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Taylorville Kiwanis Induct New Member, Hears From Kiwanis High School Key Club and Kiwanis Junior High Builder's Club at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard inducted a new member, and heard from both the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club and the Kiwanis Junior High Builder’s Club, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Carl Goebel, a loan officer at CNB Bank and Trust in Taylorville, was inducted as the club’s newest member.   He was sponsored by Kiwanis membership chair Adam Jeffrey.


Program speakers for the Tuesday meeting were sponsors and students from 2 clubs sponsored by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.   Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club sponsor Nate Howard, Junior High School Kiwanis Builder’s Club co-sponsor Eric Bruder, along with Builder’s Club president Olivia Van Huss and secretary Mitchel Buffenmeyer, all talked about the various activities each club is doing to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.   


Howard told the Kiwanis meeting that the High School Key Club has 40 members this year, and helped the community with a food drive in November and coat drive in December.   Howard added the Key Club’s annual election of officers will take place soon. 


Bruder told the Kiwanis Club that the Junior High Builder’s Club has 17 members, and it’s involved with Heartland Mini-Hoofs in several community outreaches.   He added the Builder’s Club held a Taylorville Food Pantry drive in December collecting over one-thousand items, and is working to organize a recycling drive.


One of the Kiwanis Club’s biggest fund raisers takes place Saturday, April 29th from 6:30 til 11am at the Moose Lodge.   The Pancake and Sausage Day is manned by Kiwanis and Kiwanis Key Club members.   Tickets are 7-dollars and are now available from Kiwanis members.   Proceeds benefit such local Kiwanis programs as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, YMCA and high school scholarships.


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

Master Gardeners Receive Grant

A sensory garden in Pana has received a grant.  Know More, Grow More program will provide partial funding in 2023 to start or expand important projects through the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.  The Autism and Movement Project-Sensory Garden at Pana was selected for full funding.  The garden was awarded $1,000.  Gwen Podeschi with the Master Gardeners talked a little about the grant.



The Master Gardeners do have a role with this garden.



Podeschi encourages everyone to come out to the site.



The project is available through a partnership between the University of Illinois Extension and the Autism and Movement Project in Pana. If you have any questions about the Master Gardener’s call 217-287-7246. 

TMH Furthering Its Community Health Goals

Taylorville Memorial Hospital making strides towards its Community Health Needs Assessment. 

Kim Bourne, President and CEO, says that the hospital received recognition for its efforts to become more bicycle friendly – that’s part of their heart health goal. 

Bourne is satisfied with the strides the hospital has made in mental and behavioral health sector.

Bourne says the hospital assessment's third need identified better lung health. 


TMH recently received an award for their Catch My Breath vaping prevention program at Taylorville Junior High School. 

Learn more at memorial.health/tmh. Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Park District Board Holds Regular February Meeting

Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees met for their February regular meeting Monday Night. 


The board members adopted the 2023/2024 Fiscal Year Budget, and they approved minutes and the Treasurer's Report.


Lakeshore Golf Course Manager Jason Boldig says the course wants to repave the paths on the course, and he requested for a new irrigation interface system costing nearly $10,000.

The board members approved a motion to address the interface unit at no cost greater than $9,756.


Nicole Shewmaker, Distribution Design Specialist for Ameren Illinois, updated the board about a powerline easement. She says Ameren may sell property that intersects with park district property. If the board grants an easement, no entity would have authority to move the power lines around Webster Street.

Office Administrator Mary Ann Becker presented a bid for a new website for just shy of $1,900.

The board approved the bid. 


Recreation Director Bailey Hancock provided her report to wrap up the meeting. She's preparing a campaign for the Manner's Park Pool referendum. 

The next park district board meeting is Monday, March 27th.

Taylorville Park Board Set To Meet

The Taylorville Park Board is set to meet Monday evening at 7 PM.  The board will approve the minutes and review the treasurer’s report.  The board will also hear from Jason Boldig with the Lakeshore Golf Course to talk about irrigation updates and upgrades and talk the cart path.  Ameren Illinois’ Nichole Shewmaker, will talk about permanent easement lines. 

The board will review the FY 2023/2024 operating budget, take a look at web designs, and review a new lift for the park district for new business.  Under old business, the board will review reports from the Maintenance Superintendent, Office Administrator, and Recreation Director.  


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event.

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Brandon Bible

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new member to the Chamber.  Brandon Bible Country Financial located at 1305 West Spresser Street in Taylorville has joined.  Jennifer Franklin, President of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce along with Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry was on hand to welcome Bible.  Bible specializes in Auto, Home, Life, Business, and Retirement.

Pictured left to right: Jennifer Franklin, GTCC Board President, Samantha Bible, Brandon Bible, Nicole Patrick & Mayor Bruce Barry. 

Taylorville To Have New Energy Supplier

The City of Taylorville will have a new service providing electricity for homeowners and small businesses.  Constellation NewEnergy got the low bid to serve the city’s energy program with a proposal to supply electricity at 11.924 cents per kilowatt hour.  That rate is fixed for 18 months beginning in April.  Ameren’s current rate is 11.833 cents per kilowatt hour.  Consumers who have Ameren supply their electricity also pay for electricity Ameren buys that is not included in the utility’s rate.  


Constellation began sending letters to every eligible resident in Taylorville.  This letter includes information about the new supply rate, terms, and the right of eligible residents to opt-out if they desire at no cost.  Those who wish to participate will be enrolled automatically and need to do nothing.  Those who prefer to not participate can opt-out by calling Constellation at 833-367-3675 or completing and returning a coupon with the letter in the postage-paid envelope that was included. 


Ameren will also be sending out a letter as well. That letter will be sent out in March. Peter Millburg is the senior manager of regulatory compliance for Ameren Illinois. He says he doesn’t care who the consumer chooses for electricity. Consumers have a choice. 



Ameren says they do not even know who provides electricity.  They just control the lines. Millburg just wants to make sure that the consumer receives the lowest rate. 



The City of Taylorville voted to have authorized electric aggregation back in 2012. The program was suspended for a year in March of 2022 as it found open-market prices for electricity were higher than Ameren’s electric rate. Residents could choose another electric supplier or return to Ameren supply for electricity.



Consumers who participate in the program will continue to write only one check for electricity. Ameren Bills will include Constellation’s electric supply cost and service calls will continue to be handled by Ameren for residents of Taylorville. If you have any questions, please call 833-367-3675. 

Windsor's W.H.A.T Group Presents Spores and More

Shelby County residents searching for volunteer opportunities are welcome with the Windsor Spores 'n More festival Saturday, April 29th. 


Organizer Ashley Fuller welcomes creative suggestions from volunteers. 

That takes care of volunteers, but Fuller is still searching for vendors. 

You might be wondering what the Spores and More festival is about. Fuller says she’s organizing this event along with the W.H.A.T. Group. 

If you’re interested in volunteering, becoming a vendor, or you want to learn more about the W.H.A.T Group, then Fuller wants you to contact her. 

Learn more when you click here. Fuller appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Pana School District To Host Music Concert

The Pana Music Department invites the public to their annual Music in Our Schools Concert on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 in the Pana High School Gym.  The concert will feature the 6th Grade Band and Choir, the 7th/8th Grade Band and Choir and the High School Band and Choir in a celebration of the power of music in students' lives.  Directors Tony Hicks and Angela Chase have selected a variety of music for the performance and are sure everyone who attends will enjoy the talents of the students!


Admission is free with appreciated donations to the Pana Music Department!  For more information, email Angela Chase at achase@panaschools.com.

Pictured are members of the newly-formed Pana 6th Grade Choir along with Mrs. Chase, director and Mrs. Sowarsh, Counselor.

HSHS Good Shepherd Foundation Hosting Golf Outing

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville is preparing a golf outing at Eagle Creek Golf Course. 


Foundation Director Joel Fletcher says the foundation is preparing for a great event. 

The foundation hosts events like golf outings to support technology upgrades at the hospital. 

This event is for everyone, even if you are not a big golfer. Fletcher invites you to the party.

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

HSHS Good Shepherd Foundation Finds Success in Winter Fundraising

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Foundation in Shelbyville had a successful winter fundraising season. 


Director Joel Fletcher has a run down and says that December featured a tree-lighting fundraiser. 

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

Shelbyville Lions Club Holds Pancake Breakfast

Strasburg Lions Club held its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser this weekend. 


Otto Rincker, organizer, says that this fundraiser benefits Lions Club charities like giving backpacks to children. It also funds various community activities. 

Learn more on the Shelbyville IL Lions Club Facebook. Rincker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Shelbyville FFA Provides a Range of Experience

Shelbyville FFA is all about the hands-on experience. 


Bryce Fathauer is the co-Ag Plot Manager for the chapter. He describes how having four separate plots gives students a chance to grow crops.

Hands-on experience doesn’t have to mean you’re farming. President Graycee Gotfriedt says FFA provides students a career development experience unlike most other clubs. 

Fathauer says that FFA is going to pay dividends for him down the road. 

One project many FFA’ers complete every year that they can show employers is their record books. 

Both Fathauer and Gottfriedt are working on two this year. 

Shelbyville FFA appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week coverage. 

Taylorville Student Receives Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Taylorville High School Jazz Band senior Tripp Pelichoff was presented the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award at the Fourteenth Annual Taylorville High School Evening of Jazz and Percussion that was held on Thursday Evening, February 23. Tripp is a four year member of the jazz band and has excelled in his musicianship over that time. He earned a trip to ILMEA All-State his junior year. Band Director Chris Gunn said, “It has been a joy to have Tripp in the program and watch him grow as a musician. He has continually sought out musical knowledge and made it his own.”

Pana FFA - For the Farm Kid, Or the Pageant Girl

Pana FFA is for everyone.


Just ask the President of the chapter - Hayleigh Manuel. 

Just like Manuel, Secretary Faith Horton did not grow up on a farm. 

Manuel says her leadership skills have grown immensely in her three years in FFA. 

Horton says that because they are super close, there’s a great culture brewing at the Pana FFA.

Pana FFA appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week.

Edinburg FFA Provides Opportunities for All

Edinburg FFA is a chance to create new opportunities. 


President Emily Schleyhahn says FFA has helped her grow. 

Vice President Gabe Clark has had multiple opportunities to improve his leadership skills.

Secretary Wade Beck says he enjoys being part of a group with big goals. 

If you or a high-schooler you know isn’t sure about FFA, Sentinel Maya Klotz has this to say.

Edinburg FFA appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week.

Two GOP Leaders Holding Open House In Taylorville

State Senator Steve McClure and State Representative Brad Halbrook will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Taylorville on Monday evening at 6 PM at the Taylorville Public Library.  Senator McClure says it’s free and open to the public and he encourages everyone to come by and ask questions.



Senator McClure says they’re going to go over recent events including the lame-duck session but will answer questions as well.



For more information visit www.senatormcclure.com or www.rephalbrook.com. 

Nokomis FFA - More Than Agriculture

Nokomis FFA is more than an agriculture club or class. 


For President Alden Knodle, FFA is a chance to develop his skills. 

Olivia Tosetti, Reporter for the chapter and a Senior at Nokomis High School, says she’s learned more than she could have ever pictured. 

Like Tosetti, Treasurer Nora Patton did not grow up on a farm, but she feels like they have some of the same experiences as farm kids because of FFA. 

Vice President Cydney Bertolino did grow up on a farm, and she recommends FFA to everyone. 

Nokomis FFA appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week. 

Stewardson-Strasburg FFA Carries Legacy

For the 2022-23 Stewardson-Strasburg FFA officers, they’re carrying on FFA legacies dating back generations. 


President Tyler Wetherell’s grandfather was an FFA advisor. 

Secretary Maddie Rincker says her siblings were part of FFA.

Vice President Abbie Kelly says most of her family went through FFA. 

Stewardson-Strasburg FFA appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week.

Vehicle Crashes Into Garage In Taylorville (With Updates)

Taylorville Police and Fire responded to a crash that occurred on Wednesday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a house on the corner of Paw Paw and Poplar.  Fire Chief Matt Adermann says they are still investigating the crash. 


Taylorville Police has released the name of the man involved in the accident that occurred on Paw Paw and Poplar Wednesday afternoon.  24-year-old Brent Walsh had a medical emergency and crashed into a garage. No one was injured in the crash.  Walsh was given 3 citations for the incident. 







Taylorville FFA Presents Limitless Opportunities

Becoming a Taylorville FFA Member is a big deal.


That’s according to Co-President of the chapter Cole Paulek, a Senior at Taylorville High School. 

Fellow Co-President and Senior Lacey DeClerck says joining FFA took her on a journey she never expected. 

DeClerck recently decided she wants to pursue funeral home work

Paulek wants to stay in agriculture. He’s going to college first. 

Paulek and DeClerck from the Taylorville FFA Chapter appeared as guests as part of the WTIM Morning Show coverage of National FFA Week. 

Current Northwestern Assistant Coach Reflects On Time In Taylorville

Everyone has something that they enjoy and for Brian James, it’s basketball.  The Special Assistant to the Head Coach has been at Northwestern for the last decade in some capacity and is enjoying the success that the Northwestern Wildcats are having in the Big Ten this year. James is originally from Taylorville and credits his time in Taylorville with his coaches as to what got him into coaching. 



James spent time coaching a young Chris Collins when he was in school. He now has the pleasure of working alongside Collins who is the head coach of Northwestern basketball. 



Northwestern was able to break a tournament drought in 2016 and 2017 and make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. James credits the fans for their run that year and says it’s important to show support for your program – whether that’s Illinois or Northwestern, who face off Thursday night. He says they try to take it game by game but everyone knows what kind of rivalry Northwestern and Illinois have and it adds a lot to it. 



If you’re a high-school athlete, James says to keep working hard. 



The #21 Northwestern Wildcats (20-7, 11-5) take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (18-9, 9-7) on Thursday evening at 8 PM on New Country 104.1. To hear the full interview with Coach Brian James see below.



Taylorville Roadwork Set To Start March 1st

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be starting up roadwork in Taylorville again, this time about a mile from where last year’s construction took place.  This 5.6 million project is scheduled to continue through December.  The work that will be done will be on the bridge over Flat Bridge Creek on Illinois Route 29 just outside of Taylorville. 


Traffic will be reduced to one lane and temporary signals and barriers will assist with traffic control in the project area.  The lane closures will be necessary to remove the existing structure, build new abutments and piers, install new steel, and pour a new deck. The project will also widen the bridge deck from 36 to 43 feet and increase the longevity of this corridor by replacing the bridge.


Motorists can expect some delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment.


Over the next six years, IDOT will improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and 10 million square feet of the bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program.  This year alone, $8.6 billion of improvements will commence statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.


The roadwork is expected to wrap up in December. For IDOT District 6 updates, check them out on Twitter or visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com. 

Taylorville School Board Holds Monthly Meeting

Taylorville School Board met on Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting at the district office. 


Under communications, Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty recognized and congratulated various students and faculty members for a number of awards and accomplishments.


The board then approved minutes, reviewed and approved CLAIMS, and went over the treasurer’s report, consideration of personnel and overnight trips.


Under old business, board member Rick Bryan gave a building committee update.



The board reviewed the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT) and approved the Liberty Mutual Surety Working Cash Bond Rider.


Under new business, Dan McNeely from Diamond Bros. Insurance outlined the builder’s risk liability policy for the new Sports and Arts Complex. 



McNeely also discussed a road bond for the board to consider.



The board approved the appointment of the school district’s auditor for the next fiscal year and the adoption of the Intergovernmental Agreement with ROE for alternative education.


Dr. Dougherty then gave her superintendent report, which included an update on a complaint that was filed against the district at Memorial School.



The next school board meeting is set for Tuesday March 21st. 

Christian County Board Discusses ARPA Requests and Other Business

Christian County Board held their February monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Christian County Courthouse. 


Board Chairman Bryan Sharp gave a Carbon Capture and Storage Ordinance Update. He says what the ordinance does is up to the board members. 

County Treasurer Betty Asmussen says ARPA funds are limited, adding that these funds are going through multiple committees. Asmussen recommends ordinances are submitted to the finance committee, then the full board can vote on ARPA. This did not go to vote. 

Sharp recommended pumping the breaks on the remaining ARPA funds. He says they are about halfway through those funds. 

State’s Attorney John McWard recommended voting rules to the board. He adds that the current rules need a complete overhaul. In the mean time, he says the chairman should vote in the act of a tie.

The board members appointed Ray Koonce to the 708 Mental Health Board. Board members approved over $26,000 in ARPA fund requests for Meals on Wheels, approved Small Town Taylorville event requests for the courthouse lawn, and approved a recommendation to have the state’s attorney draft an ordinance to remove the Route 48 elevator along Willeys.


Sharp updated the board on the Statewide Siting Wind and Solar Facilities bill in the General Assembly, which Sharp worries will take away local control on such issues. He concluded by urging board members to consider the well-being of Christian County citizens when reviewing the state legislation.


The next county board meeting is Tuesday, March 21st. 

Taylorville City Council Honors THS Bowling Team, Amends Ordinances in 19-Minute Meeting

It was a quick, 19-minute Taylorville City Council meeting Tuesday night but a lot getting done.


Mayor Bruce Barry presented the Taylorville High School Bowling Team the "Youth of the Month" honor.  The team recently won the 2023 Danville Sectional Tournament.


Ordinance amendments passed included not charging a winter storage rental fee for boat docks, lake lot or campsite lease, removing the "No Parking" restriction on the south side of the 200 block of West Esther, and business redevelopment agreement with The Vintage Dresser, LLC, Rachael and Justin Griffin.  An ordinance amendment hiking the city's annual video gaming terminal permit fee to 250-dollars passed with alderman Jeremy Wilson being the only "no" vote.


The Taylorville Council Tuesday night OK'd a conditional closure permit allowing the city's new solar project at the water treatment plant, to be interconnected to the Ameren grid system, and learned the Fire Department's solar project had begun.  The city is also investigating installing solar panels at City Hall.


Among his mayoral comments, Bruce Barry complimented Cindy Frisina and Kathy Fergin for organizating the recent Marti Gras event at the Christian County Courthouse on February 18th to showcase fine arts in the county.



Tuesday night's Taylorville City Council meeting was held a day late due to President's Day on Monday.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears About Holistic Lifestyle Medicine at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a couple of local health care professionals about holistic lifestyle medicine, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Springfield Clinic Taylorville Doctor Pavin Gill (left) and his nurse practitioner Brenda Hemann (right) talked about being among the first in the area to be certified to practive holistic lifestyle medicine.  Dr. Gill said the 2 of them have begun to change how they treat their patients.



Hemann shared some of the sobering statistics with Kiwanis members on how patients can change their health thru a change in lifestyle.



Dr. Gill added that the most recent studies suggest that at least 2 minutes a day of exercise have health benefits.


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.   

Meridian FFA Continues to Grow

Meridian FFA is a relatively new chapter. 


Emma Pistorius, Vice President, says the chapter is in the middle of it’s fourth year. 

Sentinal Haley Hanson loves poultry judging. 

Historian Isabelle Pistorius loves writing as part of her specialty. 

Secretary Maggie Pritts wants students to join FFA.

Meridian FFA appeared as guests on WTIM’s National FFA Week Coverage.

Sullivan FFA Offers Family Atmosphere

Sullivan FFA is more than a chapter – it’s a family. 


President Reagan Sims describes what FFA means to her. 

Chaplain Garrett Coffer says FFA is bigger than himself.

Secretary Kylie Voyles encourages students to join FFA. 

Coffer invites you to an FFA auction in March to benefit their field trips. 

Sullivan FFA appeared live on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week. 

Cowden-Herrick FFA Brings New Opportunities

Cowden-Herrick School District celebrates National FFA Week.


Chapter Advisor and Agriculture Teacher Dave Wojcik says the chapter went to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. 

President and Senior at Cowden-Herrick Ralph Thompson says you don’t have to want to be a farmer to join FFA. 

Thompson’s favorite judging competitions involve dairy. 

He recommends students join FFA. 

Cowden-Herrick FFA appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show as part of National FFA Week. 

This Week Marks Grain Bin Safety Week

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is working with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal are encouraging Illinois farmers to take some time to recognize Grain Bin Safety Week this week. Farmers are asked to review safety practices while working in and around grain bins.


According to studies done by Purdue University, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported with a fatality rate of 62% in the past 50 years.  In 2010 at least 26 US workers were killed in grain engulfment accidents.  This is the highest number on record.  According to research, it only takes 4 seconds for a full-grown adult to sink to their knees in flowing grain and 20 seconds to be completely buried in flowing grain. Suffocation is the leading cause of death in grain bins.  


Experts encourage you to not enter a grain bin unless you absolutely have to. If you must enter a bin, make sure you break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole, wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope, stay near the outer wall of the bin, and keep walking if the grain starts to flow to get to the safety ladder. You should have someone outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped, wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator to protect your lungs when you are inside, and make sure you shut off the power to augers and fans. 


For more information on grain bin safety and to find online training resources visit the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois at www.gfai.org, the Grain Handling and Safety Council at www.grainsafety.org, and the University of Illinois Extension at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/agsafety/equipment/grainbinsafety.cfm. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council will meet this evening at 7 PM for their regular city council meeting.  The board will recognize the THS Girls Bowling Team. After review and approval of minutes, the board will look at some ordinances and a look at approving the 2023 Calendar of Events and special events for Small Town Taylorville. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is also looking to approve Abby Turner to the library board.


Under committee reports, the board will look to approve the purchase of a controller from Schulte Supply and approve the treasurer’s report. The board will hear from City Attorney Romano and Mayor Barry.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this meeting following the conclusion of the event.

Taylorville School Board with Regular Monthly Meeting Tonight

Taylorville School Board of Education holds their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the administration building across from Taylorville High School. 


Under Communications, the board will hear from the CEO of a foundation fundraiser, then the board will review the Consent Agenda. 


This includes reviewing the ICRMT agent letter as well as the consideration of bonds. 


Under New Business, the board members will consider the builder’s risk liability policy, consider road bonds, take action on the next fiscal year school auditor, and consider and adopt an Intergovernmental Agreement with ROE for alternative education. 


Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty will provide an update and then possibly go into an executive session.


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

Ameren Illinois Giving Back Through Charitable Donations

Charitable contributions are important.  That is the message that Ameren Illinois is conveying as a lot of work goes behind the scenes that a lot of Ameren customers may not even realize. D-Lori Newsome-Pitts, who is the manager of charitable giving for Ameren Illinois says that over the last year 3.4 million dollars was distributed to nonprofit organizations.



There is an online application process for nonprofits to apply.



Newsome-Pitts says it’s important to be good corporate citizens.



There are plenty of local organizations that have received contributions from Ameren including the Optimist Foundation, United Way of Christian County, YMCA of Christian County and Health & Social Services Critical Needs in Pana. 



In 2023, Ameren is planning on contributing close to $4 million to communities throughout the service territory. 

John Philip Sousa Award Presented At 96th Annual Mid-Winter Band Concert

The John Philip Sousa Award was presented Thursday evening, February 16 at the 96th Annual Mid-Winter Band Concert at Taylorville High School. This nationally recognized award named in honor of famed American band composer John Philip Sousa is given each year to exemplary senior band students who excel musically, academically and are good citizens.


The award this year was presented to band seniors Erica Edwards and Carson Hefner. Band director Chris Gunn said, “These two seniors are very deserving of this award. They are leaders in the program and work hard every day to improve not only themselves but other members of the band too.”

The John Philip Sousa Band award was first given at THS during the 1967-68 school year when Jim Smith was band director. The award has been presented every year since.

TMH Receives Grant

A donation has been given to Taylorville Memorial Hospital to help support the Healthcare Careers Educational Grant program.  The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation gave $10,000 to the Grant Program and this is the sixth time they’ve given this gift to the organization. 


The Healthcare Careers Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to Christian County-based students who are interested in studying health care and offers opportunities to work at TMH upon completing their degree. The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation has been a supporter of the hospital since the 1980s. 


Kim Bourne, president and CEO of TMH says that educational grants are key to helping create a go-to source for local talent.  She says TMH wants to help students receive the education they need and to encourage them to build their careers in the community. 


If you wish to support the Taylorville Memorial Foundation or just wish to visit their website, you are encouraged to visit them online at memorial.health/tmf. 

Shelby County CEO Going on Five Years

Shelby County CEO program creates entrepreneurial opportunities for high school students. 


Tom Shoaff is the director of the Shelby County “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program.

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

March is 4-H Month for Shelby County

March is 4-H Month. 


Shelby County 4-H Youth Programming Director Yolanda Nation says the theme is “Shelby County 4-H: Dream it, Do it, Show it, Love it.”

You can learn more at extension.illinois.edu/ccdms. Nation appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Keepers of the Arts Preserving Shelby County Arts

The Keepers of the Arts in Shelbyville wants to promote and preserve the arts in Shelby County. 


Keeper Carol Kessler says being a teacher inspired her to do more in the arts when she retired. 

Learn more on the Keepers of the Arts at Flourishes Gallery and Studio Facebook. 


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

Christian County Crimestoppers Present Service Plaque to George Yard

The Christian County Crimestoppers Board recently honored board member George Yard (left) with a 20-year service plaque, for his many years of service to the Crimestoppers organization.   Yard currently serves as president of the board.


The plaque was presented by board member and vice president Bill Simpson (right).


The Christian County Crimestoppers organization has been in existence since June of 1987.   It offers anonymity and cash rewards to persons who furnish information leading to the capture of fugitives. Crime Stoppers is based on the principle that someone other than the criminal has information that would solve the crime.


Tips can be sent anonymously on the organization's web site here, or by calling 1-800-568-TIPS.

LiveWell Fitness Center Offers a Different Approach

Sometimes joining a gym to better your health can be overwhelming. 


Pana Community Hospital partners with LiveWell Fitness to bring a different approach to achieve your goals. 

That’s Tim Casner, Manager of LiveWell Fitness. He says intimidation is the opposite of what they want to do. 

Part of that fun approach means creating achievable goals for patrons. 

LiveWell Fitness Center offers Personal Training for special goals. Casner also describes how their Fit3D machine can help you. 

Learn more when you click on the link in this story at taylorvilledailynews.com. Casner appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Extension Offering Cottage Food "Let's Talk" Seminar

University of Illinois Extension office in Christian County offers food safety courses. 

Nutrition and Wellness Educator Lisa Peterson is excited to offer this topic March 21st during their Let’s Talk series. 

Prospective food vendors will learn a variety of skills and topics. 

That Cottage Foods law went into effect in 2022. 

As Peterson mentioned, there are some foods that you can’t sell under Cottage Food. 

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

Taylorville Recreation Director Hopes Public Will Vote Yes for New Pool

Taylorville Park District is issuing a referendum for the April Consolidated Elections. 


This referendum asks if the Park District can issue bonds so that they can construct a new pool. The current one is 62 years old – way older than its intended lifespan.  


If the referendum fails, Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says that it could mean Taylorville doesn’t have a pool anymore. 

Issuing bonds would slightly raise taxes for Taylorville homeowners. The value of the home determines the amount your taxes would increase. 


Hancock says it is a fractional, and temporary, raise to taxes. 

Losing the pool could harm economic development momentum the City of Taylorville has seen over the past couple of years, says Lee Skinner, Small Town Taylorville Committee Member. 

If you have questions, Hancock wants to answer them before you make up your mind on a vote. 

That office number for the Taylorville Park District is 217-824-3110. Hancock and Skinner appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shelbyville Police Investigating Robbery

Shelbyville Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Tuesday evening at the BP Station on County Road 1950 and Highway 16. According to police, the incident occurred at 8:05 PM and an unknown male reportedly entered the business and threatened the male employee with the threat of force. 


The male fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and it is believed that there was an accomplice as well.  The Shelbyville Police Department along with K-9, “Chip” were assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. 


The investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information about this robbery should call the Shelbyville Police Department at 217-774-2141 and direct your information to either Chief Chad Brachbill or Sergeant Paul Bennett. There is a cash reward for any information that lead to an arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in this crime. 

Governor Pritzker Happy with Direction of the State; Republicans Hope for Seat at Table

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker paints a positive picture of the state’s budget during the State of the State Address Wednesday afternoon. 

He also addressed a wide range of issues including healthcare, disease management, and education. 
State Senator Steve McClure says the governor is looking through red-lens glasses.

You can listen to the entire State of the State budget address when you go to taylorvilledailynews.com and click on the WTIM Podcasts Icon. 

Food Protection Class Being Offered

The University of Illinois Extension of Christian County will be offering a Certified Food Protection Managers class and exam. The Illinois Department of Public Health Food Sanitation Code requires food esrvice establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food protection manager during hours of operation.  Certificates must be renewed every five years and class attendance is mandatory to sit for the exam.


The two-day course is taking place Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville.  March 11th hours will be from 9-4 PM and on March 12th from 1-4 PM. Participants are asked to attend both days of classes and the exam will take place on the second day.  You are asked to bring a photo ID with you.  


Lisa Peterson will be teaching the class and providing the class work to prepare the National Certification Exam.  Topics covered will include foodborne illness, safe food handling, cooking and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety, and cleaning and sanitation. 


Fees for this course are $100 and includes textbook, class materials, and the exam.  Registration runs through March 8th.  You can register online at go.illinois.edu/foodmanagers or call 217-287-7246.  

State of the State and Budget Address

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivering his State of the State and Budget Address today. 

Dr. Kent Redfield, University of Illinois Springfield Political Science Professor Emeritus, says that the budget address will give you a bigger picture of the governor’s plans over the next two-to-four years. 

You probably shouldn’t expect the governor to address the No Cash Bail portion of the Safe T Act or the Assault Rifle Ban. Both of those are in the litigation process. 

You can listen to live coverage of the address at noon today on WTIM and Taylorvilledailynews.com. 

THS Band To Present 96th Mid-Winter Band Concert

The Taylorville High School Band under the direction of Chris Gunn, will present the Ninety-Sixth Annual Mid-Winter Band Concert on Thursday, February 16 in the high school cafeteria. The concert is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00 PM.


Senior flute player Erica Edwards will be featured on the Chaminade Concertino for Flute arranged by Gordon Ring. Miss Edwards performed recently with the Illinois Music Education Association All State Honors Band in Peoria on January 28. Other elections to be presented are Jubilant Prelude by Claude T. Smith, Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, Kentucky 1800 by Clare Grundman, Novena by James Swearingen, Fate of the Gods by Steven Reineke and Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa and arranged by Brian and Schissel.


Band seniors will be recognized for their time in the band and the nationally recognized John Philip Sousa Band Award will be presented at this concert.

Christian County YMCA Praises Outgoing Board Members

The Christian County YMCA recently had four board members retire from their voluntary services to the YMCA.  Pictured from left to right is retiring YMCA Board Members Tyler Nation, Vice President Ron’s Produce, and Adam Vocks, retired former owner of CTI.  Not pictured in the photo are retiring board members Clint Hohenstein, Jenner Ag VP of Finance, and Dr. Chris Dougherty, Superintendent Taylorville Community Unit School District #3.  According to Bruce Blanshan, their leadership was instrumental in serving the YMCA and helping develop the 24-hour facility access, starting YMCA Endowment Fund, eliminating the capital debt, and completing the insulation project.  The YMCA thanked Tyler, Adam, Clint, and Chris for their tireless leadership and dedication to the YMCA.

Taylorville Kiwanis Induct New Member, Plan Upcoming Fund Raiser at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member and made plans for one of their annual fund-raisers, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Dr. Greg Haarman (right), owner of Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry in Taylorville and Decatur, was inducted as the club’s newest member by long-time Kiwanis member Dean Ray (left).  Haarman was a previous member of the club.


The Kiwanis Club also continued working on their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast slated for Saturday, April 29th at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.   Tickets are the same price as last year, 7-dollars per person, and will soon be available from Kiwanis members.  Carry-outs will again be available.  Proceeds from this and all Kiwanis fund raisers go towards a host of local Kiwanis projects, including Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school senior and Y-M-C-A scholarships, and the Christian County C-E-O program.


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.   

ISP Investigating Shooting Fatality In Rural Christian County

Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting fatality in rural Christian County.  46-year-old James C. Lindsey of Taylorville was shot and killed on Monday morning.  According to authorities, at 5:19 AM, a female resident was leaving her home to go to work and her juvenile daughter with her.  The woman noticed the male homeowner’s truck was running.  The truck was a 1993 International commercial work truck and the female thought someone was attempting to steal it.  The male resident came outside carrying a firearm.


The female resident and her juvenile daughter attempted to leave the residence and as they did, Lindsey rammed the driver’s side door of her vehicle with the truck pushing it through the driveway. The male resident discharged his firearm hitting and killing Lindsey inside the truck. The male and female both called 9-1-1 and waited for Christian County Deputies and EMS to arrive on the scene. Lindsey was pronounced deceased on the scene.


At this time no charges will be filed by the Christian County State’s Attorney.  ISP is also completing an investigation and once complete, the case will be provided to the Christian County State’s Attorney for review.  The investigation is still ongoing. 


ISP DCI Zone 4 and Division of Forensic Services Crime Scene Investigators along with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office all were involved with the investigation.

Shelbyville Public Library Presents Murder in the Library

Shelbyville Public Library invites you to a murder mystery night. 


Director Monica Cameron says you can be the detective in Murder in the Library. 

Murder in the Library begins at 6 p.m. Friday, February 24th at the public library. 

Cameron says Murder in the Library covers every perspective of a detective. 

If you can’t make this month’s event, Cameron is planning more in the coming months. 

Ages 16 and up can participate. The event is free with priority given to library card holders. 


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

Area Middle School Taking Creative Approach to Teacher Shortage

Many schools are struggling to find quality staff. 


Moulton Middle School, part of Shelbyville School District, takes a creative approach to solve the teacher shortage. 

Principal Russ Tomblin says his school has some help in that department. 

Tomblin says that Shelbyville has its advantages as a rural school district. 

He offers advice to other schools struggling to find good staff. 

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

Master Gardener's Preparing for Spring

Area Master Gardeners are preparing you for the growing season with gardening seminars. 


Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says there’s even an event this Thursday. 

She also has some resources for you to force branches to bloom while you wait for the official growing season. 

If you neglected to prune your trees, she recommends taking a look at a professional to do so before the end of the month. 

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

Mayoral Update on City of Taylorville Improvements

An update on improvements for the City of Taylorville.

Mayor Bruce Barry says he’s excited to continue the Downtown Revitalization project later this year. 

He hopes the city will receive a grant to fix the bike trail. 

Development companies are taking notes of improvements to the city. Heartland Development Partners has plans to develop a 1,200 seat theater at the corner of West Main Cross and Webster, and a rooftop bar. 


Mayor Barry says it means the world to the city that their hard work is paying off. 

Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Spring in the Air for Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism is ready for Spring. 

Director Freddie Fry says March features a local vendor fair.

The Office of Tourism already packed the schedule for April. 

Fry invites submissions for the office’s photo contest. 

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

New Mexico Man Arrested For Retail Theft And Aggravated Battery In Hillsboro

A retail theft led to a very busy day for Hillsboro Police on Monday.  At 9:03 AM, Hillsboro Police were notified of a complaint of retail theft at the Casey’s General Store at 200 South Hamilton Street.  While police gathered initial information, it was learned that the suspect had climbed the side of the building and was on the roof of the store. With the help of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Police, Hillsboro Area Ambulance, and Hillsboro fire, 30-year-old Trent A Wikoff of Shiprock, New Mexico, was taken into custody.  


Wikoff was taken to Hillsboro Area Hospital by ambulance for treatment and at 12:15 PM, he attempted to flee the hospital and started an altercation with a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy and Hillsboro Police. During the altercation, Wikoff tried grabbing a Deputy’s duty weapon and attempted to remove it from the holster. Officers would successfully secure him and transport him to the Montgomery County Jail.  The deputy and suspect were both treated for minor injuries at the hospital. 


Wikoff was booked in on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and retail theft. 

Area Hospital Wins Cycling Award

An area hospital has earned a Bronze Business Award from the League of American Bicyclists. Taylorville Memorial Hospital has earned a BBA for its efforts to create a bike-friendly campus.  The not-for-profit hospital’s campus features covered and sheltered outdoor bike racks with security cameras and a  bicycle fix-it station.  An internal communications campaign has helped promote local, state, and national bicycle events to colleagues within the hospital.


Darin Buttz, TMH Director of Community Health, says that from an outreach perspective, the hospital promotes the benefits of bicycling to all ages through participation in local events. They also give bikes away to local children through many different events. Memorial Health hospitals complete community health assessments every three years and promoting cycling and active transportation is an evidence-based strategy to drive lower rates of obesity.  TMH, Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and Jacksonville have all pursued becoming bicycle-friendly businesses. 


Buttz says they plan to collaborate with city officials to develop an updated bike plan for the community and even into the county.  He continued by stressing that they are developing new local partnerships to raise awareness about the benefits of cycling.


The League of American Bicyclists works to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a Bicycle Friendly America through education, advocacy, and promotion. 

Taylorville Food Pantry Searching for Volunteers

Taylorville Food Pantry is searching for volunteers. 

Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says they are looking for volunteers who can unload delivery trucks. 

Hagen hopes she can find someone with people skills who are proficient in basic technology.

If prefer to donate your resources, then Taylorville Food Pantry makes it easy. 

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

Illinois Grazing Lands Coalition Provides Education for Ranchers

The Illinois Grazing Lands Coalition works among partners who prioritize grazing. 


Christian Lovell is the Coordinator for the IGLC. 

Lovell says that the IGLC wants to provide resources and education to farmers. 

He says that this is necessary because Illinois is a big state with grazing differences in different regions. 

Lovell invites ranchers to check out the IGLC. 

Lovell appeared as a guest on the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day Winter Meeting Tuesday, February 7th. 

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism Preparing for Spring

Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism is starting to feel Spring in the air. 


Director Freddie Fry says that they’re starting to see a lot of events pop up in their event calendar. 

Learn more on the Lake Shelbyville Office of Tourism website. Fry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Public Library Provides Hometown Feel

The Shelbyville Public Library is one of the many features that create a hometown feel.


Director Monica Cameron says there’s a lot of history to the library. 

That digital access means you don’t even have to leave your house to access the library. 

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

Shelbyville High School Partners with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Shelbyville School District partners with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide a fantastic outdoor education experience. 


Shelbyville High School Principal Kyle Ladd says he’s thrilled to partner with the Corps. 

Learn more at shelbyville.k12.il.us. Ladd appeared as a guest on the Shelbyville WTIM Morning Show.

2023 Area Honor Band Festival Great Success

Twenty Taylorville High School Band members joined select high school band members from Rochester, Litchfield, Ramsey, Hillsboro, Lincolnwood, Morrisonville, Nokomis, Pana, and Central A&M High Schools at the 2023 Area Honor Band Festival. The festival was held at Pana High School on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.


The select student musicians came together for the day under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Jennifer Moder-Bell, Director of Bands at McKendree University. The ensemble rehearsed the selections: Children of the Shrine by James Swearingen, Close To The Sun by Peter Meechan, Suite of Old American Dances arranged by James Curnow, and St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy and arranged by Luther Henderson.


The festival culminated with a concert attended by relatives, friends, and community members at 6:00 PM. The Area Honor Band Festival has been taking place with area high school band members since the 1970s.



THS Area Honor Band members are: front row, L-R, Madilyn Elam, Laney Norbeck, Paige Cunnington, Natalie Cook, Erica Edwards, Marley Dively, Emma Burger, Lillie Jones, and Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos. Back row, L-R, Riley Elam, Kai Albright, Carson Hefner, Evan Allen, Rhyker Wicks, Lydia Hopkins, Kylie Corso, Gavin Enlow, Brandon Hefner, Justin Champley, Tripp Pelichoff and guest conductor Dr. Jennifer Moder-Bell.

When To Call A Cardiologist

February is heart month.  Heart experts at Prairie Heart Institute share five reasons you may want to see a cardiologist. The biggest reason to see a cardiologist is if your primary care physician or provider asks you to.  As your doctors know your health history, lifestyle, and current health concerns, this may warrant an appointment.


Always check for your symptoms of heart disease. Some symptoms include chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion or heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, shortness of breath, a fluttering feeling in the chest, or swelling of the feet, and ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins. 


You should see a cardiologist if you have a family history of heart disease.  Be aware of the symptoms of heart disease if it runs in the family.  This is something that can impact anyone so cardiologists urge you to pay attention to symptoms. 


Also check if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, as both issues are often treated by cardiologists and can put you at risk of heart disease.  This can be treated by your primary care physician or a cardiologist.


Finally, always see a cardiologist if you have risk factors for heart disease. Family history, type one and type two diabetes, obesity, smoking, or a history of smoking, or having congenital heart disease as a child can put you at higher risk for heart disease. If you have any of these risk factors, consider a check-up with a cardiologist or a primary care provider.  


To learn more about the doctors of Prairie, call 888-4PRAIRIE or visit www.prairieheart.org.  

Christian County Extension Office Offering Variety of Programs for February

University of Illinois Extension Office of Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties offers more than just resources. 


Extension Director Amanda Cole is proud of their community involvement. She’s returning to her role as director after a hiatus.

She’s excited to present plant care courses in the near future. 

Cole makes her pitch for youth to join 4-H. 

Speaking of youth, the extension office is honoring Black History Month with an arts competition. 


Youth can either draw a picture or draft a piece of creative writing.

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

Taylorville Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala Saturday, February 18th

The Masquerade Gala is coming to Taylorville. 


Event Chair Kathy Fergin invites you to purchase tickets for the Saturday, February 18th dinner and auction with live entertainment. 

Lincoln Hall is the 1,200 seat performing arts center that Heartland Development Partners plans to construct out of a building in downtown Taylorville. 


Cindy Frisina, CEO of Heartland Development Partners, provides an overview of the plans for Lincoln Hall. 

Tickets for the Gala are $100 and they’re limited. 

Fergin can’t wait for some of the food. 

Tickets are available at First National Bank on Spresser and Little Luxeries. 


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

Dudley Smith Research Paying Dividends

It is possible to create a profitable and conservation sound beef grazing system. 


Marion County Farmer Evan Schulte made the trip to the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day in Christian County, Tuesday, February 7th. He’s a third generation Dudley Smith farmer. His grandfather was among the first to use the data gathered from the farm in practice. 


Schulte, at just 25-years-old, wanted to make his farm profitable as soon as possible. 

He purchased his first farm at just 20-years-old. 

Schulte has made huge progress over the past five years. 

He says the secret is rotating the grazing substance. 

Schulte appeared as a guest on the WTIM live broadcast of the Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting.

Kemmerer Village Celebrating 150th Adoption

Kemmerer Village in Assumption will celebrate their 150th adoption in its history this March. 

Executive Director Schales Nagle has worked at Kemmerer Village for 29 years. 

Nagle describes the adoption process. 

As part of the 150th adoption, Kemmerer Village will host a party.

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

Christian County CEO Offering Music Trivia Night Feb. 25th

Christian County CEO class of 2023 hosting their second fundraising event. 


Taylorville High School senior Alaina Deal introducing Music Trivia Night 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25th at the Pillar’s Event Center. 

Your $50 ticket purchases dinner, Music Trivia, and places you in the contest for a $1,000 cash prize split among your table. 

Taylorville High School Senior Brian Short says they wanted to do something CEO has never done before. 

Short says CEO vastly improved his career development skills. 

Obtain a ticket when you visit the Christian County CEO Facebook page, or get in touch with a CEO student. You can also learn more about the CEO program at christiancountyceo.com. 


Short and Deal appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Healthcare Providers Reminder On Handwashing

Healthcare providers are concerned over recent increases in illnesses such as RSV, Influenza, COVID, and other viral infections.  HSHS Illinois encourages everyone to frequently wash their hands. Stephanie Thannum, HSHS Illinois manager of quality and infection prevention says that COVID, flu, and RSV spread mostly through droplets in the air, but could also be spread by hands which means that germs can be spread by hands coming into contact with a hard surface contaminated by the cough or sneeze of an infected person.  You can protect yourself by thoroughly washing your hands often, especially before eating or touching your face, and after using the restroom.


Some germs can live on non-porous surfaces from a few hours to a few days and most cold and viral respiratory germs can live on hard surfaces for up to one week, but they do lose their effectiveness after the first 24 hours.  Influenza can live from up to 24-48 hours on a hard surface, and COVID can live on a hard surface from a few hours to a few days. 


Highly touched surfaces are surfaces that people frequently touch with their hands.  These can easily become contaminated by germs that spread to other areas through touch.  For more information on how to properly wash your hands, visit www.cdc.gov/hygiene/personal-hygiene/hands.html.


HSHS Illinois Hospitals include St. John’s in Springfield, St. Elizabeth’s in O’Fallon, St. Mary’s in Decatur, St. Anthony’s in Effingham, St. Francis in Litchfield, St. Joseph’s in Breese, Holy Family in Greenville, St. Joseph’s in Highland, and Good Shepherd in Shelbyville.  

Taylorville Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Meth Delivery

A Taylorville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for meth delivery. 37 year old Donald R. Felton of the 900 block of West Poplar Street in Taylorville was sentenced on February 7th, to 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of actual methamphetamine.  


According to authorities, beginning in May of 2019, law enforcement officers initiated an investigation of Felton for traveling to the St. Louis area to obtain meth for redistribution in the Taylorville area. On June 8th, 2019, officers observed Felton drive his SUV to a rest area near Hamel, Illinois, just north of St. Louis where he met with an individual and then returned to Taylorville. Officers executed a traffic stop near Taylorville searching Felton’s SUV where they seized 398 grams (nearly one pound) of methamphetamine and a digital scale along with $800 in cash. 


Chief US District Judge Sara Darrow focused on the impacts of pure meth on communities in Illinois and on Felton’s criminal history which began back in 1996 when Felton was just 11 years old. He was indicted in June of 2019 and was convicted after a two-day jury trail in June of 2022. The statutory penalties for possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of actual meth are a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison with up to a $20,000,000 fine and a minimum of 10 years and up to a life term of supervised release. 


The Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorville Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Assistant US Attorney’s Timothy A. Bass and Sierra Senor-Moore represented the government in the prosecution.

Taylorville Food Pantry Renovations Nearly Finished

Taylorville Food Pantry’s renovations are nearly finished. 

Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says that this is great news for their storage space. 

Hagen believes the updated food pantry provides a better overall experience. 

Hagen is excited to have some extra space to sort through food.

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

How Crop Rotation Assists Tile Drainage

The Dudley Smith Farm Initiative is introducing more crop rotation into its tile drainage research.


Kristin Greer, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences Senior Research Specialist, hopes this will aid tile drainage. 

She says this happens throughout different growing stages of research. 

Results are still developing, but Greer says early data points in a positive direction. 

Greer wants you to learn more about the Dudley Smith Initiative at dsi.aces.illinois.edu

Greer appeared as a guest on the WTIM live broadcast of the Dudley Smith Field Day.

Visiting Angels Provides an Extra Hand

Visiting Angels in Effingham extends independence. 


Owner and Operator Rose Rutholl says they are there for loved ones who don’t need a nursing home. 

Rutholl says they are welcoming new caregivers. 

That training program goes above and beyond state requirements. 

When a caregiver finishes their training, they will be paired with the perfect client. This starts with visiting a client’s home. 

Learn more at visitingangels.com. Rutholl appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Stop.Shop.Vote! Scholarship In Full Swing

The Stop. Shop. Vote scholarship program will be running through the end of the month, and TCCU is encouraging people to get into local stores by February 28th. The Scholarship program is in its 9th year and the program is presenting $1,000 awards to a total of eight graduating seniors, two from Hillsboro, Litchfield, Pana, and Taylorville.


Winners are determined by the number of votes cast by area shoppers in the participating businesses and TCCU President Will Perkins says that the program has grown stronger and he is happy to have supporting businesses that help local students continue their education. Perkins says that awards can be used toward expenses at a trade school, two-year community college, or four-year university program. 


There are over 30 businesses participating stores and there’s no limit to how many times residents can visit stores or vote. An outside agency will collect, tabulate, and report the voting results. Awards will be presented in May. 


For more information about TCCU, visit www.TCCU.org.  Membership is open to everyone who works or lives in the tri-county area of Shelby, Christian, and Montgomery. 

Dudley Smith Farm Field Day Presents Opportunity to Display Research

The Dudley Smith Farm in Christian County is a 228-acre agriculture research center. 


Tuesday, the farm held its winter meeting. Ed Ballard, coordinator, says the annual event is a great opportunity to update everyone on the progress researching cover crop, soil health, crop rotations, and more. 

Ballard says Dudley Smith held the most farmland in the country for some time. As part of his legacy, he donated a bunch of land across the Midwest. 

The use of cover-crops has exploded since the farm’s research started decades ago. 

As for next year, Ballard says the initiative will make a change in crop to see if it improves soil health. 

Learn more at dsi.aces.illinois.edu. Ballard appeared as a guest on the WTIM live broadcast of the Dudley Smith Field Day. 

Lloyd Named Colleague Of The Month For TMH

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has announced its Colleague of the Month for January. Deanna Lloyd, a certified occupational therapist assistant with TMH is the Colleague of the Month. The person who nominated Lloyd says that she is invested in each patient’s recovery and works to help them return home able to complete daily living tasks, if possible.  


Lloyd also works with patients to help them meet goals while in the hospital or swing bed unit in order to help them get dressed, shower on their own, do their laundry, and help with any other tasks that they need to support their return home. 


Lloyd has worked at Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2018.  We here at Regional Radio News salutes you Deanna Lloyd!

Southern Ledge Honored With 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, Southern Ledge Pools and Patios at 306 East Main Cross in Taylorville, is being recognized. This business is run by Teresa Wiltsie and she was recognized with a certificate. Becky Edwards, with BNG Administrative Services, was on hand to give her her award. 


Wiltsie says she is appreciative of the honor.



Wiltsie says it’s nice to have the East Main Cross Street project done along with the mural on the side of the building.



Make sure to check out Southern Ledge Pools and Patio on their Facebook page and their website. 

Taylorville Principal Wins Major Award

A Taylorville Principal has been honored with a huge award. Karen Kuntzman, principal of North School in Taylorville has been honored with the 2023 Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year award. Superintendent, Dr. Chris Dougherty made the announcement, praising Kuntzman for receiving the award of meritorious service in the administration category. She received the award based on professional experiences and the evaluation of submission materials.


Kuntzman is invited to ISBE’s annual awards banquet where she will be presented with her award along with other educators around the state.  This will be the 49th annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet. 


We here at Regional Radio News salute you, Karen Kuntzman!!!!

Southern Belle Florist Offers Experience and Variety

Valentine’s Day is inching ever-closer and you’re probably wondering where to find the perfect florist. 


Joanna Buesinger, owner of Southern Belle Florist in Taylorville, asks you to give her new shop a shot. 

She drove an hour a day every day for over four years to her shop in Girard before she found an opportunity in Taylorville. 

Buesinger has over 15 years of experience in the floral industry. 

Southern Belle Florist offers a wide variety of flowers. 

Learn more on the Southern Belle Florist Facebook page. 


Buesinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 

New Firefighter Sworn In At Taylorville City Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening at City Hall for their regular city council meeting. Firefighter Zach DeLong took the oath of office to officially swear in with the Taylorville Fire Department. The board then approved minutes from various committee meetings and the January 17th regular city council meeting. The board then heard a presentation from Reg Ankrom with Simec Energy.



The council unanimously approved several development district ordinances. They also approved multiple motions that regard to improvements to the city hall and Esther Street alley and the East Main Cross Street Improvements Project.


The motion approving a liquor/gaming license for a gaming parlor and smoke shop that was originally on the agenda was withdrawn.


The board heard from City Attorney Rocci Romano and then heard from Mayor Bruce Barry.



Under committee reports, Alderman Larry Budd presented a motion to direct the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to raise the annual Video Gaming Terminal Fee from $25 per terminal to $250 per terminal. This motion was met with multiple comments from the public who opposed it, including former Alderman Ray Koonce. 



The board passed the motion 7-1 with Alderman Jeremy Wilson voting no. The board also approved a motion to allow for the removal of the no parking signs on the south side of the 200 block of West Esther and a motion to advertise for an auditor for Taylorville. 


Additionally, the board approved motions for the Sewer Department to purchase a 6” sewer pump, for the city to hire 22 summer/seasonal employees, and for police officers to be allowed to purchase their current firearm and three magazines for $350. The board concluded by approving payment of bills.


The next city council meeting is set for Tuesday, February 21st.

Canned Foods Could Lead to a Healthier Lifestyle

Canned food can give you healthier options. 


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

She does say you should pay close attention when you pick your canned foods out. 

When you buy canned food, make sure it is safe to eat. Unsafe canned food at a grocery store is a pretty rare but dangerous circumstance. 

Canning your own produce can give you an option for fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. 

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

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM for their regular city council meeting. Firefighter Zach DeLong will be sworn in for the Taylorville Fire Department. After approval of minutes, some business development district ordinances will be approved.  The board will look at some motions.  One of the motions that will be discussed is improvements to the city hall and Esther Street alley and approval of some contract change orders and payments.


The board will also discuss a motion approving a liquor/gaming license for a gaming parlor and smoke shop to be located where the former Pizza Hut building is located.  The board will also discuss bidding a Wyandotte Alley drainage project. 


Under committee reports, the board will look at a motion to raise video gaming terminal fees from $25 to $250. The board will also discuss approving a contribution of $7,500 to the Optimist Club for fireworks on the fourth of July. The board will look at removing some no parking signs on the 200 Block of West Esther and advertise for an auditor for Taylorville. 


The board will look to hire some seasonal/summer help and allow the sewer department to purchase a 6” Sewer Pump.  The board will hear from the public and from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News at the conclusion of today’s meeting for a full wrap-up of the event. 

Social Security Office Closed for Maintenence

The Social Security office in Springfield is closed for the time being.


Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers says most matters can be handled on-line or over the phone.

Learn more, at ssa.gov or call 800-772-1213. Meyers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

4-H YQCA Training Registration Open Now

Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery County 4-H Club members showing livestock this summer must complete a training. 


Youth Development Educator Sara Marten says that this is a requirement. 

This is a requirement for members showing beef, dairy, goat, sheep, or swine. Register at yqcaprogram.org


Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Two Taylorville Residents Arrested On Various Methamphetamine Charges

Two Taylorville residents were arrested after the Emergency Response Team and Community Action Team executed a search warrant.  40 year old Justin L. Moma and 39 year old Casey D. Moma of Taylorville were both arrested and charged with armed violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to deliver, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, and other charges expected, according to Christian County State's Attorney John McWard.  


According to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, both subjects have felony convictions from the US Attorney's Office and have spent time in federal prison for methamphetamine-related charges.  TPD thanked Assumption and Kincaid Police Departments for their assistance in the arrest, and for State's Attorney McWard for his assistance with the charges. 



Juvenile Arrested In Taylorville For Child Pornography

A juvenile is in a detention center Friday evening after an arrest in Taylorville for child pornography. According to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, TPD conducted a month long investigation with the help of the Illinois Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.   After receiving enough evidence, members of the Emergency Response Team conducted a search warrant to seize various items of evidence and the juvenile was taken into custody and charged.


The juvenile is currently detained at a juvenile detention center. TPD thanked the Attorney General's Office and State's Attorney John McWard for assistance on the arrest and enforcement. 

Taylorville Man Receives Probation For School Threat

A Taylorville man has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an incident late last year at Taylorville High School.  18-year-old Payton L. Chronister pleaded guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct, a class IV Felony. Chronister was sentenced to 18 months probation and four days in jail with credit for two days served.  He is also ordered to pay fines, assessments, and other fees.  The plea deal was approved by Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison.  


The incident occurred on November 3rd, 2022, when staff at Taylorville High School alerted police about a threat in the bathroom at the Taylorville High School.  After going to the men’s restroom, they found a statement that said there was a school shooter in the building.  Chronister was identified as the person who wrote it in the bathroom. 


Christian County Judge Brad Paisley told Chronister, “I'm assuming this is a one-time stupid kid prank, and I’m not going to have to see you again.” To which Chronister replied, “Yes, your honor.” 

Pana School District Announces Students Of The Month For January

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR along with People's Bank and Trust are recognizing the Pana Students of the Month for January. The January Pana Students of the Month are Madyx Angel, Lauren Ambrose, Chloe Bland, and Aryn Alde.


L- R: Freshman Madyx Angel; Sophomore Lauren Ambrose; Junior Chloe Bland; Senior Aryn Alde; People’s Bank and Trust Representative Jennifer Mathis 

TSD Announces Students Of The Month For January

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for January. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. This month freshman Lauren Metcalf, Sophomore Kyleigh Heimsness, Junior Brock Daugherty, and Senior Analysa Harden were recognized. 


Taylorville Kiwanis Honor "Community Hero of the Month", Hear from ISP Rep at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored their January “Community Hero of the Month” and heard about the Illinois State Police, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Vickie Jackson (left), the Executive Director of the SHADOW Home for Women and Children, was honored as the January “Kiwanis Community Hero of the Month.   She’s lead the efforts at the Home for over 4 years, and has been a volunteer since the Home was founded 20 years ago.  Kiwanis President-Elect Chuck Martin (right) presented a certificate to Jacksone.



Program Speaker for Tuesday’s meeting was Master Sergeant Todd Armstrong (left) with the Commercial Vehicle Section of the Illinois State Police.  Armstrong told Kiwanis members he’s been with the I-S-P some 24 years and leads a team of officers statewide dedicated to Commercial Vehicle Safety.   Kiwanis Program Speaker Brad Davis is at the right.


Armstrong added some of the duties of he and his unit include verifying commercial vehicle drivers are qualified to operate a vehicle, checking log books and electronic logging devices, and physically inspecting trucks.   Armstrong said fines from overweight vehicles generated some 14-point-2 million dollars in fines last year, with the money going to the state’s Highway Road General Fund.  Armstrong told Kiwanis members that 160 people died as a result of commercial vehicle crashes last year.


The public is reminded to put Saturday, April 29th on their calendar, to attend the annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the Moose Lodge.  Ticket information will be forthcoming.


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.   

Diabetes and Heart Health

Type II Diabetes presents a major risk to heart health. 


During American Heart Month, Memorial Health calls attention to the risks diabetes can present. 

That’s Sarah Tierney, Certified Diabetes Educator. 


She says diabetes happens when your body can no longer process sugar properly. 

Tierney recommends proper screening to detect pre-diabetes. 

If you take action early enough, you can even reverse pre-diabetes. 

Tierney appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

GTCC Holding 9th Annual Scholarship Awareness Day

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce holding its 9th annual Scholarship Awareness Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 7th, at Taylorville High School. 


Chamber Executive Director Linda Allen says that it’s a great opportunity for students to prospect community scholarship opportunities. 

Allen says this is also a great opportunity for local business to display their scholarship. 

Allen provides a list of scholarships students will find Tuesday. 

She says that this scholarship awareness day benefits the entire community. 

Learn more at taylorvillechamber.com. Allen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 

St. Louis Dairy Council Offering Tips for Healthier Lifestyle

St. Louis Dairy Council wants you to have the healthiest year ever. 


Registered Dietitian Monica Nyman says this can be easy when you balance what you eat. 

Measuring your portions can show you exactly how much you’re eating. 

Nyman makes her pitch for dairy contributing to a healthier lifestyle. 

Nyman acknowledges that convincing your family to eat healthy can be easier said than done, but she has some tips. 

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

TPD Announces Officers Of The Year

Two Police Officers were chosen as Officers of the Year for 2022.  Sergeant Jeremy Alwerdt and Christian Nelson were recognized by Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler. Chief Wheeler says that Sergeant Nelson’s leadership skills, passion for being on the Emergency Response Team, CAT Team, and his work with the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is commendable. 


Chief Wheeler also praised Sergeant Alwerdt and his work on Platoon C, a team leader, and trainer for the ERT, CAT, and attending advanced courses. The Police Chief continued by commending Sergeant Alwerdt and his passion for helping others, his dedication to being a K9 handler, and his exemplifying innovative skills to being a great leader and service to Taylorville.


Chief Wheeler praised both men by thanking them both for their fidelity, steadiness, and desire to help their Officers excel and help the department run effectively. We here at Regional Radio News congratulate both Sergeants Jeremy Alwerdt and Christian Nelson!

TMH and U of I Extension Presenting Cooking for the Heart: Air Frying

February is American Heart Month. 


Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois Extension Office of Christian County are bringing a heart-smart cooking course using this modern kitchen appliance – an air fryer. 

That’s Lisa Peterson, extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator. She welcomes all skill levels to Cooking for the Heart from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st. 

Sarah Tierney, Registered Diabetes Educator for Memorial Health, says that an air fryer can assist a healthier lifestyle. 

Community Outreach Director for TMH, Darren Buttz, hopes you can make it to the free course at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. 

Register when you call the Christian County Extension Office, 217-287-7246 or online at go.illinois.edu/airfrytmh


Buttz, Tierney, and Peterson appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

You Can Obtain Your Baby's Social Security Card Right Away

Expecting parents should know they can obtain their child’s social security card and number right away. 

That’s Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers.


He says that while this is an easy process, there are a couple of rare circumstances where this won’t work. 

Having your child’s social security number early in their life will allow you you to do a variety of helpful things. 

Once that card arrives, Meyers recommends you keep it in a safe spot. 

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

LLCC Taylorville Offering Personalized Orientation

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville hosting a series of events to help prospective students prepare for class. 


That’s according to director Dee Krueger. 

She says that this is an opportunity to experience one-on-one mentoring preparing you for class. 

This is a great chance for you to get ready for Summer Quarter classes. 

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

Republicans Concerned Over New Laws For Wind & Solar Farms

A Bill has been put into law that will set statewide standards for wind and solar farm siting.  Governor JB Pritzker says the law is necessary so projects can’t be held hostage by local opponents.  Those opposed to the bill say they are concerned the state is making decisions that should be made at local levels.


This new law will prevent any local ordinance from being more restrictive than the new state standards. Charlie Meier, a Republican from Okawville, says that with the state taking away the county zoning for wind and solar, he’s worried about his constituents in the 109th district.



The bill was signed into law on Friday. 

HSHS Welcomes New Neurology Provider To Taylorville

Taylorville has a new neurology provider.  Kristy Shafer, APRN, an HSHS Medical Group neurology provider is now seeing patients at HSHS Medical Group Neuroscience Specialty Clinic in Taylorville at 1304 West Burnett Drive. Shafer also sees patients at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care in Decatur. 


Shafer provides general neurology care and diagnoses and treats conditions including headaches, dementia, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois.  She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  


To schedule an appointment, contact your primary care provider about a referral.  If you have questions, please call 217-329-1000. 

Sullivan Man Charged In Tolley Cemetery Vandalism Incident

A Sullivan man has been charged after vandalism in Tolley Cemetery near Moweaqua. According to Shelby County State's Attorney Nichole Kroncke, 50-year-old Steven Decker of Sullivan, Illinois was charged with the offenses of Criminal Damage to property exceeding $1,000 but not exceeding $100,000.  This is a Class 3 felony with a sentencing range of 2-5 years in prison. Decker was also charged with driving while license revoked with three prior convictions for driving while revoked.  This is a class 4 felony and carries a sentencing range of 1-3 years in prison and a minimum term of 180 days in jail. 


The charges stem from an incident that took place between January 20th and 21st, 2023, when the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says that Decker damaged a chain link fence and gravestones in Tolley Cemetery at 2525 N. 1200 East Road, in Shelby County and that on the same date, Decker allegedly drove a GMC pickup truck on 1900 East Road when his driver’s license was revoked, having three prior convictions in Shelby County for driving while license revoked.


Decker will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on February 27th, 2023 at 10:30 AM.  Bond was set at $30,000. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. 

Christian County 4-H Offers Summer Camp

Christian County 4-H offers Summer Camp!

That’s Youth Development Educator Sara Marten. She adds that it’s in a convenient, yet remote, location. 

You don’t have to be part of 4-H to enroll in Summer Camp. 

Marten provides the registration details. 

Learn more at the Camp Corral website, or extension.illinois.edu. 


Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

LLCC TaylorvilleOffering Microsoft Office Trainings

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville offering Microsoft Office training courses. 

That’s Dee Krueger, director of LLCC in Taylorville. 


She wants you to sign up now. Registration is open for Word training courses. She adds that you could learn a lot more than Microsoft Word if you wanted to. 

Krueger says that this is a great opportunity to re-establish or learn skills that make you more employable. Krueger adds this is especially true for Excel. 

Krueger says that registration is open through most of February. 

Again, learn more at llcc.edu. Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Rep. Halbrook Announces Town Hall Series Slated for February

State Representative Brad Halbrook announcing a series of February town halls.

State Rep. Halbrook provides details on each town hall. 

He asks that you RSVP for any town hall. 

State Rep. Halbrook details possible topics of discussion. 

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

PBT Announces Promotions & Changes To The Consumer Banking Department

Pana, IL: Peoples Bank & Trust has announced the promotion of four key employees, Susan Palliser, McKennah Dugger, Angela Horath, and Haylee Ishmael. 


Susan Palliser has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking in Waverly and Palmyra. Sue joined the Bank in October 2011 as a Consumer Banker and was later promoted to Consumer Banking Officer.  In her role, Palliser will provide leadership to deliver exemplary quality banking services to consumer banking customers in the Waverly and Palmyra branch areas. 


McKennah Dugger has been promoted to Consumer Banker in Springfield. Dugger joined the Bank in May 2018 as a part-time teller in our Waverly office. Dugger was promoted to a Customer Service Representative position in 2020. In her new role, Dugger will be responsible for providing courteous, individualized, and comprehensive banking services to consumer banking customers in the Springfield branch area.


Jeff Grimmett, AVP Consumer Banker in Waverly, Springfield, and Palmyra has taken on a new role as an AVP, Consumer Banker in Taylorville, Springfield, and Morrisonville. Grimmett is a native of Waverly and has been with the Waverly branch since 2004. Grimmett says he is passionate about customer service and will continue to offer his expertise to PBT customers.


In the Operations Department, Angela Horath has been promoted to AVP, Deposit Operations. Horath originally joined the Bank in 2015 in Altamont as a teller and was later a Customer Service Representative.  She took a year off in 2020 and returned as a bookkeeper in June 2021. Horath has lived in Altamont for nine years with her husband and three children. She currently works in both the Altamont and Pana branches.  In her new role, Horath is responsible for the administration and implementation of the bank’s bookkeeping/operations department. She looks forward to helping this department run smoothly and taking care of the needs and problems of our customers.


Haylee Ishmael, a part-time teller in Pana has taken a full-time bookkeeping position in the Deposit Operations area.  Ishmael joined the Bank in April 2022. She is a Pana native and a graduate of Pana Sr. High School.  


“The talents and abilities of our employees are very valuable to our team.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of people to serve our customers now and in the future,” said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO “and I’m very pleased Sue, McKennah, Jeff, Angela and Haylee have agreed to assume even greater responsibility in our organization.”


Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.


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