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Metal Buildings Again a Hot Topic at Taylorville City Council Meeting Tuesday

Allowing metal buildings in residential neighborhoods was again a hot topic at the Taylorville city council meeting Tuesday night. The board took two different votes on the matter, with the final vote ultimately failing and sending the ordinance back to committee.


The ordinance currently says all buildings built on residential property must match the existing structure of the home. With the first vote, the council was split 4-4 on allowing the city’s board of appeals to make a determination on if a homeowner can be allowed to build a metal structure such as a carport on their property. Mayor Bruce Barry broke the tie by voting yes, and he says he will likely always vote with his board of appeals when they make a unanimous recommendation.



When a change needed to be made to the ordinance, it then failed to pass 5-3 on the second go around. Barry says he doesn’t want metal buildings like carports all over the place, but he also believes the board of appeals should have the leeway to make the decision on a case-by-case basis.



The city is also exploring the possibility of refinancing to a rate reduced loan for the new water treatment plant, which could free up hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for Taylorville. The next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the Taylorville Municipal Building.

Crimestoppers Crime of the Week - January 17, 2018

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.


Sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 6, 2018, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 709 North Ridge Avenue apartment #6.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took 2 dozen Playstation 3 games and a money order.  There did not appear to be any damage done while making entry.  The total dollar amount of the theft is estimated at over $300.


Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.


You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274637) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous.  

Pay The Date Promotion Back At Christian County YMCA

Pay the Date is back at the Christian County YMCA. The promotion which allows local residents to “pay the date” for their first month's membership at the YMCA, offers a low cost option for people to get off to a healthy start to the new year.
Christian County YMCA Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller says this promotion is a great way to get involved at the Y at a reduced cost.
The Pay the Date promotion is one of a number of things the Christian County YMCA offers to help residents with the financial cost of becoming a YMCA member.
Weittenhiller appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Solution For Infrastructure Spending A Goal For Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis in 2018

Anybody who’s driven on a road in America will know that the nations infrastructure needs some attention. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is hoping that President Trump makes infrastructure spending a priority in the new year, and that Congress can figure out a way to diversify how America funds it’s projects such as road construction.


Congressman Davis says the majority of roadworks projects are funded through the federal gas tax, however those funds are diminishing due to an increased number of fuel efficient vehicles on the roadways.



The nation has seen an increasing number of electric vehicles on it’s roads this decade, which poses a problem for infrastructure spending since those vehicle owners end up paying nothing into funds such as the Highway Trust Fund. Davis says this is one of the reasons the country needs to diversify the way it funds it’s infrastructure projects.



Davis warns that if a solution isn’t found for funding for the nations infrastructure, the nation’s projects will have to be funded through the general fund, taking away money from many other essential services such as schools and healthcare.


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

Springfield Man Killed in Crash on I-55 South of Glenarm Identified

The Springfield man that died on a crash on Interstate 55 south of Glenarm has been identified. 44-year-old Mark Heaton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at about 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon. Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards released the identification Wednesday.


Heaton was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on 55 when his vehicle crossed the median, hit the I-55 northbound bridge, and then struck a 2017 GMC pickup truck that was traveling northbound.


Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Durbin Stands by Expletive Claims

Senator Dick Durbin is sticking to his guns, saying there is no doubt that he heard President Trump say expletives comparing African countries and Haiti to something akin to a toilet. He says claims that the President referred to houses of excrement rather than holes, makes little difference.

Durbin also expressed certainty as to which word he heard.

In a Tweet, President Trump referred to Durbin as "Dicky Durbin". He said “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,”''

IAA Foundation Has 76 Scholarships Available

The IAA Foundation reminding current and prospective agriculture students about over seventy scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is February 1.

IAA Foundation Director Susan Moore says specific guidelines are available at “iaafoundation.org”. 

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