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Clark Running for State Rep

The 95th district is once again up for grabs in the upcoming November election. Incumbent Avery Bourne is hoping to keep her position while her democratic counter part is hoping to take over and change the narrative.

 

That Democratic candidate hoping to turn around the 95th district is Dillon Clark. He says it is time for change in the 95th district he says there are plenty of things he would do different for the district, among those is making sure the middle class is not forgotten.

 

 

Upon his election Clark already knows what would be first on his to-do list for the 95th district and he says he wants to make it clear that he wants to bring jobs back to the district.

 

 

Clark appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Mayor Barry PCW Update

Physicians Choice Wellness arrived in Taylorville last fall and they’ve been guiding people to better choices and higher energy levels ever since.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry is on a PCW program to try and help him cut some unwanted weight. Barry says he has been doing pretty well, this weigh in after fair week has him thinking it might not be his best.

 

 

Mayor Barry says he enjoyed the fair week but says he has his shakes ready to grab when he is in a hurry on the go.

 

 

Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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The Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center to Hold Back to School Bash

The Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center will be hosting a free Back to School Bash and Children’s Clothing Giveaway coming up on August 9th and 10th. The event is family friendly, and will have plenty of activities for parents and kids. Amanda Spade, the Community Relations Coordinator, says this is the first time they are hosting the event, but they are looking to host it annually.

 

 

Spade also mentioned that they are taking donations up until August 8th, if people would like to get involved.

 

 

Spade says that she is looking forward to event, and is excited to give back to the Nokomis Community.

 

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Christian County CEO Alum and New Students Get Together for Saturday Brunch

The Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" program,  an entrepreneurial program for Christian County high school seniors, held their first-ever "C-E-O Alumni Brunch" for alum as well as new C-E-O students, on Saturday morning at the Chautauqua (chuh-TOCK-wuh) Auditorium in Manners Park in Taylorville.

C-E-O alum Luke Puckett was one of those in attendance.  Puckett was in the first class in 2015-16 and shared with Regional Radio News what he's been doing since.

C-E-O alum Ben Robinson also came to the alumni brunch.  He said C-E-O has helped his communication skills as he goes thru college.

The program is entirely funded by donations from county businesses and individuals.  Find out more on the Christian County C-E-O program by going to christiancountyC-E-O-dot-com.

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Taylorville City Council Passes Ordinance Allowing HSHS to Come to Taylorville

The Taylorville City Council held a special meeting Monday night to discuss, and vote on topics regarding the City of Taylorville. First, was a motion to adopt the Ordinance Approving and Authorizing the Execution of a Redevelopment Agreement for the Taylorville TIF District. After a lot of discussion between the council, they voted to adopt the ordinance by a vote of 6-2. With this ordinance passing, this means that HSHS can officially break ground in Taylorville according to Mayor Barry.

 

 

After the ordinance was passed there were no other votes that night. However, the City Council did hold discussion regarding a proposed Tax Increment Financial District Agreement by and between the City of Taylorville and Stuller, INC. before the meeting was adjourned.

 

Monday night's City Council Meeting was held under special circumstances, and they are typically held on the first and third Monday of every month.

 

You can watch the full City Council Meeting here: https://youtu.be/WB9k9HAemXI

 

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City Council to Hold Special Meeting Tonight

The Taylorville City Council is holding a special City Council meeting this evening at 6 o'clock. The meeting is planning to discuss a proposed Tax Increment Financial Agreement between the city of Taylorville and Golden Real Estate Holdings of Illinois, and Shelbyville properties. There is also going to be a motion to adopt the Ordinance Approving and Authorizing the Execution of a Redevelopment Agreement for the Taylorville TIF District between the city of Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, and Golden Real Estate Holdings of Illinois, and Shelbyville Properties. Lastly, the City Council will discuss a proposed Tax Increment Financial District Agreement between the City of Taylorville and Stuller, Incorporated.

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first, and third Monday of every month. However, this weeks meeting is an exception to discuss important, time sensitive, matters.

 

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Longtime Chili Cook Thrilled to cook at the World Championships in Saint Louis

This past Saturday, The Illinois State Championship Chili Cook Off took place at the Christian County Fair Grounds. Cooks from all over the Midwest came out to compete for the state championship, and a chance to qualify for the World Cook Off. Christine Toney, a cook from Saint Louis, has competitively cooked chili for many years. She’s so invested in her work, that she has written books about the craft of chili cooking.

 

 

Toney has already qualified for the World Cook Off in other categories, and she is thrilled that worlds is coming to her home town of Saint Louis this year.

 

 

Toney appeared as a guest live on News Talk WTIM on Saturday during the Chili Cook Off.

 

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Christian County CEO Holds Alumni Brunch on Saturday

The Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" program,  an entrepreneurial program for Christian County high school seniors, held their first-ever "C-E-O Alumni Brunch" on Saturday morning at the Chautauqua (chuh-TOCK-wuh) Auditorium in Manners Park in Taylorville.

Several C-E-O alumni from the past 3 years of the program attended, as well as some of the new students that will begin the program next month.

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams told Regional Radio News the event was an opportunity for students and parents of past classes and the upcoming class, to visit.

Adams added it was good to get some C-E-O alum and newbees together, and that 3 of the C-E-O alumni have come back to financially support the Christian County program.

The Christian County C-E-O program selects students to participate after an application process, to attend class weekdays from 7:30 to 9 at various business locations thru-out the school year.  It teaches students business skills and enables them to start their own business.  The program is entirely funded by donations from county businesses and individuals.  Find out more on the Christian County C-E-O program by going to christiancountyC-E-O-dot-com.

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HSHS Good Shepherd VBS Starts Monday

Shelbyville residents are used to hearing about Vacation Body School, well starting Monday HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will be having the Vacation Body School.

 

Glenda Plunkett is the Public Relation Manager for HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, she says last year was the first year and they are excited as can be for year two.

 

 

Plunkett says the time the kids spend at Vacation Body School they learn a lot about the hospitals core values as well as how to live healthier lives.

 

 

Plunkett appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

 

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Car Crash Sends Three People to Hospital in Springfield

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two car crash that occurred on July 26th at 4:40 in the afternoon. Megan Sisk, 24, of Nokomis was traveling southbound on 2300 East Road, and Shelley Graves, 46, of Taylorville was traveling west on 900 North road. The two vehicles came to an intersection that is not marked with any traffic control device, and there is high corn on the north side of 900 North Road blocking vision. Neither vehicle stopped at the intersection causing a crash to take place, and both vehicles wound up resting in a bean field on the south west corner of the intersection. Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp on the crash.

 

 
Graves, and passenger Courtney Fuerstenau were airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, and Sisk was sent to a hospital in Springfield by ambulance.

 

The crash is still under investigation by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. Sherriff Kettelkamp wants to remind everyone when traveling on country roadways when there is no traffic control devices and high corn everyone should stop before entering the intersection.

 

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Pageant Rules, Forms Now Available

The forms to enter your child in one of the 4 contests during the 2018 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Pageants Saturday, October 6th on the square, are now available.

The pageant is open to all residents of Christian County.  The Litte Miss and Little Mister Chilli Pepper pageants are open to children age 3 thru 6, with the first 20 entries in each contest being accepted.  The Junior Miss Chilli Pepper pageant is open to children ages 8 thru eleven, with the first 15 entries being accepted.  And, the Miss Chilli Pepper pageant is open to teenagers age 14 to 19, with the first 15 entries being accepted.

Deadline for all entries is September 6th at 5pm, with the entry fee 30-dollars per entry.

To enter any of the Chillifest pageants, download the entry form and waiver & release from www.chillifest.info. The entry form and photo for press release, must be e-mail'ed to chillipepperpageant@yahoo.com. The waiver & release and $30.00 entry fee must be mailed or delivered to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce office, 108 West Market Street #2 in Taylorville.

It's important to note that all forms and entry fee must be received before a child is considered an official contestant. Once all is received the parent or guardian will be called with a conformation and contestant number.

There will be one rehearsal for all contestants Friday, October 5th at 4 p.m. for Little Miss and Mister, and at 4:30 for the Junior and Miss pageants.  Rehersals are on the main stage in front of US Bank, and parents are welcome. Park behind US Bank as the Taylorville square will be closed off to traffic Friday afternoon, as set up will take place for Chillifest.

Little Miss and Mister contestants will have no interview, and Junior Miss contestants will answer an onstage question only. Miss contestants will have a 3 minute interview with the judges the morning of the pageant, and then answer an onstage question.

Little Miss and Mister contestants may wear anything from Sunday best to pageant dresses and suits. Junior & Miss contestants may wear Sunday best, homecoming, pageant, or prom dresses. For the miss interview portion it's recommended that contestants dress clothes suitable for a graduation ceremony.

Get more information on the Chillifest pageants at the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

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4-H Auction a Success

Last night 4-H members saw their hard work of raising livestock pay off, literally, as the 4-H auction took place last night at the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

Michelle Beckmier is on the 4-H board she says that this is a rich experience for the kids and some of the projects started last December.

 

 

Tanner Mickey auctioned off his market lamb that is going to state for $2000. He explains the process from the beginning of raising the livestock.

 

 

Mickey and Beckmier appeared as guests on Newstalk WTIM live from the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

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Illinois State Championship Chili Cook Off is Ready to Begin

Tomorrow is the day, the Illinois State Championship Chili Cook Off is taking place at the Christian County Fair. Alan Fulk, who is the head of the cook off, has been around this event for a long time. He says this year marks the 44th year the event has been held at the fair grounds

 

 

The State Championship Cook Off is no joke. Each year it attracts some of the worlds most talented cooks, including some former world champions according to Fulk.

 

 

Fulk appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live at the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

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Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Making Preparations for Chillifest

It may be summer, but Fall is right around the corner, and that means its time to start preparing for Chillifest. Patty Hornbuckle, The CEO of The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, had a lot to say about this years chilifest, including the addition of home style chili.

 

 

Looking toward the more near future, Hornbuckle also discussed the Chamber’s Business After Hours event coming up this August.

 

 

Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live from the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

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Christian County Fair President says New Carnival is a Success

It is fair week in Christian County, and the Christian County Agricultural Fair is in full swing. Fair President, Jim Curtin, says the fair has been great so far this year, and more events are on the way.

 

 

Curtin also added that the new carnival this year has been a success.

 

 

Curtin appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM morning show live from the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

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Farmers Market Has Variety of Goods

The Farmers Market is on the Taylorville Square every Saturday starting at 9 in the morning and offers something for everyone that shows up.

 

Ed Downs with the Farmers Market says last week the big truck full of Calhoun County Peaches was empty within 2 hours of showing up.

 

 

Downs says if peaches are not for you there is still plenty that the Farmers Market has to offer including some super sweet corn that also goes fast.

 

 

The Farmer Market is every Saturday from 9 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon on the Taylorville Square.

 

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Turf Field Coming to Taylorville

Friday night football is right around the corner and Taylorville residents will have the opportunity to see their purple and gold play under the lights on a new turf field.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says the turf is in town and it should be installed and ready to go in early August, so it might be ready for the purple and gold scrimmage.

 

 

Mayor Barry is happy to announce that this turf field is coming to the football field without taxes having to be raised.

 

 

Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Bohannon Says Kavanaugh Would be Fine Supreme Court Justice

President Trump is presented with the opportunity to appoint a supreme court justice and all indications are that he is leaning towards Brett Kavanaugh.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, says Kavanaugh has great credentials but many oppose him being appointed as he is conservative.

 

 

Bohannon says some are worried about his views on immigration but the real stigma comes from his view on abortion and some fear Roe v Wade could be overturned.

 

 

Bohannon appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

 

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Bob Ridings' Sweet Corn at Miller Media Group Studios is Going, Going, Gone!

As part of the Bob Ridings 43rd Anniversary, Bob drove a full-size truck full of his famous sweet corn, over to the Miller Media Group studios on West Park Street in Taylorville, just before noon on Thursday.  

 

Bob told company president Randal J. Miller, to let our listeners know that was free to pickup on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

The Miller Media Group radio stations let our listeners know of Bob's famous sweet corn being available for pickup, and just before 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the sweet corn was all gone.

 

Big thanks to Bob Ridings for providing his famous sweet corn for our listeners, and congrats to Bob on his 43rd Anniversary in business!

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Christian County Ag Group Sponsors Annual Ag Day Luncheon at County Fair

Agriculture was the focus during the annual Ag Day Luncheon Thursday at the 2018 Christian County Ag Fair at the Fairgrounds on Taylorville's south side.

Several hundred people attended the annual Ag Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Christian County Ag Group, which is a group of businesses and individuals that sponsor many events thru-out the year spotlighting the importance of agriculture to the Christian County economy.

 

The Mount Auburn Rustlers 4-H Club served the meal, which was catered by Country Girl Catering.

 

Guest speaker was Executive Director of the Illinois F-F-A Center, Mindy Bunselmeyer, who told the gathering she's responsible for training the new F-F-A state officers so they can represent agriculture around the state.

Bunselmeyer told the Christian County Ag Fair Ag Day Luncheon, that the Illinois F-F-A officers travel with other agriculture trade groups to Washington to promote agriculture in the national and state capitols.  She said when those Illinois F-F-A representatives come into legislators' offices in their famous blue jackets, they immediately get noticed.

 

The 2018 Christian County Fair Royalty was part of Thursday's Ag Day Luncheon.

 

The Ag Group Ag Day Luncheon at the Christian County Ag Fair, is an annual event.

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HSHS Opening Medical Facility in Taylorville

Taylorville residents are plenty excited about the potential Steak N’ Shake coming to town, but they also need to be aware of a new medical office that will soon be calling Taylorville home as well.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says there is a tentative agreement to bring HSHS to Taylorville, if everything can be agreed upon by Thursday or Friday there will be a special meeting on Monday to further discuss the plans.

 

 

Mayor Barry says HSHS will be opening their new medical facility in Taylorville off Route 29 by the Aldi soon.

 

 

Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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4-H Contestant Showed Nine Goats at Livestock Shows

The Christian County Agricultural fair began showing livestock Wednesday morning. 4H participants showed swine, goats, sheep, and cows all day yesterday. Waylon Paulek, a 4 year participant in 4-H, showed 9 different goats.

 

 

Paulek has shown goats every year he’s participated in 4H, and it all started because of his family. He added that its always fun to participate in livestock shows.

 

 

Paulek appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live from the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

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4-H Member Speaks Highly of Contestants Showing Livestock

The Christian County Agricultural Fair began their livestock shows on Wednesday. Brooke Bates, a Christian County 4-H Ambassador, was there in the morning to prepare the fair grounds for the shows. She spoke about how great the livestock shows are, and what it teaches the kids who are involved.

 

 

The livestock shows finished yesterday, and the auction is taking place tonight.

 

Brooke Bates appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM morning show live from the Christian County Agricultural fair.

 

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4-H Participant Hopes to Succeed at National Level

The Livestock shows took place yesterday at the Christian County Agricultural Fair, and many were busy prepping their animals for showing. Lizzie Schafer, who has been been showing for almost here entire life has been preparing year round for show season, and hopes to succeed at a national level.

 

 

Schafer has been showing livestock for a long time. It all started back when she was 3 years old.

 

 

Schafer appeared as a guest on the News Talk WTIM morning show live from the Christian County Agricultural Fair.

 

 

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American Political Items Collectors National Convention a Success

This past weekend Springfield had historical buffs from all across the country flooding the Crowne Plaza for the American Political Items Collectors National Convention.

 

Steve Henry of CSH Investments was put in charge of the convention. He says on Saturday he worked the appraisal booth and saw plenty of great items brought in.

 

 

Henry says he even went into his own pockets and decided to make a purchase for his own collection.

 

 

Henry says multiple people came up to him to let him know that this was one of the greatest American Political Items Collectors National Conventions they had been at.

 

 

The American Political Items Collectors National Convention normally switches from east coast to west coast. The venue for next year has yet to be announced.

 

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Pageant Results at Christian County Fair

 

 

On Monday Christian County Residents came out to the Christian County Fair to see who would be crowned Miss Christian County. Here are the results:

 

2018 Miss Christian County: Aly Moore

 

1st Runner Up: Brooke Burke

 

2nd Runner Up: Cheyenne Sidwell

 

2018 Junior Miss Christian County: Jhia Walker

 

1st Runner Up: Alivia Kent

 

2nd Runner Up: Lydia Repscher

 

2018 Little Miss Miss Christian County: Brystol Hughes

 

1st Runner Up: Kenlee Durbin

 

2nd Runner Up: Nikyla Lawrence

 

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Steak N' Shake Outlook is Bright

Steak N’ Shake appears to be putting the final touches on coming to Taylorville and residents are hoping that the restaurant will be in town by the end of the year.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says it still is not 100% but with Steak N’ Shake buying the land to potentially move in he would put the chances at 99.99% now City Council has to approve the incentives.

 

 

Barry says the incentives play a major role in getting Steak N’ Shake to Taylorville. Right now the City Council has a tentative agreement for the incentives it just boils down to dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.

 

 

Barry appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Jenner Ag Combine Clinic a Success

Jenner Ag invited Christian County residents to stop on by and spend some time with them at the Jenner Ag Combine Clinic to learn a little more about agriculture.

 

Darren Dalenberg is the General Manger at Jenner Ag in Taylorville he says a lot of people came out to see the drones at Jenner Ag.

 

 

Dalenberg says he feels like everyone that came out is leaving better after learning a little something at the Jenner Ag Combine Clinic and wants to thank everyone that stopped by.

 

 

Dalenberg appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM live from the Jenner Ag Combine Clinic.

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About TMH Mental Health First Aid Program at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the mental health first aid program offered by Taylorville Memorial Hospital, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Glen Coate, who is a registered nurse at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, teaches the class for first responders and others dealing with those who may have mental health issues.  Coate said the class helps those attendees feel more comfortable in dealing with someone with a mental health crisis.

Coate added that everyone has been touched in dealing with friends or loved ones who have been thru a mental health crisis, adding that there is less stigma today about education and treatment of mental health issues. 

During the question and answer session, Coate told Kiwanis members that there are more mental health problems today, particularly in youth, due to smartphones and social media, adding that they prevent kids from communicating face to face. 

As a whole, Coate says society is angrier as a result.

 

The class will next be offered at T-M-H on September 18th, with a nominal charge.

 

Pictured from the left is Coates, Kiwanis program chair Raedena Ryan, and Kiwanis president Martin Vota.

 

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.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Donates to TCCU Food Drive

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club was one of many that made monetary donations to the 4th annual “Freedom Tree” Community Food Drive sponsored by the Taylorville Community Credit Union, that ended July 13th.

The Kiwanis Club made the monetary donation as part of fulfilling its mission of improving the lives of children and youth in the Taylorville community.

The T-C-C-U program has increased in donations each of the 4 years it's been in place.

From the left:  Sarah Van Huss, Kiwanis Club president-elect; Pastor Michael Evanchak, Kiwanis Club incoming president; Kiwanis Club president Martin Vota; and T-C-C-U president and CEO Will Perkins, who is also a member of the local Kiwanis Club.

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.

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Larry Scott Found Guilty for First Degree Murder

On Monday, Larry Scott was found guilty of shooting Logan Durbin in Kincaid on September 14th, 2017. Christian County States Attorney, Mike Havera, spoke with Regional Radio News about the case, and he praised local agencies on how the case was handled.

 

 

Havera also praised the jury for being one of the most attentive juries he has ever seen. That’s one reason why they were able to come up with the verdict.

 

 

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Mike Drea Honored During Christian County Fair Ribbon Cutting

It’s official, the 95th annual Christian County Fair has begun. The fair held its annual ribbon cutting ceremony to kick things off earlier this morning. During the ceremony, Kathy Drea and her son Nolan Drea where presented with a special plaque to honor Mike Drea, Kathy’s husband who passed away suddenly this past fall. Kathy and Mike Drea sold tickets for Grandstand Events for years at the fair, and the plaque will be placed in his honor inside the ticket booth.

 

 

That was Kathy Drea on how much she appreciates the fair board. Mike used to be a member of the board before he passed in the fall.

 

Now that things have finally kicked off, the Christian County Fair runs all week, with the last day being on Saturday.

 

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Christian County Resident Hoping 4-H Project Leads to Cancer Cure

With the Christian County Fair Officially getting started on Tuesday, Monday was the day for the general shows.

 

Caleb Grover was at the fair grounds on Monday to show his multiple entries in the general show. Grover is showing 6 projects and one of them has already gotten a state ribbon.

 

 

Grover says this is a project that has taken over three years but finally he feels he is close to a conclusion.

 

 

Grover says yes he is hoping to get a ribbon at state, but he is hoping that this project can go much further than a state ribbon and end with a possible cure for cancer.

 

Grover appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live at the Christian County Fair.

 

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State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Hopes Vendor Payment Program Transparency Bill is Passed by Gov. Rauner

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is trying to get Governor Rauner to pass a bill that will tell the public who the government’s lenders are. Up to now, taxpayers have not had minimal information about who is profiting from the late payments on the government’s $1 billion debt. Mendoza is hoping that her Vendor Payment Program Transparency Bill will be passed by Rauner, and create some change.

 

 

Mendoza does not believe that it is right for the public to be in the dark about who the vendors, and third party lenders are. Especially since they are profiting from the government’s late payments. Mendoza wants her new bill to change that.

 

 

The Vendor Payment Program Transparency Bill was passed by the House 109-7 on May 29th, and passed by the Senate 54-0 on May 31st. Now it is in Governor Rauner’s hands where he can sign it, take no action, or he can veto it.

 

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One Person Arrested after I-55 Accident Over The Weekend

Illinois State Police responded to a crash on I-55 around mile post 87.5 on Sunday at 2:47 afternoon. According to the preliminary traffic crash investigation, a gray Mazda was traveling northbound on I-55 when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and hit the median barrier wires. The lone passenger of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and the driver refused medical treatment, and was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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4-H Member Helps Set Up Fair and Hopes to Win Some Hardware

The Christian County Fair is ready to get underway thanks in large part to some helpful hands that took Monday and set up most of what you will see at the fair.

 

Brooke Bates is a Christian County 4-H Ambassador, her job is to help the 4-H Director with getting the fair ready for Tuesday. Bates shares the process the team went through this weekend.

 

 

Bates says while she is involved with helping the set up process, she is also looking forward to showing her projects and she tends to lean towards design.

 

 

Bates appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Christian County Fair.

 

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Taylorville Park District Making Plans to Repair Pool

The Taylorville Community Park District held its monthly meeting on Monday night. They covered multiple topics including the treasurer’s report, youth football season, and necessary maintenance for the pool.

 

The first motion that carried, was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report which passed unanimously. Following that, Bailey Hancock, Recreational Director, gave an update on the parks recreational activities, and the summer day camp. Then the committee discussed an issue with the pool, and what exactly needs to be fixed. Hancock told Regional Radio News what the plan is for the pool moving forward.

 

 

Following the discussions about the pool, the committee announced that YFL and JFL football practices had started that night. Also announced, was that the last day the pool will be open is expected to be on August 12th.

 

The Taylorville Community Park District holds their monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of each month. Regional Radio News covers every Park District meeting.

 

 

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Interactive Farm Coming to Christian County Fair

Tomorrow marks the start of the 95th annual Christian County Fair, an event that Christian County residents look forward to all year.

 

Mellisa McMillan is the Christian County Farm Bureau Manager. She says the kids love coming out for the variety of activities with the interactive farm at the Christian County Fair.

 

 

The interactive farm is all about the kids and trying to get them up close to livestock, McMillan says there will be plenty of different animals for the kids to see.

 

 

McMillan appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Nokomis Fire District to Recieve Grant

The State Fire Marshal has determined the recipients of the FY2018 Small Equipment Grant Program, and the Nokomis Area Fire Protection District is one of the recipients. Nokomis Fire Chief Michael Smalley is excited about what the grant, and wants to use the money to replace older, outdated equipment.

 

 

Not only is Chief Smalley excited for new equipment, he is also looking forward to the efficiency that it will provide.

 

 

Along with having new technology, and greater efficiency, Chief Smalley thinks the new equipment will greatly help the Nokomis community.

 

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State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Hopes Budgeting for Interest Payment Bill is Passed by Gov. Rauner

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is trying to get Governor Rauner to pass a bill that requires Governors to include their plans to pay down the state’s late payment interest penalties in their budget proposals. Those numbers currently total more than $1 billion according to Mendoza.

 

 

The bill is called the Budgeting for Interest Payment. Mendoza says that it is not fiscally responsible to not include this money in the budget, and that something needs to change.

 

 

The Budgeting for Interest Payment Bill was passed by the house 101-0 on April 19th, and passed by the Senate 46-7 on May 3rd. Now it is in Governor Rauner’s hands where he can sign it, take no action, or he can veto it.

 

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State Treasurer Offering New Retirement Program

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and those in his office are excited to announce that soon they will launch a new program to help with retirement savings.

 

Frerichs says people are scared about retirement and are not saving enough to retire and are forced to retire in poverty.

 

 

Frerichs wants to help resident save their money and get them the retirement that they deserve so that they can spend their golden years in the sun.

 

 

Frerichs appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Morrisonville Homecoming Royalty Crowned Friday Night

This year's Morrisonville Homecoming royalty was crowned Friday night during the annual event.

 

This year's Queen is Madison Lush, Junior Miss is Kennady Klinger, Little Mister is Tyce Wagahoft, and Little Miss is Charlotte Grundy.

 

Picture is courtesy of the Morrisonville Homecoming Facebook page. 

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Morrisonville Hosts Annual Homecoming Parade; Sheriff Talks About Jail Expansion

The Village of Morrisonville in southern Christian County, held their annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning.  The 40-minute parade featured a number of law enforcement agencies, fire trucks, bands, and politicians to celebrate the village's annual festival.

WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 broadcast the parade live, and our Danny Russell spoke with Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp before the parade began, about plans to expand the size of the Christian County Jail.

Many local politicians from both parties, walked in Saturday's Morrisonville Homecoming Parade.

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State Senate Race Heating Up

The race for State Senate in the 48th District is heating up between incumbent Democrat Andy Manar and his opponent Republican Candidate Seth McMillan.

 

Andy Manar has been on record saying that he has out raised Seth McMillan locally. McMillan says this is not the case as the numbers have come out that McMillan actually raised more money in individual contributions in the senate district.

 

 

McMillan says he knew this was going to be an uphill battle from the beginning financially but he wont let that stop him.

 

 

McMillan appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Hoping her Truth in Hiring Act Bill Becomes Law

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is trying to get Governor Rauner to pass a bill changing the Governor’s pay roll, and budget. In years past, Illinois Governors have placed some of their employees on other agency’s payrolls in order to shrink the Governor’s budget. Mendoza is hoping that her Truth in Hiring Act bill will put a stop to that.

 

 

According to Mendoza, 58 of Rauner’s 102 employees are said to be employed by other agencies. This means that other state agencies are paying Rauner’s employees rather than the Governor.

 

 

The Truth in Hiring Act was passed by the House 110-0 on April 19th, and passed by the Senate 46-7 on May 3rd. Now it is in Governor Rauner’s hands where he can sign it, take no action, or he can veto it.

 

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Frog Jump Always Popular at Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming

Every year Morrisonville residents past and present gather for the Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming.

 

The frog jump is always a popular attraction and started back in 1972. John Fahl says once it moved to the park in 1975 the popularity really took off.

 

 

Fahl says the frogs get three jumps and the record for longest jump is over 22 feet.

 

 

Fahl appeared as a guest on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR during a live remote at the 2018 Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming.

 

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Steak 'n Shake Closes on Land Purchase

Steak ‘n Shake is one step closer to making its way to Taylorville. On Friday, Steak ‘n Shake closed on the land purchase of Bangert Farms, meaning they now own the land for where they want to build. However, Steak ‘n Shake does not have the green light just yet, there are still a few more details waiting to be solved according to Mayor Barry.

 

 

According to what Mayor Barry was told, Steak ‘n Shake could come as soon as December, or early January.

 

 

If everything goes through, and Steak ‘n Shake does come to Taylorville, Mayor Barry thinks it will be good news for the city.

 

 

Although, the Steak ‘n Shake deal is not finalized yet, the city is one step closer to adding the restaurant.

 

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Farmers Market Getting More Green Beans

Every Saturday on the Tayloville Square Christian County residents have the opportunity to come to the Farmers Market and pick up some goods.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market. He says this week will be similar to last week in terms of products and he still recommends that residents get out early for the Calhoun County Peaches.

 

 

Downs mentions that last week the Farmers Market sold out of green beans early, this week with the new crop that will not happen.

 

 

Downs wants residents to know about a time change for the Farmers Market going forward. Instead of the usual 9 to 1, the time is now 9 to 12:30.

 

 

The Farmers Market is every Saturday on the Taylorville Square now from 9 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon.

 

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4-H Making a Difference in Kids Lives

The Shelby County 4-H and Junior fair wrapped up on Wednesday after three days around good people, good food, and some good farm animals.

 

Jessica Winter is a 4-H retiree, after over 10 years in the program she tried everything but her passion was visual arts and showing horses.

 

 

Winter says one of the big differences she sees in 4-H kids compared to those who are not involved is discipline.

 

 

Winter says a big reason she got into 4-H is due to her aunt being a leader in 4-H. Winter also recommends that kids on the fence about whether or not to try 4-H give it a try, there’s no harm in trying.

 

 

Winter appeared as a guest on New Country 98.3 WSVZ live at the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair.

 

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General Shows for Christian County Fair on Monday

Next Tuesday the Christian County Fair will kick off once again, this is the 94th annual Christian County Fair.

 

Rebecca Livingston is the 4-H Coordinator for the U of I Extension Program. She says she will be out there on Monday helping with the general show.

 

 

Livingston says the preparation process is harder than the actual week of the fair. The first thing on their list of fair prep is to find judges.

 

 

Livingston appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Stonington to Hold Blood Drive this August

This August, the Stonington United Methodist Church is hosting its life saving blood drive. Marilyn Remmert, the coordinator for the Methodist Church says for those who are not sure if they should give, it does not take long to do it.

 

 

The church has been hosting this blood drive for several years, and they are hoping to get just as many donors as they could in past years. They also, have snacks and drinks available for those who participate.

 

 

The blood drive is happening on August 2nd from 4-7pm. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, and weigh more than 110 pounds. For questions about the drive, call the Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

 

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Bob Ridings Celebrates 43 Years in the Car Business in Taylorville

A huge crowd helped Bob Ridings celebrate his 43rd anniversary in the car business in Taylorville Thursday afternoon.

The event included a bounce house and water slide for the kids, 43 one-hundred dollar bills and a big screen TV being given away among other prizes.

And, Bob again gave away bags of his famous sweet corn.

Miller Media Group radio stations NEWSTALK WTIM and WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 broadcast live.  Our Danny Russell spoke with Bob, who told us the celebration was to thank Christian County for their business over these many years.

Ridings operates auto dealerships in Taylorville, Pana, Jacksonville, Decatur, and Monticello.

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Strasburg Farmers Market Hosting Special Activities This Week and Next

Every Thursday this summer, the Strasburg Farmers Market is open, and they are hosting different events each week. This Thursday’s feature includes bounce houses for kids, and ice cream. Karen Kull (Cool) of Strasburg Community Action Network spoke more about this weeks Farmers Market.

 

 

Kull also discussed what the Farmers Market has planned for next Thursday as well. They are going to be selling haystacks, and if you are not sure what a haystack is, Kull explained that as well.

 

 

Kull says that carry outs will be available, and live music will be featured as well.


 

 

The Strasburg Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm at the Strasburg Community Center parking lot.

 

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Farmers Share Breakfast Coming to Tayorville Square on Saturday

This Saturday Christian County residents have a chance to give back to farmers that have given so much to put food on our tables.

 

Mellisa McMillan is the Manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau, she says this Saturday from 7 to 11 in the morning they will be hosting a Farmers Share Breakfast for the first time in a long time.

 

 

McMillan says the best way to support local farmers is to look for the local tag on an item and buy that one instead.

 

 

McMillan appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Shelby County Fair Grand Champion to Auction Off Ice Cream

The Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair is going on this week, and is bringing in local residents for all kinds of fun.

 

Olivia Telgmann has been involved in the fair for the last 11 years. 11 years is a long time, and Telgmann says that people who partake in 4-H should try and do as many projects as they can.

 

 

Telgmann also won Grand Champion when showing her dairy cows this year, which means she gets the honor of auctioning off a gallon of ice cream at the fair.

 

 

Telgmann appeared as a guest on New Country 98.3 WSVZ during a live remote at the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair.

 

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U of I Extension to Host Poverty Simulation This August

The University of Illinois Extension is hosting a poverty simulation August 8th at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Carl Baker, U of I County Director for Effingham Fayette and Jasper counties, on how the poverty simulation works.

 

 

The actual simulation itself is just one hour of the full 3 hour event. The later portions of the poverty simulation ask participants to reflect on how they felt.

 

 

Peope who would like to take part in the simulation must RSVP by August 1st, and the event is August 8th. Those interested can register online at stanthonyshospital.org.

 

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Tractor Pull Coming to Christian County Fair

Tuesday the Christian County Fair will kick off once again, this is the 94th annual Christian County Fair.

 

Curt Micenheimer is on the Christian County Fair Board of Directors, he says the tractor pull on Thursday is always popular and starts at seven but families that want to come early and check out the tractors are encouraged to do so.

 

 

Micenheimer says at the tractor pull residents get to see tractors trying to pull as much weight as far as they can until they come to a stop and cannot go any farther.

 

 

Micenheimer appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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PCH Update on Building Project

Last Summer Pana Community Hospital broke ground on their building project.

 

Marketing Manager for Pana Community Hospital Melissa Rybolt says due to the construction there is road closure to be aware of on Huber Street.

 

 

Rybolt says the road will be blocked off and reopen in the beginning of August.

 

 

Rybolt says this building project revolves around the Patient Services Addition meaning they are adding on to the back of the hospital.

 

 

Rybolt appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Davis Says Trump Could Have Done Better With Putin

Donald Trump recently had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Russians hacking the 2016 Election Campaign.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois. He says in all honesty Trump could have handled the situation much better.

 

 

Davis says the Russian hacking did not get any critical information that puts Americans in any immediate danger.

 

 

Davis says we have to be prepared and he is very proud of Illinois for how they handle elections commissions.

 

 

Davis appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Shelby County Fair Cookshack Worth Checking Out

The Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair is an event that brings Shelby County residents together for a couple nights of fun.

 

Cinda Smith runs the Cookshack at the Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair, she says she knows how important good fair food is and says for lunch and dinner there is a wide variety of options.

 

 

Smith says it takes a lot of preparation to feed everyone that comes out and she would not be able to do it without a little help.

 

 

Smith appeared as a guest on New Country 98.3 WSVZ during a live remote at the Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair.

 

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Christian County Fair Ready for Pageant Contest

At 6 in the evening on July 24th 23 young women will be competing for the title of Little Miss Christian County.

 

Jenny Swinger is the Pageant Director for this years Christian County Fair. She says it begins with the Little Miss Pageant but that is just the beginning of a wonderful night.

 

 

Swinger says this competition is much more than merely standing up on stage and waving to the crowd.

 

 

Swinger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Christian County CEO Board Holds Student, Parent Orientation Meeting Tuesday Night

The Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" board, held its annual orientation meeting for this year's students and parents, Tuesday evening at Charro Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville.

After dinner, C-E-O board president Mary DelValle welcomed the 16 students and their parents, to this year's C-E-O program, then introduced facilitator Dick Adams. 

 

 

Adams told the students that the C-E-O program is very different from any other high school class.

DelValle gave Regional Radio News a thumbnail sketch of what she shared during Tuesday night's orientation meeting.

And, DelValle said many businesspeople that have allowed C-E-O students to tour their business, end up with a new attitude and spirit about that business.

To find out more on the Christian County C-E-O program, go to christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.
 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About Christian County YMCA at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Christian County YMCA, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Executive Director Chris Weittenhillier, along with Andrea Bach and Jenny Foster, talked about the current status of the Y and the many programs it offers Christian County residents.

Weittenhillier told the Kiwanis Club that the Y currently has some 36-hundred members, which is some eleven percent of the county's population.  Weittenhillier added that the Y continues to offer many programs as well as starting new ones.  The Y has taken over the local “Rock Steady Boxing”, an exercise program assisting 12 to 15 residents with Parkinson's Disease. 

Weittenhillier said the Y recently hired 2 people after long-time membership secretary Darlene Bouvet retired following 31 years of service.  Brittany Moore is the Y's new membership engagement director, and Mary Kate Curtin is their new marketing and membership coordinator.  Curtin recently put the finishing touches on a revamped web site for the Y, as well as a new app for smartphones. 

Weittenhillier said the Y board is focused on not only continuing to provide and grow the many programs, but to retire the remaining 171-thousand dollar debt which dates back to when the new wellness and aquatic center were built in 2001.

Y Program Director Andrea Bach told the Kiwanis Club that they're adding a new diabetes prevention program, and Jenny Foster spoke to Kiwanis members as director of that new program.  Bach talked about national statistics which backed the need for a diabetes prevention program.

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.

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Woman Found Dead in Her Car at Oak Hill Cemetery Saturday Night

On Saturday around 8:06 in the evening, 911 received a call from Oak Hill Cemetery officials that there was a vehicle in the cemetery, and the driver was unresponsive. Ashley Johnson, 27, of Springfield was the driver of the vehicle. When Law Enforcement and Emergency crews arrived on scene, they found Johnson deceased. Preliminary investigation show that Johnson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Taylorville Police and Christian County Coroner’s office are handling the investigation.

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Taylorville City Council Met Monday to Discuss Steak N Shake Incentives and Other Motions

The Taylorville City Council held its annual meeting this past Monday night. The council discussed, and passed multiple motions.

 

A motion to allow Fire Chief Crews to proceed with preventative maintenance and repair of TFD Truck One was approved with a vote of 9-0.

 

A motion to approve incentives to be offered to Steak N Shake drove a lot of the conversation during the meeting. A lot of debate was struck up about Steak N Shake being offered a 1% Sales Tax, and Mayor Barry further explained the matter.

 

 

The motion carried 6-2

 

A motion to approve incentives to be offered to Golden Real Estate of Illinois LLC was also carried 4-3.

 

Other motions that were carried were to allow Chief Hile to purchase a new police service dog, two Lidar Radar Systems, and a new 2018 Ford Police Interceptor. Also, motions carried to allow Chief Crews to hire a new volunteer Firefigher. Motions carried for the Lake and Airport include allowing Windell Surveying to complete a GPS survey at Boyd Dappert.

 

The Taylorville City Council holds two meetings per month, on the first and third Monday of each month.

 

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Christian County Fair Starts Next Week

On Tuesday, July 24th the 94th annual Christian County Fair is set to begin once again.

 

Lee Meteer is the Secretary of the Christian County Agricultural Fair Board as well as the Livestock Superintendent. He says there are lots of different activities for all ages.

 

 

Meteer says there is a lot of tradition with the Christian County Fair and the board wants to keep that going.

 

 

Meteer appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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State Treasurer's Office Sets Record for Money Given Back

This past year for the Illinois State Treasurers Office was unlike any other they have ever had in terms of getting money back in Illinois residents pockets.

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says two years ago they gave Illinois residents back around 155 million dollars, last year that number was around 160 million. This year they flew past the previous two years with what they gave back.

 

 

Frerichs says he often hears about how he has peoples money and all he wants to do is get that money back in the right hands.

 

 

Frerichs says two big changes made all the difference this year in getting money back to Illinois residents.

 

 

Frerichs appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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TMH Held Its Annual Golf Outing Last Saturday

This past Saturday, The Taylorville Memorial Hospital held its annual golf outing. Debbie Johnson, The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Volunteer Coordinator spoke with Regional Radio News about the outing, and she said it went really well.

 

 

In total, there were 40 golfers on the day, and Johnson talked about more of the games they played outside of golf.

 

 

Johnson says that the next event coming up for TMH is not until November, but it is never too late to get involved.

 

 

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Taylorville Fire Department Using Grant to Help Other Stations

The Taylorville Fire Department has been awarded a Grant from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Awards Program. This is something that Taylorville Fire Chief, Mike Crews is very proud of.

 

 

Crews says that the money from the grant is going to go towards instructor fees to help teach smaller departments around the area.

 

 

Crews thinks that helping other fire stations is very important, and mentions that it could resutl in saving more lives.

 

 

According to Crews, this is the 4th time the Taylorville Fire Department has won this particular grant.

 

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Tweeking Some Events for 2018

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chilllifest Committee held their monthly meeting Monday night in the Chamber board room on the second floor of the U-S Bank building, to continue its work towards the 33rd Annual Chamber Chillifest October 6th and 7th on the Taylorville square.

Chillifest Chairperson Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that some new committee members have brought new ideas to this year's event.

Hornbuckle added the there will be some tweeks in the annual Pageants, in the International Chilli Society chilli cookoffs, and more.

And, Hornbuckle says that while Chillifest is the Chamber's biggest fund-raiser, the festival involves the whole community.

Get the latest information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest at the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.
 

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Shelbyville Passport Program Popular in Youth

Shelby County Tourism wants Shelby County residents to know what is going on in their community.

 

Freddie Fry is with Shelby County Tourism, she says they have a program revolving around passports and visiting merchants.

 

 

Fry says this program is very popular among the youth of Shelbyville and creates plenty of excitement.

 

 

Fry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Taylorville High School Athletic Summer Camps Coming to a Close

Taylorville High School has been running camps for their athletic teams throughout the summer. With the school year fast approaching, Many of those camps have come to an end. Taylorville High School Athletic Director Paul Held on how this summer’s camps went.

 

 

With the School year right around the corner, that means it is almost time for football and volleyball to begin their seasons. Held is looking forward to both sports to begin especially since the Tornadoes should be playing on new turf this fall.

 

 

Held mentioned that the new outdoor facility may be done for the Tornado’s home opener in August.

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Holds Second Annual Employee Giving Campaign

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation had a successful Employee Giving Campaign this year. This is the second year that Mission in Action hosted the giving campaign, and the numbers were better than last year.

 

 

That is Raedena Ryan, the executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation. Ryan is amazed, and overjoyed about how TMH’s employees love to give back to the hospital.

 

 

Ryan is also excited for what the future has to offer for Mission in Action. She believes that Mission in Action is going to continue to grow for years to come.

 

 

Mission in Action hoping to continue to help promote good health through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation for years to come, and to continue to give back to the community.

 

 

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Taylorville High School Getting School Clean

With the summer drawing to an end it is time for students and teachers alike to start thinking about heading back to school.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau says they try their best to keep the school clean during the time faculty and students are in the building.

 

 

Furstenau says while in the school year they just try to make it to the summer so that then they can go through and be more thorough with the cleaning.

 

 

Furstenau appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair Starts Monday

This weekend Shelby County residents are gearing up for the Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair which starts on Monday.

 

Lisa Mott is the President of Junior Fair Board, she says Monday morning gets started with the sheep show and the day will continue with plenty of shows after that.

 

 

Mott says they have been working for the past 12 months to try and make sure that this years Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair is the best one yet.

 

 

Mott appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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STEM Lab Coming to THS

Taylorville High School is excited to announce the arrival of the new STEM labs coming this August.

 

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau says this is a tremendous opportunity for Taylorville students.

 

 

Furstenau says one thing he can’t wait to see is the virtual reality stations that are coming with the STEM lab.

 

 

Furstenau appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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TMH Golf Outing this Saturday

This Saturday Christian Country residents have the opportunity to be part of the annual Taylorville Memorial Hospital Golf Outing.

 

Debbie Johnson is the Volunteer Coordinator and Auxiliary Liaison with TMH, she says this is the biggest fundraiser for TMH.

 

 

Johnson says they are still looking for teams to join and welcome day of golfers that come out.

 

 

Johnson appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Heavy Rainfall and Hot Temperatures' Impact on Gardening

With the summer weather varying each day from 90 degrees to heavy doses of rain, it could affect the way people garden. Gwen Podeschi, a master gardener, talked about how the large amount of rain has affected her plants this summer.

 

 

When Podeschi was asked whether or not the heavy rain has had a positive, or negative impact on plants, she said it’s a little bit of both.

 

 

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Farmers Market Bringing Super Sweet Corn this Week

Two weeks ago the Christian County Farmers Market had Calhoun County Peaches for the first time while last week we saw the first sweet corn of the season.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says this week is set to be even better with Illinois Super Sweet Corn set to debut.

 

 

Downs says when he is asked to pick between Calhoun County Peaches and Illinois Super Sweet Corn he cannot decide and will end up with both.

 

 

The Christian County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon on the Taylorville Square.

 

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing Causing Crash on I55 Wednesday

At roughly 2:37 Wednesday afternoon, a single engine place had to make an emergency landing on I55 heading southbound. The plane cause a small crash with one passenger vehicle, but nobody was harmed. Trooper Sean Ramsey, the District 9 safety education officer, on how the situation was managed.

 

 

Ramsey did admit however, that towing the plane was not an easy task.

 

 

When asked if he knew the pilots reason for being in the air, Ramsey said it was for aerial photography.

 

 

Traffic on I55 has cleared since the accident, and all lanes are now open.

 

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Christian County Farmers Supply Company Hosts Annual Field Plot Demonstration Day

Christian County Farmer's Supply Company held their annual Field Demonstration Day at their plot on West Spresser in Taylorville on Thursday.  NEWSTALK WTIM local farm broadcaster Jared White broadcast live from the event, which highlighted the latest in crop growth technology.

C-C-F-S manager Mark Bauman said the annual event showcases new technology in agriculture.

Farmers that didn't make it to Thursday's Field Demonstration can visit the plot during daylight hours along West Spresser near the former West School in Taylorville.

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Shelby County Dive Team Recovers Body from Kaskasia River Last Thursday

The Shelby County Dive Team was able recover a body from the Kaskaskia River last Thursday. The body was identified as 35 year old, Wallace Darkow Jr. of Effingham, who had been kayaking with a group of friends on Saturday, June 30th. Shelby County Dive Team Commander, Austin Pritchard, helped recover Darkow’s body from the river.

 

 

After finding Darkow’s body, Pritchard and his dive team had to find a way to recover his body safely from the river.

 

 

There were other agencies on sight assisting in the search, and Pritchard mentioned how helpful that was for him and his team.

 

 

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Christian County YMCA Hosting Debt Elimination Drive

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center wants Christian County residents to know that they have plenty going on during the summer months.

 

Chris Wettenhiller is the Executive Director with the Christian County YMCA, he says in the early 2000’s the YMCA took on fundraising initiative to add on the aquatic center and the wellness center.

 

 

Wettenhiller says the YMCA will be doing their regular fundraiser and is always willing to accept donations so that the rates do not have to be raised to make up for the difference when it comes to the debt.

 

 

Wettenhiller appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Christian County Senior Citizens Center Set for Busy July

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center wants Christian County residents to know that they have plenty going on during the summer months.

 

Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says that they have a lot of trips coming up in the month of July.

 

 

Mahr also wants residents to know that if you are not a fan of travel the Senior Citizens Center has plenty going on at their Taylorville location as well.

 

 

Mahr appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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HSHS Good Shepard Hospital to Host Second Annual Vacation Body School

Coming up on July 30th, the HSHS Good Shepard Hospital is going to host their second annual Vacation Body School. The school is designed for children in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, and classes will continue until August 2nd. Teri Whalen, an occupational therapy assistant at HSHS Good Shepard, talked about what kids and parents can expect from the school.

 

 

In addition to the lessons focusing on heart health, there is going to be plenty of fun activities for kids to take part in.

 

 

Last year was the Vacation Body School’s first year in existence and the school saw rising attendance numbers each day. Class times will start in the morning at 10, and continue until noon. The classes are free, and per-registration is encouraged.

 

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TMH CEO Updates Kiwanis Club on Construction At Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about construction starting on the new 60-million dollar Taylorville Memorial Hospital, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

T-M-H Chief Executive Officer Kim Bourne told Kiwanis members about the project, which officially got underway this week.  Bourne said that a group of Catholic nuns built Saint Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville in 1906, with the current 5-story facility built by the sisters in 1954. 

The hospital became Taylorville Memorial Hospital, operated by Memorial Health Systems, in 1995, and Bourne said the new lobby, surgery and radiology building, along with new space for Springfield Clinic, was constructed in 2011.

Bourne told the Kiwanis Club that the 1954 building now has infrastructure and code-related deficiencies, which caused hospital officials to begin work on plans for a new hospital building in 2015.

The new Taylorville Memorial Hospital building is actually being built in 2 phases, with phase one just starting.  The hospital will move into the completed phase one in January of 2020, moving out of the 1954 building.  Phase 2, which will be support offices, will replace the 1954 building, and will be ready to move into in January of 2021.

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.

 

PICTURED:    Kim Bourne (center), C-E-O of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly luncheon of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the T-M-H auditorium.  Kiwanis program chair Raedena Ryan is at the left; Kiwanis Club president Martin Vota is at the right.

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Shelby Electric Cooperative Scheduled Outage

Due to necessary line work in the Velma Substation area, Shelby Electric will have service shut off today, from 9:00am - Noon. Customers affected include Timberlake Subdivision and surrounding area. Customers in that area were notified of this scheduled outage. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

 

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Strasburg Farmers Market Giveaway this Thursday

The Strasburg Farmers Market is doing a giveaway this Thursday, July 12th. The Market is going to hold a drawing, and the winner will receive a free basket, with items from each vendor. Karen Kull (Cool), of the Strasburg Community Action Network, talks more in detail about the giveaway.

 

 

There is no cost to enter the drawing, and you must be present to win. For those interested in how to register, Kull explained that as well.

 

 

The Strasburg Farmers Market is every Thursday from 4:30-6 in the evening on the parking lot of the Strasburg Community Center.

 

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Taylorville School Board Carries Motion to Make Entire District K-4

The Taylorville School Board met on Monday night at the Administration Education Center, and discussed multiple topics involving the surrounding school system. First, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Furstenau displayed pictures of what the new STEM Labs will look like at Taylorville High School. Dr. Furstenau on the opportunities this could provide for future students.

 

 

The board later moved on to a consideration of support staff evaluation which was approved unanimously by the board. Also approved unanimously was the consideration of resolution for allowance of inter-fund transfers. Following that, the 2018 paper bid was unanimously accepted by the board.

 

The largest discussion that took place was one revolving around the idea of moving the entire district to K-4 for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Furstenau commented on what this means for the district moving forward.

 

 

After the motion cleared at a narrow 4-3 vote by the board, the meeting was adjourned. The Taylorville School Board meets on the second Monday of every month at 7 in the evening.

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U of I Extension Hosting Tree Class on Thursday

Andrew Holsinger is the Horticulture Expert with the U of I Extension Program. On Thursday, July 12th Holsinger will be hosting an event about tree health.

 

Gwen Podeschi is a Master Gardener, she says this is a great way to find out what is wrong with your trees and how to fix any ailments.

 

 

Linda Smith is also a Master Gardener, she says if you already are having tree problems this would be a good class to attend.

 

 

Podeschi and Smith appeared as a guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Some Stress Can Be Good

Stress is an element of life that everyone has to deal with whether it is at work or even around the house.

 

Clinical Director with the Shelby County Community Services Ed Lacheta says stress cannot be avoided, where we really get in trouble is how we deal with stress.

 

 

Lacheta says a little bit of stress can be a good thing and go along way in raising awareness and motivation.

 

 

Lacheta appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Funding Released to Help Rural Illinois

A few weeks ago in Springfield the Illinois House of Representatives passed the budget for next year. This is the first time this has happened on time since Avery Bourne was elected in 2015.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois. She says in recent weeks as well there has been funding released that will help those who live in rural Illinois.

 

 

Bourne shares how the 6 million dollars will be split up around the state.

 

 

Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Father of Unresponsive Infant to be Charged with Aggravated Battery

The Taylorville Police, and Fire departments responded to a call reporting an unresponsive infant on the 100 block of East Main Cross on Friday morning around 10:30. When officers arrived to the scene, the Taylorville Fire Department had moved the infant to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and was later moved to HSHS St. Johns in Springfield. Currently, the infant is still at HSHS St. Johns, and during the investigation a two-year-old child has also been taken into protective custody.

 

The father of the infant is 30 year old Chad Johnson, and he has been taken into custody for Violation of an Order of Protection, and a warrant for larceny. Johnson will be charged later today for aggravated battery to a child.

 

This is an ongoing investigation by the Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office. Authorities are asking that anyone who may have information to contact the Taylorville Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.

 

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Village of Strasburg Under a Boil Order

The Village of Strasburg has issued a boil order until further notice. Residents of Strasburg as well as surrounding areas that rely on the Village’s water supply are urged to boil water for cooking and drinking purposes for 5 minutes before use.

 

Linda Oakley is the Village Clerk for the Village of Strasburg she says the water department has been replacing its entire water line system in the past few weeks. This causes lots of possibilities for leaks and once that happens boil orders need to go into effect.

 

Once again the Village of Strasburg has issued a boil order until further notice. Residents of Strasburg as well as surrounding areas that rely on the Village’s water supply are urged to boil water for cooking and drinking purposes for 5 minutes before use.

 

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Summer Getting Busy for Shelbyville

The summer months are always busy for the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce.

 

Jodi McCormick is the Director of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of commerce. She says there is a balloon fest coming to town.

 

 

McCormick wants to remind residents about the membership drive being put on by The Lions Club.

 

 

McCormick appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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July is Grill Safety Month

July is Grill and Grill Safety Month and the University of Illinois Extension Program wants to let residents know the proper way to grill.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness with the Extension Program she says first and foremost make sure that everything you are using is clean.

 

 

Peterson says a lot of residents may look at the burger they are grilling and think it is done but looks can be deceiving.

 

 

Peterson appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Taylorville School Board to Meet Monday Night

They Taylorville School Board is holding its monthly meeting tonight at 7 o’clock. Items on the Board’s agenda include a consideration of support staff evaluation, resolution for allowance of inter-fund transfers, Elementary lunch program report, and a Superintendent report. Regional Radio News is going be covering the Taylorville School Board meeting.

 

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Miller Media's Katie Kohl Recieves Award for Saving a Life

Miller Media’s Katie Kohl was honored as the Volunteer of The Month on July 2nd, after saving someone’s life in early May. It was May 7th when Katie Kohl answered a phone call during WRAN’s morning call in game, Lettermania, and knew something was was not right.

 

 

Kohl was given the Volunteer of the Month Award by Mayor Barry during the City Council Meeting July 2nd. That’s when Mayor Barry declared July 2nd a holiday.

 

 

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US Corps of Engineers Gearing up for Another Busy Weekend

All residents who decided to spend the Fourth of July at Lake Shelbyville had a great time and enjoyed the holiday.

 

Ashley Florey with the US Corps of Engineers says with while the Fourth of July is behind them there is still plenty more to do at Lake Shelbyville.

 

 

Florey says the US Corps of Engineers wants to stress safety for those who do decide to come out to the lake for a good time.

 

 

Florey appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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University of Illinois Extension to Hold Tomato Presentation July 27th

Tomatoes are one of the easiest fruits to grow. However, pests and disease could cause problems for those who do not know how to properly protect their crop. University of Illinois Extension is going to hold a presentation at the Christian County Extension Office this July 27th that will teach people on how to control and protect their tomatoes. Andrew Holsinger, the Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, spoke about what exactly will be taught at the presentation.

 

 

The University of Illinois Extension wants to better educate people on how to protect their tomatoes. Holsinger talked about the goal of the session coming up this July.

 

 

The presentation is free for those who would like to go, and starts at 10 oclock in the morning. You can register by calling the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246.

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Christian County Historical Society and Museum Tractor Drive

The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is hoping to see Taylorville residents coming up in the middle of July.

 

Maureen Bruns says the Christian County Historical Society and Museum will have a fundraiser on July 14th that will benefit two organizations.

 

 

Bruns advises residents to stick around for the tractor show starting at 11 in the morning and to bring the kids as this will be a great family event.

 

 

Bruns appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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U of I Extension Ready for Berry Month

The beginning of July marks the beginning of national berry month and the University of Illinois Extension Program is buzzing with excitement about berry month.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the program. She says July is the perfect month for berry month to spread awareness for what all berries can do for the human body.

 

 

Peterson says there is not necessarily one berry that is any better than the rest but it is important to get berries in your system for fiber.

 

 

Peterson appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Ameren Illinois Warns Christian County of Potential Utility Scam Threat

Ameren Illinois is warning its customers about an electric utility scam, and Christian County has had reports of the issue. Marcelyn Love, a spokesperson for Ameren Illinois spoke more on what exactly the scam is.

 

 

Love says that this has been a recurring issue for Ameren over the last few years. She also spoke about the challenges that it presents Ameren, and what they can do to help.

 

 

To report a potential scam to Ameren, customers are told to call 800-755-5000.

 

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Ron Burke of Christian County Sheriff's Office Reflects on the Active Shooter Drill

This past Saturday, there was an active shooter drill at the Taylorville Town Square. Agencies from around Taylorville, and surrounding areas were on scene, participating in the drill. Ron Burke, the Jail Administrator of Christian County spoke about how successful the drill was.

 

 

Burke also talked about the planning that went into the drill. The goal of the pre-planning was to ensure that the drill was going to be as realistic as possible.

 

 

Now that the drill is over, Burke thinks that Taylorville and its agencies are well prepared for an event like this if it ever occurs.

 

 

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Christian County Coroner Releases Results of Three Death Investigations

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans this (Thurs) afternoon released to Regional Radio News, the results of 3 death investigations.

 

Winans' says that Aaron T. Rathgeber, 31, of Taylorville died on April 20, 2018 in his home. His cause of death was asphyxiation due to hanging. His manner of death was determined to suicide.

Winans' report released today (Thurs) also said Christopher Beard, 56, of Tower Hill, died on May 3, 2018 at Pana Community Hospital E. R. His cause of death was pulmonary thromboembolism due to deep vein thrombosis of the legs. Other significant conditions contributing to the death are methamphetamine intoxication, hypertensive and ischemic heart disease. His cause of death was undertermined.

And, Winans' death investigation concluded that Cassandra Agnew, 38, of Taylorville died June 18, 2018 in her home. Her cause of death was diphenhydramine intoxication and accidental.

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One Person Killed in July 4th Accident in Pana Township

A 33-year-old Ramsey man was killed in a one-car accident in Pana Township just past midnight on the 4th of July.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans tells Regional Radio News that Vernon L. Hall was driving west on 100 North Road in Pana Township, when he lost control of the vehicle, struck the ditch, then hit a utility pole.

Hall was pronounced dead at the scene, from blunt force trauma to the head.  Winans says he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident is under investigation by the Christian County Sheriff's Office and the Christian County Coroner's Office.  Toxicology results are pending.

The Pana Fire Department, Pana Ambulance, and Shelby Electric Cooperative assisted at the scene.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Fight Hunger Spark Change

Throughout the month of April Central Illinois Foodbank teamed up with Walmart and Feeding America to provide meals nationwide for those in need.

 

Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank Ashley Earnest says this is the fifth year of the campaign.

 

 

Earnest says Central Illinois Foodbank worked with 20 different Walmarts in the area and in total brought in just under $100,000.

 

 

This is not an annual campaign but Earnest says she is hopeful that Central Illinois Foodbank will team up with Walmart again next year and maybe get above $100,000.

 

 

Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Congressman Davis Wants to Fix Immigration

The border of Mexico and the United States has been a hot topic for discussion in recent weeks with immigration issues continuing.

 

Congressman of the 13th District of Illinois Rodney Davis says there were actually two immigration bills that were both voted down recently.

 

 

Davis says kids being separated from their parents is terrible and should never happen and the bill he voted addressed that issue.

 

 

Davis says he believes the reason a solution has been put off for so long is do to the fact that immigration is such a high political issue that politicians can use it to run their campaigns around.

 

 

Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Mayor Barry Sees Results in PCW

Physicians Choice Wellness is an option for Taylorville residents that may be trying to shed a few pounds to get their summer body back.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he has been going to PCW for a couple of months now and is seeing a noticeable difference.

 

 

Weight loss can be a tough track to maneuver. Mayor Barry says he knows residents that do not eat regular meals but instead try to take supplements to help lose weight, Barry says this is not the case with PCW.

 

 

Mayor Barry says it is difficult being the Mayor and showing up at events with all the food out but he has to resist the temptation to go get more food.

 

 

Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Farmers Market Back to Regular Location

Last Saturday the Farmers Market was forced to move off the Taylorville Square due to an active shooter drill.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says last week even with the heat and change in location was still a great success.

 

 

Downs believes that one of the reasons the Farmers Market was so successful last week was due to the Calhoun County Peaches debuting.

 

 

With Calhoun County Peaches debuting last week Downs wants residents to know that there is going to be another market item coming out for the first time this season this Saturday as well.

 

 

The Farmers Market will return to its regular spot on the Taylorville Square this Saturday from 9-1.

 

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Steve Henry Talks Diverse Portfolios

Steve Henry with CSH Investments is the go to guy in Taylorville for investment advice on the stock market and bonds.

 

Henry says he has noticed that some investors think they are being diverse with their portfolio when they really are not.

 

 

Henry says at CSH Investments they take a different look at diversity and try to read between the lines of what is in the portfolio.

 

 

Henry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Central Illinois Foodbank gets $50,000 Grant

Last week Central Illinois Foodbank announced that they would be receiving a 50,000 dollar grant from Morgan Stanley.

 

Ashley Earnest is the Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank. She says with the 50,000 dollar grant they plan on launching a new produce delivery program.

 

 

Earnest says the day they found out they were going to get the grant was a day unlike any other.

 

 

Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Hosts Its Third Babysitting Clinic of the Year

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary just finished hosting its third babysitting this year on June 27th. The clinic taught eleven students how to care for an infant, and they also learned CPR. Penny Shehadeh, the hospital’s Nurse Educator, mentions why the community as a whole benefits from these clinics.

 

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been hosting the babysitting clinic for years, and this was their third clinic this year. Shehadeh mentions this event has been even more successful in years past.

 

 

The hospital is going to continue to host more clinics in the future, and for those interested you can call 824-1601.

 

 

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Congressman Davis Talks Farm Bill

Central Illinois farmers have been watching the news very carefully to see if there is any update on the Farm Bill in Washington.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois. He says he is happy the Senate was able to pass a Farm Bill and is hoping to serve on the conference committee for a second time.

 

 

Davis says the bills are similar on the agriculture side, but the biggest difference comes with food stamps.

 

 

Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Water Main Installation to Close Down East Main Street

On July 9th, the Taylorville Water Department is going to begin a six week construction project on East Main Cross Street. The construction is going to install a 10 inch water main which will cause East Main Cross to periodically close. The initial closure will have the street closed from Paw Paw to Shawnee, and the final closure will be from Shawnee to Cherokee. After the work is complete, the construction area will be overlaid. Taylorville Water Department apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause, and they hope to resolve those issues as best as possible.

 

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Trooper Ramsey Talks 4th of July Safety

The Illinois State Police will be out in full force Wednesday for the fourth of July trying to protect and serve.

 

ISP Trooper Sean Ramsey says the officers know alcohol will be a part of the Fourth of July, the problem arises with residents do after drinking.

 

 

Ramsey says there are plenty of options for those who have had too much to drink, whether that is Uber or a taxi, do not get behind the wheel after drinking.

 

 

Trooper Ramsey appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Lisa Sims Big Smile Recipient

Lisa Sims is the winner of the Big Smile of the month thanks to her work as the Chair of Relay for Life for 10 years.

 

Sims says there have been plenty of rewarding moments that came with serving as chair for the last decade. She always enjoyed meeting the cancer survivors.

 

 

Sims says with this being her last Relay for Life she is happy to say the event was a success.

 

 

Sims leaves some big shoes to fill as the Chair of Relay for Life. Sims says she feels confident in her replacement.

 

 

Sims says while she is no longer Chair of Relay for Life she will still be involved with organization in some capacity.

 

 

Sims served as Chair of Relay for Life for 10 years and was a volunteer for 11.

 

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Taylorville City Council Decides on Sewer Line Connection Charge for Local Church at Monday Night Meeting

On Monday night, at the Municipal building in Taylorville, the City Council met to discuss items such as the Walnut Street Project, TIF District, new insurance policies, and the Taylorville Christian Church.

 

 

After a decisive 5-4 motion, the City Council decided to have the Taylorville Christian Church pay the city $1,300 for not getting the proper permit to dig when it comes to sewer work. Alderman Earl Walters was the last member of the City Council to vote after passing the first time around.

 

 

Alderman Walters’ vote tied the motion 4-4, and Mayor Barry made the final and decisive vote, and voted yes.

 

 

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16th at 7 in the evening.

 

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4th of July Celebrations

The fourth of July is coming up this Wednesday, so here is everything you need to know about the surrounding area’s 4th of July celebrations.

 

Taylorville fireworks start at dusk on lake Taylorville. The Optimists club is responsible for the fireworks, and has been for over 30 years.

 

Shelbyville has fireworks planned at Lake Shelbyville Dam West Recreational Center. At 4 in the afternoon, Lilly’s concessions will open up, and will be serving a variety of fair foods. Also, that evening from 6-9, Battle Creek Band will be preforming a live concert. The fireworks will begin at 9 o’clock on Wednesday night.

 

Hillsboro is going to host a biathalon on the morning of July 4th at 7:45. They will also have a cardboard boat regalia on Lake Hillsboro. Fireworks at Hillsboro are set to begin at dusk.

 

Sullivan is going to have a parade in the morning. Later on, there will be sack races, and a watermelon eating contest. Fireworks in Sullivan are set to begin at dusk.

 

Herrick is going to have a parade at 10 o’clock in the morning. Following the parade, there will be live performances of the Van Waylon Band, the Fabulous Hoedads, and Jac Freeze. Fireworks at Herrick are set to begin at dusk.

Pana’s fireworks are set to begin at dusk on July 3rd.

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Shelby County Engineers for Highways Keeping Roads Safe

The Shelby County Engineers for Highways are responsible for keeping the roads safe to drive on whether that means shoveling snow or doing summer construction.

 

Allen Spesard is with the Shelby County Engineers for Highways. He says there are plenty of challenges when it comes to working on the roads during the summer and winter.

 

 

Spesard says he is often asked what are the deciding factors that determines what road gets worked on.

 

 

Spesard appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

 

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry To Start Extensive Renovation of Taylorville Building

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry's building at 400 West Main Cross in Taylorville, will undergo a major renovation and expansion of dentist offices, right after the 4th of July.

Co-owner Doctor Amanda Lewis told Regional Radio News, that their Taylorville office will re-locate temporarily while the construction takes place.

And, Doctor Lewis says the temporary location is familiar to many Taylorville residents.

Doctor Lewis says the remodel of their existing building will offer more treatment rooms.

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry's Taylorville phone number will remain the same during the time they operate from Doctor Taglioli's former office.  That number is 824-8232.
 

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LLCC Getting Ready for Fall

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville is half way done with their summer courses. Students are now beginning to look towards the fall semester.

 

Dee Krueger is the Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville. She says they have plenty to offer in the fall.

 

 

Krueger recommends to all her students that they get a head start on the fall with financial aid.

 

 

Krueger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Taylorville City Council Meets Tonight

The Taylorville City Council holds their twice-a-month Council meeting this evening at 7. One of the topics of discussion is a motion to approve application forms for water and sewer service. Also, Mayor Bruce Barry will give an update on the location plan for the Taylorville Development Association Commercial and Industrial Park. There will also be discussions revolving around the topic of finances.

Regional Radio News will be in attendance and will have a full report on-air and on-line tomorrow morning.

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