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Letterly: Important to Have Research Farm Close By

The world of agriculture is one that seemingly changes daily. Gary Letterly, Extension Educator at the University of Illinois Extension Office, tells Regional Radio News that having a research site like the Dudley Smith Farm close by is very beneficial:

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The Dudley Smith Farm is located off of Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana.

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Lunch and Learn To Discuss Retirement Plans

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Lunch and Learn event is just a few weeks away. CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says the topic will be of interest to those involved with a small business:

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For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Taylorville Chamber at 824-4919.

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Eberspacher: Shelby County Tax Referendum Important for Schools

Shelby County voters have an important decision to make in a few weeks on whether or not to approve a tax referendum that would benefit the schools. Jackie Eberspacher (Eber-spocker) with Citizens for Shelby County Schools tells Regional Radio News the importance of this 1% sales tax increase:

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UPDATED: Weather Service Updates Snow Totals; 4-8 Inches Now Expected

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln early Saturday morning revised their predictions on winter weather this weekend.

 

A snow advisory is in effect for 4 to 6 inches of snow, west of a Christian-Macon-DeWitt-McLean county line.

 

A winter storm watch for 6 to 8 inches of snow, is now in effect for Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby, and Effingham counties and eastward.

 

And, a winter storm warning is in effect for Macoupin and Montgomery counties, and counties to the southwest including the St. Louis metro.

 

Areas along the Wabash River could also see up to 2-tenths of an inch of ice.

 

The snow is expected to begin tonight and continue into Sunday, with blowing and drifting expected.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and (taylorvilledailynews.com) (dewittdailynews.com) for the latest weather information, road conditions, and cancellations.

 

The National Weather Service in Lincoln early Saturday morning revised their predictions on winter weather this weekend.

 

A snow advisory is in effect for 4 to 6 inches of snow, west of a Christian-Macon-DeWitt-McLean county line.

 

A winter storm watch for 6 to 8 inches of snow, is now in effect for Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby, and Effingham counties and eastward.

 

And, a winter storm warning is in effect for Macoupin and Montgomery counties, and counties to the southwest including the St. Louis metro.

 

Areas along the Wabash River could also see up to 2-tenths of an inch of ice.

 

The snow is expected to begin tonight and continue into Sunday, with blowing and drifting expected.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and (taylorvilledailynews.com) (dewittdailynews.com) for the latest weather information, road conditions, and cancellations.

 

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Talbot carries Rangers past Blackhawks

New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Talbot's 31 saves helped the New York 
Rangers take a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game since the 
Olympic break for both clubs. 

Derick  Brassard and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers, who had won five of six 
going into the break. 

"The  guys  had a great  game and a  win is a win,"  said Nash. "I don't think 
anyone  expected  the game  to be this  tight, but  it was a  huge win and two 
points." 

Peter Regin scored late and Corey Crawford posted 22 saves for the Blackhawks, 
who have dropped their past two games. 

"I  thought we were  a little off on our timing and our passing," said Chicago 
head  coach Joel Quenneville. "They played great defense, but I don't think we 
put enough pucks on the net and enough bodies in front of the net." 

New  York scored halfway through the first period as a turnover in the Chicago 
end  saw  Benoit Pouliot  get the  puck at the  left circle  and center it for 
Brassard, who followed up his initial shot and buried the rebound for his 12th 
of the season. 

Talbot  made 12  saves in  the first  then posted  seven in  the second,  with 
Crawford stopping all 11 he faced in the middle stanza to keep Chicago down by 
one. 

Nash  provided  some insurance with  4:07 to play as  he skated down the right 
wing  and had  the puck knocked away.  He gathered it in the circle and skated 
out  to the right circle before picking the corner with a wrister for his 19th 
of the season. 

Regin  scored  with 11.6  seconds left  to break up  Talbot's shutout, and the 
Blackhawks  nearly  tied the game  in the final moments  as Patrick Kane had a 
rebound chance at the right side. 

Talbot,  though, kept it out with a sliding left pad save and New York held on 
for the win. 

                                   Game Notes 

New  York  plays at Philadelphia  on Saturday  ... Chicago hosts Pittsburgh on 
Saturday ... New York won both games against Chicago this season, taking a 3-2 
win on Jan. 8 in the Windy City. 

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Bears Re-Sign Garza

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have re-signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract worth a reported 1.5-million-dollars.  Garza started all 16 games for the Bears this past season.  The 34-year-old has made 164 starts in 194 career games over 13 seasons with Atlanta and Chicago.  The Falcons selected Garza in the fifth round in 2001. 

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Cubs Fall To Arizona

Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with an RBI double to 
lead an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in 
Cactus League play. 

Eric Chavez added a two-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt had a two-RBI single in 
the  victory.  Bronson Arroyo,  making  his  first  appearance in  an  Arizona 
uniform, allowed two runs -- one earned -- over the first three innings. 

Jeff  Samardzija drew the start in Chicago's spring training opener and struck 
out  two over a  pair of scoreless innings. Starlin Castro collected a pair of 
hits for the Cubs, including an RBI double. 

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Cards Begin Spring Games

(Jupiter, FL)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals begin the spring training slate today in Jupiter, Florida.  The Cards take on the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium at 12:05 p.m.  St. Louis sends right-hander Carlos Martinez to the hill while the Fish counter with ace Jose Fernandez.  The two teams also meet tomorrow afternoon. 

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Central A&M Lady Raiders Play in State Semifinal This Afternoon

Coming up this afternoon on Regional Radio:

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Carrolton Hawks defeat the Lady Raiders in the IHSA Class 1-A Girls Basketball Championship Friday (2.28.14).

It was an extremely close game all the way through Friday but the end result was a loss for the Lady Raiders of Central A&M to the Carrolton Hawks 40-38 Friday in the Class 1-A Girls Basketball State Championship Semi-Final as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. Ranked #2 in the state, it was the Raiders' first return to ISU's Redbird Arena since 2008. Carrolton is the #2 seed in the Western Illinois Valley Conference and improved to a 25 and 6 mark overall on the season. The Hawks will play in the Championship game Saturday afternoon; Central A&M will play for 3rd place with the pregame to begin at 11:45am on WMKR.

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Illinois State Police Arrest Kincaid Chief of Police

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Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigators arrested Kincaid Village Chief of Police, Richard S. Adams, 45, for Official Misconduct on Friday.

Preliminary investigative details revealed that Adams had been using his official position to have repairs of his residence completed by village employees, on village time.    

The Christian County States Attorney Office and State Appellate Prosecutor Office filed charges on Adams and an arrest warrant was obtained.  Zone 4 Agents arrested Adams and he was booked into the Christian County Jail on one count of Official Misconduct.  Bond was set at $15,000.   The investigation is on-going and additional charges are expected. 

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Reps Brown and Rosenthal Call For Inquiry into Quinn's Use of Taxpayer Dollars for Political Slush Fund

State Representatives Adam Brown of Champaign and Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville are calling for a suspension of any unexpended dollars – which could be as much as $31 million -- and a full investigation on where huge amounts of taxpayer dollars ended up that were intended for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. Rosenthal says the audit was much called for:

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House Committee approves annual bobcat season in Illinois

Legislation approved in House committee on Tuesday will allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to establish an annual bobcat season in the state of Illinois. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, who is the bill’s sponsor, presented the measure to the House committee:

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This legislation also makes a technical change correcting a conflict of how long a hunter or trapper may have a green hide of a fur-bearing mammal following an open season so that there’s no question that the limit is 20 days.

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ADA Offers Many Programs

The American Diabetes Association is well-known for its “Kiss a Pig” contests.  But you may wonder how the money raised is spent.  Vanessa Wiseman of the ADA says they have a number of successful programs in effect:

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Apple Products may Require Simple Fix

If you own an Apple iPhone or iPad, you need to know about a potential problem.  Richard Peters of TRIAD tells Regional Radio listeners that it’s a security concern, but fortunately, there is a simple fix:

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Peters says you don’t have to be very tech-savvy to fix the problem.

 

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Construction Underway at Gowin Parc in Taylorville

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Construction is underway on the expansion at Gowin Parc in Taylorville. Owner Theresa Gowin tells Regional Radio News where they are at in the construction:

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When completed, Gowin Parc in Taylorville will have 19 new memory care assisted living apartments. 

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Taylorville Freshman Earns Eagle Scout Rank

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A Taylorville High School freshman has achieved the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts and did so at an early age. 15-year-old Eric Harrison earned the ranking of Eagle Scout on November 21, 2013. At the time Harrison was 14 which makes him 3 years younger than the average age of Scouts receiving the Eagle ranking. Harrison is the son of Steve and Lori Harrison. 

To attain Eagle Rank a scout must earn 21 Eagle approved merit badges and Harrison has earned 33.  A scout will also need to work through all the ranks in scouting up to Eagle. At that point, the scout must plan and supervise a Community Service Project to prove his leadership skills.  Harrison chose to install 2 park style grills at the Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation at Lake Taylorville.   Harrison supervised scouts and leaders with the installation and landscaping of the grills. 

Harrison started in scouts as a Tiger at the age of 6. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned Brotherhood.  Harrison held the position of Senior Patrol Leader for 2 years in Troop 132 and currently holds the position of Order of the Arrow Representative. His father Steve is the Assistant Scout Master for his Troop 132. Harrison’s Court of Honor was held this past Sunday.

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Illini Crush Cornhuskers

Champaign,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kendrick Nunn led the way with 13 points, 
as  the Illinois  Fighting Illini bested the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 60-49, in a 
Big Ten Conference bout at the State Farm Center. 

Nunn  shot 3-of-4  from beyond  the arc  for Illinois  (16-12, 5-10  Big Ten), 
winners  of two straight. Rayvonte Rice and Malcolm Hill each scored 10 points 
for  the  hosts,  with Rice  adding  nine  rebounds  and  four steals  to  his 
performance. 

For  Nebraska  (16-11, 8-7), which  snapped a five-game winning streak, Terran 
Petteway netted 13 points and Shavon Shields had eight points and nine boards. 

Neither  team shot  greater than 39 percent  from the field in the first half, 
but  Illinois was able to take a 27-24 lead into the break by draining four 3- 
pointers in the opening stanza, compared to zero for Nebraska. 

The  Cornhuskers  took a brief  lead early in the  second half, but the Illin
pieced  together a 12-0 later in the frame to go ahead by 13 with less than 10 
minutes to play, and their advantage was never threatened down the stretch. 

Illinois  forced  the Cornhuskers into 15  turnovers, scoring 24 points off of 
those miscues. 

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-27-14

Coming up tonight on Regional Radio:

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Taylorville Boys Basketball Scores 02/27/14

As heard on WTIM. Taylorville defeated Sacred Heart Griffin with a score of 75-69.

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C.E.F.S. Offers Income Eligible Scholarships

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) scholarships for income eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois Institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study.  The course of study must lead up to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.

            The scholarship program, which began in 1986, has awarded 433 scholarships in the amount of $300,306 to individuals who continued their education.  Also in 2009 and 2010, C.E.F.S. received CSBG American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money, which awarded 33 scholarships in the amount of $27,840 to individuals who were continuing their education.  Applications are available at any C.E.F.S. Outreach Office, High School Counselor, IETC and DHS offices, Community Colleges and their web site www.cefseoc.org.  Completed applications with all necessary documentation, must be received in the County Outreach Office by May 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

            Applicants are screened for eligibility after the deadline and a committee of C.E.F.S. Board of Directors and Staff will interview the eligible applicants prior to choosing the winners.  Scholarship funds will be available for the FY14/2015 school year.

            For further information contact:  C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, 1805 S. Banker St., PO Box 928, Effingham, IL  62401 or call (217) 342-2193 Ext. 126 or 130.

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Le Grande Soiree Saturday Night in Effingham

An annual event designed to promote healthcare education is coming up this weekend.  "Le Grande Soiree" raises money to help promote the Sarah Bush Lincoln Guild Scholarship Program.  The money raised helps students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare field.  Kim Lockart, Special Events Coordinator for the hospital, says it's also alot of fun:

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The event will also feature dinner, cocktails and dancing to live music provided by Downtime.  To make a reservation or if you have questions, call Kim Lockart at 258-2511.

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Edwards: Distracted Driving takes Many Forms

It's now illegal to use your cell phone while driving.  It's all part of the growing awareness regarding the dangers of distracted driving.  But not every form of distracted driving is caused by cell phones.  Illinois State Police Information Officer Emanuelwel Edwards says there are other dangerous distractions:

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Lifting Visitor Flu Restrictions

With flu cases in Illinois declining, Memorial Health System’s three hospitals – Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – have lifted their visitor restrictions.

For the safety of patients and their families, the hospitals in late January limited inpatients hospital visits to two visitors per patient at one time and said visitors should be limited to people who are at least 18 years old and showed no sign of illness. The health system also encouraged those accompanying outpatients at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations.

In lifting the restrictions, the health system noted that influenza activity throughout Illinois had decreased and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Illinois’ flu activity as “regional” and no longer at “widespread.” 

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Preliminary Hearing Set for Kincaid Mayor

A preliminary hearing has been set for Kincaid Mayor Doug A. Thomas. Thomas will appear back in court on April 4th at 10am for that preliminary hearing. Thomas was arrested last Thursday afternoon by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office for violating an order of protection. During the arrest, police found Thomas to also be in possession of a controlled substance. Thomas posted bond Friday afternoon.

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Bulls Escape Atlanta With Win

Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mike Dunleavy led seven Chicago scorers in 
double  figures  with 22 points,  as the Bulls got  back to their winning ways 
with a 107-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena. 

Joakim  Noah and Carlos Boozer both donated double-doubles, with Noah notching 
20 points and 12 rebounds, while Boozer registered 17 points and 11 boards for 
the Bulls, who had won five straight before dropping a 93-79 decision at Miami 
on Sunday. 

"We're  just trying to find a way," Noah said. "It wasn't pretty at times. I'm 
just happy we were able to come out with the win." 

Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson both scored 14, while Tony Snell and D.J. Augustin 
netted 10 points apiece in the victory. 

Jeff Teague tallied 26 points and seven assists, while Kyle Korver contributed 
16  points and seven boards for the Hawks, who have lost nine of their last 10 
games. 

Dunleavy's  driving  layup gave Chicago a  101-100 lead with 1:29 to play, but 
DeMarre Carroll drained a 3-pointer at the other end to put the Hawks on top. 

However,  Caroll fouled Hinrich attempting a trey on the visitors' next touch, 
and  the veteran guard knocked down all three free throws to restore Chicago's 
one-point edge. 

"It was one of those games that came down to the final minute and they got the 
calls  and we didn't,"  Carroll said. "They (the refs) made a call and we have 
to live with it." 

After the teams exchanged empty possessions, the Hawks had the ball with under 
15  seconds left,  but Teague stepped out along the baseline under the Chicago 
net, giving possession back to the Bulls. 

Hinrich  then hit two free throws with 11 seconds left and after Noah stripped 
Mike  Scott as  he tried to take  a 3-pointer on Atlanta's next touch, Hinrich 
sealed the outcome with 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. 

Atlanta  led by as  many as 14 in the first quarter before taking a 30-20 lead 
into  the  second, but the Bulls  shot 55 percent  from the field and held the 
Hawks  to a  34.8 percent clip in the  second stanza to take a 54-51 edge into 
the break. 

The Bulls held  Atlanta at bay in  the third and carried an 80-75 spread into 
the final frame. 

Atlanta  grabbed  an 85-84 lead  early in  the fourth following consecutive 3- 
pointers  from Lou  Williams, but the Bulls answered with five straight points 
to regain the lead, which they held until Carroll's running layup with 1:41 on 
the clock. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Bulls improved to  14-16 on the road ... Atlanta is 0-3 against the Bull
this  season and  has lost five in  a row and 10  of the past 13 games in this 
series  ... Hawks  forward Paul Millsap missed his second straight game with a 
right  knee  contusion and  will be  sidelined until at  least the weekend ... 
Chicago  scored 22 second-chance points, compared to 12 for Atlanta ... Korver 
hit  four 3-pointers  to extend his record for consecutive games with a triple 
to 125. 

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Cardinals Spring Training News

>>Cards, Martinez Embarrassed By Twitter Pictures 

(Jupiter, FL)  --  The Cardinals and pitcher Carlos Martinez are doing damage control after some embarrassing "favorite" tweets went viral.  Martinez's page of tweets contained dozens of pornographic photos and links.  The team says Martinez and the team were spoken to about social media policies. 

>>Cardinals' Garcia To Visit Dr. James Andrews 

(Pensacola, FL)  --  Cardinals left-hander Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia will visit Doctor James Andrews today for a second opinion on his shoulder.  Garcia has had recent pain and stiffness while recovering from surgery.  Cards GM John Mozeliak says more information should be available later today. 

>>Cards Plan To Be Without Motte For Opening Day 

(Jupiter, FL)  --  The Cardinals are planning to be without reliever Jason Motte for Opening Day.  The right-hander says it would be a "push" or him to be ready on his current rehab schedule.  Motte had Tommy John surgery last May after rupturing a ligament in his right elbow. 

>>Cards Open Grapefruit League Play Friday 

(Jupiter, FL)  --  The Cardinals open up Grapefruit League play on Friday afternoon against the Marlins in Jupiter.  The two teams share the facility and Roger Dean Stadium, and will also play Saturday afternoon.  The Redbirds will close out the weekend by hosting the Mets in Jupiter on Sunday. 

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Illinois Meets Nebraska Tonight

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois takes the home court tonight at the State Farm Center against Nebraska.  The Fighting Illini notched a win over Minnesota this past weekend to improve to 15-and-12.  The Illini are just 4-and-10 in Big Ten play.  Nebraska is 16-and-10 on the season.  Tip is set for 8:00. Coverage of the game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM with pre-game at 7:30pm.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 2-26-14

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

Amanda L. Buschon, 31, of 611 Northwestern Avenue, Taylorville, was arrested February 25 on a bond forfeiture for driving with a suspended license.

Brandi L. Cain, 25, of 1326 North Osburne, Springfield, was arrested February 25 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Heather Meinhart, 32, of 200 North Greenview Drive, Edinburg, was arrested February 26 on a bond forfeiture for a misdemeanor failure to return.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

On February 26, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 1403 North Lawrence Avenue in reference to an intruder inside the residence. Kevin W. Swinburne, 34, of Taylorville was arrested for residential burglary and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was later transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On February 26, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 29 West Motel checking the occupants of room 21. Officers made contact with a male and a female subject in room 21. Both subjects were checked for warrants through Taylorville Dispatch. Taylorville Dispatch advised the female, Heather Meinart, 32, of Edinburg, had a valid warrant out of Christian County. Meinart was placed into custody and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 2-26-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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Former WTIM Weathercaster Dies of Brain Cancer

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(Picture courtesy WTAX.com)

A long-time Central Illinois broadcaster has lost his fight with brain cancer. Regional Radio News has learned that Bob Murray died this morning. Murray was most recently the morning show host on WTAX in Springfield since May of 2003. Murray's radio and TV career spanned nearly 50 years in Springfield and Decatur, including being a weathercaster on WAND-TV in Decatur. Murray provided daily weather forecasts for WTIM in Taylorville in the early and mid 1990's.

Murray had left WTAX last fall to begin treatment for brain cancer. He was 66 years old.

The WTAX web site said he died surrounded by his family. Services are pending.

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February Students of the Month for Taylorville High School

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Left to right is Senior Tori Sunderland, Sophomore Jesse Dain, Freshman Grace Markwell, Peoples Bank Len Hempen.  Not pictured is Junior Mallory Sinkhorn.

 

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Taylorville Wrestling Team Falls at Sectionals but Hooper Makes History Again

The Taylorville High School Wrestling Team was not able to pull off an upset against a very talented Bloomington High School squad in the IHSA Class 2A Team Sectionals. Bloomington, who sent 5 wrestlers to the Individual State Tourney compared to 2 for Taylorville, beat the Tornadoes by a final score of 42-28. However, there was plenty of reason to celebrate as senior Blake Hooper made history again as he became the first wrestler in Taylorville history to win 40 matches in a single season. Hooper made history this past weekend at the IHSA Individual Tournament by becoming the first Taylorville wrestler to win multiple matches at State. Hooper as well as fellow seniors Nick Flannell, Jake Smothers, Aaron Herkert and Kyle Tex finished their Taylorville High School wrestling careers with 100 wins.

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Snowfall Well Above Average This Winter

The snow has fallen extra hard across Illinois this winter. According to the National Weather Service, Central Illinois towns have seen snowfall totals between 10-20 inches above normal including Effingham which has seen 32.2 inches this year compared to an average of 15.2 inches. Christian County Emergency Management Agency Manager Mike Crews reports the following snowfall totals and where they rank amongst recorded snowfalls:

Kincaid - 35.4"     This is the 2nd snowiest winter in Kincaid since records started in 1973. The snowiest was 49.4" in 1977-78

Morrisonville - 23.2"    This is the 8th snowiest winter in Morrisonville since records started in 1948. The snowiest was 49.0" in 1981-82

Pana - 33.4"    This is the 10th snowiest winter in Pana since records started in 1890. The snowiest was 60.7" in 1977-78

Taylorville - 28.8"     This is the 3rd snowiest winter in Taylorville since records started in 1941. The snowiest was 37.5" in 1961-62. NOTE: There were no observations in Taylorville during much of the 1970s and 1980s when extreme amounts of snow occurred.

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Natural?s Closes Shop in Taylorville

Natural’s Health Foods has closed its door in Taylorville. The store was located in the Taylorville Mini-Mall on the north side of the square. Owners Cecil and Bonnie Howard did not want to comment on the closing.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-25-14

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

Wesley J. Holcomb, 36, of Mattoon was westbound on Township Road 1200 North. Holcomb lost control of the vehicle at 2625 East Road, slid off the roadway, struck a utility pole, turned east and came to rest on top of a concrete pole. No injuries reported.

Barbara A. Goebel, 48, of Springfield was stopped on North Perrine Street at the stop sign for North Street. Goebel stated that Paul M. Parkin, 24, of Morrisonville stopped at the stop sign and she proceeded through the intersection turning left. Goebel stated that once she was through the intersection and traveling westbound on North Street, Parkin struck her vehicle in the rear end. Perkin stated that he stopped at the stop sign for North Perrine. Parkin stated that he looked to the north and proceeded through the intersection and then struck Goebel. No injuries reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On February 22, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. The officer arrived, spoke to employees, and arrested Teri J. Bush, 24, of Pana. Bush was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

On February 21, the Taylorville Police Department conducted a Tobacco Compliance Check and Dollar General was found to be in violation. The clerk was identified as Amanda Spinner, 22, of Taylorville. Spinner was issued a City Ordinance Citation for sale of tobacco to a minor.

On February 21, the Taylorville Police Department conducted a Tobacco Compliance Check and Casey's at 902 East Park was found to be in violation. The clerk was identified as Melinda Dubson, 40, of Taylorville. Dubson was issued a City Ordinance Citation for sale of tobacco to a minor.

On February 21, the Taylorville Police Department conducted a Tobacco Compliance Check and Walmart was found to be in violation. The clerk was identified as Autumn Hughes, 23, of Kincaid. Hughes was issued a City Ordinance Citation for sale of tobacco to a minor.

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Fire Department Calls 2-25-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 24
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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear from Local Rolls Royce Collector At Weekly Meeting

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Pictured left to right Kiwanis president Chris Weittenhiller, Bill Kennedy, and Kiwanis February program chair John McClure.

 

Local Rolls Royce collector Bill Kennedy of Taylorville, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kennedy shared his passion for the Rolls Royce automobile, and the history of the automaker dating back to the early 1900’s.

Kennedy has bought and restored several Rolls Royce automobiles, as well as other vehicles made from the early 1900’s thru the 1960’s, such as 1909 Stanley Steamer car, and a 1919 Baker Electric car.

Kennedy told Kiwanis members that the initial design for the Rolls Royce came from Sir Henry Royce, and that Charles Rolls’ interest in the automobile that bears his name was simply in selling the cars. Royce died in 1933 while Rolls ended up committing suicide:

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Kennedy added the Rolls Royce today is manufactured by B-M-W in both England and the United States. Sticker price on a new Rolls Royce is in the neighborhood of 380-thousand dollars.

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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WRAN Travels to Windsor FFA as Part of FFA Week

Last week was National FFA Week, and as part of the celebration WRAN Solid Gold 98.3 traveled to 3 different Shelby County FFA Chapters to interview chapter officers and members.  On Friday, WRAN traveled to Windsor to visit with the Windsor High School Chapter of the FFA. Member Sarah Hostetter tells how she got started in the FFA and how it has helped her:

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Member Sydney Boehm explains how she got involved with the FFA and what it does for her:

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FFA Advisor Brittney Cowin says she can see a difference between students that are in FFA compared to those who are not:

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WRAN also visited Shelbyville and Cowden-Herrick.

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Taylorville Police TRIAD to Hold Informational Seminar on Scams

One of the most frustrating criminal acts effecting our community, along with every other community, are the constant attempts and unfortunately successful attempts to persuade hardworking people of all ages to give up their money for some just cause which has no merit, commonly referred to as scams. These scams come to us in many different forms such as through credit/debit cards, alleged bank alerts, the internet, text messages, and phone calls. Many of these scams are looking for the quick buck whereas some work towards obtaining your identity.

In order to help fight back in providing valuable information to help educate the potential victim, the Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County TRIAD will be hosting an informational seminar this Thursday at 9:30am in the lower level of the Municipal Building/Police Department located at 108 West Vine Street. This event is open to everyone.

George Seavers of the Illinois Comptroller’s Office will be present to provide the most current information concerning credit/debit cards, scams, and identity theft. The seminar is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

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Vatthauer: Many Reasons for Divorce

There are many reasons for marital dissatisfaction, and any one of them can lead to divorce.  Licensed Counselor Karen Vatthauer says some causes are more common than others:

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Other common reasons for divorce are lack of communication and infidelity.

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Heat Handle Bulls

Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Playing without LeBron James, the Miami Heat 
had  no problem dispatching  the Chicago Bulls on Sunday thanks to the rest of 
the Big 3. 

Chris Bosh scored 28 points with 10 rebounds and Dwyane Wade added a 23-point, 
10-rebound double-double to help the Heat to a 93-79 win. 

James  missed  the contest  because  of  a broken  nose  that  he suffered  in 
Thursday's  lopsided  win over the Oklahoma  City Thunder, and the Heat expect 
him  to  be back in the  lineup when they face  the Knicks at home this coming 
Thursday. 

Mario Chalmers deposited 12 points with nine assists and Ray Allen contributed 
10 points off the bench in Miami's fifth straight win. 

"It  was a good Eastern Conference win for our guys coming off the West Coast. 
And  that's  what  it  was,  it  was a  welcome  back  to  Eastern  Conference 
basketball," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. 

Joakim Noah finished with 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds and Taj Gibson 
netted  20 points  with 10 boards for Chicago, which had its season-high tying 
five-game winning streak snapped. 

"Those  guys  have ended  our seasons a  lot," Noah said.  "You've got to hate 
playing those guys, and every time we play them our intensity has to be high." 

Both teams played a tightly contested first half with each having a lead by no 
more  than five and  Wade's jumper as time expired in the second quarter tying 
the game at 40-apiece at the break. 

Carlos  Boozer  knocked down a  pair of  free throws to  give the Bulls a slim 
50-49  lead with 5:21  left in the third. Bosh then responded with a 3-pointer 
that sparked a 16-2 run to end the frame. 

Chicago  went 0-for-7  from the  field with  four turnover  in the  final five 
minutes of the quarter. 

Wade made two free throws and a layup around an Allen 3 as the Heat took their 
largest  lead of the game, 75-56, with over eight minutes left. The Bulls were 
held  to  29-of-81 (35.8  percent) shooting  in the game  and couldn't get any 
closer than 11 the rest of the way. 

                                   Game Notes 

There  were 11  ties and nine lead  changes ... Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points 
and Kirk Hinrich added 10 in the setback ... Chicago's Jimmy Butler missed the 
contest with a bruised rib ... Greg Oden scored five points with five rebounds 
in  12:49 of  action in his first  start since 2009 ... The Bulls outrebounded 
the Heat 51-41 ... Miami scored 22 points off 19 Chicago turnovers. 

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Cards Add Arms To Spring Roster


(Jupiter, FL)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals have added pitchers Kurt Heyer and Boone Whiting to the spring training roster.  Jaime [[ HY-may ]] Garcia is shut down and will have an MRI on his shoulder while Jose Almarante is stuck in the Caribbean due to visa issues.  Heyer was 9-and-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 23 games last season in the lower minor leagues while Whiting was 8-and-7 with a 3.83 in 27 starts with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. 

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-24-14

Coming up tonight on Regional Radio:

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Tornadoes Hit Five Counties

Survey crews are out assessing damage after several tornadoes touched down in Illinois last weekPana’s Fire Chief Rod Bland says one of the twisters caused minor damage there:  

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National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller says one of the twisters hit in Sangamon County: 

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The National Weather Service reports twisters also hit in Christian, Effingham, Morgan, and Cass counties.  Winds reached up to 65-miles-an-hour in some areas.  It knocked several semis over and forced quite a few road closures on the interstates.  Only one minor injury was reported in the five counties that were hit. 

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-24-14

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

Brehia N. Alaria, 30, of 107 South First, Jeiseyville, was arrested February 21 on a warrant for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Donald Barrish, 43, of 30 Hannon Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested February 21 on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Christian M. Huddleston, 18, of 3333 South Spring, Springfield, was arrested February 21 on a warrant for speeding 40+ miles per hour over the limit.

Brandon R. McCaughn, 18, of 1151 North Webster, Taylorville, was arrested February 22, on a bond forfeiture for possession of liquor by a minor.

Matthew C. Hagan, 27, of 523 East Bidwell Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Edward L. Jester, 31, of 7 Jamestown, Riverton, was arrested February 23 for driving on a revoked license.

Sue A. Falconer, 53, of 1121 East 1500 North Road Apt. 1, Taylorville, was arrested February 23 for wilfully violating park code and for possession of a controlled substance.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On February 21 at 5:22pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration. William C. Duff, 54, of Pana was arrested for driving suspended and possession of cannabis. Debra E. Vasseur, 60, of Taylorville, who was not involved with the traffic stop, approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Vasseur was also charged with possession of cannabis. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on notices to appear.

On February 21 at 5:55pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a report of a shoplifter. Following the investigation, Jade Ann Marie Oller, 22, of Bulpitt was arrested for retail theft.

On February 21 at 9:00pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to 801 East Elm to attempt to locate Lisa M. Harker, 38, of Taylorville who had a valid warrant out of Shelby County. The officer located Harker and placed her under arrest. Harker was transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

On February 21 at 10:30pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer saw a vehicle in a ditch on Houston near Vandeveer. The officer made contact with Richard S. Moran, 58, of Taylorville who was standing next to the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Moran was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Moran was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released after posting his Illinois Driver's License and $100 cash bond.


On February 22 at 3:49am, Taylorville Police Department officers located Brandon McCaughn, 18, of Taylorville at 107 West Main Cross Apt. B. He was arrested for fighting in public and a valid Christian County warrant. McCaughn was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. Kane E.J. Passini, 19, of Taylorville was also arrested for fighting in public and illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing.

On February 22 at 2:50pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to shoplifters in custody. Following the investigation, John D. Wright,18, of Pana and Brent E. Christian, 19, of Pana were arrested for retail theft.

On February 22 at 10:09pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. Upon further investigation, Alicia N. Dean, 29, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of cannabis of drug paraphernalia. Dean was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On February 23 at 7:18pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter in custody. Following the investigation, Sue A. McArdle, 53, of Taylorville was arrested for retail theft and possession of a controlled substance. McArdle was issued a trespass warning to Walmart due to a history of retail theft from the store. McArdle was transported to Christian County Correctional Center for lodging.

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Fire Department Calls 2-24-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 21
2 EMS, 1 Gas, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

February 22
1 Gas Spill

February 23
1 Public Assist

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Long-time Taylorville Police Department Dispatcher Retires

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The Taylorville Police Department along with the City of Taylorville would like to congratulate Dispatcher Debbie Smith of the Taylorville Police Department on her recent retirement. Smith began her retirement on February 7 after serving the citizens of Taylorville for nearly 24 years. Smith began her career with the Taylorville Police Department on March 5, 1990 and spent many years dispatching the afternoon and evening shift before finishing her last few years on days.

The Taylorville Police Department says their agency will lose valuable experience with the retirement of Debbie Smith. Smith has been looking forward to her retirement where she can spend more time with her grandchildren and possible travel a bit. The Taylorville Police Department says Debbie will be greatly missed by all.

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Hooper wins 3 at State, Finishes 6th, and Makes History

Contrary to a previous story, Taylorville High School Senior Blake Hooper had several more matches in the 285-pound class at the Class 2A State Tournament on Saturday. Hooper defeated Joe Blitstein of Vernon Hills in the first round of the Wrestleback and then Josue Carias of Chicago in the Quarterfinal Wrestleback match on a 5-2 decision to win his second match at State. Hooper would then fall to Nick Verbeck of Geneseo in the Wrestleback Semi-final and Adam Freimund of Harvard in the 5th place match thus giving Hooper a 6th place finish at State. Hooper also made history as he became the first Taylorville High School wrestler to win multiple matches at the State Tournament. Hooper finishes the individual season at 39-8.

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Shelbyville February Students of the Month

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From left to right are:  Senior - Lindsey Eigsti, Junior - Hannah Shuff, Sophomore - Marcus Skinner, Freshman - Maddie Holland and Jessie from Family Drug in Shelbyville.

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Lady Raiders heading to the Final 4!

With a 26-point lead, the Central A&M Lady Raiders defeated the Goreville Blackcats at Salem in the Class 1-A Supersectional of the Elite 8 Monday night (2.24.14) by a final score of 67-41 as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Raiders improved their record to 27 and 5 for their season and are rated #2 in Class 1-A by the AP Poll. The Goreville Blackcats dropped to 23 and 10 for the year. The Lady Raiders will head to Bloomington for the Final 4 of the IHSA State Tournament Friday at the Redbird Arena with the pregame to begin at 11:45am (game time 12:15pm) on WMKR.

NOTE: Tickets to attend Friday's game for Central A&M for their Final 4 game will go on sale 7:30am Tuesday (2.25.14) in Moweaqua at the high school and are $10 per session.

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Shelbyville Basketball

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Pana with a score of 71-58.

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Taylorville Park Board Hears Update on Lakeshore Golf Course

The Taylorville Park Board met Monday night and heard an update on the irrigation system at Lakeshore Golf Course. Jeff Boldig of J&D Golf Management tells the Board the latest:

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Fikri: Dairy Can Help with Heart Health

February is American Heart Month. Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Dairy Council tells Regional Radio News that dairy foods can help protect your heart:

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For more information, you can call the Dairy Council at 726-8480 or visit them online at stldairycouncil.org.

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LLCC to host 12th annual Education Career Day Monday

Lincoln Land Community College is hosting its 12thannual Education Career Day Monday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is being held in the A. Lincoln Commons at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited to attend.

Students and community members interested in education as a career, including individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, are encouraged to attend the event. The event provides participants the opportunity to compare programs, obtain in-depth information and ask questions of representatives from various four-year institutions. 

At least eight senior institutions with teacher education/training programs will participate in the event. They include: Blackburn College, Illinois College, Eastern Illinois University, MacMurray College, Millikin University, Quincy University, University of Illinois-Springfield and Western Illinois University. 

For more information about the event, contact Victor Broderick, Ph.D., dean of social sciences, at 217.786.2414.

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Reps. Davis, Payne, Jr. Introduce the Growing Small Businesses Act

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Donald M. Payne of New Jersey have announced that they have introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act, as a part of National Entrepreneurship Week. The Growing Small Businesses Act would encourage federal job training centers to develop entrepreneurial training programs as a strategy for job creation.

 

The national unemployment rate is currently 6.5 percent and the unemployment rate for state of Illinois is 8.6 percent. Rates are even higher in some counties within the 13th District, including Macon (12.7 percent), Montgomery (11.5 percent), and Christian (10 percent) Counties.

 

Since 1995, small businesses have generated over 65 percent of the net new jobs, and over 50 percent of the working population is employed by a small business. Currently, the Department of Labor evaluates federal job training centers based on three outcomes: (1) entered employment rate, (2) six months average earnings, and (3) employment retention rate. These performance measures do not account for entrepreneurial courses and business startups, discouraging job training centers from even offering entrepreneurial training programs.

 

The Growing Small Businesses Act would require the Department of Labor to establish a separate metric for entrepreneurial training within workforce centers and require them to partner with training providers in the area with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs succeed.

 

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C.E.F.S. Promotes Waymire to Outreach Director

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation's Central Office in Effingham has announced that Barbara Waymire of Shelbyville has been promoted to the position of Outreach Director. CEO Paul White tells Regional Radio News what Waymire’s new position entails:

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C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is a not-for-profit, community action agency providing comprehensive human service programs for the low-income in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, Christian and Montgomery counties.

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New Position at County Extension

There is a new position in place at the local extension office, and the job is being filled by someone familiar to many.  County Extension Director Amanda Cole has the details:

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Jodi Heberling is currently the 4H Program and Youth Development Director for the Extension.

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Neighborhood Watch comes to Bertinetti

A Neighborhood Watch Program is being formed in the Lake Bertinetti area of Taylorville.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says he thinks it's a great idea:

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WRAN Travels to Cowden-Herrick FFA as Part of FFA Week

This week is National FFA Week, and as part of the celebration WRAN Solid Gold 98.3 is traveling to 3 different Shelby County FFA Chapters to interview chapter officers and members.  On Wednesday, WRAN traveled to Cowden to visit with the Cowden-Herrick High School Chapter of the FFA. Member Alicia Hadley tells how FFA has impacted her life:

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Cowden-Herrick Chapter President and Section 19 Secretary Bailey Rueff explains her role in the FFA:

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Rueff tells what FFA means to her:

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Cowden-Herrick FFA Adviser Dave Wojcik says they have a very active program:

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WRAN has visited Shelbyville and will also travel to Windsor.

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Christian County Clerk?s Office Open for Absentee and Grace Period Voting

The Christian County Clerk’s Office is open for in-person absentee and grace period voting. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm. The office will also be open the last 3 Saturdays  before the Primary Election (March 1, 8, and 15) from 8:00am ‘til noon. If you have any questions about voting or your voter registration, call the Clerk’s office at 824-4969.

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Storm Damages Buildings, Power Poles; Tornado Touches Down in Pana

Storm reports are coming into the National Weather Service from Thursday's severe weather.

A roof was blown off a barn 2 miles east of Divernon in Sangamon County at 3:42 Thursday afternoon.  A funnel cloud was reported in the same area at 3:45.

15 power poles were snapped just east of the Dominion Power Plant 2 miles west of Kincaid in Christian county, at 3:58 Thursday afternoon.

2 outbuildings were reported destroyed and 5 damaged 3 miles east of Mechanicsburg in Sangamon County, at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon.  There was also minor damage to a house, and a camper was blown over.  Several power poles were also snapped in that area.

Also at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, a foot of standing water was reported at several Springfield intersections.

4 power poles were blown down and several outbuildings destroyed 3 miles west of Illiopolis just after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

In the Pana area, trees and power lines were down and a torando touchdown was reported 2 miles south of Pana but no damage reported, at 4:20.  A garage and several outbuildings inside the city were destroyed.

A house was damaged and outbuildings destroyed 3 miles west of Tower Hill in Shelby County, at 4:24 Thursday afternoon.  Trees and power lines were down, and there was also roof damage in Shelbyville at 4:40.

A tornado crossed Illinois Route 33 near Shumway in Effingham County, with numerous power poles snapped.

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Kincaid Mayor Arrested

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announces the arrest of Kincaid Mayor Douglas A. Thomas, age 48 from Kincaid.

Thomas was arrested for violation of an order of protection and possession of a controlled substance. Thomas is currently being held at the Christian County Jail. 

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Hooper Advances; Smothers Falls at State

Taylorville High School Senior Blake Hooper has advanced to the quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament. Hooper defeated Justin Diddell of Maple Park in the preliminary round and improved to 37-5. Hooper will face an undefeated Deuce Rachal of Chicago (27-0) in the quarterfinals today (Friday). Fellow Taylorville senior Jake Smothers could not find the same success as his teammate and fell to an undefeated Garrett Sutton of Richmond in the preliminary round. Smothers finishes at 16-7 on the year. 

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-21-14

Coming up tonight on Regional Radio

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-21-14

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

Kenneth V. Cruzan, 33, of 28 Fairview Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested February 21 for burglary.

Douglas A. Thomas, 48, of 114 Cherry Street, Kincaid, was arrested February 20 for violation of an order of protection and for possession of a controlled substance.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:

On February 20 at 11:45pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Pine Street in reference to a male getting into vehicles. Kenneth Cruzan, 33, of Taylorville was located in the 600 block of Pine Street. Cruzan was arrested for burglary to motor vehicle and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

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Fire Department Calls 2-21-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 18
1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Power Line

February 19
3 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident,1 Public Assist, 1 Carbon Monoxide

February 20
2 EMS, 2 Lines Down, 1 Public Assist

February 21
3 EMS

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Hooper Falls in Quarterfinals at State Wrestling Tourney

Taylorville High School Senior Blake Hooper’s wrestling season has come to an end. Hooper lost to Deuce Rachal of Chicago in the quarterfinal round of the IHSA Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament. Hooper finishes the season at 37-6. 

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Local Basketball Scores (2/21/14)

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville boys fell to Glenwood with a score of 58-36.


As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Meridian with a score of 80-50.

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Rosenthal Does not Support Minimum Wage Hike

The Congressional Budget Office this week came out with a study that seems to discourage the idea of a minimum wage hike.  The CBO study said the move would cost as many as a half million jobs.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says there are a lot of reasons to resist a minimum wage hike:

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Governor Quinn has proposed a hike in the state minimum wage, while President Obama has proposed a federal increase.

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U of I Christian County Extension to Host Public Meeting

The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 Council and staff in Christian County will be holding a public meeting on February 27. Chris Casey, Community and Economic Development Educator, tells Regional Radio News the purpose of the meeting:

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The Extension office is located at 1120 N Webster in Taylorville.  Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact the office prior to February 25th by calling Gary Letterly 287-7246 or register on-line at: web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/.  Once on the site, go to the “Register Online” area at the right hand side and click on the event.

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WRAN Travels to Shelbyville FFA as Part of FFA Week

This week is National FFA Week, and as part of the celebration WRAN Solid Gold 98.3 is traveling to 3 different Shelby County FFA Chapters to interview chapter officers and members.  On Tuesday, WRAN traveled to Shelbyville to visit with the Shelbyville High School Chapter of the FFA. Member Matthew White tells what he thinks is the most important factor of FFA:

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WRAN will also travel to Cowden-Herrick and Windsor.

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Bulls hold off Raptors

Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Carlos  Boozer had  20  points and  eight 
rebounds  and the  Chicago Bulls held on  for a 94-92 victory over the Toronto 
Raptors on Wednesday night. 

Chicago  had  a shot  clock violation  with 10.9  seconds remaining, but Jimmy 
Butler blocked DeMar DeRozan's potentially go-ahead jumper with 2.4 seconds to 
play. 

"DeRozan  got  going, but  Jimmy  was  there on  him," Bulls  head coach  Tom 
Thibodeau said of the block. 

Butler  split a  pair of  foul shots  to put  the Bulls  up two  and DeRozan's 
heave from halfcourt at the horn was off the mark. 

Kirk  Hinrich had  19 points,  Joakim Noah  dished out  13 assists  and Butler 
provided  16  points, six assists  and six boards for  the Bulls, who have won 
four in a row. 

DeRozan  finished with a game-high 32 points for Toronto, which had its three- 
game  winning streak  snapped. Kyle Lowry tallied 16 points, seven assists and 
five rebounds in defeat. 

Toronto  trailed by as  many as 15 in the third, but Lowry knocked down a pair 
of free throws before pulling up for a 3-pointer a possession later to get the 
Raptors within 91-89 with 1:30 left. 

DeRozan  airballed  a right elbow fallaway  jumper on Toronto's next touch and 
Hinrich  knocked down a pull-up left elbow jumper with 41.3 ticks on the clock 
to make it 93-89. 

Tyler Hansbrough was unable to get his hook shot to drop at the other end, but 
Amir  Johnson snatched  the offensive rebound and recorded a three-point play, 
which cut the deficit to 93-92 with 34.9 seconds remaining. 

Earlier,  Boozer  netted four  points during  an early  8-2 Bulls spurt, which 
staked Chicago to a 14-6 lead four-plus minutes in. 

The Bulls led 31-21 after a quarter of play and by as many as 15 in the second 
before  Terrence  Ross' three-point play capped  an 11-0 Toronto run to get it 
within 40-36. 

Chicago took a 48-41 cushion into the break and further extended its advantage 
in  the  third. Hinrich  concluded a  12-4 burst  with a  3-pointer to make it 
66-51 a little past the midway point of the frame. 

The Bulls headed into the fourth with a 70-62 edge. 

"We  can't start  a team  like  that, that  many  points and  expect to  fight 
back and get back into the game," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  shot  50 percent (36-of-72)  from the  floor and knocked down 7-of-12 
(58.3  percent)  from the 3-point line  ... Toronto was 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) 
from beyond the arc. 

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Illini Top Minnesota


Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Kendrick Nunn  netted  19 points  and 
Nnanna  Egwu posted  a double-double to lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to a 
62-49  victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Big Ten action at Williams 
Arena. 

Egwu  tallied 14  points, 11  rebounds  as well  as four  blocks for  Illinois 
(15-12,  4-10  Big Ten),  which had  lost 10  of its  previous 11 games. Tracy 
Abrams chipped in 13 points and six assists to the winning cause. 

Andre  Hollins finished  with 15  points for  Minnesota (17-10,  6-8). Maurice 
Walker and Austin Hollins each chipped in 10 points. 

It  was  Minnesota that led at  halftime, 27-24, after both teams struggled in 
the  opening frame. The  Golden Gophers shot at a 36.7 percent clip, which was 
slightly better than Illinois' 32 percent showing. 

After  the intermission,  the Illini heated up to 55 percent shooting, as they 
blew past Minnesota, which had only eight field goals in the final 20 minutes. 

Minnesota  lost  despite outscoring Illinois,  24-16, in the paint. The Illin
had the scoring edge from 3-point range (24-12). 

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IHSA Board Approves Multiplier Waiver Changes, Adds Success Advancement Component

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, where the Board approved a recommendation to amend Board Policy 17, specifically related to the non-boundaried school multiplier waiver.. The changes establish a point system to determine whether a school receives a multiplier waiver, while also adding a Success Advancement step that will move schools who reach certain thresholds up in classification.

 

“This recommendation was brought forward with unanimous support from the committee,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “Frankly, I’m not sure the Board would have even considered it if that were not the case. The committee’s makeup was a microcosm of our membership; represented by schools large and small, private and public, city and rural. For such a diverse group to agree on this proposal was a powerful statement to our Board and we appreciate their efforts.”

 

The recommendation was a result of 15-person ad hoc committee that was charged with reviewing the merits of a “success factor.” The committee, which included representation from 10 public high schools and five non-boundaried high schools, was comprised of member school principals, athletic directors and coaches. The Board approved the formation of the committee at its meeting in June, 2013 and the group met three times over the course of the current school year.

 

“I feel like we are moving in the right direction with these new rules,” said Gordon Tech Principal Jim Quaid, an IHSA Board member who served on the committee. “The original IHSA multiplier painted all non-boundaried schools with the same broad brush. The prior changes to the waiver and this success advancement policy are positive steps toward looking at each school’s programs individually.. We believe that this formula is an accurate assessment of the overall strength of a program.”

 

In the new formula, a non-boundaried school will accrue one point for a Regional title and two points for a Sectional title, although a school that wins both a Regional and a Sectional in the same year will earn only two points. Schools who earn four points or more in a four-year span or qualify for the state finals once in that timeframe will not be eligible for a waiver. As a part of Monday’s changes, the timeframe for determining waivers was shortened from six years to four years. There were no changes in the application of the waiver system in football, where winning a first round playoff game will continue to be the threshold for determining waiver eligibility.

 

“The public-private debate is a hot issue around the country, but I think a proactive approach in Illinois has helped us avoid many of the issues engulfing other states,” said Hickman. “Clearly there was some give and take in this process between by the committee. The multiplier waiver period was shortened, while those non-boundaried schools who have experienced success beyond the norm will play up a classification.”

 

The new Success Advancement step will move schools up a classification if they achieve the following:

 

In football over four years:

1. Participated in two state championship games.

2. Starting with the 2015 season, schools would be moved up two classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in three championship games.

3. Starting with the 2016 season, schools would be moved up three classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in four championship games.

4. Schools that move up more than one class due to the implementation of the above criteria will move down one class per year until they reach their appropriate classification for their enrollment should they stop meeting the advancement criteria outlined above.

 

In Bracketed Team Sports/Activities (baseball, basketball, scholastic bowl, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo, wrestling) over four years:

1. Participated twice in the final four of a particular sport/activity.

 

In Non-Bracketed Sports over four years:

1. Won two trophies at the state finals in a particular sport/activity.

 

“Illinois is the largest state in the country that is still playing state championships with all of its member schools under one umbrella,” said committee member and University High School of Chicago Athletic Director Dave Ribbens, “I believe that is important to the tradition of the state and I applaud the IHSA and member schools for being able to keep that together.”

 

 

ACTION ITEMS

1. The Board approved a recommendation to convene a special session of the Legislative

Commission to consider a by-law proposal to modify the summer football by-laws. The proposal,

which can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here, would eliminate full pad contact from

occurring during the summer contact period. If approved by the Legislative Commission, the

proposal would be placed on an all-school ballot and need a majority vote to become a by-law.

 

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman:

“There are certainly pockets of coaches who wanted to see some element of full contact practice left in the summer contact period. Ultimately, the Football Advisory Committee supported the recommended policy, and the majority of coaches we spoke with felt like the change had little to no impact on how they currently conduct their summer practices. We believe this change would be in the best interest of the football student-athletes and the future of the game. We hope the Legislative Commission, and membership, will support this proposal as it moves forward.

 

2. The Board approved the following Board Meeting schedule for the 2014-15 school year:

August 25, 2014

September 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

January 12, 2015

February 18, 2015

March 21, 2015

April 21, 2015

June 15, 2015 

 

3. The IHSA Board approved a recommendation to recognize US Football as a National

Governing Body for football.

 

4. The Board approved a one-time exemption to allow the Chicago Public Schools to hold their

Cheerleading and Pom city tournament in March beyond the end of the official IHSA season. 

 

5. The Board approved updates to the policy and procedures for submitting a request for accommodations for Students with disabilities.

 

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
Minutes from all Advisory Committees can be viewed by clicking here.

1. The Board approved the consent items from the Advisory Committees in the following sports & activities: Golf, Student Advisory, Tennis and Volleyball.

Consent items are recommendations that received approval from the sport/activity advisory committee, the Athletic Administrators Advisory Committee and the IHSA staff. Consent items can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Some items of note include:

 

Boys/Girls Golf

1. During the State Series, the head coach and one assistant coach will be allowed to coach their

players anywhere on the course except the green. Communication may not take place until all

players have putted out on that hole. Previously, coach contact was limited to the time when a

player putted out until they reached the next tee box.

 

Boys/Girls Volleyball

1. The IHSA will begin assigning Line Judges for the Sectional and Super-Sectional rounds in the

State Series.

 

The Board approved the following items from the Non-Consent list:

 

Boys/Girls Golf

1. The use of Observers has been eliminated from State Series events.

 

Boys/Girls Volleyball

1. Increased the fees for line judges for each State Series match.

2. Increased the host school guarantee to directly cover the cost from the line judge payment

increase.

 

 

 

ELIGIBILITY RULINGS

1. The Board sustainedthe Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Chicago (Holy Trinity).

The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.040 and its sub-sections.

 

2. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling suspending the Homewood-Flossmoor Girls’ Basketball team and head coach Anthony Smith from participating in the 2014 IHSA State Series. Click here for Release.

 

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

At each meeting of the Board of Directors, there are certain items the Board discusses, but upon which no action is taken. The following is a report of those items from the February 19, 2014, agenda:

 

1. The Board heard a report from Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha on new PSA announcements produced in conjunction with the NFHS and IADA. The PSAs are being sent to every radio station in the state and can be heard or downloaded at: www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/NewsMediaCenter/Multimedia.aspx

 

2. The Board heard a report from the Executive Director on the IHSA nominations for the NFHS

Heart of the Arts Award and NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. The IHSA has nominated Meridian

(Macon) High School’s Jordan Brewer for the Heart of the Arts Award and Sacred Heart-Griffin

High School for the Spirit of Sport Award. Click here for more on Jordan and Sacred Heart-Griffin’s nomination.

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-20-14

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-20-14

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:
On February 4, Charles W. Jesse, 33, of Springfield was in the parking lot of GSI Corp. at 1004 East Illinois Street in Assumption. Jesse was driving in the parking lot and pulled into a parking space. As he parked in the the space, Jesse hit a snow bank with the front of his vehicle. Jesse scraped the snow buildup causing damage to the front left and the passenger side of the vehicle. Jesse advised it was snowing hard and the drift was not visible in the snow. No injuries reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On February 19, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Taylorville High School in regards to a student being in possession of cannabis. The officer arrived and spoke with Assistant Principal Matt Hutchison. A male juvenile was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department.

On February 19 at 3:33pm, Taylorville Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a suspended Illinois registration. Following the investigation, William E. Heiple, 65, of Tovey, was issued a citation for operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration. Heiple was released on scene with a notice to appear.

On February 19 at 5:36pm, Taylorville Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop. Following the investigation, Jessica R. Mizeur, 32, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Mizeur was transported to Taylorville Police Department processed and released with a notice to appear.

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UPDATED STORY: Flash Flood Warning for Shelby, Macon, Moultrie Counties thru Thursday Night

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Regional Radio listening area until 11:30 Thursday night.

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Taylorville Girls Basketball (2/20/14)

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Rochester with a score of 55-39.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball (2/20/14)

As heard on WMKR, In double overtime the Lady Raiders defeated Arcola with a score of 62-57.

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Taylorville Native Aims To Stop Smoking In Cars

In Illinois, smokers may soon be banned from lighting up in the car if their kids are with them.  Kathy Drea of Taylorville, who is with the American Lung Association, is behind the measure being discussed in Springfield.  She says second hand smoke in small, compact places, can have very harmful effects on kids. 

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Supporters say kids are more vulnerable to second-hand smoke because they breathe more rapidly than adults, but opponents argue it's just one more freedom being taken away from the people.  If the proposal becomes law, drivers would pay a 100-dollar fine if they're busted smoking in front of the kids in the car.  But, it could be tough to enforce because police officers would only be able to ticket the driver if they’re also violating a different traffic law, like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic light.  

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-19-14

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Hospital Luncheon to Highlight Heart Month

February is Heart Month, and Pana Community Hospital is planning a luncheon next week with that as the topic.  Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator for the hospital, says its part of a monthly event:

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Again, no reservation is necessary for the luncheon, which takes place Monday morning at 11:30.

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Two Taylorville Wrestlers in State Action this Week

Two Taylorville Wrestlers will be in action this week at the IHSA Class 2A State Tournament. Senior Blake Hooper will compete in the 285 pound class while fellow senior Jake Smothers will compete in the 160 pound class. Hooper, who is 36-5 on the season, will face Justin Diddell (32-9) of Maple Park in the preliminary round. Smothers, who is 16-6 on the year, will face an undefeated Garrett Sutton of Richmond (40-0) in the preliminary round. Both matches will take place Thursday at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-19-14

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:
On February 17, Michael J. Rice, 28, of Pana was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 51. At approximately 685 North, Rice lost control and spun out due to the ice on the roadway. Rice went off the roadway and hit the ditch on the west side of the road. Rice was transported to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

ARRESTS:
Gerald A. Brown, 19, of 715 East Poplar, Taylorville, was arrested February 19 for zero tolerance alcohol (625 5/11-501.8)

Stacia A. Tom, 24, of 1916 Rhodes Street, Madison, was arrested February 18 on a bond forfeiture for an issuance of a warrant.

Diana L. Sloper, 39, of 40 Hannon Trailer Court, Taylorville was arrested February 18 for driving with suspended license and operating a vehicle uninsured.

Robert C. Beard, 19, of 404 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, was arrested February 18 on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis.

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Pana Baseball/Softball Organization Announces 2014 Sign-up Dates

The Pana Youth Baseball and Softball organization has announced dates for sign up for the 2014 teams.

Sign-ups take place this Saturday, February 22nd, as well as Saturday, March First, at the Pana Junior High School from 8am to 2pm.

An additional sign-up will also be held Wednesday, March 19th from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evening, also at the Pana Junior High School.

You can also get all the details on sign-up, or register on-line, by going to the Pana Youth Baseball and Softball web site, which is pybso.com.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Score 02/19/14

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated ST. Anthony with a score of 49-31.

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COUNTY BOARD DELAYS DECISION ON PRIVATE CLUB FOR INDOOR HANDGUN RANGE

Upon recommendation of State’s Attorney Mike Havera, the Christian County Board voted unanimously to send back to committee a decision on the request for a Private Club for indoor handgun and long gun range with an outdoor archery range and fishing pond. The request had been made by Taylorville resident Joshua Assad. It was recommended by Havera that the committee review the request for evidentiary and safety issues. It was suggested that perhaps Mr. Assad could put together a presentation that would answer many of the concerns. Many residents were on hand to hear a final decision but will need to come back in order to get that decision.

The board also approved an ordinance to address the issue of  wild dogs and slaughtered sheep. In May of last year, wild dogs had attacked and slaughtered 22 sheep. The State of Illinois requires counties to be responsible for the actions of wild dogs under the Animal Control Act. It was determined that the value of the sheep was approximately $1964. There were also charges of $500 for burial and $302 in vet fees. The ordinance demands that a line item be set aside to disburse funds with a cap of $3000 for reimbursement  to the owner of slain livestock by wild dogs by providing the fair market value of the type of animal slain as well as damages incurred.

In other business, the board approved the renewal of liquor licenses for 7 establishments and 2 fair grounds. The board also approved an amendment to the current liquor ordinance requiring that required BASSETT training certifications for all employees serving alcohol be submitted along with the annual application.

Minutes of the previous meeting, as well as claims for payment were approved. The meeting adjourned at 6:58 pm.

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Train Collides with Pickup in Macoupin County

A train and pickup truck collision on Friday sent one Litchfield man to the hospital with serious injuries and killed another. Around 11:30am, 30-year-old Brian L. Irwin of Litchfield was westbound on St Johns Road just east of Old Route 66.  At that time, Irwin attempted to cross a rural Norfolk Southern railroad crossing. Irwin allegedly failed to yield to a northbound train.  The train struck Irwin in the driver’s side area.  As a result of the crash, Irwin suffered serious injuries and was transported by Arch Helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Springfield.  The passenger, 26-year-old Nicholas H. Rayphole of Litchfield, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Macoupin County Coroner.    

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-18-14

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Shelbyville Rotary Clubs Learns About Shelby County Cemeteries

At the most recent Shelbyville Rotary Club meeting, member Phil Miller introduced his guest, Caroline Reynolds, from the Shelby Memorial Hospital’s “New Vision” medical detox program.  Phil has proposed Caroline as the newest member of the club.  

 

Denise Bence addressed a letter that has been circulating from the “Shelby Citizens for Sustainable Education Committee”.  She rebuts the claim from this committee that the new school referendum is a “Tax Trap”.   Rather, this is a gross distortion of the facts.  As she pointed out, such a scenario would only be possible if Shelby County were to experience declining tax revenues over a multi-year period of time.  She points out that the School Board can avoid this increase in property tax scenario by altering the terms of the bonds.  Finally, the School Board works in the best interests of the people of Shelby County, they do not function in a vacuum, and any citizens that are concerned are welcome to show up at School Board meetings and voice their concerns.  

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The program chairman was Brian Green.  His guest was Ed Boedecker, who is the local expert on Shelby County cemeteries.  Boedecker says there are 133 cemeteries in Shelby County.  He reminded the Club that the hospital was built on the old Moulton Cemetery, and 54 graves were disinterred and moved to Glenwood Cemetery.  He showed pictures of the Old Bluff Cemetery, located on the east hill facing Shelbyville, looking over the river valley.  In 1896, the CE & I Railroad purchased the property, and ran a railroad line, and constructed the current large trestle across the Kaskaskia River Valley.  

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The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 24.  Tammy Probst will be speaking about the Bariatric Recovery Program at Effingham Hospital.  Also, on that day, the Club will be voting on their new member-elect, Caroline Reynolds.  

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Coker: You Can Still March On for Life

Even though the annual March for Life has come and gone for this year, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do. Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville, says there are ways that you can march on:

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For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Cathy Coker at 824-7200.

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Hearing Loss has Many Causes

There are many causes of hearing loss, and at least one of them is preventable.  Ashley May of Audibel ( Hearing says loud noise can be a problem:

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If you suspect you have a hearing problem, get yourself checked out at Audibel Hearing in Taylorville at 900 Springfeld Rd., across from Taylorville High School.

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Extension Seeks Garden Walk Participants

The University of Illinois Extension Christian County office is seeking participants for this summer's annual Garden Walk.  Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says your garden doesn't have to be too elaborate:

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NEW Country 96.3 Back On The Air

Miller Media Group radio station NEW Country 96-point-3 is back on the air.

 

The station went off the air Monday morning due to excessive ice on the station's antennas. NEW Country 96-point-3 came back on the air this morning at 8 o'clock.

 

New antennas have been ordered and are ready to install once the weather warms up, to prevent 96-point-3 from going off the air in future icing events.

 

Thanks for your patience.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-18-14

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:

On February 15, Bree A. Beeson, 36, of Pana was northbound on US Highway 51 approximately 100ft south of Illinois Street when she hit a patch of ice. Beeson slid sideways off the road into the right ditch. Beeson struck the ditch embankment and came to a stop facing northeast. No injuries reported.

On February 15, Rita K. Morgan, 64, of Moweaqua was westbound on 1200 North Road approximately 100ft east of US Business 51 when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road. Morgan slid into the snow bank causing damage to the front end. Morgan spun 180 degrees and came to a stop in the snow bank facing east. No injuries reported.

On February 16, Vickie L. Russell, 55, of Nokomis was southbound on County Highway 1 approximately 1/10th of a mile south of 650 North when she hit a slick spot and lost control. Russell slid off the road into the east ditch. Russell hit the ditch causing damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle.

On February 16, Christopher T. Jones, 25, of Shelbyville was eastbound on 1150 North Road approaching the "T" intersection at 2700 East Road. Jones began to brake and the truck slid on the snow and ice. Jones slid across the intersection and into the east ditch. Jones sustained damage on the passenger's side. Jones and a passenger left the scene and did not notify police of the accident. Police were notified when a passerby contacted an off duty officer and advised him of the wreck truck. Jones later returned to the scene. He advised the crash occurred around 4am. He said he did not have a working phone so he went home and went to bed without contacting police. No injuries reported.

On February 16, Wesley H. Withrow of Pawnee was southbound on Township Road 940 East Road. Withrow stated that a deer ran into the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking it. Withrow was able to drive the vehicle away. No injuries reported.

On February 15, Yushi Yanagita, 22, of Lake Orion, Michigan, was traveling wast on 1250 North Road. Yanagita was not familiar with the road on which he was traveling. Yanagita attempted to follow the roadway once he saw it curve back to the north but slid on the snow covered roadway. Yanagita struck a power pole on the east side of 1025 East Road. Yanagita then came to a rest. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Philip L. Crawford, 50, of Springfield was traveling southeast on IL Route 29 and signaled to turn west onto Masonic Street. Crawford began to slide on the snow covered roadway and lost control. Crawford slid sideways in the roadway. Joseph A. Zucco, 57, of Pana was following Crawford going southeast. Zucco could not get stopped and hit Crawford in the driver side door. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Karen S. Chadwick, 57, was traveling northbound on County Highway 1 and had just passed Township Road 700 North. Chadwick stated a deer entered the roadway and she was not able to avoid striking it. Chadwick received front end and front passenger side damage. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Dan E. Jones, 61, of Pana was westbound on Township Road 100 North. Due to the snow packed roads and blowing snow, Jones lost control of the vehicle. 4/10th of a mile east of Township Road 2100 East, Jones went into the south ditch causing front end damage. No injuries were reported.

On February 12, Trevor L. Marquis, 22, of Assumption was traveling westbound on Township Road 1700 North and was approaching the "T" intersection with Township Road 2100 East. Marquis attempted to stop but slid on the ice/snow covered roadway. Marquis slid through the intersection and exited the roadway and struck the west ditch of Township Road 2100 East. Marquis came to rest facing north and received front driver's side and front end damage. No injuries reported.

ARRESTS:

Joseph P. Kerr, 28, of RR 2 Box 5A, Tower Hill, was arrested February 15 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

Eric C. Holley, 32, of 319 Kennedy Street, Pana, was arrested February 15 on a warrant for driving under the influence.

Harry D. Lash, 68, of 219 Elm Street, Kincaid, was arrested February 14 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery/bodily harm.

Rebecca E. Olvera, 36, of 59 Miller Lane, Taylorville, was arrested February 14 on a warrant for theft.

Tammi G. Brown, 49, of 715 East Poplar, Taylorville, was arrested February 14, on a bond forfeiture for possession of 200+ grams of other amounts of narcotic drugs. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On February 14, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Travis Parkins said an employee notified him that Diana K. Umberger, 67, of Taylorville tapped a different bar code on a 50 pound bag of dog food. Parkins watched her go through the cashier line and pay for her items. Parkins said he stopped her in the vestibule. Parkins said she admitted to switching the bar codes. Umberger was placed under arrest and then transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

On February 12 at 9:51pm, a Taylorville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code violation. Following the stop, Ashley J. Leonard, 25, of Taylorville was arrested for a Macon County failure to appear warrant.

On February 12, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle swerving as it was traveling on South Spresser Street. The officer mad a stop on the vehicle at Airlawn and Spresser. The officer made contact with Zachary L. Dawson, 24, of Morrisonville and discovered that he did not have a valid driver's license. Due to other calls going on, Dawson was released on scene with a notice to appear.

On February 14 at 2:57pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Following the investigation. Erycka L. Smith, 18, of Kincaid was arrested for retail theft and illegal possession/consumption of alcohol. Smith was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

On February 15 at 12:29pm, Taylorville Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle. Officers made contact with a male juvenile and informed him of the violation. The male juvenile was issued a citation for operation of a vehicle when registration is suspended and released on a notice to appear.

On February 15 at 4:47pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were on patrol when they noticed a black Pontiac driven by Brandon J. Gardner, 24, of Taylorville. The officers knew Gardner to not have a valid driver's license. Officers located the vehicle pulling into the Arby's parking lot. Officers then went into Arby's and located and arrested Gardner for driving with no valid driver's license. Gardner was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

On February 15, a Taylorville Police Department officer spoke with J. Rimkus in reference to Joseph L. Dees, 30, of Taylorville throwing something at his car and hitting his window. Rimkus also stated Dees was harassing him by phone. The officer went to 1205 West Market to speak with Rimkus. While speaking to Rimkus, Dees continued to send harassing messages to him. The officer located Dees at his residence. Dees was arrested for harassment by phone and disorderly conduct.

On February 15 at 6:54pm, while investigating a theft from Walmart, a Taylorville Police Department officer received information about separate theft that occurred on January 21. Following the investigation, Kenneth L. Blake, 54, of Kincaid was arrested for retail theft.

CRASHES:

On February 12, Brian L. Wagahoff, 35, of Taylorville advised he was backing out og his driveway at 1134 East Esther and did not see Terry R. Chandlerdolenc, 53, of New Berlin until they made contact. Wagahoff had damage to the rear bumper of his vehicle. Chandlerdolenc was traveling north on Wilkinson when Wagahoff backed from his driveway and struck the rear door and quarter panel on the driver's side. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Tyler J. Smith, 21, of Taylorville advised he was traveling east on Spresser approaching the intersection of Spresser and Webster. Smith advised he attempted to stop but could not due to the snow on the roadway. Smith advised he slid into the rear-end of John P. Mathon, 61, of Taylorville. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Department Calls 2-18-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DPEARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 16
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

February 17
4 EMS, 3 Public Assist, 2 Automatic Alarms, 2 Power Lines, 1 Carbon Monoxide

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear from ATF Agents at Weekly Meeting

 width=2 agents from the Springfield office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were guest speakers at the weekly meeting on Tuesday, of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Agents Randy Boston and Tamara Livingston spoke to the club about the history of the federal agency, and what it does today.

Boston told the local Kiwanis Club that the A-T-F Bureau was first founded by the federal government in the 1800’s as part of the Internal Revenue Service and U-S Department of Treasury

Boston added that additional gun regulation the agency enforces, came about following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King both in 1968.

Boston added that the Bureau was moved to being an agency of the U-S Department of Justice in 2002 after the 911 attack.

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In her remarks, Livingston told Taylorville Kiwanis members that she’s been an agent over 8 years, and her job is to make sure gun dealers are complying with federal gun laws. She and Boston call on gun dealers in an area from I-80 to just south of Springfield, and from Danville to Quincy. Livingston said the vast majority of gun dealers she inspects, follow the law.

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Livingston added the A-T-F also regulates the fireworks industry.

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 Basketball Scores (2/18/14)

As heard on WMRK, the Taylorville boys fell to Mattoon with a score of 73-67.

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville girls defeated Glenwood with a score of 68-58.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to St. Teresa with a score of 56-30.

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Taylorville Aldermen Meet Tuesday Night

The Taylorville City Council met Tuesday night due to the President’s Day holiday. They passed a number of motions that came from various council committees, and also heard a complaint about water inside one of the airport hangars.

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The meeting began with Taylorville High School art instructor Elizabeth McCowin and students Camille Beyers and Matthew Campbell, presenting the city with commemorative coffee mugs for the city’s 175th anniversary. The mugs have a map of the city created by the Art Department students. The map was a creation of the High School Art Department and the Taylorville Tourism Committee. Taylorville will celebrate its 175th anniversary as part of Chillifest in October.

Taylorville City Council members passed a number of motions at their meeting Tuesday night. Motions were passed Tuesday night to allow the Youth Turkey Hunt with shotguns only at Lake Taylorville April 5th and 6th of next year; they OK’d seeking bids for cabin cleaning at the lake; the OK’d airport manager Bill Newberry to get estimates for replacing the seal on the south airport hangar doors and investigate adding trench grates. Council members Tuesday night also OK’d Street Superintendent Speagle to authorize the purchase of a snow plow not to exceed 72-hundred dollars, OK’d Speagle to authorize the purchase of a welder not to exceed 22-hundred 65-dollars, and gave the OK for Speagle to purchase a new motor, mechanical seal, and other repairs for the Kincaid Booster Pump Station costing no more than 31-hundred dollars.

Taylorville aldermen passed a number of motions that came out of council committees, at their Tuesday night meeting. Council members OK’d a motion to begin the process of hiring 2 police officers to replace 2 that will be leaving, and possibly hire another officer at a later date; they OK’d hiring summer help next summer; and OK’d the police department to buy evidence software not to exceed 55-hundred dollars.

Taylorville aldermen, during the portion of the meeting that is open for public comment, heard from Mike Cohgan (COH-gun) who rents hangar space for his airplane at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. Cohgan tried to get his plane out this week, only to find the hangar full of water and his plane frozen to the floor. He spoke to the problems with the hangar.

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Mayor Greg Brotherton instructed airport manager Bill Newberry to work with Cohgan to help with the drainage issue inside the hangar where he leases space. Aldermen also are working on a long-term solution to the airport hangar drainage issue.

 

 

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Christian County Health Department Offering ACA Enrollment Help

If you haven’t enrolled for the Affordable Care Act and need help, the Christian County Health Department will be holding an open enrollment with their certified In-Person Assister Counselor this Thursday. The event will be from 5-7pm at the Lake Land College computer lab located at 600 E. 1st Street in Pana.  There is no cost for this service. If you have any questions, contact Patty at 824-4113, ext. 112.

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Alexander: How Pana Community Hospital Rehab Wellness Started

While the Pana Community Hospital is turning 100 years old this year, one of its more popular facilities is much younger. Nancy Alexander, Fitness Wellness Cordinator, tells Regional Radio News that the Rehab Wellness Center is only 4-years-old and explains how it was started:

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Alexander says that in celebration of the Hospital’s 100th anniversary, they are running a special $100 2-month membership for the Wellness Center throughout the year. For more information about the Wellness Center, call 562-6231.

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Shelbyville School Referendum Vote Approaching

Next month, Shelbyville voters will decide a Tax question.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says people should educate themselves on the issue:

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The elections are coming up on Tuesday March 18.

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Morrisonville FFA Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Morrisonville FFA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.  The club's historian Kara Brockamp says they have a long and successful record in Morrisonville:

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Craft and Buckeyes down Illini

Champaign,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Craft led with 14 points as the No. 
22  Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini, 48-39, at State 
Farm Center. 

LaQuinton  Ross  supplied nine points and  six rebounds, while Marc Loving had 
eight  points off the bench for the Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), who have won 
four of their last five. 

Tracy  Abrams scored  13 points, Rayvonte Rice contributed 11, and Nnanna Egwu 
had  14  boards for  the Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10),  who have dropped two 
straight  and 10  of their last 11. Illinois shot 28.3 percent (15-of-53) from 
the field. 

"Obviously our offense was anemic today. I thought Ohio State's defense had a 
lot to do with that. They imposed their will defensively." said Illinois coach 
John Groce. 

Craft's 3-point play brought the Buckeyes within 10-9 nearly five minutes into 
the game. Craft accounted for seven of Ohio State's first nine points. 

A  few minutes later, Egwu tipped in Joseph Bertrand's miss and Abrams knocked 
down a three to give the Illini a 15-9 lead 

Ross'  layup ignited a  7-2 run that contained a three from Amedeo Della Valle 
and a layup from Shannon Scott that capped the run at 7:47 to get the Buckeyes 
within 17-16. 

Trailing  23-20 at the  break, Ross drained a three to tie the game 22 seconds 
into the half. 

Craft  knocked down a  three in the midst of a 7-0 spurt for the Buckeyes that 
ended  with  a jumper from Lenzelle  Smith Jr. that  made it a 30-25 game with 
13:28 to go. 

Illinois  got within one  on a pair of free throws from Abrams, but Ohio State 
built  a  healthy lead  thanks to a  12-0 run. Loving  was strong, scoring the 
final eight points to give the Buckeyes a 42-29 lead with 5:25 remaining. 

Rice's  triple and  two layups gave the Fighting Illini six straight points to 
make  it  44-39 with a  minute left. Smith  and Craft both  hit a pair of free 
throws to account for the final score. 

                                   Game Notes 

Ohio  State has  won the  last three  games  and four  of the  last five  over 
Illinois  ... Illinois  held a  36-34 rebounding  edge ...  Ohio State  had 17 
points  off  the bench compared to Illinois' two ... The Fighting Illini were 
outscored in the paint, 20-12. 

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2014

                                      

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

Sometime during the overnight hours of Saturday January 25, 2014, person or persons unknown made entry into Taylorville Feed, located at 117 North Cherokee Street.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took several items including: a heater, gloves, boots, and change.   There was also damage done inside the office.  The total dollar amount of damage and items taken 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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Central A&M Sectional Semi-Final Moved to Wednesday

The Central A&M Lady Raiders game at the Cumberland Sectional Semi-Finals against Effingham St. Anthony that was originally scheduled for tonight has been moved to this Wednesday at 5:30pm. Coverage of the game can be heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.

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NWS Updates Winter Weather Advisory for Monday; Ice Expected

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UPDATED 5PM SUNDAY

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire listening area, from 6 o'clock Monday morning thru 6 o'clock Monday evening.

The Weather Service says mixed precipitation will spread east across central IL during Monday morning and change to rain over southeast IL by Monday afternoon. The precipitation should diminish from the west during late Monday afternoon.

Between 2 and 5 inches of snow is expected along and north of a Canton to Lincoln to Danville line. Between one and two tenths an inch of ice is possible from I-72 south with less than a tenth inch of ice south of I-70.

In the Taylorville-Pana-Shelbyville area, the weather event is expected to be freezing rain and sleet, with between one-tenth and 3-tenths an inch of ice expected.

In the Clinton-Lincoln-Monticello area, the weather event will combine sleet with mainly snow, with one to 3 inches of snow but little ice accumulation expected.

Motorists should expect deteriorating road conditions thru-out the day Monday and stay tuned to Regional Radio and (taylorvilledailynews.com) (dewittdailynews.com) for the latest weather information.

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Taylorville Home Source Becomes Weber Grilling Headquarters

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The staff at Taylorville Home Source is excited about the new addition to their already extensive line of home products, Weber grills. When Rick and Cathy White opened Taylorville Home Source, their offerings pretty much included flooring and that was it. Over the years they have expanded to include cabinets, vanities and sinks, shower enclosures, faucets, bathroom fixtures and now, Weber grills. Sales Consultant Vicki Novota tells Regional Radio News about the grills and what they will offer alongside them:

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They will also keep parts in stock for all the Weber products they sell and they are offering 12 months same as cash, customer support and a knowledgeable staff. Stop in and talk to Rick, Cathy or Vicki today about the new line of Weber grills:

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Taylorville Home Source is located at 919 W Spresser in the Marsango Plaza.

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2014 LEADership Participants Tour Pana Medical and Education Facilities

     Members of the 2014 LEADership program participants travelled to Pana Wednesday afternoon to tour the Pana Community Hospital, its Rehab/Wellness Center, and Pana High School facilities.

            Melissa Rybolt, Pana Community Hospital Marketing Coordinator, facilitated the tour of the hospital, and Heather Strom, Pana High School guidance counselor, led the tour of classrooms, sports facilities and shared some of the advancements in educational technology available to its high school students.

            For more information on the Christian County LEADership program, please contact Linda Smith at 820-0215. 

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Shelbyville Water Department Reminds You to let your Water Drip

While the temperatures may be on the rise, that doesn’t mean your water pipes are safe from freezing. The ground will still be frozen thus pipes could still freeze over. The Shelbyville Water Department is reminding people to let the water drip out of the faucet. This helps keep the flow going and will help prevent the pipes from freezing. If you have any questions, contact your local water department. 

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Landmark Presents Check to Taylorville Sports Boosters

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Landmark Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Taylorville presented a check worth $1,410 to the Taylorville Tornadoes Sports Boosters Friday night.  The money was raised during the football season where Landmark donated $10 for every first down the Tornadoes picked up. The football team finished with 141 first downs on the season. General Manager Jason Young tells Regional Radio News why they decided to sponsor the Tornadoes and donate the money:

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Landmark is currently donating $3 for every three pointer made by the Taylorville boys and girls varsity basketball teams. Young says they are also thinking about doing something for the baseball and softball season. 

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Chamber Sponsors Monthly Event

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is promoting its monthly Business After Hours event.  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle has details:

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Again, this month's Business After Hours will be from 4:30 to 6:30 Wednesday February 19th at Countryside Veterinary Clinic.

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Hospital takes Flu Prevention Measures

Most area hospitals are taking precautions to prevent flu outbreaks, and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon is no exception.  Infection Prevention Specialist RN Ramona Tomshack says there are steps you can take to reduce the dangers:

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Tomshack also says it's not too late for a flu shot.

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McGuire Warns of New One Ring Scam

There is a diabolical new scam at work.  Public Advocate Mac McGuire says it even has a name:

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Recorded messages tell the caller to stay on the line, and the charges mount up.  Many victims of the scam have lost $100 and more.

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Governor Quinn Announces $669,000 to Renovate Highway Maintenance Facilities in Taylorville and Decatur

Governor Pat Quinn has announced an investment of $669,000 to renovate Illinois Department of Transportation highway maintenance facilities in Taylorville and Decatur.

The 2,921-square-foot salt dome in the Taylorville Maintenance Yard will be repaired and renovated, including the dome’s concrete walls, electrical system, and roofing. The Decatur Operations Yard will receive a new wash bay and maintenance building that will include a road brine production area. Three contracts were awarded for the projects. Laverdiere Construction, Inc. of Macomb was the lowest of three bidders for the general construction work at $333,000. The Burdick Plumbing and Heating Company of Decatur was the lowest of four bidders for the plumbing work at $303,137. And the electrical part of the projects will be done for $33,400 by Rathje Enterprises, Inc. of Decatur. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.    

 The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Program.

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Mayhall:Red Event Thursday

An important fundraiser is coming up next week.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says it's the annual Red Event:

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Balanced attack helps Bulls down Nets

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Carlos Boozer returned from a nagging calf 
injury that cost him three games and totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds to help 
the  Chicago Bulls head into the  All-Star break on  a high note with a 92-76 
victory over the Brooklyn Nets. 

Boozer's replacement in the starting lineup when he was sidelined, Taj Gibson, 
chipped  in with a 16-point, five-rebound effort in a reserve role, and Joakim 
Noah  continued  to fill  the stat sheet  with 14 points,  13 boards and seven 
assists. 

"We have to look at our team in totality. For us to achieve, we need Carlos to 
play well. With our depth up front, we have three starters and they all have 
to sacrifice," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. 

Chicago,  which has  taken four  of its  last five,  owned a  45-27 rebounding 
advantage  and  held a  Nets team  that had  won four  of five  coming in to a 
season-low point total on 38.8 percent shooting. 

Paul  Pierce led the  Nets with 15 points but was held scoreless in the fourth 
quarter.  Brookyln's lone All-Star, Joe Johnson, provided 11 points on 4-of-14 
shooting. 

"We need to play better defense when Kevin [Garnett] comes out of the game. We 
sustain when he is in there, but he can't play 34 minutes," said Pierce. 

Six  of the 15 turnovers created by the Bulls came in the opening quarter, one 
coming off a steal by Jimmy Butler that saw Kirk Hinrich run the fastbreak and 
send  a lob  back to  Butler, whose  deft touch  pass to  Noah resulted  in an 
uncontested dunk and an 18-11 Chicago lead early on. 

Butler's  reverse  layup and Nazr  Mohammed's jumper opened the second-quarter 
scoring  and stretched  the  margin to  33-19,  and  it was  a  49-41 game  at 
halftime. 

Pierce  scored eight points  in the first 4:01 of the third, with his two free 
throws  cutting  the gap to  56-53. Chicago, though, scored  11 of the next 13 
points  to regain  its double-digit advantage, and a three-point play by Deron 
Williams in the closing seconds of the third pulled Brooklyn within 69-61. 

The  Nets  were again  within three,  75-72, following  the first 3-pointer of 
Andre Kirilenko's season midway through the fourth, and again the Bulls had an 
answer with nine consecutive points. 

D.J.  Augustin  countered Kirilenko's triple with  a deep make of his own, and 
the  run  was capped when blocks  by Noah and  Butler on Andray Blatche on the 
same possession led to a Gibson jumper at the other end. 

It was a double-digit game for the final three minutes. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  is two games over .500 (27-25) for the first time since it was 6-4 on 
Nov.  21 ... The Bulls have won the last four meetings, including a Christmas 
Day  victory when they  held the Nets to 78 points, which was their season low 
prior to Thursday ... Butler and  Mike Dunleavy each had 14 points for Chicago 
... Brooklyn's first six games after the break will be on the road.

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High School Basketball Broadcasts for Tonight 2-14-14

Coming up tonight on Regional Radio:

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-14-14

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

Joshua E. White, 36, of 400 North Elm Street, Pana, was arrested February 14 for domestic battery.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On February 13 at 7:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle. Following the investigation, Brian K. Tackett, 27, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Tackett was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

On February 11, Taylorville Police Department officers went to 59 Hannon Trailer Court and made contact with Gary A. Lyerla, 45, of Taylorville that an officer knew to have a valid warrant. The officer ran his information through LEADS and verified the warrant. Lyerla was placed under arrest and transported to CCCC in lieu of bond.

On February 14 at 12:30am, 911 requested Taylorville Police Department officers at Circle K in reference to a reckless driver complaint. Following their arrival, Casey C. Dudley, 22, of Taylorville was arrested for DUI. Dudley posted bond and was released on a notice to appear.

CRASHES:

On February 10, Larry R. Hrabak, 67, of Nokomis was traveling west on Wilson Street and was approaching the intersection of Wilson and Washington Streets. Cynthia K. Sedlacek, 57, of Taylorville was traveling north on Washington Street. Sedlacek stopped but did not see Hrabak and entered the intersection causing an accident. Both vehicles were able to leave the scene. No injuries reported.

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Local Sports Scores 02/14/14

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Tuscola with a score of 60-37.

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Southeast with a score of 72-54.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-13-14

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:

On February 10 at approximately 10:35pm, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a property damage call at 251 North 2700 East Road in Pana. The deputy arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant who stated a white SUV had driven through his fence and into his back yard. The complainant stated the SUV then left his property and proceeded west toward Pana on 250 North. The deputy took pictures of the damage fence and left the residence. A Pana Police Department officer later contacted the deputy by phone and advised of a white SUV parked on Fair Avenue. The officer stated he made contact with the owner of the SUV who stated her friend had borrowed it earlier and gotten stuck. The deputy proceeded to 502 Fairy Avenue and spoke with the owner of the White SUV who told the deputy the same thing as the Pana PD officer. The deputy then spoke with the friend who was identified as Maggie D. Lowe, 38, of Pana. Lowe admitted to hitting the fence and stated she fled the scene because she did not have a valid license. Lowe was placed under arrest for criminal damage to property. After speaking with Lowe, the deputy determine the damage to be an accident and released her. Lowe was issued citations for driving while license suspended, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to report accident to police authority.

ARRESTS:

Heather L. Cline, 21, of 201 North Brents, Taylorville, was arrested February 12 on a warrant for felon/failure to return.

Ashley J. Leonard, 25, of 205 Elm Street, Kincaid, was arrested February 12 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.

Charles J. Postell, 18, of 1212 West Pouline Apt. 3, Taylorville, was arrested February 12 for methamphetamine delivery and possession of cannabis.

Leonard S. Gordon, 42, of 509 North Chestnut Street, Pana, was arrested February 13 for domestic battery.

Orville B. Craig, 36, of 317 Taft Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 12 for filing a false report.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING

ARRESTS:
On February 8 at approximately 5:21 am, Taylorville Police Department dispatch received a call from a male subject in reference to an unknown assistance at 1203 Galveston Drive. When two officers were arrived, dispatch stated they had received an additional call from a female subject this time stating the male subject was waiting by the door with a knife to attack responding officers. One officer took a K9 partner and approached the house. While approaching the front of the house, suspect Frank K. Sedlock, 27, of Taylorville walked out of the front door of the residence and started to yell at responding officers. Sedlock was subdued and secured in handcuffs. After a brief investigation, Sedlock was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. Sedlock was issued a citation for driving while license suspended. He was released on a notice to appear.

On February 12 at 3:22pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Adams and Clay. Following the stop, Antonio Hayes, 32, of Springfield was arrested for driving while license is revoked and Charles J. Postell, 18, of Taylorville was arrested for methamphetamine delivery and possession of cannabis.

On February 7, John S. McMillan, 82, of Taylorville and Colton R. White, 19, of Stonington were traveling northbound on South Spresser Street. White stated he stopped in traffic waiting for a semi to turn into Watson Foods. McMillan stated he saw White stopped in the roadway. McMillan due to the ice on the roadway could not stop in time and struck White in the rear end. McMillan was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Deadline Approaching to Have Health Insurance

The next deadline for Illinois residents to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is approaching. If you want to have coverage begin on March 1, you need to enroll by this Saturday. Amanda Kosar(Koh-zar), Regional Outreach Coordinator for Get Covered Illinois, tells how people can find out more information:

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Kosar notes that the Christian County CEFS is still offering help the next two Saturdays from 10am until noon at their office at 311 S. Main in Taylorville. Kosar also says there will be a navigator from the Christian County Health Department at the computer lab at Lakeland Community College in Pana next Thursday, February 20 from 5-7pm to assist people with enrollments. Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ends on March 31.

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Extension to Present Natural Landscape Symposium

The University of Illinois Extension will present a Natural Landscape Symposium later this month.  Publicity and Promotions Specialist for the Extension Terry Miller has the details:

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Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Deadline Approaching

 Applications for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Scholarships are due by 4:00 p.m. this Friday at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 108 West Market Street.

    Application forms are available from all ChristianCountyHigh School guidance counselors, from the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce office, on line at www.taylorvillechamber.com

    This year, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is offering college scholarships to ChristianCounty high school seniors who have maintained a “C” average and meet the entrance requirements for the college to which they have applied.

     The colleges and the awards they are offering this year are as follows:

  • Lincoln Land Community College—Tuition and fees for two semesters
  • RichlandCommunity College—Tuition for two semesters
  • University of Illinois at Springfield—Tuition for two semesters

     Applicants may apply for only one award and those who reach the final phase of selection will be invited to a face-to-face interview with members of the selection committee.

    

For more information or questions, contact Linda Smith, Chamber Education Committee chair, at 820-0215.

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Davis Doesn?t Like New School Eating Standards

Congressman Rodney Davis doesn’t like the idea that Washington is trying to regulate school lunches by making them more healthy, but they aren’t taking the same advice to heart.  He’s introduced a bill that requires the White House to take the same health eating standards that they want kids to follow. 

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He says kids are finding ways to get around the new eating standards, because they don’t like the food being served. 

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He says the new standards are having a negative impact on schools like one in Monticello.

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A state dinner hosted for France's president on Tuesday night weighed in at an estimated 25-hundred calories per person. That’s about three-times more than what the USDA allows in the new school lunch program.  Davis says his proposal is as much about food served in school lunchrooms as it is at those glitzy dinners in Washington.  


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Illinois Falls To Nebraska

Lincoln,  NE (SportsNetwork.com)  - Shavon Shields pumped in 33 points to lead 
the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 67-58 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini in a 
Big Ten Conference matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Terran Petteway added 16 points for the Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten) while 
David Rivers pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The win was the second in 
a row for Nebraska. 

Rayvonte  Rice paced  Illinois (14-11, 3-9) with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting 
from  the  floor. Nnanna Egwu  grabbed five of his  game-high 12 boards on the 
offensive end. 

After falling behind by eight points just over three minutes after the opening 
tap,  the Cornhuskers  battled back  to take  a narrow,  31-30, lead  into the 
intermission.  Nebraska  shot just 42.8  percent from the floor, but converted 
all 10 of its free-throw attempts before the break. Illinois was limited to 40 
percent efficiency from the field in the first half. 

The  Fighting Illini managed  to sink  only 33.3 percent  of their field goal 
tries  including  just 1-of-7 from 3-point  range in the second half. Nebraska 
extended its lead to as many as 13 despite being outrebounded, 21-13, over the 
final 20 minutes of the contest. 

Despite  the loss,  Illinois still  owns a  10-4 all-time  series lead  versus 
Nebraska. The Cornhuskers converted the Fighting Illini's 14 turnovers into 19 
points. 

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Cubs Open New Spring Training Stadium; Pitchers and Catchers Report

The newest stadium in the Cactus League is open for business.  The Chicago Cubs front office and Mesa city officials were among those in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the team's new spring training facility yesterday in Arizona.  Pitchers and catchers are due to report today with the rest of the squad joining them on Tuesday.

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Weather Advisory; Expect 2-4 Inches of Snow Friday

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Well, here we go again...The National Weather Service in Lincoln says a fast-moving storm system will bring snow to central Illinois on Friday. Snow will begin in the Rushville and Jacksonville areas between 3 am and 6 am, then will spread eastward to the I-55 corridor by around 6 am, then to the Indiana border between 6 am and 9 am.

 

The Weather Service says the heaviest snow will be focused along and south of a Rushville...to Springfield...to Paris line, where 2 to 4 inches will accumulate by Friday afternoon. Snow totals will steadily decrease further north, with less than 1 inch expected north of the I-74 corridor.

 

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued south of a line from Havana to Lincoln to Paris, for 2 to 4 inches of snow by Friday evening.

 

Motorists should expect changing driving conditions thru-out the day on Friday. Stay tuned to Regional Radio and (taylorvilledailynews.com) (dewittdailynews.com) for the latest weather information.

 

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Lady Raiders win against Nokomis Thursday (2.13.14).

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR Thursday night (2.13.14), the Central A&M Lady Raiders won their championship game against the Nokomis Redskins in the Class 1-A Regional 57-55. The #1-seed Raiders capture the title for the 2nd year in a row and improve to 24 and 5; #2-seed Nokomis ends their season at 17 and 12. Central A&M heads to the Cumberland Sectional Semi-Finals on Monday (2.17.14) against Effingham St. Anthony with the pregame to start at about 5:30pm on WMKR.

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Taylorville Girls Basketball 02/13/14

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Scared Heart Griffin with a score of 54-41.

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Cardinals Open Camp In Jupiter

(Jupiter, FL)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals open spring training today in Jupiter, Florida with pitchers and catchers arriving.  The first workout is scheduled for tomorrow with the remainder of the team reporting on the 17th.  The Cardinals have a total of 33 pitchers and catchers reporting today, 12 of whom are non-roster invites.  St. Louis will open up Grapefruit League play on the 28th against the Marlins. 

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-12-14

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

Gary A. Lyerla, 45, of 59 Hannon Trailer Court, Taylorville, was arrested February 11 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended license.

Jacob E. Witherall, 20, was arrested February 11 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua R. Dudra, 29, of 1505 South Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 11 for obstructing an officer and theft.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On February 9 at 5:06pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 600 block of East Cleveland in reference to a intoxicated female subject walking down the road. Following the investigation, Samantha A. Singleton, 23, of Taylorville was arrested for public intoxication, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and aggravated assault.

CRASHES

On February 10, Lisa K. Jacoby, 31, of Decatur advised she was backing northwest out of a parking stall in the 100 block of West Market when she struck Jason T. Tex, 42, of Taylorville. Jacoby received damage to the driver's side rear bumper. Jacoby advised Tex was traveling to fast at the time of the accident. Tex advised that prior to the accident, he had slowed down for another vehicle turning into a parking stall in front of him. Jacoby was issued a citation for improper backing. No injuries reported.

On February 7, a 16-year-old female from Blue Mound was traveling on Webster. Joshua W. Lacey, 17, of Taylorville was traveling east on Northern. Lacey attempted to slow down at the stop sign, however Norther was covered in packed snow. Lacey was unable to stop and slid through the intersection as the 16-year-old was passing through it. The vehicle collided sending the female into the ditch. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Both drivers reported injuries that were not physically evident but were not taken to a medical facility.

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Fire Department Calls 2-12-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 10
3 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Public Assist, 1 Fire, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

February 11
4 EMS, 2 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 1 Fire

February 12
1 Automatic Alarm

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Rosenthal: Propane Shortage Cause of High Prices

Central Illinois families that depend on propane for their heating are hurting this winter because of exceptionally high prices.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal says the high prices are a result of several factors:

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Current supplies are being trucked in from Texas, adding additional upward pressure on propane costs.

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Davis Introduces Bill to Bring Fairness to FEMA Disaster Declaration Process

In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms in November, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, along with several other U.S. representatives, introduced bipartisan legislation in regards to the FEMA disaster declaration process. Davis tells Regional Radio News that it’s about creating a fair process:

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According to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), FEMA already takes into account several factors when determining the need for Public and Individual Assistance.  However, there is currently no standard to determine which factor is more important than another, which leads to a highly subjective and uncertain process that leaves states and communities in limbo for weeks as their application is considered.

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211 Call System Available for Help

We're all familiar with the 911 call system for emergencies, but you may not be familiar with the 211 call system.  The 211 system is there for people who have questions about services available for those who need help.  Malia Hepburn, Executive Director of the Christian County United Way, says calling 211 can get you pointed in the right direction:

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The system can put you in touch with help for food needs, domestic violence problems, rent or utility assistance, drug and alcohol problems and more.  The 211 system in Christian County is funded by the United Way.

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Bulls beat Hawks thanks to Noah, balanced scoring

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah recorded his first triple-double 
of  the season and fourth of his career, and all five Bulls starters scored in 
double figures as Chicago downed the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday. 

Noah filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and Taj 
Gibson  continued his improved play with 24 points, 12 boards and five assists 
for Chicago, which was coming off a moderately successful 3-3 road trip. 

The Bulls held  a sizeable 54-23 rebounding advantage and scored at least 100 
points for just the second time in the last 11 games. 

Paul  Millsap led Atlanta  with 15 points, Lou Williams chipped in with 13 and 
Jeff Teague had 12 in the club's season-high fourth consecutive setback. 

The  Hawks' sixth  straight loss in Chicago  can be attributed to a slow start 
that put them in a 25-point hole late in the first half. 

"Tonight we were battling uphill. It has just been one of those weeks for us," 
Atlanta's Lou Williams said. 

They  cut  the deficit down  to 10, 80-70, heading  into the fourth quarter by 
scoring  14  of the final  18 points in the  third, and Mike Scott's 3-pointer 
pulled them within 87-79 before a cold stretch sealed the outcome. 

Atlanta  missed its next  seven shots, and two buckets by Gibson around a Mike 
Dunleavy jumper pushed Chicago's lead back to 14 points at the midway point. 

The closest the Hawks got from there was 11. 

Atlanta  limped out with a mere 17 points in the first quarter, while Dunleavy 
and Gibson combined for 17 themselves. Noah added six points, six rebounds and 
six assists as Chicago raced out to a healthy 33-17 cushion. 

"Joakim  was  unbelievable. You get  the ball and he  can make plays. He makes 
great decisions," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. 

D.J.  Augustin  scored nine of  his 13 points in  the second quarter, with his 
third 3-pointer in the frame giving the Bulls their largest lead at 55-30 with 
three minutes to go in the half. 

Atlanta cut the deficit to 58-39 at the break. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Bulls have won 11 straight when scoring 96-or-more points ... Gibson came 
in  averaging 15.8  points and  6.5 rebounds  over his  previous 11  games ... 
Dunleavy (15 points), Jimmy Butler (12) and Kirk Hinrich (10) helped the Bull
improve  to 7-1 when their starters score in double digits ... Millsap had his 
streak  of  21 straight games with  a steal come  to an end ... Atlanta's Kyle 
Korver extended his NBA record of making at least one deep ball to 119 games. 

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Former Cardinal Clark Avoids Pujols Lawsuit

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Former Cardinals sluggers Albert Pujols and Jack Clark have resolved a matter that could have resulted in Pujols moving forward with a lawsuit against Clark.  Pujols agreed to drop his lawsuit after Clark issued a public retraction for his statements alleging that Pujols used illegal or banned performance-enhancing drugs, the "St. Louis Post Dispatch" reports.  Pujols issued a statement saying he accepted Clark's apology and retraction. 

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Shelbyville Rotary Club Agrees to Buy New Cub Scout Pack Flag for Local Unit

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Frank Henz, Shelbyville Cub Scout Pack Leader, was the guest at the Shelbyville Rotary Club meeting. Henz presented the Cub Scout pack flag which is very old and in need of replacing. As sponsors of Shelbyville Scouting, he made a request for funding a new flag, and asked if the club would be willing to pay half the cost.

Club member Don Behl improved upon that suggestion, and offered a proposal that they pay for the full cost of a new flag, $180. It passed unanimously. The local Cub Scout pack currently has 40 active members.

Mike Kiley, who is the Rotary liaison for the Support the Schools Committee, asks that all Rotary members and the local community, make donations to support schools with the upcoming tax referendum. Member and local superintendent Denise Bence stated that an additional two cents per gallon tax revenue would be raised from the sale of gasoline, among other taxable items previously mentioned.

Glenn Davis was the key note speaker. His topic was on what to expect in changes in the tax code for 2014. 

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Quizno?s in Taylorville is Closing Shop

The Taylorville Quizno’s will be closing down in a few weeks. Owner Don Broaddus (Brah-dus) tells Regional Radio News when their target closing date will be and why he is shutting things down:

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Taylorville Resident to Have Artwork Displayed at Becker Library

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The work of Chuck Hansen of Taylorville will be on display at the Becker Library at Benedictine University in Springfield, February 6th-March 6.  Hansen taught at Glenbrook North High School in Chicago for 27 years before moving to Taylorville in 1993 where he acquired a job working at Taylorville High School as football defensive coordinator.  Hansen, who is completely retired now, says he is honored to have his artwork displayed:

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Hansen, over the years, produced figurative works in clay and abstract works in cast stone.  Hansen tells Regional Radio News how he would describe his art:

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Using inter-tubes as the beginning form, he pours cast stone in the hollows and begins to work the shapes by tying them in knots or just letting the tube form their own extemporaneous shapes.  Mainly interested in the human form, his abstract work displays what one would consider the energy of the form. A reception will be on Thursday, February13th from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Library.  

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 2-11-14

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

Shawn M. Westbrook, 29, of 111 North Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 10 on a bond forfeiture for other amounts of narcotics.

Maggie D. Dust, 38, of 512 Fair Street, Pana, was arrested February 11 for criminal damage to property.

Caleb W. Alsbury, 31, of 1505 South Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 11 for theft and obstructing an officer.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:
On February 7 at 11:24pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop. Following the stop, Haley A. Robinson, 20, of Mount Auburn. Robinson was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On February 7, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Family Dollar in reference to a fight. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with all parties involved. Brittni Harrison, 29, of Taylorville was issued a City Ordinance Citation for fighting in public. Richard Olson, 54, of Omaha, Nebraska was issued a City Ordinance Citation for fighting on public and disorderly conduct.

CRASHES:

On February 10 a 10:12am, v officers were sent to a two vehicle accident at East Park and East Main Cross. Jack. L. Willison, 59, of Taylorville stated he was stopped at the stop light and was struck in the rear end by Ramona D. Hazen, 60, of Shelbyville. Hazen stated she could not stop in time and struck the rear of Willison. Hazen had front end damage and Willison had rear end damage. No injuries were reported. Hazen was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On February 6, Asyntha J. Sandberg, 18, of St. Peters, was traveling south on Route 48 approximately 3/10 of a mile south of Lincoln Trail. Sandberg stated a deer ran out in front of her. Sandberg was not able to stop in time and struck the deer. Sandberg received front drivers side damage. The deer was not located.

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Sports Broadcast for Tonight 2-11-14

An error was made in our sports update that aired this morning. The Taylorville boys game @ Mattoon and Taylorville girls basketball regional game mentioned are for next week Tuesday, February 18th. We apologize for the error. Below is a correct list of games that will be broadcasted tonight:

Newstalk 97.3 WTIM -- Taylorville Girls Basketball vs. Effingham (Senior Night) 7:15pm

Genuine County 94.3 WMKR -- Central A&M Girls Basketball Regionals 5:30pm

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN -- Shelbyville Boys Basketball vs. Warrensburg-Latham 7:15pm 

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Congressman Davis' Aide Speaks to local Kiwanis Club

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Pictured left to right Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller, Meg Kettelkamp, and Kiwanis February program chair John McClure 

 

Meg Kettelkamp of Taylorville, a Congressional Aide for U-S Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville, was Tuesday’sprogram speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kettelkamp talked about career as a chemist for the Environmental Protection Agency, then for a private business in Shelbyville, and then her change in direction to becoming first a campaign organizer, then a Congressional Aide.

Kettelkamp was one of the people that organized buses to attend the county G-O-P chairmen meetings where Congressman Davis was appointed after the resignation of then-Congressman Tim Johnson. She then talked about working on the Congressman’s campaign to get him elected by just over one-thousand votes in a predominantly Democratic district.

Kettelkamp is one of 9 staff members that work for Davis. Kettelkamp works out of the Taylorville office; the Congressman also has staffed offices in the district in Champaign, Decatur, and Glen Carbon. Davis’ district stretches from Bloomington to Calhoun County to Edwardsville.

According to Kettelkamp, each Congressional Aide works on different constituent services, and she works in the areas of the Department of Defense, veterans issues, Social Security and disability issues, Medicare, the Department of Justice, the T-S-A, F-A-A, Secret Service, and Federal prison issues.

She encouraged Kiwanis members to call or e-mail Congressman Davis’ office with their concerns or views on issues, adding that Davis determines his votes in Congress on input from voters in the district.

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3 guests attended Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.

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

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Lady Raiders with easy win over Southfork Ponies Tuesday (2.11.14).

In girls' basketball Tuesday night, the Lady Raiders of Central A&M easily defeated the Southfork Ponies at Nokomis 88-30, as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Raiders improved to 23 and 5 for the season; the Lady Ponies fell to 5 and 22. This was the opener for post-season play as the Raiders now advance to the championship game of the Nokomis 1-A Regional Final on Thursday. That game will be broadcast on WMKR with our pregame show at 6:30pm...tipoff at 7:00pm.

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Local Basketball Scores (2/11/14)

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville girls defeated Effingham with a score of 39-35.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Warrensburg-Latham with a score of 64-53.

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Riley Dropping Out of Race for 4th Judicial Circuit Judge

One of the Republican candidates in the March 18th primary, for the 4th Judicial Circuit Judgeship, has announced she is dropping out of the race.

Debbie Riley of Edinburg, who has a law practice in Taylorville, tells Regional Radio News  that she is dropping out of the race due to family reasons.  That leaves Martin Siemer of Teutopolis, who has a law practice in Effingham, as the lone candidate for the Republican nomination.

Siemer will be running against Erica Sanders of Salem, who is the only Democratic candidate in the March 18th primary.  The winner will fill Sherri Tungate's vacant seat.

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Davis Urges Action to Address Propane Shortage

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has signed two bipartisan letters addressed to President Barack Obama urging him and his administration to take action to help alleviate the propane shortage in the Midwest.

In the first letter, the signatories urge President Obama to declare a state of emergency in the impacted areas currently experiencing unforeseen cold temperatures for the purposes of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Such a declaration would allow vehicles carrying emergency supplies of propane to exceed certain Federal Highway Administration weight limitations, so those in need can receive the emergency supplies as soon as possible.

The second letter simply encourages President Obama to take immediate action and do anything in his power to address the propane shortage without delay. The signatories state that they are prepared to help find reasonable solutions and assist in any way possible. 

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Mac McGuire to Speak at Friends of the Library event at Taylorville Library

The Taylorville Public Library will host their Friends of the Library event next week Thursday, February 20th. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News that Mac McGuire will be their guest speaker:

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Again that event will take place February 20th. For more information, call the Library at 824-4736.                    

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Taylorville Chamber?s Business After Hours Coming Up

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours is just a little over a week away. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle tells Regional Radio News where they will be going for this month’s event:

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Again the Business After Hours will be next week Wednesday February 19th. For more information, call the chamber at 824-4919.

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Second Committee of Ten Public Information Meeting Wednesday

The second public information meeting for the Morrisonville-Panhandle Committee of Ten is this Wednesday at 6pm at the Morrisonville Jr-Sr. High School Gymnasium.  Co-chairman Dale Brockamp (Bro-camp) tells Regional Radio News what they have planned:

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An extra public information meeting has been scheduled for February 26 at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church in rural Raymond at 7:00 PM. For more information, visit the Committee of Ten’s website at www.mp-c10.info.

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Noah, Bulls down Lakers

Los  Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 
three  blocks and two  steals in the Chicago Bulls' 92-86 victory over the Los 
Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 

Taj  Gibson tallied  18 points, six boards,  two steals and two blocks for the 
Bulls,  who  went 3-3 on  a six-game western road  trip. Kirk Hinrich added 17 
points and five assists. 

Chris  Kaman had  a season-high 27 points,  10 rebounds and two blocks for the 
Lakers,  who have lost five in a row at home. Jordan Hill and Kendall Marshall 
donated 15 and 13 points, respectively. 

Los  Angeles guard Steve Nash, playing his third game after missing 39 because 
of  a nerve problem in his back, played just over 21 minutes before leaving in 
the third quarter because of irritation in his left leg. 

"It  just  got me right on  the nerve," Nash said.  "It's just all part of the 
process. It's just a short little setback." 

The Bulls jumped out  to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Gibson tallied 12 
points in the first quarter to help the visitors build a 34-23 margin. 

"Gibson  set the tone  for us early. We wanted to throw the first punch," Noah 
said. 

But  the Lakers went  on a 12-0 run early in the second stanza. Kaman's jumper 
with 5:55 to go cut the gap to 42-39. 

Chicago  was able  to weather the storm  and took a 52-46 lead into the locker 
room. 

The Bulls  opened the second  half on  an 11-2 run  to extend their margin to 
63-48. Hinrich's 3-pointer with 3:29 left in the third frame made it 72-53. 

Los Angeles responded with seven straight points and headed to the fourth down 
by 15, 77-62. 

The  Lakers  made one final push  in the fourth  and got their deficit down to 
four,  88-84,  on Wesley Johnson's slam  with 48.9 seconds to play. After D.J. 
Augustin missed a jumper, Los Angeles guard Steve Blake turned the ball over. 

Augustin went 4-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the victory. 

Game Notes 

Bulls  forward  Carlos Boozer (calf) missed  his second straight game ... Noah 
has  recorded at  least 10 rebounds in 21  of his last 22 games ... The Lakers 
started  a six-game  homestand on Sunday ... The Bulls' starters outscored the 
Lakers starters 73-24. 

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Illinois Sinks Penn State

University  Park,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Paced by  a career-best 19 points 
from  Kendrick Nunn,  the Illinois  Fighting Illini  held off  the Penn  State 
Nittany Lions, 60-55, in a Big Ten Conference bout at the Bryce Jordan Center. 

Nunn,  who had never before scored in double figures, shot 4-of-9 from 3-point 
range  for  Illinois (14-10, 3-8 Big  Ten), which snapped a season-long eight- 
game losing streak. Malcolm Hill chipped in 11 points for the visiting squad. 

For  PSU  (12-12. 3-8), losers of  back-to-back games, D.J. Newbill tallied 19 
points  and  six rebounds, while  Tim Frazier netted 11  points but on just 4- 
of-12 shooting from the field. 

Neither team shot greater than 39 percent from the floor in the first half, as 
the teams went into intermission knotted up at 31. 

PSU  held a three-point lead with under 10 minutes to play following a Newbill 
jumper,  but Illinois  finished the game on  an 11-3 run, with Nunn's layup at 
the 5:15 mark proving to be the game-winner. 

The Illini outscored the Nittany Lions at the free-throw line, 15-8.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2014

 

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

Sometime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday January 20, 2014, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage, located at 214 East Franklin Street in Edinburg.  While inside the unknown subject or subjects took a blue and white 2009 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle.  A side door was kicked in to make entry.  The total dollar amount of the damage and the stolen items is estimated at $7,000.

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/Crashes/Incidents 2-10-14

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:
On February 2, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle accident on 800 East Road just south of Edinburg. David E. Watson, 57, of Edinburg advised of a single vehicle accident with no injuries. The deputy arrived on scene and observed Watson with significant front end damage. Watson stated he lost control and struck a utility pole. The deputy did not observe any damage to the utility pole.

On February 8, J.R. W. Williams, 61, of Decatur was traveling north on Route 48. Williams ran off the roadway and down into a deep ditch. Williams drove down a tree line hitting many trees with the passenger side of the vehicle. Terry L. Washington, 22, of Springfield, who was a passenger, was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported.

On Febraury 8, Evelyn K. Cole, 50, of Tower Hill stated that she was southbound on Illinois Route 29 when she braked to slow down and the vehicle began to slide. Cole was unable to recover from the slide and ran off the road into the right ditch. Cole hit a tree and caused damage to the passenger's side quarter panel and the passenger's side rear wheel. No injuries reported.

ARRESTS:

Nicholas H. Dyer, 36, of 611 Dial Street Apt. 4A, Kincaid, was arrested February 9 on a bond forfeiture for operating a vehicle uninsured.

Catherine M. Eck, 38, of 10 Webster Street, Pana, was arrested February 6 on a bond forfeiture for possession of a controlled substance.

Aaron W. Perozzo, 34, of 302 Lincons Ave, Tovey, was arrested February 9 for domestic battery.

John W. Evrley, 27, of 415 North Cherokee Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 9 for domestic battery, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of cannabis.

Janis K. Baird, 50, of 417 West Bryant Street, Taylorville, was arrested February 6 on a bond forfeiture for methamphetamine manufacturing.

Richard D. Prakel, 47, of 45 Hillcrest, Taylorville, was arrested February 6 on a bond forfeiture for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On February 8 at 10:40pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Dennis W. Coghlan, 24, of Taylorville driving on a suspended license. Coghlan was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was released on a notice to appear.

On February 8 at 10:26pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Brittany N. Benedict, 24, of Taylorville operating a vehicle. The officer knew Benedict to have a suspended license. The officer made contact with Benedict in the Route Mart parking lot. Benedict was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Upon further investigation, a 14-year-old female was also arrested for possession of cannabis. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. Benedict was released on a notice to appear. The female juvenile was released to her guardian.

On February 8 while on patrol, a Taylorville Police Department officer ran a vehicle's license plate. The male registered owner had a suspended license.The male's description matched the male that was driving the vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 600 block of East Park Street. The officer identified the driver as Gregory Schelling, 40, of Blue Mound. Schelling was placed under arrest and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing. Schelling was issued a citation for driving while license is suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was released on a notice to appear.

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Fire Department Calls 2-10-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

February 8
2 Public Assists, 1 Fire, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

February 9
1 EMS

February 10
3 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide

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Taylorville Girls Basketball (2/10/14)

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville girls defeated Lanphier with a score of 65-41.

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Taylorville School Board Discusses Future Fiscal Budgets

The Taylorville School Board discussed future fiscal budgets at their meeting Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau pointed out some facts in regard to these budgets:

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Extension & Master Gardeners To Host Chicago Flower & Garden Show Bus Trip

The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 along with the Master Gardeners are hosting a bus trip to the Chicago Flower and Garden show on Friday, March 21, 2014. The cost is $60 per person and covers transportation, snacks, and admission. There is a discount for Master Gardeners and they may purchase their tickets for $40.


The Chicago Flower and Garden Show takes place on the famous Navy Pier and features 20-plus gardens. The venue will feature more than 17,000 feet of flowers, plants, shopping, hands-on workshops, kids’ activities and more.  The show’s gardens draw inspiration from the art world as they present “Do Green, Do Good”. 

 

Chicago garden designers and contractors will present ideas and concepts to help gardeners create stunning spaces.  The theme is to: Get Inspired, Get Educated, and Get Motivated. 

The bus will depart from the U of I Extension office (Carlinville) at 5 a.m., and arrive back at U of I Extension at approximately 10 p.m. (Lunch is on your own.) Guest will spend the entire day at the show and the bus will depart from Chicago around 3:45 p.m.

Pick up & drop off locations include: Carlinville Extension Office, Lighthouse Antiques – I/55 Carlinville, Farmersville (Jumpin’ Jimmys), and Auburn (Travel Center).  

Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register before February 19, 2014 by calling 854-9604 or by registering on-line at:http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/ .

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Michelle Coakes and Dee Krueger honored with NISOD Excellence Awards at LLCC

 

Lincoln Land Community College has named Michelle Coakes of Taylorville, professor of art, and Debra (Dee) Krueger of Taylorville, assistant director, LLCC-Taylorville, as the college’s winners of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.

 

They were selected for the honor by a committee of LLCC employees.

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Coakes joined LLCC in 2002. In addition to teaching art and ceramics classes, she serves as advisor to the LLCC Ceramics Club, which holds twice-yearly sales of student works to benefit charities and send students to professional conferences. She is a former Faculty Senate president, Faculty Association treasurer and assessment coordinator for the Arts and Humanities department. She holds bachelor and master of fine arts degrees and a master of arts degree, all from Northern Illinois University.

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Krueger has worked at LLCC-Taylorville since 1992. Her current duties include academic advising and supervising student admissions, career counseling, dual credit, student orientation, recruiting and peer tutoring at the LLCC-Taylorville location. She is also an online instructor. She won the Distinguished Service Award for professional employees in 2012. She holds an associate degree from LLCC and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. 

 

Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators and staff, and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning. More than 700 two-year colleges around the world are members of NISOD.  

Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators and staff, and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning. More than 700 two-year colleges around the world are members of NISOD.  

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Coker: Great Moment from March for Life

Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville, recently attended the annual March for Life event in Washington, D.C. Coker says during the march, there was a group of people that really stood at to her:

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If you are interested in going to the March for Life next year, contact Cathy Coker at 824-7200.

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Shelby Electric Cooperative warns members about email scam

A nationwide email scam is targeting Shelby Electric Cooperative members, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected site.

No co-op members appear to have been affected, but several Illinois electric distribution cooperatives have reported receiving calls from members who received such an email.

The fraudulent billing message tells members their bill is ready and provides a hyperlink to view it. Do not click on the hyperlink.

Reports say the link takes the person to a site that infects their device with malware. The malware could go after banking information or attempt to steal usernames or passwords.

Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) advises members to ignore suspicious requests for personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and usernames and passwords. SEC also advises members to delete those emails and call the co-op to report the suspicious activity.

            

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Terriers Fall in First Round of State

The Taylorville Junior High School Terriers 7th grade boys’ basketball season has come to an end. The Terriers fell to an undefeated Bollingbrook Brooks team by a final score of 52-41 in the first round of the IESA Class 4A State Tournament. Justin Wright led the Terriers with 19 points while Brandon Odam and Jack Livingston chipped in 8 points each.  Ryan Ess scored the other 6 points for the Terriers. The Terriers finish the season at 23-1.

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Village of Tower Hill Under Boil Order

The whole Village of Tower Hill is under a boil order effective immediately and until further notice.

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Saturday Basketball Scores 02/08/14

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville girls fell to Annawan with a score of 71-49.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated Meridian with a score of 56-32.

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Saturday Night Basketball Scores 02/08/14

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Pana with a score of 79-59.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Altamont with a score of 57-49.

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Fikri: DASH Diet Easy to Follow

February is National Heart Month and some people may be looking to start a diet to improve their heart health. A problem that arises though is the complication of some diets. Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Dairy Council says the DASH Diet is easy to follow:

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For more information, call the Dairy Council’s Springfield office at 726-8480. 

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Casey Explains Role with University of Illinois Extension

The Community and Economic Development Coordinator is a relatively new position at the University of Illinois Extension Office. Chris Casey, who currently holds the position, tells Regional Radio News about what the job entails:

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If you have any questions, you can contact the Extension Office at 287-7246.

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Mahr: Change in Tax Filing for Senior Citizens

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center is once again offering tax services through AARP on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Gerry Mahr, Executive Director of the Center, tells Regional Radio News that they are doing something different this year:

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For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at 824-4263.

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Bulls Blasted By Warriors

Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Stephen Curry carried the Warriors with 34 
points  on 13-of-19 shooting and added nine assists for good measure as Golden 
State shook off a slow start and topped the Chicago Bulls 102-87 on Thursday. 

Klay  Thompson chipped in with 22 points for the Warriors, who were coming off 
a rare lopsided home loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday. 

Taj  Gibson  got the  start at  power forward  in place  of the injured Carlos 
Boozer  (left calf strain) and posted 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, 
who fell to 2-3 on their six-game road trip. 

The  starting frontcourt  for  the  Warriors, center  Andrew  Bogut and  power 
forward  David  Lee, were also sidelined  with injuries, and their absence was 
felt early on. 

"We  are a  no excuse basketball team, so  whoever is in uniform it is a great 
opportunity for them to step up and take advantage of the opportunity in front 
them," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. 

The Bulls jumped out to a 34-18 lead just two minutes into the second quarter 
by connecting on 14 of their first 22 shots. Kirk Hinrich and his backup, D.J. 
Augustin,  combined  for 17  at that  point, but they  were quickly trumped by 
Curry's torrid display over the final seven minutes of the second frame. 

The All-Star guard poured in 16 points during the stretch, including the final 
seven points of the half to put the Warriors in front 50-46 at the break. 

Golden  State took a 76-68 advantage into the fourth thanks to Chicago missing 
11  of its last 12 shots in the third, and an 8-0 run spurred by 3-pointers by 
Harrison  Barnes  and Curry stretched  the margin  to 89-77 midway through the 
final stanza. 

Back-to-back  triples  by Tony Snell  and Jimmy  Butler followed by two Butler 
free  throws with 2:33 to go cut Chicago's deficit to six, but Jordan Crawford 
answered  by rattling  in a corner 3,  and the Warriors held on over the final 
two minutes. 

"I thought it was a winnable game down the stretch and we didn't get it done," 
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 

                                   Game Notes 

Lee,  out  with a  sprained left  shoulder, will also  miss Saturday's game at 
Phoenix  ... Bogut  is dealing with shoulder and knee injuries but is expected 
to  play Saturday ... Curry recorded his 2,000th career assist ... Hinrich and 
Augustin finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively ... Joakim Noah recorded 
11  assists,  10 boards  and seven points  in a losing  effort ... Gibson's 26 
points  tied a  career high ... The Bulls won both of last season's meetings, 
but  have dropped 12 of their 15 trips to Oracle Arena ... Chicago will finish 
its road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 

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Blues edge Bruins in OT

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J.  Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime to 
lift the St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Thursday. 

Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who bounced back from a 
5-4  shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Alexander Steen also lit 
the lamp. 

Jaroslav Halak stopped 36-of-38 shots for the victors. 

"Our  most  competitive  player  tonight  was the  goalie," Blues  coach  Ken 
Hitchcock said of Halak. "The goalie was outstanding, and he helped us a lot." 

David  Krejci and  Brad Marchand  scored for  the Bruins,  who had  a two-game 
winning streak snapped. Tuukka Rask turned aside 24-of-27 shots. 

Boston was without defenseman Zdeno Chara on Thursday. The Bruins captain will 
also  miss Saturday's home contest against Ottawa due to him being selected to 
carry  Slovakia's flag  on during  Friday's  Opening Ceremonies  for the  2014 
Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. 

Trailing  2-0, the  Bruins got  goals from  Krejci and  Marchand in  the third 
period to force overtime. Krejci's shot from the high slot beat Halak at 9:16. 

Marchand tied the game at 11:24 when Johnny Boychuk's blast from the point hit 
off the boards and went right to Marchand, who scored from a sharp angle. 

Oshie scored the game-winner with 1:31 left in overtime. He prevented Boston's 
clearing  attempt  behind the net  and jammed the puck  past Rask and the near 
post. 

"I'm  proud  of the  way we  played from the  first line  to the fourth line," 
Bruins  coach  Claude Julien said.  "All of  our [defensemen] were really good 
tonight.  I thought  our  team  played extremely  well  and probably  deserved 
better. It was an unfortunate bounce to lose that game in overtime but still a 
great effort from our team." 

The Blues took a  1-0 lead at the 15:48 mark of the first period when Steen's 
slap shot from the top of the right circle got past Rask. 

Schwartz  scored on  a wrister  from the  left circle  at 3:32  of the  middle 
stanza. 

Halak  made  24 saves  over the first  two periods to  preserve St. Louis' 2-0 
margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

St.  Louis won both  of their games against the Bruins this season. Boston had 
won  in its last three trips to St. Louis ... Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko 
(flu-like symptoms) missed the game ... Boston went 0-for-4 on the power play, 
while the Blues went 0-for-3. 

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Cubs sign Barney, avoid arbitration

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs and infielder Darwin Barney agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration. 

Barney hit just .208 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 141 games in 2013. 

In  four  big league  seasons, all  with the Cubs, Barney  has a .246 batting average with 16 homers and 130 RBI. 

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Cards Ink Neshek to Minor League Contract

(Saint Louis, MO)  --  Pat Neshek [[ KNEE-shack ]] has signed a minor league contract with the St. LouisCardinals.  The sidearm righty will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.  Neshek spent the past two seasons with the Athletics notching a 3.35 ERA in 45 games for the AL West champs.  Over his career, Neshek has a 3.07 ERA in 226 appearances, all in relief. 

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Blackhawks acquire Regin, Bouchard from Islanders

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Chicago Blackhawks  acquired forwards 
Peter  Regin and  Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders on Thursday 
in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick. 

Regin  has registered two  goals and five assists in 44 games this season with 
New  York. Over 222 career NHL games with Ottawa and New York, the 27-year-old 
has racked up 21 goals and 41 assists. 

Bouchard,  29, has  recorded nine  points  in 28  games this  season with  the 
Islanders, while adding 17 points in 20 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 
of the American Hockey League. 

Selected  eight overall by Minnesota in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Bouchard has 
tallied  110 goals  and 246  assists  over 593  NHL  games with  the Wild  and 
Islanders. 

Regin  will  join the Blackhawks,  while Bouchard  will report directly to the 
AHL's Rockford IceHogs. 

The Blackhawks also reassigned forward Brandon Pirri to Rockford on Thursday. 

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Local Basketball Scores (2/7/14)

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville boys fell to Sacred Heart Griffin with a score of 56-39.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Moroa-Forsyth with a score of 55-39.

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Rehab Wellness Center at PCH Offering Discounted Membership

If you are looking to begin a workout program, the Rehab Wellness Center at the Pana  Community Hospital has a deal that may be of interest to you. Nancy Alexander, Fitness Wellness Coordinator at PCH, tells Regional Radio News that they are running a special discount membership:

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For more information on the Rehab Wellness Center, call 562-6231.

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Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Promoting Heart to Heart Screening Program

February is National Heart Month. During this time, the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in  Mattoon is promoting their Heart to Heart screening program. Karyn Cole, Service Representative and Community Outreach for Sarah Bush tells Regional Radio News what the program entails:

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As part of the National Heart Month promotion, Sarah Bush is giving those who schedule an appointment before March 7th a free box of dark chocolate. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (217) 258-2238.

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Davis: Key Points to Farm Bill Passing

After 3 years of debating, a 5-year-farm bill has been passed. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville tells Regional Radio News some of the key points that led to the approval of this farm bill:

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President Obama will sign the bill into law Friday.

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Christian County Clerk?s Office Open for Absentee Voting Today

The Christian County Clerk’s Office will be open today for Absentee Voting.  Optical Scan, paper ballot, will be available.  The Touch Screen system will be available at a later date and the Clerk’s Office will make an announcement as soon as the voter’s second option is up and running.  Call the Office if you have any questions about voting or your voter’s registration at 824-4969.  The Clerk’s Office is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and located on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse.

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Blackhawks blank Ducks

Anaheim,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Marian  Hossa registered  a  goal and  an 
assist  and Corey Crawford posted a 29-save shutout, as the Chicago Blackhawk
blanked the Anaheim Ducks, 2-0, on Wednesday at Honda Center. 

Hossa  scored  his 24th  of the season  39 seconds into  the second period and 
assisted  on a  Jonathan Toews tally late  in the third to help Chicago secure 
its  third win in four games and pull within one point of Anaheim for the best 
record in the NHL. 

"It  is  always nice to get  a shutout but catching  up to them at little bit, 
that's what is important," Crawford said. 

Jonas  Hiller allowed  both goals on 25  shots for the Ducks, who wrapped up a 
five-game homestand at 1-4-0. 

"We  played a good game," Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We put in a 
really good effort. We're not gonna sit and cry about it." 

Following  a scoreless  first  frame  that saw  Crawford  stop  15 shots,  the 
Blackhawks broke through less than a minute into the second. 

Patrick  Sharp carried  the disc down the  left side and into the Anaheim zone 
before  sliding  a pass to the  inner half of  the right circle for Hossa, who 
weaved  through the slot and waited for Hiller to drop before roofing the disc 
from the low left side for a 1-0 lead. 

Chicago's  Michal  Rozsival was  sent off for  a high-sticking double-minor at 
16:11  of the second, but the Blackhawks killed off the extended man-advantage 
to maintain their one-goal edge. 

Hossa  helped put  the game  away late  in the  third, as  he came  up with  a 
turnover  deep in the  Anaheim end before tapping the puck to Toews, who split 
two  defenders in the  right circle and snuck a writer under Hiller's left arm 
for a 2-0 lead with 2:31 to play. 

Crawford  capped his first  shutout of the season and ninth of his career with 
six saves over the final 20 minutes. 

                                   Game Notes 

Anaheim's three-game slide is the team's longest since an 0-3-2 skid from Nov. 
12-20  of  this season  ... The Blackhawks will visit  the Phoenix Coyotes on 
Friday for their final game before the Olympic break, while Anaheim will visit 
Nashville  on Saturday before going on hiatus for the Winter Games ... Anaheim 
went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago finished 0-for-2. 

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Terriers 7th Grade Boys Heading to State

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Taylorville Girls Basket Ball 02/06/14

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Lanphier with a score of 58-47.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK FOR FEBRUARY 3, 2014

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

Sometime during the overnight hours of Thursday January 23, 2014, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 315 Taft Street in Taylorville.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects vandalized the residence.   Furniture was damaged, glass was broken, and the walls of the residence were spray painted.  Some items were also taken from the residence.  A rear glass door was broken in order to make entry.  The total dollar amount of damage done and items taken is unknown at this time.

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

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

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Taylorville 7th Grade Boys? Basketball Sectional is On for Tonight

The Taylorville Junior High Terriers 7th grade boys’ basketball Sectional game will be played tonight despite the winter conditions. The Terriers are heading into the game at 22-0 on the season and will face a 17-4 Springfield Washington team. The winner of this game will advance to the IESA Class 4A State Tournament. Game time is set for 6:00pm at the Taylorville Junior High School.

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Illinois Sheriffs? Association Announces Scholarships

 The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only.  The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

 

            Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.

 

            There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin.  The only limitations are as follows:

 

  • applicants must be permanent Illinois residents

 

  • scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois

 

  • students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2014-2015 school year (excluding summer session).

 

            Applications are now available at the Sheriff's Office or online at www.ilsheriff.org.  Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15.

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Planning Begins for Taylorville Community Garden

Planning has begun for another year of producing vegetables and fruits from the Taylorville Community Garden after a very successful year. Over 3,000 pounds was produced and distributed to Taylorville Food Pantry and Christian County Mental Health Association. Also, those who donated items and equipment or worked in the garden received food. Over 100 people participated through contribution and volunteer work.

The next meeting is February 13 at 7:00pm at Davis Memorial Christian Church.

Anyone is welcome to attend to help create another successful year.

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Coker: March For Life a Great Experience

The annual March for Life was recently held in Washington, D.C. Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville, attended the march and tells Regional Radio News it was a great experience:

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If you are interested in going to the March for Life next year, contact Cathy Coker at 824-7200.

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Olympic Themed Family Fun Night at Taylorville Library Next Thursday

This month’s Family Fun Night at the Taylorville Public Library is coming up next Thursday. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles says this month’s theme is “Fun with the Olympics”:

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Family Fun Night takes place the first Thursday of every month. For more information, contact the Taylorville Public Library at 824-4736.

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Central Illinois Digging Out from Major Snowstorm; Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Tonight

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Central Illinois is digging out from a major winter snowstorm that dumped as much as 7 inches of snow across the Regional Radio listening area.

Snowfall amounts from the National Weather Service thus far this morning:

Pana- 6.8"
Kincaid- 7.5"
Taylorville 5.0"

These amounts may vary high/low due to the drifting snow.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln says a winter storm warning remains in effect until noon today.  They have also issued a wind chill advisory for our listening area from 9pm tonight until noon on Thursday.

Winter weather will continue across central and southeast Illinois today and tonight. Light snow will linger through the morning hours before gradually tapering off to flurries by afternoon.

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Only minor additional accumulations of one half inch or less are expected. Strong northwesterly winds gusting over 20 mph at times will create blowing and drifting snow through midday before the winds begin to subside.

The Weather Service adds that once the winds become calm and skies clear out, bitterly cold conditions are expected tonight. Actual air temperatures will drop below zero...while wind-chill readings plunge into the -15 to -30 range.
The winter storm yesterday has left roads snow covered and slick this morning. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News that you show allow extra time to reach your destination.

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Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, cancellations and closings. You can also find this information on any electronic device at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Taylorville Couple Wins Florida Getaway Trip from illinoisfarmradio.com

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(Taylorville)--A rural Taylorville couple has won a Florida getaway courtesy of illinoisfarmradio.com.

Ralph and Judi Hodges were one of the many people that entered the drawing on-line at the illinoisfarmradio.com web site, which is the farm portal for Miller Media Group agriculture radio stations WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM Clinton, and WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Taylorville.

The Hodges won a trip for 2 to Peoria to Saint Petersburg, Florida, with round-trip airfare on Allegiant Airlines, 3 nights hotel accomodations, and 200-dollars in spending money.

Thanks to all those from all over Central Illinois that entered the contest.

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MCCA Donates To Pana Community Hospital For Cancer Patients

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Pictured left to right: Trina Casner, Wally Siltman, Kim Rodgers

Montgomery County Cancer Association (MCCA) presented Pana Community Hospital with a check for $3,500 on Friday.  Wally Siltman, representing MCCA, was on hand and Pana Community Hospital President & CEO, Trina Casner  and Kim Rodgers, Pana Community Hospital Foundation Executive Director accepted the check on behalf of the hospital. 

 

MCCA is a not for profit organization that raises funds to help cancer patients in Montgomery County.  In 2013, the organization raised over $160,000.  The funds are given to area hospitals including Pana Community Hospital, which serves portions of Montgomery County.  Other hospitals receiving funds included Hillsboro Area Hospital and St. Francis Hospital.  MCCA also provides funding to Simmons Cancer Institute, which is part of SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.  Simmons is currently working on a study to research causes of the high incidence of cancer in Montgomery County and other parts of Central Illinois. 

 

Funds given to Pana Community Hospital will benefit current cancer patients that come to the hospital for chemotherapy.  PCH is currently working on remodeling the room in which patients receive chemotherapy.  Doctors Ben Esparaz and Dolores Estrada of the Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois see patients at Pana Community Hospital weekly with chemotherapy administered to some patients at the clinic.  

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Powerful Winter Storm Heading to Central Illinois

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A powerful winter storm will bring snow to central and southeast Illinois today into tonight. The snow will begin west of the I-55 corridor by mid to late morning, then will spread eastward to the Indiana border by early afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow will occur this afternoon and evening before tapering down to snow-showers or flurries tonight. Storm total accumulations by Wednesday morning will exceed 4 inches across the entire area, with 6 to 8 inches across the heart of central Illinois. As the snow ends, strong/gusty northwesterly winds will develop...causing considerable blowing and drifting snow tonight into Wednesday morning. Please avoid travel if possible later today. If you must venture out, SLOW DOWN and plan on extra time to arrive at your destination.

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Kings rout Bulls to snap skid

Sacramento,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  DeMarcus Cousins had  25 points and 16 
rebounds  and  the Sacramento Kings  routed the  Chicago Bulls 99-70 on Monday 
night. 

Isaiah  Thomas netted 19  points and Rudy Gay added 14 points and six rebounds 
for the Kings, who snapped their seven-game losing streak. 

"The key was rebounding and making them make tough shots," Gay said. 

Jimmy  Butler had 17 points to lead Chicago, which shot just 28.2 percent (22- 
of-78) from the floor and were outrebounded 53-30. 

"You  got  to learn  from it, you  have to make  your corrections," Bulls head 
coach Tom Thibodeau said. 

The Bulls have dropped two straight. 

Joakim  Noah was ejected  in the third quarter when he picked up two technical 
fouls  in less than three minutes. He yelled obscenities at the referees while 
being escorted off the court. 

After  Tony  Snell's runner pulled Chicago  within 12-9 late in the first, the 
Kings  closed  the frame on  a 12-3 run. Quincy  Acy's 3-pointer at the buzzer 
staked the Kings to a 24-12 cushion after one period. 

Taj Gibson scored eight points during an 18-4 Chicago run, which was capped on 
a pair of Joakim Noah free throws to tie the game at 30-30. 

Sacramento,  though, closed the half on a 14-3 burst and it never looked back. 
Thomas' driving layup at the horn gave the Kings a 44-33 halftime lead. 

They  took a 71-57  cushion into the fourth, where the hosts led by as many as 
30 before cruising to the easy win. 

                                   Game Notes 

Sacramento  shot  52.2 percent (36-of-69) from  the field ... The Kings turned 
the ball over 23 times ... The Bulls were 4-of-20 from beyond the arc. 

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Kane's two goals lift Blackhawks over Kings

Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Patrick Kane  had two  goals and  one 
assist  after finding out his grandfather died and the Chicago Blackhawks beat 
the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Monday. 

Bryan  Bickell,  Marcus Kruger and Nick  Leddy also scored for the Blackhawks, 
who got just their second win in seven games. Corey Crawford had 31 saves. 

Kane  learned  of his grandfather's death  before the game. Chicago coach Joel 
Quenneville said he didn't hear about it until after the second period. 

"It  was  a tough  day overall,"  said Kane. "He  was one  of my great friends 
growing  up and  it is just a really  sad day. It was important to get the win 
but ... it was tough to hear that right before the game." 

Drew  Doughty,  Anze Kopitar and Tyler  Toffoli scored for the Kings, who have 
lost  four in a  row and nine of their last 10 (1-8-1). Jonathan Quick gave up 
five goals on 30 shots. 

The  Kings scored  more than one goal  for the first time in seven games. They 
got  more than two  goals for only the fifth time in their last 21 games since 
Dec. 23. They are 5-14-2 in that span. 

The  Kings wrap  up their homestand Thursday against Columbus, their last game 
before  the NHL breaks  for the Sochi Olympics. It might do the team some good 
to be away for a few weeks. 

"You  plan  on playing  your best game  of the year,"  said Kings coach Darryl 
Sutter. 

The Blackhawks have won three straight against the Kings and five of the last 
six meetings. 

They  took  a 2-0  lead after 8:44  on Kane's  power play goal  on a nice solo 
effort from the right side and Bickell's goal on a 3-on-1. 

"It  was a  great start,"  said Quenneville.  "We had  some excitement  in our 
game." 

Doughty  scored  68 seconds after  Bickell's goal and  Kopitar tie the game at 
2-2, flipping the puck past Crawford 6:30 into the second quarter. 

But  Chicago rattled  off three  straight goals  after that.  Kruger deflected 
Leddy's slap shot from the high left side at 13:51 of the second period, Leddy 
scored  on a slap  shot 7:01 into the third and Kane jammed in Patrick Sharp's 
pass  in  front of the crease  4:08 after that  for a 5-2 lead. Toffoli's goal 
came on a rebound after Jeff Carter tried a wrap-around. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  is 2-0-2 on a seven-game road trip and LA has dropped the first three 
games  of  a four-game homestand  ... The Blackhawks continue their road trip 
against  Anaheim on Wednesday, one of two games they have remaining before the 
Olympics break. 

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Christian County Emergency Management Director Not Recommending Travel thru Wednesday Morning

Christian County Emergency Services Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews is not recommending travel thru Wednesday morning, due to the snowstorm.

Crews went to Peoria this morning to a meeting with weather officials, and experienced first hand hazardous road conditions as the snow had already begun.

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And Crews says motorists should avoid travel thru Wednesday morning due to blowing snow.

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For the latest cancellations and road conditions, go to taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Holds Business Meeting During Weekly Luncheon

 width=(Taylorville)—The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed current activities benefiting local children and youth, Tuesday during their monthly business meeting during their weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Committee chairs reported on the many local Kiwanis projects.  Key Club chairperson Jody Mink reported that the High School Key Club was working with the Girl Scouts on an anti-bullying program at North School.

Treasurer Dan Sneed reported that the recent Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day has so far grossed the club some 55-hundred dollars, and a net total to date of some 41-hundred dollars, with more donations still coming in.  Both numbers are records.

Will Perkins, the new president and C-E-O of the Taylorville Community Credit Union, was inducted as the newest member of the club.

Perfect attendance pins were presented by Dick Wamsley to Dan Sneed for 5 years of perfect attendance, Diane Beatty for 6 years, Herman Altman for 9 years, and Dean Ray for eleven years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings.

2 guests attended Tuesday’s weekly Taylorville Kiwanis meeting.

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

 

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U. S. Senate Passes 5-Year Farm Bill; Goes to President Obama for Signature

The U-S Senate this (Tuesday) afternoon passed a 5-year farm bill.  It had passed the U-S House last week.  It is expected to be signed by President Obama.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said following the vote by the Senate, that the new farm bill will create economic opportunity and jobs.  He added that while the legislation isn’t perfect, it provides meaningful reform and billions in savings for taxpayers while investing in American agriculture.

Illinois Farm Bureau president Rich GEE-burt said the state’s largest farm organization was extremely pleased.  He added the bill strengthens the federal crop insurance program, provides risk management for livestock producers, and encourages the U-S-D-A to expedite implementation of disaster assistance.  GEE-bert called the bill fiscally responsible.

Both houses in Washington have haggled over the farm bill for over 2 years, passing short term extensions while a long-term bill was negotiated.

 

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Winter Storm Warning Continues Until Noon Wednesday

 width=The National Weather Service in Lincoln has continued their winter storm warning until noon on Wednesday.

 

Mid-afternoon today, the Weather Service reported that a powerful winter storm continues to bring snow to central and southeast Illinois into tonight. The snow will continue tonight and diminish from the southwest during Wednesday morning.

 

Moderate to heavy snow will occur this afternoon and evening before tapering down to light snow showers or flurries by Wednesday morning. Storm total accumulations by Wednesday morning will exceed 4 inches across the entire area, with 6 to 8 inches across the heart of central Illinois.

 

As the snow ends, north to northwesterly winds gusting to 20 to 30 mph will develop...causing considerable blowing and drifting snow tonight into Wednesday morning.

 

The Weather Service is asking you to please avoid travel if possible, and if you must venture out, SLOW DOWN and plan on extra time to arrive at your destination.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest in weather information.  Weather, cancellations and road conditions can also be found at taylorvilledailynews.com.

 

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MWS: More Winter Weather Headed This Way; 6-8 Inches Possible

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Another winter storm is headed toward central Illinois.  The National Weather Service reports another snowstorm will drop up to eight inches of snow from Taylorville to Paris.  Wind speeds will likely shoot up to 25-miles an hour, causing snow drifts and reduced visibility for drivers. Snow should begin Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday morning. Blowing snow will begin occurring Tuesday night and will continue into Wednesday morning. Officials say it’ll be very dangerous to be out on the roads tomorrow night and early Wednesday morning. 

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Facebook Page Regarding Shelby County Tax Vote

Shelby County will soon vote on an initiative intended to increase the sales tax.  The money would be used to help fund local schools which have seen their funding drastically cut by the State of Illinois.  Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there is unbiased information available online:

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Again, find that Facebook Page at SC Public Schools.

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Chamber Sponsors Seminar

If you've ever thought about starting your own business, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an event that may interest you.  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says "How to Start a Small Business" will feature Kevin Lust:

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Call the Chamber at 824-4919 to find out more.

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Propane Shortage Causes State Officials to Act

23 Illinois Republican State Representatives signed letters last week that were sent to the Governor and Attorney General regarding the shortage of propane. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville explains what caused the shortage and the purpose of the letter:

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In the letter, Republicans make requests to allocate additional emergency funds, provide emergency low-interest loans/temporary lines of credit to propane distributors/suppliers, pass a temporary suspension of the state sales tax on LP/propane, create a strategic reserve of LP/propane and moderate exports of the fuel while supplies remain critically low.

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Winter Storm Warning Issued from noon Tuesday thru noon Wednesday

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The National Weather Service Monday afternoon issued a winter storm warning for the Regional Radio listening area, from noon Tuesday thru noon Wednesday.

Here's part of the statement from the Weather Service:

SNOW SHOULD BEGIN BY LATE TUESDAY MORNING IN AREAS WEST
OF INTERSTATE 55...AND THEN TO THE EAST DURING THE
AFTERNOON...AND CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. BLOWING SNOW
WILL BEGIN OCCURRING TUESDAY NIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING.

6 TO 8 INCHES WILL ACCUMULATE ALONG AND NORTH OF
A TAYLORVILLE TO PARIS LINE TO JUST SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 74...WITH
LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. 5 TO 7 INCHES WILL ACCUMULATE
ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 74.

NORTHEAST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL BECOME NORTHWEST AT
15 TO 25 MPH TUESDAY NIGHT...WITH A FEW GUSTS TO 30 MPH AT TIMES.

SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT
TIMES TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...MAINLY ALONG AND
NORTH OF A BEARDSTOWN TO DANVILLE LINE.

ACCUMULATING SNOW AND AREAS OF REDUCED VISIBILITIES
DUE TO BLOWING SNOW...WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and (taylorvilledailynews.com) (dewittdailynews.com) for the latest weather information.

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Taylorville City Council Recognizes Kevin Stitch for Service on Fire and Police Commission Board

The Taylorville City Council recognized Kevin Stitch at their meeting Monday night for his 32 years of service on the Fire and Police Commission Board. Mayor Greg Brotherton read what was written on the plaque that will be presented to Stitch:

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Stitch was unable to attend the meeting to accept the award.

 

The Taylorville City Council also heard an update on the Ahlstrom situation at their Monday meeting. Mayor Greg Brotherton says Ahlstrom has found the problem and is quickly working to remedy the situation:

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Again, the noise problem started when Ahlstrom installed EPA-mandated equipment.

 

Towards the end of the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night, Alderman Shawn Burtle made a note in regards to a list of burned out street light bulbs throughout the city that was recently brought to the Council’s attention. Burtle says he is now asking Taylorville residents for help in reporting burned out lights:

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Mayor Brotherton noted that there are tags on the lights with a number that if you can write it down, it will help them better locate the light. If you do see a burned out light, call the Street Department at 824-2559.

 

The Taylorville City Council approved a resolution for improvements by municipality under the Illinois Highway Code in regards to Cherokee and Pawnee Streets. The Council approved an amendment to the City Code in regards to Lake Lot and Campground Site Leases. The Council approved a motion to allow the Junior Girl Scouts to set up a cookie booth in the City Parking Lot on the corner of Webster and Main Cross on February 15, 22, and March 1 from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The Council also approved the request of McDonalds to hold a charitable fund drive at the intersection of Webster and Main Cross on February 8 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The Council approved the motion to allow Superintendent Dick Wiseman to contact Shelby Electric to place three new lights around the Lake on West Lake Shore and Westwood, Westwood and Sweeney Drive, and West Lake Shore Drive and Captains Lane.

The meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.

 

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Lady Raiders easily defeat Warrensburg-Latham Monday (2.3.14).

In girls' basketball from Monday night, the Lady Raiders of Central A&M soundly defeated the Cardinals of Warrensburg-Latham 91-36 as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. With the win, the Raiders improved to 21 and 5 for the year, 9 and 1 in conference play; the Cardinals drop to 8 and 15 for the year, 2 and 8 in the conference. Ryan Dooley had the game high 19 points for the Raiders; Taylor Jordan with 18. Central A&M will play again on Thursday against Meridian for their last regular season game of the year with the pregame broadcast start at approximately 7pm on WMKR.

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Terriers Advance to Sectionals

The Taylorville Junior High Terriers 7th grade boys’ basketball team has advanced to the IESA Class 4A Sectionals. The Terriers defeated the Rochester Rockets in the Regional Final game Friday night by a score of 42-33 and improved to 22-0 on the season. The Terriers will face Springfield Washington, who is 17-4, in the Sectional game this Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Taylorville Junior High School.

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Campground Volunteers Needed At Lake Shelbyville for 2014

 

Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is looking for volunteers to fill openings at Lithia Springs and Opossum Creek campgrounds during the 2014 recreation season.  Volunteer positions for cleaning of the campground facilities are available at both locations as well as a volunteer mowing position at Opossum Creek Campground.  

The main responsibilities of the facilities cleaning positions involve cleaning the restrooms and showers in the campgrounds.  Other tasks such as painting, litter pick-up, tree trimming, and brush removal can be incorporated, but is not mandatory. Ideally, this volunteer would work four days a week for a total of 20 hours.

In addition to the several volunteer cleaning positions available, there is still one mowing position available at Opossum Creek Campground. This volunteer position, on average, takes two (2) volunteers 20-25 hours each to complete.

In return for approximately 20 hours of volunteered service, individuals would be able to stay at one of the full hook-up (electricity, water, and sewer) volunteer campsites, free of charge. For additional information, or to volunteer, contact Brock Key at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951 ext. 7008.

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Alexander Hard to Believe PCH is Turning 100

The Pana Community Hospital is turning 100 years old this year. Nancy Alexander, Fitness Wellness Coordinator at PCH, says it is hard to believe:

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

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Fikri: MyPlate Has Replaced Food Pyramid

Many people will remember growing up with the food pyramid but now it is no longer the guide to go by for healthy eating. Joyce Fikri tells Regional Radio News about the new guide known as MyPlate:

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Central A&M Girls take 2nd place against Clinton in Okaw Valley Conference (Saturday, 2.1.14).

In the championship game of the Okaw Valley Girls Basketball Conference, the Lady Raiders of Central A&M lost in a close contest to Clinton by a final of 58-55...as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Raiders dropped to 20 and 5 for the year. The Lady Maroons improved to 18 and 4 for the year. Central A&M will be on the road to play again Monday at Warrensburg with the pregame on WMKR to being at approximately 7pm.

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Taylorville Girls lose to Lincoln (Saturday, 2.1.14).

In girls' basketball from Saturday, the Lady Tornadoes of Taylorville defeated Lincoln by a final score of 51 -37 as heard on Groovy, 93.5.

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Taylorville Boys Lose to Lanphier of Springfield on Saturday (2.1.14).

In boys' basketball Saturday night, the Taylorville Tornadoes lost to the #1 seed, Springield's Lanphier Lions, by a final score of 86-52...as heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM. The Tornadoes are now 14 and 10 overall and 4 and 8 in the conference. Lanphier improves to 21 and 0 overall, 12 and 0 in conference play. The Tornadoes will play again on Friday, February 7, as they host Sacred Heart
Griffin with the broadcast start around 7:15pm on WTIM.

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