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Kiwanis Club Braves Weather To See Most Monetary Donations For Food Pantry Yet

The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club teamed up to benefit the Taylorville Food Pantry by doing the Drive Thru Donations days through the month of July. The goal is to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations to be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry. They were able to raise $415 as well as a good amount of food donations. 
Kiwanis members John Gardner and Brad Davis generously donated their time for the last Drive Thru Donation Day in July. Davis shares what you can donate and how far monetary donations go.  

Gardner explains what the Taylorville Kiwanis Club does and how you can join. 

The Saturday Kiwanis Drive Thru Donation Day saw the most monetary donations yet. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for the next scheduled Drive Thru Donation Days.  If you’d like information on how to donate, visit the Taylorville Food Pantry Facebook Page.


Two Witt Men Killed In Vehicle Accident On Saturday; One Sent To Hospital

Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occured Saturday evening around 11:16 PM in Montgomery County. 51 year old John E. Thompson of Witt was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 16 near North 19th Avenue.


For unknown reasons, Thompson veered off the roadway to the right, overcorrected and came back onto the roadway. Thompson again overcorrected and went off in the right ditch. The crash ejected both Thompson and 21 year old James E. Thompson of Witt. Another passenger was in the back seat, 24 year old Dakota L. Cook of Clinton, Illinois.


Both John Thompson and James Thompson were killed in the vehicle crash and Cook was transported to an area hospital with injuries. The roadway was closed for about 4 hours during the crash investigation. The crash remains under investigation and there is no further information at this time. 


Carriage Crossing Takes Ownership of Life's Journey Memory Care in Taylorville


Carriage Crossing, based in Savoy, took ownership of Life's Journey Memory Care locations in Taylorville (above) and Paris, on July 15th.


Carriage Crossing provides a wide variety of health care services for seniors at locations in Arcola, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, and Rochester, in addition to their new Memory Care locations in Taylorville and Paris.


The firm just completed construction of their Rochester location, opening earlier this summer.


Frog Jumps Mean Community At The Morrisonville Picnic

The Morrisonville Picnic is famous for its frog jump. Not only that, it’s a point of pride for the community that spans across generations. Mayor of Morrisonville, Larry Tolliver, says that people always plan their trips to come back to town for this frog jump. That means they’ll get participants from all across the country, this year that includes Florida, Washington, and Kansas.



Mayor Tolliver continued saying that the frog jump, and the Morrisonville Picnic as a whole, is a great way for kids of all ages to represent the community.



Some of the fun is that the frogs are in control. Mayor Tolliver shares that he doesn’t have a strategy, he jumps hopes the luck swings his way. 



Coverage of the Morrisonville Picnic was heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.


Hodson Appears In Court; Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Set

A man accused of killing two people in a crash in April in Taylorville plead not guilty on Thursday in Christian County Court.  46 year old Robert Hodson of Taylorville alongside Attorney John Sharp made his appearance in court and plead not guilty, waived his arraignment, and requested a trial by jury. 


He was involved in a vehicle crash that put a 19 year old from Lafayette, Indiana in the hospital and killed 19 year old Haley Shoot and 20 year old Zaydin Dudra of Taylorville in April as he tried to pass a vehicle on Route 48 and hit their vehicle head on. 


Hodson is being charged with 1 aggravated DUI. It is a class 2 felony and he faces 6-28 years in prison.  He has his final pretrial set for September 21st and his jury trial is set for October 4th at 8:30 AM. 


Consolidated Communications Bringing Fiber Internet To Taylorville

Fiber internet is coming to Taylorville through Consolidated Communications. The plan is to bring fiber to Taylorville over the next couple months. Keith Schedlbauer, Senior Director of Field & Network Operations for Consolidated Communications explains that fiber offers some major advantages.



Schedlbauer says the work has already started and presale signups are taking place right now.



Schedlbauer says it’s all about investing in the community.



Schedlbauer also says that with fiber it allows for better connections and better connectivity.



For more information and to sign up, click here.


U Of I To Teach Webinars in August & September

There will be a series of webinars that will be conducted by the University of Illinois Extension Office. The series is called Know More, Grow More and it will be every Thursday at 2 PM from August 12th through September 2nd. Andrew Holsinger with the U of I extension office says that the series is very informational and covers a wide variety of topics. 



One of the classes that will be taught is Cover Crops—Building Your Soil along with a class called “Add a Soil Test to your Bucket List”.



Holsinger says that you need to register for the class, but you can do so at go.illinois.edu/Know2Grow. 



Holsinger explained what cover crops are for the Cover Crops class that will be taking place on August 26th. 



Andrew Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Some Winners Announced For 4H Shows At Christian County Fair

The results are in for the 4-H poultry show that took place at the Expo Building at the Christian County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 17th. Elayna Harker won Jr. Showmanship along with Champion 3 Pullets. After the General show that took place on Monday, July 19th, the Cat and Dog Shows took place at the Fairgrounds. Claire Hunt took part in the cat show and won Champion in the Kittens 3-9 month category and Abigail Erlenbush won the Dog Sr. Showmanship Award, along with Champion in the Dog Care and Dog Obedience Categories. 


On Wednesday July 21st, the 4-H Livestock shows took place and for the swine category, Cydney Bertolino won the Grand Champion Gilt with her Crossbred and Elizabeth Schafer took Reserve Grand Champion Gilt with her Yorkshire. Carsyn Bertolino won Grand Champion Barrow and Cooper Bertolino won Reserve Grand Champion Barrow.  


Under sheep, Charlee Ryan won Grand Champion Ram with a Southdown, and Abigail Wamsley won Reserve Grand Champion Ram with a Border Leicester. Olive Ryan won Grand Champion Ewe and Kade Beckmier won Reserve Grand Champion Ewe. 


Under Goat, Brody Buzzard won Grand Champion Meat Doe and Reserve Grand Champion Meat Doe. Levi Paulek won Grand Champion Meat Buck and Cole Paulek won Grand Champion Wether. 

Under Beef, Elizabeth Schafer won Grand Champion Hefer and Waylon Paulek won Reserve Grand Champion Hefer. Waylon Paulek also won Grand Champion Steer while Cole Paulek won reserve Grand Champion Steer.


For a full list of winners, see the complete list of results over on our results page here on Taylorvilledailynews.


Front row: From L-R Molly ZXucco, Caroline Hedden, Rayla Brown, Charlee Ryan, Reagan Funderburk, Payton May, Abigail Wamsley, Elayna Harker, Abigail Erlenbush, Elayna Bailey, Caitlin Lauwerens, Back Row L-R, Calum Shanks, Kyle Jackle-Hugh, Riley Brown, Kelsie Hunt, Claire Hunt, Macy Richards, Deacon Shanks, Benjamin Wamsley, Jared Lauwerens, Jordan Lauwerens


Two Reported Deaths Of COVID-19 In Christian County

The Christian County Health Department has confirmed that there have been two separate deaths in Christian County that have been COVID-19 related. Marcie May of the Christian County Health Department has confirmed with Regional Radio News that there have been two adult males who have died from COVID-19. The two men are completely unrelated and the incidents have happened in geographically separate parts of the county. 


The two deaths have happened in the last week. So far 97 Christian County residents have died of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, there were four new COVID-19 positive results. 31 are currently isolated and there are seven cases in the hospital. So far 22,403 residents have been vaccinated and the county positivity rate is sitting at 6.2%. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for all of the latest COVID-19 information.


Central A&M Student Passes Away

A student from Central A&M High School has died. Superintendent Dr. DeAnn Heck sent out a mass message to the School District Thursday morning saying that “With heavy hearts (that) we inform our families of the loss of one of our own Central A&M High School students today. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire district, especially our students.”


There will be a crisis intervention team that will be at the school today and Friday from 8 AM until 2 PM for people to congregate and seek counseling. The school district is also encouraging parents to use those resources as well as students. The school is not releasing any other information out of respect for the family. Dr. Heck asked for prayers for the school district in the coming days.


IDPH Working With CDC On Guidance For 2021-2022 School Year

The State of Illinois has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to update guidance regarding COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools for all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois.


The CDC guidance is meant to help K-12 school administrators along with local health officials select prevention strategies to keep students in person all while handling COVID-19 and any Delta variant transmissions of the virus. The IDPH is asking all school districts that decide not to follow the CDC guidance to consult with their insurers to check for risk assumption and liability coverage. 


Some changes to guidance for the 2021-2022 school year will be promotion of the vaccine as a leading strategy to end the pandemic, alignment of masking recommendations for schools with CDC guidance for those who are fully vaccinated, emphasis on the importance of first person learning,  revised definition of close contacts for quarantine procedure, and a new test-to-stay alternative to quarantine.


For more information on CDC guidance visit dph.illinois.gov/covid19/schoolFAQs .


Masks Reinstated At Drivers Service Facilities

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Secretary of State Jesse White has reinstated mask wearing starting Monday, August 2nd at all Driver Services Facilities for all customers and employees. This will be required at all Driver Services Facilities, Secretary of State offices, and the Illinois State Capitol. 


White says that his facilities will remain open to serve the public, but that the mask policy will help keep customers safe and allow the facilities to stay open at the same time. There are extended expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards until January 1st, 2022. Expired documents will remain valid until that day. 


White urges customers to consider going online for their DMV needs when possible. Find out more information about what you can do on the website by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com.  You can purchase license plate stickers, obtain a duplicate driver’s license, and renew a driver’s license and ID card including the new REAL ID’s for those who are eligible. The US Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May of 2023. 


Sparks In The Park Starts Today

Sparks in the Park in Rochester starts today. Co-Chair on the Sparks In The Park committee, Stacia Munroe says that she is excited for the fireworks display that will be taking place. It is set to be a 25 minute show and will be on Saturday, July 31st.



Munroe says they have everything planned out including parking.



Munroe says there will also be an adbook available.



Munroe also encouraged people to come out and hear the announcement for the Citizen of the Year.



Munroe appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Never Too Young To Prepare For Retirement

You are never too old to start preparing for retirement and Jack Myers with the Social Security Administration says that one way to start working towards your retirement is to check out the retirement portal on www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement.  Myers says it’s a great place to get started.



Myers says that many people wish they would have started earlier saving for retirement because you don’t really think about it at a young age. 



Myers says it can be a difficult balance between saving for retirement and budgeting for regular expenses.



Myers says that you can create your own account and be able to see estimates for all benefits you can receive and early earnings.



Myers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Christian County Fair Members Glad To Be In Person

The Christian County Fair has come and gone, and for organizers, they feel it went pretty well. 4H and University of Illinois Extension Coordinator Sara Marten says that overall things went well especially since they didn’t really have an in person event last year.



Marten says while they were originally concerned about attendance, she said people showed up in great numbers and it was good.



Marten says it was a pleasure seeing all the kids being excited to be back in person.



The Christian County Fair was held from July 20-24th.


Community Outreach For TMH Continues With Community Health Grant Program

The emphasis continues to be on community outreach for Taylorville Memorial Hospital as they work to help with health in the local area. Kim Bourne, President and CEO of TMH says that is what they and the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation are aiming to do with their Community Health Grant Program.



Non-Profits, education, or government organizations with health activities are eligible for the program. The best part is, Bourne says there is no specific time table, so this can be filled out by local organizations at any time.



Bourne says they know being a member of the community is the best way to improve it. That is why they are making a concerted effort to do their part. 



For more information on the program, Bourne says to contact Raedena Ryan, the Director of the TMH Foundation.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Shelby County Fair A Great Success

The Shelby County Fair has come and gone but for Coordinator Yolanda Nation, it couldn’t have gone any better. She says that with all the exhibits, displays, and vendors, you wouldn’t have known it was virtual last year. 



Nation says that the kids were very vocal about being happy to be doing it in person again this year.



Nation says it seemed that people were much more helpful and worked together way more this year.



The Shelby County Fair was held from July 18th-22nd. 


Presenting Produce At A County Fair

4-H’ers from all over Shelby County and surrounding area brought their animals, exhibits, and projects to Shelbyville to be judged earlier this month in the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair. 


Cruisin’ 98-point-3 WSVZ was there to interview many of the county’s 4-H’ers each afternoon during the Fair including Brent Thompson who brought his pigs to the 4-H Fairgrounds. Thompson told WSVZ listeners during our live coverage what goes into working produce.



Shelby County 4-H members Kendall Bennett brought their rabbits and pigs. Kendall talked about rabbits and taking care of them.



Blue Ribbon winners will take their winning entries to the Illinois State Fair to be judged next month.


Taylorville Kiwanis Hear From Dear Yesteryear Co-Owners At Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the husband-and-wife owners of a growing Taylorville business, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Lee and Dyanne Skinner opened Dear Yesteryear in Taylorville in 2014, after Dyanne began a candle label business in her home.  The Skinners’ talked about their growing pains since 2014, expanding to an adjoining building at their North Springfield Road location, then buying 2 buildings on the Taylorville square.


The Skinners’ told Kiwanis members that their unique styles of furniture at their main location, are why customers from near and far have come to Taylorville to shop.  They also sold many of their goods during the pandamic doing Facebook Live shows to keep their sales up.


The Skinners’ talked about their purchase of the former Dance Factory and Betty Rose Furniture buildings on the Taylorville square, saying that the former Dance Factory building is now a kids’ store called “Wonder and Rhyme.”   Dyanne said this store grew out of one of their stores at their main location.



The former Betty Rose Furniture building is undergoing an extensive remodel before they begin using it.  Lee told club members that while he and his workers have done a lot of the renovation, he’s had to bring the expertise of other contractors to assist in getting the front of the building repaired.  They hope to be in that building this fall.


The public is reminded that the Kiwanis Club is holding its last July Drive-Thru Donation Day this Saturday from 9am to 1pm, in the Miller Media Group front parking lot at 918 East Park.  Non-perishable food and monetary donations received will be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry.


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


Health Professionals Encourage Vaccine To Stave Off COVID Delta Variant

Things may have been looking up in regards to the COVID pandemic, but the new Delta variant is throwing a wrench into things. It’s normal for viruses to mutate in order to survive, and this particular mutation, according to President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital Kim Bourne, is much more infectious. That makes it that much more dangerous.



When it comes to vaccines and the new mutation, Bourne says they are still extremely effective.



Bourne reminds people that getting a vaccine doesn’t mean you won’t get COVID, or the new variant, but it does significantly lower the risk of having a severe case.



Places as close as St. Louis are bringing back their mask mandate. That is bringing more eyes back to the statistics, which Bourne says are on the rise in Christian County.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Christian County Health Department Notices Uptick In COVID Cases; Does Not Anticipate Mitigations

The Christian County Health Department has noticed a slight uptick in the positivity rate in Christian County, but at this point are not looking to cancel any functions, tighten restrictions for schools, or make a mask mandate necessary again.


Marcie May, with the CCHD, spoke to Regional Radio News and said that the positivity rate has gone up, but not in senior citizens, as they are the most vaccinated group in the county. She said the positivity rate has increased in the younger population more. No events have been canceled by the health department, they are asking you to take precautions. Wear a mask if you aren’t vaccinated or if you feel unsafe, and practice social distancing as best you can when in larger groups. 


As of Monday, there were 18 new cases of COVID-19 with 6 currently in the hospital. There have been nearly 23,000 vaccines administered and the positivity rate for Christian County is sitting at 6.2%. The health department would like it to be at under 5%. 


Rochester's Sparks In The Park Event Starts On Thursday

The events continue as summer rolls on with Sparks in the Park in Rochester. Starting this Thursday, July 29th, the schedule is jam packed with things to do. Co-Chair on the Sparks In The Park committee, Stacia Munroe, shares that on Thursday there are pageants and the first of several sessions that the carnival will be running.


Along with a live performance, the second round of the carnival is on Friday. Munroe explains people who want to attend will want to buy a wristband to get the most out of their experience. 



That leads up to the weekend when a lot more fun will be taking place. From parades to fireworks, and so much more, Munroe says there will be plenty to do. 



Munroe appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville Park Board Meets; Discusses Skateboard Park But No Action Taken

The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening to discuss business, review reports, and go over correspondence. The board talked at great length about a proposed skateboard park. Some residents that lived by Janes Park came and spoke at the board meeting raising some valid concerns over the park. Kathy Drea spoke about it saying that she was worried about noise, security, and possibly other issues.



The board informed Ms. Drea that they had no plans to put the skateboard park in Janes Park. The general consensus was downtown, possibly by the old library. There is still a long way to go in a skateboard park as the park board, along with the Skateboard Park Committee continue to work together along with the city of Taylorville to find a safe place to skate. 


Recreational Director Bailey Hancock says that this pool season has been a great success.



Hancock says the pool will be shutting down on August 14th right before school goes back to session but does have something special planned on August 15th.



Hancock says that she is excited for a new event called “Paws in the Pool.”



For more on this event and to register, contact the Taylorville Park Office. 


Christian County Farmer's Supply, Morrisonville Farmers Co-op Merging August 1

A merger announced in April, will happen between 2 ag companies in Christian County on August First.

The shareholders of Morrisonville Farmers Cooperative Company have approved the merger with Christian County Farm Supply Company, effective August First.

The new company name starting this Sunday will be Central Commodity FS, with Mark Bauman as CEO and Taylor Kusterman as Grain Division Manager.

Christian County Farm Supply operates eleven agronomy and fuel locations as well as one grain elevator in Christian County, IL.Morrisonville Farmers Cooperative operates 2 grain elevators located in Morrisonville and Harvel.

The combined companies will have over 9 million bushels of grain storage space and access to numerous processor and export markets.

Officials with the 2 companies say it will strengthen the new cooperative’s profitability and provide new marketing services for Christian County farmers.


Over 50 Youngsters Participate in Annual "Tot-Rod" Pedal Pull at Christian County Ag Fair

The Christian County Farmer’s Supply Company again sponsored the annual “Tot-Rod” Pedal Pull on Saturday at the Christian County Ag Fair.

Over 50 children ages 3 thru 12 came out to pedal their way to the finish line.  Winners in each age group included:


Ages 3 & 4: 
1st place - Drew McMillan 
2nd place - Lettie Mulvaney
3rd place - Maci Salisbury



Ages 5 & 6: 
1st place - Ridgley Downs
2nd place - Coltyn Conrady 
3rd place - Lucas Salisbury



Ages 7 & 8:
1st place - Brantley Conrady 
2nd place - Maybel Repscher 
3rd place - Clint May



Ages 9 & 10:
1st place - Ryder Conrady 
2nd place - Griffin Gregory
3rd place - Harper Vincent



Ages 11 & 12:
1st place - Cody Ganther 
2nd place - Jackson May
3rd place - Caedmon Jeffrey



Christian County Farmer’s Supply Company thanks all the youngsters that participated in last Saturday’s “Tot-Rod” Pedal Pull at the Christian County Ag Fair.



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