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Pana School District On Soft Lockdown Tuesday Afternoon

Pana School District was on soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon after police received reports of a suspicious person on a bicycle near the corner of Hickory and Washington Streets. Pana Police Chief Dan Bland tells Regional Radio News that the suspicious person may have had a gun and out of an abundance of caution, Pana Police informed the schools to have a soft lockdown. 


The school lockdown has been lifted.  Police have been searching for this individual but have been unable to find him or her. They do have increased patrols and are still out looking.  Other than the initial report, the police say they haven’t gotten any new information. The public are asked to contact authorities if you see anything suspicious. 

Three Killed In Christian County Accident

Three people are dead following a fatal traffic crash in Christian County Monday afternoon.  At 1400N 2500 E Road in rural Christian County, a 2003 Buick Lesabre entered the intersection striking a 2007 Freightliner Grain Truck driven by 34-year-old Brian C. Callan, of Blue Mound.  The Grain Truck flipped ejecting both Callan and his passenger 29-year-old Keirsty M. Hughes of Blue Mound.  Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene and Callan was rushed to Pana Community Hospital ER where he also passed away from his injuries. He is set to have an autopsy Tuesday. 

 

The driver of the Buick LeSabre is a 42-year-old male.  He was airlifted to a regional hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 36-year-old Sarah A. Myers of Bethany, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The names have been released by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans.  The Illinois State Police is handling the investigation. No further information is available at this time. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Inducts New Member, Installs Officers, Names "Kiwanian of the Year" at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member,  installed new officers, and heard from the former Kiwanis International President, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Brandon Bible (2nd from right), the new Country Financial insurance agent in Taylorville, was inducted as the club’s newest member.  Bible was nominated by members John Gardner (left) and Cliff Beatty (2nd from left).  Former Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo of Springfield (right) was on hand for the induction ceremony.

 

Palazzolo then presided over the installation of officers for the local Kiwanis Club for the new Kiwanis year starting October First. 

 

 

John Gardner was installed as the new Kiwanis president.

 

 

Martin Vota continues as Kiwanis secretary.

 

 

Blain Cornwell continues as Kiwanis treasurer. 

 

 

Chuck Martin was also recognized as incoming Kiwanis president for the year starting October First, 2023.

 

Palazzolo challenged the local club to increase its service projects in the coming Kiwanis year.

 

 

 

The club named long-time Kiwanis member Dick Wamsley (right), as its “Kiwanian of the Year”, the highest local award presented by the club.  Wamsley has been a member of the local club some 32 years, and another 5 before that in Nebraska.  Wamsley was presented the award by local Kiwanis club secreatary Martin Vota.

 

Also in Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club, treasurer Cornwell announced that over 36-hundred dollars was collected during last weekend’s Kiwanis Kid’s Day.  Kiwanis members were stationed at the Harrison Corner and at Wal-Mart last Friday and Saturday, asking the public to donate in helping fund local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.  Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan headed up last weekend’s successful Kid’s Day fund raiser.

 

Local non-profit organizations that help children and youth are reminded that this Friday, September 30 is the deadline to apply for Taylorville Kiwanis Club Foundation grants that will be considered by the Kiwanis Board at their October 4 board meeting.  The application is posted on the club’s Facebook page which can be reached at taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.

 

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.     

             

Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Holds Final Meeting Monday Night Before Weekend Event

Monday night was the final meeting for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee, before this weekend's 37th annual installment of the event on the square.

 

Committee members brought final preparations to the meeting to discuss and take action on.

 

Chamber Executive Director Linda Allen told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that it'll come together thanks to a great committee.

 

 

Find the complete schedule for this weekend's Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest on-line at chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

Taylorville Park District Board Approves Pool Overhaul Plans

Taylorville Park District approved plans for a new pool during the September meeting Monday evening. First, the board members approved the minutes for August's meeting, and they approved the Treasurer's report.

 

Recreational Director Bailey Hancock represented the Manner's Park Pool Committee and provided blue prints for pool renovations. She says pool conditions are dire. 

Hancock unveiled the plans for the pool. She hopes that the pool will last generations. 

To find the funding, the park district will put the issue to vote on the April ballot. Hancock hopes to minimize the referendum cost through over $3.1 million in grants, and there's hope for donations.

 

Burbatch Aquatics is the pool contractor assisting renovations. Hancock says Burbatch will help with community fundraising, and Hancock hopes the City of Taylorville will assist in the $7.8 million project.

The board indeed acted swiftly and approved the motion to draft a referendum for the April ballot. 

The park board also accepted the resignation of Office Administrator and Board Secretary Lisa Morillo.

On a lighter note the board received news a donor wishes to build a dog park within the Taylorville Park District. Board President Marlane Miller says the board has to figure out where to put a dog park. Otherwise, the park district is all for the construction.

The board went into Executive Session to discuss the hiring of MaryAnn Becker for the empty position. They approved the motion. 

 

Before heading into Executive Session, the board also heard from the Maintenance Superintendent Gary Brown, and Hancock provided a recreation update.

 

The next park district board meeting is October 24th.

Thursday Is Deadline to Register 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Teams for Christian County YMCA Tourney at Chillifest

(Taylorville)--Officials with the Christian County YMCA have announced that this Thursday at 5pm is the deadline for teams to register and participate in their 3 on 3 Tournament taking place this Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

There are 5 divisions that teams can sign up for:  First and 2nd grade co-ed, 3rd and 4th grade boys, 3rd and 4th grade girls, 5th and 6th grade boys and 5th and 6th grade girls.

 

Games will be played on the First United Methodist Church parking lot, with check-in starting at 8am Saturday.

 

To register a team, appear in person at the Christian County YMCA, 900 McAdam Drive in Taylorville, by 5pm this Thursday, to complete the registration form.  There is a one-hundred dollar registration fee.

 

Questions can be addressed to Bruce Blanchan, Executive Director at the Y, at 287-7271.

 

TMH Offering Free Mammograms

A local hospital is offering free breast cancer screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured during October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be offering the screenings from 7:30 AM until 4 PM Mondays through Fridays in October at the nonprofit hospital.  Appointments are required and no walk-ins will be available. To schedule an appointment call 707-5550. 

 

Educational materials, including information on general breast health and how to perform breast self-exams, will be available. The National Cancer Institute recommends that all women age 40 or older have screening mammograms annually.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. 

 

Free mammograms will be offered at all five Memorial Health hospitals in Decatur, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Springfield, and Taylorville throughout October.  Funding for the Taylorville screenings is provided by the Taylorville Memorial Foundation.

Hillsboro Police Investigating Burglary; Seeking Help From Public

A burglary in Schram City Illinois, has police investigating.  The Hillsboro Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place on the 600 block of 22nd Street on September 13th between 6:30 am to 3:45 PM.  Someone made entry and stole multiple items including firearms, precious metals, and musical equipment. 

 

If you have any information on this crime, contact the Hillsboro Police Department at 532-6120, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 532-9511 or you can provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-352-0136.  You can also text tips to CRIMES or visit www.macmontcrimestoppers.com. 

Mansfield Recognized as Taylorville Memorial Hospital Employee For August

An entrance attendant is August’s Taylorville Memorial Hospital Colleague of the Month.  Kathleen Mansfield has been recognized for the month of August. Mansfield says that she is one of the first persons you see when you enter the hospital. She hopes to brighten peoples day by giving them a friendly greeting, provide encouraging words, and get them where they need to go.

 

Becky Morrow, director of hospitality for TMH, nominated Mansfield for recognition, recognizing that Mansfield pays attention to the little things that make a big difference in patients experience and offers water, a blanket, or a meal to send home with patients who have been at the hospital for hours.

 

Mansfield, who is a Taylorville native, has worked at TMH since 2020 and used to teach school for 36 years.  She enjoys painting, reading, and being outside. 

Taylorville Park Board To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville Park Board will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.  The board will accept the resignation of Office Administrator/Board Secretary Lisa Morillo.  The board will also discuss the dog park and park property. The board will hear from maintenance superintendent Gary Brown, office administrator Lisa Morillo, and recreational director Bailey Hancock. 

 

The board will approve the payment of bills and possibly go into executive session. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on the conclusion of the meeting for the latest on the September Park Board Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. 

Shelbyville's Family Drug Can Help You With Health Insurance Policies

The Open Enrollment period for Medicare or Medicaid begins in November.

 

Jesse Reed is with Family Drug in Shelbyville and says this is a good time to take a look at your policies to see if you need to update them. 

Reed advises folks to go to the Healthcare.gov website if you are 65 and older and can navigate a computer. 

She says you should do this because nothing in the healthcare world stays the same for long. 

You can always stop by Reed’s office in Family Drug to make an appointment or give Family Drug in Shelbyville a call. She says that she can’t wait to help you navigate your health insurance. 

Learn more at familydrug.net. Reed appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Insurance Can Guide You to the Best Protection For Your Home

Storms present danger and liability to your home. 

 

Shelbyville Insurance Risk Advisor Derek Hayden helps folks navigate insurance policies to provide the best coverage possible. He says that standard home policies don’t cover everything. 

 

First up, Hayden explains that standard home insurance doesn’t necessarily cover water damage as a result of extreme rain.

Hayden says this also applies if your basement floods and damages your items. 

If the winds blow a tree onto your home, you should be covered with your standard policy. There is some complication involved if it’s a neighbor’s tree damaging your property. 

Hayden says Shelbyville Insurance can guide you to the best policy additions possible. 

Learn more at shelbyvilleins.com. Hayden appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Oconee Family Fall Festival Kicks Off as Parish Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The 2022 Oconee Family Fall Festival kicked off on Sunday outside Sacred Heart Parish, located at 201 North Walnut Street in Oconee, IL. The festival featured plenty of great food, including Rib-eye sandwiches, Ribbon Fries, Kettle corn, homemade ice cream and more. There were also activities for the entire family to enjoy, such as hay rides, a petting zoo and live music.  

 

 

First time volunteer Adam Oller says that money raised from the festival goes to support Sacred Heart School.    

 

 

This year’s festival comes as the Sacred Heart Parish is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Annette Sims says that there are some added raffles this year to help celebrate the anniversary.

 

 

The Oconee Family Fall Festival continues on each of the next two Sundays, October 2nd and 9th from 11am-4pm each day. Learn more on the Oconee Family Fall Festival Facebook page or by visiting OconeeFallFestival.com.

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Drive-Thru Donation Days

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club once again held their drive-thru donation day benefiting the Taylorville Food Pantry at the Miller Media Group front parking lot on Saturday, September 24th. 

Kiwanis Club member Dr. Ron Mizer says they received a generous donation from Brenda and Archie. 

 

 

Dr. Mizer says he was able to get help from his wife Gloria.

 

 

Dr. Mizer says it’s always good to help those in need.  He remembered a time when he was in need when someone helped him. 

 

 

Find more information on the club at taylorvillekiwanis.com.
 

Taylorville Kiwanis Members Brave Cool Temps, Light Rain Friday to Collect Monies for Local Children, Youth Projects

 

Caption to above picture:  Taylorville Kiwanis Club Priority One Chairperson Bruce Blanchan, who organized this weekend's Kid's Day collection efforts at the Wal-Mart Super Center and at Harrison Corner at Webster and West Main Cross, waiting for residents to stop by and donate.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is holding their annual Kid's Day fund-raising effort today and Saturday at 2 locations in the city.

 

Caption to above picture:  Kiwanis members Bruce Blanchan (left) and Dean Ray (right) collecting monies for Kiwanis Kids Day at Webster and Main Cross Friday afternoon.

 

Kiwanis members are Kiwanis High School Key Club members are stationed at the Wal-Mart Super Center and at Harrison Corner at Webster and West Main Cross, collecting bills and coins for local Kiwanis projects that benefit children and youth.  Projects include Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, YMCA and high school scholarships, the Christian County CEO program, and grants to other local non-profits that benefit children.

 

The Kiwanis Club thanks the Taylorville community for their continued generous support.

Semi-truck Crash Results In Fatality In Montgomery County

A man involved in a Montgomery County Crash on Thursday has died. The incident took place on Thursday at 1:04 PM involving two semi-trucks.  The vehicles were approaching construction zone traffic near milepost 75 on I-55 North.  A semi-truck driven by 46-year-old Darin W. Hoener of Canton, Missouri slowed down for traffic and was struck by 67-year-old Frank Amendola of Somonauk. IL. 

 

Amendola was transported to a local area hospital with life-threatening injuries where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. Northbound lanes were closed down for nearly 5 hours for crash reconstruction and recovery.  Hoener was uninjured in the crash. 

Christian County CEO Group Working On Two Project Businesses

Christian County CEO program is building towards a major project. 

 

CEO, or Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, immerses Christian County students in real-life experiences with an opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcome. 

 

Senior at Taylorville High School Alaina Deal says she’s excited to work with the group of 11 other students on two projects. One that will raise funds for CEO. The second will act as the CEO culminating business project. 

Edinburg High School Senior Jayce Kocurek is excited to work with the others as a team. 

Lucas Rexroad attends Taylorville High School. He says this group is very similar in personality, but their ideas are very different. He adds that it can be challenging to navigate that dynamic. 

 

The CEO class all took the “DISC Personality Quiz,” and found they all have one trait in common: D, or dominant. 

Deal says to watch out for their Facebook page for more information on a cool Halloween event taking place toward the end of October. The CEO students have not ironed out the details, but you can view christiancountyceo.com to find more information. 

ISP Investigating Crash In Montgomery County; Central A&M Also Dealing With Student Crash

Regional Radio News has learned of a serious crash that took place on Interstate 55 near Milepost 75 in Montgomery County Thursday afternoon at around 1:04 PM.  ISP District 9 and 18 responded to a two-unit motor vehicle crash. One person was transported to a local area hospital with life-threatening injuries and traffic was diverted for a while off at milepost 72.  


In other news, there has been an accident involving two Central A&M students according to Central A&M High School Principal Charles Brown.  It is unknown if the incidents are related. Both incidents just occurred Thursday.  Principal Brown tweeted Thursday afternoon saying that there are injuries but the outlook looks positive. He also asked for prayers for those who have been affected. Regional Radio News will have more when it becomes available. 

Central A&M Schools Foundation Holding Homecoming Fundraiser Saturday Evening

Homecoming week for Central A&M School District often means celebration for the kids with a big football game and dance to cap the week off. 

 

Superintendent Dr. DeAnn Heck says there’s a fundraising event for the adults while the kids dance the evening away Saturday. Dr. Heck says this will help the Central A&M Schools Foundation raise funds for an updated middle school library. 
    

The school district has big plans for the middle school library. 

The fundraiser takes place at the 1905 Brewery in Assumption. You can also sign up for VIP treatment at the door. 

Dr. Heck appreciates all the work the Central A&M Schools Foundation does to close funding gaps. 

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday at the 1905 Brewery in Assumption. It features live and silent auctions, drinks, food, and live entertainment. There is no need to register. 

 

Dr. Heck appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County CEO 2022-23 Students Off and Running

Christian County CEO students stopped by Miller Media Group radio stations at 918 East Park Street Wednesday morning. 

 

CEO, or Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, immerses students in real-life experiences with an opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcome. 

 

Only about six weeks in, students are still gauging what business they want to create. 

 

CEO member Johnathan Scott created a woodworking business during the pandemic. He says he’s shifting away from that now to focus on detailing worn farm equipment to look brand new. 

Fellow CEO Member Sophia Robinson is heavily involved with Tommy TV. She’s not sure what she wants to do, yet. 

Brian Short, who is President of the student council, wants to create stuff. He’s not exactly sure what yet. 

Superintendent of Taylorville School District Dr. Chris Dougherty adores the CEO program and the students who participate. 

Learn more about the Christian County CEO program when you visit christianccountyceo.com. 

It's Rail Safety Week

This week marks Rail Safety Week in Illinois. 

 

Governor JB Pritzker proclaims the week ending September 25th Rail Safety Week. 

 

The Illinois Commerce Comimission, in conjuction with Operation Lifesaver, says 101 vehicle crashes occurred at public highway-rail grader crossings, which resulted in 24 fatalities and 25 personal injuries in the state. 

 

In addition, passing trains struck 38 pedestrians who trespassed on railroad property, which resulted in 20 deaths. 

 

ICC Commissioner Michael Carrigan says Operation Lifesaver is sharing rail safety tips across its social media platforms. He encourages all motorists and pedestrians to follow those tips to stay safe around trains and railroad crossings. 

 

He adds that most of the accidents were preventable. You can view the tips on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @ILCommerceComm. You can view more rail safety stats, tips, or educational materials at oli.org. 

CTI Hosts Vibe at Five To Introduce New Building on Cheney

CTI hosted the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Vibe at 5” event Wednesday night.

 

Dozens from the community came to check out the new CTI building on Cheney. It’s the first public event at the CTI building since the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and various forms of entertainment. 

 

The new building allows CTI to continue to grow and service the surrounding community. That’s according to marketing coordinator Jeremy Anderson. 

Developer and employee of CTI Greg Hill says that he’s impressed with the size of the new building and its ability to host community events. 

CTI continues to expand in surrounding Christian County communities such as Edinburg, Witt, Pana and Irving, with fiber internet expanding to other communities, too. Adam Vocks and Billy Williams founded the company in 1998. 

Macon County Conservation District's Prairie Pedal This Sunday

The Macon County Conservation District Prairie Pedal is this Sunday.

 

Senior Program Naturalist Alysia Callison says the event is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation. 

Callison says to bring your water bottle and your bike for a ride that can be 20, 40, or 62 miles long. Some riders start as early as 6:30 a.m Sunday at the Rock Springs Nature Center. 

The registration fee is $35 to participate in the Prairie Pedal. 

Callison says you can per-register or just show up at the event Sunday. 

Learn more, or register, when you visit maconcountyconservation.org. Callison appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Fall Sports Season Means Fall Injuries; Pana Community Hospital Addressing The Need

It’s the high school sports season. While it’s time of celebration for many, it’s also a great time to highlight what happens if an injury occurs. 

 

Dr. David Tapscott is an Orthopedic Specialist who visits Pana Community Hospital. Orthopedic Specialists focus on correcting ailments in the skeletal system. 

You can see Dr. Tapscott every Friday at Pana Community Hospital for surgery if needed, or you can see his Nurse Practitioner. 

If a child hurts themselves playing a sport, Dr. Tapscott encourages you to schedule an appointment for a screening. 

Dr. Tapscott believes Pana Community Hospital has the right set-up for injury recovery, too. 

Learn more at panahospital.com. Dr. Tapscott appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Board Meets For September Meeting

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening for their monthly board meeting. Appointments were made including the Solid Waste and Zoning positions. Board Chairman Matt Wells says that he received five applications. Shawn Hammers was given the job for Solid Waste.

 

 

Hammers is set to start on October 1st. Zoning Board will get Blake Tarr as the new Zoning Administrator.  Both motions passed. The board discussed green energy project updates. The board approved a motion to send a letter in opposition to the grain belt transmission line project. 

 

 

A motion was approved to put a 6-month moratorium on the project. The motion was approved. The board than discussed whether or not they should support the Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline.  Attorney Wes Poggenpohl cautioned against joining as a group.

 

 

The motion to publicly support the group failed 7-3. The City of Taylorville requested a letter of support from the county concerning phase II of the downtown revitalization program. Many of the board members wanted to hold off support until they heard from the businesses if this was something they wanted to do. The board tabled the motion until next month. 

 

The next county board meeting is set for October 18th. 

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