Local News

Free Movie Coming To Roseland Theater In Pana To Bring Grain Bin Awareness


Farm and Safety Week is in full swing and nowhere can be more dangerous than working in a silo bin. One way that agribusinesses are bringing awareness to farmers about the dangers of silos is through a free movie that they are showing at the Roseland Theater in Pana on September 26th at 7 PM. Pana farmer, Jeff Scott, a 4th generation farmer says that everyone especially farmers should see this movie. 



Scott says just saving one life, means the movie did its job. 


For more information visit silothefilm.com. Doors open at 6 PM on September 26th.


TMH To Teach Mental Health First Aid Class

TMH will be conducting a mental health first aid training session on September 26th from 8-5 PM in the annex at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Raedena Ryan, who is the foundation executive director is excited to be able to offer so many different programs and have a class like this taught by Suzy Traughber. 



Mental Health First Aid teaches signs of addictions and mental illnesses, a five step action plan to assess a situation and help, the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, local resources and where to turn for help. Ryan says to call her to register for the class.



The four hospitals of Memorial Health System and Memorial Behavioral Health are sponsoring Mental Health First Aid for communities in central Illinois.


Shelbyville Students of the Month named for September

The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for September 2019 were presented with their awards recently. Pictured from left to right are.


Family Drug representative Bree Thompson, Senior Corban Aultman, Junior Natalie Frederick, Sophomore Brook Schutt, Freshman Ryann Wood, and Family Drug representative Jessie Reed.


Regional Radio News congratulates the Students of the Month!



Christian County CEO Program Visits WTIM

The Christian County CEO Program has its biggest class yet with a total of 17 students from Central Illinois enrolled.


Elizabeth Aymer is a Senior at South Fork High School in Kincaid, her sophomore year she was in the trade show assisting a friend who was in the program at the time.



Senior at Faith Bible Christian Academy Gabriel Jeffrey attended the trade show last year to get an idea of what to expect when he would be in the CEO Program a year later.



Eric Schafer is enjoying his senior year at Taylorville High School. He knows that the trade show at the end of the year is something everyone looks forward to, but he realizes there is work to be done leading up to the event.



Aymer, Jeffrey, Schafer each appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. 


Tradewind Energy Ready to Call Christian County Home

The potential for wind farms coming to Christian County is a debate that has been on going for some time now.


Development Manager with Tradewind Energy Jeff Hammond would love to bring his business to Central Illinois. He explains Tradewind Energy being around for over 15 years and being one of the leading companies in the field.



Hammond is no stranger to the myths surrounding wind turbines a common one he has to put to rest is that these machines cause cancer.



When asked if wind energy can have success in Central Illinois Hammond has a simple answer of yes. In fact Illinois is one of the leading states in the country for wind power.



Hammond appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. 


Christian County Animal Shelter Holding Fundraiser For Feral Cat Population

Work is always being done to improve the issue with feral cats in Christian County. Christian County Animal Control along with the Friends of CCAC and Christian County Animals will be hosting a fundraiser dinner to help with costs associated with neutering and spaying feral cats. The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 12 Noon – 3 PM. For the dinner, there will be a pork chop sandwich, baked beans and chips for dine-in or carry out and it is at the Thunderbird Lounge in Taylorville. Vince Harris, who is in charge of animal control, says that this is a way to help with what they call TNR—Trap, Neuter, and Return.



The TNR program and donations are helping with controlling the population. Harris says if the conditions are right, the feral problem could potentially get way out of control.



For more information call Christian County Animal Control at 824-5433.


Farmers Market Inching Closer to End of Season

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.


Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. Downs loves seeing all the patrons on the square eager to get their sweet corn. He does want to remind everyone that it is a first come first serve basis.



While the sweet corn may not be a guarantee Downs knows that there are still many other great products up for grabs at the farmers market.



A scheduling conflict is on the horizon as Chillifest will be taking over the square in a couple weeks for their annual event.



Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.


State Senator Andy Manar Hoping To Cap Insulin Prices

The debate over healthcare has extended to all parts of medical care. One way that State Senator Andy Manar is trying to help is by reducing the skyrocketing prices of insulin. Senator Manar has introduced Senate Bill 667, which would cap out of pocket insulin expenses at $100 for a 30-day supply. Senator Manar says costs have gotten out of control.



State Representative Sue Scherer does not understand why America can’t get this right.


For some people like Megan Blair, a mother with diabetes, time is running out to cap these costs.



Several organizations are backing Senator Manar for this including the American Diabetes Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Illinois Pharamacists Association and the AARP.


Family Game Night at Taylorville Public Library

The Taylorville Public Library has some great opportunities for you and your family to come out and have some fun.


Programming Outreach Coordinator Jessica Green says the Coloring Connection program that is offered is always a popular one.



The fun does not stop there however, as the entire family is welcome out for the Family Game Night held once a month at the library.



Green appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Christian County CEO Program Visits Groovy 97.3 Morning Show

The Christian County CEO Program has their biggest class yet with 17 total students enrolled. On Tuesday, three Taylorville seniors stopped by the Groovy 97.3 WRAN Studios and let us know how much they are enjoying the program. Taylorville Senior Grifin Lilly enjoys going to all the businesses.



Zachary Rexroad is excited to learn how to run his own business.


Ashlee Vocks says that the learning environment is something she loves.


Lilly, Rexroad, and Vocks all appeared as guests on the Groovy 97.3 WRAN Morning Show.


Davis Wants to See NAFTA and USMCA Resolved

Illinois Farmers are keeping a close eye on what is happening in DC and hoping that an agreement can be struck in congress with NAFTA and USMCA to ease the trade tariffs.
Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois he says it is time for the bills to come to the floor and Democrats need to stop sitting on this.


Davis knows that with these bills not coming down to the floor it gives all the power in negotiations to the China government, and with that happening the American people will continue to suffer.


Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


This Week Marks Farm Safety And Health Week

This week marks National Farm Safety and Health Week and Ameren Illinois is reminding customers to be safe this harvest season. Contacting power lines or even getting too close can cause equipment failure or the equipment and surrounding area to become energized.  Eric Kozak, Vice President with Ameren Illinois says to always pay attention to sagging lines.



But what should you do if you contact a power line?



For more information on National Farm Safety And Health Week visit Ameren Illinois’ Facebok page.


County Board Meets In Front Of Packed House, Votes On Cannabis, Talks Enterprise Zones, And Discusses Possible Public Safety Tax

Judge Paisley swears in new District 2 Board member Brian Wilbur.


The Christian County Board met Tuesday evening and while the big topic was windfarms there were a lot of other topics that were voted on as well. Brian Wilbur was sworn in by Judge Brad T. Paisley as the new District 2 board member.  The county heard comments about the windfarms mostly against. For committee reports, approval went through for the courthouse to be used for the annual Chilifest event. It was announced that repairs needed to be made to the elevator in the courthouse and soon. State Attorney Mike Havera stressed that this was an important fix, but the elevator would be down for quite a while, and there are fears about people that genuinely have to use it. The wind ordinance proposal failed and went back to committee. The enterprise zone intergovernmental agreement passed between Christian County, Taylorville, Assumption, and Pana. County Board member Ray Koonce told Regional Radio News his thoughts on the enterprise zone.


A cannabis sales tax ordinance for the county was approved.  This would put a 3.75% in .25% increments of these sales in the unincorporated areas of Christian County. It was also approved that Montgomery County would be merging with Christian County for their 9-1-1 services. This would have the potential to bring already trained 911 operators into Christian County. Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling spoke about a resolution to place a vote for a public safety tax on the March Ballot. Engeling explained that it would be a 1% public safety tax and that it would be used to help the Sheriff’s Department, Coroner, Probation Department, State’s Attorney’s Office, and Emergency management and homeland security. Engeling also said it would go towards building a new jail and sheriff facility for a county that badly needs one.



Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says he hates taxes but this is something necessary to help prevent overcrowding and help public safety.



The next County Board meeting will be held October 15th. 


Ordinance Proposal That Would Have Stopped Wind Farms Fails At County Board Meeting


The Christian County Board struck down a motion for an ordinance tonight that would have essentially ended the wind farm discussion in the county.  At the September 9th, Highway, Building, Grounds, Environmental Committee meeting, the committee along with committee head Phil Schneider drafted an ordinance that would put wind towers back at least 2,640 feet from the property line. The wind farm companies have stated that they would not be able to work with anything much farther than 1500 feet. This motion was brought in front of the county board at Tuesday evening’s County Board Room which was packed with people. Before the committee voted on it Madam Chairwoman Becky Edwards made sure everyone was aware of what they were voting on. Edwards wanted to say something as a county board member and not as Chairwoman.



Edwards continued saying that as Chairwoman she was working hard to get help in the matter and highlighting what her plan was moving forward.



The motion was voted on for the setbacks and Phil Schneider voted yes. Matt Wells voted no. Brian Wilbur voted no. Molly Alaria voted yes. Timothy Carlson voted no. Craig Corzine voted yes. Linda Curtin voted no. Charles DeClerck voted yes. Becky Edwards voted no. Donna Hibbets voted no. Ray Koonce voted no.    Dale Livingston voted no.  Mike McClure voted no. Vicki McMahon voted no. Venise McWard voted yes. Clark Pearce voted no.  The motion failed 5-11 and was met by a resounding round of applause in the board room, which was filled with plenty of people wearing “Yes” stickers with the Yes in the form of a windmill. Ray Koonce explained why he voted no and his frustration of it going back to the committee.



The wind farm ordinance will head back to the committee to be reworked.


Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from Taylorville Fire Chief on Defibrilators at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about using automated external defibrilators, or A-E-D’s, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews told the club that A-E-D’s, which are now found at more and more public places, can be a life saver for someone going thru cardiac arrest. 


He demonstrated the A-E-D he found in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium, and the voice prompts that make it very simple for the public to use.


Crews added that the survivability of someone having a heart attack, rests on a combination of immediate C-P-R and the use of an A-E-D.


Crews said that the Taylorville Fire Department conducts regular seminars for the public to learn how to use A-E-D’s.



Kiwanis members are reminded that the club’s annual officer installation luncheon, which will also be the club’s last meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium, is next Tuesday at noon.   Starting October First, weekly meetings will be held at a new location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge, 720 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.


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.


Taylorville Public Library Gardening Event

The Taylorville Public Library is ready for the masses to come out and check out all the information stored in those halls.


Programming and Outreach Coordinator Jessica Green wants to invite you to the Gardening Event this Thursday at the library.



Green reminds the public of the new hours for the Taylorville Public Library and is hoping to see everyone in town stop by.



Green appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


CEO Program One Month in Students Making Most of Opportunity

The Christian County CEO Program has its biggest class yet with 17 total students enrolled. Yesterday three Tayorville seniors stopped by the Newstalk WTIM Studios and let us know how things are going so far.


Emily Leers has wanted to be a part of the CEO Program for a while now, she remembers back to as early as her sophomore year when she had the crystallizing moment.



Paris Bell had some butterflies leading up to the interview process but once she got in the building and the interview began the nerves settled.



Joey Curvey says the first day walking in he didn’t know what to expect but soon realized that this class was going to be everything he hoped it would be.



Leers, Bell, and Curvey all appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


South Manners Park Pond Losing Water; Park District Working On Solutions




The Taylorville Park District met Monday evening to discuss the South Manners Park Pond. The pond has drastically shrunk since Thursday, and members of the Park District say a pipe has bust underneath it which is causing water loss. Superintendent Gary Brown, along with Recreational Director, Bailey Hancock doesn’t want a “band-aid” put on it, they want to fix the issue completely along with taking care and cleaning up of the north pond as well.



For that, Gary Brown has received approval from the board to be able to pursue bids for an excavator to help with the dam and start the process. There are quite a lot of fish still in the ponds, and Hancock encourages everyone if they have a fishing license to come on down to Manners Park.



Hancock also says that any dead wood that’s down there is up for grabs as well. She hopes that this will help Manners Park recover their ponds.


For more information visit the Taylorville Park District Facebook page.



Pana Man Graduates Basic Training For US Air Force

US Air Force Airman Charles R. Davis III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Davis also earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Davis is the son of Rebecca R. and Charles R. Davis of Oconee and he is a 2019 graduate of Pana High School.  Regional Radio News congratulates Airman Davis and wishes him the best!




Taylorville Announces Fall Cleanup Day; Hires Two New Employees

The Taylorville City Council met this evening to vote and talk about issues from the various committees. An ordinance was passed to establish the enterprise zone between Taylorville Assumption, Pana, and Christian County.  The city also passed an ordinance expressing support for hiring minorities, women, and persons with disabilities within the enterprise zone as well. To help the Industrial Park, a new road “Hopper Drive” along with a turn lane will be added west of Grant Drive in Taylorville. The city hired two new employees: Mike Mann Jr., who will take over as Superintendent of Streets and Sewers when Dick Wiseman resigns, and John Blakeman who will replace Cindy Brown when she resigns. Both men are excited to start their new jobs. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced that October 12th will be Clean-Up Day.


Mayor Barry also stressed that he is committed to fixing a lot of the drainage issues that are taking place in Ward 3.


The next City Council meeting will take place on October 7th.


Boil Order Issued For Parts Of Edinburg

The Village of Edinburg has issued a boil order at 2 PM on Monday. The public Water Supply issued the boil order for customers located on Elm Street from Masonic to Wildcat Way. Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  For more information contact Superintendent Mike Lebshier at 623-5542.


House In A Box Donating Supplies September 17

An organization is dropping off supplies for tornado victims on Tuesday. House In A Box is dropping off supplies to the city of Taylorville at 11 AM on September 17th.  The donations may be picked up at the old Gagne Building which is located at 1617 West Spresser Street located in Taylorville. Mayor Bruce Barry says that these supplies are being donated to help those who still need it.


House in a Box is a disaster services corporation that helps people get back on their feet. For more information visit https://www.svdpdisaster.org/.


Christian County Applying for New Enterprise Zone

The Christian County Enterprise Zone has been a major tool for the community that helps bring businesses to Central Illinois.


Edwards explains why the Enterprise Zone is so beneficial to Christian County and the state has decided that you can no longer reapply Enterprise Zones so now everyone is back to square one.



Edwards likes that Christian County seems to be ahead of the game with a great consultant to help them every step of the way in the process.



Edwards knows how competitive of  a process it is to apply for one of the 90 enterprise zones the state of Illinois is giving out. She doesn’t want to see Christian County miss out on potential businesses coming to the area.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville City Council And Park Board Holding Separate Meetings Monday Evening

There will be two meetings in Christian County tonight. The Taylorville City Council will meet and hold their regular board meeting this evening and the Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway & Park District will hold a special meeting tonight as well. The Park District will be discussing Manners Park Pond and hold an executive session along with any other matters that may need to be discussed.


The Taylorville City Council will be discussing ordinances for the enterprise Zone in Christian County, there will also be an approval, authorization, and direction of the Mayor to sign the city application for an IDOT Highway Permit concerning work west of Grant Drive in Taylorville to maintain a new road “Hopper Drive” and all work related to that road. Other motions that will be discussed and possibly voted on this evening include the appointment of Mike Mann Jr as Superintendent of Streets and Sewers to replace Dick Wiseman when Wiseman officially resigns and John Blakeman as Human Resources Manager to replace Cindy Brown. The next clean up day will be voted on as well. A tentative date of October 12th is scheduled. 


The Park District meeting will be held at 6 PM this evening and the Taylorville City Board meeting will be at 7 PM.


Delegates Back in Session Next Month

State Representative Avery Bourne is eagerly waiting to get back to business in Springfield when sessions resume in October.


Bourne says a Bill that she has her eye on is the Fix the Foid Card Bill, and is wanting to see if they can get to the bottom of the issues across the state when it comes to Foid cards.



Bourne admits it has been a struggle in Springfield to get Republican voices heard as the Democrats have a super majority.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.



2019-09 | 2019-08 | 2019-07 | 2019-06 | 2019-05 | 2019-04 | 2019-03 | 2019-02 | 2019-01 | 2018-12 | 2018-11 | 2018-10 | 2018-09 | 2018-08 | 2018-07 | 2018-06 | 2018-05 | 2018-04 | 2018-03 | 2018-02 | 2018-01 | 2017-12 | 2017-11 | 2017-10 | 2017-09 | 2017-08 | 2017-07 | 2017-06 | 2017-05 | 2017-04 | 2017-03 | 2017-02 | 2017-01 | 2016-12 | 2016-11 | 2016-10 | 2016-09 | 2016-08 | 2016-07 | 2016-06 | 2016-05 | 2016-04 | 2016-03 | 2016-02 | 2016-01 | 2015-03 | 2015-02 | 2015-01 | 2014-12 | 2014-11 | 2014-10 | 2014-09 | 2014-08 | 2014-07 | 2014-06 | 2014-05 | 2014-04 | 2014-03 | 2014-02 | 2014-01 | 2013-12 | 2013-11 | 2013-10 | 2013-09 | 2013-08 | 2013-07 | 2013-06 | 2013-05 | 2013-04 | 2013-03 | 2013-02 | 2013-01 | 2012-12 | 2012-11 | 2012-10 | 2012-09 | 2012-08 | 2012-07 | 2012-06 | 2012-05 | 2012-04 | 2012-03 | 2012-02 | 2012-01 | 2011-12 | 2011-11 | 2011-10 | 2011-09 | 2011-08 | 2011-07 | 1969-12

Main Office: