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Landmark Of Taylorville Donates To Tornado Sports Boosters

For over 5 years, Landmark of Taylorville has been helping the Tornado Sports Boosters. Whether it be from 1st downs during football season, or three points that were made during basketball season, Landmark Of Taylorville donates for both. At Dolph Stanley Court in Taylorville, on Friday night at a home game vs the Lincoln Rail Splitters, General Manager, Doug Mckinnie presented a check to the Taylorville Sports Boosters for $1800. Mckinnie says that it is a great honor to be able to be involved with Taylorville Sports.

 

Between helping the Sports Boosters and giving back to the community, Mckinnie says they like to help with all of Taylorville Sports.

 

 

Landmark of Taylorville is located at 1531 West Springfield Road in Taylorville. 

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Taylorville Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire

The Taylorville Fire Department responded to a structure fire Friday afternoon. At 12:45 PM, the Taylorville Fire Department arrived to the 800 block of East Elm and found a fire burning up an exterior wall. The Fire Department worked quickly to put out the fire and in so doing, prevented major damage to the home. The Fire Department continued by ventilating the smoke from the inside and no injuries were reported.  We here at Regional Radio News, salute you Taylorville Fire Department for your continued hard work.

 


Picture's Courtesy: Taylorville Fire Department Facebook Page

 

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Christian County Coroner Investigating Death At Deer Run Campground Area

The Christian County Coroner’s Office and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are investigating a death that occurred in the Deer Run Campground Area near Edinburg. On Wednesday evening at 9:18 PM, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a call to locate a suicidal male subject. 

 

Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Police Air Operations, and Pawnee Fire and Rescue all responded to the Sangchris Area to attempt to locate the individual. On Thursday morning at 1:20 AM, the male was found deceased in a wooded area. 

 

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans identified the body as 26-year-old Percy D. Wubker of Tovey. Toxicology is pending. There is no indication of foul play. 

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Lake Land College To Offer Free Manufacturing Classes

Madison Delks is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Lake Land College and Jani Merryman is the Adult Education Coordinator at Lake Land College and they joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Sullivan to discuss a brand new free manfucturing skills class that they’ll be hosting at the Workforce Development Center in Mattoon on Tuesday, March 3rd at 9am, why if you’re thinking about a career in manfucturing you will not want to miss this class, and the upcoming GED classes at 8 different locations starting the first week of March.

 

They started out by discussing the brand new free manfucturing skills class that they’ll be hosting at the Workforce Development Center in Mattoon on Tuesday, March 3rd at 9am.

 

 

They went on to discuss why if you’re thinking about a career in manfucturing you will not want to miss this class.

 

 

Finally, they talked about the upcoming GED classes that will take place at 8 different locations starting the first week of March.
 

 

Madison Delks and Jani Merryman were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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LLC And Memorial Health Systems Working Together

Lincoln Land Community College and Memorial Health System have announced a partnership to help address the nursing shortage in Illinois. This partnership will allow LLCC to expand its class size by 90 additional students thanks to an approximate $6.1 million gift from Memorial Health Care.

 

President of LLCC, Dr. Charlotte Warren, talked a little more in-depth about the collaboration.

 

 

The potential reach of this partnership won’t be localized to one area. As Dr. Warren explains, there is a lot of overlap in communities between LLCC and Memorial Health System, which means there are plenty of places for new and aspiring nurses to practice. 

 

Dr. Warren says the gift allows LLCC to have more space to take on more students, but that is not the only benefit that allows them to increase class size.

 

 

Students interested in enrolling at LLCC can get more information by calling 786-2445. 

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Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook Talks About What He's Doing To Bring Businesses To Town

Richard Glazebrook is the Mayor of Sullivan and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Sullivan to discuss what he’s doing as Mayor to bring business to Sullivan, why things are moving a little slow at the moment in regards to bringing new businesses to town, and what he’s doing to address the pot hole problem in town.

 

Glazebrook started out by discussing what he’s doing as Mayor to bring business to Sullivan.
 

 

Glazebrook went on to discuss why things are moving a little slow at the moment in regards to bringing new businesses to town.
 

 

Finally, Glazebrook talked about what he’s doing to address the pot hole problem in town.
 

 

Richard Glazebrook was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Former Taylorville Resident Involved In Police Excessive Force Incident In Riverton

A former Taylorville man is the alleged victim of excessive force by a Riverton Police Officer. According to Sangamon County State’s Attorney Daniel K Wright, Grant D. Peterson of the Riverton Police Department has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct of former Taylorville resident and current Mechanicsburg resident, Jacob Melton. If convicted Peterson faces up to 5 years in prison. If found guilty of each count each sentence would be concurrent.

 

The indictment alleges that on February 5th, 2020, Peterson “made contact of an insulting or provoking nature to Jacob Melton” in that Peterson “grabbed Jacob Melton by the neck and headbutted Jacob Melton.” The indictment continues saying that Peterson’s conduct caused bodily harm to Melton. 

 

Taylorville Attorney Tom Finks who is Melton’s attorney says that he indeed has injuries from the incident.

 

 

 

Finks says that there’s also something called a Section 1983 lawsuit.

 

 

Peterson’s bond was set at $5,000 (10% to apply). Peterson was able to post bond and was released Wednesday afternoon. Attorney Finks released a press release commending Riverton Police Chief James Lawley, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department, Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Riverton City Attorney for their fairness, honesty, transparency, and integrity.  The State’s Attorney’s Office would like to remind the public that all indictments are only charges and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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Sullivan Superintendent Ted Walk Talks About The Sullivan Supply Group

Ted Walk is the Superintendt of the Sullivan Community Unit School District #300 and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Sullivan to discuss how one parent started the Sullivan Supply Group to help meet the needs of Sullivan teachers, how they’re dealing with flu season, and a recent school improvement day.

 

Walk started out by discussing the Sullivan Supply Group.

 

 

Walk went on to discuss how they’re dealing with flu season.
 

 

Finally, Walk talked about a recent school improvement day.
 

 

Ted Walk was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Trees Forever Accepting Applications For Trees Until April 1st

The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team is continuing to raise funds to help homeowners who might still be looking for trees after the December 2018 tornado. Barb Grabner-Kerns and Kellie Hamell with the Taylorville Tree Board are leading the charge to help plant trees. These trees will be on a first come first-served basis. Barb says the Taylorville Tree Board is continuing this year because of how successful last year’s organization and generous donations from last year.

 


Kerns says that you can pick up an application for replacing trees either online or at Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville at 1500 West Franklin. You can fill out an application until April 1st.

 

Kerns says there are ways you can help with donations as well.

 

Kerns is hoping to have the next round of trees planted in connection with Arbor day on April 24th. For more information on the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team, contact Barb Grabner-Kerns at barb4trees@ctifiber.com.  

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Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis Talks About The Democrat Presidential Primary

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss his belief that Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for President, his hope that independent voters will be scared off by Sander’s policies, and if Mike Bloomberg has any chance at stealing the nomination away from Sanders.

 

Congressman Davis started out by talking about his belief that Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for President.
 

 

Congressman Davis went on to discuss his hope that independent voters will be scared off by Sander’s policies.
 

 

Finally, Congressman Davis talked about if Mike Bloomberg has any chance at stealing the nomination away from Sanders.

 

 

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Shannon Shallenberger With Shelbyville Schools Talks Developmental Screenings

Shannon Shallenberger is the Early Childhood Coordinator at Shelbyville Community School District #4 and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Shelbyville to discuss developmental screenings that will take place in March at the Lutheran Church on 12th Street in Shelbyville, the importance of having your child screened, and what it is that they’re looking for during the screening.

 

Shannon Shallenberger started out by discussing the upcoming developmental screenings that will be taking place in March.
 

 

Shallenberger went on to discuss the importance of having your child screened.
 

 

Finally, Shallenberger talked about what it is that they’re looking for during the screening.
 

 

Shannon Shallenberger was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Republicans Respond To Budget Address

When Governor JB Pritzker gave his budget address it was immediately met with concern from House Republicans. Concern over more spending, money being taken from areas where it is most needed such as education, and using funding as a bully tactic were some of the issues Republicans were concerned about. Representative Avery Bourne was very disappointed that the budget will be out of balance due to waiting for the vote on the graduated income tax.

 

 

State Representative Brad Halbrook also voiced his displeasure at the Governor mocking the new Illinois movement.

 

 

State Senator Chapin Rose gave his thoughts on the speech agreeing with some points but questioning when democrats are going to stop asking for more money. 

 

 

State Senator Dale Righter called Governor Pritzker hypocritical stating that he is doing the same thing he accused his predecessor of—holding schools infrastructure spending and small owners budgetarily hostage by proposing that if his tax increase isn’t approved, school funding and tax refunds would be reduced.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary To Host Annual Blood Drive On February 27th

Debbie Johnson is the Volunteer Coordinator at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Shadaye Weissmer is with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center and they both joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the upcoming blood drive on February 27th from 11am until 6pm at the Christian County Extension Office, the requirements to donate blood, and about the critical need for blood donations.

 

Johnson started out by discussing the upcoming blood drive on February 27th.

 

 

Weissmer went on to discuss the requirements to donate blood.

 

 

Finally, Weissmer talked about the critical need for blood donations.

 

 

Debbie Johnson and Shadaye Weissmer were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Governor Pritzker Says Budget Hinges On Graduated Income Tax

Governor JB Pritzker gave his budget address on Wednesday, announcing that he has full optimism in the future of Illinois. Pritzker praised Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Michael Frerichs for their hard work in getting the fiscal house in order. Pritzker says there will be two options that the state can move forward in and they all hinge on his graduated income tax that he has been pushing. 

 

 

Governor Pritzker says that they plan on adding money back to the reserves in the budget stabilization fund or the “rainy day fund,” which he says was wiped out by his predecessor. Governor Pritzker promised $100 million over the next 16 months and he is also predicting over 46 million dollars in cannabis funds in the fiscal year.  The Governor says that the graduated income tax will be better for Illinois than the flat tax. 

 

 

Governor Pritzker says that if the graduated income tax doesn’t take effect, the economy and with it the budget will move at a much slower pace. The biggest question will be what happens if the graduated income tax doesn’t pass the vote from Illinoisans. Pritzker says that education funding will only get a minimal increase if the vote doesn’t pass. Pritzker finished his speech as he began with optimism for the future.

 

 

The whole speech was around 40 minutes long and was broadcast live on NEWSTALK WTIM.

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Central A&M Principal Charlie Brown Talks FFA

Charlie Brown is the Principal at Central A&M High School and at Gregory Intermediate School and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to talk about FFA Week, the community breakfast that ends FFA Week each year, and Comic Con event that the Superhero Club will host on April 4th.

 

Charlie Brown started out by discussing FFA Week and the community breakfast.
 

 

Brown went on to discuss how the program has been so successful over the years.
 

 

Finally, Brown discussed the Superhero Club and the Comic Con event that they will be hosting on April 4th.

 

 

Charlie Brown was a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis Talks Rural Broadband

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss a recent bill that he sponsored that ensures that all Veteran’s families living overseas have the opportunity to cast their vote, the importance of rural broadband, and why companies that take federal money for rural broadband need to be held accountable if they don’t deliver what they promised.

 

Congressman Davis started out by talking about a bill that he sponsored that ensures that all Veteran’s families living overseas have the opportunity to cast their vote.
 

 

Congressman Davis went on to discuss the importance of rural broadband.
 

 

Finally, Congressman Davis talked about why companies that take federal money for rural broadband need to be held accountable if they don’t deliver what they promised. 

 

 

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Durkin Meets With Press Ahead Of Budget Address

Governor JB Pritzker is set to give his Annual Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. Illinois had enacted a balanced Fiscal Year 2020 budget in June of 2019 for the fiscal year that began on July 1st of 2019.  The Illinois House is looking at the budget for the fiscal year of 2021. Jim Durkin met with members of the press during a capitol press conference. Durkin says that due to a bipartisan effort they were able to reach a balanced budget but they must look forward.

 

 

Durkin continues to look forward saying that to reach the success they have they cannot add any new taxes.


 

Durkin says that the budget has an impact on the economic development for Illinois as well.

 

 

The full budget address can be heard on NEWSTALK WTIM at noon.

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Melissa Rybolt With Pana Community Hospital Talks About The Importance Of Having A Family Physcian

Melissa Rybolt is the Marketing Manager at Pana Community Hospital and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the importance of having a family physician, how you’re much more likely to end up with an expensive emergency room bill if you don’t have a family physician, and how lucky Pana is to have such wonderful providers in the community

 

Rybolt started out by talking about the importance of having a family physician.

 

 

Rybolt then went on to discuss how you’re much more likely to end up with an expensive emergency room bill if you don’t have a family physician.
 

 

Finally, Rybolt talked about how lucky Pana is to have such wonderful providers in the community.

 

 

Melissa Rybolt was a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Charleston Baby Fights Against RSV

A family is pulling together as a baby fights for his life. Tristan Payne of Charleston Illinois took her son Brock to the hospital on February 6th with what Tristan thought was a cold, but it got worse throughout the day and Doctors in Charleston made a startling announcement; he had RSV. Tristan was shocked. Brock was taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana where he’s been ever since. 

 

This wasn’t the first time Tristan had dealt with RSV, but it was the first time where Tristan had to have one of her children go to the hospital. Brock was born premature and doctors told Tristan that 90% of the babies that Carle Hospital has to intubate are premature babies. She has found peace and comfort through God and through the support of her family.

 

 

Right now, everything is stable for Brock. He is fighting a slight bacterial infection, but doctors continue to try to bring down the oscillator from the level that it was at. According to Tristan, Brock isn’t out of the woods yet but he continues to get better day by day. Tristan wants to make everyone aware that a simple sniffle can be very deadly to an infant.

 

 

For more information and to follow Brock’s story, check out Brock Brave on Facebook by clicking here. Brock is the grandson of Miller Media General Manager Kami Payne.

 

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Shelbyville Students Of The Month Named For February

WSVZ and Family Drug Shelbyville have announced the Shelbyville High School Students of the Month for February.

 

One person from each class is picked for the Student of the Month. This month's students are Senior, Carson Beyers; Junior, Kyla McConnell; Sophomore, Tanner Koehler; and Freshman, Georgia Davis. 

 

We here at Regional Radio News Salute you, the February Students of the Month for Shelbyville. 

 

Family Drug Representative Jessie Reed, Senior:  Carson Beyers, Junior:   Kya McConnell, Sophomore:  Tanner Koehler, Freshmen: Georgia Davis 

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American Legion Post 611 To Host Dinner And Auction On February 22nd

Jon Vonderheide is the Commander of American Legion Post 611 in Stewardson and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Shelbyville to discuss the upcoming Dinner and Auction at the Stewardson Community Center on February 22nd. The auction is open to the public and starts at 7:30. Vonderheide went on to discuss some of the items that will be available in the auction, and how everything in the auction was donated.

 

Jon Vonderheide started out by discussing the upcoming Dinner and Auction to raise money for a new building.

 

 

Vonderheide went on to discuss some of the items that will be available at the auction.

 

 

Finally, Vonderheide talked about how everything in the auction was donated.

 

 

Jon Vonderheide was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Talks About The Charitable Trust Grant Program

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the Charitable Trust Grant Program that’s administered by the Illinois Treasurer’s Office and he discussed who the program was designed for, how the program works, and one of the charities that has been most helped by this program.

 

Treasurer Frerichs started out by discussing who the program was designed for.

 

 

Treasurer Frerichs went on to discuss how the program works.

 

 

Finally, Treasurer Frerichs talked about one of the charities that has been most helped by this wonderful program.
 

 

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County Board To Meet At Taylorville High School Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Board will meet on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria. You can enter the school at the Cafeteria West Door from Knute Rockne Drive. The Board will be introduced to Benjamin Jacobi-O’ Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, who is the new special counsel for Christian County. For resolutions and ordinances, there will be a zoning board of appeals ordinance discussion on solar and WECS ordinances. There will also be a discussion on the CEFS renewing the Community Partnership Agreement. 

 

Under committee meetings, the highway, building, grounds, environmental, zoning, and welfare committee met on February 10th. There will be courthouse and elevator updates, highway business, and animal control updates. The executive, personnel, liquor, and legislative committee didn’t meet in February. The audit, finance, purchasing, and budget committee met on February 13th. The board will approve claims. State’s Attorney Mike Havera will be requesting additional salary for the Assistant States Attorney Position. 

 

Under new business, there will be a discussion of the ordinance in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Taylorville to use City Hall. Tom Snyder, Tom Fergin, and Frankie Blanchfield will be reappointed for terms for the CC Water Reclamation District. The next County Board meeting will take place on March 24th, 2020. The meeting has been moved due to the March 17th, primary. For any questions, contact Janet Bland, assistant to the County Board at 824-4011.

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Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Talks Lake Taylorville Proposed Tent Camping Fee Increases

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the proposed tent fee increase, the proposed use of the hotel/motel tax to fix up the four cabins at the lake, and how they’re going to have to eventually dredge the lake.

 

Mayor Barry started out by discussing the proposed tent fee increase.

 

 

Mayor Barry went on to talk about how they want to use the money raised by the hotel/motel tax to fix up the cabins at the lake.

 

 

Finally, Mayor Barry talked about how eventually they’re going to have to dredge the lake.

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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U Of I Extension Office Hosting A Planting Class

The University Of Illinois Extension Office is focusing on the upcoming garden season. The best way to do that is to plant seeds indoors. Planting seeds indoors takes proper planning and correct conditioning. In order to know all the steps and what the best seeds to use, the University of Illinois Extension Office will host a Starting Seeds Indoors Workshop held at the Christian County Extension Office which is located at 1120 North Webster Street.

 

Andrew Holsinger, who is a U of I horticulture educator, will be teaching the class. He will present a variety of techniques and tips for starting seeds indoors. The cost for the program will be $5 which also includes handouts and you are encouraged to preregister by visiting extension.illinois.edu/cjmm. You can also call 287-7246. You are asked to register by March 3rd. 

 

This program will take place on Thursday, March 5th from 1:30 PM until 3 PM. The U of I Extension Office provides practical education that helps people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. For more information on the program call 287-7246.

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