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Taylorville's Mistletoe Madness Kicks Off This Afternoon

Above:  Ice rink on West Main Cross, being constructed Friday afternoon ahead of this weekend's Mistletoe Madness Weekend in Taylorville.

 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Mistletoe Madness kicks off today. 

 

President Jennifer Franklin says the ice skating rink and Festival of Trees begins at 4 p.m. and concludes 9 p.m. Saturday. 

The ice skating is free and the chamber provides the skates. You just have to show up and skate. 

The first ever Festival of Trees takes place in the Harrison Building. Folks are already taking notice. 

You can see the Grinch, too -  The actual Grinch, and the 2018 movie, on the square. 

Yes, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Santa visits are part of the Mistletoe Madness. 

 

Learn more at taylorvillechamber.com or the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Facebook. Franklin appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shelbyville Old Fashioned Christmas Kicks Off Saturday

The 10th Annual Shelbyville Old Fashioned Christmas taking off 10 a.m. Saturday. 

 

It’s a great opportunity to visit shops in downtown Shelbyville, according to Organizer Schryll Bernson. 

After you stop downtown, Bernson invites you to check out the Festival of Lights running from 5 to 9 p.m. this weekend at Forest Park.

December 10th is your next chance to check out the Festival of Trees in the Chautauqua Building.

Learn more at lakeshelbyville.com. Bernson appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

Video Footage Released From Officer Involved Shooting In Litchfield

The Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation has continued its investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Litchfield that took place on November 24th. Litchfield Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and ISP responded to a suspicious person at a Litchfield McDonald’s. 

 

When officers arrived, an individual fled and attempted to hijack a vehicle using a weapon.  41-year-old Shane M. Boston displayed a firearm and two Litchfield police officers, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy, and an ISP trooper all discharged their firearms.  Boston was struck and disarmed. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No officers were struck during the incident. 

 

The incident is under investigation, but the ISP has released videos of the incident available to the public.  There are two videos available of the incident.  Understand, that both videos are graphic in nature. The videos have been released following consultation and approval from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

To see both videos, click here and here. This remains an ongoing investigation by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the ISP Division of Internal Investigation. 
 

Springfield Clinic Unveiling New Health Plan

Springfield Clinic offering a health plan ensuring patients in-network access their Springfield Clinic doctors. 

 

According to Springfield Clinic, too many patients lost trusted relationships with their Springfield Clinic doctors over the past year. 

 

Vice President of Brand, Experience and Advocacy Zach Kerker says many started driving out of the clinic area to seek treatment. 

Kerker explains what the plan allows employers with 10 or more employees to do. He hopes it will manage the cost of care.

Ultimately, this comes down to better choices for patients. 

This move comes after Springfield Clinic ended its partnership with Blue Cross, Blue Shield over a year ago. 

Learn more at springfieldclinic.com. 

Visit The Latonis Train Depot in Pana This Weekend

The Latonis Train Village aims to preserve the railway history in Christian County. 

 

That’s according to owner Tom Latonis. He’s hosting an open House Sunday at 1 p.m. 

The coal industry often takes a lot of credit for upstarting Pana. However, Latonis says multiple industries utilized the railroad system in Pana. 

Recently, the village added a real caboose to the display. 

You could win a model train set. 

Learn more on the Latonis Train Village Facebook. Latonis appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

AEP for Medicare Ends December 7th

BK Insurance Services is here to help you with any part of Medicare year-round, even after the Annual Enrollment Period ends December 7th. 

 

That’s according to Insurance Agent and Owner of BK Insurance Services Kathie Cravens. 

Cravens says plans change all the time. One welcome change in the near future involves the Inflation Reduction Act. It will cap insulin prices soon. 

There are a couple of other ways the Inflation Reduction Act could change your medicare coverage. Cravens says these changes are a good reason why you should go over your medicare every year. 

Though this is not something she can help with too much, Cravens is tired of the scam calls. She’s glad to see some U.S. Senators working towards legislation. 

Give Cravens a call to set up an appointment – 217-414-1201. Cravens appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas Brings Something For Everyone Saturday

The Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas kicks off tomorrow. 

 

Organizer Malea Elson is looking forward to the pork patty dinner the fire department hosts. 

The Angel Tree is designed to assist families with their Christmas. 

After the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage. 

Elson wants you to make sure you stop by local businesses to catch some of the deals and enter your name in some raffles. 

Learn more on the Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas Facebook. Elson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

CCYMCA Receives Large Donations

Christian County YMCA receives a charitable donation from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. 

 

The foundation provided two checks worth a total of $33,350. 

 

Board members of the Bertrand Hopper Foundation Jim Adcock and Adam Vocks presented a $29,500 check to Executive Director of the CCYMCA Bruce Blanshan. The Y will use the funds to upgrade Wellness Center WIFI & TVs, computer, communication, and HVAC system upgrades. 

 

Blanshan says that the gift provides needed electronic upgrades for the YMCA, ensuring they can serve the community. 

 

The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation also contributed a $3,850 check to the YMCA to support the 2022 YMCA Auction Fund a Need project replacing flooring inside the wellness center. 

Peoples Bank and Trust and WMKR Pana High School Students of The Month

Regional Radio News is excited to present the following students with the Student of the Month Award for Pana High School:

 

Freshman Reagan McGlaughlen; Sopohomore Lilyanna Rochkes; Junior John Berns; Senior Chloe Ashcraft. 

 

Congratulations to these fantastic students!

Pawnee School District Embracing End of Semester

Christmas break puts a bow on the first full semester in-person without mask mandates for Pawnee School District. 

 

That’s according to Superintendent Tim Krachtovil. 

He says that it’s great to have the community feel return to Pawnee Schools. 

Kratochvil is proud of the all the fall sports teams. 

As the calendar flips to December, Kratochvil wants to remind everyone the district adopted a new snow day policy in 2020. Pawnee does its best to offer an e-learning day when there is adverse weather. 

Kratochvil appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TMH Names November Colleague of the Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital names its November Colleague of the Month. 

 

The non-profit hospital names Holly Krepel as the Colleague of the month. 

 

Krepel works as a CT technologist in Radiology. A colleague who nominated Krepel says that she is known for her compassion toward patients who come in for mammography services.

 

Recently, a scan came back normal, but Krepel took a closer look and noticed a slight abnormality and the patient quickly began the treatment process. 

 

The nominator adds that most patients are not excited to be here for their mammograms, but Holly continues to manage patients’ anxiety with ease. 

 

Krepel has worked at TMH since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children when she’s not at work. 

Christian County Triad Presents "Who's Knocking At Your Door"

Christian County TRIAD is hosting a “Who’s Knocking at Your Door” event at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center, located at 701 West Adams Street in Taylorville. The event takes place on Thursday, December 1st from 9:30-11am and is open to anyone age 55 and older, in addition to caregivers and people providing assistance. 

 

Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Beaman says that the event is to help raise awareness in the elderly community about various workers that might be at the door and their purpose in an attempt to help identify scammers.

 

 

Beaman says that the event will allow seniors to see what uniforms and badges different workers wear and what kinds of vehicles they drive.

 

 

The Christian County TRIAD is a partnership which involves Senior Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Support and Protective Services who work together to promote senior safety, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for seniors.

 

Learn more about the event and about TRIAD on the Christian County TRIAD Facebook page.


 

Social Security Aiding You In Any Stage of Life

Social Security Administration is there to walk you through the entirety of your life, not just the retirement phase. 

 

That’s according to Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers. 

Meyers says that the end of the year is a good time to remember that Social Security is here to help you if and when you need it. 

Social Security also pays special attention to veterans and active-duty military. 

Learn more at ssa.gov/woundedwariors. Meyers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Estates Ready For Holiday Season

Taylorville Estates is feeling the holiday spirit. 

Administrator Toni Clark says that this is the resident’s favorite party, which they like to host year-round. 

Clark says that Taylorville Estates continues to offer Comfort Care Suites for residents looking for flexibility in their stay. 

Taylorville Estates offering an End of Year Move-In Special until December 31st. 

Learn more when you click here.

Christian County Historical Society Preserving the County's History

The Christian County Historical Society preserves buildings and offers education to Christian County residents.

 

Board Member Kay Frevert says that they work hand-in-hand with the Genealogy Society.

Frevert hopes more people will discover the historical society. 

The society preserves multiple historical sites throughout Christian County. 

Frevert invites you to check out your local family history through the Christian County Historical Society. 

Learn more on the Christian County Historical Society Facebook. Frevert appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Honor "Community Hero of the Month", Hear from THS Tommy TV Video Production Students at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month” and heard from 7 students involved in the Taylorville High School Tommy TV video production class, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

 

Jonathan Newlin was presented this month’s Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month” Award for being involved in his church, men’s ministry, being a long-time city employee, and his 50 years of participation in the Taylorville Municipal Band.  Newlin was nominated by Kiwanis member Blain Cornwell, who presented Newlin with the Award.

 

 

The T-H-S Tommy TV video production class each introduced themselves and also talked about what their job is when doing a live video stream.  Students appearing included Carly Durham, Tanner Smith, Ella Hohenstein, Ben Wamsley, Drew Mickey, Jordan Staples, and Riley Sims.

 

This is Durham's 3rd year in the class.

 

 

Wamsley is in his first year in the class, and talked about the importance of audio.

 

 

Sims, a junior, is in her 2nd year in the class, and talked about the graphic software used.

 

 

The students told the Kiwanis club the class has streamed numerous sporting events as well as interview programs.  All said the experience has been a great one for them and will influence their future career choices.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a 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 Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.  

 

People's Bank and Trust and WTIM November 2022 THS Students of the Month

Regional Radio News is excited to present the following students with the Student of the Month Award for Taylorville High School. 

 

 

 

Freshman Madison King; Sophomore Ella Hogge; Junior Lyris Stockon; Senior Gabby Kelm.

 

Congratulations to these fantastic students. 


 

TMH Advises Smokers 55-77 To Receive A Lung Cancer Screening

The end of Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to schedule a cancer screening. 

 

That’s according to Taylorville Memorial Hospital Director of Ancillary Services Lora Polley. 

This is part of TMH’s mission to meet the community's need. Director of Community Health Darin Buttz says that the hospital’s health needs assessment determined there is a high rate of smokers in Christian County. 

TMH recently received an award for its program to prevent youth from vaping at Taylorville Junior High School. The “Catch My Breath” program instilled courses for the entire junior high, and it installed vaping sensors in various areas throughout the school that alert administration if a student

Polley is excited to announce an adult program to stop smoking. 

Learn more at memorial.health. Polley and Buttz appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

THS Madrigal Dinners December 9th and 10th

The Taylorville High School Madrigal Dinners taking place December 9th and 10th. 

 

Director Keith Chase says it’s an evening full of singing, food, and fun. 

Erika Edwards, Savannah Blanford, and Riley Elam all spoke about what it means to them to be part of the Madrigals. 

Chase describes the details and how you can get your hands on a ticket. 

The Madrigals appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas This Saturday

The Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas is this weekend. 

 

That’s according to Coordinator Malea Elson.

Elson is thrilled to have a ton of vendors participate in this Old Fashioned Christmas. 

You can’t forget about the American Legion. They are hosting their own vendors. 

The Christmas parade takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There’s still time to sign up if you want to be in the parade. 

Learn more on the Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas Facebook. Elson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Warrensburg Police, Macon County Sherriff, and ISP Investigating Fatal Home Shooting

One woman is dead after shots fired in Warrensburg. 

 

According to the Macon County Coroner, Michael Day, Warrensburg Police, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting in the 200 block of N. Durfee street in Warrensburg. 

 

Wednesday, November 23rd, authorities responded to the address for a report of gunshots fired. They found Lourash in her home deceased from apparent gunshot trauma. They also discovered another unnamed adult. An ambulance took them to an out-of-county trauma center. Their status is unknown at this time. 

 

An autopsy took place Friday at the Macon County Coroner’s Office. Results are pending. 

 

This is an open investigation. 

Taylorville Park District Board Approves Manners Park Pool Project Proposition to Hold Referendum in April

Taylorville Park District Board held its November meeting Monday night in a Christmas Tree decorated Manner's Park Dining Hall.

 

The board approved a resolution to submit a proposition to issue bonds for the Manner's Park Pool. Official issue of bonds won't take place until a successful referendum at the consolidated election in April 2023.

 

Attorney David Pistorius explained what this means for the park district pool project over the next six months.

Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says that it's time to pay Burbatch Aquatics for their efforts in the pool project so far. 

The board approved a 10 percent annual increase to the annual audit fee. Treasurer Sue Phillips says the auditing company, Pulley, Martynowski & Blakeman, earned the raise.

Hancock hopes this year's Christmas in the Park, starting December 7th in Manners Park, will be special. 

The board members approved an Employee Christmas Bonus and Party. The next Park District Board meeting is set for December 26th.

 

Learn more about Christmas in the Park at taylorvilleparkdistrict.com

Pana Chamber Downtown Christmas Festival Kicks Off Pana's Holiday Season

Pana Chamber of Commerce held their Downtown Pana Chamber Christmas Festival Sunday evening. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamber Treasurer and coordinator of the festival Jennifer Mathis says they’re happy to bring this event to downtown Pana once again. 

Mathis says everyone loved the ice skating rink the chamber set up in front of People’s Bank and Trust. 

The chamber is thankful for all the volunteers that helped bring this event together. 

The Christmas Festival is always the weekend after Thanksgiving, and it signals the start of the holiday season for Pana. The Chamber has two more events coming in the near future. 

 

The first starts today. Mathis encourages you to watch the chamber Facebook page. 

Again, look out for the Facebook page, Pana Chamber of Commerce, for more information. 

Something For Everyone At The Taylorville Library

The Taylorville Public Library always has new things going on and Director of the Library Ryan Reitmeier says that there is something for everyone at the library.  One of the newest advantages the library is offering are hotspots.

 

 

Another area that the library is helping out is by lending out video game systems.

 

 

Reitmeier says one of the big ways that the library can be successful is by reaching teenagers through an advisory board.

 

 

Find out more information by visiting https://www.taylorvillelibrary.org/. Reitmeier appeared as a guest on the WTIM morning show.

Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn Offer Many Services

Brittany Reynolds is Director of Marketing at Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn, both just north of Shelbyville on Illinois Route 128.

 

Reynolds loves her job.

 

 

Reynolds says the resumption of Hawthorne Bingo brings fun to the residents and community.

 

 

Their Hawthorne Inn assisted living facility has several room options.

 

 

Reynolds appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

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