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Latest Sports News 8-31-12

>>Nats Crush Cardinals

(Washington, DC)  --  Bryce Harper homered and plated three runs as the Nationals crushed the Cardinals, 8-1, in the first of a three-game series.  Bryan Anderson scored on an error in the eighth for the
Cardinals, who have been outscored 22-1 during their three-game skid.  Jaime [[
HIGH-me ]] Garcia allowed six runs over five-and-a-third innings to fall to
3-and-6.  The Cards and Nats continue the series tonight.

>>Cubs Rally Past Milwaukee

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alfonso Soriano clubbed a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a
12-11 win over the Brewers.  Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo also plated runs
in the decisive frame for Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide to salvage
the finale of a four-game set at Wrigley Field.  Carlos Marmol registered the
win.  The Northsiders open up a three-game series against the San Francisco
Giants this afternoon in the Windy City.

>>Britton Helps Baltimore Bury ChiSox

(Baltimore, MD)  --  The Orioles edged the White Sox, 5-3, yesterday afternoon at Camden Yards.  Alexei
Ramirez knocked in two runs and Gordon Beckham plated another for Chicago.  Jose
Quintana gave up all five runs through three-and-two-third innings of duty to
absorb the loss.  The Southsiders kick off a three-game series at Detroit this
evening.  Jake Peavy is expected to toe the rubber against Doug Fister in the

>>Bears Win Preseason Finale

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Bears notched a 28-20 win over the Browns in their preseason finale.  Josh McCown threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.  Jay Cutler did not
play.  Chicago plays its regular-season opener on Sunday, September 9th against
the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field.

>>Rams Trounce Ravens

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The St. Louis Rams finished the preseason on a strong note defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 31-17.  Sam Bradford tossed three touchdowns and racked up 176 yards through the air,
while rookie running back Isaiah Pead rumbled for 58 yards.  The Rams start the
season Sunday, September 9th in Detroit against the Lions.

Area Arrests 8-31-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Kiwanis Club Had Speakers From Bear Creek Farms on Tuesday


Matthew and Debbie Daniels of Bear Creek Farms spoke to the Taylorville Kiwanis Club on Tuesday 8/28/12 about organic farming methods in use on their farm. Pictured Left to Right: Taylorville Kiwanian Joe Hauser, Matthew Daniels, Debbie Daniels, Taylorville Kiwanis President Matthew Richardson

Taylorville Movie Theater Still Possible

Will we or will we not have a movie theater open in Taylorville? Mayor Greg Brotherton says efforts to reopen the facility are still underway.

Preparations Underway for the Festival of Lights

Even though it is still months away, preparations are already underway for Shelbyville's Festival of Lights. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they can use your help.

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The Festival of Lights takes place at Forest Park in Shelbyville. It draws visitors from all over during the holiday season.

The Blend Accapella Group Venue Location Changed

Pana Fair Announcement:  The Blend Accapella Group venue has been changed tonight!  They will be performing at the Pana Junior High School Auditorium at 8pm tonight - moving location due to weather!

Local Football Scores

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville fell to Springfield High with a score of 40-13.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Warresnburg-Latham with a score of 14-6.

As heard on WMRK, Central A&M won against SOV with a score of 20-7.

Latest Sports News 8-30-12

>>Pirates Blank Cards

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Pedro Alvarez capped off an incredible series going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Pirates smoked the Cardinals, 5-0.  David Freese had two of the five hits for
the Cards in the loss.  Joe Kelly fell to 4-and-6 allowing five runs across five
innings.  The Cards head to the nation's capital for a four-game series against
the Nationals starting tonight.

>>Cards Make Roster Moves

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  The Cardinals made several roster moves before
last night's game in Pittsburgh.  The Cards recalled pitcher Trevor Rosenthal
and catcher Bryan Anderson from Triple-A Memphis.  To make room, they optioned
infielder Ryan Jackson and pitcher Brandon Duckworth back to Memphis.

>>Yadier Says Home Plate Collision Was Clean

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is calling Tuesday night's home plate
collision with the Pirates' Josh Harrison a clean play.  Molina strained his
left shoulder, back and neck on the play in which Harrison bowled him over but
was tagged out.  Molina hopes to return to action Friday.

>>Brewers Cut Down Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jean Segura singled in the go-ahead run and later scored on an error as the Brewers beat the Cubs, 3-1.  Darwin Barney had an RBI for the Cubs, who have dropped their last
eight meetings with the Brewers.  Jeff Samardzija fanned 10, but allowed three
runs, two earned, in seven innings to fall to 8-and-12.  The four-game set wraps
up this afternoon with Brooks Raley opposing Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum.

>>White Sox Rough Up O's

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Gordon Beckham had
three hits and three RBI as the White Sox routed the Orioles, 8-1.  Alexei
Ramirez had three hits, two runs and two RBI for Chicago, which had lost the
first two in the four-game series.  Dylan Axelrod fired seven-and-a-third
innings of three-hit, one-run ball to improve to 2-and-2.  Jose Quintana will be
on the bump against Zach Britton in the finale of the series this afternoon.

>>Bears In Cleveland

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Chicago Bears are on the road against the Cleveland Browns this evening in their
preseason finale.  The Bears are 2-and-1 this preseason.  They have won
back-to-back games against Washington and the New York Giants after dropping
their exhibition opener versus Denver.  Chicago plays its regular-season opener
on Sunday, September 9th against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field.

>>NFL To Open Season With Replacement Refs

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is using replacement referees to start the regular season.  NFL.com
reports the league has informed all 32 teams via memo that stand-in officials
used this preseason will be on the field when the Giants host the Cowboys next

Project 29 Holds Meeting Wednesday Night

Project 29 held a meeting on Wednesday evening talking about the construction on Route 29. Mike Bell the Co-Chair of Project 29 says that right now the crews are checking for underground utilities.

Pana Tri-County Fair Begins

Pana Tri-County Fair Opens

 /> The Pana Tri-County Fair opened wednesday evening starting six days of fun and entertainment for the family. Opening night featured the Little Miss, Jr. Miss and Queen pagent in the grandstand with entrants from all three counties.</p>
<p>Other events featured thru Monday will be tractor pulls, harness racing, truck pulls mud drags and a demo derby. Friday will feature a performance by the acapella group Blend. Mondays highlight will be the Labor Day parade in downtown Pana starting at 10:00 am.</p>						</div>

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Latest Sports News 8-29-12

>>Pirates Crush Cardinals

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Pedro Alvarez
homered twice as part of a four-hit, four-RBI night to lead the Pirates in a 9-0
rout of the Cardinals.  Jake Westbrook was shelled for seven runs and 11 hits in
five innings to fall to 13-and-10.  St. Louis lost for only the second time in
its last eight contests.  Cards catcher Yadier Molina left after a collision
with Josh Harrison in the second inning.  The series wraps up this evening when
Joe Kelly takes the mound against Wandy Rodriguez.

>>Molina Exits After Brutal Collision

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh after a violent collision at home plate with Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison.  The play happened in the second
inning on a basehit to right field.  Harrison attempted to score from second
when Carlos Beltran's throw caused a close play at the plate.  Later in the
game, Jake Westbrook plunked Harrison and warnings were issued to both benches. 
Molina has been diagnosed with upper back, shoulder and neck strains.

>>Brew Crew Downs Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jeff Bianchi hit a three-run homer to power the Brewers in a 4-1 win over the Cubs.  Travis Wood did all he could for Chicago, going seven innings and allowing three runs to
suffer the loss.  Wood also gave the Cubs their only run of the game with a solo
homer.  Chicago managed just three hits off Milwaukee pitching.  The Cubs have
lost two in-a-row and seven of their last nine.  Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh
]] gets the nod opposite Michael Fiers [[ FIRES ]] in this evening's third

>>Cubs Make Seven-Year Castro Deal Official

(Chicago, IL)  --  Starlin Castro will be in the Windy City for a while.  The Chicago Cubs officially agreed to a seven-year contract with the 22-year-old shortstop on Tuesday.  The "Chicago Tribune" is reporting the deal is worth $60-million, including a one-million-dollar buyout.  The pact also has
an option for an eighth season at $16-million and Castro will receive a
$6-million signing bonus.  Castro, a two-time All-Star, is hitting .276 with 12
homers and 63 RBI this season.  Last season, he became the youngest player to
lead the National League in hits with 207 at the age of 21.

>>Orioles Blank White Sox Behind Tillman

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Chris Tillman outshined Cy Young hopeful Chris Sale as the Orioles shutout the
White Sox, 6-0.  Tillman improved to 7-and-2 with seven frames of one-hit ball. 
Sale gave up four runs in as many innings and struggled with his command to fall
to 15-and-5.  Adam Dunn managed to reach base twice with a walk and a hit. 
Chicago has dropped the first two contests of the four-game series after winning
six in-a-row.  Dylan Axelrod will toe the rubber against Joe Saunders in
tonight's third installment.

>>Floyd Lands On DL

(Baltimore, MD)  --  The Chicago White Sox have placed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain.  The move is retroactive to August 27th.  The 29-year-old Floyd
left his last start on August 26th after two innings with elbow soreness.  Floyd
missed time in July due to tendinitis in his right elbow.  Floyd is 9-and-9 with
a 4.55 earned run average in 24 starts this season for the White Sox.

>>Rams Gear Up For Baltimore

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams are gearing up for their final preseason contest tomorrow night against the
Baltimore Ravens.  The game will provide a final test for many bubble players
looking to make the roster.  St. Louis will have to cut down to the
league-mandated 53-man roster by 8 p.m. Friday.  The Rams kick off the regular
season September 9th in Detroit against the Lions.

Area Arrests 8-29-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Webster C. Allen 38 of Tovey was arrested for domestic battery.

Katie N. McKenna 24 of Pana was arrested on 3 counts of reckless homicide.

Abigale A. house 24 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Emily A. Weddle 22 of Pana was arrested for theft, possession of stole property and obstructing justice.

Justin M.L. Caudle 21 of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor, aggravated battery and an unspecified statute. Caudle was also arrested for theft/possession of stolen property and burglary.

Heather M. Ashworth 20 of Pana was arrested for an unspecified statute and consumption of liquor.

Hornbuckle Says Chillifest Prep Is Well Underway

The Taylorville Chillifest is only about six weeks away now and plans are well underway. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, says the Chillifest Committee only has a couple more get togethers before the event.

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Find out more information at their website Chillifest.info.

Mayor To Announce Election Plans

While we are preoccupied with the upcoming November elections, we will soon be looking even farther ahead to this spring, when the local elections will be held.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton has not made any official announcement regarding his intentions but seems ready to run for a second term.

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Brotherton, a former Taylorville Chief of Police, was elected Mayor in 2009.

I-Cash Program Helps People Recover Forgotten Property

You may have some extra cash and not even know it. The I-Cash Program set up by the Illinois State Treasury Department can tell you whether or not you have some extra money lying around.

Latest Sports News 8-28-12

>>Cardinals Edge Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth as the Cardinals edged the Pirates, 4-3, in the first of a three-game series.  Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker each knocked in
a run for St. Louis, which has won two straight and six-of-seven.  Kyle Lohse [[
lowsh ]] singled in a run and tossed five innings of two-run ball to improve to
14-and-2.  Jason Motte got the final four outs for his 31st save.  The Cards
send Jake Westbrook to the mound this evening against James McDonald in the
middle contest of three.

>>Brewers Pound Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Milwaukee took a lead into the ninth and poured on nine runs to finish a rout of the Cubs, 15-4.  Brett Jackson hit a solo homer and Alfonso Soriano had a pair of hits with an RBI and
a run scored for Chicago.  Justin Germano gave up five runs in as many innings
to suffer the loss for the Cubs, who had won two-of-three.  The Cubs send Travis
Wood to the mound this evening against Yovanni Gallardo in the second contest of

>>O's Cool Off White Sox On McLouth's Homer

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Orioles to a 4-3 win
over the White Sox.  Baltimore set a club record with its 13th straight one-run
victory and has won three straight overall.  Brett Myers suffered the loss for
Chicago.  Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who had won
their previous six contests.  Chris Sale will toe the rubber against Chris
Tillman in tonight's second installment.

>>Rams Send Smith To Jets

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The Rams dealt right tackle Jason Smith to the New York Jets yesterday for fellow tackle Wayne Hunter.  The Rams picked Smith out of Baylor second overall in the 2009
draft.  He was benched in favor of Barry Richardson.  Hunter was also benched in
New York in favor of Austin Howard.

>>College Football Kicks Off This Week

(Undated)  --  The college football season starts later this week with games kicking off on Thursday.  
Illinois will start play on Saturday afternoon and play host to Western Michigan of the MAC. Missouri's season will start Saturday when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana of
the Southland Conference.

Area Arrests 8-28-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Pana Tri-County Fair Starts Tomorrow

The Pana Tri-County Fair starts tomorrow. Brian Jenkins the Treasurer of the Pana Tri-County Fair says that there is a lot going on out at the fair this year.

National Barber College Receives Gift From Former Student

The National Barber College in Taylorville recently received a gift from a former student. Barry Altevoght (alt-a-vot) donated a barber chair that replaced an old dentist chair that the college had previously been using.

Ovarian Cancer a Threat to Many Women

Ovarian cancer is a very dangerous and very difficult to detect form of cancer that women should watch out for.

Steve Turner with the American Cancer Society says that pap smears that detect cervical cancer cannot find ovarian cancer.

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Turner says that women should look out for some symptoms and talk to the doctor if symptoms continue.

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According to MSNBC.com ovarian cancer is the 9th most deadly cancer and kills on average over 10,000 women every year.

Cleeton's Sanitation Offering Pink T-Shirts That Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Cleeton’s Sanitation may have sold out of pink toter carts, but they have some other items that will help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  

Ed Cleeton the co-owner of Cleeton’s Sanitation says that you can get some apparel that will benefit the foundation.

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Cleeton says that the shirts have a special message on them.

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Cleeton says that all of the proceeds go to the foundation.

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Cleeton says that he wants to do this in future years.

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You can pick up the pink t-shirts at Cleeton’s Sanitation at 90 Harold Avenue in Tovey or at the Miller Media Group office in Taylorville at 918 East Park Street. You can contact Cleeton's Sanitation at 237-2112.

Chillifest to Feature Chilli-Eating Contest

Planning continues for this year's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the chamber, says this year the chilli-eating contest will be expanded.

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Entry forms for all events at this year's Chillifest can be found at chillifest.info. Chillifest takes place October 13th and 14th.

Latest Sports News 8-27-12

>>Cards Dump Reds

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to help the Cardinals beat the Reds, 8-2, on Sunday at the Great American Ball Park.  Matt Holliday was 4-for-5 with four
RBI, while Adam Wainwright improved to 13-and-10 after allowing just two runs
across five-and-two-third innings.  St. Louis took two of three from
Cincinnati.  The Redbirds start a three-game set in Pittsburgh tonight against
the Pirates.  Kyle Lohse gets the start against A.J. Burnett in the opener.

>>Cubs Blank Rockies

(Chicago, IL)  --  Darwin Barney knocked in two runs and scored another as the Cubs blanked the Rockies, 5-0, in a rain-shortened rubber match of a three-game set.  The game was called after
eight innings.  Chris Volstad tossed six-and-two-thirds shutout innings to snap
a 24-outing winless streak.  Volstad won for the first time since July 10th,
2011.  The Cubs open a four-game series with Milwaukee tonight at Wrigley
Field.  Justin Germano gets the start for Chicago against Marco Estrada.

>>White Sox Edge M's

(Chicago, IL)  --  Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning on Sunday as the Chicago White Sox wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3, rain-shortened
win at U.S. Cellular Field.  Play was stopped in the seventh inning and the game
was called following a wait of nearly two hours.  Kevin Youkilis added an RBI
triple and Jordan Danks had a sacrifice fly for the AL Central-leading White
Sox, who concluded a perfect six-game homestand.  It was their seventh perfect
homestand in franchise history.  Nate Jones was credited with the win.  The
Southsiders kick off a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles this
evening at Camden Yards.  Francisco Liriano will toe the rubber against Wei-Yin
Chen in the opener.

>>Rams Edged By Cowboys

(Arlington, TX)  --  Sam Bradford completed 6-of-17 passes for 64 yards as the Rams were edged by the Cowboys on Saturday night, 20-19.  Daryl Richardson ran for 51 yards on 10 carries and
Chase Reynolds ran for a touchdown.  Austin Pettis caught a touchdown pass in
the loss for the Rams.

>>Bears Place Hardin On IR; Knox On PUP

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears placed rookie safety Brandon Hardin on injured reserve and put
wide receiver Johnny Knox on the physically unable to perform list.  Hardin, a
third-round pick in the 2012 draft, sustained a neck injury August 18th in the
Bears' preseason win over the Washington Redskins.  Knox will be forced to miss
the first six weeks of the regular season.  Last December in a game against the
Seahawks, Knox suffered a serious back injury.  He needed surgery to stabilize a
vertebra in his mid-to-lower back.

>>Notre Dame Suspends Leading Rusher

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood has reportedly been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season.  According to the "South Bend Tribune," Wood
will miss Saturday's game against Navy in Ireland and a September 8th contest
against Purdue due to a violation of team rules.  The same report indicated
defensive end Justin Utupo will also miss the first two games for a violation of
team rules.  Wood rushed for a team-high 1,102 yards last season and scored nine
times on the ground.  He also caught 27 passes for 189 yards.  Notre Dame will
also be without junior quarterback Tommy Rees and senior inside linebacker Carlo
Calabrese against Navy due to previously handed-down suspensions.

>>SLU Basketball Coach Majerus Takes Medical Leave

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball coach Rick Majerus [[
muh-JARE-us ]] is taking a medical leave of absence and will not coach this
season.  Athletic Director Chris May issued a statement Friday saying Majerus is
in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing
heart condition.  Assistant Jim Crews has been named interim coach.  The
64-year-old Majerus has been at SLU the last five years.  He previously resigned
at the University of Utah over health concerns in 2004.  Majerus also missed one
game last season for health reasons.

Area Arrests 8-27-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Two Arrested for Underage Drinking at Lake Taylorville

On Saturday night officers arrived to investigate possible underage drinking at cabin #4. After investigation Amber M. Mast 19 of Moweaqua and a 17 year old male juvenile were both arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol. Both were transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

Mayhall Touts Balloon Fest and Scarecrow Daze

One of Shelbyville's biggest weekends of the year is coming up. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says that the Balloon Fest is now part of the Scarecrow Daze weekend and they are looking for sponsors.

Taylorville Man Dies of Apparent Suicide

The Christian County Sheriff's Office and the Christian County Coroner's Office are investigating the apparent suicide of a local man.

According to reports, Christian County 911 got a medical emergency call around 10:30 Sunday morning. Sheriff's Deputies, Taylorville Police, Illinois State Police and the Coroner's Office responded.

When they got there, they reportedly found Carl Eugene Tucker 54 of Taylorville dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. If you know anything about the incident, you are asked to call the Christian County Sheriff's Office at 824-4961.

Debate Gets Heated at Taylorville Park Board Meeting


The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday night and many important issues were discussed. The most heated and important issue discussed at the meeting was the issue of the Durbin family reunion and how the Durbin family had a member stay in the park so they could set up the tables for their reunion the next morning.

Tony Rouleau of the Durbin family explained the situation to the board members.

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Board Attorney Robert Broverman explained the ordinances that could stop Rouleau from staying in the park in future years.

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Board President Marlane Miller and Board Vice President and Trustee Don Bragg got a bit heated when talking about this issue.

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It was decided at the meeting that there will be a special meeting that will discuss the ordinances.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the issue of a cheerleading team that was chosen to perform in the Philadelphia Parade on Thanksgiving and the event will be televised. The only problem is that the team is $5800 short of their goal to make the trip.

So the cheerleaders, Brooke Burke, Kodi Smith and Sierra Beck went to meeting and asked the board members for some donations.

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Many board members donated as individuals to the cheerleaders as they did not want to donate park money to the cheerleaders. If you want to donate some money to the cheerleaders so they can make the trip to Philadelphia you can contact Diana Smith at 820-5674.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the trees in the park and how they can be kept in good condition for years to come.

Kevin Carlen a Certified Arborist who works for Shelby Electric Cooperative says that if the board pays him mileage he would be happy to help them with the trees.

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The park board voted unanimously for Carlen to help work on the trees with the park paying Carlen mileage.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was to dedicate the east ball diamond at Manner’s Park to Terry Huffines who announced many games at that field. Also the board decided to dedicate a bench where Huffines used to sit to announce the games. This motion passed unanimously at the meeting. There was a dedication tentatively scheduled for April to rename the field to Huffines Field.

The next Taylorville Park Board meeting is scheduled for September 24th.  

Taylorville Memorial Hospital to Get Some Renovations

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is going to be using the old ER area in a way that will make it more convenient for patients.

Dan Raab President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, says that the old ER will be changed to a new clinical laboratory.

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Raab says that it is very important that this new clinical laboratory is convenient for patients.

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Raab says that this new laboratory should be up and running by the end of October.

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The Taylorville Memorial Hospital is located at 201 East Pleasant Street and you can contact them at 824-3331.

Latest Sports News 8-24-12

>>Cards Crush Houston
(St. Louis, MO)  --  David Freese ripped a three-run homer and had four RBI as the Cardinals crushed the Astros, 13-4.  Matt Holliday drove in four and Allen Craig added three RBI for St. Louis, which swept the three-game set from Houston.  Jake Westbrook gave up five runs in as many innings but hung around to improve to 13-and-9.  The Cards head to Cincinnati for a big three-game weekend series against the Reds.  Lance Lynn gets the start tonight against Mat Latos.

>>Cubs Start Set With Rockies
(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Cubs open up a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies this afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] gets the nod opposite Drew Pomeranz in the opener.  The Northsiders have dropped four straight and were swept in a three-game series in their last set at Milwaukee.

>>White Sox Host M's
(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox are back on the diamond this evening as they kick off a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at The Cell.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Jason Vargas in the opener.  The Southsiders are coming off a three-game sweep over the New York Yankees to improve to 68-and-55 on the season.

>>Bears In Big Apple
(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The Chicago Bears continue their preseason schedule this evening against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.  The Bears are coming off a 33-31 win over the Washington Redskins last Saturday in their second exhibition contest.  They lost their opener versus Denver.  Chicago wraps up its preseason slate next Thursday at Cleveland.

>>Rams Set To Face Dallas Tomorrow
(Arlington, TX)  --  The Rams head to Texas tomorrow to face the Cowboys in their third preseason matchup.  St. Louis defeated the Chiefs last week to win the Governor's Cup and improve to 1-and-1 this preseason.  The Rams close out the preseason next Thursday when they host Baltimore.  The regular season gets underway September 9th when St. Louis heads to Detroit to face the Lions.

>>NHLPA, League Break Off Talks Till Next Week
(Toronto, Ontario)  --  The league and NHLPA have ended Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in Toronto until next week.  NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the two sides remain far apart on key financial elements.  The union on Thursday made a proposal regarding contract issues.  Among the topics discussed were waiver rules, the college draft, items related to buyouts and bringing the postseason player's pool back to the level it was before the last lockout in 2004-05.  The current CBA expires September 15th, and Bettman has publicly stated the NHL will lock out the players if a new deal is not struck by then.

Area Arrests 8-24-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrest.

Gowin Parc Taylorville Construction Going Well

A new business helping people with Alzheimer’s is coming to Taylorville. Gowin Parc already has two locations right now in Mattoon and Pana.

Theresa Gowin, co-owner of Gowin Parc says that construction is ahead of schedule on the new site.

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Gowin also says the hiring process is going really well.

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The new Gowin Parc in Taylorville will be located at 920 McAdam Drive near the Christian County YMCA and the business is scheduled to open at the end of October or beginning of November.

Taylorville Fire Department Responds to House Fire In Jeisyville

On Wednesday afternoon the Taylorville Fire Department were called for a house fire at 718 East 1500 North Road in the Jeisyville area.

After arrival the Taylorville Fire Department noticed that the ranch style house was fully engulfed in flames with some exposure on the south side of the house. One line of firefighters went into the exposure to extinguish the fire.

The Taylorville Fire Department used mutual aid from Midland Fire Department, Pana Fire Department, Stonington Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, and the Owaneco Fire Department for man power and tankers.

The Taylorville Fire Department arrived at the fire at 2:58 pm and the fire was controlled at 5:42 pm. The last fire unit was cleared at 6:45 pm.

Glenwood beats Taylorville

As heard of WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes fell to Glenwood with a final score of 0-42

Three Vehicle Accident Occurs in the Intersection of Cherokee and Park Street Wednesday Morning

Yesterday morning there was a three vehicle accident in the intersection of Park and Cherokee Street in Taylorville.

Zachary C. Cunningham 26 of Taylorville was going west on East Park Street in when he approached the intersection of Park and Cherokee Street.

Cunningham said he had the green light and proceeded into the intersection when Rebecca L. Hoskins 40 of Taylorville drove in front of him.

Cunningham said he struck Hoskins, and then struck Thomas G. Harris 22 of Taylorville who was stopped at the intersection.

Hoskins said she had the green light and was headed north on Cherokee Street when Cunningham hit her on the driver's side of her 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer. Hoskins said she tried to avoid Harris, but couldn't get her vehicle to turn.

Hoskins 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer was towed from the scene of the accident and there were some injuries to two teenage juveniles in Hoskins vehicle.


Deadline for Lunch and Learn Looming

The deadline to sign up for a new program from the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is tomorrow night. Patty Hornbuckle President and CEO of the chamber says Lunch and Learn is coming up next week.

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Again, the chamber phone number is 824-4919, or you can stop by the offices on the south side of the Taylorville square.

Another Girls Night Out In Shelbyville

It is time for the ladies to have some time for themselves again. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there is another Girls Night Out program coming up:

Latest Sports News 8-23-12

>>Cardinals Double Up Astros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] tossed seven innings of two-run ball as the Cardinals doubled up the
Astros, 4-2.  Lohse allowed three hits while fanning three and walking none to
improve to 13-and-2.  Jason Motte earned his 29th save.  Jon Jay went 2-for-4
with a run and an RBI for the Cards, who have won the first two in the
three-game series.  Jake Westbrook gets the nod opposite Dallas Keuchel in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>Crew Clip Cubs

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Ryan Braun's solo home run in the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Brewers clipped the Cubs, 3-2, yesterday afternoon in Milwaukee.  David DeJesus and Bryan LaHair both
blasted solo homers for Chicago, which was swept in the three-game set at Miller
Park.  Travis Wood gave up all three runs in seven innings of work to suffer the
tough-luck loss.  The Northsiders are off today.  They return to Wrigley Field
tomorrow afternoon to open up a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. 
Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] gets the nod opposite Drew Pomeranz in the

>>Sale, ChiSox Clips Yanks

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chris Sale struck out 13 and allowed a single run over seven-and-two-thirds
frames to help the White Sox drop the Yankees, 2-1.  Sale improved to 15-and-4
for the home side, while Addison Reed locked up save number 23.  Alex Rios
drilled a solo home run for Chicago.  This is the first time since 1991 that the
White Sox swept the Yankees in a three-game home series.  The Southsiders are
off today.  They open up a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners tomorrow
evening at The Cell.  Jake Peavy will go up against Jason Vargas in the opener.

>>Report:  Bears' Urlacher Got Treatment On Knee In Europe

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ ur-LOCK-er ]] reportedly had a non-invasive treatment on his injured knee in =Europe during the spring.  The "Chicago Tribune" reports that Urlacher went to the famous German-based founder of Regenokine therapy, Dr. Peter Wehling for the
treatment, which takes five days and involves several injections.  Other
professional athletes, including Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and Lakers' Kobe Bryant
have had the treatment.  Urlacher, who sprained the MCL and PCL in his knee
during last year's season-finale, remains sidelined after undergoing a scope of
his knee last week.  The Bears are hopeful the All-Pro linebacker will be back
on the field for the team's September 9th regular-season opener against the
Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field.

>>Rams Get Ready For Cowboys

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams will be in "Big D" Saturday to play Dallas in their third preseason game.  The Rams were blasted 38-3 at Indianapolis in their exhibition opener, but bounced back to
beat Kansas City 31-17 this past weekend.  The preseason finale is Thursday
against Baltimore. 

Area Arrests 8-23-12

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Latest Sports News 8-22-12

>>Cardinals Crush Hapless Astros
(St. Louis, MO)  --  Adam Wainwright tossed a five-hitter as the Cardinals clobbered the Astros, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series.  Wainwright struck out 12 and walked only one to improve to 12-and-10.  Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Cards, who have won two-of-three.  Skip Schumaker smacked a two-run single in the victory.  The series continues tonight, with Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] facing Bud Norris.

>>Brewers Hold Off Cubs
(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Marco Estrada struck out nine over six shutout innings as the Brewers held off the Cubs, 5-3. Milwaukee has won the first two in the three-game set.  Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro each plated a run in the ninth for the Cubs, who have dropped five-of-six.  Chris Rusin allowed only a run on one hit and two walks in five innings to take the tough-luck loss in his first MLB start.  Travis Wood will toe the rubber against Yovani Gallardo [[ GUY-are-doh ]] in this afternoon's series finale.

>>Youkilis' Slam Leads White Sox Past Yankees
(Chicago, IL)  --  Kevin Youkilis smacked a grand slam to lead the White Sox in a 7-3 win over the Yankees.  Paul Konerko added a solo shot, while A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham both plated a run and scored a run for the White Sox, who will go for the three-game sweep tonight.  Francisco Liriano struck out seven over six innings of two-run ball as he improved to 5-and-10.  Chris Sale gets the nod opposite Phil Hughes in tonight's series finale.

>>Report:  Bears To Work Out Punter Matt Dodge
(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears reportedly brought in free-agent punter Matt Dodge for a tryout yesterday.  Dodge was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by the New York Giants.  The Giants released Dodge at the end of preseason last year.  The Bears need some depth at the punter position after Adam Podlesh suffered a hip flexor injury in last Saturday's win over Washington.  The only other punter on the team's roster in undrafted rookie free agent Ryan Quigley.  Chicago continues its exhibition slate on Friday evening at the Giants.

>>Rams Get Bodies Back

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams continue to gear up for Saturday's preseason game at Dallas.  Center Scott Wells, receiver Brandon Gibson and safety Darian Stewart are among the injured that have returned to practice.  The Rams' final exhibition game is a week from tomorrow against Baltimore.
>>Colts Make Deal With Rams
(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Colts made a trade with the Rams last night.  Indianapolis acquired cornerback Josh Gordy from St. Louis in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2014.  Gordy had 43 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Accident Early Wednesday Morning in Taylorville

There was a vehicle accident early this Wednesday morning in Taylorville in the intersection of Park and Cherokee Street. A Mitsubishi Lancer was towed from the scene of the accident.

Latest Sports News 8-21-12

>>Cardinals Host Astros
(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals host the Astros tonight in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals have lost three-of-four and are third in the NL Central at 65-and-56.  Houston has the worst record in baseball at 39-and-83.  The Astros just fired manager Brad Mills on Saturday.

>>Brewers Cruise Past Cubs
(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez hit back-to-back homers during an eight-run fifth inning as the Brewers cruised past the Cubs, 9-5.  Josh Vitters went deep and David DeJesus knocked in two for the Cubs, who have dropped four-of-five.  Justin Germano was rocked for seven runs in four-and-two-thirds as he fell to 2-and-3.  The second game of the series is tonight, with Chris Rusin opposing Marco Estrada.

>>White Sox Use Homers To Bounce Bombers
(Chicago, IL)  --  The White Sox used homers in three consecutive innings to defeat the Yankees, 9-6.  Gordon Beckham's solo shot tied things in the sixth and Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run bomb in the seventh to give Chicago the lead.  Adam Dunn added his MLB-leading 36th roundtripper of the season in the eighth inning.  DeWayne Wise also hit a two-run shot for the Sox, who snapped a three-game slide.  Brett Myers picked up the win while Addison Reed locked up his 22nd save.  Francisco Liriano will toe the rubber against Ivan Nova in tonight's second installment.

>>Bears Make Roster Moves
(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears made a pair of roster moves on Monday.  The Bears signed safety Mark LeGree and waived linebacker Ronnie Thornton.  Chicago continues its exhibition slate on Friday evening at the New York Giants.

>>Rams Gear Up For Cowboys
(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams play their third game of the preseason this Saturday at Dallas.  They bounced back from an ugly 38-3 loss at Indianapolis by beating Kansas City 31-17 at home this past Saturday.  The Rams will wrap up preseason play a week from Thursday at home against Baltimore.

Podeschi Says Extension Programs Are Coming Up

The Christian County Extension Office is offering some programs coming up. Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says the Telenet Series gets started next week.

Springfield Foxes Beat the Indiana Mustangs and Will Face Off Against the Chicago Thunder Saturday

 width=A battle for playoff positioning took place in Indianapolis Saturday night as the Foxes traveled to take on the Indiana Mustangs. Both teams came into the contest 4-1 in MSFL play, and looking to better position themselves for the playoffs, which start in just two weeks.

As the game began, it appeared as though it would be a long night for the visiting Foxes 7-1 (5-1) as the Mustangs took the opening drive and used the running game to go ahead 7-0. On the Foxes opening drive, they would go to the ground game, even without leading rusher Courtney Molten in the lineup. Carleston Acres, 73 yards on 10 carries, would get the football early, and fumble after it appeared he was down by contact. The Mustangs would return it back to the Foxes 1 yard line, setting up their next score, to go ahead 13-0 after the failed extra point.

As the second quarter began, the Foxes would march down the field and cap the drive with a 5 yard by quarterback Drew Fendrich. Following the PAT, the Foxes would pull to within 6. The momentum appeared to be shifting as the Foxes defense would stop the Mustangs and give the ball back to Fendrich and the offense. The momentum would shift once again as the Mustangs picked off a Fendrich pass and returned it to the end zone, pulling ahead 20-7, trying to break the Foxes spirit. The Foxes would use that score as a rallying point for the remainder of the game. Lance Still would pick off a Mustang pass, giving the ball back to the Foxes offense.  The Foxes would turn that into a score with a touchdown pass from Fendrich to Chris Hampton for 30 yards, pulling the Foxes within 5, down 20-15 after the 2 point conversion toss from David Bricker to Jamel Ward. The score heading into the locker room would be 20-15.

As the second half began, there was little doubt as to which team wanted to win this game more. The connection that everyone has seen a lot of this year, Fendrich to Hampton, would help put this game away. The Foxes started the half off with the ball, and Fendrich would once again hook up with Chris Hampton for a 27 yard score, after the failed PAT, the Foxes would be up 21-20. The Foxes defense would get on the field and after some penalties, would have the Mustangs backed up against their own goal line. Darion Phiffer would come up big and record the safety, giving the Foxes a 23-20 lead. After the free kick following the safety, the Foxes would go to the ground for the next touchdown. Darin Utley, who finished with 115 yards on 11 carries, would punch the ball in from the 3 yard line, giving the Foxes some breathing room after the PAT, 30-20.The Mustangs would keep it close, running the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown, after hitting on the 2 point conversion, the Mustangs pulled within 30-28. Again, the momentum looked to have jumped from the one team to another, until Drew Fendrich would find Chris Hampton for yet another score, this one from 38 yards out. The Foxes would miss the extra point, but remain ahead 36-28 as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

In the fourth quarter, the defense would finish off the Mustangs, as the offense would tack on yet another touchdown to the final score. LB Craig Rolfe would pick off the Mustangs and return it 46 yards, giving the ball back to the offense, but the foxes would be forced to punt. The Mustangs, after the Foxes punt, would once again be backed up against their own goal line. The Foxes, having the Mustangs pinned deep, went for the kill. Defensive back Garland Walton would record a sack and the safety, putting the Foxes up 38-28 with just minutes left in the game. After the

Mustang's second free kick following a safety, the Foxes would go to the ground game to get them inside the Mustang 40 yard line. Fendrich would take one more shot to the end zone, finding Rick Packingham for a 36 yard score, after the PAT the scoreboard would show the Foxes up 45-28.

While getting behind 20-15 was something this years Foxes had not experienced, some would say it was a good test with a great response. "Saturday night was a true test to the character of our team."  said Head Coach Jon Roe, who was pleased with the second half performance. Assistant coach Jason Kirkendoll added "Our special teams gave up too many yards this week, but the other two facets of the game stepped up."

The Foxes defense was led by Darion Phiffer's 8 tackles, Eric Pugh and Garland Walton both recorded sacks, while Lance Still and Craig Rolfe each had an interception. On the offensive side, Drew Fendrich finished 12-22 for 290 yards and 4 touchdowns to 1 interception. Darin Utley, 115 yards and 1 touchdown, would lead the Foxes ground attack. Leading the receiving corp would once again be Chris Hampton with 4 catches for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Foxes return home to John B. Pacotti Field in Kincaid this Saturday night as they take on the Thunder from Chicago.  This is more than just another regular season game as the winner of this contest will be crowned the Northeast Division Champion and secure home field advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Coverage for the Springfield Foxes next game against the Chicago Thunder on Saturday will begin at 6:45 pm on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.


Box Score

Indianapolis, IN

                         1             2            3            4          F

Foxes              0              15          21          9         45    


Mustangs        13            7            8            0         28

Christian County Board Talks About Retiring Sheriff Deputy Greg Hosto

The Christian County Board met last evening and many important issues were discussed at the meeting. The meeting started off discussing the retirement of long time Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Hosto who has served Christian County for 32 years and has been the Chief Court Security Officer of the Christian County Courthouse since 1999.

Christian County Board Chairman Paul Schmitz says that Hosto has been very important to the Christian County Courthouse and Christian County as a whole.

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Also discussed at the meeting was a new position called the County Building Maintainer. Schmitz says that this position will oversee maintenance issues at all the county buildings.

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Schmitz says that he believes this new position could actually save the county money in future years.

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That motion to propose the new position passed with two nay votes by Lloyd Washburn and Joseph Marley.

Another issue talked about at the meeting was the County’s bulk gas usage. Schmitz says that this saves Christian County funds.

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Another matter discussed at the meeting was the transportation report in regards to the transportation service that has been in the works for many months. Schmitz says that he hopes to have the service set up by late spring.

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There will be a meeting discussing the service on Thursday at 6 pm in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

Other motions passed at the meeting included the approval to request to fill a secretary position in the probation office, the motion to accept the electric bid from Ameren for 4 cents per kilowatt hour. The county currently pays 6 cents per kilowatt hour and the changing in wording to allow gambling machines that the state allows in to bars in Christian County.

Again all those motions passed unanimously.

The next Christian County Board Meeting is scheduled for September 18th.  

Dine With a Doc Coming to the Shelby County Senior Center

An event is coming up at the Shelby County Senior Citizens Center called Dine with a Doc. Lori Aplin RN and Executive Director at Senior Education Ministries says that The Bible says to take care of the elderly and that’s what she wants to do.  

Latest Sports News 8-20-12

>>Pirates Beat Cardinals In 19-Inning Marathon

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 19th inning as the Pirates downed the Cardinals, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.  Carlos Beltran plated a pair of runs for the Cardinals.  Barret Browning was charged with the loss.  Jaime Garcia returned from the DL and struck out 10 over eight innings of two-run ball.  Both were unearned.  He had been out since June 5th.  The Cards begin a three-game series with the Astros tomorrow.

>>Reds Clip Cubs
(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Ryan Hanigan's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Reds to a 5-4 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon at the Great American Ball Park.  Alfonso Soriano plated a pair and Starlin Castro and David DeJesus also knocked in a run for Chicago.  Shawn Camp was saddled with the loss.  The Northsiders kick off a three-game series at Milwaukee this evening.  Justin Germano gets the nod opposite Mark Rogers in the opener.
>>Guthrie Flirts With No-No; Royals Top White Sox
(Kansas City, MO)  --  Jeremy Guthrie took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Salvador Perez' RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning as the Royals topped the White Sox, 5-2, yesterday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.  Guthrie, who gave up his first hit with two outs in the seventh on a controversial infield single by Paul Konerko, gave up two unearned runs in seven-and-a-third innings of duty but did not factor in the decision.  Both of Chicago's runs scored on an eighth inning error.  Jesse Crain was saddled with the loss for the ChiSox, who were swept in the three-game set.  The Southsiders return to The Cell this evening to open up a three-game series against the New York Yankees.  Gavin Floyd will toe the rubber against Freddy Garcia in the opener.

>>Bears Hold Off Redskins
(Chicago, IL)  --  Robbie Gould [[ gold ]] kicked the game-winning field goal from 57 yards out with 36 seconds left as the Chicago Bears edged the Washington Redskins, 33-31, in preseason action on Saturday at Solider Field.  Jay Cutler threw for 122 yards on 7-of-13 passing and backup signal-caller Jason Campbell tallied 141 yards on 9-of-15 passing.  Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] picked up 16 yards on the ground on four carries and Michael Bush ran for 21 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.  Brandon Marshall hauled in two passes for 61 yards and Devin Hester snagged two balls for 22 yards.  Rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery caught three passes for 62 yards in the victory.  Chicago continues its exhibition slate on Friday evening at the New York Giants.

>>Rams Roll Chiefs
(St. Louis, MO) -- Sam Bradford tossed for 102 yards and two scores as the Rams defeated the Chiefs, 31-17. The Rams were 21-of-29 passing as a team. Steven Jackson rushed for nearly 50 yards on seven carries.  St. Louis will meet the Cowboys in Texas on Saturday.

Springfield Foxes Beat the Lincoln Way Patriots On a Special Night

 width=On a night where the team was honoring 6 year old Allison Hill, the Foxes dedicated the game to her in a pre-game ceremony where she was given her own customized number 22 jersey. The Foxes then used that motivation to put up a strong fight of their own on the way to a 32-14 victory. This marked the first time the Foxes 6-1 (4-1) have beaten the Patriots 2-3 (2-3) since the two teams began playing each other in 2010, the Foxes inaugural year. On a night where more Foxes records would be broken, the defense would come up big in the second half to secure the victory.

The game would start in typical Foxes fashion, forcing a 3 and out, giving the high powered offense the ball early. After a 40 yard run by Courtney Molten, QB Drew Fendrich would hook up with Rick Packingham for a 27 yard touchdown pass, giving the Foxes a quick 6-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Patriots would connect on a long pass play, and would take their only lead of the night, going up 7-6 after PAT. As the second quarter begun, so did the Foxes offense, getting on the scoreboard twice, first with a 47 yard touchdown run by Molten. The Patriots would drive the ball inside the Foxes 20, only to miss the field goal and the chance to pull within 2 points. After the turnover on downs, the Foxes would mix it up and drive to the Patriots 5 yards line, where Fendrich would find RB Martez Turner for a touchdown pass and take a commanding 18-7 lead into the locker room.

The Foxes would have the ball coming out and would put on the aerial display once again with Fendrich hitting TE Jamel Ward for a 26 yard touchdown. The Partriots would not back down, completing another long pass for their second touchdown, pulling the score to 26-14. The defenses would take control from that point forward with very few points to be added after the first two drives of the half. The Patriots would stop the Foxes on the following drive, only to have the Foxes defense, number one in the entire MSFL, forced a fumble and killed any momentum they had at that point. "The defense stepped up big again tonight, allowing our offense to really get their wheels in motion, showing just how dangerous we can be." says Jason Kirkendoll, an assistant with the Foxes.

The fourth quarter would showcase the Foxes defense, as they would force two more turnovers to keep the Patriots out of the end zone. The Foxes offense wasn't quite done either, Fendrich would hook up with his favorite target this season, WR Chris Hampton, for a 41 yard touchdown completion to complete the scoring and give the Foxes a 32-14 victory.

Fendrich would end the night 11 -17 with 303 yards passing  and 4 touchdowns. Fendrich, who needed only 224 yards to break the single season Foxes record, became the teams all time yardage leader for a single season, with at least 3 more games left on the schedule. Molten would carry the ball only 9 times, but would finish with 127 yards and a touchdown, followed by Akeem Topps, who had one carry for 71 yards. Chris Hampton would lead the receiving corp once again, finishing the night with 3 catches for a touchdown and 143 yards. On the defensive side, Jae Russell and 3 others would lead the way with 6 tackles each. Aaron Wells would recover the 3rd quarter fumble for the Foxes, while Garland Walton would record an interception. Chris Lipscomb had the lone sack for the Foxes defense this week.

The Foxes will travel to take on the Mustangs from Indianapolis, Indiana this Saturday. Both teams come into the game with identical 4-1 league records, with more than just bragging rights on the line. Coach Kirkendoll added " This may not be a Divisional game, but it will count a lot when the playoff seeds are determined. Any team we can gain the tie breaker over is one step closer to that first round bye.." "As long as we keep putting up the numbers we do on offense, and playing hard nosed, hard hitting defense, we will continue to prove to the MSFL we are a contender."

The Foxes have been an underdog every week this season and things are the same heading to Indiana, where they are picked by league members to lose to the Mustangs.

The Foxes return home on August 25th to take on the Chicago Thunder, with the Division Championship on the line. All home games are broadcast on Taylorville's Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Foxes schedule and information are available on the team website, http://www.springfieldfoxes.com/.


Box Score

                      1              2             3          4           F

Patriots         7              0             7           0          14


Foxes           6              12          8           6          32





Taylorville Schools Superintendent Has Experience With County School Facility Tax

At a recent Taylorville School Board meeting the issue of a facility tax was brought to the attention of board members.

Taylorville Schools Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau says that this tax could help the district in many ways.

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Fuerstenau says that he has experience with the Iowa plan that this tax was based on

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The tax would not affect many items including vehicles, boats, RV’s, mobile homes, unprepared food, drugs, farm equipment, farm equipment parts and farm inputs.

Taylorville City Council Talks About the Cost of the Plane Crash

 width=The Taylorville City Council met last evening and many issues were discussed at the meeting. One issue brought up during the Mayor Updates by Mayor Greg Brotherton was the recent plane crash on Rich Street and a meeting that will discuss the response to the accident.

Brotherton says that the meeting will evaluate what was done correctly and incorrectly in response to the plane crash.

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Brotherton says that the accident did cost the city around 5 to 10 thousand dollars.

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Also brought up at the meeting was the increase in sewer tap permit fees.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV says that this increase will help pay for upkeep on the sewer.

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That ordinance passed unanimously 7-0 at the meeting.

Another ordinance at the meeting was to relocate three handicapped parking spaces in front of the Senior Citizens’ Center.

Alderman Walters says that this move is needed.

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That ordinance also passed unanimously at the meeting.

Other ordinances and resolutions passed at the meeting included.

A Resolution for Amendment No. 7 to Agree for Engineering Services with Benton & Associates, Inc. Related to Water System Improvements to the Cherokee Street Water Storage Tank

An Ordinance Authorizing the City to Enter Into Certain Annexation Agreements such as Water Annexations

An Ordinance Amending Title 6, Chapter 4, Section 1 of the Taylorville City Code

to Address Stop Signs at the Intersections of Haner Street and Taft Street, and Haner Street and Maxwell Street
An Ordinance  Rescinding Ordinance No. 3566 Entitled ‘An Ordinance Amending Title 6, Chapter 4, Section 3-1 of the Taylorville City Code Addressing No Parking on the North Side of Cleveland Street’

A Motion to allow the MINAS Morgul group permission to hold Autumn Wars on September 14th, 15th, and 16th at Lake Taylorville in the area west of the shed and north of the Shady Rest Campgrounds

A Motion to approve the request of Shawn Mitchell to allow a boat lift on Lake Lot #14 with Mr. Mitchell adhering to the Lake Lot Lease and approved plans

A Motion to allow Waterfowl Hunting on Lake Taylorville for the 2012/2013 Season with the same rules as last year and Deer Hunting (Bow only) on Lake Taylorville for the 2012 Season, except for October 6th and 7th due to Youth Hunting on the North end of the Lake, with the same rules as last year

A Motion to approve the recommendation of Duane Stock to extend the Airport Farmland

lease for Nation Farms for an additional four years at the current rental rate of $411.88 per acre with Nation Farms paying for limestone material and spreading costs necessary to raise the pH levels for better profitability

A Motion to select SIMEC as the City’s Electric Aggregation Consultant and forward the sample ordinance to the City Attorney for review

And a Motion to direct the City Attorney to amend Chapter 9 “Site Development Plan” 11-9-1, paragraph two (2) deleting “plan commission” and replacing with “City Engineer”

All of those motions passed unanimously at the meeting with 7-0 votes.

The next Taylorville City Council Meeting will be on September 3rd.

Taylorville Chillifest Commitee Meets; Detailed Planning Begins

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their monthly meeting Monday night at the Chamber board room. Committee members began the detailed planning for the event, which takes place on the Taylorville square October 13th and 14th.

Chamber president and C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News that the committee is an outstanding team that makes the event happen each year.

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Hornbuckle added that the most amazing thing she reported on during last night’s meeting, was that Cleeton Sanitation has stepped up to become the official waste handler for Chillifest this year.

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And, Hornbuckle says Chillifest will be rain-free this year.

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Entry forms for the many contests taking place during Chillifest weekend, including the Little Mister, Little Miss, Cutest Baby and 5K contests, as well as chilli competition, can all be found at chillifest.info.  Craft and food vendor forms can also be found there as well.

Assumption Tire Slasher Arrested

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 24 year old Bret Zuber of Assumption on the charges of Aggravated D.U.I., three counts of Burglary, two counts of Attempted Burglary, two counts of Arson and 46 counts of Criminal Damage to Property, this arrest comes from an investigation into a series of incidents. One of the incidents included 59 vehicle tires were slashed, that occurred in the Assumption area between June and July of this year.

Mr. Zuber was arrested on Tuesday, August 14th, by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office without incident. The arrest comes after an extensive investigation by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Zone 4 Investigations Unit, the Forensic Science Lab of Springfield, the Assumption Police Department, Christian County State’s Attorney and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Taylorville Students Head Back To School Tomorrow

It’s that time of year again, time for students of the Taylorville School District to go back to school. Taylorville Schools Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau says that citizens should watch out for students on school buses today.

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Fuerstenau also says that students will have a new period at Taylorville High School.

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Friday will be a shortened day at Taylorville Schools ending at 2:30 pm.

Sheriff Says Harvest Can Be Dangerous

It is harvest season, and that can sometimes mean harvest accidents. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says that being a farmer is the 4th most dangerous job.

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Kettlekamp also says that tractor accidents are the number one accident for farmers.

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If you want to go over the information for agriculture safety go to www.necasag.org.

Pension Reform Vote Upcoming Friday

The issue of pension reform has been a hot button for many politicians and today many assemblymen and women are going to talk about the matter in Springfield.

Mayor Brotherton Does Not Foresee Stage 2 Restrictions

The drought has been hurting many communities in Central Illinois and Taylorville is currently in a voluntary water restriction because of the dry conditions.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says that the water levels at Lake Taylorville are pretty good considering the conditions.

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Brotherton says that he does not foresee going into the second stage of the water restriction.

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Stage two of the plan would restrict watering lawns, use of water for cleaning buildings and use of fountains, among other things.

John Livesay Announces Retirement from First National Bank of Pana; Matt Beavers to Succeed

 width=John Livesay, President and CEO of First National Bank of Pana, today announced his retirement as President effective September 4th.  

The bank also announced today that Matthew Beavers has been named President and Chief Lending Officer effective September 4th.

 width=According to the bank, Matt is a veteran in commercial lending, with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Previously, he was Senior Vice President in the Commercial Lending Division of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, Decatur. Prior to joining First Mid, he spent 11 years in commercial lending for Busey Bank also in Decatur.

A native of Christian County, Matt grew up in Taylorville where he met his wife, Colleen, and currently reside in Mt. Zion, IL. They have three Children, Ryan (17), Nicole, (14), and Jacob (11).
Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. In addition, Matt plans to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in December. He is also a graduate of both the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Illinois School of Banking.

Currently, Matt is a board member for the Central Illinois Red Cross and the Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation. Matt is a past trustee for the Village of Mt. Zion; Board Member for the Mt. Zion Economic Development Commission; Mt. Zion Youth Basketball Board Member and past President; and a past member of the Decatur Home Builders Association. His community involvement includes Decatur Leadership Institute Class of 2005; Past Board Member of Central Illinois RMA; volunteer instructor and fund raiser for Junior Achievement; and past member of the Decatur Kiwanis.

Mr. Livesay has been with the bank for 27 years and plans to continue on as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer until March 2014.  Livesay has been active in the Pana community during his tenure as bank president, and has also been a member of the Lake Land College Foundation Board.

Latest Sports News 8-15-12

>>Cardinals Crush Diamondbacks

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Matt Holliday and Jon Jay each homered and plated two as the Cardinals crushed the
Diamondbacks, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game set.  Matt Carpenter laced a
pinch-hit, two-run double for St. Louis, which has won three-of-five.  Joe Kelly
struck out six over six-and-a-third innings of two-run ball to improve to
3-and-5.  The series continues at 6:40 on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM

>>Astros Clobber Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Brett Wallace and Fernando Martinez each clubbed three-run homers as the Astros clobbered the Cubs, 10-1.  Darwin Barney plated Chicago's only run on a fielder's choice in
the seventh.  Chris Volstad allowed four runs in five innings to fall to
0-and-9.  Justin Germano will be on the bump opposite Bud Norris in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>White Sox Edge Jays

(Toronto, Ontario)  --  Alejandro De Aza and Dewayne Wise each plated a run during a
three-run fifth inning as the White Sox edged the Blue Jays, 3-2.  De Aza also
scored the go-ahead run on an error.  Jose Quintana fired six-and-two-thirds
innings of two-run ball to improve to 5-and-2.  Addison Reed got the final four
outs to earn his 21st save.  Gavin Floyd goes up against Ricky Romero in
tonight's third installment.

>>Urlacher Undergoes Knee Procedure

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ URR-lock-er ]] is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to be ready for the season-opener in September.  According to the team's website, Urlacher had the procedure to help reduce swelling in his left knee.  He
suffered sprained ligaments in the knee in last season's finale against
Minnesota.  Urlacher said Sunday he intended to be ready for the opener against
Indianapolis despite missing about a week of workouts for what he and the team
said were personal reasons.

>>Chiefs Clash With Rams Saturday

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Chiefs will clash with the Rams in the Governor's Cup preseason contest in St. Louis on Saturday.  The affair will mark the 22nd preseason meeting between the teams. 
The Rams hold a 13-8 edge in the all-time exhibition series.

YMCA to Start Fall Programming Soon

School is going back in session on Friday for Taylorville and that means that the YMCA will be going to fall programming.

Drought Affecting Lawns Across Central Illinois

If you drive or walk around Central Illinois there is something you will immediately notice, dying lawns. Gwen Podeschi, Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension says that the recent rains have helped out some lawns.

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Podeschi says that you can check and see if you need to replace your lawn.

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Rain is scheduled to come down in today’s forecast.

Cleeton's Sanitation Sells All 300 Pink Containers for Breast Cancer Awareness

Cleeton’s Sanitation and the Miller Media Group recently partnered to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. Cleeton’s sold 15 of the 300 pink containers they purchased at this time last week.

Ed Cleeton owner of Cleeton’s Sanitation says that they have sold the rest of those containers.

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Cleeton says that he did not know how many people have been affected by breast cancer.

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Cleeton says that there are some other items people can purchase to help breast cancer awareness.

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Cleeton says that he can’t believe how quickly all the containers have been purchased.

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Cleeton also wanted to thank all the customers, the Miller Media Group and ABC Supply Company. If you want to contact Cleeton’s Sanitation you can call them at 237-2112 or go by their office at 90 Harold Avenue in Tovey.

Gowin Parc Holding Alzeheimer's Walk

Gowin Parc will be hosting an Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday with all of the proceeds of the walk going to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Theresa Gowin Co-Owner of Gowin Parc says that this event will be a little different than the national Alzheimers Walk.

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Gowin says that giving money for Alzheimer’s is essential to finding a cure.

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The event will include a 1 mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K if you want to sign up for the event you can contact Gowin Parc at 234-3003 or on their website gowinparc.com

Latest Sports News 8-14-12

>>Cardinals Host D'backs

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals begin a nine-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Diamondbacks.  Joe Kelly is slated to oppose Ian Kennedy in the series opener.  The Cards lost
two-of-three over the weekend in Philadelphia and have dropped four of their
last six games overall.

>>Descalso To Be Primary Second Baseman

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Expect to see Daniel Descalso's name penciled into
the starting lineup at second base quite a bit as the season moves forward. 
Manager Mike Matheny says Descalso's defense warrants him being in there most
days.  That will relegate Skip Schumaker to the utility role.

>>Cubs Bash Astros

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jeff Samardzija struck out 11 over seven frames of one-run ball to lead the Cubs in a 7-1 win
over the Astros.  Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano each hit a two-run homer for
Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide.  Chicago has lost 11 of its last 13
games.  Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo each added RBI singles in the win. 
The second of the three-game series is tonight, with Chris Volstad opposing
Lucas Harrell.

>>Blue Jays Top White Sox In 11th

(Toronto, Ontario)  --  David Cooper's RBI single in the 11th inning sent the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the
White Sox.  Casey Janssen blew just his second save of the season when Adam Dunn
connected on his second solo homer of the game in the ninth.  It was the 32nd
and 33rd homers of the year for Dunn who is up to 398 in his career.  Leyson
Septimo was charged with the loss for Chicago, which has lost four-of-six.  Jose
Quintana will go up against Henderson Alvarez in tonight's second installment.

>>Bears' Urlacher Will Be Ready For Season-Opener

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he will be ready for the
team's regular-season opener on September 9th against the Indianapolis Colts at
Soldier Field.  Urlacher has missed six straight workouts due to "personal
reasons," and did not attend last Thursday's preseason-opener against Denver. 
Urlacher still has soreness in his left knee.  He sprained his MCL and PCL
during last season's regular-season finale.

Autopsy Results for Fallen Pilot Brandon Sparrow Released

Autopsy results for 30 year old Brandon Sparrow of Augusta, IL the lone casualty and pilot from the recent plane crash in Taylorville were announced. According to Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans

Preliminary autopsy shows that Mr. Sparrow died from multiple injuries of the entire body due to an airplane crash, reportedly sustained as the pilot and sole occupant of the plane that crashed into the ground at a very high rate of speed.

The accident occurred on Rich Street in Taylorville at 11:25 on Saturday morning.

Two Arrested For Domestic Battery

On Sunday night officers were sent to 821 West England Street in reference to a domestic dispute. After investigation Michael Mellinger 42 of Taylorville and Missy G. Owens 37 of Taylorville were both arrested for domestic battery.

Man Arrested For Public Urination In Taylorville

On Saturday night officers were sent to First Class Liquors in regards to a male urinating in public. Officers later located Floyd R. Bandy 41 of Taylorville at his residence and Bandy was arrested for public urination and released on a notice to appear.

Investigation of Plane Crash Could Take 12 Months

The recent tragedy involving a plane crash on Rich Street is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Peter Knudson (ka-nude-son) Spokesperson for the NTSB says that an investigator will gather a lot of information for the investigation.

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Knudson says that an investigation can take a long time to be completed.

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The accident occurred on Rich Street at 11:25 Saturday morning and residents of houses in the area of the crash were evacuated until Sunday morning.

30 year old Brandon Sparrow of Augusta, IL the pilot of the plane was killed in the accident.

Latest Sports News 8-13-12

>>Phillies Walk Off On Cardinals

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Juan Pierre singled home Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the
Phillies an 8-7 win over the Cardinals.  Matt Carpenter was 4-for-6 with three
RBI for St. Louis.  Jon Jay added three runs and two RBI in defeat.  Barret
Browning suffered the loss.  The Cards return home to start a three-game set
with the Diamondbacks tomorrow night.  Joe Kelly gets the start against Ian
Kennedy in the opener.

>>Reds Blank Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Johnny Cueto dealt eight shutout innings to lead the Reds to a 3-0 win over
the Cubs.  The Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position on the day. 
Brooks Raley fell to 0-and-2 allowing three runs across six innings.  The Cubs
open a three-game set with the Astros tonight at Wrigley Field.  Jeff Samardzija
gets the start against Armando Galarraga.

>>ChiSox Sink A's

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chris Sale struck out 11 and gave up two runs in six-and-two-thirds frames to pace the White Sox to a 7-3 win over the Athletics.  A.J. Pierzynski blasted a two-run home run for Chicago,
which took two-of-three in the series.  Gordon Beckham also knocked in a pair
runs in the win.  The Southsiders kick off a four-game series at Toronto this
evening.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Charlie Villanueva in the

>>Bears Sign LB Adibi

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Xavier Adibi on Saturday.  The 27-year-old Virginia Tech product appeared in four games with Minnesota last season, following three
successful years with the Houston Texans, during which he totaled 68 tackles and
two forced fumbles in 34 games.  In addition, the Bears inked linebacker K.C.
Asiodu and defensive end Aston Whiteside, waived defensive  tackle Ronnie
Cameron and cornerback Jeremy Ware and placed defensive end Alex Brown on the
reserve/retired list.  Brown recently announced his retirement and wanted to do
it as a Bear.

>>Colts Crush Rams In Preseason Opener

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  First-overall pick Andrew Luck threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns in his
debut as the Indianapolis Colts pounded the Rams, 38-3, in the preseason opener
for both teams yesterday.  Sam Bradford threw for 57 yards on 7-of-9 passing in
his first game under the Rams' new head coach, Jeff Fisher.  Rookie Isaiah Pead
led the way for St. Louis on the ground with 33 yards while Steven Jackson had
17 yards on four carries.  The Rams welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to town
Saturday in their second preseason affair.

Mayor Thanks Residents For Helping Out After Plane Crash

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton is thanking those who helped in Saturday's plane crash. The mayor said those on the scene were grateful to residents of the neighborhood where the twin-engine plane went down just before 11:00 am.

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The mayor was also grateful to the coroner and others.

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The pilot of the plane, 30-year old Brandon Sparrow of Augusta Illinois was killed when the twin-engine Beechcraft nosedived into a yard near Rich Street in Taylorville. No one on the ground was injured.

Plane Did Not Dump Fuel

More information is coming to light regarding a fatal plane crash that occurred Saturday morning in a residential area of Taylorville.

Several eyewitnesses have said the aircraft was dumping fuel just before the impact, but authorities say the Beechcraft 18 twin engine plane did not have the ability to dump fuel.

An eyewitness says the pilot was nevertheless attempting to dump the fuel.

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The witness says his first reaction was to flee the scene.

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No one on the ground was injured, even though the impact shattered windows on nearby homes and reportedly left a four foot deep crater.

The pilot, 30 year old Brandon Sparrow of Augusta, Illinois was killed instantly and was pronounced dead on the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calver-Winans.

Local Business Owner Dies In Pay Loader Accident

The recent death of a local business owner has saddened many. 54 year old Glen Mathias of Altamont was a co-owner of the Villas of Hollybrook. According to the Effingham County Coroner on Saturday August 11th Mathias was run over by a pay loader while doing work on the track in front of the grandstand preparing it for the evening’s events.

Taylorville School Board Talks About New Tax That Could Help School Districts

The Taylorville School Board met last evening and many important issues were discussed. One of the most important issues brought up at the meeting was brought up by some visitors at the meeting.

Jim Burgett First Vice President and Sean McCarthy First Vice President of Stifel Nicolaus an investment banking company headquartered in St. Louis brought up a sales tax that could help the district.

The tax is called the County School Facility Tax and was passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2007 based on a plan that is used in Iowa.

Superintendent Greg Fuerstenau says that this tax is worth a second look.

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The tax revenue would go straight to the school district and the tax would be levied on everything except vehicles, boats, RV’s, mobile homes, unprepared food, drugs, farm equipment and parts and farm inputs. Some counties who have passed the tax include Champaign and Macon County.

Fuerstenau says that he wants to start to talk to other school districts in Christian County about the tax.

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Another issue brought up at the meeting was the new advisory period which will take place at the Taylorville High School daily for 36 minutes.

Fuerstenau says that this advisory period was made to help students be more successful.

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On Mondays the advisory period will include sustained reading, on Tuesdays and Thursdays the period will include organization or club meetings and on Wednesdays and Fridays the period will include student conference with their advisory period teacher.

Also brought up at the meeting was the 2012-13 Budget for the district. The district is anticipated to lose over $1.7 million in their education budget which will put the overall balance at the end of the 2013 fiscal year down to $3,033,853.

Fuerstenau says that the district will have to be patient when making future years budgets.

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The $1.7 million loss in the education budget is nearly the same amount that the State of Illinois owes the Taylorville School District.

Items passed at the meeting include.

A consideration of the need for continuation of the designated hazardous walking areas within the District as previously granted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the consideration of the Illinois State Board of Education Technology Loan Application, and the consideration of the contract facility agreement between Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and C.E.F.S Head Start Program for the 2012-13 Program year.

All of those items passed unanimously.

The next Taylorville School Board meeting is scheduled for September 10th and school is scheduled to start on August 17th.   


Major Francis M. Long Honored on Taylorville Square Sunday


On Sunday afternoon there was a ceremony held to honor Major Francis M. Long of Taylorville who fought and died in the Civil War for the Union.

Kip Johnson a speaker at the event and a Historian of the 41st Illinois Volunteer Infantry for which Long fought says that Long and the 41st had courage, valor and heroism.

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Johnson says that there are some parallels between the today’s service men and women and those who fought in the Civil War.

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The monument dedicated to Major Francis M. Long is on the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn. This monument is just across the street from P.S. Printing, where the Long House Hotel which Major Long worked at used to stand.

Nancy Martin Talks About Prevention and Symptoms of Swine Flu

There was a recent report of a child who was infected with a new strain of the swine flu after going to the Coles County Fair.

Nancy Martin, Administrator at the Christian County Health Department says there are some ways you can protect yourself from getting the swine flu.

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Martin says that there are some swine flu symptoms you should look out for.

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The Illinois State Fair has taken extra precautions after this swine flu case as they have increased the number of hand washing stations on the fairgrounds.

Plane Crashes Into Residential Section of Taylorville; Pilot Killed

 width=A Beachcraft 18 2-engine plane carrying parachutists from Taylorville Municipal Airport, crashed in a residential area of Taylorville at 11:25 Saturday morning, killing the pilot but the parachutists got out before the plane went down.

Tony Molinaro, a public information officer with the Federal Aviation Administration, told Regional Radio News that the skydivers were released before the plane crashed in the Rich Street area of Taylorville.  Molinaro said the pilot was the only person on board when the airplane went down, and he was killed.  

Molinaro added that investigators from the F-A-A will be on scene to complete their work, then turn over their findings to the National Transportation Safety Board for a determination as to why the plane went down.

At 7:35 Saturday night, Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans released the identity of the pilot. 30 year old Brandon Sparrow, of Augusta, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An autopsy will be scheduled Monday in Bloomington.

Firefighter Tom Campbell of the Taylorville Fire Department talked with Regional Radio News late Saturday afternoon and said while the plane did crash into a residential area, no one on the ground was injured:

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Campbell thanks the residents in the Rich Street area for their cooperation, and stressed the Taylorville Fire Department will allow them back into their homes as soon as possible.  

An area bordered by Cheney to Shumway, and Vandeveer to Prairie Streets, was blocked off by fire officials just after the crash Saturday morning, in order to allow F-A-A officials to complete their investigation.

Latest Sports News 8-10-12

>>Cards Clip Giants

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Carlos Beltran belted a two-run homer to back seven strong innings from Adam Wainwright as the Cardinals edged the Giants, 3-1.  Wainwright struck out seven and allowed just one run on
five hits to improve to 10-and-10 on the season.  Jason Motte [[ MOTT ]] closed
it out to nail down his 25th save.  Allen Craig added a sac-fly for St. Louis,
which snapped a two-game slide to salvage the finale of a three-game set at
Busch Stadium.  The Cards look to build on the win when they hit the road to
take on the Phillies tonight. 

>>Cubs Deal Reds Fifth Straight Loss

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cubs a 5-3 win over
the Reds in the first of a four-game series.  Starlin Castro laced a two-run
double to help Chicago stop its eight-game losing streak.  Shawn Camp was
credited with his third win.  Carlos Marmol earned his 14th save.  The series
continues between the two teams this afternoon.

>>'Stros Acquire Tyler Greene From Cards

(Houston, TX)  --  The Houston Astros have acquired infielder Tyler Greene from the St. Louis Cardinals
in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Greene, a
2005 first-round pick, has spent his entire four-year career with the
Cardinals.  In 77 games this season, the 28-year-old hit .218 with four home
runs and 19 RBI.

>>White Sox Host A's

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox open up a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics this evening at The Cell.  Gavin Floyd is expected to toe the rubber against Brandon McCarthy in the
opener.  The Southsiders dropped two-of-three to Kansas City in their last
series to fall to 60-and-50 on the season.

>>Bears Lose Preseason Opener

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bears suffered a 31-3 loss to the Broncos in their preseason opener at Soldier Field. 
Quarterback Jay Cutler did not play for the Bears.  Jason Campbell went 4-for-5
for 13 yards in the loss.  Chicago continues its preseason slate next Saturday
against Washington at Soldier Field.

One Local Business Fails Alcohol Compliance Check

On August 8th the Taylorville Police Department conducted random alcohol compliance checks with a number of businesses. All but one business were found to be in compliance.

The only business during the checks that was not in compliance was Kriegers. Brittany L. Kuhns 27, of Taylorville and an employee of Kriegers, were arrested for the sale of liquor to a minor. Kuhns was released on a notice to appear.

Lunch and Learn

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new series of events. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the chamber, says Lunch and Learn will give you a chance to learn something new without having to give up your entire day.

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Again, the first Lunch and Learn is tentaviely scheduled for August 29th. Call the Chamber if you have questions at 824-4919.

Local Sights at the Illinois State Fair

The Christian County 4H displayed their projects at the Illinois State Fair on opening day Friday. Jodi Heberling, 4H coordinator, says there are still things to see at the fair.

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The Illinois State Fair continues through August 19th at the fairgrounds in Springfield.

Latest Sports News 8-9-12

>>Giants Clobber Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam as part of a seven-RBI night as the Giants demolished the
Cardinals, 15-0.  Joe Kelly allowed seven runs, four earned, in five-plus
innings to fall to 2-and-5.  St. Louis was outhit 15-4 in the laugher.  The two
teams finish off a four-game series this afternoon. 

>>Padres Sweep Cubs

(San Diego, CA)  --  Clayton Richard tossed a five-hitter as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 2-0 win.  Jeff Samardzija fanned six, but allowed a run on four hits in seven innings to fall
to 7-and-10 with the tough-luck loss.  The Cubs have dropped eight straight. 
Chicago hosts the Reds for the first of four games tonight.

>>Royals Sneak By White Sox 

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jeremy Guthrie dealt eight innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts to lead the Royals to a 2-1 win over the White Sox.  A.J. Pierzynski plated the only run on a RBI single
in the ninth.  Jose Quintana fell to 4-and-2 despite only allowing two runs in
seven innings.  The Southsiders are off today.  They open up a three-game series
against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow evening at The Cell.

>>Bulls Sign Top Pick Teague

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bulls have signed first-round draft pick guard Marquis Teague.  The
Bulls selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  Per team
policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.  The 19-year-old Teague
started all 40 games in his only season at Kentucky and helped lead the Wildcats
to a 38-and-2 record and the 2012 NCAA National Championship.  The Indianapolis
native averaged 10 points and 4.8 assists per game during his freshman campaign.

>>Bears Host Broncos In Preseason Opener

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears kick off their preseason schedule this evening.  The Bears
host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field.  Chicago also plays
preseason contests against Washington, the New York Giants and Cleveland before
its regular-season opener on September 9th at home versus Indianapolis.  In
related team news, the Bears waived tight end Draylen Ross on Wednesday.

>>Hall Of Famer Sayers Talks Bounties

(Undated)  --  Former Chicago Bears running back and Hall of Famer Gale Sayers did his best to hold
back tears while talking about the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.  Sayers
was filming an interview with Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Wednesday.  Sayers
believes the Saints players and coaches should never be allowed back in the game
and should be jailed for their actions.

Area Arrests August 9, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrest.

Officers Arrest an Alleged Twenty Year Old Underage Drinker

Early Thursday morning officers noticed a male walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Pauline and Samuel Street. 20 year old Oliver J. Hunter of Taylorville was allegedly staggering and as officers approached him they realized he was holding a bottle of what appeared to be alcohol in his right hand.

Hit and Run Reported at Circle K in Taylorville

On Tuesday evening officers were sent to a hit and run. Officers spoke with Brittin P. Domonousky 18 of Taylorville and she said the hit and run happened at the Circle K gas station a few minutes prior.

Taylorville Garage Sales

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is putting on the first ever Taylorville City Wide Garage Sale starting this weekend.

Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber President and CEO, says because of the size of Taylorville, the sales will be split up over two weekends.

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The garage sales will take place Saturday and Sunday both weekends. Call the chamber at 824-4919 if you have questions.

Shelbyville Works Meeting Coming Up

An important meeting is coming up in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the annual meeting for Shelbyville Works is in a couple of weeks.

Meeting Coming Up on Tuesday About a Community Garden

There is something new that will be happening in the Taylorville area. There will be a meeting about having a community garden. The meeting will be at Davis Memorial Christian Church on Tuesday August 14th at 6:30 pm.

Latest Sports News 8-8-12

>>Giants Take Down Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Buster Posey belted a three-run homer in the first and the Giants notched a 4-2 win over the Cardinals.  Allen Craig homered twice for the Cards, who had their four-game
winning streak snapped.  Lance Lynn permitted all four runs during his six
innings of work to fall to 13-and-5.  Joe Kelly gets the nod opposite Ryan
Vogelsong in tonight's third installment.

>>Padres Thump Cubs

(San Diego, CA)  --  The Padres raced out to a 7-0 lead en route to a 7-4 win over the Cubs.  Josh Vitters smacked a pinch-hit, two-run single for the Cubs, who have lost seven straight.  Brooks Raley allowed
all seven runs in four innings to take the loss in his first MLB start.  Jeff
Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] gets the nod opposite Clayton Richard in this
evening's series finale.

>>Royals Top White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Billy Butler belted a two-run homer and Alex Gordon plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, as the Royals rallied for a 5-2 win over the White Sox.  Gordon Beckham homered and
Adam Dunn drove in the other run for the White Sox, who had won two in-a-row and
five-of-six coming in.  Jake Peavy allowed three runs in six-and-two-thirds as
he fell to 9-and-8.  Jose Quintana will go up against Jeremy Guthrie in
tonight's series finale.

>>Bears' Urlacher In Jeopardy Of Missing Preseason-Opener

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is
doubtful for tomorrow's preseason-opener against the Denver Broncos at Soldier
Field.  Urlacher missed his fifth straight practice on Monday for "personal
reasons."  Urlacher sprained the MCL and PCL in his left knee seven months ago
in the Bears' regular-season finale last season and the team is not going to
rush him bad too soon.

>>Webb, Carimi Named Bears Starting Offensive Tackles

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi
are the Bears' starting offensive tackles.  Chicago offensive coordinator Mike
Tice says Webb will get the starting nod on the left side and Carimi on the
right for the team's first preseason game tomorrow.  Carimi is still working his
way back after missing most of his rookie campaign last year with a knee
injury.  Webb started all 16 games last season at left tackle.  Veteran lineman
Chris Williams will also get looks on the right side until Carimi is fully

>>Illinois To Host Washington At Soldier Field In 2013

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini are returning to
Soldier Field next season.  Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announcement
Tuesday that the Illini will host the Washington Huskies on September 14th,
2013, at the historic home of the Chicago Bears.  It will mark just the second
time the Illini will play at Soldier Field as their only contest there was a
10-9 loss to Washington State in 1994.

Area Arrests August 8, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrest.

Officers Respond to Loud Music Call at Hershey Towers

On Saturday officers responded to a loud music call at Hershey Towers. Officers talked to the female tenant 20 year old Devon L. Rohdemann. Rohdemann was told of a noise complaint and during that officers talk with Rohdemann they noticed the smell of alcohol on her.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Help

Like almost all charitable organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters Christian County is seeing fewer donations because of the tough economy.

Vanessa Wiseman of BBBS says with school starting soon, they are in need of snack donations.

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If you would like to help, call 824-5531 or check out their new website at bbbscapitolregion.org.

Christian County 4-H Clover Club Helps Out the Troops

 width=The Christian County 4-H Clover Club has been helping out the troops. Linda Blakely the leader of the 4-H Clover Club says that the club sold some items at the Christian County Fair.

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Three members of the club will be at the Illinois State Fair on Friday representing Christian County those members are Brooke Bates, Alli Richards and Tanner Mickey.

Other 4-H members that participated include Chloe Grant, Connor Grant, Judd Bates, Claire Hunt, Drew Mickey, Grace Blakely, Joel Blakley, Christine Curvey, Joey Curvey, Meredith Thomas, Jacob Thomas, and Sarah Wright. All the proceeds that the 4-H Clover Club received will go to Soldier’s Angels.

Someone else who participated with the 4-H Clover Club selling those items is Rebecca Wiggins. Wiggins also had a project of her own. Wiggins has been doing a project that can help provide soldiers laptops that they need.

Wiggins says that the laptops are voice activated.  

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Wiggins says that she wanted to help the soldiers out.

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The project Wiggins participated in is called Laptops for Wounded Warriors.


Latest Sports News 8-7-12

>>Cards Crush Giants

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Jon Jay finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the Cardinals crushed the Giants, 8-2, for their seventh straight home win.  David Freese and pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter
also drove in two runs each for the Cards, who have won four in-a-row and
six-of-seven overall.  Jake Westbrook tossed six innings of two-run ball as he
improved to 11-and-8.  The four-game series continues tonight at 7:15 p.m.

>>Padres Blank Cubs

(San Diego, CA)  --  Eric Stults and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Padres blanked the Cubs, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game set.  Travis Wood allowed both runs in six innings to
fall to 4-and-8.  The Cubs have dropped six straight.  The two teams continue a
three-game series with the second installment this evening at Petco Park.

>>White Sox Double Up Royals

(Chicago, IL)  --  Gordon Beckham smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth as the White Sox doubled up the Royals, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.  Kevin Youkilis also had an RBI
double in the eighth, while Paul Konerko connected on a solo shot in the
seventh.  Chris Sale struck out seven over eight innings of two-run ball to
improve to 13-and-3.  Addison Reed logged his 20th save. Chicago has won two
straight and five-of-six.  Jake Peavy gets the nod opposite Bruce Chen in
tonight's second installment.

>>Bears Sign WR Davis To One-Year Deal

(Bournonnais, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Rashied Davis to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Devin Thomas on the reserve/left team list.  Davis spent
last season with the Detroit Lions, recording four receptions for 63 yards
through 11 games.  The 33-year-old played the first seven years of his career
with the Bears and has 92 career catches for 1,095 yards and five touchdowns
over 103 games with 15 starts.  Thomas announced his retirement on Sunday.  The
Bears play their first preseason game on Thursday against the Denver Broncos at
Soldier Field.

>>U.S. Men's Basketball Blasts Argentina

(London)  --  The United States men's basketball team used a 42-point third quarter to cruise to a 126-97
win over Argentina in its final preliminary contest at the Olympics.  Kevin
Durant scored a game-high 28 points as the Americans finished atop Group A at
5-and-0.  The U.S. will face Australia in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Power to Be Out In Windsor Area for 2 Hours

The power will be out for some residents in the Windsor area. The power will be out from 9 am till 11 am Tuesday morning. The reason for the power outage is because of a transformer that will be fixed at the Richland substation.

Area Arrests August 7, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Accident at the Route 104 and Route 29 Intersection

Thomas F. Mayes 38 of Taylorville was driving north on Route 29 when he entered the Route 29, Route 104 intersection. Mayes said he was struck by Owen L. Sharp 92 of Taylorville who was making a left turn in front of him.

Mayes said he thought he had the green light when he entered the intersection. Mayes flipped his 2000 Chevy Blazer on its side before coming to a rest in the middle of the intersection. The Blazer was towed from the scene.

Sharp said he was making a left turn at the intersection of Route 29 and Route 104 when Mayes ran a red light and struck him in the front end of his truck. Sharp also said Mayes was driving very fast and that he had the green light when he was making the left turn.

Sharp's 2007 Chevy Silverado had front driver's side damage. There were no injuries sustained from the accident.

Pension Issue to be Addressed Next Week

A special session of the legislature has been called for next week for the issue of pensions. Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks lawmakers will be able to agree on a plan to deal with the $83 million unfunded liability.

Mayor Brotherton Says No Tanning Laws

Several Central Illinois municipalities, including Springfield, have passed or are considering ordinances that limit tanning for teens.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says he does not think we need such an ordinance in Taylorville.

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It would be difficult for Taylorville to pass such an ordinance anyway because of the Home Rule laws.

Miller Media Group's groovy 93.5, Taylorville Kiwanis Raise $1337 During Annual Radiothon

           (Taylorville)—The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held its annual Radiothon fund-raiser for local children and youth projects on Tuesday, on Miller Media Group radio station groovy 93.5 in Taylorville.


          Kiwanis members secured sponsorships from local businesses, then read the sponsor ads live on-the-air thru-out the day.  Kiwanis members sold some $2675 in sponsorships, and groovy 93.5 then donated half of the total, or $1337.50, to the club.  Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, also a member of the club, presented the check to club president Matt Richardson, during the show.  Miller also hosted the Radiothon.


            Club president Matt Richardson told listeners during the show, that Kiwanis Park, which was built with funds raised by the local Kiwanis Club, is a great place for families and children to use.

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          Kiwanis members that were celebrity D-J’s for the day included Melisa Herwig, Jenni Stephens, Greg Stoerger, Branden Lawrence, Matt Richardson, Rev. Dick Wamsley, Joe Hauser, Dean Ray, Joe Meeks, Gina Prinzavalli, Bill Kerns, Elle Kammerer, and Bernie Curvey.


          This marks over 16 years that the Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club have partnered for the annual Kiwanis Radiothon.  In those over 16 years, over $20,000 has been raised by the club for local projects for children and youth.


 width=Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Matt Richardson (left) and Kiwanis member Rev. Dick Wamsley, were among the celebrity D-J’s for the day that were on the air during Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club Radiothon on Miller Media Group radio station groovy 93.5 in Taylorville. 

Latest Sports News 8-6-12

>>Cards Clip Brewers

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] tossed six innings of shutout ball as the Cardinals topped the Brewers, 3-0.  Lohse struck out six and improved to 12-and-2.  Jason Motte [[ MOT ]] recorded
his 24th save for St. Louis, which swept the three-game series.  The Cards have
won five-of-six overall.  Daniel Descalso was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. 
The Cards start a four-game set with the Giants tonight. 

>>Dodgers Down Cubs In Ninth

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Hanley Ramirez hit a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the
Dodgers a 7-6 win over the Cubs.  Reliever Kenley Jansen earned the win despite
blowing the save when he allowed a game tying home run to Anthony Rizzo in the
top of the ninth.  It was Rizzo's ninth homer of the season and it capped a
2-for-4 day with three RBI.  Reliever Shawn Camp was tagged with the loss.  The
Cubs look to snap a five-game losing streak when they continue their road trip
tonight against the Padres.

>>White Sox Sink Angels

(Chicago, IL)  --  A.J. Pierzynski blasted a pinch-hit two-run home run to help the White Sox beat the Angels, 4-2.  Pierzynski has homered in five straight games.  Kevin Youkilis lifted a solo
shot for Chicago, which has won four-of-five.  Nate Jones improved to 5-and-0
out of the bullpen.  Addison Reed locked up his 19th save.  The Southsiders open
up a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals this evening at The Cell. 
Chris Sale is expected to toe the rubber against Luis Mendoza in the opener.

>>Bradford's Ankle Still Isn't 100 Percent

(St. Louis, MO)  --  After the Rams held a scrimmage Saturday night Sam Bradford met with reporters
and said his ankle still isn't 100-percent.  He suffered a severe high ankle
sprain in the fifth game last season against the Green Bay Packers.  Bradford is
looking to bounce back from a disappointing second year. 

>>Safety Darwyn Kelly Commits To Illinois

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini football team has added another recruit to its Class of
2013.  Senior safety Darwyn Kelly from Howard D. Woodson High School in
Washington, DC has committed to Illinois.  The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Kelly is
ranked as the 44th best safety in the nation.  The Illini now have 16
commitments in its 2013 class.


Another Fatality Occurs from Kemmerer Village Accident

Lucky Hamilton 14 of Assumption  was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center, August 4th at 6:25pm.  He was a passenger in the Kemmerer Village van that collided with a semi-truck on 8/3/12 in Christian County and his death is related to injuries sustained in that accident.

The driver of the van Daniel C. Kennell 40 of Taylorville died previously on impact of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.  An autopsy will not be scheduled.

Area Arrests August 6, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Lucas C. Wise 19 of Owaneco was arrested on an original arrest warrant for violating an order of protection.

Ronald L. Sheffield 53 of Taylorville was arrested on an original arrest warrant for an unspecified statute.

Chad D. Watson 39 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Diane M. Durbin 52 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Destiny R. Rickman 33 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Jason M. Chronister 28 of Taylorville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kerri L. Mays 38 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled a substance.

Larry E. Skinner 40 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Jeremy T. Emery 19 of Jacksonville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for aggravated driving under the influence.

Joseph A. Leckner 21 of Taylorville was arrested for aggravated kidnapping, domestic battery, battery, battery and criminal damage to property.

Richard S. Ginger 30 of Mt. Auburn was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for burglary.

Joshua D. Hill 29 of Kincaid was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for an unspecified statute.

McGuire Talks About Airline Ticket Scam

There are a lot of scams out there and there has been one that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. It involved an airline giving away free tickets.

Senior Citizens Advocate Mac McGuire says that some people cutting back on travel may have fallen for the scam.

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McGuire says that the scammers have changed their tactics after using a fake airline name at first.

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If you encounter a letter or email like this, be sure not to give out any of your personal information.

Bad Economy Not Affecting One Local Charity

Many people may wonder how the economy is affecting some local charities. Kathy Coker Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville says they have not been affected.

History of Christian County Book to be Published

A book detailing the history and people of Christian County is in the works, and the deadline for you to be included is coming up.

Duane Sikes of Acclaim Publishing says the deadline to send in your information is next week.

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Contact the Christian County Historical Society at 824-6922 to find out more information.

Route 29 Completion Begins Soon

Work is expected to begin soon on the final phase of the widening of Route 29 near Edinburg. Mike Bell of Project 29 says the widened road, which will bypass Edinburg, will take a while to complete.

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Efforts to have the road widened have been ongoing for more than 20 years.

Officers Sent to Battery on Park Street

Early Monday morning officers were sent to 525 East Park Street in reference to battery. Aaron Ballion said that Allen Schreier 23 of Taylorville punched him in the face and then left.

Officers located Schreier in the alleyway behind the Taylorville Police Department. Schreier was arrested and brought in for processing.

Schreier was charged with battery, disorderly conduct and a city ordinance violation for public intoxication Schreier was also found to have a valid Montgomery County Warrant as well. Schreier was sent to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

48th Annual State Fiddle Contest Coming Up

There is a big competition upcoming in Effingham which will involve people all across the state of Illinois competing for the prize of best fiddler. It is the 48th Annual State Fiddle Contest.

Taylorville City Council Tables Alcohol at Chillifest Motion

 width=The Taylorville City Council met on Monday night and many issues were discussed. One of the issues brought up at the meeting was the motion to allow the use of a city street for the sale of alcohol at the Chillifest.

The council decided tabled the measure with a vote of 7-1 the one nay vote being Alderman John Lawrence of Ward I.

Alderman Earl Walters who was against having alcohol sold at Chillifest says that it was not the street and sewer committee as a whole who wanted to bring up the issue of beer at the Chillifest, but just one alderman.

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Another issue brought up by City Attorney David Fines was the issue of annexation of residences into the City of Taylorville, and how the city would pay for any sewer issues if some residences were annexed.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says that issues will have to be paid for by the existing budget.

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Brotherton also brought up the topic of the water levels at Lake Taylorville in the Mayor Updates portion of the meeting.

Brotherton says that the 3 inches of rain got the water levels back to normal.

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The motion of dredging at Lake Taylorville passed unanimously.

Every motion except for the previously mentioned motion to table the issue of alcohol at Chillifest passed unanimously the motions that passed unanimously included.

An Ordinance  Authorizing Sale of Real Estate (Jermaine Property – 26 Illini Drive)

The Motion to have the Mayor sign the “Notice of Intent to Award” the Rehabilitation of the 500,000 Gallon Water Storage Tank on Cherokee Street to Maxcor, Inc., for the amount of $629,400.00

The Motion to allow Taylorville Firefighters to solicit funds at the corner of Webster and West

Main Cross on August 24th and 25th and on August 31st and September 1st.

Again all those motions passed unanimously.

The committee report motions that passed unanimously include

The Water/Environmental Committee –

The motion to accept the low bid for the Rehab of Well #2 of $24,665.00 for cleaning and treating, $14,666.00 for rebuilding the Aquastream or $19,333.00 for replacing the Aquastream from Brotcke Well and Pump.

The motion to allow Superintendent Speagle to purchase a Ditch Witch Model 950R receiver and Model 950T transmitter at a cost of $3,922.30 from Ditch Witch Sales, Inc.

The motion to accept the quote of $2,115.00 plus the $36.00 per month from Wareham’s Security for a security system for the Country Club storage buildings.

The Lake/Airport Committee

The motion to select the Gold Level Plan for the annual service agreement with Q T Technologies Fueling Terminal for an annual fee of $995.00.

The motion to forward the Dam Inspection papers for the Locust Creek Detention Basin Dam to Greene and Bradford for completion at a cost not to exceed $600.00.

The motion regarding dry dredging at Lake Taylorville.

The motion to approve the minutes of the Lake/Airport Committee Meeting of August 6, 2012.

The Finance Committee

The motion to approve the Sam Taylor Façade Grant Applications and amounts as presented: (Pending the completion of the façade project the amounts may vary).

The Public Facilities Committee –

The motion to approve the Municipal Building Masonry Repairs Change Order #2 and to pay the invoice received in the amount of $1,509.36 from Evans-Mason, Inc. for the additional work.

The Street & Sewer Committee –

The motion to prepare an Ordinance to amend Section 6-4-3-4 A and 6-4-3-6 to designate the first two parking spaces west of Shumway to be designated for parking of the vans at he Christian County Senior Citizens Center which will change the current Handicapped Parking areas as marked on the map as requested.

The motion to block off South Main Street from West Adams to the second alley past the school from Friday, September 14th at 4:00 P.M. until Sunday, September 16th at 6:00 P.M. for St. Mary’s Church Parish Fiesta and to coordinate plans with Superintendent Wiseman.

The motion to rescind Ordinance No. 3566 (No Parking on the North Side of Cleveland).

The motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance increasing the Sewer Tap Permit Fees.

The motion to approve Pay Request #10 from McIntire & Company in the amount of $11,650.80 for the Ward II-Kenmore-Phase II-Storm Sewer Project.

The motion to approve Pay Request #7 from McIntire & Company in the amount of $86,261.20 for the Ward II-Kenmore-Phase III-Storm Sewer Project.

The motion to accept the low bid of $359,457.00 from TNT Contracting for the Ward II- City Park Addition-Phase III Storm Sewer Project.

The motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance to place a 4-Way Stop located at the corners of Haner/Taft and Haner/Maxwell.

The motion to accept the quote of $12,500.00 from S & S Fencing Company for removal of old corner fencing and the purchase and installation of approximately 575 ft. of fencing and two 20-foot Cantilever Gates for the Street Department.

The Emergency Services Committee –

The motion to apply for the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (I.T.T.F.) Communication Grant and if awarded to purchase nine Kenwood P 25 radios at a cost of approximately $1,500.00 each for a total of $13,500.00; with the grant approval our portion would be $6,750.00.

The motion to purchase three Panasonic Toughbook CF 30’s from Telrepco at a total cost of $5,560.00 and permission to connect the three with CMS at a cost of $3,000.00 for a total combined cost of $8,560.00.

The motion to purchase a one year supply of ammunition from Kiesler’s Police Supply at a cost not to exceed $18,017.23.

The motion to promote Ron Smith to Acting Fire Captain with Mr. Smith receiving the compensation for that position.

The motion to direct Mayor Brotherton to send a letter to the Board of Police and Fire Commission to promote Acting Fire Captain Ron Smith to Fire Captain and to beginthe process for a new Fire Captain List as Mr. Smith was the last name on the current list.

The motion to allow Fire Chief Hackney to apply for the 2012 S.A.F.E.R. Grant.

The motion to allow Fire Chief Hackney to purchase five sets (coats and pants) of fire gear at a cost of $1,500.00 each for a total of $7,500.00.

The Personnel Committee –

The motion to temporarily appoint Cindy Brown to the position of Human Resource Manager for a period of 90 days at a salary of $37,500.00 effective August 6, 2012.

The motion to approve and/or ratify payment of bills ($497,549.98)

Again all of those motions passed unanimously the next committee meeting will be on August 20

Holsinger Says You Should Lightly Water Your Grass

If you were to look across most of Central Illinois lawns you would notice a lot of dying grass. Andrew Holsinger Horticulturist with the U of I Extension says that you should not use too much water for your grass.

Taylorville Chamber Pulls Chillifest Beer Request from Monday Council Agenda

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has pulled the request for beer at Chillifest, off the Taylorville City Council’s Monday night agenda.


In an e-mail sent to Chamber board members and Miller Media president Randal J. Miller on Friday, Chamber president and CEO Patty Hornbuckle stated that she spoke individually with each Chamber executive board member on Friday, and they concurred that this would be a logical decision according to Hornbuckle.


She added that she was in contact on Friday with Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton about the Chamber’s decision to pull the issue from Monday night’s City Council agenda, and he stated he would speak about Chillifest and let it be known that the Chamber's decision was not due to pressure from opposition, but due to event planning.  


Hornbuckle added that Mayor Brotherton also mentioned that he would expect every organization and individual that was in opposition to this issue be in support of and attend Chillifest.  


Hornbuckle said in her Friday e-mail, that every poll that had been taken was overwhelmingly in support of the beer at Chillifest, including the Mayor's own poll. 


She added that several other options have been discussed and will be addressed at the next Chamber Board Meeting.  

Latest Sports News 8-3-12

>>Rockies Roll Cards
(Denver, CO)  --  Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario each belted two-run homers as the Rockies rolled the Cardinals, 8-2, to salvage the finale of a three-game set.  Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran each plated
a run in the sixth for the Cardinals.  Fernando Salas was charged with the
loss.  The Cards host the Brewers tonight for the first of three games.

>>Cubs' Rizzo Named NL Rookie Of The Month
(New York, NY)  --  Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been named National League Rookie
of the Month for July.  Rizzo batted .330 with a .375 on-base percentage and
.567 slugging percentage in 25 games for Chicago.  He tied Gene Baker for most
home runs by a Cubs rookie for the month of July with seven.  Baker accomplished
the feat in 1954.  In all, Rizzo had 32 hits, seven homers, 17 RBI and 55 total

>>Cubs In Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Chicago Cubs kick off a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this evening at Chavez Ravine.  Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] gets the nod opposite Chad
Billingsley in the West Coast opener.  The Northsiders have dropped back-to-back
games on the heels of a three-game winning streak to fall to 43-and-60 on the
season.  They lost two-of-three to Pittsburgh in their last series.

>>White Sox Host Halos
(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox open up a three-game set against the LA Angels this evening at The Cell.  Philip Humber [[ UMBER ]] will go up against Zack Greinke [[ GRAIN-key ]]
in game one.  The Southsiders have won seven of their last nine games and took
two-of-three at Minnesota in their last series to improve to 57-and-47 on the

>>ND Ranked 24th In Preseason Poll
(Undated)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked 24th in the nation in Thursday's "USA Today" preseason poll.  LSU is the preseason number-one.  Notre Dame finished 8-and-4 last
season, then lost to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.  They open up
their season on September 1st against Navy in Dublin, Ireland.

Fatality Occurs in Kemmerer Village Van Accident

A Kemmerer Village van was in an accident early Friday morning in the rural area of Christian County. There has been at least one fatality reported in the accident. The name of that person is not yet known.

Area Arrests August 3, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Arson Arrest Made in Taylorville

Early this Friday morning 911 asked for officers over the radio to go to a garbage fire at #47 Hannon Trailer Court. The Taylorville Fire Department was already at the scene of the fire.

Taylorville Bowling Is Back

After budget cuts caused the Taylorville School Board to drop the bowling program, a group proposed funding the sport through private donations.

Superintendent for Taylorville Schools Dr. Greg Fuerstenau says the board tentatively approved the idea.

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The program will be paid for two years ahead of time to ensure there won't be any gaps in funding.

Update on Fatality in Kemmerer Village Van Accident

At least one person is dead and five others seriously injured after an 18-wheeler collided with a van this morning.  The van was carrying four kids and two staff members of the Kemmerer Village, a child care agency in Assumption.  One of the staff members was killed.

The semi-driver wasn't injured.  It happened at an unmarked intersection at county roads 800 North and 2500 East in Christian County.  

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the semi was carrying a load of rocks and was turning into a company that makes asphalt.  He says they're reconstructing the crash scene to determine what happened.  At this point, he urges all drivers to come to a complete stop at an intersection.

Name Released in Fatal Car Accident

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released the name of the male driver who was involved in the crash in Christian County from earlier this morning.  40 year old Daniel C. Kennell of Taylorville was pronounced dead on scene. 

An autopsy will be held later today.  Assisting at the scene were Christian County Sheriff Office, Illinois State Police, Assumption Ambulance, and Assumption Fire and Rescue.

Beer at Chillifest Issue Raised by Council

Beer continues to brew controversy in relation to the Taylorville Chillifest. It was banned from the event in 1992, and the question is on the agenda again this year.

According to Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, the chamber was prepared to set the issue aside, but it was brought back to the forefront after a request from a Taylorville City Council committee.

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The Taylorville City Council is reportedly split on the issue.

Latest Sports News 8-2-12

>>Cards Roll Rockies
(Denver, CO)  --  Matt Holliday smashed two home runs to lead the Cardinals to a 9-6 win over the Rockies.  The second home run, was a three-run shot that erased a 5-3 deficit.  Holliday finished 3-for-4
with five RBI and three runs scored.  Jake Westbrook improved to 10-and-8
despite allowing five runs in six innings.  St. Louis tries to complete the
three-game sweep of the Rockies tonight.  

>>Pirates Take Rubber Match From Cubs
(Chicago, IL)  --  Michael McKenry capped a five-run eighth inning with a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh
Pirates downed the Chicago Cubs, 8-4, yesterday afternoon in the rubber match of
a three-game set at Wrigley Field.  Starlin Castro clubbed a solo homer and
Wellington Castillo added a two-run shot for Chicago.  Travis Wood gave up just
two runs on three hits through five frames of duty to suffer the tough-luck
loss.  The Northsiders are off today.  They kick off a three-game series against
the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow evening at Chavez Ravine.  Jeff Samardzija [[
suh-MARD-juh ]] gets the nod opposite Chad Billingsley in the opener.

>>Peavy, White Sox Edge Twins
(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Jake Peavy tossed eight stellar innings to lift the White Sox in a 3-2 win over the Twins yesterday afternoon.  Peavy fanned eight and allowed two runs, just one earned,
on five hits to improve to 9-and-7 on the season.  Addison Reed closed it out to
nail down his 18th save.  Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers and Alejandro De Aza all
knocked in a run for Chicago, which took two-of-three at Target Field.  The
Southsiders are off today.   They open up a three-game series against the LA
Angels tomorrow evening at The Cell.  Philip Humber [[ UMBER ]] will be on the
bump against Zack Greinke [[ GRAIN-key ]] in the opener.

>>Goodell Not Worried About Replacement Refs
(Green Bay, WI)  --  If replacement officials are used this preseason, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
says it should not adversely affect the game.  Speaking to the media at Green
Bay Packers camp, the commissioner said fill-in refs have been training with
player safety in mind and he doesn't think the players will be more at risk. 
The regular officials were locked out June 3rd after their labor contract
expired and the two sides have been at a stalemate since.  The Cardinals and
Saints play in the Hall of Fame Game this Sunday in Canton, Ohio.

Area Arrests August 2, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Officers Sent to Altercation in Taylorville

On Monday night officers were sent to a verbal altercation at Maxwell and Haner Street in Taylorville. When officers arrived there were two vehicles in the intersection.

Mayhall Talks Back to School Supplies

School will be back in session soon, and every child needs certain supplies to get the right start. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there is a drive underway to make sure kids have everything necessary.

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce at 774-2221 for details.

Latest Sports News 8-1-12

>>Cards Crush Rockies
(Denver, CO)  --  Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer and a two-run double against his former team, as the Cardinals crushed the Rockies, 11-6.  Carlos Beltran added a two-run homer and David
Freese hit a solo shot for the Redbirds, who have won five-of-seven.  Kyle Lohse
[[ lowsh ]] improved to 11-and-2 despite allowing five runs in six frames.  The
series continues at 7:40.

>>Burnett Tosses One-Hitter To Lead Bucs Over Cubs
(Chicago, IL)  --  A.J. Burnett tossed a one-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 5-0 win over the
Cubs.  Adrian Cardenas laced a pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth
inning to break up the no-hit bid.  Casey Coleman allowed four runs in
four-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 0-and-2.  Travis Wood gets the nod
opposite Jeff Karstens in this afternoon's series finale.

>>White Sox Trim Twins
(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A.J. Pierzynski's two-run homer in the top of the ninth lifted the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Twins.  Pierzynski also scored on a double by Alexei Ramirez in the seventh. 
Former Twin Francisco Liriano struck out eight over six innings in his White Sox
debut.  Matt Thornton earned the win.  Addison Reed allowed a run in the ninth,
but held on for his 17th save.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Scott
Diamond this this afternoon's series finale.

>>Marlins Trade Mujica To St. Louis
(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals have added some depth to their bullpen.  The Cards acquired reliever
Edward Mujica [[ moo-HEE-kuh ]] from the Marlins in exchange for minor-league
third baseman Zack Cox.  Mujica was 0-and-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 41 appearances
with the Marlins.

>>Dempster Dealt To Rangers For Two Prospects
(Chicago, IL)  --  Ryan Dempster is heading to Arlington.  The Chicago Cubs shipped the veteran
right-hander to the Texas Rangers right before the trade deadline in exchange
for pitcher Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva.  Dempster was
5-and-5 with a 2.25 ERA for the Cubs this season.  Hendricks has gone 5-and-8
with a 2.82 ERA for Single-A Myrtle Beach this year, while Villanueva hit .285
with 10 home runs, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 100 games thus far.

Area Arrests August 1, 2012

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has issued the following arrests.

Mayor Discusses Stages Two and Three of Water Plan

As of yesterday, the City of Taylorville is under stage one water restrictions because of the drought. Stage one is voluntary, but Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says stages two and three would be more strict.

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The ordinance covering water restrictions provides for the mandatory lifting of the restrictions as soon as possible.

Lincoln Land Fall Classes Start Soon

It won't be long before students return to the classroom. The fall session at Lincoln Land Community College begins soon, and Scott Stallman and Dee Kruger from the college say they have seen a great turnout.

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For details on upcoming classes, contact the college's Easter Region Education Center in Taylorville at 287-7081.

Orange Julius Is Coming to Taylorville

The Taylorville Dairy Queen will be adding a new part to the business. Orange Julius will be added to the Dairy Queen and Brittany Marquis the manager of the Dairy Queen says that it will help bring more options to the business.

Debate About Beer at Chillifest Continues

The debate over beer at Chillifest is continuing. There is an even split between alderman, with 4 aldermen that are for having beer at the Chillifest, and 4 aldermen that are against the measure.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV says he is against having beer at Chillifest for two reasons.

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Alderman Bruce Jones of Ward II is also against the measure and says that he does not want the city to assume some of the responsibility if beer was allowed at Chillifest.

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Alderman Ernie Dorchinez of Ward III is for having beer at the Chillifest and compared the Chillifest to a local family business.

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Alderman Ray Koonce of Ward I is also for having beer at the Chillifest and says that he does not think responsible people should be punished because of a few irresponsible people.  

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The Chillifest will be on October 13th and October 14th.


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