Local News

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on groovy, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes defeated Lanphier with a score of 54-35.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated Clinton with a score of 56-49.

Larry's Employee Arrested for Theft

On Friday afternoon officers were made aware of a theft that occurred at Larry's Service Center. After investigation Mark A. Stone 40 of Edinburg an employee of Larry's Service Center was arrested for the theft of six tires from Larry's Service Center.

Three Arrested for Illegal Consumption in Taylorville

On Monday evening officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code Violation. After investigation 18 year old Heaven M. Miller of Taylorville, 18 year old Chloe Windell and a 16 year female were all arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Those arrested were then transported to the Taylorville Police Department for processing and all three were released on a notice to appear.

Relay for Life Meetings Now Underway

An event that won't take place until June is already being worked on. Steve Turner of the American Cancer Society says meetings about this summer's Relay for Life is taking place now.

YMCA Financial Picture Is Improving

The Christian County YMCA is driving down its debt. Chris Weitenhiller of the YMCA says less debt means they are free to deal with other needs.

Christian County Farm Bureau Events Coming Up

Winter may be a slow time for farming, but it's a busy time for meetings about farming. Melissa Herwig of the Christian County Farm Bureau says they have a variety of meetings coming up.

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The number is 824-2940.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Warrensburg-Latham 42-41.

Standing Room Only Crowd at Wednesday Night School Sales Tax Meeting

 width=A standing room only crowd of several hundred Christian County residents, packed the Taylorville VFW Hall Wednesday night, to hear a presentation by the committee calling themselves the “Citizens for Christian County Public Schools.”  The committee’s goal is to pass a one-percent sales tax countywide, for school facility purposes, on April 9th.

The tax would generate some 2-point-2 million dollars a year for county schools beginning in 2014.  The one-percent sales tax would not apply to drugs, groceries, cars, trucks, or A-T-V’s, boats, R-V’s, mobile homes, farm equipment, parts or inputs sold inside of Christian County.

Former judge John P. Coady was emcee for the 50-minute presentation, saying the state of Illinois has not followed thru with funding for local schools.

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Taylorville school superintendent Doctor Gregg Fuerstenau explained how the one-percent county-wide sales tax would work.

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Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton told the capacity crowd Wednesday night, that the school funding problem can’t go away on its own.

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Christian County board chairman Paul Schmitz also echoed his support for the sales tax referendum.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce president and C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle told the standing-room-only crowd that her board voted unanimously to support the sales tax increase.

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Chairman of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, Dick Adams, told the crowd at the Taylorville VFW Wednesday night, that economic development and education go hand in hand.

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Adams went on to say that the Sales Tax Referendum Committee formed various sub-committees to assist in passage of the referendum, including a finance committee, telephone committee, door-to-door committee, signs and distribution committee, social media committee, and a teas and coffees committee.

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Christian County Clerk Linda Curtin also spoke about the fact that early voting will start for the April 9th election on February 28th, and the last day to vote early is April 8th.

Anyone that would like to help, should contact their local school superintendent.








Krieger's Owner Mike Brotherton Moving to Alabama

Krieger’s has been a mainstay in Taylorville since it opened over four years ago. Owner of Krieger’s Mike Brotherton has some big news about the future of Krieger’s.

Dates Set for Opening Day of Red Bland Little League and Dedication of Huffines Field

The Taylorville Park Board held their monthly meeting on Monday evening. One of the first topics of discussion was brought up by Bruce Barry who was a guest at the meeting and who runs the Tornado Open at Lakeshore Golf Course. The Tornado Open is the biggest fundraising event for the Taylorville High School Boosters.

Taylorville Quiznos Adds Drive Thru

Quiznos in Taylorville has been open since September. Quiznos has been offering call ahead and carry out services since its opening. Now the business will be offering a drive-thru.

Local Basketball

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville boys fell to Lanphier with a score of 80-61.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Central A&M with a score of 62-49.

Taylorville Girls Pick Up a Win

As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM the Taylorville girls basketball team picked up another victory at the Lincoln Eaton Corporation Tournament as they defeated the host Lincoln Railsplitters with a score of 58-19. Taylorville finished at 2-2 in that tournament.

Central A&M Girls Win Okaw Valley Conference Tournament

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR the Central A&M Raiders girls basketball team won the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament over the #2 seeded Clinton Maroons. The Raiders won that game with a score of 56-39.

Taylorville Energy Center Not Dead Yet

The Taylorville Energy Center is not dead yet. Tenaska’s Taylorville Energy Center has been getting some support from some new state senators.

CTI Education Offering Many Computer Courses

Being knowledgeable when it comes to computers is becoming more and more important in this digital age. Computer Techniques in Taylorville is trying to help people who want to become more comfortable using some programs on computers.

Lunch and Learn Next Week

The Lunch and Learn Series, sponsored by the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce starts next week. Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Chamber, says you need to RSVP for the event, which features a free lunch.

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Again, you need to RSVP by Monday.

Area Arrests 1-24-13

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

BBBS to Hold Bowling for Kid's Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Central Illinois is looking for a few good bowlers. The organization's biggest annual Christian County fundraiser, Bowl for Kid's Sake is coming up soon and Vanessa Wiseman says they are looking for teams to participate.

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Bowl for Kids Sake will be February 22nd and 23rd.

Taylorville Energy Center Still Alive According to Tenaska Vice President of Development Bart Ford

The Taylorville Energy Center is still very much alive, although in the new clean coal form. Bart Ford Vice President of Development for Tenaska explained a new Taylorville Energy Center bill that will be brought to the State House.

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Ford believes that some turnover in the legislature could help the chances of the Tenaska Project.

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Ford says that usually the process to get a project done does not take this long and also wanted to thank the Taylorville community for their support in this long process.

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House Bill 103 was introduced on January 10th and then sent to the rules committee by Representative Robert Rita of Blue Island.

Farm Bureau Plans Informational Meetings

The local Farm Bureau is all about providing information to members. Manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau Melissa Herwig says they have several things in the works.

Latest Sports News 1-22-13

>>Musial Memorial Dates Set

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals will hold a public visitation for the late Stan Musial Thursday from 2
to 8 p.m. local time at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  There is a funeral
service on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by a funeral procession to Bush
Stadium.  Musial, a Cards and baseball legend, died this past Saturday at the
age of 92.

>>Blues Upend Predators In Shootout

(Nashville, TN)  --  T.J. Oshie [[ OH-shee ]] and Alex Steen each scored in the shootout to send the Blues
to a 4-3 victory over the Predators.  Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two
assists in regulation for St. Louis while Andy McDonald added a goal and an
assist of his own.  Alex Pietrangelo [[ pih-TRAN-jell-oh ]] also scored for the
Blues, who moved to 2-and-0.  St. Louis is back in action tonight against the
Blackhawks in Chicago.

>>Illini Back In Action Tomorrow

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Illinois looks to snap its three-game slide tonight in Lincoln against the Nebraska
Cornhuskers.  Illinois started the year with 12 straight wins but is now
14-and-5 with a 1-and-4 record in Big Ten play.  Nebraska is 1-and-5 with a
10-and-9 overall mark.

>>Missouri, Illinois With Senior Bowl Players

(Mobile, AL)  --  Three former college stars from Missouri and Illinois are getting set for the
Senior Bowl on Saturday.  It's the NFL's premier annual showcase of college
talent.  Tigers linebacker Zaviar Gooden will play for the South.  Offensive
lineman Hugh Thornton and defensive lineman Michael Buchanan from the Fighting
Illini are on the North roster.

Area Arrests 1-22-13

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

11 Arrested in Taylorville for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol in Taylorville on Friday Night

Last Friday night Taylorville Police Department officers received a report of a chemical odor at the 500 block of North Cottage Street. Officers then went to the area on foot. Officers walked down an alley and saw a man urinating on a trash can.

Officers went up to the man and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the man. Officers then asked him how old he was and the male said he was 17.

Officers then went to a camper trailer that they heard music and people talking from. As the officers approached the trailer they smelled a strong odor of burnt cannabis.

Officers then went inside of the camper. After further investigation five juveniles were arrested along with Nathan L. Nichols 19 of Taylorville, Joseph R. Ballion 19 of Taylorville, Robert C. Scott 18 of Taylorville, Joseph C. McClure 18 of Taylorville, Colton R. White 18 of Stonington and 18 year old Cody A Crites of Taylorville.

All 11 arrested were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol and were processed and released on a notice to appear.

Historical Society Book to be Out Soon

People Have been waiting for a book issued by the Christian County Historical Society. Jodi Heberling of the Historical Society says the book has been delayed, but work on it continues.

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Chilli Sale to Benefit Friends of Fred

Super Bowl weekend is a great time to eat chilli, and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has it covered. President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says the friends of Fred Chilli sale will take place on Friday February 1st.

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The Chilli sold that day will be prepared using the Chillifest recipe.

CTI Computer Education Courses Starting on Thursday

Computer Techniques in Taylorville is about to start their computer education courses on Thursday. The classes range in price from $22.50 to $49.95 and Senior Citizens get a discount on all classes.

Gowin Estates to Hold Open House on Saturday

Gowin Estates in Mattoon will be holding an open house this weekend. Maggie Wolgamot Marketing Director with Gowin Estates talked about the open house.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated Sullivan with a score of 76-60.

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville boys defeated Vandalia with a score of 78-57.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville fell to Sullivan with a score of 57-50.

Latest Sports News 1-21-13

>>Stan Musial Dies At 92

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial died on Saturday at the age of 92.  Musial's health had been in decline over the last few years.  Stan "The Man" played all 22 seasons of his
illustrious career with the Cardinals and was named MVP three times.  He hit
.331 with 475 home runs and nearly two-thousand RBI in his career.  Musial was
elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.

>>Cards Agree With Boggs, Mujica

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals announced Friday contract agreements with relief pitchers Mitchell
Boggs and Edward Mujica.  Each agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. 
Closer Jason Motte, third baseman David Freese and reliever Marc Rzepczynski [[
zep-CHIN-skee ]] all filed for arbitration.

>>Blues Face Preds Tonight

(Nashville, TN)  --  Coming off Saturday's season-opening shutout win at home over Detroit, the Blues are in
Nashville tonight to skate with the Predators.  Chris Stewart and Vladimir
Tarasenko each scored two goals while Jaroslav Halak made 14 saves in the win. 
St. Louis is also on the road tomorrow night to play Chicago before returning
home to battle the Preds on Thursday.

>>Bears Make Coaching Moves

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears announced Saturday that defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Mike Phair will return next season under new head coach Marc Trestman.  Chicago
also announced that assistant defensive backs coach Gill Byrd won't be back. 
Additionally, director of physical development Rusty Jones announced he is
retiring after 28 years in the NFL.

>>Notre Dame's Te'o Gives Off-Camera Interview

(Bradenton, FL)  --  Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o [[ MAN-tye  TAY-oh ]] gave his first interview on Friday since last week's shocking news about the hoax of his girlfriend dying during this past season. 
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap conducted the off-camera interview in Bradenton, Florida. 
Te'o denied being a part of the hoax and added that he was never sure that
"Lennay Kekua" didn't exist until last Wednesday.

Sheriff's January Newsletter Crunches Numbers

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp publishes a monthly newsletter. This month, the Sheriff summed up some statistics from 2012.

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The Sheriff says some of the cost is offset by the practice of housing federal prisoners, for which the county receives a fee.

Chamber to Hold Member of the Quarter Reception

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce chooses a Member of the Quarter four times a year, and then honors the member with a special reception.

That event is coming up Wednesday morning from 8 until 9 am, according to Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle.

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Call the Chamber with questions at 824-4919.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard WTIM, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes fell to Glenwood 41-32.

Rosenthal Talks Pension Issue

There has been talk recently about diminished funding for school districts around the state. Many state legislators are considering a cost shift proposal that would supposedly put more of a burden on downstate school districts.

Education Reform and the Taylorville Energy Center Two Key Concerns for State Senator Andy Manar

The general assembly in Springfield recently welcomed its new members. One of the new members of the State Senate is Democrat Andy Manar who was elected as the state senator representing the 48th District.

Manar says an issue that needs to be addressed is the disparity in funding for public schools.

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Manar also talked about his support for improving the business climate in Central Illinois, and that includes the Taylorville Energy Center.

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The 48th District which Manar serves includes Taylorville, Springfield and Decatur.

Red Event Coming to Shelbyville

An event in Shelbyville next month will feature some interesting entertainment. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says the annual Red Event is coming up.

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Again, the Red Event will be Thursday February 21st.

Maintain Lifestyle Changes: Vatthauer

The New Year often means people are trying to make improvements in their lifestyles. It's easy to slip up, though. Licensed Counselor Karen Vatthauer says there may come a time when you need help.

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Karen Vatthauer's office is located at 800 North Webster.

4H Preps for Summer Events

You might think January is a quiet time for the 4H, if you thought that you'd be wrong. 4H advisor Peggy Hampton says they are busy getting ready for summer events.

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Hampton is 4H advisor for several Central Illinois counties including Christian.

Local Boys Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville boys defeated Highland with a score of 62-55.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Argenta-Oreana with a score of 49-42.

Taylorville Girls Basketball Score

As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM the Taylorville Tornadoes girls fell to the Southeast Spartans with a score of 71-45.

Above Average Flu Season According to ER Doctor Matt Johnson

There has been a lot of talk recently about the flu and how it seems like this year has been a bigger year for the flu.

ER Doctor Matt Johnson with the Taylorville Memorial Hospital talked about some of the symptoms of the flu.

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Dr. Johnson explained what you should do if you get the flu.

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Dr. Johnson believes that this year has been a bigger year than usual for the flu.

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According to the Center for Disease Control over 100 individuals have died because of the flu, in this flu season.

Give a Little Love Campaign Coming Up for Local McDonald's Stores

McDonald’s will be holding an annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. The fundraiser is called the Give a Little Love Campaign and Brad Davis who is the owner of the Pana McDonald’s and whose family owns McDonald’s in Taylorville, Vandalia and Shelbyville says that this is a big event for the business.

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Davis explained what the Ronald McDonald House does.

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The Ronald McDonald House was created in 1974 and there are currently 322 Ronald McDonald Houses in over 50 different countries.     

Latest Sports News 1-16-13

>>Five Cardinals Opt For Salary Arbitration

(undated)  --  Four Cardinals pitchers and key position player David Freese filed for salary
arbitration Tuesday.  The four pitchers are Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte, Edward
Mujica [Moo-hee-cuh] and Marc Rzepczynski [Zep-chin-ski].  The Cardinals must
reach new contracts with the players or go to arbitration with them.

>>Cardinals To Appear Twice On Sunday Night

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals were selected for a pair of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts
in the first half of the season.  Both are on the road. They will play the
Philadelphia Phillies on April 21st and the Chicago Cubs on July 14th. That's
the final game of the first half of the season heading into the All-Star break.

>>Illini Set For Northwestern

(Madison, WI)  --  The Fighting Illini hope to get back on track when the host Northwestern tomorrow.  Illinois
dropped from number-13 to 22nd in the "USA Today" Top-25 Poll.  Illinois went
0-and-2 last week with the losses at the hands of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

>>Bears To Hire Trestman As Coach

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have reportedly found their next head coach.  The "Chicago Tribune" is reporting that the "Monsters of the Midway" are set to hire Marc Trestman for the job. 
Trestman had previously been the head coach of the Canadian Football League's
Montreal Alouettes since 2008.  The 57-year-old won two Grey Cup's in
his time in Montreal.  He was an assistant coach in the NFL starting in the
mid-80's with a number of teams.  This will be his first NFL head coaching job. 
Trestman was selected over Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks
offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Area Arrests 1-16-13

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

Fiscal Cliff Brings IRS Delays

Because of the delay in congress dealing with the fiscal cliff, the IRS is pushing back tax filing this year. Laurie Henry of H and R Block in Taylorville says the delay is just a couple of weeks.

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H and R Block in Taylorville is at 926 West Spresser Street.

YMCA OFfers Pay the Date Discount

January is a busy time at the Christian County YMCA. Chris Weitenhiller of the Y says they have a special promotion going on.

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The earlier in the month you join the YMCA, the more money you can save. The Christian County YMCA is at 900 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.

State Funding an Issue for the Taylorville School District According to Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau

The future of Taylorville Schools is not in a good place right now as the State of Illinois keeps pushing back payments to the Taylorville School District.

Taylorville Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says that state is continuing to give schools less and less.

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Many programs have had to be cut because of the reduced state funding including tennis and the bowling programs. The bowling program was brought back though, by a private donor.

Ice Carver to Visit Shelbyville

An Olympic Medalist is set to visit Shelbyville this month. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says Eric Kendall will demonstrate his ice-carving talents.

Recent Chamber Event a Success

There was a big turnout for a recent Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce event. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the monthly Business after Hours at the Christian County Farm Bureau was a huge success.

Sheriff's Office Gets a Few Upgrades

The Christian County Sheriff's Office was able to update some of its old equipment last year. Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the improvements were much needed.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes defeated the Rochester Rockets 47-42.

Latest Sports News 1-15-13

>>Illini Drop In USA Today Poll

(Madison, WI)  --  Illinois dropped from number-13 to 22 in the "USA Today" Top-25 Poll.  The Fighting
Illini went 0-and-2 last week with the losses at the hands of Minnesota and
Wisconsin.  The Illini hope to get back on track when it hosts Northwestern on
Thursday. You can hear that game on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>Bulls Crush Hawks

(Chicago, IL)  --  Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulls mopped the floor with the Hawks, 97-58, at the United Center.  Boozer has posted a double-double in seven of his
last eight games.  Atlanta shot an embarrassing 24-of-82 from the field as a
team and had 15 assists to 14 turnovers.  The Hawks were held to five points in
the second quarter.  Joakim Noah added nine points and 16 rebounds in the win. 
The Bulls improved to 21-and-15 and hit the road tomorrow night to play the
Raptors in Toronto.

>>Bears Coaching Search Could Be Winding Down

(Lake Forest, IL)  -- The search for the next Chicago Bears head coach could be winding down. 
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will have second interviews with Seahawks
offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Marc Trestman, the head coach of the
CFL's Montreal Alouettes.  Chicago has also talked with Packers offensive
coordinator Tom Clements, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Colts
offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.  The Bears are looking to replace Lovie
Smith, who was fired after nine seasons in Chicago.

>>Big Ten Could Rename Divisions

(Undated)  --  Illinois and Northwestern could be getting new division names in the near future.  Big Ten
commissioner Jim Delany says the conference is considering a change to the
"Legends" and "Leaders" names to each division.  Illinois is currently in the
Leaders division while Northwestern sits in the Legends.  Maryland and Rutgers
are set to join the league next year.

Monday Morning Accident Occurs in Taylorville

On Monday morning David R. Murphy 18 of Taylorville was exiting his driveway at 821 North Cheney Street, when he pulled out into the roadway and hit Nicole M. masters 28 of Pawnee who was going south on North Cheney Street.

Murphy had front end damage to his red 1999 Ford Ranger and was issued a citation for failing to yield a private drive. Masters vehicle spun around and ended up hitting the front porch at 809 North Cheney Street. Masters 1991 Pontiac Firebird was towed from the scene.

Area Arrests 1-15-13

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

Business After Hours Tomorrow Night

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly Business After Hours event tonight. Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says they are popular events.

New Scam in Central Illinois

The Illinois Department on Aging is warning Central Illinois Senior Citizens about a new scam. Local Public Advocate Mac McGwire says you should never give private information to callers.

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The latest scam has a caller posing as a bank official. According to the Department on Aging, the crooks have so far made off with about $7,000.

Area Arrests 1-15-13

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

Meeting with State Representative Rosenthal Moved to Different Location

The meeting scheduled for this evening at 5:30 pm at the Christian County Farm Bureau with State Representative Wayne Rosenthal has been moved. The meeting will still occur at 5:30 pm, but will instead be held at the Taylorville Township building at 1620 West Spresser Street.

Fat Moe's to Get a New Location in Christian County

Fat Moe’s in Taylorville has been open for a couple of months now and Owner Mike Naser is already looking to expand in Christian County. A Fat Moe’s will be coming soon to Pana.

Mike Naser the owner of Fat Moe’s says that he did not originally want to expand his business.

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Naser explained what Pana residents can expect from the new Fat Moe’s

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Fat Moe’s currently has two locations, one in Springfield and one in Taylorville.

Rosenthal Holds Meeting in Taylorville to Discuss Ameren Illinois Rivers Project

The Ameren Rivers Project is a big concern for farmers across Central Illinois. That’s why State Representative Wayne Rosenthal decided to have a meeting discussing the project.

Rosenthal explained the project and what farmer’s should do.

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Rosenthal also told Regional Radio what the farmers concerns about the project were at the meeting.

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The meeting last evening was originally going to be held at the Christian County Farm Bureau, but instead held at the Taylorville Township Building because of the high number of attendees. There were 60 people who attended the meeting.

Shelbyville Basketball

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Meridian with a score of 60-50.

Latest Sports News 1-14-13

>>Illini Upset By Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  --  As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, the Illinois Fighting Illini were upset
by Wisconsin on Saturday, 74-51.  The 13th-ranked Illini fell to 14-and-4 on the
year with a 1-and-3 Big Ten record.  D.J. Richardson had 16 points to lead the
way in the loss.  The Illini host Northwestern on Thursday.

>>Bears Coaching Search Continues

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears continued to interview coaching candidates over the weekend.  Yesterday, Chicago reportedly interviewed Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for the
vacancy.  Arians is the 13th candidate to receive and interview from the Bears. 
Chicago is searching for a replacement for Lovie Smith who was fired after nine
seasons with the Bears.

>>Report: Rob Ryan Not Hired By Rams

(St. Louis, MO)  --  According to the "Post-Dispatch" Rob Ryan has not yet been hired by the Rams for
their open defensive coordinator position.  There were rumors are on Friday that
it was a done deal.  The report did say St. Louis does have interest in
potentially hiring Ryan.

>>Bulls Welcome Hawks To Town

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls entertain the Atlanta Hawks at United Center tonight.  Chicago beat the Knicks
in New York on Friday before falling at home against Phoenix on Saturday.  The
Bulls are now 20-and-15 on the year.  Atlanta comes into tonight's game with a
21-and-15 record.

Extension to Offer Symposium

You may not be thinking about gardening this time of year, but the Extension office is. Gwen Podeschi, Master Gardener, says they will be sponsoring a symposium next month.

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Again, the symposium will be Saturday February 23rd from 8 am until noon at Lincoln Land Community College's Litchfield campus.

Sheriff Reminds Motorists About the Fatal Five

With colder temperatures in place, wintry weather could occur without much warning, making driving hazardous.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says it's a good time to think about the "Fatal Four".

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Following too closely, or tailgating, is also a leading cause of accidents.

Area Arrests 1-14-13

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

Motorcycle Deer Collision Occurs at 1500 East Road on Saturday

On Saturday afternoon Zachary R. Newberry 25 of Taylorville was going north on 1500 East Road. Then a deer ran from the east side of the road in front of Newberry's 1995 Harley Davidson.

Newberry hit the deer with the front wheel of the motorcycle and went off the roadway into a creek. Newberry had minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Newberry's Harley Davidson was not towed, but instead it was taken by a truck to another location.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes fell to the Lincoln Railers with a final score of 57-32

As heard on WMKR, the Central A&M Lady Raiders beat the Shelbyville Rams with a final score of 66-36

Latest Sports News 1-11-13

>>Bears Continue To Weigh Coaching Options

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are reportedly scheduled to interview Houston Texans offensive
coordinator Rick Dennison today.  Dennison was the offensive coordinator for the
Broncos during quarterback Jay Cutler's three seasons there.  Yesterday, Chicago
reportedly interviewed Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements.

>>Blues Begin To Return To Town

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Many of the St. Louis Blues have trickled into town in anticipation for the start of
training camp.  NHL players have begun to vote to ratify the new collective
bargaining agreement with an announcement on results expected for tomorrow
morning.  Training camps are expected to open Sunday.  The regular season is
expected to begin a week from tomorrow.

>>Bulls Battle Knicks In NYC Tonight

(New York, NY)  --  The Bulls head to Madison Square Garden tonight to take on the Knicks.  Chicago saw its
three-game winning streak end on Wednesday with a loss to the Bucks.  The Bulls
are now 19-and-14 on the year.  New York lost last night to the Pacers and is
23-and-12 on the season.

>>Illini Travel To Wisconsin Tomorrow

(Madison, WI)  --  The 13th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will be in Madison tomorrow to take on the
Wisconsin Badgers.  Illinois suffered its second conference loss on Wednesday
against Minnesota to dip to 1-and-2 in league play.  The Illini are 14-and-3
overall this year.  The Badgers enter tomorrow's game at 11-and-4 with a 2-and-0
Big Ten mark. You can hear that game on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>MLB To Implement In-Season HGH Blood Testing

(Paradise Valley, AZ)  --  Major League Baseball is strengthening drug testing for players this
year.  MLB and the Players Association have announced they will start random,
unannounced, in-season blood testing for human growth hormone this season.  MLB
is now the only major North American sport to blood test unionized players.

Area Arrests 1-11-13

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

Fikri Says Excercise a Part of Fitness

Getting into better physical shape is a common effort this time of year. Joyce Fikri of the St. Louis Dairy Council says while dairy products can be an important part of good fitness, exercise should also be a part of your regimen.

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Joyce Fikri is a nutrition educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council.

Army Corps to Recycle Trees

If you haven't disposed of that old Christmas tree yet, you'll have an opportunity to recycle it. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce says you can drop the trees off at a location in Shelbyville.

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Again, no artificial trees will be taken.

Lust to Present How to Start a Business

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a seminar next month. President and CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says it's all about how to start a business.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes fell to the Southeast Spartans 81-59.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville was defeated by Maroa-Forsyth 58-53.

Latest Sports News 1-10-13

>>Illinois Falls In Battle Of Big Ten Powers

(Champaign, IL)  -- As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, Number-10 Minnesota won a battle of two highly-ranked college basketball teams with the Golden Gophers' 84-67 win over 13th-ranked Illinois Wednesday.  Brandon
Paul led the Fighting Illini with 21 points in defeat.  Illinois fell to
14-and-3 and travels to Wisconsin for a Saturday game.

>>No New Members Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

(Undated)  --  There are no new members heading to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this
year.  None of the eligible candidates received the required 75-percent of votes
from the Baseball Writers' Association of America for election.  Former Cardinal
pitcher Lee Smith received 47.8 percent of votes.  Mark McGwire got 16.9 percent
and Larry Walker had 21.6 percent.

>>Bucks Sneak By Bulls

(Chicago, IL)  --  Carlos Boozer posted a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds but the Bulls lost to the Bucks 104-96 Wednesday.  Milwaukee is now 2-and-0 under Jim Boylan since they agreed
to part ways with Scott Skiles.  Nate Robinson added 19 points, six assists,
five rebounds and five steals for the Bulls.  Chicago fell to 19-and-14.

>>Eagles Interview Notre Dame's Kelly

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  The Eagles have reportedly interviewed Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly for their
vacant head coaching position.  Multiple reports say the Eagles interviewed
Kelly following Notre Dame's loss to Alabama in Monday's BCS title game.  The
report says the sides have mutual interest and will speak again when Kelly
returns from vacation out of the country.

Area Arrests 1-10-13

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

Chamber to Sponsor Lunch and Learn

If you are a business owner who's lost when it comes to modern technology, you're in luck. According to Patty Hornbuckle, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a "Lunch and Learn" seminar dealing with using social media in you business.

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Lunch and Learn is coming up January 29th from noon to 1 pm at the extension office. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Seating is limited, you can rsvp by calling the chamber at 824-4919.

Events Coming Up in Shelbyville

If you're looking for something to do over the next few days there are a few things going on in Shelbyville.

According to Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, says a fundraiser for Shelby County Crimestoppers will take place Saturday.

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Mayhall also says there is a meeting Monday concerning the creation of a new group.

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Call the Shelbyville Chamber at 774-2221 for details.

Ball-Chatham Schools Go on Lockdown for the Second Time in One Month

For the second time in the last month the Ball-Chatham school district has gone on lockdown. Last month, the day after the Newtown tragedy, the district also went on lockdown after an empty shell casing was found in the hallway of Glenwood Middle School.

The lockdown today was prompted by a bullet being found in the parking lot of the high school. The high school and the adjacent elementary school were both put on this "soft" lockdown until 12:10 pm when the Chatham Police Department gave the "all clear".

Interior Remodeling Begins At Big Red Barn

 width=Remodeling of the interior of the Big Red Barn radio studios south of Clinton has begun.  The building houses WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM, WEZC “Playing America's BEST Music!” 95.9 FM, and dewittdailynews.com.

The building is getting a new floor throughout most of the building, replacing vinyl and carpeting with a new wood laminate floor. Once the flooring is done, all the interior walls will get a new coat of paint with access colors to match the new flooring.

Flooring for the project is coming from Rich's Home Center in Clinton, with paint being purchased from Gibson Ace Hardware and the painting contractor is Jim Redding of Clinton. The project is expected to be completed in the next 30 days. The last time the interior of the Big Red Barn was remodeled, was in 2003.

WHOW and WEZC were purchased in October 2007 by the Miller Media Group's Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Inc.  Miller Media Group also owns radio stations that serve Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Charleston, Kewanee, Galva, Geneseo, and the Quad Cities.

Local Film I Heard the Darkness to be Shown at Taylorville Cinema Friday Night

 width=There is a new movie that was made by a local filmmaker coming to the Taylorville Cinema.

The movie is called I Heard the Darkness, and Tye Wilson produced, directed and is starring in the feature.

Wilson explained the plot of I Heard the Darkness.

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Wilson also talked about how much work went into the film.

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Wilson says that he has wanted to show this movie in Taylorville.

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The movie will be shown at the Taylorville Cinema Friday night at 10:30 pm and admission is free.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes fell to the Springfield High Lady Senators 75-48.

As heard on WMKR, Central A&M defeated Maroa Forsyth 65-51.

Latest Sports News 1-9-13

>>Illini Host Minnesota

(Champaign, IL)  -- Illinois continues Big Ten play tonight with a big home game against 10th-ranked Minnesota.  The 13th-ranked Fighting Illini have started the conference season 1-and-1 and are
14-and-2 overall thus far.  The Golden Gophers sit at 2-and-0 on the Big Ten and
14-and-1 overall. You can hear coverage of that game on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>Bears To Interview Singletary, Priefer For Coaching Job

(Undated)  --  The Bears have added a pair of Vikings coaches to the list of those who will be interviewed for the head coaching vacancy.  According to Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will both get a shot at the job.  The Bears also reportedly interviewed their own special
teams coach, Dave Toub, for the job this week.  Chicago also has permission to
interview Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Seahawks offensive
coordinator Darrell Bevell.

>>Bulls' Rose Starts Contact Practices

(Deerfield, IL)  --  Bulls guard Derrick Rose has begun to take contact in practices during his rehab from
a torn ACL.  Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says the next step for Rose would be
to fully participate in a regular practice.  Rose tore his ACL on April 28th in
Chicago's first game of the playoffs against the 76ers.  He had surgery on May

>>Bulls Host Bucks

(Chicago, IL) -- The Bulls welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to United Center this evening. Chicago has won three straight to move to 19-and-13 on the year. Milwaukee and head coach Scott Skiles agreed to part ways on Monday night. The Bucks won at home against the Suns last night in their first game under assistant Jim Boylan, who took over for Skiles.

>>Sosa To Learn HoF Fate Today

(Undated)  --  Former Chicago Cubs great Sammy Sosa will learn his Hall of Fame fate today.  The 2013 class will be announced at 1 p.m. local time on MLB Network.  Sosa, along with other eligible
players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, have been clouded by accusations of
steroid use during their careers.  Sosa also spent time with the White Sox as
well as the Rangers and Orioles in his career.



Area Arrests 1-9-13

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

Alleged Burlgary Occurs at Mt. Auburn Residence

Early Wednesday morning officers were sent to 107 North Broad Street in Mt. Auburn for a burglary. Officers arrived on a scene and spoke with the victim 20 year old Christopher C. True.

True said that an unknown person entered his house, took his wallet and wife's cell phone. True said he believed that the phone was across a tree line in a field next to his house.

True did locate the phone after dialing it. True then found his wallet in the tree line, but said he was missing a credit card and $25 in cash.

Pence Building a Huge Asset for Historical Society

If you have occasion to do any local historical research, you may find yourself in the pence building. Jodi Heberling with the Christian County Historical Society says it's an important asset.

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The Christian County Historical Society is located at the intersection of routes 29 and 48.

Latest Sports News 1-8-13

>>Alabama Rolls Past Notre Dame To BCS Title

(Miami Gardens, FL)  -- Alabama ran all over Notre Dame on its way to a 42-14 victory in the BCS
National Championship Game from Miami.  Everett Golson tossed for 270 yards with
a touchdown and interception for the Fighting Irish, who suffered their first
loss of the season to fall to 12-and-1.  Golson added a rushing touchdown while
DaVaris Daniels made six catches for 115 yards in the loss.

>>Bears To Interview Dennison, Bevell

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are reportedly seeking interviews with a pair of offensive coordinators. 
ESPN reports Chicago has received permission to interview Rick Dennison of the
Texans and Seattle's Darrell Bevell.  The Bears met with eight candidates last
week and talked to Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.  Sources
also reported to ESPN that the Bears interviewed Montreal Alouettes coach Marc
Trestman yesterday.

>>Illini In Action Tomorrow

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois faces a huge early-season Big Ten test tomorrow night when it hosts 10th-ranked
Minnesota at Assembly Hall.  The 13th-ranked Illini improved to 14-and-2 with a
1-and-1 Big Ten mark on Saturday with a win over Ohio State.  Minnesota comes in
with a 14-and-1 overall record and at 2-and-0 in conference play.

>>NHL Camps Could Open Soon

(undated)  --  The NHL has reportedly set tentative start dates for training camp and regular season games.  With a new Collective Bargaining Agreement tentatively reached by the league and the
Players' Association, CBC reports the NHL sent out a memo Sunday night to teams
saying they anticipate training camps will open sometime between Saturday and
next Monday.  The report also said the league is hoping to be in a position to
start a 48-game regular season beginning Saturday, January 19th.

Area Arrests 1-8-13

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

Vanessa C. Wensman 31 of Taylorville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated battery, and resisting a peace officer.

Aaron D. Fitzgerald 36 of Pana was arrested on an original arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Alleged Fight on New Year's Eve Leads to Arrest in Taylorville

Last monday night on New Year's Eve officers were sent to an alleged fight in progress at 500 West Maple Street in Taylorville.

After further investigation Chad M. Hull 26 of Taylorville was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Hull was processed and released on a notice to appear.

Senior Meal Programs See Changes for 2013

There have been changes recently to a popular meal program. The Golden Circle Nutrition Program funding has been cut, and the meals are now available four days a week instead of five.

Judy Gates and Jerry Marr of the Christian County Senior Center say it's still the best deal in town.

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The Christian County Senior Citizens Center is at the corner of Adams and Shumway Streets in Taylorville.

Library Invites Locals to Join Friends of the Library

A good library is a huge asset to any community, but it requires public support. Dorothy Siles of the Taylorville Public Library encourages you to consider joining the Friends of the Taylorville Public Library.

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The Taylorville Public Library is at 121 West Vine Street.

Performing CPR on Pets a Growing Trend

CPR is something that a lot of people learn to perform on adults and children. Some people now are even performing CPR on pets.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on GROOVY, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes defeated the SHG Lady Blazers 46-44.

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes defeated the Pana Panthers 64-47.

As heard on WRAN, Shelbyville defeated Tuscola 49-44.

Taylorville City Council Announces the Hire of a New Police Officer

 width=The Taylorville City Council held their first meeting of 2013 last night and the first item brought up was the hiring of a new police officer. The officer that was hired is Wes Withrow.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says that the city has been short on officers over the past few years. 

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Another issue discussed during the committee reports also involved the Taylorville Police Department and some purchases of equipment.

There were purchases of police equipment which totaled in $23,868. One of the motions passed within those purchases included a motion to purchase 8 Kenwood P25 portable radios from Global Tech at a cost of $1400 each.

Brotherton says that this purchase was needed to help the city police officers and other government agencies communicate.


There was also an annexation and permanent sanitary agreement between the city and the Curvey family for the property located at 2100 West Spresser Street.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV explained the agreement.

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That motion passed unanimously at the meeting.

Other motions that were passed unanimously at the meeting include

Ordinance – Authorizing the City to Enter Into Certain Annexation Agreements – Water Annexation Agreement

Ordinance – Annexing Certain Territory to the City of Taylorville, Taylorville Community unit School District #3 – 3702 Lake Drive Ordinance – Annexing Certain Territory to the City of Taylorville, Natalie Blevins – 1130 W. Waco

Motion to approve a bid for the Dredging of Locust Creek Silt Area II.

Again all of those motions passed unanimously at the meeting the next meeting is scheduled for January 21st.

Latest Sports News 1-7-13

>>#14 Illinois Crushes #8 Ohio State

(Champaign, IL)  --  As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, Brandon Paul posted 19 points and seven rebounds as 14th-ranked Illinois crushed eighth-ranked Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday at Assembly Hall.  The Illini bounced
back from their loss at Purdue in the Big Ten opener on Wednesday and improved
to 14-and-2 on the season.  Illinois hosts Minnesota Wednesday.

>>Notre Dame Meets Alabama In BCS Title Game Tonight

(Miami, FL)  -- Notre Dame meets Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game tonight in
Miami.  The Fighting Irish went 12-and-0 this season on their way to the top
ranking in the country.  'Bama was 12-and-1 with a 7-and-1 mark out of the SEC.

>>NHL, Players Association Reach Tentative Deal

(New York, NY)  -- The NHL and its Players' Association have reached a tentative deal that
would end the current lockout.  The deal came after a marathon 16-hour
bargaining session with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh that lasted until
early Sunday morning.  The agreement would pave the way for a 48-game season
that would tentatively begin January 19th.

>>Illini With Big Matchup Against Minnesota

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Big Ten season continues for number-14 Illinois on Wednesday.  The Fighting
Illini face number-13 Minnesota, which won on Sunday to go to 14-and-1. 
Illinois is 14-and-2 this season and 1-and-1 in conference play.

Area Arrests 1-7-13

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

Chamber Sponsors Friends of Fred

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Friends of Fred" fundraiser intended to create funds for a college scholarship.

Chamber President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says it will become part of an already active scholarship program.

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The new scholarship is in honor of the late Fred Ronnow, who headed the Chamber for years. Again, the chilli will be offered on Friday February 1st.

Mental Health Issues Emerge in Wake of School Shootings

The recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have brought several issues to the forefront, including mental health and its funding.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says we are headed in the wrong direction in several areas.

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The shootings have also inspired a renewed round of calls for more restrictive gun laws.

Three Candidates Running for Ward 1 Alderman Position

There is another contested race in the local elections for Taylorville. The race for alderman in Ward 1 has three candidates running after the retirement of Alderman John Lawrence.

Larry Budd, a current Park Board Member who is running for the position, says that if elected he would like to make some changes in his ward.

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Steven Miller a retired Taylorville police officer, who is also running for the position, says that he has attended many city council meetings.

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Budd says that his experience will help him as an alderman.

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Miller says that he would like to continue to build infrastructure if elected.  

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The other candidate for Ward 1 Alderman Brendan Harold was unavailable for comment, after numerous phone calls were made to him.

Central A&M Defeats Meridian

As heard on WTIM, the Central A&M Lady Raiders beat the Meridian Lady Hawks with a final score of 76-59

Teddys for Newtown Gives Bears to Children's Hospital of Illinois

The tragedy in Newtown Connecticut has left many families and children reeling after the loss of so many. Alyssa White, who founded Teddys for Newtown recently donated teddy bears to children affected by this tragedy.

White says that she hopes the bears comfort the children.

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White gave out some of the extra bears to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria earlier this week.

White says that this tragedy has hit home with her because she is studying to be a teacher.

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White says that she will now be giving away the rest of the excess teddy bears to various children’s hospitals.

Electric Blankets Can be a Fire Hazard According to Mike Crews

Recently a fire caused by a space heater caused some serious damage to a Taylorville home. Mike Crews the Christian County Emergency Manager says that you should keep combustible items away from your space heater.

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Crews says that electric blankets can also be fire hazards, and says that you should make sure that your electric blanket is Underwriters Laboratories tested.  

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According to the FDNY (fire department of New York City) 99% of electric blanket fires are caused by electric blankets that are over 10 years old.

Taylorville Girls Beat Jacksonville

As heard on Groovy 93.5, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes topped the Jacksonville Lady Crimsons with a final score of 66-41

Latest Sports News 1-4-13

>>Illinois Faces Ohio State

(Champaign, IL)  --  Number-14 Illinois tries to bounce back from a tough start to Big Ten play tomorrow
afternoon by welcoming number-eight Ohio State to Champaign.  The Illini lost
their conference opener 68-61 to Purdue on Wednesday.  Illinois is 13-and-2 on
the season, while the Buckeyes are 11-and-2. You can hear that game on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>Bears Continue Coaching Search

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are continuing to search for a new head coach to replace Lovie Smith.  The
"Chicago Sun-Times" reports Chicago interviewed Saints offensive coordinator
Pete Carmichael yesterday.  ESPN also reports the Bears have received permission
to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians about the job.

>>Bulls In Miami To Face Heat

(Miami, FL)  -- The Bulls hit South Beach tonight to take on the Miami Heat.  Chicago has won two out of three to improve to 17-and-13 on the season.  The Bulls were 96-94 winners last time out
against the Magic.  Miami enters tonight's game with a 22-and-8 record.

>>Northwestern Blown Out By Michigan

(Evanston, IL)  --  Northwestern suffered a 94-66 home loss in its Big Ten opener to second-ranked
Michigan last night.  Jared Swopshire and Kale Abrahamson had 11 points to lead
the Wildcats while Alex Olah and Tre Demps each added 10 points.  The 'Cats fell
to 9-and-5 on the year.  The Wildcats continue Big Ten action at 13th-ranked
Minnesota on Sunday night.

>>NHL Talks Continue As Deadline Looms

(New York, NY)  --  Negotiations between the NHL and players continued on Thursday.  Both sides will
reportedly meet again today starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.  The players are
expected to vote again to give their executive board authority to file a
"disclaimer of interest," effectively allowing individual players to file
antitrust lawsuits against the league.

Area Arrests 1-4-13

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

Man Allegedly Trying to Trespass into Trailer Court Arrested in Taylorville

On Thursday afternoon officers were sent to 36 Hillcrest Trailer Court because there was a fight. After arrival officers were told that a man was allegedly trying to trespass into a residence.

That man was Cody Pugsley 27 of Taylorville and he was placed under arrest, transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

Legislature Fails to Address Pension Reform

The Illinois Legislature has still not addressed the pension issue. Republican Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says there is little agreement on what to do about the issue.

Morrisonville Man Victim Of Apparent Suicide

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans is reporting the apparent suicide of a Morrisonville man Thursday morning.

Winans and the Christian County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of 48-year-old Jeffrey Durbin of Morrisonville. Winans says that Christian County 911 received a call Thursday morning just past eleven o'clock, that there was a vehicle near some grain bins in King Township in rural Christian County, and that a male was slumped over the steering wheel. Deputies arrived to find Durbin being the only occupant in the car. Winans says preliminary indications at the scene show Durbin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autoposy is being held this weekend in Bloomington.

Local Basketball Scores

As heard on WTIM, the Taylorville Tornadoes fell to the Jacksonville Crimsons 67-45.

Latest Sports News 1-3-13

>>Illinois Loses At Purdue

(West Lafayette, IN)  -- As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM Brandon Paul scored 15 points as number-14 Illinois fell to Purdue, 68-61.  Joseph Bertrand added 14 points off the bench for the Illini, who drop to 13-and-2 and 0-and-1 in the Big Ten. The Illini host Ohio State on Saturday.

>>Bulls Hold Off Magic

(Orlando, FL)  --  Carlos Boozer totalled 31 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Bulls to a 96-94 win over the Magic.  Taj Gibson also had 11 boards to go with 21 points and four blocks for Chicago,
which has won two-of-three overall.  Luol Deng chipped in with 23 points in the
win.  The Bulls are at Miami on Friday.

>>Rams Cutting Ties With Williams Duo

(St. Louis, MO.)  --  The St. Louis Rams are severing ties with suspended defensive coordinator Gregg
Williams.  FoxSports.com reported that linebackers coach and son Blake Williams
has informed teams that he and his father are no longer part of the Rams
organization.  Gregg Williams is under contract through 2014, but has yet to be
reinstated by the NFL following an indefinite suspension for his role in the
Saints bounty scandal.

>>Cubs Ink Jackson

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs made it official with free agent Edwin Jackson, signing the pitcher to a four-year contract on Wednesday.  The deal had previously been reported to be worth $52-million.  The
29-year-old former White Sox starter will be joining his eighth club since
debuting in the majors in 2003.  He made 31 starts last season with the
Washington Nationals, going 10-and-11 with a 4.03 ERA.

Area Arrests 1-3-13

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

Fuerstenau on April Vote

The Taylorville School District is hoping to see a boost in revenues with the School Facilities Sales Tax vote in a few months. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says it's hard to say how people will react.

Holiday Lights Big Hit in Shelbyville This Year

The holiday season which just ended was a good one for the City of Shelbyville. Tad Mayhall of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce say sin fact, it was their best year ever.

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Shelbyville's Festival of Lights takes place at Forest Park every holiday season.

Chamber Selects Last Member of the Quarter for 2012

Patty Hornbuckle, President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says a Chamber committee has selected the last Member of the Quarter for 2012.

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This year, Cleeton Sanitation reportedly plans to repeat its efforts to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Central A&M Girls Continue Winning Ways

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR the Central A&M Girls got another victory in the Macon County Tournament over Cerro Gordo with a score of 75-34.

Latest Sports News 1-2-13

>>Illinois Starts Big Ten Play

(West Lafayette, IN)  --  Illinois opens up Big Ten play tonight at Purdue.  The Fighting Illini are ranked 14th. 
Illinois is 13-and-1 on the season while Purdue enters the game at 6-and-6. You can hear that game on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM.

>>Bears' Offense, Lack Of Playoff Success Led To Smith's Firing

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bears' inconsistent offense is what ended up doing in Lovie Smith as head coach.  Bears general manager Phil Emery noted yesterday the team had one offense ranked in the top 15 during Smith's tenure as head coach, compared to their top-ranked defense.  The team had also missed the
playoffs five out of the last six seasons.  Emery says it was his decision alone
to let Smith go, despite a 10-and-6 record.

>>Northwestern Wins First Bowl Game Since 1949

(Jacksonville, FL)  -- Northwestern posted its first bowl win in 64 years following a 34-20 victory
over Mississippi State in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.  Venrick
Mark, Trevor Siemian and Tyris Jones all ran for touchdowns as the Wildcats
earned their first bowl win since a victory in the 1949 Rose Bowl.

>>Seminoles Rock Northern Illinois In Orange Bowl

(Miami Gardens, FL)  --  Lonnie Pryor ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries
as Florida State rolled Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, 31-10.  Jordan
Lynch had 176 yards with a touchdown and interception while rushing for 44 yards
for the Huskies.  NIU became the first one-loss team from a non-BCS conference
to play in a BCS bowl game.  The Huskies finish the year at 12-and-2.

Area Arrests 1-2-13

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

Taylorville Native to be Sworn Into Congress Tomorrow

The 113th US Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, and for the first time a Taylorville native will be a member Congress.

Congressman Elect Rodney Davis says that one of his goals as a Congressman will be to stop the out of control spending in Washington.

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Davis says that he would like to make a change for people who are on unemployment and also going to school when he gets to Washington.

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The previous 112th Congress had some of the lowest poll numbers since Reconstruction at 10% according to The Washington Post.  


Sheriff Says Shooting Caused Reevaluation

Last month's shootings in Connecticut have caused schools and law enforcement agencies across the country to reevaluate their emergency plans.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says this area is no exception.

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27 people died when a gunman invaded a school in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 of those killed were children.

Tips to Prevent Space Heater Fires

There was a fire recently in Taylorville that involved a space heater. Mike Crews the Christian County Emergency Manager says that although it does not happen often, space heaters can be fire hazards.

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Crews says that there are some don’ts when it comes to using a space heater.

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The fire occurred in Taylorville when a space heater was placed too close to flammable materials.

The Christian County YMCA Is the Place to Lose Weight for New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Day was on Tuesday, and with New Year’s comes New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight.

Michelle Switzer a personal trainer with the Christian County YMCA says that you can work out by yourself or you can get one-on-one training at the Y.

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Switzer says that there are classes available at the Y that can help you lose weight.

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You can contact the Christian County YMCA at 287-7271.

Prevention Is Key Says Pana Community Hospital's Nancy Alexander

Prevention is the best medicine. You may hear this phrase and understand what it means when it comes to your health, but not know how to prevent future ailments.

That’s where the Pana Community Hospital’s Health and Wellness Center comes in. Nancy Alexander the Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Pana Community Hospital explained how knowing your “numbers” can help.

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You can contact the Pana Community Hospital at 562-2131.

Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville to Have a Class on Employability Skills

Lincoln Land Community College is on break right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sign up for classes for the spring semester.

Scott Stallman the Executive Director of LLCC Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro says that he is going to be teaching a course called employability skills.

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Stallman says that having a digital footprint with resume is an important thing to have.

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The spring semester for LLCC will start up on January 14th  


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