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Christian County Files Injunction In Safe-T Act, Illinois Attorney General Responds

Christian County State's Attorney John Mcward, filed an emergency motion on Friday seeking a temporary stay on the implementation of the no cash bail portion that is set to take effect tomorrow. After hearing the motion, Judge Brian Kibler agreed with the State's Attorney's position that it was found unconstitutional in Kankakee County and that irreparable injuries to defendants and citizens of Christian County would result if Christian County implemented the no cash bail. 

 

Multiple counties in Central Illinois had already joined up with the Kankakee County lawsuit including Shelby, Sangamon, Fayette, Moultrie, and Montgomery County.  The Court on Friday, issued the temporary stay banning the implementation of the no cash bail portion and a hearing will take place next Friday, January 6th, 2023.  

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Friday issued the following statement in response to what he has called improperly entered temporary restraining orders that were sought Friday by some state’s attorneys who were seeking to prevent enforcement of the SAFE-T Act.  Attorney General Raoul says that his office learned of new complaints throughout the state against the Safe-T Act.  He says he is very frustrated that these counties waited to the last minute to file injunctions. He also says that some counties are filing motions against the entire act--which has been in place since January 1st, 2021.  Christian County is only challenging the no cash bail and not the other aspects of the Safe-T Act. 

 

“In some of these TRO motions, plaintiffs are asking that the Attorney General’s office be enjoined from enforcing any provision of the SAFE-T Act, not just the pretrial release provisions. Many of these provisions have been in effect for more than a year; however, my office received less than one hour’s notice of hearings in some counties and no notice at all in others. Throughout the day, we continued to learn of plaintiffs having obtained TROs without giving our office notice or providing copies of the complaints or TRO motions. To say that this is an abuse of the judicial process is an understatement. The SAFE-T Act has been the law in Illinois since January 2021, giving these plaintiffs nearly two years to raise challenges. In fact, the plaintiffs have had since October to join the lawsuits consolidated in Kankakee County. It is outrageous that the plaintiffs instead chose to sit on their hands until the last business day before the SAFE-T Act is to go into effect, and then seek to enjoin it from going into effect.

 

 

Attorney General Raoul says that there is an appropriate way to challenge the law but that a lot of counties are doing it the wrong way. 

 

“It goes without saying that there is an appropriate way to challenge a new law. In fact, as their colleagues were engaging in 11th hour theatrics, the state’s attorneys of DuPage and Kane counties filed an emergency motion with the Illinois Supreme Court in which they ask the court to provide some clarity regarding the SAFE-T Act, so that there will be consistent pretrial proceedings throughout Illinois beginning Jan. 1. And because my office has already appealed Judge Cunnington’s order, the appropriate process for seeking a ruling that will apply to all 102 counties is now underway.”

 

Click here and here to see the Christian County lawsuit and click here to see the full response from Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Any questions or concerns related to this issue are directed to call the Christian County State's Attorney's Office at 217-824-4747. 

Animal Rescue Operation Thursday At Lake Bertinetti

On Thursday at 1546 TFD was dispatched to an animal in the water at Bertinetti Lake. A/C Rogers donned a wet suit while members tended rope. He successfully retrieved the dog and brought it to shore. Members then started CPR on the dog and tried to warm it. TFD transported the animal to Countryside vet were she was pronounced deceased.

 

Despite the outcome, TFD members banded together quickly and did everything in their power to give the animal a fighting chance.

 

 

Pana Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Meth Delivery

A Pana man has been sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to delivery of methamphetamine.  Dakoda Cantrell pleaded guilty to a Class X Felony charging him with the offense of delivery of methamphetamine over 15 grams and under 100 grams.  Judge Bryan Kibler sentenced Cantrell on Friday. 

 

Christian County State's Attorney John H. McWard and the Christian County State's Attorney's Office thanked the CIEG, and other law enforcement agencies involved in this matter for taking drug dealers off the streets. This conviction comes as a result of Mr. Cantrell selling 84 grams to an undercover police officer in the city of Pana,  Illinois in early July, 2022.

 

The State's Attorney's Office as well as law enforcement issued a warning to all drug dealers in Christian County that their illegal acts will be met with harsh sentences to the Department of Corrections. 
 

Multiple Fire Depts Respond To Fire In Assumption

The Christian County EMA has released a press release concerning a fire in Assumption.

At approx 2218 Friday, Assumption Fire was dispatched for a fire in a residence. Upon arrival there was fire showing through the rear roof of the structure. Fire personnel made a quick attack on the fire and were able to get it under control before the fire could majorly extend into the main 2 story structure. The fire was contained to the rear of the residence and one upper story room. All occupants made it out of the residence safely and are being assisted by the Red Cross with a place to stay. 
Thank you to all departments who responded quickly to this incident.
Assumption Fire
Moweaqua Fire
Stonington Fire
Owaneco Fire
Assumption Ambulance
CCSO

 

Pictures courtesy of the Christian County EMA.

 

Taylorville Superintendent Update and Review

A Taylorville School District Superintendent update on the Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex project. 

 

Here’s Dr. Chris Dougherty. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Dougherty reviews the year’s accomplishments for the district. 

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

New Year's Party Health Tips

Don’t end your 2022 on a bad note. Yes, you’re going to party. No, that does not mean you should skip breakfast, according to St. Louis Dairy Council Nutrition Educator Kelsey Bentlage. 

If you’re hosting a party this weekend, Bentlage offers some advice. She says high protein foods will provide variety and help your guests. 

Lastly, after the holiday party ends, Bentlage wants you to keep up your physical activity. 

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

WRAN groovy 97.3 Again Airing New Year's Party Live December 31st

Miller Media Group radio stations WRAN groovy 97.3 in Taylorville and WEZC “Your EASY Choice!” 95.9 FM in Clinton, will simulcast the 25th annual Bud Light New Year’s Party, from 9pm New Year’s Eve, until 1:00am New Year’s Day.

 

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller will emcee the show, which will feature request and dedications of easy and top 40 hits from the 60’s thru the 80’s.  The show will also feature listener contests and give-aways.

 

The show will also feature messages asking listeners to celebrate the New Year with friends,  and take precautions to keep yourself and others safe. The show again this year is sponsored by Skeff Distributing, the Central Illinois Budweiser distributor.

 

Miller began doing a New Year’s Show on his stations since the late 1980’s.  

 

The phone number to call in requests or to participate in contests during the show will be toll-free 1-866-500-WRAN (9726).

After 70 Years On Air, WTIM Swap Shop Moving On-Line January 9

After over 70 years of being on the air from the day WTIM Radio went on the air January 20, 1952, its Swap Shop program is being moved to an on-line platform on January 9th.

 

On that date, listeners can click on the "Swap Shop" link on taylorvilledailynews.com, register, then list any and all items they have to buy, sell, trade, and giveaway, free of charge.  Items posted will be screened by station personnel before they go "live" on the new WTIM Swap Shop web page.

 

The show aired for decades at 11:06am weekdays, then moved a few months ago to its new on-air time of 7:50am weekdays.   Swap Shop will be replaced by a daily Trivia Contest on WTIM with weekly prizes awarded, starting January 9th.

Area Counties Join In Lawsuit Against Safe-T Act

A Kankakee County judge ruled Wednesday that lawmakers overreached their constitutional authority in passing a measure to abolish cash bail in Illinois, while other provisions in the wide-ranging SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform were not affected by the ruling.

 

The ruling by Judge Thomas W. Cunnington leaves the impending cash bail reform in limbo in at least 64 of Illinois’ 102 counties including Montgomery, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, and Moultrie that had joined the consolidated lawsuit ahead of the reform’s scheduled Jan. 1 implementation.

 

The reform remains scheduled to take effect in the more than 30 counties that did not sue, which contain roughly two-thirds of the state’s population. Of the state’s 10 most populous counties, six were not part of the lawsuit (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, St. Clair and Champaign). The counties of Will, McHenry, Winnebago and Madison were all part of the lawsuit.

 

The ruling did not invalidate other provisions of the SAFE-T Act which had already taken effect, such as reforms to police officer training and certification standards and police body camera requirements.

 

Cunnington wrote in a 36-page decision that the cash bail provisions effectively and improperly amended a section of the state’s constitution that states, “all persons shall be bailable by sufficient sureties,” except in a few specific circumstances.

 

He also wrote that ending cash bail is an improper overreach by lawmakers, who have no constitutional authority to govern the administrative functions of Illinois courts due to the separation of powers. Bail, Cunnington wrote, has been held by the Supreme Court to be “administrative” in nature.

 

The constitution also specifically mentions bail in a section on victims’ rights, when it states victims have a right “to have the safety of the victim and the victim's family considered in denying or fixing the amount of bail.” Cunnington found that eliminating bail prevents courts from “effectuating the constitutionally mandated safety of the victims and their families.”

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a news release the state will appeal the decision directly to the state Supreme Court, but a timeline for a ruling from the high court is unclear.

“Most of the SAFE-T Act’s provisions have been in effect for more than a year, and regardless of today’s circuit court decision, all parts of the SAFE-T Act, including the pretrial release portions addressed in the court’s decision, will go into effect Jan 1,” Raoul said. “For instance, the right of individuals awaiting criminal trials – people who have not been convicted of a crime and are presumed innocent – to seek release from jail without having to pay cash bail will go into effect in a few short days, despite the court’s ruling against those provisions.”

 

Cunnington rejected other arguments by the dozens of state’s attorneys that centered on the legislative process, namely that the bill was not given a proper hearing and violated the “single subject” rule. Court precedent holds that as long as the House speaker and Senate president certify that a bill is properly passed, courts have no standing to intervene, he wrote. 

 

Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering state government. It is distributed to more than 400 newspapers statewide, as well as hundreds of radio and TV stations. It is funded primarily by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Mt. Auburn Man Missing - CCSO Asks for Help

An adult with autism is missing and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office asks for help. 

 

Police say 52-year-old Gregory A. Mendenhall of Mt. Auburn left his mother’s residence November 1st driving a 2016 red Chevy Pickup with Illinois license plate 2015027-B.  His mother reported him missing November 22nd.

 

Tuesday, CCSO discovered Mendenhall had visited a hospital in Kerville, Texas as a patient. He is no longer at the hospital and his whereabouts are unknown. 

 

If you see the vehicle, or learn of any information pertaining to Mendenhall’s location, call 217-824-4961.

Rep. Bourne Overviews January Lame-Duck Session

Illinois legislators resting up for a January lame duck session. 

 

That’s according to State Representative Avery Bourne. 

Rep. Bourne describes some recent lame-duck legislation. 

Rep. Bourne questions the constitutionality of the potential assault weapons ban in January. 

Ultimately, anything can happen in a lame-duck session. 

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

Christian County EMA Offers Safety Tips After String Of Fires In County

There has been an outbreak of fires in Christian County and the surrounding area.  Christian County EMA Director Jeff Stoner says that those fires don’t seem connected but the Fire Marshall is still investigating them. He says that sometimes they see fires from space heaters but he hasn’t seen that much this time.

 

 

When it comes to safety, Stoner says to get those ten year smoke alarms and have them in many areas of the house.

 

 

Stoner says have a great escape plan and practice it.

 

 

Stoner offered some safety tips with fire extinguishers.

 

 

There was a fire in Pana on December 27th, a fire in Taylorville the morning of the 28th, a fire in Taylorville on December 26th, and a fire in the Pana area on December 25th. All of these fires are still being investigated.  There has been no loss of human life, but one animal perished in the Taylorville fire that occurred on the 28th. 

Kincaid Clerk Arrested For Theft

The Village of Kincaid Clerk was arrested for theft on Monday, December 26th, following an investigation from the Kincaid Police Department.  According to the Village of Kincaid website, Marla O’Dell was the village clerk.

 

The investigation began in mid-December for theft of funds and completed on December 19th.  A report was submitted to States Attorney John McWard, who approved the charges. Police Chief DJ Mathon says that the police contacted Mayor Bob Morris and the employee was placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to Chief Mathon,  the amount stolen was $2,116.00 and O’Dell was booked in the Christian County Jail and posted a $5,000 bond. 

 

The village of Kincaid is currently accepting applications for a new village clerk. 

Taking Care Of Your Christmas Tree After Christmas

With the Christmas holiday wrapping up, at some point you will be thinking about what to do with your Christmas tree.  The University of Illinois Extension Office is giving some tips on what you can do with that Christmas tree, when you are done with it. One popular use is to use them to help feed birds.  Trees can be used as a windbreak, by placing them to the northwest of feeders.  This will help protect bird from the wind as they feed and prevent birdseed from blowing out of feeders.  U of I Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth says whatever you do with your tree, dispose of it properly. 

 

 

You can turn your tree into a large festive birdfeeder.  Anchor your tree to the ground, using a steel fence post and decorate it with strings of popcorn and cranberries, as wel as pinecones smeared with peanut butter and sunflower seeds, suet, or chopped fruit in a mesh. Different types of birds enjoy different foods, so the more you offer, the more diversity you will have.

 

Christmas trees can be used to create habitat for other wildlife in the form of brush piles.  Start by creating a base of large branches/logs or rocks on the ground and place limbs, brush, and your christmas tree on top to finish your pile.  You can place this pile near field borders and in woodland areas along with other brush to provide cover.  Enroth says that you can also use it for firewood—outside.  

 

 

Trees can also be used in a variety of ways in the garden.  Branches and needles are commonly used as mulch to cover perennial plants during the winter.  These mulches are light and won’t pack or suffocate the roots of the plants they are protecting.  If you remove the branches from the trunk, the trunk can be used to edge a garden.  Trees can also be chipped and used as mulch in the garden to help reduce weed problems, moderate soil temperature, and help to retain moisture. 

 

Your old Christmas tree can also be used in a variety of craft ways like using the needles to make potpourri, cut the trunk into wooden discs to make coasters, trivets or edge garden beds. Regardless of how you use the tree after the holidays, make sure you get all ornaments and tinsel off. 

Macon County Conservation District Educating All Class Types

Macon County Conservation District is a great resource to educate children. 

 

Director of Program Services Alysia Callison says there are plenty of home-school programs for your child. 

These home-school programs often relate to seasons and they begin in January. 

Callison says the programs are interactive. 

Macon County Conservation District has field trip options for public and private school classrooms, too. 

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

Illinois Law Enforcement Ramping Up For Holiday Season

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are reminding motorists to drive sober this holiday season.  The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run through January 2nd.  The objective is to keep Illinois roads safe and show zero tolerance for speeding, distracted, driving, seat belt offenders, and other traffic violations.  

 

Data from IDOT’s Bureau of Data Collection shows the number of alcohol-impaired fatalities-motor vehicle deaths involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher-has increased.  In 2021, a total of 275 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in Illinois.  This is an increase of 50 deaths from 2020. 

 

Last year, 1334 people lost their lives in crashes.  This is the highest total since 2005.  1,182 fatalities have occurred in 2022 as of December 14.  This is 98 fewer deaths over the same time period last year. Director of ISP, Brendan Kelly says that driving while impaired, either by alcohol or drugs, is not only dangerous, but can be deadly.  

 

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click it or Ticket” campaigns are administered by IDOT with federal traffic safety funds.  For more information on this campaign and the “it’s Not a Game” campaign, visit www.itsnotagameillinois.com for more information. 

Cold Weather Safety

The temperatures climb this week, but there’s still nearly three months of winter to go. 

 

Shelbyville Fire Department’s Matt Lewis reminding residents of cold weather safety. First up – be cautious of space heaters. 

Lewis says Illinois is implementing new fire alarm codes in 2023. 

Lewis appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

Park Board Meets For Final 2022 Meeting

The Taylorville Park Board met on Tuesday evening for their final monthly meeting of 2022. After the opening call to order, pledge and roll call, the board approved minutes from the November 28th board meeting and the December 14th special meeting. The board also approved the Treasurer’s report and set the 2023 regular monthly board meeting dates. 

 

Acting Maintenance Superintendent Ben Dempsey gave an update on the bid for renting a boom lift from Altorfer Rents, which was previously discussed during the December 14th special meeting.

 

 

Dempsey will continue to look at other rental options to present to the board before a decision will be made.

 

Secretary MaryAnn Becker presented a proposal from CTI for two new laptops with updated programs.

 

 

The board accepted the proposal from CTI.

 

Recreational Director Bailey Hancock said that Christmas in the Park was a success once again this year.

 

 

Hancock also announced the winners of the park displays.

 

 

The board then approved payment of bills from the Finance Committee and moved into a closed Executive session.

 

The next Park Board meeting is set for January 23rd. 

Clean-Up Underway After Burst Water Pipes at Springfield Clinic Taylorville

Employees at the Springfield Clinic Taylorville lab services office are dealing today with the aftermath of frozen pipes that burst over the long holiday weekend.

Clean-up began first thing this morning, and walk-in lab patients today were being re-directed to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital lab.

Officials are hoping the Springfield Clinic Taylorville lab services will be open during normal hours tomorrow.

What To Look For With RSV

Schools across the country are on holiday break, and families are getting together which can mean the spread of seasonal illnesses such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV.  Health experts are urging parents to use caution in the up and coming weeks in order to help slow the spread of these viruses. RSV is one of those three viruses. Health experts encourage parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this virus that their child may experience.

 

Dr. Safiat Amuwo, an OSF HealthCare pediatrician says that the symptoms can be similar to other viruses. 

 

 

One symptom of RSV that differentiates from other viruses is respiratory distress.  This can be sometimes difficult for parents to recognize. Some people may associate persistent or worsening with respiratory distress. Dr. Amuwo says to pay close attention to your child’s breathing and body language. 

 

 

Dr. Amuwo says that the increased work of breathing or fast, shallow breathing, is the most important of these to watch for as an indication of respiratory distress that would likely indicate RSV. If you think your child may be in respiratory distress, Dr. Amuwo says to not wait for an appointment and take them directly to the nearest emergency room. 

 

According to the CDC, people infected with RSV are usually contagious for three to eight days and may become contagious a day or two before they start showing signs of illness much like COVID-19. Some infants and people with weakened immune systems can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as six weeks. 

 

 

There is not currently a vaccine for RSV, but doctors recommend hand washing and mask-wearing and using caution when traveling.  At home, use over-the-counter medication, warm showers, drink plenty of fluids, and use a humidifier.

 

 

RSV cannot be treated with antibiotics, however, if the virus progresses and a child develops further illness, such as pneumonia, antibiotics may be an option.  If your child’s symptoms worsen, make an appointment with their pediatrician.  If they become severe, go to the nearest emergency.

 

 

If you or your child becomes sick with RSV, COVID-19, or the flu this holiday season, monitor symptoms closely, follow the recommended guidelines to reduce the spread, and stay home until the virus has run its course.

Ameren Continuing To Help Those Who Need Help With Energy Bills

The Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends, program started in 1982 and is still going strong 40 years later for Ameren. Susan Sams Executive Director of the Energy Assistance Foundation says that this program is to help those who need help so they don’t fall through the cracks. 

 

 

Sams is proud of the program and says that every penny goes to those who need it.

 

To find out if you are eligible for the program is to go to www.warmneighborscoolfriends.org. 

 

 

Sams says she loves to hear about programs of success from people who have used it. 

 

 

For more information, click here

Christian County Sheriff Warns Against Theft and Scams

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp warning against theft. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp wants you to keep your eyes peeled when you’re running errands. 

He warns that you never have to open the door for someone. Even if they are police.

Most recently, Sheriff Kettelkamp warned against solicitors calling citizens claiming the citizen has an outstanding warrant. Sheriff Kettelkamp says police will never contact you over the phone for a warrant. 

 

He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Park Board To Meet Tonight

Taylorville Park Board is set to meet this evening at 7 PM at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. After the opening call to order, pledge and roll call, the board will approve minutes from the November 28th board meeting and the December 14th special meeting. The board will also approve the treasurer's report and hear from any guests.

 

Under new business, the board will set the 2023 board meeting dates. The board will then hear from the maintenance superintendent, office administrator and recreation director. They will also hear from the finance committee to approve payment of bills. There will then be an executive session followed by possible action on the matters discussed during the session.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for a recap at the conclusion of today’s meeting.

GED Getting New Name In Illinois

Illinois is changing the name of the GED.  A new state law aims to lift some of the stigmas about getting a GED instead of graduating traditionally.  Illinois Community College Board spokesperson Matt Berry says starting on January 1st, it will be known as the state of Illinois High School Diploma.

 

 

Requirements will still be the same to pass it, but those who currently have a GED may get a replacement with the new name from their local Regional Office of Education.

 

 

In the Christian County area for more information, visit http://www.roe3.org/. 

With Cold Weather Comes Reminders Of Fire Safety

With cold weather here, it’s important to go over safety around the home especially when it comes to fires and keeping your house safe.  There have been a few fires in our area over the weekend, and Matt Lewis with the fire protection department in Shelbyville, urges safety around wood-burning stoves and fireplace safety. He says if you’re going to have a secondary heat source, to have a good carbon monoxide detector.

 

 

When it comes to electric heaters, is to make sure they are away from animals and kids, and that there aren’t too many plugged in.

 

 

If there is a bit of snow, Lewis asks you to shovel around your fire hydrant so that it’s easier to find. 

 

 

Matt Lewis appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.  
 

Macon County Conservation District Programming Going Strong Through Winter

Just because the weather turned colder, does not mean you have to stop recreation outdoors. 

 

Macon County Conservation District has a ton of winter programming on the way. Director of Program Services Alysia Callison invites you to the Starved Rock trip in January. 

Callison loves visiting Starved Rock at this time of year for the Bald Eagles. 

The Macon County Conservation District has normal hours with the exception of New Year’s Day. 

Saturday, January 7th, Callison invites you on the Full Moon Hike. 

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

New Sports Card Shop Open In Shelbyville

A new sports card company is opening in Shelbyville.  Trey and Aiden Sayers are co-owners of Sayers Brothers Cards and it is located at 124 N Morgan St in Shelbyville.  The business got started in 2019. 

 

 

It all started with selling one card, and grew from that experience. Eventually things started growing from there.

 

 

The boys say they are surprised at the resurgence in sports cards. 

 

 

One thing that’s nice about card collecting is you can do it your own way.

 

 

For more information on the Sayers Brothers Cards store, visit their Facebook page. Aiden and Trey Sayers appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Illinois Treasurer Remembers Late State Senator Scott Bennett

Illinois State Treasurer’s Office believes in access to higher education. 

 

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says there are two programs to assist. The College Savings program and the Illinois Able program for children with disabilities. 

 

Treasurer Frerichs suggests giving your child the gift of a college savings account. 

The late State Senator Scott Bennett sponsored the bill that created the Illinois Able program. Senator Bennett died earlier this month. 

Treasurer Frerichs remembered his long-time friend at a memorial Monday, December 19th. Treasurer Frerichs remembers when Senator Bennett wanted to submit the Illinois Able legislation. 

Learn more about all the programs the State Treasurer’s Office offers, at illinoistreasurer.gov. Treasurer Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Christian County Sheriff Warning Against Uptick In Scams

The Christian County Sheriff’s office has received numerous reports of people calling claiming to be a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office.  Victims are then told that they have missed a court date and have a warrant out for their arrest and are instructed to pay a fee over the phone.  This is a scam. 

 

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to hang up. They say they will never have you pay money over the phone and warrants can only be handled in person.  Any time a money service, gift card, cashapp, or other similar method is requested, it is a scam.  

Taylorville Superintendent Update on Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex

An update on the Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex at Taylorville High School from Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty.

Dr. Dougherty says the district is fiscally ready for this project, but they continue to welcome donations. 

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

State Treasurer's Office Returns $15,000 to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office returned thousands to a non-profit organization this month. 

 

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says that his office delivered an early Christmas present of $15,238 through the iCash program to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. 

Treasurer Frerichs says that organizations find money in the iCash program all the time. 

Lutheran Social Services provides many services from mental health, to foster care. 

You could have unclaimed money or property in the iCash portal at illinoistreasurer.gov. 

Treasurer Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Hydroponics Extends Your Gardening Season

The bitter cold does not have to mean the end of gardening season. 

 

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger says you can garden indoors with hydroponics. 

Start-up materials can be pretty easy to find. 

Assorted leafy greens do well in hydroponic gardens. 

Holsinger is offering a hydroponics course in January. 

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

Holiday Weekend Safety Tips From Christian County Sheriff's Office

Holiday celebrations are tradition this time of year. Christian County Sheriff’s Office wants you to celebrate safely. 

That’s Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. If you’re staying close to home, he says you may consider spending any free time you have making sure your home address is clearly marked. 

Keep an eye on your last second packages. Recent years have seen more porch pirates looking for loot. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp encourages you to check in on your neighbors this weekend. The holidays aren’t joyous for everyone. 

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

Social Security COLA Increase of 8.7% Hits December 30th

Folks collecting Social Security will receive the largest Cost of Living Adjustment in decades. 

That’s Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers. Most of the time, you will see a COLA increase of 8.7 percent at the start of the new year. This year, you will receive an increase December 30th. 

Meyers says that this increase is based off Consumer Price Index data. 

Medicare recipients often groan at a COLA increase, because that sometimes means rates are going up. Meyers says that’s not the case this year. 

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

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Sets Eyes to 2023

A big 2023 ahead for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Executive Director Linda Allen is excited for the Scholarship Awareness Day.

President Jennifer Franklin hopes to keep the momentum rolling in the new year. 

Allen says the Chamber will start up the “After Hours” events in March. 

Before heading into the new year, Allen invites you to finish up on your last minute Christmas shopping. 

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

Lake Shelbyville Engineers Performing Maintenance On Treeline

The US Army Corps of Engineers is currently performing annual routine maintenance to the Government’s boundary line around Lake Shelbyville.  Now that leaves are gone from the trees, it is the perfect time to inspect trees.  If you are an adjacent landowner to US Army Corps of Engineers property around Lake Shelbyville, you may observe employees walking along the boundary line behind or near your house. 

 

Employees will be replacing worn or broken boundary signs and posts, and painting trees on the eastern portion of the boundary line where woodlands are on both sides of the boundary line. Trees along these portions of the line will be painted at chest height with an orange 4-inch horizontal stripe around the entire trunk of the tree.  Spacing will be between 25-50 feet between painted trees depending upon visibility. This will help differentiate between government and private property.  The work is expected to be complete by February 2023. 

 

If you have questions about boundary maintenance, contact Natural Resource Specialist Cory Donnel at 217-774-3951 ext. 7001. 

Livestock Quiz Bowl Team Takes Fourth In The Nation

The Illinois State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team was named fourth in the nation at the National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest held in Louisville, KY.  The competition took place during the North American Livestock Exposition. The Livestock Quiz Bowl functions like a traditional quiz bowl, but all questions are focused on testing youth livestock knowledge.  Teams compete throughout seven rounds and amass points by answering questions correctly.  

 

The team consists of five 4-H members throughout Illinois, including our Christian County 4-H member Cole Paulek.  Youth qualify for national competition after competing at the state level during the Illinois State Fair.  The contest requires many hours of dedicated learning by participating youth and a good understanding of the livestock industry. 

 

Competing at this level helps teach youth the value of hard work and prepares them for future studies in animal sciences. 

 

The Illinois 4-H Foundation provides support for this program.  

Christian County Sheriff Urges Preparedness In Face Of Winter Storm

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to plan ahead for incoming severe weather. The forecast is calling for blizzard conditions possible and snow accumulations of 2-4 inches starting Thursday. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is urging residents of the county to begin thinking about their potential needs.  

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp explained that during periods of severe weather conditions, there is an increased burden on the 9-1-1 communications system as a result of vehicle crashes and medical calls.  This can result in significantly reduced response times by first responders.  

 

Due to potential risks it may be necessary to close roads throughout the county.  Residents of Christian County are reminded of the snow emergency level ordinance put into effect in 2014.  The ordinance for the establishment of snow emergency levels is split into three levels.  

 

Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously and travel only if necessary.  Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.

 

Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be icy. This means that only people with a real and important need to be out on the roads and streets should do so. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.

 

Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.  No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.


Sheriff Kettelkamp uirges residents to minimize travel as much as possible, salt/treat your walkways now, check on elderly or those with special needs and make sure they are prepared, have extra drinking water and food ready, and stay away from downed trees near power lines.  Report any downed power lines and downed trees to the appropriate local agencies when possible.  Stay informed and monitor weather radio and of course, www.taylorvilledailynews.com.  
 

Taylorville Kroger Store Re-Opens to Large Crowds

In the words of Kroger Corporate Affairs Director Eric Halvorson:  We're back!  

 

 

The Taylorville Kroger store re-opened at 6 o'clock this morning with some 50 shoppers waiting at the door to get in.  This followed the July 29 closure by the state due to asbestos abatement issues.

 

Kroger officials held a re-opening ceremony inside the store at 8 o'clock this  morning with many local dignataries invited.

 

Halvorson told Regional Radio News it was important from the Kroger perspective to be back in business.

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said the store re-opening was important to the city.

 

 

Small Town Taylorville Committee chair Steve Craggs told Regional Radio News the Taylorvillle Kroger store is a destination.

 

 

Taylorville Kroger store manager Robin Gross was overwhelmed with emotion as she spoke about the store's re-opening.

 

 

 

Halvorson (left) presented Taylorville Food Pantry co-Executive Directors Amy Hagen (center) and Pam Moses (right), with 5-thousand dollars in gift cards during Wednesday's ceremony.  Holverson added it's Kroger's corporate mission to make sure that local food pantries are provided with product from local Kroger stores.

 

The Taylorville Kroger has some 90 local employees.

Illinois 4-H Takes Top Honors At Skillathon

The Illinois 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team has been busy as they recently topped 20 teams from across the USA to bring home the National 4-H Skillathon Championship.  The contest was held in Louisville, Kentucky.  This year’s contest marked the first win for the Illinois Team.  

 

Illinois was also awarded high team in Evaluation, high team in Quality Assurance, and fourth overall in Evaluation.  This year’s Illinois State 4-H Livestock Skillathon team consists of four 4-H members throughout the state of Illinois including Drew Mickey and Emma Pistorius of Christian County. 

 

Team members were chosen to compete at the national level based on performances at statewide competitions held during the Illinois State Fair.  Individual team members were also each named All Americans due to their competition performance. 

 

Four out of the top five high overall individual placings were taken by Illinois 4-H team members. Drew Mickey placed fourth overall individual and third in identification.  Emma Pistorius placed fifth high overall, fourth in identification, and fourth in quality assurance.  

 

The Illinois 4-H Foundation provided support for the program.  Head Coach Eric Fugate of Champaign County says it was a fantastic and memorable day and that it is exciting to see the team work to continue their ongoing skillathon legacy raising the bar to the highest levels possible for future teams to strive to match.  

With Bad Weather Approaching, IDOT Offers Help

Cold weather and snow are coming and the Illinois Department of Transportation wants to make sure you’re prepared when that happens.  The website www.gettingaroundillinois.com is the public’s best way of keeping up with information on weather and road conditions. This resource keeps you updated 24/7/365 on road conditions throughout the state.

 

IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel says that you can find all kinds of current information on gettingaroundillinois.com.

 

 

Wappel says to only go out in bad weather if you absolutely need to. 

 

 

Gettingaroundillinois.com is available on your computer and optimized for smartphones.  There are ways to zoom in on locations, travel routes, or destinations on a state map.  Road conditions are consistently updated by plow drivers out in the field who send the information through a cloud-based system to provide a general overview of IDOT-maintained highways. 

 

For more information visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com or visit idot.illinois.gov. 

Ameren Illinois Offering Free Google Nest Thermostat For Customers

Ameren Illinois is working on ways to help customers save money.  Ameren is offering a free Google Nest Thermostat through a special “Cyber Monday” promotion.  The deal runs through December 31st and if customers visit amerenillinoissavings.com/cybermonday, they can check their eligibility and order one. Angie Ostaszewski & Tyler Barron sat down to discuss how this program can benefit their Ameren customers. 

 

 

Barron says you can set a normal schedule and help control your energy use through your smartphone.

 

 

Ostaszewski says there are some very cool features through the Google Nest. 

 

 

With cold weather approaching, Barron says now is the best time to save and to help control your energy costs.

 

 

The program runs through December 31st.  Again, visit amerenillinoissavings.com/cybermonday. 
 

County Board Meets Tuesday Evening

The Christian County board met on Tuesday evening for their last meeting of 2022. During public comments, many spoke out about HB 5855.  HB5855 is set to make the possession of several types of firearms and other parts illegal. Matt Wells also tendered his resignation to the board. Chairman of the Board Bryan Sharp said they would begin immediately working on Wells’ replacement. 

 

After approval of claims, the board looked at appointments, specifically a five-year term for the new Zoning Board of Appeals chair. Sharp announced that the new chair for the ZBA was Jim Overholt. The board approved it. 

The board heard from State’s Attorney John McWard who asked for help with raising the salary for hiring an assistant. 

 

 

State’s Attorney McWard also announced that due to some conflicts he would also be doing some work in Fayette County, while State’s Attorney for Fayette County, Brenda Mathis would come up here which is why they really need an assistant. 

 

 

The board approved the request. Sharp gave an update on the carbon capture and storage ordinance and moratorium update saying that it’s been a slow process. 

 

 

An amendment was made to the ordinance to reflect the proper statute. 

 

 

The board approved a resolution to send to state officials expressing their displeasure with HB 5855 and called HB 5855 unconstitutional. The next County Board meeting is set for January 17. 

 

 

Taylorville School Board Committee Chairs Honor Community Members

Taylorville School Board met for their December meeting Tuesday evening at the new district office across from the high school. 

 

The board committe chairs presented awards to community members who assisted their committee. 

 

Chair of the Building Committee Rick Bryan honored Steve Walters and Chris Westrick for their work on the Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex.


Other honorees included Athletic Director Jason Hadley, Anita Brown, Brian Sample, Wendy Dulakis, and Jessica Miller. 

 

The board approved the consent agenda, which included November's meeting minutes, CLAIMS, the Treasurer's Report, Personnel, and took action on overnight trips. 

 

Under Old Business, the board approved the strategic planning committee reports, which sent bids out for the Fine Arts Auditorium and Sports Complex. 

 

Under New Business, the board adopted the 2022 tax levy, read the ISBE Press Plus Policy Update, and accepted bids for asbestos abatement. 

 

The board heard from Aramark on a Food Service Program Update. 

 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty asked student council members to tell kids to pick up the free meals. 

After the food service report, the board members reviewed the Christmas Break dates for 2024. 

 

The board settled on a two week break. 

 

Dr. Dougherty then provided her Superintendent Update. 

The next board meeting is set for January 17th.

Taylorville Kiwanis Award Hero Of The Month to Santa, Hears from Vietnam POW Veteran at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored its December Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month”, and heard from a local Vietnam Veteran who was a prisoner of war from 1968 to 1973, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.

 

 

Santa Claus (right) was named this month’s “Hero of the Month” for all the wonderful things he does for children and youth in the Taylorville community and around the world each year.  Santa was on hand to accept the award, that was presented by Kiwanis president-elect Chuck Martin (left).

 

 

Dick Zeigler arrived in South Vietnam in 1967 as a helicopter pilot.  A mission he flew to deliver radio parts in 1968 had an unexpected result:  His helicopter was shot down and he and one other person in the aircraft were taken prisoner by the Viet Cong from North Vietnam.

 

 

Zeigler recounted his years as a prisoner of war, including how he and his fellow P-O-W’s dealt with the prison guards and life in various P-O-W camps.  He added they were fed bread and water twice a day while being captive, and he was interrogated at various times while being a prisoner.

 

Zeigler told the Kiwanis Club that the military had declared him missing during his entire time as a prisoner of war.

 

Zeigler and the rest of the P-O-W’s were released by North Vietnam in February of 1973.

 

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.   

WTIM 107.5 FM Shelbyville Signal Back On The Air

WTIM's 107-point-5 FM signal in Shelbyville is back on the air following repairs made to equipment earlier this week.   WTIM thanks its Shelby County listeners for their patience while we worked to get the signal back on the air.

 

No Foul Play Suspected In Hillsboro Death

Hillsboro Police have concluded their investigation on a body found on Friday near Hillsboro High School.  33-year-old Joshua L. Ernst was found deceased near a creek near the campus. The forensic autopsy was completed at Memorial Medical center by a board-approved forensic pathologist that the coroner’s office contracts.  The findings of the autopsy were consistent with the multiple hours of video surveillance that were obtained and viewed by investigators. 

 

Currently no criminal element has been found from this incident.  Ernst is seen alone entering the creek multiple times on video.  Toxicology is pending before a final conclusion is decided.  The investigation is ongoing by the Hillsboro Police Department and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Christian County Board Meeting This Evening

The Christian County Board will meet for the final time in 2022 this evening at 6:30 at the Christian County Courthouse. After approval of minutes, the board will hear from the public, approve claims, and go over appointments including ZBA. 

 

Under new and old business, the board will go over the States Attorney budget, 2023 diesel and gasoline bids, discuss a residency exemption for snow plow drivers, and hear an update on the carbon capture and storage ordinance and moratorium, along with an update on the moratorium on the wind ordinance.

 

The board will review 2023 County Board meeting dates and review the mileage and per diem report. The next county board meeting is set for January 17th, 2023. 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Help Keep Goals Achievable

It’s natural to set goals for a new year. 

 

Keeping them S.M.A.R.T can make a huge difference between success and failure, according to Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator for University of Illinois Extension. 

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to help you keep your goals within reach. If that means you want to work out more, then make sure that you specifically set your goal, and make it attainable. 

If you start to lose motivation, Peterson encourages you to simplify your goal for a day or two. That way you can keep your momentum. 

Peterson also says that it’s important to indulge and enjoy yourself. Just keep hitting your S.M.A.R.T. Goals in 2023. 

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

Taylorville School Board Ready for December Meeting

Taylorville School Board meeting for the last time in 2022 at 6 p.m. this evening at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria. 

 

After approving minutes, the board will review and approve claims, look over the treasurer’s report, consider personnel, and consider and take action on any overnight trips. 

 

For Old Business, the board will look over bids for the Sports Complex and Fine Arts Auditorium, and a board member will recap the November School Board Convention. 

 

Under New Business, the board will adopt the 2022 tax levy, read the Illinois State Board of Education policy updates, review and file the 2022 School Facility Occupation Tax for 2023 distribution, accept bids for asbestos abatement, receive an Aramark Food Service update, hear from Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty, and go into Closed Session. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates as the meeting concludes. 

Balke Recognized As TMH Colleague Of The Month

A nursing technician in the acute care unit at Taylorville Memorial Hospital is the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Year.  Deborah Balke has been recognized with the award after winning colleague of the month in July.  She was picked from 11 available candidates from January through November. Balke was praised for giving special attention to the details that led to great patient care. 

 

Balke’s nominator in July says that she is fantastic at making sure the patient’s call light is within the patient’s reach and willing to assist her colleagues, even those outside her department.  We here at Regional Radio News, salute you Deborah Balke as the TMH Colleague of the Year. 

Taylorville Mayor Announces Kroger Re-Open Tentatively Set for Wednesday

Taylorville Kroger reportedly set to re-open Wednesday. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that the store told him the Taylorville location will re-open tomorrow. 

Mayor Barry says that the community is excited to have Kroger return. 

Not only will shoppers have more options, but local employees can work close to home again. 

Mayor Barry says that the re-opening date is still tentative. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Lake Shelbyville Wants Your Used Christmas Trees

There are plenty of uses for your Christmas Tree well after the holiday season is wrapped up. You can extend your tree’s life by donating it for Fish Habitat Improvement Day through Lake Shelbyville, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Discarded trees will be placed into Lake Shelbyville in order to enhance the fisheries. Donated Christmas Trees will be bundled together in small groups and submerged in the lake at select locations.  Fish will be able to use those locations for breeding areas and escape cover. New trees are added every year. 

 

Trees will be collected in both Shelbyville and Sullivan.  In Sullivan, trees can be taken to the Sullivan 66 Gas Station, located south of Sullivan on Route 32.  Trees can be dropped off inside the fenced area on the north side of the building.  In Shelbyville, the collection site is at Johnstowne Mall on the west side of Shelbyville.  Place trees inside the fenced area on the grass at the northwest corner of the parking area. 

 

Trees will be collected at both sites through February 20th, 2023. Remove the stand, tinsel, and any ornaments before dropping your tree off. Remove any plastic bags on your tree and, the US Army Corps of Engineers asks that you do not leave any other kind of tree trimmings, wreaths, flowers, or yard waste at those sites.  For more information, please contact Cory Donnel at 774-3951.  

Taylorville City Council Meets; Approves Street Projects, Announces Kroger Reopening

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss ordinances, review old and new business, and go over any committee reports. The board approved the tax levy and water annexation ordinance, and maintenance for 2023 under the Illinois Highway Code. The board also approved the authorization of the motor fuel tax for maintenance and engineering. 

 

After approval of closed session minutes, the board approved some improvement projects. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry talked a little about all the new work that is planned on being done from Vine to Park and from Esther Street and the City Hall alley.  

 

 

Mayor Barry wished everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and had a special announcement concerning Kroger opening Wednesday. 

 

 

The Mayor says there was some concern over a recent audit, but they were working on fixing some of the issues including Aldermen documenting hours, and that issues were being resolved.

 

 

The next City Council Meeting is set for January 3rd. 

BREAKING NEWS: Taylorville Kroger Re-Opening Wednesday

Regional Radio News has learned that the Taylorville Kroger store will re-open for business this Wednesday. The store will open at 6 AM with a small ceremony at 8 AM. 

 

State officials closed the store July 29 due to asbestos abatement issues.  The state signed off on Kroger being able to re-stock the store, earlier this month, after extensive work was done to the inside of the building.

 

 

Students Announced That Are Participating In TCCU Scholarship Program

Twenty-five senior students from Taylorville High School are participating in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 9th Annual "Stop.SHOP.VOTE” scholarship program. TCCU will present a total of eight $1,000 financial awards—two for Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana High Schools each.  The two winners are determined by the number of votes cast for them when you visit participating businesses in the four communities. 

 

The campaign runs through February 28th, 2023 to vote for their favorite students.  For every $10 you spend, you can cast one vote for a registered student.  There is no limit to how many stores shoppers can visit, and how many times you go.  There are 83 businesses between the four communities. 

 

Taylorville High School Students participating include: Tayler Argo, Hannah Austif, Madelyn Beaty, Mylie Corso, Alaina Deal, Lacey DeClerck, Erica Edwards, Anna Goodman, AnaLysa Harden, Kallie Havera, Mariah Lawyer, Emma Murphy, Cole Paulek, Kailynn Ray, Meredith Repscher, Macy Richards, Abby Robinson, Sophia Robinson, Sierra Sakautsky, Brian Short, Carter Thomas, Aden Toberman, William Turvey, Addison Vocks and Leila Wheeler.

 

The complete list of participating businesses in each community is on TCCU’s website at www.TCCU.org.  There are also large posters featuring the registered students’ photos in their front windows or inside. 

 

TCCU is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution, serving its members’ needs since 1956. Its membership is open to everyone who lives or works within the tri-county region of Christian, Montgomery, and Shelby Counties. For more information about the credit union’s range of financial services and products, or how to join, visit www.TCCU.org, or stop in or call any of its local branch locations: Taylorville: 422 W. Main Cross Street (217-824-9658); Hillsboro: 138 E. Wood Street (217-532-5300); Litchfield: 801 W. Union Avenue (217-324-7496); Pana: 101 E. Fifth (217-562-2516).

Proper Pruning Makes or Breaks a Tree

Proper pruning requires timing and technique, according to University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger.

While a lot of trees should be pruned already, Holsinger says some evergreens could use a pruning in the late winter. 

Improper pruning can do way more harm than intended good. 

When you prune, you don’t have to chop off a ton of the branch, nor should you cut into every branch. 

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

Christian County Sheriff Kettelkamp Entering Fourth and Final Term

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp enters his fourth term.

Sheriff Kettelkamp says that the staff of the Sheriff’s Office deserves credit for his re-election.

Sheriff Kettelkamp says that he wants citizens of Christian County to say something if they see something. 

He adds that this will be his final term. 

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

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening for the last City Council meeting of 2022. After discussing and potentially approving the tax levy and water annexation order, the board will look at a resolution for the 2023 maintenance under the Illinois Highway Code including resolutions for MFT maintenance costs.  

 

The board will also look to approve closed session minutes, approve a sublease with Sprint Nextel, sign a change order, sign the North Main Street Improvements for Vine Street to Park Street, authorize signing the Spillway Lift Station Emergency Sewer Relocate Engineering Proposal and approve the low bid for Service Line Material for the Water Treatment Plant.

 

The board will hear from the city attorney and of course, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. There are no committee reports, but the board will hear from any of the public who wish to voice their concerns. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more after the conclusion of today’s meeting. 

Body Found Near Hillsboro High School Friday

Hillsboro High School was briefly closed down on Friday after a body was found in a creek near the campus.  33 year old Joshua L. Ernst was found deceased at 3:04 PM on Friday afternoon.  Video surveillance is being viewed and collected of the incident as the investigation continues, and a forensic autopsy is shceduled for Tuesday, December 20th. Hillsboro Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois Conservation Police responded to the scene.  The Hillsboro Police Department and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators. 

WTIM 107.5 Shelbyville Signal Off Air; Repairs Being Made

WTIM's 107.5 FM Shelbyville signal went off the air mid-week this week.  Lightning damage this summer showed up this week in the audio chain at the site, preventing audio from getting into the transmitter at that location.

 

Station personnel this weekend traced the problem down to one piece of equipment, which will be replaced.

 

It's hoped the WTIM 107.5 Shelbyville signal will be on the air by mid-week.  Shelby County listeners can still hear WTIM programming on THE BIG 870, on the WTIM stream at taylorvilledailynews.com, the WTIM mobile app, and Amazon Alexa.

Shelbyville Superintendent Excited for 2023 Concerts and Plays

Shelbyville School District is excited for the rest of their performing arts schedule in 2023. 

 

Superintendent Shane Schuricht says that the school district made some hires to its music department. 

Learn more and see a schedule of events at shelbyville.k12.il.us. Schuricht appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Safe Passage Hosting Substance Abuse Awareness Meetings in 2023

Safe Passage of Taylorville holding Substance Abuse Awareness Meetings starting in January. 

 

Co-Coordinator Denise Evans says the first meeting takes place 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 11th. 

Evans says that it’s important to recognize the signs of substance abuse. 

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

Pana Community Hospital Welcoming Upgrades to Physical Therapy Department

Pana Community Hospital’s Physical Therapy department receiving upgrades. 

 

Manager Mollie Beyers says they’ve planned for the renovations, which won’t interrupt sessions. 

Beyers encourages you to reach out to your primary care provider to make an appointment with the P.T department at PCH. 

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

New Salon Providing Lots of Experience for Shelbyville

When you get a haircut, you want someone who knows what they’re doing.

 

Destiny Galvin is the owner and operator of Brushed Hair Salon and Spa in Shelbyville. Destiny and her sister have decades of combined experience. 

Brushed performs a ton of services from haircuts to your every day spa treatment needs.

 

 

Learn more on the Brushed Salon, Spa, and Boutique Facebook. Galvin appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.    

Republicans Looking For Potential Candidates To Fill Representative Slot

The Republican Representative Committee is looking for potential candidates to fill the vacancy left by Tim Butler who is resigning from the 95th District for the 103rd Illinois General Assembly. The new term is set to begin on January 11th, 2023. 

 

A qualified candidate must submit an application consisting of a letter of interest and a current resume.  The letter of interest and resume must explain why the candidate wants the position, what they can do for district residents by serving in that position, past participation in local area community activities, and past participation in Republican political activities in the district.  Work history, education, and other pertinent information must also be provided.  Letters of recommendation are welcome but not required.

 

To be considered, applications must be received at the Sangamon County Republican Central Committee headquarters by 5 PM on Thursday, December 22nd.  The office is located at 1132 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, Illinois, Monday through Friday from 11 AM -4 PM. Applications may also be submitted by email at sangamonrepublicans@scrcc.comcastbiz.net. 

 

The meeting to fill the position will be held on January 5th, at 10:30 AM at the Sangamon County Republican Headquarters, 1132 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL, and will be open to the public. The Committee is comprised of Sangamon County Republican Central Committee Chair Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, Christian County Republican Central Committee Chair Aaron DeGroot, and Macon County Republican Central Committee Chair Bruce Pillsbury.

LLCC Helping With College Through PATH Program

Lincoln Land Community College is currently accepting applications for free nursing and other health care training through a program called the PATH program.  PATH stands for Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce.  PATH is funded by the Illinois Community College Grant which helps address the worker shortage in health care by removing financial or other barriers individuals have when it comes to nursing and healthcare careers.

 

Free tuition, fees, and books are provided to eligible students, who also receive a monthly stipend including rental, childcare, and transportation assistance.  Students also receive a loaner laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot, tutoring, job readiness, and placement services. Eligible students must meet at least one of the following criteria: low income, a first-generation college student, minority student, or incumbent worker.  

 

In addition to three levels of nursing (CNA, LPN, and RN), PATH covers training in central sterile service technician, ECG tech, emergency medical services, sports science, massage therapy, and many other tech services. 

 

More information and a a link to the PATH application are available at www.llcc.edu/path, by emailing PATH@llcc.edu or call 217-786-3440. 

Centralia Man Sentenced For Meth Transactions In Central Illinois

A Centralia man has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to various methamphetamine charges.  45 year old Charles R. Hays of the 400 block of Clarida Drive was sentenced on December 14th, to 15 years of imprisonment for possession with the intent to distribute 50 or more grams of actual methamphetamine; possession with the intent to distribute 5 or more grams of actual methamphetamine; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

 

At the sentencing hearing in front of US District Judge Sue E. Myerscough, the government presented evidence that on October 15th, 2019, Hays was arrested during a traffic stop in Owaneco and found in possession of 60.3 grams of 94% pure methamphetamine.  Several weeks later, on November 27th, 2019, Hays was again arrested in Taylorville. During that stop, 8.8 grams of 94% pure methamphetamine and a Smith and Wesson .38 Special, Model 36 revolver loaded with 5 rounds of ammo. 

 

Hays has prior felony convictions and was previously sentenced to the Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  Hays was indicted in March of 2020 and plead guilty to all three charges in October of 2021. 

 

The Illinois State Police, Taylorville Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Springfield Division investigated the case.  Assistant US Attorney Timothy A. Bass represented the government in the prosecution. 

Pana Students Of The Month For December Announced

Peoples Bank and Trust and WMKR are recognizing the December Pana High School Students of the Month. Congratulations to Ryleigh Casner, Isaiah Harbert, Ethan Hicks, and Brandon Booker.

 

L- R:  People's Bank and Trust Representative Jennifer Mathis; Freshman Ryleigh Casner; Sophomore Isaiah Harbert; Junior Ethan Hicks; Senior Brandon Booker 

Wright's Furniture Wins Award

Wright’s Furniture has received a prestigious award. The furniture store has received the Furniture Today’s Industry Leadership Award. Industry leaders held a conference in Orlando to honor two retail companies that demonstrated leadership within the furniture business including Wright’s. 

 

Furniture Today says Wright’s Furniture was recognized for “best-in-class business practices, organizational excellence, and the ability to adapt in the face of change.” President John Wright says that a great team is truly the key to success.  He is also proud of the 130-year legacy of Wright’s Furniture. He also credited the staff’s work ethic for surviving COVID and other issues over the past few years. 

 

Wright’s Furniture & Flooring is a fifth-generation family-owned business that is celebrating its 131st anniversary this year. Wright’s Furniture & Flooring features a large selection of furniture and flooring and has locations in Dieterich, Robinson, Effingham, and Taylorville. For more information visit www.wrightsfurniture.com or call 800-214-0588. 

Master Gardeners Offer Winter Ideas For Gardening

You can test for pesticides close to home. 

 

It’s January 9th. That’s according to Master Gardener Sharon Hill.

Hill also says that winter is a good time to think about acquiring bulbs to plant in February or March. Hill along with fellow Master Gardner Gwen Podeschi explain. 

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

Unemployment Security Fund Addressed at Veto Session

The General Assembly Veto Session did more than address the Safe T Act. 

 

State Representative Avery Bourne says the session, which wrapped up the first week of December, fixed the unemployment security fund. 

Rep. Bourne hopes with the passing of this bill, the situation won’t arise again. 

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

Taylorville Safe Passage Assisting The Community With Substance Abuse Fight

Taylorville Safe Passage is a program offering help to those fighting substance abuse issues. 

 

This includes alcohol and illicit drugs, according to Co-Coordinator Denise Evans. 

Evans says the program needs volunteers. Safe Passage will provide the gas for your efforts. 

You also don’t have to go through the Safe Passage program to receive outpatient treatment. Evans invites you to Celebrate Recovery. 

Evans says it’s important to recognize the different facets of addiction and substance abuse. At the start of the new year, Evans will host meetings for those who want to learn more. 

Evans appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pana Community Hospital Physical Therapy Offering More Than Traditional P.T.

Physical Therapy can be utilized for more than injury recovery. 

 

That’s according to Pana Community Hospital’s Mollie Beyers, Manager of the Physical Therapy department. 

Physical Therapy is a generalized term covering a broad range of therapies, and PCH can provide them. 

Sometimes, you don’t need to have an ailment at all to utilize physical therapy. Beyers says that athletes often utilize her department to obtain goals. 

Beyers wishes more people would use physical therapy before treatment becomes a must. 

Visit your primary care provider for a referral. Learn more at panahospital.com. Beyers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

VFW Holds Pen Essay Contest Award Banquet

Taylorville VFW/VFW Auxiliary held the awards banquet for Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest on Friday, December 9, 2022. First place was awarded to Julie Wayman, daughter of Jennifer and David Wayman of Taylorville, IL. Julie is a seventh grader at Taylorville Junior High School. Second place was awarded to Jett Morman, son of Ben and Cheryl Morman of Taylorville, IL. Jett attends sixth grade at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylorville, IL.

 

Kavya Patel, a seventh grader at Taylorville Junior High was awarded third place. Kavya is the daughter of Shailesh and Varsha Patel of Taylorville, IL. Julie Wayman’s essay advanced to compete with the other winners from the IL VFW 11th District. Illinois VFW 11th District is comprised of local VFWs from Christian County, Dewitt County, Macon County, Moultrie County, Piatt County, and Shelby County. 

Pictured L to R:
1st row – Julie Wayman, Taylorville-1st place; Jett Morman, Taylorville-2nd place; Kavya Patel, Taylorville-3rd place.
2nd row – Lynn Rice, TJHS Sponsor; Cathy Schaeffer, St. Mary’s Sponsor; Amy Hughes, St. Mary’s Sponsor; Joanne Coady, St. Mary’s Principal.
3rd row – Kari Scott, Youth Activities Co-chair, Taylorville VFW Auxiliary; Marcy Koches, Youth Activities Co-chair, Taylorville VFW Auxiliary; Glen Goodrich, Post Service Officer, Taylorville VFW.

Taylorville Kiwanis Entertained by THS Madrigal Singers at Weekly Meeting

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club were entertained by 20 members of the Taylorville High School Madrigal Singers led by music instructor Keith Chase, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.  

 

 

That was a portion of their 20 minute presentation the Tuesday Kiwanis meeting.

 

The students just completed another successful year of T-H-S Madrigal performances last weekend.  Their appearance at the Kiwanis meeting is a yearly event for the club.

 

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

New Charges Filed In Dog Stabbing Case

Additional charges were filed on Tuesday against a man accused of stabbing a dog. Willie Jones was charged with a new count of armed violence. Jones faces possible penalties of 10 to 30 years in the Department of Corrections and the offense is non-probation eligible.  Probable cause was found, and bond was set at the amount of $250,000 with 10% to apply.  

 

Christian County State’s Attorney John Mcward thanked Officer Rachel Priddy, Sergeant Chase Dickey, Lieutenant Ben Toberman, and Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler for responding to the scene and performing life saving measures on the dog that was stabbed. McWard also praised the Christian County Sheriff’s Department and the Dispatchers for their assistance in advising the dog’s owner how to perform life saving measures until Officer’s arrived and administered aid. 


Jones now faces three charges--one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of armed violence. Jones’ preliminary hearing is set for January 23rd, 2023. 

Little Mister and Miss Snowflake Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners from the 2022 Little Mister and Little Miss Snowflake contest.  

 

From Left to right: 2021 Little Snowflake Miss Kinlee Wilson, 2nd runners up Haddie Lumb and Jamison Jenkins, 2022 Little Mister Snowflake Jullion Jenkins, 2022 Little Miss Snowflake Blythe Emerson, 1st runners up Emercyn Copeland and Rozae Benavides, 2021 Little Mister Snowflake Liam Swiney

Taylorville High School December Students of The Month Announced

 People's Bank and Trust along with WTIM have announced the Taylorville High School December Students of the Month. Congratulations to Kadance Gillen, Olivia Wilson, Mylie Sims, and Leila Wheeler.

L- R: PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST REPRESENTATIVE JORDAN RUPERT; FRESHMAN KADANCE GILLEN;  SOPHOMORE OLIVIA WILSON; JUNIOR MYLIE SIMS; SENIOR LEILA WHEELER; PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST REPRESENTATIVE JIM ADCOCK

Taylorville Kroger Stocking for Re-Opening

 

The stocking of shelves has begun at the Taylorville Kroger following the store being closed by the state EPA July 29th due to asbestos abatement issues.

 

Kroger officials are hoping the store can be re-opened by Christmas.

 

A 2nd Job Fair to hire additional staff, is taking place this Friday from 12 to 3 at the Taylorville Public Library.

U of I Extension Making Wellness Simple

Taking care of yourself during the colder months doesn’t have to involve a lot of exercise or an intense diet. 

 

That’s according to Lisa Peterson, University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.

That’s right, cleaning can set your mind right while providing some level of moderate exercise.

Whatever you have in mind for your activity, Peterson says you should keep any goals S.M.A.R.T.

Peterson is excited to bring some wellness programming to Taylorville in the next month. 

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

Toys For Tots Receives Sizeable Donation From Farm & Home Supply

Farm and Home Supply in Taylorville donated over $4,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots on Monday. The company has been doing Toys for Tots pickups at all of its locations and today was Taylorville’s turn. Marines came to pick up the toys to take them to where they need to go. Scott Campbell says that they have seen a huge need since COVID and inflation have hit.

 

 

For more information about Farm and Home Supply visit www.farmandhomesupply.com or follow them on Facebook.  As always you can visit Farm and Home Supply at 1160 E 1500 North Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568. 

 

 

Trinity Lutheran Church In Taylorville Says Goodbye To One And Hello To Another

TLC Child Care Plus held a reception last Friday honoring Marilyn Summers for her many years of service towards Child Care at the center’s baby room.  The Child Care Plus is located at 1010 North Webster and has been in operation for 20 years. 

Trinity Lutheran Church is also welcoming a new pastor.  Pastor Brian Johnston is coming to Taylorville from Janesville, Minnesota where he has served as an associate pastor for the last three years.  Johnston grew up in California and attended college at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he studied Christian Education to enter youth ministry as a Director of Christian Education, but enrolled at the Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana to become a pastor and Army Chaplain.

Pastor Johnston completed ROTC at the University of Minnesota and was commissioned as a US Army Officer in 2015.  He currently serves as a chaplain for the 13th Psychological Operations Battalion.  Johnston enjoys golf, reading, fishing, and is training his dog Ace to be a therapy dog. 

Pastor Johnston will be installed at a 4 PM Service on Sunday, December 18th followed by a reception in the Trinity Lutheran Church basement.  

 

Regional Radio News congratulates both Marilyn Summers and Pastor Johnston on their recent moves. 

Shelby County Man Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

A man from Shelby County has been indicted on charges of allegedly producing, receiving, and possessing child pornography. 43-year-old Trent Lilly of the 200 block of 2050 East Road, Mode, Illinois. 

 

The indictment alleges that Lilly created a video of child pornography between 2010 and 2019, received child pornography between 2002 and 2022, and possessed child pornography on or before October 2022. 

 

Lilly was arrested on his return to the United States from Thailand on November 15th in Chicago. Lilly was detained and remains in the custody of the United States Marshal.  His trial is set before US District Judge Sue Myerscough for February 7th, 2023. 

 

If convicted, the maximum penalties are at least 15 but not more than 30 years for the production of child pornography, at least five years and up to twenty years for receipt of child pornography, and up to twenty years imprisonment for possession of child pornography. Charges also can carry up to a life term of parole, a $250,000 fine, and restitution to the victims. 

 

The FBI out of Springfield is seeking potential victims in this investigation.  If you feel you have been affected please visit www.fbi.gov/trentlilly.  You can also call 1-800-Call-FBI or call the FBI Springfield Office directly at 217-522-9675. 

Bond Indeed Set For Man Accused Of Dog Stabbing

A man who is being accused of stabbing a dog made his first appearance in court on Monday. Originally, there were issues with establishing probable cause which led to a recognizance bond being issued, but Christian County State’s Attorney John McWard was able to get a bond set at $10,000 with 10% to apply. Willie Jones is accused of aggravated cruelty to animals after an incident on Friday night sent a dog to a vet. Police responded on Friday at 10:14 PM to reports of a domestic.  Police treated a dog with a stab wound who is still at the hospital recovering. 

 

Additional charges have been filed and States Attorney McWard informed Regional Radio News that Possession of a Weapon by a Felon charges will be filed on Tuesday. Charges may change depending on whether or not the dog survives. As of this writing, the dog is still alive and being treated by medical staff.  

Shelbyville Public Library Unveiling Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours in place for Shelbyville Public Library. 

 

Director Monica Cameron explains. 

Cameron wants you to visit the library before the Christmas weekend. 

She also invites you to explore their digital catalog, which means you don’t have to physically visit the library to check out a book.

Cameron says the process to check out a book digitally is pretty simple. You just need internet access and your library card number. 

Learn more at shelbyvillelibrary.org. Cameron appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Small Town Taylorville Excited For Holiday Season

Smalltowntaylorville.com’s Twilight Parade marked the start of the Christmas Season. 

 

Board Member Lee Skinner says they’re planning a lot more. 

When you shop in downtown, you are benefiting the greater community. 

Skinner is excited to see more people visit Taylorville when they see Christmas in the Park at Manner’s Park. 

Don’t forget about Smalltowntaylorville’s letters to Santa. 

Learn more at smalltowntaylorville.com. Skinner appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Food Pantry Seeing Increased Need

Taylorville Food Pantry is seeing more people frequent this holiday season. 

 

Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says she’s seen about 10 percent more than usual.

Hagen is thankful for Central Illinois Food Bank and other regional partners that are assisting in addressing food insecurity. 

Taylorville Food Pantry won’t turn any donation away, but they do say monetary donations can go further than donating canned goods. 

Taylorville Food Pantry will be open the week leading to Christmas Day if you want to stop by and pick up a holiday meal. 

Learn more at taylorvillefoodpantry.com. Hagen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School District Updating Menu Options; Offering Healthy Choices Through Grant

A Taylorville Memorial Foundation grant has provided students in Taylorville’s public school district with nutrition education and a healthier breakfast and lunch selection. A $32,442 grant from the Taylorville Memorial Foundation covered the cost of purchasing 234 dozen reusable white trays to accommodate the school’s 2300 students as well as faculty and staff.  The grant also provides a warm food display case and a grab-and-go cooler at the junior high school and the high school.  High school students will also have access to a smoothie station featuring 10 Bullet brand blenders and cups. 

 

Dr. Chris Dougherty, Superintendent, says that the project involves healthy upgrades of the items offered at the cafeteria.  She also says studies show students more often chose healthy foods when their selections are on a white plate.

 

Raedena Ryan, Executive Director of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation says that investing in these types of projects create opportunities for young people to engage in learning about nutrition. She says that given the recent community health needs assessment identified obesity, lung health, and mental health as the hospital’s top concerns, teaching children about healthy eating can go a long way.

 

The school district is offering water as a drink option and has created outdoor dining spaces for students to use when weather permitting. The cafeteria will also function more like a food court, rather than a cafeteria, where students will receive their food faster, without having to wait in one long line. 

 

To learn more about Taylorville Memorial Foundation, visit memorial.health/tmf or call 217-707-5271. 

Farm and Home Supply To Donate Toys To Toys For Tots; Looking For Donations For Delivery Today

Farm and Home Supply will be supporting Toys for Tots this holiday season as team members from all 15 Farm and Home Supply locations pulled toys from their shelves as donated $60,000 worth of toys to area children.  There will be a donation for toys in Taylorville today at noon at the Farm and Home Supply location.

 

Mike Pauling, Farm and Home Supply’s Chief Operations Officer says that the organization felt there was an opportunity to bring joy to children and their parents by helping to get toys under the tree this Christmas season.  

 

For more information about Farm and Home Supply visit www.farmandhomesupply.com or follow them on Facebook.  To help donate toys today at noon, visit Farm and Home Supply at 1160 E 1500 North Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568. 

TMH Offering Smoking Cessation Program

Taylorville Memorial Hospital offering a program to stop smoking. 

 

Director of Ancillary Services Lora Polley says it's a program that eases you into the process. 

Polley wants you to call the hospital to learn more about the Smoking Cessation Program. 

Call 217-707-5555 to start the process to stop smoking. 

LLCC Bringing Over 20 Years of Experience to Diesel Technologies Program

Jeff Gardner has over 20 years of diesel technologies experience and he’s the lead man of a new program at Lincoln Land Community College’s main campus. 

 

The program is taking applications now for Fall 2023. 

Gardner says the program is looking for two more experienced diesel technologies experts to instruct courses. 

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

Taylorville High School Gym Featured in 2023 Illinois Basketball Museum Calendar

Taylorville High School West Gym will feature in an Illinois Basketball Museum calendar. 

 

The Basketball Museum of Illinois unveiled its 2023 Unique Gyms of Illinois calendar, which features Taylorville’s gymnasium. 

 

The museum acknowledges Taylorville High School’s rich basketball history with nods to Allison Curtin, Bill Ridley, Ron Bemptas, and Johnny Orr.

 

To see more information on how to obtain this 2023 calendar, visit basketballmuseumofillinois.com. 

Shelbyville School District Integrating Cameras for Better Security

Shelbyville School District in the process of upgrading its facilities. 

 

Superintendent Shane Schuricht wants to improve safety.

All buildings do have cameras. 

Integrating the cameras into one system allows for better response times if an emergency occurs. 

Schuricht appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Greater Shelbyville Area Offering Many X-Mas Events This Weekend

Shelbyville area is feeling pretty festive around this time. 

 

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism Director Freddie Fry is ready for a great time this weekend. 

Strawsburg is also feeling the holiday spirit this weekend. 

Fry invites you to volunteer with the office of tourism.

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

Edinburg Superintendent Passes Away After Short Fight With Cancer

The Superintendent of Edinburg School District has passed away after a short fight with cancer.  Benjamin Theilen was 44 years old and was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer on November 10th. He died on Tuesday. 

 

Theilen began working at Pleasant Plains Middle School as an 8th grade math teacher before becoming assistant principal and principal.  He was currently serving as superintendent of schools for the community of Edinburg. Theilen enjoyed coaching and was a huge Cardinals and Illini fan. He is survived by his wife Morgan M. Theilen (Park) and their three children Grayson, Monroe, and Emmerson.  

 

The visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday, December 12th, and the funeral will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 13th, at West Side Christian Church with burial afterward at Farmington Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Morgan M. Theilen for their children’s education fund.  

 

Regional Radio News sends its deepest condolences. 

Five People Arrested In Taylorville, Stonington Drug Bust

The Community Action Team and the Emergency Response Team conducted two search warrants, resulting in five arrests on Tuesday.  The first search warrant was conducted on East Adams Street in Taylorville and the other one was done in Stonington.  

 

61 year old Donald Lozier, 27 year old Faith Lozier, 57 year old Ruth Lozier, 33 William Simmons, and 29 year old Jenny Neville were all arrested on various methamphetamine charges.  Donald Lozier was charged with possession of fentanyl and meth. 

 

Donald Lozier appeared in court on Friday and bond was set at $100,000 with a preliminary hearing set for January 6th.  Faith Lozier appeared in court on December 8th and bond was set at $100,000 Preliminary hearing set for January 13th.  William Simmons bond was set at $100,000 and a status hearing was set for December 14th. Neville’s bond was set at $5000 and First appearance with counsel is set for December 15th. 

 

Chief Wheeler says the CAT team is looking for another target named in the search warrant but was not present during the execution. 

 

States Attorney John McWard assisted with the warrants. Chief Wheeler praised the States Attorney’s Office, Taylorville Police, Assumption Police, Kincaid Police, Stonington Police, and Edinburg Police. 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian County Genealogy Society and History Society Working Together

Christian County Historical Society and Genealogy Society work hand-in-hand to preserve Christian County History. 

 

President of the Genealogy Society Vauna Crowder describes what their mission is. 

Kay Frevert, Christian County Historical Society Board Member, says the Genealogy Society greatly expands the historical society’s mission. 

Frevert says the Genealogy Society acts as a librarian of sorts to the Historical Society. 

Crowder invites you to check out both the Genealogy Society and Historical Society. 

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

Christmas in the Park Drive Through Starts Friday Evening

You can drive through Christmas in the Park in Manner’s Park starting this evening. 

 

Taylorville Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says there are activities every day for the next two weeks in the Manner’s Park Dining Hall. 

The Little Mister and Miss Snowflake Competition starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Christmas Bake-Off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, December 12th there’s Soup & Sandwhiches with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 
 

Tuesday, December 13th, you can take a picture with your favorite animal and Santa & Mrs. Claus. 

Lee Skinner, Smalltowntaylorville Committee Member, loves what Christmas in the Park does for the community. 

Learn more, and see a complete schedule of events, at taylorvilleparkdistrict.com.

 

Skinner and Hancock appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Longtime Taylorville Pastor Retiring

A long-time Taylorville Pastor will be retiring.  Pastor Rodney Blomquist of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville will be retiring.  His last day will be December 11th and there will be a reception at the church from 10:30-12:30 PM on Sunday.  Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1010 North Webster Street in Taylorville. There will also be a reception for Marilyn Summers at the church on Friday, December 9th from 3 to 5 PM. For more information, call (217) 824-8148. 

Carriage Crossing Taylorville Holds Ribbon Cutting

Carriage Crossing of Taylorville held an open house ribbon cutting hosted by the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon.  Carriage Crossing provides 24-hour nursing and assistance with an emphasis on individualized care and attention for all levels of dementia.  The home includes; private dining, spacious living rooms with fireplaces, studio apartments, and outdoor activity areas including patios, aviaries, indoor putting green, and gardens.

 

Carrie Boone, with Carriage Crossing says a lot of people have gotten together to make Carriage Crossing in Taylorville a reality.

 

   

 

Carriage Crossing has locations in Arcola, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Rochester, Paris, and Taylorville.  For more information, visit www.carriagecrossingsl.com. 

 

Moultrie County Man Arrested On Murder Charges

A Lovington man has been arrested on murder charges.  52-year-old Matthew E. Nation of Lovington was arrested by the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation for first-degree murder, a Class M Felony.  The incident occurred September 26th at 3:30 AM, when the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in Lovington, 21 miles southeast of Decatur.  

 

When officers arrived, they located a 54-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Nation was identified as a suspect after the investigation.

 

On December 7th, 2022, Moultrie County States Attorney’s Office presented their case before a grand jury that approved a four-count indictment for first-degree murder against Nation. An arrest warrant was issued and Nation was taken into custody by the Lovington Police Department. 

 

Nation is currently being held at the Moultrie County Jail on a $250,000 bond (10% to apply).  

NWS Lincoln Improving Its Operations

National Weather Service in Lincoln making upgrades to its weather systems and communication.

 

That’s according to Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ed Shimon.

Shimon says the NWS Lincoln center is upgrading the way it tells the weather patterns. 

The NWS wants to improve the way they communicate hazardous storms to the public. Shimon says they do a pretty good job, but they want to do a better job telling the public the impact of storms. 

He also describes how the Climate Prediction Center is able to project long-term weather outcomes. That includes projections of a La Niña winter like this year’s projection. 

Shimon appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

REAL ID Deadline Extended

The Illinois Secretary of State on Monday announced that the US Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline an additional two years.  The new deadline is May 7th, 2025.  This will give Illinoisans with current standard driver’s licenses or ID cards a chance to have just their licenses accepted at airports for domestic air travel until May 7th, 2025.

 

Illinoisans that are interested in applying for a REAL ID are encouraged to visit REALID.ilsos.gov and use an interactive document checklist.  This checklist is designed to help ensure REAL ID applicants gather all the documents required by the federal government to obtain a REAL ID before visiting a Driver Services Facility.  First time REAL ID applicants are required to visit a driver services facility in person. 

 

In Illinois, the Secretary of State gives a choice on whether or not you get a REAL ID but it’s not needed unless you are flying domestically or if you have a US Passport. As of December 1st, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has issued more than 3 million REAL ID’s. 

Children Collecting Disability Benefits Have Savings Options Through "Illinois Able"

Building enough savings for your child’s college can be tough when disability benefits are involved. The State Treasurer’s Office hopes the Illinois Able program can assist. 

 

That’s an issue Treasurer Mike Frerichs has heard a lot about as he enters his third term.

Treasurer Frerichs says families often have to choose between disability and saving for their child’s college experience. 

That’s where Treasurer Frerichs wanted a solution. He and his team came up with the Illinois Able program.

Treasurer Frerichs says that it’s easy to sign up for the Illinois Able program at illinoistreasurer.gov.

Tresurer Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

HSHS Good Shepherd Offering CDT for Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a swelling condition impacting more than 200,000 Americans a year. 

 

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital announcing treatment to the Comprehensive List of Therapy Services. 

 

Individuals diagnosed with Lymphedema now have local experts to turn to. The hospital’s occupational therapy team recently received its certification in complete decongestant therapy or CDT. 

 

Results of CDT may include maintained reduction of swelling, wound healing and reduced risk of infections, softened skin texture and improved skin health, and improved quality of life. 

 

Treatment components of CDT include a two-to-four week set of procedures aimed at manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, skin care, exercise, and compression garment fitting. 

 

Tammy Probst, director of rehabilitation services at Good Shepherd Hospital says the hospital team is delighted to bring these treatment options to Shelbyville. She adds that two of their therapists are trained by some of the top experts in the field.

 

Treatment is available at HSHS Good Shepherd with a referral from your physician and an appointment. 

 

For more information, contact Good Shepherd Outpatient Therapy Services at 217-774-6434. 

Memorial Warns of Uptick in Flu Cases

Memorial warning against a high rate of flu cases in its five hospitals. 

 

Raj Govindaiah, Memorial Health senior vice president and chief physician executive, says that this year’s strains of flu are proving to be highly contagious. 

 

The five hospitals have seen 104 patients hospitalized with flu this year, compared to four at this time last year. 

 

Govindaiah urges you to take action now to curb the spread of respiratory illness. This includes receiving your flu vaccine right away, washing your hands regularly, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth; wear a mask around large groups of people and stay home if you feel sick. 

 

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue. 

 

Govindaiah concludes with, “ It’s not too late to vaccinate… If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, there’s still time. Getting your shot this month offers protection for the majority of the flu season.”

 

In Taylorville, Memorial is observing 101 cases and six hospitalizations due to flu.

 

Springfield area has the most cases with just under 2,400 along with 69 hospitalizations. 

Shelbyville Man Receives Seven Felony Counts For Eluding, Drug, and Battery Charges

A Shelbyville man charged with seven felony counts involving an attempted escape from police officers Tuesday night. 

 

Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke says police observed 50-year-old Chad Hammond driving over 21 miles per hour above the speed limit, causing damage to property, disobeying traffic signals, possessing less than five grams of methamphetamine, all while driving with his license revoked. 

 

Hammond allegedly drove a vehicle towards the Sheriff’s deputy, adding assault of a peace officer and damage in excess of $500 but less than $10,000 to the squad car. 

 

Hammond has prior convictions for possession of meth, disobeying traffic signals, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. 

 

All in all, Hammond faces three counts of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer with a prior conviction, unlawful possession of methamphetamine with prior unlawful possession of methamphetamine conviction, driving while license revoked with eight prior convictions, aggravated assault, and criminal damange to government supported property. 

 

In total, Hammond could receive between 12 and 35 years in prison. Hammond appeared in court Wednesday morning for his arraignment and bond hearing. 

Central IL Food Bank Offering Free Food Distributions

Rising costs are making it tougher for more families to fill their pantries. Central Illinois Food Bank offering a couple of free food distributions to assist during the holidays. 

 

Public Relations Manager Tim Kirsininkias says that there’s one taking place 11:30 a.m. this Friday, December 9th.  

Kirsininkias says the next one takes place 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 21st. 

Over the past few months, Kirsininkias has noticed more and more people utilizing free food distributions and food bank resources. 

Kirsininkias asks you to check in on those around you to make sure they have enough holiday spirit. 

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

WTIM's AM Signal Interruption Thursday

Wtim's 870 am signal will leave the air Thursday at 3pm for Transmitter maintenance.   It will not affect any of wtim's fm signals or its audio stream on the wtim app, or on taylorvilledailynews.com. 

Kroger Announces Reopening Before End Of Month; Announces Job Fairs

Taylorville Kroger has announced that it is intending to reopen before Christmas.  In a press release sent out from corporate Kroger, Kroger Central Division announced that it intends to reopen the Taylorville Kroger before the end of the month after the EPA ordered its closure on July 29th due to concerns about the handling and removal of flooring materials. 

 

Division President Collen Juergensen says she’s eager to have the store open again. “(I am) eager to reopen the doors, greet the Kroger family and welcome back all of Taylorville’s loyal Kroger customers. I am grateful to the shoppers who stood by us and rallied on our behalf in August. We’re thankful their support never wavered. It was for them – customers and associates alike – that we focused so intently on our plan to reopen. Now, we hope that is possible just in time for Christmas.”

 

The store employed nearly 90 employees in July and following the store closure some have worked at Kroger stores in Decatur.  The grocer is planning on two hiring fairs to rebuild its Taylorville team that will take place December 9th and December 16th at Taylorville Public Library from 12 PM-3 PM.  

 

Store Manager Robin Gross says she’s excited.  “I am so proud of the way the community has reached out to every one of our associates reassuring them Taylorville will be back to support them, letting them know how much they were missed because the Kroger team is like family to them and they want us to come home. The community has been overwhelmingly supportive.”

 

Kroger is now set to move to complete modifications to prepare for reopening, ensuring the store adheres to the highest standards of cleanliness and providing a safe workplace for associates and customers. The actual reopening date is still up in the air and subject to the completion of renovations.  We will have updates on the actual date when we receive it. 

Taylorville Man Receives 70 Months in Prison for Child Pornography Charges

A federal court sentences a Taylorville man to just under six years in prison for possessing child pornography.

 

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough sentenced 53-year-old William Single to 70 months in federal prison with seven years of supervised release for his guilty plea of trading and possessing over 600 images of child pornography. 

 

As such, Single must register as a sex offender and pay a $10,000 restitution to one of his victims. 

 

The max sentence Single could have received involved 20 years imprisonment, between five years and a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. 

 

The FBI Springfield, and Newark, New Jersey offices investigated the case along with the Illinois State Police and Taylorville Police Department. 

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanner K. Jacobs prosecuted the case. 

 

This sentence comes after Single’s indictment in November 2021 and guilty plea in August 2022.

 

Project Safe Childhood bought forward the case, a nationwide initiative from the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Learn more at projectsafechildhood.gov. 

Lincoln Land Offering Diesel Technologies Program Fall 2023

Lincoln Land Community College offering a new Diesel Technologies program. 

That’s Program Director Jeff Gardner. He is there to help you through the process. 

Gardner says that this program is designed with student’s job desires in mind. During the program, you will take on a paid internship in diesel tech.

Diesel technologists are in high demand.

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

St. Louis Dairy Council Providing Charcuterie 101

‘Tis the season for charcuterie. 

 

St. Louis Dairy Council Registered Dietitian Kelsey Bentlage has some tips for the perfect charcuterie. 

Starting off can be tough. Bentlage breaks it down for you. 

Bentlage adds that charcuterie can be nutritious. 

While talking about the holidays, Bentlage offers some advice to stay healthy during the holidays and year-round. 

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

Phillips Agency Named Taylorville Business Of The Month

The Miller Media Group along with BNG Administrative Services are recognizing a local business every month for their “Business of the Month.”  This month, Harold Phillips with Phillips Agency and Shelter Insurance, at 124 South Main Street, has been recognized. The business, run by Harold Phillips, was recognized with a certificate.  Becky Edwards, with BNG Administrative Services, was there to welcome and congratulate Shelter Insurance. Phillips says it’s a way to be able to use a big name without using a big name.

 

 

Phillips says it was a nice early Christmas present.

 

 

He says he is excited about all the activities on the square.

 

 

Find out more by visiting www.shelterinsurance.com. 

General Assembly Veto Session Ends With Limited Changes to Safe T Act

Not a ton of surprises coming out of the General Assembly’s Veto Session.

 

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

The “No Cash Bail” portion of the Safe T Act took up much of the veto session discussion.

Redfield says Springfield didn’t ask police or local prosecutors how this legislation would impact them. 

The idea behind “No Cash Bail,” according to Redfield, is that requiring bail to get out of jail limits who can get out of jail for misdemeanors.

 

He also says he has no clue how this will work until Springfield implements the legislation. 

Redfield concludes with a thought that legislators will likely discuss the Safe T Act through the 2024 election cycle. Redfield appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Social Security Welcoming Changes To Annual Enrollment Period

Social Security Administration welcoming some changes to the way you enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B.

 

Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers says Social Security is there to guide you through Medicare. 

Meyers says that even when the Annual Enrollment Period ends, there are other ways to sign up for Part A or Part B. 

These changes won’t make any impact to the plan you picked out. You won’t have to consider that until the next Annual Enrollment Period. 

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

Scooters Coffee Holds Day Of Giving

Scooter's Coffee will be holding its monthly “Day of Giving” event today. The month of December will go towards the Kids, Cops, and Christmas for the Taylorville Police Department.  Scooters will be giving 20% of their profits today towards the benefit. Scooters Owner Lauryn McGlasson says it’s al about giving back to the community. This event will be done every second Tuesday of the month with a different nonprofit picked every month. Scooter's Coffee is located at the intersection of Illinois Routes 29 and 104 in Taylorville. For more information on Scooter's Coffee, visit www.scooterscoffee.com 

 

Taylorville City Council Honors Youth of the Month, Approves Flurry of Motions, at Meeting Monday Night

Taylorville City Council met for their first regular meeting of December in the Municipal Building Monday evening. Aldermen Chris Skultety and Steve Dorchinez were absent.

 

Mayor Bruce Barry honored the Youth of the Month Liam Bettis for his cross country accomplishments, and four Taylorville High School students who the Illinois Music Education Association named to its All-State team. 

 

Barry honored Erica Edwards on the flute, Mylie Corso on the oboe, Jay Bliler with the jazz piano, and Kai Albright with his jazz baritone saxophone.

The board approved a motion to purchase a garden tractor, and a motion to hire a new a replacement firefighter and replacement police officer, as well as a trash dumpster attendant.

 

Aldermen could not move forward on a motion to approve a sublease with GTP Acquisition Partners.

 

City Attorney Rocci Romano explains. 

    

Council approved a liquor license application change for El Cactus. Alderman Kathy Driskell voted no and the motion passed 5-1.

 

Alderman also approved a flurry of motions awarding bids to purchase a variety of gas and chemicals for various uses throughout the city. 

 

Romano then provided his City Attorney update. 

Mayor Barry thanked Smalltowntaylorville.com and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce for a successful Mistletoe Madness. 

Aldermen approved bills and ended the meeting due to no committee reports.

 

The next City Council meeting is December 19th.

Sharp Named New Christian County Board Chair

The Christian County Board held a reorganizational meeting Monday evening at the Christian County Courthouse in Courtroom C at 6:30 PM.  The board selected Ken Franklin as the temporary board Chair.  The board welcomed and sworn in new board members including David Buckles, Seth Foster, Jeff Nolen, Jean Vandenbergh, and Clayton Walter. Bryan Sharp was elected the new board chairman replacing outgoing chairman Matt Wells.  Clint Epley was named Vice-chairman. 

Bryan Sharp says he’s excited for the next two years. 

 

 

Sharp says he was really honored to be picked.

 

 

All committee meetings and monthly meeting dates remain the same. There were no comments from the public. 

Committees were picked. To view those, visit the Christian County Board website. The full list of board members includes David Buckles, Tim Carlson, Linda Curtin, Clint Epley, Seth Foster, Ken Franklin, Vicki McMahon, Venise McWard, Jeff Nolen, David Puccetti, Bryan Sharp, Thomas Snyder, Jr., Mike Specha, Jean Vandenbergh, Clayton Walter, and Matt Wells.

Christian County Reorganizational Meeting Tonight

There will be a reorganizational meeting Monday evening at the Christian County Courthouse in Courtroom C at 6:30 PM.  The board will select a Chairman and a vice chairman.  The board will set regular monthly meeting dates, and distribute committee assignments.  The board will also hear from the public and will welcome their new board members including David Buckles, Seth Foster, Jeff Nolen, Jean Vandenbergh, and Clayton Walter. 

 

The new board will consist of these new members and Tim Carlson, Linda Curtin, Clint Epley, Ken Franklin, Vicki McMahon, Venise McWard, David Puccetti, Bryan Sharp, Thomas Snyder, Jr., Mike Specha, and Matt Wells.

 

 

Judge Brad Paisley last week also swore in the new officers following the election including, John McWard, States Attorney; Bruce Kettelkamp, Christian County Sheriff; Chad Coady, Supervisor of Assessment; Jodie Badman, County Clerk, and Recorder; and Betty Asmussen, County Treasurer.

Taylorville City Council Meeting This Evening

The Taylorville City Council is set to meet on Monday evening at 7 PM for the regular December council meeting.  The board will recognize Liam Bettis and the Taylorville High School All-State Jazz Band members. The board will review a couple of ordinances including an abatement ordinance and an ordinance to authorize the purchase of personal property. 

 

The board will look at a resolution concerning a trash dumpster attendant.  Under motions, the board will look to approve a new replacement firefighter and police officer, a change in liquor license classification for El Cactus, new work concerning flooding issues behind Rent-A-Center and East Vine, and purchasing needed chemicals for the city.

 

No committee reports were held during this time, so there will be no approvals committee-wise.  The board will hear from the City Attorney, the public, and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of this meeting Monday evening. 

Holidays Aren't Easy For Everyone

Holidays aren’t easy for everyone. 

 

Shelby County Community Services Clinical Director for Mental Health Ed Lacheta says just about anyone can experience increased signs of poor mental health during the Holiday Season.

There are ways to manage that excess stress. First, Lacheta says it comes down to handling expectations. 

Lacheta says that doing a good deed for someone can take your mind off of your own anxiety.

If the situation becomes dire, Lacheta wants you to talk to someone, or anyone – even if that means a mental health hot-line. 

Learn more at sccsil.org. Lacheta appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

Nextlink Internet Aims To Implement Fiber Access to 2,400 Christian County Locations by 2029

Nextlink Internet is a Fiber Company based out of a small town in Texas expanding gigabit-speed fiber internet into rural areas of Christian County. 

 

That’s according to Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Legal Officer Claude Aiken. 

 

Aiken says Netlink could service over 2,400 homes in Christian County by the start of 2029. 

 

Nextlink is ahead of schedule to implement fiber internet in the non-township areas of Christian County. 

Nextlink is using funding from the Federal Communications Commission to make this happen in multiple rural areas across the rural US.

Learn more at nextlinkinternet.com. 

Water Safety Still Important in Colder Months

Waterfowl hunting season is well underway in Central Illinois. 

 

While you don’t plan on diving into the icy waters, it’s important to keep water safety in mind. 

 

That’s according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville Natural Resource Specialist Makayla Tinker. 

Tinker says 9 out of 10 water related deaths involve individuals not wearing a life-jacket. 

There are a couple things you can do to decrease your risk. Tinker says you should always tell someone where you will be in case rescue crews have to find you. 

 

If you fall in the water, Tinker recommends the HELP method. 

While you’ve fought off a drowning incident, you may have to deal with hypothermia. Tinker recommends changing in to dry clothing right away and wrapping yourself with a blanket. 

More water safety tips available at pleasewearit.com. Tinker appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

Video Footage Released From Officer Involved Shooting In Litchfield

The Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation has continued its investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Litchfield that took place on November 24th. Litchfield Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and ISP responded to a suspicious person at a Litchfield McDonald’s. 

 

When officers arrived, an individual fled and attempted to hijack a vehicle using a weapon.  41-year-old Shane M. Boston displayed a firearm and two Litchfield police officers, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy, and an ISP trooper all discharged their firearms.  Boston was struck and disarmed. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No officers were struck during the incident. 

 

The incident is under investigation, but the ISP has released videos of the incident available to the public.  There are two videos available of the incident.  Understand, that both videos are graphic in nature. The videos have been released following consultation and approval from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

To see both videos, click here and here. This remains an ongoing investigation by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the ISP Division of Internal Investigation. 
 

Springfield Clinic Unveiling New Health Plan

Springfield Clinic offering a health plan ensuring patients in-network access their Springfield Clinic doctors. 

 

According to Springfield Clinic, too many patients lost trusted relationships with their Springfield Clinic doctors over the past year. 

 

Vice President of Brand, Experience and Advocacy Zach Kerker says many started driving out of the clinic area to seek treatment. 

Kerker explains what the plan allows employers with 10 or more employees to do. He hopes it will manage the cost of care.

Ultimately, this comes down to better choices for patients. 

This move comes after Springfield Clinic ended its partnership with Blue Cross, Blue Shield over a year ago. 

Learn more at springfieldclinic.com. 

Visit The Latonis Train Depot in Pana This Weekend

The Latonis Train Village aims to preserve the railway history in Christian County. 

 

That’s according to owner Tom Latonis. He’s hosting an open House Sunday at 1 p.m. 

The coal industry often takes a lot of credit for upstarting Pana. However, Latonis says multiple industries utilized the railroad system in Pana. 

Recently, the village added a real caboose to the display. 

You could win a model train set. 

Learn more on the Latonis Train Village Facebook. Latonis appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

AEP for Medicare Ends December 7th

BK Insurance Services is here to help you with any part of Medicare year-round, even after the Annual Enrollment Period ends December 7th. 

 

That’s according to Insurance Agent and Owner of BK Insurance Services Kathie Cravens. 

Cravens says plans change all the time. One welcome change in the near future involves the Inflation Reduction Act. It will cap insulin prices soon. 

There are a couple of other ways the Inflation Reduction Act could change your medicare coverage. Cravens says these changes are a good reason why you should go over your medicare every year. 

Though this is not something she can help with too much, Cravens is tired of the scam calls. She’s glad to see some U.S. Senators working towards legislation. 

Give Cravens a call to set up an appointment – 217-414-1201. Cravens appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas Brings Something For Everyone Saturday

The Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas kicks off tomorrow. 

 

Organizer Malea Elson is looking forward to the pork patty dinner the fire department hosts. 

The Angel Tree is designed to assist families with their Christmas. 

After the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage. 

Elson wants you to make sure you stop by local businesses to catch some of the deals and enter your name in some raffles. 

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

Taylorville's Mistletoe Madness Kicks Off This Afternoon

Above:  Ice rink on West Main Cross, being constructed Friday afternoon ahead of this weekend's Mistletoe Madness Weekend in Taylorville.

 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Mistletoe Madness kicks off today. 

 

President Jennifer Franklin says the ice skating rink and Festival of Trees begins at 4 p.m. and concludes 9 p.m. Saturday. 

The ice skating is free and the chamber provides the skates. You just have to show up and skate. 

The first ever Festival of Trees takes place in the Harrison Building. Folks are already taking notice. 

You can see the Grinch, too -  The actual Grinch, and the 2018 movie, on the square. 

Yes, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Santa visits are part of the Mistletoe Madness. 

 

Learn more at taylorvillechamber.com or the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Facebook. Franklin appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shelbyville Old Fashioned Christmas Kicks Off Saturday

The 10th Annual Shelbyville Old Fashioned Christmas taking off 10 a.m. Saturday. 

 

It’s a great opportunity to visit shops in downtown Shelbyville, according to Organizer Schryll Bernson. 

After you stop downtown, Bernson invites you to check out the Festival of Lights running from 5 to 9 p.m. this weekend at Forest Park.

December 10th is your next chance to check out the Festival of Trees in the Chautauqua Building.

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

CCYMCA Receives Large Donations

Christian County YMCA receives a charitable donation from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. 

 

The foundation provided two checks worth a total of $33,350. 

 

Board members of the Bertrand Hopper Foundation Jim Adcock and Adam Vocks presented a $29,500 check to Executive Director of the CCYMCA Bruce Blanshan. The Y will use the funds to upgrade Wellness Center WIFI & TVs, computer, communication, and HVAC system upgrades. 

 

Blanshan says that the gift provides needed electronic upgrades for the YMCA, ensuring they can serve the community. 

 

The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation also contributed a $3,850 check to the YMCA to support the 2022 YMCA Auction Fund a Need project replacing flooring inside the wellness center. 

Peoples Bank and Trust and WMKR Pana High School Students of The Month

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

 

Freshman Reagan McGlaughlen; Sopohomore Lilyanna Rochkes; Junior John Berns; Senior Chloe Ashcraft. 

 

Congratulations to these fantastic students!

Pawnee School District Embracing End of Semester

Christmas break puts a bow on the first full semester in-person without mask mandates for Pawnee School District. 

 

That’s according to Superintendent Tim Krachtovil. 

He says that it’s great to have the community feel return to Pawnee Schools. 

Kratochvil is proud of the all the fall sports teams. 

As the calendar flips to December, Kratochvil wants to remind everyone the district adopted a new snow day policy in 2020. Pawnee does its best to offer an e-learning day when there is adverse weather. 

Kratochvil appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TMH Names November Colleague of the Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital names its November Colleague of the Month. 

 

The non-profit hospital names Holly Krepel as the Colleague of the month. 

 

Krepel works as a CT technologist in Radiology. A colleague who nominated Krepel says that she is known for her compassion toward patients who come in for mammography services.

 

Recently, a scan came back normal, but Krepel took a closer look and noticed a slight abnormality and the patient quickly began the treatment process. 

 

The nominator adds that most patients are not excited to be here for their mammograms, but Holly continues to manage patients’ anxiety with ease. 

 

Krepel has worked at TMH since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children when she’s not at work. 

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