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Faith Bible Christian Academy School Broken Into And Vandalized; Suspects Arrested

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in and vandalism call at 3 PM at Faith Bible Christian Academy located at 301 Mary Street in Rosamond.  Deputies responded to find damage had been done to the inside of the facility, including damage to the security system, computers, trophy cases, as well as a school-owned van. 

 

The suspects gained access to a locked office by destroying a door.  A classroom window had been destroyed as well and items such as candy, sports drinks, and an undetermined amount of money had also been stolen. The school van was stolen but later returned by the suspects. 

 

Video footage obtained showed three male suspects inside the building at approximately 12:40 AM on January 19th. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of three male juveniles who all admitted to taking part in the incident.  Some of the stolen property was recovered in their possession.

 

Two of the three suspects were enrolled as students at the school.  All three male juveniles are facing multiple felony charges and were detained in a juvenile detention facility pending their first court appearance before a Christian County Judge.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more information as it becomes available.

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Christian County Coroner Releases Cause Of Death In Rural Stonington Car Fire

The Christian County Coroner’s Office issued a press release concerning a fire in rural Stonington. On January 18th, at 6:22 PM 9-1-1 received a call of a vehicle in rural Stonington. Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that there was a victim in the vehicle. With the help of dental records, authorities have identified the deceased as 71 year old Diane McCoy of Decatur. An autopsy was held in Bloomington on Monday and the preliminary results indicate that she died of carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a mini-van fire.

 

The investigation into the fire is being handled by Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.  The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office is also assisting with the investigation. Helping with the fire was Stonington and Moweaqua Fire.

 

No other information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Talks About Driving In Bad Weather Conditions

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp talked about how when the weather conditions are bad anything can happen and how important it is to be smart on the road ways.

 

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp went on to talk about how a lot of the roads in Christian County can get flooded with the weather is bad and how mixing alcohol and bad road conditions is never a good idea.

 

 

Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp talked about the Sheriff’s scholarship and how you can apply to win a $500 scholarship.
 

 

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

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CEO To Host Annual Banquet On February 29th At The Pillars Event Center

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she talked about the upcoming CEO annual banquet on February 29th at the Pillars Event Center. There will also be a $10,000 cash raffle. Tickets are $50 for the annual banquet and $100 for the raffle and they can be purchased at the Chamber office or from any CEO student.
 

 

Hornbuckle went on to talk about a brand new event called “Sunshine and Shopping in the Vil” that will take place on March 13th and 14th.

 

 

For more information on any of these events call the Chamber at 824-4919. Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Miss Shelby County, Adilyn McCray, Finishes Top 15 In Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant

The 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant was held Sunday night in Springfield. Miss Shelby County Adilyn McCray, daughter of Chad and Faith McCray of Gays, Illinois finished as a top 15 finalist out of 73 contestants. Adilyn says that both her coach Sara Long and her parents have been very supportive of her during her pageant time.

 

Adilyn says not knowing what the judges are looking for is the hardest thing about prepping for pageants.


Up next for Adilyn, is preparing for the retirement of her crown in June, but practices in April and May will keep her busy until then. She says that if you are thinking of running for a pageant, and you don’t think it’s for you, to go for it.

 

 

Adilyn is a Junior at Windsor High School. Other area girls who finished in the finals were Makenna Green, Miss Moultrie-Douglas County, and Shayna Phillips, Miss Effingham County—2nd Runner Up.

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Shelbyville High School Math Instructor Rachel Banfield Talks About Pi Day

Rachel Banfield is a math instructor at Shelbyville High School and she talked about the upcoming Pi Day celebration that they’re having at the high school in March and why it is that they celebrate it on March 14th.

 

 

Carson Beyers and Will Leach are both students at Shelbyville High School and they talked about what they’ll be doing to celebrate Pi Day.
 

 

Finally, Banfield talked about how they end Pi Day with an auction to pie a student or teacher in the face.

 

 

Rachel Banfield, Carson Beyers, and Will Leach were all guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

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Christian County Board To Meet Tuesday

The Christian County Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 PM. The board will meet at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria, which you can enter at the cafeteria west door from Knute Rockne Drive. Under highway, building, grounds, environmental, zoning, welfare issues the board will discuss courthouse business and/or repairs, they will discuss highway business and any other matters that come before the committee.

 

Under executive, personnel, liquor, and legislative issues, the board will approve public defender contracts, along with any other matters that properly come before the committee. 

 

Under audit, finance, purchasing, and budget issues, the board will approve claims for January, discuss courthouse business and repairs, adopt an ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with Taylorville and Christian County for a temporary lease for official court business.  They will review investment policies from the treasurer, get an update from WECS counsel, and any other matters that are properly brought before the committee.

 

The meeting will also discuss any new business, mileage and per diem, and appointments along with public comments and reading of communications.

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Taylorville City Council To Vote On Legalizing UTV's

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry talked about the council meeting that will take place tonight at 7pm at the municipal building in the council chambers at 115 North Main Street in Taylorville. The council will decide tonight if they’re going to legalize UTV’s for use within the Taylorville city limits.

 

 

Mayor Barry went on to talk about how the topic of UTV’s has been a hot topic of discussion for about 6 months now and Mayor Barry encourages everyone to weigh in by calling City Hall at 824-2101.

 

 

Finally, Mayor Barry talked about why they’re considering legalizing the use of UTV’s in Taylorville.
 

 

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

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Taylorville City Council To Talk Murals And UTV's Tuesday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet Tuesday evening, due to the holiday on Monday. After approval of all regular minutes, there will be a discussion of an ordinance dealing with Taylorville City Code for lake lots and campground sites leasing fee increases. Under committee reports, for lake/airport issues a motion to recommend the airport to purchase a card reader system to replace the old card reader system will be voted on. There will also be a motion for recommending approval of building a boat dock at 43 Lake Vista Drive, along with research on installing keyless entry devices on the cabins and to increase deposit when renting a cabin.

 

Under water environmental issues will be a couple of motions for water treatment payment and construction payment costs along with a recommendation for a new aluminum sulfate feed pump from Brooks & Associates.

 

Under ordinance issues, there will be a discussion for a motion to recommend a new ordinance to allow the operation of UTV’s in the city of Taylorville with the same requirements as the golf cart ordinance. There will also be a motion to modify class A and class C Liquor licenses to include a gaming option at a rate of $3,000 and to require all license holders to pay all fees in full at the time of renewal. 

 

Under finance issues, there will be a motion to approve contributions to Christian County CEO program. There will be discussion and a motion to allow Ms. Maggie Tarr to complete the historic mural on the Advanced Title Building located at 101 South Washington 18x80 at a cost not to exceed $18,000 from the BDD fund with a start date of April/May 2020.

 

There will be treasurer and mayor updates along with a closed AFSCME negotiation. The meeting will take place at the Municipal Building at 7 PM.

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U Of I Extension Nutrition Educator Lisa Peterson Talks About How You Can Cut Back On Sodium

Lisa Peterson is the nutrition and wellness educator at the University of Illinois Extension Office and she talked about the topic of sodium and how much you’re supposed to have on a daily basis.
 

 

Peterson went on to talk about one of the biggest myths in regards to sodium. Peterson said that you don’t need to eat more salt prevent muscle cramping.
 

 

Finally, Peterson went on to talk about as you cut back on sodium you crave it less.

 

 

Lisa Peterson was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Pride Packages CEO Pat Garlick Talks About Why She Sends Care Packages To Our Troops

Pat Garlick is the CEO of Pride Packages. Pride Packages is an organization that sends care packages to soldiers. Garlick talked about how her organization got its start thanks to her son.

 

 

Garlick went on to talk about how she figured out this was supposed to be her mission in life and how she came up with the name of Pride Packages.

 

 

Finally, Garlick talked about what they include in the care packages that they send to soldiers.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle Talks Business After Hours

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she talked about the recent Business After Hours that took place last week at HSHS in Taylorville.

 

 

Hornbuckle went on to talk about the next Business After Hours that will take place on February 19th at Cottage Rose and Talia’s Cookies.

 

 

Finally, Hornbuckle talked about the upcoming Kiwanis Breakfast that will take place on January 25th at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

 

 

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

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Talks About The Dangers Of Drinking And Driving

Drinking and Driving is a big issue in Christian County and Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp talked about just how few drinks it takes to reach the legal limit of .08.

 

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp went on to give some important facts and statistics when it comes to drinking and driving.

 

 

Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp talked about how a DUI isn’t just driving under the influence of alcohol, but you can also get a DUI for driving under the influence of marajuana, but that testing for it is a lot more complicated.

 

 

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

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THS Building Trades Program Gives Update On House

The Taylorville High School Building Trades program continues to work at the house on 727 West Vandeveer Street.  The project which was started this fall under the direction of Teacher Matt Blomquist, continues to make progress. Blomquist says it’s nice to see it start to somewhat look like a house.

 

 

Blomquist says the outside is almost done.

 

 

Blomquist is in his first year of doing this, so he had to guess on timeframe but he’s still hoping to have it done in time for the end of the school year.

 

The house will be sold traditionally when it is fully complete.

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Illinois Senate Names New President

The State of Illinois has a new Senate President. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, was elected senate president after a 5 ½ hour meeting on Sunday saw a 37-12 vote go in favor of President Harmon.  Harmon was elected as former Senate President John Cullerton stepped down after 11 years. Senator Kimberly Lightford nominated Harmon saying that she can’t think of anyone else who would do as good of a job running their caucus.  Harmon says that he feels a need to work together and restore the public trust.

 

 

Harmon also promoted unity, saying that while we are diverse we all have one common goal.

 

 

Harmon has been in the senate since 2003.

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Multiple Weather Warnings In Effect For Central Illinois

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Regional Radio News Listening area throughout the evening until midnight.  Mixed precipitation is expected. Snow changing to a wintry mix is expected as well before changing completely to rain. Snow accumulations of up to an inch are predicted which will combine with ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch can be expected.  Wind gusts are also expected in the 30-35 mile an hour range.

 

Impacts can be felt on the roads so give yourself extra time to get to where you need to go. Slow down and use caution when driving and remember to turn on your lights. 

 

A flood watch will be in effect from 6 PM on Friday evening through Saturday morning for the listening area.  Heavy rainfall from last weekend has resulted in saturated soil conditions especially around rivers and lakes resulting in higher levels than normal. By Saturday morning some areas will receive between 1 and 1.5 inches. Moderate to heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low lying or poor drainage areas, including flooding on smaller creeks and streams. 

 

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Never drive across a flooded roadway.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates on the weather as they become available.
 

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Lisa Peterson Talks About Major Myths In Regards To Sodium

Lisa Peterson is the nutrition and wellness educator at the University of Illinois Extension Office and she talked about getting ready for heart health season and an upcoming event on January 28th called “Cooking Soups Under Pressure.”

 

 

Peterson went on to talk about the importance of paying attention to the labels on the food that you eat.

 

 

Finally, Peterson talked about another major myth in regards to sodium.

 

 

Lisa Peterson was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Patty Hornbuckle Talks About The Start Of The LEAD Program

The LEAD Program kicked off on Wednesday in a pretty big way according to the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, Patty Hornbuckle. They started out with Jennifer Russell with the University of Illinois Extension Office doing the Real Colors Training.

 

 

After you complete the Real Colors Training, Hornbuckle says that you do your own analysis of the people that you meet and how you might be able to relate with them.

 

 

The Real Colors Training according to Hornbuckle gives you more of an insight as to who you are as an individual.
 

 

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

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Taylorville School District Dismissing Early On Friday Due To Severe Weather

With the expectation of hazardous weather conditions around noon today, The Taylorville Unit School District will be dismissing students at 10:30 AM. Student attendance is important and required like everyday. This also means buses will be in full operation as well. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates and always check out our cancellation and delays page on www.Taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Kindergarten Class From St. Mary's Stops By WTIM Studios

The Kindergarten class from St. Mary's Catholic School in Taylorville came into WTIM to record the Pledge of Allegiance for National Catholic Schools Week held at the end of January. The Pledge of Allegiance will be played on WTIM at 6:55 AM January 27-31.  

 

Pictured on left Mrs. Cathy Robertson - Principal of St. Mary's Catholic School

Pictured on right Mrs. Deb Heinemann - Kindergarten teacher St. Mary's Catholic School

 

 

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Talks Road Safety

Recently, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has heard about a few too many close calls on the roadways and he talked about how nothing worries him more than if one of his officers ends up getting shot or hit by a car.
 

 

One of the hardest things that Sheriff Kettelkamp has experienced as the Sheriff of Christian County is when he has to attend the funeral of a Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty.

 

 

Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp wants to remind residents to please drive carefully and make sure to slow down when you see a police officer or tow truck driver pulled over on the side of the road.

 

 

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

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THS Presents 6th Annual Scholarship Awareness Day

The Taylorville Chamber of Commerce along with counselors at Taylorville High School want you to get a scholarship for college if you are a senior. However, counselors admit that applying for scholarships can be quite confusing so they are there to help. Sarah Heberling, who is one of the guidance counselors for Taylorville High School talks about the 6th annual scholarship awareness day and just how important it is for Students.


 

Heberling hopes that this awareness day will help students to be at ease with filling out scholarship paperwork.

 

 

Heberling says that all seniors who want to further their education should take a look at what the Scholarship Awareness Day has to offer.

 

 

The 6th Annual Scholarship Awareness Day will be held at Taylorville High School on Thursday January 23rd from 10:30 AM until 12:45 PM in the cafeteria. The Christian County CEO Program will also have representation there. For more information contact a THS Guidance Counselor at 217-824-2268.

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Taylorville School District Considering Early Dismissal Due To Weather On Friday

With the expectation of hazardous weather conditions around noon Friday, Taylorville Unit School District will most likely be dismissing students at 10:30 AM. The School District is asking you to have a plan in place if the decision is in fact made to send students home early.  The district intends to keep an eye on weather conditions throughout Thursday evening and into the morning. If the forecast does, in fact, stay the same, the school district will dismiss at 10:30 AM.  Another contact will be made Friday morning to confirm the early dismissal.

 

The plan will include all students at Chrismont, Cornerstone, CACC, and Jacksonville ISVI/ISD. This also means busses will be in full operation as well. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates and always check out our cancellation and delays page on www.Taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Sullivan CUSD #300 Superintendent Ted Walk Talks School Updates

Ted Walk is the Superintendent of the Sullivan Public School District and he talked about some updates that they’re planning to make at the elementary school.

 

 

Superintendent Walk went on to talk about a $25,000 grant that they recently received to do some shop upgrades.

 

 

Superintendent Walk went on to talk about some water that got into the high school and how pleased he was that so many people were able to help get the school cleaned up for school on Monday.

 

 

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

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Monica Deters With H&R Block Talks Taxes

It’s that time of year when you need to start thinking about filing your taxes. Monica Deters (DAY-TERS) is a Senior Tax Specialist with H&R Block and she talked about how the new tax law has gone over so far in Central Illinois.

 

 

Deters went on to talk about how long it typically takes for her to do a tax return.

 

 

Deters went on to talk about the new standard deductions.
 

 

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

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