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National Weather Service Calls Thursday Storms A Derecho

Several rounds of severe storms moved through central and southeast IL on Thursday, June 29. The first round occurred before sunrise and continued into the mid-morning hours, with supercell thunderstorms that produced very large hail and heavy rainfall from Peoria into parts of eastern IL, including 3.25" hail in Tuscola. By later that morning, a large bow echo/derecho that initiated from overnight storms over the central Plains entered west-central IL, spreading east-southeast through the entire forecast area by the late afternoon hours.

 

Widespread, significant straight-line wind damage was reported areawide as well as a few tornadoes. This resulted in a substantial amount of tree damage, crop damage, and extensive power outages. The derecho continued to track southeast of here into southern Indiana and points beyond, producing more wind damage. The third and final round was more localized and occurred south of I-70 during the early evening hours when a few supercell thunderstorms produced large hail up to 2" in parts of Clay and Richland counties.

 

What is a derecho? A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms variously known as bow echoes, squall lines, or quasi-linear convective systems. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles (about 400 kilometers) and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (50 kt) or greater along most of its length, then the event is classified a derecho.

Ameren Illinois Gives Update On Situation; Reinforcements Arriving

Ameren Illinois continues to bring in many extra workers to continue working on fixing power lines and restore power after a storm rolled through in central Illinois on Thursday.  The storm is being called a derecho by the National Weather Service and has caused problems for a massive area of more than 240 miles throughout the state. Brian Bretsch, spokesperson for Ameren, says they have been bringing in all kinds of reinforcements.

 

 

While Bretsch says there’s no timeframe on restoration of power.  Some areas are still being assessed and the hope is that there will be a lot of answers today.

 

 

Brian says that he encourages everyone to keep their fridge and freezer closed at all costs, but if you do lose some food, you can file a claim through Ameren.

 

 

Bretsch says he is asking for patience but understands the frustration of many of the Ameren customers. They have been bringing in many extra hands to help.

 

 

Ameren says there are still over 250 power lines that are down.  For more information, visit their outage map on the Ameren Illinois website. 

Power Outages Continue Throughout Central Illinois

As central Illinois continues to recover from massive storms that moved through the area Thursday afternoon, thousands are still without power nearly 18 hours after the storms moved through. Ameren is reporting over 100,000 people in the state without power with over 25,000 in the Springfield and Decatur vicinity alone.  According to Ameren, "A slow-moving, severe storm line moved across the state causing significant and widespread damage. Nearly 850 field personnel are working to assess damage and restore power to thousands of customers, with additional crews arriving this evening and tomorrow."

 

Shelby Electric is reporting massive outages still with May Township the largest with over 1300 people without power. According to a post from Shelby Electric, "After continued restoration efforts, an assessment by the cooperative, and discussions with our transmission operators, It has been determined that the majority of members still without power could be without power for another 12 to 24 hours. Some members could experience shorter outages as crews continue to do work on the cooperative’s distribution side. Work will be prioritized to restore power as quickly and safely as possible for all members. Members who get their power from the Velma, Dunkel, and Yantisville substations it could be noon (Friday, June 30) before the Velma substation is back online and into the evening before the Dunkel and Yantisville substations are back up."

 

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

Major Power Outages Continue in Central Illinois This Morning

Major power outages continue to be reported by local utilities as a result of yesterday afternoon's severe weather.

 

As of 6:30 this morning, Ameren is reporting almost 107-thousand customers thru-out Illinois without power.  Those power outages include every community they serve in the Regional Radio listening area.   Access the Ameren outage map HERE.

 

Also as of 6:30 this morning, Shelby Electric Cooperative is reporting over 27-hundred customers without power.   Included in this number are 770 customers in the rural Assumption area, almost 14-hundred customers southeast of Taylorville, and clusters of outages south of Mattoon.   Access the Shelby Electric outage map HERE.

 

Neither utility has a timetable on when power will be restored.   Crews are working as hard as possible to get power to customers in a safe manner.

 

 

Wireless Provider Rise Broadband Experiencing Major Outages Due to Severe Weather

Wireless provider Rise Broadband has told Regional Radio News late Thursday afternoon, they're experiencing prolonged outages due to the severe weather that recently came through the area Thursday, and as a result some Rise Broadband customers may be experiencing connection issues, service degradation, or outage as a result of weather impacts. 

Rise says their teams are actively working to resolve the outages however, as of 5:20 Thursday afternoon, they didn't have a timeline for service restoration yet. 

Many Still Without Power In Central Illinois

Many are still without power after storms raged through the area on Thursday afternoon.  Shelby Electric is reporting that 4,752 out of 10,059 customers are still without power. Ameren is reporting over 175,000 people are still without power in Illinois with at least 45,000 without power in central Illinois.  
 

Crews have asked for patience as they continue to work on restoring power to the State. Find out more information by visiting both Ameren and Shelby Electric's Facebook pages or their website. 

Multiple Storm Damage Reports Coming Into National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Lincoln received multiple reports of damage from this afternoon's severe weather.

In Christian County, several large tree branches were blown down in the Pana area, trees blown across houses in the northeastern third of the county with 2 barns also destroyed, and gutters and shingles blown off a house one mile northwest of Taylorville.

 

A tree uprooted on Stevenson Street in Taylorville.

 

In Macon County, the Weather Service received reports of trees down in the Harristown area, multiple trees down in the Blue Mound area, a large tree branch was down at the corner of Lucille Avenue and US Highway 51 in Forsyth, and the Decatur Airport clocked maximum winds at 75 miles an hour.

In Sangamon County, reports included 8 to 10 power poles snapped along Dirksen Parkway in Springfield from high winds, major structural damage likely caused by a tornado in the Curran area, trees uprooted, substantial roof damage and power lines down in the Chatham area, and 15 power poles down in the Village of Southern View. 

In Cumberland County, there was extensive tree damage across Neoga with some trees down on houses and residents trapped inside.

In Moultrie County, multiple trees were reported down on top of homes.  

Taylorville Fire Chief Urges Residents to Stay Home

Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann is urging local residents to stay home until further notice.

 

Most city streets have power lines, tree limbs, and other debris littering them at the moment.

 

Most restaurants in Taylorville are also closed due to not having power.

 

Staying off the streets will enable emergency crews to clear roadways and allow Ameren crews to restore power.

 

Some reported damage include a pole barn in Edinburg, a large tree down at Shumway and 3rd in Taylorville, and downed power lines everywhere. 

 

 

Severe Weather Hits Rural Christian County Hard

 

Local farm broadcaster Jared White was returning from the Dudley Smith Field Day at Pana, when severe weather hit the Assumption area.  He captured these pictures late this morning.

 

 

This a street in the City of Assumption.  Notice the tree limbs and trash cans blown around from high winds.

 

We're told one rural Assumption resident lost their home in the storm, and that many of the smaller communities in Shelby County did not fare well, with trees and power lines down as well.

Christian County EMA; Fire Departments Urging Residents To Stay Home

Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Stoner is urging residents to stay home and avoid damage after a round of storm went through on Thursday afternoon. Stoner says some structural damage has been reported.

 

 

If you do have storm damage residents are encouraged to let the EMA know.

 

Radar indicated that a tornado was in the area and a rain wrapped tornado was spotted between Sharpsburg and Taylorville.

 

 

Again, Crews are urging residents to stay home and allow crews to work. Going out to see storm damage could cause more problems and crews are working as fast and as hard as they can. 

Massive Storms Move Through Central Illinois On Thursday

Massive storms went through Central Illinois on Thursday afternoon with damaging wind, hail, and multiple tornado warnings that came through quickly knocking out power and causing flooding, and massive damage.

 

Crews are working hard to clean up the area, and people are asked to stay home if at all possible to allow them to finish cleaning up. Stay away from flooded roads, downed tree limbs, and downed power lines. 

 

This is a quickly moving story and we will have updates as they become available. 

 

 

 

 

 

House Working On Improving Health Insurance Access

Illinois residents will have more options when it comes to affordable, quality health insurance.  State Senator Ann Gillespie says her bill will help create a state-based health insurance marketplace and that legislation will help protect consumers from unnecessary insurance rate hikes.  

 

 

House Bill 579 stablishes a state-based health insurance marketplace offering a variety of health insurance plans from different insurers.  This state marketplace will allow for options different from those offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace expanding coverage to those who may be unable to afford it.  

 

House Bill 2296 protects Illinois consumers and small businesses from unfair premium rate hikes. Insurance companies will now be required to provide information about how health premium rates are set.  The Illinois Department of Insurance will have the authority to modify or deny rate increases that are not adequately justified.  Through annual reports, consumers will gain a greater sense of transparency when it comes to what they pay and why.  

 

House Bill 579 and 2296 were both signed into law Tuesday. 

Opportunities for Students at Lincoln Land Community College

There are new opportunities in the healthcare field at Lincoln Land Community College that will benefit students looking to venture into Nero-diagnostic Technology. Diane Wilson is the Program Director for the Nero-diagnostic Technology at LLCC and wants new and returning students to know the class options that are available in order to fit into busy schedules.


Wilson explains that there are associate degrees offered and certificate programs that can be completed even faster.

 


Lincoln Land Community College is just one of thirty colleges in the United States with an accredited program, the only one in Illinois. Contracts between LLCC and local hospitals have made the job search for LLCC students much easier. Upon receiving one's certificate, the student will have a valuable connection to an employer.

 


To find out more about the classes and programs offered by Lincoln Land Community College, you can visit, LLCC.edu. Or call 217-757-6490.


Diane Wilson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

The Christian County Agriculture Group Connecting Citizens to Farms

Connecting agriculture to the local community is the mission of the Christian County Agriculture Group. Long-time member and Rural Policy Advocate, Dick Breckenridge looks to be the voice of many farmers, enabling consumers to connect their produce back to the people that made getting those items on the shelves possible.


The Christian County Agriculture Group made its first appearance to the community at the Christian County Fair over 20 years ago. They covered local agriculture issues and began “agribility”, where disabled farmers were recognized and given aid.

 


Struggling to gain the attention of the community, Breckenridge thought of a creative solution to open the curtain on what the farm systems actually look like and the state of the local farms. This gave way to a fly-over event that was covered by former WTIM Morning Show Host, Matt McLemore. The fly-over was a success that began to connect the public to their local farms.

 


The connection between agriculture and the community was created after that fly-over event. 


Rural Partners is a group that has recognized Taylorville as a success story for small towns. Taylorville will be showcased Wednesday, July 12, at 10:00 A.M.,  at the CTI offices located at 520 N Cheney St, in Taylorville. Speakers will cover economic development, businesses, and the City of Taylorville.

 


The Christian County Agriculture Group will be spotlighted in the Beer Tent at this year's Christian County Fair during the Ag Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, July 20th at 11:30 A.M.


Dick Breckenridge appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

HSHS Highlights Concerns over Current Air Quality Issues

Smoke from wildfires in Canada continues to affect the region, pushing air quality into the unhealthy or worse categories. Pulmonologist Brian Reichardt from HSHS Medical Group spoke about the current air quality issues. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield, Illinois, forecasts Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) conditions for fine particulate matter today. 

 

Dr. Brian Reichardt explained how poor air quality affects people's health, both in the short term and the long term. The main concern with poor air quality is the respiratory system.

 

 

The symptoms of poor air quality can differ depending on a person's underlying health conditions, the duration, as well as the intensity and composition of the smoke.

 

 

Poor air quality has a greater impact on certain people, including those over the age of 65, children, and people with respiratory and cardiac conditions.


 

For more information on air quality and up-to-date Air Quality Index Maps, visit AirNow.gov. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.
 

Taylorville Kiwanis, Local Non-Profits Sponsor Child Car Seat Safety Day

 

Several cars came thru last Saturday’s Car Seat Safety Day at the Taylorville Fire House.

 

 

The event was co-sponsored by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, Taylorville Fire Department, Taylorville Police Department, Christian County YMCA, and the Illinois Department of Transporation.

 

 

Several families were instructed on the proper installation of car safety seats.   It’s estimated that nationwide, some 80% of child car seats are installed incorrectly by parents.

 

 

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.     

             

Municipal Band Concert Cancelled Tonight Due To Air Quality

The Taylorville Municipal Band Concert that was scheduled for Wednesday evening has been canceled at the Christian County Historical Society due to the air quality. 

 

Some of the selections that were to be performed included: Fall River Overture by Robert Sheldon, March for a Festival by Howard Akers, Chester by William Schumann, Florentiner March by Julius Fucik, Of Pride and Celebration by James Swearingen, Bandology March by Eric Osterling, Bolero by Maurice Ravel and arranged by Frank Erickson, Magnificent Seven arranged by Jerry Nowack, and America the Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon.  

 

The Municipal Band will also perform two concerts next week.  July 4th, the Municipal Band will be at the Lake Taylorville Marina at 7 PM and July 5th will have the band performing at the Christian County Historical Society at 7 PM.  

Silent Bid Auction For Real Estate In Christian County

Nearly 120 real estate items and property will be offered along with 14 mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale. This will be done as Christian County has completed its tax deed proceedings for properties that were delinquent in 2019 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2020. 

 

All sealed bids must be in the Christian County Treasurer’s Office located in the Christian County Courthouse at 101 South Main Street in Taylorville no later than the close of business on July 14th, 2023. 

 

Christian County hopes that these new owners will both maintain the property, mobile homes, and keep taxes paid.  By eliminating abandoned properties, the appearance of the neighborhood should improve and the values of property should increase. 

 

The required minimum bid on real estate is $837 and on mobile homes is $905. Again, all items will be sold to the highest sealed bid received on or before July 14th of this year. You can find complete bidder’s packets and sale catalogs at the Christian County Treasurer’s Office or by visiting www.iltaxsale.com. 

 

For further sale information, contact the Auction Sale Department of the Christian County Tax Agent’s Office at 1-800-248-2850 or 618-656-5744. Office hours are 8 AM until 5 PM Monday through Friday.

The Social Security Administration Warns of Phone Scams

Your Social Security information is extremely important and the safety of such information could be threatened now more than ever. Phone scams have become more enhanced, as urgent scenarios are created, expressing dire needs for a close family member or friend. These scams can affect elderly people just as effectively as younger, more tech-savvy individuals.


Jack Myers, the Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, shares his tips on how to stay vigilant against these scams and how to protect your personal identity.
 


Scam calls have been a prominent mode of drawing information out of innocent citizens. Scenarios are created by scammers to get personal information that would not normally be needed. The Social Security Administration would never seek you out for this personal information over the phone.

 


An easy way to remain safe from scammers is to vary your passwords for different website accounts and internet profiles. Many users will reuse old passwords in order to remember the information but this can lead to easy access for a scammer to take over one's profile and attain personal information.

 


Scammers do not discriminate based on age. The elderly population has been targeted for the sole reason of having greater funds than the younger demographic. But Jack Myers makes it clear that no matter how comfortable you may be with technology, you too can be a victim of a phone scam.

 


To find out more about the Social Security Administration make sure to visit, https://www.ssa.gov/.


Or call 800-772-1213.


Jack Myers appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

Dr. Chad Anderson Finds New Ways to Advance Christian County Health Department

The Christian County Health Department has a new Public Health Administrator. Dr. Chad Anderson accepted the administrator role this January. The qualifications necessary to handle this type of role would require immense experience in the field of public health and awareness, which is why Dr. Anderson was the perfect selection for the position.


After completing his undergraduate at Illinois State University, Dr. Anderson joined the United States Peace Corps which led him abroad, to South Africa. There, Dr. Anderson received his Master’s in Public Health and eventually completed his Ph.D. Dr. Anderson is widely known for his research and development of a new way of staying safe from the malaria virus, an illness that continues to harm African people. By connecting knowledge to music Dr. Anderson created a song that would stick with people affected by the malaria parasite, to promote disease prevention.

 


Generating creative solutions to difficult issues is a skill that Dr. Anderson demonstrates, and looks to bring this same outside-the-box thinking to his new role as Administrator for the Christian County Health Department.
Awareness of any disease or issue is one of the most important factors when attempting to stay safe and informed. Dr. Anderson explains why his method of getting the public informed was efficient and successful.

 


Now, Dr. Anderson will utilize different strategies to get information to people in the Christian County area. Public awareness and information are at the forefront of Dr. Anderson and the Christian County Health Department’s mission. The health department is run by federal grants so the services offered come at no money to the taxpayer. Dr. Anderson describes some of these services provided.

 


Dr. Anderson and the Christian County Health Department are here to support you and your family. Under the new and creative administrator, Dr. Chad Anderson, Christian County public health will be more accessible.


To learn more about the Christian County Health Department you can visit, https://cchdil.org/.


The CC Health Department is located at 902 W. Springfield Rd, in Taylorville IL.


Dr. Chad Anderson appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

Air Quality Alert Central Illinois

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield Illinois forecasts Unhealthy (U) conditions for fine particulate matter today, June 28th and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) conditions for fine particulate matter on Thursday, June 29th.

 

Smoke from wildfires in Canada continues in the region, pushing air quality into the unhealthy or worse categories. Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts and levels can normally be found at AirNow.gov, but the unique widespread nature of this episode prompted this additional NWS alert.

 

Sensitive individuals, including people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers, minority populations, and outdoor workers, should avoid long or intense outdoor activity. Everyone else should reduce long or intense outdoor activity and take more breaks.

 

Residents are also urged to reduce pollution levels. Air quality forecasts and tips on how you can reduce your emissions and protect your health can be found at www.airnow.gov.

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From Local Funeral Director at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a local funeral director at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Mike Assalley is owner of funeral homes in Taylorville and 4 other communities in south central Illinois.  He shared his story of how he went from being an accounting major to funeral home director.   Assalley and his wife moved to Taylorville 12 years ago, and are both Effingham natives.   

 

Assalley’s decision to get into the funeral business was based on his desire to serve others.   

 

 

He told Kiwanis members that his decision to change careers from accounting to the funeral home business, occurred later in his life.

 

He added that people discussing their funeral arrangements isn’t as taboo as it used to be, and he encouraged everyone to have a conversation about those arrangements with their family.  He also strongly urged people to have a will to relieve the stress families go thru when a family member passes.

 

Assalley told the Kiwanis Club more and more people are meeting with him for pre-planning their funerals, but also was concerned that many children of those who pass have no idea if that departed family member has life insurance or other assets at the time of their death.

 

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

Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals Tables Decision on Hickory Point Solar Project

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night tabled their decision on granting the amendment to the Special Use Permit previously granted to the Hickory Point Solar Energy project in south central Christian County.  15 minutes into the meeting, it was moved from the County Board room to Courthouse A to accomodate the large crowd that attended.

 

Officials with Invenergy, the developer for the project, first made a presentation on the scope of the project and why the amendment had to be filed for, citing underground mining that had taken place under a portion of the original footprint. 

 

Invenergy brought several experts to bring testimony to the Board, with lead developer Greg Vasilion sharing a slide presentation showing where the new footprint would be, why it was needed, and the economic benefit to the 15 taxing bodies that additional taxes would be paid totaling some 33-point-7 million dollars over 25 years.

 

 

6 members of the public gave public statements during the Tuesday night Z-B-A meeting.  Marsha Cimarusti, a Morrisonville resident living near the proposed solar project, expressed concerns on future property values and whether the panels would affect her tv, radio and wi-fi signals.   Officials with the project cited several studies saying property values near solar project do not decline, and added solar panels don't cause R-F interference but if theirs did, they would work with her.

 

Brian Moore of Morrisonville, a real estate broker who also lives near the proposed site, also questionned if property values near the site would decline should the project be built.

 

 

Randi Riemann, principal at Morrisonville Junior High School, cited the benefits district will receive from increased tax dollars from the project, enabling them to provide additional courses and services to students.

 

Shawn Hammers, the director of the Christian County Solid Waste Department, asked about a storm water protection plan, as well as whether landfills will be inundated with solar panels when the project is decommissioned at the end of its useful life.  Officials with Invenergy responded saying the state mandates a storm water protection plan be filed before the project can begin, and that solar panels will likely be recycled rather than ending up in landfills at the end of their useful life.

 

Gayla Oyler, who owns property near the project, talked about her personal experiences in negotiating with Invenergy, and asked how many solar projects were needed in Central Illinois.

 

Eric Allison, a landowner near the proposed solar project, questioned if the ambient temperature near the panels would rise having an effect on the temperature of his nearby farmland, and also asked about how road conditions would be maintained during construction.  Invenergy officials responded saying they'll enter into a road use agreement as they did when they received their initial special use permit, to insure roads in the construction area would be maintained.

 

Once the public comment period ended, Z-B-A board members began asking questions in last night's meeting.  Board member Gary Merker asked for assurances that the projected additional revenue taxing bodies would receive over the proposed 25-year lifespan of the project, would continually increase with no give-backs during later years.   Invenergy officials assured Merker that was the case.

 

The meeting adjourned for a 10-minute recess, only to re-convene and suspend the meeting for the night.   The Z-B-A board will either, at a special meeting, or at their next regular monthly meeting, further review Invenergy's special use permit amendment application.  The board did ask that Christian County Supervisor of Assessments Chad Coady, appear to answer questions regarding how assessments will be affected in the project's footprint.

Taylorville School Board Meets; Approves New Contracts

The Taylorville School Board met on Tuesday evening. The School Board had some mementos for Dr. Chris Dougherty who announced her retirement earlier this year. Dr. Dougherty also recognized the FFA program and a few other successful programs. Board member Tricia Marburger announced her resignation from the board immediately.

 

 

The board thanked Marburger for her many years of service.  

 

Under new business, the board spent some considerable time discussing grants.  Wendy Dulakis, business manager, says that almost all funds have increased since Dr. Dougherty arrived and the School is in a good place moving forward financially.

 

 

Under new business, the board tabled the annual banking proposal.  There was a lengthy discussion under the grants section of the new business. The conversation involved the reading program and how the grants were set up.  The question was about a teacher and where the allocation of money that was already set up for the grant could go.  Dr. Ron Mizer, voiced his concern over the board getting involved with the administration work.

 

 

An amended motion was approved with a promise to look at how to get more reading time in the future within the grant. Other contracts were approved including CTI, Durham Bus Service, and General Supply Bid Results. Outgoing Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty gave her final superintendent's report thanking everyone for a successful school year and praising all the administration and staff who made that possible.

 

The board went into closed session to discuss personnel.  Dr. Mizer voted no on going into closed session stressing that there was no need. 

 

 

The next Taylorville School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, July 26th with students expected back on August 16th. 

Treasurer Reports Moderate Gains In Illinois

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has earned more than $2 billion in investment earnings for the state portfolio since taking office.  The total also includes $113 million in May investment earnings for the state portfolio. Treasurer Frerichs says that the office earned an additional $81.4 million in gross investment earnings in May and the investment has surged past the $1 billion mark in gross investment earnings for Illinois Funds since he took office.

 

You can see how the key monthly metrics and more are put together by visiting the Vault, a transparent website that allows Illinois residents a chance to see how the State Treasurer’s Office works by visiting iltreasurervault.com.  

 

The Treasurer’s Office has earned more than $2.06 billion in investment earnings since Treasurer Frerichs took office in 2015 including $113 million in earnings for the state investment portfolio in May.  The previous record had been earned the prior month with $100.7 million.  

 

The Treasurer’s Office made nearly $81.4 million in gross investment earnings for participants in the Illinois Funds investment pool in May and more than $1.04 billion since taking office.  The interest rate for the Illinois Funds was a record 5.17% for May.  Find out more by visiting https://www.illinoistreasurer.gov/.

American Red Cross Offers Safety Tips Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

As we approach the 4th of July weekend, the American Red Cross wants you to enjoy a fun and safe holiday and provides some tips to keep you and your family safe 

 

One of the main appeals of the 4th of July weekend is fireworks, the Red Cross provides some tips for proper firework safety. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials, Always follow the instructions on the packaging, Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution, Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection, Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud", Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. The Red Cross also mentions the safest way to enjoy fireworks is a public firework show. 

 

The Red Cross also has some tips for grilling which is always popular in the summer months. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire, Don't add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited, Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill, Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe, Wash your hands before preparing the food, Don't leave food out in the hot sun. Keep perishable foods in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer gel packs. 

 

For more tips, including water safety, beach safety, and water park safety, Visit Redcross.org/watersafety

Taylorville School Board To Meet; Honor Dr. Dougherty

The Taylorville School Board is set to meet on Tuesday evening at 6 PM.  The meeting will take place at the District Office Boardroom in Taylorville at 1100 North Sportsman Drive. There will be a reception honoring retiring superintendent, Dr. Chris Dougherty. After approval of the consent agenda and reviewing committee reports and a look at some old business, the School board will hear new business including, approving the contract for the new superintendent and an annual banking proposal.  Other actions will be a look at an annual banking proposal, grants list, property, general supply bid results, Durham Bus Service contract, CTI contract, and ILLINET/OCLC Services Program Renewal Agreement.  

 

There will be a superintendent report, along with an executive session, and any action that may be taken from that session.  The treasurer’s report will be reviewed along with a consideration of overnight trips and other claims.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for a complete look at the meeting following the event. 

New Cow Grazing System at Dudley Smith Farm's Annual Field Day

The Dudley Smith Annual Field Day is an agricultural-based event that will take place Thursday, June 29th, from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Dudley Smith Research Farm. Dudley Smith Farm at 2200 E. 600 North Road in Pana.  The field day gives cattle farmers and other members of the agriculture community a chance to hear words from Dudley Smith Farm researchers, exchange thoughts on the year's growth, and a look at new ways of maintaining their cattle.

 

Travis Meteer is the Beef and Cattle Educator for the University of Illinois Extension office. Meteer plays a more significant role in the annual field day events and has grown up alongside cattle producers.

 

 

Meteer notes that The Dudley Smith Farm experience would not be possible without Ed Ballard, who gave 39 years to educating Illinois on farm productivity and sustainability, then became the manager of Dudley Smith Farms.

 

 

Rotational grazing is a system tested by Dudley Smith Farms, which sections off pieces of a pasture to allow regrowth, while livestock consumes another part of the land.

 

 

New grazing practices appear at an opportune time as Illinois is experiencing drought-like conditions, not seen since 2012. Beef cow production can be hurt by the lack of precipitation. Hay is being utilized for cow feed earlier than expected.

 

 

To register for the Dudley Smith Farm Annual Field Day you can register online at https://extension.illinois.edu/events/2023-06-29-dudley-smith-farm-field-day.


Travis Meteer appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.
 

Park Board Holds Monthly Meeting

The Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees held their June meeting Monday evening at the Manner's Park Dining Hall. The board Spoke about a new maintenance shed and provided an update on the skate park and the dog park. 

 

The board Started by approving minutes and the treasure report. They then continued to the maintenance shed at manners park which is in the process of being renovated. The board received 2 offers from the same company one would remove the current siding on the shed to replace it with metal siding the other would reinforce the existing wood and cover it with metal siding. The board unanimously passed the first option. 

 

Next, moving on to the skate park it was stated that Effingham had some skate ramps to donate.

 

 

After that the board moved to the dog park that is coming along, the main hold-up as of right now is fencing. 

 

 

There is also an assortment of other things being bought for the dog park including water fountains and dog swings. 

 

To wrap things up Bailey Hancock Reviewed some of the events that were held and are in the plans for the park district.

 

 

The next park board meeting is July 24th.
 

Assumption Gets Grant For Lead Pipes

The Illinois EPA has announced that Assumption has received a grant for replacing lead service lines.  EPA Director John J. Kim announced that Assumption would receive $1,093,967 in funding from the State Resolving Fund which provides low-interest loan funding for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects.  The funding is in the form of principal forgiveness, so the city of Assumption will not have to repay any of the funding.

 

Kim spoke about the program saying that while most communities are facing the challenges of lead service lines, many of them have been able to secure funding.  Removal of these service lines reduces the public health risks associated with lead, and securing funding with principal forgiveness is a significant benefit for not only the community but the residents.

 

Assumption plans on replacing an estimated 140 lead service lines within the community with the funding.  Lead is a toxic metal that can accumulate in the body over time and lead can enter drinking water when pipes get corroded. Many older homes built prior to 1990 have lead service lines.  

 

Since 2017, the Illinois EPA has provided lead service line replacement principal forgiveness for projects directly related to activities that reduce or eliminate lead from potable water.  To date, Illinois EPA has provided over $117.4 million in funding for lead service line replacement. Principal forgiveness is available up to a maximum amount of $4 million per loan recipient until the allotted funds are expended.  Illinois EPA anticipates distributing an additional $5.2 million in principal forgiveness funding under this program allotment by June 30, 20023. 

 

To learn more about resources on lead in your home visit the Illinois EPA website.  

Balloon Fest at The Shelby County Airport

 The Shelby County Balloon Fest is Saturday, July 8th This year, the event will feature an airplane fly-in and a car show. Scott Jefson is the Shelby County Airport Manager and owns the Shelby County Aviation Club.


Jefson is looking forward to the new additions to the Balloon Fest and to seeing the local community experience the hard work that goes into these events.

 


The aviation community is not comprehensive of the entire community but Jefson wants these family-friendly events to be accessible to anyone. Jefson notes that the Shelby County Airport contributes to the community in many ways.

 


The Flying Club is a group that was started by Scott Jefson to get trained pilots back in the air for their own reasons, without paying for their own plane.

 


There is much more to the Shelby County Airport that local citizens will be able to witness during this year's Balloon Fest.

 


The Shelby County Balloon Fest will be Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


Scott Jefson appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.

Upcoming Dairy Tour

The Illinois Milk Producers Association and the University of Illinois Extension will highlihgt innovative dairy technology and management practices during their annual Dairy Tech Tour.  This year’s tour is taking participants to Wilra Farms in Nashville, Illinois.  The guided tour will be led by farmer Clint Harre and Doctors Phil Cardoso and Derek Nolan from the University of Illinois. Attendees will hear about the latest technology and management when it comes to dairy and hear from dairy farmers who have implemented new systems.

 

Tasha Bunting, IMPA executive director, says that tech tours are an excellent opportunity for Illinois dairy farmers and industry reps. Dairy farmers are encouraged to connect with attendees and see some of the systems they have implemented to learn from one another during tours. 

 

WIlra Farms was established 40 years ago in 1982 where the Harre partners, Clint and Nick Harre, their father Doug, Uncle Curt, and cousins Lucas and Matt have built a farm and spent most of their time. The farm’s parlor system wasn’t keeping up with demand, and the family needed to think of a new solution.   

 

In 2022, after upgrading their technology and investing in a Waikato rotary milking parlor and the enhancement allowed the family to expand their milking herd to 500 cows.  The dairy also became more efficient and created a better environment for both the cows and those milking the cows. 

 

On the farm, you will meet calves, tour the Waikato rotary milking parlor, and a state-of-the-art ventilation system.  From 10 AM until Noon there will be a guided farm tour. From 12:15-1 PM, there will be lunch and U of I dairy updates, and from 1-2 PM there will be a self-guided farm visit. The Dairy Tech Tour will go from 10 AM until 2 PM on July 17th at Wilra Farms, at 6071 Vanburen Rd., Nashville IL, 62263.  The farm tour will include discussions on management practices led by the Harre family, as well as a research update session led by Dr. Phil Cardoso.  Lunch will be provided.

 

The event is free to attend and pre-registration is not required.  Visit www.illinoismilk.org for more information on the tour or stay connected at @Ilmilkproducers.  Contact the IMPA at 309-557-3703.  
 

Villas of Hollybrook Prolongs Independence

The Villas of Hollybrook are re-imagining the way seniors gain independence while dealing with an aging body. Comprehensive and personalized care is offered, independence is prioritized and assistance will be available wherever the elderly person may need it in their daily schedule.

Nikki Perry works with a program called Empower-Me and uses her expertise to venture into places like Villas of Hollybrook to focus on therapy, physical and mental, which keeps seniors living a life they see for themselves.

 


Recovering from serious health complications like a stroke takes professional assistance. The Villas of Hollybrook is lucky to have members like Perry, guiding seniors back to full health.

 


Assistive care is different than independent living. Assistive care is looked at as a transitional phase of not being able to do some household tasks but still having the cognitive function to live a normal life.

 


Perry describes some of the creative solutions Empower-Me gives to problems as simple as getting out of the shower. These daily tasks turn into difficult ordeals as people age.

 


Nikki Perry, The Villas of Hollybrook, and Empower-Me are prolonging seniors' ability to remain independent in their late years.


Nikki Perry appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.

Herrick 4th of July Celebration Nears

The Herrick 4th of July Celebration is almost underway and the city is looking to have another great year of activities for the local community. The first day of events is Sunday, July 2nd.


Brent Wallace is the Parade Organizer for this year's July 4th gathering and is ready to put on another great celebration this year.

 

 

Day one events include a cornhole tournament. Registration begins at 9:00 A .M. and Wallace notes that this is an event that can run all day long.

 

 

Live music performances will be held every night of the 4th of July Celebration. Night two, Monday the 3rd, will have The Back Road Boogie performing at 10:00 P.M. 


The day everyone is waiting for, July 4th, will get the events started with a breakfast hosted by the FFA Alumni, starting at 7:00 A.M.

 

 

Wallace states the music lineup for the day of July 4th and notes that the parade has yet to see a year without a veteran walking with the community. 

 

 

For information on the Herrick 4th of July Celebration, you can visit their Facebook page at, Herrick, IL 4th of July Celebration.


Brent Wallace appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

VA Announces Grants

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced that the third quarter FY23 Veterans’ Cash Grant Recipients awarded to organizations that provide vital services to veterans including job training and employment, housing assistance, post-traumatic stress treatments, behavioral health programs, and legal aid.  The grant is funded by the Winter Winnings Illinois Lottery ticket.  

 

Included in the awardees are the Central Illinois Veterans Commission who was awarded $100,000 to fund supplies and materials for building and furnishing homes for homeless veterans and their families.  Two homes will be built by volunteer Veterans. 

 

Rolling Thunder, Chapter 1 Veterans Assistance Committee was awarded $20,000 to assist at risk for homelessness Veterans with funding for housing and utilities helping 180 veterans. Merging Vets and Players was awarded $75,839 for services for Veterans with Behavioral Health concerns.  The grant will support 48 in-person core programming sessions and community engagement activities.  Funding has been included for physical activity trainers, gym space, and MVP member gear.  

 

Freedom Paws Service Foundation was awarded $59,562 to assist Veterans diagnosed with PTSD by utilizing psychiatric service dogs, particularly Labrador Retrievers.  Freedom Paws will train and utilize service dogs providing support and assistance to 50 Veterans from the Peoria, Chillicothe, and Central Illinois Region. 

 

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs awards these funds int he form of Veterans’ Cash Grants.  On a quarterly basis, IDVA’s Veterans’ Cash Grant Authorization Committee reviews applications and awards grants to groups that have demonstrated a proven need.  For more information on Veterans’ Cash Grants, visit https://veterans.illinois.gov/programs/veterans-cash.html. 

Experts Urge Safety Around Fireworks

With fourth of July festivities right around the corner, multiple safety experts are encouraging the public to learn how to be safe around fireworks. THere has been a 25% increase in fireworks injuries over the past 15 years with an average of over 10,000 injuries per year reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There has also been a dozen fatalities over the past decade.  In 2022, in Illinois, these injuries also included 20 dismemberments according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  

 

When looking at fireworks, both Class B1.3G and Class C 1.4G (known as consumer fireworks) are illegal for sale and use by the public in Illinois.  Violations can result in fines up to $2,500 and a year in prison.  Though most people think sparklers are innocent, they account for the second highest percentage of injuries behind firecrackers.  Sparkers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the equivalent of handing a child a blow torch.  

 

Dr. Leslie Jaurez-Law has some recommendations that pet owners may take to limit trauma.  Never take pets to celebrations with fireworks, make certain all pets have proper identification, cats should be kept indoors, dogs should be walked before dark,on a  leash, and under the control of a responsible adult.  Pet owners should keep doors and windows closed and play soft music to muffle the sound.

 

Do not leave dogs unattended outdoors, and distract your pet with a longer lasting treat such as a toy or licky mat filled with peanut butter. COnsider using over-the-counter products such as pheromones and calming shirts.  Find out more by visiting www.WestLoopVet.com.  

Christian County 4-H Developing Young Minds During Summertime

The Christian County 4-H group is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by preparing them for the future through educational and social learning. This summer, 4-H is diving into more topics that develop the local youth in ways that may not be regularly prioritized.


Sarah Martin is the Youth Development Educator for the 4-H program and is excited about this summer's events. 4-H is presenting Summer Science on the Beach, on Wednesday, June 28th, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

 


The 4-H's stands for Head, Heart, Hand, and Health. The 4-H camps look to involve every piece of the human experience, diving into topics like mental health while prioritizing healthy physical habits. 

 


It is never too early to begin thinking of your child's future and with 4-H, the Child Development Model is used to ensure children are prepared for their next endeavors.


Some 4-H members have been recognized for their livestock-judging accomplishments. Amanda Cunningham, the Program Coordinator notes how in-depth the livestock competitions can be.

 


The 4-H camps are coming up next for the program and there are activities that engage the necessary social, emotional, and physical aspects of a young person. Sarah Martin explains the basics of the camp.
 


The next date set for the 4-H camp is June 26th through the 29th at the United in Faith Church in Pana, 609 Fairgrounds Road. The same content is taught at each camp so you will not miss out if you choose another time and location.


To register for the events and camps the 4-H offers visit go.illinois.edu/christian4hcamp, or call 217-287-7246.


Sarah Martin and Amanda Cunningham appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests.

The Christian County Sherriff's Office New Smartphone Application

The Christian County Sheriff's Office is keeping the local community connected to the sheriff’s office with a new cell phone application. The Christian County Sheriff Illinois app will have features like non-emergency filings, vacation patrol, and push notifications that will alert users when there are instances like road closures or missing persons.


The new Christian County Sheriff Illinois app has been a project for Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriff's Office. He says that connecting citizens with the sheriff's office is the main goal.

 


The Local community is a valuable resource to any police department and with the Christian County Sheriffs Illinois app, connecting to your local police is made even easier. Chief Deputy Baker is excited about the calendar feature that will allow organizations to post their relevant details for events and fundraisers.

 


Chief Deputy Baker's ultimate goal is public safety. With the new app, public safety along with other community-related goals will be enhanced through the new mode of communication. The app is available for Apple iPhone users and will be available for Android devices very soon. 
 


There has been an increase in scams that have taken advantage of many elderly people in the past months. The app's push notifications will be able to alert the local community of the type of scam and what to be aware of.

 


The Christian County Sheriff Illinois app is making community engagement with police officers more accessible. The app looks to be a one-stop shop for all items that may concern a local citizen.


Chief Deputy Baker appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

Agencies Warn Of Scams

There are a few different scams going on that police are warning about. In Sangamon County, the Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of telephone scams where the caller claims to be “Sgt Smith” with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and claims the victim has a warrant out for their arrest or that they have a family member under arrest and needs money to get them out.  Sheriff Jack Campbell assures the public no one from the Sheriff’s Office would ever request or demand money over the phone under any circumstances.  

 

The Taylorville Police Department is letting residents know that TPD has been contacting individuals concerning the National Night Out event in August and will work on requesting donations next month.  Police say they will make a post when that is happening, however, if anyone calls you claiming they are a part of the Police Department, call them directly to verify.  If you have any questions for TPD, call 217-824-2211.

 

Lastly, the FBI is warning of scams where the caller pretends to be or is with a relative of the victim and demands money, saying that the victim's relative is either been kidnapped or in an accident, or another ordeal. If you receive such a call, you should verify the identity and location of the child or grandchild claiming to be in trouble. You should hang up and call another family member who can confirm your child or grandchild's whereabouts. Try calling them at the telephone number through which you normally reach him or her. Stay calm and avoid acting out of a sense of urgency. Do not wire money unless you have verified with an independent third party that your child or grandchild is truly in trouble.

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines different phone scams and how to better protect yourself by visiting https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/phone-scams. 

C.E.F.S Head Start Program Creating Brighter Futures

Parenting is among the hardest jobs on the market. The C.E.F.S. Head Start Program has been easing the ultimate responsibility of parenting with the services they provide. Active and comprehensive learning environments for pre-schoolers, home visits, and help with medical appointments are just some of the impactful assistance offered by Head Start.


Nicole Gardewine is the Family and Community Engagement Manager with Head Start. The mission of Head Start is to prepare children for their kindergarten years while keeping parents informed and knowledgeable.

 


Gardewine explains that one of the most important factors is engagement with parents to ensure their child's success. The Head Start Program regularly provides home visits to play and interact with children while informing parents on what's next for their child.

 


These processes of scheduling appointments or even having transportation to the doctor's office can be the reason for parents neglecting these responsibilities. Head Start is here to help with any of these concerns.
 


The Head Start Program is a federally funded group that is providing educational and logistical resources to families who may be struggling. Yet another reason the Head Start Program is benefitting communities.
 


The Head Start team is here for new or struggling parents to ease the tough burden of child care in meaningful ways. 


To find care or for more information, you can visit the Head Start website at https://www.cefseoc.org/headstart, or call 217-663-7822


Nicole Gardewine and Heather Odam appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests.
 

Taylorville Police Thrilled with Direction of the Department

The Taylorville Police Department has been the force that keeps the local community members safe and informed. The success of the department has only increased as rehabilitation and mental health have become the centerpiece of their mission.


Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler has been able to connect with local citizens in order to keep the streets clean. Chief Wheeler attributes the lowering of crime rates to community participation.

 


The community engagement would not be possible without the Taylorville Police Departments' involvement with Safe Passage of Taylorville and the constant connection to citizens. Safe Passage is a rehabilitation-based program that works with drug offenders to change their habits before being released from jail.


Now that drug offenders have been properly rehabilitated, their journey back into normal life will be easier and they will be less likely to re-offend. Chief Wheeler and the department have seen the effects of treating drug offenders as mental health cases.
 


The engagement between the Taylorville Police Department and the local community has created a trusting bond. Citizens can know that their police force is working for them, while officers know their work is not going unnoticed, as many members of the community are stepping up to help fight crime.

 


The Taylorville Police Department has used their well-trained staff and resources like Safe Passage to build an important relationship with the community. Under the leadership of Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, crime will not go unnoticed in Taylorville.


Police Chief Wheeler appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

IDPH Urging Illinoisans To Be Protected Against Mosquitoes

The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to “Fight The Bite” and protect themselves from mosquitoes this summer. The West Nile Virus has been detected in four counties in Illinois including Saint Clair, Morgan, LaSalle, and Cook.  While many people who are infected don’t have many symptoms, the virus can be serious for the elderly and those with a compromised immune system. Public Health Spokesperson Mike Claffey encourages everyone to take precautions.

 

 

One way that you can protect yourself is by eliminating standing water on your property.

 

 

IDPH encourages you to practice the three “R”s –reduce, repel, and report. Reduce by making sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens and repairing or replacing screens that have tears or other openings. Repel when you are outdoors, by wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and light colored, long-sleeved shirts. Report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week, such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

 

Find out more by visiting the IDPH website. 

Taylorville Kiwanis, Host of Other Organizations Co-Sponsoring Car Seat Safety Day Saturday at Taylorville Fire House

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is co-sponsoring a Car Seat Safety Day with a host of other organizations this Saturday morning from 9 til noon at the Taylorville Fire House.

 

The safety check is also co-sponsored by the Taylorville Fire Department, the Taylorville Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

The public is encouraged to stop by for a no-charge check of children’s safety seats to make sure they properly protect their kids.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of 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.     

Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur Open for Summertime Activities

The Rock Spring Nature Center in Decatur is coming alive during the summer months with family-friendly activities every week. The nature center is open Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and is located at 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur. Educational opportunities are available at the center while Live music performances are held every other Sunday night during the summer time.


Alisha Callison works with the Rock Spring Nature Center and serves as the Director of Service for the Macon County Conservation District. Callison describes all the great things happening all summer long.


 


This is the eighth summer hosting live, outdoor music performances at the Rock Springs Nature Center. Callison says that it is amongst the most popular of the activities offered. The next scheduled music performance will be Sunday, July 2nd.


 


Discover local music talent while enjoying the summer night at the Rock Spring Nature Center. If you are looking to dive into American history the Nature Center along with the Homestead Praire Farmhouse will give you a look at Independence Day in 1860 to show community members what life was really like before today.


 


Summer camp options are also available with the Rock Spring Nature Center this summer.

 


There are many activities offered by the Rock Springs Nature Center. To not miss any of the events this summer you can visit

https://www.maconcountyconservation.org/conservation-areas/rock-springs-nature-center/


Or visit their Facebook page at Macon County Conservation District.


Alisha Callison appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.
 

Melatonin Has Been On The Rise, But Is It Safe

Getting rest is important for many reasons including just general wellbeing.  The National Institutes of Health warns that a chronic lack of sleep can increase the risk for a number of health issues including stroke, seizures, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done.  Nearly 60 million Americans every year experience some kind of insomnia and wake up feeling tired.  Dr. Sarah Zallek, a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders for OSF Sleep, says that sleep disruptions can have countless causes such as personal loss, stress, or sadness. One thing that has been noticed has been the impact of COVID-19. 

 

 

One sleep aid option that is being used more and more is the use of melatonin supplements. Melatonin is a hormone your brain produces in response to darkness.  It helps with the timing of circadian rhythms and with sleep. Melatonin can be made synthetically, and is most often used as a supplement in this form.  A recent study published by the CDC shows that use has increased 150% between 2016 and 2020.  Dr. Zallek says that while melatonin does have value, if you have a sleep disorder you should find the cause of it. 

 

 

In the US, melatonin is sold as a supplement.  That means it’s not regulated as a drug and the US Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have oversight over what gets put in the bottle, the ingredients, or the accuracy of dosage claims.  Dr. Zallek warns that there might be more, or less, than you bargained for in your bottle.

 

 

Adults aren’t alone when it comes to sporadic sleep issues.  Kids can suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders and parents often turn to melatonin for help.  Dr. Zallek has concerns. 

 

 

Melatonin ingestions reported to US Poison control centers increased 530% from 2012 – 2021 with more 52,000 calls last year alone.  Dr. Zallek encourages everyone to speak to their doctor before starting a melatonin regimen for sleep. 

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Golf Outing is Saturday June, 24th

The 15th Annual Taylorville Memorial Hospital golf outing will be this Saturday, June 24th at the Lakeshore Golf Corse. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00.


Debbie Johnson is the Auxiliary Liason for Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Johnson is behind the events that help fund TMH with updated equipment for laboratories, funding the helicopter access pad, and even operating the gift shop of the Hospital.

 


The $90 registration fee will include 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, dinner, and even a $10,000 hole-in-one initiative that will bring even more excitement. Johnson notes that events like these are important to maintaining a functioning hospital, saying everyone involved in the process of hosting are volunteer. 

 


Johnson explains that the golf outing is one of three events the TMH Auxiliary team hosts a year. The Saturday at Lakeshore Golf Course does help the Auxiliaries' bottom line tremendously. 
 


The City of Taylorville has been a detrimental piece to these events as local sponsors and participation are always needed and provided. Johnson notes that the community has made events like the golf outing possible and valuable to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
 


To register for the Taylorville Memorial Hospital golf outing you can call  Debbie Johnson directly at 217- 707-5273. 


Debbie Johnson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show. 
 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Presents Awards In 4 Categories During Annual Banquet

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce presented 4 awards to various community members, during their Annual Banquet Friday night at the Pillars Event Center.

 

 

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller (left) was presented the "Community Impact Award" for his over 30 years of service to the Taylorville community.  The award was presented by Chamber Executive Director Linda Allen (middle) and outgoing president Jennifer Franklin (right).   Miller told the crowd he was humbled to accept the award.

 

 

 

 

The "Exceptional Employee Award" was given to Christine Condon (left), an employee at Lilly Signs, for providing her customers exceptional service.

 

Jessica Oyler, owner of Down to Earth Sustainability, won both the Chamber's "Innovation Award" and their "Rising Star Award" but was not able to attend.

Christian County Board Meets

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening. Under ordinances, all ARPA fund zoning ordinances were approved including the health department, an elevator in Pana, the jail, the historical society, and courthouse updates. The ordinance approving rock and chip for the health department parking lot was cancelled, due to the health department moving into a new building.

 

Under highway, building, and grounds, Thomas Snyder Jr. gave his update. The big focus was on King Bridge #8 including working with IDOT for Federal funds. 

 

 

Roof repairs from earlier spring storms was approved and a request was granted for part time mowers. 

 

Under new business, Lee Skinner and Steve Craggs were approved for a Car Cruise on July 7th. Parking was agreed upon to be at the corner of Webster and Market Street and First National Bank of Taylorville.  A shuttle service would be utilized in the morning from 7 AM until 8 AM. The board discussed and recommended that they keep their contract the same for 9-1-1 for the next year and revisit it at a later date.

 

 

The board also discussed a child advocacy center. States Attorney John McWard explained that Sangamon County is helping, but they need some help.

 

 

McWard says there are between 50-75 cases a year. $500 was the approved portion to pay per case total and the board approved a motion to send it to the finance committee for further discussion.

 

The next County Board meeting for Christian County is set for July 18th.  

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears About New Sheriff's Office Mobile App at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Chief Deputy Sheriff at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Jim Baker (left in picture) was promoted in the Christian County Sheriff’s Office to Chief Deputy after serving some 25 years in law enforcement.

 

Baker said his office’s goal is to improve communication with the public.   Baker put in over 6 months of work to introduce the Sheriff’s Office new app for smartphones. 

 

 

It’s now working on Apple phones but is a few days away from being available on Android phones.

 

Baker told Kiwanis members that residents can access a wealth of information regarding the Sheriff’s Office, plus submit things like a vacation patrol or submit a tip.   Baker emphasized the app was created without cost to the taxpayers.

 

Kiwanis member Dean Ray (right) was program chair for Tuesday's meeting.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community 

at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.   

Mt Auburn Farmers Picnic Starts June 22nd-24th

The Mt. Auburn Farmers Picnic kicks off June 22nd through the 24th for their 136th year of county fair activities. This family-friendly event will have something for all ages. The weekend activities begin with the Miss Pageant and ends with the parade on Saturday.


Ann Holiday, the Vice President of the Mt. Auburn Farmers Picnic describes the weekend.


 


The opening day of the fair is Thursday, June 22nd and the festivities officially begin at 6:00 P.M. with opening ceremonies. Friday will feature the Firemans Walleye Fish dinner.


 


One of the new events in this year's Farmers Picnic is the 9-hole putt-putt course. This activity will be available all weekend. The Parade is not exclusive, as Ann Holiday wants the entire community to be involved.


 


President of Mt. Auburn's Farmers Picnic Melissa Osbourne and Vice President Ann Holiday are keeping Mt. Aubrun great with these family-friendly events.


Ann Holiday and Melissa Osbourne appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Discusses New Additions to the Community

The city of Taylorville has fought through many battles like tornado recovery and a pandemic. None would be possible without the guidance from a strong mayoral force. Mayor Bruce Barry has seen just about everything during his time as Mayor of Taylorville, beginning in 2017. 


Now Mayor Barry uses his experience and knowledge to lead Taylorville into the future. Mayor Barry speaks on his history with the summertime fairs.

 


The July 4th celebrations here in Taylorville are more than parades and fireworks. Mayor Barry talks about the new Veterans Memorial Wall that will be added, along with a picnic hosted by the Mayor.

 


Mayor Barry states that the new addition to the Veterans Memorial site in Taylorville is an opportunity to remember the reasons the community is able to live freely.
 


There are great ways to remember those who fought for freedom with the Veterans Memorial Walls here in Taylorville, located at Lake Taylorville.
Mayor Barry is excited for the future of the Taylorville Square with renovations happening currently.

 


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry was a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Summertime Fun with the Christian County YMCA

There are summer activities for the students enjoying summer break with the Christian County YMCA. From summer camps to swim lessons, children ages 5-12 will be looking at a fun-filled summer.


The summer camp programs run from June 5th to August 11th with registration found at ccymca.org. Averi Noreuil (No-Rell), the Childcare Coordinator for the Christian County YMCA says she is looking forward to this summer's activities and themes.

 


The YMCA, like many, was not immune to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A loss of staff has left some employees working multiple roles. Andrea Bach, the Associate Executive Director for the CC YMCA, explains that she was one of these dynamic workers during the rough years. However, the YMCA team is seeing normal participation numbers in last year's reports and looks to pick up where they left off. 


 


The Summer Camps, presented by the Cristian County YMCA will be offering more than a way for the youth community to get out of the house. The camps offer valuable social exposure that was lost during the pandemic. Bach explains that the differences in interaction are noticeable.


 


As summer camp and overall participation are back to normal, the Christian County YMCA staff is ready for a busy summer. The first event for the summer camp is a trip to the zoo!


Yet another program offered by the CC YMCA is its swim lessons. Evening sessions have begun on June 13th and run through August 10th, while morning sessions start on July 24th and end on August 3rd.

 


Visit the Christian County YMCA website at https://www.ccymca.org/ to find registration and times of all events.


Andrea Bach and Averi Noreuil appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests. 
 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Executive Director Credits Volunteers for Successful Annual Banquet

It was a celebration of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's efforts this past Chamber year, during their 116th Annual Banquet Friday night at the Pillars Event Center.

 

Chamber Executive Director Linda Allen told Regional Radio News the event came off without a hitch due to the many volunteers that helped make it happen.

 

 

The 50-50 cash drawing was won by Glen Berry who received almost 450-dollars.   Berry also won a set of headphones in the prize raffle, while Ed Legg won Cardinal tickets.

Taylorville City Council Tables Three Items At City Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council tabled three fairly big motions on Monday night during their bimonthly meeting at the Municipal Building including one that would limit the Mayor’s power on being able to approve solely gaming license classifications.  With Aldermen Doug Brown and Kathy Driskell absent, City Council started off the night honoring Taylorville Track Star Owen Morgan and giving the oath of office to Firefighters Kurt Hoehn and Colin Ayers. 

The Council approved some omnibus votes, heard from the Downtown Taylorville Committee and approved a few ordinances. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry spoke asking for volunteers and informing the public on the upcoming 4th of July festivities.

 

 

A motion was tabled to recommend to the city council to approve the quote from 120 water at a cost not to exceed $23,000.  The motion was tabled due to some questions that city attorney Rocci Romano had concerning it. A motion was also tabled to recommend to the city council to approve the construction of a 50’ seawall with a 12x24 dock at 3516 East Lakeshore Drive for many of the same reasons. 

 

The big discussion of the evening and the one that took the majority of the night was a motion to recommend to the City Council to direct the City Attorney to amend the City Code to require full City Council approval for all gaming license classifications.  Right now, only certain classes have to be approved by the full city council and the council wanted to make it so that way everyone was covered.  Attorney Romano said he was willing to do it, but needed some boundaries over what would be allowed and what wouldn’t so the city wouldn’t fall susceptible to lawsuits.

 

 

Council members stressed that the only reason they wanted to do this, was to make sure one person didn’t have all the power. The question was then brought up over how much is too much. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that he has never allowed one without getting Council approval, even though he could. 

 

 

After a 20 minute discussion, the council said they were tired of talking about it and talking in circles, and they tabled the discussion for a later date. The next city council meeting is set for July 3rd. 

Christian County Property Tax Dates Coming Up

Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen is reminding the public that property taxes are due soon. The due date for the first installment is July 6th. Asmussen says that they were mailed out on June 5th.  

 

 

If you didn’t receive a tax bill, contact the office at 217-824-4889.

 

 

For more information, visit https://www.christiancountyil.gov/treasurer/. 

Taylorville City Council Set To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Monday evening to discuss business, review ordinances, and hear from top officials when they meet for their second June meeting at 7 PM at the Municipal Building in Taylorville. After giving the oath of office to new firefighters, Colin Ayers and Kurt Hoehn, the council will recognize Owen Morgan as youth of the month and approve omnibus votes. 

 

The council will look to approve some ordinances including a BDD agreement and some vendor invoices. There is also going to be a motion to approve a replacement AC unit for the Fire Department. After hearing from the city attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, the council will go over committee reports. 

 

The Council will look at a motion to approve the quote from water, approve a 50-foot seawall, and direct the City Attorney to amend the city code to require full city council approval for all gaming license classifications, and some BDD redevelopment agreements. The council will also hear from the public for any concerns they may have. 

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story after the conclusion of the event. 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Banquet Friday Night Raises Funds for Chamber, Hope House, Missions for Taylorville

Friday night's 116th Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was not only a celebration of the past Chamber year, but the event was a fund raiser for 3 local non-profit organizations.

 

All ticket sales were split between the Chamber; the Hope House, a house for families who have lost children due to death; and Missions for Taylorville, an arm of the Taylorville Ministerial Association that does home repairs to those unable to afford it with no cost to the homeowner.

 

 

Michael St. Louis with the Hope House told the gathering about the location that grieving parents can go for solace.

 

 

Ed Legg, coordinator with Missions for Taylorville, told the Chamber Banquet that it offers no-cost repairs to local homeowners.

 

 

The night concluded with the crowd playing "Family Feud" with the emcee incoming Chamber president Mike Assalley.

Nest & Company Grand Opening in Shelbyville

A new business owner is announcing the grand opening of a new home decor store in Downtown Shelbyville called Nest and Company. Jaclyn Fredrick is excited to share the excitement for the facelift that the renovations are bringing. Friday, June 30th, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. is the official opening of Nest and Company.


 


Fredrick shares why she decided on the name, "Nest and Company." Bringing a sense of home to the store and the community is a goal for the new retailer. Women's and men's clothes will also be available.

 


The new venture for Fredrick will be a way to spend more time with her family and newborn child. 


The Grand opening for Nest and Company is Friday, June 30th from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Opening times for the following Monday are 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Becoming a Better Gardener with the U of I Extension Office

If you are looking to become a more informed gardener look no further as the University of Illinois Extension office and Horticulture expert Andrew Holsinger, present a new website titled, "Illinois Pollinators." Holsinger describes the informative visual tools that will educate and entertain anyone with a green thumb.


Holsinger describes the specifics of the new website.


 


This is a fully comprehensive and updated website that will have the tools necessary for anyone to start their own home garden. Holsinger explains the pre-planned garden options available.


 


Holsinger and the University of Illinois Extension Office want to recognize the pollinators and the plants that bring the insects in.


The new website is live and can be found at https://illinoispollinators.org/.
 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Holds Annual Banquet, Starts a New Chamber Year Friday Night

 

 

 

Some 100 people attended Friday night's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce 116th Annual Banquet at the Pillars Event Center.  

 

 

Following dinner, outgoing Chamber president Jennifer Franklin reflected on her term which ends June 30th.

 

 

Regional Radio News spoke with incoming Chamber president Mike Assalley who talked out his and the board's plans for the Chamber year starting July First.

 

 

The event was a fund-raiser with all ticket sales going to the Chamber, the Hope House and Missions for Taylorville.

Christian County Holds Problem Solving Court Commencement

Through many tears of joy and congratulatory hugs and somber moments, three people finished up their problem-solving court commencement Friday afternoon at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville. Judge Brad Paisley says that studies show that this program works. 

 

 

Judge Paisley says that addiction hits everyone, and does not discriminate, but things are different in Christian County.

 

 

He continued by stressing that little changes will make big impacts on the future.

 

 

Regional Radio News wants to salute the following graduates of Problem Solving Court: Michelle A. Hott, Angela Pope, and Erica L. Wessling.

 

 

 

 

Winner Of YMCA Raffle Announced

Bruce Blanshan, Executive Director of the YMCA, has announced its winner of the Blackstone Grill raffle.  Congratulations to George Rice, winner of the Grill donated by Ace Hardware.  The raffle was recently held to support the Christian County YMCA’s 38th Annual Strong Kids Sustaining Drive. Regional Radio News wishes George Rice a big congratulations, and happy grilling!

Taylorville School District Hires New Interim Superintendent

Taylorville School District has hired a new Interim Superintendent.  The School Board met Thursday evening to conduct interviews for the interim superintendent and has named Deborah Philpot as the Interim Superintendent for the 2023-2024 school year. The board had the ten candidates narrowed to four and after conducting interviews, the board returned to pen session to unanimously approve Philpot.

 

Philpot received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Master of Science degree in Education Administration, and Education Specialist certificate in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  Philpot brings 36 years of experience in the field of education including 28 years as an administrator with 16 as a superintendent.

 

Deborah Philpot retired in 2017 after serving as the Superintendent of the St. Elmo School District for 12 years.  She also served as Interim Superintendent for Teutopolis in 2019-2020.  Philpot has served on the IASA Advisory Committee for the Kaskaskia Region, as a SIG grant reader for the Illinois State Board of Education, and as regional chair for Bond Fayette Special Education Cooperative.  She has also spent time working with new superintendents as a financial consultant.  

 

Deborah and her husband Brady reside in rural Vandalia and they have two children, Tessa and Nate.  She says she is excited about the opportunity to work with the Taylorville School District.  Philpot replaces Dr. Chris Dougherty who retired after the 2022-2023 school year. 

Horticulture Educator Warns of New Invasive Species

An unwanted and destructive insect has been making its way through the Midwest. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that can lay eggs on nearly every surface to expand its population. To learn the steps of safety from the Spotted Lanternfly, Andrew Holsinger, an Educator of Horticulture with the University of Illinois Extension Office, offered his knowledge as to what to be aware of before these eggs turn into an irreversible ecological issue.

 


Holsinger urges the local community to remain vigilant against these invasive Spotted lanternflies. He explains that these egg masses can be difficult to find at first, but through their development, they can be seen growing on most outdoor items.


 


The main source of transportation the Lanternfly utilizes are vehicles like cars and Recreational Vehicles. These large flat areas make for perfect egg-laying conditions, effectively creating a new community of insects in a different place.


 


Knowing what outdoor furniture could be home to these new invasive species will allow community members to be mindful of their actions when moving things around a property. 


Holsinger goes on to explain the plant life that could be threatened. He warns listeners to be careful when attempting to eradicate these intruders, as this process often kills species that are vital to ecosystems. 


 


Andrew Holsinger and the University of Illinois Extension office have created a new website dedicated to the pollinating plants of Illinois, images, and help guides on how to be successful when planting. The site is now live at, https://illinoispollinators.org/.


Andrew Holsinger appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.
 

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln Helps Rural Illinois

John Stremsterfer is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. This community-minded foundation serves eight counties in the Central Illinois area, those counties include Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties.


Stremsterfer says the foundation's mission is "connecting people who care, with causes that matter."


 


The promotion of higher education is valued at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. This renewable grant awarded to local students will make advanced learning more accessible. Scholarship applications are available January 1st, of every year.


One's love for their local community can be shown through the grant options provided by the CFLL. These are non-restricted funds that can be added to at the owner's discretion.


 


The CFLL partnered with the Greater Taylorville Area Chamber of Commerce one year ago. Now, Stremsterfer helps direct people's funds to the areas of their choosing. The donations are serving the community in many ways like in education and the arts.


 


The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln looks ahead to Tuesday, June 20th, at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, to kick off their year's Young Philanthropist event.


 


John Stremsterfer and his team at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln help make rural Illinois take strides in bettering the youth and ensuring the success of local programs and facilities through generous donations.


For information on the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, you can visit their website at, https://cfll.org/.


John Stremsterfer appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Neikes Holds Grand Opening

Neikes Floor Covering held its grand opening on Thursday morning.   Blake and Cecilie Richardson, who bought the store in 2021, have moved into 919 West Spresser in Taylorville. Blake says he’s excited about what the future holds for Neikes. 

 

 

Richardson says they have some great specials going on for their grand opening.

 

 

Neikes has been around since the 1940’s and Richardson says he is proud to continue that legacy.

 

 

For more information visit Neikes’ website or their Facebook page. 

 

 

Central Cremation Center To Provide Cremation Services to Memorial Health

Central Cremation Center, headquartered in Forsyth, and Memorial Health System have signed a 5-year contract effective May First. 

Central Cremation Center will perform all Medicaid and Indigenous cremations for all Memorial Health System hospitals. The contract is for those families who have no resources for burial or cremation.

 Central Cremation Center CEO Tom Cantwell said that he considered it an honor to partner with Memorial Health to serve more families thru-out Central Illinois.  He added the partnership benefits everyone involved, especially families who have experienced a loss.  

Heartland Development Partners Help Expand Downtown Taylorville

Downtown Taylorville looks to come alive in the next couple of years with brand new business and restaurant developments underway now. Cindy Frisina, the President of Heartland Development Partners is leading the charge with a number of recent renovations coming to the local community right on the square. Frisina Appeared on the WTIM Morning show to explain what to expect and gave the show a look at what the new places will look like.
Frisina explained that she and her family are Taylorville natives. 


 


The Heartland Development Partners, led by Frisina look to make these changes to attract more local citizen engagement and to draw non-locals into Taylorville. Frisina looks back on Taylorvilles entertainment past and looks to revive this atmosphere.


 


Frisina and the Heartland Development Partners are not the only community members involved in creating a spark for Taylorville. The Chamber of Commerce and Small Town Taylorville played a large role. The new renovations on the square will involve local contractors, architects, and builders.


 


What was once the iconic Rene's Drug Store will now be a diner and rooftop bar called Jack's on Main. 


 


The rooftop bar and diner are one of the five renovations that Downtown Taylorville will undergo. 


Visit the Heartland Development Partners website for more information at https://heartlanddevelopmentpartners.com/about.


Cindy Frisina appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.

Excitement Grows for Stonington Summerfest

The Stonington Summerfest is around the corner starting June 16th, and running through June 18th. This is the 38th annual Summerfest. New this year, is the Teen and Tiny Tot Miss Pageant, also featured are the standard Little Miss, Junior Miss, and the Miss. Stonington Summerfest will be filled with music and dance performance, along with classic events like the car cruise. Jodi Rusher with the Stonington Summerfest appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to speak on these great events.


 


The Miss Pageant Show will be Friday night, June 16th. Following the pageant there will be bingo and live music at the Stonington Summerfest.


 


Brand new to Stonington Summerfest is the Car Cruise, happening on Saturday, June 17th. This gives locals and newcomers an opportunity to show off and talk about their rides. Also on Saturday will be a live acoustic performance and works from Center Point Academy.


 


With a new firework vendor this year the Stonington Summerfest will have a new show to view. The famed firework show will happen Sunday night at dusk.


 


There are activities for all ages at the Stonington Summerfest. Jodi Rusher and her team are excited about this year's events.


For information on Stonington Summerfest go to their Facebook page at, Stonington Summerfest 2023.


Jodi Rusher appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Morrisonville Man Arrested On Cocaine Charges

One man is in custody following an arrest for cocaine. Bradley C. Long of Morrisonville was arrested and charged for delivery of cocaine 15-100 grams, a class X felony. Agents of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group conducted a drug investigation in Taylorville. The investigation along with support from State’s Attorney John McWard led to the arrest. 

 

The Central Illinois Enforcement Group is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force comprising of officers from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, ISP, Jacksonville PD, Morgan County Sheriff’s, Pana PD, Springfield PD, Lincoln PD, Logan County Sheriff’s, and Sangam County Sheriff’s Offices. 

Taylorville Seniors Receive Scholarships From TCCU Campaign

Eight graduating seniors-two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana High Schools were awarded $1000 checks toward their continuing education in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s eighth annual “Stop. Shop. Vote.” This year’s winners from Taylorville High School are Carter Thomas and Aden Toberman. Thomas plans to attend school at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, majoring in Business. Toberman plans to major in Criminal Justice at Lakeland University.

 

TCCU President, Will Perkins, says that they congratulate our scholarship winners, and all area students who plan to continue their education.  Perkins says TCCU is proud to offer this program to our area students and they will assist them in the pursuit of their educational and professional goals. Perkins thanked the dozens of business and residents for their support of the scholarship program. 

 

A total of 31 Taylorville businesses participated this year, giving residents plenty of locations to shop and vote.  There were 2978 ballots were filled out, resulting in a total of 16,013 votes cast. Those figures also mean that money was spent in the local community, as shoppers paid for votes with one vote for every $10 spent.

 

Any graduating senior at the four high schools who plans to continue their education is eligible.  This means a trade school, community college or university. Winners are determined by votes cast at participating businesses.  

 

Many Taylorville businesses participated including; Amenities on Main, Anderson Jewelers, Angelo’s, Audrey’s Boutique & Luxuries, Battery Specialists, Bundles & Bliss, Country Kitchen, Florinda’s Pizza, Glik’s, Hair Studio, Happy Baked Goods, JMA Pawn Jewelry & Loan, Karma, Kompliments Hair, Little Luxuries, Lock Up Gym, Nesty’s, Poderkeg Outfitters, and many more.

 

Registration for the 2023-2024 Scholarship Program will begin in August, following resumption of classes at the high schools.  Students will be able to register through Friday, October 13th.  To register, simply provide TCCU with the name and photo of the student, and a signed Parental Permission Slip.  The photo will be used on promotional posters, and anyone who has a student—or who knows a student, who will be a senrior and plans to continue their education will be encouraged to enroll.

 

For more information on TCCU’s money saving services and products, visit www.TCCU.org or stop by any of the local TCCU Offices including Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana. 

The Christian County Fair Approaches with New Events

The Christian County Fair kicks off July 18th through the 22nd at the Christian County Fair Grounds, and the community is in for another great year of events and activities. Angela Ohl-Marsters, the Marketing Manager for the Christian County Fair came on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss the items that listeners will not want to miss.


 


Ohl-Marsters begins with Community Day. This is an event that will run out of the expo building from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 19th.


 


The Christian County Fair is here to cater to all citizens, locals, and visitors. Ohl-Marsters explains there are vendor opportunities available for businesses.


 


The expo building will also host the brand new Wine Gala on the Thursday and Friday of the Christian County Fair. 


Another new addition to the Cristian County Fair this year is the exotic animals exhibit. 


 


You never know what you are going to see at the Christian County Fair and 2023 has a full schedule of events.

 

For more information, you can visit the Christian County Fair website at https://christiancountyfair.com/.


Ohl-Marsters appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Health Department Moving to New Taylorville Location This Fall

Regional Radio News has learned the Christian County Health Department will have a new home this fall.

The Health Department will be moving to the former Christian County Mental Health Association building across from Taylorville Junior High School, providing much more space for the agency.

It’s long been in quarters behind Advanced Eye Care on North Springfield Road.

The move is expected to be completed sometime this fall.

Getting Informed on State Legislature

The Political system can not work unless people are informed and participate. Being up to date on state legislature can be daunting but laws being passed here in Illinois, Like the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban are important to be up to date on. To learn more about the Illinois legislature and its impact on local citizens, Dr. Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science with the University of Illinois- Springfield, appeared on the WTIM Morning show.


 


Federal and state legislature is being challenged for the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban. Concerned community members have brought their cases to local courts to see what can be done at a state level. Dr. Kent Redfield explains what the assault weapon ban will accomplish.


 


Illinois has a history of being amongst the states with more strict weapon policies. Dr. Redfield explains that the state constitutions do not hold the same power as the federal.


 


The U.S. Supreme Court makes the ultimate decision on the standards for the country. This means if change were to come from the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban it would have to be done through the federal level. There are currently four state cases filed as of now to overturn the ban.


 


Dr. Kent Redfield noted that being misinformed or knowing nothing at all will come at a detriment to the community. It will take community participation and effort to enact change from the state level. 


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

Montgomery Citizens Excited for Montgomery County Fair (w/ corrected dates)

With the county fair season upon us, there are many sites throughout Central Illinois that will be bustling with events and competitions to kick the summer off right. The Montgomery County Fair is no different. To learn all the insights about the Montgomery County Fair, The WTIM Morning Show was joined by three members involved with the fair activities. Marty Benning, the Secretary for the Board of Directors, Haley Meyer a member of the junior board, and her sister, Caragin, who is not yet old enough to be on the junior board but has the passion and aspirations to participate one day.


This year's fair kicks off on June 21st-25th. Marty Benning began with the logistics of the fair.


 


Marty Benning has seen many years of the Montgomery County Fair. The purchasing of the carnival rides has been the difference that keeps attendance and participation high. Benning Explains that one of her favorite parts of the fair is the queen contest.


 


The queen contest and carnival rides are just some of the activities to look forward to at the Montgomery County Fair. Marty Benning dives into the daily schedules with registration sign-up times.


 


Karaoke, tractor pulls and a demolition derby will fill the days of the Montgomery County Fair. A more recent event that has brought new popularity is the motocross racing that will be featured at the fair.


 


For all the information on the Montgomery County Fair visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fair.montgomerycoil/, or call 217-532-2440


Marty Benning and her colleagues appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Safe Passage in Taylorville Improving Communities

When thinking of truly altruistic work, one thinks of first responders and military members. Safe Passage here in Taylorville is becoming the next frontier for helping struggling citizens. Safe Passage works behind the scenes to ensure a brighter future for those that struggle with addiction. Denise Evans, the Coordinator for Safe Passage in Taylorville came on the WTIM Morning Show to describe that changing the views on addiction will be a result of handling drug offenses in a different way. Denise Evans and Safe Passage want law enforcement and the community to know, addiction is not a crime, it is a disease.


 


Those that have made the choice to redirect their life with Safe Passage can enter the doors of a police station and not worry of being convicted of a crime for their drug use or possession. If someone has been convicted of a drug-related crime they have the option to use the Safe Passage resources, go through withdrawal periods while being watched by a medical staff, get the counseling and support they need, then finish their sentence, fully rehabilitated. 


 


People dealing with addiction often commit theft in order to have the capacity to keep their drug using habits alive. Alleviating the source of the issue, addiction will benefit overall crime in a community.


 


Safe Passage and their programs have only expanded. Beginning in 2019, Denise Evans and her team have reached out to police departments around the state to begin this valuable work. Denise Evans explains that the support does not stop when the rehabilitated person steps out of the jail.


 


Organizations like Safe Passage are making the world better one community at a time. The fully comprehensive and personal care that is made to those struggling with their own lives is admirable. Safe Passage looks to expand even further and make the process of real rehabilitation a reality for many. 


To contact Denise Evans, call 271-638-3247 or visit the website at, https://taylorville.net/wp-content/uploads/Safe-Passage-Information.pdf


Denise Evans appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Christian County 4-H Competes In Horse Show

Christian County 4-H members participated in the Unit 4-H Horse show in Gillespie, IL on Saturday, June 10.  Other participating counties included Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties. Christian County 4-H members include Jade and Dalton Cruit, Mallory Zimmerman, and Abigail Erlenbush. 

 

Christian County 4-H members excelled, demonstrating great skills, and dedication to their projects. Pam Wallace of Girard also received thanks for sharing her skills and knowledge, and judging the event. Special recognition goes to Dalton Cruit with Grand Champion at Halter, Abigail Erlenbush with Reserve Grand Champion at Halter, Dalton Cruit with Reserve Champion Showmanship at Halter Jr. Abigail Erlenbush with Champion Showmanship at Halter Sr, and Mallory Zimmerman with Reserve Grand Champion Riding Sr. 

 

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that helps people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.  For more information visit the website go.illinois.edu/cjmm or contact Christian County Extension at 217-287-7246.

 

Congratulations to all Christian County 4-H members! 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From New Taylorville Public Library Head at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the new head librarian at the Taylorville Public Library, at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Ryan Reitmeier told the club about the library’s Summer Reading Program, which the Kiwanis Club supported with one of its non-profit grants last year.  Reitmeier said it’s geared for both children and adults, and offers a wide range of activities besides story times for the kids.  

 

 

Reitmeier added his goal is for the Taylorville Public Library to serve all ages of individuals.   Part of that effort is working with schools and local organizations.   He said with COVID basically shutting the library down from the public, it’s been hard to build traffic back but the number of books checked out in 2022 surpassed 2021.  

 

Reitmeier said the Taylorville Public Library offers some unique services as well, like allowing residents to check out hot spots to use locally or on trips, checking out video games, and checking out audio books, all free of charge.

 

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.   

The St. Louis Dairy Council Celebrates Dairy Month!

June is dairy month and there is no bigger time for the St. Louis Dairy Council than right now. Dairy is an integral part of one's diet and could be the difference in meeting your daily nutritional goals. Kelsy Bentlage, a registered dietitian and a Nutritional Educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council came on the WTIM Morning Show to talk about dairy month, new events and the nutritional value of dairy products.


 


Dairy month helps recognize and remember the great service that dairy farmers provide. The St. Louis Dairy Council helps in this effort by educating the 98% of the population that has no connection to the farming lifestyle.


 


The mobile dairy classroom will show a live milking and handling of a cow named "Louis" to show the exact process that goes into stocking the shelves. Bentlage describes the farm to food experience. 


 


The health benefits that dairy can bring are immense. 13 of our required daily nutrients can be obtained from dairy products. Louis the cow is not the only diary on the go as Kelsey Bentlage describes that there are dairy products you can have anytime.


 


For information, recipes and recommendations about dairy products visit https://www.stldairycouncil.org/.


Kelsey Bentlage appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show

The Master Gardner's and the Armstrong Garden Tours

Do you have a passion for gardening? Are you looking for an immersive tour with a variety of different conifers and information? Then the Master Gardeners and the owners of Armstrong Garden are bringing the events that will satisfy one's love for plant growing. To best answer these questions, the WTIM Morning Show asked two members from the Master Gardeners, Gwen Podeschi and Sandy Cline, what to look for this summer.


 


The great variety of conifers will make the Armstrong Garden Tour memorable. The Master Gardeners are more excited than ever. These are not species of plants that the local community can see everyday. 


 


Plant cultivation and education is at the forefront of the Master Gardeners mission. The Armstrong Garden Tour will be the event for both new and master gardeners.


 


The Master Gardeners know that expanding your species of tree is good and not as hard as it may seem. The Armstrong Garden Tour is one that will leave its participants with new knowledge to grow and diversify their gardens. Sandy Cline explains.


 

 

For information on the Master Gardeners visit https://extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/master-gardeners.


For registration and information on the Armstrong Garden Tour go to, go.illinois.edu/conifertour.


Gwen Podeschi and Sandy Cline appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Heil Recognized for 20 Years of Service By Christian County Crimestoppers Board

Deidra Heil (left) was recently recognized by the Christian County Crimestoppers Board, for her 20 years of service as a board member.

 

Heil received a Plaque of Appreciation from Board President George Yard (right).

 

Christian County Crimestoppers has been active since 1987, and is a program that involves the community, media and police in the fight against crime. It offers anonymity and cash rewards to persons furnishing information leading to the capture of fugitives.

 

Crime Stoppers is based on the principle that someone other than the criminal has information that would solve the crime.

 

Information can be shared confidentially by calling 217-824-9100 or toll-free 800-568-TIPS.

Boil Order Issued For Part Of Pana

As per the Pana Police Department, a boil order has been issued for Pana. A boil order has been ordered for the north east side of Pana.  Affected areas include:  N Hickory from Washington to Lake Street, East Washington from Hickory to Springside Street, Springside from Lincoln to Lake Street.

 

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

 

For more information, contact the City of Pana Water Department at 217-562-2213

Nursing Scholarship Recipients Named

Three freshmen were named recipients of the 2023 Bruce V. Penwell Jr. Nursing Scholarship. Kaitlyn Hogue of Shelby County, Sierra Richards of Christian County, and Cortney Brummer of Effingham County all won the scholarships. 

 

Hogue will be a freshman pursuing her nursing degree at Lake Land College.  Richards will be a freshman pursuing a nursing degree at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Cortney Brummer will be a freshman at Greenville University pursuing a nursing degree. 

 

Bruce V. Penwell Jr. Nursing Scholarship provides scholarships to residents pursuing a nursing degree in Effingham, Shelby, and Christian Counties.  Penwell was born in Pana and graduated from Beecher City. Penwell attended the U of I Urbana-Champaign and worked in sales and marketing in the animal health industry.  

 

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation manages more than 200 funds for the immediate and long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois. 

 

 

 

Jack Flash Truck Stop Construction Continues in Pana

Construction continues on what will be the new Jack Flash Truck Stop at the intersections of Illinois Route 16 and US Highway 51 in Pana.

 

The project, which the Pana Pride project was instrumental in obtaining, is expected to open this fall.

Summertime with The Shelby County Office of Tourism

Looking for something to do this summer? The Shelby County Office of Tourism has the information on all public events that the local community can attend. Freddie Fry the Director of the Office of Tourism appeared on the WTIM Morning show in Shelbyville. She talked about the Loop Lake Shelbyville event, upcoming vendor opportunities and more summer fun.


 


The Shelby County Office of Tourism wants listeners to know about the extension offices 4-H barbeque. With different portion sizes and prices, spots are filling up fast for the outdoor event.


 


If you are looking for materials on where to find events and when to attend them. Freddie Fry and the Office of Tourism has all members of the community covered. there are many flyers and brochures to pick up from the office


 


The Shelby County Office of Tourism has books that they give to the local community that encompass the Shelbyville themes. Photographs and information can be found here. The Office of Tourism has an interesting way of obtaining new photos and that is through photographer entries.

 


For questions or insights contact info@lakeshelbyville.com. 


And to find more information about the Greater Shelbyville area go to, https://www.countyoffice.org/shelby-county-illinois-office-of-tourism


Freddie Fry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.
 

Shopping Local in Shelbyville

The Shelbyville community has a special way of coming together. There are not many better representatives than Schryll Bernson and Vonda McConnell, business owners and locals of Shelbyville, who appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville to discuss the Second Annual Downtown Block Party, yearly events and the many things that happen in Downtown Shelbyville.


 


Vonda McConnell has her very own small business in Shelbyville. MoMo's Fro-yo is a self-serve frozen yogurt establishment that is at 123 East Main Street in Shelbyville. McConnell emphasizes the importance of shopping local.


 


Another store that Schryll Bernson and Vonda McConnell does not want the community to miss is called "Fab Forever". Jewelry and gifts can be found here.


 


For information on Downtown Shelbyville visit https://shelbyville illinois.net/


Vonda McConnell and Schryll Bernson appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.
 

Shelbyville Public Library Summer Events

Summer events are in full swing at the Shelbyville Public Library and with activities in and out of the library, local citizens will not want to miss any of the opportunities available. Monica Cameron, Director of the Shelbyville Public Library appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville to speak about what the library has coming up.


 


The Absolute Science program is just one of the many events to be ready for during the summer months. Monica Cameron describes just how much of the local community is coming out to participate.


 


These activities are documented on the Shelbyville Facebook page. Cameron talks about the importance of the social media presence and how the Shelbyville Public Library lets the community know what's going on, afterall, what do these events have to do with the library?


 


Taking away a memorable experience is the goal of Shelbyville Public Library. There is fun in store for all ages. Cameron notes the ways to stay in the loop during the busy season.


 


For more information you can visit Shelbyville Library.org.


Monica Cameron Appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.

Senator Turner Supports New Measure Backing Underground Railroad In Illinois

State Senator Doris Turner supported a new measure bringing awareness to the history of the Underground Railroad in Illinois.  It was signed into law on Friday. Senator Turner says that Illinois played a crucial role in freeing slaves and the state needs to recognize the pioneers who fought for the rights of African Americans, giving them the freedom and justice they deserved.

 

The Turner-backed law will create the Underground Railroad Task Force who has a job of developing a statewide plan to connect existing local projects and new projects for a full on statewide history fo the Underground Railroad in Illinois.  This will also help develop educational and tourism opportunities.  

 

The Task Force will identify where historical sites are located, connections they may have, and paint a picture to recognize the history.  Senate Bill 1623 will take effect January 1st, 2024. 

June Is National Pet Preparedness Month

June is Pet Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency along with the Office of Homeland Security wants everyone to be prepared for safety and comfort in case for your pets in case of disaster. IEMA and OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau says that she challenges families to gather pet preparedness items and preparing now will greatly benefit your pets especially during a flood, tornado or severe weather. 

 

Some items in your kit should be non-perishable food and favorite pet treats, water and water bowls, waste bags, cat litter, and pan, blanket/bedding, and favorite pet toys, leashes, harnesses, and pet meds and a first aid kit. Pet owners should also have copies of medical records including vaccination records and pet identification.  

 

Most shelters or other emergency centers can not accept pets due to health and safety concerns, so it’s critical that you plan ahead for your pets needs. Do not leave your pets behind.  If you’re not at home, have a plan in place for a neighbor, relative, or friend care for your pets until you can reunite. 

 

For more information, visist www2.illinois.gov/ready/plan/Pages/Animals.aspx. 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

Keeping things lively in the community is a tough job but it is no match for Linda Allen, the Executive Director of the Greater Taylorville Area Chamber of Commerce. She appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss upcoming events and all the good that the commerce does for the local citizens, calling her department, "the front door of the community".


Events like the upcoming banquet will feature a Family Feud style game show that is anything but mundane.


 


The events held by the Greater Taylorville Area Chamber of Commerce get local not-for-profit organizations involved. These are organizations that help the community even when no one is looking. Linda Allen speaks about Missions of Taylorville and the great work they have contributed and how the commerce will pay it forward.


 


Mission of Taylorville is just one of the not-for-profit organizations being recognized. The sights are now set on the 38th annual Chili Fest, happening here in Taylorville. Sponsors, taste testers and two days of unique eats are the things that the Greater Taylorville Area Chamber Commerce are working on.


 


Things are always moving for Linda Allen and her team. A new painting initiative is in the works that Allen and the Chamber of Commerce are excited for. Taylorville Commerce will help out during the "Kincaid Paint the Streets'' event to better understand its implementation for the Taylorville community. 


 


To not miss out on any of the summer events visit, http://taylorvillechamber.com/.


Linda Allen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Cow On The Mooove In Taylorville

The steaks were high on Thursday afternoon when Taylorville Police mooved in to corral an escaped bovine. Police are unsure what the cow's beef was, but they worked hard to make sure it didn't udderly escape. 

Hanging out by Los Rancheros and Kroger, the black beauty played and frolicked in the gravel while police attempted to steer clear of the bull on parade. Authorities say they were not amoosed with the bull and quickly herded Bessie back to where it belonged.  No one was injured in the incident and when the cow was interviewed, he said he escaped because he didn't want to be labeled a cow-herd. 

Vehicle Crashes Into Home

Taylorville Fire responded to a motor vehicle that went into a house Thursday afternoon in Taylorville around 3 PM.  The driver was extricated and transported to St. John's via Dunn's ambulance.

 

No one was injured in the accident. Photos courtesy of Taylorville Fire Department. 

Small Town Taylorville

The Taylorville community has come alive in the past years with events that bring citizens closer together. Monthly car shows, new restaurants and retailers all make Taylorville a great place to live. Lee Skinner and Steve Craggs with Small Town Taylorville, appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss the upcoming events that keep the town busy.


 


Events like the Car Cruise and Customer Appreciation Week are the ways cities like Taylorville gain attention from travelers and businesses. The increased traffic in Downtown Taylorville has translated to more viewership on Small Town Taylorville social media and is seen in growing sales from local businesses.


 


Gaining attention from surrounding counties brings new faces to the town of Taylorville. Expanding beyond the Christian County borders is exactly what the people with Small Town Taylorville hope to accomplish.


 


The Local businesses are seeing this growth because of the increased draw to Taylorville. New Possibilities for retail and restaurants will excite developers and attract even more attention to the town.  Sales are up in this quarter and Small Town Taylorville can attribute this to the work they have done to bring new life to the city.


 


The sky's the limit when it comes to the possibilities of stores and eateries in Taylorville. For information on Small Town Taylorville visit https://smalltowntaylorville.com/


Lee Skinner and Steve Craggs Appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

U of I Extension Office Helps in the Workplace

Beginning a new job can be stressful for so many people. From learning the different regimens to understanding new coworkers personalities, one can be discouraged while venturing onto a new career path. Valerie Belusko, the Community and Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension office,  appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss the issues and solutions to starting in a new workplace.


 


These are simple issues to fix yet many new workers struggle to know their responsibilities. Belusko describes that a new worker might be handling multiple roles. This can bring about confusion and stress for many. 


 


Knowing what is expected of you in your occupation can be the easy part. Being evaluated and making sure the contributions to the team are enough can be harder to manage, Belusko explains.


 


Generational differences amongst coworkers can be one of the driving forces in the social and working dynamics in a workplace. Some members of an organization expect one thing while others expect differently. Belusko and the U of I extension office are alleviating these issues by identifying personality traits to plan communication accordingly. This strategy involves placing a color with a personality trait, it is called "Real Colors".

 


Finding your primary color could be the difference in success and failure in a new career. Valerie Belusko and her team at the U of I Extension office will go into businesses and implement a new way of thinking to make progress in the workforce.


Valerie Belusko appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Accepting Grant Applications from Non-Profit Groups Serving Children, Youth

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is now accepting applications for funding local non-profit organizations and activities that benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

 

The Club already funds high school and YMCA scholarships each year, but many times there are other requests for funding that come to the Kiwanis Board at various times of the year.

 

This effort is to request those organizations and events, to formally apply for funding.  Any application must be centered on how local children and youth will benefit.

 

This is the third consecutive year that the Club is accepting applications to provide grants to other non-profits in the Taylorville that have a similar mission to the Kiwanis Club, to benefit local youngsters.  

 

The application is available HERE.  Deadline for applications to be received is September 15th, which is a change in date from past years.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of 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.     

Illinois 4-H Making Call For Alumni

The Illinois 4-H is making a call for alumni!  New identification campaign called “4-H Grown” is promoting alumni of the 4-H to show some of the faces of the over 25 million Americans who share a unique bond. The campaign will run from June 1st through August 31st and any alumni not yet registered for the alumni association are encouraged to register for a free Illinois 4-H Alumni Association membership.  Tina Veal, a 4-H Constituent and Engagement Manager says that 4-H alumni know the impact made on youth and the hope is that they will continue to create a lifelong connection to support the next generation of leaders. 

 

You can show your support for your local 4-H program by those who aren’t registered as a member registering.  First place for the county that registers the most will receive $300, second place $200, and third place $100 towards local program support. Individuals who register will be entered into a drawing to receive one of four prizes of $50 in credit towards Illinois 4-H alumni apparel. 

 

To register and reconnect with Illinois 4-H individuals are encouraged to visit go.illinois.edu/4halum. Members will be kept current on the Illinois 4-H program, learn about alumni opportunities to engage, and receive a quarterly newsletter.  The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association was established in 2016 and sought members to build a network of 4-H alums throughout Illinois and beyond. 

Senator Elgie Sims Praises Budget Signing

Majority Caucus Appropriations Leader Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) says that he is thrilled with Governor JB Pritzker signing the budget. Senator Sims says that the budget is built upon strong, smart, spending decisions, and will lead to better credit upgrades.  He says to not let anyone tell you that the budget is not moving Illinois forward.

 

 

Senator Sims says the priority is to continue a principled and disciplined approach to keep the fiscal house in order. The Governor signed the budget on Wednesday afternoon.

TPD To Host Fishing With Offishers

The Taylorville Police Department will be holding an event on Friday, June 16th. Fishing With Offishers will take place to teach children about the benefits of fishing and being involved with nature. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Beaman says that the event will take place at the Lake Taylorville Marina at 5:30 PM. 

 

 

Officer Beaman says that they will have gear on-site, but they are encouraging people who want to attend to bring their own if they have it. 

 

 

Registration is not necessary. 

 

 

Monetary Donations will be accepted to help support future projects and upcoming fishing events.  There will be prizes given as well. Visit the TPD Facebook Page for more information on the event. 

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Golf Outing

The HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville presents their inaugural golf outing, at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Findlay, On Friday, June 23rd, starting at 11:00 A.M. promptly with a shotgun start. Registration and breakfast for the outing will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 


The Good Shepherd Foundation holds events like these in order to fund the new equipment that is needed. This golf outing will supply the HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital with 3D mammography equipment. 


Funds will be collected through sponsors of the event, team play, and sponsors for individual holes and golf carts. HSHS Good Shepherd is accepting any and all donations at this time.


Joel Fletcher, the Good Shepherd Foundation Director says, "We are so happy to bring this golf outing to the Shelby County community. It's a day where folks can get out, enjoy nature, play some golf and give back to the hospital."


Do not forget to stay after the golf outing to enjoy the cookout and prize giveaway.


For specific questions regarding the Good Shepherd Foundation you can call    217-855-9505


And for information on HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital visit, hshsgoodshepherd.org
 

Illinois Attorney General Warns Residents of Unsolicited Email and Text Scams

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has issued a strong warning to residents of the state, urging them to be cautious of scammers employing unsolicited email and text messages to deceive consumers into sharing personal and financial information. Raoul emphasized the importance of staying vigilant against these unsolicited messages and encouraged individuals to report such incidents to his office for further investigation.

 

These unsolicited messages often take the form of email or text message scams. Email scams usually involves scammers sending deceptive emails, tricking recipients into divulging personal or confidential information. Similarly, Text message scamming is a method where scammers send deceptive text messages to dupe cell phone users in the same manner. These fraudulent messages may contain harmful links or software that can compromise personal information stored on phones or computers. Raoul's office has advised consumers to refrain from clicking on any links in unsolicited emails or texts and to delete such messages immediately.

 

Attorney General Raoul emphasized that consumers should exercise caution when confronted with unsolicited emails or text messages that request personal or financial information. He stated, "Government agencies will not request sensitive personal information via an email or text message." Raoul warned against responding to these messages, even if the phone number appears to be local or the email address seems familiar. In case of suspicion, he advised reaching out to the relevant business or agency through their official website's contact information.

 

To assist consumers in safeguarding themselves against scammers, Raoul provided a set of tips to follow. These include refraining from sharing personal or financial information unless the recipient is known and the purpose is clear, being cautious of suspicious contacts and verifying their legitimacy through official websites, refraining from immediate action in response to urgent requests, avoiding opening links or attachments from unsolicited messages, not responding to suspicious text messages, reporting suspicious emails or text messages to appropriate authorities, and promptly blocking senders and deleting messages after reporting.

 

By remaining cautious and adopting these recommended measures, consumers can protect themselves from falling victim to unsolicited email and text scams, thereby ensuring their personal and financial information remains secure.

 

If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft or other fraud, Raoul encourages you to file a complaint on the Attorney General's website, review the identity theft online resources and call Raoul's toll-free Identity Theft Hotline at 866-999-5630. 
 

Miller Media Group Honors Lilly Signs as "Business of the Month"

The Miller Media Group this month is honoring another local business as its "Business of the Month."

 

Lilly Signs is on West Spresser Street in Taylorville and installed and maintained signs all over Central Illinois for over 20 years.   Owner Jason Lilly and his family founded the business in 1996.

 

 

Lilly talked about the number of employees the business has.

 

 

Lilly Signs was in a couple of smaller buildings before moving to their present location.

 

 

Congratulations to Jason Lilly, owner of Lilly Signs, for being the Miller Media Group "Business of the Month."

HSHS Medical Group Offering Sports Screenings

HSHS Medical Group are now scheduling school and sports physicals for children 18 and younger.  If your child needs a physical this year, schedule an appointment well before the sports season or school year begins. 

 

School physicals or annual well child visits are when your physician or provider track your child’s growth and development, perform screenings, and take preventive measures by giving your child age-appropriate immunizations.  Your physician can also answer any questions you may have about your child’s health. 

 

If your child plays sports, there’s a good chance that he or she will have to submit a medical eigibility form signed by a physician or provider.  During the screening, your physician will review the child’s complete health history, perform an orthopedic screening, examine the heart and lungs, and make sure the student is at his or her best to compete. 

 

You can call your local family medicine physician or pediatrician’s office to schedule your appointment.  School and sports physicals are available at select HSHS Medical Group walk-in locations for a $20 flat fee excluding vaccinations.  To view a complete list of walk-in locations click here

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Colleague of the Month

A new Colleague of the Month has been named for a Taylorville Memorial Hospital faculty. This month, Pamela "Pam" Williams, an Acute Care nurse in Taylorville, took home the award for the month of May. 


Pam Williams fit the criteria for Colleague of the Month perfectly, Memorial Health Hospital notes that "Williams brings a positive and compassionate attitude to work everyday. She works with Patients and Colleagues to create and maintain a safe work environment."


Recently, Williams went the extra mile and helped a patient to their car after treatment, a task that is not on their agenda, but that is the care that sets healthcare workers like Pamela Williams apart from everyone else. 


Williams has worked diligently with Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 1998.


To learn more about the Colleague of the Month visit, https://memorial.health/about-us/professionals/colleagues/com/
 

Christian County Waste Management

Waste management and landfill upkeep are factors that silently hold communities together. Citizens can make it easier on trash collectors by knowing what to throw in the trash and what to dispose of in other ways. To learn more about this, Shawn Hammers, the Director of Christian County Solid Waste Management, appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss what can and cannot go to the landfill, the services Solid Waste Management provide, and how to be a more environmentally conscious member of the community.


 


The Christian County Solid Waste Management team is available to take away the items that would not normally be acceptable for the trash. Shawn Hammers dives into the waste to leave for the professionals.


 


Shawn Hammers describes their that the partnership with the IEPA has allowed for grant money that goes towards the services they provide.


 


Electronics, tires, and appliances are all items to avoid leaving by the curb. This waste will contaminate the landfill system and could put local wildlife in danger. BLH computers in Taylorville will kindly take your old electronics from local citizens, so they can be disposed of properly. Central Illinois residents may have an excess of old tires, tires are yet another item that can not be disposed of regularly.


 


The best way to reach Christian County Solid Waste Management is through their office, at 217-287-2334.


A new FaceBook page has been started for CC Solid Waste Management where updates can be posted, follow at Christian County Illinois Solid Waste Management.
 

Memorial Health And Illinois College Announce Partnership

Memorial Health and Illinois College have announced a partnership aimed at relieving the long-term regional nursing shortage by expanding capacity in the college’s nursing program. Memorial Health has pledged $4 million to help Illinois College educate more students in the bachelor of science in nursing program, as well as students enrolled in pre-nursing studies.  Memorial also has partnerships with U of I Chicago-Springfield, Lincoln Land CC, ISU Mennonite College of Nursing, and Richland Community College.

 

The BSN program at Illinois College currently graduates around 20 nurses every year.  The partnership is expected to help boost those numbers to 100 within the next five years, by expanding facilities, and adding new nursing faculty.  Half o fthe funds Memorial has pledged to IC will go toward student scholarships, aimed at making nursing education more affordable. 

 

Illinois College President Barbara Farley says that she is excited to partner with Memorial Health. She says it will help increase enrollment and provide high-quality learning experiences.  Many graduates have gone on to have careers at Memorial Health and Jacksonville Memorial Hospital.

 

Memorial Health President and CEO Ed Curtis says that educational partnerships are an essential component of Memorial’s long-term strategy to strengthen the local health care workforce. Marsha Prater, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Memorial Health says more than 80,000 students interested in nursing were turned away from nursing programs in 2019 alone due to lack of capacity.  She hopes that with these facility increases, more will become enrolled.

Representative Halbrook To Host Town Hall In Taylorville

State Representative Brad Halbrook is hosting a End of Session Town Hall in Christian County on June 15th at the Taylorville Public Library.  He will discuss state issues and other concerns.  The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, June 15th.  Taylorville Public Library is at 121 West Vine Street, in Taylorville.  

 

Representative Halbrook says “With our overtime spring session now completed we have a lot to talk about…the budget, Democrat gun bans and tax increase plans, and other critical issues. We also need to talk about what wasn’t allowed to be discussed in the House, such as ethics reforms to stop the corruption.  As always, I want to hear your thoughts and ideas.”

 

Local residents are always welcome to call his offices and set up an appointment.  In Shelbyville visit 203 North Cedar Street or call 217-774-1306.  In Effingham, visit 304 East Jefferson Avenue, Suite A, or call 217-342-0220.  Both offices are open by appointment only.  There will be more Town Hall dates and locations in the coming months. 

First United Methodist Church Taylorville Holds Public Open House at New Ministry Center

The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville opened their new 12-thousand 400-square foot Ministry Center to the public during an Open House Sunday afternoon.  

The event was broadcast live on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 and WRAN groovy 97-point-3.

 

The co-chair of the church's Strategic Planning Team that turned the building's idea into a reality, Jim Brubaker, told listeners it was meant to serve the congregation and community both today and for decades to come.

 

 

Pastor Becky Lemke wrapped up Sunday afternoon's broadcast being pleased about the turnout.

 

 

The new Ministry Center will be available for community events as well as to extend the church's many ministries for children, youth, and adults.

Local Food Pantries

May is the biggest month of the year for food pantries and with the increased traffic means more donations are needed. Amy Hagen from the Taylorville Food Pantry and Brooke Dunn from the Central Illinois Food bank appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to explain how to donate, the inventory needed to supply food pantries and the challenges that come with feeding struggling families.

 


The total of 55,441 pounds is a record breaking donation weight for the food pantry. There has been growth in the number of households the pantries provide for, which means more donations are needed. Donating now is easier than ever, as you do not have to be a member.


 


There is a reason May is the busiest time of the year for food pantries. The summer months mean no more school breakfast or lunches to hold kids over while enjoying their summer vacation. The burden is on the parents to ensure three meals are ready for their children.


 


The efforts from the community are alive and well, Brooke Dunn, out of the Central Illinois Food Bank says donations from the surrounding communities along with Prairie Farms are keeping the shelves filled.


 


Benefits that have been cut causes rising numbers of people that need food pantry aid. Amy Hagen explains that the food pantries are serving as they are supposed to but the trends say more donations could be necessary.


 


To learn how to donate and for any information visit, http://taylorvillefoodpantry.com/, they are located 1429 East Main Cross.


To find out more about the Central Illinois Food bank go to, https://www.centralilfoodbank.org/
 

Scovill Zoo

Trips to the Zoo are one of the many summertime activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Scovill Zoo in Decatur has up-coming holiday events, free admission days, and the members of the animal kingdom that will make memories. Ken Frye, the director of Scovill Zoo, came on the WTIM Morning show with a special guest, Pugsly, a 2 year old American Alligator that Frye held and demonstrated on during our time in the newsroom. 


 


An alligator anatomy lesson and how the species persists in the wild are just some of the things Ken Frye brought to speak about. This summer is filled with events in and out of the zoo. The Mobile Zoo Program takes these exotic animals on the road and in front of eyes that may not be able to see the animals within the zoo limits.


 


Scovill Zoo is open from April to October. With many events to look forward to during the summer months, one of those are free admission days. Every Thursday until October 5th, the gates of Scovill Zoo are open, free to the public.


 


This fathers day Scovill Zoo is honoring the dads with $2 dollar admission for the whole family, or every person in the party. Ken Frye explains that this is a nice way to get the whole family into the Zoo without breaking the bank.


 


Do not miss any of the upcoming dates for the Scovill Zoo by visiting ScovillZoo.com.


And for live updates you can visit their Facebook page at Scovill Zoo.
 

American Red Cross Blood Donation

Donating blood is a routine for some and a rarity for others. Some do not realize just how much of an impact that can have on someone else's life by just donating one pint of blood. To learn more about the need for blood donations The WTIM Morning Show was joined by Julie Bly, a member of the American Red Cross Association, to speak on why donating blood is so important, who it can help, and the quick and painless sign up it takes to make a difference.


 


A way to connect to the blood donation program is by using the app. The app is titled Blood Donation American Red Cross, with this, a donor can track their donation to see who it is going to and how it is helping. This presents a new reason for why donating is important.


 


Connecting with a person you are able to help through your donation is what keeps patrons coming back.  The need for blood donations is constant. With summer beginging, this is the busiest time for Julie Bly and the American Red Cross.


 


Making it personal is what worked for Julie Bly when it comes to finding the motivation to donate. The American Red Cross is also introducing promotions for donating. From a gift card to backyard movie theater night, you can get something tangible out of donating.


 


For all the information on donating to the American Red Cross visit, https://www.redcrossblood.org/. 


And to contact Julie Bly directly you can call, 217- 663- 4343.

Fire Destroys Attached Garage In Langleyville

A structure fire consumed an attached garage with an extension into a residence on Tuesday evening.  At 6:40 PM, Taylorville Fire was dispatched for a structure fire in the 200 block of Vollentine.  When crews arrived, they found the garage had heavy fire coming from inside.  After attacking the fire, firefighters were able to limit the fire spread to the garage with minor damage to an interior room.  

 

Firefighters say they brought it under control within 8 minutes.  No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.  Taylorville Fire was assisted with mutual aid from Owaneco, Edinburg, Midland, Dunn's Ambulance, Christian County Sheriff's Office, and Ameren.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  All photos courtesy of the Taylorville Fire Department. 

 

 

 

Members Open New First United Methodist Church Taylorville Ministry Center to Public

Members of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, opened their new 12-thousand 400-square foot Ministry Center to the public for the first time on Sunday during an Open House.   The event was broadcast live on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 and WRAN groovy 97-point-3.

 

Long-time member of both the church and the local Optimist Club Terry Wright, told listeners that 2 Optimist Club events used the new building even before its Public Open House on Sunday.

 

 

 

A member of the church's Strategic Planning Team that worked to turn the Ministry Center idea into reality, Jeff Maxfield, told listeners on Sunday safety and security were the main reasons the church decided to build.

 

 

The new Ministry Center can seat up to 240 people at round tables or 500 without, has a state-of-the-art audio and video system, and is set up to play a variety of sports.

Taylorville Kiwanis Reviews Committee Activities for Children and Youth at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed committee activities in their ongoing efforts to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community, at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Kiwanis Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan reported the May 20th annual Bike Rodeo, co-sponsored by Kiwanis, Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and the Christian County YMCA, went well with each participant receiving a new bike.

 

Blanshan added a Car Seat Safety Day is planned for June 24th at the Taylorville Fire House from 9am to noon, and the club’s annual Kid’s Day fund raiser at the Harrison Corner and Wal-Mart is set for September 22nd and 23rd.

 

Kiwanis treasurer Blain Cornwell reported that the April 29 Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast netted the club just over 3-thousand dollars for local projects for children and youth.   Incoming Kiwanis president Chuck Martin chaired the event.

 

Cornwell also reported the local club will again be manning gates at the Illinois State Fair in August, as another fund-raiser.

 

4 members fro the Decatur Early Bird Kiwanis Club were guests at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis meeting.

 

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

Third Annual Tanner Mitchell Electrician Apprenticeship Scholarship

Shawn and Connie Mitchell along with the community honor and remeber the late Tanner James Mitchell with the annual Tanner Mitchell Electrician Apprenticeship Scholarship. This is the third annual award that gives a new electrician the support they need for the beginning costs of their occupation.


This year the Tanner Mitchell Electrician Apprentice Scholarship went to Noah Marlow of Shelbyville. Noah was awarded a $2000 Scholarship with the IBEW 146 Midstate Electrical Training Center. 


Noah Marlow, the winner of this year's scholarship, displayed excellent work ethic and stellar performance on the job everyday, making him the perfect candidate and winner of the third annual Apprentice Scholarship.


Noah will begin his work with the IBEW 146 Midstate Electrical training center in the fall.


Shawn and Connie Mitchell thank everyone who has supported the apprenticeship and scholarship funds while they look too keep this Scholarship award a tradition for many years to come.

First United Methodist Church Taylorville Hosts Public Open House at New Ministry Center

A great crowd from Taylorville and Christian County attended Sunday afternoon's  First United Methodist Church in Taylorville held a Public Open House for their new Ministry Center.   The event was broadcast live on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 and WRAN groovy 97-point-3.

 

Youth Director Jamie Brachear told listeners during the live broadcast the new building offers lots of new ministry opportunities.

 

 

 

Architect for the project, Dennis Schuette of Staunton, shared with listeners Sunday afternoon he was pleased to work with the project's committee co-chair Jim Brubaker.

 

 

The Public Open House was held Sunday, after the church held a consecreation service for the new building in May.

Taylorville City Council Meets Monday Night

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening for their regular board meeting. All Aldermen were present except Jim Olive. The Board Discussed Minutes Business Ordinances and heard From the Committees 

The meeting began with the recognition of the following members:

 

Elsie Williamson -1st place 8th grade women's discus (also the new state record holder)

Liam Bettis - 2nd place men's1600m 3rd place men's 800m
Julie Wayman-- 6th place 7th grade women's shot put
Elayna Harker-- 6th place 7th grade women's pole vault
Gianna Tarr -- 8th grade women's shot put
Logan Barry -- 7th grade men's discus
Connor Hunsley - 8th grade men's discus
Brock Walton -8th grade men's shot put
Jayden Lash, Liam Bettis, Eli Ellis, Garrett Lehman, and Joseph Goodman -8th grade men's 4×400m

 

Mayor Bruce Barry Proclaimed June 5th as Elsie Williamson day.

 

The Main Intrigue of tonight's meeting was over the allowance of chickens within city limits. Larry Budd spoke first about why he was opposed to this motion 

Kathy Driskell then spoke second about how she supported the ordinance mentioning they could always take away the privileges. 

Mayor Barry then spoke about his concern over the cleanliness of the chickens. 

The vote carried  on the motion to prepare an ordinance to allow chickens 4-3, But Mayor Barry says there are still more hoops to jump through

In other Ordinance Voting, the vote passed 6-1 to approve the use of UTV’s on lake roads with proper permits. Larry Budd Voted No

In finance, the board approved The three Tier health insurance plan for 2023-2024 at a projected cost of just over 1.7 million. 

 

In Public Comments there were some disappointed members of the room about some trees being cut down, especially near Clay St. There were also a few members that pleaded for the alderman to vote yes for the chickens. 

 

The Next Meeting is on June 19th 
 

Shelby Electric Co-op Summer

Shelbyville has few dull moments as they prepare for a summer of activities. Faith Wheeler, the Vice President of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and the Member service specialist for Shelby Electric Co-op, appeared on the WTIM Morning show in Shelbyville to explain what commerce is contributing. The Co-op looks to kick off the events with 4th of July Firework show. 


 


The events would not be possible without the help from the community. Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce is reaching out for sponsors in order to have a successful show every year.


 


Kevin Bernson is the Vice President of Media and Public Relations for Shelby Electric Co-op. Bernson speaks about the annual meeting and why you do not want to miss it.


 


Power lines, electric vehicles and new opportunities for linemen are expected at the upcoming events, as the Co-op has set aside money for these valuable workers, retired or still actively working.


 


Over $6 million has been allocated to workers that may need the extra help. The Shelby Electric Co-op is making it their mission to support and retire as many electric workers as they can.


To not miss any of the events or information that the Shelby Electric Co-op hosts make sure to visit https://shelbyelectric.coop/ .

TCCU Opens 2023 Freedom Tree Community Drive

For the past eight years, TCCU members and the general public have generously donated to TCCU’s annual Freedom Tree community food drive giving out hundreds of pounds of canned and boxed items and cash to help support the efforts of food pantries.  

 

That program begins again today running through Friday, July 14th and community donations are more important now than they have ever been before. Federal COVID emergency allotments to SNAP benefits were cut on March 1st.  This has resulted in an even greater need from families who are hurting. 

 

TCCU President Will Perkins says that with rising costs of food and many items in short supply, many don’t realize the demands on food pantries. The Freedom Tree community food drive helps support the efforts and programs of local food pantries.  TCCU invites all area residents not just members to give generously as boxed and canned food items are needed along with cash donations. Cash donations can go a long way, because the food pantry knows what they are short on, and can use the money appropriately. 

 

Donations can be dropped off at any of TCCU’s locations in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana. All locations have a “Freedom Tree” display and drop-off for boxed and canned goods.  Cash donations can be made at all teller stations within the office. 
 

Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Monday evening at 7 PM at the Municipal Building in Taylorville to discuss business, review ordinance, and hear from the public during their meeting on June 5th. After recognizing Elsie Williamson and Junior High Track Athletes, the council will approve minutes and review some business development districts.  The council will retroactively approve some special events permits and hear from both the City Attorney and Mayor Bruce Barry.

 

Under committee reports the council will recommend approval of the treasurer’s report, discuss approving allowing chickens in the city limits, and the use of UTV’s on Lake Roads. The council will look to accept a proposed three-tier health insurance plan, and purchase some materials for the street and sewer department.

 

The council will look to approve the promotion for Crystal Nichols in the Clerks Office and bid for a heavy equipment operator and approve a presented dress code policy.  The council will look to purchase some new gear storage racks and hear from the public. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on the meeting following the conclusion of the event. 

Great Turnout for Sunday Public Open House at First United Methodist Church Ministry Center

The public turned out in great numbers Sunday afternoon, when the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville held a Public Open House for their new Ministry Center.   The event was broadcast live on WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 and WRAN groovy 97-point-3.

 

Pastor Becky Lemke told listeners during the live broadcast the idea for the new building dates back to the 1990's.

 

 

 

F-U-M-C Education Director Sheryl Van Dyke told listeners the new Ministry Center includes new classrooms and opportunities for sports.

 

 

The Ministry Center has some 12-thousand 400-square feet of space on 2 floors.

Summer at Lake Shelbyville

The summer season makes for a busy time for many especially those that are active in the lakes and parks. Brock Key, a park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville came on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville to talk, lake levels, plans and what to expect while participating in the summer fun.


 


Lake Shelbyville may have functions that the local community are not aware of. Recreation and fishing are the well known uses of the lake but Brock Key explains there is more to Lake Shelbyville.


 


Recreational activites are what the lake is most known for. Park ranger Key describes what the futre events will look like.


 


The yearly youth fishing tournament has been a long standing tradition for the Shelbyville area. With great participation once again Brock Key explains what makes this event so successful.


 


To not miss out on the Lake Shelbyville events and updates you can visit http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/


To register for the youth fishing tournament call 217- 774 -3951

Combating Drug Abuse

The road to recovery for someone battling drug addiction can be long and painful. Natalie Inman, the Program coordinator for Drug Abuse in Shelbyville reappeared on the WTIM Morning show in Shelbyville to shed light on this road to sobriety, the challenges, and the right changes that can become a reality.

 


Inman explains that drug abusers have two routes, succeed in the drug court program and begin normal life or suffer the consequences behind bars.

 


Recovering addicts will be surrounded by professionals and people with the same experiences as them. This hands-on assistance is setting up struggling individuals to suceed when they are introduced to normal life. Inman explains.


 


When someone struggling with drug abuse finishes the program, they have graduated. This is a renewal for many and a signal that better times are near. This weekend one graduate will be honored at the courthouse.


 


for information on Shelby County Community services regarding drug abuse and addiction visit https://anabranchrecovery.com/
 

The Summertime Challenge

There are many ways to stay healthy and active this summer but challenges can arise as one increases in age. The Summertime Challenge is a new low-impact, exercise based program that will get the local community up and moving. Tim Casner, the Director of Live Well Fitness at the Pana Hospital, appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to discuss this summer's activities.


 


Consistency is key when it comes to your physical well being. Showing up day after day to participate will make you eligible for the prizes that are offered. The Sit-to-Fit exercise is popular for the less mobile patrons.


 


For ages 65 and older, there is a workout program for just about everyone. For those participants that are still able to get up and moving, the Summertime Challenge will have something in store.


 


The professional instructors for the Summertime Challenge classes are equiped to handle every type of activity. Tim Casner notes that going at your own pace is important.


 


Tim Casner and his staff at Live Well Fitness are ready to host their Summertime Challenge events and get everyone up and active. 


to learn more about the Summertime Challenge visit,  https://panahospital.com/services/hospital-services/profile/livewell-fitness-2
And to learn how to become a member you can call 217-562-6231
 

Hodson Pleads Guilty In Fatal Crash

A Taylorville man has pleaded guilty in connection to a fatal accident that killed two people. 48-year-old Robert M. Hodson of Taylorville plead guilty in a negotiated settlement in front of Judge Brad T. Paisley on Thursday. Hodson plead guilty to aggravated DUI resulting in accident or death. The cap is 20 years imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

The incident occurred on April 8th, 2021 around 11 PM on Illinois Route 48 near East 1550 N Road between Taylorville and Stonington. 19-year-old Haley Anne Shoot and 20-year-old Zaydin Jon Dudra were hit and killed after Hodson crossed the center line, running head-on into the vehicle that Shoot was driving. One other passenger was hospitalized at the time of the crash. 

 

Sentencing is set for August 21st at 1:15.  

Summer Nutrition

To beat the summer heat Pana Hospital's Live Well program has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension office to bring back the "eating well as you age" class. Lisa Petterson appeared on the WTIM Morning Show to talk about the events to look forward to, health plans for the summer and how to survive the summer heat with nutrition.


 


There are many nutritional facts to be aware of during old age, especially as temperatures rise. Lisa Petterson explains how to get ahead of the issue through diet.


 


Hydration is key for summertime health. There are facts on water consumption that are important but many may not be aware of the changing amounts of water they might need. Petterson explains.

 


If you are feeling tired throughout the day, Lisa Petterson recommends that carrying a reusable water bottle through the day's events will keep one hydrated and alert. Kidney function and digestive health decline with age, hitting your water goals will keep the body functioning.


 


To learn all about nutrition and hydration from the University of Illinois professionals visit, https://extension.illinois.edu/
 

First United Methodist Church Expansion

The First United Methodist Church here in Taylorville has always been a community gathering place. Now that the 12,400 square foot building project is finished, the Strategic Planning Team with First United Methodist Church is reaching out to the listeners for ideas on what to do with the extra space. The four members of the team joined the WTIM Morning Show to explain the many aspects to look forward to. 

 


The open house is the official beginning to the new opportunities that are possible because of the renovations. The focus of the new development is community based and their doors are open for everyone.


 


Bob Febus, a member of the Strategic Planning Team says that this expansion was the plan all along, outside factors kept the First United Methodist Church to its original plans until the funds were present.


 


Now that the project is finished, First United Methodist is asking the community for their ideas on the best use for the space. From meeting places to tutoring rooms, there is a wide range of options for the building's functions.


 


Don't miss the opportunity to have your ideas heard by the First United Methodist group and feel free to dream with them! The options are plentiful for what can help the community. 


First United Methodist Church is located on, 200 S Walnut St, Taylorville, IL.

To learn about the new development and for more information visit,
https://taylorville1stumc.org/building-project/

Air Quality Low In Central Illinois Friday

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim is encouraging Illinois residents to use caution when outdoors as air quality conditions are expected to be in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category for Friday, June 2, according to the National Air Quality Index. The Illinois EPA has issued an air quality forecast of “Orange” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” for all of Illinois for June 2nd.

 

Ground-level ozone is formed when emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds from vehicles, power plants, and other industrial sources, react in the presence of sunlight. As a result of current ground-level ozone levels and anticipated weather conditions, the air quality is forecasted to be “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in many regions today, and statewide tomorrow.

 

These conditions pose a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, including individuals with respiratory or pulmonary disorders, as well as active children and adults. Sensitive individuals should take special precautions and follow their physician-prescribed regimen. All residents should keep cool and limit physical activity when air quality is low. Possible symptoms related to sensitive groups impacted by low air quality include coughing or shortness of breath.

 

Businesses and residents are also encouraged to take steps to reduce contributions to air pollution including:

    Taking public transit, ridesharing, walking, or biking.
    Consolidating errands if driving.
    Reducing energy demands.
    Avoiding use of gasoline-powered equipment when air quality is elevated.

 

Because air quality can change from day to day, the Illinois EPA provides daily air quality forecasts based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) for fourteen sectors throughout Illinois. The AQI is a color-coded system that classifies air quality from Good (Green) to Hazardous (Maroon). Air quality forecasts are available at www.airnow.gov. Residents are also encouraged to subscribe to receive FREE air quality forecasts via email or Twitter at http://illinois.enviroflash.info.

 

U.S. EPA has also published an Air Quality Guide for Ozone at: https://www.airnow.gov/sites/default/files/2023-03/air-quality-guide-for-ozone_0.pdf 

IHDA Launches New Program

In an effort to keep housing developers affordable and diverse, the Illinois Housing Development Authority has partnered with the Low-Income Tax Credit program to allow for an expanding talent pool and to promote equity for attainable housing development. The IHDA has approved a 5 million dollar award for the Next Generation Capacity Building Initiative that will provide not only affordable housing, but it will bring the capital, training, and technical assistance required for large projects.


Governor JB Pritzker is excited for the new initiative saying, "Programs like the Next Generation Capacity Initiative are reducing barriers of entry for our most underrepresented workers and developers, while building more affordable housing for those who need it the most."


Diversity amongst developers will help the companies that create buildings along with the people that will live in them. Kristin Faust, the Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director stated, " IHDA believes that greater diversity among the state's development partners will lead to more inclusive outcomes for residents and greater community engagement in the developments we fund."


The driving force behind the equity of housing developers is the Low-income Housing Tax credit Program (LIHTC). New developers have failed when it comes to workers having the right technical knowledge, training, and connections to begin the job. 


The Next Gen. Initiative will target the disparity in three ways,
First the IHDA will use the $5 million grant to support pre-construction, and planning costs. Next, an in-depth training series will prepare workers with 160 hours of curriculum and training, connecting many workers to valuable industry professionals. And finally, assistive measures from the IHDA can be utilized when specific needs are not met. 


The Illinois Housing Development Authority along with the Low-Income Tax Credit Program are lowering the barriers that the next generation of workers and homeowners may have to face.


For information on the Illinois Housing development Authority visit www.ihds.org. 

Nokomis Superintendent Celebrates Successful Year

As the school year ends and students move on to the next chapter of their lives school districts are doing everything they can to make improvements. The Community Unit School district has excelled in the past years under superintendent Scott Doerr, who appeared on the WTIM morning show. Doerr talked about battling back from the Covid-19 pandemic, record breaking academic years and the future of his district.


 


The Nokomis School District has been successful in their extracurricular and academic endeavors. Superintendent Doerr explains the nationally recognized award given to his schools and what that means for a student's future.


 


Becoming a "showcase school" is not something many districts are able to achieve. Scott Doerr did not do it alone. With the help of his faculty and staff the Community Unit School District is better than ever.


 


The acceleration of the Nokomis Schools is unprecedented with rising academic scores. Superintendent Doerr explains that this is due to the thriving programs that have persisted and the determination from students and staff to succeed.


 


For information on the Community Unit School District and their future plans visit https://www.cusd200.org/
 

Spillway Recreation Area At Lake Shelbyville Closed For Maintenance

The Spillway Recreation Area at Lake Shelbyville will be closed for maintenance June 7th to June 16th. The closure applies to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 

 

These closures are necessary to provide safety for workers and members of the general public while work is being conducted.  The closure is a result of performing periodic maintenance, milling the road surface and asphalting.

 

The Corps of Engineers recognizes the impact of road closures on the general public and apologizes for any inconveniences it may cause.  For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951..

City Of Taylorville Encouraging Opting Out Of Constellation

The City of Taylorville is asking residents to opt out of Constellation after Ameren Illinois posted lower rates. Ameren Illinois’ adjusted electric rates were set at 8.04 cents per kilowatt-hour.  This is 3.88 cents less than the city of Taylorville’s electric aggregation rate of 11.924 cents per kilowatt-hour.

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry encourages everyone to opt back into Ameren. 

 

 

The city designed its aggregate program to assure that participants have access to the lowest price available on the market allowing them to opt out at any time and at no cost. Taylorville residents are encouraged to opt out by calling Constellation toll-free or by going online.  Have your ten-digit Ameren account number available. 

 

To opt-out by phone, call Constellation’s toll-free number 833-367-3675.  Calls are handled in the order that they are received, but you can avoid lengthy wait times by leaving a request for a return call. You can also visit www.constellation.com/il-taylorville and click the opt-out online in the gray area at the bottom of the page, click the blue find my code button, enter your ten-digit Ameren account number, view your account information, enter email, check the box, and click the blue button, “do not participate.” 

 

Taylorville voters at a referendum authorized the city’s aggregation initiative.  It was paused in 2022. 

Electricity prices have been volatile in the regulated as well as the competitive market over the past year. Ameren’s regulated supply rate more than doubled—from 5.478 cents per kilowatt-hour in May 2022 to 11.833 cents currently. The utility is also permitted to recover and refund differences in its costs of energy when those costs vary by 5 percent from the approved rate. Such cost differences, known as purchased energy adjustments, are passed along on consumers’ monthly bills. Electric aggregation customers are not charged for purchased energy adjustments. 
    
Ameren will continue to deliver electricity to residents and small businesses, answer calls about power quality and outages, and bill for all electric supply and distribution services. Answers to questions about delivery service and bills are available by calling Ameren’s toll-free number at 800-755-5000. 

Campaign Urges Start Seeing Motorcycles

May is motorcycle awareness month in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and motorcycle safety advocates would like to remind the public to remind all users to “Start seeing motorcycles.” The Start Seeing Motorcycles campaign coincides with the arrival of warmer weather and more motorcyclists on the roads.  With thousands of deaths every year, motorcyclists are significantly over-represented in traffic crashes and fatalities. 

 

Motorcycles represent 3% of total vehicle registrations in the state and according to recent data, more than 11% of the fatalities in 2022.  There were 1,270 traffic fatalities with 146 from motorcycles. This number is down 21 from 2021.

 

During the season, there will be banners and yard signs throughout the state, to help bring awareness to the campaign.  IDOT encourages drivers to do the following.  Look twice before changing lanes.  Use your mirrors and look over your shoulder.  Give motorcyclists enough space to maneuver and remember that traffic, weather, and road conditions affect motorcyclists differently than other vehicles on the road. 

 

Motorcyclists should wear DOT-compliant gear, and use clothing that increases visibility in traffic. Cyclists should use lane positioning to increase their visibility. Have your headlight on at all times. Give yourself time to react. Always signal before changing lanes, don’t weave, and flash your brake lights when you are slowing down.  Above all else, stay sober when riding. 

 

For more information, visit startseeingmotorcycles.org. 

Taylorville Fire Battles RV Blaze

Taylorville Fire Department battled an RV fire on Wednesday afternoon.  At 5:40 PM, TFD responded to an RV fully involved that was spreading to two campers. Fire Crews battled the blaze bringing the fire under control within about 15 minutes. One person was injured and taken to an area hospital with burns prior to the fire department's arrival.  

 

The fire is still under investigation.

 

 

State Senator Looking To Cap Insulin Prices

Drug manufacturers have announced that they will be capping the cost of insulin, but a State Senator wants to keep it capped.  State Senator Laura Murphy has introduced a measure to cap insulin prices at $35.  Drug manufacturers recently announced that they would be capping costs at $35, but Senator Murphy wants to make sure it stays that way, should drug manufacturers try to raise prices. 


 

Under legislation the price of a 30-day supply of insulin would be capped at $35 for all private individual and group insurance policies.  Senator Murphy says she’s tired of prices going up for things that millions of people need.

 

 

More than 10% of the US population has diabetes according to the diabetes research isntitute.  1 in 12 Illinoisans have insulin-dependent diabetes, nearly 1.3 million people.  According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, insulin has risen 600% in the last 20 years with Americans paying 10 times that of citizens of 32 other nations.  

 

House Bill 2189 passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday. 

Garden Tour Coming To Stonington

There will be a Garden Tour in Stonington in June.  Tim and Lynnae Armstrong invite the public to visit their gardens on Saturday, June 17th, 2023. The garden features a collection of unique trees, including conifers, and beds that have many items up cycled to accent the plantings. Andrew Holsinger, University of Illinois Extension Educator in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties says that there are a lot of hidden treasures on the property. 

 

The public are encouraged to register at go.illinois.edu/conifertour to see all the amazing conifers in context of planting.  The garden is open from 2 PM to 4 PM. Visitors will be encouraged to tour at their own speed.  Homeowners will be available to answer any questions that the public may have. The Christian County Master Gardeners will also be available.  There will be adequate parking, but note there will not be a public restroom on site. 

 

The cost to attend the event is free but registration is required. Location details will be provided after you register. Gwen Podeschi, Master Gardener, visited the site recently and loved it saying that anyone who enjoys the beauty of gardening will surely enjoy the Armstrong’s landscape.  

 

If you or someone you know enjoys gardening, the Master Gardeners encourage joining the Master Gardener program.  Find out more by contacting the Chistian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246. 

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