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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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