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Local boys basketball scores 11/29/14

In high school baskteball Saturday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Triad by a final score of 69 to 60.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Pana by a final score of 51 to 20.

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Taylorville Girls Basketball Scores 11/29/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3 Taylorville Girls defeated Lincoln by a final score of 50 to 46.

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Lock Vehicles and Homes

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp would like to remind all the citizens of ChristianCounty to keep your residences and vehicles locked when left unattended.

ChristianCounty deputies apprehended a 15-year-old male juvenile from Kincaid for criminal trespass to vehicles and theft during the early morning hours of Thursday, November 27, 2014.  Investigation revealed the juvenile attempted to enter 40 vehicles that were parked on the southeast side of the city of Kincaid.  Approximately 20 to 25 of the vehicles were unlocked and entered.  Money and clothing items were taken from the vehicles. Deputies were able to track the juvenile’s footprints from the vehicles to a residence where he was apprehended.

Sheriff Kettelkamp would also like to remind citizens, when leaving your vehicle parked, to remove all valuable items out of the vehicle or place them in your trunk out of view.  Also, citizens are reminded to keep your residence locked when you're not at home and to make it appear like someone is at the residence when you're gone. Remember not to place Christmas presents, or other valuable items, in plan view through uncovered windows or doors.

 Have a safe and responsible holiday season!

 

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Southwestern by a final score of 48 to 45.

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Local girls basketball scores 11/28/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated St. Anthony by a final score of 43 to 28.

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Shelby County Swearing In Monday

Newly elected Shelby County Board Members will be sworn in Monday morning, followed by County Officials. The ceremonies will begin at 8:15 in courtroom A on the third floor of the Courthouse. Family and friends are invited to attend.

 

After the swearing in, there will be an organizational meeting of the board at 9:00am. The County Board Chairman will be elected.

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Bertrand Selected For Award

Dr. Thomas Bertrand, superintendent of Rochester Community Unit District 3A, has been selected the 2015 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

The award was presented Sunday (November 23) during the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the IASA.

Bertrand has been an educator for 28 years, including serving as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent in Rochester in 2002.

Bertrand is only the fifth superintendent in Rochester since 1936.

Bertrand said his most important guiding goal has been to develop a culture of “kids first, high expectations and continuous improvement” in the K-12 district of about 2,400 students. Rochester students regularly outperform the state average by a wide margin according to the State Interactive Report Card and also have been high achievers in sports, music and the arts....

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Cops Report Thursday Drug Busts

Area police report making a number of drug arrests last Thursday (11-20-14).

 

Taylorville Police say just before 5:00pm, they were sent to the 800 block of East Franklin. An anonymous caller had alerted dispatch to apparent drug use there, in a parked white station wagon.

 

After an investigation, 25 year-old Keith Weller of Taylorville was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.  He was reportedly taken to the Christian County Jail. 

 

Also Thursday, three people were arrested on identical charges. Reports say 22 year-old Tiffany Hoffa of Taylorville,  18 year-old Joseph Gordon of Arlington Texas and 21 year-old Alexandria Rader of Dallas Texas are charged with possession of drug paraphenalia. 

 

The reports don't specify whether or not any of the arrests are related.

 

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Church Spearheads Packages For Military

If you'd like to help brighten the holdays for our men and women in uniform, it's not too late. Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville is sponsoring a Packages for the Military drive. 

 

Items accepted will include: dried fruits, nuts, beef jerky and other snacks like chips, microwave popcorn, gum and candy. You may also provide instant coffee and cocoa and other drink mixes. There is also a need for a variety of toiletries and personal hygiene products including sunscreen. They need white cotton crew socks, pillowcases and local area T-shirts. Also appreciated will be pens, pencils, crossword puzzle books, hand-held games, cards and dice. They are also accepting donations towards the postage costs.

 

You can drop off your items at Davis Memorial Christian Church at 1500 West Franklin through Sunday (11-39). If you have questions, call the church office at (217) 824-8181.

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Local Men Charged With Theft

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports a few theft arrests.

 

34 year-old Michael Smothers of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday (11-25) on a warrant on an original charge of theft between $500 and $10,000.

 

24 Year-old Brandon Emery and 21 year-old Jeremy Emery, both of Taylorville, were arrested Tuesday on a charge of retail theft.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-26-14

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

Craig Stokes, 22, of Decatur, was arrested on November 25th on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court.

Michael Smothers, 34, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 25th on an original arrest warrant for theft >500 < 10,000.

Brandon Emery, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 25th for retail theft.

Jeremy Emery, 21, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 25th for retail theft. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On November 25th, Stephanie R Schmitz, of Taylorville, was southbound on Cheney Street and Patricia S. Beck was southbound on Cheney Street. Beck slows for traffic stopped at the intersection of Cheney and Spresser. Schmitz slows too late for stopped traffic and strikes the rear bumper of Schmitz.

On November 17th, at 4:00 pm., Susan Kensil of Shelbyville said she was in the left hand turning lane on Webster Street turning left onto Park Street when Randall S. Rowe of Shelbyville, who was in the southbound lane ,turned left causing the trailer of Rowe to hit the passenger side of Kensil. Kensil said he was in the left hand land turning on Webster Street turning left onto Park Street when he came up alongside his drivers side while turning. Rowe said he thought Kinsel stopped and fell back so he could complete his turn. Rowe continued on not knowing the accident had occurred.

  

 

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Fire Department Calls 11-26-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 21:  2 EMS

November 22:  1 EMS

November 23:  5 EMS, 1 Public Assist

November 24:  1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 25:  4 EMS

November 26:  1 EMS

 

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Peters Warns Of Sweepstakes Scam

There's a new scam to watch out for. Richard Peters of the local TRIAD organization says it involves a supposed sweepstakes prize:

 

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You can find out more about TRIAD by calling the Christian County Senior Citizens Center at 824-4263, or call Richard Peters at 287-1789.

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ISP Will Be Watching For DUI Offenders

With the holiday weekend here, you can be sure police agencies will be extra watchful for DUI offenders. Illinois State Police Safety Information Officer Emmanuel Edwards says there are precautions that can be taken:

 

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Along with DUI offenders, police will also be watching for speeders, distracted drivers, and those not wearing seatbelts.

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Cops Arrest Three

Three local people were arrested on identical drug charges early Tuesday morning (11-125).

 

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports the arrests of 43 year-old Claudette Borders of Pana, 35 year-old James Geer of Shelbyville and 43 year-old Starla Hostler of Pana , all on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphenalia. 

 

The reports don't specify whether or not the arrests are related. 

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Woman Cited In Prison Stop

Taylorville Police report making a traffic stop on a vehicle around 3:30 Monday afternoon (11-124) on Route 29 near the prison. After checking with dispatch, Stacy L. Berner of Pana was reportedly cited for driving with a suspended license. 

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McMillan's Having Holiday Open House

One place to visit for Christmas shopping on Friday is McMillan's Landscaping, where they're having an open house all day at their Garden Center Gift Shop.

 

 Along with several varieties of Christmas trees, they'll feature fresh cut wreaths, swags and roping.

 

Featured items will include specialty soaps and candles, mailbox covers and door mats.

 

The event takes place at McMillan's Landscaping at 1016 South Spresser near Taylorville Airport. Santa Claus will be on hand from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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Taylorville boys basketball lost 11/26/14

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Granite City defeated Taylorville by a final score of 60 to 57.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Member's Trip to Russia

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of its own members at its weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Carol Alexander, a member of the Kiwanis Club, presented a program on her recent trip to Russia to promote her book “Liberty the Pig.”


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Alexander described how different Russian life is from American life, as well as showing a slideshow with pictures of the trip.


Alexander presented the Moscow Library with a copy of her book, along with many gifts from Taylorville including a proclaimation from the City. Alexander brought back a host of gifts from the Moscow Library in return.


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


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

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-25-14

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

Starla Hostltler, 43, of Pana, was arrested on November 25th for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

James Geer, 35, of Shelbyville, was arresed on November 25th for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Claudette Borders, 43, of Pana, was arrested on November 25th for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

 

THE TAYLORVILE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 24th at 3:28 pm, Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route 29 at the prison. Subsequent to to the stop, Stacy L. Berner, of Pana, was cited for driving while license were suspended.

On November 24th, a Taylorville Police Officer witnesses a driver who they knew had a suspended drivers license operating a vehicle pull into Route Mart. Subsequent to investigation, Brandon J. Gardner, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving while license suspended.

On November 24th at 9:00pm, a Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an IVC violation in the parking lot at Walmart. Karinena S. Durbin, was arrested for operating a vehicle with no valid license.

 

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Compliance Checks Benefit City: Mayor

A recent tobacco compliance check in Taylorville brought a local convenience store a citation for selling to a minor. City Mayor Greg Brotherton says while he hates to see anyone punished, the compliance checks have worked well in fighting the problem of underage purchases:

 

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The compliance checks are also conducted periodically for alcohol purchases.

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Fender Bender Yields Arrest

Taylorville Police were called to the 600 block of East Poplar Street at 6:40pm Friday (11-21) on reports of a hit and run. When the officer arrived, the driver in question had reportedly returned to the scene. After a check with dispatch, Deana L. Sloper was arrested on a charge of driving with a revoked or suspended license. She was processed and released on a notice to appear.

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Theft Arrest

Retailers are keeping a close eye out for shoplifters, especially at this time of year. A local woman found that out the hard way last Wednesday (11-19).

 

Taylorville Officers were called to the Taylorville Walmart just before 11:00am. An employee reportedly told police a woman had stuffed four Play Station controllers in her purse and left without paying for them. The employee said the woman ignored his shout to stop, and fled in a gold Chrysler. 

 

Police later arrested Catherine M. Eck of Pana in connection with the incident. She was processed at the Tayorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Infant Found Dead in Kincaid; Autopsy Results Released

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, are jointly investigating the death of a Kincaid infant.

 

Winans tells Regional Radio News that on Monday morning about 10:33, Christian County 911 received a call that a one-month-old male was unresponsive and not breathing in the 100 block of Richardson Street in Kincaid.

 

Sutton Ambulance Service responded to the scene and requested that Winans be notified. Deputy Coroner Bill Nation arrived at the scene and pronounced Lucas L. Burchi dead at the scene.

 

An autoposy was completed on the body today (Tuesday), and Sheriff Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News that preliminary autopsy results show the infant died of asphyxia which is consistent with co-sleeping. Winans and Kettelkamp are being assisted by Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations.

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Local boys basketball scores 11/25/14

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Nokomis by a final score of 63 to 50.

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Shelbyville Basketball Scores 11/25/2014

As heard on WSVZ New Country 98.3 Hillsboro defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 63 to 53.

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Taylorville Park Board Denies Request To Pay Irrigation Project Shortage

They Taylorville Park Board voted unanimously to deny the request of Tom Emmerich, contractor for the irrigation project underway at Lake Shore Golf Course, to pay a shortage of approximately $3300. Apparently, Emmerich, when doing the original assessment of the necessary materials needed for the project, miscounted and was 8 communication cards short for station outputs. These are the computer cards that make it possible for the sprinklers settings to be customized and to be controlled from a remote location. It was felt by the members of the board that since Mr. Emmerich had been paid a $40,000 fee to be the contractor, that it was his mistake and he was liable for the $2939 needed to purchase the cards. The project was approximately $400 over bid prior to the card shortage.

An ordinance was adopted to levy the necessary taxes for fiscal year March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The amount levied was $646,700.

Maintenance Supervisor, Gary Brown, reported that a large crack had been found in the brick archway at the entrance to the park. A call has been made to the company that had repaired it previously, but there has been no response as of yet. Also, the decorating of the grounds for Christmas in the Park is underway. In other business, Taylorville Park Secretary Maryanne Becker informed the board that the state IMRF rate for 2015 had lowered to 7.71%. Bailey Hancock, Recreation Director, gave a report on activities that have been finalized for the upcoming Christmas in the Park. The event will kick off on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 pm when the park will be closed to traffic for the annual Jingle Bell Walk. Most of the popular activities will be back this year, including Bingo, Little Miss and Mister Snowflake contest, Supper with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Kids are Kids Dance just to highlight a few. To find a full schedule of events you may visit the park web site at: taylorvilleparkdistrict.com.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-24-14

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

Alannah Wilderman, 23, of Pana was arrested on November 23 for obstructing justice/destroying evidnece.

Shawn Stolte, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 22 for domestic battery. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 19, at 10:54am, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Travis Miller said they saw a female, Catherine M. Eck, of Pana open up twp play station four controllers and place them in her purse. Miller said Catherine Eck walked passes the cash registers. Miller said he told her to stop and she took off in a gold Chrysler. Eck was located and arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department where she was processes and released on a notice to appear.

On November 20th, at approximately 12:49 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a maroon vehicle at Cheney and Spreser Streets. After a brief investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen. Alexandria M. Rader of Dallas, Texas and Joseph B. Gordon of Arlington, Texas were arrested fpr possession of stolen property(vehicle) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tiffany R. Hoffa, of Cleburne, Texas, was also arrested for possession of stolen property(vehicle). All were processed and lodged in the Christian County Correctional Center.

On November 21st at 6:40 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to a hit and run at 605 East Poplar Street. When the officer arrived at the scene, the subject had returned back to the accident scene. The status of Deana L. Sloper was checked, and dispatch confirmed she was driving while license were suspended/revoked. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylorville Police Department and released on a Notice to Appear.

On November 23rd at approximately 2:15 am, dispatch radioed officers to Circle K in reference to a reckless driver. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the suspect Zachary V. Hay ad involved witness, Kiley D. Fleming. After several minutes of investigation, Hay was arrested for City of Taylorville ordinance violation of disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released on a Notice to Appear.

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High School Battery Arrest

An incident at Taylorville High School led to a local man's arrest Thursday afternoon (11-20).

 

At 3:18, just minutes after classes were dismissed, officers were called to the school on reports of a fight. After an investigation, 28 year-old Charles R. Lair of Taylorville was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. 

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Bruley Gets Key To City

An award winning Taylorville School Principal recently won a big award. City Mayor Greg Brotherton says Brandi Bruley was also honored at a recent City Council Meeting:

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Taylorville Boys Basketball 11/24/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated Civic Memorial by a final score of 58 to 55.

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Vatthauer To Start New Group

A local counselor will be starting a new support group. Karen Vatthauer of Taylorville says the group, “Healthy Connections” will be for people having trouble coping with health concerns:

 

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The group's first meeting will be January 15th. Call Vatthauer's office at 824-3435 to find out more.

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Central A&M girls basketball scores 11/22/14

In high school basketball Saturday morning as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Central A&M defeated Matoon by a final score of 56 to 24.

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Big Crowds Greet New Shoe Sensation Store in Taylorville

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The new Shoe Sensation shoe store in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center in Taylorville, completed their grand opening week on Saturday with a live broadcast on Miller Media Group radio stations WRAN and WSVZ. Miller Media president Randal J. Miller and his daughter Sheri co-hosted the 3-hour live broadcast, in which the pair gave away a host of gift certificates and prizes.

Area Director for Shoe Sensation Kim Jin told Miller that Taylorville was attractive to them, which is why they decided to locate a store here.

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Jin added that in addition to the many brands the store carries, they're working with S-A-S Shoe Company to become a local dealer for their brand of shoes, which were formerly carried by the now-closed Bolinda's Shoe Store.

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Taylorville GIrls Basketball Score 11/22/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Auburn by a final score of 52 to 21.

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EIU loss

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Saturday afternoon, UT Martin beat EIU by a final score of 37 to 16.

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Central A&M girls basketball scores 11/22/14

In high school basketball Saturday night as heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Athens by a final score of 68 to 53. 

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Taylorville GIrls Basketball Score 11/22/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Auburn by a final score of 52 to 21.

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Lincoln by a final score of 45 to 39.

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Lights Come On Tonight

Holiday displays will light up at Shelbyville's Forest Park tonight. The Festival of Lights gets underway, according to Vonda McConnell of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce:

 

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The lights will be on every night at Forest park every night through the holiday season.

 

Also in Shelbyville this weekend, it's Deer Hunter Widows Weekend. As the men are out deer hunting, their spouses will be able to take advantage of several special shopping opportunities around town.

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LLCC Offers Financial Aid Checkup

If you are headed for college, the big question is how to finance it. Scott Stallman, Executive Director of Lincoln Land College's Eastern Region Education Center, says they can give you a financial aid checkup:

 

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Lincoln Land is now accepting registration for the spring semester, which begins in January.

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4H Holds Awards Achievement Night

The Christian County 4H held it's annual Awards Achievement Night recently. County 4H Coordinator Alicia Gullidge says awards aren't just given at the County Fair:

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-21-14

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

Steven Leonard, 35, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for aggravated IVC felonies.

Jericho Dickey, 18, of Taylorville was arrested on November 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear/answer question.

William Sanders, 47, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Alexandria Rader, 21, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested on November 20 for drug parphernalia.

Charles Lair, 28, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 20 for agravated battery.

Tiffany Hoffa, 22, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 20 for drug paraphernalia.

Joseph Gordon, 18, of Arlington, Texas, was arrested on November 20 for drug paraphernalia.

Keith Weller, 25, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 20 for possession of methamphetamine.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On November 20, Benjamin P. Sanchez, 39, of Decatur, was traveling southwest on Il. Rt. 48 with no headlights on. Jared M. Thomas, 16, of Morrisonville, was stopped on 4th Street at the intersection for Il Tr. 48. Thomas stated that he looked both directions and did not see any vehicles coming, he then proceeded into Il Rt. 48. Thomas said as he was crossing the highway, Sanchez struck his vehicle. Sanchez was not sure whether he had headlights on or not. A witness traveling northeast on Il Rt. 48 just south of 4th street stated he did not see any vehicles traveling southwest on Il Rt. 48 until Thomas was spinning around.

 

On November 20m Logan M Sarginson, 18, of Taylorville, was south bound on Miller Lane with a partially obstructed front windshield(frost). Aubrie M. Cox, 25, of Blue Mound, was backing out of a driveway at #75 Miler Lane and backed infron of the sound bound of Sarginson. Sarginson struck Cox squarely in the back end before it was headed in a forward direction. Both drivers indicated they did not see each other before the crash.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 20, at 3:18pm, Taylorville Police Officers were sent to Taylorville High School in reference to a fight. Subsequent to investigation, Charles R. Lair of Taylorville was arrested for aggravated battery.

On November 20, at 4:57 pm, dispatch received an anonymous report of people smoking methamphetamine in a white station wagon in front of 805 East Franklin. Officer arrived and subsequent to investigation, Keith Weller was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. He was transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

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Local Salons Help Fight Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association recently held a successful fundraiser. Vanessa Wiseman of the ADA says it wouldn't have been possible without the help of several local salons:

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Local Basketballs Scores 11/21/2014

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated St.Teresa by a final score of 61 to 44.

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Local girls basketball scores 11/21/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Jacksonville by a final score of 63 to 51.

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Taylorville's New Water Treatment Plant Has Kickoff Meeting

The City of Taylorville last week held a kickoff meeting involving a host of city officials, department heads, and architects to begin the nearly 3-year process of building a new water plant. The new facility will be built on property the city owns just north of the existing water treatment plant.
City Council Water Committee chair Ernie Dorchinez told Regional Radio News that City Officials will also be touring some new water treatment plants in other communities, to get ideas on what should be included in Taylorville's new plant.

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It's expected to take some 3 years to build Taylorville's new water treatment plant from the planning to the ribbon cutting.

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PCH Adds Dexa Machine

Pana Community Hospital now boasts a DEXA Machine. Diagnostic Imaging Manager at PCH, Cindy Miles explains:

 

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Call the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Pana Community Hospital to find out more. The number is 562-6366.

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Taylorville Police Make Domestic Battery Arrests

Taylorville Police made separate domestic battery arrests about 12 hours apart Saturday (11-15).

 

At 4:23am, they were called to 700 Park Blvd.on reports of a disturbance. They reportedly arrested Joseph G. Beisher of Taylorville on a domestic battery charge. Police say they processed Beisher at the Tayorville Police Department before taking him to the Christian County Jail. 

 

At 4:16pm, officers were dispatched to 1511 West Elm. After an investigation, Justin R. Pellman of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a domestic battery charge. 

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Convenience Store Busted

A Taylorville Police tobacco compliance check led to a local convenience store being busted. Route Mart at 120 West Park Street was reportedly found in violation. Police say a city ordinance citation was issued to Robert E. Wombachur of Taylorville.

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Drug Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports a pair of drug arrests. 49 year-old Clifford Ballion and 40 year-old Kerri Ballion, both of Rochester, were reportedly arrested Monday (11-17) on charges that included drug possession and possession of a meth precursor. No bond was set.

 

Taylorville Police reportedly arrested a Williamsville man on several charges Sunday (11-16). Believing the driver was wanted on warrants, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. After an investigation, Zachary Williams was arrested for driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphenalia, and on warrants out of both Macon and Logan Counties. Williams was processed by Tayloville Police and then taken to the Christian County Jail. 

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Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Extravaganza

Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be the place Friday and Saturday for the annual Hospital Auxiliary's Holiday Extravaganza. The event will feature a gift shop, bake sale, quilters and a basket raffle. Various craft booths and independent consultants will be on hand as well. 

 

It all takes place on Taylorville Memorial Hospital's first floor Friday from 10:00am until 5:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am until 1:00pm. A soup, salad and breadstick lunch will be offered from 10:00am until 1:00pm both days.

 

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Henry On End Of Year Planning

End of year planning is tricky for investors. Steve Henry, owner of CSH Investment management in Taylorville says you have to make a few assumptions regarding taxes:

 

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CSH Investment management is at 926 W. Spresser in Taylorville.

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MAPS Offers Holiday Raffle

The Mid America Prep School in Herrick is sponsoring a holiday raffle. Principal Rick Allen says the drawing will be just before Christmas:

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Davis: No Republican Mandate

A local legislator says the message from this month's elections was simple. Recently reelected Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the government now needs to get things done:

 

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Davis, who represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District, defeated challenger Ann Callis in the elections earlier this month.

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Mobile Food Pantry In Taylorville Saturday

The Central Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry will be at Taylorville High School this weekend. Public Relations Manager for the Food Bank Krista Lisser says they cover a lot of territory:

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You're advised to arrive early, as the food goes quickly once they begin to distribute it at 10:00 am. Bring a box or laundry basket to carry the goods home in.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-20-14

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

Amanda Langston, 31, of Assumption, was arrested on November 19 on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Guy Freeman, 23, of Springfield, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for manufactruring/delivering cocaine/analog.

Edwin Deberry, 64, of Decatur, was arrested on November 18 on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 19, officers saw a female driver who they knew to have a suspended drivers license. Subsequent to investigation, Dorothy M. Harter, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving while license suspended. She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a Notice to Appear.

 

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Fire Department Calls: 11-20-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 19:  1 EMS, 1 Carbon monoxide detector

November 18:  2 EMS

November 17:  2 EMS

 

 

 

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Shoe Sensation Holds Ribbon Cutting To Officially Open New Store

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(photo by Bryan Payne)

Several business and civic leaders attended this (Thursday) morning's ribbon cutting at the new Shoe Sensation store in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center in Taylorville. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

Some 75 people were in line for the official opening of the store at 10 o'clock this (Thursday) morning. The store offers several name brands of shoes for men, women and children.

The store opened unofficially last week, and is holding grand opening events thru this weekend. Regional Radio will broadcast live from Shoe Sensation in Taylorville this Saturday from 10 til one.

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Central A&M triumphs

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated CHBC by a final score of 57 to 14. 

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Taylorville Begins Process of Building New Water Treatment Plant

The City of Taylorville last week held a kickoff meeting involving a host of city officials, department heads, and architects to begin the nearly 3-year process of building a new water plant. The new facility will be built on property the city owns just north of the existing water treatment plant.
City Council Water Committee chair Ernie Dorchinez told Regional Radio News what the next step in the process of building the new plant, will be.

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The process to build Taylorville's new water treatment plant, will take nearly 3 years.

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U-of-I Ag Program Places Student Teacher at Taylorville

 width=The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program has placed a student teacher, Sarah Moore, with Agricultural Science Instructors, Sue Schafer, Monty Elvidge, and Stephanie Ruppert, at Taylorville High School, starting in January of next year and running through April.

The U-of-I says Ms. Moore will be teaching classes including: Intro to Ag, BSAA, Ag Mechanics, and Floral Design. The student teaching experience will also include advising FFA activities such as career development events, leadership conferences, and FFA week promotions.

Mr. Gary Ochs, advisor to student teachers in the Agricultural Education Program at the University of Illinois says that the student teaching experience is the capstone for the undergraduate education program. Ms. Moore will be supervised on site by program advisors.

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ZONE NUTRITION CELEBRATES OPEN HOUSE WITH RIBBON CUTTING

Zone Nutrition, located at 207 West Main Cross in Taylorville, celebrated a Grand Opening and official Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, November 15th. John Mollet, owner of Zone Nutrition kicked the day off with great specials and then welcomed the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting.

Zone Nutrition features everything for your fitness from pre-workout powders to post workout protein smoothies. Their smoothie bar also includes smoothies for weight loss and weight gain. Zone Nutrition is your home for Now brand all natural essential oils used in aromatherapy and other applications that promote health and wellness. Stop in today and see John or Ian. They can answer your questions on how to have a healthier life. width=

 

 

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Manar Glad Campaign Over

48th District Illinois Senator Andy Manar was reelected earlier this month. It was a tough campaign, and Manar says his opponent, Linda Little, ran one of the most negative camaigns in recent memory:

 

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Manar easily won reelection over Little, a Macon County official.

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Rosenthal Still Opposes Minimum Wage Hike

Despite the fact that Illinois voters overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage, local legislator Wayne Rosenthal says if Illinoisians had known the consequences, they may have voted differently.

 

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The ballot question was only an advisory referendum, meaning it does not have the force of law.

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Area Superintendents Rally For SB 16

A bill regarding school funding will be the subject of a hearing in Springfield this afternoon, and dozens of administrators from around the state will rally in support. 

 

The 125 superintendents will include Dr. Greg Fursteneau of Taylorville and Dr. David Lett of Pana. The measure, SB 16, was sponsored in the Senate by the recently reelected Democrat Andy Manar. The bill would distribute funding in a way seen as beneficial for many poorer districts. Like many other districts in the state, Pana and Taylorville have been funded at a rate of 89% for years.

 

The bill's prospects in the House are uncertain. Some districts have complained that the measure would cost them substantially.

 

SB 16's proponents say Illinois ranks at the bottom of the list for funding equity among states.

 

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Taylorville Man Arrested

A Taylorville man faces serious charges after his arrest Sunday (11-16). 24 year-old Michael Droke is accused of aggravated battery with great bodily harm and home invasion.

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Weather Contributes To Accident

A local man is the victim of icy conditions in an accident Sunday (11-16). According to reports, 41 year-old John D. Morthland was driving north on Route 51 when the glare of oncoming headlights caused him to lose control on the icy road. His 2002 Dodge 1500 went down into the ditch and overturned several times before coming to rest on the drivers side. The report doesn't specify what, if any injuries Morthland sustained.

 

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Owaneco Man Sentenced

A Christian County man is off to prison for more than a decade after being sentenced for sexual exploitation of a minor. After a plea earlier this year - James Owens of Owaneco, a former Taylorville Schools’ bus driver was sent to prison for 12 years for enticing under aged individuals to engage in sexual activity for which a person could be charged with a criminal offense. The offenses were committed from August 2012 to May 2013 and from December 2012 to February 2013. Owens has remained in custody since he was arrested in 2013 – after his release he will remain on supervised release for 20 years.

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Taylorville Named Among 25 Most Affordable Cities in United States

The City of Taylorville has been selected by an Internet blog, as number 5 of "The 25 Most Affordable Cities in the United States—25 Gems Where You Can Live Large for Less."

Author Ken Lyons made Taylorville number 5 of his Top 25 list, stating, quote:

Located 30 miles from Springfield, IL, Taylorville is categorized as an extremely livable city with a cost of index living of 78. Taylorville has all of the amenities of a larger city, yet it boasts an historic downtown area with “many tree-lined brick streets, quaint neighborhoods,” and parks. Taylorville has low crime rates and high graduation rates. Lyons goes on to say that the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3, Taylorville’s public school system, includes three elementary schools, one junior high, and one senior high, as well as an early childhood school.

You can see the list and his comments, by going to:

http://www.scratchwireless.com/pad/top-25-most-affordable-cities/

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Christian County Board Chair Speaks at Taylorville Kiwanis

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the chairman of the Christian County Board Paul Schmitz, at the club's weekly noon luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Schmitz gave an overview of the many departments of Christian County government, adding that the county has had to do more with less money over the last 10 years. He added that only one budget was balanced from 2002 thru 2012, and the budget for this fiscal year is projecting a 500-thousand dollar loss.


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Schmitz told Kiwanis members that the continued loss of revenue from various sources, plus additional one-time expenses, have contributed to the challenge of operating county government.
Christian County government has some 110 full-time employees and another 20 part-time staff in various offices according to Schmitz.


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

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-18-14

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

Jamie Weller, 37, of Morrisonville, was arrested on November 17th on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Tasha Tirpak, 26, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 17th on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

Kerri Ballion, 40, of Rochester, was arrested on November 17th for meth precursor, possession on drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. No bond set.

Clifford Ballion, 49, of Rochester, was arrested on November 17th on two counts for possession of drug paraphernalia and meth precursor. No bond set.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 16, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle who's registered owner had two warrants. On from Logan County and the other from Macon Count. Subsequent to investigation, Zachary Williams, of Williamsville, was arrested for his two warrants, driving while license were suspended, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On November 17, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a suspended driver. Subsequent to investigation, Richard D. Oller, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving while license were suspended.

On Novembere 17, officers observed a driver who had a suspended drivers license while driving a vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Subsequent to investigation, William R. Smith of Springfield, was arrested for driving while his license were suspended.

On November 15, a tobacco compliance check was conducted and Route Mart was found to be in violation. One city ordinance violation was issued to Robert E. Wombachur of Taylorville.

On November 15, officers were dispatched to 917 East Oak Street for a possible domestic. Subsequent to investigation, Shawn R. Grubaugh of Taylorville, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

On November 15, at 4:23am, officers were dispatched to 700 Park Blvd in reference to a disturbance. After investigation, Joseph G. Beisher of Taylorville, was arrested for domestic battery. He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On November 15, at 4:16 pm, officers were dispatched to 1511 West Elm for a domestic disturbance. Subsequent to investigation, Justin R. Pellman of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery.

On November 11 at 3:31 pm, Taylorville Police were dispatched to West Main Cross and Clay for a traffic crash. Officers spoke with Harry W. Orr, 0f Taylorville, and he stated he was traveling east on West Main Cross. Amanda R. Spinner, of Taylorville, pulled out in front of him form Clay Street and he was unable to stop before striking Spinner. Spinner said she was traveling north on Clay Street. Spinner said sh did not see Orr when she entered the intersection and struck his vehicle. She stated the crash was her fault because she did not see Orr when she entered the intersection.

On November 17, Martin Wilson, of Owaneco, was raveling north on Webster Street and slowed for traffic at the intersection of Webster and Spresser Streets. Megan Smith, of Taylorville, was also traveling north on Webster Street could not stop in time and struck Wilson, causing damage.

 

 

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Christian County Board Hears Update on Grain Belt Express

The Christian County Board heard a report from Rick Cornell, director of Illinois Outreach for Clean Line Grain Belt Express project. The project is earmarked to build a 750 mile transmission line from Kansas to Indiana for the purpose of moving 3500 megawatts of electricity. This amount of electricity would provide power to 1.4 million homes per year. The total project investment is approximately 2 billion dollars or 2 million dollars per lineal mile. Mr. Cornell pointed out that the proposed line is projected to cut across either southern Christian County or northern Montgomery County. Some of the pluses include the use of local venders for materials, transport and some labor. The company has also agreed to pay the county the amount of $7000 per linear mile per year with a minimum of 20 years. There will be a public meeting for the purpose of discussing the possible land owners that could be affected and the compensation packages that will be offered. This meeting will be held in Pana at the Eagles on December 3, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm.

The board members also continued a long running discussion on the fate of Public Transportation program in Christian County. The county stands to lose a $325,000 reimbursable grant if they don't file the proper paper work by the end of the year. Between the county and the Senior Citizens of Christian County, they have had 2 years to get the proper paperwork filed. It was moved, seconded and approved to have Chairman Schmitz contact CEFS for guidance on what needs to be done. It was agreed by all that public transportation is sorely needed in Christian County and to lose the grant would be the death of the program.

Outgoing County Clerk, Linda Curtin reported that there would be testing at the Christian County Courthouse on December 11, 2014 at 10 am for the purpose of filling the Supervisor of Assessment position that is being vacated by the resignation of Mike Gianasi. The test is just one of the necessary requirements that must be met in order to be considered for the position.

Delbra Pratt, chairwoman of the "In God We Trust" Put It Up committee, was on hand and presented the board with a framed poster with the National Motto, "In God We Trust". She stated they are a grass roots effort to get all buildings in the county to display the motto per House Resolution 13 that approves and encourages the display of the motto.

The board said farewell to 4 board members, Dick Breckenridge, Dave Reed, Greg Hager and Joe Marley. They were presented with Certificates of Appreciation. County Clerk Linda Curtin was also honored for her many years of service and was presented a certificate as well as a commemorative key.

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Bourne Appointed New CEO at TMH

 width=Taylorville Memorial Hospital is getting a new Chief Executive Officer. Long-time C-E-O Dan Raab is retiring at the end of the year, and Memorial Health System has appointed Kimberly Bourne (born) to replace Raab effective January First.

Bourne told Regional Radio News that she grew up in rural Christian County, so she knows the service the hospital has provided very well.

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Bourne, her husband and 3 children reside on their family farm south of Pawnee.

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And, Bourne looks forward to getting to know the staff at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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Bourne has been with Memorial Health System for some 25 years, most recently as their Director of Patient Safety.

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Taylorville Mayor Warning of Electric Supplier Scam

Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton is cautioning residents to look closely at the contracts other electricity suppliers offer before signing up—and possibly being locked in—to more costly electric supply. This follows recent attempts by alternative electricity suppliers to switch Taylorville residents from the city’s electric supply program.

Mayor Brotherton says that people have every right to choose the electric supplier they want, but Brotherton says recent attempts by door-to-door salesmen to get residents and small businesses in Taylorville to switch to other suppliers reminds residents that the old adage, ‘Buyer beware,’ is still good advice.

The mayor said he was concerned that door-to-door and telemarketing campaigns that have been conducted since the city started its “electric aggregation” program appeared to target senior citizens.

Brotherton says that many seniors can be confused, misled, and pressured into accepting a deal that can end up costing them more in the long run.

Taylorville residents two years ago voted to authorize the city to seek competitive bids for electricity delivered to homes and small businesses in the community. The city council secured a three-year contract that fixed the electric supply rate at 4.194 cents per kilowatthour for three years, through February 2016. The Taylorville initiative brought local electricity consumers one of the lowest rates for the longest duration of any municipal electric aggregation program in the state.

Brotherton suggested that local Ameren customers ask at least three initial questions when considering an offer made by an alternative supply solicitor: (1) what is the rate per kilowatthour, (2) will it remain the same throughout the length of the contract, and (3) how long is the contract?

If the offer is for more than 4-point-194 cents per kilowatthour, can be changed during the contract’s duration, and is for a term less than 15 months, it will be more costly than the city’s electric aggregation program.

Brotherton says the City of Taylorville allowed residents who did not wish to participate to opt out without a fee or penalty both before and after the program began. But while it costs nothing to leave the Taylorville program, some alternative suppliers charge as much as 150-dollars to cancel their contracts. That can discourage a resident or small business, learning that they were paying less under the city electric supply program, from returning.

Brotherton suggested caution if a marketer asks for an account number or electric bill before you have made a decision to sign up. An account number is all that is needed to place the account with another supplier, known as “slamming,” without the customer knowing or authorizing.

If they claim to represent the City of Taylorville, enrollment in the city program was automatic unless a resident opted out. Brotherton said no one from the city will call or knock on doors to enroll people in the city program.

If they offer a low introductory rate, such features can lead a consumer into a contract in which rates can be increased substantially after the first month or two. Some plans also have limits on electricity usage, after which customers pay market rates, which can increase substantially during periods of heavy demand for electricity.

If you have further questions, please contact the Mayor's office at 287-7946.

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UPDATED: Taylorville Case IH Dealership To Change Hands

 width=Steve Jones, Chief Executive Officer for Jenner's, a dealer for Case I-H spray rigs and related equipment in Harristown, confirmed to Regional Radio News Monday afternoon, that as of November 10th, they have taken over the operation of Tri-Co Equipment, the Case I-H farm equipment store in Taylorville, but that the deal to purchase the dealership has not yet been finalized.

Jones added that Jenner's are doing their due diligence with the sellers, and the attorneys for both sides are working thru the legal work required to officially sign documents.

Jones also said it is Jenner's intent to purchase the store. Jones did not give a target date to acquire the store.

Tri-Co Equipment Equipment in Taylorville has been owned by Dwight Shore, Wilmer Otto, and John Britt. Shore and Otto also own Farm Pride Equipment, which has 5 other locations in east central Illinois.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-17-14

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

Michael Droke, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 16 for aggravated battery/great bodily harm, home invasion.

Chloe Windell, 20, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 16 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

William Marshall, 4, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 15 for DUI. Bond set at $3000.

Tyler Dull, 25, of Pana, was arrested on November 14 for contempt of court.

ACCIDENTS:

On November 12, Janet Christopherson, 60, of Morrisonville, was west bound on County Highway #10. She stated a semi tractor trailer was in front of her and had a right turn signal on. Just before the intersection she pulled into the east bound lane to pass the semi. Christopherson said the semi turned left onto township road 500 east road. To avoid striking the semi, Christopherson veered off the road and into the south ditch, striking the telephone pod and ditch embankment. The truck came to final rest lying on its right side. The driver reported no injuries. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

On November 13, Sarah Sparks, 23, of Pana, was traveling south on Illinois Route 51 at about 1800 North. Sparks said a deer entered the roadway from the east in front of her. Sparks hit the deer with her 2009 Toyota Corolla. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

On November 14, Kiera Webb, 21, of Springfiled, was south bound on Campbell. Upon approaching the stop sign at Franklin, she attempted to stop and began skidding for approximately ten feet. At approximately the same time, Jason Gullidge, 39, of Gurnee, Illinois was west bound on Franklin at Campbell. As the two entered the intersection, Webb collided with Gullidge on the passenger side. Gullidge did not have a stop sign.

On November 16, John D. Morthland Jr., 41, was traveling north on Route 51 and siad he saw headlights shining in his eyes and he got over towards the shoulder. As he got over, he dlid in the snow and slush down the ditch and overturned several times coming to rest on the drivers side of his 2002 Dodge 1500.

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Fire Department Calls: 11-17-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 15: 4EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Fire

November 16: 2 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

November 17: 1 EMS

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Nearly 1400 Dinners Sold at Taylorville Music Boosters Pork Chop and Chicken Dinner

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Almost 1400 dinners were served at Monday night's Taylorville High School Music Boosters Pork Chop and Chicken Dinner at the high school cafeteria. The number is 200 more than last year.


Band members and their parents served the meals, which were prepared by Nelson's Catering of Springfield.

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The THS Jazz Band performed for those who dined in at the THS Cafeteria.

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Kickoff Meeting Held on new Taylorville Water Treatment Plant

The City of Taylorville last week held a kickoff meeting involving a host of city officials, department heads, and architects to begin the nearly 3-year process of building a new water plant. The new facility will be built on property the city owns just north of the existing water treatment plant.
City Council Water Committee chair Ernie Dorchinez told Regional Radio News that the kickoff meeting enabled those who will be involved in the project, to get to know each other.

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Taylorville's new water treatment plant will cost in excess of 20-million dollars.

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Taylorville Aldermen Make Quick Work Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council made quick work of business in a 26-minute meeting Monday night.
Aldermen OK'd the installation of a one-way stop sign southbound at North Abby Street; they OK'd an inspection of the Lake Taylorville Spillway Dam; they OK'd repairs to a police car totaling some 3-thousand dollars; OK'd 2 positions to be advertised in the Water Department; and OK'd directing the Fire and Police Commission to hire 2 police officers from the final eligibility list.

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Key to the City Presented to Nationally Recognized Elementary Principal at Taylorville Council Meeting

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Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton and the Taylorville City Council Monday night presented Taylorville North Elementary School principal Brandi Bruley, the ceremonial “Key to the City” at the beginning of their regular City Council meeting.

Bruley was recently recognized as one of 61 “National Distinguished Principals” in the United States, by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Bruley was the only principal recognized from the entire state of Illinois.

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Central A&M girls basketball win

On Monday night, as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Central A&M girls beat Neoga by a final score of 67 to 40.

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Tornadoes Fall To Sacred Heart Griffin

The Taylorville Tornadoes historic football season came to an end Saturday (11-15)  as they were defeated by Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin 63 to 14. Taylorville went deeper in to the post season than ever before in team history. The Tornadoes end their season 10 and 2. Their only other loss of the season was during the regular season to Effingham.

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Gianasi Announces His Resignation from Christian County Assessments Post

Christian County Supervisor of Assessments Michael Gianasi of Taylorville has announced his resignation from that position effective December 31st.


Gianasi told Regional Radio News that it will be up to the Christian County Board to appoint his successor.


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Gianasi said modernizing the office of Supervisor of Assessments, was his biggest accomplishment.


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Gianasi will continue to live in Taylorville after starting his new job working for a G-I-S consulting firm in Batavia, Illinois.

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TMH Appoints Kimberly Bourne New CEO

 width=Memorial Health System, the parent organization of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, this week announced the appointment of Kimberly Bourne of Pawnee, as the new Chief Executive Officer effective January First. Bourne will replace the retiring Dan Raab, whose last day is December 31st.

Bourne told Regional Radio News she's been with Memorial Health System for some 25 years.

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And, Bourne is pleased to have spent so many years with Memorial Health System.

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Bourne says becoming C-E-O at Taylorville Memorial Hospital is a great opportunity.

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Bourne grew up in rural Christian County, and her family resides on the family farm south of Pawnee.

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Taylorville High School Gearing Up for 3rd Round Football Playoff Game Saturday

 width=Taylorville head football coach Jeb Odam released a statement to Regional Radio News late this (Friday) morning, regarding Saturday's 3rd round I-H-S-A football playoff game against Sacred Heart-Griffin set for 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

In the statement, Odam thanked the parents and fans who have gone above and beyond to make Saturday's game a special day for the Taylorville community and the T-H-S football program.

Odam adds the team has had a good week of practice and will do everything they can to keep the season going.

Odam says the gates at the T-H-S Football field open at 1:30 on Saturday, with both North and South Gates being used. Several school organizations will also be selling various pep items for the game.

Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM and 96-point-3 FM will carry the game, with the pre-game show starting at 2:45.

Taylorville High School is hosting a football pep rally for students to wish the football team best of luck in Saturday's playoff game, this afternoon at 2:15. The rally is also open to the public.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-14-14

THE TAYLORVILLE POLI CE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 10, at 8:09am, officers were dispatched to the Taylorville High School in reference to a fight that had occurred. Officers arrived and arrested two female juvenile for battery and mob action. Both were transported tp Taylorville Police Department to be processed.

On November 10, Frederick Tremain, of Springfield, was arrested for driving while license were suspended/revoked.

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Fire Department Calls: 11-14-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 11: 3 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 12: 1 EMS, 1 Gas Leak

November 13: 1 Odor, 1 EMS, 1 CO Alarm

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Zone Nutrition Joins Chamber

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a new member. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they will have a special welcome for Zone Nutrition this weekend:

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CEO Program Still Needs Sponsors

A highly touted local program can still use your help. The CEO, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities Program is a nonprofit effort to prepare local students for starting and running a business. Chairperson of the steering Committee Dee Krueger says the whole thing is funded by donations:

 

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Call Krueger at 561-0578 to find out more.

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Sheriff's Office Reports Warrant

A Pana man faces serious charges. 38 year-old Lester Ward was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Police say his bond was set at $60,000.

 

The Sheriff's Office reports the arrest Wednesday (11-12) of 48 year-old Kimberly Coen of Pana on a bond forfeiture warrant for retail theft. Her bond was reportedly set at $7,500.

 

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Car Damaged In Deer Accident

Another driver reports a collision with a deer. On Monday (11-10), the Christian County Sheriff's Office says 29 year-old Mystery Barton of Taylorville was traveling on County Highway 5 just north of Kincaid when a deer ran into her path. Barton was uninjured, but her 2013 Chevy Sonic sustained front end damage.  

 

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Motel Disturbance Yields Arrests

Taylorville Police report an incident at a motel that ended in the arrests of two people.  Cops were dispatched to the Gaslight Motel at around 3:15 am Wednesday (11-13) on reports of a disturbance. After an investigation, 20 year-old Martina I. Lyles of Taylorville and 45 year-old John L. Manning of Springfield were both arrested on domestic battery charges.  They were processed at the Tayorville Police Department,  then taken to the Christian County Jail. 

 

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Juveniles Arrested

Taylorville Police report making an arrest at the High School. According to reports, officers were called to the school just after 8:00 am last Monday on reports of a fight. After an investigation, two female juveniles were arrested on charges of battery and mob action. Both were taken to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-13-14

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

Kimberly Coen, 48, of Pana, was arrested on November 12 on a bond forfeiture warrant for retail theft. Bond was set at 7,500.

John Manning, 45, of Springfield, was arrested on November 13 for domestic battrery.

Martina Lyles, 20, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 13 for domestic battery.

Lester Ward, 38, of Pana, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at60,000.

Richard Allen, 50, of Taylorville, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was set at 3,500.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On November 10, Mystery Barton, 29, 20 Taylorville, was north bound on County Highway #5 just north of township road 1800 North. A deer ran into the parh oc Barton. She struck the deer causing front end damage to her 2013 Chevrolet Sonic. No injuries were reported.

  

THE TAYLORVILLE PLOICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 13, at 3:15pm, officers were dispatched to 1420 West Spresser, The Gas Light Motel for a possible domestic dispute. After investigation, John L. Manning and Martina I. Lyles, were arrested for domestic battery. Both parties were brought o the Taylorville Police Department, processed and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

 

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Taylorville Native Craig Lindvahl To Appear At Book Signing December 6

 width=Well-known educator and film-maker, and Taylorville native, Craig Lindvahl, will be attending a book signing for his new book, Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday, at Cottage Rose in Taylorville on Saturday, December 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Lindvahl has had an interesting life. He’s a gifted musician, a nationally known educator, and a Mid America Emmy award winning filmmaker. He’s just added the title “author” to his impressive list of accomplishments.

Lindvahl says he's taught every grade from K-12, and taught music, band, filmmaking, and entrepreneurship, but mostly he says he's tried to teach about life, including his growing up in Taylorville. He says he strives every day to encourage people to be the best they can be.

Drawing on the wide variety of life experiences and interesting people that have populated his career, Lindvahl has assembled the essential ingredients for personal and professional success into Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday, a collection of wit and wisdom that offers readers insights and inspiration.

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Lindvahl is the executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship (www.midlandinstitute.com) and oversees the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program, which will soon have more than 25 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri. Christian County will join the CEO network with a class of its own in the fall of 2015.

20% of the proceeds from book sales at the signing will go to the newly formed Christian County CEO program.

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Taylorville Public Library Combines Events

The Taylorville Public Library is combining two events into one this month. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles says there are several reasons for the move:

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Beware Medicare Scams: McGuire

With Medicare Open Enrollment here, a local public advocate is warning of scams. Mac McGuire has some advice for avoiding becoming a victim:

 

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Medicare Open Enrollment continues through December 7th.

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Area Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a Decatur man Tuesday (11-11). 49 year-old David Alexander faces charges of possession of a weapon by a felon, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphenalia.

 

A 911 call led Taylorville Police to the arrest of a local man. On Monday (11-10), they were dispatched to a home in the 800 block of East Poplar. After a brief investigation, 54 year-old David Price of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a charge of domestic battery. 

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Shoplifting Arrest

A Springfield woman was reportedly arrested Monday morning at the Taylorville Walmart. Taylorville Officers, who were called out just before 

noon, were told that a woman had left the store without paying for several items. The suspect, Sally Samara, was arrested by Sangamon County Sheriff's Deputies about 30 minutes later on charges of retail theft. She was brought back to Taylorville. Most of the stolen items were recovered. Samara was reportedly processed and released on a notice to appear.

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Tail Command Offers Holiday Pricing

If you want to get Fido looking handsome for the holidays, Tail Command in Taylorville can help. Owner Ian Wilson says they are offering some special discounts on grooming:

 

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Call Tail Command at 824-8245 to set up an appointment.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-12-14

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

David Price, 54, of Taylorville was arrested on November 10th for domestic battery.

David Alexander, 49, of Decatur, was arrested on November 11th for vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of a weapon by a felon.

ACCIDENTS:

On November 8, Emily R. Stephens, 18, of Taylorville was traveling south bound on Route 48 at 1800 North Road. Stephens ran off the roadway to the left and into the ditch. She continued and struck a road culvert causing her to overturn. Stephens went airborne and struck the ditch on the south of the culvert on the left side of the roadway. She came to a stop upright after overturning. Stephens was ejected from her 2006 Ford Freestyle.

On November 9, Thomas M. Taylor, 62, of Taylorville was traveling east on 2100 North Road around 1275 East when a deer ran into the roadway and Taylor hit the deer causing damage to the front on the 2012 Nissan Marano he was driving.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 8, at approximately 11:57pm, Walmart Loss Prevention reported a male shoplifter detained in his office. Loss Prevention told the officer Davis Younker, of Taylorviulle, had opened a package containing a battery pack by using a knife. He said Younker then concealed the item and exited the store without paying for the item. Younker was arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a Notice to Appear.

On November 10, officers were dispatched to 801 East Poplar by Christian County 911 for a domestic call. Subsequent to investigation, David Price of Taylorville, was arrested for domestic battery.

On November 9, at 3:19am, a Taylorville Police officer was investigating a report of a female not being able to leave from a residence in Langleyville. While at the residence, Fredrick J. Tremain of Taylorville, was walking fron the shed towards the house. Dispatch confirmed through LEADS that Tremain had three valid warrants from Sangamon County. Tremain was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On November 10, at 11:52am, Walmart Loss Prevention advised he had a female ship lifter who had left the store without paying for several items. He said she left the store and got into a vehicle and left the area. A copy of Walmart's security video was obtained and placed into evidence. The matter is under investigation. On November 10, at 12:25pm, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office called and advised the location of the vehicle and its driver, Sally Samara, of Springfield. Samara was arrested for retail theft and transported back to Taylorville. She was processed and released on a Notice to Appear of December 10, 2014 at 10:00am. All items were taken from Walmart except a jacket, were recovered. Photos were taken of the items and the items were then returned to Walmart. Photos were placed into evidence.

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Taylorville Development Association Holds Annual Meeting

The Taylorville Development Association, a group of local civic and business leaders dedicated to attracting new industry to Taylorville, held their annual meeting and election of officers, this (Wednesday) afternoon at the meeting room of People's Bank and Trust.


The group re-elected Ken Hart as president, Patty Hornbuckle as secretary and Matt Beckley as treasurer.

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The majority of the meeting was spent on how to sell 2 parcels of land recently acquired in a land swap with B-C-H, Incorporated. T-D-A now owns 3 parcels of land bordered by Illinois Routes 104 and 29 on Taylorville's northwest side.


The association wants to sell off 2 of the 3 parcels, in order to have the funds to get matching state or federal grants, to build infrastructure at the 48 acres T-D-A is keeping.


T-D-A president Ken Hart told Regional Radio News that the association wants to get the best price possible on the 2 parcels being sold.


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Hart added that the 2 parcels being sold total about 60 acres which he hopes can generate the dollars needed to help obtain federal matching monies for infrastructure.


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Hart says the competition to attract new industry to any community is fierce.


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Hart and the association will be in contact with area auctioneers to determine the next course of action in selling off the 2 parcels. It's hoped an auction can be scheduled sometime this winter.

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Christian County Supervisor of Assessments Michael Gianasi Resigns

Christian County Supervisor of Assessments Michael Gianasi of Taylorville has announced his resignation from that position effective December 31st.


Gianasi told Regional Radio News that he was offered a job outside of government, that he couldn't refuse.

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Gianasi has been Christian County Supervisor of Assessments for the past 2 years.


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Gianasi indicated he'll be going to work for a G-I-S consulting firm in Batavia, Illinois.


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Gianasi added he will still be living in Taylorville.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Christian County LEAD Program

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Christian County “Leadership Excellence Achieved by Design”, or LEAD Program, at their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle, who is also a Kiwanis member, spoke about the 12-week class that civic and businesspeople can enroll in. The program meets every Tuesday afternoon, and tours several different governmental and business locations, as well as holds meetings at the University of Illinois Christian County Extension Office.


Hornbuckle told Kiwanis members that the LEAD Prgoram provides local residents an opportunity to become better informed about community issues, as well as learning how to get things done.


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To enroll, contact the U-of-I Extension Office at 287-7246.


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

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Taylorville School Board Receives Report from FFA Members at Tuesday Night Meeting

The Taylorville School Board met Tuesday night, and received a report from the Taylorville FFA Chapter about their recent attendance of the Future Farmers of America National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Four members of the chapter addressed the board and expressed their thanks for allowing them the opportunity to be a part of the more than 65,000 members in attendance. They spoke of the many inspirational speakers as well as the myriad of career opportunties that were presented. Lane Bollinger shared his experience as a National Finalist for his record book on his work on pulling tractors. Also addressing the board were Co Presidents Ben Curtin and Alec Myers as well as Mary Kate Curtin. Every board member was presented thank you letters from all of the FFA members that attended the convention.

The hiring of Lisa Cowell as a cafeteria worker at Memorial Elementary School and the approval of a leave of absence for Joy Stafford were the only personnel issues presented to the board. In other business the members unanimously approved 4 overnight stays for the Tornado bowling teams for upcoming tournaments. The board voted to retain First Midstate as underwriter and Chapman and Cutler LLP as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for a potential Life Safety Project. The proposed 2014 tax levy was reviewed and will be adopted at the December board meeting. Dr. Feurstenau reported that the building project was moving along and was on schedule. He also reported that the Tornado football team had reached the 3rd round of the IHSA football playoffs for the first time in school history. The meeting was adjourned at 7:33.

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Midland Area Churches Sponsoring Angel Tree

Churches in the Midland Area of Christian County, are working together this holiday season with the South Fork School District, to sponsor the Midland Community Angel Tree.

Churches involved include the Midland United Methodist Church, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid Church of God, and Kincaid Baptist Church.

The Angel Tree serves children ages 0-18 years of age. The Angel tree benefits children who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas, and is for children who reside in the communities of Bulpitt, Jeiseyville, Kincaid and Tovey. Last year, the Midland Community Angel Tree served 191 children.

Organizers want to remind the public that their unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Midland United Methodist Church November 17th thru the 20th, from 5-7 p.m. The church is located at 600 Tower Place, Kincaid. Families who are participating in the Angel Tree program can pick up their gifts at the church from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, December 13.

If you would like to help make a child’s Christmas brighter, you can adopt an Angel by contacting one of the participating churches listed below; or, individuals or businesses can make a cash contribution in care of the Angel Tree. Checks can be made payable to: Midland Community Angel Tree, c/o Midland United Methodist Church, 600 Tower Place, Kincaid, Illinois, 62540. Donations are used to buy gifts for Angels who do not get adopted. The Angel Tree is organized by all volunteers so 100% of your gift will go to benefit needy children and families.

For more information, please contact any of the participating churches.

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Christian County CEO Program Over 50% of Fund-Raising Goal

 width=The Christian County “Creating Entrepreneural Opportunities”, or C-E-O, Program Steering Committee held their monthly meeting Monday during the noon hour in the board room of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce in Taylorville. Commitee chair Dee Krueger told Regional Radio News, that the steering committee has raised some 42-thousand dollars, toward their 75-thousand dollar goal to fund the program which is expected to start next fall.

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The Christian County C-E-O Program will provide 18 to 24 Christian County high school seniors, the opportunity to learn about business in the county, with the goal of bringing them back home after college to start their own businesses.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-10-14

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

Matthew Swisher, 36, of Pana, was arrested on November 8 for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Frederick Tremain, 38, of Springfield, was arrested on November 9 for disorderly conduct.

Kiera Webb, 21, of Springfield was arrested on November 8 for retail theft. Bond was set at $3,250.

 

ACCIDENTS:

Thomas Taylor, 62, of Taylroville was traveling east on 2100 North Road around 1075 East. A deer ran into the roadway and Taylor hit the deer causing damage to the front of hes 2012 Nissan Murano.

On November 6, Karen Vidmar, 57, of Taylorville, was traveling south bound on Illinois Route 48 approximately 2/10 of a mile south of township road 2300 North. Vidmar state she thought another vehicle traveling north bound veered into her lane of traffic. Vidmar then veered to the right to avoid striking the other vehicle and made contact with a guardrail on the west side of the roadway. Vidmar received damage to the passender side of her 200 Ford Escape XLT.

On November 8, Ronald B. Nagel, 67, of Trenton, Illinois was traveling west on 500 North Road. Nagel was traveling north on 500 East Road. He approached the intersection and downshifted and then proceeded into the intersection. Summer L.Verbiski of Nokomis was also passing through the same intersection. Nagel said he did not see Verbiski. He said it could have been a blind spot caused by the large mirror on the passenger side of his 1999 Freight liner Tractor. The stop sign for the north bound traffic was missing fron the intersection. Verbisk's passengers were Nathan Verbiski, 22, of Nokomis, and Richard Grundy, 52, of Morrisonville.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 8, Kiera Webb, Of Springfield, was arrested on a warrant out of Sangamon County.

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Whit's End Celebrates 9 Months In Taylorville

A local restaurant is celebrating 9 months in Taylorville. Whit's End opened in March and has attracted a loyal following. General Manager Michelle Gherkin tells Regional Radio they offer a variety of buffets:

 

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Gherkin says they have daily specials as well:

 

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Whit's End also has a lounge with video gaming available. At the intersection of Routes 29 and 48, they're open seven days a week.

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Richland Community College To Accept Spring Registrations

Richland Community College in Decatur will be accepting registrations starting Monday. Rob Kerr, Director of Advising and Registration, explains the process:

 

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Call Richland Community College at (217) 875-7200 to find out more, or check their website.

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Entrepeneur Program To Be Offered

With all the enthusiasm surrounding the proposed CEO Program for high schoolers in Christian County, the University of Illinois Extension will target an even younger group. Economic Development Educator Chris Casey explains:

 

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Contact your local Extension Office to find out more. In Christian County, the number is 287-7246.

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Accident Claims Third Teen

 
 An accident last week near Raymond has claimed a third life. According to a press release from Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards, 17 year-old Dana Janssen of Harvel was pronounced dead Saturday evening a Springfield Hospital. According to her facebook page, Dana was a student at Lincolnwood High School, as were the other two victims.
 
The accident happened Wednesday afternoon on Route 48 just north of Raymond when Dana Janssen, who was driving, apparently lost control of her car and crossed into the path of an oncoming minivan. Also killed were passengers 19 year-old Jeffrey Masters and 16 year-old Samantha DeLisle, both of Harvel. The minivan driver suffered minor injuries.
 
A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night in Raymond. A memorial fund for the victims has been established at Bank and Trust locations in Raymond. Carlinville, Lichfield, Chatham and Rochester.

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EIU Victory

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 Saturday, in Eastern Illinois University Panther Football, EIU beat Murry State by a final score of 48 to 26.

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Tornadoes at Highland Friday Night in 2nd Round IHSA Football Playoff Action

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Line Up To Cheer Tornadoes

Taylorville Football fans are being urged to line up and cheer the boys on as they head for Highland for tonight's game. People will be lining up on Spresser to Cheney Streets as the bus leaves at about 3:45, so you're advised to get there by around 3:30. A group will be meeting beforehand at GSI. Businesses and individuals are invited to show their support by coming out, waving and holding up signs.

 

The Tornadoes are in second-round playoff action tonight. The 9 and 1 Tornadoes beat Triad last week to advance.

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Line Up To Cheer Tornadoes

 

Taylorville Football fans are being urged to line up and cheer the boys on as they head for Highland for tonight's game. People will be lining up on Spresser to Cheney Streets as the bus leaves at about 3:45, so you're advised to get there by around 3:30. A group will be meeting beforehand at GSI. Businesses and individuals are invited to show their support by coming out, waving and holding up signs.

 

 

 

The Tornadoes are in second-round playoff action tonight. The 9 and 1 Tornadoes beat Triad last week to advance.

 

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-7-14

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

Keisha Anderson, 26, of Stonington was arrested on November 6 for criminal trespassing to land.

Derrick Kahl, 34, of Mt. Auburn, was arrested on November 6 for canceled/revoked/suspended registration.

Aaron Lweis, 30, of Nokomis, was arrested on an original arrest warrant for speeding.

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Arrests Reported

Wednesday (11-05) evening around 6:30, Taylorville Police were called to the Hannon Trailer Court on reports of a disturbance. After a quick investigation,  Kim E. Miller of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

 

Also Wednesday, Taylorville officers stopped a driver on an unspecified Illinois Vehicle Code violation.  Steven R. Waters was reportedly arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana. 

 

30 year-old Jacob Kirchoff was reportedly arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for manufacturing or delivering cannabis. 

 

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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and a local hospital is making the effort to get the word out. RN Regina Calvert, Chief Nurse Executive at Shelby Memorial Hospital says the diabetes statistics are alarming:

 

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Exercise and proper diet can help most people avoid the diseasse.

 

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Taylorville Playoff Scores 11/7/2014

As heard on WTIM 96.3 FM and 870 AM, Taylorville defeated Highland with a score of 36 to 15.

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Are Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-6-14

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

Jacob Kirchhoff, 30, of Taylorville were arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for manufacturing/delivering cannabis.

ACCIDENT: 

Kala Farley, 22, of Springfield was traveling west on Illinois Route 104 at 75 ease, a deer entered the roadway from the north. Farley collided with the deer in the road. Farley's passengers were Anthony Delgado, 27, of Springfield and Corah Delgado, 2, of Springfield. 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 5, at 6:25 pm, officers dispatched to 30 Hannon in reference to a disorderly make. Subsequent to investigation, Kim E. Miller of Taylroville was arrested for disorderly conduct.

On November 5, officers witnessed a vehicle make an IVC violation. Subsequent to investigation, Steven R. Waters was arrested for possession of cannabis < 2.5 grams.

On October 30, at 10:47 am, it was reported sometime between October 27 and October 28, a male subjectr took several sodas out of machine without paying for them. The subject attempted to gain entry into the coin changer which caused damage to the machine. Matter is under investigation.

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Fire Department Calls 11-5-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING THE CALLS:

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Authorities ID Crash Victims; Memorial Funds Established

Authorities have released the names of two Harvel teenagers killed in an accident near Raymond Wednesday afternoon. 

19 year-old Jeffrey Masters and 16 year-old Samantha DeLeslie were identified as victims in the collision which left another teen seriously injured. 

Panhandle School District canceled classes yesterday after the Wednesday afternoon head on crash on Route 48.  The injured teen driver has still not been identified. 

A memorial fund has been established.

Donations into their Memorial Fund can be made at any Bank and Trust location in Raymond, Farmersville, Carlinville, Litchfield, Chatham or Rochester, or mailed to the Bank and Trust office in Raymond.

 

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Investing Myths

There are many persistent myths in the investment business, according to Investment Professional Steve Henry of CSH Investment in Taylorville:

 

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Henry says the myth of “diversification” is one of the most common. CSH Investment management is at 926 W. Spresser in Taylorville.

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Area Police Make Drug Busts

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

Monday (11-03), deputies reportedly arrested 21 year-old Aaron Steele of Riverton on a bond forfeiture warrant. The original charge was possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a class two felony.

A Decatur man, 47 year-old Ryan Kauzlarich was reportedly arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for methamphetamine manufacturing,  a class one felony. 

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Crunching The Election Numbers

In Tuesday's elections, the local vote supported the winners, with a few exceptions.

Hometown favorite Rodney Davis exceeded his statewide percentages, getting 76% of the Christian County vote in his race for the 13th Congessional district against Ann Callis. Davis scored victories in Shelby and Montgomery Counties as well. Davis won district wide 59 to 41%.

Although he defeated challenger Linda Little for the 48th State Senate race, incumbent Andy Manar did not win the Christian County vote. Linda Little scored 52% in the county, compared to Manar's 48%. Manar also fell short in Montgomery County by just 39 votes.

The local vote for governor reflected the state wide results. In Christian County, winner Bruce Rauner notched 65% of the vote, while Pat Quinn picked up only 28%. In Shelby County, Rauner won by an even bigger margin, 71 to 21%. In Montgomery County, the split favored Rauner 60 to 32%. State wide Rauner won 51 to 46% over the incumbent Quinn.

 

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McMillan Landscaping To Open Christmas Shop

Here's a store to include on your list of places to shop this holiday season: McMillan Landscaping. Owner Seth McMillan says their recent move to a roomier location has allowed them to offer a Christmas gift shop this year:

 

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Seth's wife, Melissa McMillan says they will have a variety of gifts to offer:

 

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The Christmas gift shop will open after Thanksgiving.

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Festival Of Lights Kicks Off This Month

One sure sign that the holidays are approaching is the opening of the Festival of Lights at Forest Park in Shelbyville. Coordinator Bill Bly tells Regional Radio about this year's opening:

 

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There is no charge to drive through the Festival of Lights, but donations are accepted. Again, the event kicks off November 21st with the soup supper at 5:00 pm. The lights stay on every night through December 27th.

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More Deer Accidents

Area police report two more deer-car accidents that took place in recent weeks.

A Springfield man was driving on an unspecified Christian County road on October 27th when a deer appeared in his path. 25 year-old Wayne J. Sowers told police he couldn't avoid striking the animal. 

On October 24th, 43 year-old Kenneth Ernst of Morrisonville was headed north on County Highway 1 when a deer ran into the road. His vehicle was damaged in the resultant crash.

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Taylorville Man Accused In Hit And Run

A Taylorville man faces several charges after his arrest Sunday.  

Around 4:30 pm, Taylorville Police were reportedly called to the intersection of Silver and Elm Streets on reports of a hit and run. Officers found the suspect a short distance away. After an investigation, Gasper C. Ixcotoyac was arrested on several charges, including DUI, no license or insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident. 

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Police Agencies Report Domestic Battery Arrests

Area police are reporting several domestic battery arrests.

A Pana man faces several charges after cops got a domestic battery call Saturday.  34 year-old Jeremy Stark was arrested on charges of domestic battery,  possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphenalia. 

39 year-old David Pettijohn of Palmer was arrested Sunday on a domestic battery charge.

An Assumption man was arrested Sunday (11-02). 24 year-old Michael Stalnaker faces a domestic battery charge.

 

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Karmeier's Campaign Claims Victory

 width=The campaign office of Illinois Supreme Court Judge Lloyd Karmeier released a statement this (Wednesday) afternoon, saying that unofficial retention numbers have come in and the judge has been retained for Illinois' 5th Judicial Circuit.

Karmeier's campaign says that the numbers are close, but they say the 60-percent threshold has been achieved and they're cautiously optimistic that the numbers may continued to edge up.

Karmeier's retention campaign was the target of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign by trial lawyers to derail his continued service on the high court. Karmeier's campaign claims the trial lawyers have several cases coming before the high court, and didn't want the Republic judge on the court to hear them.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-5-14

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

Aaron Steele, 21, or Riverton, was arrested on November 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing material. Class II felony.

Ryan Kauzlarich, 47, of Decatur, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for methamphetamine manufacturing. Class I felony.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 3, at approximately 12:26pm, the Taylorville Police Department was notified of a retail theft from Walmart. Loss Prevention reported a female failed to pay for a leaf blower and left the store, got into a blue colored Chevrolet and the area. They were able to get the license number on the vehicle. After a brief investigation, the officer was able to locate the suspect. She was identified as Amber Brown of Taylorville. She was arrested, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

On October 31, at approximately 3:46 pm, officers were dispatched to an accident in the 500 block of North Webster. Officers spoke with both drivers, Tiffany Fassero of Tovey and Eric Christians of Taylorville. Both said that there was traffic backed up and Christians was slowing for traffic. While Christians was stopping, Fassero tried to stop abruptly stop and rear ended Christians. Eric Christians was towed due to the crash and Tiffany Fassero was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Both Fassero and Christians refused medical treatment.

On November 4, William G. Ford, of Taylorville, was in a parking stall facing east. Ford went into the roadway and did a turn pulling out in front of Robert Stewart of Taylorville. Stewart said Ford pulled out in front of him and he could not stop in time and struck Ford in the rear end. Ford said he thought he hit a curb and left the scene of the accident. Ford was issued a citation for improper u-turn.

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City Council Contributes To CEO Program

The Taylorville City Council voted recently to contribute $1,000 a year for the next 3 years to the Christian County CEO Program. It's am outstanding program, according to Mayor Greg Brotherton:

 

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It has proven to be a huge success in the city where it started. The program is believed responsible for the formation of 60 businesses in Effingham, a town very similar in size to Taylorville.

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Taylorville Cops Make Domestic Battery Arrest

Taylorville Police made an arrest Saturday. According to reports, officers were called to the 700 block of North Powers Street on reports of a fight in progress. After a quick investigation, a male juvenile was arrested on a charge of domestic battery. He was processed at the Tayorville Police Department. 

 

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Anwar Shrine Circus To Visit

The recent elections may have seemed like a three ring circus, but now a real circus is coming to Central Illinois.

The Ansar Shrine is once again bringing the Royal Hanneford Circus to Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center. One of America's largest traveling circuses, the family-friendly Royal Hanneford features elephants, aerial acts, jugglers and daredevils. The Ansar Shrine Clowns will also be on hand to "help out".

The fun starts with a 7:00 show Friday night.  There'll be three performances Saturday and two Sunday. Tickets are available at dozens of Springfield businesses and at the Prairie Capital Convention Center box office.

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Judgeship Election Results Finally Announced; Karmeier Retained; Siemer Wins

Illinois Supreme Court 5th Circuit Judge Lloyd Karmeier was retained by voters in Tuesday's election.  Final numbers show that Karmeier received 60-point-7 percent; he needed 60 percent to be retained.

And, results are finally available in the 4th Judicial Circuit Judge race between Democrat Ericka Sanders of Salem, and Republican Martin Siemer of Effingham.

Siemer topped Sanders across the circuit, with just under 42-thousand votes, to Sanders' over 33-thousand votes.

The 4th Judicial Circuit extends from Christian and Shelby Counties, south into Southern Illinois.

Siemer will replace retiring judge Sherri Tungate.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Monthly Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about ongoing Kiwanis projects for children and youth, at their monthly business meeting held during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kiwanis Priority One chairperson Harriett Morrissey reported that almost 100 Head Start and kindergarten students from the Taylorville school district, received coats, hats and mittens in the club' recent “Coats for Kids” effort at the Wal-Mart Super Center. The local Kiwanis Club invested over 38-hundred dollars in winter apparel for children, with those dollars being raised from the community in various Kiwanis fund-raisers thru-out the year.

Kiwanis Park chairperson Jerry Woodard reported that plans are in the works next year, for re-paving the nearly 20-year pavilion floor, as well as building 2 smaller pavilions, and re-doing fencing around the park. Fund-raising dollars will be used for this project as well.

Several Taylorville Kiwanis members were honored for perfect attendance. John McClure was honored for one year, Chris Weittenhiller for 2 years, Larry Kemner for 3 years, Diane Beatty for 7 years, and Dick Wamsley for 24 years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis meeting.

And, the club inducted their newest member at the Tuesday meeting. Michael Evanchak is the new minister at Taylorville Presbyterian Church. His sponsor was John McClure.

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

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-4-14

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 1, officers were dispatched to 713 North Powers to a fight in progress. Subsequent to officers arrival, a male juvenile was placed under arrest for domestic battery and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.

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Fire Department Calls 11-4-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

 

11/1/14 6 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

11/2/14 2 EMS

 

11/3/14 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist

 

11/4/14 2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

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Unofficial Election Results

ELECTION RESULTS

NOVEMBER 4, 2014

 

STATEWIDE RACES:

 

U.S. SENATE: (with 99.5% precincts reporting)

Dick Durbin (D)    53.1%

Jim Oberweis (R)  43.1%

 

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: ( 100% precincts reporting)

Ann Callis (D)          41%

Rodney Davis (R)     59%

 

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR'S RACE: (99.5% precincts reporting)

Pat Quinn (D)         46%

Bruce Rauner (R)    51%

(Politico.com called Rauner the winner at 10:30pm Tuesday night.)

 

48TH ILLINOIS STATE SENATE DISTRICT: (100% precincts reporting)

Andy Manar (D)    52%

Linda Little (R)      48%

 

96TH ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT: (100% precincts reporting)

Sue Scherer (D)    55%

Mike Bell (R)         45%

 

JUDGESHIPS: 

Karmeier Retention - Needs 60 Percent: (100 percent reporting)
YES 227,409 60.7%
NO 147,363 39.3%

 

4th Judicial Circuit:

Ericka Sanders (D): 33,666
Martin W. Siemer (R): 41,689
  

 

CHRISTIAN COUNTY:

 

COUNTY CLERK: (100% precincts reporting)

Laurie Mense (D)       6,047

Becky Edwards (R)     5,378

 

COUNTY TREASURER: (100% precincts reporting)

Dick Adams (D)          4,438

Betty Asmussen (R)    7,065

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 1 (2 to be elected):

Ben Curtin (D) 1557

Dave Reed (D) 1190

Ashley Linton (R) 1741

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 2 (2 to be elected):

Chad Michel (D) 1540

Monica A. Spinner-Monts (D) 1216

Donna M. Hibbetts (R) 1684

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 4 (2 to be elected):

Paul C. Schmitz (D) 1566

Joseph N. Marley (D) 972

Matthew Wells (R) 1685

 

REFERENDUMS:

KING TOWNSHIP TAX:

Yes 147

No 32

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY:

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 7: (100% precincts reporting)

Tim Cyr (D)              216

Donald Strohl (R)      565 

 

REFERENDUMS:

 

Shall Village of Cowden sell alcohol? (100% precincts reporting)

Yes    79

No     74

 

Shall Stewardson Fire and Ambulance District trustees be elected instead of appointed? (100% precincts reporting)

Yes     238

No      296

 

Shall Findlay Fire Protection District tax rate be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the consumer price index over the prior year;  TO 29.5% for 2014? (100% precincts reporting)

Yes    202

No     210

 

Shall Richland Township have a special tax for road purposes? (100% precincts reporting)

Yes   263

No     96

 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 2: (100% precincts reporting)

Keith E. Hancock (D)       328

Joseph V. Gasparich (R)   918

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 3 (2 to be elected): (100% precincts reporting)

George L. Blankenship (D)     491

Jay L. Martin (R)                   635

Evan Young (R)                    758

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 5: (100% precincts reporting)

Sharon Kuchar (D)        376

William D. Bergen (R)    613

 

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 6 (2 to be elected): (100% precincts reporting)

Ronald E. Deabenderfer (D)   605

Davis Ronen (D)                   529

Tim Hopper (R)                    769

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY REFERENDUM:

 

Shall North Mac School District board members be elected at large instead of by district? (100% precincts reporting)

Yes       4

No       11

(Please note the majority of this school district is in Macoupin County.)

 

 

 

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 11-3-14

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

Stephanie Weaver, 41, of Kincaid was arrested on November 2 for criminal trespassing to a building.

Michael Stalnaker, 24, of Assumption was arrested on November 2 for domestic battery.

Mark Villella, 53, of Shelbyville was arrested on October 31 for DUI.

Johnny Katcher, 28, of Jeiseyville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear and DUI.

David Pettijohn, 39, of Palmer, was arrested on November 2 for domestic battery.

Jeremy Stark, 34, of Pana, was arrested on November 1 for domestic battery, possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On October 31st, Richard D. Ganther, 34, of Morrisonville, was stopped at the stop sign on Perrine Street at the intersection of West North. Ganther was traveling south. Cameron L. Harmon, of Morrisonville was traveling south and was behind Ganther. Harmon went to stop and hit the gas by accident and then hit the brakes. Harmon ran into the rear of Ganther.

On October 24th, Kenneth Ernst 43, of Nokomis was traveling north on County Highway #1. A deer ran into the roadway and Ernst hit the deer causing damage to the vehicle.

On October 27th, Wayne J. Sowers, 25, of Springfield, was east bound and a deer appreared in the roadway from the south. Sowers was unable to avoid contact with the standing deer.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REOPRTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On October 31st, Billy Brown of Taylorville was arrested on a warrant.

On November 2, a male juvenile was arrested on a warrant.

On November 1, at 4:12 pm, a Taylorville Police Officer was ion patrol in the 200 block of East Palmer, when he observed a male juvenile that he knew was wanted on a Christian County warrant. Contact was made with the male juvenile and had dispatch confirm the warrant through LEADS. The juvenile was placed under arrest and transported to post.

On November 1, at approximately 4:32 pm, officers were dispatched to Silver and Elm for a traffic crash. Dispatch advised a hispanic male had fled the scene. The male was located at Park and Silver. Subsequent to investigation, Gasper C. Ixcotoyac of Taylorville was arrested for DUI, reckless driving, no valid drivers license, operation an uninsured vehicle, failure to report an accident to police and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

On October 31st, at 9:04 am, Taylorville Police responded to a complaint of battery at Taylorville High School. A female juvenile was arrested for battery . She was processed and released to her mother.

On October 31st, officers witnessed a vehicle make an IVC violation. Subsequent to investigation. Erica L. Wessling, was arrested for driving while license were suspended.

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Missing Juvenile Found

Tayloville Police tracked down a missing juvenile last Wednesday (10-29).

Officers were alerted to the missing teen when he reportedly failed to come home after a court date. He was found near the intersection of Cherokee and Main Cross. After an investigation which included a discussion with the boy's parents, he was arrested on residential burglary charges. After processing at the Tayorville Police Department, he was transferred to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center. 

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Cops Recover Stolen Truck

Taylorville Police collared an apparent truck thief on October 25th. 

According to a report issued Friday (10-25), it was just after 11:30 pm when officers initiated a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle. As the truck slowed down near the intersection of Main Cross and Shumway, the three young male occupants reportedly bailed out and ran.

Police were able to nab one of the suspects, a male juvenile. He faces several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle. He was processed and released to his parents. 

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Mense Runs For County Clerk

A Taylorville woman is asking for your vote in Tuesday's elections. Laurie Mense is running for Christian County Clerk:

 

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Mense, a Democrat, faces Republican Becky Edwards in the election.

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It's Election Day!

It's general election day today (Tuesday), with several major races.

Incumbent U-S Senator Dick Durbin is being challenged again by Republican Jim Oberweis. Democrat Ann Callis is taking on incumbent Republican first-term Congressman Rodney Davis, and in the Illinois Governor's Race, incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn is facing off against Republican Bruce Rauner.

There are several Illinois State Senate and State Representative races, including incumbent Democratic State Senator Andy Manar going against newcomer Republican Linda Little, and incumbent Democratic State Representative Sue Scherer being challenged by Republican newcover Mike Bell.

Judge seats on the ballot include whether or not to retain Lloyd Karmier for the State Supreme Court seat from the 5th Judicial District, and a race to fill the 4th Judicial Circuit seat pitting Democrat Ericka Sanders of Salem against Republican Martin Siemer of Effingham.

In Christian County, incumbent county clerk Linda Curtin is retiring. Long-time assistant Laurie Mense is running as a Democrat against Republican Becky Edwards.

And in the treasurer's race, incumbent Democrat Dick Adams who filled the unexpired term of Mike Drea, is running against Republican Betty Asmussen.

In Shelby County, contested races include Republican Donald Strohl running against Democrat Tim Cyr in County Board District 7, and there are also several referendums on the ballot in various parts of Shelby County.

In Montgomery County, County Board District 2, Republican Joseph V. Gasparich is running against Democrat Keith E. Hancock. In District 3, 2 are to be elected with 3 running—Republicans Jay L. Martin and Evan Young, as well as Democrat George L. Blankenship. In District 5, Republican William D. Bergen is running against Democrat Sharon Kuchar, and in Montgomery County Board District 6, 3 are running for 2 seats—Democrats Ronald E. Deabenderfer and David Ronen, and Republican Tim Hopper. A proposition in the North Mac School District for board members to be elected at large instead of by district, is also on the Montgomery County ballot.

You're urged to get out to the polls today, as the polls are open til 7 tonight.
Then hear you vote count as Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3 FM will provide live coverage of Congressional, State, and Local Races for Christian, Shelby, and Montgomery counties, starting at 8 o'clock tonight.
You can also see the latest returns of contested races at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Taylorville City Council Act On Several Items Monday Night

 width=The Taylorville City Council made quick work of several motions from various committees, at their Monday night meeting at City Hall.

Aldermen heard a recommendation from Bill Harryman of the Taylorville Planning Commission, asking the Council to allow a request from Steve Henry, owner of CSH Investment Management, to build a parking lot and fence for his H-and-R Block employees, on property he recently bought and improved.

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Aldermen voted unanimously to allow the special use permit.

Taylorville City Council members Monday night OK'd an intergovernmental agreement with the Taylorville Park District, then they heard a request from the Taylorville Street and Water Superintendents, to purchase a 2007 hydraulic backhoe at a cost of just over 100-thousand dollars, to replace a 1973 model and also avoid some 4-thousand dollars per month of lease fees on the 2007 model. The purchase request did not go thru the committee process, which prompted a host of questions from aldermen asking why the requested purchase didn't go thru the committee process first. In the end, aldermen voted 4 to 4, and since there had to be at least 6 votes to waive the bidding process, the motion to buy the backhoe failed.

Aldermen at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night acted on a number of motions. The Council instructed city attorney Rocci Romano to prepare an ordinance to place a stop sign on North Abby Street southbound, at West Elm in the Hathaway Homes Subdivision; they OK'd the 2015 Motor Fuel Tax funds for road maintenance totalling some 400-thousand dollars; they OK'd the purchase of a cover for the Street Department Salt Shed costing some eleven-thousand dollars; and allowed the lining of 26 feet of storm sewer at 2nd and Washington Streets costing some 12-thousand 800-dollars.

Taylorville Aldermen Monday night decided to change their phone provider. The city is signing a 5-year lease with Computer Techniques, Incorporated, to provide city offices V-O-I-P phone service with payments of some 12-hundred dollars a month. The Council also approved some 100-thousand dollars worth of work on a storm sewer in the former Industrial Park on Central Avenue to alleviate flooding in that area. They also OK'd advertising to hire a replacement heavy equipment operator at Lake Taylorville.
Aldermen also heard a complaint from a resident about sanitary sewer gas odor in the Esther Street area; while Council members were empathetic with the resident, they said that the Taylorville Sanitary District is the governmental body that has jurisdiction over the matter.

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Taylorville Cops Again Sponsoring "Kids, Cops and Christmas" Program

 width=The Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protective Association are accepting names for their annual Kids, Cops, and Christmas program. The P-B-P-A program has assisted hundreds of children in Christian County over the years to enjoy a brighter Christmas.

The program, which is funded through public donations, allows police officers to interact with the public and children in a positive manner. The P-B-P-A appreciates all the assistance received over the years in making the event successful, and would also like to thank the Taylorville Explorers for their help last year in putting the program together.

Names will be accepted now thru November 30th. If anyone has any questions regarding program, contact the Taylorville Police Department (217)-824-2211.

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LLCC Foundation Endowment Campaign at 60% of Goal

 width=Lincoln Land Community College's "Grow Beyond" fund raising campaign is going well according to the executive director of the Foundation Karen Sanders. Sanders spoke to Regional Radio News after this week's Taylorville Advisory Committee meeting.


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For more information on Lincoln Land's "Grow Beyond" endowment fund raising campaign, contact Sanders at 786-2785.

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Pawnee Football Playoff 10/31/2014

As heard on WRAN Groovy, Pawnee fell to Northgreen with a score of 27 to 16. 

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EIU Victory

EIU defeated Tennessee Tec by a final score of 41 to 10, as heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.

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Football Playoff Games 11/1/2014

As heard on WTIM, 870 A.M. and 96.3 F.M., Tuscola defeated Shelbyville with a score of 28 to 19.

As heard on New Country 104.1 Lawrenceville defeated Nokomis with a score of 32 to 0.

As heard on WRAN Groovy 97.3 Taylorville defeated Triad by a final Score of 21 to 14.

All the games were streamed online at Tyalorvilledaillynews.com

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