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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Holds Second Meeting of Year

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their second monthly meeting of the year Monday evening at the Chamber board room, to begin work on what will be the 33rd annual Taylorville Chamber Chillifest taking place on the Square October 6th and 7th.

Chillifest chairperson Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News it was a good meeting with lots of topics covered.

And, Hornbuckle said the International Chilli Society is bringing a 2nd category of chilli judging to this year's Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.

Get more information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest as the dates get closer, at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

Boil Order Remains for Some Near Lake Bertenetti

A water boil order remains in effect for Taylorville residents on the south side of Lake Bernetti. All other areas that were affected by a boil order are herby released from the order.  The City of Taylorville will be resampling the South side of Bertenetti Monday 5/21 and Tuesday 5/22 for further result.

Sports Enhancement Program Ready to Train Athletes

Summer might be right around the corner but Shelbyville’s HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is preparing athletes for their fall sports seasons.


The hospital’s rehabilitation department is offering their annual sports enhancement program, which aims to help improve the overall athletic performance of local high school and junior high athletes in the area.


Sarah Thoele a physical therapist for Good Shepherd Rehab explains how athletes are tested so that she and other professionals can tailor the program to the individual athlete.



Thoele believes that the program is designed to help athletes of all sports gain an advantage this summer.



The program begins on June 4th and runs twice a week through July 27th, at Good Shepherd Hospital’s rehab department in Shelbyville. The deadline to register is June 1st, for more info call 217-774-6434.


CICBC Having Blood Drive In Stonington Tuesday

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be making its way to Stonington Tuesday for a community blood drive.


The blood drive will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 308 S. Pine Street in Stonington.


Donating blood takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and those with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as donors. For more information, you can call the CICBC at 1-800-747-5401.

Aaron Allen Named Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry Big Smile for the Community Honoree for May

This month’s NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” honoree is Aaron Allen. Allen is a former county board member, referee, coach, and United Way Board member and he’s shown through dedication and effort the importance of stepping up and serving the community.


Allen says being involved is what he was taught as a kid.



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

Barry, City of Taylorville Demolishing Homes to Beautify City

The City of Taylorville continues tearing down blighted properties in the community. Mayor Bruce Barry ran on a platform of beautifying the city, and in the past year he has gotten to work on fulfilling that goal.


At last week’s Christian County Mayors meeting, Barry discussed how the city has torn down 15 homes in the past year with more demolition projects on the horizon.


The City of Taylorville fronts most of the costs for the demolitions. Barry says that leaves just dumpster fees to the property owner, and is a benefit for the city, residents and the property owner.



Barry says the city has at least four more demolitions ready for the fall, and residents interested in having the city demolish a building on a property they own can contact city hall for more information on how to begin the process.

Business After Hours on the Third Wednesday of Every Month

On the third Wednesday of every month the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce puts on an event called Business After Hours. For this event a local Chamber business will be chosen to host residents after the store has closed in order to help promote.


Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Chamber she says this year the Business After Hours at McMillian went much better thanks to the weather.



Hornbuckle says next month Business After Hours will be taking place at the newest Chamber business.



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

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