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Taylorville High School Basketball Court Renamed Dolph Stanley Court

 width=At Taylorville's West Gymnasium on Sunday the basketball court received a new name, Dolph Stanley Court.

The court name comes from the former Taylorville Boys Basketball Coach who won a state championship back in the 1944 season with an undefeated 45-0 record.

Current players for the team as well as numerous former players and coaches attended the event.

The master of ceremonies for the event David Hixenbaugh says that successful sports programs bring communities together.

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Terry Wright who was an announcer for the Taylorville Tornadoes for 25 years had a story  he remembers about Coach Stanley.

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Son and daughter of Stanley, Dolph Jeffery Stanley and Jody Stanley Haley attended the event as well.

Jeffery Stanley talked about some of his memories at the event and also about having nearly the same name as his father.

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Stanley coached five different programs to IHSA state tournaments and also coached Beloit College to an NIT berth, Beloit was the smallest school ever to make it into the NIT.



Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton To Seek Re-Election

 width=Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton announced over the weekend, his intent to seek a second term as mayor.


In a prepared statement released to the media on Saturday, Brotherton said that the city has made great progress towards addressing some of its major needs, including the investment of almost 10-million dollars in repairs and upgrades of the city's storm sewer system, and the start of a dredging program at Lake Taylorville.


Brotherton added the City of Taylorville has continued to move forward despite the recession, with Taylorville Memorial Hospital's multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project, and the expansion of retail business in the Taylorville community.


Brotherton in his weekend statement, concluded by saying that serving as mayor has been one of the greatest honors he's ever experienced and would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving for another term.


The filing window for Taylorville city offices has opened. Treasurer Terri France has indicated she is not seeking re-election; City Clerk Pam Peabody has announced her intent to seek re-election. Mike DeMichael has announced he will run for treasurer in the April 2013 city election.


Latest Sports News 9-28-12

>>Cards Start Set With Nats
(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals open up a three-game series against the Nationals this evening.  Adam Wainwright gets the nod opposite Edwin Jackson in the opener.  The Cards had a four-game winning streak snapped in the finale of a three-game series at Houston on Wednesday to fall to 84-and-72 on the season.

>>Rays Roll White Sox
(Chicago, IL)  --  Evan Longoria lifted a solo shot in the top of the ninth to give the Rays a 3-2 win over the White Sox.  Dayan Viciedo knocked in the lone run for Chicago, which is now two games back of Detroit in the AL Central.  Brett Myers suffered the loss in relief.  Gavin Floyd gets the nod opposite Jeremy Hellickson in tonight's second installment.
>>Rockies Sweep Cubs
(Denver, CO)  --  Jordan Pacheco popped a three-run homer and DJ LeMahieu added a two-run blast as the Rockies clipped the Cubs, 7-5, yesterday afternoon at Coors Field.  Anthony Rizzo clubbed a solo homer and drove in two for Chicago, which was swept in the three-game series.  Chris Volstad lasted just three innings after giving up seven runs on 10 hits to take the loss.  The Cubs lost for the 56th time this season on the road, tying a franchise record set in 1956.  The Northsiders kick off a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this evening at Chase Field.  Travis Wood toes the rubber against Ian Kennedy in the opener.

>>Illini Host Penn State
(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini open up their Big Ten slate on Saturday afternoon when they host Penn State in Champaign.  The Illini dropped to 2-and-2 on the season with a 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech last weekend.  They suffered a 10-7 loss at Penn State last season.  Meanwhile, the 11th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are off this weekend.  The Irish host Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago on October 6th.  ND is a perfect 4-and-0 on the season after rolling to a 13-6 win over Michigan last weekend.

>>Rams Host Seahawks
(St. Louis, MO)  --  Fresh off their controversial Monday night win over Green Bay, the Seattle Seahawks will try to make it three in-a-row as they go up against the NFC West rival Rams in St. Louis.  The Rams are looking to recover from a 23-6 setback at Chicago.  St. Louis was limited to just 160 total yards, with QB Sam Bradford getting sacked six times and throwing two picks.  The 1-and-2 Rams have lost three straight to Seattle.

>>Bears On "Monday Night Football"
(Arlington, TX)  --  The Chicago Bears square off against the Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football" in Arlington.  The Bears' defense allowed just a 160 total yards of offense with no touchdowns, sacked Sam Bradford six times and returned an interception 45 yards to the house en route to a 23-6 win over St. Louis in Week Three.  Chicago routed Indianapolis in its season-opener and suffered its lone blemish of the season in a Week Two setback at Green Bay.  The "Monsters of the Midway" edged the Cowboys, 27-20, the last time the two teams met in 2010.

Unlocked Vehicles Entered into in the Hewittville Area

On Wednesday the Christian County Sheriff's Office received three separate reports of unknown subjects entering unlocked vehicles in the Hewittville area.

Taken from the vehicles were loose change, electronic equipment, a wallet, a leather jacket and other miscellaneous items. The incidents occurred sometime between 10 pm on Tuesday and noon on Wednesday.

WTIM, United Way of Christian County Raise $2665 During Annual Radiothon


(Taylorville)—WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville

held its 6th annual Telethon to raise money for the United Way of Christian County, today (Tuesday) on the air from 9 to 11am.

United Way of Christian County executive director Joni Beyers, along volunteers Terri France, Aaron Allen and Jon Robinson, co-hosted the 2-hour telethon with WTIM president Randal J. Miller.

Thanks to the generosity of WTIM listeners from across Central Illinois, $2665 was raised to benefit the 25 member agencies that serve over 10,000 people in Christian County. Many of the donors that called in pledges were first-time donors, which pleased United Way officials.

WTIM and the United Way thank all the businesses and individuals that called in pledges during the 2-hour event. The United Way’s campaign recently kicked off, with this year’s goal being $140,000.

For more information on the United Way of Christian County, click on their icon on taylorvilledailynews.com




Joni Beyers Leaving United Way of Christian County

United Way of Christian County executive director Joni Beyers this (Fri) morning announced her resignation from the position effective December 20th.


In a statement e-mail’ed to United Way officials, Beyers stated that she and her husband are expecting their second child so she have decided to take on a new adventure and be at home with their son and newborn baby when he or she arrives.


Beyers added that it’s been a pleasure to work with the United Way over the last 4 ½ years, and that Christian County is lucky to have such passionate volunteers working for those in need.


Beyers said that a search committee has already begun work on her replacement, and that she hopes to continue to work with the United Way as a volunteer in the future.

Local Football Scores

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville beat Clinton with a final score 46-35

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville beat Lincoln with a final score of 36-0

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M beat Tuscola with a final score of 47-18

Latest Sports News 9-27-12

>>Astros Blank Cardinals

(Houston, TX)  --  Bud Norris fanned seven over seven-and-a-third shutout innings to lead the Astros to a 2-0 win over the Cardinals last night at Minute Maid Park.  Chris Carpenter allowed both
runs in six innings to take the loss.  The Cards have a three-and-a-half-game
lead on the Brewers and Dodgers for the final NL Wild Card spot.  The Cards are
off today.  They return to Busch Stadium tomorrow evening to open up a
three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

>>Indians Rally Past White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Indians put up a run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pull out a 6-4 win over the White Sox.  A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run each
for the White Sox, who have lost seven-of-eight to fall one game behind Detroit
for first place in the AL Central.  Matt Thronton fell to 4-and-9 with the
loss.  The Southsiders open up a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays this
evening at The Cell.  Jake Peavy gets the nod opposite James Shields in the

>>Rockies Shutout Cubs

(Denver, CO)  --  Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer and scored twice as the Rockies blanked the Cubs,
6-0.  Jason Berken allowed all six runs in only four innings to fall to
0-and-2.  Chicago has dropped eight of its last nine games.  Chris Volstad will
toe the rubber against Jhoulys Chacin [[ JO-lees  SHUH-seen ]] in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>NFL, NFLRA Agree To New Deal

(New York, NY)  --  The regular referees are returning to the NFL.  On Wednesday night, the NFL and the NFLRA announced that they have agreed to a new eight-year labor deal.  The new
collective bargaining agreement is still subject to ratification by the NFLRA. 
In a joint statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the regular officials
will be on the field for tonight's game between the Cleveland Browns and
Baltimore Ravens.

>>Bears' Forte Back At Practice

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago
Bears running back Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] returned to practice on Wednesday. 
Forte sat out of Sunday's win against St. Louis with a right ankle injury he
suffered at Green Bay in Week Two.  Forte says he expects to play on "Monday
Night Football" at Dallas.  He signed a four-year deal with Chicago during the
offseason.  Forte rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown while adding 89 receiving
yards on seven receptions in two games prior to getting hurt.

In other team news, right tackle Gabe Carimi missed yesterday's practice in observance of
Yom Kippur, while defensive end Julius Peppers was held out as he continues to
deal with plantar faciitis.  Meanwhile, linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ ur-LOCK-er
]] did practice yesterday.

>>Rams Injury Update

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams running Steven Jackson did not participate in practice on Wednesday.  Jackson did not practice leading up to last Sunday's Bears game, but ended up playing.  Defensive tackle
Michael Brockers practiced for the first time since suffering a high ankle
sprain the Rams final preseason game August 30th.  Brockers was St. Louis'
first-round pick. 

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Meadow Manor Nursing Home

Recent improvements to Meadow Manor Nursing Home brought the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and many others out for a special dedication ceremony.

Patty Hornbuckle, Chamber President and CEO, says they held a ribbon cutting.

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Meadow Manor is located at 800 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.

Area Arrests 9-27-12

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

White Hall Bank and Wemple State Bank to Merge with People's Bank and Trust

White Hall Bank and Wemple State Bank are going to merge with People’s Bank and Trust. John Gardner the CEO of People’s Bank and Trust says that this merger will help all three banks.

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Gardner says that the familiar faces at White hall Bank and Wemple State Bank will not change.

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Gardner says that he expects the merger to go through sometime this winter.

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With the addition of White Hall Bank and Wemple State Bank, People’s Bank and Trust will have 10 locations across Illinois.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds 57th Annual Installation of Officers Banquet

 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held it's 57th Annual Installation of Officers Banquet on Tuesday 9/25/12. Outgoing Kiwanis President Matthew Richardson led the last official meeting of his term.

Dan Sneed was presented with the prestigious Kiwanian of the Year Award and the Kiwanis Division 30 Lt Governor John Early installed the new 2012-2013 President Gina Prinzavalli, President Elect Chris Weittenhiller, Treasurer Dan Sneed, and Secretary Diane Beatty.

Pictured in the first picture left to right, Outgoing President Matthew Richardson presenting Dan Sneed with the Kiwanian of the Year Award.

Second picture left to right Outgoing President Matthew Richardson, Secretary Diane Beatty, President Elect Chris Weittenhiller, Division 30 Lt  width=Governor John Early, Past Division 30 Lt Governor Jeanette Early and Treasurer Dan Sneed.

Third picture left to right 2012-2013 President Gina Prinzavalli, Division 30 Lt Governor John Early, and Past Division 30 Lt Governor Jeanette Early.







IDOT Workers Find a Pipeline on the New Route 29

Project 29 held their monthly meeting Wednesday night at Jan’s Restaurant in Edinburg. Mike Bell the Co-Chairman of Project 29 says that the IDOT workers found a pipeline on the north end of the new Route 29.

Latest Sports News 9-26-12

>>Cardinals Blank Astros, Still Hold Wild Card Spot

(Houston, TX)  --  Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the
Cardinals in a 4-0 win over Houston.  Jon Jay had a pair of RBI while Pete Kozma
added an RBI double for St. Louis.  Yadier Molina also drove in a run for the
Cards, who are four-and-a-half games up on the Brewers and Dodgers for the final
NL Wild Card spot.  The Redbirds send Chris Carpenter to the mound in tonight's
series finale against Houston's Bud Norris.

>>Rockies Rip Cubs

(Denver, CO)  --  Matt McBride hit a three-run homer as the Rockies
ripped the Cubs, 10-5, in a rain-shortened opener of a three-game series.  The
game was called in the seventh inning.  Dave Sappelt and Starlin Castro went
deep for Chicago, which has dropped seven-of-eight.  Chris Rusin allowed six
runs in only three-and-two-thirds to fall to 1-and-3.  The Cubs send Jason
Berken to the mound this evening against Drew Pomeranz in the middle contest of
a three-game set.

>>Indians Edge White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Corey Kluber and two relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Indians edged the White Sox, 4-3, yesterday afternoon at The Cell.  Francisco Liriano took the loss for Chicago. 
A.J. Pierzynski [[ peer-ZIN-skee ]] and Dayan Viciedo hit back-to-back home runs
in the fifth frame and Paul Konerko added another solo shot in the ninth for the
White Sox.  Chicago is now tied with Detroit atop the AL Central after the
Tigers beat Kansas City.  Hector Santiago gets the nod opposite Justin Masterson
in tonight's series finale.

>>Report:  Bears Work Out RB Ryan Grant

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears reportedly worked out former Packers running back Ryan Grant on Tuesday.  The Notre Dame product, who spent five seasons with Green Bay, has rushed for
over four-thousand yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.  The Bears could use
some depth at the running back position with Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] out with
an ankle injury and backup Michael Bush a little banged up during Week Three's
win over St. Louis.  Chicago plays at Dallas in Week Four on "Monday Night

>>Rams Gear Up For Seahawks

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are back to work today in preparation for Sunday's home game against the Seattle Seahawks.  St. Louis suffered a 23-6 loss at Chicago on Sunday to drop to
1-and-2 on the young season.  The Hawks will enter Sunday's tilt at 2-and-1
after a controversial victory over the Packers on "Monday Night Football."

Area Arrests 9-26-12

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Raffle a Success

Big Brothers Big Sisters Summer Raffle was a big success this year, in more ways than one. Vanessa Wiseman of Big Brothers Big Sisters says the winner turned out to be a very generous person.

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The raffle is one of the organization's most important fundraisers.

Local Church Plans Special Event

A Taylorville Church is planning something special. Pastor Steve Switzer of the Calvary Baptist Church says it's a way to reacquaint people with the gospel.

Latest Sports News 9-25-12

Seahawks Get Controversial Win Over Packers on Monday Night Football

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks captured a controversial 14-12 win over the Packers on "Monday Night
Football."  The game ended when Golden Tate caught a game-winning 24-yard
touchdown pass from Russell Wilson.  It appeared that M.D. Jennings intercepted
the pass, as an official appeared to be ready to signal for a touchback while
the other signaled for a touchdown.  The play was video reviewed, and the call
of a touchdown was upheld. 

The fiasco is the latest in the ongoing saga of replacement officials, who have been under heavy criticism for the past two weeks prior to Monday's result. Wilson finished the game 10-of-21 for
130 yards and two TD passes to Tate.  Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 98 yards for
Seattle, which improved to 2-and-1 with the improbable victory.  Aaron Rodgers
passed for 223 yards for Green Bay.  Rodgers said after the game he was given a
kicking ball on a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.  Cedric
Benson rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown in the loss.  At 1-and-2, the Packers
have more losses than they did all of last season.

>>Cardinals Fly Past Astros

(Houston, TX)  --  Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and Yadier Molina added a solo shot as the Cardinals drowned out the Astros, 6-1.  Matt Holliday drove in two with a single and Daniel Descalso
ripped an RBI triple as St. Louis maintains a three-and-a-half game lead on Los
Angeles and Milwaukee for the final NL Wild Card spot.  Lance Lynn struck out
nine over seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the win and improve to
17-and-7.  The Redbirds send Jaime Garcia to the mound tonight against Lucas
Harrell in the middle contest of three.

>>Cubs Start Set With Rockies In Denver

(Denver, CO)  --  The Cubs start a three-game series
with the Rockies in Denver tonight.  Chicago has lost six of its last seven
games and enters the series at 59-and-94.  The Cubs need to win four of their
final nine games to avoid the 100-loss mark.

>>White Sox Edge Tribe, Stay One Up On Tigers

(Chicago, IL)  -- Adam Dunn hit his 40th and 41st home runs of the season as the White Sox edged
the Indians, 6-5.  Dunn connected on a solo homer in the sixth before blasting a
three-run shot in the eighth to give Chicago the lead for good.  Chris Sale
received a no-decision after allowing three runs in seven innings.  Brett Myers
picked up the victory while Donnie Veal earned his first save.  The Sox remain a
game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central after the Tigers defeated the Royals. 
Francisco Liriano gets the nod opposite Corey Kluber in this afternoon's second

>>Rams Turn Attention To Seahawks

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams have turned the page from
Sunday's loss to the Bears in Chicago.  St. Louis has begun preparations for
this Sunday's home game against the Seattle Seahawks.  The Hawks got a
controversial 14-12 win over the Packers last night on "Monday Night Football."

>>Bears' Smith Hopeful Forte Will Play Week Four

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is hopeful running back Matt Forte
[[ for-TAY ]] will be back for the team's "Monday Night Football" game at
Dallas.  Forte was inactive for the Bears' 23-6 win over St. Louis on Sunday. 
He suffered a right ankle sprain against the Green Bay Packers in Week Two.  The
Tulane product has 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries this season for
Chicago.  Forte also has 89 yards on seven receptions.  The Bears are 2-and-1 on
the season.

>>Blues Announce Ticket Reimbursement Plans

(St. Louis, MO)  --  As the NHL lockout rolls on, the Blues are taking action in reimbursing
fans for season tickets.  The NHL has already cancelled preseason games through
Sunday, eliminating five out of the Blues' eight exhibition contests.  There are
four different options for season ticket holders and the team is asking fans to
select one of the choices by Sunday.

WTIM and the United Way of Christian County Holding to Hold Annual Telethon

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 Radio in Taylorville will hold its annual telethon to benefit the United Way of Christian County, this Friday, September 28th, from 9am to 11am.

WTIM President Randal J. Miller, and United Way Executive Director Joni Beyers, along with United Way volunteers, will co-host the two-hour telethon.

Listeners will be asked to contribute to help the United Way support 22 local agencies continue to help over 10,000 Christian County residents.  No calls will be taken on-the-air, but those pledging toward the United Way campaign will be acknowledged.

For more information on the United Way of Christian County campaign, contact Beyers at 824-8404.

City Council Votes to Annex Langleyville Properties

After a long period of consideration, the Taylorville City Council recently voted to annex some properties in Langleyville.

Mayor Greg Brotherton says the council just decided it was time.

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The decision came at the September 17th meeting.

Cooler Weather to Start the School Year

One of the toughest things about the first few weeks of school is the heat. Normally this time of the year, the temperatures can easily climb into the 90's.

Dr. Greg Fuerstenau, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools, says this year's cooler temperatures have made things a little easier.

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Average temperatures in Central Illinois have now dropped into the mid-70s for afternoon highs, while average lows hover around 50.

Area Arrests 9-25-12

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

Mike Demichael to Run for Taylorville City Treasurer

A new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for Taylorville City Treasurer. Mike Demichael CEO of Credit Collection Partners and President of The Loan Consultant wants to be the city treasurer.

Pam Peabody Seeking Re-Election as Taylorville City Clerk

The current City Clerk of Taylorville Pam Peabody has decided she would like to run for another term. Peabody was appointed to the position of city clerk in 1993 by then Mayor Dick Adams.

Peabody says that she wants to continue to move forward as city clerk.

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Peabody says that her experience is very important

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Peabody says that her favorite part of being the city clerk is the people.

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Peabody is currently serving her 5th term as the Taylorville City Clerk. The City of Taylorville elections will occur on April 9, 2013.

Latest Sports News 9-24-12

>>Bears Roll Over Rams

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bears held the Rams without a touchdown en route to a 23-6 win yesterday.  Sam Bradford completed just 18-of-35 passes for 152 yards with a pair of interceptions as the Rams managed just 160 yards of total offense.  Danny Amendola hauled in five passes for 66 yards for St. Louis, which has dropped 11 of its last 12 road games.  The Rams return home to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

>>Cards Double Up Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI to back six strong frames from Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] as the Cardinals doubled up the Cubs, 6-3.  Lohse fanned five and allowed three runs on five hits to improve to 16-and-3 on the season.  Jason Motte closed it out to nail down his 40th save for St. Louis, which has won six of its last seven games.  Alfonso Soriano popped a solo homer and Wellington Castillo added an RBI double for Chicago.  Justin Germano gave up four runs in five-and-two-third frames to absorb the loss.  The Cards start a three-game set in Houston tonight as Lance Lynn takes the mound against Lucas Harrell.

>>Halos Handle White Sox

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Angels finished off a three-game sweep the White Sox with a 4-1 win on Sunday in Anehim.  Dayan Viciedo plated the only run for Chicago, which has dropped five straight games on the heels of a five-game winning streak.  Gavin Floyd took the loss.  The White Sox are one game up on Detroit in the AL Central.  The Southsiders return to The Cell this evening to open up a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.  Chris Sale is expected to toe the rubber opposite Zack McAllister in the opener.

>>Mizzou Gets Dominated At South Carolina
(Columbia, SC)  --  Missouri was no match for South Carolina on Saturday, losing to the Gamecocks 31-10.  Mizzou didn't manage to score a touchdown until the final minute of the game.  The Tigers remain on the road to battle Central Florida this Saturday.

>>Illinois Falls To Louisiana Tech
(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois committed six turnovers in a 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.  Donovonn Young and Reilly O'Toole each ran for a touchdown in the loss.  Illinois dives into Big Ten play this Saturday when it hosts Penn State.

>>Irish Beat Michigan; Rise In Rankings

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame picked off Denard Robinson four times and forced six total turnovers to beat Michigan, 13-6, on Saturday night in South Bend.  Tommy Rees came in for a struggling Everett Golson and scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter, while Kyle Brindza added a pair of field goals for the Irish, who are 4-and-0 for the first time since 2002.  ND also beat the Wolverines for the first time since 2008.  With the win, Notre Dame climbed from 15th in the nation to number-11 in Sunday's latest release of the "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Golden Domers' next game is on October 6th when they host the Miami Hurricanes.

Area Arrests 9-24-12

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

Officers Make Arrest After Alleged Wreckless Driving

On Friday night a 911 dispatch sent Taylorville officers to a 3 vehicle accident at the corner of England Street and South Shumway Street. After arrival the suspect's white Ford Mustang was parked on the South side of the road with major front end damage.

The owner of the mustang Ethan W. Peden 23 of Taylorville called the Taylorville Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen. He along with Jason Pace came to the scene where witnesses confirmed Peden was the driver of the vehicle.

Peden allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle to officers eventually. Peden was arrested for reckless driving, failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle and improper lane usage. Peden was transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear.

Male Juvenile Arrested for Illegal Consumption

On Sunday officers were sent to Vandeveer Street because three males were allegedly breaking into a vehicle. A witness said the subjects were running east towards Taylorville Food Center.

Persimmon Party in November

One of the Christian County Historical Society's most important fundraisers is coming up. The annual Persimmon Party will be in November, according to Jodi Heberling of the Historical Society.

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Heberling reminds members of the Historical Society that it's time to pay membership dues.

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The Christian County Historical Society is located at the intersection of Routes 29 and 48 in Taylorville.

New Businesses Opening in Taylorville

Several new restaurants are opening in Taylorville, including Quizno's, which opened Monday. The downtown movie theater is also set to reopen.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says it may be a sign that the economy is improving.

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The movie theater has a projected opening date at the end of next month.

Taylorville Quiznos Opens and Has a Busy First Day


Quiznos in Taylorville opened on Monday at 10 am. Throughout most of the day the business had long lines and at some points had lines that stretched outside of the building.

Don Broaddus owner of the Taylorville Quiznos says that the first day open was a very positive one.

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Broaddus says that the employees did a great job on the first day.

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Broaddus says that the few test runs went well over the weekend for the business and that he believes customers will keep coming to Quiznos.

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The Taylorville Quiznos currently does not have a working drive thru, but Broaddus has previously said that he hopes to get that drive thru fixed in two or three weeks.

Local Football Scores

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville won against Princeton with a score of 28-0.

Foxes overcome the Generals

As heard on WTIM, the Springfield Foxes beat the Generals with a final score of 28-14!

Latest Sports News 9-21-12

>>Cards Sweep Astros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth and the Cardinals held on for a 5-4 win over the Astros.  Allen Craig hit a three-run homer in the first for St. Louis,
which swept the three-game series.  Jaime Garcia got the win.  The Cards play
the Cubs in Chicago today.

>>Cubs Swept By Playoff-Bound Reds

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Reds broke up a scoreless game with a five-run seventh inning and went on to beat the
Cubs 5-3 at Wrigley Field.  Cincinnati clinched at least a Wild Card berth,
becoming the first team to secure a playoff spot this season.  Anthony Rizzo
went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Chicago.

>>Royals Walk Off On ChiSox

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Eric Hosmer's RBI single in the ninth completed a comeback from three runs down as the Royals downed the White Sox, 4-3.  A.J. Pierzynski was 2-for-4 with an RBI for
Chicago.  Jesse Crain took the loss in relief.  The White Sox now hold a
two-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.  The Southsiders kick off a
three-game series against the Angels tonight in Anaheim.  Jake Peavy will go up
against Ervin Santana in the opener.

>>Bears Host Rams On Sunday

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Soldier Field.  The Bears dropped to 1-and-1 on the season after suffering a 23-10 loss at Green Bay last Thursday
night.  They won their season-opener over Indianapolis in Week One.  Chicago
beat the Rams, 17-9, the last time the two teams played in 2009.

>>Illini Host Louisiana Tech

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini host Louisiana Tech on Saturday evening in Champaign.  The
Illini are coming off a 44-0 victory versus Charleston Southern last weekend to
improve to 2-and-1 on the season.  Their lone loss came in Week Two at Arizona
State.  Starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase missed his second-straight game
last weekend with a sprain ankle.

>>#15 Irish Welcome In 17th-Ranked Michigan To South Bend

(South Bend, IN)  --  The 15th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish host bitter rival and 17th-ranked Michigan on Saturday evening in South Bend.  The Irish improved to 3-and-0 for the first time since
2002 with a 20-3 victory at then-10th-ranked Michigan State last weekend.  ND
hasn't beaten the Wolverines since 2008.  Michigan rallied for a 35-31 win over
the Golden Domers last season in Ann Arbor.

Area Arrests 9-21-12

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

YMCA Auction Nears

One of the Christian County YMCA's most important fundraisers of the year is coming up. Chris Weitenhiller says the YMCA Auction is less than 2 months away.

Business After Hours

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held its monthly business after hours event last week. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says it was a big success.

Meadow Manor Gets Some Renovations

Meadow Manor Nursing Home has just had some renovations to the building.

Vicki Epperson, Sales and Marketing Director with Meadow Manor Nursing Home says that there are a lot of changes for the physical therapy room at Meadow Manor.

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Epperson says that there will be an open house to celebrate the renovations.

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Epperson says that these renovations could help people recover quicker.

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Meadow Manor Nursing Home is located at 800 McAdam Drive in Taylorville and you can contact them at 824-2277. The open house for Meadow Manor will be from 2-4 pm on Wednesday.

Local Football Scores

As heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN, the Shelbyville Rams won over the St. Teresa Bulldogs 35-14.

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Central A&M won over Argenta-Oreana 41-12.

Latest Sports News 9-20-12

>>Lynn, Cards Shut Out 'Stros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  David Freese clubbed a two-run homer to back six-and-a-third scoreless innings from Lance
Lynn as the Cardinals cruised to a 5-0 win over the Astros.  Jason Motte [[ MOTT
]] registered the final two outs to nail down his 37th save.  Yadier Molina
popped a solo homer for St. Louis, which has won three games in-a-row.  The
teams wrap up the three-game set with a matinee today.

>>Reds Nip Cubs In 11

(Chicago, IL)  --  Drew Stubbs' RBI single in the top of the 11th gave the Reds a 6-5 win over the Cubs.  Alfonso Soriano belted a two-run homer for Chicago.  Alberto Cabrera took the loss.  The teams
finish up the three-game series with a day game today.

>>Royals Blank White Sox

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Alex Gordon laced a two-run double as the Royals blanked the White Sox, 3-0, last night at Kauffman Stadium.  Chris Sale fanned eight, but allowed all three runs in
six-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 17-and-7.  The White Sox had their winning
streak stopped at five.  Chicago's lead over Detroit in the AL Central is down
to two.  Francisco Liriano gets the nod opposite Jeremy Guthrie in tonight's
series finale.

>>Rams Prepare For Bears

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams continue preparations for Sunday's game against the Bears in Chicago.  Running back Steven Jackson sat out practice yesterday and is considered day-to-day with a
groin strain.  Tackle Wayne Hunter also sat out.  He replaced the injured Rodger
Saffold on Sunday.

>>NHL Cancels Preseason Through September 30th

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL is cancelling preseason games through the end of the month.  The league
announced there will no exhibition games through September 30th due to the
lockout.  The NHL and union are without a labor contract.  The Blues were to
have played Tuesday at Nashville.

>>Mizzou Could Have Franklin Back Saturday

(Columbia, MO)  -- Missouri hopes to have quarterback James Franklin back for Saturday's game at
eighth-ranked South Carolina.  The junior signal-caller practiced yesterday as
he recovers from a shoulder injury.  Corbin Berkstresser played in place of
Franklin last week against Arizona State.


Area Arrests 9-20-12

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

Shelbyville Has Busy Weekend Planned

The weather looks great this weekend, and if you're looking for something to do, Shelbyville may be the place to go.

According to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, it all gets underway Friday.

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Mayhall says there's more.

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As if that weren't enough, it's also Homecoming weekend in Shelbyville.

Chamber Touts New Businesses

Even though economic times are tough, new businesses are opening in Taylorville. The President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle says a movie theater and reastaurant are set to open soon.

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Quizno's is located where Long John Silvers used to be on North Webster Street. The movie theater is on the North side of the Taylorville Square.

Latest Sports News 9-19-12

>>Cards Cruise Over Astros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Jon Jay knocked in a pair of runs to back seven scoreless innings from Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] as the Cardinals cruised to a 4-1 win over the Astros.  Lohse fanned five and
allowed just four hits with two walks to improve to 15-and-3 on the season. 
Jason Motte [[ MOTT ]] worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his 36th save for St.
Louis, which has won back-to-back games.  Lance Lynn gets the start tonight
against Lucas Harrell in the middle contest of three.

>>Reds Clip Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run double in the sixth inning to lead the Reds in a 3-1 win over the Cubs.  Bryan LaHair's RBI double in the eighth frame accounted for Chicago's lone run of the
game.  Justin Germano walked five and allowed all three runs during five innings
of duty to absorb the loss.  The Cubs have dropped three of their last four. 
The Cubs send Chris Rusin to the mound against Mike Leake in tonight's middle
contest of three.

>>White Sox Use Longball To Edge Royals

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Gordon Beckham blasted a game-tying solo homer in the sixth inning and Alex Rios
added a go-ahead solo shot in the seventh to lead the White Sox in a 3-2 win
over the Royals last night at Kauffman Stadium.  Alejandro De Aza led off the
game with a solo dinger for Chicago, which has won five games in-a-row to
maintain a three-game lead over Detroit atop the AL Central standings.  Gavin
Floyd gave up two runs through seven innings of duty to pick up his 10th win of
the season and Addison Reed registered the final two outs to lock up his 28th
save.  Chris Sale will toe the rubber against Luis Mendoza in tonight's second

>>Bears' Cutler Apologizes For Webb Bump

(Chicago, IL)  -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is apologizing for the bump seen around the
country during last Thursday's loss at Green Bay.  Cutler said on Tuesday that
he should not have bumped left tackle J'Marcus Webb on the sidelines, but did
not regret yelling at his offensive lineman.  Webb was personally responsible
for two sacks and two pressures, but Cutler was sacked a total of seven times in
the 23-10 setback at Lambeau Field.  Chicago returns to Soldier Field on Sunday
to host the St. Louis Rams in Week Three.

>>Rams Back To Practice

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are back to work today in preparation for Sunday's game in Chicago against the Bears.  St. Louis scored eight points in the final quarter to squeeze out a 31-28 win over
Washington in Week Two.  The Rams now sit at 1-and-1 on the young season.

>>Irish Rise In Rankings

(Undated)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are off to their best start since 2002 and rose four spots in the latest release of the "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Irish climbed from
19th in the nation to number-15 after improving to a perfect 3-and-0 over the
weekend.  Notre Dame snapped Michigan State's 15-game home winning streak in a
20-3 victory over the Spartans on Saturday evening in East Lansing.  It was ND's
first win over a top-10 ranked team in seven years.  The Golden Domers host
bitter rival 17th-ranked Michigan on Saturday in South Bend.


Taylorville Man Arrested for Public Urination and Intoxication

On Saturday officers were sent to a parking lot at Washington and Adams Street because a male was causing a problem. Officers arrived and spoke to the male that had been urinating along side a car in the parking lot.

No Child Left Behind

You hear a lot of talk about "No Child Left Behind" but most people have only a hazy understanding of it. Superintendent of Taylorville Schools, Dr. Greg Fuerstenau says it's different from state to state.

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Again, 3rd through 8th graders take the ISAT, while at the junior level, it's the ACT.

Mobile Food Pantry Coming to Taylorville on Saturday

In these hard economic times many people may have difficulty affording a fair amount of food.

Kaleigh Friend the Public Relations Manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank says that there is a mobile food pantry coming up in Taylorville.

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Friend says that there are a lot of different food items available at the mobile food pantry.

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Friend says that the mobile food pantry has had a good turnout in the past.

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Friend says that there are many people in need and that’s what makes this mobile food pantry important.

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Again that mobile food pantry will be on September 22nd at 10:00 am at 200 South Walnut Street in Taylorville and will go on until all the over 12,000 lbs of food is given away.

If you want any more information about the pantry you can contact the Central Illinois Food Bank at 522-4022.

Latest Sports News 9-18-12

>>White Sox Trim Tigers To Pad AL Central Lead

(Chicago, IL)  -- Omar Infante's throwing error on a potential double play relay let the tying and
go-ahead runs score as the White Sox trimmed the Tigers, 5-4.  Alex Rios took
out Infante with a hard slide that led to the errant throw and helped Chicago
extend its AL Central lead to three games over Detroit.  The White Sox face the
Royals in Kansas City at 7:10.

>>Pirates Shutout Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Kevin Correia and two relievers combined on a
two-hitter as the Pirates blanked the Cubs, 3-0, in the finale of a four-game
series.  Rain delayed the start of the game for nearly four hours.  Travis Wood
allowed all three runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 6-and-12 for
the Cubs, who split the series.  The Cubs host the Reds at 7:05.

>>Forte Battling Ankle Sprain

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Bears head coach Lovie Smith says running back Matt Forte [[ FOR-tay ]] is battling a
sprained right ankle.  Smith also said the injury is not a high ankle sprain and
Forte has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.  Forte suffered
the injury last Thursday.

>>Rams' Fisher Clarifies Jackson Situation

(Earth City, MO)  --  Rams head coach Jeff Fisher spoke to the media yesterday about Steven Jackson
and his apparent injury from Sunday's game.  Fisher reiterated that the running
back's groin was tight and the team chose not to risk further injury.  He added
that Jackson was not benched for spiking the ball after what he thought was a
touchdown, resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  The Rams head to
Chicago to battle the Bears on Sunday.

Area Arrests 9-18-12

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

Work On Route 29 Underway

An organization that has worked for decades to widen Route 29 between Taylorville and Springfield is about to see its work complete.

Volunteers Sought for Christmas Lights

The process of setting up Shelbyville's Forest Park for the Festival of Lights is already underway. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they could use your help.

Los Rancheros Coming to Taylorville

Los Rancheros a Mexican Restaurant that has locations in Springfield, Bloomington and Macomb will be coming to Taylorville.

Hector Lopez the owner of Los Rancheros says that he wanted to come to Taylorville because of its size.

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Lopez says that the restaurant will be adding some jobs to Taylorville.

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Lopez says that the changes to the building are progressing nicely.

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The new business will be located at the old location of the China Garden Buffet.

Latest Sports News 9-17-12

>>Cards Outlast Dodgers In Twelve Innings

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Jon Jay's RBI double ignited a three-run 12th inning as the Cardinals beat the
Dodgers, 5-2.  Shelby Miller picked up his first major league victory in relief
and Jason Motte notched his 35th save.  Andre Ethier homered for LA.  The
Cardinals host the Astros starting tomorrow night.

>>Rizzo, Cubs Outslug Pirates

(Chicago, IL)  --  Anthony Rizzo's grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning and the Cubs added three more in the eighth en route to a 13-9 win over the Pirates.  Rizzo finished 3-for-6 with two
homers and six RBI for Chicago, which overcame 6-1 and 9-5 deficits.  The finale
of the four-game set is tonight.

>>Six-Run Sixth Helps White Sox Sweep Twins

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Adam Dunn's 39th home run of the season ignited a six-run sixth inning as the
White Sox trounced the Twins, 9-2.  Dayan Viciedo also homered and drove in
three for Chicago, which swept the three-game series at Target Fied.  Jake Peavy
pitched six innings of two-run ball to even his record at 11-and-11.  The Sox
return home to make up Thursday's rained out game against the Tigers this
afternoon.  Jose Quintana will take the mound against Doug Fister as Chicago
leads Detroit by two games in the AL Central.

>>Mizzou, Illinois Both Win

(Undated)  --  Missouri and Illinois both got wins on the gridiron Saturday.  Corbin Berkstresser started for injured QB James Franklin as the Tigers topped Arizona State 24-20 at Faurot Field. 
Mizzou is now 2-and-1.  The Fighting Illini blew out Charleston Southern 44-0 to
also improve to 2-and-1.

>>Bradford Rallies Rams Past Redskins, RG3

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Sam Bradford was 26-of-35 for 310 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams rallied
for a 31-28 win over the Redskins in their home opener.  Robert Griffin the
Third passed for one TD and ran for two more for Washington, which led 21-6. 
The 1-and-1 Rams are at Chicago Sunday.

Accident on Springfield Road Due to Foggy Conditions

 width=There was an accident this morning in Taylorville on Springfield Road. The accident involved Adam Harden who was injured on the scene with a cut on his forehead, but Harden did not seek medical treatment.

The accident occurred when Harden was trying to turn his 1997 Saturn SL1 left off of Maxwell Street onto Springfield Road. Harden said that his windows were fogged up and he did not see a blue Plymouth Voyager Van.

The van did have some rear end damage to the vehicle, but was able to leave the accident. Harden's Saturn SL1 was towed from the scene.

Regional Radio News will have more information about this accident when it becomes available.

Area Arrests 9-17-12

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

YMCA Fall Sports Underway

With the changes in season come changes in activities. According to Chris Weitenhiller of the Christian County YMCA, they are well into fall sports now.

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Call the Christian County Y at 287-7271 if you have questions.

New Sales Tax?

The idea of a County School Facility Tax is being discussed. The Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says it's a fancy term for a sales tax.

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Again, it would have to be approved by voters before it could take effect.

Taylorville City Council Discusses Annexation of Langleyville Property

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening and one important issue that was discussed was the annexation of some Langleyville properties into the City of Taylorville.

Some citizens of the Langleyville properties affected by the annexation came to the meeting and discussed the issue with the council members.

One topic brought up by a Langleyville citizen was whether or not these citizens would get city sewers after being annexed.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says that unfortunately the city cannot afford that expenditure.

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Another topic brought up by a Langleyville citizen was the issue of the current Langleyville Road speed limit and whether it should be decreased after the annexation.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV says that he believes the speed limit on Langleyville Road should have been changed a long time ago.

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The measure to annex some of the Langleyville properties into Taylorville was passed with 6 yes votes and one abstention.

Another topic of debate at the meeting was the property at 26 Illini Drive for sale by the city. There was one bid on the property for $1000 by a neighbor of the property.

Alderman Ray Koonce of Ward I says that he believes the city should have taken the offer.

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Brotherton says that he agrees with Alderman Koonce.

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The measure to sell the property at 26 Illini Drive for $1000 failed with 3 yes votes and 4 no votes.

Another motion that was passed at the meeting was the motion to approve blocking the 800 block of Taylorville Boulevard on October 13th from 3 pm till 10 pm for a block party.

This block party is for some missionaries who were on a long mission trip and are returning home. This measure passed unanimously 7-0.

Another ordinance that passed unanimously was one to approve a contract with SIMEC, LLC D/B/A Southern Illinois Municipal Electric Cooperative to serve as the City of Taylorville’s exclusive consultant for its electric aggregation program and for engagement of the lowest cost electric wholesale supplier.

All motions sent to the council from committee were passed unanimously at the meeting and those include:

A motion to allow Police Chief Herpstreith to purchase two computers including monitors from Patrick 411 at a cost of $1,393 each.

A motion to allow Police Chief Herpstreith to purchase two stalker dual moving radar units on Illinois State bid at a price of $1,399 each.

A motion that Mike Crews will be reimbursed the Educational Tuition Expense in the amount of $268.50.

A motion to reinstate the Safety Incentive Program as presented.

A motion to bid and/or advertise for the Heavy Equipment Operator position for the Water Dept. as presented.

A motion to give permission to Superintendent Dick Wiseman to advertise for the position of recycling attendant for the Street Dept.

A motion to raise the rate for the Langleyville Public Water District 10% to establish the new rate at $3.99 per 1,000 gallons for the next 12 months.

A motion to select Crawford, Murphy and Tilly to provide the engineering services for any city airport projects until the next consulting engineering selection process as either required by the governing authorities or as deemed necessary by the city.

A motion to direct the mayor to sign the Professional Services Contract with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc. to provide engineering services for airport related projects.

A motion to enter into an agreement with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc. for Illinois Project #TAZ-4096 and Illinois Block Grant No. 3-17-0100-B13 to construct Taxiway A extension at the Taylorville Municipal Airport at an approximate total cost of $800,000 which the city will only be paying $60,000 in phases and to direct the mayor and city clerk to sign the name.

The next City Council Meeting is scheduled for October 1st.

Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Meets, Finalizes Plans

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee met Monday afternoon at the Chamber board room, to finalize plans for the 2012 edition of Chillifest taking place October 13th and 14th on the square.

Sub-committee chairs reported that the entertainment schedule has been finalized, that entries have closed for the Little Miss and Mister contests with 29 girls and 14 boys entered, and that eleven babies have been signed up so far for the Cutest Baby Contest with additional entries sought.

There’s also room for additional vendors to sell their wares during Chillifest weekend.

Chillifest event co-chair Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News that response from the community has been great.

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Hornbuckle added he’s hoping this year’s new Bags Tournament will be an annual affair.

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The Chillifest Committee will meet one final time before the big weekend, on Monday, October 8th.

For complete information on Chillifest, including vendor and Cutest Baby entry forms, go to chillifest-dot-info, and that’s Chillifest with 2-L’s.

New Group in Pana to Help People Cope with Lost Loved Ones

There is a new group in Pana to help people cope with the loss of loved ones. Rosita Downing Chapter Leader of Compassionate Friends says that she had been looking for a group like Compassionate friends for some time.

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Downing says that the group is for parents, grandparents and older siblings.

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Downing says that Compassionate Friends is a national organization.

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The Compassionate Friends Christian County’s first meeting will be on Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Pana High School Library and will be held monthly.

St. Mary's Fall Fiesta Concludes Sunday

 width=The St Mary's Fall Fiesta concludes on Sunday with many great things going on at 108 West Adams Street in Taylorville.

Of course there is food and spirits along with some great entertainment including the Tamburitizans (pictured left) a polka band and the Music Men.

Other things going on at the fiesta include a raffle drawing this evening, a ring toss for kids, a kids tent, the hooligan card game, a garage sale and much much more.

Latest Sports News 9-14-12

>>Cards Double Up Dodgers

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Allen Craig hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to help the Cardinals clip the Dodgers,
2-1.  Skip Schumaker also knocked in a run for St. Louis, which snapped a
three-game slide.  Lance Lynn gave up a run and struck out seven over six frames
for the win.  Jason Motte locked up his 34th save.  The two teams play the
second-game of the four-game set tonight. 

>>Cubs Host Pirates At Wrigley

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Cubs open up a four-game series
against the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Chris Rusin
gets gets the nod opposite James McDonald in the opener.  The Northsiders have
won five of their last six games to improve to 56-and-87 on the season.  They
took two-of-three at Houston in their last series.

>>Packers Best Bears

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Tom Crabtree had a 27-yard touchdown reception on a fake field goal as the Packers beat the rival Bears, 23-10.  Jay Cutler was just 11-of-27 for 126 yards, a touchdown and four
interceptions for Chicago.  Cutler was also sacked seven times.  Matt Forte [[
FOR-tay ]] had to leave with an ankle injury.  The Bears dropped to 1-and-1. 
The Bears host the St. Louis Rams in Week Three.

>>Illini Host Charleston Southern

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini host Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon in
Champaign.  Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is expected to return to the
field after missing last weekend's 45-14 loss at Arizona State.  Illinois won
its home season-opener against Western Michigan to sit at 1-and-1 on the season.

>>#20 Irish In East Lansing This Weekend

(East Lansing, MI)  --  The 20th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish square off against number-10 Michigan
State on Saturday evening in East Lansing.  The Irish improved to a perfect
2-and-0 on the season with a 20-17 victory versus Purdue last weekend in their
home-opener.  ND hasn't started a season 3-and-0 since 2002.  Notre Dame routed
Michigan State, 31-13, last season in South Bend.

>>Chase Starts This Weekend At Chicagoland

(Joliet, IL)  --  After 26 regular season races and 14 different winners, it comes down to the final 10
events of the season as the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sunday in the
GEICO 400 at Chicagoland.  Last year, Tony Stewart started the Chase in
impressive fashion as he posted the first of five Chase wins en route to the
Sprint Cup Championship.  Stewart, one of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the
Sprint Cup championship, conserved enough fuel and held off Kevin Harvick during
the closing laps to win the rain-delayed GEICO 400 last year.

Area Arrests 9-14-12

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

Central State Eight Taking Donations for Special Olympics

The Central State Eight is collecting money for the Special Olympics this weekend at all games in the conference. This occur at the Taylorville vs. SHG game this Friday evening the game will start at 7 pm.  

Cheer and Pom girls will be at the entrances to the facility collecting donations that will be directed the Special Olympics thatare held in the area in the spring. 

Deer Car Collision Danger on the Increase

With the harvest going on and cooler weather moving in, the deer population in Central Illinois is becoming more active. That can mean more deer-car collisioins.

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You're advised to slow down, especially near wooded areas where deer may lurk.

Chillifest Draws Near

It's now less than a month until the Taylorville Chillifest takes over the Taylorville Square. Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they have some new events this year, as well as some old favorites.

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The available slots for the Little Miss Chilli Pepper Contest have now all been filled. Chillifest is October 13th and 14th in downtown Taylorville. Again, the website address is chillifest.info.

Scarecrow Daze Approaching

One of Shelbyville's most active weekends is coming up. Scarecrow Daze and the Balloon Fest are less than 3 weeks away now.

Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the events have been moved back to a familiar location.

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Again, Scarecrow Daze is October 5th, 6th and 7th.

Football Scores

Meridian fell to Shelbyville with a score of 56-6.

Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis on September 29

There is a big event coming up in Shelbyville to raise money for a deadly disease. The Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis is that event.

Glenda Plunkett Marketing Coordinator with Shelby Memorial Hospital says that Cystic Fibrosis affects thousands of Americans.

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Plunkett says that you can register online for Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Again, Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis will be on Saturday September 29th at General Dacey Trail in Forest Park in Shelbyville. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the walk will begin at 9:30 am.

Chamber Plans Business After Hours

This is Chamber week, a time to appreciate chambers of commerce across the country, but the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is already looking ahead to next week.

Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the next "Business After Hours" is this Wednesday.

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Call the Chamber at 824-4919 if you have any questions.

Sheriff Kettelkamp Says to Remember the Three W's

With kids back in school, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp's monthly newsletter deals with the changes in routine that take place this time of year.

The Sheriff says that when it comes to your children, you should remember the three w's.

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The Sheriff says a lot of the information is just common sense, but it's a good idea to review it every now and then.

Fuerstenau Says That ISAT Results Were Pretty Good This Year

Standardized tests are a painful, but necessary evil for some students. These tests for Illinois students include the PSAE, ISAT and ACT.

Dr. Greg Fuerstenau says that the ISAT scores of Taylorville students were pretty good this year.

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The reason for the incremental increase is the No Child Left Behind legislation which is set to expire by next year.

Fuerstenau says that although he likes the idea, 100% goal is unattainable.

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The ISAT test is taken by students in 3rd thru 8th grades. After the ISAT test then the ACT test is taken by high school juniors, which is based on a national standard, not an Illinois standard.

Shelbyville Works Annual Meeting Next Week

The annual Shelbyville Works Meeting is coming up next week, according to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce.

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Again, the meeting is Tuesday night.

Latest Sports News 9-13-12

>>Padres Sweep Cardinals

(San Diego, CA)  --  Yasmani Grandal smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 3-2 win.  Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer for
the Cardinals, who have dropped six of their last seven.  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]]
fanned eight, but allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings to fall to
14-and-3.  The Cards kick off a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers
tonight at Chavez Ravine.  Lance Lynn gets the nod opposite Josh Beckett in the

>>Cubs Cut Down Astros

(Houston, TX)  --  Alfonso Soriano homered and plated two as the Cubs cut down the Astros, 5-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series.  Dave Sappelt went 3-for-3 with a run for Chicago.  Travis
Wood fanned six over seven-and-two-thirds innings of two-run ball to improve to
6-and-11.  The Northsiders are off today.  They open up a four-game series
against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field.

>>Tigers Top White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Max Scherzer struck out seven and gave up one run in six frames as the Tigers topped the White Sox, 8-6.  Kevin Youkilis drove in four runs via a pair of homers for Chicago.  Gavin
Floyd struck out seven and allowed three runs in four-and-two-thirds frames for
the setback.  Chris Sale gets the nod opposite Justin Verlander in tonight's
series finale.

>>Packers Host Bitter Rival Bears On "Thursday Night Football"

(Green Bay, WI)  --  The NFL's longest rivalry will be renewed this
evening as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on
"Thursday Night Football."  The new-look Bears rolled to a 41-21 victory versus
the Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field in Week One.  Jay Cutler
threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Marshall hauled in nine
catches for 119 yards and a score in his Chicago debut.

>>Notre Dame Leaving Big East For ACC

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame is the latest big-name school to exit the Big East.  The Irish will join
the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports, except football.  Notre Dame will
remain independent in football, but the new partnership will include the Golden
Domers playing five ACC opponents each year and each conference member at least
once every three years.  ND had been a Big East member in most sports but
football since 1995.  The Big East usually requires a 27-month notice of
departure and Notre Dame has said it will work with both conferences on a
timetable to transfer membership.  Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving the Big
East for the ACC after this season and West Virginia bolted for the Big 12 this

Latest Sports News 9-12-12

>>Padres Best Cardinals

(San Diego, CA)  --  Alexi Amarista laced a two-run triple to help the Padres down the Cardinals, 6-4.  David Freese drilled a solo homer for the Cardinals, who hold a one-game lead on the Dodgers for the final NL Wild Card spot.  Adam Wainwright allowed five runs, two of which were earned, in six innings to fall to 13-and-13.  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] takes the ball against Clayton Richard in this evening's series finale.

>>'Stros Shut Out Chicago

(Houston, TX)  --  Justin Maxwell's sac-fly in the third inning accounted for the game's lone run as the Astros shut out the Cubs, 1-0.  Justin Germano allowed one unearned run during five innings of duty to suffer the tough-luck loss for Chicago.  Cubs rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo left the game in the top of the third inning with a sore neck and right shoulder after a collision at first base.  The Northsiders had won their last four games.  Travis Wood gets the start against Fernando Abad in tonight's series finale.

>>Tigers Top White Sox, Cut Lead In AL Central

(Chicago, IL)  --  Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot as the Tigers dropped the White Sox, 5-3, last night at The Cell.  With the win, Detroit cut Chicago's lead in the AL Central to two games.  Jake Peavy surrendered three runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to suffer the loss for the Sox.  Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham each hit a solo homer and Alejandro De Aza added an RBI single in the loss.  Gavin Floyd is expected to toe the rubber against Max Scherzer [[ SURE-zer ]] in tonight's third installment.

>>Rams Back To Practice

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are back to work today in preparation for their home opener against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.  St. Louis dropped a 27-23 decision in Detroit on Sunday to start the season 0-and-1.  The team made a move yesterday in re-signing left guard Quinn Ojinnaka while placing center Scott Wells on the injured reserve/designated for return list.

>>NFL Scheduling Replacement Refs Through Week Five

(New York, NY)  --  It looks like the NFL's replacement officials will be working games through at least October 8th.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has devised its schedule to include the stand-in refs through Week Five of the regular season.  The league and the NFL Referees Association remain at odds over a new labor contract.  The NFL locked out its regular refs in June after the previous labor agreement expired.

>>Mizzou, Illinois Prep For Weekend Games

(Undated)  --  Missouri and Illinois are preparing for weekend games.  The Tigers will host Arizona State in Columbia.  Mizzou suffered a 41-20 loss in its SEC debut to seventh-ranked Georgia last week.  The Illini are home to face Charleston Southern.  Illinois lost on the road to Arizona State on Saturday, 45-14.

Area Arrests 9-12-12

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

New Business Opens in Edinburg

A new detail shop has opened up in Christian County. Justine's Detail Shop is located in Edinburg. Owner Justine Turner says even though the location is new, she has years of experience in the business.

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Again, Justine's Detail Shop is at 101 East Washington Street in Edinburg.


YMCA Transitions to School Year Schedule

With September here, a lot of changes are taking place. Chris Weitenhiller of the Christian County YMCA says they have switched from summer daycare to after school care.

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The Christian County YMCA is located at 900 McAdam Drive.

Chamber continues Celebration of Chamber Week

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce continued its celebration of Chamber Week with a live broadcast wednesday evening. Danny Russell broadcast live on News/Talk 97.3 WTIM from the chamber offices in downtown Taylorville. On hand for the broadcast was President and Ceo of the chamber Patty Hornbuckle. Also present for the broadcast was Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau, city alderman and chamber member Ray Koonce, as well as Linda Allen of the chamber. Topics discussed included how to join the chamber, how the chamber helps local businesses and the upcoming Chillifest celebration.

Latest Sports News 9-11-12

>>Friars Pound Cardinals

(San Diego, CA)  --  Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer as the Padres crushed the Cardinals, 11-3.  Pete Kozma went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and Allen Craig added an RBI single for St.
Louis.  Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia gave up four runs over three frames to
suffer the loss.  The Cards have lost four of their last five games.  The Cards
send Adam Wainwright to the mound this evening against Edinson Volquez in the
middle contest of three.

>>Cubs Handle Houston

(Houston, TX)  --  Dave Sappelt plated three runs and scored the other on a wild pitch to lead the Cubs in a 4-1 win over the Astros last night at Minute Maid Park.  Chris Volstad tossed five frames of
one-run ball to pick up the win.  Carlos Marmol closed it out in the ninth to
nail down his 19th save for Chicago, which has won four straight games on the
heels of a six-game slide.  Justin Germano takes the mound against Jordan Lyles
in tonight's contest.

>>White Sox Top Tigers

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alex Rios popped a three-run homer in the sixth inning and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a solo shot to lead the White Sox in a 6-1 win over the Tigers last night at The Cell. 
Gordon Beckham added a two-run dinger for Chicago, which extended its lead to
three games over Detroit atop the AL Central standings.  Jose Quintana struck
out seven through seven-and-two-third frames of one-run ball to pick up the
win.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Doug Fister in tonight's second

>>Bears Sign Scott; Add Collins To Roster

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and added
defensive tackle Nate Collins to the active roster.  Scott has started 28 of the
58 games he has played for Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.  He spent the past
two seasons with the Steelers and was in camp with the Lions this summer. 
Collins was added to the roster after serving a one-game suspension for
violating the league's substance-abuse policy.  He signed with the Bears in May
after playing 13 games over the past two seasons with Jacksonville.  The Bears
also waived punter Ryan Quigley, while adding tight end Dedrick Epps to the
practice squad and releasing offensive tackle Cory Brandon from the practice

>>Rams Assess Injuries After Week One

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams head coach Jeff Fisher address some injuries that were suffered during Week One
at yesterday's press conference.  Fisher says offensive tackle Rodger Saffold
has a "significant" strained neck and is expected to miss this week's game,
perhaps longer.  Center Scott Wells suffered a fracture in his left foot and
will require surgery.  He was placed on the NFL's new injured reserve exemption
list, meaning he can return to a game as early as Week Eight.  The Rams host the
Redskins on Sunday in their home-opener.

>>Irish Rise In Rankings

(New York, NY)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rose three spots in the latest release of the "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Irish climbed from 22nd in the nation to number-19
after improving to 2-and-0 over the weekend.  They beat Purdue, 20-17, in their
home-opener on Saturday in South Bend.  ND plays at 10th-ranked Michigan State
on Saturday evening in East Lansing.

Rain a Little Late to Help Much

After an exceptionally dry year, Central Illinois has finally seen some substantial rainfall. Has it helped the gardens? Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says it's a little late for most purposes.

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More rain is forecast for Central Illinois towards the end of the week.

4H Set for New Year

In the case of the local 4H, this time of year it's out with the old and in with the new. 4H Coordinator Jodi Heberling says they are wrapping up the old year and looking ahead to the new one.

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Call the Christian County Extension at 287-7246 to find out more, or stop by the Extension at 1120 North Webster in Taylorville.

Latest Sports News 9-10-12

>>Bears Crush Colts To Spoil Luck's NFL Debut

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 41-21 season-opening win over Andrew Luck and the Colts yesterday at Soldier Field.  Brandon Marshall had 119 yards and a score in his Bears' debut, while Alshon Jeffrey finished with three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in the win at Soldier Field.  Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] added 80 yards and a TD on the ground, and Michael Bush found the end zone twice.  The Bears play at Green Bay on Thursday night in Week Two.

>>Smith, Lions Edge Rams

(Detroit, MI)  --  Kevin Smith hauled in a five-yard touchdown from Matthew Stafford with ten seconds left in the game as the Lions walked away with a 27-23 season-opening win over the Rams.  St. Louis had taken the lead with under two minutes to play.  Cortland Finnegan took a 31-yard interception to the house and Sam Bradford added a 23-yard TD toss to Brandon Gibson for St. Louis.  Bradford finished 17-of-25 for 198 yards with a touchdown in defeat.  The Rams host the Redskins in their home-opener next Sunday.

>>Illini Fall To Arizona State

(Tempe, AZ)  --  The Illinois
Fighting Illini suffered a 45-14 loss at Arizona State on Saturday evening in
Tempe.  Donovonn Young had a 17-yard rushing touchdown and Eddie Viliunas hauled
in a five-yard TD from Reilly O'Toole for Illinois.  The Illini fall to 1-and-1
on the season after beating Western Michigan, 24-7, in their season-opener. 
Illinois hosts Charleston Southern on Saturday in Champaign.

>>Irish Edge Purdue

(South Bend, IN)  --  Kyle Brindza nailed a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left to lead the 22nd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 20-17 win over Purdue on Saturday in their
home-opener from South Bend.  Everett Golson finished 21-of-31 for 289 yards and
a touchdown and also rushed for another score in the win.  The Irish improve to
2-and-0 on the season after routing Navy, 50-10, in their season-opener from
Dublin, Ireland.  ND plays at 11th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday evening.

>>Cards Clip Brewers In Ten Innings

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Allen Craig singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning
to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Brewers.  Nori Aoki [[ aye-OH-kee ]]
hit a two-out, two-run homer off Jason Motte [[ Mott ]] in the top of the ninth
to tie the game at four and force extra innings for Milwaukee.  Matt Holliday
and Carlos Beltran hit first-inning home runs for St. Louis, which salvaged the
finale of the three-game series at Busch Stadium.  Lance Lynn got the win.  The
Cards start a three-game set in San Diego tonight as Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia
takes the ball against Eric Stults.

>>Cubs Double Up Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Alfonso Soriano lifted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Cubs a 4-2 win over the Pirates yesterday in the Steel City.  Josh Vitters and Anthony
Recker each had a solo homer for Chicago, which swept the three-game series at
PNC Park.  James Russell picked up his seventh win out of the bullpen and Carlos
Marmol posted his 18th save.  The Northsiders kick off a three-game series at
Houston this evening.  Chris Volstad gets the nod opposite Dallas Keuchel in the

>>Royals Edge White Sox In Extras

(Chicago, IL)  --  Mike Moustakas [[ moo-STAH-kiss ]] and Jeff Francoeur [[ fran-COOR ]]
singled in runs in the top of the 10th inning and the Royals held on to beat the
White Sox, 2-1, yesterday in the Windy City.  Gordon Beckham doubled home a run
in the bottom half for Chicago, but Greg Holland struck out the final two
hitters with men at second and third to hold on for his 13th save.  Brett Myers
took the loss for Chicago, which has lost seven-of-ten.  The Southsiders open up
a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers this evening at The Cell.  Jose
Quintana goes up against Rick Porcello in the opener.

Area Arrests 9-10-12

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

Taylorville Man Cited for Passing a Stopped School Bus

On Friday Deb Thompson a bus driver for Durham Bus Service said she was parked in the Taylorville Junior High School circle drive unloading students when a black Buick passed her bus.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Taylorville for Being Present in a School Zone

On Friday officers received information that James Crepin 39 of Springfield had been picking up a pre-school student in Taylorville since the beginning of the school year.

Officers went to the school and witnessed Crepin picking up a pre-school student. Crepin said he had been picking the child up since the beginning of the school year.

Crepin was arrested, transported, processed and released on a notice to appear for 15 counts of a sex offender being present in a school zone.

Son Arrested for Punching Father's Car

On Friday evening officers spoke to a complainant. The complainant told officers that his son, a 14 year old male juvenile punched his vehicle and caused damage to it.

Officers saw the large dent in the front right corner panel. Officers then spoke to the son, the son admitted to damaging the vehicle.

The 14 year old male juvenile was transported to Taylorville Police Department and released to his parents.

CVS Construction Continues in Taylorville

 width=Construction work continues at the corner of Spresser and Webster in Taylorville. 

The site, which was formerly where Larry's Service Center and a laundromat were located, was demolished to make way for a new location for CVS Pharmacy. 

Officials with CVS have not given Regional Radio News a grand opening target date. 

CVS presently operates from a strip shopping center location just north of what will be their new location.

Big Weekend Coming Up in Shelbyville

One of the biggest weekends of the year is coming up in Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says it's only weeks away.

New This Year Excercise at Chillifest

If you're worried about putting on a few pounds from all the great food at this year's Chillifest, there's a way you can avoid the danger.

Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says you'll be able to exercise those pounds away at this year's event.

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Chillifest takes place October 13th and 14th in downtown Taylorville.

No Bids Yet On West School Property in Taylorville

The Taylorville School Board met on Monday evening and many issues were discussed. One issue brought up during a separate special meeting before the actual school board meeting was the sale of the West School property.

Cleeton's Sanitation Offering Cozies As Well As T-Shirts for Breast Cancer Research

Cleeton’s Sanitation along with the Miller Media Group have been selling t-shirts to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ed Cleeton the owner of Cleeton’s Sanitation says that, that is not the only item available to help raise some money.

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Cleeton says that you can get the two different items for a good price.

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Cleeton says that the turnout was not great for the Kincaid Picnic.

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Cleeton says that new customer’s with Cleeton’s can also help out the foundation.

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The cozies and t-shirts are available at Cleeton’s Sanitation at 90 Harold Avenue in Tovey.  

Heavy Rainfall for September Could Hurt Some Plants

The Central Illinois has been seeing something it hasn’t seen for a while, rain. Andrew Holzinger Horticulturist with the University of Illinois Extension says that, that rain could hurt some fruits though.

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Most Central Illinois towns have already seen over two inches of rain for the month of September already nearing the average for the month.

Latest Sports News 9-7-12

>>Cards Host Crew

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals open up a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Busch Stadium.  Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] is slated to toe the rubber opposite Yovani Gallardo [[ guy-ARE-doh ]] in the opener.  The Cards took two-of-three against the Mets in their last series, but dropped Wednesday's finale to fall to 74-and-63 on the season.

>>Nats Clobber Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  Kurt Suzuki smacked a three-run homer and Adam LaRoche added a two-run shot, his fifth homer in the series, as the Nationals clobbered the Cubs, 9-2, to sweep the four-game set. 
Anthony Rizzo homered for the Northsiders, who have dropped six in-a-row and
nine-of-11. The Cubs open a weekend series tonight in Pittsburgh.

>>White Sox Host Royals

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox open up a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals this evening at The Cell.  Francisco Liriano is expected to be on the bump against Luis Mendoza in
the opener.  The Southsiders took two-of-three from the Minnesota Twins in their
last series to improve to 74-and-62 on the season.

>>Illini At Arizona State This Weekend

(Tempe, AZ)  --  The
Illinois Fighting Illini square off against the Arizona State Sun Devils on
Saturday night in Tempe.  The Illini are coming off a 24-7 victory over Western
Michigan in last weekend's season-opener.  Illinois beat ASU, 17-14, last season
in Champaign.

>>Irish Host Purdue Saturday

(South Bend, IN)  --  The 22nd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish play their home-opener on
Saturday afternoon against the Purdue Boilermakers in South Bend.  The Irish
routed Navy, 50-10, last weekend in Dublin, Ireland to kick off their season.

>>Mizzou To Host Georgia In First SEC Game

(Columbia, MO)  --  The Missouri Tigers are gearing up for their first SEC conference game.  Mizzou
hosts seventh-ranked Georgia Saturday night at Faurot Field.  The Tigers blew
out Southeastern Louisiana 62-10 last weekend.  The Bulldogs bounced Buffalo
45-23 last Saturday.

Area Arrests 9-7-12

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

Telephone Lottery Scam Reported by Taylorville Woman

A Taylorville woman recently reported a telephone lottery scam. Local Senior Citizen's advocate Mac McGwire says the scamsters are constantly changing their tactics.

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If you suspect that someone is trying to scam you, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.

Shelbyville Football

As heard on WRAN 98.3, Shelbyville defeated Tuscola with a score of 28-6.

Football Results

Rochester Beat Taylorville 42-0.

Latest Sports News 9-6-12

>>Cardinals Lose To Mets

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ike Davis hit a three-run homer to help power the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Cardinals.  R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher to 18 wins for New York.  Adam Wainwright
homered for St. Louis, but also took the loss.  The Cardinals host the Brewers

>>Cubs Clubbed By Nats

(Washington, DC)  --  Bryce Harper hit two of the Nationals' six home runs in a 9-1 win over the Cubs in D.C.  Gio Gonzalez no-hit Chicago into the sixth inning en route to his 18th win.  Anthony Rizzo
homered for Chicago, which has lost five straight.  The series finale is

>>Rios Homers Twice As White Sox Top Twins

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alex Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to
power the White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Twins in yesterday's series finale. 
Jake Peavy scattered five hits and a run over six innings to even his record at
10-and-10 with the win.  Dewayne Wise had two hits and scored a run for the Pale
Hose, who took two-of-three at U.S. Cellular Field.  The Southsiders are off
today.  They open up a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals tomorrow
evening in the Windy City.  Francisco Liriano is expected to be on the bump
against Luis Mendoza in the opener.

>>Rams' Secondary Set To Face "Megatron"

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams' defensive unit is sure to be tested against the Lions.  The young
secondary includes five rookies as the Rams try to contain Lions' star wide
receiver Calvin Johnson.  The Rams' DB's are now led by veteran free agent
pickup Cortland Finnegan.

>>Mizzou To Host Georgia In First SEC Game

(Columbia, MO)  --  The Missouri Tigers are gearing up for their first SEC conference game.  Mizzou
hosts seventh-ranked Georgia Saturday night at Faurot Field.  The Tigers blew
out Southeastern Louisiana 62-10 last weekend.  The Bulldogs bounced Buffalo
45-23 last Saturday.

Tan Ban in Springfield

The Springfield City Council has voted to ban salon tanning for minors. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says he sees no need for such an ordinance in Taylorville.

Ride for Pride This Weekend

An annual event designed to help our military takes place Saturday. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the "Ride for Pride" poker run will take place.

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Again, the event starts tomorrow morning at 10 at the Shelbyville VFW.

Chamber Adds New Members

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce continues to grow. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says they just recently added 4 new members.

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The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce boasts over 300 members.

Taylorville Business Getting a Facelift

 width=One Taylorville business will be remodeling to fit their customer’s needs. That business is H&R Block.

Laurie Henry co-owner of H&R Block says that they looked at moving, but decided to stay at the same locale.

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Henry says that they wanted their customers to have a better experience.

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H&R Block is located at 926 West Spresser Street and you can contact them at 824-4131.

Pawnee Boil Order Will Be In Effect for a Couple of Days According to Mayor Jeff Clark

The village of Pawnee has been under a boil order since Tuesday night, the order even caused Pawnee students to miss school on Wednesday.

Pawnee Mayor Jeff Clark says that there was a mistake in replacing the old water line for Pawnee that caused the order.

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Clark says that he thinks the order will only last a few days.

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Students at Pawnee schools went back to school on Thursday, but were advised to bring their own drinking water.

BREAKING NEWS: Dominion Putting Kincaid Power Station Up for Sale



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Regional Radio News has learned that Dominion Energy has put its Kincaid Power Station up for sale.

In a news release made available to Regional Radio News late this (Thursday) afternoon, company officials said that although they do not have a buyer at this time, they expect the sale to close in the first half of 2013.

Dominion said the reasons for the sale are based on financial and strategic objectives, not operational performance. They added that these are excellent, well-operating and well-maintained facilities. State-of-the-art emissions controls have been or are in the process of being installed at the stations’ coal-fired units, which are fully compliant with stringent, new federal air regulations.

Dominion further told employees this (Thursday) morning that the employees of these stations and those who support the stations have consistently worked hard and well, and they have delivered on Dominion’s values since they have been associated with the company.  They added that Dominion will work to make sure the affected employees are treated fairly.

Dominion added that they continually review their assets to ensure they still fit strategically and support their objectives to improve return on invested capital and shareholder value. They believe the sale of these assets and the redeployment of capital to their regulated businesses is the best path forward.

Dominion added that they recognize this news is difficult for the affected employees and distracting for others at Dominion, and that they are committed to continue operating these stations safely and efficiently throughout the sale process.



Latest Sports News 9-512

>>Cardinals Drop Mets

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia allowed an unearned run over seven-and-a-third innings as the Cardinals dropped the Mets, 5-1.  Garcia scattered nine hits while striking out five as he
improved to 4-and-6 with his first victory since May 16th.  Jon Jay went 2-for-4
with an RBI for the Cards, who have won three-of-four since a four-game skid. 
The teams close out the series today at 12:45 p.m.

>>Nats Use Homers To Pound Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  Adam LaRoche hit two solo homers as the Nationals pounded the Cubs, 11-5.  Alfonso Soriano hit a solo homer and added a two-run triple while Starlin Castro added two RBI
for the Cubs, who have lost four straight.  Chris Rusin allowed five runs in
just one inning of work to take the loss.  The series continues tonight at 6:05

>>Twins Crush White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Minnesota plated 10 runs in the fifth on its way to an 18-9 win over the White Sox.  Dewayne Wise went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Chicago, which jumped out to a three-run lead
early before falling down an inning later.  Jose Quintana surrendered seven runs
in one-and-a-third innings of work as the Sox lost their seventh game in nine
contests.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against P.J. Walters in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>Illini's Scheelhaase Questionable For Saturday

(Tempe, AZ)  --  Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan
Sheelhaase is questionable for Saturday's game at Arizona State.  The junior
signal-caller left last weekend's game against Western Michigan late in the
third quarter with an ankle injury.  He was 11-of-18 for 126 yards with a
touchdown and interception in the 24-7 victory.  Sheelhaase also had a rushing
touchdown.  Illini head coach Tim Beckman says sophomore Reilly O'Toole or
junior Miles Osei will fill in for Sheelhaase if he is unable to go this

>>ND Rises In Rankings

(Undated)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rose two spots in Tuesday's latest edition of the "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Irish climbed from 24th in the nation to number-22
after last weekend's 50-10 blowout win against Navy in Dublin, Ireland.  Notre
Dame plays its home-opener on Saturday afternoon against Purdue in South Bend.

Carnival to Continue at Pana Tri County Fairgrounds

The Pana Tri-County Fair may have had some rain outs, but they are now giving people some deals to come out and enjoy the carnival rides and food.

Brian Jenkins the Treasurer of the Pana Tri-County Fair says that the carnival will continue on the fairgrounds till Saturday.

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Jenkins says that there will also be some free grandstand entertainment.

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For more information on the carnival you can contact the Pana Chamber of Commerce at 562-4240.

Latest Sports News 9-4-12

>>Cards Hold Off Mets

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Allen Craig's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning was the difference as the Cardinals held off the Mets, 5-4, yesterday at Busch Stadium.  Skip Schumaker smacked a solo homer and Matt Carpenter plated a pair for St. Louis, which has won two-of-three on the heels of a four-game slide.  The series continues tonight at 7:15 p.m.

>>Nats Clip Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  Adam LaRoche clubbed a solo homer to back seven scoreless innings from Ross Detwiler, as the Nationals clipped the Cubs, 2-1.  Wellington Castillo had an RBI-single in the ninth for
the Cubs, who have dropped three in-a-row.  The four-game set resumes tonight at
6:05 p.m.

>>White Sox Double Up Twins

(Chicago, IL)  --  Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI as the White Sox doubled up Minnesota 4-2.  Paul Konerko added an RBI single for Chicago, which regained
control of the AL Central over Detroit by one game after the Tigers lost to
Cleveland.  Hector Santiago allowed one run over five-plus innings while Addison
Reed picked up his 25th save.  Jose Quintana gets the nod opposite Scott Diamond
in tonight's second installment.

>>Bears' Urlacher:  I'm Playing On Sunday

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  If it's up to Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ ur-LOCK-er ]], he is
playing on Sunday's season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts.  Urlacher told
WFLD-Channel 32's "The Final Word" that he knee isn't the same and never will
be, but he is playing this weekend.  The Bears middle linebacker has reportedly
undergone multiple procedures on his left knee, which has forced him to miss the
team's entire offseason program and most of training camp.  Urlacher sprained
the MCL and PCL in his knee during the Bears' 2011 regular-season finale.

>>Bears Sign DT Okoye

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract.  Okoye, the 10th overall selection by the Houston Texans in the 2007 draft, spent last
season with Chicago and played in all 16 games.  He posted 27 tackles and four
sacks.  A five-year veteran, he signed a contract with Tampa Bay in the
offseason, but was released by the team on Friday.  He had missed much of the
preseason while recovering from a knee scope.  To make room on the roster, the
team released defensive tackle Brian Price, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a
trade this past July.

Area Arrests 9-4-12

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

Jay A. Jackson 27 of Jackson, MO was arrested for indecent solicitation.

Ashley L. Riggs 28 of Kincaid was arrested for domestic battery.

Thomas S. Alexander 37 of Mt. Auburn was arrested for possession of meth.

Heather A. McBride 24 of Kincaid was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for criminal damage to property.

Derek E. Greenwood 30 of Pittsfield was arrested on an original arrest warrant for Illinois Vehicle Code offenses.

Timothy M. West 20 of Assumption was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for obstructing justice.

Byron C. Kay 19 of Tower Hill was arrested for consumption of liquor.

Brandon L. Rickman 18 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of liquor.

Carol L. Smith 48 of Evansville, IN was arrested for violating an order of protection and home invasion.

Police Officers Seek Taylorville Man Suspected of Arson

The Taylorville Police are investigating a pair of apparent arsons that took place over the holiday weekend, and a suspect is being sought.

It started Sunday morning at 6:15 when police and firefighters were sent to 821 West Vanderveer Street in Taylorville on reports of a fire.

The blaze was extinguished and no one was hurt. Then Monday, they were called again to the same location. This time extensive damage was done to the home and to a neighbor's adjacent garage.

According to a press release issued by the Taylorville Police Department, evidence showed that the fires were intentionally set. The State Fire Marshal's Office was then contacted.

A suspect Christopher A. Harwood 38, of Taylorville is being sought and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

If you know anything about these apparent arsons, you're urged to contact the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211 or contact the Christian County Crimestoppers at 824-9100.

New Event at This Year's Chillifest

Something new is coming to this year's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says they are signing people up for the bags tournament.

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You can get registration forms for all the Chillifest events online at Chillifest.org.

Taylorville City Council Talk About Elected Officials Salary

The Taylorville City Council met on Tuesday evening because of the Labor Day holiday. At the beginning of the meeting Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton mentioned that Water Superintendent Dave Speagle could not make it to the meeting because of a death in his family and the council then had a moment of silence for the death of Speagle’s sister.

Later on in the meeting an issue that was brought up was a special use request by Professional Video Systems Inc. at 425 South Cheyenne Street. This issue was brought before the plan commission who recommended the council vote it down.

Alderman Martin Vota of Ward II says that this project had some sewer concerns.

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That measure was voted down unanimously at the meeting 7-0.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the issue to rescind the August 30th Special City Council Meeting Minutes where the council discussed pay raises for elected officials.

Alderman Vota made this motion to rescind and says he did so because he changed his decision on the issue.

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The motion to rescind failed with a vote of 6-2 as Mayor Brotherton was able to vote on the matter.

Another issue brought up during the mayor updates was the issue of the voluntary water restrictions that have been in place in Taylorville. Mayor Brotherton rescinded those restrictions in his updates.

Brotherton says that there is no need for the voluntary restrictions anymore.

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Other issues passed at the meeting included:

A resolution for a  Public Utility Easement Agreement with Philip H., and Henryetta Tullis  

A resolution for a Public Utility Easement Agreement with the City of Pana, Illinois

An ordinance  amending Paragraph 2 of Title 11, Chapter 9, Section 1 of the City of Taylorville Code Addressing Site Development Plans

An ordinance rescinding City of Taylorville Ordinances 1857, 1858, and 2428 Addressing Signage Governing Traffic on Haner Avenue, Taft Street, and Maxwell Street, and Amending City Ordinance No. 1931 as Found At 6-4-3-1 to Correctly State the True Name of Haner Avenue

A Motion to allow Youth Hunting at Lake Taylorville October 6th and 7th with the same rules as last year

A motion to allow trapping at Lake Taylorville for the 2012/2013 Season, with the same rules as last year

A motion to allow the Knights of Columbus to hold their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive on September 21st and 22nd at the corner of West Main Cross and Webster Streets\

A motion to allow the Taylorville High School Homecoming Parade at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, September 27, 2012 with the same route as last year

A motion to direct the Street & Sewer Department to remove the Spruce tree at 2305 Lakeshore Drive

A Motion to direct the City Engineer to apply for an Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program for Stormwater Management

Again all those motions passed unanimously. The next Taylorville City Council meeting is scheduled for September 18th.

Senior Center to Help Out With Public Transportation

There has been a lot of talk about a public transportation system in Christian County. Jerry Marr Executive Director with the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says that the center will help provide transportation.

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Marr also says that he believes the center will do a lot of things for this public transportation system, although a lot of it is still being discussed.

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Marr also said that he believes that there is a possibility to get the system started by next year.

Quiznos in Taylorville Finishing Up Construction

 width=There is something you may have noticed over the Labor Day weekend driving on Springfield Road in Taylorville. A new Quiznos sign above the old Long John Silver’s Building.

Don Broaddus the owner of the business says that he is still anticipating opening the business on September 24th.

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Broaddus says that he has heard a lot of positive feedback from the community about the new business.

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Broaddus says that the business will have a soft open, but will eventually start to offer some deals to customers.

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Again the tentative opening date for Quiznos is September 24th.

Social Security Offers Incentive for Injured Workers

Today is Labor Day a time for people in the workforce to take a rest before going back to work tomorrow. There are some people with injuries who want to get back in the workforce, but may be hesitant.

Jack Myers Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration says that there is an incentive for those folks to get back to work.

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The Social Security Office is closed for Labor Day, but you can contact them tomorrow in Springfield at 877-279-9504.   

Kincaid Labor Day Picnic

The Kincaid Labor Day picnic continues thru monday. After a couple of soggy days to start, the annual get together continued in full force sunday with great events like the tug-o-war, fishing derby and egg toss. On tap for Labor Day the events include bocce ball tourney, car show, paddle boat races and a telent show. sign up for the car show starts at 10am with judging at 3:00. follow your nose to the Bagna Caulda cook-off starting at 1:00. WMKR broadcast live sunday afternoon with Danny Russell providing all the action and details.

LLCC Taylorville Has Many Events Coming Up

Lincoln Land Community College started classes on August 21st.  Tisha Miller Programs Analyst with LLCC says that there are going to be a lot of events coming up at LLCC Taylorville.

Remnants of Hurricane Isaac Pounding Central Illinois Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

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The remnants of Hurricane Isaac continue to affect the Regional Radio listening area thru this Labor Day holiday weekend.

Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain came down across Central Illinois, from Friday thru 7am Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service expects another 2 to 4 inches for the area, thru the remainder of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Weather Service says the remnants of Isaac were nearly stationary over parts of southwest Missouri and should not move too much thru the weekend. Bands of moderate to locally heavy rain were rotating north and northwest across our area and expect this to continue. Scattered thunderstorms may form again over parts of the area with one or two of the storms possibly producing gusty winds. The weakening low pressure area will edge across south central Illinois Sunday bringing another rainy day to most of the area. Rain chances should begin to diminish from west to east on Monday as the low pushes well off to our east.

Stay tuned to this Regional Radio station, and on the Internet continue to go to our on-line daily newspaper, for the latest developments as Isaac continues to move slowly to the east.


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