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PBT Announces Promotions & Changes To The Consumer Banking Department

Pana, IL: Peoples Bank & Trust has announced the promotion of four key employees, Susan Palliser, McKennah Dugger, Angela Horath, and Haylee Ishmael. 


Susan Palliser has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking in Waverly and Palmyra. Sue joined the Bank in October 2011 as a Consumer Banker and was later promoted to Consumer Banking Officer.  In her role, Palliser will provide leadership to deliver exemplary quality banking services to consumer banking customers in the Waverly and Palmyra branch areas. 


McKennah Dugger has been promoted to Consumer Banker in Springfield. Dugger joined the Bank in May 2018 as a part-time teller in our Waverly office. Dugger was promoted to a Customer Service Representative position in 2020. In her new role, Dugger will be responsible for providing courteous, individualized, and comprehensive banking services to consumer banking customers in the Springfield branch area.


Jeff Grimmett, AVP Consumer Banker in Waverly, Springfield, and Palmyra has taken on a new role as an AVP, Consumer Banker in Taylorville, Springfield, and Morrisonville. Grimmett is a native of Waverly and has been with the Waverly branch since 2004. Grimmett says he is passionate about customer service and will continue to offer his expertise to PBT customers.


In the Operations Department, Angela Horath has been promoted to AVP, Deposit Operations. Horath originally joined the Bank in 2015 in Altamont as a teller and was later a Customer Service Representative.  She took a year off in 2020 and returned as a bookkeeper in June 2021. Horath has lived in Altamont for nine years with her husband and three children. She currently works in both the Altamont and Pana branches.  In her new role, Horath is responsible for the administration and implementation of the bank’s bookkeeping/operations department. She looks forward to helping this department run smoothly and taking care of the needs and problems of our customers.


Haylee Ishmael, a part-time teller in Pana has taken a full-time bookkeeping position in the Deposit Operations area.  Ishmael joined the Bank in April 2022. She is a Pana native and a graduate of Pana Sr. High School.  


“The talents and abilities of our employees are very valuable to our team.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of people to serve our customers now and in the future,” said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO “and I’m very pleased Sue, McKennah, Jeff, Angela and Haylee have agreed to assume even greater responsibility in our organization.”


Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

Christian County 4-H Offers Summer Camp

Christian County 4-H offers Summer Camp!

That’s Youth Development Educator Sara Marten. She adds that it’s in a convenient, yet remote, location. 

You don’t have to be part of 4-H to enroll in Summer Camp. 

Marten provides the registration details. 

Learn more at the Camp Corral website, or extension.illinois.edu. 


Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

LLCC TaylorvilleOffering Microsoft Office Trainings

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville offering Microsoft Office training courses. 

That’s Dee Krueger, director of LLCC in Taylorville. 


She wants you to sign up now. Registration is open for Word training courses. She adds that you could learn a lot more than Microsoft Word if you wanted to. 

Krueger says that this is a great opportunity to re-establish or learn skills that make you more employable. Krueger adds this is especially true for Excel. 

Krueger says that registration is open through most of February. 

Again, learn more at llcc.edu. Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Rep. Halbrook Announces Town Hall Series Slated for February

State Representative Brad Halbrook announcing a series of February town halls.

State Rep. Halbrook provides details on each town hall. 

He asks that you RSVP for any town hall. 

State Rep. Halbrook details possible topics of discussion. 

Learn more at rephalbrook.com. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Victim Dies In Macoupin County Fire

A victim has died from a fire in rural Macoupin County.  Macoupin County Dispatch reported a structure fire on Washer Road in rural Macoupin County at 6:06 AM on January 31st.  It was unknown who was inside.  According to Mount Olive Fire Protection District Chief Donnie Nowell, four firefighters on two engines from U-7 Fire department and four firefighters on an engine and tender from Mt. Olive responded to the fire. 


Upon arrival, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office found a mobile home heavily consumed by fire.  After extinguishing the fire, a primary search was conducted and firefighters discovered a deceased victim. The coroner and Office of State Fire Marshal were contacted and at this time, the identity of the victim has not been released. Mt. Olive Fire Protection District, Unit 7 Fire Protection District, Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service, and Macoupin County Sherriff’s Office all responded to the fire. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as we receive it. 

State Rep. Halbrook Hosting Virtual Town Hall

State Representative Brad Halbrook hosting a virtual Town Hall this evening. 

He adds you can catch the recording on a streaming application for your phone. 

Rep. Halbrook says that he and four other legislators will discuss the Lame Duck Session. 

He adds that the town hall will also cover the Safe T Act. 

Learn more at rephalbrook.com. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Turner Named Chair Of Senate Agriculture Committee

 State Senator Doris Turner will serve as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee in the 103rd General Assembly.


“As a lifelong resident of Springfield, I understand the importance the agriculture industry plays in our daily lives,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Prioritizing farmers, encouraging students to learn about agriculture and uplifting the industry that puts food on our tables is vital.”


Turner served on the Senate Agriculture during the 102nd General Assembly. In December, she was awarded the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award from the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education in Springfield for her efforts in prioritizing the agriculture industry as a state legislator.


Turner previously led legislation to add agricultural sciences as a type of course that may be counted toward the requirement for three years of science in order to gain admission to an Illinois public university, and has been a staunch advocate of agricultural education. She believes it is crucial that today’s youth understand the ever-evolving and expanding agricultural industry with the knowledge gained through a current and progressive agricultural education.


“I will work to address the issues and concerns that face Illinois’ farming community,” Turner said. “Throughout Central Illinois and across the state, agriculture has a strong economic impact. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and stakeholders to better the lives of our farmers.”


For a full list of Turner’s committee assignments, click here

WTIM School Spotlight: Cowden-Herrick School District - A Story of Two Communities

Cowden-Herrick School District is a cooperative effort between communities. 


Superintendent Seth Schuler explains how it works. 

He says the district is there to assist students when it’s time to transition into a higher stage of learning. 

Schuler adds that none of what his district does is possible without an outstanding staff. 

Schuler says that his district received high praise for educating Grades 1-8. 

Schuler appeared as a guest on the WTIM School Spotlight from Cowden-Herrick School District. 

THS All-State Musicians Perform in Peoria

Taylorville High School had four musicians earn the designation of All-State Musician. Erica Edwards, flute and Mylie Corso, oboe in band and Jay Bliler, piano and Kai Albright, baritone saxophone in jazz band. These students represented THS in Peoria at the annual Illinois Music Education Conference All-State Festival January 25-28.


Erica Edwards performed in the ILMEA All State Honor Band directed by renowned band conductor Paula Rider. The ensemble performed Pacem by Robert Spittal, Symphony #3 Queen Mosaic: Mvt. 4 Renaissance du Printemps by Robert Buckley, Burning the Wicker Man by Julie Giroux, Downey Overture by Oscar Navarro and Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa.


Mylie Corso performed with the ILMEA All-State Band directed by Florida A&M University Director of Bands Shebly Chipman. The ensemble performed Eternal Memoir: Saga of the Lucky Dragon by Hirokazu Fukushima, Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew by James Curnow, Overcome by Bill Locklear and The Victors March by Karl L. King. Jay Bliler and Kai Albright performed with the ILMEA All-State Jazz Band directed by DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame member Jose Antonio Diaz. The ensemble performed Giddyup! By Rick Hirsch, Cubauza by Michael Philip Mossman, That’s Conrad by Jose Diaz and Blues for Stephanie by John Clayton Jr.


These four THS musicians earned the All-State designation through an audition process held statewide back in October 2022. Over 7000 students audition from around the state and around 1200 earn the All-State designation and get to perform at the ILMEA All-State Festival.

Pana Woman Sentenced For Retail Theft

A Pana, Illinois resident was sentenced to prison for retail theft with a prior forgery conviction.  43-year-old Sarah Carnahan of Pana was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of retail theft with a prior forgery conviction, a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in prison.  She also must pay a total of $3,240 in fines and court costs. 


On March 13, 2022, Carnahan took possession of miscellaneous items offered for sale at Walmart in Shelbyville, having a total value of less than $300 without paying the full retail value of the merchandise. An employee of Walmart witnessed Carnahan acting suspicious with two other suspects and alerted the Shelbyville Police Department.  Officer Eric Culberson responded to Walmart.  The Walmart employee then witnessed Carnahan take possession of a backpack offered for sale, place sunglasses and shoes inside, and cover the backpack with her coat.  Carnahan then exited the store.  The Walmart employee asked Carnahan to stop and she ignored him.  Officer Culberson then announced himself and Carnahan sprinted towards her vehicle.  Once apprehended, she confessed to the theft. The approximate value of the stolen items was $150. 
Carnahan has a prior 2019 conviction for the offense of forgery for which she received probation in Christian County.  


The case was investigated by the Shelbyville Police Department.

Cowden Resident Sentenced For Five Years In IDOC

A Cowden resident has been sentenced to five years in prison for unlawful possession of a stun gun, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and theft by deception.  Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke announced that 24-year-old Shenandoah Depew of Cowden was sentenced. 


The incident took place on April 30th, 2021, as a former deputy employed by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Depew as she exited McDonald’s parking lot in Shelbyville.  According to police, the deputy directed her to exit the vehicle to effect an arrest on an active arrest warrant.  Depew refused to exit the vehicle, stating the warrant was wrongfully issued and concealed the key to the vehicle in he bra.  A rubber tube containing meth was located during a search and a stun gun.  Depew had a revoked FOID card. 


On June 23rd, 2021, Depew knowingly and by deception obtained control over home furnishings offered for sale by Short Furniture, Shelbyville.  The value exceeded $500, a class 3 Felony with a sentencing range of 2-5 years in prison.  Depew purchased furnishings exceeding $3,000 by utilizing a check on a closed account.  The case was investigated by the Shelbyville Police Department.  Depew was sentenced to probation for a felony retail theft in a 2020 Coles County Case.  This is her first prison sentence. 

Taylorville Memorial Foundation Offers Scholarships

There are three scholarship opportunities available through Taylorville Memorial Foundation for 2023.  Local students are encouraged to apply for these various scholarships. The three scholarships are the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship, the John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship, and the D.r George Ferry Memorial Scholarship. 


The Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a Christian County High School and is enrolled in a two or four-year college or university.  Applicants must be in or have completed their first year in a nursing program.  The deadline is June 1st. 


The John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a central Illinois High School with priority for a  Christian County resident.  The applicant should have completed the first year in an agriscience or food nutrition program at a two or four-year college or university.  The deadline is June 1st.  


The Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship is awarded each sprin to two Taylorville High School graduates who plan to pursue a health care career.  Raedena Ryan, executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation, says that George Ferry contributed a lifetime of service, dedication, and commitment to his family, his practice, his community, and Taylorville Memorial Hospital. 


To view scholarship requirements and find scholarship applications, visit memorial.health/tmf. Completed application packets can be mailed to the Foundation at 201 East Pleasant Street, Taylorville, IL 62568 or email to tmhfoundation@mhsil.com.  For more information, contact the Foundation at 217-707-5271. 

Christian County Sheriff Details Sheriff's Association Scholarship

Here’s another reminder for High School seniors to submit applications for scholarships through the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. 

That’s Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. 


He says the deadline is March 15th. 

Every applicant must submit an essay on top of their other materials. Sheriff Kettelkamp says that a committee of retired teachers will pick a $500 scholarship winner. 


He shared a passage from last year’s winner. 

The Sheriff’s Association will announce the winners in April. Learn more at ilsheriff.org/youth-2.


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

'Soup'-er Bowl Sunday in Windsor, Feb. 12

Superbowl Sunday will features parties everywhere with drinks and food galore. 


Stacy Cole wants to invite you to the Windsor Souper Bowl Sunday – a fundraiser where you watch the Superbowl while enjoying soup. 

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 12th, at the Windsor Community Center. Learn more at lakeshelbyville.com/calendar. 


Cole appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

New General Assembly Means New Legislative Districts

With the new General Assembly taking their spots January 11th, the districts have officially shifted due to Census data. 


State Representative Brad Halbrook explains how this impacts Central Illinoisans. 

Learn more at rephalbrook.com. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Craig's Sporting Goods Conviently Located Near Lake Shelbyville

Craig’s Sporting Goods and Family Fun Center in Shelbyville has everything you need for outdoor excursions. 


Owner Cheryl Schultz wants you to check out the location convniently located near Lake Shelbyville. 

Schultz likes to give away free stuff. She gave away over $2,500 in merchandise over the weekend. 


Learn more on the Craig’s Sporting Goods and Family Fun Center in Shelbyville Facebook page. 

Shelby County Board To Hold Special Meeting To Appoint New State's Attorney

Shelby County Board will meet on January 30th at 7 PM in courtroom A for a special Shelby County Board meeting. The main priority of the meeting will be to fill the position of Shelby County State’s Attorney.  Former Shelby County State’s Attorney Nicole Kroncke announced her resignation in late December Kroncke says that she has accepted a position with the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, Special Prosecution Unit beginning February 1, 2023.


The board will vote on the recommendation for the Republican Central Committee for a new Shelby County State’s Attorney and also request a Judge to take action to fill the position until a new State’s Attorney can take the position full-time. The board will also vote to rescind action taken to approve AFSCME agreement proposal passed by the board and vote to approve the agreement proposal that has been agreed upon by the Shelby County Treasurer. 

4-H Inviting Youth to Join the Ride

Mid-winter is still a great time to sign up for 4-H. 


University of Illinois Christian County Youth Development Educator Sara Marten invites all kids ages 8 to 18 to join. 

Marten says 4-H’ers are preparing for the fair season this summer. Public Speaking is already ramping up. 

She invites family members or to observe the project presentations whenever they may happen. 

This is also a good time to think about signing your kid up for Summer Camp. Marten says everyone, not just 4-H members, are welcome to register. 

Learn more at extension.illinois.edu. Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

LLCC Taylorville Accepting Enrollment for Summer and College Now

Summer Quarter registration is open for Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville. 

Director of the Taylorville location Dee Krueger says that the location is adding a success coach. 

Krueger encourages high school students to check out College Now. 

You can even receive college credit for classes in the trades. 

Learn more at llcc.edu. Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Sheriff One of Dozens Declaring Assault Weapons Ban Unconstitutional

When the General Assembly passed an Assault Weapons ban in the early January Lame Duck session, over 80 sheriff’s joined together claiming they won’t enforce the law. 


One of them, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, doesn’t mince words. 

The ban prohibits the sale of firearms holding more than 15 rounds, or a long-barrel rifle holding more than ten rounds. If purchased before the bill became law, all owners must register the weapon with their FOID card. 


Sheriff Kettelkamp claims there’s no need for this law in Christian County. He says he sees very little gun violence in his jurisdiction. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp says that he believes the law only hurts lawful gun owners. 

He adds that his office will still enforce certain gun laws. 

The Protect Illinois Communities Act is facing legal challenges with over 800 plaintiffs joining in the lawsuit against the new law. 


Governor JB Pritzker has called the statewide resistance, “Political Grandstanding.”


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

Christian County Ag Group Accepting Applications from High School Seniors for Ag Scholarships

The Christian County Ag Group is again accepting applications from Christian County high school seniors who will be going to college this fall and majoring in an agriculture-related field.

This year, over 33-hundred dollars in scholarship money is available, thanks to a memorial gift from the family of the late Mark Roth who chaired the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The on-line application form is available HERE.



Taylorville Kiwanis Hear from Shelby Electric Co-op CEO About Rural Fiber at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about rural wireless and fiber internet from the CEO of Shelby Electric Cooperative at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Josh Shallenberger spoke to Kiwanis members about Shelby Electric’s Power-Net division that provides wireless internet to over 1500 rural homes and businesses in a multi-county area.


Shallenberger then showed maps and a proposal to apply for federal and state grants that would allow their Power-Net division to provide what’s called “Fiber to the Premise” or F-T-T-P fiber internet to their service area.  Their efforts to secure funding go back to 2020 and continued thru 2022.  Cost for the project as of March 2022 was some 12-point-8 million dollars.


He asked for the Kiwanis Club and other community groups, to submit letters of support for their efforts to bring fiber internet to rural customers in Shelby Electric’s service area.   He added it’s vital for continued economic development growth.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a 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. 

Late-January Winter Storm Serves Safety Reminders

While the worst of Wednesday’s winter storm is over, it serves as a good reminder to give snow plows plenty of space. 

Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says when winter conditions hit Central Illinois, workers of IDOT will be out in full force before, during, and after the storm. He adds this requires the public’s cooperation. 


Illinois State Police Director Brenden Kelly advises against traveling in winter conditions. He says even going the speed limit can be too fast for some winter storms. He adds that you should give yourself extra time to get where you’re going and give other drivers extra space. 


If you must travel, IDOT recommends checking current road conditions at GettingAroundIllinois.com, or follow IDOT on Facebook or Twitter. 

How To Spot Symptoms Of PTSD

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects more than just veterans. Over 12 million people every year are diagnosed with PTSD. According to the VA 6 out of 100 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their life. Dr. Ari Lakritz, a clinical psychologist at OSF Healthcare in Alton says that PTSD describes the development of symptoms following a traumatic event, either firsthand or secondhand. PTSD diagnosis can often begin with a triggering event. 



Those with PTSD may often be easily startled, irritable, and have trouble concentrating. PTSD can appear right away or months later. Treatment can vary widely depending on the person’s needs. Two evidenced-based methods he sees are cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy.  


Cognitive processing therapy has people challenge or modify their beliefs about trauma.



Prolonged exposure therapy is different and helps build up exposure to your triggers. Spending time with animals or picking up a new hobby are also options.



If you feel you have PTSD, make an appointment with a mental health provider. 

IAAF Announces 112th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its 112th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield last weekend. 


Every year, the IAAF names the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. 


This year, 20-year-old Paige Van Dyke of Lewisville took home the 63rd Miss Illinois County Fair Queen crown. She majoring in ag communications with a minor in special education at Oklahoma State University. 


Edgar County’s Caroline Smith earned the title of first runner up. Union County’s Avery Osman earned second runner up. 


Finalists included Allison Stewart of Macon County, Mackenzie Moyer of Macoupin County, Faith Maxwell of Pana Tri-County, Lauren Phillips of Christian County, and 11 others. 


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