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Pana Police And Christian County Officers Involved In Standoff

Pana Police responded to a barricaded subject on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday Pana Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North State Street due to a call for a violation of an order of protection on an adult male. Officers responded and discovered property damage and evidence to establish probable cause to arrest the adult male for the violation but the subject had fled the area. 

 

Officers located the adult male at a separate location and requested he exit his residence while speaking to him through an open window. The male armed himself with a knife, barricaded himself inside his residence and initiated a standoff with officers who were not aware if additional weapons were inside. Additional Pana Officers, along with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) responded and secured a perimeter around the residence; Pana Ambulance and EMS were called to a staging area nearby. Officers negotiated with the subject for several hours, including utilizing family members but gained no cooperation. A decision was made to removed uniformed officers and squad cars from the area to reduce pressure on the subject while leaving covert surveillance on the property. The residence was under surveillance for nearly 12 hours waiting for the subject to exit and be taken into custody for the criminal offense and prevent additional court-ordered violations and possible injury against the protected victim. 

 

On Thursday at 10:20 in the morning, the same subject was seen leaving the residence on foot and resources were called in, including the Pana Police K-9 Unit, Pana Officers, Christian County Deputies, and CIEG officers, to apprehend the subject. The Pana K-9 Unit tracked the subject through a densely brushed area where the subject was found hiding and laying in the back of a pickup truck holding a 12-inch knife to his chest. Officers secured a perimeter and continued to negotiate. At 10:35 in the morning during negotiations, a taser was deployed and the subject was temporarily incapacitated and dropped the knife.  Officers quickly secured the subject and requested Pana Ambulance and EMS to respond and was transported to Pana Hospital for evaluation. 

 

Pana Officers remained at the hospital with the subject who was in police custody and threatening himself. The entire incident was nearly 30 hours in length. Chief Bland was appreciative of the support from the Pana Officers and Dispatchers, Christian County Deputies and Dispatchers and Agents from the CIEG who were involved. Regional Radio News has not learned of the subject's name at this time, as it is being withheld for privacy and may be released at a later date. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About Bikers Against Child Abuse, Kiwanis District Awards at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a biker group working against child abuse, and about awards the local club won at the recent Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

3 members of the “Bikers Against Child Abuse” organization, known only as “Nozzle,” “Torch” & “Squirrel”, told Kiwanis members that it was founded over 20 years ago, and is now in 19 countries and growing.  They added it’s made up totally of volunteers with no paid employees, and said that each volunteer must go thru a rigorous one-year training program that includes attending meetings prior to being accepted, and a background check.  

 

The organization works to create a safer environment for children.

 

During Tuesday’s Kiwanis Club meeting, it was announced that the club received several awards during the recent Illinois-Iowa Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield.  Local Kiwanis member and Interclub chair Blain Cornwell was honored for serving the past several years as Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor for the District, and local Kiwanis member Martin Vota was also honored as being named the new Kiwanis District Lieutenant Governor taking Cornwell’s place.

 

Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak also presented Kiwanis treasurer Judy Prasun a check from WRAN groovy 97.3 for almost eleven-hundred dollars, which was half the proceeds from the August 6th WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon.  Kiwanis members secured sponsorships in the day-long broadcast, and delivered sponsor commercials live.  The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club have held the annual Radiothon as a fund-raiser for the club, for well over 20 years.

 

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.

 

 

Several members of the “Bikers Against Child Abuse” organization, were guest speakers at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.  From the left:  Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak, who presided at the meeting, BACA members “Nozzle,” “Torch”, Kiwanis program chair Martin Vota; and kneeling is BACA member “Squirrel.”

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club member Blain Cornwell (right) was given the “Distinguished Lieutenant Governor” award by the Illinois-Iowa District Kiwanis Convention recently, for his years of service in that role.  Taylorville Kiwanis member Martin Vota (middle), who is taking over as District Lieutenant Governor, presented the award to Cornwell at the Club’s Tuesday meeting.  Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Michael Evanchak, who presided over Tuesday’s meeting, is at the left.

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Michael Evanchak (left) presented a check for nearly eleven-hundred dollars to local Kiwanis treasurer Judy Prasun (right).  The check represents half the proceeds from the August 6th WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon fund-raiser.

 

 

 

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New Faces At Christian County Sheriff's Office

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office announced the hiring of some new officers.  Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that small Sheriff’s Offices have to work harder because they are losing officers to bigger departments.

 

 

Kettelkamp is proud of the four officer’s he’s hired: Tony Telford, Amy Fulk, Andrew Voorhees, and Steve O’Brien.

 

 

The four new officers have already started.

 

 

 

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Taylorville Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Felony Possession Of A Firearm & Body Armor

A Taylorville man plead guilty in Christian County Court today which resulted in a 30 year sentence. Theodore M. Fleming Jr. plead guilty to possession of a weapon and body armor by a felon.  Fleming plead guilty to the charge and will receive 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections along with 3 years of court supervision, otherwise known as parole. Fleming was arrested on June 28th, 2018 after an altercation at a home in Pana on June 25th of that year. Fleming was also charged with home invasion with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm during a home invasion. All of those charges, along with two counts of possession and operating an uninsured motor vehicle were dropped in exchange for Fleming’s plea of guilty. Fleming will have credit for 417 days already served. Fleming was remanded back to the Christian County Jail to await transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Busy Week Ahead for Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

A busy week upcoming for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce as beginning Wednesday they will have 4 straight days of events.

 

CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says Wednesday kicks off the fun with business after hours at Jenner Ag in Taylorville.

 

 

The following day will be the Ameren Lunch and Learn session at Charro Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville where you can learn to save some money by making your home more energy efficient.

 

 

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

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Christian County Sheriff Talks School Safety

School has entered its first week of the 2019 and 2020 year and Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says safety is always the main concern. He asks that people remain cautious while they’re driving especially early in the morning.

 

 

The National Safety Council has put out some tips to promote school safety as well.

 

 

The Christian County Sheriff’s office along with city police at all area schools are working hard to have a game plan in place to deal with any safety issues inside or outside the school.

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Farmers Market Closer to the End

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.

 

Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. Downs know that at current time we are closer to then end of the market than we are to the beginning.

 

 

While some product has been struggling to make it to the farmers market the Calhoun County Peaches have been nothing short of amazing.

 

 

Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.

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Loving Arms Pregnancy Center Opening Location In Pana

The Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center is building a new facility for a satellite building in Pana. Loving Arms Director Cathy Coker talks about the unique opportunity that they have to help the residents of Pana, who currently have to come to Taylorville.

 

One thing that the Loving Arms Center is doing is helping new fathers as well.

 

The center will be staffed with a center coordinator and a receptionist. There will also be volunteer positions including janitorial, peer counselors, and general office work.  The center hopes to be open in January with a  grand opening set for Mothers Day.


 

The new center will be at 201 South Locust Street in Pana. The center is always looking for help with volunteering.  For more information visit www.LACPC.com or call the center at 217-824-7200.

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Plan In Place To Connect All Of Illinois With Internet

A plan to bring internet access to every part of Illinois is being heavily invested in by Governor JB Pritzker. Pritzker says a broadband advisory council will be focusing on heavy broadband expansion across Illinois with focus on Education, Economic Development, and Telemedicine.

 

 

The program is called “Connect Illinois” and will be a 420 million dollar program. Downstate Illinois is especially feeling the pinch of having trouble with internet access as Karri Butterfield a resident of Payson and a member of the Black Bay Group explains.

 

 

The Advisory Council will plan and seek federal funding as well on the up and coming project. For more information visit https://connect.illinois.edu/.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Ready to Launch Middle Mile Food Rescue Program

Central Illinois Foodbank has been working hard for years now to stomp out hunger in Central Illinois, and there is help on the way.

 

Public Relations Manager Ashley Earnest is happy to announce that the Middle Mile Food Rescue Program will be in full swing soon.

 

 

Earnest knows this program will be a great weapon in the fight against hunger she shares the number of food going to waste and it is quite alarming.

 

 

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

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Sit Down Meals Make a Happy Healthy Family

The St. Louis Dairy Council is trying to do their part to ensure that we are eating the correct way and staying in the best shape possible.

 

Registered Dietitian Jill Williams says it is often overlooked but sit down family meals can be essential to the upbringing of your child.

 

 

On top of saving money, eating at home is often a healthier option as opposed to eating out according to Williams.

 

 

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

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Shelby County Royalty Attend State Fair

 

Miss Shelby County along with some of the other pageant winners got to be Royalty at the Illinois State Fair. 2019 Miss Shelby County, Adilyn McCray and 2019 Junior Miss Shelby County Kylie Smith attended the County Fair Day at the Illinois State Fair on August 9th. Sara Long, Director of the Shelby County Pageants, says the girls enjoyed their trip to the State Fair.

 

 

That State Pageant in January will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield with over 70 participants competing. 

 

Queen Adilyn McCray and Kylie Smith will keep busy through the rest of the Summer, as Long highlights some activities that are coming up.

 

 

The Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held in January of 2020 in conjunction with the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention.

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EpiPen Law Signed By Governor Pritzker

A new Illinois law is changing insurance coverage and this is good news for children with severe allergies. Insurance companies must cover office treatments and visits for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. 

 

 

The other new law requires coverage of epi-pens for children with severe allergies. Pen costs have increased by over 400% in the last decade.

 

Governor Pritzker says 2 children per classroom have some sort of food allergy.

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Taylorville Schools Back In Session Thursday

With school being back in session all across Illinois, Taylorville is no different as there will be children all excited or disappointed that they will have to be back in classes on Thursday. Superintendent of Taylorville School District,  Dr. Chris Dougherty sat with Regional Radio News and talked about how excited she is for the upcoming school year.

 

 

Dr. Dougherty says that parents can help their kids get ready to be productive at school.

 

Dr. Dougherty says that they are working to make effective safety plans for the School.

 

 

Dr. Dougherty has also announced that there will be meals available for all fire, police, and EMS workers this year if needed.

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Ship Program No More at Senior Citizens Center

Changes are coming to the Christian County Senior Citizens Center effective immediately. 

 

Gerry Mahr with the Senior Citizens Center says that their Ship Program is officially terminated. They will still be able to answer some brief questions but there will no longer be sessions to reserve.

 

 

Mahr understands there is still a need for the Ship Program assistance and says other than answering a quick question or two they will have to redirect you to someone else in the area.

 

 

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

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Bourne Still not on Board with Budget

Avery Bourne represents the 95th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Even with the time that has passed Bourne says she is struggling to get on board with the current budget.

 

 

Bourne admits that in Springfield it is backward as the budget is often what is tackled last when they are in spring session, she would like to see the budget put in place first and foremost.

 

 

We all are aware by now that the budget introduced by Governor Pritzker is the largest budget in the history of the state. Bourne explains why the budget is so high this time around.

 

 

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

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Kincaid Safe Passage Still Running Well

The Kincaid Safe Passage program is still very much alive and well.  This is the message that Safe Passage Coordinator Denise Evans has been trying to push since she and Chief Wheeler have left for Taylorville.  Evans has been working diligently to run the program in both Taylorville and Kincaid.  Evans says that if people in Kincaid want to help, they need to come to the next Board meeting.

 

Evans says Judge Brad T. Paisley has been working hard on this program, not just in Taylorville and Kincaid but all around Christian County.

 

Finally, Evans says you won’t want to miss the Safe Passage Festival in Kincaid on August 24th and 25th.

 

For more information contact Denise Evans on her cell at 217-638-3247 any time, the Kincaid Police Department at 217-237-5568, and Taylorville Police Department at 217-777-0080. Evans will speak with anyone at any time about the program and any questions you may have.

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Mount Auburn Elects New Mayor

 

The Village of Mount Auburn has a new Mayor.  Amber Dooley was voted as the new Mayor.  She received 4 yes votes and 1 nay. Dooley became Mayor after Brett Milburn resigned suddenly last week.  Dooley took the oath of office immediately after being voted in.

 

Dooley says she wants to move forward and make the village the best it can be.

 

 

Mayor Dooley says she’s there to listen to the citizens of Mount Auburn.

 

 

Mayor Amber Dooley takes over as Mayor effective immediately. The Mount Auburn Farmer’s Picnic takes place August 23-25.

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Assumption Hit with Damage from Monday Night's Severe Weather

The Assumption area was one that saw damage from the high winds and heavy rain that pounded Central Illinois Monday night.

 

 

Tim Hardimon and his family have lived just east of Assumption for some 12 years.  When the severe weather headed their way Monday night, he and his family headed for the basement before the damage happened.

 

 

2 very large trees came down in the Hardimon's driveway where 2 cars were parked, but neither were damaged.

 

 

 

The Hardimon's were safe and no one was injured at their house, from Monday night's storm.

 

 

Several fields of corn along the blacktop east of Assumption, were blown down in Monday night's storm.

 

 

This is the blacktop east of Assumption, looking west.  Several inches of rain fell in that area, along with high winds, Monday night.

 

 

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EF1 Tornado Goes Through Christian County

Picture courtesy: Emergency Management Agency

 

After severe weather ravaged Central Illinois Monday evening, Emergency Management Services began to survey the damage once the sun came out. While reports are still going to be a couple days, Regional Radio News has learned from Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews, that there was in fact a tornado touchdown in Christian County. 

 

 

All in all though Christian County survived a strong storm relatively intact considering the severe weather sirens have been down for maintenance.

 

 

The severe weather sirens will be operational next week. The reports are still preliminary.  An official report will come out in a few days assessing the path of the tornado.

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Windsor Harvest Picnic Starts Soon

The Windsor Harvest Picnic is ready for a great week ahead as they will be welcoming residents from all around to come enjoy themselves soon.

 

Windsor Harvest Picnic President Stacy Cole says the pork chop dinner on Thursday is always popular and bands will be performing as well.

 

 

Every year the Windsor Harvest Picnic starts with a patriotic opening and this year will be no different as the Legion has been taking care of the flags.

 

 

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

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Plenty to do in Shelbyville

There is always plenty to do in Shelbvyville and the Shelby County Office of Tourism has you covered on some of the best features around town.

 

Executive Director Freddie Fry is excited for the Lake Shelbyville Digital Photography Contest to once again come back this year.

 

 

The Roxy Theater is Shelbyville has been getting some of the newer films coming to its screen at an earlier time than usual, Fry says it is always a popular place in town.

 

 

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

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Taylorville School Board Meets New Teachers, Purchases Dump Truck at Monthly Meeting

A busy school board meeting last night saw a packed house as it was standing room only at the start. Roughly 10-15 new faculty were in attendance and each had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the board. Some new business handled last night was the consideration to hire a new HR Clerk, this passed unanimously. The big discussion however came for the consideration of purchasing a new dump truck to replace the old van that has seen better days. Dr. George Freese was the lone vote of no and explains his reasons why.

 

 

Dr. Ronald Mizer was the one vote to abstain or pass when the roll call came up, he says when it boils down to it there were some questions he would have liked to have answered.

 

 

School Board Member Sarah Van Huss was one of the yes votes for the new dump truck, in her mind this was a no-brainer as the district was long overdue for a new vehicle

 

 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty is looking forward to the kids being in the halls for the first day of classes on Thursday, but teachers are ready to report tomorrow.

 

 

As a whole the Taylorville School Board is looking forward to another great academic year in Central Illinois.

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Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation Bill to be Signed

When in the Pharmaceutical business for the smaller businesses it can feel like an unfair fight as the big companies seem to have a stranglehold on the market.

 

State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois, he has been working on the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation Bill for years now and is happy that it will be signed into law soon.

 

 

Manar looks back at the beginning of the process for this bill as he says it was going to be a real uphill battle.

 

 

Manar describes the purpose as to why he is fighting so hard for this to go through as it is unfair to the family owned pharmacies.

 

 

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

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Severe Weather, Possible Tornadoes Hit Regional Radio Listening Area Monday Night

Severe weather creating some possible tornadoes, rumbled thru the Regional Radio listening area Monday night, causing numerous tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.

 

Christian County saw at least 3 tornado warnings as a result of possible tornadoes reported by the National Weather Service near Edinburg and Stonington.  

 

Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews told Regional Radio listeners during our live coverage, that these storms came up in a hurry during the 9 o’clock hour.

 

 

The storms were part of a line that extended from Quincy to Champaign.  They continued triggering severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings into late Monday night.

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Weather Service Says Severe Weather Possible This Afternoon and Tonight

Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews late this morning shared information with Regional Radio, that the National Weather Service in Lincoln is forecasting severe weather for our area this afternoon and tonight.

Specifically, the Weather Service says there is an enhanced threat for severe weather north of Interstate 72 thru tonight, and a slight threat between I-72 and I-70.

They added that for the Regional Radio listening area, the timing for severe weather is between 8 o'clock and midnight, saying the primary threat will be damaging winds, although they aren't ruling out large hail or a possible tornado.

Heavy rain is expected from these storms as well.  Areas south of a Litchfield to Effingham line have already received 4 to 6 inches the past 24 hours.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio for the latest weather information, watches and warnings.

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Taylorville Police Investigating Weekend Death

Taylorville Police are investigating a Saturday death.

Police tell Regional Radio News that they were called to the 700 block of East Cleveland on Saturday afternoon at 5:29.  They found 45-year-old Daniel N. Fallin of Taylorville, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Fallin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police add that preliminary results of the investigation are consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as the cause of death.

Taylorville Police are being assisted in the investgation by the Christian County Coroner's Office.

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Property Tax Relief Force Ready to Work

Representatives will be back in session in Springfield before we know it as they will continue the fight to make Illinois a great place to live.

 

State Senator Andy Manar represents the 48th District of Illinois, he says one of the first agendas on his calendar will be working with the property tax relief force.

 

 

While in some instances putting a team together like this can take some time to gel and find their groove Manar states he is not worried about this task force as they will be ready to hit the ground running.

 

 

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

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Taylorville School Board To Meet Tonight; Discuss Business

The Taylorville School Board will meet tonight for their regular monthly board meeting. After approval of the minutes, and agendas, there will be a discussion about the consideration of purchasing a dump truck for the school. New business will include consideration of district evaluators and board of education committee assignments and meeting dates.  The School Board will look to approve setting the budget hearing date for September 21st.  A New HR clerk position will also be discussed including consideration of the hazardous walkway resolution which was discussed at the town hall meeting. The meeting will conclude with a report from Superintendent Chris Dougherty.

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New Database In Taylorville Helps Those With Special Needs

A new database is being put together by the Taylorville Police Department.  This database is to help officers and other Emergency Services help a person who may be dealing with special needs.  Taylorville Police Department Officer Kirsten Bolinger explains why this database is so important.

 

 

Officer Bolinger has been working on this since she put in a nearly 40-hour course to help people in crisis whether it’s mental illness or autism, or anything similar. Bolinger says one of the reasons why this database is so important is because each person is different and some situations need to be handled differently.

 

 

Officer Bolinger says that when you give the police station information on your loved one, you’re not just helping the police station, you’re helping fire and EMS as well.

 

Officer Bolinger reminds everyone that this is strictly voluntary. This isn’t something you have to do, it’s just a way to help the community. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler is working on the website to get a form put together for the database. It should be online this week. If anyone has concerns or questions contact Officer Bolinger or Chief Wheeler.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Two New Members

There is always plenty of excitement at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce. This is especially true when the Chamber get to welcome new members.

 

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce she is happy to welcome two new members the Chamber that are very familiar with each other.

 

 

Hornbuckle is hoping to see the new members at the business after hours this month at Jenner Ag on August 21st the event will start at 4:30.

 

 

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

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US Department Of Agriculture Declares Disaster For Illinois

The US Department of Agriculture has declared an agriculture disaster for all 102 counties in Illinois.  The measure, that was pushed by Governor J.B. Pritzker, will help bring more resources to affected communities throughout the State. Pritzker says one of the reasons he asked for help was because of the flooding this spring.

 

 

Governor Pritzker had filed for help last month.

 

The Department of Agriculture has said that this will be able to help farmers to apply for low-interest FSA loans and cover things like living expenses, production costs, and other necessities.

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State Fair Underway In Springfield

The Illinois State Fair is underway in Springfield. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says that the fair is all about horse racing, corn dogs, concerts, carnival rides, and a celebration of agriculture.

 

 

Tickets are still available and are available for everything including concerts. Weekday fair admission is just five-dollars and the fair is offering new promotions this year including discounts for food, drink, and much more. The theme for this year’s State Fair is “Building Our Future” Says Kevin Gordon, who is the fair manager.

 

Tickets for weekends are only 10 dollars on Friday and Saturday. For a list of daily events visit: Illinoisstatefair.info. 

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Congressman Rodney Davis Talks About Solutions To Central Illinois Drug Problems

While it has been no secret that there has been a huge outbreak in the last decade in methamphetamine use, the treatment options are getting better and the help that is provided, especially in Christian County and Central Illinois are getting better all the time.  Congressman Rodney Davis says that one of the fixes for methamphetamine coming into Central Illinois is by creating a border structure to prevent drugs coming in from Mexico.

 

 

Congressman Davis says that it has just become a vicious cycle of whatever the easiest drug to get is.

 

 

A lot of praise comes in from Congressman Davis about the Taylorville Police Department.

 

 

Congressman Davis will be hosting open office hours in Rochester at the Village Hall on August 12th from 2:30-4.

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Farmers Market Still Waiting on Illinois Sweet Corn

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.

 

Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. He knows how much local residents have been looking forward to Illinois Sweet Corn, but unfortunately it is looking like this week will not have the product once again.

 

 

While it has been a difficult growing season throughout the Midwest Downs sees there is still plenty of produce for you to get your hands on, he just encourages your to get out there early for it.

 

 

Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.

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New Illinois Law To Bring More Teachers Into State

A new Illinois law is aiming at helping to add more teachers to the classroom. The law eliminates the need for teachers to take a basic skills test for obtaining a state license. This test often required teachers to demonstrate skills that were unrelated to their job. Board representative Emily Fox says they already have measures in place for qualification and this test was overkill.

 

This test was seen as a way of blocking many teachers from beginning their careers and was unnecessary. 


 

At the start of last school year there were more than 1400 unfilled teaching positions in Illinois.

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Taylorville Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Attacking Two Police Officers, Burglary

A Taylorville man was sentenced to 12 years in custody today from Judge Brad T. Paisley. Brandon Emery was sentenced today in 17CF227 to 5 years and 18CF241 and 18CF242 receiving 7 years along with 2 years of court supervision. Emery was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, and two counts of aggravated battery. Emery could have received 13 years maximum but was sentenced to 12. The case stems from September 20th, 2018 when Brandon Emery attacked Officer Wesley Withrow by slapping him in his patrol vehicle.

 

The incident started when a cab driver called the Taylorville Police Department saying that Emery was hitting his mirror. When Withrow arrived at the scene he then stated that Emery charged him in his police vehicle and struck both him and later on Officer Nathan Thompson, hitting Thompson’s jaw before he was subdued. Emery also broke into the courthouse and State Attorney Mike Havera, said in his closing arguments that if Emery would be brazen enough to break into the courthouse, what would stop him from breaking into another Christian County home. Public Defender Michael Drake asked for 8-9 years stating that most of the cases that had been presented and talked about had been dismissed and that Emery had very little recollection of the incident and needed treatment more than punishment. Emery made a final statement after all witnesses were called and final arguments were made.  

 

In his statement, Emery said that he wanted to apologize to everyone, that his words of being a “risk-taker” were taken out of context, and that he was a risk-taker but not in a negative manner.  He also asked for treatment and said drugs hurt him and took him away from his family.  Emery also said that he loved his children and family before breaking down in tears. When given his sentencing Judge Paisley said he wanted to make sure everyone knew that attacking police officers was simply unacceptable. State Attorney Mike Havera agreed and reiterated it to Regional Radio News.

 

 

Havera says he is happy with the ruling today.

 

 

Emery has already served 381 days in the correctional center and has the potential to be out in 5 years on good behavior. 

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School Back in Session Next Week

School being back in session is right around the corner as students will once again be in the halls of Taylorville Schools next week.

 

Eric Bruder is the new Principal of Memorial Elementary School. He says they are plenty excited to get students back in the building with their great staff 

 

 

Bruder says a good nights sleep makes all the difference when it comes to the progress your young one can make in school.

 

 

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

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Rodney Davis Speaks Out On Recent Mass Shootings

A mass shooting is any incident involving 4 or more injured. With over 200 mass shootings in the United States this year politicians are working on better ways to protect citizens and ways to prevent these incidents from happening. Representative of the 13th District, Congressman Rodney Davis, says that Illinois as a state has some of the strongest background check laws.

 

 

Congressman Davis says that the new bill that the Democrats wanted to pass wouldn’t have prevented  the recent mass shootings.


 

Davis says that he thinks mass shootings have increased in the United States due to a devaluation of human life.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis was on the congressional baseball team that was shot at in June of 2017 that resulted in 1 death and 6 injured.

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Pana Pride Making Pana Beautiful

Pana Pride has been working diligently to make Pana a better place to live in hopes of bringing more businesses to town.

 

Pana Pride President Melissa Rybolt shares some of the history of Pana Pride and what exactly they are all about. 

 

 

Rybolt invites you to come to the next Pana Pride meeting next Tuesday and as a special treat ice cream will be served.

 

 

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

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Aldermen Raise Concern Over Hathaway Houses

Two Taylorville Alderman are very concerned about the new Hathaway houses that will be built in Taylorville. On Monday evening it was announced in open forum, that there would be new housing being built. Aldermen Chris Skultety and Lee Lanzotti spoke with Regional Radio News. While neither man wanted to have their statements recorded, they told Regional Radio News, that the Aldermen have been told by multiple people that they do not like the low-income housing and don’t want it in Taylorville. Both Aldermen encouraged their constituents if they have a question, comment, or concern to please bring it up either to them in a phone call, or to come to the City Council meetings that are held at the Municipal Building every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Both Aldermen are concerned that too many people will misuse the system and the housing will not go to the people it’s designed to help. When asked for comment, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that he is still in full support of this project and feels it will be great for Taylorville.

 

The housing project has just been started. Mayor Barry feels that it will not be completed for at least another year maybe two.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

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

 

Kiwanis committees reported on activities to support local Kiwanis Club projects for children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

Among those reports, Kiwanis member and Kiwanis Park committee member Larry Kemner reported that the concrete has been poured for a second smaller pavilion, and materials have been donated to build the enclosure.

 

Kiwanis Interclub committee chair Blain Cornwell reported that a group of local Kiwanis members attended a Springfield Kiwanis Club meeting in July, and a meeting with the Raymond Harvel Kiwanis Club earlier this month.

 

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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National Night Out Has Good Crowd

 

A National Night Out brought out a great crowd to the Taylorville Fire Department Tuesday evening. Free food, face paint, a bags tournament and getting to see police, fire, and EMS vehicles were a big hit with the many kids that were there. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger, says this helps build the community togetherness.

 

The cherry picker fire vehicle was put on display and people could get inside the top part of the ladder for a demonstration.

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Blue Mound Fall Festival Starts Tomorrow

Thursday is the opening day of the 109th annual Blue Mound Fall Festival and the town is ready to see some familiar faces through the weekend.

 

Chairman of the Festival Tom Ritter may not have been involved for the first ever Blue Mound Fall Festival but he has seen his fair share of them, he says even in recent memory it continues to grow.

 

 

The theme this year is We Are Blue Mound. Ritter says this theme originated from the school in town and is all about community.

 

 

With tomorrow being the opening day of the festival Ritter wants to see everyone come out for the introduction of the Grand Marshall at 6:45 on the stage.

 

 

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

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Meth Usage In Central And Southern Illinois Rising

A new report generated by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shows that methamphetamine use is still a big concern in the state of Illinois. Methamphetamine related arrests increased by 289 percent from 2010 to 2017. Arrest rates are higher in Southern and Central Illinois than Northern Illinois and much higher in rural areas than urban. Researcher Lauren Weisner says cost may be a reason more people are using meth.

 

 

Most people arrested according to the data are white males under the age of 39.  Weisner says there are some takeaways from the data.

 

Weisner says much of the meth coming to Illinois is coming from Mexico. For the full report click here.

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University Of Illinois Welcomes New SNAP Employee

The University of Illinois Extension Staff has announced a new community worker for SNAP-ED.  Katie Micenheimer will work with residents identified for the food program to provide basic nutrition, food safety, physical activity, and food budgeting education for low income individuals. Micenheimer is happy to be working with the U of I office and hails from the rural Taylorville area.

 

Micenheimer is excited to give back to the community and is excited about her new responsibilities.

 

 

For more information on the program, visit the “Eat, Move, Save” website and the University of Illinois Extension page as well.

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WRAN, Taylorville Kiwanis Club Raise $1075 in Annual Radiothon

WRAN groovy 97.3 in Taylorville and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, raised one-thousand 75-dollars, during the Club’s annual Kiwanis Radiothon live on the air on Tuesday.

 

Kiwanis members sold sponsorships in the day of broadcasting, and Kiwanis members were guest announcers that delivered sponsors’ commercials during the day.

 

WRAN donated half the total sales for the day to the Club for local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.

 

The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club have partnered to hold the annual Radiothon on-the-air, for over 20 years.

 

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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More Low Income Housing Coming To City Of Taylorville

Alderman Chris Skultety indicated at Monday's City Council Meeting that 48 new Hathaway houses were being laid out and the groundwork was taking shape for these houses to be built. These houses are for low-income families with 2-3 bedrooms usually. Alderman Lee Lanzotti spoke out against the homes saying that this isn't the first time that this has happened and that he felt blindsided that the motion went through without the Alderman's knowledge.  Lanzotti asked Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry for comment and Barry said he fully supports these houses and if they tried to back out they would probably face a lawsuit.

 

Alderman Chris Skultety said he wasn't trying to divide the council. He just wanted to make sure people were aware of it, because he had started to receive questions from some of his constituents concerning the property.

 

 

With the stakes just being laid out on this and the planning just beginning, this project is still a long way off. There is already Hathaway homes that are located in Taylorville. Amidst concerns that this draws more police incidents, Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler and Mayor Barry insisted that in Taylorville, these houses have had very little incidents. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more as this story develops.

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Still Time to Apply to LLCC in Taylorville

College is meant to be a challenge, it isn’t for everyone but for those who attend and achieve that degree stayed the course and managed to separate themselves from the pack.

 

Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville Dee Krueger knows the first step is to apply for LLCC in Taylorville, she says there is still time to do so.

 

 

Once on campus Krueger knows the difference between a good student and one that might struggle. She knows it might sound silly but Krueger says the first step to being a good student is attending all your classes.

 

 

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

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New 4-H Year Starts in September

With the Christian County Fair now in the rear view mirror 4-H is still on the mind as the new 4-H year will begin next month.

 

4-H and Ag Lit Program Coordinator Rebecca Livingston with the U of I Extension Office is looking forward to the new 4-H year coming up and says there is still time to join.

 

 

Livingston shares some of the benefits you can have being a member of 4-H including making live long friends like she did.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Police Department Hosting National Night Out

The Taylorville Police Department is hosting a National Night Out event at the Taylorville Fire House Tuesday Evening from 5-8. The event is a chance for families to come out and spend time getting to know each other and public officials such as the police, fire departments, and city officials.  Chief Dwayne Wheeler says the event will have free food for all family members.

 

 

For more information visit the Taylorville Police Department’s Facebook page.

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Taylorville City Council Discusses Motor Fuel Tax, Alcohol Sales During Monday Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss ordinances and hear on issues affecting the community. One of the main topics of discussion on Monday evening was the motor fuel tax. The city had been audited for their motor fuel tax use and found that they had been using the funds incorrectly.   Due to this, the City of Taylorville has to pay back some of that money. Thanks to assistance from District 6 Local Roads,  the city will not have to pay back most of it.  The total that could have been due was from a compiled 3 years from 2014-2016. The years of 2017 and 2018 are still in review.  Alderman Larry Budd says that moving forward all procedures have been modified to utilize only materials and specific street improvement projects for Motor Fuel Tax Funds.

 

The original amount was around $921,000. IDOT who did the audit is satisfied that this is taken care of. Alderman Budd says this has been fixed to prevent issues like this from happening in the future.

 

In other actions in the city council meeting, the city approved the sale of liquor at places such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and golf clubs on Sunday mornings from 6 AM to Noon. The fees for impounding a vehicle if the city does it will be set for $500 plus any fees associated with towing and storage of vehicles. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry also talked about the improvements that he has seen from how much the city has improved from the December 1st tornado.

 

 

The city also approved a K9 unit can take their patrol vehicle to their house so they’re ready in case of an emergency. The city also honored Police Officers Alwerdt, Fox, Mense, and Ponzel for their hard work in July. Brian Skenkla, Taylorville bowler, was also honored as Mayor Barry announced August 5th as Brian Skenkla Day.

 

 

 

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Weather Sirens Down For Maintenance

The city of Taylorville is scheduled to do their monthly testing on Tuesday morning, but according to Fire Chief Mike Crews, the Taylorville outdoor weather sirens will be down for maintenance. Everything should resume as planned for the following month. Chief Crews was unavailable for comment. For more information visit the Christian County Emergency Management Facebook page.

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June a Busy Month for Shelby County Community Services

Stress impacts all of us one way or another in our daily lives for some it begins to be too much to handle and need to reach out for help.

 

This is where Clinical Director Ed Lacheta with Shelby County Community Services comes in. The summer months are normally when you see lower numbers of crisis contacts however June kept Lacheta and his team pretty busy.

 

 

Things changed in 1956 with a reclassification of addiction. Lacheta explains how difficult battling an addiction can be.

 

 

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

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ISP Reminds You About School Safety

With school fast approaching the Illinois State Police wants to remind you about some clarifications when it comes to school zones and buses. Education Information Trooper Sean Ramsey says that the school zone rules are in effect when there are children present.

 

The law says when children are present and Trooper Ramsey clarifies the word present.

 

 

Trooper Ramsey says that cars also need to be wary of buses and that you can get an automatic suspension if you pass a bus with the red stop sign out.

 

 

For more information on school safety and bus safety visit the ISP website or look here.

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Relay for Life at Sullivan High School on Saturday

Since 1985 Relay for Life events have been popping up across the country in hopes of raising money for the fight against cancer.

 

Adam McReynolds is with the Moultrie County Relay for Life he is hoping to see everyone possible out at the Sullivan High School Track this Saturday from 3 to 10 in the evening.

 

 

McReynolds is hopeful that a good amount of money can be raised to help those dealing with cancer in the area. He shares what they are planning to do with the money raised.

 

 

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

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Illinois Department of Public Health Concerned About Vaping Among Teenagers

Vaping has been used as an alternative to smoking and it's being promoted as a "healthier choice." Vaping is still being studied as there is much to learn about the side effects. One of the concerns is vaping among adolescents.  The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating three young people that were hospitalized after severe breathing problems from vaping. Melaney Arnold, is the public information officer for the IDPH and she explains just what the IDPH is investigating.

 

 

Arnold says that they are concerned about a lack of brain development associated vaping.

 

 

Arnold says if you vape and experience any chest pains to seek medical emergency attention. In Wisconsin, 11 teenagers are confirmed having vaping lung damage and 7 more cases that they are investigating.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Little Miss, Junior Miss Entries Full; Other Age Category Entries Still Open

Officials with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest have announced that they’ve filled their 15 entry slots for each of their Little Miss and Junior Miss contests as part of the annual Chillifest pageants on Saturday, October 5th.

 

Entries are still being accepted for the Little Mister Chilli Pepper, Teen Miss, and Miss Chilli Pepper contests.

 

Little Mister Chilli Pepper entries are for children ages 3-8, Teen Miss Chilli Pepper entrants are ages 12-14, and Miss Chilli Pepper entrants are ages 15-19.  Participants must be their category age on October 5th.  Entrants must be residents of Christian County.

 

  An important change in this year’s pageant, is that all entries must be submitted on-line.  The link to the entry page can be found by clicking the “Pageant Entry Form” icon on the right side of the event’s page, chillifest-dot-info, that’s Chillifest with 2-L’s.  You can also find the link on the Taylorville Chilli Pepper Pageant’s Facebook page.  Each age group contest is limited to the first 15 entries, and the deadline for entering is September 6th at 5pm.

 

There will be one rehearsal for all contestants, on Friday October 4th on the main stage in front of US bank. Practice will not exceed an hour. Parents are welcome.

 

Little Miss and Mister contestants will have no interview. Junior miss contestants will answer an onstage question, and the Teen and Miss Contestants will have a 3-minute interview with the judges, then an onstage question. All onstage questions to be used during the pageant will be given prior to pageant day. The interview portion of the Teen and Miss pageant is held at 9 a.m. Oct. 5th.    Contestants are asked to wear dress clothes suitable for a graduation ceremony.

As for awards during the Greater Taylorville Chillifest Pageants, there will be a winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up, photogenic, best dressed, stage presence, most raffle tickets sold. (teen/miss) congeniality, interview, people’s choice.     

 

This year’s event will take place October 5th and 6th, on the Taylorville square. 

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Taylorville City Council To Discuss Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales at Monday Night's Meeting

The Taylorville City Council will meet at 7PM Monday, August 5th. One of the big topics that will be discussed is updating the city code for the section that talks about impounding vehicles for certain violations and administrative fees. An authorization for selling a city of Taylorville Pontoon Boat will look to be approved. An amended ordinance will be discussed for the City Code to modify the hours for the sale of alcoholic liquor on Sunday mornings. In Emergency Services, Chief Wheeler has requested some funds for purchasing furniture and electronics for the intelligence and training room and some vest outer covers for the community action team. A treasurer and Mayors report will also be heard, including the recognition of Police Officers Alwerdt, Fox, Mense, and Ponzel.

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Illinois Getting New State Sports License Plate

 

 

A new license plate is coming to Illinois, and Cubs fans may not like it. Secretary of State Jesse White announced that there will be Saint Louis Cardinals License Plates available after Labor Day.  The plates can be pre-ordered for 69 dollars. Personalized and vanity plates cost more. According to Secretary White, these plates will go towards a good cause.

 

 

These plates are the first plates that are not from an Illinois Sports team. White thinks these plates will sell well in Illinois.

 

 

Right now the Chicago Blackhawks license plate is the most popular sports plate in Illinois, followed by the Chicago White Sox and then the Chicago Cubs.

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Trevor Hooth Named Employee of the Quarter at Miller Media Group

Trevor Hooth, production director and staff announcer for the Miller Media Group radio stations in Taylorville, was voted by staff as the "Employee of the Quarter" for the second quarter of this year.

 

Hooth joined the stations in April of this year, and hosts the Morning Show on WMKR Genuine Country 94.3, as well as hosting Swap Shop on NEWSTALK WTIM certain days of the week.  Hooth is also the company's production director, making sure commercials get into the company's on-air computer system.

 

Hooth received a 100-dollar bonus, and is in the drawing next April for a Florida trip.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Vendor Forms Now Available

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has released its vendor forms for their annual Chillifest taking place on the Taylorville square October 5th and 6th.

 

Those forms can be downloaded at the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s Chillifest with 2-L’s.  After being completed, they can be submitted to the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building of the Taylorville square.

 

Vendors are reminded that registration deadline is September 27th, and all vendors should check in by 7:30am October 6th in the Advanced Title Building.  There is an additional charge for electricity.

 

Find out all the information on the upcoming Greater Taylorville Chillifest at chillifest-dot-info.

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Boil Order Lifted For Edinburg

The city of Edinburg has fixed the water main break and the boil order has been lifted.  A boil order had been in effect for the last two days as the city worked to fix the break. Everything has been fixed and the boil order has been lifted. The boil order was lifted at 9:59 Friday morning. For more information contact the city of Edinburg at 623-5542.

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Farmers Market Getting Great Turnout

The Farmers Market can be found Saturdays on Taylorville Square starting at 9 with great products to fit any need.

 

Ed Downs is the Co-President of the Farmers Market. He has been incredibly pleased with the turnout so far this year on Saturday mornings with big crowds coming to the square.

 

 

The Illinois Sweet Corn is getting here a little later than expected. Downs says for the time being they have been making due with minimal loads but hopefully in the near future once again sweet corn will be full stock.

 

 

Downs encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and see them on the Taylorville Square Saturday’s from 9 to noon.

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Diabetes Education Course at TMH

A couple of years ago Taylorville Memorial Hospital began offering a diabetes education course. This course is designed to help you understand diabetes and has seen anywhere from 2 to 12 students enrolled at a time.

 

Registered Dietitian with TMH Janelle Cornell says they are offering these managing diabetes courses on a regular basis in hopes of raising awareness of living with diabetes.

 

 

Throughout all of these classes that have been taught one very frequently asked question tends to pop up. Cornell says it is always a interesting topic discussing a diabetic diet because it is different for everyone.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Moves Toward Industrial Park

 

Taylorville is one step closer to getting its long-awaited Industrial Park. A new sign went up this week at the front of the property being developed by the Taylorville Development Association, with assistance from the Christian County Economic Development Corporation.

 

T-D-A applied for and was granted, some 537-thousand dollars in matching grant money from the Economic Development Administration’s Chicago office. T-D-A raised the match by selling off some of the adjacent ground it owned that wasn’t needed, plus contributions by local banks.

 

President of the Taylorville Development Association, Ken Hart, told Regional Radio News that the new signs to promote the proposed Industrial Park are another step towards attracting new industry and business and more jobs, to Christian County.

 

 

With the necessary permits completed to break ground later this year, Hart says he’s looking at the end of this year as a time table for breaking ground on the infrastructure.

 

 

Hart says this wouldn’t be possible without the leadership and support from the city of Taylorville itself.

 

Ken Hart has put more than 20 years into economic development of Taylorville.

 

 

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Illinois State Fair To Kick Off Next Week

The Illinois State Fair opens next week in Springfield. In an effort to try to raise attendance levels new promotions were announced Thursday. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says there is something new this year called a Feeding Frenzy.

 

A high dive show will be there, along with racing pigs, and harness racing. There will also be four new carnival rides this year.

 

 

The Fair will run August 8th through the 18th. For more information visit illinoisstatefair.info.
 

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Texting And Driving Laws Cleared Up

With stricter laws about moving over and texting and driving being passed, there might be confusion over what the new rules are and what is OK and what isn’t. Trooper Sean Ramsey, District 9’s safety and education officer says that it’s not just dangerous for police officers but dangerous for you as well if you don’t move over.

 

 

Ramsey says, people used to move over all the time, but things have changed and he wonders if technology is part of the problem.  With cell phone use, Trooper Ramsey says that just because you have it on speaker doesn’t mean you can hold the phone.

 

 

Ramsey warns though if you want to use your phone, don’t just pull over on the side of the road to use it, especially if you are on an interstate.

 

 

The new stiffer legislation for texting and driving just went into effect, last month.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Now Accepting Pageant Entries

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, is now accepting applicants for its many pageants taking place Saturday, October 5th.

 

Start time for the pageants has been changed to noon, at the same location as past years, the event’s main stage on the south side of the Taylorville square.

 

The pageant is open to all residents of Christian County.

 

Age groups include Little Miss Chilli Pepper ages 3-6, Little Mister Chilli Pepper ages 3-8, Junior Miss Chilli Pepper ages 7-11, Teen Miss Chilli Pepper ages 12-14, and Miss Chilli Pepper ages 15-19.  Participants must be their category age on October 5th.  

 

  An important change in this year’s pageant, is that all entries must be submitted on-line.  The link to the entry page can be found by clicking the “Pageant Entry Form” icon on the right side of the event’s page, chillifest-dot-info, that’s Chillifest with 2-L’s.  You can also find the link on the Taylorville Chilli Pepper Pageant’s Facebook page.  Each age group contest is limited to the first 15 entries, and the deadline for entering is September 6th at 5pm.

 

There will be one rehearsal for all contestants, on Friday October 4th on the main stage in front of US bank. Practice will not exceed an hour. Parents are welcome.

 

Little Miss and Mister contestants will have no interview. Junior miss contestants will answer an onstage question, and the Teen and Miss Contestants will have a 3-minute interview with the judges, then an onstage question. All onstage questions to be used during the pageant will be given prior to pageant day. The interview portion of the Teen and Miss pageant is held at 9 a.m. Oct. 5th.  

Contestants are asked to wear dress clothes suitable for a graduation ceremony.

As for awards during the Greater Taylorville Chillifest Pageants, there will be a winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up, photogenic, best dressed, stage presence, most raffle tickets sold. (teen/miss) congeniality, interview, people’s choice.     

 

This year’s event will take place October 5th and 6th, on the Taylorville square. 

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Christian County CEO Holds Orientation Meeting Thursday Night

 

It was the start of a new adventure for 17 Christian County high school students.  Thursday night was Orientation Night for the students who will be enrolled this school year, in the Christian County C-E-O, or Creating Enterpreneurial Opportunities, program.

 

The 17, along with their parents or guardians, C-E-O board members and facilitators, attended the meeting at Charro Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville.

 

C-E-O co-facilitator Dick Adams spoke to the group before meeting with the students.  Adams talked about the active and working board C-E-O has.

 

 

 

Board member and secretary of the board Mary DelValle, emcee'd the night, and told Regional Radio News after the meeting, what she shared with the new crop of students.

 

 

Get information on the Christian County C-E-O program at their web site christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com, or on their Facebook page.

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It's Official: Jensen's Home Furnishings Is Now Wright's Furniture

 

It's official:  The Wright Family from Dieterich, Illinois, officially took ownership of Jensen's Home Furnishings today.  The Wright Family are fourth generation furniture store operators with stores in Dieterich, Effingham, Robinson, and now Taylorville.

 

A Grand Opening is planned for later this fall.

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Presidents Now Will Have to Deal With Social Media

We are entering uncharted waters for the current President as well as all future Presidents of the United States as social media has forever changed the game.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, says if he were in the shoes of President Trump he would think twice before hitting send on his tweets, or at least have someone look them over to make sure the right message is getting out there.

 

 

Even with the recent Trump tweets coming out and getting him into hot water Bohannon doesn't think this will impact him too much as most people have already made up their minds on our current President.

 

 

Bohannon says he still like Trump’s chances of winning a second term but does say his biggest threat probably will come from a familiar face to the American people.

 

 

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

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Shelby County Health Department To Host Immunization Clinic

Shelby County Health Department has announced they will be hosting walk-in immunization clinics. The clinic will be held on Monday, August 5th from 8-11:30 and from 1-6 PM. The clinic will also be on Tuesday, August 6th from 8-11:30 and from 1-3:30 PM. The clinic will be open to children from 3-16 years old. Supervising Nurse, Jennifer Beeson says the clinic is important.

 

 

Beeson says there are no appointments and that there must be consent forms signed.

 

 

For more information call 774-9555 or visit www.shelbyhealth.net.
 

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Meridian Superintendent Resigns, Under Investigation

The Meridian Board of Education announced on Friday that Superintendent Dan Brue has resigned. Regional Radio News has learned that Brue is under investigation from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.  Brue resigned on Friday, July 26th. He stated in his letter “I apologize for putting the district in a poor light and hope that the district can move on from this ordeal.” Regional Radio News reached out to both the school district and sheriff’s office and they declined to comment on the issue. Although in a statement received from the school district, it says, “The Board will work diligently to move forward from this departure.” 

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Mental Health Class Held At Taylorville Memorial Hospital

Taylorville Memorial Hospital held a mental health first aid course last week. Suzy Traughber, the mental instructor taught the eight hour class that was held on July 25th. Traughber taught the class to ten students to teach them about handling mental health patients during a crisis. This is the third year that this class has been taught and Traughber says it’s about education.

 

 

Traughber has some good news though if you live in the city of Taylorville.

 

 

For more information on the course contact Melissa Thomas at 824-1601 or email her at thomas.melissa@mhsil.com or visit Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Facebook page.

 

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