Christian County State's Attorney Mike Havera was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Havera spoke about his just over 2 years of office as the county's top attorney, telling Kiwanis members about 2 specific improvements he's made since taking office. The first was the formation of the Christian County Major Crimes Task Force.
The second is the receipt of a federal grant to establish a Child Advocacy Center in Christian County, to be located in the Taylorville office of the Department of Children and Family Services, so that child victims don't have to go to Springfield to be questioned after an abuse case.
Hot topics Havera talked to the Kiwanis members about included why so many cases are continued, why certain cases are dismissed, and the continuing drug problem in the county.
Havera added that Christian County has more orders of protection per capita than any county in the state, and he sees many of those domestic abuse cases go thru his office.
Kiwanis attendance chairman Dick Wamsley presented certificates to those with perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings. Dean Ray was honored for 12 years of perfect attendance, Herman Altman with 10 years, Dan Sneed with 6 years, and Randal J. Miller with one year.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.