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Kincaid Resident, One Other Person Killed in Decatur Head-On Crash Early Friday Morning

A Kincaid resident is among those killed in a 2-car head-on collision in Decatur just past 4 o'clock Friday morning.  Dead is 26-year-old Taylor R. W. Lindsay, who drove one of the vehicles.  The other vehicle driver, from Decatur, also died.   The crash occurred on East Grand Avenue near Clinton Street.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day tells Regional Radio News both suffered massive head trauma causing their death upon impact with the other vehicle.  

Decatur Police are investigating, and an inquest is pending.


$105,000 Grant Awarded To TPD Safe Passage Program

Taylorville’s Safe Passage program receives a major grant. 


Police chief Dwayne Wheeler received an email Friday stating the program will receive a grant for just over $105,000 from the Community Law Enforcement Partnership & Other First Responders as part of the Deflection & Substance Abuse Treatment Act. 


Taylorville Police Department is the only central Illinois department to receive this grant. The program awarded four other grants to departments in the Chicago area. 


Chief Wheeler says that the grant will help the city expand the Safe Passage program to conduct more community outreach programs, as well as providing education to youth while training officers in mental health. 


He adds that he is humbled that the program chose his department and that he is proud of all the hard work his employees perform daily. Chief Wheeler says this grant shows that TPD is making a difference. 


City council still has to vote to adopt this grant at its next board meeting Thursday, Nov. 4.


Christian County Development Corporation Breaks Ground for 48 New Homes on West Elm in Taylorville


Construction has begun on Christian County Development Corporation's next development.  It's located adjacent to their existing development on West Elm Street on Taylorville's west side.  The new development when completed will have some 48 homes.



Squash Season!

It’s the season of the squash.

That’s Nutrition and Wellness Educator and Acting Christian County Director of the University of Illinois extension Lisa Peterson. She says squash is great to have in the home because it lasts quite awhile. They’re also really good for you. 

Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for regular spaghetti noodles.

Peterson offers advice to prepare any type of squash.

Learn more about the University of Illinois Extension in Christian County at extension.illinois.edu/cjmm


Peterson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Bark-A-Boo Parade Saturday Morning

Saturday morning head out to Manners Park with your dog for Bark A Boo!

That’s director of the Christian County Bark A Boo Vince Harris. All donations and proceeds go to the Christian County Animal Control Pet Food Bank

Animal Control hosting another event the night of Halloween Eve – The Monster Mash Bash with a pork chop dinner.

All proceeds for that event assist Animal Control with its cat room to help with the stray cat population.  Harris says that Animal Control is looking for another bid before it can officially start construction. He also invites you to reach out if you see a family of stray cats in your area. 

Learn more about Animal Control on its Facebook.


Harris appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 


Halloween Safety Tips

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has some Halloween safety tips for you.

Sheriff Kettelkamp says that parents should talk to their children about trick-or-treating safety.

Drivers should treat areas where trick-or-treaters are present like they are school zones. In other words – slow down. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp says to plan a sober drive home if you attend a party where you are drinking.

Sheriff Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Moring Show.


Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

If you have expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs, the DEA wants them. On October 23rd, Christian County, along with the state of Illinois, will have a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Members of Taylorville Memorial Hospital Community Outreach and Christian County Prevention Coalition, there will be a collection site at Walgreens in Taylorville, where police officers will collect the unwanted prescription medication from 10 AM until 2 PM.


Sponsored by the DEA, the day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.  Christian County residents may also dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at the Pana Police Department at 118 East 3rd Street in Pana and the Pawnee Police Department at 617 7th Street in Pawnee. Residents dropping off medicine should use the drive-thru at the police department.


The service is free and anonymous, absolutely no questions will be asked. Medicine may be left in the packaging and police are unable to accept liquids or needles—only pills or patches. A lot of people dispose of pills in the toilet or throw them in the trash, and that poses safety and health risks.  During the last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, Americans turned in more than 830,000 pounds of prescription drugs at 5,060 sites. 


According to the DEA”s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day website, the majority of misused and abused drugs are obtained from family and friends including stolen medicine.


New Program For Students To Feel Safe At School

This week is America’s Safe Schools Week.  It is a week dedicated to raising awareness of school safety. Governor JB Pritzker is announcing the launch of a new safety initiative called Safe2Help Illinois. This will be a statewide school violence prevention help line to keep kids safer and to have a confidential avenue for them to speak up for their mental health and the mental health of their peers. IEMA Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says that this is a way for students to funnel confidential information to those who need to know it.



Safe2Help Illinois is available 24/7 and at no cost to school districts.  In the absence of a trusted adult, students can use the app, text/phone, or the website www.safe2helpIL.com to share school safety issues in a safe secret way. Clark says that it is a voice for children.



Once officials find out that the information is credible, it will be shared immediately with local school officials, mental health professionals, and other local law enforcement agencies. It will also connect them with mental health resources and other tools that they can use to keep them safe. 


Taylorville Memorial Hospital Unveils New Branding, Logo


Taylorville Memorial Hospital unveiled its new branding and logo this week.  This new sign was erected at the main entrance drive off of North Webster Street.



The new logo has also been installed above the hospital's main entrance doors.


The rebranding initiative will not affect the services or programs offered.  


Memorial Health Systems is re-branding as Memorial Health.


House Republicans Ask For End To Unilateral Rule

House Republicans are publicly calling for an end to unilateral rule through the excessive use of emergency orders.  Republicans called out Governor JB Pritzker for what they describe as living off of emergency orders for the last year and a half. Legislation was filed to ensure that Legislators were involved in all matters no matter what after 30 days. 

A group of House Republicans held a press conference demanding the legislature be involved in important decisions not only to represent the views of Illinoisans but also to reinforce the system of government. State Representative Avery Bourne says that it’s not about Governor JB Pritzker, but about all Governors.



Representative Bourne says that the Restore Illinois Collaboration isn’t needed. She says this legislation is a first step towards having fairer legislation.



State Representative Norine Hammond says that their has been little to no input on the 91 executive orders that have been pushed through from Governor Pritzker since the beginning of the pandemic.



Representative Bourne is concerned about the state moving further to the left, and Democrats not interested in working across the aisle.



The veto session in Springfield will be ongoing for the next two weeks. House Bill 843 asks that beyond thirty days, the Legislature must be involved to approve further emergency orders. 


Local Farmers Eligible For Natural Disaster Relief

Farmers experiencing excessive moisture and flash flooding this spring and summer eligible for relief. 


Illinois Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announcing relief for farmers in 12 Illinois counties, including Christian, Macon, Shelby, Macoupin, Moultrie, Sangamon, Montgomery, DeWitt and Vermillion counties. 


The USDA reviewed the Loss Assesment Reports and determined sufficient production losses occurred warranting a Secretarial natural disaster designation. 


IDA director Jerry Costello II says that this growing season saw multiple weather issues and thanks Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretary Vilsack to make aid available to farmers needed after a natural disaster. 


A Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency to provide emergency loans to producers recovering from natural disasters. Producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to ask questions or file a Notice of Loss.


Bill's Appliance Is There For You

Some tips to prepare you for the winter ahead.

That’s Bill Ping, owner of Bill’s Appliance. He also says to check the outside portion of your home for some pre-winter maintenance to prevent fires.

Bill’s Appliance services are affordable and effective. Ping services all sorts of appliances – just not microwaves. 

Ping says the best part of his job is meeting new people, especially during the pandemic. 

Learn more about Bill’s Appliance on its Facebook page. 


Ping appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 


Herrick Man Sentenced For Failure To Register As Sex Offender

A Herrick man has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender  Franklin D. Huddlestun of Herrick was sentenced on Monday to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The offense normally carries a sentencing range of probation to 5 years in IDOC. Huddlestun faced a potential extended eligible term with a max of ten years due to prior criminal history.


Huddleston was convicted of criminal sexual abuse in Fayette County in 2008. He was also convicted of being present as a sex offender at a county fair and within 500 feet of a public park in Fayette County. In 2009, 2013, and 2015 Huddleston was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender in Fayette County. Huddleston was unsuccessfully terminated from probation in four out of five of his prior cases and was sentenced for two years and three years in 2015 to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 


Huddleston missed the registration deadline by three days in Shelby County and his attorney argued that a sentence of probation was appropriate because Huddleston was generally compliant and was mistaken about the registration deadline. Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke recommended an extended-term prison sentence due to prior history of failing to comply.  Kroncke stated that it was Huddleston’s sixth felony conviction for failing to comply. Kroncke also said that she hoped that the punishment would send a message to convicted sex offenders to comply with registration requirements.


The case was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.


IDPH Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance For Safe Halloween and Fall Festivals

Updated COVID-19 Halloween and fall festivity guidance to help celebrate safely.


That is according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says that COVID-19 vaccinations already mean a safer Halloween than last year, there are still precautions needed. 


Dr. Ezike says that it’s important to use a layered approach by wearing a mask indoors and limiting settings where physical distancing is not possible. 


The IDPH recommends masking for all indoor settings as per the mask mandate. The department says a costume mask is not a substitute for a well-fitting mask to prevent COVID-19 spread. Wearing a costume mask over a face covering is not recommended because it could make breathing more difficult. 


IDPH says those handing out candy indoors for trick-or-treating should open doors and windows as much as possible and to wear a mask. 


The department recommends small groups of people for pumpkin patches, orchard visits, fall festivals and haunted houses. It also says that indoor Halloween parties require masking, especially in areas where physical distancing is difficult. 


More information at dph.illinois.gov


13th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis On Infrastructure and Redistricting

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis wants a non-partisan approach to redistricting and sounds off against President Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. 

Rep. Davis says that a partisan-driven congressional map is unpopular with Illinoisans. 

On the subject of the infrastructure proposal, Rep. Davis is firing back against it. He would like to see traditional infrastructure improvements to roads, bridges and ports.

Rep. Davis says that the price tag of the package isn’t so much the problem, rather what’s in it that is the issue. 

You can reach out to Rep. Davis at rodneydavis.house.gov.


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


Loving Arms Pregnancy Center Provides Options For Unplanned Pregnancy

Loving Arms Pregnancy Center provides education and resources for unplanned pregnancies.

That’s Executive Director of Loving Arms Pregnancy Center Cathy Coker. She says that the program’s services are designed to inform rather than to scare. 

Coker says that the center specially trains workers to not rub their opinions off on potential clients. 

Coker says that her program also offers prevention methods of unplanned pregnancies. 

Learn more at lovingarmsillinois.com.


Coker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 


Springfield FBI Warns Of Potential Scams

The FBI out of Springfield is marking Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October by reminding the public to take extra precautions to protect against online attacks and scams. Illinois is 5th in the US with the most internet crime victims and 6th for total losses. Illinoisans reported over $150 million in losses according to theInternet Crime Complaint Center’s 2020 Internet Crime Report. Identity theft was the most common with non-payment/nondelivery crimes second. Business email compromise makes up the most for dollar losses.


Internet crimes are constantly evolving. The FBI in Springfield is asking for people to take steps to avoid becoming a victim. Use extreme caution in online communication. Verify the sender of an email. Criminals will often change just one letter in an email address to make it look official. Do not open any attachments unless you can verify the sender’s email address. 


If you get an email or text asking you to update, check, or verify account information, do not follow the link provided.  Go to the company’s website to log into your account or call the phone number listed on the website. Scrutinize all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds. Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person. Be extra cautious with any message that urges your immediate action. 


One of the most widely used schemes involves government impersonators. Criminals are reaching out to people through social media, emails, or phone calls pretending to be from the government. The scammers attempt to gather personal information or get money through threats.  The FBI is asking you to not give out your personal information to unknown sources, set your devices, software, and apps to update automatically, and to use passwords, passphrases, and multi-factor authentication whenever possible. 


If you have been the victim of a crime you can report it to the FBI through the Internet Crime Complaint Center The FBI also has a cyber page and scams and safety precautions page that you can visit through this story here.


Christian County Board Holds October Meeting

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening to discuss business and review ordinances and committee reports. The board conducted a speed study on Clarksdale and determined that 35 mph should be the speed limit. The board approved the use of the south side courthouse lawn and south entrance for the parade contest set for October 23rd. Dale Livingston gave a courthouse update.



The executive personnel and liquor committee did not have a quorum so they did not meet. Under audit/finance/purchasing/budget the board announced the renewal of the CTI contract. Chairman Matt Wells announced an altered speed zone for Clarksdale.



The board has a scheduled meeting for November 2nd to talk about pipelines being buried in the county for Carbon where the board will hear from some representatives to talk about those pipelines. Wells also says that there are some changes to commissioner terms concerning which ones will be two and which ones will be four. If the board doesn’t do it, then the state will step in.



The board held a closed session to discuss a jail assessor report. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, November 16th. 


Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About New Non-Profit Clothes Closet, Induct New Member at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a new non-profit Clothes Closet for the needy in the Taylorville area, and inducted a new Kiwanis member, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Kim Brunc, a member at Davis Memorial Christian Church, spoke about the new Clothes Closet the church established earlier this year.  Thanks to donations of clothing from the community, the church serves adults from a room at the church, and youth from a room at the Taylorville Township Building.  Brunc told Kiwanis members that between 75 and 90 people have benefitted from the church’s new Clothes Closet since launching.



Her daughter, Renee Ikemire, also spoke to the Kiwanis members about a new non-profit organization she’s founded called “Conscious Action,” which she hopes will establish a homeless shelter in Taylorville.  Ikemire founded a similar effort in Colorado, which she ran for over a year before moving back to her hometown of Taylorville.  Ikemire was homeless herself in Colorado for some 4 years and said that experience led her to establish the shelter in Colorado, and now in Taylorville.



Lee Skinner (right), co-owner of Dear Yesteryear in Taylorville, was inducted as the Kiwanis Club's newest member, by Kiwanis secretary Martin Vota (left).


Non-profit organizations are reminded that 11:59pm October 31st is the deadline for applications from non-profit community groups that want funded thru the Taylorville Kiwanis Club Foundation.  The application can be found at the Taylorville Kiwanis Club’s Facebook page, or by e-mail’ing committee chair Randal J. Miller, whose e-mail address is rjm1955@gmail.com.


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 Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.    


Sen. Turner On Redistricting, Parental Notification of Abortion and Right Of Conscious Acts

The Illinois General Assembly Veto Session kicks off today in Springfield and for State Senator Doris Turner, it’s her first session and she’s looking forward to reviewing the redrawn congressional maps. 

Sen. Turner says that she has not seen any official legislative language on amending the healthcare right of conscious act. 

As for the parental notification of abortion act, Sen. Turner wants to see more comprehensive health care for young women. That is, if the act comes up in the session. 

Sen. Turner says that repealing the parental notification act wouldn’t be her way of addressing young women’s healthcare if she had the choice. 

You can reach out to Sen. Turner when you visit her website senatordoristurner.com.


Sen. Turner appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville Halloween Parade 10/23

The Taylorville Halloween Parade is this weekend. 

That’s Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. The Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce and downtown Taylorville is co-hosting with Mayor Bruce Barry sponsoring the event. He says that the event will help boost the local economy. 

Mayor Barry says that the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is making this event safe for everyone. He also invites everyone to another event this Sunday. 

At its city council meeting Monday night, Mayor Barry and the council present the oath of service to a new assistant fire chief and firefighter. 

Good luck to assistant fire chief Nick Hackney and firefighter Andrew Watson. 


Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 


Shelby County Sheriff Resigns

Shelby County Sheriff Sean McQueen has resigned. McQueen submitted a resignation letter to the Shelby County Board announcing his intent to resign and his last day set for November 5th. McQueen said in his letter of resignation he was stepping down from full-time law enforcement for an opportunity that he said would be “life-changing.”


Undersheriff Brian McReynolds will be appointed interim Sheriff. Sheriff McQueen said in his statement. “It has been an honor and an absolute privilege to be able to work alongside some of the finest law enforcement officers and support personnel around. It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Shelby County. Thank you to each and every one of you that has encouraged and supported me as the Undersheriff and Sheriff.”


To see the full copy of the letter, click here.


Taylorville City Council Meets Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening. The board gave the oath of office to new assistant Taylorville Fire Chief Nick Hackney and Firefighter Andrew Watson. After approval of minutes, the board announced the new planning commission recommendations which included amending the city code concerning off-street parking requirements. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says they are going to a solid parking requirement. 



The board approved a memorandum of understanding between the city of Taylorville and five other police departments. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says it’s important to have a support channel and it helps with liability.



The board approved some special events permits, including the Cork N Keg Block Party that will be taking place for Halloween at 123 East Main Cross on October 29th from 3PM until Midnight. It will feature the Taylorville band from 6-10. The board also approved the 12th annual 5K Fun Run & Turkey Trot.  The Mayor thanked LP Coffee Creamery for helping with the Taylorville Police Halloween event.



The board also approved a defibrillator for the fire department and a vehicle for the police department along with an agreement with Corrpro. The next city council meeting is set for November 1st.



Miller Media Group Launches Digital Division, Partners with Guarantee Digital

The Miller Media Group today announced the launch of its new Digital division, partnering with Guarantee Digital of suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to offer a host of new digital products in MMG's Taylorville and Clinton markets.


MMG president Randal J. Miller said he was excited about launching the company's new Digital division, offering local businesses a complete menu of Facebook, Google, S-E-O, and web site design products to the company's existing customers as well as new customers.


Guarantee Digital CEO Daryl Hively will assist MMG account managers in offering these digital products in the Taylorville and Clinton markets.


The Miller Media Group owns and operates 6 radio stations and an on-line daily newspaper in the Taylorville/Pana/Shelbyville market, as well as 2 radio stations and an on-line daily newspaper in the Clinton/Monticello/Lincoln market.  


Hillsboro Man Pleads Guilty For Enticing A Minor

A Hillsboro man has pleaded guilty to the charge of enticement of a minor. 32-year-old Andrew B. Collins of Hillsboro pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday. Sentencing is scheduled for February 14th, 2022 in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield.


Collins appeared before US Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins and admitted to enticing a 16-year-old boy. During the hearing, the government stated that chats between Collins and the minor showed him offering the minor toys, weekends together, massages, and the option to live permanently together at a later time. 


For the offense of enticement of a minor, the penalty is not less than ten years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and probation for not less than five years and up to life. The US Secret Service, Southern Illinois University Police Department, Cyber Crimes Task Force, and Assistant US Attorney Gregory Harris worked together on this investigation. 


The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood and works to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. 



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