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Taylorville Native Ambassador Family for March of Dimes March for Babies Sunday

Over 100 walkers turned out for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies at Washington Park in Springfield.  The event is held each year to raise money to help the March of Dimes in its efforts to prevent premature births and infant mortality.

Taylorville native Sheri Miller was the 2017 Ambassador Family for the event.  Sheri lost her daughter Alexis 40 minutes after birth in April of 2011, due to the baby having underdeveloped lungs.

Sheri led this year's March for Babies, and said she walked today to remember Lexi and other premature babies that didn't make it.

Sunday's March of Dimes March for Babies raised some 39-thousand dollars.  You can give on-line at

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Says Recently Approved TIF Districts Will Help Attract Business to Taylorville

Taylorville is in the process of attempting to attract new businesses to town, and one aspect of that is the creation of TIF districts to give the area another tool to attract new businesses. The Taylorville City Council recently approved the creation of two TIF districts in the city to help lure businesses to the area.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says the creation of the TIF districts give the city another reason for people to move to the area.
Barry explained what a TIF district is, and the general areas of where the two TIF districts the city approved will be located.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Offering Mental Health First Aid Class to Prepare People to Help Those Dealing With Mental Health Issues

May is Mental Health Awareness month and many organizations in the community are trying to help raise awareness of the issue of mental health. Taylorville Memorial Hospital is doing their part by hosting a mental health first aid class to help teach participants how to identify signs of people potentially suffering from a mental health issue, and ways to help that person.
Kim Bourne, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and discussed the class. The course will give people the skills to be able to help with a number of different issues.
Along with the class, TMH works alongside a local organization to help people who are currently going through a mental health crisis get the help that they need.
Nearly 44 million adults in America experience mental illness in a given year, and one in five adults experience a mental illness. To sign up for the Mental Health First Aid Classes, visit to sign up, or call the hospital at 824-1600.

United Way of Christian County Holds 2018 Allocations Hearings

The United Way of Christian County recently held their 2018 member agency allocation hearings to determine what organizations will receive funding through the United Way of Christian County next year. The United Way of Christian County had one agency choose not to reapply, but also added an agency for 2018: Hope House of Central Illinois.
Susan Lawrence, Executive Director of the United Way of Christian County explained how the allocation hearing process works, and said although it's a long process, it's one of the organization's favorite times of the year.
The new agency the United Way added, Hope House of Central Illinois provides support for families experiencing the loss of a child by giving them a place to get away from the stresses of the situation. They plan to build a retreat center in Christian County near Taylorville.
Lawrence appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Food Delivery Service, E-Recycling Businesses Created by Christian County CEO Students

Eight students participated in the Christian County CEO program this year, and the businesses they created were presented to the public last Thursday at the Lincoln Land Community College’s Taylorville campus. This is the first in a series of three stories featuring the businesses of those students.


Rhett Molen has created a online food delivery business called Taylorville Food Delivery dot com. He talks about how customers can place their orders.



Molen says his brother gave him the idea. His brother lives in Springfield and they have a food delivery service up there.


Brendan Watson has started a computer service and electronic recycling business called Title Computer Technologies. Watson talks about what his business provides its customers.



Watson says he wanted to do something with computers, and he says the profit margins in electronic recycling business right now are “mind-boggling.”


The Christian County CEO Trade show was broadcast live on Groovy 97.3, WRAN.

Taylorville Post Office Has Record Breaking Year For Food Drive

The Taylorville Post Office had a record collection for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this year. The Taylorville office collected over 20,000 pounds or 10 tons of food for those in the area in need. This was the 25th year the drive has been held nationwide.


Brent Cornell is the food drive coordinator at the Taylorville Post Office. He says that handing out bags has played a big role in collection numbers in recent years.



Cornell says one retired letter carrier in particular did great work for this year’s drive.



The “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive happens the second Saturday in May every year. If you would still like to donate food for the cause, you can bring it in to the post office anytime.

More Changes Coming for HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville recently made a change in the CEO position. Aaron Puchbauer (poo-bower) has stepped in and become the new President and CEO of the hospital, as the hospital continues it's transition as a new member of the HSHS Health System.
Puchbauer explained what attracted him to the position at HSHS Good Shephered in Shelbyville.
Marilyn Sears, COO of the hospital discussed why the hospital, formerly known as Shelby Memorial Hospital affiliated itself with the HSHS system.
With the new CEO and HSHS affiliation, many changes are being planned for the hospital, including an event being held at the hospital on June 1st, designed to help people eat better.
Along with new events, the hospital is investing money into improving the hospital, in order to increase the level of care provided at the hospital.
Puchbauer and Sears both appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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