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Christian County 4-H Members Do Very Well at State Livestock Judging Contest


The 4-H state livestock judging contest took place on Monday at the Animal Science Lab on the University of Illinois campus, and Christian County’s representatives did very well in the competition. The Christian County senior division team blew away the competition to take home the state title. The senior division is made up of those 14 years old and older.


Rebecca Livingston is the Christian County 4-H Coordinator at the University of Illinois Extension. She says the senior division participants for the county were Eric Schafer, Maddie Fugate, Tanner Mickey, and Makenna Green. She says the group is now eligible for national competitions.



The junior division participants for Christian County were Lizzie Schafer, Drew Mickey, Miley Corso, and Wayland Pollock. She says there are many qualities the participants are judging at the competition.



The senior team’s national competitions will come this fall. For more information on the Christian County 4-H program, you can visit their website here.

Christian County CEO Program Doubles in Number of Students

The Christian County CEO Program has helped with several classes of students now, and has grown tremendously with it's latest class. The program will welcome 15 students into the program for the upcoming year.
Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, and also involved in the Christian County CEO Program says the increase in the number of students will lead to some changes in the program to accommodate the increased class size.
The students will learn from a number of local Entrepreneurs on a number of topics, and can help tremendously in the student's leadership skills.
Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Economic Development The Topic at Weekly Taylorville Kiwanis Meeting


Gary Spurling (middle), chairman of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation board, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  Chris Weittenhiller (left) is the June Kiwanis Club program chair.  Will Perkins (right) is the Kiwanis Club president.





The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about on-going economic development efforts in Christian County, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Gary Spurling, chairman of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation board, was the program speaker, talking about work the board is doing to attract new business and industry to the county, as well as retaining existing businesses.

Spurling told the Kiwanis Club that with the establishment of Computer Technique's Fiber Optic Network in Taylorville, the recent passage of the Taylorville school referendum, the new Taylorville Water Plant about to break ground, and the establishment of a new TIF district for Taylorville, all of these factors are helping to attract new industry and keep current businesses in the county.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to


Shelby County Young Women to Compete for Junior Miss and Miss Shelby County Crowns

Many young women will be competing this year in Shelby County’s Annual Junior Miss and Miss Shelby County Pageants. The pageants will be on July 8th starting at 6 p.m. with the Junior Miss Shelby County pageant, followed by the Miss Shelby County pageant at 8 p.m. The pageants will be held at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville.


Sara Long is the director of the Shelby County pageants. She says both age groups will compete in some competitions that will account for the majority of the score.



Long says the Junior Miss contestants will give a short introduction of themselves, along with other competitions solely for their age group.



Long says the older young women will then compete in other competitions the public will be more familiar with.



Admission to the pageants will be $5 for adults, $3 for children age 5-12, and kids 4 and under are free. The current state queen will also be in attendance for the Shelby County pageants.

Durbin, Duckworth Warn of Dangers of Lack of State Budget

Illinois’ US Senators are expressing their concerns about the state’s stalled efforts to land a budget and the impact on transportation. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pressing Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders to reach a budget agreement in order to avoid what they call an unnecessary transportation shut down that could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the state. Without a state budget, Illinois transportation officials will no longer have the authority to spend federal dollars. 700 construction projects around the state, worth an estimated 2.3 billion dollars, would have to be shut down. The Senators say stopping work on the road and transportation projects would trigger the loss of an estimated 25,000 jobs.

World Livestock Auctioneer Champ and Runner-Up Both From Illinois

The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana.

With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association.

Curless is a Black Hawk East product and Oklahoma State grad. 
The runner-up in the competition was also from Illinois--Cody Lowderman of Macomb. 

Security Company Solicitors "Slamming" in Southern Illinois

Solicitors are allegedly "slamming" security company customers in the St. Louis region. Slamming is a technique in which information you give a solicitor is used to switch your some service without your permission. It's most commonly used with phone service, but has also been known to happen with electric delivery. Better Business Bureau Investigator Dan O'Brien says they are from an actual business, and using a ruse to access consumers' homes in many instances.

He reminds if you do decide to buy, pay with a credit card in case you need to challenge the purchase later. And the Federal Trade Commission Cooling-Off Rule requires that door-to-door salespeople disclose to customers that the customers have a right to cancel sales transactions of $25 or more within three business days.

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