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Kettelkamp to Take Life "Day By Day" Come Retirement After This School Year

Taylorville Junior High Principal Kirk Kettelkamp has been educating kids in the community for 33 years. This year, however, will be his last after turning in his letter to retire at the November Taylorville School Board meeting. He, along with TJHS assistant principal Beth Vincent are both retiring after this school year.


Kettelkamp says the thing he will miss most is the day-to-day interaction with the kids.



Kettelkamp says he hopes the new administrative team comes in and sees a lot of things they like about the educational process at TJHS, but that fresh ideas are always good and will come with new leadership.



Kettelkamp says once retirement comes, he’s going to take life day by day.



Kettelkamp says in his 33 years, the one thing that has surprisingly changed the least is how to educate kids.

Central Illinois Food Bank and Taylorville Fire Department Holding Healthy Food Distribution Event December 2nd

The Central Illinois Food Bank will be making their way to Taylorville in early December, and will be setting up shop at the Taylorville Fire Department for their Healthy Foods Distribution event to help feed hungry families in the community.


Krista Lisser with the Central Illinois Food Bank appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and says these events used to be known as mobile pantries, and have since been repackaged with a focus on distributing healthy food to the hungry.



Another change is that the events function more like a farmers market, allowing those getting food to make more choices as to what food will help them the most.



The event will take place on December 2nd from 10 until 11am at the Taylorville Fire Department.

Lake Land College Holding Several Explore Lake Land Events For Prospective Students

Lake Land College is holding an event to help new or returning students get a better idea about how the school can help them advance in their academic or professional careers. The “Explore Lake Land College” events will allow potential students to speak with officials from a number of different departments to form a plan for their future.


Chris Strohl with Lake Land College says there will be two of these events at the colleges two campuses.



Potential students will be able to sort out the details to let those students start taking classes at Lake Land College.



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

Volunteers Desperately Needed for Moweaqua Community Ambulance Service

Moweaqua Community Ambulance Service could close for good without more volunteers to keep the service running. The service’s coordinator says if it were to close, those in Moweaqua may have to wait up to 40 minutes for an ambulance in an emergency.


Brookie Spa is the EMT Coordinator with Moweaqua Community Ambulance Service. She says first responders can only do so much.



Spa says the service has hired outside EMTs to staff the service, but that the payroll costs are quickly depleting their funds. She says although volunteers are desperately needed, they also may need money to make it until a new crop of volunteers can start serving.



Donations to Moweaqua Community Ambulance Service are tax-deductible because the organization is a not-for-profit. You can mail any donations to P.O. Box 85, Moweaqua, IL, 62550.

"Johnny Appleseed" Trees All Have Found Homes

Trees that are direct descendants from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree are now all over the state of Illinois. The Illinois State Historical Society offered these trees to local governments and the public earlier this year, and the trees are planted all over the state.


Gwen Podeschi with the Illinois State Historical Society says three of the trees are in Christian County, and many more are across central Illinois.



The effort to get the trees out is a part of the preparation for Illinois’ bicentennial celebration next year.

Christian County Sheriff Wants Residents To Have Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here and the Christian County Sheriff's Office wants everyone celebrating to have a safe holiday. According to Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, his office typically starts off slow during Turkey Day, and gets busier as the day goes on.


Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and says his deputies say the day starts off slow, but the calls start coming in as people drink throughout the day.



Kettelkamp says his office fields a lot of domestic related calls during the holiday, as those dinner table disagreements escalate, often due to alcohol consumption.


Christian County Board Reduces Budget Deficit In New Budget Passed For FY18

The Christian County Board passed their budget plan for the 2018 fiscal year on Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled board meeting. The budget, although still running a deficit, is an improvement over budgets in years past.


Christian County Board Member Aaron Allen appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and says the reduced deficit is evidence of an effort by the county board over the past several years to improve the county's fiscal outlook.



According to Allen, there is also a possibility of that deficit being smaller than originally budgeted at the end of the fiscal year.



Allen says for FY16, the original budgeted deficit of approximately $700,000 ended up being in the $400,000 range at the end of the fiscal year.

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