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Taylorville City Council Approves Additional Dredging at Locust Creek Siltation Area

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The Taylorville City Council held a brief special meeting Monday night to discuss a possible amendment to the contract with Mizeur Farms for the dredging of Locust Creek Siltation Area II located at Lake Taylorville. The amendment would be to add approximately 5,000 cubic yards at $3.50 per cubic yard but not to exceed a cost of $20,000. Alderman Martin Vota explains why they want to do the additional work now:

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The Council approved the proposal unanimously. The cost will be split 50/50 between the Lake and Water departments. The meeting adjourned at 6:04pm.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

 

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

Sometime between 7:00 pm on Saturday September 28, 2013 and  the afternoon of Sunday September 29, 2013, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 903 East Ash Street in Taylorville.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a number of DVDs and various other items from the residence.  A window was damaged while making entry.  The total dollar amount of the items taken and damage is unknown at this time.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-30-13

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

Vicki M. Boliard, 47, of 882 North 1700 East Road, Owaneco, was arrested September 28 on a bond forfeiture for battery and causing bodily harm.

Don J. Casteel, 37, of 268 East Main Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested September 29 for driving on a revoked license.

Ernest S. Stewart, 24, of 1218 Pauline Street Apt. 3, Taylorville, was arrested September 27 for intimidation and criminal damage to property.

Roy T. Durbin, 44, of 721 East Dial Street, Kincaid, was arrested September 27 for contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor.

Danielle R. Moffit, 25, of 7811 Old Carriage Way, Springfield, was arrested September 27 on a bond forfeiture for forgery for the making/altering of a document

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 28, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of North Webster. Charisa Y. Henderson, 21, of Springfield was found to have a suspended license. Henderson was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

On September 27, Taylorville Police Department dispatch advised of a male subject that punched out a screen at 1218 West Pauline. The resident at Apt. 2 said that Ernest S. Stewart, 24, of Taylorville, who lives at Apt. 3, screamed at the resident and punched the screen and broke it. Stewart was located at #29 Hannon Trailer Park and arrested.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On September 27, Leinon M. Bredlove, 19, of Tower Hill was issued a citation for speeding 42 in a 30 MPH zone.

Following a traffic stop on September 28, Dylan W. Shafer, 20, of Ramsey was issued a citation for illegal squealing/screeching of tires. Shafer was also given a verble warning for unsafe equipment and loud mufflers. Shafer posted his driver license as bond and was given a court date.

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Fire Department Calls 9-30-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 27
1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist

September 28
4 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Camp Fire (called for possible illegal burn but found small contained camp fire)

September 29
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist


September 30
1 Power Lines (Branch fell on line but no break. Scene handed over to Ameren for removal)

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Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation Hosts Family Day

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The Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation held a Family Day on Saturday to help raise awareness of the reservation’s existence on the south side of Lake Taylorville. Boyd Dappert Council President and Taylorville Alderman Martin Vota says the Reservation is a great place to hold a gathering:

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Vota tells Regional Radio News why he thinks the Youth Reservation has moved to the background over the years:

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Taylorville Kiwanis member Dean Ray was out cooking hot dogs at the event and tells Regional Radio News about the Kiwanis involvement with Boyd Dappert:

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If you would like to reserve the Youth Reservation or for more information, call 820-0262 or email boyddappert@gmail.com.

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Cross: Combine Treasurer, Comptroller Offices

In these lean times for Illinois Government, a number of ideas have been proposed that would save the state money. One idea that has been discussed is combing the offices of Illinois Treasurer and Comptroller. Former House Republican Leader and candidate for Treasurer Tom Cross tells Regional Radio News he thinks it’s a good idea:

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Representative Cross, who is from Oswego, announced his candidacy last month. Current Treasurer Dan Rutherford is stepping down to run for Governor.

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American Diabetes Association Offers Free Type 2 Info Program

Millions of people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes each year but many do not know what to do after the initial diagnostic. Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says they offer a program that can help:

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For more information or to register, call Vanessa at 875-9011 extension 6642.

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LLCC Registration to Start Soon

It’s time to start thinking about signing up if you want to attend classes next semester at Lincoln Land Community College. Scott Stallman of LLCC says it’s a good idea to get a head start:

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Classes start in January. Lincoln Land has a satellite campus in Taylorville, while the main campus is in Springfield.

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September Flu Clinics at the Shelby County Health Department

The Shelby County Health Department will have walk-in Influenza and Pneumonia vaccination clinics for adults ages 19 and older. There will be a walk-in clinic Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, as long as vaccine is available.

 

The Center for Disease Control recommends Pneumonia vaccination for all people 65 years and older. A booster is requires if you were vaccinated before the age of 65. To be protected, people need to be vaccinated for influenza yearly. Guidelines recommend routine influenza vaccination for all people 6 months of age and older.

 

The health department is a Medicare participating provider and will accept Medicare and Medicaid payment in full for Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations. Please bring your Medicare and/or Medicaid card to the clinics. The fee is $38.00 for a Flu vaccination and $95 for a Pneumonia vaccination if you are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. No one will be denied a Flu vaccination for inability to pay.

 

For additional information, please contact the Shelby County Health Department at 774-9555 Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm. Visit them on the web at www.shelbyhealth.net for additional upcoming countywide clinic information.

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GSI purchases Johnson System Inc.

Grain Systems, Inc. (GSI), a global brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), announced today that it has purchased Johnson System Inc. (JSI), a leading manufacturer of catwalks, towers and support structures based in Marshall, Michigan.

           

The acquisition includes Johnson System Inc’s manufacturing operation in Marshall and approximately 70 employees, all of whom will be retained by GSI. Owners Howard and Kathleen Johnson, who founded JSI in 1983, will continue on to assist with the integration process.

 

JSI will remain a stand-alone business and will be integrated into the GSI and AGCO operations over a period of time. GSI will look for opportunities to design GSI and JSI product line offerings that create synergies for ease of construction, manufacturing and site layout. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-27-13

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

Crystal L. Dailey, 45, of 801 Elder Street 4C, Assumption, was arrested September 26 for battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On September 24, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle after recognizing the male driver of the vehicle who the officer knew to not have a valid driver's license. The officer spoke to the driver and upon further investigation, Aaron M. Ballion, 21, of Edinburg was arrested for possession of cannabis of less than 2.5 grams and Brandon J. Gardner, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis between 2.5-10 grams. Both Ballion and Gardner were processed and released on a notice to appear.

On September 27 at 12:27pm, Taylorville Police Department officers received a call in reference to an intoxicated male that left One East Market stumbling. The male then got in a red mustang and drove away. Officer made contact with Tyler J. Brandis, 20, of Taylorville at the parking lot of Jensen's. Following investigation, Brandis was arrested for zero tolerance consumption of alcohol. Brandis was transported to Taylorville Police Department and released with a notice to appear.

 

ACCIDENTS:
On September 25, a 16-year-old male from Taylorville made a left turn onto Houston Street as Abby P. May, 25, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound. The 16-year-old was cited for failure to yield. No injuries were reported

On September 25, Robert W. Vanderwal, 47, of Springfield slowed before merging into the northbound lane. Thomas A. Durbin, 17, of Lakewood stated that he though Vanderwal was continuing and accelerated. Durbin struck the rear end of Vanderwal. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 9-27-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 26
2 EMS, 1 Brush Fire, 1 Smoke Detector Activation (Unit malfunctioned, no detection of smoke/fire upon arrival)

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Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser in Shelbyville Saturday

If you’re looking for something to do Saturday, you might want to check out an event in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the event will benefit Cystic Fibrosis:

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For info, call the chamber at 774-2221

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Farmers Market to Step Aside for Chillifest

While the Taylorville Mainsteet Farmer’s Market is still going strong, it will nonetheless step aside for one weekend while the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest takes place on the Square. Market Manager Ed Downs says you may want to stock up tomorrow:

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With the exception of Chillifest weekend, the Market is open every Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm on the Downtown Taylorville Square. 

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Taylorville Students Help Kick-Off ?Your Actions Matter? Campaign

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Pictured Left to Right: Mach 1 Food Shop Manager Joan Vazzi, Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, senior Aundrea Marsh and junior Emilie Eson

 

Taylorville High School senior Aundrea Marsh and junior Emilie Eson (E-sahn) joined Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp to kick off the “Your Actions Matter” campaign. “Your Actions Matter” is a youth-led initiative to remind adults to not give alcohol to minors. Marsh and Eson placed tags on bottles of alcohol and stickers on the cooler doors. Marsh tells Regional Radio News why this event is important:

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Eson says the tags serve as a good reminder:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp said it was great to see the youth get involved in this campaign. Stops were made at the Mach 1 Food Shop, FS Fuel 24, and Casey’s General Stores in Taylorville. Students from Pana and Central A&M High Schools also participated in the kick-off campaign in their respective communities.

 

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High School Football Broadcasts for September 27th

Newstalk 97.3 WTIM: Taylorville hosts Macomb (Homecoming)

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Local Ballgame Scores

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Macomb with a score of 45-9.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Argenta-Oreana with a score of 54-21.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to St. Teresa with a score of 43-27.

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Students of the Month for Shelbyville High School

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Pictured left to right: Senior Julia Bolinger, junior Noah Applegate, sophomore Nathan Vasko, freshman Maggy Yocke and Family Drug representative Jamie Jefson

 

The Shelbyville High School September Students of the Month were awarded yesterday. Receiving the awards were senior Julia Bolinger, junior Noah Applegate, sophomore Nathan Vasko, and freshman Maggy Yockey. The new sponsor for student of the month is Family Drug in Shelbyville

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Goody?s to Hold Interview Day

A department store set to open soon in Taylorville is looking to hire a lot of people. President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says Goody’s will be holding an interview day:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-26-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

 

ACCIDENTS:

On September 22nd, David L. Pixley, 59, of Palmdale, California, was traveling north on Route 48 when a vehicle began to stop in front of him. Pixley lost control and out his motorcycle down on the roadway. Pixley was transported to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

ARRESTS:

Michael E. Handy, 50, of 4 East 6th Street Apt.1, Pana, was arrested September 25 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On September 25 at 11:53pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 805 East Franklin in reference to a fight. While on scene, Danielle L. Cunningham, 38, of Taylorville was arrested for public intoxication and Matthew Z. Cunningham, 18, of Taylorville was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:
On September 23, Melissa A. Krug, 27, of Taylorville was traveling east on Bidwell Street and stopped in the right turn lane at the intersection of Bidwell and Cherokee Streets. Roger D. Morgason, 62, of Taylorville was also traveling east on Bidwell Street in a school bus and stopped at the intersection of Bidwell and Cherokee Streets. Morgason was lined up in the straight lane and was attempting to turn right. Both Krug and Morgason attempted to turn right at the same time causing a collision. Both vehicles were able to leave the scene. A passenger in Morgason's bus reported injuries that were not physically evident but was not taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 9-26-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 26
2 Public Assists, 1 Illegal Burn, 1 EMS

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#6 LLCC defeats Lewis and Clark

LLCC wins 25-16, 25-12, 25-17

 

Record: 20-1  (4-0 Region XXIV, 3-0 MWAC)

Next: WED @ #2 Parkland 

 

Aces: Hathcoat 3, Harper 2

Digs: Hathcoat 9, Amsden 9, Neilson 8

Blocks: Neilson 2, Forman 2

Assists: Harper 27

Kills: Voils 10, Ballinger 5

 

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Myers: ACA Will Have Little Impact on Social Security Recipients

Americans will start signing up for health insurance next week as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it’s known, kicks in. It raises the question: how will this affect retirees? Jack Myers of Springfield’s Social Security office says it will have little impact:

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Americans will begin to sign up with the health exchanges on October 1st, which is this coming Tuesday.

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Taylorville Public Library to Hold Book Sale

The Taylorville Public Library will be holding one of its most important fundraisers of the year during the upcoming Chillifest weekend. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio their yearly book sale takes place during Chillifest to take advantage of the extra activity in the Downtown area:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-25-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
Todd A. Richter, 37, of 220 North 1960 East Road, Pana, was arrested September 24 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Christopher R. Carnahan, 35, of 220 East Franklin Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 24 for driving on a suspended license.

ACCIDENTS:
On September 23, Rebecca J. Reed, 59, of Edinburg was parked and not occupied in a drive on the west side of the road. Reed was facing east and James R. Dowdy, 67, of Edinburg was facing south. Dowdy was backing to the north and turning west into the driveway when he backed into Reed. No injuries reported.

On September 23, Jamie K. Forbes, 36, of Auburn was westbound on Highway Route 104. At approximately 250 East, Forbes struck a deer in the roadway receiving front-end damage. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 24 at 2:55am, Taylorville Police Department officers received a report of criminal damage to property at 2100 Grand Boulevard Apartment A6. Upon arrival, one officer observed a glass coffee table that had been broken. The female complainant advised the suspect was in Apartment B2. The officers made contact with Walter D. Harker, 50, of Taylorville and he was arrested for criminal damage to property. Harker was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On September 22 at 1:44pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were advised of a report of a male subject driving an unregistered vehicle with no license. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle at that time. Christopher E. Willings, 51, of Taylorville was later located on Park near Long. Willings admitted he had a suspended driver's license and that he had driven the vehicle and parked it down the road. Willings was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended.

On September 24 at 4:40pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was contacted by an off duty Sheriff's Deputy in reference to Todd A. Richter, 37, of Pana who was wanted on a warrant. Following investigation, Richter was arrested and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

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Fire Department Calls 9-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 24
2 EMS, 1 Illegal Burn

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Unit 18 4-H to Hold Event for Teen Members

The Unit 18 4-H group, which covers Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties, is planning a murder mystery event on October 9th for their teenage members. Peggy Hampton, 4-H Youth Development Educator at the U of I Extension Office, tells Regional Radio News what the teens will be doing:

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To register for the event, call the Hillsboro office at 532-3941.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds 58th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet

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Pictured Left to Right: Blaine Cornwell, Chris Weitenhiller, Diane Beatty, Dan Sneed, and Gina Prinzavalli.  

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held its 58th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet on Tuesday September 24th. Outgoing President Gina Prinzavalli recognized the achievements of both individual members as well as the group as a whole. Dick Wamsley was awarded the prestigious Kiwanian of the Year Award, which was followed by the installation of the new officers. The Kiwanis Officers for 2013-2014 are President Chris Weittenhiller, President Elect Blaine Cornwell, Secretary Diane Beatty, and Treasurer Dan Sneed.

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Pana Chamber Ninth Annual Golf Outing Coming Up Next Week

The Pana Chamber of Commerce Ninth Annual Golf Outing, a 4-person scramble, will be held at the Pana Country Club on Friday, October 4 2013.    The purpose of the outing is to raise funds for the project budget of the Pana Chamber of Commerce.   The Pana Chamber hosts many events every year including the Annual Dinner, Pana Day’s Chautauqua, Blacksmith Hammer-In/Antique Tractor Show, Pana Open Car Show, Annual Block Party & the Annual Santa Parade and more. 

 

The Golf Outing will be an 18 hole; four-person Scramble and tee time is at 1:00 p.m. with a Shotgun Start.   Golfers are encouraged to put together their foursome and enter for a great day.   Those that do not have at full foursome are encouraged to enter and will be placed with golfers to the complete the Team.   The cost is $200 per Team ($50 per player).   Entries are due in Friday September 27, 2013 or as soon as possible.  Dinner and awards will follow the afternoon of golf.  

 

As an extra bonus golfers who make a “Hole in One” on #7 at Pana Country Club (178 Yards) will put $10,000 in their pocket.   Entry Forms and Sponsor Forms are available at the Pana Chamber Office at 562-4240 or with the Co-Chairmen Tim Christer, Save A Lot, 562-4688 or George Heintz, Peoples Bank, 562-2137.

 

Sponsorships are available on 3 levels-$100 for a Hole Sponsorship, $50 for a Birdie Sponsorship, and $25 for a Par Sponsorship.   The deadline for the sponsorship had been extended to Friday September 27 2013 or as soon as possible.   The Outing Committee is also looking for raffle and goodie bag items.   Goodie Bag items need to be at least 50, so every player gets one in their bag.   If you have something to be given for the raffle please drop them off early so bags can be made ahead of time. 

 

It’s an opportunity for networking, to take an afternoon off that promises to be a great time for all, spend time with friends, and help our local chamber.   Any Questions about the outing please call: Tim Christer – Save A Lot 562-4688 or George Heintz – Peoples Bank & Trust 562-2137. 

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Sheriff: Homecomings Can Bring Danger

Most schools will be holding their homecoming events in the coming weeks. While it’s a lot of fun for the kids, it can bring dangers in the form of underage drinking. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says they are taking steps to head off the problem:

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Taylorville’s Homecoming is this Saturday night.

 

The following is schedule of the events for the businesses in Christian County on Thursday September 26, 2013.

9:30 A.M Mach 1 Food Shop, Taylorville

9:50 A.M. FS Fuel 24, Taylorville

10:15 A.M. Casey's General Store on Spresser/Cheney, Taylorville

11:45 P.M. Casey's General Store, Pana

12:00 P.M. Pana Liquor Store, Pana

12:15 P.M. Save A Lot Grocery Store, Pana

1:15 P.M. Casey’s General Store, Assumption

1:30 P.M. Freedom Oil, Assumption

1:45P.M. Knotty Pine Bar & Grill

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-24-13

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

Brandon L. Melton, 32, of 8 Mary Street, Roby, was arrested September 23 for domestic battery.

Caralee A. Cooper, 44, of 1440 Wellington Way, Decatur, was arrested September 23 for driving on a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 23, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to 404 South Clay in reference to two female juveniles that should be at school. Upon arrival, the officer located the female juveniles. One female juvenile was placed under arrest for aggravated battery and transported to Taylorville Police Department and processed.

On September 20 at 9:43pm, Taylorville Police Department officers checked on a suspicious male subject in the parking lot of Drive Line. Following the investigation, Cory A. Skinner, 19, of Rochester was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Cody M. Pugsley, 27, of Pana was arrested September 19 for domestic battery. Pugsley was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

Kenneth M. Crowe, 26, of Pana was arrested September 20 for criminal trespass and battery. Crowe was issued a notice to appear.

On September 23, Pana Police Department officers responded to a report of burglary in progress at Pana Liquor. After arriving on scene Andrew L. Denton, 28, of Pana was taken into custody for burglary and criminal damage to property. He was transported to Christian County Correctional Center without bond.

On September 23, Kenneth Guinn reported damage to a window on the south side of his property at 10 West Mongolia. Damage occurred sometime in the last seven days.

Following an investigation of a complaint on September 23, Ashley N. Akins, 26, of Pana was taken into custody for retail theft. Akins was issued a notice to appear in court and released.

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Fire Department Calls 9-24-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 23
1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist, 1 Canceled Call

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Cholesterol Best Controlled by Diet, Lifestyle

While there are medications to help keep your cholesterol down, it’s better to control it through lifestyle and diet changes. This is according to Nancy Alexander, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at Pana’s Rehab and Wellness Center:

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

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Hornbuckle: Goody?s On Target to Open on Projected Date

Goody’s targeted opening day is less than two month away. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says she hasn’t heard of any delays:

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Hornbuckle says a business like this really helps the city’s economy:

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Goody’s recently added their name to the Grand Plaza sign on Bidwell Street.

 

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Davis Begins Path to Re-Election; Faces Tough Competition

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville is officially off and running for re-election. Davis formally announced his campaign at the U of I’s College of ACES Library, flanked by Champaign County GOP officials. Davis is facing a high-profile challenge in the GOP primary in the 13th Congressional District from Urbana attorney Erika Harold. A Harvard trained African-American lawyer, Harold is a former Miss America whose previous political efforts have generated racially-tinged comments from local Republican leaders. Several Democrats have also announced intentions to run for Davis’ seat.

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Regional Office #11 Scheduling Teachers' Retirement System Phone Conferences

The Regional Office of Education, in cooperation with the Teachers' Retirement System, is scheduling telephone conferences in Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, & Shelby Counties on November 26. Members of the Retirement System who have questions about their benefits may request a telephone conference with a TRS Counselor. If you would like to speak with a TRS Benefits Counselor, call Marla at the Regional Office to complete a request form. She can be reached at (217) 348-0151. Request forms must be returned to the regional office by October 22, 2013.

 

Conferences will be scheduled November 26 between 9:00 AM and 4:45 PM in 15-minute time periods.

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Taylorville Park Board Approves Proposal for Driveway; Updated on Several Projects

The Taylorville Park District Board was presented with a proposal by Mike Kendle to build a driveway that would run into Park property for the piece of property he was planning to buy and build on located at Second and Park Street. The only issue was the closing of several gates during Christmas in the Park that would block Kendle’s entrance to his property. President Marlane Miller said they wouldn’t have to close the gate that blocks Second Street:

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After several minutes of discussion, the Board approved the building of the driveway.

 

Recreation Director Bailey Hancock gave a report on the most recent Senior Lunch. Hancock says they received a generous donation from Walmart:

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The next Senior Lunch will be October 10th.

 

Maintenance Superintendent Gary Brown told the Board that all the benches have been put in, the no smoking signs around the playgrounds have been put up, and the parking blocks at Jayne’s Park have been put down.

 

The meeting adjourned around 7:20pm. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-23-13

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

James A. McKay, 22, of 508 Northwest Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested September 21 on a bond forfeiture for contempt of court.

Cory A. Skinner, 19, of 8351 Boyd Farm Road, Rochester, was arrested September 21 for possession control.

Christopher M. Crow, 28, of Lot 11 Fairview Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested September 21 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Colt A. Stephens, 25, of 603 East 990 North Road, Morrisonville, was arrested September 22 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Andrew L. Denton, 27, of 202 South Poplar Apartment 6, Pana, was arrested September 23 for criminal damage to property.

Amanda McConnell, 37, of 121 Hillcrest Trailer Park, Taylorville, was arrested September 21 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 21 at 9:09pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was occupied by Christopher Crow, 28, of Taylorville. The officer knew Crow to have a valid Christian County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Crow was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On September 22 at 12:44am, Taylorville Police Department officers received a complaint of reckless driving and loud music coming from a vehicle that left 1006 East Franklin Street traveling west toward the Square. Officers located the vehicle at Franklin and Webster Streets. Following an investigation, Andrew Brickner, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested for reckless driving, transported to Taylorville Police Department processed and released with a notice to appear.

On September 22 at 3:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 805 East Franklin in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and following an investigation, Dwight D. Rozplochowski, 44, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire Department Calls 9-23-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 19
1 Fire, 1 EMS

September 20
3 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide

September 21
1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Carbon Monoxide

September 22
3 EMS, 2 Illegal Burns

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Davis: Government Shut Down Doesn?t Mean the Government Shuts Down

The U.S. government is facing a possible shut down if they can’t come to an agreement on government funding. Representative Rodney Davis says if that happens, it doesn’t mean that the government shuts down:

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The deadline to avoid a shutdown is September 30th

 

Rep. Davis is also applauding the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for overwhelmingly approving bipartisan legislation, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA),  to improve our nation’s water infrastructure.

Davis is a cosponsor of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), which was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W. Va.), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.).

Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop, maintain, and support the Nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, and support effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs. 

Included in the legislation is language authored by Davis and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) that authorizes the creation of a pilot program that would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to identify 15 water resources development projects eligible to be financed through public-private partnerships. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and was included in the Senate version of WRDA which passed in May.

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28th Annual Chillifest Just a Few Weeks Away

The 28th annual Chillifest is just a few weeks away. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, says they have a strong committee who has been working hard to put the event together:

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Hornbuckle says not only does it take a good committee to run the event but also lots of volunteers:

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The Chillifest is October 5th and 6th. For more info, you can go to the website chillifest.info.

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Christian County 4-H Prepares for Super Saturday in October

The Christian County 4-H is planning to hold a Super Saturday next month. Rachel Fikan, of the University of Illinois Extension office, tells Regional Radio News what the event will offer:

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If you would like to share a craft or if you need more information, contact Program Coordinator Jodi Heberling at 287-7246.

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Girl's Night Out Event Coming Up Tomorrow Night

The monthly Girl's Night Out in Shelbyville is tomorrow night. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce tells Regional Radio News that they will be discussing a very important topic:

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For more information, call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER, 23 2013

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

Sometime around September 3, 2013, person or persons unknown damaged two air conditioners at St. Mary's School, located at 422 South Washington Street.  The two units had been moved on their bases.  One of the units had been struck and had a damaged coil.  The other units  had sticks placed inside, causing damage.   The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

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LLCC Volleyball Wins Harper Invitational

LLCC defeats D-3 #3 Harper College 26-28, 25-8, 25-9, 25-16

LLCC defeats D-2 #RV South Suburban College 25-19, 25-19, 25-17

 

Record: 19-1

Next: WED vs. Lewis and Clark

 

vs. Harper:

Digs: Hathcoat 22, Amsden 14, Neilson 14

Aces: Hathcoat 4, Neilson 2, Harper 2

Blocks: Ballinger 3, Forman 2, Corn 2

Assists: Harper 47

Kills:Hauser 13, Ballinger 12, Voils 12

 

vs. South Suburban

Digs: Hathcoat 16, Amsden 11

Aces: Neilson 7

Blocks: Forman 3, Hauser 2

Assists: Harper 34

Kills:Hauser 8, Ballinger 7, Forman 7

 

 

All-Tournament Selections

Morgan Hauser (Soph. Hitter, Moline)

Lindsay Hathcoat (Soph. Libero, Benton)  --Top vote getter for tournament.

 

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Herrick Man Raises $300 For Suicide Prevention in Memory of His Father

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A Herrick man who suffered the loss of his father due to suicide just over one year ago, raised some 300-dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, during a "drive-thru" donation day in front of the Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville.

Trevor Thompson's dad Mitchell died just over one year ago, and Trevor held the fund-raiser in memory of his dad to raise awareness for suicides and their prevention.

Some 38,000 people die in the United States each year from suicides.

Trevor has also organized a team that will walk in the "Out of the Darkness" Walk being held by A-F-S-P next Saturday at Effingham's Community Park.

He thanks all those who donated at Saturday's drive-thru donation day in Taylorville.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-20-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Autumn C. Vandenbergh, 23, of 110 East Market Street Apartment 2A, Taylorville, was arrested September 19 on a warrant for aggravated battery of a child.

Cody M. Pugsley, 27, of 601 East 2nd Street, Pana, was arrested September 20 for domestic battery.

ACCIDENTS:

On September 20, a Christian County Sheriff's officer was sent to a one vehicle accident on Illinois Route 51 at 1000 North. The officer arrived on scene and found Jerit E. Medler, 61, of Assumption and his motorcycle in the ditch between the north and south lanes of IL RT 51. The officer spoke with Medler who stated he was northbound when he attempted to change lanes and lost control. Medler stated there was a ridge between the two lanes that cause him to overturn and slide to the median. The officer found the ridge between the two lanes. Medler reported no injuries.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 19, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to 101 Heights Avenue and made contact with Autumn C. Vandenbergh, 23, of Taylorville who the officer knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Vandenbergh was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Herrick Man To Hold Drive-Thru Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention On Saturday

A Herrick man who lost his father to suicide just over one year ago, is working to raise money for a suicide prevention organization.

 

Trevor Thompson lost his father Mitchell to suicide in September of 2012, and to honor his memory, is raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Effingham County Community Walk taking place September 28th at the Blue Shelter of the Effingham Community Park.

 

Thompson will be set up in front of the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 2pm, accepting drive-thru donations  for the A-F-S-P. 

 

Thompson told Regional Radio News why he decided to raise monies for the organization.

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You're invited to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, at the drive-thru donation day in front of the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, this Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

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Ovarian Cancer: The Silent Killer

Ovarian cancer will affect 22,000 American women this year and yet many women know nothing about it. Survivor Jennifer Bertoldo says she is passionate about warning people about ovarian cancer:

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Early detection is the key to fighting the disease which claims 14,000 American lives a year. After treatment, Jennifer Bertoldo has a good prognosis.

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Fuerstenau: School Consolidations Considered

We’ve seen it now for decades: more and more school districts considering consolidation. Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent of the Taylorville School District, says there are many reasons for the trend:

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Dr. Fuerstenau says the Taylorville School District has room for more students because of declining enrollments.

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High School Football Broadcasts for September 20th

Newstalk 97.3 WTIM: Taylorville @ SHG

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Taylorville Native Joins Elite Club With Second Illinois State Senior Title

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Dave Ryan of Taylorville posted three of only nine rounds played under par this week--including a final round 70--en route to victory at the 27th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship. That 70, coupled with a 71 and 70 from his prior two rounds, put the Taylorville native at 5-under par for the 54-hole championship, besting two-time defending champion Tom Miler of Kewanee by eight strokes at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

 

Ryan virtually led the event from start-to-finish, as one of three golfers posting an opening round of 71. On Tuesday, he scored a workman's 70, with six birdies negating a pair of bogeys and a double bogey, to open up a four stroke lead that was never in danger through Wednesday's final round.

 

With his second State Senior triumph, Ryan joins some distinguished company as a two-time winner. His first victory came in 2009, his rookie season as a senior. Other two-time champions include Jim Swanson (1989, '93), Lester Sutcliff ('90, '91), Gus Kozina ('97, '99), Rick Ten Broeck (2005, '06), Tom Studer ('07, '08) and Tom Miler ('11, '12).

 

By finishing second, Miler fell one spot short in his bid to win a third consecutive championship and become the first three-time winner of the Illinois State Senior.

 

With their 1-2 finish, both Ryan and Miler virtually assured themselves of finishing in the top-4 of the CDGA Senior Player of the Year points for the fifth consecutive year. Ryan won the award three straight years ('09-'11), before finishing third in 2012. Miler finished fourth in 2009 and has been the runner-up in each of the past three seasons. Only the USGA Senior Amateur, beginning this weekend, and the U.S. Mid-Amateur, which Ryan qualified for by earning medalist honors at Onwentsia earlier this month, remain for players to earn points towards the award.

 

The low 20 golfers earned exemptions from qualifying for the 2014 Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship.

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Local Sport Scores

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Warrensburg-Latham with a score of 20-12.

 

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Sacred Heart Griffin with a score of 66-12.

 

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Sullivan-Okay Valley with a score of 23-12.

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Goody?s Adds Sign at Taylorville Location

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The move-in continues to progress well for Goody’s Taylorville location. The store has added its name to the Grand Plaza sign on Bidwell Street. Goody’s is part of Stage Stores which operates department stores under 5 different names. Goody’s sells brand name apparel, accessories, footwear, cosmetics and more. Their 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.” The store’s projected opening date is November 14. You can visit their website goodysonline.com for more information.

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Fire Department Calls 9-19-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 18
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Public Assist, 1 Report of Carbon Monoxide 

September 19
1 EMS

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Shelbyville Rotary Club Welcomes Another New Member

It was another busy Monday meeting for the Shelbyville Rotary Club.

 

The Club is proud to announce that Jim Bolinger has introduced a new member for the club, Bob Boarman of Boarmans Auto Sales. Bob is well known in the area as a successful automobile dealer and philanthropist. Bob was accepted into the call with a unanimous vote.

 

Member, Liz Nohren proposed that they apply approximately $200 for the purchase of trees to be planted at the Forest Park. The motion passed.

 

The Club heard an update on the Halloween parade. President-elect Kevin Ray and President Ted Bogart were at the Shelbyville City Council meeting last Monday night to make a request to have the Halloween parade starting from the Post Office and having the parade route through to the Municipal Building on S. Morgan Street. City Police have agreed to close Morgan Street from four to 6:30 PM for this purpose. The start time of the costume judging is 5 PM, judging to commence at 5:15, parade to commence at a quarter till six. They plan to have the judging in the parking lot of the Shelby County Community Services.

 

The program chairman for the day and keynote speaker was member Brian Green. Brian improvised an entertaining program in which he recounted an amusing anecdote that had occurred to him recently, and then invited the rest of the club to provide the same, in a round robin forum.

 

Next week the program will feature Fred Heilich and Polio Plus. 

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National Farm Safety and Health Week

This week is National Farm Safety and Health week. Christian County Farm Bureau Manger Mellisa Herwig says for the general public, a large part of farm safety has to do with being careful around farm equipment:

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

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First Tree Keepers Meeting a Success

The Tree Keepers organization recently met at Manner’s Park in Taylorville. Master Gardener Jerri Nieman says they were pleased with the turnout:

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Fiesta Time at St. Mary's In Taylorville

The 23rd Annual St. Marys Fall Fiesta kicks off this Friday September 20th and continues through Sunday, September 22nd.  The festival features a variety of entertainment, food, activities, prizes, raffles and more!

 

Fish Fry Friday night from 4:30 -7.  Carry-outs available. "Rock of Ages" will be performing under the tent from 7-10pm. 

 

On Saturday, the food booth will be serving ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers and potato logs from 5-10pm.  "SuperMario Speedwagon" will be performing under the tent form 7-10pm. 

 

On Sunday, enjoy the Polka Mass at 10:30 am.  Tamburitzans polka band will perform on the festival grounds from 12-2.  Family Style Chicken Dinner form 11-2:30 in the cafeteria.  Carry-outs available.  Air conditioned and handicapped accessible.  Music Men will be performing from 2:30-5:30 under the tent. 

 

Event Hours are Friday and Saturday 4:30 - 10 pm and Sunday 11am - 6 pm The event is open to the public. St. Mary's Catholic Curch is located at 422 South Washington Street. Listen for the live broadcast from the event on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR from noon to 1:00 on Sunday,

 

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CNB Bank Holds Community Appreciation Lunch

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-19-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Tilur Miller, 19, of 525 East Park Street, Taylorville, was arrested on September 18 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Adam J. Kee, 22, of 111 North Brents Street, Langleyville was arrested on September 18 on a bond forfeiture for operating a vehicle uninsured.

ACCIDENTS:

On September 9, Brett R. Vincent, 18, of Mount Auburn was involved in an accident but refused to answer any questions about the accident. Vincent was transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment of injuries.

On September 10, Tony L. Adams, 53, of Pana was northbound on US-51 just north of the Christian and Shelby County line. Adams stated that a deer ran into the roadway. Adams was unable to avoid striking the deer. Adams was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

On September 17, a 16-year-old male from Decatur was traveling on 1900 North Road and stopped at a stop sign on 2700 East. The male advanced through the intersection and while turning left, he accelerated too quickly and lost control in the gravel. The 16-year-old drove off the roadway on the northwest side of the intersection and into the ditch. He hit a stop sign, a phone box, and a white vinyl fence. Damage was significant to the objects. No injuries were reported.

On September 17, Alyce E. Belden, 82, of Decatur, advised she was northbound on 1999 East Road at approximately 3110 North Road. Belden was unfamiliar with the road she was negotiating and continued north bound while the road curved to the west. Belden went down an embankment hitting the ditch which caused her airbag to deploy. Belden was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital by her family for medical treatment due to air bag deployment. Belden currently suffers from dementia.

On September 17, Stephen O. Brockelsby, 58, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound on Township Road 2300 North approaching the stop sign intersection with County Highway 23. Brian J. Leach, 28, of Taylorville was traveling northbound on County Highway 23 approaching Township Road 2300N. Brockelsby stated he stopped at the stop sign and began to proceed eastbound across County Highway 23. Brockelsby stated he did not see Leach approaching. Leach applied the brakes leaving approximately 105 feet of skid marks in an attempt to avoid striking Brockelsby but was unable to stop in time. Brockelsby received front passenger panel damage and Leach received front end damage. No injuries were reported.

On September 17, a 16-year-old male from Taylorville was traveling east on Lincoln Trail. He went to turn right onto Roosevelt road but lost control and missed the turn. He went off the roadway hitting a road sign and cable box. No injuries were reported.
On September 18, Doris M. Waterman, 90, of Taylorville was southbound on Shumway Street and James L. Pritchard, 70, of Boody was east bound on Illinois Route 48. Waterman stated she stopped at the stop sign and did not see any approaching traffic. Waterman proceeded into the intersection and struck Pritchard in the driver's side if the vehicle. Pritchard was towing a flat bed trailer. Pritchard stated he saw Waterman start to come out into the intersection. Pritchard took evasive action moving to the south edge of his lane and going over part of the curb but was unable to avoid Waterman as she continued into the intersection, There was some damage to the trailer towed by Pritchard. Water was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. Pritchard reported no injuries.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On September 18 at 3:26pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Tilur Miller,19, of Taylorville behind Route Mart. The officer knew Miller to have a Christian County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Miller was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On September 18, Walmart employees called the Taylorville Police Department and said they had two detained for shoplifting. A Taylorville Police Department officer met with Loss Prevention and David A. Blake, 48, of Kincaid and Georgia A. Blake, 48, of Kincaid were arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department.

On September 18 at 3:50pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Adam Kee, 22, of Taylorville at 1001 East Adams. The officer knew Kee to have a valid Christian County failure to appear warrant. Kee was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

ACCIDENTS:

On September 9, Tammy L. Bandy, 40, of Bulpitt was traveling east on Route 104 approximately 100 feet east of County Road 1085 East. Bandy stated a tree fell across the road in front of her vehicle. Bandy said she applied her brakes to stop from hitting the tree when Amber L. Mcelyea, 19, of Tovey rear ended her. The tree was located on the south side of the roadway and fell north. Mcelyea received front end damage and Bandy received rear end damage. All four occupants in Bandy's vehicle did not receive injuries. Mcelyea was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

On September 13, Sheri D. Englehart, 59, of Pana changed lanes into the turn lane on Webster Street. Englehart did not see Ronald L. Fleming, 62, of Taylorville and struck him. No injuries were reported.

On September 17, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Washington Street for a minor traffic crash. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Christopher M. Rogers, 25, of Taylorville Rogers advised he was traveling north on Washington Street. The road was narrow and another vehicle was traveling south on the roadway. Rogers stated he swerved to avoid a collision with the oncoming vehicle and struck a parked car. The owner of the car, Richard A. Rose of Nokomis, was not in the vehicle at the time of the collision. No injuries were reported.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On September 16, Linda Sims of Pana reported the theft of five checks from 704 Maple. One check was reported forged at First National Bank in the amount of $150. Case is under investigation.

Following a traffic accident in front of 701 South Oak on September 17, Jacob K. Henschen, 21, of Pana was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated battery, and resisting peace officers. Henschen was transported to Christian County Correctional Center with no option for bond. Additional DUI charges may be requested from the State's Attorney pending analysis of evidence by the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-18-13

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

Allison A. Lebshier, 24, of 201 East Douglas Street, Edinburg, was arrested September 17 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sarah R. Bell, 29, of 1007 West England Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 17 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bradley A. Dunn, 28, of 1814 North 29th Street, Decatur, was arrested September 18 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

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Fire Department Calls 9-18-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 17
3 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

September 18
1 EMS

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Kiwanis Members Learn About Invasive Plants and Trees Species

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Left to Right: Barb Grabner-Kerns, September Program Chair Bill Kerns, and Kiwanis President Gina Prinzavalli. 

 

Do you know that many of the popular plants and trees available in nurseries are invasive species? Barb Grabner-Kerns, a member of the Trees Forever Organization, spoke about invasive species of plants and trees at the Taylorville Kiwanis meeting on Tuesday. Invasive species are plants, trees, and insects, that are not native to the area that cause problems to the environment. This can be due to an absence of predators, the ability to spread over large areas, and/or rapid reproduction. These invasive species cause up to $120 Billion per year in economic losses. Most of us are familiar with the invasive insects emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles. However many do not know that Honeysuckle, Norway Maple Trees, Burning Bush, Bradford Pear Trees, and Japanese Burberry are all invasive species. Barb recommends that you research any tree or plant before you plant it and avoid purchasing invasive species. The Trees Forever organization began in 1989 and has over 7,000 volunteers. Their mission is to care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building communities, and promoting stewardship. They have planted over 3.2 Million trees and have many programs to support their mission. For more information on Trees Forever go to www.treesforever.org For more information on Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com

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September is Cholesterol Education Month

September is recognized as Cholesterol Education Month. Nancy Alexander, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator for Pana Community Hospital’s Rehab Wellness Center, says it’s important to keep your cholesterol level under control:

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Find out mare at panahospital.com. 

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5-Star Rated Taylorville Community Credit Union Earns Prestigious Award

The Taylorville Community Credit Union is proud to be recognized as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation by BauerFinancial (Coral Gables, Florida), which is the nation’s leading bank credit union rating and research firm. BauerFinancial has been analyzing and rating the nation’s financial institutions since 1983 and Taylorville Community Credit Union has earned its highest rating of 5-Stars for the most recent 73 quarters. The latest rating is base on June 30 financial data and indicates that Taylorville Community Credit Union significantly exceeds all federal capital requirements and maintains a low level of delinquent loans among other benchmarks.

 

Having continuously earned a 5-Star rating for so long puts Taylorville Community Credit Union in an even more elite category of “Exceptional Performance Credit Unions”. Only institutions that have earned Bauer’s top rating for ten years (or longer) can claim this distinction.

 

Taylorville Community Credit Union was established in 1956 and has been committed to providing the best of banking to its members for 57 years. It currently has three conviently located offices in Hillsboro, Litchfield and Taylorville. Taylorville Community Credit Union is a member of the NCUA and an Equal Housing Lender.

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Scarecrow Daze Coming Up in Shelbyville

Planning continues for this year’s Scarecrow Daze in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there are still opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved:

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Christian County Board Approves New Food Preparation Service at County Jail

The Christian County Board was presented with a proposal for a new food preparation service at the County jail at their meeting Tuesday night. Board member Fred Curtin shared the details of the proposal that was presented by Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling at the Audit/Finance/Purchasing Committee meeting:

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The Board approved the contract with Consolidated Catering for $2.23 per meal. The start date will be either December 1st or January 1st.

 

 

Chairman Paul Schmitz updated the Christian County Board at their meeting Tuesday night about the ownership of the Anderson Cemetery. After title work was done by Spurling Title, it was determined the County owns the cemetery. Schmitz told the Board how they came into possession of the cemetery:

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The Board will pay for the title work and the filing fee with the State declaring its exempt status which totals $425.

 

 

The County Board was updated on the possible merger of the Panhandle and Morrisonville School Districts. The Board was told that the filing process is moving along and that there is a hearing on October 22nd at the Lincolnwood Auditorium at 7:00pm. The Board was told that the Audit/Finance/Purchasing Committee briefly discusses the designation of video gaming revenue and decided to work on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget first. The Board approved the quote of $680 from Lowes Paving for the seal coating of the parking lot at the Probation Building. They also approved the Illinois County Insurance Trust liability insurance renewals which totals $199,044. The Board approved the agreement from the University of Illinois Extension for the payment of levy funds that total $169,826.13. The Board was told that further research is being done on a possible phone and internet upgrade for all County buildings.

 

The meeting adjourned around 6:56pm.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On September 16, John R. Paine, 55, of Taylorville advised he was northbound on 1600 East Road approximately one mile south of Route 29. Paine said a deer jumped out of the corn field to the east and in front of Paine's vehicle. Paine collided with the deer. Paine advised he was traveling at a slow rate of speed as he works for the lake department and was aware of deer in the area. Paine sustained minimal damage to the his vehicle. The deer was spooked and managed to make it back into the corn field prior to Taylorville City Police responding to the incident.

ARRESTS:

Jacob K. Henschen, 21, of 307 South Vine Street, Pana, was arrested September 17 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, aggravated battery of a peace officer (no injury) and resisting a peace officer.

Scott T. Tucker, 43, of 416 East Maple, Gillespi, was arrested September 17 on a bond forfeiture for possession of a stolen title for a vehicle 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 16 at 7:17pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an IVC violation. Following the stop, Daniel P. Ballard, 43, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license revoked.

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Fire Department Calls 9-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Rep. Davis Accepting Service Academy Applications

 U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he is accepting applications from constituents from the 13th Congressional District interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy.

“As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege of nominating constituents to our nation’s service academies,” said Davis. “The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military upon graduation, so I applaud our area’s young men and women who are considering a service academy and look forward to assisting them along the way.”

Members of Congress are asked to nominate candidates to the U.S. Service Academies each year, and the number of vacancies for each congressional district is determined by law. Candidates can be considered for openings at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.), U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Co.) and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.).

To be considered for appointment all applicants must be: a U.S. citizen; a legal resident of the 13th District; at least 17 but not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2014; single; and have no dependents. It is recommended that applicants contact the academy or academies of their choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire, which is the first step in the Admission Office’s evaluation..

The deadline for the submission of applications to Congressman Davis’ office is November 1, 2013. Final nominees will be selected based on their high school record, ACT or SAT scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essay responses and an interview. Nominees will be announced in December.

For more information or to obtain an application packet, visit www.rodneydavis.house.gov or contact Congressman Davis’ Champaign office at 2004 Fox Drive in Champaign, 217.403.4690.

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Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation Family Day Just Over a Week Away

The deadline to RSVP for the Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation Family Day is this Friday. The event will be held on September 28th at the Reservation. Boyd Dappert Council member Jodi Heberling tells Regional Radio News what they will have going on that day:

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Again, the event will be from 10:00 to 4:00 on September 28. You can RSVP to the event by calling the Boyd Dappert Council at 820-0262 or emailing boyddappert@gmail.com

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Taylorville City Council Takes Care of Business in Short Meeting

While doing research for the jurisdictional transfer of several roads that were discussed at the last meeting, City Attorney Rocci Romano told the Taylorville City Council at their meeting Monday night that something about a transfer of a road several years ago was brought to his attention:

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The matter will be discussed at the next Ordinance Committee meeting.

 

 

The Taylorville City Council was told by Mayor Greg Brotherton that September 19th is being declared as “Drive 4 Pledges” day. Mayor Brotherton read the proclamation at the Council meeting Monday night:

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The proclamation was requested to all municipalities in Illinois by the Illinois Municipal League.

 

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion to approve the purchase of a 2014 Ford F150 for the Taylorville Police Department and to purchase the patrol equipment for one patrol vehicle. Alderman Earl Walters says while he would vote in favor of the vehicle, he wishes they would go a different route:

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The Council approved the purchase and also approved the purchase of a detective vehicle and an additional Record Management Software License from In-Synch Systems.

 

The Council approved the motions to bid a full time working foreman position for both the Street and Sewer Departments. They also approved the motion to direct Mayor Brotherton to send a letter to the Board of Fire and Police Commission to begin the process of promoting an Assistant Fire Chief and a Captain. They also approved the hiring of a SAFER Grant Firefighter when the promotional vacancy is created. Aldermen Rob Heberling and Martin Vota were absent from the meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned around 7:16pm.

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Police Seeking Information on Burglary at KFC

Taylorville police are investigating a burglary at Kentucky Fried Chicken. On Friday at approximately 4:19am, Taylorville Police Department officers responded to a report of a burglary at the KFC on 510 North Webster in Taylorville. Officers arrived and found that unknown subject or subjects had forced entry into the building. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects broke into a safe, took an unknown amount of money, and fled the scene prior to police arrival. A back door was damaged during entry and the total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time. If you have any information, you can contact the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or Christian County Crimestoppers at 824-9100.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-16-13

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

Shane A. Drum, 33, of 2350 East 600 North, Pana, was arrested September 15 for domestic battery.

Ronald E. Middleton, 53, of 26 North Drive, Decatur, was arrested September 15 on a bond forfeiture for battery.

James D. Skinner, 40, of 200 Vandeveer Street, Morrisonville, was arrested September 15 on a bond forfeiture for theft/unauthorized control of property. (720 5/16-1-a-1)

Logan M. Casson, 28, of 954 Sheffield Lane, Jacksonville, was arrested September 14 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tiara N. Shull, 18, of 921 West Adams Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 13 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On September 13, a 16-year-old male from Tower Hill was issued a citation for speeding 49 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.

On September 13, Kirk F. Woods of Pana reported the theft of his 1997 Ford truck at 1 South Poplar. The keys were left in it. The vehicle was recovered on September 14 in Taylorville. A crime scene technician will be requested to process the vehicle for fingerprints.

After a traffic stop on September 14 at Route 16, Quentin M. Lewis, 31, of Decatur was issued a citation for speeding 62 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.

After an incident at 507 South Clark on September 14, Brandon R. Kraug of Moweaqua signed a temporary complaint against Noah D. Taylor, 29, of Pana. Information to be forwarded to the S/A office for consideration of charges.

On September 14, Jarad Challans of Pana, reported unknown subject(s) gained entry to his residence at 708 Kitchell and took a "Tap Out" duffle bag, several DVDs and CDs, and prescription medications. Case is under investigation.

On September 14, Daniel J. Sliger, 23, of Pana was issued a citation for loud muffler/excessive noise.

On September 15, Nicholas S. Hurlburt, 25, of Pana was issued a citation for illegal transportation of alcohol by a passenger.

ACCIDENTS:
On September 14, Kyle S. Robertson, 24, of Fillmore, left a vehicle unoccupied in the laundry mat parking lot. The vehicle traveled north unoccupied across 2nd Street and struck the front porch of 310 West 2nd Street. Prior to crossing 2nd Street, the vehicle struck the street sign pole with the passenger side mirror.

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Fire Department Calls 9-16-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 13
2 EMS, 1 Grass Fire, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Smoke Smell

September 14
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist

September 15
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Fire

September 16
1 EMS

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Business After Hours This Week Features 3 Businesses

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has its monthly Business After Hours this week. President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says they are combining 3 businesses for the event:

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Hornbuckle says because of a cancellation, they have an opening for next month’s Business After Hours. Call the Chamber at 824-4919.

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Church Re-opens in Harvel

A church that had been closed for several years has opened back up in Harvel. Grandmother Stewart, pastor at Harvel New Life Christian Church, tells Regional Radio News about their grand re-opening:

 

Key A                                                 …love to have you                              (:58)

 

Again, the grand re-opening event is this Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00. The church is located on 203 West Monroe in Harvel.

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#9 LLCC Volleyball Sweeps Saturday, Wins Marshalltown Invitational

#9 LLCC defeats Marshalltown 25-22, 25-19, 25-20

#9 LLCC defeats #13 DMACC 25-21, 25-20, 26-24

 

Record: 14-1

Next: WED @ Lincoln College

 

vs. #13 DMACC

ACES: Harper 2

BLOCKS: Forman 4, Voils 2

DIGS: Hathcoat 24, Neilson 11

ASSISTS: Harper 37

KILLS: Voils 14, Hamilton 9

 

vs. Marshalltown

ACES: Lascody 2, Ballinger 1

BLOCKS: Hamilton 2, Forman 2

DIGS: Hathcoat 20, Neilson 6

ASSISTS: Harper 39

KILLS: Neilson 13, Forman 8

 

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Friday September 13, 2013, person or persons unknown made entry into Kentucky Fried Chicken, located at 510 North Webster Street in Taylorville.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects broke into a safe.  An unknown amount of money was taken.   A back door was damaged during entry.  The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

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Fikri: Getting in Daily Amount of Dairy is Very Important

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, getting in the daily recommended amount of dairy is near the top of that list. Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council tells Regional Radio News why it is so important: 

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If you have any questions, you can call the Dairy Council at 726-8480.

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Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Finalizes Plans for October Event

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their regular monthly meeting Monday night, as planning continues for their event on the square October 5th and 6th.

Committee chair Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News that the committee has done a lot of work over the past month, and the program is at the printer.

 

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And, Hornbuckle says the annual event takes a lot of community volunteers.

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Hornbuckle says the chilli keeps people coming back, and changes in games and entertainment each year keep them on the square.

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19 Little Miss Chilli Pepper candidates, 8 Little Mister Chilli Pepper candidates, and 12 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper candidates, will all participate in the annual Chillifest pageant Saturday morning, October 5th on the Chillifest stage, as part of the 2-day event. The entry deadline for all 3 contests was September 5th.

Entries are being accepted, for 2 days of chilli and salsa cookoffs sanctioned by the International Chilli Society October 5th and 6th during the 2013 Chillifest.  The official chilli and salsa cookoff entry form, is now available at the event’s web site, chillifest.info, and that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s, and available at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square. 

Registration forms for the “Hot to Trot” 5K Run and Walk, and the annual Bags Tournament, are also available from the chillifest-dot-info web site or from the Chamber office.

 

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Taylorville JFL Football

The Taylorville Tornadoes 5th Graders were shut out by the Decatur Panthers by a score of 16-0 Saturday. And, the Tornadoes 6th Graders defeated the Panthers by a score of 48-14. Both games were broadcast on 97.3/WTIM.

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Sheriff Kettelkamp Urges Safety Around New Lanes on US 51

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the opening of the newly constructed southbound lanes of US 51 around Assumption on Friday. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News that they are urging people to be careful:

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Family of Suicidal Inmate Files Lawsuit Against Christian County

The family of 58-year-old Dennis E. Adams has filed a lawsuit against Christian County allegedly stating that officials should have known he was suicidal and that they failed to take the proper steps to prevent him from harming himself. Adams hung himself in his cell at the Christian County jail on November 4, 2011. He had been arrested on August 19, 2011 for allegedly shooting his wife in the shoulder and fleeing the scene. He was taken into custody after a 4-hour standoff. He was later charged with two counts of attempted murder. The suit also claims that officials did not provide Adams with proper mental health treatments and evaluations despite the family warning jail officials of strange behavior and letters he had written. Christian County, Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, and former jail administrator Andrew Nelson have been named as defendants. The suit asks unspecified damages.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-13-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On September 12, a Christian County Sheriff's officer was sent to a single vehicle accident with no injuries. Upon arrival at 1880 North 2225 East Road, the officer saw the vehicle off the roadway and partially in a field. The officer spoke with Ryan E. Spellman, 26, of Macon who stated he was unfamiliar with the road and was unable to see due to the weather. Spellman ran off the roadway at a curve and struck a property line marker.

On September 12, Isaac D. Roethemeyer, 17, of Taylorville was traveling south on 1400 East road when he lost control of the vehicle and drove into the ditch off the left side of the roadway. Roethemeyer then hit a mailbox with the right side of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

On September 11, Tyler W. Brammeier, 26, of Moweaqua, was traveling southbound on 2500 East Road when he went over into the gravel on the west side of he road and lost control. Brammeier went cross the road and went into the east ditch. Brammeier's vehicle went on its side and slid approximately one hundred yards before coming to a rest on the roof of the vehicle. Brammeier had minor injuries and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

On September 12, a 16 year-old female was traveling south on Route 51 when she reportedly dosed off for a few seconds. She then lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road and rolled the vehicle which came to a rest on its top. She was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

ARRESTS:

Adam J. Kee, 22, of 111 North Brents Street, Langleyville, was arrested on September 12 on a bond forfeiture for theft.

Christopher W. Maltby, 24, of 1465 North 930 East Road, Taylorville, was arrested on
September 12 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On September 12 at 5:20pm, a Taylorville Police Department observed Daniel Watkins, 23, of Morrisonville wlaking in the parking lot of Rene's. The officer knew Watkins to have a valid Shelby County warrant. The officer had Dispatch verify the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Watkins was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On September 12 at 6:51pm, Christopher Maltby, 24, of Taylorville, came to Taylorville Police Department post to turn himself in on a Christian County warrant. Dispatch verified the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Maltby was then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

ACCIDENTS:

On September 5, Sharon D. Mense, 72, of Taylorville was traveling east on Spresser Street and was just past the intersection of Spresser and Shumway Streets. An unknown vehicle that was traveling west on Spresser Street, turned in front of Mense causing a collision. Mense's vehicle suffered slight damage and was able to leave the scene. The other vehicle left the scene and was not identified.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On September 12, McQuade A. Hardy, 17, of Tower Hill, was issued a citation for illegal squealing/screeching of tires.

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Fire Department Calls: 9-13-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 12
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

September 13
1 Public Assist

 

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Chamber Week Concludes

This week is Chamber Week, a time to reflect on the importance of Chambers of Commerce. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber, says the Chamber is a great source of information:

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce boasts over 300 members.

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Girl?s Night Out Coming Up

A popular monthly event is coming up in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says Girl’s Night Out is just a little over a week away:

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Downs: Calhoun County Peaches About Gone

One of this year’s favorite items at the Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market has been Calhoun County peaches. According to Market Manager Ed Downs, the peaches have just about run their course for this year:

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Everything else is still available at the Farmers Market including tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, squash, and more. The Markey, which is open from 9am to 12:30pm every Saturday, also offers baked goods and arts and craft items.

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Ameren Illinois Offers Hardship Assistance Grants to Non-Profits

Ameren Illinois is providing grants of up to $2,000 to non-profit organizations to help with payment of their utility bills. Ameren spokesperson Stacey Shangraw (Shane-graw) tells Regional Radio News more about the program:

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For applications, non-profits can go to www.amerenillinois.com or call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1.800.232.2477.

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Local High School Football Broadcasts for September 13

Pre-game on all 3 stations will start at approximately 6:45pm

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U-S Highway 51 Now 4 Lanes Around Assumption

 width=U-S Highway 51 around and south of Assumption, is now 4 lanes. Construction project personnel officially opened the southbound lanes just past 5 o’clock Friday afternoon.

Motorists traveling on east-west roads from the Assumption blacktop and south, should be aware that they now must cross 4 lanes of traffic instead of 2.

Construction has also begun on the portion of U-S Highway 51 where the 4 lanes end south of Assumption, to just north of Pana. Ultimately the road will be 4-lanes from Decatur to Pana.

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Local Football Scores

As heard in WTIM, Taylorville fell to Rochester with a score of 42-10.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Argentap-Oreana with a score of 41-14.

And, as heard on WMKR, Central A&M lost to Decatur's St. Teresa by a score of 47-31.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-12-13

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

Paul E. Allen, 18, of 209 East Second Street, Rosamond, was arrested September 11 on a warrant for knowingly damaging property.

Lewis E. Brumfield, 40, of 2100 Grand Boulevard A7, Taylorville, was arrested September 11 on a bond forfeiture for theft.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 11, an off duty Taylorville Police Department officer reported Jessica Hebert, 25, of Taylorville, driving. Hebert has a suspended drivers license. An officer observed Hebert driving at Main and Powell and stopped her. Hebert was arrested for driving suspended, processed, and release on a notice to appear.

On September 11, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to 2100 Grand Boulevard and made contact with a male subject Lewis E. Brumfield, 40, of Taylorville that the officer knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran Brumfield's information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Brumfield was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Keffery L. Cothern, 26, of Pana was arrested September 9 on a Fayette County Warrant for violation of a court order. Cothern was transported to Fayette County in lieu of bond.

On September 9, Pana Police Department officers were called to a loud party at 510 North Poplar Street, Pana. After investigation, Alannah J. Wilderman was arrested for violation of an order of protection. Wilderman was transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

As a result of a traffic stop, Andrew J. Woods of Pana was arrested September 10 for driving while license suspended.

As a result of a traffic stop, Michael L. Wilson, 30, of Watson was charged with speeding 86 in a 45 zone, no valid driver's license and arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear for possession of cannabis. Wilson was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.

On September 3, James F. Dean II, 19 of Ramsey was issued two citations for no valid registration and operating a vehicle uninsured.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On September 10, Hannah J. Baker, 17, of Pana struck a parked vehicle that was last driven by Lauren L. Rochkes, 17, of Pana which caused minor damage to both vehicles.


An unknown vehicle was traveling west on 5th street and Derek E. Thompson, 29, of Pana was traveling north on Locust Street. The unknown vehicle ran the stop sign and struck Thompson in the front passenger fender. The vehicle left the scene and continued west on 5th Street. That vehicle is believed to be a green Dodge Ram.

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Assumption Resident Looks to Make a Move in the Country Music Industry

An Assumption woman is looking to make a push in the country music industry. Channing Himes is part of the band Maiden Dixie which formed two years ago as a cover band but is now looking to make it to the big time. Himes tells Regional Radio News how the band formed:

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Himes says the band is currently traveling around and promoting their first album Little Black Dress which they recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and just released in June. Here is a small clip of their song The Waiting's Done:

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Gowin Parc Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

Gowin Parc in Taylorville is celebrating National Assisted Living Week which runs through this Saturday. Jenni Stephens, of Gowin Parc, tells Regional Radio News what they have going on:

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Again the quarter auction will be this Saturday at 2:00pm at Gowin Parc in Taylorville. For more information, call Gowin Parc at 287-7000

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Automated Phone Alert Notifies Parents of Taylorville Schools Closings

Hot weather late this season has resulted in several early school closing in recent weeks. Taylorville parents are notified about early closings by an automated telephone calling system. Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the earlier parents can be alerted to a change in the schedule, the better:

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Again, parents can choose how they would like to be notified.

 

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Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation to Host Family Day

The Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation is holding a Family Day on September 28th at its location on the south side of Lake Taylorville. Established in 1966, the Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation was developed to provide youth organizations in Christian County an area for conservation, education, recreation, and camping activities, including a small outdoor amphitheater. Alderman and Council President Martin Vota says they are holding the event to raise awareness of the reservation’s existence:

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For directions and to RSVP for the event, contact Boyd Dappert Council by email at boyddappert@gmail.com or call 820-0262. You need to RSVP by September 20th.

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Police Make Arrests in Vending Machine Burglary Case

The Stonington Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Pana Police Department have identified the male and female responsible for several burglaries to vending machines in Stonington and Pana, Illinois over the past year. Assisted by the IllinoisStatePoliceIntelligenceCenter and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, 55 year old Stephen M. O’Conner and 31 year old Aimie M. Onkle, both of St. Louis, Missouri were arrested during the early morning hours of September 9, 2013 after witnesses saw the two breaking into several soda machines in ClayCounty.

 It is believed that O’Connor and Onkle are related and have been traveling around central and southern Illinois for several months targeting small town vending machines. Both have extensive criminal histories for burglaries to vending machines, possession of burglary tools and weapons offenses dating back to the 1990’s. At the completion of the investigations, cases will be presented to the ChristianCountyState’s Attorney for local charges.

Law enforcement officials would like to thank the public for all of their assistances in this matter.

Anyone with information to this crime or any other crime in ChristianCounty is asked to contact the Christian Co. Sheriff’s Office at 217-824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 217-824-9100.  

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-11-13

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

On September 10, Patrick R. Grant of Owaneco contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report criminal damage to his bean field. Grant advised the field is located at 900 East and 1100 North with this field being up on the northwest corner of the intersection. Grant said that a vehicle had drove up and down the field and had turned circles in the beans. He could tell where it went through the ditch in several different places when entering or leaving the field. Grant said that it had most likely occurred in the late night hours of September 9 or the early morning hours of September 10. He did not have a value for the damaged beans at the time of the report.

On September 19, William Kramer, 48, of Palmer contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report damage to his bean and corn fields. Kramer stated sometime overnight unknown subject(s) drove through several of his fields near his residence located at 700 North 965 East Road.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On September 7, a 16-year-old male was traveling north on Cherokee Street and was passing through the intersection of Cherokee and Market Streets. Helen L. Fiaoni, 87, of Taylorville was traveling east on Adams Street and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection. Fiaoni did not see the 16-year-old and proceeded into the intersection causing a collision. Fiaoni had to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

William Thomas' vehicle was parked at the SOS building. An unknown vehicle struck Thomas' vehicle and left the scene. Thomas' vehicle had damage all down the passenger side and to the rear bumper. There was also white paint transfer on the vehicle.

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Fire Department Calls 9-11-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 10
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

September 11
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Shelbyville Rotary Visits Bob Boarman's Automotive Museum

Reported by member Theodore Bogart

It was a hot and sunny Monday noon meeting at our new location at the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital. I would like to remind everybody that as we are adjusting to our new meeting location to take their lunch immediately upon arriving. Let's use this time to socialize while we have lunch. Once it appears that most of the members are in attendance, then I will ring the bell and call the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance, followed by the invocation. 

 

Our "End of Summer Boat Party" is underway. The date is Thursday September 26. The time 5:30 PM. The location, "F" Dock, at the very end of the dock. Bring your spouses and BYO. Supper will be catered by the hospital. A big "Thank You" to Mike Kiley for providing the Houseboat for the party, and for Bob Heckler and Judi Humphrey for bringing this together. There will be a nominal fee to cover the expenses-to be announced.

 

Halloween is drawing nearer. President-elect Kevin Ray and I are putting together this year's Halloween parade. We plan to meet with the City Council on Monday September 16 at 7 PM, to make or arrangements with the city to have the parade route begin from the Post office on Morgan Street and terminate at the Municipal Building. We still have to contact the Red-Hat Ladies, Shelbyville Marching Band, or Kerry Campbell to provide the Music and judging. 

 

This week's "Pass the Bucks" Winner is none other than Mike Kiley, who with All the luck of the Irish won the Grand Prize of $13. Congrats Mike! Remember, the winner takes all of their winnings home to buy something nice for their spouse, and you cannot win in two consecutive meetings.

 

Next week, Don Behl and Brian Green may be able to bring us up-to-date with our Fall/November Winery & Ribs Party - thanks guys!

 

Finally, Phil Miller has answered that age-old question "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" The wall clock looks great, Phil - thanks.

 

See the fire-engine-red Chevrolet Impala reportedly worth over $60,000  At the Boarman Auto Museum.

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This week's program chairman was Jim Bolinger and his keynote speaker was Bob Boarman.  At the meeting, Bob told us about his automobiles that he has collected and invited us to visit his automotive Museum in downtown Shelbyville. 

 

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Most of Bob's vintage automobiles have the original paint and upholstery, in prime condition.

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Bob says he averages 20 visitors a week to the museum.

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Thanks Bob for allowing us to see your collection. What a great program! Attention Jim Bolinger, if Bob Boarman would like to be a member let's have you propose him to the club. Next week Brian Green is our program chairman. See you all next week at Rotary!

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#12 LLCC Volleyball Sweeps Millikin

#12 LLCC defeats Millikin Blue 25-19, 25-10

#12 LLCC defeats Millikin White 25-11, 25-21

 

Record: 10-1

Next: FRI/SAT @ Marshalltown Invitational vs Southwestern Iowa

 

TOTAL STATS:

 

DIGS: Hathcoat 15, Neilson 12

ACES: Neilson 2, Hamilton 2

BLOCKS: Hauser 2

ASSISTS: Harper 37, Baskett 12

KILLS: Voils 11, Ballinger 10

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Girl Scouts

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Pictured Left to Right: Kiwanian Jody Mink and Kiwanis Vice President Chris Weittenhiller.

 

Jody Mink, the area coordinator for the Girl Scouts and a Taylorville Kiwanis member, was the guest speaker during the Tuesday luncheon at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Mink was dressed and gave her presentation as Juliette Gordon Lowe, who founded the Girl Scouts on March 12th, 1912 with just 18 girls.

 

Mink gave a history of Girl Scouting, and how it’s grown in the just over 100 years it’s existed. 

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Girl Scouts today number over 2-point-3 million in the United States, and some 2800 in the Decatur region that Mink serves.

 

Taylorville Kiwanis members were reminded of the upcoming Peanut Days fund raiser September 20th and 21st on the streets of Taylorville.  Kiwanis members will be on street corners and other locations, asking the public to donate to fund the many Kiwanis programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community.  Peanut Days is the club’s largest fund-raiser.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Concealed Carry Informational Meetings Are Next Week

There is still a lot of confusion surrounding Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville hopes to clear up some of that confusion by hosting a series of informational meetings next week:

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At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees will be given printed materials that will include more information.

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Shelbyville Manor Buying Groceries for a Random Senior Each Week

Shelbyville Manor is surprising one senior a week at the County Market in Shelbyville. Kristy Gorden, Director of Marketing and Sales, tells Regional Radio News how the program works:

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For more information, call Kristy Gorden at 774-2111.

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WTIM Raises $2000 in United Way Radiothon

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Pictured left to right: Terri France, Carol Schramm, Malia Hepburn, Randy Miller

 

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville held its 7th annual Telethon to raise money for the United Way of Christian County yesterday. United Way executive director Malia Hepburn, along volunteers Terri France and Carol Schramm, co-hosted the 2-hour telethon with WTIM president Randal J. Miller. Hepburn says the agencies they support really do serve the needs of the people in Christian County

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Thanks to the generosity of WTIM listeners from across Central Illinois, $2000 was raised to benefit the 26 member agencies that serve over 11,000 people in Christian County.  Many of the donors that called in pledges were first-time donors, which pleased United Way officials.

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Taylorville Police Department Investigating Incident at Junior High

The Taylorville Police Department is investigating a physical altercation at the Taylorville Junior High School. On Monday, the Taylorville Police Department was notified of an incident that occurred last Wednesday, September 4 at the Junior High. The complaint alleges the incident involved a physical altercation between a juvenile student and a member of the Taylorville School District Administrative Staff. An investigation has been opened and is currently ongoing. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-10-13

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

Kevin L. Montroy, 32, of 201 South Broad Street, Mt. Auburn, was arrested September 6 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Nicole E. Gaynor, 21, of 415 South Madison Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 9 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Alannah J. Wilderman, 22, of 510 North Poplar Street, Pana, was arrested September 9 for violation of an order of protection.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 9th, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to 415 South Madison Street and made contact with Nicole L. Gaynor, 21, of Taylorville. The officer knew that Gaynor had a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran her information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Gaynor was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 9-10-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 9
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Illegal Burn, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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LEAD Time is Approaching

One of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s most popular programs will be back this winter. The LEAD program gets underway early in 2014 but Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says there are a limited number of spaces so those interested should begin making arrangements now:

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The group also takes a day to visit the State Capitol, meeting with legislators and lobbyists. Call the Chamber at 824-4919 for more information.

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Taylorville High School Band Performs with the Marching Illini at Band Day

The Taylorville High School marching band was given an opportunity to perform with the Marching Illini at halftime of the Illinois and Cincinnati football game this past Saturday as part of Band Day. Taylorville Director of Music Chris Gunn tells Regional Radio News about the event and the experience it provided:

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Taylorville School Board Discusses Ameresco Project Funding

The Taylorville School Board is finalizing the contract with Ameresco for the School Energy Conservation Project. One aspect that is being put together is the funding mechanism. David Pistorius with First MidState told the Board at their meeting Monday night that bonds are the way to go:

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Pistorius said the firm will walk step by step with the Board through this process if they decide to go that route and hire them.

 

Jeff Quimby addressed the Taylorville School Board at their meeting Monday night about the lack of communication he experienced with bus services:

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While his situation was resolved, Quimby wanted to voice his concern for future situations. Quimby said he had a conversation with Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau some time prior to the meeting about signing up for bus services at registration to avoid future problems.

 

The Taylorville School Board noted that Taylorville High School student Rhett Warner was selected to join the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year. The Board also noted that the High School Girls Track & Field Team received the HIS Team Academic Achievement Award. The Board was presented with the 5 year review of Board Policy and was told that everything is up to date. The Board was presented with a review of district student achievement scores. Reading and math scores for the District have dropped from last year but the state average also dropped. PSAE scores for the 11th grade have steadily increased over the last few years. The Board was also presented with a short overview of the Common Core Standards that will be implemented next school year. The state of Illinois adopted Common Core Standard Testing so the District has to make the necessary changes in the curriculum to accommodate those standards. The Board also approved the list of District administration evaluators which consists of Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Anita Brown, Robert Richardson, Matt Hutchison, Kirk Kettelkamp, Beth Vincent, Brandi Bruley, and Nancy Ganci.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:48pm.

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Time Change for Taylorville Soccer Match Tomorrow

The match with Rochester has been pushed back to 6:30 pm due to the expected temperature tomorrow afternoon.

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Taylorville Freshman Football Game Time Change

Due to  the expected temperatures at 4:30, the Freshmen football game has been moved back to 6:00 pm start time.  The game is still at Southeast High School vs. Springfield HS.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-9-13

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

On September 8, Jenny R. Wilson, 30, of Blue Mound, was traveling southbound on 1600 East Road just south of 1100 North Road when she drove off the left side of the roadway. Wilson then drove back onto the roadway and off the right side of the roadway. Wilson then over-corrected,lost control, skid cross the roadway, spun around and hit the ditch. Wilson traveled approximately 192 feet during this event and traveled backwards through the ditch for approximately 87 feet until the vehicle got hung up and rolled over. Wilson, along with passengers, had minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

On September 8, John T. Langen, 44, of Morrisonville, was traveling westbound on County Road 12. Langen lost control of his vehicle at 1850 East and drove off the north side of the ditch causing the vehicle to roll. Langen was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 7 at 1:28pm, Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle belonging to Britney K. VanDyke, 25, of Wood River. VanDyke was arrested for driving while license suspended. VanDyke was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

On September 6 at 8:49pm, Taylorville Police Department officer were sent to 1006 East Franklin, Lot 4, for a check welfare. One of the male subjects, Michael S. Bross, 41, of Taylorville, provided a false identity. It was later learned that he was currently on parole. Bross was arrested for obstruction and the Department of Corrections was contacted.

On September 8 at 1:06am, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 901 East Adams in reference to Michael Alberts, 29, of Taylorville threatening the occupants of the home with a machete. Alberts was arrested for aggravated assault, transported Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Following a traffic stop on August 29, John Cole, 49, of Ramsey was issued a citation for driving while license is revoked. Leonard Cole, 34, of Pana was issued a citation for illegal transportation of alcohol by a passenger. They were both given notices to appear in court. Additional charges against John Cole may be requested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia pending lab results.

On September 6, a 16 year old male was reported by Kemmerer Village staff as runaway from 101 East 9th Street. The male was located later that day and returned to Kemmerer Village.

On September 6, information is being forwarded to the States Attorney after an incident at 308 Kitchell involving Julie Davis of Decatur and a 15 year old juvenile.

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Fire Department Calls 9-9-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 6
1 Fire, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

September 7
1 Fire, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist

September 8
4 EMS, 2 Public Assist, Gas Smell, Gas Venting

September 9
2 EMS

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United Way to Hold Shred Event Fundraiser

The United Way of Christian County will be holding a “Shred Event” fundraiser this Saturday on the south side of the Taylorville Square. Malia Hepburn, executive director of United Way , tells Regional Radio News what they will be doing at the event:

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Again that event will be this Saturday from 9-11 on the south side of the Taylorville Square. 

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One Car Crash Claims Life of Pana Resident

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at approx 3:13 A.M., 911 received a call that there was a one vehicle traffic crash near the intersection of 250 N and 2600 E Road, Pana Township.  The occupant was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Pana Community Hospital E.R.  He was pronounced dead at 5:12 A.M.  Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans identified the driver as 29 year old Gregory "Chad" Dust, of Pana, Il.  The Christian County Sheriff's  Office and Christian County Coroner's  office are handling the investigation.  

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LLCC Volleyball Goes Undefeated at Tourney; 2 Named to All-Tournament Team

#12 LLCC went 4-0 this weekend in its Invitational tournament.  Two Logger athletes
were named to the all-tournament squad:


Samantha Voils (Freshman, Nokomis) finished the tournament hitting .370 with 52 kills

Michaleen Forman (Sophomore, Danville) finished the tournament with 45 kills,
hitting at a .295 clip.

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Davis Questions a Possible Strike on Syria

Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville is not convinced of the wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria. The 13th District Republican says the President has showed a lack of leadership:

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Mense Announces Run for Christian County Clerk

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Chief Deputy of the County Clerk Laurie Mense has announced that she will be running for Christian County Clerk. Mense tells Regional Radio News what makes her a good candidate:

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Mense thanks current Clerk Linda Curtin, who will be retiring at the end of her term in November 2014, for the opportunity to serve as Chief Deputy and to be involved at the office.

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WTIM 97.3 Annual Telethon for United Way This Tuesday

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Radio in Taylorville will hold its annual telethon this Tuesday to benefit the United Way of Christian County. WTIM president Randal J. Miller, and United Way executive director Malia Hepburn, along with United Way volunteers, will co-host the two-hour telethon. Hepburn tells Regional Radio News what’s great about United Way:

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Listeners will be asked to contribute to United Way so they can continue to provide support to local agencies and help over 10,000 Christian County residents.  No calls will be taken on-the-air, but those pledging toward the United Way campaign will be acknowledged.

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#12 LLCC defeats Rend Lake

LLCC defeats Rend Lake 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-10

 

Record: 5-1

NEXT: SAT 9am vs Kellogg

 

Aces: Hathcoat 3, Harper 3

Digs: Hathcoat 27, Neilson 15, Harper 8

Assists: Harper 46

Blocks: Voils 3, Hamilton 3, Forman 2

Kills: Voils 17, Hamilton 10, Forman 8

 

 

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Taylorville H.S. Tornadoes defeat the Springfield H.S. Senators

As heard on Newstalk 97.3/WTIM, the Taylorville High School Tornadoes soundly defeated the Springfield High School Senators 36-14.

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Hager to Run For Christian County Clerk

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Maintenance Building at Sanitation Plant Damaged by Fire

The Taylorville Sanitation Plant had a maintenance building catch on fire late Friday afternoon. Taylorville Fire Department officials say it appeared that grass was being burned near the building and the fire got out of control and spread to the building. Officials say there is minor structural damage and a lot of smoke damage to the building. 

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Clerk Linda Curtin Not Seeking Re-election, Will Retire

Christian County Clerk, Linda Curtin, has announced that she will not seek re-election for another four years. She is planning to retire at the end of her term on November 30, 2014. Curtin tells Regional Radio News about her decision to retire:

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She would also like to volunteer more at her church, a few local charities, stay active in the Democratic Party here in Christian County and is sure that there will be plenty of work to do around the family farm too.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On September 6 at 12:49am, Taylorville Police Department officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle with suspended Illinois registration. Megan R. Kinser, 18, of Taylorville was cited for driving a vehicle with suspended registration.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 29, Kimberly A. Coleman of Kincaid was parked in the parking lot of Family Video when an unknown vehicle struck Colman's vehicle causing damage. The unknown vehicle then left the scene and was not located.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

After an incident at 506 North Sheridan Road in Pana, Lauren A Jones of Pana signed a temporary complaint for domestic battery against Justin E. Merritt, 18, of Pana. Information was forwarded to the States Attorney for charges.

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United Way Of Christian County Holds 2013-2014 Kick-Off Campaign Thursday Evening

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United Way of Christian County kicked off their 2013-2014 campaign Thursday evening at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.  Christian County United Way President Aaron Allen welcomed everyone and gave special recognition to all those involved both past and present. United Way Executive Director Malia Hepburn tells Regional Radio News that while the organization’s goal is to raise $145,000, she has her own personal goal in mind:

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New to United Way this year is Chelbi Williams of Assumption. Williams says what United Way does just captured her attention:

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Williams says being a part of United Way provides a great opportunity for her:

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Co-chairs for United Way say 100% of contributions stays in Christian County and is allocated among the now 26 agencies and programs which comprise the local United Way. To become a volunteer with United Way of Christian County call 824-8404 or visit their website at www.unitedwayofcc.org

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Manar hosts Senior Fair in Taylorville

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Nearly 100 seniors and local residents visited the Taylorville Senior Center for a Senior Fair hosted by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). 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 offered vital senior services and information in one convenient location.

 

Manar says they have been hosting these senior citizen fairs throughout the district to help bring state services and health screenings to a location closer to home for most of the district’s senior citizens. 

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Friend Explains Difference Between a Foodbank and Food Pantry

When it comes to foodbanks and food pantries, there is often confusion and misunderstanding about the difference between the two. Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for the Central Illinois Foodbank, explains to Regional Radio News that a foodbank serves as a provider to a pantry:

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You can visit their website centralilfoodbank.org or call 522-4022 for more information.

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Scarecrow Daze Looking for Parade Participants

It’s almost that time again: Scarecrow Daze in Shelbyville is only about a month. According to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, parade participants are already being sought:

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Call the Chamber at 774-2221 for info.

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Peach Supply Dwindling at Farmers Market

One of the biggest attractions at this year’s Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market has been Calhoun County peaches. The wet spring boosted the crop’s size and sweetness but Market Manager Ed Downs says the peaches are starting to run out:

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The Farmers Market also features plenty of other produce items, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies and craft items. The market continues every Saturday from 9am until 12:30pm on the east side of the Taylorville Square.

 

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Local High School Football Broadcasts for Weekend of September 6

Shelbyville hosts Central A&M tonight(Friday) at 7:00pm. The game can be heard on both Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN.

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Local Sports

As heard on WRAN and WMKR, Central A&M defeated Shelbyville with a score of 27-20.

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Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

The Pana Police Department is looking for a suspect in an armed robbery incident. On Tuesday, Pana Police Department received a 911 transfer call in reference to an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Marathon service station on 703 East Jackson Street. One individual reportedly entered the business and demanded money from the clerk while displaying a dark-colored handgun. The subject obtained a small amount of U.S. currency before exiting the business.

 

The subject is being described as approximately 5’10” to 6’00”, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a mask and dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

 

A vehicle possibly involved in the incident was described as a small gray pickup, last seen heading southbound from the business on Hickory street. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this crime may call the Pana Police Department at 562-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-8477.

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Terry: Keep Track of Policies

It’s a good idea to keep up to date on loved one’s insurance policies. Mark Terry of the Illinois Department of Insurance says after someone passes away, the information may be hard to track down:

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There is no central databank that keeps track of existing insurance policies so it’s important to be able to find your loved one’s information when the time comes.

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4-H to Host First Annual Shooting Sports Fall Classic

The local 4-H unit, which includes Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties, will be holding their first annual 4-H Shooting Sports Fall Classic on September 14th. Peggy Hampton, 4-H Youth Development Educator at the University of Illinois Extension, tells Regional Radio News about the event:

 

Key Q                                     …opportunity for our kids                              (:53)

 

If you need the registry information or if you have questions, you can call Hampton at 532-3941.

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Fraud Squad: Mac McGuire says Share Info

Fraud is becoming more common in this electronic age and the perpetrators are endlessly inventive. New scams pop up every day. Public advocate Mac McGuire says one of the best ways to fight the problem is to share information:

 

You’re advised to always call police if you suspect a scam. Even if the fraud was ineffective in your case, it’s important to notify police so they can detect patterns and notify the public.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-5-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On September 4, Stone M. Casad, 17, of Chatham, was traveling northbound on 475 East Road approaching the curve for 2080 North Road. 475 East Road had been flinked with rock. Casad said that he hit the brakes but was not stopping. Casad said that he then hit the brakes harder and began to slide. Casad left marks on the roadway for approximately 100 yards. Benjamin C. Soard,32, of Urbana, was southbound on 475 E Road. Casad struck Soard in the left front fender. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:
Aaron F. Hall, 36, of 720 West Vandeveer Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 5 for violating sex offender registration

David W. Moma, 21, of 103 North Chestnut, Assumption, was arrested September 4 on a bond forfeiture for retail theft.

Justin R. Sherman, 31, if 1412 South Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested September 4 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On September 4 at 10:35pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 720 West Vandeveer in reference to a male trying to get into the residence. Aaron F. Hall, 36, of Taylorville was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. He was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On August 27, a Taylorville Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in regards to a retail theft. The officer was given information in regards to two female subjects taking items from the store. The officer identified the female subjects from security photos as Tonya D. Fisher, 37, of Taylorville and Devun L. Rohdemann, 21, of Taylorville. The officer later located Fisher and Rohdemann and placed them under arrest. The two were processed and released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 9-5-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-4-13

ARRESTS:
On September 2 at 2:03am, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for running a stop sign. Upon further investigation, Missy G. Owens, 38, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.. Owens was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. Owens was released after posting her drivers license and $100 cash bond.

ACCIDENTS:
On August 29, Donald D. Dozier of Morrisonville came to the Taylorville Police Department to report a hit and run accident. He said that he noticed the damage on the 29th but thinks the damage occurred when he was at the Round Table the previous night. Dozier was there between 6pm and 8 pm. Dozier does not know who hit his vehicle. Damage was done to the front passenger side.

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Fire Department Calls 9-4-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 3
5 EMS

September 4
1 report of a car fire but upon arrival and further investigation, turned out to be steam coming from a radiator hose

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#12 LLCC defeats Danville

LLCC wins 25-16, 25-15, 25-19

Record: 4-1
NEXT: FRI vs Rend Lake at LLCC Invitational

 

Aces: Amsden 3, Hathcoat 2, Hamilton 2

Digs: Hathcoat 9, Neilson 8

Blocks: 4 players tied with 2

Assists: Harper 24, Lascody 7

Kills: Voils 10, Hamilton 9

 

Comments:  LLCC was sluggish in its home opener, nerves playing a big part as the Loggers missed their first four serves of the match before taking control of game one when it was 10-10.  Game two was all-LLCC while game three saw Danville take an 8-0 lead before Lincoln Land came back to take the lead 10-9 and led the rest of the way.

 

"We were looking to get everyone some playing time as we get used to our system and what we are trying to do.  It's good to get a region win, but now we have to prepare for another region match on Friday and then two D-1 teams on Saturday, so the heavy lifting part of our schedule is still ahead of us."

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Congressman Davis Comments on Illinois Politics

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis is commenting on Illinois politics. The Congressman says Jim Durkin will do a great job as Republican leader in the Illinois House:

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Gowin Parc Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer's Association

At their 2nd Annual Race to Remember that was held in August at the Fox Ridge State Park in Charleston, Gowin Parc raised over $3,000 to give to the Alzheimer's Association. At the race, there were over 120 runners and walkers that participated.

Gowin Parc is a loving community for those dealing with Memory Loss and has locations serving Taylorville, Pana, Mattoon, and Paris. Theresa Gowin, along with husband Jason, provide exceptional person-centered care to those suffering from Alzheimer's and other related dementias.

For more information on Gowin Parc, in Paris contact Marge Fullteron at 217-822-9444 and in Mattoon contact Eric Mensah at 234-3003.

 

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Individuals Present were Theresa Gowin, Owner, Jenni Stephens, Executive Director of the Taylorville Gowin Parc, Tina Arnold, from the Alzheimer Association, and other Taylorville Staff.

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Taylorville City Council Discusses Possible Jurisdictional Transfer of Roads

The Taylorville City Council approved the motion to direct City Attorney Rocci Romano to enter discussion with the Illinois Department of Transportation about Jurisdictional Transfer of Morrison Drive from Abes Way to East Lawn Drive, Greenview Street from Pershing to Lincoln Trail, a section of Old Route 48 by ADM and Illinois State Route 48 south of the Airport. While the first three passed on an 8-0 vote, the Route 48 barely passed on a 4-3 vote with Alderman Bruce Jones abstaining. Alderman Rob Heberling explained why he was voting against it:

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Several audience members who live in that area voiced concern about having their property annexed into Taylorville. City Attorney Rocci Romano explained how the process would work if the City took jurisdiction over those roads:

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Once the information from IDOT is gathered by Romano, the topic will be discussed at a committee meeting and the public will be able to voice their opinions again.

 

Often times people focus on the negative news about the City of Taylorville not having enough money or losing business. Mayor Greg Brotherton, however, pointed out some positive news at the City Council meeting Tuesday night:

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Mayor Brotherton says he takes this as being a very good sign.

 

As Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton stated in the last meeting, he will be sharing a history tidbit at meetings as the 175th anniversary of Taylorville and Christian County approaches. This time he told the City Council at their meeting Tuesday night the story of how Taylorville got its name:

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The 175th anniversary will be celebrated next year.

 

City Attorney Rocci Romano introduced a new associate attorney to the Taylorville City Council at their meeting Tuesday night:

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The Council welcomed Jay after his introduction with a round of applause.

 

The City Council also approved the resolution of the IDOT Construction Engineering Services agreement for federal participation between the City of Taylorville and Greene & Bradford, Inc. regarding the Spillway Bridge project. The Council also approved ordinances to amend the city code in regards to water customer activation fees and to add a section in regards to fire hydrants outside city limits and a subparagraph in regards to the annexation of contiguous subdivided or site plot land. The Council approved motions to allow: the KC Charitable Fund Drive to be held on September 27th and 28th at the intersection of West Main Cross and Webster, the United Way of Christian County “Shred Event” on September 14th on the south side outside lane of the Square, and to close off the inside parking spaces around the Square on October 12th for a “Meet the Machines” event. The Council also approved the pay request from McIntire & Company in the amount of $120,848.62 for the Ward II-City Park Addition-Phase IV Park Avenue Storm Sewer Project.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:44pm.

 

 

 

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WTIM 97.3 to Hold 7th Annual Telethon For United Way

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Radio in Taylorville will hold its annual telethon to benefit the United Way of Christian County, on Tuesday, September 10th, from 9am to 11am. United Way executive director Malia Hepburn tells Regional Radio News where the money raised will go:

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Hepburn explains the process of how they decide their goal:

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Hepburn, along with other United Way volunteers, will co-host the two-hour telethon with WTIM president Randal J. Miller.  

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Police Seeking Assistance to Identify Soda Vending Machine Burglars

The Stonington Police Department and Christian County Sheriff’s Office are seeking assistance with identifying a male and a female suspect who are responsible for breaking into soda vending machines four times over the past few months. The male has cut padlocks off of the machine and then used a key to gain entry inside. On August 31, 2013 at approximately 1:30 am, still pictures were captured of the two involved. The white male appears to be in his 40’s, with grayish hair and wears reading glasses. The white, female appears to be in her late 20’s or early 30’s. Below are photos of the two suspects.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this, or any other crime, is requested to contact Investigator Dan Marron at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office (824-4961) or Christian County Crime Stoppers at (1-800-568-TIPS) or (824-9100). 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 9-3-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On September 2, Kyle P. Lasswell, 31, of Edinburg was traveling south on 1600 East Road and Edward F. Ludwig, 68, of Mount Auburn was traveling west on 2400 North Road. Ludwig advanced through the stop sign and crossed 2400 North Road. Lasswell hit Ludwig in the driver rear corner. Lasswell's vehicle was towed and he was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Ludwig reported no injuries.

INCIDENTS:
On August 31, Ryan Trelz, 27, of Taylorville, contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report damage to his 2005 Ford pickup. Trelz stated someone cut the rear right tire while the vehicle was parked in the driveway overnight.

ARRESTS:
Jose I. Bautista, 19, of 1327 West River View, Decatur, was arrested September 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant.

Barney Emerson, 47, of 132 North 24th, Springfield, was arrested September 3 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Courtney E. Estes, 18, of 496 North 300East Road, Morrisonville, was arrested September 2 for aggravated assault.

Kyle Richards, 18, of 1600 East Stanford Avenue, Springfield, was arrested September 2 for burglary.

Jeremy R. Langley, 27, of 615 West Prairie Street, Decatur, was arrested September 2 on a bond forfeiture for methamphetamine precursor.

Casey J. Smith, 22, of 13734 Suhling Road, Carlinville, was arrested August 31, for possession of a controlled substance 

Nicholas L. Steele, 26, of 319 North Walnut Street, Assumption, was arrested August 31 on a probation violation warrant for violation of bail bond.

Kara S. Paoni, 29, of 2080 West Washington Street, Springfield, was arrested August 30 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Richard L. Thurow, 42, of 410 Mundhenke Street, Palmer, was arrested August 30 on a warrant for aggravated criminal sex abuse.

Clyde D. Smith, 58, of 511 Chiles Street, Carlinville, was arrested August 31 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:


On September 2 at 2:03am, Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of East Main Cross. Multiple subjects were leaving the Cork and Keg at the time and one of the subjects repeatedly attempted to intervene. Walter D. Harker, 50, of Taylorville, was arrested and issued a local ordinance violation for public intoxication.

On August 31 at approximately 8:00pm, Taylorville Fire Department was dispatched to the 500 block of West Street for a yard fire. Upon arrival, a Taylorville Police Department officer determined the fire was in the backyard of 508 West Street. The fire was in a burn pit. It was a pile of household trash that was on fire. The officer knew the owner of the residence to be Louis House, 47, of Taylorville. The officer located House and issued him a city ordinance citation for illegal burning.

On September 1 at 1:10 am, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Baughman Road. Following the stop, Matthew S. Tarrant, 24, of Bulpitt was arrested for possession of under 30 grams of cannabis. Tarrant was released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 9-3-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

August 30
1 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

August 31
1 EMS, 1 Illegal Burn

September 1
3 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Gas Leak, 1 Fire

September 2
1 EMS

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Mayor: Airport is an Asset to Taylorville

When it comes to the Taylorville Municipal Airport, there are some people who will say that the city doesn’t need it. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton tells Regional Radio News the airport is an asset to the city:

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The City Council recently approved the construction of a 700 foot partial parallel taxiway to runway 18/36 and an extension of Taxiway A at the airport.

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Myers: Retirement at 62 Means Less Money from Social Security

When deciding when to retire, it’s important to know how much money you will get from Social Security. Jack Myers of Social Security’s Springfield office says there are also work restrictions when you retire early:

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You can explore different options online at soicalsecurity.gov.

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Shelbyville Manor to Host Fall Festival

Shelbyville Manor is gearing up for their Fall Festival this Saturday. Kristy Gorden, Director of Marketing and Sales, tells Regional Radio News what they have planned:

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Again the event is this Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00 in the Courtyard at Shelbyville Manor. If you have any question, you can call Kristy at 774-2111.

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