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Christian County Triad Presents "Who's Knocking At Your Door"

Christian County TRIAD is hosting a “Who’s Knocking at Your Door” event at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center, located at 701 West Adams Street in Taylorville. The event takes place on Thursday, December 1st from 9:30-11am and is open to anyone age 55 and older, in addition to caregivers and people providing assistance. 

 

Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Beaman says that the event is to help raise awareness in the elderly community about various workers that might be at the door and their purpose in an attempt to help identify scammers.

 

 

Beaman says that the event will allow seniors to see what uniforms and badges different workers wear and what kinds of vehicles they drive.

 

 

The Christian County TRIAD is a partnership which involves Senior Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Support and Protective Services who work together to promote senior safety, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for seniors.

 

Learn more about the event and about TRIAD on the Christian County TRIAD Facebook page.


 

Social Security Aiding You In Any Stage of Life

Social Security Administration is there to walk you through the entirety of your life, not just the retirement phase. 

 

That’s according to Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers. 

Meyers says that the end of the year is a good time to remember that Social Security is here to help you if and when you need it. 

Social Security also pays special attention to veterans and active-duty military. 

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

Taylorville Estates Ready For Holiday Season

Taylorville Estates is feeling the holiday spirit. 

Administrator Toni Clark says that this is the resident’s favorite party, which they like to host year-round. 

Clark says that Taylorville Estates continues to offer Comfort Care Suites for residents looking for flexibility in their stay. 

Taylorville Estates offering an End of Year Move-In Special until December 31st. 

Learn more when you click here.

Christian County Historical Society Preserving the County's History

The Christian County Historical Society preserves buildings and offers education to Christian County residents.

 

Board Member Kay Frevert says that they work hand-in-hand with the Genealogy Society.

Frevert hopes more people will discover the historical society. 

The society preserves multiple historical sites throughout Christian County. 

Frevert invites you to check out your local family history through the Christian County Historical Society. 

Learn more on the Christian County Historical Society Facebook. Frevert appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Honor "Community Hero of the Month", Hear from THS Tommy TV Video Production Students at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month” and heard from 7 students involved in the Taylorville High School Tommy TV video production class, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

 

Jonathan Newlin was presented this month’s Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month” Award for being involved in his church, men’s ministry, being a long-time city employee, and his 50 years of participation in the Taylorville Municipal Band.  Newlin was nominated by Kiwanis member Blain Cornwell, who presented Newlin with the Award.

 

 

The T-H-S Tommy TV video production class each introduced themselves and also talked about what their job is when doing a live video stream.  Students appearing included Carly Durham, Tanner Smith, Ella Hohenstein, Ben Wamsley, Drew Mickey, Jordan Staples, and Riley Sims.

 

This is Durham's 3rd year in the class.

 

 

Wamsley is in his first year in the class, and talked about the importance of audio.

 

 

Sims, a junior, is in her 2nd year in the class, and talked about the graphic software used.

 

 

The students told the Kiwanis club the class has streamed numerous sporting events as well as interview programs.  All said the experience has been a great one for them and will influence their future career choices.

 

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.  

 

People's Bank and Trust and WTIM November 2022 THS Students of the Month

Regional Radio News is excited to present the following students with the Student of the Month Award for Taylorville High School. 

 

 

 

Freshman Madison King; Sophomore Ella Hogge; Junior Lyris Stockon; Senior Gabby Kelm.

 

Congratulations to these fantastic students. 


 

TMH Advises Smokers 55-77 To Receive A Lung Cancer Screening

The end of Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to schedule a cancer screening. 

 

That’s according to Taylorville Memorial Hospital Director of Ancillary Services Lora Polley. 

This is part of TMH’s mission to meet the community's need. Director of Community Health Darin Buttz says that the hospital’s health needs assessment determined there is a high rate of smokers in Christian County. 

TMH recently received an award for its program to prevent youth from vaping at Taylorville Junior High School. The “Catch My Breath” program instilled courses for the entire junior high, and it installed vaping sensors in various areas throughout the school that alert administration if a student

Polley is excited to announce an adult program to stop smoking. 

Learn more at memorial.health. Polley and Buttz appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

THS Madrigal Dinners December 9th and 10th

The Taylorville High School Madrigal Dinners taking place December 9th and 10th. 

 

Director Keith Chase says it’s an evening full of singing, food, and fun. 

Erika Edwards, Savannah Blanford, and Riley Elam all spoke about what it means to them to be part of the Madrigals. 

Chase describes the details and how you can get your hands on a ticket. 

The Madrigals appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas This Saturday

The Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas is this weekend. 

 

That’s according to Coordinator Malea Elson.

Elson is thrilled to have a ton of vendors participate in this Old Fashioned Christmas. 

You can’t forget about the American Legion. They are hosting their own vendors. 

The Christmas parade takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There’s still time to sign up if you want to be in the parade. 

Learn more on the Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas Facebook. Elson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Warrensburg Police, Macon County Sherriff, and ISP Investigating Fatal Home Shooting

One woman is dead after shots fired in Warrensburg. 

 

According to the Macon County Coroner, Michael Day, Warrensburg Police, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting in the 200 block of N. Durfee street in Warrensburg. 

 

Wednesday, November 23rd, authorities responded to the address for a report of gunshots fired. They found Lourash in her home deceased from apparent gunshot trauma. They also discovered another unnamed adult. An ambulance took them to an out-of-county trauma center. Their status is unknown at this time. 

 

An autopsy took place Friday at the Macon County Coroner’s Office. Results are pending. 

 

This is an open investigation. 

Taylorville Park District Board Approves Manners Park Pool Project Proposition to Hold Referendum in April

Taylorville Park District Board held its November meeting Monday night in a Christmas Tree decorated Manner's Park Dining Hall.

 

The board approved a resolution to submit a proposition to issue bonds for the Manner's Park Pool. Official issue of bonds won't take place until a successful referendum at the consolidated election in April 2023.

 

Attorney David Pistorius explained what this means for the park district pool project over the next six months.

Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says that it's time to pay Burbatch Aquatics for their efforts in the pool project so far. 

The board approved a 10 percent annual increase to the annual audit fee. Treasurer Sue Phillips says the auditing company, Pulley, Martynowski & Blakeman, earned the raise.

Hancock hopes this year's Christmas in the Park, starting December 7th in Manners Park, will be special. 

The board members approved an Employee Christmas Bonus and Party. The next Park District Board meeting is set for December 26th.

 

Learn more about Christmas in the Park at taylorvilleparkdistrict.com

Pana Chamber Downtown Christmas Festival Kicks Off Pana's Holiday Season

Pana Chamber of Commerce held their Downtown Pana Chamber Christmas Festival Sunday evening. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamber Treasurer and coordinator of the festival Jennifer Mathis says they’re happy to bring this event to downtown Pana once again. 

Mathis says everyone loved the ice skating rink the chamber set up in front of People’s Bank and Trust. 

The chamber is thankful for all the volunteers that helped bring this event together. 

The Christmas Festival is always the weekend after Thanksgiving, and it signals the start of the holiday season for Pana. The Chamber has two more events coming in the near future. 

 

The first starts today. Mathis encourages you to watch the chamber Facebook page. 

Again, look out for the Facebook page, Pana Chamber of Commerce, for more information. 

Something For Everyone At The Taylorville Library

The Taylorville Public Library always has new things going on and Director of the Library Ryan Reitmeier says that there is something for everyone at the library.  One of the newest advantages the library is offering are hotspots.

 

 

Another area that the library is helping out is by lending out video game systems.

 

 

Reitmeier says one of the big ways that the library can be successful is by reaching teenagers through an advisory board.

 

 

Find out more information by visiting https://www.taylorvillelibrary.org/. Reitmeier appeared as a guest on the WTIM morning show.

Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn Offer Many Services

Brittany Reynolds is Director of Marketing at Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorne Inn, both just north of Shelbyville on Illinois Route 128.

 

Reynolds loves her job.

 

 

Reynolds says the resumption of Hawthorne Bingo brings fun to the residents and community.

 

 

Their Hawthorne Inn assisted living facility has several room options.

 

 

Reynolds appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

Bell Ringers Needed for Shelbyville Salvation Army Fund Drive

Don Jeffries is pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Shelbyville, and also heads up the Salvation Army office in downtown Shelbyville.  That office provides services for Shelby County residents.

 

Jeffries says the Salvation Army just over a year ago moved to their downtown location.

 

 

Jeffries is looking for bell ringers to raise money to help people in Shelby County.

 

 

Jeffries says their Salvation Army bell ringers this season.

 

 

Jeffries was a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

Christmas Builder and Craft Fair Fund Raiser for Shelbyville Bridges Program December 10

Betty Watkins heads up the Christmas Builder and Craft Fair being held at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville on North Hickory December 10th from 9 til 2.

 

Watkins says this event is special as profits will go toward the Shelbyville Bridges program.

 

 

Watkins gave an example of the many items to be offered at the Fair.

 

 

Educational books will also be offered at a vendor booth according to Watkins.

 

 

Watkins appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our Shelbyville studios.

WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3 Celebrating 25th Anniversary On Air This Month

The Miller Media Group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of its radio stations this month.

What is now W-S-V-Z Cruisin’ 98.3, the group’s Shelbyville station, signed on the air for the first time on November 25th, 1997, from studios on West Route 16 in Shelbyville.

For all of its 25 years, 98-point-3 has featured Shelbyville and Shelby County programming, including Shelbyville Rams sports, the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair, and countless live broadcasts from various town festivals and events.

W-S-V-Z continues to have studios in both downtown Shelbyville and in Taylorville.

Illinois EPA Extends Taylorville Kroger's Asbestos Abatement Work to December 2

Officials with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency tell Regional Radio News the agency issued a modification of its seal order, which authorizes the Taylorville Kroger’s consultants to conduct work required to complete the approved asbestos remediation plan through December 2.  The agency added the store cannot be safely reopened until work under the plan is completed.  

The Taylorville store was closed July 29th by the EPA after it was discovered asbestos had leaked from a containment area while abatement work was being done in the store.

Illinois State Police Investigating Thursday Firearm Incident in Litchfield

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) is investigating an officer involved shooting in Litchfield.  ISP, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Litchfield Police Department officers responded to call of a person with a gun.  Just after 10 o’clock Thursday morning, officers located the suspect in the parking lot of Taylorville Community Credit Union.  The subject displayed a firearm and two Litchfield police officers, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy, and an ISP trooper discharged their firearms.  The suspect was struck and disarmed, and then transported to the hospital.   No officers were struck or injured during the incident. 
 
In accordance with the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act and the Illinois State Police Law, Special Agents of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation are investigating these events.  
 
This investigation is open and ongoing. Upon completion of the investigation, all evidence and facts will be submitted for review to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney's Office.   All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Secretary of State Targets Shoppers Illegally Using Disability Parking

Secretary of State Police will be conducting stings this holiday season to target people illegally parking in spaces reserved for people with disabilities. Secretary of State Jesse White announced that Secretary of State Police will be enforcing the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities across the state starting on Black Friday and continuing throughout the holiday shopping season. This marks the 15th year that these stings are being conducted across the state of Illinois. Secretary White says that the “mission is not to issue tickets, but to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them.”

 

Drivers caught misusing a disability placard face a six month driver’s license suspension and a $600 fine. Repeat violators will face a one year driver’s license suspension and a $750 fine for a second offense. All subsequent offenses will result in a $1000 fine plus the violator’s driver’s license being revoked for one year. The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a disability placard or disability license plates can be up to $350. Using a deceased person’s placard or a fraudulent placard can result in a $2500 fine and the violator’s driver’s license being revoked for one year.

 

Individuals who wish to report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities can do so by calling 217-785-0309 or by going on to ilsos.gov and completing the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

DoIT Warns About Cyber Scams During Holiday Season

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is warning shoppers about cyber internet scams. DoIT CIO Jennifer Ricker says that while the holidays are a busy time for shoppers, it is just as busy for cyber criminals trying to trick buyers into scams in an attempt to steal personal information. 

 

The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends the following practices as you conduct your online shopping. Think before you click by not clicking on enticing offer links and popups. Instead, go directly to the company’s website to ensure that the offer is legitimate. Do your homework by reading reviews about a product or merchant and ensure that the business is real as cyber thieves are fond of setting up fake e-commerce sites. Consider your payment options and refrain from saving payment information in your profile. It is recommended that you use a credit card over a debit card as there are more protections for credit cards should something go wrong. Keep tabs on your bank and credit card statements to check for any unauthorized activity.

 

Learn more about ways to protect yourself from cyber scams by visiting the Department of Innovation & Technology website.  

Nokomis Police Makes A Pair Of Separate Arrests

A Nokomis woman was arrested on Tuesday for methamphetamine trafficking. 35 year old Katie R. Cole of Nokomis was arrested by Nokomis Police on Tuesday, November 22nd on a sealed warrant for methamphetamine trafficking. Nokomis police say that this arrest led to the seizure of more than 150 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Nokomis PD thanks Montgomery County States Attorney Andrew Affrunti and the Hillsboro Police Department K9 for their assistance in this investigation. 

 

In an unrelated investigation, Nokomis PD arrested 52 year old Michael L. Engelhart of Nokomis on Sunday, November 20th. Engelhart was arrested following a several months long investigation and charged with aggravated assault, forcible rape, human trafficking and possession of controlled substances. Engelhart was transferred to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and is awaiting arraignment. 
 

Loving Arms Pregnancy Center A Place Of Hope For Those Who Need It

If you have recently found out you are pregnant or are worried that you may be pregnant and want peace of mind, Loving Arms Pregnancy Center in Pana and Taylorville has some help available. Cathy Coker, Executive Director, says that they have free pregnancy services for those who need it. 

 

 

Loving Arms offers support for parents such as diapers, wipes, formula, and more.

 

 

Coker says that Loving Arms offers assistance in a program called Healing the Heart which is a post-abortion recovery program.

 

 

There are also services for fathers as well.

 

All services are confidential, free, and so important for those who need it. Loving Arms Pregnancy Center phone line is: 217-824-7200, or the 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-712-4357 or visit www.lovingarmsillinois.com.   

Taylorville Parks Department Starts Making Preparations For Christmas In The Park

Christmas in the Park at Manners Park is back in its holiday beauty and recreational director Bailey Hancock says that every year she tries hard to make it better than the year before. This year’s Christmas in the Park runs from December 9th all the way through December 25th with special events taking place consistently between December 7th and the 22nd. Sleigh rides are back and they will be held for free from 5:30-8:30 PM on December 14th and 15th. 

 

 

Christmas in the Park starts before cars are allowed to go through, on December 7th and 8th with the Jingle Bell Walk where families will have a chance to walk through the park.

 

 

December 9th is the regular opening night where it’s open to Cars.  Hancock asks that you turn your headlights OFF when you go through as a courtesy to the other guests. On December 9th will be milk, cookies, and Magic with Santa.

 

 

There will be a Little Mister and Miss Snowflake Competition on December 10th at 6 PM and a Christmas Bake-Off on December 11th.

 

 

To see a full list of events visit the Taylorville Park District’s Facebook page. We also have it here. 

 

Hancock appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Learn About Christian County CEO Program at Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from eleven of the 12 Christian County CEO students, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

CEO stands for “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities”, and is a class offered to Christian County seniors teaching business skills.  Students are selected thru an application process, and the program is administered by a local board of business and school leaders from thru-out the county.

 

The Christian County CEO was founded some 8 years ago after Taylorville native Craig Lindvahl, who was a teacher at Effingham High School at the time, founded the Effingham County CEO program.  He then offered the program to other counties in Illinois including Christian.  Today, the CEO program is offered in over 40 areas of the Midwest.

 

CEO participants appearing at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting talked about their own journey with the program so far this year, and their work towards establishing their own business which will be introduced at the Trade Show at Visionway Christian Church in Taylorville next April 22nd.

 

CEO student Alaina Deal told the club how the class functions.

 

 

The CEO class has toured many local businesses and even in Chicago.  CEO student Darrian Ippolito told Kiwanis members about a tour of Chicago businesses led by 2 members of the Barry family, who grew up in Taylorville.

 

 

CEO student Macy Richards said the creation of a class business gives seed money for their individual start-up businesses to be introduced at the CEO Trade Show next April.

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is among many organizations, businesses, and individuals that gave financial support to get the program started and keep it going in Christian County.

 

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 City Council Meets; Approves BDD Agreements, New Truck For HBO

The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening to discuss business, review ordinances, and hear from guests. The board approved all minutes along with over 10 ordinances including eight ordinances involving the Business Development District.  The board approved a motion concerning a whistleblower protection policy, an ordinance amending the zoning classification of 316 West Vine Street, and an ordinance concerning a no parking sign on East Esther Street and the West side of Wilkinson Street.  They have also approved adding 4-way stop signs at the intersection of North Lawn Avenue and West Elm Street.

 

The board approved a special events permit for Carriages Rides in Downtown Taylorville on December 3rd, from 5-9 PM through the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.  The board discussed for a while, but ultimately approved the purchase of a 2022 F-250 Cab from Landmark Ford for HBO to be paid from the Health & Safety Budget.  The 2015 truck will be sent to the airport.

 

The board approved the 2021/2022 audit and the worker's compensation policy renewal as well. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry encouraged everyone to attend the Christmas parade the first weekend of December. 

 

The next city council meeting is set for December 5th. 

Taylorville Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

A Taylorville woman has been arrested for possession of various drugs. 47 year old Cara A. Montgomery of Taylorville was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine and obstruction. 

 

The Community Action Team had been investigating Montgomery and were able to get enough probable cause for a search warrant. States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl assisted in obtaining the search warrant.

 

The Community Action Team conducted the search warrant Monday night on the 400 block of East Adams. The team recovered several pieces of evidence that led to Montgomery’s arrest. Montgomery already had a warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on another drug charge.

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler thanks everyone involved and the input received from citizens in “getting this poison off our streets.” 

THS Choir Members Perform at ILMEA District 5 Concert Festival

Four members of the Taylorville High School Choirs participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s District 5 Concert Festival on Saturday, November 19 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Each member had earned a spot in the Senior Mixed Choir or Treble Choir that performed that day by auditioning back in October. The ILMEA District 5 Senior Mixed Choir was directed by Benjamin Hawkinson, Acting Director of Choral Activities at Millikin University. They performed Esto Le Digo by Kinley Lange; Gloria (from Heligmesse) by Franz Joseph Haydn, arr. John Leavitt; How Good by Michael Englehardt; Chasing Visions by Don MacDonald; and The Fox arr. by Blake Richter and Taylor Shaeffer. THS Choir members who were in the Senior Mixed Choir are: Vannah Blanford, Soprano; Riley Elam, Tenor; Daniel Garrison, Bass.

 

The ILMEA District 5 Treble Choir was directed by Alexandria Taxon, Director of Choirs at Huntley High School. The Treble Choir performed Jonah by Rollo Dillworth; Will There Be a Morning by Craig Hella Johnson; Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia by David L. Brunner; and The Fox arr. Blake Richter and Taylor Shaeffer. THS Choir members who were in Treble Choir are: Jaylee Smith, Soprano.

 

 

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THS Band members who performed with ILMEA District 5 Senior Mixed Choir and Treble Choir are pictured. Front row from L to R; Jaylee Smith, Vannah Blanford. Back row from L to R; Riley Elamk, Daniel Garrison.

Temporary Visitor Restrictions In Effect At Memorial Hospitals

There have been some temporary changes made to the visitor policy at Memorial Health including Taylorville Memorial Health.  There has been a statewide increase in respiratory illnesses including COVID-19, influenza, and RSV, so Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the other four Memorial health hospitals in Decatur, Jacksonville, Lincoln, and Springfield will apply temporary visitor restrictions.  The restrictions are not going to apply to outpatient Memorial Care locations, including urgent or primary care and laboratory or imaging appointments.

 

Memorial Health is requiring that hospital visits be limited to two visitors per patient at one time.  All visitors must be 18 years of age or older and show no signs of illness.  To help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, cover your mouth especially when sneezing or coughing, wash hands frequently, receive all vaccinations, and wear a mask around others.

 

Most people who do suffer from respiratory illness recover completely in one to two weeks, but some people can develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.  For more information about respiratory illnesses and how you can prevent it and what symptoms to look out for, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. 

CCYMCA Ramping Up Activities

The Christian County YMCA has a lot going on and something for everyone inside. Mary Del Valle and Jodi Van Utahvin, aquatics and program director with the YMCA, talked about some of the great things taking place. One of the programs going on has been teen center and grade school party which are fun and safe atmospheres for your children.

 

 

Youth basketball is picking up steam. The Christian County YMCA is teaming up with the South Fork Basketball League.

 

 

Basketball is very popular at the Y and there are all kinds of different games, activities, and other things going on that involve the sport.

 

 

Registration is available online or in person.

 

 

For more information visit the YMCA at www.ccymca.org or call 287-7271. Del Valle and Utahvin appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show. 

Plenty Of Holiday Cheer In Taylorville

Holidays are in the air and Taylorville is a buzz with activities. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry joined Brenda Spurling Monday morning to discuss some of the great things going on in Taylorville.  Mayor Barry encourages everyone to come out for the Christmas parade next weekend. There will be ice skating and carriage rides as well in December.

 

 

Mayor Barry says that there has been a lot of hard work to secure grants for the Business Development District and Spurling says those grants are important because they allow for work to be done that doesn’t normally get done.

 

 

Mayor Barry is thrilled with how much Taylorville has been given in the last few years.

 

 

The East Main Cross project has finished up and there are some little projects being done throughout the city.

 

 

Mayor Barry and Brenda Spurling appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show. 

Taylorville Fire Department Hosting Angel Tree Program This Holiday Season

The Taylorville Fire Department is once again doing its Angel Tree program to help families who may need help with presents this time of year for their families.  Taylorville Fire Department Captain Nick Zepin says the program developed from two separate programs. 

 

 

Zepin explained the process and it has to do with going to the Fire Department if you are a family in need, or going to Walmart if you want to help a family in need.

 

 

Zepin says that you can still help by just donating toys to the Fire Department or monetary donations.

 

 

The Taylorville Fire Department is partnering with Walmart for the Angel Tree project.

 

 

For more information visit Taylorville Fire Angel Tree on Facebook.  Zepin appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

THS Band Members Perform At ILMEA District 5 Concert Festival

Nine members of the Taylorville High School Band participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s District 5 Concert Festival on Saturday, November 19 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Each member had earned a spot in the Senior Band or Orchestra that performed
that day by auditioning back in October. The ILMEA District 5 Senior Band was directed by Dr. Alicia Neal, Director of Bands, EIU. They performed Melodius Thunk by David Biedenbender, Safely Rest by Nicole Piano, Hambone by Libby Larson and Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcom Arnold, arranged by John Painter.

 

THS Band members who were in the Senior Band are: Lydia Hopkins, percussion; Paige Cunnington, trumpet; Erica Edwards, flute; Lillie Jones, clarinet; Emma Burge, clarinet; Laney Norbeck, clarinet and Mylie Corso, oboe. The ILMEA District 5 Senior Orchestra was directed by David Commanday, Director of Orchestral Activities, EIU. This ensemble performed Selections from Gayane by Adam Khachaturian, arranged by Marcel Frank; Youth Overture by Emma Diemer; Finale from Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig von Beethoven, arranged by Vernon Leidig and Take Five by Dave Brubeck, arranged by Bob Cerulli. THS Band members who were in Senior Orchestra are: Evan Allen, percussion and Justin Champley alto saxophone.

 

 

 

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THS Band members who performed with ILMEA District 5 Senior Band and Orchestra are pictured front row, from l to r: Lydia Hopkins, Emma Burger, Erica Edwards and Lillie Jones. Back row, l to r; Paige Cunnington, Mylie Corso, Evan Allen, Justin Champley and Laney Norbeck

2 Ag Voices on WTIM Earn Awards at Last Week's National Association of Broadcasting Convention

2 familiar voices in agriculture programming on 2 Miller Media Group ag radio stations WTIM in Taylorville and WHOW in Clinton, each won a special award at last week's National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City.

Stu Ellis (left), host of the long-running daily feature called "The Farm Gate", won the "Workhorse of the Year" award from the N-A-F-B.   Ellis has been an advocate for agriculture on-the-air and in print in Central Illinois for decades.  He also helped bring the Farm Progress Show to Decatur at the turn of the century.  

 

Ellis was presented the award by another long-time farm broadcaster in Illinois and NAFB member, Mike Perrine (right).

 

 

Ellis earlier this year won the "Illinois Agricultural Communicator Excellence in Media" award from the Illinois Soybean Association.

 

 

Another award winner at last week's N-A-F-B convention in Kansas City, was Rita Frazier, Director of Radio for the RFD Radio Network and another familiar voice on WTIM and WHOW, who won their "Farm Broadcaster of the Year" award.

The Cure For Seasonal Sickness

With winter fast approaching, people are desperately trying to stay healthy, especially with seasonal illnesses like RSV, Covid, and the flu floating around.  Flu season historically peaks between December and February however recent reports from the CDC say that seasonal flu activity is starting to see an early increase nationwide with at least 2.8 million cases, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 1,300 deaths already this year attributed to the flu.

 

Lauren Petoskey, an OSF Healthcare family medicine physician assistant, says that maintaining a well-balanced diet can help keep you healthy especially during fall and winter months, along with stocking up on over-the-counter medicine like zinc and vitamin C. 

 

 

Whenever seasonal illnesses are on the rise, people tend to stick to orange juice, but Petoskey says that not only can orange juice not help prevent seasonal illnesses, but there are also added sugars that can do more harm than good.  She does encourage you to stay hydrated though.

 

 

You can do everything right whether it’s eating healthy whole foods, drinking plenty of water, getting a full eight hours of sleep, and even exercising daily, and you can still get sick.  There are things you can do though to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

Covid-19 has introduced masking to the world, but while they can be a nuisance, they can be a big help with any droplets or particles that you may breathe, cough, or sneeze out. Petoskey says masks can come in handy this fall and winter as reports of seasonal illnesses continue to rise. 

 

 

In addition to wearing a mask, Petoskey urges Illinoisans to get both the latest flu and COVID vaccines if they haven’t already done so along with being cautious about when and where they gather.

 

 

If you do come down with a seasonal illness, stay home to reduce the spread of the illness.  If symptoms worsen or do not go away make an appointment with your primary care physician or a local urgent care. 

Shelbyville Festival of Lights Underway

The Festival of Lights in Shelbyville kicked off over the weekend. 

 

Organizer Brenda Elder says it’s back this year better than ever. 

Jake and Makayla Holt opened up the festivities Friday night with a live music performance. 

Coordinator Bill Blye says they have been preparing the Festival of Lights for over a month. 

Blye encourages you to visit as much as you would like through the holiday season. 

Blye, Holt, and Elder appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM.  After approval of the minutes, the board will review many ordinances involving the business development district.  The board will also look at the whistleblower ordinance and an ordinance amending the Taylorville City Code concerning a No Parking sign on the South side of the 1100 block of East Esther Street and on the West Side of Wilkinson Street and adding 4-way stop signs at North Lawn Avenue and West Elm Street.

 

The board will go over any motions that got pushed through the finance committee-which will meet at 6:30 before the City Council meeting.  A motion will be discussed to approve carriage rides in Downtown Taylorville on December 3rd from 5 PM to 9 PM. The board will also look to approve an audit and a workers comp policy renewal. 

 

The board will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. 

BK Insurance Services Guiding You Through the AEP

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period ends December 5th. 

 

That’s still plenty of time to review your coverage with BK Insurance Services Specialist Kathie Cravens.

Cravens is available to help you navigate the Medicare world as the deadline rapidly approaches. 

She can also guide you toward filling any gaps in your coverage. 

Cravens says that she understands how difficult it is to pick the right coverage. That’s why she’s here for you.

Learn more at bkinsurance.com. Cravens appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Farm & Home Supply In Taylorville Celebrates Completion of Remodel

Farm & Home Supply in Taylorville is celebrating their recent remodeling and renovations. They are raffling off a hunting package to celebrate their new store. Store manager Katelyn Lotz has more.

 

 

The store hosted a live remote on Friday, sponsored by Pepsi, in which they promoted the raffle and gave away free samples of a new energy drink called Klear. 

 

Learn more at FarmandHomeSupply.com.
 

Farm & Home Supply In Taylorville Celebrates Renovations

Farm & Home Supply in Taylorville are celebrating their recent remodeling and renovations. They are raffling off a hunting package to celebrate their new store. Store manager Katelyn Lotz has more.

 

 

The store hosted a live remote on Friday, sponsored by Pepsi, in which they promoted the raffle and gave away free samples of a new energy drink called Klear. 

 

Learn more at FarmandHomeSupply.com.
 

City of Taylorville and Renewable Energy Evolution Cut Ribbon on Solar Panels at Water Treatment Plant

City of Taylorville and Renewable Energy Evolution cut the ribbon on solar panels at the Taylorville Water Treatment plant.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry says that this will save the city thousands in the first year.

Owner of Solar Energy Evolution Brian Maillet says this his company is happy to provide solar to Taylorville at no upfront cost to the city. 

Solar energy at the Water Treatment plant will commence no later than mid-January. After six years, the company will donate the panels to the city. 

After 25 years, the savings will increase even more. To hear the entire presentation, click below. 

 

Former Long-Time Taylorville Businessman Dies

A long-time former Taylorville businessman has died.

Former owner of what is now Credit Collection Partners, Bill Smith, died Wednesday.

The 84-year-old Smith worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 35 years. After retiring, he was the owner and operator of the Credit Bureau of Christian and Montgomery Counties for 18 years.

Funeral services for Bill Smith are scheduled for Monday.  The complete obituary can be read in that section on taylorvilledailynews.com.

Metro Communications Has Network Wide Fiber Service Outage

Service to Metro Communications fiber internet customers across Central Illinois was restored just after 9 o'clock this morning, following a system outage caused by a firmware change.

Officials with Metro tell Regional Radio News, that the overnight firmware change was to have been completed before 6am, but due to problems with the upgrade, service across their network wasn't restored until just after 9 o'clock this morning.

Metro provides business fiber internet service to communities across Central Illinois.

PB&T Creates New Company To Help Assist Families & Seniors With Grants

Peoples Bank & Trust is continuing to “Put People First” with the creation of a new Peoples Assistance Company.  Peoples Assistance Company will help very low-income families and seniors secure grants and loans to make much-needed home repairs and improvements that remove health and safety hazards from their homes.

 

Peoples Assistance Company will be able to help address basic repair needs in the form of grants up to $10,000 and 1% interest loans of up to $40,000 through the USDA 504 Home Repair Program. Qualifications for the Home Repair Program loan and grant programs will be processed through Peoples Assistance Company.  Loan applicants must be a homeowner and occupy the home, be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere and have a  family income within the very-low-income range, by county. Grant qualifications include a minimum age of 62 or families that have the inability to repay a repair loan. 

One additional requirement of the USDA Section 504 Home repair Program specifies that qualified participants must live in an eligible rural area If you want to learn more about program eligibility and requirements contact PB&T.

 

Loans may be used for various types of repairs and improvements including but not limited to heating, cooling, electrical, structural, and other modernizations.  Grants must be used to address and remove health and safety issues.  

 

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact one of the qualified consumer bankers to inquire and find out more.  Detailed information can be shared regarding available loans and grants accessible via the USDA 504 Home Repair Program.  USDA direct loan and grant applications are done through the Peoples Assistance Company.  

 

For more information, on Peoples Assistance Company or how they can learn more about low-interest loans and grants, contact the bank at 888-728-1954 or visit www.bankpbt.com. 

Christmas Tree Tips and Advice

When you clean up that Thanksgiving meal, you might find yourself thinking about Christmas. 

 

If you’re looking for a real tree, then you’ll want to know what you should look for. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger has some tips to pick out the perfect tree. 

Once you’ve picked out the tree, you can start thinking about where to put it. 

Don’t worry about watering the tree too much. It’s going to need plenty of water. 

Then, you’ll want to decorate. That’s great, but Holsinger warns against leaving your tree lights on when you are asleep or not at home. 

Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TCCU Opens 9th Annual Stop Shop & Vote Campaign

Taylorville Community Credit Union has announced voting to determine winners of the eight $1000 awards for scholarships will begin tomorrow, November 18th, and continue through February 28th, 2023. 

 

Two seniors from Taylorville High School and other area schools who registered for this year’s “Stop. SHOP. VOTE!” Program will receive $1000 awards toward their continuing education.  As President of TCCU, Will Perkins says winners will be determined by the number of votes cast by area shoppers in participating businesses.  He says it’s exciting but he’s also thrilled with how much it’s grown. 

 

 

Perkins says this is a win/win situation for both students and the community.

 

 

Voting starts today and runs through February 28th, 2023.  Awards will be presented in May.

 

 

For more informationa bout TCCU and its benefits, its field of membership, or how to join, visit www.TCCU.org.  Membership is open to everyone who works or lives in the tri-county area of Shelby Christian, and Montgomery Counties. 

Festival of Trees Kicking Off This Weekend

The Festival of Trees is a great way for your business or organization to attract attention. 

 

You will pay for a tree or wreath and decorate it how you like. Then, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will display it through December. 

That’s co-chair of smalltowntaylorville.com Steve Craggs. He adds that the chamber will auction off these trees at the end of the holiday season. There are special ornaments the chamber offers you can hang on your tree. 

Chamber Executive Director Linda Allen says there are a bunch of businesses and organizations already signing up. 

The chamber extended the November 11th deadline to Friday, November 18th. Setup begins Saturday. 

Learn more about all the great holiday festivities at taylorvillechamber.com. Allen and Craggs appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School District Superintendent Provides Monthly Update

Superintendent of Taylorville School District Dr. Chris Dougherty provided a district update this week. 

 

She congratulates a pair of students on their Tornado Appreciation Awards. 

She’s proud of the Taylorville Volleyball team on their fourth place finish, as well as the cross country team in their journey to state. 

She’s also thrilled for the Taylorville FFA’s trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. 

Dr. Dougherty announcing the Food Service employee of the month for October – Iris Nelson. 

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

Annual Enrollment Period Bringing Scammers

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is a great chance to review your healthcare, but scammers also see it as a great chance to take advantage of seniors. 

 

That’s according to BK Insurance Services Specialist Kathie Cravens. 

While talking to different seniors about their coverage, Cravens has heard some disturbing signs of scams.

Cravens says that legitimate calls often have a prerecorded message to greet you. 

She also says that you should hang up if you receive a suspicious phone call.

Learn more at bkinsurance.com. Cravens appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Edward Jones Hosts November "Business After Hours" at Nesty's Burger Joint

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held its monthly "Business After Hours" event Wednesday evening at Nesty's Burger Joint on the south side of the Taylorville Square. 

 

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Brad Davis hosted the event with his son Blake, who is also a financial advisor. 

 

 

Davis loves the atmostphere of the Business After Hours. He thanks the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

 

Davis also thanked Nesty's Burger Joint for their hospitality serving drinks and appetizers. 

Macon County Conservation District Offering Native and Invasive Species Program Saturday

Help the Macon Conservation District’s efforts to keep native plants thriving. 

 

That’s according to Director of Program Services Alyssa Callison.

Bush honeysuckle has a competitive advantage against native plants, because it has a longer growing cycle than natives. 

You will cut down that pesky bush honeysuckle 9 a.m. Saturday at Griswold Conservation Area in Blue Mound. 

You will learn about native plants while you cut down this invasive species. 

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

Bell-Ringers Needed For Salvation Army Collection

The Taylorville Ministerial Association searching for bell-ringers to collect funds for the Salvation Army.

 

Bell-ringing coordinator for the TMA Jessica Franks says they welcome anyone willing to stand outside of Walmart or Kroger for an hour or two.

Franks says the association will take about 85 percent of the funds and put those funds back toward the community. They distribute funds based on need. 

Franks says that it’s really easy to sign up.

Franks encourages local non-profits to reach out to Franks if they are looking for assistance. The Ministerial Association helps multiple community organizations, including the Taylorville Food Pantry. 

Franks appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Treasurer Searching For Rightful Purple Heart Owners

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is searching for assistance locating the rightful owners of several Purple Heart Awards.

Since Frerichs became treasurer in 2014, his office has rightfully returned seven Purple Hearts. 

Frerichs encourages you to check out the list of names. If you recognize one, even if it is a friend’s name, then Frerichs wants you to create a claim. 

He finishes by saying that if you know anyone who served in the military that lost a medal, you should encourage them to make a claim. 

Learn more at illinoistreasurer.gov. Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

HSHS Celebrating National Hospice And Palliative Care Month

HSHS Home Care is joining organizations across the nation in recognizing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (NHPCM) for November.  This year’s NHPCM theme is “meeting you where you are.” 

 

For more than 40 years, hospice has helped provide support to millions of people, allowing them to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by loved ones.  Hospice teams craft plans of care that ensure pain management, therapy, and treatment that all center on patients’ and family members' goals and wishes.  Hospice care also provides emotional support and advice for family members to become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support for up to a year.

 

Each year, over one million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices across the US. When a patient is not eligible for hospice care, they may benefit from community-based palliative care which is offered by hospice providers.  Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by preventing, anticipating, and treating suffering.  It also addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and facilitates patient self-care through access to information and choice. 

 

Throughout the month of November, HSHS Home Care will provide information about hospice care through social media and health fairs in the communities it serves in both Illinois and Wisconsin.  

County Board Says Goodbye To Members

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening to discuss business, ordinance, and review committee reports.  Chairman Matt Wells thanked the members of the board who were leaving. Craig Corzine, Bev Graham, Chuck Smedley, and Ray Koontz were given plaques for their dedication to the board.  

 

The board passed a motion to have the States Attorney draft up a 6-month moratorium to allow the review of the current ordinance for a wind permit. Under new business, the board heard from Small Town Taylorville.  Lee Skinner with Small Town Taylorville spoke to the board about some concerns that they received over playing Christmas Music.

 

 

Skinner had a request for the board concerning music on the first Friday of every month.

 

 

The board passed the motion.  The reorganizational meeting will be held on December 5th. It will most likely take place in Courtroom C at the Christian County Courthouse. The next regular Christian County Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 20th.

Taylorville School Board Meets For November Meeting

Taylorville School Board met Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting in the Taylorville High School cafeteria. 

 

Under communications, the board heard a performance from Taylorville High School Madrigals, who have their Madrigal Dinner December 9th and 10th. 

 

The board approved minutes, reviewed and approved CLAIMS, and went over the treasurer’s report.

 

The board was then presented with two overnight trips to consider. The first was presented by THS football coach Jeb Odam about a potential trip to Florida in 2024 for the football team. 

 

 

Director of Music Chris Gunn then presented to the board about a potential 2024 trip to Kansas City. 

 

 

Under old business, the board recapped their strategic planning focus, goals, committee structure and timeline. They also approved the acceptance of the transfer of the Building Trades #29 donated lot, located at 603 East Stevenson, from Carole Miller. Miller was presented with a certificate for her donation.

 

 

Under new business, the board unanimously approved the Workers Compensation Insurance Renewal. They also previewed the Illinois District Report Cards.

 

Superintendent Chris Dougherty gave her report and the board then went into closed session. 

 

Regional Radio News will provide an update on the results of the closed session as soon as we have the information.  

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From Economic Development Executive Director at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Executive Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Dick Adams was hired February First of this year as the new Executive Director, succeeding long-time Director Mary Renner who retired.  Adams, a former 2-term mayor of the City of Taylorville, gave a history of the organization dating back to the late 80’s when the county organized a committee to ultimately attract the prison to the county.

 

Adams said the organization’s current efforts are to put together a plan with the support of some 70 volunteers in several different categories of business in the county, asking for their help with economic development efforts.  Part of this will be marketing the new Taylorville Industrial Park, the Pana Industrial Park, and all communities large and small in the county, with the goal of attracting more jobs.

 

Adams said enlisting local industries to ask their suppliers to locate here, was a winning formula in the past, and he wants to follow that template again.

 

 

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.   

2022 THS Madrigal King & Queen Selected

The Queen and King of the 2022 Taylorville High School Madrigal Dinners have been chosen! The Royal Couple will reign over the 40th Anniversary performances of this annual event produced by the Taylorville High School Music Department. Superintendent Chris Dougherty and her husband Shaun will serve as this year’s Queen and King. For many years, THS has observed the unique tradition of having prominent citizens of Taylorville host the Madrigal Dinners as the Royal Couple. The Dougherty's now join a long list of distinguished couples who have served in this capacity. Congratulations to the Dougherty's!

November a Great Time To Prepare Your Gardening Tools

While gardening season is winding down for most activities, now is a great time to check out your gardening tools to make sure they are in tip-top shape. 

 

That’s according to University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi. 

It’s a good time to sharpen some of the tools you don’t always think of.

When you store the lawnmower for the winter, it’s a good idea to winterize it. That includes sharpening the blades, as well as emptying the gas tank. 

Fellow Master Gardener Linda Smith says you should clean your tools before you put them away.

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

Christian County TRIAD Offering Winter Safety Tips

Christian County TRIAD program helps protect and inform seniors in the community. 

 

Taylorville Police Officer Kirstin Beaman says that they are informing seniors on how to stay safe during the winter weather. 

There are just a few things you can carry in your car to make sure you are safe in the case of an emergency. 

In addition to a portable phone charger, some blankets and spare clothing can make a world of a difference. 

If you are in trouble or stuck, call 911 and someone will assist you. In the meantime, Officer Beaman recommends you stay in your vehicle. 

Officer Beaman says that the next meeting is Thursday, December 1st, at 9:30 a.m. in the downstairs room of the Taylorville Municipal Building. 

 

Officer Beaman appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

General Assembly Enters Fall Veto Session

Illinois General Assembly meeting for their Fall Veto session this week. 

 

95th District State Representative Avery Bourne expects the docket to include issues like the Safe T Act and Ethics Reform. 

She mostly expects the veto session to focus on addressing the no cash bail portion of the Safe T Act. 

She hopes the General Assembly will address high taxes and issues hurting Illinois family wallets. 

With that said, she doesn’t expect much to come out of the session because of the election results. She adds that because Democrats did well during the election she’s hesitant to believe there will be much motivation to change anything. 

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

TMH Wins Award For Vaping Program

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has won an award for vaping prevention. TMH won the first-ever Community Project Award from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network for a vaping prevention and cessation program at Taylorville Junior High School.  

 

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students at TJHS attended the four-session event of the “Catch My Breath” vaping prevention program that started in December of 2021.  When it was complete, nearly 500 students went through it, learning about the harmful effects of e-cigarette use as well as strategies to stand up to peer pressure.  Students who wished to quit vaping were given the resources to do so. 

 

The Community Project Award recognizes hospitals that implement projects to strengthen and improve the well-being of their communities.  This is the first year for the award, and it was presented on November 10th.  Darin Buttz, TMH Director of Community Health said that he is proud of the work done to reduce vaping among young people and lung health is a top community health priority. 

 

More than 92% of students who completed the “Catch My Breath” program said in a survey that they were less likely to vape as a result of what they learned. '

 

 


 

Christian County 4-H Achievements Announced

Christian County 4-H held its annual Achievement celebration at the Christian County Extension Office.  Members were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2021-2022 4-H year.  The current 4-H Youth Leadership Team helped present awards at the 4-H Achievement Ceremony. If you are interested in joining 4-H or learning more, please contact the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246. 

 

Club Leaders

Blue Ribbon - Carla Mickey

Clover Club - Christy Hunt

Edinburg Warriors - Jill Hedden

Lads and Lassies - Donna Wilcox & Wendy Harmon

Mt. Auburn Rustlers - Chad & Olivia Waterman

Young Riders - Sarah Higgason

 

Cloverbuds Brock Grundy, Ella Hughes, Colin May, Cade McWard, Isaac Parks, Tegann Ross
1st Year Members Adelaide Bauer, Isabelle Bauer, Isaac Blakely, Henley Bliler, Cara Eggimann, Connor Eggimann, Payton Eyman, Lily Fleigle, Hayden Funderburk, Brylee Goff, Charlotte Grundy, Annabella Johnson, Lea Johnson, Brayson Kettelkamp, Claire McWard, Lucy Merano, Dane Miller Tidyman, Elliot Parks, Tanner Ross, Judson Shanks, Porter Wayman, Kayleigh Young, Adele Zucco
10 Year Member Riley Brown, Claire Hunt, Caitlin Lauwerens, Lizzie Schafer

 

4-H Career Member Noah Bailey, Riley Brown, Lizzie Schafer

 

Experience Award Certificate of Completion Layne Bliler, Henley Bliler, Jared Lauwerens, Levi Paulek, Ella Ralph

 

Experience Award Bronze Caitlin Lauwerens

 

Experience Award Silver Rayla Brown, Gentry Dunkirk, Hayden Funderburk, Reagan Funderburk, Chloe Grant, Caroline Hedden, Brant Hedden, Kyle Jackle-Hugh, Lea Johnson, Waylon Paulek, Cole Paulek, Olivia Pistorius, Opal Ryan, Charlee Ryan, Abby Wamsley

 

Experience Award Gold Audrey Curtin, Adelaide Dunkirk, Abby Erlenbush, Payton May, Drew Mickey, Isabel Pistorius, Emma Pistorius, Olive Ryan, Ben Wamsley

 

Livestock Records Dalton Cruit, Audrey Curtin, Nora Curtin, Will Curtin, Adelaide Dunkirk, Gentry Dunkirk, Hayden Funderburk, Reagan Funderburk, Isaac Hanson, Haley Hanson, Payton May, Drew Mickey, Waylon Paulek, Cole Paulek, Isabel Pistorius, Emma Pistorius, Chase Rincker, Opal Ryan, Olive Ryan, Charlee Ryan, Ben Wamsley, Abby Wamsley, Cassie Waterman, Nash Waterman, Kate Waterman, Kace Waterman

 

4-H Outstanding Treasurer Audrey Curtin

 

2021-2022 4-H Youth Leadership Team Abby Erlenbush and Ben Wamsley

 

Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Debra Forbes

THS Jazz Band Performs At District 5 Jazz Festival

Fourteen members of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s District 5 Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 12. Each member had earned a spot in one of two Jazz Bands that performed that day by auditioning back in October. The ILMEA District 5 Jazz Band 1 was directed by Jason Swagler, Director of Jazz Studies, SIUE.

 

They performed Wiggle Walk by Benny Carter; Cold Peanut Butter by Scott Hall; In Her Family by Pat Metheny, arranged by Bob Curnow; and Emancipation Blues by Oliver Nelson. THS Jazz Band members who were in Jazz Band 1 are: Tripp Pelichoff, Jay Bliler, Lucas Carnahan, Rhyker Wicks, Marley Dively, Kai Albright and Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos. The ILMEA District 5 Jazz Band 2 was directed by Russell Burch, retired TCUSD3 Junior High Band Director.

 

This ensemble performed I’m Just a Lucky So and So by Duke Ellington, arranged by John Clayton; One For Oliver by Mike Tomaro; Amber and Trinita by Doug Beach; and Chameleon by Herbie Hancock, arranged by Mike Sweeny. THS Jazz Band members who were in Jazz Band 2 are: Lydia Hopkins, Justin Champley, Carson Hefner, Gavin Enlow, Paige Cunnington, Sierra Sakautzky and Brandon Hefner. The THS students joined jazz band students selected from eight other schools from ILMEA District 5 and rehearsed for the day and performed a concert attended by the public that evening.

 

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THS Jazz Band members who performed with ILMEA Jazz Ensembles are pictured front row, from l to r: Tripp Pelichoff, Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos, Marley Dively, Paige Cunnington, Lydia Hopkins and Jay Bliler. Back row, l to r; Rhyker Wicks, Brandon Hefner, Justin Champley, Kai, Albright, Carson Hefner, Gavin Enlow, Sierra Sakautzky and Lucas Carnahan.

YMCA Reviving "Lose To Win" Program

A weight loss program is coming back thanks to the Christian County YMCA.   The Christian County YMCA is bringing its “Lose to Win” weight loss and health management program back. The program launched in 2008 and inspired thousands of local residents to improve personal health and wellness.  The Taylorville Memorial Foundation has awarded a grant to the Christian County YMCA to once again offer the program.

 

Raedena Ryan, executive director with TMF, says that the popular fitness program has already impacted many lives and she is happy that the Foundation is helping invest in these types of projects. The “Lose to Win” program is an organized weight-loss challenge with a cash prize that involves teams of participants or individuals competing as a team of one.  It was discontinued at the hospital in 2019 due to COVID. 

 

The first of three “Lose to Win” sessions at the YMCA will begin January 4th, 2023, and will continue through March 29th, 2023.  The second session will run from April to July, and the third session will be from August 21st through November 10th, 2023.  The grant is $2,362 and will help the YMCA restart the program.  It was provided through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation. 

 

Andrea Bach, with the YMCA, says that the mission at the Y is to offer programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body and with the “lose to Win program” participants can improve their fitness and engage in social interaction with others who have similar goals.

 

To register for the event, visit www.ccymca.org or go in person to the Christian County YMCA, 900 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.  The cost is $20 per person.  The Taylorville Memorial Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organized in 1995 and the Foundation accepts financial donations to help further the mission of TMH.  For more information visit memorial.health/tmf or call 217-707-5271.  

Lady Tornadoes Volleyball Earns 4th at State Finals Saturday

As heard on WRAN groovy 97.3 Saturday afternoon, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Volleyball Team earned 4th place in the Illinois High School Association Class 3-A State Finals, losing to Joliet Catholic Academy in 3 sets.

 

The Lady Tornadoes won the first set 25-19, but lost the last 2 with scores of 25-21 and 25-17.    The complete box score can be found HERE.

 

The team ends the season with a record of 30 and 10.

 

Congratulations to the Lady Tornadoes Volleyball team on an outstanding season.

Jim Bohannon, Nighttime Host on WTIM, Dies

 

A familiar nighttime voice on 2 of the Miller Media Group radio stations—WTIM in Taylorville and WHOW in Clinton—has died.

Jim Bohannon died Saturday morning after a bout with Stage 4 Cancer.  Bohannon was on leave for several months from his nighttime talk show heard across the country on the Westwood One Radio Network, while battling the disease.  

He then came back in late summer, but officially retired in October and made his illness public.

Bohannon was also a monthly guest on both stations’ Morning Shows to discuss the issues of the day.

He was 78 years old.

Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Volleyball Loses State Semi Final, Plays for 3rd Place Saturday 4pm

As heard on WRAN groovy 97.3, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Volleyball Team lost to LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy in straight sets Friday afternoon in the IHSA State Volleyball Semi-Finals at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena.

 

The Lady Tornadoes lost the first set 29-19 and the 2nd set 25-13.  They play Joliet Catholic Academy for 3rd place Saturday at 4pm.  That match will also be broadcast live on WRAN groovy 97.3, starting with the pre-game at appx. 3:30pm.

Large Crowd Shows Up For Lake Taylorville Veterans Day Dedication

 

A crowd of over 100 people turned up on a chilly day at Lake Taylorville for the Veterans Day Service and Dedication Ceremony on Friday afternoon.  Mayor Bruce Barry spoke to the crowd, along with the Star Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance, a 21 Gun Salute, and Taps. Dr. Ron Mizer, one of the coordintaors of the Lake Taylorville Memorial, says he was happy with the turnout for the event.

 

 

 

Rich Payne, VP of Smalltown Taylorville says this is a project several years in the making.

 

 

To see the ceremony in it’s entirety check out Small Town Taylorville’s Facebook Page

Morrisonville Woman Arrested For Embezzlement

A former bank employee from Morrisonville, Illinois was arrested by the FBI Thursday after an indictment accused her of embezzling about $439,000.

 

Samantha J. Cherry, 35, was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on October 26, 2022, on one felony count of theft or embezzlement by a bank officer. The indictment says she took the money from a UMB Bank branch in St. Louis between Jan. 1, 2021, and March 18, 2022.

 

Charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

If convicted, the charge carries a potential penalty of up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both. 

 

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Roy is prosecuting the case.

Volunteers Needed To Set Up Flags For WWII Veteran Memorial Service

Volunteers needed to set up flags for “The Flagman’s Mission Continues” ceremony, Sunday, November 13th. 

 

This is for the funeral of a World War II veteran who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attacks from the USS West Virginia. 

 

Keith W. Tipsword will be laid to rest Sunday. The flags will be set up for the ceremony. 

 

Volunteers will set up hundreds of 3x5 American flags in Altamont 1 p.m. Sunday at VFW Post 7676.

 

The USS West Virginia sat in the harbor when Japanese airplanes attacked. 

Organizers welcoming volunteers 12 and older. Those with pickup trucks are very welcome. 

 

They add that setup and takedown generally takes about two to three hours. Volunteers will take flags down 1 p.m. November 16th. They say you should bring your cameras, as the flags provide an excellent photo opportunity. 

TJHS Holds Breakfast For Veterans

The Taylorville Junior High School Student Council recently held its 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the TJHS cafeteria.  Dan Nieves, who is the Social Studies Department Chair, welcomed around 50 veterans and their families to the event.  After the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, there was a short program where Nieves recognized each veteran and their branch of service. Jean Ninmer, sixth-grade choir director sang a song called “Shake Hands With America.”  There was also an essay read by Julie Wayman who won the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.  A couple of songs were played, and vets were asked to stand as their branch’s song was played.

 

Veterans and their families took a Heroes Walk through the halls of TJHS as students and staff waved flags and posters in their honor.  Students, administration, and staff recognized the selfless sacrifices past, present, and future veterans make in keeping the USA the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave!”  We here at Regional Radio News salute our Veterans. Thank you for your service. 

Christian County Genealogy Society With Annual Meeting Nov. 13th

Christian County Genealogy Society holding a membership event 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13th, at the Pence Building on the Christian County Historical Society Grounds. 

The Genealogy Society focuses on family history in Christian County, which is a benefit when you utilize their resources over other genealogy services.

Genealogy Society Librarian Lorrie Foor says they couldn’t do what they do without their library. 

The society is offering a ton of books for sale.

Foor and Crowder appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Former Youth Minister Gets 180 Days In Jail & Probation For Grooming

A former Taylorville youth minister accused of grooming will serve 180 days in jail and see 30 months probation. 34-year-old Zachary C. Crowley was charged with two counts of unlawful grooming and one count of distribution of harmful material to a minor.  All counts were Class 4 felonies. Crowley plead guilty in July to the charges.  Judge Kevin Parker oversaw a 2-hour sentencing hearing that saw multiple witnesses and victims speak out on the incident. Judge Parker was also able to see in submitted evidence a masturbation video that Crowley did while he was speaking with one of the victims. 

 

Christian County States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl urged the court for the max of 3 years per charge for a max of 9 years. Crowley’s attorney Dan Fultz argued for probation saying that Crowley had to hide his homosexuality because of his faith. He also claimed that it was just video and there was no actual touching of any of the minors. After deliberating, the court sentenced Crowley to 180 days in jail (90 actual days) and 30 months probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender for ten years. Judge Parker noted that his sex offender evaluation was low risk. 

 

The arrest came from investigations that were conducted by the Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2020. 

Lots of Volunteering Opportunity Through RSVP

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is searching for volunteers 55 or older who want to make a difference in the community. 

That’s Program Specialist Talon Noreuil. She says the RSVP program hopes to make a difference in volunteers lives by allowing them to serve a greater community purpose. 

Noreuil says that participating in the RSVP program comes with benefits such as supplemental insurance. 

There are a ton of different programs within RSVP you can volunteer for. 

Call Norueil at 217-994-0243 to sign up for the RSVP program. 

 

Norueil appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Third La NiƱa Winter In A Row Likely

The third La Niña winter in a row looking more and more likely. 

 

That’s according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Ed Shimon.

He says if La Niña hits again, it will only be the third time in recorded history to see three La Niña winters in a row. 

This could create an enhanced risk for more severe weather events such as tornadoes. 

Shimon adds that temperatures have been warmer than normal this fall, but there’s about a 50 percent chance of a colder than normal winter. 

Shimon concludes by saying it’s just too early to tell how the winter will pan out right now. 

 

Shimon appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Lead Organization in Providing Head Start Kids Winter Apparel

As part of its ongoing mission to help children and youth in the Taylorville community, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club recently provided coats for Taylorville Head Start children.

 

The local Kiwanis Club was the lead organization, along with the Christian County YMCA, the Old Stonington Baptist Church, and the First Baptist Church of Decatur. that donated winter coats, stocking caps, gloves, and scarves for the children at the C-E-F-S Zero to 5-year-old Head Start program facility. 

 

Head Start teachers April Murray (left) and Jessica Williams (center) assisted in the effort.  Bruce Blanshan (right), Executive Director of the Christian CountyYMCA and Taylorville Kiwanis Club Priority One Chair, lead the effort.

 

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. 

Wrong Way Crash Kills Woman; Sends Multiple People To Hospital In Sangamon County

A 35-year-old female has died following a four-vehicle fatal traffic crash involving a car going northbound in the southbound lanes.  On November 8th, around 7:38 PM, A 2018 GMC Sierra driven by a 44-year-old man from Auburn, Illinois entered I-55 northbound in the southbound lanes from the exit ramp at milepost 88. The man struck two vehicles; a 2008 Mercury sable driven by a 35-year-old female from Clayton, North Carolina, and a 2017 Toyota Corolla driven by a 61-year-old male from Granite City, Illinois.  A semi-truck driven by a 37-year-old man from Spring, Texas drove through the debris immediately after the impact damaging the truck.  

 

The man from Auburn had life-threatening injuries.The man from Granite City had non-life-threatening injuries, and his passenger a 54-year-old female from Granite City, had life-threatening injuries.  The woman from North Carolina was pronounced deceased on the scene and the truck driver did not need medical assistance.

 

The crash is still under investigation and ISP says charges are pending and no further information is available at this time.

Looking At Voter Turnout For November Election

Early voting turnouts show better than average for a midterm election in Christian, Shelby, and Montgomery Counties.

 

In Christian County, 59.5 percent of registered voters cast their ballot Tuesday. This is slightly higher than the 52 percent Illinois average for the 2018 midterms. 

 

Meanwhile, Shelby County had a pretty good turnout with over two-thirds of registered voters making their voices heard. 

 

Montgomery County’s election turnout fared the best out of the three with 67.8 percent of voters casting their ballot at the box. 

 

Christian County saw: 
Total Voters: 21248
Ballots Cast: 12646
Turnout: 59.5%
Precincts: 29
Precincts Reporting: 29

 

POLLING
29 of 29 Precincts

9881 Ballots Cast (78.1%)

 

EARLY
1624 Ballots Cast (12.8%)

 

VOTE BY MAIL
1141 Ballots Cast (9%)


Shelby County saw: 

Total Voters: 14705

Ballots Cast: 9817
Turnout: 66.8%
Precincts: 33
Precincts Reporting: 33

 

POLLING
33 of 33 Precincts

8099 Ballots Cast (82.5%)

 

EARLY
821 Ballots Cast (8.4%)

 

VOTE BY MAIL
897 Ballots Cast (9.1%)

Scherer, Turner Pick Up Key Victories In Senate, House

While a lot of results from yesterday favored Republicans, Democrats did retain two important seats with the 48th District of the State Senate and the 96th District of the House. Doris Turner has defeated Sandy Hamilton in the contested 48th District race and Sue Scherer defeated Lisa Smith in the 96th District. 

 

In the 48th District, there has been an estimated 91% of the votes have been counted and Turner leads Hamilton 38,947 to 37,654. Hamilton won by an overwhelming margin in Christian County with nearly 67% of the votes, but Turner won in Macon County (7,750-6,821) and even narrower in Sangamon County 30,320-29,045. 

 

Overall Senator Turner won with a little over 50.8% of the votes.  The 48th Senate District includes Springfield, Decatur, and parts of Macon, Sangamon and Christian counties.

 

In the 96th District,  Democrat Sue Scherer defeated Lisa Smith with a little over 85% of the votes counted, with 17,828 votes as to Smith’s 12,916 votes. Smith resoundingly won with 78% of the votes in Christian County, but Scherer won in Macon and Sangamon. Macon County saw Scherer win 7,652-6,705 (95% of the votes) and Sangamon County saw Scherer win 10,053-5,773 (76% of the votes). 

 

The 96th District includes Springfield, Decatur, and parts of Macon, Sangamon and Christian counties.

Pana Community Hospital Finishing Upgrades to its Diagnostic Department

Pana Community Hospital is excited about its imaging and diagnostic department upgrades. 

 

Diagnostic Imaging Manager Cindy Miles says PCH is receiving multiple upgrades. 

That’s just one of the upgrades. 

Miles says this will allow patients to stay close to home for their diagnostic services, and for any treatments they may need. 

She encourages you to check out PCH for anything you need. 

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

Turkey Cooking Tips From U of I Extension

Wash your hands, not the bird. 

 

That’s just one of the tips for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey from University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Lisa Peterson.

Make sure you give your turkey plenty of time to thaw before you cook it. 

As far as cooking your turkey, there are a lot of ways to do it. As long as your bird reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Do be careful with leftovers. They are only good for so long. 

Find a ton more safety tips at go.illinois.edu/turkey. Peterson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Safe Passage Tackling Homelessness

Taylorville Safe Passage hopes to address more than the drug addiction problem. 

 

Coordinator Denise Evans says they’re doing their best to tackle homelessness in Central Illinois. 

While most who are homeless struggle with some sort of mental illness or even addiction, Evans says that not all homeless people are dealing with that. 

Evans says that even if a homeless person is not an addict, they are most likely struggling with a mental illness. This is something Christian County has struggled with since 2019 when the state shut down the mental health facility. 

Evans encourages you to reach out if you or someone you know needs help.

Learn more on the Safe Passage of Taylorville Illinois Facebook. Evans appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois State Election Results

Projected state election results (as of 10:15pm):

 

In the race for Governor, incumbent Democrat JB Pritzker is projected to win over Republican State Senator Darren Bailey and Libertarian candidate Scott Schluter. 

 

The state’s Constitutional Amendment 1 is projected to pass, which is an amendment to guarantee workers the right to bargain collectively and negotiate wages, hours and working conditions. The new amendment would also prohibit any new law that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and collectively bargain. 

 

In the Illinois U.S. Senator race, incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth is projected to win over Republican challenger Kathy Salvi. 

 

In the newly drawn 15th district, Republican Mary Miller is projected to win over Democrat nominee Paul Lange. 

 

In the Attorney General’s race, Democrat incumbent Kwame Raoul leads over Republican Thomas DeVore. 

 

In the Secretary of State’s race, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias leads Republican Dan Brady. 

 

Democrat State Treasurer Michael Frerichs leads Republican Tom Demmer. 

 

In the Comptroller race, Democrat Susana Mendoza holds a lead over Republican Shannon Teresi.

 

See election results here.

Shelby County Election Results

Central Illinois county local government races include a handful in Shelby County. 

 

There are seven total contested races in county government, including six on the county board. 

 

For County Treasurer, Republican Incumbent Erica Firnhaber defeated Democrat challenger James Caputo 7,440-2061.

 

On the County Board, each contested race allows the top two vote-getters to take the seat. District Two features two Democrats; Rodney Stanfill and Christopher Boehm, as well as two Republicans, Mark Bennett and Clay Hardy, fighting for two seats.   Bennett and Hardy defeated Stanfill and Boehm. 

 

In District Four, Democrat Robert Simpson takes on Republicans Matt Kessler and Charles Davis Jr. Kessler and Davis Jr. defeated Simpson

 

For District Five, Republicans Brent Wallace and Annette Martin wish to hold off Democrat Kenneth Barr. Wallace and Martin defeated Barr.

 

While in District Eight, Democrat Mitchell Esslinger challenges Republicans Mitchell Shuff and Jeremy Williams. Shuff and Williams defeated Esslinger. 

 

District 10 features another three-candidate race. With Democrat Terry Metzger faces Republicans Tim Morse and Martha Firnhaber. Firnhaber and Morse defeated Metzger. 

 

District Eleven has four candidates vying for two seats. Democrats Doris Chaney and Lynn Williams face off against Republicans Carol Cole and Julie Edwards. Cole and Edwards defeated Chaney and Williams. 

 

For a complete look at Shelby County Election results, click here

Montgomery County Election Results

Montgomery County saw two contested races for county government along with a proposition on the ballot. 

 

On the County Board, Republicans William Bergen and Russell Beason take on Democrat Richard Wendel in District Five. Bergen and Beason won. 

 

While in District Seven, Republicans Robert Sneed and Andy Ritchie take on Democrat Timothy Fogle. Sneed and Ritchie won those seats.  

 

The sole proposition on the Montgomery County General Election involves the Hillsboro School District. It asks if the board of education should build and equip a new school building to replace the High School Main Building, and issue bonds relating to all upgrades in the amount of $13,000,000.

 

The proposition was passed 2885-1538.

 

To see full election results click here

Shelby County Election Update

Central Illinois county local government races include a handful in Shelby County. 

 

There are seven total races in county government, including six on the county board.  So far about 60% of the votes have been tallied. 

 

For County Treasurer, Republican Incumbent Erica Firnhaber leads Democrat challenger James Caputo 3,345-828.   

 

On the County Board, each contested race allows the top two vote-getters to take the seat. District Two features two Democrats; Rodney Stanfill and Christopher Boehm, as well as two Republicans, Mark Bennett and Clay Hardy, fighting for two seats.   Bennett and Hardy lead. 

 

In District Four, Democrat Robert Simpson takes on Republicans Matt Kessler and Charles Davis Jr. Kessler and Davis Jr. lead. 

 

For District Five, Republicans Brent Wallace and Annette Martin wish to hold off Democrat Kenneth Barr. Wallace and Martin lead. 

 

While in District Eight, Democrat Mitchell Esslinger challenges Republicans Mitchell Shuff and Jeremy Williams. Shuff and Williams lead. 

 

District 10 features another three-candidate race. With Democrat Terry Metzger faces Republicans Tim Morse and Martha Firnhaber Firnhaber and Morse lead. 

 

District Eleven has four candidates vying for two seats. Democrats Doris Chaney and Lynn Williams face off against Republicans Carol Cole and Julie Edwards. Cole and Edwards lead District 11. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on the election results as they come to fruition. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hear Committee Reports on Activities for Children, Youth at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from committee chairs about local Kiwanis projects for children and youth, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Kiwanis Park committee co-chairs Duane Stock and Larry Kemner got approval to purchase and install 2 new grills at the 2 Kiwanis Park pavilions, replacing existing ones that have aged.  A new park sign has also been ordered outlining how to book the park pavilion for events.  

 

Student Leadership chair Will Perkins reported that the local Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club helped with Heartland Mini-Hoofs at local nursing homes recently, and is starting a recycling program.  Perkins added the Builders Club has over 30 members.

 

Perkins also reported the local Kiwanis High School Key Club helped with the recent Kiwanis Bike Rodeo held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and also raised funds for UNICEF during Trick or Treating.

 

Kiwanis Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan told the club that the Kiwanis Club in cooperation with the Christian County YMCA and 2 area churches, together donated 42 coats, along with hats, gloves, mittens and scarves, to local Head Start children and families.

 

26 members attended Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.

 

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

Christian County Election Results

Here are the contested election results for Christian County:

 

In the Sheriff's Office race, incumbent Republican Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp (8993 votes) defeats Independent Challenger D.J. Mathon (3252 votes).

 

In the State’s Attorney race, Republican Challenger John McWard (7218 votes) defeats Democrat Wes Poggenpohl (5183 votes).  

 

On the 2nd District County board, Republicans David Puccetti (2016 votes) and Vicki McMahon (1590 votes) defeat Democrat Robert DeClerck (1027 votes). 

 

In District 3, Republicans Michael Specha (1844 votes) and David Buckles (1502 votes) defeat Democrat Beverly Graham (1128 votes).

 

In District 4, Republicans Jean Vanderbergh (2120 votes) and Matt Wells (1566 votes) defeat Democrat Kent DeLay (711 votes).  

 

Rounding out the Christian County races, the County Clerk and Recorder race saw Republican Jodie Badman (8295 votes) defeat incumbent Democrat Jacque Willison (4091 votes). 

 

To see the full election results, click here

Everyone Invited For Free Thanksgiving Meal Saturday, November 19th

Dinner Seasoned with Love is a free meal opportunity for everyone regardless of income or religious affiliation. It happens once a month – at 11:30 the third Saturday morning of every month at the Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. 

 

However, President of Dinner Seasoned with Love Suzie Traughber says that it’s not just for those who need it. In November 2007, a small group of people organized this to bring the entire community together. 

This is a non-profit so they work with a lot of great organizations in the community, including, but not limited to, the Taylorville Food Pantry. 

Dinner Seasoned With Love is looking for volunteers for its Thanksgiving meal Saturday, November 19th.

Traughber welcomes donations, food or monetary, to assist with this or other meals. 

No need to register for the event unless you plan on reserving a table. Learn more at DSWLACT.com. Taughber appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Statewide Ballots Include Gubernatorial and State Office Races, Constitutional Amendment

State and Federal elections drawing much attention for Illinois. 

 

The top headline involves the Governor’s race, where incumbent Democrat JB Pritzker hopes to hold off Republican State Senator Darren Bailey and Libertarian candidate Scott Schluter. 

 

As for the state’s Constitutional Amendment, a yes vote means you approve of an amendment to guarantee workers the right to bargain collectively and negotiate wages, hours and working conditions. 

 

The new amendment would also prohibit any new law that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and collectively bargain. 

 

In the Illinois U.S. Senator race, incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth takes on Republican challenger Kathy Salvi. 

 

In the newly drawn 15th district, Republican Mary Miller, who defeated longtime congressman Rodney Davis in the June Primary, takes on Democrat nominee Paul Lange. 

 

In the Attorney General’s race, Republican Thomas DeVore takes on Democrat incumbent Kwame Raoul. 

 

The Secretary of State’s office will see someone new in the seat. Republican Dan Brady takes on Alexi Giannoulias. 

 

Democrat State Treasurer Michael Frerichs takes on Republican Tom Demmer. 

 

In the Comptroller race, Democrat Susana Mendoza hopes to hold off Republican Shannon Teresi.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for election results as they become available. 

Consider Adding Milk to Your Cold-Weather Beverage

Even though it’s cold outside, you can still use milk to bring a rich creaminess to that warm drink. 

 

Even better, St. Louis Dairy Council Nutrition Educator Kelsey Bentlage says that adding that milk is good for you. 

She adds that you might decrease your dairy intake during the winter, which is why she says it’s a great idea to add milk to your warm drink. 

First thing that probably comes to mind - hot cocoa. Yet, there’s a lot you can do with coffee when you add milk. 

Bentlage says that it’s not too hard to make fancy coffee drinks at home. You just have to have the right tools. 

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

Montgomery County Features a Handful of Contested Races

There are two contested races for county government in Montgomery County, along with a proposition on your ballot. 

 

On the County Board, Republicans William Bergen and Russell Beason take on Democrat Richard Wendel in District Five. 

 

While in District Seven, Republicans Robert Sneed and Andy Ritchie take on Democrat Timothy Fogle. 

 

The sole proposition on the Montgomery County General Election involves the Hilsboro School District. It asks if the board of education should build and equip a new school building to replace the High School Main Building, and issue bonds relating to all upgrades in the amount of $13,000,000.

 

A ‘Yes’ vote tells the board they should go ahead with such plans, while a ‘No’ vote means the board should not do this. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for all the results for Election Night. 

TMH Auxiliary 5K Turkey Trot November 26th

Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosting its 5k Turkey Trot the morning of Saturday, November 26th. 

 

Auxiliary Liaison Debbie Johnson says it’s an all-inclusive event. You pay the registration fee, and the Auxiliary will provide everything else. 

This is a sanctioned event with prizes for the winners in a few categories and official times. First-place prizes go to the best time for men and women, as well as the overall champion. 

You don’t have to be a serious runner, or even an adult, to participate. 

It’s easy to register, and you can even register the morning of the event, but Johnson recommends you do it sooner than later. 

Learn more when you click here. Johnson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shelby County Board With Six Races, Plus County Treasurer

Central Illinois county local government races include a handful in Shelby County. 

 

There are seven total races in county government, including six on the county board. 

 

For County Treasurer, Republican Incumbent Erica Firnhaber taking in Democrat challenger James Caputo. 

 

On the County Board, each contested race allows the top two vote-getters to take the seat. District Two features two Democrats; Rodney Stanfill and Christopher Boehm, as well as two Republicans, Mark Bennett and Clay Hardy, fighting for two seats. 

 

In District Four, Democrat Robert Simpson takes on Republicans Matt Kessler and Charles Davis Jr. 

 

For District Five, Republicans Brent Wallace and Annette Martin wish to hold off Democrat Kenneth Barr. 

While in District Eight, Democrat Mitchell Esslinger challenges Republicans Mitchell Shuff and Jeremy Williams.

 

District 10 features another three-candidate race. With Democrat Terry Metzger faces Republicans Tim Morse and Martha Firnhaber. 

 

Distirct Eleven has four candidates vying for two seats. Democrats Doris Chaney and Lynn Williams face off against Republicans Carol Cole and Julie Edwards.

 

There are also a couple propositions to consider. The Moweaqua Fire Protection District proposing a levy special tax for its Ambulance Service. A ‘Yes’ vote allows the district to levy a tax not to exceed .3 percent of the value of the property to provide an ambulance service. 

 

The other one on your ballot concerns the Sullivan School District and who may take a spot on the school board. A Yes vote means those elected in 2023 and later can reside outside of the district, and that not more than three members on the board may be selected from one township within the school district. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on the election results as they come to fruition. 

Christian County Races Feature State's Attorney, Sherriff, and Multiple County Board Positions

Today is the General Election. While many eyes are on the governor’s race, there are lots of contested local government races to pay attention to in Central Illinois. 

 

In Christian County, two of the races with the most attention involve the Sheriff’s Office and the State’s Attorney.  Incumbent Republican Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp enters the race with over 11 years experience in the role. While Independent Challenger D.J. Mathon wants to bring his experience as Chief of Kincaid Police to the office. 

 

In the State’s Attorney race, this is the first election for incumbent Democrat Wes Poggenpohl. Christian County’s last State’s Attorney, Mike Havera, appointed Poggenpohl after Havera accepted a federal court position in late 2021. Poggenpohl is taking on Republican Challenger and defense attorney John McWard. 

 

On the County board, incumbent Republican and board Chairman Matt Wells, attempting to fight off a emocrat and republican challenger. Democrat Kent DeLay and Republican Jean Vanderbergh take on Wells, where two will be elected.  

 

Democrat Robert DeClerck challenging District 2 incumbent Republicans David Puccetti and Vicki McMahon. Two will be elected. 

 

While in District 3, Republican challenger David Buckles takes on incumbent Republican Michael Specha and Democratic board member Beverly Graham. Two will be elected. 

 

Rounding out the Christian County races, County Clerk and Recorder features incumbent Democrat Jacque Willison. Republican Jodie Badman is the challenger. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for Election Night coverage and all the results. 

Taylorville Mayor Wishes THS Volleyball Good Luck, Names November 7th Kaden Sleboda Day, at Council Meeting

Taylorville City Council met for their first of two regular November meetings Monday night. All of the Alderman were present except for Megan Bryant. 

 

Nearly 50 members of the public attended, which included Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and the Taylorville High School Volleyball team. 

 

Mayor Barry named November 12th Taylorville High School Volleyball day and wished the team good luck in their trip to State this weekend. 

Mayor Bruce Barry named Kaden Sleboda youth of the month for his work on a local trail. Sleboda says he’s proud of his work. 

Then, aldermen went over planning commission recommendations. The first concerned property near the gun range. 

 

Alderman Larry Budd said he couldn't support authorizing this agreement. 

The ordinance passed 6-1. 

 

The aldermen approved an ordinance to amend the closing hours for Sunday Liquor Licenses. Then, the aldermen passed on addressing a request to change a liquor license classification for El Cactus from Class C (restaurant) to C-1 (restaurant with gaming).

 

The council approved motion for an investment of $1.1 million Water CD funds. 

 

City Attorney Rocci Romano updated the council on the water treatment plant solar plan. 

Under Committee Reports, the board expanded the business development district No 1, and approved a motion to recommend the city attorney write up a Whistleblower Protection Policy.

 

Under Street and Sewer, the Aldermen approved the purchase of a Vactor Truck not to exceed $550,000. Alderman Steve Dorchinecz voted no. The motion passed 6-1. The Alderman also approved the purchase of a new mower for the cemetery. Aldermen Dorchinecz and Chris Skultety voted no.

 

The council changed the Cemetery Rule Book to include a $100 charge for funerals requested after 2 p.m weekdays. 

 

It also recommended a limit of two interments per grave. Mayor Barry says this will be grandfathered in, so those who paid for more than one interment receive what they paid for. Aldermen approved both motions. 

 

The board approved payment of bills and went into Closed Session to discuss personnel.

 

The next city council meeting is November 21st. 

Audrey's Boutique and Luxuries Recognized as Taylorville Business Of The Month For November

The Miller Media Group along with BNG Administrative Services are recognizing a local business every month for their “Business of the Month.” This month, Audrey’s Boutique and Luxuries, located at 220 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville, has been recognized. The business, run by Audrey Neville, was recognized with a certificate. Becky Edwards, with BNG Administrative Services, was there to welcome and congratulate Audrey’s Boutique and Luxuries. Neville says that she is proud to be this month’s Business of the Month.

 

 

She says what to expect when you stop by her shop.

 

 

Find out more by going to AudreysBoutiqueandLuxuries.com.

LLCC Recognizing National Apprenticeship Week With Events

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, Lake Land College will host a Spotlight Apprenticeships: Direct Path to Success event, November 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

 

The event will feature employers who utilize apprenticeships in the operations of their businesses, as well as featuring a new apprentice signing and a proclamation from Lake Land College President Josh Bullock.

 

Co-facilitated by ApprenticeshipIllinois.com, the event will feature a wealth of information for those considering taking part in an apprenticeship. These opportunities can further develop skills and knowledge and can create greater marketability for students who complete the programs.

 

For more information on the event or how to get involved with an apprenticeship, contact Apprenticeship Navigator for WIOA Nate Carlson at ncarlson@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-238-8224.

State Senator Doris Turner Looking For Help From Governor's Office On Healthcare

To alleviate obstacles to affordable and accessible healthcare in Central Illinois, State Senator Doris Turner is calling on the governor’s office to use its statutory authority to defend people’s right to accessible and affordable healthcare. 

 

A lot of the issues have stemmed from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois cutting Springfield Clinic from its network, taking away coverage from more than 55,000 customers who are still struggling to find new doctors or file continuity of care requests with Blue Cross.  

 

Senator Turner says residents in the Springfield area have the right to affordable and accessible healthcare, and a year later, she’s still hearing from families, businesses, and individuals that matters are getting worse.  Senator Turner also sent a letter to the governor’s office asking for remedies and for the Governor to take quick action regarding BCBSIL’s provider directory and failure to meet network adequacy regulations or prohibit the company from selling inadequate plans for next year. 

 

The governor’s administration did levy a $339,000 fine against BCBSIL however, there isn’t a solution in place to address inadequate coverage, long wait times, and forcing residents to pay for essential services out of pocket. 

 

Senator Turner is asking the administration to work swiftly to settle this issue to give residents of Central Illinois access to affordable healthcare. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening for their regular City Council Meeting at the Municipal Building in Taylorville.  After approval of minutes and introductions, the board will review ordinances including business development district agreements.  

 

The board will look at a motion to approve the change in liquor license classification for El Cactus from Class C (restaurant) to C-1 (restaurant with gaming), the Aldermen will look at approving to hire a company for Sewer Repair, and approve the investment of approximately $1,100,000 for Water CD funds.  The board will look to bid for a Full-Time Dispatcher Position with the Police Department and change the date for the finance/ordinance committee meeting to Wednesday, November 16th, due to the holiday. 

 

Under committee reports, the board will expand the BDD No 1 to include Park Street from Main to Long, East Market Street to Paw Paw Street, and Main Street to Adams.  The board will also look to prepare a resolution and agreement for a new trash dumpster attendant, and approve the treasurer’s report.

 

The board will also prepare a whistleblower protection ordinance, and place no parking signs on the south side of East Esther, the West Side of Wilkinson Street, and East Elm, all at the 1100 blocks.  The board will look to recommend approval for signing a letter of intent with Renewable Energy Evolution for a  Solar Energy System. 

 

Under cemetery, the board will look at changing the Cemetery Deeds to a limit of two internments per grave, and including a $100.00 charge for funerals that are requested after 2 PM on weekdays. The board will hear from the public, the city attorney, and of course, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story after the conclusion of tonight’s meeting. 
 

With Daylight Saving Time, Check Your Smoke Alarms

As Daylight Saving Time moves in, the Illinois Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding the public to test their smoke alarms.  If you didn’t get a chance to do it over the weekend, Fire Marshal Spokesperson JC Fultz is reminding Illinoisans that you should replace batteries in your smoke alarms, or even think about getting one of the new 10-year sealed smoke detectors.

 

 

Whether your alarms run on battery or are the newer, sealed models,  Fultz says to make sure they are working properly.  Push the test button and wait for the sound to indicate it is working.

 

 

Starting January 1st, Illinois Law will require new 10-year smoke detectors in every home built before 1988 or those that don’t have hard-wired alarms.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly three out of every five home fire deaths occur in households where there are either no smoke detectors or the alarms didn’t work.

Two Juveniles Arrested For Making School Threats In Pana

Two juveniles have been arrested following threats of violence at Pana High School.  According to the Illinois State Police two separate juveniles were believed to be responsible for messages left on Wednesday, November 2nd.  ISP responded to Pana High School after officials notified ISP of a threatening message in a bathroom stall on Wednesday and another message that was found on Thursday.  The two messages were separate incidents.  

 

Both juveniles were identified by ISP and Christian County States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl has approved one count of disorderly conduct threat of violence, a Class 4 Felony, for each suspect. 

 

The Illinois State Police are urging parents to talk to their children and inform them how serious this really is.  ISP Takes threats of school violence seriously and individuals found responsible for making such threats will be held accountable.  ISP thanked Pana High School, Pana PD, the Christian County Sheriff's Office, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, Pana Fire & EMS, the Echo Response EMS, and all other involved police and fire departments for their quick response to ensure the safety of Pana High School students. 

Don't Forget To "Fall Back" Sunday With Daylight Saving Time

The end of Daylight Saving Time can cause disruption in some people’s physical and mental health, but there are tips that can help with a smooth transition, experts from Memorial Health said this week.  Clocks “fall back” on Sunday, November 6th, and experts say that one of the toughest things about falling back is heading home in darkness after leaving work or after-school activities at a normal time.

 

Amber Olson, regional director for Memorial Behavioral Health clinical operations says that there are tips that can help ease the adjustments.  One of the biggest things you can do is find 20 minutes of sunshine to add to your daily schedule.  Breaks or spending time in your lunch hour walking outdoors can be a big way that you can soak up the sun.  

 

Pay attention to your eating habits. Changes in time, can also cause changes to our eating habits, and eating when your body doesn’t feel hungry, can lead to tendencies to eat more later at night. Experts encourage you to eat foods with fiber and protein including things such as an apple paired with low-fat cheese slices or natural peanut butter, whole eggs, fish-based meals, nuts, low-fat cottage cheese, chicken breasts, or light yogurt.  Avoid larger servings of pasta or other carb-heavy entrees later in the day. 

 

Experts also say that sleep is super crucial.  You are encouraged to start now to adjust your sleep schedule to the time change in increments of 15 or 20 minutes to acclimate your body to falling back an hour.  Short 20 to 30-minute naps can help, but avoid the temptation of sleeping for hours in the middle of the day, as that can throw off your whole routine.

 

For more tips on handling Daylight Saving Time, click here

Student Accused Of Leaving Threatening Note At THS Makes First Appearance In Court

A student accused of posting a note saying there was a shooter in Taylorville High School made his first appearance in Christian County Court on Friday in front of Judge Brad Paisley.  Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Payton L. Chronister appeared via Zoom from the Christian County Jail. Chronister is accused of leaving a note that said “There is a school shooter in the building with a gun help” on Thursday morning.  Authorities say that Chronister was motivated to get attention and to get out of school early. 

 

If convicted, Chronister could face 1 to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and one year of mandatory supervised release. The court found probable cause and the state sought a cash bond of $10,000 or $1,000 to apply. State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl asked for a cash bond based on the serious nature of the offense and the worry of hysteria due to a situation such as leaving a note like that. 

 

Defense Attorney Tiffany Senger argued that there was no probable cause and that Chronister conveyed a request for help. Senger argued that a student wouldn’t be able to pay for a cash bond and felt that a recognizance bond was needed as he wasn’t considered a flight risk.  

 

Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison says that Chronister is facing a ten-day suspension and the School Board is set to have a meeting about any future status for him. Judge Paisley found that cash bond of $10,000 with 10% to apply and special terms and conditions to apply including not entering any school property unless approved by school authorities. 

 

Preliminary hearing is set for December 12th. 

Construction Resumes on Hathaway Homes Project; CCDC Not Saying Why Construction Was Delayed

Construction at the Christian County Development Corporation's Hathaway Homes project on Taylorville's west side, has resumed.

In a phone conversation with Regional Radio News this morning, CEO Meggann Bell referred us to their Facebook page for an official statement stating that construction had resumed following a change in project leadership.  Bell refused any further comment as to why construction had halted.

Regional Radio News had reached out to C-C-D-C a number of times during the time construction had stopped, and had previously been given a "no comment."

Bell released the written statement on their Facebook page on Monday of this week.  

North Mac High School Locked Down From Threat

Virden Police responded to a report of an active shooter situation at North Mac High School in Virden.  At 9:46, Thursday morning, police received a call that there was a note indicating an active shooter.  Police quickly responded and began searching the building.  

 

Officers on the scene quickly realized there was not an active shooter.  The building was put on full lockdown and searched thoroughly. Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Virden Police, and Secretary of Police determined there was no actual threat to the school.  

 

The case is still under investigation by the Virden Police Department and the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office. 

Taylorville Police Arrest Student Responsible For Shooting Threat

Taylorville Police Department warning students to stop calling in false-alarm school shooting threats. 

 

Chief Dwayne Wheeler says police arrested 18-year-old Payton L. Chronister of Taylorville for Disorderly Conduct School Issue – A class 4 felony. 

 

At 9:27 Thursday morning, Taylorville Police received a call about an active shooter threat at Taylorville High School. Officers arrived within two minutes. 

 

Officers immediately secured the school while officials placed the school under a soft lockdown.

 

While securing the building, officers learned that someone wrote, “There is a school shooter in the building with a gun help,” in one of the bathroom toilet stall walls. A student observed this and immediately told the staff. 

 

Upon reviewing security footage, police figured out that the student that observed the threat actually wrote it. Chronister allegedly wrote the threat between his first and second hour of school, between 9:14 and 9:18 a.m. 

 

Chief Wheeler says Chronister had motive to get attention and to get out of school early. 

 

Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl approved the charge. Chronister will have his preliminary hearing Friday, November 4th. 

 

School resumed normal activities and there is no threat to the school or the public. There are no injuries. 

 

Chief Wheeler stresses that students who pull these kind of shenanigans will end up in jail. He urges parents to talk to their kids about the seriousness of such actions. 

Three People Arrested Following Investigation/Search Warrant In Kincaid

Three people have been arrested following a series of arrests on Wednesday evening in Kincaid.  41-year-old Floyd Garrison of Raymond and Kincaid, 45-year-old Kassandra Garrison of Raymond and Kincaid, and 36-year-old Johnnie Katcher of Jeiseyville were all arrested following an investigation for illegal narcotics in Jeiseyville.  Kincaid Police Chief DJ Mathon contacted States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl for a search warrant following credible intelligence.

 

According to police, one of the subjects connected to the residence was on parole and was a suspect in some catalytic converter thefts in Chatham and Auburn.  After a pursuit and foot chase, Floyd Garrison was arrested.  He says it was of the utmost importance to get him off the street.  While they were trying to tackle Garrison, Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says that they tased the subject but it didn’t do anything, so Chief Wheeler had to jump on his back feeling the taser himself. He says he’s alright, but is happy that the subject is in custody.   

 

During the chase of Floyd Garrison, police say Garrison’s car smashed through a couple of fences before hitting a garage. Garrison almost struck a police officer to get away and he was charged with meth delivery of 5-15 grams, aggravated fleeing and eluding, assault on a peace officer, almost running over a police officer, and possession of meth with intent to deliver.

 

Kassandra Garrison was charged with possession of meth and Johnnie Katcher was charged with possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says he is proud of his team and the Community Action Team for these arrests. 

 

Floyd Garrison appeared in Christian County Court Thursday morning.  A preliminary hearing was set for November 28th and the bond was set at $175,000 with 10% to apply. Kassandra Garrison was given a $5,000 bond.  A second chance bond hearing was set for November 7th and a Pretrial hearing was set for December 15th. Katcher’s bond was set at $20,000.  The first appearance for Katcher was set for December 15th.  

 

 

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Participate in Moose Lodge Trunk or Treat

 

As part of its ongoing mission to help children and youth in the Taylorville community, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club last weekend participated in the Taylorville Moose Lodge “Trunk or Treat” held inside the Moose Building on McAdam Drive.

 

Kiwanis president-elect Chuck Martin (left) and club secretary Martin Vota (right), handed out candy to some 300 trick-or-treaters that stopped by the Moose Lodge that night.  The pair also shared with parents, the many activities the local Kiwanis Club is part of including Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, YMCA and high school scholarships.

 

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. 

4-H Holding Blanket Making Workshop To Benefit TMH Nov. 21st

Christian County 4-H inviting all 4-H’ers to help Taylorville Memorial Hospital knit blankets to keep patients comfortable during the holiday season. 

 

4-H Educator Sara Marten says that they’re bringing this program back after last year’s success. 

Marten says that they will make blankets from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, November 21st, at the Christian County Extension Office. 

She adds that the Youth Leadership team pushed to put the event on again. 

If you’d like to participate, but can’t make the time, you can choose to donate fleece for this project before November 21st. 

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

Retired UIS Professor Dr. Kent Redfield Previews Upcoming State Elections

Election Day is Tuesday, and state-wide elections seem pretty straightforward. 

 

That’s according to retired University of Illinois Springfield Professor Kent Redfield. 

 

As far as the race for governor between incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker and State Senator Darren Bailey goes - Redfield doesn’t expect surprises. He does think it’s remarkable how expensive this race is. 

He describes the governor’s race as a tale of two different stories. 

In the race for the newly drawn 15th district, where Republican Representative Mary Miller takes on Democrat nominee Paul Lange, Redfield says the race is a product of redistricting. Illinois lost one congressional district due to 2020 Census data, and that has impacts to congressional races. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State race is interesting, because long-time office-holder Jesse White is retiring. 

Early voting is open now. The General Election is November 8th. 

 

Redfield appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pana School District Lockdown Lifted

The lockdown at Pana High School and Pana Jr. High has been lifted.  At 1:38 PM, Wednesday afternoon, the lockdown was lifted. High School Students were asked to be picked up from First United Pentecostal Church and Church of the Nazarene.  

Superintendent Jason Bauer says he is grateful for the multiple agencies that helped with evacuation efforts.  He again assured in his press release, that everyone is safe. On Wednesday afternoon, a note was found in Pana High School that a shooter was in the school.  The school was cleared.  No shooter was found. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story.   

BREAKING: Pana High School On Lockdown; Junior High Under Lockdown as a Precautionary Measure

Pana High School currently under lockdown after someone discovered a note in a bathroom stall stating there's a shooter actively in the school. 

 

Pana Police Department is responding to the high school. They are visiting each classroom of Pana High School to transport students to a safe location. 

 

Superintendent Jason Bauer says that everyone is currently safe, and the safety and well-being of students and staff are the number one priority. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp later reiterated that message. 

 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates. 

Traffic Delays In Taylorville

Lots of construction issues going on in Taylorville today.  An issue with the stop lights at Route 29 heading towards Pana has caused significant slow downs.  Road work on Bidwell Street began this morning.  They will be working all day today, Thursday, and possibly on Monday as well. Paving on Cheney Street is also taking place, so make sure you allow extra time to get to where you need to go. 

Central Illinois Food Bank Offering Food Drive Tips

The holiday season also drums up a lot of support for food pantries and food banks. 

That’s Central Illinois Food Bank Public Relations Manager Tim Kirsininkias. He has some tips for you to hold a successful food drive. 

There are a few items food banks and pantries can’t take, though. 

Kirsinikias adds that there’s a lot of food insecurity in Central Illinois, and more than usual in the greater Taylorville area. 

Learn more at centralilfoodbank.org. Kirsininkias appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Junior High Cross Country Coach, 5 Team Members Visit Taylorville Kiwanis Tuesday

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville Junior High Cross Country coach, and 5 of his team members at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

Chad Sutton, a runner himself, is in his 3rd year leading the Taylorville Junior High School Cross Country team which consists of 15 members.  5 of the members accompanied Sutton at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting.

 

 

Girls’ captain Julia Chlebus told the club her goal was to make it to state.  She achieved that and finished among the top runners.  

 

 

 

Team member Elayna Harker told Kiwanis membership her cross country career hit pause after an injury.

 

 

 

Team member Zach Wright said running is in his family's blood.

 

 

 

Team member Joseph Goodman told club membership it's important to have a positive mindset before a race.

 

 

 

And, team member Liam Bettis shared that cross country is a school sport that doesn't get a lot of attention.

 

 

Sutton bragged on the team saying they've all improved the last few years.

 

 

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.   

Mathon: It's Time For Change in the Sheriff's Office

Kincaid Police Chief D.J. Mathon is running for Christian County Sheriff as an Independent. 

 

Mathon says that it’s time for change in Christian County. 

Mathon adds that he has the experience needed to become Sheriff. 

He’s focused on the drug problem in Christian County. 

Mathon also wants to responsibly renovate the jail. That is, he does not want to put the issue to a referendum.

Early voting is open now. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. 

 

Mathon appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Skiles Named Colleague Of The Month For TMH

A cook in the dietary department of TMH is the Colleague of the Month for September.  Terry Skiles of Tovey, has been announced as the colleague of the month for Taylorville Memorial Hospital for September. He has been with the hospital since 2021.  Gary Freitag, a security guard at TMH, nominated Skiles for recognition.  He says that Skiles goes out of his way to make sure things go right and stays over to ensure the job gets done. 

 

Skiles brings culinary expertise to TMH after working as a chef in restaurants and Freitag says the hospital is lucky to have him.  We here at Regional Radio News salute you, Terry Skiles. 

BK Insurance Services Guiding You Through Medicare Annual Enrollment

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is right now. 

 

BK Insurance Services Owner Kathie Cravens says that it’s a good time to review what plan you have. 

Cravens is taking appointments now to review your plans. She is available at her home office in Taylorville or at the Senior Citizens Center of Christian County. 

Cravens says that because people and their situations change, their plans should, too. 

Veterans should consider reviewing their Medicare plan, too. 

You can schedule an appointment with her at the Senior Citizens of Christian County when you call 217-824-4263 and ask for Kathie Cravens. 

 

Cravens appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Local Residents Enjoy A Fall Day For An Afternoon Tree Walk

The weather is changing, and so are the leaves, and many people from all the local towns enjoyed an Afternoon Tree Walk on Saturday, October 22, with our Christian County Master Gardeners. Over forty participants joined our Master Gardeners at the picturesque hilltop farm of Linda Kehias, who was an early graduate of the Master Gardener program.

 

The family farm has been developed into a budding arboretum featuring trees suitable to our Central Illinois area, both those familiar to us and some more unique selections that warrant consideration when adding trees to your home landscape. Participants toured the grounds of her farm and could see and learn about the varieties of trees firsthand.

 

If you enjoy gardening and want to share your knowledge, the Master Gardener program may be for you! All you need is an interest in gardening, an open mind, and a willingness to share your knowledge with others. If you are interested in joining or being a future event host, contact the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246.

 

 

 

FBI Warning Citizens To Be Aware Of Election Crimes

The FBI is warning against election crimes including but not limited to fraud, civil right and finance violations, and how to report suspected violations.  FBI Springfield Field Office Special Agent in Charge David Nanz says that individual states have primary responsibility for conducting fair and free elections, but the FBI plays an important role in protecting federal interests. “Our focus is on protecting elections from potential threats so the American people can have confidence in their democratic process.”

 

Federal law protects against such crimes as threatening violence against election officials or staff, intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, changing vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, or any other violations. An election crime becomes a federal crime when there are one or more federal candidates on the ballot and election or polling place officials abuse their office, the conduct involves voter or ballot fraud, the crime is motivated by hostility towards minority groups, the activity violates federal campaign finance law, or a voter intentionally gives false info when registering to vote.  

 

The FBI is also looking for ineligible persons voting, or anyone voting more than once. Election officials should never use their office to benefit a candidate or party, and a voter should never receive something of value in exchange for a vote.  FBI Springfield will have special agents available throughout the coverage area to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day. 

 

FBI Springfield can be reached at 217-522-9675 or via email at springfield@fbi.gov. In the instance of a crime of violence or intimidation, please call 911 immediately before contacting federal authorities. State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places and faster reaction capacity in an emergency.

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