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Taylorville Home Source To Get New Building

Taylorville Home Source will be getting a new building. The new store will be located on East Park Street near the Department of Motor Vehicles. The footing was poured late last month. Owner Rick White says that he is hoping to have the building completed by April or May. This has been something they have been working on for the last 6 months. The store which will be about 3,500 square feet bigger is exactly what Rick is looking for. It will go from about 5,000 square feet to about 8,500 square feet. They simply were outgrowing where they were at. 

 

Rick also loves the location due to the fact that they do a lot of work in Pana and the new location puts it on a better route and feels there will be more traffic rather than where he is at right now.

 

Rick also told Regional Radio News that most customers are supportive of the move and are happy with all of the different lines he carries and the work that he does.

 

 

 

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Physician's Choice Wellness Program Director Tara Nickerson Talks About The Abundance Of Overeating During The Holidays

Tara Nickerson is the Program Director at Physician's Choice Wellness and she talked about the abundance of overeating that happens during the holiday season and how things have evolved over the past few decades.

 

 

Nickerson went on to talk about the importance of not giving up on your diet during the holidays.

 

 

Finally, Nickerson talked about how they’re trying to grow in and around Taylorville and because of that they’re waving the $135 enrollment fee during the month of December.
 

 

For more information you can visit their website, healthylifestyleweightloss.com or call 864-2085. Nickerson was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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IDOT Issues Survey On Road Conditions

A new survey is being issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation and they are looking for feedback on the state’s transportation system. The survey will be available through December 31st. You can access it here by visiting idot.illinois.gov.  The survey is conducted with the University of Illinois Springfield and topics range from road conditions to public transport to the way you drive. The survey has been conducted annually since 2001 and results from every year can be found on the IDOT website. For full IDOT updates visit Twitter at @idot_illinois or visit gettingaroundillinois.com

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Florinda's Italian Restaurant In Taylorville To Host First Ever New Years Eve Party

The Holiday Business After Hours was at Ace Hardware on December 3rd and Patty Hornbuckle, the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce talked about a special guest appearance that they had.

 

 

The SIU Center for Family Medicine-Taylorville and Memorial Behavioral Health will be hosting a ribbon cutting and Open House from 4-6 on December 11th.

 

 

Florinda’s Italian Restaurant will be hosting their first ever New Years Eve Party from 9pm until 1am on New Years Eve. For tickets you can call Florinda’s at 287-2226 and $20 per ticket is being donated to Missions for Taylorville.

 

 

Hornbuckle was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Department of Human Services Denounces New SNAP rules

A new food stamp policy could affect over 2500 people in Central Illinois counties and over 140,000 people in Illinois.  The Trump administration announced new rules that would take able-bodied people off of the food stamp program called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Meghan Powers, Director of Communications with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) released a statement denouncing the move.

 

“Our administration has adamantly opposed the federal rule change to SNAP policy that would require work requirements from approximately 140,000 low-income individuals in Illinois and hundreds of thousan ds more across the country. Many SNAP participants face serious barriers to employment, such as mental illnesses, substance use disorders, justice involvement and significant physical limitations, and would not be able to immediately meet the work requirements. IDHS has been working for months to appropriately exempt any individuals with these barriers so they do not need to meet the work requirements. However, we also recognize that some of our customers can and want to work. To that end, IDHS has also engaged in a robust effort to prepare for this rule chage so we can help as many SNAP participants as possible find employment and training that would meet the work requirement.”

 

Illinois, in general, has worked hard on ways to implement several new initiatives and expand employment programs. Specialty teams have been established that work solely with able-bodied customers to help them with work or training. An interagency team was established with the Illinois Departments of Employment Security and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Community College Board to develop robust referral resources for work. Funding services were provided for transportation, uniforms, professional licenses and other work-related needs were provided. IDHS continues to work with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities to analyze the new rules. 

 

In Central Illinois, 625 people in Christian, 214 in Shelby, 495 in Montgomery, 310 in Fayette, and 674 people in Macoupin County could lose benefits.

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Moultrie County Habitat For Humanity Is Getting Started On The Next Habitat Home

Tara Reed is the manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Sullivan and she discussed that they’re looking for the next family for the next Habitat Home.

 

 

If you’re interested in being considered for the next Habitat home, the application process will start in January and is open to anyone who is willing to relocate to Moultrie County.

 

 

Everything that is sold from the ReStore goes towards the purchase of the Habitat home.

 

 

Reed was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Representative Rodney Davis Speaks At US House About Taylorville Tornado

US Representative Rodney Davis spoke at the House of Representatives and recognized the city of Taylorville one year after an EF-3 tornado went through the city. Representative Davis praised former EMA Director and Fire Chief Mike Crews for their hard work during and right after the catastrophic event.

 

 

Representative Davis also was encouraged by the generosity of so many people.

 

 

There were special thanks for Missions for Taylorville and a prayer for those still in need.

 

 

US Representative Rodney Davis made his remarks to the House on Thursday morning.

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Death Investigation Complete For Tower Hill Traffic Crash

Regional Radio News has learned of death investigation results for a motor vehicle accident that occurred in November. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans announced that 61-year-old Cheryl D. Laughlin died on November 5th of multiple blunt injuries of the chest due to a motor vehicle striking multiple fixed objects. The death was determined to be accidental.  Mrs. Laughlin was pronounced dead at Pana Community Hospital E.R. The investigation was handled by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

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Moultrie County Treasurer Stephanie Helmuth Talks About Her Year One Accomplishments

Stephanie Helmuth is the Moultrie County Treasurer and she talked about how she was able to work with the Circuit Clerk to create a dropbox for tax payments.

 

 

Helmuth went on to discuss how they were able to implement ACH payments.

 

 

Finally, Helmuth talked about why she decided to change up the investment strategy for Moultrie County.

 

 

Helmuth was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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Taylorville Public Library Hosts Lego Club

The Taylorville Public Library always has events going on, and the month of December is no different.

 

There is a recurring club called Lego Club. Program and Outreach Coordinator with the Taylorville Public Library, Jessica Green, is excited for what December has in store for the group.
 

 

Lego Club allows kids to use creativity, and Green says what they come up with is really amazing.

 

 

To see what creations have been made by the Lego Club, Green says you just have to visit the library.
 

 

For more information and to see upcoming events you can visit the Taylorvile Public Library website.

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Sullivan To Host Hometown Holidays Parade On December 13th

Jeri Davis is the coordinator of the Sullivan Hometown Holidays Parade and she discussed what you can expect to see at the parade on December 13th at 6pm in Sullivan.

 

 

Davis went on to discuss why they decided to move the parade to the night time.

 

 

Finally, Davis discussed why they decided to have a parade grand marshall for the first time in almost a decade.

 

 

Davis was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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IEMA Encourages Safety Around The Holidays

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering tips for helping people with safety. There are plenty of ways for you to stay safe this holiday season, whether it’s decorating, heating, shopping, or traveling.

 

For holiday decorating, the IEMA reminds you to never leave candles unattended. Always place candles on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch the wax. Holiday lights should always be tested for safety and kept away from flammable materials.

 

For winter heating, make sure your fireplace is regularly inspected and cleaned. Check furnaces every year to make sure that they are functioning properly and nothing is blocking the flue. Furnaces that malfunction can cause fire and carbon monoxide issues.

 

For holiday shopping, if you are online, make sure your internet is password protected. Shop online through trusted retailers. Do not download attachments from unknown senders. For shopping in retail stores, make sure you park near a well-lighted area, and if you can always bring a friend shopping.

 

For holiday travel, remember to pack an emergency supply kit with essentials. Make sure you have cell phone numbers and chargers with you. Check local road conditions and avoid travel during difficult storms. If traveling in the air, review TSA security screening tips and bring a spare USB power bank.

 

For more information on holiday safety visit IEMA on Facebook or Twitter. Get more safety news on www.ready.illinois.gov.

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The Central Illinois Food Bank Announces New Program To Encourage Healthy Food Choices

Ashley Earnest is the Public Relations Manager at the Central Illinois Food Bank and she discussed an upcoming event tomorrow at the Walmart in Springfield.

 

 

Bob Bartolazzi is the Manager of Program Services at the Central Illinois Food Bank and he discussed a brand new program called Nudges that’s designed to help individuals make healthier food choices.

 

 

Finally, Earnest discussed how they introduced Nudges into Central Illinois.

 

 

Bartolazzi and Earnest were guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville Moose Lodge Honors First Responders

 

The Moose Lodge in Taylorville honored first responders on Wednesday in a special ceremony that also featured the Moose Lodge Supreme Governor Rodney Hammond. David Luttrell, the administrator with Moose Lodge 1516 thanked everyone for coming. 

 

Governor Hammond spoke to the people that were there and thanked the first responders for their work in Taylorville. He also had a present for all of the first responders, a stuffed animal named “Tommy Moose.”

 

Hammond went on to say he hopes that they never have to use the Tommy Mooses and that he along with the other members of the Lodge appreciate all First Responders do for Taylorville.

 


The Moose Lodge is located at 720 McAdam Drive and for more information on Moose Lodge 1516, visit their Facebook page.

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Death Investigation Results For Taylorville Resident

A death investigation by the Christian County Coroner, Amy Calvert Winans, has been released to Regional Radio News. On Monday, December 2nd, 2019, Taylorville Police responded to a check welfare call at the residence in the 800 block of East Stevenson. Upon arrival, officers located a 34-year-old male deceased in his residence. Coroner Winans identified the male as 34-year-old David Brown of Taylorville. Preliminary investigations indicate that Mr. Brown died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Taylorville Police are handling the investigation.

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Jessica Green Excited About Upcoming Events At Taylorville Public Library

The Taylorville Public Library always has events going on, and the month of December is no different.

 

According to Jessica Green, Program and Outreach Coordinator with the library, one of their big events is their Holiday Open House happening on December 13th.
 

 

The Taylorville Public Library does several open houses during the year, but Green says they hope this one is different.
 

 

Later in the month, the Taylorville Public Library will be hosting a Holiday Movie Premiere that Green hopes the community will enjoy.
 

 

For more information and to see upcoming events you can visit the Taylorvile Public Library website.

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It's Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

With flu season officially underway, being prepared is very important. One way to stay healthy is by getting a flu shot.

 

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week and Dr. Ngozi Ezike with the Illinois Department of Public Health, wants people to know it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

 

 

Dr. Ezike says that the vaccination takes a few weeks to kick in so it’s better to receive the shot earlier than later. However, vaccinations aren’t the only way to avoid the virus.
 

 

At the end of the day, Dr. Ezike wants everyone to know that getting a flu shot does just as much for the community as it does the individual.
 

 

For more information visit the IDPH website.

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Ashley Earnest With The Central Illinois Food Bank Talks About The New Meal Connect Program

Ashley Earnest is the Public Relations Manager at the Central Illinois Food Bank and she talked about what it is that they focus on.

 

 

Earnest went on to discuss the importance of Giving Tuesday and she also discussed how you can get involved at the Central Illinois Food Bank.

 

 

Finally, Earnest discussed the brand new Meal Connect Program and how you can get involved with it.

 

 

Earnest was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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The Taylorville Senior Center To Host Christmas Party And Fundraiser On December 19th

There is a whole lot going on at the Senior Center this Holiday season and Judy Gates with the Taylorville Senior Center and the CEFS Meals on Wheels Program talked about two important programs that they put on every year, the Angel Tree and the Memory Tree.

 

 

Gates went on to discuss some of the upcoming events and trips that the Taylorville Senior Center will be having over the next few weeks.

 

 

Finally, Gates discussed the upcoming Christmas Party on December 19th. Santa will be in attendance, there will be door prizes, and a silent auction.
 

 

Gates was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville City Council Raises Liquor License Fees, Taxi Cab Fees, And Sewer Rates

The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening to discuss business and update and amend ordinances. After honoring the 7th grade girls basketball team as the recognized Youth of the Month, ordinances were discussed. An Ordinance passed for water annexations and annual abatements along with increasing liquor and gaming annual license fees. The fee will be raised to $3,000 for all establishments that have video gaming except clubs. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry thanked everyone for coming out to the December 1st memorial of the tornado that was held at the VFW on Sunday. Mayor Barry is still looking at ways to improve roads, sidewalks, and alleys. Mayor Barry also announced that the city will be submitting another application to the Department of Commerce and economic opportunity. The city is applying for the grant to reimburse costs for the first four months of the cleanup. 

 

The Alderman voted 6-2 in favor of a sewer rate increase for the next five years.  The rate would increase by about 15 cents per 100 gallons by the year 2024.  This increase would only be for city sewer fees and not water reclamation fees. Alderman Larry Budd said that the city has lost nearly 1.5 million to 2 million in the last 5 years in the sewer fund. Budd continued by saying the fund is supposed to be self-sustaining, but it’s currently running in the red.

 

The Alderman also voted on increasing taxi cab fees to $100 annually. There would also be changes to fines with $250 dollars for individuals who violate it and $500 for the taxi cab companies plus costs.

The bills were approved for $378,183.58.

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Remembering the Tornado, One Year Later: Feature 13

On December First, 2018, the City of Taylorville changed forever, when an EF-3 tornado hit the community.  

 

 

On Sunday, Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry hosted an event at the V-F-W to commemorate the first anniversary of the tornado, and honored the hundreds of people that have helped in recovery.  Over 250 attended, and WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 broadcast the event live.

 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle spoke with Regional Radio News during the event, about her involvement in the hours following the tornado.

 

 

Regional Radio News reminds you that all 13 of our features entitled “Remembering the Taylorville Tornado, One Year Later” can be heard on-line at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Monthly Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

(Taylorville)--The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Kiwanis committee chairs reported on the work they’re doing to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

Kiwanis president Sarah Van Huss reported that due to the generosity of club members during their weekly “Happy Bucks” collections in November, over 420-dollars will be presented to H-S-H-S Medical Group Taylorville, which the club is partnering with, to provide Christmas to children of some local needy families.

 

 

Also during the meeting, newly inducted Kiwanis member James LeVault was officially presented his Kiwanis name badge.

 

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 their new meeting location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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The 32nd Annual Christmas In The Park Kicks Off On December 12th

Bailey Hancock is the Recreation Director at the Taylorville Park District and she discussed the upcoming 32nd annual Christmas In The Park.
 

 

Christmas In The Park will kick off with the Jingle Bell Walk on December 12th starting at 6 o’clock. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the dining room and glow sticks will be available for the kids.

 

 

Finally, Hancock discussed the Supper with Santa & Mrs. Claus event on December 13th from 6 until 8 in the dining hall.
 

 

For more information you can visit the Park District website at taylorvilleparkdistrict.com or call 824-5878 or 824-3110. Hancock was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Langleyville Man Arrested On Meth Delivery Charges

A Langleyville man is behind bars today after a narcotic enforcement traffic stop. At 10:45 PM on November 27th, Taylorville Police Department initiated a traffic stop and arrested 42 year old Charles R. Hays of Langleyville. Mr. Hays was charged with armed violence, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of meth with intent to deliver.

 

Mr. Hays was arraigned yesterday and bond was set at $800,000. Mr. Hays has an extensive criminal history and Taylorville Police believe that he was a source for distributing methamphetamine in Christian County. Taylorville Police would like to thank Mike Havera for approving Mr. Hays's charges after review. Mr. Havera made it clear in court that this will not be tolerated in this county. 

 

A preliminary hearing is set for December 20th, in Christian County Court.

 

 

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TPD Announces Cards For Troops Night

The Taylorville Police Department in coordination with the Taylorville Fire Department will be hosting an event. The event is a Christmas Cards for Troops event. It will take place on December 8th at the Taylorville Fire House from 3-6 PM. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bollinger says that this will be a great event.

 

 

Officer Bollinger says that there will be plenty of activities going on for kids to help give back to those who can’t be at home during the holidays.

 

For more information visit the Taylorville Police Department Facebook page. If you know of someone who is deployedand you want to send them some cards, please email the Taylorville Police Department with their name and mailing address at community.policing@taylorvillepolice.com so they can send them a card.

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