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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-31-14

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

Stacey Berner, 34, of Ramsey, was arrested on December 30th on an original arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Jessie Lacy, 46, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 30th for driving with a revoked/suspended license. Second offense.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On December 29th, at 5:30 p.m., Denise E. Allen, 57, of Nokomis, was south bound on County Highway #1 approximately one-half mile north of the county line, and a deer ran into the path of Allen. He struck the deer causing damage to his 2011 Hyundai Sonata. No injuries were reported. Allen was able to drive his vehicle away from the scene.

On December 29th at 10:46 p.m., Timothy B. Seats, of Decatur, was traveling on Illinois Route 29 at approximately 518 Illinois Route 29 and went off the roadway. He traveled approximately 375 feet in the ditch and came back onto the roadway. He overturned and slid on the roadway approximately 315 feet. His 2000 Pontiac Sunfire came to rest on its top facing north on the roadway in the south bound lane. Seats was taken to Pana Community Hospital for minor injuries. Deputies and the Pana Fire Department personnel stated they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The Christian County Sheriff's Office is pursuing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol for the driver, Timothy B. Seats.

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Chamber Assembles Calendar

If you are planning an event next year, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce wants to know about it. They are putting together the 2015 Event Calendar, and would like to add your information to it.

 

The purpose of the calendar is to give you a central location to find dates for upcoming events so you can plan your own schedule without conflicting with other events.

 

Stop by the Chamber on the South side of the Taylorville Square, or call 824-4919 if you have questions. The forms can be emailed to taylorvillechamber@gmail.com.

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Cops Watching For Impaired Drivers

This holiday season, police agencies across the country have teamed up to fight against drunk driving. Illinois State police Information Officer Emmanuel Edwards tells Regional Radio impaired driving is just not worth the risk:

 

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Trooper Edwards says there are several ways to avoid impaired driving, such as picking a designated driver, using public transportation or even just staying home.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-30-14

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

Nathan Moore, 36, of Pana, was arrested on December 29th for obtaining card to defraud.

Robyn Cloe, 35, of Pana, was arrested on December 29th for obtaining card to defraud.

Shannon Wessing, 35, of Springfield, was arrested on December 29th for retail theft.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

John R. Cooper, 62, of Taylorville was arrested on December 18th for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

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Accident Injures Two

A driver allegedly ran a yield sign Friday (12-26), causing an accident that sent two Pana residents to the hospital. According to police reports, a 16 year-old driver ran the yield sign at the intersection of Maple and 6th Streets in Pana, crashing into a car driven by 25 year-old Kyle J. Gill. The 16 year-old and a passenger in Gill's car were reportedly sent to Pana Community Hospital with unspecified injuries. The teenager was apparently ticketed for failure to yield.

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Central Illinois Gas Prices Lowest In Years

Gas prices have continued to plunge, with prices in Central Illinois lower than they have been in years. Prices in Taylorville today are under $2.00 a gallon. According to the website Gasbuddy.com, gasoline is 60 cents cheaper today than it was a month ago, and $1.11 cheaper than it was just a year ago.

 

Gas prices in Michigan have dropped the most, down $1.85 since June 28th.

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Provide Snacks For Guests: Fikri

If you're having a party tonight, you should provide snacks for your guests, as drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council says there is no reason not to provide reasonably healthy snacks:

 

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For more ideas, check stldairycouncil.org.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Vandalia by a final score or 60 to 53.

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WRAN, WEZC to air All-Night New Year's Party December 31

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Miller Media Group radio stations WRAN groovy 97.3 in Taylorville and WEZC “Your EASY Choice!” 95.9 FM in Clinton, will simulcast the annual All-Night New Year’s Party, from 11pm New Year’s Eve, until 5:00am New Year’s Day.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller will emcee the show, which will feature request and dedications of easy and top 40 hits from the 50’s thru the 80’s. The show will also feature listener contests and give-aways.

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The show will also feature messages asking listeners to “Don’t Drink and Drive” over the New Year’s holiday.

Miller began doing a New Year’s Show on his stations since the late 1980’s.

The phone number to call in requests or to participate in contests during the show will be toll-free 1-866-500-9726.

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6th Street Market, Big Plans for Small

The 6th Street Market, the new grocery store in Morrisonville, is prepared to be a major part of the community when it opens tentatively in the middle of January. The Langen's, Larry and Susan, along with brother John, are bringing a grocery store back to Morrisonville after a 2 year absence. That feat, in itself, is seldom seen in small communities these days. But it doesn't stop with being a grocery store. The Langen's, along with store manager Diane Kane, have plans to make the store a full service business for the communities they will serve. Some of the services planned for the 6th Street Market include, home delivery, small event catering, daily breakfasts and lunches and a gathering place for small meetings as well as a safe place for kids between school and after school events.

 

The store will be a full line store carrying perishables, non-perishables, produce and highlighting a fresh cut meat department where Todd Bailey will custom cut meat to your specifications as well as offering meat bundles. The store is progressing quickly towards completion and the owners are proud to have used local labor for most of the work done. They plan to employ 10 to 20 people once they are fully operational.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/29/14

In high school basketball Monday afternoon as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Rantoul defeated Taylorville by a final score of 54 to 37.

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City Sets Severe Weather Policy

At it's last meeting, the Taylorville City Council set a severe weather policy. Mayor Greg Brotherton says there are several reasons for this:

 

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The City Council's next meeting won't be until next year.

 

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Sheriff: Synthetic Drugs Remain A Problem

Even though we don't hear as much about it as we did a year or two ago, synthetic drugs are still a problem, according to Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp:

 

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While some of the synthetics have been outlawed, a slight change in the formula can act as a loophole for those possessing it.

 

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DUI Also Applies To Pot Smokers

With more and more people trying marijuana, the problem of people driving under its influence has become worse. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio news it's a myth that it's not as dangerous as drunk driving:

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It's not as easy for cops to detect drug use as it is for booze consumption.

 

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Davis Hire More Heroes Still Pending

When the new U.S. Congress is sworn in next month, one of the first things addressed will be the Hire More Heroes Act. The legislation is the brainchild of Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville, who got the idea from a constituent. Davis says the intention of the measure is to encourage employers to hire veterans:

 

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The legislation, H.R. 3474, was first introduced by Congressman Davis in November of 2013.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-29-14

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

Jonathan Hrabak, 25, of Herrick, was arrested on December 28th on a bond forfeiture warrant for issuance of warrant.

Wesley Rogers, 30, of Decatur, was arrested on December 27th for driving wih a suspended/revoked license, DUI of alcohol.

Alexander Shanks, 21, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 26th for aggravated battery.

  

ACCIDENTS:

On December 28th, Damon L. Fronabarger, 43, of Taylroville, was traveling south on 800 East Road at approximately 2560 North. Fronabarger said an animal ran in front of his vehicle. He tried to avoid it, but went off the roadway to the wast and hit the embankment with the left side of his 2011 Dodge Avenger. Fronabarger had damage to the front, left bumper of the vehicle.

On December 26th, Phillip S. Huston, 39, of Nokomis, was traveling south on County Highway #1 at approximately 800 North, and a deer came into the roadway. Huston hit the deer causing damage to the front, right bumper and the rear bed panel. He did not need towed from the scene.

On December 19th, Larry J. Robinson, 31, of Auburn, was traveling south on County Highway #1 at about 1780 North. Robinson said he got over for a north bound vehicle that was crowding his lane. This caused him to loose control. He over corrected and crossed the north bound land and into the east ditch. Robinson overturned and came to rest on the rood in the plowed field. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 23rd at 12:28 p.m., Teresa Tottleben (Clerk at Family Dollar), advised there were two make subjects that had entered the store. Tottleben said one of them took a two dollar package of batteries and left without paying. The make was described as black, wearing a black jacket and red shirt. She said the male had a bruise on his face. At approximately 2:00 p.m., Sgt. Mills was advised of a retail theft that occurred at Family Dollar. Sgt. Mills observed the video of the suspect and recognized him as being from Taylorville. The juvenile was later located, placed under arrest, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released to his mother.

On December 18, officers received a phone call about a reckless driver heading west bound into town on Park Street. Officers made contact with the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Subsequent to investigation the driver, John R. Cooper, of Taylorville, was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a Notice to Appear.

On December 25th at 6:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to 1608 West Spresser in reference to a domestic disturbance. During the course of the investigation, Phillip Osgood was located hiding in the garage. Dispatch ran Osgood through L.E.A.D.S. which determined he was wanted on an Effingham County warrant. Osgood was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On December 26th at 2:38 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a IVC violation. Subsequent to the stop, Jack A.P. Fulk of Stonington, and Jacob M. Smothers, of Taylorville, were arrested for illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.

 

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Fire Department Calls 12-29-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRES DEPARTMENT REPROTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

December 22:  4 EMS

December 23:  1 EMS

December 24:  2 Public Assists

December 25:  1 fire at 21 Elm Tree Ct. - smoke from a stove, 3 EMS

December 26:  2 Public Assists, 4 EMS

December 27:  2 EMS, 1 fire at 630 North Webster – smoke from a stove

December 28:  3 EMS, 1 fire 200 S. Walnut – light balance

December 29:  2 EMS, 1 gas leak at 38 Illini Drive

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard pm WSVZ MEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated South Central by a final score of 65 to 56.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/29/14

As heard on Newstalk WTMI 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated Danville by a final score of 55 to 53.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/29/14

In high school basketball Monday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Galesburg defeated Taylorville by a final score of 69 to 57.

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Words Matter Says Congressman

Poorly chosen words can lead to violence. That's the opinion of many Americans, including Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville. Davis says comments from some officials added to an atmosphere of hatred towards cops:

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Last weekend, two New York City Officers were shot to death by a deranged individual.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Altamont defeared Shelbyville by a final score of 62 to 55.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/27/14

In high school basketball Saturday afternoon as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Dunlap by a final score of 60 to 56.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Greenville defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 64 to 38.

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Taylorville boys basketball scores 12/27/14

In high school basketball Saturday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mt. Zion by a final score of 66 to 56.

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Taylorville City Elections Sees One Race in April

Taylorville City Elections will see one race from the 4 wards in April.


In ward one, incumbent Ray Koonce will be challenged by former city superintendent Clarence “Rocky” Moore. A lottery will take place on December 30th to determine who will be first on the ballot, as both apparently filed at the same time.


In the other 3 wards, incumbent aldermen are not being challenged. In ward 2, Martin Vota is running unopposed; in ward 3, Bruce Jones is unopposed and in Taylorville ward 4 Earl Walters is running without a challenger.


City elections in Illinois are scheduled for April 7th.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/26/14

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Paris defeated Taylorville by a final score of 63 to 54.

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TCCU Earns 5-Star Rating

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Bauer Financial, Incorporated of Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's credit union and bank rating firm, has announced that a Taylorville credit union has earned a 5-star rating.


Bauer says that the Taylorville Community Credit Union's 5-star rating makes the local institution one of the strongest in the nation, according to Bauer president Karen Dorway. Dorway adds that T-C-C-U has earned this 5-star rating for 78 consecutive quarters, and is among an elite group of what Bauer calls “exceptional performance credit unions” in the nation.


T-C-C-U celebrates 59 years in business in 2015, and has branches in Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Pana by a final score of 60 to 55.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/26/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Charleston by a final score of 61 to 31.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/26/14

In high school school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Rochester defeated Taylorville by a final score 65 to 64.

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Long-Time WTIM Host Announces Retirement

 width=The long-time voice of WTIM has decided to retire.


Matt McLemore has announced his retirement from the Miller Media Group radio stations on April 2nd of next year, which is his 25th anniversary with the stations.


McLemore came to WTIM in 1990 as news director of the station, then was promoted to morning announcer when the Miller Media Group bought the station in 1992.


McLemore has been instrumental in WTIM's growth over the past 25 years, and has logged thousands of hours on-the-air between the popular WTIM Morning Show, mornings also on WRAN since 2002, and a host of live broadcasts from all over Central Illinois.


Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller praised McLemore for his dedication to the community and to the stations over the past 25 years. A search has begun for his replacement.

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American Red Cross Responds to Atwood Home Fire

American Red Cross volunteers responded to a single family fire on the 300 block of North County Road in Atwood, Illinois, Thursday. After a home fire, Red Cross volunteers ensure that everyone affected has a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. We are currently assisting 2 adults.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of your local Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.

The American Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois Region has responded to more than 20 residential fires since the afternoon of Friday, December 12. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/prepare.

To make a financial donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can visit www.redcross.org, call (217) 787-7602 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 (to make a $10 donation).

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Jenner's Purchases Taylorville Case I-H Dealership

The Case-I-H farm equipment store in Taylorville, is now officially owned by Jenner's, Incorporated of Harristown. Jenner's C-E-O Steve Jones confirmed to Regional Radio News Wednesday, that the deal was completed on Tuesday.

Jones says that Jenner's made a few changes in staffing, but they retained most of the Taylorville personnel. There are 13 full-time employees, plus Jenner's brought in a couple of employees from their Harristown store.

The Harristown location sells Case I-H sprayers. The Taylorville store that Jenner's acquired, sells the full line of Case I-H farm equipment.

The Taylorville store had been owned by Tri-Co Equipment, whose owners were 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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Cuba Trade Possible

For the first time in over 50 years, U.S.-Cuba relations are showing signs of improvement because of recent executive actions on the part of President Barack Obama. U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis tells Regional Radio he likes the idea of increased trade, but he's not fond of the way the president went about it:

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Illinois farmers hope to increase markets with the addition of Cuba Trade.

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House Will Once Again Pass Keystone: Davis

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis says he believes the new congress will pass the Keystone Pipeline legislation. Whether President Obama will sign it is an unknown:

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Taylorvlle Kiwanis Entertained at Christmas Luncheon

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Harmony, a ladies' singing group comprised of several local residents, provided the entertainment at the annual Christmas luncheon at the Taylorville Kiwanis Club Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


The ladies sang a number of Christmas carols and songs, and also asked the Kiwanis members to join in on several. Here's a little of what Harmony sounded like:


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The club will not have a meeting on December 30, and their January business meeting will be January 6th.


It was announced the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day fund-raiser will be held Saturday, January 31st from 6:30 to 11am at the Taylorville Moose Club. Proceeds from the benefit support local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.


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 12-23-14

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

Jason Barr, 41, of Pana, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for domestic battery.

 

ACCIDENT:

On December 21st at 9:50 a.m., Olivia J. McLaughlin, 18, of Taylorville, was traveling southeast on 1300 East Road. She dropped her billfold and reached down to pick it up off the floor board. McLaughlin went off the right side of the road and continued to travel southeast in the ditch. She struck a field entrance/culvert, went over the culvert and landed in trees while still facing southeast.

  

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 21st, Taylorville Police Officers made contact with Tilur Miller, of Taylorville, at Amity Food Mart. They knew Tilur Miller to have a valid Christian County warrant. He was arrested on a warrant and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On December 19th at 1:01 pm., Walmart called and reported they were detaining two female shoplifters. When the officers arrived, Cara Montgomery of Taylorville, and Sue McArdle-Falconer, of Taylorville, both were arrested for retail theft, and both were processes and released on a Notice to Appear.

 

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White Christmas Possible

Those wishing for a whiter Christmas may be in luck. The National Weather Service has included a chance of the white stuff in the forecast. Meteorologist Dan Hicks of Frieze Notice Weather says the system that brought rain yesterday has lifted out of the area, but the next system is on the way:

 

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You're advised to be prepared for difficult travel conditions.

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Sheriff: DUI Still A Big Problem

During the holidays, awareness of the problem of impaired driving is high. That doesn't mean it isn't still a big problem, according to Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp:

 

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During the holidays, police agencies all over the country have teamed up to focus on the problem.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-22-14

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

Tilar Miller, 21, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 21st on a bond forfeiture warrant for battery.

Devin Stockdale, 19, of Tovey, was arrested on December 19th for manufacturing/delivering cannabis 10-30 grams.

Nakiya Johnson, 21, of Decatur, was arrested on an original arrest warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Heather Marley, 26, of Pana, was arrested on December 21st for domestic battery.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On December 10th at 1:49 a.m., David A. Griffiths, 33, of Taylorville, was south bound on county road 900 East just south of the intersection 650 North. He hydroplaned on the water covered roadway, lost control entering the east ditch. He overturned his 2000 Ponyiac Coupe and came to rest facing north. No report of injury.

On December 19th at 7:10a.m., Jennifer L. Friend, 34, of Taylorville and Cody E. Thompson, 23, of Girard, were south bound on Illinois Route 48 approaching 1025 North Road. As he was making the turn, Friend was passing him. When he saw Friend at the last second he steered back to his right in an attempt to minimize the damage to Friend. Friend stated she saw Thompson and he was moving very slow. She saw the hazard lights on Thompson's vehicle, but did not see a turn signal. She them began to pass Thompson and he turned into her. Thr front driver's side corner of Thompson struck Friend in the passender side, just behind the passenger rear door. When the officer arrived on scene, Friend and Thompson had moved off to the side of the road. Thompson has four yellow/amber lights on the rear. Two of them are at the top and the other two are located next to the red tail/brake lights at the bottom. When the officer arrived, the two at the top were strobing like hazard lights and the bottom left amber turn signal was activated.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 17th, at 12:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to 519 E. Vine Street in reference to an intoxicated male. Alejandro M. Calan, of Taylorville, was found outside in the 500 block of East Vine street. He was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.

On December 18th at 5:46 p.m., Taylorville Police Officers were on patrol and observed a three vehicle accident at Webster and Spresser. Subsequent to investigation, Mary J. Hill, of Taylorville, was arrested for DUI and possession of cannabis.

On December 19th, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Devin R. Stockdale, of Kincaid, Subsequent to the traffic stop, Stockdale was placed under arrest for possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver.

 

ACCIDENT:

Steven J. Dewitt, of Taylorville, was traveling east on Springfiled Road when the vehicle in front, Holly Woods, of Morrisonville, stopped suddenly. Dewitt advised this caused him to stop suddenly and he was unable to stop before striking Woods in the rear. Dewitt had front -end damage and was given a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Wood advised she was traveling east on Springfield Road when the vehicle in front of her slowed down to make a right turn. Woods advised the vehicle then stopped suddenly causing her to stop. Woods said Dewitt could not stop and struck her vehicle in the rear. Woods received minor damage to her rear bumper.

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Deer Causes Accident

The number of deer-car accidents have tapered off in recent weeks but it can still happen, as a Taylorville woman recently discovered. The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports that 63 year-old Joan K. Basil was headed west on Route 104 just before 7:00am Thursday (12-18) when a deer darted into her path. She was able to avoid it, but struck a second deer with the front end of her 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

 

 

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Area Police Agencies Report Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of an Edinburg woman early Friday (12-19). 24 year-old Theresa Infuso of Edinburg faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs, and driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

 

The Taylorville Police Department reports an arrest earlier this month at the local Walmart. On December 8th, an officer spoke to a store employee regarding an alleged shoplifter. Breanne L. True of Taylorville was reportedly arrested and charged with retail theft. She was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

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Serious Accident On Route 48

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports an accident last week on Route 48 a couple of miles south of Stonington. 

 

According to reports, three different vehicles were headed south on 48 around 4:00 pm December 16th when the lead vehicle, driven by 62 year-old David A. Cox of Decatur, signaled a left turn. Because of the vehicle in the middle, the driver in back, 30 year-old Scott G. Tirpak Jr. of Kincaid, couldn't see the signal and attempted to pass. Tirpak's 2003 Mitsubishi reportedly struck Cox's vehicle on the front drivers side. Tirpak then reportedly lost control, overturning twice and coming to rest on the vehicle's roof.

 

The reports don't mention any injuries or citations.

 

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North Lanes Demolished

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North Lanes in Taylorville has been demolished.  The former bowling alley was purchased earlier this fall by the Taylorville Community Credit Union, who applied for and received a demolition permit from the city after the purchase of the property. 

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/20/14

In high school basketball Saturday night as heard on Newtalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Williamsville by a final score of 60 to 33.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-19-14

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

Theresa Infuso, 24, of Edinburg, was arrested on December 19th for DUI/drugs, and driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

ACCIDENTS:

Om December 18th at 6:50 a.m., Joan K. Basil, 63, of Taylorville, was west bound on Rt. 104 approximately 1.2 miles west of 900 East Road when two deer ran out into the roadway. Basil was able to avoid the first deer, but the second deer struck the front end of her 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

 

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/19/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Charleston by a final score of 55 to 51.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Arthur by a final score of 53 to 50.

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Superintendent: No Talk About Cuts Yet

While things are looking tough for the Taylorville Public School budgets, it's a little early to be worried about making program cuts. At least that's the position of Superintendent Greg Fursteneau, who says there'll be plenty of time for that if it becomes necessary:

 

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The fact that a new Governor and legislature will be sworn in next month brings more uncertainty about future budgets.

 

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Manar Says State Employees' Jobs Are Safe

The election of Bruce Rauner as Governor last month has inspired anxiety in state of Illinois employees. Rauner's campaign stressed smaller government and less spending. Democratic State Senator Andy Manar tells Regional Radio News he thinks their jobs are mostly safe:

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Schools To Close

Parents are reminded that Christmas break begins Friday for most area public schools. For most students, classes won't resume until January 5th or 6th. Taylorville,  Pana, Shelbyville and most other school districts will be closed. 

 

Many of the districts will also dismiss early Friday, especially high schools which may be going through final exams.

 

Drivers are reminded to be cautious, as kids may be out playing and possibly in the streets at all times of day during the two week vacation.

 

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TPD Reports Arrest

Taylorville Police say they arrested a wanted woman last week. According to reports, officers stopped a vehicle in the 2100 block of Grand Boulevard on December 13th. After a check with dispatch, the driver, Gabriel R. Greer, was arrested. She was reportedly wanted on two warrants out of Sangamon County and one from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Greer was taken to the Christian County Jail to await transport to Sangamon County. 

 

 

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Sheriff's Office Reports Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of 19 year-old Kane Passini of Kincaid Monday (12-15) on a charge of theft. 

 

48 year-old James Flanagan of Taylorville was reportedly arrested early Tuesday (12-16) on charges of DUI, obstructing justice and driving with a suspended or revoked license. 

 

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Never Too Early To Consider Retirement Options

As we come to the end of another year, many people may begin thinking about retirement. Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Office in Springfield, says it's never too early to explore your options:

 

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Myers says knowing more about your options can make a big difference in your retirement pocketbook.

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Henry Visits Nicaragua

Investment Professional Steve Henry recently visited Nicaraqua. Henry says it's a country with a great deal of potential:

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2014-12-18 10:05:33.043

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-18-14

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

On December 16th at 3:58 p.m., James G. Tirpak Jr., 30, of Kincaid, was traveling south west on Illinois Rt. 48 following David A. Cox, 62, of Decatur, and at least one other vehicle, that was being driven by witness Scott Beard. Cox activated his left turn signal and prepared to turn south onto 1700 east road. As witness Scott Beard applied his brakes, Tirpak bagan to pass him on the left. As Tirpak approached the front of Cox's vehicle, Cox began to turn. Tirpak stated he was unable to see Cox's turn signal due to the witnesses vehicle being positioned between the two. Tirpak's passenger side then collided with the front drivers side of Cox's vehicle. The collision caused Tirpak to lose control and he began to overturn. Tirpak overturned two and a half times and the 2003 Mitsubishi 4-door he was driving came to rest on it's top in the ditch.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 8th, a Taylorville Police Officer spoke to Walmart Loss Prevention in regards to a retail theft. The female subject, Breanne L. True, of Taylorville, was arrested. She was processed and released on a Notice to Appear.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On December 17th, a Taylorville Police Officer was dispatched to Webster in front of Jensen's for an accident with no injuries. Upon arrival, Margie V. Smith, of Taylorvile, and Toni F. Clark, of Taylorville, were still in the roadway. Clark said she was traveling north on Webster when Smith pulled out in front of her and she struck the vehicle. Smith said she was turning into KFC's parking lot when she was struck by Clark. Smith's 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix was towed due to the crash. Smith was issued a citation for failure to yield.

On December 16th, Chris L. Rexroad, of Taylorville, was entering into the left turn lane at the intersection at Shumway and Spresser when he decided to change lanes to make a right turn into Amiy Food Mart. Rexroad said he did not see Michele R. Hefley, of Nokomis, change lanes. Rexroad struck the drivers door, mirror and front quarter panel of Hefley's vehicle. Rexroad had damage to the passenger's quarter panel.

 

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Fire Department Calls 12-18-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

December 14:  4 EMS, 1 Fire

December 15:  3 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

December 16:  2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

December 17:  3 EMS

 

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores 12/18/14

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Tuscola by a final score of 65 to 30.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/18/14

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Effingham by a final score of 49 to 24.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-17-14

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

Brianna G. Casias, 16, of Pana, was traveling west on 330 North Road and hit standing water on the pavement and lost control. After regaining control, she applied the brakes and began to skid. She then left the brakes and re-applied them. She was unable to stop at the stop sign at 2500 East Rd. She then entered the intersection at 330 North Rd and 2500 East Rd. As she entered the intersection, Luke E. Epley, 47, of Pana, was north bound on 2500 East Rd. at approximately the same time and collided with Casias in the intersection. Epley did not have a stop sign. After the initial collision, the front end of Casias 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix slid to the north causing the drivers side of her vehicle to collide with the passenger side of Epley's 1998 Toyota Four Runner.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENT:

Sydney A. Koehne, 28, of traveling east on Route 48 near the intersection of Shumway Street. A deer ran into the roadway and collided with Koehne. The deer left the scene. Koehne was able to drive from the scene.

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

Kane Passini, 19, of Kincaid, was arrested on December 15th for theft.

James Flanagan, 48, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 16th for DUI, obstructing justice, driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On December 15th at 8:40 p.m., Jacob W. Lahr26, was traveling east on County Highway #20 at the intersection with county highway #5. Lahr approached the intersection too fast and could not stop. He traveled off the east side of the roadway and hit a wood post and electric fence.

On December 15th at 4:45 p.m., Beth M. Morrell, 35, of Pana, was traveling west bound on 250 north road at 2575 east, a deer entered the roadway from the south. Morrell struck the deer in the roadway.

  

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 13th, officers conducted a traffic stop in front of 2100 Grand Boulevard. The driver, Gabriel R. Greer status was checked and showed she had three active warrants. Two valid out of Sangamon County and one D.O.C. She was taken to the Christian County Correctional Center to await transportation to Sangamon County.

On December 11th at 6:06 p.m., Taylorville Police Department received a call on a reckless driver coming into town on Spresser Street. The traffic stop was made on Taft and Springfield. Kevin Rensman, of Rochester, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Taylorville School Superintendent Talks about Power of a Penny at Kiwanis Club Meeting

 width=Taylorville Community Unit Schools Superintendent Greg Fuerstenau, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Fuerstenau told Kiwanis members and guests, about how what he called “The Power of a Penny”, meaning the 1% sales tax referendum passed a few years ago by Christian County voters, has enhanced the learning atmosphere in the Taylorville School District.


Fuerstenau said over 12-million dollars worth of improvements are being made in Taylorville school buildings, including all buildings being air conditioned. The Taylorville Superintendent said that alone has improved the attitude of learning in district buildings this school year.


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Other projects being completed include a regulation size gymnasium at North School which will be shared with the Junior High School, and high school wrestling team; adding 4 new classrooms at North School; and replacement of the aging boiler system at Memorial School.


Fuerstenau added that many challenges face the Taylorville District, including declining birth rates leading to future decreased enrollment, as well as decreased state aid.


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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December Events At Taylorville Public Library

December is a busy month for the Taylorville Public Library. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles says they have a lot going on:

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2014-12-16 14:02:43.523

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Rosenthal: Topinka A Loss For Illinois

The sudden death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka last week was a scvhock to everyone. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says it still isn't known how her successor will be selected:

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2014-12-16 14:05:22.687

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Illegal Immigration To Be Addressed

Illegal immigration has been in the news a lot lately, after President Barack Obama took executive action on the issue. Many in Congress, including Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville, think it would be better for the legislature to address the problem:

 

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The president's actions are considered by illegal by many. Davis represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District.

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Family Dinner Thursday At Christmas In The Park

Christmas in the Park is underway at Manners Park in Taylorville. An event this week will bring families together for a special dinner. Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says the Family Dinner and Bingo takes place Thursday night:

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2014-12-16 14:09:15.097

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Moweaqua Woman Faces Theft Charge

Taylorville Police report the arrest of a mother with two small kids on theft charges.

 

According to reports,  cops were called to Walmart Saturday afternoon around 1:30. A store employee said the woman, Leadon Morris, tried to leave the self-service checkout without paying for over $67.00 worth of merchandise. 

 

A friend apparently picked up Morris' two small children.  She was taken to the Taylorville Police Department, where she was processed and released on a notice to appear. 

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Meth Arrests Reported

The Christian County Sheriff's Office is reporting a couple of warrant arrests on drug-related charges. 

 

25 year-old Alex Collingwood of Clarksdale was reportedly arrested Sunday (12-14) on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.  Bond was set at $50,000.

 

The Sheriff's Office also reports the arrest Sunday of 33 year-old Heather Meinart of Taylorville on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.  Her bond was reportedly set at $40,000.

 

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Man Seriously Injured In Assumption One-Vehicle Accident

An accident Sunday night (12-14) in Assumption sent a man to the hospital.

 

The Christian County Sheriff's Office says they were called out just before 10:00pm to the scene across from Freedom Oil and Gas. The deputy said it appeared that the vehicle had gone through a T-intersection, crashing into a concrete barrier and then into the corner of a building.

 

 The driver, 46 year-old Steven V. Turner II of Flora was trapped inside. The Assumption Fire Department was summoned. After extricating Turner from the vehicle, he was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. He was then transferred to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where is reportedly listed in serious condition.

 

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DUI Arrests

The Christian County Sheriff's Office is reporting a pair of recent booze-related arrests.

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2014-12-16 14:13:20.797

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County Board Approves Public Transportation Resolution With Christian County Senior Citizens Center

The Christian County Board met in the last session of the year and approved a long awaited resolution authorizing the Christian County Senior Citizens Center to submit an application for public transportation funds in Christian County, one of only 3 counties in the state without public transportation. The Senior Center advised that they presently operate 10 buses and that many seats are available on these buses. The advantages to the County include no start up monies and funds reimbursed directly to the County quarterly and then reimbursed by the County to the Senior Center. There was some discussion about the charges to passengers. It was pointed out that presently the busses are used under a program called 5310 that does not require passengers to pay, however passengers can pay a $2 fee if they choose. When the busses become public transportation, they will fall under the 5311 program which would require passengers to pay a minimal fee. The motion was approved with 1 no vote.

 

The Board also heard a report concerning the state of the financial software presently being used by the County Clerk and Treasurer's offices. Representatives from Zobrio, a financial software company, offered an upgrade or new system, stating the present system would no longer offer system updates in 18 months and support maintenance costs on the 20 year old system would increase by approximately 15%. It was decided to have the County Clerk and Treasurer develop their needs for a new or upgraded system and report back to the committee.

 

In other business the Board approved resolutions to appropriate funds in the amount of $750,000 for maintenance during FY2015, $60,000 for payment of social security and IMRF during FY2015 and $107,900 for payment of the salary and expenses of the County Engineer for FY2015. All funds were appropriated from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund. The Board also unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding with AFSCME to transfer a highway employee, his income and insurance from the highway department to the new position of Building and Grounds Maintainer for the Courthouse. It was also noted that no candidates passed the testing required for the vacant Supervisor of Assessment. The meeting was adjourned at 7:05.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M Defeated Cerro Gordo by a final score of 75 to 31.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As hear on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Mattoon defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 65 to 55.

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Area Arrests/Crashed/Incidents 12-15-14

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

Shelby Cook, 23, of Kincaid, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Influence.

Alex Collingwood, 25, of Clarksdale was arrested on December 14th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material. Bond set wat $50,000.

Heather Meinart, 33, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 14th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material. Bond set at $40,000.

Kane Passini, 19, of Kincaid, was arrested on december 15th for consumption of liquor by a minor.

John Brady, 31, of Stonington, was arrested on December 12th for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Asa Mitchell, 25, of Moweaqua, was arrested on December 14th for battery.

Lynn Norris, 46, of Morrisonville, was arrested on December 13th for theft.

 

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On December 14th at 9:54 p.m., a Christian County Deputy was dispatched to a one vehicle traffic crash at the building across from Freedom Oil gas station in Assumption. Dispatch stated there was a vehicle that had crashed into the building and the driver was hurt badly. The deputy arrived on the scene and saw paramedics and the Assumption Fire Department personnel working on getting the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was entrapped inside the vehicle. The driver, Steven V. Turner II, 46, of Flora, Illinois, was driving with an expired Illinois drivers license with no warrants. Many people stated he did not have a seat belt on when they arrived on scene. The officer observed the crash scene, and it appeared Turner went through the T-intersection at E. 2nd Street and US Business 51, and then traveled approximately 30ft. and hit a concrete barrier with the front, right bumper of the vehicle, and then traveled approximately 10ft. and struck the corner of the building with the front, left bumper of the vehicle. He then came to rest approximately 5ft. past the corner of the building and was stuck in the vehicle. After being taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, emergency staff there stated they were transporting him to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana where he is listed in serious condition.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWOIING ARRESTS:

On Saturday, December 12th at approximately 1:30 p.m., dispatch received a call from Walmart Loss Prevention in reference to a retail theft and the suspect was being detained in the office at the rear of the business. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Leadon R. Morris, of Moweaqua, who had her two small juvenile children with her. Loss Prevention officer showed the officer a receipt of $67.02 worth of merchandise that was not paid for before she exited the self check out. A friend came and got the two children and Morris was secured with handcuffs with her hand in front and escorted to the squad car to be transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released on a Notice To Appear.

On December 11th, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an IVC violation. Subsequent to investigation, Kody K. Page, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving while her license were suspended.

While on patrol, an officer observed a vehicle traveling East on Spresser Street. A registration check of the vehicle showed that the registration was expired. Contact was made with the female driver. Molly Grigsby, of Taylorville, was arrested for driving on a license that had been expired more than one year. Grigsby was released on the scene.

On December 14th at 3:27 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer made contact with Shelby D. Cook, of Kincaid, outside of Bills' Toasty. Dispatch ran her information through L.E.A.D.S. and advised that Cook had a valid warrant out of Sangamon County. Cook was secured and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office for processing.

 

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IHSA Meeting Tonight

The IHSA is asking school boards what they think about proposed changes in the way football playoffs are organized, and you'll have a chance to make your feelings known at a meeting tonight. Superintendent of Taylorville Schools, Dr. Greg Fursteneau says there is a lot to consider:

 

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The meeting is at 7:00 tonight. The Board has until December 27th to vote on the question.

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Manar Comments On Comptroller

Like many Illinoisians, State Senator Andy Manar says he was shocked and saddened after the unexpected death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka last week. The 48tyh District Senator says he and Topinka go way back:

 

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Governor Pat Quinn will appoint someone to fill out the rest of Topinka's current term. It's not known yet if that person will also serve the new term that begins in January.

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Sheriff's Office Reports Arrest

The Christian County Sheriff's Office is reporting an arrest that took place Thursday (12-11). 

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2014-12-15 14:47:23.967

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Taylorville Aldermen Accept Hathaway Homes Subdivision After Debate

 width=In a 40-minute meeting Monday night, the Taylorville City Council addressed a number of motions, one of which became contentious.


City engineer Joe Greene had inspected the roads in the new Hathaway Homes subdivision recently constructed on the city's west side by Christian County Integrated Community Services. Greene indicated in a letter to the city, that the per city code, the city had to formally accept the subdivision.


That letter went to the council's Street and Sewer Committee, which recommended to the full Council on a vote of 2 to one with one abstention, to accept the subdivision.


The motion to accept the Hathaway Homes subdivision, brought up old wounds between those who opposed the project from the start, and those who wanted to get the issue behind them. The city held up construction of the project, and later had to settle a law suit filed by C-C-I-C-S and the project's general contractor, Siegrist Builders, out of court.


Alderman Rob Heberling told the Council Monday night, that when he brought up issues pertaining to C-C-I-C-S, both officials with the county housing agency, and their attorney, laughed at him.

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Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton tried to convince aldermen to get the whole Hathaway Homes issue behind them by approving the acceptance of the subdivision, but that brought more comment from Alderman Martin Vota, who said that construction of the subdivision will now require opening the gap on West Park Avenue between Pine and North Abby Streets.


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In the end, aldermen voted 5 to 2 to accept the subdivision. Aldermen Rob Heberling and Martin Vota both voted no, and alderman Shawn Burtle abstained. The vote means the city provides city services to the subdivision such as snow removal, police and fire protection.


The Taylorville City Council passed several items in their Monday night meeting. Aldermen passed the annual tax levy; they voted to advertise a position in the street department and one in the treasurer's office due to vacancies; purchased a water analyzer for the water department costing some 64-hundred dollars; passed a severe weather policy; and awarded the Central Avenue Storm Sewer Project to the lowest bidder, Illinois Meter, at a price of some 91-thousand 300-dollars.


Taylorville aldermen last night OK'd a sewer project in the 700 and 800 blocks of Poplar and Vine, between Shumway and Morton Streets, spending some 47-thousand 200-dollars to Performance Pipelining, Incorporated; they purchased a number of mineral supplies for the water department; and refunded a late fee payment on a lake lot.


The Taylorville Council, after recommendations from the Lake and Airport Committee, made changes in the 2015 Lake Lot and Campground Leases including stressing that there is no sub-leasing allowed; they increased lease transfer fees from 10 to 30-dollars; they will now allow only one transfer per year with city approval; and removed septic tank wording and adding wording requiring concrete holding tanks.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated South Fork by a final score of 82 to 15.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/15/14

In high school basketball Monday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Charleston defeated Taylorville by a final score of 75 to 63.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As hear on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Mt. Zion by a final score of 52 to 47.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/13/14

In high school football Saturday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Hillsboro by a final score of 67 to 52.

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Taylorville Girls basketball score 12/13/2014

As heard on New Country 104.1 Civic Memorial girls defeated Taylorville Girls by a final score of 74 to 36.

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Man Held On Child Porn Charges

A Taylorville man is being held on $500,000 bond after his arrest Thursday morning (12-10) on child pornography charges. 

 

The Christian County Sheriff's Office was reportedly contacted by a local business saying something inappropriate had been found on an employee's workplace computer. After an investigation, 34 year-old Jarod C. Reber of Taylorville was arrested on child porn charges. Investigators say they also found evidence that Reber had secretly videotaped an underage girl undressing in a bathroom.

 

After obtaining a search warrant for Reber's home, several electronic devices were reportedly confiscated. Along with the Sheriff's Office,  the investigation was conducted by Tayloville Police and by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-12-14

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

Holly Conaway, 20, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 11th on a bond forfeiture warrant for forgery.

Joshua Smothers, of Pana, was arrested on December 11th for violating an order of protection.

 

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Christmas Show This Weekend

“Father Knows Best”, the popular TV show starring Robert Young was a radio show before it was on TV, and a script from the show has been adapted for the stage. Friday and Saturday, Stage Fright Productions will present “A Christmas to Remember” at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

 

The Friday night show will include dinner, and beverages will also be available. That starts tonight at 6:00 with dinner, with the show at 7:00. There will be a matinee Saturday afternoon at 2:00, followed by another showing at 7:00.

 

The production presents Jim Anderson and family celebrating Christmas, and includes plenty of music, comedy and fun for the whole family.

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Dormant Seeding Popular This Time Of Year

Some gardeners believe in what is called dormant seeding. Horticulurist Andrew Holsinger of the University of Illinois Extension says he's not really too hot on the idea:

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2014-12-12 14:20:57.980

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Chamber CEO Touts CEO Program

Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is touting the planned CEO Program for Christian County:

 

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The CEO Program in Christian County starts next fall.

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McConnell Says Shop At Home

You hear it all the time: shop at home. Vonda McConnell of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says she has come to realize more and more how important it is:

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2014-12-12 14:45:55.707

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores 12/12/2014

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98.3, Shelbyville defeated Stweardson-Strasburg by a final score of 48 to 32.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 12/12/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mt. Zion by a final score of 51 to 43.

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Topinka Dead At 70

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died. Topinka reportedly suffered a stroke yesterday and was hospitalized. She died early this morning (Wednesday). Topinka ran for Governor in 2006, losing to Rod Blagojevich. She was just elected Illinois Comptroller in last month's elections. Judy Baar Topinka was 70 years old.

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Arrests Reported

Police are reporting a few arrests over the last few days. 

 

Just before 5:00pm Saturday near the Square, a Taylorville Police Officer reportedly spotted a man known to be wanted on a warrant. Brett S. Durbin was arrested on the warrant, which was verified through dispatch. 

 

45 year-old Charles Lange of Decatur was reportedly arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court. 

 

Early Tuesday (12-09), 20 year-old Del Burkey of Taylorville was reportedly arrested for consumption of liquor by a minor. 

 

24 year-old Brandon Emery of Taylorville was reportedly arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. 

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Christmas In The Park Takes Months To Plan

One of Taylorville's favorite annual events gets underway this week: Christmas in the Park. Bailey Hancock, Park District Recreation Director, says deciding where everything goes takes a lot of planning:

 

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Christmas in the Park begins with the Jingle Bell Walk Thursday evening, where you can walk through Manner's Park. The park opens for drive through traffic Friday, and the lights will be on every night through Christmas. There is no charge to drive through, although donations are accepted.

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Lead Deadline Approaching

If you want to participate in this year's LEAD Program, you're almost out of time. Patty Hornbuckle, Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO says the deadline is Friday:

 

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The Lead Program is sponsored by the Chamber and the University of Illinois Extension. Call the Chamber at 824-4919 or the your local Extension Office to sign up.

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Clean Line To Use New Technology

An electric transmission line planned to pass through the area will use newer technologies to bring wind energy power to Central Illinois. Clean Line Associate Allison Smith tells Regional Radio they are able to send the electricity over hundreds of miles with very little power loss:

 

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The exact route of the transmission line hasn't been decided, but it will probably pass through either southern Christian County or northern Montgomery.

 

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Christian County Sheriff Again Asking For Public's Help in Solving Armed Robbery in Kincaid

 width=Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp tells Regional Radio News that his office is requesting assistance in identifying the driver or owner of a vehicle that was seen leaving the area of a home invasion and armed robbery in Kincaid that occurred at approximately 11:36 this past Monday morning, in the 300 block of North Avenue.

The vehicle is described as a dark blue late 1990’s two door Chevy Cavalier or similar model. The vehicle was last seen leaving from the alley behind the residence heading westbound on Glen St. near the area of a recovered cellphone taken from the victim.

Any assistance or information on this armed robbery should be shared by contacting the Christian County Sheriff’s Office a 217-824-4961 or Crime Stoppers at 217-824-9100.

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Tail Command Offers Special Pet Food

If you've been driving back and forth to Springfield for special pet foods not available closer to home, Tail Command in Taylorville can help. Ian Wilson, owner of Tail Command says he can probably order that pet food for you, saving you both time and money:

 

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Call Tail Command to find out more at 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245, or stop by 306 S. Spresser near the Taylorville Airport. You can also check them out online at tailcommand.com.

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TPL Christmas Party Open To Public

The Taylorville Public Library is holding a Christmas Party tonight (12-11). Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News the event is free and open to the public:

 

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Again, that's at 6:30 this evening. The Taylorville Public Library is at 121 West Vine Street. If you have questions, call 824-4736.

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Superintendent Warns Of Uncertain Financial Time Ahead

At this week's Taylorville School Board Meeting, the superintendent warned board members of difficult financial times ahead:

 

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Dr. Fursteneau told School Board Members that some serious discussions will need to take place at coming meetings.

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Deer Causes Accident

A Bulpitt man's vehicle was damaged when a deer hit him. According to the Christian County Sheriff's Office, 51 year-old Elbert A. Preston was headed north on Township Road 400 East near 1640 North when the animal struck the driver's side, causing him to slide off the road to the left. Preston's vehicle sustained substantial damage. No injuries were reported. 

 

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Semi Accident Near Owaneco

The Christian County Sheriff's Office reports a semi accident just east of Owaneco. On Monday (12-11), 40 year-old Douglas Davidson of Kansas City, Kansas was driving east on 900 North Road, approaching the intersection with Township Road 2100 East when he told deputies he lost control on the wet gravel. The semi and its trailer spun around in the road, striking a concrete bridge barrier and knocking down several road signs. Davidson, whose truck suffered major damage, refused medical treatment at the scene. 

 

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Davis Appointment

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, a member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research for the 114th Congress.

 

Davis says he is honored to be selected to chair this subcommittee which considers legislation and matters vitally important to Illinois' agriculture industry.

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Chairman-Elect K. Michael Conaway of Texas said Rodney Davis has proven himself to be a strong leader on agricultural issues during his first term.

 

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Clinton by a final score of 77  to 41.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/11/14

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mt. Zion by a final score of 61 to 54.

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Taylorville Home Source Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Chamber Member of Quarter

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce honored Taylorville Home Source this (Wednesday) morning as their Chamber of the Quarter.  THS is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business.  From the left:  GTCC CEO Patty Hornbuckle, THS owners Rick and Cathy White, and Chamber Member of the Quarter Committee Chair Dan Raab.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-10-14

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

On December 8th, Douglas Davidson, 40, of Kansas City, Kansas was traveling east bound on township road 900 North approaching the intersection with township road 2100 East. Davidson said he lost control on the wet gravel near the intersection. He was driving a semi tractor with an auto hauler trailer. Davidson slid in a northeast direction in the gravel. The tractor then struck the north concrete barrier of the bridge, rotating the tractor counter-clockwise and placing it perpendicular in the roadway. Davidson's trailer proceeded east bound and struck the south concrete barrier of the bridge where it came to rest. He also struck several yellow and black “narrowing of the road” signs around the bridge. He received major damage and refused treatment at the scene.

On December 7th, Elbert A. Preston, 51, of Bulpitt, was traveling north bound on township road 400 East approaching the east curve with township road 1640 North. Preston said a deer struck the driver's side of the vehicle, and that he slid off the roadway to the northwest, striking the ditch. He received front, driver's side and driver's door damage. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On December 1st, Samantha L. Hughes, of Taylorville, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Park and Webster Streets facing east. Christina S. Moore, of Taylorville, was behind Hughes. Moore thought the light had changed green, which it had not, and began moving. Moore then struck Hughes in the back bumper, causing damage. Both vehicles were able to leave the scene.

 

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MBM Purchased by McLane Trucking

 width=Regional Radio News has learned that M-B-M, a warehouse and trucking firm that specializes in serving restaurants and has a distribution center in Taylorville, has been purchased by McLane Trucking.

In a news release provided to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, McLane stated that it is a 33-billion-dollar supply-chain services company that serves convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and restaurants.

McLane has some 40 distribution centers around the United States, and one of the nation's largest private fleets of trucks.

McLane also provides alcohol beverage distribution thru its acquisitions of Empire Distributors, Horizon Wine and Spirits, and Delta Wine and Spirits over the past 3 years.

McLane Trucking is a wholly-owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway and employs some 15-thousand people globally.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-9-14

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

Charles Lange, 45, of Decatur, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court.

Del Burkey, 20, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 9th for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Brandon Emery, 24, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 9th for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

 

ACCIDENT:

On December 8th, Shannon M. Coleman, 29, of Girard, was traveling westbound in the 500 block of Borah Avenue in Tovey. Cassie M. Niehaus, 23, of Tovey, was backing in a southbound direction from a private drive at 508 Borah Avenue. Niehaus backed into the roadway and struck Coleman. Coleman received minor rear, passenger side damage and Niehaus received minor rear, driver's side bumper damage. No injuries were reported.

  

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 5th at 9:56p.m., officers received a report of a hit and run in the area of Adams and Cherokee Street and the female driver had fled the scene on foot and traveling east. The female, Destiny R. Kee, of Taylorville was located behind 917 East Adams Street. Destiny Kee was arrested for aggravated DUI, hit and run, fleeing the scene of an accident, illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor. Kee was processed and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On December 6th at 4:56 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer made contact with Brett S. Durbin at the corner of Washington and Market. It was known that Durbin had a valid Christian County warrant. The warrant was verified through L.E.A.D.S. Durbin was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center.

On December 5th at 9:19 a.m., officer made contact with Ryan M. Tester in the 1500 block of West Elm. Officers knew Tester to have a valid Christian County warrant. Tester, of Taylorville, was detained and requested that he be returned to his apartment to make a call. Once at the apartment, an active methamphetamine lab was located. David K. Matthews was also in the apartment. Subsequent to investigation, David K. Matthews and Ryan M. Tester were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation of methamphetamine production. The Illinois State Police MRT assisted in the investigation.

 

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Fire Department Calls 12-9-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

December 5:  5 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

December 6:  3 EMS

December 7:  1 EMS

December 8:  2 EMS, 1 Gas Odor

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Christmas In The Park Holds Bake Off

Get ready for Christmas goodies this Sunday as Christmas in the Park will hold it's annual Christmas Bake-Off. Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says the bake-off is a long-standing tradition:

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Equalizer Unchanged

Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, announced Monday (12-08) that Christian County has been issued a property assessment equalization factor of one (1.0000) for taxes payable in 2015. Often called the multiplier, it's intended to achieve uniformity among counties, as required by law.

 

The equalization factor is based on a three-year average of the value of property in the county as determined by the County Supervisor of Assessments. 

 

This year's assessment of one represents no change from last year.

 

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Warrant Arrests Lead To Drug Charges

A Taylorville man arrested last Friday (12-05) on a bond forfeiture warrant for domestic battery now also faces drug charges. While arresting 33 year-old Ryan Tester on the warrant, officers apparently found evidence leading to his arrest on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine material. 

 

Police report that while arresting a Nokomis man Saturday (12-06) on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphenalia, they found evidence of further drug activity. 28 year-old David Matthews was also charged with methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine material. 

 

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Cops Report Arrests

Police report several arrests over the last few days.

 

18 year-old Destiny Kee of Taylorville faces several charges after an incident Saturday (12-06). Police say Kee was arrested on charges of aggravated DUI, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident. 

 

A Langleyville man faces serious charges after his arrest Saturday (12-06). 21 year-old Brady Knight was reportedly arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault. 

 

46 year-old James Lunsford of Stonington was reportedly arrested Sunday (12-07) on charges of domestic battery and possession of drug paraphenalia. 

 

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Former Taylorville Police Chief Dies

A former Taylorville Police Chief has passed away. David Childers, who retired as chief in 1996, died at his home Monday. David Childers was 68 years old.

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Authorities Seek Help Catching Robbers

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is asking for your help in tracking down a pair of strong-arm robbers. According to the Sheriff's press release, 911 got a call Monday morning (12-08) around 11:30 from a woman at 305 North Avenue in Kincaid, who told deputies she answered her door only to be maced in the face as the suspects forced th way into her residence. She told police she believed there were two robbers, but because of the mace she was unable to see the second suspect. They reportedly stole 2 safes containing coins from a bedroom closet.

 

The victim describes the suspect she saw as being white with red hair, in his early 20s, and wearing a black hoodie.

 

If you know who may be responsible for the robbery, you are urged to call police. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 824-4961, or call Christian County Crimestoppers. You can remain anonymous and you could receive a substantial cash reward.

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Newstalk WTIM Expanding Ag Programming January 5

 width=Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM and 96.3 FM in Taylorville, streamed live at taylorvilledailynews.com, will expand its agriculture programming on January 5.

Weekday afternoons at 2:06 will feature the "Closing Market Report" with Todd Gleason from WILL-AM 580 from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, with 30 minutes of commodity market information and analysis.

And, in the 2:30 to 3 o'clock half-hour, agriculture features will be heard from the RFD Radio Network as well as long-time farm broadcaster Stu Ellis.

From 3:07 til 4 weekday afternoons, WTIM listeners will hear "RFD Today," a one-hour agriculture interview show also from the RFD Radio Network.

WTIM president Randal J. Miller said the increase in agriculture programming is a result of WTIM expanding its daytime coverage on 870 AM. WTIM's daytime signal now is bordered by Jacksonville, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Paris, Effingham, and Pana. WTIM already carries over 4 hours a day of ag programming on weekdays, and 2 hours on Saturday mornings.

WTIM is part of the 6-station cluster which operates from studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville. WTIM is owned by the Miller Media Group, which also operates stations in Clinton.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 12/9/14

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Rochester defeated Taylorville by a final score of 57 to 36.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR New Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Pan by a final score of 56 to 55.

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Superintendant Fuerstenau Warns of Uncertainty with Future State Funding for Taylorville School District

Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau painted a very uncertain future for the School Board as far as State Funding is concerned in the coming year. Dr. Fuerstenau pointed to several key factors that lead to the uncertainty including the statement of Govenor Elect Bruce Rauner that the State budget is in much worse shape than had been originally anticipated. That fear, along with the income tax rollback, general state aid being most likely prorated again for FY2015, a flat local tax levy and enrollment decline at the kindergarten level next year paint a very cloudy future for state funding. As if these issues aren't enough, the possibility of a loss of Categorical Payments could push the deficit of the District well over the one million dollar figure. Dr. Fuerstenau warned that there would need to be some major discussions in the upcoming months to determine how to live within the shrinking State Funding.

The other big item brought before the Board was presented by Athletic Director Paul Held. Mr. Held gave a report on the upcoming vote by all schools in the IHSA concerning the revamping of the regular season and playoffs for high school football. It has been proposed by the IHSA that the regular season take place in 7, 8 or 9 team regions, effectively replacing conferences. The regions would be based on geography and enrollment and would be determined by the IHSA. These regions would be valid for 2 years, effectively removing the guesswork of the season. Depending on the size of the region, you would have the option of 1 to 3 non region games. Playoffs would be comprised of the top 4 teams from each region. The biggest advantage would be the knowledge of what class the school is in at the start of the season. It was determined that before the board voted for or against the proposal, they would hold a special meeting to allow the public to ask questions and voice their concerns. This meeting will be held on Monday, December 15th at 7 pm. The District has until December 27th to record their vote.

In other business, the Board approved the Tax Levy for 2014 at 2.8%, the maximum allowable. The dollar amount this will provide is $8,896,081. They also heard the proposed course changes for 2015-2016. Mrs. Fraley gave a report on the Delegate Assembly of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The resolution for the issue of General Obligation Limited School Bonds was postponed until a later date.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:10.

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Area Arrests/Crashed/Incidents 12-8-14

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

Ryan Tester, 33, of Taylorville was arrested on December 5th on a bond forfeiture warrant for domestic battery, and on an on view arrest for methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of methamphetamine material.

David Matthews, 28, of Nokomis, was arrested on December 6th on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, and on an on view arrest for methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of methamphetamine material.

Destiny Kee, 18, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 6th for aggravated DUI, no drivers license, and leaving the scene of an accident with damage.

Robert Spain, 53, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 6th for violating an order of protection.

Brady Knight, 21, of Langleyville, was arrested on December 6th for domestic battery and aggravated assault.

Veronica Hayden, 51, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 6th for theft.

James Lunsford, 46, of Stonington, was arrested on December 7th for domestic battery, and possession of Drug paraphernalia.

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Police Monitoring Suspected Peeker

Pana cops say they are keeping a close eye on a man suspected of peeking in people's windows.

 

According to a post on the Pana Police Department's Facebook page,  they received several reports last week of a man walking through yards, possibly peeking into windows, and even walking into a residence. 

 

Pana P.D. says it has zeroed in on someone who may be responsible. They report they are closely monitoring the unidentified suspect.

 

You're advised to immediately report any suspicious activity. You may also wish to leave exterior lights on at night, and as always police recommend keeping your doors locked.

 

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Morrisonville Interim Superintendent Named

The former Superintendent of Taylorville Schools was named interim Morrisonville Superintendent in a special meeting of the school board Saturday. Rich Wilson, who retired as Taylorville Superintendent in 2006 after 14 years on the job, will step in.

 

Wilson's appointment in Morrisonville comes after the unexpected death of 51 year-old Karen Perry, who died Friday morning (12-05) of complications from emergency heart surgery earlier in the week. Perry, who just became Morrisonville Superintendent last July, leaves behind a husband and four kids.

 

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Christmas Trees Require Care

If you are putting up a real Christmas tree this season, there are a few things you should know. Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi tells Regional Radio your tree must be kept watered:

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Podeschi says it's a good idea to turn off the tree's lights when you're not in the room.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As hear on WMKR genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Macarthyr by a final score of 62 to 38.

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Looking For Mr. Snowflake

Christmas in the Park starts this week, and one of the first events held is the Little Miss and Mr. Snowflake pageant. Taylorville Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says they are still looking for Mr. Snowflake contestants:

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Christmas in the Park kicks off Thursday with the Jingle Bell Walk, then opens to drive through traffic Friday. The pageant is Saturday night (12-13). For info you can call Manners Park at 824-5878 or 824-3110.

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Taylorville Boys Basketball Scores 12/6/14

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Bloomington defeated Taylorville by a final score of 74 to 55.

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RCC Offers FAFSA Help

If college is in your future, it may be time to fill out your FAFSA form. Your eligibility for a number of financial aid programs may depend on FAFSA, so you're advised to take care of that first. Public Relations coordinator for Richland Community College in Decatur says  some people might need help with the lengthy application:

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For more info, go to fafsa.ed.gov.

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Chamber Gift Certificates Available For Gift Giving

As you make the Christmas shopping rounds this season, don't forget the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce offers gift certificates. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they make great gifts:

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You can buy the certificates over the phone with your credit card by calling the chamber at 824-4919. The Chamber does not make any money on the certificates, which can be used at over 100 businesses in the area.

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Morrisonville School Superintendent Dies During Surgery

The school superintendent of the Morrisonville School District has died.


According to a phone call sent to all students' parents in the district, Karen Perry went in for emergency heart surgery on Wednesday, and passed away this (Friday) morning due to complications from the surgery.


Perry was in the middle of her first year as Morrisonville superintendent.


School board president Bill Harmon tells Regional Radio News the district will hold an emergency meeting Saturday morning to choose an interim superintendent. Former Taylorville superintendent Rich Wilson is expected to be appointed.


The emergency meeting is set for 9:30 Saturday morning at the Morrisonville Grade School.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-5-14

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

Sally Cook, 40, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 4th on an original arrests warrand for deceptive practice.

Matthew Merrifield, 53, of Rosamond, was arrested on December 4th for driving with a suspended license.

Stephanie Reber, 26, was arrested on December 4th on a bond forfeiture warrant for failure to appear.

  

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 25th, Walmart advised the Taylorville Police Department of a retail theft. Subsequent to investigation, Brandon Emery and Jeremy Emery , of Taylorville, were both arrested for retail theft.

On December 24th at 4:08 pm., a Taylorville Police Officer made contact with Sally Cook, of Taylorville, who was know to have a warrant out of Shelby County. Dispatch confirmed through L.E.A.D.S. that she did nave a valid warrant out of Shelby County. Cook was placed under arrest for deceptive practice and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

 

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores12/5/2014

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Altamont by a final score of 85 to 33.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Okaw defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 68 to 58.

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Taylorville Boys Basketball Scores 12/5/14

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Salem by a final score of 68 to 50.

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Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations During Holiday Season

 width=The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.

Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.

To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

In Moweaqua December 18th, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 7 Fox Meadow

In Mattoon 12/17/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., YMCA, 221 N 16th Street, P.O. Box 875
12/22/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., TitleMax, 700 Broadway East Suite 41
12/29/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Burgess Osborne Auditorium, 1701 Wabash Avenue

In Neoga
12/23/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 752 Walnut

In Altamont
12/19/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Altamont Christian Church, 1351 S. Main

Dieterich
12/16/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kluthe Civic Center, 102 W Virginia
Effingham
12/21/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St Johns Lutheran Church-Effingham, 901 W Jefferson
12/22/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Effingham Elks Club, 2102 S. Banker
12/31/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wal-mart, 1204 Avenue Mid America

In Farina
12/29/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 301 W. Madison St.

In Herrick
12/30/2014: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Herrick Community Building, 11 Broadway Rd

In Sigel
12/29/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Michael Church - Sigel, Church Street

In Stewardson
12/16/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stewardson Community Building, 108 Pine Street

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-4-14

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

Deric Brown, 27, of Taylorville, was arrested on December 3rd on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court.

 

 

 

 

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Fire Department Calls 12-4-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

December 2:  1 EMS, 2 Public Assists

December 3:  3 EMS, 2 Public Assists

December 4:  1 EMS

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Shelbyville Dairy Queen Completes Extensive Remodel, Changes Name

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The Shelbyville Dairy Queen is completing an extensive remodeling of their building on West Route 16. Owner Jenni Case tells Regional Radio News that the business has changed its name to the D-Q Grill and Chill as part of their facelift.

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And, Case says they offer the same hot food and D-Q ice cream is a totally new environment.

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Case told Regional Radio News Shelbyville's new Grill and Chill is offering live music on Sunday nights.

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Case and her family have owned and operated the Shelbyville Dairy Queen for over 20 years.

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Shelby Memorial Hospital Rehab Services Expanding

 width=The Rehabilitation program at Shelby Memorial Hospital is growing. Manager of the program, Tonya Bowrey, says they recently teamed up with Wellness for Life.

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Shelby Memorial Hospital is at 200 South Cedar in Shelbyville.

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Shelbyville Chamber Planning Big Holiday Weekend

 width=The City of Shelbyville is the place to be for holiday fun this weekend. Chamber secretary Vonda McConnell says tonight it's the Old fashioned Christmas in Downtown Shelbyville, followed by a number of activities tomorrow:

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Call the Chamber with Questions at 774-2221.

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Taylorville Girls Basketball Score 12/4/2014

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Salem defeated Taylorville Girls by a final score of 50 to 34.

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Local girls basketball scores 12/4/14

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated St. Teresa by a final score of 69 to 27.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-3-14

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On December 1st at 4:30am, while on patrol officers observed a male driving a vehicle near Cheney Street. The male than left the scene walking north between the houses. James Burgess, of Taylorville, was located in the area of Franklin Street and Cheney Street and was arrested for driving while license were suspended/revoked. He was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a Notice to Appear.

On December 2nd, officers saw a vehicle who's registered owner had a suspended drivers license. Subsequent to investigation, Tasha R. Boehme was arrested for driving while license were suspended.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On November 26th, Serea A. Wright, of Assumption, was traveling east on County Road #6 and drifted slightly off onto the shoulder. She tried to correct and slid across the roadway, due to the snow, slid into a ditch on the north side of the road. Her 2002 Pontiac mini-van ended up on it's side in the ditch. Serea was towed from the scene.

On November 27th, Curt D. Rhodes, was traveling north in the 700 block of Briarchlff Road. Rhodes hit a slick spot in the roadway. He was unable to get out of the ditch by exiting through the property of a residence located at 740 Briarcliff Road, causing damage to the yard and driveway.

On November 26th, Yvonne Fletcher, of Taylorvi8lle, was traveling north on Cherokee Road and was approaching the bridge just before reaching the intersection of Cherokee Road and Route 48. Fletcher hit a slick spot in the roadway, slid into the ditch and struck several small trees before coming to a stop. Her 2007 4-door Dodge was towed from the scene.

 

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Davis: President's Actions Unconstitutional

Republicans in Congress are not happy with President Obama's recent moves on immigration. U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the President may ultimately pay a political price for his actions:

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Scouts To Collect Food

Cub Scout Pack 68 in Taylorville will be doing more than throwing out candy at this Saturday's Christmas Parade. They'll also be collecting items for the local food pantry, according to Pack Leader Amanda Duke:

 

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Bring your non-perishable food items to the parade at 5:00 Saturday evening, and the scouts will collect them, and then deliver them to the Taylorville Food Pantry.

 

Other Cub Scouts and some Girl Scouts will be on hand to collect diapers and other baby items to be donated to Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center.

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Domestic Disturbance Call Brings Arrest

Taylorville Police report a domestic disturbance call early Saturday morning (11-29). The disparch came just before 3:00am to an apartment at 317 East Main Cross. After a 20 minute investigation into apparent erratic behavior, Rachel A. Dixon of Taylorville was reportedly arrested on a charge of public intoxication. She was processed at the Tayorville Police Department and released on a notice to appear. 

 

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Christmas In The Park Next Week

It wouldn't be the holidays without Christmas in the Park at Manners Park in Taylorville. The event gets underway next week. Taylorville Park Recreation Director Bailey hancock says they will kick things off with the Jingle Bell Walk Thursday December 11th:

 

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The Park opens for drive through traffic Friday December 12th, and will be open from 5 to 10:00pm every night through Christmas day. Special events will take place nightly at the Park Dining hall. There is no charge to see the displays, but they do accept donations.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Windsor by a final score of 57 to 38.

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Clean Line Holds Public Meetings

 

Clean Line Energy is hosting a series of public information meetings this week concerning plans to locate an electric transmission line through the area. Clean Line Associate Allison Smith tells Regional Radio they are looking for input on various aspects of the project:

 

 

 

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They are hosting a meeting this morning from 7 till 10:00am in Shelbyville at the First Church of the Nazarene at 416 North Will Street and from 5 till 8:00pm at the Moose Lodge at 411 South Main Street.

 

 

 

Clean line will be hosting meetings in Carlinville Wednesday morning from 7 to 10:00am at the Lake Williamson Christian Center at 17280 Lakeside Drive, and in Pana Wednesday from 5 to 8:00pm at the Eagles Club at 186 U.S. Highway 51.

 

 

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Angel Tree At Senior Center

There's a new Angel Tree in town, and this one is for Senior Citizens. Judy Gates of the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says the seniors have a variety of needs:

 

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No names are included on the Angel Tree. This is the second year the senior center has sponsored the event.

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Fikri: Don't Let Holidays Sabotage Your Diet

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be concerned about your waistline. Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council says the key is moderation:

 

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For information on resisting holiday temptations, go to stldairycouncil.org.

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Local Arrests

Area police agencies report some arrests.  

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DUI Arrests

Taylorville Police made an arrest last week after seeing something odd on a motorist's truck. According to reports, last Tuesday (11-25), an officer made a traffic stop on a black pickup after noticing sparks coming out near the vehicle's right front tire. After a brief investigation, Tommy M. Perry II of Pana was arrested on a DUI charge. 

 

Police also report the arrest Thursday (11-27) of 53 year-old Carl Castle of Pana on a DUI charge. 

 

26 year-old Casey Wasson of Cowden was reportedly arrested Friday on a charge of DUI.

 

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3 Busted in Taylorville Meth Lab Search

The Taylorville Police Department tells Regional Radio News that 3 people have been charged in connection with a search in a Taylorville residence Monday.

Police executed a search warrant in connection with the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine at 708 West Vandeveer in Taylorville, and as a result arrested 41-year-old Richard C. Shivers, 64-year-old Linda K. Johnson, and 45-year-old Tina M. Galyean. All 3 were arrested without incident, and charged with aggravated unlawful participation in meth production, and unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in the dismantling and clean-up of the meth-related materials.

Taylorville Police tell Regional Radio News that the arrests are as a result of an ongoing investigation by T-P-D into the unlawful manufacture of meth. They ask that anyone with information relating to unlawful meth manufacturing, or any other illegal substance, contact them at 824-2211 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-568-T-I-P-S.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-2-14

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 29th, at approximately 2:56am, 911 radioed the Taylorville Police Department in reference to a domestic disturbance at 317 E. Main Cross Apt.#3. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Rick A. Dixon and involved Vickie S. Olive said that form the time they had left his house earlier in the shift that his daughter/arrestee Rachel A. Dixon had been out of control. While at the apartment, Rachel did not return to the apartment. Olive wanted her to be given a trespass warning to the residence. No contact was made at the time of the report. At 3:14am, from across the street, the officer saw Rachel run from the alleyway towards the apartment banging on the door. The officer drove down the alley able to hear her most of the time. Rachel A. Dixon, of Taylorville, was arrested for public intoxication. She was transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processes and released on a Notice to Appear.

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Fire Department Calls 12-2-14

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

November 28:  5 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

November 29:  4 EMS

November 30:  2 Automatic Alarms, 1 Gas Odor

December 1: 1 Fire, 1 EMS

December 2:  2 EMS

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Christian County Economic Development Board Meets; Honors Outgoing Board Member

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their quarterly meeting on Tuesday at noon in the community room of People's Bank and Trust, to review ongoing economic development efforts.

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The board honored outgoing board member Dan Raab, who is retiring December 31st as the long-time C-E-O of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Raab was given a plaque for his years of service to the Economic Development Corporation board and the community.  CCEDC president Dee Krueger (left) presented Raab with the plaque.


Executive director Mary Renner reported to the board, her most recent efforts towards expanding job creation in Christian County. Renner told the board that signs are indicating Governor Pat Quinn will announce the statewide sites for growing medical cannabis, before he leaves office. She told Regional Radio News following the meeting, that it susprised her that the outgoing governor would make these announcements.


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And, Renner told the board that a new potential industry is doing surveying work around the county. She wasn't at liberty to say who it was, but told us their work is ongoing.

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The Christian County Economic Development Corporation works full-time to keep and create jobs in the county.

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Area Police Make Meth Bust

Taylorville Police and Christian County Sheriff's Deputies made a substantial drug bust yesterday (Mon. 12-01-14). They executed a search warrant at 708 West Vandeveer. 41 year-old Richard C. Shivers, 64 year-old Linda K. Johnson and 45 year-old Tina M. Galyean were all arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

 

The Illinois State Police assisted in dismantling and clean up of the meth related materials.

 

The arrests come as part of the Taylorville Police Department's ongoing efforts to stopping the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

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Background Checks A Necessity: Rakey

Big Brothers Big Sisters performs extensive background checks on every one of it's mentors. Executive Director of the organization's Capital Region, Lisa Rakey, says it's an absolute necessity:

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for mentors. Find out more at their Facebook or Linked in pages.

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When To File Common Social Security Question

Jack Myers is Public Affairs Specialist for the local Social Security Office. Myers says when he is out and about, there is one topic that keeps coming up:

 

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You can find out everything you need to know at socialsecurity.gov.

 

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County Diabetes Stats Alarming

While diabetes is being diagnosed everywhere, it's especially a problem in Christian County. Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says the statistics are alarming:

 

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For info, go online to diabetes.org.

 

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Rosenthal Says Fracking Still On Agenda

Getting approval for fracking in Illinois is slow going. Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says they are still working to green light the controversial oil extraction method:

 

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Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is projected to bring thousands of jobs to Illinois.

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Mayor Alerts Residents To Electricity Scam

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton recently issued a warning about scammers going door-to-door trying to get people to sign up for a new electricity provider. Although the scammers represented a real company, Mayor Brotherton says they were not being truthful with their victims:

 

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The mayor says Taylorville already receives the lowest possible electric rate.

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Christian County LEADership Program Accepting Applications

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Christian County LEADERship Program Committee members, left to right:  Patty A. Hornbuckle, Linda Smith, and Cheryl Sexton. Back row, left to right: Chris Casey, Jason Hoffman, Megan Bryant, and Brian Juberigan. Those not in the photo are Betty Asmussen, Dodie Davis, Robert E. Richardson, and Scott Stallman

 

If you are interested in learning more about your community, expanding your leadership skills and networking with other residents, then sign up today for the 2015 Christian County LEADership program.


Sessions will be held each Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. beginning on January 13 and ending on March 31, 2015. (Exceptions are January 13 and March 3, which will be all day sessions.)


Topics to be covered include team building and personal leadership dynamics, developing effective meeting management and communication skills and an in-depth look into Christian County history and economic development; local government and education as well as available social service and health care resources.


Class size is limited to 20 participants and is open to anyone interested in the future of Christian County. The LEADership program is designed to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders.


The goals of the Christian County LEADership program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Christian County’s future; familiarize participants with the community’s opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the community’s future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.


Tuition for the program is $199 and includes a one day orientation, a day trip to Springfield to meet local legislators, class materials, supplies, weekly refreshments and guest speakers.


Applications are available by contacting the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 824-4919, the University of Illinois Extension in Christian County at 287-7246, or online at www.www.extension.uiuc.edu/cjmm. The application deadline is Friday, December 12, 2014. Checks should be made payable to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and mailed or dropped off at the GTCC office at 108 W. Market St., Taylorville, IL 62568.


For more information, please contact the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at (217) 824-4919 or The University of Illinois Extension, Christian County Office at (217) 287-7246.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 12-1-14

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

Carl Castle, 53, of Pana, was arrested on November 27th for DUI.

Ashley Rockford, 30, of Taylorville, was arrested on November 27th for domestic battery.

Casey Wasson, 26, of Cowden, was arrested on November 28th for DUI/Alcohol.

Stephanie Weaver, 42, of Kincaid, was arrested on November 29th for criminal trespassing to land.

Michael Summers, 25, was arrested on November 29th for possession of cannabis, possession of contraband in penal institution.

 

ACCIDENTS:

On November 26th, Payton A. Cloe, 28, of Pana, was traveling eastbound on township road 2500 North approximately 1/10th of a mile west of township road 2600 East. Cloe said he lost control on the snow covered roadway. Cloe exited the right side of the road and entered the south ditch, striking the embankment trees. He received front end and passenger side damage. No injuries were reported.

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On November 25th, a Taylorville Police Officer observed a black truck on Park and McAdams with spark coming fron the passenger front tire. The officer made the traffic stop on the vehicle at Casey's East. Subsequent to investigation, the driver, Tommy M. Perry II of Pana, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He posted bond and was released on a Notice to Appear.

On November 30th at 12:35am, Shelby Geary of Morrisonville, called to report he was just in an accident and the other driver left the scene. The other driver, Joseph Moses III of Morrisonville, was cited for improper backing and failure to report an accident to police.

On November 27th at 9:18pm, officers were dispatched to 1016 East Park in reference to two stolen children's riding toys. The riding toys were located on November 29th in the alley way in the 800 lock of East Vine. Two make juveniles were arrested for theft, criminal damage, and criminal trespass to railroad property.

On November 30th, officers conducted a traffic stop on Shumway at Prairie Street. Subsequent to the stop, James W. Lunsford, of Taylorville, was placed under arrest for driving while licence suspended.

On November 29th at approximately 10:03 am, Taylorville Police Officers observed a make known to have a valid warrant in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke to Robert D. Burke(passender) and confirmed the warrant thru L.E.A.D.S. Burke was arrested and transported to the Christian County Sheriff's Office and lodged.

 

ACCIDENT:

On November 24th, William S. Sinkhorn of Taylorville failed to yield at the intersection to Yong S. Michael of Taylorville. The intersection is a two way stop intersection. Michael was traveling south and did not have to stop. Sinkhorn struck Michael in the middle of the intersection. There was slight damage to the vehicles.

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Taylorville City Council OK's Settlement Agreement, Appoints New Library Board Member

The Taylorville City Council made quick work of several motions and resolutions at their 30 minute meeting Monday night.


The biggest issue of the night came when a resolution was brought to the Council from city attorney Rocci Romano, with a settlement of a dispute between the city and several parties involved in a project at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. The city had contracted with K-A-M Solutions, engineer Kent Metzger, engineer John Mericle, and Laker Petroleum Services, for work at the Airport. After many months of negotiation, attorney Romano told the Council that he had received signed signature pages from 2 of the 3 entities involved to settle the dispute.


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The Council voted 6 to nothing with Alderman Ray Koonce abstaining, to approve the settlement once Metzger signs the agreement. Since state E-P-A monies are involved, Romano has also been in contact with the state agency and they have indicated they will disperse funds to pay for the project as soon as the paperwork showing a settlement between the parties, is forwarded to them.


Taylorville Aldermen Monday night approved several ordinance amendments. They passed the annual Tax Abatement Ordinance; they OK'd the city to enter into annexation agreements with owners of 4 properties outside the city limits for them to be sold city water, with the stipulation their property will be annexed if ever becomes contiguous to future city limits; they amended an ordinance prohibiting the stockpile of dirt in residential areas effective January First of next year; and amended an ordinance prohibiting semi parking in the downtown area for longer than 45 minutes.


The Taylorville City Council Monday night passed several motions which came from various city council committees. Aldermen OK'd the renewal of the city's worker's compensation policy with the annual premium of nearly 305-thousand dollars; they approved the annual 5-thousand dollar contribution to the Christian County Economic Development Corporation; accepted the treasurer's report; and directed City Attorney Rocci Romano to draft an ordinance similar to the City of Springfield's on video gaming terminals, for committee review.

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The Taylorville City Council Monday night approved the appointment of Cathy Robertson as the newest member of the Taylorville Library Board. Robertson replaces Joe Meeks who is moving.

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