorcycle involved in an accident Wednesday night in South Jacksonville.  The South Jacksonville Police are handling the crash investigation. An autopsy is not planned.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-19-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On July 18, Harriett Morrissey, 61, of Taylorville reported a theft to the Christian County Sheriff's Office. A deputy responded to the call and spoke with Harriett. Harriett said that sometime overnight someone had entered her Dodge van and her Dodge truck located at her residence on 1412 West Gilpin Street and removed the GPS units from both of them. The GPS units were made by TomTom. The unknown subject(s) also removed the keys from the Dodge van and a small bag containing quarters from the truck. Harriett estimated ther would have been around 10 dollars in quarters.

On July 18, Bryan Grubaugh, 42, of Hewitville, called the Christian County Sheriff's Department to report that someone had entered his truck and stolen several items from it. A deputy met with Bryan. Bryan had already driven the truck to work and had gone through it looking for his wallet. Bryan said that his son had gotten up around 2am and noticed the light was on inside the truck. Bryan went out and found the back driver's side door to his Ford F250 quad cab truck was open. In the morning Bryan realized that his Orange Orion 1200 Watt amplifier was missing from under the back seat. Bryan was also missing his wallet from the center console.

 

ARRESTS:

Cortney M. Chaplin, 26, of 416 Fair Avenue, Pana, was arrested July 19 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of drugs.

Clark D. Vaughan, 50, of 1371 East 900 North Road, Taylorville, was arrested July 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. 

James D. Snell, 19, of 104 East Washington, Edinburg, was arrested July 18 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On July 19 at 12:09am, a Taylorville Police Department Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration. Under further investigation, Harold L. Friend, 48, of Owaneco, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Friend was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

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On July 18 at 2:21pm, Mary J. Joynt, 57, of Kincaid, was parked in a space at the MAI parking lot looking through her mail. Linda S. Hagood, 61, of Taylorville pulled in next to Joynt and opened the driver's side door. Hagood's door struck Joynt in the front passenger panel scrapping paint off. Both vehicles were moved prior to the arrival of a Taylorville Police Department officer. Hagood requested a State Crash Report.

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Fire Department Calls 7-19-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 18:
2 Public Assist

July 19:
1 EMS, 1 Gas Leak

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Christian County Coroner Releases Findings on Two Area Deaths

After the completion of an autopsy, toxicology and police investigation, Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has released the findings from two area deaths.

50-year-old Philip T. Haines, of Pana died of multiple blunt force injuries due to a pedestrian versus Motor Vehicle.  His death was determined to be accidental. Haines was pronounced dead on June 15 at 10:48 P.M. at the scene on Rt. 51 in Pana Township. 

34-year-old Nickolas J. Melton, of Springfield died of Hydrocodone, acetaminophen, and alprazolam intoxication.  The death was determined to be suicidal. Melton was pronounced dead at Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. on June 19 at 10:19 A.M. 

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Chamber Committee Selects Member of the Quarter

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has selected its new Member of the Quarter, according to Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle:

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A specially chosen committee selects the Member of the Quarter.

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Farmers Market Hits Its Stride

The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market is really hitting its stride. Market Manager Ed Downs says they have seen some great crowds:

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Along with fresh produce, the Farmers Market offers locally produced baked goods, jams and jellies and craft items. The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm on the Taylorville Square.

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Yard of the Month to be Awarded in Shelbyville

A new program is shaping up in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they are now rewarding a city resident as having the Yard of the Month:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp: Hard Work Led to Arrests

Agents and officers from nine police forces joined together Wednesday to arrest 15 people on drug related charges. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the hard work they put into the investigations was the key:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says they are actively looking for the remaining 7 people. If you have any information, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

 

For a list of names and pictures, click here.

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Central Illinois Foodbank To Hold Open House for New Facility

The Central Illinois Foodbank is giving people an opportunity to tour their new facility in Springfield with an Open House event on Thursday July 25. Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for the Foodbank, tells Regional Radio News what will be going on at the event:

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The new facility is located at 1937 East Cook in Springfield. For more information, visit their website at www.centralilfoodbank.org. 

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15 Arrested on Various Drug Charges

A major arrest warrant detail went down on Wednesday. Of 22 initial indictments, 15 people were arrested on various drug charges. Around 6:30 a.m., Agents from the Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police Zone 4, Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Edinburg Police Department, Kincaid Police Department, Pana Police Department, and the Taylorville Police Department conducted an arrest warrant detail for numerous arrest warrants issued by the Christian County States Attorney’s Office.  These warrants were issued as a result of numerous drug investigations which have been conducted over a several month time period.  Additional arrests are anticipated as police search for the other 7 they have warrant out for.

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

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Subject Arrested 1:                 Name: Jeremy C. Christian

                                                Address:  Tower Hill, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 40

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                        (1) Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

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Subject Arrested 2:                 Name:  John C. Carriker

                                                Address:  Tovey, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age: 29

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                              (1) Possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (Class 2)

 

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Subject Arrested 3:               Name: Chad G. Dust

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 29

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1)   Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (Class 4)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 4:                 Name: Maggie D. Dust

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 37

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1)   Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (Class 4)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 5:                 Name: Stephanie M. Holly

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 31

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                      (1)   Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 6:                 Name: Jennifer L. Ivy

                                                Address: Stonington, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 32

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                              (1)   Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Class 1)

 

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Subject Arrested 7:                 Name: Charlotte E. Jones

                                                Address: Assumption, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 26

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                        (1)   Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 2)

 

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Subject Arrested 8:                 Name:  Alicia J. Kee

                                                Address: Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 35

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                  (1)   Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Class 1)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 9:                 Name:  Lula R. Merrifield

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 38

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                 (1)   Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Class 2)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 10:               Name:  James E. Merritt

                                                Address: Tower Hill, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 46

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                          (1)   Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 11:               Name:  Tyrone A. Powyszynski

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 37

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                         (1)  Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 12:               Name:  Bradley S. Stimac

                                                Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 25

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                       (1)   Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Class 2)

                                                (2)  Unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 3)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 13:               Name:  Michael R. Wilson

                                                Address: Tovey, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 22

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1) Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance (Class 2)

 

 

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Subject Arrested 14:               Name:  Matthew A. Woolard

                                                Address: Nokomis, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age:  35

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                        (1) Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

Subject Arrested 15:               Name:  Kevin J. McKenna

                                                Address: Pana, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age:  59

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                            (1) Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (Class 4)

 

 

 

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11-year-old Killed in Crash Near Auburn

An 11-year-old boy from Quincy was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Route 104 just east of Auburn on July 17 at 5:30pm by Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards.  The Illinois State Police are investigating the accident and an autopsy is scheduled.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 7-18-13

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

Andrew L. Calvert, 27, of 1531 West Elm Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 17 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Matthew A. Woolard, 35, of 723 Miller Street, Nokomis, was arrested July 17 for 4 accounts of methamphetamine precursor

Tyrone A. Powyszynski, 39, of 11 North Washington Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 on a original arrest warrant for 5 accounts of methamphetamine precursor.

Stephanie M. Holley, 31, of 102 North Carr Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 for methamphetamine precursor.

Michael R. Wilson, 22, of 325 Anne Street, Tovey, was arrested July 17 for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

Lula R. Merrifield, 38, of 3 South Clark Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 for 5 accounts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

James E. Merritt, 46, of RR1 South Box 133 Street, Herrick, was arrested July 17 for methamphetamine precursor.

Chad G. Dust, 29, of 527 North Elm Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of more than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams.

Maggie D. Dust, 37, of 5 South Walnut Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 for 2 accounts manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of more than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams

Charlotte E. Jones, 26, of 215 South Poplar Street Apartment A, Assumption, was arrested July 17 for methamphetamine precursor

Jennifer L. Ivy, 32, of 302 South Main Street, Stonington, was arrested July 17 for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, manufacturing and delivery near school property, and other substance containing amphetamine or fentanyl.

Bradley S. Stimac, 25, of 423 West Washington Street, Edinburg, was arrested July 17 for 1 account of manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of more than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams, 2 accounts of manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of more than 30 grams but not more than 500 grams and manufacturing and delivery of other controlled substances.

John C. Carriker, 29, of 805 East Boorah Street, Tovey, was arrested July 17 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis more than 500 grams but not more than 2,000 grams.

Alicia J. Kee, 35, of 925 East Adams Street, Kincaid, was arrested July 17 for drug selling conspiracy undertaken or carried on with two or more other persons and 2 accounts of manufacturing and delivery near school property.

Jeremy C. Christian, 40, of 308 East Benton Street, Tower Hill, was arrested July 17 on a original arrest warrant for 3 accounts of methamphetamine precursor

Kevin J. McKenna, 59, of 105 South Kitchell Street, Pana, was arrested July 17 for 3 accounts of methamphetamine precursor.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On July 17 at 6:45pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out with Daniel Benedict, 52, of Taylorville at 612 North. An officer spoke with Benedict and verified through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System that his driver's license was suspended. Benedict was cited for driving while license is suspended.

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Fire Department Calls: 7-18-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 17
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

July 18
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Kids are Kids Dance Factory

The Manners Park Community Building is the place to be Friday night. That's when the Kids are Kids Dance is scheduled. The even, which is for kids 12 years of age and up, will be from 7 to 9pm. Ron Pyle will be the DJ. The theme for the dance will be patriotism. Attendees are asked to bring some cookies or a bag of chips. There is no charge to attend.

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Big Shelbyville Athletic Fundraiser This Saturday

The Shelbyville Athletic Fundraiser is this Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The money raised will go towards the building of a new athletic facility. Jenni Case from Dairy Queen, who has been organizing the event, says they have a lot of activities and entertainment lined up:

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Wrestling Coach Greg Harkin says they have some great food lined up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

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The highlight of the fundraiser is the special guest UFC Hall of Famer and nine time Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. Again the event is this Saturday from 8am to 9pm at the Shelbyville High School. For more information, visit their website www.shelbyvilleathleticfundraiser.com or call Jenni at 774-9633.

 

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Fire Department Calls 7-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 16
2 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide

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Library Pool Party Next Week

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On July 8, Tiara N. Shull, 18, of Taylorville, was northbound on 400 East Road about 1/2 mile south of 750 North Road when she lost control and began to skid for 150" then turned sideways and continued to skid for 96" before going into the ditch on the west side of the road. Shull traveled 63" in the ditch and hit a embarkment near a culvert and began to overturn. Shull hit the ground at 48" beyond the culvert. Her vehicle traveled another 39" hit then 24" to impact and 21" to the last impact point and a final 30" before it came to a rest. Shull was transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment of injuries.

On July 15, Austin D. Tryon, 17, of Kincaid, was northbound on County Road 5. Tryon stated he fell asleep, drove off the roadway on the right side striking a culvert. Tryon ended up in a field entrance on the right side of the roadway. No injuries were reported.

INCIDENTS:

On July 16, a Christian County Sheriff's deputy was sent to 1700 N 1000 E Road to speak with Darrin E. Bass, 39, of Taylorville, about damage to a field he farms. Bass stated he drove byy the field and noticed damage. There was a section of corn approximately 10 foot by 30 foot that was on the ground. Bass stated his father and mother, Everett and Pam Bass, own the land.

ARRESTS:

Robert C. Beard, 18, of 404 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, was arrested July 17 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas J. Vavrik, 30, of 882 North 1700 East Road, Owaneco, was arrested July 16 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On July 16, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to the 100 block of East Vine Street in reference to people throwing sticks at cars. One male threw a stick that hit a parked car and ran off northwest behind the public library. He was not located in the area. Another male, Kristopher M. Swinburne, 24, of Taylorville was arrested on scene for a City Ordinance Ciolation of Public Intoxication. Swinburne was transported to Taylorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear.

On July 14, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to unknown subject laying on the curb by Palmer Bank. The subject was identified as Michael Alberts. The officer gave a ride to Alberts to 2100 Grand Boulevard Apartment B2. Alberts and Michael Masterson, 28, of Taylorville started arguing. The officer started to give Alberts a ride to a different location and Masterson came over the officer and struck Alberts in the right eye. Masterson was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department. Masterson was processed and lodged in Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Christian County Board Honors Retiring Security Officer At Their Meeting Tuesday Night

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The Christian County Board honored Sheriff’s Deputy and Courthouse Security officer Mick Moliske on his retirement at their meeting Tuesday night. Chairman Paul Schmitz read a proclamation on behalf of the Board wishing Moliske the best of luck:

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Moliske was presented with the proclamation following its reading.

 

The Christian County Board approved a job shadowing event that will be sponsored by the Christian County U of I Extension Office at their meeting Tuesday night. The program will be open to Christian County 4-H’ers or other students in seventh grade through high school. Chris Casey from the Extension office told the Board what they will be doing during the shadow:

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Contact the U of I Extension Office at 287-7246 for more information.

 

The Christian County Board did not approve the proposed Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) negotiation team for the County at their meeting Tuesday night. The team would have been made up of: Bruce Engeling, Bruce Kettelkamp, Micki Ehrhardt, Fred Curtin, Jan Bland and Paul Schmitz with Attorney David Frenzia as the labor consultant. The motion failed on a 9-7 vote. The Board will address the issue at the next meeting.

 

The Christian County Board approved the training expenditure for department heads. The Board approved the motion for the department heads who are working on the Drug/Alcohol Policy to work with AFSCME on an agreement. The Board also approved the Affordable Care Act requirements update from Jeremy Travelstead from American Central Insurance who spoke at the Audit/Finance/Purchasing Committee meeting and approved the payment to Espy Services who looked over phone bills to see if the County was paying for things that they didn’t need to pay for.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:52pm.

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Fuerstenau: School Buildings Ready for Students

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School starts again for Taylorville in about a month. Taylorville Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says despite the closing of South School and the extra work that entails, the school buildings were ready ahead of schedule:

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The first day of student attendance will be Friday August 16th. 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Speaks at Kiwanis Meeting

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Maureen Maple, Past President of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, was the scheduled speaker at the Taylorville Kiwanis meeting on Tuesday July, 16th. The Auxiliary began in 1950 with the objective of raising money to help the local hospital. Today it is made up of almost 300 volunteers who donate their time and talents for the cause. They have contributed more than 1.2 million dollars to the hospital. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone with an interest in in the hospital. For more information visit www.taylorvillememorial.org For more information on Kiwanis visit www.taylorvillekiwanis.com Pictured Left to Right: Kiwanian and Auxiliary member Mellisa Herwig, Auxiliary Past President Maureen Maple, Auxiliary President Louise Noren, and Kiwanis President Gina Prinzavalli

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American Red Cross Needs Donors

The American Red Cross has issued an Emergency Blood Appeal due to a decrease in donors.  The American Red Cross will host a blood drive this Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville from Noon to 6:00pm. Glenda Plunkett, Marketing/Volunteer Coordinator, at Shelby Memorial Hospital tells Regional Radio News that June was a tough month for donations:

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Plunkett says they don’t want to go back to the days of knocking on doors looking for donors. If you want to schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red-Cross. The First Baptist Church is located across from the Shelbyville High School. 

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Cooling Centers Open to Provide Relief from Heat

With extremely high temperatures and humidity forecasted this week, cooling centers are opening across the area to provide relief for those without access to a cool environment. A list of locations and hours of operation are below.

Location                                             Agency                                                         Address City

CHRISTIAN COUNTY,  DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 1100 NORTH CHENEY TAYLORVILLE

COLES COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 119 WEST STATE STREET CHARLESTON

LOGAN COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 1550 4TH STREET LINCOLN

MACOUPIN COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 201 MCCAUSLAND CARLINVILLE

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 210 EAST FAIRGROUND AVE HILLSBORO

MORGAN COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 45-47 SOUTH CENTRAL PARK PLAZA JACKSONVILLE

MORGAN COUNTY, NEWS DIRECTIONS WARMING/COOLING CENTER, 100 S. Fayette St. JACKSONVILLE

SANGAMON COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 100 SOUTH MARTIN LUTHER KING DR SPRINGFIELD

SANGAMON COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DRS), 535 W. Jefferson, 1st fl SPRINGFIELD

SANGAMON COUNTY, WHITE OAKS MALL, 2501 Wabash Ave SPRINGFIELD

SHELBY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 610 WEST MAIN STREET SHELBYVILLE

To prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke during hot weather, take the following measures:

• Try to keep cool during extremely high temperature.

• Stay in a cool environment (preferably air conditioned).

• Limit outdoor activities. • Avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather.

• Take frequent breaks to hydrate yourself.

• Wear hats and light-colored, lightweight, loose clothes.

• Drink plenty of cool fluids (like water) regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

• Avoid liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar – they cause you to lose more body fluids..

• Take care of your pets. Give extra water and be sure to place the water dish in a shaded area if outdoors. Make sure pets have a protected place where they can get away from the sun.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-16-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On July 15 at approximately 8:10am, a Christian County Sheriff's officer was sent to 700 North 115 East Road in Morrisonville in reference to a theft that had occurred. The officer arrived on scene and met with the home owner Dale Osterholt. Osterholt said sometime between July 14 around 11:00pm and July 15 at 5am, unknown subject(s) gained entry to his machine shed located west of his residence, Once inside the unknown subject(s) gained entry to Osterholt's work van which contained numerous electrical equipment and took #6, #8, #10 wire along with some romex 12-2 and 14-2 wire that were on spools. Located approximately 15 feet away, Osterholt said the unknown subject(s) took a pile of scrap wire he had from numerous electrical jobs he has performed over the past few months. Osterholt advised the only other thing missing that he could tell was a larger #6 and #8 spool of copper wire. Osterholt advised each spool contained approximately 500 feet of wire. It appeared the unknown subject(s) exited out the west bay door on the south side of the building.

ARRESTS:
Kerry K. Decker, 30, of 521 North Maple Street, Nokomis, was arrested July 15 on a bond forfeiture for false report of an offense.

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Fire Department Calls 7-16-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 15:
3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

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Pana Community Hospital Welcomes New Physicians

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Dr. Marlon Muneses will join PCH next month

 

There are some new faces to see at Pana Community Hospital. Marketing Coordinator for PCH Melissa Rybolt tells Regional Radio News one new doctor will join them next month, while another did so just recently

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Pana Community Hospital is at 101 East 9th Street in Pana.

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New Master Gardeners Needed

If you have a green thumb and ever thought you'd like to be a Master Gardener, here's your chance. Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says they are looking for interested parties:

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Master Gardener Linda Smith tells Regional Radio News you don't have to have any previous credentials:

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Contact the University of Illinois Extension at 287-7246 if you have question.

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Taylorville City Council Receives Word of Finalization in Lawsuit at Meeting Monday

The Taylorville City Council received great news in regards to the settlement with Siegrist over the Hathaway Homes Project at their meeting Monday night. City Attorney Rocci Romano told the Council that the paperwork has been signed:

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The lawsuit comes to end after a 3 month battle.   

 

The Optimist Club had their hands full raising money this year for the 4th of July Fireworks show. Member Steve Milling told the Taylorville City Council at their meeting Monday night that the Club was able to raise more than enough to cover the costs:

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Milling said the wild card was the money they raised at the gate which totaled 5700-dollars.

 

Mayor Greg Brotherton is still looking to appointing an official fire chief next month. The Mayor gave an update at the 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 presented with a motion from the water and environmental committee to approve the purchase of a new Ford F150 by Superintendent Speagle. The truck will be used by a water service technician on a daily basis and is replacing a 1997 Chevy Van which will be placed in the City Auction. Alderman Martin Vota voted against the purchase saying there may be better options that could save money:

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The purchase still passed on a 6-2 vote. Alderman Ray Koonce also voted against it.

 

The Council also approved the recommendation by Taylorville Police Chief Dave Herpstreith to add one investigator to the Police Department effective October 7th, 2013. The Council approved a motion to direct Mayor Brotherton to send letters to the Board of Fire and Police Commission to fill the third shift sergeant position and to fill a second sergeant position. The Council approved motions to allow Chief Herpstreith to send an officer to a K-9 Handler Training course and for Taylorville Fire Department Captain Andy Goodall and personnel to attend the Tornado Siren Class in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Council also approved two events. The first was to allow the Minas Morgul Autumn Wars to be held at the Lake starting around noon on Friday, September 13th through Sunday September 15th. The second is for the Mid America Sport Parachute Club and Skydiving Boogie at the Municipal Airport on Friday August 16th through Sunday, August 19th.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:34pm. 

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Hawthorne Inn Hosting Fundraiser for Save the Chautauqua

Hawthorne Inn in Shelbyville is hosting a cookout to raise money for Save the Chautauqua this Friday. Jessie Gipson from Hawthorne Inn tells Regional Radio News what will be going on at the event:

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Owaneco Resident Charged with Cannabis Plant Production

On July 12 around 7:30am, the Taylorville Police Department went to the residence of 52-year-old Jeffrey A. Strocher at 934 North 1500 East Road in Oweneco with a state authorized search warrant.

The search warrant followed a nearly two month investigation into the unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants. During the search, police found various pieces of equipment associated with the production of cannabis and 60 suspected cannabis sativa plants. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group assisted with the search warrant. 

Strocher was taken into custody and charged with the production of cannabis plants. At full maturity the cannabis sativa plants could have a street value of well over 100,000-dollars. 

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this case or any other cannabis growing or drug activity, call the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 824-9100. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-15-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Darin A. Boggs, 30, of 391 Mieher Road, Waverly, was arrested July 15 for domestic battery.

Jovon J. Rivera, 20, of Scairot, Springfield, was arrested July 15 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

John T. Clifton, 46, of 418 South Eaton, Edinburg, was arrested July 14 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Kayla M. Durbin, 36, of 610 Sanford, Nokomis, was arrested July 14 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Robert Waterman, 29, of 729 West Park Block, Taylorville, was arrested July 14 for aggravated battery of a police officer and obstructing an officer.

Jason M. Barr, 39, of 914 East 2nd Street, Pana, was arrested July 14 for domestic battery.

Randolph L. Burrus, 56, of 1009 Birch Ave, Pana, was arrested July 14 on a bond forfeiture for possession control.

Ryan M. Lollar, 19, of 100 E Williams St., Langleyville, was arrested July 13 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

Christopher R. Carnahan, 34, of 220 East Franklin St, Taylorville, was arrested on July 12 for driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jeffrey A. Strocher, 52, of 934 N 1500 East Road, Owaneco, was arrested on July 12 for producing 20-50 plants of cannabis.

Kenny D. Baker, 85, of 101 Carr Street, Pana, was arrested July 14 for driving under the influence of alcohol

Daniel P. Fixsal, 47, of 310 West 1st Street, Morrisonville, was arrested July 12 for domestic battery

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POILCE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On July 14, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 314 W Market in reference to a male choking a female. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with both parties involved. After investigating the complaint of domestic battery . Jason M Barr, 39, of Pana was arrested for domestic battery. Barr was transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and then lodged at Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On July 14, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at Sonny's Place with an intoxicated male who was beating on the outside of the building. Darin. A Boggs, 30, of Waverly was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Taylorville Police Department

On July 15, Jovon J. Rivera, 20, of Springfield was located at Elm and Powers. Jovon was arrested on a valid Sangamon County Warrant and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On July 14, Taylorville Police Department  officers were dispatched to 2100 Grand Boulevard Apartments in reference of a male subject who had just broken out a window at apartment A1. A TPD officer arrived on scene and located the subject. Jefferey E. Caraker, 42, of Cowden was placed under arrest for criminal damage to property. Caraker was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 7-10-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 12
5 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Alarm

July 13
1 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

July 14
5 EMS

July 15
1 EMS

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WTIM To Air Special Illini Preview Show July 23

 

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WTIM Newstalk 97.3, the University of Illinois football and mens basketball affiliate for Central Illinois, will present a special one-hour "Illini Preview Show" featuring The Voice of the Fighting Illini, Brian Barnhart, on Tuesday, July 23rd, from 2 to 3pm.

Barnhart will outline what the Illini football and mens basketball teams will be like this fall and winter.  Listener calls will be taken during the 2nd half of the hour.

Barnhart's appearance on WTIM will coincide with his appearance at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at noon that day.

WTIM has been an affiliate of the Illini Sports Network for many decades.

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Lake Lot Rental a Plus for Taylorville

The summer season is in full swing. The City of Taylorville rents lots on Lake Taylorville for the season every year, but because of various expenses in maintenance, the city doesn't realize a profit. In fact, lake lot rental is a money loser for the city, but Mayor Greg Brotherton says the losses are made up in other ways:

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The lake lot rental program has been in operation since Lake Taylorville was created more than 50 years ago. 

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FNB President Cornwell: Getting Out to the Community is Reason Behind Sponsorship

The First National Bank in Taylorville is sponsoring the Summer Remote Tour for the Miller Media Group which covers all remote broadcasts in Christian County. Bank President Blain Cornwell tells Regional Radio News why they decided to do so:

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Young American Day is a Big Hit at Christian County Fair

The Christian County Fair held its Young American Day on Thursday. Christian County Fair Board President Jim Curtin tells Regional Radio News that they had an excellent turnout:

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Curtin says after the event was over, they had a lot of parents thank them for putting on the event.

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Peoples Bank & Trust Recognizes Volunteer of the Quarter

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Hixenbaugh is pictured with Peoples Bank employees, Ken Hart, Community Bank President and Len Hempen, Consumer Banker. 

 

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

David Hixenbaugh has been chosen as the current Volunteer of the Quarter. For the past 27 years, David has been the PA announcer for all of the Taylorville High School football games.  Several years ago, David and other sports volunteers started the Taylorville Sports Hall of Fame.  Each year, he and several other Taylorville sports enthusiasts plan and host an annual Hall of Fame banquet.  At that banquet, individuals and teams are inducted into the Taylorville Sports Hall of Fame.

David is also an officer and very active in the Taylorville Area Fine Arts Council.  For many years, he has been a featured singer with the Taylorville Municipal Band on Wednesday nights at Hershey Towers.  He also sings and travels all over Central Illinois with the Springfield Capital Chamber Singers. David is a volunteer member of the Taylorville Municipal Hospital Foundation Board. He recently retired after 44 years with the Taylorville School system.

In honor of David’s time and efforts, Peoples Bank & Trust is very proud to make a donation in his honor to the Taylorville Area Arts Council and to the Taylorville High School Sports Boosters. David’s name will also be placed on a plaque to be displayed at the bank.

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

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4-H Livestock Shows Results

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Sheep Show pictured left to right: Bekka Fesser, Tanner Mickey, Kara Fesser,  and Bryanna Fesser

 

 

The results from the show are grouped by show and then by class and are listed in the following sequence:  exhibitor’s name,  4-H club, breed/type of animal (if applicable), and awards earned.

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       C                  

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / C. White

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       B                  

Amy Smith                     Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / Duroc

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       A                   Breed Champion

Lucy Wubker                   Warriors                                         A                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / Hamp

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / Other Purebred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / P. China

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       B                  

Abby Smith                    Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / S. Poland

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Amy Smith                     Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Reserve Grand Champion

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 C                  

Caitlin Hadden                Blue Ribbon                                      C                  

Matthew Hadden                Blue Ribbon                                      C                  

Cameron Harmon                Lads and Lassies                                 C                  

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       A                  

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt-Light / York

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion, Reserve Grand Champion

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt -Medium / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

Abby Smith                    Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt -Medium / S. Poland

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Jr. Gilt -Medium / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 C                   

Caitlin Hadden                Blue Ribbon                                      A                   Breed Champion, Grand Champion

Matthew Hadden                Blue Ribbon                                      B                  

 

Swine - Jr Gilt-Heavy / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion, Grand Champion

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

 

Swine - Jr Gilt-Heavy / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

 

Swine - Sr, Gilt-Light / York

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Reserve Breed Champion

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       B                  

Reed Heberling                New Vision                                       B                  

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                   

Abby Smith                    Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion, Grand Champion

Clayton Smith                 Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / C. White

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Abby Smith                    Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

Amy Smith                     Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Reserve Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / Duroc

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Meghan Donnan                New Vision                                       C                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / Duroc

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 A                   Reserve Breed Champion

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

Jarrett Sarver                New Vision                                       A                   Breed Champion

Lucy Wubker                   Warriors                                         B                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / Hamp

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion, Reserve Grand Champion

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                   Reserve Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / Other Purebred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       B                  

Reed Heberling                New Vision                                       A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / S. Poland

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 C                  

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Reed Heberling                New Vision                                       A                   Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Light / York

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Reed Heberling                New Vision                                       A                   Breed Champion

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                   Reserve Breed Champion

 

Swine - Barrow-Medium / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Medium / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Medium / C. White

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Amy Smith                     Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Medium / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 C                  

 

Swine - Barrow-Heavy / Berk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Georgia Miller                Mt Auburn Rustlers                               C                  

 

Swine - Showmanship / Junior

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Meghan Donnan                New Vision                                       B                  

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Jarrett Sarver                New Vision                                       B                  

Swine - Showmanship / Junior

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Abby Smith                    Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Junior Showmanship

Amy Smith                     Mt Auburn Rustlers                               B                  

 

Swine - Showmanship / Senior

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brandon Butcher               Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Senior Showmanship

Caitlin Hadden                Blue Ribbon                                      B                  

Cameron Harmon                Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       A                  

Reed Heberling                New Vision                                       B                  

Lucy Wubker                   Warriors                                         B                  

 

Sheep - Wether-Light / Hampshire

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Alec Myers                    Warriors                                         A                   Reserve Grand Champion

 

Sheep - Wether-Light / Suffolk

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Tanner Mickey                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   Grand Champion

 

Sheep - Wether-Light / X-Bred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kara Fesser                   Lads and Lassies                                 A                  

Tanner Mickey                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 B                  

 

Sheep - Wether-Medium / Other Purebred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Bekka Fesser                  Lads and Lassies                                 B                  

 

Sheep - Wether-Medium / Other Purebred

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Tanner Mickey                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A            &nb

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-12-13

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

Dalton C. Daniels, 19, of 594 North State C, Pana, was arrested on July 11 on a bond forfeiture for operating uninsured.

Ryan A. Barton, 32, of 2121 North Ninth Street, Springfield, was arrested on July 11 for theft labor/service. 

Patience N. Sherman, 19, of 717 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested on July 12 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On July 9, a 16-year-old female from Taylorville failed to yield for Courtney L. Thomas, 30, of Taylorville. Witness Robert E. Fuller, 34, of Taylorville stated the 16-year-old pulled in front of Thomas. Fuller was in traffic behind Thomas. No injuries were reported. The 16-year was issued a citation for failure to yield.

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Fire Department Calls 7-12-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Quinn Withholding of Wages Will Have Small Impact

Governor Pat Quinn's efforts to withhold legislator's salaries until a pension plan is in place will have little effect on the outcome, according Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville:

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The Governor announced Wednesday that he will try to withhold legislator's salaries and stipends until they arrive at an agreement. 

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Cantaloupes to Debut at Farmers Market

A much anticipated commodity will be available for the first time this year at Saturday's Farmers Market. Market Manager Ed Downs says cantaloupes will make their debut:

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The Taylorville  Mainstreet Farmers Market, which continues through October, takes place every Saturday from 9am til 12:30pm on the Taylorville Square. 

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Lunch and Learn about Obamacare

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's next Lunch and Learn event concerns a topic both timely and important. According to chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle, the subject will be Obamacare:

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Call the Chamber at 824-4919 to secure a place. The Chamber is located on the South side of the Taylorville Square. 

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4-H and FFA Programs Help Prepare for the Future

During our coverage of the 2013 Christian County Fair, we have talked to many members of 4-H and FFA. Both groups have said that the programs are great ways to open up opportunities and prepare for the future. Brad Arndt from the First National Bank of Taylorville tells Regional Radio News that this factor is evident in his son’s life:

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Arndt says he loves all the things these programs have meant to him and what they continue to do for the youth.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-11-13

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

Scott R. Suckow, 36, of 208 South Cedar Street, Pana, was arrested July 10 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

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Fire Department Calls 7-11-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Elevated Water Levels Causing Several Closings at Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville is experiencing elevated water levels. Jeremy Logan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville tells Regional Radio News what’s being affected by this:

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Local Teachers Receive Grants from Ronald McDonald House

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Back Row:  Brad Davis, Karen Kuntzman, Marty Davis, Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Kenny Stewart, 

Front Row:  Karen Ladage, Donna Davis, Kelly Thompson, Dawn Reiser

 

Several local teachers received grants from the Ronald McDonald House. Teachers had to give presentations on how they use technology in the classroom to the owners/operators of Davis Organizations Marty, Donna and Brad Davis and also Kelly Thompson, Executive Director of Springfield Ronald McDonald House, Taylorville McDonald's manager Kenny Stewart, and Karen Ladage, Community Relations at Taylorville McDonald's. Karen Kuntzman, a 1st Grade teacher at North School, tells Regional Radio News what her grant is for:

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Karen’s and Dawn Reiser's grant was written for 4 Promethean Boards, along with the Activote system, a document camera, tablet, and wand extensions for the younger students.  Their grant was approximately $10,000. Junior High teacher Jennifer Wise also received a grant for 3 sets of Promethean ActivExpression Responders with full texting pads.  Her grant was for approximately $8500.00. 

 

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Back Row: Brad Davis, Beth Vincent Marty Davis, Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Kenny Stewart

Front Row:  Karen Ladage, Jennifer Wise, Donna Davis, Kelly Thompson   

 

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4-H Member Shows Beef, Sheep

4-H Member Alec Myers is having a busy week. The teenager is showing both cattle and sheep at this week's Christian County Fair. Myers says showing two different animals means double the work:

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Quinn: No Pension Plan, No Pay

Governor Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that he will try to withhold legislator's paychecks until they get a pension plan approved. These are the consequences the Governor warned of when he set a July 9th deadline. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville tells Regional Radio News that there is still no consensus on how the problem should be handled

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4-Hers Have Had a Busy Week

Local 4-Hers have had a busy week so far. 4-H Youth Development Educator Peggy Hampton tells Regional Radio News that in addition to the Christian County Fair, they have had another Fair this week as well:

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The 4-H has a busy night ahead of them with their auction at 5:00pm in the Grandstand.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-10-13

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

Misty D. Clay, 34 of 1201 South Street Taylorville was arrested July 9 on a bond forfeiture for battery.

Clifford E. Ballion, 48, of 1148 East 2100 North Road, Edinburg, was arrested July 9 for driving on a suspended/revoked license and reckless driving.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTES:

On July 9, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in Casey's Store parking lot on 902 East Park for traffic violations. After further investigation, Sharon K. Torres, 58, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended and driving under the influence of alcohol. Torres was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on $300 cash bond.

On July 9th at 9:21pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at an accident at Cheney and Spresser. During the course of the investigation, Misty D. Clay, 34, of Taylorville, who was involved in the crash, had a valid Christian County warrant. The warrant was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and Clay was arrested and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

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Fire Department Calls 7-10-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 9
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

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Shelby Co-Op Customers in Stonington May Briefly Be Without Power Tomorrow

Shelby Electric Cooperative customers in the Stonington area may be temporarily without power from 9am to noon tomorrow. Marcelyn Love from Ameren tells Regional Radio News what is going on:

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72nd Annual Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageants Results

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The 2013 Christian County Fair kicked off Tuesday night with the 72nd Annual Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageants.

A humid evening did not stop the crowd from filling the grandstands and enjoying the three Fair Queen Pageants. 

The evening began with the 2013 Little Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageant.  Receiving second place was Emylie Hall, daughter of Justin and Danielle Hall of Taylorville.  First place winner was Lydia Repscher, daughter of Matt and Melissa Repscher of Taylorville.  The 2013 Little Miss Christian County went to Kelsie Hunt.  Kelsie is the daughter of Tony and Christy Hunt of Taylorville. 

Following the Little Miss pageant, was the 2013 Jr. Miss Christian County Pageant.  Miss Congeniality was awarded to Hallie Schneider.  Hallie is the daughter of Jim and Connie Schneider of Morrisonville.  Second runner-up was Faith Lindsey, daughter of Kylie Barlow and Jim Lindsey of Taylorville.  First runner-up went to Faith Maxwell, daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville.  Kennedy Mann was crowned 2013 Jr. Miss Christian County.  Kennedy is the daughter of Adrienne Mann of Taylorville. 

Concluding the evenings pageants, was the Miss Christian County Pageant.  The People’s Choice Award went to Olivia Curtin.  Olivia is the daughter of Jim and Shelly Curtin of Taylorville.  Receiving second runner-up was Kimberly King, daughter of Laura and David King of Kincaid.  Frist runner-up went to Erynn Hendricks.  Erynn is the daughter of David and Sandy Hendricks of Taylorville.  Catlin Walter was crowned 2013 Miss Christian County.  Catlin also received the Miss Congeniality Award.  She is the daughter of Mike and Lori Walter of Owaneco.  

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About CEFS Economic Opportunity

2 representatives from the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation Taylorville office, were Tuesday’s guest speakers at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Jodi Rusher and Jane Hunsche spoke to Kiwanis members about the non-profit agency, that began in 1965 serving Christian, Effingham, Fayette and Shelby Counties, and expanded into Christian, Montgomery and Moultrie Counties in 1967.

The agency’s main goal is to provide opportunities for people thru education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

Some of the agency’s nearly 20 programs include emergency food and shelter, the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, Head Start, and the Home Weatherization Assistance Program.

 Rusher told Kiwanis members the agency does a lot of information referral, with affordable rental housing being the biggest problem in Christian County.

The agency has offices in Pana, Flora, Effingham, Vandalia, Shelbyville, Sullivan, Taylor Springs, and Litchfield, in addition to Taylorville.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

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Brandon Butcher: Hog Raising a lot of Work

The Christian County Fair began its 6 day run Tuesday. The Fair features fun, food, rides and entertainment every day through Sunday. FFA Section 16 Vice President Brandon Butcher is showing hogs at this year's Fair. He tells Regional Radio News it takes a lot of work:

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Brandon says raising hogs is an all-day every day job:

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Brandon says the walking and feeding is repeated in the evenings.

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McGwire: Most Common Passwords

In our news recently, we told you that the most common computer password is "password". According to public advocate Mac McGwire, there are other overused passwords as well:

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McGwire also warns against other passwords:

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A hacker who has your password might be able to access all of your accounts. McGwire says if you have any of these common passwords, you should change them.

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Wednesday Lunch at Christian County Senior Center a Big Deal

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center puts together their own lunches on Wednesdays. Judy Gates and Jerry Marr from the Center tell Regional Radio News while it is costly, they usually have people step up and help them through donations:

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The lunches during the other days of the week are taking care of through the Golden Circle Nutrition Program.

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Concealed Carry Vote Today

The Illinois legislature is expected to address the concealed carry bill today. Illinois Senator Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says one way or another, the bill will be passed:

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Governor Pat Quinn last week made several changes to the bill using his amendatory veto powers. The changes are expected to be overridden since the original bill passed with a veto-proof majority. 

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Christian County Fair General Show Results

Congratulations to all participants for doing such a great job.   The results for the 4-H members from the shows are listed in the following sequence:  project area, child’s name, city of residence, 4-H club, and awards. State Fair delegates are indicated as Sfair, State Fair Alternate as SFA, and Best of Show as BoS.

 

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Poultry - Display_ No Live Animal!

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Daniel Cornell                INDEPENDENT                                      A                   Class Champion

 

Poultry - Single Pullet / Heavyweight

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Rozella Colbrook             Old Stonington 4-H Club                          A                  

 

Poultry - Single Cockerel / Market Birds

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Rozella Colbrook             Old Stonington 4-H Club                          A                  

 

Poultry - Breeding Pen / Exotic

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Rozella Colbrook             Old Stonington 4-H Club                          A                   Class Champion

 

Poultry - Pen Market Birds / Duck

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kourtney White-Watts          Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Class Champion

 

Poultry - One dozen eggs

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                  

Morgan Gabriel                Warriors                                         A                  

Caleb McNeill                 Tri-County Kids                                  A                   Class Champion

 

Rabbits - Display-No Live Animal!

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Jordan Lauwerens             Warriors                                         A                  

 

Horse and Pony - Display-No Live Animal!

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Meghan Donnan                New Vision                                       A                  

 

Aerospace - Aerospace Display 

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                   State Fair Delegate, Class Champion

 

Bicycles - Bicycle II / Bicycle II

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                   Class Champion

 

Camping - Outdoor Adventures / Backpacing Expeditio

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brooke Bates                  Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

Catherine Brookens            New Vision                                       A                   State Fair Alternate

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Alternate

 

Child Development - Child Development I

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Riley Brown                  Lads and Lassies                                 A                   Class Champion, Best of Show

 

Child Development - Child Development II

  

Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Sidney Wagner              Christian County 4-H Clover Club                A

 

Collections - Collections and Hobbies / General Collections

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Maria Brockamp                Lads and Lassies                                 A                   Class Champion

 

Collections - Collections and Hobbies / General Collections

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                  

*Conner Grant                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                  

 

Crops - Corn

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Conner Grant                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   Class Champion

 

Geology - Pebble Pups I

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Riley Brown                  Lads and Lassies                                 A                   Best of Show

 

Geology - Pebble Pups II

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Colin Hardin                 Warriors                                         A                   Best of Show

 

Geology - Rock Hounds II

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Cameron Harmon                Lads and Lassies                                 A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Health - Keeping Fit / Healthy

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Catherine Brookens            New Vision                                       A                   State Fair Alternate

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Health - Keeping Fit / Healthy 2

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Caleb Grover                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Horticulture - Floriculture D

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Abby Winans                   Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   State Fair Delegate, Class Champion

 

Horticulture - Vegetable Plate

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kara Brockamp                 Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Alternate

Maria Brockamp                Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Delegate

Cameron Harmon                Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Horticulture - Vegetable Plate

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Mackenzie Harmon              Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Delegate, Class Champion

Caleb McNeill                 Tri-County Kids                                  A                  

 

 

Interior Design - Design Decisions - Beginning

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Brooke Bates                  Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Natural Resources - Natural Resources III

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kara Brockamp                 Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Natural Resources - Wildlife II

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Caleb Roethemeyer             Warriors                                         A                   State Fair Alternate

 

Natural Resources - Sportsfishing I

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Johnathan Drew Brookens       New Vision                                       A                   State Fair Delegate

 

 

Natural Resources - Sportsfishing II

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Lucy Wubker                   Warriors                                         A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Shooting Sports - Shooting Sports - Shotgun / Display

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Daniel Cornell                Christian County Shooting Stars 4-H Club         A                   State Fair Alternate, Class Champion

 

Performing Arts - Th Arts I-Play the Role

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Caleb Grover                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Performing Arts - Th Arts II-Become a Puppeteer

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Catherine Brookens            New Vision                                       A                  

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Photography - Photography 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Lauren Bailey                 Tri-County Kids                                  B                   

*Hunter Gerlick               New Vision                                       B                  

*Jordan Lauwerens             Warriors                                         B                  

Sidney Wagner                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   State Fair Alternate

Kourtney White-Watts          Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

 

Photography - Photography 2

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Anna Brookens                 Tri-County Kids                                  A                   State Fair Delegate

Amy Heberling                 New Vision                                       A                   State Fair Alternate

 

Photography - Photography 2

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Tommy Tarr                   Young Riders                                     B                  

Kirra Walter                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                   State Fair Delegate

Kourtney White-Watts          Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                  

 

 

 

Photography - Photo Editing

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kourtney White-Watts          Mt Auburn Rustlers                               A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Robotics - Robotics Platform 3

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Daniel Cornell                INDEPENDENT                                      A                   State Fair Delegate

 

Robotics - Junk Drawer Robotics 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

David Bruns                   Tri-County Kids                                  A                   State Fair Alternate

*Tommy Tarr                   Young Riders                                     A                  

 

Robotics - Virtual Robotics 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Caleb Grover                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                   Class Champion, State Fair Delegate

 

Small Pets - Animal Science

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

*Caitlin Lauwerens            Warriors                                         A                  

 

Tractor - Tractor I-Starting up

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                          

Morgan Gabriel                Warriors                                         A                  

*Conner Grant                 Christian County 4-H Clover Club                 A                   Class Champion

 

Vet Science - Vet Science 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Sarah Paige Tarr              Young Riders                                     A                  

 

Vet Science - Vet Science 2

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Maria Brockamp                Lads and Lassies                                 A                  

Kaleigh Gabriel               Warriors                                         A                  

Madison Lush                  Lads and Lassies                                 A                  

 

Vet Science - Vet Science 3

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kirra Walter                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                  

 

Visual Arts - Paper / Division 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Kara Brockamp                 Lads and Lassies                                 A                   State Fair Alternate

 

Visual Arts - Fiber / Division 1

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards                         

Caleb McNeill                 Tri-County Kids                                  B                   

Kirra Walter                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      B                  

Jericho Witt                  Owaneco Indians and Maidens                      A                   State Fair Delegate

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Arts - Fiber / Division 2

 Exhibitor Name                Group Name                                       Award               Special Awards               

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-9-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On July 1, Jackson B. Hedges, 19, of Moweaqua, was traveling on 2525 East Road. Around 1750 North, a deer ran into the roadway and struck the side of Hedges. Hedges received damage to the back driver's side of his vehicle. No injuries were reported.

On July 6, Maranda T. Patterson, 29, of Gillespie stated she was east bound and did not know what to do after the accident so she drove to Sullivan where her boyfriend was and he told her to call the police. Patterson stated she thought it was a silver vehicle. Hedges was also wrong about where the accident occurred saying that it happened east of 2300 East Road on County Highway 6. This was about 4 miles from where the accident happened. Dustin F. Porter, 32, of Mattoon stated he was west bound and Hedges came over the slight rise and their mirrors hit. Porter was unable to give any more of s description than a dark SUV. Porter said that he was not over the center line. An officer located the mirrors to both vehicles. They were lying on their respective sides of the roadway and there was no indication as to which vehicle was over the center line. No injuries were reported.

On July 7, both Jody L. Hill, 38, of Rosamond and Steven L. Salsi, 61, of Rosamond, were traveling east on Route 16. At Walnut Avenue in Rosamond, Salsi stopped to turn right. Hill dropped an item and while reaching for it, she did not see Salsi turning. Hill hit Salsi causing damage to both vehicles. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:
Reid T. Patrick, 24, of 4600 Passfield Road, Rochester, was arrested July 8 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Nathan T. Mount, 18, of 1218 South Fourth Street, Shelbyville, was arrested July 8, on a bond forfeiture for driving on a revoked license and driving on a suspended license

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Fire Department Calls 7-9-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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2013-07-09 09:00:59.523

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Micenheimer: Tougher to put on Fair

It's getting tougher and tougher to put on the Christian County Fair each year. Member of the Christian County Fair Board Curt Micenheimer says it's a challenge:

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Micenheimer, who is a past president of the Fair Board, says it would be tough to put on the Fair without support from businesses and community members.

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Rebecca Livingston to Start Scholarship Fund

One of the best qualities of 4H and FFA members is their willingness to give back to the community. 4H member Rebecca Livingston is using her project this year to kick start a scholarship fund in memory of a recently lost loved one:

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2013-07-09 14:34:41.000

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Taylorville School Board Decides to Cut Early Bird Classes at Busy Meeting

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The Taylorville School Board made a decision at their meeting Monday night to cut Early Bird classes at the High School due to financial restrictions. Junior Brent Frump made one last attempt to change the Board's mind:

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Board member Katie Fraley told Frump a tough choice had to be made:

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After hearing arguments from several other parents, the Board stood by their decision and said this could just be the start of cuts at the high school if the state doesn't right itself. Several Board members recommended going to Lincoln Land Community College or taking classes online to fulfill those extra classes.

 

The Taylorville School Board was presented with the 2013 General Supply List. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says they received a donation from Tenaska that helped cut the costs of some supplies:

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Tenaska pulled out of the Taylorville Energy Center project last month.

 

The Taylorville School Board was shown a proposal by High School Principle Robert Richardson for a Code of Fan Conduct Policy. The Board is looking to crack down on unacceptable behavior at sporting events after being contacted by the IHSA. Board Member Jim Andruch says they have to be careful on where to draw the line:

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The Board plans to take action on the policy at their meeting next month.

 

The Taylorville School Board approved the recommendation of a diploma being awarded to David Foster after fulfilling the requirements to graduate. Foster was unable to attend the meeting on Monday night. The Board also approved a resolution for allowance of Inter-Fund transfers. The Board accepted the 2013-2014 Elementary Textbook Order and the renewal of the Memorial Sports Medicine Coverage Agreement. The Board agreed to invite Ameresco back after they took several proposals for the performance contract for energy conservation and facility projects. The Board will have a special meeting with them before next month's regular board meeting. The Board approved Director of Music Chris Gunn’s request to present a clinic at the Illinois Music Education Association’s 2014 Music Education Conference that will feature the High School Jazz Band and Gunn’s request for the traditional band trip that occurs every two years. The Board accepted the contracts with the Taylorville Education Association and the Taylorville Education Supports Personnel and also approved the non-bargaining salaries.

 

The meeting adjourned around 9:11pm. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-8-13

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

Jerry L. Turner, 69, of 1122 Springfield Street, Kincaid, was arrested July 7 for domestic battery.

Del L. Burkey, 19, of 902 East Poplar Street B, Taylorville, was arrested July 7 for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance

John E. Zini, 20, of 611 Dial Street, Kincaid, was arrested July 7 for manufacturing and delivery of a control substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Billy R. Davenport, 47, of 511 Wyandotte Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 6 for domestic battery and interfering with reporting of domestic violence.

Kevin L. Montroy, 32, of 201 South Broad Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested July 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with license revoked or suspended.

Kevin L. Montroy, 32, of 201 South Broad Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested July 5 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On July 6 at 1:25am, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 511 South Wyandotte in reference to a 911 hang up. Billy R. Davenport, 47, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. Davenport was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On July 5 at 10:36pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer to 108 East Market for a man slumped over inside of his vehicle. Upon further investigation, Tyler D. Whitenburg, 27, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Whitenburg was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On July 4, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Lake Taylorville near campground #3. Carrie A. Campbell, 37, of Waverly was arrested for driving revoked. Campbell was transported to Taylorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear.

On July 3, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to a two car accident. Dispatch ran Dustin L. Pugh, 24, of Decatur through Law Enforcement Data Agencies System wnd his drivers license came back suspended for financial. Pugh was placed under arrest, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear.

On July 5 at 11:54pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 314 West Market reference a domestic dispute. Michael A. Blake, 25, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:

On June 27, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to 807 East Heights Avenue for a possible hit and run traffic crash. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the owner of the vehicle and he said that sometime that day a vehicle stuck the side of his vehicle. He said he spoke with several neighbors and they told him that they heard a crash around noon and saw a silver Domino's delivery car leaving the area. The officer looked at the damage on the vehicle and noted that there was a large amount of dirt that had been transferred upon impact. The officer then went to Domino's and noted a silver delivery car in the parking lot. It had damage to the rear bumper and blue paint transfer. The vehicle also had a large amount of dirt on it. The officer spoke with the owner, Jade A. Womack, 19, of Edinburg and asked if he had a delivery on Heights Avenue. Womack said he did around noon. The officer asked if Womack knew he had struck a vehicle. Womack did not realize he hit a car but would take care of it. No injuries were reported.

On July 2, Megan N Sorrells, 24, of Springfield and Justin W. Ginger, 28, of Taylorville were traveling north on Route 29, approximately 1/2 mile south of Pershing. There were two flagmen in the same area of the roadway. Ginger stated the flagman turned his sign to STOP very quickly so Ginger made an abrupt stop. Sorrells was traveling directly behind Ginger and was not able to stop before striking Ginger in the rear of the vehicle. Sorrells stated that Ginger stopped quickly and she was not able to stop. No injuries were reported.

On July 3, Katelyn Paine, 25, of Taylorville was driving wast on England Street when Cale R Sexson, 30, of Taylorville attempted to turn south on Morton and struck Paine. No injuries were reported.

On July 3, at approximately 5:29pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Prairie Street for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with Barbara A. Hayes, 65,of Taylorville and she said she was traveling West on Prairie Street. Hayes said she did not see Hank W. Skinner, 21, of Taylorville backing out of the driveway until it was too late. Hayes advised she tried to swerve but still hit Skinner. Skinner advised he was backing out of the driveway and did not see Hayes coming. He said that a large bush at the end of the driveway obstructed his view. When he backed out onto the street, he struck Hayes. No injuries were reported.

On July 5 at 1:23pm, Taylorville Police Department officers responded to a two vehicle accident at East Main Cross and Paw Paw. A 16-year-old male of Taylorville stated he stopped at the intersection and started to proceed and struck Janice E. Schmedke, 57, of Taylorville. Schmedke stated she was eastbound on East Main Cross and the male proceeded to pull off of Paw Paw Street and struck her vehicle. The male had front end damage and Schmedke had passenger side front damage. Both were able to drive away from the scene. The male was issued a citation for failed to yield at a stop or yield intersection. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 7-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 5
3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident (canceled enroute)

July 6
1 Motor Vehicle Accident

July 7
4 EMS, 2 Fires, 1 Public Assist, 1 lock-in

July 8
1 EMS

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Chillifest Planes Well Underway

Even though it’s still four months away, plans are well underway for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they’ve done a lot of work already:

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Again, Chillifest is October 5th and 6th on the downtown Taylorville Square. The website is chillifest.info

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Christian County Fair Starts Tomorrow

The Christian County Fair kicks off this week. President of the Fair Board Jim Curtin tells Regional Radio News that there will be plenty of entertainment especially starting on Thursday and continuing through the weekend:

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Listen for our live coverage of the fair starting Tuesday morning on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM. For a full schedule of events, go to the Christian County Fair page on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Williams: Many Changes in Computer Technology

There have been constant changes in computer technology over the last few decades, and the improvements continue. Computer Techniques Incorporated in Taylorville’s slogan is “we keep up with technology so you don’t have to”, and co-owner Billy Williams says they have seen enormous changes:

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CTI recently began a project in the next wave of technology when they began construction on a new fiber optic network that will make internet service even faster for their customers.

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Two Taylorville Residents Arrested for Meth Manufacturing

On Wednesday, July 3rd, at approximately 2:00pm, the Taylorville Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious item in the 700 block of Vandeveer, Taylorville. Officers arrived and located numerous items pertaining to the production of methamphetamine including coffee filters, cold packs, and lithium batteries. The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in processing the scene.

Following the joint investigation between the Taylorville Police Department and the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, 31-year-old Jason K. Beaty and 59-year-old Gerald L. Olive were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in meth production. Beaty and Olive are being held in the Christian County Correctional Center pending court proceedings.

The Taylorville Police Department urges anyone with information regarding illegal drug use or manufacturing to contact Crime Stoppers at 824-9100 or the Taylorville Police Department (824-2211).

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McGwire says be Careful with Passwords

One aspect of internet scams that many people don’t think about is your password. Public Advocate Mac McGwire says a clever hacker can clean you out if he can hack you password:

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2013-07-05 13:39:28.663

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Meyers: Online Retirement Estimator is a Helpful Tool

Retirement can be a difficult thing to plan for. Jack Meyers from the Social Security Office tells Regional Radio News that their Online Retirement Estimator is a great tool that can help in the planning process:

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2013-07-08 05:40:44.087

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Area Arrests/Accidents 7-5-13

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

Jason K. Beaty, 31, of 302 Shumway Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 3 for aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Justin M. McKay, 20, of 400 West Franklin, Taylorville, was arrested July 4 on a bond forfeiture for consumption of liquor by a person under the age of 21

Julieanna L. Staley, 54, of 1044 West Center, Decatur, was arrested July 4 for possession of cannabis of more than 10 grams but less than 30. 

Gerald L. Olive, 59, of 724 West Vandeveer, Taylorville, was arrested July 3 for methamphetamine manufacturing.

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Ed Downs: New Items Available at this Week?s Farmers Market

It’s another new week and another new product at the Taylorville Mainstreet’s Farmers Market. Market Manager Ed Downs says sweet corn will be available tomorrow:

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Downs says starting this week, the market will close at 12:30 instead of 1:00. Baked goods, jams and jellies, arts and crafts and more are available at the Market, which takes place on the Taylorville Square.

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Fire Department Calls 7-5-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIREE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:


July 3
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Smoke Scare

July 4
3 EMS, 1 Fire

July 5
1 Line Down

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Christian County Fair Starts Next Week

It's Fair time again. The Christian County Fair gets underway next week, and President of the Fair Board Jim Curtin says they have a lot planned for 2013:

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The fair features plenty of live entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. The Christian County Fair starts Tuesday July 9th and continues through Sunday July 14th. You can find a schedule of events by clicking the Christian County Fair link at taylorvilledailynews.com. 

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary Elections

Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation in an attempt to increase voting participation in Illinois. The new bill will allow 17-year-olds to vote during a primary election if he or she will be 18-years-old on the date of the immediately following general election. This action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to try to ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois. According to FairVote, 20 other states permit 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election.Governor Quinn signed the bill at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The new law takes effect January 1st, 2014. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 7-3-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:

On July 2, Larry Thomas, 72, of Edinburg, reported to Christian County Sheriff;s Office that unknown person(s) had entered in to his machine shed on 2128 North 900 East Road and cut the leads off his welder and stole them.

On July 1, Daniel Simmons, 54, of Mt. Auburn telephoned the Sheriff's Office in reference to a burglary. An officer was sent to the scene and spoke with Simmons and his son-in-law. The building is located at 1069 East 2600 North Road and sits on 10 acres if land surrounded by corn fields. The unknown subject(s) drove in a field entrance on the east side if the property through a small patch of corn. Three building were entered, the machine forcibly. The subject(s) pried the walk-in door of the Morton building open and entered. Once ind=side they cut the 25' leads off of the welder. They also stole 270' of 12-3 W/G wired and headed west on TWP Road 2600 North.

On July 2, Bruce Brockelsby, 57, of Edinburg, reported to Christian County Sheriff's Office that unknown person(s) made entry into his machine shed located at 2104 North 900 East Road and stole copper wire, an extension cord and copper tubing.

On July 1, Michael L Rees, 30, of 2761 North 1000 East Road, Mechanicsburg called the Sheriff's Office to report his ATV stolen. He advised that the ATV was there Saturday night but Sunday morning it was gone. Rees said that it was a 2004 Polaris 500 Predator. He advised that he contacted his insurance and that they requested a report. Rees valued the ATV at around $2000.

 

ARRESTS:
Todd W. Tonelle, 47, of 715 North Lawn Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested July 2 on a bond forfeiture for possession control.

Shelli R. Scott, 42, of 1413 East 1100 North Road, Taylorville, was arrested July 3 for possession control and driving under the influence of drugs.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:
ARRESTS:
On July 2, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to Walmart for a report of a theft by employee. Officers arrived and spoke to all parties. John P. Mathon, 61, of Taylorville was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

On July 2 at 5:45pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Bidwell near Cherokee. Following the stop, Christopher Crow, 28, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving wile license suspended. Crow was released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS
On June 29, William Z. Bates, 81, of Taylorville was backing out of his driveway. Bates did not see Doris J. Bianchetta, 78, stopped in the roadway. Bianchetta stated she honked her horn but did not get Bates' attention. Bates struck Bianchetta with his rear bumper on the front driver's side quarter panel.

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Fire Department Calls 7-3-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 2:
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

July 3:
1 Illegal Burn

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Sentence Given To Woman Responsible For Kitchell Park Deadly Crash

 
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The woman responsible for a deadly crash in Pana over a year ago has been sentenced.

Katie Mckenna, 25, plead guilty to reckless homicide. She will now spend six years in prison. The maximum sentence Mckenna could receive was for six years, as part of a plea deal. 

Mckenna was driving when she crashed in Pana's Kitchell Park last April. Her sister, friend, and three month old son were killed in the crash.
 

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Meyers Explains How Social Security's Disability Benefits Work

Social Security’s Disability Benefits is one of the biggest programs the organization offers. Jack Meyers from the Social Security office tells Regional Radio News who qualifies for the program:

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Meyers added that you don’t have to wait for that year before you can apply:

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To apply for disability benefits, visit their website www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment with one of their offices.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 7-2-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Heather J. Kendall, 38, of 1819 Baker Drive, Charleston, was arrested July 1 on a bond forfeiture for speeding.

Brandt A. Ehrhardt, 29, of 1015 W. England Street, Taylorville, was arrested July 1 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 29, a 16-year old male from Morrisonville was traveling south on 700 East Road. The male was turning east onto 400 North Road when he lost control of the vehicle on the loose rock on the roadway. The male then went into the South ditch and overturned on the driver side and came to a stop in the south ditch. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On July 2nd at 12:06 am, a Taylorville Police Department officer received information that a female with an active arrant out of Montgomery County was at 1009 East Main Cross.

Officers made contact with Pamela S. Zumwalt, 49, of Taylorville and verified the warrant through Taylorville Police Department dispatch. Zumwalt was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On June 29, Joshua J. Bruner, 39, of Taylorville, and Gary M. Hendricks, 50, of Taylorville, were traveling south on Fairground Road. Hendricks was slowing down and Bruner was unable to stop in time and struck Hendricks causing damage to the rear bumper. No injuries were reported. Burner was issued a citation for failure to slow/stop.

On June 26, at approximately 5:21pm, Gregory E. Stephens, 64, of Taylorville and Derek L. Page, 32, of Assumption were traveling westbound on Springfield Road. Both Stephens and Page said there was another vehicle traveling in the same direction in front of Page. The unidentified vehicle slowed/stopped suddenly in traffic. Page said he had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him. Stephens said he attempted to stop and realized he was not going to be able to so he tried to swerve around Page but was unable to swerve around fast enough and and struck the bumper of Page. No injuries were reported and both were able to drive away from the scene.

On June 24 at 5:44am, Taylorville Police Department Officer were sent to a one vehicle accident at Cheney and Springfield Road with injuries. Officers arrived and found that Wesley S. Kibodeaux, 31, of Taylorville had struck a traffic light pole head on. Kibodeaux was the only occupant and had to be assisted out of the vehicle by EMS personnel. He could not tell officers what happened. Heather R. Storm, 29, of Shelbyville witnessed the event and told police that she was southbound on Cheney when Kibodeaux came up behind her at a high rate of speed, went off the pavement into the grass, slid in the grass for about 150 feet, and then struck the traffic light pole head on. The crash caused major damage to the front end of Kibodeaux's vehicle and the impact jarred loose one of the traffic lights on the overhanging arm causing it to fall into the roadway. Kibodeaux's vehicle was towed from the scene by Taylorville Towing and he was transported to St. John's Hospital for treatment. A Taylorville Police Department officer went to St. John's to talk to Kibodeaux who told the officer that   he must have fallen asleep and still did not remember what happened. Storm said she could not tell if Kibodeaux had fallen asleep or not. Kibodeaux was issued citations for improper lane usage and no insurance. 

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Fire Department Calls: 7-2-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 1

3 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Mills: Police Involved with Independence Day Activities

Taylorville Police will be called upon to help out with July 4th activities. Officer Alan Mills tells Regional Radio News they will start by helping out with the parade:

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2013-07-02 13:28:15.220

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Davis: Senate Fails to Act

Student loan rates have doubled thanks to the U.S. Senate's failure to enact legislation passed by the House. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the Senate's failure to act will make it impossible for some students to pursue an education:

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Grass Height/Clippings, Leaves, Branches Guideline and Penalty Reminder

TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF OF POLICE DAVE HERPSTREITH SENDS THE FOLLOWING REMINDER:

 

GRASS HEIGHT: 

Section 4-5-3 of the Taylorville City Code states: It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit any weeds, grass, or plants to grow to a height exceeding eight inches (8”) upon any property or upon any right of way or boulevard within the corporate limits of the City. Any such weeds, grass or plants exceeding such height are hereby declared a nuisance.

 

The Penalty:

Any person or persons found to have been in violation of any of the terms and provisions of this code shall be fined in an amount not to exceed $750.00. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

 

GRASS CLIPPINGS/LEAVES AND BRANCHES: 

Section 4-3-3(B) of the Taylorville City Code states: It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or deposit or cause to be dumped or deposited any grass, leaves, branches or any other things in the roadway or gutter of any public street in the City.

 

Section 4-7-1 of the Taylorville City Code states: It is illegal to burn on any City of Taylorville roadway, gutter or sidewalk.

 

The Penalty:
Any person or persons found to have been in violation of any of the terms and provisions of this code shall be fined in an amount not to exceed $750. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense. 

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Shelbyville Rotary Welcomes New Member at Meeting

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Jerry Yockey had the honor of installing Kristy Gorden as the newest member of the Shelbyville Rotary club. 

In a brief amount of new business, Pres. Ted Bogart proposed that the Shelbyville Rotary Club join the Shelbyville Chamber Of Commerce. Bogart is working with a potential fundraiser in which Rotary will bring a business development speaker, Michael Caruso, to the Chamber of Commerce breakfast, sponsored by our club. More details to follow.

Gina Vonderheide was their keynoter. Her topic yesterday was the Shelby County dive team.  Representing the Dive Team was Cmdr. Scott Enkoff and Assistant Cmdr. Austin Pritchard. Club members were cautioned to avoid crossing roads that appear to be flooded, as this is a common hazard, particularly Beck's Creek in Herrick and Little Wabash near Stewardson-Strasburg. There are currently 15 selfless individuals on the Shelby County Dive Team. They've added a sophisticated amount of diving equipment including: side-imaging seminar, dry suits, integrated face masks containing regulator and communication device. The Dive Team is available 24/7.

The next Rotary Meeting will be Monday, July 8 at the Shelby Memorial Hospital. Bogart advises all members to attend this meeting as it is the most important meeting in the last 50 years of Shelbyville Rotary. The meeting is at the Shelby Memorial Hospital, enter on the South Side of the building on Second Street, go through the sliding doors, make a right, and the Meeting Room is the first set of double doors to the right. 

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City Council Takes Care of Business at a Busy Meeting

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The Taylorville City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting Monday night to amend sections of the City Code in regards to bills for City mowing and penalties. Alderman Bruce Jones thanked everyone who was involved in pulling together the information:

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The penalty increase for not mowing, cutting and trimming of weeds, grass, or plants will be $250 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense, and $350 for the third. This is in addition to an initial $200 fee that the City charges for having to do the yard work.   

 

A settlement was reached last week in the lawsuit over the Hathaway Homes Project. City Attorney Rocci Romano gave an update on the settlement at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night:

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The settlement agreed upon was $30,000.

 

Taylorville’s Fourth of July Celebration is this Thursday. Mayor Greg Brotherton tells in his update at the City Council meeting what’s in store for the day:

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Line up for the Parade will be at 9 am at the Christian County Fair Ground and will begin at 10 am. No pre-registration is required.

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion to accept the quote of $4,400 to perform work on the mechanical door restrictor and pit ladder for the Municipal Building elevator. However, City Attorney Rocci Romano gave 3 reasons why the Council should not take action on it for now and refer the contract back to the Public Facilities committee:

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The Council decided to pull the motion from the agenda. Alderman Ray Koonce said he will work with the Mayor to gather that information and present it to the committee.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved the sale of self-contained bottles of air. They also approved the amending of the City Code in regards to disabled veterans being allowed free access to the handicapped accessible cabin or to an overnight camping site or tent camping site for a total of two weekends each season on a first served basis. The Council approved motions for the Christian County Genealogical Society to have their Cemetery Walk on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Oak Hill Cemetery and for the purchase of Land Pride FDR 2572 3-point hitch mower to not exceed $3,100.00 for the Lake Department from Tri-Co Equipment. The Council tabled the motion to allow Superintendent Dick Wiseman to seek quotes for the removal of four trees on Park Avenue so they can figure out what was approved and what wasn’t approved for the removal process. The Council did approve the motion to allow Superintendent Wiseman to contact a heating and cooling company to determine if it is the air conditioner causing the leak in the Municipal Building roof over the Police Department.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:37pm. 

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Lake Land College Cheerleaders Still Selling Half-Price Cards Tickets

The Lake Land College cheerleaders are selling Cardinals tickets to help raise funds for the 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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Farm Bureau Sponsors Interactive Farm

The Christian County Farm Bureau is once again sponsoring the Interactive Farm at this year's Christian County Fair. Manager of the Farm Bureau, Mellisa Herwig, says it'll be both fun and educational for kids:

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Call the Christian County Farm Bureau at 824-2940 for information about the Interactive Farm. The Christian County Fair starts Tuesday July 9th.

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Senior Center Variety Show a Success

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center recently held one of its biggest fundraisers of the season. According to Judy Gates and Jerry Marr, they had a good turnout and raised a lot of money:

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The annual event was held in the auditorium of Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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CTI Works Toward Fiber Optics

Computer Techniques Incorporated began work last week to install fiber optic internet technology in Taylorville, Once complete, Taylorville will be one of a very few similar communities to boast of the technology. Billy Williams, co-owner of CTI, says they are often asked why they are doing this:

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Williams says the work will take a couple of years, but all consumers will not have to wait that long. He says service will become available piece by piece as the work is being done. They should be able to test the new system within a couple of weeks.

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Shelbyville Fourth of July Celebration Begins Wednesday

Shelbyville’s Fourth of July Celebration kicks off on Wednesday July 3rd. Vonda McConnell of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce tells Regional Radio News they have a lot of great events in store:

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Gowin Parc Cuts Ribbon for New Location in Paris

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Gowin Parc has officially opened up their fourth location across East Central Illinois in Paris. At a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday Afternoon, prospective residents and their families along with the community where greeted by the staff and took tours of the new facility. Theresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc, tells Regional Radio News that there has been a lot of hard work to get the building to the Gowin Parc standards:

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Out of twelve single room studios offered at their Paris location, Gowin already has two rooms filled and another resident waiting to move in. Gowin Parc is a residence for patients suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia, but also an Independent Living Facility. Gowin says there is one thing that makes them stand out:

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The new Gowin Parc in Paris is located at 705 Kenton Street. Gowin Parc also has locations in Mattoon, Pana, and Taylorville. For more information about their new Paris location, call 463-3003 or visit www.gowinparc.com.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 7-1-13

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

Angela M. Rogers, 24, of 1000 Lori Lane, Springfield, was arrested June 28 for retail theft

Michael D. Pettijohn, 38, of 902 Main Street, Palmer, was arrested June 30 for domestic battery.

James G. Tirpak, 28, was arrested June 29 for battery

William J. Coghlan, 35, was arrested June 29 for battery and criminal damages greater than $300

Joshua Westerfield, 29, of 612 North Cottage Street, Taylorville, was arrested June 28 for threatening a public official and public intoxication

Clint A. Emery, 21. of 1212 West Pauline Street, Taylorville, was arrested June 28 for driving with driver's license revoked.

Shane E. Jones, 25, of 350 Central Avenue, Kincaid, was arrested June 28 for theft/unauthorized control

Tilur M. Miller, 19, of 120 Hillcrest Trailer Ct., Taylorville, was arrested June 29 for consumption of liquor by a person under age 21.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On June 28 at 3:18pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to Christian County Mental Health for a male that was threatening to kill a female. Following investigation, Joshua Westerfield, 28, of Taylorville was placed under arrest for threatening a public official. Westerfield was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.

On June 28 at 10:43pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Pawpaw and Poplar Street in reference to a hit and run. The suspect, Lorenzo C. Harper. 23. of Taylorville was located at 304 North Shumway Street. Harper was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and was issued two citations: driving wile license was suspended or revoked and failure to report an accident to police. Harper was released on a notice to appear.

On June 30 at 11:39pm, a Taylorville Police Dpeartment officer saw a dark blue Hyundai on Webster and Park with a headlight out. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Park Street. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of China Pavilion on Main Street. The driver, Steven D. Leonard, 33, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with suspended license. He was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls: 7-1-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

June 28

1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

 

June 29

4 EMS, 2 Automatic Alarms, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

June 30

4 EMS, 1 Public Assist

 

July 1

1 Illegal Burn, 1 Arching Wire

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