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Accident On Park Street Leading Into Taylorville

Police are urging caution and urging you to go slow throughout the rest of the day, as wind is making for hazardous conditions on the road. With snow still falling, and wind speeds that have the potential to reach 31 miles an hour, Police are asking you to turn on your lights and proceed with caution. A vehicle accident under the train underpass on Park Street leading into the City of Taylorville slowed down traffic on Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported.




Winter Weather Advisory In Effect for Monday; Up to 2 Inches of Snow Expected

From the National Weather Service in Lincoln:



* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two

* WHERE...Portions of central and west central Illinois.

* WHEN...From 6 AM to 2 PM CST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions as temperatures fall
  Monday morning.


Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for Illinois can be obtained on the
Internet at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.


Multiple Vehicle Accidents; ISP Encouraging Limited Travel

Illinois State Police are warning of multiple vehicle accidents on I-55, I-74, and multiple other roads. There are especially a large number of vehicles in Logan County on I-55 between mile marker 142 and mile marker 123. Road conditions are worsening so ISP is encouraging you to please leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you, turn your headlights on, and even avoid travel if at all possible. Road conditions are not expected to improve till late afternoon. 


Nursing Pipeline Preparatory Class Finding Success

St. John’s College of Nursing hosted the first Nursing Pipeline Preparatory Class last week.  The class is comprised of 16 freshman high school students from Springfield area High Schools. The nursing pipeline preparatory class or NP3 class was developed by Dr. Charlene Aaron chancellor of St. John’s College of Nursing.  She wanted to help prepare high school students better for college.


Dr. Aaron said this gives kids a chance to see what these programs all entail.


The class still has yet to study wound care, suturing, and the cardiac system. Dr. Aaron says that the nice thing about having Freshmen come is that they will bring them back every year to keep the classes coming in. 



For more information on the NP3 program, call 217-525-5628 or email. NP3outreach@sjcs.edu.


Family Drug's Traci Cutler Discusses Medicare Part D

Traci Cutler is a Patient Advocate at Family Drug in Shelbyville and she explained what it is that she does for her customers every single day.


Trying to understand Medicare can be difficult. Cutler explained how Medicare works and all the different parts to it.



Finally, Cutler went into more detail about Medicare Part D and why it’s so important to get signed up for it when your Medicare begins.


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


Veteran's Honored Across Central Illinois

Veteran’s Day celebrations will be taking place all throughout Central Illinois today. The Holiday, which occurs on November 11th every year in the US, is commemorated on that day because it is the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 that signaled the end of World War One or at that time “The Great War” known as armistice day. The holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. For a while, Veteran’s Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October, but in 1971, President Gerald Ford moved it back to November 11th. Over 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018. 9 percent of veterans are women. 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War and 3 million have served in support of the War on Terrorism. Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 495,000 are still alive. In Taylorville, the American Legion will be hosting a commemoration. Dave Hendricks says the festivities kick off at 10 AM with Mayor Barry speaking, and the Taylorville Municipal band will play. 



Bob Ridings in Pana will be doing a free luncheon and oil change on Veterans Day. General Manager Darren Seaton says it’s the least they can do.



Seaton says this is the second year that they are doing this and that they are proud of all Veterans and want to say thank you.



Regional Radio News wants to salute both past and present Veterans for their service to this country.


U of I Extension's Andrew Holsinger Discusses How You Can Get Your Plants Ready For Winter

Andrew Holsinger is the Horticulture Educator at University of Illinois Extension and he talked about the importance of getting your plants ready for the upcoming winter.


Holsinger went on to discuss what U of I Extension has done to replace the trees that were damaged in the December 1st, 2018 tornado.



Finally, Holsinger discussed the different types of barriers that you can use to protect your young plants from Deer, Rabbits, and other critters.



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


Army Corps Of Engineers To Hold Meeting Tuesday Evening

The US Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a special public meeting at 6 PM, Tuesday evening, at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. This meeting will be held to discuss the current water control plan for Lake Shelbyville, the water control operations, and dam safety. There will also be a presentation from the engineering staff for the US Army Corps of Engineers from the St. Louis District Office, to present information about water control operations, procedures, and dam safety. 


The Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center is located east of the Lake Shelbyville Main Dam at 1989 State Highway 16 in Shelbyville. For additional information on the special meeting, contact the project office at 217-774-3951 or email lakeshelbyville@usace.army.mil.


Taylorville's New Industrial Park A Reality Next Year

Taylorville’s new Industrial Park on the city’s northwest side could break ground as early as next summer, with completion by the end of the year.  That was announced at Thursday’s Christian County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting.

Phil Martin of Martin Engineering, who is project engineer, told the annual meeting that the project has all the necessary permits and easements, including an easement to allow Shelby Electric Cooperative to bury utility lines to the property.

Martin added that he expects the project to be completed in 2020, which includes roads, curb and gutter, and utilities being ran to the various tracts being marketed for sale.

Some 537-thousand dollars raised by the Taylorville Development Association, the local group that owns the park, was matched with a grant from the Economic Development Administration, to enable the project to be built.

A plat of the new park, is linked in this story on taylorvilledailynews.com.

The new Taylorville Industrial Park has been nearly 10 years in the making.


Central A&M Game To Be On 97.3 WRAN

Due to the Eastern Illinois University game being held on Saturday afternoon, the Central A & M playoff game is being moved to Groovy 97.3 WRAN. The #1 Central A & M Raiders (Moweaqua) (10-0) will take on the #8 Fisher Bunnies (8-2) at 1PM from Central A & M High School in Moweaqua. Pregame with Trevor Hooth kicks off at 12:30. Eastern Illinois University will take on the Tennessee State Tigers on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR at 2 PM.


CTI's Jeff Durbin Discusses Their Upcoming Expansion

CTI is in the early stages of a large expansion and Jeff Durbin, the IT Operations Manager for CTI discussed just how hard it was to keep the upcoming big expansion a secret.



Another important part of CTI’s expansion is the telecommunications upgrade that comes with it. Durbin said that these communities likely haven’t seen any serious telecommunications upgrade in 30-40 years.


Durbin went on to explain what fiber internet actually is and why they’re doing is so important.



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


Illinois Republicans Push Through Ethic Bills

The Illinois House of Representatives leader, Jim Durkin, along with members of the House Republican caucus announced an ethics reform package Thursday to address what they feel is unacceptable practices through ongoing federal investigations. 


The ethics package includes House Bill 3954, HJRCA, House Resolution 588, House Bill 3947 and House Bill 3955. Representative Durkin said in a press conference today that this all stemmed from a House of Representatives Democrat, Louis Arroyo was arrested for trying to bribe a state senator.


House Bill 3954 will force full disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and provide transparency for members of the General Assembly. 


HJRCA 36 will prevent political powerbrokers from picking their preferred candidates for the vacancies.  


House Resolution 588 will allow a Chief Co-Sponsor of any bill with five cosponsors from each party to call it for an up or down vote in committee. 


House Bill 3947 would ban members of the General Assembly and their families from performing paid lobbying work with local government units. Right now it’s legal in local government units such as counties or municipalities. 


Finally, House Bill 3955 will create mandatory and publicly available documentation of communications within state agencies regarding contracts.


Representative Durkin says they need to change the culture of Springfield.



Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer agrees that this culture is no longer acceptable in Illinois.



The General Assembly is scheduled to begin the second week of veto session on November 12th.


Physician's Choice Wellness Offers Medically Monitored Weight Loss Programs

It can be a real challenge to lose weight, but Tara Nickerson program director for Physician’s Choice Wellness says that they try to make it just a little bit easier for you by offering a variety of medically monitored weight loss programs.



With Physician’s Choice Wellness they help keep you motivated to lose the weight quickly, so that you don’t get discouraged and give up.


Another crucial part of losing weight is the accountability factor. Nickerson said that they’re programs are successful in part due to that.



For more information and to check out the different weight loss programs that Physician’s Choice Wellness offers, check out their website, healthylifestyleweightloss.com. Nickerson appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Pana Community Hospital Welcomes Two New Doctors

Pana Community Hospital is welcoming two new Doctors to their staff. Dr. Andrew Ott and Dr. Leslie Anewenah. Anewenah joins the Specialty clinic Physician staff and specializes in General and Colorectal Surgery. Anewenah received his doctor of medicine degree from New York Medical College and completed residencies in general surgery and internal medicine. 


Dr. Anewenah enjoys playing table tennis, playing and coaching soccer, and volunteering on health missions abroad. Trina Casner, President, and CEO of Pana Community Hospital says that she is excited to have Dr. Anewenah as part of the staff. She says, “Dr. Anewenah will be a valuable asset to the specialty clinic physician staff and surgery team.”


Pana Community Hospital is also welcoming podiatrist, Dr. Andrew Ott. Dr. Ott completed a residency in New York and earned the highest score in the country on the American Board of Podiatric Medicine in-training exam.  He will begin seeing patients at Pana Community Hospital in Suite 103 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays every month. 


Dr. Ott is a Hillsboro graduate and attended Blackburn College. In 2014 he graduated from Des Moines University with a doctorate in podiatric medicine and surgery. He completed his residency in New York City and focused on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. 


Regional Radio News could not reach Dr. Ott for comment, but he said “I look forward to serving the community of Pana and the surrounding areas. My sports background will provide an added area of expertise that can help local athletes as well as general podiatry patients.” 


Dr. Ott provides service for wound/diabetic foot care, podiatric dermatology, foot trauma, fracture care, sports medicine, internal and external fixation techniques of the lower extremity, reconstructive surgery, arthroscopy, limb salvage, pediatric foot deformities, plastic surgery, and dermatopathology.


To make an appointment with Dr. Ott or Dr. Anewenah call 562-2544.  


Enterprise Zone Renewal Focus of Christian County Economic Development Corporation Work



Christian County’s Enterprise Zone expires at the end of 2021, and officials with the Christian County Economic Development Corporation have been working for the last several months on renewing and expanding the zone for further job creation.


That was part of a report given this (Thursday) morning by C-C-E-D-C executive director Mary Renner to the organization’s board of directors, at the annual meeting held at the People’s Bank and Trust meeting room in Taylorville.


Renner told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that getting the zone renewed and expanded, will mean more jobs for the county.



Renner added the proposed expanded Christian County Enterprise Zone includes some new projects in the works.



Renner emphasized the importance of the Enterprise Zone to provide new jobs.



Renner has been part of Christian County’s economic development efforts, since the C-C-E-D-C was formed in 2003.


Senator Andy Manar Guest Speaker at Christian County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting


The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board of directors held their annual meeting this (Thurs) morning at the People’s Bank and Trust meeting room in Taylorville, to review ongoing economic development efforts in the county.


Some 60 people attended to hear guest speaker Senator Andy Manar tell attendees that the budget process this past spring was bi-partisan for the first time in years.



Senator Manar added that the school funding bill is in year 2 of funding the state’s over 800 school districts based on need.



Senator Manar added that the new state budget enacted last spring, also full funds county probation services for the first time in years.


Taylorville Holiday Kick Off on Saturday

The Taylorville Holiday Kick off will take place on November 9th. Sheila Yost, owner of Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe in Taylorville is excited for this event and for the upcoming open house that they will be having.  The shop will be having a 20% off sale and many other surprises.


Yost says while the draw is heavy on people from outside of Taylorville, there is a lot of new merchandise that comes in regularly, so you should come in and check it out often, especially this weekend as many of the places downtown will have different hours.


Yost also says that this is a fantastic way for you to get a jump on your holiday shopping. 



Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe is located at 110 South Main Street, Taylorville Illinois 62568.  You can get more information by calling them at (217) 824-9447.


Lake Land College To Offer Free Welding, GED, And CNA Classes

Lake Land College is once again offering free welding classes for those who are interested in starting a new career. Kyle Sims is the Adult Education Advisor at Lake Land College and he discussed the specifics for the upcoming class.



Lake Land College isn’t just offering free welding classes, they’re also offering free GED classes for those individuals who are interested in getting their GED. Sims gave the specifics of when the classes start and where you can attend.


Lake Land College is also offering free CNA classes for those individuals who might be interested in a career in nursing.


Sims appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Citizen’s Center.


The Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library To Host Annual Ornament Auction

The Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan is going to be busy this Holiday Season. Michelle Nolen, the Library’s Director said that they’ll be hosting multiple events at the library including an ornament auction where individuals can donate handmade ornaments that will decorate the Christmas Tree and then they’ll be auctioned off to help raise money for the library.


Nolen went on to discuss a new year long program that will hopefully encourage adults to read books that they wouldn’t normally read.


The Monday Morning Quilters will also be getting into the holiday spirit at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan. If you like to sew, you can sign up to make a Christmas table runner, but you better hurry as there is only so many available spots.


Nolen appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Citizen’s Center.


Sullivan Fire Department Receives Loan From State Of Illinois For New Tanker

The Sullivan Fire Department announced that they received a significant donation from the state of Illinois in order to help the city buy a new tanker. Sullivan Fire Chief Mike Piper announced that the Sullivan Fire Protection District received a $278,335 loan that had 0% interest through the fire truck Revolving Loan Program. The state had sent out over $9.3 million dollars to fire departments throughout the state that would have 0 or low-interest loans to emergency responders throughout the state. Piper says that without the revolving loan program they wouldn’t be able to buy the tanker.



The Sullivan Fire Department has to pay back the loans within 10 years and with departments under stress to properly equip and train firefighters, receiving this money will help pay for equipment they need. Piper says that this donation was so important because the Fire Department needed this tanker to help provide water to rural areas that they protect.



Over 30 different fire and ambulance departments received aid from the Illinois Finance Authority.


The Safe Passage Program Helps People Who Struggle With Addiction

Safe Passage is a program that allows addicts to come to the Police Station, at any time to get the help that they need. The program’s coordinator is Denise Evans and she discussed what Safe Passage is and how the program got started.



Judge Brad Paisley began this program in Christian County. He did so after he realized that there has to be more than to just putting these people who struggle with addiction in handcuffs. Evans went on to discuss what he wanted to accomplish by starting this program and how he went about introducing Safe Passage to the area.



Every single addict that walks through the door at Safe Passage looking for help goes through the same process. Evans discussed that process and how they go about helping them.



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


The Central Illinois Food Bank Is In Need Of Donations

The Central Illinois Food Bank is always looking for donations, but according to Ashley Earnest, the Public Relations Manager at the Central Illinois Food Bank, this time of year and one other time of year seems to be the busiest.


Earnest went on to discuss what it is exactly that the Central Illinois Food Bank does and what areas it is that they serve.



Finally, Earnest discussed how you can get involved and donate to the Central Illinois Food Bank.


For more information or to find a Food Bank near you, visit their website, centralilfoodbank.org. Earnest appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Lake Land College Announces College Visit Day; Named In Top 150 By Aspen University

Lake Land College will be hosting a Laker Visit Day. The event will be held on Friday, November 22nd in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 AM and will run until noon. This event is for potential students who want to learn more about Lake Land College.


The event will feature a tour, classes that you can visit, meet current students and talk to faculty members. There will be student ambassadors and college Staff. 


To get to the Luther Student Center, take Entrance 1 from Route 45, make a right turn after the curve onto Podesta Drive, continue around campus and park in Lot E. Enter the lobby through the main entrance at the front of the building. There you will be met by Student Ambassadors. For more information or to register you can visit lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5377.


Lake Land college also announced that it was named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. This is the fourth time that Lake Land has made this list. Selection in the top 15% of community colleges is based on strong and improving student outcomes especially in learning, completion rates, employment rates, and earnings.


The colleges that were named were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide.  These colleges are located in 39 states and serve as few as 500 students to nearly 75,000 students. For more information on this, you can visit aspeninstitute.org.


Pana Community Hospital To Host Annual Holiday Bazaar

The Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary is having their annual Holiday Bazaar at the Pana Junior High School on Saturday, November 9th from 9-1 with vendors, homemade desserts, a raffle, and a whole lot more. Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Manager at Pana Community Hospital discussed what you can expect to find at the Bazaar this Saturday.



When the Holiday Bazaar first started, it was just a small luncheon and the auxiliary volunteers would work all year making items that could be sold. Rybolt went on to discuss how it has grown to be one of the biggest events that they put on every year.


Finally, Rybolt discussed the upcoming Join The Journey Event that will take place tomorrow, November, 7th from 5-6 at the Pana Junior High School Auditorium. The guest speaker is the Season 16 Biggest Loser runner up, Sonya Jones who became an inspirational speaker after leaving the show.


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


Pana Students of the Month For October Announced

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust in Pana have announced their Pana High School students of the month of October.  The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes every month.


The Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and People’s Bank and Trust students of the month are Senior Jacob Beyers; Junior Brock Schoonover; Sophomore Austin Karbach; Freshman Tessa Strom


We here at Regional Radio News salute our People's Bank and Trust Students of the month!


L - R:  Peoples Bank and Trust Representative Sarah VanHuss; Senior Jacob Beyers; Junior Brock Schoonover; Sophomore Austin Karbach; Freshman Tessa Strom


Pursuit Goes Through Montgomery, Macoupin, And Bond Counties

The Illinois State Police District 18 announced they had a vehicle pursuit through Montgomery, Macoupin, & Bond Counties on Monday, November 4th around 1:42 PM. Deputies from Montgomery County attempted to stop a 2003 Ford F-150 for suspicious activity and reckless driving. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. 


ISP District 18 Troopers joined the pursuit due to the reckless and erratic driving. ISP Troopers pursued the vehicle through Montgomery, Macoupin, and Bond Counties. Bond County Sheriff’s Department picked up the pursuit near Greenville where spike strips were successfully deployed. The vehicle traveled through several streets in Greenville before becoming disabled on IL-140 east of Greenville.


The driver, 35-year-old Christopher S. McCartney of Clinton, Missouri was arrested and taken into custody by Bond County Deputies and ISP. The driver is in custody and formal charges are pending in Montgomery and Bond Counties.  No further information is available at this time.


Taylorville Kiwanis Holds Business Meeting at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Kiwanis members reviewed various committee efforts for children and youth in the Taylorville community.


The Kiwanis board agreed that the club will partner with HSHS Medical Group in Taylorville, to provide Christmas to the children of an anonymous local family. 


Kiwanis Priority One chair Harriett Morrissey reported that some 36 Head Start children were supplied recently with coats, hats, boots, and gloves, with monies raised by the Kiwanis Club.  It was Morrissey’s last year chairing the effort after 17 years, as she is moving out of state later this year.


Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club liaison Will Perkins reported that some 34 Taylorville Junior High students have joined the local Builders Club this school year.  That club is sponsoring 2 major projects to benefit the Christian County Animal Shelter and the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center.


Perkins is also liaison to the Kiwanis Senior High Key Club, and he reported that some 60 Taylorville High School students have signed up for membership in the Key Club this year.   


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 their new meeting location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.


Free Day For Supplies At Gagne Building

Alderman Jim Olive along with Alderman Larry Budd has been operating the Gagne building and has been in charge of the supplies that are located in the warehouse. As the months have gone on the need has diminished. Alderman Olive announced at the Monday night City Council meeting that there would be a special day on November 9th where anyone could come in and pick up supplies that were there.


The Gagne Building is located at 1617 West Spresser Street. All supplies will be up for grabs other than some of the House in a box supplies that are already spoken for.  For more information on this event contact either Jim Olive or Larry Budd. 


Taylorville Senior Center Will Be Helping Seniors Enroll In Medicare

Jennifer Verardi is the Executive Director and Transportation at the Taylorville Senior Center and she discussed some of the big events coming up at the Senior Center.



Verardi went on to discuss the upcoming Medicare enrollment and how they’ll be helping seniors with those important Medicare decisions.



Judy Gates is with the CEFS Meals on Wheels program and she discussed the specifics of the long running program.



Verardi and Gates appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Enrollment Period Open For Health Insurance

The ACA open enrollment period for the Illinois Department of Insurance is now open. The campaign will run from November 1st until December 15th. This is a way for you to shop to find the insurance plan that fits your health care needs. There are over 140 different health insurance plans and you can choose gold, silver, and bronze. If you were already enrolled in a marketplace plan last year, you will be automatically enrolled in the same plan or one that is close and offered by the same insurer for the upcoming 2020 plan year. You should check your health plan coverage regardless to make sure that your doctors are still included in the 2020 plan year. It also helps you lower your monthly premium costs by shopping around.


Under the insurance plan, you will not be able to purchase insurance coverage after December 15th so it’s extremely important that you look now.  The only way you can get insurance after December 15th is by having a qualifying life event, such as getting married, becoming a new parent, or losing health care coverage. To get the insurance plan that’s right for you, visit the Get Covered website at https://getcovered.illinois.gov/en. You can also visit the Illinois Department of Insurance to view the 2020 analysis of the Illinois Exchange Plan at https://insurance.illinois.gov. 


St. Louis Dairy Council Dietitian Discusses The Importance Of Diet And Exercise For Individuals Who Have Diabetes

Jill Williams is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator with the St. Louis Dairy Council and she discussed the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.



Williams went on to discuss the importance of a paying attention to the amount of carbs that you eat.


Finally, Williams discussed the importance of getting enough exercise.



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


Crimestoppers: Crime Of The Week

This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.


Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, October 13, 2019,  a vehicle was damaged that was parked at 704 West Rich Street. The vehicle had several windows broken out, all four tires were slashed, the back tail light was broke, the back tail light was broke out, and the front windshield was cracked.  The vehicle was parked in the back of the residence during the time of the incident. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time. 


Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons. Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name.  Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week. 


You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website www.Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274637) and then your tip.  As always, you will remain anonymous. 


City Council Approves New Fire Chief


The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening to discuss water, road projects, and appoint a new Fire Chief. All Aldermen were present except for Kathy Driskell. Matt Adermann, who was the acting Fire Chief for former Fire Chief Mike Crews, was officially sworn in as Fire Chief in a special ceremony Monday night in front of family and friends. Chief Aderman was approved by the city Alderman 8-0. The planning commission had met earlier in the evening and it was voted on to send a motion to the council to take the west school investments LLC located at 300 North Elevator and zone it from R2 to C1 with some contingencies.  City attorney Rocci Romano explained what the new motion would entail for the West School Investments project. 


The motion passed 8-0.  The city also voted to approve authorizing the extension and maintenance of City Water Mains to areas outside city limits along with a few redevelopment agreements as well. The Aldermen also approved resolutions to improve west main cross from North Webster Street to Shumway and use motor fuel tax funds to improve both East Main Cross and West Main Cross. The two projects combined will cost over 1.9 million dollars.  Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry gave Mayor updates. Barry announced that negotiations will start between the City and the employees. Barry wanted to make sure everyone knows that he wants to do what’s best for his employees and the city of Taylorville. Barry said the city would be holding a remembrance of the December 1st tornado at the VFW that Sunday. 



The next city council meeting will take place on November 18th. Elli Skultetty was also honored by Mayor Barry for her hard work with her artwork and donating money to victims and Shop with a Cop.




ISP Investigating Fatality In Macoupin County

The Illinois State Police is investigating a fatality in Macoupin County from Sunday Morning. ISP District 18 Troopers responded to investigate a fatal crash on Illinois Route 267 South of Gun Club Road in Macoupin County. At 6:29 AM Sunday Morning, a Ford Fusion was traveling southbound and a Honda Civic was traveling northbound.  The Ford crossed into the oncoming lane and struck the Honda head-on.  The driver of the Honda, 35-year-old Rebecca S. Droste of Fidelity, Illinois was pronounced dead on the scene by the Macoupin County Coroner. The driver of the Ford, 29-year-old Jurrell D. Walker of Quincy, Illinois was airlifted to Barnes Hospital with serious injuries. The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation and no further information is available at this time. 



TPD Announces Kids, Cops, Christmas Event

The Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protection Association is once again asking the community for help to provide a Merry Christmas for less fortunate children in Christian County.  Officer Alan Mills with the Taylorville Police Department says that this is a way to help give back to those less fortunate around the Holidays.



Mills says this part of his job is one of the most rewarding things he does.



Mills says they are taking donations now for the program.



The program is over 20 years old and nominations can be made by contacting the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211.


US Army Core of Engineers Discuss Dam Construction And The Need For Volunteers

Sarah Haslett is a Natural Resources Specialist with The US Army Core of Engineers and she discussed the fact that there’s not as much happening right now as there is in the summer months.



Haslett went on to discuss the construction happening at the Dam.



Finally, Erica Neighbors, who is a Park Ranger discussed the need for volunteers.



Haslett and Neighbors appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studio in downtown Shelbyville.


Missions For Taylorville Holds Press Conference For Fundraiser


Missions For Taylorville, is on a mission to help Taylorville. This has been especially true after the December 1st, 2018 tornado. Dick Adams along with Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and Missions For Taylorville Director Ed Legg met with people at the Taylorville Firehouse on Friday morning. Adams announced a new fundraising campaign to continue to help people, especially those affected by the tornado as the need is still great.



Adams hopes to get the campaign, which is called “We’re Not Finished Yet” done in 90 days as there are still over 130 applications for help and the hopes of raising $500,000.



Adams says Missions For Taylorville has been a huge asset to the community along with all of those who have donated in the past.


If you would like to help Missions For Taylorville you can bring your donation to the City of Taylorville City Clerk, Julie Lilly.


3rd Illinois Resident Dies From Vaping Related Illness

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting yet another vaping death. This is the third vaping death in the state. The IDPH is reporting that 166 people in Illinois ranging from 13 to 75 years old have experienced lung injuries from vaping. Another 42 cases are still being investigated.  IDPH is still investigating these illnesses and no single ingredient used in vaping products has been linked to the outbreak. The latest national and state findings suggest that products containing THC particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources have played a major role in the outbreak. Melaney Arnold, State Public Information Officer for the IDPH, says that trouble breathing after vaping is the first sign that there is an issue.


As of October 31st, IDPH has received 46 preliminary lab results on vaping products and nearly half of them tested positive for THC nearly 40% had vitamin E acetate. The FDA is continuing to test these products. Cases have been reported in 32 counties including Macoupin, Sangamon, Dewitt, and Marion. For more information visit the IDPH website.



Over 140 Attend Christian County CEO Murder Mystery Dinner


Over 140 people attended Saturday night's Christian County CEO Murder Mystery Dinner at the Taylorville Christian Church Fellowship Hall.  The event was a fund-raiser for the 17 students enrolled in the program, to provide them funding to begin their own business which will be introduced at next May's CEO Trade Show.


The Christian County CEO Program creates entrepreneurial opportunities for Christian County high school seniors, to learn business skills and network with business and civic leaders in the county.  Classes are held each school day from 7:30 to 9am, at locations outside of school.


Learn more about the program at christiancountyceo.com.







Change Your Clocks Back Tonight!

Daylight saving is Sunday morning and that means it’s time to set your clocks back. While most people are happy to get that extra hour of sleep, many people may not know why daylight saving time even exists. According to webexhibits.org, daylight saving time started in Europe due to World War 1 and an effort to conserve fuel. The US didn’t adopt the plan until 1918 and it was observed for seven months in 1918 and 1919. Many people objected to the new law, mainly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than they do today and daylight saving time became a local option. It was continued in a few states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island and in cities like New York and Chicago. Because this was a local practice different cities and towns had different times. This was a real burden to broadcast stations who had to publish new schedules quite often due to the changing times. 


The transportation industry looked to change daylight saving time to make it more uniform. After talking to many telephone operators, they realized that someone could take a 35 mile stretch of highway from Moundsville, West Virginia to Steubenville, Ohio and change time 7 different times. 


The rules changed in 1966 when Lyndon B. Johnson created Daylight Saving Time. Any state that wanted to be exempt could do so. The only states that don’t follow it are Hawaii and Arizona. 


Daylight Saving Time in Illinois ends at 2 AM on Sunday, November 3rd. 


Ashley Belle With The U Of I Extension Office Discusses The Dangers Of Radon Gas

Ashley Belle is the Environmental and Energy Stewardship Educator at The University of Illinois Extension office and she talked about the important topic of radon gas.


Belle went on to say that radon gas can enter the home in a variety of different ways.



Finally, Belle discussed how dangerous radon gas can be.


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


John Scherschel Named New President Of Prairie Cardiovascular In Springfield

Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois has named its new President. Dr. John A. Scherschel of Prairie Cardiovascular in Springfield has been named the fourth president in the group’s 40-year history.  He succeeds Dr. Marc E. Shelton. Shelton was named Vice President and Chief Physician Executive of Hospital Sisters Health System in March.  Dr. Scherschel says he is excited about this new opportunity.



Scherschel is impressed with the amount of technology that is being used now in cardiac care.



Scherschel says he hopes to extend the reach of Prairie throughout more and more communities in Illinois.


Scherschel took the role of President effective October 21st after the Board of Directors approved it.  He will continue to see patients in a limited capacity.



Taylorville Memorial Hospital To Host Diabetes Awareness Event

November is National Diabetes Month and the Taylorville Memorial Hospital is hosting an event on Tuesday November 5th, 2019 from 5:30 until 8:00 that’s all about helping you. Janelle Cornell is a Clinical Dietitian at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and she said that the speakers start at 6, but they’ll be there starting at 5:30 if you want to get your blood sugar or blood pressure checked.



The first speaker is Pharmacist Stephen Salisbury who is there to help diabetics understand the medicine that they’re taking and to discuss some potential alternatives.



One of the other speakers, according to Cornell, will be Kathy Levin who will be discussing the importance of a plant based diet.



For more information or to register visit taylorvillememorial.org or call 217-824-1601. Cornell appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


TPD Announces Winners Of October Good Deeds Program

The Taylorville Police Department has nominated it’s first Good Deed Winners for the Month of October. 8-year-old Tanner Ross and 13-year-old Elli Skultety won the awards for October. Officer Kirsten Bolinger of the Taylorville Police Department says that Tanner Ross helped a stranger, and a new friendship was forged from that meeting.



Bolinger also wanted to award Elli Skultety for her hard work with helping raise money towards tornado relief and Shop With A Cop.



Bolinger says the Taylorville Police Department is looking for nominations every month.



Congrats to Elli and Tanner for their selfless good deeds from Regional Radio News!


Elli Skultety holds one of her designs



Registration Is Open For the Christian County LEAD Program

The Christian County LEAD (leadership excellence achieved by design) Program will be held starting in mid January, but registration is now open. The twelve-week program has been an annual event since 2005 and it is run by the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and Sarah Van Huss, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Chamber of Commerce is excited to get started.



Van Huss said that during the twelve week program you not only learn a lot about yourself, but you learn a lot about Christian County and a lot about the individuals taking the class with you.


Finally, if you’re interested in signing up for the LEAD program, the cost is $199, but if you register before November 8th, you’ll receive a 10% discount.



For more information you can visit taylorvillechamber.com/lead. Van Huss appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


With Daylight Savings Time Also Comes Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries

With Daylight Saving Time approaching on Sunday, The Office of the State Fire Marshall along with your local Fire Department, and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) are reminding you to change the batteries in your smoke alarm. The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2012 and 2016, 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. In fires where the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than 2 out of every 5 of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Nicholas Zepin with the Taylorville Fire Department says that changing your batteries in your smoke alarm is extremely important, even if they aren’t dead yet. 



The Illinois General Assembly has worked hard to push through new laws that will replace smoke alarms with a new smoke alarm that has a 10-year sealed battery. Zepin says this goes into effect in 2023. “The new law doesn’t take effect until January 1, 2023. It will require Illinois residents to upgrade their homes to the new 10-year smoke detectors.” Zepin says, “They’re manufactured with internally sealed batteries that are worry and maintenance-free. We encourage all residents to upgrade as soon as possible as it just makes your home that much safer” 


Zepin also says that smoke alarms are one of those things that nobody thinks about until you actually need it around.



For the long term 10 year battery alarm, there is no need for battery replacement, which could save homeowners up to $60 in battery costs. At the end of the ten years, the smoke alarm will automatically alert the homeowner to replace the alarm. 10-year battery smoke alarms range between $15-$20. 



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