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Man Who Went Missing During Korean War Returning Home For Burial

A hero is returning. Corporal Asa Emmitt Vance of Decatur is returning home after missing in action in the Republic of Korea. Corporal Vance was assigned to Dog Company 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He went missing on the 2nd of December 1950. 

Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care will be transporting Corporal Vance home from Lambert Airport in St. Louis on Monday evening. Assisting in transportation will be the Patriot Guard and the Illinois State Police.  The transport will stop at the Mr. Fuel Travel Station on Corvette Drive in Litchfield between 4:45 PM and 5 PM. From 5:15-5:30 the transport will return to I-55 North where it will exit at Raymond. 

Police are suggesting to park in large parking lots and be outside of your vehicle standing when the procession drives by. Please be silent and place your hand over your heart. If you are in uniform, please render a salute and bring American Flags if you have them. 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is encouraging everyone to come out in support of this fallen hero. The procession will slow down through each town to allow everyone to observe the procession.





















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Christian County CEO Holds Annual Trade Show Saturday


The 2020-21 Christian County C-E-O Class climaxed their school year on Saturday when they presented the businesses they created during the annual C-E-O Trade Show.  This year, it was held at the Expo Building on the Christian County Fairgrounds.



C-E-O Facilitator Dick Adams said the word "adversity" would best describe what the C-E-O students went thru this year.



Adams added this year's class officially ends on Wednesday of this week.




Find out about this year's Christian County C-E-O Class, and a link for next year's high school seniors to apply, all at "christiancountyceo-dot-com."


Taylorville School Board To Meet Tonight

The Taylorville School Board is set to meet Monday evening at 6 PM at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria for their regular Board of Education meeting. Announcements will be made concerning graduation taking place on May 21st, and congratulating the 2021 Illinois State Scholars from Taylorville. 


Under old business, the board will announce their return to learn update with a plan to start the FY22 regular day calendar. The board will also consider approval of a natural gas membership, and the purchase of a mental health building. 


Under new business, the board will review a budget amendment, announce and appoint Wendy Dulakis as the treasurer, renew the school’s IHSA membership, and review district fees, and student course handbooks. The board will also hear from Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty and any guests who wish to speak.


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story after the meeting convenes Monday evening.


Hillsboro Police Announce Seperate Arrests For Gun Possession And Cannabis

On Friday morning at 10:40, a 9-1-1 transfer from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office telecommunication center was received by the Hillsboro Police Department.  The caller reported a male subject pointing a gun at him over a financial dispute between the two gentlemen.  When police arrived at #12 Hilltop Drive in Hillsboro, the alleged offender was still on the scene. Police found him to be in possession of a loaded handgun. The male was handcuffed and the gun was secured.  45-year-old Aaron J. Kreiger of Collinsville was booked into the Montgomery County Jail for attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault. 


In a separate incident, Hillsboro police also reported stopping a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one-way at the intersection of Wood Street and South Main Street on Friday afternoon. During the stop, police noticed a strong smell of cannabis. During the search, 140 grams of cannabis was recovered and 20-year-old Caleb I. Crain of Gillespie, was arrested for possession. Crain was also issued a citation for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.


No Injuries From Fire In Downtown Pana

The Pana Fire Department responded to a report of a downtown structure fire at 106 East Second Street in Pana around 1:18 on Sunday afternoon. Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland arrived on the scene to find the building heavily engulfed in smoke and fire. Chief Bland initiated a mutual aid response to the scene with Christian and Montgomery County Fire response agencies being requested.


Chief Bland says that Pana Fire and Ambulance along with fire trucks from Owaneco, Tower Hill, Assumption, Moweaqua, Oconee, and Taylorville all responded. Nokomis and Witt also helped with the Nokomis-Witt Area Ambulance Service rescue unit. 


Once ladder trucks from Taylorville and Pana arrived, the fire was quickly brought under control, and the Witt Fire Department helped firefighters ascend to the second floor of the adjacent building to check for any fire spread. 


Chief Bland says that he knew what needed to be done and they were able to do it quickly with great support from their partners. The Chief also thought that there might have been an occupant inside, but there wasn’t. This is the second fire in downtown Pana in the last year. There was another fire in a downtown building in the block just to the east that occurred in December of 2020. That fire caused enough damage that the building had to be torn down.


Missing Man Found Deceased In Lake Shelbyville

Illinois State Police are investigating a report of a dead body in the waters of Lake Shelbyville on Saturday Evening. 70 year old Donald E. Pygott of Mattoon was reported missing on Saturday by his family to local authorities. That evening, at 9 PM, Pygott was located deceased in the waters of Lake Shelbyville near Wolf Creek State Park in Shelby County. 


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Dive Team, Coroner's Office, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police are assisting in the investigation. The matter is still under investigation and anyone with any information should contact the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation at ISP.Zone05.Media@Illinois.gov. 


Firefighters Battling Blaze In Downtown Pana

Crews are battling a fire that broke out in downtown Pana Sunday afternoon. Firefighters are working on putting out a fire that broke out near 104 East Second Street in downtown Pana. Firefighters are asking people to avoid the area as they are working hard to keep the fire under control. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it develops.


Second Kiwanis Club Drive Thru Donation Day For Taylorville Food Pantry Sees Slow Start, Finishes Strong

The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club are teamed again to benefit the Taylorville Food Pantry by doing Drive Thru Donation Days through the month of May. The goal is to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations to be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry. The second Drive Thru Donation day started slow, but finished strong with $280 in donations and some food was collected. 


Kiwanis members Bill Kerns and Dick Wamsley donated their time for the Drive Thru Donation Day. Kerns says that any donation helps. 



Wamsley says that this is important because people have a need for it. 



The second Saturday Kiwanis Drive Thru Donation Day monetary and food donations will help the Taylorville Food Pantry. The Donation Days continue next Saturday, May 15th, from 9 until 1 pm. If you’d like information on how to donate, visit the Taylorville Food Pantry Facebook Page.


U Of I Extension Is Hosting A Virtual Tree Walk Next Week

The end of the pandemic may seem closer than ever, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. Things like the University of Illinois Tree Walk of Bremer Sanctuary in Hillsboro, run by Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger, are still going to be virtual. Holsinger says this free virtual event will be held on May 12th.



This tree walk will be done over Zoom and Holsinger will be providing pictures and video in place of walking around and seeing the trees.



For an event that focuses on identifying trees based on characteristics, a virtual experience might seem like it hinders the learning. Holsinger explains that he doesn’t believe that to be the case.



When it comes to deciphering which tree is which, Holsinger says the leaves and bark are very important.



Holsinger appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Food Banks Working On Eliminating Stigma's

Food banks need to not just be a focus during COVID, but should be a focus at all times. With food banks letting people having choice is extremely important. Adam Handy, Partner Resource Coordinator with the Central Illinois Foodbank, says that choice can make people feel comfortable who have to use the food bank. 



Amy Hagen is the co-coordinator with the Taylorville Food Pantry and she says that people come at all times due to perception.



Hagen says you never know when you may need the food bank. She says you don’t have to come every month. If you need it, then you need it and that’s OK. 



Hagen says that they are there to meet those needs, whatever they are. Handy and Hagen appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Angelo's And Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce To Host New Event On Monday

In an attempt to continue to grow the business community in Taylorville, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and its members are constantly trying to come up with new ideas. Sarah Van Huss with the Chamber says one of those new ideas has become an actual plan. It’s called the Meet and Eat and it will be held on Monday at Angelo’s.



Owner of Angelo’s, J.I. McDowell couldn’t be more excited, not only hosting the event, but what might conversation might come out of putting business leaders into one room.



This is just the first week. McDowell is happy to be hosting, but he hopes other Chamber member restaurants will host this lunch event in the future.



Sharing ideas over food is the best way to do it, according to Van Huss.



Van Huss and McDowell appeared as guests on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Republicans Locked Out Of Redistricting

Republicans are being locked out of helping with legislative map-drawing when it comes to redistricting.  Redistricting, which occurs every ten years is based on the census and helps with voting. Republicans including State Representative Avery Bourne say that they are being kept out of the process which is another sign of corruption from state democrats. 



Despite the documented evidence from Illinois Democratic leaders including State Governor JB Pritzker and House Speaker Chris Welch asking for a fair process, they are still doing the map through partisanship. Representative Bourne asked Governor Pritzker where the fairness went.



House Republicans want transparency and say that they are being kept out of what should be a fair and open process.



Behind closed doors, Speaker Chris Welch is showing members one-by-one where the lines of their new districts could be drawn. 


State Recognizes National Nurses Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is working with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to wish a thank you to Nurses in recognition of the start of National Nurses Week. There are currently more than 230,000 nurses who hold Illinois Licenses. 


Nurses have been fighting at the front lines of COVID-19 and have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the IDPH says that the pandemic would have been very different without the hard work put forth by nurses all over the state. Illinois has taken proactive steps to increase the number of health care professionals in the workforce. In March IDFPR issued a variance allowing Illinois nurses whose licenses were inactive or expired to meet a set of criteria to restore their licenses temporarily during the pandemic.


IDFPR also allowed out-of-state nurses to provide care to Illinois residents affected by the pandemic and almost 9,500 additional nurses are now allowed to provide care in Illinois. National Nurses Week was first observed in 1954 and the week continues in 2021 with celebrating our nurses. You can help nurses in the battle against COVID by taking preventative steps like washing your hands and staying home when you’re sick, following state guidance regarding COVID-19 including face coverings, and schedule and receive your vaccine.


For more information on COVID-19 visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/. The Vaccine Appointment Call Center's phone number is 1-833-621-1284. 


Tornado Confirmed In Area; Damages To Kemmerer Village Reported

A tornado went through parts of Christian County and Shelby County damaging parts of Kemmerer Village in Assumption. Dawn Sabol, Director of Kemmerer Village tells Regional Radio News that there were windows blown out, big branches off trees, and a small uprooted tree. The tornado moved a couple of vehicles into each other and there was some roof damage as well. Sabol says there were no injuries from the tornado and the storm was over before the warnings even came in. The tornado touched down briefly around 2:10 PM. 


Boil Order Lifted For Edinburg

A boil order that was in effect for parts of the Village of Edinburg has been lifted.


Loving Arms Pregnancy Center Is A Resource For Those Who Need It

Pregnancy is something that instantly transforms lives, especially if it’s not planned. In those times, it’s good to know someone is there. Cathy Coker is the Executive Director of Loving Arms Pregnancy Center, and she explains they offer a lot of services to help those in need.



Loving Arms is able to offer all of their services for free because of donors and grant programs. Coker shares that they can help from the beginning with pregnancy tests. 



There are classes offered to help potential parents make informed decisions and Coker says they can earn something called ‘mommy and daddy bucks’ which can be very helpful down the road.



Coker shares there is also classes offered to teach abstinence, but it goes under a different name.



Coker appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Nature Explorers Spin Club Being Offered Again By U of I Extension Office

Last month the University of Illinois Extension office offered what they call a Nature Explorers Spin Club activity. Sara Marten, 4-H Youth Development Educator, says that it was so popular in April, they are offering it again in May.



Marten explains this is a different kind of event than they usually do because this puts the timetable in the hands of the participants. 



Since the kids are tasked with completing this on their own there isn’t any obvious room for instructors to be involved. Marten says that is where technology comes in.



There will be a few differences in what supplies the U of I Extension Office can give out this time around. 



Marten appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Redistricting In Illinois Is An Ongoing Battle

Illinois lost a seat in Congress once again following the census. Congressman Rodney Davis says this is not a new trend, but there isn’t much he can do. The power to draw the redistricting maps with the loss of that seat is in the hands of the majority party.



Even in his own district, Congressman Davis explains, it wasn’t drawn up for a Republican to win.



Governor JB Pritzker made a promise to not sign a gerrymandered map, a promise Congressman Davis says was broken last week. This is not a new issue, though. Congressman Davis has been fighting for fair maps for a long time.



Congressman Davis appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Republicans Frustrated With Redistricting; Dems Looking For Public Input

Republicans continue to be frustrated with Governor JB Pritzker who has backtracked on a campaign promise not to impact legislative redistricting but to have an outside company do it. Republicans are accusing Pritzker of continuing the long line of corruption in Illinois politics. In 2018, when candidate JB Pritzker was running for office, he said he would veto any legislative redistricting map drawn by politicians.  


When asked about it, Governor Pritzker said he would pledge to veto, amending the constitution in order to create an independent commission to draw legislative maps and urging both Democrats and Republicans to agree to an independent commission to handle creating a new legislative map that reflected the gender, racial, and geographical diversities of Illinois. 


Last week, Governor Pritzker backed away from his campaign pledge saying that upon receiving a map drawn by the Democrats who control the General Assembly, that he would be looking to it for fairness. State Representative Avery Bourne says that she is disappointed.



Bourne also says that Governor Pritzker is still very angry that his tax proposal was defeated last November when Governor Pritzker blamed the loss on taxpayers for not trusting the government.



Meanwhile, Democrats are encouraging Illinois residents to provide their own input into redistricting by taking advantage of a new online map that people can submit proposed legislative boundaries in before May 10. The Public Drawing Portal can be accessed at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.  While each state has a unique process for redistricting, legislative districts must conform to several standards including the voting rights act of 1965. 


In Illinois, legislative redistricting maps must also meet four requirements including being substantially equal in population, provide adequate representation to minorities and other special interests, be compact and contiguous, and meet all legal requirements regarding political fairness.


Taylorville Kiwanis Review Efforts Benefiting Children and Youth at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed their many efforts for children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Club committee chairs reported on several fund raisers and other events.  Treasurer Blain Cornwell reported that the recent Pancake and Sausage Breakfast netted the club approximately 2-thousand dollars, and event committee member Dick Wamsley reported some 320 people either ate in or purchased drive-thru orders.  The club thanks the Taylorville community for the great turnout.  The Kiwanis Board decided at their Tuesday board meeting, to make the last Saturday in April, the annual event date for the breakfast after last month’s success.


The Kiwanis Club will again be providing volunteers for the upcoming July 17th Bike Rodeo, assisting the event’s organizer the Prairie Trail Bike Conservancy.


Club members Blain Cornwell and Dennis Barnard, are co-chairing a committee to secure club members to earn money for club projects, by working a day at one of the gates at this year’s Illinois State Fair.


Club Spiritual Aims chair Dick Wamsley told the club plans have been finalized for the annual Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon taking place Tuesday, May 25th at noon, in place of a weekly meeting.  An “Outstanding Spiritual Leader” in the Taylorville community, will be awarded that day by the Kiwanis Club.


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.       


Pana Man Leads Police/US Marshal's On Wild Chase

A man is in custody after a traffic stop led to a police chase in Pana. On Tuesday, US Marshals were in Pana to assist in locating a subject wanted for multiple warrants including an IDOC parole violation warrant. At 4:30 PM, the subject was identified leaving a location in Pana.  A Pana Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle while assisting the Marshals. The vehicle failed to stop and fled out of Pana on 2500 East Road northbound.  The vehicle led Police on a chase and returned to Pana violating numerous traffic laws while failing to stop for police. 


At 4:39 PM the vehicle exited the roadway at Sheridan and Magnolia Street with the driver fleeing southbound on foot. US Marshals took both the driver and passenger into custody. 21-year-old Quentin J. McKittrick and 27-year-old Colby D. Coleman were taken into custody. McKittrick was charged with an IDOC parole warrant, a Christian County Warrant for FTA possession of meth, aggravated fleeing/eluding police, resisting arrest, no valid driver’s license, and other traffic-related violations. Coleman was taken into custody and later released after further investigation.


Additional charges were filed against McKittrick after the Pana Police Department investigated including theft/possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary, multiple counts of criminal damage to vehicle and criminal damage to property and battery. McKittrick is set to appear in court on Thursday for a pretrial hearing continuance. 


Boil Order In Effect For Parts Of Edinburg

The Village of Edinburg has issued a boil order at 5 AM on Wednesday. The public Water Supply issued the boil order for customers locatedWest Washington Street from Eaten Street to Cook Street. Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  For more information contact Superintendent Mike Lebshier at 623-5542.


Man Involved In Deadly DUI Arrested; Held On No Bond

A man who killed two people in a DUI accident appeared in court on Wednesday after he was arrested on Tuesday on a warrant. Robert Hodson appeared in court Wednesday morning via zoom from the Christian County Jail. The state filed a petition to modify bond and a no bond warrant was issued which is the reason Hodson was arrested. The state is allowed to keep Hodson up to ten days without bond.  John Sharp, the attorney for Hodson, said that he wasn’t aware of the no bond warrant. Hodson’s next court appearance and first appearance in court and the hearing for the petition is set for 10:30 AM on Monday, May 10th. Hodson was arrested for aggravated DUI/death after a vehicle crash left two dead on April 8th on Route 48. 


CCQMA To Hold Arrive And Drive On Friday

Taylorville has a lot of really cool places that many people may not realize exist. One of those is a place for kids to race. President of the Christian County Quarter Midget Association, Andy Gregory, says they are one of the best secrets in the community.



Quarter Midgets are the type of racing vehicle used at their track. Gregory explains what that looks like. 



There are kids who start racing with the CCQMA at the age of 5, which Gregory thinks really helps them to learn things like decision making.



For anyone interested, Gregory says there is an Arrive and Drive event happening on Friday.



Gregory appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.


Volunteering And Donating The Right Kind Of Food Is Very Important For The Central Illinois Foodbank

Food pantries have played a big role throughout the pandemic. With the grant programs winding down, the time to step up and donate is now. Adam Handy, Partner Resource Coordinator with the Central Illinois Foodbank, says that getting the right kind of food donated is very important.



Amy Hagen is the co-coordinator with the Taylorville Food Pantry says that getting the right food is something she sees at the local level.



Getting volunteers is very important for food pantries, just like getting donations are. Handy points out that it’s not a difficult process to become a volunteer.



Volunteering at the Taylorville Food Pantry is that easy. Hagen says they never turn away potential volunteers. 



Handy and Hagen appeared as a guest on WTIM, Your Information Station.



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