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Pana Tri-County Fair Pageant a Year Round Effort

The Pana Tri-County Fair began yesterday, and the Pageant was the main event on opening night. Donna Kaiser who works with the fair spoke with Regional Radio News about why they added a Teen category to this year competition.

 

Gina Kuhn who also works closely with the pageant shared that being a part of the pageant is a years worth of work for everyone involved.

 

 

A father of two daughters who have been crowned, Kevin Anderson, understands the time commitment of becoming a queen. He says it keeps them busy, but teaches life lessons as well.

 

 

Regional Radio News will be at the Pana Tri-County Fair on Saturday, and again on Monday.

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Calhoun County Peaches Gone From Farmers Market

Taylorville Square is the place to be on Saturdays as the Farmers Market comes into town every week.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he is saddened to inform residents that the Calhoun County Peaches are officially gone. The good news is that Illinois Super Sweet Corn is still pouring in.

 

 

While the produce is always popular at the Farmers Market, the craft items deserve some love as well as they are hand made and second to none.

 

 

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

 

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Two Christian County Residents Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

Two locals from Christian County were inducted into the 4H Hall of Fame at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Bill and Wendy Harmon of Morrisonville were honored for their work as 4-H volunteers. Bill has served on the 4-H Livestock Committee and Wendy currently serves as the Lads & Lassies 4-H club leader in Morrisonville. The Harmon’s were 2 of 71 total volunteers to be recognized by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Rebecca Livingston of the University of Illinois Extension has worked with both Bill and Wendy, and she has nothing but good things to say about them.

 

 

When asked if she could remember a time when Bill and Wendy’s service stood out to her, Livingston did not hesitate with her response.

 

 

The Harmon’s were inducted on August 14th, and still volunteer their time today.

 

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Trooper Ramsey Urges Safety Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend starts tomorrow and as soon as residents punch out on Friday they will be ready to enjoy the three day weekend.

 

Labor Day marks the end of Summer and Illinois State Police Officer Sean Ramsey realizes that there will be plenty out enjoying an adult beverage or two. He just hopes that those who do choose to partake do so responsibly.

 

 

Ramsey hope residents realize there is no reason to be behind a wheel after drinking with all the alternate options there are for getting home safely.

 

 

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

 

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Pana Tri-County Pageant Results

The Pana Tri-County fair began Wednesday night at the Tri-County fair grounds. The main event on opening night was the Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen, and Queen contest.

 

The Little Miss 2nd runner up is Adalynn McDowell, 1st runner up is Reagan Blodgett, and Little Miss Pana Tri-County is Kenleee Durbin.

 

The Junior Miss 2nd runner up and congeniality is Ayda Coleman, the 1st runner up and peoples choice is Kylie Smith, and Junior Miss Pana Tri-County is Claire Kuhn.

 

In the first ever Teen category, 2nd runner up is Trinity Shupe, 1st runner up and congeniality is Elizabeth Aymer, and Teen Miss Pana Tri-County is Lucille Kennedy.

 

Miss Tri-County 2nd runner up is Danielle Epley, 1st runner up is Cheyenne Sidwell, and Miss Pana Tri-County and Miss Congeniality is Sheila Kennedy.

 

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TMH Hosting Hands-on Healthcare

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has a special event that will take place in the Janice Hopper Auditorium on September 12th beginning at 6 in the evening.

 

Tracy Seaton is the Director of Nursing at TMH, she says this event is intended for all ages and meant to help them connect with healthcare professionals with the market growing

 

 

Seaton says to start the day participants will get a basic overview of responsibilities of nursing staff and eventually will get to experience a simulation of a code themselves.

 

 

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

 

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Edinburg Labor Day Picnic Going to be a Blast

Friday marks the first day of the Edinburg Labor Day Picnic and the festivities will last through Monday the 6th.

 

Katie White is a part of the Entertainment Committee, she says this year they really tried to up the entertainment and make sure that all throughout the day there was something going on.

 

 

There are plenty of compititions to get in on at the Edinburg Labor Day Picnic. White says the Chili Cookoff on Saturday is a cant miss event.

 

 

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

 

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Mach1 Getting Closer to Opening Day in Clinton

A new Mach1 will be open for business in Clinton soon as it is making progress towards opening day. Michael Meyer who owns and operates Mach1 gas stations in Central Illinois, with an update on some of the progress construction is making.

 

 

The new Mach1 will also include a Little Caesars inside. It will be the first site to include a Little Caesars, and Meyer is currently in the process of hiring his staff.

 

 

Meyer says that he is looking toward the end of September for the store opening, but nothing is for sure just yet.

 

 

Meyer says when Mach1 does open, it will be a soft open. They do not plan on having a large grand opening ceremony

 

 

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Saint Mary's Catholic Church Holding Parish Fiesta this September

Coming up this mid-September, the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church is holding their Parish Fiesta. The Fiesta has gone on for years, and Rita Moomey who helps with the Parish fiesta has been involved for 30 years.

 

 

Moomey says that the Fiesta always helps with funding for the Parish, and that she enjoys seeing people coming together to have a good time.

 

 

The Fiesta is September 14th through the 16th. Some events this year include a fish fry, tractor pull, and live music.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Taylorville High School Put on Lockdown

Taylorville High School was put on lockdown at 9:50 Wednesday morning, after Taylorville Police were made aware of a handwritten note found at the high school.

Deputy Police Chief Vince Childers told Regional Radio News that the note was threatening in nature.

Childers added that a CODE RED lockdown took place for about an hour while classes continued. 

Officers remained at the school thru early afternoon.

Taylorville Police and Taylorville High School officials were both involved in the investigation.  Charges against a female juvenile are pending.  

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Groundbreaking for New Taylorville Industrial Park Expected Next Spring

 

Following years of work, ground could be broken for Taylorville's new Industrial Park next spring.

That was part of the discussions at today's special meeting of the Taylorville Development Association at People's Bank and Trust.  Board members heard about the work that's been done since the Economic Development Administration, a federal agency with offices in Chicago, announced earlier this year, that the T-D-A received a 537-thousand dollar grant, to go with another 537-thousand raised by T-D-A locally, to fund infrastructure at the new Industrial Park.

T-D-A chair Ken Hart told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that it's been a long journey.

Phil Martin, owner of Martin Engineering, which is the engineering firm for the project, shared with Regional Radio News after the meeting, that his work began in ernest after the grant announcement earlier this year.

Martin is hopeful all state agencies will approve the various requests he's submitted, by late this year or early next.

Martin gave the T-D-A board a project schedule timeline, including hoping to break ground next spring.


 

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall of Faces Project Looking For Two Veterans from Christian County

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall of Faces Project is a new monument being put up in Washington DC. Janna Hoehn, a volunteer for the project, explains what the wall is about.

 

 

Hoehn is reaching out to Christian County because she is looking for information on two Vietnam Veterans to add to the Wall of Faces.

 

 

Hoehn just needs these last two people from Christian County, and she hopes that anyone who can assist with information contacts her.

 

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Jim Bohannon on John McCain

Once Arizona Senator John McCain decided to discontinue his treatment for his brain cancer we knew that the end was near, no one knew how near. John McCain passed away August 25 at the age of 81.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, says McCain was never perfect but he was someone everyone could rally behind.

 

 

Bohannon says McCain leaves a gigantic legacy in his passing after the impact he had on American politics.

 

 

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

 

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YMCA's Rock Steady Boxing Looking for Volunteers

The Christian County YMCA is in need of volunteers for Rock Steady Boxing. Andrea Bach, the YMCA’s program director, spoke with Regional Radio News on what Rock Steady Boxing is, and how it helps those with Parkinsons Disease.

 

 

Volunteers for the class do not need any boxing experience, nor will they have to teach boxing. They will volunteer to help cheer on, and encourage class participants.

 

 

According to Bach, volunteers are very important to the program as well.

 

 

For more information about Rock Steady Boxing, call the YMCA at 217-287-7271.

 

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HSHS on Last Step of Approval

Fingers crossed that HSHS is making its way to Taylorville as so far all of the boxes have been checked but there is one final hurdle to get through.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says a huge step was taken recently with the Planning Committee approving the site plan. Now all that is left is City Council approving as well.

 

 

Mayor Barry shares the 8-9 months process from the beginning of getting HSHS to Taylorville and how a familiar face might be coming back as well.

 

 

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

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Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Reviews 100th Anniversary Event

It was a culmination of many months of work, but last weekend's 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Christian County Farm Bureau, came off without a hitch.

Over 230 people, including many past and present county Farm Bureau leaders, as well as many members, attended the event, which was organized by Farm Bureau manager Mellisa McMillan.  She told Regional Radio News that most of the pieces came together in the last few weeks.

And, McMillan said the attendance was great.

McMillan says Christian County still values having a county Farm Bureau.

McMillan says it was an honor to be the manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau during their 100th Anniversary.

Get more information on the Christian County Farm Bureau on-line at christiancofb-dot-com.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from New Miller Media Group Announcer at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of the new announcers at the Miller Media Group radio stations, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Jon Bowen joined the announcing staff in March.  Bowen is a native of Greenwood, Indiana near Indianapolis, and graduated with a communications degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2017.

Bowen was doing part-time work at a radio group in Indianapolis, when the job in Taylorville came open.  This is Bowen’s first full-time job, saying that he felt that radio was the medium he wanted to make a career of.

Bowen told the Kiwanis Club, that he enjoys interacting with on-air guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

Bowen added he also enjoys doing sports play by play.  Bowen is one of the voices on Taylorville Tornado broadcasts on NEWSTALK WTIM.

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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Trooper Ramsey on School Safety

With school being back in session it is time once again to go over school safety tips to make sure that the children are going to and from school without worry.

 

Illinois State Trooper Sean Ramsey covers the 9th District of Illinois for the State Police, he says when be prepared for buses being back on the road and if you cannot afford to be stuck behind a school bus simply leave earlier.

 

 

There is often confusion on school zones and when exactly the speed reduction should be enforced, Ramsey sheds some light on the matter.

 

 

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

 

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Annual Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show Almost Here

Labor day is almost here, and that means that the annual Pana Labor Day Horse Show is right around the corner. The grounds will open at 8 in the morning, and the only requirement to enter, is that you have a horse or pony. Scott Loos who has worked with the parade over the last 20 years with more on the annual event.

 

 

Loos may have no background in horse riding, but he still enjoys the event. He likes the community aspect of it that allows him to see people from all over, coming together.

 

 

The Horse show will be held on Labor Day, September 3rd, and begins at 9:30 in the morning at Wallace Bros. Stable.

 

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Cowden Pioneer Days Continuing to Preserve 200 Year Old Village

Cowden Pioneer Days took place this last weekend. It was the 42nd annual pioneer days, and the weekend has always been popular among the local community. Kevin Kursey works a lot with preserving the history of Pioneer Days which includes the original Pioneer Village.

 

 

The buildings around the pioneer village are incredibly old. This make the upkeep challenging for Kursey, but that is what makes the buildings so unique.

 

 

Cowden Pioneer Days finished last weekend.

 

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McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services Done with Renovations

McClure Funeral Home recently finished renovating their building, in doing so they took the size of the casket room and cut it down to a third of the size.

 

Scott McClure is the owner of McClure Funeral Home, he says this was done to help with make the process a little less overwhelming and the process varies from family to family.

 

 

McClure Funeral home is the only funeral home in the area with a crematory, McClure had this installed ten years ago so that McClure Funeral Home would be able to accommodate all needs.

 

 

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

 

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Dignataries, Members, Former Managers Celebrate Christian County Farm Bureau's 100th Anniversary

Some 230 people enjoyed a Bar-B-Que meal during last Saturday's Christian County Farm Bureau 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.

Many current and former state and local Farm Bureau dignataries attended the event, to spotlight the importance of the local Farm Bureau in its 100 years of existence promoting agriculture and serving its members.

Tim Maiers was a former Christian County Farm Bureau manager from 1994 to 1998, and visited with Regional Radio News about his years in Taylorville.

Maiers is today a full-time grain and livestock farmer near Quincy, and also does agriculture public relations work part-time.

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Taylorville Park District Votes on Bids to Repair Pool and Playground in Manners Park

The Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway and Park District held their monthly meeting last night. They discussed multiple topics regarding the Taylorville Park District. First, there was a motion to approve the July minutes which was unanimously approved. Then, the Treasurer’s report was unanimously approved by board after being voted on. Next, the board voted to adopt Ordinance number 2018-4 Levying Necessary Taxes for Fiscal Year March 1st 2018 through February 28th, 2018. That motion was approved by the board.


 

Most of the discussion revolved around a bid for the Manners Park Pool and Playground. Both areas need to be improved, including multiple cracks in the pool with ground water leaking in. A motion to approve both of the bids was made by the board, and it approved unanimously. Bailey Hancock of the Park District on what will happen now that the motion has been approved.

 

 

The timeline at the moment for both the pool, and playground, is to have them repaired and ready for 2019.

 

 

After the motion on the pool and playground bids, the meeting went into executive session. The Taylorville Parks District meets on the 4th Monday of every month.

 

You can watch the full meeting here.

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HSHS in Shelbyville Linking up with Springfield to Fight Diabetes

HSHS in Shelbyville has some good news to share for those struggling with diabetes.

 

Marketing Representative for HSHS Glenda Plunkett says HSHS has a center in Springfield that specializes in diabetes.

 

 

Plunkett says they are blessed to be able to link up with the diabetes center in Springfield, and hope to make life a little easier for those battling diabetes in Shelbyville.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville First United Methodist Church Grab N Go Program a Success

Taylorville First United Methodist Church held their Grab N Go lunch program for a seventh consecutive year. Amy Hagen, who volunteers with the church, says the program could not happen if not for Cindy Diss.

 

 

Hagen also said that the Grab N Go program would not happen if not for the all the people who volunteer their time.

 

 

The Grab N Go program feed nearly 6,000 people this summer.

 

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Stewardson Lions Club Held Homecoming Last Weekend

The Stewardson Lions Club held their annual homecoming this last weeked in Stewardson. Scott Friese who is the secretary of the Lions Club has been heavily involved for most of his life.

 

 

The Lions club is also an international club. It has a long history of helping within communities across the world. Friese spoke more on the history of the club as well.

 

 

The Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming finished on Saturday.

 

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Cowden Pioneer Days a Success This Weekend

Last Saturday was the 2018 Cowden Pioneer Days. There is a lot of history around Pioneer days, and the event has gone on for quite awhile. Barb Sarvor, who has been involved in Pioneer days since its beginning spoke about the history of the weekend.

 

 

Bailey Prosser was announced Miss Cowden Pioneer Days on Saturday. She spoke with Regional Radio News about the honor, and what her favorite event of the weekend is.

 

 

Cowden Pioneer days wrapped up last weekend.

 

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Christian County Farm Bureau Celebrate 100 Years

Illinois Farm Bureau District 10 Director Robert Klemm of rural DeWitt County, was one of the many dignataries attending Saturday's 100th Anniversary celebration of the Christian County Farm Bureau at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.

Klemm told Regional Radio News that its farmers in individual county Farm Bureau's, that begin the policy making for the state organization.

 

Pat Wolf (left) is president of the Christian County Farm Bureau; Mellisa McMillan (right) is manager.  Both were a part of Saturday's 100th Anniversary Celebration.

 

Wolf told Regional Radio News during the 100th Anniversary event Saturday, that any organization that's still around 100 years later, is a big deal.

Wolf added that Christian County Farm Bureau is important to promote agriculture in the county.

 

For more information on the Christian County Farm Bureau, go to christiancofb-dot-com.
 

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Stop the Bleed Coming to TMH

Stop the Bleed is coming to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for the first time to teach residents for to respond in a crisis.

 

Tracey Seaton is the Director of Nursing for TMH she wants to make sure everyone knows they are welcome to attend. This is an event for the community.

 

 

Lora Polley is the Director of Ancillary Services at TMH she says that people often hear that applying a tourniquet is the wrong thing to do, when in reality it could save a life.

 

 

Seaton and Polley appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Over 230 Attend Christian County Farm Bureau 100th Anniversary Celebration Saturday

Over 230 people attended Saturday's 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Christian County Farm Bureau at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.

A Bar-be-que meal was served, as local Farm Bureau members and their families celebrated 100 years of promoting agriculture in Christian County.

Among Saturday's dignataries attending were Illinois Farm Bureau president Rich Guebert (left); and IFB District 10 Board member representing Christian County Robert Klemm of rural Dewitt County.

 

Guebert told Regional Radio News that the Christian County Farm Bureau is part of the Illinois Farm Bureau in serving farmers across the state.

Guebert added that the Christian County Farm Bureau and the other 95 county Farm Bureau's around the state, is the start of where policies begin for the state's largest farm organization.

 

For more information on the Christian County Farm Bureau, go on-line to christiancofb-dot-com.

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Canning Class Coming to the Extension

The U of I Extension Program in Taylorville has a class coming up all about how to properly preserve your food through canning.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the Extension, the class is called Yes You Can and the class is dedicated to canning tomatoes and will be a hands on experience.

 

 

There are multiple ways to preserve food, of all the ways Peterson says the one you want to avoid is open kettle canning as it is the most likely to get you sick.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Donation From Siegrist Family

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation received a generous donation from Monte and Lucy Siegrist. The two donated two real estate lots to the TMH Foundation, one of which is directly adjacent to the hospital. Scott McClure, the Foundation’s President, with more detail on the two lots.

 

 

As expected, there is a lot of excitement around the foundation after donation. McClure talked about the excitement, and how the new property helps the hospital.

 

 

McClure, the Foundation, and the hospital all greatly appreciate the donation from the Siegrist family, and look forward to its impact in the community.

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Blood Drive Coming to Assumption September 6th

There is an opportunity to give blood in assumption coming in early September. Jenica Hopkins, the Associate Donor Relations Consultant, says its important for people to donate, especially since it is right after the holiday weekend.

 

 

Hopkins also mentioned that the Central Illinois Community Blood Center has been giving blood to Hawaii due to the hurricane that is hitting the islands.

 

 

The blood drive in assumption is on September 6th from 3:30 to 6 in the afternoon.

 

 

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Two People From Central Illinois Selected for Lincoln Land Honor Flight Program

The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Program takes veterans out to Washington D.C. for a day to visit memorials. It is an all expenses paid trip, and a unique way to give back to those who have served our country. Les Hodson of Bulpitt, and Dan Marron Sr. of Taylorville were selected to take part in the most recent trip. Joan Bortolon, President of the flight program shared more insight on what the program offers.

 

 

Bortolon also provided a brief history of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Program, and how many veterans they have served.

 

 

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Walnut Street Construction has Begun

The Walnut Street Construction is now underway in Taylorville. The construction is going to tear out curbs, and sidewalks, to help restore the street. Richard Wiseman, Street and Sewer Superintendent, added more information on the project, including an approximate date of when it should be finished.

 

 

According to Wiseman, most of the project will be paid for using federal money.

 

 

Construction should conclude by May 2019.

 

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TCCU Taylorville Lobby To Close for Stich Funeral Friday

This reminder that the lobby of Taylorville Community Credit Union in Taylorville, will be closed from 9:45 until noon on Friday morning, so that management and staff can attend the funeral of long-time president and treasurer Kevin Stich who passed away Monday morning.  T-C-C-U's Taylorville drive will remain open during that time.

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Thomas Ray Arrested After Openly Shooting Handgun

On August 22 at approximately 11:26 at night, Taylorville Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 701 E. Elm Street. Officers responded and found several people outside in the area. After a brief investigation, it was determined the suspect had fled the scene. Witnesses state that they had observed Thomas J. Ray, 33, of Springfield fire several rounds from a handgun, and flee the scene on foot. No injuries were reported.

 

After an extensive search, Ray was taken into custody on August 23rd, a loaded 9mm handgun was found in his possession.

 

Preliminary charges include reckless discharge of a firearm, and criminal damage to property and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

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Social Security Administration Tips for Self Employed

The Social Security Administration wants to let residents know that Social Security has something for everyone,

 

Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers knows that the ins and outs of social security can be confusing, especially the rules for the self employed.

 

 

Myers says the biggest difference in being self employed is that you have to pay both the employee and the employer of the Social Security tax.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville Youth Sports Adding Soccer to Junior High

Taylorville Youth Sports is adding soccer at the Junior High level, creating a growth of the sport in the City. Jeff Fry, the assistant high school coach, will be coaching the 7th and 8th graders, and is thrilled with the turnout so far at practices.

 

 

One of the reasons to bring on a team at the junior high level is to create an opportunity for students to play competitively at an earlier age. However it will also serve as a way to get students more experience playing soccer before they play at the high school level.

 

 

In the programs first year, the teams will play about 6 or 7 games, and there will be home games.

 

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State Received No Proposals on Rebuild of Eagle Creek Resort

The state of Illinois is hoping to rebuild Eagle Creek Resort, but is running into some issues. The state had asked for proposals from firms interested in rebuilding the resort, but Tim Schweitzer of the Illinois Department of Conservation said they’ve had no luck.

 

 

Since no proposals were offered to the state, a decision needs to made concerning the resort. Schweitzer was able to share what the next steps are.

 

 

There is no current timeline for when decisions will be made, but Schweitzer said that a timeline will be discussed in the future.

 

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State Treasurer Frerichs Visits With Mayor Barry About ePay

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs made his way to Taylorville yesterday to discuss ePay with Mayor Bruce Barry. Frerichs discussed how he thinks ePay can be a convenience to Taylorville citizens.

 

 

Frerichs said that his meeting with Barry and his staff went well. He mentioned that it is important to meet with his ePay customers, and find ways that the service can be improved.

 

 

Frerichs hopes that over time, ePay can make life more convenient for residence, and put money back into the economy.

 

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Courtney Coy Named Central Illinois Smiles Dentistry Big Smile of the Month

This month’s NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” honoree is Courtney Coy. Coy is a 17 year old senior at Taylorville High School who recently won the American Cornhole League National Championship.

 

Coy says shes plays cornhole every day and stays busy this time of year with volleyball practice.

 

 

To nominate someone for the NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” award, send your nominations to bigsmile@randyradio.com.

 

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PCH Working Through Building Project

Pana Community Hospital is in the middle of their building project that is going to add 30,000 square feet to the hospital.

 

Marketing Manager with Pana Community Hospital Melissa Rybolt says there is plenty coming with the project including an urgent care facility.

 

 

Rybolt says phase one is the bigger portion of the project and once phase two gets under way they are hoping to fast track it and be done by March of 2019.

 

 

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

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CATCH Program Coming to VisionWay Christian School

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation provided a grant to VisionWay Christian School to encourage students to increase physical activity, and healthy eating choices. The new Coordinated Approach To Child Health, also known as CATCH, is the program being paid for by the grant which is an evidence-based school health program, which promotes behavioral changes in children that can last their lifetime. Raedena Ryan who is with TMH spoke on how important the CATCH program is.

 

 

The program teaches kids both healthy eating choices, and the importance of physical activity. The goal is to implement these behaviors in kids that will last throughout their lives, not just temporarily.

 

 

New equipment for PE classes was also purchased to help students become more active. The main goal of CATCH is to change student’s habits, help them eat better, and be more physically active in their daily lives.

 

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Two Bills From Treasurers Office Gets Rauner Veto

Governor Bruce Rauner recently vetoed two bills coming out of the State Treasurers Office

 

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says the Rebate Card Bill being vetoed came as no surprise. Frerichs says he just wants to get the people the money that belongs to them.

 

 

Rauner also vetoed a bill that passed unanimously out of the house that would help over 1 million people save their own money for their retirement.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville Junior High Kiwanis Builders Club Sponsor Speaks to Kiwanis Club

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about their sister club, the Taylorville Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Jacque Foil, a teacher at Taylorville Junior High School and sponsor for the Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club, was guest speaker.   Foil became involved in the Kiwanis Builders Club at the Junior High, a year after it was formed in 2006.

The Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club has around 15 members each year according to Foil.  The Club over its past 12 years has selected a different civic or non-profit project each year to not only work with, but raise money for. 

Foil said this year, the Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club will be working with the non-profit Heartland Mini-Hoofs horse therapy program.

Foil added the Builders Club also does a lot with local nursing homes and other non-profit events in the community. 

The Club meets once a month at Taylorville Junior High School.

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.

 

CAPTION TO PICTURE:   From the left:  Will Perkins, liaison from the Taylorville Kiwanis Club to the Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club and the High School Key Club; Jacque Foil, sponsor of the Taylorville Junior High Builders Club and guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s Tuesday meeting; and Kiwanis Club president Martin Vota. 
 

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Long-Time Taylorville Business Leader Passes

A long-time business leader in the Taylorville community has died.  71-year-old Kevin Stich, the long-time former president and treasurer of the Taylorville Community Credit Union, died Monday morning at his residence in Taylorville.

Stich led T-C-C-U for some 37 years, and also served on the Taylorville Fire and Police Commission Board for over 28 years. 

Stich was very involved in many charitable organizations in the Taylorville community, including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Corvette Club.

Services for Stich will be Friday morning at 10 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  T-C-C-U's Taylorville lobby will be closed from 9:45 until noon on Friday during Stich's funeral. 

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Coy a National Champion in Cornhole

A student from Taylorville High School is a National Champion at just 17 years old.

 

Courtney Coy didn’t even know how good she was, she was just out there having fun then one day she noticed that everyone she was playing she would beat.

 

 

Coy got to participate in the American Cornhole League National Championship on ESPN2. It was always a goal to get on ESPN2 and compete for the crown and win it for Coy.

 

 

As for now Coy is back in school ready for her senior year and hoping to help the volleyball team win a title as well.

 

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Sheriff Kettlekamp Warns About Scams Being Reported in Taylorville

Scams have been making there way through Central Illinois. Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp explained the latest scam that has come across his desk.

 

 

Kettlekamp also mentioned another scam that is going around that people should keep an eye out for.

 

 

Lastly, Kettlekamp listed some major red flags to watch out for when it comes to scams, and what people should do if they think they are being scammed.

 

 

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Taylorville Hosting Two Blood Drives This Week

This week, Taylorville is hosting two different blood drives. One being Thursday August 23rd, and the second on Friday August 24th. The Thursday blood drive will be held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital from 11 to 6 in the afternoon. The Friday blood drive is going to be at the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce from 10 until 3 in the afternoon. Christa Jiroutek, who is with the blood drive says it is preferred for people to plan ahead of time when it comes to donating blood.

 

 

Jiroutek says that she is really hoping to see around 90 donors come out this week, and that donating blood can save lives.

 

 

Once again, the blood drives are this week on Thursday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Friday at the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

 

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BBB Hints for College Students

A new wave of freshman students across the nation is moving into their dorms and getting ready to start their college careers.

 

Mara Clingingsmith of the Better Business Bureau advises if your kids are moving into a college dorm and getting ready to live on their own for the first time, talk to them about safety when it comes to important personal documents.

 

 

Clingingsmith says it is no longer good enough to keep the Social Security Card on your desk on campus, she advises getting a safe to lock these documents up.

 

 

Clingingsmith appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Taylorville City Council Holds Vote Affecting Video Gaming in the City

Last night, the City Council of Taylorville held their second meeting of the month at the Municipal Building. Multiple ordinances were voted on and passed including an ordinance to sell personal property owned by the city, 17 ICOM radios. Also the Halloween trick-or-treating hours were amended. What generated the most discussion however, was a motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance to amend 3-3-5 of the Taylorville City Code to create a Class M Liquor License for “convenience stores” that also permits video gaming. This issue divided the council, and the vote was tied 4-4 until Mayor Bruce Barry voted in favor to carry the motion. Barry further explained his decision.

 

 

Some members of the council who were not in favor asked the question, “when is enough, enough?” Barry says let free enterprise decide when enough is enough.

 

 

After that motion carried, the council approved motions in each committee, and the meeting was adjourned. After adjournment, the council went into a closed session. The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and second Monday of every month.

 

You can view Monday's full city council meeting here.

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First Annual Tenleigh Stokes Softball Tournament Set for Labor Day Weekend

Coming up this Labor day Weekend, the first annual Tenleigh Stokes Softball Tournament will be held in Taylorville. The tournament is held to help raise funds fo Tenleigh Stokes who was born 8 weeks premature at Saint Johns Children Hospital in Springfield. Stokes currently suffers from Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, and she has to have surgery in Philadelphia multiple times throughout the year. The purpose of the softball tournament is to fund raise for the Stokes family to help them pay for the surgeries. Joe Schmitz, who has played a key role in getting this tournament ready explains how he got involved.

 

 

It has taken a lot of work to put this tournament together, but it is all for a good cause. Schmitz reflected on what it took to get this tournament set up, and he had some people to thank because he could not have done it himself.

 

 

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Taylorville High School Officially Unveiled New Turf on Friday Night

The new turf at Taylorville High School debuted on Friday night for the Purple and Gold Scrimmage. It was a special night for not just the coaches and players, but the for all of Taylorville. Mayor Barry was on hand for the ribbon cutting as well, and reflected back on the process of getting the turf in place.

 

 

Athletic Director Paul Held was on sight as well. He spoke on what the ceremony, and new turf means to him.

 

 

The Tornadoes will play their first game on the turf during week three of the season when they host Charleston.

 

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Shelbyville Schools Excited and Ready for Another Year

Shelbyville students have survived the first days of school and the faculty is plenty excited to see familiar faces in the halls.

 

Superintendent of Shelbyville Schools Denise Bence compares the first day being like a party with all the excitement to start the new year.

 

 

For the first time in the seven years Bence has served as Superintendent she was able to tell the board and teachers that there was money to be spent to make a better experience for the kids.

 

 

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

 

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Villas of Holly Brook Having Fun Throughout the Summer

The Villas of Holly Brook located in Shelbyville is an assisted living facility for senior citizens who may need a little extra attention and care.

 

Erica Lynn, the Executive Director for the Villas of Holly Brook, explains further what you can get out of your Villas of Holly Brook experience.

 

 

Lynn says there is plenty of opportunities to get out an about through the Villas of Holly Brook and they try to have plenty of fun with all their guests.

 

 

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

 

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Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center Holds Annual Volunteer Celebration Cookout Saturday

 

Volunteers and staff attending Saturday night's Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center Volunteer Celebration Cookout at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville include, from the left:  Steve Markwell, Dick Wamsley, Cathy Miller, Cathy Coker, Ron Sheley, Cristy Simon, Cleo Thacker, Faye Sheley, Stacey Wood, Lorrie Nation, Helen Kinsey, and Marilyn Vits.

 

Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville held their annual Volunteer Celebration Cookout at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville Saturday evening.

Executive director Cathy Coker explained the Center relies heavily on volunteers to provide its faith-based ministry in helping those with unplanned pregnancies, and support services for families with newborns.

Coker added the volunteers received plaques and certificates of appreciation at Saturday evening's event.

 

Plaques for 5 years of service to Loving Arms, went to (from the left) Steve Markwell, Stacey Wood, and Helen Kinsey.

The Center is located at 500 North Walnut in Taylorville, and on-line at lovingarmstaylorville-dot-org.

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Cowden Pioneer Days Coming Soon

Cowden Pioneer Days is coming next week, the community is buzzing with excitement as the 47th year of the event is ready to start.

 

Lyle Pressor is the President of Cowden Pioneer Days and has been coming since he was 3 weeks old. He says this is a great experience and hopes to see the community out when it starts on Friday, August 24th to help pay tribute to our veterans.

 

 

Pressor says for the rest of the Pioneer Days there is plenty going on throughout the weekend, and they try to have something for everyone including plenty of great music.

 

 

Pressor appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Behind Locked Doors Adds Rage Room

Behind Locked Doors is an excape room business in Taylorville. They have multiple rooms for customers to choose from, and basically, customers are placed inside the room and have an hour to escape. Tyler Frump, Behind Locked Doors’ owner, on what her business offers.

 

 

Behind Locked Doors also just added a new service called a Rage Room. What is a Rage Room? It’s basically a room that gives customers the freedom to smash whatever they want. This according to Frump.

 

 

This new form of entertainment can only be found at Behind Locked Doors.

 

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Taylorville High School Turf Unveiled Ahead of Friday Night Scrimmage

The new turf at Taylorville High School debuted on Friday night for the Purple and Gold Scrimmage. It was a special night for both coaches and players, and Regional Radio News spoke with assistant coach Lee Mateer after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mateer played a key role in funding the turf.

 

 

Head coach Jebb Odam was also pleased with the new turf, he claimed the first practice on the turf earlier this week to be magical.

 

 

The Purple and Gold Scrimmage wound up with a final score of the defense winning 7-6, but the real season kicks off next Friday when the travel to Mount Vernon.

 

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Shelby Electric Cooperative Presented Check for IHI Turbo America

Today, Shelby Electric Cooperative secured an interest-free Rural Economic Development Loan of $2 million. That will be loaned to IHI Turbo America (ITA) to help support a 250,000 square foot addition that is already under construction. The current estimates on the project sit close to $40 million. ITA is a manufacturing company based in Shelbyville that is continuing to add not just world-wide customers, but jobs. Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson also shared some kind words about ITA, and their relationship with the community.

 

 

Shelby Electric Co-op CEO Josh Shallenberger chimed in as well. He spoke on the great relationship his company has had with ITA, and how it has grown over the years.

 

 

With the new expansion, ITA will be able to double the number of people employed at the Shelbyville facility. The project estimates a total of 90 jobs to the plant by 2022. The new positions include manufacturing, engineering, and management positions.

 

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Shelbyville Electric Cooperative Receiving Symbolic Check

On Friday beginning at 9:30 in the morning, Shelby Electric Cooperative will be receiving a symbolic check from the Rural Economic Development Loan program award to help fund an expansion project in progress at IHI Turbo America. 250,000 square feet will be added to the existing location, and this will create up to 90 new jobs by 2022. The presentation will be at IHI Turbo America in Shelbyville.

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Davis and James Visit LaGrange Lock and Dam

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois. Recently he and R.D. James visited LaGrange Lock and Dam to see how things are holding up.

 

Davis says LaGrange Lock and Dam has a huge impact on the community here in Central Illinois, and for the last 7 years the funding has not been there.

 

 

Davis says the Trump Administration is trying to make up for the lack of funds in recent years.

 

 

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

 

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Turf Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tonight

Tonight, Taylorville High School football is kicking off their preseason with the Purple and Gold scrimmage. The new turf will also be on display for the first time, and a ribbon cutting ceremony is set to be included. Athletic Director Paul Held with more.

 

 

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, both JV and Varsity teams will have their own scrimmage to conclude the night. The Tornado’s season kicks off August 24th when they travel to Mount Vernon.

 

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Get Produce at Farmers Market While you Still can

Taylorville Square is the place to be on Saturdays as the Farmers Market comes into town every week.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says residents need to get out to the Farmers Market as soon as the can with the produce getting late in season.

 

 

Once September rolls around those locally grown products will start to decline, including everyone’s favorite Calhoun County Peaches.

 

 

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

 

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Christian County Sheriff's Office Pressing Back to School Safety

Taylorville kids are back in school as the 15th was the first day of classes and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure that both kids and parents exercise caution this time of year.

 

Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp wants residents to go to the website and find the back to school safety flier that will help keep schools safe.

 

 

Kettlekamp knows that this time of the year is one of the busiest and with the multiple ways that kids get to school today it is important to go over all the safety tips.

 

 

Kettlekamp appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Congressman Davis Campaign Staffer Out of a Job After Arrest

Regional Radio News has learned that a field director for Congressman Rodney Davis is out of a job after an incident at a Springfield bar where Davis' opponent celebrated her primary victory and has hosted fundraisers. Levi Lovell was taken to the Sangamon County Jail on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery after an altercation at JP Kellys.
Video posted by WCIA's Mark Maxwell shows Lovell trying to film members of opponent Betsy Dirksen Londrigan's campaign...

According to statements from witnesses at the bar, Lovell was trying to get Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and her husband to answer questions on camera. When Lovell was asked to leave he started throwing punches at one of Londrigan campaign members.
Congressman Rodney Davis released a statement. Quoting the Congressman:  "My sincerest apologies to Betsy, her husband Tom, and everyone at JP Kelly's. The incident involving a young field representative on my campaign should have never happened and his employment was immediately terminated. His actions go against everything I stand for and go directly against what I have been promoting, which is more civility in politics. This kind of behavior will never be tolerated on my campaign or with anyone on my staff", end of quote.

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Prairie Days Less Than a Month Away

We are officially less than a month away from Prairie Days at the Christian County Historical Society.

 

Maureen Bruns is the Museum Director for the Christian County Historical Society. She says there is plenty of excitement about all that is going on this year at Prairie Days.

 

 

Bruns says there is still time to get your vendor applications in and join in on the fun of Prairie Days coming up in September.

 

 

Bruns appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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CSH Investments Trying to Fish in Right Pond

Get into the investment world can be overwhelming luckily for Christian County residents there are places like CSH Investments to help.

 

Steve Henry of CSH Investments says one thing they like to do is try to find investments that their competitors are not involved with.

 

 

Residents may be concerned that the reason not many are involved with the stock is because it is a potential swing and miss, Henry says it boils down to doing research and doing your homework to make sure it is the right investment.

 

 

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

 

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TMH Implements New Inpatient Dining Experience

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has implemented a new inpatient dining experience for acute care and swing bed patients. The new experience includes a new menu with a variety of food options, and a restaurant style dining experience. Becky Morrow, the director of hospitality, with more.

 

 

With the new system, patients will have more options to choose from when it comes to what they eat. They will also have access to food service associates to help with diets.

 

 

Morrow says that the initial feedback on the new dining experience has gone over well with current patients.

 

 

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McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services Putting Finishing Touches on Renovations

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services has finished a new remodel of their building. Scott McClure shared with Regional Radio News more information on the decision making, and reasoning behind the renovations.

 

 

McClure is also looking forward to how the space can benefit other families, and what it has to offer.

 

 

Overall, McClure is pleased with the renovations and looks forward to the difference that it will make.

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Congressman Davis Working to Finalize Farm Bill

Congressman Rodney Davis, representing the 13th district of Illinois, was named to the farm bill conference committee last month. Davis is tasked with working out the details between the house and senate passed farm bills, and the committee is in its final stages.

 

 

Davis believes that this farm bill will benefit the economy, and save a lot of taxpayer dollars.

 

 

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NEWSTALK WTIM Turns On New Signal in Sullivan

The Miller Media Group today signed on its new FM signal at 107-point-7 in Sullivan, to bring NEWSTALK WTIM's news, agriculture, and talk programming to Moultrie County 24 hours a day.

The signal is being transmitted from a 140-foot tower in the center of Sullivan, and covers that city as well as Moultrie County.

NEWSTALK WTIM continues to be heard on the radio full-time on the FM band at 96-point-one FM in Christian County and 107-point-5 FM in Shelby County, and on THE BIG 870 daytime across Central Illinois.  NEWSTALK WTIM is also streamed 24/7 at taylorvilledailynews.com, on the NEWSTALK WTIM app, and on Amazon Alexa.

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Taylorville High School Turf Ready for Game Action

Taylorville High School has finished installing its new turf, and it is ready for game action. Athletic Director Paul Held said that the football team practiced on it Monday night, and there is no shortage of excitement.

 

 

Held also reflected on what this summer has been like, and the process of installing the new turf field.

 

 

The soccer team practiced on the turf for the first time as well yesterday. Also, the Purple and Gold Scrimmage will officially be on the turf this coming Friday, included with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

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Seth McMillan and Avery Bourne Teaming Up

Seth McMillan is running to represent the 48th District at the Illinois Senate in November, he is running against incumbent Andy Manar.

 

McMillan is teaming up with Avery Bourne to get feed back from voters on gun restrictions. McMillan says on the ballot there will be a question asking voters yes or no on more gun control restrictions.

 

 

McMillan says this is a great opportunity to get feedback from the people of Illinois and could send a message to the legislature.

 

 

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

 

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Before and After School Programs Coming to YMCA

The Christian County YMCA is a place where Christian County residents can stop by and hang out or get a workout in.

 

Chris Weittenhiller is the Director of the Christian County YMCA, he says the YMCA will also be a place for kids during the before and after school program soon.

 

 

Weittenhiller says this is a great program for kids with working parents as they can come in and get some school work done, but also have some fun.

 

 

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

 

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Master Gardeners Offering Online Classes

The Master Gardeners of Christian County are offering online courses for those who may have too busy of a schedule to take the regular 9 week class.

 

Gwen Podeschi is a Master Gardener she says there are about 9 classes to take online in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Sharon Hill is also a Master Gardener she talks about what happens upon completion of the class and the graduation process.

 

 

The deadline to apply for the online classes is August 31st and classes begin September 17th.

 

Podeschi and Hill appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Bourne Selected to Serve on PRP

The Illinois State Board of Education has created a new Evidence-Based Funding Professional Review Panel to make sure that money in schools is being spent the right way.

 

95th District State Representative Avery Bourne has been selected to serve on this panel. Bourne says she is honored to serve on this panel and excited to get to work and hopes avoid the problems from years past.

 

 

Bourne has the opportunity to speak directly with many of the Superintendents, this is critically important as the Superintendents know what is best for their schools. Bourne knows however that sometimes the changes that need to be made can be difficult to push through Springfield.

 

 

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

 

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PCH Golf Outing Raises Record Number of Funds

The Pana Community Hospital hosted its annual golf outing this past weekend, and it was very successful. According to Kim Pollman, the executive director of the PCH Foundation, this years’ outing raised the most money it ever has.

 

 

Obviously with the success of the Golf Outing, the foundation is closer to their fundraising goal. Pollman added more on how their efforts are paying off.

 

 

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U of I Extension Jr Chef Culinary Camp a Success

Last week, the University of Illinois Extension hosted their “Jr Chef” Culinary Camp in Pana. Illinois Jr Chefs is a hands-on, interactive program that teaches youth how to cook properly, and eat healthy. Jodi Heberling, a community worker for the U of I Extension says it’s exciting too see the kids learn how to cook.

 

 

Throughout the week, participants cooked multiple meals, and learned the proper techniques on how to cook. However, Heberling says the last day in particular was popular among the kids.

 

 

The “Jr Chef” Culinary Camp took place August 6th through the 10th, and was a great success for both the extension, and participants.

 

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St. Louis Dairy Council Ready for School

As students are getting ready to go back to school so is the St. Louis Dairy Council as they will be helping kids get the necessary dairy in their diets.

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis Dairy Council says they try to be as involved as they can with schools and help educators get the tools they need to help the kids.

 

 

Williams says PE classes will also get involved in pushing a healthier lifestyle as Think Your Drink Cards will be in the PE classes showing the positives and negatives of different drinks.

 

 

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

 

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Meets; Working on Details for October Event

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their regular monthly meeting Monday night in the Chamber board room, as plans continue to come together for the 33rd annual event October 6th and 7th on the square.

Chillifest event chair Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that several of the new sub-committee chairs are jumping in with both feet.

Hornbuckle said Monday night's meeting was a detail night.

And, Hornbuckle said that after an absence of a few years, the pumpkin races will be back this year.

For complete details on the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, check the event web site at chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

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Taylorville Board of Education Receives Monsanto Grant and What is Next for Stonington

On Monday night, the Taylorville Board of Education held their monthly regular meeting. They discussed multiple topics regarding the school district, but first, they accepted the $20,000 grant from Monsanto to pay for the STEM Labs. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau shared his thoughts about Monsanto, and how they have generously provided opportunities for current, and future students.

 

 

There has also been a lot of question about the future of Stonington, and the district moving to K4. That was addressed Monday night, and the board has decided to put K4 on hold for now, and focus on what needs to happen to the Stonington building first. Fuerstenau also shared comments on the board’s decision, and what will happen moving forward.

 

 

The motion to make that decision regarding K4 and Stonington passed unanimously. The board is hoping to make a firm decision by January.

 

The Taylorville Board of Education holds their regular meeting on the second Monday of each Month.

 

You can watch the full meeting here.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Chilli Cookoffs, Little Chilli Bean Entry Forms Now Available

Entry forms for the 2 International Chilli Society chilli cookoffs, as well as the “Little Chilli Bean” contest, all at the 2018 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, are now available.

The I-C-S will have 2 sanctioned chilli cookoffs once again:  The “Chillinois” Regional Cookoff on Saturday, October 6th; and the Central States Regional Chilli Cookoff on Sunday, October 7th.

Both days will feature salsa, verde, red chilli, and the new “homestyle” chilli competition.

The Taylorville Chamber Chillifest “Little Chilli Bean” is open to infants to age 2 that live in Christian County.  It's not a stage event, but rather a “People's Choice” event, with the public voting for their favorite baby by placing money in that child's jar that weekend.   There is a 5-dollar entry fee per child.  All children will receive a participation award, with a $100 Chamber gift certificate being given for first place, $75 for second place, and $40 for third place.

Entry forms for both Chilli cookoffs and the “Little Chilli Bean” contest, are available on the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's; or at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square during regular business hours.
 

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Windsor Harvest Picnic Ready to Go

Thursday will mark the first day of the 122nd annual Windsor Harvest Picnic and all are welcome to join in the festivities.

 

Stacy Cole is the President of the Windsor Harvest Picnic, he urges people to be ready to eat at 4 for the pork chop dinner.

 

 

Cole has multiple people wanting to know who is coming this year and even years down the road, Cole runs through the schedule of who will be performing and says this is a great time to come back to town.

 

 

The stage got a new cover 3 years ago after a storm came through, Cole says that didn’t scare away the Windsor faithful as it was still a successful night.

 

 

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

 

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EcoWater Systems in Shelbyville Helping Keep Water Clean

EcoWater Systems in Shelbyville is the go to stop for better and cleaner water.

 

Tim Finks runs EcoWater Systems in Shelbyville he says it isn’t as easy as some might think there is a science aspect to it that he thinks he has gotten down.

 

 

Bring your stuff and Finks will take a look and try to find a solution. He says one thing important to him is taking care of his customers.

 

 

Finks thinks back to when he first got his start in the water business and one individual sticks out who he does not want to take after.

 

 

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

 

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Education Funding Bill Working in Year One

In September of 2017 Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Education Funding Bill into law. We are starting to see what the schools have been able to do in year one of the law.

 

Senator Andy Manar fought for five years to get this law through, he says he is hearing from Superintendents all over the state about just how much a difference this is making in their communities.

 

 

Manar says the biggest bump in the road came when Governor Rauner tried to rewrite the bill when it reached his desk.

 

 

When the legislature saw the new bill that Rauner had rewritten it set the ball in motion and a compromise was able to be reached.

 

 

Senator Manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Decatur Man Wins Car from Landmark of Taylorville

Caption to picture:  Ray Redding (right) and his wife Sheri, sitting inside the 2018 Chevy Spark L-S they won during the Landmrk of Taylorville Car Giveaway on Saturday.

 

It was a full house on Saturday, during the culmination of Landmark of Taylorville's car giveaway.  The dealership gave away a 2018 Chevy Spark L-S, valued at 14-thousand 150-dollars, with 15 preliminary winners drawn in April, May, June, and July.  Everyone that took a test drive in those 4 months, were in the monthly drawing before the preliminary winners were drawn.

The drawing was broadcast live on NEWSTALK WTIM.   The car winner had to be present to win.  Landmark general manager Jason Johnson had a teenager from the crowd, draw a second entry, after the first name drawn wasn't in the building to claim the car.

We talked with Redding after he won the car, saying he had taken a test drive of some vehicles about 3 weeks ago at Landmark.

Redding said he was surprised to win the car.

Landmark also served pizza and soda during the day's event, and also gave away an assortment of other door prizes.

 

 

Landmark general manager Jason Johnwon (left) congratulated the Redding's on winning the car.

 


 

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Senator Manar Fighting for Downstaters

Senator Andy Manar is fighting for those living downstate with his new bill to even the playing field in the Commerce Committee that is filled with members from Chicago.

 

 

Manar says this is a bill needs to become law considering that those who live in Chicago have a completely different understanding of life compared to those who live downstate.

 

 

Manar knows that his bill still has an uphill battle to becoming a law but he is going to keep fighting for downstaters.

 

 

Senator Manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Worm Class Coming to U of I Extension

The U of I Extension in Taylorville is available to help residents who may be struggling with their garden or yard not turning out quite like they had hoped.

 

Andrew Holsinger is the Horticulture Educator for the Extension Program. He has a class coming up in August that helps your soil with the use of worms.

 

 

Holsinger says the worms will make the soil nutrient rich and it is not something that happens over night, it is a process that you have to stick with.

 

 

Holsinger wants residents to be aware of the new online option for classes through the Master Gardener training.

 

 

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

 

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Stop by Conservation World at Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair is finally here as today is opening day up in Springfield and residents are looking forward to over a week of fun activities.

 

Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Conservation World is always popular especially the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show, which is back this year by popular demand.

 

 

If coming out with your kids Cross recommends stopping by the Kids Fishing Hands-On Clinic one of the 6 times it is open throughout the day.

 

 

Cross also advises stopping by the education tent to learn about some things going on around Illinois and how you can help nature at home.

 

 

The Illinois State Fair is at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield August 10th through the 19th.

 

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

 

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Farmers Market Going Strong

Taylorville Square is the place to be on Saturdays as the Farmers Market comes into town every week.

 

Ed Downs is with the Farmers Market, he says they had a fantastic week last week and vendors had to pack up early as all the goods were flying off the shelf.

 

 

Something new seems to be coming to the Farmers Market every week, this week it is watermelons that Downs recommends getting out early to grab.

 

 

Downs wants people to know some of the under the radar items that the Farmers Market has to offer.

 

 

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

 

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Business After Hours and New Members this Month at Chamber

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to Business After Hours next Wednesday and wants you to stop on by.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says stop by Aaron’s at 4:30 for a great time, and you might even get to see the newest members of the chamber there.

 

 

Hornbuckle wants residents to take a look at the newest members photography walk and more information will be released soon.

 

 

With Chillifest being less than two months away Hornbuckle wants to give you plenty of time to prepare yourselves for the pageants at Chillifest.

 

 

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

 

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Tri-Counties Libertarians Hosting Meet and Greet

The Tri-Counties Libertarian Party became an official Chapter in 2017 but the original idea stemmed from the 2012 Presidential Election.

 

Jake Leonard is the Chairman of the Tri-Counties Libertarian Party. He says the party is hosting a meet and greet at Dam West Recreation in Shelbyville.

 

 

Leonard says those who come out have the opportunity to potentially meet four of the Libertarians that will be running.

 

 

Residents who choose to come out will have the opportunity to pick up some campaign material but also pick the brain of those who could be in office soon.

 

 

Leonard appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM morning show.

 

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Jim Olive Honored as Volunteer of the Month

At Monday night’s City Council meeting Jim Olive was named the Volunteer of the Month for his involvement with the Christian County Fair.

 

Olive speaks on what this award means to him including the fact that his fellow Aldermen kept this under wraps to surprise him.

 

 

Olive says he is proud to be a part of the Christian County Fair as it brings all kinds of people to town and is a revenue boost for the community.

 

 

Olive has mowed over 8,000 acres at the Christian County Fair, he says this year was a little easier with the tremendous weather but there is one aspect he never cares to see.

 

 

Olive has served on the Fair Board for 28 years and is looking forward to year 29.

 

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Jessica Miller Ready for First Year as Junior High Principal

A new school year is upon us in Taylorville and with the new school year we get a new principal at Taylorville Junior High.

 

Jessica Miller is ready to take over this role at the Junior High School, if she were to have to sum up the new school year beginning in one word, for her it would be excitement.

 

 

The library and gymnasium have both been renovated for students coming back to school, Miller is looking forward to seeing students in these areas and putting them to good use.

 

 

Taylorville Schools have a School Resource Officer who has his first day of school like the teachers and students. Miller says it is better to be safe than sorry and sees the Resource Officer as a benefit to the schools.

 

 

Students return to Taylorville Junior High on August 15th.

 

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Taylorville Open a Success

The Tornado Open is the largest fundraising event for Taylorville High School and it took place this past Friday and Saturday.

 

Dusti Odam is with the Sports Boosters she says the Taylorville Open helps support all Taylorville High School athletics and has been an annual event for the last 26 years.

 

 

Money is still coming in from the weekend event, Odam says that at a Taylorville High School football game the final number will be announced.

 

 

The outing once again had a good turn out. Odam admits she is unsure if they will reach the $54,000 dollars brought in from last year but it should still be close.

 

 

Odam appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM morning show.

 

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Hunger Action Month Coming Up Soon

September is Hunger Action Month and Central Illinois Foodbank wants to spend some time with you in September to try and fight hunger in central Illinois.

 

Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank Ashley Earnest says this is a nationwide campaign and they are excited to be one of the multiple foodbanks participating to help raise awareness.

 

 

Hunger Action Day is on September 13th and the Central Illinois Foodbank will be in Springfield having a parking lot party and they are hoping to see everyone there.

 

 

The theme on Hunger Action Day is to wear orange and the event is from 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon at Hickory Point Bank.

 

 

Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM morning show.

 

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Christian County Senior Citizens Center Ready for Manar

The Christian County Senior Citizens Center has been having a busy summer and as the calendar flips to August the ball keeps on rolling.

 

Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says they stay plenty busy with the State Fair being this month, but Senator Andy Manar stopping by the Senior Citizens Center has residents excited.

 

 

Manar will be at the center on August 28th from 10-12 and while residents are excited local businesses are calling every day hoping to get a booth set up as well.

 

 

RSVP is not necessary unless you are wanting to stay for lunch as Manar will still be speaking through lunch.

 

 

To RSVP for that lunch, or for more information on whats happening at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center residents can call 824-4263

 

Mahr appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM morning show.

 

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WRAN, Taylorville Kiwanis Club Raise $1325 During Annual Radiothon

Miller Media Group radio station WRAN groovy 97-point-3 and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, raised some 13-hundred 25-dollars, during the club's annual WRAN Radiothon on Tuesday.

The club went to local businesses and sold sponsorships in the day of broadcasting, and WRAN gave the club half of the amount sold, which this year netted the club 13-hundred 25-dollars for local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.  Kiwanis members read Radiothon sponsors' commercials live thru-out the day.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Martin Vota was presented the check on-the-air during the first hour of the Radiothon, by company president Randal J. Miller.  Vota told W-R-A-N listeners that the dollars the club raises, help to support Kiwanis Clubs on the high school and junior high level.

The Radiothon is one of 3 major fund-raisers the Kiwanis Club holds thru-out the year.  The annual Peanut Days donation drive on the streets of Taylorville, is the end of September, and the club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day is in late January each year.

All monies raised go back into local Kiwanis projects for children and youth including Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, high school and Y-M-C-A scholarships, and the Christian County C-E-O program.

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Jon Bowen Named Miller Media Group Employee of the Quarter

Jon Bowen, a staff announcer with the Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville, was named the company's "Employee of the Quarter" for the second quarter recently.

Bowen joined the Miller Media Group in March.  Bowen hosts the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show, Swap Shop AM, is involved in creating local news content, and does Taylorville High School sports broadcasts.

Bowen was named "Employee of the Quarter" after a vote by fellow staff members.

Bowen received a 100-dollar bonus from the company's general manager Kami Payne, and is eligible for a Florida trip drawing next April.
 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hold Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting to discuss Kiwanis committee activities for children and youth, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.

Kiwanis committee chairs reported on their work.  Kiwanis Park committee members reported that a recent clean-up day was held with work done on the pavilion and firepit.  Another clean-up day will be scheduled soon.

The local Kiwanis Club is considering forming a Kiwanis Action Club for developmentally disabled adults.  The Action Club would be organized and supported by the local Kiwanis Club, and help them serve the community by assisting them in doing local projects for children and youth.

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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School Safety

With classes starting at Taylorville High School the Taylorville Police Department want to push safety for those on school grounds.

 

Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says not much has changed for the law enforcement side other than now there will be a presence in the building at all times with the new school resource officer.

 

 

Hile says safety is a must on the premises and with all the extra foot traffic as school starts he urges drivers especially to pay attention, slow down, and most importantly put the phone down.

 

 

Students return to Taylorville High School on Wednesday, August 15th.

 

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Bourne, McMillan Propose Gun Referendum in their District

95th District State Representative Avery Bourne, along with State Senate Republican candidate Seth McMillan of Taylorville, yesterday announced an effort to allow voters in Macoupin, Montgomery, and Christian Counties to voice their opinion on legislation that restricts gun rights. This initiative will place an advisory question on the General Election ballot that will read:

Should the General Assembly pass any additional legislation that restricts a citizen’s ability to own and possess guns or firearms?

Voters will be able to vote “Yes” or “No” on the measure. A “Yes” vote would indicate support for additional gun control legislation. A “No” vote would indicate opposition to additional gun control legislation. Avery Bourne and Seth McMillan will both be voting “No,” as they both oppose additional gun control legislation.

Bourne reacted to gun control legislation and the proposed referendum by saying that the state has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, but legislators continue to pass anti-gun legislation that she says doesn't crack down on the true cause of gun violence.  She added she wants to stand with gun owners in opposing further gun control.

McMillan reacted to the referendum by saying that the 2nd Amendment is under attack in Springfield, by Chicago Democrats, claiming that his opponent Democrat incumbent Andy Manar has been voting with Chicago to pass further anti-gun legislation.

Macoupin County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Polo and Avery Bourne on Monday, submitted petitions containing 1,600 signatures of Macoupin County voters to Macoupin CountyClerk Pete Duncan.  The minimum signature requirement to place an advisory referendum on the ballot via the petition process is 8% of the total vote for gubernatorial candidates in the preceding gubernatorial election. For Macoupin County, that minimum is 1,256 signatures. If unchallenged by opponents of the advisory question and certified by the County Clerk, the question will appear on the ballot for Macoupin County voters this General Election.

The Christian County Board approved the referendum unanimously on Tuesday, July 17th.

The Coordinating Committee of the Montgomery County Board approved the referendum on Tuesday, July 31st. The full Montgomery County Board is set to vote on the referendum Tuesday, August 14th.

The National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association support the placing of the referendum on the General Election ballot to give voters the opportunity to voice their opposition to gun control. 

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Taylorville City Council Passes TIF District for Steak n Shake Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council had a lot to handle last night from a couple of sewer projects, to a new storm line going in at Central Avenue, and yes the TIF District as well.

 

The Aldermen voted on a motion to adopt the Ordinance approving the authorization of a Tax Increment Financial District Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Taylorville and Stuller Inc. The motion passed by a final vote of 7-2 with Aldermen Martin Vota and Ernie Dorchinecz voting no.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says with this motion passing he can now say with 100% certainty that Steak N’ Shake is officially coming to Taylorville.

 

 

Alderman Larry Budd was adamant that this motion needed to pass. He says the fact that it did is not surprising as it is a win win for the city of Taylorville.

 

 

Not all are so sure that this is what is best for the city of Taylorville, Alderman Martin Vota voted no and explains why.

 

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month on the second floor of the Municipal Building, the session is called to order at 7pm.

 

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An Inside Look at Stress

Stress is all around us, it is something that every one of us has to deal with on a daily basis. What makes us who we are is how we handle those stressful situations day in and day out.

 

Ed Lacheta is with the Shelby County Community Services. He says there is something called the automatic nervous system that will all have and stress has an impact on it.

 

 

There is a second part to the automatic nervous system that is supposed to bring you back from the fight or flight experience.

 

 

Where people will run into an issue is when the automatic nervous system becomes dysfunctional and it can come from being over stimulated and often people are left in fight or flight more than they should be.

 

 

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

 

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Upcoming Events at Lake Shelbyville

The US Corps of Engineers in Shelbyville had a busy July with the 4th and now they are winding down their summer season.

 

Ashley Florey is with the Corps of Engineers she says at the end of August an event called Escape Lake Shelbyville is always popular.

 

 

Residents will have a choice the night of August 31st between Escape Lake Shelbyville and Ninja Night which is new this year.

 

 

Florey says that a new partnership is supplying free life jackets to loan out and they vary in all sizes.

 

 

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

 

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Chillifest Approaching

The countdown has begun to Chillifest 2018 as we are about 2 months away from the festivities starting on the 7th and 8th of October.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says the pageants are always popular at Chillifest.

 

 

Hornbuckle recommends that those wanting to participate in the pageant get everything turned in as soon as possible since there is a limited number of spots per pageant.

 

 

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

 

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University of Illinois Extension to Hold Lawn Care Seminar

The University of Illinois Extension is holding a lawn care seminar this week on Thursday, August 9th. Its called Lawn Care and Maintenance 101, and its purpose is to teach proper lawn care techniques to those interested. Andrew Holsinger, who is with the U of I Extension on what the seminar will be teaching those who attend.

 

 

According to Holsinger, the course is just a basic course on lawn care, covering different grass types, and other lawn techniques.

 

 

Lawn Care and Maintenance 101 will begin at 10 o’clock in the morning, there is no charge and anyone is welcome to come.

 

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Relay for Life of Shelby County Coming Up on Saturday

The Relay For Life of Shelby County is coming up August 11th. The event helps raise awareness and fundraise for cancer, and anyone is welcome to come. Sarah Lucht, a staff partner for the American Cancer Society, says its all about celebrating the community's survivors.

 

 

The Relay For Life is being held from noon to midnight, and there will be no shortage of activities during the 12 hour window.

 

 

Other activities include a silent auction, inflatables for kids, and live music performances from various artists. Once the clock strikes midnight, the fundraising totals for the day will be announced. However, Lucht thinks that as long as they are honoring the survivors, and those affected, the day will be a success.

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Bob Ridings Giving Away 50 Backpacks to Students

With the school year fast approaching, backpacks are in large demand. In order to help and give back to the community, Bob Ridings is giving out 50 backpacks to students. Each backpack will have school supplies inside it, and 25 are going to girls, and the other 25 to boys.

 

 

He already gave away the first 25 last week, and the remaining 25 is set to be given away this Friday. Ridings explains how people can enter themselves to win.

 

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Mental Health First Aid Course a Success

Taylorville Memorial Hopsital wrapped up another Mental Health First Aid Course at the end of July. TMH holds 3 different courses in the same year, and has been doing so for about 2 years. Penny Shehadeh, the hospitals nurse educator, says holding this event is very important in regards to mental health.

 

 

The 8 hour course teaches how to handle situations when people know someone suffering from mental illness. For instance, how to handle someone thinking about suicide.

 

 

The next session for the course is September 18th. 

 

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4-H Coordinator Getting Ready for State Fair

Last week Christian County residents had the opportunity to come out and enjoy the Christian County Fair.

 

4-H Coordinator for the U of I Extension Rebecca Livingston is a key cog in what happens behind the scenes at the Christian County Fair and says it can be a hectic week.

 

 

They say there is no rest for the weary and that is the case for Livingston as she now is responsible for getting her kids ready for the state fair.

 

 

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

 

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Christian County 4H Results Now Posted

The Christian County Agricultural Fair finished last weekend, and the winners of the various 4H categories have been selected. Now on TaylorvilleDailyNews.com, you can find the winners of each category under the events tab, and by clicking on the Christian County Fair. All results have been posted including livestock, general, food and nutrition, and small animal shows.

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Blue Mound Fall Festival Coming Next Week

Mark Thursday, August 9th on your calendar for the opening night of the 108th annual Blue Mound Fall Festival.

 

For the last 32 years Roberta Gorden has served as the secretary of the festival, she says for the past 28 years every year she has looked forward to the run in memory in Danny Byard Senior.

 

 

Saturday, August 11th will be plenty busy still after the Danny Byard Memorial Run as the annual parade follows shortly after which is always a hit.

 

 

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

 

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Taylorville High School Turf Will Be Ready for Purple and Gold Scrimmage

Taylorville High School is just about finished with their new turf for the upcoming season. The Purple and Gold Scrimmage is set to kick off August 17th, and the players will more than likely get to play on the new turf field. Athletic Director Paul Held on what still needs to be completed before its ready to play on.

 

 

Held is not just excited to watch the high school’s teams play on the field. He is also looking forward to seeing the marching band and P.E. classes put it to good use.

 

 

The Purple and Gold scrimmage kicks off August 17th, and the Tornadoes football season officially begins August 24th when they play at Mount Vernon High School.

 

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HSHS Good Shepherd to Host Falling and Prevention Seminar Next Week

Coming up on August 9th, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is holding their No Falls This Autumn Seminar. The Seminar is being held to teach those about the importance of balance, and how to prevent injuries from falling. Glenda Plunkett, the marketing coordinator for HSHS Good Shepherd, explains who can benefit from coming to the seminar.

 

 

Not only will the seminar discuss how to prevent falling injuries, but also how people can make changes in their daily lives to prevent the risk of falling in general.

 

 

The seminar is free, and open to the public with no registration required. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 in the evening in classroom B of the hospital.

 

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Central Illinois Smiles Dentistry Doubling Size of Taylorville Practice

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry is doubling the size of their practice at 400 West Main Cross in Taylorville. Construction began two weeks ago, and Dr. Amanda Lewis says the new building should be ready sometime in September.

 

 

Dr. Lewis is looking forward to the advantages that the new building will provide. For instance, more modern dentistry technology will be available at the new practice, benefiting both patients and dentists.

 

 

Doctors Amanda Lewis and Gregg Harrman bought the practice roughly two years ago, and they are looking forward to the positive impact this will have in the Taylorville community.

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Tomatoes and Green Peppers Hot at Farmers Market

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

 

According to Ed Downs with the Farmers Market they have hit their peak in terms of the goods that are being brought in. One of Downs’ favorites is the ripe tomatoes to pick from.

 

 

While the tomatoes are among Downs’ favorites he says he can vouch for the peppers being just as good if not better and will be back at the market for the first time in about a year.

 

 

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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Infant in Aggravated Battery Case Released From Hospital

The 4 month old infant who was a victim of aggravated battery has been released from the hospital. This according to Police Chief Brian Hile, who confirmed with Regional Radio News that the child has been released, and placed in protective custody.

 

 

30 year old Chad Johnson is said to have committed the aggravated battery, and his future is still unknown. His pre-trial is set for September 18th.

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Comptroller Mendoza's Truth in Hiring Act Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governer Bruce Rauner signed The Truth in Hiring Act bill into law. The law will now stop Illinois Governors from hiding their staff’s salaries within other state agency budgets. The bill is an initiative of State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and she is very pleased with it being signed into law.

 

 

With the new bill being signed into law, that means Governor Rauner’s budget is going to change. Mendoza with more on how the budget will differ.

 

 

Mendoza still would like to see two more transparency bills become law in the near future. That would include the Budgeting for Interest Payment, and Vendor Payment Program Transparency bills.

 

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Central Counties Health Centers Offers Back to School Physicals and Dental Checks

As parents are getting ready to send their young ones back to school it is important to remember back to school dental check ups and physicals.

 

As CEO of Central Counties Health Centers Heather Burton wants to remind residents that dental exams are required by law for kids going in to kindergarten, second, and sixth grade, but it is still good practice to go every six months.

 

 

Back to school physicals are required for kids going into grades pre-K, kindergarten, sixth, and grade. They are also required for any student wanting to participate in sports that year in junior high or high school. Burton says using Central Counties Health Care Centers schedule your appointments like normal and you should be in and out in around an hour.

 

 

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

 

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BBB Back to School Shopping Tips

The Better Business Bureau knows that getting ready to go back to school can be stressful and doesn't want residents to have to deal with the extra stress of dealing with back to school scams.

 

Mara Clingingsmith is with the Better Business Bureau, she says with the variety of different things that are needed it is best to do your research and shop smarter.

 

 

Clingingsmith says buying in bulk for the classroom could be a way to save some money. Another option is using a .edu email as most stores offer a discount for students.

 

 

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

 

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Photo of the Day July Winner Announced

Kristin King was the winner of the 100-dollar cash prize for submitting a photo to the taylorvilledailynews-dot-com “Photo of the Day” contest. The winner was selected yesterday from last month's submissions.

 

Kings’ submission was taken of her girls, Madi Maross and Avery Ellis of Kincaid, both love exploring new places with their Mom Kristin and Matthiessen State Park is a fun and beautiful place to explore! Congratulations to Kristin King our JULY taylorvilledailynews-dot-com “Photo of the Day” winner of 100-dollars in cash.

 

The winner's check will be mailed by our corporate office within 30 days, and thanks to all those who submit photos for display on taylorvilledailynews-cot-com. The winner of 100-dollars in cash is announced on the first business day each month. For your chance to win, send your photos to photo@randyradio.com

 

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Condition of All Three Passengers From July 26 Accident

The passengers involved in a two car crash at 2300 East Road last Thursday are still in the hospital. Megan Sisk, 26, Shelley Graves, 46, and Courtney Fuerstenau, 18, were all involved in the crash last Thursday. Graves and Fuerstenau were airlifted to HSHS Saint Johns in Springfield, and Sisk was sent to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield in an ambulance.

 

According to HSHS Saint Johns, Graves is currently in fair condition, and Fuerstenau was released from the hospital on July 31st. Memorial Medical Center was able to share that Sisk is currently in good condition.

 

The crash between both vehicles occurred at approximately 4:40 in the afternoon last Thursday. Both vehicles collided at an intersection that is not marked with any traffic control devices. The collision left both vehicles resting in a bean field on the southwest corner of the intersection.

 

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26th Tornado Open Begins This Weekend

The largest athletic fundraising event for Taylorville High School is taking place this Friday and Saturday. That would be the Tornado Open, a silent auction and golf outing set for this weekend. Dusti Odam, who is with the Sports Boosters on this years’ open.

 

 

Also on Friday, is the silent auction which is expected to have upwards of 60 items this year.

 

 

The golf outing starts on Saturday at 7:30 in the morning. Last year the Tornado open raised $54,000 according to Odam.

 

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Social Security Administration Online Access

The Social Security Administration is wanting younger generations to know that Social Security is not just for those on the verge of retirement, its is better to get started early.

 

The Social Security Administration wants to make it easier to access benefits and reach a younger generation and access the benefits you might need by doing so online.

 

 

Myers shares what all can be accessed online and what it can do for you.

 

 

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

 

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25th Annual PCH Golf Outing set for August 10th

Pana Community Hospital is hosting their annual golf outing on Friday August 10th and this is the 25th year they are hosting the event. Kim Pullman, the PCH Foundation Executive Director, on where the Outing's proceeds will go.

 

 

There will be no shortage of golf teams at this years event, and joining the golf outing this year, will be special guest.

 

 

There is still room for one more team at the golf outing, and those interested can contact Kim Pullman at 562-6340.

 

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Christian County Animal Control Looking to put Dogs and Cats in Good Homes

The Christian County Animal Control just might have the four legged friend that your household has been missing and they welcome residents to stop by and try and adopt.

 

Vince Harris is the new Director of the Christian County Animal Control. He says that since he took over in June they have been swamped and folks have been adopting cats and dogs left and right.

 

 

Harris knows some might be a little worrisome about the adoption process but assures residents there is nothing to worry about.

 

 

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

 

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