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Missions for Taylorville Releases Tornado Repair Application

Missions for Taylorville has released its tornado repair application form, for those who were affected by the December First tornado, to complete.  

If you own a building that was damaged by the tornado, and would like assistance from the Missions for Taylorville program to help with repairs, please download the application which can be found on the "Tornado Recovery Assistance" page on taylorvilledailynews.com.  There is an icon there to click on to bring up the application in PDF format. 

You can also download it HERE. 

It's also available on the Missions for Taylorville Facebook page, and also on the missionsfortaylorville-dot-org web site.

Complete the application, then bring it to the Davis Memorial Christian Church, 
1500 West Franklin, Taylorville, during church office business hours Monday thru Thursday 8am-noon and 1pm-3:30pm, or Fridays 8am-noon. 

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Maryville, Missouri Radio Stations Donating Toys To Taylorville

Help has been coming to Taylorville from all over ever since the December 1st tornado that damaged over 600 homes, even from outside of the state. Jim Cronin, owner of KNIM AM-FM in Maryville, Missouri, has found a way he can contribute. The local high school football team in Maryville is going to donate toys in honor of Christmas. Cronin says this is not the first time his station has done something like this.

 

 

Cronin also mentions that the toys aren’t only for tornado victims, but to help give during the holiday season.

 

 

Cronin will present the toys raised to the Taylorville High School football team this Friday, December 14th.

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Twilight Parade Honors Tornado Victims Saturday Night

After being delayed by a tornado, Taylorville’s Twilight Christmas Parade was held last Saturday, and it honored those involved in the catastrophic storm. Marcia Neal with Downtown Taylorville on the environment of the parade.

 

 

Neal is very thankful that they were able to reschedule, and that everyone was able to enjoy the parade.

 

 

Victims and emergency crews from the tornado were honored, and grand marshaled the parade.

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Christian County Coroner Sees Blessing in No Fatalities from Tornado

Taylorville is stil dealing with the aftermath of the Tornado that ran through the city on December 1st. Responders have been second to none in the wake of this disaster and helping keep the peace in Taylorville.

 

Amy Calvert Winans is the Christian County Coroner she has been out in the community seeing the damage the EF3 tornado did to the city. Winans says she has been at the EOC for a week and sees the blessing in the Christmas Parade being canceled and saving lives.

 

 

She says in her mind it is a miracle that there were no fatalities not just from the tornado but also from responders out clearing debris.

 

 

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

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School Board Presents How New Technologies are Being Used in the Classroom at Monthly Meeting

Monday night, the Taylorville School Board met to discuss items involving the Taylorville School District. After recognizing Illinois scholars the treasurer’s report was given by Dr. Gregg Furstenau, and the board passed the report unanimously. Shortly after that, the new school board member, Dr. Ronald Mizer, was sworn in to his new position.

 

The board then moved on to new business which first discussed the consideration of an Ameren Gas Station Easement which cleared unanimously. Next, Furstenau walked the board through the Junior High window replacement project. Windows at the Junior High are going to be replaced in July. Following that was the technology integration specialist presentation showing how new technologies have been introduced to all levels of the Taylorville School District such as virtual reality and z-space, and how it is being used in the classroom. Furstenau was impressed with what the presentation showed, and explains his thoughts.

 

 

After the presentation was the superintendent report, and then the meeting adjourned. The Taylorville School Board meets on the second Monday of every month.

 

You can watch the full School Board meeting here.

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National Weather Service Revises Damage Numbers From Tornado in Taylorville

 

The National Weather Service in Lincoln over the weekend, revised their totals on the number of tornadoes that hit Illinois on December First, as well as revising the damage totals from the E-F-3 tornado that hit Taylorville that day.

The Weather Service now says storm surveys and reports have indicated that 28 tornadoes occurred across the state, the largest December outbreak since 1957. The town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was hardest hit. This particular supercell took a long path from the eastern fringes of the St. Louis metro area, to east of Bloomington. Other supercells tracked up the Illinois River valley in west central Illinois. 

The Weather Service revised the damage numbers from the tornado that hit Taylorville.  They now say that Information from emergency management indicated 34 homes severely damaged/destroyed, 66 homes with major damage, and 406 homes damaged but inhabitable.  They also said there were 22 injuries.

The Weather Service EF-Scale ratings on the south side of Taylorville were EF-3, with estimated wind at 155 mph and a maximum width of 1/2 mile.  They added the tornado that hit Taylorville, was on the ground for some 12-point-7 miles.

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Many Local Businesses Helping With Recovery After Tornado Hits Taylorville

Many local businesses are stepping up to help in the recovery following the December First tornado in Taylorville.  2 of those examples are Landmark of Taylorville and Taylorville Home Source.

Landmark of Taylorville is collecting donations for Missions for Taylorville, and is providing a match of up to 10-thousand dollars for monies they collect in December.

Taylorville Home Source has made special arrangements with one of their suppliers, Shaw Flooring, to offer those affected by the tornado, and the community at large, special pricing on in stock selected carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring.

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Donated Supplies From Central Illinois Businesses Being Distributed by City of Taylorville

 

The City of Taylorville is receiving a lot of supplies from various businesses thru-out Central Illinois, that they're providing those affected by the December First tornado.

 

Taylorville City Aldermen and Employees, along with volunteers provided by CNB Bank and Trust, and others, are manning a relief center in the former Gagne Distributing building on West Spresser across from the Fairgrounds.  The National Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Center is also set up in the same building.

 

 

Taylorville city alderman Earl Walters tells Regional Radio News that everything from cleaning supplies, brooms, bottled water, and even 4-by-8 sheets of plywood, have been donated and are available to provide those hit by the tornado, at no charge, by just coming to the former Gagne Distributing building on West Spesser.

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National Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Opens Distribution Center in Taylorville

 

The Churches of Christ have established a distribution center for cleaning supplies, ready to eat meals, clothing, shoes and much more, in the former Gagne Distributing building now owned by the City of Taylorville, on West Spresser across from the Christian County Fairgrounds.

 

Roger Bolin, a member of Lakeside Church of Christ in Springfield, is helping the National Churches of Christ Disaster Relief effort, and told Regional Radio News all the supplies and efforts they are providing the Taylorville tornado disasters victims.

 

 

 

Bolin said the national news coverage of the devasation after the Taylorville tornado, caught the attention of the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief office.

 

 

Bolin said that many volunteers from his church are manning the distribution center in the former Gagne Distributing building.

 

 

 

Again, the National Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Distribution Center is open 8 to 6 every day in the former Gagne Distributing building on West Spresser across from the Fairgrounds, and is providing clean up supplies, ready to eat meals, clothing and shoes, and other needed items that those in need can take advantage of.

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Over 700 Volunteer Hours Logged in Taylorville

Volunteers from all around the community are coming together to help Taylorville recover from an EF-3 tornado that struck the community a week ago. Since Wednesday, over 125 volunteers have been making a difference, with many of those volunteers helping out every day. Scott McFarland, Executive Director for Serve Illinois, says there’s been over 700 hours logged.

 

 

McFarland has been in constant communication with the MARC that has been set up at Taylorville Christian Church to understand the needs of the community.

 

 

Most volunteers are being placed with organizations such as Rubicon that have been assisting Taylorville since last weekend.

 

 

Volunteers will be accepted through the weekend, and next week.

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Team Rubicon Assists in Tornado Cleanup

Team Rubicon has been one of many groups to help lead volunteer efforts in the aftermath of last Saturday’s tornado. Jeff Wagg is stationed with Rubicon at the Christian County YMCA, and his teams were on sight shortly after the tornado hit.

 

 

Rubicon has also been able to incorporate volunteers into their work as well. They have been welcoming those in Taylorville who want to help, and it has made a difference.

 

 

Wagg is very thankful for what the YMCA has done, and their hospitality while Rubicon continues to clean up Taylorville.

 

 

Rubicon continues to help, and assist Taylorville in the effort to clean what the tornado left behind.

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Hunters Harvest Over 80 Thousand Deer During Firearm Season

The firearm deer hunting season drew to a close December 2nd, and just over 80,000 total deer were harvested in Illinois. The preliminary harvest for the first segment of firearm season was around 58,000, but Ed Cross of the IDNR says numbers were down in the second segment due to weather.

 

 

The exact number of deer harvested was 80,896, about 700 more than 2017.

 

 

Remaining deer hunting seasons in Illinois are the Muzzleloader only season now through December 9th, archery season through January 20th, and in some counties antlerless only season December 27-30th, and January 18-20th.

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Shelby County Dive Team Receives Grant

Thursday morning, Shelby Electric Cooperative with a matching grant from CoBank donated $26,000 to the Shelby County Dive Team. After responding to a rescue at Kaskaskia river last summer, one of their vehicles blew an engine. The $26,000 will go toward the cost of a new vehicle. Shelby county board member Dave Cruitt on why there is a need for the new vehicle.

 

 

Aaron Johnson with CoBank explains why they got involved despite being from Denver.

 

 

Austin Prichard of the Shelby County Dive Team explains how much the donation means to him and his team.

 

 

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First National Bank in Taylorville to Donate $5,000 for Missions for Taylorville

First National Bank in Taylorville is going to donate $5,000 to Missions for Taylorville after deciding to join in on the effort to help repair damage from the tornado that hit Taylorville. Jared Beckham of First National Bank explains more, and how residents can get involved.

 

 

For those who would like to donate, just stop by both locations to make a donation.

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Hear Podcast of Miller Media Group Special "A Season of Hope: Faith, Family, and Friends"

The 6 Miller Media Group radio stations simulcast the first in a series of programs called "A Season of Hope" on Friday afternoon, December 7.

 

The program featured Pastor Michael Evanchak, president of the Taylorville Ministerial Association which oversees the Taylorville Food Pantry; and Pastor Bill Kerns of the Mission for Taylorville committee.

 

Below is the program in its entirety:

 

The program will continue on Friday afternoons from 3pm to 4pm, on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations, thru-out December.

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6 Miller Media Group Radio Stations to Continue Series "A Season of Hope" on Tornado Recovery

The 6 Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville, will continue its series called "A Season of Hope" on the continuing efforts towards recovery after the December First tornado.

 

The program, which will feature representatives from the Taylorville Ministerial Association and Missions for Taylorville, will air from 3 til 4 in the afternoon, on Fridays thru the rest of December.  The program will encourage people to call and share how they've seen people help people, how they themselves have been helped since the tornado, or if they are in need of help due to the disaster.

 

The first program aired this past Friday, December 7th.

 

The series can be heard live on NEWSTALK WTIM THE BIG 870 across Central Illinois, 96.1 FM in Christian County, streamed at taylorvilledailynews.com and on the WTIM mobile app; WMKR 94.3 FM; WRAN 97.3 FM; WSVZ 98.3 FM; NEW Country 104.1; and Easy Hits 96.5.

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6 Miller Media Group Radio Stations Air One Hour Special "A Season of Hope" on Tornado Disaster

The 6 Miller Media Group radio stations simulcast a one hour special called “A Season of Hope:  Faith, Family and Friends” on Friday afternoon.  The program featured Pastor Michael Evanchak, president of the Taylorville Ministerial Association that oversees the Taylorville Food Pantry; and Pastor Bill Kerns, who is with the Missions for Taylorville program.  The program was meant to encourage the Taylorville community after the devasating tornado that hit the city last Saturday, leaving some 300 structures damaged, 30 homes destroyed, and 30 people injured.

 

Pastor Evanchak told listeners about how the Taylorville Food Pantry, located at 1429 East Main Cross, has been assisting those in need, before and during the tornado disaster.

 

 

Pastor Kerns told listeners the Missions for Taylorville committee is working out details to accept applications to help those whose homes have been damaged.

 

 

Pastor Kerns added that Missions for Taylorville now has a way to give to their non-profit organization directly, on-line.  You can find that link on the “Tornado Recovery Assistance” page on taylorvilledailynews.com.

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MARC Now Open at Taylorville Christian Church

The MARC being set up at Taylorville Christian Church for residents affected by last weekend's tornado opened Friday morning. Over twenty agencies have been made available to help those in need who may have suffered damage to their homes or worse. Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross Maria Henneberry describes the environment as an act of love.

 

 

The goal of the MARC is to try and cover every persons need that they can. That even includes child care services.

 

 

The MARC opened at 11 in the morning Friday, and a steady flow of people have been coming in for help. Henneberry believes that will continue as long as the MARC is open.

 

 

The MARC is open until 7 in the evening on Friday, and will be open for one more day on Saturday from 8 in the morning till 1 in the afternoon.

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Storm Chaser Shares Video of Taylorville Tornado

Storm chaser Kevin Radley shared this video with us of the tornado that hit Taylorville last Saturday afternoon.  Kevin's video was shot facing south southwest at Esther Street and Illinois Route 48:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lz5IH9In00

 

Our thanks to Kevin for sharing this video with our taylorvilledailynews.com readers.

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Twilight Christmas Parade to Honor Residents Affected by Tornado

The Twilight Christmas Parade at the Taylorville Square was scheduled for last Saturday, but was canceled last minute with a tornado on its way to Taylorville. Marcia Neal with down town Taylorville could not have been more thankful for the action taken by Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews.

 

 

The Twilight Parade has now been reschedule to this Saturday, December 8th, and it is going to pay a special tribute.

 

 

Neal adds that it is a great opportunity to return to some normalcy.

 

 

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Former Taylorville Resident Has A Great Idea To Help Victims: Employer Matching Gifts

One Taylorville native who now lives in Chicago has found a way to make her donation to the Red Cross for Taylorville, double.  Ramey Miller, one of the daughters of Miller Media Group owners Randy and Cathy Miller, was concerned about her hometown, and found out that her employer, Grainger, offers their employees matching dollars to qualified organizations, when an employee donates.

 

 

Ramey said she’s planning on giving several times over the next several months so that her gifts are matched by her employer, because the recovery will take time.

 

 

And, Ramey remembered the long-time Greater Taylorville slogan.

 

 

Ramey reminds everyone to check with their employer to see if they have a matching gift program for their employees, so they can give to a non-profit organization that is helping Taylorville with recovery.

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MARC Adds Nearly 20 Agencies for Friday and Saturday

In an effort to help families impacted by severe storms that swept through central and southern Illinois Saturday evening, the American Red Cross is joining with state agencies and community partners in Christian County to create a MARC, also known as a Multi-Agency Resource Center. The MARC is designed to assist those recovery from the impact of the storms. Gayle Lundeen of the American Red Cross is managing the MARC being set up in Christian County. 

 

 

As of Thursday, nearly 20 different agencies are going to be at the MARC to help provide assistance according to Scott Clark of the American Red Cross.

 

 

Mobility manager with Centrall Illinois Public Transit, Nathan Nichols, would also like victims to know that they will be providing free transportation on Friday for the Red Cross.

 

 

All vehicles are also handicap accessible. The MARC will be located at Taylorville Christian Church. It will open this Friday morning from 11 to 7 in the evening, and again on Saturday from 8 in the morning until 1.

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Nokomis Under Boil Order

Regional Radio News has learned that the city of Nokomis had a water main break on Thursday. Due to the issue, the entire city of Nokomis will be under a boil order until further notice. 

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Calvary Baptist Church Offering Free Laundry Service for Tornado Victims, Relief Workers

Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville is offering a free laundry service for tornado victims and relief workers, in conjunction with Car Wash City Landromat, today (Thurs) til 6:30pm, and Friday starting at approximately 10:30am.  Bring your laundry to the Calvary Baptist gym either day.  For more information, contact Patty at 565-0170.

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Vision Source Providing Services to Tornado Victims

Vision Source in Taylorville is wanting to provide their services to residents affected by Saturday’s tornado. Dr. Rob Smith is offering free vision exams and glass to victims of the tornado.

 

 

Those looking to take advantage of the offer must bring a photo I.D. as proof. Vision Source is located at  904 W Springfield Rd.

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Volunteer Sign Up Available for Tornado Cleanup

Volunteer efforts are beginning to be managed by the Taylorville Fire Department, and there is a way to get involved. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews on where residents need to go if they want to volunteer.

 

 

The cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday morning. Official times for the cleanup effort have not been made official yet.

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WCIA Channel 3's Kevin Lighty Provides Drone Footage of Taylorville Tornado Damage

WCIA Channel 3 meterologist Kevin Lighty posted drone video of the damage caused by the tornado that hit Taylorville on Saturday night, on his Facebook page.  We're sharing the link with you below:

 

https://www.facebook.com/TVWeatherman/videos/301579907364829/UzpfSTEzNzMwMTEzNTo5NDc3Mjc5MDQ4OTQ/

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CCEDC Researching Grants to Assist in Tornado Recovery

Mary Renner of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) has been searching for ways to assist Taylorville’s recovery after an EF3 tornado hit the city. Renner says that she is looking into financial options.

 

 

Renner is also looking into grants that could be applied for. 

 

 

As far was when the grant application process can begin, Renner says damage assesment factors into that, but it could be awhile.

 

 

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UIS Donating Ticket Sales to Missions for Taylorville

This Saturday, December 8th, The University of Illinois Springfield is going to donate ticket sales from their women’s basketball game to Missions for Taylorville. Ashlyn Beasley of UIS Athletics says she saw some other schools finding ways to donate, and thought UIS should do the same

 

 

UIS athletics also wants to welcome Taylorville students and families to attend at no cost.

 

 

UIS will also be hosting a silent auction with all proceeds going to Missions for Taylorville, and the Taylorville Food Pantry. Items at the auction will include team branded items such as shirts, hats, and uniforms.

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Old Fashioned Christmas Coming Back to Sullivan

Tis the season to be jolly and the closer we get to the 25th it seems the more jolly residents seem to become.
 
Laurrie Minor is in the Christmas spirit as she is looking forward to Old-fashioned Christmas in the downtown Sullivan area in the middle of December.
 

 

 
New this year to the event is that lighting of the community Christmas tree. Minor encourages residents to stop by the Santa house.
 

 

 
Minor appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from from the Metro Communications Building in Sullivan.

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Relay for Life in Moultrie County has Record Year

The Moultrie County Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to fighting back against cancer in every event they host.

 

Adam McReynolds is heavily involved in the Moutrie County Relay for Life. He says this year was a year of firsts for the organization.

 

 

McReynolds couldn’t be prouder of everyone in the community and wants to thank everyone for their hard work, as none of this would be possible without them.

 

 

McReynolds appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from from the Metro Communications Building in Sullivan.

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AT&T Cell Service Restored In Taylorville After 2 Hour Outage

AT&T cell phone service was restored in Taylorville at 7:45 tonight, after an outage that lasted over 2 hours.

 

The outage began around 5:30 tonight for Taylorville AT&T customers, and was limited to Taylorville according to the web site downdetector.com.

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AT&T Cell Service Out in Taylorville; Miller Media Group Business Lines Also Out

Regional Radio News has learned that A-T-and-T cell service in the Taylorville area went out at about 5:30 tonight, and as of 6:40 was still not working.  According to the web site downdetector-dot-com, Taylorville was the only community in the area affected.

And, the Miller Media Group business lines also went out during the 5 o'clock hour tonight.  This service is provided by New Wave Communications, and it's not known if it's part of a larger phone outage for New Wave, or just an individual case.  Phone calls to the Miller Media Group should be made to 824-9846, which is the WTIM on air line, until the business line service is restored.

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Scams Reported of False Contractors After Taylorville Tornado

The city of Taylorville has had 2 reports of scams during the rebuild process after an EF3 Tornado touched down December 1st. Mayor Bruce Barry wants residents to please be aware of false contractors who are trying to take advantage of victims, and to only use a contractor that is familiar to you.

 

 

It is also important to note that legitimate contractors will not ask for any form of pay up front. 

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Landmark of Taylorville Matching Contributions for Missions for Taylorville; Cars Damaged

Landmark of Taylorville is joining the efforts to help collect monies for the Missions for Taylorville program, which is helping residents with repairing their homes after last Saturday's tornado.

 

Landmark General Manager Jason Johnson says the dealership is collecting money, and is matching all collections received in December.

 

 

Johnson added their dealership also suffered damage from the storm.

 

 

Johnson added that customers can get deep discounts on the hail damaged vehicles, which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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taylorvilledailynews.com Establishes Tornado Recovery Assistance Page

The Miller Media Group has established a "Tornado Recovery Assistance" page on taylorvilledailynews-dot-com where all the current assistance being provided by the many agencies and local businesses, are listed.

 

The icon is just below the masthead on every page of the on-line daily newspaper.

 

It will be constantly updated to include the latest information on where residents who suffered losses from the December First tornado, can get assistance.

 

Non-profit agencies or local businesses, that wish to provide free assistance to those affected, can have their information listed by calling Katie at the Miller Media Group at 824-3395.

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Repairs, Cleanup Continues in Taylorville After Saturday Tornado

The repairs and cleanup in Taylorville after Saturday's tornado continues.  Below are pictures from the Franklin Street, Market Street, and West Main Cross areas of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Cross Announces Multi-Agency Resource Center To Be in Taylorville Friday and Saturday

In an effort to help families impacted by severe storms that swept through central and southern Illinois Saturday evening, the American Red Cross is joining with state agencies and community partners in Christian County to create a MARC, also known as a Multi-Agency Resource Center. The MARC is designed to assist those recovery from the impact of the storms. Gayle Lundeen of the American Red Cross is managing the MARC being set up in Christian County. 

 

 

Mobility manager with Centrall Illinois Public Transit, Nathan Nichols, would also like victims to know that they will be providing free transportation on Friday for the Red Cross.

 

 

All vehicles are also handicap accessible. The MARC will be located at Taylorville Christian Church. It will open this Friday morning from 11 to 7 in the evening, and again on Saturday from 8 in the morning until 1.

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Neuhoff Media Presents $50,000 Check to Taylorville Food Pantry

After hosting a 3 hour pledge drive Tuesday morning, Neuhoff Media’s WSOY in Decatur raised $50,000 for the Taylorville Food Pantry in relief of the tornado that recently struck the community. WSOY Morning Talk Show Host, Bryan Byers, says the idea came from their listeners.

 

 

The original goal was to raise $20,000, but it did not take Byers long to figure out they would raise much more than the intended amount.

 

 

Chief Operating Officer of Neuhoff Media, Mike Hulvey, describes the generosity as heart warming.

 

 

WSOY may be in Decatur, but Hulvey describes it as neighbor helping neighbor, and that the response is what most local radio stations do in times like these.

 

 

The check was presented Wednesday morning at the Taylorville Food Pantry.

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Rodney Davis Helps Pass Disaster Declaration Improvement Act

After this weekends storms IEMA teams are assessing damage to public infrastructure in central Illinois. Congressman Rodney Davis recently helped pass the  Disaster Declaration Improvement Act to help the state receive federal monies  to assist communities.

 

 

Davis explains how this act will help Illinois residents”

 

 

Davis said the recent tornado outbreak could be the first test of this new law.

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Where to Donate for Tornado Relief

Help is pouring in for tornado relief from the surrounding areas and even as far as Tennessee and Kentucky. 

 

Ashley Earnest with Central Illinois Food Bank says this is a very difficult time for all of Central Illinois as over 20 tornadoes swept through the state on Saturday. Earnest knows that there may be some out there wanting to help, but wondering how, she explains.

 

 

Amy Hagen is with the Taylorville Food Pantry, she says this weekend they originally were only going to be open for about two hours. Folks kept showing up in need so the food pantry ended up being open 12 hours on Sunday. Hagen says their warehouse on Main Cross is getting full but there is still a place to donate in town.

 

 

Earnest and Hagen appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Tentative Agreement Reached in Farm Bill

Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of Illinois in Washington. Recently he has been seeing his fellow Taylorville residents sort through rubble and try to fight to get back to the Taylorville prior to the tornado.

 

Davis knows it is tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel in times such as these, but does want to let residents know there has been an agreement reached on a new Farm Bill that will be very good for our farmers.

 

 

Davis says it might have been done as earlier this week, but with the passing of George H.W. Bush a provision in law will not allow a vote to take place.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Kiwanis Review Projects for Children, Youth at Business Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.  

 

Committee chairs gave reports on how they are helping with the Kiwanis’ goal of helping children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

The recent Coats for Kids effort provided some 65 coats to local pre-schoolers.  Kiwanis Priority One Committee chair Harriett Morrissey was assisted by Kiwanis members Dean Ray, Alex McClure, Tom Ford and Michael Evanchak.

 

Builders and Key Club chairperson Will Perkins reported that the Taylorville High School Key Club will be enlisted to assist at January’s Taylorville Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

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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6 Miller Media Group Radio Stations to Broadcast Live Program on Tornado Recovery

The 6 Miller Media Group radio stations based in Taylorville, will air a one-hour live show called "A Season of Hope:  Faith, Family and Friends", this Friday afternoon from 3 til 4. 

 

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller will be joined live in-studio by Pastor Michael Evanchak, president of the Taylorville Ministerial Association which oversees the Taylorville Food Pantry; and Pastor Bill Kerns with the Missions for Taylorville program, talking about how faith, family, and friends are getting the Christian County community thru this crisis.

 

From 3:40 til 4, the show will open up the phone lines asking for your stories on how people are helping other people during this difficult time.

 

The program will air on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations, which include NEWSTALK WTIM THE BIG 870 and 96.1 FM; WMKR 94.3 FM; WRAN 97.3 FM; WSVZ 98.3 FM, NEW Country 104.1 and Easy Hits 96.5.  The program will also be heard on the WTIM live stream at taylorvilledailynews.com and on the WTIM mobile app.

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Tornado Volunteer Efforts to Begin This Weekend

The Christian County Emergency Management Agency held their final press conference on the reliefe efforts after a tornado hit Taylorville Saturday evening. Perhaps the biggest update of the conference was the update on the plan for volunteers. Ever since the Tornado first hit, Taylorville residents have been asking how they can help. Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall on the plan moving forward.

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry also touched on the volunteer process, and thanked the school district.

 

 

There have been no changes in the amount of homes that were damaged in the storm since Monday morning’s press conference. Also, all homes that are available to have their power restored have power according to the latest from Ameren. The city is still asking for monetary donations to be given to Missions for Taylorville at 115 North Main Street in Taylorville.

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Technical Issue Causes False Alarm on Taylorville Emergency Sirens

The first Tuesday of the month of December was supposed to be a test of Taylorville’s emergency sirens. However, with the recent tornado that hit Taylorville, the test was not supposed to be activated, but a technology issue caused the sirens to ring. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews explains the issue.

 

 

Crews also reassures that everything is back to normal. The sounding of the sirens was just a monthly test, and there is nothing to worry about.

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Neuhoff Media Raises $50,000 for Taylorville Food Pantry

The Neuhoff Media radio stations held a pledge drive this (Tues) morning both on air and on their digital platforms, raising over 50-thousand dollars for the Taylorville Food Pantry.  The pledge drive was heard live on their newstalk station in Decatur, WSOY.  Neuhoff Chief Operating Officer and general manager of their Decatur stations Mike Hulvey tells Regional Radio News about their efforts.

 

 

Hulvey said the United Way of Macon County assisted in the fund raising efforts for the Taylorville Food Pantry.

 

 

When the 3-hour live radio pledge drive was finished on WSOY Tuesday morning, over 50-thousand dollars was raised.

 

 

Hulvey said their effort was an example of neighbor helping neighbor.

  

 

That check presentation to the Taylorville Food Pantry is set for tomorrow (Wed) morning.

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Sunkist Cleaners Providing Help to Tornado Victims

Sunkist Cleaners in Taylorville is granting their services to those who were affected by the tornado that struck Taylorville until December 11th. Owner Bryan Payne says they are going to offer free services to those affected.

 

 

Payne also mentions that he knows Taylorville will come back stronger from the Tornado.

 

 

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Manners Park Open for Christmas Displays

Manners Park in Taylorville has reopened. However, only those with Christmas in the Park displays are allowed to enter while the clean up continues.

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City Council Announces Solar Power Coming to Taylorville

Recovering from the tornado is the first thing on everyone's mind including the City Council for Taylorville. Everyone on the council took the time to thank residents of Taylorville for all they have done since Saturday in terms of coming together as a community and helping to start the healing process. Mayor Barry does want the public to be aware that free legal advice will be provided to senior citizens, and those interested need to contact Skip Depaepe (DEE-PAP) at 824-2104.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry was happy to announce some good news as well, as the Council approved a special use to get a solar farm into the City of Taylorville, as well as they annexed the property where the solar farm will be implemented. Hopefully construction will begin in 2020

 

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first Monday of every month at the Municipal Building.

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Opening Night for Christmas in the Park Cancelled

While the tornado that came through Taylorville on Saturday is still fresh in residents minds the recovery process has began. Manners Park was closed on Monday as well due to damage caused from the storm.

 

Bailey Hancock is in charge of Christmas in the Park and has been for nearly the last decade, she says that the park receiving damage has been a set back their plans for the event.

 

 

Hancock says like everyone else they are hard at work trying to get everything back to normal, unfortunately they alread yhave to announce that they are canceling opening night on December 6th.

 

 

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

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Taylorville American Legion Wants to Help Its Members Affected By Tornado

Officials with the Taylorville American Legion Post 73 have notified Regional Radio News, that they would like to invite all members who suffered damages during the tornado to attend a meeting on Wednesday morning at 9. This includes American Legion Members, Auxiliary members as well as Sons of the Legion Members.

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Taylorville Masonic Lodge Providing Financial Assistance to Its Members Hit by Tornado

The Taylorville Masonic Lodge is helping its lodge members, or spouses or children of lodge members, to recover from Saturday’s tornado.

 

Brian McKinney is the Worshipful Master of the Taylorville Masonic Lodge, and tells Regional Radio News that the lodge is reaching out to help their members and families.

 

 

McKinney says Taylorville Masonic Lodge members that have suffered financially from the tornado can either e-mail or call a special number set up to assist.

 

 

And, McKinney again urged Taylorville Masonic Lodge members or their immediate family, to make contact either via the special e-mail or phone number set up, so that a meeting can be set up with them to find out how the Masonic Lodge can help them financially.

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Weather Service Says 3 Tornadoes Went Thru Christian County Saturday; Taylorville Tornado Half-Mile Wide

Those involved in the command center responding to the outbreak of tornadoes in Christian County on Saturday, held their daily news briefing this (Mon) afternoon at Taylorville City Hall.  The briefing was broadcast live on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations.

 

Senior meterologist James Auten (otten) from the National Weather Service in Lincoln, told the news briefing that as a result of surveying damage thru-out Christian County the last 2 days, Weather Service officials determined that 3 tornadoes his the county late Saturday afternoon.  The first started in Montgomery County, and came into Christian County as an E-F-zero category tornado.  The second one, which was the one causing the most damage, started near Morrisonville and came thru Taylorville, travelling some eleven-and-a-half miles.

 

 

The third Christian County tornado started northeast of Taylorville, and traveled to Stonington as a category E-F-2, ending just across the Christian-Macon County line.

 

Auten added the cells that created the 3 Christian County tornadoes, started in Montgomery County, and said the tornado that came thru Taylorville was the strongest one that’s hit the town since records have been kept at the Weather Service starting in 1950.

 

Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews, told the Monday news briefing, that the tornado aftermath is improving truckload by truckload.

 

 

Crews expects a multi-agency resource center for those who lost their homes, to be open in a few days.  Crews complimented Green Hyundai of Springfield for loaning cars to those who lost their vehicles in the Saturday tornado.

 

Crews said the operations center will continue to work from 7am to 7pm.

 

Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry told the Monday news briefing that the city’s preferred agency to donate money to, is the Missions for Taylorville organization, and that financial donations are welcome.

 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp told the Monday news briefing, that Ameren is having difficulty doing their work because of gawkers.

 

 

Joe Gasparich, who is acting as the public information officer for the command center, announced that barring a weather event, Taylorville Schools will be open on Tuesday, and again asked the public to provide monetary donations and not clothing or food.

 

In the daily written statement provided to the news media on Monday, law enforcement officials stated that Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry has signed a proclamation of disaster for the City of Taylorville, in effect from December First thru the 7th.

 

The written statement also said Ameren expects to have those who still have homes but no power, to have their power restored by 6pm Monday.

 

The written statement added that Crossroads Apostolic Church at 212 Jaycee Drive in Taylorville, is the designate shelter and remains open for those needing it.

 

Finally, the written statement said that the command center has set up an official Facebook page entitled “Christian County Severe Weather and Disaster Recovery” for them to post further information to the public.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio, as we’ll continue to carry the command center news briefings when they occur.

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Taylorville Christian Church Providing Materials to Help Tornado Victims

According to Zach Crowley of Taylorville Christian Church, Convoy of Hope has provided Taylorville Christian Church with Garbage bags, plastic totes, cardboard boxes, rakes, brooms, protein cookies, and cleaning supplies. Taylorville Christian Church is encouraging those who have been affected by the tornado to stop by and get supplies.

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Salvation Army Set Up at Christian County Fair Grounds

The Midland Division of The Salvation Army is located at the Christian County Fairgrounds. Beginning at 3 in the afternoon, they will be running a Point of Distribution also known as a POD. According to Emergency Disaster Services Operational Director, Martin Reuter, residents affected by the Tornado will be given cleanup kits, and items such as water, food, and soda. If you are looking to pick up a clean up kit, it is important to bring a photo identification to prove that you are in need. Currently, The Salvation Army is feeding those who are helping in the debree removal, as well as some volunteer groups.

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Regional Radio News Business Lines Down

Until further notice, the WTIM business phone lines are down. If you are trying to contact the Miller Media Group Stations please contact 824-9846, or toll free at 866-500-9726.

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Missions for Taylorville Accepting Monetary Donations for Tornado Relief

After a catastrophic tornado hit Taylorville, many residents want to know how they can help assist in the relief effort. Currently, the city is accepting monetary donations, but there is only one source working in conjunction with the city, and 100% of the funds will go toward the rebuilding effort. Ed Legg with Missions for Taylorville explains how residents can get involved.

 

 

For those wishing to donate perishable foods, contact the Taylorville Food Pantry. It is also important to 100% of the funds donated to Missions for Taylorville will help assist the city in rebuilding efforts.

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Illinois Department of Transportation Releases Drone Video of Taylorville Tornado Devastation

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Sunday released drone video of the tornado devastation that hit Taylorville late Saturday afternoon.  The video was obtained by Fletcher Ford of Regional Media in Kewanee; our thanks to him for providing it to us.

 

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Christian County Emergency Management Agency New Release on Tornado Recovery

Monday morning at 11, the Christian County Emergency Management Agency opened up a press conference on the latest efforts after a Tornado struck Taylorville Saturday night. Taylorville Fire Chief says today will mostly focus on donations management.

 

 

Mayor Bruce Barry addressed the media as well. He mentions that the 9pm curfew is still going to be in affect until further notice.

 

 

Barry also mentioned a lot of people he wanted to thank for trying to help the situation.

 

 

As far as numbers are concerned, Ameren still has 313 customers without power. However, they expect all residences that can accept power to have it restored by 6 this evening. Damage assessment has reported that 506 total structures have been damaged, 34 have been destroyed, and 66 have major damage.

 

Emergency crews are only asking for monetary donations at this time. For those who are interested in donating, go to the Missions for Taylorville site which is maintained through US Bank. Also, the official Facebook page for information about the response and recovery activities is Christian County Severe Weather and Disaster Recovery.

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Red Cross Cleanup Kits Available to Those Affected

The Red Cross is going to have cleanup kits for residents who have homes that were affected by the tornado on Saturday night. Ted Chapman with the Taylorville Fire Department on what the kits will include.

 

 

Home owners will need a photo ID on hand, and they will need to go to the red cross shelter at the Cross Roades Apostolic Church.

 

 

Cleanup kits are expected to be available later this morning.

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Mayor Bruce Barry City Cleanup Update

It’s been two days since a Tornado came through Taylorville causing damage to hundreds of homes in the city. Crews are still working hard to clean up the debris, and Mayor Bruce Barry is still has requests for residents of the city.

 

 

Barry also mentions that they are not accepting food donations, but there are other sources accepting donations.

 

 

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Shelby County Board Running Shelby County Right

The Shelby County Board takes it upon themselves to make sure that Shelby County is in the best possible shape it could be.

 

Dave Cruitt is a Chairman of the Shelby County Board, he says there are 22 total members on the board to keep things running.

 

 

Cruitt says it is always a little surprising to hear how many offices are in court house proper.

 

 

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

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Shelby County CEO Students Enjoying the Experience

For many high school students that are getting ready to graduate next spring they are starting to think about life after high school. For some select students from a variety of Shelby County schools they have been thinking about their post high school careers since summer break began by deciding to join the CEO Program.

 

Beau Bennett has been enjoying his time in the CEO Program. Bennett says he has enjoyed speaking with some of the owners of local businesses and hearing the process of how they got to where they are today.

 

 

The final project of the CEO Program is the CEO Trade Show. For this trade show each of the participants in the class will create their own business and present it to the public on a set date. Bennett already has a pretty good idea of what he will do.

 

 

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

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Keep Your Packages Safe

Some love the rush of Black Friday and trying to get the best deals they possibly can, for others they much prefer to wait for Cyber Monday and have the Christmas presents delivered to their residence.

 

Officer Alan Mills with the Taylorville Police Department says they get reports of packages being stolen year round, but around the holidays there is a spike in the amount of packages stolen.

 

 

There have been reports of potential thieves following delivery trucks around to see what they can grab. Mills says he would recommend having your packages delivered to your place of work if the boss is okay with that.

 

 

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

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Program Available for those in Need of Assistance with Social Security

When people hear Social Security they tend to think that it is exclusively for the elderly and their benefit.

 

Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration Jack Myers says the fact that it is always associated with advanced age is just a stereotype.

 

 

Myers explains how the process works if there is someone out there that needs help managing their Social Security.

 

 

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

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Christian County Emergency Management Releases Structure Damage Numbers; Curfew In Effect

The Christian County Emergency Management Agency early this evening released the damage assessment report from Saturday's tornado in Taylorville.

 

E-M-A says of the 301 total structures assessed, of those 53 recieved major damage, 29 were destroyed, and 219 were damaged but inhabitable which is 99% complete.

 

Taylorville Police Department and Christian County Sheriff’s Office have implemented a 9:00 PM curfew for areas affected by the Tornado. Violators are subject to arrest or fines. There is also no burning allowed to get rid of debris. 

Food safety information is available from the Christian County Health Department.

 

Ameren has reported that they are expecting all but 300 residnets to have power restored by midnight.

 

At approximately 5:15 last evening the City of Taylorville and surrounding areas were impacted by tornadic winds. Many residences were impacted and people sustained injuries.

 

If residents find that there is a power line down or if they suspect a gas leak, they should contact Christian County 911 immediately and they should not try to correct or mitigate the hazard on their own.

 

The City of Taylorville was broken down into two geographical areas that were being checked throughout the night for people that may be trapped in residences and any secondary hazards such as downed power lines or gas leaks.

 

Residents will be given information later on what to do with their debris in a later press briefing. Citizens may begin clearing debris if they are physically capable of doing so. Debris should be segregated into woody debris and construction and demolition debris. The woody debris will be collected first and it should be moved to curbside so responders can begin the process of removing debris.

 

Residents should be cautions of contractors that offer services for debris removal or home clean-up and restoration. The contractor must be approved through the City of Taylorville before they will be allowed to work in the effected areas.

If residents are without power and they can seek temporary shelter with relatives or friends they are encouraged to do so. Residents will be given information on what to do with their debris in a later press briefing.

 

Ameren resources are reporting several downed power poles in the Taylorville area that have been destroyed and they are mobilizing resources to begin restoration efforts.

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital reported that 21 patients were treated for storm related injuries. 3 patients were transferred to other hospitals and one of the patients was critically injured.

 

All of Taylorville Public Schools will be closed on Monday due to storm damage as will Visionway Schools.

 

Please stay tuned to the Miller Media Group radio stations and on-line at taylorvilledailynews.com for continued coverage of the tornado aftermath.

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Photo Album of Taylorville Tornado Damage Posted on Taylorvilledailynews.com Facebook Page

Some 40 pictures taken by Fletcher Ford for the Miller Media Group, have been posted to the taylorvilledailynews.com Facebook page.  Many thanks to Fletcher, the radio son of Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, for making a late night trip from the Quad Cities, to Taylorville to assist the Miller Media Group staff in covering the destruction of Saturday's tornado.

 

Here is the link:

 

https://www.facebook.com/taylorvilledailynewscom-130022937017896/?ref=bookmarks

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Ameren Working on Power Outrages

With parts of Taylorville without power the first question on residnets minds is when will it be restored. Kelly Hendrickson with Ameren says there is still a good number of homes without power and Ameren is working their hardest to get the power back on.

 

 

Hendrickson says that they are being slowed down with debris and while she does not have the exact time power should be restored she says check the outage map online at amerenillinois.com.

 

 

Power lines have been reported down, Hendrickson says exercise caution when clearing debris as there could be down power lines hidden.

 

 

Regional Radio News will continue to update as news comes in, for up to date information head to Taylorvilledailynews.com

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Congressman Davis Urging Residents to Stay Inside and let Emergency Crews do Their Jobs

The Tornado that tore through central Illinois last night really took a tole on residents throughout Christian County. Rodney Davis of Taylorville says this is personal to him, as the Congressional representative for the 13th district of Illinois he has seen the surrounding areas deal with tornadoes, this is the first one to hit his home town of Taylorville.

 

 

Davis encourages residents to go to the Christian Country Severe Weather and Disaster Facebook page for help if it is needed, or call 825-8846 or 824-2295.

 

 

Davis says the damage is terrible but he is asking residents to stay away from going out for a drive to look at all the damage as the emergency crews need to get through.

 

 

Regional Radio News will continue to update as news comes in, for up to date information head to Taylorvilledailynews.com

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Chris Miller of National Weather Service Tornado Update

With Taylorville dealing with the aftermath of the Tornado Chris Miller with the National Weather Service says crews are out assessing the damage done by what the National Weather Service reported as a catastrophic tornado. 

 

 

Miller says it is rare to have tornadoes this late in the year, although it is not unheard of in surrounding counties this is the first tornado on record for Christian County in December.

 

 

Miller says more for up to the minute information head to weather.gov/lincoln.

 

 

Regional Radio will continue to provide updates throughout the day, for up to date information head to Taylorvilledailynews.com

 

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Taylorville Tornado Devestation in Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

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CORRECTION To Story on Storm Shelter Location

CORRECTION to story on storm shelter location: 

 

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for those displaced by the tornado that hit Taylorville Saturday afternoon.  The correct location is Crossroads Church, 212 Jaycee Drive just off Illinois Route 29 on the city's east side.

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Emergency Units Continue to Respond in Tornado Aftermath

At approximately 5:15 Saturday afternoon, Taylorville was impacted by a tornado causing damage to much of the city. As of 11pm Saturday night 30 patients have been transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. However, no fatalities were reported. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews shared an update of the situation in the field addressed in a press conference at 11pm Saturday night, carried live on the Miller Media Group radio stations.

 

 

Currently, all residents are being asked to stay off the streets, and allow emergency units to drive from place to place as freely as possible. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp with more.

 

 

Regional Radio News will continue to cover the latest in the aftermath of the Tornado. Updates will come through News Talk WTIM, and TaylorvilleDailyNews.com.

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Stonington Fire House Available for Stonington Residents If Needed After Tornado

Nathan Rybolt from the Stonington Fire Protection District, has informed Regional Radio News that the Stonington fire house is open to all Stonington Fire Protection District residents, if they need shelter after Saturday's tornado.

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Shelter Set Up to House Those Displaced by Taylorville Tornado; Volunteers Needed by Red Cross, Taylorville Street Crews

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Taylorville High School, for those displaced by the Taylorville tornado Saturday afternoon.

 

The Red Cross has also set up a phone number for volunteers to call to help in the aftermath of the tornado that hit Taylorville Saturday afternoon.  That number is:  (661) 992-6031.

 

And, the Red Cross has set up a family unification line, to assist family members connect with those they have not heard from as a result of Saturday's Taylorville tornado.  That number is:   (844) 319-6560.

 

The Taylorville Street Department has announced that they will be at the Christian County Fairgrounds on Sunday morning, to organize volunteers in clearing city streets that have not been cleared of trees and limbs from Saturday's storm.

 

 

 

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Taylorville Food Pantry To Be Open Sunday Morning

Amy Hagen with the Taylorville Food Pantry, has informed Regional Radio News, that the pantry will be open on Sunday from 8am to 10am for free distribution of food to those who need it following this afternoon's tornado.

 

The Taylorville Food Pantry is located at 1429 East Main Cross.

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Ameren Says Distribution Poles Taken Down After Tornado; Crews Having Difficulty Getting to Damage

A spokesperson for Ameren Illinois just spoke on-air with the Miller Media Group radio stations, and told our Danny Russell that power in many areas of Taylorville is out due to distribution lines in the city being down.

 

She urged people to stay in their homes, and report any power our gas outages to call Ameren at 800-755-5000.

 

She added that the number of trees blocking roads, has been an hinderance to crews to get to the damaged lines.

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Taylorville Mayor Asking People to Stay Home After Tornado Hits the Town

Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry is asking Taylorville residents to stay in their homes tonight and stay out of the way of the emergency crews that are clearing the streets, checking on homes that may have people trapped, and get power crews into restore power.

 

Barry just spoke with Regional Radio News, and said that 15 minor injuries were being treated at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

Stay tuned to the Miller Media Group radio stations for wall to wall coverage.

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Homes Damaged, Trees Down, Power Lines Down After Tornado Hits Christian County

A tornado which the National Weather Service called as catrostrophic, hit Christian County during the 5 o'clock hour this afternoon, with roofs torn off, trees and power lines down.

 

Law enforcement agencies are urging Taylorville residents to stay put, while emergency vehicles and power crews work to get streets cleared, getting to homes that may have people trapped, and get power restored.

 

Illinois State Police are asking motorists to NOT travel to Taylorville until further notice.

 

The Miller Media Group radio stations are doing wall to wall coverage on all 6 of its signals that originate from our Taylorville studios.

 

Here is the chronology of how the tornado hit Christian County, according to the "Local Storm Report" page of the National Weather Service in Lincoln:

 

0451 PM     TORNADO          MORRISONVILLE           39.42N 89.46W
12/01/2018                   CHRISTIAN          IL   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE


0506 PM     TORNADO          1 E PALMER              39.46N 89.39W
12/01/2018                   CHRISTIAN          IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TORNADO SPOTTED ON THE GROUND

0521 PM     TORNADO          TAYLORVILLE             39.52N 89.26W
12/01/2018                   CHRISTIAN          IL   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            MULTIPLE POWER FLASHES REPORTED.

0528 PM     HAIL             STONINGTON              39.64N 89.19W
12/01/2018  E0.88 INCH       CHRISTIAN          IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

0530 PM     HAIL             STONINGTON              39.64N 89.19W
12/01/2018  E1.00 INCH       CHRISTIAN          IL   TRAINED SPOTTER


0532 PM     TSTM WND GST     CAPITAL AIRPORT         39.84N 89.68W
12/01/2018  M75.00 MPH       SANGAMON           IL   ASOS


0543 PM     FLOOD            SHERMAN                 39.89N 89.61W
12/01/2018                   SANGAMON           IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            MINOR ROADWAY FLOODING REPORTED IN TOWN.

0554 PM     TORNADO          4 W BOODY               39.77N 89.13W
12/01/2018                   MACON              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            HOUSE SHIFTED OFF FOUNDATION

0600 PM     HEAVY RAIN       CAPITAL AIRPORT         39.84N 89.68W
12/01/2018  M1.32 INCH       SANGAMON           IL   ASOS

 

Stay tuned to the Miller Media Group radio stations as we continue wall to wall coverage thru-out the night.

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Tornado Hits Christian County

At around 5:30 in the afternoon a tornado touched down in Christian County moving North East at approximately 35 miles per hour. It first hit Morrisonville before making its way to Taylorville, and further North East toward Blue Mound. 

 

In Taylorville some houses were severely damaged, and the Taylorville Fire Department has set up a command center at the Fire House. According to Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, some residents have been reported as trapped inside buildings. All emergency crews are working as fast as possible to respond to any and all emergencies.

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TCCU Giving Away Two Scholarships to THS Seniors

Taylorville Community Credit Union is going to award 2 Taylorville High School Seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. Local residents will have until February 28th to “Stop. SHOP. VOTE!” in TCCU’s 5th Annual Scholarship Program. A total of 35 THS seniors are in the running for the scholarship, and shoppers will have the chance to vote for a student when shopping at participating local business. TCCU President, Will Perkins, says it is way to give back to local communities.

 

 

Perkins also says that it is a great opportunity for students as well as local businesses. 

 

 

Among those 35 THS Seniors who have a chance at the $1,000 scholarship, there are 35 local business participating. 

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LLCC-Taylorville Donates over 400 Non-Perishable Food Items

Lincoln Land Community College – Taylorville sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive from November 1st through the 14th in which students and faculty collected non-perishable food items. Tisha Miller, Enrollment Coordinator at LLCC, says this was the third year of the food drive.

 

 

The participation from students was high, and so was the amount donated.

 

 

The class who donated the most non-perishable food items was Public Speaking Fundamentals taught by Elizabeth Fines. Their class won a pizza party.

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