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Officer Involved Shooting Near Rochester Sends One To Hospital

The Springfield Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance near Rochester, Illinois on the block of 3500 Carnoustie Drive in Springfield Friday morning.  Early reports indicate that after Springfield Police Department Officers arrived at the scene, shots were fired and an individual was struck.  The person that was shot was taken to a local area hospital for treatment,  No officers were injured during the incident.  ISP Zone 4 investigations will be conducting an independent investigation.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

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Accident Snarls Traffic Near Taylorville Steak N' Shake Friday Morning

A traffic accident in Taylorville near the Steak N' Shake clogged up traffic Friday morning. Pictures posted on social media show that a red vehicle was wrapped around a power line that had been snapped in half.  Some businesses reported power outages, but everything has been restored as of Friday afternoon, as companies worked quickly to restore power and fix the lines. According to Police, Ameren was working on some other local business in the area which attributed to the company being able to quickly restore power.  Police also said that the driver was wearing his seatbelt, and was alive when he was transported to the Hospital.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

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Jonathan Len Performing At Assumption Fest

Assumption Fest is going on this weekend with food, carnival rides, and live music. Taking the main stage tonight at 7 is Jonathan Len, who is no stranger to the Central Illinois area.

 

 

Len will be playing a song called ‘You Will Never Leave My Mind’ which was written by country music singer Ronnie McDowell.

 

 

Len appeared as a guest on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.

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Car Show Coming Tomorrow

Saturday from 9:30-12:30 you have the opportunity to be a part of something special. A car show is making its way to Taylorville and all the cars will be lined up on the square Saturday morning.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle has the details on the event, saying this is an event you do not want to miss.

 

 

Any questions can be addressed to Earl Walters as he has headed up this project, and Patty says this might be a semi-regular function should all go well Saturday.

 

 

Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Murder Trial For Morrissey Set For September 30

The murder trial for Quinton L. Morrissey is set for September 30th at 8:30 AM.  Quinton L. Morrissey appeared in court on Thursday to discuss final preparations and have his trial continued for August 9th at 1:15.  This will be the final pretrial before the actual trial.  Judge Brad T. Paisley set July 31st as the date to have final motions in moving forward.  Morrissey is facing charges for aggravated battery and murder in 2017CF100.  He is also facing charges for aggravated battery/peace officer in 2019CF47.  

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TMH Hands On Healthcare Course Upcoming

It is no secret about the shortage of nurses across the country as still hospitals all around are in desperate need of qualified nurses.

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has your opportunity to see what being a nurse is like to see if it is for you. Registered Nurse Becky Erlenbush encourages you to check out their hands-on healthcare program.

 

 

Erlenbush covers there are multiple types of nurses as well as multiple ways to become any type of nurse.

 

 

Erlenbush says the hands-on aspect really helps individuals get into the action and see what a day in the life of a nurse might be like.

 

 

Erlenbush appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Kincaid Safe Passages Festival Looking For Volunteers

The Kincaid Safe Passage Festival is looking for volunteers.  The festival which is being held from August 24-25 at Kincaid Park runs from 9 AM till 6 PM both days.  Denise Evans, the Festival Coordinator, says volunteers are needed for both days with helping both in the kitchen and for running the children’s games. 

 

 

For volunteering or to help out with donations for the festival, please contact Denise Evans.

 

The volunteers can do a shift or two, donate items for kids games, or sell raffle tickets.

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Enterprise Zoning Committee Holds Breakfast Business Meeting

The Christian County Enterprise Zone had business breakfast late last week to discuss some improvements and ideas to help bring businesses to Christian County.  Executive Director Mary Renner, talks about some of the next steps that will be done.  

 

 

A movement towards upgrading Taylorville Industrial Zone has been discussed as well as many tax incentives.

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Christian County Historical Society Hosting Quilt Show

The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville is hosting a quilt show on July 20th.  Maureen Bruns, the Museum Director, says the Museum is still looking for quilts for the show.

 

Bruns says the quilt show cost also includes a tour and a few other extras.

 

For more information contact the Christian County Historical Society at 217-824-6922. 

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Lake Taylorville Beach Closed

The Mayor’s office has announced that Lake Taylorville Beach is closed until further notice.  In doing tests of the water, Lake Superintendent Bart Bialas says that the beach will be closed for the indefinite future as they test the water for contaminants.

 

Bialas will be sending more samples to Springfield next week. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.  

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Start Planning Your Social Security Today

Often times when someone in their 20’s thinks of Social Security their first thought is that they do not need to worry about it as they won’t be effected till they are in their 60’s.

 

Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration Jack Myers says while you may think you don’t need Social Security till you are much older, it is never to early to think about saving for it.

 

 

Myers recommends teachers head to the Social Security website to see some great links to inform your students about what all Social Security can do for them.

 

 

Myers appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Go Steady Program at TMH

Across the United States the numbers are rising in terms of fall related injuries, often times it involves the elderly. The good news is Taylorville Memorial Hospital is here to help.

 

Manager of Therapy at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Jodi Holcomb says if you or a loved one is a frequent faller it might be a good idea to ask you doctor about the Go Steady program at TMH.

 

 

Holcomb says there are multiple reasons for the spike in number of falls reported across the country with one of them being that as we get older we think falling is a natural step in aging.

 

 

Holcomb appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County Ag Group To Host Annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon

The Christian County Ag Group will be holding an Ag appreciation luncheon on July 25th at the Christian County Fairgrounds with guest speaker Nicole Moore from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Sue Davis, the secretary of the Christian County Ag Group, says that Nicole Moore fits the theme perfectly as Moore is someone who can promote Illinois products.

 

The event is open to the public but you will need a FREE ticket for the event. Tickets can be received at the USDA office, Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, U of I Extension Office and the Christian County Farm Bureau Office.  Davis says there will be some new vendors there this year.

 

For more information contact Sue at 217-824-2123 or email her at Sue.Davis@ctitech.com.
 

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Life Jacket Drive Coming To Lake Shelbyville

There will be a life jacket drive from June 28th to July 8th at Lake Shelbyville.  The US Army Corps of Engineers will hold a life jacket drive at Forest “Bo” Wood Fee Both, Lithia Springs Marina Ship Store, and the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.  There are 15 life jacket loaner stations at Lake Shelbyville. Sea Tow Foundation is an organization that promotes boating safety and holds a life jacket loaner program. The Executive Director of Sea Tow Foundation, Gail R. Kulp, says that life jackets last a lot longer than people realize.

 

 

One area that life jacket loaner stations have started to reach out to is non-human life jackets.  The Sea Tow Foundation has life jackets for your dogs as well.

 

For more information visit boatingsafety.com, boatingsafety.org or contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville. 

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Bohannon Trying to Make Sense of Pritzker Signings

Recently Governor JB Pritzker took a stand against President Trump in continuing the fight against mass deportation threats.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, says when looking at the three pieces of legislation Governor Pritzker signed it is hard to make heads to tails of it.

 

 

Bohannon looks at the RISE Act that was signed by Pritzker and is baffled as to why transgender students were included in the vernacular. 

 

Bohannon appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville Ready to Welcome New Chief of Police and Superintendent

Taylorville will be seeing two new faces when the calendar turns to July as that will mark the first day on the job for the new Chief of Police and Superintendent.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry wants to thank both Chief Brian Hile and current Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau for their years of hard work. Dwayne Wheeler will be the new Chief of Police and Barry says Taylorville is getting a good one.

 

 

Barry may not have had anything to do with the hiring of the new Superintendent but says he is looking forward to meeting her, and while she may have big shoes to fill he knows the School Board made the right choice.

 

 

Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Vestibular Program Offered at TMH

Some might think its a head rush from standing up too quickly, but others realize that it might be time to see a physician to see if its something more when dealing with the constant feeling of being dizzy.

 

Manager of Therapy at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Jodi Holcomb encourages anyone who may be dealing with dizziness to become a part of the vestibular program.

 

 

The symptoms for vertigo can hit you without a moments notice. Holcomb says luckily for TMH they are fortunate to have the necessary equipment to diagnose and treat patients.

 

 

Holcomb appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Governor JB Pritzker Signs Recreational Marijuana Law

Governor JB Pritzker made Illinois history on Tuesday. Governor Pritzker signed the recreational marijuana bill into law making Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation. With the bill being signed into law, roughly 700,000 records will be eligible for expungement under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Out of those 700,000; 400,000 will be automatically expunged as long as it’s under 30 grams. Pritzker says change is hard but necessary and with marijuana being used equally across racial lines, it has never been a more important time in the state’s history to make this change.

 

 

The new allocation of state revenue from the legalization of marijuana is projected to generate over $57 million in tax revenue in 2020 with that figure jumping to $375 million in 2024. Governor Pritzker has budgeted at least 20% of it to address substance abuse and prevention along with mental health issues.  10% will go towards paying the backlog of unpaid bills. Governor Pritzker says Illinois is tired of paying money towards enforcing cannabis regulation.


 

Recreational marijuana will go into effect on January 1st, 2020. Residents of Illinois will be allowed to have up 30 grams of the flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and no more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.

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Lake Land College Named In Top 25 In Most Affordable Online Colleges

An area college has been named one of the most affordable online colleges that offers medical coding certificates.  An education research publisher, SR Education Group has named Lake Land College #11 on the top 25 most affordable online colleges offering the medical billing and coding certificates.

 

In order to be named on the list, SR Education Group researched schools that offer at least one fully online degree and are regionally accredited. The data was taken from the 2018 and 2019 academic school year.  Lake Land College is featured in the 2019 national college rankings.  

 

This program is completely offered online.  This program allows students to study diagnostic and procedural aspects of medical coding.  The program also prepares students for management positions in health information. 

 

After graduation students will be ready to take coding exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.  For more information about the program, contact Kathleen Daugherty, who is the medical programs and business instructor at 217-234-5355 or visit lakelandcollege.edu.

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Jensen's Home Furnishings To Receive New Ownership

Jensen’s Home Furnishings on Webster will have new ownership. The Jensen family has announced that on August 1st, the Jensen Furniture store will be owned by the Wright family. Jerry and the Wright family goes back over 40 years and Jerry says the Wright family will continue to run it the same way. Tim Collins will continue on as manager. Tom Wright who is the president of Wright Furniture and owns stores in Dieterich, Effingham, and Robinson, says he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Taylorville.

 

“On behalf of the Wright family, we are very excited for the opportunity to serve the greater Taylorville area for their home furnishings needs. We have the pleasure of knowing the Jensen’s for many years, and have always admired their family run business. Wright’s Furniture has been in business for 140 years and are currently in our 5th generation of family members involved in operations. Our goal is to continue operating much the same as Jensen Home Furnishings has in the past, while adding some exciting new lines. We can’t wait to get started and hope to meet many of you very soon.”

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About TMH Rehab Department at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many services provided by the Rehabilitation Department at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Jodi Holcomb, Sonali Bhole and Sharmila Gopalakrishnan from the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Rehab Department, were the program speakers.  Holcomb gave an outline of the many types of rehab services offered by T-M-H.  Bhole and Gopalakrishnan then discussed a program they’re involved in to prevent falls among community members.  

 

The 2 gave statistics showing that fall-related deaths in the United States, have increased 30-percent from 2007 to 2016, and that the most common cause of falls is brain injury.

 

A pilot program the 2 implemented at Hickory Estates in Taylorville, significantly lowered the number of falls by its residents.  Gopalakrishnan gave the statistics.

 

 

They added that when the eyes, ears, and feet don’t get the correct commands by the brain, a fall occurs.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis 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 taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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First National Bank in Taylorville Undergoing Parking Lot, Landscaping Changes

First National Bank in Taylorville is undergoing parking lot and landscaping changes.

 

President Linda Crawford tells Regional Radio News that the east parking lot will be resurfaced, and a new green area will be on the back side of the property.  Included in the green space will be grass, trees, and possibly a picnic shelter.

 

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Christian County Sheriff Urging Safety During Summer Vacations

Kids look forward to it every year, summer vacation where they don’t have to worry about tests at the end of the week or homework on a nightly basis.

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says summer vacations are always exciting but make sure you are staying safe as well. He gives tips for parents to keep their children out of harms way.

 

 

With the County and State Fair coming up soon Kettlekamp says it is better to be proactive than reactive, if a plan is in place it can make all the difference in finding your child.

 

 

Kettlekamp appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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29 West Motel Changes Name

 

The familiar motel that sits at 709 West Springfield Road has a name change. The 29 West Motel has changed its name to Economy Inn. Nick and Kathy Patel, who have owned the Inn for the last 29 years, haven’t changed anything except for the sign, and still promise great service and a place to stay.

The December storm, followed by a rough spring, destroyed what was left of the sign, and Nick felt that now would be a great time to change the color and add a new sign, that way you can see it at night in order to help business.  For more information, on the Economy Inn, call Nick or Kathy at 217-824-2216.

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Applications For Tornado Tree Replacements Available

If you feel that your yard could use a little “sprucing up,” or if you are missing the shade that you once had before the Taylorville tornado came through, then the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team has something for you.  Applications are now open for you to apply to receive a new tree that may have been lost in the December 1st storm.  Barb Grabner-Kerns, a volunteer with the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team says that the trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you have to apply by September 1st. 

 

 

The application is 4 pages long.  In order to be eligible homeowners have to have been impacted by the December tornado, be in a home that is occupied and have construction completed and the lots cleaned up.  Grabner-Kerns says you can pick whichever tree you want as long as it’s within reason.

 

 

For more information, contact Barb at Bar4trees@ctifiber.com or 217-561-1062.

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Macoupin County Woman Dies In Crash Sunday Morning

A Bunker Hill resident has died after a one car fatality in Macoupin County Sunday morning.  23 year old Julianne Biro of Bunker Hill was heading northbound on Illinois Route 159 in a 2002 White Chevrolet Trail Blazer.  Biro drove off the west side of the roadway and over corrected.  Biro skidded off the road struck a ditch embankment and went airborne 140 feet before landing in the front yard of a residence north of Bunker Hill.  The vehicle rolled multiple times coming to rest 400 feet from where the car struck the ditch embankment coming to rest upside down.  Illinois State police is still investigating the crash.

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Business After Hours at Midland Community Bank a Success

On Wednesday of last week Members of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce attended the always popular Business After Hours Event at Midland Community Bank.

 

Midland Community Bank Branch Manager Casey Campbell says a great time was had by all and that there were some lucky winners walking away with some chamber bucks to spend in the community.

 

 

Jeff Durbin is on the Executive Board for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, he shares where the Business After Hours for July will be held saying there will be two hosts.

 

 

Campbell and Durbin appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Clean the Grill and Cook the Meat Thoroughly, Advice for the 4th of July

Once the rain finally subsides and the sun is shining it will be time to clean off that grill and get some barbecues going in the back yard.

 

Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension Office in Christian County Lisa Peterson puts and emphasis on cleaning that grill thoroughly, saying if you do not you might not feel to well in the coming days.

 

 

Peterson wants to remind you of the importance of using a food thermometer to make sure that the meat is cooked all the way through, there are times where the burgers can look done when in fact they are not.

 

 

Peterson appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Avery Bourne Holds Coffee And Conversations In Taylorville And Pana

 

Representative Avery Bourne was at McDonalds in Taylorville and Pana on Friday morning to talk to local residents about issues and concerns that they may have.  Bourne was on hand for what she calls “Coffee and Conversations.” Bourne says that this is a chance for her reach more people in an informal setting.

 

Now that the spring legislative session is passed, Bourne is setting her eyes on Governor JB Pritzker, and what bills he is signing into law.

 

 

Representative Bourne says that if you can’t make it for her “Coffee and Conversations” sessions, to reach out to her office in Litchfield or set up a time to meet one on one.
 

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Kincaid Woman Sentenced To 11 Years In Department Of Corrections

A Kincaid woman was sentenced to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Friday as part of a negotiated plea. Cynthia R. Karrick pleaded guilty to one 2019 charge of methamphetamine delivery, and one 2018 charge of possession of meth under 5 grams. Karrick also had her probation revoked and terminated unsuccessfully from a 2017 charge of possession of meth under 5 grams. Judge Brad T. Paisley sentenced Karrick to 9 years for meth delivery plus 2 years supervised release with 145 days already served. Karrick was also sentenced to 2 years for the 2018 charge and one year mandatory supervised release with 55 days served. The max charge that Karrick could have received was 4-30 years. Judge Paisley said that Karrick could be eligible for parole in 5 ½ years. Karrick will also have to pay all fines and court fees.

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State Senator Manar Sees Spring Session as a Success, Proud of Passed Capital Bill

The Spring Session of the legislative season wrapped up nearly a month ago, residents across the state have had time to decompress and review what all was accomplished now.

 

State Senator Andy Manar says from what he is hearing regardless of which side of the isle you fall on it was a successful session in Springfield, he says Governor Pritzker deserves some praise for bringing everyone together.

 

 

Manar says the Capital Bill is reason for rejoicing as for what feels like the first time in forever the state of Illinois has a budget to follow, and road work will be a point of emphasis in the upcoming months.

 

 

Manar appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County Holds Problem Solving Graduation Friday

While it may have been storming outside, there was a calm and peace inside Davis Memorial Church. Six Christian County residents have graduated problem solving court and are working towards a second chance.  Problem Solving Court gives coping methods and helpful solutions for dealing with addiction in ways that can’t be dealt with traditionally.  Judge Brad T. Paisley spoke about how much this program is helping not just individual lives, but families as well and why it works so well.

 

Christian County continues to give full support to mentorship and is committed to the rehabilitation process.  Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is thrilled to see everyone succeed but says the battle is just beginning and Sheriff Kettelkamp knows from personal experience.

 

 

Nine total Christian County residents saw their records expunged on Friday.  There was a slideshow that moved the audience showing pictures of the problem solving court attendees’ mugshots followed by pics of their families and children.  For more information visit Christian County IL Problem solving Court’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Weather Service Extends Flood Advisory til 9:30am Saturday; Many Roads Flooded

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a urban and small streams advisory at 3:30 Saturday morning, and extended it until 9:30 Saturday morning.

Central Illinois received between 2 and 4 inches of rain Friday into Saturday morning, causing flooding of many roads and streets.

Taylorville Police closed the Illinois Route 29 viaduct at 3:40 Saturday morning, after it flooded because of heavy rain overnight.

Veterans Parkway in Springfield and US Highway 51 near Pana, were both reported flooded in spots due to overnight rain.

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The weather forecast calls for off and on rain all weekend.  The rain is expected to end Monday night, with sunny skies for the rest of the week.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information.

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Urban and Small Streams Flood Advisory Issued Saturday Morning; More Rain Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a urban and small streams advisory from 3 til 6:30 Saturday morning, after heavy rain.

Central Illinois received between 2 and 4 inches of rain Friday into Saturday morning, causing flooding of many roads and streets.

Taylorville Police closed the Illinois Route 29 viaduct at 3:40 Saturday morning, due to it being impassible due to the excessive rain.

The weather forecast calls for off and on rain all weekend.  The rain is expected to end Monday night, with sunny skies for the rest of the week.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information.

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Severe Weather Expected Friday Afternoon

Severe weather is expected for Christian County and the surrounding area including Montgomery and Shelby counties Friday.  Radar has indicated a strong front moving into Sangamon County around 12:30 PM and around Christian County around 1PM.  Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews says to expect 60 mile an hour winds and to turn on your weather radios.

 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

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The Dudley Farm Field Day Talks Crops, Livestock

The Dudley Smith Field Day was on Wednesday and saw a very good crowd to their event.  The 228 acre farm was donated 26 years ago and is used for agricultural research.  Doug Peterson, a regional soil health specialist, was one of the main speakers at the field day.  Peterson talked about one way that farmers are beating all the rain water---soil and soil health.

 

Aaron Shafer, a farmer in Pana who spoke at the Field Day about livestock and taking care of them all while at the same time managing crops.

 

 

Jared White was at the Dudley Smith Farm June Field Day for WTIM.

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Antique Car Show To Drive Into Taylorville

An antique car show will be revving up in Taylorville the last Saturday in June.  Antique Automobile Club of America will be meeting between 8:30 and 9AM on Saturday, June 29th in the Walmart Parking Lot.  Fred Lewis, who is one of the officers for Oakland Pontiac Worldwide, says there are members from all over the world that will be here for the event.

 

 

The event right now has 26 cars registered.  They will be at the Taylorville Square on Saturday the 29th until around 12:30.

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Montgomery County Fair Offering Something For Everyone

The Montgomery County Fair is in full swing as it is going on now until the 23rd.  Fridays events feature everything from a swine show to motorcross and quad racing. Marti Benning, Vice President of the Fair Board says you should come to Montgomery County over the weekend to see some special wood carving. 

 

 

The chainsaw carving events will be happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Of course, you don’t want to miss the demolition derby, says fair treasure Shannon Durbin.

 

 

There is a five dollar admission at the gate, but free carnival rides are provided.  The carnival portion runs from 6PM to close, with a 1-3PM Saturday Matinee.

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Flooding In Moultrie County After Severe Weather On Wednesday

Christian, Moultrie, and Shelby County experienced flooding and storm damage after severe weather popped up outside of Moweaqua Wednesday evening.  A rope tornado was spotted near Moweaqua, and the city of Bethany in Moultrie County experienced flooding.  Jan Haegan, the Moultrie County EMA Director talked about some of the issues he faced on Wednesday evening.

 

 

There were no reports of damage from the tornado in Christian County.  Shelby County EMA Director Jared Rowcliffe could not be reached for comment.  

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CSH Investments Investing Like Poker

Steve Henry with CSH Investments is the go to guy in Taylorville for investment advice on the stock market and bonds.

 

Poker player Annie Duke wrote a book that has stuck with Henry throughout his investment life. Saying that life and investing are both a lot like poker and you have to be prepared on your toes and ready for surprises.

 

 

Henry says looking back at some of the most successful investors in history it all comes down to managing your risks and knowing when to get out.

 

 

Henry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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PCH Fundraising Event on July 27th

In 2017 Pana Community Hospital committed to a $20 million building project of which they have set the goal of raising $1.5 million on their own.
 
Executive Director of Pana Community Hospital Foundation Kim Pollman says there are in fact three fundraising events already on the calendar, with the most recent one being on July 27th.
 

 

Pana Community Hospital will draw on past experiences for this movie night as they have done this fundraiser before. Pollman says anyone who comes out will have the opportunity to meet the characters in real life.
 

 

Pollman appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Assumption Fest To Feature Great Food & Entertainment

Assumption Fest is coming!  Assumption Fest will be between the dates of June 27th, 28th, and the 29th.  Angela Ohl-Marsters, President of Assumption Fest, says that this year’s entertainment is top notch.

 

While the entertainment will be amazing, Angela says the food and food tent is where you can really relax.

 

For more information on Assumption Fest, visit Assumption Fest’s facebook page, or call 217-820-1690.

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Property Tax Information Has Been Sent In The Mail

Property taxes will soon be due and Christian County wants to make sure that you know what you have to do to take care of it.  Betty Asmussen, the Christian County Treasurer says that regardless of whether or not you get a letter in the mail, if you owe, you have to pay.

 

 

If you can’t pay your bill, you need to figure out how to get the money in, as the interest will keep accumulating.  

 

 

The big announcement is that next year there will be a way that you can receive your tax bill---Via email.

 

 

For more information visit the Treasurer’s page at Christiancountyil-dot-gov.

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Tornado Spotted Near Moweaqua

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northeastern Christian County, northwestern Shelby County and southern Macon County Wednesday evening after spotters reported a funnel  around 6:45 PM near Moweaqua. Christian County EMA Director Mike Crews says it was a “rope tornado.”

 

While the threat has lifted for now, please stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.  A flash flood remains in affect for the area until 1PM Thursday.
        

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Congressman Davis Visits Flooded Calhoun County

Rain is a good thing, but there is such thing as too much. Specifically looking at Calhoun County and how they have been dealing with the rising waters due to the recent rain amounts.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis represents the 13th District of Illinois in Washington. He recently paid visit to Hardin in Calhoun County which has been dealing with flood waters in recent weeks.

 

 

Davis looks back on the flood of 93 and sees that as a good example of what to do to limit the damage being done in Hardin and Calhoun County.

 

 

Davis says even with all that is going on in Calhoun County, on his visit morale seemed to be just as high as ever.

 

 

Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. 

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IHSA Highlights Rule Changes For 2021 Basketball Playoffs

The Illinois High School Athletics Board of Directors have decided to make some changes moving forward with the Basketball State Final format. The tournament up till now takes place over four weekends with the first two weekends being girls basketball and the last two weekends being boys basketball. The boys play at Carver Arena inside the Peoria Civic Center, while the girls tournament takes place at Illinois State University.The tournament will stay the same in 2020 but in 2021, with the new changes, the tournament will be cut down to only two weekends—March 4-6, 2021 for the girls and the following weekend, March 11-13 for the boys. Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown says that he likes the rule changes moving forward.

 

 

The venue location which has been a staple for the last quarter century will now be open as well for bids for anyone to host. For the community of Taylorville, Ryan Brown says that this will shorten the season by one week.

 

 

One area of concern that Coach Brown sees with having all the games in just one weekend is getting quality officials for all those games going on.

 

 

Other rule changes that were passed, include adding the mercy rule in basketball for post season games as well as regular games, and raising pay for officials during playoff games. 

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Taylorville High School To Build House On Vandeveer

The Taylorville High School Building Trades program will be building a house in Taylorville. The house which will be built at 727 West Vandeveer Street will be started once the school year starts for the building trades program. The building trades program, was started in the 1960’s but recently Taylorville High School had to put the program on hold due to lack of funding. Teacher Matt Blomquist is excited because the program has started again. 

 

The goal is to finish the project in one year. The houses use to be a two year project, but since this is a smaller house it should only take a year to complete. Blomquist appreciates the support from the community.

 

Although houses of this nature used to be sold in an auction style, once this house is complete, with the help of Craggs Realtors, the house will be sold conventionally. 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Annual Cookout At Kiwanis Park

 

Over 30 Kiwanis members and their families, enjoyed an evening of food and fellowship Tuesday night, at the annual Taylorville Kiwanis Club Cookout at Kiwanis Park Pavilion.

 

The event took the place of the club’s noon meeting.  Club members got to visit with family members of other Kiwanis members, enjoy delicious food and desert, and the view of Lake Taylorville from the Kiwanis Park Pavilion.

 

Club president-elect Sarah Van Huss, who presided over Tuesday night's meeting, told Regional Radio News it was an enjoyable night.

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has raised thousands of dollars to build and maintain Kiwanis Park, since the park’s founding in 1995.  The club raised the money to build the main pavilion, the playground, restrooms, a boat dock, and is currently working to build a second smaller pavilion.

 

Van Huss said Tuesday night's cookout was a way to enjoy the pavilion the club worked so hard to build.

 

 

Kiwanis Park is part of the club’s focus on children and youth in the Taylorville community.  Weekly meetings are held on Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

More information on the Taylorville Kiwanis Club can be found on-line at taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.

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Wind Farm Discussion Goes Back To Committee

The Christian County Board met at 6:30 Tuesday evening to discuss wind farms, adding Assumption to the Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone, and other business.  Wind farms continued to be the main topic. Chairwoman Becky Edwards had a stern message for the board.

 

 

During the ongoing discussion, multiple points were brought up and discussed.  Matt Wells made the point that there seemed to be protection for houses but not roads. Wells was also concerned about ice on the wind towers. Craig Corzine said that the board needs to make sure they are doing whats best for the constituents and not for themselves. The final decision was to send it back to committee where the discussion will continue. 

 

An ordinance was also adopted to amend the Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone to include the City of Assumption. Becky Edwards says that this is a move that will help the entire County.

 

 

The decision to get a new computer for the Chairman’s office was tabled. The Mayor of Palmer, Jim Hill, was on hand to let the board know about some residents of Palmer that were having water issues and were having to use a bucket for their bathroom. The committee discussed the issue.  The meeting was than adjourned until Tuesday July 16th for the next regular meeting.

 

For the full meeting: https://youtu.be/JLOq-B7Dzto

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Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau Named Central Illinois Family Dentistry "Big Smile For The Community" For June

 

This month’s Newstalk WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” honoree is Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau.  Fuerstenau, who just wrapped up his 12th year of being the Taylorville School District Superintendent, will be leaving for Litchfield School District at the end of this month.  

 

Fuerstenau says that he has enjoyed the experience for both him and his family and the opportunities he’s provided for students.

 

Fuerstenau says that he was deeply moved by the number of people who came to the School board meeting to thank him for his time with the school district.

 

To nominate someone for the Newstalk WTIM Central Illinois Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” award, send your nominations to bigsmile@randyradio.com.

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TMH Offering 7 Week Session Designed to Help Quit Smoking

Everyone knows someone who is either trying to quit smoking or has tried in the past but cannot seem to kick the habit.

 

Lora Polley is the Director of Ancillary Services at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. They are starting a seven week session on Monday, July 1st to try and help you quit your nicotine addiction whether that be from cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

 

 

The first session starts at 6pm on July 1st at TMH in the 2nd floor Annex. Polley says the first meeting is designed for everyone to get to know each other, and will be your opportunity to gauge if the Freedom to Quit Smoking Class at TMH is the right fit for you.

 

 

Polley appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County Board To Meet June 18th

The Christian County Board will meet Tuesday evening at the Christian County Board room at 6:30.  The motion for approval of minutes for the committee of the whole will be discussed.  A motion is going to be voted on for the Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone to include the City of Assumption.  A motion is going to be voted on getting a new computer for the Chairman's office.  Dates for budget hearings will also be discussed.  June claims will also be approved.  New business will be discussed along with the chairman's office updates.

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Scholarships Awarded From TCCU

Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 5th Annual “Stop. Shop. Vote!” scholarship promotion is helping six graduating seniors receive $1,000 checks towards continuing their education.  Two seniors each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, and Litchfield High School all won scholarships.  Taylorville’s winners are Emily Young and Hunter Morgan.  TCCU President Will Perkins says that it’s great seeing these students succeed.

 

19,354 votes were cast between the 35 Taylorville students who registered.  With each vote costing $10, a lot of money was able to flow into the community helping local businesses.  The scholarships than help both the students and local businesses. 

 

 

Registration for the 2019-20 scholarship program begins in August with students being able to register until Friday, October 11th.  To register, provide TCCU with a name and photo and signed permission slip.  Photos will be used for promotional photos. 

 

Scholarship winner Emily Young and TCCU Vice President, Consuela France

 

Scholarship winner Hunter Morgan and TCCU President WIll Perkins

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holding Annual Kiwanis Cookout Tuesday

Taylorville Kiwanis Club members are reminded of tonight's annual Kiwanis Cookout at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville.  The event starts at 5 this afternoon, and as a result, there is no noon meeting today.

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Taylorville High School Building Trades Program To Build Tiny House Classroom

Taylorville High School’s building trades program will be working on a mobile classroom which is almost like a tiny house.  Matt Blomquist who is head of the building trades class at Taylorville High School took an old RV donated to the school, and stripped it down, than painted it and built a 24 by 8 single room on top of it used for a classroom.  

 

The students are always excited to work on these projects, to the point that some students even volunteered to help during the summer.

 

 

Blomquist plans on using the mobile classroom as not only a workspace, but also as an office at different job sites.  The mobile classroom will be on display for the 4th of July parade in Taylorville.

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City Council Approves Motion To Hire Police Chief Wheeler

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening to approve minutes and go over motions.  The volunteer of the month was announced for the Taylorville VFW Riders who will be hosting their 5th annual PTSD Benefit Ride on July 13th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The motion was passed to approve a special events permit for the 8th annual Car Cruise for O’Reilly Auto Parts which will be held on June 29th, 2019.  An ordinance for the Enterprise Zone for Christian County, will be amended to include a Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement.

 

It was announced that most of the City Council had been sent messages concerning the incoming Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler. Aldermen Kathy Driskell and Jim Olive both said they have faith that Wheeler would help Taylorville.

 

 

The motion to approve Dwayne Wheeler for the position of Police Chief effective July 1st, for the City of Taylorville passed 8-0.  Approval for the new Water Treatment plan passed 8-0. In Mayor comments, Mayor Barry thanked Senator Manar for appropriating money for tornado relief and announced some road improvements from roads damaged by the December 1st storm.

 

 

After the motion for paying the bills was passed, and one person spoke about how important Chief Wheeler would be for the city, the meeting adjourned at 7:28pm.
 

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Fatal Car Crash In Montgomery County Leaves Two Dead

The Illinois State Police is investigating a fatal crash from Sunday.  ISP responded to investigate an incident that took place on I-55 mile marker 73 in Montgomery County Sunday morning at 12:32.  A Silver Chevrolet driven by 36 year old Dannean Royston of St. Louis was traveling northbound I-55 in the southbound lanes.  A silver Nissan driven by 54 year old Cheryl True of Maryville was traveling southbound in the southbound lanes.  The Chevrolet hit the Nissan head on. This caused the Nissan to spin around side swiping a Freightliner and a black Nissan.  All units came to a stop with the silver Nissan sitting in the middle of the southbound lanes.  A Megabus loaded with 54 passengers than struck the silver Nissan.  Both drivers, Royston and True, were pronounced dead by the Montgomery County Coroner. The driver of the Megabus, 60 year old Kermit Wilmington of Chicago, went to the hospital with serious injuries. The Megabus also had 5 passengers that were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The ISP reconstruction unit is continuing the investigation at this time.

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Montgomery County Fair Opens Wednesday

On Wednesday of this week we kick off the Montgomery County Fair in Butler Illinois with the royalty pageant.

 

Marty Benning with the Montgomery County Fair says a new carnival is making its way to town and will be bringing more rides as well. For five dollars you can get an all day pass to ride the rides.

 

 

Benning says also new this year will be the Chainsaw Wood Carvers coming to show off their carving skills. When the Montgomery County Fair wraps up on Sunday the wood carvers are leaving some of their work for Montgomery County to enjoy.

 

 

Benning appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Cowden-Herrick Board of Education June Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting of Cowden-Herrick for District 3-A met on Thursday evening. After May minutes, treasurers report, and general orders were approved, Mr. Wojick gave a report on the Agriculture program.  

 

Consuela Lorton was sworn into office as a new board member.  Budget projections were discussed.  It was announced that LED lighting had been installed at the Herrick building and wireless fiber has been run to both buildings.  The consolidated District Plan was approved. 

 

A change to the student handbooks for the following school year was approved.  A bid from Dave Roepke Painting was approved to paint the Herrick Elementary gym.  Bidding on the Herrick storage shed re-roofing was tabled.  

 

A motion was made to fix the Cowden campus front drive with asphalt, High School parking lot with oil and chip, asphalt the two playgrounds at the Herrick campus and oil and chip the front Herrick parking lot pending drainage solution. 

 

A memorandum of understanding for an extended contract for the agriculture teacher position was passed.  A contract was approved for Psychologist Kendra Brading beginning next school year. The meeting was adjourned at 10PM

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Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will hold their meeting Monday, June 17th at 7pm. There will be lots to discuss at this meeting.  

 

General motions include an ordinance to amend the enterprise zone for the Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone.  

 

In personnel actions, a motion will be recommended for Mayor Barry to direct the board of police and fire commissioners to hire a replacement police officer from the final eligibility list, hire a laborer position for the street department, and to approve the requested appointment of Dwayne Wheeler to the position of Police Chief for the City of Taylorville. 

 

In water and environmental issues, a motion will be voted on for work on the new water treatment plant. There will also be a motion for awarding a quote to Primatech for assistance in a Process Hazard Analysis and Risk Management Plan.  

 

For the Lake/Airport issues, a motion will be recommended to inspect the dam at Lake Taylorville, a discussion for dredging Lake Taylorville, and execution of a few Illinois projects.

 

There will also be city attorney and mayor updates.

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Christian County Fair a Month Away

We are just about a month away from the start of the 2019 Christian County Fair which will be sure to bring out a big crowd on a daily basis.

 

4H and Ag Lit Program Coordinator with the Christian County U of I Extension Office Rebecca Livingston says the Christian County Fair is a special one in terms of its start date being a week early.

 

 

The public is welcome to attend the clothing and food show to open the fair, Livingston explains what you can expect to see.

 

 

Livingston appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Pana Hospital Making Significant Progress On Upgrades

The Pana Hospital improvements are continuing as the building project reaches phase two.  The 20 million dollar project which was first announced in 2017, has the steel beams up and the roof going on.  Melissa Rybolt who is the Pana Hospital marketing manager, says that the developments on the outside of the Hospital are coming along nicely. 

 

While the passerby might be excited about what they see as they drive by Pana Hospital, the renovations on the inside are what Melissa is most excited about as crews have started making some big changes inside.

 

 

The hospital is more than 100 years old and is having it’s first real big renovation since the 1970’s.  Pana Hospital is located on 101 East 9th Street in Pana.

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Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Watch for Weekend; Rainfall Totals Already Over 2 Inches

 

Over 2 inches of rain fell in portions of the Regional Radio listening area since Friday night.  The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a flash flood watch for the listening area thru tonight.  Flash flooding may occur in some areas as more rain is expected.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio and taylorvilledailynews.com for the latest weather infomration.

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Christian County To Hold Business Breakfast For Enterprising

The City of Taylorville, Christian County, Assumption, and Pana will be working mutually together for the benefit of Christian County as a whole.  The plan is to expand existing business and bring new businesses into the region.  The way this will be done will be a Christian County Enterprise Zone.  Mayor Bruce Barry, the Mayor of Taylorville, talks about just how important this Enterprise Zone will be for the County.

 

 

Businesses within the enterprise zone will be eligible to receive state tax credits and tax exemptions.  The application will be due at the end of the year with awards coming in September of 2020 and an end goal of January 1, 2021 for a 15 year term. Mayor Barry says that the comradery is what will make this a success. 

 

 

There will be a business breakfast on Thursday June 20th from 8AM – 9:30 AM at Peoples Bank And Trust in the lower level community room at 1221 W. Springfield Road in Taylorville.  Networking begins at 8 with a presentation, question and answer session, and concluding by 9:30.  Please RSVP no later than June 17th to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at taylorvillechamber@gmail.com or 217-824-4919.

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Rodney Davis' Staff Hosts Upcoming Traveling Help Desks

Congressman Rodney Davis will be holding upcoming traveling help desks in June.  Traveling help desks are held while Congress is in session to ensure constituents in every corner have an opportunity to ask questions, and get the help they need whether it be with a federal agency or legislation.  You are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a member of the staff if you go. The traveling help desks are going to be in the area as follows: Assumption City Hall on June 19th from 10-11 AM and Edinburg Village Hall on June 21st from 10-11 AM. To set up an appointment in Assumption or Edinburg call 217-824-5117.  Members of Rodney Davis’ staff will be in Blue Mound at the Blue Mound public library on June 25th from 10-11:30 AM and at the Macon Community Center from 1-2:30 PM.  To set up an appointment in Blue Mound or Macon contact 217-791-6224. 

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Dinner Seasoned with Love Tomorrow

Expect a big crowd to be gathered tomorrow on the square in Taylorville as Dinner Seasoned with Love is hosting their community table to serve some hot meals.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle has a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday for Dinner Seasoned with Love. On the third Saturday every month Dinner Seasoned with Love offers a free meal to the public.

 

 

Hornbuckle says this Saturday not only will there be great food but there is something for all ages.

 

 

Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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International Day Of Yoga Is June 21st

The international day of Yoga is celebrated every year on June 21st and was originally proposed by the United Nations.  The purpose of this day is to promote yoga as a way to not only increase physcial activity but also as a way to balance physcial and mental health.  Michelle Beckmeier who is with the YMCA says that yoga improves fitness, helps alleviate stress, and teaches correct procedures of how to breath.  Beckmeier says that while the Y doesn’t offer yoga it does offer a program called BodyFlow.  

 

 

The YMCA will be offering free classes that day outside as long as the weather cooperates.  The YMCA will also provide mats if needed. Beckmeier says that the UN picked the 21st of June because it’s the longest day of the year.

 

 

BodyFlow is a Les Mills yoga-based class that combines elements of yoga, tai-chi, and pilates.

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Pana Pride Hosting Cash Mob On Saturday

Pana Pride had their monthly meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Pana.  Melissa Rybolt, who is on the Pana Pride committee is excited about some events that are coming up in Pana.  This coming Saturday, Pana Pride is doing an event called a Cash Mob.  

 

 

Other events that Pana Pride is focusing on is the pruning of some of the trees downtown, along with the Pana Pride Yard of the Month and Business of the Month. 

 

Pana Pride encourages everyone to attend the meetings as they are open to the public.  Melissa Rybolt says there are always a lot of things to discuss and share with each other.

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NEWSTALK WTIM Wins 2 Silver Dome Awards in Statewide Competition Thursday Night

Miller Media Group radio station NEWSTALK WTIM in Taylorville won 2 Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, in a ceremony in Springfield Thursday night.

 

The station won the prestigious "Community Service" Award among small market radio stations in Illinois, for its coverage during and after the December First tornado.

 

And, NEWSTALK WTIM also won an award for Best Spot Radio News Coverage among small market radio stations across the state.

 

The station's tornado coverage staff included general manager Kami Payne, former staff announcers Harrison Silcox and Danny Russell, and station president Randal J. Miller.

 

Payne and Miller accepted the award Thursday night on behalf of the station.

 

It's the first time in the station's history, that NEWSTALK WTIM has won 2 awards in the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome competition.

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Garden Walk This Saturday

It is time once again for the annual Garden Walk put together by the Christian County Master Gardeners, it will take place this Saturday beginning at 9 in the morning.

 

Christian County Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says the forecast looks great for the weekend and all gardens this year are local so you wont spend too much time driving between gardens.

 

 

Podeschi says don’t be confused by the ticket as this year it is also a pamphlet with a map on the back to help you find the gardens.

 

 

Podeschi appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Bourne Not Sold On Budget

The 2019 Spring Session in Illinois is officially over, representatives from around the state will reconvene in the fall after a busy end to the spring.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois in the House of Representatives. Bourne has mixed feelings about the Spring Session particularly about the new budget that was passed. Saying its good that it was passed but she was given short notice to go over the actual bill.

 

 

Illinois seems to be falling behind in terms of education, Bourne says that this new budget will focus on education as well as social services.

 

 

Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Representative Avery Bourne To Host Coffee And Conversations

State Representative Avery Bourne will be hosting a coffee and conversations session throughout Central Illinois June 17th, June 21st, and June 24th.  Bourne wants everyone to come out and ask questions about the legislative session in Springfield, concerns they have, or topics they would like to discuss.  Representative Bourne says that if you can’t make it for her coffee and conversations sessions, to reach out to her office in Litchfield or set up a time to meet one on one.

 

Representative Bourne has an office in Litchfield at 106 East Columbian Boulevard North.  The 95th district includes Montgomery County as well as parts of Christian, Macoupin, and Madison Counties.  On Monday, June 17th Representative Bourne will be at Macoupin County Farm Bureau at 220 N. Broad Street in Carlinville at 8AM.  She will be at the McDonalds in Taylorville on 401 Spresser Street at 7AM on Friday, June 21st and 8:30 at the McDonald’s in Pana.  Finally, Representative Bourne will be at the Hardees at 201 School Street in Hillsboro, on Monday, June 24th.

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Congressman John Shimkus Visits HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville has been keeping busy with updates as the hospital has renovated their emergency department and radiology department.  Illinois Congressman John Shimkus who represents the 15th district, met with Aaron Puchbauer, president and CEO of HSHS Good Shepherd, along with Sara Jimenez, division director of marketing, communication, and advocacy, Julie Edwards HSHS director of outreach and telemedicine, and John Peipert, chief nursing officer at HSHS Good Shepherd.  Shimkus was also on hand for telehealth demonstration that was provided by Dr. Naim Khoury, neurosurgeon at St. John’s Hospital and Mike Queary, emergency department manager at Good Shepherd.

 

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Three Vehicle Accident On Park Street Slows Traffic In Taylorville

A three car vehicle accident outside of Casey’s on Park Street in Taylorville slowed down lunch time traffic on Wednesday.  There were injuries reported.  Looking at the damage it appears that a pick-up truck hit the back of a car, which hit another car.  Dunn’s Ambulance had two emergency vehicles and Taylorville Police and Fire had the road blocked off till they were able to clear up the debris.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

 

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School Budget Update

Superintendent of Taylorville Schools Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau attended his final school board meeting Monday night, but the work does not stop for him there.

 

Fuerstenau is still the Superintendent for 3 more weeks and still has some on his plate left to finish, he says the budget is still on his mind and will be till he officially steps away.

 

 

Fuerstenau says having a budget this early is a little different from recent years. He is hopeful that with the budget being approved this early it can help Taylorville Schools get a head start on next year.

 

 

Fuerstenau appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville School District Announces Resignations And Personnel Moves for June

The Taylorville School Board met Monday Night for their board meeting.  Dr. Furstenau announced some personnel changes, especially with Stonington Elementary closing their doors.  C.J. Mathis who is Taylorville’s High School custodian, announced he was resigning effective June 15th, 2019.  Taylor Little, Pre-K Teacher, Central School announced resignation as well.  

 

In change of assignments, Stephen Keller, math teacher of Taylorville Junior High School will be moving to dean of students for Taylorville Junior High School effective this next school year.  Kristin Salmon, 5th grade teacher of Taylorville Junior High School will be moving to science teacher of Taylorville Junior High School.  Mary Harris, custodian of Stonington Elementary will be moving to night shift custodian at Taylorville Junior High School and Taylorville High School.  Peggy Coffey, secretary of Stonington Elementary will be moving to secretary of North Elementary.   Mary Vaughn, computer aide of Stonington Elementary will be moving to computer aide at Taylorville Junior High School.  Dawne Wright, library aide for Stonington Elementary will be moving to library aide for Taylorville Junior High School.  Finally, Karen Kuntzman, Co-Principal of North Elementary School will be moving to Principal of North Elementary School. All of these moves will be effective for this next school year.

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Surviving the Storms

When you live in the Midwest you grow accustomed to a certain lifestyle in terms of knowing that the winters can be rough and severe storms have the possibility of popping up any day of the week.

 

Christian County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Crews says that in the day we live in with all the technology we have no one should be caught off guard by a storm.

 

 

Crews says there seems to be some confusion when the sirens go off in town, many residents think that they are tornado sirens, this is not the case the sirens are for severe weather and are known as out door warnings.

 

 

Crews appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County Holds Mitigation Committee Meeting

Christian County had their first meeting today to update its plan to reduce damages caused by natural hazards Tuesday Afternoon.  The committee met at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium to put together a new plan for the first time in 10 years.  Christian County EMA Director Mike Crews talked about how much has changed in the way we look at natural disasters.  In 2010 winter storms were considered the highest threat. This plan is called a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Mitigation is a sustained action that reduces or eliminates long term risk to people and property from natural and man-made hazards and their impacts.  The purpose of the committee is to update the plan to incorporate new participants and hazard data, identify new activities and projects that Christian County can pursue to protect lives and property before a natural or man-made hazard occurs and encourage adoption of the updated All Hazards Mitigation Plan by the County and participating municipalities.  Andrea Bostwick is the Risk Assessor and Plan Preparation Supervisor for American Environmental.  She says that mitigation includes everyone and everyone should feel free to be involved.

 

 

The original plan had goals that were set up to maximize the effectiveness of the plan.  These goals were: Lessen the impacts of hazards on new and existing infrastructure, create new or revise existing plans/maps for the community, and develop long-term strategies to educate community residents on the hazards affecting their county.  Andrea Bostwick says all are invited to attend the public meetings and that the public being involved is important.

 

 

For more information on the mitigation plan and the committee meetings, contact Mike Crews, Christian County Emergency Management Agency Manager at 217-824-5421.

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Rodney Davis Hopeful On Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Congressman Rodney Davis wants to fight the opioid crisis and he’s enlisting federal help to do so.  Davis announced federal help from the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be giving grants to five organizations towards fighting opioid addiction.  The grants are called Rural Communities Opioid Response and they are being given to the Jersey Community Hospital District in Jersey County, St Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Macoupin County Health Department, and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Davis says that the opioid crisis in central Illinois is “ground zero” and the government needs to help with recovery just as much as with eliminating it.

 

 

Davis says that recovery for rural communities gives some of the best treatment to areas that have vulnerability of being left behind.

 

 

Each of the awards is in the amount of $200,000.  Rodney Davis says that he has helped congress pass more than 60 bills to help address opioid addiction from every angle.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About SIU Center for Family Medicine at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the S-I-U Center for Family Medicine, and the services they’re providing in Taylorville, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Doctor Janet Albers, a professor and chair of the S-I-U Center for Family Medicine, told Kiwanis members that the Center, which now has some 13 locations in 66 counties in central and southern Illinois, has increased access to health care among the uninsured, underinsured, and self-pay patients, while providing inter-professional training for students who go into the medical field.

 

The Center applied for and received federal grants to be designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center, so they can provide these health care services across central and southern Illinois.

 

Doctor Albers told the Kiwanis Club that the Center has applied to serve Taylorville as another Federally Qualified Health Center location.  They’re presently seeing patients at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, but are planning on having a free-standing building this summer once the designation for the Taylorville location is approved. 

 

Doctor Albers added that their 13 locations saw over 180-thousand patients in central and downstate Illinois last year, and said that the S-I-U Center for Family Medicine provides care on a different re-imbursement model.

 

 

Kiwanis member Raedena Ryan was program chair for Tuesday's meeting.

 

Kiwanis members are reminded that the club’s annual Kiwanis Picnic at Kiwanis Park was re-scheduled to next Tuesday, June 18th at 5:30pm, due to inclement weather on May 21st.   There will not be a noon meeting at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium next Tuesday.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis 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 taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Missions for Taylorville June Community Meeting About Mental Health

Missions for Taylorville has been working diligently for the city of Taylorville since the night of December 1st.

 

Bill Kerns with Missions for Taylorville encourages all to attend the monthly community meetings saying they can really be a benefit should you come out.

 

 

Kerns says after having meetings about insurance and an update on Missions for Taylorville the third meeting will be all about mental health and handling stress. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th in the Taylorville High School Cafeteria.

 

 

Kerns appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Red Cross Awards Certificate Of Merit To Members Of Shelby Electric

Members of Shelby Electric received a prestigious award signed by the President of the United States and presented by the Red Cross at a ceremony on Friday.  On May 8, 2018 a group of employees who were trained in American Red Cross Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED sprung into action when one of their own, Kevin Carlen flat-lined.  The men were in the middle of a training exercise when Kevin Carlen had a real life heart attack 22 feet up in the air.  The trainers knew what they had to do and got to work. Dawn Morris who is with the Red Cross talked about just how important this training was and how it saved Kevin’s life. 

 

Kevin Carlen was choked up with gratitude from the 14 men who saved his life and how much this day meant to him.

 

 

The men who were given the Certificate of Merit were Thad France, Cary Bryson, Nick Dunaway, Nick Sloan, Jerry Johnston, Jamie Sharp, Blake Knearam, Luke Brown, Andrew McDonald, Adam Schrock, Brian Chevalier, Jake Kull, Brad Wright, and Lucas Morse. You can nominate someone who helps save and sustain lives at lifesavingawards.org.

 

Kevin Carlen (Far Left) Along with the men who saved his life in May of 2018.

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Bourne Has Mixed Feelings About Spring Session

The 2019 Spring Session in Illinois is officially over, representatives from around the state will reconvene in the fall after a busy end to the spring.

 

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District of Illinois in the House of Representatives. When she reflects on the Spring Sessions she admits the feeling of disappointment, saying that for nearly 5 months nothing was getting accomplished then it seemed to rush the last two days to get everything pushed through.

 

 

The Abortion Bill recently passes is one that Bourne has not shied away from in terms of her opposition, she is unappreciative of the fact that it seems as though the state of Illinois is trying to advertise itself as an abortion haven.

 

 

Bourne acknowledges that at the end of the day she feels like with this bill she has been left with more questions than answers.

 

 

Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Shelby Electric Awards Scholarships

Shelby Electric helped three students with their scholarship awards at their meeting on Friday.  Ashlyn Finley of Pana, McKenna Kull of Shelbyville, and Elizabeth Curtin of Stonington all received $1,000 dollar scholarship awards from Shelby Electric Cooperative.  Ashlyn Finley, daughter of Shane and Nancy Finley, plans to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to pursue a degree in nursing.  McKenna Kull, daughter of Kent and Tammi Kull, plans on attending the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.  Elizabeth Curtin, daughter of Steve and Susan Curtin plans on heading to the University of Central Missouri for a degree in nursing.  Heidi Hall, a members service manager, and Brent Lively, Board Chairman, was on hand to give out the awards to Ashlyn and McKenna. Elizabeth Curtin couldn’t be there but still received the scholarship.  Hall talked to Ashlyn and Mckenna about their future plans.

 

 

Shelby Electric gives out scholarships every year as part of their local scholarship program.

 

Pictured from left to Right: Mckenna Kull Shelbyville High School, Brent Lively, Board Chairman Shelby Electric, and Ashlyn Finley, Pana High School.

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Taylorville Attorney Suspended For Falsifying Documents

A Christian County lawyer is suspended for 60 days following a false residence claim.  Dennis Roy Atteberry was suspended for 60 days following a false residence claim in Shelby county. Mr. Atteberry had filed a residence claim in order to apply for a judicial position.  The problem is that Dennis Atteberry didn’t reside in Shelby County and was ineligible to run for office. Mr. Atteberry lived and resided in Taylorville.  

 

According to the complaint on December 6, 2017 Mr. Atteberry agreed and signed a lease to pay a homeowner in Shelby County $50 per month as rent to use their residence for documentation and campaigning. Mr. Atteberry had no intention of moving in and using the place as his place for residency. Mr. Atteberry than submitted a change of voting card and a change of address to the Illinois Secretary of State giving the new address as his permanent address. On December 21st, Mr. Atteberry filed a sworn statement of candidacy. He filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections declaring his candidacy for the March primary election for the Republican Party nomination for the office of Resident Court Judge of Shelby County. Mr. Atteberry took an oath before a notary public. Mr. Atteberry would withdraw his nomination on January 18th 2018 after complaints were lodged concerning his statement of candidacy.The decision for suspension came down May 21st of this year. 

 

Mr. Atteberry will be suspended from June 11th until August 10th.  

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Taylorville School Board Says Farewell To Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau

 

The Taylorville School Board held their regular meeting Monday evening at 7PM.  This would be Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau’s final board meeting.  Only four of the board members were present: President Stephen Turner, Dr. George Freese, Dr Ronald Mizer, and Sarah Van Huss.  Dr. Greg Fuerstenau kicked off the meeting by thanking everyone for their support over the years.  Visitor comments included comments from a few former board members who served with Dr. Fuerstenau, and Mayor Bruce Barry thanking the leaving Superintendent for all he had done while he was there.  After approval of minutes and review of claims, Dr Fuerstenau went over the treasurer’s report and was proud to announce that Taylorville School District has a budget and that things will be handled well as he leaves for Dr. Chris Dougherty. A announcement was made by Dr. Fuerstenau that the Taylorville Education Support Staff Contract was approved.

 

 

Dr. Fuerstenau also made a recommendation concerning cyber-security highlighting the 21st century threats and how the School can stop it.  President Turner finished up the board meeting with Dr. Fuerstenau’s notes, who once again made a point of thanking everyone for their support.

 

 

The meeting wrapped up around 7:50PM.

 

For the full board meeting, check out Regional Radio News' Youtube channel.  https://youtu.be/YilIjsSd7tI

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Save Energy Save Money Seminar Upcoming

The Christian County University of Illinois Extension Office has a tremendous opportunity for you to learn some of the newest practices in the fields.

 

Ashley Belle is the Environmental and Energy Stewardship Educator with the Extension Office. Belle says thanks to a recently received  grant they will be hosting a Save Energy Save Money Seminar.

 

 

Belle says they want to educate as many people as they can in terms of how to be more energy efficient so they will be hosting two separate seminars that you can attend.

 

 

Belle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Opportunity to Help with the 2020 Census

Taylorville is 12,000 strong, that number might be changing soon as the next US Census is set to take place next year.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle has been in contact with the Census Bureau about getting some help with the 2020 census. 

 

 

Hornbuckle goes over some of the qualification you need to work on the 2020 census, saying jobs can be found even for someone with no experience.

 

 

Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville School Board To Meet Tonight

The Taylorville school district will hold their regular board of education meeting Monday evening at 7PM.  The board will hear from visitors, approve the minutes of past meetings, review claims, and review the treasurers report.  There will also be a consideration of personnel and an overnight request.  New business that will be discussed includes a consideration of 2019-2020 general supply bid, elementary textbook bid and property, casualty insurance renewal rate bid.  The board will discuss support staff contracts, than go into executive session, followed by a report from the superintendent.  The Taylorville School board meets at 512 West Spresser Street in Taylorville.

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Rodney Davis Talks About Flood Relief, Care For Small Communities

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th District) has been keeping busy and not just in Washington.  Davis spent some time talking about some of the many projects and bills that he has been working on.  One area that he has been focused on has been flood relief in some of the Illinois areas that have been inundated with rain.

 

 

Davis also talked about helping out small communities, especially with grants that help buy police vehicles such as the new vehicles in Carrollton and Stonington.  Davis says grants like this help small towns that have trouble putting resources together to get appropriations.

 

 

The House of Representatives is next set to meet Monday at 2PM.

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Jenkins Posts Bond After Bond Reduction Denied

Bradley Jenkins, the Taylorville resident being held in connection with an assault that left 27 year old Alissa L. Martin dead,  was able to post bond Friday evening even after a motion to reduce bond was denied.  Judge Madeline Connolly heard a bond hearing in St Louis Municipal Court on Friday and denied reducing it, but court records show that the bond, $100,000, was indeed posted.  Jenkins has to turn in his passport upon release and execute a waiver of extradition.  Jenkins was arrested for domestic assault in the third degree. His next hearing is set for Tuesday, June 11th at 9AM.

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Dudley Smith Farm Field Day Coming Up

The Christian County University of Illinois Extension Office has a tremendous opportunity for you to learn some of the newest practices in the fields.

 

Ashley Belle is the Environmental and Energy Stewardship Extension Educator with the Extension Office. She is hoping to see a good crowd at the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day.

 

 

Belle says there will be a lot to learn that day but one of the projects on display has to do with balancing water quality and nutrient management.

 

 

The second project that will be on display takes a look at water infiltration and what we can do to get the most out of it, Belle says for both projects you will have the opportunity to participate.

 

 

Belle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Missions For Taylorville Hires New Recovery Manager

Missions for Taylorville has approved the hiring of a new manager.  Lloyd Hoover has been hired as the new Long-Term Recovery manager.  This is a new position that will be used to coordinate the long-term tornado recovery efforts.  Hoover says he is very excited about starting his new position.

 

 

The position is a full time paid position, and Hoover will work closely with Missions for Taylorville, Long-term recovery teams and those who need help.  Hoover is excited for the new challenges that await him and is looking to help anyone in need.

 

For more information or if you need assistance from Missions for Taylorville or Lloyd Hoover please contact him at 217-825-7159.

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Marty Davis Celebrates 60 Years with McDonalds

On Wednesday of this week at the Pillars Event Center a select group gathered to surprise a local businessman for his accomplishments.

 

CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Patty Hornbuckle recently had the opportunity to attend a surprise party for Marty Davis who celebrates 60 years with McDonald's.

 

 

Hornbuckle says in the back of the church was a special surprise, they had tables and laid out on the tables were photos and memories of Davis’ time with McDonald's.

 

 

Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Moweaqua Pow Wow Featuring New Events, Unique Entertainment

The 40th annual Moweaqua Pow Wow Days will be taking place Friday June 7th through Sunday June 9th. Since it’s the 40th birthday of the Pow Wow there will be a birthday party as a closing event at 5PM on Sunday.   Laura Seitz who is a member of the Pow Wow Committee is excited about some new events such as the bags event.

 

Seitz also talked about some of the entertainment that the Moweaqua Pow Wow days has booked.

 

 

The Moweaqua Pow Wow days start at 5:15PM on Friday with an opening ceremony and wrap at 6PM on Sunday evening.  Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR will broadcast live from Moweaqua Pow Wow Days Saturday at Noon.

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The United States Remembers D-Day On The 75th Anniversary

June 6th, 1944 saw Operation Overload and Operation Neptune, the invasion of German held France, and Soldiers storming the beaches in Normandy. Over 6,900 ships and landing craft, 50,000 vehicles, and 11,500 planes transported 156,000 troops over 50 miles of beaches. Nearly 2,500 Americans were killed during the invasion, but it was an overall success as Paris would be liberated by the end of August. Congressman Rodney Davis, talked about the 75th anniversary of D-Day and just how important it was for American freedom.

 

The moment still seems surreal, especially as more time passes, and our World War II heroes slowly pass away, but Congressman Davis says that the French will never forget the sacrifice made by the Allies that day.

 

 

D-Day commemorations were held all over the United States and parts of Europe on Thursday.  President Trump paid tribute to US Forces at a Church Service in France.

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Local Judge Named To Board Of Directors For The Illinois Judges Association

A local area judge has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association.  Circuit Judge Brad T. Paisley was elected at the annual meeting held on Friday at the John Marshall Law School.  Judge Paisley will serve a 3 year term.  There are 50 members of the Board of Directors.  The Illinois Judges Association comprises over 1,250 active and retired Illinois State Court Judges and provides education and services to its members about court operations to the public.  

 

Judge Paisley said in a statement. “I am proud to be able to continue my work serving on the board of directors of the Illinois Judge’s Association.  The IJA does incredible work to assist judges at every stage of their career through and including retirement. The IJA also works tirelessly to preserve the independence of the judiciary and to educate the public.  I am honoured to also serve with Judges John Coady and Ron Spears who are past presidents of the organization.”

 

Judge Paisley has been a judge for 12 years.  He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Christian County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Illinois Judicial College and serves on the judicial staff branch committee.  Judge Paisley is also involved in educating judges throughout the state, and serves on the faculty for the biannual Illinois Judicial Education Conference.  
 

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HSHS Good Shepherd Hosting Blood Drive On Friday

The HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will be hosting a blood drive on the south side of the Hospital in Clasroom A from 10AM-2PM on Friday June 21st.  One donation can save up to three lives and it’s a safe simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to an hour.  Marketing Director Kristy Gordon says that this blood drive is important, because most of the blood that Good Shepherd Hospital receives is from Springfield.

 

 

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Gordon encourages people to call or go to www.bloodcenterimpact.org for more information.  

 

 

An identification card is required to donate.  To sign up for a donation time, contact 241-7550.
 

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AED Donated To Shelbyville Ball Fields

The Forest Park ball fields in Shelbyville received a donation which could help save a life.  HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville donated an automated exernal defibrillator or AED which automatically analyzes and detects cardiac arrhytmias of sudden cardiac arrest patients thus producing shocks which stops the heart allowing it to return to a normal rhythm.  This is called defibrillation.  Summer is coming, and with it ball players, fans, and parents who will be attending these games and it is helpful to have the comfort to know that the AED is there. The donation was possible through community benefit efforts at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. 

 

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Severe Weather Rumbles Thru Regional Radio Listening Area

Severe weather rumbled thru the Regional Radio listening area late Wednesday afternoon, causing numerous weather warnings to be issued, but apparently little damage.

 

During Regional Radio's severe weather coverage yesterday afternoon, Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews told listeners that there was a report of a possible tornado in rural Christian County, but no damage.

 

 

And, Crews added that both Taylorville and Pana had reports of several tree limbs down.

 

 

The Taylorville severe weather sirens were activated at the height of the storm Wednesday afternoon.

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CSH Investments Looking at Big Picture Issues

Steve Henry with CSH Investments is the go to guy in Taylorville for investment advice on the stock market and bonds.

 

Henry says he has been looking into some what he calls the big picture issues, one he’s keeping a close eye on is inflation. Henry also thinks history might have chance of repeating itself.

 

 

In Henry’s mind this is something to keep an eye on, mentioning that once you think inflation is dead that is when it can come up in full force.

 

 

Henry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Red Nose Day Recap

The Central Illinois Food Bank spent most of their time in May gearing up towards Red Nose Day which has been a success for the past 5 years.

 

Ashley Earnest is the Public Relations Manager with the Central Illinois Foodbank, she recaps the Red Nose Day saying that they raised over $40 million.

 

 

Earnest says while Red Nose Day may have already come and passed there is still an opportunity to contribute if you are interested.
 

 

Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Dairy Myths Debunked

With June being National Dairy Month the St. Louis Dairy Council is buzzing with excitement to spread the word about dairy.

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis Dairy Council realizes that some out there may be a little critical of dairy, Williams is here to breakdown some of the myths and why they should not be bought.

 

 

Williams does acknowledge that there are ways to get calcium other than milk, but says nothing quite does the job like 8 ounces of milk.

 

 

Williams appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Deer Visits Property Next to Miller Media Group Studios

 

A stray deer made an unannounced visit to the property adjacent to the Miller Media Group studios on East Park Street in Taylorville this afternoon.

 

He remained on the property for about 15 minutes.

 

His whereabouts aren't known, but hopefully he didn't take a ride on the front of a car!

 

 

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis Induct New Member, Vote to Move Meeting Location at Tuesday Business Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

The biggest announcement was that after several months of work, the Kiwanis Club board voted to move the club’s weekly meetings to the Taylorville Moose Lodge effective October First.  After many years of hosting the meetings, Taylorville Memorial Hospital notified the Kiwanis Club that they would have to find a new home for the meetings by January 2020, as the present hospital building will be torn down next year as part of the hospital’s 60-million dollar building project.

 

The Kiwanis board also re-scheduled the annual Kiwanis Picnic at Kiwanis Park to Tuesday, June 18th at 5pm, due to inclement weather on May 21st. 

 

The Kiwanis Club Park Committee announced that clean-up work and refurbishing of a park bench, had taken place with Kiwanis Park committee chair Jerry Woodard, along with Kiwanis members Will Perkins, Larry Kemner, and Martin Vota, involved.

 

Blain Lacy was inducted as the newest member of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, during Tuesday’s meeting.  He is an investment representative with Edward Jones, and was sponsored by Kiwanis member Brad Davis.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis 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 taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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Taylorville City Officials Elated at Tornado Funds Announcement from State

Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry was elated at the news of state monies coming to Taylorville to assist in the tornado aftermath.

 

 

Barry told Regional Radio News the money will be spent in a number of ways.

 

 

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City of Taylorville to get $500,000 From State For Tornado Cleanup

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar today announced that the City of Taylorville will receive some 500-thosuand dollars from the state to help cover the costs incurred from the December tornado of last year. 
 
Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill, got the funding included in the budget in order to help the community rebuild after the disaster.
 
Manar said he had made a promise that the state would do its part after the tornado.

On December First of last year, an EF3 tornado tore through the town located in the geographic center of Christian County. According to the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, more than 500 buildings were damaged, with 34 being destroyed and 66 receiving major damage. 26 people were injured, none fatally. 

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June is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month and the St. Louis Dairy Council wants to make sure that they are doing everything they can do to raise awareness for dairy.

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis Dairy Council says this is a big month for them, she explains some of the history behind National Dairy Month.

 

 

Williams says Dairy Month is the perfect time to unveil one of their new campaigns in “Cowversations”.

 

 

Williams discusses the thought process behind “Cowversations” and how it works and can benefit anyone with questions.

 

 

Williams appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Cross Country Classics Coming to Senior Citizens Center

As the calendar changes to June the Christian County Senior Citizens Center sends out their monthly calendar which includes trips around the state and fun activities for those that stay home as well.

 

Gerry Mahr with the Christian County Senior Citizens Center says they have an addition to make to the calendar as the Cross Country Classics will be stopping by to perform.

 

 

Mahr says for the first time last month the Christian County Master Gardeners stopped by the Senior Citizens Center to host a class, and now they will be regulars.

 

 

Mahr appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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4th Annual Mouse Races A Success

The 4th annual mouse races fundraiser over the weekend was a success.  The Christian County Fairgrounds had to “squeak by” the weather, and ultimately had less people than they were hoping for but Tornado Wrestling Foundation Treasurer, Gerry Mahr, says that ultimately the event was a success.

 

 

Mahr says that despite so much going on in the area, and the weather being the way it was that the Foundation was happy with the turnout.

 

 

The Tornado Wrestling Foundation was still waiting for some more numbers after the long weekend.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

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CEO Trade Show: Featuring Nick Livingston & Tyler Davis

A big crowd welcomed the 16 Christian County C-E-O students who introduced their personal businesses at the annual Trade Show May 23rd,  at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. During the live broadcast on WRAN groovy 97-point-3, C-E-O student Nick Livingston debuted his business selling Aloe Natural.

 

 

C-E-O student Tyler Davis told WRAN listeners about his mowing business.

 

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams visited with Regional Radio News during the Trade Show, saying Thursday night's crowd was the largest in the 4 years of the event. Find out more information on the Christian County C-E-O program at christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.

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Shelbyville City Council To Meet Monday Evening To Discuss Appointment of Deputy City Clerk, Funding, More

The Shelbyville City Council will meet Monday evening for their meeting at 6PM at the Municipal Building in Shelbyville.  Topics for discussion include approval for appointment of Deputy City Clerk, a request to approve placement of Little Lending Libraries and Benches, approving a bid for sewer work, a request to approve funding for economic development and a beer garden discussion among other things.  The council meets twice a month, and is led by Mayor Jeff Johnson and the city councilmen.  

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Taylorville Man Arrested For Domestic Assault In Saint Louis County

A Taylorville man is being charged with domestic assault in St. Louis County in Missouri.  Bradley S. Jenkins is being held for a $100,000 cash bond after an incident over the weekend.  According to the St. Louis County Jail website, Bradley Stephen Jenkins was arrested on Sunday morning for domestic assault in the third degree. Jenkins is being held in the Saint Louis City Justice Center. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

 

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Shelbyville Fire Protection District Keeping Us Safe

In a time of crisis 911 is the first number that comes to mind. Those brave men and women put their own lives at risk to ensure the safety of others.

 

Scott McKee with the Shelbyville Fire Protection District says they are responsible for a lot of ground, and many might be surprised to hear they are the third biggest Fire Protection District in the State.

 

 

McKee explains the differences in what all the Shelbyville Fire Protection handles saying they tend to stick with just fire calls.

 

 

Mckee appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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Decatur Memorial Hospital Tentatively Set To Merge In October

Two hospitals will possibly be merging in October to help reach a common goal of helping citizens with better health care. Memorial Health System is set to merge with Decatur Memorial Hospital.  This will become the second largest hospital in the Springfield Memorial Health System.  This merger is set to take place October 1st. President and CEO of Memorial Health System, Ed Curtis says that this merger will help enhance the community and bring it better health care. 

 

Curtis says that there will be no layoffs or restructuring of current employees reiterating that this is a partnership and by

working together can help lower administrative costs.

 

 

For more information on the merger contact Decatur Memorial Hospital where CEO Tim Stone would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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Moweaqua Days This Weekend

This weekend it is time once again for the Moweaqua Pow Wow Days, an event that no doubt will bring out a big crowd.
 
Committee Member for the Moweaqua Pow Wow Days Kimberly Higgins explains some of the history behind the event and how it has helped the town thrive.
 

 

 
Higgins says they waste no time getting started, Friday has a packed schedule for everyone who comes out to enjoy.
 

 

 
Higgins appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.

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CEO Trade Show: Featuring Jack Livingston & Will Kettelkamp

A big crowd welcomed the 16 Christian County C-E-O students who introduced their personal businesses at the annual Trade Show Thursday night at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. During the live broadcast on WRAN groovy 97-point-3, C-E-O student Jack Livingston talks about his bamboo fresh deodorizer and air purifier.

 

 

C-E-O student Will Kettelkamp told WRAN listeners about his business selling donuts and coffee.

 

 

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams visited with Regional Radio News during the Trade Show, saying Thursday night's crowd was the largest in the 4 years of the event. Find out more information on the Christian County C-E-O program at christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.

 

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Village Of Stonington To Receive New Police Vehicle

Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, the Village of Stonington is getting a new police vehicle.  Mayor Ryan Marucco says that Stonington will be getting this vehicle in a few months.  Marucco says that the timing couldn’t be better. 

 

 

The city of Stonington has three officers and one vehicle in it’s fleet currently.  Mayor Marucco says it’s nice to have the support of the government that helps with grants for smaller communities.

 

 

The grant amount from the USDA is $13,200.  The village of Stonington will be contributing $24,750 towards the new vehicle.  

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CEO Trade Show: Featuring Johnathan Zeetlow & Griffin Smock

A big crowd welcomed the 16 Christian County C-E-O students who introduced their personal businesses at the annual Trade Show Thursday night at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. During the live broadcast on WRAN groovy 97-point-3, C-E-O student Johnathan Zeetlow talks about selling online through Ebay.

 

 

C-E-O student Griffin Smock told WRAN listeners about his business buying up homes.

 

 

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams visited with Regional Radio News during the Trade Show, saying Thursday night's crowd was the largest in the 4 years of the event. Find out more information on the Christian County C-E-O program at christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.

 

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