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Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory for Listening Area

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery and Fayette Counties in the Regional Radio listening area, and a Winter Weather Advisory for the rest of the listening area, from 6pm Saturday thru 6pm Sunday.

The Weather Service says a storm system is expected to bring snow back into our area Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday afternoon or evening. By the time the storm shifts away from our area late Sunday, we could see snowfall totals in the 4 to 6 inch range by Sunday afternoon, with locally higher amounts possible, especially along and south of a Springfield to Champaign line which is further south than what we saw with the model data yesterday at this time.

Winds will not be much of a factor with this storm with wind speeds of 10 mph or less expected through Sunday.

Afternoon temperatures on Sunday will climb to around freezing along and especially south of I-72 which should help melt some of the snow during the afternoon.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, and for weather along with cancellations and road conditions, go to taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Davis Seeks Student Art Competition Submissions

 width=U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced Friday he is accepting submissions from high school students in the 13th Congressional District for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  The winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year.

Entries for the competition are now being accepted and must be submitted to Davis' district offices by Friday, April 3, 2015. The entry only needs to be framed if it is selected as the winner to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Participating students' artwork will be on display from April 6th-10th at the Springer Cultural Center in Champaign with a special reception being held on April 10th from 6:00pm-7:00pm where this year's winner will be announced.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Calhoun by a final score of 51 to 41.

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Regional Radio Visits Windsor for Final FFA Trip

 width=On the final day of visiting high schools for FFA Week, Regional Radio made their last stop at Windsor High School on Thursday. Sydney Boehm, President of FFA at Windsor, tells us what her duties are and what her plans are after high school.

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Travis Fox, the Sophomore Reporter of FFA at Windsor, tells us he won an award recently.

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 width=Overall there are 58 FFA members at Windsor High School. 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital EAC Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

 width=On Saturday, February 14th Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Employee Activity Committee hosted their third Annual Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser in the Janice Hooper Auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Live entertainment for the evening was presented by Killer Combo Jazz Band and Stage Fright Theatricals. Jane Simmons, a member of the Employee Activity Committee tells Regional Radio about the event.

 

Guests were also entered into door prize drawings compliments of Ann’s Floral, Classic Bouquet, The Wooden Flower, Kroger Floral Department, Krieger’s, Angelo’s Pizza, Whit’s End, Florinda’s Italian Restaurant, and Arpeggio Winery.  

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Area Arrests 2/27/15

On Friday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

On Thursday at 12:37p.m., Taylorville High School requested an officer in reference to a student with drug paraphernalia. A 17 year old male juvenile was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and released to his grandmother.

Brandt Ehrhardt, 31, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while his license was revoked.

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Scherer Fights for Protections Against Cyberstalking

In response to advances in modern social media and GPS technology, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, tells Regional Radio she is supporting a bill that protects potential stalking victims from new methods of surveillance and increases penalties for violators.

 

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Scherer is co-sponsoring House Bill 242, which updates stalking laws by prohibiting the use of digital technology to electronically track another person. Currently, electronic monitoring is only illegal if the stalker places a tracking device on another person or their property. Advances of social media and smart phone technology, however, have made electronic monitoring possible without the use of a tracking device. Additionally, the bill will also punish those convicted of aggravated stalking with up to 15 years in prison if their victims suffer severe and permanent disabilities or disfigurement.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 02/27/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Effingham defeated Taylorville by a final score of 59 to 50.

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Reunion Meeting at Christian County Historical Society

The Christian County Historical Society is hosting an alumni reunion on Sunday, March 1st at 2 p.m. This is the 50th anniversary for the C.C.H.S. and President, Judi Heberling tells Regional Radio this is a good time to reminisce about events that have happened in the county.

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Residents of Christian County, past and present, are invited. If you cannot attend the meeting, send your thoughts to info@thsmemories.com

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Bohannon Skeptical of Ukrainian Rebel Weapons Drawback

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Jim Bohanon, nationally syndicated talk show host, tells Regional Radio that he is skeptical of the drawback.

 

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Bohanon's program, The Jim Bohannon Show, can be heard weeknights from nine to midnight right here, on Newstalk WTIM.

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FFA Week at Cowden-Herrick

 width=Regional Radio was at Cowden-Herrick High School Wednesday to speak with students who are officers for FFA. We spoke with Matt Richards, the Vice President, and Chase Chandler, the Sentinel, with FFA at Cowden Herrick. Both Richards and Chandler tell Regional Radio what they do with their positions and their favorite thing about FFA Week.

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 width=Cowden-Herrick High School has 55 FFA members at the school. Regional Radio will be at Windsor High School on Thursday.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-25-15

The Taylorville Police Department reports the following arrests to Regional Radio:

On Wednesday, Blake M. Whitehead, 22, of Taylorville was arrested on Shelby County warrant.

A male juvenile, 17, of Taylorville was arrested for assault. 

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Illinois Fathers Promotes Parental Equality

A local group is trying to raise awareness about the need for parental equality. Illinois Fathers is a non-profit organization. Member Steven Westerfield says there has been some attention given to the problem, but more needs to be done:

 

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You can find out more about the statewide organization at their website, illinoisfathers.org.

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Social Security Field Office Expanding Hours

Social Security beneficiaries in need of face-to-face assistance will have a few extra hours to do so each week.

 

Jack Meyers with Social Security Administration says the Springfield field office will extend their business hours effective March 16th. Meyers tells Regional Radio more about the expansion.

 

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For more information, contact the Springfield Social Security office at 877-279-9504.

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Regional Radio Visits Okaw Valley for FFA Week

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Regional Radio was at Okaw Valley High School on Tuesday for Future Farmers of America Week. We talked with three students at the school including Stewart Morgan, the Sophomore Sentinel. He tells Regional Radio how he got started with FFA and what he’ll be doing this summer.

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Vice President of FFA at Okaw Valley and sophomore, Kristy Burford tells Regional Radio that anyone can join FFA.

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After high school, both Morgan and Burford plan on going to college.  

Pictured left to right: Kyzer Lash, Maci Younger, Kristy Burford and T.J. Pieszchalski

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-25-15

Tony L. Riva, 43, of Tovey was arrested Tuesday on bond forfeiture warrant. Bond set at $3,000.

Azir Asani, 32, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday on a valid Christian County warrant.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-25-15

On Wednesday, the Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls to Regional Radio:

2-24: 1 EMS

2-25: 2 EMS

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Reunion Skate in Taylorville

 width=Sk8way Roller Rink in Taylorville is hosting a reunion skate around for family and friends on Sunday, March 1st at 6:00p.m. Wade Ehrhardt has been skating at the rink his whole life and wants those who have skated in the pass to come back with their families. Ehrhardt tells Regional Radio about the reunion.

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Once again the Reunion will be this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. 

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98.3, Marshal defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 69 to 40.

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American Red Cross Helping Displaced Family After Irving Fire

 width=The American Red Cross reports that it's assisting a family who was displaced following a house fire on Monday in Irving, located in central Montgomery County.

The Red Cross says the fire occurred in the 100 block of Union Street in Irving.

One adult is being helped by the Red Cross, as a result of the Irving fire.

The American Red Cross has helped over half a dozen families as a result of fires in Central Illinois, in February alone.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-24-15

On Tuesday, the Taylorville Police Department reports the following arrest: to Regional Radio:

Lisa M. Lake, 27, of Stonington was arrested Monday for driving with no valid driver’s license.

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FFA Kicks Off at Shelbyville High School

 width=Future Farmers of America starts this week. Regional Radio was at Shelbyville High School on Monday to speak with students who are apart of FFA.

Regional Radio’s Sam Wood, sat down with Jade Bleskey and Ryan Laskowski to talk about the 2-1-2 conference.

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Throughout the week, Regional Radio will be visiting schools across the area. On Tuesday, we will visit Okaw Valley in Bethany.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-24-15

The Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls to Regional Radio:

2/18: 1 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation

2/19: 3 EMS

2/20: 3 EMS, 1 CO call

2/21: 2 EMS, 1 CO call

2/22: 2 EMS, 2 Public Assist

2/23: 1 CO call

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Ameren's Act On Energy Program At Weekly Meeting

 width=John Beintema of the Ameren Illinois “Act On Energy” program, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Following lunch, Beintema told the Kiwanis Club about the energy efficiency program created by the Illinois Legislature in June 2008, funded by an additional fee on all Ameren electric and natural gas bills.

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Beintema said the goal of the program is to help businesses and residences become more energy efficient by offering incentives for projects large and small. He added the program has paid out some 55-million dollars in incentives to businesses and residences, and saved customers some 190-million dollars on their Ameren electric and natural gas bills, since 2008.

Small business energy-saving projects under 10-thousand dollars do not need pre-approval; those over that amount do need pre-approval. Both need an application to be submitted.

All of their services are offered at no charge. More information on the Ameren “Act on Energy” program, can be found at their web site, actonenergy.com.

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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Long-Time High School Statistician Dies

A much-loved high school statistician in the Christian County area has died. 63-year-old Dennis G. “Denny” Daugherty of Morrisonville passed away last Thursday evening at his home.

Daugherty was a long-time statistician at high school basketball games all over the area. He was a member of the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame and also served as a long-time Morrisonville Village Board member.

Funeral services for Denny Daugherty will be held this Saturday afternoon at one o'clock at the Morrisonville High School Gymnasium. Visitation is from eleven o'clock until the time of service, at the Morrisonville High School Gymnasium.

Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

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Jim Bohannon Supports Scott Walker

As the 2016 race to the White House gets underway, a number of potential party nominees will be vying for their shot at the presidency.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Jim Bohannon Show, tells Regional Radio what he thinks of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2016 bid for the GOP nomination.

 

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The Jim Bohannon Show can be heard on weeknights from 9-midnight right here, on Newstalk WTIM.

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Taylorville Park Board Adopts 2015/2016 Budget

The Taylorville Park District adopted the 2015/2016 budget during their regular monthly meeting on Monday night at the Park office. The estimated income for the fiscal year is approximately $770,000 and the estimated expenditures match that same amount. It was pointed out that the budget was essentially the same as last year with some additions to the New Equipment and Pool Maintenance Repair line items in anticipation of the purchase of a new truck and some necessary concrete and paint work at the pool.

The board also approved the purchase of 2 commemorative benches to honor Wayne Orr, Sr and past park district trustee Wm. Beck. It was noted that Orr had, every day for many years, fed the ducks at the park. Beck was a former park district trustee and avid golfer. His bench will be located at the golf course, while Orr's will be located at the pond in the park. Permission was given to purchase a new single flume water slide for the pool in the amount of $10,478.

In her report, Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock, announced that she had begun to receive applications for summer help. She stated that she had received many but was in great need of Lifeguard applications. She also informed the board that the Day Camp information was posted on the website and that the life guard stands had arrived.

Park Maintenance Superintendent Gary Brown shared tha the remodeling of the park offices was complete and that the furnace in the restrooms had been repaired with the replacement of a blower motor. The new picnic tables for the pool had arrived and been assembled.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

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Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Prison

Lance D. Stanbery, 25, of Taylorville was arrested back in the summer of 2014, pleaded guilty today in a Christian County Court Room to aggravated battery and is sentenced to two years probation and 45 days in the County jail with work release.

Stanbery pleaded guilty to punching a man in the face during a bar fight, causing him to have surgery on his jaw. 

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Mayor Comments On New Governor

The State of Illinois has a new Governor in office as of last month, and he has proposed some drastic actions in hopes of improving the economy. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says while he understands the need for changes, he is taking a wait and see attitude:

 

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Unlike many government entities, Taylorville has weathered the economic downturn without falling into deficit status.

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Snowfall Can Be Beneficial to Gardens

 width=After experiencing a double dose of the white stuff this past weekend, local gardeners are no doubt feeling anxiety with planting season just around the corner.

 

Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi tells Regional Radio that snow is nothing to fret over, and can even help improve your garden.

 

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For more winter gardening tips, contact your local University of Illinois Extension Office.

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VisionWay Christian School Offering Preview Night This Thursday

Parents seeking an alternative to traditional schooling take note: VisionWay Christian School is hosting a “Preview Night” this Thursday evening at 6:30.  VisionWay Program Coordinator Tracy Johnson tells Regional Radio more about the event.

 

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VisionWay is located at 1124 North Webster in Taylorville, and parents that are interested in the school but unable to attend Preview Night are encouraged to contact the VisionWay offices at 217-824-6722 to schedule a personal tour.  

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated South Fulton by a final score of 69 to 51.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-23-15

On Monday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Ashley R. Watson, 31, of Springfield was arrested Sunday for bank fraud. Bond was set at $100.

Tony D. Sander, 18, of Assumption was arrested Saturday for battery. Bond set at $1,500. Today in court he was appointed the Public Defender.

Misty. M. Westendorf, 28, of Pana was arrested Monday for domestic battery.

Robert W. Dillon, 21, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for aggravated battery.

Richard L. Daniels, 40, of Pana was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license and failure to appear.

Delbert F. Weber, 31, of Pana was arrested Sunday for domestic battery. Today in court he was appointed the Public Defender.

Brandon R. McCaughn, 19, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for aggravated battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis. Today in court he was appointed the Public Defender.

On Monday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Gregory J. Robbins, 27, of Sharpsburg was arrested Friday for driving with a suspended license.

A 16 year-old juvenile was arrested Sunday for residential burglary.

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National Weather Service Reports Snow Totals

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The Regional Radio listening area received from a little to a lot of snow Friday night into mid-morning on Saturday.

The biggest snowfall total was in Springfield where some eleven inches fell. The Christian-Shelby County area received anywhere from 7 to 9 inches, while significantly less snow—in the one to 4 inch range—fell from Bloomington to Decatur.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln says the heaviest snow was centered near the I-72 corridor, with heavy totals extending south towards I-70. 5 to 10 inch totals were common within this band, with locally higher amounts up to one foot.

From I-70 to the south, a wintery mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain fell. This kept snow totals generally under a couple of inches, but ice accumulations of one tenth, to one quarter inch were reported.

There was a very sharp cutoff to the northern edge of the snowfall. Little to no snow was reported north of a Havana to Bloomington line.

While little or no snow is expected this week, extremely cold temperatures will be back as a result of a Jet Stream that is now over the southern United States, allowing bitterly cold air to move south from Canada.

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CCEDC Executive Meeting Discusses CEO Program

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation had their executive meeting on Thursday morning. A major topic of discussion was promoting the CEO program. Executive Director of the CCEDC, Mary Renner, tells Regional Radio more about the program.

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Renner said there was discussion about more projects being worked on by the organization by they cannot go public with them at this time. The next CCEDC Executive Committee meeting will be March 19th

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Kent Richardson and Mike Blakeman, CPA to its Board of Directors.  Elections took place at the Foundation’s annual meeting held in January.  Readena Ryan, Executive Director TMH Foundation, tells Regional Radio about the new members.

 

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Throughout their careers both Mike and Kent have been extremely involved in Christian County and have served with many other community organizations. The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit, incorporated and organized in February 1995.

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Final United Way Meeting Offers Awards

 width=On Thursday, the United Way Campaign had their final meeting of the 2014-2015 year at Pana Community Hospital. Executive Direct, Malia Hepburn said there is a goal at one hundred and fifty-five thousand dollars, but they are not quite there yet. Hepburn said they are very close to reaching that goal.

Members of the board received awards for their dedication and service to United Way. Executive Direct, Malia Hepburn tells Regional Radio about those who received awards.

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Looking ahead to next year, Hepburn said they haven’t set a plan yet. Discussions about the 2015-2016 campaign will start in March.

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Hepburn wants to thank the people of Christian County that have risen to the occasion and the organization is at its strongest than it has been in several years.

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UPDATED: Winter Storm Will Bring Snow and Freezing Rain

 

 width=The Regional Radio listening area is under a Winter Storm Warning from 6 o'clock Friday evening until 6 o'clock Saturday. 

A storm system has brought widespread locally heavy snow to central Illinois overnight into Saturday morning, depositing 6-12 inches from Jacksonville east-northeast through Danville. A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow fell south of I-70. Another Arctic high pressure ridge will move into the Midwest for Sunday and Monday, sending wind chills as low as -20 across the area of Sunday night and Monday morning.

Be prepared for winter driving conditions and limited visibilities on slick snow and ice covered roads. Motorists should be prepared for snow-covered and hazardous roads. Drive with caution and plan on extra time to arrive at your destination.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, and anytime at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. You can also find the latest road conditions by clicking the “road conditions” icon at the same web site on any electronic device.

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Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

Heather M. Jones, 38, and Willie J. Jones, 42, of Chicago were arrested Thursday for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in the Kroger parking lot. Both of them are not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of a number of area churches. Heather was also arrested for retail theft and Willie was arrested for domestic battery. Bonds were set at $50,000. They are due in court Monday and appointed a public defender.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Central A&M defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 62 to 54.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 02/20/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Mattoon by a final score of 73 to 67.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-19-15

On Thursday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Amy Merrifield, 32, of Pana was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence. Her bond was set at $5,000. Today in court, the judge granted her release and is due in court March 10th at 9 a.m.

Levi T. Simpson, 20, of Rosamond was arrested Wednesday for purchasing liquor by a minor. Bond set at $2,500.

Nathan T. Mount, 19, of Shelbyville was arrested Wednesday for possession of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, theft, consumption of liquor by a minor, and driving with a revoked license. Today in court, Mount was charged with theft of an Enterprise rental car. State asked for a $40,000 bond and it was granted. First appearance with counsel is scheduled for February 23rd.

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SPIN Clubs Offered to 4-H Members

Local 4-H members with an interest in robotic technology or culinary arts have good news on the way.

 

Alicia Gullidge, Program Coordinator of 4-H and Youth Development at the University of Illinois Extension, tells Regional Radio that SPIN clubs provide 4-H members with an interest in niche subjects, such as robotics or culinary arts, a better opportunity to explore their subject of interest.

 

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The robotics SPIN Club will meet March 23rd through April 20th on Mondays, and the Culinary SPIN Club will convene every Wednesday from April 8th through May 13th. For more information on how you can get involved with SPIN, contact Alicia Gullidge at 217-287-7246 or contact your local U of I Extension office.  

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Natural Landscape Symposium This Saturday

With snow on the ground and frigid temperatures still lingering, it can be difficult to stay in the green-thumb state of mind this time of year.

 

Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi has good news for the gardener in hibernation.

 

The University of Illinois Extension is sponsoring a Natural Landscape Symposium this Saturday, February 21st at the Litchfield Campus of Lincoln Land Community College.

 

Podeschi tells Regional Radio more about the symposium taking place later this month.

 

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For more information, contact your local University of Illinois Extension Office.

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Sheriff is Against Decriminalization

 width=The Illinois Legislature is considering decriminalizing marijuana as a way of reducing our prison population. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says while not all drug offenders belong in prison, he's against the idea of decriminalizing pot:

 

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The Legislature has been toying with the idea of making amounts less than 30 grams into a petty offense.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-19-15

The Taylorville Fire Department reported the following calls to Regional Radio on Thursday:

2-16: 4 EMS

2-17: 4 EMS, 1 MVA

2-18: 4 EMS, 1 MVA

2-19: 2 EMS

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LEADership Program Looks at Social Services Serving Christian County

 width=On February 17, members of the Christian County LEADership class learned about the mission and unique work being done by both the Christian County Mental Health Association (CCMHA), and Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center (LACPC).  The class heard from Brent DeMichael, President and CEO of CCMHA and Cathy Coker, Executive Director of LACPC.  Members of the LEAD program were then provided the opportunity to tour of the CCMHA’s manufacturing facility. 

 

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

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Taylorville girls basketball score 02/19/15

In high school basketball Thursday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Rochester defeated Taylorville by a final score of 63 to 29.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Arcola by a final score of 62 to 41.

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Christian County CEO Student Application Deadline March 2

 width=High school juniors from all over Christian County are being invited to apply for the first-ever Christian County "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities", or C-E-O, class to begin next school year. The student application deadline is March 2nd.

18 to 24 Christian County high school seniors in the 2015-2016 school year, will participate in a 90-minute daily class that provides real world experience and increases the capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving through meeting the challenges of starting and building a business. In the course of the year- long class, students will develop both a class business and an individual business, and write business plans to support them.

Class will be held in a non-school setting, and many class days will take place at area industries and businesses to learn about the many businesses in Christian County, and what they do.

Local investors, who also serve as guest instructors, fund the program. Every CEO student is paired with a mentor from the business community. CEO students will visit dozens of area businesses and learn from dozens of guest speakers.

There will be a blind selection process to pick those who will be in the first-ever class.

The student application form is available for download at christiancountyceo.com, or by contacting co-chairperson Dee Krueger at (217) 561-0578.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-18-15

On Wednesday, The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Holly A. Conaway, 20, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for a bond forfeiture warrant out of Moultrie County. Bond was set at $2,500.

Diana C. Sloper, 40, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for a bond forfeiture warrant out of Sangamon County. Bond was set at $3,000.

Jason M. Hagaman, 37, of Kincaid was arrested Tuesday for failure to register as a sex offender.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Wednesday:

Melissa A. Kriener, 34, of Mount Auburn was in the parking lot of Mount Auburn Elementary School. As she backed up, she hit another vehicle on the driver side rear corner. No injuries or major damage was reported.

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New State Representative Sworn in Wednesday

 width=State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) was sworn in Wednesday morning to her first term as 95th District State Representative. Bourne recently received selection to the seat vacated by former State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, who now heads the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

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Bourne, a native of Montgomery County, and a law student at Washington University in St. Louis, was sworn in by Judge John Schmidt this morning on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives surrounded by her family, friends, and colleagues. 

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Miller Media Group Hosts Taylorville Chamber Business After Hours

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The Miller Media Group of radio stations hosted the monthly Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" at our studios and offices at 918 East Park on Wednesday afternoon.

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Chamber C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio that what made this Business After Hours unique, was that 4 of the 6 stations were live with announcers, and the studio doors were all open to let the Chamber members and guests see how the stations operated.

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Hornbuckle announced the winners of 25-dollar Chamber gift certificates that were given away by the radio group.

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The event was catered by Queen B's Catering.

The Miller Media Group thanks those who attended the Wednesday Chamber "Business After Hours."

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Christian County Coroner Investigating Death

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans and Taylorville Police Department are investigating the death of 35 year old John Rozplochowski. Winans tells Regional Radio News that Wednesday morning just before 7 o'clock, 911 received a call that there was an unresponsive male in his home in the 800 block of East Franklin.


Rozplochowski was pronounced dead at 7:35 Wednesday morning at Taylorville Memorial Hospital's emergency room. Winans says an autopsy was held Wednesday afternoon and results are pending toxicology results.

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Christian County Board Approves Zoning Issues

The Christian County Board met in regular session on Tuesday night, February 17th. Among the items on the agenda, the amendment of the Zoning Ordinance to include the Village of Palmer. It was pointed out that the village no longer had any zoning board and had asked the county to take zoning back. The motion to amend the Ordinance was approved. Also, permission was given to reclassify an area in Ricks Township from Ag 1 to Commercial 2 for the purpose of relocating the Casey's General Store in Morrisonville. Casey's has applied to build a new facility in the rezoned location. Approval was unanimous.


In other business the Christian County Board agreed to place on the 2016 ballot for voter approval, the consideration of changing the Supervisor of Assesments position from an elected position to an appointed one. It was determined that if the position did become an appointed position, it would not take effect until 2018. If someone is appointed by the board to replace Michael Gianasi who has resigned, they will fulfill his term of office.


Several liquor licenses were approved including Burton's Tap, Blue Bell, Pana Country Club, Thunderbird, A Great Victory, Lucky Lady, South Fork Entertainment, Arpeggia Winery, Christian County Fair and Tri County Fair. Phillip Schneider was sworn in to replace the trustee position vacated by the resignation of Zenith Washburn. Schneider was sworn in by Judge Brad Paisley. Jane Workman was appointed as a trustee for the South Fork Sanitary District until the year 2018. The meeting was adjourned at around 7:15 pm.

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Avery Bourne to Fill Rosenthal?s Vacancy

Republican County Leaders representing the four counties within the 95th state house district met Saturday to interview all nine candidates seeking to replace former State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal.

Each candidate was allowed a half hour to make their case and answer the chairmen’s questions as to why they would be the best candidate to be the next 95th district State Representative. After careful consideration of all candidates, Avery Bourne of Montgomery County was chosen and has the unanimous support of the Selection Committee.

Bourne, a Washington University Law Student, was raised in Montgomery County and offers a unique profile to the Republican Party while demonstrating a compassion and understanding for agriculture, education and fiscal responsibility.

The vacancy for the state representative seat was created when Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Wayne Rosenthal to head the Department of Natural Resources in January. The Selection Committee used the full portion of time given (30 days) to find the best replacement.

Bourne will be sworn in as the 95th District State Representative this week. 

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Lazer Tag to Open in Shelbyville

Cheryl Schultz, owner of Craig’s Sporting Goods in Shelbyville, is adding onto her business. Lazer tag, batting cages and a snack bar will be upstairs and the grand opening will be on February 21st. She tells Regional Radio more about the addition.

 

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Reservations will start on Tuesday. Call Cheryl Schultz at 217-296-2130.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-17-15

On Tuesday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Cameron M. Hudgins, 19, of Edinburg was arrested Friday for Burglary.

Bobbie Jo Abberley, 47, of Assumption was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $1,500.

Bradley W. Warrior, 42, of St. Amant, Louisiana was arrested Sunday for DUI.

Joshua E. Bain, 30 of Pana was arrested Sunday for possession of controlled substance.

Joshua L. Bland, 39, of Pana was arrested Saturday for theft.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Tuesday:

On Friday, Jonannah M. Wilhour, 24, of Taylorville was traveling East on 1550 N. Road. She was turning at a curve when her vehicle went off the roadway and hit a ditch on the west side of the roadway. She continued through the ditch and came to rest in a field near the intersection of Willow St. and Commonwealth in Kincaid. She was later towed from the scene.

On Tuesday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrest to Regional Radio:

Susan K. Smith, 50, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for retail theft at Walmart.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Tuesday:

On Monday, Vincent T. Girard, 49, of Edinburg was stopped on Park St. to turn onto Long St., when Gary A. Simmons, 52, of Morrisonville struck the back of Girard. Simmons was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On Thursday, Dusti. L. Odam, 39, of Taylorville was stopped at a light on Webster and Bidwell with Jennifer L. McClard, 36, of Taylorville behind him. According to reports, McClard had a medical issue which caused her to go forward and strike Odam. Both vehicles were able to drive from the scene.

On Tuesday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Cameron M. Hudgins, 19, of Edinburg was arrested Friday for Burglary.

Bobbie Jo Abberley, 47, of Assumption was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $1,500.

Bradley W. Warrior, 42, of St. Amant, Louisiana was arrested Sunday for DUI.

Joshua E. Bain, 30 of Pana was arrested Sunday for possession of controlled substance.

Joshua L. Bland, 39, of Pana was arrested Saturday for theft.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Tuesday:

On Friday, Jonannah M. Wilhour, 24, of Taylorville was traveling East on 1550 N. Road. She was turning at a curve when her vehicle went off the roadway and hit a ditch on the west side of the roadway. She continued through the ditch and came to rest in a field near the intersection of Willow St. and Commonwealth in Kincaid. She was later towed from the scene.

On Tuesday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrest to Regional Radio:

Susan K. Smith, 50, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for retail theft at Walmart.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Tuesday:

On Monday, Vincent T. Girard, 49, of Edinburg was stopped on Park St. to turn onto Long St., when Gary A. Simmons, 52, of Morrisonville struck the back of Girard. Simmons was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On Thursday, Dusti. L. Odam, 39, of Taylorville was stopped at a light on Webster and Bidwell with Jennifer L. McClard, 36, of Taylorville behind him. According to reports, McClard had a medical issue which caused her to go forward and strike Odam. Both vehicles were able to drive from the scene.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From State's Attorney at Tuesday Meeting

 width=Christian County State's Attorney Mike Havera was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Havera spoke about his just over 2 years of office as the county's top attorney, telling Kiwanis members about 2 specific improvements he's made since taking office. The first was the formation of the Christian County Major Crimes Task Force.


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The second is the receipt of a federal grant to establish a Child Advocacy Center in Christian County, to be located in the Taylorville office of the Department of Children and Family Services, so that child victims don't have to go to Springfield to be questioned after an abuse case.


Hot topics Havera talked to the Kiwanis members about included why so many cases are continued, why certain cases are dismissed, and the continuing drug problem in the county.


Havera added that Christian County has more orders of protection per capita than any county in the state, and he sees many of those domestic abuse cases go thru his office.


Kiwanis attendance chairman Dick Wamsley presented certificates to those with perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings. Dean Ray was honored for 12 years of perfect attendance, Herman Altman with 10 years, Dan Sneed with 6 years, and Randal J. Miller with one year.


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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Dairy Can Help Prevent Hypertension

 width=It can be difficult to eat well this time of year, but Joyce Fikri from the St. Louis Dairy Council tells Regional Radio that correctly implementing dairy into your diet can drastically improve heart health and even help lower your blood pressure.

 

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For more information, visit the St. Louis Dairy Council's webpage at STLDairyCouncil.org.  

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PCH Fitness Wellness Celebrates Anniversary

Pana Community Hospital's Fitness Wellness Center is observing its 5th anniversary. Manager Nancy Alexander says they are offering a number of specials as part of the celebration:

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Taylorville City Council Holds 45 Minute Session Tuesday Night

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Taylorville aldermen transacted a lot of business in their 45-minute session held Tuesday night instead of Monday due to President's Day.


Aldermen OK'd an amended right-of-way grant for Ameren Illinois to install new poles on power lines sitting on 2 islands on Lake Taylorville; they tabled for further discussion, the first addendum to the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System agreement; and they OK'd the sale of a street sweeper, dump truck, and 3 trench boxes.


Taylorville city attorney Rocci Romano told the City Council Tuesday night, that negotiations are underway with Computer Techniques, to provide cable TV service to the city via their newly installed fiber optic line. Romano said that talks with the local firm and the city are ongoing to determine what fees will be charged to apply for a cable TV franchise in the city.


Taylorville aldermen Tuesday night approved advertising for summer help for various city departments; they began the process to hire a new police officer to replace a retiring officer; they OK'd the Taylorville High School Band to have a fund-raiser at the Taylorville Fire House May 9th, to help in paying for their 4th of July trip to play in Washington, DC; and approved connection of computers thru the state Central Management Services and Verizon at a total cost of some 3-thousand dollars.


The Taylorville City Council Tuesday night approved an agreement with Aquabackflow for a 3-year cross connection control program; they allowed Youth Turkey Hunting for shotgun only April 4th and 5th on lake property; accepted the low bid of just under 32-hundred dollars for a new hot water heater for the Lake Shower House; and allowed the Lake Superintendent to seek bids for the next 2 years for sanitation and cabin cleaning.


Taylorville aldermen Tuesday evening OK'd proceeding with an application for lake shoreline improvements totaling some 2-thousand dollars with half paid up front and half paid if and when the grant is received. They also approved drafting a letter to pilots leasing hangar space at Taylorville Airport, telling them that certificates of insurance must be provided to lease space at the facility. And, the Council OK'd the dates of May 17th, July 19th, and September 30th, for the E-A-A Club Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfasts at Taylorville Airport. They also bought a truck for the Health and Building Officer, with the 2015 Ford to come from Bob Ridings at a cost of just over 25-thousand dollars.

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Taylorville Alderman Questions Engineering Bill at City Council Meeting

 width=An engineering bill from the City of Taylorville's engineering firm Greene and Bradford, raised the ire of a Taylorville aldermen Tuesday night.


Finance committee chairman Larry Budd questioned a 150-thousand dollar bill from the engineering firm, for work on a proposed 450-thousand dollar grant for storm sewer work. Budd said the bill was excessive when there's no guarantee the grant will be received.


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Taylorville aldermen OK'd the payment to their engineer by a vote of 8 to nothing.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated St. Anthony by a final score of 53 to 34.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 02/17/15

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

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Shel 2/17/2015

As heard on WSVZ New Country 98.3 Shelbyville defeated St. Elmo's by a final score of 54 to 39.

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Effingham Businessman New Head of DCEO

An Effingham businessman has been named by Governor Bruce Rauner as the new Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  55-year-old Jim Schultz is currently the chairman of Open Prairie Ventures, Inc., a company he founded in 1997. Open Prairie provides private equity services and manages more than $135 million in fund commitments.

Prior to founding Open Prairie Ventures, Schultz was the chairman and CEO of Telemind Capital Corporation. The company provides merger and acquisition guidance, and financial consulting services to businesses. Schultz assisted clients in a number of industries, including: software development, banking, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and entertainment.

Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1980. He holds a law degree from DePaul University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Jim and his brother Jack, own Agri-cel Incorporated, which is a company that buys buildings in small communities to lease to businesses and industry. Agri-cel owns the former Sangamon Greeting Card building on Taylorville's south side, which was leased to G-S-I.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-16-15

The Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls:

2-11: 1 Automatic Alarm

2-12: 3 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist

2-13: 1 Fire, 1 EMS

2-14: 3 EMS

2-15: 1 EMS

2-16: 1 EMS

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Taylorville Juvenile Shoots Himself

On Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Christian County 911 received a call regarding a male juvenile had shot himself in the arm at a residence in Fairview Trailer Court. The Taylorville Police Department and Taylorville Fire Department responded to the incident.

The juvenile victim was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for medical treatment. It was determined the injuries were not life threatening in nature.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Fire Causes Small Damage in Taylorville

On Friday, February 13th, the Taylorville Fire Department received a call about a brush fire at 913 W. Franklin St. When the Fire Department arrived, there were leaves and branches on fire in the driveway near the garage.

Taylorville Firemen tell Regional Radio there was about $1,500 of damage to the garage and $500 of damage to a car that was in the driveway.

There is no word on how the fire started. It is under investigation by the Taylorville Fire Department. 

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Florida Accident Claims Taylorville Man

A Taylorville man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday night in St. Augustine Florida. 59 year old Bill Beck was apparently killed instantly when his vehicle was struck by another while he was making a U-turn. Beck's passenger, 59 year-old Patricia Beck of Taylorville apparently suffered minor injuries. 

Beck was a former member of the Taylorville Park Board. Funeral arrangements are being handled by McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. 

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Hope 4 U To Hold Meeting

 width=A local domestic violence support group will meet next week.”Hope 4 U” was formed by two area domestic violence survivors. Megan tells Regional Radio News the meeting is open to anybody:

 

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The meeting, which takes place Tuesday Feb. 24th at 6:30pm at the Taylorville Public Library, will feature guest speaker Lindsey Harston, a domestic violence counselor. Find out more online at hope4utville@yahoo.com.

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Destructive Pet Behavior

 width=It's not unusual for dogs to exhibit destructive behavior, but they can be trained out of it, according to Ian Wilson, the owner of Tail Command in Taylorville:

 

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Along with training, Tail Command offers kennel service, doggy daycare, grooming and more. You can get more info online, or by calling 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245, or stop by 306 S. Spresser in Taylorville.

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LEADership Program looks at Small Business Development

 

 width=Members of the 2015 Christian County LEADership program participated in a panel discussion on small business development, February 10 at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville.  The discussion was led by a group of local business leaders and moderated by Kevin Lust, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College.  Business owners included:  Seth McMillan, McMillan Landscaping Co; Tammy Braye, Doc’s Maytag; J.I. McDowell, Angelo’s; Larry Peterson, Domino Engineering; Kris Newby, Newby Home Inspections and Construction Solutions; and, Stacy Funderburk, DVM, Countryside Veterinary Services. 

 

After the panel discussion ended, Mary Renner, with Christian County Economic Development, presented information on community and economic development initiatives taking place throughout the County.

 

At the previous meeting, held on February 3, the group toured health care and education facilities in Taylorville, which included Lincoln Land Community College, Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Taylorville High School.  This coming week the group will tour the Christian County Mental Health Association's Developmental Center.

 

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UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Several Inches of Snow

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Portions of the Regional Radio listening area remain under a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Weather Advisory thru Monday evening at 6.

The National Weather Service expanded their Winter Storm Warning to include Macoupin, Montgomery, and Effingham Counties in the Regional Radio listening area. The earlier warning issued on Sunday included Fayette County. A Winter Weather Advisory continues for the rest of our listening area; both the warning and advisory are in effect until Monday evening at 6.

The Weather Service says a storm system will track well south of Illinois into Monday, spreading snow across parts of the area. The snow will be confined to locations south of I-72...with the highest totals south of the I-70 corridor.

The snow will continue before tapering off by Monday afternoon. Storm total accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected along and south of a Jacksonville...to Mattoon-Charleston line...with 6 to 8 inches south of an Effingham to Robinson line.

Motorists should be prepared for snow-covered and hazardous roads for the Monday morning commute. Drive with caution and plan on extra time to arrive at your destination.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, and anytime at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. You can also find the latest road conditions by clicking the “road conditions” icon at the same web site on any electronic device.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-12-15

On Friday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

David E. Fisher, 36, of Mt. Auburn was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license. His bond was set at $250.

Tawana R. Hall, 32, of Pana was arrested Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,500.

 

On Friday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

On Thursday at 11:38 a.m. Brandon J. Emery, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a revoked license. The passenger in the vehicle, a juvenile, was found to have an arrest warrant. Both were arrested and taken to the Taylorville Police Department for processing.

A male juvenile from Taylorville was arrested Thursday for domestic battery.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Friday:

 

On Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at approximately 3:22 p.m. the Taylorville Police Department received a call from Christian County 911 regarding a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 200 Block of East Bidwell, Taylorville. Personnel of the Taylorville Police Department, the Taylorville Fire Department and Sutton’s Ambulance responded to the call.

A 36 year old female driver involved in the motor vehicle crash was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for medical treatment, and was subsequently transferred to a Springfield hospital for further care. As of this time, she has been transferred to Memorial Medical Center and is in stable and good condition. We do not have a name of the female.

The Taylorville Police Department is conducting an investigation regarding the motor vehicle crash.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-12-15

The Taylorville Fire Department reports the following calls:

2-11: 1 Automatic Alarm

2-12: 3 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

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EPC Presents Broadway By Request

The Effingham Performance Center will be the place for genuine Broadway entertainment this week. “Broadway by Request” will be presented at the facility Friday. Broadway Veteran Sean McLaughlin says it's a totally unique experience:

 

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The set list is decided through an online survey conducted in the area beforehand, so the performance is unique each time it's presented.

McLaughlin and his costar Teri Dale Hansen have appeared in dozens of Broadway productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Les Miserables and many more. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster or at the Effingham performance Center website.

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Scherer Works to Improve Safety for Emergency Responders

In response to the dangerous circumstances that emergency response workers face, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, tells Regional Radio she is sponsoring legislation that would create a task force to improve safety precautions and working conditions for first responders.

 

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Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, St. Teresa defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 79 to 42.

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Taylorville boys basketball score 02/13/15

In high school basketball Friday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Charleston by a final score of 57 to 41.

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Scherer Sponsors Legislation to Curb Gang Recruitment

 width=As a parent and former teacher working to keep our children and families safe, state Rep Sue Scherer, D-Decatur tells Regional Radio she is co-sponsoring legislation to block gang recruitment efforts at schools and surrounding areas.

 

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House Bill 4207 went into effect on Jan. 1. Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.

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Agronomy Day Next Week

 width=The annual Agronomy day hosted by the University of Illinois Extension is coming up next week. Extension Environmental Educator Gary Letterly says it will feature a lot of good information:

 

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Call your local Extendsion office to put your name in. In Christian County, the number is 287-7246.

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Chamber Brings Business After Hours To Regional Radio

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is putting on its Business After Hours
event at Regional Radio next week. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says it'll be a lot of fun:

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Boogo?s to Close End of This Month

 width=Boogo’s Bar and Grill in Tovey is closing its doors. Debbie Corso, the owner of Boogo’s, tells Regional Radio the last day will be on February 28th. Corso says the reason for closing is because of an illness in the family and with working another job, she cannot take care of it herself.

The kitchen will be open until the 20th. Corso said she wants people to come out a enjoy Fish Night for two more nights.

The Corsos opened the bar and grill back in December of 2013. She also says with four other bars in the area, there was too much competition to keep the business. Corsos wants to thank all of her local customers and everyone who came in throughout the short time they were open.  

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Central A&M defeated Nokomis by a final score of 49 to 33.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-11-15

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

Amanda J. Klyber, 27, of Kincaid was arrested Tuesday for forging a document. Bond was set $10,000.

Shane A. Mosley, 40, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for meth precursor. Bond was set at $2,500.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Tuesday, Jessica L. Hebert, 26, of Sharpsburg was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of cannabis less than 30 grams.

Ashley L. Rockford, 30, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery and public intoxication.

ACCIDENTS:

On Tuesday, Abbey K. Corso, 36, of Taylorville was traveling South on Route 29 and was slowing down to turn onto Lake Drive. Kayla M. Traster, 24, of Decatur, who was behind Corso, did not stop in time and hit Corso causing damage. Both were able to drive from the scene.

Priscilla A. Griffin, 19, of Morrisonville was turning onto East Park Street from North Long Street. Lawrence D. Mizeur, 58, of Owaneco was heading west on East Park Street when Griffin pulled out in front of him causing an accident. Griffin received front driver side panel damage, and was towed away. Mizeur received front end damage and was able to drive away. Griffin was issued a citation for failure to stop.

On Saturday, Abbey A. Beaty, 20, of Nokomis was leaving the McDonald’s parking lot and struck Martin A. Newlin, 37, of Taylorville as he was traveling Eastbound on West Spresser.

On Saturday, Sheila K. Crowder, 54, of Stonington was driving West on Spresser while trying to turn right onto Cheney St. Crowder took a wide right turn and struck the front of Charles L. Clark, 70, of Taylorville. Clark was stopped at the light and said he noticed Crowder traveling very fast prior to hitting him. Clark and Crowder both received front damage. Crowder was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

On Friday, a vehicle in the name of Jamie E. Williamson was parked in the driveway of a residence located at 3900 East Lakeshore Drive. The vehicle appeared to have an issue with its brake and started rolling down the driveway. It rolled down the driveway and into a drainage ditch. It was later towed from the scene. 

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Fire Department Calls: 2-11-15

2-9: 1 EMS

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ADA To Sponsor Kiss A Pig

The American Diabetes Association is known for it's yearly “Kiss a Pig” fundraiser. Vanessa Wiseman of the ADA says there is a good reason for it:

 

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Call the American Diabetes Association at (217) 875-9011 to find out more,

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Superintendent Hopes For The Best

We are in uncertain times concerning school funding in Illinois. Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Greg Fursteneau says they hope for the best with a new Governor in place, but still plan for the worst:

 

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Dr. Fursteneau has proposed a restructuring plan for the School Board to consider, which would save the district over a half a million dollars.

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Mama Mytar Offers Valentines Treats

If you're still wondering what to get for your Valentine, Mama Mytar's Desserts in Taylorville can help. Mama Mytar's is offering chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and other goodies. Owner Wendy Mytar tells Regional Radio she is also offering a variety of cupcakes for Valentines Day:

 

 

 

Wendy says orders for the chocolate covered strawberries must be in no later than Thursday. Mama Mytar's is located in the yellow building at 115 N. Poplar in Taylorville. Call 652-1784.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Pawnee by a final score of 59 to 31.

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Taylorville School Board Views Proposed Changes Designed to Help Trim Budget

The Taylorville School Board, during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, heard a detailed report from Superintendent Fuerstenau on the changes that may be necessary to bring the 2015-2016 school year budget into a semblance of balance. Dr. Fuerstenau cited the perfect storm of prorated general state aid being funded at 2010 levels and prorated at 89%, as well as declining enrollment and the uncertainty of catagorical payments as contributing factors in the future financial shortcomings of the district. To put the problem in a nutshell, state aid is going to continue to decrease and expenditures increase to a level in which the district will see it's savings cushion depleted and the district will be operating in the red.

It was proposed by Dr. Fuerstenau that restructuring would alleviate approximately $515,000 in the FY2016 budget. The restructuring would come in the form of restructuring grades K-2 from 8 sections to 7, restructuring the Junior High and High School schedules to an 8 period day and restructuring district support personnel. With the proposed restructuring, the district would see 5 certified staff positions reduced, 3 positions not filled and support staff positions reduced to equal a savings of $514,557. It was agreed that, unfortunately, it was not possible to cut programs or supplies and still provide the quality of education that is expected in the Taylorville School District. Dr. Fuerstenau noted that even should the District see an unexpected increase in State Aid Funds, these changes are needed with larger deficits looming in FY 2017. The proposed changes will be voted on during the regular board meeting in March.

In other business, the board approved a resolution providing for the issue of $800,000 in school bonds for the safety improvement to the schools including a new roof and weatherproofing for Memorial grade school along with replacing windows at Taylorville Junior High. The board also accepted the resignation of Maureen Appleton, Junior High, Jon Bagby, Spanish at THS and Roy Roberts, English at THS. Request for leave of absence was granted to Lori Oyler and Tracy McCallister and the board agreed to hire Julie Lilly as Library Aide at the High School. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.

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Coroner?s Inquest: Final Causes in Area Deaths

Lucas L. Burchi, 1 month, of Kincaid died on November 24, 2014 at his residence.  His death was ruled asphyxia due to co-sleeping in an adult bed lying with the front of his body facing downward. His death was determined to be accidental. 

 

Kimberly A. Daniels, 34, of Taylorville died on December 5, 2014 at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R.  Her cause of death was due to intoxication of mixed drugs.  Daniels’ death was determined to be accidental.

 

Beverly Murphy, 44, of Taylorville died on December 22, 2014 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R.  Murphy’s cause of death was due to intoxication of oxycodone. Her death was determined to be accidental.

 

Daniel Joseph Corbin, 45, of Taylorville died on January 15, 2015 on Rt 48, near Taylorville.  His cause of death was injuries due to a motor vehicle accident that struck a fixed object.  Alcohol was a factor in this crash. Corbin’s death was found to be an accident. 

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Pre-trial Set for Reber

Jarod C. Reber had his preliminary hearing Monday in court and pre-trial is scheduled for March 9th.

 

Reber was charged in a Christian County courtroom with a predatory criminal sexual assault of a child back in January.

 

Dan Marron, an investigator with the Christian County Sheriff’s office, testified on Monday and said he found images and videos in the recycling bin of a computer where Reber used to work. Marron took possession of the computer and found thumb drives as well. A search warrant at his home had taken place but nothing was found. Reber was asked to hand over his cell phone where investigators found more images.

 

A jury trial is set, but pending more evidence and investigation, that is subject to change.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Chamber Activities

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The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about all the activities the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce are involved in, during Tuesday's weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Mary Renner, executive director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, stood in for Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber C-E-O, who was present but had lost her voice.


Renner outlined the many things the Chamber is a part of in the Taylorville community. The Chamber is holding its February “Business After Hours” February 18th from 4:30 to 6:30 in the afternoon, at the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park. The Chamber is also one of the host organizations for the annual “LEAD” program to enable county business leaders to learn about business and government in a 5-month program that meets every Tuesday afternoon.


The Taylorville Chamber was part of last week's Taylorville High School Scholarship Fair to promote its college scholarships, and is also one of the sponsoring organizations of the newly-formed Christian County C-E-O program to help teach Christian County high school seniors entrepreneurial skills.


And the Chamber is also holding a spring fund-raiser called the “Spring Swing”, which is a putt putt golf event at area bars, on March 7th.


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For information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber office at 824-4919.


It was also announced at Tuesday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting, that the net amount from the January 31st Pancake and Sausage Day, is now over 23-hundred dollars. The Kiwanis Club thanks the Taylorville community for their generosity. Proceeds from the event go toward 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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Beware Tax Scams

With tax season in full swing, tax professionals are warning you to beware tax scams. Lori Henry of H and R Block in Taylorville, says they may file a phony tax return in your name:

 

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Call H and R Block at 824-4131 if you have questions.

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Magnuson Grand Hotel has a History of Service

 width=The Magnuson Grand Hotel and Captain Table's Restaurant, located in Raymond, IL may be booked solid for Valentine's Day this Saturday, but general manager Sara Ramey wants you to know that the Magnuson features a number of activities and events happening throughout the year.

 

Ramey tells Regional Radio of the unique history and design of the Magnuson Grand.

 

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To make a reservation or to find out more about the Magnuson Grand Hotel and all of the services they offer, call 217-314-2100.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Sullivan defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 60 to 47.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 02/10/15

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Effingham by a final score of 55 to 40.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-9-15

The Christian County Sherriff's Office reports the following:

 

On Friday, Rosella B. Wise, 61, of Owaneco was traveling southbound on Township Rd. 1600 E. At 950 N on 1500 E. Rd, a deer Approached the roadway.  She was unable to avoid making contact with the deer.

 

On Sunday, Sharon K. Flatt, 59, of Rosamond was traveling northbound Illinois Rt. 104, North of 1500 N. Road, when a deer entered the roadway.  She was unable to avoid making contact with the deer.

 

On Thursday Andrew R. Brookman, 26, of Pana was stopped at the stop sign facing south on 2600 E. Rd.  Jesse W. Demascal, 26, of Pana was driving south and failed to slow which resulted in Demascal sliding and hitting Brookman in the rear bumper.  Demascal sustained front end damage and Brookman sustained rear bumper damage.  Damascal was arrested for driving on a revoked license. 

 

On Thursday, Morgan N. Dressen, 20 of Pana was traveling east on 400 North Rd. and said a vehicle was coming toward her in the opposite direction.  Dressen swerved toward the south side of the road but lost control and slid into the ditch.  No accidents were reported.

 

 

Arrests:

 

Micah A. Thompson, 21, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for bond forfeiture warrant.  Bond was set at $2,000.

 

Ashley L. Rockford, 30, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for domestic battery.  

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Scholarship from Agriculture Group

The Christian County Agriculture Group is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior in high school, who is going into an agriculture field. You must include a personal letter as to why you feel you should be considered for the Christian County Ag Group Scholarship. Sue Davis, Administrative Coordinator of the Christian County Soil & Water Conservation District, tells Regional Radio more about the Scholarship.

 

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For more information about the scholarship and the Christian County Agriculture Group contact Sue Davis at 217-287-1315. 

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Public House 29 Open in Rochester

A restaurant in Rochester is now open for business. Public House 29 opened in September, and owner Vic Lanzotti says they have something to appeal to all diners:

 

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Public House 29 features 24 different types of draft beer, mostly from area micro-breweries. Located at 312 Satlee in Rochester, Public house is open for dinner 7 days a week, and offers lunch on weekends.

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Severe Weather Season Approaching

Even though it's just February, the spring severe weather season will be here before you know it. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, who is also the head of the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, says the severe weather sirens play an important part in alerting citizens to potential danger:

 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Illinois is coming up March 1st through 7th, with a tornado drill March 3rd.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-9-15

The Taylorville Fire Department Reports the Following Calls:

2/6: 3 EMS

2/7: 6 EMS

2/8: 4 EMS, 1 Fire 

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UPDATED: Taylorville Medicine Shoppe Closes

 width=A local Taylorville pharmacy has closed. Regional Radio News has learned that owners Carl Emerling and Donna Kovack-Emerling have closed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 102 West Park Street. The store apparently closed at the end of January after being owned by the couple for a year.

In a letter to their customers, the Kovack's said they transferred their pharmacy records to the Taylorville Walgreen's.

The Kovack's opened the Taylorville Medicine Shoppe early last year. In the letter to customers, they said they will miss seeing their customers.

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Taylorville girls basketball score

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Highland defeated Taylorville by a final score of 56 to 28.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-6-15

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

Devinn N. Moss, 19, of Kincaid was arrested Thursday for theft.

Jacob R. Conaway, 24, of Edinburg was arrested Thursday for theft.
Jesse W. Demascal, 26, of Pana was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license.

ACCIDENTS:

On Thursday, Bonnie Stockton, 65, of Pana was traveling East on 350 North Road. At about 1300 East, a deer ran onto the roadway. Stockton tried to avoid the deer but could not. She did have damage to her 2002 Dodge Caravan but fortunately no injuries to Stockton were reported.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Thursday at 10:17 a.m. Christian County Probation requested an officer reference to Gary E. Turvey having a device to store urine in during a drug test. Turvey was arrested for defrauding a drug and alcohol screening test. He was processed and lodged at Christian County Correctional Center. Today in court, probable cause found to detain Turvey and his bond was set at $50,000. His next court date will be on Monday at 10 a.m.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Offering 2 $500 Scholarships to THS Graduating Seniors

 width=2 500-dollar scholarships will be presented to 2 Taylorville High School graduating seniors, by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club in May.

The application form can be obtained from the Taylorville High School Guidance Office, or on-line at the club's web site, taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.

The scholarships can be used for tuition and fees at a college of the student's choice.

Application deadline is April 15th. For more information on the Taylorville Kiwanis Club high school scholarships, contact Kiwanis president Blain Cornwell at 824-2241.

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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EITC For Low Income Taxpayers

You may have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit on your tax return this year. Lori Henry of H and R Block in Taylorville says many who are eligible don't know about it, and it could mean thousands of dollars for you:

 

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If you have questions, contact H and R Block at 824-4131. H and R Block offers a free “second look” at your tax forms, so you can be sure you are getting the maximum refund to which you are entitled.

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Scam Awareness Growing

While too many people are still becoming scam victims, more people are becoming aware of the danger. Public Advocate Mac McGuire tells Regional Radio News we have seen improvement over the last few years:

 

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McGuire says more government agencies are also joining in the fight against fraud.

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Holy Goalie Takes to The Ice

 width=Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, will try to defend off fast-flying pucks for the benefit of Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS) program. “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki” faces off Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the Nelson Center, 1601 North 5th Street in Springfield at 7 p.m. Meredith Curtin, Development Coordinator at Catholic Charities, tells Regional Radio more about the event.

 

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Joining in on the fun is Chicago Blackhawks’ alum, Grant Mulvey. Mulvey scored five goals and added two assists for seven points, setting a franchise record for most goals in a game in 1982. For more information contact Meredith Curtin at 217-321-8304

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Taylorville Kiwanis Participate in Taylorville High School Scholarship Day

Several Taylorville Kiwanis Club members participated in the Taylorville High School Scholarship Day at the school cafeteria on Friday.

2 500-dollar scholarships will be presented to 2 Taylorville High School graduating seniors, by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club in May.

The application form can be obtained from the Taylorville High School Guidance Office, or on-line at the club's web site, taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.

The scholarships can be used for tuition and fees at a college of the student's choice.

Application deadline is April 15th. For more information on the Taylorville Kiwanis Club high school scholarships, contact Kiwanis president Blain Cornwell at 824-2241.

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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Caption: Taylorville Kiwanis member Dick Wamsley explains to a Taylorville High School student, the application process to apply for one of 2 $500 scholarships being awarded in May by the local Kiwanis Club. Application deadline is April 15th.

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Fatal Crash Kills Kincaid Teen

The name of the teen who was killed in the accident on Route 104 Wednesday night has been released.

According to the traffic crash investigation, Andrew Gatton, 16, of Kincaid was driving in a Kia Sedona, traveling westbound on Route 104 while a 46 year-old male from Taylorville, driving a Chevrolet Silverado, was traveling east bound at the same location. The investigation indicates Gatton lost control of his vehicle on the slick roadway, crossed the center lane dividing line, and collided head on with the Chevy Silverado. Gatton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner’s Office, while the passenger in the vehicle, a 19 year-old female, and the driver of the Silverado were both transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. Route 104 at the location was closed to traffic for approximately four hours for the crash investigation. The two other names have not been released to the public.

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Sheriff?s Deputy is Being Investigated by State Police

A deputy with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office is under investigation by the Illinois State Police and has been placed on paid administration leave.

In a conversation with Christian County Sheriff, Bruce Kettlelkamp this morning, a deputy with the county was placed on administration leave back on January 27th. Sheriff Kettlelkamp did not give the name of the deputy but did say there is an ongoing criminal investigation by the Illinois State Police.

In a phone call to the Illinois State Police, they did confirm there is an investigation with a deputy, but did not comment about whom or what the investigation was about.

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Chamber Membership Provides Benefits

Businesses see a number of benefits from joining their local chamber of commerce. That's according to Vonda McConnell of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber:

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LEAD Program Underway

 width=This year's LEAD Program is underway. Chris Casey, Community and Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says the group is hoping to tour the Taylorville Correctional Center this year:

 

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This is the 10th class for the annual LEAD Program.

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Chamber To Sponsor Spring Fling

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Enhancing, Organizing and Sharing Your Digital Garden Photos

The Taylorville Fire Station will host a program Saturday, February 15th, where you can learn how to organize photos you take with a digital camera. This program will be presented by Chris Tidrick, the University of Illinois Extension Director of Information Technology. Participants will learn how to use specific software programs to improve their photos, sort them for easy retrieval, as well as ways to share their photos online. Linda Smith, with the Extension, tells Regional Radio what exactly Tidrick will be teaching.

 

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For more information, contact Linda Smith at 217-820-0215. 

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Christian County CEO Board Members Attend Training in Effingham

7 members of the newly-formed Christian County C-E-O Board, attended all-day training on Thursday at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham. The effort is part of the start of the program in Christian County, to teach entrepreneurial skills to around 2 dozen Christian County high school seniors in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Those attending from Christian County included, from the left:  Brenda Spurling of Spurling Title, Incorporated of Taylorville; Regional School Superintendent Marchelle Kassebaum; Mary Renner who is executive director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation and co-chair of the local C-E-O program; Patty Hornbuckle, C-E-O of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce; Dee Krueger, Assistant Director at the Taylorville Campus of Lincoln Land Community College and co-chair of the local C-E-O program; Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton; and not pictured was Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller.

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The 7 were among nearly 80 board members from over 20 new C-E-O start-up programs in Illinois and Indiana. After a welcome from C-E-O founder and Taylorville native Craig Lindvahl, several presenters outlined the timeline for recruiting students to attend the daily 90-minute session next school year, as well as how to recruit and hire a facilitator that will lead the students.

Applications for both students for next school year, and for the new facilitator to be hired, are on-line at christiancountyceo-dot-com. The application deadline for both students and the facilitator position, is March 2nd.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3, Central A&M defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 92 to 27.

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Taylorville girls basketball score

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Taylorville defeated Matton by a final score of 69 to 56.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-4-15

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

Mathew T. Norris, 28, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for failure to appear. His bond was set at $5,750.

Jason M. Barr, 41, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for bond forfeiture warrant. His bond was set at $50,000.

Tandy T. Melton, 45, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for an original arrest warrant. Bond was set at $1,750.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Alicia J. Kee, 36, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for driving while her license was suspended.

ACCIDENTS:

Russell L. Wickline, 63, of Decatur was heading East on Adams St. and failed to yield at the intersection of Cherokee. Eugene V. Bertucci, 87, of Taylorville was driving North on Cherokee when Wickline struck his right driver side bumper of his vehicle. Wickline had both front air bags deploy. Bertucci had major damage to the hood, front bumper, and front grill. He was able to drive away unlike Wickline, who had his vehicle towed away. Wickline was issued a citation for failing to yield or stop at the intersection.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presents $10,000 donation to TMH

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Louise Noren, auxiliary president, recently presented a $10,000 donation to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The money will go toward the hospital’s expansion of the rehabilitation facility. President and CEO of the hospital, Kim Bourne, tells Regional Radio more about the donation.

 

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The TMH Auxiliary is a volunteer organization whose sole mission is to assist the hospital by providing funding for equipment, programs and services to enhance patient care in Christian County. The donation is part of a $100,000 commitment toward the rehab facility. 

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Benefits of Massage are Plentiful

 width=As the stresses of work and everyday life take their toll on our minds and bodies, Corrie Mathes of Mathes Massage in Taylorville wants you to know that massage therapy can offer a number of benefits to your physical and mental health.

 

Mathes tells Regional Radio the benefits of massage are numerous.

 

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For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Corrie Mathes at 217-287-2049

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Tax Time May Be More Difficult This Year

Tax season is in full swing, and one local public advocate is warning that it may be tough to get IRS assistance this year. Mac McGuire tells Regional Radio the Congress cut the tax agency's budget, and they are now saying it may be more difficult than usual to get help:

 

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McGuire says you should go to irs.gov for help.

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Henry: Countries Are Debasing Currency

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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 67 to 49.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-3-15

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

Darion L. Phiffer, 26, of Belleville was arrested Monday for failing to appear. Bond was set at $250.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

On Saturday at 2:21 A.M., dispatch from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Taylorville Police Department in reference to a pick up truck striking the front of a house on the 400 block of N. Cherokee St. Upon arrival, officers witnessed Derek R. Samson, 25, of Taylorville slumped over the middle console of the vehicle and a female subject was holding his head. Samson was the only person in the truck and after police spoke with several witnesses, including the female, it was learned that Samson had been drinking alcohol. He was transported by ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where he was also arrested for DUI. There is an investigation taken place by the Taylorville Police Department.

Ashley C. Neal, 26, of Taylorville was arrested on Monday for driving while her license was revoked.

Haley Robinson, 21, of Taylorville was arrested Monday for driving with a suspended license.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hold Business Meeting, Induct New Member

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting and inducted a new member, at their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Committee chairs reported on the many local Kiwanis activities for children and youth.

It was announced that the Kiwanis Club will again be accepting applications to give away 2 500-dollar scholarships to Taylorville High School seniors going on to college.

The club also announced a tentative date of May 19th for a spring cookout meeting at Kiwanis Park, with the Kiwanis High School Key Club and Junior High Builders Club both invited.

Kiwanis Park chairperson Jerry Woodard announced that a clean-up day will soon be set, and Spiritual Aims chairperson Dick Wamsley announced the 25th annual Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon will be held May 12th.

Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported that nearly 14-hundred dollars was netted from last Saturday's Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day at the Moose Lodge, with more money from ticket sales expected to be turned in.
Proceeds benefit the many local Kiwanis activities for children and youth including Kiwanis Park, high school scholarships, Coats for Kids, and much more.

And, Raedena Ryan, the new executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation and the hospital's new marketing director, was inducted as the newest member of the club.

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

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Lincoln College Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Charter Day Feb. 8

Lincoln College will celebrate its 150th anniversary with Charter Day on February 8th. Leaders of the College will welcome faculty, students, alumni, including speakers and guests to campus on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts. Tom McLaughlin, the Development Officer at Lincoln College, tells Regional Radio what else the College will have that day.

 

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For more information on Lincoln College’s 150th anniversary visit LincolnCollege.edu or call 217-735-7216.

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Obama Budget Features Too Much Spending: Davis

President Barack Obama's budget proposal is getting poor reviews from Republicans in the Congress. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville says while there are areas of agreement, there is too much spending in the plan:

 

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Congressman Davis says he hopes the two sides can come to an agreement.

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Landscape Symposium This Month

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Taylorville boys basketball score 02/03/15

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3, Taylorville defeated Rochester by a final score of 62 to 57.

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Taylorville girls basketball score 02/03/15

In high school basketball Tuesday night as heard on Groovy WRAN 97.3, Taylorville defeated Mattoon by a final score of 58 to 47.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 2-2-15

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

Fredrick J. Tremain, 38, of Springfield was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $5,000.

George A. Nash, 43, of Virden was arrested Friday for failing to report an accident and for driving under the influence.

Joseph L. Ishmael, 28, of Rosamond was arrested Saturday for domestic battery. His bond was set at $25,000.

ACCIDENTS:

On Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. David R. Hardin, 58, of Taylorville was traveling Northeast on IL RT 48 and applied the brakes to avoid a deer. Hardin lost control and went into the ditch on the West side of the road. No damage was reported.

On Monday at 6:30 a.m. Mary S. Brandon, 38, of Kincaid was traveling East on IL RT 104. A deer entered the roadway and was struck by Brandon. There was damage to her car and it was towed away.

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:

Jacob Ryan, 38, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for driving with a suspended license.

Charles D. Brown, 81, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for resisting arrest from a police officer.

Ryan Clay, 24, of Taylorville was arrested on Sunday for unlawful use of intoxicating compounds.

On Sunday, at 12:35 a.m. officers received a call about domestic disturbance between Bradley A. Cox and Jerica J. Hall. Hall was face down on the hallway floor with Cox on top of her. According to the reports, as Cox got off, Hall was directed to go into the living room. After an investigation, Hall was arrested for domestic battery and transported to the Taylorville Police Department to be processed and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of Bond.

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Fire Department Calls: 2-2-15

Fire Department Calls 2-2-15

1-28 1 EMS

1-29 4 EMS, 1 Public Assist

1-30 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 3 EMS

1-31 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Public Assist, 3 EMS

2-1 4 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm

2-2 2 EMS

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Seniors Offered Tax Help

Tax time is here and it can be tough to keep up with the yearly changes. Gerry Mahr of the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says they are providing help for those who need it:

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Davis: ?Free? College Isn't Free

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Eagle Day to Be February 14th at Lake Shelbyville

 width=On February 14th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville. Eagle Day is a great to learn about birds of prey. Philip Manhart, a Park Ranger at Lake Shelbyville, tells Regional Radio what events they will have.

 

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For more information call 217-774-3951.

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Shelbyville Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WSVZ NEW Country 98-point-3, Central A&M defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 51 to 48.

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Taylorville Alderman Make Quick Work of City Business in 15-Minute Session

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It was a short 15-minute meeting of the Taylorville City Council Monday night in the Council chambers.


Aldermen OK'd a lease agreement with the Taylorville Fire Protection District for leasing a 2006 Ford F450 Crew Cab Rescue Truck; they OK'd spending just over 6-thousand dollars with B-and-W Dozer Salvage of Cowden to refurbish the city's 2000 Cat Backhoe. Council members Monday night OK'd an agreement with J-B Vending for vending services with the City to receive a 10-percent commission; and they directed City Attorney Rocci Romano to prepare an ordinance to seek sealed bids for the sale of the city's 1996 street sweeper, a 1988 Ford dump truck, and 3 trench boxes.


The Taylorville City Council Monday night OK'd seeking bids for their annual concrete and sidewalk replacement program, curb and gutter replacement, fuel and trash removal services; and approved the January 20th Tree Board minutes. They OK'd the lowest bids for chemicals for the city's water treatment plant, and paid bills totaling just over 316-thousand 350-dollars.

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Central A&M Girls Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, Sullivan defeated Central A&M by a final score of 58 to 54.

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