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Amy Calvert Winans has announced her candidacy for reelection to the office of Christian County Coroner on Thursday.

Since being elected as Christian County Coroner in November of 2004, Calvert Winans has handled an increased number of coroner calls and updated the office with the addition of computer technology. She has made it a priority to focus on educating teens about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting while driving. She has organized and participated with the assistance of other agencies, "mock crashes" for high schools in the Pana, Taylorville, and Kincaid area. She has spoken to many school driver education classes, civic groups, and the local community college about the functions of the coroner's office.

'I am fortunate in Christian County to be able to work with great people such as local, county, and state law enforcement, medical personnel, and other county officials and their staff. I take great pride in my office and the deputies that represent me. We continue our commitment...care of the deceased, concern for the living. "

Calvert Winans graduated from Taylorville High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and has worked in the area of funeral service since 1994.

A lifelong resident of Christian County, Amy has been very active in her community. In 2009, she received the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Taylorville, Vision Way School Board, Illinois Coroner and Medical Examiner Association, Illinois Funeral Director Association, Illinois Department of Child and Family Services Child Death Review Team, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force, Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, SIU-C Committee member for the College of Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, and Christian County Democrat Women. She previously served on the Illinois Terroism Task Force and Illinois Suicide Prevention team. For several years, she has volunteered as Chillifest Craft and Vendor Chair. Amy has also worked with the Taylorville Home Tour Christmas Tea, Christian County YMCA Healthy Kid Campaign and Christian County Relay for Life.

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