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Winter Storm Warning In Effect Thru Monday Night

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Regional Radio listening area until midnight on Monday.

 

The Weather Service says that heavy snowfall is expected through late Monday night, with 4 to 7 inches expected and locally higher amounts possible.  Ice accumulations of a light glaze is also being predicted.

 

Slippery road conditions can be expected with hazardous conditions for the morning and evening commute.  Officials ask you to slow down and use caution when traveling.  Keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.  

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest closings and cancellations.  You can also find those, along with the latest Illinois highway conditions, by going to taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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CUSD #4 Superintendent Shane Schuricht Talks About ALICE Training

Shane Schuricht is the Superintendent of Community Unit School District #4 and he talked about some good news that they got recently.

 

 

Every person that works at CUSD #4 recently went through what is known as ALICE training. Superintendent Schuricht talked about how ALICE training is a change in thought and practice on how you confront dangerous situations.

 

 

Superintendent Schuricht talked about how the ALICE training was a great chance for them to sit down and look at things in a different way.

 

 

Superintendent Shane Schuricht was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Patty Hornbuckle Praises SIU Family Medicine

The new SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health location at 303 East Bidwell across from Kroger in Taylorville on Wednesday, showed off their new free-standing location during an Open House December Eleventh.  

Miller Media Group radio stations WTIM and WMKR broadcast live, and visited with President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle about what this building and this facility means to the city of Taylorville.

 

Hornbuckle was thrilled to find out just how much this helps those who need insurance help in the Taylorville area.

 

 

SIU Family Medicine has provided the Christian County community health care for the un-and-underinsured, since January of this year, in space provided by Taylorvillle Memorial Hospital, before moving into their free-standing location and opening October First.

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Dr. Janet Albers With SIU Family Medicine Talks About The Importance Of Mental And Physical Health

The new SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health location at 303 East Bidwell across from Kroger in Taylorville on Wednesday, showed off their new free-standing location during an Open House December Eleventh. Miller Media Group radio stations WTIM and WMKR broadcast live, and visited with Dr. Janet Albers who is the professor and chair of the S-I-U Center for Family Medicine. Dr. Albers talked about how we have siloed our mental health from our physical health, but that it really shouldn't be that way.

 

 

Dr. Albers went on to talk about how they see everyone regardless of ability to pay. 

 

 

SIU Family Medicine has provided the Christian County community health care for the un-and-underinsured, since January of this year, in space provided by Taylorvillle Memorial Hospital, before moving into their free-standing location and opening October First.

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Pana Community Hospital Holds Successful Open House

Pana Community Hospital celebrated its open house for phase 2 which signified the end of the building project. The project has been in the works for a few years now, and many people are excited to be celebrating the finish line. One of those persons is Trina Casner, President, and CEO of Pana Community Hospital. Casner says this has been a long time coming.

 

 

Casner was also excited at all the people that showed up for the open house.

 

You can find out more about the new additions to the Pana Community Hospital by clicking here

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The Shelby County Office Of Tourism Is Accepting Holiday Church Listings Until December 20th

Freddie Fry is the Director of the Shelby County Office of Tourism and she talked about how they encourage churches to reach out with any Holiday related events that they can add to the calendar, but those submissions need to be made by December 20th. You can submit your event by calling 774-2244.

 

 

Fry went on to talk about an upcoming Brandy tasting on December 20th at Twilight Distillery. For more information or for tickets you can call 682-3229.

 

 

Freddie Fry was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Illinois Farm Bureau President Talks About USMCA

With the United States, Mexico, and Canada coming to an agreement on trade, Illinois Farm Bureau president, Richard Guebert Jr. couldn’t be happier. For him, it’s been a long time coming. Guebert says that the USMCA will help Illinois farmers in much bigger ways than trade.

 

 

Guebert says that even though Illinois doesn’t border Mexico or Canada, it can’t be understated how important that relationship is.

 

Guebert says the farmers are absolutely elated as well.

 

The President has said he will sign the USMCA agreement when it gets to his desk.
 

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USDA/FSA To Host ARC/PLC Informational Meetings For 2018 Farm Bill Signup

Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Informational meetings will be provided at the following locations for Shelby and Effingham County Producers.  2019 enrollment runs through March 15, 2020. The deadline to signup for 2020 is June 30th, 2020.

 

December 16th at 9:30 at Strasburg Community Building in Strasburg.

 

December 17th at 9:30 AM at the US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center in Shelbyville.

 

December 18th at 6 PM at Kluthe Building in Beecher City.

 

December 19th at 9:30 AM at Effingham Event Center in Effingham.

 

December 23rd at 9:30 AM and 6 PM at Shelby County FSA Office in Shelbyville. Call ahead to reserve seating.

 

December 30th at 9:30 AM and 6 PM at Effingham County FSA Office in Effingham. Call ahead to reserve seating.

 

Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting to hear the new farm bill changes and options available for signup. Please contact the Shelby County FSA office at 774-5561 extension 2 to schedule an appointment to sign up prior to the program deadlines.

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Commencement Held For Problem Solving Court

 

Through many tears of joy and congratulatory hugs and somber moments, four people finished up their problem-solving court commencement Friday afternoon at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville. Judge Brad Paisley led the ceremony and thanked everyone for their hard work saying that problem-solving court is not easy.

 

Probation Supervisor Ann Wolfe warned the participants that recovery is hard, but the probation office was there to help.

 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp informed the group that recovery is the most important step for them.

 

 

Regional Radio News wants to salute the following graduates of Problem Solving Court: Joe Cushing, Joshua Lynch, Dylan Russell, and Kelsey White.

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Rochester Man Arrested For Threatening US Representative Rodney Davis

A Rochester man is facing criminal charges after threatening a US Representative. 64-year-old Randall E. Tarr of Rochester has been charged with making a threatening communication against US Congressman Rodney Davis. Tarr appeared in court before US Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins in Springfield on Thursday. 

 

Tarr called up to Representative Davis’s office on Thursday morning and left a profanity-filled voicemail message in which he threatened to shoot the congressman.

“Man, I just saw you (unintelligible) on the TV. You backing the Russians, boy? What’s wrong with you? Are you (unintelligible) so ****** stupid? I was in the military for eight years, and you ********** are backing the Russians over our own intelligence? What is wrong with you Rodney? Oh my God. I’m not voting for you next time. You ******. I’m not voting for, boy, you are a stupid ************* I don’t care if you back Trump. But stupid ********* you’re gonna go against our military and back the Russians? You ****** ****** (Unintelligible), If I (unintelligible), I’m a sharpshooter. I could. I’d like to shoot your ***** head off you stupid ********).”

According to the affidavit filed in District Court, the voicemail message was forwarded to US Capitol Police in Washington D.C. and through caller ID, police were able to identify Tarr as the alleged caller and U.S. Capitol Police contacted the Rochester Police Department to ask officers to make contact with Tarr. Rochester Police along with the FBI interviewed Tarr and arrested him. 

 

Tarr admitted that he made the call and stated that he is an Army veteran but that he did not own any firearms. He also denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he telephoned Congressman Davis’s office.

 

Tarr was charged with one count of communication of a threat to injure a person, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and one count of making a threat to a federal official which carries a statutory maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. 

 

In court on Thursday afternoon, Judge Schanzle-Haskins appointed the federal public defender for the bond hearing. Tarr was released from custody with the following conditions: home detention and location monitoring, prohibited contact with any victims and witnesses, no consumption of alcohol, and cooperation in drug and alcohol screening and mental health evaluation. 

 

Tarr is scheduled to appear in court next on December 17th. Assistant US Attorney Crystal Correa is representing the government in the prosecution, while the FBI and Rochester Police Department continue conducting the investigation.

 

The Department of Justice would like to remind everyone that a complaint is merely an accusation and all people are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Executive Director Of SIU Center For Family Medicine Says Clinic A Win-Win For All Patients

The new SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health location at 303 East Bidwell across from Kroger in Taylorville on Wednesday, showed off their new free-standing location during an Open House December Eleventh.  

 

Miller Media Group radio stations WTIM and WMKR broadcast live, and visited with Iris Wesley, Executive Director of the SIU Center of Family Medicine, about how this is a win-win for all patients.

 

Wesley also appreciates the partnership with Taylorville Memorial Hospital as well.

 

SIU Family Medicine has provided the Christian County community health care for the un-and-underinsured, since January of this year, in space provided by Taylorvillle Memorial Hospital, before moving into their free-standing location and opening October First.

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Illinois State Senator Andy Manar Talks About The Misuse Of Isolation Rooms Within The Illinois Public School System

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar discussed the misuse of isolation rooms within some school districts in Illinois.
 

 

Manar went on to say that some of the things that have been exposed about isolation rooms are deeply disturbing.

 

 

Senator Manar was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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TMH Foundation Holds Fundraiser At Pillars

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted a fundraiser titled “Gifts of the Season.” The fundraiser was hosted at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville on December 7th. Shirley DeFraities and Cheryl Huggins hosted the event which had music by group “Wild Columbine” and food from Italian Restaurant Angelo’s. 

 

The program showcased 6 scholarships and educational grants that have been given by TMH Foundation this year and recognized through a ceremony those who had helped the night of the December 1st tornado.

 

Raedena Ryan executive director of TMH Foundation thanked the donors. “This evening was such a special event to recognize donors who have invested in local students who have aspirations to achieve higher education. It is truly wonderful to have the community come together to support these students and to recognize the impact of their donations.”

 

The TMH Foundation announced that there were $57,000 given to local students for educational assistance in 2019. For more information visit taylorvillememorialhospital.org/foundation.

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Taylorville Skilled Nursing And Rehab To Host Ribbon Cutting On Monday, December 16th

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she talked about some upcoming events that will occur in Taylorville. On Monday afternoon, there will be a ribbon cutting at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab. The celebration is from 1-3 and the ribbon cutting will be at 1:30 at 800 Mc Adam Drive in Taylorville.
 

 

Safe Passage will be hosting an event this Saturday, December 14th starting at 4 o’clock at the Moose Hall in Taylorville. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be a cash bar, DJ, live & silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and a wing bar.

 

 

Finally, on Saturday, January 25th starting at 6:30 AM and running until 11 at the Moose Lodge, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club will be having their annual breakfast. Tickets are $7 for adults and kids 12 and under are $4 dollars.

 

 

Hornbuckle was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Cultivation Center In Shelbyville

A marijuana cultivation center will be coming to Shelby County. The State of Illinois along with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced that Shelby County Community Services in Shelbyville is approved to grow cannabis for adult use. This brings the number of cultivation centers in Illinois to 16. The cultivation centers will sell the product to the dispensaries who will then distribute it.

 

Jeff Cox, Bureau Chief of Medicinal Plants for the IDOA says that this will allow freedom for these licenses to move from medicinal to recreational cannabis.

 

Adult-use cannabis license applications for craft growers, infusers and transporters will be available through the IDOA beginning on January 7th, 2020 with an application deadline for March 15, 2020. Cox explains what craft growers are.

 

Cox also explained what infusers and transporters are as well.

 

 

Cannabis will be legal in Illinois on January 1st, 2020.

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Suzie Edwards With The Moultrie County Health Department Talks About Car Seat Safety

Suzie Edwards is the Child Passenger Safety Technician at the Moultrie County Health Department and she talked about the importance of using car seats for your children even if your just going a very short distance.
 

 

Edwards went on to talk about the importance of understanding what type of car seat that your child belongs in.

 

 

Edwards went on to say that your child should stay in a rear facing car seat as long as possible.

 

 

Edwards was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Golden Apple President Raves About New Teachers Program

The new Accelerators Program is going to help Illinois. That is the message that Golden Apple President Alan Mather wants everyone to know. The program, that was announced by Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday, will help fix the teacher shortage in Illinois. Mather says that people probably don’t realize just how important this program is to Illinois.

 

Mather says if you want to be a teacher and you have a bachelor’s degree, this is a good way to get a jumpstart on that teachers degree.

 

 

Mather also says that he wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of Blackburn College.

 

 

For more information on Golden Apple and the Accelerators Program visit https://www.goldenapple.org/

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Glenda Plunkett With The Moultrie County Health Department Talks About What Happens When You Quit Smoking

Glenda Plunkett is the Public Health Service Coordinator at the Moultrie County Health Department and she talked about what happens once you quit smoking.

 

 

Plunkett went on to say that the longer you don’t smoke the more your body is able to heal.

 

 

Smoking doesn’t just impact your health, but the health of those around you, so when you quit smoking you’re not only doing yourself a favor, but you’re doing your loved ones a favor as well.

 

 

Plunkett was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Lake Land College To Build New Alumni Center

Lake Land College held its board of trustees meeting on December 9th and approved funding and construction bids for a new Foundation and Alumni Center. Several bids were approved and over $725,000 has already been contributed to the project.

 

Christina Donsbach, executive director for college advancement, says that she is absolutely excited. “We are very excited to have a generous donation from the Neal Charitable Lead Trust to invest in the new center.” 

Lake Land College Board Chair Doris Reynolds says that she thinks this will do a lot for the students and the community. “The Foundation and Alumni do so much for our students, our college and our community. We are very pleased to partner with the Foundation to create a new center that not only recognizes their contributions but welcomes alumni home to their alma mater.”

 

The old pole barn bookstore building will be demolished and the new foundation and alumni center will be built there. The facility will be used as a welcome center, and help current students with the Alumni Office. It will also include a location for the College Advancement Staff that includes foundation and alumni.

 

Construction is expected to begin in early spring with a completion date of August 2020. The project will cost $2.2 million dollars.

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Metro Communications Founder Zak Horn Talks About The Company That He Founded

Zak Horn is the founder of Metro Communications and he talked a little bit about what it is that they do every day. 

 

 

Horn went on to talk about how it was that he started Metro Communications and what they did as a company when they first got started.

 

 

Finally, Horn discussed the success that Metro Communications has had and how they had no idea that doing one project for a friend would expand the way that it did.

 

 

Horn was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Senator Manar Supports Golden Apple; Solution For Fixing Teacher Shortage

 

Senator Manar Speaks at Blackburn College. Picture courtesy: Jack McNeil

 

A new program is being put together to bring more teachers into the classrooms in Illinois. State Senator Andy Manar joined officials from Golden Apple and Blackburn College Wednesday morning for an announcement of the Accelerators Program.

 

This Accelerators Program will help quickly prepare highly-qualified teachers in areas of the state where they’re most needed including Central Illinois. Senator Manar says that he is proud of the direction of this movement.

 

 

Manar says that he put out a call to the state to fix the teacher shortage and Golden Apple stepped up.

 

 

Within the first year, 50 candidates will begin their training so that they can enter the teaching profession by 2021/2022. The program is part of a series of initiatives put forward by Senator Manar that has garnered bipartisan support. Manar thanked Golden Apple President Alan Mather for his hard work on the project.

 

 

The program will provide a one-year residency and training program allowing for additional assistance to districts while also preparing teachers. Program participants will receive a $30,000 stipend towards coursework or housing, teaching licensure within 15 months, one-year residency in a partner school in Southern, Central, or Western Illinois and much more.

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Old Fashioned Christmas Event Is Tomorrow Night In Downtown Sullivan

Laurrie Minor is the Executive Director of the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development and she talked about the upcoming big Christmas celebration tomorrow in Sullivan.

 

 

The event will kick off at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon on the square. The parade will kick off at 6 o’clock. There will be Christmas music, a tree lighting ceremony, a smores bar, and real Reindeer.

 

 

Kathleen Preissing is a Peace Corps Fellow working with the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. Preissing talked about some of the local businesses that will be open late on Friday night.

 

 

Minor and Preissing were guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Springfield Memorial Clinic To Host Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings

Springfield Memorial Center will be hosting a monthly breast cancer support group in 2020. A series of monthly meetings will take place at 5 PM on the second Tuesday of each month in the Clarke Conference Room at 701 North First Street in Springfield.

 

In January Dr. Patricia Fank will speak on dealing with anxiety, stress and other emotions. In February, Dr. Karen Hoelzer will talk about Mission Ghana. In March, Dr. Casey Younkin will talk about bone health as it relates to Breast Cancer. In April, Dr. Nicole Florence and Wendi Schutte will talk about healthy lifestyle choices and in May Mary O’Conner will talk about genetics and breast cancer.

 

In June Walgreens will stop by and talk about skincare for cancer patients and in July Peggy Means will be hosting an art project. In August Dr. Leslie Smith will be talking about healthy cooking and in September Richard Wiese will speak about emergency management at home. In October Dr. Namita Vinayek will talk about targeted therapies for breast cancer treatment and in November there will be a holiday social with a dinner.

 

There will be no event in December but events will resume in 2021. For more information on the listed meetings call 757-7684.

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Great Crowd Tours New SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health Taylorville Location

 

A great crowd got tours of the new SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health location at 303 East Bidwell across from Kroger in Taylorville on Wednesday, as an Open House was held.  The 2 entities moved into the free-standing facility and opened October First, after operating inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital on a limited basis since the first of the year.

 

 

Miller Media Group radio stations WTIM and WMKR broadcast live, and visited with Doctor Jerry Kruse, Dean and Provost of the SIU School of Medicine, who said the need to serve the unserved and underserved for health care in Christian County, was why the Taylorville facility opened.

 

 

Doctor Kruse added the new free-standing location is optimal for family health care.

 

 

 

For an appointment at the new SIU Family Medicine and Memorial Behavioral Health in Taylorville, call 824-eleven-thirty-four.

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Christian County CEO Students Host Breakfast for Parents, Board Members, Mentors

 

The Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" students, held a breakfast for their parents, board members and mentors, at their new meeting location, the Christian County Extension Office, this morning.

 

Following the breakfast, students showed those in attendance how they're brainstorming for their next class business which will be an event taking place this winter.

 

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams told Regional Radio News what the students were doing in their class this morning.

 

 

Adams says the students follow Roberts Rules of Order to vet what will become their next business.

 

 

The Christian County C-E-O program, now in its 4th year, offers high school seniors in Christian County, the opportunity to learn business experience away from the classroom.  Find out more on-line at christiancounty-c-e-o-dot-com.

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