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LLCC Trustees welcome new vice president


Todd McDonald

The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed a new vice president for administrative services and accepted an award from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at its May meeting.

New Vice President Todd McDonald will oversee the college’s finance, facilities, construction, human resources and police departments. He joins LLCC after four years as dean of finance and facilities at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

Also last evening, LLCC Board Chair Justin Reichert displayed an award he accepted on behalf of the college Wednesday from Secretary of State Jesse White. Out of 21 community colleges participating, LLCC was awarded second place in the Secretary of State’s “Be a Hero” Organ/Tissue Donor Campaign.

In addition to the plaque, LLCC received one paid, student internship through Donate Life Illinois Partners. The internship was awarded to Tyler Mathews, one of the leaders of the campaign, who will serve the internship at Memorial Medical Center.

LLCC Foundation Executive Director Karen Sanders told trustees that the Foundation recently awarded nearly $180,000 in new scholarships to 121 students. Numerous other students received second year renewals of their scholarships.    

Volunteers Needed for Sauger Harvest

Volunteers are needed to help with the annual harvest of sauger for Lake Shelbyville on Thursday, June 5. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers will be harvesting the 1½ to 2-inch sauger from the Fin and Feathers Nursery Pond and will place them in Lake Shelbyville.

From 2006 – 2009 a relatively small number of sauger were stocked annually in an attempt to produce a self-sustaining population and in 2010 approximately 106,000 fingerlings were produced in the Fin and Feathers Nursery pond and stocked in the lake. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the harvest, please contact Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951; ext: 7005 for pre-registration as space is limited. Approved volunteers will meet at the nursery pond entrance on June 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Prepares for June Flight

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) will take to the air on Tuesday, June 10th, for their 27th Flight to Washington, DC. 89 Veterans will be aboard including 18 from World War II, 28 from the Korean War era, and 43 of the Vietnam War era. Local veterans on the flight are:


Dale Keown, US Navy, World War II,


Walter Walker, US Army, World War II


Lou Ashby, US Navy, Vietnam War Era

Scott Mahan, US Army, Vietnam War Era

Hanna City:

Cynthia "Cindy" Dutlinger, US Navy, Vietnam War Era


Russell Rhoades, US Army, Korean War Era


Don Blum, US Marines, Korean War Era


David Harter, US Army, Vietnam War Era


Russell Massa, US Air Force, Korean War Era


Sonny Bertucci, US Army, World War II

Harold "Slick" Parrish, US Navy, World War II

Tower Hill:

Jim Vits, US Air Force, Korean War Era


Gilbert Baker, US Navy, Vietnam War Era

Randy Quarton, US Army, Vietnam War Era


The public is invited to welcome the Veterans home when they return to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on June 10th at approximately 9:30 PM.  

Taxpayers Have Questions About FICA

Most taxpayers have only a hazy idea of what the FICA tax is on their paycheck.  It stands for “Federal Insurance Contributions Act”.  Kevin Rice tells Regional Radio that FICA is a part of Social Security:

MidState Salvage Taking Cardboard Recycling

With the corrugated cardboard recycling bin being removed from Franklin Street in Taylorville, you may be wondering where to go. Neal Lebeter with Midstate Salvage tells Regional Radio News where people can go to recycle cardboard:

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Lebeter says the bin will be available for drop off Mondays through Fridays from 8-4 and Saturdays 8-12. Again, Midstate Salvage is located at 1402 West South Street in Taylorville.

Taylorville City Council Meets Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council will meet Monday night at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include approving a Plan Commission recommendation in regards to the William L. Hager First Addition Minor Subdivision Location Map and Final Plat, approve an ordinance to ascertaining the prevailing rate of wages for laborers, workmen and mechanics employed on public works of the City of Taylorville, and a motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance placing stop signs on Bidwell Street at Snodgrass. We will have details following the meeting on our website taylorvilledailynews.com

Alonso fuels offense as Padres down White Sox

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Yonder  Alonso had  a  two-run homer  and 
Ian  Kennedy  pitched six solid  innings as the  San Diego Padres defeated the 
Chicago White Sox, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game set. 

Alonso  went 3-for-4  and Cameron  Maybin also  homered, while  Chris Denorfia 
and  Carlos  Quentin both  contributed two  hits for the  Padres, who have won 
two of their last three games. 

Kennedy (4-6) surrendered just one run on four hits and struck out nine in the 
first meeting between the two teams since 2005. 

"I  thought velocity  on the fastball was good," Padres manager Bud Black said 
of Kennedy. "I thought he threw a good game, he set the tone." 

Conor  Gillaspie had  two of Chicago's four hits. Starter John Danks (3-5) was 
tagged for two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk across seven 
frames  for  the White Sox, who  entered the contest with a three-game winning 

"Made  some  mistakes and got  burned for them,  but all in  all it was a good 
day," Danks said. 

Maybin  stroked a shot to left to lead off the third and give the Padres a 1-0 

The White Sox threatened in  the home half. Alejandro  De Aza walked and two 
batters  later,  moved over  to third  on Adam  Eaton's single. Gordon Beckham 
struck  out, however,  and Eaton was caught  trying to steal second to end the 

Chicago  did tie  the game  in  the fourth.  Gillaspie singled  and Adam  Dunn 
walked,  with  Gillaspie advancing  to third  on Alexei  Ramirez's fly out and 
racing home on Kennedy's wild pitch. 

Rene Rivera doubled to lead off the fifth for the Padres. He moved up to third 
on  Everth Cabrera's sacrifice bunt and gave San Diego the lead on Danks' wild 

San  Diego added  a pair of insurance  runs in the eighth. Tommy Medica drew a 
one-out  walk  and was  replaced by  pinch-runner Will  Venable, who scored on 
Alonso's blast to right that made it a 4-1 game. 

                                   Game Notes 

Kennedy  has struck  out six or more  batters in six of his last seven outings 
... Gillaspie extended his hitting streak to six games ... San Diego is making 
its  first trip to  U.S. Cellular Field since 2003 ... Quentin has hit in nine 
straight  games ...  Chicago went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and 
left five men on base.

Braun, Brewers rout Cubs

Milwaukee,  WI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Ryan Braun belted  a two-run homer, his 
first  at Miller  Park in  over a  year, to  spark Milwaukee's  five-run first 
inning  and  the Brewers  routed the  Chicago Cubs,  11-5, in  the opener of a 
three-game series on Friday. 

Braun  finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Rickie Weeks 
collected  three hits, two RBI and three runs scored for the Brewers, who have 
won three straight games. 

Martin Maldonado and Jean Segura also supplied three hits apiece in support of 
starter Marco Estrada (5-2), who allowed three runs on six hits and four walks 
with five strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win. 

Travis  Wood (5-5) was  shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 frames 
to absorb the loss. 

"The hit everything I threw up there. It didn't matter what I threw. They got 
to me early," Wood said. 

Nate  Schierholtz went  2-for-4 with a solo  homer for the Cubs, who have lost 
three straight games. 

The  Brewers pounced on Wood in the first, as Segura scorched a leadoff single 
that  deflected off the Chicago southpaw before Braun launched an 0-1 fastball 
out to right-center field for his first longball at home since May 22, 2012. 

After  Jonathan Lucroy  fanned, Carlos Gomez worked a walk and raced around to 
score on Khris Davis' double into the gap in right-center. Weeks followed with 
a  single to center to plate Davis and scored two batters later on Maldonado's 
double to right to make it 5-0 Milwaukee. 

Gomez capped a string of three straight singles with an RBI base hit to center 
in  the second  to make it 6-0,  but the Cubs got  a pair back in the third on 
Emilio Bonifacio's RBI single and Junior Lake's run-scoring groundout. 

Weeks  opened  the home  half with  a double  and scored  two batters later on 
Maldonado's  single  to right  before the  Brewers tacked on  four more in the 
fifth to blow the game open. 

"A lot of times we've been scoring the first inning or the second inning and 
then we don't do much the rest of the game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke 
said. "I was really happy to see us turn it around." 

Davis  started the inning  with a double and scored on Weeks' single to center 
to  make it  8-2. Maldonado singled two  batters later to leave runners on the 
corners for Estrada, who put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Weeks. 

Segura  and  Braun followed with  back-to-back RBI singles to push Milwaukee's 
lead to 11-2. 

Schierholtz scorched a leadoff blast in the sixth before the Cubs put together 
a brief two-out rally in the ninth. 

Lake  and Luis  Valbuena worked back-to-back two-out walks off Tyler Thornburg 
before  Starlin Castro  and pinch-hitter John Baker registered consecutive RBI 
singles to bring Chicago within 11-5. 

However,  Thornburg  induced  a  fielder's  choice  groundout  from  Welington 
Castillo to close out the victory. 

                                   Game Notes 

Braun  moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Brewers' all-time RBI 
list  and  now has 707  career RBI  ... Davis went  2-for-4 to extend his hit- 
streak to eight games ... Chicago's scoreless streak reached 22 innings before 
Bonifacio's RBI base hit in the third ... Castro has reached base safely in 14 
straight  games at  Miller Park ... Milwaukee tied a franchise record with its 
ninth straight game with at least 10 hits, matching the mark set from July 23- 
Aug.  1,  1983 and again from  July 29-Aug. 7,  2011. No Major League team has 
accomplished  the feat since the Brewers last did it in 2011 ... Gomez went 1- 
for-3 to extend his hit-streak to 10 games. 

Bumgarner, Giants down Cardinals

Coverage of today's Cards and Giants game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:40pm.

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  Madison Bumgarner fired seven scoreless 
innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-4, in 
the second test of a four-game set. 

Bumgarner  (7-3)  struck out 10  and scattered three  hits for the Giants, who 
have won eight of their last nine games. 

Hunter  Pence smacked  a three-run homer and Michael Morse added an RBI single 
among his two hits to go with a run scored in the triumph. 

Adam Wainwright (8-3) was shelled for seven runs on eight hits and a walk over 
4  1/3 innings  in his  worst start  of the  season for  St. Louis,  which has 
dropped four of its last five contests. 

"The  way  he's been  throwing you  don't expect to  score a  lot of runs like 
that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Wainwright. 

The Giants jumped out to their 7-0 lead after plating a run in the first, four 
in the second, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh. 

Angel Pagan led off the game with a double and scored three batters later when 
Morse singled into right-center. 

All  four  of San Francisco's  runs in the second  came with two outs. Brandon 
Hicks  walked and Bumgarner singled to put runners on the corners before Pagan 
singled  home Hicks. Pence then belted a three-run shot deep into the seats in 
left to give the Giants a 5-0 lead. 

Pablo  Sandoval  hit a one-out  single in the fifth  and Morse followed with a 
double  into right-center to put runners on second and third. Seth Maness came 
on  to  replace Wainwright  and induced  a groundout  from Hector Sanchez, but 
Gregor  Blanco stepped up next and slapped a two-run single into right-center, 
plating Sandoval and Morse for San Francisco's 7-0 cushion. 

Sanchez's two-run single in the seventh made it 9-0, while Jon Jay's three-run 
double  in the eighth finally got St. Louis on the board. Allen Craig followed 
with a run-scoring double off Juan Gutierrez. 

"It got pretty far away from us but you're still seeing guys grind out the at- 
bats," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. 

                                   Game Notes 

Pence's  homer was his seventh of the season ... The Giants were 5-for-11 with 
runners  in  scoring position, while  the Cardinals finished 2-for-6 with RISP 
...  The Giants had  12 hits ... Sandoval had a pair of hits and has a 10-game 
hitting streak for the Giants, but his nine-game RBI streak came to an end. 

Blackhawks Top Kings, Force Game Seven

Los  Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane assisted on the tying goal 
and  then netted  the winning score late  in the third period, and the Chicago 
Blackhawks  forced  a deciding Game 7  in the Western Conference finals with a 
4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. 

Kane,  held to  one point in the  first four games of the series, has exploded 
for  seven points in  the last two, including two goals and one helper in Game 

Ben  Smith  and Duncan  Keith  added  tallies  for  the Blackhawks,  who  have 
rallied from a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive postseason and can reach 
the Stanley Cup Finals once more with a win on Sunday at United Center. 

Corey Crawford picked up the win thanks to 26 saves. 

"I  don't think anyone  lost confidence or got down after those two goals they 
scored  in the  third,"  Crawford said.  "If anything  we  kept pressing  even 
harder.  Some  great shots by  Duncs and Kaner, some  great plays, and we were 
able to shut then down at the end." 

Dwight  King, Drew  Doughty and Alec Martinez scored for the Kings, who became 
just  the third  team in NHL history  to have their first three playoff series 
advance to a seventh game in one playoff year. 

That  didn't deter  Doughty from adding confidently: "We've had two chances to 
close out this series and we're not going to blow the third one." 

Jonathan Quick stopped only 21 shots in defeat. 

Los  Angeles appeared to  have turned things around thanks to scores in a 2:06 
span early in the third period. 

Doughty's  wrister eluded  Crawford  on his  glove side  at  5:32, then,  with 
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews off for hooking, the hosts moved ahead by a 3-2 
count  with  7:38 played after  Martinez blew a low,  hard shot from below the 
circles through traffic and in. 

Kane sprang to life and guided the defending champs to the win. His slick pass 
on  the left wing found Keith at the inner edge of the circle for a successful 
wrister to knot the game with 8:26 showing. 

Kane  struck once more with 3:45 left in regulation. He trailed a Brandon Saad 
rush  on the right wing, accepted a back pass, then moved from the circle into 
the middle and beat Quick with a wrister to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 edge. 

"It's  unbelievable,  I looked at him,  I think it  was about a minute left, I 
think  there was  a stoppage  of play  and I  almost started  laughing," Toews 
admitted.  "It's amazing what he can do in these big games, when our season is 
on the line and nobody else seems to be able to do it the same way he does it, 
it's pretty amazing." 

Quick  was sent  to the bench twice in  the final 1:15 of the contest, and the 
Kings'  last best chance from Marian Gaborik in the waning seconds was blocked 
by a 'Hawks defenseman's skate before getting near Crawford. 

"We battled back and I think we just made a couple mistakes. I thought we were 
doing  a good job  on [Patrick] Kane and then getting kind of spacey (he) made 
two  great  plays," noted  Kings captain  Dustin Brown. "I  don't think we can 
expect to give up four goals in one game. If we clean that up, we're good." 

King  missed a  contested breakaway chance just prior to the seven-minute mark 
of  the first, but  didn't miss his next chance as the clock ticked down under 
three minutes left in the period. 

Jarrett  Stoll chased  down a  dump  in, beating Blackhawks defenseman  Brent 
Seabrook to the left of Crawford, then flipped a backhanded pass into the slot 
where King one-timed it home. 

Chicago  evened the score  on the advantage, as Toews fed Kane for a one-timer 
in  the right  circle which  beat Quick  to the  far post  just 1:12  into the 

Smith  managed  to bank a shot  off Quick from  the right side behind the goal 
line  for a 2-1 game at 2:49, and the Blackhawks had a prime chance to put the 
Kings  in  a two-goal  hole minutes  later but Patrick  Sharp hit the crossbar 
during a 2-on-0 with Marcus Kruger. 

                                   Game Notes 

Only  the 2000  New Jersey  Devils have  overcome a  3-1 series  deficit in  a 
conference  final and  advanced to  the fourth  and final  round ...  The 1993 
Toronto  Maple Leafs  and 2002 Colorado Avalanche previously saw each of their 
in-conference  playoff  matchups reach Game  7s, with  the Leafs losing to the 
Kings  and Avs to the Red Wings ... Seabrook added two assists ... Doughty has 
collected seven points (3G, 4A) in the last five games. 

Little League Baseball

As heard on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Pawnee with a score of 11-3.

Business, Civic, Education Leaders Meet to Organize Christian County CEO Education Program


A group of Taylorville business, civic and education leaders met at noon on Friday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce board room, to begin the organizing work to establish a "Christian County C-E-O" education program to the county.

Dee Krueger, assistant director at Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville campus, told Regional Radio News that the program is an opportunity to turn some Christian County high school seniors into entrapeneurs that come back to the county to open businesses.

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The group is in the midst of raising the 20-thousand dollars to pay an Effingham County group, to consult the Christian County group in establishing the program. The Effingham County group began their "Effingham County C-E-O" program just a few years ago, and now they are consulting close to 2 dozen C-E-O groups around the country.

16 to 24 Christian County high school seniors can enroll in the year-long program.

Those attending the organizational meeting on Friday included Krueger, Mary Renner, Gary and Brenda Spurling, Ken Hart, Greg Brotherton, Patty Hornbuckle, Amy Hagen, and Randy Miller.

For more information on the "Christian County C-E-O" education program, contact Krueger at 561-0578.

Miller Media Group Signs On 107.5 shine.fm


The Miller Media Group, headquartered in Taylorville, on Saturday turned on its 6th radio signal serving the Taylorville/Pana/Shelbyville market.

107.5 shine.fm provides the first local Contemporary Christian Music radio station, to Christian County and surrounding area. Programming for the new station comes from WONU-FM, the radio station of Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois.

The new signal features today's Contemporary Christian artists such as 7th Time Down, Matt Redman, the News Boys, and Casting Crowns. 107.5 shine.fm's personalities include the Morning Show with Kurt, Lisa, and Rob, middays with Bekah Eaker, afternoons with Garrett Michaels, Night Light with Andrea weekday evenings, and overnights with Daneli.

Complete information on the format can be found on-line at shine.fm.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, said he and his staff have been working to bring this format to Christian County since late last year, and is pleased to bring another niche' music format to radios in the area.

The Miller Media Group operates 5 other stations from its Taylorville corporate office, as well as 3 signals in Clinton.

People's Bank and Trust a Full Service Facility

People's Bank and Trust is a Community bank that offers both commercial and personal loans.  Ken Hart says commercial banking is a big part of their business:

LLCC plans Adjunct Instructors Fair June 30

Lincoln Land Community College is planning an Adjunct Instructors Fair Monday, June 30 for individuals interested in part-time teaching assignments at LLCC. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the A. Lincoln Commons on the LLCC Springfield campus.  Representatives from all academic departments will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to become an LLCC adjunct instructor.

There are immediate daytime openings for instructors at LLCC locations in Taylorville and Litchfield. Persons interested in teaching classes at those locations can call Executive Director Scott Stallman at 287-3316.

More information is available at www.llcc.edu by clicking on “employment” in the top right corner.  

PPD Reports Pana Resident has Swing Stolen

A Pana resident had a swing stolen this week. On Tuesday at 9:32pm, Edward A. Smith of Pana contacted the Pana Police Department to report that a white swing and frame was missing from his front yard. Smith said it was taken sometime during the daytime Tuesday. The case is under investigation.

Strawberries to Debut at Farmers Market

Some people have been waiting for months to hear that their favorite fruit is available.  Market Manager Ed Downs of the Taylorville Main Street Farmers Market says get ready for strawberries tomorrow:

Durbin: Fields Look Good

It's early yet, but so far this season, farm fields are looking good.  Christian County farmer Scott Durbin tells Regional Radio so far, he doesn't see any major problems:

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Durbin farms near Owaneco.

Shelbyville Chautauqua 111th Birthday Celebration This Weekend

The Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee is hosting the 111th Birthday Celebration of the Historic Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium this weekend.

The celebration will kick off tonight (Friday) with a pool party and then continue through Sunday. Other events include: noted speakers, bands, and vendors in Forest Park. This is a fundraising event so any donations will go to “Save the Chautauqua” campaign.

For a schedule of events, visit their website www.shelbyvillechautauqua.com  

County Would Back Medical Marijuana Facility

There is a chance that a medical marijuana facility could move into the Rock Solid Produce building west of Taylorville. Christian County Board Chairman Paul Schmitz says he would support the facility:

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The facility is not guaranteed to move in as there are several other parties interested in buying the Rock Solid Produce building for growing herbs and spices. Also under the current distance restriction law, the medical marijuana facility would not be able to set up shop at that location but there is a bill that would shorten the distance if passed.  

Giants rally past Cardinals

Coverage of today's Cards and Giants game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Morse smacked a go-ahead two-run 
double  in  the top  of the eighth  inning and the  San Francisco Giants edged 
the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, in the opener of a four-game set. 

Morse also cracked a solo homer, while Pablo Sandoval also hit a solo shot and 
scored  a pair of  runs for the Giants, who have won seven of their last eight 

Javier  Lopez (1-0) notched  the win after recording the final two outs in the 
seventh. Sergio Romo allowed an RBI single to Matt Carpenter in the ninth, but 
induced a game-ending pop up off the bat of Shane Robinson with runners on the 
corners to earn his 17th save of the year. 

Allen  Craig belted a  solo homer among his two hits, two RBI and pair of runs 
scored for St. Louis, which has dropped three of its last four games. 

The Cardinals led 4-3 after seven innings before the Giants surged ahead with 
a trio of runs in the eighth. 

Gregor  Blanco  started the inning with  a single and after pinch-hitter Tyler 
Colvin  popped out,  Blanco stole second. Angel Pagan then singled into center 
and Blanco originally held up at third. Carlos Martinez (0-3) attempted to cut 
off  Peter Bourjos' throw  from center, but the ball glanced off his glove and 
then  darted  past catcher Yadier  Molina, allowing  Blanco to score the tying 

Cardinals  manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Martinez was supposed 
to be behind the catcher. 

"He was in the wrong spot and it ended up hurting," Matheny said. 

Hunter  Pence  grounded out to move  Pagan to third and Martinez intentionally 
walked  Sandoval to put runners on the corners with two away. Trevor Rosenthal 
came on and Morse whacked a double that split the gap in right center to plate 
Pagan and Sandoval to give San Francisco a 6-4 advantage. 

"He  can  do a  lot of damage,"  Giants starter Ryan  Vogelsong said of Morse. 
"He's been a big addition for us." 

Jean Machi tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. 

Earlier,  Craig's two-out  RBI ground-rule double in the home first opened the 
scoring  before  the Giants  went in  front by plating  a pair  of runs in the 

Morse  led off the  frame with a solo shot deep into the seats in left-center. 
Brandon  Hicks hit a  one-out single and moved to second on a Brandon Crawford 
groundout  and scored  when Blanco squirted a grounder through the hole on the 
right side to give the Giants a 2-1 edge. 

St. Louis went back in front following a two-run fourth. 

Matt Holliday singled to begin the inning and Craig and Molina worked back-to- 
back  walks to  load the bases. Holliday crossed the plate when Jhonny Peralta 
rolled  into  a double-play. Jon  Jay brought home Craig  with a base hit into 
right-center, which put the Cardinals in front 3-2. 

Sandoval  cracked a blast  over the wall in left-center to tie the game in the 
sixth,  but Craig's leadoff  shot into the front row of seats in the home half 
gave the Cardinals a 4-3 advantage. 

                                   Game Notes 

Vogelsong  surrendered four  runs on  seven hits  and three  walks over  6 1/3 
innings, while Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia fanned seven, but  gave up three 
runs  on five hits  over seven frames ... The Giants were 3-for-7 with runners 
in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 3-for-10 with RISP. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-30-14


Joshua J. Crowe, 41, of 227 North 1560 East Road, Pana, was arrested May 29 on a bond forfeiture for speeding 30-39MPH over the limit.

ISP Reports 2 Killed in 1-vehicle Crash

The Illinois State Police is reporting that two people were killed in a 1-vehicle crash in Montgomery County. Friday morning around 1:20am, 35-year-old Kenneth M. Ramsey of Hillsboro was traveling east on Old Litchfield Trail just west of Mallard Lane.  At that time, Ramsey reportedly drove off the left side of the roadway, through a fence, rolled, and came to rest on its roof.   Ramsey and passenger, 38-year-old Amber J. Woosley of Taylor Springs were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on scene by the Montgomery County Coroner.  

Christian County 4-H Ready for Summer Workshops

School is coming to an end for the year and the Christian County 4-H is ready with multiple summer workshops for any youth ages 5-18. The upcoming workshops include: Sewing Workshop on June 10 & 11, Robotics Camp on June 19 & 20, Arts & Crafts on June 26 & 27, and Science Camp on July 29, 30 & 31.

All workshops will be held at the Christian County Extension office at 1120 N. Webster Street in Taylorville, IL. All registrations can be completed online at Extension’s website. For more information, call the Christian County Extension office at 287-7246.  

Student trustee, student government selected for upcoming school year at LLC


Christopher Walk

The Lake Land College student body recently selected Christopher Walk of Neoga as its 2014-2015 student trustee. The student trustee serves on the Lake Land College Board of Trustees, representing the student body in policy and decision making.

The Lake Land College Student Government Association (SGA) members were also selected recently by the student body. The SGA is the official voice of the student body to the college community.

Members of the 2014-2015 SGA include: Kallie Koester of Effingham, Trey Leasher of Windsor, Bailey McQueen of Windsor, Olivia Fox of Windsor, Dylan Rardin of Kansas, Jacob Adams of Windsor, Chelsy Lorance of Lerna; Chelsea Hood of Casey, and Alexander Penn of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. 

Pana Community Hospital Elects New Board Members


Pictured Left to Right: Dr. David Lett, Joyce Morgan, Board Chairman and Rick Schmitz 

Pana Community Hospital Board of Directors elected two new board members and re-appointed one member at the Pana Community Hospital’s Annual Meeting.  Carol Schramm was re-appointed to a four year term and Dr. David Lett and Rick Schmitz were newly appointed to four year terms on the Board of Directors. 

Sarah Bush Lincoln Golf Outing Coming Up

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon will sponsor it's 25th annual Golf Outing June 13th.  According to Kim Lockart, Special Events Officer for the Health center, this year's outing will benefit the Regional Cancer Center:

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The event offers golfers either a morning or afternoon flight.   There are several valuable prizes to be given away, culminating in a raffle drawing for a trip to Florida.

GTCC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Momma Mytar?s Desserts


The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Momma Mytar’s Desserts Wednesday morning. Owner Wendy Mytar tells Regional Radio News why she decided to open up in Taylorville and why she chose her current location:

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Mytar also tells what she has to offer:

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Momma Mytar’s Desserts is located at 115 West Poplar Street. For more information or to place an order, call (217) 652-1784 or go to Facebook and search for Momma Mytar’s Desserts. 

Medical Marijuana Facility a Possibility Near Taylorville

Several different parties are looking to purchase the Rock Solid Produce building just west of Taylorville including one who would turn it into a medical marijuana facility. Christian County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Mary Renner tells Regional Radio News about the prospects:

White Sox complete sweep with dramatic win over Indians

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Moises Sierra's RBI single in the bottom of 
the ninth lifted the White Sox to 3-2 win over Cleveland, as the White 
Sox completed the three-game sweep Wednesday. 

Tyler  Flowers  reached on  a throwing  error by third  baseman Mike Aviles to 
begin  the ninth.  Pinch-runner Leury Garcia stole second before Marcus Semien 
flied out to right that enabled Garcia to advance to third. 

Bryan  Shaw (1-1) worked the count full to Sierra, who ripped the payoff pitch 
just past Lonnie Chisenhall at first to give Chicago the win. 

Ronald  Belisario  (3-3) earned the win  despite blowing his third save of the 

"To  win  games you  would like  to talk about  different people every night," 
White  Sox manager Robin  Ventura said. "It takes a whole roster to be able to 
do  it. We went  out and started getting guys, bringing them in. These guys 
have been a good fit so far." 

The White Sox had not swept the Indians since May 25-27, 2012. Chicago starter 
Hector Noesi has waited even longer just to taste victory. 

Noesi  was once again dealt a no-decision, although he allowed just one run on 
five  hits with five  strikeouts over 7 1/3 frames. He hasn't won since May 6, 
2012 when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. 

The right-hander has lost 14 decisions since his last victory and has appeared 
in 40 games, including Wednesday's start. 

Cleveland starter T.J. House pitched well in his second major league start and 
was in line for the win, but the bullpen couldn't make it stand. 

House  was charged with  one run on five hits with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 

"He  pounded the  zone (and)  worked both  sides of  the plate,"  said Indians 
manager  Terry Francona of House. "He was really good. On a night we are going 
home  pretty  frustrated, that  was about  as encouraging a  start as you will 

His  night came  to a  close  after he  allowed back-to-back  singles to  open 
the  seventh, but Alexei Ramirez was nabbed at second trying to advance on his 
base hit. 

Scott  Atchison came  on and got Flowers  to ground out softly to second which 
kept Adam Dunn from scoring on the play. 

Semien  then slapped a  3-2 slider up the middle that plated Dunn and tied the 
game at 1-1. 

Gordon  Beckham drew a one-out walk from Cody Allen in the eighth before Conor 
Gillaspie poked a single out to left-center that put runners at the corners. 

Dayan  Viciedo then walked to load the bases and Dunn skied a fly ball to left 
that plated Beckham for a 2-1 lead. 

Cleveland  had runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth when Yan 
Gomes,  who was down to his final strike, ripped a single to right that plated 
Brantley to tie the game. 

Earlier,  Jason Giambi stroked his second homer of the season with two outs in 
the second to open the scoring. 

                                   Game Notes 

Cleveland  has dropped  four straight  and five  of its  last six  ... Indians 
second  baseman Jason  Kipnis made his return from the disabled list, going 0- 
for-4  in  the setback  ... Cleveland's Michael  Brantley extended his hitting 
streak  to 14  games and Michael Bourn  recorded his 1,000th hit of his career 
with a single in the sixth ... Chicago has won seven of 10 against the Indians 
this season. 

Lincecum no-hits Cubs through 5 in Giants win

San  Francisco,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tim Lincecum's  mercurial bid for a 
second no-hitter was done in by a blister and a high pitch count. 

Lincecum  threw  five no-hit innings  before San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy 
took him out for a pinch-hitter, and five Giants relievers finished off a two- 
hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. 

George  Kontos  (1-0) preserved  the no-hitter into  the seventh inning before 
Cubs catcher John Baker singled off Jeremy Affeldt with one out to end it. 

The Giants finished off a 5-1 homestand with back-to-back shutouts of the Cub
to end a three-game series, holding them scoreless for the last 20 innings. 

Lincecum  did  his part,  though he  labored through  his five innings despite 
having what Bochy called "great stuff." 

The  two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 96 pitches -- just 52 for strikes -- 
walked four batters and hit another. He struck out five. 

Lincecum  threw 148 pitches in his first career no-hitter last July 13 against 
the Padres in San Diego. But Bochy said there was "no chance" the right-hander 
was going to be able to finish Wednesday's game. 

"He  worked hard and  had great stuff but he was starting to develop a blister 
and there were concerns with that," said Bochy. 

"When  you're close  to 100 pitches after  five innings, that's a lot of work. 
... There was no doubt he was going to come out at some point." 

Edwin  Jackson (3-5) struck  out nine but took the loss, giving up two runs on 
four  hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Jackson threw a 149-pitch no-hitter 
on June 25, 2010, for Arizona against Tampa Bay. 

Lincecum's  outing started  with a  called strike,  followed by  four straight 
balls to walk leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio. 

He  also walked Anthony Rizzo in the first. Pablo Sandoval saved a hit when he 
dove  to stop Starlin Castro's shot down the third-base line and threw him out 
at first. 

Lincecum threw 32 pitches in the first. 

"We  had him  on the ropes," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria -- and it wasn't 
the only time. 

Lincecum  walked John Baker in the second and hit Nate Schierholtz on the hand 
at  the end  of a seven-pitch at-bat  in the fourth inning that began with two 
called strikes. 

The  next batter,  Mike Olt,  reached on  shortstop Brandon  Crawford's error, 
moving Schierholtz to second base, where he stayed. 

In  the fifth inning, Bonifacio drew a five-pitch walk to reach base again but 
Lincecum  got  Junior Lake to ground  into an inning-ending double play on his 
final pitch. 

Kontos threw a perfect sixth inning for the Giants and was replaced by Affeldt 
after  striking  out Olt to start  the seventh. Affeldt walked Justin Ruggiano 
before serving up Baker's hit through the right side. 

The  Giants  had four baserunners  -- one walk,  three singles -- before Angel 
Pagan  led off the  sixth inning with a double. He scored on Sandoval's double 
off  reliever  James Russell  and Tyler Colvin  also had an  RBI double in the 
inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. 

They  pushed it to  5-0 in the seventh, the first run scoring when Olt made an 
error  on  Buster Posey's  grounder to third  base and the  last two on Hector 
Sanchez's double. Both hits came off Justin Grimm. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Giants  will start a  seven-game road trip Thursday  in St. Louis ... The 
Cubs  are  3-4 on  a 10-game  road trip that  finishes up  with three games in 
Milwaukee  starting Friday ... There have been 10 combined no-hitters -- those 
thrown  by more than one pitcher -- in major league history, just three in the 
National League. 

Blackhawks beat Kings in double OT, stay alive in West

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Michal Handzus tallied at 2:04 of the second 
overtime,  and the Chicago Blackhawks remained alive in the Western Conference 
finals with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Brandon  Saad held the  puck along the right wing below the circles and dished 
ahead  to Handzus,  who controlled  the  disc for  a second  before lifting  a 
backhander under the crossbar to end the contest. 

"Two  guys went  on him and I  got open,"Handzus said of his linemate Saad. "I 
was  surprised  I got open  like that but  he waited and  waited and gave me a 
great pass." 

For  Handzus, it  was his first career postseason overtime score, and just his 
second  playoff game-winner  after recording  the only  goal in  a 1-0  Flyers 
victory against Ottawa in the 2003 second round. 

Saad  ended  up with a goal  and two assists  for the Blackhawks, who wasted a 
pair  of  early two-goal  leads and fell  behind by a  goal before rallying to 
extend the series to a Game 6 in Los Angeles. 

"We don't want the season to end now. We're having too much fun playing," Saad 

Brent  Seabrook,  Johnny Oduya and  Ben Smith  also scored, while Patrick Kane 
notched  a  career playoff-high  four helpers for  Chicago, which still trails 
the best-of-seven set three games to two. 

Corey  Crawford looked  shaky at times, but  emerged with the win thanks to 40 

Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Jarret Stoll and Tanner Pearson lit the lamp for 
the  Kings,  who have the comfort  of home ice on  Friday to try and reach the 
Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three seasons. 

If  anyone thinks  that it's  easy ...  it's not  easy," Kings  forward Justin 
Williams  said of  closing out an opponent in the third round. "Attaining your 
ultimate goal is never easy and we're going to do our best to get it done." 

Jonathan Quick took the loss despite stopping 40 pucks. 

Kane  tallied just one point through the first four games, but caught fire and 
had a hand in all three Blackhawk scores in the opening 20 minutes. 

Kings  defenseman Drew Doughty was sent off for tripping just 30 seconds after 
the  opening faceoff,  and Seabrook's left-point blast sizzled past Quick with 
1:13  played.  Kane and  Jonathan Toews  controlled play  along the right side 
before the successful blast. 

Oduya  then snuck in  from his position to chop home a Kane rebound at 3:40 to 
put the hosts up by two. 

Stoll's first point of the series ended up being the Kings' first score of the 
contest,  as he found a loose puck in the low slot and pushed it past Crawford 
just prior to the midway point. 

Chicago  went  up 3-1  only 1:17  later. Kane  worked the  puck free along the 
right-wing  boards, then Saad potted Andrew Shaw's rebound from the near side, 
but  Gaborik managed to fire one past Crawford from the right wing at 13:16 -- 
mere seconds after Quick denied a point-blank chance from Toews. 

The  Kings  killed off  a cross-checking  minor to  blueliner Jake Muzzin just 
after  the  eight-minute mark of the  second, then evened the score when Brown 
backhanded a Gaborik rebound home at 11:08. 

Pearson  put the  visitors ahead  for the  first time,  when his  right-circle 
snapshot  zipped by  Crawford exactly two minutes later. Los Angeles protected 
that margin until intermission. 

"It's  a  tough building to  play, even more so  in the playoffs," Kings bench 
boss  Darryl  Sutter said in reference  to eliminating the Blackhawks in their 
own building. "Damn near got it." 

Saad's  low shot from  the left wing was kicked aside by Quick, but Smith beat 
his  checker  and potted the rebound  for a 4-4  game just 77 seconds into the 
third period. 

The Blackhawks had a prime chance to win in regulation when Stoll committed a 
tripping  infraction  with 3:11 on the  clock. Quick made two acrobatic stops, 
one  from  Kane and  the rebound on  Bryan Bickell early  in the advantage and 
added two more before its completion. 

Acting on adrenaline and instinct, the first overtime featured a dozen quality 
chances  split  between the clubs.  Los Angeles claimed a  10-8 shot edge in a 
briskly-paced fourth period. 

"Overtime,  I've seen  a lot of games,  been involved in a lot of those," said 
Chicago  head coach  Joel  Quenneville.  "That might  have  been the  greatest 
overtime I've seen." 

                                   Game Notes 

Kane  became the  first Blackhawk to assist  on four goals in one playoff game 
since  Steve Larmer  did so  on April  30, 1990  in a  Norris Division  final- 
clinching  8-2 rout  of the  St.  Louis Blues  ... Saad  extended his  playoff 
career  highs  to five goals,  eight assists and  13 points ... The Blackhawk
welcomed  back forward  Brandon Bollig,  who was  a healthy  scratch during  a 
5-2  loss in  Game 4  ... Pearson's  tally extended  his point  streak to  six 
games,  matching  the Kings' postseason record  for a rookie along with Warren 
Rychel  (1993) and  Daryl Evans  (1982)  ... Doughty  led all  players in  ice 
time  with  39:04, while Chicago defenseman  Duncan Keith topped his club with 

Yankees hold off Cardinals

Coverage of today's Cards and Giants game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and 
knocked  in three runs to boost the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win over the St. 
Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. 

John  Ryan  Murphy tacked on  a two-run  base hit as  part of a four-run third 
inning. The Yankees added three more in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. 

"We had some big nights from a lot of guys," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. 
"Everyone contributed up and down the line." 

That  was  plenty of offense  to support Hiroki  Kuroda (4-3), who notched his 
first  road win  since July 25, 2013  at Texas. Kuroda scattered nine hits and 
gave  up  three runs in 5  2/3 innings to help  the Yankees win for the fourth 
time in five games. 

New York used four relievers to hold down the Cardinals. 

Shelby  Miller (6-4) was  pounded for nine hits and seven runs in five innings 
to lose his second straight start. 

Kolten  Wong  set a  career-high with  four hits and  drove in  a run, but the 
Cardinals  couldn't build on a 6-0 win Tuesday when Lance Lynn threw his first 
career complete game. 

The Cardinals actually had  the tying run at the plate with nobody out in the 
ninth  after Allen Craig singled and Yadier Molina walked, but David Robertson 
struck out the next three hitters to end the game. 

Ellsbury's  line hit  to right-center field plated Brett Gardner for the first 
run.  The Yankees then filled the bases before Murphy lined a single to right- 
center. Ichiro Suzuki followed with an RBI fielder's choice. 

Kuroda  avoided trouble  in the  bottom of  the third.  He gave  up a  pair of 
singles and then hit Craig to fill the bases, but Molina popped out to cap the 

Ellsbury's  base hit to  center plated two more in the fourth. He stole second 
and scored on Brian McCann's single to right. 

"They  were just  on everything. You just  didn't see a lot of bad swings. The 
damage  was  done," Cardinals manager Mike  Matheny said. "I don't have a good 
explanation for it and I don't think he (Miller) does either." 

Daniel  Descalso  grounder to left  field scored Jon Jay  in the bottom of the 
fourth and Wong came home on Craig's groundout in the fifth for a 7-2 margin. 

Jhonny  Peralta scored  on Matt Carpenter's double to center in the sixth, but 
Dellin  Betances  escaped a  1st-and-3rd jam  when Matt  Holliday flied out to 
left to end the inning. 

Peter  Bourjos  flied out  to right  to strand a  runner at  third in the home 

Randy  Choate got a double-play ball to avoid a bases-loaded jam in the top of 
the  eighth,  and Wong made it  a three-run differential in the bottom portion 
with a single that scored Carpenter. 

                                   Game Notes 

Holliday,  who  singled in the  third, has reached base  safely in each of the 
first  24 games  at Busch  Stadium this  season ...  The Cardinals  outhit the 
Yankees,  13-12, but St.  Louis left 13 men on base ... Mark Teixeira was held 
out of New York's lineup for a fourth straight game due to inflammation in his 
right wrist ... McCann made his major league debut at first base. 

Shelbyville Baseball Begins Sectional Play

The Shelbyville Rams varsity baseball team begins Sectional play today as they take on Carmi-White County. The game will be played in Greenville. Coverage can be heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN beginning around 4:45pm.

Taylorville Baseball Begins Regional Play

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team begins Regional play today against Rochester. The game will be play at the Taylorville High School. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-29-14


Ariel D. Hrabak, 22, of 407 East 2nd Street, Pana, was arrested May 29 for domestic battery.

Pana Resident Dies After 1-Vehicle Crash

A Pana resident died shortly after a 1-vehicle crash on Thursday. Around 2:57 A.M., 911 received a call from a passerby that a vehicle with flashing lights had struck a pole near Route 16 and Pine St in Pana.  The man was taken to ER where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 A.M.  The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was 78-year-old  Donald P. Elliott of Pana.  Christian County Coroner Amy Winans reports that the crash scene indicates Elliott had a medical emergency prior to striking the pole.  The incident remains under investigation.  No autopsy will be conducted but the standard toxicology will be performed.  Pana Police and Christian County Coroner's Office are handling the investigation.  

Tornadoes lose to Rochester; Shelbyville falls to Carmi Wednesday (5.29.14)

With a 6-run deficit, the Taylorville Tornadoes lost their IHSA Class 3-A Regional Semi-Final baseball game to Rochester Thursday as heard on Groovy 93.5. The final score was 8-2. The game, played in Taylorville, moves the Rochester Rockets to the championship game Saturday in Taylorville. Rocket Center Fielder Blake Thompson provided the victory-sealing grand slam home run in the game. The "Doug McKinnie-Country Financial" Tornado Player-of-the-Game was Bo Buschon who was credited with an RBI double in the top of the 6th inning. 

And...the Shelbyville Rams lost to the Carmi Bulldogs Wednesday by a final score of 14-2 in a baseball game heard on Solid Gold, 98.3/WRAN.

Lake Land College welcomes new nurses to the field at annual pinning


Shelby R. Overbeck (left) with Deborah Hutti (right), associate vice president for educational services, who presented the awards. 

49 graduating nurses received their pins at the 2014 Lake Land College associate degree in nursing pinning ceremony.

Shelby R. Overbeck of Effingham received both the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award and the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award.

The Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award is given each year to a graduating student who is considered to be the all-around best student in the class. 

The recipient of the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award is chosen because of his or her clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit.  The recipient of this award is chosen by fellow nursing students. 

During the ceremony, the following were honored:

Dusty Baylis, Herrick

Debra Beam, Effingham

Anita Bierman, Effingham

Penny Black, Paris

Amanda Blickensderfer, Sullivan

Dawn Brazzell, Charleston

Erica Bushue, Mattoon

Christina Carter, Greenup

Deanna Collier, Effingham

Courtney Croy, Charleston

April N.  Dinger, Sullivan

Amanda Ealy, Kansas

Ryan Fisher, Mattoon

Leslie Francis, Mattoon

Chase Gillmore, Effingham

Brandi L.  Hanley, Sullivan

Morgan Hays, Lovington

Richelle Hildebrand, Charleston

Brittni L.  Hoel, Oakland

Michelle Homann-Kersey, Neoga

Norah Hopkins, Lovington

Kristen Jansen, Neoga

Jessica Krutsinger, Findlay

Nancy Lefever, Casey

Amanda Light Craig, Toledo

Bailey Marten, Altamont

Heather McDowell, Mattoon

Craig Minor, Effingham

Michelle “Mickey” Monts, Atwood

Kari B.  Moody, Sullivan

Beverly Notaro, Oakland

Megan K.  O’Brien, Charleston

Shelby R.  Overbeck, Effingham

Rachel Porter, Mattoon

Tara Pruemer, Dieterich

Jennifer M.  Roberts, Casey

Cynthia Schmitz, Pana

Christine Shoemaker, Effingham

Megan Smith, Effingham

Halli Smith, Pana

Candace Spence, Charleston

Jen Star, Sullivan

Krysta Tish, St. Elmo

Jennifer Tresslar, Charleston

Kimberly D.  Weishaar, Effingham

Dana Westendorf, Teutopolis

Johanna Wienke, Tuscola

KoDee  Wilhelms, Freeport

Danielle Will, Teutopolis



CCSO Reports Young Girl Sent to Hospital After Crash Friday

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports that a young girl was sent to the hospital following a 1-vehicle crash Friday. Around 6:07am, 33-year-old Jerod A. Johnson of Nokomis, was traveling southeast on Illinois Route 29. Around 1800 North Road, Johnson went off the roadway into the ditch. Johnson came back on to the road then went into the ditch on the other side of 1800 North. Johnson came out of the ditch, went into a field, and drove the vehicle out. Johnson reportedly said he had been up all night at the hospital in Springfield and fell asleep while driving. An 11-year-old female passenger had minor injuries but was complaining of her chest hurting. She was then transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported.

ISP Warns of Farm Traffic

It's a busy time of year for agriculture as farmers wrap up their planting and tend to other duties.  That's why the Illinois State Police is warning you to be careful driving.  Safety Education Officer Emanuelwel Edwards says large farm implements move much more slowly than most traffic:

Christian County Court House to Host a Blood Drive

The Christian County Court House is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, June 3 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. To schedule an appointment, call the blood center at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or go online using sponsor code 60145 at www.bloodcenterimpact.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome. The Christian County Court House is located at 101 South Main in Taylorville. 

Assumption Fest Just a Month Away

The annual Assumption Fest is fast approaching. President of the Festival Angela Ohl-Marsters says there is still time to put a memorial or best wishes message in their Festival Book:

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Ohl-Marsters says they are also continuing to take entries for the parade and flea market. For more information or to register for those, call Angela at 820-1690.

White Sox Edge Indians After Long Rain Delay

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gordon Beckham homered and the Chicago Whit
Sox  took  a 2-1  decision from  the Cleveland  Indians in  the second test of 
a three-game set. 

The  game had two seperate rain delays, one that pushed the start time back 35 
minutes and another that lasted nearly two hours. 

Scott  Carroll (2-3)  earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings in 
relief  of Chicago  starter Chris Sale, who  allowed just one walk to go along 
with four strikeouts over three innings. 

Sale  took a  perfect game  into  the sixth  in  his last  outing against  the 
Yankees,  striking out 10 in a 3-2 win in his first start since a stint on the 
disabled list. 

Justin Masterson (2-4) took the loss after allowing one run over three innings 
before getting knocked out of the game due to the lengthy delay. 

The White Sox have taken the first two games of this set and sent the Indians 
to their third straight defeat and fourth in their last five games. 

Adam  Eaton  singled to lead off  the third and moved  over to third on a wild 
pitch from Masterson. Following a groundout from Beckham that allowed Eaton to 
advance to third, Conor Gillaspie poked a single to center that gave the Whit
Sox a 1-0 lead. 

Then  the  second batch  of rain  came through  the Chicago  area and play was 
suspended for an hour and 58 minutes. 

Coming  out  of the break, Michael  Brantley extended his hitting streak to 13 
games  by giving Cleveland  its first base runner of the night with one out in 
the  fourth. Ryan Raburn  followed with a single to center that put runners at 
the  corners, but  Yan Gomes popped out to Gillaspie in foul territory. Pinch- 
hitter  Lonnie Chisenhall  flied out to the  warning track in right to end the 

Beckham  knocked  out his fourth homer  of the year  to lead off the fifth and 
increase the cushion to 2-0. 

With runners at the corners in the seventh, Mike Aviles got the Indians on the 
board with an RBI groundout. 

Chicago appeared to have added some insurance in the eighth, but Michael Bourn 
had other ideas. 

Paul  Konerko  drove a  Cody Allen  offering to  deep right-center where Bourn 
tracked  the  fly, then leaped  at the wall hauling  in the potential home run 
for the second out of the frame to keep the one-run deficit intact. 

Ronald  Belisario  pitched a scoreless  ninth to record  his third save of the 

                                   Game Notes 

Masterson  entered  the contest with  a 5-0 record and  1.65 ERA in six starts 
against  Chicago  since the start  of last  season ... Cleveland placed Carlos 
Santana  on the seven-day disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms, while 
Nick  Swisher landed  on the  15-day  DL with  a hyperextended  left knee  ... 
Chicago  improved to 6-3 against Cleveland this season ... The Indians were 0- 
for-5 with runners in scoring position. 

Hudson, Giants blank Cubs

San  Francisco, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Tim Hudson  tossed seven  scoreless 
innings  and  the San Francisco  Giants blanked the  Chicago Cubs, 4-0, in the 
middle test of a three-game set. 

Hudson  (5-2)  scattered six hits  for the Giants, who  have won five of their 
last six games. Buster Posey posted two sacrifice flies in the triumph. 

Jake  Arrieta (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk over six frames 
for Chicago, which has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games. 

The Giants plated a pair in the first and fifth for their scoring output. 

Angel  Pagan and Hunter Pence led off the home first with back-to-back singles 
to  put runners  on the  corners.  After Pence  stole second,  Posey lifted  a 
sacrifice  fly into right to bring home Pagan. Pence scored on Michael Morse's 
single two batters later to make it 2-0. 

Ehire  Adrianza began  the fifth with an infield single and stole second after 
Hudson struck out. He moved to third on another infield single, this by Pagan, 
and  the bags were full following a Pence walk. Adrianza scored on Posey's sac 
fly  to left and  Pablo Sandoval's base hit into left plated Pagan to give San 
Francisco a 4-0 advantage. 

Jeremy  Affeldt  spun a  scoreless eighth and  Jean Machi struck  out two in a 
1-2-3 ninth to seal the win. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Giants were  3-for-9  with  runners in  scoring  position, while  Chicago 
finished  0-for-4  with RISP and left  six men on  base ... Morse hit his 13th 
double of the season. 

Lynn's shutout lifts Cards over Yanks

Coverage of today's Cards and Yankees game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn threw his first career complete 
game, a five-hit shutout to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-0 win over the 
New York Yankees on Tuesday night. 

Lynn (6-2) threw 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking 
out  two.  The right-hander,  making his 75th  career start, retired Yangervis 
Solarte, Alfonso Soriano and Brian Roberts on 10 pitches in the ninth inning. 

"I  was  able to mix  my pitches  well," Lynn said.  "It was definitely one to 
remember. I enjoyed it and to do it against the Yankees is exciting." 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't think Lynn did much out of the ordinary. 

"Fastball, curveball mostly, movement on both sides of the plate," he said. "I 
thought we squared some balls up and had some chances, we just didn't do it." 

Matt  Holliday  and Allen Craig ended  long homerless droughts with solo shots 
for the Cardinals, who improved to 10-3 in their last 13 games. 

The  Yankees  had a three-game winning  streak snapped. They won the opener of 
the three-game series 6-4 in 12 innings on Monday in the first meeting between 
the two fabled teams in nine years. 

David  Phelps (1-2) took the loss after giving up five runs -- three earned -- 
on eight hits and two walks in six innings, striking out five. The righty fell 
to 1-2 in five games since moving to the starting rotation this month. 

St.  Louis took a  4-0 lead in the third inning, scoring the first run on Matt 
Adams'  ground-rule  double. The other  three runs  came home on errors: Derek 
Jeter's  wide  throw to first  base on  Craig's broken-bat grounder that Kelly 
Johnson  dropped, and second baseman Roberts' two-run error when he let Jhonny 
Peralta's grounder get through. 

Soriano  came close to robbing Craig at the right-field wall in the fifth, but 
the  ball hit off his glove. Craig's homer, his first since May 9, came on the 
eighth pitch of an at-bat on a 3-2 changeup and gave the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. 

Holliday  homered for the first time since April 28 against Milwaukee, sending 
an  Alfredo Aceves fastball over the center-field wall leading off the seventh 
inning for his third of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

It  was Craig's fifth  homer of the season ... The Yankees are 5-3 against the 
Cardinals  in  the regular season,  but St. Louis has  won three of their five 
World  Series meetings ... Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira missed a second 
straight game because of a sore wrist. 

Rep. Davis Hosting Veterans Job and Resource Fair

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he is hosting a Veterans Job and Resource Fair for 13th District veterans, military service members and their families from 11am – 2pm on Wednesday, June 4, at Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland College in Champaign.


Various employers will be on site to provide attendees with information about job opportunities with their organization.


Additionally, professionals will be available to provide attendees with resume building tips, information about workforce training programs and help with Veterans Affairs casework.


To RSVP for the event or if you are an employer and would like to participate in the event, please call Rep. Davis' office at 217.403.4690 or email Jennifer White at jen.white@mail.house.gov

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-28-14


On May 27 at 4:09pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed Joshua Wells, 24, of Taylorville, operating a motor vehicle on Springfield Road. The officer requested Dispatch to check his driver's license status which revealed he did not have a valid driver's license. Wells was arrested for no valid driver's license.

On May 27 at 7:02pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Palmer in reference to a battery. Following the investigation, Matthew L. Harden, 38, of Taylorville was arrested for battery.

On May 7:27pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located a 16-year-old male juvenile that the officer knew was wanted on a Christian County juvenile warrant. The male was placed under arrest and transported to post. He was later transported to Madison County Juvenile Detention Center by the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

Fire Department Calls 5-28-14


May 27
1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS, 2 Automatic Alarm, 1 Fuel Spill

May 28
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 EMS

Senate Passes Education Funding Overhaul

A controversial education funding plan is getting the green light in the state senate.  Thirty-two senators voted in favor of the plan that aims to distribute money to schools based on need.  Senator Andy Manar says the most important thing is that the new funding formula can help eradicate poverty and put people on the right track. 

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More affluent school districts would lose state money under the newest proposal, but that loss would be capped at a-thousand-bucks for each student.  Supporters say richer districts won't really feel the squeeze from losing the money because they can sustain themselves with local funds.  That's not the case for schools in poorer districts.  State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the bill, says the whole idea is to give poor kids a shot at getting a quality education.  The plan cleared the senate yesterday but won't likely get a vote in the House before session wraps up on Saturday. 

Rep. Davis Votes to Hold VA Accountable

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has voted in support of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to make it easier for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to remove underperforming executives. The House overwhelmingly approved the legislation by a vote of 390-33.

Recent reports have highlighted severe mismanagement and a lack of accountability across the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Reports of preventable veteran deaths, “secret” waiting lists intended to conceal the lengthy wait times for patients, and an increased claims backlog have corresponded with bonuses and positive performance reviews for VA management.

Rybolt says Safe Sitter Course is Upcoming

With summer approaching, many kids may be looking for babysitting jobs.  Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator for Pana Community Hospital, says kids need to know a few things before babysitting, and the hospital will be offering a Safe Sitter course next month:

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The Safe Sitter course will be June 26th and 27th.  Call Melissa Rybolt to find out more: (217) 562-2131.

Tail Command Expanding Services

A recent move to a larger facility is paving the way for a local business' expansion.  Ian Wilson of Tail Command in Taylorville says they are adding a fence:

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Tail Command, at 306 S. Spresser,  also offers dog daycare, kennel services and dog training.  Call 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

Taylorville Chamber Welcomes New member

One of Taylorville's newest businesses has joined the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the owner attended last week's Business After Hours at Lincoln Land Community College's Taylorville campus:

Expansion at Gowin Parc Taylorville Nearing Completion

The expansion at Gowin Parc in Taylorville is getting closer and closer to being completed. Jenni Stephens of Gowin Parc tells Regional Radio News where they are at on the project and when they plan to open:

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Gowin Parc in Taylorville is located at 920 McAdam Drive. For more information, call 287-7000.


Strong start gives Kings 3-1 series lead

Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - A three-goal burst in the first period 
has  Los Angeles one win away from the Stanley Cup finals, as the Kings took a 
5-2  win over  the Chicago Blackhawks  in Game  4 of  the Western  Conference 

Jake  Muzzin,  Marian Gaborik, and Dustin  Brown scored in just under a seven- 
minute span in the opening frame to give the Kings a 3-1 lead in this best-of- 
seven series. 

Drew  Doughty added  a goal in the second period, while Jonathan Quick stopped 
22 shots for the Kings, who can close out this series on Wednesday in Chicago. 

"We  are  trying to  win one game,  whether we  are up 3-1,  down 3-1, 2-2, no 
matter  what the  series is, that doesn't  change what we are trying to do the 
next game," said Quick. 

Los Angeles is hoping to make it back to the Cup finals for the second time in 
three  years, as  the team  beat New  Jersey in  2012 for  its first  and only 

Chicago,  meanwhile, will  have to  rally if  it wants  a shot  at its  second 
straight  trophy.  The team defeated  Boston in six  games last season for its 
second championship in four seasons. 

The Blackhawks, though, did face this situation in last year's run to the Cup, 
as the team fell behind 3-1 to Detroit in the semifinals, only to win the next 
three, including the series-clincher in overtime in Game 7. 

"It's  all  about our game  and our preparation, there's  things we need to do 
better,"  said  Chicago captain  Jonathan Toews. "We  make mistakes and things 
wind up getting compounded quickly. We just need to forget about this and find 
a way to play like we did in Game 1." 

Brandon  Saad and  Bryan  Bickell scored  for the Blackhawks,  who saw  Corey 
Crawford give up four goals on just 20 shots in the loss. 

The  Kings scored three times over a 6:56 span in the first to take control of 
the game. 

Skating  on  the power play, Doughty  sent a pass  from the left circle to the 
high  slot where Muzzin gathered the puck and snapped it into the right corner 
with Jeff Carter parked in front of Crawford at the nine-minute mark. 

Just  over  two minutes later,  Anze Kopitar stole  the puck from Duncan Keith 
along  the  right boards and  quickly fired a pass  to the front where Gaborik 
tipped it in for his NHL-leading 10th of the playoffs. 

Another power-play goal saw the Kings make it a 3-0 game. Muzzin sent the puck 
from  the  left point  to the  inside right circle  where Justin Williams one- 
touched  it over  to the left side and  Brown had an open net for his third of 
the playoffs at 15:56. 

It  was a  4-0 game at 12:43 of  the second after Kopitar sent a pass from the 
high  slot to  the right point and  Doughty zipped a wrister that tipped off a 
defender's stick and floated in for his third of the playoffs. 

Chicago  got  on the board just  1:20 later as the  disc came out to the right 
point  where  Michal Rozsival  chipped  a  quick pass  to  the  slot and  Saad 
backhanded it into the net. 

The Blackhawks  made the  game interesting at  9:29 of the  third as the team 
jammed  the  net and after several  chances, Bickell backhanded one in for his 
seventh of the playoff and a 4-2 game. 

Chicago pulled Crawford with over three minutes to play, but was unable to cut 
the deficit and Tanner Pearson sealed the win with an empty-netter. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Kings were 2-for-3 on the man advantage, while Chicago failed to find the 
net  in three  chances ...  This series  marks the  first time  two teams  are 
meeting  in the Western finals in back-to-back years since the Stars/Avalanche 
in 1999-2000 ... Kopitar had two assists in the game, and leads all postseason 
skaters with 22 points, including 17 assists. 

Viciedo, Gillaspie lead ChiSox over Indians

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dayan Viciedo belted a three-run homer and 
Conor  Gillaspie was 4-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored to 
lead  the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians to open a 
three-game series. 

Jose  Quintana  (3-4) pitched six  innings for the win,  giving up two runs on 
five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. 

The White Sox are 5-3 against the Indians this season after losing 17 of 19 to 
their AL Central rivals last year, including 14 in a row to end the season. 

Josh Tomlin (3-2) struck out eight but took the loss in five-plus innings. The 
right-hander gave up five runs, but only two were earned. 

Michael  Brantley's  RBI single in  the third gave the  Indians a 1-0 lead but 
third  baseman  Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out error  in the bottom of the inning 
allowed the White Sox to go in front for good. 

Marcus  Semien reached on the error -- the ball went off Chisenhall's glove -- 
Gillaspie followed with a single and both runners scored on Viciedo's blast to 
left field on a 1-2 curveball, his fifth homer of the season. 

"A  hanging curveball. I  probably tried to do too much with it," said Tomlin. 
"It stayed up in the zone too long." 

Brantley drew a leadoff walk in the sixth inning, stole second base and scored 
on  Ryan Raburn's  single to right field.  Raburn tried to take second base on 
the  hit by was thrown out by Moises Sierra on a call that was upheld after an 
Indians challenge. 

Gillaspie  led off  the bottom of the  sixth with a double off Tomlin, went to 
third  on  Viciedo's single  and scored  on Alexei  Ramirez's hit off reliever 
Bryan Shaw. Alejandro De Aza followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2. 

It was Gillaspie's first career four-hit game. 

"It  was  just one of those  days," he said. "A  couple of times they threw it 
right in the spot where I was looking. That's just the way it goes." 

He  added an  RBI double in the seventh  inning and Scott Downs came in to get 
an  inning-ending out  after Cleveland loaded the bases against Zach Putnam in 
the eighth. 

Downs worked around a walk in the ninth inning to pick up his first save since 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  catcher Tyler  Flowers was ejected by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa for 
arguing  a called third  strike to end the bottom of the fourth inning ... The 
WhitSox are 3-2 on a 10-game homestand. 

Samardzija, Cubs top Giants

San  Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 batters 
and  finally earned his  first win of the season as the Chicago Cubs took down 
the  San  Francisco Giants, 8-4,  in the opener of  a three-game set from AT&T 

Samardzija  (1-4),  who entered Monday's tilt  with the best ERA (1.46) in the 
majors,  was winless  in 10  starts.  His first  win came  despite matching  a 
season-high  four runs -- three earned -- on six hits in seven-plus innings of 

"I  think  it's a relief  for him. Everybody's wanted  him to have a victory," 
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. 

Nate  Schierholtz had two  runs scored and a pair of hits, including his first 
home  run of the season for the Cubs, who improved to 3-2 on this 10-game road 
trip.  Anthony Rizzo also had two hits and two runs, while Darwin Barney drove 
in a pair. 

Pablo  Sandoval went  2-for-4 with a homer  in defeat, driving in three of San 
Francisco's four runs. Brandon Crawford had the other RBI, but it came late in 
the game with a five-run deficit. 

Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) surrendered four runs on six hits in five innings for the 
Giants.  David Huff  didn't fare much better out of the bullpen, allowing four 
runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 frames. 

Sandoval  plated the game's first run with a two-out single to center, plating 
Angel Pagan. Pagan reached leading off the game on Samardzija's error. 

Schierholtz  tied it in  the top of the third, but Sandoval's two-run blast to 
right in the bottom of the fourth made it 3-1 in favor of the home team. 

It  was all Cubs  after that. Luis Valbuena and Welington Castillo led off the 
fifth  with singles  and a  fielder's  choice on  Schierholtz's grounder  left 
runners  on the  corners and  one out.  Barney  made it  3-2 with  a sac  fly, 
Samardzija  helped  his case with an  RBI double to right and Emilio Bonifacio 
gave the Cubs a lead with his triple to right. 

"That  kind of broke our back right there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of 
Samardzija's double. 

Chicago  pushed two more  runs across in the sixth and seventh innings to pull 
away.  Castillo's single  to left in the sixth plated Rizzo and Barney brought 
home Castillo two batters later for a 6-3 spread. 

Junior  Lake singled with one gone in the seventh and moved to third on Huff's 
error.  Rizzo doubled  him home two batters later before Valbuena delivered an 
RBI single to right. 

Crawford's single to right in the seventh scored Michael Morse, who tripled to 
leadoff the frame. 

                                   Game Notes 

Prior  to the game, the Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15- 
day  disabled  list and optioned  outfielder Ryan  Kalish to Triple-A Iowa ... 
Chicago  finished  5-for-12 with  runners in  scoring position ... Bonifacio's 
triple was his third of the season ... The Cubs outhit the Giants, 13-6. 

Yankees top Cardinals in 12 inning

Coverage of today's Cards and Yankees game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Roberts hit a go-ahead RBI single in 
a  three-run 12th inning  Monday that lifted the New York Yankees to a 6-4 win 
over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series. 

The Memorial Day game marked the first meeting between the two fabled teams in 
nine years. 

Roberts delivered a bases-loaded single through the left side off Randy Choate 
(0-2) and Alfonso Soriano added a sacrifice fly followed by Brendan Ryan's RBI 
base hit, both off Jason Motte. 

Jhonny  Peralta  scored on  Jon Jay's double  in the bottom  of the 12th after 
reaching  base on Derek Jeter's throwing error, but David Robertson got out of 
the inning to record his 11th save. 

The Yankees improved to 5-2 against Cardinals in the regular season, including 
a  three-game sweep in New York in 2003. The Cardinals won two out of three in 
their last meeting in 2005 in St. Louis. 

New  York pushed its  winning streak to three games after winning its last two 
in Chicago against the White Sox. 

The Cardinals lost for just the third time in their last 12 games. 

Cardinals  right-hander Michael  Wacha, pitching five days after taking a foul 
ball  of  his elbow in the  dugout, gave up four  hits and three runs in seven 

Yankees  righty  Chase Whitley, still  chasing his  first MLB win, was charged 
with three runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. 

The Cardinals had other opportunities in extra innings. 

Jay  hit a  leadoff single in the bottom  of the 10th but the Yankees turned a 
double  play  to end the inning  when first baseman Brendan Ryan nabbed Kolten 
Wong's  sharp  grounder before  stepping on  the bag and  throwing to Jeter at 
second base to get Jay in a rundown. 

Alfredo  Aceves (1-2) hit Matt Holliday leading off the bottom of the 11th but 
he  was stranded at  first base. Brett Gardner leapt at the wall in left field 
to catch Yadier Molina's long drive for the second out. 

The  first  three Yankees  batters of  the game reached  base against Wacha -- 
Gardner  on a  walk, Jeter on a single  and Jacoby Ellsbury on an RBI base hit 
that scored Gardner. 

The Cardinals  tied the  score in the  bottom of the  first inning after Matt 
Carpenter led off with a triple and came home on Wong's double. 

The  Yankees  started the fifth  the same way they  started the first -- walk, 
single,  RBI single  by Kelly Johnson --  and Gardner added a sacrifice fly to 
make it 3-1. 

St.  Louis  tied the score  again and  knocked Whitley out  of the game in the 

Holliday  led  off with a  double off  the top of  the left-field wall and the 
Cardinals  loaded  the bases after Matt  Adams singled and Whitley hit Molina. 
Allen Craig's grounder plated the first run -- the Yankees were unable to turn 
a double play -- and Peralta followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-3. 

                                   Game Notes 

The start of the game was delayed an hour because of rain ... The Yankees (27) 
and Cardinals (11) have combined for 38 World Series titles, ranking first and 
second  all-time. They  have  met in  five World  Series,  with the Cardinal
winning three ... St. Louis opened a nine-game homestand. 

Taylorville Softball begins Regional Play

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity softball team will begin Regional play today against Mattoon. The game will be played at Mt. Zion. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 6:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-27-14


Zachary M. Allen, 19, of 421 North Locust Street, Greenville, was arrested May 24 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Jacob A. Bright, 18, of 600 West Third Street Apartment 5B, Taylorville, was arrested May 24 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Gage C. Marston, 19, of 408 South Poplar Street, Pana, was arrested May 24 for consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Nathan T. Mount, 19, of 1218 South Fourth Street, Shelbyville, was arrested May 24 for consumption of alcohol by a minor and on a bond forfeiture warrant.

Del L. Burkey, 19, of 820 East Oak Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 24 on a bond forfeiture for possession of a controlled substance

Thomas E. Painter, 42, of 9625 Blue Water Court, Tallahassee, Florida, was arrested May 26 for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Christopher R. Lewis, 26, of 1503 West Elm Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 25 for battery.

Steven J. Lewis, 25, of 1024 East Spruce Street, Springfield, was arrested May 25 for battery.

Patrick M. Motley, 24, of 1254 Illinois Route 48, Taylorville, was arrested May 26 on a warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Anna M. Lorentson, 39, of 1316 South Houston, Taylorville, was arrested May 26 for domestic battery.

David W. Moma, 22, of 108 North Poplar, Assumption, was arrested May 27 for criminal damage to state property.

On May 25 at 5:25am, Michael G. Graham, 49, of Stonington was traveling southwest on Illinois Route 48. At approximately 1450 North, Graham struck a deer that came onto the roadway. Graham had damage to the front left bumper. Graham's vehicle did not have to be towed from the scene. No injuries reported.

On May 25 at 4:00am, Waylon E. Mollet, 33, of Owaneco was traveling southbound on 1800 East Road. At approximately 780 North Road, Mollet stated he saw something cross the roadway so he swerved to miss it. Mollet went off the roadway to the left and hit a mailbox belonging to Anthony J. Wehmhoff. Mollet stated he notified the owner of the mailbox. Mollet's vehicle had damage to the front, right bumper area but did not need to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

On May 21 at 6:07am, Jerod A. Johnson, 33, of Nokomis, was traveling southeast on Illinois Route 29. Around 1800 North Road, Johnson went off the roadway into the ditch. Johnson came back on to the road then went into the ditch on the other side of 1800 North Road. Johnson came out of the ditch, went into a field, and drove the vehicle out. Johnson stated he had been up all night at the hospital in Springfield and fell asleep while driving. An 11-year-old female passenger had minor injuries but was complaining of her chest hurting. She was then transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported.


On May 23 at 5:16pm, Taylorville Police Department was contacted by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention in reference to two shoplifters. Following officers arrival, Megan L. Hageman, 21, of Pana and Brianna M. Hoover, 24, of Pana were both placed under arrest for retail theft and taken to the Taylorville Police Department. Both were later released on notices to appear.

On May 15, a Taylorville Police Department officer was advised of a report from Wal-Mart in regards to a retail theft. The officer later located the female subject involved who was identified Cara M. Montgomery, 39, of Taylorville. Montgomery was arrested and released on a notice to appear.

On May 26 at 3:28pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and saw a male subject riding an ATV on Shumway near Route 48. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the ATV as it pulled into a nearby residence. Following the stop, Patrick M. Motley, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license suspended and a Pike County failure to appear warrant.

On May 23 at 7:39pm, a Taylorville Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Florence and Palmer. James W. Lunsford, 24, of Taylorville was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Lunsford was transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing and released on a notice to appear.

On May 23, at 5:20pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to the Loading Zone Bar in regards to a man who had fallen. During the time the officer was on scene, the officer located John A. Westbrook, 44, of Taylorville who was later placed under arrest for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Westbrook was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

On May 24 at 1:53am, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and noticed two men pushing each other in the McDonald's parking lot. Following investigation, Nathan A. Mount,19, of Shelbyville, was arrested for having a valid warrant. Mount was transported to Christian County Sheriff's Office.

On may 24th, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of 820 East Oak Street in reference to a domestic dispute. Following their arrival, officers placed Del L. Burkey, 19, of Taylorville under arrest for a warrant out of Macon County. Burkey was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.


On May 22 at 10:56am, Judith D. Alberts, 69, of Moweaqua advised she was in the right turn lane and started into the south bound lane when she was struck by Derick Morales, 34, of Beardstown. Alberts advised she did not see Morales before entering the lane. Alberts' vehicle received damage to the driver's side rear quarter panel, trunk, and rear window. Alberts was issued a citation for improper lane usage. Morales advised he was headed south when Alberts came into his lane. Morales advised he was unable to avoid striking Alberts and received damage on the passenger side from front to rear. No injuries were reported.

On May 13, Joseph A. Cochran, 32, of Taylorville was traveling through the parking lot of Car Wash City. Cochran had a problem with the car wash and was having difficulty seeing. Cochran was turning and struck a pole in the parking lot. Cochran was able to drive from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Fire Department Calls 5-27-14


May 23
1 EMS, 1 Smoke Scare

May 24
5 EMS, 1 Fire

May 25

May 26
2 EMS, 1 Stuck Elevator, 1 Gas

May 27

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Pana Autism Learning Center


Pictured left to right: Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller, Erica Matthews, and May program chairman Dick Wamsley.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club learned about a new autism learning center in Pana, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Erica Matthews opened the Autism and Movement Project Learning Center, as a non-profit entity at Eleven South Locust in Pana, 2 years ago, with 6 students.  Thanks to private donations, the center is now serving almost 50 students from a 40-mile radius.

Matthews' center serves individuals with many different social and learning disabilities, from autism and cerebral palsy, to Down syndrome and turrets.

Matthews uses autism movement therapy and sensory therapy to help students learn life skills and bridge the gap between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  Monthly student tuition is only 60-dollars, with siblings an additional 10-dollars per month.

Matthews tells Kiwanis members about her staff at the center:

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More information on Matthews' center can be obtained by contacting her at 825-4605.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.


This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between May 12, 2014 and May 20, 2014, person or persons unknown made entry into a work vehicle.   While inside the unknown subject or subjects took a Milwaukee Fuel cordless drill, 2 batteries, a charger, and a case with drill bits.  The victim advised that there are identifying marks on the drill and the case.  The total dollar value of the items taken is $350.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous.


Lady Tornadoes fall to Mattoon in Regional Softball Semi-Finals Tuesday (5.27.14).

The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes fell to Mattoon by a final score of 9-6 Tuesday in the Regional Softball Semi-Finals at Mt. Zion. Taylorville ends their season with a final record of 14 and 15. Tornado Catcher, Paige Enlow, was named the "Doug McKinnie-Country Financial" Player-of-the-Game, credited with a 2 run homer and going 3 for 4...as heard on Groovy 93.5.

Taylorville Park Board Hears that Budget is in Good Shape

The Taylorville Park Board heard the annual audit report at their Tuesday meeting. CPA Sheridan Pulley told the Board how they did this past fiscal year:

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Pulley said the Board did a terrific job overall in managing the budget.


The Taylorville Park Board heard some good and bad news in regards to the Manners Park Pool at their Tuesday night meeting. Recreation Director Bailey Hancock said while the opening weekend was a success, there are some problems that will need to be addressed:

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Hancock says none of the problems will cause them to shut down for the pool season but will need to be taken care of when the pool closes in August.


The Taylorville Park Board voted to demolish the Caretakers House if they are approved for a grant that will help cover the cost. The Board cannot have the house demolished prior to applying and being approved for the grant or they will become ineligible for it. Several ideas for what to do with the space include a small pavilion or bathrooms. The Board approved an ordinance to file an amended annual budget for FY ‘14-15.

The meeting adjourned at 7:58pm.

Coal Miner Appreciation Day to be Held in Springfield

The Southern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program will be hosting a Coal Minor Appreciation Day on June 18th in Springfield. Program Coordinator Shelly Rigsby Stuthers tells Regional Radio News about the event:

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If you have any questions, call 866-252-9732.                                               

LLCC GED graduates recognized; four awarded scholarships

Lincoln Land Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy program honored more than 100 GED (General Educational Development) graduates at the Celebration of Success event May 14.

Four of the GED graduates received $1,000 scholarships from the LLCC Foundation to assist them in continuing their education at LLCC. The scholarship winners are: Megan Allison of Springfield; Joey Law of Jacksonville; Chynna Benning of Raymond; and Sherry Sutton of Springfield.

A list of local GED graduates can be found on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.

Auburn - Charles Samson Jr.

Beardstown - Ricardo Bautista, Haley Canada, Adakou Sodogas, Araceli Solis, Lucas Theivagt

Chatham - Zephaniah Soady

Franklin - Jami Carter

Hillsboro - Shaun Fisher

Kincaid - Larry Rowden, Justin Witty

Litchfield - Margaret Ivy, Dustin Trimble, Adysen Ward

Pana - Jesse Hartline

Petersburg - Jimmy Gumm, Hannah Sorrells

Taylorville - Alecia Houston, Joseph Lybarger, Stephanie Melton, Michael Osborn, Anita Pinkerton, Jerry Ridgley, Taylor Schmedeke, John Steele, Carrington Walker

Witt - John Jones

Volunteers Needed for Mission for Taylorville

The fifth annual Mission for Taylorville is looking for more volunteers for the Saturday, June 7th event. Pastor Bill Kerns of Davis Memorial Christian Church tells Regional Radio about the event:

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Application forms for either volunteers or homeowners seeking assistance can be picked up at the Davis Memorial Christian Church. If you have any questions, contact Bill Kerns at 824-8181.

Shelby County Health Department offers Walk-In Immunization Clinics

The Shelby County Health Department has walk-in Adult Immunization Clinics at the Department Monday through Friday from 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Pneumonia, MMR, Shingles, TD, and Tdap will be offered at these clinics. Medicare is accepted as payment for the Pneumonia vaccine. The Health Department asks that you call one week prior to the clinic you plan to attend to assure vaccine availability. For more information, call the Shelby County Health Department at 774-9555. The Department is located at 1700 West South Third Street in Shelbyville.

Rep. Davis: House Approves Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that the House has approved five bipartisan bills to help put an end to domestic and international human trafficking. Davis spoke about the SAVE Act, which he is a co-sponsor for, on the House Floor:

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Davis is also a co-sponsor of 3 of the other 4 bills. 

Taylorville Park Board Meets Tuesday

The Taylorville Park Board will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the Manners Park Office Board Room. Items on the agenda include: the annual audit report for Fiscal Year ‘13-14, an ordinance to file an amended annual budget for FY ‘14-15, approving Lakeshore Golf Course pump station repairs and a new roof for the Lakeshore Club House, and what to do with the Caretakers House. We will have details following the meeting on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.

Mitchell: Just Say No to state funds for the Obama Library

State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth has filed a resolution in the Illinois House suggesting that his colleagues Just Say No, to state funds going to help pay for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Representative Mitchell discusses the need for the resolution:

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The resolution states the belief that the State of Illinois cannot afford to spend $100 million from taxpayer funds on a Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The resolution however, does show support for the efforts by many to locate a Presidential Library and Museum to the State of Illinois without the use of taxpayer funding.

Lake Land College to Host Campus Visit Day in June

Lake Land College will be hosting a Campus Visit Day on Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. until noon.  The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents or guardians are welcome.

Representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours, informational sessions by current Lake Land College student leaders and presentations by faculty members.

For more information, or to register, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu and select the “Campus Visit Day” button on the homepage.  

Davis: Farm Concerns Should Have Say in EPA Ag Decisions

The EPA should have input from agricultural concerns when important decisions are made, at least according to U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville:

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Davis also points out attempts by the EPA to classify farm dust as a pollutant.

Ryan Claims Elusive CDGA Senior Am Title


Dave Ryan with the Charles J. Morgan Auld Cup

Four-time Chicago District Golfers Association Senior Player of the Year Dave Ryan captured his first CDGA Amateur Championship on Friday. The Taylorville native capped a week of stroke and match play with a 4 and 3 victory over Tom Miler of Kewanee to win the 13th CDGA Amateur Championship at Calumet Country Club. Miler was the event's three-time defending champion, and had defeated Ryan twice in the championship match.

After halving the par-3 14th hole, Ryan clinched the title on the 15th hole. Miler missed the green with his second shot, and left his chip short. Meanwhile, Ryan was on in regulation, and when his putt came within a foot of the cup, Miler conceded the hole and championship.


Commemorative License Plates Available


An example of the commemorative plate.

License plates commemorating Taylorville and Christian County's 175th anniversary are now available for purchase.  Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says there are other commemorative items for sale as well:

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There will be a 175th Anniversary celebration held later this year in conjunction with the Chamber's annual Chillifest.  

Vatthauer: Cohabitation No Guarantee of Marriage Success

Many people believe living together is a step towards a successful marriage.  But relationship expert, Counselor Karen Vatthauer says that's not necessarily the case:

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Vatthauer is the owner of Beacon Professional Counseling at 800 N. Webster in Taylorville.

Shelbyville City Council Approves Donation to Chautauqua Restoration

The Shelbyville City Council voted 4-1 at their last meeting to provide $50,000 toward the support of the Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee’s goal of bringing the 111 year-old Chautauqua Auditorium back to its former glory. This will be used along with the addition to the $130,000 the committee raised over the past 10 years to rejuvenate the building.

The future of the building was called into question last spring when a city council member asked what it might cost to demolish the building. The 111th Birthday Celebration of the Shelbyville Chautauqua will be held May 31st through June 1st. For additional information, visit their website www.shelbyvillechautauqua.com  

Assumption Memorial Dedication Tomorrow

The Veterans Memorial Committee will be holding the dedication of the Assumption Veterans Memorial tomorrow. The dedication will begin around 2:00pm and follows the annual VFW Auxiliary dinner which is from 11 AM to 1 PM at St. Mary's Parish Hall. The Memorial is located on 138 North Chestnut Street in Assumption. More info can be found at their website www.assumptionveteransmemorial.com.

Dunn's 9th-inning blast sends White Sox past Yanks

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Dunn crushed a two-run homer off David 
Robertson in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Chicago White Sox past 
the New York Yankees, 6-5, in dramatic fashion. 

After  giving up  a leadoff single to Dayan Viciedo, Robertson (0-1) grooved a 
cutter  into Dunn's  wheelhouse and  the slugger  sent a  no-doubter into  the 
right-field seats as the closer walked off the mound in disgust. 

"That's the best feeling in probably all of sports," Dunn said of his walk-off 
homer.  "Especially after  a night like tonight, long game. I know everyone is 
tired on both sides." 

It was the eighth straight time the Yankees lost at U.S. Cellular Field. 

Alexei  Ramirez went  3-for-4 with a two-run homer, while Adam Eaton had three 
hits and scored once for the White Sox, who have won four of their last five. 

Daniel  Webb (4-0)  recorded the  final out  of the  eighth before  spinning a 
scoreless ninth to pick up the win. 

The  Yankees, meanwhile,  are in a 1-4 slump despite Brian McCann staking them 
to an early lead with a three-run homer in the first inning. 

Two errors helped Chicago cut into the deficit. 

Dayan  Viciedo appeared to ground out to end the home first, but Kelly Johnson 
missed  Yangervis Solarte's  low throw  from third  base, allowing  a hustling 
Eaton to score without a throw. 

Eaton forced another errant throw in the fourth when Brian Roberts fielded his 
slow roller and skipped one past Johnson to bring in Alejandro De Aza. 

Yankees  starter  Hiroki Kuroda walked  Dunn with two  away in the fifth, then 
served up Ramirez's go-ahead blast into the first row of seats in left. 

Kuroda  was pulled later  in the inning having allowed four runs -- two earned 
-- on eight hits and two walks. 

Scott  Downs  took over  for Chicago  starter Hector Noesi  in the seventh and 
promptly  gave  up base hits to  Roberts and Alfonso Soriano. A sacrifice bunt 
and walk loaded the bases, and Roberts scored the tying run on Jake Petricka's 
wild pitch. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a go-ahead sac fly to center. 

"We did a really good job in the seventh of getting the lead," Yankees manager 
Joe Girardi remarked. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Yankees were  10-1 when  leading after  the first  inning ...  Noesi, who 
remains  winless on  the season, was charged  with three runs on four hits and 
five  walks over  six frames ... New  York's Derek Jeter played in his 2,583rd 
career  games at shortstop, tying Luis Aparicio for second place on baseball's 
all-time  list.  Omar Vizquel is  first with 2,709 ...  The White Sox have not 
lost to the Yankees at home since falling to them on Aug. 4, 2011. 

Headley helps Padres pound Cubs

San  Diego,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase  Headley knocked in three runs and 
the  Padres got homers  from Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal in an 11-1 rout 
of the Chicago Cubs. 

Tim  Stauffer (2-0)  allowed two hits over  five innings to get the win in his 
first start since May 14, 2012. The 31-year-old right-handed long reliever was 
pressed  into the  rotation due  to Robbie  Erlin hitting  the disabled  list. 
Stauffer didn't disappoint, as he had five strikeouts and walked one batter. 

This  was  Stauffer's first victory as  a starter since Sept. 16, 2011 against 
Arizona. He made 55 appearances out of the Padres bullpen in between starts 

"We talked about it internally about the experience," Padres manager Bud Black 
said  of Stauffer. "He's been out there before. Giving us five was great based 
on what we have to do tomorrow." 

Black  said the  Padres would bring up  Billy Buckner from Triple-A El Paso to 
start  Saturday's  contest. Buckner takes  the spot  of Andrew Cashner, who is 
also on the DL. 

Seth  Smith, Alonso and  Grandal each ended with two RBI. Cameron Maybin had a 
pair  of  doubles and  scored three  times, as the  Padres snapped a four-game 

Edwin Jackson (3-4) surrendered nine hits and eight runs over four innings for 
the Cubs,  who failed to  build on  Thursday's 5-1 win  in the opener of this 
four-game set. 

"Today  was just  a terrible job making adjustments all around," said Jackson. 
"No excuses, just flat out terrible job at making adjustments." 

Welington Castillo recorded the lone RBI for the Cubs. 

Stauffer  had a  huge lead to work with,  as the Padres built a 7-0 lead after 
two  innings. Everth Cabrera singled, Maybin doubled and Smith followed with a 
two-run single to right. One out later, Alonso homered to right field. 

Grandal  led off the  home second with a homer to left, and Headley doubled in 
two more later in the frame. 

Headley  tacked on an RBI base hit in the fourth before the Cubs finally broke 
through in the seventh on Castillo's run-scoring single. 

The  Padres added three more in the home seventh, highlighted by Jedd Gyorko's 
RBI double. 

                                   Game Notes 

Prior  to  the game,  the Padres  marked the  30th anniversary  of the 1984 NL 
championship  with  a  ceremonial  first pitch  by  several  returning  alumni 
players,  including  Steve  Garvey  and Gary  Templeton  ...  From  2005-2012, 
Stauffer  made 70 starts  for the Padres ... Jackson is 0-5 in 11 career games 
(9  starts) against  the Padres  ...  Donn Roach,  who was  supposed to  start 
Saturday, pitched the eighth inning Friday. 

Frazier, Mesoraco power Reds past Cards

Coverage of today's Cards and Reds game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Todd Frazier belted a three-run homer and 
Devin  Mesoraco  added a solo shot  to carry the  Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 win 
over  the St.  Louis Cardinals to open a three-game series from Great American 
Ball Park. 

Homer  Bailey (4-3) allowed  eight hits and three runs over six innings to win 
his  third  straight home start.  His only defeat  at Great American Ball Park 
came April 3 against the Cardinals. 

Brayan  Pena knocked  in the other run  and came up with the defensive play of 
the  night  for the Reds,  who have won back-to-back  games for the first time 
since May 3-4 versus Milwaukee. 

"It was kind of like a playoff game," Frazier said. "I was really excited. 
We're playing against a big rival." 

Allen  Craig  had a  two-run single for  the Cardinals, who  lost for just the 
second time in nine contests. 

Shelby  Miller (6-3)  had  his personal  five-start  and six-decision  winning 
streak broken after giving up five hits and four runs over five frames. Two of 
his losses this year have come against the Reds. 

Pena  made a  highlight-reel stop in the eighth inning. The Reds first baseman 
made  a  diving stop on  a ball destined for  the right-field corner. With his 
stomach  on the  chalk line,  Pena turned  his neck  and flipped  the ball  to 
Jonathan Broxton covering to get Matt Holliday for the first out. 

The Cardinals  didn't hit the  ball out of the  infield during a 1-2-3 eighth 
frame  and Aroldis Chapman, throwing heat over 100 mph, worked around a single 
to pinch-hitter Mark Ellis to notch his fourth save. 

"We had them on the ropes a couple of times," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny 
said. "Those are times we're looking for that big hit to happen. It just 
didn't come." 

With  Pena  and Billy Hamilton aboard  in the third, Frazier slugged his ninth 
homer of the year, a shot to center field. 

Craig's  soft liner  to left  plated  Matt Carpenter  and Kolten  Wong in  the 
fourth,  but the Reds  got that run back in the bottom half. Jay Bruce doubled 
to lead off and later scored on Pena's sacrifice fly to center. 

With  runners at the  corners in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals were able 
to  get  within 4-3  when Jhonny  Peralta's slow grounder  allowed the Reds to 
record only one out, at second. That scored Craig. 

The Cardinals had runners at first and second when Bailey turned and threw to 
shortstop  Zack  Cozart to pick  off Peralta  at second to  end the top of the 

"I don't know if they had a sign on, but the timing was great," Reds manager 
Bryan Price said. 

Mesoraco  slugged the insurance  homer, a blast to left off Seth Maness in the 
bottom of the sixth. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Reds  recalled  outfielder  Donald  Lutz  from  Louisville  and  optioned 
infielder  Neftali Soto to the Triple-A club ... Bailey moved to 6-10 lifetime 
against  the Cardinals ... The Reds need one more win this weekend to beat the 
Cardinals  for only  the second time in  the last 11 series. Their only series 
victory  during  the stretch was  from Sept. 2-5  of last season. Jaime Garcia 
pitches for the Cardinals Saturday against Tony Cingrani. 

Shelbyville takes Regional baseball title Saturday (5.24.14).

The Shelbyville Rams shut out Effingham/St. Anthony Saturday for the Regional Baseball Championship in Vandalia. The Bulldogs took a 3-0 loss as heard on Solid Gold 98.3/WRAN. It was the second straight regional title for the Rams. Pitcher Luke McConnell was the Crossroad Car Connection Player-of-the-Game with 5 strike-outs and giving up just 3 hits for a complete game shutout. Shelbyville moves on to the sectional semi-final Thursday in Greenville with the broadcast on WRAN.

ISP Reports 11-year-old Petersburg Girl hit by Van

An 11-year-old Petersburg girl was hit by a van on Wednesday. Around 4:50pm, 63-year-old Danny G. Martin of Petersburg was traveling westbound on Route 123 at 5th. St. in Petersburg.  Martin was slowing for a stop light at the intersection of Route 123 and Route 97.  The 11-year-old girl was on the side walk and stepped off the sidewalk into the roadway.  Martin reportedly did not see the girl step into the roadway.  Martin struck the girl with the front end of his vehicle.  The girl was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield with non-life threatening injuries.

PPD Receive 2 Reports of Theft Within 3 Hours

The Pana Police Department received two reports of thefts in Pana in the matter of a few hours. Around 9:53am on Wednesday, Natasha R. Phillips contacted the Pana Police Department to report the theft of a bicycle from her yard. Phillips described the bicycle as being a 20” blue Abyss BMX boy’s bike. The bike is valued at approximately $80.

Just under 3 hours later, Kayla B. Cothern of Pana contacted the Pana Police Department to report that a Playstation 3 was stolen from her residence between 9:00pm Tuesday and midnight Wednesday. Both cases are under further investigation.

Lake Land College designated as Tree Campus-USA

Lake Land College recently has been designated as Tree Campus-USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Tree Campus-USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus and community forestry efforts.

To learn more about the Tree Campus-USA project at Lake Land, contact Tom Caldwell at (217) 234-5314 or tcaldwel@lakeland.cc.il.us.


Shumard Seeking Re-election for Shelby Electric Board of Directors

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Farmer's Market Back in Downtown Taylorville

It's time to start thinking about fresh produce.  The Taylorville Mainstreet Farmer's Market is once again underway.  Market Manager Ed Downs says it's early in the growing season, but they nevertheless have an impressive number of products available:

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Market Manager Ed says they will also have green onions, radishes and rhubarb, and as always, baked goods.  The Farmer's Market continues every Saturday from 9am till 12:30 pm on the Taylorville Square.

Sale shines in return, ChiSox beat Yanks

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a 
matter-of-fact  reaction  to watching Chris  Sale blow through his lineup with 

"He's  been tough against us for a few years now and we know what he's capable 
of doing," Girardi said. "We weren't able to do much." 

Next to nothing, really. 

Sale  retired the  first 17 batters he  faced coming off the disabled list and 
gave  up just  one hit in six innings,  leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 
win over the Yankees on Thursday night to open a four-game series. 

In  his first start since April 17, Sale (4-0) showed no rust coming back from 
a flexor muscle strain in his pitching arm, which forced the first DL stint of 
his career. 

The  left-hander struck out  10 of the 19 batters he faced and threw 54 of his 
86 pitches for strikes. 

He  was perfect  through 5 2/3 innings  before Zoilo Almonte lined a single to 
center  -- one of only two balls New York hit out of the infield against Sale, 
who  knew he  was on a pitch count  and didn't think they'd let him throw more 
than 90. 

"I  knew I was out after the sixth," he said. "I just tried to be efficient -- 
first-pitch strikes and things like that." 

Mark  Teixeira hit  a two-run single off Ronald Belisario in the ninth inning, 
but  Belisario  struck out  Alfonso Soriano  to end  the game  and pick up his 
second save, preserving the win for Sale. 

The White Sox started  a 10-game homestand after finishing a 4-5 road trip in 
Kansas City on Wednesday. 

The Yankees remained in Chicago after beating the Cubs in 13 innings Wednesday 
to split a two-game series that kicked off a nine-game road trip. 

David Phelps (1-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in 
seven  innings. He  struck out eight, but was overshadowed by Sale, who struck 
out the side in the first and third innings and had eight Ks through four. 

The Yankees worked long counts early on -- Almonte struck out to end the third 
inning, but saw nine pitches -- and Sale had 64 pitches through four frames. 

But he needed just eighth pitches to retire the side in the fifth inning, when 
Yangervis  Solarte was the first Yankees player to reach the outfield on a fly 
ball to center. 

Meanwhile,  the White Sox took a 2-0  lead with a two-out rally in the second 
inning  that was sparked by Paul Konerko's double. Konerko scored on Alejandro 
De Aza's ground-rule double and Adam Eaton added an RBI single. 

The  eventual winning run scored on Adam Dunn's two-out RBI single off Alfredo 
Aceves in the eighth inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

Sale  has allowed  three runs or fewer  in each of his five starts this season 
... Eaton had two hits ... The game lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

Rizzo, Arrieta lead Cubs over Padres

San  Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo smacked a two-run homer and 
the  Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres, 5-1, in the opener of a four- 
game set on Thursday. 

Rizzo  also added  a double, while Junior  Lake posted an RBI double among his 
two  hits and scored  a run for the Cubs, who have won four of their last five 
games on the heels of a 2-10 stretch. 

Jake  Arrieta (1-0) fanned seven and surrendered a run on four hits and a walk 
over six innings to notch the win. 

Eric  Stults  (2-5) yielded five  runs on  six hits over  4 2/3 frames for San 
Diego, which has dropped four in a row. 

The  Padres  opened the  scoring with  Seth Smith's two-out  solo homer in the 
first, but the Cubs plated a pair in the fourth and three more in the fifth to 
surge ahead. 

Lake  led off  the fourth  with a  bunt single  down the  third-base line  for 
the  first  Chicago hit of  the game and Rizzo  followed with a no-doubt blast 
into the sand in right center for a 2-1 edge. 

Nate  Schierholtz doubled to begin the fifth before scoring on Darwin Barney's 
roller  back  through the  middle.  Barney  advanced  to second  on  Arrieta's 
sacrifice  bunt and scored when Emilio Bonifacio grounded a single through the 
hole on the right side. 

A  wild pitch allowed Bonifacio to scamper to second and Lake banged a one-hop 
double off the wall in center to plate him and extend the margin to 5-1. 

Carlos  Villanueva  fired a scoreless seventh,  eighth and ninth to record his 
first save since 2010. 

                                   Game Notes 

Rizzo  has  eight homers and  23 RBI this season  ... Chicago was 3-for-7 with 
runners in scoring position, while San Diego finished 0-for-4 and left six men 
on base. 

Craig, Robinson help Cardinals edge Diamondbacks

Coverage of today's Cards and Reds game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Allen Craig drove in the go-ahead run with 
a  double  in the seventh  and the St.  Louis Cardinals completed a three-game 
sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-2 victory on Thursday. 

Shane  Robinson went  3-for-4 with two RBI  and a run scored. Craig and Jhonny 
Peralta both contributed two hits and a run scored for the Cardinals, who have 
won seven of their last eight. 

Pat  Neshek  (1-0)  earned the  win  after  allowing  just  one hit  over  two 
scoreless innings in relief of starter Lance Lynn, who surrendered two runs on 
seven hits with six strikeouts in six frames. 

"You  don't ever expect  to be right around .500 with this club we have," said 
Lynn.  "For us to  come in at home on our first true homestand of the year and 
go like this, it's good for us." 

Paul  Goldschmidt  and Aaron Hill  both drove in a  run as Arizona dropped its 
third straight game. Wade Miley (3-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up 
three runs on seven hits with four walks in 6 2/3 innings. 

The  Diamondbacks started  the scoring  in the  game's opening  frame. Gerardo 
Parra  led  off  with  a  single  to right  and  Martin  Prado  walked  before 
Goldschmidt's  line-drive single  to right  plated  Parra and  moved Prado  to 
third.  Hill's sacrifice  fly to right brought  Prado around and made it a 2-0 

"We  weren't  able to tack  on," Arizona manager  Kirk Gibson said. "We didn't 
tack on and that ended up costing us." 

The Cardinals  loaded the bases  with two outs  in the second. Peralta walked 
before  Robinson singled  and Mark  Ellis was  also issued  a free  pass. Lynn 
grounded into a fielder's choice as the D-backs escaped unscathed. 

Robinson evened the game at two with two outs in the sixth. Craig reached on a 
fielding  error and  two  batters  later, Peralta  doubled  to left.  Robinson 
stroked a bases-clearing double to center to knot the score. 

St.  Louis took a 3-2 lead an inning later. Holliday reached on a two-out walk 
and hustled home on Craig's line-drive double to center. 

Matt  Carpenter added an  insurance run for the Cardinals in the eighth as his 
line drive dropped into shallow center field and plated Robinson from second. 

Trevor Rosenthal set the Diamondbacks down in order in the ninth to secure his 
14th save of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

All  four Cardinals runs were scored with two outs ... It was St. Louis' first 
series  sweep of  the season. The Cardinals  went 0-3 in games where they have 
gone  for the  sweep this  season  ... Peralta  returned to  the lineup  after 
sitting  out  Wednesday ...  Arizona  went  2-for-6  with runners  in  scoring 
position and left seven men on base. 

Taylorville Baseball Faces Rochester Today

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball is at home today to face the Rochester Rockets. Coverage of that game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.

Fire Department Calls 5-23-14


May 22
1 Automatic Alarm

May 23
1 Public Assist, 1 Lines Down

Construction Suspended For The Holiday

Most of the state's non-emergency road construction is being lifted this weekend.  The idea is to help cut back on congestion as people hit the road for the holiday.  The roadwork will be suspended between 3:00 tomorrow afternoon and midnight Monday morning.  Work zone speed limits are still in effect though, and drivers are urged to obey the posted speed limits.  

Postal E-Mail Scam Hits Central Illinois

People who live in central Illinois have become victims of a Postal Service e-mail scam.  Many are receiving e-mails that say the Postal Service has a package waiting and want you to print out a shipping label.  Once the link is clicked on, a malicious virus is released into the computer and personal info is stolen.  U.S. Postal officials say they will not send an e-mail if they have your package, but will leave a notice in your mailbox. 

Macon County Conservation District to host Tracking Tracks Hike

The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a free Tracking Tracks Hike this Sunday at 2pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Participants will learn how to identify animal tracks by traveling to the pond and possibly the wetlands at Rock Springs. For more information or to register online, go to www.maconcountyconservation.org. The deadline to register is this Friday.

CCSO Reports Taylorville Farmer has Field Damaged

A Taylorville farmer had a field damaged this past weekend. On Sunday, Russell Oller of Taylorville called the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to criminal damage to property. Oller stated that sometime during the overnight hours, unknown person or persons drove through his planted soybean field north of his residence on Township Road 1400 East. A deputy reported that the vehicle tracks appear to start near the Taylorville Lake Property on the east side of Oller's field and travel west to Township Road 1400 East.

United Way Worldwide names LLCC?s Berman ?Advisor of the Year?


Amber Berman


United Way Worldwide has recognized Amber Berman, program assistant in the Lincoln Land Community College Student Life Office and advisor for the Student United Way organization,  as the 2014 Campus Advisor of the Year Award.

LLCC’s Student United Way is a student-led organization that works in partnership with United Way of Central Illinois. Among its activities, the club recently sponsored a “sleep out for the homeless” on the LLCC campus to raise awareness of homeless in the community. LLCC Student United Way also co-sponsored Battle of the Bands this spring which raised $600 for United Way of Central Illinois.    


Henry: Different Approach to Investing

Handling your money is a challenge.  That's why people hire an Investment Professional like Steve Henry of CSH Investment Management in Taylorville.  Henry says he takes a different approach to building a portfolio:

McMillan: Watch for Farmers

It's planting season, and that means more farm machinery on the roadways.  Melissa McMillan, Manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau, says motorists need to exercise extra caution and remain patient this time of year:

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Most farmers are done planting , or at least close to it for this season.

Carter, Kings beat Blackhawks with 3rd-period surge

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jeff Carter scored  three of Los Angeles' 
five  third-period  goals and  the Kings evened  the Western Conference finals 
with a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 on Wednesday. 

Jonathan  Quick  made 23 saves for  the Kings, who registered their first road 
playoff victory in Chicago in eight tries. 

Corey  Crawford  stopped 18-of-19 Los  Angeles shots through 40 minutes before 
surrendering four goals on 11 shots in the third. 

The Blackhawks suffered their first home loss in this postseason. 

Game 3 is Saturday in Los Angeles. 

"I  really liked  how we  played for  38 minutes.  We did  everything we  were 
looking  to do,"  said Blackhawks  head coach  Joel Quenneville.  "They got  a 
little  momentum  at the end of  the period scoring a  big goal for them on an 
innocent play, gave them some life." 

Chicago  owned a 2-0  lead late in the second period, but the Kings got on the 
board via a lucky carom prior to the intermission. 

The   puck  slithered  through  Crawford's  pads  with  1:46  remaining  after 
deflecting  off the right skate of Justin Williams. Mike Richards had tried to 
set up Williams, who was battling in the crease, with a pass. 

"To  be  honest with you, I  thought we were a  little flat heading up to that 
goal,"  Carter said. "We got a bounce. The guys worked hard to get to the net. 
It  gave us  a little bit of life.  Gave us a little bit of extra energy going 
into the third." 

Los Angeles grabbed the lead with two power-play goals early in the third. 

Carter  was screening Crawford and tipped Drew Doughty's point shot, tying the 
game at 1:37. 

Jake  Muzzin,  who had a key  block during a  5-on-3 Chicago power play in the 
first  period  that Los Angeles  killed, beat Crawford  high on the short side 
with a slap shot from the left circle at 4:04 to give the Kings a 3-2 lead. 

The Blackhawks couldn't quell Los Angeles' momentum. 

Tanner  Pearson retrieved  a puck from behind  the net and dished out front to 
Tyler Toffoli, who scored from the slot at 8:59. The Chicago players were slow 
to  react after a  shot from Carter went high in the air behind Crawford. They 
likely  expected  the puck  to make  contact with  the protective netting, but 
it did not. 

Carter  scored on a 2-on-1 break with 5:16 remaining and added an empty-netter 
to complete the hat trick with 3:31 left. 

The  Kings  survived 38  seconds of  a Chicago two-man  advantage early in the 
first  period,  and Toffoli helped prevent  a puck from crossing the goal line 
after  Los Angeles  defenseman Willie  Mitchell cross-checked  Chicago forward 
Peter Regin into the net. 

Nick Leddy opened the scoring on the subsequent power play after the Kings had 
a chance shorthanded. 

Carter  couldn't knock down  a pass from Richards when the puck came to him at 
the right post on a 3-on-2 rush. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith picked up the 
puck  and sent  a  long,  diagonal pass  to  Leddy. He  had  a  step on  Kings 
defenseman  Matt  Greene and backhanded  the puck from  the inside edge of the 
right circle past Quick with 5:44 left in the opening frame. 

Ben  Smith  made it  2-0 at  1:40 of the  second period.  Johnny Oduya fired a 
stretch  pass  from in front  of Crawford that  Brandon Bollig tipped onto the 
stick  of  Smith at the  Los Angeles  blue line. Smith  then beat Quick on the 
stick side with a shot from the slot. 

Quick  denied Brent Seabrook on a 2-on-1 with about seven minutes left to keep 
the deficit at two goals. 

"Seabrook  is a right  shot, so it was a different angle than if it was a one- 
timer  opportunity," Quick  said. "Just  trying to  get it  over to  the post. 
Fortunate to get a piece of it." 

                                   Game Notes 

Carter's  four points  in the third period  tied an NHL playoff record, and he 
joined  Tommy  Williams as  the only Kings  players to score  three goals in a 
period   in  the  postseason.  Williams  accomplished  the  feat  against  the 
Blackhawks  on  April 14,  1974 ... Carter's  hat trick was  the 11th in Kings 
postseason  history  and second by him  ... The Kings matched a playoff record 
for  most goals in a period ... The Blackhawks had been 8-0 when scoring first 
this postseason. 

Aoki, Royals rally past White Sox

Kansas  City,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Nori  Aoki went 2-for-4 and scored the 
deciding  run  in the  bottom of the  eighth inning that  gave the Kansas City 
Royals a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. 

Aoki  also had an RBI on a third-inning single, but it was his two-strike bunt 
base  hit with one out in the Royals' half of the eighth with the game knotted 
at 1-1 that turned into the game's pivotal moment. 

Alcides Escobar followed with a sharp double off Chicago starter Jose Quintana 
for  his  second hit  of the  night, which set  up Billy Butler's tie-breaking 
sacrifice fly that brought home Aoki without a throw. 

Quintana  (2-4), who entered the eighth having retired 10 straight Royals, was 
charged with all three runs over 7 1/3 innings in a hard-luck defeat. 

"(Quintana has) had some good starts and we haven't scored for him," White So
designated hitter Paul Konerko Quintana said. 

Wade Davis (3-1) fanned two during a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to record the win 
in  relief  of Jeremy Guthrie, who  limited the White Sox to one run and just 
three hits over the first seven innings. 

Danny  Valencia also  drove in a run to  help Kansas City avoid a sweep of the 
three-game series. 

"It was nice to end the home series with a win," Guthrie said. 

Both  starters were on  top of their games for much of the contest, as Guthrie 
didn't  allow a  hit after the third  inning and Quintana set the side down in 
order in five of the first seven frames. 

Guthrie's  only  mistake was  a leadoff  walk to Adam  Dunn in  the top of the 
second.  Though Dunn  was erased  on  Alexei Ramirez's  fielder's choice,  the 
Chicago  shortstop stole  second and scored on Konerko's single to center that 
put the White Sox up 1-0. 

Quintana began his outing by recording seven straight outs until Pedro Ciriaco 
reached  on an infield  single in the third and moved to second on a groundout 
before beating the throw home on Aoki's two-out single to left. 

The  Royals  then loaded the  bases with  one out in  the fourth on singles by 
Butler,  Valencia and Lorenzo Cain, but Quintana got Ciriaco to bounce back to 
the mound for a 1-2-3 double play that maintained the 1-1 deadlock. 

Kansas  City  finally broke through behind  Aoki and Escobar's exploits in the 
eighth,  tacking on  another  run in  the inning  when  Chicago reliever  Jake 
Petricka walked Alex Gordon and Valencia to force in Escobar. 

The White Sox put two aboard against Greg Holland in the ninth, but the Royals 
closer  nailed  down his 13th save  by inducing a game-ending double-play ball 
from Ramirez. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Royals  improved to 16-3  this season when Aoki  scores at least once ... 
Chicago's  Conor  Gillaspie extended his hitting  streak to eight games with a 
single  in his  first at-bat ... The White Sox released veteran infielder Jeff 
Keppinger  on Wednesday,  one week  after designating  him for  assignment ... 
Quintana fell to 0-4 in nine career starts against Kansas City. 

Yankees tie Cubs in 9th, win in 13th

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees scored two runs in the 
ninth  inning to tie  the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, then two more in the 13th 
to win the finale of a two-game series, 4-2. 

Only one run came home on a hit. 

The Yankees, stymied by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija for seven innings, scored 
two on a botched double play in the ninth and got the go-ahead tally on a Jose 
Veras wild pitch in the 13th. 

The  Yankees, who will remain in Chicago to play the White Sox, had 13 hits in 
the game -- all singles -- and snapped a two-game slide. 

The Cubs had a three-game winning streak snapped, which included a 6-1 win in 
the  series opener on  Tuesday when they became the first major league team to 
beat Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka. 

They  continued to let  down Samardzija, who has gone 16 starts without a win, 
including 10 outings this season despite leading the majors with a 1.46 ERA. 

The  right-hander  gave up just four  hits and continued to receive paltry run 
support.  He  allowed three runs  or fewer for  the 13th consecutive start but 
remains winless since last Aug. 24. 

The Cubs have scored just 20 runs in the 10 games Samardzija has started this 

"What  can I say to him? I can say you did a great job. You did everything you 
can  do. Again,  it's no consolation to him," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. 
"But it doesn't take away from his efforts." 

Yankees righty Chase Whitley, in his second career major-league start, gave up 
a run on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. 

Brendan Ryan led off the 13th with a single, Yangervis Solarte followed with a 
walk  and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Preston Claiborne (2-0) 
in the pitcher's first major league at-bat. 

Yankees  manager  Joe Girardi said he  wasn't sure if Claiborne, a 26-year-old 
right-hander, had worked on hitting at all. 

"We  passed him the  message of what we wanted: Just bunt the ball in front of 
the plate and the grass will kill it," said Girardi. 

Veras  (0-1) nearly  hit the next batter,  John Ryan Murphy, with a wild pitch 
that  scored Ryan, and Murphy dropped a bloop single into right field to drive 
in the second run. 

David  Robertson  gave up a one-out  single to Welington Castillo but stranded 
him at second base in the bottom of the 13th to pick up his ninth save. 

Earlier,  Mark Teixeira  led off the ninth inning with a single against Hector 
Rondon before Brian McCann walked and Solarte singled to load the bases. 

Both  runs scored  after  Ichiro  Suzuki's ground  ball  to shortstop  Starlin 
Castro,  who threw to  second base for the first out as Teixeira trotted home. 
Darwin  Barney's throw to  first was wide of the bag to the outfield side, and 
skipped into foul territory, letting pinch-runner Ryan score the tying run. 

The Cubs  loaded the bases with  three consecutive singles off Whitley in the 
fourth inning and took a 1-0 lead on Mike Olt's sacrifice fly to center. 

Emilio  Bonifacio led  off the fifth with  a triple but was stranded at third. 
Dellin Betances got the last two outs of the inning after relieving Whitley. 

Batting for Samardzija, Ryan Kalish hit a one-out triple in the seventh inning 
and scored on a Bonifacio squeeze bunt, sliding in ahead of the scoop throw by 
pitcher Adam Warren to make it 2-0. 

The Cubs  loaded the  bases later in  the seventh, but  Derek Jeter turned an 
inning-ending  double play  for  New  York, stepping  on  second and  throwing 
Castro out at first. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Yankees  went 3-for-18 with  runners in  scoring position in the two-game 
series  and left 23 men on base ... Claiborne gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings 
...  The Cubs start  a 10-game  road trip in  San Diego  on Thursday with the 
opener of a four-game set. 

Cardinals beat Diamondbacks on error in 12th

Coverage of today's Cards and D'backs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.

St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday started the defensive play 
that  kept the Cardinals tied  with the  Diamondbacks and  ended the  game by 
scoring  on an  error in the 12th  inning in a 3-2 St. Louis triumph Wednesday 

Holliday   walked,   Matt  Adams  doubled   to  left  and  Yadier  Molina  was 
intentionally  walked  to fill  the bases  with nobody out  in the 12th. Allen 
Craig  then hit a  grounder to shortstop Chris Owings, whose throw to home was 
wide and went behind catcher Miguel Montero. 

Adams  and Craig each  had three hits, as the Cardinals won for the sixth time 
in seven games and can sweep this three-game set Thursday. 

The  sloppy defense in the 12th was a sharp contrast to the play the Cardinal
pulled off in the 10th inning when both teams wasted good chances to score. 

Jason  Motte, who  had missed all of  2013 and 44 games this season recovering 
from  Tommy John  surgery and  was activated  off the  disabled list  Tuesday, 
entered  with one out in the top portion. With two down, Paul Goldschmidt sent 
a  double to  left field, but Holliday  picked up the ball and threw to Daniel 
Descalso,  who delivered a strike on the relay throw to Molina at the plate to 
nail Ender Inciarte. 

"I  believe he's been much more aggressive in the outfield," Cardinals manager 
Mike  Matheny said  of Holliday.  "He  has a  good  arm. That's  the game,  no 

The Cardinals then  filled the bases with  one out in their half of the 10th, 
but  Evan  Marshall fanned  Jon Jay, and  on a 3-2  pitch Descalso bounced one 
weakly back to the mound. 

Jay  made a diving grab in left-center to rob Gerardo Parra of a potential go- 
ahead hit to cap the top of the 12th. Inciarte was on first after a single and 
may have scored if the ball caromed off the wall. 

Seth Maness (2-2) pitched one inning to get the win, while Trevor Cahill (1-6) 
suffered the loss. 

Parra  hit a two-run  homer for Arizona, which lost for the fourth time in six 

Diamondbacks  starter  Brandon McCarthy allowed  a run  on seven hits over the 
first six innings. 

"I  at  least managed  to hold them  down for a  while. I  did a decent job in 
keeping us in it as much as I could," McCarthy said. 

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was in the dugout when he suffered a contusion 
on his right elbow after being hit by a batted ball from Adams leading off the 
bottom of the sixth inning. 

The  Diamondbacks  seemingly put  a runner  in scoring  position in the second 
inning,  but that  was erased  due  to a  challenge by  the Cardinals.  Miguel 
Montero  walked and  stole second with one out, but replays showed Kolten Wong 
applied the tag to the right shoulder. 

The Cardinals  broke through  for a run  in the fourth  when Craig grounded a 
single into left field to score Holliday. 

More  good  defense from the Cardinals kept them in  front in the fifth. With 
runners  at  the corners,  McCarthy bunted  weakly toward  first. Wacha made a 
bare-hand  stop and flipped  to the plate where Molina applied the tag on Cody 

Wacha  made a spectacular  stab of a line drive off the bat of Martin Prado to 
start  the fifth,  but he couldn't avoid  getting hit by his own player in the 

Pat Neshek came in to relieve Wacha to begin the seventh. Wacha gave up just a 
pair  of hits  and was in line for  the win until Parra hit a two-run homer in 
the  eighth off  Carlos Martinez to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Eric 
Chavez singled prior to Parra's hit to right. 

The Cardinals tied  it in  the bottom  of the  eighth. Molina  doubled, Craig 
singled and then Jay, in a pinch-hit role, lifted a sacrifice fly to center. 

                                   Game Notes 

Molina  has a  nine-game hitting streak ...  The Cardinals left 15 men on base 
... St. Louis recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from Triple-A Memphis. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-22-14


Lisa M. Whitchurch, 25, of 2233 Illinois Route 16, Pana, was arrested May 21 on a bond forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wayne E. Whitmore, 30, of 3617 North Grand Avenue, Springfield, was arrested May 21 for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fire Department Calls 5-22-14


May 20
1 Automatic Alarm, 2 EMS, 1 Gas Leak

May 21
2 EMS, 1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

May 22
1 Fire

Dunn, Rienzo help White Sox drop Royals

Kansas  City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Dunn homered and drove in three to 
help  the Chicago White Sox to another 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals in 
the second matchup of a three-game set. 

The White Sox  erased a five-run deficit  on Monday in the opener en route to 
a 7-6 victory. 

Chicago  has won  three straight over the Royals and remained perfect in Andre 
Rienzo's last seven appearances on the hill. 

Rienzo  (4-0) earned  the  win  after striking  out  eight  over six  innings, 
allowing two runs on five hits with two walks. 

"The  offense has  been awesome  all  year," said  Rienzo. "The  team made  it 
happen. It's not about me, it's all about the team." 

Tyler  Flowers also  homered for the White Sox, while Gordon Beckham and Dayan 
Viciedo contributed an RBI apiece in the win. 

Alex  Gordon and Danny Valencia each knocked in two for Kansas City, which saw 
starter  Yordano  Ventura (2-4) take the  loss after surrendering four runs on 
seven hits over six innings. 

The  Royals trailed 7-2  entering the home half of the eighth when they made a 
comeback of their own to make the game interesting in the final stages. 

Eric  Hosmer doubled  to lead off the  eighth and Billy Butler followed with a 

Hosmer  and Butler each moved up a base on a passed ball by Flowers and Gordon 
knocked in Hosmer with a groundout to cut. 

Lorenzo  Cain then singled in Butler and later scored on a wild pitch by Frank 
Francisco to make it a 7-5 game. 

Ronald Belisario entered in the ninth to close it out for the visitors and ran 
into some trouble after getting the first two outs of the frame. 

Butler  smacked a  double to right and  Gordon followed with a single to right 
that cut the deficit to one. 

Pinch-runner  Jarrod Dyson  swiped second  for his  sixth stolen  base of  the 
season to move into scoring position. 

Belisario, however, struck out Cain to end it and record his first save of the 

"(We)  kept battling,"  said Royals manager Ned Yost. "That eighth inning kind 
of put a damper on us. We scored three in the eighth and kept battling." 

Earlier,  Viciedo opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first following 
a two-out triple from Conor Gillaspie. 

Valencia's  two-run double in  the second staked the Royals to a 2-1 lead, but 
the White Sox jumped back in front in the fifth. 

Flowers  hit a solo shot with one out and Beckham knocked in Adam Eaton with a 
single later in the inning. 

Beckham scored on a wild pitch from Ventura to make it 4-2. 

With  two men on  and one out in the eighth, Dunn blasted his seventh homer of 
the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

KC  finished  5-for-15 with runners in  scoring position, while Chicago was 3- 
for-6  in  such situations ... The White Sox placed pitcher Matt Lindstrom on 
the  15-day  disabled list with a  sublexing peroneal tendon in his left ankle 
... Beckham and Gillaspie each had three hits. 

Cubs Hit Tanaka With First Loss

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka is human after all. 

Seeing  the New York right-hander for the second time this season, the Chicago 
Cubs  reached Tanaka for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits to claim a 
6-1 triumph over the Yankees on Tuesday, sending the former Japanese superstar 
to his first regular-season loss since Aug. 19, 2012. 

Dating  back to  his time  in Nippon  Professional Baseball,  Tanaka had  gone 
unbeaten  in 42  straight regular-season  starts, posting  a 34-0  mark, which 
included  a  perfect 6-0 record since  signing a seven-year, $155 million deal 
with the Yankees in the offseason. 

However,  Tanaka (6-1)  failed  to  keep the  streak  going,  as he  struggled 
through  the elements  at a rain-soaked Wrigley Field while receiving just one 
run of support thanks to a solid start from counterpart Jason Hammel. 

"It  was pretty  wet out there at  times," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of 
the  weather conditions. "I  don't know if that had anything to do with it. He 
still didn't pitch that bad. He was just slipping a little bit." 

Hammel (5-2) held the Yankees to one run on four hits with six strikeouts over 
5  2/3  frames to pick up  the win, while Mike  Olt recorded three RBI for the 
Cubs, who have won three straight on the heels of a three-game slide. 

"From  the beginning we just haven't been able to pull out the one-run games," 
said  Hammel. "That's  the  bottom line.  The  win-loss record  can  be a  bit 
deceiving  at times. Tonight,  a great game against a great team. ... It was a 
great overall win." 

John  Baker  and Emilio Bonifacio  each registered two hits,  an RBI and a run 
scored in the victory. 

Brett  Gardner and Derek Jeter combined for four of New York's six hits, while 
Mark  Teixeira drove  in the  lone  run for  the  Yankees, who  have lost  two 
straight games. 

Tanaka fanned 10 over eight innings in a 3-0 win against the Cubs on April 16, 
but Chicago made sure it wouldn't be blanked again, manufacturing a run in the 
third and another in the fourth to grab an early edge. 

In  the  third, Baker  smacked a  leadoff single, moved  to second on Hammel's 
sacrifice bunt and then found third on Tanaka's wild pitch. Bonifacio followed 
with a single to center to score Baker for a 1-0 lead. 

After Hammel retired the side in order in the top of the fourth, Luis Valbuena 
opened  the home half with a double, moved to third on a groundout, and scored 
on Olt's sharp single to left. 

Baker  followed with a double to put men on second and third with one out, but 
Tanaka  wiggled  out of the jam  without further damage. Hammel tried to score 
Olt with a bunt, but Tanaka used his glove to scoop up the ball and flip it to 
catcher Brian McCann, who applied the tag on a sliding Olt. 

Bonifacio then bunted Tanaka's next offering down the third-base line, but the 
New  York hurler barehanded  the ball and flipped to the plate to retire Baker 
for the final out of the inning. 

Teixeira stroked a run-scoring single in the sixth to slice New York's deficit 
in  half, but  Olt and Baker lofted back-to-back sacrifice flies in the bottom 
of the frame to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. 

Preston  Claiborne replaced  Tanaka to start the bottom of the seventh and the 
Cubs  quickly took  advantage. Bonifacio opened the frame with a triple before 
Claiborne intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo two batters later. 

Starlin  Castro  then plated Bonifacio with  a single to left before Claiborne 
gave  way to  Matt Thornton,  who induced  a fielder's  choice groundout  from 
Valbuena before plunking Nate Schierholtz to load the bases. 

Matt Daley replaced Thornton on the bump and walked Olt to score Rizzo for the 
game's final run. 

                                   Game Notes 

Jeter  recorded his  first stolen  base  since Sept.  5, 2012,  17 days  after 
Tanaka's  last regular-season  loss, which  came against  the Seibu  Lions ... 
Tanaka struck out seven to up his season total to 73 punchouts ... The Yankees 
finished  1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base ... 
Valbuena collected three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice for the 
Cubs  ...  Chicago's three-game win  streak matches  a season high, first done 
April 30-May 3. 

Cards' Wainwright one-hits D-backs

Coverage of today's Cards and D'backs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - A near-flawless Adam Wainwright and lethal 
two-out  hitting powered the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Arizona 
Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. 

Wainwright  (7-2) tossed  the first one-hitter of his career, registering nine 
strikeouts  and  facing only  one batter over  the minimum. Paul Goldschmidt's 
two-out double in the fourth inning was the right-hander's lone blemish. 

"That   was  fun   to  watch,"  said Cardinals  manager  Mike  Matheny  about 
Wainwright's  performance.  "He had a great  feel for everything that he threw 

Matt  Adams and Jhonny  Peralta each homered for St. Louis, which has won five 
of  its last  six games and scored  all its runs with two outs against Arizona 
starter Bronson Arroyo (4-3). 

"Well maybe (Arroyo) wasn't quite as sharp with the movement on his pitches or 
the  location  of his pitches, but  you've got the Cardinals some credit, too. 
They  played  a good  game tonight  behind a very  good pitcher," said Arizona 
manager Kirk Gibson. 

The Diamondbacks were seeking a season high-tying third straight victory. 

Arroyo  had been  on quite  a roll,  going 3-0  with a  0.91 ERA  in his  four 
previous outings. He found the third out to be elusive at times on Tuesday. 

Adams  followed Matt  Holliday's two-out single in the first with a drive over 
the wall in right-center field. 

The Cardinals extended their lead by scoring in three consecutive innings from 
the  fourth.  Peralta sandwiched  Holliday's run-producing  single with an RBI 
double and solo homer to left-center field. 

                                   Game Notes 

Wainwright  registered the eighth shutout and 18th complete game of his career 
...  Arroyo,  pitching in his 400th  career game, allowed nine hits and struck 
out  six over  seven  innings ...  Before the  game,  the Cardinals  activated 
reliever  Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list. Motte was recovering from 
Tommy  John surgery performed last May ... Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora left 
the  game due to  illness prior to the start of the fourth inning. Second-base 
umpire Marvin Hudson moved behind the plate. 

Taylorville Softball Faces SHG

Weather pending, the Taylorville Tornadoes varsity softball team is at home today to face Sacred Heart-Griffin. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.

Shelbyville Baseball Begins Regional Play

The Shelbyville Rams varsity baseball team begins Regional play today against Flora. The game will be played at the Vandalia High School. Coverage of the game can be heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN beginning around 6:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-21-14


On May 29 at 5:40am, Jennifer D. Putnam, 23, of Nokomis was traveling northbound on 1250 East Road. At Approximately 760 North Road, Putnam struck a deer that came onto the roadway from the west. Putnam's vehicle had damage to the front, left bumper but did not need to be towed and was moved from the scene by the driver.


Coley S.M. Freeman, 20, of 1005 West Prarie Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 20 on a bond forfeiture for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Monica L. Wicker, 54, of 213 Sarah Street, Assumption, was arrested May 20 on a warrant for deceptive practice.


On May 18, Russell Oller of Taylorville called the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to criminal damage to property. Oller stated that sometime during the overnight hours, unknown person(s) drove through his planted soybean field north of his residence on Township Road 1400 East. The vehicle tracks appear to start near the Taylorville Lake Property on the east side of Oller's field and travel west to Township Road 1400 East.


On May 21 at 2:21am, Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop at Palmer and Wyandotte. The female registered owner, Amanda Haddock, 32, of Taylorville, driver's license was suspended. Haddock was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released.


On May 3 at 2:30am, Joshua A. Westerfield, 29, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on Webster Street. Westerfield traveled across the northbound lanes, crossed over a grass median, and then traveled another 60ft striking the KFC located at 510 North Webster. The vehicle struck the building and overturned. Westerfield was removed from the vehicle by breaking the driver side rear window as the doors on the vehicle would not open. The vehicle ended up a little over 30 feet away from the southwest corner of the building which was the point of impact. There was debris that was measured at 92 feet away from the southwest corner of the building. Westerfield was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with injuries that were described by police as serious. An officer made contact with Westerfield on May 7 and issued him citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation.

On May 17 at 8:20pm, Deputy James D. Picket 26, of Taylorville was en route to assist a Morrisonville officer on an emergency call. A deer jumped out in front of Deputy Picket's patrol vehicle. Picket attempted to slow to avoid the deer but could not stop in time and struck the it. No injuries were reported.



TPD Releases Details of KFC Crash

The Taylorville Police Department has released the details of the crash at KFC that occurred earlier this month. On May 3 at 2:30am, 29-year-old Joshua A. Westerfield of Taylorville was traveling southbound on Webster Street. Westerfield reportedly traveled across the northbound lanes, crossed over a grass median, and then traveled another 60ft striking the KFC located at 510 North Webster. The vehicle struck the building and overturned. Westerfield was removed from the vehicle by breaking the driver side rear window as the doors on the vehicle reportedly would not open. The vehicle ended up a little over 30 feet away from the southwest corner of the building which was the point of impact. There was debris that was measured at 92 feet away from the southwest corner of the building. Westerfield was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with injuries that were described by the police report as serious. An officer later made contact with Westerfield on May 7 and issued him citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation.

Pana Students of the Month for May


Left to right: George Heintz from Peoples Bank and Trust, Senior Timothy Wallace, Junior Dylan Ward, Sophomore Rhett Zahradka, Freshman Claudia Magnussen, and Kristi Hard from Peoples Bank and Trust.

Lady Tornadoes lose to SHG; Shelbyville Boys take win from Flora (Wednesday, 5.21.14).

In local sports results Wednesday, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes lost at home to the Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclones 13-2 as heard on Groovy 93.5. The Cyclones scored 1 grand slam home run in the game that improved their record to 26 and 6 overall, 13 and 3 in conference play. The Tornadoes dropped to 14 and 13 overall, 7 and 8 in conference play. Tornado thirdbasewoman, Katie Patton, was credited with a 2-RBI double in the 1st inning, giving Taylorville their only 2 runs scored. She was also the "Doug McKinnie-Country Financial" Player-Of-The-Game as announced during the post-game show on Groovy 93.5.

At the Boys Baseball Regionals in Vandalia, the Shelbyville Rams defeated the Flora Wolves 5-4 in a last-minute come-from-behind win as heard on Solid Gold 98.3, WRAN. 1st baseman, Sheldon Meyer, was credited with the win thanks to his walk off single in the final inning and was named the "Doug McKinnie-Country Financial" Player-of-the-Game in the post-game show heard on WRAN.

National Safe Boating Week This Week

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has teamed up with the National Safe Boating Council and other boating safety advocates across the U.S. to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week which runs through this week


National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2014 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of life jacket wear by recreational boaters.


For more information, visit www.CorpsLakes.us or contact the Lake Shelbyville project office at (217) 774-3951.

Registration still open for Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk

Lincoln Land Community College’s Veterans Club is still accepting registrations for the 7th annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk being held this Saturday at 8 a.m. on the LLCC-Springfield campus. The event offers a 5K run/1-mile walk and a 10K run.

CCSO Reports One Sent to Hospital After Crash

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports that one person was sent to the hospital following a 1-vehicle crash Tuesday. Around 3:32am, 19-year-old Devin L. Worker of Pana was southbound on Highway 29. Just north of 710 North Road, Worker reportedly crossed over the northbound lane and entered the ditch. Worker continued to travel south for about 100 yards and struck a ditch embankment. Worker's vehicle then overturned and came to a rest on its roof in the intersection of 710 North Road. Worker was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with minor injuries.

Mayor Brotherton Speaks to Kiwanis


Left to right:  Chris Weittenhiller, Mayor Greg Brotherton and Dick Wamsley.


The TaylorvilleKiwanis Club heard a State of the City report at their Tuesday luncheon held at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton stated that current sales tax revenues, which provide thirty percent of revenue collected by the City, have been stable.  Brotherton went on to say that monies are now being collected from video gaming that also adds to the City’s bottom line.

When referencing the current water rate increase the Mayor explained that current and future rate increases are needed to finance the new water treatment plant as mandated by EPA directives.

The Mayor noted that several projects are currently underway throughout the City including replacement of the spillway bridge and major road repairs in near the Jr. High and North schools.  Brotherton says that the City continues to address challenges on a regular basis such as upgrade of the City’s aging infrastructure, street maintenance needs and the need to dredge Lake Taylorville.  He also said that each of these projects carries a high price tag.

The TaylorvilleKiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.

?Momma Mytar's Desserts? to hold Grand Opening


Mother's Day cake made by Momma Mytar's Desserts

Taylorville's newest bakery is now open for business.  “Momma Mytar's Desserts” is located at 115 W. Poplar St.  Proprietor Wendy Mytar says their Grand Opening is this weekend:

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Again, Wendy will be offering free samples of cake, and a free goody bag for the first 20 attendees.

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Pana Police Investigating Hit and Run

The Pana Police Department is investigating a hit and run incident that occurred Friday. Around 12:40pm, Gail L. Holthaus of Pana reported damage to the driver’s side door and the mirror of her vehicle while it was parked on the north side of Subway on 200 South Poplar Street. The second vehicle is unknown at this time. There were no witnesses or pieces of evidence to help police identify the unknown vehicle. 

PPD Reports 3 Sent to Hospital Following Crash

Three people were sent to the hospital following a 2-vehicle crash Friday. Around 8:28am, 76-year-old Norma J. Rever of Assumption was northbound on 2600 East Road and 35-year-old Justin L. Smith of Pana was eastbound on Route 16 approaching 2600 East Road. Rever reportedly stopped at the stop sign and proceeded across Route 16 causing a collision with Smith. Rever stated she did not see Smith when she proceeded into the intersection. Smith, along with his passengers 20-year-old Tyler S. Halleman of Pana and 19-year-old John P. George of Pana, were all transported to Pana Community Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not physically evident. 

Shelby County Health Department Sponsors Adult Wellness Clinic

The Shelby County Health Department will sponsor an adult wellness clinic on Monday mornings from 8:30-11:30am beginning in June. The dates for the clinic will be June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Cholesterol, glucose, hemoglobin, and blood pressure screening will be offered at these clinics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Shelby County Health Department at 774-9555.

Shelbyville Rotary Hears About Several SMH Programs


The Shelbyville Rotary Club continued their discussion about ideas for a new community service project at their weekly meeting. Ideas submitted so far include a Rotary Community Vegetable Garden, IPad Mini purchase for the high school library, an outdoor handball court at the park, adopt a section of the Dacey Trail, or purchase of devotional books for the servicemen.

The Club is still looking for more ideas from members. The ideas will be collected and presented for a vote at the June 2nd Rotary meeting.  

The speaker for the day was Craig Devereaux, physical rehabilitation specialist for the Shelby Memorial Hospital.  Also speaking was Marilyn Sears, SMH CEO.  Sears spoke briefly about the Stroke Stabilization Program and Illinois Hospital Week. Devereaux spoke about the Wellness for Life Program, in which he would serve as a personal trainer for people who are trying to achieve a variety of health goals.  Devereaux says they assess your health status, create a plan, and work with you on an exercise regimen to help you attain your desired level of physical fitness.  

Manar: School Funding Bill Could Get Vote

There's a good possibility that a controversial new school funding plan will get a vote on the Senate floor this week.  State Senator Andy Manar says anyone who thinks the current funding formula is OK is sadly mistaken.  

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Manar says he knows it's a tough vote but too many schools are struggling to make ends meet, and the problem isn't going away. 

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The new plan aims to divide state money for schools based on need, but Manar says Republicans haven't jumped on board.  He says there's no question that schools in their districts are struggling so he's disappointed that they haven't endorsed the deal.  Under the plan, schools that have a higher population of poor students would get more money. That means schools in more affluent areas would lose money from the state.  Manar says the plan would limit the loss to one-thousand-bucks per student.  

Taylorville Mayor: July 4th Parade a Go

Despite rumors to the contrary, this year's Taylorville 4th of July Parade will take place as usual.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton tells Regional Radio News that the Am/Vets are still committed to sponsoring the parade:

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The Taylorville Optimist Club will again sponsor the fireworks display at the Lake Taylorville Marina.

Miller Media Group Attending Broadcast Convention


Country star Suzy Bogguss performed for broadcasters from around the world Monday afternoon, at the International Broadcasters Idea Bank convention in Sarasota, Florida.

Ownership and management of the Miller Media Group radio stations located in Taylorville and Clinton, are getting new ideas about service to their communities, during this week's International Broadcasters Idea Bank convention in Sarasota, Florida.

 M-M-G president Randal J. Miller, along with Taylorville cluster general manager Kami Payne, account manager Bryan Payne, and Clinton cluster station manager Jared White, are attending this week's convention.

The Miller Media Group was invited to join this by-invitation group of small and medium market broadcasters, in 1993.

Part of the convention included an acoustic performance by country music star Suzy Bogguss, who is originally from Aledo, Illinois.  Bogguss, who had a string of hits in the 1980's and 90's, now lives near Sarasota with her husband of 28 years and family.

Bogguss sang many of her hits to the broadcasters from all across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and received a standing ovation at the end of her one hour performance.

The convention continues thru this week in Florida.


Davis Memorial Christian Church to Host a Blood Drive

Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, May 28. The hours of the blood drive are 4:00pm to 7:00pm. To schedule an appointment, call the blood center to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or go online using sponsor code 60145 at www.bloodcenterimpact.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome. The church is located at 1500 West Franklin.   

Mattoon Company Recalls 200-Pounds Ground Beef

A meat market in Mattoon is recalling more than 200-pounds of ground beef.  State officials say the meat wasn't inspected but Charles Morgan with Morgan's Meat Market says that's not true. 

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All of the meat included in the recall was sold at one store in Effingham but neither Morgan nor state officials have said where.  Morgan doesn't want to reveal the name of the store since no illnesses have been reported.  Anyone in the area should check their freezer for the two-pound containers of ground beef with the establishment number 516 on the package.  The two-pound plastic bags of Smokey's Bacon and Cheddar Fluffy Burgers are also on the recall list, along with the Swiss and Mushroom Fluffy Burger, the Black and Blue Fluffy Burger, the Jalapeno Fluffy Burger, the Hawaiian Fluffy Burger, and the Chili Cheese Fluffy Burger.  Anyone with questions or concerns can call 217-234 4949. 

Assumption Veterans Memorial Dedication this Sunday

The Veterans Memorial Committee will be holding the dedication of the Assumption Veterans Memorial this Sunday. Jim Bugg, of the Committee, tells Regional Radio News about what the memorial will look like:

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The dedication will begin around 2:00pm and follows the annual VFW Auxiliary dinner which is from 11 AM to 1 PM at St. Mary's Parish Hall. More info can be found at their website www.assumptionveteransmemorial.com.

White Sox edge Royals

Kansas  City, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Paul Konerko's  two-run homer  in the 
fifth  helped the Chicago White Sox erase an early five-run deficit and defeat 
the Kansas City Royals, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set. 

Alexei  Ramirez had  a three-run homer and  four RBI and Dayan Viciedo added a 
solo shot for Chicago, which snapped a two-game losing streak. 

Zach  Putnam  (2-0) earned  the win  in relief and  Jake Petricka recorded the 
final two outs in the ninth to nail down his first career save. 

Royals  starter Jason Vargas (4-2) yielded seven runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 
innings in the loss. 

Eric  Hosmer finished with  three RBI and Lorenzo Cain knocked in two runs for 
the Royals, who had won two straight entering the contest. 

Kansas  City jumped out  of the gate with a five-run first inning, but Chicago 
hung around thanks to the long ball. 

Adam  Eaton  grounded into  a bunt force  out after Marcus  Semien led off the 
third  with  a single to center.  Gordon Beckham walked and Ramirez plated the 
pair with a blast to left that cut the deficit to 5-3. 

Viciedo  cut  the deficit  in half with  a solo  shot to left  to lead off the 

Hosmer  got the run  back in the home half of the fourth with an RBI single to 
right that plated Alcides Escobar. 

Chicago,  however,  completed the comeback with  a three-run fifth to take the 
lead for good. 

Ramirez  drove in  Eaton with a groundout  to first, then Adam Dunn walked and 
Konerko  hammered his second homer of the season into center to give the Whit
Sox a 7-6 edge. 

"I  don't  get too  mad about a  lot of  things, but you  know, coughing it up 
halfway  through  the fifth  inning is not  good enough to  get it done," said 
Vargas. "I coughed it up for us tonight." 

Ronald  Belisario pitched  two  scoreless innings  in relief  to  set up  Matt 
Lindstrom  for the  save. Lindstrom, however, allowed a leadoff single to Nori 
Aoki and committed an error on Escobar's sacrifice bunt. 

Lindstrom appeared to injure his left leg on the play and Scott Downs relieved 
the  closer  with two  men on  and none out.  The left-handed specialist Downs 
struck  out  Hosmer and White Sox  manager Robin Ventura chose to use Petricka 
for the final two outs of the game. 

Petricka  picked  off pinch-runner  Jarrod Dyson and  then induced a groundout 
from Billy Butler to end the game. 

Earlier,  Aoki singled  up the middle and Escobar followed with a bloop single 
up  the middle that  Beckham allowed to drop right through his legs and bounce 
into center. 

The  official scorer ruled  the play a hit, then Hosmer drove Aoki and Escobar 
in with a double off the base of the right-field wall. 

"When you get out there in the first inning you just try to get settled," said 
Ventura.  "The  Hosmer ball was hit  hard but everything else was a groundball 
that found its way in there." 

Butler  laced a  single to center that  scored Hosmer to give the Royals a 3-0 

After  a  walk from  Alex Gordon, Salvador  Perez flied out  to center for the 
first out of the frame which allowed Butler and Gordon to move up a base. 

Cain proceeded to knock a single up the middle to plate the two and the Royals 
took a commanding 5-0 advantage after an inning of play. 

                                   Game Notes 

All  nine White Sox starters recorded a hit ... Chicago starter Scott Carroll 
was  roughed up for  six runs on nine hits in four innings ... Gordon's run in 
the first was the 500th of his career. No. 501 will tie David DeJesus for 10th 
in  Royals history ... KC was 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while 
Chicago was 1-for-8. 

Cardinals Host D'backs Tonight

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals play the first of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks tonight at Busch Stadium.  Adam Wainwright puts his 6-and-2 mark on the line against Arizona's Bronson Arroyo, who is 4-and-2.  The Cards had their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday by Atlanta. Coverage of today's Cards and D'backs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

Area Arrests/Accidents/Incidents 5-20-14


Joshua L. Hardwick, 31, of 229 Cooper Street, Pekin, was arrested May 19 for violation of sex offender registry.


On May 20 at 3:32am, Devin L. Worker, 19, of Pana was southbound on Highway 29. About 100 yards north of 710 North, Worker crossed over the northbound lane and entered the ditch. Worker continued to travel south for about 100 yard and struck a ditch embankment. Worker's vehicle then overturned and came to a rest on its roof in the intersection of 710 North Road. Worker was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with minor injuries.

On May 19 at 4:44pm, Blake K. Cvengros, 23, of Pana, was traveling south on 2600 East. At about 220 North, a deer ran into the roadway. Cvengros missed hitting the deer. Cvengros then went into the ditch causing damage to the passenger side of the truck. No injuries were reported.

Fire Department Calls: 5-20-14


May 19
2 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

Christian County Board Discusses Elected Officials? Salaries

The Christian County Board had a heated discussion at their Tuesday night meeting on whether or not to freeze the salaries of elected officials for the upcoming term. Board member Jack Pearce, Jr. said he had a problem with the salaries:

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Member Joe Marley says while he doesn’t like the idea of freezing salaries, he did not agree on having a beginning salary:

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Member Ben Curtin also questioned the fairness of a beginning salary:

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After much discussion, the Board approved to freeze the salaries on a 10-6 vote.


The Christian County Board received an update on several projects at their Tuesday night meeting. Member Greg Hager tells the Board the latest:

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Hager also told the board that Buildings/Grounds Supervisor Zach Hicks is working on the air conditioning system on the third floor of the Courthouse to allow more individual office control.


The Christian County Board approved the rates for the 2014-15 health insurance open enrollment. The Board approved the re-establishment of the County Farmland Assessment Review Committee with members being Dick Breckenridge, Lloyd Washburn, and Ben Curtin. The Board also approved the reappointment of Frank Blanchfield to the Taylorville Sanitary District for 3 years and approved the appointment of Sue Ann Paso as trustee to Midland Fire Protection District for a term the would end in May 2015.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.

CCSO Reports One Suffers Minor Injuries After Crash Friday

One person was left with minor injuries after a crash on Friday. Around 5:07pm, 39-year-old Isabel E. Lescano of Nokomis was traveling westbound on 650 North Road. Lescano reportedly steered the vehicle slightly off the road and into the gravel on the side of the road. Lescano then over corrected and lost control of the vehicle causing it to enter the pathway of 56-year-old Geraldine L. Moore of Palmer. Moore was eastbound on 650 North Road. Lescano and Moore then collided in the roadway. Lescano came to rest heading southeast in the road. The initial impact forced Moore off the road to the south causing her to collide with a nearby tree. Moore reported injuries that were not physically evident but was not transported to a medical facility. No other injuries reported.

4-H Sewing Workshop is June 10-11

University of Illinois Extension, Christian County is sponsoring a basic sewing class for youth between the ages of 8 to 18, on June 10 and 11 from 9:30 – 3 p.m. at the Christian County Extension office.   More information and online registration is available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/  or by calling the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246.  Sewing machines will be provided. Class size is limited so register early.  

LLCC announces summer hours of operation

Lincoln Land Community College announces its summer hours of operation. Beginning the week of May 19 through the week ending Aug. 8, the Springfield campus and outlying locations will be closed Fridays, in addition to Memorial Day, May 26. 

Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 11. For more information, contact the LLCC Public Relations and Marketing Office at 786.2577.


Specific summer hours of operation are: 

• LLCC administrative offices – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• LLCC Library ­– Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 19-June 5; beginning June 9, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• LLCC Admission/Registration, Advising/Counseling, Financial Aid offices and LLCC bookstore – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• LLCC Testing Center – go to www.llcc.edu/testing for summer testing schedule

• LLCC education service areas (Beardstown, Jacksonville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, Taylorville) – Monday through Thursday, call for hours of operation.

• LLCC-Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St., and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, 8 South Old State Capitol, will maintain regular office hours 

Tail Command Offers Training

A local businessman is now offering dog training.  Ian Wilson of Tail Command says he can train your dog in a couple of different ways:

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Tail Command is located at 306 S. Spresser in Taylorville.  Call Ian Wilson at 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

Extension to Offer Summer Workshops

Summertime is approaching, and that means a number of summer workshops will be offered by the University of Illinois Extension.  Peggy Hampton, Youth Development Educator for the extension, says the workshops start with dog obedience:

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The extension will also offer sewing, robotics, arts and crafts as well as science camp.  Call the extension to find out more, at 287-7246.

Christian County Board Meets Tuesday Night

The Christian County Board will meet Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the Board room located on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse. Items on the agenda include a capital bill for local funding, project update from the Highway/Building/Grounds Committee, a discussion about health insurance rates, the discussion and possible approval of elected officials’ salary for the upcoming term, and approving the rates for the 2014-15 health insurance open enrollment. We will have details following the meeting on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.

Judge Paisley Touts Drug Court

There is a Drug Court in Christian County.  According to Judge Brad Paisley, the Drug Court provides an alternative to prison for low-level drug offenders:

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Judge Paisley says the Drug Court has a much higher rate of success than the alternatives.  The Drug Court graduation ceremony is coming up June 13th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Dominguez belts two homers to power Astros past ChiSox

Houston, TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Matt Dominguez crushed  a pair of  two-run 
homers  to power  the Houston Astros to  an 8-2 win over the Chicago White So
in the rubber match of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. 

Jonathan Villar chipped in with two RBI and Chris Carter added a solo shot for 
Houston, winners in five of its last seven contests. 

Brad  Peacock (1-4) spun a solid 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five 
hits and four walks to earn the win. 

Chicago  starter John Danks (3-4) surrendered eight runs -- seven earned -- on 
10 hits and three walks while fanning seven. 

Adrian  Nieto finished  3-for-3 and drove in  both runs for the White Sox, who 
have lost six of their last eight games. 

Chicago  also lost star first baseman Jose Abreu, placing the majors' home run 
leader on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game with tendinitis in his 
left ankle. 

Carter  crushed  his sixth  home run of  the year to  ignite a four-run second 
inning.  Jesus Guzman drew a four-pitch walk and L.J. Hoes' ground-rule double 
put runners in scoring position with no outs. 

Villar drove in two with a liner to left and took second when Alejandro De Aza 
overran  the ball.  Villar stole third and cruised home when White Sox catcher 
Nieto's throw sailed into left field to make it 4-0. 

After walking the first batter of the third and allowing a Nieto RBI single up 
the middle, Peacock escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Peacock snagged Gordon 
Beckham's  comebacker  to start a 1-2-3  double play and Conor Gillaspie flied 
out to center end the threat. 

Houston  made it 6-1 in the bottom of the inning after Dominguez connected for 
his first two-run homer. Dexter Fowler led off with a line drive double. 

Dominguez  smacked  his second two-run  shot of the game  in the fifth after a 
walk to Fowler, who drew a free pass for the eighth straight game. 

A  pair of  two-out walks kept the  seventh inning alive for the White Sox and 
Nieto's  double  to center scored Alexei  Ramirez, cutting the deficit to 8-2. 
Josh  Fields took over  for Peacock and fanned Adam Eaton for the final out of 
the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

Dominguez became the first Astro with a multi-homer game this season ... Eaton 
took  Abreu's roster spot. He was activated off the 15-day disabled list after 
recovering  from a straight right hamstring that had sidelined him since early 
May  ... Houston's  Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 
1-for-5 with a single ... Fowler has reached base safely in 16 straight games. 

Cubs beat Brewers to win series

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Welington Castillo and Mike Olt homered in a 
4-2  victory  on Sunday as the  Chicago Cubs won  a series at home against the 
Milwaukee Brewers for the first time since 2011. 

Travis  Wood (4-4) gave up two hits in the fifth inning -- including a two-run 
homer to Rickie Weeks -- but held Milwaukee otherwise hitless in seven frames, 
striking out seven. 

The Cubs won  the last two games  of the three-game set, improving to 4-10 in 
their  last  14. It was  the first  time they beat  Milwaukee in a home series 
since  taking two of  three from Sept. 19-21, 2011. They won for just the 10th 
time in their last 34 game against their NL Central rival. 

Hector  Rondon  gave up a  leadoff double  to Ryan Braun  in the ninth but got 
three straight outs after that to pick up his fifth save of the season. 

Milwaukee  right-hander Marco  Estrada (3-2)  suffered his  first loss  in six 
starts after yielding four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. 

Wood pitched out of trouble after walking the bases loaded in the first inning 
and held the Brewers hitless through 4 1/3. 

"That  was  certainly our opportunity and  after that there was nothing," said 
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. 

The Cubs  took a  2-0 lead  in the second  inning after  Luis Valbuena drew a 
leadoff walk and scored on Castillo's homer to left field. 

Starlin  Castro  and Valbuena hit  consecutive doubles  in the third inning to 
plate  another  run and  Chicago went up  4-0 on Olt's  leadoff blast to left- 
center in the fourth, his ninth homer of the season. 

"All  the guys  put together some pretty good at-bats," said Cubs manager Rick 
Renteria. "It was good to see that." 

Logan  Schafer's one-out  double in the fifth inning was Milwaukee's first hit 
and  Weeks  followed two  batters later  with a homer  out of  the park to cut 
Chicago's lead in half. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs will host the Yankees for a two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday ... 
The Brewers continue a 10-game road trip in Atlanta on Monday in the opener of 
a four-game series. 

Braves top Cardinals in wild 9th

St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  In a  wild ninth  inning, a  wild pitch 
helped the Atlanta Braves salvage a game in St. Louis. 

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, Ryan Doumit scored the 
deciding  run on a  wild pitch by Carlos Martinez to give the Braves a 6-5 win 
over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game series. 

Freddie  Freeman  singled to  lead off  the ninth  and closer Trevor Rosenthal 
(0-2)  got  two quick outs  before Doumit knocked  a pinch-hit double into the 
right-field corner. 

Rosenthal,   attempting   to  convert  his   fourth  save  in  as  many  days, 
intentionally  walked Evan  Gattis and then walked Jordan Schafer in an eight- 
pitch at-bat to force in the tying run. 

Martinez  entered in relief of Rosenthal and uncorked a pitch in the dirt that 
allowed Doumit to cross home. 

"We grinded it out today," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It was nice to 
win this one and maybe it will help us in the right direction." 

David  Carpenter  (3-0) earned the win  after throwing 1 1/3 innings in relief 
and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 11th save of the season. 

Freeman  went 3-for-3  with a  homer, three  RBI and  two runs  scored. Braves 
starter Gavin Floyd allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in a 

St.  Louis  starter Jaime Garcia, who  made his season debut after missing the 
majority of 2013 because of shoulder surgery, hurled seven innings and allowed 
four runs on five hits with five strikeouts. 

Kolten  Wong had three RBI and Matt Carpenter had two hits and three walks for 
the Cardinals, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. 

"It  would have  been a  big win,  no question,"  said Cardinals  manager Mike 
Matheny. "It's a tough one to lose." 

With  two outs  in the first, Freeman  welcomed Garcia back to service with an 
opposite-field homer to open the scoring. 

The  Cards put  up three in the  second after an unlikely miscue prolonged the 

After  Jhonny  Peralta grounded into a  double play, Peter Bourjos struck out, 
but the ball got away from catcher Gerald Laird. 

Garcia  singled and Carpenter then walked before Wong cleared the bases with a 
double to left. 

Justin Upton's leadoff homer to left cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. 

Matt  Adams got the  run back in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to center that 
plated Allen Craig. 

Following a single from Jason Heyward and a double from Upton, Freeman stroked 
a single into left that scored a pair and tied the game at 4-4. 

With  two outs  in the seventh, Peralta stepped  in and skied a pop fly out to 
center.  Schafer settled  under it,  but as  the ball  made its  way downward, 
Schafer  lost  it in the  sun and the  ball dropped to the  right of him for a 

Yadier Molina raced around from first and slid in safely to give the Cardinal
the lead. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak to conclude a six-game road trip 
...  Atlanta went  1-for-4 with  runners in  scoring position  ... St.  Louis, 
meanwhile, went 1-for-13 with RISP and stranded 12 men on base. 

Blackhawks cool off Kings to take Game 1

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Duncan Keith registered the winner late in 
the  second  period  and  Corey  Crawford stopped  25  pucks  as  the  Chicago 
Blackhawks  got the jump on the Los Angeles Kings by a 3-1 count in the opener 
of the Western Conference finals from United Center on Sunday. 

Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews added tallies for the Blackhawks, while Marian 
Hossa contributed a pair of assists. 

"I  thought we had  a good first five minutes, but it was even the rest of the 
way.  Every shift  is going  to be  important," said  Chicago head  coach Joel 

Tyler  Toffoli provided the sole offense and Jonathan Quick made just 17 saves 
for the Kings, who were coming off a Game 7 road win in Anaheim. 

Los Angeles, which has played 15 postseason games thus far, will have an extra 
day to regroup with Game 2 on tap for Wednesday. 

"We had a chance," Kings forward Mike Richards said. "We shot ourselves in the 
foot a bit on their goals. Give them credit, they're an opportunistic team. We 
made a couple mistakes and they ended up in our net." 

With just over two minutes played in the third, and his club behind by a goal, 
Toffoli was in alone on the right wing, but flipped the puck off the near post 
after crossing through the middle to pull Crawford out of position. 

The Blackhawks  finally  gained  the  insurance  marker  with  3:50  left  in 
regulation  off a 3-on-1 break, when Johnny Oduya laid a perfect pass into the 
right circle for a one-timer by Toews which had Quick diving at air. 

Quick  was  on the  bench for an  extra attacker  for most of  the final 3 1/2 
minutes, but the Kings only had a handful of chances that were not dangerous. 

"We've  just gotta  do a  better job  of getting  in front  of the  net. We're 
creating the chances but we have to finish," noted Kings captain Anze Kopitar. 

Nick  Leddy's  left-point blast on Chicago's  first power play made it through 
Quick  thanks  to Saad's screen  and deflection to give  the hosts a lead with 
5:14 to play in the opening period. 

Despite  their exhausting  playoff course,  the Kings  attacked the  defending 
champions and outshot them by a 17-6 margin in the middle 20 minutes. However, 
the best break ultimately went to the Blackhawks. 

Rushing  from the right  wing to the crease, Toews tangled with Quick in front 
and  the puck ticked  off the skate of LA defenseman Slava Voynov and slid in. 
The  goal was  waved off  after a  brief discussion  due to  contact with  the 
goaltender at 3:22 of the second. 

The  Kings responded just  over a minute later, as Toffoli went to the net and 
tapped in a cross-ice dish from Tanner Pearson for a 1-1 game. 

Chicago  eventually  produced the  lead goal with  8:06 showing, after Keith's 
left-  point  blast caromed  off the  sticks of a  pair of  Kings en route and 
sailed over Quick's glove. 

"It helps," Keith said when asked about scoring from the defense corps. "There 
are  five guys  on the ice, so there's  no reason why five guys can't be in on 
the play." 

                                   Game Notes 

The Blackhawks improved  to 7-0 at the United Center this postseason and 18-2 
in  their  past 20 home  playoff games ... According  to Elias, Chicago is the 
first  NHL team to win 18 of 20 home playoff games since Edmonton did the same 
from  April 7,  1988-May 2,  1990 ...  Sunday's opener  marked the  first time 
two  teams  met  in  the  Western  finals  in  back-to-back  years  since  the 
Stars/Avalanche  in  1999-2000 ...  The Kings  welcomed back defenseman Willie 
Mitchell, who had been sidelined since Game 6 of the first round with a lower- 
body injury suspected to be a leg issue. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-19-14


Rodney G. Smith, 23, of 205 East Samuel Street, Assumption, was arrested May 16 for an issuance of a warrant.

Larry L. Bergschneider, 46, of 400 North Monroe, Morrisonville, was arrested May 16 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jacob T. Wafford, 37, of 112 Wells, Pana, was arrested May 16 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

Triston R. Perry, 18, of 114 South Larachelle, Assumption, was arrested May 18 for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Daniel R. Metcalf, 37, of 1948 North 1200 East Road, Taylorville, was arrested May 17 on a warrant for failure to appear/answer.



On May 9 at 8:46pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Lewis Street in regards to a theft. The officer arrived and during the course of the investigation, a 15-year-old male juvenile was placed under arrest. The officer transported him to Taylorville Police Department where he was processed and released to his mother.

Fire Department Calls 5-19-14


May 16
2 Fire

May 17

May 18
2 EMS, 1 Odor Investigation, 1 Public Assist

May 19
1 Fire

Blues Extend Elliott; Won't Extend Miller

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  St.  Louis Blues  have  re-signed 
goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension. 

Monday's news means Ryan Miller's short stint with the club is over. 

The Blues made  a blockbuster deal with Buffalo to acquire the veteran Miller 
near  the trade  deadline. Miller was considered  to be the final piece of the 
puzzle  for a St. Louis team that was expected to make a deep playoff run, but 
the move didn't pay off as the Blues lost in the first round to Chicago. 

Miller will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

Elliott also could have tested the market, but opted to stay with the Blues. 

Elliott,  29,  posted an 18-6-2  record with  a 1.96 goals-against average and 
.922 save percentage  in 31  games last season, and Blues general manager Doug 
Armstrong  said he  "will team  up with  Jake Allen  next season  to form  our 
goaltending tandem." 

The  23-year-old  Allen was named  the American Hockey League's top goaltender 
with  the  Chicago Wolves for  the 2013-14  regular season after going 33-16-3 
with a 2.03 GAA and is viewed as the Blues' future in the crease. 

Elliott  has spent  the last three seasons  with the Blues and ranks second in 
team history with 16 shutouts. 

For  his  career, he has a  record of 116-77-23 with  a 2.48 GAA and .910 save 
percentage in 235 games with Ottawa, Colorado and St. Louis. 

Taylorville City Council Hears About Potential Lawsuit

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Vehicle Flips Several Times; None Injured

A vehicle flipped several times on Wednesday but no one was injured. Around 5:14pm, a 16-year-old female was traveling eastbound on 650 North Road. Around 1020 East, the female reportedly hit water on the roadway causing her to hydroplane. The 16-year-old then headed northeast in the roadway before running off the road and into the ditch on the north side of the road. The impact from hitting the ditch caused the vehicle to roll onto the passenger side. The vehicle rolled three and a half times before coming to a rest on the driver's side. No injuries were reported.

Registration for Gardening Seminars Now Open

Unit 18 Master Gardeners, along with the University of Illinois Extension are hosting upcoming gardening seminars. These classes are presented via teleconference. Classes include: Home Orchards on June 24 at 1:30pm and June 26 at 6:30pm, Starting a Youth Garden on July 8 at 1:30 pm and July 10 at 6:30 pm, and Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus on July 22 at 1:30 pm and  July 24 at 6:30 pm.

All dates & times will be offered at the Carlinville, Hillsboro, or Taylorville Extension offices.  Participants must register one week prior to program.  For more information or to register go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/ or call your local Extension office.  

LLC Livestock Judging Team completes winning season


From left are: Marie Lock, Avon; Shelby Peterson, West Point; Ryan Orrick, coach; Zach Rincker, Strasburg; Taylor Gamble, Lafayette, Ind.; Jordan Fledderjohann, Botkins, Ohio; Dan Ammann, Highland; Luke Furr, Shelbyville; Connor Biehler, Shelbyville; Evan Smith, Rensselaer, Ind.; Kyle Eischen, Greenfield, Ind.; Brenen Diesen, Pocahontas; and April Gisbon, Columbia City, Ind. 

The Lake Land College Livestock Judging Team recently competed its 2013-2014 season with a winning record and one Laker, Marie Lock of Avon was named an All-American.


Marie Lock

As an agriculture transfer major, who grew up on a grain and cattle operation, Lock was very familiar with handling livestock when she came to Lake Land College as a freshman. Upon graduation from Lake Land in May, Lock will attend Iowa State University where she will major in agriculture business.

The graduating sophomore team competed in 11 competitions during their tenure at Lake Land.

During the season, the team placed as the fifth high team overall at the National Western Stock Show; fifth high team overall, second in cattle, third in reasons and second in sheep at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo; high team overall, in reasons and in the Brahman, English and Market divisions at the Dixie National; and seventh high team overall, second in swine and third in cattle at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 

LLCC announces 2014 graduates

Lincoln Land Community College will confer more than 2,500 certificates and degrees at the college’s commencement ceremony Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. These students have completed programs of study at the college. The list below is in alphabetical order by hometown and includes degrees and certificates conferred and the students’ names. 

NOTE: One asterisk indicates a graduate with honors (3.50-3.74). Two asterisks indicate a graduate with high honors (3.75 and higher). A student meeting the requirements for two or more of the same certificate but in different areas of study is indicated with a number in parentheses behind his/her name.


Associate in Applied Science - Twila Belle Cline, Lori S. Morrison*, Andrew Mark Stupka, Kristi L. Zimerman

Associate in Arts - Natalie C. Ackerson, Shelby E. Carroll, Dominic R. Clouser, Brett Lamar Davis*, Emily Kay Johnson, Kelsey A. Maynerich, Russell J. Michelich*, Samantha Jo Presker, Phoebe Claire Wilson

Associate in General Education - Pamela J. Willard, Kristi L. Zimerman

Associate in Science - Ryan Christopher Brown, Shawn William Minks, Amanda S. Newingham**, Abigail Travous, Maggie Weber*

Certificate of Achievement - Cera E. Brown, Kole Hausman**, Levi D. Leckrone*, Briar O. Miles*, Andrew Mark Stupka**

Certificate of Completion - Denise R. Boatman-Verschelden (2), Ryan M. Evans, Ricky L. Flowers (2), Jonathan W. Gordon (3), Jarrod L. Krofchick, Travis J. Krofchick, Amber  Leach, Morgan McNeil, Brandi Moore, Lori S. Morrison, Danielle Danee Petty, Kelsey R. Roth-Elston, Cathy Tanner, Emily Tanner, Nicholas Willis

Blue Mound

Certificate of Completion - Vicky L. McNear, Trenton O'Laughlin


Certificate of Completion - Brandon Warren


Associate in Science - Kate L. Justison

Certificate of Achievement - Jennifer L. Jarman

Certificate of Completion - Rachael A. Kuhl, Amanda Lemon


Certificate of Completion - Christopher Hooker


Associate in Applied Science - Sarah L. Schlotmann

Associate in Arts - Jordan Nicole Ballinger, Carly Mason

Associate in General Education - Sarah L. Schlotmann

Certificate of Achievement - Sarah L. Schlotmann** (2)

Certificate of Completion - Randall S. Lewis, Mary Katherine Perry


Certificate of Completion - Eric Haughee, Andrew Lincoln Shick


Associate in Applied Science - John Michael Archer, Kassandra L. Barry, Daniel K. Bonn, Casey Jo Furness, Chrisy L. Galmore, Jennifer Lynn Jones* (2), Karla J. Martin, Chelsea N. Metz, Jeffrey Lance Miller**, Melanie J. Yancey*

Associate in Arts - Maggie Buss, Rebecca J. Carver, Karrie M. Clark, Hannah Crawford**, Jennifer Dolores Duprey, Rebecca Lynn Elshoff, Jennifer Estill**, Chrisy L. Galmore, Amber Lynn Garrison*, Anna C. Hiatt, Nicholas A. Kuchar, Emilie C. Leach, Ashley M. May, Brendan Thomas McRae**, Cory J. Moore**, Ashley Park, Lawrence Perko, Debra M. Piper, James J. Plant, Jessica Powell, Alec R. Thompson, Katherine Elizabeth Vertrees, Dianne L. Willard, Jaclyn Williams, Melanie J. Yancey*

Associate in General Education - Emily Kate Bell**, Daniel K. Bonn, Michaela J. Crowley, Casey Jo Furness, Jennifer Lynn Jones*, Lauren Marlow, Valerie A. McLean, Chelsea N. Metz, Cory J. Moore**, Britnay G. Taylor, Dana Wilson**, Melanie J. Yancey*

Associate in Science - Kayla Dierkes*, Holly Michelle Earhart, David J. Griffin, Grant Edward Gruen*, Hannah Jeanette Hedinger*, Erik C. Johnson, Ryan Christopher Kennett, Amanda C. Ludwig, Karla J. Martin, Ashley Lynn McAvoy, Cory J. Moore**, Lawrence Perko, Alexandria Petras, James J. Plant, Laura L. Rendeczky, Amanda Marie Schwab, Maggie Shutz, Keith F. Sneyd, Nina R. Wright, Rachel Lynn Wright, Melanie J. Yancey*

Certificate of Achievement - Christopher M. Arney, Tricia A. Baker, Daniel K. Bonn*, Catherine A. Frank**, David Nicholas Hartman, Charles A. Hendricks, Stephen C. Homa**, Jennifer Lynn Jones** (2), Chelsea N. Metz*, Tiffany R. Osmoe, Jacqueline S. Ransom**, Timothy T. Staffeldt, Rachel L. Tapp, Shu-Mei Tsai**

Certificate of Completion - Katherine Clardy, Cassandra Johnson, Josh D. Atwood, Emily Kate Bell, Daniel K. Bonn, Trent M. Boston (2), Marnette Copeland, Abigail R.L. Guppy, Leonard A. Hahus, Sara Jewett, Jennifer Lynn Jones, Amy Lilly, Matthew Lyons, Mariah Marconi, Karla J. Martin, Chelsea N. Metz, Adam S. Mueller, Abby Prange, Robert Rabin, Richard J. Reimann (2), Lori Schacht, Madyson Sprague, Jennifer Tedrow


Associate in Applied Science - Parker G. Kirby

Certificate of Achievement - Jacob Brooks*, Parker G. Kirby**


Associate in Applied Science - Garry S. Knebel  

Associate in Arts - Jena Michelle Blackburn**, Maegan C. Durbin

Certificate of Achievement - Devon M. Jagosh

Certificate of Completion - Jill Hogue, Heather M. Wood


Associate in Applied Science - Ryan M. Stricklin

Associate in Arts - Whitley Alexys Baker

Associate in General Education - Ryan M. Stricklin

Associate in Science - Laura K. Bonds*, Jaimey A. Watrous

Certificate of Completion - Anthony Phillip Anello, Logan Micheal Barringer, Kelly E. Dunn, Katie Knapp, Leda K. Sandage


Associate in Arts - Shelby Ann Kroeger*

Associate in Science - Shelby Ann Kroeger*


Associate in Arts - Angel Elston, Jaclyn Elizabeth Hafliger, Orville A. Harris, Jr.**, Frasier  Moore, Morgan Michele Stephens

Associate in General Education - Orville A. Harris Jr.**, Kelsey Rae Lebshier, Jared P. Ragland

Associate in Science - Courtney D. Ealey, L. Dylan Linton

Certificate of Achievement - Timothy E. Bohlen**

Certificate of Completion - Victoria C. Arterberry (3), Bobby A. DeSherlia, Shannon Sebben Melton, Randall S. Patterson, Tricia L. Patterson, John C. Reed, Abigail A. Tomaw


Associate in Science - Reed L. Willenborg

Farmer City   

Associate in Science - Melinda Lorraine Wilson


Associate in Applied Science - Matthew A. Riemann

Associate in Arts - Clark W. Johnson**, Tiffany R. Jordan

Associate in Science - Joseph Keller

Certificate of Achievement - Cory Jo Krager*, Norma C. Oldham*, Matthew A. Riemann* (2)

Certificate of Completion - Jared Butler, Ginger L. Knuth


Associate in Applied Science - Mary J. Brookshire**

Associate in Arts - Mirranda Guyot, Jana Melton*, Elizabeth K. Miller, Shawnee N. Rench, Nicole R. Taylor

Certificate of Achievement - Natalie A. Hill, Barbara J. Himes

Certificate of Completion - Jacob A. Durbin


Associate in General Education - Deanna Mallory-Ellis*

Certificate of Achievement - Richard R. Gregory**

Certificate of Completion - Dayna Ellen O'Connell, Emily Reid


Certificate of Achievement - Dale G. Donelson*, Erika Palmer, Marissa M. Smalley

Certificate of Completion - Cory Guillermo Chavarria, Brittany Dinora, Nichole Purdon, Bart E. Robinette, Jonathon Smith, Brian M. Spring, Sterling M. Strumpher (2), Nathan P. Wise (2)


Associate in Applied Science - Paula J. Blain, Douglas A. Hernandez, Tracy N. Jeffers, Amanda L. King, Michael D. Maass, Jessica N. Otter*

Associate in Arts - Racheal Hancock, Amy J. Jeffers

Associate in General Education - Jessica N. Otter*, Kimberly A. Polus

Associate in Science - Adam Fath**, Amy J. Jeffers

Certificate of Achievement - Shannon Alvarez, Trinna L. Johnson, Malinda S. King, Michael D. Maass, Heather I. Masinelli, Sandra Sue O'Guinn, Nicholas G. Pianfetti*, Sheri  L. Saathoff**, Brooke M. Whitlow**

Certificate of Completion - David C. Beal, Brooke Boehme, Cindi Borgic, Noah D. Calvert, Andrew B. Collins, Nicole Cook, Paige M. Dobson, Lauren E. Downs, Andrew L. Eggersmeier, Brenda Lee Fogle, Megan Marie Funk, Laurie S. Ginos, Gavin W. Gonzalez, Douglas A. Hernandez, Andrea Lynn Jones, Payton Andrew Leaster, Pacer D. Neisler, Jessika Tiffany Jane Page, Christopher R. Papin, Holly Beth Pianfetti, Dana Lea Reck, McKenzie E. Stewart, Stephanie Stewart, Geoffrey A. Trost, Terra Nichole Uhlhorn, Amber M. Walker, Julia A. Westwood


Associate in Arts - Rebekah H. Sack**


Associate in Applied Science - Alexandra Christine Clark*, Adrienne Kay Frazier

Associate in Arts - Kathy Pugh, J. Scott Singleton, Hannah Sue Wiggins, Kyle Wiggins

Associate in Science - Samantha Fenton, Shauna Rufus, Kyle Wiggins

Certificate of Achievement - Colt J. Murray**

Certificate of Completion - John W. Jolliff, Cody Ray Payne


Associate in Applied Science - Abby C. Evans, Kayla C. Koehne*

Associate in Arts - Caitlin Nicole Dial, Marcey E. Hodson, Eric M. Martin*, Chase Tilley, McKenzie R. Watson, Michael Den Watson

Associate in General Education - Marcey E. Hodson, Kayla C.. Koehne*

Associate in Science - McKenzie R. Watson

Certificate of Achievement - Sara E. Cappellin*, Christofer M. Fulhorst**, Donald S. Gingrey**

Certificate of Completion - Jacob P. Gulso, Kelsey Pop, Amber Tullis


Associate in Applied Science - Sarah Sue Whitney Coleman, Alicia N. Hancock, Kevin W. Lewey, Rhonda Marit, Amy L. Rademacher

Associate in Arts - Retha Corso, Amy M. Durbin, Tracie Ann Murphy, Cristy A. Pingleton, Remington Ragland, Ammon Elijah Rich 

Associate in General Education - Ceara E. Brazel, Alicia N.. Hancock, Stephanie R. Heaton, Christopher S. Lapolice, Rhonda Marit, Mallory R. Smoot

Associate in Science - Madison P. Clevenger, Tracie Ann Murphy

Certificate of Achievement - Christopher W. Bates, Matthew P. Boston**, Stacey L. Wendel, Teresa Marie Wentler, Scott White

Certificate of Completion - Georgia A. Arnold, Courtney A. Beard, Brandon Beck, Ezekial A. Clements, Alyssa M. Cline, Siearra Glisson, Terrie Grimes, Ramona Harmon, Rebecca Holmes, Bryan C. Knippel, Jeremy L. Lake, Berry Lauderdale, Jessica Massey, Shelby Smith, Jennifer M. Smith (2), Alyssa Elizabeth Travis, Roselinda E. Travis-Boyd, Sean Vinson, Bobbie Walker, Scott White, Steven R. Wright


Associate in Arts - Kayla Nichole Jacobs*


Associate in Applied Science - Marlena Constant

Associate in Science - Tess LeeAnn Howard

Certificate of Achievement - Damien S. Blackwell*, Justin E. Watkins*

Certificate of Completion - Damien S. Blackwell, Nicole Henton, N'Shell Dianne Patton


Associate in Arts - Kaylee Jeanelle Durbin, Michael L. McKinnie*, Casey W. Rosenthal

Associate in General Education - Maggie Suzanne Langen, Casandra N. Sims, Abigail M. Voorhees

Associate in Science - Falon B. Brumfield, Cody Andrew Kunkler*, Katrina L. Lebeter, Andrew J. Riggs

Certificate of Achievement - Donald Aaron Dennison**, Amber D. Skinner

Certificate of Completion - Robert C. Goebel, Priscilla Griffin, Abigale C. Millburg, Doug Millburg, Tonia Marie Minnis, Casey W. Rosenthal

Mt. Auburn

Associate in Arts - Allison Ann Carey*

Associate in Science - Jensen Leigh Patton, Kortney E. White Watts

Certificate of Completion - Stephanie Ann Hady, Scott M. Montgomery, Rex W. Wheeler

Mt. Zion

Certificate of Completion - Sara Elizabeth Vodde


Associate in Applied Science - Paige M. Beaty, Nicole M. Cook, Ashley N. Nikonovich*

Associate in Arts - Heather N. Cachera, Matthew A. Casey, Kara Kay Gibbs**, David Michael Kessler

Associate in General Education - Heather N. Cachera

Associate in Science - Laura Elizabeth Beasley, Lankston Brummet

Certificate of Achievement - Derek Clark Archibald, Russell Kyle Edwards, Theresa L. Lankford*, Bradley M. Oltmann, Nicholas M. O'Malley, Dalton L. Petty*

Certificate of Completion - Tiffini Fetters, Matthew Eugene Golitko, Malaina McNeill, Brandon Michael Presnell, Ashley Randolph, Abby Scholes


Associate in Arts - Katie Marie Good

Certificate of Achievement - Catlin Nicole Walter

Certificate of Completion - Catlin Nicole Walter


Certificate of Achievement - John J. Kuhajda


Associate in Applied Science - Julie Ann Young

Associate in General Education - Colysta N. Ladage

Certificate of Completion - Julie Ann Young


Associate in Applied Science - Mindy S. Himes, Donald R. Rhoades**, Shanna L. Wall

Associate in Arts - Nichole R. Butts, Kelly M. Ellis, Sarah E. Griffith, Brett Klebe, Bailey Noel Young**

Associate in General Education - Michael D. Frye, Jerrold Pascoe

Associate in Science - Rebecca Suzanne Rhoades*, Jennifer E. Stevens

Certificate of Achievement - David L. Curtis, Michelle Lynn Davidson**, Trevor D. Gaefcke, Debra K. Jacobs**, Samuel L. Kerhlikar, Tonya L. Loyd, Jeffery Wayne Packenham** (2)

Certificate of Completion - Sarah Elizabeth Atchison, Chris Dalton, Debra Kay Jacobs (3), Zach Rickman, Jeffrey T. Stelte, Jordan L. Surber


Associate in Arts - Katelyn Rhea Maxwell

Associate in Science - Jeffrey Paul Beeler

Certificate of Completion - Paige Mumper, Erika Kathaleen Painter, Julian Nicole Welsh


Associate in Applied Science - Jacob S. Roy*

Associate in Arts - Jalen Scott Bachman, James Joseph Caruso, April L. Casey**, Megan Ashly Elizabeth Crenshaw-Moore, Taylor Mae Heissinger, Matthew C. Henton, Meghan Taylor Huntley, Caleb S. Jones, Annisa Nur Kumerow*, Jack Martin, Jalen Kristofer McAfee, Kyle E.. Merchant, Abigail Alice Olmsted**, Rebecca R. Post, Daniel T. Rellihan, Michael Mary Stybr, Draike Austin Sutton, Lauren Webber, Carli E. Wiltsie

Associate in Science - Dillon Farris, Brandon Anthony Shures, Chase Tackett

Certificate of Achievement - Mai Britt**, Tiffany-Anne M. Elliott*, Clay Joseph Godar** (2), Jon Pearce* (2), Matthew T. Roberts**, Jacob S. Roy**, Gregory H. Tanner**

Certificate of Completion - Ellyn Katherine Baker, Victoria Nikole Cummiskey, Retta J. Eller, Zachary P. Howard, Jacob Joslin, Sydney March, Cody R. Sands (3), Haley Thompson


Associate in Applied Science - Lori L. Gordon, Hollie L. Schultz


Associate in Applied Science - Mallory L. Remmert, Jill S. Ridgley, Kari Lynn Scott

Associate in General Education - Mallory L. Remmert

Certificate of Achievement - Jamie A. Buss

Certificate of Completion - Kelli Ettinger, Emily Holthaus, Jill S. Ridgley (3), Kari Lynn Scott (4), Courtney Sharp, Karly Simmons, George J. Strissel


Associate in Applied Science - Kiley M. Adams**, Ashley L. Buchanan*, Jessica E. Hagen, Robert E. Heberling (2), Tyler R. Hendricks**, Wendy L. Howard*, Kayla Renee Howell, Nicole J. Lael, Mary E. McLean, Melissa Ann Neal, Rachel Parkison, Heather R. Rice, Rachel A. Robinson, Kelly L.. Scoles*, Melissa Ann Yazell Thomas*, Charlesse C. Thompson, Calvin M. Tyler*, Philip M. Wright*

Associate in Arts - Betty J. Asmussen, Zachary Boblitt, Elizabeth Alice Bogan, Bryan Douglas Cagle*, Devin Mitchell Durbin, Monte R. Evans Jr., Brandi M. Havard*, Toni B. Johnson*, Steven M. Jordan*, Blaine P. Lacy, Samuel T. Lacy*, Garrett D. Levault, Preston R. Marucco, Miranda Lee Matheny*, Casaundra N. Neff, Kinzie Breanne Neilson*, Justin T. Palmer, Rachel  Parkison, Robert E. Skinner, Shallon E. Spinner*, Zachary K. Waterman, Corey R. Wemple, Andrea Wicker, Emily Jean Wilham, Johannah Wilhour, Madeleine Isabella Wilhour, Brandon L. Winchester

Associate in General Education - Elizabeth Alice Bogan, Wendy L. Howard*, Heather R. Rice, Courtney L. Staten, Chelsea L. Tilton, Glenda Pauline Woolard

Associate in Science - Brandon Asmussen, Nicole Brownfield, Lucy M. Burtle, David Fixsal, Braden Fleming, Jordan Foor**, Hayden Garner, Heath E. Garner, Brentyn Michael Robert Olenski*, Terri J. Rodden, Patrick Simpson, Lauren T. Suiter, Sean M. Tipsord, Corey R.  Wemple, Austin J. Wilhour, Simone Marie Windell

Certificate of Achievement - Nathan D. Atkinson, Zachery D. Beaman, Tyler Brandis (2), Samantha J. Cole**, Brandon Eckhoff** (2), Cynthia Lynn Herpstreith, Daniel A. Kiesow**, Daniel J. Krajec**, James H. McIntosh*, Sherri L. McKinney**, Emily A. Morgason, Barbara L. Noeltner**

Certificate of Completion - Bridget L. Acree, Anthony A. Adams, Elwood H. Adams, Jolene A. Adams, Matthew T. Adermann (2), Joel F. Ashburn, Janis Baird, Elizabeth Alice Bogan, Tiffany M. Buerk (2), Kelcy J. Buttrey, Kourtnee Campbell, Patricia A. Clevenger, Annette M. Coffman, Hannah Collier, Alicia J. Daily, Katrina M. Davis, Michelle DeClerck, Savanah Dunn, Billy G. Durbin, Nicholas Allen Durbin (2), Maxx Miller Ellinger, Caleb A. Flinn-Hylton, Steven R. Gallagher, Laura Ann Gardner (2), Dylan J. Gatton, Kristina A. Graden (3), McKenzie Graham, Janet Hackney, Jessica E. Hagen, Nathan R. Hall, Sydney Hancock, Ivory M. Harrison, Kristen Harrison, Robert L. Harrold, Alexis Holding, Chris Jirschele, Kevin M. Jirschele, Cory A. Jones, Linda R. Jones (2), Steven M. Jordan, Jaime L. Kotys, Aaron Larson, Chad Lavin, Taylor A. Link, Aaron A. May, Brian C. McCoy, Sherri L. McKinney, Kile W. Micek, Brandy Melissa Miller (2), Michael C. Minks, Vincient E. Muncy, Clayton J. Nichols, Halie Owens, Rachel Parkison (3), Amber Rochelle Pearse, Stephen L. Pearson, Johnathan Pearson, Crystal Peterson (2), Nichole Porter, Ryan M.. Price (2), Mukesh B. Ramsoondar, Catherine Rhodes, Kelly L. Scoles (2), Breanna Seals, Glenn Sherman III, Wauneta Diane Simpson, Tyler J. Smith (2), Bradley K. Spent, Angela Tolle, Kimberly Rae Turner, Patrick Uhrich, Randy L. Vail, Paul Vaughn, Emily Jean Wilham


Associate in Applied Science - Jessica M. Skinner

Associate in General Education – Jessica M. Skinner

Tower Hill

Certificate of Achievement - Calen C. Walter


Associate in Applied Science - Kimberly L. Andresen**, Lorne K. Langstrom**, Benjamin Jededia Maguire

Associate in Arts - Danny Dewayne Daniels, Ashley Ann McCloughan*, Erika L. McCready*

Associate in General Education - Lorne K. Langstrom**, Devon R. Murphy

Associate in Science - Timothy C. Clarkson

Certificate of Achievement - Melissa R. Roth**

Certificate of Completion - Larry D. Butler Jr., Zachary T.. Connelly, Robert Matthew Eskew, Shawn Fugate, Devon R. Murphy, Rose Marie Sanders, Lauren Allison Skaggs


Certificate of Completion - Taylor Aubuchon, Adam Waldeck


Associate in Applied Science - Danita M. McCain*, Brooks G.. Moreland

Associate in General Education - Heather R. Martincic

Certificate of Achievement - Dustin L. Kistner, Angela M. McCaslin

Certificate of Completion - Shelby A. Thacker (2), Richard Treber


House Dems approve budget; Rosenthal says quit spending

The Illinois House Democrats approved a state budget which plans on keeping the 67% income tax hike permanent. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says the state needs to live within its means and quite spending money that it doesn’t have:

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The House Democrat budget is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015 and will spend $37.3 billion.

WRAN Visits Windsor on FFA Road Trip

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN wrapped up the FFA Road Show with a trip to Windsor High School. Chapter Reporter Travis Fox says they recently hosted a petting zoo event:

Taylorville City Council Meets Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council meets this Monday at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include a resolution authorizing the execution of a Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement and the Existence and Formation of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System by Intergovernmental Cooperation, an Ordinance amending the City Code to add a 4-way stop at England and Powers Streets and awarding bids for service line materials and meter well lids for the Water Department. We will have details following the meeting on our website taylorvilledailynews.com

Dunn's blast powers White Sox past Astros

Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Adam  Dunn  went 2-for-4  with a  go-ahead 
three-run homer in the sixth inning that highlighted the Chicago White Sox' 7- 
2 victory over the Houston Astros to open a three-game series. 

After  mustering just  12  runs total  while dropping  four  of five  entering 
Friday's  matchup,  Chicago scored  four times  against Houston starter Collin 
McHugh  in the  sixth and  tacked on  three more  in the  eighth to  help Jose 
Quintana pick up his first win since April 8. 

Conor  Gillaspie added  a pair of hits, including a two-run double, with Tyler 
Flowers and Gordon Beckham each contributing RBI singles for the White Sox. 

Quintana  (2-3),  hung with  three  losses  and  three no-decisions  over  his 
previous  six  outings, allowed  two runs  and fanned five  in five innings of 

"Getting (Quintana) this win was big," Dunn said. "It seemed like every single 
game he pitched we couldn't get it going offensively." 

McHugh  (2-2) struck  out seven and gave  up just three hits in 5 1/3 innings, 
but was hurt by four walks in addition to Dunn's blast. 

He  had  held the White Sox  to one hit  while in control throughout the first 
five  innings of  play, but  stumbled in  the sixth  as Chicago  erased a  2-0 

McHugh  walked  Gillaspie and  hit Jose  Abreu before  falling behind to Dunn, 
who  drilled  a belt-high fastball on  a 2-0 count  into the seats in right to 
snap an 0-for-11 stretch. 

"I  didn't  have very good  command all night," McHugh  said. "It came back to 
bite me in the (sixth)." 

Dayan  Viciedo followed  with  a long  double to  end  McHugh's evening,  with 
Flowers increasing the lead to 4-2 with a two-out single off Josh Zeid. 

Houston  had  stranded five  baserunners against Quintana  over the first four 
innings prior to breaking through with a pair of runs in the fifth. 

Jonathan  Villar and Jose Altuve singled to open the Astros' half of the frame 
and  each  advanced a  base on  a fielding error  by Viciedo  in left field. A 
grounder off the bat of George Springer brought in the game's initial run, and 
Jason Castro plated the second with a two-out opposite-field hit. 

Houston  generated little  against the  bullpen combo  of Jake  Petricka, Zach 
Putnam,  Ronald  Belisario and  Frank Francisco, however,  and Chicago put the 
game out of reach with three unearned runs in the eighth. 

A  throwing error from Villar at shortstop helped set up Beckham's two-out RBI 
single  that  put Chicago up  by a 5-2 count,  right before Gillaspie ripped a 
double to right that knocked in the final two runs. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Astros fell  to 1-17  this season  when  failing to  hit a  home run  ... 
Houston's  Dexter Fowler  drew a pair of  walks for the fifth time in his last 
six  games  ... Altuve finished 2-for-5  to extend his hitting streak to eight 
games  ... White Sox ace Chris Sale fanned 11 over four scoreless innings in a 
rehab assignment for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. 

Brewers deal Cubs, Samardzija another loss

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - After  a rocky  start, Kyle  Lohse retired 
12  straight batters  and pitched the Milwaukee  Brewers to a 4-3 win over the 
Chicago Cubs on Friday in the opener of a three-game set from Wrigley Field. 

Lohse  (5-1) allowed three  runs on seven hits -- all before the fourth inning 
--  in seven frames to help the Brewers snap a brief two-game road losing skid 
and move to 13-5 away from home this season. 

"We're  taking it  a day  at a  time," said  Lohse. "We're  not worried  about 
tomorrow  or the next day. ... We're just coming in and playing the day's game 
and as soon as that one's over, you turn the page and go get them again." 

Jean  Segura went  3-for-5 with two RBI for Milwaukee and Jonathan Lucroy also 
drive in a run in the triumph. 

Darwin  Barney  and Junior Lake  each homered for  the slumping Cubs, who have 
dropped  10 of  their last 12 following a three-game winning streak from April 
30-May 3. 

Chicago  ace Jeff  Samardzija's winless streak moved to 15 games going back to 
last  season after yet another disappointing setback. The right-hander entered 
Friday's  matchup  with the second-best ERA  (1.45) in the majors, but was the 
first  pitcher since at least 1900 to give up three or fewer runs in his first 
eight  starts of a season without earning a win. His last victory came on Aug. 
24 of last season 

"Obviously,  I  want to win," Samardzija  said. "Being a starting pitcher, you 
have a big say in how the game turns out. Obviously if my record isn't where I 
want it to be, I need to do a better job." 

Samardzija  (0-4) surrendered all  four runs -- two earned -- on six hits with 
six strikeouts over five innings. 

The  Brewers  quickly got to work  against Samardzija, manufacturing a pair of 
runs in both the first and second innings. 

Segura  singled with one out in the first and moved to second on a wild pitch. 
Lucroy  then looped a  single to left, which Lake fumbled to allow him to take 
second as the speedy Segura trotted home easily on the play. 

Lyle  Overbay followed with a grounder to shortstop and Starlin Castro's throw 
to first was off the mark. Lucroy scored on the play to make it 2-0. 

Elian Herrera doubled to start the second and Logan Schafer walked before both 
runners  advanced on  a passed ball by Cubs catcher Welington Castillo. Segura 
then doubled the spread, plating both runners with a line-drive single back up 
the middle. 

Barney's two-run shot in the home half barely cleared the wall in left but cut 
the Cubs' deficit in half, and Lake's third-inning solo blast made it 4-3. 

Will  Smith took over  for Lohse and needed just 11 pitches to get through the 
eighth  inning, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched around Castro's leadoff single 
in the ninth to record his 17th save of the season in as many tries. 

                                   Game Notes 

Herrera  went 2-for-4 with two doubles ... Milwaukee improved to 24-8 in their 
last  32  meetings with  the Cubs ...  Samardzija fell to  0-4 in seven career 
starts  against the  Brewers ... It was  42 degrees in Chicago at the start of 
the  game, the coldest temperature for game time on this date at Wrigley since 
at  least 1900 ... Four Chicago relievers combined to strike out eight batters 
in four innings of work. 

Craig, Lynn carry Cardinals past Braves

Coverage of today's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:40pm.

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  Allen Craig  went 3-for-4 with two runs 
scored and an RBI to help the St. Louis Cardinals hand Ervin Santana his first 
loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday. 

St. Louis knocked Santana (4-1) around for five runs on 10 hits over the first 
five frames en route to the club's third consecutive win. 

Lance  Lynn (5-2) battled through seven innings despite taking a liner off his 
left heel in the second frame. He allowed just two runs on seven hits. 

"We  have  a really  talented team," Craig  said. "We swung  the bats well and 
Lance did a great job out there." 

Santana had given up just six runs over his first six starts but yielded three 
in the fifth inning alone in the opener of this three-game set. 

"He's  allowed a  tough start,"  Braves third  baseman Chris  Johnson said  of 
Santana, "He's been so good for us." 

Matt  Holliday doubled in  Matt Carpenter to break a 2-2 tie, Craig singled in 
Kolten Wong and Holliday raced in on Yadier Molina's sacrifice fly to left. 

Carlos  Martinez threw  a perfect  four-pitch eighth  inning behind  Lynn, and 
Trevor  Rosenthal retired  the side in order  in the ninth to pick up his 12th 
save and send Atlanta to its third loss in four games. 

Tyler  Pastornicky gave the Braves an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the 
second,  but the Cardinals answered in the home half when Craig and Molina led 
off  with singles and B.J. Upton misplayed Matt Adams' deep fly ball to center 
into an RBI double. 

The  teams traded  runs again  in the  fourth as  Johnson scored  on Andrelton 
Simmons' double-play ball and Craig scored on Santana's wild pitch. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Braves  were 14-0 when  scoring first before  dropping their last two ... 
Santana's  ERA  rose from 1.99 to  2.76 ... Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and 
center  fielder Peter  Bourjos were  both ejected  by home  plate umpire  Sean 
Barber  for arguing balls  and strikes at the end of the fourth inning ... St. 
Louis took two of three from the Braves earlier this year. 

Ryan to Compete in 13th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship

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Night Hike at Ft. Daniel Conservation Area

If you ever wanted to take a hike at night, the Macon County Conservation District is hosting a Night Hike at Fort Daniel Conservation Area on Friday, May 30 from 9-11pm. Pre-registration is required by May 29.  Register online at www.maconcountyconservation.org. Ft. Daniel Conservation Area is located 15 minutes east of downtown Decatur, at 4975 Fort Daniel Rd. 

Rep. Davis Unveils Bill to Aid Local Transportation Projects

At a press conference in Normal, Illinois, U.S.. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Mayor of Normal Chris Koos, representatives from Transportation for America and other local stakeholders unveiled legislation that would give local communities in Illinois better access to federal transportation funds to invest in innovative projects that would boost local economies.

Currently, a majority of federal highway funds are given to the states to spend at their discretion. The input and ability of local governments to decide how to use those funds is limited. The Innovation in Surface Transportation Act would create an in-state grant program that would allow a percentage of those funds to be competitively bid-for by eligible local entities.

Davis and U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada will introduce the bill in the House next week.

Chamber Sponsors Business After Hours Next Week

It's nearly time for the monthly Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle says the event takes place next week:

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Hornbuckle says the Lincoln Land Culinary Class will provide the hors d' oeuvres.  Again, the Business After Hours takes place Wednesday.

Sheriff Addresses Limo Controversy

The Christian County Sheriff's office has come under criticism after an incident connected to this year's prom.  Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says a deputy made a traffic stop on a limo:

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There has been something of a public outcry from area residents who think the offenders should have been cited, instead of being let go with a warning.  Sheriff Kettelkamp says it may not be the way he would have handled the situation, but he has faith in the discretion of his deputy.  The parents of all the prom-goers were notified about the incident.

WRAN FFA Road Show Visits Okaw Valley

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN was at Okaw Valley High School in Bethany for the second stop on the FFA Road Show. Treasurer Tyus Brooks tells about a new project they will have going on:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Tomorrow

The Christian County Solid Waste Management Department and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency household hazardous waste collection is tomorrow (Saturday).  The event will take place at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville from 8:00am-3:00pm. Items that will be accepted include: oil based paints, paint thinners, old gasoline, mercury, and cleaning products. This collection is for residential waste only and the event is free of charge. For more information, contact the Waste Management Department at 287-2334.


 Acceptable Wastes:

Oil based paints, paint thinners, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, mercury, cleaning products, double bagged and wetted asbestos, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, fluorescent lamp bulbs, and old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Unacceptable Wastes:


Latex paint, agricultural chemicals, business/commercial sector wastes, explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, medical wastes, controlled substances, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, institutional wastes, sharps, needles, and potentiallly infectious medical wastes

Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium to Celebrate 111th Birthday

The Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee is hosting the 111th Birthday Celebration of the Historic Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium May 31st through June 1st.


Events include a family pool party, noted speakers, bands, and vendors in Forest Park on May 31 through June 1. This is a fundraising event so any donations will go to “Save the Chautauqua” campaign.  Also scheduled for May 31 Legends Draft House in Downtown Shelbyville will feature bands including Josh and Dave of the “Sampson Jones Gang”, “The Coal Shaft Band” and “The 9th Street Band” in a benefit concert.


In addition, a special auction to benefit Save Our Chautauqua is scheduled for June 7th in Forest Park from 10AM to 1:00PM.


For additional information, contact Brenda Elder, Event Planning/Fund Raising Chair at (217)827-2806 or visit their website www.shelbyvillechautauqua.com  

Hawthorne Inn Hosting Second Bus Trip to Moonshine, IL

Hawthorne Inn is hosting another bus trip on Friday, May 23. Director of Marketing and Sales Kristy Gorden tell Regional Radio News about the trip:

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To RSVP, call 774-2111.

Wacha, Cardinals down Cubs

Coverage of today's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Wacha earned his first win in more 
than  a month  and the St. Louis  Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-3, in the 
rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday. 

Wacha  (3-3),  who also hit a  two-run single, struck out five and surrendered 
two  runs  on seven  hits over seven  innings for the  Cardinals, who have won 
three of their last four games. 

"I  was  able to  pound the  strike zone  down in  the zone  and it was pretty 
effective," Wacha said. 

The  fireballer had been 0-3 in his last five starts since beating the Cubs on 
April 13. 

Trevor  Rosenthal tossed 1  2/3 scoreless innings to earn his 11th save of the 

Starlin Castro smacked a two-run homer among his three hits for Chicago, which 
has dropped five of its last six games. Jason Hammel (4-2) struck out six, but 
surrendered five runs on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 frames in defeat. 

The Cardinals opened the scoring with a four-run second and never looked back. 

Yadier Molina hit a one-out double before Allen Craig and Peter Bourjos worked 
walks  to load  the  bases.  Mark Ellis'  groundout  scored  Molina and  Wacha 
followed with his two-run single back up the middle. Matt Carpenter then laced 
a double into right-center to bring home Wacha. 

Chicago  got a pair of runs back in the fourth when Anthony Rizzo led off with 
a  bunt  single against  the shift  and Castro followed  with his two-run shot 
down the left-field line to cut the gap to 4-2. 

"Rizzo took advantage of the shift," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "That 
led to our first two runs when Starlin drove the ball out of the ballpark. 

Matt  Holliday began  the sixth with a two-bagger into right-center and scored 
on Molina's base hit into left for a 5-2 Cardinals spread. 

Junior Lake's sacrifice fly in the eighth cut Chicago's deficit to 5-3. 

                                   Game Notes 

Wacha  threw 77 of  his 104 pitches for strikes ... The Cardinals were 2-for-6 
with  runners in  scoring position,  while Chicago  finished 0-for-5  and left 
eight men on base. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-16-14


Frieda M. McCauley, 20, of 1218 West Pauline Street Apt. 6, Taylorville, was arrested May 15 for domestic battery.

Wayne J. Sowers, 21, of 215 North Main Street, Bulpitt, was arrested May 15 for domestic battery.

On May 14 at 5:14pm, a 16-year-old female was traveling eastbound on 650 North Road. Around 1020 East, the female hit water on the roadway and caused her to hydroplane. The 16-year-old then headed northeast in the roadway before running off the road and into the ditch on the north side of the the road. The impact from hitting the ditch caused the vehicle to roll onto the passenger side. The vehicle rolled three and a half times before coming to a rest on the driver's side. No injuries were reported.

On May 15 at 5:07pm, Isabel E. Lescano, 39, of Nokomis was traveling westbound on 650 North Road. Lescano steered the passenger side of the vehicle slightly off the roadway to the north into the gravel on the side of the road. Lescano then over corrected and lost control of the vehicle causing it to enter the pathway of Geraldine L. Moore, 56, of Palmer. Moore was eastbound on 650 North Road. When Lescano and Moore met, they collided in the roadway. Lescano came to rest heading southeast in the road. The initial impact forced Moore off the road to the south causing her to collide with a nearby tree. Moore reported injuries that were not physically evident but was not transported to a medical facility. No other injuries reported.

On May 10 at 2:12am, Randy L. Marquis, 58, of Assumption, was traveling eastbound on 1780 North Road. Marquis attempted to turn northbound on 1975 East Road. When Marquis made the turn, he over steered the vehicle and drove into the ditch on the west side of 1975 East Road. No injuries reported.


On May 15 at 12:59pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 1218 West Pauline Street Apt. 6 for a report of a disturbance. Officers arrived and spoke to all persons involved. Following the investigation, Frieda M. McCauley, 20, of Taylorville was arrested for domestic battery.


On May 14 at 4:12PM, Gregory E. Hager, 55, of Taylorville did not yield at the intersection to Amanda J. Zwick, 29, of Taylorville. Hager entered the pathway of Zwick causing Zwick to hit Hager in the front passenger side. No injuries were reported.

Kincaid Mayor Appears in Court for Pre-lim Hearing

Kincaid Mayor Doug Thomas appeared in court today for a preliminary hearing. Illinois State Police Special Agent Deanna Harton took the stand to give her account of the investigation against Thomas. Harton said that a Christian County Deputy contacted her supervisor about the violation of the order of protection and her supervisor advised that she assist on the case. Harton said that Chadwick Spencer presented her with the text messages that Thomas allegedly sent him on February 18. Harton said there was a text message from Thomas that spoke of the order of protection saying I can’t call you but you can call me.

Harton said they then followed up with Thomas who reportedly admitted to sending the messages. They then found Thomas to be in possession of 9 Adderall pills which later tested positive for amphetamine. Thomas reportedly admitted he did not have a prescription for the drugs and they belonged to someone else but would not release that person’s name.

Defense Attorney Mark Wykoff, Sr. said that Thomas had contacted Spencer initially to tell him of a job interview opportunity that was left on Thomas’ phone. Wykoff asked Harton if the print-off sheet of the messages Spencer handed her or if Spencer’s phone had any indication of replies by him when she looked it over. Harton said there were no replies on the phone or the sheet and she did not ask if Spencer had deleted anything. Wykoff said that Spencer may have deleted his replies and just showed authorities what he wanted them to see. Wykoff then asked about the analysis of Thomas’ phone by ISP Crime Labs. Harton said Thomas said he was having issues with it and took it to AT&T to be repaired and it was wiped but ISP was able to recover some whisper messages that were consistent with the messages he sent Spencer. Wykoff asked if Spencer’s phone was analyzed which Harton said it was not.

The prosecution will be more pursuing the possession of a controlled substance charge which is a Class 4 felony meaning Thomas could face 1-3 years at the Department of Corrections. Thomas will appear back in court June 10 at 2:00pm for pre-trial and June 23 at 8:30am for the jury trial. 

Effingham Native, Mattoon Resident to be Honored by LLC


Greg Conrad

Effingham native Greg Conrad has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Alumnus Achievement Award by Lake Land College. Conrad, now of Terre Haute, Indiana, studied business in college. According to him, his family urged him to earn a degree because at that time, there were few readily available jobs in the area. Conrad is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of North American Lighting, a non-affiliated automobile lighting supplier in North America.


Max Jaeger

Max Jaeger of Mattoon, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for 32 years of service with the Lake Land College. Jaeger has served as vice president of business services, the chair for the Business Division and as a faculty member in that same division during his career at Lake Land.

Conrad and Jaeger will be presented with their respective awards at the 47th annual commencement ceremony this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Land College Field House.

PPD Arrests One for Battery

A Pana Resident was arrested for battery last week. After an incident on Thursday at 5 Carr Street in Pana, Colton J. Brown of Pana signed a temporary complaint for battery against 21-year-old Ralph J. Scribner of Pana. Scribner allegedly grabbed Brown by the throat leaving two marks on his neck. Scribner was processed by the Pana Police Department and given a notice to appear. 

Rep. Davis: Hire More Heroes Act Moves Forward in Senate

The Hire More Heroes Act, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, is now one step closer to becoming law. The Senate voted Tuesday to end debate on the matter and move ahead with a final vote. The bipartisan legislation incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by exempting veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or reservists covered under TRICARE from being counted towards the number of employees required by the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate is a requirement that all businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fee.

U of I Extension to Hold Safe Sitter Classes in July

The next Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 will be held on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.

During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis, with medical information taught by a certified professional.

Safe Sitter participants also receive tips on safety and security precautions and information on child development and age-appropriate activities.

To become a certified Safe Sitter, students have to pass a written test to show they understand the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

Class size is limited so register as soon as possible if interested. For a registration form or information, call the Extension office at 287-7246. 

Lake Land College offers free Ag Institute I, II and III for K-12 educators


Lake Land College will offer three sessions of the Ag Institute this summer. Ag Institutes are designed for K-12 educators to learn about the impact agriculture has on our daily lives. Participants will tour Ag businesses and farms, meet with industry professionals, and engage in hands-on activities to gain first-hand knowledge they can share with their students as well as lesson plans relating to State of Illinois teaching standards. 

Ag Institute I will run from June 9-11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ag Institute II will meet June 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ag Institute III will be held from June 24 – 25 and participants will travel to St. Louis. Materials, transportation, lunch and entrance fees for the St. Louis trip are provided. Participants must cover the cost of the hotel and evening meals.

Both Ag Institute I and II will be held on the Lake Land College campus in West Building, room 136.  There is no cost to attend the sessions, however registration is required.  To register, go to www.lakeland.cc.il.us/as/ag/institute. For a paper registration form, contact Community and Professional Programs at 217-234-5087.

Sarah Bush to Host Heart Failure Event

If you suspect you may have a heart problem, you should know that the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon will host an informational event soon.  Bailey Beeson, an RN at the hospital says the event will take place next week:

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Again, that event is Thursday May 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the hospital's Lumpkin Family Center.  RSVP by calling (217) 258-2420.

Fuerstenau: State Still Short on Funding

A bill currently working its way through the Illinois Legislature would change the funding formula for schools.  The plan would mean extra money for some school districts like Taylorville and Pana, while meaning less for some property tax-rich districts.  Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent of Taylorville Schools says despite the shortages, the State and Federal Governments continue to impose unfunded mandates on schools:

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Fuerstenau says he hopes the funding bill will be called for a vote before the end of the current session.

Abreu's 8th-inning HR sends ChiSox past A's

Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jose Abreu's three-run blast in the eighth 
inning  sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over Oakland in the finale 
of a three-game series. 

Gordon  Beckham  finished 3-for-4 with  a solo homer  and scored twice for the 
White  Sox,  who staved  off  a  sweep and  snapped  a  four-game losing  skid 

Ronald  Belisario  (2-3) tossed  1 1/3  scoreless relief  innings for the win, 
while  Matt  Lindstrom followed suit in  the ninth for his sixth save. Anthony 
Rienzo allowed two runs on as many hits over 6 1/3 frames. 

John  Jaso and Josh Donaldson each hit a solo blast for the Athletics, who saw 
their six-game win streak come to a halt. 

"We  got off  to a little bit of  a slow start on the homestand, but came back 
and  played  really  well,"  said  Oakland manager  Bob  Melvin  after  a  6-4 
residency.  "We're  in a position  to potentially win  the game today. It just 
ends  up being a pitch to a guy who hit a three-run homer. Seems like he's hit 
a few of those." 

Fernando  Abad  (0-1) was  charged in  defeat for  two runs  on two hits while 
recording  only  one out  in the  deciding frame. Tommy  Milone had worked the 
first six, giving up a run on five hits with four strikeouts. 

Chicago  moved ahead  with five  outs left.  Beckham and  Conor Gillaspie  hit 
consecutive one-out singles which forced Abad from the contest. Luke Gregerson 
came on and promptly gave up a three-run blast to left by Abreu which gave the 
WhitSox a 4-2 advantage. 

"I  got  the  opportunity  to  hit  a good  pitch,"  Abreu  said  through  his 
translator.  "All I was doing was trying to hit a ball in the air to bring the 
guy in from third base. But I was able to get a good swing and a good pitch to 

In  the A's last  turn at the plate, Lindstrom walked Jed Lowrie and gave up a 
single  to  Donaldson, but  induced a 4-6-3  double-play grounder from Brandon 
Moss.  Leury  Garcia then dove  to snag a sinking  liner by Yoenis Cespedes in 
center to end the contest. 

Beckham  slammed Milone's  first pitch of the afternoon over the fence in left 
to put the Sox on top. 

Jaso  returned  the favor against  Rienzo to kick off  the home first and even 
the score, then Donaldson barely cleared the right-field wall in the fourth to 
give Oakland a 2-1 edge. 

                                   Game Notes 

Both clubs are back in action on Friday, as the White Sox continue their nine- 
game road trip in Houston, while the Athletics kick off a nine-game sojourn in 
Cleveland ... Gillaspie also collected three hits for Chicago ... After losing 
the  first  five meetings last  season with Oakland,  the White Sox have taken 
three  of the past five ... Prior to the contest, the White Sox announced that 
infielder  Jeff Keppinger  was activated  from  the 15-day  disabled list  and 
designated for assignment. 

Cardinals, Cubs Close Series Today

Coverage of today's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:10pm.

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Last night's scheduled game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium was postponed due to rain.  It was to have been the third contest of a four-game series.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 30th.  The teams will close out the series today. 

Taylorville Baseball vs. Rochester Postponed

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team’s home game against the Rochester Rockets that was scheduled for today has been postponed. The game will be played next Friday, May 23 and coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-15-14


Gregory L. Price, 36, of 302 North Parker Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 14 for domestic battery.

Rosemarie Davis, 43, was arrested May 14 on a bond forfeiture for retail theft.

Fire Department Calls 5-15-14


May 14
2 EMS, 1 Elevator Lock Out, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Odor Investigation, 1 Carbon Monoxide

TPD Arrests Two for Domestic Battery

Two Taylorville residents were arrested Monday for domestic battery. Around 10:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to 901 West England in reference to an altercation between two brothers. Following an investigation, 22-year-old Dylan M. Bilyeu of Taylorville and 20-year-old Dalton R. Bilyeu of Taylorville were both arrested for domestic battery. Both were transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

Dorn Appointed to Peoples Bank and Trust Board

Peoples Bank & Trust and its holding company, People First Bancshares, Inc., have announced that David Dorn Jr. of Pana has been appointed as a Director of the company board.

David is the owner/operator of Dorn Farms in Pana.  He is also a crop insurance adjuster with NAU Insurance Company. Dorn is a Director of the Christian County Farm Bureau and is currently serving as President. He is also a member of the Pana Community Hospital Foundation Board, Pana Lions Club, Pana Industrial Development Committee, Congressman Rodney Davis Ag Advisory Board and a Director for the Pana Rural Fire Association.

Peoples Bank & Trust has ten offices locations including Pana, Taylorville, Morrisonville, and Tower Hill. 

Annual Garden Walk Coming up

Next month the annual Garden Walk will take place.  According to Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi, this year's event will feature some locations around Stonington:

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Again, the Garden Walk will be June 28.  Call the Extension Office to find out more.

McGuire: Check Your Monthly Statements

All scams are deceptive, but some are downright sneaky.  Public Advocate Mac McGuire warns you to always check the fine print on any of your monthly bills:

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McGuire says this type of scam is becoming more common.

WRAN?s FFA Road Show Visits Cowden-Herrick

Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN is on the road again to visit local High School FFA Chapters. The first stop on the Road Show was Cowden-Herrick. FFA Advisor Dave Wojcik talked about one of the big benefits of FFA:

Moss homers twice as A's rout White Sox

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Moss hit a pair of two-run home runs 
and  drove  in five as the  Oakland Athletics destroyed the Chicago White Sox, 
11-0, in the second of a three-game set. 

Josh Reddick also hit a two-run home run while John Jaso went 3-for-5 with two 
runs  scored for the Athletics, who have won six straight. Drew Pomeranz (3-1) 
gave  up  just three  hits and  two walks  while striking  out eight over five 
innings to win his second straight start. 

Scott Carroll (1-3) dropped his third straight start as he was touched for six 
runs  on  11 hits over five  innings for the White Sox, who have dropped four 

"We  couldn't hit, we  were just outplayed all the way around," said White So
manager Robin Ventura. "Offensively, defensively. It was one of those nights." 

An  RBI double from  Moss in the first inning got Oakland on the board and the 
team  took a 2-0  lead in the fourth thanks to a run-scoring single from Craig 

The  Athletics extended  their lead with a four-run fifth inning. Jaso doubled 
to  start it  and scored  on a  Yoenis Cespedes  double. Derek  Norris' double 
plated  Cespedes, and  Reddick followed with his second home run of the season 
for a 6-0 lead. 

In  the  seventh, the  A's scored  three more runs  on an  RBI double from Jed 
Lowrie and two-run home run by Moss for a 9-0 advantage. 

"Playing  here,  you never know,  especially out  in center field anything can 
happen,"  said  Moss  on  the  weather  conditions  in  Oakland.  "Warmer  air 
definitely makes it a much better place to hit." 

Pomeranz didn't allow a runner past second in his work, while Dan Otero worked 
a pair of flawless innings in relief. 

Fernando  Abad gave up  a leadoff single to Conor Gillaspie in the eighth, but 
got Leury Garcia to hit into a double-play and struck out Marcus Semien to end 
the inning. 

Moss' second two-run home run of the game in the eighth made it an 11-0 game. 

Joe Savery closed out the game with a quiet ninth. 

                                   Game Notes 

Oakland  has won  seven of  the last  nine games  against Chicago  ... Oakland 
batted  5-for-13 with runners in scoring position ... Andre Rienzo pitches for 
Chicago on Wednesday, and Tommy Milone will take the mound for Oakland. 

Another Kane OT winner sends Blackhawks past Wild

St.  Paul,  MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick  Kane's tally at 9:42 of overtime 
was  the game  and series  winner,  as the  Chicago Blackhawks  claimed a  2-1 
victory  over  the  Minnesota  Wild  in Game  6  of  this  Western  Conference 

Minnesota  outplayed Chicago  through the first half of the extra session, but 
the  final break  went to  the defending  champions. A  point shot  from Brent 
Seabrook  hit  the stanchion behind  the Wild net  and bounced back into play. 
Peter  Regin missed the  puck on the right side, but Kane trailed and lifted a 
backhander under the crossbar to end the best-of-seven set. 

The 25-year-old native of Buffalo collected his fourth career overtime marker, 
and  his third  series-concluding OT winner after netting the winner in Game 6 
of  the 2010  Stanley Cup  Finals and  the decider  in Game  5 of  last year's 
Western final. 

Kris  Versteeg  also scored and  Corey Crawford came up  with 34 saves for the 
Blackhawks,  who claimed  a 4-2 series win  and await the winner of the Kings- 
Ducks battle in the conference finals. 

"They  played  hard and they  never quit against  us," said Crawford. "It felt 
like they just kept coming harder and harder as the series went on." 

Erik  Haula picked up the lone goal for the Wild, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 
25 shots in the season-ending setback. 

Minnesota  stood an  excellent chance  of taking  a potential  Game 7  back in 
Chicago,  having topped Colorado in the first round in Denver and winning both 
Game 7s on the road during its surprising 2003 postseason run. 

Less  than two  minutes  after the  opening faceoff,  Chicago  took the  lead. 
Versteeg sent a shot from the goal line on the right wing into the crease, but 
the  puck caromed off  bodies in front, popped into the air and dropped behind 

Haula  tied the game  at 2:29 of the second period, when he chased down a long 
pass  from  Matt Cooke,  flipped  the  disc  beyond  the reach  of Blackhawk
defenseman Johnny Oduya and beat Crawford on the forehand. 

The goaltenders dueled for the duration. 

Patrick  Sharp  was stoned on  a clean breakaway  by Bryzgalov with just under 
seven  minutes  played in the  second period,  then Justin Fontaine was denied 
from the right wing seconds later. 

Crawford  remained  upright in his crease  and flashed his right pad inside of 
six  minutes  left before the  second intermission when Cody McCormick whipped 
around and shot the puck from the slot. 

"He's a very good goalie," Wild winger Zach Parise said of Crawford. "We shot, 
tried  to  get  traffic  in  front  of  him  and  screen  him.  We  had  great 
opportunities,  we  had breakaways,  we hit  posts. We  just couldn't get that 
second one." 

Minnesota was given a golden chance to take the lead on a power play with 7:05 
gone in the third, when Chicago blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson appeared to shoot 
a  puck out  of play  in his  own  zone. Replays  suggested it  may have  been 
deflected on the way out. 

The Blackhawks defense used active sticks and positioning to close off passing 
lanes and block shots throughout, but Crawford still had to stop Charlie Coyle 
on a stuffer attempt from the left side. 

Crawford  had to make  four saves under heavy pressure on the Wild's first two 
shifts of overtime, including two in close from Keith Ballard and Haula. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  upped  its overtime record to  3-2 in the 2014 postseason, having won 
its  last three games to proceed beyond regulation ... Kane and Jonathan Toews 
have  accounted for  seven of the Blackhawks' eight-game winning goals through 
two  rounds  ... Minnesota ends this  year's playoffs with a 2-2 overtime mark 
...  Ballard returned  to the lineup after a one-game absence with a suspected 
upper-body  injury  after absorbing  a check from  behind by Chicago's Brandon 
Bollig  in Game 4. Bollig served the second of his two-game suspension for the 
hit  ... Since the 2009 playoffs, the Blackhawks have won 14 straight contests 
when a series is knotted at two games apiece. 

Cardinals edge Cubs in 12th on HBP

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Greg Garcia  was hit by a pitch with the 
bases loaded in the 12th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Chicago 
Cubs, 4-3, in the second matchup of a four-game set. 

Justin  Grimm (1-2) entered  to pitch the 12th and allowed a leadoff single to 
Jhonny  Peralta,  then walked  Allen Craig  and Yadier Molina  with one out to 
load the bases. 

Garcia  stepped  in as a pinch  hitter and was hit  in the elbow on the fourth 
pitch of the at-bat to give the rookie his first career RBI. 

"We  had some big hits," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "Right now we're 
focused on a win that aren't easy to come by nowadays." 

Seth  Maness (1-2) earned the win for pitching a scoreless 12th inning for the 
Cardinals, who have won two of three. 

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright was charged with two runs on seven hits with 
four strikeouts over six innings. 

Peralta, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each drove in a run for St. Louis. 

Luis Valbuena homered and drove in two for the Cubs, who scored a Major League 
season-high 17 runs on Monday night in the series opener. 

Chicago  starter Jake  Arrieta was pulled after four innings, allowing one run 
on  four hits  with  five  strikeouts. The  right-hander  walked five  batters 
and threw 82 pitches. 

"I  feel bad for having the bullpen have to come in the game too early there," 
said  Arrieta,  who was  fresh off a  stint on the  disabled list. "There's no 
reason  they  need to be  in the  game before the  sixth or seventh inning, at 

Valbuena  opened the  scoring in the third  with a two-run shot to right field 
that plated Arrieta. 

Adams  cut  the deficit in half  with an RBI single  in the home half, and St. 
Louis moved in front with a two-run sixth. 

Peter  Bourjos  reached on a  bunt single  and moved over  to second on a Mark 
Ellis  groundout. As Jon Jay walked, Bourjos stole third to put runners at the 
corners  with  one out. Carpenter then  reached on a throwing error by Starlin 
Castro  that  could have possibly been  an inning-ending double play ball, and 
the Cards tied the game at 2-2. 

Peralta  followed with a single to left that plated Jay to help the hosts to a 
3-2 edge. 

Matt Holliday and Craig each grounded out to end the frame. 

Chicago  tied  it up  in the  ninth with  a clutch  two-out single from Emilio 
Bonifacio  off  Trevor Rosenthal. Junior Lake  singled with one out and Darwin 
Barney followed with a walk. 

Following  a strikeout  by Chris Coghlan, Bonifacio looped a single into right 
that plated Lake. Valbuena popped out in foul territory to end the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs outhit  St. Louis,  10-9  ... Chicago  was 1-for-8  with runners  in 
scoring  position and  left 10 men on base... The Cardinals were 3-for-11 with 
RISP and left 13 men on base.

Illinois Suspends Paul For Season

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois basketball coach John Groce is suspending Darius Paul for the 2014-15 season.  The school cites multiple transgressions as the reason.  The 20-year-old Paul was arrested in April for underage drinking and resisting a police officer.  He will not be under scholarship this year. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-14-14


Shawn M. Westbrook, 49, was arrested May 13 on a bond forfeiture for possession of a controlled substance.

Brady M. Knight, 21, of 101 North Perrine, Morrisonville, was arrested May 13 for domestic battery.


On May 13 at 6:15pm, while on patrol Taylorville Police Department officers located a gold vehicle occupied by several males about to exit the Walgreen's parking lot. Officers ran the license plate and discovered that the male registered owner, Wayne J. Sowers, 21, of Bulpitt, driver's license was suspended. Officers made a stop on the vehicle near the exit of the Walgreen's parking lot. Officers made contact with the driver who was confirmed to be Sowers and had the suspended dirvier's license. Sowers was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

On May 13 at 6:19am, a Taylorville Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in the area of North Webster and Spresser Street. The officer found Brandon M. Stone, 21, of Taylorville to be the driver. The officer check Stone's name through the Taylorville Police Department Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and it showed his driver's license status as suspended. Stone was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released.

LLCC plans Campus Visit Day-Summer Edition June 17

Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students, adult learners and family members to Campus Visit Day-Summer Edition Tuesday, June 17. The free event is being held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

With the theme of “Try Us On and See If We Fit,” the event offers separate information presentations—one for current high school students or recent high school graduates and one for adults interested in starting or finishing a certificate or degree.

To register for Campus Visit Day, visit www.llcc.edu or call 786.2577. 

NewWave Network Problem Causes Phone Outage

NewWave customers in the Taylorville and surrounding areas experienced a phone service outage this morning. A NewWave representative says they had a network server problem that caused the phone service to go down. Service was restored around 11:20am.

Davidsmeyer: Unexpected Revenue Should Pay Old Bills

Legislation that was recently filed would allow the comptroller to use unexpected revenue to finally pay $112 million in back wages for state workers and pay down the backlog of old bills. Representative CD Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville took part in the press conference and said the fiscally responsible thing to do right now is to pay those bills:

LLCC Adult Education Celebration of Success Ceremony May 14

The Lincoln Land Community College Adult Education and Literacy program will conduct its annual Celebration of Success ceremony Wednesday, May 14. The evening begins with music by the LLCC Big Band at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union of Menard Hall on LLCC’s Springfield campus.

The Adult Education and Literacy program will honor GED graduates and recognize students participating in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education/GED, literacy tutoring and citizenship classes. Special recognition will be given to the many community volunteers who assist in the program.

Family and friends of the students, in addition to community members, are invited.  

CCSO Reports One Sent to Hospital Following Accident

One person was sent to the hospital following a one vehicle accident Saturday. Around 10:30pm, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a single vehicle accident with unknown injuries at 1350 East and 800 North. The deputy arrived on scene and saw the vehicle in the southeast ditch at the intersection. The deputy spoke with the driver, a 16-year-old female from Taylorville, and the two passengers. One of the passengers stated she had a possible neck injury and was transported by ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The driver and front seat passenger refused treatment. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

TPD Arrests Two for Fighting in Public

Two people were arrested Saturday for fighting in public. Around 3:26am, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to Cherokee Street near North School for a domestic dispute in progress. Officers located a large group of individuals yelling in the back yard of 500 East Cleveland Street. Following an investigation, 30-year-old Kody Page and 30-year-old Jaclyn Harris were arrested for fighting in public. Page and Harris were transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

Taylorville High School to Host a Blood Drive

The Taylorville High School is hosting a blood drive on Friday, May 23 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. To make an appointment, call Alexis Yadron at 1-866-GIVE-BLD extension 5158 or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60084 at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. All donors will receive a T-shirt from the Central Illinois Community Blood Center. Walk-ins are also welcome.  

A's hang on in 9th to beat White Sox

Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh  Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Jesse 
Chavez  pitched into the  ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 
5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday to open a three-game series. 

Jose  Abreu's MLB-leading 14th home run knocked Chavez out of the game with no 
outs  in the ninth  inning and sparked a three-run rally that came one hit shy 
of tying the game for Chicago. 

With  Alexei  Ramirez on second base,  Sean Doolittle struck out Tyler Flowers 
and Leury Garcia to end the game and earn his second save of the season. 

Jed Lowrie added a two-run double for the A's, who have won a season-high five 
straight  games.  Chavez (3-1) struck  out seven and gave  up two runs on five 
hits and two walks in his eight-plus innings. 

White  Sox  starter John  Danks (3-3) allowed  three runs on  six hits and two 
walks in six innings, striking out five. 

Dayan  Viciedo also hit a Solo homer for the White Sox, who have lost three in 
a row and four of their last five. 

"It  wasn't a lack  of trying. Sometimes you hit it and it's right at people," 
WhitSox manager Robin Ventura said. 

Abreu cracked an 0-2 pitch the other way over the right-field wall leading off 
the ninth inning and A's manager Bob Melvin pulled Chavez for Fernando Abad. 

The ball was barely over the wall when Melvin walked onto the field. 

"He  just  left the  pitch out  to Abreu," Melvin  said. "We  had Abad for the 
second hitter if (Chavez) did give up a hit." 

Abad walked Adam Dunn and was replaced by Jim Johnson, who gave up a double to 
Dayan  Viciedo and an RBI single to Ramirez before Doolittle came on. The last 
Chicago  run  scored on Paul Konerko's  sacrifice fly and Ramirez stole second 
base before the last two strikeouts. 

Josh  Reddick had a  two-out triple in the second inning to knock in Oakland's 
first  run  and Danks retired  seven of the  next eight batters before Reddick 
drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. 

Danks  struck out the  next two batters before Donaldson turned on a 2-0 pitch 
and  knocked it  into the left-field seats  for his eighth homer of the season 
and a 3-1 A's lead. 

Lowrie's  two-run double to the gap in left-center off reliever Daniel Webb in 
the seventh pushed Oakland's advantage to 5-1. 

Earlier,  Viciedo went  the other way with  a 2-1 pitch for his homer to right 
field in the second, his third of the season. Reddick's game-tying triple went 
off the top of the center-field wall in the bottom of the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  A's have  an AL-best 24 wins.  They were coming off a sweep of Washington 
and  are 5-3  on a 10-game homestand  ... The White Sox began a nine-game road 

Lake, Cubs pound Cardinals

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Junior Lake  tallied  six RBI,  Emilio 
Bonifacio  scored five runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 
17-5, in the opener of a four-game set. 

Lake  finished  3-for-6 with  a three-run  homer and a  pair of doubles, while 
Bonifacio  posted four  hits for Chicago, which  pounded out 20 hits to snap a 
three-game losing skid. 

"I  think we  worked some at-bats and  got some pitches that we could handle," 
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It was a good game for us." 

Mike  Olt hit a two-run shot and scored twice, while Travis Wood (3-4) allowed 
five  runs --  four earned -- on five  hits and three walks over six frames in 
the triumph. 

Tyler  Lyons (0-3) gave up nine runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings 
for St. Louis, which has dropped three of its last four games. 

"Looked  like  just getting the ball  over the middle of the plate," Cardinals 
manager Mike Matheny said of Lyons' start. 

The Cubs  raced out to  a 7-0 lead  after plating four  runs in the first and 
three more in the second. 

Bonifacio  led  off the  game  with  a double,  advanced  to  third on  Lake's 
groundout and scored on a passed ball. Anthony Rizzo reached with a single and 
came  home on Starlin Castro's triple down the right-field line. Olt then sent 
an opposite-field drive into the seats in right for a 4-0 Cubs advantage. 

In  the  second, Wood  and Bonifacio  tallied base hits  before Lake crushed a 
three-run shot to left for a 7-0 spread. 

The Cardinals got a pair of runs back in the home half on Mark Ellis' two-out, 
two-run single, but Chicago answered back with two more in the fourth. 

Darwin  Barney  began the inning with  a single and Bonifacio worked a one-out 
walk  before Lake  doubled into right-center to plate Barney. Bonifacio scored 
when Rizzo reached on a fielder's choice to make it 9-2. 

St.  Louis pushed across  a trio of runs in the fifth before Chicago countered 
with two in the top of the sixth. 

Greg  Garcia and  Jhonny  Peralta were  each  hit  by a  pitch  around a  Matt 
Carpenter  fly  out and  Garcia scored  on Matt  Holliday's double into right. 
Allen  Craig's RBI groundout brought home Peralta and Yadier Molina's base hit 
plated Holliday. 

Rizzo's sacrifice fly and Castro's RBI double in the sixth made it 11-5. 

Chicago  added  six  runs in  the  ninth.  Lake  had  a two-run  double,  Nate 
Schierholtz  tallied a sacrifice fly, Rizzo posted an RBI groundout and Barney 
and Castro each added an RBI single. 

                                   Game Notes 

Castro  went 3-for-6  with three RBI ...  Barney had three hits to go with two 
runs  scored and  an RBI  ...  Chicago was  7-for-16 with  runners in  scoring 
position, while St. Louis finished 3-for-7 with RISP. 

Taylorville Baseball vs. Rochester Postponed

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team's game today at home versus the Rochester Rockets has been postponed to Thursday. Coverage of the game will be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.


This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime around 1:00 pm on Friday May 9, 2014, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle and then left the scene.  This occurred in the parking lot of Krogers.  The victim's vehicle, a red Jeep Liberty, had been parked in the middle area of the parking lot when the incident occurred.  The victim's vehicle suffered damage to the back fender and drivers side of the vehicle.  The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

School Funding Bill Moving Through the Legislature

Most local school officials are hopeful about a school funding reformulation bill that is currently making its way through the legislature.  Representative Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville says the bill would help smooth out the way funding is appropriated.  Rosenthal says he's hopeful that the bill will be called for a vote in the current legislative session:

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-13-14


On May 11, Steve M. Stolte, 41, of Blue Mound, was transporting a male to the hospital and was traveling northwest on Illinois Route 29. Stolte said that around 1550 East Road, 4 deer ran into the roadway. Stolte stated that he was able to avoid 3 of them but struck the 4th. No injuries were reported. The male being transported to the hospital was then transported by Dunn's Ambulance.

On May 10, Malea R. Elson, 37, of Morrisonville was backing from a parking stall and unable to see a vehicle owned by Barbara Franklin of Morrisonville due to other parked vehicles. Elson backed into the left rear of Franklin. No injuries were reported and both vehicles left the scene.


Tommy L. Lewis, 27, of 1364 East Locust, Decatur, was arrested May 12 on a warrant for chemically manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Dylan M. Bilyeu, 22, was arrested May 13 for domestic battery.

Dalton R. Bilyeu, 20, was arrested May 13 for domestic battery.

Danielle L. Coady-Johnson, 36, of 908 East Adams Street, Taylorville was arrested May 12 for driving with a suspended license.



On May 12, a Taylorville Police Department was on patrol and observed a blue vehicle with a female driver traveling north on Shumway Street. A registration check on the vehicle showed that the female registered owner had a warrant out of Bond County. The officer made a stop on the vehicle and made contact with Molly S. White, 40, of Taylorville and identified her as the registered owner. White was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.

On May 12, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Kroger in reference to a retail theft. The officer spoke to the manage who had called about the theft. The manager said the male juvenile's foster parent Bill Moorehead told him that the male juvenile was in the candy isle for a long time. Moorehead said he watched the male juvenile place a large candy bar in his pocket and then told the manager about the incident. The male juvenile was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released to his foster parent.

On May 12 at 10:34pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to 901 West England in reference to an altercation between two brothers. Dylan M. Bilyeu, 22, of Taylorville and Dalton R. Bilyeu, 20, of Taylorville were both arrested for domestic battery and transported to Taylorville Police Department for processing then transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond.


On May 12, John S. Steele, 68, of Taylorville was northbound on Shumway Street. Steele stated he stopped and was going to proceed on a yellow light. Steele stated as he attempted to pull into the intersection, he had to stop again for an unknown vehicle. Steele stated after he cleared the unknown vehicle, he proceeded into the intersection and was struck by Mary A. Gatton, 50, of Taylorville. Gatton stated she was eastbound on Spresser when Steele pulled in front of her and she could not stop in time to avoid striking Steele. Steele sustained major damage to the driver's side of the vehicle. Gatton sustained minor damage to the front end. Both units were driven from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Rev. Dick Wamsley Named Kiwanis Outstanding Spiritual Leader


Pictured left to right Kiwanian Joe Meeks, Kiwanis 2014 outstanding spiritual leader Dick Wamsley, and Kiwanis president Chris Weittenhiller


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held its annual Prayer Luncheon at noon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

The Prayer Luncheon is a yearly event held by the local Kiwanis Club, to highlight the importance of spiritual values as part of the club's beliefs.

Long-time Kiwanis member and recently retired senior minister at Taylorville Christian Church, Reverend Dick Wamsley, was named the Outstanding Spiritual Leader by club officials this year.  Wamsley has organized the annual Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon for most of its 23 years of existence.

Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Cary Holman was a guest at the meeting, and told the local Kiwanis members that they were an example of service.

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Guest speaker was Doctor Randy Perry, recently retired directing pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal. Perry pastored the Taylorville United Methodist Church from 1990 thru 1999.  He told Kiwanis members and guests, that people of faith are all on the same side in ministry, quoting Scripture.

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Numerous guests attended Tuesday's Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon, including 5 members of the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club, and 7 members of the Raymond-Harvel Kiwanis Club.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

Kincaid Board Votes to Let go of Chief of Police

The Kincaid Village Board of Trustees met Monday night and voted to let go of Police Chief Richard Adams. The Board had voted at a meeting in April to end the pay of Adams but kept him on administrative leave stating that he could not be released as of this time. Adams is facing charges of official misconduct for allegedly having city employees make repairs to his house on city time. 

Reps. Davis, Garcia Introduce Bipartisan Small Business

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Joe Garcia of Florida have introduced The Empowering Encore Entrepreneurs Act of 2014. The bipartisan bill is aimed at offering assistance to entrepreneurs over the age of 50.

This bill will piggy-back off the Small Business Association’s recent collaboration with the AARP that provides counseling and training to entrepreneurs over 50 who want to start or grow a business. Given the need to extend and expand these and other similar programs, Rep. Garcia and Rep. Davis hope this piece of legislation will allow these programs to continue to grow and help our middle-aged business owners.

Osteoporosis is Preventable

You've probably heard of osteoporosis, but you may not be aware of what it is.  Joyce Fikri, Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis District Dairy Council, says it's a common but preventable condition:

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Find out more at the Dairy Council's website: stldairycouncil.org.

Senior Life Program at TMH

A relatively new program is now available at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  Amy Graham is Director for the Senior Life Solutions Program:

Hawthorne Inn to Host Cookout

Hawthorne Inn in Shelbyville will be hosting a fundraiser cookout in just over a week. Kristy Gorden, Director of Marketing and Sales, tells Regional Radio News about the event:

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Again that cookout will be May 20th from 11-1 and the number to RSVP is 774-2111.

One Arrested on Alcohol/Drug Charges

While on patrol Thursday, a Pana Police Department officer saw a man walking through the intersection who then reportedly attempted to conceal an object from the officer’s view. The officer stopped to investigate and found the man, who was identified as 29-year-old Brad A. Ballinger, to be in possession of an open can of alcohol on public way. Ballinger was also reportedly found to be in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Ballinger was issued a city ordinance citation for possession of open liquor on public property. The information will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges pending Illinois State Police forensic analysis of items. 

Anderson dazzles in debut as D-backs take series from White Sox

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase  Anderson allowed just one run while 
striking  out six  in his major league debut and the Arizona Diamondbacks took 
the  rubber  match of  a three-game  set with  the Chicago White Sox, 5-1, on 

Anderson  (1-0) dazzled in his first career start, exiting with one out in the 
sixth  inning with  a 3-1  advantage.  He kept  his  pitch count  low and  had 
White  Sox hitters  for  the  most part  off-balance,  keeping them  scoreless 
through  five  before serving up  Moises Sierra's sixth-inning homer. Anderson 
was charged with a run on two hits in the triumph. 

"I've  always had a pretty good way of controlling my emotions my whole life," 
said  Anderson. "It's just  something I was born with. After I threw the first 
pitch  I said 'okay,  this is the same game' and it calmed me down right there 
and I just tried to attack the hitters. It was fun." 

Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero each stroked a two-run homer for the D-backs, 
winners in four of five to close out a nine-game road trip with a 6-3 mark. 

Arizona returns home to host the Nationals on Monday. 

Sierra's Solo  shot produced  the lone run  for the White Sox, who have lost 
three  of four  following four  consecutive wins.  Hector Noesi  (0-3) allowed 
three runs on eight hits to remain winless on the season. 

"He  gave us a chance," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Noesi. "He was 
around  the zone, he threw strikes, all that. It's too bad for him, he pitched 
a good game and nobody else showed up." 

Arizona  scored the  game's first run just  two batters in. Parra got the ball 
rolling  with a leadoff triple, and Martin Prado drove him in with a single to 
right.  Noesi  settled down after  the run,  striking out Paul Goldschmidt and 
inducing a double-play grounder to get out of the inning. 

Parra made it 3-0 in the fifth with his two-run homer to right. 

Sierra  put the Sox  on the board one inning later. Anderson then walked Tyler 
Flowers  and was removed  from the contest by manager Kirk Gibson, who went to 
Joe Thatcher to get out of the inning. 

Thatcher  pitched  around a Gordon Beckham  single to retire the side and hold 
the 3-1 lead. 

Evan  Marshall and  Brad Ziegler each tossed a 1-2-3 inning in relief, Montero 
padded  the  cushion with a two-run  homer in the  top of the ninth and Oliver 
Perez threw a scoreless home half to end it. 

                                   Game Notes 

Parra, Montero, Prado and A.J. Pollock all had two hits for Arizona ... The D- 
backs  hit just 1-for-10  with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base 
...  Chicago mustered  just  one at-bat  with a  runner  in scoring  position, 
finishing 0-for-1 ... The Solid White Sox head to Oakland on Monday for a three-game 
set with the Athletics. 

Harang, HRs help Braves complete sweep of Cubs

Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward both homered 
to  back  a solid start  from Aaron Harang, as  the Atlanta Braves completed a 
three-game  sweep of  the Chicago Cubs with  a 5-2 triumph on Sunday at Turner 

Harang (4-3) struck out nine and held the Cubs to two runs on six hits and two 
walks  over six innings. Anthony Varvaro, Ian Thomas and Alex Wood combined to 
keep  the  visitors off  the  board  over the  next  two  frames before  David 
Carpenter worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his second save of the season. 

Gattis  stroked  a solo  homer in  the fourth and  scored twice, while Heyward 
added  some insurance with  a two-run blast in the seventh for the Braves, who 
have won four of their last five games. 

Chicago  starter  Edwin Jackson (2-3)  allowed three runs  on six hits and two 
walks over six frames to absorb the loss. 

Nate Schierholtz smacked a two-run double for the Cubs, who have lost seven of 
their last eight games. 

"We  gotta  try to pick  each other up,"  Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney 
said,  referring to  the team's recent rough  patch. "We have one goal in mind 
and  that's to  get better and be a team  that is tough to beat day in and day 

The  Braves struck  first in  the bottom  of the  second, as  Gattis worked  a 
leadoff walk before Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit stroked consecutive singles, 
with the latter plating Gattis for a 1-0 lead. Andrelton Simmons then scorched 
a double off the base of the wall in left to score Johnson for a 2-0 margin. 

Schierholtz's  two-run double off the wall in right field scored Anthony Rizzo 
and Starlin Castro to tie the game in the fourth, but Gattis crushed the first 
pitch of the home half into the seats in left to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. 

"The  ball's not  traveling too well in  Atlanta but I thought I got it pretty 
good," Gattis said of his home run. 

Heyward  provided the Braves' bullpen with some breathing room in the seventh. 
Chicago  reliever  James Russell plunked Dan  Uggla to start the frame and two 
batters later, Heyward launched his third homer of the season over the wall in 
right to make it 5-2. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs  lost seven straight road  games against the Braves, with their last 
win in Atlanta coming on July 4, 2012 ... Chicago went 1-for-8 with runners in 
scoring  position and left eight men on base ... Atlanta improved to 13-0 this 
season when scoring first ... The sweep was Atlanta's third of the season. 

Rosenthal escapes jam as Cardinals edge Pirates

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:35pm.

Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Allen  Craig and Yadier Molina posted a 
pair of hits to go with an RBI and run scored and the St. Louis Cardinals hung 
on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5, in the finale of a three-game set. 

Trailing by two runs going into the ninth, Pittsburgh got a run back when Neil 
Walker hit a double and Andrew McCutchen singled to plate him and make it 6-5. 

The  Pirates  later loaded the bases  with none away, but Trevor Rosenthal got 
Ike Davis to pop out into foul territory and Jordy Mercer to roll into a 1-2-3 
double play to end the game and give Rosenthal his 10th save of the season. 

"That was beyond impressive what Trevor was able to do there at the end to get 
it  back together.  That's why he is  pitching at the end of games," Cardinal
manager Mike Matheny said of Rosenthal. 

Shelby  Miller (5-2)  allowed two runs on  four hits and four walks over 5 1/3 
innings for the Cardinals, who avoided being swept. 

Mercer  smacked  a two-run  homer and  a double for  Pittsburgh, which had its 
four-game  winning  streak snapped. Charlie Morton  (0-5) gave up four runs -- 
one earned -- on seven hits and one walk over six innings in defeat. 

The Cardinals raced out to a comfortable lead following a four-run first, but 
Pedro  Alvarez's two-out  RBI single  in  the seventh  trimmed the  Pittsburgh 
deficit to 4-3. 

St.  Louis answered  and  tacked on  a  pair  in the  eighth  to increase  its 
advantage to 6-3. 

Matt  Adams  and Jon Jay posted  one-out singles before Mark Ellis struck out. 
Peter  Bourjos then slapped a base hit into right to bring home Adams, and Jay 
scored on a Bryan Morris wild pitch. 

Davis singled and Mercer doubled to start the home half before Davis scored on 
Tony Sanchez's RBI groundout, which cut the margin to 6-4. 

Earlier,  Craig,  Molina and Ellis  tallied RBI  singles in the opening frame, 
with Adams' sacrifice fly accounting for the other run in the four-run inning. 
Mercer smacked a two-run shot into left in the fourth to trim the gap in half, 

"I  just tried  to get  back out  there  and put  up zeroes  after that  first 
inning," Morton said. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cardinals were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Pittsburgh 
finished 2-for-11 with RISP and left 11 men on base ... Mercer's homer was his 
first of the year. 

Blackhawks nip Wild, take 3-2 series advantage

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jonathan Toews registered the winning goal 
early  in the third period and Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots, as the Chicago 
Blackhawks  edged the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, in Game 5 of the Western Conference 
semifinals from United Center. 

Bryan  Bickell also scored and Patrick Sharp contributed a pair of assists for 
the Blackhawks,  who re-established the  series edge  after dropping two in a 
row in the Twin Cities. 

"The  whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Blackhawks head coach 
Joel  Quenneville  said. "I thought  we showed  more determination in the puck 
area tonight." 

Erik Haula picked up the lone tally for the Wild, who can stay alive in Game 6 
scheduled for Tuesday in St. Paul. Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves in defeat. 

"We had a pretty good start, first period, but then I thought we got soft in 
our game," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. 

Chicago  took  a 2-1  lead with  4:33 played  in the  third. Marian Hossa kept 
control  of the puck behind the Minnesota cage and drifted from the right side 
back  to the left before dishing into the circle for Sharp. His try to the net 
was furthered by Hossa, then Toews fended off a Wild checker at the right post 
and backhanded the rebound home. 

Crawford,  whose unsteadiness led  to a pair of Wild goals in Friday's loss in 
Game 4, backed up the tally by stopping all 14 Minnesota shots in the final 20 

Bryzgalov was called to the bench with 1:47 on the clock, and Crawford endured 
some close calls on crease rushes by the visitors before the buzzer. 

Haula  provided the only goal of the first period with 3:27 remaining. Skating 
through  the middle  of the  ice from  his own  zone, he  faked out  a Chicago 
defender  and  flipped a  shot towards  Crawford. The  puck rebounded into the 
slot,  where the  former Golden Gopher was  allowed to tap it into the air and 
over the goal line. 

The  hosts drew  even on a power  play near the midway point of regulation, as 
Patrick Kane's offering from the right circle changed direction off Bickell in 
front and bled by Bryzgalov. 

It  was the only shot which slipped by the Russian netminder during the second 
period,  but the Wild  ended up allowing a series-high 15 shots on goal to the 
Blackhawks in the middle frame. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  improved to  6-0 on home ice  in these playoffs ... Toews' tally gave 
the Blackhawks their first lead since the late stages of Game 2 ... Minnesota 
dressed defenseman Skip Prosser in place of Keith Ballard, who departed Game 4 
with  an upper-body  injury  after  being checked  from  behind by Blackhawk
forward  Brandon  Bollig. Bollig sat out  the first of his two-game suspension 
levied on Saturday. 

Taylorville Baseball Faces Argenta-Oreana Tonight

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team is at home tonight to face the Argenta-Oreana Bombers. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-12-14


On May 10 around 10:30pm, a Christian County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a single vehicle accident with unknown injuries at 1350 East 800 North. The deputy arrived on scene and saw the vehicle in the southeast ditch at the intersection of 1350 East and 800 North. The deputy spoke with the driver, a 16-year-old female from Taylorville, and the two passengers. One of the passengers stated she had a possible neck injury and was transported by ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The driver and front seat passenger refused treatment. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

On May 9, Paula I. Dilley, 49, of Assumption was at the stop sign at Old Route 51 and Illinois Street. Elvin W. Patrick, 70, of Assumption was turning left onto Illinois Street from Old Route 51. Patrick took the turn sharp and struck Dilley with the left front bumper. Dilley had damage to the left front bumper and also to her front left tire. Patrick did not have any damage that could be seen. Dilley was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

On May 8, a crash occurred on Dial Street near Central Avenue. Dial Street becomes a west bound only, one way street at Central Avenue. Alison D. Denning, 17, of Bulpitt was parked on Dial Street about 10 feet west of Central Avenue. Christina M. Peat, 25, of Kincaid was traveling west on Dial Street as Denning backed out into the roadway and struck Peat in the front passenger side. Denning said she did not see Peat as she started backing out. Peat stated she did not see Denning backing up until she hit her. No injuries were reported.


Joseph M. Besson, 28, of 850 North 900 East Road, Palmer, was arrested May 10 for driving while license is revoked or suspended.

Michael J. Hughes, 45, of 1220 West Market Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 10 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

James R. Flanagan, 47, of 1315 South Houston, Taylorville, was arrested May 9 for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended/revoked license.

John P. Brilley, 32, of 110 John, Pana, was arrested May 12 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery.


On May 10 at 3:26am, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to Cherokee Street near North School for a domestic dispute in progress. Officers located a large group of individuals yelling in the back yard of 500 East Cleveland Street. Upon investigation, Kody Page, 30, and Jaclyn Harris, 30, were arrested for fighting in public. Page and Harris were transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released with a notice to appear.

On May 9, 911 advised the Taylorville Police Department of a traffic crash in the 1000 block of East Park. One of the drivers, Tommy R. Smith, 37, of Girard was found to have a suspended license and was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department.

On May 9, Taylorville Police Department dispatched was contacted about a possible drunk driver heading north on Webster Street from Manners Park. Officers located the vehicle parked in the 100 block of Washington Street. During the course of the stop, Tanner J. Ginest, 19, of Taylorville was placed under arrest for illegal consumption of alcohol. Ginest was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.


On May 9, Tommy R. Smith, 37, of Girard and Stephanie E. Hunter, 32, of Assumption were both traveling west on East Park Street near the 1000 block. Hunter was stopped/slowed in traffic. Smith said he took his eyes off the road briefly and when he looked back at the road, he was not able to stop before striking Hunter. Smith struck Hunter in the rear area of the vehicle.

Fire Department Calls 5-12-14


May 10
2 EMS, 2 Public Assist, 1 Stuck Elevator

May 11
3 EMS, 1 Tree Fire

May 12

Taylorville May Students of the Month


Left to Right: Judy Prasun of Peoples Bank and Trust, Senior Aundrea South, Junior John Wyatt Bollinger, Sophomore Ben Robinson, Freshman Erica Leigh, Sarah Van Huss of Peoples Bank and Trust.

Cut Cable Causes Service Outage for NewWave

NewWave customers experienced a service outage yesterday. A NewWave representative said they had a fiber-optic cable cut thus causing the outage. The outage affected TV, phone, amd internet services in dozens of cities. Services were restored Monday evening.  

LLCC Taylorville Advisory Committee Meets, Names New Chairman

The Lincoln Land Community College Taylorville Advisory Committee met for their quarterly session on Monday afternoon at the college's Taylorville campus.

Jim Hahn, vice chairman of the group, was named chairperson of the committee, succeeding Mark LeVault.


In remarks to the committee, L-L-C-C Taylorville executive director Scott Stallman told members that the Taylorville campus enrollment numbers have been flat versus last year, with a 5 to 6 percent drop this semester.  Stallman attributed that to fewer students graduating from high school, as well as at-risk students dropping out.  Stallman added that the college is making attempts to retain existing students and especially to assist those at-risk of dropping out.

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Lincoln Land College president Doctor Charlotte Warren told the Taylorville Advisory Committee Monday, that the original college building will have extensive renovations start at the end of May, and will take about a year.  She added once the renovations are complete, the existing structure will look just like their new building which is directly south of the existing building.

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Lincoln Land Director of Development Karen Sanders told the Taylorville Committee that some 845-thousand dollars has been raised in the college's “Growing Beyond” endowment fund raising efforts toward its 2-point-5 million dollar goal.

Taylorville Baseball Score

As heard on groovy 93.5, Taylorville fell to Argenta-Oreana with a score of 9-8.

Taylorville School Board Hears Several Good News Items

The Taylorville School Board met Monday night and heard good news about the High School Band. Band director Chris Gunn read the letter he received to the Board:

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The Board had no objections to Gunn sending in the application.


The Taylorville School Board heard more positive news at their Monday meeting in regards to the 175th Anniversary Map that was designed by Taylorville High School Art Students Mathen Campbell and Camille Beyers. Carol Alexander, author of The Big Squeal which the map was designed for, tells the Board about the honor:

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The commemorative mugs and postcards can be purchased at PS Printing or Cottage Rose. A portion of the proceeds go to the Arts Department.


The Taylorville School Board received the news that the Taylorville High School Paper “The Zephyr” was named the 2013 Illinois Journalism Education Association Division 1 Best Overall Newspaper. High School Students Elizabeth Patrick, Luke Molen, Rhett Warner, Becky Nelson, Hope Johnson, Mathen Campbell, Thorin Roberts, and Kaitlyn Bahl all received individual recognition from the IJEA in various categories. The Taylorville High School Student Council was also recognized with the “Shine Through Your Leadership” award at the 80th Annual Illinois Association of Student Councils State Convention. The Board also approved to keep the registration and meal prices the same as last year.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm.

Taylorvilled Tornadoes take baseball double-header vs Lanphier Saturday (5/10/14).

The Taylorville Tornadoes Freshmen Boys defeated Lanphier of Springfield in both games of a baseball double-header Saturday. The Lions scored only a single run in either game as they took the loss by a final of 11-1 in both game 1 and 2. Tornadoes pitcher, Lawrence Curtin, was named the "Doug McKinnie/Country Financial" Player-of-the-Game in the first contest. Mike Nelson got the nod for Player-of-the-Game in the second game as heard during the broadcast on Newstalk 97.3, WTIM.

Central Illinois Honor Flight Hub Closing

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF), headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, announces that they will be assisting in the closing of the Central Illinois Honor Flight (CIHF) hub of Effingham by accepting the remaining applications of Veterans on the CIHF roll.  LLHF’s President Joan Bortolon and past chairman & co-founder Ray Wiedle have been working closely with Don Niehart, the president of CIHF, to make this happen quickly and efficiently.   

LLHF has announced that their April 29th and June 10th flights are filled and all Veterans have been notified.  Additional flights are scheduled for September 16th and October 28th, however, with these new additions of waiting Veterans, another flight may be added in September or October.  The LLHF Executive Board will be meeting soon to discuss the new developments.

For more information on Land of Lincoln Honor Flight’s mission or to obtain an application for a Veteran or Guardian, please visit the web site at www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org.


Shelbyville Rotary Hears About Farm Blog

At the weekly Shelbyville Rotary Club meeting, the Rotary treasury reports that they have funds to sponsor a new project. A suggestion was made by President Ted Bogart that rather then giving the money away, perhaps considering some type of physical project with Rotary signage, so the community can see a physical project that Rotary has built, and contributed to the community.

Jerry Yockey was the program chairman. His guest is Marla Eversole. Marla's topic today is about her blog "JustMaketheCoffee." Her blog tells about recipes, the assorted critters, and her husband, "Pig-Farmer." Marla's blog allows people to get a sense of what it is like to live on the farm.

Executive Director, Steve Malega, from the Shelby County Health Department, will be the "keynoter" at the next meeting. He will speak about the West Nile virus. 

National Nursing Home Week is This Week

The National Nursing Home Week is this week. Marie Becker with Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Taylorville tells Regional Radio News what they have planned for their residents:

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National Nursing Home Week runs from May 11-17. Meadow Manor is located at 800 McAdam Drive, Taylorville.

Morrisonville Resident Named LLCC of 2014 Pearson Master Teacher


Bill Harmon.

Lincoln Land Community College honored recipients of the 2014 Pearson Master Teacher, Distinguished Service and NISOD Excellence Awards at the 20th annual Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony on Wednesday.   

Bill Harmon of Morrisonville, professor of agronomy, was named the 2014 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher. The award is presented annually to an outstanding full-time LLCC faculty member who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner.

Harmon has taught for 17 years at LLCC including classes in soils, crops, mechanics and marketing. He also serves as an academic advisor to more than 60 ag students each semester, and advises members of the Agriculture Club, the largest student club on campus.

Also, Michelle Coakes, professor of art, of Taylorville, and Dee Krueger, assistant director, LLCC-Taylorville, of Taylorville, were recognized as this year’s LLCC recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards. 

Pana Community Hospital Celebrates 100 Years


People gather for the 100-year celebration of PCH

The Pana Community Hospital held its 100-Year Anniversary Celebration Saturday afternoon. John Metzger dressed up and played the part of Dr. John Huber, who left the money in his will to build the hospital, and tells the crowd about Huber’s time in Pana:

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President and CEO of PCH Trina Casner tells about future projects for the hospital:

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Pana Community Hospital is located at 101 East 9th Street.

Listen to the full 100-year-celebration program here: 

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Chairman of the Board Joyce Morgan welcomes people to the program


President and CEO Trina Casner introduces the guest speakers


John Metzger playing the part of Dr. John Huber

Pana Community Hospital Celebrates its? 100th Anniversary!


Pana Community Hospital will be holding its 100th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday on the front lawn of the hospital.  Gathering and refreshments begin at 1:00 pm with the program starting at 1:30 pm.  Immediately following the program, optional tours of the facilities will be available.  The Pana High School band will also perform. 

In 1914, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jacob Huber, a “modern institution with a quiet charm” was established.  Today, Pana Community Hospital continues to provide critical healthcare services from that same 1914 location to the residents of Pana and the surrounding communities.  Pana Community Hospital’s Board of Directors, physicians and staff are dedicated to maintaining the modern institution so that it can provide access to care, quality services and wellness initiatives for the next 100 years.  

Taylorville Chamber's Annual Golf Outing Next Month

The annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is coming up next month. CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle tells Regional Radio about the event:

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For more information, call the Chamber at 824-4919.

Tail Command Offers Boot Camp Training

If you have a busy schedule and you are struggling to find the time to train your dog, Tail Command in Taylorville can help you out. Owner Ian Wilson tells Regional Radio News about their Boot Camp training program:

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For more information, call 824-TAIL, that's 824-8245.

Senior Center Preps Variety Show

It's almost time again for the Christian County Senior Center's annual Variety Show.  Senior Center Director Gerry Mahr says the final preparations are being made:

Pana Resident Sent to Hospital after Motorcycle Crash

A Pana resident was sent to the hospital following a motorcycle crash. On Tuesday around 5:39pm, 57-year-old Randolph L. Burrus of Pana was traveling west on Birch Street. As Burrus approached the intersection of Pine Street, he reportedly lost control of the motorcycle in the gravel and fell over. Burrus was transported to the Pana Community Hospital with serious injuries. 

Local School Superintendents Back School Funding Proposal

Downstate school superintendents say a new education funding plan making the rounds in Springfield would help them in a big way.  Pana's Dr. David Lett says it'll give them an extra one-point-seven-million dollars to work with next year. 

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Taylorville's Gregg Fuerstanau says Illinois has the worst school funding in the nation.  In fact, thanks to state budget constraints, his district has lost more than two-million-dollars over the past several years.  

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The new funding formula aims to distribute money more equally across the state.  The money will be divvied up based on the needs that each district has.  Schools in richer areas of the state will take a hit when it comes to getting money from the state, but those in poorer districts will get a boost.  Supporters say it'll relieve some of the pressure off of school budgets and keep them from making further cuts to their staff and extra-curricular programs.  

Offense awakes as Cubs rout White Sox

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mike Olt's first career grand slam was one 
of  three home  runs hit by the  Chicago Cubs as they avoided getting swept in 
the  Windy  City showdown  with a 12-5  victory over the  Chicago White Sox on 

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each clubbed two-run homers for the Cubs, who 
snapped  a four-game losing streak with a 15-hit attack. They had been held to 
four  hits  in each of  the first three  games of this four-game home-and-home 

Rizzo  finished  3-for-5 with  a walk  and scored three  runs, while Olt, Ryan 
Kalish, Nate Schierholtz and Junior Lake all had two hits. 

Cubs  starter  Jake Arrieta labored  in his  second outing after beginning the 
season  on  the disabled list,  allowing four runs --  three earned -- on nine 
hits  in four  innings. 

"I'm  still not happy with it and I won't be until I get out there the next go 
round,"  Arrieta  said.  "Just  need  to  make  some  adjustments.  Be  better 
commanding the ball down in the zone." 

Relievers  Brian Schlitter  (2-0),  Zac Rosscup,  Neil  Ramirez, Justin  Grimm 
and  Wesley Wright  combined to limit the White  Sox to a run and four hits in 
the final five frames. 

Alexei  Ramirez collected  four hits and Tyler Flowers knocked in two runs for 
the White Sox, who had their season-high winning streak come to an end at four 

Scott  Carroll (1-2) struggled for the White Sox as he was tagged for six runs 
and  11 hits  in four-plus innings. He  had allowed just one earned run in his 
first two career starts. 

The Cubs  erased a 2-0 deficit  with a four-run  third. Kalish led off with a 
triple and scored on Luis Valbuena's single up the middle. Rizzo followed with 
a  smash  over the center-field  wall, and  Lake later forced  in a run with a 
bases-loaded walk. 

Castro  made it  6-2 with a drive  to left-center field in the fourth, but the 
White  Sox trimmed their deficit in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by 
Flowers and Conor Gillaspie. 

The Cubs pulled away  later in the game as Olt's homer highlighted a five-run 

"It just seemed like  every inning  they had  a lot  of guys  on and they were 
knocking them in. They were swinging the bats tonight," said White Sox manager 
Robin Ventura. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs' 12 runs were a season high, and they tied a season high for hits in 
a  game  ... The Cubs have  never gone winless  in a season series against the 
White  Sox ...  Castro has reached base  safely in all 12 games played at U.S. 
Cellular  Field ... Every play in the Cubs lineup had at least one hit ... The 
White  Sox  bullpen had its  scoreless streak ended at  23 2/3 innings ... The 
Cubs  were 5-for-20  with runners  in scoring  position, while  the White  Sox 
finished 5-for-12 ... The game lasted 4 hours and 7 minutes. 

Rams Take Linemen In First Round

(New York, NY)  --  The Rams stayed put at number two and 13 in the first round of the NFL Draft.  St. Louis took Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson second overall and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at 13.  Rounds Two and Three are tonight, and Rounds Four through Seven are tomorrow.  The Rams have 10 more picks. 

Bears Take CB Fuller At 14

(New York, NY)  --  The Chicago Bears stayed put at 14 in the first round of the NFL Draft.  They took cornerback Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech.  Rounds Two and Three are tonight with the final four rounds tomorrow.  Chicago has six more picks. 

Cards At Pirates Tonight

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Pirates game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:30pm.

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals are back in action tonight to start a three-game series at the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Michael Wacha [[ WAH-kuh ]] toes the rubber for Game One against Francisco Liriano.  The Cards have won three of four overall to get to 18-and-17.  The Pirates have won two in-a-row and are 14-and-20. 

Taylorville Baseball at Home Against Pana

Weather pending, the Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team is at home today to face Pana. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning at 4:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-9-14


Bennie L. Beck, 28, of 103 West Third, Pana, was arrested May 8 on a bond forfeiture for possession of cannabis.

Leota F. Trull, 57, of 2634 Poplar Street, Springfield, was arrested May 7 on a bond forfeiture for forgery.

Penelope J. Gomez, 25, of 1220 South Livingston, Springfield, was arrested May 7 on a warrant for chemically manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Destiney R. Kee, 18, was arrested May 8 for home invasion/violence against person, resisting a peace officer, and consumption of alcohol by a minor.


On May 5, Shelby K. Herman, 22, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on 2100 East Road. At 1750 North, a deer entered Herman's path of travel from the east side of the road. Herman then struck the deer. No injuries reported.


Whit's End Gearing up for Mother's Day

There's a relatively new restaurant in town.  Whit's End has been open in Taylorville for about 2 months now.  Tim Calvert of Whit's End says they are gearing up for Mother's Day:

Miller Media Group Closes On Purchase of WINU AM 870

 width=(Taylorville)--The Miller Media Group today closed on the purchase of WINU AM 870 radio.  The station has been operating during daytime hours from a tower site east of Assumption, with programming from its former owner, New Life Evangelistic Center of St. Louis.

The station is being taken off the air immediately for work on the equipment at the Assumption tower site.

The Miller Media Group will provide details on what will be airing on AM 870, in the coming weeks.

The company owns and operates 5 stations serving the Taylorville, Pana, and Shelbyville markets, as well as 2 stations in Clinton.

Rep. Davis Honors Girard Family

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville recently honored the Cherry family from Girard after they retired from Cherry's IGA. Davis says the business has been family-operated for more than 100 years:

Springfield Resident Dies After 1-Car Crash

A Springfield resident died shortly after a one vehicle crash on Tuesday. Around 1:20pm, 59-year-old Shanon L. Kosmider of Springfield was traveling northbound on I-55 just north of the Stevenson Ave exit 94.  Kosmider was traveling in the left lane when she crossed the right lane and continued passed the right shoulder.  Kosmider went off the roadway right and down into the ditch embankment striking a tree before coming to rest. Kosmider was transported from the scene by ambulance to the Memorial Medical Center for serious injuries. The Dodge van was towed from the scene. Kosmider was pronounced dead at 5:10pm Tuesday evening in the hospital’s emergency room. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Owaneco Native Completes Navy Basic Training

Navy Fireman Apprentice Jennifer M. Yucaneer (You-ka-near), daughter of Jeffrey P. and Christine A. Yucaneer and sister of Liz and Ali Yucaneer of Owaneco, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.

During the eight-week program, Yucaneer completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

Yucaneer is a 2012 graduate of Taylorville High School

Arts Council & Davis Memorial to Host Chuck Hansen Art Exhibit


An example of Hansen's work

The Taylorville Arts Council and Davis Memorial Christian Church are sponsoring a Chuck Hansen Art Exhibit this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00pm and Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Hansen’s art will be displayed in the Davis Memorial Christian Church fellowship hall. The church is located at 1500 West Franklin. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.

Hansen moved to Taylorville in 1993 to take a job as defensive coordinator for the Taylorville Tornadoes football team. Hansen’s art ranges from the abstract to realistic to impressionistic. Hansen most recently had an exhibit at St. Benedictine University in Springfield.

If you have any questions, call Bill Kerns at 824-8181.

Rep. Davis to Host Human Trafficking Summit in Champaign

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville will be hosting a summit on human trafficking from 10:00am – 11:30am on Thursday, May 15, at Parkland College, Room D244, in Champaign.

The Human Trafficking Summit will help to shine a light on human trafficking in this area and the rest of the state. It will feature a panel with four guest speakers to lead the discussion on the issue and participate in a conversation about working together to expose and end human trafficking.

The guest speakers include Chris Baker, Founder of INK 180; Aubrey Lloyd, Co-Founder of Uncaged Ministries, Clinical Consultant for Sarah’s Home and a human trafficking survivor; Carolyn Klaus, formed and chaired the Kankakee-Iroquois Human Trafficking Task Force; and Dr. Erin Heil, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Henry: Dividends Don't tell the Whole Story

Many investors look at dividends as the mark of a profitable investment.  But appearances can be deceptive.  Investment Professional Steve Henry of CSH Investment Management in Taylorville says you should crunch the numbers:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Coming Up

Your chance to get rid of unwanted paint, insecticides, old gasoline and other dangerous waste products is coming up.  The Christian County Solid Waste Management Department along with the Illinois EPA are co-sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection May 17th.  Debbie Levault of Solid Waste Management says oil based paints and thinners will be accepted, but latex paint will not:

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For more information about what will and will not be accepted, contact the Solid Waste Management Department at 287-2334.  Again, the event takes place Saturday May 17th from 8am till 3pm at the Christian County Fairgrounds.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-8-14


On May 4, a 15-year-old male from Taylorville was traveling northbound on 1400 East Road approaching 1100 North Road. Christopher M. Rogers, 26, of Taylorville was traveling westbound on 1100 North Road approaching 1400 East Road. The 15-year-old made it into the intersection and began proceeding through it when Rogers struck him in the right bed side near the bumper. Rogers stated that he did not see the 15-year-old and was unable to avoid striking him.


Eric B. Davis, 27, of Lot 3 Trailer Court, Blue Mound, was arrested May 7 on a bond forfeiture for failure to appear.


On May 7 at 9:01am, a Taylorville Police Department officer went to #25 Gas Light Motel in an attempt to locate Eric D. Davis, 27, of Blue Mound. The officer knew Davis had a valid warrant for his arrest. The officer along with a Christian County Sheriff's deputy located Davis. The warrant was confirmed through the Taylorville Police Department Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Davis was arrested and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.



Lake Land College Human Services Club Donates to HOPE


Pictured here are, from left are: Helen Hendren club advisor; Mechelle Dodd, Marshall; Tina Lee, vice president, Mattoon; Heather Robinson, Effingham; Kristen Slifer, secretary, Effingham; Camille Gordon, children’s program director at HOPE; Becca Johnson, Shelbyville; Shay Lawrence, Windsor; and Betsy Bogle, Brocton.

The Lake Land College Human Services Club recently donated children’s school supplies and cleaning supplies to HOPE of East Central Illinois. The donation was made possible by fundraisers held throughout the school year.


HOPE of East Central Illinois is an organization that provides housing, outreach, prevention and education for victims of domestic violence and the public in general.


The Human Services Club provides students an opportunity to get involved in fund-raising and direct service activities for area agencies and groups who help others. Each semester the club members decide on the activities that they want to do as well as the agencies they will donate to. The Human Service Club is all about helping people and all students are welcome to join.

Stonington Farmer has Field Damaged

A Stonington farmer had a field vandalized this past weekend. On Sunday, Robert Carls of Stonington called the Christian County Sheriff's Office about damage to his cornfield. After speaking with Carls, a deputy traveled to the field located around 2400 North 1400 East Road in Blue Mound. Once on scene, the deputy saw where a vehicle had entered the field from west to east and damaged about 1 acre of 2" standing corn. The deputy reported that the tire tracks appear to be from a pickup truck or SUV with Bridgestone Dueler tires. There are no suspects at this time.

Hewittville Resident Robbed over Weekend

A Hewittville resident had a stainless steel still stolen this past weekend. On Sunday, Benjamin Smith called the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to a theft. A deputy met with Smith at his residence at 1011 West South Street in Hewittville. Smith stated he had a stainless steel still located on the north side of his garage which is just a few feet away from the alley. Sometime between the evening hours of April 30th and May 1st, unknown subject(s) removed the still from Smith's property. Smith stated the still was all stainless steel and valued at approximately $3,000.

Free Meals to be Served to Children in Taylorville

For a third consecutive year, Illinois Coalition for Community Services is partnering with the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville to offer free meals for children in the area this summer. Children up to and including age 18 are invited to eat. No reservations are needed and there are no income restrictions. Persons over the age of 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled are also eligible to eat.


In Taylorville, children can eat at the First United Methodist Church on 200 South Walnut Street or a second west-end location at Davis Memorial Christian Church on 1500 West Franklin Street. Starting June 3rd and running through August 14th, lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Community Organizer Mike Crews at (217) 414-2598.

Extension Sponsors 4-H Job Shadowing

The Local Extension Office is once again sponsoring a job shadowing program for 4-H youth.  Community and Economic Development Educator Chris Casey tells Regional Radio it will be a little different this year:

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-7-14



Deric D. Brown, 27, of 48 Fairview Court, Taylorville, was arrested May 6 on a bond forfeiture for speeding.




On May 2 at 5:37pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to the 300 black of North Webster for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Michael J. Fliegle, 58, of Taylorville who said he was traveling north on Webster street. Fliegle said he had his right turn signal on and was turning right into the Discount Tobacco Shop parking lot. Fliegle said as he was turning right, he was passed by Jaimie C. Painter, 32, of Taylorville on the right side. His passenger mirror made contact with Painter's vehicle. The officer then spoke with Painter who said that Fliegle moved over to the left and she started to pass him on the right. Painter said that Fliegle then turned into her path making contact. Passenger Gwenndolyn Fliegle, 68, of Taylorville, reported injuries that were not physically evident but denied medical attention. No other injuries reported.


On May 6 at 7:03pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Deric D. Brown, 27, of Taylorville in the 900 block of Franklin East. The officer knew Brown to have a Macoupin County failure to appear warrant. Dispatch verified the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. Brown was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center. 

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No Injuries in Emergency Landing at Taylorville Airport

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White Sox rally late to top rival Cubs

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Gordon  Beckham's  eight-inning home  run 
was  the  difference on  Tuesday,  as  the Chicago  White  Sox  took down  the 
crosstown-rival Cubs 5-1 at Wrigley Field. 

Beckham  went 4-for-5  at the dish with  two runs scored in the third straight 
White  Sox victory.  His solo shot to  left off Neil Ramirez (0-1) broke a 1-1 
tie, and the visitors tacked on three more runs in the ninth to pull away. 

"I  got a better  feel today," said Beckham. "It was bound to happen. I wasn't 
panicked, I've kind of been here before. I had a good game, happy to do it." 

Moises  Sierra, who was a late addition to the starting lineup after Adam Dunn 
was  scratched with  a bruised right calf, finished 4-for-4 while Jordan Danks 
drove  in  a pair  for the  Sox. Alexei Ramirez  and Tyler  Flowers had an RBI 

Hector  Noesi went five  innings for the visitors, allowing a run on four hits 
with six strikeouts. Zach Putnam (1-0) was perfect in two innings of relief to 
earn the win. 

Edwin  Jackson started for  the Cubs and went seven innings, allowing a run on 
six hits with a season-high nine strikeouts. 

"I  was able  to come out today  and make pitches when I needed to, especially 
with  men  on  base,"  Jackson  said. "Making  pitches  with  men  in  scoring 
position is the difference between giving up runs and not giving up runs." 

Leading  2-1,  Ramirez started  the top  of the  ninth with  a walk and Sierra 
reached  base  on an infield single  to third. Flowers plated Ramirez with his 
double  to left  and after Marcus Semien went down swinging, Danks cleared the 
bases with his double to the ivy in center. 

Cubs' reliever Pedro Strop was charged with three runs on three hits over just 
1/3 of an inning in the ninth before leaving with an apparent injury. 

Earlier,  Beckham came  around to  score the  game's first  run in  the fourth 
inning.  The Cubs got  the run  back in  the fifth  on Emilio Bonifacio's RBI 
single to right. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  two teams are  back at it on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field to play the 
final two games of this four-game set ... The Cubs have dropped three in a row 
on  the heels of their season-high three-game winning streak ... The White Sox 
outhit the Cubs, 11-4. 

Bryzgalov, Wild shut down Blackhawks

St.  Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first 
playoff  shutout  in eight  years and  the Minnesota Wild  used a strong third 
period  to take a  4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 3 of 
their Western Conference semifinal series. 

In  a  2-0 hole after  dropping the first two  games in Chicago, Minnesota was 
able  to get  in  the win  column  thanks to  third-period  goals from  Mikael 
Granlund -- who scored twice -- Zach Parise and Erik Haula. 

"Happy  to get  the win and happy for  a lot of our guys," said Minnesota head 
coach  Mike Yeo.  "Whether it's Bryz, whether  it's our big guys, they all did 
well  tonight and it's  good to see. Now we need to build on this and even the 

The Wild can even the best-of-seven series Friday night when they host Game 4. 

Corey Crawford gave up three goals on 17 shots for the Blackhawks, who had won 
six straight games. 

"I  didn't mind our first 40 minutes, but when they got that goal to start the 
third it got the crowd electrified," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. 
"We  played the right way but they're as tight a defensive team as we're going 
to play here. Chances are going to be low and we have to work with that." 

The  game was  scoreless going into the  third, but the Wild struck quickly to 
take a 1-0 lead. 

Matt  Moulson took a  pass in the neutral zone along the right side and tipped 
it  up  for Justin  Fontaine, who  skated to the  top of  the right circle and 
flipped the puck to the low left side, with Haula tapping it in for his second 
of the playoffs at 1:41. 

Holding their first lead of the series, Minnesota made it a 2-0 game less than 
three  minutes later when Jason Pominville sent the puck from the right circle 
to  the left for  Granlund, who shifted to the backhand in the slot and put it 

Bryzgalov, who only had to make four saves in the third for his fourth playoff 
shutout,  kept Chicago out of the net with just over six minutes to play as he 
turned aside a Jonathan Toews shot down low shortly after he stole the puck. 

Johnny  Oduya  took an ill-advised hooking  penalty with 3:34 to play, and the 
Wild  made  the Blackhawks pay  as Parise deflected a  Ryan Suter shot off the 
left  post, and  quickly stuffed home the  puck for his fourth of the playoffs 
with 2:35 to play. 

Granlund scored into the open net with 1:17 left to seal the victory. 

"It was a tough game because we're playing a really good team," said Granlund. 
"After the first goal things seemed to open up a bit. It's a new series again. 
We'll enjoy this and come back ready for Friday." 

Shots  were limited  for both teams through the first two periods, as Crawford 
had  to turn  aside 10, while Bryzgalov made  15 to keep the two teams off the 

                                   Game Notes 

Minnesota  was 1-for-4  on  the power  play, while  Chicago  went 0-for-2  ... 
Bryzgalov's  last  playoff shutout came  May 7, 2006, in  a 3-0 win by Anaheim 
over  Colorado in  the Western  Conference  semifinals --  his third  straight 
shutout  in that  series... The  only other  postseason meeting  between these 
clubs  was  in the 2013 quarterfinals,  which the Blackhawks won in five games 
... The Wild won three of the five games against the Blackhawks in the regular 

Braves eke by Cardinals to stop skid

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.

Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Chris  Johnson hit  an RBI  single in  the 
eighth  inning  to help  the Atlanta  Braves to a  2-1 win  over the St. Louis 
Cardinals in the second of a three-game set from Turner Field. 

Justin  Upton  hit a  solo home run  for the Braves,  who snapped a seven-game 
losing streak. 

Gavin Floyd pitched seven innings in the start and gave up one run on six hits 
with  two  walks and  five strikeouts.  David Carpenter (2-0)  got the win for 
tossing a perfect eighth inning. 

Matt Holliday drove in the lone run of the game for the Cardinals, who had won 
their previous two coming in. 

Tyler  Lyons gave up a run on four hits and struck out seven while walking one 
in six innings of action. 

With  the score tied in the eighth inning, the Braves plated a run to take the 

With  Randy Choate  (0-1) on  the mound,  Upton punched  a one-out  single and 
Freddie  Freeman  followed with  a single  to chase Choate  from the mound and 
bring in Pat Neshek. 

Johnson  greeted Neshek  with a  single to  right for  a 2-1  lead, and  Craig 
Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down his ninth save of the season. 

Lyons  retired the first  10 batters he faced, but Upton broke that string and 
got  his team  on the board with a  one-out home run in the fourth to give the 
Braves a 1-0 lead. 

St.  Louis had runners  on base in each of the first four innings, and finally 
pushed one across in the sixth. 

Matt  Carpenter drew a walk to start the inning and Yadier Molina moved him up 
a  base  with a  groundout. Holliday then  punched a single  to right to score 
Carpenter and tie the game. 

                                   Game Notes 

It  was  the longest  losing streak  for Atlanta since  the team dropped eight 
straight from May 21-28, 2012 ... St. Louis pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts to 
just  one walk ...  Adam Wainwright takes the mound in the finale on Wednesday 
for St. Louis, while Mike Minor will pitch for Atlanta. 

Taylorville Baseball Faces Glenwood

The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team is at home today to take on the Glenwood Titans. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 at 4:15pm.

Glenwood overTornadoes in boys baseball (5.7.14).

In boys' baseball from Wednesday, the Taylorville Tornadoes fell to the Glenwood Titans by a final score of 14-5. Tornado 3rd Baseman Tyler Roth was awarded the "Doug McKinnie-Country Financial" Player-of-the-Game as announced during the post-game show heard on Groovy 93.5.

TPD Arrests Two on Alcohol Related Charges

Two Taylorville residents were arrested for alcohol related charges on Friday. Around 10:06pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on West Spresser Street. The male driver, 18-year-old Joel F. Ashburn of Taylorville was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. Upon further investigation, 21-year-old Zachary W. Mills of Taylorville was arrested for purchasing or providing alcohol to a minor.

LLCC commencement activities planned for May 16

Lincoln Land Community College will conduct commencement exercises on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Andrew Dewey of Springfield has been selected as this year’s commencement speaker. Dewey is graduating with an associate in arts in liberal arts with a 4.0 GPA. Dewey is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Veterans Club. He plans to transfer to University of Illinois at Springfield to study psychology.

Clark Johnson of Farmersville and Mary Flesch of Springfield are serving as marshals at commencement. Johnson is graduating with an associate in arts in political science with a 4.0 GPA. Flesch is graduating with an associate in arts degree in liberal arts with a 3.88 GPA.

Karla Carwile of Chicago (Sacred Heart Academy graduate) will be recognized with the 2014 LLCC Honored Alumni Award. Carwile earned her associate in science degree from LLCC in 1993.

Following the commencement ceremony, the LLCC Alumni Association is hosting a reception for graduates, their families and guests.

Lake Land College to Host Nationally Acclaimed Summer Program

Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative thinking, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention, is coming to Lake Land College the week of July 28 - 31.

The weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades 1-6 encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving using science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere.

Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014 called “Morphed!” includes hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine.

For additional information or to register, visit www.campinvention.org, or contact camp director Leslie Partlow at lpartlow@lakeland.cc.il.us or 217-234-5467. 

Teachers May be Eligible for Social Security

Despite conventional wisdom, many teachers are eligible to receive Social Security benefits.  Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security says the guidelines are complicated:

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Find out more online at socialsecurity.gov.

Republican Party Accuse Ann Callis Of Plagiarism

A candidate for Congress is facing accusations of plagiarism.  Democrat Ann Callis is running in the 13th Congressional District against incumbent Rodney Davis, but Republicans say she's not being quite honest when it comes to the issues.  In fact, they say much of the text on the "Issues" page on her website is identical to that of an Iowa politician.  GOP members accuse Callis' team of swiping the information and pasting it onto their own site.  Callis denies that claim and says they had their site up well before the Iowa politician.  Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan said the Iowa website was created at least two weeks before Callis's was. 

MMG Named Crime Stoppers? Media Organization of the Year


MMG General Manager Kami Payne (left) accepts the award from Sgt. Alan Mills (right)

The Miller Media Group has been named the Illinois State Crime Stoppers’ 2014 Media Organization of the Year. The award is given to a media outlet for exemplary activity which exhibits motivation and professionalism in the promotion of the Crime Stoppers’ concept in Illinois. Miller Media Group airs a weekly Christian County Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM, Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, and Groovy 93.5 as well as posting it on taylorvilledailynews.com. Christian County Crime Stoppers Coordinator Sergeant Alan Mills nominated the group for the award.


The award presented to MMG

White Sox outlast Cubs in 12 innings

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Semien  drove in the winning run in 
the  12th inning  to help the Chicago White  Sox to a 3-1 win over the Chicago 
Cubs in the opener of a four-game set. 

Alejandro  De Aza had an RBI and a run scored while Jose Abreu also had an RBI 
for the White Sox, who have won two in a row on the heels of a four-game skid. 

Daniel  Webb (3-0) got  the final out of the 11th inning to get the win, while 
Jose  Quintana pitched seven  innings in the start and gave up just one run on 
one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. 

Junior  Lake  drove in the  only run of  the game for  the Cubs, who have lost 
their last two. Jeff Samardzija gave up an unearned run on three hits with two 
walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings. 

"You  want to pitch late in the game but this whole 100-pitch thing has become 
a  facade," said  Samardzija. "It doesn't necessarily mean anything because it 
depends  on the guy  and the situation. They've let me go late in the game and 
it's good because I want that." 

In the 12th with Justin Grimm (1-1) on the mound, Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out 
single and stole second. Tyler Flowers then walked and Semien punched a double 
to left to score Ramirez. De Aza later worked a bases loaded walk to make it a 
3-1 game. 

"I was just trying to get a pitch up, they had been attacking me with breaking 
balls  that  at-bat," said  Semien.  "I  wanted one  a  little  higher up  and 
eventually I saw one." 

Matt  Lindstrom gave up a leadoff walk to Welington Castillo to start the home 
12th,  but then  got Nate  Schierholtz to  hit into  a double  play. Mike  Olt 
followed  with a  single, but Lindstrom struck out Luis Valbuena for his fifth 
save of the season. 

The White Sox jumped on top in the first inning as De Aza singled to start the 
frame,  moved to third on an Olt error off a Gordon Beckham grounder, and came 
home thanks to Abreu's sac fly. 

Quintana  retired  the first  14 batters he  faced before giving  up a walk to 
Schierholtz  with two  outs in  the fifth.  Schierholtz stole  second and  Olt 
worked a walk, but Darwin Barney grounded out to end the frame. 

The Cubs got  their first hit of the  game in the sixth as Samardzija led off 
with  a  double and moved  to third on Emilio  Bonifacio's sac bunt. Lake then 
brought home Samardzija with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base 
...  The White Sox were 1-for-8 with RISP and stranded eight ... The Cubs took 
all four games against the White Sox last season. 

Cardinals send slumping Braves to 7th straight loss

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.

Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Matt  Carpenter hit  a two-run  double and 
Shelby  Miller pitched  five-plus innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals hang 
on for a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves to open a three-game set. 

Miller  (4-2)  was touched for two  runs on six hits  with a pair of walks and 
five  strikeouts for the Cardinals, who have won their past two. Matt Holliday 
and Peter Bourjos each drove in a run. 

"Any  time you win a  couple of games in a row, you feel like you can start to 
get  on a  roll," said Carpenter. "We  certainly hope that's the case here. We 
get a little momentum and we start playing like we know we're capable of." 

Aaron Harang (3-3) gave up four runs -- two earned -- on nine hits with a walk 
and  six  strikeouts over six  innings for the  Braves, who have dropped their 
past seven games. Ramiro Pena hit a solo home run in the loss. 

"That's  baseball.  We're not really playing  bad, just that's the way it goes 
sometimes,"  said  Atlanta center fielder  B.J. Upton. "We're hitting the ball 
hard  and some of  them are falling, some of them are not. The ones we need to 
fall  aren't falling right now. We just got to keep plugging away and keep the 
same approach. I thought we fought well tonight." 

The  game  stayed scoreless  until the  fifth when the Cardinals went on top. 
Bourjos  led  off the  frame with  a single  and moved  to second as Andrelton 
Simmons  misplayed  a Mark  Ellis grounder.  A sac bunt  from Miller moved the 
runners  up and  Carpenter  stroked a  double to  right-center  to score  both 
runners. Holliday added an RBI single later in the frame for a 3-0 lead. 

In  the sixth, Allen Craig started the frame with an infield single and Jhonny 
Peralta  followed with  a base hit. Bourjos  then punched a hit to right for a 
4-0 lead. 

The Cardinals loaded  the bases  later  in the  frame and  appeared to  score 
another  run as Yadier Molina reached base when his grounder back to the mound 
deflected  off Harang.  Chris Johnson grabbed the ball and reached out his leg 
to  tag third, but the runner was called safe and a man crossed the plate. The 
play was challenged, though, and reversed for the third out of the inning. 

Atlanta  cut its deficit  in half in the bottom of the sixth. Justin Upton led 
off  with a walk  and Freddie Freeman followed with a single. Evan Gattis then 
singled  to push one  run across, and B.J. Upton's sac fly off Pat Neshek made 
it a 4-2 game. 

Pena's  solo  home run in the  seventh made it  a one-run game, but the Braves 
stranded a man on second in the inning. 

After Carlos Martinez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Trevor Rosenthal got into 
some trouble in the ninth. 

Simmons  singled to start  and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Pena flied 
out,  Jason Heyward walked  to put the go-ahead run on base, but Rosenthal got 
Justin Upton to look at strike three for his ninth save of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  last time the  Braves lost seven straight games was May 21-28, 2012, when 
they  dropped eight in  a row ... The Braves are 7-14 when the opponent scores 
first  this season  ...  Atlanta was  just 1-for-12  with  runners in  scoring 
position  and left  eight men on base  ... Atlanta took four of seven from St. 
Louis last season. 

Shelbyville Baseball Faces Tolono Unity

The Shelbyville Rams varsity baseball team is at home to take on Tolono Unity today. Coverage of the game can be heard on Solid Gold 98.3 WRAN beginning at 4:15pm.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-6-14


On Sunday May 4, Robert Carls of Stonington contacted the Christian County Sheriff's Office by phone advising of damage to his cornfield. After speaking with Carls, a deputy traveled to the field located around 2400 North 1400 East Road in Blue Mound. Once on scene, the deputy saw where a vehicle had entered the field from west to east and damage of about 1 acre of 2" standing corn. The deputy reported that the tire tracks appear to be from a pickup truck or SUV with Bridgestone Dueller tires. There are no suspects at this time.

On Sunday May 4, Benjamin Smith called the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to a theft. A deputy met with Smith at his residence at 1011 West South Street in Hewittville. Smith stated he had a stainless steel still located on the north side of his garage which is just a few feet away from the alley. Sometime between the evening hours of April 30th and May 1st, unknown subject(s) removed the still from Smith's property. Smith stated the still was all stainless steel and valued at approximately $3,000.


David K. Matthew, 27, of 503 Spruce Street, Nokomis, was arrested May 5 for two counts of theft.



On May 5, Samantha A. Singleton, 23, of Taylorville was traveling on Springfield Road. Singleton said the she looked down and when she looked back up Kyle R. Stilwell, 21, of Owaneco had stopped in traffic. Singleton then struck the back of Stilwell. Singleton's vehicle had damage to the front but was able to drive from the scene. Stilwell's vehicle had damage to the rear and was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Taylorville Kiwanis Awards High School Scholarships at Business Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 width=Kiwanis committee heads gave an overview of projects to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

Dillon France and Nathan Hall, both seniors at Taylorville High School, were announced by Kiwanis president Chris Weittenhiller, as Taylorville Kiwanis Scholarship winners.  Weittenhiller told Regional Radio News about their selection:

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It was announced that clean-up day at Kiwanis Park will take place Wednesday at 2pm, with volunteers welcome.

Membership chair Dean Ray announced that a membership recruiting drive is underway, with team captains to be appointed in coming weeks.

Key Club chair Jody Mink reported that she brought pizza and Girl Scout cookies to a recent meeting of the Kiwanis High School Key Club, as the Kiwanis Club's way of saying thanks to the Key Club for their help during Peanut Days and the annual Pancake and Sausage Day.

Publicity co-chairperson Randy Miller announced that the Taylorville Kiwanis Club now has a Facebook page to promote the club's many activities and weekly meetings.

And, president of the club Chris Weittenhiller announced that the club will celebrate it's 60th anniversary of service to the Taylorville community, during its annual installation of officers banquet in October.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

TPD Releases Additional Information of Cannabis Production Bust


Scott Wilbur

The Taylorville Police Department has released additional information on the arrest of 56-year-old Scott Wilbur of Taylorville for the manufacturing and delivery of cannabis including details of the encounter with him. On Sunday around 4:11am, the Taylorville Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 300 block of North Clay Street. While at the scene, firefighters noticed damage to a garage adjacent to the property where the structure was located. Firefighter entered the garage to check for further damage and were met by Wilbur in the garage. Wilbur reportedly appeared nervous and was very anxious for the firefighters to leave the garage. Wilbur told them he would check for damages later. Firefighters then noticed what appeared to be a bag of cannabis lying on a table. Firefighters left the garage and requested assistance from the Taylorville Police Department.


Officers arrived and spoke with Wilbur who then reportedly admitted that he had a cannabis grow operation in the garage. After determining the scene was safe, officers dismantled the operation. Several items used in the manufactuing of cannabis were seized along with 19 cannabis plants and approximately 1600 grams of harvested cannabis.


Wilbur was arrested for the manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of 500-2000 grams. He was lodged at the Christian County Correctional Center.  

Governor Quinn Announces $25 Million in Grants for Schools


Governor Pat Quinn has announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. Local schools receiving grants include: Edinburg, Morrisonville, Pana, Litchfield, Panhandle, Central A&M, Cowden-Herrick, Shelbyville, and Stewardson-Strasburg.


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced the Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant Program earlier this year.  Only one application per school district or college campus was accepted, although an application could include multiple projects.  IEMA received grant applications totaling more than $54 million from 623 school districts and campuses.


USACE to host 1st Annual Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lake Volunteers Association are hosting the 1st Annual Loop Lake Shelbyville bike ride on Saturday, June 14.  All rides will start from the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center and will include options for a 22 mile, 52 mile or a 65 mile ride.  Proceeds for the ride will benefit the Lake Volunteers Association (LVA).  The LVA provides education, historical interpretation, recreational and environmental improvements at Lake Shelbyville.      


Visit www.tinyURL.com/lakeshelbyville for a printable registration form. For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951 ext 2. 

Karla Martin named Outstanding Graduate at LLCC


Outstanding Graduate Karla Martin (center) with LLCC Trustee Jerry Wesley, President Charlotte Warren, Board Chair Justin Reichert and Trustee Dennis Shackelford

Lincoln Land Community College named Karla Martin of Chatham its 2014 Outstanding Graduate and honored other top students with academic, leadership and special awards at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony April 29.

Martin was honored as Outstanding Graduate based on leadership, motivation, service, extracurricular activities, grade point average and ability to overcome obstacles.

Other honorees and their awards and recognitions include:


Adam Fath, Honors Program Outstanding Graduate


Nicole Brownfield, Emerging Leaders;

Brandi Havard, Honors Program Outstanding Graduate, Honors Program Student Organization

Justin Huber, Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers Award 

Peoples Bank & Trust Announces Employee Promotions

Peoples Bank & Trust is proud to announce the promotion of two employees and the relocation of another. Betty Asmussen and Ashley Basso were recently promoted and Sarah Van Huss has relocated to Taylorville.


Betty Asmussen (pictured above) has been recently promoted to Assistant Vice President, Finance. In her roll, Betty will assist the Chief Financial Officer in treasury management, liquidity, management reporting and be a liaison to the internal and external auditors.


Ashley Basso (pictured above) has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking. In her new role, Ashley will provide leadership to deliver quality banking services to consumer banking customers in the Pana branch area.

Sarah Van Huss has recently been transferred to the Taylorville branch. In her role, Sarah will be responsible for providing individualized and comprehensive banking services to consumer banking customers.

Peoples Bank & Trust has 10 office locations including Pana, Taylorville, Springfield, and Morrisonville. 

YMCA Golf Outing This Month

One of the Christian County YMCA's most important fundraisers is coming up this month.  Chris Weitenhiller, Executive Director of the Y, says their golf outing is coming up:

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It's all part of the YMCA's annual sustaining drive.  The money is used to pay for members who can't otherwise afford to participate in the organization's activities. Call the Y to find out more: 287-7271.

Moweaqua Golf Course Ready for Golf Season


Warmer temperatures are upon us and that makes for good golfing weather. Brad Burcham, golfing professional at Moweaqua Golf Course, tells Regional Radio News what they have to offer:

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Burcham says he has been a golfing professional at the course for some time now:

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For more information, go to moweaquagolfcourse.com or call 768-3411.

Ezel Leaving Taylorville Personal Finance after 23 Years


Left to right: Heather Boblitt, Gina DeSart, Cheryl Ezel.

Cheryl Ezel is leaving the Taylorville Personal Finance Branch after 23 years. Ezel tells Regional Radio News why she has decided to leave:

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Ezel also tells about who will be replacing her at the Taylorville Branch

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Personal Finance is located at 917 W. Spresser Street in Taylorville. For more information, call 824-7201.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-5-14


On May 1, Cody A. Meachum of Pana was traveling north at one half mile north of 100 North Road when a deer approached the roadway into the path of Meachum. Meachum was unable to stop to avoid hitting the deer and damaged was received to the front end. Meachum was able to drive the vehicle from the scene. No injuries reported.


Scott A. Wilbur, 56, of 322 North Clay, Taylorville, was arrested May 4, for manufacturing/delivery of cannabis of more than 500 grams.

Candace N. Badman, 18, of 111 Fourth Street, Morrisonville, was arrested May 4 for battery.

Keith E. Budds, 60, of 405 East 2nd Street, Pana, was arrested May 2 for domestic battery.


On May 2 at 10:06pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on West Spresser Street. The male driver, Joel F. Ashburn, 18, of Taylorville was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. Upon further investigation, Zachary W. Mills, 21, of Taylorville was arrested for purchasing or providing alcohol to a minor.

On May 2 at 7:52pm, a Taylorville Police Department officer located Ricky L. Hobbs, 46, of Taylorville at Casey's East. The officer knew Hobbs to have a valid Christian County warrant. Dispatch confirmed the warrant through the Law Enforcement Agenices Data System. Hobbs was placed under arrest and transported to Christian County Correctional Center.

On May 2 at 3:35pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were sent to the 500 block of Arlington in reference to a complaint of a reckless driver. Following investigation, Cynthia A. Linder was arrested and issued a local ordinance violation for disorderly conduct.

On May 4 at 4:12am, 911 sent the Taylorville Fire Department to a fully involved structure fire of a garage behind a residence in the 300 block of North Clay Street. Upon arrival, all Taylorville Police Department officers assisted the fire department until the fire was under control. After Taylorville Police Department cleared the scene, there was a request by Taylorville Fire Department to come back. Upon arrival, a large indoor cannabis grow was located in the garage next door to where the adjacent garage had burnt. After an investigation, Scott A. Wilbur, 56, of Taylorville was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis between 500 to 2000 grams. The scene was processed and a large quantity of evidence was collected from the garage.

GTCC Announces Cash Raffle Winning Ticket Winners


Pictured is Linda Lytle (right) with Camber CEO Patty Hornbuckle (left) picking up the 5 checks.


The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Cash Raffle drawing. Larry Lytle, Brian Burnett, Tom Wood, Pete Parish & Earl Hays all went in together to purchase what ended up being the winning ticket.

Garage Fire Leads to Discovery of Cannabis Manufacturing Operation

A garage fire on Sunday led to the discovery of a cannabis manufacturing operation at the garage next door. Around 4:12am, 911 sent the Taylorville Fire Department and Taylorville Police Department to a fully involved structure fire of a garage behind a residence in the 300 block of North Clay Street. Upon arrival, all officers assisted the fire department until the fire was under control. After Taylorville Police Department cleared the scene, there was a request by Taylorville Fire Department to come back. Upon arrival, a large indoor cannabis grow was reportedly located in the garage next door to where the adjacent garage had burnt. After an investigation, 56-year-old Scott A. Wilbur of Taylorville was arrested and transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and then transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond for manufacturing and delivery of cannabis between 500 to 2000 grams. The scene was processed and a large quantity of evidence was collected from the garage. 


This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime during the past several weeks there have been several attempts made to break in to a residence located at 345 South Cheney Street.   The unknown subject or subjects have attempted to gain entry into the residence by prying the front and side doors.  The garage door was also damaged in an apparent attempt to break into the residence.  There was no entry made into the residence during the multiple attempts.  The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons.  Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 

 You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES  (274632) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 

Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

 width=The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their organizational meeting for the 2014 event, Monday afternoon at the Chamber board room.

Committee members reviewed suggestions given after last fall's event, and heard about Chillifest this year being combined with the 175th annniversary celebration of the City of Taylorville and Christian County.

The combined event takes place October 4th and 5th, and Chillifest chairperson Greg Hornbuckle tells Regional Radio News that the Chillifest organizational meeting was called a month early due to the City and County's event being made part of the festivities.

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Hornbuckle says there will be a 2nd location in Taylorville for events taking place during Chillifest weekend.

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And, the Chillifest chair adds that Monday's meeting reviewed many ideas for this year's 2-day festival.

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Chillifest Committee meetings will now occur the first Monday of each month at 5:30 in the afternoon at the Taylorville Chamber board room.


Taylorville City Council Votes to Close East Adams Crossing


The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion at their Monday night meeting to accept Norfolk Southern Corporation’s proposal and proceed with the closing of the East Adams Street crossing. Alderman Shawn Burtle said he was voting no on the issue and explained why:

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The Council voted to approve the proposal and close the crossing on a 6-1 vote.


The Taylorville City Council heard an update at their meeting Monday night in regards to one local business that had violated their liquor license. City Attorney Rocci Romano tells the Council the latest:

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Romano says that under the Mayor’s direction, he will file a small claims complaint to collect the money.


New fireman Michael Joyner takes the Oath of Office

The Taylorville City Council swore in new fireman Michael Joyner at their meeting. The Council approved the reappointment of Nina Wunderlich and Marie Bard to the Library Board of Trustees and the appointment Patrick Jeschke to the Library Board of Trustees. The Council also approved the motion to hire Jim Smith as Municipal Band Director, Reggie Hohenstein as Band Librarian, and Jan Phillips as Band Manager for the 2014 concert season. The Council approved a motion to allow Police Chief Dave Herpstreith to prepare and submit the application for the 2014 COPS Hiring Grant.

The meeting adjourned at 7:47pm

Indians break out in opener vs. White Sox

Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a home 
run  and  three RBI and  Carlos Santana also  homered as the Cleveland Indians 
hammered the Chicago White Sox, 12-5, in the opener of a three-game series. 

Santana,  Ryan Raburn  and  Yan Gomes  each  drove  in two  runs  to ignite  a 
Cleveland offense that needed a lift. 

The  Indians'  explosion was a surprising  one considering they scored just 13 
runs  during a  winless six-game road trip and hours before the contest placed 
one  of their  best offensive weapons, second baseman Jason Kipnis, on the 15- 
day disabled list. 

The  outburst allowed Danny Salazar (1-3) to pick up his first win of the year 
despite  giving up  five runs -- three  earned -- on seven hits over five-plus 

Chicago  dropped its third  in a row even though rookie Jose Abreu smacked his 
league-leading 11th home run. 

John  Danks (2-2), who  came in with a 2.79 earned run average in his last six 
starts in Cleveland, was tattooed for eight runs on 10 hits over five frames. 

The  left-hander  retired the first  batter he  faced before allowing the next 
seven to reach base. Santana lined a two-bagger into the left-field corner for 
the  first run, Raburn added two more via a single and Gomes knocked in a pair 
with a bases-loaded double for a quick 5-0 Cleveland lead. 

The White Sox began chipping away  immediately with three runs in the second 
via  RBI  singles from  Alejandro De Aza  and Adrian Nieto  followed by a run- 
scoring  passed ball,  but Danks  gave another  back in  the bottom  half when 
Santana took him deep to left for his fourth home run of the season. 

Michael  Bourn  made it  7-3 with  an RBI single  in the  third, and Abreu and 
Brantley exchanged solo shots in the fifth. 

In the sixth, Bryan Shaw's wild pitch with the bases loaded pushed another run 
across  and cut Chicago's  deficit to 8-5, but the Indians poured on four more 
off the White Sox's bullpen in the bottom half to pull away. 

Scott  Downs gave up an RBI single to Nick Swisher, and Maikel Cleto yielded a 
two-run  single  to Brantley and  later threw a  wild pitch that allowed David 
Murphy to score. 

                                   Game Notes 

The White Sox  have lost seven in a  row in Cleveland and were 1-8 there last 
season.  They'd  lost 14 straight  against the  Indians until winning three of 
four  in Chicago last month ... Chicago's bullpen had not allowed a run in its 
previous  five games  (16 1/3 innings) prior  to the sixth frame ... Kipnis is 
sidelined  with  a strained  abdominal  muscle  ...  Nieto recorded  three  of 
Chicago's  10  hits ... Cleveland's  bullpen held the White Sox to three hits 
over the last four innings. 

Rizzo, Cubs get best of Cards

Coverage of today's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 11:30pm.

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Anthony  Rizzo  finished with  two  hits, 
including  a solo homer, and drove in three to fuel Chicago's 6-5 victory over 
St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. 

"He's  made  a very  conscious effort  of trying to  control the strike zone," 
Cubs  manager  Rick  Renteria  said  of Rizzo,  who  upped  his  home  batting 
average  to .407  this season.  "He's  just trying to not  do too much. If  he 
puts  the barrel  on the ball with a  decent swing, he can hit the ball out of 
the ballpark." 

Welington  Castillo  hit three doubles and  knocked in two for the Cubs, while 
Ryan Sweeney contributed two hits and an RBI. 

Travis  Wood (2-3)  allowed six hits and  three runs -- two earned -- with six 
strikeouts over seven solid innings. Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth to 
earn his second save. 

Jhonny  Peralta  slugged a  two-run shot  and accounted for  three RBI for the 
Cardinals, with Matt Carpenter scoring twice and knocking in a run in defeat. 

Adam Wainwright (5-2) was torched for six runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts 
and  a pair of walks over five full frames. The right-hander also suffered his 
first defeat on the north side after 17 games (12 starts). 

"I left a lot of balls in the middle of the plate," said Wainwright, whose 25- 
inning  scoreless string didn't last beyond Chicago's first turn at the plate. 
"I  did that last time I pitched against them, too, so I don't think there's a 
coincidence -- or I don't think there's a meaning behind it, it's just a weird 

Justin  Grimm subbed  for Wood in the eighth, and got into trouble immediately 
after walking Carpenter and serving up a two-run shot to Peralta which reduced 
the Cardinals' deficit to 6-5. 

Matt  Holliday singled off Emilio Bonifacio's glove at second, and after Allen 
Craig  flied out, Brian Schlitter got the nod. He retired the next two batters 
to preserve the one-run margin. 

Rondon  backed that  up by  retiring St.  Louis  in order  in the  ninth on  a 
groundout, foul out and flyout. 

In  the home  first, Bonifacio singled, Luis Valbuena doubled and Rizzo's long 
single plated both. 

St.  Louis countered  in the third. Randal Grichuk struck a leadoff double but 
was  caught in  a rundown  on Mark  Ellis' grounder.  Ellis was  sacrificed to 
second then scored on Carpenter's base hit. Peralta followed with a double off 
the ivy in right center to score another and tie the game. 

Chicago fired back with three in the home third. With one down, Rizzo and Nate 
Schierholtz  walked  around a Starlin Castro  base hit which filled the sacks, 
then  Sweeney's grounder scored Rizzo ahead of Castillo's two-run double for a 
5-2 game. 

"With  all  due respect  to that team,  they're a great  ballclub, but we're a 
pretty good team, too," Rizzo said. "It's just about scoring runs when we have 
the opportunity to." 

Yadier  Molina doubled with one out in the fourth and later scored on Castro's 
throwing  error on a  Grichuk grounder to pull the Cards within two, but Rizzo 
reached  the  bleachers near the right-field  foul pole to start the bottom of 
the fifth and restore the Cubs' three-run edge. 

                                   Game Notes 

St.  Louis won  two of  three at  home against  Chicago in  the first  matchup 
between  the clubs  from April 11-13 ...  The Cubs beat the Cardinals for just 
the second time in the last nine meetings since last Aug. 17. 

Kane scores twice in 3rd as Blackhawks take Game 1

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Patrick Kane kicked his quest for a second 
straight Conn Smythe Trophy into high gear on Friday. 

Kane  scored  the first two  of Chicago's three  unanswered goals in the third 
period,  as the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks downed the Minnesota 
Wild,  5-2,  in Game 1 of  their Western Conference semifinal series at United 

Chicago  carried a  2-0  lead into  the  third, but  Clayton  Stoner and  Kyle 
Brodziak scored under five minutes apart early in the frame to even the score. 

Kane took over from there, netting the game-winner with a wicked backhander at 
8:22  before potting his  fifth of the playoffs later in the frame to give the 
Blackhawks a two-goal cushion. 

"It was one of those plays where I was about to drop it to (Patrick Sharp) but 
I  saw both defensemen  kind of go to him," Kane said of his tiebreaking goal. 
"I just tried to get in on the backhand and made a good shot." 

Bryan  Bickell,  who opened the  scoring with a  power-play goal in the first, 
added  an empty-netter  to help Chicago draw first blood in this best-of-seven 

Corey  Crawford  registered 30 saves for  the Blackhawks, who bounced the Wild 
from the playoffs in the first round of the playoffs last year. 

Ilya  Bryzgalov got the start in net for the Wild in place of an injured Darcy 
Kuemper, who was forced to exit Minnesota's Game 7 victory over Colorado after 
sustaining  an  undisclosed injury late  in the contest. Bryzgalov stopped the 
only  shot he faced in relief against the Avalanche, but turned aside just 17- 
of-21 shots in Friday's setback. 

"There  wasn't enough urgency in the details and the little things that add up 
to  make the  difference at this time  of year," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo 
said.  "We slipped a little bit from last game. We didn't bring the same level 
and so we'll rectify that." 

Game 2 of this series is slated for Sunday in Chicago. 

Brodziak's tap-in from in front off a slick pass from Erik Haula tied the game 
at  2-2 just  under seven minutes into the third, but the Blackhawks responded 
with three answered goals, starting with Kane's backhander. 

The  Chicago winger carried the disc down the left side and into the Minnesota 
zone  before cutting through  the high slot, where he faked a drop pass. Given 
room  to work, Kane held off his defender and worked into the low right circle 
before lifting a filthy backhand over the short-side shoulder of Bryzgalov. 

Kane  doubled  Chicago's lead at 16:47  when Sharp's shot from the right point 
deflected  off Ben Smith's  stick in the circle and ricocheted to the low left 
side, where Kane was waiting to send the puck home for a 4-2 lead. 

Bickell  buried an  empty-netter 32  seconds later  to account  for the  final 

Early  on,  Minnesota's Jonas Brodin was  sent off for a high-sticking double- 
minor at 13:09 of the opening frame and the Blackhawks cashed in less than two 
minutes into the man advantage. 

While working in the Minnesota zone, Brent Seabrook fired a heavy slapper from 
the  high  point that tipped off  Bickell's stick in front and slipped through 
Bryzgalov for a 1-0 lead with 5:12 left in the first. 

Minnesota  nearly found the equalizer late in the first after a scrum in front 
of  the  Chicago cage saw  the disc squirt across  the goal line. The referees 
ruled it no goal immediately, citing that the puck was covered and the whistle 
had  blown. Video review  confirmed the call on the ice and the Wild went into 
the first intermission trailing by a goal. 

Brodin  was sent off for high-sticking again 10:09 into the second stanza, and 
the Blackhawks capitalized on the power play once again. 

Just  after  Crawford denied Zach  Parise on a short-handed breakaway, Chicago 
worked  the  disc around the  point in the  Minnesota zone before Brandon Saad 
received a pass in the slot and stickhandled past a defender. 

From  the  low right circle, Saad  backhanded a pass  to the low left side for 
Marian Hossa, who one-timed the disc past Bryzgalov for a 2-0 lead at 11:21. 

The  Wild sliced  the margin in half  2:19 into the third after Stoner threw a 
shot  on  net from atop  the left circle. The  shot snuck through Crawford and 
trickled  toward  the goal line, but  defenseman Johnny Oduya was able to keep 
the  puck  from going  in. However, Oduya  swept the puck  into his own skate, 
causing the disc to trickle across the goal line to bring the Wild within 2-1. 

Brodziak's third of the playoffs pulled Minnesota even at 6:56. 

                                   Game Notes 

Hossa  also  had two  assists, while  Seabrook and  Sharp supplied two helpers 
apiece  in the win ... Chicago's Andrew Shaw left the game in the first period 
and  did not  return after absorbing a  hit from Stoner ... Minnesota made its 
first  appearance  in  the  second  round of  the  playoffs  since  its  first 
postseason  appearance in  2003, which  ended with  a loss  to Anaheim  in the 
conference  finals ... The Wild fell to 1-7 all-time in the first contest of a 
series and haven't won a Game 1 since their first-ever playoff game, a 4-2 win 
against Colorado on April 10, 2003. 

Lincolnwood Principal Dies in Crash (Updated)

The principal of the Lincolnwood High School in Raymond died in a one-car accident. At 9:04pm Friday night, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle crash that occurred on Black Diamond Trail. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Farmersville-Waggoner Ambulance Service, Farmersville-Waggoner Fire Department, and Pawnee Police Department all responded to the scene. A 2011 Jeep Wrangler driven by 38-year-old Chad Langheim, who is also the co-superintendent of the Panhandle School District, had been traveling southbound on Black Diamond Trial when his vehicle left the roadway, traveled through the west ditch, and struck a large metal culvert. Langheim was injured and extricated from the vehicle. Langheim was airlifted from the scene by Arch Air Medical Services to Memorial Hospital in Springfield where he was later pronounced deceased. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office are investigating the crash.

Lake Land College expands Basic Nursing Assistant Program to Paris

Lake Land College is now enrolling students for its Basic Nursing Assistant Program in Paris. Classes begin June 9 and will be held at the Paris Community Hospital and at Paris Health Care.


The Basic Nursing Assistant Program is a one semester, eight-credit-hour certificate program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).The program includes 95 hours of theory/classroom and 40 hours of clinical practice. This program provides instruction in basic nursing skills in theory, laboratory, and clinical settings including basic anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills, safety, infection control and patient rights.


To enroll or for more information, contact program coordinator Linda Kimball at (217) 234-5568 or lkimball@lakeland.cc.il.us

ISP Announces The Graduation Of Cadet Class 123

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials welcomed 42 new troopers during a graduation ceremony Friday at the ISP Academy.  The new officers were joined by friends and family as ISP Director Hiram Grau administered their oath of office and formerly presented them with their ISP stars.  Cadet Class 123 is the first ISP class to graduate in 2014.


Prior to the graduation ceremony, the graduating cadets participated in the ISP traditional “Bell Ringing Ceremony”, commemorating their rite of passage to law enforcement and marking their transition to life as troopers. 


This is the second ISP Cadet Class under the new legislation that allows veterans who have been awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal by the military or naval services of the United States to apply without having earned a college degree.  These officers have been honorably discharged and have met the collegiate educational requirement for employment.  Fourteen of the new troopers are veterans, and of these, 10 were hired under the new legislation. 

Peoples Bank & Trust Recognizes Long Term Employees

Peoples Bank & Trust would like to recognize the following employees for their continuous service to the bank. The bank recognizes its employees for each five year increment of their service with a plaque and an award.


Dan Sneed (pictured above), VP, Business Banking in the Taylorville branch was recognized for ten years of service to Peoples Bank & Trust. Dan joined the bank in April, 2004 and has over 30 years of experience in banking and lending services.


Cristy Simon (pictured above), Credit Administrator at the Pana Branch was also recognized for ten years of service. Cristy joined the bank in March, 2004 as a part time teller and currently works in the loan processing/credit administration area.  


Len Hempen (pictured above), Consumer Banking Officer at the Taylorville branch was recognized for completing five years of service in the bank’s Taylorville branch. Len has 33 years of experience in the banking industry.

Brandon Leeman, a teller in the Charleston branch, was also recognized for completing five years of service.

Peoples Bank & Trust has 10 office locations including Pana, Taylorville, Springfield, and Morrisonville. 

Ess Awarded Illinois Sheriffs? Association Academic Scholarships


Left to Right: Morgan Ess, Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp congratulates Morgan Ess, of Taylorville, on being awarded one of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Academic Scholarships.

Sheriff Kettelkamp says Ess was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants in the Christian County area and he commends all of them for participating in this process.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association awarded 106 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2014/2015 academic year.

PCH Holds Successful Wellness Event


Pictured are (L to R):  Melissa Rybolt, Pana Community Hospital Marketing Coordinator and organizer of the wellness event; Bill Outis, grand prize winner; and George Heintz of Peoples Bank & Trust of Pana who sponsored the grand prize.  


The Pana Community Hospital Wellness Event 2014 was held Saturday, April 26th at the Pana High School.  Approximately 100 people took advantage of the free screenings and wide variety of health information. 


Everyone who attended the wellness event had a chance to register for the grand prize.  The prize was two season passes to the Muni in Springfield and a $50 gift card, compliments of Peoples Bank & Trust.  The winner of the grand prize was Bill Outis of Pana. A list of other prize winners can be found on our website taylorvilledailynews.com.


Pana Community Hospital would like to thank all the vendors and people who came out to this year’s wellness event and look forward to providing this event again next spring.   



2 Taylorville High School Students Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Taylorville High School students were arrested on Wednesday on various drug charges. Around 9:05am, the Taylorville Police Department, along with Illinois State Police and the assistance of K9 Class #69, conducted a K9 search of Taylorville High School and surrounding parking areas where students park their vehicles. After a positive alert by K9 officer Echo 19-year-old Sheryce L. Long of Taylorville was escorted by school staff to the parking lot of the iWorship Center. Following the arrest, two metal smoking devices along with a container with a green leafy substance were located in the vehicle. Long was transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and the released back to THS on a notice to appear for possession of cannabis less than 10 grams.

K9 officer Echo then had another positive alert on a vehicle was parked along the roadway of the 1300 block of North Lawrence. A 17-year-old male juvenile was escorted by staff of THS to his vehicle. Following the arrest, the vehicle was searched and drug paraphernalia was located. The 17-year-old was transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and then released to his mother.

Mitchell: Obama is no Abraham Lincoln

Earlier this week the Illinois House Executive Committee voted for a second time on a plan to offer $100 million to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois.  This time, all Republican members of the committee voted no but the measure still passed on a 7-4 vote. State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth says things never cease to surprise him in Springfield:

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Republicans have suggested that the library be privately funded so the State does not have to dish out the 100-million dollars. Senator Bill Brady has introduced a bill that would create a tax check-off which would allow people to voluntarily donate when they file their state income taxes next year.

GTCC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Hometown Hearing and Audiology

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Crash leaves one Taylorville Resident with Minor Injuries

A 2-vehicle crash left a Taylorville resident with minor injuries. On Tuesday, Nicholas P. Dupue of Taylorville was traveling south on Spresser Street in the area of Briarcliff Road. Lucy R. Siegrist of Taylorville was turning northeast from Briarcliff onto Spresser Street. Siegrist reportedly failed to stop or yield at the posted stop sign and turned into Dupue's lane of travel. Dupue was not able to stop in time to avoid a collision with Siegrist. Dupue reported injuries that were not physically evident but refused medical treatment.

LLCC Co-Sponsors ?Meet the Lenders? event May 6

In observance of National Small Business Week, the United States Small Business Administration will host “Meet the Lenders,” a lender and business matchmaking event, on Tuesday, May 6 from 2-5 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Co-sponsors of the event include the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College, SCORE and GrowthCorp.

The agenda includes welcoming remarks from 2-2:15; loan program information from 2:15-3 p.m. and an opportunity to meet the lenders and resource partners from 3-5 p.m.

There is no fee to attend. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by emailing Stephanie.Schatz@sba.gov or by calling 793.5020, extension 114.  

Open House at Lake Shelbyville?s Lone Point Campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be holding an Open House at the Lone Point Campground on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10. Lone Point Campground has become a little unknown secret among campgrounds at Lake Shelbyville.  The Open House will allow visitors an opportunity to camp at one of 78 sites for free while enjoying some of the renovations within the park.  Some of the renovations include a new park entrance and fee booth, electric upgrades to a few sites, extensive campsite and roadway pruning, comfort station painting and reroofing, and a fire pit constructed within the Walleye Group Camp.    


Free camping will be available on a first come, first serve basis starting on Thursday, May 8 through Wednesday, May 14.


For a map and directions or a full list of activities, visit www.tinyurl.com/lakeshelbyville or contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951.

Rep. Davis Renews Call for Changes to FEMA Aid Formula

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has renewed his call for FEMA to make changes to its aid calculation formula. Davis says the current formula is unfair:

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In January, Davis, along with several other U.S. Reps introduced legislation to provide more certainty to states and small communities impacted by disasters by giving FEMA a clearer formula when evaluating disaster areas. The bill is currently in the House Committee.

Blood Drive In Shelbyville

Warmer weather brings with it more activity, and unfortunately, that can mean a greater chance of accidents.  For that reason, there is a greater need for blood at this time of year, and according to Tad Mayhall in Shelbyville, you can help:

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There is a need for all blood types.  Again, that blood drive will be May 15th.

Pana Community Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The month of May has arrived, and a local institution will celebrate a huge milestone.  Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator for Pana Community Hospital, says they will hit the century mark this month:

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Pana Community Hospital is located at 101 E. 9th Street.

Blackhawks Host Game One

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild tonight for Game One of their Western Conference semifinals.  Chicago will have forward Jonathan Toews, who missed practice on Thursday.  The Blackhawks have been off since Sunday.  The United Center also hosts Game Two on Sunday. 

White Sox At Cleveland

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Chicago White Sox are on the road tonight starting a three-game series with the Indians at Progressive Field.  Chicago has lost two straight to drop to 14-and-15.  Cleveland is 11-and-17.  John Danks takes the hill for Chicago opposite Danny Salazar of the Tribe. 

Red-hot Wainwright leads Cards into Wrigley

Coverage of today's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:45pm.

(SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright started his 
current unbeaten run against the Chicago Cubs in mid-April and faces them 
again Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. 

Wainwright has won four straight starts and was backed by an offensive 
performance in a 10-4 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. Wainwright allowed a 
season-high four runs and seven hits in seven innings, pushing his record to 
9-6 in 32 career meetings (23 starts) with Chicago. 

The right-hander has a good chance at improving his career mark against the 
Cubs as evidenced by a 6-0 mark and a 3.72 earned run average in 16 games, 11 
of which have been starts, at Wrigley Field. 

Wainwright, who hasn't allowed a run in his last 25 innings pitched, threw 
eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball in Sunday's 7-0 win against 
Pittsburgh. He struck out seven batters and has reached that mark five times 
already this season. Wainwright is 5-1 in six starts to go along with a 
sparkling 1.20 ERA for the Cardinals, who have posted three straight shutouts 
and four total this season when Wainwright takes the mound. 

St. Louis will start a nine-game, 10-day road trip with Wainwright on the hill 
and also has stops in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The club went 3-3 on a recent 
homestand and salvaged the finale of a three-game series versus Milwaukee with 
Wednesday's 9-3 victory behind a decent start from Shelby Miller. Miller 
allowed three runs in six innings for the win, while relievers Randy Choate 
and Eric Fornataro combined for three shutout frames. 

Allen Craig had a big night with four hits, including a home run, and three 
RBI. Matt Adams belted a three-run homer and Jon Jay went 3-for-4 in the win. 
The Cardinals prevailed after losing back-to-back games in extra innings. 

"It was good to see all aspects of our game click today," Adams said. "When we 
click with everything, we're a good team. The first two games of this series 
were extra innings, and we kept battling. We just ran into a hot team, and 
everything is clicking for them right now. If we continue playing like we have 
the last couple of days, I think we'll be fine." 

The Cubs will play their next five games at Wrigley Field and split a rain- 
shortened set with the Cincinnati Reds. They won for the second time in three 
games following a four-game slide with Wednesday's 9-4 win, as Nate 
Schierholtz highlighted a four-run ninth inning with a two-run single. 

Schierholtz later scored on a fielding error by Joey Votto and Emilio 
Bonifacio's RBI double plated Welington Castillo, who singled earlier in the 
inning and had three hits. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first 
inning, Schierholtz finished with three RBI and Starlin Castro added three 
hits, an RBI and a run scored for Chicago. 

"We had good at-bats all night," Rizzo said. "Schierholtz had a huge at-bat in 
the ninth." 

Castillo is batting .333 with three homers, seven runs scored and nine RBI in 
his last 13 games. 

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson earned the win even though he was touched for four 
runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers then kept the Reds off the 
board, including Hector Rondon, who tossed a scoreless ninth inning. 

Chicago, which will also host the rival White Sox on this homestand, hopes 
Travis Wood can pitch himself back into the win column Friday. Wood allowed 
a season-high five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 loss at 
Milwaukee last Saturday, falling to 1-3 in five starts with a 3.52 ERA. 

The left-hander threw seven innings of one-run ball against Arizona the 
previous time out and even homered at the plate. Wood now faces a Cardinals 
team he is 3-5 against with a 5.16 ERA in 11 career starts. He went 1-3 with a 
4.91 ERA in five starts against the Cardinals last season. 

St. Louis took two of three matchups with the Cubs at Busch Stadium from April 
11-13 and has won six of the past eight games in this NL Central showdown. The 
Cardinals were 5-4 at Wrigley Field last season. 

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-2-14


Robert T. Sheddan, 42, was arrested May 1 for retail theft, aggravated battery, and criminal trespass.


On Wednesday around 9:05am, Taylorville Police Department along with ISP and the assistance of K9 Class #69 conducted a K9 search of Taylorville High School and all parking areas where students park their vehicles. K9 officer Echo performed a positive alert on a vehicle and the driver, Sheryce L. Long, 19, of Taylorville was escorted by school staff to the parking lot of the I Worship Center. Following the arrest, two metal smoking devices along with a container with a green leafy substance were located in the vehicle. Long was transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and the released back to THS on a notice to appear for possession of cannabis less then 10 grams.

On Wednesday around 9:05am, On Wednesday around 9:05am, Taylorville Police Department along with ISP and the assistance of K9 Class #69 conducted a K9 search of Taylorville High School and all parking areas where students park their vehicles. The suspect vehicle was parked along the roadway of the 1300 block of North Lawrence Street. After a positive alert by K9 officer Echo, a 17-year-old male juvenile was escorted by staff of THS to his vehicle. Following the arrest, the vehicle was searched and drug paraphernalia was located. Male juvenile was transported to Taylorville Police Department to be processed and released to his mother.

Fire Department Calls 5-2-14


May 1
1 Automatic Alarm, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 EMS

Awards Presented at Greater Taylorville Chamber Banquet Friday Night

Over 130 people attended Friday night's annual banquet of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at the Lake Shore Golf Course.

Following dinner, a number of awards were presented to honor those who volunteered to make the Chamber a success this past year, as well as scholarships to area high school seniors.


Linda Smith of the Chamber's Scholarship Committee, presented scholarships to 3 Christian County high school seniors, who were selected from several applicants. Hailey Samson of Morrisonville High School received a 2-semester scholarship at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Samson will major in social work. William Morrell of Central A&M High School received a 2-semester scholarship at Richland Community College in Decatur; he'll major in meteorology. And Brianna Cluck of South Fork High School received a 2-semester scholarship at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield; she's looking to become a probation officer.


Len Hempen won the Chamber's Ambassador of the Year Award for his volunteerism to the Chamber this past year, while Bill Vidmar won the Chamber Chairwoman's Award for his involvement in Chamber events this past year.


Maureen Maple won the "Randy France Volunteer of the Year" Award for her many community efforts.


Amy Hagen won the “Citizen of the Year” award for her efforts to help feed needy children and families in the community over the past few years, including organizing regular stops of the Mobile Food Pantry in Taylorville.

Hagan said that as Jim Gagne won last year's “Citizen of the Year” award for his many decades of community service, she was hoping that at some point down the road in her career, she could serve the community as Gagne had.

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Hagan received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her remarks Friday night.


Guest speaker for the night was U-S Congressman and Taylorville native Rodney Davis, who talked about how important his upbringing was in helping him do his job in Washington every day.

Davis told the crowd that a country music song he heard recently on the radio, helped to remind him of his Taylorville roots.

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And, Davis said he's proud to step onto the U-S House floor and represent Taylorville.

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Davis received a standing ovation before and after his remarks at the Taylorville Chamber annual banquet Friday night.


Homes for Exchange Students Sought

If you've ever thought you'd like to host an exchange student, here's your chance.  4H Youth Development Educator Peggy Hampton says they are looking for homes for some Japanese students:

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Again, call the Extension Office at 287-7246.


National Day of Prayer Today


Left to Right: Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, Mayor Greg Brotherton

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and today is also the culmination of several events planned by the Christian County Committee.

The day started with Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton hosting a Mayor's Prayer Breakfast this morning at 7 at the Manners Park Dining Hall.  Christian County board members and officials, as well as the public, had been invited to attend. Mayor Brotherton tells Regional Radio News about the importance of the event:

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Tonight at 7, the Christian County observance of the National Day of Prayer culminates with a service at the Way of Life Church in Taylorville.

Melissa Jones is chairwoman of this year's Christian County National Day of Prayer.


People gathered at the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast


Registration Open for summer and fall 2014 at LLCC

Registration is now open for new students wishing to enroll in summer and/or fall 2014 classes at Lincoln Land Community College.

New students should contact the Admission and Registration office to begin the enrollment process.

Current students may register online via WebAdvisor. Students who have attended LLCC in the past but have not been enrolled for one or more semesters, may register online via WebAdvisor, in person or by phone.

More information about registering for classes is available by calling the LLCC-Springfield Admission and Registration office at 786.2292 or any LLCC location.

McMillan: Local Business Offers Advantages

When it comes to gardening and landscaping, there are a number of “big box” stores trying to lure you in with the promise of low prices.  But pricing isn't all there is, and Seth McMillan of McMillan Landscaping and Garden Center says you'd be surprised at the value of a dealing with a local business:

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McMillan landscaping and Garden Center's new location is on South Spresser Street in Taylorville, near the airport.  Call 820-5114.

2 Taylorville Residents Arrested For Manufacturing Meth


Left to Right: Joshua Moore and Brandie Ben Jeddou

Two Taylorville Residents were arrested on charges of methamphetamine production. On Tuesday, Taylorville Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call at 513 East Oak Street. While officers were at the scene, they noticed a strong chemical odor inside the residence that was consistent with the illegal production of methamphetamine. Upon further investigation, an active methamphetamine lab was allegedly discovered.

36-year-old Joshua W. Moore and 23-year-old Brandie Ben Jeddou were taken into custody without incident for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and for possession of meth materials. The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in the dismantling of the lab and clean-up.

The Taylorville Police Department asks anyone with information relating to the unlawful manufacturing or distribution of methamphetamine or any other illegal substance to contact them at 824-2211.

Area Arrests/Crashes/Incidents 5-1-14


On April 29, Nicholas P. Dupue of Taylorville was traveling south on Spresser Street in the area of Briarcliff Road. Lucy R. Siegrist of Taylorville was turning northeast from Briarcliff onto Spresser Street. Siegrist failed to stop or yield at the posted stop sign and turned into Dupue's lane of travel. Dupue was not able to stop in time to avoid a collision with Siegrist. Dupue reported injuries that were not physically evident but refused medical treatment.

On April 25, a Taylorville Police Department officer was sent to Manners Park for a hit and run traffic crash involving a red Saturn that left the scene and a yellow metal pole belonging to the park. The officer located the metal pole that was struck and bent over and a set of tracks in the grass. A witness gave the officer the license plate and a description of the driver. The officer located the vehicle and driver who was identified as Russel W. Sussen, 17, of Taylorville. Sussen stated his tires went off the roadway and he thought his car was going to flip and he struck the pole.

Fire Department Calls 5-1-14


April 29
4 EMS, 1 Public Assist, 1 Motor Vehicle Accident

April 30
7 EMS, 2 Public Assist

May 1

Scherzer solid as Tigers cruise past White Sox

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Bryan  Holaday's two-run  double fueled  a 
four-run  fourth inning  as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox, 
5-1, on Wednesday. 

Ian  Kinsler and  Miguel  Cabrera both  supplied two  hits  apiece and  Victor 
Martinez  drove  in two runs for  the Tigers, who  have won four of their last 

"It's  always good  to get  wins against  a division  opponent," said  Detroit 
starter  Max  Scherzer. "They're going to  give us a  fight all the way to the 
end.  Anytime we  can get a win on  the road, it's always a good thing for the 
ball club." 

Scherzer  (3-1) tossed  six  scoreless innings,  scattering  four hits,  three 
walks, and seven strikeouts to earn the win. 

"He  was  great. You  know he is  always tough," said White Sox manager Robin 
Ventura  on Scherzer.  "We at  least got  him a  high pitch  count. He's  just 

Dayan  Viciedo went  2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Tyler Flowers' 
single  drove  in Chicago's  only run  as the White Sox  have now dropped two 

Hector  Noesi  (0-2) lasted just  3 2/3 innings and  allowed four runs on five 

Detroit  won, 4-3,  on Tuesday to take  both games in a short two-game stop in 

The  Tigers opened the  scoring in the fourth. Torii Hunter stroked a fly ball 
that  eluded Eaton in center field at the warning track for a lead-off double. 
Hunter  moved over  to third after Cabrera's  grounder made its way to left to 
put  runners  on the  corners. Victor  Martinez hit a  sacrifice fly to center 
field to plate Hunter. 

J.D. Martinez then doubled on a flyball to left to place runners at second and 
third.  Noesi walked Jackson to load the bases and Nick Castellanos' sacrifice 
fly  brought  Cabrera home. Holaday  continued the rally  with a line drive to 
left for his double that knocked in two, which made it a 4-0 game. 

The White Sox looked to answer in the home half of the fourth. Alexei Ramirez 
singled  on  a line  drive to right  and Alejandro De  Aza walked, putting men 
at  first  and second with  one-out. Scherzer  recovered to strike out Flowers 
and Marcus Semien to get out of the inning. 

Maikel Cleto got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but could not escape 
Detroit's  offense  in the  ninth. Holaday  walked to  begin the frame, Andrew 
Romine  reached on a throwing error and Kinsler singled to force Cleto off the 

Daniel  Webb entered the game and struck out Hunter and Cabrera before walking 
Victor  Martinez, bringing  in another run. Webb then struck out J.D. Martinez 
to end the threat. 

Viciedo  doubled off  reliever Evan Reed to  lead off the bottom of the ninth. 
Three  batters  later, Flowers singled to  bring him home, providing the Whit
Sox with their lone run. 

                                   Game Notes 

Ramirez,  who entered the game tied with Paul Konerko at 39, set the franchise 
record  for hits in the  month of April to 40. He has also hit safely in 27 of 
his  first  29 games,  joining Buck Weaver  (1920) as the  only two players in 
franchise  history to  accomplish this  feat ...  Hunter extended  his hitting 
streak  to eight games  ... Cabrera has hit safely in seven straight games ... 
Noesi  made  his first start  since May  16 of last  season when he pitched at 
Yankee  Stadium as  a member  of the  Mariners ...  Chicago's bullpen  has not 
allowed an earned run in 16 1/3 innings over the last five games. 

Cubs Crush Reds

Cincinnati,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Anthony Rizzo hit  a two-run homer and 
scored  three  runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-4, in 
the second and final installment of a rain-shortened series. 

Starlin  Castro  and Wellington  Castillo both supplied  three hits apiece and 
Nate  Schierholtz  drove in three  runs for Chicago, which  has won two of its 
last three games. 

Starter  Edwin Jackson  (2-2) earned the win despite surrendering four runs on 
five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. 

Todd Frazier hit a two-run double and Brayan Pena homered as the Reds lost for 
the fourth time in five games. 

Starter  Tony  Cingrani gave  up three  runs on six  hits, but Nick Christiani 
(0-1)  was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits with three 
walks across two innings. 

"I'm just a little fatigued," said Cingrani. "I was laboring. I don't know 
what it is about the first inning, I've just got to pitch." 

Emilio  Bonifacio  singled to  right to lead  off the first  for the Cubs. Two 
batters  later,  Rizzo crushed  a deep home  run to left  center field to give 
Chicago an early 2-0 lead. 

The Reds responded quickly in the bottom half of the frame. Joey Votto reached 
on a double with one out and moved up to third on Brandon Phillips' groundout. 
Jackson  walked  Jay  Bruce  to  put runners  on  the  corners.  Todd  Frazier 
crushed  a fastball  off the left-field wall  for a double that brought in two 
runs to tie the game at two apiece. 

Pena  led off the  bottom of the second with a solo shot to right, making it a 
3-2 game. 

Chicago  tied it in the top of the third. Junior Lake hit a one-out single and 
Rizzo walked before Lake raced home on Castro's RBI single. 

Christiani  entered the  game in  relief of  Cingrani to  start the  fifth. He 
was  greeted  with a double from  Lake and then  he walked Rizzo and Castro to 
load  the bases  with no outs. Mike  Olt grounded into a force out that scored 
Lake,  and Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Rizzo for a 
5-3 lead. 

Cincinnati  got one back  in the fifth. Billy Hamilton got aboard on a one-out 
single, moved up to second on Votto's grounder, stole third, and made it a 5-4 
game on Phillips' single to left. 

The Cubs  tacked on insurance  runs in the  ninth. Schierholtz connected on a 
single  up the  middle to  score Rizzo  and Castro.  Three batters  later with 
runners  on  second and  third, Ryan  Kalish reached on  a fielding error that 
scored  Schierholtz.  Bonifacio then doubled  to bring in Castillo, giving the 
Cubs a 9-4 advantage. 

"We had good at-bats all night," Rizzo said. "Schierholtz had a huge at-bat in 
the ninth." 

                                   Game Notes 

Rizzo  walked  four times ...  Pena's home run was  the first that Jackson has 
given  up this season. He had not given up a home run in 31 1/3 innings dating 
back  to  Sep. 28 of  last season ...  Chicago will return  home to kick off a 
three-game  series with  St.  Louis  on Friday  ...  The  Reds continue  their 
homestand with a four-game set against the Brewers on Thursday. 

Cardinals beat Brewers to avoid sweep

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Allen Craig went 4-for-5 with a solo homer 
and  three RBI  in the  St. Louis Cardinals' 9-3  victory over  the Milwaukee 
Brewers on Wednesday. 

Matt  Adams hit  a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who avoided a three-game 
sweep. Jon Jay went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

St.  Louis starter Shelby Miller (3-2) remained unbeaten in his career against 
Milwaukee,  giving  up three runs  on six hits  with three walks over six-plus 
innings. The right-hander improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Brewers. 

"It was good to see all aspects of our game click today," Adams said. "When we 
click  with everything, we're  a good team. The first two games of this series 
were  extra  innings, and we kept  battling. We just  ran into a hot team, and 
everything is clicking for them right now. If we continue playing like we have 
the last couple of days, I think we'll be fine." 

Mark  Reynolds and Carlos Gomez homered for Milwaukee, which went 0-for-8 with 
runners in scoring position and stranded nine. 

Milwaukee  starter  Matt Garza  (1-3) left  in the fourth  inning with a right 
thumb  contusion. Prior to  the injury, he gave up five runs on five hits with 
four strikeouts and four walks. 

"It's  been a consistent battle for me so far this year," Garza said. "I don't 
know if it's me fighting myself or me trying to do too much or what it is, but 
it needs to stop." 

Wei-Chung  Wang  replaced Garza and  allowed four runs  on six hits over three 

The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jay hit a one-out 
double  to left-center  field  and raced  home on  Matt  Holliday's single  to 

Reynolds  hit a two-run  shot in the second to put the Brewers in front. Gomez 
added a solo homer in the third to make it 3-1. 

But  the Cardinals took the  lead back  in the bottom  half of the third. Jay 
walked  and  Holliday singled before  Adams homered to  right, making it a 4-3 

St.  Louis tacked  on two more runs  in the fourth. Garza exited after walking 
Matt  Carpenter. Wang came  in and put men on the corners with two outs. Craig 
followed with a two-run double to right. 

Miller  and Jay each hit RBI doubles in the fifth, and Craig led off the sixth 
with a homer to center. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Brewers said Garza is day-to-day ... St. Louis went 5-for-16 with RISP and 
stranded  11 ...  The Cardinals had 13  hits, compared to nine for the Brewers 
... St. Louis and Milwaukee have split six games this season. 

Taylorville Softball Faces Jacksonville

Weather pending, the Taylorville Tornadoes varsity softball team is at home today against Jacksonville. Coverage of the game can be heard on Groovy 93.5 beginning around 4:15pm.


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