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Covid Update: August 7th

August 7th, COVID-19 numbers as of noon, look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Thursday in Christian County, 7 new cases were reported making the positive total 150.  6,416 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 4 deaths and 105 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 6 new cases making the positive total 168.  Nearly 7,100 people tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 23 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 6 new cases making the positive total 74. Just over 2170 people have tested negative in the county, where there has been 1 death and 21 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 2 new cases making the positive total 71. There have been 2,154 negative test results reported with no deaths and 20 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 46 new cases making the positive total 1161. There have been 34 deaths with 501 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 1 new case making the positive total 60. 2,352 have tested negative with 13 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 28 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 551. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 186 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, which encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 4.7% as of July 31st.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.1% as of July 31st. 

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Governor Pritzker Threatens Businesses Who Ignore Mask Mandate

New restrictions are coming to businesses that may not be enforcing facemask rules. Governor JB Pritzker made the announcement Friday morning in a press conference stating that any businesses, schools, and child care establishments who don’t follow the use of face coverings and gatherings will get a warning, and if need be a fine.

 

That fine will be anywhere between $75 and $2,500. The Governor made it clear these rules do not apply to individuals but rather businesses themselves.

 

 

Governor Pritzker also pushed for the General Assembly to act fast on this and to push through new rules to help the IDPH.

 

Governor Pritzker also signed into law, increases for paid disability leave for any injury that occurs after March 9th for any firefighters, law enforcement, and paramedics whose recovery may have been hindered by COVID-19. 

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Shelbyville School District Releases Back To School Plan

The Shelbyville School District has released their reopening plan for the upcoming school year. In-person learning will take place 5-days a week and the first day of school will no longer be on August 17th, but instead will be on August 31st. The school day will be from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM and students will not be able to enter the school building until 7:45 each morning. 

 

Social distancing will be implemented when possible, no more than 50 students will be in a class or on a bus at any one time, and face masks will be required of everyone inside the school building. 

 

Remote learning is available to all students through the Edgenuity platform and those who choose remote learning option are committing to it for the entirety of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

 

To view the full back to school plan, please click here. Regional Radio News reached out to Shelbyville Superintendent Shane Schuricht, but he was unavailable for comment.

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State Senator Manar On The Need For Ethics Reform In Illinois

State Senator Andy Manar says that it is finally time for some real ethics reform in Illinois.

 

 

The situation regarding Speaker Michael Madigan is both concerning and extremely distracting, according to Senator Manar.

 

 

Speaker Madigan needs to be open to answering questions.

 

 

Senator Manar is also encouraging families to please complete the SIU Medicine’s Farm Family Resource Initiative survey. The survey is “aimed to improve a wide range of services that will be available to them from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Farm Family Resource Initiave Program in the coming months.” 

 

Senator Manar was quoted as saying that, “Farmers and farm families are the lifeblood of our state’s economy, and they face unique challenges. By prioritizing programs like the Farm Family Resource Initiative through a trusted partner like Southern Illinois University, we have the ability to reach out with support during this immensely difficult period.” 

 

For more information on this program, please visit siumed.edu/farm. Illinois State Senator Andy Manar was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Christian County Zoning Board Of Appeals Continues To Hear Testimony

Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals continued their hearings on the wind turbine debate on Thursday evening. One of the first topics was noise levels. City of Roses Wind Energy attorney, Jim Griffiths says that the noise levels are well within the required levels set by the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

 

 

Attorney for Protect Christian County, Phil Leutkehans said that one may be at 39 decibels, but all of them together would be closer to 52 decibels—the equivalent of moderate rainfall. 

 

Griffiths said you would never reach that level, due to not all of them reaching the spectrum and if all of them were running it would be closer to 46 Decibels.

 

Zoning Codes were discussed. Attorney for the County, Ben Jacobi talked about some of the writing in the zoning code and how it pertained to the wind turbines.

 

The Board also talked about decommissioning. Chairman Steve Sipes asked Attorney Griffiths about decommissioning and Griffiths said they get repowered not decommissioned. 

 

 

The Board will reconvene on August 19th at 1 PM. 

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Christian County CEO Holds Orientation Meeting at Kiwanis Park Pavilion

15 students and their parents began their journey into the Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" program, during an orientation meeting Thursday night at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion on Lake Taylorville.  

 

 

 

Students, their parents, and C-E-O officials enjoyed a light dinner while social distancing, then heard C-E-O board member Mary DelValle, who heads up the orientation meeting each year, speak.  DelValle spoke with Regional Radio News after the meeting saying she told students they're in for a great experience.

 

 

 

C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams then outlined to the students, what their year in C-E-O would be like.  Adams told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that students will learn both about business and life.

 

 

For more information on the Christian County C-E-O program, go to christiancountyceo.com.

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HSHS Forced To Lay Off Part Of Staff

An area hospital is having to lay off some of its staff due to COVID-19. Hospital Sisters Health System or HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois made the announcement earlier this month that thy would be laying off about 10% of their staff. Lori Harlan, Divisional Director of Marketing released a statement to Regional Radio News.

 

In that statement, HSHS says that they had seen a significant decline in the number of patients coming to the facilities due to services not being offered and resulted in negative financial impacts. With the hospital now starting to offer elective procedures and other operations, HSHS has started to bring back a majority of staff that had previously been furloughed.

In the statement, it was revealed that HSHS would not be able to bring back all of the furloughed staff as they would have to prepare for the “best chance for a strong, stable future.”  10% of the workforce was let go due to financial cuts, with a majority of the staff that was let go, being non-clinical. 

 

HSHS has 15 hospitals between Illinois and Wisconsin and fully owns two Illinois-based physician groups: Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants and HSHS Medical Group.

 

 

“Hospital Sisters Health System continues to stand proudly behind its entire staff that is providing critically important services as the communities we serve deal with COVID-19. Earlier this year, the pandemic shifted how patients preferred or were allowed to use their local healthcare services, and HSHS saw a significant decline in the number of patients coming to our facilities. That led to negative financial impacts, and we had to make changes to our workforce including furloughs and executive pay reductions. Now that we are able to offer elective procedures again, we’re seeing a rebound in the number of patients coming to us for care, and we are pleased to announce we are inviting back the majority of colleagues that had been placed on furlough a few months ago.

 

However, we are unable to bring back all of these furloughed colleagues.  In order to provide the best chance for a strong, stable future for HSHS through and after this unpredictable pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to reduce approximately 10% of our workforce in Illinois and Wisconsin.  The majority of of these colleagues are non-clinical.  We remain strongly committed to providing high quality healthcare and to making a positive difference in the lives of our patients and our communities, especially in this time of great need.”
 

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Employee Tests Positive At Taylorville Walgreens

According to the Chris-Mont EMA, the Taylorville Walgreens located at 315 North Webster Street has an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. Walgreens has been following all CDC/IDPH guidelines. Upon notification of the positive case within the Walgreens, management contacted the Christian County Health Department, along with the Chris-Mont EMA. Additional contact tracing was completed by the Christian County Health Department. 

 

If you recently shopped at Walgreens, your risk of exposure would be very low and you do not need to take any further action. The store remains open after closing overnight for additional disinfection due to the limited case exposure. 

 

Walgreens asks that you continue to wear a mask when you shop there. If you have any questions about COVID, please contact the Christian County Health Department at 824-4113.

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Employee Tests Positive At Taylorville Walmart

According to the Chris-Mont EMA, the Taylorville Walmart located at 1530 West Springfield Road has an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. Walmart has been following all CDC/IDPH guidelines. Upon notification of the positive case within the Walmart, management contacted the Christian County Health Department, along with the Chris-Mont EMA. Additional contact tracing was completed by the Christian County Health Department. 

 

If you recently shopped at Walmart, your risk of exposure would be very low and you do not need to take any further action. The store remains open after additional disinfection was used due to the limited case exposure. 

 

Walmart asks that you continue to wear a mask when you shop there. If you have any questions about COVID, please contact the Christian County Health Department at 824-4113.

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COVID Update: August 6th

August 6th, COVID-19 numbers look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Wednesday in Christian County, 12 new cases were reported making the positive total 143.  6,247 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 4 deaths and 98 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 5 new cases making the positive total 157.  Just over 7,000 people tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 19 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 6 new cases making the positive total 62. Just over 2150 people have tested negative in the county, where there has been 1 death and 16 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 5 new cases making the positive total 69. There have been 2,120 negative test results reported with no deaths and 17 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 39 new cases making the positive total 1115. There have been 34 deaths with 486 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County, they’re reporting 1 new case making the positive total 59. 2,351 have tested negative with 11 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 20 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 523. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 186 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 4.7% as of July 31st.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.1% as of July 31st. 

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Businesses In Sullivan Are Faced With A Lot Of Uncertainty

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of uncertainty in Sullivan, according to Mayor Richard Glazebrook. The most important thing according to Mayor Glazebrook is to keep everyone safe by wearing a face mask.

 

 

The one thing we can’t afford, according to Mayor Glazebrook, is to be shut down once again. 

 

 

Mayor Glazebrook has talked to various small business owners and a number of them will not be able to shut down once again.  

 

 

Sullivan Mayor Richard Glazebrook was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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Congressman Rodney Davis On The Importance Of Liability Protection For Schools

Liability protection is crucial for schools to be able to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Congressman Rodney Davis.

 

The decision to reopen schools should be done on a local level and not at the state or federal level.

 

 

With some schools starting the school year remotely, child care is on the minds of parents everywhere and with schools deciding to work remotely that puts a huge burden on families and child care providers, according to Congressman Davis.  

 

Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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State Eclipses $1 Billion Mark For Unclaimed Property Returned

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office under the care of Treasurer Michael Frerichs has now hit a historic landmark.  Frerich’s announced that the state has now returned over 1 billion dollars worth of unclaimed property to owners, businesses, and non-profits.

 

Frerichs says that unclaimed property is more than just property and accounts.

 

Frerich’s says it wasn’t easy at first to get to where we’re at now. The whole system needed to be revamped.

 

 

Find out more on unclaimed property and how you can search for it by clicking here.

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ZBA Continues Deliberations

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals met to continue their hearing on the text amendments concerning wind turbines. Among the focus on Wednesday night’s meeting, severe weather, setbacks, shadow flicker, and codes. 

 

Jim Griffiths, Attorney for City of Roses Wind Energy was asked about what the standard procedure is during storms and whether or not the Lincoln radar would be affected by the turbines. Griffiths said that it wouldn’t affect it. 

 

 

The board discussed heights and setbacks and talked about setback from districts whether they are incorporated or corporated. 

 

Shadow flicker was another big topic at the meeting and Griffiths was asked about how to adjust to control shadow flicker.

 

ZBA chairman Steve Sipes asked whether or not shadow flicker was controlled by the blades or the direction that the turbines faced. Griffiths said it was part of the turbine location design.

 

The next ZBA meeting is slated for Thursday evening.

 

 

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US Representative Rodney Davis Tests Positive For COVID

US Representative Rodney Davis has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Representative made a post on social media with the announcement. Representative Davis says that he and his wife received tests on Wednesday morning.

 

Representative Davis says that he was running a fever this morning. After being tested, the staff was tested as well.  His staff received negative tests as did his wife, but Rodney’s test came back positive.

 

The US Representative said that other than the high temperature he feels fine. 

 

Below is the complete statement from Representative Rodney Davis via his Facebook page.

 

 

 

“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have taken my temperature twice daily because serving in Congress means I interact with many people, and it’s my duty to protect the health of those I serve. This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than normal for me.

 

Because of the high temperature, my wife and I received a test this morning. While my test came back positive, my wife’s test came back negative. My staff who I’ve worked with in-person this week have received negative tests as well. Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.

 

Having consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) of Congress and local county health officials, our office is contacting constituents I have met with in-person within the previous 48 hours, per CDC guidelines.

 

My staff and I take COVID-19 very seriously. My wife is a nurse and a cancer survivor, which puts her in an at-risk category like so many Americans. My office and I have always followed and will continue to follow CDC guidelines, use social distancing, and wear masks or face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

 

I will postpone public events our office has planned for the coming days until I receive a negative test. I will continue to serve my constituents virtually from home while I quarantine. Our district offices throughout central and southwestern Illinois remain open for constituents as well.

 

During these challenging times, protecting the public health is my highest priority. If you’re out in public, use social distancing, and when you can’t social distance, please wear a mask. All of us must do our part. That’s what it will take to get through this pandemic.”

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COVID Update: August 5th

August 5th COVID-19 numbers look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Tuesday in Christian County, 4 new cases were reported making the positive total 131.  6,010 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 4 deaths and 86 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 1 new case making the positive total 157.  Just over 67-hundred tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 14 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 1 new case making the positive total 62. Just over 2,100 tested negative in the county where there has been 1 death and 15 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 4 new cases making the positive total 64. There have been 2,087 negative test results reported with no deaths and 22 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 15 new cases making the positive total 1081. There have been 34 deaths with 469 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 0 new cases keeping the positive total at 58. 2,350 have tested negative with 12 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 503. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 184 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 4.7% as of July 31st.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.1% as of July 31st. 

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Taylorville School District Goes To Full Remote Learning

The Taylorville School District, according to Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty has made the difficult decision to start the school year fully remote.

   

 

The first day of remote learning for students will be on Wednesday, August 19th.

 

 

The remote learning plan will be reviewed quarterly, but unlike the Spring there will be some limited in-person opportunities for students.

 

 

Dr. Dougherty says that she understands that this decision causes significant disruption for families, but staff and student safety must come first. 

 

 

Remote learning will be vastly different than it was in the spring. Grading will be done, attendance will be taken, and material will be sent to families on a weekly basis. 

 

 

To hear the full interview with Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty, please click here. To view the letter that the Taylorville School District sent to families please click here. Dr. Chris Dougherty was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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TMH Outpatient Care Center Offers A Variety Of Different Services

The Outpatient Care Center at Taylorville Memorial Hospital offers a variety of different services, according to Nurse Manager Jana Beeler.

   

 

The Outpatient Care Center at TMH is open 7 days a week and lab services are available at TMH 24 hours a day,according to Beeler.

 

 

TMH also offers a variety of Outpatient Infusion Services, according to Beeler. 

 

 

Jana Beeler was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.  
 

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National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller Discusses The Strange Summer Weather

It has been a weird summer weather wise, according to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller.

 

 

Entering spring Miller and his colleagues were expecting a repeat of the Spring of 2019, but thankfully they were wrong.

 

 

So far 2020 has been significantly warmer than typical, according to Miller, but this week will be much cooler. 

 

 

Chris Miller was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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St. Louis District Dairy Council Nutrition Educator Discusses The Importance Of Healthy Snacks

School meals are a critical part of a child’s health and wellness, according to St. Louis District Dairy Council Nutrition Educator Jill Williams.

 

 

School Food Service people are some of the hardest working people and most underappreciated people around.

 

 

The importance of healthy snacks cannot be understated and Williams said that it’s important to make sure that your child eats from each and every food group. 

 

 

Jill Williams was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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New Studies Being Done On Sugary Drinks

The Federal Government is continuing to look at dietary guidelines to figure out better ways to help American’s lose weight. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide nutrition recommendations, are updated every five years by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

A new report from the USDA says that 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. Coordinator for Diabetes Education, Tina Canada, says that the new recommendations show that sweetened beverages account for 60% of added sugars in adult diets which is twice the recommended amount.

 

Canada says that most people don’t realize the amount of sugar and calories that are in the foods and drinks that you consume. She says that something like the large drink at a gas station will easily put you over the daily recommended amount.

 

 

The committee also acknowledged that while low-calorie sweeteners can lead to weight loss, the impact only moderately reduces obesity. Canada also continues by stating that artificial drinks can affect a person's palate which may cause people to crave more sugar in other foods to replace that artificial taste. 

 

Canada says a message can go a lot farther than just taxing or banning drinks.

 

 

According to Canada, the best thing you can drink is water. She would like to see “Traffic light” vending machines, that

show a different colored picture for the different products.

 

 

For more information click here.

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Witt Man Charged With Murder Of Roommate

Three charges were filed in Montgomery County Court on Monday against Allan J (AJ) Frayer for a shooting in Witt that left one person dead on Sunday evening. Frayer has been charged with two counts of murder with intent to kill/injure and felony possession and use of a firearm. Bail for Frayer was set at $1.5 million. 

 

Frayer is accused of murdering 36-year-old Jason S. Newell of Springfield who was staying at Frayer’s residence in Witt. The other suspect Elise I. Rufus was originally brought in for questioning but not charged. 

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff, along with Montgomery County Coroner and the ISP: CSI investigated the homicide.

 

Frayer is set for his first court appearance on August 10th. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it develops.

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Covid Update: August 4th

August 4th COVID-19 numbers look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that on Monday in Christian County, 3 new cases were reported making the positive total 127.  5,895 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 4 deaths and 82 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 0 new cases making the positive total 156.  Just over 65-hundred tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 14 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 2 new cases making the positive total 61. Just over 2,000 tested negative in the county where there has been 1 death and 17 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 8 new cases making the positive total 60. There have been 2,048 negative test results reported with no deaths and 22 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 21 new cases making the positive total 1066. There have been 34 deaths with 468 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 5 new case making the positive total 58. 2,312 have tested negative with 12 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 13 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 488. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 198 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, that encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 4.7% as of July 31st.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.1% as of July 31st. 

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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COVID Exposure At First Baptist Church In Pana

The Christian Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency or Chris-Mont EMA is warning of a positive COVID-19 exposure. The First Baptist Church located at 114 Maple Street in Pana has temporarily postponed all in-person services due to a COVID-19 exposure.  The church had previously followed all CDC/IDPH guidelines. The last in-person services were held on July 19th. The church along with the Christian County Health Department and the Chris-Mont EMA continue to work together to ensure the members of the church and the staff are safe. 

 

If you were previously at the facility during the time of concern, through contact tracing you would have been notified of any further exposure risk per IDPH protocols. If you were not contacted you were determined to not be at risk. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Chris-Mont EMA at 532-9560.

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Taylorville City Council Meets Monday Evening; Announces Jayne's Park Easement Approved

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening and all the Aldermen were present. Under ordinances, some street signs were added including a no parking sign on the north side of West Wilson Street, a slow-children at play sign at 3900 East Lakeshore Drive, and a one way stop sign at Fairview Trailer Court. The motion to transfer $300,000 of funds within the Street Department appropriation section was tabled.

 

Geoffrey Ortman was appointed as the new Lake Superintendent. Aldermen Chris Skultetty asked that these appointments start going in front of everyone and not just Mayor Bruce Barry appointing them.

 

 

Mayor Barry urged the Aldermen to use their time and reach out to appointees. 

 

Mayor Barry had his announcements welcoming new members of the city government, as well as continuing to push for safety for everyone with the coronavirus.

 

 

A motion was approved to accept a proposed rate of $65 per hour on all vehicles and equipment and service calls for regular maintenance from Blueville Garage.

 

The Jayne’s Park easement was finally signed and work will begin on that. Alderman Meg Bryant who is the Aldermen for that ward spoke about the easement and how excited she was to see it finally get approved.

 

 

The next city council meeting is set to take place on August 17th.

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COVID-19 Update: August 3rd

August 3rd COVID-19 numbers look like this around the Regional Radio listening area.

 

The Christ-Mont Emergency Management Agency reports that over the weekend in Christian County, 18 new cases were reported making the positive total 124.  5,766 people in Christian County have tested negative. There have been 4 deaths and 79 people are in isolation.

 

In Montgomery County, Christ-Mont reports 11 new cases making the positive total 156.  Just over 65-hundred tested negative in Montgomery County, where there have been 7 deaths. 11 people are in isolation.

 

In Shelby County, the health department is reporting 4 new cases making the positive total 59. Just over 2,000 tested negative in the county where there has been 1 death and 24 people are in isolation.

 

In Moultrie County, the health department is reporting 2 new cases making the positive total 52. There have been 1.957 negative test results reported with no deaths and 18 people in isolation.

 

Sangamon County is reporting 105 new cases making the positive total 1045. There have been 34 deaths with 450 in isolation.

 

In Fayette County they’re reporting 1 new case making the positive total 53. 2,096 have tested negative with 9 in isolation.

 

And, in Macon County, they're reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases making the positive total 475. There have been 13,704 negative tests with 187 in isolation. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that Region 3, which encompasses the counties of Christian, Montgomery, and Sangamon in the Regional Radio listening area and counties to the west, shows a positivity rate of 4.7% as of July 31st.  Region 6, includes Shelby, Macon, Moultrie, Fayette, and counties to the east, shows a positivity rate of 3.1% as of July 31st. 

 

For a complete breakdown of statistics by county, click the "Current Coronavirus Numbers by County" icon at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com. 

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Christian County Board Meets For Special Board Meeting

The Christian County Board met on Monday at noon for a special board meeting. The meeting was set up to approve additional appropriations for Ben Jacobi to continue to help the County during the Wind Turbine debate. The roll call signified a quorum. 

 

Ben Jacobi spoke at the meeting, thanking the County for their continued support over the years and talked about the great relationship that his firm and the County had. Jacobi said that the WECS project has been worked on for over 7 months. Jacobi said his role is to advise the chairman and as a point person during the hearings. 

 

The board had set aside $50,000 for legal fees through July. That money has already been spent but the hearings are still ongoing. Jacobi thinks there will still be at least 2 more meetings. The draft for the revised amendment still has to be written and poured over from a legal standpoint. Jacobi said there was still value to him being there, but he understood if the Board didn’t want to spend more money.

 

Chairwoman Becky Edwards said that the money would come from the Contingency fund. The board heard from Steven Sikes, chairman of the ZBA. Sikes said that Jacobi’s help has been invaluable and he would hate to see it end. He also said that the hearing would be much longer without his help.

 

A motion was made to send it to the finance committee. After a discussion, that motion was withdrawn. A new motion was made to transfer $5,000 to Attorney Jacobi for the next two meetings until it could be sent to the finance committee for future consideration. The motion passed. 

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting In Witt

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Witt. On Sunday evening at approximately 6:37 PM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting that someone had been shot in Witt. 

 

A Nokomis Police Officer along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene around 6:55 PM. According to the press release, a wrong address was given so it took several minutes to locate the correct address.  When police arrived at the residence at 103 Vermillion Street, Deputies ordered two subjects out of the house and detained both of them. 

 

While securing the house, a deceased male was located and identified as 36-year-old Jason S. Newell of Springfield. Newell had been residing at the residence. 

 

30-year-old Allan J. “AJ” Frayer and 18-year-old Elise I Rufus all of the same residence were taken in for questioning at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Newell was pronounced dead on the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner and an Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigator processed the scene. 

 

Frayer is still being held pending the ongoing investigation. Rufus has been released. The investigation is being considered a homicide involving a firearm. 

 

Criminal charges are also pending the outcome of additional interviews and physical evidence located at the scene.

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Taylorville Man Dies From Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Taylorville Police along with the Christian County Coroner’s Office is investigating a death from Saturday morning. On Saturday, August 1st, at 10:11 AM, 9-1-1 received a call of a male subject unresponsive in his residence.  Upon arrival and after the residence was secured, Taylorville police requested the coroner. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans identified the male subject as 39-year-old Travis Hunt of Taylorville. 

 

An autopsy was held on Sunday and preliminary autopsy results show that Mr. Hunt died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is being handled by Taylorville Police and the Christian County Coroner’s Office.

 

If you need help, or are feeling depressed you can call the Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or text "HOME" to 741741.

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Telehealth Resources Available For Those With COVID

COVID-19 continues to hit the State of Illinois hard, but there are ways for you to take advantage of telehealth resources. State Representative Sue Scherer is urging Illinoisans to take advantage of the Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program. This program is available to all Illinois residents regardless of health care coverage. 

 

The program provides patients with wellness kits including important medical supplies such as thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, alcohol wipes, and masks.  There are also virtual check-ins with doctors and nurses. 

 

Central Illinois residents who wish to seek to enroll in the virtual care program can text CARE with their ZIP code to 36363 or enroll by calling the virtual care hotline at 866-443-2584.

 

Representative Scherer made a statement in the issued press release, commenting that  “The Virtual Care Program will allow patients with moderate symptoms to self-isolate and recover at home while still receiving top-quality medical care. These telehealth services will keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, allowing those in need of urgent medical attention to get help immediately.”

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11 Counties Including Sangamon Added To Warning Level For Coronavirus

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday that 11 counties In Illinois are considered to be at a warning level when it comes to coronavirus disease.  A county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more categories from the COVID-19 resurgence Mitigation Plan. Counties listed on the warning level are Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, and White. 

 

Warning categories the IDPH uses as indicators are, new cases per 100,000 people, the number of deaths, weekly test positivity rates, ICU availability, weekly emergency department visits, weekly hospital admissions, tests performed, and clusters. 

 

Several counties are taking swift action to employ mitigation practices to prevent the spread of the virus such as the Mayor of Springfield ordering bar employees to wear masks or be subject to fines. 

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Taylorville Police Department Nominate Officer For Second Quarter

The Taylorville Police Department has announced its nomination for Officer of the Second Quarter. On Friday, Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler announced in a press release that Officer Jeff Wood was nominated for Officer of the Quarter. Chief Wheller said that Officer Wood's work ethic is exceptional and that "he has demonstrated his ability to work cases to the very end in a professional manner.  Officer Wood is an asset to the Taylorville Police Department.

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Christian County Board To Hold Special Meeting Monday At Noon

The Christian County Board will hold a special meeting on Monday at noon at the Christian County Courthouse. The meeting will be conducted via remote and can be accessed by dialing (701)802-5367 and using the access code 7943957#. The business at hand will be approving additional appropriations for special assistent state’s attorney Ben Jacobi, to provide legal counsel to text County and the Zoning Board of Appeals in the continuation of public hearings regarding the text amendments.

 

The next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is set to take place on August 5th. 

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Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet Monday evening at  7 PM for the first August city council meeting of the month. Under ordinance’s the council will push through a couple of amendments dealing with street signs. There will also be a resolution regarding an easement on Sunset Avenue and a rights of way agreement. There is also a discussion of a resolution to levy an additional tax of .02% for the library purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, and for the maintenance, repairs, and alterations of Library buildings and equipment.

 

There is a motion on the table to authorize the City Treasurer to transfer $300,000 of funds from the 2% utility tax-street construction to the equipment appropriated item all within the street department appropriation section. There is a motion as well to change Lake Marina Hours and a special events permit that will be discussed. There will be a vote to approve the appointment of Geoffrey Ortman as Lake Superintendent upon the retirement of Bart Bialas and to approve the appointment of Mike Tennant as Cemetary Superintendent. 

 

Under committee reports, for street and sewer, is a motion for a special events permit for Kiwanis Club Kids Day and the Homecoming Parade in September. As always there will be Mayor’s comments and City attorney updates. 
 

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Elective Services And Clinics Reopen At Pana Community Hospital

An area hospital is reopening elective services and clinics on Monday. Pana Community Hospital announced over the weekend that they would be reopening all elective services and physician clinics after precautionary COVID-19 testing is complete. With contact tracing conducted, the hospital is once again fully functional and open for scheduled appointments, walk-in, and emergency care needs for the community. Visitation does remain restricted and screening of patients continues at the emergency entrance.  

 

Providers for both Pana Medical Group along with Community Medical Clinic will continue seeing patients in the clinic and through video visits.  If you have respiratory symptoms, video visits are mandatory. Testing for respiratory illnesses continues to be done as a drive-up service on the hospital campus near the MABAS tent. The Rehab and Wellness Center is open for Rehab appointments as well as Cardiopulmonary patients. LiveWell Fitness intends on opening August 8th. 

 

Trina Casner, president, and CEO of Pana Community Hospital says she is thankful for her community. “We would like to thank our community for supporting our hospital and clinics through these difficult times. We have always put patient safety first and provide our community with the best health care services possible. Our community is seeing an outbreak of positive cases. We cannot fight this battle alone so our hospital is asking community members to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community by committing to doing the following: wearing masks when in public, social distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding gatherings of large groups.”
 

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ISP Investigating Crash On I-55

The Illinois State Police responded to a vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon. ISP is investigating a vehicle crash on Interstate 55 at Milepost 90 in Sangamon County on Sunday around 1:17 PM. 

 

A preliminary investigation shows that 18-year-old Justin Misialik of Chatham, 38-year-old Shane Bradford of Chatham, and Abdulqadir Ali of Columbus, Ohio were traveling southbound. Misialik tried merging into the far right lane of traffic from the right shoulder striking Bradford’s vehicle on its passenger side. Bradford than rolled over while traveling into the middle lane striking Ali’s vehicle on its passenger side rear trailer.

 

Bradford was transported to a local area hospital with injuries. Misialik was issued citations for operating an uninsured vehicle and improper lane usage.

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Shelby County Partners Is An Extension Of Each Local Community

Shelby County Partners is an extension of each local community, according to Maria Shafer.

 

 

Shafer went on to say that they have also been heavily involved in the remodeling of the Windsor Township Community Building. 


 

They have a partnership with South Eastern Illinois Community Foundation to manage the money so that they can focus on raising money.

 

 

Maria Shafer was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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HSHS Medical Group Nurse Practitioner Karen Koenig Has A Passion For Nursing

The job of a Nurse Practitioner is a difficult one, but Karen Koenig who works as one at HSHS Medical Group in Taylorville says that it’s an important one.

 

Koenig explained what she does as a Nurse Practitioner.
 

 

Koenig has a passion for nursing and that nursing is a career that can take you anywhere.
 

 

The importance of having a primary care physician cannot be understated, according to Koenig. 

 

 

Karen Koenig was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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The Shelby Electric Cooperative Helps The Youth And Local Communities

The Shelby Electric Cooperative does a lot of work in the community and with the youth, according to Kevin Bernson.

 

 

Electric safety is an important topic and Bernson wanted to remind everyone about the danger of trees that take down power lines.

 

 

The lineman at the Shelby Electric Cooperative go through a significant amount of safety programs and training.

 

 

Kevin Bernson was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon Says That Shelby County Is Open For Business

Shelby County is open for business according to Shelby County Board Chair Bruce Cannon.

 

 

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic and no employee of Shelby County has yet to test positive for the virus.

 

 

Cannon said that an important takeaway from the coronavirus is that good hygiene is always important.

 

 

Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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RunDeep Coaching Founder Ramey Miller Has A Passion For Helping People

Ramey Miller has a passion for helping people, so she created RunDeep Coaching. Miller started RunDeep Coaching during a difficult time in her life and running was her favorite outlet.

 

 

In a session with Miller she will get into the different habits and behaviors that make up your life.

 

 

Miller has a podcast called RunDeeper and she finds podcasting to be relaxing and her podcast helps her reach a much larger audience.

 

 

For more information on RunDeep Coaching, please visit rundeepcoaching.com. Ramey Miller was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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A Lot Of Sullivan Businesses Aren't Eligible For COVID-19 Assistance

The Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development has been keeping rather busy, according to Executive Director Laurrie Minor. They recently worked with Eastern Illinois University on a story about the history of Sullivan.

 

 

As the Executive Director of the Sullivan Chamber, Minor talks with small business owners on a regular basis. The business owners that Minor has talked with recently are somewhat nervous about the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.

 

 

A lot of the Sullivan based businesses are sole proprietorships and according to Minor they’re not eligible for the assistance that other businesses are eligible for. 

 

 

Laurrie Minor was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Jim Bohannon Discusses 2020 Politics

President Trump late last week suggested delaying the election until it is safe for everyone to vote in person, but nationally syndicated radio host Jim Bohannon says that the President can’t do that and only Congress can.

 

 

Former Vice President and current Democrat Presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected to pick his Vice Presidential Candidate this week and Bohannon expects Biden to select California Senator Kamala Harris.

 

 

Bohannon also thinks that another stimulus is desperately needed to help struggling families. 

 

 

Jim Bohannon was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 
 

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Pana McDonald's Closed After 2 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

The Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency issued a news release at 6:30 Saturday night, that the Pana McDonald’s closed at 8 o’clock Saturday night due to 2 employees testing positive for COVID-19. 

 

The agency added that upon notification of the positive cases within the facility, they were in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA. Additional contact tracing is being completed now by the Christian County Health Department. 

 

Chris-Mont EMA says if you were recently a customer at the Pana McDonald’s, your risk of exposure would be very low and you do not need to take any further action. 

 

They add that you should always monitor your health, and if you begin to feel ill or have a concern, contact your physician for further guidance.

 

During this closure period, additional deep cleaning and disinfecting will be completed. The Pana McDonald’s team thanks everyone for their support as they navigate through COVID-19.

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IDPH, Christian County Health Department Extending Testing at Fairgrounds Thru Tuesday

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Christian County Health Department, have extended the COVID-19 testing site located at the Christian County Fairgrounds at 1716 W Spresser Street in Taylorville, thru next Tuesday, August 4th. 

 

The site will be open from 9 to 5 each day.  Watch for the signs off of West Spresser Street and Houston Street, for the proper way to enter and exit.  

 

This testing site will continue to be open to anyone wishing to be tested. Appointments are not necessary. You will be asked for your insurance information, however, insurance is not required. 

 

There is no out of pocket cost for this testing, and they’ll test any age. The results will return within 2-7 days depending upon the demand at the labs on a given day.

 

The Christian County Health Department asks that you follow signs and instructions and show patience, as the wait time may vary depending on volume.

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