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Taylorville Kiwanis Featuring Guest Speaker from Russia on Thursday

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is moving its meeting date this week, from Tuesday, March 17th, to Thursday, March 19th, to accommodate guest speaker Svetlana Gorokhova from the All-Russia State Library. Also appearing at next week's meeting to introduce Gorokhova, will be the new Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe.

Gorokhova has announced that her topic for her remarks to the Kiwanis Club will be entitled “Inside Russia Today” and will discuss such issues as President Putin, U-S-Russian Relations, and the role of Abraham Lincoln in both country's futures.

Guests are welcome to attend next Thursday's luncheon at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Reservations are suggested by calling 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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Christian County CEO Program Re-Opens Student Applications

 width=The Christian County C-E-O Board met this morning, and announced it is re-opening student applications for the first-time program that will launch in the fall of 2015.

The CEO program provides real world experience that 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.

5 students have currently applied to participate in Christian County program that "creates enterpreneurial opportunities" in a daily 90-minute session that meets at many different locations in the 2015-2016 school year. The board hopes that by re-opening student applications, the number will grow.

High school students that will be seniors next school year, can still apply to be a part of the first-year launch. Applications are available at the program's web site, christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/17/15

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

Justin L. Barnes, 35, of Pana was arrested Tuesday for violating an order of protection. Bond was set at $20,000. Today in court, he was appointed the Public Defender.

Phillip P. Osgood, 42, of Taylorville was arrested Monday for aggravated domestic battery. Bond was set at $3,000. Today in court, he was appointed the Public Defender.

The Taylorville Police Department reported the following accidents to Regional Radio:

Rachel R. Frazier, 16, of Taylorville was driving East and failed to stop at the intersection of Main Cross and North Walnut. Darlene R. Bouvet, 82, of Taylorville was traveling South on Walnut, stopped at the sign, and when she went through the intersection, she was hit by Frazier. Frazier was issued a citation for disobeying traffic control device.

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Avery Bourne

is settling into her new position as the 95th District's representative in the Illinois Statehouse. The 22-year-old representative tells Regional Radio that her desire to see things change in Illinois is what led her to seek the office previously held by Wayne Rosenthal

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Madison and Montgomery.

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In other business during the Christian County Board meeting Tuesday night

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/16/15

On Monday, the Christian County Sheriff’s office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Jeffery L. Herron, 19, of Staunton was arrested Friday for battery.

Gary L. Craft, 40, of Staunton was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

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

Alysha J. Goeschel, 28, of Taylorville was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday.

Frank K. Sedlock, 29, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for battery and criminal damage. 

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Davis Comments on Schock Allegations

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) has been in hot water in recent weeks for allegations of a gross misuse of taxpayer and campaign funds to finance lavish trips, refurbish his D.C office and even purchasing tickets to a Katy Perry concert.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) tells Regional Radio that while he sympathizes with the embattled congressman, the time will come when Schock must answer to his constituents.

 

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Congressman Davis serves Illinois' 13th District.

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American Diabetes Association to Host Kiss a Pig Galas

Those in search of a fun and creative way to raise awareness for diabetes have good news on the way. The American Diabetes Association is hosting a series of “Kiss a Pig Galas.” Vanessa Weissman with the ADA tells Regional Radio more about the pricing and locations of the event.

 

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For more information, contact the ADA at 217-875-9011.

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Fire Department Calls: 3/16/15

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

3/13: 1 Fire, 4 EMS

3/14: 7 EMS

3/15: 5 EMS, 1 Public Assist

3/16: 1 EMS

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U of I Extension Telenet Series Dates Set

As things begin to warm up in Christian County, eager gardeners are preparing to make 2015 their best gardening season yet, and master gardeners with the U of I Extension are hoping to assist in that endeavor.

 

Master gardener Gwen Podeschi tells Regional Radio that the first spring 4 Seasons Telenet Series event will take place on Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30 PM and will feature the topic of sustainable landscapes.

 

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For more information on the 4 Seasons Telenet Series, contact the Extension office at 217-287-7246.  

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Boil Order Still in Affect for Tower Hill

About three weeks ago, the village of Tower Hill was put on a boil order. As of now, they are still under the same boil order. Lloyd Carrol, village trustee, tells Regional Radio that hopefully after a test of the water, they can lift this order.

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Carrol says the reason for this boil order is because they lost pressure in the well and water tower.

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Those samples to Mattoon are expected to be completed by sometime Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. 

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Jury Trial for Casey?s Robbery Continued

A jury trial for the Pana woman who is accused of robbing Casey’s General Store at knife point will be continued to April.

Today in a Christian County court room, Brittany J. Wright, 26, of Pana appeared for her pre-trial. With her attorney, Public Defender Greg Grigsby present, he requested a jury trial to continue on April 20th.  Wright has been in custody since the arrest on January 2nd.

A pre-trial was also scheduled, before the jury trial date, for April 7th

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Taylorville Council OK's Hotel/Motel Tax Funds for THS Band Trip a 2nd Time; Decision May Be Contested

 width=Taylorville aldermen Monday night voted a 2nd time, on a motion previously passed at their March 2nd meeting, donating 25-hundred dollars from the city's hotel-motel tax, to the Taylorville High School Band. The money will go towards their trip to play in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D-C. Finance committee chairman Larry Budd brought the revised motion to the council Monday night. Also heard is reaction from city attorney Rocci Romano and alderman Earl Walters.


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The motion passed unanimously.


Regional Radio News asked Budd after Monday night's meeting to identify the businessperson questionning the legality of using the city's hotel-motel tax to support the band's trip, and Budd said it was the owners of the local bed and breakfast.


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Budd added that Mrs. Houser indicated she would continue to fight the Council's decision thru council committees as well as thru the state.

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Taylorville City Council Appoints Debbie Wells, Emergency Services and Lake/Airport Motions Approved

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The Taylorville City Council approved a number of motions Monday night including the approval by Mayor Greg Brotherton to appoint Debbie Wells to the Library Board.

Motion was also approved to accept the highest bid for the sale of the 1988 Ford 2-ton dump truck, and to advertise for a heavy equipment operator position for the Street Department.

The council authorized the sale of personal property items owned by the city.

Pending the repairs to the Squad 1 vehicle, owned by both the City and the Taylorville Fire Protection District, aldermen approved the motion to sell Squad 1 by sealed bid.

Aldermen authorized a one-time reduction of the annual fee paid by the Taylorville Fire Protection District, by 25-hundred dollars, in exchange for ownership of the 2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty to be used by the Lake Department.

The Taylorville City Council approved several motions which came out of the city’s emergency services committee on Monday night. They allowed Police Chief Herpstreith to seek bids for the 2016 Ford Interceptor Utility All-Wheel-Drive as a replacement vehicle was approved by the aldermen.

Also approved Monday night was the Fire and Police Departments to charge a fee for responding to a call which was caused by a person under the influence and also a lease agreement for the 2015 Ford F350 pickup truck.

After recommendation from the council’s personnel committee, aldermen directed the Mayor to send a letter to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to hire a replacement from the firefighter eligibility list.

On Monday night, the Taylorville City Council approved the Crop Applicator Lease Form and to apply a one-hundred dollar fee per day for Crop Dusters to park their equipment at the airport. The council directed Airport Manager Bill Newberry to send certified letters to Crop Dusters including the Crop Applicator Lease and Crop Dusting Rules.

Due to the Weather Spotter Class on April 9th, the date of the April Lake/Airport and Water Committee Meetings will be moved to Wednesday, April 8th.

Taylorville Aldermen approved the bid of an 85-dollars per week for 4 toilets for Lake Taylorville from Whitlow Sewer and Septic for the next 2 years, and forwarded next year’s Lake Budget to the Finance Committee.

The Taylorville Council approved the payment of bills totaling some 169-thousand, 4-hundred dollars. The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/13/15

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

Haley G. Semon, 20, of Decatur was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license.

Ason Asani, 55, of Taylorville was arrested Thursday on a bond forfeiture warrant.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Friday:

On Wednesday, Johnathan E. Pearce, 22 of Berry was southbound on 1000 E. Road. Around 2850 North, Pearce went off the roadway. His 2008 Ford F-150 had damage to the front and sides of the vehicle. Pearce did not sustain any injuries.

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

On Thursday, a 15 year old male juvenile was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Friday:

William E. Sanders, 78, of Fillmore was turning into the Wal-Mart parking lot on Thursday. He failed to Yield and struck Dustin A. Wallace, 19, of Bullpit. Sanders struck Wallace on the front bumper causing front bumper damage to both vehicles. Sanders was issued a citation for failure to yield.

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Fire Department Calls: 3/13/15

On Friday, the Taylorville Fire Department reported the following calls:

3/11: 1 EMS, Illegal Burn

3/12: 4 EMS, 2 Automatic Alarm

3/13: 1 EMS

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Taylorville Kiwanis Moving Next Week's Meeting Date

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has moved next week's meeting date from Tuesday, March 17th, to Thursday, March 19th, to accommodate guest speaker Svetlana Gorokhova from the All-Russia State Library. Also appearing at next week's meeting to introduce Gorokhova, will be the new Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe.

Guests are welcome to attend next Thursday's luncheon at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Reservations are suggested by calling 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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March's Chamber ?Business After Hours? To Feature Historical Society & Queen B's Catering

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's monthly “Business After Hours” will feature a joint venture between the Christian County Historical Society and Queen B's Catering on Wedensday, March 18th from 4:30-6:30 at the Historical Society.

 

Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber President, tells Regional Radio that the event will offer tours of the Historical Society grounds and much more.

 

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For more information, just contact the Chamber at 217-824-4919.

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Taylorville High School Journalism Program Recognized

 width=At a time when many high school journalism programs are being defunded, or are all together non-existent, Taylorville High School has a thriving curriculum.

 

Dr. Gregg Ferstenau, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools, tells Regional Radio that of the nearly 900 schools that participated in a recent national high school yearbook competition, THS was one of six schools that took home awards in the “newspaper” category.

 

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THS took home two firsts, two seconds, one third and an “honorable mention” at the competition.

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Christian County 4-H Youth Leadership Team Officers Elected

 width=                            On Monday March 9th, 2015 the first elections for the Christian County 4-H Youth Leadership Team were held.  The 4-H Leadership Team was implemented at the beginning of the 2015 year.  The 4-H Leadership Team is for 4-H members ages 13 and up.  Alicia Gullidge, Christian County 4-H Coordinator, tells Regional Radio the members who were elected.

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If you have an interest in joining or would like more information on Christian County 4-H please contact Alicia at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 217-287-7246.

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State Budget Issues Create Uncertainty at Taylorville School District

With little to no confirmation from the state government in terms of how much funding the Taylorville School District will receive next year, administrators and faculty are playing the waiting game.

Superintendent of Taylorville School District Dr. Gregg Furstenau tells Regional Radio that even with confirmation from the state, the school district could still miss out on one or more categorical payments. Dr. Furstenau says these payments primarily affect special education and transportation funding.

 

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Taylorville School Board meetings are open to the public and take place on the first Tuesday of the month.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/12/15

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests to Regional Radio on Thursday:

Shane A. Mosley, 40, of Pana was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant and driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $5,000.

Jason M. Barr, 41, of Pana was arrested Wednesday for bond forfeiture warrant.

Brian C. Callan, 27, of Stonington was arrested Thursday for possession of cannabis and possession of controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.

Melissa L. Reeter, 30, of Taylorville was arrested Wednesday for bond forfeiture warrant.

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Shelby Electric Announces Solar Project

The power supplier for Shelby Electric Cooperative has announced its intention to build one of two new 500-kilowatt solar electric production facilities at the Shelby Electric's headquarters in Shelbyville.

When this is completed, the two solar farms will produce enough electricity to supply 1,500 families every day. Kevin Bernson, the Vice President of Media and Public Relations of Shelby Electric, tells Regional Radio that they are very excited to be a part of the plans.

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Bernson says they will be negotiating with contractors and the project will begin sometime in the summer. The other 500-kilowatt solar electricity facility will be located near Canton, Ill. where Spoon River Electric Cooperative provides electricity distribution service to nearly 5,000 members.    

   

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First Annual ?Spring Swing? Winners Announced

 width=The first annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce “Spring Swing Indoor Golf Tournament” took place this past Saturday at various establishments throughout the area, and Chamber President Patty Hornbuckle tells Regional Radio that it was a great success.

 

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Hornbuckle also announced-for the first time-the top 4 teams at the event, live on the WTIM Morning Show Thursday.

 

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For more information on Chamber happenings, just contact them at 217-824-4919.

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Six Taylorville Wrestlers Make All-Conference

Three of Taylorville’s top wrestlers made 1st team All-Conference for the 2014-2015 season. Seniors Preston Lindsey and Keane Rogers and also Sophomore Will Cruikshank represented Taylorville on a list of 14, 1st team All-Conference. Seniors David Cruikshank and David Gideon made 2nd team All-Conference along with Freshman Joe Fallin.

Taylorville finished with a Conference record of 2-2, with wins over Effingham and Charleston.

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Over 160 Attend Loving Arms Banquet

Over 160 people attended Thursday night's annual fund-raising banquet of the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

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Following dinner, the center's Executive Director Cathy Coker, shared with the gathering, a report on the Center's activities in the past 12 months. The Center provided services to some 90 men and women in 525 visits, and as a result of the Center's efforts, 23 new babies were born.

The Center also provides options counseling, referrals for medical and community services, a post-abortion recovery and support program, abstinence education, and fatherhood classes.

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Guest speaker was Abby Johnson, who after 8 years working at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, resigned and walked out of the clinic after a change of heart while participating in an ultrasound-guided abortion procedure. Johnson told the Loving Arms gathering that after the agency wanted to double the abortion quota, she began to question the organization she was working at.

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Today, Johnson travels the country sharing her story and motivating others to continue the pro-life fight.

Loving Arms is located at 500 North Walnut in Taylorville.

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School Board Still on a ?Wait and See? Regarding the Budget

The Taylorville School Board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Greg Fuerstenau started the meeting off discussing the proposed changes that were going to be made to help trim the budget. He said they are still in a wait and a see mode and there are no answers on where they’ll be going due to the waiting game on the state budget. Fuerstenau urged all members to think positive but they still must be cautious.

Dr. Fuerstenau did congratulate the 2014 Yearbook Contest winners. Taylorville High School, led by advisor Steve Steele, captured two firsts, two seconds, one third and one honorable mention in the eight categories. The first place honors came in “Best copy” and “Best Sports Coverage”. Second place honors came in “Best Divider Pages” and “Best Use of Photography”, while the third place honor came in “Best Layout and Design”. The honorable mention came in “Best Theme Development”.

In other business, the board approved the Taylorville High School Spanish overnight trip to Chicago. They also approved an 8-period schedule at the Taylorville High School and Junior High School. The board then approved the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year that will start on Wednesday, August 19th.

The board accepted the resignations of Barbara Chase, Business Education at THS, Chris Norris, Junior High, Kimberly Pembroke and Melody Wagner, Poms Coaches at the Junior High. Request for leave of absence was granted for Brina Boldig, Stephanie Leonard and Heidi Durbin, and the board agreed to employ Stile Smith, Meredith Bollinger and John Christian. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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WTIM and Peoples Bank and Trust March Students of the Month

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The WTIM and Peoples Bank and Trust February Students of Month Left to right are Judy Prasun from Peoples Bank and Trust, Senior Tanner Champley, Junior Kailey Talley, Sophomore Erica Leigh, Freshman Ellison Tippitt, Lindsay Lopian from Peoples Bank and Trust.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/11/15

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrest to Regional Radio on Wednesday.

Brandon J. Gardner, 25, of Kincaid was arrested Tuesday for unlawful possession of firearms.

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Fire Department Calls: 3/11/15

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

3/10: 1 EMS, 1 Public Assist

3/11: 1 EMS

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National Bank Appoints Patrick Johnston to its Board of Directors

 width=The Board of Directors of National Bank in Hillsboro is adding another member and that is Patrick Johnston.

Johnston is an attorney in Edwardsville with over 25 years of practice in criminal defense and injury litigation. Back in 2003 he opened his own firm, Johnston Law Offices, which is located in Edwardsville. President of National Bank, Harry Hutchinson, tells Regional Radio that Johnston will be a great asset.

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Johnston is graduate of Edwardsville High School and also Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He completed law school at St. Louis University School of Law.

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Accident Claims Life of 53 Year-old Taylorville Man

On Tuesday night at about 7:25 pm, a pickup truck driven by Jeff Lynn Bingham, 53, of Taylorville struck an apartment building at 235 Railroad Avenue in Blue Mound. Bingham was critically injured and was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur where he was pronounced dead at 8:10 pm. According to the Macon County Coroner’s Office, Bingham passed away from trauma to the head and torso. Tom Bingaman, Chief of Police of Blue Mound, tells Regional Radio what exactly happened in the accident.

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The investigation of this crash is still on-going by the Blue Mound Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Miller Media Group Hosting Matt McLemore Day April 2nd

 width=The Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville, will host “Matt McLemore Day” in honor of Matt's 25th anniversary on the air and his retirement that day, both on Thursday, April 2nd.


McLemore came to Taylorville and WTIM in 1990 as news director, and has hosted the WTIM Morning Show since 1992. He also has been heard on all the Taylorville cluster of the Miller Media Group radio stations, in his 25 years on-the-air.


Newstalk WTIM's Morning Show that day from 8:40 til 10 will feature Matt taking calls from listeners on his last day on the air, along with some other surprises. Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller will host the event that day.


And, the public is invited to a reception in Matt's honor at the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, from eleven that morning until one in the afternoon. A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

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TRIAD to Host Severe Weather Preparedness Day

On Thursday, March 19th Christian County TRIAD will host a severe weather preparedness informational class. The featured speaker is Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz of Decatur’s WAND News. TRIAD Chairman Richard Peters tells Regional Radio that Fultz will give a presentation on current weather trends and how to prepare yourself for severe weather. Mike Crews, Taylorville Fire Chief, will also be presenting.

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The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Taylorville City Hall located at 115 N. Main St. Refreshments will be served and following the presentation, TRIAD will be giving away 2 weather radios. The Taylorville Police Department encourages anyone interested to attend the program.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/10/15

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

Melissa S. Eveland, 39, of Taylorville was arrested Monday for driving on a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,500.

Beau D. Jarman, 22, of Hillsboro was arrested Tuesday for DUI.

Stanley K. Desart, 22, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for domestic battery. Bond was set at $2,000. Today in court he was appointed the Public Defender.

James A. Big Eagle, 35, of Pana was arrested Monday for domestic battery. Bond was set at $1,200. Today in court he was appointed the Public Defender.

The following accidents were reported to Regional Radio:

Stephen D. Voudrie, 56, of Pana was Northbound on Township Road 2500 East, South of Pana. A deer ran onto the road and Voudrie struck it causing damage to his 2007 Chrysler Pacifica. No injuries were reported.

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Taylorville Basketball Well Represented on All-Conference Teams

Both the Taylorville Boys and Girls Basketball teams had great seasons and on Tuesday, individuals from both teams made the All-Conference team.

For the boys, seniors Eric Dust and Cole Sheedy made the First Team All-Conference, while senior Mitchell Rhymes made the Second Team All-Conference. The boys finished their season with a record of 19-11, their first 19-win season since the early 1980’s.

On the girls’ side, seniors Grace Bollinger and Alyviah Durham made the All-Conference Team for Taylorville. They finished their season with a record of 23-9 and winning the Apollo Conference.

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Abraham Lincoln Library Topic of Taylorville Kiwanis Club Program

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The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, from its reference librarian and Taylorville native Gwen Podeschi, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Podeschi told the Kiwanis members that although the Abraham Lincoln Museum is only 10 years old, the Lincoln Library dates back some 125 years, and has been in 4 different locations since its founding. The library is currently across the street from the Museum, at 112 North 6th.

Podeschi said the Lincoln Library now consists of some 300-thousand books, some 400-thousand photos, and countless Lincoln-era artifacts including the first non-government book published in Illinois, in 1834. It even has a proclamation from the Bishop of London dated 1274.

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Kiwanis members were reminded that next week's meeting is being moved from Tuesday, March 17th, to Thursday, March 19th, to accommodate next week's guest speaker, who is Svetlana Gorokhova from the All-Russia State Library. Guests are welcome to attend next Thursday's luncheon at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Reservations are suggested by calling 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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Family Fun Night Planned at Taylorville Public Library Thursday

 width=Those in search of a fun and educational opportunity for the whole family have a great opportunity extended to them this Thursday.

The Taylorville Public Library is hosting a “Family Fun Night” on Thursday at 7:00 PM. Dorothy Siles, Head Librarian at Taylorville Public Library, tells Regional Radio that a number of fun and quirky activities-including a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt and even potato painting-are planned.

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No reservations for Family Fun Night are necessary, but for more information just contact the library at 217-824-4736.

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BBBS Seeks Sponsors for End of the Year Pizza Party

 width=                                                 The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is looking for a little help as the end of the school year approaches.

 

Lisa Rakey, Executive Director of BBBS in the Illinois Capital Region, tells Regional Radio that they are seeking sponsorships from area businesses and individuals for their annual end-of-the-year pizza party and recognition banquet.

 

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Anyone interested in sponsoring the pizza party is encouraged to contact Lisa Rakey and BBBS at 217-753-8449.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/9/15

The Christian County Sheriff’s office reports the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Shawn T. Davis, 19, of Edinburg was arrested Friday for burglary. Bond was set at $15,000.

Christopher T. Harter, 34, of Rossville, IN was arrested Friday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,500.

William A. Mortland, 46, of Tallula was arrested Saturday for theft and bond forfeiture warrant. Bond was set at $30,000.

David E. Fisher, 36, of Mount Auburn was arrested Sunday for DUI. Bond was set at $300.

Bruce A. Mansfield, 28, of Kincaid was arrested Sunday for driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,000.

Charles P. Smith, 31, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for bond forfeiture warrant. Bond was set at $2,000.

Amanda D. McConnell, 39, of Taylorville was arrested Monday for bond forfeiture warrant. Bond was set at $300.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio:

Kacy L. Brewer, 36, of Hillsboro was driving South on Route 29 on Saturday around 2:42 a.m., approaching 1900 North Road, when she drove off the shoulder and into a ditch. She received front end damage and damage to the passenger mirror. Brewer told officers she felt tired and must have dozed off. No injuries were reported.

On Saturday night around 11:18 p.m. Kelly M. Kacevicius, 19, was driving East on 750 North Road. Around 450 East, a deer entered her path and collided with the deer. No injuries were reported.

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

Tyler R. Bright, 23, of Taylorville was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday.

Jeremy S. Ginger, 34, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for public intoxication and released on a notice to appear.

Jerome K. Wood, 33, of Pana was arrested Friday on a notice to appear for no valid driver’s license.

Kristan D. Jones, 27, of Taylorville was arrested Saturday for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nathan Kemmerling, 25, of Taylorville was arrested Sunday for theft at Walmart. 

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Bruce Barry Offers Experience to Taylorville School Board

 width=With elections for the Taylorivlle School Board fast approaching, candidates are making their case for why voters should cast their ballots on April 7th in their favor.

 

Bruce Barry of Taylorville tells Regional Radio that his leadership experience with the Tornado Open-one of the largest fundraisers for the Taylorville Athletic Department-coupled with his involvement in the JFL Quarterback Club and his presidency at the Taylorville Sanitary District makes him a viable candidate for the position.

 

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Barry also says he would like to be the voice of Mt. Auburn and Stonington, stressing the importance of transparency and accountability by offering his cell-phone number for any concerned citizens.

 

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The Taylorville School Board elections will take place April 7th.

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Pre-trial Possibly Sets Up Jury Trial for Reber

On Monday morning, Jarod C. Reber, 34, of Taylorville had his pre-trial in a Cristian County Court room. He was set to have his jury trial for May 26th but was pushed back on a motion hearing and is now set for June 22nd. Attorney for Reber, Thomas Finks, told the Fourth Circuit Court that a resolution with the state before the jury trial is doubtful. A motion hearing for Reber is set for April 16th.

Reber is accused of two counts of child pornography and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault back in January.  He was arrested in December of 2014 after pictures of child pornography were found on his computer at work.

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Taylorville Community Garden Prepares for 2015 Growing Season

The warm weather is around the corner and the Taylorville Community Garden is preparing to start its third season of growing fruits and vegetables. Member of the Taylorville Community Garden, Patty Rykhus, tells Regional Radio they will teach you how to grow food.

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TCG is a volunteer organization. It is open to anyone interested in volunteering in the garden and helping people in need of locally-grown fresh food. Rykhus says it’s more than just helping in the garden, they need help on the outside as well.

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The Taylorville Community Garden is located on the south lot at Davis Memorial Christian Church at 1500 West Franklin.

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Time Has Changed and Your Batteries Should Too

 width=Over the weekend, not only did the weather change from winter to spring, we turned our clocks ahead one hour. According to Taylorville Fire Chief, Mike Crews, the clocks aren’t the only thing that needed to be changed. Crews, reminds us all to change out the batteries in our smoke detectors and also the carbon monoxide detectors as well.

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Those who do have questions about changing out the detectors in your home are urged to contact the Taylorville Fire Department at 824-2295.

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FFA Members of Taylorville Visit With Bourne

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/6/15

On Thursday, Garett G. Chisolm, 20, of Decatur was North on IL Route 48 at 7:50 p.m. and a deer hit the driver side of his 2001 Ford Ranger. No injuries were reported.

On Thursday, David M. Nance, 61, of Jacksonville was backing up Southwest in the 100 block of East Franklin when he backed into a 2014 Jeep Compass that was parked on the road. Nance received damage to the passenger side tail light. The Jeep received damage to the front driver’s side panel and driver’s door. 

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Fire Department Calls: 3/6/15

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

3/3: 1 Public Assist, 2 Automatic Alarms, 2 EMS

3/4: 1 EMS, 2 Public Assist

3/5: 3 EMS

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Candy Sampling at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe

Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe is having a candy sampling event on Saturday, March 14th from 11am-2pm. Kathy Murray and “Sweet Treats” will be offering all kinds of sweets and chocolates. Shelia Yost, owner of Cottage Rose, tells Regional Radio that Murray will be here for a tasting party.

 

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Kathy Murray of “Sweet Treats” tells us about a few different kinds of treats she has to offer.

 

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Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe is located at 110 South Main Street on the East side of the Taylorville square. 

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Taylorville Community Credit Union Recognized as Chamber Member of the Quarter

 width=Taylorville Community Credit Union has been recognized as this quarter's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce member of the quarter.  Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber tells Regional Radio that TCCU was recognized not only for their service to the community, but for their innovative scholarship program as well.

 

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A banquet will be held at Taylorville Community Credit Union from 8-9 AM on March 17th.  For more information, contact the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 217-824-4919.

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Davis Seeks Plan to Move XL Pipeline Bill Forward

 width=President Obama's recent veto of the controversial XL Pipeline Bill has some Republicans in the House and Senate fuming, but Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is not discouraged.

 

The Congressman tells Regional Radio that the next step to take is finding new ways to push the bill ahead, rather than attempting to sway the votes of Democrats in the Senate.

 

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He also added that a change in the Oval Office may be necessary to push forth the bill that could create 40,000 construction jobs.

 

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Congressman Davis serves Illinois' 13th District.

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Scherer Sponsors Legislation to Help Veterans Who Need Prosthetics

 width=To continue her commitment to support the needs of veterans, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, introduced legislation to help disabled veterans receive prosthetics. Scherer introduced House Bill 3768, to provide veterans with grants to update and replace existing prosthetics. Scherer tells Regional Radio if passed, residents would be able to make a tax deductible donation to the Veterans Prosthetics Fund on their individual income tax forms.

 

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

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Reps. Davis, Shimkus Tour Central Illinois Foodbank

 

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 U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) today toured Central Illinois Foodbank to highlight the work they do to help families in Central Illinois and discuss some of the challenges they face.

 

Among the issues discussed during the tour was H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, legislation recently passed by the House to encourage charitable donations by improving and making permanent a number of tax rules regarding charitable giving and charitable organizations.

 

Left to Right: Davis; Krista Lisser, Public Relations Manager; Stephanie Schwermin, Agency Relations/Program Assistant; and Shimkus 

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis to Move Weekly Meeting from March 17 to March 19

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced it's moving its regular meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, to Thursday, March 19th, in order to accommodate a special guest speaker.

Svetlana Gorokhova is the Head of the International Cultural Center of the All Russia State Library of Foreign Literature, and will speak to Taylorvile Kiwanis Club members and guests at a special Kiwanis luncheon at noon Thursday, March 19th at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Gorokhova is supervising the joint activities of the Library and the diplomatic corps located in Russia, as well as national cultural centers.

The club has also learned that Cory Jobe, the new Illinois Director of Tourism, will also be attending the special March 19th Kiwanis meeting, and will introduce Gorokhova.

Kiwanis members and commnity guests are invited to attend this special March 19th Kiwanis meeting at noon, at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

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

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/5/15

On Thursday, the Christian County Sheriff’s office reported the following arrest to Regional Radio:

Stephanie E. Reber, 26, of Taylorville was arrested Wednesday for possession of cannabis.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio:

On Wednesday, at 11:02 a.m. Joan M. Collodi, 85, of Taylorville told police she stopped at the stop sign and proceeded and did not see Megan M. Bowman, 28, of Taylorville. Collodi struck Bowman on the passenger side. Collodi had damage on the front side of her vehicle. Collodi was issued a citation for failure to stop. No injuries were reported.

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

Amanda J. Kee, 38, of Taylorville was issued a citation Tuesday for driving with a suspended license.

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Gwin Pleads Guilty to Harassment and Criminal Damage

Today in a Christian County courtroom, Luke D. Gwin, 36, of Macon pleaded guilty to harassment through electronic communication and criminal damage to state-supported property.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney, Brian Bach, Gwin made phone calls to his ex-wife’s family threatening to kill them. His ex-in-laws, who were present in the courtroom, called the police to have Gwin arrested. When he was in the back of the police car, officers said he was very aggressive and according to Bach, when Gwin was in the Christian County Correctional Center, he ripped a security camera off the wall. He was then placed in a padded cell. According to reports, alcohol was a factor.

Gwin is sentenced to 2 years probation and will serve 120 days in jail with credit for time served of 60 days. He is also to have no contact with his ex-wife or her family. 

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TMH Foundation Announces Butterfield Scholarship

 width=Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to administer The Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarships. Executive Director of the hospital, Raedena Ryan, tells Regional Radio one $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student. That student has to be a graduate of a Christian County high school and enrolled in a two or four year college or university.

 

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At the time of her death, Mrs. Butterfield provided a trust to the Hospital Foundation that funds scholarships annually.  It was her wish to financially assist students from Christian County who are pursuing a career in healthcare.

 

Applications can be obtained by contacting Raedena Ryan at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation at 824-1651 or by email address ryan.raedena@mhsil.com.  Applications must be postmarked on or before March 20, 2015.

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Davis Skeptical of Obama Policy on Iran

In an address to the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged lawmakers to recognize the threat posed to Israel and the West as a whole should Iran become a nuclear state.

 

US Representative Rodney Davis tells Regional Radio that when dealing with an irrational state like Iran, peace comes through strength.

 

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Congressman Davis represents Illinois' 13th District.

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Youth Entrepreneur Camp Coming to Christian County

 width=Business savvy youth grades five through eight will have an opportunity to expand and enhance their entrepreneurial skills this summer.

 

Chris Casey, Community and Economic Educator with University of Illinois Extension tells Regional Radio that “The Next Top Product Entrepreneur Camp” will give business-minded youth a chance to broaden their knowledge over the course of three days.

 

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The Entrepreneur Camp is coming to Taylorvile this summer from June 15th-17th at the Taylorville campus of Lincoln Land Community College and it will also make an appearance in early July at Pana Public Library.           

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Christian County Farm Bureau to Host Clean Line Energy Meeting

 width=The Christian County Farm Bureau will host a meeting for landowners along the proposed Clean Line Energy Grain Belt Express transmission line routes.  Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015; the first at 1 p.m. at Oak Terrace Resort and Spa, in Pana. Mellisa McMillan, of the Farm Bureau, tells Regional Radio that Laura Harmon, Senior Counsel at the Farm Bureau, will be the presenter and discussing the status of the Clean Line Energy Grain Belt Express Line and how landowners can get involved.

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 width=For additional information, please contact the Christian County Farm Bureau at 217-824-2940.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/4/15

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

Troy D. Bush, 46, of Pana was arrested Tuesday for domestic battery. Today in court, Hall pleaded guilty. Bond was set at $1,500 and he is to have no contact with the victim.

Michael K. Bennett, 26, of Edinburg was arrested Tuesday for domestic battery and damage to property. Today in court, bond was set at $5,000.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio on Wednesday:

On February 23rd, Kyra L. Petty, 26, of Nokomis was driving Southwest on Illinois Route 16. Around 2040 East, she went off the road into a ditch and turned over. The vehicle was towed and Petty was taken by ambulance to Pana Community Hospital. She told EMT that she had been drinking alcohol. A deputy from the Christian County Sheriff's Office was sent to the hospital to talk to her. Petty was charged with a DUI.

The Taylorville Police Department reported the following arrest to Regional Radio:

Melissa A. Hall, 36, of Taylorville was arrested Tuesday for possession of cannabis.

 

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Pana Farmer Donates to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

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Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry has received a $2,500 donation from Pana farmer James Ade and America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The donation will help the pantry purchase food to feed area residents. They serve approximately 350 to 450 community members each month. President of the Food Pantry, Charlie Weers, tells Regional Radio they don’t have paid employees and this donation really helps them out.

 

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For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America.

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Davis Gives His Thoughts on Netanyahu

 width=Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the US Congress on Tuesday was polarizing to say the least, but US Congressman Rodney Davis says the fuss is really just much ado about nothing.

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Davis tells Regional Radio that Vice President Joe Biden has been in contact with Netanyahu's opponent in the upcoming Israeli elections, and that the attacks being launched at Speaker of the House John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to address Congress so close to the March 17th Israeli elections are hypocritical in nature.

 

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Davis added that criticizing the Israeli leader's address could further sour one of the few relationships the United States has in the Middle East.

 

 

Rodney Davis serves Illinois' 13th District.

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Mac McGuire Talks Online Dating Scams

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With an online dating site for everyone from farmers to businessmen, web-based dating has never been more popular. However, with that popularity comes fraudsters, says Senior Advocate Mac Macguire.

 

Macguire tells Regional Radio that online dating scams cost the victim an average of $9,000, and women and men alike are at risk.

 

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Those victimized by online dating scams are encouraged to contact the authorities.

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Sweet Treats Offers Something for Everyone

Looking for a customized treat for the sweet tooth in your life? You need not look much further than Sweet Treats, located at Cottage Rose and Little Luxuries on the Taylorville square. Owner Kathy Murray tells Regional Radio that what started as a simple hobby has blossomed into a successful venture.

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Murray also told Regional Radio about the wide selection of gourmet treats she has in stock.


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To find out more about Sweet Treats, find them on Facebook by typing “Sweet Treats” in the search bar, or check them out on the east side of the Taylorville square inside Cottage Rose and Little Luxuries.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/3/15

On Tuesday, the Taylorville Police Department reported the following accidents to Regional Radio: On Saturday, Jason T. Flowers, 42, of Irving was driving his 2015 tractor truck South on Route 29 and slowed to turn into the entrance to Taylorville Prison in order to turn around. Walter L. Spain, 70, of Shelbyville was following behind Flowers and thought he was slowing down to allow the vehicles behind to pass. Flowers turned and struck Spain on the passenger side. Both vehicles were able to drive from the scene.

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Illinois Statewide Tornado Drill Held Tuesday Morning

 width=On Tuesday, at 10 a.m. there was a statewide tornado drill for Illinois. It was part of the National Severe Preparedness Week. Emergency Management Services Agency Director, and Taylorville Fire Chief, Mike Crews tells Regional Radio you should take shelter immediately during a storm.

 

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The Taylorville City Hall is hosting the Severe Storm Preparedness Day on Thursday, March 19th at 9:30a.m. Presenters will be Crews and WAND Meteorologist JC Fultz.

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Fire Department Calls: 3/3/15

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

2/27: 4 EMS, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

2/28: 1 EMS, 2 Automatic Alarms, 1 Service Call

3/1: 6 EMS

3/2: 2 EMS, 1 Fire- 708 W. Franklin St in the alley at 9:17 a.m. 04 Dodge Dakota smoking. Fire was extinguished w/watercan. Truck caught on fire when owner was trying to get out of the snow. Firemen say there was about $1,000 worth of damage.

3/3: 2 EMS

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hold Monthly Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

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

Committee chairs reported on projects to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community. Treasurer Dan Sneed reported that the club's January Pancake and Sausage Day netted the club nearly 26-hundred dollars for the Club's Foundation. Park Committee chair Jerry Woodard reported that the club will be working this spring on replacing the fence at the park, as well as pour 2 12-foot-by-12-foot concrete pads for additional picnic tables. Shelters will be built over those 2 new pads, in future years.

Kiwanis Spiritual Values chairperson Dick Wamsley reported that the club's 25th annual Prayer Luncheon is scheduled for May 12th, with former Kiwanis International president and former Kiwanis district governor Paul Palazzolo of Springfield as guest speaker.

The Kiwanis Club has set Tuesday, May 19th, as the date for the club's annual cookout at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion. A Social Hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6. Kiwanis members and spouses, and prospective members and spouses, are invited.

It was also announced that the club, thru weekly cash donations in February, donated some 218-dollars as well as several boxes of food stuffs, to the Taylorville Food Pantry.

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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LLCC-Taylorville Renovations Going Smoothly

 


The renovations occurring at Lincoln Land Community College have been anything but discreet, but Scott Stallman, Executive Director of the Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro campuses of LLCC tells Regional Radio that construction is running on time.

 

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Stallman also says that while the renovations happening on the outside of the building look great, it’s what’s inside that excites him.

Among the renovations is a state-of-the-art Mac computer lab, which according to Stallman will greatly expand LLCC-Taylorville’s course offerings.

 

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For more information, contact LLCC-Taylorville at (217) 786-2754

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Taylorville Kiwanis Donate Money, Foodstuffs to Taylorville Food Pantry

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CAPTION TO PIX: Taylorville Kiwanis Club members Dean Ray (left) and Larry Kemner (right) brought 218-dollars in cash, plus several boxes of foodstuffs, to the Taylorville Food Pantry this week. Wilbur Mills (center) of of the Food Pantry, accepts the money and foodstuffs from the Kiwanis Club.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club donated some 218-dollars, plus several boxes of foodstuffs, to the Taylorville Food Pantry this week.

Both the monetary donations and the foodstuffs, came as a result of monies and food collected by Kiwanis members during their meetings in February.

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

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Taylorville boys basketball score

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96-point-3, Rochester defeated Taylorville by a final score of 40 to 34.

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Taylorville Stabbing Early Monday Morning Sends 2 to Area Hospitals

Kellie Barry, 31, of Taylorville was arrested Monday morning for stabbing her boyfriend, Shawn Grubaugh multiple times in the arm.

Early Monday morning at 2:25a.m, officers from the Taylorville Police Department were dispatched to Casey’s General Store on East Park Street in reference to a male who had been stabbed. Shawn Grubaugh told the officers he had been stabbed several times in the left arm and left shoulder. According to reports, Grubaugh said he had gotten into an argument with Barry at her home on Oak Street. The argument escalated to Barry grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing Grubaugh several times. Police say alcohol was a factor and Grubaugh then ran to Casey’s from the house.

Barry was located by Taylorville Police at her home where she was arrested for aggravated domestic battery. Barry had a small cut on her foot and she was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital and then taken to the Christian County Correctional Center. Grubaugh was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and was released early this morning.

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Area Arrests/Accidents 3/2/15

On Monday, the Christian County Sheriff’s office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio:

Tawana R. Hall, 31, of Pana was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

Thomas A. Swinson, 22, of Edinburg was arrested Sunday for driving under the influence.

Jeremy R. Masters, 24, of Taylorville was arrested Thursday for domestic violence.

Byron C. Kay, 21, of Tower Hill was arrested Saturday for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justin M. McKay, 22, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for an original arrest warrant. Bond was set at $10,000.

Ryan E. Clay, 22, of Taylorville was arrested Friday for possession of Meth.

Starla D. Hostetler, 43, of Pana was arrested Tuesday for possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substance. She posted bond and was released Monday.

Steven T. Hardy, 30, of Pana was arrested Saturday for domestic battery.

Accidents reported to Regional Radio by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office:

Anthony L. Ostermeier, 27, of Edinburg was traveling North on 600 East Road at 1790 North. Ostermeier traveled into the loose gravel on the side of the road. He tried to regain control, but couldn’t and went into the ditch on the west side of the road. No injuries were reported.

On Thursday, Kayla L. Henderson, 31, of Blue Mound was traveling Southwest on IL Rt. 48 and 2286 North. She lost control and went into the West ditch. Henderson hit a culvert and flipped over landing on the vehicles wheels. No injuries reported.

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

A 17 year-old male juvenile was arrested for a valid Christian County warrant.

Nicholas J. Dyer, 37, of Kincaid was arrested for a warrant out of Sangamon County on Friday.

Jason Malone, 36, of Taylorville was arrested for driving with a revoked license, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drew M. Seeley, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for driving under the influence.

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Power Outage in Nokomis Area

Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Diana Holmes tells Regional Radio that several areas in Nokomis are presently without power, with power hopefully restored today. The Nokomis City Hall has been established as a Warming Center and residents of Nokomis without power are encouraged to go to Nokomis City Hall until power is restored. Those needing transportation to the Nokomis City Hall Warming Center are to call 217-313-0994. Holmes says she doesn’t know when the power will be back on.

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Holmes says she is hoping it comes back on by tonight. When Regional Radio has more on the status of the outage, we will update you as soon as possible.

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Armed Robber Pleads Guilty

Nathan Wisdom, 27, of Ramsey pleaded guilty last week in a Christian County Courthouse to a robbery of Shasteen’s Marathon Gas Station in Pana back in October, 2014.

According to the reports, Wisdom beat the clerk in the face and head causing her to bleed. He also took money and a purse from the clerk. Wisdom had been remained in custody of the Christian County Correctional Center on a $500,000 bond.

Video surveillance did show what appears to be a handgun during the attack, but was not picked up by authorities. If it was retrieved, an additional 15 years could have been added.

Wisdom will begin his sentencing in April.   

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Volunteers Needed for Spring Swing

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is in need of volunteers for their first annual “Spring Swing Indoor Golf Tournament” this Saturday, March 7th.

Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Chamber, tells Regional Radio the volunteers will be judges for the event.

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For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact the Chamber at 824-4919. 

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The Moscow Connection

Taylorville’s claim to Abraham Lincoln fame has long been the story of a young, still law practicing Lincoln asking a judge to issue a “writ of quietus” in order to quiet some disruptive swine under the old courthouse, showing a glimpse of the Great Emancipator’s light-hearted comedic side.

 

Carol Alexander, Co-President of the Taylorville Tourism Council, tells Regional Radio that her children’s book The Big Squeal was recently accepted into the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow, Russia. Alexander’s book centers on the escapades of an orphan pig that encounters Lincoln’s likeness throughout Taylorville.  Alexander’s also tells us there are plans to translate her work into Russian, and that it’s slated to be distributed throughout the country.

 

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Alexander’s book can be found on Amazon.com. 

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Taylorville City Council Transacts Business, Hosts Boy Scout Troop 68 Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council passed a number of motions and heard 3 different presentations from the public, at their Monday night meeting.

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One of the public groups recognized, were Boy Scouts from local Troop 68, who attended the meeting as a requirement toward merit badgees. Mayor Greg Brotherton asked each Scout to identify themselves and state what badge they were working towards. Several were working toward their Eagle Scout designation.


The Council OK'd sending Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner a letter asking to protect the full funding of local governments; they OK'd the city's donation of 25-hundred dollars to the Taylorville High School Band toward their July 4th trip to play in Washington, D-C with the donation coming from the city's hotel-motel tax fund; they'd OK'd the re-imbursement of incentives given to the Taylorville Cinema and Gowin Parc, contingent upon completion of site plan requirements; and directed Taylorville City Attorney Rocci Romano to amend the city code on liquor license classifications with those recommendations going to the Council's Ordinance Committee.


Taylorville Aldermen in their 45-minute meeting Monday night directed City Attorney Rocci Romano to update and amend an ordinance dealing with current technology and new state laws; they forwarded the fiscal year 2016 health and building officer budget to the Council's Finance Committee; they OK'd the annual Red Bland Little League fund-raiser at South Webster and West Main Cross on April 18th, and their annual parade April 25th. They approved the Taylorville Tree Board minutes, accepted their extensive inventory of trees they did inside city limits, and presented the board with a one-thousand dollar budget.


The Taylorville City Council Monday night accepted the only bid submitted for the annual sidewalk program from Presnell Brothers, Incorporated; the lone bid for sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement from Phil Tullis Excavating; and the only bid for fuel for city vehicles from Christian County Farmers Supply Company. The Council also waived the bidding process to accept the only bid received for trash hauling from Waste Management, for the next 4 years. The Council also OK'd spending almost 19-thousand dollars for a new radio repeater system for the police department.

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Taylorville Council Presented with In God We Trust Poster Monday Night

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The Taylorville City Council heard from the chairperson of the Christian County “In God We Trust” motto committee, during their Monday night meeting. Delbra Pratt said her committee has been promoting the motto in posters and bumper stickers distributed to churches and businesses thru-out Christian County, and she asked Taylorville aldermen to display the poster in City Hall.


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Mayor Greg Brotherton and the City Council accepted the “In God We Trust” poster, and indicated they would display it at City Hall.

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Taylorville Aldermen Hear Complaints From Residents Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council passed a number of motions and heard 3 different presentations from the public, at their Monday night meeting.

One of the public presentations was from neighbors John Adams and Mary Wetzel, who complained to the Council about their neighbor, Doug Hughes, who resides at 1001 East Stevenson. Adams and Wetzel said that Hughes operates a tree trimming business from his house, and as a result, several large trucks are parked in their neighborhood allegedly damaging culverts and blocking property. Adams cited some of the problems with the business being in their neighborhood, but Hughes allegedly told Adams he knew all the police.

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Wetzel added that while she was at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis with her husband for his illness, Hughes allegedly parked his trucks on her private property for 3 days.
After their presentation, Mayor Greg Brotherton directed Police Chief Dave Herpstreith and Health and Building Officer George Calvert, to investigate the complaints.

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Winter Weather Advisory Til 10am Tuesday; Freezing Rain and Sleet Expected

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The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire Regional Radio listening area, until 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

The Weather Service says a storm system is spreading precipitation into the Midwest. Freezing rain is expected with this system, mixed with some sleet at times.

Around a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected before the temperatures warm to above freezing later in the morning. After the temperatures come up above freezing, the rain will continue into the afternoon before changing over to snow as more cold air moves into the region.

Roads will become slick and dangerous and remain so through  Tuesday morning’s commute. Use extreme caution if you must travel and leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

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Winter Weather Advisory Upgraded to Winter Storm Warning Thru Sunday Night

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The National Weather Service has upgraded its Winter Weather Advisory for the Regional Radio listening area, to a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6pm Sunday.

Montgomery and Fayette Counties were already in the Warning, which means a total of 5 to 7 inches of snow can be expected in the entire listening area by this evening.

The Weather Service says snow can be expected to continue through the morning hours before we see a decrease in areal coverage this afternoon when the storm system begins to pull away from the area. This will result in a continuation of hazardous driving conditions into the afternoon hours.

However, by this afternoon, surface temperatures will range from 30 to 35 degrees so we expect an improvement with the main roadways, however, secondary roadways will remain slick.

The Weather Service added that the higher snowfall totals will range from 5 to 7 inches with locally higher amounts possible, especially just east and south of a Springfield and Taylorville line through Mattoon and Paris.

Locations northwest of a line from Rushville to Bloomington/Normal - including the Peoria Metro area - can expect 1-4" of snow, with lesser amounts north of Galesburg.

The wind will not be a factor with this storm, as speeds of 5 to 10 mph are expected through the day.

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

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