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Taylorville Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Felony Possession Of A Firearm & Body Armor

A Taylorville man plead guilty in Christian County Court today which resulted in a 30 year sentence. Theodore M. Fleming Jr. plead guilty to possession of a weapon and body armor by a felon.  Fleming plead guilty to the charge and will receive 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections along with 3 years of court supervision, otherwise known as parole. Fleming was arrested on June 28th, 2018 after an altercation at a home in Pana on June 25th of that year. Fleming was also charged with home invasion with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm during a home invasion. All of those charges, along with two counts of possession and operating an uninsured motor vehicle were dropped in exchange for Fleming’s plea of guilty. Fleming will have credit for 417 days already served. Fleming was remanded back to the Christian County Jail to await transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections.


Loving Arms Pregnancy Center Opening Location In Pana

The Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center is building a new facility for a satellite building in Pana. Loving Arms Director Cathy Coker talks about the unique opportunity that they have to help the residents of Pana, who currently have to come to Taylorville.


One thing that the Loving Arms Center is doing is helping new fathers as well.


The center will be staffed with a center coordinator and a receptionist. There will also be volunteer positions including janitorial, peer counselors, and general office work.  The center hopes to be open in January with a  grand opening set for Mothers Day.


The new center will be at 201 South Locust Street in Pana. The center is always looking for help with volunteering.  For more information visit www.LACPC.com or call the center at 217-824-7200.


Busy Week Ahead for Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

A busy week upcoming for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce as beginning Wednesday they will have 4 straight days of events.


CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says Wednesday kicks off the fun with business after hours at Jenner Ag in Taylorville.



The following day will be the Ameren Lunch and Learn session at Charro Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville where you can learn to save some money by making your home more energy efficient.



Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Christian County Sheriff Talks School Safety

School has entered its first week of the 2019 and 2020 year and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says safety is always the main concern. He asks that people remain cautious while they’re driving especially early in the morning.



The National Safety Council has put out some tips to promote school safety as well.



The Christian County Sheriff’s office along with city police at all area schools are working hard to have a game plan in place to deal with any safety issues inside or outside the school.


Farmers Market Closer to the End

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.


Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. Downs know that at current time we are closer to then end of the market than we are to the beginning.



While some product has been struggling to make it to the farmers market the Calhoun County Peaches have been nothing short of amazing.



Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.


Plan In Place To Connect All Of Illinois With Internet

A plan to bring internet access to every part of Illinois is being heavily invested in by Governor JB Pritzker. Pritzker says a broadband advisory council will be focusing on heavy broadband expansion across Illinois with focus on Education, Economic Development, and Telemedicine.



The program is called “Connect Illinois” and will be a 420 million dollar program. Downstate Illinois is especially feeling the pinch of having trouble with internet access as Karri Butterfield a resident of Payson and a member of the Black Bay Group explains.



The Advisory Council will plan and seek federal funding as well on the up and coming project. For more information visit https://connect.illinois.edu/.


Central Illinois Foodbank Ready to Launch Middle Mile Food Rescue Program

Central Illinois Foodbank has been working hard for years now to stomp out hunger in Central Illinois, and there is help on the way.


Public Relations Manager Ashley Earnest is happy to announce that the Middle Mile Food Rescue Program will be in full swing soon.



Earnest knows this program will be a great weapon in the fight against hunger she shares the number of food going to waste and it is quite alarming.



Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Sit Down Meals Make a Happy Healthy Family

The St. Louis Dairy Council is trying to do their part to ensure that we are eating the correct way and staying in the best shape possible.


Registered Dietitian Jill Williams says it is often overlooked but sit down family meals can be essential to the upbringing of your child.



On top of saving money, eating at home is often a healthier option as opposed to eating out according to Williams.



Williams appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Shelby County Royalty Attend State Fair


Miss Shelby County along with some of the other pageant winners got to be Royalty at the Illinois State Fair. 2019 Miss Shelby County, Adilyn McCray and 2019 Junior Miss Shelby County Kylie Smith attended the County Fair Day at the Illinois State Fair on August 9th. Sara Long, Director of the Shelby County Pageants, says the girls enjoyed their trip to the State Fair.



That State Pageant in January will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield with over 70 participants competing. 


Queen Adilyn McCray and Kylie Smith will keep busy through the rest of the Summer, as Long highlights some activities that are coming up.



The Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held in January of 2020 in conjunction with the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention.


EpiPen Law Signed By Governor Pritzker

A new Illinois law is changing insurance coverage and this is good news for children with severe allergies. Insurance companies must cover office treatments and visits for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. 



The other new law requires coverage of epi-pens for children with severe allergies. Pen costs have increased by over 400% in the last decade.


Governor Pritzker says 2 children per classroom have some sort of food allergy.


Taylorville Schools Back In Session Thursday

With school being back in session all across Illinois, Taylorville is no different as there will be children all excited or disappointed that they will have to be back in classes on Thursday. Superintendent of Taylorville School District,  Dr. Chris Dougherty sat with Regional Radio News and talked about how excited she is for the upcoming school year.



Dr. Dougherty says that parents can help their kids get ready to be productive at school.


Dr. Dougherty says that they are working to make effective safety plans for the School.



Dr. Dougherty has also announced that there will be meals available for all fire, police, and EMS workers this year if needed.


Ship Program No More at Senior Citizens Center

Changes are coming to the Christian County Senior Citizens Center effective immediately. 


Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says that their Ship Program is officially terminated. They will still be able to answer some brief questions but there will no longer be sessions to reserve.



Mahr understands there is still a need for the Ship Program assistance and says other than answering a quick question or two they will have to redirect you to someone else in the area.



Mahr appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Bourne Still not on Board with Budget

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Even with the time that has passed Bourne says she is struggling to get on board with the current budget.



Bourne admits that in Springfield it is backward as the budget is often what is tackled last when they are in spring session, she would like to see the budget put in place first and foremost.



We all are aware by now that the budget introduced by Governor Pritzker is the largest budget in the history of the state. Bourne explains why the budget is so high this time around.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Kincaid Safe Passage Still Running Well

The Kincaid Safe Passage program is still very much alive and well.  This is the message that Safe Passage Coordinator Denise Evans has been trying to push since she and Chief Wheeler have left for Taylorville.  Evans has been working diligently to run the program in both Taylorville and Kincaid.  Evans says that if people in Kincaid want to help, they need to come to the next Board meeting.


Evans says Judge Brad T. Paisley has been working hard on this program, not just in Taylorville and Kincaid but all around Christian County.


Finally, Evans says you won’t want to miss the Safe Passage Festival in Kincaid on August 24th and 25th.


For more information contact Denise Evans on her cell at 217-638-3247 any time, the Kincaid Police Department at 217-237-5568, and Taylorville Police Department at 217-777-0080. Evans will speak with anyone at any time about the program and any questions you may have.


Mount Auburn Elects New Mayor


The Village of Mount Auburn has a new Mayor.  Amber Dooley was voted as the new Mayor.  She received 4 yes votes and 1 nay. Dooley became Mayor after Brett Milburn resigned suddenly last week.  Dooley took the oath of office immediately after being voted in.


Dooley says she wants to move forward and make the village the best it can be.



Mayor Dooley says she’s there to listen to the citizens of Mount Auburn.



Mayor Amber Dooley takes over as Mayor effective immediately. The Mount Auburn Farmer’s Picnic takes place August 23-25.


Assumption Hit with Damage from Monday Night's Severe Weather

The Assumption area was one that saw damage from the high winds and heavy rain that pounded Central Illinois Monday night.



Tim Hardimon and his family have lived just east of Assumption for some 12 years.  When the severe weather headed their way Monday night, he and his family headed for the basement before the damage happened.



2 very large trees came down in the Hardimon's driveway where 2 cars were parked, but neither were damaged.




The Hardimon's were safe and no one was injured at their house, from Monday night's storm.



Several fields of corn along the blacktop east of Assumption, were blown down in Monday night's storm.



This is the blacktop east of Assumption, looking west.  Several inches of rain fell in that area, along with high winds, Monday night.




EF1 Tornado Goes Through Christian County

Picture courtesy: Emergency Management Agency


After severe weather ravaged Central Illinois Monday evening, Emergency Management Services began to survey the damage once the sun came out. While reports are still going to be a couple days, Regional Radio News has learned from Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews, that there was in fact a tornado touchdown in Christian County. 



All in all though Christian County survived a strong storm relatively intact considering the severe weather sirens have been down for maintenance.



The severe weather sirens will be operational next week. The reports are still preliminary.  An official report will come out in a few days assessing the path of the tornado.


Windsor Harvest Picnic Starts Soon

The Windsor Harvest Picnic is ready for a great week ahead as they will be welcoming residents from all around to come enjoy themselves soon.


Windsor Harvest Picnic President Stacy Cole says the pork chop dinner on Thursday is always popular and bands will be performing as well.



Every year the Windsor Harvest Picnic starts with a patriotic opening and this year will be no different as the Legion has been taking care of the flags.



Cole appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Plenty to do in Shelbyville

There is always plenty to do in Shelbvyville and the Shelby County Office of Tourism has you covered on some of the best features around town.


Executive Director Freddie Fry is excited for the Lake Shelbyville Digital Photography Contest to once again come back this year.



The Roxy Theater is Shelbyville has been getting some of the newer films coming to its screen at an earlier time than usual, Fry says it is always a popular place in town.



Fry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.


Taylorville School Board Meets New Teachers, Purchases Dump Truck at Monthly Meeting

A busy school board meeting last night saw a packed house as it was standing room only at the start. Roughly 10-15 new faculty were in attendance and each had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the board. Some new business handled last night was the consideration to hire a new HR Clerk, this passed unanimously. The big discussion however came for the consideration of purchasing a new dump truck to replace the old van that has seen better days. Dr. George Freese was the lone vote of no and explains his reasons why.



Dr. Ronald Mizer was the one vote to abstain or pass when the roll call came up, he says when it boils down to it there were some questions he would have liked to have answered.



School Board Member Sarah Van Huss was one of the yes votes for the new dump truck, in her mind this was a no-brainer as the district was long overdue for a new vehicle



Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty is looking forward to the kids being in the halls for the first day of classes on Thursday, but teachers are ready to report tomorrow.



As a whole the Taylorville School Board is looking forward to another great academic year in Central Illinois.


Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation Bill to be Signed

When in the Pharmaceutical business for the smaller businesses it can feel like an unfair fight as the big companies seem to have a stranglehold on the market.


State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois, he has been working on the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation Bill for years now and is happy that it will be signed into law soon.



Manar looks back at the beginning of the process for this bill as he says it was going to be a real uphill battle.



Manar describes the purpose as to why he is fighting so hard for this to go through as it is unfair to the family owned pharmacies.



Manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Severe Weather, Possible Tornadoes Hit Regional Radio Listening Area Monday Night

Severe weather creating some possible tornadoes, rumbled thru the Regional Radio listening area Monday night, causing numerous tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.


Christian County saw at least 3 tornado warnings as a result of possible tornadoes reported by the National Weather Service near Edinburg and Stonington.  


Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews told Regional Radio listeners during our live coverage, that these storms came up in a hurry during the 9 o’clock hour.



The storms were part of a line that extended from Quincy to Champaign.  They continued triggering severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings into late Monday night.


Weather Service Says Severe Weather Possible This Afternoon and Tonight

Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews late this morning shared information with Regional Radio, that the National Weather Service in Lincoln is forecasting severe weather for our area this afternoon and tonight.

Specifically, the Weather Service says there is an enhanced threat for severe weather north of Interstate 72 thru tonight, and a slight threat between I-72 and I-70.

They added that for the Regional Radio listening area, the timing for severe weather is between 8 o'clock and midnight, saying the primary threat will be damaging winds, although they aren't ruling out large hail or a possible tornado.

Heavy rain is expected from these storms as well.  Areas south of a Litchfield to Effingham line have already received 4 to 6 inches the past 24 hours.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, watches and warnings.


Taylorville Police Investigating Weekend Death

Taylorville Police are investigating a Saturday death.

Police tell Regional Radio News that they were called to the 700 block of East Cleveland on Saturday afternoon at 5:29.  They found 45-year-old Daniel N. Fallin of Taylorville, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Fallin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police add that preliminary results of the investigation are consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as the cause of death.

Taylorville Police are being assisted in the investgation by the Christian County Coroner's Office.


Property Tax Relief Force Ready to Work

Representatives will be back in session in Springfield before we know it as they will continue the fight to make Illinois a great place to live.


State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois, he says one of the first agendas on his calendar will be working with the property tax relief force.



While in some instances putting a team together like this can take some time to gel and find their groove Manar states he is not worried about this task force as they will be ready to hit the ground running.



Manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.



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