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Pageants Ignite The Pana Tri-County Fair

The Pana Tri-County Fair kicked off with its pageants Wednesday night. 

 

Dozens of contestants competing for the title of Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen or Queen Pana Tri-County. 

 

2021 Pana Tri-County Queen Sidney Wagner has won every title she has competed for, but she says nothing compares to the honor of Queen.

Last year's Teen Miss Pana Tri-County Queen Hailey Durham says pageants help young girls flourish.

The Pana Tri-County Fair runs all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Pana. See a full schedule of events at panatricountyfair.com. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Get Tour of Christian County YMCA, Present Annual Check to Support Y Youth Programs

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club got an on-site tour of the Christian County YMCA, as part of their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

After the meal and announcements at the Moose Lodge, the Executive Director of the Christian County YMCA, and Kiwanis member Bruce Blanshan, asked members to drive the short distance to the Y where Blanshan gave them a tour of the facility.

 

During the tour, Blanshan discussed the upgrades to the YMCA since his arrival, including new roof insulation and heating units in the gym area, 24-hour access to the facility, and repainting the pool area.   Blanshan added more upgrades and new offerings are in the works and will be announced in the near future.  

 

Blanshan told Kiwanis members that there are hundreds of members of the Y not only from Christian County, but from outside the county due to its indoor aquatic center. It’s one of a few such centers at Y’s in Central Illinois.  

 

At the conclusion of the Christian County YMCA tour during the Kiwanis meeting Tuesday, Kiwanis board member and treasurer Blain Cornwell presented Blanshan with the Club’s annual contribution, continuing the Club’s long-time support of youth activities at the Y.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

Shelby County EMA Focusing On Preparedness

Shelby County Emergency Management Agency is there to help you and your loved ones in case of an emergency. 

That’s director Troy Agney. He says a big part of his agency is disaster recovery. He remembers the last time a tornado touched down in the county. 

Agney encourages you to pick up an Emergency Preparedness Guide Book from their office. 

Careful when you are out and about this fall as harvest season nears. 

Agney appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Shelby County Ag Returns To The Classroom

Ag has returned to the classroom. 

 

Ag in the Classroom Coordinator for Shelby County Kathleen Agney loves bringing a regional approach to a national program.

Agney says the program is trying to expand its reach locally. 

Agney’s favorite part of her job is learning about agriculture with the kids. 

Kids younger than 10 will learn about how to grow a pizza. You heard it right.

Learn more at agintheclassroom.com. Agney appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Updating Your Social Security Information

This is your annual reminder to update your personal information if you receive Social Security benefits of any kind. 

That’s Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers. He adds you should give Social Security a call if you receive Supplemental Security Income. 

Meyers says that you shouldn’t need to update your information if you do not receive benefits. That’s what paying your taxes each year does. 

This is also a great time to designate a potential Representative Payee – that is, if you need one. 

Learn more at ssa.gov. Meyers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

PB&T Help Support 4-H

Peoples Bank and Trust helped and supported the 4-H youth at the Christian County 4-H Auction. Peoples Bank and Trust purchased market hogs and one of the animals purchased was exhibited by Nash Waterman, a third-year member of the Mt. Auburn Rustlers 4-H Club.  The Berkshire barrow was processed and the meat was donated to the Taylorville Food Pantry. 

 

Peoples Bank and Trust help support not only local 4-H youth but the food pantry as well. 


(Picture L-R Pam Moses Taylorville Food Pantry, Jim Adcock Peoples Bank and Trust, Nash Waterman 4-H member).  

Balke Named Colleague Of The Month For July

A nursing tech in the acute care unit at Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been named the Colleague of the Month.  Deborah Rae Balke has been named the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Month for July. Gina Watson, Balke’s co-worker nominated her for the award and says that she embodies Memorial Health values of safety and integrity.  

 

She also gives special attention to the details involved in her patient care.  She says that Balke always makes sure the patient knows where the call light is and is willing to assist colleagues even outside of her own department. Balke is from Kincaid and has worked at TMH since 2009.

 

Outside of work, Balke enjoys shopping for antiques and spending time with family including four children, seven grandchildren, and her husband of 44 years.  Regional Radio News congratulates Deborah Rae Balke!

Balke Named Colleague Of The Month For July

A nursing tech in the acute care unit at Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been named the Colleague of the Month.  Deborah Rae Balke has been named the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Month for July. Gina Watson, Balke’s co-worker nominated her for the award and says that she embodies Memorial Health values of safety and integrity.  

 

She also gives special attention to the details involved in her patient care.  She says that Balke always makes sure the patient knows where the call light is and is willing to assist colleagues even outside of her own department. Balke is from Kincaid and has worked at TMH since 2009.

 

Outside of work, Balke enjoys shopping for antiques and spending time with family including four children, seven grandchildren, and her husband of 44 years.  Regional Radio News congratulates Deborah Rae Balke!

Doctors Urge People At Work To Get Up And Get Moving

With technology allowing more people to work from home and more people leading sedentary lifestyles, doctors are encouraging people to get off the chair and get busy. Some experts believe that we spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down, either watching TV driving or sitting behind a desk.

 

Elizabeth Andekian, an advanced practice registered nurse for OSF Healthcare says we’re not meant to sit all day. 

 

 

While too much sitting can be bad for your posture, it also leads to an assortment of other issues including cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and more. Research from Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Canada, revealed that cancer survivors who spend more than eight hours a day sitting are five times more likely to die over the following years than survivors who are more active.  

 

Another study from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health showed that men who had more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64% greater risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who had less than 11 hours a week of inactivity.

 

Andekian says that while spending time relaxing is fine, too much is never a good thing. 

 

Medical professionals recommend 150-300 minutes of physical activity a week.  That is 2 ½-3 ½ hours a week or 42 minutes at most a day. Andekian says it’s a good idea to get up and move around every 60-90 minutes.  This will help improve concentration, get rid of fatigue, and prevent backaches. 

 

 

Experts say that if you have physical or health limitations, start off small by doing chair exercises, or taking a walk to the kitchen or to the mailbox.  All Andekian asks you to remember is that while sitting may not be the new smoking, one hour of exercise can’t offset 10 hours of sitting around.

 

 

For a look at some chair exercises, click here.

Taking Care Of Your Lawn

If you are having a beat up lawn, or weather has not been your friend with your lawn, or if you’ve noticed dry brown patches in your yard, than the University of Illinois has some tips for you. U of I Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth says that there are three things you can do to keep your lawn beautiful with minimum effort. Mow high, mow often, and keep mower blades sharp.

 

 

While mowing it short may help you mow less, Enroth would argue that that actually hurts your lawn more than it helps. 

 

 

Plants feed themselves through photosynthesis and this takes place in the leaves, but when you remove the plant's food source, it must grow faster and deplete more energy to make up for the loss. Turf-type grass likes to be 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches, while Kentucky Bluegrass should be 3 inches. 

 

There are some studies that show that when more than 1/3 of the leaf blade is removed during one mowing, this stresses out the grass plant.  Stressed lawns will be attacked by weeds more, see more disease, and bring more insects. 

 

Sharpening your blade can help create smaller cuts on the grass leaf.  A dull blade can beat, shred, and tear at a grass blade, and that can create a ragged appearance to your lawn and allow more opportunities for disease and take more time and energy to heal.  A dull blade can also make your mower work harder. 

 

For more information on lawn care, visit the U of I Extension Office Facebook page, or their website. 

New Crisis Line '988' Simplifies Mental Health Outreach

More than 1 in 5 adults struggle with their mental health. 

 

That’s according to Project Director for Memorial Health Cassie Delaney. She says that’s what the 988 Suicide and Crisis Prevention Line is for. 

988 replaced the old 800-273-TALK crisis line in July. 

 

Regional Director for the project Emily Legner says 988 is for you to call if you feel a friend, loved one, or even yourself are struggling to get the help they need. 

Delaney adds that 988 call screeners handle all sorts of mental health issues. They are there to direct you to the proper channels. 

 

988 includes help for substance abuse disorders. 

The hot-line is not a substitute for an emergency call. That’s still 911’s area of expertise. Yet, Legner says that there is not a wrong call you can place to 988. 

Again, that number to dial is 988, and you can call it for any support services you may need direction to. 

 

Legner and Delaney appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.    

Edinburg Labor Day Picnic Kicks Off Friday

The Edinburg Labor Day Picnic is four days of fun starting this Friday. 

 

Organizer Stephanie Zepin says that Friday features a ton of events – from the beer tent to the pageants. 

Saturday, Sunday and Monday wake up early and enjoy breakfast with the Masonic Lodge in Edinburg. 

Organizer Dr. David Durham says breakfast is all you can eat each day. 

Saturday’s events kick off with the Rib & Chili Cook-Off at 9 a.m. Setup starts at 6 in the morning. 

Dr. Durham says Sunday is a kids day and Monday starts off with the parade lineup at 8:30. 

You can find a complete schedule of events as well as registration information when you visit the Edinburg Labor Day Picnic Facebook.

 

Dr. Durham and Zepin appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Fidelity Acquires Shelby County Community Banks

Fidelity Federal Bancorp has finished acquiring Community Banks of Shelby County.  Fidelity Bank, out of Evansville, Indiana.  Community Banks of Shelby County announced the move was happening back in April but was finishing up in the third quarter of the year. Fidelity President and CEO Don Neel says they have found that Shelby County Banks philosophy mirrors their own.  

 

Greg Miller, President of Community Banks of Shelby County says they are excited to join Fidelity’s team and they look forward to the benefits of scale and expertise to support the focus on serving their customers and the community.  Fidelity now has 23 banking centers and nearly $3.3 billion in assets. Fidelity owns banks in many places in Indiana, the US Virgin Islands, Chicago, St. Elmo, Denver, Colorado, Destin/Fort Walton and Fort Myers, Florida and Long Beach, California. 

Taylorville Man Arrested For Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

A Taylorville man was arrested on Friday for predatory criminal sexual assault. 54 year old Jesse Lacy of Taylorville was arrested on the charges after police worked for quite a while to gather evidence against him.  He was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault victim less than 13 years of age. Representatives from DCFS, the Child Advocacy Center, States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl, and Taylorville Police Detective Christopher Adams.

 

States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl had requested a warrant on Thursday with a bond amount of $250,000 with 10% to apply. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says they are dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community for children with the highest commitment to getting the job done. 
 

First Responders Free Admission September 11th At ALPLM

First responders and healthcare workers will be allowed to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum free of charge on September 11th. Coinciding with the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, any first responder just has to present a employee ID, and they will be allowed to visit the museum for free. The offer of free admission is one ina  series of events where the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum recognize people and organizations that have contributed to the community.  

 

Director Christina Shutt says while President Lincoln thanked the soldiers for their skill, endurance, and dauntless courage during the civil war, those same words apply to today’s first responders and medical personnel who step up to help others in times of crisis. 

 

There are over 13 million items from all eras of Illinois history at the Abraham Lincoln museum.  For more information, visit www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov or follow the ALPLM on social media. 

Oliver Manufacturing Plant Monument in Shelbyville Opening Sept. 3rd

Shelbyville holding a monument dedication ceremony Saturday, September 3rd. 

 

Organizer of the event and owner of KSI David Brummer says this monument will be built in Forest Park. The monument will commemorate the Oliver Manufacturing Facility.

You may have seen the Tallman House in Shelbyville. That is part of the Oliver legacy, but Brummer says the city wanted something to specifically commemorate the Oliver facility. 

Brummer initially asked the state for a site to place the monument, but he came up short. 

Luckily, the city of Shelbyville found a location for him.

Brummer invites you to stick around after the ceremony and meet some of the surviving members of the Oliver plant. 

The event starts at 10 a.m. September 3rd at Forest Park in Shelbyville. 

 

Brummer appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Neikes Floor Covering Moving to New Location

 

A long-time Taylorville floor covering business has announced a location move.

Neikes Floor Covering, now located at 1001 North Cheney, has posted a banner in front of space in the Marsango Plaza on West Spresser, telling the public they'll be moving to that location this fall.

The business has operated from their North Cheney Street location for many years.

Christian County Crimestoppers Present Award to Long-Standing Board Member

 

The Christian County Crimestoppers Board recently recognized one of its long-time board members.

 

Frank Bramel (center) was recognized for 27 years of service as a Crimestoppers board member.  Crimestoppers treasurer Bill Nation is at the left, and board president George Yard is right.

Farm and Home Supply, Taylorville Expanding

 

Farm and Home Supply on West Route 104 in Taylorville is expanding.

 

A former house to the east of their existing building, has been demolished to expand their building to the east.

 

 

Farm and Home Supply, based in Quincy, purchased the former Big R stores in Taylorville, Springfield, and Lincoln, late last year.

 

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Taylorville Kiwanis, HSHS Medical Group Taylorville, Christian County YMCA Again Sponsor "Kollection for the Kids" Campaign

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club, HSHS Medical Group Taylorville, and the Christian County YMCA, recently completed their annual “Kollection for the Kids” campaign.

 

The 2 entities collected items such as sanitation wipes, boxes of facial tissues, hand sanitizer, and paper towels to donate to the Taylorville School District.  

 

Kiwanis Club Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan, who is also Executive Director of the Christian County YMCA, led the effort 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 the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com. 

 

Pictured from left to right is Jenny Moats, Memorial Elementary School Nurse; Bruce Blanshan, Taylorville Kiwanis Club Priority One chair and Executive Director, Christian County YMCA; and Susie McClure, North Elementary School Nurse.  

Two Arrested For Alleged High School Break In

Hillsboro Police have made arrests concerning a burglary that took place over the weekend at Hillsboro High School.  On Sunday, August 21st, 2022 police discovered that the burglary occurred throughout the early morning of Saturday, August 20th. Several tools and other items were taken. As Hillsboro Police investigated the theft, they began to make several contacts throughout the following days. A female suspect was identified and was taken into custody on Thursday, August 25th. 

 

While making contact at the female’s residence stolen property was seen in plain sight. 29 year old Lauren B. Davidson of Hillsboro was taken into custody and transported to Montgomery County Jail.  A male subject, 41 year old Timothy D. Davidson of Sorento, Illinois formerly of Hillsboro was also arrested. 

 

Hillsboro Police thanked the Hillsboro School Staff for reviewing video footage and helping assist. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Bond County Sheriff’s Office also helped with the investigation. 

Taylorville Estates Now Offering Respite Rooms For Therapy Services

Taylorville Estates now offering respite rooms to help you or your loved one recover through occupational therapy. 

 

Toni Clark is an administrator for Taylorville Estates and she explains what the respite room is. 

If you utilize the respite rooms or other services therapy services Taylorville Estates has to offer, then Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant Brittany Burchi will take care of you.

Burchi says that they offer multiple types of therapy for everyone – not just potential residents. 

Outside of therapy, Clark says Taylorville Estates has a lot of activities to offer long-term residents. 

Learn more at palladianmgt.com/taylorville-estates. 

Clark and Burchi appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

THS Purple And Gold Game A Huge Success; Fall Sports A GO

Taylorville High School Purple and Gold game last Friday raises thousands for the football program.

 

Athletic Director Jason Hadley says the school took donations at the gate in lieu of admission. Hadley called last Friday night’s event a major success with over 600 people in attendance over the course of the night. 

Over the summer, the school district approved plans for a Fine Arts and Sports Complex. Hadley calls this a big win for all parties, but he’s really excited for the impact the Sports Complex will have on the Taylorville High School sports programs. 

Obviously, everyone is paying attention to football with Taylorville’s first game tonight at Mt. Vernon. 

Hadley says golf has been underway for weeks now. THS is in the midst of starting its  volleyball, and girl’s tennis seasons. Boy’s soccer and cross country is already underway. 

You can see a schedule of all Taylorville athletic events at taylorvilletornadoes.org. Hadley appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Public Show Up To Rally For Local Kroger

Over 100 people showed up to a rally to reopen the Taylorville Kroger Thursday evening. Many members of the public spoke out in support of Kroger reopening and for the EPA to lift the seal that is keeping the grocery store closed.  Kroger has been shut down in Taylorville for nearly a month due to an asbestos contamination leak. 

 

Christian County Clerk, Jacque Willison spoke at the rally saying that the community needs Kroger.

 

 

Cindy Richards spoke on behalf of Amy Hagen with the Taylorville Food Pantry letting the public know how much Kroger does for the food pantry.

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry thanked the many employees for their sacrifices and says he wants Kroger back. He says he’s been contacting legislators. 

 

 

To see the rally in its entirety, visit this story on the Taylorville Daily News Facebook page. 

 

 

Specialized Hearing Solutions In Taylorville Ready To Address Hearing Loss

Specialized Hearing Solutions is a new hearing practice in Taylorville. 

 

Owner Krystal Baker is a Hearing Instrument Specialist and Licensed Practical Nurse. She says that, as the only employee of Specialized Hearing Solutions she has a focus on doing what’s right for the patient. 

Baker says that her experiences have led her to opening her own practice. 

She has learned a lot of tricks over the years dealing with patients who have hearing loss. She hopes you can use them to nudge that struggling family member to see a hearing specialist. 

Baker hopes you’ll give her a call if you or a family member need their hearing checked. 

Learn more at the Specialzied Hearing Solutions Facebook.

 

Baker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

The Family Wishing Well Now Open In Taylorville

The Family Wishing Well is a new business focused on re-purposing antique’s. 

 

Co-Owner Austin Garrett says they focus on furniture, but have a lot of other antique’s in their 1500 square foot store. 

Austin’s wife, Suzanne, invites you to check out their location at 115 N Washington in Taylorville. 

The Garrett’s are open to the idea of donating some of their stock to those who really need it. 

Suzanne says that they decided to open their shop a few months ago because they recognized a gap in furniture affordability. 

Learn more about the Family Wishing Well on its Facebook. 

 

The Garrett’s, owners of the Family Wishing Well, appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Tower Hill Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Meth Distribution

A Tower Hill man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.  68 year old John W. Stevens was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years for the offense of unlawful possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 15 grams of meth with a prior unlawful possession of meth manufacturing chemical conviction.  The offense is a Class 1 Felony with a sentencing range of 4 to 30 years. 

 

The original incident took place on January 13, 2022.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a trailer in Tower Hill.  The Central Illinois Enforcement Group Task Force assisted and law enforcement located between 5 and 15 grams of meth, two portable scales used for weighing illegal drugs, numerous used syringes, $5,000 in US currency, and Bluetooth cameras on all sides of the residence that played surveillance on a television located in Stevens’ bedroom.

 

Stevens has been arrested multiple times including 1977, 1981, 1994, 2001, and 2015.  Shelby County States Attorney Nichole Kroncke commended the investigative efforts made by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group Task Force. 

Illinois Department Of Public Health Warning Against Heartland Virus

After a Jackson County senior citizen tested positive for Heartland Virus, the Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to take the necessary safety precautions. This is the third Heartland Virus case in Illinois. The other two happened in Kankakee and Williamson County in 2018. More than 50 cases of Heartland virus disease have been reported in the midwest and the southern US since 2009. 

 

IDPH Spokesperson Mike Claffey says that since Heartland Virus is a tickborne illness, it’s important to check for ticks especially after being outdoors for prolonged periods of time. 

 

 

Ticks are commonly found on the tips of grasses and shrubs and while ticks crawl, they can’t fly or jump.  The ticks will wait in the grass or shrub for a person or animal to walk by and then climb on board.  Some ticks attach quickly while others will wander looking for thinner skin to attach themselves to. The best prevention for ticks Claffey says is insect repellent. 

 

 

Heartland virus was first identified in 2009 when two Missouri farmers who had been bitten by ticks were admitted to a hospital.  Most people infected fully recover but almost all individuals with Heartland virus have been hospitalized. 

 

As always wear light-colored protective clothing outside.  Treat clothing with products containing 0.5% permethrin.  Apply insect repellent that contains 20% or more Deet, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin, walk in the center of trails, check yourself, children, and pets, for ticks every two to three hours, and remove any tick promptly by grasping it with tweezers and gently, but firmly, pulling it straight out.  Wash your hands and the tick bite site with soap and water.  Find out more about the Heartland virus by visiting the IDPH and CDC websites. 

Taylorville Park District Wrapping Up Summer

Taylorville Park District began its summer wrap-up when kids went back to school. 

Recreational Director Bailey Hancock says they had a great summer. First of all, the pool had great success once again. 

Hancock says that the district is finished with hosting Red Bland Little League and is shifting its focus to youth and junior football. 

The park district also unveiled the new tennis and pickleball courts. They’re really popular right now. 

Hancock says she is already preparing for Christmas in the Park. 

Hancock appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TMH and Memorial Hospice Reigniting Grief Support Group

Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Memorial Home Hospice is reigniting its Grief Support Group. 

 

Sister Rose McKeown says the program kicks off at 10:30 in the morning Thursday, September 8th, and runs for six weeks. 

Sister Rose says that this support group is for any situation you might find yourself grieving in. She does say that she sees a lot of people who lost a loved one. 

That feeling you get if you lose a loved one is normal, Sister Rose says. 

The more people that sign up for the grief support group, the better the interactions will be. 

Sister Rose encourages you to sign up as soon as possible. 

Sign up when you call 217-707-5250 and leave a message with your name and number. Sister Rose will return your call. 

 

Sister Rose appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

New Business Owner Dave Bowers Ready To Maintain Your Heating and AC

Bowers Heating and AC opened up for heating and air conditioning services in November. 

 

Dave Bowers is the owner of Bowers Heating and AC and he wants to give you some tips on how to save some money. 

Furnace maintenance can be very similar to air conditioning, but even just as important because a new furnace can cost thousands. 

Bowers says that keeping yourself cool during the summer and warm during the winter just equates to keeping on top of that maintenance. That will save you money.

If preventative maintenance fails, Bowers will help you day or night. 

Learn more on the Bowers Heating and AC Facebook.

 

Bowers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from Local Dentist at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a local dentist during the weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Doctor David Trost heads up “Miles of Smiles Limited” that provides exams, cleanings, floride, and teeth sealing to children across Illinois.  Trost first gave his background with his schooling first in aeronautical engineering before settling on a dentistry career in 1970.  Trost studied with the world’s greatest dentists, then learning in the United States being mentored at the Pankey Institute.  

 

After Trost had his own practice, he wanted to branch out and form an organization that specifically provided children better dental health, thru schools.   “Miles of Smiles Limited” has a staff of dentists, dental hygienists, and others that currently serve over 50 Illinois counties.

 

Trost's organization recent won an award from the Oral Health Forum in Chicago.

 

 

Bill Assalley of Taylorville attended Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting as a guest. 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.  

Utah Man Wanted For Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor In Shelby County

Officials are filing over 30 charges against a Utah man after they say he met with a minor in Shelby County.  21-year-old Carlo Oberg is accused of communicating with a child in order to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice them in October of 2021.  Shelby County States Attorney Nichole Kroncke says that Oberg communicated with the child from June 2021 through February 2022 and encouraged them to leave their home to have sexual contact with him.

 

Authorities also say Oberg sent inappropriate sexual images to the child four times between September 2021 and February 2022.  33-count information was filed against Oberg on August 11th and a nationwide, no bond warrant for Oberg’s arrest has been issued.

 

Some of the charges Oberg is facing include,  traveling to meet a child, 23 counts of child pornography, three counts of grooming, solicitation to meet a child, luring of a minor, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a child. 

 

The case was investigated by both the Shelbyville Police Department and the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Utah. A court date has not been set yet but will upon execution of the arrest warrant and extradition of the defendant from Utah. 

City Of Taylorville Reaches Agreement With Former Human Resource Manager

The City of Taylorville has reached a settlement agreement with a former city human resource manager.  Taylorville City Council met Monday evening for a special board meeting and reached a settlement agreement with Andrea Conrath.  


After the closed session was over, the board voted on the settlement agreement and came to a 4-4 tie. Aldermen Doug Brown, Larry Budd, Steve Dorchinecz, and Jim Olive voted yes, while Aldermen Megan Bryant, Kathy Driskell, Chris Skultety, and Jeremy Wilson voted no.  The Mayor voted yes which broke the tie and got the settlement approved. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says this agreement was best for the city.

 

 

No word on what the terms of the settlement were disclosed. 

Taylorville Park Board Meets for Monthly Meeting

The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening for their regular monthly meeting. The Board approved the Treasurer’s report and adopted the new ordinance for taxes for the new fiscal year. The board heard from maintenance superintendent Gary Brown, who announced that the main entrance to Manners Park will be closed this Friday, August 26th as work will be done on the road and will reopen Saturday morning. The park itself will not be closed and the side entrance on Webster will still be open for use. 

 

 

 

Recreational Director Bailey Hancock gave her regular update and let the board know that they have been in the process of shutting down things like the pool and concession stand with summer coming to an end. The pool’s last day open for people to swim was on August 13th, but they also had a special Paws in the Pool day on August 14th where people could bring their dogs for a swim.

 

 

Hancock also said that the pool was able to raise 283 pounds of food for the Taylorville Food Pantry through their half price Wednesdays this summer. 

 

 

The next Park Board meeting is set for September 26th. 

Emergency Response and Community Action Teams Arrest Two For Drug Activity

Christian County Emergency Response Team and the Community Action Team arrest two at the Fairview Trailer Park. 

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says that police arrested 39-year-old Michael Kline for Delivery of Methamphetamine and 64-year-old William Dixon for Possession of Methamphetamine without incident. 

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Wheeler says the department received reports of drug activity at a trailer. Nearby, the park has recently built a new playground for kids. Apparently, some parents had enough and alerted authorities.

 

Police obtained a warrant with State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl’s assistance. 

 

Chief Wheeler thanks the ERT and CAT for their work and the community for their support, and he hopes the children feel safe. 

Taylorville City Council Holds Special Meeting

Taylorville City Council approved a second amendment to the city’s Solar Power Purchase Agreement with Ameran and two other entities. 

 

All aldermen were present except for Alderman Doug Brown.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says that this agreement has potential to lower the city’s power bill down the road.  

City Attorney Rocci Romano recommended the aldermen approve the second amendment, which gives the mayor authority to sign the agreement. However, Romano recommended the mayor waits to sign the agreement until he receives the signatures of all parties. 

City Council then went into closed session to discuss the claims, demands, and settlement proposal of former Human Resource Manager Andrea Conrath. 

 

Stay tuned as Regional Radio News will update you if the council took any action after the closed session. 

HSHS Good Shepherd Welcomes Dr. Kolluri

Shelbyville has a new doctor. 

 

Primary Care Provider for HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville hired The University of Toledo resident graduate Dr. Poojitha Kolluri.

 

Dr. Kolluri is excited to be here. 

Dr. Kolluri studied microbiology in her undergraduate program. 

Dr. Kolluri specializes in family medicine at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. 

She is currently welcoming new patients. Just give HSHS a call. 

Learn more at hshs.org/goodshepherd. 

 

Dr. Kolluri appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Two Meetings Taking Place This Evening In Taylorville

There will be two meetings on Monday evening in Taylorville.  The Taylorville City Council is holding a special board meeting at 6 PM at the City Council Chambers.  They will look to approve the solar power purchase agreement and Ameren Illinois Company’s Standard Agreement for interconnection of distributed generation facilities. 

 

The board will also go into closed session to discuss claims, demands, and the settlement proposal of Andrea Conrath, former human resource manager, look at any motions that will come out of that closed session, and hear from the public.

 

The Taylorville Park Board will also meet on Monday evening at 7 PM.  The board will discuss and adopt the new ordinance for taxes for the new fiscal year. The board will hear from maintenance superintendent Gary Brown, Office Administrator/Secretary Lisa Morillo, and recreational director Bailey Hancock.  The board will go over the approval of bills, and hear from guests.  

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on these meetings at the conclusion of the events.

Police: Main Source Of Meth Arrested In Hewittville

Two people have been arrested and police are saying that it is a main source of distribution of methamphetamine in Taylorville and Christian County. 50-year-old James Assad of Hewittville and 27-year-old Brandi R. Hurley of Taylorville were arrested on Friday evening. The investigation started a few months ago and according to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, Platoon D, K9 Alan, and the Community Action team took both Assad and Hurley into custody without incident, recovering over 90 grams of meth.  

 

Assad and Hurley were arrested for possession of meth 15-100 grams and possession of meth with intent to deliver 15-100 grams.  Christian County States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl approved the charges.  

 

Chief Wheeler says “As I’ve said before, community engagement is very important to TPD and the Community Action Team but law enforcement is our primary function.  These arrests show just that and also demonstrate our teamwork, partnerships, and commitment to making all of our communities safer.”  

 

Chief Wheeler concluded by saying “We’re not fighting a war on drugs, we’re fighting a war on you, if you sell in our areas.” 

 

 

Shelbyville S.D. Back To School

Shelbyville School District welcomed kids back to the classroom last week. 

 

Superintendent Shane Schuricht is looking forward to a normal school year. 

Schuricht hopes that full-time in-person learning for a full school-year will do wonders for kids. 

Shelbyville High School is finishing up a new track that everyone can use. It will be available soon. 

 

Schurict is excited for the Fall sports season. Football held its scrimmage Friday night. Game 1 is this weekend. 

He invites eligible high schoolers to gain college credit while in school. The first semester will cost significantly less this year than other years for Shelbyville students. 

Learn more at shelbyville.k12.il.us. 

 

Schuricht appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Taylorville School District, SRO's Encouraging Safety Around School Zones

With school picking up, Taylorville School District along with the Taylorville Police Department and the Student Resource Officers are reminding the public about being safe during pick up and drop off. The use of crosswalks is encouraged as this will allow both pedestrians to safely cross the street and for motorists to navigate the road safely. Cutting between vehicles or crossing the street during peak pick-up/drop-off time can cause traffic issues. 

 

At North Elementary, there is a parent zone for those who walk to pick up students.  The school asks that you wait in that zone until all classes have been dismissed.  When you cross between classes, students can get confused and wander away from their line.  Once all classes are out, you can walk to the line and pick up your student.

 

For those who may not know there is a YouTube video that you can watch to learn more about pick-up and drop-off routines. You can find that video by clicking here

Sparklight Named To Fastest Internet Provider List

A company who provides local internet has been named to PC Magazine’s list of the top 10 Fastest Internet Service Providers in the nation. Sparklight has been named on the list for the second consecutive year. PC Magazine tested Internet service providers across the country based on upload and download speeds from June of 2021 to June of 2022. 

 

Julie Laulis, President and CEO of Sparklight says she is incredibly honored to once again be ranked by PC Magazine.  She says Sparklight continues to invest in infrastructure to ensure customers have access to a state of the art network designed to support high-speed internet needs for customers and communities.  

 

According to a press release sent out from Sparklight, the company currently offers speeds up to 1 Gigabit for residential customers and up to 5 for businesses.  The company looks to increase speeds up to 10 gigabits and beyond.  Earlier this year Sparklight was named among the top 10 on PC Magazine’s Best Gaming ISP’s list for 2022.

 

Find out more information by visiting www.sparklight.com. 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Continues To Grow

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce just keeps expanding. 

 

President Jennifer Franklin is excited to welcome a couple new members to the chamber. 

Executive Director Linda Allen says that’s not all. 

Franklin is excited about the chamber’s direction. She calls it an upswing. 

Allen and Franklin invite local businesses to join the chamber. 

Learn more at taylorvillechamber.com. Franklin and Allen appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Keep An Eye Out For Invasive Species

August is a good time to keep a lookout for invasive species. 

 

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger says to be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly. They pose a threat to desirable plants. 

The Emerald Ash Borer can be a threat to trees native to Illinois. 

Invasive insects are not the only species to keep an eye on. Invasive plants may cause trouble, too. 

Holsinger wants you to keep an eye out for bush honeysuckle. 

Whether it’s a plant or an insect, Holsinger hopes you’ll say something if you think you find an invasive species. 

Make a report when you visit extension.illinois.edu. Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Sheriff Kettelkamp Cautions Road Safety With Return of School

As you enter the last month of summer, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wants to remind the public of rules of the road and safety tips. 

 

He says the start of school means you will see more buses on the road. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp is wary about the height of corn on county roads. He says that corn obstructs your view in many Christian County intersections. 

The department receives calls of swerving drivers on the roads all the time. Callers complain of a drunken driver, when in reality, the driver is on their cell phone. 

With the Pana Tri-County fair taking place the week leading up to Labor Day, Sheriff Kettelkamp wants you to celebrate responsibly.

Sheriff Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois State Fair Auction This Saturday

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will return unclaimed money to rightful owners, somehow. 
 

Even if that means auctioning off items at the Illinois State Fair. 

 

Treasurer Frerichs says that state fair will auction unclaimed property at the fairgrounds in Springfield Saturday. This is an effort to reunite people with unclaimed money worth the value of unclaimed property. 

 

Frerichs will personally auction off some of the items at the beginning of the event – 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the Lincoln Stage of the fairgrounds. 

 

Some of the headlining items include a silver Faberge picture frame, a $500 bill from 1934, and vintage baseball cards. Those cards include hall of famers Willie Mays, Ron Santo, and Mr. Cub himself Ernie Banks. 

 

The auction is worth an estimated $200,000. Funds for any items sold will be held in a keepsake account for those who have unclaimed property. If those with unclaimed property have their item sold and they wish to claim that item, the auction allows the person to take a lump sum of cash for what the item sold for. 

 

Other items include memorabilia collections from The Beatles and Michael Jordan. You’ll also find lots of jewelry and other items. 

 

Learn more on the State Treasurer office website. 

Assumption Fest 2022 Starts This Evening

Assumption Fest 2022 kicks off today. 

 

President of the committee Angela Ohl-Marsters says it’s two-and-a-half days of live entertainment, food, and reunion. 

The pageants are part of the first day of festivities – kicking off at 6:30 p.m. 

Kids rejoice for the carnival rides, which the committee set up Monday. You can buy ride tickets, or a wrist band for unlimited enjoyment for a day. 

You can’t miss the live entertainment. Really, you can’t miss it, because there are five different acts jammed into that two-and-a-half day period. 

Learn more when you visit the Assumption Fest Facebook.

Ohl-Marsters appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Superintendent Welcomes Kids Back To School

Taylorville School District welcomed kids to the classroom Wednesday for the new school year.  

 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty is excited to have them back.

Dr. Dougherty thanks the crew that helped keep the schools ready for students. 

Dr. Dougherty hopes the addition of some smaller white buses will address the transportation need. 

When kids arrived at North School, they noticed some new furniture. Namely, Dr. Dougherty says they replaced the desks. 

Dr. Dougherty also says that the district is reviewing its e-learning plan in case of weather emergency. The district is holding a public hearing for the e-learning plan at 5:30 August 23rd. The building committee meeting will follow at 6 p.m. 

 

Dr. Dougherty appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

IEMA Offers Safety Tips For Returning To School

With almost all Illinoisan students heading back to school this week and college students going back this month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding all families to review their own emergency preparedness plans and school safety plans.  Whether your children are in school, on a bus, at music practice, or with their youth sports teams, planning and sharing information with each other can be critical.

 

IEMA Deputy Director Scott Swinford says that severe weather and other emergencies can strike at any time.  Knowing where to go and what to do for both you and your children can go a long way towards keeping them alive. 

 

With the upcoming school year, IEMA has some tips for your family.  Teach children with cell phones about “text first, talk later.” Sending an “Im OK” text message gets through way easier than a phone call. Explain the basics of weather preparedness for tornadoes, thunderstorms, fire, floods, and other disasters. Make a family communications plan. Update your emergency contact info at school. Consider adding a relative to the school’s information file for picking up your kids in case of an emergency.  

 

Other tips include filling out a backpack emergency card. Learn more about school plans for disaster reunification. Encourage young students to take drills seriously. Encourage college students to make disaster preparedness kits. Speak to college students about signing up for weather alerts. There is a free Safe2Help Illinois helpline and app which you can find through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency at www.ready.illinois.gov. 

Christian County 4H Members Compete At State Fair

Christian County 4-H members were on display at the State Fair 4-H General Show as exhibits were on display August 14th. Members completed a process of evaluation called conference judging.  This process allows 4-H members to answer questions asked by the judges about their projects.  The questions are used to help the judges determine how much the 4-H members know about their project.  Regional Radio News congratulates all of those who participated in the State Fair. 

Zacharia Cotter - Photography 1
Connor Eggimann - Creative Writing
Cara Eggimann - STEAM Clothing 1-Sewn NonCloth
Abby Erlenbush - Veterinary Science
Lily Fleigle - Photography 1
Charlotte Grundy - VA Quilting - You Can Quilt – Champion
Elayna Harker - 4-H Cooking 201 Scones
Caroline Hedden - Food Decorating-Beginning
Claire Hunt - Woodworking 1
Kelsie Hunt - 3-D Design/Mixed Media
Kyle Jackle-Hugh - Weather and Climate 3 – Champion
Payton May - STEAM Clothing 1-Sewn Clothing
Maleah Repscher - Chalk/Carbon/Pigment-Div A
Charlee Ryan - STEAM Clothing 1-Sewn NonCloth
Calum Shanks - Photography 2
Deacon Shanks - Metal – Inspire Award
Benjamin Wamsley - Design Decisions-Intermediate – Reserve Champion
Abigail Wamsley - Fiber
Molly Zucco - Family Heritage

Macon County Conservation District With Astro-Jam This Weekend; Other Events Coming Soon

Macon County Conservation District hosting lots big events and programming as the summer continues. 

 

Senior Program Naturalist Alysia Callison invites you to the Astrojam this weekend. 

The Hummingbird Festival takes place the weekend of August 25th. 

The Prairie Pedal is a bike-riding fundraiser occurring in September. Register before the end of August and you’ll receive a discount. 

With the return of school, Callison is excited to provide pre-schoolers some of their first learning experiences in an educational setting this weekend. They’ll learn about life in a pond. 

Learn more at maconcountyconservation.org. Callison appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Board Discusses Concerns Over Imminent Domain

The Christian County board met on Tuesday evening to discuss minutes, old business, new business, and other orders of business at their monthly meeting.  The board presented in writing a resolution to send out opposing eminent domain for CO2 pipelines. Matt Wells talked a little about what the resolution said.

 

 

The board discussed whether or not to submit the resolution.  County Board member Mike Specha spoke about feeling that the board wasn’t doing enough discussing on the issue itself.

 

 

The board voted to send it back to the personnel, policy, and procedure committee. The board voted on bringing zoning business back to the courthouse. The board announced they would continue appointing a zoning officer. 

 

In new business, Craig Paulek spoke about some new projects for the Christian County Ag Fair.  Dick Adams spoke about the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, Shelby Electric’s Josh Shallenberger spoke out for broadband from Shelby Electric.  The board approved the Sheriff’s Office using the old EMA car. The board also heard from the public, many of who spoke out in support of the Christian County Health Department for their hard work during the pandemic and a disconnect that has been seen between the Health Board and the Christian County Board. 

 

The next County Board meeting is set for September 20th, 2022. 
 

City of Taylorville Set To Receive Grant For Downtown

The city of Taylorville is set to receive a $3 million grant from the state of Illinois as part of the Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets program. The grant was part of work done by Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, State Senator Doris Turner, Deputy Governor Andy Manar, Governor JB Pritzker, Smalltown Taylorville, and many other people that helped make this happen.  

State Senator Doris Turner says that this investment will help grow the economy.

 

 

Thanks to federal funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administered grants to 50 commercial corridors throughout the state including Taylorville.  These improvements will go a long way towards needed improvements of the downtown Taylorville Square and business corridor. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he knows how important this is for the city of Taylorville

 

 

The Mayor highlighted some of the things he hopes to see with the money.

 

 

Steve Craggs, chairperson of the Downtown Taylorville organization and the Small Town Taylorville Committee says it will reenergize the downtown area. 

 

 

Craggs hopes to see a repaving and a redo of the sidewalks.

 

 

DCEO originally administered $50 million for the program in 2021 but due to federal funding, the state was able to allocate an additional $56 million to support 29 more projects.  Thanks to matching funds from recipients, a total investment of $215 million was made for downtowns across Illinois. 

 

For a full list of recipients, visit illinois.gov. 
 

Springfield Man Arrested On Burglary Charges Connected To Taylorville Break-Ins

A Springfield man has been arrested for burglary charges in the Taylorville area. 18-year-old Drearion L. Neal of Springfield was arrested in Sangamon County on July 21st and 22nd along with another juvenile male subject in relation to these incidents.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced that probable cause was found for charges.

 

The charges stem from an investigation after multiple vehicles were entered into with items stolen, along with two vehicle thefts occurring in the Taylorville area on July 9th. 

 

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp thanked the citizens of Christian County who submitted video camera footage that helped us identify these individuals.  He also thanked the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshal Service, and the Christian County Deputies who investigated those cases. 

CCYMCA Holding August Membership Drive With Back To School Donations

Throughout August, you can join the Christian County YMCA and have your membership fees waived. 

 

Director Bruce Blanshan says that all you have to do is donate some school supplies. 

Blanshan is excited to partner with the Taylorville Memorial Foundation to help students in their journey back to school. 

The ‘Y’ does ask that you donate four to five items from a select list to be considered for the application fee waiver. 

Blanshan says this membership drive will benefit at least 90 Christian County students who need the supplies. 

Learn more at ccymca.org. Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville City Council Votes To Increase Lake Lot Fees; Recognizes Jenny Moats

Taylorville City Council met Monday evening at the Municipal Building for their bimonthly meeting.  Everyone was present except for Alderman Chris Skultety.  The board recognized Jenny Moats for her volunteerism for the many Taylorville athletics sports activities.   The board approved the street design pavement updates and approved promoting Captain Cody Rogers to Assistant Fire Chief.

 

The Taylorville Police Department was approved to purchase new rifles for squad cars, and for hiring a part-time and lead dispatcher.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says it’s good for the community.

 

 

The board approved increasing lake lot lease fees to $600 and campground lease fees to $875 per year.  The motion passed 5-2 with Aldermen Jim Olive and Jeremy Wilson voted no.  The board also approved changing the Campground Lease payments to a one-time payment in full due April 1st of each year. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced that oiling and chipping streets in Ward 2. The board approved purchasing 100 trees for the Water Treatment Plant. The board also went into a closed session to discuss claims, demands, and the settlement proposal of Andrea Conrath. 

Paulek, Trainor Win At State Fair

Sixty young livestock exhibitors vied for the title of “Grand Champion Overall Master Showman” on Aug. 12 during the 2022 Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship Contest.

 

The exhibitors, who were the winners of their respective 4-H county contests, showcased their skills and knowledge of animal husbandry at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

This prestigious competition invites 4-H members ages 14-18 years to display their showmanship skills across three species – beef, sheep and swine. The 4-Hers were judged on their ability to handle each animal, knowledge of the species and animal husbandry, as well as overall showmanship skills.

 

Three winners were named for each species and scores for all three species were tallied to determine the top ten winners overall. This year’s local contest winners include:

 

Fifth Place Overall — Cole Paulek of Stonington, representing Christian County. He is the son of Craig and Katie Paulek.

 

Third Place Swine Division — Sophie Trainor of Tower Hill, representing Shelby County. She is the daughter of Chuck and Ellen Trainor.

 

Nearly $8,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors were awarded this year. First, second, and third place overall winners received $500, $400, and $300 cash (respectively), a new show box and other various prizes. Fourth and fifth place overall received a $200 and $100 cash (respectively) and an embroidered boot bag. Sixth through 10th place overall winners received a $25 gift card and a Bluetooth speaker.

 

Each species division winner received a $100 gift card and a zero-gravity chair. Each contest participant received a t-shirt, bucket, and $25 gift card.

 

This year marked the 22nd Annual Master Showmanship Contest held at the Illinois State Fair. This year's contest was hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau and the RFD Radio Network. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. presented the awards. Congratulations to these outstanding young livestock exhibitors!

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Kroger and SSI Concerning Taylorville Asbestos

A lawsuit has been filed against Taylorville Kroger by the State of Illinois and the Attorney General.  Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced a lawsuit against Kroger and SSI Services in relation to alleged improper handling and removal of materials containing asbestos from Kroger. 

 

The lawsuit maintains that Kroger and SSI conducted unsafe renovations by leaving chipped floor tiles that contained asbestos in areas accessible to the public while the store was open.  This created a substantial danger to the health of customers and employees.  There is no known safe exposure level to asbestos and inhalation can cause serious and fatal illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. 

 

Attorney General Kwame Raoul blasted both Kroger and SSI in a statement where he said, “Kroger and SSI Services have jeopardized the public’s health by exposing shoppers and employees to dangerous materials containing asbestos. The asbestos must be remediated before members of the public are allowed back into this store.  I am committed to ensuring that Kroger and SSI Services are held accountable for creating this hazard and for preventing any further harm to the pbulic’s health and the environment.”

 

The Attorney General says that the defendants failed to remove tiles and an adhesive known as mastic which both contain asbestos before doing work that would break up or dislodge the materials.  Additionally, the complaint says the defendants failed to ensure that all materials containing asbestos remained wet until collected and contained or treated in preparation for disposal.  Kroger and SSI also failed to dispose of all material that contained asbestos. 

 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a seal order on July 29th to protect public health and Attorney General Raoul says that remediation must be met before the store is reopened. IEPA Director John J. Kim says, “ The Illinois EPA referred this case to the Attorney General’s Office to ensure Kroger and SSI are held responsible for the improper removal of asbestos in the store, resulting in an unacceptable risk to the store’s customers and employees.  We are committed to ensuring the store is properly remediated prior to reopening for the safety of the employees and customers.”

 

Assistant Attorneys General Christina L. Nannini and Bridget I Flynn are handlin the case for Raoul’s Environmental Bureau. 

Zeitler Pleads Not Guilty To Five Counts Of Wire Fraud

A Taylorville woman indicted on wire fraud has plead not guilty to 5 counts of wire fraud. 63 year old Lori Zeitler of Taylorville appeared in federal court on August 10th in front of Judge Karen L. McNaught for her initial appearance and arraignment.  Zeitler plead not guilty to all five counts.  Zeitler has been released on a recognizance bond and is set for her initial pretrial on September 22nd at 2:30 PM with a jury trial set for October 4th at 9 AM before Judge Sue E. Myerscough. 

 

Zeitler, who was a bookkeeper with the YMCA, is accused of wire fraud from the YMCA from 2005-2018. 

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism Events

In the greater Shelbyville area, there are a lot of events happening. 

 

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism director Freddie Fry keeps track of it all. She says there is a fox chase August 19-20.

DirtWorx returns for a weekend of mountain biking around Lake Shelbyville September 9-11. 

Fry says that even if there is not an event on a given weekend, Lake Shelbyville has a lot to offer. 

However, if you do have an event, you should let the tourism office know. 

Learn more at lakeshelbyville.com. Fry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Windsor Harvest Picnic August 18-20

The Windsor Harvest Picnic is August 18-20. 

 

Organizer Carson Cole says Thursday, August 18th, features lots of live music entertainment. 

Her father, Stacy Cole, says the live entertainment has something for everyone. 

Of course, the you can’t have a picnic without food. 

Make sure you wake up early Saturday for the breakfast, with even more events occurring later in the day. 

Learn more when you go to the Windsor Harvest Picnic Facebook.

 

Both Carson and Stacy Cole appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Shelbyville Public Library Lifting Reading Slumps

The Shelbyville Public Library can keep you entertained without the cost of cable. 

 

Monica Cameron is the director of the library. She says they have movies, tv shows, and audio books to  entertain you.

Audio books can be great for when you are in a reading slump. The best part is their versatile. You can listen while you are gardening or running errands. 

Cameron likes to switch up her genre of book when she is in a slump. There are tons of different genres at the Shelbyville Public Library. 

Cameron says the library is getting ready for the return of fall.

Learn more at shelbyvillelibrary.org. Cameron appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council is set to meet on Monday evening at the Municipal Building for their bimonthly meeting. After recognizing Jenny Moats as volunteer of the month, the board will review an ordinance on street design pavement standards, discuss approving the promotion of Captain Cody Rogers to Assistant Fire Chief, discuss and potentially approve purchasing rifles for the police department, discuss the Illinois Municipal League conference, and potentially approve the water department to hire Podeschi Tree Farms to plant 100 trees on the North property line of the water treatment plant. 

 

After the city attorney and mayoral updates, the board will hear from the various city committees.  The board will discuss approving the moving of the cemetery fuel tank, and including some vehicles in the city auction.  The board will discuss purchasing seven ballistic vests and purchase HyperReach for a one-year contract, and a laptop for the fire department. The board will also potentially approve bidding for a part-time dispatcher and a lead dispatcher for the police department.  

 

The board will pay bills, hear from anybody wishing to address the council, and go into a closed session to discuss the claims, demands, and settlement proposal of former City Human Resource Manager, Andrea Conrath. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Accepting Applications for Non-Profit Organization Grants

Non-profit organizations in the Taylorville area are reminded that the Taylorville Kiwanis Club is now accepting applications for funding local non-profits that benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

The Club already funds high school and YMCA scholarships each year, but many times there are other requests for funding that come to the Kiwanis Board at various times of the year.

 

This effort is to request those organizations and events, to formally apply for funding.  Any application must be centered on how local children and youth will benefit.

 

This is the second consecutive year that the Club is accepting applications to provide grants to other non-profits in the Taylorville that have a similar mission to the Kiwanis Club, to benefit local youngsters.  

 

The application is available by going to taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com and finding this story.  Deadline for applications to be received is September 30th.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

Four Arrested On Meth Charges In Taylorville

Four people have been arrested in Taylorville following complaints from citizens concerning narcotic traffic.  26-year-old Faith Lozier, 61-year-old Donald Lozier, 32-year-old William Simmons, and Ruth Lozier were all arrested for various charges of methamphetamine delivery and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.  Other charges are expected to come.

 

On Friday, August 12th in the early morning hours, the Emergency Response Team and Community Action Team executed a search warrant on the 1000 Block of East Adams.  The CAT team has been receiving complaints and the investigation led them to obtain a warrant and be able to make an arrest. 

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler thanked States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl and Assistant States Attorney Alyce Grigsby for their help in the investigation and in securing a warrant. Chief Wheeler says that police will continue to pursue and arrest any people doing drugs or selling drugs in Taylorville and the surrounding communities. 

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis to Hold Kids' Days Fund Raiser September 23-24

Again this year, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club will be asking the public for their help in supporting local Kiwanis projects for children and youth, in the club’s annual Kid’s Days fund raiser September 23rd and 24th.

 

Members of the club will be positioned both days at the intersection of Main Cross and Webster, also known as “Harrison Corner”; as well as at the Taylorville Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

 

Members will be asking for cash donations big and small that will go toward local Kiwanis projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, YMCA and high school scholarships, and many more.  

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.   

Joink LLC In Agreement To Buy CTI

An Indiana internet company has come to an agreement to buy a local internet company.  Joink LLC from Terre Haute, Indiana has agreed in principle to buy Computer Techniques or CTI. The acquisition will provide additional management and resources to help build fiber and expand quicker in central Illinois. The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval. 

 

CTI was founded in 1998 by Adam Vocks and Billy Williams.  Over the years, CTI has expanded to provide fiber internet to over 12,000 homes in Christian and Montgomery County with it’s offices in Taylorville and Hillsboro. Adam Vocks says about the acquisition, “We were in search of a party that had the resources and the capability to allow CTI to fulfill its mission to bring high quality fiber broadband Internet service to as many homes and businesses in Central Illinois as possible. The shared vision of the two companies, combined with similar success stories, makes Joink the perfect acquiror for CTI to finally allow our accelerated expansion plans to become a reality. I am thrilled for our customers and employees to be part of this future.” Billy Williams added “Over time, high speed Internet access has evolved from a luxury to a necessity. Its importance is growing daily, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team for the significant work we’ve done to position for continued growth and success.”

 

Josh Zuerner, President and CEO of Joink says “We look forward to integrating CTI’s operations and team led by Bobbie Dean, CTI's CEO, who will be part of the senior leadership team of Joink, after the transaction closes. Central Illinois had a great day today as we announce our plans to accelerate the expansion of CTI’s fiber network. We recognize the importance of high-quality broadband and look forward to providing a best-in-class fiber-optic connectivity experience to end users in Illinois and Indiana.” 

 

Details of the deal have not been made available and the deal is still pending final approval. 

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Shelbyville Announces New President and CEO.

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville has a new President and CEO.  Chad Markham, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham will also serve as President and CEO of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.  Markham says he is looking forward to serving the patients and supporting the colleagues of Good Shepherd. 

 

Markham started as President and CEO of St. Anthony’s since September of 2021 and before that he served as the Chief Operating Officer with UnityPoint Health’s St. Luke’s Hospital and had held a variety of different roles with UnityPoint Health and MercyONE Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. While at St. Luke’s he led strategy and operations of a 183 bed hospital including an all-inclusive managed care program for the elderly, an ambulatory surgical center, hospice, and cancer center.

 

Markham has a Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Science with a minor in chemistry, and a Master of Business Administration, both from St. Cloud State in Minnesota.  Markham lives with his wife Michelle and they have three children, Quincy, Libby, and Rosie. 

LLCC Welcoming Applications For Fall Semester, Which Starts Aug. 22nd

Though the first day of the new semester is August 22nd, there’s still plenty of time to apply for classes and financial aid at Lincoln Land Community College. 

 

LLCC Taylorville Director Dee Krueger says to apply and take care of that financial aid as soon as possible. Thursday, August 18, LLCC will offer a resource night to help you.

If you’re going to apply and need financial assistance, do that first at FAFSA.gov

If you’ve already taken care of that, you should think about purchasing your books now at llcc.edu.

You don’t have to be of college age to attend classes at LLCC, either. High school upperclassmen can take classes to move them closer to a college degree upon graduation from high school with “College Now.”

Learn more at llcc.edu. Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Two Taylorville Nursing Homes Receive Violations; Administration For TCC Says Issues Already Fixed

A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows that some Taylorville nursing homes have violated the rules.  The IDPH initiated action against the following facilities which have been in violation of the Nursing Home Care Act. Taylorville Care Center at 600 South Houston Street received two Type A violations after being surveyed in January and February receiving two fines of $25,000. Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab at 800 McAdam Drive also received a fine of $2,200. after a survey was complete on February 17th. 

 

Janet Dobbs, Administrator with the Taylorville Care Center says that the issues have been fixed. “This violation was related to our annual survey several months ago and we have already put corrective measures in place to ensure our residents’ safety and well-being.”

 

Regional Radio News has received copies of the violations, and you can find them here, here, and here

4-H Award Application Period On Now

The end of the 4-H year signals the time for 4-H’ers to apply for awards.

 

Youth and Development Coordinator for 4-H Sara Marten says the 4-H Experience Award application and 4-H Livestock Record award application are due August 30. 

Livestock and general showing applicants are eligible to win a wide variety of awards. 

4-H Clubs are eligible for an award with application due September 15. 

Marten would love to see a Christian County 4-H participant to win the Sustaining the Future Award, which is also open to FFA members. Applications for that award are due January 7.

Learn more when you click here.

 

Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

IDNR Accepting Sealed Bids On Agriculture Leases

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will accept sealed bids for about 40 agriculture lease contracts for crop years 2023-2026.  The IDNR utilizes these agriculture leases as a tool to support wildlife populations and recreational opportunities and leases developed under this program will help and build ecological sound agriculture practices such as soil health, minimizing soil erosion, improving water quality, and reducing chemical impacts to benefit wildlife populations.

 

IDNR sites with leases open for bid will be publicly announced on BidBuy, the State of Illinois’ eProcurement System.  A non-mandatory vendor conference will be conducted for each lease with details included. All bidders must register with BidBuy to be eligible to enter into a contract with the state and you can do so at www.bidbuy.illinois.gov/bso. When asked for a code, the codes are as follows: 944-00 for farming and ranching, 944-48 for hay farming, 944-34 for corn farming, 944-76 for soybean farming, and 944-38 for crop farming NEC and grain farming NEC. 

 

Once registered, bidders will be notified by email when any lease openings are posted and bidders will need to download and print the necessary forms prior the vending conference.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/IDNRaglease.

Rainy Day Fund Tops $1 Billion

The Rainy Day Fund for Illinois has topped a billion dollars. After being one of the lowest rainy day funds in the US at roughly $48,000, Illinois has surged back to having over $1 billion in the rainy day fund so says Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, which can come in handy if the state runs into a rough patch. 

 

 

Comptroller Mendoza says just like having an emergency fund at home, having one for the state is important as well.

 

 

Comptroller Mendoza has made it a key priority that the rainy day fund has been her #1 goal and now finds the rainy day fund with $1.036 billion available. 

Shelby County Man Found Guilty For Meth & Armed Violence

A Shelbyville man has been found guilty of armed violence and unlawful possession of methamphetamine with a prior unlawful possession of meth conviction.  45-year-old Jeremy Taylor of Shelbyville was found guilty of the offenses of Armed Violence, a Class X felony, and possession of methamphetamine with a prior unlawful possession of meth conviction, a class 3 felony, following a jury trial that saw the jury deliberate for 28 minutes before returning guilty verdicts. 

 

Armed violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten  years and a max of up to 30 years in prison.  The possession conviction carries a sentencing range of two to ten years in prison. According to Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke, Taylor was searched after appearing at a Shelbyville residents home after being told he wasn’t allowed there.  Police found meth on him as well as a knife with a four inch blade. 

 

Taylor has ten prior misdemeanor convictions, three prior felony convictions and three prison sentences in the past When Taylor was arrested in Shelby County he had nine pending cases in Effingham, Christian, and Shelby Counties. Taylor is set to be sentenced on October 3rd, 2022 at 1:15 PM. 

Illinois EPA Announces No Timetable Yet For Taylorville Kroger Opening

The Illinois EPA says they don't know when the Taylorville Kroger will be able to reopen.  Regional Radio News reached out to the EPA for a statement and Kim Biggs, Public Information Officer says that the EPA is still consulting with Kroger about the best way to clean up the asbestos. 

 

"The Illinois EPA does not currently have a timetable for when the Kroger store will be able to re-open. Last week, the Illinois EPA approved a plan for a licensed asbestos project design consultant to enter the store and collect samples to determine the extent of any required clean-up actions. Kroger and the consultant are expected to use the information gathered during the evaluation to prepare a remediation plan for the State’s review and approval. The Illinois EPA is focused on ensuring the store is safe for customers, employees and others."

 

Taylorville Kroger shut down last week after some issues with asbestos. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it becomes available. 

 

Doctors Concerned About Less Children Being Vaccinated

Doctors are concerned over a recent decline in pediatric immunizations. According to studies from the CDC, national vaccine coverage among kindergarten children during the 2020-2021 school year dropped from 95% to lower than 94%. While that might not seem like much, that means 35,000 children more were not vaccinated this year. Dr. Rebecca Sierra is an OSF HealthCare pediatrician in Bloomington, Illinois. She says the downward trend is most likely a side effect of the pandemic. 

 

Dr. Sierra says while her office has not seen a decline in the demand for routine vaccinations. A decrease in vaccination rates could result in fewer communities maintaining herd immunity for preventable diseases like measles mumps and whooping coughs.

 

 

Dr. Sierra says the key to bucking this trend is for parents to keep up with yearly visits.  These visits are important for keeping up with immunizations. This allows pediatricians to remind parents about vaccines and schedules and to address any concerns that parents have. 

 

 

Find out more by talking to your pediatrician or visiting osfhealthcare.org. 

Pana Community Hospital Welcoming Cowden Medical Clinic To Its Network

Pana Community Hospital is welcoming a new clinic to its network of facilities.

 

Marketing Manager Melissa Rybolt is excited to welcome Cowden Medical Clinic to its network. 

There will not be any changes to the Cowden Medical Clinic itself. The only difference is that it is now part of the Pana Medical Group. 

The Cowden Medical Clinic is like your typical physician’s office. You can go there for anything you might need.

Rybolt says the medical group is really excited to welcome Cowden Medical Clinic. 

Learn more at panahospital.com. Rybolt appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Voice of Fighting Illini Speaks to Taylorville Kiwanis Club

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the “Voice of the Fighting Illini” during the weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Brian Barnhart has been the “Voice of the Fighting Illini” calling University of Illinois Football and Mens’ Basketball games on the Illini Sports Network, for over 20 years.  Barnhart gave an overview of the upcoming Illini football and basketball seasons, saying in his 20 years he’s never seen a coach that cares about the details like head football coach Bret Bielema.   

 

 

Barnhart added that due to Bielema’s recruiting efforts inside the state, 48 of the 106 Fighting Illini football players this fall are from Illinois.

 

Barnhart said this year’s Fighting Illini basketball team that will be a floor of new faces, but a Top 10 recruiting class. 

 

 

Fighting Illini games for the next 2 seasons will be heard on Miller Media Group radio station NEW Country 104.1.  Company president and Kiwanis member Randal J. Miller was program chair for Tuesday’s meeting.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.    

Kroger Corporate Releases Statement On Taylorville Kroger

The corporate office of a local grocery store that has been shut out, is speaking out. Kroger Company has sent a statement to Regional Radio News concerning the Taylorville Kroger that had been shut down recently due to asbestos. Eric Halvorson, Manager of Corporate Affairs with Kroger released the following statement.

 

“The company is diligently working with the EPA and expert remediation partners to analyze and address the issue. With safety as one of our core values, we will reopen as soon as the EPA rescinds the order and we are able to do so safely. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and community and plan to reopen as quickly as possible."

 

Halvorson continued by stressing that all 90 associates in Taylorville were offered several options moving forward including working in Decatur. He says some have chosen to leave and some are taking a vacation. Halvorson continued by thanking the many associates of Kroger and the patience of their customers. 


The Illinois Attorney General's Office has also reached out to give their statement.

 

"The attorney general is committed to protecting the health and safety of residents, as well as the environment. Our office has received a referral from the IEPA and will work closely with the agency to ensure that alleged violations of the state’s environmental protection law are addressed."

 

Regional Radio News has reached out but has not been able to get in contact with the IEPA. 

Designed With Detail Ready To Host Parties At New Location

Planning parties is easier now that “Designed With Detail” has a new location. 

 

Co-Owner of Designed With Detail Charlee Kocurek says they have a new location – 602 E. Park Street in Taylorville. 

Co-Owner Cheryl Mormon says they host parties of all sorts. 

If you are having your own party at home or in the office then you’ll probably need supplies. 

Kocurek says that they have everything you could need for a party in their retail store, which you can go to in-person or find online at designedwithdetail.com. 

You also don’t have to have a party to use the venue. Designed With Detail will host any occasion or special event. Design With Detail held a princess party at the end of July to test run their venue and found major success. 

Learn more at designedwithdetail.com. Morman and Kocurek appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

U of I Help Desk There For Gardening Questions Thursdays

This is the time of year many gardeners have questions about their plant and soil health. 

 

Master Gardener Linda Hill says the University of Illinois Extension Help Desk is a great resource for all gardening related questions. 

Fellow Master Gardener Sharon Smith says the help desk is available Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. 

Smith says now is a great time to test your soil to see what nutrients it needs for the coming fall growing season. 

You don’t have to go far to find a soil test. Hill says you can just take a sample to the University of Illinois Extension office in Taylorville.

Learn more at extension.illinois.edu. Hill and Smith appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Rep. Bourne Addresses Special Session

State representatives are getting ready for a special session. 

 

State representative Avery Bourne says the party in charge will likely look at abortion and gun control. 

She says she wishes the state legislature special session would focus on issues directly impacting taxpayer wallets. 

Rep. Bourne says abortion rights and gun control are issues Democrats are hoping to use to fuel their base. She says Republicans will be offering the alternative when they head to special session. 

Reimagine Illinois is a package of different bills that Republicans will propose during the Special Session. They address everything from corruption in the state to lower taxes.

Learn more at repbourne.com. Rep. Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club, HSHS Medical Group Again Collecting Supplies for Taylorville School District Students

Again this year, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club and HSHS Medical Group in Taylorville are partnering to collect supplies that will be given to the Taylorville School District, for use by students in classrooms.

 

Items needed include sanitation wipes, boxes of facial tissue, hand sanitizer, and paper towels.

 

These items can be dropped off at the HSHS Medical Group Taylorville office on Springfield Road, or given to any Kiwanis member.

 

Deadline for collecting these supplies is August 19th.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.   

Shelbyville DirtWorx Returns September 9-11

The Shelbyville DirtWorx Mountain Bike Festival is a month away. 

 

Ashley Florey with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says DirtWorks returns September 9-11.

Florey says it’s a great weekend to get away and camp, while enjoying some of the gorgeous trails Lake Shelbyville has to offer. 

After Friday night’s trail ride, Saturday features a day full of mountain bike riding. 

Sunday DirtWorx wraps up with free riding. 

Register for DirtWorx when you click here.

 

Florey appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Shelby County Community Services Divisions Merging To One Building

Though often very different in impact, mental health and substance abuse can go hand in hand. 

 

Substance Abuse Coordinator Natalie Inman with Shelby County Community Services says that her division and the mental health division are merging in the near future. 

Inman says the substance abuse division will move near the jail and courthouse.

Inman would love to make it so those who need help can find all the services they need in one place – mental health, substance abuse, both, or even more. 

The merger into one building will help others receive help in an easier fashion. Part of that is because employees are not stretched as thin. 

Learn more at sccsil.org. Inman appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce Ready For Fall

Shelbyville Greater Chamber of Commerce readying up for an eventful fall. 

 

President Ruth Woolery says she’s ready for the chamber golf outing September 6th.

Woolery says the chamber is already planning for October with the return of Scarecrow Daze.

If you can’t wait until October, Woolery says that there’s lots of smaller events happening.

You can always find out more information about all the events happening in Shelbyville when you visit the chamber’s Facebook. 

Woolery appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Taylorville Fire Respond To Saturday Morning Blaze

One person suffered minor injuries in a structure fire in Taylorville Saturday morning.  Taylorville Fire responded to a possible structure fire at 1 AM and found heavy fire from an attic coming from the rear of the house.  The Fire Department attacked the fire from the rear but was unable to get inside due to a roof collapse.  Tankers from Morrisonville/Palmer Fire and Owaneco helped provide water and manpower with Stonington fire providing coverage while other units continued to work. 

 

One resident suffered minor injuries while attempting to put out the fire.  The resident was treated on the scene and did not require transportation to the hospital. No other injuries were reported and the fire is still under investigation. The fire took about 2 ½ hours before the fire department was able to clear the scene. 

Litchfield Fire Department Respond To Building Collapse Saturday

A building collapse in Litchfield led to a busy Saturday for Emergency Response Teams. On Saturday at 11:48 AM, firefighters from Litchfield were dispatched to a call for a building explosion adjacent to Short Furniture on 319 North State Street.  As the Fire Department was headed to the scene, further information came in that the building had collapsed and a bridal shower was taking place in the building with over 20 individuals.

 

Upon arrival, a box alarm was struck for a Technical Rescue Team from Springfield.  All occupants were quickly accounted for with several only having minor injuries and a few requiring transport to St. Francis Hospital.  A portion of the roof and second floor collapsed in the building requiring gas and electric for the entire west side of State Street between Ryder Street and Kirkham Street to be temporarily shut off with water shut off as well.  Fencing was erected around the area to keep people away and the southbound lanes were closed off to traffic. 

 

Gillespie and Hillsboro EMS, Raymond Harvel FPD, EMA, Red Cross, Litchfield Police, Street, and Building Departments helped assist with the collapse.  A structural engineer will be on site Monday morning to evaluate the buildings. 

Central Commodity FS Sponsors Tot-Rod Pedal Tractor Pull at Christian County Fair

Saturday, July 23rd at the Christian County Fair, the Tot-Rod Pedal Pull Team joined Central Commodity FS for a pedal pull.  It was hot but 50 kids ranging from age 3-12 joined in on the fun!  


The winners in each class were:


Ages 3-4
1st place winner: Pete Eisenbarth
2nd place winner: Keagan Scoles
3rd place winner: Maddox Head


Ages 5-6
1st place winner: Coltyn Conrady
2nd place winner: Grayson Stolte
3rd place winner: Oakley Ryan


Ages 7-8
1st place winner: Violet Grieve
2nd place winner: Emery Hedden
3rd place winner: Anthony Grant


Ages 9-10
1st place winner: Brantley Conrady
2nd place winner: Lane Fleming
3rd place winner: Hannah May


Ages 11-12
1st place winner: Ryder Conrady
2nd place winner: Jackson May
3rd place winner: Austyn Davis

 

Kiwanis Park Pavilion New Concrete Floor Completed, Reservations Being Accepted for Use Starting August 14th

 

After several years of planning and fund raising, the Kiwanis Park Pavilion on Lake Taylorville has a new concrete floor.  The new floor was installed by local contractor Kevin Hamell and his crew last week, replacing the original concrete floor poured in 1995.

 

The Taylorville City Clerk’s office will again accept reservations to use the Kiwanis Park Pavilion for dates starting August 14th.

 

Half the cost of the $14,000 project is being paid for by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club Foundation.  The other half was raised locally during the club’s concrete project campaign earlier this year.

 

Kiwanis Park was founded in cooperation with the City of Taylorville, in 1995.  A pavilion was constructed by the club that year, then over the years, playground equipment, a firepit, restrooms, a smaller pavilion, and a concrete pad for another yet-to-be-built small pavilion, have all been added.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

TPD Warning of Scammers Posing As Ameren

Taylorville Police Department alerting the public of a potential scam. 

 

A citizen received a call from someone claiming to represent Ameren Illinois. TPD says based on the information the citizen provided, the department believes this is a scam call and not Ameren. 

 

TPD asks you to hang up if a call sounds suspicious, Google the number, and then call the correct number to verify you are speaking with the correct place and person. 

 

The department also says you should not give out any personal information when answering a call. They always recommend ignoring unknown numbers, especially if you are not expecting a call from a certain person or agency. 

 

If you receive a scam call you may contact the Taylorville Police Department. 

10-Day Sales Tax Holiday For School Supplies Starts Today

The state’s 10-day tax holiday for school supplies begins today. 

House Speaker Chris Welsh says that the holiday is timely as the macro economy continues to make finances harder for Illinois families. 

 

Welsh says that the tax holiday will give everyone in Illinois a break on school supply-related taxes through August 14th. 

Legislators especially had teachers in mind when they drafted this tax holiday because teachers often foot the bill for supplies for entire classrooms. Governor J.B. Pritzker says teachers are eligible for a tax credit on top of the tax holiday. 

The tax holiday will cover a large variety of items. 

The holiday only covers state sales tax and not local jurisdiction tax. The sales tax holiday for school supplies ends August 15th. 

LLCC, Memorial Health, Partner To Provide Apprenticeship Program

Lincoln Land Community College announces an apprenticeship partnership with Memorial Health.

 

Current or interested students can apply to the apprenticeship and, if accepted, will receive a job offer upon completion of the program. 

 

Director of Workbase Learning Brenda Elliott says that’s the goal, anyway. 

The Department of Labor has approved this apprenticeship. 

Prospective apprentices must either be enrolled or apply to Lincoln Land Community College to apply for the apprenticeship. 

Elliott says that LLCC is thankful for Memorial Health for their willingness to provide graduated apprentices jobs. 

Learn more about the internships at llcc.org

Preserving Sweet Corn

It’s sweetcorn season. 


University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Lisa Peterson says there are a few ways you can preserve that sweet corn to enjoy when the weather turns cold.


Peterson says freezing is popular to preserve corn on the cob or separated, but you have to do it right with a process called blanching. 


Make sure you seal the freezer-safe bag airtight when you freeze your sweet corn. 


Once blanched and frozen, that corn is good to eat months after harvest. You may also can sweet corn if you do it properly with pressure canning.


Learn more at extension.illinois.edu. Peterson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

LLCC and UIS Enhance Partnership

Students from Lincoln Land Community College will now have an easier transition to complete their bachelor’s degrees at University of Illinois Springfield. 

 

Officials of LLCC and UIS signed a transfer admission guarantee agreement on Wednesday that enhances their partnership to ensure the smooth transition for LLCC students to complete their bachelor’s degrees at UIS. The agreement also allows for reverse transfer credits for UIS students to complete associate degrees.

 

The agreement enhances advising and coordination of course selection and allows LLCC graduates transferring to UIS to be admitted as juniors and have the admission application fee waived.

 

Both LLCC and UIS provide students with in-person and online course options. LLCC students that are interested in transferring to UIS to complete a bachelor’s degree should talk with their student success coach.

Parolee Taken Into Custody On Meth Charges

A parolee with the Illinois Department of Corrections was taken into custody on Thursday on meth charges by Pana PD.

 

At 2am on Thursday, August 4th, Pana officers performed a traffic stop near IL Route 51 and 16 Junction, just west of 2500 East road. The vehicle had multiple passengers. During the stop, contact was made with 26 year old Dakoda L. Cantrell of Pana, who is a parolee with the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

 

Cantrell was taken into custody for Possession of Meth between 5-15 grams. He was later transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

 

The Christian County State Attorney’s Office has filed formal charges for Possession of Meth 5-15 grams, which is a Class 2 Felony with a $100,000 bond. 

 

Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Pana PD with the traffic stop. 

Christian County WIC Offers Lead Testing

If your home assembled before 1978, there’s a chance the builders painted it with lead paint. 

 

Women and Infant Children Family Case Management Coordinator Jane Griffith says WIC tests children’s blood levels for lead for free. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead can have seriously harmful impacts on a child’s nervous system. 

The state of Illinois is aware of multiple jurisdictions where people could be exposed to lead. There’s a handful of them in Central Illinois. Griffith says if you live in these jurisdictions, you should have your child tested for lead. 

WIC will provide free testing to any child whose mother is enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, or other supplemental programs. 

WIC operates inside the Christian County Health Department. Mothers who receive WIC will receive benefits for supplies for their infant children. 

 

Learn more at christiancountyhd.com/wic. 

 

Griffith appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Five Scholarships Awarded To CNA Students

Five Christian County nursing students are the inaugural recipients of the Katie McCarty CNA Scholarship created through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation.  Alexandra Harris of Morrisonville and Caitlin Edwards, Ryleigh Hurley, Kailynn Ray, and Olivia Burrell all of Taylorville, were each awarded scholarships to assist them as they earn their CNA certificate.  All are enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College and are in the CNA program there. 

 

The scholarship was established for Katie McCarty, who was killed in a car accident in 2008. McCarty’s mother, Pam Roseberry, established the Katie McCarty Nursing Excellence Fund for her daughter who was 19 when she passed away. 

 

Raedena Ryan, Executive Director of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation says that the scholarship has had an impact on aspiring health care workers and their patients providing another avenue for Katie’s legacy to shine through others.  The Katie McCarty CNA Scholarships will be available in the fall, spring, and summer of each year and will coincide with the CNA program at LLCC.  Award amounts range up to $1,000 based on financial need. 

 

For more information about educational grants and scholarships available through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation or to apply for a scholarship visit memorial.health/tmf or contact Raedena Ryan at 217-707-5271. 

2022 Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Chilli Pepper Pageant Entries Being Accepted

The 37th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is now accepting on-line entries for the 2022 Chilli Pepper pageants taking place Saturday, October First on the main stage on the south side of the square.

 

All 6 pageants are open to residents of Christian County.  Age groups include Little Chilli Bean zero to 2 years of age, Little Miss ages 3 to 6, Little Mister ages 3 to 8, Junior Miss ages 7 to eleven, Teen Miss ages 12 to 14, and Miss ages 15 to 19.

 

There’s a limit of 15 contestants per division and all entries must be submitted by September 2nd at 5pm.

 

All entries must be submitted on-line at link available at the event’s web site, chillifest.info, that’s “chillifest” with 2-L’s. The link is also available by clicking the “sign up” button on the Taylorville Chilli Pepper Pageants Facebook page.

 

For more information or to get questions answered, contact Pageant Director Brittany Moore.  Her contact information is also available at both on-line locations.

Sparklight Awarding $1,500 Donations To Teachers

Just before school returns, teachers often spend a lot of money to supply their classroom. 

 

Sparklight is awarding $1,500 each to 10 different K-12 teachers in its 21 state service area. 

 

Vice President of Communications Strategy Trish Niemann says that the total $15,000 will help teachers perform a vital role in educating the future leaders of communities. 

 

She concludes by saying that Sparklight wants to recognize outstanding educators in the areas Sparklight serves and help get their school year off to a great start. 

 

You may nominate a teacher you know when you share a photo and written entry outlining how the educator works to build connections and go above and beyond for their students. 

 

Entries will be accepted through August 26 at sparklight.com/contest. Sparklight will award you with a back-to-school prize pack if your nominee is selected to win the $1,500. Winners will be highlighted on social media. 

 

Sparklight is a boradband communication provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, which serves more than 1.1 million residential and business customers in 24 states. 

Taylorville Food Pantry and Central Illinois Food Bank Ready To Address Hunger

Central Illinois Food Bank and Taylorville Food Pantry are readying for the start of the new school year.

 

Public Relations Manager for the food bank Tim Kirsininkas says they’re up for the task to feed all children in central Illinois. 

Co-coordinator with the Taylorville Food Pantry Amy Hagen says they’ve had a busy summer. 

Central Illinois Food Bank’s new Partner Resource Coordinator Brock Denherder says that he can see the prevailing need for food in the region. 

Hagen says that Taylorville Community Credit Union wrapped up its “Freedom Tree Food Drive” at the end of July. She called it a success that will help the pantry serve families of school-aged children. 

Hagen, Denherder, and Kirsininkas appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show. 

Blue Mound Fall Festival Aug. 4-6

The Blue Mound Fall Festival is August 4-6. 

 

Co-Chairman of the festival Tom Ritter says that the festival is a family-friendly homecoming. 

Thursday kicks off at 6 p.m. with the pageants, live music, and opening ceremonies. 

Parade lineup begins Saturday morning at 10.

Make sure you don’t miss the bingo taking place every evening. 

Learn more on the Blue Mound Fall Festival Facebook

Ritter appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Central Commodity Gives Donation To 4H

Central Commodity FS has given a donation to Christian County 4-H.  The donation was received at the Ag Appreciation Luncheon that was held on July 21st. 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator, Alexis McDowell thanked Central Commodity saying that the community support will help the 4-H program continue to grow and offer more programs to youth within the community.  She also expressed her support for supporters like Central Commodity FS. 4-H is one of the largest out-of-school youth programs in the country and is a great way to make connections, build leadership skills, and explore interests.

 

If anyone is interested in joining 4-H, they can contact Alexis McDowell at amcdo6@illinois.edu or call the Christian County Extension office at 287-7246. The U of I Extension leads public outreach for the U of I by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. 

Tree Stand Policy's For Lake Shelbyville Set

The Tree Stand Policy for 2022 for Lake Shelbyville will remain the same as it was last season.  The policy allows hunters to leave one stand up for the season and utilize two roving stands that can be left up during archery season for a period not to exceed a break in use greater than the length of a 3-day weekend or 72 hours. Seasonal tree stands may be placed 2 weeks prior to archery season and must be removed within 2 weeks of archery season-ending.  The season runs from October 1st, 2022 through January 15th, 2023. 

 

Seasonal tree stand permits will be available for purchase from the US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center located at 1989 State Highway 16 in Shelbyville.  You can also buy them at Chip’s Marine located south of Sullivan, but that is cash only. Hunters wishing to purchase a seasonal tree stand permit may do so.  It costs $30 and hunters must present a valid hunting license before a permit will be issued. 

 

Seasonal and Roving tree stand permits may be obtained from the Lake Shelbyville Project Office Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 4:30 PM.  Roving tree stand permits are free of charge and may be obtained in Sullivan, Illinois at Ace Hardware, Chip’s Marine, Bo Woods Fee Booth, or Phillip’s 66 Gas Station five miles south of Sullivan on Highway 32.  Hunters can also pick up Roving tree stand permits in Shelbyville at Ace Hardware, Lithia Springs Fee Booth, Lithia Resort, and Craig’s Sporting Goods. 
 

WRAN, Taylorville Kiwanis Raise $1350 for Local Kiwanis Projects for Children, Youth During Annual WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon

 

WRAN groovy 97.3 and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, on Tuesday held its annual Radiothon to raise money for local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.

 

Kiwanis member Martin Vota chaired the Radiothon Committee, securing $2700 in sponsorships from local businesses for the club to purchase the day of broadcasting.

 

Kiwanis members then delivered live commercials for those sponsors, in the 7-hour broadcast.  Kiwanis member and Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller emceed the day-long event.

 

During the Radiothon, Miller presented Kiwanis president Brad Davis with a check from WRAN for half of the total sponsorship sales, back to the Kiwanis Club for local Kiwanis projects, which include Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school and YMCA scholarships.  

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Honors "Community Heroes of the Month", Receives Kiwanis District Awards at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Kiwanis "Community Heroes of the Month", and received some district Kiwanis awards, all during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Amy Hagen and Pam Moses, co-Executive Directors of the Taylorville Food Pantry, were given the Kiwanis "Community Heroes of the Month" award for their leadership the last several years, especially thru the pandemic.

 

Hagen told the club volunteers make the Food Pantry work.

 

 

Moses shared with the club she helps process the thousands of pounds of food the Food Pantry receives each month.

 

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club was also awarded a couple of districtd awards at Tuesday's meeting.  Past Kiwanis District Governor Charles Smith presented the Taylorville club the Distinguished Club Award for the 2020-21 Kiwanis year.

 

 

 

 

Smith presented former Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor and Taylorville Kiwanis member Martin Vota an award for his service in that post in the 2020-21 Kiwanis year.

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

New Power Plant Coming To Pawnee

A new natural gas-fueled power plant in Pawnee has been approved by the Illinois EPA.  State Senator Doris Turner says that this will bring in $1.5 billion in economic development along with 700 jobs. EmberClear is developing the Lincoln Land Energy Center, which is a natural-gas fueled power plant about ½ mile south of the Village of Pawnee on 160 acres of land.  The project location is next to the new Austin substation and minimizes aerial transmission and viewshed concerns.  The Illinois EPA has backed the project saying that it will comply with all regulations.  State Senator Turner says she’s proud to support the project.

 

 

The plant is expected to land 35 permanent jobs coming upon completion with a total cost of $1 billion.

 

The plant will be exclusively built and operated by union labor. 
 

96.5 THE CHILL Debuted Monday Morning

Christian County’s all-new radio station debuted on the airwaves Monday. 

 

Station president Randal J. Miller introduced 96.5 THE CHILL at 8 in the morning. 

Miller says that this format is also accessible at taylorvilledailynews.com. 

In case you’re wondering, Miller played Frank Sinatra as the station’s first “official” song. 

Winners of 50-dollar gas cards given away in Music Trivia contests thru-out the day included Penny Wiliams of Palmer; Kenny Hayes and Rose Wolff of Oconee; Joyce Wilcox and Julie Barber of Pana; Rick Reichart and Bob Parks of Shelbyville; Debbie Wiseman, Stephanie Holthaus, and Paul Held, all from Taylorville.

 

Listen online at 965thechill.com and set a button on your FM dial for 96.5 for Central Illinois’ largest soft hits library.

Dairy Council: Flavored Milks Have The Same Nutrients As Regular Milk

With the turn of the calendar to August, everyone’s attention shifts to the start of school. 

 

Registered dietitian Kelsey Bentlage says making sure your child is well-fed can make a big difference in their performance. 

Over the past year, many schools have pondered the health risks of flavored milks.

Bentlage says that milk nutrients don’t change with different flavors. 

Chocolate and strawberry milk both have the same nutrients as regular milk.

She concludes that parents should not worry too much about the sugar content in chocolate milk, because regular milk already includes a type of sugar. 

Learn more at stldairycouncil.org. Bentlage appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

National Night Out This Evening

The Taylorville Police Department, Fire Department, and other Christian County Agencies will be holding a National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd, at the Christian County Fairgrounds.  The event will take place from 5 to 8.  

 

There will be plenty of events available that evening including an obstacle course & other inflatables, a DJ performance, free food & drinks, a dunk tank, a potato sack race, a chance to look inside Taylorville Fire Trucks, ambulances & squad cars, raffles, and face painting.  Raffles will benefit the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

 

Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Assumption, Stonington, Kincaid, Edinburg, and Morrisonville PD will also help with the festivities. For more information, contact the Taylorville Police Department at 824-2211. 
 

Illinois Farm Credit In Taylorville Holds Ribbon Cutting

Farm Credit Illinois is in a new building.  Farm Credit opened its new building at 1155 E 1500 North Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning. The ceremony saw plenty of festivities with food and drink, giveaways, and much more.  Aaron Johnson, CEO, and President of Farm Credit Illinois says they are excited to be in the new building.

 

 

Johnson says having the space and amenities in the new building makes things easier to service clients.

 

 

For more information on Farm Credit Illinois, visit https://www.farmcreditil.com/.

 

Taylorville City Council Meets

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss business, ordinance, and review committee reports. The board and Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann recognized Lyndsay Fox who helped perform CPR on June 14th to her neighbor.

 

The board also oversaw the oath of office given to new Taylorville Police Officer Corey Reynolds who joins the TPD from Pawnee Police Department. The board approved a couple of BDD agreements and a solar power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Evolution. 

The board discussed a motion to allow outdoor digital lighted two-sided advertising billboards or signs by WC Media. After a lengthy discussion, the board approved sending a motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare the ordinance. A motion was also approved for a grant application for ITEP and a special events permit for the 2022 Taylorville High School Homecoming Parade. 

 

The board also had a lengthy discussion on the status of completion of requirements concerning West School Investments which resulted in it getting sent back to the planning and zoning committee.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry gave his updates including an update on the Taylorville Kroger.

 

 

Under committee reports, pavement requirements as recommended by the City Engineer were approved, a contribution of $10,000 was approved for the Veteran’s Memorial Park, and a motion to recommend the approval of an appraisal for the parking lot at 114 East Main Cross was approved as well. The board then went into a closed session to discuss a potential settlement proposal concerning former Human Resource Manager Andrea Conrath.

Computer Techniques Moves Into Former MAI Building on North Cheney as Fiber Services Expand

 

Computer Techniques, also known as C-T-I, recently moved into new digs on North Cheney Street in Taylorville.  The former Marketing Alternatives International building had sat vacant for many years before C-T-I acquired it late last fall.  C-T-I C-E-O Bobbie Dean tells Regional Radio News they quadrupled their space for the growing company.

 

 

 

Dean says C-T-I has finished fiber in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Edinburg, Nokomis, Irving and Witt.  Construction is ongoing in Rochester, Pana, Stonington, Litchfield and Gillespie.

 

Dean explained Greenville and Bond County reached out to them wanting fiber.

 

 

 

Dean has added a number of people on the C-T-I management team.

 

 

With C-T-I, Dean says they're known for their customer service, and as they grow, that's still their focus.

 

 

Find out more on their expansion plans here.

96-5 The Chill.com Debuting Today

96-5 The Chill-dot-com is hitting the airwaves today with an FM signal covering Christian County and surrounding area, as well as being streamed on the Internet to a 50-mile radius.

 

It’s the 6th signal coming from the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, and features Central Illinois’ largest music library of some 35-hundred soft hits from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, 24 hours a day.  Featured artists include Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.., Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, The Beatles, The Supremes, Michael Buble’ and Michael Bolton, among many others.

 

Weekend programming will include “Sounds of Sinatra” with Sid Mark Saturday mornings from 10am til noon, and ‘The Neon Beat” with Jon Christopher Sundays from 8am to 1pm.

 

The public is invited to give the new 96-5 The Chill-dot-com a try in their radio listening in the car or at home.

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