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Damage From Severe Weather System In Central IL

Regional Radio news is tracking the following damage from the severe weather system that hit our listening area. Christian County EMA Director Jeff Stoner reports that there are a number of down power lines and tree limbs. He also reports that there is some structural damage to the fire house in Moweaqua. Continue to monitor Regional Radio News for more updates as the information becomes available.

Pana Mourns Loss Of Student

Pana School District is mourning the loss of a student Friday evening.  Superintendent Jason Bauer announced that a student has passed away on Friday. Pana School District has actived their crisis counseling team to be at Pana Jr. High School on Saturday, April 1st, 2023 from 9 AM until Noon. 

The district is not releasing the name of the student at this time out of respect for the privacy of the family.  Bauer encourages thoughts and prayers for the school district during this time. We here at Regional Radio News mourns with Pana School District and the entire community of Pana. 

To see Jason Bauer's press release, click here

LLCC Aviation Program Training Aircraft Mechanics

Those interested in airplanes have an opportunity to work on them. 


Lincoln Land Community College’s Aviation Program, which trains aircraft mechanics, opens its registration in April. 


Program Director Dave Pietrzak says you will be ready to take the required exams by the end of the program. 

Pietrzak says aircraft mechanics are in high demand.

Pietrzak has a ton of experience working on aircraft.

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

Kincaid Power Outages

Ameren is reporting over 200 power outages in Kincaid. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for complete coverage of the March 31st storms. 

Pana Spring Market is This Saturday

The Pana Spring Market starts 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1st. 


No, it’s not an April Fools Day Joke, says co-chair Ashley Christian.

Christian anticipates over 40 vendors to show up at the Pana High School gymnasium. 

Christian hopes the Pana Spring Market can donate some money towards the Pana Pool project. They’re working with Pana Pride to make this happen. 

If you’re not interested in shopping, you’re missing out, but Christian has volunteer opportunities for you. 

The market wraps up at 1 p.m., just in time for the Pana Easter Egg Hunt. Learn more on the Pana Market Facebook page. 


Christian appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

THS Jazz Band Recognized

Three Taylorville High School Jazz Band members were recently notified of “Outstanding Performer” Awards they received when the Taylorville High School Jazz Band performed at the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival on February 11, 2023. Pictured from left to right are: Justin Champley, Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos and Tripp Pelichoff. The THS Jazz Band has had a successful season with many outstanding performances and many members receiving special recognition.

Taylorville Recreation Director Tackles Pool Referendum Misinformation

As the April 4th Consolidated Election nears, Recreation Director of the Taylorville Park District Bailey Hancock is concerned about some of the misinformation spreading concerning the Manner’s Park Pool Referendum. 


First, she wants to be clear about what Burbatch Aquatics role is in this potential project. 

Hancock clarifies that Burbatch is not the contractor who will construct the pool if the referendum passes. She says that the bidding process will open to all contractors in the surrounding area.

The park district recently sent a letter explaining the tax ramifications of the project if the referendum succeeds. 

As for the profitability of the pool, Hancock says that subject is a non-starter, because the benefit to the community pays for itself and then some. 

Hancock says that there is a high chance the Park District will be forced to shutter the Manners Park Pool gates for good if the referendum does not pass. 


She asks that you do not hesitate to reach out or visit the Save Manners Park Pool Facebook page if you have any questions or concerns. 


Hancock appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County EMA Anticipating Severe Weather Friday

There’s a chance for severe weather Friday. 


National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center indicates an enhanced risk for extreme winds and a 10 percent chance of tornadoes in Central Illinois Friday evening. 


In Christian County, Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Stoner anticipates the system to hit around 7 p.m. 

If you hear the severe weather siren, Stoner wants you to seek shelter immediately. 

Preferably, Stoner wants you to take shelter in a basement, but he has other recommendations. One option includes a local fire house. 

Stoner also recommends you keep a weather radio near by and pay attention to the Christian County EMA Facebook page. 


You can find severe weather coverage on any of the Miller Media Group radio stations or at taylorvilledailynews.com.

March Is Caffeine Awareness Month

March is Caffeine Awareness Month and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and HSHS Medical Group want to share how the stimulant can affect your brain and body. The FDA estimates that 80% of US Adults consume caffeine daily.  Although it can help with alertness, health experts say overdoing it can cause dangerous side effects including increased risk of heart attack, increased blood pressure, insomnia, skin aging, and wrinkling.


Stacey Waddington, a PA-C, with HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health says that caffeine is a stimulant that causes physical effects such as increased heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure. One known effect of caffeine is the negative stimulation of the adrenal glands which sit on the kidneys and have a role in releasing hormones when confronted by stress.  Caffeine can stimulate these glands to release adrenaline into the body.  


The FDA recommends no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine daily for adults and less is recommended for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine.  The amount of caffeine varies in different food and drink. For instance, one 8-oz cup of black coffee has 95 mg, one 8-ounce energy drink has between 50-250 mg, and one 8-ounce cup of energy coffee has 145 mg of caffeine. 


Waddington says to drink more water to avoid dehydration and cut back gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as headache and anxiety. She encourages you to cut back gradually. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with an HSHS Medical Group primary care physician or provider, call Patient Advocate Kim Schneider at 844-520-8897.  To learn more about HSHS Medical Group, visit hshsmedicalgroup.org. You can also visit hshsgoodshepherd.org. 

Taking Care of Your Skin During Warmer Months

As the days get longer, it’s a good reminder that sun exposure increases, too. 


HSHS Medical Group Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Page says that it’s important to protect your skin when you are exposed to its harmful rays. 

While you may want to get your tan on, Dr. Page highly recommends against it. 

If you feel you might have a cancerous spot, then Dr. Page recommends you give HSHS Good Shepherd, or a dermatologist, a call. 

If it is cancerous, then Dr. Page says he has two goals as a surgeon. 

Learn more at hshsgoodshepherd.org. Page appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Shelbyville Student Of The Month Announced For March

The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for March 2023 were presented with their awards recently. Congratulations to Lily Price, Kenna Prosser, Millie Clark, and Liv Young. 


Freshman - Lily Price, Sophomore - Kenna Prosser, Junior - Millie Clark, and Far right - Senior Liv Young


THS Jazz Band Musicians Receive Recognition at Festival

The Taylorville High School Jazz Band performed at the 2023 Regional Essentially Ellington Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on Friday, March 24. Six members of the THS Jazz Band received special recognition for their outstanding performance at the festival: Jay Bliler, piano; Tripp Pelichoff, bass; Lydia Hopkins, drums; Lucas Carnahan, guitar; Rhyker Wicks, trumpet; and Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos, tenor saxophone.


The THS Jazz Band performed Tippin’ On The Q.T. by Buck Clayton, Portrait of Sydney Bechet by Duke Ellington and Check Your Swing by Doug Beach. They received high marks and praise for their performance from clinicians Jason Swagler, Director of Jazz Studies at SIUE, Rick Haydon, professor of jazz emeritus SIUE, and Brett Stamps, former Director of Jazz Studies at SIUE. While at the festival, jazz band members took part in master classes and jam sessions as well as their festival performance. The THS Jazz Band performed with guest artist Garrett Schmidt, professor of jazz studies and trumpet instructor at SIUE at the closing concert Friday night.

THS SOM Recognized For March

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for March. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for March are Carleigh Owens, Drake Howard, Derek Armistead, and Curt Hunsley. 



Macon County Conservation: Mark Your Calendar for April 22nd

Spring is in full swing for the Macon County Conservation District. 


Director of Program Services Alysia Callison is preparing for the Festival of Spring starting at noon, Saturday, April 22nd at the Rock Springs Nature Center. 

Callison expects a variety of groups to show up at the Festival of Spring. 

April 22nd is also Earth Day. Macon County Conservation District offers a Sangamon River Cleanup starting at 10 a.m. at the Rock Springs Nature Center. 

For the early birds, you can observe an expert tagging song birds at 8 a.m. that same day. 

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

Shelby Electric Warning Of Phone Scams

Shelby Electric Coop is warning against scams after a woman was called and informed that she needed to give personal information over the phone in order to take care of late fees. Kevin Bernson, Vice President, Media and Public Relations, says that it’s something that people need to be aware of. 



Bernson says if you do receive one of those phone calls, you should hang up and call Shelby Electric back. 



Bernson continued by stressing, that Shelby Electric only sends out automated messages. So be on the lookout for those kinds of messages.



For more information on phone scams visit https://www.shelbyenergy.com/beware-scams. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From Faith Bible Christian Academy Principal, Recognizes Perfect Attenders at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the principal at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Matt Houser (right) spent over 10 years overseas on missions in 16 countries, and 6 years working at a crisis center, before coming to Rosamond and becoming principal of the Christian school there.    Houser told Kiwanis members that F-B-C-A provides classes for pre-school thru 12th graders, with 134 students attending from 22 area communities.  He invited Kiwanis members to an open house at the school on April 4th at 5pm.


Houser also gave a presentation on 3 Leadership Lessons, which include:  Create more leaders, not followers; you ain’t got nothin’ if you ain’t got trust; and invest in children.


Kiwanis member Adam Jeffrey (left) was Tuesday's program chair.


Jeffrey also spoke about the club’s ongoing “2 for 2” membership drive. Brenda Spurling was presented a gift card for her membership efforts.


Kiwanis member and historian Dick Wamsley gave perfect attendance awards to Dean Ray for 18 years of attending Kiwanis meetings, and Chuck Martin for one year.  Wamsley himself has had perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings for some 32 years.


Kiwanis Key Club and Builder’s Club liaison Will Perkins announced Kiwanis members will be bringing pizzas to the High School Key Club this Friday.


The public is reminded of the annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast taking place Saturday, April 29th at the Moose Lodge.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or at the door.   The event is one of the largest fund-raisers of the year for the Kiwanis Club, providing monies for local projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, and Kiwanis 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.   

ZBA Meets; Approves Solar Project---Other Motions

The Christian County Zoning Board Of Appeals met on Tuesday evening and met for roughly 2 ½ hours to go over things that were brought to them including a motion on DC Transmission lines, Fork River Community Solar, and a special use permit for a new anhydrous ammonia plant. Jim Overholt announced that Jon Rosenthal who was on the board resigned, and that they need a new member to sit on the ZBA. 


The ZBA discussed DC Transmission Lines.  Board Member Venise McWard asked that the lines be buried and approved by a third party engineer.  Some ZBA members questioned who would be responsible if the lines were disrupted or if someone was hurt. After much discussion, the motion was approved to go to the County Board. 


The ZBA also heard a presentation from Simon Courtney with Fork River Community Solar. A discussion was held on what the return would be to the county, cashwise. The ZBA also wanted to make sure that everyone that was either on the property or near the property where the solar project would be done were aware. The motion was passed with the understanding that owners were aware of what was going on.


The ZBA also heard from Central Commodity who discussed a special permit for a new anhydrous ammonia plant which would be put in aprt of section 16 in township 13 north, range 3 west. Some members of the community spoke out in concern of the environment, smells, and being in the way.  Many in the audience said they liked the project just didn’t want it in that location. The motion passed. 


The next County Board Meeting is set for April 18th. 

Vietnam Veterans Ceremony Taking Place Wednesday Evening

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs along with American Legion Post 73, and the Military order of the Purple Heart, will host a Vietnam Veteran pinning ceremony in Taylorville to honor the service of Vietnam veterans and their families. 


National Vietnam War Veterans Day, designated every March 29th, is a day to honor all the men and women who served and sacrificed.  On this day, thousands of organizations from across the USA join to honor and thank over six million Vietnam War Veterans and nine million family members for their service and sacrifice. Every Vietnam Veteran, surviving spouse, or family member is properly welcomed home and receives a lapel pin as a small token of the Nation’s gratitude. 


The ceremony will take place on March 29th, 2023 at 6 PM at the American Legion Post 73, 110 West Franklin in Taylorville. Remarks will be offered by a representative from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Commander Dean Ray, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, and Colonel Robert Taylor USMC (ret). A complimentary dinner will follow the ceremony. 


Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Terry Prince says that recognizing Vietnam War Veterans and their families who served during a tumultuous time in history is a small gesture to welcoming our heroes home and recognizing their service and sacrifice. 

Taylorville School Board Vice President Seeking Re-Election

Current Vice President of the Taylorville School Board Dr. Ron Mizer is seeking re-election in the April 4th Consolidated Election. 

Dr. Mizer says that he has over 20 years of experience in education and that’s what separates him from other candidates. 

Dr. Mizer says that Taylorville School District has come a long way academically since he first started. 

Dr. Mizer says that understands how important Fine Arts and Sports are to the Taylorville Community. 

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

TMH Program Offers Behavioral Health Solutions for Seniors

Even elderly adults need help with their behavioral health, sometimes. 

Elizabeth Carriker is a therapist for Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions sector. 

Carriker says that Senior Life Solutions takes a comprehensive approach to its outpatient program. 

You can talk to your doctor to see if Senior Life Solutions is a good fit, but you can just give them a call yourself. 

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

Taylorville Park Board Approves Naloxone (Narcan) Kits in Manners and Jayne's Parks

Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening in the Manners Park Dining Hall for their regular monthly meeting. The board approved minutes from the February 27th board meeting and approved the Treasurer’s Report.


The board then heard from Jason Domonousky with the Christian County Prevention Coalition about installing Naloxone (Narcan) Kits at Manners Park and Jayne’s Park.



The water tight boxes also contain instructions in the door on how to administer naloxone (Narcan). Naloxone is a safe medicine and will not harm someone that has not taken opioids and it does not produce a “high.”  



The board passed the motion to make the boxes available at both Manners Park and Jayne’s Park.


Under new business, the board authorized the transfer of the Pool Renovation Fund from the General Fund Account to a separate fund account.


Under old business, the board approved setting permanent posts along park property lines to give a clear visual as to what is park property.


The board heard reports from the Maintenance Superintendent and Office Administrator and then Recreation Director Bailey Hancock gave an update on the Park Pool Referendum.



You can see a copy of the updated letters that were sent out below.



You can find more information about the Pool Referendum on the Save Manners Park Pool Facebook page. 


The board also approved the Payment of Bills from the Finance Committee and then moved into an Executive Session.


The next Park Board meeting is set for April 24th. 

Rosenthal Looking For Increase To Veteran Small Business Cap

State Representative Wayne Rosenthal passed his first bill out of the Illinois House since being elected for this term. 


House Bill 2288 is a veteran related measure.  To qualify as a Veteran Owned Business and participate in the program, a business must meet a number of requirements, including the requirement that annual gross sales be less than $75 million. 


There have been fewer participating businesses than expected with 34 prequalified and certified firms for FY21, out of 224 certified businesses in the Veteran Owned Business Program. 



Since this law was enacted in 2011, there has been significant inflation costs and increases and the $75 million cap prevents some from participating. State Rep Rosenthal is trying to raise that to $150 million. 


Rosenthal is now in his 2nd run as State Representative after previously serving the house from 2011-2015.

Shopko Optical Closes Taylorville Location

Regional Radio News has learned that Shopko Optical in Taylorville closed their Springfield Road location permanently on March 17th.

In a statement on their web site, they're referring patients they saw to Great Rivers Eye Care in Jerseyville.

Shopko Optical came to Taylorville during the first quarter of 2022.

Shelbyville Manor - More Than Assisted Living

Shelbyville Manor offers a variety of senior-living options, but they also offer lifestyle options. 

Brittany Reynolds, Director of Marketing, says their Bounce Back Program is very popular. 

Their Memory Lane is a relatively new project managing memory-related ailments. 

Reynolds add that Shelbyville Manor is more than a nursing facility. 

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

Comments Being Sought In Local Abandoned Mines

President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act or IIJA is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to accept public comment through April 30th about the abandoned mine lands reclamation projects. 


The IDNR was awarded $75.7 million for land and water reclamation work at 55 abandoned mines throughout Illinois.  IDNR Is eligible to receive $75.7 million per year for a  total of 15 years through the IIJA. The abandoned mine land program addresses environmental and safety problems at coal and non-coal mines that were abandoned prior to August 3rd, 1977.  


In Montgomery County, Freeman Coal Co. Crown #1 is treating 58 gallons per minute of acid mine drainage and Litchfield Mine is sealing a vertical opening and a former well.  These problems are located near a public golf course. 


Comments will be accepted until May 22nd, 2023, and can be emailed to Lance.L.Range@illinois.gov or mailed to Lance Range, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield IL 62702. 

Shelbyville Insurance Has Variety of Strategies to Save You Money

In the midst of rising prices, insurance prices are going up, too. 


Derek Hayden, Risk Advisor for Shelbyville Insurance, has a few ways to reduce insurance costs. 

Another way to save money on insurance involves picking the best deductible. 

Risk Architecht Garrett Ulmer recommends a safe driver discount.

For drivers on your policy that are still in school, you can lower your plan with a good student discount. 

Learn more at shellbyvilleins.com. Ulmer and Hayden appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

CCYMCA's Sustaining Kids Drive Starts in April

The Christian County YMCA holds its annual Strong Kids Sustaining Drive next month. 


Bruce Blanshan, Director, says that it’s about making sure the ‘Y’ has equitable access. 

Learn more at ccymca.org. Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Cream of the Crop Photo Contest Open Now

Illinois State Treasurer’s Office encouraging youth to submit photos that relate to agriculture for the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. 

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says that youth ages 8 to 18 can learn more at CreamOfTheCropContest.com. Submissions are due June 12th. Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 

People's Bank & Trust Unveils 'Save by Spending' Program

You can save for whatever life’s obstacles may be with People’s Bank & Trust. 


Consumer Banker Jeff Grimmett says the “Save by Spending” program builds savings for you every time you use your debit card for non-pin transactions. 

Call People’s Bank & Trust at 888-PBT-1954. Grimmett appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

School Board Candidate Ann Chandler Preaches Fiscal Responsibility

Ann Chandler has nearly 40 years of education experience and she’s running for Taylorville School Board of Education as part of the April 4th Consolidated Election. 

Chandler says she’s running because she’s concerned about the district’s fiscal health. 

As a former school superintendent, Chandler says that she has a lot of experience improving fiscal health. 

Outside of general fiscal health, Chandler is also concerned with the way the district has handled the fiscal situation of the potential fine arts and sports complex. 

Chandler wants you to know that you can only pick two candidates for the school board when you vote by April 4th. She appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County 4-H Public Speaking Contest Results

Christian County 4-H held their Public Speaking Contest, Monday, March 20th. 

Sara Marten, 4-H Youth and Development Educator, describes the four categories. 

The State Public Speaking Contest takes place in April for Drew Mickey, Olive Ryan, and Reagan Funderburk. 

Blue ribbon recipients include Mickey, Funderburk, Olive and Opal Ryan, Ben Wamsley Hayden Funderburk, and Adelaide Dunkirk. 


Regional Radio News congratulates all participants for their efforts. 


Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County State's Attorney Issues Statement On Klekamp Plea

Christian County State's Attorney John McWard has issued a statement on the plea deal taken by Richard Klekamp.  Please see below.


As the Chief Legal Officer for the County, it is my duty to see over justice for our greater Christian County Community. Upon taking office in November of 2022, I was presented with the task of reviewing the multitude of cases that were pending before our Court with the focal point of seeking justice for victims of crimes.
Yesterday, March 22, 2023, Richard J. Klekamp, Jr. plead guilty to Count V, Second Degree Murder. While the public is not privy to the information contained in any files, I was elected and trusted to be the representative of Christian County’s Criminal Justice System. One of those tasks includes evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the Klekamp murder. As charged, the State would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Klekamp, at the time of the killing, was not under an intense passion resulting from a serious provocation by the victim, Alter Ivy.
At the time of the murder, Richard Klekamp’s brother and mother were being severely beaten by the victim, Alter Ivy. This, among other evidence of prior instances of Alter Ivy and his aggressiveness towards the Klekamp family would come out at trial. The cumulative evidence that would be presented at trial would overwhelmingly outweigh a verdict of First Degree Murder.
However, after review of the evidence and hours of conversation with Special Prosecutor Havera, a plea of guilt to Second Degree Murder is justice for the Ivy family. With this plea, Christian County is reminded that guns and violence in our community will not be tolerated.
I would like to thank all responding agencies, which included ISP and Christian County Sheriff’s Department. But specifically Chief Dwayne Wheeler of Taylorville Police Department and his officer's who secured justice on behalf of the Ivy family. Finally, I would like to thank Special Prosecutor Mike Havera, former Christian County State’s Attorney, for his guidance, wisdom and direction to ensure justice for the Ivy family.



To see the original Press release, click here

2022 Christian County Final Multiplier Announced

Christian County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the multiplier, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s taxing districts overlap into two or more counties.


Under a law passed in 1975 property in Illinois should be assessed at 1/3rd of its market value.  Farm property is assessed differently than regular property, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland assessed at 1/3 of its agriculture economic value.  Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor.


Assessments in Christian County are at 33.12 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2019, 2020, and 2021.  The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2022 taxes, payable in 2023.  Last year’s equalization factor was also 1.0000. The final assessment equalization factor was issued after a public hearing on the tentative factor.  The tentative factor issued in November 2022 was 1.0000. 


The equalization factor is determined by comparing the price of individual property sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor. If this three-year average level of assessment is 1/3 of the market value, the assessment level will be 1. A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens. 


The individual’s portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier. 

Attorney General Announces $1.6 Billion in State Revenue in 2022

Attorney General Kwame Raoul presented the proposed budget for the Attorney General’s office for the next fiscal year to lawmakers on Wednesday in Springfield. Raoul announced to a legislative committee that his office collected nearly $1.6 billion in revenue on behalf of the state through litigation and collection efforts in 2022. The revenue collected for the state by the Attorney General’s office shows that for every dollar of taxpayer funding the office received in Fiscal Year 2022, it generated $39.52 for the state.


“The Attorney General’s office has remained steadfast in our work to protect consumers, support victims of violent crime, apprehend offenders who prey on children online, and enhance public safety throughout Illinois,” Raoul said. “We are able to do this critical work while bringing needed revenue into the state, and I look forward to building upon our efforts to improve the quality of life in every part of Illinois.”


In 2022, the Attorney General’s office was able to bring in $304 million through collections litigation, including cases involving the collection of funds for damage to state property, child support enforcement, fines, and penalties. The Attorney General’s office also collected more than $807 million through tobacco litigation and more than $456 million in estate tax revenues.


In addition to recoveries for the state, the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau mediated more than 20,000 complaints in 2022. The bureau provided more than $8 million in mediated savings for Illinois consumers and secured more than $207 million through enforcement actions.

Taylorville Man Pleads Guilty To 2021 Murder

A Taylorville man who allegedly murdered a 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder. Richard Klekamp Jr. appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon and plead guilty in front of Judge J. Marc Kelly. Counts 1-4 of the charges including 1st degree murder and attempted murder along with aggravated battery were dropped as part of the plea deal. Klekamp agreed to the proposed sentence cap of 15 years for the charge of 2nd-degree murder. The court agreed to the plea deal.


To see the legislation on 2nd degree murder, click here


Klekamp allegedly got into an altercation with 17-year-old Alter E. Ivy II in May of 2021. Two teenagers were shot during the incident. 


The matter is set for a pretrial status on April 28th. 

Zeitler Pretrial Continued

A Taylorville woman accused of wire fraud with the YMCA has had her case continued.  Lori Zeitler is accused of five counts of wire fraud when she was a bookkeeper for the YMCA from 2005-2018. Zeitler was set to appear in Federal Court on March 23rd.  According to case files, that case has been continued until May 25th at 9 AM in front of Judge Karen McNaught.  The Jury trial which was set for April 4th has been canceled and reset for June 6th, 2023 in front of Judge Sue Myerscough. 


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it becomes available. 

Taylorville Mayor: We Need a New Pool

The April Consolidated Election in Taylorville asks property owners a big question: Should taxes raises on property within the Taylorville Park District in order to fund the construction of a new pool? 


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that having a pool in town is a huge deal. 

Mayor Barry says that, from what he understands, if the referendum does not pass, then it’s possible Taylorville does not have a pool anymore. 

At their city council meeting Monday Night, the Park District asked for support from the city. 


Mayor Barry acknowledges that nobody wants to pay higher taxes, but the park district is running out of options. 

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

Central Commodity FS Going Strong One Year In

One year in, and Central Commodity FS has had quite the journey. 


Mark Bowman is the manager of Central Commodity, and he says the first year with the new branding went well. 

Central Commodity FS is formerly known as the Christian County Farmer’s Supply Company. They hope to provide Christian County a reliable source of fuel, fertilizer, and the ability to increase selling capacity. Learn more at centralcommodityfs.com. 


Bowman appeared as a guest on the WTIM Ag Day Broadcast Tuesday. 

WTIM Ag Day: Christian County Farm Bureau Improving Farm Life

The Christian County Farm Bureau educates and supports farmer interests when change must happen. 


Matt Heberling, President of CCFB, says that’s their goal when they visit events like the Illinois Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference. 

Ultimately, farm bureaus around Illinois hope they can improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich farm family life. Learn more at christiancofb.com. Heberling appeared as a guest on the WTIM Ag Day Broadcast Tuesday. 

East Wing Demolition Approved; Future Plans Uncertain for Taylorville School Board

Approximately 200 people appeared at the Taylorville School Board meeting Tuesday Night.


During public comments, multiple people spoke in support of including a fine arts auditorium in the plans for a new sports complex. 


The building committee recently unveiled a draft that excluded an auditorium. Building Committee Chair Rick Bryan explained the board only has $18.5 million to spend and low bids came in millions of dollars higher for both the auditorium and the field house.

A 2019-2020 All-State Jazz Band Member, Kim Howard, who now coaches track at Taylorville Junior High School, wants a decision that benefits all students. 

Susan Grace, a retired vocal music teachers, spoke about the legacy fine arts has had on Taylorville's students.

With dozens of student-athletes at her back, sophomore Mazie Flemming spoke about the importance of a field house. 

Eventually, board members approved a bid to demolish the east wing, and accepted a bid for classrooms, then instructed the architect for the project to visualize concepts for a field house that includes four basketball courts and a regulation track. 


As of the end of the meeting, plans are still unofficial for the auditorium or field house.


After the 45 minute public comment hearing ended, the board reviewed communications, where Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty recognized Anita Brown and the cast of the recent musical Annie. Dr. Dougherty also recognized staff and students. 


The next board meeting is Tuesday, April 18th. 

Christian County Board Meets Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening. There was quite a large crowd on hand, so the meeting was held in the courthouse. The CO2 pipelines and wind solar projects were some of the main topics of the meeting. First, CTI gave an update on the cybersecurity project update. The board heard from Thomas Snyder Jr. to give some updates from highway and grounds.



Clint Epley gave an update on Executive/Personnel.



The motion passed. The board also approved hiring a new Animal Control Director at $45,000. Chairman Bryan Sharp said he would begin looking immediately and they were hoping to hire internally. The board also heard from State’s Attorney John McWard who encouraged the Board from supporting the coalition to stop CO2 pipelines.  He said he had no issues with individuals supporting it but felt that it would go against the message the whole group was conveying. 



The State of Illinois is pushing through a new bill that will give the State control over where CO2 pipelines will go and what guidelines will be set for wind and solar. Some of the counties are getting together to fight back against the potential new bill. The big concern is imminent domain. 



The board approved supporting this plan. The next County Board meeting is set for April 18th. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hear From Former Taylorville Native Coming Back Home to Develop Downtown, At Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a former Taylorville native that’s coming back home to invest in the community, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Cindy Frisina (left) founded Heartland Development Partners to attract development dollars into a plan for improving downtown Taylorville.  Frisina’s family owned the former Frisina Motor Hotel which was the original location for Kiwanis meetings when the club was founded in 1954.


Frisina’s company has already purchased several downtown buildings with the intent of turning each into destinations to attract people from both inside and outside Taylorville.  She added that the projects she has begun are currently on schedule.


Program chair for Tuesday's meeting was Kiwanis member Will Perkins (right).


During Tuesday’s meeting, it was announced that the Kiwanis Club will again be a part of the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park.   Kiwanis member Adam Jeffrey is overseeing the club’s participation in the event.


Kiwanis members were reminded of the upcoming Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 29th at the Moose Lodge.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or at the door.   The event is one of the largest fund-raisers of the year for the Kiwanis Club, providing monies for local projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, and Kiwanis 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.   

City of Tovey Under Boil Order

The city of Tovey is under a boil order until further notice. Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  


If you have any questions, please call Jim at 237-4463. 

CCYMCA Youth 3-On-3 Basketball March Madness Registration Closes Wednesday

Christian County YMCA searching for more 3-on-3 youth basketball teams for its tournament this weekend. 

They are ready to bring it back for the second consecutive year after a slight hiatus. There were a few bumps in the road last year. Blanshan says they’re ready to adapt this year. 

Blanshan says that they had a lot of success last year. 

Grades 1 through 8 are eligible for this tournament, with teams up to four members. Register by the end of the business day Wednesday, March 22nd. 


Learn more at ccymca.org. Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Board To Meet This Evening

The Christian County Board is set to meet this evening at 6:30 PM. After approval of the minutes, the board will hear from the public, review appointments, and go over a project update from CTI.  Under highway, the board will hear some ARPA requests, and go over zoning, solid waste, and highway business, the board will also hear from animal control and go over courthouse needs.


Under executive, the board will get an EMA Update, ZBA referrals, and discuss the Animal Control Director Position. Under finance, the board will approve claims, discuss the sale of delinquent property, and discuss any referrals.


Under new business, the board will look to fill the Animal Control Director Position, discuss the Navigator Heartland Greenway pipeline, hear from the coalition to stop the pipeline, go over the States Attorney update on wind/solar, discuss the new CO2 bill, and hear consideration of resolutions pertaining to wind, solar, and carbon.  


The next board meeting is on April 18th.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for a complete review of the meeting following the conclusion of the event. 

Illinois Treasurer's Quest to Reunite Purple Hearts with Families Continues

Illinois State Treasurer’s Office returned a Purple Heart to its rightful family earlier this month. 


State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says that his office returned the medal to the family of Kenneth R. Wiest. Wiest passed away at the age of 48 in 1998, and hardly ever mentioned his time in war.

Frerichs says that is common among purple heart recipients. 

For Wiest, his family also had very little information about what he went through. To make the quest to return the purple heart even tougher, there is zero identifying information on these medals. 

Frerichs adds that he’s still searching for the rightful owners of more medals. 

The State Treasurer’s Office recently made it easier to claim lost property, and even cash, through their iCash program. 

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

Taylorville School District Holds March Meeting

Taylorville School Board holds their regular monthly meeting this evening at 6 at the District Office building across from the high school. 


Board members will hear from visitors and go over communications before they review the consent agenda. Under the consent agenda, the board members will look over the last month’s meeting minutes, review and approve CLAIMS, the Treasurer’s Report, Personnel, and any overnight trips. 


Under Old Business, the board will recap its strategic plan report, the building committee reports, and the finance committee reports. 


For New Business, the board members will review the 2023-2027 TEA and TESP Negotiated Agreements. The board will also review IASA Annual Membership Renewal and the application for Visonway to join the IESA for sports. 


Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty will make her superintendent report before a possible executive session on a student disciplinary case. 


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

Taylorville City Council Approves Budgets; Hires New Police Officer

The City of Taylorville met for its regular city council meeting. After Taylorville Police Officer Troy Kissel was sworn in, the Aldermen heard from Bailey Hancock, Recreational Director of the Taylorville Park District on the new proposed swimming pool. Hancock says that she is not asking for help from the Council on the project, just support.



The project is expected to cost $7.2 million with a referendum being voted on in April. The referendum can only cover $6.5 million. After approval of minutes, the council approved some ordinances and heard from Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.



The Aldermen heard from Steve Craggs with Smalltown Taylorville to discuss a budget of $92,478. Craggs says that the results are proof that the money on advertising is working.



City Council approved that budget. The Aldermen also heard public comments from many members of the AFSCME Union who were upset about the dress code policy changes.  Some were upset at the policy in general, while others were more upset that policies were changed, without first notifying the union. 


The next City Council meeting is set for April 3rd. 

Former Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Director Arrested On Embezzlement Charges (With Updates)

A Taylorville woman was arrested on Monday following a months-long investigation for embezzlement/theft.  63-year-old Patty A. Hornbuckle was arrested following an investigation into the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.  According to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, the Chamber of Commerce contacted Taylorville Police regarding misconduct and theft.  After meeting with the chamber, police learned that the CEO had resigned abruptly, after running the chamber from 2012-2021. Members of the Chamber had allegedly questioned Hornbuckle about the misconduct.


Taylorville Police began the investigation and the Detective Division, along with other members of the department, worked to go through all of the paperwork.  Taylorville Police conducted a search warrant and arrest warrant for Hornbuckle. She was charged with embezzlement/theft (Exceeding $100,000 but not $500,000) and Deceptive Practice.  Chief Wheeler thanked States Attorney John McWard for reviewing the case and finding enough evidence for the warrants.   


Bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply.  The bond was posted and Hornbuckle's first appearance will be on April 20th, 2023


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it develops. G

Food Banks Just As Important In 2023

Food banks are an important program for many people who may need help providing a little extra to those who need it. Nancy Mills coordinator Methodist Church Community Food Bank. She says a big portion of the help that they get is from volunteers. 



The food bank picks up food and also does drop-offs as well.



Mills says she is appreciative of the support that she gets from everyone. 



The work never stops and Mills says that they stay quite busy.



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

Shelbyville Historical Society Switching To Summer Hours Soon

Every place should have a little history behind it, and knowing that history can be a fun exciting way to learn new things, study new topics, and enjoy doing research. Donna Lupton is with the Shelbyville Historical Society. She says they are currently in the old Shelbyville Jail. 



Obituaries play a big part in the historical society as well.



Lupton says they are currently on winter hours but will be switching over on April 1st.



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

4H Youth Educator Wins Award For Cooking

A team of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development educators earned the University of Illinois Extension Excellence in Innovation Award including Christian County's own Sara Marten.  Culture, Cuisine, and Conversation is a hands-on self-paced virtual learning program that explores the cooking and cuisine traditions of six countries.  Extension educators work with international partners to create videos of kitchen and grocery stores. 


Jamie Boas, Alcha Corban, Sara Marten, Myla Munro, and Mynda Tracy are all part of the team that developed the program.  They were honored during the 2022 Illinois Extension Annual Conference held in November in Urbana.  Marten serves Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties as the 4-H youth development educator. 


Marten praises the program saying that there is a need to build youth's capacity to embrace diverse audiences and learning about cultures around the world allows youth to break down barriers.  Travel restrictions and high costs make international travel hard. This program allows them to connect virtually. 


Every two weeks, participants worked through interactive lessons to make recipes at their own pace. They also explored food products unique to other countries. The awards were handed out during the group's Annual Conference in November in Urbana. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening.  The Oath of Office will be given to Police Officer Troy Kissel and the Taylorville Park District will present a proposal on Manner’s Park Pool. After the minutes are approved, the board will review some BDD approvals along with reviewing the planning commission recommendations. 


There will be a motion to approve “turning the town teal” from March 30th – May 1st for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the 9th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Car Cruise-In on June 24th, from Noon until 8 PM. The board will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. 


Under committee reports, the Aldermen will hear a motion on a survey for the new area of hunting ground at Lake Taylorville, potentially purchasing a 4WD Crew Cab, potentially purchasing a Millermatic Mig Welder, Land Pride Brush Cutter, and awarding bids for cabin cleaning and sanitation services.  Aldermen will also look to approve the survey of Block 41, approve some budgets, and approve an ordinance administering a 30% late penalty fee to license applicants who are delinquent in payment of license fees.  Under ordinances, the City Council is looking at placing a no parking sign on the east side of Clay Street from West Franklin to 3rd Street. 


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

U of I Professor Emeritus: Fate of No Cash Bail Uncertain

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the Safe T Act this week. 


University of Illinois Springfield Professor Emeritus Dr. Kent Redfield says that the biggest question is how a court with more Democrats than Republicans will interpret the state constitution. 

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

Tips to Mow Your Lawn

You might have started to notice your lawn is almost ready to mow. 


University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger has a few tips to keep in mind when you bust out the lawn mower for the first time. 

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

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar is Packed With Events

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce packed its March with events, and there are plenty more to look forward to in April. 


President Jennifer Franklin wants you to keep an eye on the community calendar. 

Executive Director Linda Allen wants you to know that anyone can advertise an event on the calendar. 

Franklin is already looking ahead to April. She says there should be a lot to do in the area for Easter. 

Meanwhile, Allen is looking forward to May when the Chamber hosts their 9th annual Spring Swing. 

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

House Passes Legislation Banning Cat Declawing

House lawmakers have passed legislation banning cat declawing. Declawing would be outlawed under the measure, except for certain medical reasons.  State Representative Barbara Hernandez is behind the measure saying that the procedure is cruel.



Certain opponents of the bill such as State Representative Charles Meier says there doesn’t need to be a ban on the procedure.



Violators could face fines starting at $500.  The bill passed the house 67-38 and now moves to the Senate for consideration. 

Meet CCSO Chief Deputy Jim Baker

Christian County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Baker has been part of the force for over 20 years, but he is relatively new to his role. 

Outside of his law enforcement duties, Baker is focused on helping the CCSO connect with the community. 


Baker is introducing a program that shares the same acronym as the Sheriff’s Office designed to connect the community. 

He says that connecting with the community is his favorite part of the job, but he still likes being able to support his other deputies. 

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp admires Baker’s work. 

Sheriff Kettelkamp and Chief Deputy Baker appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

CCSO Reminds Public to Stay Safe This Weekend

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to be safe this weekend, because on top of the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday, it’s also March Madness. 


Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has a few reminders. 

Chief Deputy Baker recommends you plan ahead. 

Chief Deputy Baker and Sheriff Kettelkamp appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Unemployment Numbers Falling

Unemployment rates have seen decreases in all 14 metropolitan areas in Illinois in January according to data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Jobs were up in all metro areas except one.  Deputy Governor, Andy Manar says that metro areas throughout the state are seeing consistent job growth across industry sectors. 


Decatur was one of the cities with the furthest decrease in unemployment as rates fell from 7% last year to 5.4% this year. Springfield went from 5.2% last year to 4.3% this year. Bloomington and Champaign were very similar as Bloomington went from 4.3% to 3.7% and Champaign went from 4.4%-3.8%. 


In Decatur, there were 2,413 unemployed people in the labor force in January of 2023.  The number of total nonfarm jobs in the Decatur Metro area increased by +800 compared to a year ago. Employment also increased in construction and mining, transportation, warehousing and utilities, government, leisure and hospitality, and other services. 


Payrolls were unchanged in educational and health services, professional and business services, information, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and financial activities. January payrolls did decline in retail trade. 


Christian County saw a 0.8% decrease, Montgomery saw a 0.4% decrease, Shelby saw a 0.6% decrease, and Sangamon saw a 1.1% decrease in unemployment numbers over the last year.   

Native Plant Species Hold Variety of Benefits

When you start thinking about Spring, you may ponder the plants or trees you want to add to your garden. 


University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger says that it’s important to keep native species in mind. 

There are other reasons to consider native plants or trees. Holsinger says they are used to the climate in Illinois. 

Holsinger says that considering native tree species can help you diversify your landscape. 

Holsinger adds that this applies to shrubs, too. 

Holsinger is offering five courses through the rest of March and all of April, including two Native Plants programs in mid-to-late April. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/cjmmevents


Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Boil Order In Edinburg Lifted

The boil order in effect for Edinburg has been lifted. The order was in effect from Franklin and WIlkinson Street intersection going west to Sangchris State Park.  If you live in that area, you may go back to consuming your water as normal. Any questions, contact Mike Lebshier, Superintendent at 217-623-5542. 

Pana Community Hospital Takes Modern Approach to Anesthesia

Over a span of 18 years, prescription opioid deaths surged nearly 80 percent since 1997, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 


Pana Community Hospital’s Anesthesia Department is well aware and wants to make a difference, because anesthesia practice traditionally relies on opioids for pain management, says Bub Ludwig, Anaesthesia Director. 

Ludwig says that the perspective has shifted from within anesthesia departments around the country. 

Ludwig also says that PCH has taken the approach to use non-opioid based medications for a few years now. 

He says that there are a variety of reasons why this works so well for the hospital. 

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

Tips For Preventing Accidental Poisonings

The National Safety Council is reporting that more than 90% of all poisonings happen at home.  Cosmetics and personal care products lead the list of most common substances implicated in pediatric poison exposures.  HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is offering some tips on how to prevent accidental poisoning. 


According to the most recent data from the NSC, one poison exposure was reported to US poison control centers every 15 seconds in 2020. March 19th-March 25th is National Poison Prevention Week, and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is reminding everyone about the dangers of medicine, chemicals, and other products, and how to keep your loved ones safe.


If you encounter anyone who has potentially been exposed to poisonous substances, Call 9-1-1 if they are unconscious or having difficulty breathing, remain calm, and contact the poison control helpline. Online help is available at poison.org or by phone at 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, confidential, and staffed by experts.  


Some tips include placing household cleaning products up and away, out of children’s reach and sight.  Keep all household cleaning products in their original containers. Check your home for products that might be harmful to kids like cleaning supplies, liquid laundry packets, plants, pesticides, alcohol, and medicine. Be aware of any medications or makeup that may be in your purse, laptop bag, or backpack. Never call medicine candy, to get a child to take it when needed.


For more information on how to protect yourself and loved ones, visit www.poison.org. 

Stay Sober When You Drive During St. Pat's Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and that means that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be working with the Illinois State Police to make sure that people stay safe, and to help prevent impaired driving.  IDOT says that your #1 priority should be finding a sober driver before the festivities start. 


Federal highway safety funds through IDOT are available to ISP and local law enforcement agencies for roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement, and other patrols to enforce impaired driving, seat belt usage, speeding, distracted driving, and other traffic laws. 


If you are hosting a party, ISP reminds you that you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served is involved in an impaired driving crash.  Make sure that all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance or help arrange ride sharing with other sober drivers.  Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party. 


If you are attending a party, designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.  If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober family member or friend for a ride home or call a cab.  Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they will drive impaired.  Always buckle up, it’s your best defense against an impaired driver. 

For more safety tips visit isp.illinois/gov. 

People's Assistance Company Financially Assists Rural Home Renovations

If you have a rural-area property that desperately needs renovation, then you might have assistance available through People’s Assistance Company. 


Jennifer Nagle is the Vice President and says that assistance is available for low-income households. 

Nagle says that the application process for assistance is strenuous. 

This all started in December of 2018 when a tornado struck Taylorville and many people impacted were under-insured or un-insured. 

Nagle just wants you to give People’s Bank & Trust a call to get started. 

Call PBT at 888-728-1954 to find out more. Nagle appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Central A&M Pre-K Screenings Next Week

Central A&M School District is registering young children for Pre-K and Kindergarten. 


The first step is to have your child screened, says Dr. DeAnn Heck, Superintendent of Central A&M School District. 

Screening helps the district find the perfect placement for your child into Pre-K school.  

Dr. Heck encourages all parents to enroll their child into Pre-K, even if it is not a requirement. She adds that it doesn’t matter how your child tests academically – you should still enroll them. 

Learn more camraiders.com. Dr. Heck appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Safe Passage: Providing a Choice

Taylorville Safe Passage provides a choice for those struggling with addiction.


Mike Blake is in recovery and went through Safe Passage. He says he owes his sobriety to the program.

Blake says that he was really nervous to go through Safe Passage, but Co-Coordinator Denise Evans helped him through it. 

Blake says that Safe Passage helped him get into rehab, which taught him a lot about himself. 

Blake is grateful that Safe Passage allows a choice on how to continue treatment after the 28 days of in-patient rehab. 

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

IDNR Looking For Seasonal Help

If you know someone who is looking for a job, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking applicants for seasonal conservation workers at state parks and historic sites around the state.  Conservation workers are on the ground at state sites during the busy summer seasons and are expected to be the eyes and ears of the IDNR. These temporary positions are not expected to exceed six months.  


Conservation workers will perform routine maintenance and custodial duties including mowing, landscaping, painting, cleaning, loading and unloading vehicles, cutting firewood, and more. Conservation workers make periodic rounds at sites to check for safety, clear and maintain trails and pathways, install signage, and more. 


IDNR currently has openings at Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area in Ramsey, Sangchris Lake State Park in Rochester, Eagle Creek State Park in Findlay, and Hidden Springs State Forest in Strasburg. To see a full list of job openings and to apply, visit https://bit.ly/IDNRjobs. The applicant should look for positions titled, “conservation/historic preservation worker.” Other openings will be posting soon on the website. 

Boil Order Issued For Parts Of Edinburg

The Village of Edinburg issued a boil order at 8 AM on Tuesday. The public Water Supply issued the boil order for customers located from Franklin and Wilkinson Street intersection going west to Sangchris State Park.


Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  


For more information contact Superintendent Mike Lebshier at 623-5542.

Taylorville Kiwanis Honor March "Community Hero of the Month", Hear About Local Non-Profit at Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored this month’s Kiwanis “Community Hero of the Month”, and heard about a local non-profit, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry (right) was given the March “Kiwanis Community Hero of the Month” award for his long-time support of the community and its high school sports programs.  Mayor Barry received the award from Kiwanis President-Elect Chuck Martin (left).



Program speaker during Tuesday’s meeting was Kiwanis member and Executive Director of the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville, Cathy Coker (left).   She was introduced by long-time and founding Loving Arms Board Member and Kiwanis member Dick Wamsley (right).  Coker told Kiwanis members that the center opened in 1999 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, helping families deal with both unplanned pregnancies as well as parenting classes for couples with newborns.


Coker, who’s been Executive Director at the Center for 17 years, added that Loving Arms opened a 2nd center in Pana in 2020 assisting families there.  All services at both locations are free and supported by local donations and grants.  She emphasized that both locations operate with dedicated volunteers.


Coker said some examples of Loving Arms’ programs include parenting classes for both mother and father which then turn into “Earn While You Learn” dollars to purchase formula, diapers and items from the Center’s Baby Boutique.  The Center also provides an abstinence program at local high school and junior high schools in the area, reaching 570 students at 9 schools last year.


Coker shared with Kiwanis members that the Center also provides recovery programs for those who have chosen abortion in the past.


Kiwanis members were reminded of the upcoming Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 29th at the Moose Lodge.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or at the door.   The event is one of the largest fund-raisers of the year for the Kiwanis Club, providing monies for local projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, and Kiwanis 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.   

You Can Become a Master Gardener

You can become a Master Gardener. 

Gwen Podeschi is entering her 27th year as a Master Gardener. She says that this is a good time to join. 

She adds that the Master Gardener’s are a great fit for anyone who wants to volunteer their time to gardening with the community. 

There are a few things to remember when you sign up. Podeschi says that this includes a fee, an open-book test, and a few trainings. 

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

City Of Taylorville Sees Increase In Fire Rating

The City of Taylorville has recently seen an upgrade in its Public Protection Classification or PPC.  The new rating is 3/3Y. This is down from the previous rating of 4/4Y. The Insurance Service Organization rates over 40,000 fire departments across the United States and the rating given to departments is then used by most insurers when calculating insurance premiums.  The lower the rating the greater the potential for lowering insurance premiums. 


ISO looks at 4 different areas for determining a PPC rating. Emergency communications systems, fire department structure and organization, water supply systems, and community efforts to reduce the risk of fire are all ways that can lower your rating. The Taylorville Fire Department, Taylorville Water Department, and the Christian-Shelby County 9-1-1 center have all improved or stayed the same in their work to teach, maintain, and raise fire prevention. The Taylorville Fire Department thanked Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, Taylorville City Council, and the Christian Shelby ETSB.  


The new rating takes effect on April 1st, 2023.  Homeowners and business owners are encouraged to contact their insurance providers to see how this new rating will affect them. 

Local Horticulturist Wins Award

A  local horticulture educator has received an award. Andrew Holsinger was part of an award-winning team that took home an award for its dedication to constant evaluation and adaptation of educational programming. The Four Seasons Gardening series addresses home and community garden issues that encourage residents to protect the environment, grow food safely, and save money by reducing unnecessary inputs.


The series produced webinars that reached nearly 2,500 people live, and recorded videos received more than 6,800 views.  93% of respondents say that they took action based on the information they learned during a webinar. Gemini Bhalsod, Nancy Kreith, Andrew Holsinger, and Karen Winter-Nelson were all recognized.  Holsinger serves as the Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties as Horticulture Educator. 


The gardening series increased participant knowledge and expanded practices to help support healthy environments and sustainable landscapes, such as feeding pollinators and increasing the use of native plants. Information about upcoming webinars is available at go.illinois.edu/FourSeasonsGardening. 

Congratulations to Andrew Holsinger and the award-winning team!

TMH Offering Free Colon Cancer Screenings

TMH is providing free take-home screening tests for colon cancer to local residents during March.  Taylorville Memorial Hospital will distribute kits from 8-11 AM on Friday, March 17th at 201 East Pleasant Street and will be available while supplies last. Drivers should enter the circle drive and remain in their vehicles.  Additional pick-up times can be scheduled between March 20th and March 24th by calling 217-707-5258. 


Completed kits should be mailed back in the provided, pre-addressed envelope within 10 days of kit pickup. Individuals will receive a letter informing them of their results. Take-home colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for individuals that are 45 or older, as well as people who have a history of colorectal polyps or IBS, a diet high in processed food or red meat, smokers, and individuals who are obese or engage in heavy alcohol use. 


For people who are 76 years old or older, the decision to be screened should be based on a person’s preference, life expectancy, general health, and prior screening history.  March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  It is the second-leading cause of death among cancers that affect both men and women, according to the CDC. 


Survival rates for colon and rectum cancer are nearly 90% when the cancer is diagnosed before it has extended beyond the intestinal wall, according to Illinois Facts and Figures published by the American Cancer Society.


For more information about the kit distribution, call 217-788-4400. 

Grain Belt Express Has Positive Update

The Illinois Commerce Commission or ICC granted the Grain Belt Express transmission line project a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, marking the conclusion of over a yearlong public input and review process.  The approval will enable $4.3 billion in expected energy cost savings for Illinois energy consumers while helping to address growing concerns about regional power grid reliability.  


The Grain Belt Express has now secured initial siting approvals for the high-voltage direct current portion of the line by state utility regulators in all states along the route including Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. 


The benefits for Illinois include $1.3 billion in new economic activity during construction for Illinois from the line and enabled generation, 1,400 new jobs supported during construction, and $565 million in supported wages in Illinois.  


In its ruling, the ICC found that the Grain Belt Express had satisfied all the requirements under the law to be granted a CPCN and approved the proposed route with no changes.  You can keep up to date on the project by visiting www.grainbeltexpress.com. 

Early Trout Season Opens Soon

The 2023 Illinois spring trout fishing season will open on Saturday, April 1st, at 58 different waterways throughout Illinois. An early opportunity at selected sites for catch and release will open on March 18th.  The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season.  80,000 will also be added in the fall.  The Illinois Catchable Trout Program receives funding support from those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. 


For the 2023 spring trout season, no trout may be taken from March 13th, until the season opens at 5 AM on April 1st.  If found harvesting trout before the opening will be issued a citation. All anglers must have a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp unless they are under the age of 16, blind, or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.  The daily limit is five trout.


Some areas where trout are able to be found include Manners Park in Christian County, Wyman Lake in Sullivan, and Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville.  For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at www.ifishillinois.org. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be purchased online at www.exploremoreil.com. 

Shelbyville School District Plans New Elementary Building

Shelbyville School District needs a new elementary building, Superintendent Shane Schuricht says.  

Learn more at shelbyville.k12.il.us. Schuricht appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville.

Hopper Foundation Donates $10K to Christian County Economic Development Corporation to Assist in Economic Development Efforts

The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation this week donated $10,000 to the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, to assist in local economic development efforts.


Jim Adcock (left), treasurer of the Foundation, and foundation board member Adam Vocks (right), who is also vice-president of the CCEDC, presented the check to CCEDC Executive Director Dick Adams (center).


Adcock said the Foundation, which has been in place since 1956, has been very supportive of many community activities, and has had a long-time commitment to CCEDC as well.


The Christian County Economic Development Corporation is a private, nonprofit corporation whose focus is to assist local expansion and to promote Christian County and its cities for commercial and industrial development.  Information can be found on-line at christiancountyedc.com.

THS Band And Jazz Band Musicians Perform At Apollo Conference Festival

The 2023 Apollo Conference Honor Band Festival was held on March 7 at Mt. Zion High School. Twenty-two members of the Taylorville High School Band and Jazz Band performed with the top musicians from the other conference schools: Mt. Zion, Charleston, Mattoon, Mahomet-Seymour,
Effingham and Lincoln.


The THS musicians who performed in the Apollo Conference Honor Concert Band are: Erica Edwards, Natalie Cook, Mylie Corso, Lillie Jones, Laney Norbeck, Emma Burge, Paige Cunnington, Brandon Hefner, Sierra Sakautzky, Gavin Enlow, Madilyn Elam, Riley Elam and Evan Allen. THS musicians who performed with the Apollo Conference Honors Jazz Band are: Justin Champley, Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos, Kai Albright, Carson Hefner, Rhyker Wicks, Marley Dively, Lydia Hopkins, Tripp
Pelichoff and Jay Bliler.


The Apollo Concert Band was conducted by Brad Wallace, band director for the ParkWay School District in St. Louis. Mr. Wallace is a former band director at Effingham High School and was instrumental in starting the Apollo Conference Honor Band Festival several years ago. The Apollo Concert Band performed Epic Venture by Tyler S. Grant, West Highland Sojourn by Robert Sheldon, Rippling Watercolors by Brian Balmages, March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pierre Leemans and
arranged by James Swearingen and Critical Mass by Todd Stalter. The Apollo Honors Jazz Band was directed by Paul Johnston, professor of jazz at Eastern Illinois University. They performed Moanin’ by
Bobby Timmons and arranged by Quincy Jones, Ace of Hearts by Patty Darling, All of Me by Seymour Simmons and Gerald Marks/arranged by Billy Beyers, 1368 Luther Lane by Paul Johnston and Rockabye River by Duke Ellington.


Both ensembles rehearsed throughout the day and presented an outstanding concert that evening at 6:30 PM.


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THS Apollo Conference Musicians are pictured front row, l to r, Jay Bliler, Riley Elam, Evan Allen, Tripp Pelichoff and Kai Albright. On the stairs, Laney Norbeck, Emma Burge, Natalie Cook, Erica Edwards, Kylie Corso, Marley Dively, Rhyker Wicks, Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos, Sierra Sakautzky, Madilyn Elam, Lydia Hopkins, Lillie Jones, Justin Champley, Brandon Hefner, Paige Cunnington, Gavnin Enlow and Carson Hefner.

It's National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrion Month. 


Registered Dietitian for the St. Louis Dairy Council Monica Nyman (Nigh-man) says nutrition can be medicine. 

This month’s theme is “Fuel for the Future,” and Nyman says that dairy fits squarely in that perspective. 

As Nyman mentioned, nourishment can even save money. 

Nyman says that it’s important to eat from all the food groups. 

Learn more at stldairycouncil.org. Nyman appeared as a gues ton the WTIM Morning Show.

Two Employees Praised For Heroic Efforts

Two Taylorville Township employees were honored for their actions during a house fire in Hewitville on March 2nd. Leroy and Shawn Ackerman were checking roads in Hewitville that were to be repaired when the men spotted a house fire.  Upon hearing a resident calling for help, both men sprung into action forcing open a door, and pulling the occupant of the home to safety.  For their selfless and courageous act, both men were presented with a Lifesaving Award from the Taylorville Fire Department.


The awards were presented to Leroy and Shawn Ackerman by Taylorville Fire Chief Matthew Adermann and Christian County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Baker.  Along with family and township personnel, the Taylorville Fire Department, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry were on hand to express their sincere gratitude towards these men and their selfless actions. 


Regional Radio News Salutes you Leroy and Shawn Ackerman!




Lake Land College To Host Commencement

Lake Land College will be celebrating its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12th, 2023 at 6 PM in the Field House for its graduation. Lake Land College President Josh Bullock says that he is thrilled to celebrate with graduates and recognize their many accomplishments. College photographers will be at the Field House throughout the evening and make the photos available for download at no cost. 


The ceremony will be livestreamed via the internet from the college’s homepage at lakelandcollege.edu.  In addition, overflow seating will also be available and will show a livestream on a large screen throughout campus.  A recording will also be available on YouTube. To sign up for Commencement, everything can be done online. There is no cost to order a cap and gown or to participate and the first step is to file an intent to graduate in the student portal, the Laker Hub.  After filing the intent, Admissions & Records will send the graduate a letter with instructions on how to measure for a cap and gown online in the Laker Hub.  


The deadline to file an intent to graduate is Friday, March 17th.  The deadline to measure for a cap and gown is Friday, March 31st.  For more information, contact Admissions and Records at 217-234-5434. 

Kemmerer Village Offers Ample Volunteer Opportunities

There are tons of volunteer opportunities for Kemmerer Village in Assumption. 

Jan Traughber, Volunteer and Project Coordinator, says you can even volunteer your time as a mentor to a young child. 

You can also volunteer your time to Kemmerer outdoors at their Camp Carew location in Southern Illinois. 

Traughber says volunteerism helps create a happier person. 

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

IDOT To Complete Bridge Work Near Beecher City

IDOT will be replacing a bridge over Big Moccasin Creek near Beecher City. Work is set to begin March 15th about 4 miles south of Illinois 33 in Beecher City.  Illinois 128 between Beecher City and west of Altamont will be closed to traffic.


A detour utilizing Illinois 33 and U.S. 40 through Effingham and Altamont will be posted. Only local traffic will be permitted on Illinois Route 128 between County Road 1550 N and County Road 1425 N. Motorists are encouraged to follow the posted detour and should allow for extra travel time and pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones.  


Benefits from the project include an improved driving surface and increasing the durability of the bridge deck.  The project is expected to be completed in early November. Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program.  


As always, check out IDOTDistrict7 on Twitter, and www.gettingaroundillinois.com. 

Wright's Furniture Has Deep Ties to Central Illinois

Wright’s Furniture has a deep history. 

That’s Alex Wright, who serves as a marketing coordinator for the family furniture business. 


Wright’s began in Dietrich and has multiple locations in Central Illinois, including one in Taylorville. 

He says Wright’s Furniture never had plans to expand outside of Dietrich, but here they are with a third location in Robinson. 

Wright’s Furniture is building a distribution center that allows them to maintain room to bargain on prices even in times of turmoil. 

Learn more at wrightsfurniture.com. Alex Wright appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Food Pantry Welcoming Volunteers of All Ages

Taylorville Food Pantry is always searching for volunteers. 


Volunteer Glen Berry says you can do a little of everything when you volunteer. 

The pantry regularly receives help from youth, but would love to see more young people volunteer. 

Taylorville High School FFA has been known to help the pantry out. 

Berry has been volunteering for quite a while and says that there is a great need for help in Christian County.

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

TMH Names February Colleague Of The Month

A surgery nurse has been named the TMH Colleague of the Month for February.  Annette Paine, who has been with Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2021 has been named the hospital Colleague of the Month. Paine has been praised for her patient safety and making sure that everything is properly prepared for all surgeries.  


Paine is known around the hospital for her kindness towards patients and she’s a compassionate nurse who answers all questions with respect and dignity, treating each patient with great care. Her nominator says that recently Paine initiated CPR when needed and stayed with the patient’s family until the ambulance arrived for transfer.  She says that Paine has great nursing skills and is such an asset to TMH. 


Regional Radio News congratulates Annette Paine on her award!

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Induct New Member, Hear Committee Reports at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member, and heard committee reports at their monthly business meeting held during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.


Griffin Smock (right) was inducted by Taylorville Kiwanis Membership Chair Adam Jeffrey (left), as the newest member of the club. Smock is a Realtor with Craggs Realtors. 


Jeffrey also gave an update on his “2 for 2” Kiwanis membership drive.


Kiwanis Scholarship Committee chair Dick Wamsley reported that applications for the Kiwanis scholarships awarded to Taylorville High School students, are due April 10th.


Kiwanis members were reminded of the upcoming Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 29th at the Moose Lodge.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or at the door.   The event is one of the largest fund-raisers of the year for the Kiwanis Club, providing monies for local projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, and Kiwanis high school scholarships.


The Kiwanis Park Committee is planning their annual Clean-Up Day.  Two new grills will be installed near the park pavilion this spring.


Kiwanis Priority One Committee chair Bruce Blanshan reported his committee is planning a Car Seat Safety Day on a date to be announced, a Bike Rodeo May 20th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and the Kiwanis National Kids Day fundraiser September 22nd and 23rd at locations thru-out the city.


Kiwanis Interclub Committee chair Blain Cornwell reported several members will bring pizza to the Taylorville Junior High School Kiwanis Builders Club for a pizza party, and will also attend the North Mac Kiwanis Club annual Fish Fry.


Kiwanis Spiritual Values Committee chair Dick Wamsley reported the annual Kiwanis Prayer Luncheon will be held May 25th with Father Kosk will be the guest speaker.  He is originally from Poland and is currently the Parish Priest for St. Mary’s, Holy Trinity and St. Rita’s Catholic Churches.


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.   

Local Fire Departments Receive Grants

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced the recipients of the 2023 Small Equipment Grant Program with $1.5 million awarded to 64 fire departments and EMS providers. The program provides grants of up to $26,000 each for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. OSFM received 296 applications requesting around $4.5 million in funding.  


Some of the fire departments who received grants include Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District in Christian County which received $14,901.95, Fillmore Community FPD which received $16,978, Taylor Springs which received $9,020, and Witt FD which received $25,014 in Montgomery County. Lovington Community Ambulance in Moultrie County received $26,000 and Moweaqua FPD in Shelby received $22,091. 


Fire Departments were required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System for a minimum of two years prior to applying. 

Spring Marks the Start of the Busy Season for Christian County 4-Hq

Christian County 4-H fills its spring with opportunities to teach current and prospective members.


Youth Development Educator Sara Marten says that their take-home kits are great for 4-H members to learn about flowers. 

Marten says members can stretch their photography skills with a photo contest. Submissions can be anything that reminds a member of spring. 

Career development skills are important, too. The Public Speaking Show presents 4-H’ers an opportunity to display their skills. 

4-H teaches other life skills like budgeting. 

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

Peterson Wins Award

A University of Illinois Extension Instructor has won a state award. Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition and Wellness educator with the U of I, has won an award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Peterson provides leadership to the food preservation and certified food manager programs.  She currently serves as the educator for Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery County.  She helped revitalize the nutrition curriculum, fact sheets, and social presence. 


Janice McCoy, Assistant Director, says there has not been one time when Lisa has not tackled the duties without a smile on her face and her leadership skills include the ability to assess and diagnose issues quickly.  Peterson serves underserved residents including those in the 18-34 range.  She even does online content including a new Instagram account, Dash of Wellness.


The awards were presented during the Illinois Extension Annual Conference held in November in Urbana. 

Memorial Care Provides Virtual Option

The chaos of the pandemic is mostly behind everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to see your doctor in person. 


Dr. Anna Richie, Clinical Director for Memorial Urgent Care, says virtual care presents a convenient option for common ailments. 

Dr. Richie says that a virtual care visit is pretty similar to your in-person visits. 

Virtual Care visits can be a good fit for most age groups. 

You should still go to your regular doctor if you have an internal issue like ear pain. 

You can schedule a virtual care visit on the Memorial Care app for your smartphone or on your desktop at mymemorialapp.com. 


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

The Effect Of Carpal Tunnel

If you are ever typing on a keyboard or playing a video game and you feel numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in your wrist or hand, you could have carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS.  CTS is a common neurological disorder that happens when the median nerve is pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve runs from your forearm into the palm of the hand and provides feeling and moving to your thumb and first three fingers. 


It’s not known what causes CTS, but women are three times more likely to get it than men and it only happens to adults. It’s believed that it is a combination of things that impact the structure of the wrist such as an injury or a condition that affects the nerves, joints, and other parts of the wrist like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Rheumatology Research Foundation between 4 and 10 million people are impacted by CTS.


BreAnne Gendron, an advanced practice registered nurse or APRN with OSF Healthcare, says that sometimes it can be genetic.



Repetitive movement with your hand or wrist such as what happens when you golf, garden, knit or work on an assembly line can aggravate the injury.  Gendron says sleeping on a bent wrist can also lead to CTS.



Gendron also recommends starting treatment as soon as possible.  This may include rest and medicine to reduce swelling and pain.  She says if you symptoms are quite severe surgery may be the best option.  CTS surgery is the second most common type of surgery with more than 230,000 procedures done each year. Recovery takes two to three weeks but can take longer.



While nothing can be done to prevent carpal tunnel, there are ways to limit the damage including using good posture, taking breaks from work, and changing your routine.



For more information on CTS and how to treat it, talk to your primary care physician. 

Christian County EMA Director: No Significant Damage from Thursday's Storm

As of Monday, Christian County Emergency Management Agency reports no significant structural damage from the Thursday, March 2nd storm. 


The storm produced rain, hail, and gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour in Central Illinois. This caused some trees to fall and hundreds went without power. 


Jeff Stoner, Christian County EMA Director, says if you do have damage, then you should notify his agency.

Hazardous weather season is nearing and Stoner says that if something happens to your home, then there is assistance available while you wait for insurance companies to review your claim. 

Again, call the Christian County EMA office 217-287-7911 or reach out on the Christian County EMA Facebook page if you have damage from recent or future storms. 

Taylorville City Council Honors William Blue at Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening at City Hall for their regular council meeting. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry honored William Blue as Youth of the Month.



The council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances, which included imposing a retailers’ occupation tax, a service occupation tax, and a hotel operators’ occupation tax in the Business Development District #1 Redevelopment Area. 


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



Under committee reports, the council passed a motion from Public Facilities approving a quote from Ricci Plumbing to replace the toliets in the holding cells of the Police Department.   


The council also approved the bid process for curb and guttering replacements, sidewalk replacements, concrete, and gasoline/diesel fuel. Additionally, they approved a motion for the council to hire one firefighter and approved the Dress Code Policy for city employees.


The next city council meeting is set for March 20th.

You Can Help Friends or Family Apply for Social Security Benefits

There are a variety of ways you can assist your friend or loved one apply for Social Security benefits. 


Jack Meyers, Public Affairs Specialist, says that one of those programs is Supplemental Security Income.

You do have to have your friend or loved one with you to complete their benefits application. 

Meyers wants you to know this in case you have a friend or family member who isn’t comfortable on the internet. Meyers says he recently had an interaction with someone who felt similarly. 

There are some requirements to apply for benefits – regardless of who it is for. 

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

Taylorville Chamber Prepared for Spring

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is ready for Spring. 


First off, they’re ready to to bring back the Business After Hours event. Executive Director Linda Allen says these events just got better and better in 2022. 

There are a lot more great events the Chamber is offering. They can’t list them all, so President Jennifer Franklin wants you to check out the Community Calendar. 

One event Allen is excited about is their annual Spring Swing miniature golf event at local bars. 

Ultimately, you’ve been cooped up all winter and it’s time to get out an enjoy the events Taylorville offers, Franklin says. 

Learn more when you click here. Franklin and Allen appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pana Music Performs Well In Contest In Moweaqua

On Saturday, March 4, Pana Band and Choir students participated in the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua.  Several solo and group selections were prepared over the past few months and judged on educational criteria.  Students then received a rating along with comments to help them improve in their musicianship.  It was a very successful and empowering day for the young musicians.


Earning Division 2 (Excellent) ratings were vocal soloists Sierra Ammons, Nicole Arkebauer, and French horn soloist Liberty Law.  Soloists earning Division 1 (Superior) ratings were trumpet soloist John Berns and vocal soloists John Berns (perfect score), Aaliyah Cooks, Gabriella Heinrich, and Emma Stephens,  Also earning Division 1 ratings were three ensembles:  "For Good", a duet sung by Gabriella Heinrich and Emma Stephens; "Goin' Home", a bass trio sung by John Berns, Damion Pizzo, Jeffrey Schmidt, and ; and "Keep Your Lamps", a treble ensemble sung by Sierra Ammons, Nicole Arkebauer, Madison Carter, Aaliyah Cooks, Gabriella Heinrich, Alyssa Jones, Paige Moss, Alexis Smith, and Emma Stephens.


Directors Mrs. Angi Chase and Mr. Tony Hicks are very proud of how these young musicians represented the Pana Music Department and invite the public to their next performance, their Music in Our Schools Concert on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm in the Pana High School Gym!

Pictured (L-R) are the Pana High School Solo and Ensemble Participants:  Back row:  Phoenix Nance, Nicole Arkebauer, Alyssa Jones, Alexis Smith, Jeffrey Schmidt, John Berns.  Front Row Standing:  Paige Moss, Abigail Cline, Aaliyah Cooks, Madison Carter, Liberty Law, Damion Pizzo, Emma Stephens, Mrs. Angela Chase

Extension Office Presenting Gardening Programs Every Thursday in March

Spring is right around the corner and you might want to pick up a few tips from an expert. 


Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, is hosting four events in Christian, Montgomery, and Macoupin Counties throughout March. 


First up – Success With Seedlings from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 9th, at the Montgomery County Extension office. 

Next, from 1-2 p.m. Thursday March 16th, at the Christian County Extension Office, learn how to supply your home with garden foods. 

Also in Christian County from 2-3 p.m. March 23rd, you can learn about tropical plants for your patio. 

In Macoupin County, you can learn how to garden with raised beds. 

Register at go.illinois.edu/cjmmevents. Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet Monday evening to discuss committee reports, review ordinances, and go over old and new business. After a review of the minutes of the previous meetings, the board will discuss ordinances including the discussion of a retailers’ occupation tax, a service occupation tax, and a hotel operators’ occupation tax. 


Under committee reports, the board will approve a quote for replacing holding cell toilets in the Police Department, approve the bid for curb and guttering replacements, hire one firefighter, and approve the dress code for city employees. The board will also look at approving the purchase of cameras for the Police Department. 


The board will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News at the conclusion of the event for a full follow-up on the meeting and what took place. 

Fentanyl in Central Illinois Becoming More Prevalent

Fentanyl has been popping up a lot in Central Illinois. 


Natalie Inman with Shelby County Community Services says it’s very hard to detect when a drug is laced with fentanyl. 

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

Economic Development Council Wants Growth for Shelby County

The Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council hopes to expand the economy in Shelby County.

That’s director of the council Brenda Elder. Learn more when you click here.

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

Taylorville Attorney Named Associate Judge

A Taylorville attorney has been named an associate judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Nathan A. Frisch of Beavers, Calvert, Brotheton, and Frisch has been voted in by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Judges.  Marcia M. Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts made the announcement early in February. Frisch says he is humbled by the decision.



Frisch says that he couldn’t have done this without all the support he’s gotten from his friends, family, and the community. 



Frisch will serve everywhere in Central Illinois except for Christian County for the next three years. Frisch was sworn in on Friday afternoon and will start serving next week. 

Winds Create Havoc On Thursday

Multiple reports have come into Regional Radio News of wind damage including power lines, some semitrucks on the interstate down, and plenty of damage to smaller fences and little debris.  Be safe, and take your time getting to where you are going.  

Kemmerer Village To Celebrate 150th Adoption

Kemmerer Village in Assumption is celebrating a very special event.  150 adoptions are no small feat, and Kemmerer Village will be celebrating its 150th on Monday. Schales Nagle, Executive Director, and Jeannie Karbach, Director of Community Operations, sat down with Regional Radio News to talk a little about the event and what exactly Kemmerer Village is.



Karbach says that she is proud of her staff for their time and dedication.



Karbach says they are having a celebration at the Presbyterian Church. 



If you are wanting to be a foster parent, Nagle, and Karbach urge you to reach out to Kemmerer Village for more information. 



For more information on foster care services from Kemmerer Village, visit https://www.kemmerervillage.org/fostercare. 

Christian County Board Chairman Hopes Progress Continues

Christian County Board Chairman Bryan Sharp is in his second term on the board, and his first as Chairman. 


He says he expected a learning curve in his transition from board member to leader of the board. 

Sharp wants to improve communication on the board. 

He also hopes the community will participate even more than they already are. 

He’s really excited for the direction this group of board members is going. 

Sharp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Specialized Hearing Solutions 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, Specialized Hearing Solutions, located at 301 S Webster Street in Taylorville has been recognized. The business, run by Krystal Baker, was recognized with a certificate. Becky Edwards, with BNG Administrative Services, was there to give the certificate to Baker. Baker explained a little about Specialized Hearing Solutions and how it’s more than just hearing.



Baker says she is super proud of being named the Business Of The Month with it being women’s history month.



For more information, give Baker a call or visit their Facebook page. She says if you have an issue don’t be afraid to reach out. 



Specialized Hearing Solutions is the BNG Business of the Month. Congratulations!

The Importance Of Hospice Care

With the recent announcement of former President Jimmy Carter going into hospice care, Memorial Health is encouraging others to look into hospice care and see what it really is and if it’s right for your loved ones. Registered Nurse Holly Thomas is a clinical manager for Memorial Home Hospice, a service in Springfield that serves the community. Thomas says Hospice is not a place, but a service for those at the end of life. 


Thomas says hospice focuses on comfort rather than cure which includes support for families and caregivers.  The goal is to provide guidance and comfort through the end-of-life journey. Thomas says that there are misconceptions that hospice care stops all medications or hastens death, but that’s not the case. 


People may be candidates for hospice care if they have a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less or if they have decided to stop active treatment.  Patients may also consider hospice if they wish to have diagnostic testing performed or admitted to the hospital. Hospice teams include physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement services, home health aides, volunteers, and various therapists and dietitians. 


Visits are made to wherever the home is for the patient, whether that is a nursing facility, assisted living, group home, or the patient's home.  A patient’s own physician can remain involved and hospice provides 24-hour support and availability.  Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances cover hospice, although coverage can vary. 


For more information, talk to your primary care physician or visit memorial.health. 

Taylorville Homeowner In Serious Condition Following Fire

A homeowner is in serious condition in a Springfield Hospital after a fire in Taylorville on Thursday afternoon. Taylorville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1428 South Houston Street on Thursday afternoon around 4:29 PM. When crews arrived, smoke was pouring out of the back of the house and the occupant was laying in the back yard. 1 Fireman rendered aid while other members attacked the fire. 


Dunn's Ambulance arrived and took over the care of the occupant before transporting them to Springfield. The fire was put under control and crews looked for additional occupants. Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann says the fire was under control within 25 minutes of fire fighters getting there. The homeowner was the only person in the house at the time of the fire.


Chief Adermann says that the victim is in the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.  He credits two township workers who were in the area checking the roads who noticed the fire and rushed to the door and were able to pull the occupant to safety.  Without their efforts, Chief Adermann says the resident's injuries would have been much worse. 


The fire is under investigation.  Chief Adermann thanked the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Dunn's Ambulance, Stonington and Owaneco Fire Departments, Christian County 9-1-1, Ameren and the City of Taylorville Water Department. 


Windsor School District Prepares for Major Renovation

Windsor School District is preparing for major renovation projects. 


That’s according to Superintendent Erik VanHovein.

VanHovein says the district is renovating part of their main building. 

He adds that these renovations benefit everyone – not just the students. 

VanHovein hopes this will attract visitors from nearby communities.

VanHovein appeared as a guest on the WTIM School Spotlight from Windsor School District. 

Body Found Near Lake Hillsboro

A body has been found on Wednesday morning by Hillsboro Police. According to Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham, at 10:15 AM on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, Montgomery County 9-1-1 received a call of a suspected body near 781 City Lake Road in Old Lake Hillsboro.  Hillsboro Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police responded, and requested the services of the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department Dive and Rescue Team for a body recovery, and also the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 


The body was identified as 56-year-old Robert Miles Harris of Hillsboro.  Harris was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner at 10:20 AM.  A search warrant for a nearby vehicle was obtained through the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The warrant was obtained and executed, and a note was recovered from inside the vehicle.  There are no indications of a criminal element involved with the death.  


A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, March 3rd and the investigation continues by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Hillsboro Police Department. 

Shelbyville Students of The Month For February Honored

The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for February 2023 were presented with their awards recently. Congratulations to Kylie Smith, Hampton Petska, Brody Boehm, and Sophie Trainer.


From L-R Kim from Family Drug, Kylie, Hampton, Brody and Sophie.  Congratulations!!!!

Pana HS Students Of The Month For February Honored

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR along with People's Bank and Trust are recognizing the Pana Students of the Month for February. The February Pana Students of the Month are Delaney Hackler, Alexis Hubner, Ryan Karbach, and Morgan Beyers.


THS February Students Of The Month Honored

 People's Bank and Trust along with WTIM have announced the Taylorville High School February Students of the Month. Congratulations to Raylee Oller, Kendall Rexroad, Claire Varia, and Carson Hefner. 


Social Security Tips for Tax Season

It’s tax season, and you might be wondering what to do with that Social Security income. 


Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers says some of that income is taxable under Federal Income Tax regulations. 

Meyers says thresholds do vary based on tax filing status. 

You can opt to pay down some of your federal taxes with your Social Security income. 

You do need to fill out a form to ask for this feature. 

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

LLCC Taylorville Continues Registration for Summer; Opens Fall Registration

Registration is now open for Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville.


Director Dee Krueger says you can register for 8-week Summer courses right now. 

This also means LLCC Taylorville is already thinking about Fall registration.

There are some courses this Fall that you won’t always see. 

Krueger says there are a lot of advantages to taking a course at a community college compared to a university. 

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

CCYMCA Preparing Rock Steady Boxing Once Again

Rock Steady Boxing returns to the Christian County YMCA after a brief hiatus. 


Bruce Blanshan, Director of the YMCA, says Rock Steady Boxing helps slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. 

Blanshan is hoping for as many people in this spring class as possible. 

Keep an eye out for registration information at ccymca.org. 

Again, learn more at ccymca.org. Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


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