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Christian County Board Race Separated by One Vote

The narrow race for the Christian County Board third district seat has become even closer between Raymond Koonce, and Beverly Graham. As of now, Koonce leads Graham by a single one vote, but County Clerk Michael Gianasi says it is still too early to make anything final.



Results will be final, and announced by Gianasi Wednesday morning.

ISP Starts STEP Program

The Illinois State Police is launching new Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols, or STEP program to try and eliminate fatalities on the road.


Illinois State Trooper Sean Ramsey shares more about the STEP Program and how they are looking at the four major causes of fatalities and trying to prevent them.



One of the four major causes of fatalities is distracted driving with the main cause being a cell phone. Trooper Ramsey says he is always in shock at how oblivious people can be while driving.



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

BBB Urges Holiday Shopping Safety

For some residents as soon as they put down their fork after that last slice of Thanksgiving pie they start thinking of Black Friday deals.


Mara Clingingsmith of The Better Business Bureau knows this is not only an exciting time for shoppers but also an exciting time for scammers.



Cyber Monday also offers some great deals, Clinginsmith knows that caution needs to be exercised online as well, she urges residents to make sure they are using safe websites.



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

Taylorville Mayor Announces $5 Million Wal-Mart Renovation During CCEDC Annual Meeting

Wal-Mart will be spending some 5-million dollars on a renovation of its Taylorville Super-Center on the northwest side of the city, starting in January with completion in April.  Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry made that announcement during his "State of the City" address at the annual meeting of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation at People's Bank and Trust in Taylorville on Friday.



Barry added that the city negotiated with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to get the EPA's interest rate for the water treatment plant, lowered, and some principal forgiven, that will both mean substantial savings to the city.



Barry has been mayor of Taylorville for some 18 months.

Mayor Barry Describes Taylorville as Optimistic at City Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met at the Taylorville Municipal building on Monday night to discuss items, and issues regarding the city of Taylorville. Firstly, an oriance annexing certain territory was tabled. Next, two motions authorizing the Mayor to sign a Vendor Invoice of $22,876.08, and $1,890.68 for two Airport projects were carried unanimously by the board. Following that was the Mayoral update given by Mayor Bruce Barry where discussed his speech he gave during his State of the City address. Barry described the city of Taylorville in one word, optimistic.



Following that were the committee updates for the Water and Environmental, Ordinance, and Finance committees. All motions an ordinances given by the committees were approved by the council.


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

Christian County YMCA Under Investigation for Possible Embezzlement

The Christian County YMCA is currently under investigation for alleged embezzlement. Taylorville Police Chief released a statement to Regional Radio News on the ongoing investigation. 



Regional Radio News will continue to provide more information as it is released.

Shelby County EMA Coordinator on Winter Weather Preparedness

The first winter storm hit Central Illinois last week, and Jared Rowcliffe, Shelby County EMA Coordinator, wants all residents to always be prepared. Rowcliffe mentions that you never fully know what kind of weather is going to roll through in Illinois which makes it all the more important to be prepared.



Rowcliffe actually has a winter weather outlook. He says, it provides a rough estimate of what the entire winter season could look like. 



However, Rowcliffe says that it is not typicall you see a truly accurate forecast until, most likely, the day before.



Rowliffe was a guest on the News Talk WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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