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Health Fair Tomorrow

Tomorrow Christian County residents will have the opportunity to head out to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for a free health fair.


Memorial Hospital Director of Neuro-Sciences Tiffany Whitaker says this health fair event coming up tomorrow in Taylorville is one you do not want to miss.



Whitaker says while this is the first time doing this event in Taylorville it has been done in Springfield in years past.



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

Pana High School Students of the Month Announced--May

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust in Pana have announced their Pana High School students of the month. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes every month.


The Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust students of the month are Senior Marissa Cravens, Junior Chloe Hendrickson, Sophomore Amanda Hunter, and Freshman Kadence Perry.


Congratulations to our May Pana Students of the Month!


Pictured L-R: Junior Chloe Hendrickson; Peoples Bank and Trust Representative Larry Boston; Sophomore Amanda Hunter


Pictured L - R:  Freshman Kadence Perry; Senior Marissa Cravens

Severe Weather Expected Tuesday Evening

Severe weather is expected in Christian County and the surrounding area on Tuesday.  Severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging wind over 60 miles per hour, and even a slight risk for tornadoes will affect the listening area Tuesday evening and overnight.  Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews warned Regional Radio News about the possibility for damaging winds. 

1-2 inches of rain is also expected with the storms, and with that much rain coming that quickly, Chief Crews also talked about the possibility of flooded roads. 



Hail is predicted to be quarter size, with strong winds and a possible touchdown of a tornado with the greatest threat being between 6PM and Midnight Tuesday evening.  Flooding continues to be an issue near the Illinois River.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

Taylorville Student of the Month Honorees--May

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for May. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes.


The Students of the month are: Chad Kennell-Senior, Tanner Mickey-Junior, Natalie Lavin-Sophomore, and Kennedie Cearlock-Freshman.  Congratulations to our honorees!



L-R Senior Chad Kennell; Junior Tanner Mickey; Sophomore Natalie Lavin; Freshman Kennedie Cearlock; People's Bank and Trust Representative Lindsay Lopian.

The Central Illinois Dentistry's Big Smile for the community for the month of May is presented to Earl Walters. For nineteen years, Earl Walters dedicated his time and resources to the residents in Ward 4.  Community pride, a passion for helping others and a commitment to Taylorville are the heart of what Earl has accomplished.  Earl says that giving back to the community is the most important thing he can do.



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


Pana Woman In Custody After High Speed Chase Thursday

A Pana woman will remain in jail following a high speed chase Thursday.  31 year old Jennifer J. Smith was in court today in custody following her appearance Friday morning where probable cause was established.  Smith is charged with aggravated fleeing police more than 21 miles per hour and obstructing identification. Smith is also facing charges for driving on a suspended license, and possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear for those charges.  Smith’s public defender Michael Drake informed the court Monday, that the reason Smith was driving so fast, was her passenger was having a heart attack and Smith didn’t see the lights behind her.  State Attorney Jaimee Ward informed the court, that there was nothing in the police report about a heart attack, that Smith was driving over 100 miles per hour and that there was multiple false information given at the time of the incident.  Ward also informed the court that Smith has a warrant in Effingham County concerning a methamphetamine charge.  Judge Paisley after hearing both sides set the bond at $30,000 plus a $5,000 bond for a failure to appear from earlier for the other charge. A preliminary hearing is set for June 11th.

Red Nose Day Upcoming

Red Nose Day is right around the corner and will once again raise awareness to fighting child hunger.


Public Relations Manager with the Cental Illinois Foodbank Ashely Earnest explains the purpose behind Red Nose Day as well as their involvement in the day.



Earnest says if you are hoping to contribute to the fight against world hunger there are plenty of opportunities.



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

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