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Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Announces Keynote Speaker for Annual Banquet

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the 112th Annual Banquet and Awards of Excellence on May 3rd. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says she is looking forward to giving out their awards for the year.

 

 

Also, the Keynote Speaker has been scheduled, and it will be Matt Hart who grew up in Taylorville.

 

 

For those who are wanting to attend, they need to RSVP by April 24th and it is a cost of $40 per person. 

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National Nutrition Month is a Time to Reflect on Diet

March is National Nutrition Month and is a time where residents really take a look at if they are eating right, and often the answer is no.

 

Matt McPherson is a Clinical Dietitian with HSHS Good Shepherd. He says the job of a dietitian is often over looked but makes a huge difference in the daily lives of patients.

 

 

McPherson knows is can be tough to follow a diet with all the temptations that are around us but says baby steps at first can lead to bigger changes in the future.

 

 

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

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PCW Medically Monitored Weight Loss Program

As temperatures are steadily rising before we know it once again it’ll be time to be back pool side, and for some that can be difficult if they are needing to lose some weight.

 

This is where Physicians Choice Wellness comes in and assists. Program Director Tara Nickerson shares what the goal of PCW is.

 

 

Nickerson says PCW is unique compared to other weight loss centers, for example PCW offers medically monitored weight loss programs.

 

 

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

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State Representative Avery Bourne Speaks Out Against New Abortion Bills

Activists from across the state attended a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday to protest against two abortion bills moving the General Assembly. One of the two bills making its rounds would remove medical certification requirements for staff at an abortion facility, and remove state inspection requirements from abortion facilities. Abortion has long been a heavily debated topic, and many republicans in Illinois have spoken out against the bills including State Representative Avery Bourne.

 

 

Bourne goes as far to say that the bill is dangerous compared to many of the policy goals in place.

 

 

Bourne spoke, along with several other House Republican’s, about their problems with the new bills.

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Mystery Business After Hours for April

Wednesday night Taylorville residents gathered at T Franklin Building off of Spresser Street for yet another Business After Hours.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says this event was a special one as instead of there being one host there were three.

 

 

As for the next Business After Hours, Hornbuckle says that one is still up in the air as it was supposed to be at Alexander Lumber but since they closed their doors a replacement is needed.

 

 

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

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Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, one way to get ahead of the game is to get regularly scheduled checkups.

 

Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville says this is the second leading cause of death in the United States among cancers.

 


She says there are some preventative methods to try out, first and foremost is getting some exercise and living healthy.

 

 

Exercise is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle, Peterson does have some foods to recommend blending into your diet for cancer prevention as well.

 

 

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

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4H Week Just Over A Month Away

4H week is just over a month away and Central Illinois is starting to get excited for what all this week will bring.

 

4H Program Coordinator with the Moultrie Douglas County U of I Extension Office Angie Welker says this is a week that they obviously are proud to be a part of.

 

 

Welker says there are multiple clubs to join to be involved in 4H both in Moultrie and Douglas County. 

 

 

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

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Spring Youth Sports Fair Ready for March 27th

Taylorville is hosting another youth sports fair for the spring season, and its a great opportunity to see what sports will be offered in Christian County this spring. Julie Solliday with Taylorville Youth sports is excited for this years’ fair.

 

 

Solliday says she hopes to see a similar turnout to the last sports fair they held in the fall.

 

 

The fair is for grades K-5th grade, and will be held on March 27th from 5-7pm at Calvary Baptist Church Gym.

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PCH Co-Sponsoring Fallen Comrades Ceremony

Pana Community Hospital and Quad County Hospice are co-sponsoring the Fallen Comrades Ceremony on March 29th. The Ceremony is going to be put on by Opus Peace, a non-profit organization who help aging veterans with what they call a “soul injury”. The Celebration Leader of the event is Roger Swim, and he explains more on what exactly a soul injury is.

 

 

Swim says that the Fallen Comrades Ceremony is for more than just veterans.

 

 

The Ceremony will be at First United Methodist Church in Pana at 7 in the afternoon.

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Edna Bailey Says it is Time to Renovate Streets Department in Sullivan

As March is winding to a close so is the campaign trails for the potential City Council representatives for the City of Sullivan.

 

Edna Bailey is also running to be head of Streets and Public Works, she says there is no ignoring it, the streets in Sullivan have seen better days as have many of the buildings.

 

 

Bailey says the Streets department is more than  due for a building upgrade as compared to the others it would be considered the runt of the litter.

 

 

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

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Street and Public Works Candidate Sees Problems First Hand

Soon Sullivan will have their City Council all set but until then election season is in full swing as multiple candidates are vying for the opportunity to represent Sullivan.

 

Nancy Barker is running to be head of Streets and Public Works, she says this is a topic that hits close to home quite literally as they deal with flooding on a regular basis.

 

 

Barker says the good news is a meeting happened recently that could spark the potential change that is needed for the community.

 

 

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

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Nokomis Without Water

The City of Nokomis is currently without water after a water line has been hit. The city is currently working to repair the line, and once repaired, Nokomis will be under a boil order until further notice. Regional Radio News will provide updates as more information is released.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Announces 2019 Chillifest Dates

Dates have been announced for the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.

 

This year’s event will take place October 5th and 6th.  

 

This year’s Chillifest will again return many of the favorites attendees have enjoyed, as well as 2 days of International Chilli Society judging in several different categories.

 

The Chamber will again serve its famous Chillifest chilli, as well as Pepsi products, under the Purple and Gold tent on the south side of the Courthouse Square.

 

As the schedule gets finalized in coming months, you’ll find it and all the contest entry forms, at the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Dental Services for Kids, Ameren Tornado Response at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about efforts to provide free dental services to children, and Ameren’s response to the December 1 tornado, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kiwanis member Raedena Ryan reported on the  "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids" program, supported by the local Kiwanis Club.  She told the club that Dr. David Trost leads an organization called "Miles of Smiles" that provides free dental checkups to school children across the state.  They in turn refer students from Taylorville schools in need of urgent dental care to Central Illinois Smiles.
   
A grant of $2,500 from our Kiwanis Club (matched with another $2,500 by the TMH Foundation) was used to fund oral surgery and other services beyond what Dr. Greg Haarman's clinic, Central Illinois Smiles could provide.  Haarman is also a Kiwanis member.

Program speaker for the day was Karly Combest, Community Relations Coordinator Division 4 for Ameren Illinois on Storm & Disaster Preparedness.   She reported on the Taylorville Tornado last December First which included a peak outage count of 2,600 of which all were restored by midnight on December 3rd.  273 total resources were engaged in the restoration effort, they replaced 140 poles, 39 transformers and over 10,000 feet of conductor.  Ameren responded to 68 gas leak calls and four different locations of blowing gas.

Combest had with her Shelley Beierle, Distribution Design Specialist of Ameren Illinois, Pana Operations Center.

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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Christian County Farm Bureau Wrapping Up Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings are officially wrapped up at the Christian County Farm Bureau is once again excited to get back to helping you working in the field.

 

Matthew Heberling is with the Christian County Farm Bureau he says even with a harsh winter they stayed plenty busy in terms of educational meetings.

 

 

Heberling says the next step was meeting with country financial in terms of insurance claims and new this year will be the utilization of drones.

 

 

Heberling appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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Moultrie County Health Department Sponsoring Certified Food Protection Manager's Class

The Moultrie County Health Department is sponsoring a Certified Food Protection Manager’s class in April to provide certification for food service managers. Jeff Houska explains more on what the class is.

 

 

Houska shares who could benefit from attending the class.
 

 

The class will be held April 24th from 8am-5pm at the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. 

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Taylorville Youth Cheer Brings on New President and Board

Taylorville Youth Cheer has revamped their board, and new president Billie Heberling is ready to start over from scratch.

 

 

Heberling says that they may have a new board, but their main values will remain the same.

 

 

Heberling says that their first sign up date will be from 9am-12pm at Manner’s Park on April 6th.

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Horticulture Educator has Busy Winter Planning

As a Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Tayloville you may think that during the rough winter months Andrew Holsinger gets some time off.

 

Holsinger says this is not the case as he may not be out in the field as much but he spends much of that time planning for the season ahead.

 

 

Holsinger says agriculture should not go unnoticed in the state of Illinois as it is very important.

 

 

Holsinger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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CCFS Ready to Get Back to Work

Christian County FS has been around for nearly a century now and every year around this time the itch to get back to farming grows stronger than ever.

 

Nathan Rogers with Christian County FS explains how they can work for you and ensure that your yield is as successful as it has ever been.

 

 

Rogers says after a great year last year he cannot wait to get back to work, but understands that mother nature is not always the most courteous.

 

 

Rogers appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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Billie Heberling Running for Alderman of Ward 3

Billie Heberling wants your vote to be the new Alderman of Ward 3 in Taylorville. Heberling says she is no stranger to the city government as her father was involved for years, now she sees it as her time and she wants to be a voice for Ward 3.

 

 

Heberling already has some ideas in the works in terms of how to help the city save or make some money

 

 

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

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TMH Foundation Accepting Applications for John H. Butterfield Scholarship

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced that they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship. Executive Director of the Foundation, Raedena Ryan, explains more.

 

 

Ryan says that the scholarships are available to anyone in Christian County with an interest in agriculture or nutrition.

 

 

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant, and the deadline to apply is April 1st.

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Treasurer Frerichs Wants Marijuana Vendors to Use Banks

Marijuana is a hot topic of discussion across the country and currently 33 states have marijuana use available in some capacity, either for recreational use or medicinal.

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he is hoping to get banking and marijuana together but right now there are some legal issues at the federal level.

 

 

Frerichs says he is hopeful that Congress will give this the OK. He admits it has been slow moving for now but has his fingers crossed that discussions could intensify any day now.

 

 

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

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Earl Walters Running for Alderman of Ward 4

Earl Walters is once again up for re-election to be the Alderman of Ward 4 in Taylorville. Walters first became and Alderman in 1983 and brings 19 years of experience to the Talyorville City Council as an Alderman. 

 

 

Walters says he wants to be as thorough as possible to make sure that the right decision can be made the first go around.

 

 

Walters has always been big on community involvement and giving back to the community, something that was instilled in him at an early age.

 

 

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

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City Council Honors Taylorville Food Bank on Monday

On Monday night, the Taylorville City Council held their second monthly meeting at City Hall. First honored was the Taylorville Food Pantry for their continued dedication to help the Taylorville residents, especially in the aftermath of the December tornado. Mayor Bruce Barry says the pantry stepped up during the city’s time of need.

 

 

Following that, the council passed 3 motions, including one to extend the completion date for the Taylorville Steak N Shake. Barry says a delay in putting the sewer in contributed to the extension.

 

 

Following that, the council discussed committee reports where motions were passed from the Personnel, Emergency Services, Lake and Airport, and Water and Environmental committees were passed. After committee reports, the Council entered a closed session.

 

The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month.

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Shelby County Health Fair Coming Soon

Soon Shelbyville residents will have the opportunity to head out to the Shelby County Health Fair.

 

Betty Watkins is with Sail which is a center to promote independent living, she shares when and where the Shelby County Health Fair will be held.

 

 

Watkins says this will be an event that you do not want to miss, not only will you get to learn a healthy lifestyle but it will be fun as well.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Steak N' Shake Nearing Completion

Midway through March, Taylorville’s new Steak N’ Shake is nearing completion. The new restaurant is expecting to be done with construction by the end of March according to David Bruno with Stuller Inc.

 

 

With just a few more steps left in the building process, Bruno shares what is left to be done.

 

 

Bruno fully expect for the building to finish on schedule.

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TMH Hosting Informational Forum on Marijuana, Opioids

The Christian County Prevention Coalition will host an inofrmational forum on medical and recreational marijuana as well as opioids on Wednesday, March 27th. Conny Mueller Moody with the Illinois Department of Public Health will be a guest speaker, on who can best benefit from the forum.

 

 

Moody says that the IDPH is trying to use these forums as a way to further educate people across the state on medical marijuana.

 

 

The program is free, no registration is required, and it will be hosted in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.

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LEAD Program Visits Springfield

The Christian County LEADership program focused on state government last week when they visited the state’s capitol. Linda Smith with the program says that they visit Springfield every year.

 

 

The group also got to speak with Avery Bourne who Smith says is one of the most accessible legislators she’s ever met.

 

 

The group also got to meet with lobbyist Pam Weber, before their visit concluded.

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Changes Coming to the Streets of Shelbyville

Changes are coming to the streets of Shelbyville and the City Officials cannot wait to show off the renovations to the public.

 

Thomas Schafer is the Street Commissioner in Shelbyville he explains the project they have been working on since he joined the committee.

 

 

Schafer says for this project good will not be good enough, he is looking for something the will really grab someone’s attention.

 

 

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

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Mayor Johnson Happy with Success of Shelbyville

Shelbyville is getting into the swing of election season as residents will be hitting the polls hard before too much longer.

 

Mayor Jeff Johnson is up for re-election he has been the Mayor of Shelbyville for 6 years now.

 

 

Johnson says he is proud of what all Shelbyville has been able to accomplish in recent memory and is looking forward to continued growth for the city.

 

 

Johnson knows that all the grants have helped and he says he owes a big thank you to his team that helps get these grants for the city.

 

 

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

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Pana Hopeful for New Dog Park

A group of residents in Pana have been hard at work for almost a year in hopes of bringing a dog park to town. Among the group is Francis Schmitz, and she says the idea to add a dog park originated from her kids.

 

 

Schmitz says that not only will it add a place to let dogs exercise, but a place for people to socialize as well.

 

 

Schmitz says they hope to have the park done within a year.

 

 

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Shelby County CEO Students Enjoying the Program

Thursday was the 14th annual Farm City Breakfast hosted by the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. The Shelby County CEO program joined the breakfast, and student Cassidy Tucker shares what the CEO experience is like.

 

 

Student Beau Bennet mentions some of the businesses the class has been fortunate to visit, including a bobby pin factory.

 

 

Tucker and Bennett were guests on Miller Media Station WRAN’s remote broadcast.

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Ag Lit Chicks Back in the Classroom

Every year the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville looks for ways to get ag involved in the classroom, one of their more popular methods is the Ag Lit Chicks.

 

4H and Ag Lit Program Coordinator Rebecca Livingston says this is personally one of her favorite things the extension office does as the kids really get involved.

 

 

Livingston says it can be tricky to keep the chick eggs at the perfect temperature with humidity playing a factor as well.

 

 

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

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3 on 3 Youth Basketball Back at CC YMCA

Nothing quite makes the ears of someone who lives in the Midwest quite like the word basketball, it is a game that we play from an early age. The Christian County YMCA is ready for the next wave of young basketball players come out and play.

 

Mary Kate Curtin is the Membership and Marketing Director for the YMCA. She is excited to announce that the 3 on 3 basketball co-ed league is once again back this year after there was a possibility of it not returning.

 

 

Curtin says the league has come along way since its first year, as now the have the multiple courts for all the different age groups.

 

 

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

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High Wind Warning in Affect for Regional Radio Coverage Area

A high wind warning is in effect east of I-55 from 9 am to 10 pm today, with a wind advisory from I-55 west. Southwest winds will increase to 25-40 mph with gusts of 45-55 mph by late morning and afternoon, with some gusts of 55-65 mph possible this afternoon and early evening in eastern Illinois.

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Grant Wade Wants Your Vote For City Council

City Councilmen in Sullivan are campaigning for to get ready for election day which is coming up

 

Grant Wade is a City Councilman for Sullivan he shares his beginnings in getting involved with the community.

 

 

Wade started getting involved in the community when he first moved to Sullivan. He found once he got started it was hard to stop adding groups to his list.

 

 

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

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Jackson Family of Dealership has Deals for You

Jackson Family of Dealerships in Sullivan wants to do everything they can to get you and your family your newest car that fits your needs.

 

John Busch is the Sales Manager at Jackson, he knows that they would not have the success they do without the staff they have on hand. They have a staff of five with a great mix of personalities Doug McFarland is the veteran of the group.

 

 

Busch says GM is hot right now in terms of the deals they have and the rebates they are willing to offer. 

 

 

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

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Pana Jr High Earns Grant for Chicago Trip

More than 6,500 students will visit Illinois state parks, natural areas, museums to learn about the nature and conservation thanks to grant funding through the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. In Christian County, Pana Junior High will be making a trip to Chicago according to Ed Cross with the IDNR.

 

 

According to Cross, there is also some other nearby county schools that will be taking trips themselves.

 

 

Winners of the grant represented 36 counties in Illinois.

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Mike Kirk Running for Sullivan City Council

Mike Kirk is also a City Councilman for Sullivan he was born and raised in Shelbyville but upon taking a job out of high school in Sullivan he never left.
 

 

 
Kirk explains his beginnings as a Councilman for the City of Sullivan.
 

 

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

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Spring Soccer Registration at the CC YMCA

There is always plenty going on at the Christian County YMCA and with the temperatures rising with spring around the corner more activities are on the way.

 

Mary Kate Curtin is the Membership and Marketing Director for the YMCA. She wants to make the public aware of the upcoming spring soccer league saying that you can save a little cash if you sign up by this weekend.

 

 

As for how many teams will be in the league Curtin says they are unsure at the moment, it all depends on how many kids they get. Once kids are signed up they will have regularly one practice a week and games on Saturday. 

 

 

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

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Spring Trout Season in Illinois Begins April 6th

The 2019 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday April 6th at 58 different ponds. Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a popular area to fish is at Manners Park.

 

 

Cross says that overall, it’s just something fun to take part in for everyone involved.

 

 

For more information on trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, go to www.ifishillinois.org.

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Nokomis High School Hosting Community Blood Drive this March

Nokomis High School will host a community blood drive March 25th, and donor relations consultant, Libby Bair, says they’re encouraging all blood types to come out.

 

 

Bair also notes that its important to remember donating blood can help save more than just one life.

 

 

The blood drive will be held at Nokomis High School from 9am-2pm.

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Fuerstenau Officially Resigns as Superintendent of Taylorville Schools

Monday night the rumors were made true when Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau formally tendered his letter of resignation. 

 

Fuerstenau says this is a tough decision for him to make but says the timing is right for him to move on, but he does assure that Taylorville is in great shape.

 

 

When asked what accomplishments stand out for him when looking back at his 12 year tenure as Superintendent, Fuerstenau says there is one that stands out above the rest.

 

 

There is a special meeting that is open to the public coming up tomorrow night at 7 at the unit office where they will officially start the search for the next Taylorville Schools Superintendent.

 

 

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

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TMH Offering Resources to Help with Vertigo

Vestibular Rehab focuses on patients with balance issues such as vertigo, and other common issues within the inner-ear. Sonali Bhole, Physical Therapist at Taylorville Memorial Hosptial, shares what Vestibular Rehab focuses on.

 

 

Having proper balance is important, and safe. Bhole says it’s very important to know how to seek help.

 

 

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Taylorville Man Claims Own Life Over the Weekend

The Taylorville Police Department reported to Regional Radio News that Saturday, March 9th at approximately 6:15pm, the Taylorville Police Department received a call of a possible suicide at 14 Dalbey Place in Taylorville. Upon arrival, officers located 75 year old William Siemers lying on the ground near a shed behind the residence with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

The Christian County Coroner’s Office and the Taylorville Police Department handled the investigation.

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Plant Sale Upcoming for Christian County Master Gardeners

The Christian County Master Gardeners are have a plant sale coming up and are hoping to see you there.

 

Linda Smith is a Christian County Master Gardener she says the plant sale may be coming up in May but be prepared to get there early as the open doors at nine and often sell out by noon.

 

 

The plants at the plant sale will be sold in pots Smith recommends getting these plants into the ground as soon as possible.

 

 

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

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This Week Declared Flood Safety Awareness Week

Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the united states, and it’s important to be prepared. As a part of sever weather preparedness month, this week has been claimed Flood Safety Awareness week. Rebecca Clark says it is important for people to review their insurance coverage because a flood could happen quickly.

 

 

Flooding can always be a safety hazard, especially on the road. One phrase to go by is “Turn around, don’t drown”.

 

 

To avoid flooding in the home, make sure the sump pump in your household is functioning properly.

 

 

For more information on flood preparedness, visit Ready.Illinois.Gov.

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Megan Bryant Running for Alderman of Ward 3

One thing is for sure Ward 3 in Taylorville will have a new Alderman after the upcoming election concludes.

 

Megan Bryant is running to be the Ward 3 representative, she says she has wanted to run for a while now and the timing finally feels right.

 

 

Bryant knows that Ward 3 has a long way to go in terms of tornado recovery, she says she is hoping to become the new Alderman and help turn the corner in the Ward.

 

 

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

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Bourne not on Board with New Graduated Income Tax

Last week Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the arrival of his new graduated income tax plan.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois in the House of Representatives, she sees multiple red flags with the new income tax plan.

 

 

Bourne sees that the current flat tax Illinois operates under is seems to be working fine, she is curious how this will work down the road.

 

 

In the eyes of Bourne, Illinois has two advantages in its tax code. With the new graduated income tax plan one of those advantages will be gone, which could lead to more residents leaving the state.

 

 

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

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School Board Votes to Close Stonington, Superintendent Resigns

On Monday night, the Taylorville School Board held their monthly meeting, and every seat in the room was filled as it was an impactful night. After the Treasurer's report was given, the board moved on to the consideration of personnel where Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau officially read his letter of resignation which will be effective July 1st. After reflecting on his years in Taylorville, Fuerstenau thinks its a good time for a change, and see new faces on the board.

 

 

After that, the board moved on and voted on the closure of Stonington Elementary School, something that has been a major topic of discussion for months. The board ultimately decided to close down the building by a vote of 7-1, and Fuerstenau shares what will happen moving forward.

 

 

Also, the board will try to make use of the building moving forward.

 

 

The Taylorville School Board meets on the second Monday of every month.

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Shelbyville Public Library Keeping up with the Times

The Shelbyville Public Library has been a staple in the community for as long as anyone can remember.

 

Director Monica Cameron says one of her favorite parts of her job is seeing faces light up when someone walks through the door.

 

 

Cameron says with technology always advancing the library had to adapt and make some changes to keep with the times.

 

 

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

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Moultrie County Agencies Co-Hosting Drug Take Back Day

Several Moultrie County agencies are banding together to co-sponsor a one-day prescription medication take back event in April. Public Health Services Coordinator Glenda Plunkett on the basics of the drug take back day.

 

 

It is dangerous to have old, expired, drugs taking up space in cabinets. That makes this the perfect time to turn in old, unused drugs.

 

 

The Drug Take back day is on April 27th.

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After Being Delayed Prairie Days Ready for April

After being delayed by weather in September, Prairie Days is on its way. Maureen Bruns with the Christian County Historical Society, say there will be plenty available to do.

 

 

Typically, the event is held in September, but due to some rough weather it had to be pushed back to April. However, Bruns says this will most likely be a one time thing.

 

 

Praire Days will be held on the weekend of April 6th and 7th.

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Shortage of Teachers for Illinois as Schools Start to Hire for Upcoming Year

It is not a secret that the state of Illinois is hurting for teachers, with spring aroudn the corner this is the time schools start their hiring process.

 

Superintendent of Shelbyville Schools Denise Bense says there is a crisis in Illinois in terms of unfilled positions.

 

 

Bence feels fortunate for the fact they have only one unfilled position among the staff. She explains what the issue might be stemming from.

 

 

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

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New Visitor Guides Arrive Today for Shelby County Office of Tourism

The Shelby County Office of Tourism has been hard at work for weeks attempting to perfect the visitor guides for the new season.

 

Freddie Fry is the Director of the Shelby County Tourism Office, she says today is a day that they have been waiting a while for now.

 

 

Fry says they made some changes a few years ago that has been extremely beneficial for the visitor guide to make it more appealing and easy to understand.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Kiwanis Holds Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

-The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

The meeting was called to order by incoming President Sarah VanHuss.

Dr. Ron Mizer introduced his special guest, Beth Goodwin of Dwight, Illinois, who is Ron’s sister.

 

Reports were given on the final numbers for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, board elections for the 2019-2020 term and scholarship planning.

 

Committee reports heard included those being the Secretary's report, treasurer's report, monthly programs, membership, Priority One, Builders and Key Clubs, Kiwanis Park, Interclub, Spiritual Values, Public Relations, Funding and Fundraising.

 

Blain Cornwell also gave his report as Lt. Governor of District 30 in Illinois which included membership levels among many other topics.

 

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:   The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting at Tuesday’s weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  From the left:  Beth Goodwin of Dwight, Illinois, a visiting guest of Kiwanis member Dr. Ron Mizer; incoming Kiwanis president Sarah Van Huss who presided at the meeting; and Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor and Taylorville Kiwanis member Blain Cornwell.

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All Gardener Day in Litchfield on Saturday, March 16th

On Saturday, March 16th folks with gather from near and far to attend All Gardeners Day in Litchfield

 

Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension will be attending the event he says this is a great opportunity for all gardeners to come out not matter what their skill level is.

 

 

There will be multiple speakers at this event, Holsinger shares who you can hear from and what you can expect to hear from them.

 

 

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

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Cooking Under Pressure Class Coming to TMH

Next Thursday residents have the opportunity to stop by Taylorville Memorial Hospital to be a part of their Cooking Under Pressure class.

 

Registered Dietitian at TMH Janelle Cornell says a huge thank you goes out to the Christian County Extension Office for helping put this class together.

 

 

Cornell explains when and where you need to be and wants to remind you that this class is free and there is still time to register.

 

 

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

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PCH Closing Front Entrance as Phase II Construction Begins

Pana Community Hospital has begun Phase II of their building project, and it will lead to changes for many of their patients. Marketing Manager Melissa Rybolt says the front entrance will no longer be available, but they have alternate options for the time being.

 

 

The temporary entrances will be at the following locations of the hospital.

 

 

Phase II of the construction process is expected to last roughly 6 months. 

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Gordman's Officially Opens Taylorville Location

Gordman’s Officially opened their new location in Taylorville on Thursday. Many people were on hand for the much anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony. New Store Manager, Sierra Hunt, is excited for what the new store can bring to Taylorville.

 

 

Also exciting was the ribbon cutting ceremony. Hunt says it was a lot of work to prepare the store, but they were excited to finally reach opening day.

 

 

Gordman’s officially opened doors Thursday morning at 9.

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Lead Program Hears from Business Panel

Every Wednesday the Christian County Lead Program has the opportunity to tour a facility and learn the ins and outs of business.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerece Patty Hornbuckle says this week the Lead Program shifted gears a little bit.

 

 

Hornbuckle says this panel is one of her favorite get together the Lead Program has and this year was a first in terms of a husband and wife both speaking.

 

 

One of Hornbuckle’s favorite aspects of this panel is the fact that there are so many people to hear from which gives the opportunity to hear so many different paths taken to success.

 

 

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

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Winter Weather Advisory in Affect Until Friday Morning

 

Much of the Regional Radio Coverage Area will be affected by winter weather until Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from now until 10 in the morning, March 8th. A mix of snow and freezing drizzle will be possible for much of central Illinois. Be sure to proceed with caution while traveling, and Regional Radio News will provide updates as necessary.

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Mike Fowler Running for Sullivan Electric Commissioner

Sullivan soon will be finding out who is their newest Commissioner of Public Property, or as it is more commonly known in the area the Electric Commissioner.

 

Mike Fowler has plenty of experience when it comes to the electrical field. He says he has been thinking about running for a while but decided he wants to get in and make a difference.

 

 

Fowler shares what he is hoping ot accomplish if elected as the next Commissioner of Public Property for Sullivan.

 

 

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

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Ann Short Running for Re-Election as Mayor of Sullivan

It is election season in Sullivan and the area is in full swing with candidates vying to be the next elected official.

 

Ann Short is running for re-election for the Mayor of Sullivan, she explains that while she is the Mayor of Sullivan she has multiple other hats she has to wear.

 

 

While Short is often reluctant to sing her own praises she does say that she is proud of everything she and her team has accomplished.

 

 

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

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Central Illinois Foodbank Gets $10,000 Grant

The Central Illinois Foodbank has some excited news they want to share. They recently received a $10,000 grant that will be put to immediate use in the area.

 

Public Relations Manager Ashely Earnest with the Foodbank says they are excited to team up with 4 local food pantries.

 

 

Co-Coordinator with the Taylorville Food Pantry says they recently attended a meeting and immediately started to implement what they learned.

 

 

Gerlinda Johnson is the produce Manager for the Taylorville Food Pantry, she was one of the first members in the building after the meeting and shares what they are hoping ot change.

 

 

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

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American Red Cross Hosting Blood Drive in Shelbyville

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive for the community of Shelbyville this March. Donating blood is always an important thing to do, and Cynthia Hopkins says they could really use the help.

 

 

Hopkins says donating blood is immensely important, and can go toward helping the local community and beyond.

 

 

The blood drive will be on March 21st, and will be held at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville from 12 until 6 in the afternoon.

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TMH Foundation Taking Applications for Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is encouraging Taylorville High School seniors planning for a career in the healthcare field to apply for the Foundation’s 2019 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship. George Ferry has had a major medical impact on the Taylorville community, and Executive Director Raedena Ryan explains part of his legacy.

 

 

Ryan encourages students who are interested to apply, and explains how.

 

 

Two students will be selected for the $2,500 scholarship.

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TCCU Opens New Branch in Pana

Taylorville Community Credit Union just recently opened a new branch in Pana, and they’re looking forward to increasing their positive impact on the community. TCCU CEO, Will Perkins, is looking forward to advancing their services.

 

 

 Al Stupek, the new branch manager, knows there will be challenges, but feels confident in the groups customer service, and ties to the community.

 

 

With Stupek made the new branch manager in Pana, Perkins said there’s no better person for the job.

 

 

The new branch in Pana opened on Monday.

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Bill HR1 Making its way to Floor in Congress

There is a bill making its way to the floor in congress that if passed will designate tax dollars to campaigns for those running for office.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. He says this new bill going through Congress is one of the dumbest ideas he has ever seen on the floor.

 

 

Davis says he is fighting this bill hard of the multiple amendments he offered all of them were shot down.

 

 

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

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TMH Giving Away Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Taylorville Memorial Hospital is ready to fight back.

 

TMH Director of Ancillary Services Lora Polley says other than skin cancer colorectal cancer is one of the more common cancers.

 

 

Polley says detecting the cancer early goes a long way. For this reason TMH will be giving away free colorectal screening kits coming up in the middle of March.

 

 

Last year three individuals tested positive, this doesn’t mean they had colorectal cancer. It means that it has been detected early and colorectal cancer can be prevented.

 

 

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

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CC Senior Citizens Center Helping with Taxes

As the days on the calendar slowly approach Monday, April 15th Central Illinois residents are wading through tax forms in order to be ready for Tax Day.

 

Gerry Mahr with the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says they are willing to help but book your appointments sooner rather than later as they already have all of March booked.

 

 

Mahr shares what all you should bring to your appointment and says normally an appointment will take around 45 minutes. 

 

 

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

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Spring Swing Sees 40 Teams Participate

Last weekend, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Spring Swing. An event that took participants through local bars for a full day of putt putt competition. Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle confirms that the weekend was a success.

 

 

With 40 teams in total, and each of those teams visiting a different bar, Hornbuckle says it brought great business into Taylorville.

 

 

There was an opportunity to win money, and Hornbuckle says the winners are going to be announced on this week’s Chamber Chat on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show.

 

 

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Matt Bloomquist Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry "Big Smile for the Community"

Matt Blomquist, Taylorville High School Building Trades teacher has worked hard to bring back the once popular “building trades” class. 

 

 

Bloomquist says that re-created building trades class is a great way for students to gain a lot of hands on experience, and open up potential career paths.

 

 

After bringing the class back, Bloomquist has opened up multiple opportunities for students to take advantage of. For that, he has earned the Central Illinois Smiles Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” for the Month of February.

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National School Breakfast Week

This week in National School Breakfast Week in hopes of raising awareness in the difference a proper breakfast can make in a young students day.

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis Dairy Council explains the history behind the school breakfast program.

 

 

Williams says schools have really stepped up their game in recent years in terms of having multiple ways to ensure that students get a good breakfast before school.

 

 

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

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City Council Honors THS Boys Basketball at Monthly Meeting

On Monday, the Taylorville City Council held their first monthly meeting at Taylorville City Hall. First honored was the Youth of the Month where the Taylorville High School boys basketball team was honored. The team finished the season with the most wins since 1952 before their season came to end Friday night against Lincoln. Following that, the council passing motions including the ratification of a contract with Tullis Excavating for Sewer Work for the Steak N’ Shake project at a cost of $19.20 per foot. Bruce Barry on what this means for Steak N’ Shake, and the ongoing production.

 

 

 Also passed was as motion to authorize the Mayor to sign and execute the business agreements with potential Enterprise Zone companies with approval of the City Attorney. That also lead to the later passing of the motion to approve the Mayor to execute the agreement with WCR Enterprise, LTD. to prepare the new Enterprise Zone application. According to Barry, Taylorville’s current Enterprise Zone expires in 2021, so the city is working to apply ahead of time.

 

 

Following that was the committee reports where all motions were passed from the Finance, Ordinance, and Street and Sewer committee. The Taylorville City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month.

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PCH Completes Phase I of New Building Project

Pana Community Hospital is excited to announce the completion of Phase I of their Building Expansion Project. The Illinois Department of Public Health inspected the project last week and PCH received their official “Certificate of Occupancy”. Melissa Rybolt says the hospital is thrilled after the finish of Phase I.

 

 

For the time being however, Rybolt says there will be some changes coming for patients.

 

 

The front entrance will officially be closing on Monday, March 11th.

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Illinois Proclaims March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month

The State of Illinois has proclaimed March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month, and Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says being prepared is hugely important.

 

 

Crews also mentions how severe weather can occur any month throughout the year as Taylorville saw in December. That makes it all the more important to be prepared year round.

 

 

Also, as a good precaution for residents always know the safest place to be in an emergency situation.

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Susan Love Takes Over as New Executive Director of Shelby County Community Services

For past six and a half years Tom Colclasure has been the Executive Director of Shelby County Community Services.

 

Tom recently resigned from his position and has been helping search for his replacement and ensures that Shelby County is in good hands with Susan Love.

 

 

Love shares her background and her path to being named the new Executive Director of Shelby County Community Services.

 

 

Colclasure and Love appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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US Army Corps of Engineers Gearing Up For Spring

Shelbyville residents know how lucky they are to have a lake like Lake Shelbyville. They know as well how lucky they are to have people like the folks with the US Army Corps of Engineers taking care of it.

 

Florey does acknowledge that the beginning months of every new year are a little slow but as for right now it is all about getting ready for spring.

 

 

Florey wants to give some praise to the inaugural banquet the Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance put together as it exceeded expectations.

 

 

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

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Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce Staying Busy

The days seem to be flying by for the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce as it seems they are moving for one celebration to the next in the blink of an eye.

 

Director of the Chamber Jodi McCormick is thankful there is so much to celebrate and says Easter is the next big celebration they are preparing for.

 

 

McCormick says now that the calendar has officially flipped to March it is time to celebrate a new Business of the Month.

 

 

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

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Fuerstenau Resigning as Taylorville Superintendent

The Litchfield School District announced on Friday that Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau has been hired as Litchfield’s new superintendent. Fuerstenau will officially announce his retirement at the upcoming Taylorville School Board meeting on March 11th. Regional Radio News will continue to update this news as more information becomes available.

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Snow Accumulations Possible in Much of Central Illinois

Winter Weather is headed through many parts of the Regional Radio News coverage area. Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Kirk Huettl, says snow accumulation could be on the way.

 

 

Huettl says in addition to the snow, there could be some windy conditions.

 

 

Also, wind chills could fall back below zero in Central Illinois next week.

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LLCC in Taylorville Halfway Through Spring Semester

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville is almost halfway done with their spring semester, as students are getting ready for midterms it is important to remember to take a break every once in a while.

 

LLCC in Taylorville Director Dee Krueger says recently to give the kids a break they had Ron Spears stop by to discuss Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

On top of the lesson about Lincoln Krueger says there was also a Lincoln themed scavenger hunt with prizes.

 

 

As for whats next for the students at LLCC in Taylorville there will be a blood drive coming up in April and the public is more than welcome.

 

 

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

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National America Saves Week

This week is National America Saves Week, in hopes to help raise awareness across the county of saving money for retirement.

 

Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers says he often uses this week to push home that not only saving but also planning appropriately is a necessity.

 

 

Myers says they are really hoping to raise awareness to save this week on saving and hopefully motivate individuals to save for retirement.

 

 

As for when you should start trying to save for retirement Myers says there is no time like the present.

 

 

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

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U of I Extension Hosting 2nd Annual All Gardener's Day

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Montgomery County are hosting the 2nd annual All Gardeners Day program on Saturday, March 16th. Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger says there will be a lot of events, and presentations for all local gardeners to attend.

 

 

Holsinger also mentions that Ken Johnson, a Horticulture Educator will be the keynote speaker.

 

 

Holsinger recommends that all gardeners try to attend the event because there is so much to learn in regards to gardening and landscaping.

 

 

Pre-registration for the event ends on March 15th.

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Spring Swing this Weekend

This weekend is gearing up to be a great one in Christian County as it is time once again for the Spring Swing.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle wants to first and foremost thank the sponsors of this event as none of this would be possible without them.

 

 

Hornbuckle says there is still time to sign up just simply stop by one of the participating bars to register your team.

 

 

There are plenty of opportunities to win from being one of the three lowest scoring teams to winning what Hornbuckle calls the best raffle they have ever put together.

 

 

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

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