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Lincoln Land Community College President Says Taylorville Renovations Have Begun

 width=The Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee met Wednesday morning to review current enrollment numbers and hear from college officials on plans for this school year.
L-L-C-C President Doctor Charlotte Warren told the committee that the extensive renovation of the north building on the Taylorville campus, has begun, creating some inconvenience for staff. She thanked the Taylorville staff for their patience during construction.

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Warren added that the renovations to the north Taylorville building will cost some one-point-9 million dollars.

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Maid To Shine Has Ribbon Cutting

The Taylorville Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning in the Chamber office. Maid to Shine is a new home and residential cleaning company owned by Christian Wiseman, a long time Taylorville resident. Chistina believes that Maid to Shine stands apart from the others because of their reliability, affordability, honesty and dependability:

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Christina has vast experience in business ownership as the co-owner of a restaurant and self employed in Mary Kay. To get in touch with Christina and Maid to Shine call (217) 565 2480.

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Stonington Man Hits Ditch

A Stonington man is lucky to be alive after an accident Wednesday (10-29). The Christian County Sheriff's Office says 22 year-old Drew A. Barringer was driving south on 2000 East Road near the intersection with 2600 North Road when he fell asleep. He skidded nearly 100 feet before hitting the ditch, causing his vehicle to roll several times before coming to rest about 40 feet off the road. The report doesn't mention any injuries.

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Sheriff's Office Processes Drug Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing a few drug related arrests. 

29 year-old Brittany Hester of Pana was arrested early Thursday (10-30) on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphenalia.  Another Pana resident, 21 year-old Danielle Patrode was also arrested early Thursday on identical charges. 

Joseph Leckner is facing drug charges. The 23 year-old Taylorville man was arrested Wednesday (10-29) on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance. As reported here, Leckner was also arrested earlier this month on a charge of violation of sex offender registration, and a year ago, he was reportedly arrested on weapons charges. 

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Area Arrests and Accidents 10/31/2014

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

Brittany Hester, 29, of Pana was arrested on October 30th for possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Danielle Patrode, 21, of Pana was arrested on October 30th for possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joseph Leckner, 23, of Taylorville was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $25,000.

Charlotte Jones, 27, of Assumption was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for methamphetamine percursor.

Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant for forgery, theft.

Christopher Spoor, 52, of Waggoner, Illinois was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant on two counts of contempt of court.

ACCIDENTS:

On October 29thm Drew A. Barringer, 22, of Stonington was south bound on 2000 East Road at approximately 2600 north. He fell asleep, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Barringer steered to the left and began skidding sideways in the roadway for approximately ninety feet. He turned nearly one hundred-eighty degrees in the roadway before striking the east ditch on the passenger side. Barringer impacted the ditch, and began to roll. He rolled three times before coming to rest at approximately forty feet to the east of 2000 East Road and just north of 2600 North Road.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING ARRESTS:

On October 28thm at approximately 1:12 pm, the Taylorville Police Department was notified of a retail theft involving a female that had left the business. The female, Nina M. Rhoades, 33, of Taylorville, was observed putting several items inside a plastic tote and leaving the store. Rhoades was later located at her residence. She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released.

On October 29th, officers were dispatched to 1209 East Poplar to conduct a welfare check. Subsequent to arrival, Joseph A. Leckner, 23, of Springfield, was placed under arrest on a warrant out of Christian County . Leckner was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On October 28, Joshua A. Page, 32, of Taylorvlle was arrested on a warrant.

On October 29, Taylorville Police Department was dispatched to 503 West 2nd Street in reference to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle. A. Tolle stated her ex-boyfriend Brain Hays, 30, of Taylorville, broke out her window in her vehicle. The officer spoke with A. Tolle who said Brain Hays broke her window, then left on foot. She said she wanted to press charges against Brian Hays. Hays was located and arrested for criminal damage to property.

On October 29th, officer were dispatched to 1209 East Poplar to conduct a welfare check. Subsequent to the officer arrival, Holly A. Conaway was placed under arrest on a warrant out of Christian County and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

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Change Your Clock This Weekend

We have a 49 hour weekend coming up. We'll add the hour by turning our clocks back this weekend. Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 am Sunday, so don't forget to make the change.

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Registration Time: Stallman

Time to start thinking about spring classes. Scott Stallman, Executive Director of Lincoln Land Community College's Eastern Region Education Center says the sooner, the better:

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Classes can fill up fast, so you're advised not to delay.

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Chamber Seeks Business After Hour Hosts

With November here, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is looking for hosts for next year's Business After Hours events. The monthly gathering brings chamber members together in a social setting. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says anyone interested should contact the chamber:

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Call the chamber at 824-4919 or stop by their offices on the south side of the Taylorville Square.

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Extension To Discuss Cover Crops

If you want to learn about cover crops, the University of Illinois Extension can help. Terri Miller, Publicity and Promotions Specialist for the Extension, says they will conduct a tour:

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Again, that number is 532-3941.

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Miller Media Group Finalizes Football Broadcast Plans for Friday, Saturday

The Miller Media Group of radio stations in Taylorville have finalized their football broadcast plans for this weekend.

Friday night, the Pawnee Indians play White Hall North Greene in their first round high school playoff game, and will air at 7:30 Friday night on WRAN 97.3.

Saturday afternoon at 2:00, the Shelbyville Rams entertain Tuscola in their first round playoff game. That game will be heard on WTIM THE BIG 870 AM.

The Taylorville Tornadoes host Troy Triad Saturday night at 7. That game will be heard live starting at 6:45 on WRAN 97.3.

And, the Nokomis Redskins travel to Lawrenceville in first round football Saturday afternoon; that game will be heard starting at 2:45 on NEW Country 104.1.

The Eastern Illinois University Panthers play Saturday afternoon at one o'clock. That game will be simulcast on WMKR 94.3 and WSVZ 98.3.

And, the Fighting Illini play at Ohio State Saturday evening. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 on WTIM-FM 96.3.

All high school games will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Pana Driver Hits Deer

Another deer-car accident, this one involving a Pana man. Police say 37 year-old James D. Craig was traveling north on Route 29 when the deer ran out in his path. He couldn't avoid striking the animal. Craig's 2003 Chevy Avalanche was damaged on the front passenger side.

 

 

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Theft Arrest

Taylorville Police were summoned to the Taylorville Walmart Monday (10-27) on a report of shoplifting. 30 year-old Kody Page of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a charge of retail theft. She was processed at the Tayorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/30/2014

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

 Brittany Hester, 29, of Pana was arrested on October 30th for possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Danielle Patrode, 21, of Pana was arrested on October 30th for possession of a controlled substance,  and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Joseph Leckner, 23, of Taylorville was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance.  Bond was set at $25,000. 

 Charlotte Jones, 27, of Assumption was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for methamphetamine percursor. 

 Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant for forgery, theft. 

 Christopher Spoor, 52, of Waggoner, Illinois was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant on two counts of contempt of court. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 29thm Drew A. Barringer, 22, of Stonington was south bound on 2000 East Road at approximately 2600 north.  He fell asleep, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.  Barringer steered to the left and began skidding sideways in the roadway for approximately ninety feet.  He turned nearly one hundred-eighty degrees in the roadway before striking the east ditch on the passenger side.  Barringer impacted the ditch, and began to roll.  He rolled three times before coming to rest at approximately forty feet to the east of 2000 East Road and just north of 2600 North Road. 

 

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING ARRESTS:

 On October 28thm at approximately 1:12 pm, the Taylorville Police Department was notified of a retail theft involving a female that had left the business.  The female, Nina M. Rhoades, 33, of Taylorville, was observed putting several items inside a plastic tote and leaving the store.  Rhoades was later located at her residence.  She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released. 

 On October 29th, officers were dispatched to 1209 East Poplar to conduct a welfare check.  Subsequent to arrival, Joseph A. Leckner, 23, of Springfield, was placed under arrest on a warrant out of Christian County .   Leckner was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 

On October 28, Joshua A. Page, 32, of Taylorvlle was arrested on a warrant.

 On October 29, Taylorville Police Department was dispatched to 503 West 2nd Street in reference to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle.  A. Tolle stated her ex-boyfriend Brain Hays, 30, of Taylorville, broke out her window in her vehicle.  The officer spoke with A. Tolle who said Brain Hays broke her window, then left on foot.  She said she wanted to press charges against Brian Hays.  Hays was located and arrested for criminal damage to property. 

 On October 29th, officer were dispatched to 1209 East Poplar to conduct a welfare check.  Subsequent to the officer arrival, Holly A. Conaway was placed under arrest on a warrant out of Christian County and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 

 

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Pawnee Indians Host White Hall North Greene in Football Playoffs This Weekend

 width=The Pawnee Indians host White Hall North Greene in the first round of the Illinois High School football playoffs this weekend. The pairings announcement was made Saturday night by the I-H-S-A and heard on WTIM and WSVZ.


Pawnee head football coach Kitt Thein told Regional Radio during our annual Pigskin Playoff Preview Show, that White Hall North Greene will be a formidable competitor.


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And, Coach Thein said it was exciting to have the turn-around the Indians football team had this season.


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If sufficient sponsorships are secured, Pawnee playoff games will be heard on WRAN groovy 97-point-3. The games will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Thorsland Challenges Shimkus

A Champaign County man is challenging John Shimkus for Congress in the upcoming election. Eric Thorsland says he is a people's candidate:

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Park Board Helps Support Historical Society

At a recent meeting of the Taylorville Park Board, Jodi Heberling of the Christian County Historical Society asked if the board could help with some urgent financial needs. Heberling says it's a long story, but the Park Board was happy to help:\

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At coming meetings, the Park Board will discuss providing a regular yearly amount for the Historical Society.

 

 

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Edwards Runs For County Clerk

A local woman is hoping you'll vote for her in the upcoming elections. Becky Edwards, Republican Candidate for Christian County Clerk, says deciding to run took a lot of thought:

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Edwards opponent in the race is Laurie Mense.

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B And R Marine Grows

B and R Marine in Taylorville is growing. Owner Ross Kirkendoll says he recently made big addition to his business:

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Kirkendoll says he also recently acquired a building on Route 104, where he will move part of his business.

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Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee Meets

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The Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee met this (Wednesday) morning to review current enrollment numbers and hear from college officials on plans for this school year.

L-L-C-C Eastern Region Director Scott Stallman told the group that enrollment at Taylorville is basically where it was before the enrollment spike over the last few years.

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L-L-C-C's Taylorville campus is at the start of a one-point-9 million dollar renovation of their existing north building. The college is currently functioning in just one building this school year, instead of 2.



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Lincoln Land Assisting Displaced Benedictine University Students

 width=It was announced at today's (Wednesday's) Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee meeting, that the college's Springfield campus is working with Benedictine University in Springfield, to enroll some of Benedictine's 100 to 200 undergraduate students after the university announced last week that their Springfield branch campus will refocus solely on the growing adult student population and their educational needs for job growth and career change.


Plans are to expand adult offerings at the Springfield branch campus of Benedictine, which will provide additional higher education opportunities for working adults in surrounding communities like Peoria and St. Louis that the University has historically supported.


Benedictine's Springfield branch campus will immediately stop accepting freshman and transfer enrollment applications. All athletic programs and residence halls will close at the end of the Spring 2015 Semester.


University administrators state that the decision to transition the campus to focus solely on adult programs was thoughtfully made.


L-L-C-C president Doctor Charlotte Warren told the Taylorville Advisory Committee meeting that the college is working with Benedictine to get their undergrad students enrolled, plus also possibly hiring some Benedictine professors and adjunct professors at Lincoln Land.

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Christian County Sheriff's Office Processes Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing several warrant arrests. 

 20 year-old Heather Beck of Tower Hill was arrested Monday (10-27) on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving under the influence. 

 A Decatur woman,  40 year-old Angela Beard, was arrested Monday on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphenalia. 

 28 year-old Rachel Dixon of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

 

 

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Local Physician Faces New Legal Trouble

A Taylorville family physician is in trouble with the law again. Dr. Vernon Klinefelter, who was convicted earlier this year on charges of defrauding the government, now faces drug charges.

 According to a report from the Christian County Sheriff's Department, Klinefelter was arrested Monday (10-27), accused of possession of a controlled substance. 

 As reported here last April, the 62 year-old doctor and his wife, 60 year-old Geraldine Klinefelter, were found guilty of swindling the government out of over $100,000 in a Social Security Disability scheme. 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/29/2014

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

 Camron Jiannoni, 28, of Dawson, Illinois, was arrested on October 29th on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.  Bond was set at $10,000.

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 27th, a Taylorville police officer was dispatched to Walmart for a retail theft.  When the officer arrived, they made contact with Kody Page, 30, of Taylorville.  She was arrested for retail theft.  Page was transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed, booked and released on a Notice To Appear. 

 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 James D. Craig, 37, of Pana, was traveling north on Route 29 and a deer ran out in front of him.  Craig received front passenger side damage to his  2003 Chevy Avalanche. 

 

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/29/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

OCTOBER 25: 3 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 2 Illegal Burns

 OCTOBER 26:  2 EMS

 OCTOBER 27:  7 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

 OCTOBER 28:  1 EMS, 2 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

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Nokomis Traveling to Lawrenceville For First Round IHSA Football Playoff Game

 width=The Nokomis Redskins travel to Lawrenceville in the first round of the Illinois High School football playoffs this weekend. The pairings announcement was made Saturday night by the I-H-S-A and heard on WTIM and WSVZ.


Nokomis head football coach Gabe Cesar-etti told Regional Radio during our annual Pigskin Playoff Preview Show, that he was expecting to travel for their first round playoff game.


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And, Coach Cesaretti added that the Nokomis football program has a great group of fans in the community.


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If enough sponsorships are secured, Nokomis playoff games will be heard on NEW Country 104-point-one. The games will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Obama Dragging Down Dems: Bohannon

During this election cycle, many Democrats have tried to distance themselves from President Obama, whose approval ratings have slipped. Nationally syndicated talk show host Jim Bohannan says the President needs to face reality:

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The Jim Bohannon Show is heard every weekday evening on Newstalk WTIM.

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Rotary Club Sponsors Halloween Festivities

Halloween is coming up, and the Shelbyville Rotary Club is putting on an event for the whole family. Club President Pastor Kevin Ray says it all starts on Halloween:

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The Shelbyville Rotary Club is the oldest service club in town, founded in 1927.

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Police Agencies Warn Of Halloween Dangers

Halloween is a lot of fun for everybody, but it also brings dangers. Illinois State Police Safety Information Officer, Trooper Emmanuel Edwards says there are several precautions we can take:

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Trooper Edwards also says parents should check candy for tampering before letting their kids eat it.

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Library Plans November Activities

The Taylorville Public Library has some appropriate events planned for November. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News it all starts on Election Day:

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear from Economic Development President, Executive Director

 width=The president and executive director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, were both guest speakers on Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Executive Director of the organization Mary Renner, first spoke and showed a powerpoint presentation on what the non-profit organization comprised of 38 directors representing business and civic leaders from thru-out Christian County. Renner told Kiwanis members that economic development creates new employment and increases the tax base in Christian County.


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Renner added that current projects she's involved in include pursuing financing for the new Taylorville Industrial Park, assisting prospective employers looking at Christian County, helping current businesses grow and expand, and helping with the development of the new Christian County C-E-O, or “Creating Entrepreneurship Opportunities” program for county high school seniors.


President of the C-C-E-D-C, Dee Krueger, told the Kiwanis Club more about the Christian County C-E-O program, which will launch in Christian County High Schools next fall. Krueger said the goal is to get youth to come back to Christian County and establish businesses, after they graduate from college.


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18 to 24 Christian County High School seniors will be selected after an extensive application process. Krueger added the C-E-O program is looking for more investors, as well as businesses that will host classes or be special speakers in class.


2 visitors attended Tuesday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.


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

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Shelbyville Advances to IHSA Football Playoffs, Hosts Tuscola Saturday

 width=The Shelbyville Rams host Tuscola in the first round of the Illinois High School football playoffs Saturday afternoon at 2. The pairings announcement was made Saturday night by the I-H-S-A and heard on WTIM and WSVZ.


Shelbyville head football coach Mark Ramsey told Regional Radio during our annual Pigskin Playoff Preview Show, that the Rams are glad to be hosting their first round game.


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And, Coach Ramsey added the Rams turned their record around from just one year ago.


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Saturday's game will be heard on WTIM THE BIG 870 AM.  The game will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Miller Media Group Announces Football Broadcast Plans for Friday, Saturday

The Miller Media Group of radio stations in Taylorville, has announced their broadcast plans for this weekend's I-H-S-A first round football playoff games, as well as collegiate football.


Friday night, the Pawnee Indians play White Hall North Greene in their first round high school playoff game. If sponsorships are secured, this game will air at 7:30 Friday night on WRAN 97.3.


Saturday afternoon at 1:30, the Shelbyville Rams entertain Tuscola in their first round playoff game. That game will be heard on WTIM THE BIG 870 AM.


The Taylorville Tornadoes host Troy Triad Saturday night at 7. That game will be heard live starting at 6:45 on WRAN 97.3.


And, the Nokomis Redskins travel to Lawrenceville in first round football Saturday afternoon; that game will be heard starting at 2:45 if enough sponsorships are secured, on NEW Country 104.1.


The Eastern Illinois University Panthers play Saturday afternoon at one o'clock. That game will be simulcast on WMKR 94.3 and WSVZ 98.3.


And, the Fighting Illini play at Ohio State Saturday evening. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 on WTIM-FM 96.3.


All high school games will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Mayor Explains Ambulance Vote

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton recently found himself the decision maker in a controversial issue. The City Council was moving towards an ordinance which would have offered 911 callers the option of picking city ambulance service instead of just the two for profit services. The council originally voted six to two in favor of moving ahead with the plan. When Aldermen Ray Koonce and Martin Vota changed their positions, it became a four to four tie. The Mayor broke the deadlock, in favor of dropping the plan. Mayor Brotherton says it's a complicated issue:

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By City Ordinance, the Mayor can only vote in the event of a tie.

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Area Police Agencies Report Arrests

Area cops are reporting a couple of drug related arrests.  Taylorville Police say 32 year-old Joshua Page of Taylorville was arrested Sunday (10-26) on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance.  In a separate incident, 20 year-old Savannah Secord of Taylorville was reportedly arrested Friday (10-24) on a charge of possession of drug paraphenalia. 

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Jeep Strikes Passenger-Filled Chevy

A Taylorville woman reportedly cut a corner too sharply Friday (10-24), causing an accident on the city's northeast side. Taylorville Police say 77 year-old Christel Wright was driving her 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee south on Snodgrass Street when she took a sharp left onto Esther Street. The Jeep apparently clipped the front of a 2007 Chevy Impala driven by 21 year-old Allison D. Smith of Bulpitt. 

 There were three passengers in the Chevy, including two children. There were no reported injuries. Both vehicles were damaged. The reports didn't specify whether any citations were issued. 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/28/2013

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

 Heather Beck, 20, of Tower Hill, was arrested on October 27 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

 Vernon Klinefelter, 62, of Taylorville was arrested on October 27 for possession of a controlled substance. 

 Angela Beard, 40, of Decatur, was arrested on October 27 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Rachel Dixon, 28, of Taylorville, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

  

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 25th officers witnessed a vehicle make an IVC violation.  Subsequent to the investigation, Brian C. Green of Morrisonville, was arrested for driving while his license were suspended.

 On October 27, Rachel Dixon, of Taylorville, was arrested for a valid Sangamon County warrant.  She was transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office in lieu of bond. 

  

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 24th, Delores D. Fagen of Taylorville was traveling west on Lincoln Trail and was nearing the intersection with Fairview Ave.  A deer ran across the roadway and Fagen was not able to stop in time and struck the deer.  Fagen suffered front drivers side damage.  He was unable to drive away from the scene. 

 On October 19th, Blake A Hadley, 22, of Tower Hill, was traveling south Route 29 ans was nearing the entrance to Lake Taylorville.  A deer ran across the roadway and Hadley was not able to stop in time and struck the deer.  Hadley suffered from front end drivers side damage.  Hadley was able to drive away from the scene.

 

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Park Board Agrees to Give $10,000 to Christian County Historical Society

The Taylorville Park District board approved unanimously to give $10,000 to the Christian County Historical Society during their regular monthly board meeting Tuesday evening. Jodi Heberling, Director of the Historical Society was present and requested help from the board for some pressing repairs that are needed in the next 30 days, including a furnace unit and some roof repairs. She requested help in the amount of $5000. It was determined that the board had been levying taxes for a museum for many years. After some discussion the board agreed upon the $10,000 based on the amount of tax money that had been collected over the years. It was decided that the Park Board would implement an agreement to give the Historical Society money every year. The amount will be determined and voted on later.
The Board also heard a request from the Taylorville JFL to allow them to put a 20x16 addition on the structure presently used for storage by the JFL. Jeff Wright of Wrightway Construction was on hand with blueprints that he shared with the members of the Park Board. The Junior Football League will pay all costs incurred with the addition and was merely seeking permission. The board approved the request. They also approved a request from the Red Bland Little League to put up a batting cage at the Don Bragg Sports Complex. They will be pouring a 16'x57' long concrete pad between the softball diamonds.
The annual Manner's Park pool report was given to the Taylorville Park Board and it was agreed that the summer programs were a success overall with the numbers being much better than last years. Recreation Director Bailey Hancock informed all in attendance that the park was gearing up for Christmas in the Park and that everything was moving forward quickly. The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

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Taylorville Hosts Troy Triad In First Round IHSA Football Playoff Game

 width=The Taylorville Tornadoes host Troy Triad in the first round of the Illinois High School football playoffs this weekend. The pairings announcement was made Saturday night by the I-H-S-A and heard on WTIM and WSVZ.


Taylorville head football coach Jeb Odam told Regional Radio during our annual Pigskin Playoff Preview Show, that he was a bit surprised that the Tornadoes ended up in class 5-A for playoff matchups.


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And, Coach Odam said getting a first round playoff game at home is huge for his team and the town.


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Due to Illini football, Saturday's Taylorville game will be heard on WRAN groovy 97.3. The game will also be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Local Man Injured

It may not have been a deer this time, but an animal in the road caused an accident Thursday (10-23) that left a local man injured.

 The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports 29 year-old Jason L. Morgan of Pana was traveling south on Route 51 just north of Assumption when an animal of some kind came into the road, causing him to swerve left onto the median. He apparently struck two traffic signs before coming to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lane.

 Morgan reportedly suffered cuts to his hands because of the broken glass. The report doesn't specify whether or not he sought medical attention. 

 

 

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Assumption Trunk Or Treat Saturday

Don't be in too big a hurry to pack away the costumes Friday night, as  Halloween celebrations will continue into Saturday, November 1st in Assumption.  

The Assumption Fest is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat in the downtown area, starting with a costume parade at 4:00 pm on Chestnut. That will be followed by games and Halloween music. Until 6:00 pm, hot dogs and drinks will be served at the fire house for a donation. The evening will be capped off with the showing of the movie "Monster's U" on the football field.

 You're encouraged to decorate your trunk and join the fun. Contact Angela Ohl-Marsters at 820-1690 to find out more.

 

 

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Rural Accident Wednesday

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports an accident at an unmarked rural intersection Wednesday. 62 year-old Jeanetta M. Kohl of Taylorville was headed east on 700 North Road,  approaching the intersection with 1000 East Road, where Matthew L. Dowdy of Indianapolis, Indiana was driving north. Kohl told Deputies she did not see Dowdy, who had the right of way. Dowdy said he couldn't slow down in time to avoid the collision. His 1976 half-ton Ford grain truck struck Kohl's 1997 Ford Windstorm in the rear passenger side.

 No injuries were reported. No word on whether any citations were issued. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/27/2014

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

 Savannah Secord, 20, of Taylorville, was arrested on October 24th for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Joshua Page, 32, of Taylorville was arrested on October 26th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a controlled substance. 

 

 

ACCIDENT:

 On October 26, Nicholas R. Reber, 16, of Taylorvillw was traveling west bound on County Highway #2 approaching County Highway Highway #23.  Reber stated another vehicle was in front on him and slammed on their brakes to turn south on county highway#23.  Reber said he was not able to stop in time to avoid striking the other vehicle so he swerved to the right.  Reber left approximately 125 feet of skid marks on the roadway before entering the north ditch.  Reber continued west bound, approximately another 125 feet, in the ditch before striking a large embankment/culvert to a private drive.  Reber came to rest facing west.  He received major front end damage to his 2004 Dodge Stratus SE.  

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 24th, Joshua A. Page, of Taylorville, was arrested on a warrant. 

 

 

ACCIDNETS:

 On October 24th, Christel Wright, 77, of Taylorville advised she was approaching the intersection of Esther and Snodgrass when she wen to turn left onto Esther she turned her 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee too sharply and struck the front end of Allison D. Smith, 21, of Bulpitt.  Wright had damage to the front drivers side.  Smith advised she was traveling west on Esther and was approaching the stop sign at Esther and Snodgrass when she was struck by Wright when she made a sharp left turn.  Smith had damage to the front end of her 2007 Chevy Impala.  Smith's passengers were Timothy Esswein, 25, of Bulpitt,  Allayah Smith, 4, of Bulpitt, and Wyatt Graden, four months, of Bulpitt. 

 

 

 

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EIU Victory

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 and WSVZ NEW Country 98.3 on Saturday afternoon, EIU defeated Tennessee State by a final score of 28 to 3.

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Fighting Illini Win Homecoming Game Saturday

As heard on Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM/96.3 FM, the University of Illinois won their Homecoming game, defeating Minnesota 28 to 24.  The Illini play at Ohio State next Saturday at 7pm.

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Taylorville, Shelbyville, Pawnee, Nokomis Get IHSA Football Playoff Berths

 width=Several local high school football teams clinched playoff berths in the Illinois High School Assocation playoff pairings announced Saturday night by the organization. Announcement of the pairings were broadcast live on Miller Media Group stations WTIM and WSVZ.


Dates and times of games will be announced by the competing schools on Monday.


In Class 5-A, number 3 seed Taylorville with a record of 8-and-one, will host number 6 seed Troy Triad, with a record of 6-and-3. Taylorville's playoff games will be heard on Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM and 96-point-3 FM.


In Class 2-A, number 8 seed Nokomis with a record of 6-and-3, will be at number one seed Lawrenceville, which has a record of 8-and-one. If sponsorships are secured, the Nokomis playoff games will be heard on NEW Country 104-point-one.


Also in Class 2-A, number 5 seed Tuscola with a record of 7-and-2, will travel to number 4 seed Shelbyville which has a record of 7-and-2. Shelbyville's playoff games will be heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3. It was announced Saturday night that Shelbyville's first playoff game will take place Saturday afternoon at 2pm.


And in Class 1-A, number 10 seed White Hall North Greene, which has a record of 7-and-2, will travel to number 7 seed Pawnee, which has a record of 8-and-one. Depending on securing sponsorships, Pawnee's playoff games will be heard on WRAN groovy 97.3.


All the playoff games that are broadcast will be streamed live at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Christian County Coroner Disputing Fox Illinois Report on Agnew Death

Christian County Coroner Amy Winans tells Regional Radio News that a story reported by Fox Illinois Thursday night, on the cause of death of Mary Jane Agnew, is incorrect.

Winans tells us that Mrs. Agnew died in June 2013 and Wednesday's ruling on the cause of death, was the first and only ruling of the death. Winans adds that the case in the Coroner's office has been pending investigation as manner and on a temporary death certificate.

Winans says she filed the permanent death certificate on Thursday in the Christian County Clerk's office after the jury came back with the inquest. Winans emphasized she did not know where Fox Illinois got their information, and she had not received any calls from them, adding that an inquest is neither a civil or criminal trial proceeding but merely and inquest into the manner and cause of death.

Winans stressed to us that at no time has there ever been an official ruling of accidental so there was never any change, adding that this manner of homicide is the first official manner ever put on a death certificate and certified by the Christian County Coroner.

Fox Illinois reported Thursday night, that the cause of death had been changed from accidental to homicide, which Winans is saying is incorrect.

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Christian County Coroner Releases Cause of Death in 2 Other Cases

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans conducted an inquest on Wednesday night at the Christian County Courthouse. A jury found that 25-year-old Joshua Edwards, Senior of Pana, died on July 29th of this year, as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. His death was determined as homicidal; the jury also noted the death was justifiable.

Winans also released a statement today (Friday) releasing the final cause and manner of death from the September 21st, 2014 death of Kathleen A. Rhodes. Winans says Rhoades died of inhalation of smoke and soot and thermal burns due to a motor vehicle and train collision with fire. Winans added that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and the death was determined to be accidental.

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Christian County CEO Program Promoted at CCEDC Annual Meeting Friday

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors, held their annual meeting and luncheon on Friday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

The luncheon portion of the meeting, was a presentation from 3 people involved in the Sangamon C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities" program, that enrolls over 25 Sangamon County high school seniors in a year-long course in hopes of keeping them as businesspeople in that county. A steering committee of Christian County community leaders, is hoping to bring the same program to the local county next school year, and Friday's presentation was an appeal for donations for the Christian County program.

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Sangamon C-E-O instructor Brant Mackey told the Christian County group on Friday that he teaches his students some of the expectations that an employer wants in an employee.

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An alum of the Sangamon C-E-O program, Aaron House, told the local economic development officials in attendance on Friday how amazing the program was for him.

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And, Taylorville businessman Danny Coker, who also supports the Sangamon C-E-O program, told the local group on Friday about some of the questions posed to him by the Sangamon C-E-O students.

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The local steering committee ended the luncheon asking those in attendance to donate toward the Christian County C-E-O program, which is expected to launch next fall.

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Taylorville School Superintendent Talks About Projects Benefitting Economic Development

During Friday's annual board meeting of the Christian County Econonic Development Corporation, Taylorville school superintendent Doctor Greg Fuesterneau told board members that this summer's new construction and remodeling of several Taylorville school buildings, had a major economic development impact on the community. Fuesterneau talked with Regional Radio News following the board meeting about his remarks to the board.

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The Taylorville school superintendent is one of over 30 community and business leaders that make up the county's Economic Development Corporation board as a non-profit organization.

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Taylorville Development Association Completes Land Swap for New Industrial Park

 width=It was announced at Friday's Christian County Economic Development Corporation annual board meeting and luncheon, that the Taylorville Development Association has completed its land swap so that it can begin work toward establishing a new industrial park along Illinois Route 104. The land swap was needed because property the T-D-A owned on the city's northeast side near the A-D-M Bean Mill, did not have access to city sewer.

Ken Hart, president of T-D-A, told Regional Radio News that the swap means the non-profit organization can begin raising the money for infrastructure for the new site.

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Hart is also a member of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

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Christian County Economic Development Corporation Holds Annual Meeting, Luncheon Friday

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The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their annual meeting and luncheon Friday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium, to review ongoing efforts to increase jobs in Christian County.

Executive Director Mary Renner reviewed for Regional Radio News, her report to the board that included 3 different developers seeking a permit from the state to grow medical cannabis.

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Renner also said her job this past year was to make several business retention calls on local employers.

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Renner has been the long-time executive director of the local economic development organization.

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Bullying Focus Of Saturday Event

Bullying will be the topic of an event Saturday. Teresa Paul of the Bullyng Project says they'll show a documentary about bullying tomorrow (Saturday 10-25) and then discuss the problem:

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 Again, that's Saturday evening at 5:30 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. There is no charge to attend.

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Chamber Welcomes New Members

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has brought in two new members. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they are welcoming a new shoe store:

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Hornbuckle says a new cleaning service has also joined the chamber:

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You can call the chamber to find out more, at 824-4919.

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Injured Scouts Improving

There's good news when it comes to the three Cub Scouts injured in a Monday night chemical accident in Raymond. Two scouts are out of the hospital and a third was expected to be discharged shortly. All three are expected to fully recover. It turns out the parent who was sent to the hospital wasn't admitted. The scouts were trying to mix boric acid and anti-freeze when the experiment backfired.

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Zombies Sought

Taylorville Memorial Hospital's Relay for Life Team is looking for zombies. The Zombie Run, Walk, Crawl 5K is creeping up Saturday (10-25). The race gets underway at 5:30 pm at the Chautauqua Building at Manners Park.

There will be a make-up station to give participants that zombie look. After the race there will be prizes awarded in several categories, and snacks and drinks will be provided. A "zombie waiver" must be signed, and minor zombies must have parental consent.

 Questions should be directed to Kerry Koonce at 824-1615 or Cheryl Fahl at 824-1195.

 

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Suspended License Arrests

Good police work helped nab a suspected illegal driver Wednesday (10-22). Taylorville Officers say they spotted Lacey Sparling of Taylorville driving on West Pauline Street. The cops believed Sparkling was driving illegally. She was cited for driving on a suspended license.

 44 year-old Kamala McCombs of Vandalia was reportedly arrested Tuesday on a bond forfeiture warrant, on charge of driving on a revoked license for her third DUI. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/24/2014

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

 On October 22, Jeanetta M. Kohl, 62, of Taylorville was east bound on 700 North Road, and Matthew L. Dowdy of Indianapolis, Indiana was north bound on 1000 East Road.  Kohl stated shw slowed down as she approached the intersection at 1000 East.  Kohl said she did not see Dowdy anc continued through the intersection.  Dowdy saw Kohl approaching the intersection.  He observed he had the right of way, but slowed down anyway for the intersection.  Dowdy then saw that Kohl was entering the intersection.  Dowdy braked hard leaving about twelve feet of skid marks and down shifted in an attempt to get stopped.  Dowdy also turned to the right trying to avoid the crash.  The front driver's side corner of Dowdy's 1976 ½ ton grain Ford struck the rear passenger side of Kohl's 1997 Ford Windstar.  Kohl rotated clockwise anc came to a stop on the south east side of the intersection, facing the southwest.  Dowdy came to a stop facing north east on the south east corner of the intersection. 

 On October 23, Jason L. Morgan, 29, of Pana was south bound on US Highway 51 approximately ½ mile south of 1300 North Road when an unknown animal ran out into the road from the west side of the highway.  Morgan swerved to the east to avoid the animal.  He over steered and left his lane of traffic going into a crossover and then into the median.  Morgan struck a yield sign and a do not enter sign before coming to a stop on the west shoulder of the north bound lanes.  Morgan had minor cuts on his hands from the windshield glass. 

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 22, Joseph A. Leckner of Springfield, was arrested for driving while his license were suspended.

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/24/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE SEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 OCTOBER 22  1 EMS

 OCTOBER 23  2 EMS, 1 gas odor

 OCTOBER 24  1 EMS, 1 CO alarm

 

 

 

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Local Football Scores 10/25/2014

As heard on WTIM 96.3 Taylorville defeated Chillicothe by a final score of 28 to 0.

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Henry Watches Investing Trends

Watching for trends can help with investing money. Steve Henry, Investment Professional and owner of CSH Investment Management in Taylorville says a good example is the so-called housing bubble from 2008:

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 The theory is that the market will correct itself, and investors will make money. CSH Investment Management is at 926 W. Spresser in Taylorville.

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Triad Warns Of New Scam

Triad's Brian Hile, Taylorville's Deputy Chief of Police, is warning you about a new scam involving medical devices. Hile tells Regional Radio he was alerted to the scam by Triad's Richard Peters:

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 The Triad organization is devoted to exposing scams, especially those involving senior citizens.

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Local Woman Arrested On Warrant

Shortly after midnight Sunday (10-19), Taylorville Police were sent to the 1300 block of West Adams Street on reports of theft. The suspect reportedly fled, but was nabbed after a quick foot chase. The original complainant declined to press charges, but the suspect, Lisa M. Harker of Taylorville, was nevertheless arrested. Cops say it turned out she was wanted on a warrant out of Shelby County.  Harker was arrested and processed at the Christian County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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Grooming Dogs Important

Grooming a dog takes more than just clipping hair. It's important to build a little trust with the pooch, according to Tail Command groomer Gabby Stephens:

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Tail Command is located at 306 S. Spresser in Taylorville. Call 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

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Comedy Legend To Visit Central Illinois

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That's comedy legend Jerry Lewis on one of his Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethons in the 1970s.  Lewis will visit Central Illinois this weekend. 

 Lewis, who first gained national prominence in the 1940s when he teamed with crooner Dean Martin, was a top star in radio and movies as part of the comedy team. Later, as a solo act, he wrote, directed and starred in some of the most popular comedies of the day. Lewis is also known for his tireless fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

 The 88 year-old funnyman will bring his show to the Effingham Performance Center this Saturday night at 7:00. Tickets are still available. You can find them at Ticketmaster, or by calling 800-745-3000. 

 The Effingham Performance Center is located near the intersection of Interstates 57 and 70, at exit 160.

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Another Deer Crash

A 68 year-old man is the latest victim of a stray deer in the road. Carl Spengler of Pawnee was driving west on Township Road 950 North when a deer came into his path. He told cops he couldn't avoid striking it. Spengler was uninjured, but his 2005 Pontiac Vibe sustained damage to the front and passenger side. 

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Sheriff's Office Reports Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing a couple of arrests.  

 A Cape Coral, Florida woman is accused of writing bad checks. 51 year-old Mindy Fleming was arrested Tuesday (10-21) on deceptive practices charges.

 Police say they arrested 46 year-old Gary Lyerla Tuesday on a bond forfeiture warrant out of Franklin County.  He was taken to the Christian County Jail, where he was held in lieu of bond. 

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Area Lake To Receive Grant Money

Grant money from the Illinois EPA will be used to spruce up a portion of Lake Pana. EPA Director Lisa Bonnett announced the grant earlier this week. 

 The money will be used to stabilize part of the shore with filter fabric and stone rip-rap. The grant will cover nearly $40,000 of the $50,000 project.

 The grant is part of over $212,000 being used to support lake protection, restoration and enhancement at various locations around the state.

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Social Security Recipients Get COLA Increase

Social Security recipients will get a raise in January, according to Jack Myers:

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Myers is Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security's Springfield office.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/23/2014

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

 Kamala McCombs, 44, of Vandalia was arrested on October 22 on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license, third DUI. 

 Hunter Oliver, 22, of Taylorville on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor by a minor, and an original arrest warrant for other amount narcotics.

 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 11, 2014 James Bertin, 54, of Pana was south bound on Illinois Route 48.  Bertin said he picked his coffee up from the console and the lid popped off causing coffee to spill in his lap.  Bertin said he reached down to pick up the dropped coffee cup an lost control of his 2014 Jeep Patriot.  He veered off the roadway to the right and struck a guardrail.  He reported minor injuries but refused medical attention at the scene.  His vehicle was towed from the scene. 

 

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLOWING ARREST:

 On October 22, officers saw Lacsey Sparlig driving a vehicle on West Pauline.  Officers knew Lacsey Sparling to be suspended.  Subsequent to investigation, Lacsey Sparling of Taylorville was issued a citation for driving while her license were suspended.

 

  

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Fox Illinois: Agnew's Death Changed from Accidental to Homocide

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FoxIllinois is reporting that the 2013 death of a Taylorville woman, has been changed from an accidental drowning to a homicide.

Sources are telling the news outlet that the death of Mary Jane Agnew apparently has new evidence that has caused Taylorville Police and the Christian County State's Attorney, to change the case from being accidental to a homicide.

The 59-year-old Agnew was pronounced dead on June 25th, 2013 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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2 Miller Media Group Radio Stations to Air Football Pairings Show Saturday

 width=The Illinois High School Association football pairings will be announced live on 2 Miller Media Group radio stations Saturday night.

The first information on whether and where local teams will be playing in the state football playoffs, will be simulcast Saturday night from 7 til 9, on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3 FM as well as WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3 FM.

Taylorville, Shelbyville, and Pawnee have already earned playoff births. Nokomis is “on the bubble” dependent on the outcome of Friday night's game and the playoff announcement.

The show will also be streamed by clicking the WTIM icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Gowin Parc Specializes In Dementia Care

Gowin Parc provides special care for those who are suffering from dementia. Jenni Stephens, Director of Operations, tells Regional Radio News that's what sets them apart from other facilities:

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Stephens says Gowin Parc's slogan, “the Comfort of a Promise Kept” is something they take seriously:

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Gowin Parc's recently expanded Taylorville facility is located at 928 McAdam Drive in Taylorville. Gowin Parc also has locations in Pana, Mattoon and Paris.

 

 

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Children's Health Fair Saturday

Pana Community Hospital is the place to be this Saturday (10-25). According to Hospital Marketing Director Melissa Rybolt, they will be having their annual Children's Health Fair:

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Again, the Children's Health Fair is Saturday from 9:00 am till noon at Pana High School. First National Bank in Pana has furnished an I Pad Mini as one of many giveaways.

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Davis Asks For Votes

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis is not taking the Christian County vote for granted. The Taylorville Republican is asking for your vote:

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The 13th District Congressman is being challenged in the coming election by Democrat Ann Callis, a former Madison County Judge.

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Three Hospitalized in Raymond

Three Raymond area boy scouts and one of their mothers is hospitalized after a chemical mixing demonstration backfired Monday evening, according to Village Mayor Dennis Held:

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Mayor Held says the sound of medical helicopters arriving in the town was sobering:

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The boys mixed borax and Heet gas line anti-freeze, setting off the blast. The victims suffered facial burns. There's no further word on their conditions.

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Cooperative Plans Breakfast

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative will hold a Member Appreciation Breakfast this Saturday (10-25). Biscuits and gravy will be served. While no formal program is planned, members will get to see some of RECC's new technology, such as online outage maps and member notification options.

 President and CEO David Stuva says their board of directors and several employees will be on hand to answer questions.

 The breakfast,  from 8 to 10:00am Saturday, will take place at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church near Raymond. The church is on West Frontage Road just north of Exit 60.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/22/2014

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

 Gary Lyerla, 46, of Taylorvile was arrested on October 21 on a bond forfeiture warrant out of  Franklin County. 

 Mindy Fleming, 51, of Cape Coral, Florida was arrested on October 21 for deceptive practice/bad check writing. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 21, Braydon Copeland, 17, of Morrisonville, was traveling east on Ridge Street and Benjamin C. Ferrill, 17, was following Copeland.  Copeland had to make a sudden stop he said, because of kids in the roadway.  When Copeland stopped, Ferrill tried to stop and skidded into the rear end of Copeland.  Both vehicles had to be towed away from the scene.  Copeland's passengers were Austin Harris, 14, of Palmer, Call Beiermann, 17, of Morrisonville, Landon Ferrill, 15, of Morrisonville and Nathan Goebel, 15, of Harvel. 

 On October 21, Kenneth Bryan, 25, of Watson, Illinois stopped at the stop light at the intersection of North Webster Street and Spresser/Park Street in Taylorvile.  Bryan was stopped facing south bound on North Webster Street in the left turn lane.  Bryan was going to proceed to turn left and travel east onto Park Street/Route 29.  He was pulling a 2007 EBY stock trailer.  Charles Elrod, 72, of Pana, was also traveling south bound on North Webster Street and stopped behind Bryan in the left turn lane.  Bryan stated another semi tractor with trailer, was attempting to turn north bound onto North Webster Street from Spresser Street.  He did not have enough room to make the turn, so Bryan began to back his semi.  Bryan did not see Elrod, and Elrod could not back due to other vehicles behind him.  Bryan struck Elrod.  Bryan received minor damage to the rear of the trailer.  Elrod received minor damage to the front end.  No injuries were reported. 

 On October 18, Carl Spengler, 78, of Pawnee was traveling west bound on township road 950 North approximately 800 feet west of township road 965 east, when a deer entered the roadway.  Spengler was unable to avoid striking the animal, and he received front, passenger side damage to his 2005 Pontiac Vibe.   No injuries were reported. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 17, at approximately 11:01 pm, officer's were dispatched to 813 East Vine Street in reference to a female that had been battered at 902 East Poplar Street Apt. 2.  Jessica S. Koonce of Taylorville, and Nathan T. Mount of Shelbyville, were located at 902 East Poplar Apt. 2.  Both were arrested for battery, and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.  Both were issued a Notice To Appear. 

 On October 21, a make subject came into the Taylorville Police Department and a witness to a possible crime.  The officer was advised by dispatch that the male subject had a confirmed warrant out of  Franklin County.  Gary Lyerla of Taylorville, was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 On October 18, while out on Main Cross in regards to an unrelated altercation at a bar, the officer observed a female subject strike a male subject.  Rachael Whitlow of Taylorville was eased on a notice to appear. 

 On October 19, at 12:25 am, officers were make aware of a possible theft from 1301 West Adams Street.  When the officer arrived in the area, there was a brief foot pursuit.  Officers were able to apprehend the suspect.  After speaking with the complainant they requested no charges.  Officers ran the suspect, Lisa M. Harker, through L.E.A.D.S. and discovered she had a valid warrant out of Shelby County.  Lisa Harker was arrested and transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office.  

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Congressman Votes Early

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis is urging voters to cast their ballots early. The Taylorville native voted yesterday (10-20) at the Christian County Courthouse. Monday was the first day for early voting. Election Day is November 4th.

 In the second of three planned debates, the Republican Congressman will square off tonight (10-21) against his Democratic opponent in the 13th District race, Ann Callis. Callis is a former Madison County Judge. The final debate in the series is scheduled for October 30th.

 

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Woman Avoids Two Deer, Hits Third

A Taylorville woman had the misfortune of encountering three deer in an accident Saturday (10-18). According to reports, 27 year-old Michelle E. Becker was headed west on County Highway 12 in a rural area a few miles  west of Pana when she spotted two deer in the road. Despite successfully slowing down to avoid them, she struck a third deer, causing damage to the front driver's side of her 2000 Nissan Xterra.

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Sheriff's Office Processes Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing several arrests. 

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Sheriff Praises TRIAD

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is praising a local group. The Sheriff says the TRIAD organization has helped reduce the number of scam victims in the area:

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 As always, the Sheriff's Office appreciates the public letting them know about attempted scams.

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Shelbyville VFW Throwing Free Halloween Party

Area kids are alerted to an upcoming event. Mike Canada of the Shelbyville VFW says they are inviting kids out for a Halloween party at the end of the week:

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/21/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 17, at 9:50 pm officers received at 911 call in reference to a fight in progress at 619 North Cottage.  As officers approached the residence the individuals fighting fled the scene.  Officers later located one of the parties involved on Washington Street near Park Glen Apartments.  After the investigation, Jacob A. Bright, of Taylorville, was arrested for criminal damage to property, battery, and illegal possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor. Bright was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a Notice to Appear. 

 

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Explosion Injures Boy Scouts

Four people including three children were injured in an accident last night in Raymond. The accident, which happened at the Living Center, involved Boy Scouts who were performing an experiment involving volatile chemicals. The explosion hurt three boys and one of the moms with apparent burns to the face. Two were reportedly airlifted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, while the other two injured were taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center.

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Christer Family Talk About Experience with Diabetes, at Kiwanis Meeting

3 members of the Christer family from Pana, were the program speakers at Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, to talk about how diabetes has affected their family.
Tim and Jennifer Christer, along with their 10-year-old son Bo, talked about how they discovered that Bo had Type One Diabetes when he was 7 years old, and all they've gone thru in treatment since. October is National Diabetes Month.


Tim Christer shared with Kiwanis members how they found out Bo had diabetes at age 7.


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His wife Jennifer explained to the Kiwanis Club there are more local children with Type One Diabetes than she realized.


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Tim and Jennifer shared with local Kiwanis members how they have handled Bo's disease on a daily basis. Treatment includes Bo wearing a pump 24/7 to administer insulin into his stomach, as his body does not break down sugars that a normal body does. His parents also measure the number of carbs Bo eats in each meal, then enters it into a small computer connected to his pump.


As a result of Bo's diagnosis, the Christer's have been heavily involved in raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or J-D-R-F, which is the research and education foundation to help find a cure for the disease. Last year, the Christer's raised some 36-hundred dollars for the organization, and so far this year they've raised over 27-hundred dollars.


4 members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Key Club from Taylorville High School, attended Tuesday's Kiwanis Club meeting.


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

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BREAKING NEWS: Taylorville Council Votes Down Fire Department Ambulance As A Choice

After 2 weeks of discussion among City Council members and the community, the Taylorville City Council Monday night voted 4 to 4 on the proposed amendment to the city's ambulance ordinance, to allow the Fire Department ambulance to be a choice for 911 callers. Mayor Greg Brotherton had to break the tie, and voted no, defeating the proposal.

Aldermen Ray Koonce and Martin Vota changed their votes from 2 weeks ago, voting against the ordinance change.

Koonce told aldermen he changed his vote after meeting with all parties concerned.


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Vota told the City Council Monday night, that several questions he had after the last meeting, have yet to be answered.


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The Mayor told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that he had heard reports in the community that some aldermen where thinking about changing their vote from 2 weeks ago, when the Council voted 6 to 2 to direct city attorney Rocci Romano to write a draft amendment to the ordinance.


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And, the Mayor says the issue isn't dead.


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The vote ended up 5 to 4 with the Mayor casting the tie-breaking no vote.

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The Taylorville City Council officially proclaimed October 19th thru the 25th, as “Illinois Women in Business Week” at their Monday night meeting. Several members of the local chapter were in attendance, and co-president Amy Hagen (pictured above) thanked the Mayor and City Council for the proclamation. Hagen told the Council that the local group represents women thru-out the local business community, striving for equal rights in the workplace.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night transacted their business in short order, with their meeting lasting about 50 minutes. They OK'd an Intergovernmental Cooperation agreement with Johnson Township, approved an amended real estate lease for land adjacent to Lake Taylorville to Rick and Lisa Champley, they passed a resolution in support of the current Education Reform Bill pending in the Illinois Legislature, and accepted the Fiscal Year 2014 audt from Lively, Mathias, Hooper and Noblet. The Council also approved donating one-thousand dollars per year for the next 3 years, to the Christian County C-E-O program for county high school students.

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Traffic Light Knocked Down

A traffic light at the intersection of Routes 29 and 104 was apparently knocked to the ground Thursday (10-16). Reports say 58 year-old Steven V. Bergschneider of Jacksonville was turning left onto Route 29 from 104 when a trailer he was pulling hit the traffic light.

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Traffic Light Knocked Down

A traffic light at the intersection of Routes 29 and 104 was apparently knocked to the ground Thursday (10-16). Reports say 58 year-old Steven V. Bergschneider of Jacksonville was turning left onto Route 29 from 104 when a trailer he was pulling hit the traffic light.

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Traffic Light Knocked Down

A traffic light at the intersection of Routes 29 and 104 was apparently knocked to the ground Thursday (10-16). Reports say 58 year-old Steven V. Bergschneider of Jacksonville was turning left onto Route 29 from 104 when a trailer he was pulling hit the traffic light.

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Area Police Report Thursday Arrests

An Edinburg woman faces drug charges.  Police say 64 year-old Happy Hannah was arrested Thursday (10-16) for growing marijuana plants.

 34 year-old Angela Kohl of Mt. Auburn was reportedly arrested Thursday for driving on a revoked or suspended license. 

 Also Thursday, Taylorville Police say they spotted 23 year-old Steven Durbin entering a residence in the 800 block of East Poplar Street. Durbin was reportedly wanted on a warrant for contempt of court. He was arrested and taken to the Christian County Jail, where he was held in lieu of bond. 

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Man Ticketed In Fender Bender

A fender bender Thursday (10-16) caused no injuries but left a local man with a ticket. Police say just after 2:00 pm, both 36 year-old Michelle N. Coy of Taylorville and John McCarty were westbound on Spresser Street near the Circle K when their two vehicles somehow made contact.

 Coy's front driver's side was damaged, as was McCarty's rear passenger side. Neither vehicle was towed from the scene. McCarty was reportedly cited for improper lane usage.

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Negative Ads Based On Fear: Vatthauer

Everybody has noticed it's campaign season, at least partly because of the large number of political ads circulating.  Local counselor Karen Vatthauer says negative campaign ads are based on fear:

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Vatthauer is the owner of Vatthauer Counseling at 800 N. Webster in Taylorville.

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In God We Trust Campaign Underway

A campaign aimed at getting our national motto displayed kicked off Friday at the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville. The grass roots effort hopes to get posters with “In God We Trust” distributed to as many areas as possible. Delbra Pratt tells Regional Radio what the next step will be:

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The group is urging people to put the posters and signs up at businesses, homes and in their cars.

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Athlete of the Month

The Miller Media Group and the First National Bank in Taylorville are proud to present the area female athlete of the month, Kara Brockamp. Kara is a senior outside hitter on the Morrisonville Lady Mohawks volleyball team. Kara, on the year, has 71 digs, 66 service points and 22 kills to go along with 6 aces and 3 assists. Coach Ferril states that having Kara on the court is like having another coach. She says Kara exemplifies what she wants in a player with her leadership, encouragement and all out effort:

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

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Male Athlete of the Month

The Male Athlete of the Month is David Gideon. David is a senior safety on the Taylorville Tornado football team. So far, David has logged 21 solo tackles and 36 total tackles. He also, has 1 fumble recovery and 4 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown. Coach Odam praises David and states that he runs the defensive secondary while on the field. He also states that David's leadership has helped the Tornadoes achieve the success they have had this year.

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

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/20/2014

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

 Amanda Langston, 21, of Assumption was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving on a suspended license.

 Kimberly Coen, 48, of Pana was arrested on an original arrest warrant on October 18 for failure to appear, for criminal damage to property. 

 Jacob Bright, 18, of Taylorville, was arrested on October 18 for battery, consumption of liquor by a minor.

 Terry Biggs, 42, of Champaign, was arrested on October 19 for domestic battery. 

 

ACCIDENT:

 On October 18, Michelle E. Becker, 27, of Taylorville, was traveling west bound on County Highway 12 about 2/10 of a mile west of 1500 East Road.  She slowed down for two deer, and was unaware of the third deer and struck it with the left corner of her 2000 Nissan Xterra.  Becker had damage to the left headlamp and the lower valace. 

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/20/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

OCTOBER 17  1 EMS

 OCTOBER 18  5 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

 OCTOBER 19  2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

 

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Taylorville Taco Bell Hosts Celebration, Ribbon Cutting of Remodeled Store Saturday

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Caption to picture:  Those involved in Saturday's Greater Taylorville Chamber ribbon cutting at the newly-remodeled Taylorville Taco Bell were, from the left:  Megan Bryant, Ambassador, Greater Taylorville Chamber; Mayor Greg Brotherton, Bobbie Morgan, general manager, Taylorville Taco Bell; Bill Keyper, Director of Operations, W&M Restaurants, franchisee of the Taylorville Taco Bell; Stacey Warren, area coach, Taco Bell; Jennifer Molitor, corporate marketing director, Taco Bell; and Ken Hart, Ambassador, Greater Taylorville Chamber.  Photo by Randal J. Miller.

 

Taco Bell in Taylorville held a celebration and ribbon-cutting at their newly remodeled store on Saturday. The day featured 59-cent tacos and a host of door prizes given away.

 

Miller Media Group radio stations WTIM and WMKR broadcast live from the event, and corporate marketing director Jennifer Molitor told our Randal J. Miller that the recent remodel at their Taylorville Taco Bell turned out very well.

 

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Bill Keyper (KEYE-pur), Director of Operations for W-and-M Restaurants, the franchisees of the Taylorville Taco Bell restaurant, told WTIM and WMKR listeners that the Taylorville restaurant needed a much-deserved facelift.

 

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Stacey Warren of Taylorville is the area coach for the local Taco Bell. After running the local store for 10 years and then becoming a coach for the area stores, she was pleased at the remodel.

 

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The Taylorville Taco Bell also began serving breakfast earlier this year.

 

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Bad Year For Deer-Car Collisions

2014 is turning out to be a bad year for deer-car collisions. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says they have seen an unusual number of incidents this year:

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The harvest always stirs up the deer population, and they are also coming into their mating season.

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Local Sport Scores 10-17-2014

In high school football Friday night:

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CCEDC To Hold Annual Banquet

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation is holding an event next week. Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, says it should be a valuable program:

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 Mary Renner is the Executive Director of the CCEDC.

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Morrisonville Teen Injured

A Morrisonville teenager was hurt in an accident last weekend. According to reports, the 16 year-old  was driving on a rural road a few miles north of Morrisonville Sunday (10-12) when he apparently lost control and hit an embankment. His 2005 Chevy Silverado reportedly turned completely over, coming to rest on its wheels.

 The teenager was taken by ambulance to Springfield Memorial Hospital. The truck was towed from the scene.

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New Christian County 4H Director

Christian County has a new 4H Director. Alicia Gullidge, who is from the Assumption area, says she has always had an interest in 4H:

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 Gullidge says one of her goals as 4H Director is to increase enrollment. She'd also like to start a Livestock Judging Team.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/17/2014

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

 Happy Hannah, 64, of Edinburg, was arrested on October 16 for production of cannabis more than five plants, less than twenty.

 Angela Kohl, 34, of Mt. Auburn, was arrested on October 16, for driving on a revoked/suspended license.

 Steven Durbin, 23, of Taylorville, was arrested on October 16 on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court. 

 

 

THE TAYLORVILE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 16, officers were on patrol when they saw Steven S. Durbin, 23, enter the residence at 801 East Poplar Street.  Officers approached the home and subsequently arrested Durbin for an outstanding warrant out of Christian County.  Durbin was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 16, at 10:37 a.m., officers were dispatched to an accident on Rt. 29 at Rt. 104.  Officers learned thru dispatch that a vehicle pulling an auger had struck a traffic light knocking the light down.  The officer arrived on scene and spoke to the driver, Steven V. Bergschneider, 58, of Jacksonville.  He said he was turning left onto Rt. 29 from Rt. 104 and the auger he was pulling struck the traffic light knocking it to the ground. 

 On October 15, at approximately 4:08 p.m., officers responded to an accident at North Main Street and East Park Street.  Upon arrival, the vehicle's were already pulled off the roadway into a nearby parking lot.  Meikle admitted that she slid on the wet pavement and slid into Shallon E. Spinner, 35, of Taylorville.  Both vehicles were able to drive off without a tow, and there were no injuries reported. 

 On October 16 at approximately 2:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to Family Video for an accident with not personal injuries.  Upon arrival, both vehicles were pulled off the roadway into the parking lot of Family Video.  Michelle N. Coy, 36, of Taylorville, said she was traveling west bound and she thought McCarty came out of the center lane.  Coy's front drivers side was struck, the back passenger side of McCarty.  McCarty said he turned out of Circle K parking lot and was struck while he was traveling west bound on Spresser.  John McCarty was cited for improper lane usage.  Both cars were able to drive off there were no apparent injuries. 

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/17/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

OCTOBER 14  1 Public Assist, 1 EMS

 OCTOBER 15  4 EMS

 OCTOBER 16  5 EMS

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WSVZ NEW Country 98.3 Participates in Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze Parade

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WSVZ NEW Country 98.3 participated in last Saturday's Scarecrow Daze parade thru the streets of Shelbyville.  Pictured above is account manager Judi Humphrey in the driver's seat, and general manager Kami Payne in the passenger seat.


WSVZ also broadcast the parade live from downtown Shelbyville.

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Two Arrested In Robbery

Two Ramsey residents have reportedly been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that took place last week in Pana.

27 year-old Nathan Wisdom and 28 year-old Andrea Bolyard were arrested Wednesday (10-15) on charges of armed robbery, which is a class X felony.

The robbery took place October 8th at Shasteen's Convenience Store on East Jackson in Pana just before 2:00 am. Police say a man walked in, displaying a handgun and demanding money. He reportedly pistol whipped the clerk, sending her to the hospital. The robber got away with an unknown amount of money.

Police say Wisdom committed the actual robbery while Bolyard acted as the getaway driver.

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Wet Road Leads To Injury Accident

A local woman was taken to the hospital Monday after an accident on Taylorville's west side. Police say 55 year-old Laverne H. Loveall of Taylorville was stopped at the intersection of West Spresser and North Cheney when she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Michelle C. Webb of Edinburg. 

 Webb apparently told officers she had hydroplaned on the wet roadway and couldn't stop in time. Loveall was taken by ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment. Her three passengers, all children under the age of six, were unhurt.

 Loveall's vehicle sustained minor damage, but Webb's 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan had to be towed from the scene. Webb was reportedly ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

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Taylorville Police Report Arrests

On Monday (10-13), a sharp-eyed Taylorville cop noticed a man suspected of being wanted. The man was a passenger in a vehicle pulling into lot 27 at the Hillcrest Trailer Court. After a quick check with dispatch, Derick D. Brown of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on an unspecified warrant out of Macoupin County. Police say they took him to the Christian County Jail, where he was held in lieu of bond.

 Taylorville Police made several arrests Monday in two apparently unrelated incidents at the Tayorville Walmart. According to reports, officers were already at the store right around 5:30 pm when a suspected theft occurred. After an investigation, police say they arrested Faith Lozier of Nokomis and a juvenile on retail theft charges.

Just a few hours later, at around 9:30 pm, Taylorville Police were summoned back to Walmart. They ended up arresting two juveniles on retail theft charges. They were processed and released to their parents.

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Two Arrested In Robbery

Two Ramsey residents have reportedly been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that took place last week in Pana.

27 year-old Nathan Wisdom and 28 year-old Andrea Bolyard were arrested Wednesday (10-15) on charges of armed robbery, which is a class X felony.

 The robbery took place October 8th at Shasteen's Convenience Store on East Jackson in Pana just before 2:00 am. Police say a man walked in, displaying a handgun and demanding money. He reportedly pistol whipped the clerk, sending her to the hospital. The robber got away with an unknown amount of money.

 Police say Wisdom committed the actual robbery while Bolyard acted as the getaway driver.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/16/2014

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

 Andrea Bolyard, 28, of Ramsey, was arrested on October 15th for armed robbery.  This is a Class X felony.

Nathan Wisdom, 27, of Ramsey, was arrested on October 15th for armed robbery.  This is a Class X felony. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 12, Todd A. Carter, 16, of Morrisonville, came to the intersection of 300 E. and 900 North Road.  Carter stated he was going to turn left at the intersection.  He went through the intersection and went off the roadway to the right and hit the embankment.  Carter overturned his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, and it came to rest on it's wheels facing east.  Carter was taken by ambulance to Springfield Memorial Hospital Medical Center.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 12, officers were dispatched to Christian County Mental Health for a burglary alarm going off.  Upon arrival, Harland Frohmader, of Taylorville, was arrested for burglary, criminal damage to state supported property, resisting a peace officer, and criminal trespass to railroad property.  

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Get Your Flu Shot: Sarah Bush Lincoln

Flu season is officially on, and a Central Illinois Hospital is reminding you how to avoid it.  Ramona Tomshack, Infection Prevention Specialist for Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon says get your shot:

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 Tomshack says flu shots are available at a number of locations, including pharmacies, clinics and your doctor's office.

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Taylorville Salons Help ADA

A group of Taylorville area beauty salons have taken up the cause of the American Diabetes Association.  Vanessa Wiseman, Fundraising and Special Events Manager for the ADA says it started out slow and built momentum:

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Millions of people in the U.S. have diabetes and don't know it. You can take a risk assessment test by logging on to diabetes.org.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/15/2014

 

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

 On October 13, Howard D. Simmons, 79, of Blue Mound was traveling north bound on County Highway 22.  An unknown vehicle was traveling west bound.  Simmons turned right around the curve and began heading east bound when it drove into water standing on the roadway.  The unidentified driver and Simmons met on the roadway while Simmoms was traveling thru the water.  Simmons stated that he somehow struck the side on the other vehicle due to the water on the roadway.  The unidentified driver did not stop and Simmons stated the other vehicle was a semi pulling a hopper bottom trailer.

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On October 13, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle pulling into #27 Hillcrest Trailer Court.  The officer observed a male subject in the passenger's side of the vehicle that was known to have a valid warrant out of Macoupin County.  Contact was made with the male subject, and his name was ran through L.E.A.D.S. and verified the warrant.  Deric D. Brown of Taylorville was placed under arrest and was transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond on the warrant. 

 On October 13, at approximately 5:34 p.m., officers were at Walmart when a retail theft occurred.  Subsequent to investigation, Faith Lozier of Nokomis and a juvenile were arrested for retail theft.

 'On October 13, at approximately 9:31 p.m., officers were dispatched to Walmart for a retail theft.  Walmart loss prevention already had two juveniles detained prior to their arrival.  The juveniles were transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and were released to their parents. 

 On October 13, an unknown/uninvolved vehicle stopped at the red light at the intersection of West Spresser and North Cheney Street facing west bound.  Laverne H. Loveall, 55, of Taylorville stopped behind the uninvolved vehicle waiting on the red light.  Michelle C. Webb, 27, of Edinburg said she applied her brakes and her vehicle hydroplaned and slid into the back of Loveall.  Webb sustained major damage to her front end.  Loveall sustained minor damage to the rear.  Laverne Loveall was trasnported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital via ambulance.  Her passengers Conner Loveall, 6, of Taylorville, Dakota Hurt, 4, of Taylorville and Scarlett Hurt, 1, of Taylorville did not need medical treatment.  Webb's 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan was towed from the scene.  Webb was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  

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Police Report A Variety Of Arrests

A Taylorville man faces a number of charges after an incident Monday (10-13). According to police,  64 year-old Harland Fromader was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing to land, criminal damage to state property and resisting an officer.

 22 year-old James Barr was reportedly arrested Friday (10-10) on a charge of aggravated battery. 

 An Owaneco man was arrested Saturday. 22 year-old Ryan Callaway faces a charge of possession of drug paraphenalia. 

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Two Face DUI Charges

 

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Deer Accidents On The Rise

Area police agencies report four deer-car accidents in just the last few days. 

 On Sunday (10-12), 25 year-old Mitchell W. Daigh of Taylorville was driving north on 1600 East Road just west of Owaneco, when he struck a deer. Daigh's 2005 Chevy 1500 sustained front end damage.

 Also Sunday, 23 year-old Brittany E. Kasper of Taylorville was traveling west on Route 104 between Kincaid and Pawnee when a deer appeared in front of her. Kasper's 2007 Toyota Camry suffered front end damage.

An accident near Taylorville involved a Jacksonville teenager. 19 year-old Shelby Wells was reportedly headed east on 1025 North Road when she hit a deer, causing the front air-bags to deploy. Wells and her passengers, 19 year-old Tyler Wells of Tayloville and 19 year-old Christopher Collins of Rantoul were uninjured. Wells' 2007 Volkswagen Beetle had to be towed from the scene.

 Last Friday,  23 year-old Clayton Nicols of Taylorville was southbound on 1350 East Road just north of 1200 East Road when a deer wandered out. He told cops he couldn't avoid hitting it. Nicols was reportedly not hurt.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

As of October 15th, Medicare's Open Enrollment period is underway. Public Advocate Mac McGuire tells Regional Radio News there is a lot of good information available about Medicare, and about how to avoid the inevitable scams:

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 All Medicare enrollees are automatically mailed the Medicare and You book. It's also available online.

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Harvest Continues

As the harvest in Central Illinois continues, Regional Radio Farm Broadcaster Jared White has been taking combine rides with local farmers. White recently rode along with Christian County farmer Ken Franklin, who said harvesting soybeans can be tricky:

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Franklin farms near Taylorville. A bin-buster harvest is expected for both beans and corn.

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TAYLORVILLE SCHOOL BOARD HEARS EXTENSIVE REPORT ON PLANS FOR INCREASING TEST SCORES

In an 2 hour meeting, the Taylorville School Board was given very detailed and extensive plans from the administrators of each school in the district on how they were going to raise the overall PARCC scores for students at all levels. A sample of the PARCC test was shown to all who were present for the purpose of showing the difficulty. Not only are the problems and questions more difficult, but students are expected to be very tech savvy, even as young as the 3rd grade. The PARCC testing will have to done online and the students will use Google Chrome books to take the tests. It was pointed out several times that in order for the students to learn, it would be necessary for the faculty to be able to teach them how to use the new technology properly.

Plans are in place at every level of the school district to bring both the faculty and the students up to speed on the new technology and new ways for the teachers to present lessons.

The members of the board heard a report on the District audit as performed by the accounting firm of Lively, Mathias and Hooper, Ltd. Adam Mathias, CPA, reported that all in all the school district in better shape, financially, this fiscal year over last. There were no compliance issues for the school district this year and the district's preliminary score went from 3.55 to 3.8 out of a possible 4.

Dr. Fuerstenau, reported that Principal Brandi Bruley of North School had received the Elementary Principal of the Year from the State of Illinois and would be representing the state in Washington DC. It was also noted that the Taylorville Band received a 1st place in class 4a at a band contest in Effingham.

The meeting adjourned at around 9:05 pm.

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Local Group Spearheading Christian County In God We Trust Campaign

 width=The Christian County "In God We Trust" campaign will kick off with an opening ceremony this Friday morning at 10 at the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville.

The campaign is an effort aimed at seeing the national motto - IN GOD WE TRUST - affirmed and displayed throughout the county. The local group is joining with thousands of other citizens across the United States who reject the ongoing and ever-increasing attempts to remove God and prayer from every vestige of pulic life.

The plan for the Christian County "In God We Trust" campaign includes distributing posters with our national motto and state motto free of charge to churches, businesses, schools and governmental bodies, among other places, and requesting they display the poster in a prominent place. The poster was designed by one of the group’s own members. They'll also have bumper stickers printed up to distribute to citizens for display on their cars or even on the windows of their homes.

In God We Trust - Put It Up is a nationwide initiative of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation (CPCF).

Delbra Pratt of the local group tells Regional Radio News there will be a short ceremony at the courthouse, then teams will disburse throughout the county delivering posters free of charge to businesses.

For information about the group, please contact Pratt at 273-2156.

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Christian County Coroner Releases Autopsy Results from Hit and Run Fatal

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released autoposy results from last week's fatal hit and run accident on Illinois Route 48 near Stonington.

Preliminary autopsy results for 22 year old Devun L. Rohdemann of Taylorville show that she died from multiple blunt injuries sustained as a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Toxicology testing is pending.

Ms. Rohedemann died at about 3 in the morning last Friday, after she was being struck by a vehicle while walking along Illinois Route 48. The driver has come forward and the Illinois State Police are handling the investigation. The driver's vehicle has been seized but no arrests have been made.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear from WAND-TV Meteorologist

 width=J-C Fultz, the chief meteorologist at WAND-TV in Decatur, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Fultz has been a weathercaster at WAND-TV since 2002, and was named chief meteorologist just over a year ago.

In remarks to the local Kiwanis Club, Fultz told members how he got the job at WAND fresh out of college, and that forecasting the weather is the fun part of his job.

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Fultz added that with the huge signal WAND-TV has, it sometimes is difficult for viewers to understand why he and other weathercasters at the station interrupt programming for severe weather coverage. The station's signal goes from Jacksonville to LaFayette, Indiana, and Kankakee to Effingham.

In a question and answer session following his comments, he said the accuracy of weather forecasting is getting better, and he said he prefers calling global warming “climate change” because that's what's actually happening.

In other Kiwanis news, it was announced that some 78 children in the Taylorville area, will receive coats thru dollars raised by Kiwanis members, thru the club's annual “Coats for Kids” efforts this month.

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

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NWS: Severe Weather Reports from Monday Continue to Come In

 width=Officials from the National Weather Service in Lincoln, spent Tuesday conducting damage surveys from Monday's tornado outbreak.
The Weather Service says a number of tornadoes touched down in Shelby and Macon Counties, and officials were out to determine the exact tracks and strengths of the tornadoes and the damage.

Storm reports that have been forwarded to the Weather Service so far include:
--a tornado touchdown 4 miles east northeast of Moweaqua at 3:54 Monday afternoon, where a house was destroyed and several 15-inch diameter trees were blown down near the Shelby-Macon county line.
--a tornado was spotted at 4:15 at Long Creek in Macon County with drbris across U-S Route 36.
--a tornado touched down at 4:15 one mile south of the Decatur Airport with stop lights and power lights knocked down near the Mt. Zion Rural King.
--a tornado touched down 3 miles northeast of Argenta at 4:29.
--severe thunderstorm winds hit the Effingham County community of Dieterich at 5:10 with power lines and trees knocked down.
--thunderstorm winds caused trees to come down across LaFayette Street in Mattoon at 5:40, and in Charleston at the same time.
--over an inch-and-a-half of rain was reported at Pana Monday night at 11:15, and by Tuesday morning Shelbyville had received just over an inch.

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Queen B's Opens Drive Thru

A Taylorville eatery is offering a new service. Queen B's Catering, at 1023 West Spresser, has opened a drive thru, and is offering lunch from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm weekdays. The hours are extended until 4:00 pm Saturdays.

On-the-go lunchers can choose from a variety of sandwiches, some with a side, chips, drink and a cookie for less than $5. Starting this week, the menu will feature soups, including chilli.

 

Queen B's still offers a full catering service. Call 652-0196.

 

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Alderman Rethinks Ambulance Vote

A Taylorville City official is changing his position on a controversial vote on ambulance services. Ward One Alderman Ray Koonce says this comes after careful consideration and a number of guarantees:

[audio:koonceaudioambulance101414.mp3]comment here[/audio]

Last week the council voted six to two to consider allowing dispatchers to offer city ambulance to 911 callers. They are currently limited by ordinance to offering Dunn's and Sutton's, the two for-profit ambulance services. The vote came after a complaint to Fire Chief Mike Crews about a slow response time to a call.

 The vote last week brought criticism the move could bring added expense to the city budget, and would take business away from the for-profit services.

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Pana To Welcome New Business

Their is economic activity brewing in Downtown Pana. According to Jim Deere, Pana Community Development Director, the new call center may eventually employ as many as 40 people:

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The call center is expected to be up and running no later than September of 2015.

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Davis Speaks To Students

Congressman Rodney Davis was in Springfield Tuesday to talk with students at the Springfield Education Center. Davis, a Taylorville Republican from the 13th District told the kids in attendance that service matters and stressed that any of the kids he was talking too could one day be a Congressman:

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He says that he always wants to meet with school kids – and to make a connection that if they ever need help with federal government services that they can call him to help with the process. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10/14/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENT:

 On October 13th, John Peabody, 62, of Taylorville was heading north on Webster and side swiped Beverly L. Chitwood, 40,  of Taylorville, who was also heading north bound on Webster.  Peabody thought he was still in his lane when he hit Chitwood.  He stated he could not see Chitwood due to it being his blind spot. 

 

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THGE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 Harland Fromader, 64, of Taylorville was arrested on October 13 for burglary, crimina damage to state property, criminal trespassing to land and resisting/obstructing an officer. 

 Ryan Calloway, 22, of Owaneco was arrested on October 11 for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 James Barr, 22, was arrested on October 10 for aggravated battery. 

 Cara Montgomery, 39, of Taylorville was arrested on October 13  for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/drugs. 

 Steven Leonard, 35, of Taylorville was arrested on October 13 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/drugs, and for driving on a suspended/revoked license. 

 Devon Gatons, 40, orf Pana was arrested on October 13 on a bond forfeiture warrant for two counts of contempt of court. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 12, Mitchell W. Daigh, 25, of Taylorville was northbound on 1600 East at approximately 850 North when he struck a deer in the roadway with his 2005 Chevrolet 1500 and received front-end damage. 

 Shelby Wells, 19, of Jacksonville and passengers Tyler Wells 19, of Taylorville and Christopher Collins, 19, of Rantoul were traveling east bound on 1025 North Road at approximately 977 East, and hit a deer with the front, right side of the vehicle.  Wells came to rest on the roadway at the location.  The airbags in the front of the vehicle deployed.  There were no injuries to the occupants of the vehicle.  Wells 2007 Volkswagen Beetle was towed from the scene. 

 On October 10, Clayton Nicols, 23, of Tylorville was traveling southbound on 1350 East Road approximately one-half mile north of 1200 North Road when a deer entered the roadway.  Nichols stated that he was unable to avoid striking the deer.  No injuries were reported.

 On October 9, Linda Doty, 67, of Beecher City, Illinois was traveling south bound and went into the north bound lane.  Michael R. Mize, 59, of Shelbyville attempted to swerve and avoid contact with Doty.  Doty sstruck Mize in the drivers door.  Mize lost control and went into the ditch east of Illinois Route 29 facing south when Mize came to rest.  Doty lost control after striking Mize and came to rest in the field east of Illinois Route 29 north. 

 On October 12, Brittany E. Kasper, 23, of Taylorville was traveling west bound on Illinois Route 104 approximately two-tenths of a mile west of township road 175 east when a deer entered the roadway.  Kasper was unable to avoid striking the animal and received front end damage to her 2007 Toyota Camry.  No injuries were reported. 

 On October 13 at 7:50am Mark T. Hebert, 60, of Ramsey was west bound on 100 North Road as he approached the intersection of 100 North and 1700 East Roads and slowed the vehicle in order to check for traffic.  Hebert at first, did not see any north or south bound traffic.  He began to proceed through the intersection and noticed Cory Jay Black, 31, of Nokomis was south bound on 1700 East Road.  Hebert realized he was already to far into the intersection to avoid an accident and was unable to safely do so.  Black was south bound, he observed Hebert and thought he had stopped at the intersection.  By the time Black realized that Hebert was proceeding through the intersection, Black was unable to stop.  He then attempted to swerve around the back end of the livestock trailer that was being towed by Hebert.  Black was unable to avoid Hebert and collided with the side of the livestock trailer toward the back axle.  Black then spun 360 degrees in the roadway.  Black came to rest in the south bound ditch of the intersection heading east.  Hebert's trailer received passenger side damage just in front of the trailer from where Black impacted the trailer as well as receiving damage to at least of the axles and the tongue of the trailer.  

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Manar: SB 16 Controversial

At last week's debate between Gubernatorial candidates Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner, the subject of SB 16 came up. That's Senator Andy Manar's bill that would change the state's school funding formula. Neither candidate expressed support for the bill, and Senator Manar tells Regional Radio that's to be expected:

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 The bill passed in the Illinois Senate, but hasn't been taken up in the House.

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Master Gardener Training Coming Up

It won't be long before the next batch of Master Gardeners will be getting trained. Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi tells Regional Radio there will be several ways to participate:

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 Call your local Extension Office to find out more, or log on to hyg.ipm.illinois.edu.

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Rosenthal Still Has Hopes For SB 16

A controversial bill, sponsored by Andy Manar in the Illinois Senate, would change the way the state funds schools. Neither of the Gubernatorial candidates is very enthusiastic about SB 16, and Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says Governor Quinn's reasons for not supporting the bill are faulty:

[audio:rosenthalsb16101414.mp3]comment here[/audio]

 Manar's bill is widely supported in downstate Illinois, but not as popular with Chicago legislators.

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Police Still Investigating Pana Robbery

In the wake of a busy period for area police agencies last week, the investigation continues into an armed robbery and apparent assault that took place early Wednesday morning in Pana. 

 In the second robbery there in just over a year, a masked man with a handgun walked into Shasteen's Convenience Store just before 2:00 am Wednesday. He reportedly stole an unknown amount of money after pistol whipping the clerk. She was sent to Pana Community Hospital. 

 The man is described as 5'10" to 5'11' tall, weighing 165 to 185 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing blue jeans and a black stocking cap. His face was covered by a dark bandana.

 The incident is not believed to be connected to the robbery at the same store last year.

 If you know anything about this crime, you are urged to contact authorities.

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Shelbyville Accident Victim Identified

A man killed in an accident Friday (10-10) in Shelbyville has been identified.

 Shelby County Coroner Brian Green says 45 year-old Tim Powers was killed when a vehicle in the Shelbyville School bus barn apparently fell on him. He was pronounced dead just before 1:00 pm Friday. Powers was the school district's Transportation Director.

 In a prepared statement released to Regional Radio Friday, Shelbyville School Superintendent Denise Bence said: "The district lost a beloved employee today. Our hearts are aching for the family. They are in our prayers."

 The tragedy caused Shelbyville Schools to postpone Friday night's High School football game against Sullivan. The game was played Saturday night. 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/13/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 OCTOBER 9  2 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 OCTOBER 10  1 Carbon Monoxide, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS, 1 Illegal Burn

 OCTOBER 11 3 EMS.

 OCTOBER 12  4 EMS, 1 Fire

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Sheriff: Hit And Run Driver Comes Forward

Authorities believe they have found the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a Christian County woman early Friday morning (10-10).

 The Christian County Sheriff's Office said Friday that they had been called out sometime around 3:00 am on reports of a woman walking along Route 48 just north of Stonington. The deputy reportedly discovered the woman's body in a ditch, the apparent victim of a hit and run driver. She was later identified as 22 year-old Devin Lin Rohdemann of Taylorville. 

 The Sheriff's Office says after hearing reports about Rohdemann's death, a man came forward Friday afternoon saying he had been driving in that area around the time of the incident. The unidentified man said he thought he had hit an animal.

 According to the Sheriff's Office,  the vehicle involved was seized by the Illinois State Police,  and the driver interviewed. No arrest has been reported.

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Saturday Football Scores

As heard on WRAN Groovy 97.3 Sullivan defeated Shelbyville by a final socre of 47 to 14.

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SHELBYVILLE FOOTBALL CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT!!!

The Shelbyville Football Game for tonight has been CANCELLED!!!!  It has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, October 11th, at 7:00pm.  Broadcast of the game will be on groovy 97.3 WRAN starting at 6:45pm.

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Hit And Run Victim Identified

Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has identified the victim in a bizarre hit and run incident early Friday morning (10-10). 

 

A Christian County Sheriff's Deputy found the woman's body around 3:30 am Friday after being called out on reports of a woman walking in the middle of Route 48 just north of Stonington. She had been struck by a vehicle which then left the scene.

 

Dead is 22 year-old Devun Lin Rohdemann of Taylorville. The investigation into her death continues.

 

As always, if you know anything about this incident, you are urged to contact authorities.

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Arrest At Trailer Park

Just before 5:00 am Monday (10-06), Taylorville Police got a call concerning a drunken woman sleeping in a vehicle at the Hannon Trailer Park. The woman, identified as Veronica Woodruff, was reportedly stumbling down the street when the officer arrived just before 5:00 am.

 Woodruff was reportedly arrested on unspecified charges.  She was processed at the Tayorville Police Department,  and released with a notice to appear.

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Armed Robbery Similar To One Last Year

An armed robbery that took place at a Pana gas station the other day bears striking similarities to one that took place last year.

 The most recent incident took place early Wednesday morning (10-08) at Shasteen's Convenience Store at 703 East Jackson Street. A clerk was reportedly pistol whipped, sending her to Pana Community Hospital. The robber reportedly displayed a dark colored handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

 The previous robbery, as reported on taylorvilledailynews.com, took place a little over a year ago on Tuesday September 3rd 2013, also at Shasteen's Convenience Store. No one was reported injured. The robber in that case was described as physically similar to the one Wednesday. In both instances, the suspect's face was covered. The Wednesday incident occurred a few minutes before 2:00 am, just as the one last year. The handguns used were also of a similar description. 

In this week's case, authorities are still looking for the man. He's described as being 5'10" to 5'11" tall, and weighing between 165 and 185 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing blue jeans, a black stocking cap and sunglasses. His face was reportedly covered with a dark bandana. 

 If you know anything about the case, you're urged to contact Pana Police at 562-2141, or call the Christian County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-8477. With Crime Stoppers, you can remain anonymous and you could receive a substantial cash reward.

 

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Petition Drive Thru Sunday

Those opposed to the Taylorville City Council's recent vote on ambulance service will get a chance to have their voices heard this Sunday. A “Petition Drive-Thru” will take place from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm at Dunn's Ambulance at 305 E. Main Cross, and at Sutton's Ambulance at 328 N. Clay.

The City Council voted 6 to 2 to allow 911 callers to request the Taylorville Fire Department Ambulance instead of the private services. Under the current ordinance, the TFD Ambulance is only dispatched if the private providers are not available.

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Cops Need Help To ID Victim

Police are looking for your help in identifying a woman who was apparently killed in a hit and run accident early Friday morning (10-10).

 According to the reports, Christian County Sheriff's Deputies were called out at around 3:30 am on reports of a woman walking down the middle of Route 48 south of Stonington.  At the scene, they found the body of a white female who had apparently been struck by an unknown vehicle. The female was pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Winans.

 The victim reportedly had no identification.

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TCCU Plans Innovative Scholarship Program

The Taylorville Community Credit Union is planning a unique scholarship program. Will Perkins of TCCU says it's available to anybody:

 [audio:perkinstccuscholarship101314.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The innovative part is the way the winners will be decided. Perkins says merchants will be encouraged to accept votes for applicants based on how much they spend. It is hoped that this will encourage economic activity.  Two  scholarships each will be awarded in Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield. Students can sign up at their guidance counselors office. The deadline is Friday (October 17th).g

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Petition Drive-Thru Sunday

 A controversy surrounding ambulance service in Taylorville continues to draw attention, and the two local ambulance services are hoping to get names on a petition opposing a recent vote by the Taylorville City Council.

 The Council voted six to two last week to allow 911 callers to request the Taylorville Fire Department Ambulance in case of an emergency. Currently, the TFD Ambulance is only dispatched if the two private services are unavailable. Aaron Sutton of Sutton's Ambulance Service says they are hosting a Drive-Thru Petition Drive this Sunday (10-12):

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Sutton's Ambulance is at 328 N. Clay. The petitions will also be available to sign at Dunn's Ambulance Service at 305 E. Main Cross. Again, that's from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday.

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Accidental Death At Area School

Little information has been released regarding the death of an employee Friday (10-10) at a Shelbyville School.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/10/2014

 THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

 On October 5, Jonathan Davis, 31, of Taylorville stopped at a stop sign at Cheney and Franklin.  Maxine Smith, 79, of Morrisonville stopped at the stop sign at Franklin and Cheney.  Smither entered the intersection and Davis began to enter as well.  David struck Smith in the drivers side rear passenger door.  Both vehicles received damage.  No injuries were reported.  

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Chamber Favors Private Ambulance

Recent questions surrounding local ambulance service has stirred up controversy in Taylorville. The City Council voted to allow 911 callers to request Taylorville City Ambulance service in addition to the two existing ambulance services.

 Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says replacing private services for public ones will not be helpful to the local economy:

 [audio:pattyambulance101014.mp3]comment here[/audio]

The Taylorville City Council voted 6 to 2 Monday (10-06) to allow callers to request the City ambulance, which is currently prohibited by local ordinance.

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Scarecrow Daze Underway

One of the premier events of the fall is underway in Shelbyville. Scarecrow Daze began last night and continues through the weekend. Scarecrow Daze Committee Coordinator Brenda Elder says Mayor Jeff Johnson will offer a special dedication Saturday:

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 Elder says something new will be part of the festivities this year:

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 Elder says there will be entertainment all weekend:

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The 18th annual Scarecrow Daze will also feature kids activities, hot-air balloons, a parade and a car show, along with plenty of food.

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Tail Command To Host Open House

Tail Command in Taylorville will host an Open House Saturday (10-11). Owner Ian Wilson says they are celebrating an anniversary:

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Tail Command offers training, boarding and grooming. It's located at 306 South Spresser. Call 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

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Local Elementary Principal to Receive National Award

A local elementary principal is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals across the country, named as 2014 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, or N-A-E-S-P.

Brandi K. Bruley is principal at North Elementary School in Taylorville, and will be honored October 17th at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D-C, as part of a 2-day program.

This year marks the 25th year that the program has been generously funded by VALIC, a retirement plan provider for schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver opening remarks.

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American lung Association Sponsors Wood Stove Changeout

Qualifying Central Illinoisians will have a chance to get rid of that old wood stove thanks to the American Lung Association. The Wood Stove Changeout Program offers help with replacing the old inefficient non EPA certified wood stoves. Jamison Pound, owner of Jamison's Chimney Service in Southern Illinois, says there are several reasons to make the change:

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Find out more by logging on to lungil.org.

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Farmers Market Finale Saturday

All good things must come to an end, and such is the case for the Taylorville Main Street Farmers Market, which will end its 2014 run tomorrow (Saturday). Market Manager Ed Downs says it's been a great year:

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 There will still be plenty of goods to stock up on tomorrow, including apples, pumpkins, new green onions and lots more, along with locally produced baked goods and arts and craft items. The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmers Market is open from 9:00am until 12:30 pm.

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Man Backs Into Vehicle

A man's decision to back up on the highway is the apparent cause of an accident last week. On Friday (10-03), 33 year-old Michael A. Buehlman of Godfrey was driving east on Route 104. He reportedly told police he realized he had missed his turn, and began backing up on the highway. Cops say he backed into a vehicle driven by 50 year-old Douglas Leach of Auburn, who was also headed east.

 No injuries were reported. Leach's vehicle had to be towed from the scene. 

 

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Sheriff's Office Reports Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing a couple of arrests.

 Todd Brookens of Taylorville was reportedly arrested early Wednesday (10-08) on a domestic battery charge. According to police, it's not Brookens' first brush with the law. 

As reported on taylorvilledailynews.com in June of 2013, Brookens was arrested for resisting a peace officer.

 An Edinburg man faces drug charges.  According to reports, 20 year-old Joseph Handley was arrested Tuesday (10-07) on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphenalia. 

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Pana Armed Robbery

A clerk was pistol whipped early Wednesday morning (10-08) during an armed robbery at the Shasteen's Marathon.

 According to a press release, Pana Police  were called out just before 2:00 am to the store, and found the clerk with injuries to her face. She reportedly told police she had been struck a number of times with the butt of the robber's gun. She was taken to Pana Community Hospital for treatment.

 The suspect is described as a white male, 5'10' to 5'11', weighing around 165 to 185 pounds,wearing blue jeans, boots and a black stocking cap and a bandana which covered his face. He reportedly escaped with an unknown amount of money.

 If you know anything about the robbery, you are urged to contact Pana Police, or Christian County Crimestoppers.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/9/2014

 THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

 On September 29, a Taylorvile Police officer was dispatched to Spresser Street in reference to a male subject in the roadway.  The make subject, Mark A. Hampton, of Taylorville, was arrested for public intoxication, illegal consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Hampton was released on a notice to appear. 

 On October 6, at 4:51 am officers were dispatched to 10 Hannon Trailer Park in reference to an intoxicated female sleeping in their vehicle.  When officers arrived they located a female later identified as Veronica Woodruff stumbling down the street.  Woodruff was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.  

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Accuvein Eases Doctor Visits

A new tool is making it easier for patients at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon.  Cynthia Edwards, Director of Clinical Education at the hospital says Accuvein helps patients through a common procedure:

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Find out more at sarahbushlincoln.org.

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Shelby Electric Participates In Rodeo

You may not have known there was a rodeo in Springfield last week.

 Linemen from Shelby Electric Cooperative participated in the 17th annual Linemen's Safety Rodeo last Friday (10-3) at Lincoln Land Community College.  The event, sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, coincided with a series of courses to help electric line personnel improve their work skills.

The Shelby Electric team included Matt Clark, Brian Chevalier and Nick Dunaway. All three placed in several events, including the Egg Climb and the Obstacle Course. The challenges focus on agility, speed and accuracy. There were a total of five team events and three individual events.  Shelby Electric placed second overall.

 Shelby Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy. The co-op serves nearly 2200 miles of line across parts of nine Illinois Counties, including Shelby, Christian, Macon, Sangamon,  Effingham and Fayette.

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Vehicle Rear-ended

Two vehicles were reportedly damaged in a fender-bender just a block from the Driver's Licence Bureau last Friday (10-03).

Taylorville Police say 40 year-old Richard E. Johnson of Effingham was waiting at a stoplight at the intersection of Route 29 and East Maincross, when his vehicle was rear-ended by one driven by 48 year-old Emily J. Hackler of Pana. 

No injuries were reported, although both vehicles were damaged. No word as to whether any citations were issued.

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Another Deer Collision

Taylorville Police are reporting another deer-car accident., this time involving a Pana woman.

According to reports, on October 1st, 41 year-old Shannon C. Sarver was heading south on Route 29 just north of Kennedy Road when she struck a deer which had strayed into her path. 

 Fortunately, Sarver was not injured. The damage did not keep her from driving away from the scene.

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Complaint Yields Arrest

Just after 8:30 Saturday evening (10-04), Taylorville Police report receiving a complaint about a possible intoxicated driver at Amity Food Mart at 630 West Spresser. The complaint said a grey Mustang with four occupants had been all over the road.

 Officers located the vehicle, but there was no DUI arrest. After an investigation, Kim Miller of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a charge of driving with a revoked license. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/8/2014

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

 Todd Brookens, 36, of Taylorville was arrested on October 8 for domestic battery.

 Joseph Handley, 20, of Edinburg was arrested on October 7 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On September 30, Debra Buckles, 50, of Owaneco was traveling south bound on 1250 East Road.  She was unable to avoid colliding with a deer that came from the west and entered the roadway in her direction of travel. 

 On October 3, Michael A. Buehlman, 33, of Godgrey, Illinois was traveling east bound on Illinois Route 104 and realized he misses the turn to his destination.  Buehlman stopped on Ilinoir Route 104 and backed toward the west, and backed into Douglas Leach, 50, of Auburn.  Leach received damage that required his vehicle to be towed.  

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Taylorville Area Farmer Says Yields May Be Historical

This year's yields for farmers are looking very good. In fact, Taylorville area farmer Bryan Sharp says this year may be a record breaker:

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Sharp farms just outside Taylorville.

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Sims Has Passion For New Store

A new store owner in Pana is passionate about what he does.  Tyler Sims, owner of Locked and Loaded, a recently opened gun store, says he has been interested in guns all of his life:

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Locked and Loaded, which is located in Pana on Route 16, opened in August. Sims sells guns, ammo and accessories, along with a line of hunting clothes and even casual hunter wear. The store employs full time gunsmith Jarrod Agney.  Locked and Loaded also offers layaways.

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Kiwanis Raise Record $6200 During Peanut Days

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Clud held their first monthly business meeting of the new Kiwanis year, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Kiwanis committee members reported on on-going projects for childre and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported that last month's Peanut Days fund-raiser netted the club the highest amount ever raised during that event, some 62-hundred dollars. And, for the year, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club raised about 7-thousand dollars more than the previous Kiwanis year, with the additional money expected to be used for maintenance and expansion of Kiwanis Park.

 

Kiwanis Park chairperson Jerry Woodard told the club that the park pavilion will be 20 years old next year, and will need major repairs to the floor. Woodard added that ideas are being put together for expanding the number of pavilions at Kiwanis Park.

 

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

 

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Mayor's Beard A Memory

One of the aspects of the recent 175th Anniversary Celebration was the growing of beards, as was the style in 1839 when Taylorville and Christian County were founded. To set a good example, City Mayor Greg Brotherton grew a luxurious beard about a year ago. But the Mayor wasted no time in shaving the beard once festivities were underway:

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Marla Brotherton, the Mayor's wife, said she was happy to see the facial hair go:

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The 175th Anniversary Celebration was held in conjunction with the anuual Chamber Chillifest.

 

 

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New Sporting Goods Store To Open

A new sporting goods store will open soon in Shelbyville.  Cheryl Schultz tells Regional Radio News that Craig's Sporting Goods will have a little bit of everything:

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Pub Stool Crawl Coming Up

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center in Taylorville will soon put on a fundraiser. Director Gerry Mahr says the Pub Stool Crawl is early next month:

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October National Eat Better Together Month

October is National Eat Better Together Month. Joyce Fikri, Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council, says eating a meal together with your family is more beneficial than you may realize:

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Find out more by logging on to stldairycouncil.org.

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Sheriff's Office Process Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing a few arrests over the weekend.

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Kincaid Woman Strikes Deer

A Kincaid woman has become the latest to report a deer-car accident. According to reports, 21 year-old Amanda J. Harrison was headed west on  Lincoln Trail Friday (10-03) near Leland Lane when the deer came into her path. She couldn't avoid striking it.

 Harrison was reportedly uninjured.

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Rural Theft

The Christian County Sheriff's Office received a report of theft last week.

Darrel V. Crowe contacted the Sheriff's Office September 29th to report the theft of an item from his shed at 1824 East 600 Road, a few miles south of Owaneco. It's described as a five horsepower pressure washer with a 2300 PSI pump and a black frame with a white gas tank. Crowe told deputies he last remembered seeing it about a week before.

 You're urged to contact authorities if you know anything about the theft.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/7/2014

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS 

 On October 4th at 8:37pm, the Taylorville Police Department received a complaint of a possible intoxicated motorist at Amity Food .  The complaint stated a grey colored mustang with four occupants had been all over the roadway.  Officers made contact with the vehicle and subsequent to investigation Kim Miller, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving while her license were revoked. 

 

ACCIDENTS

 On October 3, Richard E. Johnson, 40 of Effingham was at the stop light headed east on Park Street waiting for the light to turn green.  They light turned green and Johnson began to travel across the intersection of Park and Main Cross.  Emily J. Hackler, 48, of Pana failed to reduce speed to avoid colliding into Johnson.  Hackler received front bumper damage and Johnson received rear bumper damage.

 On October 1st, Shannon C. Sarver, 41, of Pana was traveling southbound on Route 29 just north of Kennedy Road when a deer cam onto the roadway.  Sarver struck the deer.  She was able to drive away from the scene.  

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County, City Wished Happy Birthday

 

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That's the group Harmony singing happy birthday to Christian County and Taylorville during last weekend's 175 Anniversary Celebration.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton spoke to the crowd, and passed out thanks to many of those involved in promoting the event:

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The celebration, in conjunction with the annual Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, drew thousand of visitors to the city, with activities on the Taylorville Square and at the County Historical Society grounds.

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175th Anniversary Parade Winners Announced

Float winners were announced over the weekend, from the 175th Anniversary Celebration Parade held Saturday in Taylorville.

The winner of the “Look-a-Like Float from the 1939 Parade” was Miss Christian County 2014, Abigale Millburg, riding a 10-foot high dress with a 4-wheeler underneath.

The winner in the category of “Floats with the theme of the PAST”, was First United Methodist Church of Taylorville. Honorable mention went to the Taylorville Junior High School Cheerleaders.

Winner in the category of “Floats with the theme of the PRESENT”, were the Cub Scouts Pack 132, with honorable mention going to the First National Bank in Taylorville.

The winner in the category of “Floats with the them of the FUTURE”, was Mrs. Cope's 2nd grade class at Taylorville's North School, with honorable mention going to Girl Scout Troop 3146.

The Mayor's Choice award in Saturday's 175th Parade went to the Old Stonington 4-H Club, and the Chairman's Choice went to Faith-In-Action.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: Saturday's 175th Anniversary Parade featured several unique floats. The winner of the “Look-a-Like Float from the 1939 Parade” was Miss Christian County 2014, Abigale Millburg, riding a 10-foot high dress with a 4-wheeler underneath.

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Rosenthal Says Jobs Still A Problem In Illinois

While the unemployment rates have dropped, the quality of jobs in Illinois has still not gotten back to earlier levels. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says that's still no reason to raise the minimum wage:

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Both state and national job rates have continued to go up.

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Richland Community College Opens New Facility

Richland Community College in Decatur has opened a new facility. Jack Adwell, Dean of the Business and Technology Division, tells Regional Radio they are already putting the new Workforce Development Institute to good use:

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Adwell says one of the great things about RCC is its ability to react quickly to the needs of the community.                                     

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Locked And Loaded Open In Pana

A recently opened store in Pana offers everything for the hunter. Locked and Loaded is now open for business, and store manager Tyler Sims they are there for all kinds of shooting sports:

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Sims says so far, customer reaction to Locked and Loaded has been great:

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Locally owned and operated, Locked and Loaded has a full time gunsmith on site. They are open Monday through Saturday, located on Route 16. Call 562-7000.

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Nutrition Educator Teams With YMCA

The University of Illinois Extension recently hired a nutrition educator. Lisa Peterson says she is already hard at work:

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10/6/2014

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

 Randall Lowe, 31 of Springfield was arrested on October 3rd for possession of a firearm without a FOID.

 Jacob Henschen, 22, of Pana was arrested on October 4th for DUI.

 Alicia Myers, 27, of Stonington was arrested on October 5th for criminal trespassing to a residence. 

 

INCIDENT:

 On September 29, Darrell V. Crowe contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to a theft that had occurred.  Upon speaking to Mr. Crowe, he advised someone had gone into his shed located at 1824 East 600 North Road and taken a pressure washer.  The pressure washer had a 5 horsepower washer, a 2300 PSI pump, a black frame and a white gas tank.  The wand and hose to the pressure washer were not taken.  Mr. Crowe stated he had last seen the pressure washer on the Monday prior to September 22 in the shed where he usually kept it. 

 

ACCIDENT:

 On October 3, Travis Mundy, 30, of Sullivan ws east vound on County Highway #20 approaching County Highway #5.  Munday failed to stop at the stop sign and went through the intersection and struck a fence on the east side of County Highway #5.  No injuries were reported and Mundy was driven from the scene. 

 On October 3, Amanda J. Harrisonm 21, of Kincaid was west bound on Lincoln Trail 200 feet. west of Leland Lane and a deer ran into the path of her.  Harrison was unable to avoid striking the deer.  She received front end and right side damage to her 2013 Hyundai Elantra.  No injuries were reported.  Harrison was driven from the scene.

 

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/6/2014

 

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 OCTOBER 2  1 gas odor

 OCTOBER 3  4 EMS

 OCTOBER 4  2 EMS, 1 smoke odor, 1 Carbon monoxide detector

 OCTOBER 6  2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Taylorville City Council Swears In New Cop; Acts on Business

Taylorville aldermen acted on a number of issues in their regular City Council meeting held before their special session Monday night.

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The Council saw City Clerk Pam Peabody swear in Taylorville's newest police officer, Chase Dickey, who was given a standing ovation following the ceremony.

 

Aldermen OK'd an intergovermental cooperation agreement with the Taylorville Park District to allow borrowing of city equipment; they OK'd a street maintenance resolution; left salaries for aldermen as is after the April 2015 election; amended and deleted several regulations governing Lake Taylorville; and OK'd extending a water main to serve the Mahan Property at 1509 West Hewitt Street. They also accepted Star Electric's offer to donate and install light fixtures at Oak Hill Cemetery to light the cannons on display there.

 

In a short regular City Council meeting Monday night, Taylorville aldermen passed a number of motions. Aldermen approved concrete work at the Fire station costing almost 16-thousand dollars; they OK'd spending some 15-hundred dollars for sealcoating the Fire Station front parking lot; they approved the Band Booster Charitable Fund Drive at Webster and West Main Cross October 17th and 18th; allowed the Taylorville Sanitary District to install a 26-foot-long guard rail along South Cherokee; and voted 6 to 2 to buy a new truck for the Street Department costing some 40-thousand dollars.

 

Taylorville City Council members Monday night approved a Sam Taylor Facade Grant application from Don Broaddus at 115 West Main Cross for 75-hundred dollars; paid 50-thousand dollars from the general to the water fund as the general fund continues to pay off money loaned between departments; approved taking Hotel/Motel Tax monies to pay for airfare and lodging of actress Joyce Taylor and author Joe Jordan costing some 283-dollars; and spent some 14-hundred dollars to acquire new cell phones for the Emergency Services Department, with an 817-dollar monthly access fee; and allowed the Fire Department to purchase a 3G Gateway Transmitter and Data plan with a total cost of some 18-hundred dollars.

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Taylorville City Council Begins Process To Allow Residents to Request TFD Ambulance

In a one hour and 20 minute special session following their regular City Council meeting Monday night, Taylorville aldermen voted 6 to 2, to direct City Attorney Rocci Romano to draft an amendment to the city's code allowing city residents to choose the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance when calling 911. The city is currently served by 2 for-profit ambulance services, Dunn's and Sutton's Ambulance Services.

The Council Chambers were packed with spectators for the discussion, with most being ownership and staff of the 2 for-profit ambulance services. The public was allowed to speak after each alderman gave their position on the issue, with all 7 of those speaking asking the Council to leave the policy as is, making the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance used on a backup basis when the 2 for-profit ambulance services are already on calls.

All but 2 of the aldermen were in favor of changing the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance an option for 911 callers, but Mayor Greg Brotherton was against the proposal citing increased employee and pension costs as more personnel are needed for the Fire Department to make ambulance runs.

The whole issue of changing present city policy on when the Fire Department ambulance runs, all started at the September 4th meeting of the Council's Emergency Services Committee meeting, when Fire Chief Mike Crews reported to the committee that one of the for-profit ambulance services took over 20 minutes to reach their call. Crews, in the minutes from that meeting, stated that the issue would be on the agenda for the next Emergency Services Committee Meeting, and that both for-profit ambulance services would be invited.

But, in the October 2nd Emergency Services Committee meeting, there was no discussion about whether the 20-minute ambulance call Crews reported on in September, was investigated, and instead, the proposal to make the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance an option for 911 callers, was discussed.

In the discussions last night, aldermen Bruce Jones also accused Emergency Services Committee chair Shawn Burtle, of being disrespectful to Mayor Greg Brotherton by lining up 2 other Council members who, along with Burtle, called the special Council meeting after Brotherton would not call a Special Council meeting. Brotherton was not notified of the special meeting.

Here are some of the comments of various Council members from last night's special Taylorville City Council meeting:

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You can hear the entire comments of all the aldermen and Mayor Brotherton here:

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Again, the Taylorville Council voted 6 to 2 to direct City Attorney Rocci Romano to draft an amendment to the city's code allowing city residents to choose the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance when calling 911. The draft amendment must now go to the Emergency Services Committee for review, then a recommendation to the full Council.

 

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Beard Winners Announced at 175th Anniversary Celebration Sunday

There were 8 entries in the 175th Anniversary Celebration Beard contest held Sunday.

The winner of the “Longest Beard” contest, was Calvin Tyler of Taylorville. Kirk Vocks of Taylorville won the “Best Duck Dynasty Look-A-Like” contest, while John Curtin of Taylorville won for “Best Abe Liincoln Look-A-Like”. Fred Gewrberding of Rochester won as the “Most Unique” beard. Each received 50-dollars for being the winner in their category.

The contest was sponsored by Angelo's Pizza in Taylorville.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE PIX: Calvin Tyler of Taylorville won the “Longest Beard” contest as part of the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Taylorville and Christian County.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton is at the left; Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, are at the right.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE PIX: Kirk Vocks of Taylorville won the “Best Duck Dynasty Look-A-Like” contest during the 175th Anniversary Celebration Sunday.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE PIX: John Curtin of Taylorville won the “Best Abe Lincoln Look-A-Like” contest at the 175th Anniversary Celebration Sunday.

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Apron Winners Named at 175th Anniversary Celebration Sunday

Winners were announced in the 175th Anniversary Celebration Apron Contest.

In artistic merit and/or effort, the best of show winner was an apron made by Maureen Tarrant of Taylorville. She won 40-dollars. Honorable mention, who won 20-dollars, was an apron made by Steff Durham of Taylorville.

In the “most unique” category, the best of show winner was an apron made by Tina Eblin of Taylorville, who won 40-dollars. Honorable mention was an apron made by Darlene Wilson of Taylorville, who won 20-dollars.

In the effective expression of the theme “Past, Present and Future”, there were 3 winners—one in each category. The “Past” winner was an apron made by Jeannie Bainbridge of Decatur. The “Present” apron winner was an apron made by Tina Eblin of Taylorville, and the “Future” apron winner was Maureen Tarrant of Taylorville. Each won 25-dollars.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In artistic merit and/or effort, the best of show winner was an apron made by Maureen Tarrant of Taylorville. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In the “most unique” category, the best of show winner was an apron made by Tina Eblin of Taylorville. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In the “most unique” category, honorable mention was an apron made by Darlene Wilson of Taylorville. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In the effective expression of the theme “Past, Present and Future, the “Past” winner was an apron made by Jeannie Bainbridge of Decatur. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In the effective expression of the theme “Past, Present and Future”, the “Present” apron winner was an apron made by Tina Eblin of Taylorville. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: In the effective expression of the theme “Past, Present and Future”, the “Future” apron winner was Maureen Tarrant of Taylorville. Presenting her winning certificate is Miss Christian County 2014 Abigale Millburg, Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle, and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway.

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Cutest Baby Contest Winners Announced Sunday at Chillifest

Cutest Baby Contest” winners were announced Sunday afternoon at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

The contest is a “People's Choice” contest with the public voting by placing change or bills in jars for their favorite baby.

 

This is an annual fund-raiser to help with entertainment expenses at Chillifest. This year, over 600-dollars were raised.

 

First place went to Nikyla Lawrence, the 22-month-old daughter of Crimson Brown and Joseph Lawrence of Taylorville, who won a 100-dollar Chamber gift certificate. Second place was 14-month-old Harrison Law Davis, the son of Amy Law and Corey Davis of Pana, who won a 75-dollar Chamber gift certificate. Third place winner was Raelyn Reber, the 7-week-old daughter of McKinsey Crosby and Seth Reber of Taylorville, who won a 50-dollar Chamber gift certificate. All prizes were provided again this year by People's Bank and Trust.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: Winners announced Sunday in the Taylorville Chamber Cutest Baby Contest were, from the left: Nikyla Lawrence, the 22-month-old daughter of Crimson Brown and Joseph Lawrence of Taylorville, who won a 100-dollar Chamber gift certificate. Second place was 14-month-old Harrison Law Davis, the son of Amy Law and Corey Davis of Pana, who won a 75-dollar Chamber gift certificate. Third place winner was Raelyn Reber, the 7-week-old daughter of McKinsey Crosby and Seth Reber of Taylorville, who won a 50-dollar Chamber gift certificate. All prizes were provided again this year by People's Bank and Trust. Also on hand for the gift certificate presentation were Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Faith Maxwell and Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway (both front left) and Little Mister Chilli Pepper Jack Dunkirk (front right).

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International Chilli Society Central States Regional Cookoff Winners Announced Sunday

Winners were announced late Sunday afternoon, at the end of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Central States Regional Cookoff. The cookoff was sanctioned by the International Chilli Society, and was the 2nd day of santioned competition during Chillifest.

In Sunday's chilli cookoff, first place went to Larry Estep of Springfield, who won 750-dollars, a plaque, and the right to cook in the World Championship. Second place winner was Larry Lentz of Nicholsville, Kentucky, who won 200-dollars and a plaque. Third place went to Mary Thomas of Clinton, Illinois, who won 100-dollars and a plaque. Fourth place honorable mention went to Bob Hall of Taylorville.

In chilli verde competition at the Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Sunday, first place went to Paula Dunn of Taylorville, who won 200-dollars, a plaque, and the right to cook in the World Championship. Second place went to Julie Netzer of Seymour, Indiana, who won 50-dollars and a plaque. Third place winner was Bob Hall of Taylorville, who won 25-dollars and a plaque.

In salsa judging results Sunday, first place went to Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, Illinois, who won 100-dollars and a plaque. Second place winner was Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconsin, who won 25-dollars and a plaque. Lloyd Weir of Normal, IL, and Bob Hall tied for third place honorable mention.

In Sunday's “People's Choice” award competition selected by the public, Barrett won in the salsa competition, Paula Dunn won I the chilli verde competition, and Bob Dunn of Taylorville won in the chilli division.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: Winner's in Sunday's International Chilli Society Central States Regional Cookoff during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. From the left: Cookoff committee chair Tom Calvert; salsa winners 3rd place Lloyd Weir of Springfield, 2nd place winner Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconsin; first place salsa and People's Choice winner Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, IL; Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Faith Maxwell; 3rd place chilli verde winner Bob Hall of Taylorville; Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway; first place chilli verde and People's Choice winner Paula Dunn of Taylorville; 3rd place chilli winner Mary Thomas of Clinton; 2nd place winner Larry Lentz of Nicholsville, Kentucky; Little Mister Chilli Pepper Jack Dunkirk; first place chilli cookoff winner Larry Estep of Springfield; People's Choice chilli award winner Bob Dunn; and Taylorville Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle.

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Ilini Football Scores 10/4/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM and 96.3 FM Saturday, in Fighting Illini football Purdue beat Illinois by a final score of 38 to 27.

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New Royalty Crowned Saturday at Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

The first day of the 29th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, featured the pageant to name a new Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Miss Chilli Peppers.

 

14 participated in the Little Miss contest, 4 in the Little Mister, and 8 candidates competed for the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper title.

 

In the Little Miss contest, the 2014 Little Miss Chilli Pepper named was Liberty Courtaway, the 5-year-old daughter of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville, who attends kindergarten at North School in Taylorville. First runner-up was Taryn Clarke, the 6-year-old daughter of Tharin and Alicia Clarke of Morrisonville, who attends Morrisonville Grade School. Second runner-up was Julie Wayman, the 5-year-old daughter of David and Jennifer Wayman of Taylorville, who attends pre-school at St. Mary's School in Taylorville.

 

In the Little Mister contest, the 2014 Little Mister Chilli Pepper named was Jack Dunkirk, the 4-year-old son of Kevin and Samantha Dunkirk of Morrisonville, who attends pre-K at Morrisonville School. First runner-up was Dylan Dawson, the 6-year-old son of Matt and Patty Dawson of Taylorville, who is a first grader at North Elementary School in Taylorville.

 

In the Junior Miss contest, the winner was Faith Maxwell, the 12-year-old daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville, who is a 7th grader at Taylorville Junior High School. First runner-up was Eloauna Wilkins, the 12-year-old daughter of Heather and Luis Wilkins of Taylorville, who is a 7th grader at Taylorville Junior High School. Second runner-up was Hope Bruss (pron. Bruce), the eleven-year-old daughter of Amber and Jeff Bruss of Kincaid, who is a 6th grader at South Fork Junior High School. Maxwell also was voted Miss Congenality.

 

Amy Kent of Morrisonville and Courtney Dees of Taylorville co-chaired the 3 pageants again this year.

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CAPTION TO LITTLE MISTER PICTURE ABOVE : Jack Dunkirk of Morrisonville (right) was named Little Mister Chilli Pepper at the opening day of the 29th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. First runner-up was Dylan Dawson of Taylorville (left).

 

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CAPTION TO LITTLE MISS PIX ABOVE: In the Little Miss contest at Saturday's Greater Taylorville Chillifest, the 2014 Little Miss Chilli Pepper named was Liberty Courtaway (center), the 5-year-old daughter of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville. First runner-up was Taryn Clarke (right), the 6-year-old daughter of Tharin and Alicia Clarke of Morrisonville. Second runner-up was Julie Wayman (left), the 5-year-old daughter of David and Jennifer Wayman of Taylorville.

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CAPTION TO JUNIOR MISS PICTURE ABOVE: In the Junior Miss contest at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, the winner was Faith Maxwell (2nd from left), the 12-year-old daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville. First runner-up was Eloauna Wilkins (2nd from right), the 12-year-old daughter of Heather and Luis Wilkins of Taylorville, who is a 7th grader at Taylorville Junior High School. Second runner-up was Hope Bruss (pron. Bruce)(far left), the eleven-year-old daughter of Amber and Jeff Bruss of Kincaid. Maxwell also was voted Miss Congenality. Far right is 2013 Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Sydney Wagner.

 

 

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Chillifest Chillinois Chilli, Salsa, Verde Winners Named Saturday

Winners were announced Saturday at the conclusion of the Chillinois Regional Cookoff at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. The cookoff is one of 2 during Chillifest weekend sanctioned by the International Chilli Society.

In chilli judging, first place went to Dearl (proun. Darrell) Thomas of Clinton, Illinois, who won 750-dollars, a plaque, and the right to compete in the I-C-S World Championship. Second place went to Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won 200-dollars and a plaque. Third place went to Josh Nicole (pron. Nickel) of Taylorville, who won 100-dollars and a plaque.

In Chilli verde judging Saturday, first place winner was Bob Dunn of Taylorville, who won 200-dollars, a plaque, and a place to compete in the World Championship. Second place was Larry Lentz of Nicholasville, Kentucky, who won 50-dollars and a plaque. Third place winner was Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconson, who won 25-dollars and a plaque.

And in salsa judging Saturday, first place went to Mike Goodman of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, who won 100-dollars, a plaque, and the right to cook in the World Championship. Second place in the salsa was Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, Illinois, who won 25-dollars and a plaque. Third place winner was Larry Lentz who won a plaque.

The first ever “People's Choice Awards”, voted on by the public, were also announced. In the red chilli, the winner was Dan Rodes; in green verde, the winner was Scott Barrett; and in salsa, the winner was Mike Goodman. Each received a plaque and will have their entry fee paid in the same category they cooked in, at next year's Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.

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CAPTION TO PICTURE ABOVE : Winners were announced on Saturday during the International Chilli Society Chillinois Regional Cookoff at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. Back row from the left: Patty Hornbuckle, CEO, Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce; Larry Lentz of Nicholasville, Kentucky, who won 3rd place in the salsa competition; 2nd place salsa winner Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, IL, who also won the “People's Choice” award in green verde; first place salsa winner Mike Goodman of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, who also won the “People's Choice” award in salsa; Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconsin, who won 3rd place in the chilli verde competition; Bob Dunn of Taylorville, who won first place in chili verde; Josh Nicole of Taylorville, who won 3rd place in chilli judging; Lloyd Weir of Normal, IL, who won 2nd place in chilli; Dearl Thomas of Clinton, IL, who won first place in chilli judging; Dan Rhodes who won the “People's Choice” award in red chilli; and Tom Calvert who headed the I-C-S Chillinois Cookoff. Front row, from the left: Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Faith Maxwell; Chillifest Little Miss Liberty Courtaway; and Chillifest Little Mister Jack Dunkirk.

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Taylorville Fire Department Holding Open House Saturday

 width=In the midst of this weekend's Taylorville Chamber Chillifest and the city and county's 175th Anniversary Celebration, the Taylorville Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday after the parade, until 3 in the afternoon.

Fire Department officials tell Regional Radio News there will be all kinds of things to see incuding talking with Sparky the Fire Dog, getting up close with the New Ladder Truck, take a tour of the Taylorville Fire House, and ride in a Fire Engine.

There'll be a burn demonstration at one Saturday afternoon, with smoke house demos at noon and 2 in the afternoon.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, 175th Anniversary of Taylorville and Christian County This Weekend

 width=3 days full of events on the Taylorville square, and at the Christian County Historical Society, are scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the county seat hosts the annual Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest and the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Taylorville and Christian County.

The 175th Anniversary Celebration kicks off this Friday at the Historical Society grounds, when the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Unit regiment arrive on the grounds at about noon. Friday night, there are 2 performances of the “Lincoln Almanac Trial” at 6pm and 7:30pm, with dessert and drink provided.

Saturday's events include the Chillifest Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Miss pageants, the 175th Anniversary Parade, and lots of history and entertainment both on the square and at the Historical Society grounds.

Sunday's activities include a 2nd day of International Chilli Society judging, a “Happy Birthday” celebration to Taylorville and Christian County, food and entertainment again at both locations.

A shuttle will deliver people between the Taylorville square and the Historical Society grounds, both days, running every hour.

For more information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest and the 175th Anniversary Celebration, click the "Chillifest" icon at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Dear Yesteryear Holds Taylorville Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Thursday

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A new antique restoration store had its grand opening and ribbon cutting in Taylorville on Thursday.

Dyanne Skinner, who owns the business along with her husband Lee, opened “Dear Yesteryear” in the former Brown's Barn building on Springfield Road next to the Dairy Queen.

Dyanne told Regional Radio News after the grand opening, why they selected Taylorville.

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Lee Skinner talked about how the couple got into the antique restoration business.

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Dyanne Skinner says the business sells antiques and home décor made from vintage items.

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For more information, you can visit the “Dear Yesteryear” Facebook page or call Dyanne at (309) 826-4385.

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Watson Foods Helps Fight Hunger

A local manufacturer will be a presence at this weekend's Chillifest. Watson Foods will have a booth set up both Saturday and Sunday, and according to Shelly Grigoroff of Watson Foods, they will be helping in the fight against hunger:

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Watson Foods will be accepting your donations of nonperishable food items all weekend.

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Thorogood To Rock Effingham

The always bad-to-the-bone rocker George Thorogood and his band The Delaware Destroyers will rock the stage at the Effingham Performance Center Tuesday night (10-07).

 Thorogood gained his first mainstream exposure in 1981, as opening act for the Rolling Stones. Since then, he has delivered two Platinum and six Gold albums. Thorogood and The Destroyers have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. He's still best known for his 1982 hit, "Bad to the Bone", which Thorogood also wrote.

 The Effingham Performance Center is located near the intersection of Interstates 57 and 70. Tickets are available by phone at (800)-745-3000, via Ticketmaster, or at the box office.

 

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County Damage Assessment Team Meets

After severe weather yesterday (10-02), it's good to know that someone is preparing for disaster scenarios.

 The Christian County Damage Assessment Team participated in a disaster exercise Wednesday at the Tayorville Fire Department, with a simulated 90 second F-4 tornado. The team discussed communications and the types of assessments they might need to provide.

 In the event of a disaster, the Damage Assessment Team's job is to prioritize resource allocations. It's also there to show those affected that the first steps toward recovery are being taken. The volunteer group is required to undergo extensive training.

 Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says having Damage Assessment Teams has already proven valuable in the region after recent flooding of the Illinois River.

 

 

 

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Sheriff's Office Reports Arrest

Wednesday (10-02) was a fairly quiet day for police reports, but it did produce one arrest. 36 year-old Rodney Aten of Taylorville was apparently wanted on a bond forfeiture warrant. The original charge was reportedly possession of drug paraphenalia. 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 10/3/2014

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

 Brandi Benson, 30, of Decatur was arrested on October 2nd for driving on a suspended/revoked license. 

 Gabriel Stivers-Boston, 18, of Taylorville was arrested on October 3rd for drug paraphernalia.

 

INCIDENT:

 On October 1st, T.J. Curtin reported that theft of a John Deere gator from a farm field located at 650 North 2200 East Road.  The gator is owned by the University of Illinois.  The theft occurred between noon September 29th and October 1st

 

ACCIDENTS:

 On October 1st, Richard A. Rose, 56, Of Nokomis was traveling southeast on County Highway #1 approximately ¼ mile north of 150 North Road when a deer came out of a corn field and into the roadway.  Rose said that he was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the deer.

 On September 2th, the Sheriff's Office received calls of a reckless driver.  The vehicle was located all over the roadway.  The vehicle had almost hit several vehicles head on.  All northbound traffic was stopped.  The vehicle refused to pull over until it crossed the center line and hit the stopped northbound traffic that was pulled off the roadway.  The vehicle was a white truck that hit a red car head on.  The impact caused the red car to hit the vehicle behind it causing all three vehicles to have damage.  The driver of the white truck Robert Sutton, 70, of Decatur was having a medical issue that caused him to crash into the other vehicles. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

  On September 28th at 5:40 pm officers were dispatched to 1119 West Vandeveer for a disturbance.  Subsequent to investigation, Derek Samson, 24, was arrested for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. 

 On September 23rd, a Taylorville Police Officer was out with a a male subject in the 400 block of Western Avenue.  The officer learned the male driver had a suspended drivers license and was operating a motor vehicle.  Philip R. Osgood, 41, was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear. 

 On Septmeber 30th at 10:33 pm, officers were dispatched to Springfield Road in reference to a reckless driver.  The vehicle was located on West Spresser.  The driver Hannah Harden, and passenger, Tiffany Fassero, were arrested for disorderly conduct.  The were issued a City Ordinance notice to appear and released. 

 On September 28th at 12:26 am, officers were dispatched to Major Leagues in reference to a fight in progress.  Subsequent to investigation, Nathaneal L. Grable and Haili J. Killen were both arrested for Public Intoxication. 

 On September 30th at 11:18 am, Taylorville Police Department received a report froma motorist of a semi-tractor trailer that was all over the road,  The vehicle was located, the officer observed a traffic violation and stopped the vehicle.  Michael K. Hoss was the driver.  After a brief investigation, Hoss was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released. 

 On October 1st, officers observed a vehicle make an IVC violation and they conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Subsequent to investigation Michelle M. Yerkes was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis< 2.5 grams. 

 On September 29th, Victoria R. Durbin was arrested for harboring a runaway.  The incident occurred on September 28th.  Victoria Durbin was processed and released on a Notice To Appear. 

 On September 23rd, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to 416 Western Aveenue in regards to a disturbance.  Upon arrival contact was made with the subjects who advised that and intoxicated female had been on the front lawn with not pants or underwear on.  The female, Loretta Powers, was causing a disturbance.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department and was released on a notice to appear. 

 

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Tornadoes, NFL Broadcasts Moving to Other Miller Media Group Stations During Cardinal Playoffs

 width=Due to the St. Louis Cardinal playoff games, any Taylorville Tornado football games pre-empted on Friday nights, can be heard on NEW Country 104.1.

Any NFL games pre-empted due to the Cardinal playoffs, can be heard on WRAN groovy 97.3.

 

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Local Football Scores 10/3/2014

In high school football Friday night:

As heard on New Country 104.1 Effingham defeated Taylorville by a final score of 28 to 7.

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 Warrensburg-Lathem defeated Central A&M by a final score of 27 to 7.

And as heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98.3 Shelbyville defeated Meridian by a final score of 56 to 21.

All the games were streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com

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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a local hospital is reminding the public about the disease. Amy Waddington, Radiology Manager for Shelby Memorial Hospital says one of the best ways to fight breast cancer is by having regular mammograms:

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Shelby Memorial Hospital is extending some of its hours this month to encourage women to get checked. They will stay open till 7:00 on Tuesdays throughout the month. To schedula an appointment, call 774-3961.

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Route 29 Crash Claims Life

An accident Wednesday afternoon on Route 29 north of Edinburg has claimed a life. According to the Illinois State Police, witnesses said the driver of a blue 2003 Chevy van was driving the wrong way, heading north in the southbound lane. The witnesses told police the van then veered off the road, then swerved back into the southbound lane, striking the trailer of a 1999 International Truck Tractor, which was headed south. The Chevy came to rest on the northbound lane, while the truck wound up in the ditch on the southbound side.

The driver of the van was reportedly killed. The name of the deceased has not been released. The driver of the truck, a 42 year-old Edinburg man, was apparently uninjured.

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Historical Society Big Part Of 175th

The Historical Society Museum will be a center of activity this weekend as Taylorville and Christian County celebrate their 175th anniversaries.

 Events begin Friday (10-03) with the arrival of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Unit, a group of Civil War reenactors who will camp out on the grounds all weekend. Friday night at 6 and 7:30 pm, there will be a reenactment of Abe Lincoln's famous almanac trial, with Christian County States Attorney Mike Havera as Honest Abe. Seats for the event are limited, as the performances take place in the old County Courthouse where Lincoln actually practiced law. Dessert and beverages will be provided afterwards.

 Saturday and Sunday events will include tours of historical buildings, blacksmithing and horse shoeing, along with Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln impersonators. Both days will feature a Tea Party in Morrison House, as well as period music and food vendors. Several crafts will be exhibited,  including quilting and soap making. Antique autos and farm machinery will be on display.

 With the Chillifest taking place Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Taylorville, organizers have arranged for shuttles to transport attendees between venues. The Christian County Historical Society is located near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48 on the city's east side, next door to the Super 8 Motel.

 

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Sheriff Processes Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports processing a couple of arrests this week. 

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Tail Command Offers Doggy Daycare

Tail Command in Taylorville offers many services, including grooming, training and boarding. According to Gabby Stephens at Tail Command, pet owners may also want to consider Doggy Daycare:

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Stephens says Doggy Daycare is not only good for your dog, but also affordable on just about any budget. Find out more by calling 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245. You can also find Tail Command online.

 

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/2/2014

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

 Rodney Aten, 36, of Taylorville was arrested on October 1st on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 

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Fire Department Calls: 10/2/2014

  THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

OCTOBER 1   3 EMS, 1 Fire

 

OCTOBER 2  1 EMS

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UPDATED: WTIM's 96.3 FM Service Outage Friday Cancelled Due To Weather

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WTIM's 96-point-3 FM service outage originally scheduled for Friday morning, has been cancelled due to weather.  It will be re-scheduled for sometime in the next 2 weeks.

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TC Offers Anti-Scam Guidelines

With internet and telephone scams at an all-time high, the Federal Trade Commission is starting to take notice. Public Advocate and Educator Mac McGuire tells Regional radio the FTC has published some guidelines intended to help you resist fraud:

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 McGuire says you should report any scam attempts to the FTC, and provide as much information as possible. He says it's also a good idea to check the FTC website for the latest scams.

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Henry: Choose Financial Advisor Carefully

If you are looking for a financial adviser, be aware that they are not all the same. Investment Professional Steve Henry, owner of CSH Investment Management in Taylorville says you should choose carefully:

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Henry says along with asking about fees, you should make sure you understand what services you will receive, and what results you can realistically expect. He also says you should check references.  CSH Investment Management is located at 926 W. Spresser in Taylorville.

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Mid America Prep School Plans Gospel Fundraiser

A Christian School in Herrick is planning a fundraiser. Rick Allen, Principal of the Mid America Prep School in Herrick, says it'll be a gospel and contemporary Christian music show:

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The requested donation will be $10.  Students will attend free.

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Coroner Releases Name of Victim in Route 29 Fatal Accident

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans late Wednesday afternoon released the name of the person killed in an accident on Route 29 north of Edinburg.

The accident occurred during the noon hour on Wednesday, killing 66-year-old Lynne B. Ash of Taylorville.

Illinois State Police say Ash was apparently the driver of a blue 2003 Chevy van was driving the wrong way, heading north in the southbound lane. Witnesses told police the van then veered off the road, then swerved back into the southbound lane, striking the trailer of a 1999 International Truck Tractor, which was headed south.

The Chevy came to rest on the northbound lane, while the truck wound up in the ditch on the southbound side.

The driver of the truck, a 42 year-old Edinburg man, was apparently uninjured.

Winans tells Regional Radio News that the Illinois State Police are handling the crash investigation. The Christian County Sheriff's Office, Edinburg Police along with Edinburg Fire and Rescue, all responded to the scene.


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Sanchris To Reopen Boat Ramp

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is announcing the reopening of a facility at Sanchris Lake State Park. The West Boat Ramp area has been completely redone.  Improvements include a larger dock, and a new ramp which extends farther into the water for safer launching. There's also a reconfigured parking lot, improved lighting and toilet facilities, and a new access road. The renovations also provide easier access for the handicapped.

 The boat ramp, which is near Rochester, will reopen to the public Friday (10-03).

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Shelbyville Rotary Meets

At a meeting Monday (09-29), the Shelbyville Rotary Club heard about the upcoming Festival of Lights. The program, provided by Judy McDowell-Humphrey, featured Bill Bly and Bob Thomas, who head up the festival. They told the club there are more than 450 displays that have to be prepared and set up, with more added every year. The Festival of Lights, which attracts thousands of visitors to Shelbyville every year, takes place at Forest Park throughout the holiday season.

 The club welcomed two new members: Christina Brown and Paula Grupe, both from the Villas of Hollybrook. Rotarians also agreed to pay nearly $800 towards a Boy Scout canoe trip, and discussed the upcoming Halloween Parade.

 Phil Miller reported on the recent Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser. The total is currently $32,000, with more coming in.

 

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Two Injured In Rural Crash

An accident on the Mt. Auburn Blacktop sent two Taylorville residents to the hospital.

 According to police, 59 year-old Dennis Klump of Taylorville was westbound on 1600 North Road, approaching the intersection with the Mt. Auburn Blacktop. Klump told officers he came to a stop, but failed to see a vehicle coming from his right. Klump reportedly t-boned a vehicle driven by a 16 year-old male. The impact pushed the car into a cornfield. The driver and his passenger, 33 year-old Melanie Sidwell of Taylorville reportedly suffered minor injuries. Both went to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

 Klump was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop sign.

 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 10/1/2014

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

 Robert Burke, 33, of Taylorville was arrested on September 30th on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear. 

 Joseph Leckner, 23, of Taylorville was arrested on September 30th for possession of a controlled substance and violation of sex offender registration.

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Fire Department Calls: 10/1/2014

 THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

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