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Christian County Farm Bureau Wrapping Up Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings are officially wrapped up at the Christian County Farm Bureau is once again excited to get back to helping you working in the field.


Matthew Heberling is with the Christian County Farm Bureau he says even with a harsh winter they stayed plenty busy in terms of educational meetings.



Heberling says the next step was meeting with country financial in terms of insurance claims and new this year will be the utilization of drones.



Heberling appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

Nokomis Without Water

The City of Nokomis is currently without water after a water line has been hit. The city is currently working to repair the line, and once repaired, Nokomis will be under a boil order until further notice. Regional Radio News will provide updates as more information is released.

Dates have been announced for the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.


This year’s event will take place October 5th and 6th.  


This year’s Chillifest will again return many of the favorites attendees have enjoyed, as well as 2 days of International Chilli Society judging in several different categories.


The Chamber will again serve its famous Chillifest chilli, as well as Pepsi products, under the Purple and Gold tent on the south side of the Courthouse Square.


As the schedule gets finalized in coming months, you’ll find it and all the contest entry forms, at the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about efforts to provide free dental services to children, and Ameren’s response to the December 1 tornado, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Kiwanis member Raedena Ryan reported on the  "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids" program, supported by the local Kiwanis Club.  She told the club that Dr. David Trost leads an organization called "Miles of Smiles" that provides free dental checkups to school children across the state.  They in turn refer students from Taylorville schools in need of urgent dental care to Central Illinois Smiles.
A grant of $2,500 from our Kiwanis Club (matched with another $2,500 by the TMH Foundation) was used to fund oral surgery and other services beyond what Dr. Greg Haarman's clinic, Central Illinois Smiles could provide.  Haarman is also a Kiwanis member.

Program speaker for the day was Karly Combest, Community Relations Coordinator Division 4 for Ameren Illinois on Storm & Disaster Preparedness.   She reported on the Taylorville Tornado last December First which included a peak outage count of 2,600 of which all were restored by midnight on December 3rd.  273 total resources were engaged in the restoration effort, they replaced 140 poles, 39 transformers and over 10,000 feet of conductor.  Ameren responded to 68 gas leak calls and four different locations of blowing gas.

Combest had with her Shelley Beierle, Distribution Design Specialist of Ameren Illinois, Pana Operations Center.

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 taylorvillekiwanis.com.

The Moultrie County Health Department is sponsoring a Certified Food Protection Manager’s class in April to provide certification for food service managers. Jeff Houska explains more on what the class is.



Houska shares who could benefit from attending the class.


The class will be held April 24th from 8am-5pm at the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. 

Taylorville Youth Cheer Brings on New President and Board

Taylorville Youth Cheer has revamped their board, and new president Billie Heberling is ready to start over from scratch.



Heberling says that they may have a new board, but their main values will remain the same.



Heberling says that their first sign up date will be from 9am-12pm at Manner’s Park on April 6th.

Horticulture Educator has Busy Winter Planning

As a Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Tayloville you may think that during the rough winter months Andrew Holsinger gets some time off.


Holsinger says this is not the case as he may not be out in the field as much but he spends much of that time planning for the season ahead.



Holsinger says agriculture should not go unnoticed in the state of Illinois as it is very important.



Holsinger appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live during WTIM’s Ag Day Broadcast from the Christian County Farm Bureau.

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