The National Weather Service in Lincoln says that mostly dry conditions are expected Sunday, with lingering thunderstorm chances south of I-70. Highs of 83 to 88 are expected. Chance of rain is 20-40% south of I-70, 10% north of I-70.
Another storm system will move into the region Labor Day bringing good chances for thunderstorms which may produce heavy rainfall as well as a slight risk of severe wind gusts and hail. Highs of 82-88 are expected with a 70% chance of rain.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Richard Budds, 40, of Taylorville was arrested on August 28th on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license.
On August 21st, Gary Freitag, 48, of Taylorville was traveling northbound on Linda Lane. Freitag came to the stop sign at the intersection at Kennedy Road. And Linda Lane. He tried to come to a stop but the 2001 Harley Davidson he was driving hit loose gravel. The motorcycle went on its side at the intersection. Freitag stated he thought his arm was broke. He was taken by ambualnce to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:
Kim Long, 43, of Taylorville was turning from Madison Street left onto Spresser Street. Nola Lefever, 75, of Palmer, was turning left onto Spresser. Long and Lefever struck in the middle of Spresser Street.
Caroline Thompson, 77, of Taylorville was stopped at a stop sign in her 2010 Chevy Impala at the intersection of McAdams Drive and East Park Street. She failed to yield the right of way to Dalton Tarr, 21, of Rochester and struck the rear passenger wheel of his 2011 Dodge pickup.
Springfield, IL – Law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
Continuing through Tuesday, September 2, the Illinois State Police will enforce the four most common traffic violations: speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving. Troopers will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center (STIC) for suspicious vehicles, special alerts, and any criminal activity crossing state lines.
Labor Day marks the end of summer for families and the beginning of a new school year. Many families and young adults will be on the roads and especially vulnerable to driving under the influence.
District 9 added that Alcohol Counter Enforcement (ACE) patrols and roadside safety checks will also be operational. Driving under the influence is still the number one cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, especially during holiday celebrations. Designating a driver or arranging for public transportation saves lives. Drinking and driving is a deadly combination. Nearly two of five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash, with over 40 percent resulting in a fatality.
SPRINGFIELD – The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed new faculty at its August meeting last week.
Phyllis Bieverof Minier, instructor in surgical technology, is a certified surgical technologist with substantial clinical experience in all aspects of surgical assisting.
Dr. Ashley Greenof Franklin, assistant professor of English, will teach developmental English and direct the Writing Center.
David Leitnerof Chatham, assistant professor of English, began at LLCC in 2011 as an adjunct faculty member teaching English and literature.
Tim McKenzieof Decatur, assistant professor, journalism and humanities, was an adjunct faculty member last year at LLCC.
Deana Schenkof Springfield, instructor in English, has taught as an adjunct instructor at LLCC since the fall of 2006.
Also at the meeting, trustee Jeff Fulgenzi commended U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for his recent roundtable discussion and press conference held at LLCC, calling attention to student loan debt and the questionable practices of some for-profit colleges. Fulgenzi agreed with Sen. Durbin that community colleges are a quality and affordable alternative to for-profit colleges and should be strongly considered by all seeking higher education.
THE 66TH ANNUAL PANA TRI-COUNTY FAIR KICKED OFF LAST NIGHT FEATURING THE LITTLE MISS, JUNIOR MISS AND MISS QUEEN PAGEANTS
ZARA GUZMAN OF MORRISONVILLE WAS SELECTED AS THE SECOND RUNNER-UP IN THE LITTLE MISS CONTEST, KAYLEE KUHN OF PANA FIRST RUNNER-UP AND ADRIAN RHODES OF PANA WAS NAMED THE 2014 LITTLE MISS PANA TRI-COUNTY FAIR
IN THE JUNIOR MISS PAGEANT, SECOND RUNNER-UP AND PROPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WENT TO JOSEPHINE MOORE OF ASSUMPTION, RECEIVING MISS CONGENIALITY AND FIRST FUNNER-UP WAS SWAY DENTON OF PANA, AND BRAYER DENTON OF PANA WAS CROWNED 2014 JR. MISS PANA TRI-COUNTY FAIR QUEEN
IN THE MISS PANA TRI-COUNTY PAGEANT, AMY HEBERLING OF TAYLORVILLE WAS SELECTED MISS CONGENIALITY, AND THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WENT TO MEREDITH EPLEY OF PANA, SECOND RUNNER-UP WAS GABRIELLE MERRIMAN OF ASSUMPTION, RECEIVING FIRST RUNNER-UP WAS REBECCA BLAND OF PANA, AND ABIGAIL BURGENER OF MOWEAQUA WAS CROWNED 2014 MISS PANA TRI-COUNTY FAIR QUEEN
THE 66TH ANNUAL PANA TRI-COUNTY FAIR RUNS THROUGH LABOR DAY, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Alexander Shanks, 21, of Taylorville was arrested on August 27th on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court.
Rodney Aten, 36, of Taylorville was arrested on August 27th on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court.
Nicole Erwin-Gaymor, 23, Of Centralia was arrested on August 27th on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a revoked or suspended license.
On August 23rd, a Christian County Deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle accident with injury. Two deputies arrived on scene and observed Kody Page, 30, of Taylorville in the west bound ditch facing south and observed several mailboxes and mailbox posts laying in the same ditch east of Page. There were tire marks leaving the roadway and entering the ditch on the north side of the road. The tire mark continued west until meeting with a driveway/culvert at 3719 Lincoln Trail. Tire marks were observed again on the west side of the driveway over the mailboxes and continuing to Page's location. The deputy approached Page, and she stated she was experiencing head/neck pain and that she swerved to avoid striking an animal and lost control of the 2002 Chrysler she was driving when she entered the north (west bound) ditch. Contact was made with the owner of the damaged mailboxes. EMS arrived on scene and transported Kody Page to Taylorvillle Memeorial Hospital.
On August 28th, Kerstin Kresin, 23, of Pana stated she was west bound on county road 1900 north road and that a deer ran into the roadway and she was unable to stop at the intersection. Kresin struck the ditch and went into the filed. She was not injured.
Ronald Stivers, 45, of Taylorville was southbound on county highway 7 at intersection with county highway 6. He was at the rest at the stop sign, Haley Little , 22, of Stonington was at the rest on county highway 7 behind Stivers. An uninvolved vehicle was traveling east on county highway 6 and turned north on county highway 7. As the uninvolved vehicle turned, Stivers backed up from the intersection to allow more room. Stivers then backed into Little. Stivers was driving a 1996 Peterbilt Tractor and Little was driving a 2004 Lincoln LS.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 22, officers were dispatched by 911 to 427 White Ave. for a juvenile stating someone was trying to harm her. Officers then went to 1301 West Park Ave to investigate the matter further. Subsequent to investigation, Christopher Morgason, 33, of Taylorville was arrested for sale or gift of alcohol to a minor. Christopher Morgason was released from the Taylorville Police Department on a notice to appear.
This year's Chillifest will also feature the 175th anniversary celebration of Taylorville and Christian County. CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says the combination adds a whole new dimension to this year's festivities:
Central Illinois is cleaning up after severe thunderstorms rolled thru the area last night, bringing as much as 3 to 4 inches of rain in less than 2 hours.
Many city and rural roads were flooded immediately after the heavy rain Tuesday night.
Tree limbs, branches and leaves ended up in the street. Illinois Route 29 west of Casey's in Taylorville was blocked for a time by Taylorville Police, as they cleared a large branch that had fallen off of a tree into the roadway.
Listener reports indicate as much as 4 inches fell in less than 2 hours, in the Regional Radio listening area.
There have been no reports of damage or injuries as a result of last night's severe weather, which extended from Ford County in east central Illinois, to Christian County.
Slots for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Little Miss Chilli Pepper pageant on Saturday, October 4th, are full, according to Chamber officials.
But they add there are a few slots available for the Little Mister Chilli Pepper and Junior Miss Chilli Pepper pageants.
Deadline for entries for both pageants is September 4th.
Entry and waiver forms, and pageant rules, are all posted on the event's web site, chillifest.info, that's with 2-L's. They're also available at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U.S. Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square during weekday business hours.
The 2014 edition of Chillifest—which includes a celebration of the 175h anniversary of the City of Taylorville and Christian County—takes place October 4th and 5th on the Taylorville square and also at the Christian County Historical Society grounds.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Kurklan Dickey, 19, of Taylorville was arrested on August 26th on a bond forfeiture warrant for criminal damage to property and consumption of liquor by a minor.
Kalie Catlin, 22, of Mt. Auburn was traveling north bound on 2100 E. Road approximately ½ mile south of County Highway 2 when a deer ran into the roadway. Catlin was unable to stop and hit the deer with her 2013 Chevroley Cruise.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has selected its Member of the Quarter. McMillan Landscaping was chosen. McMillan offers landscaping services including design, construction and maintenance. You can call McMillan Landscaping at 820-5114.
There will be a coffee and donut reception this coming Wednesday morning at 1016 S. Spresser to celebrate the selection, starting at 8am.
The Christian County Sheriff's office reports another deer-car collision. 22 Year old Kalie Catlin of Mt. Auburn was reportedly headed north on 2100 East Road just south of County Highway 2 Tuesday when she says a deer ran into the roadway. Catlin couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting the animal. Her 2013 Chevy Cruise was damaged. Fortunately, no human injuries were reported.
The annual Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show will he held just prior to the parade, Sept. 1, 2014, approximately 9:30 a.m., at the Wallace Bros. Stable (former stockyards) at the intersection of Poplar Street and Cold Springs Road (1 block west of Parkway Apartments and Kitchell Park). In addition to the awards for the Oldest and Youngest Riders, prizes will be awarded in the classes of Pony, Hitch, Western, and Parade/Costume. Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate! The show is for fun! The only requirement for entering is that you have a horse or pony! Following the show, all horses may be ridden in a caravan via Cold Springs Road and Hickory Street to join the parade line-up on East Second Street. For additional information, call 217-562-7202. In case of inclement weather on Labor Day morning, you may call 217-565-2332 to inquire if the show will be held. See you there!
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club learned about the new Illinois gun concealed carry law, at their noon luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
John Garner, a retired master sargent formerly with the Illinois State Police, founded the Illinois Concealed Carry Academy north of Edinburg, and provides concealed carry classes that are required under the new state law.
In remarks to the Kiwanis Club, Garner said that that guns provide what he calls a “constant state of peace”, adding that Illinois law does require those wanting to carry guns in the state to jump thru a lot of hoops.
Garner told the Club that police in Ferguson, Missouri, were wrong in using military tactics to handle the recent unrest there, and said police should have communicated more with protesters, and been more part of the community than they were.
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.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Tonya Fisher, 39, of Taylorville was arrested on August 25th for theft.
Jessica Koonce, 22, of Bulpitt, was arrested on August 25th for driving with a suspended license.
On August 24th, Joseph Newingham called the Christian County Sheriff's Department to report unknown subject(s) removed some scrap metal and the back end of a vehicle from his property. The subject(s) took an old radial arm table saw and the back end of a white 1965 Ford Ranchero off a flatbed trailer parked on the west side of his garage. The incident occurred sometime between August 17th and August 24th.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 24th, a Taylorville Police officer made contact with a make subject that he knew had a valid warrant out of Christian County. The information was ranhru L.E,A.D.S. and verified the warrant. Logan Fleming, 21, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.
On August 22nd at 12:14 pm, a Taylorville police officer was dispatched to Webster Street and Vine in reference to a subject unresponsive in the intersection. The officer arrived on the scene as Sutton's Ambulance drivers were getting the driver out of the vehicle. The ambulance personal checked the subjects vitals and determined the subject, Steven Moore, 49, of Taylorville was medically ok. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Moore. He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and transported to the Taylorville Police Department. The suspect was processed and released without his drivers licence .
On August 24th, a Taylorville Police officer was dispatched to 724 S. Florence Street for a disturbance. Upon arrival, James Turner, 53, of Taylorville was arrested for resisting and obstructing a peace officer.
On August 23rd at 9:20 pm, an officer was dispatched to 1100 East Elm in reference to a domestic disturbance. Subsequent to investigation, Karen Hall, 51, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery.
On August 24th, officers were dispatched to the lobby of the police department for a walk in complaint from Taylor Sparling. She said she was on the west side of the square when Brittany Spencer, 18, of Nokomis, began yelling at her about a Facebook status Sparling had posted. Spencer continued to yell and hit Sparling multiple times. Brittany Spencer was arrested for battery and released on a notice to appear from the Taylorville Ploice Department.
On August 23rd at 3:40 am, officers were dispatched to 902 S. Wyandotte in reference to a hang up . Billy Brown, 33, of Taylorville and Veronica Sroczynski Oak Lawn, Illinois were located at his residence. Both had valid warrants out of Montgomery County. They were transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
Both police and ambulance were called out early last Friday morning on reports of an unresponsive driver who was sitting in the middle of the intersection of Webster and Vine Streets. When cops arrived, Sutton Ambulance drivers were reportedly getting the man out of his car. The officer determined that the man was medically ok but apparently smelled of alcohol. 49 year old Steven Moore of Taylorville was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was processed and released without his drivers license.
Good Police work led to the arrest of a Taylorville man Sunday. According to reports, a Taylorville officer made contact with a man who was known to be wanted on a warrant. After his name was run through LEADS, the warrant was apparently confirmed. 21 year old Logan Fleming was arrested and taken to the Christian County Jail and held there in lieu of bond.
When we think of drug abusers, we may imagine a wasted street person or a wild young partier, but nobody is immune to drug dangers. Caroline Reynolds, who directs the “New Vision” program at Shelby Memorial Hospital, says the elderly can also fall victim:
There will be a meeting of Pana Pride tonight. The organization which is dedicated to the revitalization of the Pana community meets at 6:30pm at the Pana Jr. High School Auditorium. The public is invited.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville will be presenting Richard Conner with the medals his late-father, Charles Conner, received for his service in World War II. In a tragic fire, Richard lost all of the medals his father was awarded and will be receiving replacement medals at a presentation ceremony at 1:45pm on Tuesday, August 26, at the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The medals to be presented include the Air Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Immediately following the medal presentation, Rep. Davis is hosting a Veterans Job and Resource Fair for 13th District veterans, military service members and their families from 2pm – 4pm at the same location. Employers ranging from Growmark, Inc. to Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. and others will be on site to provide attendees with information about job opportunities with their organization.
Pana Police are reporting a hit and run last week. According to reports, Aden R. Reel called Pana cops to report that his car was damaged by an unknown vehicle while he was parked at the Pana Save-A-Lot store on 4th St. Reel's vehicle was reportedly damaged on the driver's side door and rear fender. If you know who is responsible, call the Pana Police Department.
A Pana man was arrested Friday on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle. 54 year old Rocky L. Davis was reportedly found to be driving a vehicle reported missing from Texas after a suspicious person call from the public. Davis was reportedly also charged with driving on a revoked license. He was taken to the Christian County jail where he was held in lieu of bond.
Few details are available concerning the arrest of a Pana man on battery charges. According to reports, 42 year old Michael E. Suter was arrested after an incident that took place on the 400 block of North State St. Suter was released after being given a notice to appear.
The Taylorville Park Board heard an update on the Lake Shore irrigation project from Jeff Boldig, golf course superintendant. According to Boldig the 1st phase of the project, the main line irrigation, is under way and expected to be completed in 30 days or less, weather permitting. Over the next 3 weeks the main line pipe will be installed starting on hole 11 and continuing along holes 15, 10, 6, 5 and 4. After that phase is completed the main line pipe for holes 12, 13 and 14 will be installed, followed by the main pipe for holes 3, 6, 7, 9, 1, 18 and the driving range. Boldig announced that the project is moving along well as is the rebuilding of the bunkers on the front 9 holes. Play is up approximately 3 to 4% for the year. The fall projects include the seed work on the bunkers, bridgework and concrete work. Overall the state of the golf course seems to be pretty positive at this time.
In other reports, Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock announced that the pool closed for the year on August 13th as did the daycamp. On August 14th, the monthly Senior lunch was held and the 13 ducks were released in the pond and all 13 are still present and accounted for. September projects include a car show September 7th from 10 to 4, the Brooklyn Cox Memorial Run will be held September 13th and the Walk for Life which will be held on September 27th.
The board gave permission for the student spirit section, “The Purple Reign”, under the direction of Lee Mateer, the use of 12 picnic tables for each home game. The tables are to be placed on the tennis courts and used to feed the spirit section. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Logan Fleming, 22, of Taylorville was arrested on August 24th for issuance of warrant.
Veronica Spoczynski, 33, of Taylorville was arrested on August 23 on a bond forfeiture warrant for issuance of warrant.
Karen Hall, 51, of Taylorville was arrested on August 23rd for domestic battery.
Ronald Fisher, 20, of Taylorville was arrested on August 22nd for theft.
Kerry Decker, 32, of Taylorville was arrested on August 22nd on a bond forfeiture warrant for isuance of warrant.
Devun Rohdemann, 23, of Taylorville was arrested on August 22nd for theft.
Emily Williams, 20, of Decatur was stopped at a stop sign waiting to cross Route 51. Jason Brummet, 36, of Herrick was traveling south on Route 51. A third vehicle not involved in the accident was turning off Route 51 onto 1300 North Road. Williams pulled out in front of Brummet in her 2012 Mitsubishi Galant, and Brummet hit Williams with his 2011 Chevrolet 1500. Damage to both vehicles and to two tool boxes in the back of Brummet's vehicle were reported.
An excessive heat warning is in effect for most of our listening area until 7pm on Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6pm each day through Tuesday. These values will peak between 103 to 106 degrees in the afternoon hours. Monday is likely to have the highest heat index values during the period.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness. The effects are cumulative the longer the heat persists. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat…check the back seat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
An excessive heat warning means that prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, Call 911. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
The Taylorville High School football team will hold their annual Purple and Gold Scrimmage this evening at the football field. Admission is just a dollar, with the proceeds going directly to the football team.
The evening begins at 6 with the freshmen team taking the field for warm-up's, followed by a scrimmage.
The J-V squad takes the field for warm-ups followed by a scrimmage at about 6:40.
The varsity squad takes the field at about 7:20 followed by their scrimmage, which will be 2 halves of 20 minute running clocks.
You can hear the T-H-S varsity football scrimmage tonight on WTIM starting at 7.
And this important reminder....all Taylorville High School sports broadcasts are now heard at new places on the radio dial since WTIM has moved. The games will now be heard at THE BIG 870 AM and 96-point-3 FM, and also streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.
2 men, including one from Taylorville, were found in a car in Riverside Park on Springfield's north side late Thursday afternoon, both dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards told Regional Radio News that 82-year-old Robert S. Hall of Taylorville, and his brother, 76-year-old Ronald H. Hall of Springfield, were both found slumped over in a car parked in Riverside Park, by a Springfield Park District employee at about 5:30 Thursday afternoon. The employee called Springfield Police, who found both men each with a single gunshot wound.
Edwards said their preliminary investigation points towards a possible double suicide.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Jacob Wafford, 37, of Pana was arrested on August 21st on a bond forfeiture warrant for resisting a peace officer.
On August 21st, Nick Hackney call the sheriff's office in reference to a theft from his residence. He stated unknown subject(s) came upon his property at 2016 South Houston Street and removed an old refrigerator, old clothes dryer and a pile of scrap metal. The theft occurred between 6:00pm on August 20th and 9:30am August 21st.
On August 13th, Bree Beeson, 37 of Pana was traveling east on 1950 North Road and missed a curve and ran into a bean field. She them turned around in the bean field and drove back out to the roadway. Beeson traveled north turning on 1960 North Road. She was traveling south. She came to 1800 North Road and continued south onto the church parking lot. Beeson then hit a pole light causing the 2011 Hyundai Sonato to come to a stop. The pole then fell and landed on a picnic table causing damage.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 21st at approximately 2:39 am an officer spoke with David Denbow in reference to someone knocking on a window of the residence. Brian Durbin, 23, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing. He was released on a notice to appear.
On August 21st at 4:25 am officer's were dispatched to 1301 West Adams Street in reference to a fight in progress. Marshalle Dubay, 34, of Taylorville and Dotty Eppenger, 27, of Taylorville were arrested for battery. Doty was transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Both were released on a notice to appear.
Garent Wilson, 23, of Taylorville was driving east on West Spresser. He stated he became distracted when he saw a semi trailer in the center turn lane. He looked away for a moment and them noticed vehicles stopped in traffic in frot of him. He quickly deployed the brakes, Caleb Reber, 31, of Taylorville was behind Wilson and had to quickly deploy the brakes, but struck the rear of Wilson's 2000 Chevy Silverado bumper and trailer hitch and major front end damage reported to Reber's 2008 Cadillac.
On August 21st, Michelle Ackley, 30, of Taylorville was leaving from the exit of Jensen's parking lot and did not see Rosella Wise, 60, of Owaneco who was headed north on North Webster. Ackley advised she pulled out in front of Wise. Ackley received front end damage and was issued a citation for failing to yield at a private drive. Wise stated she was headed north on North Webster when Ackley pulled out in front of her. Wise had major damage to the passenger side of her 1996 Buick Century and her vehicle was towed fron the scene.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Bennie Beck, 28, of Pana was arrested on August 20th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of cannabis.
On August 16, 2014 Daniel Delaney, 23, of Altamont was traveling southbound on U.S, Highway 51 at approximately 975 North. He went off the roadway hitting a sign then into then went into the median of the highway. He came back on the roadway then into the east ditch. Delaney had damage to the left, front pane and the front wheels of his 2001 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Delaney stated he had fell asleep while driving.
On August 16 at approximately 11:50 pm, Justin Bland, 24, of Taylorville was traveling north bound on 750 East Road. Kaylan Hawkins, 22, of Palmer was traveling west bound on 1250 North Road. At the intersection of 750 East 1250 North Road, Bland failed to slow at the intersection and hit Hawkins with the front, right end of his 1990 Jeep Cherokee. Hawkins 2012 Ford Fusion was hit on the front, left end. Hawkins then went off the roadway to the north west of the intersection into the corn field. Bland went into the ditch on the north west corner of the intersection. His vehicle overturned onto its side in the ditch. Both vehicles received damage and were towed from the scene. All occupants fron both vehicles were taken to area hospitals. Passengers in Bland's vehicle were 19 year old Thomas Bland of Taylorville and 19 year old Chase Crites of Taylorville. Justin Bland was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 20th at 1:47 am, officers were dispatched to 824 Sequoia Court. Upon arrrival, the officer observed a female to have tow valid warrants. The officer contacted the Taylorville Police Department dispatch who verified the wattants were active. Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 20th at 1:47 am, officers were dispatched to 824 Sequoia Court. Upon arrrival, the officer observed a female to have tow valid warrants. The officer contacted the Taylorville Police Department dispatch who verified the wattants were active. Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
On August 19, a juvenile was traveling west on Poplar when his brakes failed. He stated he could not stop his vehicle, andt attempted to signal to the driver, Asan Asani, 55, of Taylorville by waving out of the window. The juvenile continued through the stop intersection, as was struck by Asani on the driver side d
On August 18, Doreen Hilbert, 57, of Taylorville was pulling out of Davis Memorial Parking lot crossing the intersection of Franklin and Othelle heading north on Othelle. Kourtney Kater, 17, of Stonington was traveling west bound on Franklin. Hilbert did not yield to Kater heading west bound on Franklin. Kater hit Hilbert in the rear passenger tside rear wheel of the 2004 Cadillac she was driving, Hilbert ended up facing south on Othelle Street. Kater's received front end damage & remained facing west bound on Franklin Street. Hilbert's 2011 Chevy Aveo was towed from the scene.
The Kincaid Village Board has called a special meeting for Monday night at 7 o'clock at Village Hall.
Items on the agenda include the acceptance of the resignation of village president Doug Thomas, approving payment to Thomas of some eleven-hundred 75-dollars, and appointing a trustee as acting president until next April's election.
The Kincaid board is also scheduled to accept the letter of resignation from police officer Seth Foster, and discuss hiring a new officer for the Christian County community.
It was another successful year for area 4H members at the Illinois State Fair. Peggy Hampton, 4H and Youth Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says several purple ribbons were awarded:
This year's Chamber of Commerce Chillifest will feature more entertainment than usual, mostly because the 175th Anniversary of Taylorville and Christian County will be celebrated as well. Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the chamber, says a much anticipated event that was called off last year will take place this year:
More details are coming out after Pana man was killed by an Illinois State Police SWAT Team late last month. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional radio News the situation unfolded in the early morning hours of July 29th:
The Pana Police Officer who was shot suffered a serious wound to his left arm. The officer, who is the father of two, is still recovering. The man killed was identified as 25 year-old Josh A. Edwards of Pana.
Stacia Tom, 25, of Madison, Illinois was arrested on August 19 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
Ryan Tester, 33, of Taylorville was arrested on August 19 for domestic battery.
Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested on August 15 on a bond forfeiture warrant for issuance of warrant.
On August 15, 2014 at approximately 5:30 am a Christian County Deputy was patrolling the area of Illinois Rt. 48 at 1900 North traveling southeast and observed a northeast bound vehicle parked on the shoulder with the hazard lights on. The deputy stopped in the roadway and asked the driver, Donald Sisk, 43, of Nokomis who was standing outside if he needed assistance. Sisk stated he had hit a deer. The deputy observed front end damage to Sisk 2008 Chevy Silverado, as well as a deceased deer in the opposite ditch. A tow was not required.
At 2:59pm on August 18, Brogan Burney, 17, of Kincaid was west bound on Tower Street and was stopped at the stop sign waiting to turn north onto North Street, when Cody Dorsey, 17, of Kincaid came behind Burney and hit the back of her 2001 Chevy S10.
Giving birth can be a painful process, and many women will opt for an epidural or other methods. Pam Hood, Perinatal Education Coordinator for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon says despite the discomfort, many women still opt for natural childbirth:
Just when you think they've sunk as low as it's possible to go, scamsters come up with a new way to cheat people. According to Public Advocate Mac McGuire, a new scam revolves around the recent death of celebrity Robin Williams:
The Christian County Board heard an extensive report and plea for their blessings on a proposed medical marijuana facility to be located approximately 10 miles west of Taylorville and 8 miles north of Morrisonville. Longtime resident and farmer, Clayton Bloome of Christian County, shared a detailed report including proposed location, blue prints of the facility, security plans and community contributions. The total project has an estimated 6 to 8 million dollar cost and will facilitate the growing, cultivating and distributing of the medical marijuana to the proper distribution centers. Mr. Bloome projected that the facility, when completed would hire approximately 15 to 25 local employees at an annual income of somewhere around $35,000 to $45,000 annually. Security for the facility is said to be extremely extensive with perimeter fencing and video surveillance. There will only be one facility licensed per state police district, meaning there will be 22 allowed in the state of Illinois. District 9 is the district that Christian County falls in and is one of 7 counties in that district. Mr. Bloome expects the competition to be quite heavy to land a facility in District 9.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of new roadway design software from Softree for $3725. The sale of a parcel of land, approximately 50'x75', located behind the Highway Department yard to an adjoining property owner. The parcel is part of the old Butler Binion Railroad property. The Highway Department will trim some of the trees on the Courthouse lawn. Some, like the tree near the Lincoln Statue is to large for the Highway Department to remove and will require the county to get quotes or bids on the trees that cannot be handled by the Highway Department.
The board agreed to withdraw the poker run and raffle ordinance upon recommendation of the Executive, Personnel and Liquor Committee. It was determined that the time and effort involved in the paperwork was more extensive than the $25 fee that was allowed to be collected. It was also agreed to adopt a resolution allowing the enactment of a fee of $10 to support Christian County Special Courts.
CAPTION TO PIX: The Taylorville Kiwanis Club hosted Taylorville native and US Congressman Rodney Davis, at their noon luncheon Tuesday. From the left: Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton, the newest member of the club; John McClure, who sponsored Brotherton's membership; Congressman Davis; and Kiwanis president Chris Weittenhiller.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from Taylorville native and U-S Congressman Rodney Davis, as their program speaker at the weekly lunch meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Davis spoke to Kiwanis members about his upbringing in Taylorville.
Davis said he was pleased to help pass the farm bill as well as a bill to modernize locks and dams to assist in shipping grain to domestic ports and overseas.
The Taylorville Congressman also told the Kiwanis Club that government in Washington is dysfunctional, and in a question and answer session following his remarks, he told the group he was hopeful that the United States Senate will have a Republican majority as a result of the upcoming November elections.
Davis represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District and is also up for re-election in November.
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.
Regional Radio News has learned that Steve and Laurie Henry, owners of H&R Block franchises in Taylorville, Nokomis, Pana and Shelbyville, have sold their Pana and Shelbyville offices to Ronny Pearce of Taylorville.
Pearce was formerly employed by the Henry's, and owns H&R Block offices in Sullivan, Mattoon and Charleston.
The transaction is expected to close in November. The Henry's will continue to operate H&R Block offices in Taylorville and Nokomis. Steve Henry is also the owner of C-S-H Investment Management in Taylorville.
With school back in session this week, student athletics are underway with football at the top of the agenda. At the same time, we are becoming more and more aware of the problems that can be caused by concussion. Melissa Rybolt of Pana Community Hospital tells Regional Radio News that they have a program in place intended to help address the problem:
Taylorville students shouldn't expect to miss school or be dismissed early this year because of the hot weather. Superintendent Dr. Greg Fursteneau tells Regional Radio News the school buildings are now air conditioned:
Cardinals begin series with the Reds tonight at 6:40pm on 96.3 WTIM.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals hung on to down the San Diego Padres, 7-6, in the finale of a four-game series.
The Padres certainly made things interesting until the final out, as they worked three walks against Trevor Rosenthal to load the bases in the ninth.
Rosenthal was pulled for Seth Maness with one away, and Abraham Almonte greeted him with a two-run single to center to pull San Diego within 7-6.
Matt Adams saved the tying run from scoring with a diving stop of Seth Smith's ground ball to first base. Adams dove to his right and got just enough of the ball to stop it from going into the outfield, and second baseman Kolten Wong gathered it and threw Smith out at first.
With the go-ahead run now at second, Maness got Yasmani Grandal to fly out to left to secure his second save.
Adam Wainwright (15-8) became the majors' second 15-game winner by tossing seven solid innings. He retired the first 11 batters he faced but wound up allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits.
Jake Goebbert went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Padres, who dropped three of four in the series after winning five in a row coming in.
Goebbert tripled into the right-field corner in the sixth to knock in Jedd Gyorko and scored when Wong's throw to third went into the seats along the third-base side.
The play pulled San Diego within a run after trailing 5-0, but the Cardinals got the two runs back in the bottom half thanks to Carpenter, whose double into the right-field gap proved to be the game-winner as both Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz came around to score.
Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4) did not make it past the fourth inning for San Diego, having surrendered five runs on six hits.
The Cardinals batted around against the rookie hurler in a four-run first frame. Jon Jay stepped up with the bases loaded and drove one through the left side to bring in a pair, and Bourjos and Cruz each singled in a run with two away.
Carpenter got just enough of a Despaigne offering to send it over the wall in right-center leading off the second, and it stayed 5-0 until the Padres' bats woke up in the fifth.
Alexi Amarista drove in Goebbert with a single to center, and Will Venable scored when Yangervis Solarte's comebacker caromed off Wainwright's foot.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 10-5, to sweep a doubleheader on Sunday.
Cuddyer, who was reinstated off the disabled list after missing his last 60 games with a left shoulder fracture, became the seventh Colorado player to hit for the cycle and the first since Carlos Gonzalez on July 31, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.
Cuddyer drove in three and scored three runs, Corey Dickerson had two hits, three RBI and two runs scored and Josh Rutledge posted three hits and a pair of runs scored for the Rockies, who have won three of their last four games.
The Rockies trailed 5-2 before plating three in the seventh and five more in the eighth to go ahead.
Drew Stubbs hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the first of this doubleheader after Colorado had been down 9-5 entering the ninth.
Adam Ottavino (1-4) tossed a scoreless eighth to notch the win.
Ryan Ludwick scacked a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which has dropped seven of its last nine games. Carlos Contreras (0-1) allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 1 1/3 innings to garner the loss.
Charlie Blackmon walked and Rutledge singled to begin the seventh before Dickerson's base hit brought home Blackmon.Cuddyer singled to load the bases. Nolan Arenado then bounced one to third, which allowed Rutledge to score as Ramon Santiago stepped on the base for a force out, and Cuddyer came across when Satiago's throw to first got away to tie it.
With the bases loaded and two away in the eighth, Dickerson reached out and slapped a double to right-center to push across a pair. Cuddyer lined a double down the left-field line to bring home two more and Stubbs hit an RBI single later in the frame to give Colorado a 10-5 advantage.
The Reds opened the scoring in the first on Jay Bruce's RBI groundout, but Colorado got the run back in the fifth on a Brandon Barnes leadoff homer.
Cincinnati went back ahead with three runs in the sixth. Ludwick cracked his two-run shot to left-center and Brayan Pena later added an RBI double to give the Reds a 4-1 lead.
Cuddyer's leadoff blast in the home half made it 4-2, but Cincy got another run in the seventh via a Santiago sacrifice fly.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Conor Gillaspie's grand slam powered the Chicago Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday.
Jordan Danks hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI, while Alejandro De Aza had two hits and a run scored for the Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox, who have won five of their last six games against the Blue Jays.
Scott Carroll (5-7) earned the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings.
Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Edwin Encarnacion stroked a two-run shot for Toronto, which has dropped five of its last six.
Starter Drew Hutchison (8-11) allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks over seven frames in defeat.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first. Reyes led off the frame with a double to right and moved to third on Melky Cabrera's sacrifice bunt.
Jose Bautista's grounder was fielded by first baseman Jose Abreu, whose throw home reached catcher Adrian Nieto in time. Reyes jumped over Nieto and was tagged out after failing to touch the plate. After an umpire's review, the out call was overturned with the ruling being that Nieto blocked the plate.
In the home half, De Aza hit a leadoff single and Adam Dunn and Avisail Garcia both worked two-out walks to load the bases. Gillaspie then crushed a fastball over the wall in right center field for a grand slam.
Gordon Beckham kept the rally going with a single to left and Danks homered to left-center field made it a 6-1 game.
Josh Thole's walk led off the fifth for Toronto ,and Reyes and Cabrera both singled to load the bases with no outs. Thole scored when Bautista grounded into a double play and Encarnacion followed with a two-run blast to left, getting the Blue Jays within two runs.
Colby Rasmus opened the sixth with a single to left and Juan Francisco doubled to right. Dioner Navarro then greeted Daniel Webb with an RBI single to right, making it a 6-5 ball game.
Danks' sac fly to deep left plated Gillaspie for a 7-5 score in the home half.
Zach Putnam tossed a scoreless eighth for Chicago and Jake Petricka worked around a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to secure his ninth save of the season.
Pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold grounded out to second to end the game.
Those expecting a blessed event should look into an educational series being offered by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System. Perinatal Education Coordinator Pam Hood tells regional Radio News about the “Oh Baby!” program:
The next 5 week session begins Wednesday and continues through September 17th. The next session after that begins September 7th. The hospital also provides a one-day “Oh Baby! Extreme” session. Call Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center at (217) 258-BABY, that's 258-2229.
Memorial SportsCare will hold its 7th annual women’s biathlon on Sunday, September 21st, at 9 a.m. at 4550 W. Iles Avenue in Springfield. The biathlon is a noncompetitive event that features a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. Registration is limited to the first 500 women who sign up. Women can register online at active.com and type “Memorial SportsCare Women’s Biathlon” in the search box. If you are participating in the relay, you and your partner must register separately.
School is back in session now, and local districts are still struggling to deal with diminished funding from the State of Illinois. State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill is hoping the Illinois House of Representatives takes up his school funding reform bill, which he has already pushed through the Senate:
Senator Manar says school funding reform is overdue in Illinois. The Senator will be in Taylorville this Wednesday at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center for the annual Senior Fair.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Brandon White, 25, of Taylorville was arrested on August 17, 2014 for criminal damage to state property.
Alannah Wilderman, 23, of Pana was arrested on August 15, 2014 on a bond forfeiture for obstructing an officer.
Lori K. Kobe, 45, of Taylorville was arrested on August 15, 2014 for domestic battery.
Cole Y. Shoraga, 22, of Taylorville was arrested on August 15, 2014 for driving while on a suspended license.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS/CRASH:
On August 14 at 7:45pm, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of M&M Auto Mart for a large fight. When the Taylorville Police Department Officers arrived, they located a large group of people yelling in the parking lot behind M&M Auto Mart. After an investigation, Anthony D. Benavides, 18, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery, aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Benavides was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.
A Taylorville Police Department Officer was dispatched to the 700 block of West Vandeveer Street in regards to a domestic. The Taylorville Police Department Officer arrived and made contact with a male and female subject. After investigating the incident, Lori K. Kobe, 45, of Taylorville was arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.
On August 15 at 6:23pm, Walmart Loss Prevention advised they observed two females attempting to leave the store without paying for several items, which included clothes and alcohol (value:$1,174.05). Walmart Loss Prevention advised he stopped the females inside the vestibule just before the main exit. A person from Loss Prevention advised they followed one of them until she crossed Route 29. The female, Brittany R. Hull, 20, of Springfield was located at Landmark Automotive and transported back to the Taylorville Police Department by a Taylorville Police Department Officer. Hull was processed and released on a Notice To Appear of September 15, 2014 at 10am, per States Attorney. Photos of the stolen items and the sales receipt were placed into evidence. The Taylorville Police Department Officers were unable to locate the second female.
On August 16, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West Franklin for a possibly intoxicated male. Upon further investigation, Levi T. Simpson, 19, of Springfield was arrested for Possession of Cannabis<2.5 grams.
On August 17 at 7 pm, Taylorville Memorial Hospital called and advised a male patient just left the E.R. and while in the parking lot of the hospital, he broke a taillight out of a silver Hyundai car. The Taylorville Memorial Hospital guard witnessed the male kick out the taillight. The security guard advised he attempted to stop the male, but the male left heading south towards East Park Street. The male was identified as Brandon N. White, 25, of Taylorville. White was located at the corner of Market and Cherokee by a Taylorville Police Department Officer and was transported back to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. During the arrest, White dented the hood of the Taylorville Police Department Officer's squad car. The owner of the damaged vehicle was advised of the damage. On August 17 at 9:16pm, White was released from the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. White was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department, where he was processed and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.
On August 16 at 11:12pm, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to The Loading Zone referencing an altercation that was about to become physical. Michael Y. Mason, 29, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.
On August 17 at 2:26am, Taylorville Police Department Officers responded to a one vehicle roll over accident at 1091 Taylorville Road. When the Taylorville Police Department Officers arrived, there was no one around the vehicle. It appeared that Michael L. McCallister, 46, of Taylorville drove off the road, hit a mailbox and culvert, and turned over onto the driver's side. McCallister was towed from the scene. McCallister traveled approximately 117 feet in the ditch and struck the mailbox and driveway culvert and then traveled approximately 75 feet, rolling at least one time and coming to rest on the driver's side partially in the roadway. At 8:04am, McCallister came to the Taylorville Police Department to report his accident. McCallister stated he came off of Briarcliff road and spun the tires on the wet pavement, causing him to go into the ditch and hitting the mailbox and culvert and rolling the vehicle at least one time. McCallister was asked why he didn't report the accident when it happened and McCallister said he didn't know what to do, so he walked to his daughter's residence. McCallister was issued citations for Failure to Reduce Speed to avoid and accident and failure to give information after striking property. No injuries were reported.
The deadline for entrants for the 2 contests during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest October 4th, is quickly approaching.
Deadline to enter the Little Miss, Little Mister and Junior Miss pageants, is September 4th.
There is a limit of 15 for each of the 3 contests. So far, there are eleven Little Miss contestants, 2 Little Mister contestants and 3 Junior Miss contestants.
Official rules, entry and waiver forms for all 3 contests, are available at the Chillifest web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's with 2-L's. Forms are also available at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square.
At Monday night's Chillifest Committee meeting, Chamber C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News that the entertainment lineup will feature 2 stages this year.
A lot of business was transacted at the one hour and 20 minute meeting of the Taylorville City Council Monday night.
The Council OK'd an agreement to have all city assets appraised for accounting control and insurance valuation, with the appraisal costing some eleven-thousand 500-dollars; they OK'd a debt collection agreement with Credit Collection Partners to help the city collect some 100-thousand dollars in past due fines and fees; and upon recommendation of the City's Planning and Zoning Commission, aldermen re-zoned property at the northwest corner of Lincoln Trail and Illinois Route 48, owned by the Sinha (sin-hah) family from Residential-2 to Commercial-2.
The Council Monday night approved an ordinance annexing 6 different properties into the city limits so they can be offered city water, and OK'd the city's demolition of a property at 717 East Vine after getting consent from the landowner, Theola Brackett of Springfield.
The Taylorville City Council Monday night passed a number of motions that came out of various committees. Aldermen OK'd a motion allowing waterfowl hunting on Lake Taylorville for the 2014-15 season with the same rules as last year, and bow-only deer hunting on the lake for the 2014 season. Exempted dates were October Eleventh thru the 13th due to Youth Hunting on the north end of the lake. They also voted to advertise to hire an office leven one position in the treasurer's office, an office level 3 position in the police department and allow the replacement to begin work 30 days prior to the retirement date of the existing employee, and OK'd advertising for a deputy treasurer if needed.
Taylorville aldermen Monday night acted on a number of committee motions. Council members OK'd a 4-point-2 percent wage increase over 2 years for the police department following completion of negotiations with their union; they OK'd allow the police department to begin phase one in plans for a new firing range; voted to approve repairs to a water department tractor totaling some 75-hundred dollars and repaired a dump truck totaling over 52-hundred dollars. Aldermen OK'd a nearly one-thousand dollar yearly fee for a service agreement for a fuel terminal at Taylorville Airport; voted to instruct city attorney Rocci Romano to terminate an existing lake property lease with Rick and Lisa Champley, with a new 2-year lease agreement to be offered; and approved the leasing of 4 parcels of farmland around Lake Taylorville for the next 3 crop years.
Alderman also OK'd the closing of the 100 block of West Franklin Street on August 23rd for the Veterans Motorcycle Rally sponsored by the Taylorville American Legion.
Dustin Clark, whose building on the Taylorville square collapsed in late July, reported to the Taylorville City Council during their meeting Monday night, that his insurance company has authorized him to begin the re-building process of replacing the front of the 2 storefronts. He told aldermen that the clean-up and shoring has begun.
Clark added tin will be removed off the front in the near future to install a new support beam.
Clark added he was hiring his own structural engineer, plus the insurance company was hiring their own structural engineer, to make sure the work is being done properly.
Council members pressed Clark for something in writing from the insurance company's structural engineer, saying that the building was structurally sound, so that barricades around the northeast corner of the square could be tightened up to just surround the work area where Clark's crew would be working. Clark said he would work with his insurance company to provide the city with that paperwork.
The building housed a To the Moon Tattoos and Bolinda's Shoe Store. Bolinda's has since moved to the former Doc's Maytag building on the north side of the square.
On Monday, August 18th at 11am, there will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting for a Twice the Ice in Pana. Ryan Elledge, owner of Pana Twice the Ice, says it makes ice on location, and it’s located at 101 E. Washington in Pana.
Governor Quinn has announced that Illinois’ Unemployment rate has dropped to a near six-year low. The unemployment rate for Illinois now sits at 6.8 percent as of July, compared to 7.1 percent in June. Governor Quinn also announced that 11-thousand private sector jobs have been added in Illinois, and states that “Illinois’ comeback is going strong and we’ve got more work to do.” Governor Quinn wants to push a new tax cut for businesses that help provide job training. This new tax cut will lower the cost to train workers, so it may help businesses create new jobs and will ensure workers have the skills necessary to drive a 21st century economy.
With school back in session soon, parents should be aware of a program for kids with type 1 diabetes. Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says moms and dads already have a lot to worry about when it comes to sending their kids off to school:
Taylorville and Christian County are celebrating 175 years this year. The celebration will take place at the Pence Building at the Christian County Historical Society on October 4th and 5th. This celebration is about the history of Christian County and its townships. The Historical Society is located near routes 29 and 48 on Morrison Drive in Taylorville. For more information, contact the Christian County Historical Society at 824-6922.
Rod Kelsay, secretary of the Illinois Cooperative Council, awarded Larry Kraft, immediate past board chairman of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield, with the 2014 Illinois Cooperative Council’s Outstanding Cooperative Director award. Kraft has been an outstanding leader within the electric cooperatives. Kraft was praised by Kelsay for going out of his way to help others, and for being greatly respected by his peers. For more information on AIEC, call 529-5561 or visit their website at aiec.coop
Cardinals continue series with Padres tonight at 5:40pm on 96.3 WTIM.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the San Diego Padres, 4-2, in the second contest of a four-game series.
Lynn (13-8) surrendered six hits, a run, walked one and had six strikeouts.
Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta each had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who posted their third straight win. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras had a run-scoring single.
Will Venable doubled in San Diego's first run in the fifth inning and pinch- hitter Yasmani Grandal hit a two-out homer off Pat Neshek in the ninth.
Tyson Ross (11-11) loaded the bases on walks in the first inning and ended up yielding five hits and three runs over six frames to suffer his first loss since July 13 at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander had been 4-0 over a five- start span.
The Padres have lost back-to-back contests since a five-game winning streak.
Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday all walked to start the first. Adams then lined a hit to center. Peralta plated Wong with a grounder that produced an out at second.
Wong singled in Jon Jay in the fourth before Venable's double to right-center scored Jace Peterson in the fifth. The Padres failed to add on, though, as Tommy Medica struck out and Seth Smith popped out to leave two runners in scoring position.
Taveras singled in Jay in the eighth, and Neshek, after giving up Grandal's blast to center, surrendered a double to Chris Nelson. Venable struck out swinging to end the game and give Neshek his fourth save.
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to help lift the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the first match of a four-game set at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler (8-8) tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for New York, scattering four hits and conceding only two runs. The right-hander tied his season high for strikeouts with 10 and improved his record to 5-0 in his last nine starts.
"I've been able to keep my walks down," Wheeler said of his success as of late. "Tonight was a little hiccup. I've been able to go after guys, repeating everything and feeling more comfortable each time out."
Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth inning en route to his 18th save of the season as the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak.
Travis Wood (7-10) struck out five over 5 1/3 innings, but was tagged with the loss for surrendering the homer to Campbell. Wood is winless (0-5) in his last 11 starts.
"We were both limited as far as offense and runs on both sides," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "I thought both sides kept everyone in check. We just fell a little short."
Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro drove in Chicago's two runs as the Cubs lost for just the second time in their last seven meetings with the Mets.
The Cubs put runners on first and second to start the second inning, but couldn't pick up a run in the frame. After Castro and Welington Castillo hit back-to-back singles, Wheeler recovered, striking out Arismendy Alcantara, Ryan Sweeney and Chris Valaika to end the inning.
Chicago took advantage of its chance in the third, scoring two runs. Wood drew a walk and Javier Baez singled. With runners on second and third and one away, Rizzo's groundout plated Wood to open the scoring. Castro then hit a grounder up the middle for an RBI single, scoring Baez. Wheeler hit Castillo with a fastball, but Alcantara popped out for the third out.
The Mets took the lead with three runs in the fourth. Wood walked the first two batters, David Wright and Lucas Duda, before getting Travis d'Arnaud to pop out in the infield. Campbell stepped to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in left-center field to clear the bases.
Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and Mejia combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Mets. They struck out four batters and didn't allow a hit.
The Cubs and the Mets each finished with four hits. Chicago was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while New York was 1-for-4 ... Castro finished with two singles, extending his hitting streak to 14 games ... Wright had his hitting streak end at 13 games. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored ... Wood lost for the first time in six career meetings with the Mets. He hasn't won since beating the Phillies on June 15 ... Mejia has at least one strikeout in his last 10 outings.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Abreu finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three more batted in as the Chicago Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox used two five-run innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-5, in the first test of a three- game set.
Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo drove in two runs each for the Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox, who won for just the third time in their last nine attempts. Alexei Ramirez crossed the plate three times and Conor Gillaspie added an RBI double.
Hector Noesi (7-8) gave up five runs in five innings, but was backed by plenty of run support on his way to the victory.
Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have dropped their seventh straight road game for the second time this season. Jose Reyes picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly and Adam Lind had an RBI single.
Toronto's Marcus Stroman (7-4) gave up five runs while recording only two outs before being removed in the first inning. The rookie surrendered five hits in the Blue Jays' 10th loss in 13 August games.
Edwin Encarnacion finished 0-for-4 with one strikeout in his first game back with the Jays since straining his right quadriceps muscle against Oakland on July 5.
The Blue Jays wasted no time getting on the board. Reyes hit a lead-off single, followed by a Cabrera pop out in foul territory. Jose Bautista walked to put runners on first and second, but Encarnacion struck out. Lind lofted one into shallow left-center field that dropped for a single and scored Reyes, putting the Blue Jays up 1-0 in the first.
"In the first inning, they get that one run and then he settles down Somewhat," Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Noesi. "We did a good job of minimizing the damage tonight."
The Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox responded with five runs in their half of the first. Alejandro De Aza opened the inning with a double and Ramirez took first after getting hit in the hand by a fastball. The runners moved up on a balk by Stroman, then Abreu singled on a line drive to right field, scoring De Aza and sending Ramirez to third. Dunn grounded out, but Ramirez scored on the play. Viciedo grounded one down the right-field line to plate Abreu and Gillaspie's line- drive double to right pushed Viciedo across for the fourth run.
Stroman struck out Tyler Flowers for the second out of the inning, but gave up a single to Jordan Danks before being replaced by Chad Jenkins, who got Gordon Beckham to ground out to end the inning.
Toronto pulled within one in the second. A double by Colby Rasmus and a single by Munenori Kawasaki put runners on the corners before Reyes hit a fly ball to center, deep enough to score Rasmus. Cabrera smacked one over the wall in right field to make the score 5-4.
"They take that 5-1 lead, then we strike back," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "We were right there until the fifth and then they open it right back up."
Chicago stretched the lead to two. Ramirez singled and Dunn moved him to third with a single of his own. Viciedo hit a soft fly ball to right that scored Ramirez. Gillaspie followed with a ground ball to left, loading the bases, but Flowers struck out on a foul tip to end the third.
The Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox exploded for another five run inning in the fifth. Six consecutive singles to start the frame scored four runs. Todd Redmond, who stayed on the mound after getting the final two outs of the fourth, threw a wild pitch allowing Abreu to score. Viciedo walked and Redmond was removed before being able to get an out in the inning. Dustin McGowan took over and retired the next three batters.
Lind and Dioner Navarro hit back-to-back singles in the sixth and Rasmus walked to load the bases for Toronto. Valencia grounded into a double play, but Lind scored to make it 11-5.
On August 11th at approximately 8:45 am, a complaintant in Pana reported that sometime between 11am on August 8th and 9am on August 10th someone used a BB/Pellet gun to cause damage to a stained glass window on the east side of the Pana Christian Church located at 1005 E. 6th. The case is currently under investigation. Any information, please contact Crime Stoppers or Pana Police Department.
With only about six weeks left in its season, the Taylorville Main Street Farmers Market is now in peak time for produce availability. Market Manager Ed Downs tells Regional Radio News it doesn't get any better than this:
The Market, which runs through the end of October, is open every Saturday from 9am to 12:30 on the east side of the Taylorville Square. In addition to all knids of produce, the Market offers fresh baked goods and arts and craft items.
The 3rd annual Race to Remember is being held on August 23rd at Fox Ridge in Charleston. The race will start at 7:30 in the morning. Theresa Gowin, owner of Gowin Parc, says that the run is meant to be a family event, and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lake Land College has just proudly announced that Jacqueline Joines, Brocton, is now the executive director for college advancement at Lake Land College. Joines will look over alumni services, foundation operations and grant development. Joines was previously the director of development at Eastern Illinois University for the past 16 years. For more information about Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu.
Cards continue series with Padres tonight at 6:40pm on 96.3 WTIM.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Jay's pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning helped give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres to begin a four-game series.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run home run for the Cardinals, who have won their past two games.
John Lackey pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Seth Maness (4-2) nabbed the win for tossing a 1-2-3 eighth.
Jedd Gyorko and Rymer Liriano each drove in a run for the Padres, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Eric Stults had a strong start, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout over seven innings. Alex Torres (1-1) didn't get an out in the eighth, however, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
With the game tied at 2-2, Tony Cruz singled to start the Cardinals' half of the eighth and Daniel Descalso followed with a walk. Matt Carpenter then singled to load the bases and the Padres brought in Nick Vincent to relieve Torres.
With the infield and outfield playing short, Jay lofted a pitch over the head of center fielder Will Venable for a double and a 4-2 lead.
"As a pinch-hitter you have to be ready to go," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Jay. "He was ready."
Vincent didn't allow another run to keep the Padres in striking distance.
With Trevor Rosenthal on the mound to close the game for St. Louis, Yasmani Grandal singled to lead off the ninth. Alexi Amarista later hit a one-out single and Chris Nelson walked to load the bases.
Jake Goebbert then hit a single to right and Grandal easily scored. Amarista rounded third in an attempt to tie the game, but Shane Robinson made a strong throw to home and A.J. Pierzynski made the tag on Amarista.
The play was reviewed to see if Pierzynski did tag Amarista, who tried to slide around the tag and wound up tapping home plate before home plate umpire Bob Davidson called him out. The call was upheld.
"These plays come from New York so there was no explanation given to me," Padres manager Bud Black said of the play at the plate. "When that play occurred, you saw two major-league players react to a play that a tag was missed."
Venable then drew a four-pitch walk, but Rosenthal struck out Tommy Medica to pick up his 36th save of the season.
Peralta's two-run homer in the second gave the Cardinals the lead, but the Padres tied the game in the sixth on a run-scoring fielder's choice from Gyorko and RBI single by Liriano.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and Mike Fiers tossed six dominant innings as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 6-2, in the finale of a four-game set on Thursday.
Fiers (2-1) struck out a career-high 14 batters and allowed just three hits, a walk and no runs to win his second straight start. His 14 K's are the most ever thrown by a Brewer in a road game and second-most in franchise history. Ben Sheets fanned 18 batters for the Brewers in 2004.
"Just getting the win is awesome after losing the last two," said Fiers. "Personally, it was a great outing, a lot of strikeouts."
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds both homered for Milwaukee, which halted a two- game skid.
Chris Valaika hit a two-run single and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who struck out a combined 16 times.
Edwin Jackson (6-13) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 frames.
"I never felt like I got in a rhythm," said Jackson. "Either I was too low or too high."
The Brewers opened the scoring early. Jonathan Lucroy and Davis both worked two-out walks in the first and Gennett knocked them in with a double off the right-field wall.
Davis tacked on a run for Milwaukee with a solo shot to left with two outs in the third for a 3-0 score.
Lyle Overbay singled to right with one out in the fourth and hustled home after Elian Herrera tripled off the bag at first and Justin Ruggiano misplayed the ball in right. Two batters later, Carlos Gomez's liner to left plated Herrera for a 5-0 lead.
Chicago pushed across two runs in the seventh. Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out single off Zach Duke and moved to third after Welington Castillo reached as Herrera's throw sailed past first and into the seats. Valaika's grounder trickled past a diving Herrera into left field, plating both runners for a 5-2 game.
In the eighth, Reynolds crushed a changeup into the left-field seats for his 21st homer of the season to account for the final score.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Kane E. Passini, 19, of Kincaid was arrested on August 14, 2014 for 720 ILCS 600.0/3.5-A
Bobby Boehme, 30, of Rantoul was arrested on August 14, 2014 for parole violation.
Anthony D. Benavides, 18, of Decatur was arrested on August 14, 2014 for domestic battery.
Levi Simpson, 19, of Taylorville was arrested on August 14, 2014 for possession of liquor by a minor.
Vernon L. Roberson, 52, of Decatur was arrested on August 14, 2014 on a bond forfeiture for driving while under the influence.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:
On August 12 at 6:58pm, Taylorville Police Department Officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Bidwell and Pawnee streets. Taylorville Police Department Officers knew 26-year-old Dontrell D. Franks of Taylorville was a passenger in the vehicle. Franks had a valid Christian County Warrant. Taylorville Police Department Officers arrested Franks and secured him in the patrol vehicle. The Taylorville Police Department Officers then made contact with the driver, Michelle S. Dixon, 20, of Springfield. Dixon didn't have a valid driver's license. Dixon was arrested for driving without a valid driver's license. Dixon was transported to the Taylorville Police Department and released with a notice to appear. Franks was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.
A 14-year-old is now in custody for throwing railroad spikes from a railroad overpass onto the northbound lanes of I-55. The spikes caused damage to 5 vehicles. A responding Illinois State Police Trooper observed the juvenile. When the juvenile saw the Trooper, he fled on foot. The Trooper chased the juvenile to the juvenile’s residence before the Trooper was able to put the juvenile into custody. The charges against the 14-year-old are: criminal damage to property, vehicular endangerment, and depositing injurious materials on a roadway.
School starts for Taylorville students Friday. Morning and afternoon commuters will notice increased bus traffic and plenty of kids walking to and from school. The superintendent of Taylorville schools, Dr. Greg Fursteneau, reminds drivers to be extra careful:
While some people have accused the hot-headed Stewart of hitting the driver intentionally, Sargent says he is convinced it was just a tragic accident. Macon Speedway hosted “Taylorville Night” last Saturday.
Bolinda’s Shoe Store has recently moved to a new location due to the collapse of the tattoo parlor on the Taylorville Square. The new location is right next to the Taylorville Cinema on the north side of the Taylorville Square at 115 West Main Cross.
Cards begin series with Padres tonight at 6:40pm on 96.3 WTIM
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Carpenter had three hits and scored twice and Justin Masterson pitched a gem as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Marlins on Wednesday, 5-2, to avoid getting swept in Miami for the first time since 1995.
Masterson (2-1) was dominant in his third start for the Cards since coming over in a trade from the Indians. The veteran righty allowed just three hits over seven efficient innings.
Masterson had allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in eight innings over his first two starts with his new club.
Matt Adams drove in a pair of runs and Masterson had his first career RBI for the Cards, who salvaged the third and final game of this series. The Marlins haven't swept the Cardinals at home since July 28-30, 1995.
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi (6-7) took the loss after surrendering all four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over six innings of work.
Jon Jay led off the visiting third with a single to left and moved to third on Carpenter's base hit two batters later. Kolten Wong struck out for the second out of the inning but Matt Holliday drew a walk to load the bases for Adams, who bounced a two-run single to right.
Carpenter scored the third Cardinals run on an error in the fifth inning and Masterson helped himself in the sixth, delivering an RBI single to shallow right field with two outs. Oscar Taveras reached base earlier in the inning on Jordany Valdespin's error and scored when Masterson chopped one in between first and second base and into right field.
Sam Dyson walked Daniel Descalso with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it 5-0.
Jeff Baker's sixth-career pinch-hit home run against Kevin Siegrist in the bottom of the ninth made it 5-2, but Trevor Rosenthal came on and recorded the final out to end the game.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to- back home runs in the third inning and a Cubs rookie downed the Brewers for the second straight night as Chicago pulled out a 4-2 victory on Wednesday.
A day after Kyle Hendricks helped pitch the Cubs to a shutout win, Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1) held Milwaukee scoreless into the seventh before consecutive home runs by Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado ended his night.
"Kyle and Wada have really stepped up and it's been nice," Rizzo said.
Wada only allowed three other hits and was backed by three hits apiece from Chris Coghlan and Starlin Castro, who also drove in a run.
Kyle Lohse (11-7) gave up all four runs on seven hits to take the loss, the third in four games for the NL Central leaders.
Lohse suffered an ankle injury during his at-bat in the top of the inning but stayed in the game and served up long balls to Baez and Rizzo.
"It didn't feel right...and I tweaked it checking a swing," Lohse said. "I couldn't push off the way I wanted to."
The blasts made it 4-0 after the Cubs had scored twice in the first courtesy of Rizzo's sacrifice fly and Castro's RBI single.
Lohse did not come back out for the fourth, and Marco Estrada threw four scoreless innings to keep the Brewers within striking distance.
Weeks and Maldonado made things interesting, but Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez and Hector Rondon combined to keep Milwaukee off the board the rest of the way. Rondon picked up his 16th save with a perfect ninth.
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Peavy finally got another win after the longest drought of his career.
It took an assist from one of Major League Baseball's newest and most controversial rules.
MLB's experimental rule aimed at cutting down on home plate collisions helped Peavy and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox in the same stadium where one of those collisions three years ago sparked debate over the need for such guidelines.
The Giants scored seven runs after an out call at home plate was overturned in the seventh inning and beat the Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox, 7-1, on Wednesday in the finale of a two-game series.
The Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox had a 1-0 lead in the seventh before Joe Panik hit a broken-bat grounder to first baseman Jose Abreu, who threw home to get Gregor Blanco for what appeared to be the inning's second out.
Blanco slid to the back side of the plate to avoid catcher Tyler Flowers, who tagged him. But Flowers was straddling the plate before the ball arrived -- a no-no under the new rule -- and the call was overturned by the MLB replay operations center in New York, tying the game.
"Definitely he was blocking the plate," Blanco said.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura was irate and earned an immediate ejection for coming out of the dugout to argue. Ventura's protest turned old-school when he kicked dirt over the plate.
"We made the play and the guy was out," said Ventura. "They don't take into consideration the guy was out by a long shot, so I obviously don't agree with it."
It sparked a seven-run rally for the Giants, who bounced back from a loss in the series opener to avoid what would have been their third six-game slide of the season.
Peavy (1-3) gave up four hits in seven innings, including a long solo homer to Adam Dunn. He struck out three and walked three in his first win in 19 starts since he beat Toronto on April 25. He had been winless in three starts with the Giants since they acquired him from the Red Sox last month.
Jose Quintana (6-9) was lifted with two outs in the seventh and took the loss, his second in a row. He was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks and struck out seven.
Debate over the possible need for a home plate collision rule spiked in 2011 after Giants catcher Buster Posey, then the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle at AT&T Park, ending his season.
In Tuesday's series opener against the Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox, Posey was deemed to have been standing out of the way in accordance with the new rule when he tagged Jordan Danks out in the 10th inning. The Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox, after MLB confirmed the call, won the game anyway a batter later.
Baseball's collision rule, No. 7.13 in the books, is sometimes called the "Posey Rule" because of the 2011 play.
"I know this rule has created a lot of controversy and they're talking about maybe tweaking it in the offseason, but it's the rule," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. "You can't block the plate."
"It is what it is and we'll take it," Bochy said. "It's a good win. We needed it."
Two key double plays allowed Peavy to face just one batter over the minimum in the first three innings, but Dunn homered for the second time in the series in the fourth inning, driving a fastball into San Francisco Bay to give the White Sox the lead.
Quintana mostly coasted into the seventh inning, pitching out of a jam in the second with two runners on and working around Posey's leadoff triple in the fourth. Peavy escaped out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez's inning-ending pop up.
In the seventh, Angel Pagan added a two-run single and Hunter Pence and Posey also had RBI hits. The last two Giants runs scored when Dunn, playing right field, chased Pablo Sandoval's fly ball into right-center and missed it.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CRASHES/ ARRESTS:
On August 13, 2014, Justin E. Stepp, 34, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on 1250 E. Road. At approximately 369 North, a deer came onto the roadway from the east. Stepp struck the deer with the front end of the vehicle. Stepp had damage to the front end of the vehicle. Stepp was towed from the scene by Taylorville Towing. No injuries were reported.
On August 13, 2014 at approximately 8:31am, Ronald E. Emerson, 66, of Assumption was westbound on Township Road 1450 North. Kathryn N. Knight, 17, of Taylorville was southbound on Township Road 1900 East. The standing field corn on the north east part of the intersection prevented the drivers from seeing each other. Both Emerson and Knight slowed for the intersection, but neither came to a complete stop. Knight struck the right wheel and tire of Emerson. No injuries were reported. Knight was towed from the scene.
Seth A. Wilbur, 24, of Taylorville was arrested on August 13, 2014 for 720 ILCS 5.0/17-3
Brian P. Mast, 40, of Decatur was arrested on August 13, 2014 for home repair fraud.
Bree A. Beeson, 37, of Pana was arrested on August 13, 2014 for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:
On August 13, 2014, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy in Taylorville in reference to a male subject there attempting to pick up a fake prescription. Taylorville Police Department Officers arrived and spoke to the employee and the suspect. Upon further investigation, Seth A. Wilbur, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for Prescription Fraud. Wilbur was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and lodged in the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday just before 4 p.m., Christian County 911 received a call of a crash south of Assumption near Kemmerer Village. 24-year-old, Brandon Kraus of Moweaqua was traveling westbound on Township road 900 North. Kraus reportedly lost control of his 1998 Chevy Blazer on Township Road 2500 East. The vehicle overturned resulting in Kraus and his passenger, 23-year-old, Alannah Wilderman of Pana, being ejected from the vehicle. Kraus was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Wilderman was transported by Assumption Ambulance to Pana Community Hospital, and later transported by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. The crash is still under investigation.
Traffic on the 4-lane Illinois Route 29 between Springfield and Rochester was tied up Thursday afternoon, after an accident involving a car and a tractor. Multiple Illinois State Police cars responded to the crash during the 4 o'clock hour, and reportedly one person was airlifted from the scene with injuries.
Stay tuned to Regional Radio and taylorvilledailynews.com for further details on this accident.
A local business displaced by a building collapse last month hopes to reopen tomorrow (Thursday). Bolinda's Shoe Store was located on the NE corner of the Taylorville Square before the building partially collapsed, displacing Bolinda's and To the Moon Tattoos.
Bolinda's is relocating to the former Doc's Maytag location on the N side of the Taylorville Square.
Portions of the NE area of the square are still restricted for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic because of fears about falling debris.
Madigan warns people that you have to be careful when giving out information about student loan debt. Websites and fake emails are everywhere, and it’s easy to get your debt information and identity stolen.
A Christian County man has been elected to represent Shelby Electric Cooperative on the Association of Illinois Cooperatives Board of Directors. John Scott of Pana was elected as the organization recently held its annual meeting in Springfield.
Based in Springfield, the AIEC provides a variety of services to 29 electric cooperatives, serving customers in 90 counties.
It was announced Monday that Lisa Rakey of Big Brothers Big Sisters has been named the Executive Director of the organization's Illinois Capital Region. Rakey, who had been Director of Community Relations, tells Regional radio News they also have a new site supervisor for Taylorville:
Most people don't realize where the funding comes from for the Christian County Economic Development Corporation. Mary Renner, Director of Economic Development for the CCEDC says surprisingly, no taxpayer money is involved:
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarred Cosart pitched seven shutout innings and earned his first win with the Miami Marlins, who held on for a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
Cosart (1-1) pitched for the first time since making his Marlins debut in a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati on Aug. 1, a day after he was acquired from Houston in a six-player trade at the non-waiver deadline.
His spot was skipped in the rotation because of a sore oblique but he showed no ill signs against the Cardinals, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out three to pick up his 10th victory over the season.
"He was great," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "You never really know when a guy takes that many days off what you're going to get but I think the time off for him was good. He was sharp."
Donovan Solano hit a two-run homer for Miami, which has won four of its last five, including the first two games of this three-game series.
The Cardinals, who have lost four of five, never really threatened until the ninth inning, when they had runners at the corners against Bryan Morris. But Mike Dunn came in to strike out Matt Adams and earn his first save this season.
The Marlins scored all three of their runs off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who was trying to become the majors' first 15-game winner this season. Instead Wainwright (14-7) allowed seven hits and a walk in seven innings.
Wainwright pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning by striking out Garrett Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but the Marlins scored three runs off him in the fourth to take the lead.
Casey McGehee led off with a double and scored on Saltalamacchia's single and Solano hit a two-out homer off the left-field pole to make it 3-0.
St. Louis' only baserunners in the first five innings were Mark Ellis, who hit a one-out single in the third, and Oscar Tavares, who walked in the fifth and was erased on a double play.
Cosart escaped the sixth after giving up a leadoff single to Ellis, who went to second when Matt Carpenter reached on an error. Jon Jay singled in the seventh but went nowhere.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0, in the second meeting of a four-game series between the division foes.
Hendricks (4-1) has made an immediate impact since being called up to the big leagues, and the 24-year-old's latest gem had him limiting the NL Central leaders to six hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings.
"That's something I've always done since I was little, is pitch quick," Hendricks said. "The pace of the game is big for me."
The rookie right-hander, who was making his sixth start, ran into trouble in the eighth and was pulled with the bases loaded, and Pedro Strop kept the Brewers off the board by getting Jonathan Lucroy to bounce into a double play.
Justin Ruggiano and Arismendy Alcantara both went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Anthony Rizzo added a solo homer for the victors.
Wily Peralta (14-7) squandered a chance at becoming MLB's first 15-game winner by surrendering three runs on seven hits across 6 1/3 innings.
"He struggled with his command," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He made some great pitches but overall he battled."
Peralta had won five straight starts coming in and was 10-1 in his previous 11 decisions. He was the victim of defensive adjustments in the second and fourth innings and coughed up Rizzo's 26th home run of the year in the sixth.
The Brewers had the infield in with a runner on third and one out in the second, and Ruggiano laced a single into the hole between short and third to bring in Alcantara.
The same situation arose in the fourth with the same outcome, as Alcantara's base hit to right got past a diving Mark Reynolds at first and allowed Starlin Castro to score.
Rizzo went the other way for his first home run since July 22, and after Strop escaped the eighth-inning jam, Hector Rondon hurled a 1-2-3 ninth to collect his 15th save of the season.
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gordon Beckham's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning gave the Chicago Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in the first game of a brief two-game series.
Jordan Danks walked with one out and Moises Sierra singled to put runners on the corners in the 10th against Santiago Casilla (1-2). Sierra stole second before Alejandro De Aza grounded back to second. Danks raced home, but was thrown out to temporarily keep the score tied at 2-2.
The next batter was Beckham, and after saving the game in the bottom of the ninth with a terrific defensive play, the second baseman lined a single to left to plate Sierra and give the Sox a lead.
"Gordon had a good game," said Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "The plays he made defensively tonight, besides just the hit, the plays he made defensively saved the game for us."
Zach Putnam (4-2) recorded the final four outs for the Sox to earn the win.
Chris Sale was in line for the win before getting betrayed by his bullpen. Sale was his usual dominant self for Chicago, tossing eight scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts before Jake Petricka came on in the ninth looking to nail down the save.
Pablo Sandoval slapped a single into left to lead off the frame, and Michael Morse and Travis Ishikawa both singled back up the middle to load the bases with no outs.
Joe Panik then grounded into a double-play to plate Sandoval. Beckham made a diving stab on Panik's grounder and flipped to Alexei Ramirez covering second with his glove to start the double-play.
Brandon Crawford's single to right tied the game and chased Petricka from the contest. Putnam came on and struck out Gregor Blanco to send the game into extras.
"Great job these guys did coming back," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Down two in the ninth and we had some great at-bats. I think we all thought Panik's ball was getting through. They not only got the out, but they turned one of the best double-plays I've seen."
Adam Dunn gave the Solid navy;background-color:yellow"> White Sox an early lead with his 18th home run of the season in the top of the first inning against Ryan Vogelsong.
Vogelsong allowed just two more hits during his seven-inning outing but was overshadowed by Sale. Vogelsong walked two and struck out five for the Giants, losers in five straight.
De Aza singled to lead off the game. Jose Abreu took his place on first base after a fielder's choice and with two outs, Dunn crushed a 1-0 offering over the wall in center.
San Francisco's best chance against Sale came in the bottom of the first, when Hunter Pence tripled with one out. Buster Posey then grounded to Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, and Pence got a slow jump before breaking for home. Ramirez's throw was off target, but Tyler Flowers had time to secure the relay and tag Pence to keep the Giants off the scoreboard.
The Pana Police Department is reporting an incident of identity theft that occurred Wednesday. Around 2:17pm, Stephanie L. Cohen of Decatur reported that a stolen check was used at Walmart for a purchase over $500. During the investigation, 25-year-old Tiffany N. Mullins of Argenta was identified from surveillance images recorded during the transaction. Information will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office for reference of possible charges.
The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region has named Lisa Rakey as the organization’s new Executive Director effective August 11, 2014.
Rakey joined BBBS in 2006, and as the Director of Community Relations for Christian, Macoupin, Montgomery and Sangamon Counties, she oversaw a wide range of responsibilities including establishing and building donor relationships, conducting presentations to various local organizations and businesses, and acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the BBBS organization. She had previously held positions with the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and the Macoupin County Public Health Department.
BBBS is the Nation’s oldest and largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. Their mission is to help children reach their full potential through life-changing, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. For more information please call (217) 753-1216 or visit us at http://www.bbbscapitalregion.org
The Speaker of the U.S. House, John Boehner was in Taylorville last week attending a fundraiser for Congressman Rodney Davis. Representative Wayne Rosenthal tells Regional Radio News he had a chance to talk to the Speaker:
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Yovani Gallardo pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Milwaukee Brewers opened a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs with a 3-1 victory on Monday.
Gallardo (7-6) scattered six hits, struck out six and did not issue a walk in pitching the NL Central-leading Brewers to its fourth win in five games.
"I made pitches whenever I needed to," said Gallardo. "I just gotta keep it (close) and let the guys come back and swing the bat."
Scooter Gennett went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Mark Reynolds added a solo homer for the victors.
Jake Arrieta (6-4) pitched into the eighth inning but was saddled with the loss having allowed two runs on five hits.
The best defensive play of the game came from someone wearing a Cubs uniform, but it was from a fan sitting in the left-field bleachers after Reynolds crushed a first-pitch fastball nearly out of the stadium in the second frame.
The ball would have landed on Waveland Avenue had it not been for a elderly man standing on the top row and snagging the solo blast out of the air.
Chicago tied it in the fifth when Chris Coghlan's screamer ate up Reynolds at first base. Justin Ruggiano scored from second on what was ruled a double.
Ryan Braun was thrown out at home in the seventh on a double from Gennett, but Gennett scored the go-ahead run on Khris Davis' line drive into the left-field corner.
"In the seventh, a couple pitches that really didn't have the bite stayed in the zone with not a lot of movement, and they put some good swings on it," said Arrieta. "They have a really deep lineup, and it shows by what they're doing and how they're playing as a team thus far this year."
Gennett added an insurance run in the ninth with a base hit to center, as Aramis Ramirez lumbered around to score thanks to Arismendy Alcantara's off- target throw.
Francisco Rodriguez worked around a one-single in the ninth en route to his league-leading 36th save.
Reynolds has recorded at least 20 home runs seven consecutive years ... Rodriguez is one save away from tying Rollie Fingers (341) on MLB's all-time saves list ... Arrieta lost for the first time in eight home starts this year ... Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Coverage of today's Cards and Marlins game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton smacked a pair of homers and the Miami Marlins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game set.
Stanton cracked a two-run and solo shot and also made a fantastic diving grab to rob an extra-base hit from Kolten Wong along the right-field warning track in the fifth inning for Miami, which has won three of its last four games on the heels of a 2-6 stretch.
"I didn't think he had a chance at it ... he ran a long way for that ball," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Stanton's catch.
Christian Yelich was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Tom Koehler (8-9) struck out five and allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks over five-plus innings to notch the win.
The Cardinals had the game-tying run at first base in the ninth after plating two runs against Steve Cishek, but the submarine right-hander struck out Matt Adams to end the game and record his 30th save of the year.
Matt Holliday whacked a pair of doubles among his four hits to go with an RBI and scored a run and Jon Jay smashed a two-run blast for the Cardinals, who have dropped four of their last six games.
"Those guys have been playing unreal," Wong said of the Marlins. "It was tough for us."
Shelby Miller (8-9) surrendered five runs on eight hits and two walks over five frames to garner the loss.
After the Cardinals tied the game following a three-run top of the fourth, the Marlins plated a pair in the home half and added another in the seventh to go ahead.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a one-out single and Adeiny Hechavarria followed by lining a triple down the right-field line to bring him home. Hechavarria scored on Yelich's base hit up the middle two batters later.
Yelich began the seventh with a bunt single and Jordany Valdespin's base hit put runners on first and second. During Stanton's at-bat, Sam Freeman uncorked a wild pitch that went off the back wall and ricocheted right back to catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Pierzynski, though, threw the ball away trying to throw out Yelich at third and he scampered home easily to give the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Valdespin was thrown out at home following Casey McGehee's comebacker back to the mound.
Wong's RBI triple and Holliday's run-scoring infield single in the ninth capped the scoring.
Earlier, Stanton's two-run, opposite-field blast into the Marlins bullpen opened the scoring in the first and his moonshot onto the concourse in left- center in the third gave Miami a 3-0 advantage.
St. Louis got all three of those runs back in the fourth. Holliday doubled to lead off the frame before Adams and Jhonny Peralta both struck out. Pierzynski's base hit into left pushed across Holliday and Jay followed by clubbing his two-run blast into the seats in right beyond the bullpen to tie the score.
This was Stanton's 13th career multi-homer game and his first since May 23. He has 31 homers this season, tying him with the Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu and Baltimore's Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead ... Miami was 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 2-for-11.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Raymond C. Simmons, 54, of Taylorville, was arrested on August 11, 2014 for meth manufacturing and possession of meth materials.
Tina M. Tirpak, 48, of Taylorville, was arrested on August 11, 2014 for meth manufacturing and possession of meth materials.
Briar D. Samson, 19, of Taylorville, was arrested on August 11, 2014 for meth manufacturing and possession of meth materials.
Khristopher G. Koonce, 23, of Taylorville, was arrested on August 11, 2014 on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
Ashley Y. Dye, 20, of Oakland, was arrested on August 12, 2014 for domestic battery.
Jesse A. Williams, 24, of Taylorville was arrested on August 11, 2014 for obstructing justice and driving on a suspended license.
On August 11, 2014, Complainant, Vincent N. Drnjevic called the Christian County Sheriff's Office to report unknown subject(s) removed his riding lawn mower from the backyard, located at 1305 S. Robin Street in Hewittville. The incident occurred sometime between 4:00 PM on August 10,2014 and 9:00 AM on August 11, 2014.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS/CRASHES:
On August 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm, a Taylorville Police Department Officer was flagged down in regards to a suspicious male subject walking South on Main Street. The Officer located the subject, Kevin M. Rensman, 22, of Edinburg. Rensman was placed under arrest for public intoxication, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, and later released on a notice to appear.
On August 12, 2014 at 12:43 a.m., Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Big Bend Rd. to reference of battery. Ashley Y. Dye, 20, of Oakland was arrested for domestic battery and a warrant out of Edgar County. Dye was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing. Dye was then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.
On August 12, 2014 at 12:01 am, a Taylorville Police Department Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at E. Franklin and Paw Paw. Brandon M. Banning, 20, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended. Banning was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.
On August 8, 2014 at approximately 3:07 pm, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to Park Street at Shawnee for an accident with no personal injuries. Upon arrival, the vehicles involved were pulled off the roadway into a nearby business parking lot. When speaking with Amy J. Nicol, 62, of Pana and Ciera Fuller, 19, of Moweaqua, they both stated they were traveling westbound on Park Street when Fuller stopped quickly, and Nicol rear ended Fuller. Fuller sustained significant damage to the rear end of the vehicle, and Nicol had minor front end damage and damage to the radiator. Nicol was towed from the scene but wanted a private tow. Nicol was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.
On August 9, 2014 at approximately 4:34 pm, Taylorville Police Department Officers were dispatched to Lincoln Trail at Route 48 for an accident with no personal injuries. Upon arrival, a Taylorville Police Department Officer observed Kimberly L. Olsen, 26, of Hartsville behind Sara E. Lowe, 33, of Decatur. The Officers then moved the vehicles into a nearby parking lot to get them off the road. When speaking with Olsen and Lowe, they stated that Lowe was stopped at the stop light behind traffic and Olsen rear ended them. Olsen was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Lowe sustained damage to the bottom left of the trunk lid and bumper. Olsen had mirror damage to the front bumper. Neither car was towed due to crash.
(Springfield, IL) -- People with chronic illnesses can start applying for the medical marijuana program. State officials will start accepting applications from people whose last names begin with A through L on September 2nd. Patients whose last names begin with M through Z can start submitting applications on November 1st. The nine page applications are posted online at MCPP.Illinois.gov. There is a 100-dollar annual application fee, but veterans or people on Social Security Disability Income will pay half of that.
(Springfield, IL) -- That's Kendall Seaton from Beecher City, Illinois hoping to wow the American Idol producers at the Illinois State Fair. She says she started pursuing her dream to sing a few years ago, and she figured this audition might give her the exposure she needs to make it.
Seaton sang "Dirty Dishes" by Scotty McCreery during her audition Friday morning, but Idol rules prohibit her from saying if she's made it to the next round.
When most of us think about the American Red Cross, we think of huge disasters and blood drives. Executive Director of the organization's Central Illinois region, Carl Baker, says the American Red Cross does that and a lot more:
School will be back in session soon, and parents need to start thinking about their kids nutrition needs. Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis District Dairy Council, Joyce Fikri says since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, parents should consider allowing their kids to eat their morning meal at school:
The Christian County Senior Citizens Center in Taylorville will host a Senior Fair next week. Illinois Senator Andy Manar, who attended last year's event, tells Regional Radio News he will be there again this time around:
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Austin Jackson smacked a three-run double and drove in all four Seattle runs as the Mariners topped the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, in the finale of a three-game set.
Chicago seriously threatened Fernando Rodney in the ninth.
Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu singled before Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo struck out. Conor Gillaspie rolled a base hit up the middle to plate Ramirez and Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Rodney, though, buckled down to fan Jordan Danks on three pitches to notch his 33rd save of the year.
Erasmo Ramirez scattered four hits and walked one before being pulled with one out in the fifth inning. Dominic Leone (5-2) came on to toss 1 2/3 scoreless frames to notch the win.
Chris Taylor posted two hits and two runs scored for the Mariners, who have won five of their last six games.
John Danks (9-8) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped seven of its last nine games. Tyler Flowers homered in defeat.
"Johnny pitched a good game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his starting pitcher. "You get a couple infield rollers and Jackson had a good day, but I thought Johnny pitched well enough to win the game."
The Mariners jumped out to a 4-0 lead after plating three runs in the second and another in the seventh.
Three straight two-out singles by Taylor, Logan Morrison and Jesus Sucre loaded the bases before Jackson cleared them when he looped his double down the left-field line.
"It was a big situation, just to put the ball in play and not try and do too much," Jackson said. "I was able to get a pitch out over the plate and put a good swing on it."
Taylor coaxed a walk to begin the seventh, moved to second on Sucre's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jackson's base hit through the hole on the left side for Seattle's four-run cushion.
The White Sox got on the board in the eighth on Flowers' leadoff shot to left before making things interesting in the ninth.
Seattle was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while Chicago finished 1-for-5 ... Jackson has 38 RBI on the year ... Flowers' homer was his ninth homer of the season.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to salvage a three-game set.
Ryan Sweeney led off the 12th with a single against Cesar Ramos (2-4) and moved to second on Chris Coghlan's sacrifice bunt. Javier Baez then reached on a strikeout wild pitch to put runners on the corners. Another wild pitch allowed Baez to advance to second and Rizzo followed by launching his single into the gap in right-center.
"That was big, he stayed on it," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Rizzo's at-bat. "Fortunately for us, we outlasted them today."
Carlos Villanueva (5-6) tossed a scoreless top of the 12th to earn the win.
Baez and Rizzo each went 2-for-6 with Baez also driving in a run for Chicago, which played its sixth extra-inning game in its last 12 contests.
Desmond Jennings had an RBI double among his two hits for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Both teams plated a run apiece in the fifth and seventh innings.
Curt Casali hit a leadoff double in the top of the fifth and later scored when a charging Baez committed a throwing error on Jennings' infield single. Baez's RBI single in the home half tied the score.
Jennings cracked a one-out RBI double in the top of the seventh. Sweeney hit a one-out double in the bottom of the frame and Coghlan followed with a triple to plate him and make it 2-2.
Chicago starter Travis Wood allowed an unearned run on four hits and three walks over six innings, while Alex Cobb surrendered a run on six hits while fanning six over six frames for Tampa Bay ... The Cubs were 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while Tampa Bay finished 2-for-9.
Coverage of today's Cards and Marlins game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with two runs scored to help the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep against the Baltimore Orioles with an 8-3 victory on Sunday.
Peter Bourjos hit a three-run homer to back a solid outing from Lance Lynn, who allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
More importantly, Lynn (12-8) held the powerful AL East leaders homerless for the first time in the series. Baltimore launched nine homers in winning the first two games by a combined score of 22-5.
"We like having Lance on the mound in these situations," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, "and we felt good about what our offense could do."
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (6-4) was charged with three runs on eight hits over five innings. Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz each knocked in a run for the O's.
Matt Carpenter, Wong and Matt Holliday each singled to open up the game for St. Louis in the first. Matt Adams grounded into a fielder's choice to score a run before Jhonny Peralta laced a single to center that scored Wong. Jon Jay walked to pack the bags again, but Oscar Taveras flied into a double play as Adam Jones gunned Adams down at the plate attempting to tag from third.
"I did a good job bouncing back in the second inning, but that first inning was a rough one," said Gausman. "It kind of seemed like wherever they hit the ball, we didn't have a guy there."
Baltimore answered in the home half with and RBI double off the bat of Cruz that cut the deficit to 2-1.
Jay got the run back in the third, however, ripping a single to right that scored Wong.
The O's trimmed the deficit to one again in the fifth. After back-to-back singles from Markakis and Manny Machado, Adam Jones flied out to center that allowed Markakis to move over to third. Lynn then uncorked a wild pitch that pushed Markakis across to make it a 3-2 game.
With one out and runners at the corners in the sixth, Daniel Descalso sent an RBI single to right, restoring St. Louis' two-run cushion.
The pendulum continued to swing in the home sixth, with Markakis making it a one-run game again courtesy of an RBI single to center.
Back-to-back doubles from Descalso and Carpenter made it 5-3 in the eighth, then a pinch-hitting Bourjos left little doubt of the outcome with his homer in the ninth.
Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph had his five-game homer streak end ... The Orioles had won three straight and 12-of-16 coming in ... St. Louis is 8-12 against the American League this season, while Baltimore is 9-5 against the Senior Circuit.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Christopher D. Spoor, 22, of 272 South Pitman Street, Wagner, was arrested August 8 on a bond forfeiture for indecent solicitation/aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Keith A. Westbrook, 27, of 111 South Houston Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 9 on a bond forfeiture.
Vickie L. Sunderland, 45, of 8197 West Outer Road, Sherman, was arrested August 11 on a bond forfeiture for the issuance of a warrant.
On August 7 at 6:55am, Robert C. Wood, 44, of Edinburg was traveling southbound on County Highway 5. Just north of County Highway 20, Wood went to follow the slight curve to the left but Wood told police that the vehicle continued straight. Wood's vehicle reportedly exited the roadway to the right, went over a private lane, and entered the west ditch, striking several small trees. Wood continued in a southwest direction before striking the northeast corner of the oil battery containment dike/berm before coming to a rest. Wood's vehicle received major front end and front passenger side damage.Wood was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for injuries described as minor by the report.
On August 10 at 7:15am, Michael L. Young, 38, of Decatur, was traveling northbound on Township Road 1600 East. Just north of Illinois Route 29, a deer entered the roadway. Young was unable to avoid striking the deer. Young received major front end damage. No injuries were reported.
On August 8 at 6:21am, Jordan D. Leischner-William, 22, of Niantic, was northbound on County Road 2025 East. Leischner-William stated he took evasive action to avoid a deer and failed to stop at the intersection of 2975 North. Leischner-William crossed over 2975 North and struck the ditch embankment. Leischner-William caused planted bean damage as it traveled 50 feet before coming to rest in the field. No injuries were reported.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 3 at 1:47am, a Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to stop st the stop light at East Park Street and Walnut Street. After an investigation, Cody C. Sunderland, 27, of Blue Mound was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Sunderland was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.
On August 8 at 9:38pm, Taylorville Police Department officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Silver and Pauline Streets. After an investigation, Samantha L. McPeek, 32, of Taylorville was arrested for driving on an expired license over one year. McPeek was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.
On August 9 at 11:00am, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle. Keith A. Westbrook, Jr., 27, of Taylorville was arrested for a warrant out of Shelby County. Westbrook, Jr. was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports that one person was injured following a 1-vehicle crash on Thursday. Around 6:55am, 44-year-old Robert C. Wood of Edinburg was traveling southbound on County Highway 5. Just north of County Highway 20, Wood went to follow the slight curve to the left but Wood told police that the vehicle continued straight. Wood's vehicle reportedly exited the roadway to the right, went over a private lane, and entered the west ditch, striking several small trees. Wood continued in a southwest direction before striking the northeast corner of the oil battery containment dike/berm before coming to a rest. Wood's vehicle received major front end and front passenger side damage. Wood was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for injuries described as minor by the report.
An example of the packages Palmer residents will receive.
Residents of Palmer will be receiving a mini surprise from Oreo this week. Palmer was one of the 50 small towns in 50 States to be chosen for the Oreo Mini campaign. Oreos says many of these small towns often go overlooked and many people probably don’t know about the little things that make them so unique.
Filled with an OREO Mini and a note from OREO, the pint-sized parcels come straight from “the tiniest mini mart there ever was,” Mel’s Mini-Mini Mart. Mel’s is the starring fictional store in the brand’s recent long form video. The video can be seen on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.
As part of the program, 500 Oreo Mini parcels will be available each day at OREOMiniDelivery.com on a first-come-first-served basis between August 11 and August 22, Monday through Friday. This allows people to send a custom OREO Mini delivery to a friend, colleague, family member, or anyone else of their choosing.
Entry forms are now available for the 2014 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Miss pageants all taking place Saturday, October 4th.
Rehearsal for the Chillifest Little Miss & Little Mr. Pageant will be held Friday, October 3rd at 5 p.m.on the stage in front of US Bank. The Little Miss and Little Mr. Pageant is scheduled for Saturday the 4th at 9:00 a.m. and contestants need to arrive by 8:30 a.m.
The Junior Miss rehearsal will be held Friday, October 3rd at 6 p.m. The Junior Miss interviews will start at 8:00 a.m. and the pageant will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Little Miss and Mister contestants must be residents of Christian County, and at least 4 years old, but not more than 6 years old, on October 4th. Junior Miss contestants must also be residents of Christian County, and be at least eleven, but not more than 13 years old, on October 4th.
Contestants may wear pageant dresses or Sunday best. Junior Miss contestants will wear the same dress/outfit for both interview and pageant. Contestants should be dressed appropriately for weather at the rehearsal and at the pageant. Judges will not be present at practice.
Pageant officials ask that everyone have a positive attitude and that parents, friends and family be a positive role model for the contestants.Members of the audience should stay seated and not draw attention to contestants or to themselves.
Applications for all 3 pageants are due into the Greater Taylorville Chamber office on September 4th. Application forms and waiver release forms, are available at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U.S. Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square, or by going on-line to chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.
Dr. Fuerstenau says while all funds are projected to have a positive fund balance at the end of FY15, all funds except for Working Cash and Fire Prevention & Safety are expected to have deficit spending. Fuerstenau added that the state has currently paid all that was owed to the district for FY14. The final hearing for the FY15 budget will take place at the September 8th meeting.
The Taylorville School Board discussed the Mt. Auburn facility at their meeting Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says the Mt. Auburn village board voted at their last meeting to relinquish their option on the building which leaves the school board with the options to tear the building down or put it out for bid. Fuerstenau told the Board that they really need to weigh their options:
The facility has been empty since 2005. The Board decided to discuss it further at the building committee meeting that will take place before the September 8th Board meeting.
The Taylorville School Board also discussed the project for the Building Trades Program at the High School. One option the Board is looking at is working with a homeowner and local contractors on a house that is already under construction. The students would be given various tasks to get the hands on experience but it would come as no cost to the District. Member Jim Andruch says there have been some free labor concerns that have come up with this idea but he says it would be no different from other high school program projects:
The Taylorville Police Department reports one person was injured in a crash on Thursday. Around 12:01pm, a 16-year-old male juvenile was reportedly exiting from Subway and attempting to make a left turn onto Webster Street when 54-year-old Eve M. Carlile of Blue Mound struck him. The male advised he had someone waive him through traffic and he did not see Carlile before the impact. The male was issued a citation for failure to yield from a private drive. The male's vehicle received front-end damage. Carlile advised she was headed north on Webster Street and just entered the turn lane when the 16-year-old pulled out from Subway in front of her. Carlile's vehicle received front-end damage and she was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries described as not physically evident by the report.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, Board of Directors held their 49th annual board meeting in Effingham on August 7 with over 200 people in attendance. C.E.F.S. showcased their annual accomplishments in helping people and changing lives.
CEO Paul White indicated that the organization had very effectively served the needs of the communities’ limited-income population in the service delivery area. White said 27,910 people received agency services, with the assistance of 247 local community partners and with the help of 4,028 volunteers providing 144,972 volunteer hours the agency was able to provide local coordinated efforts to benefit limited-income people.
More information about C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation can be obtained on the agency website at www.cefseoc.org or by calling 217/342-2193 or by contacting your local county C.E.F.S. outreach office.
Shelbyville Memorial Hospital is offering help for those with substance abuse. Caroline Reynolds is with the “New Vision' program, and she says getting help when trying to break your addiction may be a matter of life and death:
Call the hospital Monday through Friday from 774-6436 to find out more about the New Vision program. Talk to Caroline or Judy.
Pictured: Bolinda's new location on the Taylorville Square.
Bolinda’s Shoe Store is targeting this upcoming Thursday to open the doors at their new location on the Taylorville Square. Co-owner Bob Farris says the move is going smoothly and thanks people for their patience:
A Pana Attorney has become an advocate for senior citizens. Robert J. Beyers says he is convinced that there is a need for his services, and says he was gratified to see such a good turnout for a recent workshop he put on:
The Taylorville School Board will meet Monday night at 7:00pm at the Administration Education Center on Spresser Street. Items on the agenda include: a presentation of the tentative budget for FY15 and the establishment of a final hearing date, discussion on the Mt. Auburn facility, and consideration of the need for continuation of the designated hazardous walking areas within the District as previously granted by the Illinois Department of Transportation. We will have details following the meeting at taylorvilledailynews.com.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Griffin threw for 179 yards and a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints opened the preseason with a 26-24 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Griffin, a second-year product out of Tulane, came on for quarterback Luke McCown and completed 16-of-23 passes. He found first round pick Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown connection late in the third quarter that proved to be the difference.
Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson each ran for touchdowns, with Ingram racking up 83 yards on eight carries. Cooks caught five balls for 55 yards in addition to the score for the Saints, who finished with an 11-5 record in 2013 and won their postseason opener against the Eagles.
Veteran signal caller Shaun Hill threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Rams, while Austin Davis picked up 134 yards and a score on 10-for-16 passing.
Both starting quarterbacks, New Orleans' Drew Brees and Sam Bradford of the Rams, were given the night off.
Cory Harkey caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Hill on St. Louis' first possession. Shayne Graham kicked a field goal late in the period and Robinson took it in from a yard out early in the second to give the Saints a 9-7 lead.
Hill's second touchdown strike of the game went to Stedmon Bailey from 24 yards out midway through the second. Ingram ran it in for a 22-yard score on the ensuing New Orleans touch, and Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein split the uprights on a 45-yard kick as the clock expired to send the Rams into halftime with a 17-16 lead.
Derek Dimke drilled a 37-yarder to put the Saints back in front early in the third, and Cooks' touchdown reception with 3:43 to play in the quarter made it 26-17. Davis' 15-yard touchdown pass to Austin Franklin capped the scoring.
The Rams got into field goal possession on the final touch thanks in large part to a 42-yard reception by Alex Bayer. A penalty with just seconds to play set up a 59-yard kick for Zuerlein, but the young kicker put it wide left as the game ended.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Miller caught two touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears upended the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-28, in the preseason opener for both teams.
Jay Cutler threw a 10-yard pass to Miller in the back of the end zone late in the first quarter, and Miller caught another touchdown pass from Jordan Palmer in the second.
Cutler finished with 85 yards on 9-of-13 passing for the Bears, whose backups also proved effective. Palmer completed 8-of-11 throws for 104 yards with an interception, while Jimmy Clausen tossed for two scores.
Clausen connected with Chris Williams and Micheal Spurlock for TDs after Matt Barkley's scoring strike to David Fluellen had given the Eagles a 28-17 lead early in the second half.
Philadelphia started slow with Nick Foles getting picked off twice in his three possessions under center. Mark Sanchez was an efficient 7-of-10 for 79 yards and led the Eagles' second-team offense to 14 points courtesy of Matthew Tucker's two touchdown runs.
Josh Huff returned a kickoff 102 yards for a TD in the loss.
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hisashi Iwakuma fired seven innings of one- run ball and the Seattle Mariners defeated the ChicagoWhite Sox, 4-1, in the second test of a four-game set.
Iwakuma (10-6) scattered five hits and struck out three for the Mariners, who have won four in a row and five of their last six.
"He wasn't as sharp as he usually is, but he gave us seven sharp innings," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said of Iwakuma. "He certainly knows how to pitch when he doesn't have his best stuff."
Mike Zunino smacked a three-run homer, while Chris Taylor posted three hits and scored a run in the victory.
Fernando Rodney tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 32nd save of the year.
Jose Quintana (6-8) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames for Chicago, which has dropped four straight and six of its last seven contests.
Dayan Viciedo clubbed a solo shot in defeat.
TheWhite Sox led 1-0 before the Mariners surged ahead with a four-run fifth.
Chris Denorfia worked a leadoff walk, Logan Morrison reached on a fielding error and Zunino cracked his three-run shot the opposite way to right. Kendrys Morales added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead.
"Q was pitching great and then walk, error does him in," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Quintana.
Chicago, who recorded just one hit the rest of the way, never put a runner in scoring position.
Viciedo's Solo blast to right opened the scoring for the White Sox in the fourth.
Seattle went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position ... TheWhite Sox activated pitcher Zach Putnam off the 15-day disabled list on Friday ... Zunino's blast was his 18th of the year.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in the first match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
After Logan Forsythe flied out to start the frame, Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist hit back-to-back singles off Hector Rondon (3-4), putting runners on the corners. Kiermaier's line drive into center field scored Jennings for the game-winning run.
Matt Joyce also had a pinch-hit RBI single, which came in the eighth, and Jennings hit a solo home run in the third, as the Rays won for just the third time in their last eight attempts.
Brad Boxberger (3-1) let in one run in the ninth to blow the save, but struck out two during a perfect 10th inning to pick up the win.
"I'm really proud of our guys for fighting back," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "[Boxberger] was outstanding again. It was just unfortunate, but how about him coming back and getting the thick part of the batting order? Great job."
Ryan Sweeney singled in the Cubs' run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Starlin Castro and John Baker drove in the other two runs for Chicago, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 11 games.
Newly called up Cubs prospect Javier Baez went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in his home debut after hitting three home runs in his first three major league games, including a homer in the 12th to lift the Cubs over the Rockies on Tuesday.
The Cubs scored one run in the first to take an early lead. Baez hit a line drive to left for a single, then Anthony Rizzo doubled with a fly ball to right. Castro singled to right, pushing Baez across.
Jennings' leadoff homer in the top of the third tied the game at one run apiece.
Rays starter Chris Archer struck out Luis Valbuena to start the bottom of the fourth, but walked the next batter, Arismendy Alcantara. Archer fielded a ground ball hit by Sweeney, but his throw to second was off the mark. With runners on first and second, Baker hit a line drive to right field that scored Alcantara.
After allowing the home run to Jennings, Tsuyoshi Wada, who started on the mound for the Cubs, retired the next 12 batters before giving up a leadoff triple to Sean Rodriguez in the seventh, ending his night. Brain Schlitter got Yunel Escobar to ground out, then Curt Casali to ground one to short. Castro fielded the ball and threw home, but Rodriguez slid in front of the tag of Baker at the plate for the run, tying the game.
"Wada threw well today," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "He deserved a better fate... We almost got through the (seventh inning), but obviously they scored there. He was very effective, he mixed his pitches and he got some big outs when he needed to."
Jennings struck out to start the eighth before Zobrist doubled on a line drive to left, and Joyce's line drive into center field plated Zobrist to put the Rays up 3-2.
Pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano singled on a ground ball to right field to open the bottom of the ninth, and Alcantara moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Sweeney hit a ground ball past the diving glove of Logan Forsythe at second for a game-tying single.
Castro has 61 RBI on the season ... Schlitter was given a blown save for allowing an inherited run to score in the seventh ... The Rays finished just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, while the Cubs were 3-for-8 and left six on ... The Rays are 5-6 since going on a season-high nine game winning streak from July 12-26.
Coverage of today's Cards and Orioles game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 2:30pm.
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles hit six home runs on Friday en route to a 12-2 drubbing of the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series.
J.J. Hardy homered twice in the rout, while Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty went yard as well. Nick Hundley had three hits for the O's, who extended their major league-best record since July 1 to 23-10.
All nine starters in Baltimore's lineup had at least one hit.
The power surge overshadowed a terrific start by Chris Tillman, who held St. Louis scoreless over 6 2/3 innings before A.J. Pierzynski hit his first home run as a member of the Cardinals. Tillman (9-5) struck out seven and gave up just two runs on four hits.
Machado was hit with a pitch around singles by Nick Markakis and Jones in the top of the first inning, putting Cardinals starter Justin Masterson (1-1) in a bases-loaded jam with no outs. Masterson fanned the next two batters and got Hardy to ground out, temporarily avoiding the big inning.
It came in the second, though. Flaherty singled and scored on a Hundley base knock to left. After Markakis drew a walk, Machado made it 4-0 with his home run to left center.
Hardy led off the third inning with a solo home run and again Masterson loaded the bases before getting pulled for reliever Nick Greenwood. Greenwood induced a 1-2-3 double-play and a groundout.
Masterson's final line included five runs on seven hits in just two-plus innings.
Hardy homered again in the fourth inning, this time with Jones and Davis on base for an 8-0 Baltimore lead. Jones and Davis hit solo blasts in the fifth and sixth, respectively, and Flaherty plated the 11th and 12th Orioles runs with his sixth-inning home run.
After Pierzynski's shot to right made it 12-2, Brian Matusz took Tillman's place on the mound and recorded the next four outs. Brad Brach needed just six pitches to get through the ninth.
The Orioles have won seven consecutive series openers ... Tillman won his first interleague start in 11 tries. He improved to 1-1 in those games ... Masterson has lost his last three decisions against Baltimore ... The Orioles outhit the Cardinals, 15-4 ... Prior to the game, St. Louis placed pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis.
There is still time to register for fall semester 2014 classes at Lincoln Land Community College. Fall semester begins Aug. 25 and runs through Dec. 18.
New students should contact the Enrollment Services office on the Springfield campus at 786.2292 to begin the enrollment process, or they may contact LLCC in Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville or Litchfield.
Current students may register online via WebAdvisor (a link to WebAdvisor is available at www.llcc.edu in the upper right-hand corner.) Returning students – those who have attended LLCC in the past but have not been enrolled for one or more semesters – may register online via WebAdvisor, in person or by phone.
The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is holding two blood drives in Christian County next week. The first will be Tuesday, August 12th at the Stonington United Methodist Church, located at 304 North Elm, from 4 PM – 7 PM. The second will be Thursday, August 14th at the Davis Memorial Christian Church, located at 1500 West Franklin in Taylorville, from 4 PM – 7 PM. To schedule an appointment, call toll free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The Blue Mound Fall Festival got off to a wet start Thursday night, but better weather is expected for the rest of the event. Good crowds attended despite the rain. The opening night pageants were moved to a church across the street, and a Zumba demonstration was held under Wise Park's large pavilion.
Friday's attractions include a char-broiled pork chop dinner starting at 4:30, and at 8pm, a performance on stage by West End Boogie Project, sponsored by hometown favorite Marshall Sperry.
Saturday events include a 5k run, with the annual parade at 11am. There's a horseshoe pitching tournament at 2pm, followed by a fried chicken dinner at 4. The stage show at 8pm will feature Scott Watles and the Blue Suede Crew.
Both evenings will feature bingo at 6pm and a dance at 9pm, along with carnival rides and plenty of fair food. Wise Park is located just off of Route 48 in Blue Mound.
The University of Illinois Extension will host another Telenet next week. Chris Casey, Community and Economic Development Educator for the Extension says the Telenet will center around government budgets:
Pictured: Cody Morris (left) and his father Rodney Morris (right) pose with their FFA President jackets.
A Mattoon father and son recently broke into the record books of the Illinois State FFA. Rodney Morris, whose son Cody was elected as the 2014-15 Illinois State FFA President, tells Regional Radio News that they are the first father-son duo to be elected president:
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley homered as the Seattle Mariners routed the ChicagoWhite Sox, 13-3, in the opener of a four-game series.
Ackley knocked in four runs and scored twice for the Mariners, who have won three in a row. Chavez had three RBI and scored a pair of runs.
"We had a good night," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "I think we're coming (offensively). We're getting there."
Seattle starter Roenis Elias (9-9) took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed two runs on two hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Elias had lost four of his previous five decisions.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for theWhite Sox, who have dropped three straight. Scott Carroll (4-7) gave up seven runs on seven hits with three walks over five-plus innings.
"It starts with me on the mound. I didn't have a good performance, and it transitions over to guys pressing I guess, trying to make things happen without good starting pitching," said Carroll.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead on Ackley's homer in the first.
Chavez added a two-run homer in the fourth. Mike Zunino hit a two-out single and crossed the plate on Chavez's blast to right.
Elias' no-hit bid came to an end in the fifth when Conor Gillaspie hit a one- out double to right. Moises Sierra worked a two-out walk before Gordon Beckham popped out to first.
The home run parade continued in the bottom half. Ackley walked and scored on Cano's blast to right.
The White Sox hit a home run of their own in the sixth. Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch and crossed the plate on Viciedo's shot to right-center field.
But the Mariners responded with three runs in the home half. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ackley hit a two-run single to left off Daniel Webb. Austin Jackson then scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-2.
Seattle tacked on three more runs in the seventh. Logan Morrison's RBI double, Chavez's run-scoring single and Ackley's RBI groundout made it an 11-2 contest.
Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth. But Seager hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.
Chicago went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven ... The Mariners had 12 hits, compared to five for theWhite Sox ... Utility man Willie Bloomquist of the Mariners will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Baez homered twice and Kyle Hendricks tossed eight solid innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-2, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday.
Baez, who homered in his MLB debut on Tuesday, finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored and Starlin Castro also homered for the Cubs, who earned their first series victory in Denver since sweeping a three-game set on Aug. 3-5, 2004.
"I thought he had some really good approaches," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "He was able to put his bat on the ball and do some damage."
Kyle Hendricks (3-1) surrendered just two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts to earn the win.
Justin Morneau had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Corey Dickerson also drove in a run for Colorado, which has dropped six of its last seven. Yohan Flande (0-4) gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk across six frames in defeat.
The Cubs opened the scoring in the second. Justin Ruggiano singled to left, moved to second on Welington Castillo's groundout and slid into home on Arismendy Alcantara's single to right.
Chris Valaika singled to lead off the third and moved to second on Hendricks' groundout. Two batters later, Baez hit an RBI single to left and moved to second on Dickerson's fielding error.
Hendricks retired the first nine batters before Charlie Blackmon's base hit to center opened the fourth. Blackmon took second on Josh Rutledge's flyout and scored on Morneau's double to deep left, making it a 2-1 game.
Nolan Arenado's bloop hit landed in front of Castro at short, who misplayed the ball to allow runners on the corners. Flande left the runners stranded by striking out Carlos Gonzalez and inducing an inning-ending flyout from Dickerson.
Baez and Castro led off the sixth by cranking back-to-back solo shots to left, giving the Cubs a 4-1 advantage.
"They score with the home run," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "If you keep them in the park, it makes it tougher on them. We weren't able to do that today."
In the home half, Morneau singled and Gonzalez walked with two outs before Dickerson's line drive to center plated Morneau to get the Rockies within two.
After Chris Coghlan walked to start the eighth, Baez smacked an 0-1 slider to right-center for his third home run of the series and a 6-2 lead.
The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes due to rain ... The Cubs won the season series against the Rockies, 5-2. It is their first series win against the Rockies since 2008 ... Colorado went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Coverage of today's Cards and Orioles game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:30pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong smacked a pair of solo homers among his three hits and scored three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, in the finale of a three-game set.
Adam Wainwright (14-6) struck out seven and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings for the Cardinals, who have won four of their last five games.
Wainwright became the second pitcher in the majors to reach 14 wins this season after Milwaukee's Wily Peralta, who did it earlier Thursday.
"It was just another grind, another battle," Wainwright said. "I think I finally made some good adjustments that helped me in the long run today."
Jhonny Peralta cracked a two-run double among his two hits and scored a run in the victory.
Pat Neshek worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his third save of the season.
Brandon Workman (1-5) surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks over 5 1/3 frames for Boston, which has dropped seven of its last nine contests.
"That got me today, I put up a three-spot in the first," Workman said. "I threw well after the first."
The Cardinals opened the scoring with three runs in the first.
Matt Carpenter worked a leadoff walk and Wong followed with a single. After Matt Holliday flied out, St. Louis executed a double steal with Carpenter and Wong.
Matt Adams struck out, but Peralta followed with a slicing one-hop double into the gap in right-center to bring home Carpenter and Wong. Oscar Taveras then rolled a base hit through the hole on the right side to bring home Peralta.
Boston got two runs back in the third.
Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia began the inning with singles and Mike Napoli singled up the middle with one out to plate Holt. Christian Vasquez's two-out base hit up the middle scored Pedroia to cut the gap to 3-2.
Wong clubbed his first homer of the game into the front row of seats to right in the fifth and launched his second blast deep into the spectators behind right in the seventh to stake the Cards to a 5-2 edge.
The Cardinals were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while Boston finished 2-for-11 ... Wong has nine homers this season ... Wainwright lost to Boston twice in the 2013 World Series.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Bennie L. Beck, 28, of 103 West 3rd Street, Pana, was arrested August 7 on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis of more than 5000 grams.
Rebecca A. Ittenbach, 34, of 400 West Franklin Street Apt 1003, Taylorville, was arrested August 7 for possession of a controlled substance and endangering the life/health of a child.
Phillip R. Daugherty, 36, of 400 West Franklin Street Apt 1003, Taylorville, was arrested August 7 for theft and forgery.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:
On August 5 at 5:33pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Cherokee and Esther. Terri L. Weah, 45, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended. Weah was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.
On August 7 at 12:08pm, Kurt M. Powell, 42, of Chicago turned onto Washington Street. Powell completed the turn and began traveling on Washington Street when the top of his semi truck caught overhead electrical wires causing damage to a utility pole and wires. The damaged pole and wires caused power outages to associated buildings/businesses. Powell reported no damage to his vehicle. No injuries were reported.
On August 7 at 12:01pm, a 16-year-old male juvenile was reportedly exiting from Subway and attempting to make a left turn onto Webster Street when Eve M. Carlile, 54, of Blue Mound struck him. The male advised he had someone waive him through traffic and he did not see Carlile before the impact. The male was issued a citation for failure to yield from a private drive. The male's vehicle received front-end damage. Carlile advised she was headed north on Webster Street and just entered the turn lane when the 16-year-old pulled out from Subway in front of her. Carlile's vehicle received front-end damage and she was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries described as not physically evident by the report.
A Pana woman's name was drawn from among those who have opt'ed into the Miller Media Group's free text alerts, and won the Cardinal Weekend Getaway this (Friday) morning.
Lorraine Manuel receives 2 tickets to the August 30th game against the Chicago Cubs, plus a field visit for Batting Practice, and admission to the Champion's Club. Manuel also won one night's accomodations for 2 at the Crown Plaza St. Louis Downtown, and 100-dollars spending money.
Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller called Manuel this (Friday) morning to give her the good news.
If you are looking to start a career in horticulture, Lake Land College offers two horticulture programs. The horticulture certificate is a year-long program, designed for students seeking educational training and employment in landscaping, greenhouse management, plant propagation, nursery management, golf course management and turfgrass management. In addition to 33 credit hours of specialized courses in horticulture, business and soil science, students receive 12 weeks of supervised occupational experience at approved internship locations.
The horticulture production and landscape associate degree is for students seeking advanced training within the green industry including greenhouse management, golf course management, landscape design, nursery management and landscape construction. The 20 weeks of internship allow the student to specialize within the production or landscape areas of their choice.
To learn more about the horticulture programs at Lake Land College, call 217-234-5232.
The Taylorville Fire Department will soon be adding the new platform truck to their lineup. Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall says barring any unforeseen circumstance, they will have the truck sometime Thursday night. The platform truck was purchased through the issuance of bonds by the City.
Pictured: The East Vine Property house as it currently stands.
The Taylorville City Council could have possession of the property on East Vine Street, where a rundown house sits, soon rather than later. City Attorney Rocci Romano told the Council that the one known co-owner is willing to sign a document of consent that will allow the City to tear it down and avoid going through a court process:
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind two Adam Rosales home runs and 5 2/3 scoreless innings from Nick Tepesch, the Texas Rangers earned their first winning streak in over a month by dealing the ChicagoWhite Sox a 3-1 loss at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rosales' two-run blast in the top of the second was the lone black mark on an otherwise dominant performance by Chicago ace Chris Sale (10-2), who struck out nine and yielded just three hits over six innings, despite receiving his second setback of the season.
The utility man added a solo shot off Daniel Webb in the seventh inning to help Texas record back-to-back victories for the first time since June 27-28.
Tepesch (4-7) halted a long drought of his own after scattering six hits and a walk. The right-hander had dropped four straight decisions since besting Minnesota to begin the Rangers' two-game streak in late June.
"We didn't know what Tepesch would give us after having 10 days off, but today he stayed focused and executed his pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He did a great job."
The White Sox, outscored by a 46-15 margin in losing four of five, got their lone run on a Dayan Viciedo solo homer in the seventh. Alexei Ramirez finished 3-for-4 in defeat.
Tepesch only struck out two batters and allowed the leadoff man to reach each time between the third and sixth innings. He got needed help in the form of three double plays to protect the 2-0 lead he had been staked to by Rosales.
The first of those twin killings was perhaps the biggest, as Chicago's Alejandro De Aza doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but was caught off the bag when Gordon Beckham followed with a liner into Rosales' glove at second for a 4-6 putout.
De Aza later singled to begin theWhite Sox' half of the sixth and was pushed to third on Ramirez's two-out double to left that chased Tepesch. Roman Mendez then entered for Texas and got the dangerous Jose Abreu to ground out and keep it a 2-0 game.
Rosales started off his first career multi-homer outing with an opposite-field shot off Sale that came after the All-Star lefty hit J.P. Arencibia with a pitch top open the second. The long ball was his third in 10 career at-bats against Sale.
"I guess I jinxed myself. I checked [the stats] yesterday just to see, and sure enough, he had two homers," Sale said. "Everyone's got their guy, I guess."
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton crashed hard into the wall while attempting to retrieve Rosales' early blast, injuring his lower back and being forced to exit the contest.
Webb relieved Sale to begin the seventh and had his seventh pitch of the day deposited over the left-field wall by Rosales to put Texas up 3-0.
Viciedo took Mendez deep in the bottom of the inning to answer for Chicago, but theWhite Sox managed just one more hit the rest of the way. Neftali Feliz fanned the only two hitters he faced in the ninth to close out the win and register his fourth save of the year.
The Rangers won consecutive games on the road for the first time since June 13-14 at Seattle, and had lost seven straight series as the visitor after taking that set from the Mariners ... Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus ended 2- for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games ... Ramirez now owns a nine- game hit streak for the White Sox ... De Aza, who sat out Tuesday's 16-0 loss to the Rangers with a bruised knee, went 2-for-2.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Gonzalez's two-run homer highlighted Colorado's six-run sixth inning, as the Rockies pounded the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, 13-4, in the middle installment of a three-game set.
The Cubs led 4-3 through five, but Nolan Arenado doubled in Justin Morneau to tie the score and Gonzalez followed with his 11th homer of the season.
"Hopefully this is a sign that CarGo is getting on track again," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "We've seen him have a night like this many times. When he gets rolling, it's something to see."
Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (6-3) allowed four more hits in the inning before finally getting the axe. He was charged with nine runs on 13 hits over five- plus forgettable innings.
"I knew after my bullpen session that I was going to have to make a pretty substantial adjustment to command the ball," Arrieta said.
Corey Dickerson went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Gonzalez finished with three hits and three runs in the victory. Michael McKenry also went yard for the Rockies, who snapped a five-game losing skid.
Jordan Lyles picked up the win in his return to the mound following a two- month hiatus with a broken left hand. Lyles (6-1) allowed four runs on six hits over six innings of work.
Chris Coghlan, like Dickerson, finished a home run shy of the cycle for the Cubs. Arismendy Alcantara hit his third homer of the season.
After Gonzalez made it 6-4, the Rockies weren't done in the sixth. Dickerson doubled and McKenry singled to put runners in scoring position for DJ LeMahieu, who reached safely on an RBI bunt single down the first-base line. Pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes finally ended Arrieta's outing with an RBI single to left.
The one positive for Chicago was the return of relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, who relieved Arrieta and recorded the final three outs of the sixth in just 10 pitches. Fujikawa hadn't pitched since May 26 of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Dickerson drove in two more runs in the seventh and McKenry added a two-run homer to make it 13-4.
Earlier, Coghlan opened the game with a triple to right-center, and Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly gave the Cubs an early 1-0 advantage.
Alcantara padded the cushion in the fourth inning, following Luis Valbuena's two-out walk with a home run to right.
The Rockies fought back to tie the score in the home fourth, with a pair of triples leading to two of the three runs. Morneau hit his third triple of the season and scored on an Arenado ground out. With two away, Gonzalez singled and Dickerson looped a three-bagger down the right-field line to trim the deficit to a run. McKenry knotted the score, grounding the first pitch he saw sharply to left.
Arrieta ended his stretch of 10 straight quality starts ... The Rockies improved to 21-9 against the Cubs at Coors Field since last losing a series to Chicago there in August, 2004 ... Gonzalez (ankle) hadn't started since August 1 ... Lyles was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game and pitcher Brett Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL. The Rockies also recalled pitcher Brooks Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs and designated outfielder Jason Pridie for assignment ... To make room for Fujikawa, the Cubs designated outfielder Nate Schierholtz for assignment.
Coverage of today's Cards and Red Sox game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Xander Bogaerts knocked in both of Boston's runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game series.
The Cardinals sent Trevor Rosenthal (1-6) to the mound in the ninth. Yoenis Cespedes singled, Mike Napoli doubled and pinch-hitter David Ortiz was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Bogaerts followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
Boston sent out Koji Uehara to close things out in the bottom half. He put men on first and second with two outs before getting Jon Jay to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. Uehara picked up his 23rd save of the season.
Former St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly gave up one run on three hits with four walks over seven innings in his Boston debut. Kelly was traded to the Red Sox last week in the deal that sent John Lackey to the Gateway City.
"Definitely good to get that win in there," Kelly said. "I had a good time, I enjoyed it, I had fun. Especially pitching against the Cardinals."
Junichi Tazawa (2-3) tossed a perfect eighth to get the win for Boston, which snapped a three-game skid.
Shelby Miller allowed one run on four hits over seven innings for the Cardinals, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"I thought (Miller) was very, very good today," praised Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
The Cardinals scored their only run in the first. Matt Carpenter led off with a double and crossed the plate on Matt Adams' single to right.
Boston tied the game in the fourth. Daniel Nava hit a two-out single and raced home on Bogaerts' double to left.
The start of the game was delayed 63 minutes due to rain ... The Red Sox went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Cardinals went 1-for-10 ... Kelly went 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts with the Cardinals this season.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Richard S. Ginger, 32, of 204 Walnut Street, Dawson, was arrested August 8 for driving with a suspended license.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:
On August 6 at 12:07am, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Nathan T. Mount, 19, of Shelbyville who the officer knew to have a valid warrant out of Shelby County. The officer contacted Taylorville Police Department dispatch who verified the warrant was active. The officer placed Mount under arrest and transported him to Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond.
Most people are careful about what kind of food they eat, but they may not be as concerned about their pet's diet. The owner of Tail Command in Taylorville, Ian Wilson, says your dog's diet is incredibly important:
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is in the process of activating a Central Illinois Chapter. According to their mission statement, BACA exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. The group will be speaking at the August 12th meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club which is held at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium at noon. A video further detailing what BACA is all about can be seen below.
Taylorville saw a visit from a nationally known figure the other day. According to Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY-nur) was in Taylorville Monday for a fundraiser:
The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a probable cause on the Taylorville airplane crash that occurred in 2012. According to the NTSB, the crash was due to an improper airspeed, the flaps being at the wrong angle, and too many people in the door area during exit which caused a shift in the airplane’s center of gravity. The report says the plane was traveling at a speed of 100 mph with the flaps retracted while it should have been flying at 110 to 120 mph with the flaps set at 30 degrees.
Also there were reportedly five of the parachutists hanging on to the outside of the airplane with several others standing in the door and the remainder were standing in the cabin forward of the door. According to instructions on the operator's skydiver briefing card, no more than four jumpers should be allowed to occupy the door area during exit. The NTSB report says these 3 factors likely lead to the aerodynamic stall/spin and a loss of control of the plane. The pilot, 30-year-old Brandon Sparrow, was killed in the crash. There were no injuries amongst the 12 parachutists and no one on the ground was injured either. You can review the full report by clicking here: NTSB Full Report.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Robinson Chirinos homered twice to lead an offensive onslaught by the Texas Rangers in a 16-0 drubbing of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Adrian Beltre, J.P. Arencibia and Shin-Soo Choo all went deep for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak by scoring a season high in runs. Texas scored just eight runs over that stretch.
"We know that even though we have a young team, (the young guys) have talent, they know they can hit and it's just a matter of getting it done on the field," said Beltre.
Colby Lewis (8-8) went the distance in his second career shutout. The right- hander scattered six hits and a walk, striking out seven in the win.
John Danks (9-7) was battered for nine runs on eight hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings.
"I felt great," said Danks. "It's a shame to get your butt kicked on a night when you feel good."
Choo doubled to begin the game, then later scored on a single by Alex Rios. Beltre followed Rios with his 16th homer of the season that staked the Rangers to a 3-0 lead.
Chirinos led off the second inning with his 10th home run of the year to increase the cushion. Three of the next five Texas hitters reached base via the walk before Arencibia laced a double to left that cleared the bags.
Arencibia homered to begin the sixth, then Chirinos clubbed his second of the night three batters later to push the margin to 9-0. Choo homered an inning later to make it a 10-run game.
With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, Daniel Robertson joined in on the hit parade with an RBI single to right that scored two. Elvis Andrus added a run-scoring double and Robertson later scored on a wild pitch from a strikeout of Jim Adduci. Robertson sent another RBI hit to right an inning later.
Because the game was well lost by the ninth, Chicago opted to use designated hitter Adam Dunn as a reliever. Dunn, who never pitched an inning over his 14- year career, got Andrus to ground out before Adduci reached on a fielding error by Alexei Ramirez. Arencibia popped out after a Beltre walk, then Adam Rosales ripped a single to center that plated Adduci. Rougned Odor sent a high fly ball to the edge of the warning track in left that was caught by Dayan Viciedo to end the inning.
Chicago has lost three of its last four, getting outscored 43-14 in the process ... The White Sox had won eight of the last nine meetings against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field ... Arencibia, Chirinos and Robertson all finished with three hits ... Texas went 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position ... All four Chicago relievers allowed at least one run ... Conor Gillaspie collected two hits in the setback ... The White Sox will send Chris Sale to the hill in Wednesday's series finale against Nick Tepesch of Texas.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Prized infield prospect Javier Baez belted the tie-breaking homer in the top of the 12th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 triumph over the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.
Baez, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday for his major league debut, took Boone Logan's (2-2) first pitch of the 12th inning over the wall in right-center field. The Cubs' first-round pick in 2011 was hitless and had three strikeouts in his first five at-bats, but lifted Chicago to its fourth win in five games.
"He drove that ball pretty well," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He had a few strikeouts, but he didn't seem like he was anxious at all."
It marked the third time these teams have played extra innings in five meetings this season.
Nolan Arenado had three hits, including a solo homer, for the Rockies, who suffered their fifth straight defeat.
The Rockies wasted a bases-loaded chance in the 10th inning when Brandon Barnes grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Cubs went ahead in the 11th when Ryan Sweeney singled to right to plate Starlin Castro, but they couldn't add on with the bases full as pinch-hitter John Baker struck out and Arismendy Alcantara grounded back to the mound.
The Rockies were down to their last strike when Charlie Culberson lined a 3-2 pitch to right field to score Jason Pridie. With runners at the corners, Justin Morneau struck out swinging to send the game to the 12th.
Hector Rondon (3-3) got the win despite giving up three hits, and Carlos Villanueva notched his second save.
Rockies starter Brett Anderson pitched the first three innings, but left with lower back spasms. Cubs starter Travis Wood lasted six frames.
Barnes doubled in two runs in the second, and it became 3-0 in the fifth on a Josh Rutledge RBI single.
Welington Castillo homered leading off the sixth, but the Rockies appeared to be their own worst enemy, leaving 12 men on base. In the bottom of the inning, they failed to push a run across despite having men on second and third with one out.
"I felt like that game was lost in the sixth or seventh inning," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
The Cubs pushed across three runs in the seventh when the Rockies used four pitchers. Nick Masset walked Castillo with the bases full and Rex Brothers did the same to pinch-hitter Chris Coughlan. Pinch-hitter Chris Valaika lifted the go-ahead sacrifice fly.
Arenado homered to left off Wesley Wright in the bottom of the seventh.
To make room for Baez, the Cubs optioned pitcher Blake Parker to Iowa ... The Cubs are assured of winning the season series against Colorado for the first time since 2008 ... The Rockies used a left-handed starting pitcher for a 20th straight game, which ties the most over the last 100 years. That was set by the 1982 Kansas City Royals. Righty Jordan Lyles will comes off the disabled list to start Wednesday's game for the Rockies.
Coverage of today's Cards and Red Sox game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Jay hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in their first meeting since last year's World Series.
A.J. Pierzynski poked a two-out single to left against Junichi Tazawa (1-3) in the eighth before Oscar Taveras lined a base hit to right-center to put runners on the corners. Jay then fisted a looping single into shallow left- center to plate the go-ahead run and ex-Red Sox catcher Pierzynski, who was designated for assignment by Boston on July 9.
Trevor Rosenthal tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 35th save of the year, while Pat Neshek (5-0) struck out the side in the eighth to earn the win.
Pierzynski finished 2-for-3, while starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and a walk over seven innings for the Cardinals, who have won four of their last five games.
"He made pitches," Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said of Lynn. "He beared down when he needed too."
Starter Rubby De La Rosa surrendered a run on six hits and three walks over six frames for Boston, which defeated the Cardinals in six games to win last year's World Series for the third time in 10 years.
The Cardinals squandered a leadoff double from Matt Carpenter in the first before Boston wasted Yoenis Cespedes' triple to start the second.
Cespedes reached third when Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was unable to make a diving grab on the shallow fly to right, caroming off his glove and rolling to the wall in foul territory before a fan reached out to snag the ball for fan interference. Daniel Nava grounded out and Cespedes was nabbed at the plate when Xander Bogaerts chopped one to a drawn-in Carpenter at third base.
St. Louis opened the scoring in the fourth when Matt Holliday hit a one-out double and came home on Matt Adams' roller back up the middle, but the Red Sox got the run back in the fifth on Christian Vasquez's sacrifice fly to right.
The teams traded runs in the seventh.
Cespedes and Nava singled to begin the frame and Bogaerts moved them both over with a sac bunt. Vasquez was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Will Middlebrooks bounced a would-be, double-play ball back to Lynn, but he bobbled the routine grounder and settled for the out at first as Cespedes scampered home to give Boston a 2-1 edge. Pinch-hitter Mike Napoli struck out to end the inning.
"We can work on fielding his position or else he's looking at a win right now," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn.
Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson worked a one-out walk and advanced to second on a Carpenter groundout in the home half before scoring on Wong's base hit up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Allen Craig, who was acquired by Boston along with Joe Kelly from St. Louis as part of the John Lackey deal before the non-waiver trade deadline last week, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a foot injury ... The Cardinals were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while Boston finished 0-for-5.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Nathan T. Mount, 19, of 1218 South Fourth Street, Shelbyville, was arrested August 6 on a warrant for 725 5/110-3.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 5 at 2:22pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer observed Keri C. Ellis, 34, of Taylorville operating a vehicle and the office knew Ellis to have a suspended driver's license. The officer verified Ellis' driver's license status through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. The officer issued Ellis a citation on scene and released her on a notice to appear.
On August 5 at 12:01pm, Ella M. Jackson, 77, of Edinburg advised she was traveling east on Springfield Road at the intersection with Cheney Street when Anna M. Babbs, 71, of Taylorville "crowded her". Jackson advised Babbs struck her driver's mirror with the passenger side of Babbs' vehicle. Jackson received damage to the driver's door, driver's mirror, and front quarter panel on the driver's side. Babbs advised she was traveling east on Springfield Road at the intersection with Cheney Street when she was struck by Jackson who was traveling in the same direction. Babbs received damage to the passenger side door. No injuries were reported.
More than 1500 high school students throughout the Lake Land College district got a taste of college without ever leaving their high school classrooms during the 2013-2014 school year with the college’s Dual Credit Program.
The Lake Land College Dual Credit Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the chance to enroll in college-level courses while earning both high school and college credit, tuition free.
Courses are taught by a high school teacher, who is qualified to instruct college-level classes, during the regular high school day at the high school’s facilities. To enroll in dual credit courses, students must be juniors or seniors and initially have a high school grade point average equivalent of a C to enroll. Once a student has taken at least one dual credit course, he/she must maintain an LLC grade point average of 2.0 to continue enrollment.
For more information, contact Brent Todd, director of dual credit at Lake Land, at (217) 234-5044.
The Taylorville Police Department reports one person was injured in a single vehicle crash on Friday. Around 7:33am, 80-year-old Mary E. Cundiff of Taylorville reportedly told police she was attempting to park her vehicle on the north side of Spring Garden when her vehicle jumped the sidewalk and struck the entryway. Cundiff said she did not know what caused the accident or how her vehicle ended up striking the building. Cundiff said the only thing she could remember was the impact. Cundiff was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries described as minor by the report and her vehicle was towed from the scene.
The Taylorville Police Department reports that 3 people were arrested Friday on drug charges. Around 11:30pm, Taylorville Police Department officers saw a vehicle parked at the entrance to Manners Park off of Palmer. It was reportedly found that the vehicle was occupied by three females. Following an investigation, 18-year-old Madison C. Noblet of Taylorville, 18-year-old Quincey L. Law of Owaneco, and a 17-year-old female juvenile were placed under arrest for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
(Effingham, IL) -- An Illinois doctor accused of illegally distributing controlled substances is without a license. Dr. Naeem Kohli's license was suspended by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation last week. The Effingham neurologist has pleaded not guilty to charges of health care fraud and illegally dispensing oxycodone, hydromorphone, and methadone. Kohli's trial is to begin in September.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Flowers finished a double shy of the cycle and drove in three runs as theWhite Sox earned a 5-3 win over the Rangers in a rain-shortened series opener in Chicago.
The game was played through a persistent rain until finally being called after the top of the seventh inning.
Hector Noesi (6-8) went all seven frames and earned his first career complete game against his former team, which waived him back in April.
Nick Martinez (1-8) remained winless since May after allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks over five-plus innings.
"The rain didn't affect me at all," Martinez said. "This is a game of adversity. You have to be able to deal with adversity to pitch at this level."
Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer for the Rangers and Adrian Beltre drove in a run and nearly went deep in the fifth inning.
Adam Eaton brought back Beltre's potential homer, however, with a perfectly- timed leaping grab at the center-field wall, and Flowers led off the bottom half with a game-tying solo blast.
"(Martinez) left a slider up in the zone," Flowers said. "I was just trying to put it in play."
Flowers stepped in with runners on second and third in the sixth and laced a base hit to center to bring in both runners for a 5-3 Chicago lead, and Texas was dealt a fourth straight loss when play was halted after a lengthy delay.
Beltre singled in Elvis Andrus in the Rangers' first at-bat, and Odor went deep in the second after a Noesi error extended the inning.
Jose Abreu drove in two runs with a single to center in the third. Flowers tripled off the top of the right-field wall while Eaton and Alexei Ramirez both earned walks prior to the rookie knocking in his 85th and 86th runs.
Noesi struck out six and allowed four hits, three walks and three runs -- one earned ... Eaton extended his hitting streak to 11 games ...White Sox left fielder Alejandro De Aza left the game due to an injured knee ... Texas has dropped seven in a row on the road ... Noesi is 0-7 in 10 starts since winning his only decision on May 24 ... Chicago is 8-1 in its last nine home games vs. Texas.
(Denver, CO) -- The Cubs open up a three-game series with the Rockies from Coors Field in Denver tonight. Chicago sends Travis Wood to the mound. He's 7-and-9 with a 5.10 ERA. Colorado counters with Brett Anderson, who is 1-and-3 with a 3.12 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:40.
Prized Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez has been called up to make his major league debut tonight against the Rockies. The 2011 first-round pick is ranked by ESPN as the eighth-best prospect in baseball. Baez has hit .342 with nine homers since the Triple-A All-Star break.
(St. Louis, MO) -- Lance Lynn will toe the rubber tonight as the Cardinals welcome the Red Sox to Busch Stadium. Lynn is 11-and-8 with a 2.98 earned run average on the season and is coming off back-to-back losses. Shelby Miller will face former Red Bird Joe Kelly in game two tomorrow with Adam Wainwright taking the rock in the finale on Thursday. Coverage of today's Cards and Red Sox game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between July 9, 2014 and July 16, 2014, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 26 Hannon Trailer Court. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took several items including: 2 gold chains, 2 silver chains, $50 in change, and other items. There did not appear to be any forced entry. The total dollar amount of 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.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On August 2 at 6:43pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 800 block of East Poplar in reference to trespassing. Upon arrival, officers learned that Cassandra M. Hampton, 18, of Taylorville and Steven S. Durbin, 22, of Taylorville were just seen inside #5 East Lawn Drive which was an address both parties were given "no trespass orders" for only a few hours prior. After speaking with the homeowner, it was confirmed that they were trespassing and both Hampton and Durbin were placed under arrest for criminal trespass to residence. Both were released on a notice to appear in court.
On August 2 at 1:40pm, Michael W. Cherry, 32, of Springfield backed out of a parking spot at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. Robert W. Cox of Loami was parked along the backside of the parking lot. Cherry then struck Cox's vehicle. Cherry went back into the parking spot and went inside to notify Cox. No injuries reported.
(Decatur, IL) -- A disagreement over a few cookies has landed one central Illinois man behind bars. Decatur Police say 23-year-old Allen Hall tried to strangle his roommate to death after she ate three of his Chips Ahoy cookies. The woman says Hall threatened to kill her but she thought he was just joking. He allegedly tried to make good on the promise while she was in the bathtub last Wednesday. Hall is charged with attempted murder and is being held in the Macon County Jail on 75-thousand-dollars bond.
(Litchfield, IL) -- The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois group is getting a new home. The owners of the Honey Bend Campground and Resort have given them 70-acres of land in Litchfield. The group is expected to take ownership of the property by the end of September. They should start hosting programs on the grounds sometime this fall.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to ensure that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to Cannabidiol (can-ah-buh-dial) (CBD) Oil and therapeutic hemp.
Currently, more than 300,000 children in American suffer from some form of epilepsy. Many of these children experience more than 100 violent seizures a day— any one of which could be fatal without proper care. There is evidence that CBD oil has been shown to reduce the amount and duration of seizures in children suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014, removes CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Therapeutic hemp is defined as having no more than .3% THC, which means it has no hallucinogenic effects of traditional marijuana.
People gather to watch livestock shows at the 2014 Coles County Fair
When it comes to Fair season, the various livestock superintendents have their hands full but it’s not the only time they are working. Mark Cox, 4-H Beef Superintendent at the Coles County Fair, says they have a year-round job:
Even though many people are still not computer savvy, more and more people are saving time and money by conducting business online. The Social Security Administration is no exception. Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers tells Regional Radio News you can sign up for “My Social Security”:
Pictured: Bolinda's new location right next to the cinema.
Bolinda’s Shoe Store is in the process of re-locating to the former Doc’s Maytag building on the Taylorville Square. Owner Linda Farris tells Regional Radio News that if you have a question in regards to shoe orders or repairs, just give them a call:
Again, the number to call with any questions is 824-5984. The new address for Bolinda’s will be 115 W. Main Cross.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Santana went 5-for-6 with four RBI and finished a homer shy of the cycle as the Minnesota Twins grabbed the rubber match of a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox with a 16-3 drubbing on Sunday.
Oswaldo Arcia homered to go along with three RBI and Kennys Vargas added a pair of hits with two RBI for Minnesota, which won two straight after a three-game slide.
"Up to the eighth inning it was a 4-3 ballgame, then the ball started flying all over the place," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Chris Parmelee, who didn't start the contest, homered among his two hits and Eric Fryer added a solo shot in the win.
Kyle Gibson (10-8) continued his road dominance with another solid outing on the hill for the Twins. Gibson, who has now won four straight away from Target Field, allowed three runs -- all in the fourth -- on six hits with six strikeouts over seven innings.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana was in line for the win, but a high pitch count along with a faultyWhite Sox bullpen prevented that from happening. The left- hander was charged with one unearned run on five hits and two walks. He struck out five during his five-inning, 115-pitch outing.
"They're the guys in there so we're going to have to make it work somehow," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the bullpen.
Leading by two, Chicago chose to use Javy Guerra (1-3) in relief of Quintana to begin the sixth and the Twins cashed in. Chris Colabello and Fryer singled around an Arcia strikeout. Eduardo Nunez followed Fryer with a single to left that plated Colabello and Santana clubbed a two-run double to push Minnesota in front by one.
The Twins blew the game open in the eighth with a nine-run inning that saw Chicago use three relievers and Minnesota send 14 batters to the plate. Nunez walked to begin the frame, stole second and waltzed home on Santana's triple to right. Brian Dozier walked to put runners at the corners before Trevor Plouffe ripped a single up the middle for a 6-3 advantage. Vargas then popped a single into shallow left that plated Dozier and pinch-hitter Parmelee singled in a run for an 8-3 margin.
Santana had the chance to complete the cycle later in the inning, but he settled for a run-scoring infield single. Dozier capped the lengthy frame with a pop single to center.
Parmalee, Arcia and Fryer went back-to-back-to-back in the ninth to account for the final margin. Santana again stepped in with the cycle in reach and he squibbed a single out to left.
Santana singled to open the game, then a 45-minute rain delay ensued. Coming out of the break, Plouffe walked with one out to put runners on first and second before Josh Willingham reached on a fielding error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. Quintana then plunked Vargas that forced in the game's first run, but the southpaw got Colabello to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.
Gibson's scoreless-innings streak on the road ended at 19 when theWhite Sox pounded out three extra-base hits in a three-run fourth. Gillaspie doubled with one out and Alexei Ramirez knocked him in with a double of his own. Following a groundout by Paul Konerko, Viciedo hammered a no-doubter over the wall in left that gave the hosts a 3-1 lead.
The Twins pounded out 23 hits. Minnesota's 49 hits in the series are the second most the team has tallied since moving to the Twin cities ... Chicago's rookie Jose Abreu went 0-for-4, a game after his 21-game hitting streak was halted ... Plouffe went 9-for-14 in the series.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Coghlan homered, drove in two and scored twice to help the Chicago Cubs to a series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-3 win on Sunday.
Starlin Castro also drove in two and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who have won three of four.
Edwin Jackson (6-11) yielded two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings of work. Jackson last won on June 20 at Pittsburgh and had dropped four of his last seven starts coming in.
"This one was for the team after last night," said Jackson. "I'm glad I had a chance to save the bullpen a little bit. I had great defense behind me. You can't do it all by yourself."
Josh Beckett (6-6) went four-plus innings for the Dodgers, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks to absorb the loss.
Matt Kemp homered and Adrian Gonzalez supplied an RBI for Los Angeles.
"For Josh, it was a little rough," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "A lot of pitches to get through innings. We just didn't have much energy today."
Coghlan doubled to start things in the first for Chicago, then crossed home on Anthony Rizzo's double to left.
Los Angeles loaded the bases with no outs in the home half when Hanley Ramirez, who knocked his first career walk-off homer on Saturday, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Justin Turner. Jackson then got Matt Kemp to ground out to end the inning.
Jackson led off the fifth with a double and scored on Coghlan's sixth homer of the season which put the Cubs up for good.
"I love playing here," said Coghlan. "You see the ball good. As a team it's nice to get a series victory."
Kemp homered to left center in the sixth to cut the deficit in half, and LA could have tied things in the seventh if it wasn't for Rizzo's glove at first.
With Drew Butera on second, Carl Crawford ripped a liner to Rizzo, who made a full-extension leaping grab to rob Crawford of an extra-base hit down the line and alertly doubled off Butera at second to end the inning.
Brandon League walked Valbuena, Ryan Sweeney and Chris Valaika to open the eighth before inducing a fielder's choice off the bat of Nate Schierholtz to keep it a one-run game. John Baker followed with an RBI groundout and Castro grounded a single up the middle to make it a 6-2 game.
Gonzalez hit an RBI fielder's choice in the home half to pull LA within three, however, Valbuena smashed his 10th home run of the season in the ninth to restore the four-run lead.
Chicago went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, while LA went 2-for-12 in those instances ... League was charged with three runs on one hit and three walks in 2/3 of an inning ... Time of game: 3:34.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - John Lackey emerged a winner in his St. Louis debut, thanks to a three-run seventh-inning rally that lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers in a key NL Central clash.
After mustering a mere one hit against a dominant Matt Garza through the first six innings, the Cardinals rocked the Milwaukee bullpen for five in the deciding seventh to claim Sunday's series rubber match and move within a game of the first-place Brewers in the division race.
Matt Holliday began the comeback with a mammoth solo home run, with A.J. Pierzynski and Oscar Tavares later delivering RBI singles against Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) to put St. Louis in front.
Garza had thrown just 71 pitches and allowed one hitter over the minimum prior to being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stated afterward that the right-hander injured his left oblique near the end of the sixth inning.
"Hopefully, it's not bad," said Garza of the injury. "But it was bad enough where I had to take myself out of the game, and I don't do that.
"I could have kept on and made it worse, and then could have been out probably the rest of the year. I had to go with the smart play. It's one of those things where you don't like it and don't understand it."
Lackey (1-0) was tagged for a pair of early runs, but steadied himself thereafter to throw seven solid innings in his first start since being acquired from Boston at Thursday's trade deadline.
Mark Reynolds belted a solo homer for Milwaukee and Aramis Ramirez went 2- for-4 with an RBI in the loss, the Brewers' fifth in seven games. Ryan Braun also finished with two hits.
Garza had been in total command before being forced out with Milwaukee holding a 2-0 edge. He permitted just one baserunner -- hitting Matt Adams with a pitch in the second before erasing him on a double play -- through the first four innings, then stranded Adams following a leadoff double in the fifth to preserve the Brewers' two-run advantage.
That lead quickly evaporated when the Brewers' relief corps came on in the bottom of the seventh, however.
Zach Duke surrendered Holliday's blast and was then removed in favor of Jeffress after Adams followed with a single. Three consecutive Cardinal base hits ensued, with Pierzynski plating Adams with a grounder through the right side in front of Tavares' liner up the middle that scored Jhonny Peralta.
"We weren't really trying to do anything except get guys on base," Pierzynski said. "Matt hit the home run and then we just strung a bunch of singles together to kind of get us to a point where we were able to get a lead and then the bullpen did what they've done."
The Brewers did threaten against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth, as a Khris Davis single and a walk to Elian Herrera put the tying run in scoring position with one out. Rosenthal, though, bounced back with swinging strikeouts of Scooter Gennett and Carlos Gomez to nail down his major league-best 34th save of the year.
Lackey's debut as a Cardinal got off to a bit of a rocky beginning, as Braun walloped a double in the top of the first inning and raced home on a Ramirez single to send the Brewers ahead. It was a 2-0 game shortly after when Reynolds clobbered a slider into the left-field seats in the second.
Lackey was sharp from that point on, with the Brewers failing to get a runner past second over the veteran hurler's final five innings of work.
"I think the first couple innings he was really excited and then he really settled in and does what he does," said Pierzynski. "He makes big pitches and gets guys out."
Lackey, who had spent his previous 11 1/2 seasons in the American League, improved to 19-10 in 38 career starts against NL teams ... Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura were both held out of Milwaukee's starting lineup with quad injuries ... Ramirez finished the series 8-of-13 with four RBI and is hitting .522 (12-of-23) during a six-game hitting streak ... The teams will meet seven more times in September, including a three-game set at Busch Stadium from Sept. 16-18.
The sixth part of the 175th Committee’s Christian County History Series features the Locust and May Townships. The article can be seen under the letter section at taylorvilledailynews.com. The series will run for 14 weeks and most of the information comes from the quarterlies and library of the Christian County Genealogical Society.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Jerome H. Mason, 30, of 1556 South Shumway Street, Taylorville, was arrested August 1 on a bond forfeiture for 720 5/12-3.2
Taylor R. Kocurek, 21, of 201 Main Street, Kincaid, was arrested August 1 on a bond forfeiture for 720 5/19-1-A
Tosh A. Cole, 31, of 312 Ridge, Kincaid, was arrested August 1 for driving with a suspended license.
Maggie D. Dust, 38, of 326 US Highway 51, Pana, was arrested August 1 on a bond forfeiture for 720 550/5-c
Jesse A. Vail, 32, of 2100 Grand Boulevard, Taylorville, was arrested August 1 for driving on a suspened/revoked license, obstructing justice, and bond forfeitures for consumption of liquor by a minor and parole violation.
Ernest S. Stewart, 25, was arrested August 3 for a violation of an order of protection.
Kevin M. Horne, 38, of 77 Christa Ann Court, Bloomington, was arrested August 2 for driving under the influence and theft of labor/services.
Caleb L. Dean, 23, of 9 West Orange, Pana, was arrested August 3 for criminal damage of less than $300 to a school.
Lance D. Stanbery, 24, of 400 West Franklin Street, Taylorvillle, was arrested August 1 on a warrant for aggravated battery.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On July 25 at 1:57am, Taylorville Police Department received a call in reference to subjects trying to enter a vehicle. The complainant stated the subjects fled on foot and he could hear them in the cornfield. Officers went to the area and located the 4 subjects on West Elm Street near Briarcliff Road. An officer told the subjects to get on the ground and three complied. On subject continued to flee on foot. Upon further investigation, 19-year-old Nathan T. Mount of Shelbyville, 19-year-old Austin T. Sexton, and a 17-year-old male juvenile were all arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. They were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.
On July 30 at 5:25pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Krogers in regards to criminal damage. The officer arrived and located two male juveniles who had damaged an item belonging to Krogers. The 2 juveniles were placed under arrest, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released to their guardians.
On August 1 at 1:06pm, Walmart Loss Prevention advised that they had detained a male and female shoplifter. Walmart Loss Prevention said both 24-year-old Jacob J. Kessler of Springfield and 19-year-old Cassie M. Crawford of Springfield selected several DVDs, removed their coverings, and attempted to leave the store without paying for them. Kessler and Crawford were arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department and processed. They were both released on a notice to appear.
On August 1 at 2:00pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol in the alleyway of the 1000 block of East Ash and observed two subjects walking in the alleyway of the 1100 block of East Ash. When the subjects saw the officer, they reportedly walked into the back yard of a residence in the 1100 block. The officer circled the block and observed them hiding behind a fence in a reported attempt to avoid the officer. The officer made contact with them and the male subject ran in a southwest direction. The female subject started walking as well. The officer directed them to stop however they kept running. The male subject was later detained on a nearby back yard and the female was detained in the 900 block of East Park. Following investigation, 22-year-old Steven S. Durbin of Taylorville was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer and 18-year-old Cassandra M. Hampton was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On August 1 at 5:45pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were on patrol and observed a male and a female subject walking and appeared to be arguing. The officers made contact with them and following the investigation, 29-year-old Daniel L. Shimkus of Springfield was arrested for public intoxication.
On August 1 at 9:06pm, Taylorville Police Department officers went to Hershey Tower to attempt to reach a male subject with a warrant for his arrest out of Christian County. Officers left Hershey Tower after a failed attempt to reach the subject. Shortly after officers departed, the Taylorville Police Department received a call from the same subject who ultimately agree to com to the Taylorville Police Department. Following his arrival, 24-year-old Lance D. Stanbery of Taylorville was placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for his arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.
On August 1 at 11:30pm, Taylorville Police Department officers saw a vehicle parked at the entrance to Manners Park off of Palmer. It was found that the vehicle was occupied by three females. Following an investigation, 18-year-old Madison C. Noblet of Taylorville, 18-year-old Quincey L. Law of Owaneco, and a 17-year-old female juvenile were placed under arrest for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On August 3 at 2:01pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to 1218 West Pauline in reference to a violation of an order of protection. Following an investigation, 25-year-old Ernest S. Stewart was arrested for a violation of an order of protection and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.
On August 2 at 2:26pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Wilson at Webster. Following the stop, 22-year-old David W. Moma of Taylroville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of alcohol. CRASHES:
On August 3 at 2:03pm, Betty Scott of Taylorville said that she was parked at Kriegers for lunch and when she returned to her vehicle, an unknown vehicle had struck the front of her vehicle.
On August 1 at 12:30pm, Johnny R. Reece, 60, of Pana and Joshua M. Moyer, 31, of Elsberry, Missouri were traveling east on Route 104. Moyer stopped to avoid running into the back of a car that suddenly stopped in front of him. Reece was not able to avoid hitting Moyer. Reece hit Moyer in the rear passenger portion with the front driver's side portion of his vehicle. No injuries were reported
On August 1 at 7:33am, Mary E. Cundiff, 80, of Taylorville advised she was attempting to park her vehicle on the north side of Spring Garden when her vehicle jumped the sidewalk and struck the entryway. Cundiff advised she did not know what caused the accident or how her vehicle ended up striking the building. Cundiff said the only thing she could remember was the impact. Cundiff was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries described as minor by the report. Cundiff's vehicle was towed from the scene.
On July 29 at 1:28pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to a two vehicle accident at Cheney and Elm. Officers arrived and spoke with both drivers. Gary L. Manuel, 68, of Taylorville stated he was stopped waiting to turn left onto Elm Street and was stuck in the rear by Jordan N. Stout, 22, of Taylorville. Stout stated she could not get stopped in time and struck the rear of Manuel. Stout was issued citations for no insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Stout had to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.
On July 26 at 4:28pm, Spencer D. Hill, 25, of Taylorville was stopped in the southbound lane of North Cheney waiting to turn left. Kourtney M. Kater, 17, of Stonington said that she could not get stopped in time to avoid hitting Hill. No injuries were reported.
There has been a slight change in location for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s Blood Drive. The Blood Mobile is now located in front of One East on Market Street. It will be open until 3pm today.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he will be holding traveling office hours in Mt. Zion on Tuesday, August 5, and Pana and Raymond on Wednesday, August 6.
The traveling office hours in Mt. Zion will be held on Tuesday, August 5, at the Mt. Zion Convention Center, Room F, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
The traveling office hours in Pana will be held on Wednesday, August 6, at the Pana City Hall, 120 E. Third St., from 10:00am – 11:30am.
The traveling office hours in Raymond will be held on Wednesday, August 6, at the Raymond Village Hall, 305 W. Broad St., from 1:30pm – 3:00pm.
Appointments for a one-on-one or small group meeting with Rep. Davis are encouraged but not required. To make an appointment for the Mt. Zion office hours, please call 217.791.6224. To make an appointment for the Pana or Raymond office hours, please call 217.824.5117.
The Taylorville Water Department will have the water shut off to all of Langleyville for water line repairs Tuesday (tomorrow). This work should begin around 9:00am and should be completed in approximately 4 hours. Once the water is restored, there will be a boil order in effect until further notice. During this time, the Taylorville Water Department reminds you that you should boil your water for at least 5 minutes before use. Samples have to be evaluated by the EPA lab before the boil order can be lifted. Once test results are in from the lab, local media will be notified.
The Taylorville City Council met Monday night and heard about a recently filed lawsuit. City Attorney Rocci Romano says Jamal Shehadeh (Sh-ha-duh) is suing the City over the Freedom of Information requests:
Romano says the previous court arrangement that settled the possibility of Shehadeh suing the first time around does not cover the most recent FOIA requests thus allowing Shehadeh to file a lawsuit.
The Taylorville City Council held a long discussion at their Monday night meeting over the partially collapsed building on the Taylorville Square. Building owner Dustin Clark was in attendance and says he plans to rebuild and does not want to tear the building down:
The Council raised concerns over the timeliness of the repairs and safety especially with major events such as the 175th Anniversary and Chillifest coming up in October. Alderman Earl Walters suggested moving the barricades to open up a few more lanes of traffic that would also help nearby businesses that are currently impacted by the current barricade setup. The Council took no action on this or any other matter concerning the partially collapsed building and will discuss the situation further at the next City Council meeting on August 18 when they should have more information.
The Taylorville City Council approved a resolution for an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between the City and May Township in regards to “borrowed equipment”.
The City Council also approved the following motions in regards to tree removal and replacement:
*Motion to allow Langen Farms, Inc. to cut down and clean up one tree at 310 RichmondAvenue at a cost of $400.00 to be paid by the property owner
*Motion to allow Langen Farms, Inc. to take down and clean up two trees at 1021 W. Poplar Street at a cost of $1,300.00 to be paid by the City
*Motion to approve the request of Eric & Loretta Kahle to remove a Crabapple Tree on the boulevard at 511 E. Heights Avenue at their expense
*Motion to approve the request of Eric & Loretta Kahle to plant a Ginko Tree on the boulevard at 511 E. Heights Avenue at their expense
*Motion to approve the request of Gerald McPhillips to have a dead tree removed at 700 W. Vine Street (Southwest corner of Vine & Shumway) at the City’s expense (due to the size)
The Illinois State Police hosted the Department’s 37th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday to recognize 92 sworn officers and civilians for outstanding skill, valor, ability and professionalism in the performance of their enforcement and civic duties. Officer of the Year, Medal for Honor, Purple Heart Medal and the Life Saving Medal were given to Troopers, Sergeants and Special Agents for their courage and outstanding service in various assignments.
The Department also recognized several civilian employees for their assistance that supports the Department’s mission of keeping Illinois safe. Awards include the Director’s Award of Distinction, Tele-Communicator of the Year, and Forensic Scientist of the Year. Additionally, officers and non-ISP civilians were given Awards of Distinction to recognize their contribution to law enforcement and Public Safety.
Officer of the Year, Trooper Bradley R. Williams
Assigned to District 20 for his entire career, Trooper Brad Williams exemplifies the tenets of the Illinois State Police – Integrity, Service, and Pride. His motivation and desire to excel are evident by his performance. Selected as a motorcycle officer in 2012, Trooper Williams can be found patrolling District 20 on his motorcycle regardless of temperature. He is often approached by citizens with questions regarding his motorcycle duties and is always willing to take the time to speak with and educate them. Trooper Williams maintains a high level of activity, including leading District 20 with over 950 citations in 2013, and his contribution to improving traffic safety is evident.
Trooper Williams’ dedication was never more evident than during the early morning hours of April 24, 2013. Prior to the start of Trooper Williams’ shift, a subject brutally murdered five people, including an infant, in Manchester, Illinois, and fled the scene. Upon reporting to duty on his motorcycle, Trooper Williams promptly began searching for the suspect. With area schools canceling classes and residents locking their doors in fear, Trooper Williams understood the magnitude of the situation. It was not long before Trooper Williams spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a pursuit. He pursued the suspect on winding rural roads and remained remarkably calm providing updated locations and direction of travel. Local law enforcement joined the pursuit and eventually disabled the suspect’s vehicle. As the suspect exited his vehicle with a shotgun, Trooper Williams jumped from his motorcycle and drew his service weapon. Just as the suspect fired a round from his shotgun at officers, Trooper Williams and Winchester Police Chief George Lindsey engaged the suspect and fatally wounded him.
Faced with an ominous situation, Trooper Williams did what he was trained to do without regard for his personal safety. His courageous actions saved the lives of his fellow officers and prevented any further tragedy. The Illinois State Police is proud to have Trooper Williams among its ranks.
Telecommunicator of the Year, Laurie delosReyes
Ms. delosReyes has proudly served the Illinois State Police for 32 years as a telecommunications professional. She is an exceptional employee who has earned the respect of sworn officers, peers and subordinates. Ms. delosReyes consistently maintains her personal composure and professional demeanor during high stress situations. She is a knowledgeable employee and is well versed in her job duties as well as department policies and procedures. She possesses the knowledge to handle work of the most complex nature.
Ms. delosReyes has received countless letters of gratitude for helping with serious incidents during her career. On June 14, 2013, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources officer lost his footing in the Mississippi River and needed immediate assistance. He was unable to radio for help, however, Ms. delosReyes became concerned when she could not reach him for a status check. Acting on instinct, she made calls for assistance and the officer received the help he needed from several local agencies including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Her persistence and attention to duty was not only evident on that day, but is used on a daily basis. Ms. delosReyes is a valued and loyal employee who is committed to her role as a Telecommunicator with the Illinois State Police. She handles emergency situations in a professional manner, even under the toughest circumstances. She strives for excellence in her job duties and can always be counted on to assist others. Ms. delosReyes is an important contributor to the success of District 7.
Forensic Scientist of the Year, Katherine A. Sullivan
Ms. Katherine Sullivan is a Forensic Scientist 3 in the Forensic Biology/DNA section at the Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory. Her dedication, integrity, leadership, and pride are demonstrated by her quality work and her commitment to advancing the field of forensic science. In 2013, she worked more than 300 DNA cases, far exceeding casework productivity expectations and placing her as one of the highest producing scientists in the Forensic Biology/DNA Section. More importantly, her work is consistently thorough and of the highest quality.
Ms. Sullivan’s leadership is evident through her forward thinking and her ability to plan for future scientific advancements, an attribute necessary for the constantly evolving science of DNA. As a result, she is frequently asked to assist on critical initiatives to ensure forward progress of the statewide DNA section. For example, in 2013, she was asked to review needed updates to the DNA Procedures Manual regarding Y-STR DNA analysis. She is well-respected among her peers and her technical counsel is often sought in identifying solutions to complex analytical issues.
Ms. Sullivan generously gives back to the community in the area of forensics, with activities ranging from service on a criminal justice advisory board, to providing informative presentations about forensic science. She works closely with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, providing training and guidance in the program to ensure appropriate evidence is collected properly in order to facilitate analysis. In 2013, she was integral in the creation of a feedback form for the nurses which allows them to understand how the swabs they collect provide useful information in the investigation of cases. This type of process improvement is one of Ms. Sullivan’s great strengths.
Her commitment to the agencies served by the Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory is exemplary. Ms. Sullivan has an excellent reputation with law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and judges. She is a dedicated employee and upholds the high standards set by the department because she sets her personal standards even higher. Ms. Sullivan consistently provides excellent and unwavering service to the Illinois State Police and the criminal justice community.
Medal for Honor
The Medal for Honor is awarded to Illinois State Police personnel who perform a heroic act that, by its nature, results in saving a life, preventing a serious crime, or apprehending a person who committed a serious crime.
The eligible act, while of a lesser degree than that required for the Medal for Valor, must nevertheless have been accomplished with distinction.
This year’s recipients:
Trooper Brian R. Scott, District 10
Trooper Brad R. Williams, District 20
The Purple Heart Medal is presented to Illinois State Police personnel who, while in the performance of enforcement duties, are seriously injured or killed while encountering deadly force or “other actions” causing serious, life threatening injuries or death. Receiving the Purple Heart this year is Trooper James M. Sauter.
On March 29, 2013, Trooper James M. Sauter was on duty in his ISP squad car when his vehicle was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer at I-294 southbound at Willow Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene early Friday morning and had been a member of the Illinois State Police since June 29, 2008. Trooper Sauter had just completed a temporary assignment in Air Operations and was recently reassigned to District 15 as a patrolman.
The Lifesaving Medal is awarded to Illinois State Police personnel who perform actions or who apply techniques that result in saving or sustaining a human life. Honorees:
Captain John B. Rattigan, Bureau of Identification
Master Sergeant Theodore J. Rhodes, District 12
Sergeant Craig R. Demaret, SWAT
Trooper John W. Carroll, District 22
Trooper Dwayne L. Jennings, District Chicago
Trooper Michael J. Kasprak, District 17
Trooper Brian M. Kelliher, District Chicago
Trooper Chad R. Martinez, District 5
Trooper Jose F. Malave, District Chicago
Trooper Jose A. Montes, District Chicago
Trooper Ralph E. Shelton, District 13
Trooper Brian M. Spillane, District Chicago
Trooper Howard R. Sterling, District Chicago
Trooper Demetrio Torres, District Chicago
Trooper Joel D. Vanburen, District 2
Officer Tracy Grantlen, PSU
Director’s Award of Distinction
The Director’s Award of Distinction is presented to any individual, agency, or group outside the Illinois State Police who gave extraordinary support and assistance to accomplish the goals of the Department. Honorees:
Investigator Dwayne Buretz, Secretary of State Police
Mr. Nicholas D. Carter, Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Scott Emberle, Edelstein, Illinois
Ms. Susan Feldhake, Effingham, Illinois
Officer Steven Francisko, Illinois Conservation Police
Ms. Deanna Gawron, Westmont, Illinois
Mr. Michael S. Hairgrove, Schaumburg, Illinois
Mr. Marcos Hernandez, North Aurora, Illinois
Mr. Anthony Ladd, Chicago, Illinois
Chief George Lindsey, Chief of Winchester Police Department
Mr. Ron Newman, South Elgin, Illinois
Mr. Christopher Pratt (from 2013), Odin, Illinois
Mr. Tim Sjostrom, St. Charles, Illinois
Mr. Mike Stoner, St. Charles, Illinois
Ms. Mandy Vergara, Effingham, Illinois
Inspector Doug Wade, Blackhawk Area Task Force
Master Sergeant Robert Seas (Retired)
Department Achievement Medal
Aaron R. Kustermann, State Terrorism Intelligence Center
Officer of the Year Award
Officers nominated for the ISP Officer of the Year Award must display a combination of the following qualifications and characteristics: outstanding contribution in the area of assignment; valor in the line of duty; exceptional knowledge and ability to complete job functions; overall productivity; civic contributions; and professional appearance and demeanor. Officer of the Year nominees:
Division of Administration
Sergeant Michael A. Severino, Logistics Bureau
Division of Forensic Services
Sergeant Abigail B. Keller, Crime Scene Services Command
Division of Internal Investigation
Sergeant Elliet R. Alger, Southern Command
Division of Operations
Operational Services Command
Trooper Gregory A. Lecas, Special Operations Command
Special Agent Scott C. Rhodes, Medical Fraud Control Bureau
Trooper Jeffrey A. Meisenheimer, District 1
Trooper Nathan K. Schramka, District 2
Trooper Jose A. Alvarez, District Chicago
Trooper Jeffrey T. Murray, District 5
Trooper Scott W. Ahrens, District 6
Trooper Andy T. Fratzke, District 7
Trooper Jacob C. Duro, District 8
Trooper Eric J. Weston, District 9
Trooper Kevin C. Smith, District 10
Trooper Kenneth G. Patterson, District 11
Trooper Ryan J. Finney, District 12
Trooper Christopher J. Watson, District 13
Trooper Bryan M. Clauson, District 14
Trooper James A. Sauter, District 15
Trooper Brian J. Bottcher, District 16
Trooper John C. Morscheiser II, District 17
Trooper Stephen M. Tarter, District 18
Trooper Matthew D. Haywood, District 19
Trooper Brad R. Williams, District 20
Trooper Erik R. Shay, District 21
Trooper Brian C. Watkins, District 22
Special Agent Chanto K. Iverson, Zone 1
Special Agent Charles E. Davidson, Zone 2
Special Agent Anna M. Wasylyszyn, Zone 3
Special Agent Timothy M. Wilkins, Zone 4
Special Agent Douglas A. LeConte, Zone 5
Special Agent Elbert A. Jennings, Zone 6
Special Agent Jeffrey A. Kline, Zone 7
Telecommunicator of the Year Award
Telecommunicators nominated for the ISP Telecommunicator of the Year Award must display a combination of the following qualifications and characteristics: outstanding contribution in the area of assignment; exceptional knowledge and ability to complete job functions; initiative to expand knowledge through attendance in college courses or seminars; civic contributions; and professional appearance and demeanor.
Telecommunicator of the Year Nominees:
Connie S. Grenoble, District 1
Eileen G. Mahoney, District 2
Beth M. DiVirgilio, District Chicago
Jill D. Collum, District 5
Richard A. Fitzpatrick, District 6
Laurie A. delosReyes, District 7
Melissa Glaub Mullen, District 8
Cheryl N. Clodfelter, Springfield Communications Center (Dist. 9, 14, 20)
Brian P. Wrinkle, District 10
Deann R. Rizzi, Districts 11 & 18
Luke O. Lay, DuQuoin Communications (Dist. 12, 13, 19, 22)
Adam Fogle, District 15
Gail R. Johnson, District 16
Tavis Fivek, District 17
Bradley V. Richardson, District 21
Forensic Scientist of the Year Award
Nominees for the ISP Forensic Scientist of the Year Award must display a combination of the following qualifications and characteristics: superior performance of an individual regarding casework; superior job performance; actions which exceed every day operations; and extraordinary community service or exceptional community involvement. Forensic Scientist of the Year nominees:
Glenn D. Schubert, Southern Illinois Forensic Science Centre
Brian J. Long, Springfield Forensic Science Laboratory
Debra B. Minton, Morton Forensic Science Laboratory
Jon M. Flaskamp, Forensic Science Center at Chicago
Katherine A. Sullivan, Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory
Patrick J. Powers, Rockford Forensic Science Laboratory
Brian Stevenson, Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory
This year’s award ceremony was narrated by Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Walters, Division of Administration.
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members are hosting a trail improvement work day at Lake Shelbyville’s Chief Illini Trail on tomorrow (Sunday). The work day is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eagle Creek State Park in Findlay and will begin from the trailhead. The NCCC Corps team is seeking volunteers to clear invasive plants, remove down trees, repair and build trail. The team would like to educate volunteers on the benefits of trails to the community’s economy and well-being. For additional information, please contact Andrew Chavis at 843-862-2189.
Work begins this month on renovations on the Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville campus. A new structure was added a few years ago, and now the old building will be upgraded. The school's Operations Analyst Tisha Miller says the idea is to make the old structure more architecturally similar to the new one:
Lincoln Land is currently winding down it's summer session and getting ready for fall.
The Taylorville City Council will meet Monday night at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers located on the second floor of the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include: a resolution for an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between the City and May Township in regards to “borrowed equipment”, several motions to remove various trees, City Attorney update, and Mayor update. We will have details following the meeting at taylorvilledailynews.com.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexei Ramirez hit a go-ahead single in a four-run eighth inning and the ChicagoWhite Sox held on for a 10-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a back-and-forth opener of a three-game set on Friday.
Jose Abreu finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk, while Tyler Flowers and Ramirez both had two RBI for theWhite Sox, who have won six of their last eight games.
"Anything you throw up there, I think he's going to hit it hard," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said about Abreu. "He's as hot as anyone in the league."
Javy Guerra (1-2) recorded the final two outs of the eighth to earn the win. White Sox starter Chris Sale gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, Kennys Vargas hit a two-run double and Chris Parmelee homered for Minnesota, which dropped its third straight game.
"You score eight runs with (Sale) starting the ball game, I bet Las Vegas would take those odds," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "It seemed like every inning they scored. That's not going to win you too many games."
Casey Fien (5-5) was charged with four runs in the eighth inning while getting just one out. Twins starter Logan Darnell allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in four innings of work.
In the eighth, Adam Eaton and Abreu both singled off Fien around a Gordon Beckham strikeout to place men on first and third. Consecutive RBI singles from Paul Konerko and Ramirez gave theWhite Sox the lead.
Caleb Thielbar entered to get Conor Gillaspie to line out for the second out, but Flowers hit a sharp grounder to right off Jared Burton, scoring Dayan Viciedo, who slid under Suzuki's tag at home. Alejandro De Aza's RBI base hit up the middle made it a 10-7 game.
Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham all singled off Jake Petricka to start the ninth. Suzuki reached on a fielder's choice that scored Dozier. Petricka recovered to strike out Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia to earn his seventh save of the season.
In the second, De Aza reached on a force out with two gone in the frame. Moises Sierra chopped a line-drive triple to the right-field corner to plate De Aza. Eaton followed with a RBI bunt single for an early 2-0 lead.
Minnesota responded with five runs off Sale in the third. Dozier and Plouffe hit back-to-back singles and Willingham's base hit scored Dozier. Suzuki's double to left scored Plouffe and Vargas' ground-rule double to right plated two runs. Vargas reached third on catcher Flowers' passed ball and came home on Chris Colabello's groundout.
TheWhite Sox tacked on a run in both the third and fourth. Ramirez reached on a force out with two outs in the third and came home on Gillaspie's double to right. Abreu provided an RBI single in the fourth to get Chicago within one.
Flowers' solo shot to right with two outs tied the game in the fifth and the White Sox took the lead in the sixth.
Abreu and Konerko both singled off Anthony Swarzek before Ramirez gave Chicago a 6-5 lead with a double to left.
The Twins evened the game in the seventh. A challenge overturned a call, giving Dozier a leadoff single. Dozier moved to second and third on consecutive groundouts and scored on Suzuki's base hit up the middle.
Eric Surkamp took the mound to start the eighth and struck out Arcia. Parmelee got ahold of a 3-2 fastball and crushed it over the right-center wall to give the Twins a 7-6 advantage.
Abreu has reached base in his last 10 plate appearances. It is the longest streak by a White Sox player since Frank Thomas reached in 15 straight appearances from May 16-20, 1997 ... Abreu extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games and has hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games ... Sale's four earned runs matched a season high ... Eaton has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games ... The season series is tied, 6-6.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks returned home to help the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in the opener of a three-game set.
Hendricks (2-1), who was born in Newport Beach, California and attended nearby Capistrano Valley High School, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over seven innings in front of family and friends at Chavez Ravine.
"It was easier to focus against a good team," said Hendricks. "As the game went on, I felt stronger and stronger. I'm getting more comfortable every day because of the guys in the clubhouse."
Luis Valbuena homered and knocked in a pair of runs for the Cubs, who have won four of their last five. Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Los Angeles starter Dan Haren (8-9) continued to struggle, surrendering seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander has lost a career-worst five straight starts.
"There were a lot of things that were not very good," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly "We'll give our guys a pass tonight. We just couldn't stop them early."
The Dodgers had their six-game overall winning streak snapped and their five- game home winning streak halted in the setback.
Dee Gordon opened the home half of the first with an infield single. The speedster then stole second and third around a Yasiel Puig groundout before Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked to put the double play in order.
Hanley Ramirez followed with a grounder in between the hole at third and shortstop, where Castro tossed an errant throw to second base and into right field. Gordon easily scored on the play and Gonzalez raced around in an attempt to push another run across, but a successful relay from right fielder Nate Schierholtz to Anthony Rizzo nabbed Gonzalez at the plate.
The ruling on the field was upheld after an umpire review, and Gonzalez would later leave the game in favor of Scott Van Slyke due to a right knee contusion he suffered on the play.
Valbuena quickly got the run back in the second, however, with a leadoff blast to right.
Ryan Sweeney plated Rizzo in the third with an RBI single and Castro scored after Matt Kemp skipped his throw out of play. Rizzo crossed home on a wild pitch by Haren in the following at-bat to put the Cubs up 4-1.
Schierholtz made a nice defensive play to begin the home half of the third to rob Haren of a base hit. Haren slapped a hit to right, where Schierholtz fired to first to get him. The original ruling was that Haren was safe on the play, but the call was overturned after video review showed Rizzo's foot tipping the bag before Haren reached first.
Chicago continued to tag the Los Angeles right-hander with a three-run fifth. Welington Castillo singled home Rizzo before Schierholtz sent a sacrifice fly to center that plated Castro. Sweeney and Castillo advanced on another wild pitch by Haren, then Hendricks, who knocked his first major-league hit earlier in the game, picked up his first career RBI with an infield single.
Valbuena added an RBI single in the sixth and Puig scored on a force out in the home half after sliding in around the tag of Castillo to account for the final margin.
Los Angeles reliever Paul Maholm was injured and removed from the game after injuring his right leg covering first base on a grounder ... Puig was also removed late in the game with a mild left hamstring strain ... Gordon recorded his 50th stolen base in the loss, becoming the first Dodger to hit that plateau since Juan Pierre in 2007 ... Castro's error was his 12th of the season ... Hendricks threw a career-high 107 pitches ... Chicago went 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position, while LA went 0-for-4 in those instances.
Coverage of today's Cards and Brewers game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers torched St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for seven runs in a 7-4 win to open a three-game series Friday night.
Ramirez had three hits and Jonathan Lucroy added two, including a three-run double as the Brewers won their second in a row.
Wainwright (13-6) had only given up more than two runs once in his past nine starts but was dusted for nine hits in 5 1/3 innings Friday. He walked three and struck out five.
Wily Peralta (13-6) went 6 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks to earn his fourth straight win.
"We'll just continue hopefully to play good baseball," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We need to concentrate on every game. They're all important."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected by second base umpire Will Little after coming to the mound to pull Wainwright in the sixth inning.
Little called a balk on Wainwright in the fifth inning and called Jean Segura safe at second on a close play in the sixth that the Cardinals challenged, to no avail. Though it appeared he made only a brief comment to the umpire as he walked off the mound, Matheny said he gave Little "every reason" to eject him.
"What I saw was wrong," Matheny said.
Ramirez knocked a 3-0 pitch into the visitors bullpen leading off the second inning, his 13th homer of the season, for Milwaukee's first run. Wainwright got out of a bases-loaded jam when Peralta grounded into an inning-ending double play, but the Brewers scored again in the third when Ramirez doubled in Lucroy to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Carlos Gomez hit a one-out single, went to second on the balk and scored on Ryan Braun's ground-rule double to right field to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
After Segura and Elian Herrera moved up to second and third base on Peralta's sacrifice bunt in the sixth, Wainwright hit Gomez and gave up a three-run double to Lucroy before he was pulled. Braun added an RBI double off Seth Maness to make it 7-0.
Matt Holliday homered to start the sixth inning and Matt Carpenter had an RBI single off Peralta in the seventh. Carpenter added a two-run triple in the ninth inning off Zach Duke.
Gerardo Parra, who was acquired by the Brewers from Arizona in exchange for a pair of minor league players before Thursday's trade deadline, came in as a defensive substitution at left field in the seventh inning and struck out in the eighth ... The Cardinals started a six-game road trip that will also take them to Boston. They acquired veteran starter John Lackey from the Red Sox on Thursday ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.
There are more than 300 underage immigrants in Chicago, and thousands more across the country. Award winning talk show host Jim Bohannon tells Regional Radio conservatives are consistent in their insistence that the border needs to be sealed first:
Bohannon is the host of The Jim Bohannon Show, heard weeknights on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM.
When you hear the words “pet taxi” you may think of a small container for transporting a dog or cat. But when it comes to Tail Command in Taylorville, it means a whole different thing. Owner of Tail Command Ian Wilson says they are taking it a step further:
The Pana Police Department reports that 3 businesses had their buildings damaged by a BB gun over the course of 3 days. On Monday at 9:19am, Consolidated Communications contacted Pana Police to report the sometime between 5pm on Friday and 8am Monday, someone used a BB/pellet gun and caused damage to the doors and glass windows of the building. Then on Tuesday at 8:43am, First National Bank Contacted Pana Police to report that sometime in the last four days, someone used a BB/pellet gun and caused damage to the glass of the west entry door. Finally on Wednesday at 9:29am, Dr. Robert Wooley contacted Pana Police to report that someone had used a BB/pellet gun to cause damage to a window at his office. All 3 cases are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Christian County Crime Stoppers at 824-9100 or the Pana Police Department at 562-2141.
Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards reports that a Kincaid man died shortly after a motorcycle crash Wednesday. 36-year-old Gavin T. Chatmon of Kincaid was involved in a crash in the 1600 block of North Grand East around 3:59pm. Chatmon was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center ER at 4:44pm. An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning in Springfield and the preliminary cause of death is blunt force injuries sustained in that accident.
Pictured: Bolinda's new location right next to the Taylorville Cinema
Bolinda’s Shoe Store is re-locating their business following the building collapse this past Sunday. Owner Linda Farris says they won’t be going too far and will be moving in to the old Doc’s Maytag location on the Taylorville Square. Farris tells Regional Radio News that the building is sound but it is going take some time for it to be ready for business again:
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Eaton finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, as the Chicago White Sox downed the Detroit Tigers, 7-4, in Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series.
Jose Abreu doubled twice among his three hits, Moises Sierra added four hits and drove in a run, while Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers contributed an RBI each for the White Sox, who took the set and have won five of their last seven.
"We've been playing pretty decent ball since the break," Eaton said. "If we can get a good month, I think we're just crazy enough to try and make a push."
Paul Konerko was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in for Chicago, while Ronald Belisario (4-7) allowed one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. John Danks worked the first five, giving up four runs on seven hits with four walks for Chicago, which is seven games out of first place.
Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers for the AL Central leaders, who slid to their fifth loss in their last six.
Joakim Soria (1-4) took the loss, charged with the go-ahead run over his one relief frame. Drew Smyly gave up 11 hits and four runs over his five-inning stint, then was swapped to the Rays in a three-team deal which saw David Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit and Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson dealt to Seattle.
"I don't know if we're going to win by any means, there's other good clubs," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But getting the opportunity to add a long guy like David Price doesn't come along very often. He's that good."
The White Sox moved ahead in the seventh against Soria. Eaton was fanned to start the frame but reached on a wild pitch, Ramirez singled to put runners on the corners ahead of an intentional walk to Abreu, then Soria hit Konerko to force in the go-ahead run.
It was 7-4 in the eighth for Chicago, as Eaton singled home Sierra and Ramirez doubled home Eaton off Joba Chamberlain.
Javy Guerra subbed for Belisario and retired the final batter of the seventh, then worked around a walk in a scoreless eighth. Jake Petricka allowed a one- out single to Miguel Cabrera, who was erased on a Victor Martinez grounder to short which appeared to be a game-ending double play. However, replay determined he beat the throw to first. Hunter then grounded out to end the contest.
Chicago struck for three runs in the second off Smyly thanks to Beckham's RBI double, a run-scoring hit by Flowers and Eaton's fielder's choice grounder.
Detroit countered with two in the home half. With the bases loaded and one out, a Eugenio Suarez sacrifice fly plated one and Jackson followed with an RBI single.
Hunter's two-out solo shot to left center just cleared the wall and tied the game in the third and Martinez followed with a ball that just cleared the wall in right center for a 4-3 Tigers lead.
Konerko's leadoff double turned into the fourth run for the ChiSox in the fourth, as he came home on a two-out base hit from Sierra.
The Tigers then wasted successive first-and-third situations in the home fourth and fifth.
Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games ... Jackson was pulled from his position, in the seventh inning to a rousing ovation from the Comerica Park fandom, then replaced by Rajai Davis. To complete the transaction, the Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to the Rays, and the Tigers shipped infielder prospect Willy Adames to Tampa ... Without any interruptions by weather, the game lasted 4:01 -- only the third-longest nine-inning contest in which the White Sox have participated this season. Chicago needed 4:04 to post a 9-6 home win against Tampa Bay on April 25, then took 4:07 to drop a 12-5 decision to the Cubs on May 8.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta got back on track by firing seven strong innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies that closed out a four-game series.
Arrieta (6-2) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and yielded just a run on three hits while striking out seven to halt a four-start winless stretch.
The right-hander was bolstered by a big sixth inning in which the Cubs scored three runs off Pedro Hernandez despite recording only two hits.
Chris Coghlan went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win, Chicago's third of the set.
The NL Central cellar-dwelling Cubs made one notable move at Thursday's trade deadline during the game, shipping utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and lefty reliever James Russell to Atlanta for minor league catcher Victor Caratini.
Hernandez (0-1), promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs for his first major league start of the season, permitted all three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Arrieta opened the contest by setting down 14 consecutive hitters -- including six by strikeout -- before Wilin Rosario broke up the perfect-game bid with a two-out single in the fifth inning.
"It's kind of one of those things where the more you go out there and continue to do it, it just seems like it's supposed to happen that way," said Arrieta of his early success. "It's a good feeling when you get into that groove and you're able to execute pitch after pitch."
Hernandez nearly matched his counterpart over the first five frames, however, scattering four singles and inducing a pair of double plays to keep the game scoreless entering the sixth.
He was reached for back-to-back singles by Arismendy Alcantara and Coghlan to start Chicago's half of the sixth, though, then walked Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro in succession to force in a run. A sacrifice fly by Justin Ruggiano plated Coghlan for a 2-0 lead, with Rizzo scoring on Luis Valbuena's grounder to short to extend the margin.
Colorado finally got to Arrieta in the seventh, as Nolan Arenado followed Corey Dickerson's leadoff single with a run-scoring double, then put forth a threat against Cubs closer Hector Rondon in the ninth.
Arenado and Morneau began the inning with base hits to put the tying run aboard, with Arenado advancing to third on Carlos Gonzalez's fielder's choice. Rondon got a key strikeout of Rosario, however, and fanned Charlie Culberson looking to notch his 14th save of the year.
"We just couldn't get the big hit to put together a big inning," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said afterward.
Arrieta had recorded a loss and three no-decisions over his previous four outings ... Hernandez went 3-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) with Minnesota last season ... Gonzalez returned to the Rockies' lineup after sitting out Wednesday's matchup with knee and ankle soreness. He finished 0- for-4 ... Colorado has now lost 11 of its last 15 games.
Coverage of today's Cards and Brewers game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shelby Miller worked six innings for his first win in almost two months and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Thursday to avoid being swept in a three-game series.
Miller (8-8) hadn't won since June 7 against Washington -- a span of seven starts. He struck out five and gave up two runs on three hits and no walks.
Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer and Matt Holliday added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who bounced back from Wednesday's 12-1 loss to win for only the third time in their last nine games. They went 3-3 on a six-game road trip.
Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable hit solo homers off Miller in the second inning. San Diego's only other baserunner came in the sixth on Rene Rivera's double.
"A couple solo homers got (Miller) on the edge a little bit, then he stepped in and started making some really nice pitches," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) yielded six runs, nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings to remain winless in his last four starts since winning his first two.
The Padres traded outfielder Chris Denorfia to Seattle ahead of Thursday's non-waiver deadline in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.
Taveras followed A.J. Pierzynski's two-out single in the second with a homer to right field.
Padres manager Bud Black said Despaigne just couldn't seem to "wiggle out of trouble."
"The pitch to Taveras was a changeup," said Black. "Not quite down and not quite up either."
Gyorko and Venable each cracked homers to right in the bottom of the inning for San Diego to tie the score.
In the third, Holliday followed a single by Matt Carpenter and double by Kolten Wong with a two-run hit to give the Cardinals the lead.
They made it 6-2 in the sixth inning, chasing Despaigne. Tavares lined into an unassisted double play with the bases loaded, but Peter Bourjos later hit an RBI single and Pierzynski drew a bases-loaded walk off reliever Blaine Boyer for the two-run lead.
Kevin Siegrist, Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal each threw a perfect inning of relief for the Cardinals.
The Padres will remain home for three games against Atlanta ... The Cardinals start a six-game homestand Friday against Milwaukee.
THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
Timothy A. Westenhaver, 24, of 416 South Wyandotte, Taylorville, was arrested July 31 on a bond forfeiture for operating a vehicle uninsured.
THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPOTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:
On July 31 at 2:03pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were out at 416 Wyandotte in reference to a Timothy A. Westenhaver, Jr., 24, of Taylorville having a valid Christian County warrant. Officers made contact with Westenhaver and confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Westenhaver was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.
On July 28 at 5:54pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Cherokee and Bidwell. Mark L. Schuyler, 50, of Taylorville was arrested for driving suspended. Schuyler was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.
The annual Mt. Auburn Farmers Picnic kicked off it's 3-day run Thursday night. The event features entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. The beer tent is open daily, with entertainment each night. Saturday features a parade, and something the Picnic has not had for some years: tractor pulls.
The Mt. Auburn Farmers Picnic takes place at the park in the town's north side.
The Taylorville cluster of Miller Media Group radio stations, completed a major re-alignment of its formats and frequencies, late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
The re-alignment featured signing on a new frequency, and re-aligning formats on several others.
WTIM's local newstalk and agriculture format, now airs on THE BIG 870 AM across Central Illinois from Jacksonville to Paris daytime, and at 96.3 FM in Christian County and surrounding area full-time. WTIM also streams 24/7 at taylorvilledailynews.com.
WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 did not have any change in format or frequency.
WRAN and groovy, the cluster's 2 oldies stations, merged to form WRAN groovy 97.3 FM. The oldies format will continue to feature top 40 hits from the mid 60's thru the mid 80's.
A new format entitled "NEW Country" premiered just past midnight, on WSVZ 98.3 FM covering the Shelbyville/Effingham/Mattoon area, and 104.1 FM covering Taylorville and Christian County.
The group's Contemporary Christian Music station, 107.5 shine.fm, which went on the air May 31, is also unaffected by Friday's changes.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held on-air ribbon cuttings on both WTIM and WRAN Friday morning, to celebrate the sign-on of these stations.
Several local vendors were involved in the re-alignment and remodeling project. Financing of purchase of AM 870 was handled by John Gardner and Dan Sneed at People's Bank and Trust in Taylorville. Financing of the remodeling at the cluster's Taylorville studios was handled by Kent Richardson at CNB Bank and Trust in Taylorville. Financing of radio equipment was handled by Blaine Cornwell and Jared Beckham at First National Bank in Taylorville.
General Contractors for the remodeling project were Mark and Brad Siegrist of Taylorville. Heating and Cooling work was done by Jim Blakley, Jr. at Blakley Heating and Cooling in Taylorville. Electrical work was completed by Rich Payne and his staff at Star Electric in Taylorville. Painting at the Park Street offices was done by Chris Daykin of Taylorville.
Carpeting work for the new studio constructed, was done by Ron DeMichiel at DeMichiel Floors and More in Taylorville. The building's Computer Network was upgraded by Jeff Durbin at Computer Techniques, Incorporated in Taylorville. The group's Direct Mail campaign promoting the changes, was handled by Kirby Hames at PS Printing in Taylorville, and new signs for building were completed and installed by Jason Lilly at Lilly Signs in Taylorville.
The re-alignment now gives the Miller Media Group Taylorville cluster 6 stations and 7 signals that operate from its Park Street offices.