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Latest Sports News 11-30-12

>>Seahawks Square Off With Bears At Soldier

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears look to continue their drive to the playoffs
as they face off Sunday at Soldier Field.  The Bears snapped a two-game skid
with a 28-10 home win over the Vikings in Week 12.  Quarterback Jay Cutler
returned after missing most of the last two games with a concussion.  The Bears
are 8-and-3 overall, including a 5-and-1 mark at home.

>>49ers, Rams Rematch In St. Louis

(St. Louis, MO)  --  NFC West rivals meet for the second time this season when the San Francisco 49ers take on the St. Louis Rams Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.  The two teams battled to a
24-all tie in San Francisco in Week 10.  The Rams picked up their first win
since Week Five with a 31-17 victory at Arizona this past Sunday.  St. Louis is

>>Notre Dame Upsets Kentucky

(South Bend, IN)  --  Eric Atkins scored 16 points to help Notre Dame upset number-eight Kentucky, 64-50, at Purcell Pavilion.  Jack Cooley added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. 
The win moves the Fighting Irish to 7-and-1 overall and 6-and-0 at home.  The
Irish host Brown on December 8th.

>>Wildcats Host Illinois-Chicago

(Evanston, IL)  --  The Northwestern Wildcats host the Illinois-Chicago
Flames on Saturday.  The Wildcats lost for the first time this season on
Tuesday.  They fell to Maryland 77-57 and are now 6-and-1.  The Flames are

>>Bulls Battle Sixers

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bulls welcome in the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.  The Bulls have won two-of-three to move to 7-and-7.  The Bulls close the four-game homestand on Tuesday against

Area Arrests 11-30-12

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

Jingle Bell Walk New Event for Taylorville's Christmas in the Park

December is here and Christmas in the Park at Manners Park in Taylorville is just around the corner. Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says something new will kick off the festivities.

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There is no charge to see the lights. Again, Christmas in the Park opens Friday December 14th at Manners Park. The lights will then be on every night through Christmas.

Jack Myers: Many Retirements This Time of Year

With the year winding down, many people are thinking about retirement. Jack Myers from the Social Security Office in Springfield says the end of the year is a popular time to retire.

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Again, lots of information is available at socialsecurity.org.

Miller Media Group Announces Pending Sale of Kewanee Subsidiary

 width=(Taylorville)--The Miller Media Group, headquartered in Taylorville, today announced it is selling its Virden Broadcasting Corporation subsidiary, which owns 3 radio stations in Kewanee.


Miller Media Group head Randal J. Miller is selling the Kewanee subsidiary to the sales manager of the Kewanee cluster of stations, Fletcher Ford of Bluegrass, Iowa. Purchase price for the transaction was not announced.


Ford has been sales manager at the Kewanee cluster since April 2007, and had over 10 years of retail ownership experience before joining the stations.


Miller has owned the Kewanee radio stations since December 30, 1994. Under Miller's direction, listenership and advertising sales revenue have both grown. WKEI Newstalk 1450 added an FM repeater at 104.3 in September 2007; WYEC 93.9 was added in 2003; and WJRE Hogg Country 102.5 increased its power and coverage in 2005.


Also under Miller's ownership, WYEC moved its signal to cover the Quad Cities, and added a 2nd broadcast studio in Moline, both in 2008.


Miller said that he has been blessed to have been part of the Kewanee and Tri-County business community the past 18 years, and added that under Ford's ownership, local radio will continue to thrive in the Tri-Counties and the Quad Cities.


Transfer of ownership from Miller to Ford is expected following Federal Communications Commission approval, which is expected in the next 60 days.


Miller remains owner of 8 other radio signals that cover Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Clinton, and Charleston.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville girls fell to Lincoln with a score of 66-36.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Okaw Valley with a score of 50-45.

Latest Sports News 11-29-12

>>Illini Down Georgia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois defeated Georgia Tech, 75-62, at Assembly Hall in the ACC/Big
Ten Challenge behind 15 points from Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand.  The
victory moved the Illini to 8-and-0.  They try to stay undefeated to Tuesday
when they host Western Carolina.

>>Bulls Rout Mavs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Luol Deng scored 22 points to
lead the Bulls to a 101-78 rout of the Mavericks at the United Center.  Joakim
Noah posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Jimmy Butler also
netted 13 points for the Bulls, who have won two-of-three since a three-game
skid.  Chicago hosts Philadelphia on Saturday.

>>Sosa, Bonds, Clemens On Ballot For First Time

(New York, NY)  --  The most controversial Hall of Fame ballot in baseball history is now in the hands of the
voters.  Clouded by allegations of steroid use, sluggers Sammy Sosa and Barry
Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens are among the first-time eligibles on the 2013
ballot unveiled yesterday.

>>Brandon Marshall: Some NFL Players Use Viagra To Get Ahead

(Chicago, IL)  --  Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall may have caused a little bit of a stir when discussing how NFL players try to stay in top shape.  Marshall didn't tell reporters how he found out NFL
players were using Viagra as a performance enhancer.  He says he's got the size
and brains to avoid using any performance enhancers to get an edge on the field.

>>NHL, Union Meet With Federal Mediators

(Washington, DC)  --  The NHL and the Players' Association met with federal mediators on Wednesday
in an attempt to spur negotiations towards a new Collective Bargaining
Agreement.  NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the discussions are
expected to resume on Thursday.

Taylorville Events This Week and Next

There are a number of holiday events coming up in the area. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says the parade in Taylorville is tomorrow.

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Again, the Taylorville Mainstreet's Twilight Christmas Parade is tomorrow at 5 pm.

Festival of Lights to Feature Free Carriage Rides

If you'd like to view the Festival of Lights in Shelbyville in a unique way, you'll have your chance coming up. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they will be offering free carriage rides.

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Again those free carriage rides will be December 8th and 14th.

Area Arrests 11-29-12

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

Traffic Crash at Park and Webster Street in Taylorville

On Wednesday officers were sent to a traffic crash at the intersection of Park and Webster Streets in Taylorville. Both vehicles after the accident had pulled into the KFC parking lot for officers to talk to the drivers of the vehicles.

Stallman Says Now Is the Time to Register for Spring Classes at LLCC

Lincoln Land Community College is winding down their fall semester. Scott Stallman the Executive Director of LLCC Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro says that now is the best time to register for the spring semester.

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Stallman says that he will be teaching a course this semester to help students have success in the college setting.

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If you want to talk to an adviser about classes in Taylorville you can call 287-7081.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on GROOVY, Taylorville fell to Springfield High 65-36.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated Tolono Unity 54-34.

Latest Sports News 11-28-12

>>Bears Sign Veteran Gurode

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears signed veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode on Tuesday.  Gurode played in 13 games with Baltimore last season but did not catch on with a team this year. 
The five-time Pro Bowler has started 127 of 151 career games.  The Bears also
waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis
and wide receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad.

>>Illinois Hosts Georgia Tech Tonight

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini battle Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
tonight at Assembly Hall.  The 22nd-ranked Illini improved to 7-and-0 on the
season following Sunday's 63-62 win over Gardner-Webb.  The Yellow Jackets are

>>SEC Could See Major Coaching Shift

(Baton Rouge, LA)  --  The SEC football coaching landscape could be changing.  LSU head coach Les Miles
reportedly has been offered the same job at Arkansas.  WAFB in Baton Rouge
reports Miles was offered a five-year deal worth 27-and-a-half-million-dollars
to coach the Razorbacks.  Arkansas is seeking a replacement for Bobby Petrino
after parting ways with interim head coach John L. Smith on Saturday.

>>Mizzou's Dixon Not Charged With Rape

(Columbia, MO)  --  Missouri senior guard Michael Dixon was reportedly accused of rape but not
charged in an August incident.  The "Post-Dispatch" reports the case was closed
on November 16th after the Boone County prosecuting attorney's office declared
there was insufficient evidence to charge Dixon.  Dixon was suspended from the
Tigers basketball team by head coach Frank Haith and Missouri officials declined
to comment on his future.

>>Former Baseball Union Chief Marvin Miller Dies

(New York, NY)  --  The first head of Major League Baseball's Players' Association has passed
away.  Marvin Miller died Tuesday morning at the age of 95.  Miller helped major
leaguers form a union in the late 1960s and served as its leader until 1982.  He
guided players through three strikes and a pair of lockouts.

Area Arrests 11-28-12

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

Nikolas J. Allen 22 of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for theft and an unspecified statute.

Cassandra L. Amole 30 of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Evelyn L. Clark 51 of Pana was arrested for domestic battery.

Blake A. Griffin 20 of Herrin was arrested on an original arrest warrant for criminal sexual assault.

Danny L Gates 33 of Pana was arrested for domestic battery and an unspecified statute.

Alannah J. Wilderman 21 of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor and unspecified statute.

Joseph A. Leckner 21 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Rick E. Gatons 31 of Taylorville was arrested on an original arrest warrant for assault.

Micah D. Beck 18 of Tower Hill was arrested on an original arrest warrant for consumption of liquor.

14 Year Old Male Arrested for Disorderly Conduct at Taylorville High School

On Tuesday morning officers were sent to find a 14 year old male that had left Taylorville High School. Officers located the male walking on Northwestern Street. Officers then transported the male to Taylorville High School.

Assistant Principal Matt Hutchison told officers that the 14 year old male was yelling profanity at staff and students. Hutchison wanted to file charges against the 14 year old male. The male was arrested for disorderly conduct, he was then processed and released to his mother.

Dr. Thompson on Animal Allergies

You may not know that your pet can suffer from allergies. Dr. Randy Thompson of the Northside Veterinary Clinic says some breeds may be more susceptible than others.

Hampton Says 4H Starts Science Club

For the young scientist in your family, a new club has been formed. According to Peggy Hampton of the University of Illinois Extension, there is a new science club.

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The new Science Club meets in Litchfield.

South Elementary School in Taylorville Still Needs Your Votes

South Elementary School’s attempt to get a $50,000 from Clorox needs your help. Bobbie Harker a special education teacher at South School says that the school is just inside the top 100 right now.

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Harker says that this grant will buy some much needed technology.

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Harker says that she has a little bit of experience with these boards.

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You can vote once a day for South School and you can do that by going to TaylorvilleDailyNews.com and clicking on the south school grant banner. After you do that search Taylorville and then vote for South Elementary.

Latest Sports News 11-27-12

>>Rams Recover After Win Over Cards

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams spent yesterday recovering from Sunday's win over the Cardinals.  Head coach
Jeff Fisher said the team came through the game fairly healthy and that wide
receiver Danny Amendola was sore but still recovering from his heel injury.  The
Rams host the 49ers this Sunday at Edward Jones Dome.

>>Cardinals Receive Payout From Playoffs

(Undated)  --  The Cardinals have received a payout of $7.8-million in postseason revenue for their playoff run this season.  The team voted to award 56 full shares to players which works out to
over 122-thousand-dollars each.  The Giants, who beat St. Louis in the NLCS,
took in a payout of $23.5-million which broke the record set by the 2006 World
Series champion Cardinals.

>>Illini Land Two On All-Big Ten Teams

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Two Illinois football players were honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday. 
Offensive tackle Hugh Thornton and defensive lineman Michael Bucahanan were each
named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.  The Illini closed out a disappointing
2-and-10 campaign Saturday with a 50-14 loss to Northwestern.

>>Bucks Storm Back To Top Bulls

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bucks erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Bulls, 93-92.  Richard
Hamilton scored a game-high 30 points for Chicago while Carlos Boozer posted 19
points and 11 rebounds in the loss.  Kirk Hinrich had 17 points and Luol Deng [[
loo-OLL  dang ]] netted 10 points with eight boards as the Bulls lost their
fourth in five games.  Chicago hosts the Mavericks tomorrow night.

Trooper Killed During I-55 Traffic Stop

An Illinois State Police trooper was stuck and killed on Interstate 55 just after nine this morning.  Reports indicate Kyle Deatherage was off his motorcycle during a traffic stop when he was hit by  a near mile
marker 62 in Litchfield.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deatherage
joined the ISP in May 2009.   He leaves behind a wife and two kids.

Christmas Parade Saturday

The Christmas Parade is scheduled for this weekend. Becky Edwards of Taylorville Main Street says it should be quite a spectacle.

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Again, Taylorville Main Street's Twilight Christmas Parade is Saturday at 5 pm in downtown Taylorville.

YMCA: Expansion not a Current Priority

The Christian County YMCA is not looking to expand its facility. Chris Weitenhiller of the YMCA says they will focus instead on maintaining and upgrading the current facility.

Sheriff Reads Poem

With the holidays here, many Central Illinoisians are thinking about loved ones who are away in the military. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp recently cited a poem that will help us remember our soldiers at this time of year.

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Again, the poem is by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien.

Area Arrests 11-27-12

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

Accident in Stonington Sends Two to the Hospital

Cheryl L. Bliesner 56 of Stonington was going north on Anomynous Street Jason T. Snow was going west on American Legion Drive in Stonington. Bliesner had a stop sign prior to entering the intersection Bliesner failed to yield and Snow entered the intersection.

Taylorville Gowin Parc Construction Finishing This Week

 width=Gowin Parc in Taylorville has been under construction for a while now. Theresa Gowin, Co-owner of Gowin Parc says that the construction on Gowin Parc is nearly finished.

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Gowin says that the Gowin Parc management team is very hands on.

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Gowin says that there are many features in Gowin Parc rooms.

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If you want any information about getting a room for a family member at the new Taylorville Gowin Parc you can call 287-7000.

(Gowin Parc in Taylorville lobby)




Old Fashion Christmas on Main in Moweaqua Coming Up

The Old Fashion Christmas on Main in Moweaqua is coming up this Saturday. Marlene Craig with the Old Fashion Christmas on Main says that the event has many things going on.

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Craig says that this event brings not only citizens of Moweaqua together, but also surrounding communities.

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The event lasts from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday. There will be a live broadcast from the event on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR from 11 am until noon


Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes fell to the Glenwood Lady Titans 40-38.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Windsor 53-39.

Latest Sports News 11-26-12

>>Bears Bounce Back To Beat Vikings

(Chicago, IL)  --  Michael Bush ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears bounced back to beat the
Vikings 28-10 at Soldier Field.  Jay Cutler returned after missing last week's
32-7 loss in San Francisco with a concussion and threw for 188 yards, a TD and
an interception.  Brandon Marshall had 12 catches for 92 yards while Matt Spaeth
had a TD grab for the Bears, who snapped a two-game skid and improved to
8-and-3.  The Bears welcome the Seahawks next week.

>>Rams Complete Sweep Of Cardinals

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals for the second time this season, 31-17.  Sam
Bradford completed only eight passes, but threw for 205 yards with two
touchdowns and an interception.  Steven Jackson rumbled for 139 yards on 24
carries, while Chris Givens had five receptions for 115 yards and a TD as St.
Louis improved to 4-6-and-1.  The Rams return home to host the 49ers next

>>Illinois Edges Gardner-Webb

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois snuck past Gardner-Webb at home yesterday, 63-62.  Tyler Griffey, Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand all scored 13 points for the 7-and-0 Illini.  The
Illini face Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Assembly Hall as a part of the
ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

>>Cards' Freese Involved In Minor Car Wreck

(Wildwood, MO)  --  Cardinals third baseman was uninjured late last week in a minor car wreck. 
Police say the 29-year-old Freese crashed into a tree after swirving to avoid a
deer in the road.  The crash occured on Thursday afternoon.

Area Arrests 11-26-12

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

Mayor: Aggregate Meetings Scheduled

If you're still baffled by the Aggregate question on the ballot earlier this month, you'll have a couple of chances to find out more.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says there are a couple of meetings coming up.

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The Mayor says the city hired a company to educate the public before the elections.

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Again, those meetings will be Thursday November 29th and Monday December 3rd.

Chamber Sponsors Holiday Raffle

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will not be raffling off a TV this year. Instead, Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says there'll be a cash prize.

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Call the Chamber at 824-4919.

Winter Hours at Don Bragg Sports Complex Changed at Taylorville Park Board Meeting

The Taylorville Park Board held their monthly meeting last evening. One topic of discussion at the meeting was the winter hours for the Don Bragg Sports Complex.

Board President Marlane Miller explained why the issue needed to be discussed at the meeting.

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Board Trustee Kay Champley says that she saw some of the kids out at the Don Bragg Complex.

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After further discussion it was decided to change the hours of operation at the Don Bragg Sports Complex to 7 am until 4 pm. This time change will last over the winter months from November 1st to March 1st from now on.

Jason Boldig General Manager of Lakeshore Golf Course was at the meeting and discussed the season at Lakeshore Golf Course. Boldig says that even though the golf course was a bit short of their goal in rounds played, there was still some growth.

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Also introduced at the meeting was the new President of Red Bland Little League, Rob Thomason. Thomason talked to the Park Board about possibly using the lights donated to the little league for the fields. These lights were used at Busch Stadium.

Also discussed at the meeting was a motion for the Red Bland Little League to reimburse the park district for paint striping the ball diamonds like the Taylorville Youth Football and Taylorville Junior Football teams do.

Board Trustee Don Bragg said that he believed the park district should give the little league a year to see how much the district spends on paint striping the diamonds.

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The park board agreed with Bragg’s idea, and decided to have one year to see how much is spent on striping the fields so the board can give Red Bland Little League a better estimate.

Also discussed at the meeting was the Christmas Bonuses for Park District employees. These bonuses were passed unanimously. The bonuses were the same as years previous at $100 for full time employees and $50 for part time park employees. Another motion passed at the meeting was a motion to shut the lights off at the Boy Scout Pavilion and the Chautauqua Building for winter. That motion passed unanimously.

One of the last things discussed at the meeting was Christmas in the Park. Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says things are going smoothly and that she will be discussing Christmas in the Park further on the radio soon.

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Again, that will be on Inside Central Illinois this Wednesday from 2:30 until 3 pm. The next Park Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 27th because the 4th Monday of next month will be Christmas Eve.

Cleeton's Sanitation Donates $10,291.57 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

 width=Cleeton’s Sanitation recently held their Hauling for a Cure campaign to donate funds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Becky Cleeton Co-owner of Cleeton’s Sanitation says that she can’t believe the response to this campaign.

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Cleeton says that the donations exceeded her expectations and gave the final tally

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Cleeton says that she already is optimistic for the second year of the Hauling for a Cure campaign.

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Cleeton says that if people continue to want pink toter carts, then Cleeton’s may order more for next year.

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The Hauling for a Cure campaign will start back up in August of 2013 and continue until the end of October of 2013.

American Cancer Society Taking Donations from Local Businesses

The American Cancer Society is taking tax-deductible donations for Relay for Life. Lesa Brandt with the ACS says that it is important in the holiday season to help those who have been stricken with cancer.

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Brandt says there are many different ways that local businesses can donate.

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Again, you can stop by the Miller Media Group offices at 918 East Park Street in Taylorville if you want to donate.

Taylorville Cinema Opens Doors

 width=The new Taylorville Cinema opened up on Friday. Mike Wiseman who owns the new cinema, says that he is glad to bring the cinema back to Taylorville.

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Wiseman says that the screens at the new cinema have been overhauled.

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Wiseman says there are some other renovations that customers will notice at the Taylorville Cinema.

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If you want any information on the showtimes and movies for the theater go to taylorvillecinema.com.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes defeated the Jacksonville Lady Crimsons 57-52.

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes won over the Granite City Warriors 58-52

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M fell to Breese Central 64-52.

Sheriff Warns to Shop Safely on Black Friday

It is Black Friday today a day where people can get deals on electronics, appliances and much more.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that people should be aware when shopping on Black Friday.

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Kettelkamp also says that some people like to illegally use parking spaces during the holiday season.

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Nearly 200 people were ticketed last year on Black Friday in Illinois.

Rochester Rockets

As heard on Newstalk 97.3 the Rockets defeated Rock Island with a score of 43-18.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on Groovy 93.5, the Taylorville girls defeated Hillsboro with a score of 52-38.

As heard on 94.3 WMKR, Central A&M defeated Pana with a score of 62-61.

Leads Program Coming Up

One of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's most popular programs will be coming up soon. President and CEO of the chamber Patty Hornbuckle says the LEAD program will be back.

Crews Says Deep Frying Turkey Can Be Dangerous

It’s Thanksgiving and people are ready to enjoy some food and family. Mike Crews with the Christian County Emergency Agency says that there are some precautions you should take when frying a turkey.

Shelbyville Man Goes on Freedom Flight

There was recently a trip taken by WWII veterans to Washington DC to see the memorial honoring them and their fallen brothers.

This trip is called the freedom flight and Don Behl of Shelbyville, went on the freedom flight says that it is a great experience.

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Behl says that many veterans have never been to Washington DC.

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Freedom Flight happened over Veterans Day weekend on November 11th.

Bowl for Kids Sake Coming Up

It’s the holiday season, a time for giving. Vanessa Wiseman with Big Brothers Big Sisters Christian County says that soon enough it will also be time for the bowl for kid’s sake.

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Wiseman says that now is the time to become a sponsor of bowl for kid’s sake.

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You can contact Big Brothers Big Sisters Christian County at 824-5531.

Latest Sports News 11-21-12

>>Illinois Bounces Chaminade

(Lahaina, HI)  -- As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM Illinois advanced to the championship game of the Maui Invitational with a 84-61 win over host Chaminade.  Joseph Bertrand scored 14 points in the victory.  The Fighting Illini take on Butler in the finals tonight that game will also be on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>Bulls Resume Road Trip Tonight In Houston

(Houston, TX)  --  The Bulls resume their five-game road trip tonight in Houston against the Rockets. 
Chicago has lost its last two games after opening the trip with a win in
Phoenix.  The Bulls are now 5-and-5 on the season.  They will wrap up the trip
Saturday in Milwaukee.

>>Rams Release Miller

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams fullback Brit
Miller was released.  St. Louis needed room on the 53-man roster for center
Scott Wells, who was made active.  Miller was a special teams captain.

>>Cards Make Roster Changes

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals added four pitchers from their Double-A team to the 40-man
roster.  Michael Blazek, Keith Butler, Eric Fornataro and Kevin Siegrist will
not be available in the Rule Five draft.  St. Louis still has one opening left
on the 40-man roster. 

>>NHL, Union To Meet Again Today

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL and the Players' Association are set to meet
again this morning in an effort to work out a new collective bargaining
agreement.  The two sides met Monday night, with the league asking the union for
a comprehensive proposal.  The NHL lockout is entering its 67th day.

Area Arrests 11-21-12

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

Male Juvenile Arrested for Reckless Driving in Taylorville

On Tuesday while on patrol officers with the Taylorville Police Department saw a vehicle going south on Cherokee Street with a male riding on the running boards of the vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle at Cherokee and Stevenson Street.

The driver, a 17 year old male was then arrested for reckless driving. The 17 year old male was then transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on GROOVY 93.5, the Taylorville Tornadoes beat Nokomis with a final score of 67-57.

Latest Sports News 11-20-12

>>Illinois Crushes USC

(Lahaini, HI)  --  Brandon Paul scored 26 points as Illinois smoked USC, 94-64, to move to the semifinals in the Maui Invitational.  The Fighting Illini outscored the Trojans 57-26 in the first half
as they moved to 4-and-0.  Illinois takes on Chaminade in the semifinals tonight
and will play either Butler or North Carolina tomorrow.

>>Niners Suffocate Bears In Victory

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The 49ers used a devastating defense to hold down the Bears in a 32-7 win.  Jason
Campbell threw for just 107 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.  Matt
Forte [[ FOR-tay ]] managed just 63 yards on 21 carries for Chicago, which fell
to 7-and-3.  Brandon Marshall caught the lone touchdown for the Bears.  The
Bears return home to host the Vikings on Sunday.

>>Ditka Recovering After Stroke

(Undated)  --  Former Bears head coach Mike Ditka is recovering after suffering a minor stroke on Friday.  Ditka appeared via satelitte in his regular role last night as an analyst for ESPN's "Monday
Night Football" prior to the Bears game at San Francisco.  The 73-year-old says
he's feeling much better.

>>Maryland Bolting ACC For Big Ten

(College Park, MD)  --  Maryland is leaving the ACC to join the Big Ten.  The university made the
announcement yesterday.  Rutgers is expected to follow the Terrapins to the Big
Ten and leave the Big East.  Maryland's arrival gives the Big Ten 13 member
schools.  The Terps tenure in the Big Ten will start July 1st, 2014.

>>Billikens Dominate Aggies

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Dwayne Evans posted 21 points to lead Saint Louis to a 70-49 stomping of Texas A&M in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.  The win moved the Billikens to 2-and-1.  They take on
number-11 Kansas in the championship game tonight. 

Northside Veterinary Clinic Holding Food Drive to Help Those in Need

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for, and a time to give to people in need. Northside Veterinary Clinic in Taylorville is showing their giving spirit by having a food drive until December 10th.

Dr. Randy Thompson with Northside Veterinary Clinic says that they will be taking foods you can keep in your pantry.

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Thompson says that the need picks up this time of year.

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Thompson says that he and his wife are happy to give to those in need.

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Northside Veterinary Clinic is located at 1100 North Webster Street in Taylorville.

Churches in Kincaid Area and Kincaid School District Having a Community Angel Tree

The Midland United Methodist Church, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid Church of God and the faculty and staff of the Kincaid School District are working together to be a part of the Midland Community Angel Tree.

Pastor Linda Vonck of the Midland United Methodist Church says that this is not the first year of the angel tree.

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Vonck says that she is glad to see the churches work together for this cause.

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Vonck says that there are many ways to be a part of this angel tree.

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You can contact any of the Kincaid area churches, or the Kincaid School District if you want to donate to the angel tree.

Sheriff Disagrees with Washington, Colorado Cannabis Vote

Earlier this month voters in Washington state and Colorado legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes. Christian County Sheriff Kettelkamp says those voters will eventually regret the move.

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Medicinal marijuana is legal in several states, but this is the first time it has been okayed for recreational use.

Mayor Says Local Business Are Doing Well

Even in a tough economy, the City of Taylorville has plenty of new business activity. The new movie theater is about to open and newly opened restaurants include Quizno's and Fat Moe's.

Mayor Greg Brotherton says there are other things going on as well.

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Gowin Parc is scheduled to open soon.

Area Arrests 11-20-12

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

Man Hits a Deer on County Road #4

Steven K. Tracey 53 of Taylorville was going east on County Road #4 just west of Township Road 2550 East when a deer ran into the path of Tracey's 1998 Ford truck.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on Groovy 93.5, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes beat the Lincoln Lady Railers with a final score of 58-14

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes beat Triad with a final score of 44-40

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville Rams beat the Hillsboro Hilltoppers with a final score of 55-45

Pro Shot Site Plan Approved

The Taylorville City Council unanimously approved the site plan for Pro Shot with a few minor adjustments. Pro Shot, a new business looking to locate in Taylorville asked for variances in the number of parking spaces required for the square footage of their site as well as a variance in the need for a sidewalk. Pro Shot, a company that operates in 43 countries, will be operating from a warehouse structure and will only have the need for 18 parking spaces and considering their location, if they are required to put sidewalks in, they would be the only business in that area to have them. After little discussion, the variances were approved.

The Council was prepared to receive bids on the property at 26 Illini Drive in Taylorville. Having received none, Alderman Walters asked that the Council be diligent in finding a way to get the property into the hands of a citizen. The Council approved an Ordinance to vacate Ricks Street, south of Gandy Street, for the use by the Cemetery.

In other business, Cindy Brown was sworn in as Human Resource Manager. Also, the Council approved an additional $1250 payment to Aviation Insurance Managers, Inc. for additional insurance to further protect the City of Taylorville for the use of the airport by the Mid America Sport Parachute Club. It was also agreed to waive the water tapping fees for Gowin Parc in lieu of their installing a fire hydrant.

Mayor Brotherton’s report included congratulations to Mike Cruse for his work in the relief efforts with Hurricane Sandy. He also extended his congratulations to Carol Alexander on her publication of her new book, “The Big Squeal”. Mayor Brotherton informed the Council that he would be attending the opening of the theater in Taylorville this Friday and reminded the council members and those present to remember how blessed we are this Thanksgiving. He also reminded all that South School is in a vote contest similar to the on the City was in and invited them to vote 1 time each day. The link to vote can be found here on Taylorville Daily News by clicking on the icon.

There will be 2 public hearings to discuss the Energy Aggregation. These meetings will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 pm and Monday, December 3rd at 6:30 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40.  


Latest Sports News 11-19-12

>>Jets Beat Rams To Snap Three-Game Skid

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams had three turnovers in a 27-14 loss to the Jets yesterday.  Sam Bradford
was 23-of-44 for 170 yards with two TDs and an interception as St. Louis fell to
3-6-and-1.  Brandon Gibson had two TD catches in the setback.  The Rams head to
Arizona to face the Cardinals next week.

>>Bears Battle Niners Tonight In San Francisco

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Bears are in San Francisco to battle the 49ers tonight on "Monday Night Football."  Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out due to a concussion and Jason Campbell will start in his place.  The Bears are 7-and-2 after last week's loss to Houston while San Francisco enters tonight's game at 6-2-and-1.

>>Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka Suffers Minor Stroke

(Undated)  --  Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a minor stroke.  The 73-year-old was hospitalized Friday after suffering what doctors say is a "very minor stroke." The "Chicago Tribune" reports Ditka was playing cards at a country club when he noticed his hands weren't working properly and he was having speech issues.  Ditka did not make any appearances this weekend on ESPN in his role as an analyst.

>>Cardinals Introduce New Alternate Home Jersey

(St. Louis, MO)  --  There is a new alternate home jersey for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The team
has unveiled its first uniform update since 1998.  The jersey will be cream
colored with St. Louis in script under the bat instead of Cardinals.  The "Birds
on the Bat" logo has been given more detail, red piping has been added down the
front and player numbers on the front will be smaller.

>>Illinois Football Falls To Purdue

(Champaign, IL)  --  Despite Nate Scheelhaase's late touchdown run, Illinois fell to Purdue on Saturday,
20-17.  Scheelhaase finished with 76 rushing yards and 160 through the air as
the Illini fell to 2-and-9 while turning the ball over three times.  The Illini
face Northwestern in Evanston next week to close the season.

>>Illini Hoops Open Maui Invitational

(Maui, HI)  --  Illinois basketball starts the Maui Invitational late tonight against USC.  The Illini
slipped past Hawaii on Saturday in overtime, 78-77, to improve to 3-and-0. 
Tonight's game is scheduled to tip off at 11:00 p.m. central time.

Area Arrests 11-19-12

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

Accident on Route 51 Sends Four to the Hospital

William B. Brown 26 of Franklin was driving south on US Route 51. Jesse A. Temmen 25 of Oconee was approaching US Route 51. As the road turns to the east there was a stop sign at Route 51 Temmen did not stop sign at Route 51. As the road turns to the east there was a stop sign at Route 51. Temmen did not stop and struck the rear dual wheels of the semi trailer of Brown.

Temmen along with 3 passengers in his vehicle Latasha M. Cole 24 of Herrick, Kody Lynn Cole 25 of Herrick and Jennifer R. Brown 26 of Beecher City were all transported from the scene via ambulance. Brown the driver of the semi truck was not injured.

Six Arrested for Underage Drinking at Circle K Parking Lot

On Saturday night officers were dispatched to Circle K because six individuals who appeared to be intoxicated got out of a red truck in the Circle K parking lot.

Officers arrived and located the six individuals who according to officers seemed to be intoxicated. After a short investigation all six were arrested for illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.

The people arrested were Chloe Windell 18 of Taylorville, two 16 year old juvenile females, a 17 year old juvenile female of Stonington, Devin S. Frisby 19 of Urbana and Tyler L. Duncan 19 of Urbana.

The juveniles were released to their parents the others were released on a notice to appear.  

Hagen Says Mobile Food Pantry a Success

A visit from the Mobile Food Pantry took place in Taylorville this past weekend. Amy Hagen of the Central Illinois Food Bank says there were some new aspects to the latest giveaway.

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Several tons of food was handed out Saturday, including 300 hams.

Woman Arrested After Fight in Progress at MAI

On Saturday evening officers were sent to MAI in Taylorville because a fight was in progress. An officer arrived as a female was leaving in a vehicle.

The female, Breendina A. Pleshe 20 of Tovey according to officers nearly struck an officer with her vehicle and left the parking lot on Cheney at Park Avenue.

After investigation Pleshe was arrested for domestic battery, aggravated assault, fleeing/attempting to elude, and reckless driving. Pleshe was issued multiple citations and transported to the Christian Correctional Center.

New Taylorville Cinema to Open on Friday

The new Taylorville Cinema will be opening this Friday. The updated theater will include 2D and 3D showings of both of their features. The two movies being shown Friday-Sunday will be both be cartoons. In Theater 1 Rise of the Guardians will be shown and in Theater 2 Wreck-It Ralph will be shown.

The first showing of both films will be on Friday at 1 pm both of those will be 2D features. The prices for tickets at the new Taylorville Cinema will be $6 for an adult, $5.50 for senior citizens and $5 for a child. The prices for a 3D film are $7.50 for an adult, $7 for seniors and $6.50 for children. Matinee prices are lower at $5 for an adult, $4.50 for seniors and $4 for a child.

If you want any more information on the new Taylorville Cinema go to taylorvillecinema.com.

Taylorville Public Library Has Their Own Song

There is a new song out about the Taylorville Public Library. Dorothy Siles the Executive Director of the library says that the song has been copyrighted.

Central A&M Second Game

As heard on Groovy 93.5, Central A&M defeated Paris with a score of 66-43.

Latest Sports News 11-16-12

>>Bulls Continue Road Trip Saturday Against Clippers

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Bulls continue their five-game road trip tomorrow night in Los
Angeles against the Clippers.  Chicago started the trip with a 112-106 overtime
win in Phoenix on Wednesday.  The Bulls sit at 5-and-3 on the season.  They will
also make stops in Portland, Houston and Milwaukee.

>>Jets, Rams Seek Elusive Fourth Win

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A pair of three-win teams face off Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome as the New York Jets
visit the St. Louis Rams.  The Rams are coming off a 24-24 tie at San Francisco
this past weekend that has them at 3-5-and-1.  St. Louis hasn't won since Week
Five at home against the Cardinals.  The Rams are 3-and-1 at the Dome this
season, with their lone loss to the Packers.

>>Bears Face 49ers On "Monday Night Football"

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bears are gearing up for their huge "Monday Night Football" showdown with
the 49ers in San Francisco.  Chicago fell to 7-and-2 on the season following
last week's 13-6 home loss to Houston.  The Bears are just a half-game ahead of
San Francisco for second place in the NFC.

>>College Football Round Up

(Undated)  --  Both local college football teams are in action on Saturday.  Missouri will step out of SEC play
this week and host Big East foe Syracuse.  The Tigers moved to 5-and-5 with a
three-overtime victory over Tennessee last week.  Illinois will be home to host
Purdue.  The Illini sit at 2-and-8 and are searching for their first Big Ten

>>Giants' Posey Wins NL MVP Award

(New York, NY)  --  San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is the National League's Most Valuable
Player.  Posey led the majors with a .336 average to go with 24 home runs and
103 RBI as the Giants captured the NL West Division.  St. Louis Cardinals
catcher Yadier [[ YAH-dee-air ]] Molina finished in fourth place in the voting.

Taylorville Chamber Gift Certificates Great for the Holiday Season

People are already gearing up for the shopping season. Patty Hornbuckle of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says Chamber certificates make great gifts.

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Call the Chamber or stop by for the gift certificates. The phone number is 824-4919, and Chamber is located on the South side of the Taylorville Square.


Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR, the Central A&M Lady Raiders beat the Rochester Lady Rockets with a final score of 47-53

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes beat the PORTA Bluejays with a final score of 61-19

Central A&M Basketball

As heard on 94.3 Central A&M fell to Breeze Central with a score of 55-35.

Latest Sports News 11-15-12

>>Bulls Hold Off Suns In OT

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Carlos Boozer posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls took a 112-106 win in overtime against the Suns.  Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for
Chicago, which bounced back from a loss to Boston on Monday.  The Bulls play the
second game of their five-game road trip on Saturday against the Clippers.

>>Cutler Status Unknown

(Chicago, IL)  --  With the Bears not practicing on Wednesday, there was no update on the status of quarterback Jay Cutler.  Cutler suffered a concussion on Sunday night against the Houston
Texans.  The Bears take on the 49ers on Monday night.

>>Jets Sign RB Bell

(Florham Park, NJ)  --  The New York Jets have signed running
back Kahlil Bell.  The 25-year-old was waived by Chicago last month after
rushing for 32 yards in two games.  Bell has run for 589 yards on 131 carries
and caught 21 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in 22 career games with the

>>Givens And Jenkins Return To Practice

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams wide receiver Chris Givens and cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned to practice
on Wednesday.  Both players did not play against the 49ers on Sunday for
violating team rules.  Head coach Jeff Fisher said both would play this Sunday
against the Jets, but did not reveal if they would start. 

>>Molina Learns MVP Destiny Today

(Undated)  --  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is up for the NL MVP Award today.  The Cards' backstop
goes up against Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Padres third baseman Chase
Headley, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Giants catcher Buster Posey. 
The winner will be announced live on MLB Network.

>>Smith Auctioning Off Memorabilia

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith will be putting up over 100 pieces of
memorabilia up for auction.  The auction will include Gold Glove awards and
All-Star game rings.  Bidding opened yesterday and goes to December 1st for
registered bidders. 

>>Saint Louis Falls To Santa Clara

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Kevin Foster dropped 30 points to lead the Santa
Clara Broncos to a 74-62 win over the Saint Louis Billikens.  Rob Loe paced the
Billikens in the loss with 13 points.  Saint Louis fell to 1-and-1 and will try
to bounce back on Monday when they play Texas A&M. 

Area Arrests 11-15-12

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

Shelbyville Features Holiday Events This Weekend

The holidays officially arrive in Shelbyville this weekend. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says there are 2 events tomorrow that are sure to put you in the oliday mood.

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Tad says one of Central Illinois' most popular events kicks off tomorrow evening.

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The Festival of Lights will be open from 6 till 9 pm weekdays, and from 6 till 10 pm Friday and Saturdays.

Chamber to Hold Raffle

Just in time for the holiday season, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is planning another raffle. President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says they are trying something different this year.

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Patty also reminds shoppers that Taylorville Chamber gift certificates make great gifts.

Taylorville's Christmas in the Park Less Than a Month Away

One of the biggest events of the Christmas season in Taylorville is coming up. That event is Christmas in the Park.

Bailey Hancock the Taylorville Park District Recreation Director says that the event is very important not only to the park, but is also important to the community.

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Hancock says that Christmas in the Park continues to grow.

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Hancock says that the park is a family friendly environment.

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Christmas in the Park is scheduled to start up on December 14th.

Latest Sports News 11-14-12

>>Bears Ink QB McCown

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have signed
quarterback Josh McCown.  The veteran was signed as an insurance policy after
Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in Sunday night's loss to Houston.  Cutler's
status for this Monday night's game at San Francisco is uncertain. The
33-year-old McCown started the final two games last season for Chicago when
Cutler was sidelined with a broken thumb.  To make room, the Bears waived tight
end Brody Eldrige.  The 7-and-2 Bears are back to work this week preparing for
Monday's contest against the 49ers.

>>Tillman Tweets About Daughter's Birth

(Undated)  --  Bears cornerback Charles Tillman tweeted
the news of the berth of his daughter yesterday.  Tillman's tweet read, "Thank
you all for your thoughts and prayers... Wife and baby are doing great."  The
NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October made headlines last week when he
said he'd miss last week's game against Houston if his wife went into labor that

>>Rams Gear Up For Jets

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are getting
set for Sunday's home game against the Jets.  St. Louis had lost three straight
before playing to a 24-24 tie last week in San Francisco.  The Rams now sit at
3-5-and-1 on the season.

>>Cardinals Release McClellan

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals have released reliever Kyle
McClellan.  The right-hander made 244 relief appearances since 2008 and has a
career 3.69 ERA.  St. Louis also signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league
deal.  The 30-year-old split time between the Mets and their Triple-A team in
Buffalo last season.

>>Matheny Gets Vote For NL Manager Of The Year

(Undated)  --  Cardinals manager Mike Matheny received a single
third-place vote for National League Manager of the Year.  Matheny finished tied
for fifth with Padres manager Bud Black.  The vote came from David Lennon of
"Newsday" in the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of
America.  Nationals skipper Davey Johnson won the award.

Area Arrests 11-13-12

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

Don W. Hubbartt 49 of Shelbyville was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a revoked license.

Steven D. Leonard 33 of Taylorville was arrested for theft, Illinois Vehicle Code Felonies, driving with a revoked license, fleeing police and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rachel R. Dixon 26 of Taylorville was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis.

Justin D. Dick 20 of Decatur was arrested for consumption of liquor.

Drew Longbrake 20 of Assumption was arrested for consumption of liquor.

Zachary Allen 19 of Moweaqua was arrested for consumption of liquor.

David M. Droke 21 of Taylorville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.

Zackary G. McFarland 23 of Ramsey was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Brent F. Lesko 42 of Pana was for violating an order of protection.

Keffrey L. Cothern 25 of Pana was arrested on an original arrest warrant for knowlingly damaging property.

Jason M. Barr 39 of Taylorville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for battery.

Dustin Cline 24 of Bulpitt was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Video Gambling Now in Place

Video gambling is now a reality in Illinois. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says it may end up generating a lot of revenue for the city.

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The Illinois legislature passed the video gambling bill years ago, but it is just now being implemented across the state.

YMCA Auction a Success

The Christian County YMCA recently held one of its most important fundraising events. Chris Weitenhiller of the Y says their annual auction was a big success.

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Weitenhiller says he is amazed at how responsive the community has been.

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Weitenhiller says the money will be used for a number of YMCA programs, including funding memberships for kids from disadvantaged families.

Area Arrests 11-14-12

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

Alleged Retail Theft Occurs at Amity in Taylorville

On Friday evening officers spoke to an employee at Amity in regards to an alleged retail theft. Officers later located Samantha L. McPeek 30 of Taylorville placed her under arrest and transported her to the Taylorville Police Department.

Shelbyville High School Students of the Month for November

 width=Here are the Shelbyville High School Students of the Month for November.

Students are left to right

Senior Meagan Stenger, Junior Richard Zientara, Sophomore Jonathan Beshears, Freshman Savanna Pesch.

Latest Sports News 11-13-12

>>Illinois Handles St. Francis

(Champaign, IL)  -- As heard on Groovy 93.5, Illinois picked up an 89-64 win over St. Francis last night.  The Illini moved to 2-and-0 on the young season after Friday's season-opening win over Colgate.  The Illini
head to Honolulu to face Hawaii Friday before playing in the Maui Invitational
next week.

>>Celtics Run Past Bulls

(Chicago, IL)  --  Rajon Rondo finished a rebound shy of a triple-double as the Celtics took care of the Bulls, 101-95.  Luol Deng [[ loo-OLL  dang ]] led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds for
Chicago.  Joakim [[ joe-keem ]] Noah added 17 points and 11 boards while Carlos
Boozer had 15 points in the loss.  The Bulls fell to 4-and-3.  Chicago plays in
Phoenix tomorrow night.

>>Bears Get Set For Niners

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are moving on from Sunday night's 13-6 loss to the
Texans.  Chicago has an extra day to prepare for this week's Monday Night
Football matchup in San Francisco against the 49ers.  The Bears remain atop the
NFC North at 7-and-2.

>>Molina Up For MVP Thursday

(Undated)  --  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is up for the National League MVP award on Thursday.  Molina is up against Giants catcher Buster Posey, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen,
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and Padres third baseman Chase Headley for the
honor.  It will be announced Thursday evening live on MLB Network.


Mac Mcgwire Scams Target Military

Although Mac McGwire is a local Senior Citizens Advocate, he says it isn't just the elderly who are targets of scams.

McGwire says members of the military are often victimized.

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McGwire says the scams are similar to those often used against the elderly.

Master Gardener Opportunity Coming Up

If you've ever thought you'd like to be a Master Gardener, Gwen Podeschi says your chance is coming up.

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Again, you can register now. The classes will start January 15th and continue through March 26th.

Fat Moe's Has a Great Turnout in First Week Open According to Owner

 width=There is a new Chicago Style eatery in Taylorville. The name of the establishment is Fat Moe’s and it is located at 923 West Spresser Street.

Mike Naser the owner of Fat Moe’s says that after a week of being open the support has been overwhelming.

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Naser says that there has been a good mix of new customers and customers who went to Fat Moe’s in Springfield.


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Naser says that the grand opening date was supposed to be on Thursday, but with all this support that might not happen until later.

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Naser also said that some additions will be coming to Fat Moe’s soon like an ice cream parlor part of the restaurant.

Thanksgiving Mobile Food Pantry Coming Up at Taylorville High School

There is going to be a mobile food pantry coming up at Taylorville High School. This mobile food pantry has been made possible by the generosity of a community citizen, Taylorville High School students and the Central Illinois Food Bank.

Kayleigh Friend the Public Relations Manager at the Central Illinois Food Bank says that there are a limited number of families that can be served.

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Friend says that this event could not go on as smoothly without the help of Taylorville High School students.

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Friend says that the need around the holiday season has stayed pretty high year after year.

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Again this event will be this Saturday at 10 am at the Taylorville High School cafeteria.

Mayhall Touts Website

The new Shelbyville website has been up and running for several months now, and Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says they are looking for businesses to take advantage of a new, free way to promote their products.

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Again, call Tad Mayhall at 774-1342. The website address is shelbyvilleillinois.net.

Lock Doors, Watch for Deer Says Sheriff Kettelkamp

With the holiday season coming up, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is reminding you that the holidays are a time to be extra careful about avoiding theft.

Kettelkamp says the best advice is also the simplest.

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Kettelkamp also says deer-car collisions are a danger this time of year.

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The Sheriff's monthly newsletter this month deals with "The Fatal Four".

Work on Cheney Street in Taylorville Continues

Crews continue to deal with sewer work that is helping the flooding problems on Taylorville's east side. Mayor Greg Brotherton says they are hoping the work will alleviate some of the problems.

South Elementary School in Taylorville in the Running for a $50,000 Grant from Clorox

One Taylorville elementary school is looking for your votes to get them some big money. South School is looking to be voted on in a grant competition that could get them as much as $50,000.

Bobbie Harker a Special Education Teacher at South School who found out about the grant says that you can vote for South School to get some money.

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Harker says that this grant could get the school some smart boards that will engage students.

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Harker says that she found out about this grant while looking at other grants.

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Again that website you can vote for South School is powerabrightfuture.com/clorox then search Taylorville to find South School.

Taylorville School Board Rejects Sale of West School Property Unanimously

The Taylorville School Board held its monthly meeting Monday evening and one of the first topics of discussion was the West School Property. There was a bid on the property of $100. That bid was rejected unanimously at the meeting.

Taylorville School Board member Steve Milling says that the bid was not worth near the amount that the property was appraised for.

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Another issue brought up at the meeting was a change in the school buses. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says that this change will be continued after it was started on Monday.

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Also at the meeting there was a discussion of the County School Facility Tax brought up previously at the board.

Fuerstenau says that if this is put in place it won’t just help Taylorville’s School District, but it will help all of the school districts in Christian County.

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Fuerstenau also said that he has previous experience with a similar version of this tax in Iowa. The tax would not be levied on Automobiles, ATV’s, Boats, Mobile Homes, unprepared food, drugs, farm equipment and parts and farm inputs. Basically the rule with this tax is that if it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the proposed 2012 tax levy. The EAV of the district, which is 1/3 of the actual market value of all property owned by the district increased to $269,566,529. The total levy for the district is at $8,283,376 which was an increase over the last levy.

Also brought to the board’s attention was the Taylorville tax rate which was at 3.437 which is one of the lowest in the area. Some other schools tax rates that are in the area are Pana at 5.073, Rochester at 4.391 and Nokomis at 4.882.

The proposed levy was passed unanimously at the meeting.

Other considerations passing unanimously at the meeting include the 2012 IMRF Executive Trustee Election Ballot Resolution and the District-wide school library grant program proposal to be submitted to the Illinois State Library.

There was going to be a discussion on the change of the district grading scale and class rank, but board member and Curriculum Committee Chairperson was not present at the meeting so that issue was tabled until next month’s meeting. That meeting will occur on December 10th.

Latest Sports News 11-12-12

>>Texans Top Bears In Defensive Struggle

(Chicago, IL)  --  Houston forced four turnovers as the Texans defeated Chicago, 13-6.  Bears QB
Jay Cutler threw for 40 yards and two interceptions before leaving with a
concussion.  Jason Campbell came on to throw for 94 yards on 11-of-19 passing. 
Brandon Marshall made eight catches for 107 yards.  Chicago dropped to 7-and-2
with the loss.  The Bears play next Monday night at San Francisco.

>>Rams Play To Tie With Niners

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Rams and 49ers each missed overtime field goals as the teams played to a 24-24 tie. Steven Jackson had 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Rams, and
Danny Amendola returned from a shoulder injury to make 11 catches for 102
yards.  Sam Bradford threw for 275 yards and two scores for St. Louis, which is
now 3-5-and-1.  It's the first tie in the NFL since the Eagles and Bengals
finished knotted at 13 in November of 2008.  The Rams host the Jets next week.

>>Illinois Falls To Minnesota

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois committed two turnovers and couldn't muster enough offense in a 17-3 loss to
Minnesota on Saturday.  Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 175 yards as the Illini
fell to 2-and-8 with a winless 0-and-6 mark in Big Ten play.  Illinois hosts
Purdue next week.

>>College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  --  The college basketball season got underway this weekend.  Illinois defeated Colgate on Saturday, 75-55.  The Illini host St. Francis tonight.  DePaul crushed UC Riverside
Friday, 91-59.  Notre Dame opened with a 58-49 win over Evansville and hosts
Monmouth tonight.  Northwestern starts its season tomorrow against Texas

>>Illini Host St. Francis Tonight

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois basketball hosts St. Francis tonight at Assembly Hall.  The Illini topped
Colgate 75-55 on Friday to open the season.  Brandon Paul led the way with 20
points and eight rebounds.

Gill Concedes to Davis in 13th Congressional District Race

 width=Democratic candidate Doctor David Gill on Friday announced he was conceding the 13th Congressional House race to Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville.


In a statement released on Friday, Gill said that his exhausted campaign team has completed a county by county analysis of outstanding provisional and absentee ballots in the 13th Congressional District, as well as some precinct-based anomalies in ballot returns and turnout.


Gill said the closeness of this race (less than 1/2 percentage point) demanded that his campaign diligently check the numbers. He was very grateful for the dedicated work of campaign staff to go through the data in the last few days, and for the cooperation of election officials in each of the 14 counties.


Gill added that had become clear that there were not enough uncounted ballots remaining to wipe out the current 1,287 vote deficit.


Gill said that while he and Republican Rodney Davis had different priorities and political philosophies, he hoped Davis seek ways to compromise and support the President. 


Gill said that the time has now come to bring the campaign to a close.



Rochester Football

As heard on Newstalk 97.3, the Rochester Rockets defeated Peoria Notre Dame with a score of 36-21.

Christian County 4H Has Special Deal for NFL Game

The Christian County 4H has a special event coming up at a NFL game. Peggy Hampton with the Christian County 4H says that there is a special rate for 4H members at a St. Louis Rams game coming up in December.

Mac McGuire Talks About Scams Used on Veterans

Sunday is Veterans Day, a day to celebrate those who protect America’s freedom. Mac McGuire Senior Citizens Advocate says that some people may try to take advantage of younger veterans.

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McGuire says that there is a very common scam that veterans have to deal with.

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McGuire says that charity scams is another very common scam used on veterans.

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Always remember when it comes to scams if something sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Free Diabetes Screenings This Wednesday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital

There will be an event on Wednesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. This will be in cooperation with Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day, and people from Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be giving free Diabetes screenings.

State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville partnered with the hospital for this event and Rosenthal says that this event could help people who want to be tested for diabetes.

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Rosenthal says that he has family members who have had diabetes.

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Rosenthal says that older people are more prone to getting diabetes.

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Again this will be on Wednesday from 9 am till 11 am at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital conference room.

Taylorville Native Rodney Davis Wins 13th District Congressional Race

 width=For the first time in history a man from Taylorville will be a US Congressman. Rodney Davis, a Republican from Taylorville has been elected to the United States Congress in the new 13th District.

Davis was introduced at the Election Night Celebration at Krieger’s in Taylorville by Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp.

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Davis thanked his late mother during his acceptance speech for all she did for him.

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Davis talked about his opponents during his victory speech also.

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Davis closed his speech on a thought from a very well-known Illinoisan.

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Davis also stated in his speech that he is willing to work on both sides of the aisle with both Democrats and Republicans.

Wayne Rosenthal Wins Illinois 95th District Race; Talks About State House Needing Compromise

Representative Wayne Rosenthal won the newly drawn 95th District last evening over Democratic challenger Brad Gillespie. Rosenthal received 59% of the vote, while Gillespie got 41% of the vote.

Rosenthal says that he believes this result shows that a lot of people in the district agree with what he is doing as a State Representative.

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Rosenthal says that he will have to compromise with Democrats to get things done in the State House.

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Rosenthal has been serving as a State Representative in the 98th District, but will serve in the newly drawn 95th District during his next term.

Patriot's Pen Essay Banquet Coming Up at Taylorville VFW

Many Junior High Students in the area recently participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Glen Goodrich the Commander of the Taylorville VFW post says that this gets junior high kids involved with the patriotism.

Gill and Davis Race Too Close to Call

One of the most hard-fought races in this year's elections has been for the Congressional seat in the 13th district. With voting underway today, candidates are making last minute attempts to reach people.

Dr. David Gill, Democratic Candidate for the seat says there are several things motivating his run for Congress.

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Dr. Gill's opponent, Republican Rodney Davis, says he needs your vote today.

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Polls close tonight at 7:00 pm.

Manar Runs for Illinois Senate

Election day is here, and candidates are making last minute appeals to voters. Andy Manar, former Macoupin County Board Chairman, is running for the Illinois Senate in the 48th District.

Manar says he sees several issues as being among the most important.

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Manar's opponent in the race is former Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy.

McElroy Runs for Illinois Senate

It’s Election Day and one of the most hotly contested races in Central Illinois is the race for the 48th District in the State Senate.

Latest Sports News 11-6-12

>>Rams Get Back To Work

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are back to work today in preparation for Sunday's game at San Francisco.  St. Louis enjoyed the bye this past weekend following a 45-7 loss to the Patriots in London on
October 28th.  The Rams expect wide receiever Danny Amendola to return from his
shoulder injury this week.

>>Bears Gather Following Dominating Win

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are collecting themselves following Sunday's dominant victory over the
Titans in Nashville.  Chicago moved to 7-and-1 on the year by blowing away the
Titans, 51-20.  The Bears will gear up this week for Sunday's cruicial Sunday
night battle with the 7-and-1 Houston Texans at Solider Field.

>>Mabry Promoted To Replace McGwire

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals have promoted John Mabry to hitting
coach after the departure of Mark McGwire.  McGwire announced last week he was
leaving to take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  St. Louis also
promoted Blaise Ilsley to bullpen coach after spending the last five years in
the same spot with Triple-A Memphis.

>>Illinois Gets Set For Minnesota

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois' football team is getting set for Saturday's home game against Minnesota.  The
Illini suffered a 52-22 defeat at Ohio State last week.  The setback dropped
Illinois to 2-and-7 on the season and 0-and-5 in the Big Ten.

>>College Hoops Starts This Week

(Undated)  --  The college basketball season gets underway this week.  Missouri will host SIU-Edwardsville
on Saturday night.  Illinois welcomes Colgate Friday night as a part of the EA
Sports Maui Invitational.  Saint Louis will host USC Upstate Friday as a part of
the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.


Loud Party Call Leads to Underrage Drinking Arrests in Taylorville

On Saturday early morning 911 advised of a loud party and a possible fight at 410 South Pawnee Street. Officers arrived and spoke to several people.

After a brief investigation Heath L. Andries 19 of Springfield, Ashlee M. Lamb 18 of Taylorville, Michael D. Cheek 20 of Nokomis and Timothy C. Horwood Jr. 19 of Fillmore were all arrested for illegal consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor.

Raab Talks About Taylorville Memorial Hospital

It's been several years now since the local hospital became known as Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Dan Raab, CEO of the hospital, says the process of change began nearly two decades ago.

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Eventually, Memorial took complete control, and it became Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Public Transit Plans for Christian County Hit a Snag

Plans are in the works for a public transit system for Christian County, and all indications are that the Christian County Senior Citizens will be a big part of that.

Jerry Marr with the Senior Citizens says the plans have hit a bump in the road.

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Again, that meeting takes place Thursday.

President Obama Carries Illinois

As anticipated President Barack Obama is projected to win the state of Illinois. Illinois has 20 electoral votes and the last time a Republican has won the state of Illinois was in 1988 when George H.W. Bush won the state.

Winners in Contested Montgomery County Board Races

Here are the winners in Contested Montgomery County Board Races



          (Vote for )  3

           CONNIE TAYLOR BECK (REP)  .  .  .  .  .       918   21.96

           MEGAN BEELER (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,028   24.59

           MICHAEL D. WEBB (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .       949   22.70

          (Vote for )  3
           JAY L. MARTIN (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       773   19.23
           HEATHER LEE HAMPTON KNODLE (REP).  .  .       905   22.52
           BONNIE L. BRANUM (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .       843   20.98
          (Vote for )  3
           EARLENE BLACKBURN-ROBINSON (REP).  .  .       863   23.67
           JIM MOORE (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       964   26.44
           MIKE PLUNKETT (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       961   26.36
          (Vote for )  3
           GLENN SAVAGE (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       825   29.31
           RICHARD WENDEL (DEM).  .  .  .  .  .  .       711   25.26
           SHARON KUCHAR (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       666   23.66
          (Vote for )  3
           ROY L. HERTEL (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,129   27.57
           RONALD E. DEABENDERFER (DEM) .  .  .  .       941   22.98
           DAVID ANDREW RONEN (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .       901   22.00
          (Vote for )  3
           ROBERT "BOB" SNEED (REP)  .  .  .  .  .     1,192   29.61
           NICOLE "NIKKI" BISHOP (REP)  .  .  .  .     1,131   28.10
           MARY BATHURST (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       986   24.50

Montgomery County Coroner Re-Elected

Montgomery County Coroner Democrat Ricky L. Broaddus has won in his re-election campaign against Republican Challenger Tobin Gunn.

Broaddus received 6,550 total votes or 58.9% of the total vote in this election, while Gunn received 4,570 votes or 41.1% of the vote.

In the Only Contested Shelby County Board Race Walter the Odd Man Out

In the only contested Shelby County Board Race in District 4 in which 2 out of the 3 candidates would be voted in as county board members.

Robert Amling received the most votes with 450 or 40% of the vote, while Robert P Simpson finished second receiving 432 votes and getting 38.5% of the vote.

Republican William D. Walter was the odd man out receiving 241 votes or 21.5% of the vote.

New Shelby County State's Attorney is Democrat Gina Vonderheide

In the race for Shelby County State's Attorney Democrat Gina Vonderheide has won the office with 53.7% of the vote or 5,423 total votes.

Falling in this election was Republican Deborah M. Riley who received 46.3% of the vote or 4,675 total votes.

Democrat Mike Havera Wins Christian County State's Attorney Race

Democrat Mike Havera has won the race for Christian County State's Attorney. Havera received 55.8% of the vote or 8,027 total votes.

Republican Lorinda Lamken received 44.2% of the vote or 6,348 total votes. Havera defeated the incumbent for the seat Tom Finks in the primaries on March 20th.

Latest State and Congressional Results


AS OF 11:16PM

Illinois House, 95th District, 100% of precincts reporting


Wayne Rosenthal, incumbent Republican 69%

Brad Gillespie, Democrat 31%


Illinois House, 96th District, 90% of precincts reporting


Sue Scherer, Democrat from Decatur 58%

Dennis Shackelford, Republican from Springfield 42%


Illinois State Senate, 48th Senate District, 92% of precincts reporting


Andy Manar, Democrat from Bunker Hill 52%

Mike McElroy, Republican from Decatur 48%


5th Appellate District race, 68% of precincts reporting


Judge Stephen McGlynn of Belleville, running as a Republican, currently serving as 20th Judicial Circuit Judge 50%

Judy Cates of Swansea, running as a Democrat 50%


13th Congressional District, 92% of the precincts reporting


to fill the seat vacated by Republican Tim Johnson


Rodney Davis, a Republican running from Taylorville 48%

David Gill, a Democrat from Normal 45%

John Hartman, an independent candidate 7%


15th Congressional District, 92% of precincts reporting


John Shimkus, the incumbent Republican from Collinsville 69%

Angela Michael, Democrat, a retired nurse and pro-life activist 31%


Public Pension Amendment

56% yes

44% no

84% of precincts reporting


Latest Sports News 11-5-12

>>Bears Blast Titans

(Nashville, TN)  --  Jay Cutler threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns to Brandon Marshall as the Bears blasted the Titans 51-20.  Marshall ended with nine catches for 122 yards, while Matt Forte had 103
yards and a score on 12 carries for the Bears, who have won six in-a-row to
improve to 7-and-1 on the season. Defense dominated the day as Chicago
blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.  Charles Tillman racked up nine
tackles and four forced fumbles in the victory.  Brian Urlacher also got into
the party, returning an interception 46 yards for a score.  It was the seventh
pick-six of the season for Chicago's defense, two shy of the NFL record.  The
Bears return home next week to host the Texans.

>>Hornets Tame Bulls In Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Luol Deng had 19 points and eight rebounds but the Bulls fell to New Orleans on Saturday, 89-82.  Joakim Noah added 11 points and 11 boards while Nate Robinson added 15 points off the
bench.  The Bulls dropped to 2-and-1 with the defeat.  Chicago hosts the Magic
tomorrow night.

>>Illini Hoops Down West Chester In Exhibition

(Champaign, IL)  --  Tracy Abrams scored 17 points as Illinois dropped West Chester, 75-66, in an
exhibition yesterday.  The Illini host Colgate on Friday to start the regular
season.  The game will be a part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

>>Illinois Blown Away By Ohio State

(Columbus, OH)  --  Illinois remains winless in Big Ten play after a 52-22 defeat at Ohio State on Saturday. 
Nathan Scheelhaase threw for just 96 yards and an interception in the loss.  The
Illini have lost six straight and are now 2-and-7 and 0-and-5 in conference
play.  Illinois will host Minnesota next week.

Newstalk 97.3 WTIM to Provide Local Election Night Coverage

WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville will provide local coverage of Election Night starting at 8pm Tuesday night. Matt McLemore will anchor the coverage, which will include results of contested local races, as well as state, congressional, and national races.

This Election Night coverage will also be streamed on-line on taylorvilledailynews.com. Results will also be posted thru-out the night on taylorvilledailynews.com. Polls are open from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday.

Area Arrests 11-5-12

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

Taylorville City Council Donates $5000 to the Christian County Economic Development Corporation

The Taylorville City Council met last evening for the first time in three weeks because of October having five Mondays.

Many motions were passed at the meeting one motion passed at the meeting was a $5,000 donation to the Christian County Economic Development Corporation from the City of Taylorville.

Mayor Greg Brotherton says that the city donated this money because the CCEDC helps promote the city to new businesses.

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That motion passed unanimously at the meeting. Another motion passed at the meeting was a motion to approve the city to give up to $700 annually for the LED lights for the downtown area.

Brotherton says that this new technology can help save the city some money in the long run.

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That motion also passed unanimously at the meeting. Something discussed in the Mayor Updates was Christian County Emergency Manager Mike Crews going to the northeast to help people hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Brotherton says that not only will this help the people of the northeast, but this could help Taylorville in the future.

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One Street and Sewer Ordinance motion passed at the meeting was to direct the City Clerk to prepare an ordinance to vacate Ricks Street on the South Side of Gandy Street so the cemetery can expand in the future.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV says that this will help provide some more cemetery plots.

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That motion passed unanimously. Another motion that passed unanimously at the meeting was a motion to remove a stray tree at 311 West Adams Street.

Walters says that the tree was a safety concern.

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Another motion passed at the meeting include a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Cindy Brown to the Human Resource position full time.

Another motion passed was to bid and/or advertise for the Heavy Equipment Operator position at the Lake Department.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for November 19th.

Football Scores

As heard on 97.3 WTIM, Central A&M fell to Triopia 12-7.

Football Scores

As heard on 97.3 WTIM, the Rochester Rockets defeated the Charleston Trojans 42-14.

Road Construction on Spresser Street in Taylorville

There will be road construction today in Taylorville on Spresser Street from Webster to Clay Street. This construction will continue on Monday November 5th and Tuesday November 6th.

Latest Sports News 11-2-12

>>Bears Meet Titans Sunday

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are making final preparations for Sunday's game in Tennessee against the Titans.  Chicago won its fifth straight game last week after edging Carolina, 23-22.  The
Bears sit atop the NFC North entering the weekend at 6-and-1 while Minnesota and
Green Bay are each 5-and-3.

>>Tillman Named NFC's Best In October

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL has named Bears cornerback Charles Tillman the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.  Tillman took two interceptions back for touchdowns and forced a
pair of fumbles during the month.  Fellow Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings took
home the same award in September.

>>Rams Finish Practice, Have Four Days Off

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams practiced yesterday in Earth City and now have four days off.  The team
will gather next Tuesday and continue to prepare for its next game against the
49ers.  St. Louis travels to San Francisco a week from Sunday to face the
first-place Niners.

>>No Deals For Rams As Deadline Passes

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams did not make any trades prior to
yesterday's deadline.  The team had been rumored to be shopping running back
Steven Jackson.  The NFL moved the trade deadline from Tuesday to yesterday due
to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

>>Ernie Hays Dies At 77

(Maryland Heights, MO)  --  Busch Stadium organist Ernie Hayes died Wednesday at his home in Maryland Heights.  Hays had been the organist for St. Louis home games since 1971.  The beloved figure at
Cardinals games was 77 years old.

>>Illini Battle Unbeaten Buckeyes

(Columbus, OH)  --  Illinois will face unbeaten Ohio State tomorrow in Columbus.  The Illini are just 2-and-6
on the season and have lost five straight contests.  Though ineligible for
postseason play, the Buckeyes are the lone nine-win team in FBS.

>>Irish Host Pitt In South Bend

(South Bend, IN)  --  Pittsburgh enters Notre Dame Stadium tomorrow to face the third-ranked Fighting
Irish.  Notre Dame improved to 8-and-0 after going into Norman and stomping the
Oklahoma Sooners last week.  The Panthers enter tomorrow's tilt with a 4-and-4

>>Mizzou Visits "The Swamp"

(Gainsville, FL)  --  Missouri will pay a visit to "The Swamp" tomorrow afternoon where it battles seventh-ranked Florida.  The Tigers are just 1-and-4 in their first season in the SEC and
4-and-4 overall.  The Gators were a perfect 7-and-0 before falling last week to

Queen B's Catering Starts Up in Taylorville

There is a new catering service in Taylorville; it is Queen B’s Catering. Tanya Reber one of the two creators of Queen B’s Catering says that the business started at her niece’s wedding and they also got their name from an incident at the wedding.

Area Arrests 11-2-12

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

Heather B. Stanger 38 of Taylorville was arrested on an original arrest warrant for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

John J. Counts 23 of Kincaid was arrested for theft.

Sheila K. Crowder 51 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, criminal damage to property and unlawful use of a weapon.

Stephanie D. Meachum 22 of Taylorville was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for retail theft.

13 Year Old Male Juvenile Arrested for Alleged Theft at Route Mart

On Wednesday afternoon Dipik Patel of Route Mart said a male juvenile approximately 11 or 12 years old came into the store and took a cigarette lighter.

Patel said he left the store without paying the 13 year old juvenile was located on the 500 block of west 3rd street by officers and was sent back to Route Mart.

Patel identified him as being the male who took the lighter. The juvenile male was arrested, processed and released to his grandmother.

The Edinburg Wildcats Dream Season Continues

 width=The Edinburg Wildcats dream season lives on after a thrilling 3 set victory in the sectional finals on Thursday night. As usual, the Wildcats made it exciting for their coaches as well as their fans. The first set was controlled by the Wildcats late in the set as they squeaked out a 25-22 victory over an experienced Jacksonville Routt Rocket squad.

Routt would rally in the second set to put the Wildcats in a hole they never recovered from and tallied a 17-25 victory. With 1 set left in the season for either of the teams, it proved to be memorable.

The Wildcats and Rockets battled point for point until midway through the set when the Edinburg squad opened up what seemed to be an insurmountable lead at 23-17. Routt refused to fold and put together the longest run for either team on the night. When their serve was finally broken, they had run off 7 straight to take a 23-24 lead. Edinburg wasn't done.

Carly Prince and Lissa Anderson recorded 3 straight kills to end the game at 26-24 and hand the Wildcats the 1st sectional title in any team sport in the history of Edinburg athletics. Carley Prince led the Wildcats with 10 kills, while Tristan Payne recorded 16 assists.This is the first year of a co-op between Edinburg and Kincaid South Fork.

The Wildcats will face Kansas in the Super Sectional finals on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. The game will be played at Windsor High School.

Mayor Discusses Referendum

On the ballot Tuesday is a referendum regarding aggregation, intended to save citizens money by purchasing power from a different electricity provider. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says he hopes people know what is at stake.

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The mayor says after the elections on Tuesday he may start thinking about the municipal elections coming up in April. Mayor Brotherton says one thing that needs to be addressed is the condition of the city streets.

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Mayor Brotherton has already announced that he will stand for reelection.



McGlynn Running for Judge in 5th Judicial Circuit

Judge Steve McGlynn is running for judge on the Republican in Illinois' 5th judicial circuit. McGlynn says he is running in order to bring perspective to the judicial system.

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Judy Cates, a personal injury lawyer from Southern Illinois, is the Democratic nominee.

Gill Hopes to Better Represent Illinois

Dr. David Gill of Bloomington is the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 13th District. Gill says he hopes to bring a better level of representation to Central Illinois.

Manar Says Vince Demuzio Was a Mentor

The Chairman of the Macoupin County Board, Andy Manar, is running for the Illinois Senate in the 48th district. Manar says one of the reasons he is running for office is inspiration from the late Senator Vince Demuzio.

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Manar's opponent for the 48th District Senate seat is former Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy.

Craft Fair this Weekend in Shelbyville

With Halloween now over, many people begin looking to the holiday season. Tad Mayhall with the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says an event Saturday may be just the thing to help you get in the holiday mood.

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Again, that's Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm at Forest Park in Shelbyville.

Area Arrests 11-1-12

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

Latest Sports News 11-1-12

>>Bulls Best Kings

(Chicago, IL)  --  Joakim Noah posted 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bulls to a 93-87 season-opening win over the Kings.  Richard Hamilton added 19 points while Luol Deng chipped in with 12 rebounds in
the win.  Carlos Boozer turned in 18 points and eight rebounds for Chicago.  The
Bulls hit the road for the first time on Friday against the Cavaliers.

>>Pippen Named Bulls Advisor

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls have named franchise legend Scottie Pippen senior advisor to team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf.  Pippen spent 12 of his 17 NBA seasons with Chicago.  He will
serve in mostly an ambassador's role with the organization in addition to
mentoring current players.  Pippen averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2
assists in 1,178 career games.

>>Billikens Begin Season

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Saint Louis Billikens begin their basketball season on Saturday.  They host Rockhurst at Chaifetz Arena in exhibition play.  The Billikens open the regular season
against USC Upstate in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic a week from Friday.

>>Wong, Freeman Selected For AFL Rising Stars Game

(Undated)  --  Second baseman Kolten Wong and pitcher Sam Freeman were
selected to represent the Cardinals in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game
on Saturday.  Wong is hitting .321 with one homer and 10 RBI in the AFL. 
Freeman will not pitch the rest of the fall season due to tendinitis in his left

>>NFL Trade Deadline

(Undated)  --  The St. Louis Rams have until 3 p.m. today to make a move.  The NFL trade deadline was
originally set for Tuesday but was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.  Rumors
have running back Steven Jackson on the block despite head coach Jeff Fisher
shooting down any thoughts of Jackson's departure.


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