Lincoln Land Community College and Illinois College have signed an Educational Transfer Agreement. Lynn Whalen, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at LLCC spoke with Regional Radio News and said how the agreement will let Elementary Education Majors at LLCC transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree seamlessly at Illinois College.
One of the perks of the agreement is that LLCC students in this program will be able to take two courses at Illinois College, while paying LLCC tuition rates. Whalen said the goal at Lincoln Land Community College is to have their students graduate and go on to further their education, and that this agreement between the two schools is one way they’re doing that.
If you’re interested in the program, you can visit the college including the outreach center in Taylorville, or by calling the outreach center at 786-2754, or by visiting the main campus in Springfield, or by calling the Springfield Campus at 786-2292.
The start of the school year for public schools in the area is just over a week away. The school summer maintenance is wrapping up and teachers are preparing their lesson plans for the upcoming weeks. Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools said, to him, it's always a good feeling to have kids and teachers back so the system can continue to do its job and educate the kids.
Fuerstenau asked the public to realize when school starts so the transition from summer to the school year can be a safe one as the buses begin to run and kids will be out and about in the mornings and afternoons.
The first day of Public Schools is Thursday August 18th. Fuerstenau appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Richland Community College in Decatur has a new President. Dr. Chris Valdez has begun his second week on the job and has been using his time to meet with all of the teachers and get acquainted to his staff and job duties. One thing that Valdez said he want to concentrate on is building enrollment because he feels the majority of the programs at the school are already very strong.
Valdez said that Richland's economic vilality and possible growth was what made him want to pursue its presidency.
Richland Community College begins classes August 22nd, and teachers begin working this upcoming Monday. Valdez appeared on the NEWTALK WTIM Morning Show.
As the summer ends and the school year begins people sometimes begin to feel the end of summer blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This happens because people can feel like they have less freedom will little to no vacation days left, or because they have to change their daily rhythm to fit new schedules. Karen Vatthauer, Owner and Clinical Counselor at Beacon Professional Counseling, said that one way to overcome this is to remember that nights and weekends are still free and relaxation can always happen then.
Vatthauer said children can also feel a lot of stress going back to school, and with the added mental stress, allowing them to have a small break after school isn't a bad idea.
For more information and questions, call Vatthauer at Beacon Professional Counseling at 217-824-3435. Vatthauer appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between Monday, August 1, 2016 and Tuesday August 2, 2016, person or persons unknown made entry into a vehicle parked at 1120 South Houston Street in Taylorville. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took numerous tools from the vehicle, including: a impact driver, a sawzall, a flashlight with charger, and other items. The vehicle was not damaged when entry was made. The total dollar amount of items taken is estimated at over $2000.
Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons. Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name. Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.
You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274632) and then your tip. As always, you will remain anonymous.
Taylorville Community Gardens are hoping to have a “Taste of the Harvest” program soon. Geri Niemann, Coordinator of the Taylorville Community Garden spoke with Regional Radio News and said that although a date hasn’t been picked yet for the event, the planning stages for the event are underway.
Niemann said that the garden has an abundance of produce, and has been able to donate some of that produce to local organizations that need it.
The Taylorville Community Garden is located behind the Davis Memorial Church at 1500 West Franklin Street in Taylorville. If you’d like to volunteer with the gardens or for help starting your own garden, you can contact Rev. Bill Kerns at 824-8181 or Geri Neimann at 287-1726, or stop by during their harvest times on Monday and Thursday at 5 pm.
Christian and Shelby Counties have consolidated 911 services. Mickie Ehrhardt, 911 Administrator spoke with Regional Radio News and said why the two counties will be combining their 911 services.
With the consolidated 911 between the two counties, this means a consolidated 911 board as well. Ehrhardt shared how at the last meeting of the Christian County 911 Board on Wednesday night, the board worked to establish the new consolidated board with Shelby County.
Members of the Christian County 911 board who will serve on the new consolidated board with Shelby County include Jack Pearce Jr, Korey Bailey, Andy Goodall, Dave Herpstreith, and Sheriff Bruce Kettlecamp.
*Shown in the picture are Front: Mickie Ehrhardt, Dan Swinson, Dave Herpstreith Back: Jack Pearce Jr., Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp, Korey Bailey, Rod Bland, Leeland Allison, Bill O'Connel, Andy Goodall.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the president of local Internet provider Computer Techniques, at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has announced that a host of forms for its 31st annual Chillifest to be held on the square October First and 2nd, are now available.
Forms available include entering either or both days of International Chilli Society cookoffs, signing up as vendors and food vendors for the 2 days, and entry forms for the 3 pageants—Little Miss or Mister, Junior Miss Chilli Pepper, and the new Miss Chilli Pepper contests.
All of these forms are available on the web at chillifest-dot-info, the Chillifest web site, or by stopping at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square.
Please note that there are deadlines for all entry forms, so check each form for the specific deadline date.
US Congressman Rodney Davis, US Congressman Darin LaHood along with State Representative Dan Brady will be hosting a special senior services seminar this week in Normal.
One Olympic swimmer has won more than gold in Rio. Springfield’s Ryan Held brought home that medal on Saturday night but also won over the hearts of millions of Americans when he broke down on the podium during the National Anthem. Held’s been on NBC’s Today, NBC’s evening news and ABC’s Good Morning America. Held says that he had so much to think about and be grateful for that he couldn’t keep his emotions in check.
Held – speaking to NBC’s Lester Holt, says afterwards Michael Phelps who’s won 23 Olympic Medals was making sure Held was enjoying the moment.
Probable cause has been found in the cases of Chad and Stephen Reiss to send the pair to trial. State’s Attorney Michael Havera called an officer with the Pana Police Department and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group to the stand. The officer stated that he had received information that had showed that there was an active meth lab at the house in question in the case.
It was said how there was a search warrant obtained with the information gathered, and how multiple items associated with meth manufacturing were found at the house. It was also stated there was information that meth had been purchased from Chad Reiss in the past. It was testified how one of the defendants had stated “you got me” to officers when they arrived on scene. Substances obtained at the residence also field tested positive for meth, and it was testified how there was an odor and fog in the house consistent with meth manufacturing.
The State asked the court to find probable cause due to the testimony from the officer. The Defense stated that there must be some evidence showing that a crime has been committed, and that the evidence presented so far doesn’t do that. The defense stated how just because there was something going on in their home, that doesn’t mean the defendants participated in it. It was also stated in further testimony that Chad Reiss shook a bottle on video, believed to be in connection to the manufacture of meth.
The court found probable cause for both Chad and Stephen Reiss to bring the matter to jury trial. Jury trial was set for October 11th, with a September 20th date for further pre-trial.
Davis Memorial Christian Church recently partnered with Central Christian Church in Decatur for a mission trip to Detroit on July 24th through the 28th. Pastor Bill Kerns with the Davis Memorial Christian Church spoke with Regional Radio News and said how the church worked with a ministry in Detroit that works to improve the local communities in Detroit.
Kerns shared some of the things the group did on the trip, and also said that volunteers are welcome for next year’s trip.
The church usually begins the planning process for the trip in December. For more information, you can contact Bill Kerns at 217-824-8181 for more information.
The new Jimmy Johns location in Taylorville is getting ready to open their doors, hopefully as early as next week. Patrick Wampler with the Jimmy Johns Taylorville location spoke with Regional Radio News and said how the store is shooting for an August 16th open date.
Even though the open date is close, the store is still looking to hire new staff. Wampler said how they’re still accepting applications and conducting interviews.
For more information or to fill out an application, visit the Jimmy Johns store attached to the Family Video at 433 West Spresser Street in Taylorville.
PS Printing may have suffered a debilitating fire that displaced both the business, and the family that ran it, however spirits are high for Hames family who made the location on the northeast corner of the Taylorville Square their home for both their business and family. Kirby Hames, owner of PS Printing spoke with Regional Radio News and said that the business has found a temporary location to operate from for the time being.
Hames said how the outpouring of support from the local community has been overwhelming.
Another item that Hames had mentioned is that everyone involved was okay, including the family pets. The family was missing their three year old cat Louie, however the family have since found him.
Taylorville schools are set to start in less than 10 days, and that doesn't mean that only students, parents, and teachers need be ready, but the Taylorville Police Department needs to be prepared for school safety measures especially around high traffic areas. Once schools start back, times in the morning and afternoon will be much more congested because of school pickups and drop offs. Sargent Alan Mills from the Taylorville Police Department is asking parents to be more prepared and aware during these times because of the congestion especially during pickup times.
Mills also mentioned high school drivers and for parents to reinforce the driving rules for their children to be cautious when leaving school because accidents can happen when you least expect it.
For more information, call the Taylorville police department at 217-824-2211. Mills appeared on the NEWTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Wrap Pack and Ship Center in Taylorville is a local business that helps people get things delivered and at a reasonable rate. They offer things like dry ice to deliver frozen items, price comparisons, free package tracking and more. Larry Peterson, Owner of Wrap Pack and Ship Center said that his business helps the local community by making it so people don't have to use their time and energy to go out of town to use a service that may be even more expensive.
Peterson also said that Wrap Pack and Ship Center has a new service offered to the public, where they destroy documents, called Document Destruction, also known as shredding.
For more information call Wrap Pack and Ship Center at 217-824-6279, or click their panel at taylorvilledailynews.com. Peterson appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released the death investigation results of a Tower Hill toddler who passed away in July. Two year old Gavin Steed of Tower Hill died on July 4 at 8:05 A.M. at Pana Community Hospital E.R. His cause of death was determined to be positional asphyxia due to his neck being wedged between a bed rail and bed mattress. The manner of death was determined to be accidental.
Congressman Rodney Davis remains in Donald Trump's corner when it comes to Trump's bid for the White House. The Taylorville Republican says Trump needs to focus on issues and develop skin like an alligator.
Despite expressing concerns about Trump's recent performance and controversies, Davis continues to support Trump as the party's nominee.
Missions for Taylorville held their planning meeting last Thursday at the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville. Bill Kerns with Missions for Taylorville spoke with Regional Radio News and said how Missions for Taylorville worked out some of the logistics of their September work date at the meeting.
Kerns said how as the group gets more volunteer applications they will begin sorting those applications and assigning them to the different areas and projects that need work. Kerns said how the biggest need that the group has is more volunteers.
To volunteer with Missions For Taylorville, you can fill out a volunteer application form at most of the local churches in the area. You do not need to have a high skill level, just a desire to help your local community.
The Taylorville School Board met in their regular scheduled meeting on Monday night at the Taylorville School District Administration building. The primary item on the night’s agenda was the presentation of the tentative budget for FY17, and the establishment of a final hearing date. When presenting the budget, Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau explained how one area of the budget was a problem due to issues such as proration.
Dr. Fuerstenau said how the district would have to either direct money from the education fund or PPRT money to help solve the funding issues for the transportation portion of the FY17 budget.
Overall the Taylorville School Board is operating under a budget deficit. Dr. Fuerstenau said how although the current budget situation isn’t ideal, the situation could have been much worse had the state government handled the general state aid for Taylorville Schools in a different manor.
After the presentation of Taylorville School District’s Tentative FY17 budget, the School board set a final hearing date of September 12th for the budget.
Dr. Fuerstenau also wanted to extend thanks to the custodial staff during his report during the Taylorville School Board meeting on Monday night, stating that the custodial staff has done a great job over the summer.
The School Board also voted and passed a consideration of a Superintendent Contract Extension Resolution to extend Dr. Fuerstenau’s contract with the Taylorville School System for the next five years, with the resolution receiving a single “no” vote.
After the report of the Superintendent completed, the August meeting of the Taylorville School Board adjourned at approximately 8:13 pm.
It was hard to find a tv set in Springfield not tuned to the Olympics Sunday night. Those viewing habits paid off in a big way as former Illinois State Champion swimmer Ryan Held joined Michael Phelps atop the medal stand after Team USA took first in the 4 x 100 freeystyle relay in Rio de Janeiro. He drew the nation's attention with his emotional moment after collecting the medal. He talks about what was going through his mind as the national anthem played.
The Taylorville High School Band held their preview show on Friday at Taylorville High School. Chris Gunn, Band Director at Taylorville High School shared how the Taylorville High School band held their band camp recently, and some of the things that the band worked on during the camp.
Gunn also said how the band is working on the new music selections that the band will be playing throughout football season.
Pictures of the Taylorville High School Band’s preview show are available online at Taylorvilledailynews.com.
As Fall approaches, the Gardening Department at the U of I Extension is still working hard to help people with their gardens and planting. They have two webinars during the month of August that people can sign up for and take virtual classes and have the option to either take the class and ask questions, or they can watch the YouTube videos later on. Gwen Podeschi, Master Gardener at the U of I Extension said the first webinar, “Keep it Going, Keep it Growing,” begins tomorrow.
Podeschi also said there's one later on in the month called “Illinois Native Pollinators.”
Find out more about these webinars at web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm, or call 217-287-7246. Podeschi appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
The Blue Mound Fall Festival is coming to town this weekend, and the village is ready to celebrate. The first celebration took place back in 1910, and the village wants to do everything it can to make sure it will continue for years to come. Roberta Gorden, Secretary of the Blue Mound Fall Festival, said there are many things going on this weekend for people of all ages including Miss Blue Mound Pageants, Golf Outings, and even Youth Games for the kids.
Gorden said the festival also has a one mile and 5K run taking place Saturday where the proceeds
Registration will continue to be open for the run through Saturday Morning. The Blue Mound Fall Festival Runs from 6:00pm Thursday through noon Sunday. Gorden appeared on the NEWTALK WTIM Morning Show.
The jury trial date for Robert A. Stivers, a Pana man who is on trial for the death of his 4 month old child, has been moved to November. Christian County Public Defender Gregory Grigsby indicated to the court that the defense was still waiting on several documents pertinent to the case, and indicated that the defense would not be ready for trial on the previous September date. The defense requested a jury trial date in November to allow the defense enough time gather the required documents needed. With no objection to the date from the State’s Attorney, the court set a date for Jury Trial on November 7th. There will be another pre-trial date to check the status of the case on September 8th.
21 year old John Wright of Pana was traveling westbound on 600 N. Rd on August 7th. Approximately 5/10 of a mile west of 2500 East Rd. Wright stated that he lost control of the vehicle due to the loose gravel and holes in the roadway. Wright’s vehicle began to slide sideways, and Wright overcorrected and struck the ditch on the North side of the roadway. Wright’s vehicle then overturned and struck the ditch again. Wright’s vehicle continued to roll, stopping back on the vehicle’s tires. Both Wright and a passenger of Wright’s vehicle were transported to Pana Community Hospital by a personal vehicle.
NEWSTALK WTIM Radio in Taylorville will be adding local programming to its Saturday morning broadcast schedule starting August 27.
The new show, "The Saturday Morning Coaches Show" hosted by Jacob Linder, will air from 10:06 til eleven every Saturday morning during the school year. It will feature interviews with local high school coaches talking about their team, games completed and opponents coming up.
As a result of adding this new show, the popular "Swap Shop Saturday" program will move from the 10 o'clock hour to the eleven o'clock hour, also starting August 27.
NEWSTALK WTIM is heard on the BIG 870 AM across Central Illinois, 96.1 FM in Christian County, 107.5 FM in Shelby County, and streamed live at taylorvilledailynews.com.
Cowden-Herrick Schools will be holding its final registration for the upcoming school year on August 10th at Cowden-Herrick Elementary in Herrick, and on August 11th at Cowden-Herrick Junior/Senior High School in Cowden. Book Rental Fees are due at registration, and several medical exams are required for some students for the upcoming school year. For more information on registration and other information regarding Cowden-Herrick Schools, visit them online at cowden-herrick.k12.il.us.
Illinois State Police officials announced on Friday the apprehension of an escaped prisoner. 18 year old Lasion March of Peoria had escaped while being transported by two officers from the Illinois Departent of Juvenile Justice to LaSalle, IL.
March had begun kicking the driver’s side rear window while being transported in a caged squad car. The transporting driver called 911 to request police assistance, and pulled over on Illinois Route 29 just south of Chillicothe, IL. March then succeeded in kicking the glass out of the driver’s side rear window and escaped, running eastbound towards the Illinois River.
March was later seen tipping over a garbage can in a residential area of Chillicothe. March ran towards a moving northbound train, and Illinois State Police began to pursue him on foot. March reached for the train, but missed grabbing hold of it as it went by. March then surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. March was still handcuffed and in leg shackles, but had managed to remove a leather restraining belt from around his waist.
The Shelby Electric Cooperative has donated a batch of “Kill-A-Watt” meters to local libraries for library users to rent. Monica Cameron, Library Director for the Shelbyville Public Library which was one of the libraries to receive the meters, spoke with Regional Radio News and explained what the meters do.
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Cameron explained how monitoring when you’re using the most energy can help you save with the power company.
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The meters are available for rent at the library just like a book or a DVD, with the only difference being extended checkout times.
Meters were donated to the following libraries.
Assumption Public Library Assumption, IL 217-226-3915
Beecher City Branch Library Beecher City, IL 618-487-9400
Marrowbone Public Library Bethany, IL 217-665-3014
Blue Mound Public Library Blue Mound, IL 217-692-2774
Dry Point Township Library Cowden, IL 217-783-2616
South Macon Public Library Macon, IL 217-764-3356
Kitchell Memorial Library Morrisonville, IL 217-526-4553
Moweaqua Public Library Mowequa, IL 217-768-4700
Neoga District Library Neoga, IL 217-895-3944
Carnegie-Schuyler Library Pana, IL 217-562-2326
Ramsey Public Library Ramsey, IL 618-423-2019
Rochester Public Library Rochester, IL 217-498-8454
Shelbyville Public Library Shelbyville, IL 217-774-4432
Stonington Township Library Stonington, IL 217-325-3512
Storm Memorial Library Windsor, IL 217-459-2498
Witt Memorial Library Witt, IL 217-594-7333
Friday’s job report surprised the experts as 255,000 new jobs were created in July, well above expectations. Per hour income rose as well. With the stock markets sitting at or near record highs analysts hope overall economic growth may rise in coming months. But domestic economic growth doesn’t mean as much for agriculture. Farm Bureau Economist Mike Doherty says agriculture rises and falls due to worldwide economic and population growth.
A Charleston man has been appointed to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board. Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Kirk Gadberry to the board on Friday. Gadberry brings over 23 years of experience in the manufacturing sector to the board.
Gadberry is currently President and COO of North American Lighting, a company he’s been with since 1992. In this position he’s helped guide the leading manufacturer of automotive lighting products through their day-to-day activities while expanding the company’s global presence.
Gadberry is also an active leader within the local community, and has been a long-time supporter of building successful partnerships with public universities and community colleges to produce the next generation of manufacturing leaders.
Randy and Cheryl Held of Springfield have once in a lifetime travel plans. They are heading to Rio de Janeiro to watch their son Ryan compete for a medal Sunday in Olympic swimming competition. Ryan will compete in the 100 meter freestyle relay. Their son's Olympic berth is still sinking in....
Held recorded multiple state titles at a school better known for football, Springfield's Sacred Heart Griffin. The Helds are both medical professionals, working at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. With talk of Zika concerns as well as crime and polluted waterways, they believe the Rio experience will be a positive one.
The Tom Short 5K race is taking place tomorrow (this) morning at the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville. This is one of the most popular 5k races in the southern third of Illinois and more than 350 racers are expected to attend. Jerry Yockey with the 5k said that when the annual race began, they had just over 50 participants, and it has just been growing every year since.
After the race, the participants have the option to join the post race party where Yockey said they will have food, sports drinks and will be holding splash competitions at the pool where anyone can try to win a pair of Tom Shorts shorts.
Yockey said all proceeds from the race go back to fund the maintenance of the trail to keep it in good condition for years to come. More information can be found at daceytrail.org. Yockey appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
A major bicycle race is on the way in Shelby County as Clash at the Camp is taking place Sunday August 14th. This mountain bike race is the seventh race in the 2016 Illinois State Championship race series. Ashley Florey, Natural Resources Specialist at Lake Shelbyville said the race has multiple versions for different age groups and skill levels.
Registration price varies on the skill level participants want to take part in, and they can save money by pre-registering for the event online. Florey said that spectators are allowed and there are places where good views of the race can be seen.
For more information, go to Lake Shelbyville's Facebook page at Lake Shelbyville US Army Corps of Engineers. Florey appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Shelby Electric Cooperative was created back in 1938 to give rural areas electricity. Today, they serving more than 10,000 members. Shelby Electric doesn't only offer electricity, but also LP gas, generators, and internet service. Now, Shelby Electric offers the public something new. Kevin Bernson, Vice President of Media and Public Relations for Shelby Electric Cooperative said, they have an outage map that updates on their website every five minutes to let people know if there are any outages and how expansive they are.
Bernson said that Shelby Electric also has a new program called Kilowatt, that allows people to know how much energy each appliance uses in the home.
For more information on Shelby Electric Cooperative, visit shelbyelectric.coop. Bernson appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Preliminary Autopsy results are pending toxicology and additional studies in the case of 41 year old Agim Lekniku of Taylorville. Lekniku was pronounced dead at 11:04 am on Monday. The death investigation is being conducted by the Taylorville Police Department as well as the Christian County Coroner’s Office.
How long did it take you to figure out your license plate sticker had expired over the past few months? Maybe you haven’t even looked, now you can start checking the mail for that reminder. The Secretary Of States Office stopped mailing reminders during the budget stalemate, but renewals are starting to be mailed out again. The SOS was saving more than $400,000 a month in postage by abandoning the project but Dave Druker says with new funds flowing to the agency the reminders will once again be going out.
Illinois is facing many potholes in regards to transportation.
Three Monsters of the Midway will blaze a trail to the carnival midway at the Illinois State Fair. Three members of the vaunted defense from the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears will not only perform on the Grandstand stage with their band the Chicago Six, they'll be honored at the annual parade. Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve "Mongo" McMichael have been named State Fair Twilight Parade Grand Marshalls. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says it will be a great experience for fans of the '85 champs.
Missions for Taylorville are beginning the process of planning their next event. Their next work day will be September 10th, and the organization held a planning meeting on Thursday at Davis Memorial Christian Church at 7PM. The September work date will be the second of the two work dates that Missions for Taylorville planned for this year. Pastor Bill Kerns with Missions for Taylorville explained how their next planning meeting is to help determine what will be done on that second build date.
Kerns also explained what usually is discussed at the planning meetings.
For any questions about missions for Taylorville, or to volunteer, you can contact Kerns at 515-570-1762.
The Mt. Auburn Picnic is running from Thursday August 4th through Saturday the 6th. This year the Village of Mt. Auburn is celebrating the 130th anniversary of the picnic and is ready to give the public a weekend to remember. Leann Allison, President of the Mt. Auburn Picnic said that this picnic will have some new features to it along with some old ones to make it fun for everyone and help the celebration continue to thrive. One of the new features this year is the Talent Show.
Allison said one of the staple events that the Mt. Auburn Picnic continues to have is their Soapbox Derby, which will take place Saturday afternoon this year. She also said that she knows there are cars for sale in the area, and they also have four or five pre-made cars for kids who want to race but don't have one.
Allison said that one of the reasons why the celebration has been around for so long and why it could be around for much longer is because of the volunteers who work hard to get it going and the visitors because without attendees, the picnic wouldn't have a reason to continue. More information on the Mt. Auburn Picnic can be found on Facebook at Mt. Auburn Farmers Picnic. Allison appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
A Pana man has pleaded guilty to burglary charges on Thursday at the Christian County Courthouse. 20 year old Tristan L. Dilley was arrested in May for a string of residential burglaries that occurred in the rural Pana area. Dilley had allegedly entered a mix of residences and garages, as well as several vehicles and had taken over $2500 in property. Dilley was sentenced to 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, as well as two years of mandatory supervised release following that.
Judge Brad Paisley asked Dilley what the reason was for his criminal history, to which Dilley replied a history of drug abuse. Judge Paisley marked in the judgement that the crimes had been committed due to a drug addiction, which will allow Dilley access to treatment while in the Department of Corrections.
The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is holding a Field Day covering Nutrient Loss and Soil Health Challenges and Solution on August 19th at Dudley Smith Farm. The field days are a way to educate the local farmers and others who are interested in recent farming issues and what people can do to help farms succeed. Gary Letterly, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator at the U of I Extension said that nutrient loss and soil health are both major problems in the agriculture industry.
There is walk up registration available on the 19th, but Letterly asks that people try to register early so they can have a good estimate of how much food they need to have for lunch following the program.
To register, visit the extension website at web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm, or call the office at 287-7246. Letterly appeared on the NEWTALK WTIM Morning Show.
The City of Taylorville has more opportunities coming in the next month for its citizens to be able to give back to the community. On August 19th the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the community blood drive help people of the surrounding areas who are in need. Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce said that this is a critical time to give blood because many people don't donate during the summer.
In September, people can help the community by taking part in the United Way Community Garage Sale, and Hornbuckle said it's important to register so everyone's sales can be advertised and placed on the map.
Hornbuckle said this a good way for participants to not only help themselves by cleaning out their homes, but also a good way to help the community by bringing people to the area. For more information call the chamber office at 824-4919, email them at email@example.com, or visit their office on the second floor of US Bank on the south side of the Taylorville Square. Hornbuckle appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
St. Marys School in Taylorville has won an award from R.K. Dixon for an “office technology makeover”. The school will receive an award in an amount of $15,000 to go towards any services or equipment for their office from R.K. Dixon. Cathy Robertson, Principle at St. Mary’s spoke with Regional Radio News and said how once the school found out they had been placed in the top five, voting for the school exploded.
Robertson said how winning the office makeover couldn’t have come at a better time for the school with the renovations the school is making. She shared what the award will let the school do.
Robertson also wanted to thank the community for supporting the school throughout the voting process.
Katie Kohl (right), an administrative assistant at the Miller Media Group in Taylorville, was voted by management and staff as the 2nd quarter "Employee of the Quarter" this week. She was presented a check for $100 by Miller Media Group general manager Kami Payne (left).
Katie Kohl of Taylorville, an administrative assistant at the Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorvile, was named this week as "Employee of the Quarter" for the 2nd quarter of 2016.
Management and staff voted to give this honor to Katie, who has been part of the Miller Media Group team since late January.
Katie takes care of the front office, answering the phone, greeting guests and listeners, and schedules guests for the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show, among her many duties.
Katie was presented $100 by Miller Media Group general manager Kami Payne, and is also in a drawing for a Florida trip to be awarded one of the 4 employees that will be named "Employee of the Quarter" between now and next April.
The Christian County Prevention Coalition is always looking for a way to help families who are afflicted by drug abuse and protect the youth from future drug abuse. One way the CCPC is helping fight this is by educating the public about the drug use in the area through a town hall forum, being held on August 11th at Taylorville Jr. High from 6:00-8:00. Dennis Metsker said that this forum will be used to allow the parents and students to have ammunition to fight the constant war against drugs and alcohol.
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Metsker also mentioned the next Families Anonymous Meeting taking place in at Pana Memorial Hospital tomorrow night.
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For more information on the Christian County Prevention Coalition visit their website at cc-pc.org or call Metsker at 217-254-5027. Metsker appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Cooking at home can be very beneficial for families who are trying to save money or who just want to eat healthier. Not only that, but it can also be a great way to have extra family time, and get kids to try new foods. Joyce Fikri, Nutrition Educator from St. Louis Council said one of the other benefits to cooking at home is that parents can teach kids how to make better choices and make them feel like they are contributing to the family.
Fikri gave some suggestions on what kids could do to help in the kitchen and prepare meals, but said to make sure the tasks given are age appropriate.
For more information on the benefits of cooking at home, cooking with dairy foods, and for some fun recipes visit stldairycouncil.org, or call the St. Louis Dairy Council at 314-835-9668. Fikri appeared on the NEWTALK WTIM Morning Show
A new business opened up in Taylorville a few months ago, The Iron Star 2. Sherry Clark, owner of the store spoke with Regional Radio News and shared some information about her unique stores in Taylorville and Blue Mound.
Clark said how there is always something on sale at her stores.
The Iron Star in Taylorville can be found at 110 East Market Street in Taylorville just off the Taylorville Square. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9am until noon and then again from 12:30 until 5, as well as on Saturday from 9am until 1pm.
Democratic candidate for the Illinois 95th district Mike Mathis has been endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America. The UMWA and Mathis announced the endorsement on Wednesday in front of a coal miners monument at the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville. Mathis said that the decision to run was fueled by a belief that the Illinois 95th district isn’t receiving proper representation in Springfield by current incumbent Avery Bourne.
Mathis, a former coal miner himself, said how the endorsement by the UMWA was a mutual decision by both parties that just makes sense, especially considering Mathis’ support of the coal industry.
Mathis said how he was humbled by the endorsement of the UMWA and all the kind words he has received from fellow miners that are placing their trust in him to help build the area’s economy.
The Taylorville City Council met in their regular session on Monday Night at the Taylorville Municipal Building. One item on the agenda was a motion to approve the request for and to grant a special events permit for the 31st Annual Chillifest to be held on October 1st and 2nd at the Christian County Square. Alderman Earl Walters made a comment on the motion where he shared that this year’s Chillifest is slate to be the biggest ever.
There is one event however that the city simply couldn’t get put together, that event being the 5-k. That said, there is still plenty scheduled for Chillifest.
Ultimately the Taylorville City Council voted unanimously to approve the request. Barricades will be placed on the south side of the Taylorville square beginning at noon on Friday, September 30th, and the whole square will close at 6PM on Sunday the 2nd until the cleanup is done.
The Pana Police Department has released information for a traffic accident involving a Pana Police vehicle during a call to request the Nokomis Police Department with a fleeing vehicle.
Nokomis officers were attempting to stop a vehicle for a possible DUI with expired registration plates. The vehicle was seen traveling east in the westbound lanes on IL Route 16 and had refused to stop to emergency vehciles from Nokomis towards Pana.
Two Pana officers responded to a call for assistance from the Nokomis Police Department, and were positioned to assist with the chase and activated their emergency overhead lights as the vehicle was seen approaching with a Nokomis Squad car behind the vehicle. As the vehicle approached, no apparent attempts were made to stop, yield, or merge to avoid a crash, and the fleeing vehicle struck the Pana Squad car.
The fleeing vehicle burst into flames after striking the Pana Squad car as it came to a stop on the edge of the roadway. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Brylan A. Speer and a juvenile passenger were removed from the vehicle by officers on scene, secured, and transported to Pana Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Pana officer whos vehicle was struck was also transported to Pana community hospital for non-life threatening injuries. All parties were later released.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held its annual Radiothon on Miller Media Group radio station WRAN groovy 97-point-3 on Tuesday. Kiwanis Club members sell sponsorships to local businesses for the day of broadcasting, then WRAN gives half of the gross revenue to the Club for projects benefitting children and youth in the Taylorville community.
Pastor Bill Kerns (left), president of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, accepts a check from Miller Media Group president and Kiwanis member Randal J. Miller (right) for $1450, which was half the dollars Kiwanis members sold on this year's Kiwanis Radiothon heard Tuesday on WRAN groovy 97.3.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Committee chairs reported on various projects to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.
Randal J. Miller, president of the Miller Media Group, presented Kiwanis Club president Pastor Bill Kerns, a check for $1450, which is half the gross dollars sold in advertising by Kiwanis members for the annual Kiwanis Radiothon that was heard Tuesday on WRAN groovy 97.3. The Radiothon is an annual Kiwanis fund-raiser held in cooperation with WRAN.
And, it was announced that the re-scheduled Kiwanis Club cookout at Kiwanis Park is set for 6pm September 6th.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving 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.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Illinois has dropped again. GasBuddy.com reports Illinois' average gas prices have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the lastweek. The price is nearly 50 cents lower than one year ago and more than a quarter lower than a month ago.
Secretary of State Jesse White has good news for the Postal Service. His office is once again sending out reminders for license plate renewals. White is hoping to cut the $450,000 (450 thousand) dollar monthly cost of sending out reminders. His office is drafting legislation that would allow the Secretary of State's Office to sell advertising space on the mailings. He also hopes more people opt out of the snail mail reminders. Motorists can switch to email notification at cyberdriveillinois.com.
Heading into August, the crop looks good but the prices not so much due to the weather. AgriVisor Senior Market Analyst Dale Durchholz says the forecast predicts warmer temperatures and above normal moisture through August. However, he says farmers need to reflect on the growing season as a whole looking into harvest.
Both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention have concluded and the nation has heard both sides of the presidential election and has come closer to knowing will be the best choice for the next presidential. Congressman Rodney Davis traveled to Cleveland two weeks ago to the RNC to show his continued support for Donald Trump, network with his fellow republicans, and learn about how Trump will help the country locally. Davis said that Trump will have a heavy focus on national security and that affects every community in the country, no matter what size.
Davis also wants to make sure that people know they can go to him at all times for any questions, and he will be honest and open with them.
To contact Davis visit him at his office on East Market Street in Taylorville, or email him through his website at rodneydavis.house.gov. Congressman Davis appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
During the Christian County Ag Luncheon at the Christian County Fair, Regional Radio News was able to talk with keynote speaker Rich Guebert. Guebert is president of the Illinois Farm Bureau and had a point that he wanted to make sure he covered during his speech at the fair. Guebert told Regional Radio News that he wants the community to be engaged and active in farm bureau activity and to let legislatures know if the community supports the GMO bill or not.
Guebert said that recently they have had two bills that were passed and signed by the legislature and governor that they are very proud of.
Guebert said that he is blessed by the fact his family is able to step in and help him with his work so he is able to do all he can to help serve the people involved in agriculture in the state.
The Shelbyville Rotary Club met on Monday at the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital. New District Governor of the 51 clubs in East Central Illinois district 6490 Kevin Yonce spoke at the meeting. Yonce is CEO of Twin City Tent and Awning Company and is a past president of the Champaign West Rotary Club. Yonce has also been on 5 rotary mission trips to Honduras.
Yonce gave a presentation on the new Rotary International President John Germ, and how his plan is to promote Rotary Serving Humanity, stating how since 1917, Rotary Endowment has provided more than $3 Billion in grants, scholarships, and funds for Polio Plus.
The next Shelbyville Rotary Club meeting will take place on August 8th at noon at the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital.
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released details regarding a death investigation being conducted by the Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County Coroner’s Office. On August 1st at approximately 10:52 AM, 911 received a call to respond to Rt. 29 Motel for a male that was unresponsive in his room. The Taylorville Fire Department arrived on scene and requested the coroner. Coroner Winans identified the male as 41 year old Agim Lekniku of Taylorville. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday in Bloomington.
Dr. David Gill, Independent U.S. House candidate filed a federal lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Illinois seeking to restore his place on the ballot for this November’s general election. Dr. Gill and six co-plaintiffs are asking the court to rule that the Illinois Demand of nearly 11,000 signatures to place Gill on the ballot is unconstitutional.
Dr. Gill filed his nomination papers, including over 11,000 signatures of presumed Illinois registered voters on June 27th. Objections to Gill’s petition were subsequently filed by both Democratic candidate Mark Wicklund, and a representative of U.S. Representative Rodney Davis. On July 18th the Illinois State board of Elections issued a report declaring that roughly 8,500 of the signatures collected by Gill were valid, meaning that he didn’t reach the required amount and recommended the removal of his name from the ballot in November.
Dr. Gill ran previously for Congress as a Democrat three times during the first decade of the century. He ran as a Democrat in 2012 and lost to Representative Rodney Davis 46.5 percent to 46.2 percent in the second closest U.S. House race in the country that year.
There were many events going on throughout the Christian County Fair last week, one of which was the Illinois State Chili Cook-Off. WTIM was on site to catch the action. One of the participants in the cook-off and former Chili Cook-Off World Champion, Wes Carlson of West Park, IL spoke with WTIM and shared what makes Chili made for competition unique.
Carlson also explained the difference is the two different types of chili that the competition was looking at.
You can find more information on the Illinois State Chili Cookoff including the winners in the various categories online under the County Fair tab of Taylorvilledailynews.com.
The Taylorville City Council met in regular session Monday Night at the Taylorville Municipal Building. The issue of an Ordinance that would annex a half acre parcel of land north and adjacent to 110 E. Heights dominated the discussion of the meeting, with discussion on the issue lasting nearly an hour. The issue that arose came from a resident who lives next to the property who has concerns about a project that is currently planned to turn the parcel of land into a parking lot that would exit next to his home should the land be annexed by the council. He stated how that project should it be built as planned would not only lower his property value, but also create a dangerous traffic situation in an area that is already a problem for him due to a fence that sits next to his driveway. Alderman Larry Budd commented on the issue agreeing with the Taylorville resident, and raising his own concerns as to why the project hadn’t been discussed with the council.
Because the parcel of land is less than an acre in size, the city engineer can simply approve or deny certain projects without taking it to the council. More questions were raised however by Alderman Jones as to whether or not City Engineer Joe Greene was aware when he initially approved the project to the concerns that were being brought up in the city council meeting.
The project engineer who was in attendance was asked whether or not they could change the plans of the project so that the parking lot traffic would exit the parking lot at the same entrance it came in at, eliminating the need of a driveway next to the residence’s home. The engineer stated plans could be drawn up, however they had to be submitted within the next two weeks for approval. Alderman Vota suggested a solution.
Ultimately the decision was made to table the discussion on the annexation of the land until the project engineer could speak again with City Engineer Joe Greene about the concerns of the Taylorville resident and the potential redesigning of the planned parking lot.
State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is set to restore a tradition, selling unclaimed property at the Illinois State Fair. On August 20th, coins, currency, jewelry, sports memorabilia and more will go on the auction block. Frerichs says the State Fair sales were a proven success.
The bidding will take place at noon at the Ethnic Village Stage. There will be a preview from 8 until noon that day. There will also be a preview Tuesday at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda from 10 to 3. Another preview will take place Friday at the Thompson Center in Chicago from 11 to 2. Among the items for sale are a 1954 Cubs Ernie Banks rookie card and an 1856 Flying Eagle penny.
A Carbondale Police Officer is shot and seriously wounded in a Sunday night incident. A press release from the Illinois State Police indicates a suspect was speeding away from a shooting scene and opened fire on arriving officers. Police are seeking the driver of a tan,, four door vehicle. The officer is in serous condition at a St. Louis hospital. Police did not return fire.
Illinois State Police District 18 is investigating a two vehicle crash in Litchfield on Saturday that resulted in the death of a Carlinville man. On July 30th at approximately 7:45PM, 87 year old Charlie Logsdon of Litchfield was headed eastbound on IL Route 16 just east of Corvette Drive in Litchfield. 49 year old Robert Reiher as well as 18 year old Madeline Reiher, both of Carlinville were headed westbound on IL Route 16 while riding a motorcycle. Logsdon struck the motorcycle head on. Robert Reiher was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner. Madeline Reiher who was a passenger on the bike was also ejected from the bike, and flown to Saint John’s Hospital in Springfield by ARCH Air Medical Service. Logsdon was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Litchfield with non-life threatening injuries. The westbound lanes of IL Route 16 were closed for approximately 4 hours following the incident. The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.
A group of individuals is holding a prayer rally this weekend where anyone in the community can join and pray for the difficulties their children may face in the upcoming school year. The group has mailed letters to churches, the school board, and private schools to try to get the word out to all interested family members and even the students themselves. Delbra Pratt, one of the organizers of the prayer rally said, students these days have a lot to take on and need as much support as possible to keep their spirits lifted as they head into the school year.
Pratt said the response she's heard back from the community has been positive and it seems the turnout is looking good for that morning.
The Prayer Rally will be held August 6th at Taylorville Junior High from 10:00 until noon. For more information, check out their Facebook Page at Christian County Prayer Rally For Our Children and Schools, or call Pratt at 217-273-2156. Pratt appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
The Christian County Senior Citizens Center give local seniors the opportunity to go on many trips throughout each month. During these trips the occupants will go to these areas and shop around some, build more camaraderie, have a nice dinner out, and on their way back, stop for ice cream. This month they do have a couple of special trips they are trying to get together, where one is to the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Judy Gates, in charge of the CEFS Golden Circle Nutrition Program, at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center, said that this trip will allow people the opportunity to tour World War Two Planes and even take a ride on one if they wish.
Gates also mentioned that the Senior Center is taking two vans of people to Springfield for Senior Day at the state fair and anyone who wants to go should RSVP immediately.
It is free for seniors to go to the fair and they also get free admission into the fair that day. To RSVP for a trip or for more information, call 217-824-4263. Gates appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime around midnight on Friday, July 29, 2016, an unknown subject made entry into Los Rancheros Restaurant, located at 201 Bidwell Street. While inside, the unknown subject took cash and a computer. The unknown subject also did damage while making entry into the business. The unknown subject was dressed in dark colored sweatshirt and dark colored pants. The total dollar amount of items taken and damage done in unknown at this time.
Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons. Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name. Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.
You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at their website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274632) and then your tip. As always, you will remain anonymous.
There were two accidents last week that resulted in the participants being transported to local hospitals to be treated for injuries.
On July 31st, 17 year old Jessica R. Stewart of Assumption was eastbound on County Highway 4. At approximately 2650 east, Stewart’s vehicle left the roadway entering the south ditch. The vehicle then struck a culvert and overturned. Stewart’s vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the middle of the roadway facing south. Stewart was taken to St. Mary's Hospital via Moweaqua Ambulance to be treated for injuries.
68 year old Kathy D. McLaughlin of Owaneco was traveling westbound on 900 north road with a passenger in the vehicle. McLaughlin stated that she thought she hit loose gravel and lost control of the vehicle. Marks at the scene indicated that McLaughlin’s vehicle left the roadway on the south side and traveled through the ditch for approx. 140 feet. The vehicle then went into the bean field and traveled approximately 96 feet until it struck a high spot in the field. McLaughlin’s vehicle then spun around 180 degrees and impacted the bottom of the ditch. After striking the ditch, McLaughlin’s vehicle became airborne and overturned before impacting the roadway with the roof, and then rolled back upright onto all 4 wheels. The passenger was taken by ambulance to TMH due to injuries.
Pana Community Hospital now has the ability to perform breast MRI Exams for a more detailed evaluation of potential breast cancer. Cindy Miles, Diagnostic Imagine Manager at Pana Community Hospital spoke with Regional Radio News and said that although the hospital has this new capability, it isn’t for everyone, and patients should consult with their doctor about the procedure.
Miles also said how the breast MRI can also be more difficult for the patient to get insurance to cover the costs of.
To learn more about Breast MRIs at Pana Community Hospital, you can contact the imaging department at 562-6366. A physician’s referral is required for the exam.
Christian County FS presented several scholarships at the Christian County Fair Ag Day last week. Christian County FS General Manager Mark Bauman spoke with Regional Radio News and shared what organizations those scholarships went to.
Bauman said that he hopes this money helps more kids pursue a degree in the agriculture industry.
For more information in the Christian County FS, you can call their main office at 824-2205, or visit them online at christiancountyfs.com
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