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Final: Girls Basketball Taylorville vs. Hillsboro

As heard on Groovy, the Taylorville girls defeted Hillsboro with a score of 56 to 48. 

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Final: Central A&M and Pana

As heard on WMKR, Centeral A&M defeated Pana with a score of 50 to 22.

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Final: Boys Basketball Taylorville vs. Nokomis

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Boys defeated Nokomis with a score of 62 to 52. 

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Social Security Beneficiaries to See Increase

Social Security beneficiaries will see a bit more on their monthly check soon.  Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers of the Springfield Social Security office says the increases are based on a strict formula:

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Shelbyville Rotary Club Visited by Former Exchange Student

The Shelbyville Rotary Club had a special guest at their meeting on Monday. Diana Ruhle, who came to the club 30 years ago as foreign-exchange student from Australia, paid the club a visit. Rotary Club Member Don Behl  tells Regional Radio News the story:

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Behl says this isn’t the first time Diana has come back:

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Behl says the program is a rewarding experience for the host family:

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Behl says the Shelbyville Rotary Club hasn’t hosted an exchange student in 10 years due to the decline of member numbers and the lack of members who have high school age kids. Behl adds that other Central Illinois Clubs are active in the program such as Decatur, Champaign, and Danville. If you are interested in participating in the program, contact Don Behl at 774-5515 or contact any Rotary Club that is currently active in the program.

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Pana Tournament

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Rochester with a score of 57-28.

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Final: Girls Basketball Taylorville vs. Lincoln

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Lincoln with a score of 54 to 25 for the girls basketball team. 

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Final: Boys Basketball Taylorville vs. Granite City

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville boys defeated Granite City with a score of 74 to 49. 

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Stonington to Get $450,000 For New Water Lines Thanks To Local And State Officials

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The Village of Stonington was recently awarded a $450,000 state grant to help cover the cost of moving and replacing a main water line that runs from the village wells to the water treatment facility. State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) worked with Village Trustee Ryan Marucco to secure the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)’s Community Development Assistance Program, which is responsible for investing in improvements to municipal water and sewer systems throughout the state.

After hearing of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner events, Marucco contacted Manar about hosting an event in Stonington to discuss some issues the village needed help with.

According to Marucco, the aging water line currently runs through a nearby field, which makes identifying and fixing leaks troublesome during the months that crops are in the field.

The Village began applying for a grant through DCEO in 2012, so Manar contacted Governor Quinn’s office and DCEO Director Adam Pollet to advocate on behalf of the Village of Stonington to secure Community Development Assistance Program funding for the project.  Manar was familiar with that program after helping to secure a similar grant from DCEO while serving as Mayor of Bunker Hill and county chairman for Macoupin County.

Manar is encouraging local township or city officials to contact his office with questions about available state grants.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-27-13

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

Zachary K. Muncy, 30, of 614 East Stevenson Street, Taylorville, was arrested November 26 on a warrant for residential burglary.

Christopher M. Crow, 29, of Lot 11 Fairview Trailer C, Taylorville, was arrested November 26 on a warrant for resisting/obstructing a peace officer. 720 5/31-1

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Fire Department Calls 11-27-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp Commends Harvel Resident for Catching Alleged Thief

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp would like to commend Mathew Meisner of Harvel for his help in apprehending an individual he observed committing a theft from his vehicle, which was parked inside his garage. As a result of Meisner’s actions, Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Cody Michael Caraker for residential burglary.

Meisner had suspected that someone had previously been entering his garage and taking items from his vehicle. As a result of this, Meisner placed a baby monitor in his garage to alert him if anyone entered his vehicle. On Monday around 2:08 A.M., Meisner was alerted, from the baby monitor, that someone had opened his car door. Meisner observed a male subject in his garage, later identified as Cody Michael Caraker, and detained him while Meisner’s wife called the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

Meisner detained Caraker for approximately 14 minutes until the Deputies arrived on scene.

Caraker is suspected of entering into two other garages and taking items from their vehicles.

The action taken by Meisner is an excellent example of community policing where the citizens actions resulted in the arrest of a burglary suspect and the prevention of further crimes possibly being committed.

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Sheriff: GDL Program a Success

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp's monthly newsletter deals with teen drivers.  The Sheriff says that teen driving accidents often have to do with inexperience:

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Sheriff Kettelkamp says parents should talk to their kids and remind them of the dangers.  The Illinois Graduated Driver program, introduced in January of 2009, has been a huge success, as teen driving deaths are down by 50%.  

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LLCC to Fund Endowment

Lincoln Land Community College is looking to raise money to create an endowment fund.  Executive Director of the LLCC Foundation Karen Sanders says they will use the money mostly for 3 main purposes:

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Sanders says if you'd like to donate to the endowment fund, you can call her directly at 786-2784 or contact the college at 287-7081.

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Local Taylorville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville defeated Triad with a score of 54 to 49. 

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3 Taylorville Residents Arrested for Methamphetamine Production (Updated with pictures)

Three Taylorville residents have been arrested for methamphetamine production. On Monday, the Taylorville Police Department executed a state authorized search warrant on a residence located at 510 South Wyandotte Street in Taylorville in connection with the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. During the search of the residence a methamphetamine lab was discovered.

 

21-year-old Aaron M. Ballion, 19-year-old Mary E. Tucker, and 22-year-old David M. Droke, all of Taylorville, were taken into custody without incident for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.

 

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in the dismantling of the lab along with the cleanup.

 

This arrest comes from an ongoing investigation by the Taylorville Police Department into the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine which could result in additional arrests. The Taylorville Police Department is committed to the investigations into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine along with other illegal drugs and prescriptions. If you have any information concerning these issues, call the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or the Christian County Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-26-13

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

On November 23, Colton J. Brown, 17, of Pana was traveling eastbound on County Highway 12. At approximately 2125 East, a deer ran in front of Brown. Brown swerved to miss the deer and ran into the ditch on the south side of the road. Brown hit a no-passing zone sign when he went off the road. Brown came back onto the roadway and ran off the road again in the north ditch facing west. Brown had damage to the front bumper and to the front right wheel. No injuries.

ARRESTS:
Alisa M. Ebert, 27, of 1417 East Washington Street, Clinton, was arrested November 25 on warrant for contempt of court.

Sidney D. Davis, 39, of 1440 North Wellington, Decatur, was arrested November 26 on bond forfeiture fir driving on a suspended.

Michael J. Nochta, 38, of 914 EA 3rd Street, Pana, was arrested November 26 for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Nathan W. Moore, 31, of RR1 Box 79, Oconee, was arrested November 25 on a warrant of driving on suspended/revoked and theft.

Mary E. Tucker, 19, of 510 South Wyandotte Street, Taylorville, was arrested November 25 for aggravated methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

David M. Droke, 22, of Taylorville was arrested November 25 for aggravated methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

Aaron M. Ballion, 21, 2100 Grand Boulevard B5, Taylorville, was arrested November 25 for aggravated methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

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Fire Department Calls 11-26-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 25
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Gas Leak

November 26
1 EMS

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Shelbyville Rotary Club Holds Busy Meeting

The Shelbyville Rotary Club held a busy Monday meeting on November 18. Although they did not have a speaker they had many items of business to deal with, that kept them busy for the rest of the meeting.

 

Judi Humphrey opened up the meeting by informing the Club that she places items about what happened at the Rotary meetings on Taylorvilledailynews.com.  Don Behl reminded the Club that their past foreign-exchange student from Australia, Diana Ruehl, will be visiting and be the program keynoter at the next meeting. New member Kim Durbin was in attendance for the first time. She is the manager of the Villas of Hollybrook, in Shelbyville and said that they have opened a new facility in Washington Illinois and it may have experienced some damage from the recent tornado that hit that town.

 

Denise Bence came up as a nominee for new member to the club. Denise was accepted to the club by unanimous vote. The Shelbyville Rotary Club also voted to retain Liz Nohren as Club Treasury, and Jim Bolinger as Club Secretary.

 

Liz Nohren will soon be distributing the donation envelopes for the Rotary Foundation and their continued support of polio eradication worldwide.

 

Tadd Brachbill did a mini program on the Shelbyville wrestling program. He let the Club know that they have 20 young men and one young lady in high school wrestling, 23 in junior high, and approximately 60 in fourth grade and younger.

 

Kim Durbin announced that the Chamber of Commerce and Hollybrook, are holding a Winter Festival at the Villas of Hollybrook. The event will be from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 7 the public is invited. There will be lunch, drinks, and Santa will be there to pose with those interested in having family photographs.

 

Kristy Gorden is working to set up a Facebook page, for Shelbyville Rotary to let the community know what International Rotary is about, and what Shelbyville Rotary is doing for the community. 

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Night Owl Tavern in Macon Destroyed by Fire

The Night Owl tavern in Macon was destroyed by a fire early Monday morning. South Macon Fire Chief Ed Aukamp (Aw-camp) tells Regional Radio News about the fire:

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Taylorville Christmas Home Tour at Weekly Meeting

 

 width=The upcoming Taylorville Tourism Council Christmas Home Tour, was the topic of Tuesday’s program at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Tourism Council co-president Carol Alexander, and special guest Norma Doyle, were the guest speakers. Alexander promoted the upcoming Christmas Home Tour at 6 Taylorville locations December 6th and 7th, including the home of Norma Doyle who was the program’s special guest.

Doyle told about being an artist since the age of 14. Doyle’s drawings promoted high school events while she was at Taylorville High School in the 1940’s.

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Doyle went on to become a long-time artist on greeting cards for the Sangamon Company in Taylorville.

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Many of her works will be on display in her home during the upcoming Christmas Home Tour, including a water color painting of a young woman which she painted at age 19, and is featured on the cover of the Home Tour brochure.

Doyle told the Kiwanis Club she was so surprised at the notoriety she’s received recently as a result of her drawings.

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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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Local Ballgame Scores

 As heard on WTIM, Taylorville girls defeated Auburn, with a score of 70 to 24. 

 

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Hillsboro, with a score of 58 to 55. 

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 25, 2013

 

 

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

 

A report was made that an unknown subject made entry into the Electronic Purchasing Agent, located at 1101 West Spresser Street.  While inside, the unknown subject took several phones and an unknown amount of currency.  The total dollar amount of cash and items taken is unknown at this time.  No apparent damage was done while making entry.

 

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

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Taylorville Park District Board Hears Update on Lakeshore Golf Course

The Taylorville Park District Board heard an update on the Lakeshore Golf Course at their meeting Monday night. Jeff Boldig of J&D Golf Management says they saw an increase in rounds played this year:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-25-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Cody M. Caraker, 18, of 227 North Monroe Street, Harvel, was arrested on November 25 for burglary.

Brent Richardson, 31, of 351 North Silver Street, Taylorville, was arrested on November 22 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Noah B. Sanders, 25, of 104 Airshire Court 4, Stonington, was arrested on November 24 for possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 23 at 5:13am, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 830 West Prairie Street in reference to an unknown male standing in a driveway. The male subject was identified as Logan Snow, 23, of Taylorville. The complaints said Snow was just standing in their driveway not responding to any of their questions. An officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Snow was arrested for public intoxication and resisting a peace officer. Snow was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear.

On November 20 at 1:48am, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 824 West Poplar in reference to a domestic violence situation with weapons. Following the investigation, Tomra C. Friesland, 31, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery.

On November 24 at 2:57am, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Route 29 in reference to a vehicle parked on he side of the highway. Following to the stop, Briana R. Patton, 28, of Nokomis was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of alcohol. Patton was taken to Taylorville Police Department and released after posting bond.

On November 24 at 4:40pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 800 West Adams in reference to a domestic violence situation. Following the investigation, a male juvenile was arrested for domestic battery. DCFS was contacted.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On November 21, Bill McKinney of Moweaqua reported unknown person(s) gained entry to the storage room of the car wash. Unknown person(s) damaged the bill changer while attempting to gain entry into the back of the machine located inside the storage room. Case is under investigation.

On November 22, Rian N. Nagle, 24, of Pana was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On November 22, George "Eldon" Hammond of Pana reported a burglary that occurred at 1005 East Sixth Street (Pana Christian Church). Sometime between 5:00pm on November 21 and 8:00 am on November 22, unknown person(s) damaged a locked office door after entering the church through an exterior steel door. The office was entered but no cash is kept in the church and nothing appeared to be taken during the burglary. The damaged door is valued at $60.

On November 23, Stuart C. Engel, 43, of Olney was issued a citation for speeding 69mph in a 45mph zone.

On November 23, Thomas J. Harkins, 36, of Pana was issued a citation for speeding 65mph in a 45mph zone.

On November 23, Brianna M. Ade reported criminal damage that occurred at 401 East Second Street in Pana. Sometime between 1:00am and 8:30am on November 23, an unknown object was used to break the back glass on her 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle was parked in the drive when the incident happened. The back glass is valued at approximately $500.

After an incident on November 24 at Lot H34 Pana Lake, Desirea L. Napier signed a temporary complaint for domestic battery against Marion B. Bradham, 53, of Illiopolis. Napier reported Bradham pulled her by her hair, slapped her with an open hand to the face, and kicked a space heater causing it to hit her in the face and injured her right eye. Napier reported that she and Bradham have been living together at Lot H34 for approximately 7 months. Bradham was not located and information will be forwarded to Shelby County States Attorney.

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Fire Department Calls 11-25-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 21
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

November 23
2 Automatic Alarms, 1 EMS, 1 Fire

November 24
1 Public Assist, 1 EMS, 1 Good Intent, 1 Arcing Outlet, 1 Carbon Monoxide

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Fikri: Chocolate Milk is A Great Re-Fueling Option

Chocolate milk is a drink that many people, especially children, enjoy. Joyce Fikri from the St. Louis Dairy Council tells Regional Radio News that chocolate milk has many benefits including being a re-fueling option after a workout:

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

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Taylorville Chamber is all about Public Relations

You hear alot about the Chamber of Commerce, but you may not know what they do.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says they are here to help businesses:

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is on the South side of the Taylorville Square.  Call 824-4919 or check their website at taylorvillechamber.com.

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Kennedy Assasination Still has Impact

It was 50 years ago Friday that the nation's 35th President John F. Kennedy was assasinated, and the memory is still fresh for many Americans.  On the WTIM Special program "The End of Camelot", one caller said Kennedy was impressive in many ways:

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Another caller said the impact of the assasination became clear to her because of the reaction of her parents:

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The assasination still sparks controversy, and polls show most Americans still believe the killing was part of a larger conspiracy.

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Moweaqua Packing Plant Adds Retail Sections

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The Moweaqua Packing Plant has added on to its operations. Owner Terry Yoder tells Regional Radio News they have added a retail section:

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Yoder says for the next couple of weeks they will be busy with deer season:

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The Moweaqua Packing Plant is located on 601 North Main Street. For more information, you can call 768-4714.

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Taylorville Boys Go to 1and 0

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville boys defeated Bethalto with a score of 49-30.

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Taylorville Mayor Asking For Patience with Noise from Ahlstrom

Some Taylorville residents are complaining about noise coming from the Ahstrom Plant on the city's northeast side.  Mayor Greg Brotherton says it's because of new EPA mandated machinery:

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WMKR to Carry EIU Panther Football FCS Games

 width=(Taylorville)--3 of the Miller Media Group radio stations in Central Illinois, that are members of the Eastern Illinois University Football Panther Network, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the EIU Panthers' games in the upcoming Football Championship Series Playoffs.

Stations following the Panthers thru the FCS playoffs include WRJM newstalk 1270 AM/96.1 FM Charleston, WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 Taylorville, and WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM Clinton.

The Panthers received a first round bye, so their first FCS playoff game is Saturday, December 7th, at 1pm Central Time, against the winner of the November 30th Butler-Tennessee State winner.

Should the Panthers win December 7th, they'll play in a quarterfinal game December 13 or 14, and if they win that game, go on to the semi-final game December 20 or 21.

The FCS Championship Game is Saturday, January 4th, in Frisco, Texas, at 1pm Central Time.

All EIU Football games are also streamed on each stations' respective web site.

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Central A&M at Pana Tournament

As heard on WRAN, Central A&M defeated Mattoon with a score of 48-44.

Later on Saturday night, as heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Breeze Central with a score of 71-39.

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Taylorville Girls Basketball

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes defeated the Jacksonville Crimsons with a score of 46 to 32. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-22-13

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

Zachary G. Edenfield, 18, of 525 South Walnut Apt. 1, Taylorville, was arrested November 22 for domestic battery.

Sandy Hennessey, 38, of 525 South Walnut, Taylorville, was arrested November 22 for domestic battery.

Thomas Evans, 39, of 215 North Franklin Street, Taylorville, was arrested November 21 for an in-state warrant.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On November 20, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Krogers in regards to a retail theft. The officer made contact with the employees who advised they had Collin A. Shoemaker, 24, of Taylorville detained for retail theft. The office placed Shoemaker under arrest and transported him to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:
On November 21, Michael S. Champley, 45, of Taylorville was southbound in the Marsango Plaza Parking Lot on 902 West Spresser Street, Taylorville. Shannon E. Olinger, 30, of Morrisonville was eastbound in the Marsango parking lot. Champley stated he had left the ATM machine and Olinger stated she was traveling through the parking lot headed for work. Champley and Olinger collided near the USPS mail box. Champley sustained damage to the right front and Olinger sustained damage to the front end. Olinger denied repeated offers for call of medical attention. Champley reported no injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

On November 13, Jon L. Ruppert, 64, of Taylorville was stopped in traffic near the intersection of Maxwell Street and Springfield Road. Brock M. Wareham, 17, of Taylorville was following behind Ruppert and was not able to stop in time. Wareham struck Ruppert causing damage. Warham had to be towed from the scene. No injuries reported.

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3 Taylorville 8th Graders Chosen to Participate in FBU National Championship

3 Taylorville 8th Graders have been given the opportunity to participate in the Football University's (FBU) National Championship Tournament. Kyle Woods, Karter Brachear (Bra-sheer) and Zac Adams were chosen to be a part of Team Illinois and will face competition from all over the United States. All teams will be playing for a chance to take a trip to San Antonio, Texas for the semi-finals and championship game. Woods, Brachear and Adams will be traveling this weekend to Chicago Heights to practice.  They have practices each weekend until the first game which is December 7th in Joliet. For more information, you can go to fbunc.com.

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LLCC?s Foundation Looks to Raise Money for an Endowment Fund

Lincoln Land Community College’s Foundation has embarked on a goal of raising 2-point-5 million dollars to be put in an endowment, by 2017 which is the college’s 50th anniversary.

 

Foundation executive director Karen Sanders told Regional Radio News about the campaign and the 3 main goals they hope to accomplish:

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Sanders explains what putting the money into the endowment fund means:

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Sanders says the Lincoln Land Foundation is a relatively new organization:

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Sanders added the Foundation has raised around 500-thousand dollars towards their 2-point-5 million dollar goal.

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4H Offers Shooting Sports

With the hunting season here, safety is a top concern.  Learning to use firearms is an important goal, especially for the young.  Peggy Hampton of the University of Illinois Extension says 4H youth have plenty of opportunities to learn about shooting sports:

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Hampton says the favorite among the 4Hers is archery.

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Shelbyville Manor Offers a Complete Campus

When you are deciding on an assisted living facility, you may wonder what to look for.  Kristy Gorden, Director of Marketing and Sales for Shelbyville Manor, says they have the advantage of offering various types of care all in one facility:

 

Key 5                         .......where we kinda stand out.         (1:11)

 

Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn are located at 1111 W. North st. in Shelbyville.

 

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Shelbyville Festival of Lights Opens Tonight

The Shelbyville Festival of Lights opens tonight (Friday) at Forest Park.  The annual event features elaborate lighting displays set up throughout the park for people to drive through.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce tells Regional Radio News that the second weekend of the event will offer sleigh rides.  Several other activities are planned in connection to the Festival of Lights.  The lights are on Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10.

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Local Entrepreneur Raises Money for Trip

Most kids who need to raise money for a trip ask for donations, but a local schoolgirl has taken it a step further.  Ashlee Vocks, with the help of her father, has opened a small business.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says it's called "Sweet Fridays":

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Ashlee offers chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies , snickerdoodles and brownies.  If you'd like to buy some cookies from Ashlee, call 565-2126, or find a link to her website at taylorvillechamber.com.

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Area Girls' Basketball Results

The Lady Tornadoes basketball team of Taylorville defeated Decatur-Eisenhower Friday night by a final score of 55-35, as broadcast on Groovy 93.5. Also, the Central A&M Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Warriors in Athens Friday night 81-47, as heard on 94.3, WMKR.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-21-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

Taylor J. Christian, 23, of 105 Garrison Street, Bulpitt, was arrested November 20 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Tomra C. Friesland, 31, of 816 West Main Cross, Taylorville, was arrested November 20 on a warrant for domestic battery.

ACCIDENTS:

On November 15, Angela M. Bailey, 41, of Sullivan was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 51. Bailey stated shed was looking at the cement trucks on 800 North Road. Bailey stated she was trying to turn left onto 800 Noth Road and did not see Jeremy W. Christer, 34, of Pana traveling northbound on Route 51. Christer did not have time to react and hit Bailey on the front right side of the vehicle. Christer received damage to the front left side of his pickup. Both Bailey and Christer came to a rest facing north by the guard rail. No injuries were reported.

On November 16, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy was notified by dispatch of an accident report to be taken at the Christian County Sheriff's Office. The deputy spoke with Eva M. Hahn, 66, of Mount Auburn who stated she had struck a deer with her vehicle the night before. Hahn advised the deer had ran into her driver's side causing damage. The deputy observed the damage on the vehicle indicative of a deer/car collision. No injuries reported.

On November 19, Luke E. Barringer, 23, of Stonignton, was traveling north on 1500 East Road. Barringer then lost control of the vehicle in loose gravel. Barringer went through the ditch on the west side of the roadway and entered a field. Barringer the attempted to re-enter the roadway by driving back through the ditch. When Barringer re-entered the ditch, he turned over and came to rest in an overturned position in the ditch. Barringer was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

On November 19, Jeannine N. Beaty, 22, of Harvel was northbound on County Highway 1 approximately 3/10ths of a mile south of 800 North Road when a deer ran out from the west side of the road. The deer hit Beaty in the driver's side front fender causing damage to the headlight, fender, and driver's door. No injuries reported.

On November 19, Karen S. Dorr, 64, of Owaneco was southbound on 1400 East Road south of 1100 North Road when a deer ran into the roadway and struck Door on the passenger side. No injuries reported.

On November 14, Robert L. Koniak, 80, of Sawyerville, was westbound on IL Rt. 16 approximately 2/10ths of a mile west of 1950 East Road when he ran off the roadway on the right. Koniak was off the road for 104" before coming back onto the roadway. Koniak overcorrected and crossed the center line, then corrected again and crossed back into the westbound lane. Koniak traveled 199" on the roadway before going off the road into the right side ditch. Koniak overturned multiple times and traveled 180" in the ditch before coming to a stop on the driver's side. Koniak was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On November 19, James H. Phillips, 77, of Taylorville was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 48 and slowed to turn on to Lincoln Trail. Phillips failed to yield to Jesse J. Wherry, 35, of Decatur. Wherry was traveling south on Rt. 48. Wherry struck Phillips on the passenger side as he was turning. Phillips was pushed into Alyssa R. Dexheimer, 24, of Assumption. Dexheimer was waiting at the light on Lincoln Trail at the intersection. No injuries reported. Phillips was issued a citation for failure to yield.

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McGuire: Watch for Scams this Christmas

Fraudsters love the holiday season because there is so much economic activity, making it easy for them to find victims.  Public Advocate Mac McGuire says "Cyber-Monday" is especially dangerous because it involves using computers.  Mcguire says among other precautions, you should make sure your security software is up to date:

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McGuire says you should also avoid clicking on links or pop-ups, which can contain malware.  He says you should look for websites that start with http and have the small padlock icon.

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LLCC Advisory Committee Discusses On-Going Education Efforts

The Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee met at a luncheon meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville campus, to review the college’s on-going education efforts.

 

Executive director of the Taylorville campus, Scott Stallman, told the committee that Lincoln Land has made a concerted effort in the area of student retention and completion.

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And, Stallman says their efforts to retain students and see them graduate, are paying off.

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Lincoln Land Taylorville’s student retention rate has increased over the past year from 47 to 50 percent.

 

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Christian County Mobile Food Pantry This Saturday

The Christian County Thanksgiving Mobile Pantry put on by the Central Illinois Foodbank will be in Taylorville this Saturday. The pantry will open at 10:00am in the Taylorville High School Cafeteria and will be open rain or shine. The first 325 families will be served and they are asked to bring an empty box or laundry basket to fill. Again the mobile pantry will be this Saturday at 10:00am in the cafeteria of the Taylorville High School which is located on Route 29.

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Christmas in the Park Just Weeks Away

One of Taylorville's claims to fame as "The Christmas Capital of Illinois" is coming up.  Christmas in the Park at Manners Park kicks off in a few weeks.  Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says before the park is open for driving through, it will open for foot traffic:

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On Friday December 13th, Christmas in the Park will open for drive through traffic, and be open every night from 5 to 10pm.  There is no charge to drive through.

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Kids, Cops, and Christmas Will Happen This Year

A Christmas miracle has occurred in the City of Taylorville. Sergeant Alan Mills from the Taylorville Police Department tells Regional Radio News there will be a Kids, Cops, and Christmas program this year after all:

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The Explorer Post is calling the event "Christmas for Kids 2013". Donations will be accepted until December 2nd. You can drop off donations or mail them to the Taylorville Police Department. Checks can be made payable to the Taylorville Law Enforcement Explorer Post 2211. If you have any questions, contact the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211.

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Lady Raiders defeat the Cowden-Herrick Hornets

As heard on 94.3, WMKR on Thursday night...the Lady Raiders of Central A&M defeated the Cowden-Herrick Hornets 72-27.

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Taylorville Resident Arrested for Meth Manufacturing

A Taylorville resident has been arrested and charged for methamphetamine manufacturing. On Tuesday, the Taylorville Police Department seized a methamphetamine lab along with finished methamphetamine from a residence located at 417 North Ridge Street in Taylorville.

 

41-year-old Thomas B. Parker of Taylorville was taken into custody without incident for aggravated unlawful production of methamphetamine.

 

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in the dismantling of the lab along with the cleanup.

 

This arrest comes from an ongoing investigation by the Taylorville Police Department into the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine which again has become a problem in this area. The Taylorville Police Department is committed to the investigations into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine along with other illegal drugs and prescriptions. If you have any information concerning these issues, call the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or the Christian County Crime Stoppers at 824-9100.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-20-13

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

Shane J. Horve, 19, of 600 West 3rd Street, Taylorville, was arrested November 19 for theft.

Thomas B. Parker, 41, of 417 North Ridge Avenue, was arrested November 20 for aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine manufacturing.

Amanda K. Spear, 33, of 310 North Locust Street, Pana, was arrested November 20 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 19 at 10:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 900 block of East Stevenson in reference to underage drinking in the roadway. Aaron C. Logue, 20, of Taylorville, Tiffany A. Young, 18, of Taylorville, and a 17-year-old female from Taylorville were arrested for illegal possession and consumption of alcohol of a minor. They were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. Two were released on a notice to appear and one released to a parent.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Following a traffic stop on November 16, Colton J. Brown, 17, of Pana was given a citation for disobeying a stop sign at Fourth and Locust and a verbal warning for disobeying a stop sign at Third and Locust Streets. Brown posted his driver's license as bond and was given a court date.

Following a traffic stop on November 17, Randy M. Hammond, 34, of Pana was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign, a citation for disobeying traffic control device, and a citation for driving while license revoked. Hammond posted $150 cash bond and was given a court date.

On November 18, Stacy L. Berner of Ramsey reported the teft of a wallet out of her shopping cart at Dollar General. It contained approximately $50 cash. The case is under investigation.

After a traffic stop on November 19, Leinon M. Breedlove, 19, of Tower Hill was issued a citation for speeding 61 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone.

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Fire Department Calls 11-20-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 19
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 20
1 Automatic Alarm

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Taylorville Kiwanis Learns about the Illinois Rural Water Association

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Pictured Left to Right: Frank Dunmire and Kiwanis Vice President Blain Cornwell

 

Frank Dunmire, of the Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA), presented an overview of their operation to the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at their weekly Tuesday meeting. IRWA was started in 1979 in order to coordinate water and wastewater system programs on a statewide basis. They primarily serve communities in Illinois with populations under 10,000 and have a current membership of over 1,000 members. They have seven full time technicians available to provide technical guidance with drinking, wastewater, and source water problems to their membership. They also provide lobbying efforts, specialized training sessions, GPS mapping, video sewer line inspections, and system management services. They are funded through membership dues, fees from specialized services and training, as well as the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, go to www.ilrwa.org and www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Pana Community Hospital Bazaar this Weekend

If you're looking to get a head start on the holidays, the Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a holiday bazaar this weekend.  Melissa Rybolt , Marketing Director for Pana Community Hospital, says it takes place Saturday:

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The Bazaar is the Auxilliary's biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Christian County Board Hears About Possible Regional Office of Education Realignment

The Christian County Board heard about a possible Regional Office of Education realignment at their meeting Tuesday night. Christian/Montgomery Regional Office of Education Assistant Superintendent Greg Patrick tells Regional Radio News about the situation:

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Patrick explains what will happen if this realignment is approved:

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Several local legislators including Rep. Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, and State Senator Andy Manar are backing the Christian/Montgomery ROE to keep things the current alignment.

 

The Christian County Board heard an update about the replacement of the phone systems in County Buildings. Member Greg Hager told the Board what was discussed at Highway/Building/Grounds Committee meeting earlier this month:

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The Board approved the bid from Computer Techniques, Inc. to install the new phone system.

 

 

The County Board approved a resolution that the fee for drug and alcohol testing shall not exceed $20 for each field test performed by the Probation Department and the fee for drug and alcohol testing shall not exceed $75 for each laboratory test. The resolution also included that the fee for electronic monitoring shall not exceed $12 a day. 

The Board also approved a preliminary engineering agreement with WHKS and a soil boring agreement with Atlas Soils, Inc for the Rosamond Bridge #9 repairs. The Board approved the purchase of a snow blower and a spreader since the County no longer has a contract with someone to clear the walks and drives at the Courthouse and other buildings. The Board approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and also the Christian County Tax Levy Ordinance.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:10pm. 

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Power Outage Update

Ameren Illinois continues to work to restore power to customers following Sunday's storm. As of 7:50am Wednesday, there are still 5 customers in Christian County without power and fully restored power in Shelby and Montgomery Counties. You can find updated information on outages on Ameren's Outage MapThis article will also be updated throughout the day.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-19-13

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

Mark A. Stone, 40, of 2 Mary Street, Roby, was arrested on November 18 on a warrant for theft.

Susan K. York, 51, of 1032 McLendon Drive, Decatur, was arrested on November 18 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Richard D. Beck, 36, of 1125 East Rogers Avenue, Decatur, was arrested on November 18 on a bond forfeiture for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire Department Calls 11-19-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DPEARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER, 18 2013

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

Sometime during the overnight hours of Friday October, person or persons unknown drove a vehicle in the parking area of Laker Petroleum, located at 101 South Baughman Road.   The unknown vehicle did  doughnuts throwing rocks.  The rocks struck 2 windows at the building, breaking them.   The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

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

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

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Type 2 Diabetes is Preventable

With the holidays approaching, many Americans start to dream about big meals and sweet treats.  But Vanessa Wiseman with the American Diabetes Association says eating too much of the wrong thing can bring the threat of illness:

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November is Diabetes Awareness month.  If you want to find out more about preventing type 2 diabetes, call 875-9011.

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Library Movie Club

If you're a fan of Christmas movies, you might be interested in what's going on at the Taylorville Public Library.  Head Librarian Dorothy Siles says they now offer a couple of movie clubs:

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The Taylorville Public Library is at 121 W. Vine St. in Taylorville.  The Adult club meets the first Monday of the month at 2 and 6pm.  The kids club meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 4pm.

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LLCC Taylorville Renovations to Original Building Announced at Advisory Commitee Meeting

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At a Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville campus, president of the college Doctor Charlotte Warren announced that funding had been approved for some one-point-9 million dollars worth of renovations for the Taylorville campus original building.

Warren told Regional Radio News about what it will mean for the Taylorville campus.

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Warren said it will take about 2 years to complete the renovations.

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The Taylorville original building will be brought up to current life safety code, which is why the renovations were needed and approved.

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Taylorville City Council Approves Removal of Stop Signs from City Code; Water Rate Hike in Owaneco

 

The Taylorville City Council was presented with an ordinance to remove the stop signs at the Grand Plaza and the former Wal-Mart site from the City Code at their meeting Monday night. Alderman Earl Walters explains what this means:

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The Council approved the ordinance and noted that the City will still have jurisdiction to enforce those stop signs.

 

Several Taylorville Aldermen have been receiving complaints about noise coming from Ahlstrom. Mayor Greg Brotherton updated the City Council about the situation at their Monday night meeting:

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Ahlstrom is located at 1200 East Elm Street in Taylorville.

 

The Council also approved the motion to increase the water rates in Owaneco from $3.74 to $5.02 per 1,000 gallons of water. Alderman Martin Vota noted that East and West Lake Shore Drives are now closed and will remain closed for approximately a year while the Lake Shore Drive-Spillway Bridge replacement is completed.

The Council approved an extension of contract with McIntire & Co. for the Ward II-City Park Addition-Phase 4 Park Avenue Storm Sewer Project. The Council also approved the Twilight Christmas Parade for December 7th. Alderman Earl Walters said they are looking into extending the parade route for next year especially with the number of entries they have been receiving this year so that more people can enjoy the parade.

The Council approved motions to begin the process to bid and/or advertise a heavy equipment operator for the Street Department and to bid and/or advertise a full time dispatcher position in the Taylorville Police Department. The Council approved a motion to hire a part time dispatcher for the Police Department if needed. The Council approved the motion to accept the bid from Yard Heating & Cooling for the Lake Taylorville Marina Office Building Upgrades of Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Roofing in the amount of $19,585.00

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:21pm.

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Storm Damage Reports for Christian, Montgomery, and Shelby Counties

Christian County received minor impacts from the storms yesterday including some damage to homes, vehicles and outbuildings.

 

Shelby County reported minor damage overall including downed power lines, a grain bin moving off its foundation in the Dollville area north of Tower Hill and several outbuildings and homes also sustaining damage.

 

Montgomery County reported that several buildings suffered damage and power lines were knocked down including ones near Nokomis which caused schools to close but overall damage was minor.

 

Fayette County reports structural damage to several homes but no injuries.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-18-13

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

Bradley D. Molohon, 46, of 315 East Second, Taylorville, was arrested on November 15 for theft and official misconduct. 

Ryan A. Strohl, 20, of 1020 Birch Trailer #1, Pana, was arrested on November 15 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Jordan A. Joseph, 22, of 530 South MacArthur Boulevard, Springfield, was arrested on November 16 for possession of 10-30 grams of cannabis.

Andre C. Burkholder, 21, of 1812 Lee Street, Springfield was arrested on November 16 for possession of 10-30 grams of cannabis.

Toni R. Coleman, 27, of 105 Richardson Street, Kincaid, was arrested on November 15 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 16, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol in the area of North Main Street and East Park. The officer observed a male subject laying on the southwest corner of the intersection. The officer made contact with David Droke, 22, of Taylorville. Droke was highly intoxicated. Droke was arrested for a city ordinance charge of public intoxication.

On November 16 at 1:09am, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Route 48 in response to a reckless driver complaint. Following the call, officers charged Jeremy L. Gunderson, 25,of Hillsboro with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. Gunderson posted bond and was released on a notice to appear.

On November 16, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed a vehicle traveling north on Main Street with no lights on. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Catherine Brumfield, 26, of Taylorville. The officer ran her information through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and found her license to be suspended. Brumfield was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. She was released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 11-18-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 15
1 EMS

November 16
3 EMS, 1 Fire

November 17
7 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Severe Weather, 1 Public Assist, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Odor

November 18
1 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Public Assist

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Investigation Continues into Apparent Misappropriation

The investigation continues into missing funds from the Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protective Association, and a popular Christmas program has been cancelled, apparently as a result of theft from the organization.

Veteran Taylorville Police Officer Brad Mollohon was arrested by Illinois State Police Friday on charges related to misappropriation of funds from the association.  Mollohon was subsequently released on bond. 

Saturday, the association announced in a press release that the Kids, Cops and Christmas program for this year is being cancelled as a result of the missing funds.  The press release indicated the organization is undergoing a restructuring process intended to prevent any future misappropriations.  Donations already given to the association for 2013 will be returned.

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Holidays a Good Time for Gratitude

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season next week, and a local counselor says it's a good time to remind ourselves how lucky we are.  Karen Vatthauer says being grateful for our blessings helps us enjoy the season more:

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Vatthauer suggests you keep a daily log of things you are thankful for, and try not to take our blessings for granted.

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Shelbyville Events Coming up

There is an extra need for blood as we head into the holiday season.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be a blood drive later this week:

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Ameren Works Through the Night to Restore Power (Update)

Ameren crews have been working through the night to restore power following the storm that went through Illinois on Sunday. Initial reports from Ameren said that thousands were without power including some 2,643 customers in Christian County and almost 3,400 in Montgomery County but those numbers have since gone down. Ameren reports that as of 8:00pm, there are currently 194 customers still without power in Christian County and 2 in Montgmery County. Power has been fully restored in Shelby County. You can find updated information on outages on Ameren's Outage MapThis article will also be updated throughout the day.

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Lady Raiders defeat Neoga in season opener.

The Central A&M Raiders girls basketball team defeated the Neoga Indians by a final score of 74-59 Monday night as heard on 94.3, WMKR.

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Severe Weather Hits Regional Radio Listening Area Sunday; Thousands Without Power

 

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Severe weather hit the Regional Radio listening area late Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon, causing some damage and widespread power outages.

At the height of the storms, the area had no less than 5 tornado warnings issued as the line moved quickly northeast thru the area.

As of one o’clock Sunday afternoon, Ameren Illinois reported some 90-thousand customers were without power, including some 26-hundred 43-customers in Christian County and almost 34-hundred in Montgomery County.

Damage was reported in the Dollville area north of Tower Hill, with a grain bin moved off its foundation, and several buildings also sustaining damage.

No injuries have been reported as a result of Sunday’s severe weather that rumbled thru the Regional Radio listening area.

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Kids, Cops, and Christmas Cancelled

The Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protective Association is no longer accepting donations for Kids, Cops, and Christmas. They gratefully appreciate the community support and donations for this and other programs sponsored by the Benevolent Association.

 

During this restructuring, corrective action is being taken to prevent future issues. They hope to maintain the public’s continued support as they reinstate the charitable programs which have helped many in the community over the years.

 

The Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protective Association appreciate your understanding as they move forward.

 

There will be no Kids, Cops, and Christmas this year. Please direct any donations to the Angel Tree. All donations given to the Kids, Cops, and Christmas for 2013 will be returned.

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Taylorville Police Officer Arrested

A Taylorville Police Officer has been arrested on unspecified charges, according to an informed source.  Illinois State Police today (Friday) reportedly arrested Taylorville Officer Brad Molohon.  Sources indicate the charges may be related to alleged misappropriation of funds from the Police Benevolent Association.  District 9 State Police are reportedly handling the investigation.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 14 at 3:37pm, a Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 800 block of West Poplar. Following the stop, Gerald L. Olive, 59, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended.

On November 14, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Casey's East on East Park Street in reference to a male subject who had yelled and cursed at a female and knocked two fountain drinks out of her hands. The officer spoke with the female at Casey's and she explained what had happened. The officer then located Patrick M. Barrett, Jr., 47, of Taylorville. Upon speaking with Barrett, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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Fire Department Calls 11-15-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Rep. Davis Introduces Hire More Heroes Act

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has  introduced legislation to incentivize small businesses to hire veterans while at the same time providing them relief from the Affordable Care Act. The bill was introduced two weeks after the House approved a number of measures to assist veterans while improving accountability and efficiency at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Hire More Heroes Act incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by exempting veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or reservists covered under TRICARE from being counted towards the number of employees required by the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate is a requirement that all businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fee.

Currently, there are 8 million veterans receiving health care through the VA system, and every service member returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has the option of signing up for health care through the VA.

Davis says a survey done by the U.S. Chamber found that 71 percent of small businesses say Obamacare makes it harder for them to hire more employees.

Although national unemployment rates continue to decrease, unemployment among veterans continues to rise, with the current rate at 6.9 percent, just slightly lower than the national average. However, veterans who have served since 9/11 are facing a much higher unemployment rate of 10 percent.

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Saddle Up Program at Kemmerer Village

Two United Way related organizations have teamed up to help kids.  Amanda Miller with Kemmerer Village says they have a horse arena used for various types of therapy:

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Public Hearing and Plan Commission Meeting Cancelled

The public hearing and plan commission meeting that was scheduled for Monday, November 18th regarding the rezoning request of West School Investments, LLC located at 300 North Elevator Street has been cancelled.

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New Department Store Opens in Taylorville

Goody's Department store in Taylorville is now open for business.  Manager Zach Busche says they offer a variety of goods not available anywhere else in Christian County:

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Goody's is located in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center on Bidwell Street in Taylorville, right next door to Krieger's Restaurant.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-14-13

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

On November 9, a 16-year-old Kincaid female was backing out of a parking spot and backed into the guide wire for a utility pole. The female said that she was unable to see the guide wire.

On November 9, Jennifer S. Goeschel, 33, of Tovey, was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 104. At approximately 750 East, a deer ran onto the roadway from the south. Goeschel struck the deer with the front of the vehicle. The was damage to the front bumper area of Goeschel. No injuries reported.

On November 12, a 16-year-old Taylorville male was traveling west on 330 North Road at about 2525 East. The male then hit loose gravel and lost control. The male started to spin and went into the south ditch facing east causing damage to the passenger side. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On November 13, Kristen M. Rodriguez, 18, of Taylorville advised she had stopped at the intersection of Sportsman and Springfield Road and advised she saw Brian L. Beazley, 27, of Springfield approaching from her right. Rodriguez advised she though she had enough time to cross traffic and enter the parking lot of Larry's located directly in front of her. After entering the intersection, Rodriguez was struck by Beazley. Rodriguez was issued a citation for failing to yield at a stop intersection. Beazley advised he was traveling east on Springfield Road when Rodriguez pulled out in front of him. Beazley advised he did not see Rodriguez until just before impact. Both units were towed by Larry's and no injuries were reported.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Following a traffic stop on November 13, Rob M. Survance, 34, of Assumption was issued a citation for speeding 65mph in a 45mph zone.

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Fire Department Calls 11-14-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DPEARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 13
3 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Taylorville Community Credit Union Promotes Four Employees

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From left to right: Michelle Beaman, Karen VanBlaircum, Consuela France and Erica Noblet.         

 

Four long-time employees in the Taylorville office of Taylorville Community Credit Union recently were promoted. In making the announcement, credit union president, Kevin Stich, remarked on the individuals’ respective skills, dedication to serving the credit union’s members, and the scope of their respective responsibilities.

 

The four include:

Consuela France, promoted to Vice President, Lending and Marketing. She is responsible for overseeing lending activities / operations for TCCU, as well as coordinating the ongoing marketing efforts. This includes the credit union’s web site .

Erica Noblet, who has been with TCCU for 27 years, was named Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for managing the credit union’s financial operations and overseeing support staff.

Karen VanBlaircum was promoted to Vice President – Collections and Insurance. She has a combined 16 years of service with TCCU.

Michelle Beaman has been named Teller Supervisor at the Taylorville location. She also is the Coordinator of TCCU’s Visa Card program and its unique Flex Rate Visa Card. She has been with TCCU for more than 10 years.

All four individuals are Taylorville residents.

For more information about how to join, or about its comprehensive range of financial products and services, visit www.taylorvillecommunitycreditunion.com, or call 217-824-9658.

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Turner: Quit Tobacco use in November

Each November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout, to encourage smokers to quit.  But Steve Turner of the American Cancer Society says it isn't just about smoking:

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The Great American Smokeout this year takes place on Thursday November 21.

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Insurance Discussions Take Center Stage

With the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare at the center of attention recently, the topic of insurance has suddenly become hot.  Mark Terry of the Illinois Department of Insurance says people have a lot of questions:

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Terry says if you have questions about insurance, call toll-free (866) 311-1119.

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IRS Scam Seen in Christian County

A particularly frightening scam is being reported. It has to do with phony IRS Agents calling and threatening victims into giving them money that is not owed.  Richard Peters of TRIAD says the IRS does not call people who owe the government money:

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TRIAD is an organization dedicated to educating the public, especially senior citizens, about avoiding scams.  Peters says contact police if you suspect a fraud.  TRIAD's next meeting will be January 23rd.

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Adams Resigns as CCEDC President

Regional Radio News has learned that Dick Adams, president of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation and a board member, has resigned effective immediately.

 

Adams submitted his resignation in an e-mail to board members released yesterday.

 

Adams was the first president of the C-C-E-D-C when it was organized in 2003, and has been president of the organization most of the 10 years it's been in existence.

 

In his resignation letter, Adams said that it's been his honor to serve, with economic development being the most important issue facing the people of Taylorville and Christian County.   Adams added that job creation, retention and economic development have always been and will remain Taylorville’s greatest challenge.

 

Dee Krueger of Lincoln Land Community College, who has been serving as the corporation's vice president, becomes the new president of the organization effective immediately.

 

A call to Adams for comments has not been returned.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-13-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On November 12 at 9:14am, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a Chevy pickup. The officer ran the plate number and it came back expired. The driver was identified as Lawrence E. Coghlan, 39, of Taylorville. The officer ran Coghlan's info through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and he came back with a suspended driver's license. Coghlan was arrested for driving suspended. He was issued citations for driving suspended and expired sticker. Coghlan was processed and released on a notice to appear.

On November 12, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Michelle L. Smith, 40, of Taylorville at her residence. The officer knew Smith to have a valid warrant out of Sangamon County. The officer ran her info through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and verified the warrant. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

ACCIDENTS:
On November 6, Joshua P. Greer, 26, of Taylorville was backing out of a driveway located in the 1300 block of Knute Rockne Drive. Greer did not see the vehicle which was legally parked across the street. Greer struck the vehicle causing damage. Both vehicle were able to drive from the scene. No injuries were reported.

On November 8, Cara M. Dunn, 38, of Taylorville was backing out of a parking space and backed into a fuel pump. Mach One provided a DVDR of the incident. Mach One stated the damage will cost $500. No injuries reported.

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Fire Department Calls 11-13-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 13
1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Taylorville Kiwanis Learns About Bees at Weekly Meeting

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Pictured Left to Right Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller, Caroline Adams, Kiwanis Program Chairman Larry Kemner.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club had a visit with Caroline Adams, the American Beekeeping Federations 2013 American Honey Queen, on Tuesday November 12th. She spoke about American bee keeping and the importance of bees in pollination. Bee colonies have between 40,000-60,000 bees, which consists of a queen, male drones, and female workers. Female worker bees make up 90% of the colony. They do most the work including cleaning and defending the hive, collecting nectar and pollen, and making honey. There are over 300 unique varieties of honey in the US, each originating from a different floral source. Many of our countries crops would not exist with bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating over 90 different food crops. One third of all food consumed in America is derived from bee pollination. For more information go to www.abfnet.org, www.buzzingacrossamerica.com, and www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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YMCA Pay the Date

The Christian County YMCA prides itself on never turning away anyone for lack of money.  One way you can save money is by taking advantage of a drive to sign up new members.  Executive Director of the YMCA Chris Weitenhiller says they have their Pay the Date promotion going on this month:

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The YMCA, which now boasts its own Facebook page, is at 900 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.

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Sheriff Kettelkamp: Look Out For Possible Asphalt Scam

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is asking the public for their assistance with information pertaining to a possible asphalt scam, which may be occurring in the Christian County area.

Recently the Christian County Sheriff’s Office took a complaint of a possible asphalt scam. The complainant stated a male subject came to their house in rural Palmer indicating he was performing paving work on Route 48. The suspect stated that he had left over asphalt and attempted to obtain permission from the homeowner to allow him to pave their drive for a fee. The resident denied the work and the suspect left.

 The male subject was driving a red, 1994 Kenworth, tandem dump truck with Missouri license place 10B8SX. The truck had B&B Asphalt printed on the side. Anyone having contact with the suspect is asked to contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office 217-824-4961 or the Christian County Crime Stoppers at (1-800-568-TIPS)

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-12-13

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

Joshua B. Keathley, 33, of 49 Illini Drive, Taylorville was arrested November 10 on a warrant for theft/unauthorized control and hold other agency.

Norman E. Huddlestun, 45, of 1608 West Elm Street, Taylorville, was arrested November 11 for domestic battery.

Nicholas S. Hurlburt, 26, of 55 East 3rd Street, Pana, was arrested November 9 for disorderly conduct.

Paul E. Allen, 18, of 220 North 1960 East Road, Pana, was arrested November 10 for wilfully violating park district code, battery, and violating order of protection.

Laura E. McCombs, 53, of 1709 East Percy, Springfield, was arrested November 8 for reckless driving.

Bradley W. Bennett, 30, of 415 South Grant Street, Pana, was arrested November 9 for speeding 40+ MPH over the limit.

John A. Strahan, 31, of 10800 Hyssop Street, Port Richey, Florida, was arrested November 10 for aggravated battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 10, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Vine and Webster Streets. The officer found Steven Smith, 39, of Atlanta, IL to be the driver. The officer confirmed Smith's license is revoked. Smith was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

On November 11, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 1608 West Elm in reference to a domestic battery. Officers spoke with Maria Huddlestun who stated her husband Norman, 45, of Taylorville grabbed her by the arm and pushed her down onto the couch. Maria had marks on both arms. Norman was arrested for domestic battery. He was transported to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and then transported to Christian County Correctional Center to be lodged.

On November 9 at 1:05am, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Cory A. Jones, 28, of Taylorville who appeared to be intoxicated walking westbound in the 200 block of West Main Cross. The officer got out with Jones to check welfare and confirmed he was under the influence of alcohol. Jones was arrested for public intoxication and resisting an officer. He was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and issued a notice to appear.

On November 10 at 5:26am, a Taylorville Police Department officer was patrolling southbound on Cheney Street and saw a white Honda driving northbound on Cheney with the right headlight out. The officer stopped the vehicle at Cheney and Springfield. The officer spoke to Nicole L. Gaynor-Erwin, 21, of Taylorville and advised her that her right headlight was out. The officer asked her for her driver's license and insurance card. Gaynor-Ewing said she did not have her driver's license on her. The officer ran her info through the Taylorville Police Department Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and the driver's license came back suspended. Gaynor-Ewing was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department where she was processed and released on a citation for driving suspended.

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Fire Department Calls 11-12-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 8
2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

November 9
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Alarm

November 10
3 EMS, 1 Public Assist

November 11
1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 EMS, 1 Fire(Grain Dryer), 1 Illegal Burn

November 12
1 Smoke Alarm

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Taylorville High School Academic All Conference Fall 2013

Academic All Conference

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Rutherford Asks Veterans and Their Families to Search for War Medals and Other Military Artifacts

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is encouraging veterans and their families to search for unclaimed war medals and military items. Operation Reunite researches the names from safe deposit boxes that were transferred to the treasurer’s office with military medals, ribbons, paperwork and more. Rutherford explains how these items can be lost:

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The Capitol vault currently holds 110 military medals. The current list of Operation Reunite names is available at www.treasurer.il.gov.

 

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Do Not Call Registry Scam

The “Do Not Call Registry” can be a useful tool to help ward off telemarketers. However, scamsters are using it in an attempt to take advantage of you. Public Advocate Mac McGuire tells Regional Radio News what to look out for:

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McGuire says if you receive this call or any other suspicious calls, you should notify local police immediately.

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Master Gardener Training Coming up

It's time to start thinking about signing up for Master Gardener Training.  Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says you can save money if you sign up soon:

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Podeschi says you don't need to have a degree in horticulture to become a Master Gardener, just an interest in the topic and a willingness to learn.

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Rosenthal: Not Much Done in Veto Session

Aside from the passage of the gay marriage bill, not much happened in the Illinois Legislature's recent Veto Session.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says they did vote for at least one supplemental appropriation:

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Again, there is some speculation that the legislature will be called back to vote on pension reform, but Representative Rosenthal is skeptical about that.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2013

                                      

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

On 11-03-2013, person or persons unknown flattened the tires on 3 vehicles in the 100 block of North Walnut Street.    The vehicles were parked in the street during the time of the incident.   All the tires on the vehicles were all damaged by a puncture in the side wall.  The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

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

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

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-11-13

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

 

On November 7, Angel N. Beck, 22, of Pana was traveling North on Vine Street. Sandra K. Spinner, 70, of Pana was traveling east on 3rd Street. Beck stopped at the stop sign and then continued into the intersection. Beck did not see Spinner. Beck struck Spinner in the front passenger fender. Spinner was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. Beck reported no injuries and was issued a citation for failure to yield.

 

On November 7, Rosemary L. Bennett, 52, of Tower Hill was issued a citation for speeding 63 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone.

 

On November 8, Donald C. Little, 63, of Decatur was issued a citation for speeding 60 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone.

 

On November 8, Megan N. Metcalf, 25, of Lovington was issued a citation for speeding 64 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone.

 

Following an incident at 18 Springside, Pana, on November 9, Nicholas S. Hurlburt, 26, of Pana was arrested for harassment by telephone.

 

Following a complaint on November 10 at 596 North State, Paul E. Allen, Jr., 18, of Shelbyville was arrested for violation of an order of protection. Allen was transported to Christian County Correctional Center without bond.

 

On November 10, Todd J. Stivers, 17, of Tower Hill was issued a citation for unlawful number of passengers by a graduated driver.  

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Cross: Government Ignoring Court Orders

A court order, directing the Illinois Legislature to pay owed back wages to State employees, has so far been ignored.  State Representative Tom Cross, a candidate for the Illinois Treasurer, says there are ways that such orders can be enforced:

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Cross, who announced his candidacy in September, is the former Illinois House Republican Leader.  He is urging Illinoisians to sign an online petition at honestbalancedbudget.com, to pressure the legislature to balance the budget.

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Christian County YMCA Now on Facebook

If you haven’t heard the word, the Christian County YMCA is now on Facebook. Executive Director of the YMCA Chris Weitenhiller tells Regional Radio News that it was time for them to join the social media world:

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Again the Chirstian County YMCA Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/theccymca.

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Time to Sign up for LLCC Spring Classes

If you plan to attend classes at Lincoln Land Community College during the upcoming semester, it's time to make your advising appointments.  Scott Stallman of Lincoln Land says they are offering a great line up of classes:

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The business classes are for those in business, as well as those thinking about going into business.

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LLCC Volleyball Season Comes to an End; All-Region Selections

LLCC loses to ICC 23-25, 24-26, 19-25

 

Record: 33-8

 

Digs: Hathcoat 25, Harper 13

Aces: ZERO

Blocks: Forman 4, Hauser 3

Assists: Harper 30

Kills: Hamilton 10, Corn 7

 

Comments from Coach Jim Dietz

We played a good match but were hurt by Sammie Voils' ankle sprain this week.  It kept her from getting a good jump on her swings, so we had to go with a lineup we hadn't used before.  Added to that, we didn't have any aces--and really we should've been more aggressive, and those combined to make a difference.  There was also a controversial call on game point in Game One when the official called a double-hit on Kayla Hamilton on a ball tipped with one hand.  Rather than tie the game at 24, it meant ICC won 25-23.

 

 

Region XXIV all-region selections from LLCC:

1st team: 

Taylor Harper, sophomore, setter

Michaleen Forman, sophomore, hitter

 

2nd team:

Lindsay Hathcoat, sophomore, libero

Sammie Voils, freshman, hitter

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2013 4H Achievement Night Recognition

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 Pictured are those youth involved in the Archery program with Christian County 4H.

Front row. William Collbrook,Nathan Bailey, Nick Fry, Noah Bailey, Drew Brookens, Alex and Deenesh Ramsoondar, Valerie Donnan,

@nd Row Megan Donnan, Lauren Bailey, Amy Heberling, Eric Welge, Cameron Harmon, Daniel Cornell andBlain Kuhnert and Caleb NcNeill.

 

Outstanding 4-H Club officers were recognized. HISTORIAN: Caleb NcNeill-Tri-County Kids, REPORTER: Maria Brockamp-Lads & lassies, SECRETARY: Conner Grant-Clover Club, TREASURER: Alec Myers-Edinburg Warriors.

 

2013  4-H Foundation Scholarship Winners:

James Brokaw—Mt. Auburn Rustlers

Jenny Green—Warriors

Matthew Hadden—Blue Ribbon

Audrey Levault—Warriors

Abby Winans—Rustlers

Brian Yoder—Warriors 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY 4-H AWARD  RECIPIENTS

*Blue Award Winner-(Bold received metal in 2013 )(¬ were previously awarded medal)

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE

 

 

Kara Brockamp           Kara Fesser                 Caleb McNeill

Brandon Butcher        Cameron Harmon        Alec Myers

Bekka Fesser               Mackenzie Harmon     Adam Yoder

Bryanna Fesser            Amy Heberling           Brian Yoder

                         

 

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT &  GLOBAL AWARENESS

 

 

Rebecca Wiggins        Jericho Witt                 David Bruns

 

ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY

 

 

David Bruns                Daniel Cornell             Caleb McNeill

 

 

ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

Brooke Bates              David Bruns    Cameron Harmon

Alex Brockamp           Caleb Grover   Jericho Witt

                         

 

 

FOOD, NUTRITION & HEALTH

 

Lauren Bailey              Cameron Harmon        Hannah Lupton

David Bruns                Amy Heberling           Felicity Witt

Maria Brockamp         Karlee Kuntzman        Jericho Witt

Daniel Cornell                        

                       

 

 

HOME & FAMILY

 

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Brooke Bates              Claire Lupton             Felicity Witt

Kara Brockamp           Hannah Lupton           Jericho Witt

Caleb McNeill

 

                         

 

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Brooke Bates             Catherine Brookens    Hannah Lupton

Alex Brockamp           Cameron Harmon         Felicity Witt

Kara Brockamp           Amy Heberling          

 

Plants & Soils

 

Maria Brockamp         Cameron Harmon        Amy Heberling 

Mackenzie Harmon

 

4-H is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and expand horizons.  Most 4-H clubs meet only once a month all year long. There is a $20 fee to join and the expenses put in to the projects they chose to complete.

 

For more information about joining or becoming a volunteer, please contact our office at 217/287-7246 or visit our web site: http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/cjmm

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-8-13

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

On November 7, James J. Menossi, 49, of Palmer called the Sheriff's Office to report a theft. Menossi said he purchased a livestock trailer from Ramsey Auction in April of 2013. Menossi said the previous owner was Dale Reed. Menossi said he has yet to change the title and license from the previous owner. Menossi said he noticed the trailer was missing on November 7. He said he was pretty sure the trailer was there in the morning but it was for sue there the previous night. Menossi said he doesn't think his friend borrowed the trailer but if that is the case, he will let the Sheriff's Office know.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENT:

On November 7, Heidi S. Cyrus, 30, Taylorville advised she was headed west on East Adams when she approached the intersection of East Adams and South Cherokee. Cyrus advised she did not see any oncoming vehicles and proceeded into the intersection. Once in the intersection Cyrus struck Lisa D. Owens, 49, of Taylorville. Cyrus was issued a citation for failure to yield. Cyrus was towed from the scene after receiving damage to the passenger side door and front tire.
Owens advised she was headed south on Cherokee when Cyrus pulled out in front of her. Owens had damage to the front-end of her vehicle and was towed from the scene.

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Fire Department Calls 11-8-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 7
2 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist

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5 Miller Media Group Stations Scheduling Service Outage

The 5 Miller Media Group radio stations that operate from studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, have scheduled a service outage for this Sunday afternoon, November 10th.

 

WTIM, WMKR, WRAN, groovy 93-point-5, and NEW Country 96-point-3, will all be off the air for up to an hour, this Sunday afternoon, in order for the stations to install new studio transmitter link, or S-T-L, antennas, at their Taylorville studios, as well as at the Taylorville transmitter site.

 

These antennas will prevent on-air outages that occurred with some of the signals this past summer.

 

This work is weather permitting, and the Miller Media Group thanks its listeners for their patience while these upgraded S-T-L antennas are installed.

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Governor Quinn Announces $691,000 Infrastructure Investments in Christian and Shelby County Communities

Governor Pat Quinn announced on Thursday a $691,000 state investment in Christian and Shelby Counties to support critical public works improvements and home rehabilitations for low-income residents.

The investments were made under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)’s Community Development Assistance Program, which targets areas with populations of less than 50,000 that are outside of urban counties. Larger towns and cities are eligible for similar funding by direct application to the federal government.

The awards include:

Christian County

Stonington: Replace a raw water line from well to treatment plant. $450,000 grant, $603,000 total project cost.

Shelby County

Findlay: New water main to connect with another water source. $241,000 grant, $321,490 total project cost.

 

Statewide, investments totaling $8.83 million were made in 23 towns or townships for improvements to water and sewer systems, and with the required local matching funds the total investment will be $13.94 million

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McGuire Warns of Holiday Scams

The holiday season finds us all in the mood to spend, and unfortunately, crooks are aware of this and will try to capitalize on it.  Public Advocate Mac McGuire says you should always be suspicious:

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McGuire says even though we are making progress against the scamsters, you still can't be too careful.

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Taylorville Development Association Holds Special Meeting to Discuss Property Trade

The Taylorville Development Association held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss a recent trade of property. President Ken Hart tells Regional Radio News about the trade and the meeting:

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Hart says the one year option they signed to trade the property will be in place until September 15th, 2014. 

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Historical Society Persimmon Party This Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, there’s something that should be fun for the whole family. The Christian County Historical Society’s annual Persimmon Party will take place this Saturday and Sunday. President of the Historical Society Jodi Heberling says it’s a great way for them to exhibit the Museum:

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Heberling says the museum gives you a real sense of history:

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Again, the Persimmon Party is this weekend from 10am to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-7-13

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 6, a Taylorville Police Department officer ran a license plate through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and it returned for mandatory insurance violation. The officer stopped the vehicle at Cheney and Poplar. The driver was identified as Tiffany Wagoner. She was issued a citation and the vehicle was towed by Larry's.

On November 6 at 4:27pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Lincoln Trail and Route 48. Following the stop, Brian K. Tacket, 27, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license is suspended.

On November 4, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to 46 Hannon Trailer Court in regards to a disturbance. The officer arrived and during the course of the investigation, Michael J. Alberts, 29, of Taylorville was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. Alberts was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:

On November 2, Matthew T. Hushour, 20, of Taylorville was westbound on Spresser and passes the witness vehicle that was turning into McDonald's. Alexandra C. Norville, 17, of Palmer was pulling out of McDonald's. Hushour accelerates around the witness vehicle and strikes Norville. Norville stated that she saw the vehicle slowing down to turn into McDonald's and thought it was safe for her to pull out. No injuries were reported.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

While investigating a report of a domestic dispute on November 4, items of drug paraphernalia were located inside 306 South Clark Street in Pana. Charges against Laurie A. Saunders, 50, of Pana and Merle E Saunders Jr., 39, of Pana are pending. Items seized to be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

On November 5, Kimberly Green reported criminal damage that occurred at 300 South State Street in Pana. Sometime between 10:00pm on November 4 and 7:00am on November 5, an unknown person(s) broke the windshield on a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix that was parked in the driveway. The vehicle's battery was also apparently damaged during the same incident. The Grand Prix is owned by Starla D. Hostetler of 304 North Chestnut Street, Pana. The damaged vehicle equipment is valued at $426.38.

As a result of an investigation, Sarah E. Fleet, 20, of Pana was charged with zero tolerance and illegal transportation of alcohol citation.

On November 4, Michelle M. Frost, 31, of Pana stopped at a red light on Second and Poplar facing westbound. Glenda C. Spinner, 50, of Assumption was also westbound and failed to stop in time and struck Frost in the rear bumper. There was no noticeable damage on Frost and slight damage on Spinner's front bumper. Frost was issued a citation for operating a vehicle uninsured. No injuries were reported

Following a disturbance on November 4 at 100 Block West 2nd, Paul E. Allen, 18, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Allen was issued a notice to appear in court and released.

On November 6, Anita S. Hrabak, 47, of Pana was traveling south on Maple Street. Jeric D. Horsthemke, 22, of Pana was traveling east on 4th Street. Hrabak stopped at the stop sign. Hrabak did not see any vehicles coming and proceeded into the intersection and struck the rear driver's side fender of Horsthemke. No injuries were reported. Hrabak was issued a citation for failure to yield at an intersection.

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Fire Department Calls 11-7-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 6
2 Automatic Alarms, 1 EMS

November 7
1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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LLCC defeats SWIC to advance to Region XXIV Final Four

LLCC defeats SWIC 25-13, 25-10, 25-15

 

Record: 33-7

NEXT: SAT vs. Illinois Central at Rend Lake

 

Digs: Hathcoat 23, Amsden 8, Hamilton 7

Aces: Hathcoat 2, Neilson 1

Blocks: Ballinger 4, Hamilton 4,

Assists: Harper 28, Lascody 7

Kills: Forman 15, Hamilton 9

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Doc?s Maytag Relocating to Marsango Plaza

Doc’s Maytag is relocating from the Taylorville Square to the west side of the Marsango Plaza on Spresser Street. Tammy Braye, who owns the business along with her husband Curt, tells Regional Radio News about the decision and benefits of the move:

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Doc’s Maytag currently has a moving sale going on through Friday and they will be closed on Saturday to complete the move. 

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Rosenthal Honors Local Fallen Veterans with Highway Dedication

In honor of two local veterans who gave their life defending our freedom, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville sponsored and passed two resolutions Wednesday dedicating stretches of Illinois Route 16 in their memory. 

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Irby and Claybrook were both from Hillsboro. 

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Decatur Resident Becomes Certified Concealed Carry Instructor

A Decatur resident has become a certified concealed carry instructor. Jim Humphrey tells Regional Radio News about the training he had to go through to become certified:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-6-13

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

Michael K. Bennett, 25, of 317 South Curtis Street, Edinburg, was arrested November 5 for violating an order of protection.

Deric D. Brown, 26, of 48 Fairview Court, Taylorville, was arrested November 5 on a bond forfeiture for possession of liquor and a bond forfeiture for speeding.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On November 4 at 11:11am, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Jennifer Girard, 25, of Taylorville driving a white Ford pickup at Shumway and Park Boulevard. The officer knew Girard to have a revoked license. The officer stopped Girard and she said her license was revoked. The officer ran Girard through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and she came back with a revoked driver's license. Girard was arrested, issued a citation, processed and released on a notice to appear.

On November 5 at 12:26pm, Matt Hutchinson, Assistant Principal at the Taylorville High School, advised he had two female juveniles that had been involved in a fight inside one of the bathrooms at the High School. Neither juvenile female would say who or what started the fight. Both were arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department where they were processed and released on a city ordinance violation for fighting.

On November 5 at 4:48pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Bidwell. Following the stop, Deric D. Brown, 26, of Taylorville was arrested for a Macoupin County failure to appear warrant, a Christian County failure to appear warrant, and possession of cannabis under 30 grams.

ACCIDENTS:

Michelle E. Jones, 32, of Taylorville advised she was exiting the drive of the Coin Laundry on Route 104 when she struck Frederick R. Vangeison, 77, of Morrisonville. Jones advised she did not see Vangeison until impact. Jones had front-end damage and was issued citations for operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to yield. Vangeison was headed east on Route 104 when Jones pulled out and struck him. Vangeison advised he did not see Jones until impact. Vangeison received damage to the rear passenger side bed and quarter panel of his truck. No injuries were reported

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Fire Department Calls 11-6-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 5
5 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 6
1 EMS

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Meadow Manor Offers Many Services

A long time Taylorville facility offers many services that you may not know about.  Marie Becker, Sales and Marketing Director for Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, says they offer several different kinds of care:

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Becker says they are able to accept several kinds of insurance:

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Meadow Manor is located at 800 McAdam Dr. in Taylorville, right next to the YMCA.

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McGuire: Scamsters Posing as Police Again

Scamsters are once again posing as local police officers over the phone. Public Advocate Mac McGuire tells Regional Radio News what to watch out for this time:

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McGuire says if you receive this call, 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, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Committee chairs reported on local Kiwanis events and activities for children and youth in the community.

 

Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported over 29-hundred dollars were spent recently, providing coats and hats for over 50 pre-schoolers in the Taylorville area.

 

Key Club committee chair Jody Mink, reported that the High School Key Club recently raised money by trick or treating for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Organization.

 

And Spiritual Aims committee chair Dick Wamsley reported that this year’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club Christmas Luncheon will take place at Vision Way Christian School, with the school serving Kiwanis members and guests lunch and Vision Way students providing a Christmas program.

 

Judy Prasun, an assistant vice president at People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville, was inducted as the newest member of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, during Tuesday’s meeting.  She was sponsored by Dan Sneed.

 

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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Dr. Bullock: Community College a Great Bet

In these difficult economic times, many people are looking for ways to save time and money.  That includes attending college.  Dr. Josh Bullock, President of Lake Land Community College, says thrift is not the only reason to consider a community college:

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Dr. Bullock took over as President of Lake Land Community College last July.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-5-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:

On October 28, Randy J. Becker, 53, of Taylorville was traveling west on 1350 North at about 1100 East. Diana L. Sloper, 38, of Taylorville was traveling easy. Becker then attempted to turn across traffic into a farm field culvert to turn around. Becker advised he could not see Sloper due to the vehicle's color and the position of the sun in his eyes. Becker crossed into the eastbound lane and Sloper hit him. No injuries were reported.

ARRESTS:

Crystal G. Trent, 33, of 110 Stanton, Riverton, was arrested November 2 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

John E. Zini, 20, of 611 Dial Street, Kincaid, was arrested November 2 on a bond forfeiture for methamphetamine delivery and an on view arrest for another count of methamphetamine delivery.

Yvonne M. Christopher, 47, of 631 Glen Street, Kincaid, was arrested November 3 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Joshua L. Ishmael, 26, of 208 South Rosamond, Rosamond, was arrested November 4 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery and bodily damage. 

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Fire Department Calls 11-5-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 4
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

November 5
2 EMS

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Senior Center to Sponsor Logo Contest

You could win a nice prize and help out the Christian County Senior Citizens.  According to Gerry Mahr, Director of the Senior Center, They are looking for a new logo:

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Stop by the Senior Center at the corner of Adams and Shumway in Taylorville or call 824-4263 to find out more.

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Taylorville City Council Discusses Municipal Audit Program; Airport Underground Storage Tanks Project

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion at their meeting Monday night to have Mayor Greg Brotherton sign an agreement between the City of Taylorville and Azavar Audit Solutions, Inc. regarding a Municipal Audit Program on Uncollected Municipal Utility Taxes. Mayor Brotherton explains what the company will be able to do:

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Alderman Martin Vota voiced concerned over the billing aspect:

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Questions were also brought up about some aspects of the contract with Azavar. The Council decided to table the topic until the Finance Committee meeting later this month so that City Attorney Rocci Romano could fine tune that contract.

 

The Taylorville City Council held a lengthy discussion over the payment requests of KAM Solutions and Laker Petroleum concerning the IEPA Reimbursements for the Airport Underground Storage Tanks Project at their meeting Monday night. City Attorney Rocci Romano suggested the Council approve the motions he had written up:

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The first motion was quickly amended to include authorization for Mayor Brotherton to sign all necessary technical reports as well. The Council approved both motions.

 

Mayor Greg Brotherton provided the City Council with an update on the Route 29 project at their meeting Monday night:

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Mayor Brotherton also informed the Council that he has sent an invitation to the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Taylorville and Christian County to Governor Pat Quinn.

  

The City Council also approved the motion to have Mayor Greg Brotherton sign an agreement with CGI Communications, Inc. to create a new marketing video highlighting Taylorville that will be linked to the City’s website. The Council also approved the hiring of Morrison Electric to do the lighting repairs for the Municipal Building at an amount not to exceed $2,000 unless additional work is approved by the Mayor. Mayor Brotherton also made a proclamation declaring December as Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:07pm

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Henry: Beware of Latest IRS Scam

A new IRS scam has recently surfaced. Laurie Henry from H&R Block in Taylorville tells Regional Radio News what to look out for:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-4-13

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ACCIDENTS:
On October 27, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to US Route 51 at 63 North for a deer and car collision. Upon arrival, the officer observed Jessica L. Cloe, 28, of Herrick stopped on the northbound shoulder of US Rote 51. Cloe had front end damage. Cloe stated that the deer entered the roadway from the west and continued across the roadway to the east. The deer then entered the northbound lane at which point Cloe struck the deer. Cloe then came to a stop on the northbound shoulder. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On October 31 at 5:56pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatcher to Taylorville Memorial Hospital in reference to a report of battery. Following investigation, Megan R. Kinser, 19, of Taylorville was arrested for battery. Kinser was released on a notice to appear.

On November 2, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 412 South Shumway in reference to a disturbance in the upstairs apartment. Officers heard a female and a male screaming and also heard items being thrown around. Officers made contact with the female that lives in the apartment. The female stated that Cory J. Workman, 24, of Taylorville, had ran out the back door. After a short foot pursuit, officer took Workman into custody. Workman was transported to Taylorville Police Department and charged with resisting or obstructing a police officer.

On November 2 at 2:34am, a Taylorville Police Department officer made contact with Ronald E. Hall, 41, of Taylorville who was stumbling on the sidewalk near Walnut and Franklin. Upon further investigation, Hall was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

ACCIDENTS:

On October 31, Heather M. Whitaker, 30, of Taylorville was heading east on Bidwell Street. Sean E. Neville, 18, of Taylorville pulled out and began turning left onto Bidwell. Whitaker hit the driver's side of Neville. Neville stated that it was dark and the truck on the corner blocked his view of Whitaker.

On November 1, Nichole R. Brown, 29, of Taylorville and Linda K. Henry, 32, of Sullivan were slowing/stopped at the intersection of Spresser and Cheney Streets. A 16-year-old male dud not slow his vehicle in time and struck Brown. Brown was then pushed into Henry. The 16-year-old's airbags deployed. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 11-4-13

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 1
1 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 2
1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 3
1 EMS

November 4
1 Public Assist

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Cross: New Website to Put Pressure on Legislators to Produce Balanced Budget

Representative Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who is a candidate for Illinois Treasurer, has launched a website intended to pressure the Illinois Legislature into producing a balanced budget.  Cross says in the course of his campaign he has heard from a lot of angry Illinoisians:

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The website is honestbalancedbudget.com.  For info on Cross' campaign, go to jointomcross.com.

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Queen Bs Catering a Team Effort

Kathy Sevener and Tanya Reber are the owners of Queen Bs Catering in Taylorville.  Sevener says she knew they should go into the catering business when she realized what a good cook Reber is:

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Queen Bs Catering is located at 1923 W. Spresser St. in Taylorville.  Call them at 652-0196, or check their website, queenbscatering.com.

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Former NYPD Sergeant Writes Book

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A former NYPD Detective now living in Central Illinois has written a novel.  Andrew G. Nelson left the police department in 2005 after more than 20 years on the job.  Nelson says his wife was the one who convinced him to write the book:

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The novel tells the story of a retired NYPD Detective who gets wrapped up in an investigation involving an old girlfriend.  The book, titled "Perfect Pawn" is available at amazon.com, or go to andrewgnelson.blogspot.com.

 

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#17 LLCC Volleyball Wins Final Two at Parkland Invitational

#17 LLCC defeats #7 Kirkwood 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 13-25, 15-13

#17 LLCC defeats #22 South Suburban 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-10

 

Record: 32-7

NEXT: WED vs. SWIC, Region Playoff Rd 1, 6pm at LLCC

 

Note: The win vs. Kirkwood was college win #300 for Coach Jim Dietz.

 

vs. Kirkwood:

Digs: Hathcoat 30, Hamilton 20

Aces: Amsden 2

Blocking: Hauser 4, Corn 2, Voils 2

Assists: Harper 46

Kills: Corn 13, Hamilton 12

 

vs. South Suburban

Digs: Hathcoat 33, Hamilton 17

Aces: Voils 2

Blocking: Voils 5, Corn 4, Hauser 4

Assists: Harper 43

Kills: Forman 13, Corn 10, Hamilton 10

 

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2013

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

Sometime between Monday October 21, 2013 and Tuesday October 22, 2013, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage, located at 1304 West Franklin Street in Taylorville.   While inside the unknown subject or subjects took a black, yellow, and white radio controlled truck.   Also taken were several items relating to the radio controlled truck.  The total dollar amount of items taken is estimated at over $800. 

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

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

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LLCC Renovations Coming

The Lincoln Land Community College Board recently approved $1.9 million for renovations to an old building on the Taylorville campus.  Scott Stallman of LLCC says the plans are still in the preliminary stages:

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Stallman also says it's time to make advising appointments for the spring session, which begins in January.

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LLCC loses to Southeastern Iowa in four

LLCC loses 25-21, 17-25, 23-25, 21-25

 

Record: 30-7

NEXT: SAT @ Parkland Invitational against Kirkwood, South Suburban

 

Digs: Hathcoat 33, Neilson 18

Aces: Lascody 1, Amsden 1

Blocks: Forman 2

Assists: Harper 43

Kills: Hauser 12, Corn 10

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Pana Chamber Seeking Entries for Christmas Parade

Entries are being sought for the Pana Chamber of Commerce’s first ever evening Christmas Parade. The Parade will be held on Saturday November 30 beginning at 5PM with line up at 4:30 PM at the corner of First and Locust Streets. The theme for this Parade will be Light the Way for Santa.  A Free kids movie will start at 3 PM at the Pana Roseland Theater, followed by the arrival of Santa in the Parade and the Santa House being open for visits.  PAWS will be selling hot cocoa and coffee during the evening. For more information, contact the Pana Chamber at 562-4240.

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Tornadoes lose to Rochester in Round 1 of State Playoffs

As heard on 97.3, WTIM on Saturday night...the Taylorville Tornadoes lost to the Rochester Rockets 42-7 in the first round of the state football playoffs.

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Fire Department Calls 11-1-13

TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

October 30
2 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Automatic Alarm

October 31
2 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Gas Odor

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 11-1-13

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

Jennifer A. Girard, 25, of 817 West Market, Taylorville, was arrested October 31 on a bond forfeiture for driver's license revoked or suspended.

Leda L.P. Ward, 38, of 218 West Boyd, Taylorville, was arrested October 31 on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On October 29 at 6:07pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Springfield Road and Cheney for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Blake Durbin, 19, of Morrisonville and he advised he was in the right turn lane to go south on Cheney Street. Durbin then advised that the brakes went out on his truck and he struck the back of Randy K. Mitchelson, 59, of Taylorville. Mitchelson advised he was in the turn lane and was struck from behind by Durbin. No injuries were reported.

 

THE PANA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

On October 22, both William D. Sweetin, 82, of Pana and Becky D. Miller, 46, of Pana were parked in the parking lot of Pana Save-A-Lot. Sweetin backed out of the parking space and backed into Miller. No injuries were reported.

On October 29, a 16-year-old from Tower Hill was issues a citation for speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.

On October 29, both Kent J. Holthaus, 40, of Pana and Angela J. Oldham, 46, were parked at the Pana High School. Holthaus backed out, turned too sharp, and struck Oldham in the driver's rear door. No injuries were reported.

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Governor Quinn Announces $1.8 Million for Christian County Construction Project

Governor Pat Quinn has announced a capital investment of more than $1.8 million for a construction project in Christian County.

 

A bridge carrying West Lake Shore Drive over the south fork of the Sangamon River at the Lake Taylorville Spillway will be replaced for $1,879,553 by Freesen, a Division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc. of Springfield, the lowest of six bidders. The project will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

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

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Hornbuckle: Successful Food Drive by NASCAR's Kenny Wallace

Nascar star Kenny Wallace was in Taylorville this week for a food drive at Aaron's store on Springfield Road.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says it was a big success:

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Kenny Wallace is a co-owner of the Macon Speedway, which is a member of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

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Veterans Events Next Week in Shelbyville

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about November events, and that includes Veterans Day.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there will be two events next week to honor veterans:

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You can call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221.

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TRIAD ?Are You OK?? Program in Testing Phase

Progress continues to be made on the TRIAD “Are You OK?” program. Taylorville Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Hile tells Regional Radio News that the program is in its testing phase:

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If a subscriber does not answer the phone at the day and time requested, an alert will be sent to the Taylorville Police Department. The program will be free of charge to any senior who wants to sign up.

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The Nokomis Football Season Comes To An End

As heard on WRAN, Nokomis fell to Athens with a score of 27-21.

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