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Plane Headed From Taylorville To Gallatin Crashes In Evansville, Indiana

 

A plane that left Taylorville headed for Gallatin Tennessee crashed in Evansville Indiana on Sunday.  According to the 9-1-1 call there were two adults and two children injured in the crash.

 

 

The Federal Aviation Administration along with state and local officials are investigating the crash.

Early Voting Expands In Campaign's Final Stretch

Early voting hours and locations greatly expanded across the state this week as the campaign season entered its final two-week stretch. Polling places opened across the city of Chicago as well. Information on early voting for each local election authority can be found on the Illinois State Board of Elections website here, or by visiting elections.il.gov.

 

According to the state elections board, 265,937 of the 795,085 requested mail ballots had been returned as of Monday, while 66,934 early votes had been cast and 1,009 grace period votes cast.  The candidates for governor, meanwhile, continued their final pushes to get out the voters that have not yet cast a ballot.

 

For Gov. JB Pritzker, the recent public appearances included a stop Tuesday in Rock Island County, where he appeared with Democratic 17th Congressional District candidate Eric Sorensen to support that candidate over his GOP rival, Esther Joy King. Sorensen and Pritzker emphasized their support for abortion rights.

 

On Monday, Oct. 24, the governor rallied with teacher unions in Peoria, then in Urbana, speaking to some of the Democratic Party’s most important backers. That was the governor’s latest labor union stop, following a Sunday appearance before the International Union of Electric Engineers Local 150 in suburban Countryside.

 

He contended Bailey is too extreme for Illinois, a message Pritzker has emphasized throughout the campaign. He has remained on the attack against his conservative rival even as recent polls have shown the incumbent with a double-digit lead. As of Oct. 26, the political handicapping website FiveThirtyEight, which aggregates data from multiple polls, estimated Pritzker’s average lead at 13.5 percentage points, 51.6 percent to 38.1 percent. It had the Libertarian candidate, Scott Schluter, at about 4.8 percent.


Bailey’s campaign released its own sponsored poll, which was logged by FiveThirtyEight, that showed him trailing Pritzker by about two percentage points – a drastic outlier from multiple nonpartisan polls. In his daily Facebook video Tuesday, Bailey contended he was in the lead. The Republican spent Monday morning greeting voters at the Belmont train station in Chicago while his Twitter account spent the early part of the week retweeting stories about shootings in the city that he has repeatedly described as a “hellhole.”

 

He spent the previous week on a “get out the vote” bus tour, stopping in 16 cities and towns across the state, including Anna, Belleville, Springfield, Champaign, Arthur, Joliet, Aurora and Naperville.

 

At the Springfield stop last week, Bailey once again mentioned a “zero based budget” as his plan for balancing state finances, although he has persistently refused to name any state spending cuts he would look to implement if elected. He has said that will be determined by the agency heads he hires to replace the current agency directors he plans to fire. He has said he will plan to name the replacement candidates after the election.

 

Pritzker, meanwhile, touted his first-term legislative wins to the union members in Urbana, highlighting the increased minimum wage to $15 hourly by 2025, protections for women seeking abortions in Illinois, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act that increases investment in renewable energy, and the requirement that LGBTQ and Asian American history be taught in Illinois schools.

Christian County Judge Seeking Retention

Christian County Resident Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley thought long and hard about retiring and eventually changed his mind announcing that he will be seeking retention for a six-year term to the seat that he has occupied since 2016.  The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Paisley in June of 2016 to succeed Judge Ron Spears in November.  He says, he has more to do. 

 

 

Judge Paisley says the homeless situation is a big problem since the mental health clinic went away. He has been doing training and education to figure out ways to implement systems to help those who need help. Judge Paisley says there was no playbook for COVID and they did the best they could to navigate through the pandemic. 

 

 

Another big help has been electronic access to records-to allow people to be able to access records wherever they are. Judge Paisley says he is always trying to improve the court system.  Judge Paisley says he is proud of the safe passage system and how that program has grown since he took over. He says he is looking forward to this next term because he loves helping mentor other judges.

 

 

He is concerned about the Safe-T Act that is coming but says it’s too early to know exactly what that will all entail.  The Taylorville native graduated from Taylorville High School in 1987 and got a psychology degree in 1991 before graduating from the St. Louis University College of Law in 1994. He lives in Taylorville with his wife Karin and they are the parents of three children; Andrew, Jack, and Isabella. 

 

 

Work Continues at Taylorville Kroger

Kroger requires more time to complete its approved Asbestos Abatement and Remedial Action Design Plan to re-open the Taylorville location. 

 

Office of Attorney General Kwame Raoul says the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a modified Seal Order. 

 

This modified seal order authorizes Kroger personnel to continue to work in the store to complete remediation tasks through November 22nd, 2022. 

 

Towards the end of September, the Attorney General’s office announced an approved plan for work to re-open the Taylorville Kroger. 

 

The store closed July 29th when the state Environmental Protection Agency received a report of asbestos outside of the containment area while an abatement company Kroger hired worked at the store. 

Dozens of Area Halloween and Trunk or Treats This Weekend

It’s Halloween weekend, but many of the area townships will hold their official trick or treating sessions Sunday or Monday night. 

 

There are still many Halloween options Saturday, too. 

 

City of Taylorville and downtowntaylorville.org hosting a Halloween Promenade and parade starting 5:30 Saturday on the Taylorville Square. While the Taylorville Police Department and Taylorville Fire Department host their Spooktacular Monster Bash from 4 to 6 p.m. Satuday at the Fire House. 

 

Also in Taylorville, the Faith Bible Community Worship Center hosting a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29th at 2493 S. Spresser Street.

 

Pana hosts the 2nd Annual Halloween at the Train Tower off the corner of Oak and Main Streets. It’s from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday night. 

 

Trick or treating starts 5 p.m. Sunday for most townships and villages. Taylorville, Palmer, Morrisonville, Edinburg, and Pana will allow trick or treating for ages under 13 until 8 p.m. both Sunday and Monday evening. 

 

Other trunk or treats include: The First United Methodist Church from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 30th in the parking lot, Stonington American Legion from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Taylorville Moose Lodge from 4 to 6 p.m., Crossroads Apostolic Ministries Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. Sunday, Pana United in Faith Church Trunk or Treat starts at 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday evening, you know, the actual Halloween, Taylorville Skilled Nursing & Rehab hosting a Trick or Treat from 5 to 6:30. At 4:30, Carriage Crossing of Taylorville, another Trunk or Treat. You also have an opprotunity to Trick or Treat with the Taylorville FFA from 5 to 6:30. More information for that event on the Taylorville FFA Facebook. 

 

A few more trunk or treats to pay attention to: The Calvary Baptist Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Taylorville Care Center Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Last but not least, Morrisonville High School hosting a Trunk or Treat, but they have not listed a time. 

Taylorville Trick-or-Treat Sunday and Monday; Local Agencies Urge Safety

With Halloween right around the corner, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is talking safety. There are plenty of ways parents can get comfortable with basic safety tips that can make sure their kids stay safe on their way to getting treats.  One of the biggest concerns with Halloween is traffic safety.  

 

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says to slow down considerably during trick-or-treating hours. Taylorville’s Official Trick-or-Treat starts 5 p.m and runs until 9 p.m. Sunday, October 30th and Monday, October 31st. 

To help kids stay safe during trick-or treating, here are some tips for parents from the National Safety Council. The NSC recommends fastening reflective tape to children’s costumes and bags or give them glow sticks or a flashlight to carry, accompany young children on their trick or treating rounds in the neighborhood. If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable and agree on a time to have your child return home. Children should travel in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends. 

 

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital encourages parents to teach their children to never enter a stranger’s home or car and children and adults should put their electronic devices down, keep heads up, and walk across the street only at corners or crosswalks.  

 

Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann says that you should tell kids to only trick-or-treat at houses that are obviously welcoming trick-or-treaters. 

Tell your children not to eat any candy until they return home so they can check the candy to make sure it is wrapped as well as to help avoid food allergies. Here’s Chief Wheeler again.

For more information on a safe and happy Halloween, visit https://www.nsc.org/halloween  and also make sure you visit hshsgoodshepherd.org.  

Rolling Admission Continues For LLCC Taylorville's Spring and 8-Week Courses

There’s almost no difference between registering to Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville in the Spring compared to the Fall semester. 

 

That’s according to LLCC Taylorville Director Dee Krueger. 

There are a select few courses you don’t see very often that LLCC will offer this semester. 

Around half of all LLCC Taylorville students are preparing to enter a medical field upon graduation. There are other great certificates, not just college courses, that LLCC offers. 

Krueger says classes for Spring Semester begin in January. Registration occurs on an ongoing basis. She asks that you don’t let money get in the way of your education or certification, as you can apply for plenty of financial aid. 

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

Student-Loan Forgiveness The Latest Scam Effort

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul alerting consumers of student loan forgiveness scams. 

 

Raoul says scammers are contacting people by phone or email promising instant relief of loan forgiveness. 

 

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers says that’s among some of the things he sees all the time. 

Unfortunately, scammers are really good at what they do. This means manipulating your emotions with hopes to make you act irrationally. Meyers asks you to pay attention and do your best to identify a scam before they take your money. 

Meyers says that an effective scam has some unique traits. 

Meyers says that you should hang up right away if you detect a scam. 

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

Family Seeks Justice In Three-Year-Old's Death

A three-year-old is dead and a family is in mourning and speaking out. Kiel and Hailee Quigley were foster parents for Kiel’s sister who was going through some issues and couldn’t take care of her son Hunter Lee Drew.  Kiel says that after taking Hunter in, they noticed delay issues but that didn’t stop them as they were able to get him into daycare, therapy, and to start getting Hunter on the right path moving forward.  

 

According to Kiel, eventually, DCFS was able to track down Hunter’s biological father and he took a DNA test showing that he was indeed the father.  The Quigley’s had their doubts over whether or not Hunter’s father and his friend Ashley Bottoms were able to take care of him or not. Regardless, DCFS began working on the process of visitations, and soon Hunter was reunited with his father’s family.

 

 

Ashley Bottoms, Hunter’s stepmother was taken into custody in connection with the death of Hunter. Kiel Quigley says DCFS should have known better.

 

 

Hailee Quigley says that a GoFundMe has been set up for Hunter for his funeral expenses.  Hunter’s funeral is set for Monday, October 31st with visitation from 4-7 at the Davis Anderson Funeral Home in Girard. A Celebration of Life is set for Tuesday, November 1st at 10 AM. 

 

 

The Quigley’s demand justice for Hunter. 

 

 

DCFS released a statement on the situation saying, “The Department of Children and Family Services is deeply committed to protecting vulnerable children and strengthening families, and the loss of any child is tragic. A court ordered that the child be reunified with his father in August, after a service plan and home safety checklist was completed. A case worker visited the home six times in September and October to ensure the child was in a safe environment.”

 

To see the GoFundMe click here

Good Crowd Attends People's Bank and Trust Customer Appreciation Day at Taylorville Location

A good crowd attended Thursday afternoon's Customer Appreciation Day at People's Bank and Trust in Taylorville.

 

Taylorville branch manager Sarah Van Huss told Regional Radio News each location does its own event each year.

 

 

Van Huss says P-B-T's focus is on service to the community.

 

 

Van Huss says she's brought back former employees to help mentor new ones.

 

 

 

Van Huss has been a part of the People's Bank and Trust family the past 9 years, saying she has the most fun networking in the community.

 

 

P-B-T's Taylorville location is at 1221 West Springfield Road.

Hope House Sees Business After Hours

A new house in Taylorville is being built to help parents who have lost a child. The Hope House construction is continuing for the 1,600 square foot log cabin-style private retreat which sits on seven acres in rural Taylorville.  This place will help Parents and Families who are experiencing loss to find encouragement, support, and peace. Monica Wamsley, one of the mothers involved with the building, says that it is about giving back to people who are grieving the loss of a child.

 

 

The Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held a pop-up business after hours at the Hope House on Thursday and Wamsley says she was happy that they were there to bring awareness to the Hope House. She says she is happy to have support from the community and others.

 

 

Wamsley says she hopes to have the building complete in 2023. To find out more information on the Hope House, visit www.hopehouseofcentralillinois.org. 

 

 

 

 

Pana SOM Announced For October 2022

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR along with People's Bank and Trust are recognizing the Pana Students of the Month for October. The October Pana Students of the Month are Freshman, Dane Epley, Sophomore Noah Gorenz, Junior Abigail Cline, and Senior Delaney Epley. 

 

L-R: PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER  MATHIS; FRESHMAN DANE EPLEY; SOPHOMORE NOAH GORENZ; JUNIOR ABIGAIL CLINE; SENIOR DELANEY EPLEY; PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST REPRESENTATIVE KYNDALL JONES 

THS Students Of The Month Announced For October 2022

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for October. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for October are Senior, Caden Murphy, Junior, Kyndall Hoy, Sophomore, Kylie Callaway, and Freshman, Robyn Odugbesan. Congratulations!!!

 

L-R: People’s Bank and Trust  Representative Sarah VanHuss; Senior Caden Murphy; Junior Kyndall Hoy; Sophomore Kylie Callaway; Freshman Robyn Odugbesan; People’s Bank and Trust Representative Nicole Maloley 

Taylorville Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Aggravated Battery

A Taylorville man was sentenced to 24 months in the Illinois Department of Correction on October 26th.  39-year-old Gary Foreman, was sentenced at a contested sentencing hearing after entering a guilty plea to the charge of Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony.  Foreman was sentenced by Judge Jeff Delong for charges stemming from an incident on July 17th, 2021 outside of the Cork and Keg in Taylorville.  Foreman struck an individual several times in the head and face which caused several cuts to the face and 3 fractures to bones in the face.  

 

States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl requested a harsher sentence to IDOC while the defendant requested probation.  The class 3 felony was probation eligible with an IDOC sentencing range of 2-5 years.  This is Foreman’s first felony conviction and first sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

WTIM's Avery Cooper Wins Best Small Market Radio Sports Play by Play Award from Illinois Broadcasters Association

The Illinois Broadcasters Association announced at their annual convention in Normal this week, that one of WTIM Taylorville's sports play by play announcers, Avery Cooper, won the award for Best Play by Play Announcer in small market radio in the state.

 

Cooper submitted play by play from a December 2021 Taylorville girl's basketball play by play broadcast heard on WTIM, that won him the top spot.

 

Cooper has been a staff announcer with the Miller Media Group since August 2021, hosting WTIM local programming from 6am to noon, producing news stories, covering meetings and high school sports.  

 

This is the 3rd time in 4 years that WTIM has received some type of statewide award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

 

WTIM won 2 awards for its local news coverage in 2019 including the Best Community Service Award in small market radio statewide.  WTIM received an award in 2021 for Best Local News Coverage in small market radio, and this one for best small market radio sports play by play in Illinois.

Taylorville Announces New Text/Phone Emergency System For Alerts

With technology helping connect people from all over the world quicker and easier, one way that tech can connect everyone is through emergency systems and public safety.  The City of Taylorville has announced that they have selected Hyper-Reach to help bring life-saving capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a system that is a mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety. The service is expected to be fully operational by the end of November 2022. 

 

The new system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations through telephone, text, and email and even TTY/TDD services for the hearing impaired.  The system sends thousands of messages to geographically targeted households within seconds and can broadcast mass messages to most mobile phones.  Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann says that through this system, the city of Taylorville can protect its citizens effectively and cost-effectively.  

 

The city of Taylorville plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity, and missing persons. Landline phones are automatically enrolled for community alerts, but weather alerts to landline phones and community and weather alerts to VoIP phones, mobile phones, and email addresses are only included when people enroll.  Residents and people who work in the city of Taylorville are encouraged to enroll now by calling or texting ALERT to 217-441-9098 or visiting http://hyper-reach.com/iltaylorvillesignup.html. 

 

Residents can also get emergency alerts via Alexa-enabled smart speakers by simply saying, “Alexa, enable Hyper-Reach” and following the voice instructions.  You can also download the Hyper-Reach app on your smartphone for free.  This allows you to monitor and manage which alerts you want, whether for your home or office or to check on relatives and friends.

 

Sam Asher, President of Hyper-Reach says that he is honored to have Hyper-Reach selected by Taylorville and they are looking forward to seeing the effort to save lives and protect property. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp Touts Over Four Decades of Experience Into Nov. Election

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is running for re-election as a Republican with over 40 years of law enforcement experience. 

Kettelkamp has experience in most branches of law enforcement. Not just the Illinois State Police, or even the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. He says that he has security detail and drug enforcement experience, and a whole lot more. 

Kettelkamp says he has focused on eliminating drugs from communities, including Christian County, for most of his career. 

He adds that he has spent most of his career in a Sheriff’s role or something similar. 

Early voting is open now. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Natural Gas Safety Tips From Ameren

With the temperatures dropping, people may be turning on heaters and using natural gas and appliances that haven’t been used all summer long.  With that, Ameren Illinois is asking that customers be aware of natural gas leaks; what they smell like, and what to do if there is one. 

 

Jake Dukett, Supervisor of gas public awareness for Ameren, says that natural gas has a rotten egg odor.  It gets added in so you know if there is an issue. If there is an issue evacuate the premises immediately without flipping any light switches, using electronics, closing the door, or taking any other action that may cause a spark.

 

 

Another way Dukett says that you can check is by the color of the flames.

 

 

Dukett says if there is a leak, they immediately respond to deal with the situation.

 

 

He offers some tips on how to keep you and your family safe.

 

 

Always call 8-1-1 (J.U.L.I.E) before conducting any projects that require digging. This will help prevent underground facility damage and potentially dangerous situations.  If you smell a leak call 800.755.5000

Taylorville Kiwanis Host Mayor, Hears Updates on City Projects

-The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Mayor of Taylorville at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry gave Kiwanis members an overview of the many things going on that he and the City are involved in.  Barry told the club the City just finished the East Main Cross Street project with a one-point-5 million dollar grant from the state’s “Rebuild Illinois” program.  He added the City was recently notified it will get a 3-million dollar grant to revitalize the downtown area, and another 3-million from another state grant has been applied for to repave the 9 block area surrounding downtown.

 

Mayor Barry told the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, the City will be redoing the taxiway at the Municipal Airport and hopefully redo the runway with Federal Aviation money.  Barry added that solar power will be added at the water treatment plant, with potential energy savings of one-point-3 million dollars over the 25-year lifetime of solar panels.  A solar project is also being discussed for the Taylorville Fire Department building.

 

And, Barry said the city’s water department has begun preliminary work to redo the water line on Springfield Road, with the street and sewer department completing recent repairs to the sewer line to the Taylorville Prison.

 

Mayor Barry highlighted several other projects the City is involved in, including working with the Christian County Economic Development Corporation and Taylorville Development Association in marketing the new Industrial Park.

 

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.   

PJHS Announces Honor Roll Students

Pana Junior HIgh School has announced their honor roll students for the first quarter.  Congratulations!

Honor Roll    Grade Level    Student Name
Exceptional Honor    8    Bauer, Lillian G.
Exceptional Honor    8    Durbin, Cayden M.
Exceptional Honor    8    Hunter, Jamie L.
Exceptional Honor    8    Jostes, Lillian E.
Exceptional Honor    8    Mizeur, Tyson W.
Exceptional Honor    8    Moss, Aaron R.
Exceptional Honor    8    Smith, Laynee J.
Exceptional Honor    8    Weber, Laney E.
        
Honor    8    Altman, Jenna R.
Honor    8    Bennett, Bella J.
Honor    8    Blodgett, Haven M.
Honor    8    Casner, Addison A.
Honor    8    Cole, Kooper L.
Honor    8    Cothern, Harrison K.
Honor    8    Davis, Madison M.
Honor    8    Foster, Ryan T.
Honor    8    Gibson, Shaylea A.
Honor    8    Hadowsky, Joslyn K.
Honor    8    Harris, McKinze N.
Honor    8    Lenz, Brieanna R.
Honor    8    Lowe, Ambriel J.
Honor    8    Morgan, Bailey J.
Honor    8    Perry, MacKinsey G.
Honor    8    Reynolds, Mia S.
Honor    8    Rhoades, McKylee L.
Honor    8    Seaton, Cartyr L.
Honor    8    Solomon, Madison M.
        
Honor Roll    Grade Level    Student Name    
Exceptional Honor    7    Anderson, Adelyn H.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Banning, MacKenzie R.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Casner, Addasyn E.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Cox, Kenley M.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Jostes, Ethan C.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Knapp, Alexis J.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Lash, Benjamin J.    
Exceptional Honor    7    McKinney, Brooke M.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Patton, Olivia J.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Perry, Adrianne S.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Pieper, Alyssa M.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Pierce, Brigitte L.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Rochkes, Kadence S.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Strohl, Olivia A.    
Exceptional Honor    7    Witt, Lowell P.    
            
Honor    7    Ademi, Sofia *.    
Honor    7    Allsop, Nathan A.    
Honor    7    Aragon, Amelia N.    
Honor    7    Beck, Brooklyn L.    
Honor    7    Campbell, Newt I.    
Honor    7    Coleman, Addilyn E.    
Honor    7    Cox, Tyson C.    
Honor    7    Davis, Jeffery L.    
Honor    7    Dilley, Devin W.    
Honor    7    Fitzpatrick, Luke F.    
Honor    7    Henderson, Leighton B.    
Honor    7    Hicks, Brayden K.    
Honor    7    Hicks, Skylar M.    
Honor    7    Hubbartt Jr, Dallas A.    
Honor    7    Hudelson, Megan N.    
Honor    7    Jones, Dace F.    
Honor    7    Kile, Jack A.    
Honor    7    Kroski, Dagen K.    
Honor    7    Lawrence, Marley M.    
Honor    7    Lehn, Parker X.    
Honor    7    Logan, Gabryel A.    
Honor    7    McFarland, Hailie Paula J.    
Honor    7    McKenna, Jax C.    
Honor    7    Meadows, Micah D.    
Honor    7    Nihiser, Maddison L.    
Honor    7    Pickler, Jacob A.    
Honor    7    Presnell, Nancy M.    
Honor    7    Riley, Autumn R.    
Honor    7    Russell, Kezdyn D.    
Honor    7    Smith, Amber L.    
Honor    7    Spracklen, Ryker E.    
Honor    7    Voyles, Kaiden M.    
Honor    7    Waters, Jaycie M.    

 

Honor Roll    Grade Level    Student Name
Exceptional Honor    6    Armstrong, Gemma K.
Exceptional Honor    6    Bauer, Adelaide E.
Exceptional Honor    6    Bauman, Greyson C.
Exceptional Honor    6    Cooper, Camo R.
Exceptional Honor    6    Durham, Parker R.
Exceptional Honor    6    Ewing, Emmett R.
Exceptional Honor    6    Martell, Milo J.
Exceptional Honor    6    Morrison, Joliana K.
        
Honor    6    Ashcraft, Payson L.
Honor    6    Bailey, Maks E.
Honor    6    Blodgett, Andrew L.
Honor    6    Collins, Samantha L.
Honor    6    Compton, Kaylin E.
Honor    6    Cox, Braxton C.
Honor    6    Cushing, Zya G.
Honor    6    Gibson, Brooklyn N.
Honor    6    Ginger, Axle R.
Honor    6    Hartline, Alexander G.
Honor    6    Hawker, Zander R.
Honor    6    Heldebrandt, Claire J.
Honor    6    Jerrell, Marley J.
Honor    6    Koontz, Peyton N.
Honor    6    Lebon, Caysin J.
Honor    6    Mendez, Andres E.
Honor    6    Myers, Carissa G.
Honor    6    Pope, Bentlee R.
Honor    6    Prather, Jayce E.
Honor    6    Rankin, Ruger S.
Honor    6    Reynolds, Morgan B.
Honor    6    Rogers, Leigha G.
Honor    6    Schaben, Noah J.
Honor    6    Scoles, Jeffery A.
Honor    6    Strohl, Aubrey F.
Honor    6    Swafford, Savannah L.
Honor    6    Tipsword, Brynlee R.
Honor    6    Wade, Adeline L.
Honor    6    Wilhour, Briley A.
Honor    6    Wright, Malcolm T.

State Senator Doris Turner Praises First Responders

State Senator Doris Turner is encouraging residents to show their appreciation to emergency personnel on First Responders Day, which is on Friday, October 28th. Senator Turner says that this is a great way to come together and recognize the men and women who are first on the scene.

 

 

Senator Turner says the day specifically thanks 9-1-1 operators as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety.  She reminds residents to extend gratitude to first responders and their families who may have lost someone in the line of duty.

 

Senator Turner asks everyone to make sure they thank a first responder for their hard work keeping central Illinois safe. 

Taylorville High School Band Members Perform With Millikin University Honor Band

The Taylorville High School Band had four members selected to represent THS at the 2022 Millikin University Honor Band. Erica Edwards, flute, Carson Hefner, trombone, Kai Albright, baritone saxophone, and Justin Champley, tenor saxophone were selected among 113 students from 27 area high schools. All of these students came together on Monday, October 24 and rehearsed under guest conductor Ben Horne and put on an outstanding concert performance that evening n Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert also includes guest soloist Ryan Christianson, trombone; formerly of the Dallas Brass and new professor of trombone at Millikan University.

Successful 4H Pumpkin Painting Event For Youth

On Monday, October 17, 2022, the Christian County 4-H Youth Leadership Team hosted a Pumpkin Painting event for youth within Christian County. Participants brought their own pumpkins and painted a design during the event. The Christian County 4-H Youth Leadership Team meets throughout the 4-H year to plan workshops, and community service activities, and help with the Achievement celebration. If you are interested in joining 4-H or learning more about upcoming events, please contact the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246 or email Alexis at amcdo6@illinois.edu. 

 

The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact 217-287-7246. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting participant needs. Illinois Extension leads public outreach for the University of Illinois 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.

Awaiting Bids, THS Fine Arts and Sports Complex Aims to Impact Everyone

Taylorville High School Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex project aims to benefit everyone in the Taylorville community. 

 

That’s according to theater director Kathy Fergin. 

Physical Education teacher and Head Coach of Taylorville High School basketball Ryan Brown says this project will do wonders for all athletic programs. 

Fergin says a nearly 500 seat auditorium would do wonders for the fine arts program.

Brown adds that many of the prominent sports figures really want an auditorium. They say the teamwork from both sides, sports complex and auditorium, has been vital to this project. 

Brown says the Taylorville School District Board of Education will receive bids for the project in December. 

 

Brown and and Fergin appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Fundraising Dinner For Mistletoe Madness & Holiday Ice Skating Rink Thursday, Nov. 3rd

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce holding an open ice skating rink the weekend of December 3rd and 4th. 

 

Executive Director Linda Allen says current chamber president Jennifer Franklin came up with the idea before the pandemic. 

Chamber board member Tom Calvert says that the ice skating rink weekend coincides with the Christmas Parade in downtown Taylorville.

Allen says that they are holding a drive-thru dinner to help offset the cost of the rink. It’s from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3rd, at the Manners Park Dining Hall. 

Allen also says you can get your tickets for the dinner right now. 

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

Lake Taylorville Veteran's Point Memorial at 1 p.m. Friday, November 11th

The Lake Taylorville Veteran’s Point Memorial Veteran’s Day Service takes place 1 p.m. Friday, November 11th.

 

Downtowntaylorville.org board member Janet DeClerk says that last year’s memorial service is just the start of the veteran’s memorial. 

DeClerk says that the memorial will last forever, and she adds that it will continue to grow over time. 

Fellow Board Member and Veteran’s Point Memorial Committee Member Dr. Ron Mizer says you should check out this ceremony, because downtowntaylorville.org has put a lot of work into it since last year’s ribbon-cutting. 

He adds that the committee is always looking for names to add to the memorial for future walls. 

Veterans who wish to attend should message the Memorial Face Book Page, or contact Marcia Neill at 217-824-3555 to RSVP. Family and Friends are also invited to attend. 

 

Dr. Mizer and DeClerk appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Spooktacular Monster Bash Saturday, October 29th

Taylorville Fire Department and Taylorville Police Department are teaming up for their annual Spooktacular Monster Bash. 

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says that they are expecting close to a thousand people from the entire Christian County area to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 29th at the Taylorville Fire Department. 

Wheeler says that it coincides perfectly with Downtown Taylorville’s Halloween Promenade. 

Fire Chief Matt Adermann says that there are some great games lined up for this year’s Monster Bash. 

Chief Adermann says that this event is all about engaging with the community. 

Learn more when you click here. Chief Adermann and Chief Wheeler appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Park District Welcomes New Secretary at Monthly Meeting

The Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees held their October meeting Monday evening at the Manner's Park Dining Hall. The board approved minutes, the Treasurer's Report, and went over New and Old Business.

 

Under New Business, the board members heard from two guests. First, Lake Shore Golf Course manager Jason Boldig requested funds to repair the bunkers. He says he's requesting the funds for an excavator. The golf course will handle the rest.

Ameren Representative Nicole Shoemaker requested construction contractor ERN perform work about 80 feet into park property. Shoemaker says this will not cost the park district money, and work won't start until March 2023. 

Then, the board approved Mary Ann Becker as the Taylorville Park District IMRF Authorized Agent and Office Administrator and Board Secretary. 

Recreational Director Bailey Hancock provided her update. She says fundraising for the Skateboard Park committee is going well. 

Hancock also went over the Christmas in the Park schedule with nearly two weeks worth of events plus all the light displays. 

 

Hancock says that Burbatch Aquatics must receive the language for the Manner's Park Pool referendum by January. 

 

The board approved a motion to approve Burbatch to assist with the referendum and fundraising. 

 

You can see more information at taylorvilleparkdistrict.com. 

 

The board approved October's bills and went into Closed Session.

 

The next Park District board meeting is Nov. 28th. 

Christian County 4-H Wins National Livestock Judging Title

Over the past four years, nine Christian County 4-H members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the United States. This past June this team won the title of state champions and earned the opportunity to represent Illinois at the National Contest in Kansas City.  Livestock judging contests require students to evaluate cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and then present oral reasons defending their decisions. Christian County 4-H has traveled to the Geneseo FFA Invitational, Black Hawk East Event, Nebraska Cattlemen's Invitational, Joliet Junior College Event, Illinois Central College Event, Lincoln Land College Invitational, the State 4-H contest, and now made their appearance at the American Royal in Kansas City. 

 

Over the past three decades, the Christian County 4-H program has produced dozens of national winners at this event because of the hard work and dedication of several volunteer coaches. In 1990, the Christian County 4-H livestock judging program began with Steve and Holly Austin who helped start a legacy of winning county 4-H judging teams for the area. This outstanding program transitioned to Mark and Julie Knodle, and then to W. Lee Meteer, and several Christian County 4-H Livestock Judging Alumni. Over the past thirty years several state champion 4-H teams not only competed at the American Royal but numerous teams won the American Royal Champion title. For the past four years Sue Schafer, Julie Fugate, and Carla Mickey have been the coaches of this successful team.  This team practices once a week, 9 months a year, and relies on local livestock producers and farmers to host practices and workouts to sharpen the skills of the team. “Some wonder why we judge livestock so much since we are not a large livestock producing county, but livestock judging teaches students quick decision making skills, sharpen public speaking abilities, exposes students to make decisions based on specific scenarios, gives kids the opportunity to study agriculture in other parts of the country and even the world. Unfortunately other sectors of agriculture do not use their resources (like the livestock sector) to hold these types of competitive events for 4-H and FFA youth. Over the past thirty plus years, I have seen how this program gives students the opportunity for full ride college scholarships and creates leaders of our community that are not always directly related to livestock production.” says current coach Sue Schafer.

 

At the 2022 American Royal 4-H National Contest, three Christian County team members placed in the top five overall and were recognized for their efforts. At this national event, every team member was named as a top ten finalist in the oral reasons divisions! A big highlight at the event was when Taylorville High School Junior Waylon Paulek was named Reserve High Individual Overall. He accomplished this feat by placing 1st in cattle, 1st in reasons, and 1st in swine. Senior Cole Paulek placed 3rd overall and accomplished this by placing 3rd beef and swine divisions and 4th in oral reasons. Drew Mickey had a very solid day by placing 5th Overall, 9th in swine, 6th in sheep/goats, and 3rd in oral reasons. Team member Audrey Curtin finished an impressive 8th overall in oral reasons. Other team members were Emma Pistorious, Liam Steward, Ben Wamsley, Jay Bliler, and Chloe Grant. “I am very proud of the team and the time and dedication they put in on this event. The entire team performed exceptionally well. I am very proud of the fact that all nine team members worked hard and pushed each other to become better in every area of livestock evaluation and oral reasons. Our team's public speaking ability is what won us this national title in dominating fashion. This team won the American Royal by 44 points and 39 of those points came from their ability to defend their placings in the oral reasons room.  I know that several teams have watched our success this past year, but every contest is a new day and winning is not guaranteed or easy! These kids have put in the hard work and effort even when they have been successful. The fun part for the kids is that colleges have been calling and recruiting. These four are not only talented judges, they are excellent students and community servants in the Christian County area. “ says coach Julie Fugate. Due to this national win the Christian County 4-H Livestock Judging Team was asked once again to represent the USA in World competition in June.

Photo: front row left to right- Liam Steward, Cole Paulek, Drew Mickey, Waylon Paulek, Audrey Curtin, Emma Pistorious, Chloe Grant.

Back Row-Ben Wamsley & Jay Bliler

IDNR Says "Don't Veer For Deer!"

Deer are on the move in central Illinois with it being their mating season and the Illinois Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be extra careful. IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel says deer are much more active this time of year, especially at dusk and down.

 

 

Deer often travel in groups so if you do see a deer in the road or near the road, most likely there are others nearby and more will follow.  IDOT encourages you to scan the sides of the road for eye shine from deer.

 

 

If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder, turn on your hazards, and call 9-1-1 to report it.  IDOT Encourages you to adhere to the warning “Don’t veer for deer!” More information at dnr.illinois.gov.  

Taylorville Park Board Meeting This Evening

The Taylorville Park Board is set to meet this evening at 7 PM at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. After opening call to order, pledge, and roll call the board will look at minutes and approve the treasurer's report and hear from guests. 

 

Under new business, the board will hear from Jason Boldig to talk about bunker repair at Lakeshore Golf Course, Nicole Shoemaker will talk about Ameren, MaryAnn Becker will be appointed as an IMRF Authorized agent, and she will be authorized to sign for all park district accounts. 

 

The board will also hear from the maintenance superintendent, office administrator, and recreational director Bailey Hancock.  If needed, there will be an executive session. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News at the conclusion of the event for a  full wrap-up.  

33-Year-Old Carlinville Woman Arrested After Child's Death

A three-year-old is dead and a 33-year-old woman from Carlinville has been arrested following an investigation. On Thursday, a report was made at the Litchfield fire department that a minor child was in distress. Upon investigation, it was determined that the child had died. Investigators determined that the child’s death occurred in Macoupin County.  A coordinated investigation between the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, Carlinville Police Department, and the Litchfield Police Department led to multiple search warrants being issued. 

 

33 year old Ashley N. Bottoms of Carlinville was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a Class 2 felony, and Endangering the Life of a Child Causing Death, a class 3 felony.    Macoupin County State's Attorney Jordan Garrison issued a statement, “Crimes against children are, by their very nature, some of the worst crimes, with perpetrators leaving families destroyed by their actions. It is alleged that this defendant, a trusted household member, committed this horrific act. I would like to thank Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Chief David Haley, and Chief Kenneth Ryker for their agencies coordinated effort. I would also like to thank Detectives Ryan Dixon, Brian Lawton, Brian Reid and Larry Rayburn for their swift actions leading to these charges."

 

Judge Joshua A. Meyer set bond in the matter at $250,000.  Macoupin County State's Attorney Jordan Garrison, Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Carlinville Police Chief David Haley and Litchfield Police Chief Kenneth Ryker were all heavily involved with this case. 
 

Christian County Coroner Releases Name of Train Crash Victim

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans late Saturday morning, released the name of the 69 year old man who died after a train crash in Stonington just past noon Friday afternoon. 

 

Winans said that after an autopsy was performed Saturday, it was shown that 69-year-old Stephen J. Jordan of Moweaqua, died of multiple traumatic injuries.  

 

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by Stonington Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Norfolk Southern Police, and the Christian County Coroner’s office.

One Killed In Stonington Train Derailment

A 69 year old man has died after a train derailment in Stonington Friday afternoon.  On October 21st, 2022 at approximately 12:19 PM, Christian County 9-1-1 received a call for a train versus rail equipment crash at the intersection of American Legion Drive and the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing in Stonington.  The crash involved a Norfolk Southern train hauling four empty railroad cars and a Trackmobile railcar mover that is owned by Legacy Grain Cooperative.

 

After an investigation, it was revealed that the Norfolk Southern train was Northeast bound and the Legacy Grain Cooperative Trackmobile was at the intersection of American Legion Drive on the main line for Norfolk Southern.  The Trackmobile crossed into the path of the Norfolk Southern train, causing the collision.  The grain elevator employee did not survive and was pronounced deceased on the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans. No other injuries were reported. 

 

The Stonington Police Department, Christian County Sheriff's Office, Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police, Stonington Fire Department, Christian County EMA, Taylorville Fire Department, Dunn's Ambulance, the Christian County Coroner's Office, and Norfolk Southern Corporation responded to the call.  The Decatur Fire Department's hazmat team responded to the crash due to diesel fuel leaking from the engine. 

 

The Christian County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy to be held in near the future. 

Train Derails In Stonington; Injuries Reported

Regional Radio News has confirmed that there has been a train derailment in Stonington on Friday afternoon. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that the train is not on its side but it is off the track and there is some reported track damage. 

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp says that there is no threat to the public as far as hazardous materials but there is some diesel fuel leaking and hazmat teams from Decatur are assisting the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in the cleanup.  Sheriff Kettelkamp also says there are injuries on the scene but it is too early to know the scope of those injuries. 

 

The Christian County Coroner's Office is on the scene. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it is developing. 

 

 

 

 

 

IL AG Urges Eligible Borrowers To Apply For Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver By Oct. 31

Veterans, public service workers, or those who worked for a non-profit agency could have their federal student loans forgiven. 

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul reminds Illinoisans to complete an online application for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness limited waiver. Raoul encourages Illinoisans to apply before the waiver expires October 31st. 

 

The first step towards loan forgiveness is to go to the Federal Student Aid website, studentaid.gov, and log in to your account. You should then submit an Employment Certification Form. 

 

Once completed, submit the ECR to the federal student loan servicer MOHELA. You and your employer’s human resources department must sign it before you send it to MOHELA.

 

The waiver only applies to direct federal loans. Any loans held by a private bank or loan service are not eligible. 

 

After October 31st, borrowers must make direct loan payments under an income-driven repayment plan.

 

Raoul says thousands of federal student loan borrowers have used the waiver. Borrowers can receive credit for repayment periods that previously wouldn’t have counted. Such situations include late or unmade payments, payments not made in full, or if the borrower did not have a qualifying repayment plan. 

 

He thanks the thousands of student loan borrowers for their public service. 

 

Raoul encourages student borrowers to contact federal student aid or their loan service with any questions. You can also call the Attorney General’s Student Loan Helpline at 1-800-455-2456 or 1-800-964-3013

Christian County Economic Development Corporation Board Holds Annual Meeting, Hears Economic Development Plans

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation held its Annual Meeting during the noon hour Thursday in the People’s Bank and Trust Meeting Room in Taylorville, to review the organization’s current efforts towards retaining and growing jobs in the county.  Some 15 board members plus 2 guests attended.

 

 

Executive Director Dick Adams gave an overview of economic efforts by CCEDC since last Annual Meeting.    He highlighted the effort to organize multiple committees that will be part of efforts to retain and recruit business and industry in the county.

 

Pana Economic Development Director Kirby Casner reviewed Pana's on-going economic efforts.  Highlights of her report included new water and sewer upgrades for the town, business district re-development, the on-going $8 million Jack Flash project in downtown Pana, and a change in ownership and restoration of the Lake Lawn Inn and Restaurant.  She added the Pana School District will soon be breaking ground on a new elementary building.

 

Under new business, the board approved the slate of officers as follows:

 

John Gardner, President.  He’ll be moving from Vice-President the past 2 years, to President for a 2-year term from January 1, 2023 thru December 31, 2024.

Adam Vocks, Vice President.  He’ll serve as VP from January 1, 2023 thru December 31, 2024, then become President from January 1, 2025 thru December 31, 2026.

Randal J. “Randy” Miller, Past President for 2-year term.

Amy Hagen, Secretary (for 2-year term)

and Mike Blakeman, Treasurer (for 2-year term)

 

The Executive Committee approved to work with the officers for the next year include:

 

Ken Hart

Matt Wells                                                        

Bruce Barry

Nathan Pastor

Dan Erni 

Chris Smith

and CCEDC Executive Director Dick Adams

 

The C-C-E-D-C Board OK’d a 2023 membership campaign to attract new board members, with a reduced fee for joining the first year, and directed the Executive Committee to create additional opportunities for Investors to its economic development efforts.  (((MORE ON NEXT PAGE))))

 

Adam Vocks and Billy Williams, former owners of CTI, then shared their story of how they started and built their business in Taylorville over nearly a quarter-century.  Vocks summarized for Regional Radio News his remarks during their presentation.

 

 

Vocks said CTI had its share of up’s and down’s during its installation and marketing of fiber internet.

 

 

Vocks doesn’t have any future plans at the moment.

 

 

Williams told Regional Radio News his post-sale plans are to take it easy and continue to remain involved in the community,

 

 

Get information on the Christian County Economic Development Corporation by clicking HERE.

Christian County Files Petition To Intervene With ICC For CO2 Pipeline

A petition has been filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission for Christian County to intervene in the Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC pipeline and Carbon Dioxide Transportation and Sequestration Act or CO2 Act. 

 

In the petition, Christian County, represented by Joseph Murray of Meyer Capel, Attorneys at Law, states that as the ones most impacted, they want the Commission to consider evidence of the proposed pipeline’s impact on the economy, infrastructure, and public safety presented by local government units that will be affected by the proposed pipeline route. 

 

The pipeline is set to run through Northern Christian County and could potentially cross many roads and other buildings. There is currently a moratorium on the pipeline being built as both Christian County and Navigator argue their cases for and against building the pipeline. 

 

The pipeline in its entirety would run through Adams, Brown, Christian, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Knox, Christian, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, and Scott Counties.  To view the filed petition, click here
 

Taylorville FFA Has Successful Ag Sales Competition

  The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently had the privilege to participate in the 2022 Section 16 Agricultural Sales CDE in Sullivan, Illinois. Taylorville competed against 11 other schools in a battle for the top position. 

 

The Ag Sales team consisted of four people Jay Bliler, Lacey DeClerck, Cole Paulek, and Waylon Paulek. Each member was responsible for conducting an individual sales pitch for marketing different types of cattle feed supplements. The group also presented a team activity that showcased their teamwork skills and ability to look and act professionally in the agriculture business world. With extraordinary talents in hand, they brought home high spirits and a first-place team score. Team members that finished first in their division were Lacey DeClerck and Waylon Paulek, while Jay Bliler and Cole Paulek finished 2nd in his division. The team advances on to the District competition in November at Lakeland College. “The team worked very hard over the past three years and the group had excellent dynamics for this event. We are excited about their potential at the District level.” says advisor Sue Schafer. 

 

Photo: left to right- Taylorville FFA Champion Ag Sales Team Jay Bliler, Cole Paulek, Lacey DeClerck, Waylon Paulek 

Two Arrested For Meth Delivery

Two people were arrested and charged in two separate counties after an investigation by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group or CIEG. After receiving multiple complaints over the past couple of months for suspected illegal drug activity at 801 South Poplar Street, an investigation was initiated with the CIEG, Pana PD, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and additional agencies including the East Central Illinois Task Force or ECITF.  

 

Dagan Traylor of Shelbyville was arrested on August 29th after both the  CIEG and the ECITF discovered 770 grams of meth, 8 grams of cocaine, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, and six loaded and defaced guns including one rifle, two handguns, and three sawed-off shotguns. The case was originally charged in Shelby County Court but was later transferred to the US District Court, Central District of Illinois in Champaign, IL. Traylor was out on parole when apprehended and currently remains in federal custody.

 

On October 13th, Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl approved and filed two Class X Felonies against Dakoda Cantrell of 801 South Poplar in Pana.  The charges consisted of meth delivery of 15-100 grams and meth delivery of 100-400 grams.  Cantrell was already in custody in Christian County on a Class 3 Meth Possession of 5-15 grams after an arrest in Pana.  Cantrell was out on parole when apprehended and is held in Christian County Correctional Center on a $250,000 bond. 

 

Pana Police say they continue to aggressively target drug dealers and drug houses in the community. 

CEO Students Gain Real-World Business Experience From Chicago Trip

Christian County’s “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” visited the Chicago area to experience business. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry attended along with Superintendent of Taylorville School District Dr. Chris Dougherty. 

Dr. Dougherty thanked Mayor Barry for his support of the CEO Students. 

Mayor Barry says this trip gave the students a chance to experience the business side of downtown Chicago. 

Dr. Dougherty is excited for the CEO students and the networking experience they obtained. 

Learn more about the CEO program at christiancountyceo.com.

 

Dr. Dougherty and Mayor Barry appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Linda Crawford Retiring as President of First National Bank in Taylorville on December 31st

Linda Crawford has announced her retirement as president of First National Bank in Taylorville effective December 31st. 

 

Crawford told Regional Radio News her banking career at F-N-B-T spanned over 4 decades.

 

 

Crawford has family plans post-retirement.

 

 

Long-time Senior Vice President Jared Beckham will take the reins at the bank starting January First.

Taylorville School Board Reviews District Audit, Adjusts Bonds, At Regular Monthly Meeting

Taylorville School District Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria Tuesday evening. 

 

The board heard from visitors, reviewed communications, and went over the consent agenda. 

 

This included the approval of minutes and the review and approval of claims. Included in the consent agenda, the board members approved the Treasurer’s Report, all consideration of personnel, and any overnight trips. 

 

The board also approved three ordinances relating to its bond structuring under old business. 

 

Under new business, Certified Public Accountant Adam Mathias presented the Fiscal Year 2022 School District Audit, which took about a half-hour to review. In short, Mathias says the district is in good fiscal shape. 

Dr. Dougherty presented her superintendent update. She urged student council leaders to encourage fellow students to pick up free hot breakfast and lunch. 

Dr. Dougherty also says enrollment numbers look good and the Illinois State Board of Education acknowledged the district met requirements for its special education programs. 

After the Superintendent Report, the board went into closed session to review student disciplinary cases. The board did not take any major action outside of those cases. 

 

The board of education’s next meeting is Tuesday, November 15th. 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Holds October "After Hours" Event

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held their October “After Hours” event on Wednesday co-hosted by BK Insurance Services and Specialized Hearing Solutions.

 

Dozens of people came out to Specialized Hearing Solutions at 301 South Webster Street in Taylorville where they were able to socialize and enjoy plenty of food, drinks and prizes that were raffled off.  

 

Krystal Baker of Specialized Hearing Solutions and Kathy Cravens of BK Insurance Services talked about why they decided to co-host the event together.

 

 

Co-owners of Designed with Detail, Charlee Kocurek and Cheryl Mormon were among the many business owners present at the event and they gave their thoughts on the experience.

 

 

The Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event is hosted by a different business each month and gives people the opportunity to learn more about some of the local businesses in Taylorville.

Taylorville Development Association Holds Annual Meeting, Begins Work on Selling Lots in New Industrial Park

 

The Taylorville Development Association, the non-profit entity that owns the new Taylorville Industrial Park, held its annual meeting during the noon hour Wednesday in the People's Bank and Trust meeting room, to review the status of the park and plans for marketing.

 

Chair Brent DeMichael told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that it's the first time in a long time that he's excited about growth in Taylorville.

 

 

3 of the 17 lots in the new Taylorville Industrial Park are sold, with one closing that's already occurred and the other 2 in the final stages.  Ken Hart, who has been part of T-D-A and its predecessor the Taylorville Industrial Development Corporation before that going back some 50 years, told Regional Radio News after the meeting about the lots sold.

 

 

Hart added it's been a long road but persistence had paid off.

 

 

Highlights of the T-D-A annual meeting includes a report from Marketing Committee chair Adam Vocks, on various avenues of marketing the new Industrial Park, including a new one-minute 30-second video produced by Tommy TV students at Taylorville High School, that will be posted on various local web sites and sent to industrial and business prospects.

 

Jared Beckham, new president of First National Bank in Taylorville come January First, was seated to replace current F-N-B-T president Linda Crawford who is retiring at the end of the year.

Macon County Conservation Fall Harvest Festival This Weekend

Macon County Conservation District opening its Fall programming with it’s Fall Harvest Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Rock Springs Conservation Center.

 

Senior Program Naturalist Brock Rowland says that it’s an afternoon packed with events for the whole family. 

Most of the activities are free, but there are a couple of small registration fees for particular activities. The funds go back to the conservation district to allow them to host similar events. 

If a $3 fee is too much for a couple of events, then Rowland says that there’s a ton of free activities, too. 

Rowland says that kids usually love the tractor-drawn wagon rides. 

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

ICash Returns Nationwide Record $11 Million in Unclaimed Funds

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office achieving a couple of milestones. 

 

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says that the ICash program broke a nation-wide record. The ICash program returns lost property and funds to rightful owners. Frerichs says that the program recently returned over $11 million. 

A large sum of money returned to its rightful owners doesn’t come easy. Frerichs says they had to look up and down the family tree. 

Frerichs asks you to check out the ICash program to see if you have unclaimed property or funds. He adds that it’s good for everyone if you find unexpected money in a state vault. 

That money doesn’t even have to be a large fortune. It can be something as simple as a tax return.

Again, you can check out the ICash program at icash.illinoistreasurer.gov. Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Board Meets

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening. During public comments, a few members spoke out about the Christian County Health Department and the issues plaguing the department. Jeff Nolan and Jane Griffith spoke out about some of the issues.  Griffith worried about the WIC Department and all of the people that have resigned, quit, or have been fired recently.  

 

 

Steve Sipes, Chairman of the Zoning Board, announced his retirement. The board approved hiring Attorney Joe Murphy to work with the board on Carbon Capture and Storage Ordinance and the Carbon Sequestration Facilities Ordinance.  Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and smalltowntaylorville coordinator Steve Craggs came and talked to the board concerning the grant programs and work that they would like to see done during the downtown revitalization project. 

 

 

The board heard about committee reports and motions to extend the moratorium underground carbon sequestration facilities ordinance was extended for six months, despite Attorney Wes Poggenpohl asking for a shorter period. The board discussed the county clerk’s salary ordinance along with an energy solutions proposal for the sheriff’s office and a possible new parking lot for the Health Department.

 

The next County Board Meeting is set for Tuesday, November 15th. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From New County Animal Control Officer, Honors Community Hero of the Month, Hears Report on Bike Rodeo at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the new Christian County Animal Control Officer, honored its Community Hero of the Month, and heard a report on this month’s Bike Rodeo co-sponsored by the Club, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Sherri Craggs of Taylorville has been on the job as the county’s new Animal Control Officer, for just a few months.  She outlined the many duties of her office and what her office has done for Christian County residents this year.  Craggs told Kiwanis members that the county Animal Control facility is a no-kill shelter, and has adopted 84 dogs and 83 cats to date this year.  

 

She added the current facility is full, especially with the influx of additional animals this time of year, and shows Kiwanis members architectural drawings of a proposed addition to the building to handle more animals and in a better atmosphere for them.  

 

 

 

 

She’s hopeful that between county funding and private donations, she and her volunteers will be able to raise the estimated 200-thousand dollar cost.

 

 

Sarah Van Huss (right), who was president of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce president from May 2020 thru May 2022, was named the Kiwanis Community Hero of the Month for leading the local Chamber thru the pandemic and the change in its Executive Director.  Kiwanis member Randal J. "Randy" Miller (left), who nominated Van Huss, presented her certificate.

 

Kiwanis Club Priority One committee chair Bruce Blanshan reported that some 22 children attended the recent Bike Rodeo at Taylorville Memorial Hospital co-sponsored by the Club, with 19 of them going away with a new bicycle thanks to the sponsors.  Every child received instruction on proper bike riding, and were also given a bike helmet.

 

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.   

Pana School District Groundbreaking Ceremony

Pana School District announced that they held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school on Tuesday. Pictures courtesy of Pana School District. 

 

Governor & IDPH Encourage Mammograms

National Mammography Day is October 21st, and the IDPH is encouraging women who have delayed breast cancer screenings due to COVID, to take action and schedule an exam now. The National Cancer Institute says that an estimated 9.4 million screening tests that normally would have taken place in 2020 did not happen due to the pandemic.

 

Governor JB Pritzker issued a proclamation declaring October 21st as Mammography Day in Illinois. He says that breast cancer takes the lives of more than 40,000 women throughout the nation every year but thanks to modern medicine, Illinoisans can lower that number with early detection and regular mammograms. 

 

The IDPH reminds the public that their department's Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program or IBCCP offers free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women.  The program also supports diagnostic services and assists with referrals for treatment options. Taylorville Memorial Hospital will also host its Mammogram Mondays in October. You can schedule an appointment for any Monday in October to have a free mammogram done.

 

To enroll in the IBCCP call the Women’s Health line at 888-522-1282.  

Sparklight Recognizes Two Taylorville Teachers

Two Taylorville Teachers were awarded a total of $3,000 as part of a social media campaign from the company Sparklight. Matt Peabody and Neil Hohenstein are two of 20 teachers who were recognized.  They were awarded for making a difference in the communities served by Sparklight and the Cable One family of brands.  Peabody teaches at Taylorville Junior High School and Hohenstein teaches at Taylorville High School.  Both men were honored at the Taylorville City Council meeting earlier in October. 

 

 

Christian County Board To Meet Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Board will meet this evening at 6:30 PM at the Christian County Courthouse. The board will approve minutes, hear from the public, discuss a fundraiser, and go over appointments.  The board will hear from committees and review and decline, table, or approve many motions including health department issues, zoning business, solid waste business, and highway business. The board will discuss animal control, courthouse and building business, and other issues that come up. 

 

The board will discuss a Christian County Economic Development update, an EMA update, and a county clerk request, and talk about the Carbon Capture and Storage Ordinance and the Moratorium on Carbon Sequestration.  The board will review the County Clerk’s Salary ordinance and purchasing procedures.  

 

Under new business, the board will review the downtown Taylorville revitalization project, small town Taylorville, Mcdonough County/Attorney Joe Murphy, and a pilot listing. Find out more following the conclusion of the Christian County Board meeting. 

TMH Nurse Wins DAISY Award For Nursing Excellence

A Taylorville Memorial Hospital nurse wins a nursing excellence award. 

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital says that Nicholas Lavin, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, received the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence. 

 

A patient nominated Lavin for the award. In the nomination form, the patient says that Lavin is professional and takes time to explain everything during visits. The patient added that Lavin explains why tests are performed and the details of any medications he administered. 

 

Lavin has worked at Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2018. 
 

The family of J. Patric Barnes established the DAISY Foundation. Barnes died from complications of an autoimmune disease. The care nurses provided to Barnes during his illness inspired Barnes’ family to create the foundation. 

CCYMCA 34th Annual Auction Nov. 11th

Christian County YMCA’s 34th Annual Auction taking place 7 p.m. Friday November 11th at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville.

 

YMCA Director Bruce Blanshan says it’s a great event to help offset the cost of membership to the Y for many families. 

This is a formal event, so make sure you dress-up. Blanshan still wants you to be comfortable. 

Admission does cost $75 per person, and the YMCA is offering tables for up to 8 people per table. That $75 buys you more than just admission into the auction.

The Y auctioning various items and trips. From game tickets, to household items.

Find registration information at ccymca.org. Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School Board Meets This Evening

Taylorville School District Board of Education meeting for the third regular meeting of the 2022-23 school year. 

 

The board will hear from visitors, review communications, and go over the consent agenda. 

 

After the approval of September’s minutes, and the review and approval of Claims, the board will go over the Treasurer’s Report. The board will consider personnel and any overnight trips. 

 

Under Old Business, the board will recap its strategic planning focus, goals, committee structure and timeline. 

 

The board will also consider abating the tax levied for the year 2021 to debt service on its bonds, as well as their principal and interest on outstanding limited bonds. 

 

Under New Business, the board will review the fiscal year 2022 School District Audit, hear from the Superintendent, and then go into closed session to review student disciplinary cases. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more after the conclusion of the meeting. 

Taylorville City Council Meets; Honors Freeman & Blomquist

The Taylorville City Council recognized both Trevor Freeman and Matt Blomquist this week at the bi-monthly City Council meeting.  Trevor Freeman is 14 and is in 8th grade fighting Bone Cancer, with a dream to one day be a police officer.  October 17, 2022, was made Trevor Freeman day and October 18th was named Matt Blomquist day in recognition of his building trades work. 

After minutes were approved, materials were approved for the municipal building roof project, a motion was approved for the Taylorville Water Plant Solar energy facility subject to a few insurance approvals. The board also approved the rental of a truck for the sewer department. A motion for water cd funds was tabled. A 5K Fun Run and Walk for the TMH Auxiliary on Saturday, November 26th, and the Halloween Promenade on October 29th, were both approved. 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry gave his update at the meeting including announcing that East Main Cross is taken care of, and talking about the homelessness situation. 

 

 

Under committee reports, the board approved hiring a firefighter, purchasing new windows and fencing for the airport, and they tabled the CD from CNB Bank.

The next city council meeting is set for November 7th. 

Morrisonville Under Boil Order Starting Tuesday

The Village of Morrisonville has issued a boil order starting Tuesday morning.  Boil orders are generally issued when there is an interruption in water flow due to a water main break, accidental cut, or required maintenance.  

 

Residents are advised to boil all water used for drinking, preparing food, beverages, ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, or brushing teeth for five (5) minutes prior to drinking it.  This is a precautionary measure for residents’ protection.  It is not necessary to boil tap water used for household purposes, such as showering, bathing or laundry. 

 

For more information on this boil order, contact the village of Morrisonville at (217) 526-3521.

Findlay Man Sentenced For Possession Of Meth

A Findlay man has been sentenced to three years in prison for unlawful possession of meth. 30 year old Jamie M. Brown was sentenced last week to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of possession of less than 5 grams of a substance containing meth, a Class 3 Felony.  Original sentencing was between two and five years. 

 

Brown was arrested on May 7th after deputies were dispatched to a Findlay address for a domestic disturbance.  When police arrived, they realized that Brown had an active arrest warrant from Coles County and he fled the scene on a bicycle before deputies arrived.  Brown was eventually located and apprehended two blocks away.  Upon search of his backpack, two syringes were found that tested positive for meth.

 

Brown has prior convictions for the offenses of DUI, theft, domestic battery, resisting a peace officer, and possession of less than 5 grams of meth. His prior convictions originated in Cole and Moultrie Counties.  This is Brown’s first prison sentence and the case was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council is set to meet Monday evening for their regularly scheduled meeting. Trevor Freeman and Matt Blomquist will be recognized. After approval of minutes, motions will be discussed and potentially approved, especially those concerning the water department and a special events permit for the TMH Auxiliary 14th annual 5K fun run on November 26th and a closure of the south side of the square for the Haloween Promenade on Saturday, October 29th from 5-8 PM.

 

Under personnel reports, the board will discuss hiring a new firefighter.  Under Lake and Airport, the board will recommend approving new windows and fencing for the airport.  Under water/environmental the board will look to purchase a CD from CNB in the amount of $100,000.  After payment of bills, the board will hear from the public. There will also be Mayoral and City Attorney updates. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event.  

Shelbyville Public Library Offering No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

The Shelbyville Public Library’s Fall programming already underway. 

 

Director Monica Cameron is excited for the Halloween pumpkin decorating program. 

You can choose to display your decorated pumpkin at the Shelbyville Public Library for all eyes to admire. 

The library received some great feedback last year and they’re excited to offer it again this year. 

You don’t have to do this in person, either. You can take this no-carve pumpkin decorating kit home with you.

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

Still Time to Go Camping

There’s still time to plan that last second camping trip. 

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Specialist Ashley Florey says some campgrounds remain open through October. 

The corps of engineers recently closed a couple campgrounds. They’ll re-open this spring. 

Group Camping is a great option for those who have more than one family camping together. 

You may consider booking your campsite six months in advance for summer’s holiday weekends. 

Go to lakeshelbyville.com/recreation to find camping information. Florey appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Two Killed In Sangamon County Crash

Two people are dead following a head on collision on Friday evening. A 2016 Dodge SUV was traveling north on Illinois Route 4 just south of Chatham around 10:05 PM on October 14th.  A 2002 Chevrolet SUV was traveling south at the same location.  The Dodge Journey cross the centerline for unknown reasons and struck the Chevy Tahoe. A 31 year old male from Beardstown and a 17 year old female from Virden were both killed in the crash.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle. No further information is available concerning the crash. 

Taylorville Financial Advisor Holding Coat Drive Through November

A Taylorville area financial advisor is hosting a coat drive for kids. 

 

It’s called Bring Warmth To Our Community, and Edward Jones advisor Travis Magoulias hosts the effort. 

 

Office Administrator for Edward Jones Amy Christopher says that it is a great way to give back to the community and support the kids. She adds they see way too many kids walking around without coats during winter. 

Learn more on the Edward Jones – Travis Magoulias Facebook.

East Main Cross Construction In Taylorville Complete

 

After a long period of time, the East Main Cross street project is finally complete. The project which put new sidewalks, curbs, and repaved the road finished earlier this week.  Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that he is happy the project is complete. 

 

 

Mayor Barry talks about some of the projects that he has coming up. 

 

 

Mayor Barry says that he is still waiting for information on the federally funded grant for the work on West Main Cross. 

 

 

 

 

GTCC Reflecting on Fantastic Chillifest

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce reflecting on a successful Chillifest. 

 

Executive Director Linda Allen says she could not believe how many people showed up Saturday, October 1st. 

Angelo’s Owner and Chamber Treasurer J.I. McDowell ran the chili tent. He says the chili tent sold over 350 gallons of chili Saturday. 

Not only did they cook a lot of chili, the chili tent also sold a ton of hot dogs. 

Allen says the committee is already getting ready for the 38th Annual Chillifest. 

Again, that wrap-up meeting takes place Monday, October 17th. Learn more at taylorvillechamber.com. Allen and McDowell appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Attorney General's Office Announce Update On Taylorville Kroger

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has indeed lifted the Seal for Taylorville Kroger to get work done, but there is a lot of work that must be done.  In a 57-page guide from True North Consultants, work was highlighted that needs to be done in order for the grocery store to reopen. The seal was lifted for certain people to come in and start work on it between October 5th and October 19th but work is expected to last much longer than that. The Seal order has the list of those who have been authorized entry into Kroger. 

 

In a statement from the Press Secretary of Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Jamey Dunn-Thomason, the seal order has been modified and remediation and abatement activities are being conducted.  This will allow time for the store to be decontaminated and allow for a safe reopening.  The time required for the completion of the work and safe reopening of the store will depend on the progress made by Kroger's consultants and workers in completing all of the tasks laid out in the Action Design Plan.  Dunn-Thomason says the Attorney General’s Office priority is protecting the health and safety of shoppers and Kroger employees. 

 

You can see the modified seal order and the plan for the removal of the asbestos by clicking here and here

Small Town Taylorville Gearing Up For Big Fall

Downtown Taylorville and SmallTownTaylorville.com hosting a bunch of great events this fall. 

 

President and Co-Chair Steve Craggs says the Mayor is working with the committee to bring the Halloween Parade and Costume Contest to the square from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday October 29th.

 

Mayor Barry will give awards for the Prettiest, Ugliest, Most Original, and Best Group costumes. 

Committee Member Lee Skinner says Downtown Taylorville hosts the Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony at the memorial November 11th. 

Voting closes today for the best Halloween window decorating display. Winners will receive prizes. Voters can receive prizes, too. 

Craggs thanks everyone for their support of Downtown Taylorville and Small Town Taylorville throughout the Summer. Events included the Farmer’s Market and the Car Show and Cruise. 

Learn more at smalltowntaylorville.com. Craggs and Skinner appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Help Available For Medicare Enrollment Questions

Medicare open enrollment is set to begin on Saturday and the Illinois Department of Aging is offering some help. The IDA says that navigating the many options for health and drug coverage can be overwhelming.  Sandy Leith, IDA Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Director, says that the SHIP can be a little much but there are many counselors available to help.

 

 

The service is free and counselors are available to help with any questions you may have. 

 

 

There are more than 300 sites statewide including senior centers, township offices, hospitals, and more. Call the Senior Help Line at 1-800-252-8966 to find a location near you. 

Shelby County Jr. 4-H Fair Receives $20,000 Donation

The Shelby County Jr. 4-H Association is ecstatic Thursday morning after receiving a check from their participation in the CoBanks Sharing Success Program.  Fair Board officials received a check for $20,000 from representatives of both Shelby Electric Coop and CoBank. Don Telgmann, 4-H board president, says that the money will be used for a project for new restroom facilities for the 4-H Center. 

 

 

Aaron Johnson, Vice President of CoBank says that he has enjoyed watching this program grow throughout the years.

 

 

Josh Shallenberger, Shelby Electric Coop President, and CEO praised the CoBank program which has helped match dollar for dollar towards community projects.

 

 

Since the beginning of CoBank’s Sharing Success program, the coop has received matching dollars for donations to the Shelbyville Fire Department, the Roxy Theater, Shelby County Veteran’s Fund, Shelby County CEO’s program, Taylorville Development Association, Shelby County Dive Team, Meridian Ag Foundation, Pana Sacred Heart School, the Village of Strasburg Park and much more. 

 

 

 

 

4H Helps Decorate Cakes In Class

The Christian County Extension Office along with 4-H held a Cake Decorating Class at the Christian County Extension Office.  The class was led by Sarah, owner of Sarah Bakes Cakes.  Participants were able to learn the basics of cake decorating and each youth was able to take home 6 cupcakes that they decorated.  The event took place on October 10th, 2022 and 4-H thanked Sarah Bakes Cakess for leading the workshop.

 

The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact 217-287-7246.  Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting participant needs.

 

The Illinois Extension leads public outreach for the University of Illinois 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.  

Quad County Home Care Adding Services

Quad County Healthcare and Pana Community Hospital partnering to bring specialized and accessible home care. 

 

Tom Culberson is the Director of the Homecare Programs with Quad County Home Health and he says they have an arrange of services. 

Quad County is adding to its services with Chronic Care Management and Remote Patient Monitoring. 

Chronic Care Management is similar to physical therapy, but it provides the patient flexibility in their schedule. 

Most insurances will cover these programs, especially Medicare. 

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

Lincoln Land Community College Awarded Grant For Early Childhood Development

Lincoln Land Community College or LLCC has been awarded an Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity grant of nearly $650,000 to help those who work or who have worked in early childhood education or childcare in earning credentials, certificates, and degrees. Students may also qualify for a scholarship that covers the cost of attendance if they are pursuing an additional degree or certificate.

 

Danyle Watkins, an LLCC professor of early childhood education says that with the teacher shortage, it’s important to continue to teach teachers to bring them into early childhood care. She says without early childhood educators, many parents would not be able to go to work or provide needed services. 

 

LLCC is adding classes and now has an early childhood education advocate.  Her name is Marlena Constant and she helps future students with applications for college, scholarships, and financial aid. Constant provides support and connects students with any needed services.  

 

Constant says she’s a barrier remover and encourages students to come to her so she can assist with any needs. LLCC also plans on implementing prior learning assessments and developing incentives for completion and spaces specifically for early childhood education students to study and get assistance.

 

For more information on LLCC’s early childhood education program, visit www.llcc.edu/ece. 

Central Illinois Food Bank Adopts Nutrition Policy

Food banks do their best to provide quality, fresh products. 

 

Central Illinois Food Bank adopted an official policy to guide you towards the healthiest food possible. Public Relations Manager Tim Kirsininkas explains. 

The red, yellow, green categories help break up what foods are good to eat all the time, and which foods you should rarely eat. 

While fresh fruit and veggies can be difficult to come by at times, Partner Resource Coordinator Brock Denherder says there are other healthy options in that green category. 

Locally, Taylorville Food Pantry has great access to fresh food, but Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says they need your help with a couple of events coming later in October. 

Stamp Out Hunger event is October 23rd. Hagen, Denherder and Kirsininkas appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is concerned over cyber security and wants Illinoisans to know that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Companies, organizations, and individuals continue to fall victim to cyber criminals who try daily to steal your access to bank accounts, personal information, or other important personal information to blackmail information owners. 

 

IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau says to learn what your technological vulnerabilities are and to review your use of digital devices and information so you won’t be tricked into clicking on a deceptive link or email.

 

IEMA offers the following tips to better secure your data.  Choose long, complicated, and different passwords for each application, use multi-factor authentication, regularly update computer software, use a critical eye on all emails, and if something looks strange, don’t click on it and immediately report any phishing schemes.

 

Tate Nadeau says to review everything.  She encourages you to check your email including the sender’s email address, writing style, and everything before clicking on anything. 

 

More information can be found on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA.  CISA is a federal government agency whose job is to monitor cyber security.  Visit www.cisa.gov/cyber-safety. 
 

IDNR Encourages Learning About Hunting With Squirrel Hunting

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is encouraging Illinoisans to get into hunting with something a little easier—squirrel hunting. IDNR Wildlife Chief Mike Wefer says it’s a great way to get into hunting for the first time. 

 

 

Wefer says squirrel hunting is relatively inexpensive and you can learn the basics of hunting like being quiet, listening for activity, assessing habitat, and sneaking. 

 

 

With squirrel hunting season underway, Wefer says some of the best squirrel recipes include squirrel meat wrapped in bacon and grilled with barbeque sauce.  More information is available at huntillinois.org. 
 

Poggenpohl Up For Re-Election As Christian County State's Attorney

Democratic nominee and current Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl is up for re-election. 

Poggenpohl believes he is right for the job because he says he has the most experience as a prosecutor. 

Most law enforcement agencies in Christian County endorse Poggenpohl. 

Poggenpohl says the way legislators wrote the Safe T Act harms Christian County in its effort to bring down drug-related crime. 

The General Election is November 8th. Early voting is open in Illinois. 

 

Poggenpohl appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Police Name Grove Officer Of The Quarter

The Taylorville Police Department has announced their selection for Officer of the 3rd Quarter.  Officer Jody Grove was picked based on her performance as a traffic enforcement officer.  Officer Grove has a system in her car that is used to help read license plates called the LPR. This device tells Officer Grove whether a license is stolen, suspended, or revoked.  Officer Grove is also the evidence custodian and in charge of the Taylorville Police Explorer program.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler calls Officer Grove an asset to TPD and the City. 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Inducts 2 New Members, Hears About Youth Protection Week at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a 2 new members and heard about Youth Protection Week, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Alec Myers, new manager of the Christian County Farm Bureau, was inducted as one of 2 new members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.  From the left:  Adam Jeffrey, Kiwanis membership chair; Myers; and Kiwanis president John Gardner, who sponsored Myers.

 

Bill Assalley with Assalley Funeral Homes headquartered in Taylorville; was also inducted as a new Kiwanis member.  From the left:  Adam Jeffrey, Kiwanis membership chair; Assalley; and Kiwanis member Dean Ray who sponsored Assalley.

 

The weekly program was a presentation from Kiwanis secretary Martin Vota about Youth Protection Week, which is a yearly emphasis by Kiwanis International to train local Kiwanis members in creating what K-I calls a “Culture of Care” in clubs around the world.   K-I provided information that Vota presented to help protect youth and the Kiwanians who work with them, while strengthening the Kiwanis families’ continuing status as a leader in building the next generation of service.

 

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.     

Surviving After Breast Cancer

With over 18 million cancer survivors in the United States, there is a good chance you know one, or are one yourself. Jill Deno is one of them after she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer four years ago. After surgery and treatment, including chemo, Deno came through with a much better appreciation for many aspects of her life.  Just as important she found a purpose in her job as an oncology nurse navigator for OSF HealthCare. 

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For survivors, it’s a time of reflection and continuing to live a life post-cancer. Deno says it’s hard not to think about cancer. 

 

 

Support groups are helpful for survivors currently going through treatment. Deno says newly-diagnosed patients can learn a lot of life lessons from these groups.

 

 

Deno encourages survivors to embrace key milestone dates. While some survivors may not want to think about cancer there’s nothing wrong Deno says, with acknowledging where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.

 

 

Some people slowly adapt to life without any more appointments and Deno says that many stay involved in active care for weeks or even longer.  Deno encourages survivors to stay busy.

 

 

For more information, on surviving post-cancer, talk to your regular primary physician. 

Register for the Master Gardener's Tree Walk Oct. 22nd

A free tree walk Saturday, October 22nd from the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. 

 

Sharon Hill asks anyone interested to RSVP so they can know just how much cookies and apple cider to prepare. 

Fellow Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says it’s a fun event that allows you to look at all types of trees. 

Not only will you find great shade tree ideas for your garden, but you will find some under-story tree ideas, too. 

Both Master Gardener’s are very impressed with this tree garden. Podeschi is impressed with the setting. 

You can find registration information when you click here.

Podeschi and Hill appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Bereavement Support Group In Taylorville Resumes Meetings

A twice-monthly bereavement support group has resumed its meetings at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  The group provides a safe space for adults to express feelings of grief and mourning over the death of a loved one and how to cope with the thoughts and issues that arise from that.  Participants also discuss and share thoughts and emotions surrounding loss, healthy coping strategies, self-care, and how to receive support from others.

 

The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month and meetings are held from 4:30 to 6 PM in Conference Room 1222 at the south entrance of the hospital at 201 East Pleasant Street.  No pre-registration is required and you can call Emma Pes-McMillan at 503-3723 or email pesmcmillan.emma@mhsil.com for more information. 

Christian County's Republican Nominee For State's Attorney

Christian County State’s Attorney Candidate John McWard is the Republican nominee for the seat.

McWard says that he’s ready to make some changes in Christian County if elected. McWard is focused on the methamphetamine problem in Christian County. 

McWard says that he supports law enforcement’s ability to do their jobs. That includes utilizing multiple agencies to assist in county issues. 

While he admits there isn’t much he can do as one state’s attorney, McWard wants to put pressure on the Safe-T Act. He says that the way it is currently written is bad for Christian County. 

 

McWard is worried about the no cash bail policy, and he’s worried about the policy that says suspects are given a ticket to appear in court. 

The General Election is November 8th. Early voting is under way in Illinois. 
 

McWard appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Gas Prices On The Rise Again

Gas prices are on the rise in Illinois again. Average gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 25.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.40 per gallon. Prices in Illinois are 38.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 95.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.  Diesel has increased 118 cents in the last week and stands at $5.04 per gallon. 

 

According to the app, Gasbuddy, the cheapest station in Illinois is at $3.48 a gallon while the most expensive was $9.99. The national average price of gasoline has risen 13.8 cents per gallon averaging $3.92 across the USA. This is up 22.5 cents from a month ago and 67 cents higher than a year ago. 

 

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy says one of the main reasons gas prices have increased is due to OPEC cutting oil production by two million barrels a day. Find more gasoline data by visiting http://prices.GasBuddy.com. 

Illinois Rebate Checks Continue To Be Distributed

Half of all rebate checks from the Illinois Family Relief Plan have been processed so far, and more are on their way. Illinois Department of Revenue Spokesperson Maura Kownacki says that eligible illinoisans have already been receiving income and property tax rebates with millions coming out in the coming weeks.  

 

 

Three million Illinoisans will receive a rebate and most will receive their money via direct deposit.

 

 

Find out more information online, by visiting tax.illinois.gov. 

YMCA Announces 34th Annual Fundraising Dinner Auction

The 34th Annual YMCA Auction is scheduled! The event will be taking place at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville on Friday, November 11th. The Christian County YMCA event will be coordinated by Jon Robinson as Chairperson, Tom Calvert, and Dee Ford as Decorating Committee Chairpersons, and Auction Executive Committee members for the 2022 YMCA Auction. 

 

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.  Invitations were mailed off on October 7th, to past attendees, and reservations for the important event are encouraged to be put in by October 31st with seating available for 200 and up to eight individuals per table.  There is a $75 admission fee per person and formal attire is recommended.  Doors will open at 5 PM with the silent auction beginning at 5:30 pm with an array of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, thumbprint cookies, champagne, and other beverages. 

 

There will be a welcome from the auction chairperson and an Angelo’s catered dinner and live auction at 7 PM.  An open bar and refreshments will be available throughout the weekend and sponsorship and gift donation opportunities will be available. 

 

The Christian County YMCA Auction is a fundraising event with proceeds going to offset operating expenses, subsidize pricing of membership and program fees, and provide assistance for those who qualify. For more information, contact the YMCA at 287-7271. 

 

Pictured (from L-R Tom Calvert, Auction Decorating Committee Chairperson, Bruce Blanshan, Executive Director of the YMCA, Jon Robinson, Auction Chairperson not pictured is Dee Ford, Auction Decorating Committee Chairperson):

It's S.A.D Season: Shelby County Community Services Dives In

Fall and Winter is the time to give special care to your mental health. 

 

Shelby County Community Services Mental Healthcare Specialist Ed Lachetta is raising awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. 

S.A.D symptoms include anxiety, mood swings, sleep disruption, fatigue, irritability, and overall depression. 

Lachetta urges you to see a healthcare specialist if symptoms start to become debilitating. 

Lachetta says that understanding why S.A.D. happens can help you make it through an episode. 

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

This Week Marks Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 9th through the 15th and Illinois DCFS is asking families to take time this week to create and practice your fire escape plan.  In October of 2019, DCFS launched a statewide program to provide free smoke alarms to families served by the department and distributed 3,154 smoke alarms to families across Illinois including nearly 900 this year.  

 

Illinois DCFS Director Marc D. Smith says that keeping children safe is the #1 priority of the DCFS. He encourages all families to have a plan in place and to practice that plan. According to theNational Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.  More than 1/3 of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present, and the risk of dying from a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

 

Illinois law requires every home to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on each floor of the home.  Families served by DCFS may request smoke alarms from their caseworker. For more information, visit www.fpw.org. 
 

Shelbyville Has Busy Weekend With Scarecrow Daze & Balloon Fest

The Shelbyville Area had a huge weekend. After the parade ended at 11, Shelbyville had an afternoon full of events for Scarecrow Daze and Balloon Fest. 

 

Balloon Fest chair Kevin Bernson says that the timing works out nicely having the Scarecrow Daze and Balloon Fest on the same weekend.

 

 

Bernson says that Balloon Fest presents the Shelbyville community with a big aviation day that features plenty of events to attend.

 

 

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism Director Freddie Fry says that there’s a ton of history to the balloon fest. 

 

 

Scarecrow Daze and Balloon Fest have both taken place over Columbus Day weekend in recent years.

Fall Back Into Summer Event Taking Place In Kincaid Friday & Saturday

The Midland Area Community Club in Kincaid is doing a “Fall Back into Summer” event that is taking place Friday and Saturday. Tammy Hart and Angie Alaria say that there will be a lot of great stuff going on in Kincaid. A lot of events will be taking place Friday evening and all day Saturday.

 

 

This event is being put together in the hopes to start working towards doing a Kincaid Labor Day Picnic event again. 

 

 

For more information, visit the Midland Area Community Club Facebook page and the event will take place at Kincaid Park. 

Eight People Injured In Four Vehicle Crash Thursday

Eight people were taken to the hospital following a motor vehicle crash that closed down parts of Route 29 for over 6 hours on Thursday. The crash happened at 12:25 PM on Thursday near Kennedy Road in Christian County. Three vehicles were slowed for construction and the lane was narrowed to just one car. A box truck, for unknown reasons, failed to slow down and struck the rear of the second vehicle which left the roadway to the right. 

 

The box truck then struck the rear of the third vehicle who hit the fourth. All drivers were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Two passengers of the second vehicle were flown to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  One passenger of both the third and fourth vehicles was also transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.  Regional Radio News will have more on this crash as it becomes available. 

Give A Kemmerer Village Child the Gift of Christmas

It’s not really Christmas in October, but Kemmerer Village in Assumption is getting ready to provide their residents a fantastic Christmas. 

 

Executive Director Schales Nagle asks you to sponsor a child this Christmas. 

Believe it or not, right now is the perfect time to sponsor a child. It gives you plenty of time to provide what they need. 

Nagle asks that if you sponsor a child, you buy two to three gifts. Or maybe one really good one that a child can put to good use. 

If the shopping part of sponsoring a child is not your thing, then you can directly sponsor a child’s summer camp. 

Learn more at kemmerervillage.org. Nagle appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shehadeh Found Guilty; Faces Up To 35 Years In Prison

A Taylorville man has been found guilty after a two day jury trial for delivery of methamphetamine.  Jamal Shehadeh, was arrested on March 3rd, 2021 after an investigation led to a narcotics arrest.  Shehadeh was arrested for delivery of meth on Cherokee Street.  At the time, he was on supervised release from the Federal Government for a guilty charge in 2014 for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.   

 

Shehadeh has previously been sentenced in 2009 for ten years for manufacturing and delivery of cocaine, In 2004, he was arrested and charged for threatening communications. He also has other arrests as well.  

 

Shehadeh is facing up to 35 years in prison at 85% including a revocation charge.  Click here for a view of the actual press release sent by the Taylorville Police Department. 

ISP, City, County Police Shut Down Route 29 Near Taylorville Due To Crash

Regional Radio News has learned of at least four different vehicles that are involved in a vehicle crash in between Lake Taylorville and the city of Taylorville on Route 29.  District 9 units are en-route to the multiple-vehicle crash, involving a commercial motor vehicle on Route 29, East of Taylorville. Currently, there is a lane blockage as officers are working the scene. Authorities are asking the public to find a different route and avoid the area.

 

As soon as we hear more, we will update you.  This is a developing story.

Registration Ending Soon For TCCU Scholarship Program

An annual scholarship program is reminding students that registration is ending soon. Registration for TCCU’s 9th annual scholarship program closes on Friday, October 14th. The program is open to all seniors graduating in 2023 from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana. Students are eligible who want to continue their education at a trade school, two year community college, or four year university. 

 

Eight students, two from each school, will be selected and each will receive $1000 towards their education. TCCU President Will Perkins encourages everyone to register.  You can register by providing the student’s name, a good photo, and a completed parental permission form. 

 

Registration and parental permission forms are available at all four TCCU locations and online at www.tccu.org.  Award recipients are determined by votes that are cast by community residents at local businesses.  Tri-county residents can cast votes whenever they shop at participating retailers in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana and for every $10 spent shoppers can cast one vote. Spend $100 and you can vote ten times. 

 

Voting begins Friday, November 18th and runs through February 28th, 2023. Posters of registered students will be displayed in participating businesses.  There is a limit of 100 votes per any individual purchase.  There is no limit to how many businesses people can visit. Students have until Friday, October 14th to register. Scholarships will be awarded in May of 2023.  For more information regarding the TCCU Scholarship, call or stop by any TCCU location including Taylorville at 824-9658, Hillsboro at 532-5300, Litchfield at 324-7496, or Pana at 562-2516.  Visit www.TCCU.org as well. 

Safety Around Haunted Houses

Haunted House season is upon Illinoisans and safety is a top priority for the Illinois Department of Labor and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Acting Illinois State Fire Marshal Dale Simpson says that haunted houses can provide special hazards that make them particularly vulnerable to fire and fire injuries if codes aren’t followed.  Owners of haunted houses need to make sure they keep the public and worker's safety in mind.  

 

Two tragic fires in the 1970s and 1980s at haunted houses have led to closer scrutiny of haunted house safety. Most haunted houses in Illinois are required to have smoke detectors and be protected by automatic sprinklers.  Rules from the OSFM serve as the minimum requirements.  Local fire and building departments can ask for stronger requirements. 

 

Exits and pathways must be wide enough to account for the maximum number of people in the amusement, there must be a limited number of dead-end paths, and a provision of panic hardware on exit doors.  There must also be restrictions on open flame devices or pyrotechnic special effects, furnishings, and decorations required to be flame resistant, and all workers must be prepared for all emergencies. 

 

Halloween is the second busiest season for IDOL inspectors and IDOL Acting Director Jane Flanagan says that the Illinois Department of Labor is working hard to make sure that public safety is met at all events to provide a fun and safe visit for everyone.  
 

State Senator Turner Swings By Taylorville For Senior Citizen Fair

The Senior Citizens of Christian County joined State Senator Doris Turner for a senior fair event at the center on Tuesday. The event provided area seniors the opportunity to connect with organizations, government agencies, and health care facilities and providers.  This allowed senior citizens to stay up to date with available resources and services.  Seniors could also receive flu shots and partake in bone density tests. 

 

Senator Turner says that community senior fairs help connect area residents with state agencies, health care providers, and local organizations to learn more about vital resources and take advantage of screenings and flu shots.

 

Senator Turner is hosting senior fairs throughout the district and has one more coming up in Springfield that will take place at the Salvation Army of Springfield from 9-11 AM on Tuesday October 11th.  Last week, Senator Turner was in Decatur. Those who would like to learn more about the upcoming senior fair can contact Senator Turner’s Springfield Office at 217-782-0228. 

Central Illinois Food Bank and Taylorville Food Pantry Welcoming Vitamin Angels Program

The Central Illinois Food Bank partners with the Vitamin Angels program. 

 

CIFB Public Relations Manager Tim Kirsininkas says its a program for expecting mothers and their newborn children providing proper nutrition and resources. 

Taylorville Food Pantry Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says that this program is coming to Taylorville, soon. 

Partner Resource Coordinator for CIFB Brock Denherder explains that Vitamin Angels has nothing to do with vitamins. Rather, it focuses on making sure mothers and their young children are well. 

Hagen welcomes the Vitamin Angels program because it will add to an already flourishing fresh foods program. 

Learn more at taylorvillefoodpantry.com or centralilfoodbank.org. Hagen, Denherder and Kirsininkas appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Dairy Can Improve Your Homecooked Meals

Eating at home provides more control over your nutrition and it saves money. 

 

That’s according to St. Louis Dairy Council Registered Dietitian Kelsey Bentlage. 

Not only can eating your own cooking help your nutrition goals, but it also helps create a welcoming family environment. 

Eating at home provides a great opportunity to prepare that comfort food you are craving. 

Bentlage has a few ideas for your next home-cooked meal. She also has a special recipe of the month to share at stldairycouncil.org. 

Follow the St. Louis Dairy Council on social media @stldairycouncil. Bentlage appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Award $2000 In Grants to Local Non-Profits

(Taylorville)--As part of its ongoing mission to help children and youth in the Taylorville community, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club this week awarded 4 Kiwanis Grant applications totaling 2-thousand dollars, to non-profits that submitted applications by the September 30 deadline.

 

Each non-profit organization will be receiving 500-dollars from the Kiwanis Club.  They include:

 

1.  Dinner Seasoned With Love's "Operation Loaded Book Bag" program, so that students and their families will not have the burden of worrying or stressing about where they are going to receive the money to purchase the school supplies that they need to be able to participate and succeed in school.  This program was shared by the head of the organization Suzy Traughber in a Kiwanis program a few weeks ago.  She was also honored at that time with the club's "Community Hero of the Month" award.

 

2.  Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, whose Executive Director is Kiwanis member Cathy Coker.  Our grant will help fund their "Earn While You Learn" and "Bright Course" programs, helping new-born parents learn important information regarding pre-natal and new baby care, healthy relationships, and life skills.  The "Earn While You Learn" program provides new parents "Mommy or Daddy Dollars" which they can use to purchase new or gently used items from their Baby Boutique, such as diapers, formula, cribs, car seats, strollers, and other items a baby needs.

 

3.  The Taylorville Public Library's Summer Reading Program.  It's meant to encourage children to develop a structured reading habit, engage with art and science, work with children their age in an informal capacity, and to promote continued personal and intellectual growth.

 

4.  The Taylorville Police Department Police Explorers program.  This program is simliar to the Boy Scouts, but has a law enforcement emphasis.  Chief Dwayne Wheeler, Officer Jody Grove, and several of the Explorer post members, gave a program at a Kiwanis meeting a few months back.  The TPD Explorers teaches youth different careers in law enforcement, life skills, and leadership.

 

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. 

Golden Apple Program Continues To Help Address Teacher Shortage

It’s no secret teachers are needed more than ever. 

 

Golden Apple is an Illinois program developing educators to fix the state’s teaching shortage. 

 

Chief Program Officer Kesa Thurman-Stovall says Golden Apple has worked to train new teachers for over 30 years. 

 

 

Golden Apple has two programs: They have the Scholars Program for high school seniors who want to be teachers after college, and they have the Accelerators Program. This program rapidly places potential teachers in the classroom. 

 

 

Thurman-Stovall says that teaching is very rewarding. 

 

 

Golden Apple will pay for any fees associated with education or preparation. Once you finish with the Accelerators Program, you will work in a classroom of need somewhere in Illinois.

 

 

Go to goldenapple.org/accelerators or goldenapple.org/scholars to find more information. 

Chamber Officials Celebrate Record-Setting Chillifest

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce had a record-setting Chillifest. 

 

The Chamber Chili tent cooked a record 12 kettles of chili Saturday, October 1st. 

 

Chamber president Jennifer Franklin is thrilled with the results. 

Franklin thanks everyone for their support throughout the year. 

Chillifest Committee Co-Chair April Wolfe says everyone enjoyed great weather all weekend long. Of course, Wolfe is already excited about Chillifest 2023. 

Wolfe thanked the volunteers for their work, too. 

Wolfe and Franklin spoke to Regional Radio News at Chillifest Saturday, October 1st. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Inducts New Member, Honors Outgoing Kiwanis President, Hears Committee Reports at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member,  honored its outgoing president, and heard monthly committee reports on how the Club is serving children and youth in the Taylorville community, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Brandon Bible was officially inducted as the Club’s newest member.  Bible is a new Country Financial agent in Taylorville, by member chair Adam Jeffrey.

 

 

Outgoing Kiwanis Club president Brad Davis was honored for his service this past Kiwanis year which ended September 30th.  Davis was given a certificate of appreciation from new Kiwanis president John Gardner.

 

As part of the Club’s monthly business meeting, committee chairs reported on the many activities benefiting children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan reported the Club had a very successful Kids’ Day fund raiser September 23rd and 24th at the Harrison Corner and at the Wal-Mart Super Center.  Kiwanis members and Kiwanis High School Key Club members asked for monetary donations to support local Club efforts.  Over 36-hundred dollars was raised.

 

Blanshan also announced the Club’s involvement in a Bike Rodeo at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on Saturday, October 15th; and the annual effort to provide coats, hats, and gloves to Taylorville Head Start students will take place later this month.

 

Key Club chair Will Perkins reported some 35 Taylorville High School students have joined the High School Key Club this school year.  The group will be involved in a Trick or Treating effort on behalf of UNICEF over Halloween.  

 

Kiwanis Park Commitee co-chair Larry Kemner reported that 2 major projects have been completed, those being new concrete being installed in the Kiwanis Park Pavilion, and the removal of a hollow tree at the Kiwanis Park playground.  A Spring Clean-Up Day will be held next spring, along with plans to paint the restrooms at Kiwanis Park.

 

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.     

             

Taylorville School Teacher Receives $50,000 Award For Excellence

A local teacher has received a $50,000 gift for himself and his school.  Taylorville High School Teacher Matt Blomquist received $35,000 for Taylorville School District and $15,000 for himself after he won a contest from Harbor Freight. Blomquist was named a winner of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence Tuesday morning.  Michelle Rosa, District Manager for Harbor Freight Schools, says that shop teachers need more recognition.

 

 

Blomquist said he was appreciative but speechless.

 

 

Blomquist has made with students 28 homes. They’re looking forward to #29. The house they are working on currently is at 828 West Vandeveer Street in Taylorville. 

 

A total of $1.25 million is being awarded to twenty high school skilled trades teachers in 15 states. We here at Regional Radio News salute you Matt Blomquist for your hard work and dedication towards your students and your craft! Click below to see a full video of the presentation.

 

 

TMH Auxiliary Glow Golf Outing This Saturday

Picture this – you and three friends, in the dark, playing golf. 

 

That could be you this weekend at Lakeshore Golf Course. 

 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Liaison Debbie Johnson says the shotgun start for Glow Golf takes place 3 p.m. Saturday. 

 

Johnson says the event supports Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Foundation.

The auxiliary had a successful Glow Golf event last October, too. 

Registration is $90 per golfer and includes everything you would need for a golf outing. 

Learn more when you click here

Johnson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pageant Director Reflects On Chillifest Pageants

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Day 1 featured a day packed with pageants. 

 

Pageant director Brittney Moore says she had a competitive field this year. 

Moore also announced this year’s winners. 

You can find the complete list of winners when you click here.

 

Moore spoke to Regional Radio News at Chillifest October 1st. 

Taylorville City Council Meets; Honors Peabody & Hohenstein

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening and held their first meeting of October. Matt Peabody and Neil Hohenstein were recognized by Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  Barry said they were not volunteers of the month, but rather Ambassadors of the Month.

 

Both Peabody and Hohenstein were recognized with a Sparklight Stronger Connection Teacher Award which was only given to a select few. Both men said they felt honored to receive their award. The city cleanup day was approved for October 15th at the Street Department at 205 North Cherokee starting at 7 AM. Sidewalks for the 300-400 blocks of East Main Cross from Wareham’s Security to Gardner Glass from BDD Funds and not Ward 1 funds was approved but Larry Budd was against it.


 

The board had a fairly large discussion over a motion to recommend to the City Council to approve dividing Ward V Funds evenly between the other four wards.  Alderman Chris Skultety expressed concern over the motion.

 

 

The motion failed 3-5 with Aldermen Jeremy Brown, Steve Dorchinecz, Kathy Driskell, Jim Olive, and Skultety voting NO. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry thanked the community for their support during Chillifest. The work on East Main Cross is expected to wrap up this week. The Mayor also thanked the community for their support during the Folds of Honor game Friday night. 

 

 

To hear the entire meeting, listen below. 

 

Designed With Detail Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A new local business had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning.  Designed with Detail at 602 East Park Street was recognized by the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The business run by Charlee Kocurek and Cheryl Morman officially is open to the public. The ladies say that it all started in 2018. 

 

 

The business does a lot of parties and projects to help with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other gatherings.  Kocurek and Morman both are proud of the work they’ve put in. 

 

 

For more information on Designed with Detail visit their website at www.designedwithdetail.com or Facebook page. 

 

 

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council meets this evening to discuss business, review ordinances, and hear from the public. After a review of the minutes, the board will go over city code amendments, approve city clean-up day on Saturday, October 15th, approve payment for sidewalks on East Main Cross, and approve the Water Department purchasing an excavator. 

 

The board will hear from the Street and sewer committee.  The committee will discuss the removal of the driveway approach on the north side of the100 block of West Vine Street, approve the replacement sidewalks at the Taylorville Food Center, and a payment request for work on the East Main Cross Street Improvements.

 

The board will hear from the city attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story at the conclusion of the event. 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Officials Pleased With Turnout at 37th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

Officials with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce were pleased with how the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest turned out this past Saturday and Sunday on the Square.

 

A record 12 kettles of chilli were cooked at the new chilli tent on the southeast corner of the Square on Saturday, breaking the Saturday record of 9.  Sunday, 3 kettles of chilli were cooked.  Additional quantities of Pepsi products had to be obtained on Saturday due to the large crowds.   Chilli was also sold hot or cold by the quart, including drive-thru service.  The Chamber chilli tent is one of the largest fund-raisers for the organization each year.

 

Vendors polled by Chillifest committee members were pleased with their results as well, and 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging turned out cooks from several states.

 

Chamber officials attributed last weekend’s perfect weather, and the ability to sell hot chilli by the bowl for the first time in 3 years, for the huge turnout.

 

The Chamber raffle was won by Marrissa Millman who won just over 29-hundred dollars.

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest will be in year 38 the first weekend of October in 2023.

Taylorville FFA Sponsors Kiddie Tractor Pull at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest; Winners Announced

 

Winners were announced after Sunday’s Taylorville FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull at the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

Here are the results in the 4 age categories:

 

Ages 3 and 4:  First place Adeline Davis, 2nd place Orin Fry, 3rd place Emaland Kater.

 

Ages 5 and 6:  First place Weston Lafever, 2nd place Ezra Davis, 3rd place Timothy Jeffrey.

 

Ages 7 and 8:  First place Carmen Vincent, 2nd place Lincoln Kee, 3rd place Nathan Crowell.

 

Ages 9 and 10:  First place Tyler Crowell, 2nd place Mila Gregory, 3rd place Wyatt Lefever.

 

Ages 11 and 12:  First place Emma Sneed, 2nd place Kyson McKinney, 3rd place Jackson Lamb.

 

The event was part of the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the Square.

Winners Announced in Second Day of International Chilli Society Sanctioned Judging at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

Winners were announced Sunday in the second day of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, at the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the Square.

 

In red chilli judging, first place went to Helen McAuley of Springfield who won a trip to the World Chanpionship in 2023, 500-dollars and a banner.  2nd place went to George Rives of Missouri who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Ken Blaida who won one-hundred dollars and a certificate.

 

In homestyle chilli judging Sunday, first place went to Mike Mayenschein of Oklahoma who won the right to cook in the World Championship, plus 300-dollars and a banner.  2nd place went to Mary Cannon of Wisconsin who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Doug Hoy of Stonington, Illinois, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In verde judging, first place went to McCauley, who earned the right to cook in that category in the World Championship next year, plus 300-dollars and a banner.  2nd place winner was Brenda Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won one-hundred dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Lloyd Weir, Brenda’s husband, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In salsa judging during the 2nd day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Brenda Weir, who won the right to cook in the World Championship next year in that category, plus 200-dollars and a banner.  2nd place went to Chrissy Atwood of Indiana who won one-hundred dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was McAuley who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

People’s Choice winners as voted on by the public Sunday included:  In salsa, Robin Seuferer; in verde, Mike Mayenschein; in homestyle, Lloyd Weir; and in red chilli, Doug Hoy.  Each will get their entry fee paid in their respective category at next year’s World Championship.

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  Here are Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest ICS Central States Cook-off winners in red chilli judging.  Back row from the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; 3rd place winner Ken Blaida; 2nd place winner George Rives; and first place winner Helen McAuley.  Middle row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Miss Teen Chilli Pepper Holly Kruse and Junior Miss Jolie Cavatorta.   Front row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Little Mister Chilli Pepper Amauri Nation and Little Chilli Bean Karmella Lawrence.

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  Here are Sunday’s I-C-S judging homestyle winners from Sunday.  Back row, from the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; 3rd place winner Doug Hoy and his assistant; 2nd place winner Mary Cannon; and first place winner Mike Mayenschein.  Middle row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Miss Teen Chilli Pepper Holly Kruse and Junior Miss Jolie Cavatorta.   Front row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Little Mister Chilli Pepper Amauri Nation and Little Chilli Bean Karmella Lawrence.

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:   Sunday’s winners in verde judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest include:  Back row, from left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert;   3rd place winner Lloyd Weir; 2nd place winner Brenda Weir, Lloyd’s wife; and first place winner Helen McAuley.  Middle row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Miss Teen Chilli Pepper Holly Kruse and Junior Miss Jolie Cavatorta.   Front row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Little Mister Chilli Pepper Amauri Nation and Little Chilli Bean Karmella Lawrence.

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  Salsa winners in Sunday’s I-C-S Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest competion include:   Back row, from left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; 3rd place winner Helen McAuley; 2nd place winner Chrissy Atwood; and first place winner Brenda Weir.  Middle row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Miss Teen Chilli Pepper Holly Kruse and Junior Miss Jolie Cavatorta.   Front row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Little Mister Chilli Pepper Amauri Nation and Little Chilli Bean Karmella Lawrence.

 

 

CAPTION TO ABOVE:  People’s Choice award winners in Sunday’s I-C-S judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest include:  Back row, from the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; Homestyle winner Lloyd Weir.  Salsa winner Robin Seuferer, verde winner Mike Mayenschein, and red chilli winner Doug Hoy, were not available for the photo.  Middle row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Miss Teen Chilli Pepper Holly Kruse and Junior Miss Jolie Cavatorta.   Front row is Chillifest royalty, from the left:  Little Mister Chilli Pepper Amauri Nation and Little Chilli Bean Karmella Lawrence.

Cook-off Winners Announced in First Day of International Chilli Society Judging at Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

Winners were chosen at the end of the first of 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging at the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on Saturday.

 

Saturday’s competition was the “Chillinois” Regional Cook-Off.

 

In red chilli judging, first place winner was Trent Atwood of Indiana, who received 500-dollars, a banner, and earned the right to complete in the World Championship in 2023.  2nd place in that category was Mary Cannon of Missouri, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Tonya Jester of Indiana, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.

 

In homestyle chilli judging, first place winner was Cannon, who won 300-dollars, a banner, and earned the right to compete in next year’s World Championship.  2nd place winner was George Rives of Missouri, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In verde judging Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, first place winner was Weir, who won 300-dollars, a banner, and the right to compete in the World Chanpionship next year.  2nd place winner was Jester, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Ken Blaida who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In salsa judging, first place winner was Weir, who won 200-dollars, a banner, and the right to compete at the World Championship next year.  2nd place winner was Mike Mayenschin, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  3rd place winner was Robin Seuferer of Iowa, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.

 

In the People’s Choice Awards, in salsa the winner was Josh Nicol of Taylorville, who won a certificate and his way paid to cook in the World Championship.  In homestyle, the winner was Jimmy Redenour, who won a certificate and his entry feed paid to next year’s World Championship.  Verde winner was Nichol, who won a certificate and his way paid to the verde World Championship, and the red chilli People’s Choice Award winner was Weir, who won a certificate and his way paid to cook in the red competition at World next year.

 

Tom Calvert again chaired the I-C-S “Chillinois” Regional Cook-off Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.

 

 

Here are Saturday’s People’s Choice Award winners during the “Chillinois” Regional Cook-off at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  From the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; 3rd from left is homestyle winner Jimmy Redenour; 2nd from the right is salsa winner Josh Nicol, who also won the verde competition; and far right is red People’s Choice winner Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois.

 

Here are Saturday’s salsa cook-off winners in the “Chillinois” Regional Cook-off at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.  From the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; first place winner Lloyd Weir; 2nd place winner Mike Mayenschin;  and 3rd place winner Robin Seuferer.

 

Saturday’s verde cook-off winners at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest were, from the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; first place winner Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois; 2nd place winner Tonya Jester of Indiana; and 3rd place winner Ken Blaida.

 

 

Winners were announced Saturday in homestyle chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Cook-off chair Tom Calvert; first place winner Mary Cannon; 2nd place winner George Rives of Missouri; and 3rd place winner Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois.

 

Saturday’s winners in red chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest were, from the left:  Chilli cook-off chair Tom Calvert; first place winner Trent Atwood; 2nd place winner Mary Cannon; and 3rd place winner Tonya Jester.

Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Crowns Royalty Saturday During Pageants

Winners were chosen Saturday during the annual pageants at the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

 

It was the first year for the Little Chilli Bean pageant.  Winner was Karmella Lawrence, while first runner-up was Caroline Hurley.  2nd runner-up was Mabel Moeller, and Evelynn Cox won the award for selling the most raffle tickets in that category.  The Best Dressed award went to Issac Bondy, and the Most Photogenic award went to Cox.

 

 

In the Little Mister pageant, first place winner was 5-year-old Amauri Nation of Taylorville.  First runner-up was 5-year-old Memphis Adkins of Taylorville, while 4-year-old Ryker Homeier was named 2nd runner-up.  The People’s Choice award winner was Homeier, while 3-year-old Hudson Porter of Taylorville sold the most raffle tickets.  Porter also won the award for best stage presence, Adkins won the Best Dressed competition, and Nation won the Best Photogenic award in the Little Mister Chilli Pepper competition.

 

In the Little Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, first placed winner was 3-year-old Lainey Morris from Taylorville, while first runner-up was 5-year-old Jada Hayes of Taylorville.  Second runner-up was 4-year-old Brinley Fisher of Taylorville, Hayes won the People’s Choice Award.  Hayes also sold the most raffle tickets sold.  Best Stage Presence award in the Little Miss contest was 5-year-old Oria Becker of Taylorville, the Best Dressed winner was 6-year-old Kennedy Harris of Kincaid, and Morris won the Most Photogenic.

 

 

In the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Junior Miss pageant Saturday, this year’s winner was 9-year-old Jolie Cavatorta of the Central A&M area, while first runner-up was 8-year-old Hollyn Becker of Taylorville.  Second runner-up was eleven-year-old Alysse Brown of Taylorville, the People’s Choice winner was 7-year-old Abigail Grundy of Morrisonville, and Grundy also sold the most raffle tickets in that category.  Brown won the Best Dressed Award, and Cavatorta won the Most Photogenic award.

 

In the Teen Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, winner was 12-year-old Holly Kruse of Taylorville, first alternate was 13-year-old Liberty Irene Courtaway of Taylorville, and 2nd alternate was 13-year-old Ava Walton of Morrisonville.  The People’s Choice award winner was Kruse, Miss Congeniality was 14-year-old Karlee Edwards of Taylorville, and 13-year-old Laynee Smith of Pana sold the most raffle tickets.  Kruse won the Best Interview and Stage Presence awards, Courtaway the Best Dressed award, and Smith won the Most Photogenic award.

 

 

And, in the Miss Chilli Pepper pageant, winner was 16-year-old Claire Kuhn of Pana, while first alternate was 17-year-old Delaney Michelle Rae Epley of Pana.  2nd alternate was 17-year-old Vivian Rogers of Taylorville, who also won the People’s Choice award.  Epley won the Miss Congeniality award, Rogers sold the most raffle tickets and was also presented the Best Interview award.  Epley also won the Stage Presence award, while 17-year-old Hailey Durham of Pana won the Best Dressed award, and 15-year-old Taylor Lush of Morrisonville won the Best Photogenic award.

 

The pageants were all held on the South Main Stage of the event.

Opening Ceremony Kicks Off 37th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Saturday

 

The 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce kicked off Saturday morning on the Square.  Boy Scout Troop 68, Cub Scout Packs 68 and 132, and Troop 132, presented the colors on the stage.

 

 

The Taylorville High School Alumni Choir, under the direction of Keith Chase, performed the National Anthem.

 

 

Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry presented a welcome to those attending this year's Chillifest.

 

Beautiful weather greeted the hundreds attending one of the 2-day event.  The complete schedule of events can be found HERE.

 

Breaking News: Illinois Attorney General Approves Kroger's Asbestos Remediation Plan; Work Starts Monday

Regional Radio News has learned the Illinois Attorney General's Office has approved the Taylorville Kroger store's asbestos remediation plan, and work to begin remediation at the store will begin on Monday.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry shared the information with Regional Radio News this morning.

 

The store closed July 29th when the state Environmental Protection Agency received a report of asbestos that had gotten outside of a containment area while an abatement company hired by Kroger was working at the store.

Designed With Detail Recognized As Taylorville Business Of The Month For October

The Miller Media Group along with BNG Administrative Services are recognizing a local business every month for their “Business of the Month.”  This month, Designed with Detail, at 602 East Park Street, has been recognized. The business, run by Charlee Kocurek and Cheryl Morman, was recognized with a certificate.  Becky Edwards, with BNG Administrative Services, was there to welcome and congratulate Designed with Detail.

 

 

Morman says that it was something she was really excited about.

 

 

Designed with Detail had its Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday. Find out more by visiting https://designedwithdetail.com/.

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