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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-31-13

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

Brian K. Sisk, 38, of 604 Edwards Street, Nokomis, was arrested October 30 on a bond forfeiture for driver's license revoked or suspended.

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BBBS to hold Bowl for Kid's Sake

One of the biggest yearly fundraisers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Capital Region is coming up in a few months, and it's not too early to start preparing for it.  Lisa Rakey says it's time to start getting your team together for Bowl for Kids' Sake:

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Rakey says you should save that date: March 22, 2014.

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Sangamon County Coroner Reports Death of Springfield Resident Involved in Auto Accident

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards reports the following death:

 

32-year-old Peter E. Hahn of Springfield, passed away at St. John's Hospital    October 29, 2013 at 10:57 A.M.  

 

Hahn was involved in an auto accident October 28, 2013 at 6:59 A.M., at the intersection of Lawrence and Douglas Streets.

 

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning.  The cause of death is pending blood analysis and medical records review.

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October Students of the Month at Taylorville High School

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Left to Right is Senior Jeff McChristy, Junior Nathan Ryan, Sophomore Caitlin Hadden, Freshman Emily Boehme, and Len Hempen from Peoples Bank and Trust. 

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

A condition which affects millions of Americans will be in the spotlight next month.  Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says it's a very important time of year for the organization:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-30-13

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

Daniel L. Norris, 35, of 1346 East 2850 North Road, Mount Auburn, was arrested October 29 for criminal trespassing to a residence 

Susan R. Fisher, 35, of 507 1/2 West 1st Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 29 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Michael D. Kline, 30, of 200 West Calloway, Langleyville, was arrested October 30 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 29 at 5:06pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 404 South Clay for a juvenile matter. On the scene, officers encountered Susan R. Fisher, 35, of Taylorville. Dispatch advised that Fisher was wanted out of Montgomery County on a failure to appear warrant. At 5:32pm, Fisher was transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On October 30 at 12:57am, Michael D. Kline, 30, of Langleyville was located on West Spresser Street at Taylorville Boulevard. Kline was arrested on a valid Christian County warrant and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 10-30-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 30
1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS

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Gowin Parc to Expand Taylorville Location; Named GTCC Member of the Quarter

Gowin Parc is adding on to its Taylorville location. Jenni Stephens from Gowin Parc tells Regional Radio News about the expansion:

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For more information on Gowin Parc in Taylorville, you can call 287-7000 or find them online at gowinparc.com. Gowin Parc also has locations in Mattoon, Pana, and Paris. Gowin Parc was also named the 3rd quarter Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Member of the Quarter 2013. 

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Rep. Rodney Davis to Host Veterans? Benefits Workshop

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he will be hosting a Veterans’ Benefits Workshop to assist those filing for service-related claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, November 5th, from 11am – 1pm at the Hickory Room in the Morris Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

A variety of veterans’ service organizations will be on-hand including representatives from Congressman Davis’ office, the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Regional Office, the Illinois Veterans’ Commission, the American Legion and others.

For more information, contact Congressman Davis’ office at 618.301.8386.

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Taylorville Community Credit Union Receives ?Makeover Award? From Hillsboro Chamber Of Commerce

The Hillsboro branch of Taylorville Community Credit Union received a ‘Makeover Award’ from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the credit union’s recent purchase and remodeling of the building at 138 E. Wood Street in Hillsboro.

The award, presented September 26th at the Hillsboro Chamber’s annual Business and Industry Awards banquet, is one of only three such awards presented this year. According to a news release from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the Makeover Award “recognizes those businesses that enhance their properties in such a way as to add to the aesthetic appeal of the community, thereby increasing pride in the community.”

Taylorville Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution that has served the needs of its members since 1956. Its membership is open to everyone who works or lives in the tri-county area covered by Christian, Shelby and Montgomery Counties. It maintains offices in Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield. For more information, visit www.taylorvillecommunitycreditunion.com, or call 217-824-9658.

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ATIM to Help Match Employers, Employees

Even though unemployment is still high, there are still a lot of employers who can't find the right person for the job.  That's where ATIM comes in, or Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing.  According to Larry Peterson, the idea is to train entry level employees to give them a better chance at securing employment in some of these jobs:

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Employers who want to find out more about ATIM should call 558-4256.  Interested individuals can call Larry Peterson at 820-0577.

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Taylorville Public Library to Hold First Annual Family Fest

The Taylorville Public Library is introducing a new program next month. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News what they have in store:

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Siles says they are also starting a grown-ups movie club and a kid’s movie club. Siles says they have made a few changes to their story time program and will now have separate times for infant to 4 year-olds and kindergarten through 2nd grade. For more information, contact the Taylorville Public Library at 824-4736.

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Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR And Seitz Funeral Homes Award Certificates To Central A & M Football Players Of The Game

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Pictured left to right: kneeling Justin Harvey, Miles Nielson. Standing Zach Ballinger, Jason Pokalsey, Roy Butts, Trenton Chepan, Head Coach Nate Graham.  Not pictured Matt Simpson.

 

Central A & M Football team has concluded their 2013 football season. 

 

Each week of the season, a player who stood out for their hard work and dedication was recognized as being Player of the game.

 

Week one award went to Trenton Chepan, week two and week seven was Roy Butts, week three and week eight went to Jason Pokalsey, week four Zach Ballinger, week five was Justin Harvey, Miles Nielson receiving the award for week six, and week nine went to Matt Simpson. 

 

Central A & M Head Football Coach Nate Graham tells Regional Radio despite the down season as they finished with a 1-8 recod, he is very proud of his team:

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Special Sports Programming Continues This Weekend On Miller Media Group Stations

This weekend will again be one of special sports programming on the Miller Media Group radio stations based in Taylorville.

 

The Nokomis Redskins will host their first round state football playoff game this Friday night.  WRAN Solid Gold 98.3 will provide live coverage starting at 6:45pm.  WRAN will continue to follow the Redskins thru the state football playoffs.

 

The University of Illinois Fighting Illini play on Saturday.  Coverage on WTIM Newstalk 97.3 begins at 10:30am with the pre-game show.

 

The Eastern Illinois University Football Panthers play at home Saturday morning, with the pre-game show on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 starting at 11:30.  Kickoff is at noon.

 

And the Taylorville Tornadoes will play in the first round of the state football playoffs, Saturday afternoon at 5 at Rochester.  WTIM Newstalk 97.3 will provide coverage of the game, with the pre-game show starting at 4:45.  WTIM will continue to follow Taylorville thru the state football playoffs.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 28, 2013

                                      

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

On September 7, 2013, it was discovered that person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 400 Old Oak Road in Taylorville.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects damaged and vandalized areas of the residence.  Multiple drawers and cabinets had been ransacked.   A glass door was damaged during entry.  The total 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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Taylorville Detective Receives Certification After Taking Forensic Interviewing of Children Course

Detective Rick Bryan, of the Taylorville Police Department, recently attended a week long course of study in the forensic interviewing of children. Detective Bryan was certified on October 11 by the National Child Protection Training Center and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois as a graduate of Finding Words, Illinois: ChildFirst forensic interviewing. The training included the process of disclosure, child development, suggestibility, interview blocks and removal, and preparing children for court. Professionals from the medical, legal, counseling and law enforcement fields presented this course. This training was designed to aid children that are victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse, while ensuring the best interests of the child are the top priority.

 

This certified training will be instrumental in the investigation of and prosecution of these crimes committed on our children. Detective Bryan consistently has a high case load of these crimes and is regard by other professionals as very professional and effective at dealing with these types of investigations.

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Fire Department Calls 10-29-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 28
3 EMS, 2 Public Assist

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-29-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 28, Cole Y. Bilyeu, 25, of Taylorville was traveling south on County 22 when a deer ran into the roadway just north of 2500 North. Bilyeu hit the deer causing damage to his vehicle. No injuries were reported.

On October 28, Amy R. Owens, 19, of Taylorville was traveling south when a deer ran in front of the vehicle. Owens swerved to avoid hitting the deer and ran off the roadway. Owens hit a tree causing the vehicle to roll onto its top. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

Chad L. Hopkins, 31, of RR1 Box 75, Tower Hill, was arrested October 28 for an Illinois Revised Statute

Brylan A. Speer, 22, of 408 Kitchell Avenue, Pana, was arrested October 28 for an ordinance violation.

Tyler L. Sandidge, 21, of 59 Illini Drive, Pawnee, was arrested October 28 on a bond forfeiture for failure to reduce speed.

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Halloween Safety Tips from Sheriff Kettelkamp; Trick-or-Treat Times

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp would like to remind you of the following Halloween Safety tips:

 

  • You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.

 

  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.

 

  • Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glowstick

 

  • Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.

 

  • Check the Christian County Sheriff’s Office website or the website of your local law enforcement agency, for registered offenders residing in the area.

 

  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.

 

  • Remind your children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

 

  • Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.

 

  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.

 

  • Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. Trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult.

 

  • Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, school, or community organized events as a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating.

 

Trick-or-Treat Hours

 

Taylorville       Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       6-9 pm

 

Strasburg         Thursday, Oct. 31                               6-8 p.m.

 

Pana                Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       6-8 pm

 

Blue Mound    Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       6-9 pm

 

Shelbyville      Thursday, Oct. 31                               6-8 pm

 

Moweaqua      Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       5:30-8 pm

 

Stonington      Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       5-9 pm

Edinburg          Wed, Oct. 30 and Thurs, Oct. 31       6-9 pm

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Pana High School October Students of the Month

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Pictured left to right: Linda Miller - Peoples Bank and Trust Pana, Brianne Suter - Senior, Taylor Strom - Junior, Anna Osborn - Sophomore, Tristan Wooldridge, Kristi Hard - Peoples Bank and Trust Pana

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Miller Media Group Newstalk Stations To Present An Hour On Obamacare

The 3 Miller Media Group newstalk radio stations across Central Illinois—WRJM newstalk 1270 AM and 96.1 FM in Charleston, WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, and WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM and 92.3 FM in Clinton, will present 2 one-hour specials on the Affordable Care Act, in November and December.

 

The 2 programs are both titled “An Hour on Obamacare” with featured guest Misti Lewis of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.  Lewis and host Jared Schaefer, will discuss questions Lewis has been getting as the point-person of the hospital, for the Affordable Care Act.

 

The 2 programs are slated to air on the 3 newstalk stations November 20th and December 18th.  Both shows will air live from the WRJM studios in Charleston from 9:10 to 10am.

 

Listeners will also be encouraged to call in their questions during the 2nd half of each show.

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Butcher: Harvest Going Well

It's harvest time in Central Illinois.  Christian County farmer Tim Butcher says so far, it's going well:

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The yields this year have generally exceeded expectations after a wet start to the growing season followed by a dry summer.

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New City Water Treatment Plant to Bring Rate Increases

The City of Taylorville needs a new water treatment plant, and customers will bear most of the cost.  Mayor Greg Brotherton says they are still in the early stages of planning, but they should have a good idea of what the increases will be within the next few months:

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Mayor Brotherton says there are very few government grants available for such work.  

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Taylorville Development Association to Hold Special Meeting

The Taylorville Development Association is holding a special board of directors meeting at Peoples Bank & Trust in Taylorville on November 6 at noon. President Ken Hart tells Regional Radio News that they will be discussing what to do with TDA’s 84 acre industrial park property:

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The meeting is open to the public and lunch will be provided. Again the meeting will be Wednesday, November 6th beginning at noon at Peoples Bank & Trust located on 1221 Springfield Road in Taylorville.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Central Illinois Community Blood Center

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Alexis Yardon and Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller 

 

 

A donor relations consultant with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center in Springfield, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Alexis Yadron told the Kiwanis members that the C-I-C-B-C was formed in 1971, and serves 15 counties and 14 hospitals in the area, including both Christian County hospitals.

Yadron said one pint of blood saves 3 lives, with blood, platelets, and plasma all used from a donor. She added the qualifications to donate blood are pretty simple—you must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

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Yadron asked Kiwanis members to consider donating blood at the 3 upcoming Christian County blood drives, or to set up a blood drive at their own business.

O-negative blood is in short supply right now, and Yadron added that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is when blood donations drop so blood donors are even more important.

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3 members of the Decatur Early Bird Kiwanis Club, and Barb Westrick representing the Taylorville Arts Council, were all guests at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.

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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Taylorville Park Board Agrees to Place Posts to Mark Property Lines

The Taylorville Park District Board returned to a discussion at their meeting Monday night about the Perkinson’s Property after issues over property lines arose once again. President Marlane Miller tells the Board what the problem is:

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The Board agreed to place 5 posts that would signify the property lines.

 

The Taylorville Park District Board was informed of some bad news in regards to the Kids-R-Kids Car Show. President Marlane Miller said there were issues with the person the group had in charge:

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Miller said she also heard complaints from several others sometime after the event. The Board agreed that if the group held this event again in the future, that person could not be involved.

 

The Taylorville Park District Board approved the decision to remove the current Jayne’s Park sign and replace it with one that honors Doctor Henry Jayne. The new sign will read “Jayne’s Park in honor of Doctor Henry Jayne and Family.” Recreation Director Bailey Hancock told the Board that they received a 100% on the health inspection at the Don Braggs concession stand. Hancock says she has also been very busy planning the annual Christmas in the Park event and that everything is near completion.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:50pm.

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Other IHSA Football Playoff Times announced

#8 Pana (H.S.) (5-4) at #1 Williamsville (9-0) Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 pm

 

#5 Athens [Coop] (6-3) at #4 Nokomis [Coop] (7-2) Fri., Nov. 1, 7:00 pm (This game will be heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN)

 

#7 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #2 Auburn (7-2) Sat., Nov. 2, 1:30 pm

 

All game times can be found on the IHSA website.

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Coach Interviews from Pigskin Playoff Preview Show

Here are the coach interviews as heard on the Pigskin Playoff Preview Show on groovy 93.5:

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Taylorville vs Rochester Football Playoff Information

 

- Round 1 game, Taylorville at Rochester, will be played on Saturday, November 2 at 5:00 pm.

 

- Gates to Rocket Booster Stadium will open at 3:30 pm.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the game.  Individuals who pre-purchase tickets may enter through either the main gate or the pass gate.

 

Taylorville High School will sell advance tickets in Student Services on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm.

 

- All tickets for round 1 are $5, per the IHSA.  Everyone, except babies in arm, must have a ticket.

 

* To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all spectators, please abide by the following guidelines at all RHS home playoff football games:

    1) All students under age 12 (grades K through 6)  must be accompanied by an adult.

    2) Throwing footballs and running are prohibited inside the stadium and in the parking lot.

    3) Any vehicle illegally parked in a fire lane, handicapped spot, or unauthorized area will be ticketed.

    4) There is NO re-entry to Rocket Booster Stadium

    5) The possession/consumption of alcohol on school property is against state law.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-28-13

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

Briar D. Samson, 18, of 901 East Stephenson Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 26 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear/answer.

Angela L. Peters, 45, of 1018 East Adams, Taylorville, was arrested October 27 on a warrant for the manufacturing and delivery of 15-100 grams of cannabis (720 570)

Joseph M. Jophlin, 28, of 713 North Poplar, Pana, was arrested October 25 for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Donald G. Foster, 35, of 310 North Foggit, Edinburg, was arrested October 26 on a bond forfeiture for driving with a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On October 26 at 3:00pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed Briar Samson, 18, of Taylorville walking through the parking lot at Walgreens. The officer knew Samson to have a Christian County warrant. Dispatch verified the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Samson was placed under the arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On October 26 at 3:36pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent out in reference to a disturbance with weapons involved. Following investigation, Antonio Hayes, 32, of Springfield was arrested for aggravated assault.

ACCIDENTS:

Cibele Arruda, 33, of Springfield was traveling westbound on Route 104. Brandon M. Lawrence, 22, of Kincaid attempted to pull onto Route 104 and struck the passenger side panel of Arruda. Lawrence stated it was his fault and that he just didn't see Arruda when he started pulling out. No injuries were reported.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

The Pana Police Department is investigating an aggravated battery that occurred at the junction of 16 and 51 (Rosebud Truck Stop). Information will be sent to the State's Attorney's Office for possible charges.

On October 25, David Shrake reported a burglary and damage that had occurred to his sister's (Cora Shrake) residence at 5 East Washington. Two doors were damaged by unknown persons to gain entry into the residence. Case is under investigation.

On October 25, Randall Floyd reported a burglary and theft at 9 South State Street, Pana. Floyd reported unknown person(s) forced entry into the business causing damage to an entry door. Floyd reported the theft of a small amount of money frome inside. Case is under investigation.

On October 25, Tara Morrison reported a violation of an order of protection regarding an 18-year-old male subject. This case is under further investigation.

On October 26, Jonathan M. Burrus, 39, of Pana was issued a citation for speeding 22mph in a 10mph zone.

On October 26, Marissa R. Sliger, 17, of Pana was issued a citation for graduated driver failure to secure passengers under 19 with a seat belt.

On October 27, a Brunner Auto Supply employee reported that he walked in on a burglary in progress at the store. The subject ran from the building and was not located. The subject had forced entry by damaging a steel door and frame on the back of the building. No items were reported stolen. Case is under investigation.

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Fire Department Calls 10-28-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 25
3 EMS

October 26
1 EMS, 1 Barn Fire at 1660 North 1800 East in Stonington (TFD called to assist. Stonington took command and released TFD after scene was cleared)

October 27
1 EMS, 1 Fire (TFD dispatched to 1481 North 930 East Road in reference to black smoke. Rock Solid Produce was found to have a controlled burn of old wood pallets and the plastic containers that the plants come in which was creating the black smoke. The fire was extinguished and Rock Solid Produce was advised that this was an illegal burn.)

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Long Term Care Insurance Seminar Tuesday

One aspect of insurance that most people don't understand is long term care insurance, and one company is trying to address the situation.  Country Financial Agents Jeff Peabody, Mark Heaton and Doug McKinnie recently sat down to tell Regional Radio listeners about a seminar coming up Tuesday.  Jeff Peabody says a lot of people aren't even sure what long term care insurance is:

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Peabody says the seminar takes place tomorrow:

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Jeff Peabody can be contacted at 824-2279.

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Court this Week for Drug Arrestees

Court appearances for those arrested on drug charges last week will begin this week.  After a long investigation, 22 Christian County residents were arrested Thursday on a variety of drug charges.  Many of them have already bonded out.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says more arrests are pending.

 

You can find a full list of arrestees, charges and mugshots of the accused at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Sheriff: Improved Website Offers Safety Tips and Offender Information

Halloween is this week and that means kids will be out trick or treating. While it is supposed to be a night of fun, there are many dangers out there including sex offenders. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News there is an easy way to find Halloween safety tips and locations of sex offenders:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says you can also sign up for email alerts that let you know when an offender moves into your neighborhood. Again the website can be found under the links section on christiancountysheriffsoffice.com

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Nascar Racer to Appear at Aaron's

Racing fans should take note: your chance to meet a Nascar driver is coming up.  Aaron's store Regional Manager Alan Miller says Kenny Wallace will be soliciting donations for local food pantries:

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Aaron's is located at 712 W. Springfield Rd, across from Taylorville High School.

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LLCC splits at Iowa Central Invitational

#9 LLCC defeats Ellsworth 25-17, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21

#9 LLCC loses to #22 Butler 25-27, 25-20, 9-25, 13-25

 

Record: 30-6 (7th consecutive 30-win season)

Next: FRI @ Parkland Invitational

 

vs. Ellsworth

Digs: Hathcoat 27, Harper 14

Aces: Harper 2, Hauser 2

Blocks: Forman 3, Harper 2

Assists: Harper 43

Kills: Voils 19, Corn 10

 

vs. Butler

Digs: hathcoat 28, Hamilton 16

Aces: Hauser 3, Hamilton 2

Blocks: Forman 1

Assists: Harper 36

Kills: Forman 17, Voils 8

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LLCC splits two matches at Iowa Central Invitational

#9 LLCC loses to #13 Des Moines Area  25-23, 18-25, 27-29, 23-25

#9 LLCC defeats Iowa Central 27-29, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16

 

Record: 29-5

NEXT: SAT vs. Ellsworth CC and #22 Butler CC

 

vs. DMA CC

Digs: Hathcoat 29, Amsden 18

Aces: Neilson 3

Blocks: Ballinger 5, Voils 4

Assists: Harper 45

Kills: Voils 11, Forman 11

 

vs. Iowa Central

Digs: Hathcoat 25, Amsden 22

Aces: Amsden 5

Blocks: Voils 5, Corn 5

Assists: Harper 51

Kills: Forman 16, Corn 10

 

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Playoff Pairings Announced for IHSA Football

Below are local matchups as heard on the Pigskin Playoff Preview Show on groovy 93.5:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-25-13

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

Michael L. Droke, 23, of 312 East Taylorville Road, Langleyville, was arrested on October 25 for retail theft/display of items and failure to appear.

Jason E. Newberry, 41, of 317 East Shawnee Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 for failure to appear.

Joshua C. Wells, 23, of 604 North Western Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for possession of cannabis.

Brad Stimac, 25, of 709 West Vandeveer Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for amount of narcotics schedule I & II

Lacey L. Sparling, 29, of 709 West Vandeveer Street, Taylorvillle, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for amount of narcotics schedule I & II

Destiny R. Rickman, 34, of 2100 Grand Boulevard Apt. 2E, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amounts of narcotics.

Kaylene S. Reber, 24, of 720 North Silver Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for the manufacturing and delivery of cannabis 10-30 grams.

Jessica L. Mizeur, 31, of 608 Arlington Drive, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amounts of narcotics.

Jacob L. Kirchoff, 29, of 811 West Park Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis 10-30 grams.

William S. Jordan, 40, of Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for non-narcotics schedule I&II

Samantha J. Gatton, 27, of 317 East Main Cross Street Apt. 1, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for non-narcotic schedule I&II

Danielle M. Gatton, 25, of 1073 East 1025 North Road, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for non-narcotic schedule I&II

Diane M. Durbin, 53, of 821 East Lewis Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Robert J. Dodd, 57, of 821 East Lewis Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Ashley L. Dodd, 32, of 330 South Plum Street, Moweaqua, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amounts of amphetamine.

Kimberly A. Daniels, 32, of 725 East Thompson Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Orville B. Craig, 36, of 1009 West Pauline Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Tammi G. Brown, 40, of 715 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Damery L. Binkley, 31, of 30 Fairview Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amount of narcotics.

Amanda R. Binkley, 24, of 30 Fairview, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for other amounts of narcotics schedule IV.

Michael K. Bennett, 25, of 317 South Curtis Street, Edinburg, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for possession of cannabis. Also arrested on view for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Rickie L. Abbott, 35, of 604 North Western Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for methamphetamine delivery.

Theresa M. Bush, 52, of 1985 East 700 North Road, Pana, was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for non-narcotics schedule I&II.

Mitchell R. Neece, 31, of 1924 South Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested on October 24 on a bond forfeiture for battery by making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.

Caralee A. Cooper, 44, of 1590 North 1800 East Road, Taylorville was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for driver's license revoked or suspended.

ACCIDENTS:

On October 22, a 16-year-old male was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 104. At approximately 175 East Road, a deer ran into the road way. The 16-year-old was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

On October 22, Felicia R. Messado, 21, of Shelbyville was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 29 approaching North Eaton Street. Messado said she could not tell Tiffany A. Kalka, 31, of Taylorville, was slowing down. Messado said that when she noticed Kalka stopped, she tried braking but could not stop in time due to water on the roadway and struck Kalka. Kalka stated that she was slowing down due to a car in front of her turning. No injuries were reported.

On October 22, Brittni N. Harrison, 29, of Taylorville stated that she was southbound on Prairie Street and saw a vehicle westbound on South East 4th Street. Harrison stated that she tried to break once she noticed Alex S. Brockamp, 17, entering the intersection but was unable to do so in time. Harrison struck Brockamp in the passenger's side near the rear of the vehicle. Brockamp stated that he was almost through the intersection when Harrison struck his vehicle. No injuries were reported.

On October 23, Dakota J. Rudow, 21, was traveling east bound on 00 North Road approaching the intersection of 2500 East when a deer entered the roadway. Rudow attempted to avoid striking the deer by swerving to the left. Rudow then left the roadway to the northeast of the intersection and traveled approximately approximately 30 yards before entering into a pond. Rudow was immersed in the water up to the middle of the doors. No injuries were reported.

On October 23, Harry R. Harden Jr., 44, of Taylorville was traveling eastbound on 1450 North Road. At approximately 1075 East, a deer came onto the roadway from the south. Harden struck the deer with the front right bumper of the pickup causing damage to it. Harden was not towed from the scene. Harden came to the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report the crash. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On October 25 at 12:59am, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Chloe Windell, 19, of Taylorville driving a vehicle while her license is suspended. Windell was arrested for driving suspended and resisting or obstructing a peace office. Christopher Crow, 29, of Taylorville was arrested for public intoxication and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing.

On October 25 at 12:55am, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at Fairview Tailer Park. While officers were conducting an investigation, Michael Droke, 23, of Langleyville appeared from one of the trailers. Officers knew Droke to have a valid Christian County warrant which was confirmed through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Droke was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On October 25 at 12:10am, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle because the registered owner was suspended. Upon further investigation, Dawn E. Thompson, 25, of Decatur was arrested for driving suspended. Thompson was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On October 24 at 11:23pm, Taylorville Police Department officers made contact with Jason E. Newberry, 41, of Taylorville in the alley way off of Long Street just south of East Park Street. Newberry was arrested for a valid warrant out of Christian County and was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.

On October 22, Amanda M. Irwin, 26, of Taylorville and Norma J. Cearlock, 73, of Taylorville were both traveling southbound on East Park Street. Cearlock said the vehicle in front of her turned on his turn signal and slowed down to turn. Cearlock said she slowed down and was struck in the rear end by Irwin. Irwin said she did not see Cearlock slowing down and could not stop in time before striking he in the rear end. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 10-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Taylorville Kiwanis Visits Christian County Mental Health Association

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Pictured Left to Right: Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller and President & CEO of CCMHA Brent DeMichael. 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club had an offsite meeting at the Christian County Mental Health Association (CCMHA) on Tuesday, October 22nd. Brent DeMichael, President & CEO of CCMHA, spoke of their beginning in 1971 with a budget of $45,000. CCMHA focuses on providing programs for people with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. These programs include Community Integrated Living, Crisis Intervention, Developmental Training, Outpatient Clinical Services, Outreach and In-Home Respite-Care, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation. CCMHA also provides work services for the developmentally disabled through their production of plywood reels. They manufacture between 1-1.5 million reels per year with total sales of $4,000,000 annually. These sales make up 60% of their budget with the other 40% coming from the State of Illinois. Today CCMHA has 150 clients in day programs, 350 people in monthly clinical services, 125 full and part time employees, and a annual budget of $7,000,000.

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LLCC Volleyball All-Conference Selections

Selections were based solely on performance on MWAC matches and not overall season statistics.

 

1st Team:

 

Taylor Harper – Soph., Setter (West Prairie)

Sammie Voils – Fr., Hitter (Nokomis)

 

2nd Team:

Michaleen Forman – Soph., Hitter (Danville)

Kayla Hamilton – Soph., Outside Hitter (Ft. Zumwalt)

 

Honorable Mention:


Lindsay Hathcoat – Soph., Libero (Benton)

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High School Football Broadcasts for October 25th; Reminder of Changes for Saturday

Newstalk WTIM 97.3: Taylorville @ Southeast

 

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN: Shelbyville @ Tolono

 

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR: Central A&M vs. Meridian

  

All games kick-off at 7:00pm, with pre-game at approximately 6:45pm

 

And a reminder of sports programming changes on Saturday:

The Fighting Illini game, originally scheduled to air on WTIM 97.3, will instead air on WRAN 98.3 at 2pm.

 

The annual “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show, featuring the first information on the Illinois High School Association football playoffs, originally scheduled to air Saturday night from 8 to 10pm on WTIM 97.3, will instead air on groovy 93.5.

 

The Cardinal playoff game will air on WTIM 97.3 at 6pm.

 

And, Eastern Illinois University football will air as scheduled on WMKR 94.3, at 3:30pm on Saturday.

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Halloween Activities Planned for Taylorville

Halloween is just a few days away now.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says there will be plenty of ways to celebrate in Taylorville:

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Again, trick or treating in Taylorville will take place the 30th and 31st from 6 to 9pm.

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Farmers Market Wraps up the Season Saturday

The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market has come to the end of its run for 2013.  The last one for this year is tomorrow (Saturday).  Market Manager Ed Downs says they have pulled out all the stops for the finale:

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Tomorrow will also feature "Meet the Machines" giving kids a chance to see heavy machinery close up.  Again, the Farmers Market runs from 9am til 1pm Saturday on the Taylorville Square.

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Christian County Prevention Coalition: Warning Signs

Abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs has developed into a big problem in recent years.  Parents may not know who to turn to.  Gail Hook of the Christian County Prevention Coalition says there are warning signs you can look for:

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22 Arrested on Various Drug Charges

22 individuals were arrested on Thursday for various narcotic, methamphetamine and cannabis charges. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News about the roundup:

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With the one house being close to the Taylorville High School, there could have been an enhancement to the charge but Sheriff Kettelkamp says it is not so in this case:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says it is still concerning that the house was that close:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says it was a real team effort:

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Below is the full list of arrests, charges, and pictures: 

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This is the house located at 604 Northwestern just a block away from the Taylorville High School

 

 

 

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Subject Arrested 1:                 Name: Rickey L. Abbott

                                                Address: 604 Northwestern Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 35

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 2:                 Name:  Michael K. Bennett

                                                Address: 317 S. Curtin St. Edinburg, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age: 25

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1) Unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 3)

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 3:                 Name: Damery L. Binkley

                                                Address: #30Fairview Trailer Park Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 31

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1)   Unlawful delivery of Cannabis (Class 3)

                                                  Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 4:                 Name: Amanda  R. Binkley

                                                Address: # 30 Fairview Trailer Park Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 24

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                 (1)   Unlawful delivery of controlled  (Class 3)

                                                 Bond was set at: $10,000.00

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Subject Arrested 5:                 Name: Theresa M. Bush

                                                Address: 1985E 700 North Rd. Pana (Millersville), IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 52

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                  Bond was set at: $40,000.00

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Subject Arrested 6:                 Name: Tammi G. Brown

                                                Address: 715 E. Poplar St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 40

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                      (1)   Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Class 3)

                                      Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 7:                 Name: Orville B. Craig

                                                Address: 817 E. Pine St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 36

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1)   Unlawful delivery of controlled substance (Class 3)

                                                 Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 8:                 Name:  Kimberly A. Daniels

                                                Address: 725 E. Thompson St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 33

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                 Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 9:                 Name: Robert J. Dodd

                                                Address: 821 E. Lewis St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 57

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                             Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 10:               Name:  Ashley L. Dodd

                                                Address: 328 Plum St. Moweaqua, formerly of Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 46

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 11:               Name:  Diane M. Durbin

                                                Address: 821 E. Lewis St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 53

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 12:               Name:  Danielle M. Gatton

                                                Address: 1073 E 1025 North RD.  Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 25

                                                  Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 13:               Name:  Samantha J. Gatton

                                                Address: 317 E. main Cross Apt. 1Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 27

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $50,000.00 

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Subject Arrested 14:               Name:  William S. Jordan

                                                Address: Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age:  40

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

 

Subject Arrested 15:               Name:  Joseph A. Leckner

                                                Address: (DOC)Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender:  M      Age: 22                                                                                                                                  

                                                 Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1) Aggravated Unlawful use of a weapon (Class 4)

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Subject Arrested 16:               Name:  Jacob L Kirchhoff

                                                Address: 811 W. Park BLVD Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 29

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                  (1) Unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 3)

                                                Bond was set at: $20,000.00

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Subject Arrested 17:               Name:  Jessica R. Mizuer                                                                                                                            Address: 608 Arlington St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 31

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 18:               Name:  Kaylene S. Reber

                                                Address: 720 N. Silver St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 24

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                              (1) Unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 3)

                                                Bond was set at: $10,000.00

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Subject Arrested 19:               Name:  Destiny R. Rickman

                                                Address: 2100 Grand Blvd Apt. B2Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 34

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 20:               Name:  Lacsey L. Sparling

                                                Address: 709 W. Vandeveer St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: F        Age: 29

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1) Unlawful delivery of cannabis (class 4)

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

                                                Bond was set at: $30,000.00

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Subject Arrested 21:               Name:  Bradley S. Stimac

                                                Address: 709 W. Vandeveer St. Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 25

                                                Subject Arrested For:

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

                                                Bond was set at: $50,000.00

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Subject Arrested 22:               Name:  Joshua C. Wells

                                                Address: 604 Northwestern Av.  Taylorville, IL

                                                Gender: M       Age: 23

                                                Subject Arrested For:

                                                (1)  Unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 3)

                                                Bond was set at: $10,000.00 

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Local Sport Scores

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Tolono-Unity with a score of 25 to 7.

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Southeast with a score of 17 to 7.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M lost to Meridian with a final score of 42 to 27.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-24-13

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

Nicole M. Conaway, 22, of 1218 West Pauline, Taylorville, was arrested October 23 for driving with a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:

On October 23 at 11:10pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 204 North Main Street in reference to juveniles out after curfew. Following investigation, James E. Fishburn, 22, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Fishburn was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On October 21, following an incident at the Walmart in Pana, Tina M. Mitchell, 51, of Springfield was arrested and charged with retail theft. Mitchell was given a notice to appear in court and released.

On October 22, following an incident at 510 North Poplar Street, Pana, Stacey E. Worker, 39, of Tower Hill, was arrested for striking complainant with an officer present. Worker was also arrested for illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. Worker was given a notice to appear and released. Information being forwarded to the State's Attorney for possible additional charges regarding the incident.

On October 22, Eric J. Merritt, 18, of Pana was arrested for a Christian County warrant for failure to appear for domestic battery and a Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation. Merritt was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 23, Amber M. Brown, 28, of Mowequa was traveling westbound on Main Street when she struck Justin M. Woodrum, 30, of Blue Mound who was traveling southbound on Poplar Street. Both vehicles had major damage. Brown was cited for failure to yield at a stop intersection. Brown and Woodrum were both transported to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

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Fire Department Calls 10-24-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 23
1 EMS

October 24
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Employers can Verify Social Security Numbers

Employers are required to make sure hirees have a valid Social Security number.  Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security's Springfield office, says there is an easy way to obtain the information:

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Again, the website is socialsecurity.gov.

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Christian County YMCA to Hold 25th Annual Auction

The Christian County YMCA is gearing up for its 25th Annual Auction on November 8th. Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller tells Regional Radio News where the funds that are raised go:

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The evening begins at 5:30pm with silent auctions and a live auction with a catered dinner at 7:00pm. Admission is $65 per person; coat and tie requested. For more information, call the Christian County YMCA at 287-7271.

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Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

The Drug Take Back Program takes place this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Taylorville Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Hile tells Regional Radio News this gives people the opportunity to discard prescription drugs:

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The event is free of charge. Again drop off points are at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorville Police Department, Morrisonville Police Department and Walgreens in Taylorville and Pana.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-23-13

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

Joshua F. Haines, 28, of 1519 West Elm Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 22 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher E. Willings, 51, of 304 North PawPaw, Taylorville, was arrested October 22 on a warrant for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Alexander J. Wallis, 22, of 747 East Park Avenue Apt. N, Carbondale, was arrested October 22 on a warrant for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Dakoda B. Shanks, 19, of 10 Fairviews Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested October 21 for domestic battery.

Eric J. Merritt, 18, of RR1 Box 133, Herrick, was arrested October 23 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery causing bodily damage.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:

On October 22 at 9:26pm, Taylorville Police Department officers made contact with Joshua Haines, 28, of Taylorville. Officers knew Haines to have a valid Fayette County warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Haines was place under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

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Fire Department Calls 10-23-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 18
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Assist, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

October 19
5 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

October 20
1 Public Assist

October 21
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist

October 22
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

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Bonett: Long Term Care Insurance Can Help With Costs of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Alzheimer's and other dementia related diseases continue to affect more and more people every day thus causes family members to look into nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help with caring for those individuals. With those facilities though comes a large expense. Steve Bonett from Country Financial tells Regional Radio News that's why it is important to consider long term care insurance:

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Country Financial is hosting a seminar in Taylorville on Tuesday, October 29th where people can get more information on long term care insurance. For more information or to register, call Jeff Peabody at 824-2279.

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Bullock: Lake Land Plays Strong Role in Economic Development

Among the attendees at last week’s Christian County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting was the new president of Lake Land College in Mattoon, Doctor Josh Bullock.  

Bullock talked with Regional Radio News after the meeting, about why Lake Land values its participation in the local economic development efforts.

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And, Doctor Bullock also says community colleges can change programs based on employers’ needs.

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Bullock has been the new president of Lake Land College just over 4 months.

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Casey: County Transportation System Would Be Beneficial to Residents

The University of Illinois Extension Office is working on a transportation system within Christian County. Chris Casey, Community and Economic Development Educator at the Extension Office, tells Regional Radio News what the system would offer once they get several issues solved:

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Casey says it is very beneficial that several counties do have a transportation system up and running because it provides a model to build their system on.

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Shelbyville October Students of the Month

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Left to right is Senior Monica Griesemer, Junior Matt Overbeck, Sophomore Curt Campbell, Freshman Elizabeth Carswell, and Family Drug representative Jessie.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-22-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

James E. Fishburn, 22, of 100 East Vine, Taylorville, was arrested October 21 on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis.


THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 21 at 11:29am, Taylorville Police Department offices were dispatched to a 911 hang up in the 900 block of East Stevenson. Officers arrived on scene and spoke to several witnesses who advised of a domestic disturbance that had occurred. Upon further investigation, Ryan M. West, 22, of Taylorville and Michael G. West, 43, of Taylorville were arrested for domestic battery. They were both transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office where they were lodged.

On October 21 at 8:36am, Taylorville Police Department officer were dispatched in reference to a fight between two women. Officers arrived and found that Dakoda B. Shanks, 19, of Taylorville and her 17-year-old girlfriend had a verbal argument that turned physical. Both advised they struck each other. Both received injuries which were later photograph and the photos were placed into evidence. Both were arrested for domestic battery and later given an Illinois Domestic Violent Act.. The 17-year-old was processed and released to her mother. Shanks was processed and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 21 at 3:58pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Route 48 and Lincoln Trail. Following the stop, Amanda N. Langston, 30, of Assumption was issued citations for driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Langston was released from the scene on a notice to appear.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 21, 2013

This week CRIME STOPPERS is seeking information is regards to burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between October 12, 2013 and October 19, 2013, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 609 North Silver Street.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a 55" flat screen TV and an unknown amount of cash.  A door was also damaged while making entry.  The total dollar amount of items taken and the damage done is unknown at this time. 

Please call CRIME STOPPERS if you have any information about this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons. CRIME STOPPERS will pay cash rewards up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you DO NOT have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay double the normal reward for information leading to an arrest for the crime of the week.

You can contact CRIME STOPPERS at 824-9100, 1-800-568-TIPS, or at our website ChristianCountyCrimeStoppers.org.

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Bell: Route 29 Project Continues to Progress Well

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their annual meeting Friday morning at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium, to review current economic development efforts in the county.

One of the speakers was board member Mike Bell of Edinburg, who also heads up the Route 29 Committee.  Bell told the board about the status of construction of the remaining 6-point-3 miles of highway around Edinburg to complete the road as 4 lanes from Taylorville to Springfield.

Bell shared with Regional Radio News what he told the board, saying that the first lip of asphalt is currently being laid.

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And, Bell told the C-C-E-D-C board on Friday, that the Ayerco C-Store that will move from its present location on the present Route 29 in Edinburg, to a location next to the new 4-lane highway, and will include a Subway restaurant.

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Bell is also a member of the Edinburg School Board.

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Sports Programming Changes For This Weekend Announced On Miller Media Group Stations

The Miller Media Group radio stations based in Taylorville, has announced sports programming changes for this weekend due to the Cardinals playoff game on Saturday.

 

The Fighting Illini game, originally scheduled to air on WTIM 97.3, will instead air on WRAN 98.3 at 2pm.

 

The annual “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show, featuring the first information on the Illinois High School Association football playoffs, originally scheduled to air Saturday night from 8 to 10pm on WTIM 97.3, will instead air on groovy 93.5.

 

The Cardinal playoff game will air on WTIM 97.3 at 6pm.

 

And, Eastern Illinois University football will air as scheduled on WMKR 94.3, at 3:30pm on Saturday.

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Winners Drawn In Groovy 93.5 Cash Giveaway

Winners were drawn on Friday, in the Groovy 93.5 2nd Anniversary Cash Giveaway.

The 5 winners, each winning 93-dollars 50-cents, made themselves eligible during hourly trivia contests on the station’s 2nd Anniversary Show last Thursday.

The 5 winners drawn at random, were Rich Green of Springfield, Donald Brown of Taylorville, Walt Wingler of Taylorville, Jerry Biggart of Virden, and Bob Groome of Taylorville.

Winners will receive their checks in the mail within 30 days.

Groovy 93.5 thanks all those who participated in last Thursday’s 2nd Anniversary Trivia Contests and Show.

Groovy 93.5 is part of the 5-station Taylorville cluster owned and operated by the Miller Media Group in Taylorville.  Miller Media Group also owns and operates stations that serve Clinton and Charleston.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-21-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Daniel Watkins, 23, of 64 East 300 North Road, Morrisonville, was arrested October 18 for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

Rebecca L. Martell, 29, of 718 East Elm, Taylorville, was arrested October 18 for operating a vehicle uninsured.

Marcia A. Fleming-Hoffman, 52, of 210 North Cherokee Street Apt. 6, Taylorville, was arrested October 19 for failure to appear.

Ryan M. Tester, 32, of 602 Arlington Road, Taylorville, was arrested October 19 for domestic battery.

Randy J. Allen, 19, of RR1 Box 355A, Ramsey, was arrested October 19 on a warrant for failure to appear for an ordinance violation.

Derek A. Peters, 17, of 507 Walnut Street, Pana, was arrested October 20 for criminal damage to property and obstructing justice.


ACCIDENTS:

On October 19, Pamela R. Bullard, 54, of Stonington and Nicole E. Hosto, 28, of Mount Auburn, were both northbound on County Highway 22. Bullard slowed and signaled a right turn as she approached 1700 North Road. Hosto did not see Bullard's turn signal and did not realize she had slowed down as she prepared to turn. Hosto realized too late that Bullard was turning. Hosto applied the breaks leaving approximately 30" of skid marks before hitting Bullard in the rear bumper. The impact turned Bullard 180 degrees where she came to a stop on 1700 North Road facing south. No injuries were reported.

Carl C. Campbell, 42, was westbound on County Highway 2 about 500 feet west of 975 East Road when a deer ran out into the roadway in from of him. Campbell applied the brakes but was unable to avoid striking the deer. No injuries were reported.

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On October 18 at 6:53pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Daniel Watkins, 23, of Morrisonville, in the lobby of Hershey Towers. The officer knew Watkins to have a warrant out of Moultrie County. Following the warrant arrest, Watkins was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property. Watkins was transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On October 18 at 9:53pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 600 West Third Street in reference to a domestic dispute between a juvenile and his step father Thomas Foster. Following investigation, the juvenile was arrested for domestic battery, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released to his grandmother.

On October 19 at 1:45am,Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 210 North Cherokee Apt. 6 in reference to an intoxicated male. Marcia A. Fleming-Hoffman, 52, of Taylorville, was located at this residence. She was arrested for a valid Christian County warrant and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 19 at 7:25pm, Tammy Samson called and advised of a female screaming for help. Samson advised the female was screaming from a residence across the street at 602 Arlington. Taylorville Police Department officers arrived at the address and spoke to Ryan Tester, 32, of Taylorville and Amanda Carnahan. Carnahan advised her and Tester had a verbal argument that turned physical. She advised Tester had butted and punched her several times in the head. She also advised that he threw her on the floor and up against the furniture. Carnahan advised she tried to leave the house several times but Tester would not let her. She advised she was able to reach the bathroom window and scream for help. Photos were taken of her injuries. Tester was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. I.D.V.A. was given.

Ernest S. Stewart, 24, of 1301 West Adams Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 19 for violating an order of protection.

On October 19, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. An officer spoke with Travis Miller from loss prevention. Upon further investigation David Haynes, 62, of Tovey was arrested for retail theft.

On October 20, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop and found Amanda J. Kee, 37, of Taylorville to be the driver. The officer ran her info through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and it showed that her license was suspended. Kee was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed.

Lorenzo C. Harper, 24, of 1209 East Poplar, Taylorville, was arrested October 20 on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

ACCIDENTS:

On October 17, Anastasia M. Krager, 31, of Taylorville was slowing to a stop in traffic when Haley A. Robinson, 20, of Blue Mound struck her from behind. No injuries were reported.

On October 17, a deer jumped out in front of Nathan J. Holste, 24,of Springfield. No injuries were reported.

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Promoted Taylorville Fireman Take Oath; City Council Approves Annexations

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Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall, and Captain Matt Adermann shake the hands of the Aldermen and Mayor after taking Oath of Office.

 

13 ordinances to approve the annexations of properties were brought before the Taylorville City Council at their meeting Monday night. Alderman Martin Vota voiced concern over the funding for these annexations especially with having to come up with funding for the new water treatment facility. Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz explained why these are being brought up now:

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Alderman Ray Koonce also voiced concern saying that it would cause extra strain on fire and police personnel and also citizens but Alderman Shawn Burtle says these properties are already being serviced by the city. The following properties were approved on a 7 to 2 vote: the Mid America Sport Parachute Property, Garren Property, People’s Bank & Trust, Evergeen Aviation Property all located on South Spresser, the Bangert Property located on Northern Avenue, the Vangeison Property and Stillwell Property on South Houston, and the Reber Property on North Snodgrass. The Klinghammer Property and Dennis Property on South Shumway were approved on a 5 to 4 vote.  The Phillips Property on North Snodgrass was approved on a 6 to 2 vote with Alderman Bruce Jones abstaining.

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The Taylorville City Council was presented with an ordinance to amend portions of the City Code in regards to rules of order in Committee meetings. Alderman Martin Vota told the Council he was not in favor of this:

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Alderman Rob Heberling says it helps provide clarification:

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The ordinance passed on a 7-1 vote.

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Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall, and Captain Matt Adermann were all present at the Taylorville City Council meeting to take their oath of office for their recent promotions.  The Board approved a resolution for a real estate lease with Clint Barlow. Mayor Greg Brotherton reminded people in his update that Cheney will be closed this week as work on the sewer continues and also the railroad crossing at Cherokee and Adams will be closed for several days for maintenance. Mayor Brotherton also proclaimed October 22nd-25th as Illinois Federation of Business Women Week.

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LLCC splits matches at MWAC Tourney

#10 LLCC defeats Danville Area 28-26, 25-16, 25-13

#2 Parkland defeats #10 LLCC 25-23, 25-19, 13-25, 25-12

 

LLCC Record: 27-4

Next: TUE @ SWIC, 6pm


vs. Danville:

Digs: Hathcoat 25, Neilson 10

Aces:Ballinger 2, Amsden 2

Blocking: Forman 4, Corn 3

Assists: Harper 32

Kills: Forman 12, Voils 8

 

vs. Parkland

Digs: Hathcoat 26, Amsden 11

Aces: 4 tied w/1

Blocks: Ballinger 2, Voils 2

Assists: Harper 42

Kills: Forman 12, Hamilton 11

 

NOTE 1:  MWAC All-Conference team selections should be out within the next 10 days.

NOTE 2: Taylor Harper is now the career assist leader with 2,111, passing Krista Privia's 2,085 set during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

 

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Wilson: You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

The old saying is not true.  Apparently, you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Ian Wilson of Tail Command, a "doggie day-care" in Taylorville, says with patience, any dog can learn:

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Wilson recently opened Tail Command.  Find out more by calling 824-8245, that's 824-TAIL.

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IFBWC to hold Christmas Auction

An organization that has been around for a long time will be holding an annual event next month.  According to Amy Hagen of US Bank, the Illinois Federation of Business Women's Club will hold its Christmas Auction in a few weeks:

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The IFBWC awards 2 or 3 scholarships a year.

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Terry: Why Car Insurance Quotes Are Lower Than Final Policy Price

When it comes to car insurance, a frequently asked question is “Why is the final policy price more than the quote I received?” Mark Terry from the Illinois Department of Transportation tells Regional Radio News why that is the case:

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For more information go to insurance.illinois.gov or call 866-445-5364.

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CCEDC Board Informed of Proposed Property Swap at Annual Meeting

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their annual meeting Friday morning at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium, to review current economic development efforts in the county.

Ken Hart, a board member and also representing the local Taylorville Development Association, told the board about a proposed swap of property T-D-A currently owns near Archer Daniels Midland on the city’s northwest side, with property now owned by the Hopper Trust on Taylorville’s west side.

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Hart said that the proposed property is very close to where the City of Taylorville invested heavily, in water and sewer infrastructure when the Wal-Mart Supercenter was built in 1999.

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Hart is hopeful that the swap can occur so that the T-D-A will have a more marketable property for prospective industries to locate in Taylorville.

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#10 LLCC Volleyball Wins First Two at MWAC Tournament

#10 LLCC defeats Lincoln College 25-20, 25-15, 25-20

LLCC defeats Lewis+ Clark 25-14, 25-13, 25-17


Record: 26-3
NEXT: SAT @11 vs. Danville, 1pm vs. #2 Parkland

 

vs. Lincoln
Digs: Hathcoat 27, Neilson 11

Aces: Hathcoat 2, Neilson 2

Blocks: Ballinger 2, Hauser 2, Voils 2

Assists: Harper 36

Kills: Forman 8, Hamilton 7, Voils 6

 

vs, L+C

Digs: Amsden 10, Hathcoat 9

Aces: Amsden 3

Blocks: Voils 3, Corn 3

Assists: Harper 27

Kills: Voils 9, Hamilton 7, Corn 6

 

NOTE: With 63 assists, Taylor Harper reached the 1000 assist plateau for a second season, the first LLCC setter ever to notch two 1000 assist seasons.  She also passed Beka Pruemer for 2nd all-time on the career assist charts and is only 49 short (I -think-) of the top slot, held by Krista Privia with 2,085.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-18-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 18, Adam D. Pritchett, 25, of Taylorville left the scene of an accident. Vehicle was found in the north ditch of the Cherokee Street extension. The vehicle was unoccupied and Pritchett was found and identified at a later time. No injuries were reported.

On October 17, Dustin M. Yeske, 31, of Nokomis was traveling eastbound on Township Road 300 North. Aooriximately 1/2 mile east of Township Road 1100 East, Yeske stated a deer entered the roadway and struck him in the passenger side door. Yeske received passenger door damage and no injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

April L. Neal, 30, of 705 East Second Street, Pana, was arrested October 17 for methamphetamine precursor, methamphetamine manufacturing, and aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing. (720 646/15-b-1-b)

Jeffrey L. Patrick, 36, of 410 South Clay Street, Pana, was arrested October 17 for methamphetamine precursor, methamphetamine manufacturing, and aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing.

Taylor J. Christian, 22, of 105 Garrison Street, Bullpit, was arrested October 17 for driving with a suspended license.

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Fire Department Calls 10-18-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 17
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

October 18
1 Alarm

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Help Needed at Shelbyville's Forest Park

Even though it's not Halloween yet, thoughts are already turning to the upcoming holiday season.  One of the area's biggest seasonal draws is the yearly lighting displays at Forest Park in Shelbyville, and Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they can use your help getting it set up:

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Again the lights go on November 22nd.  Call the Chamber with questions at 774-2221.

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Taylorville Police Department Now Accepting Donations for PBPA Kids, Cops, and Christmas Program

The Taylorville Police Department Police Benevolent &Protective Association’s (PBPA) Kids, Cops, and Christmas Program has been in existence for over 15 years. Many children in Christian County have received assistance by this program during the Christmas Holiday season. Children who are in need are allowed to spend $100 on toys and clothes during the first or second week of December. Donations provided by citizens and businesses in Christian County allow the program to continue helping and families in need.

 

Therefore the Taylorville Police Department is once again asking for your help. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be mailed or delivered before December 1st to the following address:

 

Taylorville Police Department

ATTN: PBPA

108 W. Vine St.

Taylorville, IL 62568

 

Please make checks payable to PBPA Unit #16. 

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High School Football Broadcasts for October 18th

Groovy 93.5: Taylorville vs. Lanphier

 

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN: Shelbyville vs. Monticello

 

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR: Central A&M @ Maroa-Forsyth

  

All games kick-off at 7:00pm, with pre-game at approximately 6:45pm

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Chamber Welcomes New Member

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new member.  President and CEO of the Chamber, Patty Hornbuckle, says the soon to open department store Goodys is now an official Chamber member:

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Again, that is coming up November 14.  Goodys is located in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center on Bidwell St. in Taylorville, right next door to Kriegers.

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Road to Recovery: ACS

There’s a program run by the American Cancer Society that  you may not know about. Shayne Squires of ACS says you may find the Road to Recovery useful:

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Call the American Cancer Society’s toll-free number, (800) 227-2345.

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Farmers Market Still Offers Variety

Even though it is nearing its end for this year, the Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market is still offering a large variety of fresh locally grown produce.  Market Manager Ed Downs tells Regional Radio listeners that 2013 has been a good season for the Market:

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Aside from produce, the Market still features fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, and locally produced craft items.  The Market runs from 9:30am til 1pm Saturday on the E. Side of the Taylorville Square.

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The Miller Media Group and the First National Bank in Taylorville Announce Athletes of the Month

The Miller Media Group and the First National Bank in Taylorville are Proud to Present the Area Athletes of the Month

Female Athlete of the Month

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The Female Athlete of the Month is Sydney Lett. Sydney, a junior, is an outside hitter for the Pana Panthers Volleyball team. She has started varsity for 2 years. Last season, Sydney was a defensive specialist on the Panthers 2A Elite 8 team. This year, as a hitter, she has 96 kills, 26 aces, 96 service points, 145 digs, 41 blocks and has recorded a 91.9 serving percentage. Coach Cothern calls Sydney a positive leader who possesses a large amount of court smarts.

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Male Athlete of the Month

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The Male Athlete of the Month is Jake Smothers. Jake is a senior running back on the Taylorville Tornado football team. Through the first 6 games of the season, Jake has carried the ball 66 times for a total of 386 yards. He is averaging just under 6 yards per carry and scored 6 touchdowns on the ground. Jake has also caught 2 passes for a total of 35 yards and a 17.5 yard per reception average. Jake is a leader on the Tornado team that is pushing for it’s first playoff berth in several years.

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The Miller Media Group and The First National Bank in Taylorville salute these athletes for their hard work and dedication. Watch every month as we select a male and female athlete from the towns in Central Illinois.

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Jack Schultz, Craig Lindvahl Guest Speakers At Economic Development Annual Meeting Luncheon

Keeping the Christian County Millenials in the county as entrepreneurs, was the topic of a presentation from Jack Schultz and former Taylorville native Craig Lindvahl, during the Friday’s annual meeting and luncheon of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation. Almost 100 attended the luncheon and presentation from the pair, which have created a program for high school students called “Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities” or the C-E-O program.

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Schultz, which is a south central Illinois entrepreneur himself and resides in Effingham, told the group Millenials look at things much differently than Baby Boomers.

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Lindvahl, who grew up in Taylorville, told the local economic development gathering about how he learned the attitudes of Millenials as a long-time teacher.

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The pair encouraged the Christian County businesspeople in attendance, to pay attention to the Millenials in coming years if they wanted them to stay in the county and become entrepreneurs themselves.

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Christian County Economic Development Holds Annual Board Meeting

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The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their annual meeting and luncheon Friday morning at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium, to review current economic development efforts in Christian County.

Economic Development executive director Mary Renner shared with Regional Radio News after the meeting, that Christian County is continuing to see increased interest from both retail and industrial business locators.

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Renner says continued interest from prospective retailers, is a good sign for continued economic development in Christian County.

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Some 30 board members attended the annual meeting, and almost 100 attended the luncheon afterwards that featured Jack Schultz and former Taylorville native Craig Lindvahl both talk about how to keep the Millenials as entrepreneurs in Christian County.

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Local Sport Scores

As heard on Groovy 93.5, Taylorville defeated Lanphier with a score of 38-6.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Monticello with a score of 38-6.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Moroa-Forsyth with a score of 54-13.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-17-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 13, Bradley J. Pope, 28, of Pana, was traveling north on 1960 East Road at 249 North. Don M. Wilhour, 77, of Pana was entering the roadway from a driveway and hit Pope on the driver's side. Wilhour's vehicle had damage and Pope's vehicle was not damaged. No injuries were reported.

On October 13, Adam C. Wilson, 38, of Moweaqua, was traveling west at 2570 East 1900 North Road when a deer entered the roadway. Wilson tried to evade the deer but lost control and was ejected from his motorcycle. Wilson was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

On October 14, Kyle E. Landholt, 26, of Dawson, was traveling eastbound on County Highway 2. At approximately 1127 East Road, a deer came onto the roadway from the south. Landholt hit the deer with the front driver's side of the vehicle causing damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

Aaron B. Coulter, 34, of 503 South Locust Street, Pana, was arrested October 16 on a warrant for methamphetamine manufacturing.

Verna L. Albright, 36, of 616 West Nora Street, Farmersville, was arrested October 16 for driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle uninsured.

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Fire Department Calls 10-17-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 16
4 EMS, 1 Oven Fire

October 17
1 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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McGuire: Kids Victimized by Scammers

Now, not even kids are safe from identity theft.  Public Advocate Mac McGuire says it's the latest trend for the fraud industry:

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Because children don't usually use the Social Security cards until they are adults, the identity theft can go undetected for years.

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Gowin Parc of Mattoon Invites Community Members to Check Up on Their Memory

Gowin Parc of Mattoonis encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on November 19, 2013. Theresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc, tells Regional Radio News about the event:

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Gowin explains what the screening process looks like:

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For more information, call Theresa Gowin at 246-5582.

    

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Davis Votes to Reopen Government, Extend Debt Limit

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville was among House lawmakers okaying legislation last night, refunding government until January 15, and suspending the nation's debt limit through February 7. 

In a statement released last night, the freshman Congressman says while he remains opposed to Obamacare, the government shutdown was "unacceptable".  Davis also says last night's vote will begin the process of constitutional appropriations, which he has been calling for during this entire process.

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Consolidated Communications Awards Grant to Taylorville Teacher for Technology Purchase

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Sarah Greider of Consolidated Communications presents a check to Taylorville teacher Kathy Mansfield from the company's Earning For Learning fund.

 

 

Consolidated Communications recently awarded a grant for $1,500 to Taylorville Junior High School teacher Kathy Mansfield to purchase a smart board for her classroom.

 

Mansfield submitted the grant proposal through Consolidated’s Earning for Learning (EFL) program to purchase a Promethean Interactive Board.

 

The EFL program has donated more than $3.2 million to local schools to use for teacher grants, computer and software purchase and other items and projects not included in typical school budgets. Participating schools are invited to submit a grant application to request funds for a specific financial need. Grants are approved based on the description of need and funds available at the time of the request.

 

Visit Consolidated Communications’ Web site at www.consolidated.com to learn more about the EFL program.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-16-13

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

Aaron M. Ballion, 21, of 301 South Curtis Street, Edinburg, was arrested October 15 on a bond forfeiture for burglary.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 15, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed Aaron M. Ballion, 21, of Edinburg, walking east on Spresser Street. The officer knew Ballion to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. Ballion was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 10-16-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Children's Health Fair Coming up in Pana

Pana Community Hospital has it's annual Children's Health Fair coming up.  The event is the brainchild of Marketing Coordinator Melissa Rybolt:

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Taylorville Kiwanis Members Hear About CTI Fiber Project

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Pictured Left to Right: Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller, Billy Williams, and Kiwanian Bobbie Durbin.
  

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from Billy Williams and Bobbie Durbin about their new CTI fiber optic project at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. CTI is in the first phase of installing a citywide fiber optic cable network. Fiber optic cable is the fastest and most reliable way to access the internet. Traditional copper wires are about 100 times slower than modern fiber optic cable. CTI will initially be offering consumers internet access at speeds up to 50 mb/s. The network will also allow for phone and cable services, which they expect to offer beginning next year. Customers will able to sign up for the services once the network is completed in their neighborhood. The city is divided into 6 phases, which they estimate will take approximately 3 years to complete. For more information on CTI go to www.ctifiber.com. For more information on Taylorville Kiwanis go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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American Legion Posts to Help Veterans in and around Moultrie County

Military veterans in and around Moultrie County are invited next week for a special service session at Castle Williams American Legion Post 105 located at 1535 Legion Drive in Decatur. There will be 3 sessions that will run from October 24th through October 26th from 10 am to 5 pm each day. 19th District Commander Robbie Walker tells Regional Radio News what veterans can expect at the sessions:

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Taylorville School Board Hears FY13 School District Audit

The Taylorville School Board was presented with the Fiscal Year 2013 School District Audit at their meeting Tuesday night. CPA Adam Mathias (Ma-thigh-us) from the Lively, Mathias, and Hooper firm pointed out some key financial figures for operating funds:

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Mathias said it was evident that the Taylorville School District watched their expenditures closely but there is still work to be done to achieve a balanced budget.

 

The Taylorville School Board approved the issuance of alternate revenue bonds up to 12-million dollars. David Pistorius (Pi-story-us) with First MidState told the Board that there are two more steps in this process:

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The bond will help building and equipping additions to, improving the sites of, and altering, repairing and equipping the existing school building and facilities of the Taylorville School District.

 

The Taylorville School Board approved the following overnight trip requests: the Taylorville High School FFA’s request to attend the National FFA Convention on October 29th through November 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky, the Taylorville High School Science Club request to camp overnight at Shelbyville Lake on October 19th and 20th, and the Taylorville High School Wrestling Team’s request to participate in the Mid-States Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater on December 27th and 28th. The Board also approved the District ISBE Rising Star school improvement plan.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.

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COUNTY BOARD APPROVES SUB PLAT FOR WATER SYSTEM TO PROCEED

The Christian County Board approved the minor sub-plat for Wareham and Norville in order for the Sharpsburg and Neighboring Area water system to proceed. The water system will include a water tower and pumping station and will serve over 200 water customers. Zoning Officer Brett Rahar has approved all the building permits, Plat Officer Mike Gianasi has reviewed the sup-plat and determined that all is in order as are the easements. Work should begin within the next 3 weeks according to Attorney Tony DelGiorno.

The board met Tuesday night in regular session with Chairman Paul Schmitz presiding. Cliff Frye requested to replace a 20 year old power washer and received bids in the amount $5288, $5600 and $6700. The board approved the purchase from Pressure Pump and Supply of Lebanon, Illinois in the amount of $5288. The spillway bridge project at Lake Taylorville is set for repairs which may begin this fall, weather permitting. If started this fall, the project would most likely not be completed until late summer 2014. The bridge would be closed during that period and access to the marina would only be from Cherokee Street. It was also decided by the board to deny the use of county property for the purpose of hunting.

Former County Board Chairman John Curtin appeared before the board to request that the county set aside a part of the courthouse lawn to be used as a permanent memorial to the farmers of Christian County. The memorial will consist of a stone monument, laser engraved, with a progressive depiction of farming over the years. Two benches will sit atop a concrete surround with an 11 foot by 13 foot brick paver patio located within. The funding for the project will come from the sale of engraved pavers purchased by the public in memory of family members or friends that were farmers in the county. The board approved setting aside the land for the project.

In other business, it was approved to increase the court fee for maintaining and using the law library from $6 to $10. The fee is collected in the form of a fine, collected by the circuit clerk. It was also agreed to accept sealed bids on 5 delinquent tax deed properties, 2 in Pana Township, 1 in Taylorville Township and 2 in Prairieton Township.

The board also approved the collective bargaining agreement presented to the Finance Committee by Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling. Some language changes were made as well as the changing of Lincoln’s Birthday holiday to Christmas Eve, effective 2014, an increase in the Lietenants supplemental pay to $1500 and Sergeant to $1200, an addition of $50 to each increment of longevity starting at five years, up from four, increase employee insurance contributions an additional 1% and agree to a 3 year contact with wages of 2%, 2.5% and 2.5%. The agreement had been ratified by the FOP membership at an earlier time.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm. The next regular meeting will be held on November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the County Board Room.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-15-13

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

Joshua D. Hill, 39, of 350 Central Avenue, Kincaid, was arrested October 14 on a warrant for criminal damage to property.

Darlene M. Miller, 41, of 2721 North 2199 East Road, Blue Mound, was arrested October 14 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On October 8, Harold E. Gist, 72, of Taylorville was traveling east on Spresser Street and was stopped at the intersection of Webster and Spresser. Gist was stopped waiting to turn north on Webster Street. Raymond C. Brunk, 41, of Tovey was traveling was on Park Street and was traveling through the intersection of Park and Webster. Brunk had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection. Gist, who did not see Brunk, attempted to turn north onto Webster Street, causing a collision. Gist had to be towed from the scene and Brunk was able to drive away from the scene. No injuries were reported.

On October 12, Kenneth L. Moomey Jr., 21, of Taylorville was waiting at the intersection of Madison and Spresser Streets. Darrell G. Church, 71, of Stonington was attempting to turn onto Madison Street from Spresser Street. Moomey thought that Church was going to continue traveling westbound so he looked the other way and proceeded into the intersection and struck Church. Madison said he was going to turn onto Madison when Moomey pulled out of the intersection and hit the side of his vehicle. No injuries were reported and both units were able to drive away from the scene.

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Fire Department Calls 10-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 14
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Illegal Burn, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Take Final Flight of the Year

The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will honor 16 more WWII veterans and 70 more Korean veterans with a one-day trip to Washington, DC on October 22nd  to see the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, National Air and Space Museum and other memorials.  If the government is still “shut down”, the Air and Space Museum will be closed.  There will be 3 veterans from Taylorville on the flight and they are: William Croenne, Frank Diss, and James Nation.

            The public is invited to a welcome home ceremony for these WWII and Korean Era veterans when the plane arrives back at the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at 9:30 p.m. on October 22. Wear red, white and blue to show your appreciation.

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Rosenthal: Pension the Topic at Next Week's Veto Session

Next week's veto session of the Illinois Legislature will be dominated by discussions about the pension problems.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says it's still not clear whether a solution to the problem has been found:

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Rosenthal says Governor Pat Quinn has been pushing for pension reform, but has offered little in the way of solutions.

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Master Gardener Training Approaches

The time for Master Gardener training is near, and this year there will be classes in Taylorville.  Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi of the University of Illinois Extension says there are very few prequalifications:

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Call the Extension office at 287-7246.

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Doggy Day Care Opens in Taylorville

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A new doggy day care has opened up in Taylorville. Ian Wilson, owner of Tail Command, tells Regional Radio News how he got the idea to open up the doggy day care:

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Tail Command is located at 210 E Main Cross in Taylorville. For more information, you can call them at 824-8245.

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Stonington Resident Looks to Help Disabled Veterans in Midst of Shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, one group of people that could soon be majorly affected by it is disabled veterans. Public Advocate Chad Weber of Stonington says if they don’t figure it out soon, disabled veterans won’t get paid. Weber, who is also a disabled veteran himself, tells Regional Radio News what the effects could be if this were to happen:

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Weber says they are looking for people to help start a bank trust so that the next payroll is met no matter what. If you are interested in helping or have suggestions, call Chad at 820-1590.

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Governor Quinn Announces $6.4 Million for Eastern Illinois Local Transportation Improvements

Governor Pat Quinn joined local and area officials to announce $6.4 million from his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program that can be used to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure in eastern Illinois. The funds are in addition to the annual Motor Fuel Tax revenues these municipalities are scheduled to receive this year. Local counties that received funds are: Macon County – $925,013, Moultrie County – $186,037, Piatt County – $248,698, and Shelby County – $394,681. The $6.4 million is part of the fourth part in a series of annual grants that have come to municipalities for local transportation projects under the Illinois Jobs Now! program since 2010.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 14, 2013

 

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a series of criminal damages that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between October 10, 2013 and October 13, 2013, there were several incidents of damage to vehicle that occurred at 317 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville.  Vehicles have been struck, dented, and scratched while parked in the parking lot of the apartment building.  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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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-14-13

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

Breanna K. Hobbs, 23, of 705 East Poplar Street, Taylorville was arrested October 11 for a juvenile warrant.

Amy N. Kronkow, 21, of 418 Taft Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cody L. Henson, 20, of 996 North Linden Avenue, Decatur, was arrested October 12 on a bond forfeiture for burglary.

Travon D. Fairlee, 22, of 2108 Bradley Court, Springfield, was arrested October 12 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Adam D. Pritchett, 25, 1203 Brantley Road, Taylorville, was arrested October 12 for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alexander B. Shanks, 20, of 610 South Webster Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 13 on a warrant for possession of liquor by a minor.

James R. Koehne, 45, of 210 Hickory Street, Kincaid, was arrested October 13 for domestic battery.

Brittany D. Ashlock, 19, of 100 East Vine Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 13 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kody E. Campbell, 21, of 510 West Maple Street Apt. 4, Taylorville, was arrested October 14 for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 10 at 11:31am, Matt Hutchison called and needed a Taylorville Police Department officer at the Taylorville High School in reference to two juvenile females stealing iPhones from the girl's locker room. Both juvenile females were arrested, processed, and released to their mothers.

On October 11, Taylorville Police Department officers went to 705 East Poplar Street and made contact with Breanna K. Hobbs, 23, of Taylorville that one officer knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran her information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Hobbs was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 11, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched in reference to ana assault. Officers arrived and spoke to a juvenile and his parents. Upon further investigation, the juvenile was arrested for aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. The juvenile was processed and released to his mother.


On October 13 at 12:09am, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 107 West Main Cross in reference to loud music and a noise complaint. Following investigation, Robert W. Dillon, 20, of Taylorville and Dalton A. Rozplochowski, 18, of Taylorville were arrested for illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor. Dillon and Rozplochowski were transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

 

On October 9, an employee at Dollar General in Pana reported an incident of retail theft involving a 25 year old female. The case is under investigation.

 

On October 9, Debra K. Garland, 36, of Pana was issued a citation for driving while license suspended.

 

On October 11, John A. Lyons, 66, of Decatur was stopped at a stop sign facing southbound at the intersection of Illinois Route 16 and 2600 East Road. Amy C. Beyers, 28, of Springfield was westbound on Route 16 approaching the intersection. Lyons, who was pulling a trailer, proceeded into the intersection without yielding to oncoming traffic. Beyers struck Lyons in the rear driver’s side wheel. The momentum of the vehicles carried them south through the intersection where a secondary impact between the front of Beyers and the front of the trailer occurred. Lyons had moderate damage to the rear driver’s side wheel and the trailer had minor damage. Beyers had major front end damage. Lyons was issued a citation for failure to yield. Beyers reported minor injuries but refused medical attention.

 

On October 12, a 16-year-old female failed to yield turning left when she struck John H. Buerk, 77, of Pana. Both vehicles had minor damage and no injuries were reported. The 16-year-old was issued a citation for failure to yield when turning left.

 

On October 13th, Alexander B. Shanks, 20, of Pana was arrested on a Christian County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of consumption of liquor by a minor. Shanks was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

After an incident on October 4th at Locust and Third Street, information will be sent to the State’s Attorney Office seeking a curfew violation charge against a 13-year-old female.

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Fire Department Calls 10-14-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 10
2 EMS, 1 Dryer Fire, 1 Gas Odor, 1 Public Assist

October 11
1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Gas Odor

October 12
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Gas Odor

October 13
2 Grass Fires, 2 EMS

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Taylorville High School Music Department Presents the Choral ?Demonstration? Concert

The Taylorville High School Choirs will present the annual Fall Choir Concert on Thursday, October 17 beginning at 7:00pm in the THS Cafeteria. This first concert of the year serves as a demonstration of the learning process that the students go through while preparing for the performance. In addition to several finished songs, the Taylorville High School Mixed and Concert Choirs will present some of the warm-up and vocal flexibility exercises that are used in the classroom.

 

The Taylorville High School Music Department is excited to welcome members of the South Fork High School Choir for this concert. The SFHS Choir and THS Mixed Choir have been practicing separately, but will be combing forces at this concert for a joint performance.

 

Also, the Taylorville High School Concert Choir will be previewing several pieces of music from the Illinois Music Educators Association District 5 Festival. The festival will take place on November 23 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

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#6 LLCC Volleyball Wins Own Tourney, Going 4-0

#6 LLCC defeats #RV Kankakee 25-21, 25-19, 25-20

Kills: Voils 8, Corn 7

Blocks: Forman 4, Corn 4

Assists: Harper 32

Digs: Hathcoat 12, Neilson 9

Aces: Neilson 2, Amsden 2

 

#6 LLCC defeats Kaskaskia 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22

Kills: forman 16, Ballinger 12, Corn 11

Blocks: Hauser 2, Hamilton 2

Assists: Harper 52

Digs: Hathcoat 32, Amsden 16

Aces: 4 tied with 1.

 

 

LLCC Record: 24-3

Next: FRI @ MWAC Tournament in Lincoln

 

Tournament MVP: Michaleen Forman  (11 blocks, 40 kills, hit .423)

All-tournament: Taylor Harper (5 blocks, 24 digs, 151 assists)

 

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LEAD Program Registration Just Around the Corner

It's time to start getting serious about plans for the popular LEAD program that is put on by the University of Illinois Extension Office and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce. Chris Casey of the Extension Office tells Regional Radio News that they hope to open up registration soon:

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For more information, contact the U of I Extension Office at 287-7246 or the Taylorville Chamber at 824-4919.

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Terry: May Want to Consider Earthquake Insurance

When it comes to earthquakes in Illinois, some people wouldn’t even give it a second thought. Mark Terry with the Illinois Department of Insurance tells Regional Radio News that you may want to consider it:

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October is earthquake awareness month.

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Rep. Davis Named to Farm Bill Conference Committee

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he has been selected to serve on the House-Senate Conference Committee tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate-passed Farm Bills. The House passed, by voice vote, a motion to go to conference with the Senate on Friday.

 

Rep. Davis is the only freshman member of the House to be selected to serve on the committee and is the first representative from this area to serve on a Farm Bill conference committee since Rep. Tom Ewing in 1996.

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Mayhall: Schools looking for Box Tops

School funding is seemingly becoming more and more difficult to come by these days. Schools are thus looking for alternative funding options. One of the long standing options is the Box Top program and Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says several local schools are looking for Box Top donations:

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Box Tops can be found on a variety of products including boxes of garbage bags and Kleenex boxes. For more information, you can call the Shelbyville Chamber at 774-2221

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#6 LLCC Volleyball Defeats Kaskaskia and #12 Butler

Harper defeats Kaskaskia 3-0
Kankakee defeats East Central College 3-0
John A Logan defeats Kankakee 3-2
Butler defeats Harper College 3-0

#6 LLCC defeats #12 Butler 25-23, 14-25, 26-24, 25-23

Digs: Hathcoat 37, Neilson 12
Aces: Neilson 3, Harper 2
Blocks: Forman 3, Harper 2, Ballinger 2
Assists: Harper 42
Kills: Forman 12, Hamilton 11

#6 LLCC defeats East Central College 25-16, 25-18, 25-17
Record: 22-3, Next: 11am vs. #18 Kankakee

Digs: Hathcoat 9, Corn 9, Harper 9
Aces: Hauser 2
Blocks: Corn 3, Hauser 3, Forman 3
Assists: Harper 25, Lascody 13
Kills: Hamilton 8, Ballinger 6

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New Deputy Starts with Christian County Sheriff's Office

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A new deputy is set to start with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Castle has completed a 12-week regimen of physical and classroom instruction at the Illinois State Police Academy. The training included Terrorism Awareness, Domestic Violence, Critical Incident Response, Firearms Training, First Responder Certification, Illinois Vehicle Code, Criminal Law, Motor Carrier Safety, Juvenile Law, and more.

Deputy Castle will spend the next 6 weeks with a field training officer before he will be assigned to patrol on his own.

Deputy Castle and his wife Calee reside in Pana. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-11-13

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

Nicholas A. Edwards, 32, of 304 South Curtis Street, Edinburg, was arrested October 10 on a warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license and was arrested on view for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis.

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Outdoor Shop in Taylorville Offers Bow Repair by Big Names

The Outdoor Shop offers many great services at its Taylorville location. Brian Johnson owner of The Outdoor Shop tells Regional Radio News that one of those services is bow repair and it is done by some well-known names:

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Johnson also says that they have a refrigerated trailer that was provided by Moweaqua Packing Plant where people can store their deer for pick-up. The Outdoor Shop is located at 1020 Nectar Lane in Taylorville.

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Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market Returns

After taking a week off for Chillifest, the Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market returns this Saturday. Market Manager Ed Downs says they are coming back strong and will even have new items:

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Downs also points out that there are just a few weeks left before the market closes for the year. The Taylorville Mainstreet's Farmers Market runs from 9am to 12:30pm every Saturday on the Taylorville Square.

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Balloon Fest at Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze Finds New Location

The Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze gets underway this weekend. Due to the government shutdown, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' locations were closed which caused a search for a new spot for the Balloon Fest. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce tells Regional Radio News that they have found a new place:

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For more information and a full schedule of events, go to lakeshelbyville.com.

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Chillifest Chilli Sold May Be Record

The official Chilli at the 28th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest was once again a hot item. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, tells Regional Radio News that they may have sold a record amount:

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Chillifest was held this past weekend.

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High School Football Broadcasts for October 11th

Groovy 93.5: Taylorville vs. Jacksonville

 

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN: Shelbyville @ Sullivan

 

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR: Central A&M vs. Warrensburg-Latham

  

All games kick-off at 7:00pm, with pre-game at approximately 6:45pm

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Pana Save-A-Lot Raises over $3700 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The October 5th fund-raiser by a Pana businessman and his family for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raised over twice their goal for the day.

Tim and Jennifer Christer (chreye-stur) own and operate the Pana Save-A-Lot, and held a cook-out and bake sale at their store. Jennifer Christer tells Regional Radio News their customers from Pana and the surrounding area were very generous.

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Juvenile Diabetes is personal for the Christer’s, whose son Bo has type 1 diabetes.

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The Christer’s thank all those who came out on October 5th and donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Local Sport Scores

As heard on Groovy 93.5, Taylorville fell to Jacksonville with a score of 45-14.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Warrensburg-Latham with a score of 44-19.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Sullivan with a score of 14-12.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-10-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Michael E. Ray, 38, of 404 South Clay Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 9 on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justin R. Sherman, 31, of 723 East Easter Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 9 on a warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Robert T. Sheddan, 41, of 343 West 11th Street, Neoga, was arrested October 9 on a warrant for methamphetamine precursor, retail theft, and failure to report a vehicle as unclaimed.

On October 9, Quinton A. Lancaster, 23, of Mattoon was traveling westbound on East Illinois Street in Assumption past the GSI group building. George E. Riley, 37, of Peoria had traveled westbound on East Illinois Street and had stopped on the north side of the roadway beside GSI. Riley stated he had activated his hazard lights while parked next to GSI. Riley stated he then turned on the left turn signal to proceed into the south parking lot of GSI. Lancaster and a passenger stated they saw the right turn signal activated. Lancaster stated he began to pass Riley on the left hand side when Riley began to turn left into the south parking lot. Lancaster stated he stopped when he saw that Riley was turning into the lot and attempted to put the vehicle in reverse. The semi-trailer of Riley impacted with Lancaster. Lancaster received front end and front passenger side damage. Riley received damage to the rear driver's side area of the trailer. No injuries were reported.

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On October 7, Ashley Beaty of Pana reported criminal damage that occurred to her 2004 Dodge Durango. Sometime between 10pm on October 6 and 9am on October 7, an unknown person used a rock to break the back glass. Damage is valued at $392.99.

On October 8, Velda Griffith of Pana reported damage to her headlight on her 1990 Oldsmobile while parked at 601 East 6th Street, Pana. Damage occurred some during the evening on October 7 thru early morning on October 8 by unknown person.

On October 8, David A. Smith, 72, of Pana was legally parked on the east side of Locust facing north. John A Castle, 85, of Pana was northbound on Locust and attempted to pull into a parking space in front of Smith. Witness stated Castle struck the front door of Smith and observed the front wheel move. No injuries were reported.

On October 8, Tamara J. Burnett, 55, of Springfield was traveling through a parking lot at 19 West Second Road. Burnett turned too sharply and struck a sign post. The post was not damaged. The vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front end on the driver's side.

Following a traffic stop on October 8 at Route 16 and 2600 East Road, Travis W. Smith, 41, was issued two citations: operating a vehicle uninsured and operating a vehicle with an expired registration sticker.

On October 8, Kevin E. Green, 33, of Pana was arrested on two outstanding warrants: a Shelby County warrant for failure to appear on possession of drug paraphernalia charges and a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear on possession of controlled substance charges. Green was transported to Shelby County in lieu of bond. 

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Fire Department Calls 10-10-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 8
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

October 9
4 EMS

October 10
2 EMS

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Senior Citizens Prom Coming up on October 19th

The Taylorville High School Senior Citizens Prom is just over a week away. The event will be held on Saturday October 19th from 7:00 to 10:00pm. The dance will feature music from the Taylorville High School Jazz Band and Michael Withrow Big Band. Other featured local guest artists include Jim Smith, Dave Hixenbaugh, and Thomas Campbell. Seniors will also be dancing to music from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. For more information, call Mike Cambruzzi or Chris Gunn at 824-2268

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WTIM Newstalk 97.3 To Originate Pigskin Playoff Preview High School Football Pairings Show

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, will again originate its long-standing “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show featuring the Illinois High School Association state football playoff pairings, on Saturday, October 26th from 8 to 10pm.  The show will also be streamed by clicking the WTIM icon at taylorvilledailynews.com.

The show will feature the first information on what local high school teams make it into the IHSA football playoffs, and who their first round opponents will be.  The show will also include live interviews with coaches whose teams make it into the playoffs.

The show was first created by the Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller in 1988, and has originated locally from MMG radio stations ever since.

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#9 ICC defeats #6 LLCC Volleyball at Peoria

21-25, 20-25, 23-25

 

Record: 20-3

NEXT: FRI vs. #12 Butler, 4pm at home

 

Assists: Harper 32

Digs: Hathcoat 26, Harper 12

Aces: Hauser 2, Neilson 1

Kills: Voils 8, Neilson 8

 

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Taylorville Resident to Donate Proceeds From Cleaning Business to Education

A Taylorville man is taking the initiative to help enhance education. Jeff Bell who owns Christian Cleaners tells Regional Radio News what he plans to do:

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For more information, you can contact Jeff at 823-6427.

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Fikri: Dairy Products Benefit Dental Health

Parents who want to keep their kids' teeth in good shape have a tough job of it.  Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council says milk is always a good choice because it's better for kids than even most so-called health drinks:

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Fikri says cheese is also beneficial for dental health because it stimulates saliva, which helps clear the mouth of bacteria.  You can find out more about the role of dairy products in dental health by going to stldairycouncil.org.

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Myers: People Can File for Retirement Benefits Online

Social Security offers many great programs on their website. Jack Myers of the Social Security Springfield office tells Regional Radio News that one of his top 3 programs they offer is the ability to apply for retirement benefits online:

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Myers says the other top 2 programs in his opinion are the Retirement Estimator and My Social Security. You can find these programs and more information on their website, socialsecurity.gov 

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Los Rancheros Teams Up with United Way for Fundraiser Tomorrow

Los Rancheros is teaming up with United Way of Christian County to help raise money for the organization. For tomorrow only, Los Rancheros will be donating 10% of its total sales to United Way. Los Rancheros is located at 201 W Bidwell Street in Taylorville and will be open from 11am to 10pm. 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear From Tree Board Chairperson At Weekly Meeting

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Pictured Left to Right Taylorville Tree Boards Members Kira Probst, Rhonda Kraft, and Barb Grabner-Kerns

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the chairperson of the Taylorville City Tree Board, at their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Rhonda Craft told Kiwanis members that tree beautification brings value to the community, providing some 90-thousand dollars in benefit per tree.  She added large trees absorb 30% of the total rainfall with its canopy, and another 30% with its root system. Craft says trees really are important to our lives:

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Craft said that shaded pavement lasts 40 to 60-percent longer than unshaded pavement, saving the city money, and that trees also absorb pollutants to keep the air clean as well as bring down the heat temperature in summer.

 

The Tree Board is currently doing an inventory of city-owned trees, and has also overseen harvesting of trees at Lake Taylorville with the help of a forester.

 

Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed gave an update on last month’s Peanut Days fund raiser held thru-out the city.  Sneed told the club that it netted some 48-hundred dollars in donations from the community, that will go toward Kiwanis projects for children and youth.

 

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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McGuire Suggests Starting a Scam Stopper 101 Class to Help Prevent Scams

In an age where scams grow more and more every day, it is important to educate people on the various methods of scamsters so they don’t fall into a trap. Public Advocate Mac McGuire says he suggests starting a Scam Stopper 101 class:

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McGuire says if you ever receive a suspicious call, do proper research before taking action and notify local police.  

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Senior Center to Host Halloween Party

The Senior Citizens Center in Taylorville will be throwing a Halloween Party at the end of the month.  Judy Gates of the Senior Center in Taylorville says they are encouraging everybody to come in costume:

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Again, the party will be on Thursday October 31st at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center at the corner of Adams and Shumway in Taylorville.

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Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze This Weekend

The Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze is this weekend. Chairperson Brenda Elder tells Regional Radio News some of the highlights for the event:

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For a full schedule of events, go to lakeshelbyville.com

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Pana Man Sentenced to 15 Years

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A Pana man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 29-year-old Travis M. Gregg of Pana pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder and admitted that it was him who stabbed 29 year old James “Adam” Bertin of Pana in an incident on April 13th. Bertin was attending a family get together in memory of his cousin, Jacob Cox, when a fight reportedly broke out and he was stabbed in the neck. Bertin was taken to Pana Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The negotiated plea is a day for day sentence which means Gregg could be up for release in about 7 years. There is also a two year period of mandatory supervised release that is included with the second degree murder charge.

 

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Shelbyville Rotary Club Discusses Halloween Parade; Approves New Member

The Shelbyville Rotary Club held their weekly meeting at the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital on Monday, September 30, 2013.

 

Discussed at the meeting is the upcoming Rotary Halloween Parade schedule for Saturday, October 26. The Club plans to assemble at the Shelby County Community services parking lot on the east side of the street facing the post office.

 

Costume judging will commence at 5 PM and will be judged by the "Red Hat Ladies." The parade will begin once the judging has been completed. The parade route will start from the judging site, going north on Morgan Street and stop at the Municipal building.

 

Kim Durbin, the executive director of the The Villas of Holly Brook, has been accepted as a new member of the Shelbyville Rotary club by unanimous vote. Jerry Yockey will preside over the official membership induction of both Kim Durbin and Bob Boarman at the next meeting.

 

Member Phil Miller announced that the Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon\Bike-athon raised over $18,000 with over 100 walkers and 51 bicyclists participating at the Dacey Trail.

 

The keynote speaker was Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson. Mayor Johnson spoke about the many big construction projects going on about the town, beginning with the 9th St., Street and sewer replacement project. He also spoke about the construction of the downtown Mini-Park and Gazebo.

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Pana High School September Students of the Month

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From left to right are:  Jennifer Nagle - Peoples Bank and Trust, Senior Brock Trexler, Junior, Sarah Parkison, Sophomore Rebecca Miller, Freshman Michael Hrabak and far right Linda Miller - Peoples Bank and Trust.

 

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Mach 1 on Rt. 29 Changes Gas Companies

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-8-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING

ACCIDENTS:

On October 8, Sabrina R. Reed, 33, of Assumption was northbound on North Poplar Street in Assumption. Adam D. Thull, 32, of Tower Hill was westbound on East First Street. Reed approached the yield sign at East First Street and proceeded through the intersection. Thull struck the right front of Reed in the middle of the intersection. No injuries were reported. Reed was towed from the scene by Double D Towing of Assumption. Reed was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop/yield intersection.

On October 6, Marilyn E. Stephens, 59, of Taylorville was southbound on Township Road 1000 East. Donald Hooper, 82, of Edinburg was northbound on Township Road 1000 East. One half mile north of Township Road 1900 North Road, Stephens and Hooper met at a hillcrest and struck each other with the left front corner of both vehicles. Both vehicles received major damage and both Stephens and Hooper, who were the only occupant in their vehicles, were transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment of injuries.

 

ARRESTS:

Joseph P. Keer, 27, of RR 2 Box 5A, Tower Hill, was arrested October 7 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

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Fire Department Calls 10-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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GateHouse Media Files for Chapter Eleven Bankruptcy

The parent company of newspapers in Springfield and Lincoln, has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy.

 

GateHouse Media, that owns and operates 33 publications across the country including the Illinois State Journal-Register in Springfield and the Lincoln Courier, filed for bankruptcy protection on September 27th.

 

They list total assets as 433-million and liabilities totaling some one-point-3 billion dollars.

 

GateHouse says normal operations will continue as they seek to restructure their debt.

 

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cancels Youth Deer Hunt and Eco-Meet

Due to the federal government shutdown the 37th Annual Eco-Meet scheduled for October 10, 2013 and the 5th Annual Youth Deer Hunt, organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, scheduled for October 12 and 13, 2013 have been canceled.

The Corps does plan to conduct the Eco-Meet when the shutdown ends but at this time a rescheduled date has not been set. The registered participants will be notified of the new date when it has been decided.  The Youth Deer Hunt will not be rescheduled this year due to the dates of this deer season.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands and regrets the impacts these cancellations have on people that were preparing and planning to participate in these events.  Once the shutdown ends they will reopen the affected areas closed due to the shutdown as quick as possible and conduct future special events as planned.

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CCEDC to hold Annual Meeting Next Friday

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting will be held next Friday, October 18th at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Executive Director Mary Renner tells Regional Radio News what they have lined up:

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The deadline to RSVP is this Friday. There is no admission charge for the event and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 824-4919.

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Taylorville City Council Swears in New Officer; Tables Several Issues

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion that there would be no charge for any area currently in the City or annexed into the City for fire hydrant installation. City Attorney Rocci Romano voiced concern over the wording of the motion:

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Alderman Bruce Jones also voiced concerned saying that if the motion passed, new subdivisions could view it as not having to pay to install fire hydrants before dedicating that property to the City. Romano says that is something they would need to add to the possible ordinance:

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The Council voted to table the matter and discuss the recommended ordinance at the next committee meeting.

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion to waive the water costs for a period of two years to Gowin Parc. City Attorney Rocci Romano suggested they table this matter as it could be a violation of a contract in its current proposed state:

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Romano suggested re-working the contract with Christian County to add a clause that would allow each side to make changes to the benefits for enterprise zones. Alderman Shawn Burtle suggested that instead of re-working the whole contract, write a letter to the County Board to get their approval for this one proposal. Romano said that would work as well. The Council agreed to do so and voted to table the topic.

 

At the last Taylorville City Council meeting, City Attorney Rocci Romano told the Council that Spresser was never annexed into the City after a jurisdictional transfer. Romano updated the Council at their meeting Monday about similar situations after more research was done by City Clerk Pam Peabody:

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Romano also told the Council that all the title issues of the East Park property have been worked out and the City will soon have control of it.

 

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation meeting is coming up next week where they will have several speakers talking about growing business in small towns. Mayor Greg Brotherton urged all the Aldermen at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night to attend the meeting if possible:

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The Council also approved a motion to contribute $5,000 to CCEDC.

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a proposal to preplan each Spring the Ward projects and preapprove the projects by the Street and Sewer Committee and to have projects over $1,000 approved by the Street and Sewer Committee from time to time effective January 1st. Alderman Rob Heberling says he does not support this idea:

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Alderman Bruce Jones explains what brought about this motion:

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The motion failed on a 5 to 2 vote.

 

The Taylorville City Council officially swore in Kyle Mense as a Taylorville Police Officer now that he has completed his mandatory training. The Council also tabled a subordination agreement with RECC concerning the city’s storm sewer easement due to wanting to negotiate attorney and city engineering fees to be paid by RECC. The Council also approved the concept of a “shared sewer” with the property owner being responsible for up to $2,500 and/or $3,000 for sewer installation, maintenance and repair of the sewer lines and to direct the City Attorney to research legality of such a program.

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Mense has his badge pinned to his uniform.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-7-13

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

Christopher M. Tull, 42, of 602 West Clark, Thomasboro, Illinois was arrested October 4 for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Andrea M. McDonald, 41, of 313 South Walnut Street, Pana, was arrested October 4 on a warrant for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Jessica Alaria, 24, of 101 Cedar Street, Kincaid, was arrested October 5 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Darren Debrun, 40, of 436 North 899 East Road, Morrisonville, was arrested October 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sarah M. Morrillo, 19, of 424 East Poplar Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 7 for aggravated battery of a police, fire, or peace official and resisting a peace officer.

David L. Newingham, 45, of 417 Walnut Apartment 1, Kincaid, was arrested October 6 for domestic battery.

Charity A. Jackson, 42, of 414 West Springfield Road, Taylorville, was arrested October 6 for driving on a revoked license.

Steven L. Goodrich, 26, of 910 Vandeveer, Taylorville, was arrested October 5 for armed robbery.

Joshua M. Goodrich, 24, of 407 Kennedy Road, Taylorville, was arrested October 5 for armed robbery.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING: 

On October 3, Beverley Weber of Pana reported the theft of a metal Lowe Line canoe from the back yard of her residence. The theft occurred some time during Wednesday night. The value of the canoe is $800.

Following a traffic stop on October 5, Thomas E. Lawrence, 62, of Herrick was issued a citation for speeding 67mph in a 45mph speed zone, a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol, and a citation for alcohol concentration in breath being more than .08. Lawrence posted a cash bond and his driver’s license and was given a court date.

Following a traffic stop on October 6, Jeremy K. Ashcraft, 37, was given a citation for illegal squealing and screeching of tires. He posted cash bond.

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Fire Department Calls 10-7-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 4
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October 5
3 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

October 6
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Gas Odor

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 7, 2013

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

Sometime around 3:00 am on Sunday September 1, 2013, person or persons unknown made entry into the Richard Hunter Coin Store, located at 118 North Main Street in Moweaqua.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a large amount of silver dollars and presidential dollar coins.  Damage was also done to a back door to make entry.   The total dollar amount of 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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Taylorville High School Jazz Band Performs at Chillifest

Part of Sunday’s entertainment during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, were the sounds of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band. Chris Gunn conducted the all-volunteer group that practices before school to participate.

 

Here’s about 30 seconds of some of the music that they performed for the Chillifest crowd Sunday afternoon:

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The Jazz Band will be performing for the upcoming Taylorville High School Senior Citizens Prom later this month. Tickets can be obtained at the high school office.

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International Chilli Society Cook-Off Winners Announced Sunday at Taylorville Chillifest

(Taylorville)—Winners were announced in Sunday’s judging during the International Chilli Society Central State Regional Cook-Off, during the 2nd day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

In chilli judging, first place winner was Mary Thomas of Clinton, Illinois, who won 750-dollars and a plaque.  Thomas also earned the right to particicpate in the I-C-S World Champioinship.  Second place winner was Bob Dunn of Taylorville, Illinois, who won 200-dollars and a plaque.  Third place went to Georgia Weller of Rockton, Illinois, who won 100-dollars and  a plaque.  Honorable mentions were awarded to Jeff Netzer of Seymour, Indiana, and Cathy Schmedeke of Clinton, Illinois.

In chilli verde judging Sunday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Bob Dunn of Taylorville, who won 200-dollars, a plaque, and the right to compete at the I-C-S World Championship.

Second place went to Jim Weller of Rockton, Illinois, who won 50-dollars and a plaque.  Third place went to Bob Hall of Taylorville, Illinois, who won 25-dollars and a plaque.  Honorable mentions went to Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois ,and David Thordarson of Bloomfield, Indiana.

In the salsa judging, first place winner was Lloyd Weir, who won 100-dollars, a plaque, and the right to compete in the I-C-S World Championship.  Second place winner was Tom Hoover of Columbus, Ohio, who won 25-dollars and a plaque.  Third place went to Julie Netzer of Seymour, Indiana, who won a plaque.

For more coverage on Sunday's events at Chillifest, click the "Chillifest" icon at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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CAPTION:  Winners were announced after a day of judging on Sunday, at the International Chilli Society Central States Regional Cook-Off, during the 2nd day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  Winners were, from the left:  Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won first place in the salsa judging; Bob Hall of Taylorville, Illinois, who won 3rd place in the chilli verde competition; Jim Weller of Rockton, Illinois, 2nd place chilli verde winner; Bob Dunn of Taylorville, IL, first place chilli verde and 2nd place chilli winner; Georgia Weller of Rockton, Illinois, 3rd place chilli winner; and Mary Thomas of Clinton, Illinois, first place chilli winner.  Front left is Ella Hohenstein, 2013 Little Miss Chilli Pepper; and Sidney Wagner, 2013 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper.

  

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Two Taylorville Residents Arrested for Armed Robbery at Aaron's

Two Taylorville residents have been arrested for an armed robbery. Friday night around 8:55pm, Taylorville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Aaron’s Sales and Lease located at 714 West Springfield in Taylorville. One of the suspects confronted an employee of the store with a handgun and demanded money from the cash drawer of the business. The suspect fled the store with an undetermined amount of money and personal items belonging to the employee. The employee was not injured during the robbery. A search of the area was conducted with the assistance of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The scene was processed by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigations Unit. The firearm has been recovered.

 

During the investigation, suspects were identified and located at a campsite near Lake Taylorville a few hours later. 26-year-old Steven L Goodrich of Taylorville and 24-year-old Josh M. Goodrich of Taylorville were arrested and are being held in the Christian County Correctional Center pending formal charges for armed robbery

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Group Seeking Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Marches on Davis' Taylorville Office Saturday

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Saturday’s first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, was not without its controversy.

A group marching to promote the passage of legislation giving illegal immigrants citizenship, marched across the east side of the square, and ended up at the Taylorville office of U-S Congressman Rodney Davis.
Davis’ office was closed, and the Congressman wasn’t there during the march.

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The march involved around 100 people who chanted and were asking Davis to support citizenship for illegal immigrants. The march held up traffic on East Market Street just off the square, for a time Saturday afternoon. The march was peaceful.

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Little Miss, Little Mister, Junior Miss Chilli Peppers Named at Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Saturday

(Taylorville)—The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest kicked off on Saturday morning by crowning a new Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Miss Chilli Peppers on the Chillifest stage.

There were 18 contestants vying for the title of Little Miss, 8 for Little Mister, and 10 contestants for Junior Miss Chilli Pepper, during the pageant.

In the Little Miss contest, the 2013 winner was Ella Brooks Hohenstein, the 6-year-old daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Hohenstein of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Lillian Jostes, the 4-year-old daughter of Michael and Bobby Jo Jostes of Pana.  2nd runner-up was Joey Laker, the 5-year-old daughter of John and Debbie Laker of Pana.

In the Little Mister contest, this year’s winner was Cash O’Connell, the 5-year-old son of Ashley McCallister and Justin O’Connell of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Ethan Daniel Smith, the 6-year-old son of Sheena Barry and Brent Smith of Taylorville.  2nd runner-up was Tharyn Wiseman, the 6-year-old son of Brett and Vanessa Wiseman of Taylorville.

In the newly added Junior Miss Chilli Pepper competition, the winner was 12-year-old Sidney Wagner, the daughter of Dave and Shannon Wagner of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Faith Lindsey, the 12-year-old daughter of Kylie Barlow and Jim Lindsey of Taylorville.  2nd runner-up was Grace Blakley, the 13-year-old daughter of Jim and Kim Blakley of Taylorville.  Emily Kuhn was voted on by the contestants as Miss Congeniality; she’s the 12-year-old daughter of Brad and Gina Kuhn of Pana.

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CAPTION:  The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest crowned a new Little Mister and Little Miss in ceremonies Saturday morning.  From the left: Cash O’Connell, the 5-year-old son of Ashley McCallister and Justin O’Connell of Taylorville, named the 2013 Little Mister Chilli Pepper; and Ella Brooks Hohenstein, the 6-year-old daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Hohenstein of Taylorville, crowned Little Miss Chilli Pepper.

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CAPTION: A Junior Miss Chilli Pepper was crowned Saturday morning at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  2nd runner-up was Grace Blakley, the 13-year-old daughter of Jim and Kim Blakley of Taylorville; Junior Miss 12-year-old Sidney Wagner, the daughter of Dave and Shannon Wagner of Taylorville; first runner-up was Faith Lindsey, the 12-year-old daughter of Kylie Barlow and Jim Lindsey of Taylorville; and Emily Kuhn, voted on by the contestants as Miss Congeniality, the 12-year-old daughter of Brad and Gina Kuhn of Pana.

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Nagle Completes Graduate School Of Banking

 

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Jennifer Nagle, Vice-President of Consumer Banking was awarded a diploma on August 23, 2013, at commencement exercises during the 69th annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As Vice-President of Consumer Banking at Peoples Bank & Trust, Jennifer leads the team of banking professionals providing deposit and lending services to households.

 

The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals. The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 550 US and international professionals each year. Over 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials and industry professional comprise the School’s facility.

 

Three other officers of Peoples Bank & Trust are currently enrolled in Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peoples Bank & Trust has twenty-eight officers, including sixteen graduates of national graduate banking schools held in conjunction with various universities across the country and sponsored through the American Bankers Association. Peoples Bank & Trust officers have also completed ten state banking schools sponsored by the Illinois Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association of Illinois.

 

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

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Fire Department Calls 10-04-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 3
4 EMS

October 4
2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-04-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 3, Kelsey M. Fulcher, 20, of Kincaid was traveling north on Central Avenue. Jack L. Donahue, 77, of Pawnee was on the roadway in front of Just One More tavern. Donahue back out of his parking space and into the roadway making contact with Fulcher. Fulcher was in the left lane of a one way street. Both vehicles were damaged during the accident but no injuries were reported.

On October 3, Michael J. Moss, 27, of Taylorville was southbound on Shumway street in Taylorville. Moss crossed the railroad track, struck an unattended vehicle on the west side of the street, traveled 1/8 of a mile south, ran off the roadway to the left, and struck a tree causing major damage to the vehicle. Moss was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

Richard S. Ginger, 31, of 204 Walnut Street, Dawson, was arrested on October 3 on a bond forfeiture for burglary.

Rhonda L. Duncan, 48, of 401 South Cherokee, Taylorville, was arrested on October 3 on a warrant for body attachment.

Kelly G. Duncan, 50, of 401 South Cherokee, Taylorville, was arrested on October 3 on a warrant for body attachment.

Michael J. Moss, 27, of 1200 East 1500 North, Taylorville, was arrested on October 3 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On October 3, Taylorville Police Department officers made contact with Rhonda L. Duncan, 48, of Taylorville and Kelly G. Duncan, 50, of Taylorville that officers knew to have valid warrants out of Christian County. The officers ran their information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrants. Both were then placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 3 at 9:22am, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Gerald Olive, 59, of Taylorville, driving a green Ford pickup at Main and Adams. The officer knew Olive to have a suspended driver's license and stopped the pickup. The officer ran Olive through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and he came back with a suspended driver's license. Olive was arrested, processed, and released on a notice to appear.


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On September 30, Christopher W. Blood, 57, of Taylorville was traveling North on Main Street and stopped at the intersection of Main and Adams Streets. After stopping, Blood preceded into the intersection and was almost through when he was struck by Kathleen G. Heberling, 60, of Taylorville. Heberling was traveling west on Adams Street and failed to yield. Both vehicles were able to dive away from the scene. No injuries were reported.

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Chillifest Kicks Off Saturday; Backup Plans Announced

It's finally here: the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest kicks off it's 2 day run Saturday morning.  President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says things get started early:

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Chillifest will feature 2 days of cookoffs, entertainment on the stage and great food, including the Chamber Chilli sold by the bowl and by the Quart.  Find out more and get a complete list of events at chillifest.info, that's chillifest with 2 "L"s dot info.

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has announced backup plans for events at this weekend’s Chillifest, in the event of rain.

The Little Miss Chilli Pepper, Little Mister Chilli Pepper, and Junior Miss Chilli Pepper pageant scheduled for 9am Saturday, will be moved to the First United Methodist Church sanctuary, in the event of rain. A decision will be made by Chamber officials at 8 o’clock Saturday morning, as to whether to move it depending on weather conditions.

The Chillifest Bags Tournament, scheduled to begin with registration at 10am Saturday, will begin or resume when the rain stops.

All entertainment acts scheduled to appear on the Chillifest stage both days, will go on as scheduled, unless there’s rain, in which case individual performances will be cancelled if it’s raining at their scheduled performance time.

And, the Chamber has announced that due to the government shutdown, the U. S. Army Band will not be able to perform as scheduled at 11am Sunday. Instead, there will be a demonstration by the K-9 dogs of the Illinois State Police and Taylorville City Police Department.

You’re urged to follow local media this weekend for changes in the Chillifest events and locations, as well as on the chillifest-dot-info web site.

 

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Master Gardener Training Offered in Taylorville

The University of Illinois Extension Office is offering Master Gardener training in Taylorville beginning January 2014. Sessions will be on Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm beginning January 31st until April 11th. Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of training taught by U of I specialists and Extension

educators. Upon completion of training, a person becomes a Master Gardener Intern and will contribute 60 hours of volunteer service within a two-year time period to become an active Master Gardener. To maintain active Master Gardener status, volunteers must obtain a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education and volunteer 30 hours of community service per year at a recognized Master Gardener project.

Class size is limited. Each applicant will have an informal interview and screening process. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2013. There is a $175.00 program fee, which is due by December 15, 2013. If you are interested, contact Andrew Holsinger at 532-3941.

 

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Taylorville Fire Department Open House This Saturday

The Taylorville Fire Department will be hosting their Open House event this Saturday from 10am to noon. Activities include a free blood pressure screening, hazard house demonstration, fire house tours, fire engine rides, stop, drop, and roll with Sparky the Fire Dog, a community CPR booth, car seat information and a chance to see Sparky the Fire Robot. Special events include a smoke house at 11:15. Again that will be this Saturday from 10am to noon. 

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CEFS Offers Tutoring in Taylorville

You may not know it but CEFS offers tutoring to adults in areas like literacy. CEFS Literacy Coordinator Susan Wilson says some volunteer retired teachers are enabling them to offer help in Taylorville:

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Volunteers Needed for Scarecrow Daze, Balloon Fest

The Government shutdown is having an effect on an upcoming event. The Army Corps of Engineers is closed down meaning there will be a few minor changes in Shelbyville’s Scarecrow Daze and especially the Balloon Fest. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the only real change is the need for volunteers:

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Local Sport Scores

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Lincoln with a score of 47-0.

 

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Clinton with a score of 40-8.  

 

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M raiders fell to the Tuscola Warriors with a score to 64-42. 

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Taylorville High School Students of the Month for September

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From left to right are:  Senior Grant Livingston, junior Mia Rivecco, sophomore Gabe Abernathy, freshman Madelyn Althoff and Len Hempen from Peoples Bank and Trust.  

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-3-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 2nd, Roberta S. Adams, 45, of Springfield, was traveling east on County Highway 2 at 1120 East. A deer then entered the roadway and Adams swerved to miss the deer. Adams lost control and went into the south ditch and hit a utility pole that is owned by Shelby Electric. The pole was broken off and wires were down. No injuries were reported.


ARRESTS:

Roger S. Hampton, 53, of 5 East Lawn Drive, Taylorville, was arrested October 2nd on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 2, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Roger S. Hampton, 53, of Taylorville at his residence. The officer knew Hampton had a valid warrant out of Christian County. The officer ran his information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Hampton was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 10-3-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 2
2 EMS

October 3
2 EMS, 1 Smoke Detector

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Goody?s Open Interviews Tomorrow

Goody’s Department Store’s open interview event is coming up tomorrow from 10am to 7pm. Goody’s is looking to hire assistant managers, sales associates, and housekeeping/receiving associates. The interviews will be conducted in the lower level conference room of People’s Bank and Trust located at 1221 Springfield Road in Taylorville. Again the interviews will be tomorrow from 10am to 7pm. Goody’s has a projected opening date of November 14.

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New Financial Scams

There is another scam becoming popular. Public Advocate Mac McGuire says financial fraud is becoming more common, and it’s surprising who is falling for it

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McGuire says you should always call police if you suspect a scam.

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Barbershop Chorus to Perform at Chillifest

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Pana Couple to Raise Money for JDRF This Saturday

Type One Juvenile Diabetes is personal for a Pana businessman and his family, and they're doing something about it.

 

Tim and Jennifer Christer own and operate the Pana Save-A-Lot, and are having a cookout and bake sale at their store this Saturday from 10:30 to 1:30 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

 

Their grade school son Bo takes 5 insulin injections per day, and for Jennifer the affects of the disease have hit home.

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Christer told Regional Radio News that this Saturday's fund-raiser at their store is part of an upcoming walk they're participating in for the JDRF.

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The public is invited to come out and help the Christer's raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research. Again it will be at their store, Pana Save-A-Lot, this Saturday from 10:30 to 1:30.

 

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#6 LLCC falls to #2 Parkland

Parkland wins 25-16, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21

 

LLCC Record: 20-2 (MWAC 3-1, Region4-1)
NEXT: WED @ #9 Illinois Central

 

Kills:  Forman 12, Hamilton 9

Blocks: Ballinger 1, Hamilton 1

Assists: Harper 34

Aces: Neilson 2, Hathcoat 1
Digs: Hathcoat 25, Amsden 10

 

Comments from Coach Jim Dietz: We played pretty well other than the first game.  The last three were slugfests--that reminded me quite a bit of the Foreman-Frazier boxing match back in 1973...except that we wound up Frazier tonight.  After the first game, we could've rolled over or given up, but we didn't.  We played hard and showed we deserve to be a top 10 team for sure, but there's a reason Parkland's #2.  They showed that tonight.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-2-13

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

Angel S. Hoover, 29, of 504 North Poplar Street, Pana, was arrested October 1 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

Travis J. Dyer, 22, of 1433 Heritage Landing, St. Charles, Missouri, was arrested October 1 on a warrant for speeding 40+ miles over the limit.

Michael Y. Naser, 22, of 10515 Walter Court, Palos Park, was arrested October 1 on a bond forfeiture for theft.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 1st at 6:31pm, Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code violation. Following the stop, Sharon K. Torres, 58, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended. Torres was released on a notice to appear.

On October 1st, a Taylorville Police Department officer received a complaint of a disturbance coming from 604 Northwestern. The officer was in the area and observed a vehicle leaving the residence. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for failure to signal. The officer made contact with the occupants if the vehicle and Joshua C. Wells, 23, of Taylorville was arrested for a valid warrant out of Christian County. Tawny L. Thomas, 18, of Stonington was also arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Wells was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond. Thomas was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and was released on a notice to appear.

On October 1st at 9:26pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out on Route 48 just south of Stonington providing traffic control for a vehicle accident. While directing traffic around the accident, a vehicle traveling north on Rt. 48 had a male juvenile in the rear driver's side seat. The male juvenile was known to have a valid Christian County warrant. The juvenile was removed from the vehicle, arrested, and transported to Taylorville Police Department. The juvenile received a notice to appear and released to his mother.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On September 30, Gregory D. Scribner, 47, of Nokomis was parked at 1 West 2nd in Pana and Debra L. Clark, 63, of Tower Hill was parked at 10 West Second. Scribner has a manual transmission and the emergency brake does not work properly. Scribner rolled backwards down a slight grade, crossed 2nd Street, went over a curb, and struck Clark. Scribner was undamaged and Clark suffered moderate damage to the hood and passenger side headlight assembly.

On September 30, Monica S. Beck of Tower Hill reported a 16-year-old juvenile did not return home from school today. The juvenile was located by Pana Police and returned to Beck.

On October 1, Shelly Austin of Pana reported damage to her 1998 Buick Regal that had occurred sometime on September 30 at an unknown location by unknown persons. Case is under investigation.
On October 1, Blain A. Morrison, 17, of Pana was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign.

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Fire Department Calls 10-2-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Taylorville Man Killed in Car Wreck Near Stonington

A three vehicle accident on Rte. 48 last evening has claimed the life of a Taylorville man.  According to the Illinois State police, the accident occurred about a half a mile south of Stonington last night at around 7:45.  Police say a car driven northbound by 43 year old Melvin R. Norris of Taylorville apparently crossed the center line on Rte. 48, striking a  southbound semi truck driven by 30 year old Derek M. Bess of Park Hills Missouri.  The 3rd vehicle, driven by 34 year old Amanda S. Swank of Stonington was struck by debris. 

 

Norris was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans and was also reportedly not wearing his seatbelt.  The other 2 drivers refused medical treatment.  The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

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Davis: Shutdown ?Unacceptable?

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says while he opposes Obamacare, a government shutdown is “unacceptable”. The freshman representative says Democrats are not willing to negotiate on changing or delaying the troubled program:

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Congressman Davis says the Democratic Senate has even been unwilling to talk about changing special exceptions in the law for Congress and high-ranking Government officials.

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Sheriff Kettelkamp: New Scam on Farm Ground Rent

Another new scam is on the rise in Christian County. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News what people should be on the lookout for:

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If you receive this call, you should hang up and notify police immediately. 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hold Monthly Business Meeting At Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting reviewing current activities to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community and around the world, during the weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

          Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported that the recent Kiwanis Peanut Days on the streets of Taylorville in September, grossed the club over 56-hundred dollars, and after expenses netted the club some 38-hundred dollars to go towards local projects for children and youth.

 

          Kiwanis Builders Club advisor Gina Prinzavalli reported that some 38 junior high’ers have joined the local Builders Club at Taylorville Junior High School, and will be providing service to the community in coming weeks.

 

          Kiwanis Park chair Jerry Woodard reported that maintenance continues to be done to the park on Lake Taylorville, including repairing and replacing park benches, playground equipment, and landscaping.

 

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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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10-1-13

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

Joshua C. Wells, 23, of 608 Arlington Street, Taylorville, was arrested October 1 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 10-01-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

September 30
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

October 1
1 EMS

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Closes All Campgrounds and Day-Use Parks Due to Government Shutdown

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has closed all USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide with the shutdown of the federal government. Affected recreation areas will not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks with leased areas and concessionaires will remain open, but cannot be supported by USACE personnel or services while the shutdown is in place.

 

 

Campers who are still on site will be required to vacate campgrounds no later than 8 p.m., Wednesday(tomorrow). These campers may elect to leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations

 

Customers scheduled to arrive may cancel their reservations for a full refund. These customers may also choose to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted and request a refund for any unused portion of their reservation due to the shutdown.

 

USACE will post current information on the nationwide closure and reopening of facilities at www.usace.army.mil

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Shelbyville Hears About Polio Plus Program; Holds Boat Party for Members

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The Shelbyville Rotary Club held their weekly meeting last Monday September 23rd. In attendance was Kim Durbin director of the Villas at Hollybrook and potential new member.

 

The "Rotary Halloween Parade," is coming together. The club will assemble in the parking lot of the Shelby County Community Services, across the street from the Post Office, at 4:30 PM. Judging to begin at 5 PM.

 

Next week they plan to vote for their potential new member Kim Durbin.

 

The speaker for this week was Fred Heilich chairman of the Rotary International Polio Plus Program. Rotary has nearly made polio extinct, except in three countries in the world. The Shelbyville district alone has raised over $88,000 in the fight against polio. Rotary has partnered with the Gates Foundation, which is matching Rotary, 2 to 1 in additional donations, in this cause.

 

Mayor Jeff Johnson, will be the guest and speaker at the next meeting.

 

The Rotary Club thanks members Judi Humphrey and Bob Heckler for the work that they have done in organizing the Rotary Boat Party. They also thank Mike Kiley, for providing the houseboat, and his son Dan who piloted the houseboat.

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Rakey Says BBBS needs Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers. Director of Community Relations Lisa Rakey says they have a waiting list for children hoping to be matched up with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

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Big Brothers Big Sisters recently held a “Pigs for Kids” fundraiser in which local bars and restaurants solicited donations. The winning bar was The Other Bar in Morrisonville. Altogether, nearly $500 was raised for the organization.

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Cross Says Legislature Must Address Pension Problem

There is talk that the Illinois Legislature may be ready to address the pension problem. Representative Tom Cross, who is the former House Republican and current candidate for Illinois Treasurer, says it’s a problem that hits close to home for him:

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According to various media reports, the legislature may address the pension crisis during the upcoming veto session.

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Thursday Broadcasts: Cardinals Playoff Game on WTIM; EIU Coach's Show and NFL Move to WMKR

St. Louis Cardinals first playoff game will be at 3:30pm on Thursday and can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

With the Cardinals playoff game, the EIU Coach Dino Babers Show at 6:30pm and the Thursday night football game between Buffalo and Cleveland at 7:00pm will move to Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.

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