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UPDATED: Winter Weather Advisory Continues Thru Sunday Night

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has continued their Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory for all of Central Illinois thru 9 o'clock tonight.

The Weather Service says the Winter Storm Warning for 4 to 6 inches then blowing snow late this afternoon into tonight, continues until 9 o'clock tonight north of a line from Quincy to Lincoln to Danville.

South of that line, 2 to 4 inches are expected, also with blowing snow late this afternoon into tonight.

Travel will be difficult in many areas today and tonight. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling today.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio and check our on-line daily newspaper for the latest weather, cancellations and road conditions.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated LSA by a final score of 75 to 20.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 01/31/15

In high school basketball Saturday afternoon as heard on Newtalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Galesburg by a final score of 69 to 49.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Clinton defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 62 to 61.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/31/15

In high school basketball Saturday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, T-town defeated Taylorville by a final score of 61 to 55.

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Clean Line Energy Has Meetings For Public

 width=Clean Line Energy invites community members to attend its second of three rounds of public meetings on the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, an electric transmission line that will bring low cost wind energy to Illinois. Director of Development, Mark Lawlor, tells Regional Radio when these meetings will be.

 

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Last week about 100 local business representatives attended those meetings to learn about the Grain Belt Express and how their businesses could be involved with the construction or maintenance of the project. For more information, visit CleanLineEnergy.com

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West Central Illinois Agronomy Day to be Held at LLCC-Litchfield

 width=The 2015 West Central Illinois Agronomy Day convention will take place Thursday, February 19th at the Litchfield campus of Lincoln Land Community College.

U of I Extension Office Publicity and Promotions Specialist Terri Miller told Regional Radio that the free conference will feature a variety of speakers covering topics ranging from farmland value outlooks, to sustaining high grain prices.

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Tickets for the event are free of charge and provide lunch, however those interested in attending must RSVP by picking up a ticket at their local University of Illinois Extension office. For more information, contact Gary Letterly at the Taylorville Extension office at 217-287-7246

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Governor Rauner Appoints 2 Central Illinois Residents to State Boards

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced several appointments late Friday afternoon, and 2 are from Central Illinois.

57-year-old Craig Lindvahl of Effingham has been named a member of the Illinois State Board of Education. The Governor's Office says Lindvahl brings more than 35 years of experience in education and business to the board. Lindvahl is an award-winning educator earning the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, and has twice been a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Lindvahl is currently the Executive Director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, which is a company that educates future business leaders. He oversees the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program. He speaks across the country about CEO, millennials and economic development.

Lindvahl spent 34 years in the classrooms of the Teutopolis District 50 Schools.

Lindvahl is also an award-winning filmmaker, having earned 12 Mid-America Emmy Awards and 11 Telly Awards.

Governor Rauner also announced Friday that he was appointing 54-year-old Don Tracy of Springfield as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board. The Governor's Office says Tracy’s background as an attorney and business owner gives him the experience necessary to lead the board dealing with an important industry in Illinois.

Tracy is currently a partner at Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP, which is the state’s oldest law firm and the former firm of President Abraham Lincoln. Tracy is also general outside counsel to Dot Foods, Inc., which he owns with his 11 siblings. Dot Foods is the nation’s largest food re-distributor.

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch for the Weekend

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Regional Radio listening area, for Saturday night into Sunday.

The Weather Service says that while precipitation on Saturday afternoon will mainly be rain, it will switch over to snow across central and southeast Illinois during the evening, and continue in many areas overnight into Sunday.

Locations south of I-70 have more of a potential for a rain/snow mixture at times, which would lower snow totals there, but further north, 5 to 8 inches are likely in much of central Illinois.

5 to 8 inches are expected north of a Pittsfield to Mattoon to Terre Haute line, while 8 inches or more could fall north of Interstate 74.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for updates on this developing storm.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/30/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Salem by a final score of 86 to 55.

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Kiwanis Pancake & Sausage Breakfast This Saturday

The Kiwanis Pancake and sausage breakfast is slated to take place this Saturday, January 31st at the Moose Lodge in Taylorville from 6:30-11 AM. Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio about the various programs that will benefit from the proceeds generated.

 

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Tickets are priced at $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

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Anniversary Celebration Kicks Into High Gear

 width=Anniversary festivities at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum jump to new levels in February with a birthday party for the president. Chris Wells, the coordinator at the library, tells Regional Radio what different events are coming up.

 

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For more details on the event, go to TenYearsLincoln.com

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Sullivan by a final score of 59 to 54.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 01/29/15

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Charleston by a final score of 57 to 45.

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Weather Service Says Several Inches of Snow Likely This Weekend

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a special weather statement regarding an expected snow event this weekend.

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Breakfast Really is Important For Kids

 width=In August, Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville started participating in breakfast in the classroom. The program, which is run by the Central Illinois Foodbank, has been a great success for the school. John Farmer, the school breakfast coordinator tells Regional Radio how this program works.

 

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Teachers have told Farmer that kids are more relaxed in the morning and that they’ve had about 20 more minutes to teach. There are currently 13 schools across Central Illinois participating with the Foodbank.

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Fire Department Calls: 1-28-15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

1-26: 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

1-27: 2 EMS, 1 Public Assist

1-28: 2 EMS

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Mathes Massage Has a New Location

 width=After 5 years inside Gremmel’s Chiropractic on North Cheney, Corrie Mathes of Mathes Massage has a new location. She is now at 1219 West Spresser St. here in Taylorville. Mathes tells Regional Radio she wanted a more peaceful environment for her clients.

 

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Mathes, who has 16 years of experience, has spent the last 5 here in Taylorville. To make an appointment, call 217-287-2049.  

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Know Your Retirement Age

You need to know your retirement age. Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security, says there are a lot of reasons that it's important:

 

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Find out your exact retirement date at socialsecurity.gov.

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MAPS To Offer Dinner Theater

The Mid America Prep School in Herrick will be putting on an event next month. Principal Rick Allen tells Regional Radio the students will present a dinner theater:

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1-27-15

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Sunday, a Taylorville Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of Amity Foods. Brandon McCaughn, 19, of Taylorville had his information ran and the officer discovered that he had a valid warrant. McCaughn was arrested and transported to the Christian County Correction Center for lodging.

On Monday at 2:46 p.m. Jacqueline R. Girard, 30, of Owaneco was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Phillip R. Dougherty and Rebecca A. Ittenbach of Taylorville were arrested Monday for retail theft. 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Kiwanis International At Weekly Meeting

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club celebrated Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary, during their meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Reverend Dick Wamsley, a long-time member of the club, made a powerpoint presentation on the history of Kiwanis International and the local club.


What is today known as Kiwanis International, was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21st, 1915, expanding to Cleveland later that year. Today, Kiwanis International brings its message of promoting programs for children and youth, to some 840 clubs and over 600-thousand members around the world.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club was formed in 1954. 2 of its charter members, Herman Altman and Ralph Harrison, attended last fall's 60th anniversary celebration. The local club has been instrumental in sponsoring the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club, the Junior High Kiwanis Builder's Club, and has sponsored many programs for local children and youth.


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Wamsley told the club that it was also instrumental in founding the Christian County Mental Health Association in the 1970's.


The public is reminded to attend the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, January 31st from 6:30 to 11am at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the fund raiser help the local Kiwanis Club provide services and programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community, such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, and high school scholarships.


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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Davis To Run Again In 2016

 width=While most politicians are evasive about their upcoming election plans, a U.S. Congressman from Taylorville is laying it on the line. Representative Rodney Davis says he will seek another term in office next year:

 

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Davis says he thinks Hillary Clinton will seek the Presidency, but it won't be a cake walk for her:

 

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In November, Davis was elected to his second full term as Congressman in Illinois' 13th District.

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Jury Trial Set for Armed Robber

A jury trial was set today in court for Brittany J. Wright, 26, of Pana who allegedly robbed the Casey’s General store in Pana.

Wright and her attorney, Public Defender Greg Grigsby, waived the preliminary hearing and requested a jury trial. That request was granted and the trial date is set for March 30th

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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 45 to 35.

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Park District to Purchase New Equipment for Pool

The Taylorville Park District heard in a report from Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock, of the need for 2 new life guard stands to replace 2 that are no longer safe. It was believed that the stands were the original stands, making them over 50 years old. The cost for the 2 life guard stands is $4590. The monies are in the budget for pool supplies. She also reported the need for several new picnic tables, both regular size and child size. In researching, she received 2 bids in the amount of $7495 from Leisure Craft of North Carolina and $8543 from Melanda Company located in Red Bud, Illinois. Even though the bid from Melanda was higher by about $1000, it was recommended to accept the bid from Melanda because of past experiences with them and because of the close proximity in case of problems. The money for the picnic tables is also in the 2014 budget.

Jeff and Jason Boldig of J & D Golf Management reported on Lake Shore Golf Course. The irrigation system at the course was completed in November of 2014. There was testing done on the system and it was found to be in great working order. The system was also winterized. Computer training is scheduled for the course Superintendant in February. Rounds played was up slightly for 2014 over 2013 numbers and the course is continuing to book new events on both the course and the facilities. Mr. Boldig informed the board that the tent used for many of the events, was damaged beyond repair last year. They are going to try and get through the next couple of years with it, when they may look at the addition of a more permanent structure. All things said and done, it is felt by J & D Golf Management that things are looking up for the course.

In other business, Maintenance Superitendant Brown informed the board that he had made the purchase of a new truck, a 2015 Ford F250 4x4 in the amount of $22,340 from the State bids. That purchase price was well below the amount budgeted. He will be getting some bids together for the purchase of a new mower and will report back to the board. Christmas in the Park was a huge success with 5278 vehicles coming through and over $12000 in donations received. Both figures are the highest ever seen.

The board voted to go into Executive Session at approximately 8:10.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1/26/15

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Justin R. Sherman, 33, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for driving his license was revoked.

Coral L. Harrison, 32, of Tovey was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

David K. Matthews, 28, of Taylorville was arrested for a valid warrant for his arrest out of Montgomery County.

Cody M Pugsley, 29, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

Samuel J. Foote, 35, of Springfield was arrested for Friday for possession of cannabis.

Edward W. Kraut, 18, of Taylorville was arrested Wednesday on a warrant.

On Friday at approximately 10:30 p.m. a Taylorville Police Officer was sent to Casey’s west in reference to a battery. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to Jared McConnell, 18, of Kincaid said he had been choked while in a vehicle at Amity Food Mart. While speaking with McConnell, the officer could smell the alcohol from his breath. McConnell was transported to the Taylorville Police Department where he was processed for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was released on a notice to appear. 

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Fire Department Calls: 1/26/15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

1/23: 2 EMS

1/24: 6 EMS, 1 Fire that was an unknown origin

1/25: 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

1/26: 2 Public Assist, 2 EMS

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Non-Bargaining City Employees To Get Raises

 width=At a recent Taylorville City Council meeting, the contentious issue of raises for non-bargaining city employees came up. Mayor Greg Brotherton says most of the discussion centered around trying to even out disparities in salaries:

 

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After much discussion, aldermen voted 4 to 3 to grant the salary increases.

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WTIM Hires New Morning Show Host

After 25 years, a new voice for WTIM’s Morning Show will be taking over in April. Sam Wood, 22, of Lincoln, a soon-to-be graduate of Lincoln College's radio broadcasting program, has been named the new host of the Morning Show on Newstalk WTIM THE BIG 870 AM and 96-point-3 FM.  Wood will fill the position being left by the upcoming retirement of long-time host Matt McLemore on April 2nd. McLemore spoke on the Morning Show about how he got started with WTIM.

 

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Wood was introduced on Friday. He told listeners he’s ready to be the new voice of Taylorville.

 

 

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Wood has journalism experience writing for newspapers in southern Illinois and Lincoln, as well as hosting a public affairs radio program on the Lincoln College radio station.  

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Four Seasons Series Coming Up

 width=The University of Illinois Extension will be offering the Four Seasons Series soon. Horticulturist Andrew Holsinger tells Regional Radio thet for the first time, people will be able to access the programs from home:

 

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Holsinger says when you register for the series, you'll receive instructions on how to access the program. Call your local Extension office to find out more.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 1/26/15

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated Pana by a final score 52 to 34.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 1/24/15

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated T-town by a final score of 60 to 55.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Centtral A&M defeated Warrensburg-Latham by a final score of 50 to 20.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/24/15

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

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Kindergarten Students Record Pledge of Allegiance

 width=Kindergarten students from St. Mary School visited the WTIM studios and made a recording of the Pledge of Allegiance. The recording will be aired each morning during Catholic Schools Week, January 25 through 30. The kindergarteners accompanied by teachers Deb Heinemann and Amy Hughes and principal, Cathy Robertson, met on-air celebrity Danny Russell. Russell helped the students record the Pledge of Allegiance in just one take. Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of the history, importance and success of Catholic schools in the United States. 

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1-23-15

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERRIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Paul D. Wareham, 20, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for possession of cannabis.

Quentin T. Kuntzman, 20, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for possession of cannabis.

ACCIDENTS:

On Thursday, Katherine R. Parmenter, 55, of Mechanicsburg was traveling westbound of County Highway 2 approximately 1/10 of a mile east of Township Road 625E. All of a sudden, a deer entered the roadway and Parmenter was unable to avoid striking the animal. Her 2002 Toyota Camry received front end damage. No injuries were reported.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS:

On Thursday, Randall W. Thomas, 59, of Taylorville was traveling West on Lincoln Trail and was approaching the intersection of Old Oak Road and Lincoln Trail. A deer ran across the roadway and struck Thomas on the driver’s side, causing damage. Thomas was able to drive away from the scene. 

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Fire Department Calls: 1-23-15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

1-21: 1 Automatic Alarm, 2 EMS

1-23: 1 EMS

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Catholic School's Week

Catholic School’s Week is starting on Monday and schools across the country have different events lined up for the week. Principal Nick Niemerg ( Knee-merg ) of St. Mary’s School in Sigel tells Regional Radio what Catholic School’s Week means to them.

 

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During the week, schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.

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Library Offers Program For Toddlers

 width=The Taylorville Public Library will offer “Baby, Toddler and Me” next month. Head Librarian Dorothy Siles tells Regional Radio News says it takes place February 3rd:

 

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The Taylorville Public Library is at 121 West Vine.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Meridian defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 68 to 53.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/23/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Civic Memorial by a final score of 59 to 57.

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Luminary Walk at Dacey Trail

 width=On Saturday,( January 26th) the Dacey Trail will be having their 5th annual Luminary Walk. Bob Niestradp ( Knee-strap ), a volunteer, says the walk is for fun and any donations will go towards the trail maintenance.    

 

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Niestrdp says the walk is for fun and for people to get out during the winter. Afterwards, beverages will be handed out to the walkers. For more information on the walk, go to daceytrail.org.

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Food Pantry Gets Unexpected Help

More details are available regarding a drive to purchase food from the soon to be closed Pawnee Food Center. CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, says the idea came from Ed Cleeton of Cleeton Sanitation:

 

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The Pawnee Food Center will close at the end of the month.

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Tail Command Offers Boarding

 width=If you are planning a romantic weekend getaway for Valentines Day, don't forget to make arrangements for your dog. Ian Wilson, owner of Tail Command in Taylorville, says their available spots are filling up fast:

 

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Tail Command offers boarding, training as well as doggy daycare. Call Tail Command at (217) 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

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New Shelbyville Chamber Officers

 width=The Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce recently elected new officers, according to Vonda McConnell of the Chamber:

 

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber at 774-2221.

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Taylorville Police Release Sketch of KFC Robber

 width=The Taylorville Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in attempting to identify the suspect involved in a robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Webster St., in Taylorville on January 12th,2015.

 

The suspect is described as a white male in their 20’s, approximately 6’ tall and weighs around 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white insignia on the right upper chest area and dark blue jeans.

A sketch of the suspect is posted on our website at Taylorvilledailynews.com. For those who have information, please contact the Taylorville Police Department.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 01/22/15

In high shcool basketball Thursday night as heard on Newtalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Nashville by a final score of 53 to 32.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Meridian by a final score of 76 to 37.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1-21-15

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

William S. Frost, 45, of Taylorville was arrested Wednesday (Jan. 21st) for a bond forfeiture warrant. Bond was set at $5,000.

Erica L. Wessling, 26, of Owaneco was arrested Tuesday for bond forfeiture warrant. Bond was set at $2,000.

THETAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Ashley L. Rockford, 30, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for failing to appear. Bond was set at $2,000. On

Tuesday, a 15 year old male juvenile was arrested for minor in possession of tobacco.

Michael L. Durbin, 43, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for driving while his license was suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire Department Calls: 1-21-15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING CALLS:

 

1/20: 4 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Service Call

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Clean Line Energy Signs Agreement With Manufacturer in Illinois

 width=Clean Line Energy Partners announced an agreement Monday between Grain Belt Express Clean Line and Southwire Company to source components for the power line project from Southwire’s facility in Flora, IL.  Ally Smith tells Regional Radio how the agreement came about.

 

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The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is currently under development and based on current estimates, is expected to begin construction as early as 2017.

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BBBS Hires New Site Supervisor

 width=The Big Brothers Big Sisters Capital Region just hired someone new. Lisa Rakey, Executive Director says they have a new Site Supervisor:

 

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To find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, call (217) 753-1216.

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TRIAD To Meet In Pana

A group dedicated to helping senior citizens is expanding its reach to Pana. TRIAD, which traditionally meets in Taylorville, will branch out starting Friday, according to Richard Peters:

 

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The discussion will center around financial scams that are often aimed at seniors.

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Longtime Christian County Board Member Tenders Resignation

  width=During the regular monthly meeting of the Christian County Board Tuesday night, Chairman Paul Schmitz shared a letter of resignation submitted by longtime District 4 board member, Lloyd Washburn of Morrisonville who was absent from the meeting. Washburn cited physical difficulties as the defining factor in his necessity to resign. Chairman Schmitz expressed his regrets in having to accept the resignation in light of the years of service that Mr. Washburn has given to the people of District 4 and all of Christian County.

In an abbreviated meeting, the board approved the 2015 fuel bids. The winning bid was submitted by Christian County FS. A bid of 8 cents over refinery price for B2 clear and B2 dyed diesel and 3 cents for winter additive was approved as well as 8 cents over refinery price for gasahol. The board also approved the purchase of a Cobra Pro MK1 gas powered post driver. 3 bids were submitted with Decker Supply turning the low bid at $4196.18.

Also at last night's Christian County Board meeting, Marchelle Kassbaum, Regional Superintendant of Education for Christian and Montgomery counties, gave a quick update on the progress of the wife and daughter of her assistant, Greg Patrick, who were involved in an auto accident 10 days previously. Both are doing extremely well and Patrick is expected back in the office within the next few days. Superintendant Kassbaum then introduced Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendant of Education for Bond and Effingham counties. She notified the board that everything was moving forward smoothly for the consolidation of the 2 Regional offices of Education.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50.

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Hornbuckle's Good Deed For Food Center

 width=As you know, the Pawnee Food Center will be closing on January 28th. On Saturday, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Patty Hornbuckle, got a group together to buy most of the inventory left at the Food Center. Hornbuckle told Regional Radio what she did to help.

 

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Hornbuckle says the remaining inventory will go to the Taylorville Food Center, which is owned by the same owners, Tom and Anita Hunt.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1-20-15

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

Jeremy A. Jolley, 32, of Taylorville was arrested Monday for unlawful use of a weapon.

Charleen Lebon, 32, of Rosamond was arrested Sunday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $1,500.

Vincent Delacruz, 33, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for domestic battery and obstructing justice.

Derek W. Jones, 26, of Assumption was arrested Sunday for domestic battery. Bond was set at $2,500.

Nathan M. Strayer, 27, of Edinburg was arrested Friday for domestic battery.

Justin M. McKay, 22, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for possession of cannabis. Bond was set at $2,500.

ACCIDENTS:

On Sunday, Nathan S. Durbin, 30, of Blue Mound was northbound on Walnut St. He was turning west onto Pleasant St. and struck a police car at the intersection. Durbin was stopped just west of the intersection by police. He was arrested for DUI, attempting to flee and escape police, and operating a vehicle with no valid insurance. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday at 12:18 A.M. , Sam A. Sassatelli, 23, of Taylorville was turning left off of Highway Route 104 onto Main St. in Bulpit. He was traveling too fast to make the turn and left the roadway striking a cable. No injuries to Sassatelli were reported.

 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Chad E. McKittrick, 40, of Pana was arrested on Sunday for bond forfeiture warrant out of Christian County. Bond was set at $2,500.

On Monday, Leighton M. Morrissey, 19, of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. 

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First National Bank in Taylorville Contributes to YMCA

 width=The First National Bank in Taylorville presented a check in the amount of $11,000 to the YMCA as part of their $55,000 commitment to the YMCA’s 2012 Debt Reduction Campaign. Chris Weittenhiller tells Regional Radio how this check was a big help.

 

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Weittenhiller said the YMCA will put a committee together to look at debt elimination sometime in 2015. 

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Christian County CEO Board Meets; Announces Student and Facilitator Applications Available

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The Christian County C-E-O Board held their monthly meeting Tuesday morning at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce board room, as the organization ramps up to accept high school student applications and facilitator applications for the new program that will launch in the fall of 2015.

 

About 2 dozen high school seniors from Christian County high schools, will be selected thru a blind application process, to attend this special class from 7:30 to 9 weekday mornings, to learn entrepreneurial skills from local business leaders.

 

Board co-chair Dee Krueger told Regional Radio News that both student and facilitator applications will be due March 2nd.

 

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And Krueger said the facilitator hired will need at least a bachelor's degree with a business background.

 

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Both the student and facilitator applications are available for download at the organization's web site, christiancountyceo.com.

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Wind Turbine Transmission Line Project

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from an official with the proposed Grain Belt Express wind energy power line, at their Tuesday meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Rick Cornell represents Clean Line Energy, the company proposing to build a 750-mile wind energy power line from turbines to be built in Kansas, and hauling the power thru Missouri and Central Illinois to wholesale power buyers in both states.


Cornell said the project is unique because it will generate and transmit direct current voltage, rather than alternate current voltage, with converter stations set up at key points along the line where they will then distribute the power to buyers.


The turbines will cost some 7 to 9-billion dollars, and the transmission line will cost some 2-million dollars per mile to build.


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Clean Line Energy plans to submit to the Illinois Commerce Commission later this year, the favorite route, and an alternate route, for the proposed line. The company has held one set of meetings in the areas the line is proposed to go thru; another set of meetings will be held in February and another in March.


Cornell said they hope to begin construction in 2017 and have the project completed generating power in 2019.


The public is reminded to attend the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, January 31st from 6:30 to 11am at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the fund raiser help the local Kiwanis Club provide services and programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community, such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, and high school scholarships.


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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Davis: Tax Reform Possible

 width=President Obama outlined his proposal for a tax increase at last night's State of the Union Address. U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville was in attendance, and he says changes in the tax code are possible if the President is willing to engage the Congress:

 

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Congressman Davis represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District.

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Scholarship Opportunity

 width=Graduating High School Seniors have a chance to get a scholarship from the Illinois State Historical Society. Tara Winter, ISHS Development Officer, says the deadline to apply is coming up:

 

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Illinois State Historical Society Executive Director Bill Furry says candidates for the scholarships will need to demonstrate some writing skills:

 

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Again, the deadline to apply is January 31st. You can get complete details about the scholarships at historyillinois.org.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/20/15

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Roxana by a final score of 84 to 56.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Warrensburg defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 55 to 32.

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Taylorville Aldermen OK Pay Hikes for Non-Bargaining Personnel

 width=Salary increases for Taylorville city department superintendents and other non-bargaining personnel, was the hot topic at Tuesday night's Taylorville City Council meeting. The Council's personnel committee had previously met for over 6 hours on the subject, and the committee recommended varying raises for different department heads, and a bonus for Water Superintendent Dave Speagle.

Alderman Martin Vota told aldermen Tuesday night, he was not in favor of the proposal.

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Alderman Larry Budd, who is chairman of the Council's finance committee, also told Council members he was not in favor of the increases the way they came out of the personnel committee.

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Alderman Shawn Burtle also was vocal about how the raises came out of committee.

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Vota, Burtle, and Budd all voted no, with the salary increases for Taylorville city non-bargaining employees passing 4 to 3.

After the vote, Mayor Greg Brotherton said he had made an error. A couple of the non-bargaining employees asked Brotherton before the meeting began, to let them speak before the vote. Mayor Brotherton said he has forgotten, and allowed them to speak after the vote. Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall said the city does not have a performance evaluation process to determine wage hikes.

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Police Detective Brian Hile told Taylorville aldermen Tuesday night that they didn't have a full understanding of all he does every day.

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In the end, Taylorville's non-bargaining employees received between a point-875 percent and one-point-750-percent raise. Water Superintendent David Speagle was the only department head getting a 750-dollar bonus on top of his one-point-750 percent raise.

The Council voted to sell the Fire Department's 2006 Rescue Truck; they OK'd selling a 1998 fire squad vehicle; they voted some 59-hundred 50-dollars to host Illinois Fire Service Institute training at the Taylorville Fire Station; and voted to apply for federal grant money for silt dam dredging.

Taylorville aldermen Tuesday night hiked the Village of Kincaid's water rate they pay Taylorville for water, to 3-dollars 96-cents per one-thousand gallons, which is the maximum allowable rate; they hired an energy broker to negotiate the city's upcoming electric rate contract later this year; accepted an 18-thousand 700-dollar offer for a transmission line easement from Ameren; and voted to send a bill to an out of town property owner who owns property on East Ash Street, telling them they have 30 days to pay a sewer repair bill or be turned over to a collection agency.

The Taylorville City Council approved payment of a loan back to the water fund from the general fund of some 50-thousand dollars, and also instructed city attorney Rocci Romano to negotiate with Ameren on another transmission line easement issue.

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Taylorville girls basketball scores

As heard on New Country 104-point-1, Highland defeated Taylorville by a final score of 63 to 50.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 1/19/15

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THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Thursday (1/19/15), officers witnessed a driver who did not have a valid driver’s license and conducted a traffic stop. Subsequent to the investigation, Michael Reber, 41, of Taylorville, was arrested for no valid driver’s license. He was issued a notice to appear and released at the scene.

On Friday (1/16/15), at 10:53 A.M., Matt Hutchinson, the Assistant Principal at Taylorville High School, called Taylorville Police about an altercation at the high school. Hutchinson told police, Bailey Kennedy, 18, had pushed another student and a teacher. Kennedy was arrested and taken to the Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released.

Donald W. King, 58, of Taylorville was arrested on Friday for disorderly conduct.

Melisa D. Krouse, 58, of Taylorville was arrested on Friday for a failure to appear warrant out of Christian County.

Tyler J. Purkes, 20, of Taylorville was arrested on Friday for possession of cannabis that was less than 10 grams.

Tilur M. Miller, 21, of Taylorville was arrested on Saturday for possession of a controlled substance, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and driving with no valid driver’s license.

Casey L. Conaway, 21, of Springfield was arrested on Friday for retail theft.

 

Accidents to report:

On Friday at 8:13A.M., Rhea A. Witlow,17, of Taylorville and Shawn B. Harshani, 42 of Taylorville were driving northbound of Cheney St. attempting to turn right onto Springfield Rd. Harshani entered the turn lane and had to wait for oncoming traffic. Witlow was following behind Harshani. She began to make the turn and realized Harshani was still waiting on traffic. Witlow tried to avoid Harshani but failed to do so. Harshani had damage on his driver’s side door and front fender. Both vehicles were towed due to damage and no injuries were reported. Witlow was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and Harshani was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle. 

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Plan Now for Gardening

If you are considering starting a garden this spring, now is the time to plan for it. Master Gardener Kathy Knope tells Regional Radio News there are certain steps you need to take:

 

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Knope says there are plenty of websites available with info on when and how to start.

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Sheriff Addresses Suicide Problem

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Taylorville High School to Host Blood Drive

 width=Central Illinois Community Blood Center is having a blood drive at Taylorville High School on January 30th. Donor Relations Consultant Lanie Cooper tells Regional Radio why you should donate.

 

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To make an appointment to give blood, call 1-866-GIVEBLOOD. That’s 1-866-448-3253.   

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Taylorville boys basketball score 1/17/15

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated East Alton-Wood River by a final score of 93 to 51.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 1/17/15

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated Althoff by a final score of 59 to 40.

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Taylorville Man Killed in Crash

Daniel Corbin, 45, of Taylorville, died in an accident Thursday (1/15/15) night at approximately 7:40 p.m on Route 48, a quarter mile west of Nokomis Blacktop. According to the investigation by Illinois State Police, Corbin was driving a black 2000 Chevy pick-up truck traveling southbound on Route 48. For unknown reasons, the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree, and burst into flames. It was unknown if Corbin was wearing a seat belt. Taylorville Police Department did assist at site of the crash. Corbin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be held in Bloomington Friday Afternoon. 

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Area Arrests/Incidents 1/16/15

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE REPORT THE FOLLWING ARRESTS:

On Thursday (1/15/15), Stanly K. Desart, 22, of Taylorville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant out of Macoupin County. Bond was set at $1000.

On Thursday (1/15/15), at 4:21, Shane Lambert-Miller, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

INCIDENTS:

On Wednesday (1/14/15), Emily J. Wilham of Taylorville, noticed damage to her Chevy Cruze when she got off work at Gowin Park. The damage was to the rear back bumper. The color of the paint left on the car was a dark color. Those with information are to call the Taylorville Police Department.  

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Vatthauer: Intentions, Not Resolutions

 width=When it comes to making resolutions for the New Year, it may be better to form a set of intentions, according to licensed counselor Karen Vatthauer:

 

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You can contact Karen Vatthauer by calling 824-3435.

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Eat Nutrient Rich Foods: Fikri

 width=One way to stay healthy is to eat more nutrient rich foods. Many snacks and processed foods contain calories but no nutrients, according to Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council:

 

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Find more information at the website stldairycouncil.org.

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Reber Charged Again

Jarod C. Reber of Taylorville, who was already charged with production of child pornography, was charged in court earlier this week with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera said the charge arose from sources and received additional information from flash drives and other electronics. Havera did not know of any additional charges as of Friday (January 16,2015). 

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Tuscola by a final score of 48 to 46.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/16/15

In high school boys basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mattoon by a final score of 77 to 59.

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4H To Offer Leadership Conference

 width=Area Junior High students will have a chance to learn about leadership. Peggy Hampton, 4H Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, says their Leadership Conference is coming up next month:

 

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Call your local Extension office for more information.

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Monthly Chamber Event Coming Up

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Sheriff Addresses Teen Suicide

 width=Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp's monthly newsletter addresses the problem of teen suicide. The Sheriff says suicide is a problem for people of all ages, but teens may be especially vulnerable:

 

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As part of a three part series, next month the Sheriff will address the problem of suicide among the elderly, and then among military veterans.

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Christian County CEO Accepting Student Applications

 width= Applications are now available for Christian County high school seniors to be a part of the 2015-2016 Christian County CEO class. They can receive them from their high school guidance counselors or online at www.christiancountyceo.com. The class meets for one and one-half hours each school day from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in a variety of Christian County businesses. The class is completely supported financially by our CEO Business Investors. There is no cost to students or parents. Applications are due March 2, 2015. The application requires a narrative statement along with three character references. Dee Krueger, Co-Chair, stated,”There are two characteristics we are looking for in CEO students, trustworthiness and a good work ethic.” An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville. Informational videos can also be found on the Christian County CEO Program Facebook page.

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As heard on WMKR GEnuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Warrensburg-Lathem by afinal score of 64 to 19.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 01/15/15

In high school girls basketball Thursday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mt. Zion by a final score of 59 to 52.

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Area Arrests 1/15/15

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERRIF’S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Monday, Dominique A. Wilson, 29, of Taylorville was arrested for aggravated battery.

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Fire Department Calls: 1/15/15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLWING CALLS:

1/12/15: 2 EMS

1/13/15: 3 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Automatic Alarm

1/14/15: 5 EMS

1/15/15: 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

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Taylorville Fire Department Respond to Stove Fire

On Tuesday (January 13, 2015) the Taylorville Fire Department got a call about a possible structure fire at 525 S. Anderson St.

Upon arrival, the Fire Department saw it was a stove fire. The stove was removed from the house and taken outside. Taylorville Fire Department found out a breaker was tripped to the stove. Assistant Fire Chief, Andy Goodall, said the only damage done was from the smoke. The owners were able to return to their home. 

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More Changes In Springfield

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 1-14-15

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Monday (January 12th, 2015) at 1:00p.m, Taylorville Police conducted a traffic stop. The officer knew of the driver, Aaron M. Steele, to have a suspended license. Steele, 25, of Riverton, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. He was processed and released on a notice to appear.

ACCIDENTS:

On Saturday (January 10th, 2015), Denise K. Parks, 51, of Mason was headed North in the turn lane on Webster St. turning left onto Spresser St. Bradley A. Johnson, 39, of Taylorville pulled out of the Subway parking lot heading North on Webster St. Johnson failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He said he applied the brakes but they were not working. Johnson had minor front end damage and Parks had puncture marks on the rear bumper. Both vehicles were able to drive away. Johnson was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Fursteneau Warns School Board About Declining Enrollment

At the latest Taylorville School Board meeting, Superintendent Greg Fursteneau told members that declining enrollment may cause the district to make changes. Dr. Fursteneau says the changes may include some job cuts:

 

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School principals have been asked to provide the superintendent with a staffing plan by next month.

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ATIM Program Comes To Central Illinois

Employers and potential employees have reason to be glad to see the ATIM Program coming into the area. It stands for Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing. Larry Peterson of Taylorville is the Project Manager for the district:

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Robbery at KFC in Taylorville Late Monday Night

On Monday (1/12/15), at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Taylorville Police Department responded to a robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on N. Webster St. Upon arrival, officers located an employee in the freezer. It appeared that the area had been rummaged through and an undetermined amount of cash had been taken.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20’s, approximately 6 feet tall and around 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white sign on the right upper chest area and dark blue jeans.

Anyone having information is asked to contact the Taylorville Police Department at 217-824-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 1/13/15

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT THE FOLLOW ARREST:

Derran C. Waller, 22, of Chicago was arrested on Monday for domestic battery. He was taken to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

ACCIDENTS:

On Sunday (1/11/15), Tonya J. Goodroe, 49, of Taylorville was traveling East on E. Franklin St. when she lost control of her vehicle due to ice on the road. Goodroe collided with a parked car on the North side of the road and East of Franklin St. No damage to the vehicles were reported.

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Taylorville's Connection to Neenah Foundry Speaks at Kiwanis Club

 width=Taylorville's local connection to the leading foundry making man hole covers in the United States, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Greg Hornbuckle has been with Neenah Foundry in Neenah, Wisconsin, since 1978. He moved his family to Taylorville in 1991, and remained with the company based at their sales and distribution center in Chicago.


Hornbuckle gave Kiwanis members an overview of the company he works for, which has a market share of some 35-percent of the man hole covers in the United States. Neenah Foundry employs over 900 people, and has over 5-thousand customers across the United States.


The company has continued to grow since its beginnings in Neenah, Wisconsin in 1872; it now boasts having multiple foundries and distribution centers across the United States.


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Hornbuckle added that Neenah Foundry now has 2 divisions—one that manufactures and sells to municipalities and other entities needing such things as man hole covers and grates, and an industrial division that makes parts for heavy trucks for manufacturers such as Caterpillar.


The public is reminded to attend the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, January 31st from 6:30 to 11am at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the fund raiser help the local Kiwanis Club provide services and programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community, such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, and high school scholarships.


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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Agriculture Emphasizes Youth

Emphasis on the young is a hallmark of agriculture. The Manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau, Mellissa McMillan says it's hugely important to keep them involved:

 

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McMillan is celebrating her 3rd year as Manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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Type One Diabetes A Lifetime Condition

There is a lot of attention being paid to type two diabetes lately, because of the increase in cases being reported. But Vanessa Wiseman of the American Diabetes Association says type one is also still a big problem:

 

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Free information about either type of diabetes is available online at diabetes.org, or you can call the 24 hour hotline at (800) 432-2383.

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Gowin Parc Inspired By Need

 width=The Gowin Parc facilities in Illinois were created when Teresa Gowin saw the need for improved memory care. Director of Operations for Gowin parc, Jenny Stephens says it all started a few years ago:

 

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The Taylorville Gowin Parc facility underwent a similar expansion shortly after it opened in 2012.

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Shelbyville Man Killed in Crash

On Monday, the Macon County Coroner’s office was called out to the 5900 block of East Lake Fork Road where 73 year-old, Cleveland Johnson lost control of his pick-up truck and drowned. Macon County Coroner Michael E Day tells Regional Radio was actually happened.

 

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The autopsy revealed that Cleveland Johnson passed away due to drowning. There is an ongoing investigation by the Macon County Coroner’s office concerning the crash. 

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Taylorville boys basketball score 01/13/15

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Jacksonville by a final score of 49 to 47.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Newton defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 47 to 42.

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Taylorville School Superintendent: Projected Decreased Enrollment Could Mean Staff Cuts Next Year

The Taylorville School Board held its January meeting Tuesday night at the Unit Office, and while regular business and a report from the district's technology director was a large part of the meeting, the report from Superintendent Doctor Gregg Fuerstenau on the projected declining enrollment and what that will mean to the district also got board members' attention.


The Taylorville Superintendent told the board that the projected declining enrollment next school year is being looked at in 3 phases. The first phase is a possible shift from 8 sections of Kindergarten thru 2nd grade in the Taylorville district, to 7 due a projected decrease of 20 Kindergarten students next year. This, plus a possible shift in elementary school boundaries, could mean 3 staff positions being eliminated.


The 2nd phase that could be implemented, would be to move Taylorville Junior High School to an 8-period day. The 3rd phase being looked at is going to an 8-period day at Taylorville High School. Fuerstenau added that staff retirements could affect any potential staff positions being cut.


The Superintendent added that building principals have been instructed to put together a staffing plan for next school year, based on the district's continued decrease in projected enrollment. Those plans will be presented to the board at their February meeting. Fuerstenau emphasized that any decisions on school funding in Springfield in the next 30 days, may have an affect on final decisions the Taylorville School Board will make at their February board meeting.

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The Taylorville School Board Tuesday night heard the annual report from district technology director Chris Kuntzman. Kuntzman reported how the district was moving to a google platform for teaching and administration, with some 987 Chromebooks already being used by district students.

Kuntzman outlined further technology improvements such as adding a technology integration special position to help teachers further integrate technology in learning, upgrading the district's phone communication system in all buildings, and even teaching basic computer programming as young as first grade to enable students to ultimately be ready for an expanding job market in computer science.


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Kuntzman also reviewed plans district-wide to reduce or eliminate printers and have more centralized copiers that will save money.

Tuesday night's Taylorville School Board meeting saw a number of motions approved. The board accepted the resignations of Shauna Becker, a library aide at Taylorville High School, and Jeff Grizzell as assistant football coach at Taylorville High School; and hired Jennifer Richardson for teaching art in grades 6 thru 8 at Taylorville Junior High School for the remainder of the school year, after Cindy Adams was granted a leave of absence.


Field trips for the Taylorville High School Student Council were approved, as was allowing the T-H-S Wrestling Team to stay in Herrin the day before their Regional Tournament. The Taylorville Board awarded diplomas to 2 students who have fulfilled the requirements for graduation, and OK'd the 2nd reading of various amendments to board policy.

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Helicopter Spotted Over Taylorville

If you live in the Taylorville area and were wondering about the helicopters you heard overhead during the weekend, we’ve got the answer.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office tells Regional Radio News that the helicopters were part of a military training exercise.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 1/12/15

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

Heather Smith, 28, of Stonington, was arrested on January 9th for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $1,500.

Dianna L. Sloper, 40, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 110th for theft.

Nicholas A. Edwards, 33, of Edinburg, was arrested on January 10th for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Ashley N. Lowis, 30, of Morrisonville, was arrested on January 11th for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,500.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Robert B. Laker, 40, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 4th for a DUI.

Kim E. Miller, 62, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 11th for domestic battery.

Donald R. Felton, 29, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 11th for methamphetamine delivery that was less than 5 grams, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacturing/delivery of cannabis.

On January 11th, at 1:20am a Taylorville Police Department officer located a male walking in the Marsango plaza parking lot. The male, Jared W. McConnell of Edinburg, was arrested for illegal consumption and released to his mother on a notice to appear.

On January 3rd, at approximately 1:15pm, J. Damarin, Pro Shop Owner, came to the Taylorville Police Department to report employee theft. Damarin said he learned through employees, managers and an inventory check that several items from his business were missing. One of his employees told him that he had seen some of the stolen items at a local scrap yard. Damarin told Taylorville Police Department he would like them to investigate the theft. He was given several blank statement forms to be filled out by employees. According to J. Damarin, the dollar value of the items exceeded several thousand dollars. The matter was forwarded to detectives. Subsequent to the investigation, Adam G. Brachear, 27, of Palmer, was arrested for theft of the amount of $300. He was lodged in the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond.

ACCIDENTS:

On January 11th, Michael L. White, 30, of Stonington, Sheila K. Crowder, 54, of Decatur and Tonya S. Bowsher, 42, of Stonington were waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. Mary E. Cundiff, 80, of Taylorville was also in the drive-thru and was pulling up in line. Cundiff did not slow down and struck White, which in turn struck, Crowder, which in turn struck Bowsher, causing damage. All units were able to drive from the scene.

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Fire Department Calls 1-12-15

THE TAYLORVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING CALLS:

1/9/15: 4 EMS, 1 Fire

1/10/15: 1 Fire, 1 EMS

1/11/15: 1 Public Assist, 1 Power Line

1/12/15: 1 EMS

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Lost Dog Found at Taylorville Fire Department

 width=A dog was found in the alley at the Taylorville Fire Department this morning at 202 N. Main St. The dog appears to be a Doberman. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 824-2295.

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Gas Price Drop Good For Economy

 width=Americans are enjoying the amazing drop in gas prices, but some pundits are warning that it's bad for the economy. U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville disagrees with that:

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Prices in Central Illinois are averaging around $1.65.

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Rosenthal's Bobcat Bill Vetoed

 width=As one of his last acts as Governor, Pat Quinn vetoed a bill which would have allowed the hunting of bobcats in Illinois. The House Sponsor of the bill, Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, says it passed both houses of the Democrat controlled legislature:

 

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Quinn vetoed the bill over the weekend. Bruce Rauner was sworn in as Illinois Governor yesterday (Monday).

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Governor Rauner Takes Oath

 width=This morning in Springfield, Republican Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the new Govenor of Illinois.

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Rauner also says he's ready to go to work for the people of Illinois.

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Bruce Rauner is the 42nd Govenor of Illinois.

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Christian County CEO Program Announces Board of Directors, Officers

 width=The Christian County CEO program has named its 2015-2016 Board of Directors.  They include:

Co-Chair Dee Krueger, Lincoln Land Community College

Co-Chair Mary Renner, Christian County Economic Development Corporation

Treasurer Ken Hart, Peoples Bank

Secretary Patty Hornbuckle, Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

Ex-Officio Marchelle Kasselbaum, Regional Superintendent of Schools

Members

Greg Brotherton, Mayor, City of Taylorville

Joe Curvey, Curvey Real Estate

Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent, Taylorville School District

Randy Miller, Miller Media Group

Michelle Reiss, Edinburg High School

Brenda Spurling, Spurling Title, Inc.

Heather Strom, Pana High School

Adam Vocks, Computer Techniques, Inc.

Christian County CEO is a year-long course designed to utilize partnerships that provide an overview of business development and processes. Our local business community partners with area schools to create project-based experiences for students by providing funding, expertise, meeting space, business tours and one-on-one mentoring. Students visit area businesses, learn from guest speakers, participate in a class business, write business plans, and start and operate their own businesses. Business concepts learned through the experiential CEO class are critical; the 21st skills of problem-solving, teamwork, self-motivation, responsibility, higher-order thinking, communication and inquiry are at the heart of a student’s development throughout the course. More information can be obtained from Christian County CEO Program Facebook page.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Argenta Oreana by a final score of 80 to 25.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 01/12/15

In high school basketball Monday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Salem by a final score of 58 to 52.

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UPDATED: Winter Weather Advisory Continues Until 9am Monday

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has continued its Winter Weather Advisory until 9 o'clock Monday morning.

A wintry mix of precipitation will continue into tonight across central IL while light rain in southeast IL this afternoon and early evening changes to light freezing rain and sleet later this evening and overnight.

Northern areas will see mostly light snow where 1 to 2 inches may accumulate with locally 2 to 3 inches north of Peoria. A mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected from along I-72 thru the I-70 corridor.

The more significant accumulation of ice will be from Charleston/Mattoon southeast toward I-70 where one to two tenths of ice may accumulate by dawn Monday. All the precipitation will push out of our area by late Monday morning.

Stay tuned to this Regional Radio station, and watch for further information on our on-line newspaper, for further updates.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3. Central A&M defeated Sangamon Valley by a final score of 64 to 47.

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Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 1/9/15

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office Reports the Following Accidents:

On January 9th at 6:24am, Heather R. Smith, 28, of Stonington, was eastbound on County Road 1550 North. At approximately 1750 East, Smith swerved to miss a deer entering the roadway. She lost control of her 1999 Dodge Sedan due to the snow on the road and entered the south ditch. She was taken to Shelby Memorial Hospital.

 

The Taylorville Police Department Report the Following Arrest:

Destiny L. True, 28, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 9th. Officers were dispatched to 735 Big Bend Road Apartment 6 in reference to a domestic dispute. True was arrested for domestic battery. She was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and transported to Christian County Correction Center.

Accidents:

On January 8th at 3:57pm, David M. Jamison, 60, of Taylorville was turning left off of North Spresser into Jamison Plumbing. Amanda M. Simpson, 21, of Taylorville was traveling west of Spresser and failed to see Jamison break. Simpson stated she was not paying attention to Jamison. Simpson sustained major front end damage due to the accident. Jamison sustained major rear-end damage and a possible bent frame. Amanda Simpson was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Fire Department Calls 1/9/15

The Taylorville Fire Department Reports the Following Calls:

1/7/15: 4 EMS, 1 Fire

1/8/15: 5 EMS, 1 Fire, 1 Public Assist, 1 Automatic Alarm

1/9/15: 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Carbon Monoxide

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Mutual Aide was Called to Assist with Fire East of Millersville Thursday Night

At 4:28 p.m., the Pana Fire Department was called to a fire with heavy smoke inside a large machine shed at 2181 East 700 North Road in Pana.

Upon arrival, a semi-trailer was located inside the machine shed burning.  A heater that had been placed under the semi to warm the engine had caught fire. Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland tells Regional Radio that the fire was contained to the shed and that the semi-trailer, owned by Steve Hoffman, was a total loss.  Mutual aid was received by the Owaneco Fire Department, Assumption Fire Department and the Taylorville Fire Department.

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Farm Bureau Offers Scholarships

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2015-01-09 14:20:27.047

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Chamber to See 2015 Changes

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is located on the south side of the Taylorville Square.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Clinton by a final score of 66 to 50.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 1/9/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk 96.3, Effingham defeated Taylorville by a final score of 64 to 58.

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Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 1/8/15

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

Charles J. Grimes, 24, of Nokomis, was arrested on January 7th on bond forfeiture warrant for drug paraphernalia.

Kristopher M. Swineburne, 26, of Taylorville, was arrested on January 7th for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Bond was set $60,000.

Adam Brachear, 28, of Palmer, was arrested on January 7th for theft.

ACCIDENTS:

On January 6th at 12:50pm, Christi A. Hustedt, 32, of Stonington, was eastbound on county Highway 4. She was two/tenths a mile west of Township Road 1600 East and hit a slick spot in the road. She went across the westbound lane and into the north ditch. Hustedt, traveled in the north ditch approximately 500 feet before coming back onto the roadway. She then went into the south ditch across the field entrance. Hustedt, went east across Township Road 1600 East, into the east ditch of 1600 East, and came to rest in the field east of 1600 East. Hustedt reported minor injuries and was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

On January 6th at 7:08am, Katherine E. Jennings, 55, of Moweaqua was westbound on County Highway 4. Matthew P. Rincker, 33, of Taylorville, was eastbound on County Highway 4. Jennings lost control due to ice on the roadway and slid into the eastbound lane and struck the left side of Rincker. Jennings came to rest in the south ditch. Rincker came to rest in the north ditch. No injuries were reported.

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Shelby Memorial Hospital's Red Event

 width=Shelby Memorial Hospital will be the place for a fun event next month. Lorrie Hayden of SMH says they will present the 5th annual Red Event:

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Find out more by calling Shelby Memorial Hospital at 774-3961 and ask for Jean Hudson, or log on to mysmh.org.

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Another Successful Year for the Chamber of Commerce

 width=Hopes are high for a successful 2015. The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce had a good 2014, according to Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle:

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In 2015, the Chamber will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chillifest, which takes place in October.

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Realistic New Year's Goals

Planning to lose weight as a New Year's resolution is a good idea, but to be successful, you should keep your goals realistic. That's according to Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator for the University of Illinois Extension:

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Not only is gradual weight loss more likely to be effective, it's also healthier for you.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated St. Teresa by a final score of 74 to 39.

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Area Arrests 1/7/15


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

David Fisher, 36, of Mt. Auburn, was arrested January 6th on an on view arrest for driving with a suspended license.

Bradin Taylor, 20, of Mason City, was arrested on January 6th on an original arrest warrant for residential burglary. The bond was set at $3,000.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARREST:

On January 6th, Taylorville Police Department was contacted by Wal-Mart in reference to 2 shoplifters. Subsequent to Officer arrival, Kody K. Page, 30, of Taylorville and Kandi R. Jacobs, 35, of Taylorville, were placed under arrest for retail theft.

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Pana Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Taylorville Police Department reported that Joshua J. Crowe, 42, of Pana was arrested on January 5th for retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire Department Calls 1/7/15

Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls:

1/6/15: 1 Public Assist, 1 EMS, 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Taylorville Kiwanis Provide First-Ever Outside Grants to Non-Profits

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced the beneficiaries of their first-ever “Outside Funding Grants”.

These grants are as a result of an application process that the Kiwanis Club began a year ago, to review requests from outside organizations for dollars raised by the club to benefit local programs for children and youth.

These grant monies being given to outside non-profit organizations, are in addition to Kiwanis-sponsored programs such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school scholarships, and sponsorship of the High School Kiwanis Key Club and Junior High Kiwanis Builder's Club.

5 organizations were granted funding, after all the applications received went thru a review process by the Kiwanis Club.

The Christian County C-E-O Program was granted $1000. This program is just starting in Christian County, and will provide some 2 dozen Christian County High School seniors the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills to start their own business. The C-E-O program begins in the fall of 2015.

The Christian County Y-M-C-A was granted $1000 to assist the Y's Financial Assistance Program so that all their programs and services can be offered to anyone, no matter what their ability is to pay. The Kiwanis Club's donation is part of the Y's nearly 88-thousand dollars in total financial assistance.

Camp Care-A-Lot received $900 from the local Kiwanis Club. The week-long children's camps in Jacksonville and Springfield target low income children from several counties, including Christian. The camp sets goals for the future, and establishes small steps to help kids achieve the goals that are set.

The Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry was granted $600 by the local Kiwanis Club. The dollars given will enable the Central Illinois Food Bank to bring their Mobile Food Pantry to Taylorville, to help feed food-insecure children and their families.

And the Taylorville Kiwanis Club granted the Taylorville Park District $100 towards their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 to eleven. The Kiwanis Club has been a long-time supporter of this event.

Organizations that wish to apply for the Kiwanis Club's “Outside Funding Grants”, can find details and the application, on the Club's web site, taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com. Applications are due on October 31st, with grants announced in late 2015.

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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Steve Henry: Where to Invest Your Money Takes Consideration

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CSH Investment Management in Taylorville is at 926 West Spresser.

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Important Blood Drive in Taylorville Next Week

 width=The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is sponsoring an upcoming blood drive. The CICBC's Associate Donor Relations Consultant, Amy Friedman tells Regional Radio News it takes place next week:

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Friedman says participants might win a prize:

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Again, the blood drive is Wednesday January 14 from 11am to 6pm in the auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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McGuire: Internet Scams Increasing

 width=The problem of telephone and internet scams has increased dramatically in recent years, and Public Advocate Mac McGuire says the government is responding:

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The Federal Trade Commission is just one organization that offers free information to those who want to find out more.

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Christian County Sheriff's Office Reports Arrest

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports that 31 year-old Matthew Toohey of Tower Hill was arrested Monday, on a bond forfeiture warrant for unlawful possession weapon by a felon.

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Taylorville Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A Taylorville man was arrested Friday on drug charges.

Taylorville Police arrested Theodore Mark Fleming, Junior after being dispatched to the intersection of Elm Street and Briarcliff Road. Police allegedly found Fleming passed out in his vehicle at the stop sign. Fleming was charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Taylorville Police Department, processed, and then taken to the Christian County Correctional Center.

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Fire Department Calls 1-6-15

Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls:

 

1/1/15: 4 EMS

1/2/15: 3 Public Assist, 1 EMS

1/3/15: 4 EMS

1/4/15: 3 EMS, 1 Fire at 211 East Lincoln, Edinburg

1/5/15: 4 EMS, 2 fires investigated at Lake Lots 140 and 141

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Taylorville Kiwanis Review Projects for Children, Youth at Weekly Meeting

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Kiwanis members reviewed work by various committees on local projects benefitting children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

Kiwanis Park committee members are working towards getting prices on projects such as resurfacing the existing pavilion floor, and the addition of one or 2 new smaller pavilions to accommodate more families at the park.

 

And Kiwanis members were reminded about the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day fund-raiser 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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Senior Citizen Angel Tree A Hit

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center in Taylorville sponsored an Angel Tree once again this past holiday season. Judy Gates of the Senior Center says it was a big success this year:

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2015-01-06 16:53:34.590

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Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Warning, Advisory thru Thursday

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The National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories and warnings across Central Illinois from now thru Thursday.

The wind chill warning is for counties along and north of Interstate 72 thru noon on Thursday. The wind chill advisory is for counties between Interstate 72 and Interstate 70 thru noon Thursday.

Bitter cold temperatures and extreme wind chills will occur tonight through Thursday as an intense Arctic high pressure area moves into the plains. Temperatures tonight will drop to below zero over most of the area.

However, northwest winds will become gusty as the high pressure area moves into the plains. This will create wind chills of -15 to -30 across central and southeast Illinois for late tonight into tomorrow morning.

The Weather Service says temperatures will be even colder tomorrow night, with some areas reaching to 10 to 15 below zero. The high pressure will be closer as well, which will bring lighter winds. However, wind chills will still be in the -15 to -30 range across the area through Thursday morning.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Altamont defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 70 to 57.

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Weather Service Issues Winter Weather Advisory for Local Area

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The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and warnings for portions of Central Illinois, as the area gets its first taste of winter.

The Weather Service says a fast moving Alberta Clipper will approach from the northwest, and move through the area Monday evening. Snowfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are likely along and north of a Macomb to Paris line, with even higher totals possible closer to I-80. Lesser amounts of snow is expected to the south, with areas from Springfield to Mattoon possibly seeing 1 to 3 inches. South of this area will likely see less than half an inch. Once the clipper departs, an extended period of bitter cold air is expected for the middle of the week, with wind chills of 20 below to 30 below zero likely Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

The Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 6pm Monday until 6am Tuesday, for areas that include the Quad Cities, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, and Danville, for 3 to 6 inches of snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for one to 3 inches of snow from 6pm Monday until 6am Tuesday, is in effect for an area that includes Canton, Lincoln, Clinton, Decatur, and Mattoon-Charleston.

Gusty winds nearing 30 miles an hour Tuesday and Tuesday night, will blow the snow causing difficult travel.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest in weather information.

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Winter Driving Preparation

While we've been lucky so far this season, we are bound to see wintery weather at some point in the next few months. Illinois State Police Information Officer Emmanuel Edwards tells Regional radio News the key is preparation:

 

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Winter doesn't officially end until Late March.

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Sheriff: Meth Still A Problem

Many people have been saying that the methamphetamine problem in Central Illinois has improved in recent years. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that's not entirely true:

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2015-01-05 18:02:12.510

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Argenta-Oreana by a final score of 66 to 15.

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Taylorville Aldermen Make Quick Work in 20 Minute Session

 width=The Taylorville City Council made quick work of city business in their 20-minute meeting Monday night.

Among items passed was a release and global settlement agreement with Jamal Shedadeh (shuh-HAHD-uh) who filed a host of Freedom of Information Act requests with the city and other law enforement agencies, in an attempt to defend himself from charges that ultimately landed him in prison. Shedadeh (shuh-HAHD-uh), thru the agreement presented to Taylorville aldermen Monday night, dismissed pending court cases filed in U-S District Court against the city, Christian County, State's Attorney, and several other city and county officials regarding his Freedom of Information Act requests. Mayor Greg Brotherton told Regional Radio News that the requests will now end.


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Brotherton added that Shedadeh (shuh-HAHD-uh) cost the City of Taylorville thousands of dollars in city attorney fees and time.


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Taylorville aldermen Monday night also approved a transmission line easement agreement with Ameren, and purchased a garage door for the Cemetery Machine Building at a cost of some 6-thousand dollars.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Shelbyville defeated Neoga by a final score of 53 to 25.

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