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Taylorville Park District Discusses December Projects

December is always a special time for the Taylorville Park District, and the Board met to discuss some of the things they want to do in December at their monthly board meeting at the Manners Park District on Monday evening. 

 

The District approved their Christmas plan and announced there wouldn’t be a party but they would do something else special for the employees. Bills were also approved and the board tabled the pool project—for now. Recreational Director Bailey Hancock says with Christmas in the Park there is just too much going on right now.

 

 

Hancock says COVID has caused her calendar to change a lot which has changed the way they do things from normal.

 

 

Hancock also encourages people to call the Park District before you go to make sure reservations are in place and they can prepare better for you.

 

 

The meeting was broadcast live on New Country 104.1 FM. Click here for the entire meeting.

 

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Complete Installation of New Roof on Kiwanis Park Pavilion

Several members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, recently completed installing a new metal roof on the Kiwanis Park Pavilion.

 

The original roof was installed when the club built the pavilion in 1995.

 

Kiwanis member Duane Stock spearheaded the work, with Will Perkins assisting.  Several members worked to install the new roof, including Adam Jeffrey, Blain Cornwell, Cliff Beatty, Dick Wamsley, Larry Kemner, as well as Duane's wife Cindy.

 

The new roof installation was completed on November 28th, and completed for about $3600 in materials, plus all of the volunteer hours by Kiwanis members.

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Moultrie County Health Department Reports On 11th COVID Death

The Moultrie County Health Department is mourning the death of an 80-year-old male as the 11th COVID-19 death in the county.  909 Moultrie County residents have tested positive for the virus including the 11 deaths. 

 

The administrator of the Moultrie County Health Department, Angela Hogan says, “We send our deepest sympathies to his friends and families. We ask for understanding and the privacy of his loved ones as they mourn.” 

 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, continue to wear a mask when in public, watch physical distance, wash hands routinely, and stay home if ill.  You can also protect yourself by receiving the annual flu vaccine. 

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, the Health Department would ask that you get yourself tested. For more information visit https://dph.illinois.gov/testing. For more information on the Moultrie County Health Department’s news, and events and services, visit www.moultriehealth.org or visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/moultriecountyhealth. 

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Taylorville Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tornado

December 1st, 2020 marks the 2nd anniversary of the December 1st, 2018 EF tornado that came through Taylorville. Mayor Bruce Barry issued a press release thanking Missions for Taylorville for the hard work they have put into restoring the city.

 

 

The Mayor also thanked the many people who volunteered and announced a partnership with the local Tree Board.

 

 

Mayor Barry also asked everyone to take a moment and remember on December 1st.

 

 

For more on what you can do to help the community and Missions for Taylorville, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 287-7946.

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Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook Talks Fiber Internet And Christmas

Christmas celebrations are going to be handled a little bit differently this year in Sullivan, according to Mayor Richard Glazebrook.    

 

 

There are a variety of different projects that the city of Sullivan is working on including a sewer project and installing fiber internet throughout town. 

 

 

Mayor Glazebrook is thrilled to be able to help bring fiber internet to Sullivan with Metro Communications.

 

 

Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty Discusses A Potential Decrease In State Funding

With budget cuts likely coming for school districts across the state of Illinois, Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty says that any decrease in funding will have a huge impact on the district.    

 

 

To prepare for the anticipated cuts, Dr. Dougherty says that the district took a variety of different steps to save money where they could.

 

 

While the Taylorville School District did prepare for future budget cuts, if the state sends fewer dollars for this budget year, it could cause a variety of new problems for the district, but Dr. Dougherty doesn’t expect any further staff cuts.

 

 

There are a variety of different challenges that face the district besides the budget, according to Dr. Dougherty, including when to bring students back to campus and getting families signed up for the free meal program.

 

 

Dr. Chris Dougherty was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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The Central Illinois Food Bank Is In Need Of Volunteers

Beth Wakefield is the new Public Relations Manager at the Central Illinois Food Bank and they’ve taken a variety of different steps to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and still provide the food that so many central Illinois families depend on.    

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a large increase in need in central Illinois, according to Wakefield.

 

 

The Central Illinois Food Bank, according to Wakefield, is well stocked with food, but they are always looking for more

donations.

 

 

The Food Bank is looking for volunteers, according to Wakefield.

 

 

For more information on the Central Illinois Food Bank, please visit centralilfoodbank.org. Beth Wakefield was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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Waverly Man In Custody After Stabbing In Owaneco

A Waverly man is in custody charged with aggravated battery after stabbing a woman in Owaneco on Saturday. On November 28th, at 3:51 PM, Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a stabbing.  The stabbing occurred at the intersection of Church Street and IL Route 29. 

 

According to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylorville Police Department, 41-year old Shane A. Mosley stabbed 65-year-old Brenda S. Whisler in the back of her neck with a knife. 

 

After an investigation, it was discovered that Velma Mosley, who is Shane A. Mosley’s mother, was driving from Pana to Jacksonville. Velma Mosley was driving Shane Mosley’s vehicle and Shane was in the passenger seat. Velma Mosley says that her son had smoked synthetic marijuana in the vehicle as they were leaving Pana and he became upset so she pulled over at Church Street and IL Route 29. 

 

While there, Brenda Whisler, who is Velma’s domestic companion, was following their vehicle to Jacksonville pulled behind her in Owaneco. Shane Mosley got out of the vehicle and broke out the driver’s side window of the vehicle Velma was in. At that point, investigators say Velma and Brenda got out of their vehicles. As Whisler was walking away from Shane, he stabbed her in the back of the neck. 

 

Witnesses say that they saw Shane walk across IL Route 29 waving a knife. Witnesses pulled over after passing him and observed him walking toward the Owaneco Elevator. Witnesses then followed Shane as he walked around the elevator a couple of times. After Shane stopped walking the male witness got out of his vehicle and detained Shane until deputies arrived and took him into custody.

 

Whisler was taken by ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital and was transported by helicopter to Springfield Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

 

Shane Mosley was taken to the Christian County Jail and has been charged with aggravated battery with the victim being 60 years of age or older. This is a Class 2 felony. Mosley could face two to ten years in the Department of Corrections. Bond was set at $100,000.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it develops.

 

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Taylorville Park District To Meet Remotely

The Taylorville Park District will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM remotely. Due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing guidelines, the meeting will be conducted by live broadcast on New Country 104.1 FM. If any person wishes to address the board, they may do so by emailing Taylorvilleparkdistrict@gmail.com or calling 565-0389.

 

The board will discuss employee Christmas bonuses and parties, the board will also review pool engineers for the upcoming city pool project, and get reports from the Maintenance Superintendent, Gary Brown, a report from the Office Administrator/Secretary Lisa Morillo, and an update from Recreational Director Bailey Hancock. 

 

There is also a treasurer’s report, payment of bills, and a possible executive session. For more on this meeting, stay tuned to Regional Radio News. To see the full agenda, click here
 

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Doctors Say It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

Despite COVID grabbing national headlines, one thing Doctors are still looking at is smoking. Smoking accounts for nearly about 1 in 5 deaths globally with more than 16 million Americans living with a smoking-related disease. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 32 million American adults smoke cigarettes. 

 

On November 19th, the American Cancer Society had the Great American Smokeout, a day designed to provide an opportunity for people to stop smoking. Dr. Timir Baman, who is an OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute cardiologist says that statistics can always change.

 

 

With the world in a pandemic, Smoking poses an even greater risk to our health than ever before. There is still research being conducted, but many smokers already have lung problems from smoking that can be vulnerable to the flu, pneumonia, or bronchitis.

 

 

Dr. Baman knows that for a lot of people it’s not easy to just quit “cold turkey” and realizes that for some it takes many tries to kick the habit.

 

 

While rates of cigarette smoking have decreased in the last 30 years, cardiovascular doctors have seen a rise in the increase of e-cigarettes and vaping. Dr. Baman says this is NOT a safe alternative to cigarettes.

 

 

For more information on getting help for quitting smoking, visit with your primary care physician.

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TPD Looking For Gift Card Donations For Victims Of Fire

After an apartment fire left residents without supplies in Taylorville, The Taylorville Police Department along with the Red Cross rushed in to help the victims recover. At this time, the Taylorville Police Department is not looking for clothes for the fire victims, but are asking for gift cards or cash to buy gift cards to local restaurants and establishments for the victims so they can buy necessary items to help with things such as food, toiletries, or anything else they may need moving forward. 

If you would like to donate, please send or drop off the gift cards/money to the Taylorville Police Department and put either Officer Kirsten Bolinger or Chief Dwayne Wheeler’s name on the outside of the envelope. 

 

The Taylorville Police Department is thanking everyone for the support and donations and is proud of the community for coming together in a time like this. 

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Central A&M Superintendent Dr. DeAnn Heck Discusses The Challenges Facing The District

Central A&M Superintendent Dr. DeAnn Heck says that she really didn’t know what to expect coming into the school year.   
 

 

Dr. Heck says that it has been a great semester under the worst possible circumstances and that the parents and teachers have really stepped up to make it so.

 

 

There are numerous challenges that face the Central A&M School District, but the biggest one, according to Dr. Heck, is the unknown.

 

 

Another challenge that they face, according to Dr. Heck, is exhaustion.

 

 

Dr. DeAnn Heck was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Discusses The Tier Three Mitigations

The tier 3 mitigations are having a huge impact on the Christian County small business community and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp urged everyone to support small businesses through this difficult time, but to also do everything possible to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

 

 

The enforcement of the tier 3 mitigations has to come from the health department, according to Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp.

 

 

If the Sheriff’s Office does receive a complaint, Sheriff Kettelkamp says that there is a long process that they will go

through.

 

 

If the violations continue, Sheriff Kettelkamp says that the State’s Attorney could issue a notice to appear and charge the violator with a misdemeanor under the health department statute.

 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Exposed To COVID Over The Holidays? IDPH Says To Wait To Get Tested

With many people driving for thanksgiving and returning from trips, the Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging people to wait a week before getting tested for COVID-19. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of Public Health, says that if you got together with people outside of your home for Thanksgiving and think you were infected you should wait at least seven days before getting tested.

 

 

According to the CDC it can take up to 14 days to show symptoms after exposure, but Dr. Ezike says that most people who are infected will end up with a positive test after the seven-day mark.

 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health is concerned about a spike and says that the numbers to watch will be around December 7th. 

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Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose Talks Retirement Tax And Speaker Madigan

The real reason that the Illinois legislature isn’t in session right now, according to State Senator Chapin Rose, is because Michael Madigan doesn’t have the votes to be re-elected as Speaker.    

 

 

You should never count Speaker Madigan out, according to Senator Rose.

 

 

There’s been a lot of talk recently about taxing retirement income. Senator Rose says that it’s the Democrats and not the Republicans who want to tax it and that keeping the flat tax makes taxing retirement income a whole lot more difficult.

 

 

The retirement tax isn't just for state worker pensions, according to Senator Rose, but for all retirement income.

 

 

Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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TFD Looking To Keep Holiday Wreath Red

The Taylorville Fire Department has decorated for the holidays and has put up a large holiday wreath in the front of the department.  The Fire Department is encouraging residents to “Keep the Wreath Red” by following tips such as unplugging holiday lights before leaving home or sleeping, not overloading extension cords, being careful with candles and open flames, and using flame-retardant decorations.  

 

You can also protect your home by ensuring lights are in good condition and keep natural trees watered. The Taylorville Fire Department says not to rely on chemical sprays for your tree and as always, make sure you have working smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. 

 

The Taylorville Fire Department will change a bulb in the wreath from red to blue for every fire that is caused due to holiday decorations or lights.

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Bethany Man Dead After 2-Vehicle Crash in Rural Macon County

A Bethany man is dead as a result of a two-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 121 near McDonald Road in Macon County on Thursday evening.  

 

Dead is 48-year-old Christopher D. Ripple.  Macon County Coroner Michael Day tells Regional Radio News that Ripple was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident at 6:27 Thursday evening.  

Routine toxicology tests and an inquest both are pending.

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Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose On The State's Budget Crisis

Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose outlined the State of Illinois’ critical budget situation and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on things.    

 

 

Senator Rose went on to say that because of the failure of fair tax vote and the unlikelihood of a federal bailout from the Biden Administration, the Democratic leadership is back to borrowing money to balance the budget hole.

 

 

The cancelled veto session is making the budget situation significantly worse, according to Senator Rose.

 

 

The longer you wait to make budget cuts, according to Senator Rose, the more difficult the cuts will be to implement. 

 

 

Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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Taylorville Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle Is Thrilled To Be A Part Of The Small Town Taylorville Committee

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle is having a blast on the Small Town Taylorville Committee, but she says that there’s a whole lot of work ahead.    

 

 

The personnel has been hired, the funding has been received, and now Hornbuckle said that they’re trying to figure out what’s next.

 

 

Hornbuckle is thrilled to be a part of the Small Town Taylorville Committee and she went on to say that there will be information released over the next several months before the launch of the new website. 

 

 

Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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Deer Hunting Season Numbers Down From Last Year During Opening Weekend

Hunters in Illinois got fewer deer this opening weekend of Illinois Firearm Season than in previous years past. Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of Deer Season compared with 50,713 from last year. The seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude December 3-6.  IDNR Spokesperson Rachel Tolbert says that things are lower but there are many factors that lead to that.

 

 

In Christian County, there were 419 deer harvested in 2020 as opposed to only 372 last year. In Montgomery County, there were 520 deer harvested in 2020 as opposed to 540 last year. 

 

Tolbert says there will be other deer hunting opportunities in the near future with muzzleloader-only deer season, late-winter antlerless-only, CWD, and archery season’s coming up. 

 

 

For more information click here.

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Taylorville Police Sergeant Alan Mills Talks COVID-19 And Shopping Safety

Holiday shopping is in full swing and Taylorville Police Department Sergeant Alan Mills warned Taylorville residents that there have been some reports of packages being taken off of porches and if you see something suspicious to say something.   

 

 

Things at the Taylorville Police Department after an outbreak of COVID-19, according to Sergeant Mills, have started to go back to normal.

 

 

Sergeant Mills went on to say that TPD Officers wear face masks whenever they interact with the public and the Police Department is being cleaned on a regular basis. 

 

 

TPD Officers try to meet with people outside of homes, but with the temperature dropping that will be difficult. 

 

 

Sergeant Alan Mills was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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The Taylorville Food Pantry Is In Need Of Volunteers

The Taylorville Food Pantry is in desperate need of volunteers, according to co-coordinator Amy Hagen.   

 

 

All you have to do is show up to the Food Pantry willing to volunteer. There is no application process and you don’t need to have any specific skill set, according to Hagen.

 

 

The regular Food Pantry volunteers, according to Hagen, are exhausted.

 

 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, the Food Pantry has been operating using a drive-thru model. 

 

 

Amy Hagen was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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Taylorville Police Sergeant Alan Mills Discusses The Importance Of Being Involved In The Community

The importance of the Taylorville Police Department being involved in the community cannot be understated, according to TPD Sergeant Alan Mills.   

 

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sergeant Mills says that they have seen a slight increase in drug use in the community.

 

 

Sergeant Mills went on to say that overall he thinks the drug issue has been getting better within the community.

 

 

The Safe Passage Program, according to Sergeant Mills, has had a positive impact in Taylorville. 

 

 

Sergeant Alan Mills was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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Taylorville Man Arrested In Springfield Hold-Ups

A Taylorville man was arrested on Wednesday morning for his involvement in a string of Springfield armed robberies on Tuesday. 20-year-old Koty J. Caraker of Taylorville was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and theft and 34-year-old Lamarcus C. Jones of Springfield was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm. 

 

The three stations that were robbed were the BP Amoco, Circle K, and the Qik-N-EZ early Tuesday morning from 12:09 AM until 2:29 AM.  Police say that the suspect description was the same at all three places and several officers recognized the description as someone they have been in contact with before. 

 

Both men are in custody in the Sangamon County Jail and if you have any information, please call the Springfield Police at 788-8311 or the Sangamon/Menard County Crime Stoppers at 788-8427. 

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Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazbrook Talks COVID-19

Every conversation nowadays always seems to start out about COVID-19, and Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook says that the Sullivan residents have been great about social distancing and wearing face masks.   

 

 

Mayor Glazebrook says that the city of Sullivan has been doing everything they can to keep nursing home staff and residents safe by giving PPE to the Sullivan area nursing homes.

 

 

The Holiday season is different for everyone this year, especially for residents of long term care facilities. So the Sullivan Chamber, according to Mayor Glazebrook, will be offering each long term care facility resident a live plant. 

 

 

Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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