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Taylorville Announces Fall Cleanup Day; Hires Two New Employees

The Taylorville City Council met this evening to vote and talk about issues from the various committees. An ordinance was passed to establish the enterprise zone between Taylorville Assumption, Pana, and Christian County.  The city also passed an ordinance expressing support for hiring minorities, women, and persons with disabilities within the enterprise zone as well. To help the Industrial Park, a new road “Hopper Drive” along with a turn lane will be added west of Grant Drive in Taylorville. The city hired two new employees: Mike Mann Jr., who will take over as Superintendent of Streets and Sewers when Dick Wiseman resigns, and John Blakeman who will replace Cindy Brown when she resigns. Both men are excited to start their new jobs. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced that October 12th will be Clean-Up Day.

 


Mayor Barry also stressed that he is committed to fixing a lot of the drainage issues that are taking place in Ward 3.

 

The next City Council meeting will take place on October 7th.

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Boil Order Issued For Parts Of Edinburg

The Village of Edinburg has issued a boil order at 2 PM on Monday. The public Water Supply issued the boil order for customers located on Elm Street from Masonic to Wildcat Way. Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  For more information contact Superintendent Mike Lebshier at 623-5542.

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House In A Box Donating Supplies September 17

An organization is dropping off supplies for tornado victims on Tuesday. House In A Box is dropping off supplies to the city of Taylorville at 11 AM on September 17th.  The donations may be picked up at the old Gagne Building which is located at 1617 West Spresser Street located in Taylorville. Mayor Bruce Barry says that these supplies are being donated to help those who still need it.

 

House in a Box is a disaster services corporation that helps people get back on their feet. For more information visit https://www.svdpdisaster.org/.

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Christian County Applying for New Enterprise Zone

The Christian County Enterprise Zone has been a major tool for the community that helps bring businesses to Central Illinois.

 

Edwards explains why the Enterprise Zone is so beneficial to Christian County and the state has decided that you can no longer reapply Enterprise Zones so now everyone is back to square one.

 

 

Edwards likes that Christian County seems to be ahead of the game with a great consultant to help them every step of the way in the process.

 

 

Edwards knows how competitive of  a process it is to apply for one of the 90 enterprise zones the state of Illinois is giving out. She doesn’t want to see Christian County miss out on potential businesses coming to the area.

 

 

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

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Taylorville City Council And Park Board Holding Separate Meetings Monday Evening

There will be two meetings in Christian County tonight. The Taylorville City Council will meet and hold their regular board meeting this evening and the Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway & Park District will hold a special meeting tonight as well. The Park District will be discussing Manners Park Pond and hold an executive session along with any other matters that may need to be discussed.

 

The Taylorville City Council will be discussing ordinances for the enterprise Zone in Christian County, there will also be an approval, authorization, and direction of the Mayor to sign the city application for an IDOT Highway Permit concerning work west of Grant Drive in Taylorville to maintain a new road “Hopper Drive” and all work related to that road. Other motions that will be discussed and possibly voted on this evening include the appointment of Mike Mann Jr as Superintendent of Streets and Sewers to replace Dick Wiseman when Wiseman officially resigns and John Blakeman as Human Resources Manager to replace Cindy Brown. The next clean up day will be voted on as well. A tentative date of October 12th is scheduled. 

 

The Park District meeting will be held at 6 PM this evening and the Taylorville City Board meeting will be at 7 PM.

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Delegates Back in Session Next Month

State Representative Avery Bourne is eagerly waiting to get back to business in Springfield when sessions resume in October.

 

Bourne says a Bill that she has her eye on is the Fix the Foid Card Bill, and is wanting to see if they can get to the bottom of the issues across the state when it comes to Foid cards.

 

 

Bourne admits it has been a struggle in Springfield to get Republican voices heard as the Democrats have a super majority.

 

 

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

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Building Trades House In Taylorville Progressing Quickly

The Taylorville High School Building Trades Program continues to be a success. Teacher Matt Blomquist, says things are progressing quicker than he anticipated and the weather has been surprisingly helpful with that. The house, which is being built at 727 West Vandeveer Street is going up and Blomquist says the students are enjoying their work.

 

 

The students are out at the house for 2 hours each session.  Head on over to social media including Facebook and Instagram to keep up with house updates.

 

 

Blomquist also has raved about the mobile classroom which is a way for Blomquist to help teach and mentor the students out in the field.

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New State Farm Building Open In Downtown Taylorville

Taylorville has a new State Farm Agent downtown. Wade Turner, who previously had offices in Pana has moved to Taylorville this week and is right in the downtown square. Turner moved into his new offices on Monday and still has a lot of upgrades to be made. New signage, for instance, is coming this week. Turner says this move to Taylorville was about growth.

 

 

Turner says he is excited to be in the downtown square and that he can be reached for all insurance needs.

 

Turner says at the end of the day helping the community is something that really drives him.

 

 

For more info on State Farm call (217) 824-3525.

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Morrissey Sentenced 27 Years As Part Of Plea Deal

 

A Pana man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison and 2 years parole for murder and aggravated battery of a police officer. 20-year-old Quinton L. Morrissey of Pana accepted a plea deal on Friday to 20 years for the second-degree murder of 59-year-old Stephen L. Presnell and 7 years for aggravated battery in early 2019 when he threw urine on a correctional officer. Morrissey was sentenced by Judge Christopher Matoush in Christian County Court. According to States Attorney Mike Havera, the autopsy revealed that Presnell died from blunt force trauma to the chest and a fracture of the right oracle plate. Presnell was murdered at his home near Pana Lake. Havera said that these kinds of cases have to be looked at from 3 different angles.

 

 

All remaining charges were dismissed. Morrissey could be out in 11 years upon good behavior.

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Dog Days and Farmers Market to Share the Square on Saturday

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. This Saturday is shaping up to be another good weather day at the market and Downs says they will be sharing the square with the Dog Days Celebration.

 

 

While we are getting late in the season Downs says there are still plenty of great products you can come and get you hands on, as always its first come first serve.

 

 

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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TCCU Opening Permanent Location In Pana

Taylorville Community Credit Union is building a permanent location in Pana. After opening a temporary location on March 4th, TCCU President Will Perkins is happy to be moving into a new spot.  Perkins says it all comes down to the hard work put in by the branch manager Al Stupek and his staff.

 

Perkins says the new facility will be open by the end of the year and he adds that he is happy for the support that he is getting from the Pana community.

 

 

Perkins says the new facility in Pana will have everything.

 

Perkins encourages everyone to stop by and see them. They have four locations, but also do online as well and for more information give TCCU a call at (217) 824-9658.

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Rolling Meadows in Taylorville Holding 10th Anniversary & Open House

Rolling Meadows Senior Living in Taylorville is celebrating their 10th anniversary and are holding an open house so people can see what life is like at the home. Manager Jenny Turvey, says that people who are interested should come visit from 2-5 on September 24th.

 

Rolling Meadows is also celebrating their 10th anniversary as well and are holding some special events for their members, especially some members who have been their all 10 years.

 

 

For more information on Rolling Meadows Senior Living in Taylorville visit them at 1125 E 1500 North Road in Taylorville or call them at 217-287-2450.

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Senior Centers Of Christian County Variety Show Postponed

The Senior Citizens of Christian County are postponing their variety show this Saturday. The show was originally going to be held Saturday evening but due to scheduling conflicts and technical difficulties, it will be postponed for a later date. Interim director of the Senior Center, Don Ferryman says this was a difficult decision.

 

 

Ferryman wanted to reemphasize that the event is not canceled just postponed till this fall.

 

 

For more information on the Senior Citizens of Christian County visit their Facebook Page or call 217-824-4263.

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ISP Investigating Car Crash In Macoupin County

The Illinois State Police is investigating a two vehicle crash with injuries in Macoupin County. 66 year old Debra Mills of Shipman was headed southbound in a 2016 Ford Edge on Shipman Road while 46 year old Steven Howe of Carlinville was headed northbound on Shipman Road in a 2001 Buick Lesabre. Howe also had a passenger in his vehicle, 55 year old David Johnston also from Carlinville. Mills left the southbound lane 1200 feet south of Drew Road and entered the northbound lane sideswiping Howe’s vehicle to the right. Mills vehicle was disabled on the shoulder. Howe was transported to Carlinville Area Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Illinois State Police is still investigating the crash.

 

The crash occured 1200 feet south of Drew Road in Macoupin County.

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Taylorville Man Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

 

Taylorville Police announced today that they have arrested a Taylorville man on sexual assault charges.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler announced in a press release, that at 5 PM on Wednesday, Taylorville police arrested 21-year-old Kaleb A. Vaughn of Taylorville for two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault on a victim under the age of thirteen. Vaughn’s bond was set at $500,000. Each case is a class X felony that carries a sentence from 6-60 years in prison for each count.  Chief Wheeler thanked Mike Havera and the investigations unit for their hard work reviewing the cases and filing charges. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

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Joe Crain at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is full of exhibits that tell stories of historical events in our state's great history.

 

Director of Public Events Joe Crain says that often the museum is overlooked by Central Illinois residents and compares it to a national landmark.

 

 

Crain says he never ceases to be amazed by what all the museum has going on during any given day, he strongly encourages you to stop by and pay a visit to see all the history that Illinois has been a part of.

 

 

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

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Love You Forever Program in Taylorville

Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville is here to help. They have a program to announce that is designed to help those who might have gone through pregnancy loss.

 

Executive Director Cathy Coker says at Loving Arms they are always thinking of ways they can help more people, and shares how their Love You Forever Program got started.

 

 

Teresa St. Louis lost her twins 6 years ago. She speaks of the grief that she felt and that without this Love You Forever Program she doesn't know where she would be.

 

 

Coker and St. Louis appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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TCCU Holding 6th Annual Scholarship Campaign

Taylorville Community Credit Union is once again holding its annual scholarship program. This is the 6th annual “Stop. Shop. VOTE” scholarship program. Eight students will be awarded $1000 next May to continue their education. TCCU President Will Perkins says this is a fantastic way to help High School students and having a new facility in Pana means that Pana High School gets to participate now as well.

 

The voting for this scholarship is one of the more unique aspects of these scholarships. It promotes local businesses throughout the community.

 

 

For registration, Perkins encourages you to go online.

 

 

Students have until October 11th to register. Voting begins in November and continues through February. 

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Meadow Manor Looking Forward With New Ownership; New Name

Meadow Manor has new ownership and a new name.  Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab is the new ownership and David Mabry, Executive Director at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab is excited about the future.  While the name and ownership are changing, you can still expect the same great care that you have always received there just in a more local setting.  David Mabry explains that without being corporate-controlled, it means care gets improved.

 

 

Mabry says the future is bright for Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.

 

Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab is located at 800 Mc Adam Dr in Taylorville and their phone number is (217) 824-2277.

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Villas Of Holly Brook Celebrating Assisted Living Week

This week is Assisted Living Week and the Villas of Holly Brook in Shelbyville is celebrating in style alongside thousands of other assisted living communities across the country. This year’s theme is “A Spark of Creativity.” Director Erica Linn of the Villas of Holly Brook in Shelbyville says that this week has already been exciting, and there’s more coming up.

 

 

The residents also love living at the Villas and enjoy Assisted Living Week. John Stewardson says why he likes living in the Villas.

 

 

Resident Betty Zeaman says the staff is fantastic.

 

Resident Gladys Dunaway is happy for the care that she has but also happy she gets to keep her independence.

 

 

For more information on the Villas of Holly Brook and Assisted Living Week, visit their Facebook Page at Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville.

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Solar Power Coming to Christian County

Solar Power is on its way to Christian County as the County Board green lighted the Hickory Point Solar Project at their most recent meeting.

 

Chairwoman of the Christian County Board Becky Edwards shares some history of getting this solar project approved saying that it has taken roughly 12 months taking it from the initial idea to getting it approved by the Board.

 

 

Edwards knows that with all the steps it took to get the project to the Christian County Board it was a no-brainer to pass this project as it will greatly benefit the community.

 

 

Edwards says this work will more than anything be preliminary work and shares the timeline for when they are hoping to see the process done.

 

 

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

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Lake Land College To Host Career Day & College Job Fair

High School students have a way to find out more about future endeavors and career paths at Lake Land College’s annual Career Day event on October 1st. The event will take place from 9:30-11:30. Michelle Zumbahlen, coordinator for strategic student communication and initiatives says that this is a way for college students to set themselves on a path for success.

 

 

Zumbahlen says the sessions they hold go over 175 different topics.

 

 

A regional college fair is held in conjunction with the event and representatives from over 50 different colleges around the country will be on hand to speak with students about what their colleges have to offer.  For more information visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/college-fair or www.lakelandcollege/edu/career-day.

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Christian County Mitigation Committee Discusses Hazards

 

The Christian County Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee met on Tuesday and discussed the future mitigation plans that will help Christian County in case of an emergency. The plan provides three benefits: Receiving money from FEMA, specific projects could receive funds that will help reduce damages, and information about natural disasters in Christian County will help inform citizens to prepare for the future. Andrea Bostwick from the American Environmental Corporation talked about the hazards that she has uncovered in the time that she has been working on this project with Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director, Mike Crews.

 

 

Among the areas that the Mitigation Planning Committee is dealing with and analyzing include severe storms, severe winter storms, floods, tornadoes, excessive heat, drought, mine subsidence, earthquakes, and dams. The plan of the committee is to create ways to help Christian County deal with these disasters.

 

 

The next meeting will be held at the Taylorville Fire Department which is located at 202 North Main Street in Taylorville on Tuesday, December 10th at 2 PM.

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Charges Against Taylorville Man Dropped In St. Louis County

Regional Radio News has learned that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office which has been handling the Bradley Jenkins case, has dismissed the charges against him. Jenkins, a Taylorville man, was accused of assaulting his wife, Alissa L. Martin which resulted in her death in a parking garage near Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Police found her body at 1:45 in the Stadium East Parking Garage at 200 South Broadway. According to the Circuit Attorney’s Office, the court requires an indictment within 90 days of charges to be filed. The Circuit Attorney’s Office intends to file charges once more evidence is received and they can than go ahead and proceed with a grand jury investigation. If you know anything about the case, you are encouraged to contact the Circuit Attorney’s Office or the St. Louis Police Department. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hear About New Taylorville Steakhouse

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a new Taylorville steak house, bar and gaming room during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

 

Glen Kluge (clue-GEE) is owner of the new Kluge’s On the Square, in the former Joyce’s Cafe building on the west side of the Taylorville square.  Kluge told Kiwanis members that he and his family moved to Taylorville 2 years ago from Springfield, after camping here the past 10 years.  Kluge recently retired from Ameren, and has been working on the new restaurant for close to a year, taking the location down to its original brick.

 

Kluge was a sous chef at a Springfield restaurant for many years, which he said will be very useful in operating his new Taylorville restaurant.  Kluge added that the building’s bar and gaming room are both now open, and the steak house is expected to be open the second week in October.

 

 

The new Kluge’s On the Square will have seating for 62 people, with an average steak dinner price of 20 to 25-dollars, and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

 

Several members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, received perfect attendance awards during Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.  From the left:  Will Perkins 4 years, Harriett Morrissey 2 years, Michael Evanchak 1 year, and Martin Vota 3 years.  Larry Kemner, not pictured, was honored for 7 years perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings.

 

Kiwanis members are reminded that starting October First, weekly meetings will be held at a new location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge, 720 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.

 

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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Air Frying Class Today at TMH

Today you have the opportunity to learn about a new trend that is sweeping the nation with two courses offered at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

The Heart Health Lesson on air frying has two sessions today one at 2:30 and the other at 6:00. Clinical Dietitian with TMH Janelle Cornell says she puts her air fryer at home to good use and can eat french fries now knowing they are healthier for her.

 

 

Cornell says the only real limitation she has noticed is essentially the size of the air fryer, as long as it fits the air fryer can get it cooked and in a more timely manner than the oven.

 

 

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

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Two New Actions Coming to Schools

Next month delegates will be back in Springfield ready to work on making Illinois a better place to live.

 

Illinois House of Representatives member Avery Bourne represents the 95th District, says there is a new action plan coming to Illinois schools to help those who may be dealing with seizures. 

 

 

Bourne is excited for the hunter education classes coming to schools as well, she says it is light years ahead of her hunter education courses that will teach more than just gun safety.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Homecoming Festivities This Week

With High School Football starting up again, it’s that time for homecoming. The time where all of the cities across central Illinois gear up for festivities, football, and fun and Taylorville is no different. This year’s homecoming for Taylorville kicked off Monday and no one knows homecoming better than Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison. 

 

Hutchison says a lot of this wouldn’t be possible without the hard work from the Taylorville High School Student Council.

 

 

Hutchison also highlights all the great events that will be taking place this week as well including the parade and the bonfire.

 

 

Taylorville High School takes on Lincoln in football Friday night at 7.

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Taylorville High School Enjoying New Broadcast Program

Taylorville High School offers programs that help enrich the student body, offer unique opportunities and foster relationships that will last a lifetime.  One of the ways that Taylorville High School is doing that is through a new broadcasting program for the school speared by CTI Vice President Adam Vocks called Tommy TV.  Vocks says this program started because of a request from a parent.

 

 

Vocks hopes that this program will eventually turn from an idea into a full-fledged curriculum.

 

 

Student Molly Smith enjoys the program, she says she wasn’t prepared for how much she was going to like it.

 

For more on Tommy TV visit their Youtube page at TommyTV. 

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Taylorville School Board Meets; Discusses Stonington Park District

The Taylorville School Board met this evening and discussed personnel moves, Stonington Park District, and some needs for the school. Some announcements from President of the Board Stephen Turner included cleaning up mold from one of the junior high rooms that will be used by the children in case of inclement weather.  This has already been done. A new oven and room heaters for the junior high as well will need to be ordered. There is also discussion about possibly adding more bleachers to the football field as well.  The big new business is Stonington Park District. President Turner presented the options with option A being that the land would be split from the building and option B which was a little more favorable to the board and that would be for the board to extend the closing date but they would take over in paying for the utilities.

 

 

The Board agreed with option B with the caveat that when they delivered this option to the Park District, that they inform the Stonington Library that they have 6 months to vacate. In the end, the School Board went with option B with modifications. Turner wanted to make sure everyone was on page with what they were doing.

 

 

Board member David Driskell wanted to make sure everyone was aware; the School Board is not trying to get rid of the library.

 

 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty is happy with how the new school year is going and is excited about how things are in Taylorville. The next regular school board meeting will be held on October 14th.

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Excitement Builds Towards Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee met Monday night as they work towards this year's event on the Taylorville square October 5th and 6th.

 

It was announced that the Little Mister and Teen Miss Chilli Pepper contests, still need more entries.  The entry process is on line by clicking the "Pageant Entry Form" icon at the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

 

More volunteers are also needed for various tasks during Chillifest weekend.  To volunteer to work at the Pepsi trailer, the information booth, or to assist in other ways, contact Amy Calvert Winans at 825-57-49.

 

Groups of 4 are also needed to assist children in pumpkin painting during Chillifest.  To volunteer your group, contact Kidzone chair Laura Hadley at 824-25-55.

 

Chillifest social media chair Susan Lawrence told Regional Radio News about the excitement she felt during the meeting Monday night.

 

 

To find out all about the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chilllifest, go to chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

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Taylorville School District To Meet; Review Board Policies

Taylorville Community Unit Schools will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM at the administration education center at 512 West Spresser Street in Taylorville for their regular monthly board of education meeting. Topics of discussion for the evening will include approval of minutes, claims, treasurers report, and the consideration of an overnight trip request for the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis and the American Royal Contest in Kansas City. In old business, the board will duscuss the consideration of the IASB PRESS Board Policies. In new business, the board will discuss the review of the 2019-2020 District enrollment, changes to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, discussion of the Stonington Park District and a report from the finance committee and the Superintendent report from Dr. Chris Dougherty. For complete coverage of the school board meeting stay tuned to Regional Radio News. The meeting will also be uploaded to WTIMTV's youtube channel as well. 

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Limited Time to Sign Up for Botanical Garden Trip

The Christian County Master Gardeners are getting ready for the bus trip to the Missouri  Botanical Garden.

 

Horticulture Educator with the U of I Extension Office Andrew Holsinger says there is still time to sign up for this trip as they pushed back the registration deadline till the end of business hours tomorrow.

 

 

Holsinger says the remaining seats will be given on a first come first serve basis and the best way to sign up is through the website. If anyone has any questions Holsinger encourages you to reach out to him via his email at aholding@illinois.edu.

 

 

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

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Christian County Property Taxes Due Tuesday

The Christian County Treasurer wants to make sure everyone is aware of property tax dates. The second installment of property taxes is due Tuesday. You can pay online, mail it in, or drop off your payment at the Christian County Courthouse. Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen says if you haven’t done it already, time is running out.

 

 

Asmussen says to avoid hassle, headache, and late fees the payments need to be postmarked by tomorrow otherwise you will have to pay extra fees on top of the taxes and call or stop in at the court house to make arrangements to pay. 

 

 

For paying online visit  https://www.govtechtaxpro.com or call Betty Asmussen at (217) 824-4889.

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Hunger Action Day This Week at UIS

September is Hunger Action Month and the Central Illinois Foodbank is ready for a busy month ahead spreading the word in an attempt to fight hunger.

 

Public Relations Manager Ashley Earnest says the 12th is an extremely busy day for Central Illinois Foodbank as that is Hunger Action Day.

 

 

The party doesn't stop there on the 12th as after the morning session for Hunger Action Day is the Harvest Celebration which is an event that you surely do not want to miss out on.

 

 

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

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Youth,Taylorville Fire, And Police Department To Play Softball Game

The Taylorville Police Department and Fire Department are always looking to show that they are there to help the community.  One way that they are doing that is through a “celebrity softball game.” This game will take place between the Police and Fire Department on September 25th. Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger says this was all the idea of youth volleyball coach Julie Solliday.

 

 

Bolinger would like you to notify the Department if your kid will play. She wants children to be there no later than 5:45 to get ready.  The event will take place from 6 to 8PM. The event will take place at the Taylorville High School softball field. Since there won’t be any uniforms available, Officer Bolinger has a special request.

 

Organizers are still working on a backup plan in case of rain.

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Taylorville Pride Organization Helping Bring Awareness

With school back in session, you might not know what is all going on event wise week in and week out. A new organization is trying to fix that. Taylorville Pride or “Tville Pride” is the brainchild of Jake Koniak. Koniak, a social studies teacher and technology integration specialist at Taylorville High School wants to make sure people are aware of events going on in and throughout the school district.

 

 

Koniak says there are many ways to get involved but social media is probably the best way.

 

 

Koniak says there’s plenty of events coming up that you can get involved in.

 

 

To follow Taylorville Pride, visit their Facebook page at Tvillepride or Twitter @Tvillepride or their Instagram page @instatvillepride.

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Taylorville Police Department Arrest Shelbyville Man For Reckless Driving

The Taylorville Police Department made an arrest on Thursday evening, after a report of a reckless driver.  Thursday at 5:23 PM, Officers of the Taylorville Police Department were told of a reckless driver heading east on Park Street.  It was also reported that the vehicle had been involved in a hit and run traffic crash. Officers located and attempted to stop the red Chevrolet truck in between Lake Drive and the prison on Route 29.  As the suspect vehicle attempted to turn onto 1600 East Road it struck another vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody and it was discovered the truck being driven by him was stolen from Springfield. 40 year old Brent A. Phegley of Shelbyville was charged with aggravated DUI, driving while license revoked, improper lane usage, leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage, motor vehicle theft, failure to give aid or information, and an active Shelby County warrant.  Phegley was lodged in the Christian County Correctional Center.

 

 

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Plenty of Great Products at Farmers Market

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 loves seeing all the smiling faces on the square on Saturdays and is urging you to stop by if you haven’t yet this season.

 

 

Downs spends a lot of time talking about the specialty products that are offered but he doesn't want the basic products to be forgotten. There is plenty to pick from for those who come out.

 

 

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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Busy Month of September Leading up to Chillifest

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is staying plenty busy getting ready for Chillifest which is officially less than a month away from kicking off.

 

CEO of the Chamber Patty Hornbuckle says before the Chillifest festivities don’t forget to stop by for business after hours on the 18th of this month at CTI. Hornbuckle says the CTI business after hours has grown to one of their biggest events.

 

 

Hornbuckle wants to make the public aware of a change coming to the community of Taylorville in terms of Meadow Manor, they have officially changed their name and are under new management.

 

 

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

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HSHS Good Shepherd Looking For Volunteers

HSHS Good Shepherd in Shelbyville relies on more than just Doctors and Nurses to help things flow smoothly. Volunteers are needed for many things at the hospital as well. Regina Agney, Patient Experience Facilitator at the hospital, says that volunteers are integral to the day to day operations.

 

Agney says volunteers are needed for all kinds of operations at the hospital. It all depends on where you want to help out.

 

Agney is grateful for volunteers.  She says the hospital wouldn’t run without their help. 

 

For more information or to help volunteer, visit the hospital’s website or contact Regina Agney at 217-774-3961 Extension 1141.

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Local Furniture Company Celebrates 31st Anniversary

A local furniture store is celebrating 31 years of being in Taylorville.  Betty Rose’s Furniture shop on the downtown square has been a staple in the community for over 3 decades and Betty Rose talks about how the industry has changed.

 

To help celebrate the anniversary, Rose says that they will take care of paying for the sales tax on all purchases. Rose says that you can get a better experience from shopping locally than getting something online.

 

 

When asked about her future goals for Betty Rose’s Furniture, Rose says that she just wants to stay in business and continue helping her customers.

 

 

For more information on Betty Rose’s Furniture visit their location on the square at 122 West Market Street in Taylorville or call 217-824-3777.        

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Local Gun Stores Proceed With Caution Over Changing Climates

With Wal-Mart, Kroger, and a number of other big brand stores changing their stances on guns and ammunition, the talk and pointed conversations sometimes turn to the local gun store. One local gun store, Locked & Loaded in Pana, is talking openly about gun laws and the new laws in Illinois and their effect on local gun stores.  Tyler Simms, Owner and Store Manager of Locked & Loaded says that the process is still long for getting a gun and that it goes beyond the Firearm ID. The people that are committing these crimes aren’t getting guns the traditional way.

 

 

The talk around Locked & Loaded comes down to the FOID card which is a Firearms ID. Illinois is one of the few states that has it. Simms wonders about the constitutionality of the FOID card though and people worry about the new Illinois gun laws.

 

Simms encourages everyone to shop local and support your local gun stores.  Locked & Loaded is located at 1299 E Jackson Street in Pana.

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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month and the Central Illinois Foodbank is ready for a busy month ahead spreading the word in an attempt to fight hunger.

 

Public Relations Manager Ashley Earnest says Hunger Action Month has been around for a little over a decade and has continued to grow in recent years.

 

 

Earnest has seen it first hand the fact that hunger knows no religion or race, it does no discriminate it can get anyone and often it is too hard to notice on a regular basis.

 

 

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

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Local Singer From Cowden Enjoying Her Country Roots

A local central Illinois singer has been taking the country music world by storm. Missy Dunaway, a singer from Cowden, has a new album called Honkytonks and Heartaches. She says she got into singing when she was five. 

 

 

Dunaway is happy for the doors that country music has opened for her and she says she is grateful for those who she has met.

 

 

Dunaway also says that she is looking forward to her next adventure.

 

 

For more information on Missy Dunaway visit her website at www.mdunaway.com.

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Lincoln Land Community College To Host Chili Supper

The public is invited to a Chili Supper on September 15th from 11 till 4 PM at Temple B’rith Sholom Social Hall located at 1004 South 4th Street at Lincoln Land Community College.  This is the fifth annual chili supper at the college. Proceeds for the meal will go to the Academy of Lifelong  Learning.  Laurel Bretz, Director of Community Education at Lincoln Land says that the Academy of Lifelong Learning is a membership group that reaches adults 50 and older who still want to learn.

 

 

The chili is made by a well-known Springfield chili chef named Les Eastep.

 

 

For more information on the chili supper, contact the LLCC Community Education Office at 217-786-2432.

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Be Aware of Phony Phone Calls Pretending to be Social Security

The Social Security Administration knows that they have millions of people depending on Social Security for a regular income.

 

Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers says there are multiple ways to change your Social Security direct deposit and the Social Security Administration makes sure it is as secure as possible.

 

 

Myers says it is unfortunate but it is the times we live in where you have to watch out for scams so be aware of some fishy phone calls that might be misleading you.

 

 

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

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Christian County Circuit Clerk Announces Re-election Bid

Longtime Christian County Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer has announced that she will be running for re-election next year.  Mayer, who took over the job in 2008, says that the job has changed quite a lot since she took over but is proud of her accomplishments and if re-elected is looking to finish more projects. One of the big projects that Mayer is proud of and that she and her office has worked relentlessly on is going paperless on the civil side. 

 

 

Mayer looks forward to completing the criminal and traffic side of the office so that will be paperless as well.

 

 

Mayer says she wants to thank everyone for their support and also thank her wonderful office.

 

 

The Primary Elections are held March 17th, 2020.

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Bohannon Looks at Democrats Taking on Trump

From what we have seen so far from the Republican Party it appears as though President Donald Trump will win the nomination for his second term of Presidency.

 

Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show airing weeknights on Newstalk WTIM at 9, delves into the Democratic Party to look at who they might be able to put up against Trump in 2020.

 

 

In his mind Bohannon sees 3 potential Democrats that could be on the ticket come 2020. One of them a former Vice President would have a strong shot if he could keep his foot out of his mouth.

 

 

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

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Neikes Floor Covering Celebrates 5th Anniversary

A local Taylorville business is celebrating its fifth anniversary.  Neikes Floor Covering is celebrating in style and owner Laura Hadley says that she is very happy to be in Taylorville. She says that she wants people to know they do more than just floors.

 

 

Hadley says being in business for five years has been a lot of fun, but she is looking forward to the future as well.

 

Hadley says they always have floors in stock and to shop local.

 

 

Neikes Floor Covering is located at 1001 North Cheney Street in Taylorville. For more information visit their website at www.neikesfloorcovering.com or contact Laura at 824-2555.

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Shelby County Sheriff Urges Residents To Join Sheriff's Assocation

Shelby County Sheriff Don Koonce is urging people to help fight crime. Sheriff Koonce announced last week that Shelby County citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. Individuals can join the program for as little as $20. This funding helps provide resources training and legislative support for key criminal justice issues and contributions are tax-deductible. 

 

Sheriff Koonce wants to remind everyone, the organization doesn’t telemarket phone calls so if someone calls asking for money, most likely it is a scam. Only invitations will be sent out through the mail. Sheriff Koonce says this program is important. “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before. The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play.

 

For more information on this program visit www.ilsheriff.org or call or write to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association at 401 East Washington, Suite 1000, Springfield Illinois 62701 or call 217-753-2372.

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5th Annual STEM Fair at Rochester High School September 11th

Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math or STEM as it is commonly known has been taking the world by storm in recent memory.

 

Pete Gegen is a Volunteer Coordinator with the STEM Fair at Rochester High School he loves seeing STEM coming to schools even at a young age as the future is upon us with this technology.

 

 

Gegen explains what all you can check out at the STEM Fair at Rochester High School on Wednesday, September 11th. For the first time this year colleges will be in attendance as well.

 

 

Tech Integration Specialist for the Taylorville School District Tammy Reindl says she encourages all students, teachers, and parents to come out to the event and get involved with STEM.

 

 

Gegen and Reindl both appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville City Council Meets Tuesday Evening; Approve Amendments

The City of Taylorville met to discuss business on Tuesday evening due to the holiday on Monday. At the Council meeting, The City of Taylorville voted to amend the business district development policy to include a retailers' occupation tax, service occupation tax, and hotel operators’ occupation tax. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said he felt that this was a fair amendment since most in the city were already subject to this.

 

The Mayor said in his comments, that this amendment shows taxpayer dollars at work. Office space has also been designated at the municipal building for the Safe Passage Program. 

 

 

There will also be some new stop signs put in Taylorville. One stop sign will be put at the intersection of Long and Poplar Streets which will make this a 4 way stop.  The other stop sign will go up at Taylorville Boulevard and Park Avenue.  The Fire Station roof is in need of repairs. The Finance committee will look into funds for repairing it as Chief Mike Crews has stated the leak is creating mold in the carpets. The next City Council meeting will be on September 16th.
 

Taylorville Police Sergeant Evert Nation recognized before the City Council Meeting.

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Kiwanis Club Holds Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting to hear about the many projects the Club is involved in to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Kiwanis Builders and Key Club chair Will Perkins reported that it’s the start of a new school year, and he’s working with the advisors for both the Junior High Builders Club and the Senior High Key Club at their respective Taylorville schools.

 

The Club announced that it’s replaced its long-running Peanut Days fund-raiser with a new “Kiwanis Kids Day” fund-raiser that will take place at Webster and West Main Cross from 8 in the morning til noon, on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th.  Kiwanis members will be asking the community to donate to further fund local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.    The Club moved away from giving away Kiwanis peanuts to those who donate, because there is no longer a supplier for Kiwanis-branded peanuts.

 

Kiwanis Priority One chair Harriett Morrissey reported that the annual Coats for Kids event will take place the last week of October.  The Kiwanis Club works with the Head Start classes in the Taylorville School District to provide coats, gloves and hats.

 

And, Kiwanis members are reminded that starting October First, weekly meetings will be held at a new location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge, 720 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.

 

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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Construction Wrapping Up On Bayer Crop Science In Stonington

 

Construction is finishing up at Bayer Crop Science in Stonington for a new addition to the plant. Production Lead Drew Yingling says the project started in April but should be completed by the end of September. Yingling says that the construction is upgrading with a new cleaning system.

 

 

Yingling also says that this construction allows Bayer Crop Science to be a lot more flexible. 

 

 

The effect on this construction should help Stonington as well, as Yingling says they will have to hire some more workers to make things run smoothly and efficiently.


 

Yingling says the bottom line is this will allow greater capacity, and that Bayer Crop Science will continue to listen to its customers to provide them with top quality products.

 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Hosting 11th Annual 5K Run In September

The 11th Annual 5K Fun Run And Walk will take place on September 21st. Sponsored by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the 5K Fun Run and Walk will begin with registration at 8 AM followed by the event taking place at 8:30 and a Children’s Dash at 9:30. Race Coordinator Debbie Johnson says that you can register early or at the event.

 

 

The race used to be held in May but has been moved to September this year.

 

For more information call 824-1677 or visit www.TaylorvilleMemorial.org. 

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Christian County LEAD Program Open For Registration

The Christian County LEAD (leadership excellence achieved by design) Program will be held in January but registration is open now. The twelve-week program has been an annual event since 2005 and is ran by the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Land Community College. The program is offered to 20 participants. Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle says Linda Smith of the extension office does a great job at facilitating this program.

 

Hornbuckle says that the class takes place during business hours but it’s completely worth it.

 

 

The class is great not just for the business side, but also for networking as well.

 

 

For more information on the program please call the chamber at 217-824-4919. To register for the class complete an application at www.taylorvillechamber.com.

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Bus Safety Important As School Is Back In Session

Even though School is not in session today, due to the holiday, it’s still a good time to talk about bus safety. Illinois State Police Officer and Education Officer, Sean Ramsey says bus safety should be first and foremost on your mind especially in the morning and the afternoon.  Ramsey says most bus accidents can be avoided.

 

Ramsey says knowing the situation you’re in and knowing when to stop for a bus is key and if you’re going in the same direction as a bus you should stop.

 

 

For more information visit the ISP website on bus safety.
 

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Regional Cancer Partnership Offering Free Prostate Screening

The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will be offering free prostate cancer screenings on Wednesday, September 18th from 5-7 PM at the Simmons Cancer Institute located at 315- W. Carpenter Street in Springfield. Registered Nurse and urology nurse navigator with Memorial Medical Center, Tia Rapps, says these screenings are super important because prostate cancer is often overlooked.

 

Rapps says there are various things you should look for that should be automatic tip-offs that you should get screened.

 

Registration is required. To schedule an appointment call 217-788-3528. Registration opens today.

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KidZone At Chillifest Looking For Volunteers

With the Taylorville Chillifest right around the corner, there are still plenty of ways that you can get involved. One of those ways is through Kidzone. Kidzone is a way for kids to have something to do during Chillifest. Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle explains that this is a way for everyone to have something to do.

 

 

Hornbuckle says that this is a way that organizations can promote themselves and team build within your own organization.

 

For more information on KidZone and how you can help with it, contact Laura Hadley at Neikes Floor Covering located at 1001 North Cheney Street in Taylorville or call 217-824-2555.

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