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Manar to Host Senior Citizen Fair in Taylorville

Working to bring state services and free health screenings to seniors in Taylorville, State Senator Andy Manar is hosting a senior citizen fair this Tuesday at the Taylorville Senior Center.

 

With assistance from the Illinois Department on Aging and Public Health, along with multiple other state agencies, non-profit senior service providers and local hospitals, the fair seeks to offer vital senior services and information in one convenient location.

 

At the fair, seniors can expect state agency assistance; health screenings provided by area hospitals and presentations from various senior advocacy organizations such AARP. For a complete list of vendors at the fair visit www.SenatorAndyManar.com.

 

Again the event will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at Taylorville Senior Center located at  701 West Adams Street in Taylorville.

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Taylorville Coach Jeb Odam Postgame for August 30 vs Glenwood.

Following a 34-0 loss to Glenwood that was heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, Taylorville Tornadoes head coach Jeb Odam joined the broadcast crew to talk about the game and about next week's matchup against Springfield High School:

 

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The Tornadoes will travel to Spingfield High next Saturday, September 7th. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm.

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Taylorville Tornadoes Volleyball Gets off to a 2-0 start

The Taylorville Tornadoes Volleyball team improved to 2-0 to start the season with a victory over Shelbyville. After losing the first game 25-19, the Tornadoes took the next two 25-15 and 25-18 to win the match. Alex Norville led the team with 11 kills. Brooke Brandis had 10 service points and 3 aces. Lea Anderson had 16 assists. The Tornadoes will hit the road next to take on Lanphier on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-30-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
Kyle G. Sheley, 28, of 2005 East 1350 North Road, Taylorville, was arrested August 29 for possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leonard D. Cole, 34, of 1811 Holly Drive, Springfield, was arrested August 30 for domestic battery.

Sean E. Neville, 18, of 218 Hickory Street, Kincaid, was arrested August 29 for burglary and possession of cannabis.

Nicholas A. Edwards, 32, of 394 South Curtis Street, Edinburg, was arrested August 29 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Justin M. McKay, 20, of 400 West Franklin Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 29 on a bond forfeiture for consumption of liquor by a minor.

ACCIDENTS:

On August 28, Sherrie L. Simmons, 56, of Waggoner, was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 48 approaching 200 East Road when a deer ran into the raodway. Simmons said she could not avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

On August 28, Kuai Yu, 24, of St. Louis, Missouri, was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 48 just south of 500 East Road when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck the guard rail. Yu said that he had fallen asleep while driving. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On August 29 at 5:16pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer spotted Justin McKay, 20, of Taylorville outside at Hershey Towers. The officer knew McKay to have a valid Christian County warrant. The officer made contact with McKay and had dispatch confirm the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. McKay was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On August 29, a bus driver for Durham School Services came to Taylorville Police Department post to report a motorcycle had passed multiple school busses with their stop sign out and arms open. The driver completed a passing school bus report. Adam R. Harden was issued a citation for passing a school bus.

ACCIDENTS:
Donnis D. Marcellus, 76, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound on East Bidwell Street when he attempted to turn into a private drive of 815 East Bidwell. Marcellus stated she did not know what happened during th accident. Brianne K. Elder, 27, of Mt. Auburn stated she was traveling on the roadway when Marcellus pulled in front of her causing the collision. Marcellus received damage to the front end at the front license plate. Elder received damage to the front end and driver's side fender. Both vehicles were driven from the scene. No injuries were reported. Marcellus was issued a citation for failure to yield while turning left.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

August 29: After an incident at 326 US Highway 51 Apt. 11, Pana, Leonard D. Cole, 34, of Springfield was arrested for domestic battery. Complainant reported that Cole sturck her in the face with an open hand and signed a temporary complaint against him. Cole was processed and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

Nicholas T. Presnell, 24, of Ohlman was issued a citation on August 29 for operating a vehicle with expired registration.

INCIDENTS:
On August 29, a 16-year-old female reported the theft of a Garmin GPS from her unlocked vehicle sometime during the night of the 28th. The case is under investigation.

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Fire Department Calls 8-30-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Volunteers Needed for Lake Shelbyville Youth Deer Hunt

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will hold the 5th Annual Youth Firearm Deer Hunt on October 12 and 13, 2013. Volunteers are needed to help with the hunt and will assist in helping hunters get to and from blinds, tracking, field dressing, dragging deer out of the woods and helping around deer camp.  The hunt itself is open to kids under the age of 16 years old.

For more information, call Natural Resources Specialist Ashley Florey at 774-3951 ext: 7005.

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Local State Reps: Farm Progress Show Lives Up to Name; Important for Economy

Legislators from throughout the state of Illinois joined thousands of people interested in agriculture at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says the show really lives up to its name:

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Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) hosted the legislators and says the Farm Progress Show is important to the local economy:

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Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign), who is originally from Decatur, says the farm industry was well represented at the show:

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Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Charleston) says the Farm Progress Show is also important to the state:

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The Farm Progress Show is an annual event that shares permanent locations between Decatur and Boone, Iowa. Decatur has hosted the event the odd years since 2005.

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Farmers Market to Feature Early Fall Selection

This Saturday’s Farmers Market in Downtown Taylorville will feature some early fall selections. Market Manager Ed Downs says sweet potatoes and more will be available this week:

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Taylorville Chamber Further Confirms New Department Store

It’s confirmed through the Taylorville Chamber. President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Patty Hornbuckle, says a new department store is coming to Taylorville:

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Again, Goody’s will be in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center on Bidwell Street in Taylorville. As part of the construction, Krieger’s Restaurant Banquet room will be significantly expanded.

 

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Goody's will be located in the building pictured above in the Grand Plaza.

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Local Sports

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Glenwood with a score of 34-0.

 

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Moroa-Forsyth with a score of 40-0.

 

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Monticello with a score of 36-0.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-29-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:
On August 27, Bear Creek Township Road Commissioner Bruce Durbin came to the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report the theft of several road signs. He listed the following signs as stolen: Dead End sign at 615 East 600 North Road, Pavement Ends sign at 300 East1050 North Road, Road Closed sign at 420 East 1185 North Road, and a Road Closed Ahead sign along with a barricade was taken from 1000 North 800 East Road. The signs had been stolen at unknown times except for the Pavement Ends sign which had been taken sometime between August 22 and August 23.

On August 27, Rosamond Township Road Commissioner James L. Satterlee called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report the teft of two batteries. The batteries were removed from a 1968 or 1969 John Deere 4020 tractor. The batteries were 6 volt and were valued at $100 each. The tractor had not been used for a couple of weeks so the date of the theft is unknown. The tractor had been parked outside at the time of the theft.

ARRESTS:
Brittany J. Wright, 25, of 310 West 6th Street, Pana, was arrested August 28 on a warrant for failure to appear.

James S. Rule, 33, of 141 1/2 9th Street, Illiopolis, was arrested August 28 on a warrant for battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On August 28, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in regard to a retail theft. The officer arrived and Wal-Mart loss prevention was holding Ashley L. Rockford, 28, of Taylorville in regards to a theft. Rockford was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department. The female subject was processed and released on a notice to appear.

On August 28 at 1:36am, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at Pawnee and Cottage with an intoxicated male. Following investigation, John Coady, 29, of Taylorville was arrested for public intoxication. Coady was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Richard D. Budds, 39, of 108 McCarthur, Pana, was arrested August 24 for driving while license suspended

On August 29, Shelbyville Police Department informed Pana Police Department of having two male juveniles in custody for a burglary that occurred there. The subjects were in possession of 1997 Lincoln Town Car that was registered to Elwin Kimmel of Pana. Pana Police Department contacted Kimmel and discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from his residence.

 

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Triad Plans ?Are You OK??

The Senior Citizens organization Triad is taking an ambitious step. Richard Peters, President of the local Triad Chapter, says the “Are You OK?” program will be free of charge for participants:

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If you want to find out more, you can attend the next Triad meeting Thursday September 5th in the City Municipal Building. You should call the Christian County Senior Center at 824-4263 to RSVP. 

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Christian County Young Ag Leaders Planning Safety Program for New Drivers

When it comes to learning how to drive, one of the most important lessons is how to be safe around tractors and other farm equipment that are traveling on the road. Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa Herwig tells Regional Radio News that the Young Ag Leaders are in the process of setting up a program on this topic to help educate new drivers:

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Call the Farm Bureau at 824-2940 for more information

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Dillard: Working with Democrat Controlled General Assembly Not an Issue

The Farm Progress Show continues thru Thursday in Decatur, and has not only attracted thousands of farmers, but politicans, too. 

Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard stopped by the Regional Radio booth at the Media Tent on Wednesday, and we asked him if he could work with the current Illinois General Assembly which is currently held by Democrats.

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Dillard is among 4 candidates running for Governor in the Republican primary, including State Senator Bill Brady who beat Dillard in the last primary by 193 votes, along with Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-28-13

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

Shawn R. Manning, 36, of 203 McKinley, Pana, was arrested August 28 for aggravated battery of a police officer (720 5/12-4-b-6)

Michael O. Beck, 18, of 609 Northeast 2nd Street, Herrick, was arrested August 27 for residential burglary, aggravated robbery, possession of stolen property, and illegal possession of a weapon.

 


THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On August 20th, Paul E. Anderson , 54, of Taylorville, was slowing to make a left turn into the driveway of 808 West Vine. Anderson stated he had his turn signal on. Andrew B. Bricker, 24, of Taylorville attempted to pass Anderson and the vehicles connected as Anderson went to turn. Bricker continued heading west and then turned south. A license plate was provided to responding officers and Bricker was located shortly after. There was damage to Bricker's vehicle on the passenger side. Bricker admitted he was the driver and stated he was upset at the time of the accident.

On August 23, Spencer D. Briggerman, 20, of Taylorville was traveling west on Spresser Street and stopped for traffic at the intersection of Spresser and Baughman Streets. Joshua M. DeClerck, 30, of Decatur was traveling behind Briggerman and was not able to stop in time and stuck Briggerman. No injuries were reported.

On August 23, Donna M Castelli, 71, of Taylorville was traveling west on Adams Street and had stopped at the intersection of Adams and Main Streets. Castelli proceeded through the intersection and was struck by Rey L. House, 31, of Taylorville who was traveling south on Main Street. House did not yield at the stop sign. No injuries were reported.

On August 22, Cassey J. Wasson, 27, of Taylorville was traveling west on Adams Street. Cynthia L. Herpstreith, 48, of Taylorville was backing out of a residence located at 416 West Adams Street and did not see Wasson. Herpstreith then struck Wasson. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 8-28-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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4-H to Start Career Shadow Program

After a successful job shadow event of Christian County Board members, the 4-H is planning on beginning a new career program. Peggy Hampton, 4-H Youth Development Educator at the University of Illinois Extension, tells Regional Radio News what the new program would offer:

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Hampton says the program will hopefully help kids grasp a better idea on what they want to do:

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Hampton says they plan to start the program in October and will take leads from the kids on what careers they are interested in. If you have any questions, you can call the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

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Watson Food Manager Speaks at Kiwanis Meeting

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Pictured Left to Right: Joe Hauser August Program Chairman, Phillip Lee, and Amy Hagen. 

 

Many Taylorville residents are familiar with the local business Watson Foods, but few are familiar with what they do. Watson Foods manager Phillip Lee aimed to change that when he spoke to the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, August 27th. Watson Foods is a third generation family owned business that began in 1939. Initially they produced flour for food manufacturers, but due to the rationing of many raw materials during WWII they were forced to diversify their operation. They began developing food stability products, which have drastically increased the amount of time our food stays fresh. They also produce enriching or fortifying products containing many combinatations of vitamins and minerals for use in the manufacturing of many different food products. Currently they are expanding into artificial flavoring technology at the Taylorville facility. For more information on Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com. Pictured Left to Right: Joe Hauser August Program Chairman, Phillip Lee, and Amy Hagen. 

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2nd Installment of Real Estate Taxes Due Next Month

The 2nd installment for Christian County real estate taxes is due September 10, 2013. The Christian Count Treasurer’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. All county banks are also collecting. Payments may be made by mail or at the drop-off box at the south entrance of the Courthouse. Please return the stub for the installment that you are paying and make your check payable to the Christian County Collector. Your cancelled check is your receipt.

 

Two internet payment options are now being accepted and one phone line payment option. For debiting your checking or savings account, log on to www.samedaypay.com and for credit card payments log on to www.illinoispay.com or by calling 1-877-690-3729 and enter code 7005. These payment options will be accepted through September 10 at midnight.

 

To avoid publication, certified letters and additional cost, all payments must be received in the office by September 24.

 

If you have any questions, call the office at 824-4889. 

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Wiseman: American Diabetes Association to Conduct Lunch and Learn

The topic for this month’s Lunch and Learn is diabetes. The condition afflicts millions of Americans and Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says many of them don’t even know it:

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If you want to reserve your place for the Lunch and Learn, call the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 824-4919. There is no charge to attend and lunch is provided. 

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Second Location Allows Central Illinois Foodbank to Store More Items Locally

The Central Illinois Foodbank expanded their operation last month after opening a second location in Springfield. Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for the Foodbank, says the second location gives them more room to store food especially fresh or frozen items:

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

 

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Governor Quinn Announces More Than $43.2 Million in Capital Funds for Macon and Sangamon County Schools

Governor Pat Quinn has announced that the state will provide Macon and Sangamon County elementary and secondary schools with investments totaling more than $43.2 million.

 

Twenty-four districts statewide will receive funding this fiscal year after their projects were certified by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Capital Development Board. The funding will allow districts to construct new schools, classroom additions, and make overdue renovations to aging buildings.

 

The Macon and Sangamon County school districts that will receive funding include: 

Meridian Community Unit School District 15 ($28,940,660), Riverton Community Unit School District 14 ($7,988,990), and Pleasant Plains Community Unit School District 8 ($6,297,057).

 

These school construction projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years.

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C.E.F.S. Utility Assistance Program Starting Soon

 

The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin taking applications for the 2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Tuesday September 3, 2013.  This is also the first day that appointments can be made for the program.   September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. 

Starting on October 1st applications will be accepted from households that have children age 5 years and under.   Proof of age will be required.   Households who are disconnected from their utilities will also be allowed to make application for the program during October. Assistance will become available to all other income-eligible households beginning November 1, 2013. 

            Items needed at the time of application are: proof of all household income for 30 days immediately preceding the day of application, Social Security cards for all members of the household, and current heating and electric bills.  TANF households must also present their most recent medical card.

Appointments for LIHEAP can be made by contacting the C.E.F.S. Christian County Outreach Taylorville office at 824-4712 or Pana office at 562-2311.

            

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-27-13

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

Emmanuel M. Dunklin, 28, of 813 East Vine Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 26 on a bond forfeiture for residential burglary.

Tina M. Long, 46, of P.O. Box 432, Taylorville, was arrested August 26 on a bond forfeiture for battery and bodily harm.

Sean M. Lewis, 29, of 12317 Baker Road, Macon, was arrested August 26 on a bond forfeiture for driver's license revoked or suspended. (625 5/6-303)

INCIDENTS:
On August 27, the Christian County Sheriff's Office responded to a break in, not in progress, at 2444 North 1400 East Road, Blue Mound. Ralph W. Matter, 53, of Blue Mound called the Sheriff's Office to report the break-in to his shed to the east of his residence. There were multiple items stolen but mainly wire. The west door, that was locked, to the shed was broke open.

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Fire Department Calls 8-27-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Connection Helps Bring Marching Illini Band back to Pana Labor Day Parade

The Pana Labor Day Parade will feature the University of Illinois Marching Band for the first time in 20 years. Parade Committee Member John Metzger says it was a connection that helped bring the band back:

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The parade will also feature a variety of floats and several other local bands. The parade will begin at 10:00am on Monday, September 2nd. The route will start at 2nd and Locust Streets, then will run through town, and end at Kitchell Park.  

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Mayor: New Water Plant in Taylorville to be Costly

Plans are in the works for a new water plant for the City of Taylorville. Mayor Greg Brotherton says the plans are in preliminary stages:

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Taylorville Park District to Enforce No Smoking at Playgrounds in All Parks

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The Taylorville Park District Board received an email from Corry Jankowski in regards to smoking at the park. Board president Marlane Miller read part of the email at their meeting Monday night:

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The Board agreed to make the playgrounds at all parks smoke free areas and signs will be placed.

 

 

The Taylorville Park District Board was told at their meeting Monday night that the Linda D. Ackerman vs. Taylorville Community Pleasure and Driveway and Park District case had reached a settlement. Board president Marlane Miller reminded everyone of the incident that had occurred to bring about the case:

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Ackerman settled for $65,000 which was taken care of through the Park’s insurance.

 

The Taylorville Park District Board received a report about a fundraiser that the Lakeshore Golf Course recently held. Member Doug Meyer says the fundraiser was a success:

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Meyer says they also plan to continue removing dead trees and make more improvements to the golf course one step at a time.

 

 

The Taylorville Park District Board heard more great news in regards the Manners Park Pool staff. Recreation Director Bailey Hancock told the board that the lifeguards did an excellent job when it came to rescues:

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Hancock said they also received an exceeds on their last audit by Ellis and Associates.

 

 

The Board also approved a trip for secretary/bookkeeper MaryAnn Becker and Recreation Director Bailey Hancock to attend a human resource seminar. The Board approved the proposal by Maintenance Supervisor Gary Brown to purchase recycled rubber parking stops for the lot at Jayne’s Park that would cost an estimated $2,673. The Board approved the motion to send a bill of $120 to the Red Bland Little League to reimburse the Park District for the paint for striping the ball diamonds.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm

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Rosenthal: Updates to Laws are a Common Occurrence in House Sessions

Governor Quinn recently signed a bill that allows people to use shotgun slugs outside of deer season. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville tells Regional Radio News that it was an update that needed to be made:

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More Than 100 State Cooling Centers Open Across Illinois

With hot weather expected this week, Governor Pat Quinn today is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. This summer, Governor Quinn opened more than 100 cooling centers around Illinois in order to help those without air conditioning beat the heat. The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p..m. A list of locations are below. You can also go to keepcool.illinois.gov to search for the Cooling Center nearest you.

 

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

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

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

 

Additional cooling centers available this week will be at Taylorville Fire Department, Midland Fire Station, Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Pana Hospital

 

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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Shelbyville Rotary Tours Shelby Electric Co-Op

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Reported by member Ted Bogart 

Our Shelbyville Rotary club would like to give a big Rotary thank you to the Shelby Electric Co-Op and our member Josh Shallenberger for providing us with a excellent lunch and very interesting tour of the photovoltaic and alternate energy resources on site at the Co-op. We were introduced to Heidi Hall, the marketing and sales director for the Co-Op. Tom Drenz, the project engineer was the keynote speaker and he made an excellent presentation. The photovoltaic installation was conducted in two phases. Phase 2 of the installation, From June 2012, consists of 156 Sharp 235 W solar panels. This system has an expected production capacity of 52,000 kW hours every year and has a 25 year life expectancy. It is interesting to see how the cost of photovoltaic panels have gone down over recent years. Tom is very excited about the future of photovoltaics and has a system set up at his own residence. If you would like to know more about the system, go to the Shelby electric website at "www.shelbyelectric.coop."

 

 Since we are no longer singing, to lighten our spirits I have instituted a new event for our Monday meeting. "Pass the Bucks" is our new Monday drawing. Bring a crisp one dollar bill with you so you can participate in our new weekly event. There are very few rules, you put your name in the hat, if your name is drawn, you win! You cannot donate your winnings back to the club. Everybody needs to be a winner and Monday is a good time for that to happen. Good luck to all.

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Changes to Taylorville Athletic Schedules Due to Heat

The following are changes made to schedules of games and practices due to the heat expected this week of August 26, 2013.

 

Games:

 

Monday – Soccer at Teutopolis will be at 6:00 pm.  Bus time is 4:00 pm

 

Tuesday – Soccer vs. Glenwood will begin at 6:00 pm

 

Thursday – Soccer vs. Hillsboro will begin at 6:00 pm

 

 

Outdoor Practices:

 

Football – Start time moved back.  Pre-practice at 5:30 pm, practice 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  (6:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday)

 

Cross Country – Practices will be at the same locations as previously announced, but will be from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

 

 

Indoor Practices adjusted:

 

Cheerleading – Practice will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Cafeteria each day.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the High School Athletic office at 824-7777

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Illinois State Police to Inspect Passenger Carriers at Farm Progress Show; Provide Travel Map

The Illinois State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Section will conduct a 2-day enforcement initiative to inspect over 300 passenger carriers arriving at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.  The ISP Passenger Carrier Strike Force is a high visibility operation that supports the Department’s mission of keeping Illinois safe by removing unqualified drivers and keeping mechanically unsafe buses off the roadways.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation are partners in Traffic Safety with a common goal of saving lives through crash prevention and unwavering support of law enforcement efforts.   

 

Travel to the Farm Progress Show and Concert Site

Several routes are available to arrive at the Show site; however, the suggested route is as follows:

Take Pershing Road (Highway 121, Exit 138 on I-72) to Highway 48, turn left (north) and proceed to Hubbard Avenue. Turn right (east) on Hubbard Avenue and continue along Hubbard Avenue through Brush College Road. Continue along Reas Bridge Road to Gate G (College Park Drive).  Turn left (north) onto College Park Drive.

Please do not use Brush College Road, Hubbard Avenue, I-72 or Howard Brown Blvd during the course of the show. 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On August 23, Misty L. Peeifer, 30, of Hillsboro was southbound on North Potts in Langleyville. Jordan N. Stout, 21, of Taylorville was backing out of a private drive onto North Potts. Stout failed to yield to Peeifer. Both units received minor paint damage.

Reported on August 26 at 7:51am, Joshua K. Bolyard, 37, of Effingham was northbound on US Route 51. Just south of TWP Road 800 North, Bolyard advised traffic began to slow and he looked at his radio for a brief moment and when he looked back up, traffic was almost stopped. Bolyard steered into the south bound lane and then into the left ditch. No injuries were reported.

INCIDENTS:
On August 25, James A. Micenheimer, 65, of Taylorville, who is the Johnson Township Road Commissioner, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report damage to the concrete bridge barrier. Micenheimer stated that sometime in the last week, unknown subject(s) struck the concrete barrier located at 1082 East 1000 North Road. The damage was on the north was corner approximately eight feet in length.

ARRESTS:
Sheila J. Albright, 50, of 1579 North 2700 East Road, Moweaqua, was arrested August 24 for domestic battery.

Samuel R. Wolf, 23, of 512 East Mill Street, Rochester, was arrested August 24 for fleeing police and driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Roy D. Hill, 65, of 22 Fairview Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested August 25 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Richard D. Oller, 56, of 2 Fairview Trailer Park, Taylorville, was arrested August 25 for illegal possession/transportation of alcohol in a motor vehicle and no driver's license.

Haley R. Buckner, 27, of 3642 South Marceline Terrace, St. Louis, Missouri, was arrested August 25 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On August 25 at 11:25pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was out at #22 Fairview Trailer Court with Roy Hill, 65, of Taylorville. The officer was made aware of Hill having a valid warrant out of Christian County. The warrant was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Hill was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

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Fire Department Calls 8-26-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 23
1 EMS

August 24
1 EMS

August 25
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist

August 26
1 EMS

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YMCA to Start a Body Flow Program

The Christian County YMCA will be starting up a new Body Flow program this fall. Executive Director Chris Weitenhiller tells Regional Radio News about the new class:

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Weitenhiller says the program is open to everyone but space is limited so members will be taken first. If you would like to register, stop by the YMCA at 900 Mcadam Drive in Taylorville or call 287-7271.

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Master Gardener Opportunity Coming Up

Becoming a Master Gardener is probably easier than you think. You don’t have to have a degree in horticulture or anything else for that matter. Gwen Podeschi says your chance to become a Master Gardner us coming up:

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Mac McGuire: New Dating Scam

Another new scam making the rounds involves dating websites. Public advocate Mac McGuire says fraudsters are targeting those on websites like eharmony.com:

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McGuire says the dating scams mostly target women over 40, but men are vulnerable too.

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Topinka Honors Christian County Fair

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Left to Right: Illinois County Fair Queen Amella Marten, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Jim Olive.

 

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently saluted Jim Olive for his effort to promote agriculture and strengthen the community through the Christian County Fair.

 

As part of the Illinois Office of the Comptroller’s “County Fair Day” at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Topinka presented County Fair leaders from throughout the state with proclamations celebrating Anniversary milestones.. Topinka specifically honored Jim Olive and the Christian County Fair Association.

 

“It is remarkable that Jim continues to contribute to this great tradition of 90 years,” Topinka said. “County fairs are often a great source of pride and the highlight of the summer for residents, providing an opportunity to bring neighbors together while promoting agriculture.”

 

The Christian County Fair is one of the 104 Illinois County Fairs that make up The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, or better known as the IAAF. The IAAF is an organization that promotes entrepreneurs and vendors supporting the fair industry.

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Drea to Run for Christian County Treasurer in Next Year's Primary

Current Christian County Treasurer Mike Drea, has announced his candidacy for election to the office of Christian County Treasurer in next year’s primary.  Drea tells Regional Radio News about his background and what he brings to the table:

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Drea is also a Director of the Christian County Agricultural Fair Association and a member of the Christian Men’s Breakfast Club, Taylorville Community Garden Committee, Taylorville Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge 1516.  

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Taylorville JFL Football: 6th Grade

As heard on 97.3 WTIM-FM, The Taylorville Tornado 6th Graders defeated Charleston Saturday (8/24/13) by a final score of 28-6.

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Taylorville JFL Football: 7th Grade

As heard on 97.3 WTIM-FM, the Taylorville Tornado 7th graders defeated Charleston Saturday (8/24/13) by a score of 46-14.

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B & R Marine and Construction Continues to Add Services at Taylorville Location

B & R Marine and Construction is a relatively new sight in the city of Taylorville. Owner Ross Kirkendoll tells Regional Radio News about the move a year ago and some services they have added on since then:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-23-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:
ACCIDENTS:
On February 28, Deborah R. Winter, 50, of Tower Hill was traveling eastbound on 900 North Road approximately 1/2 mile east of US Highway 51. Winter said that she was speaking to Jamie R. Winter, 20, of Tower Hill and did not see the road markers. Winter said she begun hitting the road markers and swerved but over corrected and began sliding in the gravel. Winter struck the guardrail on the south side of the bridge, which caused extensive damage to the bridge, and spun approximately 360 degrees before coming to rest. No injuries were reported.

On August 22, Joseph W. Carey, Jr., 21, of Rochester was traveling northbound on 625 East Road when a deer entered the roadway around 2675 North. Carey stated that he was approaching a bridge and was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

On August 21, Randy A. Green, 54, of Taylorville was parked facing eastbound in the westbound lane on Township Road 1150 North approximately 800 feet west of Township Road 1400 East. The front end of Green's vehicle was partially off the roadway. Kenneth V. Melvin, 87, of Taylorville was traveling northbound on Township Road 1400 East and had proceeded through the curve into Township Road 1150 North proceeding westbound. Melvin stated he did not see Green parked on the roadway and struck the vehicle. Green received passenger side damage and Melvin received front panel passenger side and passenger door damage. No injuries were reported. Green's vehicle was a Kawasaki Mule which is used by Taylorville Lake Department to spray weeds. Green had brought the vehicle to the scene to assist in fixing a mower along the side of the roadway. The mower was attached to a small tractor which was parked along the roadway facing west.

ARRESTS:
Ryan E. Clay, 20, of 2 Hannon Mobile Home Park, Taylorville, was arrested August 22 for battery and causing bodily harm.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:
ARRESTS:
On August 22, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Ryan E. Clay, 20, of Taylorville at Taylorville Police Department. The officer knew Clay had a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran Clay's information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Clay was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond on the warrant.

On August 22, Taylorville Lake Patrol called to report that they had Steven J. Dewitt, 18, of Taylorville and a 13-year-old male stopped for riding ATVs on lake property. A Taylorville Police Department met with Lake Patrol and issued ordinance violations to Dewitt and the 13-year-old.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 18 at 6:26pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Cherokee and Palmer for a traffic crash. After arriving on scene and checking for injuries, an officer spoke with Jake T. Hankins, 19, of Taylorville. Hankins said he was traveling south on Cherokee Street and Kelly A. Tucker. 25, of Taylorville turned in front of him. Hankins said he applied the brakes but was unable to stop in time and struck the back passenger side of Tucker. The officer then spoke with Tucker who said she was traveling north on Cherokee when she went to turn left onto Palmer Street and was struck by Hankins. Tucker said Hankins came "flying" down the street and struck her vehicle. Henry S. Alvey, 50, of Taylorville stated he was traveling north on Cherokee behind Tucker. Alvey saw Hankins turn left in front of Tucker and siad he did not think Hankins was driving fast. Leonard V. Durbin, 59, of Taylorville also witnessed the crash while he was standing in front of his residence. Durbin said there was no way Hankins could stop in time when Tucker turned in front of him. Durbin also said that he did not think Hankins was traveling fast. A 4-year-old and 6-year-old who were passengers in Tucker's vehicle were transported the Taylorville Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not physically evident. No other injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 8-23-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 23
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Farmers Market Features More Than Just Produce

The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market continues every Saturday in downtown Taylorville. Market Manager Ed Downs says along with freshly picked produce, the market offers lots of other items:

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The Farmers Market runs every Saturday starting at 9am on the east side of the Taylorville Square.

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Sheriff: Jailers Wear Many Hats

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp’s newsletter this month focuses on the Correctional Officers who maintain order in the County Jail. The Sheriff says the officers wear many different hats:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says they were recently given the go ahead to hire a new officer, which he hopes will ease the load. The Jail Administrator is former Taylorville Police Officer Rohn Burke.

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Purple and Gold Scrimmage

As heard on WTIM, the Gold squad defeated the Purple squad with a score of 3-0.

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Taylorville Schools Curriculum Committee Discusses Building Trades at Meeting

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The Taylorville Schools Curriculum Committee met Thursday night to discuss the Building Trades Program. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau started off by saying that their top priority is to provide the best education they can:

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Dr. Fuerstenau once again reiterated that the program will remain intact this year with the exception of building a house. They are only cutting the house for now while they further evaluate the program.

 

Member Jim Andruch says it all comes down to the funding that is available:

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Andruch added some possibilities for future house projects:

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Member Katie Fraley pointed out that the $200,000 they have been putting into houses could go towards more pressing needs at the moment such as updating textbooks. Fraley brought in an English textbook that is currently being used by 4th graders that has a copyright of 1989 and is falling apart. She also recommended they send the petition to legislators urging them to address school funding especially in rural areas.

 

Member David Cowell says they need to look into how to get the most out of the program:

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Several audience members, including contractor Alan Collebrusco and two former Building Trades Program teachers, pointed out that remodeling a house is actually tougher to do than building one. They said you need to understand the building aspect in order to remodel a house.

 

Member David Driskell suggested that the first course serve a pre-req to the building portion:

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The Committee agreed that in the future they would look into building a smaller house that would cost much less than the $200,000 they have been spending over the last several years. They also agreed to reinstate an advisory committee that would include school board members, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc. to help plan future builds.

 The meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-22-13

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

Daniel M. Carrillo, 28, of 1220 South Broad Street Apartment 6, Carlinville, was arrested August 21 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Harold L. Friend, 47, of 216 Short Street, Owaneco, was arrested August 21 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lawrence E. Coghlan, 39, of 1207 West Park Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested August 21 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On August 21 at 7:03pm, Lawrence Coghlan, 39, of Taylorville came to Taylorville Police Department came to post to turn himself in on a Christian County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Coghlan was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office where he turned himself in.

On August 21 at 5:57pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer received information that Harold L. Friend, 47, of Owaneco was out at the Loading Zone. Friend had a valid Christian County warrant. Friend was arrested and transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office.

On August 21 at 6:20pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 208 South Vollentine in reference to Nathan Cooper, 31, of Taylorville. Officers knew Cooper had a valid Christian County Warrant which was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Cooper was arrested and transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 21 at 4:27pm, Angela J. Wendling, 52, of Taylorville had pulled to the side on the 800 block of East Main to allow traffic traveling in the opposite direction to pass. As Wendling pulled out from behind the parked vehicle, Wayne E. Petereit, 65, of Taylorville attempted to go around Wendling. Petereit stated Wendling pulled away from the curb as he went by. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 8-22-13

THE TAYLROVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 21
3 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Hawthorne Inn and Shelbyville Manor to Host Two Events Next Week

Hawthorne Inn and Shelbyville Manor have a busy week ahead as they will be hosting two events next Thursday and Friday (Aug. 29 and 30). Kristy Gordens, Director of Marketing and Sales, tells Regional Radio News about what they will be doing:

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The deadline to RSVP for both events is the Monday. To register or for more information, call Kristy Gordens at774-2111.

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Taylorville Law Enforcement Explorers Have a Great Time at State Conference Competition

The Taylorville Law Enforcement Post #2211 recently competed in the State Conference that was held in Springfield. Taylorville police officer Amanda Olsta tells Regional Radio News how the group did:

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The group consisted of Josh Sutton, Elliot Hogge, Rhea Ann Whitlow, and Ryan Olyer (Oller). 

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Relay for Life a Big Success

This years’ American Cancer Society Relay for Life was a big success in Christian County. Steve Turner if ACS says they exceeded their goal by quite a margin:

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Governor Quinn Announces $4 Million in Grants to Support Local Emergency Management Agencies

Governor Pat Quinn today announced that grants totaling $4 million have been awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to help 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparation and response efforts. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to ensure that all communities are prepared for emergencies and that residents are protected.

 

“During the floods this spring, local emergency management agencies led heroic efforts to protect the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “These organizations stand ready to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any type of disaster that impacts their communities. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools needed to prepare and respond to those emergencies.”

 

The Emergency Management Performance Grants are funded through a grant IEMA receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants, which are awarded annually, can be used for day-to-day operations of local emergency management programs. 

 

“Every disaster begins as a local emergency, and that’s why it’s so important to have a sound local emergency management program,” IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said. “Particularly in difficult fiscal times, these grants provide needed support to ensure local emergency management agencies are prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.”

 

Federal Emergency Management Performance Grant funding totaling more than $6.5 million also enables IEMA to provide dozens of training courses, emergency response exercise support, and emergency planning assistance to emergency management agencies statewide.

 

County and municipal emergency management agencies receiving the grants include:

 

Adams County            $  28,119.55

Alexander County       $  15,324.40

Aurora                         $  54,569.11

Bond County               $    2,339.75   

Boone County             $  25,503.24

Brown County             $  11,133.57

Bureau County            $  21,623.26

Calhoun County          $    7,001.64

Carbondale                 $  19,787.89

Carroll County             $  17,661.55   

Cass County               $  10,537.44

Centralia                      $    3,886.99

Champaign County     $  55,212,57

Chicago                       $529,730.83

Christian County         $  11,358.22

Clark County               $  17,853.26

Clay County                $    8,737.50

Clinton County            $  22,186.22

Coles County              $  21,528.65

Cook County               $458,733.85

Crawford County        $    6,611.00

Cumberland County   $    7,175.13

DeKalb County           $ 35, 815.46

Des Plaines                 $  26,352.36

DeWitt County            $  17,898.95

Douglas County          $  18,590.35

DuPage County          $161,935.32

DuQuoin                      $  15,785.37

Edgar County              $  18,306.44

Effingham                   $  17,042.98

Effingham County      $  18,981.45

Elmhurst                      $  17,937.80

Evanston                     $  29,612.56

Fairview Heights         $    4,002.11

Fayette County           $  19,027.15

Flora                            $  10,185.80

Ford County                $   8,910.50

Franklin County          $  22,550.03

Fulton County             $  22,046.10

Gallatin County           $  15,680.20

Granite City                 $  14,318.46

Grundy County           $  24,673.74

Hamilton County         $  11,338.83

Hancock County         $  10,057.19

Hardin County             $  12,275.00

Henderson County      $  16,024.02

Henry County            $   12,107.59

Hoffman Estates         $   25,044.20

Iroquois County           $   17,290.00

Jackson County          $   21,489.38

Jasper County            $     6,739.19

Jefferson County        $   15,458.34

Jersey County            $     8,730.57

JoDaviess County      $   15,205.87

Johnson County          $     8,612.50

Joliet                            $   33,840.90

Kane County               $   92,261.70

Kankakee County       $   37,491.66

Kendall County           $   36,534.72

Knox County               $   25,251.28

LaSalle County           $   37,587.69

Lake County               $ 156,804.01

Lawrence County       $   17,953.96

Lee County                 $   21,836.19

Livingston County       $   14,511.42

Logan County             $   20,678.29

Macon County            $   36,949.50

Macoupin County       $   24,209.02

Madison County          $   62,968.12

Marion (City of)           $   18,026.75  

Marion County            $   15,490.00

Marshall County          $   13,079.03

Mason County            $   13,935.93

Massac County           $   16,348.16

McDonough County   $   16,057.25

McHenry County        $   76,987.41

McLean County          $   48,840.84

Menard County           $   17,119.20

Mercer County            $   17,873.29

Metropolis                   $   15,871.91

Monroe County           $   21,214.56

Montgomery County   $   20,637.62

Morgan County           $   21,738.32

Moultrie County          $   17,552.15

Mt. Vernon                  $   17,639.31

Naperville                    $   43,235.50

Ogle County                $   25,368.18

Palatine                       $   28,413.58

Peoria                          $   37,806.69

Peoria County             $   29,006.10

Perry County              $   17,834.26

Piatt County                $   14,665.95

Pike County                $   17,872.48

Pope County               $   14,027.33

Pulaski County            $   12,201.40

Putnam County           $   13,920.32

Randolph County        $   21,319.50

Richland County         $     7,503.50

Rock Island County    $   44,386.73

Rockford                     $   45,310.25

Salem                          $     9,196.04

Saline County             $   19,587.91

Sangamon County      $   54,481.35

Schuyler County         $   11,456.80

Scott County               $     5,481.55

Shelby County            $   19,072.24

St. Clair County          $   65,707.18

Stark County               $     5,201.22

Stephenson County    $   24,198.11

Tazewell County         $   41,929.36

Tinley Park                  $   26,016.48

Union County              $     9,982.00

Vernilion County         $   31,056.19

Wabash County          $   11,639.50

Washington County    $   17,525.86

Wayne County            $   12,406.00

White County              $   12,315.60

Whiteside County        $   26,379.45

Will County                  $ 108,353.54

Williamson County      $   27,865.13

Winnebago County     $   43,345.09

 

Governor Quinn has secured federal assistance that, to date, has helped more than 60,000 people and households receive federal grants to replace or repair homes and personal items damaged by the April floods. Those grants currently total more than $150 million, with an additional $60 million in federal low-interest loans also approved to aid with flood recovery. Governor Quinn also won approval of federal aid that will reimburse local governments in 40 counties for 75 percent of their flood-related expenses. It’s expected that assistance will total $40 million.

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Farm Progress Show Cancels Field Demonstrations

The Farm Progress Show is just a week away. One event that won’t be a part of the show this year is field demonstrations. The Farm Progress Show had to cancel the demonstrations due to the mix of a cool, wet spring that delayed planting and a cool summer that has further put fields behind their normal schedule. To make up for this, there will be a Runway Show starting at 11am that will feature equipment from the field demonstrations. The show will be held north of the Annex and will have equipment from top companies such as AGCO, Case IH, New Holland, Claas and John Deere on display. The Farm Progress Show is still expecting record numbers this year. They are already planning to cut off forty acres of corn north of the exhibit field before the show to make room for more parking if needed. The area will also be used for tilling demonstrations.  The 2013 Farm Progress Show takes place in Decatur on August 27-29. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17, and kids 12 and under will get in free. For more information, visit their website www. FarmProgressShow.com. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-21-13

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

Daniel L. Benedict, 52, of 612 North Cottage Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 20 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On August 20, Taylorville Police Department assisted the Taylorville Fire Department in the area of Cheney Street and West Park Boulevard. Taylorville Fire Department was dispatched to the area for a smell of smoke. An officer located the odor source in the back yard of 921 West Poplar Street. Donald A. Klinger, 42, of Taylorville was burning a chair amongst other illegal materials. The fire was extinguished and Klinger was issued a city ordinance violation for an illegal burn.

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Fire Department Calls 8-21-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:


August 20
2 Public Assist, 1 Report of Hydrogen Sulfide, 1 Illegal Burn, 1 Odor check

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Contestants vie for Junior Miss Strasburg and Miss Strasburg pageant

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Reigning Miss Strasburg Baylee Quast and Junior Miss Strasburg Olivia Telgmann invite the community to attend the third annual Miss Strasburg pageant and second annual Junior Miss Strasburg pageant. The event will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Strasburg and in conjunction with the village’s Hog Roast on Aug. 31. The Junior Miss will start at 3 p.m. and the Miss pageant at 4:30 p.m. 

Miss Strasburg contestants are:

Brittany Ballinger, 17, Strasburg, daughter of Ryan Ballinger and Alicia Ballinger 

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Sarah Locke, 17, Strasburg, daughter of Scott and Natalie Locke

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Brittani Tabbert, 17, Strasburg, daughter of Chris and Karla Tabbert.  

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Junior Miss contestants are:

Nikita Burry, 14, Strasburg, daughter of LaRue and Amy Burry

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Marcail Clark, 15, Strasburg, daughter of Jack and Pam Clark

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Mariah Robbins, 13, Strasburg, daughter of Don and Donna E. Cook

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Hannah Schumacher, 13, Strasburg, daughter of Gary and Julia Schumacher

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Courtney Van Matre, 12, Stewardson, daughter of Lena and Quentin Roley

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Miss Strasburg contestants are selling raffle tickets and junior miss candidates are collecting money now through Aug. 28(next Wednesday). Junior Miss Strasburg contestants have collection cans out at the Strasburg Short Stop. The Miss Strasburg candidates also are judged in categories of speech/introduction, interview, modeling and pop question.

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Coach Odam: New Year, New Starters for Taylorville High School Football

The Taylorville Tornadoes football team is gearing up for another season. With 9 senior starters graduating on both sides of the ball, that means there will be some new faces in starting roles. One of the positions that opened up was the quarterback spot after Seth Trulock graduated this past year. Head coach Jeb Odam tells Regional Radio News who will be starting under center for Taylorville this year:

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Coach Odam tells Regional Radio News that they will also be running the pistol offense this year:

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The Tornadoes will get things started with the Purple and Gold Scrimmage this Friday. They begin the official season August 30th against Glenwood at home. All games can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

 

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Christian County Board Addresses Enterprise Zone Fee Schedule; Hears Apology

The Christian County Board held their monthly meeting at the Courthouse Tuesday night. When it came to the approval of last month’s minutes, member Lloyd Washburn spoke up and issued an apology for his vote against the Fraternal Order of Police negotiation team:

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The approval of the team failed on a 9-7 vote at least month’s meeting. The Board accepted Washburn’s apology but no further action was taken.

 

The Christian County Board was told that the Buildings and Grounds Committee received an elevator report in regards to upgrades that would cost an estimated $262,000. Board member Charles DeClerck voiced concerned over the bill but Chairman Paul Schmitz said it was nothing that needs to be taken care of right away:

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Buildings/Grounds Supervisor Zach Hicks is reviewing the bill and will report back to the Committee what he finds out.

 

The Christian County Board was presented with an amendment to the Enterprise Zone fee schedule. Board member Fred Curtin told the Board what the change would be:

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Board member Joe Marley was opposed to the change saying they should further review how much money the zones are making before they lower the amount of money they can receive. Curtin said there would have to be 16 million dollar project to even come close to that $50,000 max. Marley still voted against it but the Board approved the amendment on a 15-1 vote.

 

The Christian County Board approved the increase of the septic fee from $100 to $150. They also approved the motion on a 15-1 vote to begin charging an annual food permit fee for facilities such as schools, churches, and senior centers who currently pay nothing to a standard flat fee of $100 which would allow them to hold as many dinners as they wished. Board member Tim Carlson voted against this fee. The Board approved the low bid of $274,493.53 from Yamnitz & Associates for the Greenwood Bridge. They approved a preliminary engineering agreement with Kuhn & Trello for Ricks Bridge and approved a contract with Atlas Soils for the soil borings that are required for the Ricks Bridge Project. The Board also heard of several ideas for the 175th anniversary celebration next year that included a beard contest, a county float for the parade, and an open house at the courthouse.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:00pm.

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Davis: 3 Offices for the Price of 1

Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says he is proud to have 3 offices in Central Illinois at a low cost to taxpayers:

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Apartment Building Evacuated Due to High Levels of Hydrogen Sulfide

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In regards to previous reports, it was not Forever Your's Tattoo Studio that had a clogged drain and high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Sources tell Regional Radio News that it was the apartments above the building next to the Tattoo Studio. We apologize for the mistake.Here is the corrected story:

The Taylorville Fire Department closed off part of West Main Cross Street this afternoon due to dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide. Fire fighters on scene tell Regional Radio News that someone had a clog in a drain and they tried to clear it out with chemicals. However, the clog did not clear thus causing high levels of hydrogen sulfide and led to an evacuation of the building. No one was hurt. The street was closed off for safety purposes and a plumber was called in to fix the clog.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-20-13

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

Nicholas L. Saccaro, 19, of 2201 Stockton Drive, Springfield, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.

Nathan A. Dyer, 19, of 506 Heathrow Lane, Rochester, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daniel E. Blisset, 19, of 22 Longview Drive, Springfield, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grant A. Winning, 19, of 7935 Hendrickson Road, Rochester, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charles A. Scribner, 19, of 17 Dean Park, Springfield, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jordan C. Cornett, 19, of 511 Walker Ridge, Rochester, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Collin M. Ryan, 19, of 8110 Thomas Road, Rochester, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Miranda N. Miller, 18, of 2408 North 21st Street, Springfield, was arrested August 20 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Michael L. Knowles, 39, of 10738 Damery Road, Blue Mound, was arrested August 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Karinena S. Durbin, 39, of 512 North Pawnee Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 19 on a warrant for driving on a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On August 19 at 7:55am, Sarah D. Morrison, 36, of Taylorville was traveling north on South Main and Carolyn S. Bertinetti, 70, of Taylorville stated she stopped at the intersection of South and East Main then proceeded through and struck Morrison. Bertinetti was cited for failure to yield. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Bertinetti was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not physically evident. A 13-year-girl who was a passenger in Morrison's vehicle was also taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not physically evident.

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Fire Department Calls 8-20-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 19
2 EMS

August 20
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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District Governor speaks at Shelbyville Rotary Club

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Last Monday, the Shelbyville Rotary Club had the District Governor of Rotary 6490, Larry Pennie, His wife Arlene, and assistant Gov. Steve Bonnett, from Sullivan, making a visit with the Club. There was a good turnout from the membership for this important visit. There were so many people there, a member almost had to check the roster to see a few extras had snuck in for lunch.

Speaking of lunch, this was the last Rotary meeting to be held at the First United Methodist Church. Shelbyville Rotary has met at this location for nearly 60 years. Gifts of appreciation were sent to the piano player Anne Campbell and the chief cook, Sharon Barricklow. The club also sent flowers to Mrs. Campbell as well, in recognition, not only of her service, but also of her husband's service to the Rotary Club, Winston, the long-time Treasurer, is truly missed. 

August 26 will be our first official meeting at the Shelby Memorial Hospital, I look forward to it.

 

District Governor-Larry Pennie, spoke about the work of Rotary international, PolioPlus, and new membership. The Club had the opportunity to talk about the Shelbyville Rotary club, its goals and how they are dealing with the challenges that all clubs face. He said "advance your actions, savor your successes, and relish your rewards." So they need more action so they can do all that savoring and relishing. Members enjoyed the time spent with Larry, his wife and Steve, and thank them for their time in coming to the club. New membership tip: just ask! 

The Club would also like to thank Phil Miller for all the work he has done in making this move possible. "Phil, you've been Super!"

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Also, Jim Bolinger has done a lot of hard work in gathering all of the Rotary material together for the big move. Thanks Jim! So the club had more items than what they thought they could pack into one meeting. On the horizon, the Halloween parade. They're going to do something new this year. The club also needs a houseboat and a Facebook page and are looking for volunteers. 

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Assumption Grain Co-op Representative Speaks at Kiwanis Meeting

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Pictured Left to Right Allen Corzine, August Program Chairman Joe Hauser, Randy Sexton, Kiwanis Vice President Chris Weittenhiller.

Randy Sexton, from the Assumption Grain Co-op, made a presentation to the Taylorville Kiwanis Club on Tuesday August 20th. Kiwanians learned that Illinois is normally the second largest producer of both corn and soybeans behind the state of Iowa. Randy detailed the decline in American corn exports mainly due to the large increase in demand for American ethanol production. American soybean exports have instead increased due to the demand for soybean meal in China for hog consumption. China currently produces five times as much pork as the United States. Foreign countries are continuing to make up a larger percentage of the total grain exports. Assumption Grain Co-op has five locations in Christian and Shelby counties. You can learn more at www.acoop.com. For more information on Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com

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Mayor Appoints Mike Crews as Fire Chief at Taylorville City Council Meeting

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Mike Crews shakes the hands of the Aldermen and Mayor after being appointed Fire Chief.

 

After several months of looking over resumes, Mayor Greg Brotherton made an appointment to the Fire Chief position at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night. Mike Crews, who has been serving as the Acting Fire Chief, was chosen to officially replace the retired Jeff Hackney. Mayor Brotherton spoke on the process leading up to the decision:

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Alderman Ray Koonce said they couldn’t have found a better candidate for the job:

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The Council unanimously approved the appointment.

 

The Taylorville City Council heard a resolution in regards to the construction of the 700 foot partial parallel taxiway to runway 18/36 at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. Alderman Martin Vota said they need to move on with the project:

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The Council approved the project and also approved the construction of the Taxiway A extension.

 

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton brought up at the City Council meeting the 175th anniversary of Taylorville and Christian County which will be celebrated next year. Mayor Brotherton then provided the Council with a history tidbit during his update:

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Mayor Brotherton said he will be reading a historical fact at every meeting from this point on.

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with two motions in regards to have City Attorney Rocci Romano prepare ordinances for the installation of fire hydrants by request of property owners both outside and inside city limits. The Council approved the motion that if a property owner outside city limits requested that a fire hydrant be installed, they would be responsible for all cost. A problem arose when the second motion was brought to a vote that stated if a property owner within City limits requested that a fire hydrant be installed, they would be responsible for half of the cost. Alderman Shawn Burtle voiced his concern on the issue:

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The Council voted to table the subject until further discussion has taken place.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved the installation of a boat lift at Lake Lot 479. They also approved amendments to the City Code in regards to Disorderly House, Solicitation, and Public Intoxication. The Council approved motions to reduce the Outside City Limits Customer Service Fee to $60 and increase the Inside City Limits Customer Service Fee to $30. The Council also approved the acceptance of the low bid of $13,884.13 from Blakely Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing for the Airport heating system and approved the payment of $130,230 to Maxcore Inc. for the Cherokee Street Tower Project.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:54pm.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-19-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Christopher H. Johnson, 20, of 801 South Houston, Taylorville, was arrested August 18 for possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a vehicle. 

Christopher N. Gibbs, 28, of 1347 North Webster, Taylorville, was arrested August 18 for driving on a suspended license

Nathan A. McClure, 26, of 255 South Broadway, Ninatic, was arrested August 19 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Wade M. Bottoms, 27, of 807 East Park Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 16 on a warrant for violating sex offender registry rules. 

Kristina L. Lindsey, 35, of 220 East Franklin Street Apartment 2, Taylorville, was arrested August 17 for domestic battery.

Matthew D. Neece, 35, of 515 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 17 for domestic battery.

Brian A. Ford, 40, of 217 North Main Street, Owaneco, was arrested August 17 for possession of cannabis.

Willie J. Hennessey, 47, of 525 South Walnut Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 18 for domestic battery.

Kane E.J. Passini, 18, of 309 Elm Street, Kincaid, was arrested August 15 for burglary.

 

ACCIDENTS:
On August 12 around 3:54am, a Christian County Sheriff's officer was sent to Illinois Route 104 at Kincaid Lake for a single vehicle accident with no injuries. The officer arrived on scene and saw the vehicle overturned on its top on the southeast bound shoulder of IL RT 104. The officer made contact with the driver Devin M. Stone, 27, of Taylorville, who stated he swerved to miss an animal and lost control of the vehicle. Stone stated he did not need medical attention and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On August 16, Brehia N. Alaria, 29, of Taylorville was northbound on County Road 400 East. At 835 north, Alaria lost control of the vehicle and crossed the southbound lane. Alaria entered the west ditch and rolled several times before the vehicle came to rest on its top facing south. Alaria was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

On August 16 around 5:07pm, Francis L. Estes, 66, of Pana was westbound on 250 North at approximately 2614 East. Estes advised he attempted to turn south into a driveway as he saw a yard sale he wished to visit. Justice N.P. French, 18, of Pana advised she was eastbound on 250 North at that same time when Estes turned into her lane of travel. Estes advised he was unable to see French due to the location of the sun. Estes said he did turn in front of French. French struck the rear quarter panel of Estes. Estes' right rear tire was deflated due to the collision as well and had to be towed. French's front passenger quarter panel received significant damage but was able to drive from the scene. Neither party involved in the accident required medical attention.

On August 17, Dianne L. Willard, 43, of Springfield and Kegan T. Willard, 18, of Pawnee stated they were northbound on County Road 440 East just south of 2010 North Road when a deer ran out into the roadway and hist the fron end of the vehicle. The damage was to the front passenger side in the area of the headlight. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On August 16 at 11:25pm, Taylorville Police Department officers located Wade M. Bottoms, 27, of Taylorville at 807 East Park who had a valid warrant out of Christian County. Bottoms was arrested and transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.

On August 17, Taylorville Police Department officers responded to a domestic at 515 East Poplar. Upon further investigation, Kristina L. Lindsey, 35, of Taylorville and Matthew D. Neece, 35, of Taylorville were both arrested for domestic battery. They were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and later lodged at the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

On August 17, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 525 South Walnut for a domestic dispute. Upon investigation, Willie Hennessey, 47, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery. Hennessey was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

ACCIDENTS:

On August 16 at 9:47am, Donald H. Ryan, 81, of Taylorville advised he was attempting to make a right turn onto Springfield Road when Dwight L. Brown, 61, of Pana turned into him. Ryan advised he did not see Brown's turn signal on. Ryan received damage to the rear driver's side quarter panel. Brown said he had his turn signal on a nd was attempting to make a wide right turn onto Springfield Road. Brown advised he had to make a wide right turn due to the size of his semi and trailer which blocked his view of Ryan coming along side him. Brown did not receive any damage to his vehicle. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 8-19-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 16
4 EMS

August 17
6 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

August 18
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

August 19
1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Mobile Pantry Offers Fresh Produce and Baked Goods

The Central Illinois Foodbank’s mobile pantry allows the organization to bring food to counties that are in need. Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for the Foodbank, tells Regional Radio News one thing that stands out about their mobile pantry is the offering of fresh products:

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The mobile pantry was in Taylorville this past Saturday. You can visit their website centralilfoodbank.org or call 522-4022 for more information. 

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Local 4-Hers Get Opportunity to Job Shadow County Board Members

Christian County 4-Hers recently had the opportunity to tour the Christian County Court House and job shadow Christian County Board Members. Peggy Hampton, Christian County 4-H Youth Development and Extension Educator, tells Regional Radio News that it provided the kids the opportunity to learn about local government:

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If you have any questions, you can call the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

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Young Ag Leaders of Christian County Host 5K to Start Scholarship

The Young Ag Leaders of Christian County will be hosting their first annual “Plowing the Streets” 5k run/walk on Saturday, September 7. Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa Herwig tells Regional Radio News what they will be doing with the money that is raised:

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Registration forms are available at Lifestyle Fitness in Taylorville, the Christian County Farm Bureau Office, or on the Plowing the Streets Facebook page. 

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McGuire: Halloween is a Top Target Fraudsters

Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us and the last thing on your mind at that time may be frauds. However, public advocate Mac McGuire says Halloween is one of the most targeted holidays by fraudsters:

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McGuire says you should contact your local police department immediately if you suspect a scam.

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Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Meets

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their monthly meeting towards the October event, Monday night in the Chamber board room on the 2nd floor of U-S Bank.

Chamber president and CEO Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News Monday night’s meeting helped to line out entertainment on the stage for the 2-day event on the Taylorville square October 5th and 6th, and the committee also made plans for bringing back the Junior Miss pageant.

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Hornbuckle says forms for the Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Pageants, as well as craft and food vendor forms, the 5K Run, the Bags Tournament, Chilli cook-offs, and the Cutest Baby contest forms, are all available several different ways.

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber’s office is on the 2nd floor of U-S Bank, on the south side of the square.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-16-13

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

Robert L. Stahl, 59, of 112 South Main, Kincaid, was arrested August 15 for possession of methamphetamine. 

David J. Ronnow, 22, of 1370 East Stratford Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah, was arrested August 16 for possession of cannabis.

Nolan D. Perry, 24, of RR 1 Box 75, Pana, was arrested August 16 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Alic D. Vandermaiden, 20, of 409 Beech, Kincaid, was arrested August 15 for burglary.

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Fire Department Calls 8-16-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Taylorville Chamber?s Next Lunch and Learn to Discuss Diabetes

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is preparing for their next Lunch and Learn event. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle tells Regional Radio News that this month’s topic is diabetes:

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The Lunch and Learn will be August 29th at noon at People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville. To RSVP for the event, call the Chamber at 824-4919. 

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Fikri: Good Breakfast Helps Kids in School

Summer has come to an end and it’s time to head back to school. With that comes hectic mornings where a good breakfast can take a back seat. That’s why schools are offering a breakfast program that provides kids with a strong start to their day. Joyce Fikri, of the St. Louis Dairy Council, tells Regional Radio News why breakfast is so important:

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Fikri says the school breakfast program is a win-win for parents and kids:

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Contact your local school for more information.

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Taylorville Schools Project Deficit in Tentative FY14 Budget

The tentative fiscal year 2014 budget for the Taylorville Schools has been put together and there are quite a few red numbers. The state of Illinois has pro-rated school funding this year at 89% but the missing 11% totals a little over $900,000 that the schools will never see. Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Gregg Feurstenau says the toughest part is knowing the deficits could be easily covered if they had that money:

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The final hearing for the budget will be September 9 at 6:45pm.

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Farmers Market has Wide Selection of Produce

Another Saturday means another round for the Taylorville Mainstreet’s Farmers Market. Market manager Ed Downs tells Regional Radio News that they have a large selection of produce:

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The Farmers Market runs every Saturday on the Taylorville Square from 9:00am to 12:30pm.and features farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies as well as hand crafted items. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On August 10 at 6:42am, Douglas A. Frost, 56, of Taylorville, told police he had fallen asleep while driving east on Springfield Road. Frost traveled across three lanes into the parking lot at 421 Springfield Road. Frost then went through the parking lot and struck a sign and post at the east end of the lot. Frost's vehicle had major front end damage and was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

On August 14, 911 advised Taylorville Police Department of a fight at 101 Heights Avenue. An officer arrived and spoke with a Mr. Carmichael who said he had been struck in the face. John A. Coy, 69, of Taylorville was identified and arrested for battery.

On August 14 at 5:45 pm, a Taylorville Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle. Brenda J. Travis, 49, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Travis was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear. 

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Fire Department Calls 8-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 13
1 EMS

August 14
2 EMS, 2 Public Assist

August 15
1 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

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Christian County YMCA Pool to Close For Maintenance

The Christian County YMCA will be shutting down their pool after business hours on Friday, August 23 and it will remain closed for a week to 10 days for maintenance. Chris Weittenhiller from the YMCA tells Regional Radio News what they will be doing during that time:

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Weittenhiller says they hope to have the pool re-opened the day after Labor Day. 

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Taylorville Tree Keepers Program Locations Set

A location has been set for the first three sessions of the Trees Forever Tree Keepers program in Taylorville. The first session will start at the Manners Park Dining Hall on September 10th and the next two will be at the Chautauqua Building. Barb Grabner-Kerns from Trees Forever tells Regional Radio News that not only will people just learn about trees in classroom sessions but will also get a hands-on experience:

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Mark?s Floors in Shelbyville Holding Grand Opening

Mark’s Floors in Shelbyville is hosting their Grand Opening this Friday. They will also have a ribbon cutting at noon. Owner Mark Nugent has spent 25 years in the flooring business as both an installer and salesman. The store officially opened at the beginning of August. Mark’s Floor is located on Route 16 West in Shelbyville across from the airport.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-14-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On August 11, Logan N. Durbin, 18, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound on 1700 North Road. A deer ran out in front of Durbin around 1350 East Road. Durbin swerved to miss the deer and went off the roadway. The front of Durbin's car hit the opposite side of the ditch, overturned two times and came to a rest on its wheels. Durbin was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Michael T. Morrissey, 24, of Stonington, who was riding with Durbin, suffered multiple lacerations on his legs and face. Morrissey was taken to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

ARRESTS:
Ashley E. Richno, 28, of 416 West Douglas Street, Edinburg, was arrested August 13 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear/answer.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On August 13 at 10:42am, a Taylorville Police Department officer saw Erik M. Ray, 38, of Taylorville, driving an unlicensed moped type vehicle at South Houstion and Sherman Street. The officer stopped Ray at Galveston and South Houston. Ray's license was run through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and came back revoked. Ray was placed under arrest, transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released on a notice to appear.

On August 13, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Walmart in reference to an employee stealing. The manager said they caught suspect Bradley Davis, 21, of Taylorville stealing soda. The manager wrote out a statement and gave the officer video of the theft. Davis was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released on a notice to appear.

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Rosenthal to Offer Informational Sessions on Concealed Carry

The Illinois State Police are in the process of putting together the training program for concealed carry. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says once things are in place, he will be holding several informational sessions:

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Rosenthal says that even though the bill has been passed, the fight is not over:

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The state police have until the first of September to have the program in place. For more information, you can call Representative Rosenthal at his district office at 324-5200.

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Pana to Once Again Host Their Labor Day Parade

The Pana Labor Day Parade is just a few weeks away. John Metzger of the Parade Committee says one of the highlights of this year’s parade is the return of the University of Illinois Marching Band:

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Metzger says it really does take a committee to put together an event like this:

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Again, the parade will be Monday, September 2nd. It will begin at 10:00am on 2nd and Locust Streets, run through town, and end at Kitchell Park.

 

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New Legislation to Increase Education Opportunities for Returning Veterans

New legislation, which was cosponsored by State Senator Chapin(Ch-ape-n) Rose and recently signed into law, will help increase education opportunities for returning veterans. Ray Watt from the Senate Press Office has more:

 

Key A                         … I’m Ray Watt                                 (:55)

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Extension to Offer Telenets

The University of Illinois Extension is planning a series of Telenets. Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger says they will cover a variety of topics:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-13-13

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

Rickie L. Abbott, 34, of 604 Northwestern Street, Taylorville was arrested August 12 on a original arrest warrant for being a felon that failed to return from furlough.

Colt A. Stephens, 24, who is reportedly homeless, was arrested on August 12 for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia reportedly.

Logan A. Snow, 22, of 1114 West England Street, Taylorville was arrested on August 12 on a bond forfeiture for battery and causing bodily harm.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On August 11 around 2:57am, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on the listed vehicle due to no taillights on the rear of the trailer. When the officer stopped the vehicle, he noticed that the license plate on the trailer was expired. The officer made contact with the driver and while speaking with him, the officer noticed that Cory J. Worker, 24, of Taylorville was the rear passenger. The officer confirmed through dispatch and the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System that Worker had a valid warrant from Christian County. Worker was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On August 12 at 5:30pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 1114 West England in reference to Logan Snow, 22, of Taylorville who had a valid warrant. Snow was located at that address and his warrant was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Snow was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 9 at 11:32am, Victoria J. Ethchinson, 79, of Findley was traveling west on Park Street and stopped at the intersection of Park and Webster Street preparing to turn North onto Webster Street. Randy W. Leigh, 56, of Pana was traveling behind Ethchinson. Leigh stopped, then proceeded, causing a collision. Both vehicles were able to drive from the scene. No injuries were reported.

On August 12 at 8:22am, Rose E. Scott, 83, of Taylorville advised she was traveling south on North Shumway and got to close to a parked car. Scott said she could not avoid striking the vehicle which was legally parked in the 300 Block of N Shumway. Scott was towed from the scene and issued a citation for improper lane usage.

On August 9 at 7:25am, April E. Adermann, 40, of Taylroville, was traveling west on Park Street and was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Park and Walnut Street. Jonathan W. Newlin, 61, of Taylorville, had also been traveling west on Park Street and had stopped at the light to turn north onto Walnut. Newlin was driving larger vehicle and pulled partially into the left lane in order to make the turn. While making the turn, Newlin, turned back into the land and struck Adermann. Both vehicles were able to leave the scene.

On August 9 at 11:10am, Cheri L. Cott, 40, of Taylorville was traveling east in an alleyway behind St. Mary's and was coming out was toward Main Street. Just prior to coming to the sidewalk that runs along the west side of Main Street, a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle rode along near the building and into the drivers side of the vehicle. The boy was thrown off the bicycle and onto the hood of the vehicle. Cott was able to drive away from the scene. The boy was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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Fire Department Calls 8-13-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DPEARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 12
1 EMS, 1 Illegal Burn

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Taylorville School Board Sees Large Turnout for Building Trades at Meeting

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A large crowd gathered at the Taylorville School Board meeting Monday night as Jeff Himstedt presented the Board with the petition to save the Building Trades Program. Board President Steve Milling was quick to tell everyone that the program isn’t going away:

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The Curriculum Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 22nd.

 

Two Taylorville School principals were recognized through the Aba Lincoln Region. Dr. Gregg Feurstenau told the School Board at their meeting Monday night who was honored:

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They were selected by peers and colleagues to receive the honors.

 

The Taylorville School Board was presented with a proposal to start a Junior High wrestling team. Tom Frevert (Free-vert) with the Tornado Wrestling Foundation told the Board at their meeting Monday night why a junior high program should be implemented:

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Frevert added the all costs would be taken care of by the Tornado Wrestling Foundation and it would not cost the district anything. The Board unanimously approved the proposal.

 

The Taylorville School Board also approved the contract with Ameresco for energy conservation and facility projects. The Board selected member Katie Fraley to be the delegate at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of the School Boards. The Board was presented with the tentative budget for fiscal year 2014. The projected deficit for total operations was $848,240. The final hearing date for the budget is scheduled for Monday, September 9th at 6:45pm.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:12pm.

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Mainstreet to Offer Pork Chop Dinner

Many people have wondered why the Taylorville Mainstreet organization gave up the Barbeque Blues and Cruise event. Board member Ed Downs says while they loved the festival, it just wasn’t proving cost effective:

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Downs says Taylorville Mainstreet will now focus its fundraising efforts on a once monthly pork chop dinner offering:

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The Third Thursday Chop Dinner takes place this Thursday from 4 to 6pm on the southeast corner of the Taylorville Square. Advance tickets are $9 each or $12 on the day of the event. The dinner includes a large slow cooked pork chop with all the trimmings.

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Local Farmer Visits Panama

A Moweaqua area farmer recently made a trip to see farming practices in Panama. Austin Rincker says it was fascinating to see how farming is done in other countries:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-12-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
Kyle G. Sheley, 27, of 2005 E 1350 North Road, Taylorville, was arrested August 11 for domestic battery.

Brandon L. Winchester, 20, of 803 E Ash Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 11 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Zachary W. Mills, 20, of 407 W 3rd Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 11 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Daniel T. Crosby, 18, of 358 Illinois Route 29, Pana, was arrested August 9 on a bond forfeiture for possession of liquor by a minor.

Christopher L. Jackson, 29, of 601 W Washington Street, Bloomington was arrested August 9 for financial institution fraud (720 5/16h-25-1)

Cory J. Worker, 24, of 913 Taylorville Boulevard, Taylorville, was arrested August 11 for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis

Devin M. Stone, 27, of 709 N Ridge Road Apt. 6, Taylorville, was arrested August 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

 

ACCIDENTS:
Matther R. Dawson, 31, of Taylorville was eastbound on Highway Rt 104 and Dominic R. Podeschi, 28, of Taylorville was westbound. Around 870 East, Dawson was distracted from his inside his vehicle and crossed the centerline into the lane of travel of Podeschi. Podeschi entered the north ditch to avoid a collision, then re-entered the roadway, spun 180 degrees crossing into the eastbound lane, and entered the south ditch backwards. No contact was made between the vehicles. No injuries were reported.

On August 9, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the intersection of Boch and West South Streets in Hewittville for a single vehicle accident. The officer arrived on scene and saw a damage to the guardrail at the intersection. The officer also observed a front license plate present at the guardrail. The plate was run through dispatch and the owner of the vehicle was identified as Gregory L. Miller, 33, of Stonington and the vehicle was identified as a white Ford SUV. Several witnesses said they saw a white SUV strike the guardrail and continue west on West South Street. Officer made contact with Miller at his residence and he stated he had struck the guardrail but became nervous and left the scene.

Blake R. Knearem, 28, of Shelbyville, was northbound on US Highway 51 and was slowing down to turn west onto 700 North Road. Knearem said that he was approaching the intersection with his left turn signal on when Donald R. Barry, 77, of Assumption hit him. Donald said he did not see Knearem until just before the crash. Donald ran into the back end of Knearem aprroximately 10 feet south of 700 North Road. No injuries were reported. There were no skid marks at the scene
Maxx G. Emerson, 22, of Taylorville was southbound on County Road 7. Emerson stated that a deer ran into the roadway just south of Township Road 1685 North. Emerson was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

Brett A. Kohl, 28, of Taylorville was stopped at the intersection of 2100 North and 700 East behind Linda C. Vonck, 56, of Taylorville. Vonck started into the intersecion but saw a vehicle approaching from the west and reversed back into the intersection hitting Kohl. No injuries were reported.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On August 9, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 401 North Lawn in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim Kristina Young and with suspect Kyle Sheley, 27, of Taylorville. After speaking with both subjects, Sheley was arrested for domestic battery.

On August 9 at 6:30pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at Manners Park by the basketball court in reference to a large group of kids smoking marijuana. Following an investigation, Dylan B. Stockdale, 20, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of cannabis. Stockdale was transported to Taylorville Police Department processed and released with a notice to appear.

On August 9, a Taylorville Police Department officer was advised that Hunter J. Oliver, 21, of Taylorville, who the officer knew have a valid warrant out of Shelby County, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling west on Bidwell Street. The officer made a stop on the vehicle and made contact with Oliver. The officer ran Oliver's info through the Law Enforcement Data Agencies System and verified the warrant. Oliver was placed under arrest and was later transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 8-12-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:
August 9
4 EMS

August 10
1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS

August 11
1 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

August 12
3 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Mahr Grateful for Fundraising Opportunity with Charro?s

During the month of August, Charro’s Mexican Bar and Grill has teamed up with the Christian County Senior Citizens Center and donating 10% of each meal on Tuesdays to the Center. Jerry Mahr from the Senior Center says they are very grateful for the opportunity owner Enrique Camacho has provided:

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If you are interested in teaming up with Charro’s Mexican Bar and Grill in a fundraising effort, contact Bryan Payne at bryanp@randyradio.com.

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New Forms Available for Chillifest Events

There are more forms available for entry into various events for the upcoming Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says you can find them online:

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Again, the website is chillifest.info, that’s Chillifest with 2 L’s.

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Taylorville City Council Votes to Build New $22.7 Million Water Treatment Plant

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Above:  Engineer Jamie Hedden of Benton and Associates, makes their presentation on alternatives for treating Taylorville's water in the future, to City Council members Monday night.

 

 

After months of study and an hour and a half presentation Monday night by the city’s engineering firm Benton and Associates, the Taylorville City Council voted unanimously to build a new 6-million-gallon-per-day water plant, across the street from their present water treatment facility on Lincoln Trail on Taylorville’s northeast side.

 

The new plant will cost some 22-point-7 million dollars, and will be phase 2 of a 3-phase project.  Phase one will be keeping the present water plant, part of which was built in the 1950’s and part built in 1983, up to current regulatory standards, which could cost up to 2-point-5 million to keep on-line.

 

2 new wells, pipe modification, and the Taylorville Lake pump station rehab and main transmission line, will cost an additional 6-point-one-2 million dollars as phase 3 of the 3-phase project.  Phase 2, the construction of the new plant, is what was voted on and passed Monday night.

 

The Council will meet in special session on Thursday, August 29th, at 6 in the evening in the Council chambers, to decide specifics on what will be included in the new plant, what kind of time line the project will be on, and how much water rates will have to go up to pay for the new plant.

 

3 engineers from Benton and Associates—principal Reggie Benton, along with engineers Jamie Hedden and Mike Davis—appeared before the Taylorville Council Monday night, with Hedden making the presentation to Council members.  He told aldermen that a lot of the components at the present water plant need rehab, and many have surpassed their useful life.

 

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Hedden told the Taylorville Council the present plant currently generates about 2-point-2 million gallons of drinking water per day, but up to over 4 million gallons at peak water usage.

 

Hedden outlined the 4 alternatives the city had, which were to do nothing, to rehab and expand the existing plant, to build a new plant on city-owned property across the street where the former Taylorville Country Club was located, or do a combination of rehab of the existing plant and use reverse osmosis to treat water from the city’s wells, which was the most expensive of all alternatives shown.

 

Rehab’ing the present plant to current regulations, according to Hedden, will cost some 20 to 24-point-7 million dollars.  A new plant will cost some 22-point-7 million, and a combination of rehab of the existing plant and use of reverse osmosis to treat the city’s well water, was going to cost some 34-point-6 million. 

 

Operational expense for all 3 options were all around one-million dollars a year.

 

Hedden said funding can come from various sources, such as revenue bonds, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency low interest loan program, the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program, Community Development Assistant grants, the Illinois Finance Authority, and the newly-created Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority, which is a new state agency.

 

Hedden stressed to the Taylorville Council, that the city must have what Hedden called “a dedicated source of revenue” to pay off any debt, which means a water rate increase to Taylorville water customers, including the villages of Kincaid, Owaneco, and Langleyville. 

 

After an extensive discussion by aldermen, Taylorville City Council Water Committee Chairman Ernie Dorchinez made the motion that the city construct a new 6-million-gallon per day water plant, at a cost of 22-point-7 million dollars.  Dorchinez told Regional Radio News that Benton and Associates spent a lot of time preparing Monday night’s presentation.

 

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Dorchinez added the Council will make decisions on how much water rates in Taylorville will go up, and what financing the city will explore, in their meeting August 29th.

 

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Again, that special Taylorville City Council meeting to determine what kind of water rate hike there will be, and how the city will finance the new water plant, takes place in the Council chambers at 6 in the evening Thursday, August 29th.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-9-13

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

Heather A. McBride, 25, of 104 1/2 West Allen Street, Springfield, was arrested August 9 for reckless driving.

Gregory L. Miller, 33, of 308 North Maple Street, Stonington, was arrested August 9 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On August 7, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to 1301 West Adams Street and made contact with Michael A. Blake, 25, of Palmer who the officer knew had a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran Blake's information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Blake was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 8-9-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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2013-08-09 09:48:53.117

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Farmers Market at Peak TIme

The increasingly popular Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market takes place tomorrow. Market manager Ed Downs says the products are at their peak freshness:

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The Farmers Market, which runs every Saturday on the Taylorville Square, also features farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies as well as hand crafted items. The hours are 9:00am to 12:30pm.

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Several Local Hospitals Receive Grants as Part of Quinn?s Program

Governor Pat Quinn announced Thursday $4.7 million in investments to hospitals in central and eastern Illinois as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. Pana Community Hospital President and CEO Trina Casner tells Regional Radio News that grants like these are very important:

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital President and CEO Dan Raab says the grant allowed them to purchase some much needed upgrades:

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Several other hospitals in Macon, Montgomery, Sangamon, and Shelby counties also received grants.

 

Below is the full list of hospitals that received grants:

Christian County

Pana Community Hospital, $172,385 for an electronic medical record system.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital, $187,977 to replace radiology equipment.

 

Coles County

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, $274,467 for a new MRI machine.

 

DeWitt County

Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton, $172,565 for a fire suppression system.

 

Edgar County

Paris Community Hospital, $172,812 to construct a Multi-Purpose Building.

 

Ford County

Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, $178,392 to acquire radiology equipment.

 

Iroquois County

Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, $191,735 for life/safety code upgrades. 

 

Kankakee County

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, $197,103 for a new telemetry unit and pharmacy renovation.

Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, $303,902 to acquire a linear accelerator.

 

Logan County

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, $191,825 for new diagnostic equipment.

 

Macon County

Decatur Memorial Hospital, $282,856 for a new patient call system.

St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, $261,197 for anew Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

 

Montgomery County

Hillsboro Area Hospital, $172,677 for a new MRI machine.

St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, $205,032 for an emergency generator upgrade. 

 

Piatt County

Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, $170,427 for new medical equipment and IT upgrades.

 

Sangamon County

Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, $398,987 for new hospital beds.

St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, $551,222 to establish a Neuro-Interventional Lab.

 

Shelby County

Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville, $178,325 for IT upgrades.

 

Vermilion County

Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital, $170,720 for surgery and ER equipment upgrades.

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, $296,292 for exterior façade renovation. 

 

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Taylorville Municipal Band Director Jim Smith Honored at Concert

Long-time Taylorville Municipal Band Director Jim Smith was honored Wednesday night at the band’s concert at Hershey Towers. Smith tells Regional Radio News that he was shocked when they made the presentation:

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2013-08-09 07:42:27.103

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Goody?s Coming to Taylorville; Krieger?s Getting Banquet Hall

A chain department store is making its way to Taylorville. Property owner Don Herschel (Hersh-kel) tells Regional Radio News that they are in the process of constructing a Goody’s:

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Goody’s is part of Stage Stores which operates department stores under 5 different names. The company’s mission statement is “to be America’s leading small town and neighborhood retailer dedicated to delivering desirable brand name family apparel with exceptional value and service.” Herschel says they expect the construction to be done in September with the store opening up approximately 2 months after that. Goody’s will be located in the Grand Plaza on Bidwell Street. To get an idea on all the things they will offer, go to their website: goodysonline.com.

 

In addition to Goody’s, Herschel says they are also adding a banquet hall to Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill that will seat about 175 people.

 

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Goody's will be moving into the empty building pictured above in the Grand Plaza

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IEMA/CCEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans

Students soon will be heading back to school in Christian County and across Illinois parents are busy getting their children ready for the new school year.  As part of School Preparedness Month during August, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Christian County Emergency Management Agency encourages parents to include emergency preparedness in those back-to-school plans.

 

Back-to-school planning tips include:

  • Know your child’s school or day care emergency plan.
  • Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
  • Ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date at your child’s school.
  • Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.
  • Have a family communications plan and review the plan periodically with your child.  The plan should include contact information for an out-of-area family member or friend, since local telephone networks may not work during a major disaster.

 

Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats.  Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts.  Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers at their child’s school.

 

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

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Taylorville City Council To Hold Special Meeting Monday

The Taylorville City Council is holding a special meeting Monday night. Mayor Greg Brotherton tells Regional Radio News what will be discussed:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-8-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
Dale M. Mulvaney, 71, of Edinburg was backing out of a driveway and backed into a vehicle owned by Amy K. Daykin, 49, of Mt. Zion. Daykin's vehicle was parked on the south side of Hickory Street and was not occupied. As Mulvaney entered into the roadway, his back driver side bumper hit the rear driver side door of Daykin.

On August 7, a 16-year-old male from Stonington was traveling north on 1600 East Road at about 2025 North. The 16-year-old lost control and drove off the east shoulder and continued into a bean field. He then rolled over three or four times coming before the vehicle came to rest on its wheels. Both driver and a 16-year-old male passenger were out standing when police arrived. The passenger was taken to St. John's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver reported no injuries.

 

ARRESTS:
Heather L. Cunningham, 33, of 2280 West Center Street, Decatur, was arrested August 7 on a bond forfeiture for reckless driving.

Aaron M. Ballion, 21, of 1006 East Franklin Street Lot 3, Taylorville, was arrested August 7 on a bond forfeiture for burglary.

Megan N. Hays, 22, of 702 East Union Street, Nokomis was arrested August 7 on a bond forfeiture for theft/unauthorized control.

Kristen L. Millraney, 18, of 922 E Ash Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 7 for aggravated battery of a police officer and on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery.

Cory D.G. Krouse, 20, of 922 East Ash Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 7 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On August 7 at 6:47pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 922 East Ash in reference to a domestic dispute. After officer's arrived. Cory D. Krause, 20, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery and endangering the life/health of a child. Kristen L. Millraney was arrested for domestic battery, aggravated battery to a police officer, and endangering the life/health of a child. Both were lodged at Christian County Correctional Center.

On August 7, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to 2108 Grand Boulevard for a domestic. The male caller stated he would be in a red jeep at the entrance. Taylorville Police Department advised that Jacob G. Gideon, 26, of Rochester had a suspended license. The officer made contact with Gideon and verified who he was. Gideon was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended. Gideon was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:
Earl A. Walters, 73, of Taylorville advised he was traveling south on Main Street, when he approached the intersection of Main and Vine. Walters said he stopped at the intersection and then proceeded into the intersection, not seeing Jean Williams, 78, of Taylorville. Walters sayd he could not stop before striking Williams on the passenger side. Walters had front end damage and was issued a citation for failing to yield at a stop intersection.

Williams advised she was stopped at the intersection of Main and Vine, heading west. Williams advised she proceeded into the intersection and was almost through when Walters entered the intersection and struck her. Williams had damage to the passenger side front and rear doors.

Witness Jacque S. Nation, 43 of Taylorville said she was stopped at the intersection and that it was Williams' turn to go.

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Fire Department Calls 8-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 7
4 EMS, 1 Call to check an outlet

August 8
1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

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Gowin Parc to Host 2nd Annual Race to Remember

Gowin Parc is hosting their second annual “Race to Remember” on August 17th to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementia's. There will be a 1-mile fun run at 7:30am and the 5k Race/Walk and 10k at 8:00am. Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association and the Greater Illinois Chapter will be in attendance. Food & drinks will be provided after the race as well as water stops during the race. To register for the event, go to active.com and search Gowin Parc or stop by one of their locations in Mattoon, Taylorville, Pana, or Paris.

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Wiseman: Anyone Can Develop Diabetes

Diabetes is a problem that has affected millions of people all over the world. Vanessa Wiseman from the American Diabetes Association Springfield Office says everyone is at risk for diabetes even if you lead a healthy lifestyle:

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For more information, you can visit their website diabetes.org/springfield.

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McGuire: Fraud is a Big Business

The fraud industry is bigger than ever. Hardly a day goes by without new reports of scams. Public Advocate Mac McGuire says it has become a big business:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-7-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:
INCIDENTS:
On August 6, Elizabeth N. Suhrbier, 21, of Pana, called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to reports that an unknown subject(s) entered her vehicle, a 1998 Honda Accord, and stole several items. Suhrbier said her vehicle was parked at her residence, located at 778 North Highway 51, in rural Pana. The incident occurred sometime between 9:00pm on August 5 and 8:00am on August 6.

On August 6, Robert Durbin, 57, of Langleyville, called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report a theft. Durbin stated he works for Tim Hershey who has a farm located at 324 North 200 East Road in rural Morrisonville. Durbin said unknown subjects removed eight 85lb tractor weights from a John Deere 8260 farm tractor. Durbin said the incident occurred sometime between August 3 and August 6. Durbin said the weights were painted John Deere green. The tractor was located in the driveway of the farm, next to a cornfield.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On August 6, a red F150 was parked in a vertical parking space on the east side of North Chestnut street in Assumption. The truck was parked approximately 35 feet in the first parking spot just south of East Second Street. Paul E. Wheeler, 73, of Argenta, was traveling southbound on North Chestnut Street and stated he must have fallen asleep. Wheeler traveled across the northbound lane and struck the parked truck. Wheeler moved the truck backwards, approximately 20 feet, in a southbound direction. Both vehicles received front end damage. No injuries were reported.

 

ARRESTS:

Cory A. Skinner, 19, of 905 West Franklin Street, Taylorville was arrested August 6 for burglary, escape, and resisting/obstructing an officer (225 740/13)

Steven D. Miller, 57, of 401 South Chestnut, Pana, was arrested August 7 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On August 6 at 10:15am, Dorothy M. Allen, 82, of Taylorville, advised she was headed east on Main Cross when she approached the intersection of Webster and Main Cross. Allen said she stopped and did not observe any traffic and proceeded into the intersection where she struck Michael L. Moliske, 50, of Owaneco on the passenger side door and quarter panel. Moliske said he was headed south on Webster when he approached the intersection. Moliske said after he entered the intersection, he observed Allen stop and then proceed into the intersection where Allen struck him. Witness Dan P. Ream, 64, of Taylorville said Moliske was already in the intersection headed south on Webster when Allen stopped and then proceeded into the intersection, striking Moliske in the passenger side. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 8-7-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 6
2 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

August 7
1 EMS

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Stonington Resident Drowns in Arkansas

A Stonington resident drowned this past weekend at the Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. 33-year-old Philip G. Schwab reportedly ran out of air while diving at the Lake. Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers tells Regional Radio News the details of the incident:

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2013-08-07 16:33:28.983

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3 Christian County Seniors Recognized by C.E.F.S

Three Christian County Senior Citizens were recognized by C.E.F.S. at their board meeting last week. Judy Gates from the Christian County Senior Citizens Center tells Regional Radio News about the awards:

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2013-08-08 07:39:33.967

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New Bill Allows Shotgun Shells To Be Used Beyond Whitetail Deer Season

Governor Quinn signed into law this week a bill that updates the hunting rules regarding the use of shotgun slugs. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, who sponsored the bill, explains what hunters will now be allowed to do:

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The new law will enable hunters to take out various species with a rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun slugs.   Currently, Illinois only allows the use of rifled slugs during the whitetail deer season.   The legislation goes into effect immediately.

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Mark?s Floors Opens in Shelbyville

A new flooring store called Mark’s Floors recently opened up in Shelbyville. Owner Mark Nugent tells Regional Radio News that his store offers something for everyone:

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Mark explains why he decided to open up his own store:

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Mark’s Floor is located on Route 16 West in Shelbyville across from the airport. They are planning to hold their Grand Opening event on Friday, August 16th

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-6-13

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

Andrew J. Woods, 30, of 503 West Second Street, Pana, was arrested August 5 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On August 6 at 1:21am, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed a male running from a vehicle with the passenger side door open. Cory A. Skinner, 19, of Taylorville was located in the 400 block of South Clay Street. Skinner was arrested for burglary and illegal consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor. Skinner was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 2 at 6:44am, Theresa A. Wiseman, 74, of Taylorville, advised she was headed south on Shumway and approaching the intersection at Shumway and Adams Streets. Wiseman said she was not paying attention and struck Alanna J. King, 24, of Taylorville. Wiseman received damage to the front-end of her vehicle. Wiseman was issued a citation for disobeying a traffic control device. King said she was headed west on Adams and then stopped at the intersection of Adams and Shumway. King said she proceeded into the intersection and was struck by Wiseman who ran the stop sign. King had damage to the rear passenger quarter panel and tire. No injuries were reported. 

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Fire Department Calls 8-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 2
1 Line Down

August 3
2 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

August 4
3 EMS, 2 Public Assist

August 5
4 EMS

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Kincaid Resident Sentenced to 3 Years for Indecent Solicitation of a Child

A sentence has been handed out to 25-year-old Jeffrey Westenhaver of Kincaid who was charged with indecent solicitation of a child. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera tells Regional Radio News the ruling:

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2013-08-06 16:02:26.170

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Terry: College Bound Students May Need Insurance

College students are getting ready to head back to school and they may need insurance. Mark Terry of the Illinois Department of Insurance says insuring personal property may be a good idea even if the student doesn’t have a lot of valuable stuff:

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Rural Transportation Project is in Final Stage

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center is close to finalizing their rural transportation project. Jerry Mahr from the Senior Center tells Regional Radio News what they will be able to provide to Christian County when the project is approved:

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There will be a public meeting for the project on Tuesday, August 20th from 12:30-4:30pm at the Taylorville Municipal Building. Mahr says anyone is welcomed to attend. 

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Rice Answers Common Question About Social Security Benefits

When it comes to Social Security benefits, many people wonder if there is a choice between their record and a spouse’s record. Kevin Rice from Social Security’s Springfield office gives an explanation on the subject:

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Visit their website socialsecurity.gov for more information. 

 

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Taylorville City Council Discusses Insurance Requirements for Events at Meeting

There are many events that are held on city property in Taylorville but with those events come questions about insurance requirements. The Taylorville City Council asked City Attorney Rocci Romano his opinion on what they should do at their meeting Monday night:

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Again, under Romano’s recommendation, event sponsors would need to provide a certificate of insurance, name the City as additional insurance, and sign a document that would hold the city harmless if something happens. Aldermen Rob Heberling and Shawn Burtle said they should continue as planned with upcoming events while the system is being developed. The issue will be discussed further at the next Ordinance Committee meeting.

 

The Taylorville Police Department has been cracking down on lawbreakers and issuing many citations. However, there are some citations where the element of that offense is unclear. City Attorney Rocci Romano addressed this issue in his update at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night:

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This topic will also be discussed at the next Ordinance Committee meeting.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved the appointment of Kira Propst to the Tree Board. Kira will replace Adam Johnson and serve the remainder of his term. The Council also approved the payment of $20,000 to McIntire & Company for the retainage on Ward II and Kenmore Phase 2 and 3 Storm Sewer Projects. The City Council approved several upcoming events including the Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s 5k Run/Walk on October 12, the Taylorville High School Band Boosters Charitable Fund Drive for Band Tag Day on October 12, the St. Mary’s Church Parish Fiesta on September 20-22, the Young Ag Leaders 5k on September 7, and the Taylorville High School Homecoming Parade on September 26. The Council approved the use of the water plant property to be used by the Soccer Club if the city’s insurance says they are good to go. The Council approved the motion to allow Acting Fire Chief Mike Crews to begin the process of applying for the 2014 SAFER Grant for one firefighter. The Council also approved the motion to bid and/or advertise to fill a full time dispatcher position at the Taylorville Police Department and to do the same for a part time dispatcher if the position becomes available as they anticipate current part timers to apply for the full time spot.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-5-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

INCIDENTS:
On August 3, Matthew Daigh, 22, of Pana, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report the theft of his sliver for seater 2012 Polaris Razor. Daigh stated the ATV was in the corner of his barn and he last saw it on July 27th. The key was not in the ATV at the time of the theft and there is no door on the barn where the ATV was parked.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 1, Michelle Anne Kuehl, 43, of Garland, Texas, was following Lori D. Ambrose, 37, of Pana on Highway 16. Ambrose signaled to turn left into a private drive at 2223 IL Route 16. Kuehl passed Ambrose as she was turning. Ambrose struck Kuehl in the rear passenger side. Both vehicles received minor damage.

ARRESTS:
John W. Rozplochowski, 33, of 895 East Franklin, Taylorville, was arrested August 4 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Michael J. Alberts, 29, of 538 N Cottage Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 4 for criminal damage to property and battery.

Emily R. Redfern, 25, of 132 Chestnut St, Kincaid, was arrested August 4 for battery

Jerilee N. Gaddis, 29, of 411 N Lafayette, Mt. Pulaski, was arrested August 4 fir driving under the influence of alcohol

Jacki B. Whisler, 65, of 1955 E Main St, Decatur, was arrested August 4 for dumping garbage

Cory L. Blake, 19, of 1130 Springfield St, was arrested August 2 on a bond forfeiture for disorderly conduct.

Joshua A. Page, 31, of 309 Knobby, Farmersville, was arrested August 3 for improper lane usage.

Breanna K. Hobbs, 23, of 705 E Poplar St, Taylorville, was arrested August 2 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear/answer

Joshua D. Hill, 30, of 350 Central Ave, Kincaid, was arrested August 3 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear/answer

James E. Fishburn, 22, of 5171 Old Rt 36, Riverton, was arrested August 2 for possession of a controlled substance.

James R. Everly, 30, of 922 E Bidwell St, Taylorville, was arrested August 3 for violating an order of protection

Steven C. Shull, 35, of 703 W Franklin St, Taylorville was arrested August 2 for failure to appear/answer

George T. Pispas, 66, of 2002 E Main St, Decatur, was arrested August 4 for dumping garbage/trash

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Consolidated Awards Grant to Local Teacher

Consolidated Communications recently awarded a grant for $1,700 to Taylorville first grade teacher Karen Kuntzman to purchase Chrome books for reading and math lessons. Kuntzman tells Regional Radio News what the Chrome books will be used for:

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Kuntzman submitted the grant proposal through Consolidated’s Earning for Learning (EFL) program. The EFL program has donated more than $3.2 million to local schools to use for teacher grants, computer and software purchase and other items and projects not included in typical school budgets. Visit Consolidated Communications’ Web site at www.consolidated.com to learn more about the EFL program.

 

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Sarah Greider of Consolidated Communications presents an Earning for Learning grant check for $1,700 to Taylorville first grade teacher Karen Kuntzman to purchase Chrome books for use in her classes.

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4-H Seeks Volunteers

The Christian County 4-H is looking for volunteers to teach kids. Jodi Heberling, 4-H Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, says if you have some area of expertise, they'd love to have you share it with the 4-Hers:

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Heberling also says they are proud that 25 Christian County 4-Hers will be showing their projects at the State Fair which starts next week in Springfield.

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Chillifest to Feature Chilli Eating Contest this Year

This year's Chillifest will once again feature a chilli eating contest. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they are looking for competitors:

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Call the Chamber at 824-4919 to find out more, or go to the Chillifest website at chillifest.info.

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Taylorville Community Schools Registration is This Week

Registration at the Taylorville Community Schools begins this week. The online registration process for families of returning students is already open at www.taylorvilleschools.com.  Parents without computers may go to the school’s computer lab during registration hours. 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.  5th and 6th graders will register on Wednesday, August 7. 

Registration for Taylorville High School seniors will be today (Monday); 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.

For full details and more instructions, click here.

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Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project Anticipates Start in August 2014

The Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project anticipates beginning construction mid-2014, pending regulatory approval.  Preparation for that start date includes the construction of pipe yards and delivery of pipe. Construction of the pipe yard near Taylorville will begin in early August of next year and will continue with an approximate completion in mid-August.  Next steps will be delivery of pipe from the rail yard to the pipe yard.  Enbridge will notify affected communities and school districts of a start date and haul route days before the first load (anticipated in November) is delivered.

The pipe yard is approximately 47 acres and will be used to store pipe and construction-related equipment prior to and during construction of the Project.                                 

Enbridge Pipelines (Illinois) L.L.C.’s (“Enbridge”) first priority is the safety of the people and workers within the communities along the Project route.  

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Trees Forever Announces Taylorville TreeKeepers Training Class

Trees Forever, a nonprofit organization working with communities in Illinois and Iowa, is expanding their new Trees Forever TreeKeepers volunteer education and training program and has announced a free training session starting this fall in Taylorville. Barb Grabner-Kerns tells Regional Radio News what the program is about:

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Again, the first class will be September 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm. The location is still being determined. Visit the events section on their website treesforever.org to register and for more information.

 

 

 

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Pana Man Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Motorcycle/Car Collision

A Pana resident was left seriously injured following a car and motorcycle accident near Macon. 44-year-old Steve Jones of Pana was riding his motorcycle northbound on U.S. 51 at 1:55 p.m. on Thursday when he collided with a car at the intersection of Andrews Street Road. Jones was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital before being airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with life-threatening injuries. The car was driven by a 74-year-old Decatur man who was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash is under investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team.

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Mideastern Illinois Labor Council to host 36th Annual Labor Picnic

Mideastern Illinois Labor Council invites current and former union members and their families to attend the 36th annual Labor Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Fox Ridge State Park seven miles south of Charleston on Illinois Route 130.  Council Secretary Charles Delman tells Regional Radio News about the picnic:

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The Mideastern Illinois Labor Council is the umbrella group for AFL-CIO members.

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Fire Department Calls 8-2-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 1
1 Gas Leak, 1 EMS

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Community Members Petitioning to Save Building Trades Program at High School

The Taylorville School District recently announced the cutting of the Building Trades Program at the High School. Jeff Himstedt, who went through the program, tells Regional Radio News that he and several others have started a petition to save the program:

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Himstedt, along with others, will be petitioning today at 4:00pm and tomorrow at 10:00am in the parking lot behind the Taylorville High School.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-2-13

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

Christopher D. Scallions, 25, of 215 South 19th Street, Mattoon, was arrested August 1 for domestic battery.

Justin L. Price, 21, of 801 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 1 on a bond forfeiture for the manufacturing and delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis.

Amber L. Bradshaw, 24, of 2701 North South 8th Street, Springfield, was arrested August 2 on a bond forfeiture for burglary.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On August 1 at 4:48pm, Officer's located Justin L. Price, 21, at 891 East Poplar. Taylorville Police Department officers knew Price to have a valid Christian County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Price was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On August 1, a Taylorville Police Department officer saw Nicole L. Gaynor-Erwin, 21, of Taylorville on the corner of Second Street and South Washington. The officer knew her license ti be suspended and stopped the vehicle. The officer verifies the driving status through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Gaynor was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department where she was processed and released on a notice to appear.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On August 1 at 10:17am, Sean C. Graham, 26, of Taylorville was traveling west on East Park Street. Joshua A. Prose, 40, was traveling north on Walnut Street. Graham said he had dropped an item inside the vehicle, attempted to get it and took his eyes off the road. Graham struck Prose in the passenger side area. Prose said that he had a green light. Graham said he was not sure if the light was green for westbound traffic. No injuries were reported.

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Governor Quinn Announces $482,000 for Taylorville Airport Improvements

Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $482,692 capital investment for a construction project at the Taylorville Municipal Airport as part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward. The contract was recently awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses a critical infrastructure need while creating construction jobs. 

“Investments in airports like this one in Taylorville make them more efficient and safer while creating construction jobs,” Governor Quinn said. “This Illinois Jobs Now! project will continue to ensure that Illinois has a strong, 21st century infrastructure.”

Illinois Valley Paving, a Division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc. of Springfield was the lowest of three bidders for the work. The project will include the construction of a 700 foot partial parallel taxiway to Runway 18/36, a north-south runway. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics will manage the project.

Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years. It is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

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American Diabetes Association Planning Several Events

The American Diabetes Association has a couple of events in the pipeline. Vanessa Wiseman, Fundraising and Special Events Director for the organization, says the first event is this weekend:

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Wiseman says they have another event next month:

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Again, if you’d like to RSVP for either of these events, call 875-9011.

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Farmers Market Now in Prime Time

Another Saturday, another Farmers Market in Downtown Taylorville. Taylorville Mainstreet’s Farmers Market Manager Ed Downs says they are in the market’s best time of the year:

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The Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9am til 12:30pm on the Taylorville Square, In addition to fresh produce, the market also offers farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies along with craft items. 

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Miller Media Group Premieres New Country 96.3 FM

The Miller Media Group, which owns and operates 8 radio stations across Central Illinois including 5 signals that serve the Taylorville, Pana, and Shelbyville markets, signed on “NEW Country 96.3” on the FM dial just after midnight this morning.

NEW Country 96.3’s signal covers Christian County and surrounding area, and features core artists such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church.

The format’s core demographic is 25-to-40-year-old adults, with NEW Country’s target demographic being 18-to-49-year-olds.

The format is delivered 24 hours a day via satellite from the Dial-Global Radio Network in Valencia, California.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, said NEW Country 96.3 will be a great compliment to the Taylorville cluster of radio stations.  The group’s WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 will continue to play country hits from both yesterday and today, focusing on artists from the late 70’s thru the early 90’s.

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Taylorville Chamber Welcomes Two New Members at Ribbon Cuttings

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held two ribbon cutting ceremonies yesterday to welcome two new members.

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Governor Quinn Announces Grants for Several Local Colleges

Governor Pat Quinn has announced $3.4 million in grants to colleges and universities in Macon, Macoupin, Morgan, and Sangamon Counties. This is part of $90 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of the state’s private colleges and universities.

 

The schools may use the funds for infrastructure improvements. So far under Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, private universities have received $200 million to address their capital needs. 

 

The institutions in the area that will receive Illinois Jobs Now! Funding include: Millikin University in Decatur, Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois College and MacMurray College in Jacksonville, and St. John’s College in Springfield.

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Sheriff: Legalizing Medical Marijuana is a Mistake

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill yesterday to legalize medical marijuana. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News that he doesn’t agree with the signing:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 8-1-13

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

Jennifer L. Howard, 23, of 205 East Union, Nokomis, was arrested July 31 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Robert L. Cunningham, 29, of 412 West Illinois, Assumption, was arrested August 1 for burglary.

Scott M. Montgomery, 50, of 336 West Temple Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested August 1 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

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Fire Department Calls 8-1-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

July 31
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

August 1
1 EMS

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Decatur Resident Sentenced to 15 Years

A sentence has been handed out to 24-year-old Jonathon Watson of Decatur who was charged with attempted murder after striking a pedestrian with his car in a hit and run incident back in January. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera tells Regional Radio News the latest:

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3 Miller Media Group Newstalk Stations Premiering CBS Sports Radio This Weekend

The 3 Miller Media Group newstalk radio stations—WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM in Clinton, and WRJM newstalk 1270 AM and now with expanded coverage at 96.1 FM in Charleston—will premiere their affiliation with the CBS Sports Radio Network this Saturday.

The 3 stations will air CBS Sports Radio programming from just after midnight every Saturday, until just before midnight Sunday nights.

CBS Sports Radio features live personalities giving the latest sports information, plus guest interviews and listener phone calls.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, said the addition of CBS Sports Radio to the 3 stations' newstalk line-up, will compliment their existing sports and local programming heard every weekend.

Each station's local programming on weekends will continue to air, as will local news updates and weather each hour.

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Fuerstenau: Air Conditioning in Schools May Be Required in Future

When the temperature rises, people like to turn on the air conditioning is to help beat the heat. However, there are schools that do not have that option. Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau tells Regional Radio News that with the possibility of having school go year-round, air conditioning in buildings may become a mandate:

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Dr.  Fuerstenau says hopefully they won’t have to worry about problems with heat in the near future:

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The first day of school will be Friday August 16th

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Raab: New Addition to Twelfth Annual First Day Fund Drive Kits

With school beginning in a couple of weeks, it’s that time to start shopping for supplies. However, not every student can afford what they need. The Taylorville Sertoma Club realizes this and for the twelfth year is coordinating the First Day Fund Drive. Dan Raab, Fund Chair and President/CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, tells Regional Radio News about the importance of the drive and a new addition to this year’s kits:

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The kits will be provided to those students in kindergarten through 8th grade who meet the low-income assistance standards.

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Rosenthal: Proposed Fire Sprinkler System in Residences Should be Optional Not Mandatory

The Office of the State Fire Marshall has proposed new regulations that would require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new residential structures and many existing multi-family and commercial structures. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville tells Regional Radio News that while he thinks it’s a good safety item, the installation should be optional not mandatory:

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Rep. Rosenthal says there are also some important questions that still needs answering:

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If you have any question, contact Rep. Rosenthal at his district office by calling 324-5200.

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WRAN, WTIM Swap News Networks

2 of the Miller Media Group radio stations that serve the Taylorville-Pana-Shelbyville area, swapped news networks just after midnight this morning.

CBS Radio News, which has been heard on WRAN Solid Gold 98.3 since the station signed on in November 1997, is moving to sister station WTIM Newstalk 97.3.  And, the Salem Radio Network on-the-hour news, that’s been heard since July 2012 on WTIM, is moving to WRAN.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, said the swapping of news networks, will enable WTIM to continue its reputation for bringing its newstalk listeners breaking news, now from radio’s most authoritative network.

And, WRAN listeners will still be able to keep up with national and international news, with the 5-minute SRN newscast on-the-hour.

Both networks will air on their new stations 24/7.  WTIM will also carry the 10-minute CBS “World News Roundup” weekday mornings at 7am.

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