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Assumption To Host Child Care Open House

There will be an open house in Assumption as the community is working together to fill childcare needs.  Assumption Community Pride Association, Kemmerer Village, First United Methodist Church, and Memorial Assumption Presbyterian Church are working together to open a quality licensed child care center.  Autumn Warren, Director of Development, says this is a good opportunity for the public to see the space that is being renovated.

 

 

Renovations are being done on the First United Methodist Church and it will be home of the Assumption Community Child Care Center or ACCC.  The open house will be at 209 North Walnut Street in Assumption on August 13th from 2-4 PM. 

 

 

Sloan Implements, McLeod Express, Joyce Throneburg, Potter Farms, First United Methodist Church, and Assumption Presbyterian Church have all come together to make this operation a success. You can follow Assumption Community Child Care Center Facebook and stop by the open house to learn more. 

Pana Bridgework Starting Today

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced roadwork will commence to replace another bridge on Illinois Route 29.  This one is about 2 miles northwest of Pana beginning today. The existing bridge will be replaced with a new box culvert to facilitate drainage in the area. 

 

Traffic is expected to be reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals, barriers, and flaggers to assist with control of the project area which is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2024. Motorists should expect delays and add extra time for their trips.  Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changing conditions and signs in the work zones, obey posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment. 

 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,000 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation.  Just this year alone, nearly $12.1 billion has been spent on over 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges, and 762 additional safety improvements.  

 

Find out more on Twitter at @idotdistrict6 or view area construction details at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.  

Kiwanis Club Holds Drive-Thru Donation Day

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their Saturday Drive-Thru Donation Day, in front of the Miller MediaStudios, at 918 East Park Street, in Taylorville. These Drive-Thru Donation Days are essential for supplying the Taylorville Food Pantry with the needed items. Non-Perishable foods and monetary donations are accepted.
 
Two Taylorville Kiwanis members, Griffin Smock, and Greg Haarman worked the Drive-Thru on Saturday and say Non- Perishable food and any monetary donations are always welcomed.


If you missed the drive-thru donations day on Saturday, there will be 3 more weekends in September. 


The Taylorville Food Pantry, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, and The Miller Media group thank all those who contributed to the Drive-Thru Donation Day.
 

Mayor of Shelbyville Gives July Update

New business and investment in the City of Shelbyville have created a community of helpers and dedicated citizens. Jeff Johnson, the Mayor of Shelbyville, speaks about how active each generation has been in the community. From the young students getting involved to the older generations paving the way, Johnson is proud of his community.

 


Continuing the tradition of community involvement has come easy as grant money has boosted the Shelbyville area, making progress economically and socially.

 


Johnson notes other additions to the Downtown Shelbyville area, like beautifying the corner drug store and the Old Lance Building. New storefronts have also created a customer-friendly atmosphere. Johnson sees this as an investment in the city as these investors have confidence in the future of Shelbyville.

 


Johnson says those who are selling businesses have not had a hard time passing that along, as buyers see the bright future for Downtown Shelbyville.


Jeff Johnson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.

National Night Out Taking Place Tuesday Evening

The 5th Annual National Night Out will take place at 1716 West Spresser Street on August 1st at 5 PM at the Expo Building at the Christian County Fairgrounds hosted by the Taylorville, Assumption, Stonington, Kincaid, Edinburg, and Morrisonville Police Departments, along with the Taylorville Fire Department, and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Kirsten Beaman says it will have many forms of entertainment.  

 

 

Among those in the dunk tank this year include Christian County State’s Attorney John McWard, TPD’s Sergeant Dickey and Toberman, Edinburg Officer Dodd, Christian County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Baker, and more. There will also be an appearance from Chase from Paw Patrol. 

 

 

For more information, check out the Taylorville Police Department Facebook Page. 

New Antique Store Opened in Shelbyville

JFS Crafts and Collectibles is a new store making its appearance in Shelbyville. Joe Ford opened JFS Crafts and Collectibles earlier this month, on July 3rd. Antiques and unique finds will fill the shelves. Ford has begun asking customers, often collectors, what they are collecting these days to get an idea of what to buy from auctions.


This new venture for Joe Ford and Jessica Fiscus, co-owners of JFS Crafts and Collectibles is not new, as Ford has opened other stores in the past. They are working out the kinks and mention they have wanted to start this crafts and collectible business for some time.

 


For Ford, learning about history is an effect of running the new store. Ford says, that learning never stops. Some collectors are very specific in their searches. Ford notes that one customer came in looking for antique coffee mugs.

 


Joe Ford and Jessica Fiscus appeared as guests from the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.
 

Opening Night at the Findlay Walleye Festival

 Opening night at the Findlay Walleye Festival was a success with many of the local community enjoying the live music, walleye sandwiches, and the many vendors. Friday's events kicked off with the famed walleye tent opening which will be open Saturday the 30th from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

 

A vast number of volunteers are needed to host the Findlay Walleye Festival. Saturday's events get started with the Car Show registration starting at 9:00 A.M. Then, the parade will begin at 10:00 A.M.

 

President of the Findlay Walleye Festival, Ronnie George, is proud of the work the volunteers produced this year. The Money made during the festival will go back into the community for various projects. There is truly something for everyone at the Walleye Festival.

 

 

Saturday is the last day for the Findlay Walleye Festival. You will not want to miss the 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 11:00 A.M. or the many live music performances starting at 3:00 P.M.

Morrisonville 95th Annual Picnic and Homecoming is Underway

The Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming kicks off today, Thursday 27th.  and ends Saturday, the 29th. For the 95th year in a row, live music, parades, and frog jump contests fill the week.


Jessica Armentrout and Suzanne Grundy are Community Club Officers with the Morrisonville Homecoming and Picnic and want you to experience the events this year.

 


The Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Mister pageants are rounding out day one of the Morisonville picnic with David Allen Stone performing live in the beer tent to finish Thursday's events.


Friday's activities get started with the Antique Tractor Show and mini races for the tractors. This event is free to attend and participate in.


For the show many of you have waited for, the Frog Jump Contest, with registration starting at 1:00 P.M. and beginning at 3:00 P.M. in the beer tent. Frog jump t-shirts sales will be held at 1:00 P.M. also in the beer tent.

 


Friday and Saturday nights of the Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming a children's bicycle giveaway winner will be announced at the carnival ticket booth. One boys bike and one Girls bike will be given away as armbands purchased for carnival rides enter the child to win the prize.


The Kid’s Parade runs through the park at 6:00 P.M. on Friday to display the creative floats local children have created. This event is free to attend.
Saturday's events get started with the bags tournament from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in the beer tent. The petting zoo will also be available all three days of the picnic, to watch and interact with local livestock.


The picnic this year has fallen on some of the hottest days of the summer. To keep the attendees cool during the event-filled days is a cooling tent, brought to you by the Morrisonville Fire Department.

 


The Morisonville Picnic and Homecoming has something in store for everyone, from carnival rides to nightly live music, and of course the frog jump contest, you will not want to miss out on the picnic.

For a full schedule of events you can visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MorrisonvilleHomecomingAndPicnic/


Suzanne Grundy and Jessica Armentrout appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Set To Open Public Squirrel Hunting

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is offering public squirrel hunting opportunities from August 1 to September 15 at over 30 private land sites through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). Covering more than 4,400 acres, the program creates accessible hunting locations in 18 counties at no cost to participants. Hunters need to register, sign a liability waiver, and reserve their site online.

 

IRAP encourages family participation and aims to introduce young and first-time hunters to the activity, passing on hunting traditions. Youth hunters aged 17 and below must be accompanied by an adult supervisor, and all participants must have completed a department-approved hunter education course if born in 1980 or later. Successful registrants receive site permits and coordinates, enhancing the hunting experience.

 

Since its inception in 2011, IRAP has leased over 27,000 acres of private land in 52 Illinois counties for various hunting and fishing activities. The program's success is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Voluntary Public Access Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), leading to habitat improvements on 17,000 acres and providing outdoor enthusiasts the chance to enjoy nature's wonders. For more information, visit https://dnrillinois.gov/conservation/irap.html or contact DNRIRAP@illinois.gov.
 

Coal Miners Museum Celebrating 20th Anniversary

The Coal Miners Museum here in Taylorville is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th. Admission is free. From 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. come out to 1324 East Park Street in Taylorville to learn and discover the rich history that coal mines have left in Central Illinois.


Chuck Martin is the Executive Director of the Coal Miners Museum and has enjoyed constructing this comprehensive view of coal mining. Martin speaks of the founder, Will Stone. Martin wanted to portray Stone’s vision of the museum while remembering the ultimate sacrifices so many miners made.

 


Martin is no stranger to the coal mining industry as he worked in a mine himself years ago. This has given Martin a unique, first-hand experience that makes Martin well-equipped to speak on coal mining.

 


Martin describes what the 20th Anniversary Celebration will look like. Guest speakers, light refreshments, a 50/50 drawing, and a raffle for $500 or a Henry Arms Golden Boy Rifle.

 


Immerse yourself in coal mining history and knowledge this weekend, July 29th and 30th, at the Coal Miners Museum.


You can visit the Coal Miners Museums Facebook page at Christian County Coal Mine Museum.


Chuck Martin appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Lincoln Land CC 2023-2024 School Year Approaching

Lincoln Land Community College opens its doors for the 2023 Fall Semester, Monday, August 21st. There is still time to register for classes and fill out those financial aid documents. Class selection becomes less varied as classes approach, but many general education and elective classes are still open.


Making it easier on the first-year students is the Fall Welcome, happening on Wednesday, August 9th at 5:30 P.M. Dee Kruger, the Director of LLCC says, Refreshments will be served and students will have a unique opportunity to interact with some of their new teachers as faculty and staff will attend.

 


The LLCC experience offers easily transferable credits to other public Illinois universities, so when it is time to move to a four-year school, you can proceed with your studies without having to retake challenging courses.

 


The welcome week will be quieter for the students this fall as the administration has scheduled a cook-out for after labor day. The Lincoln Land Police Force will handle the grilling.

 


To learn about classes, registration, or any events happening at Lincoln Land Community College this fall, visit https://www.llcc.edu/. Or call 217-786-2754.


Dee Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Staying Hydrated During The Heat Wave

With Illinois in a giant heat wave, HSHS is reminding Illinois residents to drink water during this heat. Water is essential for bodies to function properly and it can help you feel your best. 60% of the body is made up of water.  It regulates body temperature, lubricates and cushions joints and protects organs.  Cells need water to transport nutrients.  Wastes and toxins are flushed out through sweat, urine, and bowel movements which all require water.  

 

Drinking water can also affect mental health.  Being well-hydrated can provide what a person needs to stay alert, focused, and productive.  Dehydration occurs when a person loses more fluids than they take in.  If there is hot weather, if you increase your physical activity, and when you are sick, you will need to increase your fluid intake.  Drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks can also cause you to lose water. 

 

Some signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, dry or sticky mouth, less sweat than usual, dark-colored urine or no urine at all, dry skin, digestive problems, and headaches or dizziness. Symptoms usually go away when you rehydrate. 

 

Many people reach for beverage options like sports drinks to hydrate during workouts since they have extra carbohydrates, minerals, and electrolytes.  Other popular drinks are regular soda, fruit drinks, and energy drinks.  Doctors urge caution as these contain extra sugar, calories, or caffeine. Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet.  People who often drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cavities, and gout. 

 

A 12 ounce regular soda has more than 10 teaspoons of added sugar, adding up to 150 calories. Consuming two sodas a day adds up to 2,100 calories in a week.  Experts at HSHS say you should carry a refillable water bottle with you, choose water when you eat out, drink a glass of water before you consume your meal, mix up your water options by adding fruit slices, or vegetables and herbs, and don’t forget fluids are in many foods. 

 

Water is often overlooked as a key element to overall health. Just taking a few simple steps can help you stay hydrated and healthy. If you suspect significant dehydration, seek medical attention immediately. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital visit hshsgoodshepherd.org.  

Morrisonville Holds 95th Annual Picnic and Homecoming

Morrisonville is holding its 95th annual Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming, the action kicked off Wednesday with fireworks. The tremendous fair activities continued Thursday with great fun for the whole family including a petting zoo, a washer tournament, pageants, and music in the beer tent. WMKR was live from the festivities on Thursday. 

 

If you missed out on the great events there is even more action tomorrow as the marquee event, the Worlds Largest Frog Jump kicks off tomorrow at 3 pm registration starts at 1 pm, and there is also the antique tractor show from 12-2 pm, the kids parade at 6 pm, the Miss Community Queen pageant at 8 pm, as well as the pedal tractor pull at 6:30 pm. Live music, the petting zoo, and the carnival happening all weekend long. 

 

The Picnic concludes on Saturday with the bags tournament at 11 am, the car show at 1 pm, and the parade at 4:30 pm. 

 

The Picnic is happening at the community park on South Jackson St. For more information visit their Facebook page.
 

Taylorville Police Department Gives July Update

It takes a team of professionals to keep your community safe. The Taylorville Police Department has implemented forces like the Community Action Team to educate aspiring young officers. Taylorville Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler says that drug arrests are up 300% and the team is helping with many current investigations. Chief Wheeler notes that he is happy to be leaving a legacy, teaching officers how to write search warrants and continue policing in the correct manner.


Another team of individuals aiding in threats to the community is the Emergency Response Team. Chief Wheeler describes the Emergency Response Team as one that would have the equipment of a SWAT team, but with quick access to the resources in case of dire situations.

 


The Taylorville Police Department has entered into its third year using the Safe Passage Services and has found great success. The $420-thousand grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and covers Safe Passage employees, transportation, and even hotel stays for addicts that may be in an unsafe position.

 


Chief Wheeler and the Taylorville Police Department are adapting to the SAFETY Act. Wheeler notes that “frequent fliers” or people who have re-offended multiple times will be dealt with through proper sentencing.

 


Chief Wheeler relates this to a Springfield Legislator that is pushing for the legalization of controlled substances up to five grams. Wheeler notes this could be a concern as a by-product of the leniency of the SAFETY Act.


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

Kincaid Woman Killed In Pedestrian-Train Incident

A Kincaid woman is dead after she was struck by a train on Tuesday morning.  Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced on Wednesday, that an individual identified as 48-year-old Crystal L. Bell of Kincaid was struck by a Norfolk Southern train traveling southbound in the area of 1610 West Sangamon Road, in rural Taylorville. Bell was pronounced dead on the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans.  Autopsy results are pending toxicology.  The investigation is being handled by the Christian County Sheriff's Office and the Norfolk Southern Police.                                                                 

Early Financial Saving Brings a More Confident Future for Students

It is never too early to begin thinking about your child's future savings for any educational track they decide. One can open a child's savings account before that child is even born to begin preparing for the expensive journey ahead. Once a parent or guardian has named themselves a beneficiary, deposits can begin to be saved, a long-term investment for someone now, will result in a higher yield when that child is ready for college.


Mike Frerichs is the Illinois State Treasurer, and more recently, a new dad to twins just recently born. Frerichs is happy that he has set money aside for his two children, and there is one less thing to worry about.

 


These deposits are safe from tax and will grow money for your child when it is needed. These investments in a child's future have promoted success in the classroom. Now that financial trouble is out of the question, the student can focus on graduating.

 


A new program titled ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is presented by the Treasures Office to set up savings accounts for disability-related expenses. This will be a tax-free account where users can save up to $100,000, without that child losing any benefits.

 


The Charitable Trust Act is gathering money to put funds into the hands of smaller non-profits, making less than $1 Million a year. Grants will be provided to cover things like living costs and workplace development.

 


For information on early childhood saving, the ABLE Program, or the Charitable Trust Act make sure to visit, https://www.ssa.gov/.


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

Heat Advisory In Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 11 AM today until 7 PM Saturday evening.  Daytime Heat index values up to 108 degrees is expected with overnight heat index values staying warm as they are only expected to fall into the mid to upper 70s.  


The National Service is asking you to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency!

 

Take precautions and stay tuned to Regional Radio News for all the latest weather updates. 

Social Security Finding Money You Could Be Missing Out On

How much did you earn from your first job? A question that may seem meaningless but when identified, community members could find that they are not receiving the benefits they are entitled to. The Social Security Administration has tools where users can have access to their entire earnings record. These earnings will one day be the basis for your Social Security Benefits.


Jack Myers is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration and does not want the local community to miss out on money they could be entitled to.

 


The Social Security Administration has a formula that will take your 35 best years of earnings and use that for your basis of benefits.

 


The Americans with Disabilities Act is important to many. Now with the Ticket to Work Program, people ages 18-64 that receive Social Security benefits will have career development support. It is not easy to get back to work when having a disability, employers may not be interested. The Ticket to Work Program will connect you to the right workplace.

 


People with a disability can feel safe finding an employer and confident when learning new skills with the Ticket to Work Program.


For more information about Social Security, you can visit, https://www.ssa.gov/.


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

Taylorville YMCA Offering New Opportunities

There is always something happening at or with the YMCA this summer and all seasons. Registration for Fall Soccer programs, k-8 are available until Saturday, August 12th. To sharpen the youth players' skills there is a new event run by Tim Karbach, Taylorville High School Soccer coach, that will train new and returning coaches on proper drills and skills. The Coaches Clinic will be held August 19th from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Taylorville High School football field, lunch will be provided.


Bruce Blanshan is the Director of the YMCA. Events like the Coaches Clinic and the one-day Soccer Camp are rare opportunities for players and coaches to get real training. Blanshan notes that some drills may be involved, but current Taylorville High School soccer players will be there to demonstrate.

 


Reopening soon for the YMCA is the Teen Center which will host the opening night on September 8th, from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Maggie Vocks is the Program Director for the YMCA and says the events and activities are enjoyed by the teens every year.

 


The Teen Center has been a popular meeting spot for 6th-8th graders, middle schoolers can have the freedom of choosing the way they spend their Friday nights, while the structure and care are there for them if needed. Chaperons are on staff, so if the dance floor gets too wild, someone can step in.

 


A brand new addition that has just been installed at the YMCA is batting cages, made easy to set up and tear down. This brings a promising new opportunity for travel baseball or softball teams, or any player trying to get extra work in, to get their swinging and pitching repetitions during the winter months. The cages can be rented by the hour and Blanshan is pleased with the project.

 


The YMCA here in Taylorville works hard to provide events and services to benefit the entire community. Under Bruce Blanshan and Maggie Vocks the YMCA always has something for you. To stay up to date on all events at the YMCA you can visit, https://www.ccymca.org/.

 

Bruce Blanshan and Maggie Vocks appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests.
 

Christian County CEO Holds Student Orientation Meeting Tuesday Night

 

 

The Christian County high school entrepreneurship program called "C-E-O" held their students orientation meeting last night at Charro Mexican Restaurant in Taylorville.

 

21 students, their parents, and Christian County C-E-O officials, reviewed what the vision, mission and history of the program is, and what the expectations are of the students.

 

 

C-E-O board president Bill Beyers told Regional Radio News the orientation meeting helps incoming students know why the program does what it does.

 

 

 

Christian County C-E-O facilitator Neil Hohenstein is starting his 3rd year at the helm and told Regional Radio News he's looking forward to this year with some 21 students, the largest class ever.

 

 

Adam Vocks and Billy Williams, former owners of Computer Techniques in Taylorville, announced they've formed a Foundation called the Vowi (VOH-wee) Foundation with its goal of making local C-E-O students local entrepreneurs after completing 2 years at a community college.   Vocks further explained why the pair decided to offer the C-E-O students this opportunity.

 

 

Find out more on the local C-E-O program on-line at christiancountyceo.com.

New Boutique Opens In Taylorville

A new boutique has opened up in Taylorville on Cheney Street.  Style and Grace Boutique has opened at 921 North Cheney Street and is owned by Katie Williamson and Grace Bobb.  Williamson says she’s very excited to have the grand opening today.

 

 

Bobb says that one thing they offer that many in Taylorville do not is swimsuits. For more information, check out Style and Grace’s Facebook page at Style and Grace Boutique established in 2023. 

 

 

Style and Grace held their ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears From Taylorville Correctional Center Warden at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the warden of the Taylorville Correctional Center, at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Melinda Eddy became warden of the local correctional center in 2017, and ran the Lincoln Women’s Correctional Center before that.   She appreciated the welcome she received when coming to this facility.

 

 

Eddy added most of the offenders at the Taylorville prison are Class X offenders that are completing their sentences.   She said that the prison offers drug abuse and anger management programs among other things to rehab the inmate before being released. To that end, the prison has hired a number of therapists and other support staff. 

 

Eddy told Kiwanis members that accountability is important for both inmates and staff.

 

 

The Taylorville warden told Kiwanis members the local prison has 327 staff members.

 

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. 

Kiwanis Drive-Thru Donation Day for the Taylorville Food Bank

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club once again held their drive-thru donation day benefiting the Taylorville Food Pantry at the Miller Media Group front parking lot on Saturday, July 22nd. 

 

Kiwanis Club member Bruce Blanshan says any monetary donation is accepted. These monetary donations make the buying process easier for the Taylorville Food Bank.

 

 

Kiwanis Member Dick Wamsley was also out collecting donations on Saturday. Wamsley is happy to be able to support the community and has done so for a while. Many events fill the Kiwanis year to provide enough money for the food bank.

 


Find more information on the club at taylorvillekiwanis.com.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club will hold their next Drive-Thru donation day Saturday, July 29th in for of the Miller Media Radio Station, 918 East Park Street in Taylorville. Proceeds go directly to the Taylorville Food Pantry.

Summer Events With The Macon County Conservation District

There is still time to enjoy summer outdoor activities with the Macon County Conservation District and the Rock Springs Nature Center, located in Decatur. The Macon County Conservation District presents many events all summer long like educational nature walks, summer concerts, and even out-of-this-world events like the Astronomy Jamboree.


For 30 years, The Astronomy Jamboree looked to the skies at Friends Creek Conservation Area to spot stars, meteors, and planets visible through telescopes. This Central Illinois area provides great lighting, or lack thereof, to view an array of stars and anything that might pass by. Telescopes are provided by the Macon County Conservation District but attendees with their own telescope are welcome to bring it. This event will be Saturday, August 8th, from 8:00 P.M. to 11: 00 P.M.
Alysia Callison is the Director of Program Services for the Macon County Conservation District and has been thrilled with this year's events.

 


Another annual event for the Macon County Conservation District is the Hummingbird Festival, happening on Thursday, August 24th from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. This event will be held at the Rock Springs Nature Center. Attendees will be able to view hummingbirds as they are taken in, given an identification band, and released. Data is collected by ornithologists to find out if these birds are traveling the same path for their migration journey.

 


Participants will have an opportunity to release a hummingbird at the end of the event. Sign-up for releasing hummingbirds fills out fast, Callison notes that this is first come first serve.


The Summer Concert Series is nearing the end with the second to last act making their way to the stage Sunday, July 30th. These concerts have been a great way to get the local community into the nature center and experience musical talent. For Sunday's show, it will be The Tangents performing.

 


To not miss a beat with the Macon County Conservation District, visit https://www.maconcountyconservation.org/


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

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry on the CC Fair and Future Plans

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has much to be proud of after weeks of community engagement. From the successful Christian County Fair to the Car Cruise, to the Saturday Farmers Market, Taylorville has truly come alive this summer.
Mayor Barry was present for the Christian County Fair and was again reminded of how special the week-long event is.

 


The Farmers Market appears every Saturday on the Taylorville Square. Vendors sell their fresh produce, a variety of meats, and other handcrafted items. Mayor Barry has been out to the Farmers Market for some of the great sweet corn.

 


The first Friday of the month is the Car Cruise that turns the quiet Taylorville Square into an automotive wonderland. Last time out there were about 200 cars spanning from early 1900s classics to modern-day hot rods. The next Car Cruise is set for Friday, August 4th. Mayor Barry notes how important this event is for citizens who do not live in Taylorville, as many of the businesses in the city are extra busy during the Car Cruise.

 


Road and trail construction is happening now in Taylorville. Mayor Barry says that grant money will help these projects along. A $2.5 million grant comes from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This grant will aid in the reconstruction of the Taylorville Square, preparing for the new businesses that plan to open in future years. Mayor Barry is looking forward to these upgrades.

 


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is excited for the future of Taylorville as community involvement and grant money has grown.


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


 

Taylorville Food Bank in Need of Volunteers

The Taylorville Food Bank offers their free services to all of Christian County, but in the last year, usage of the food bank has nearly doubled, while donations coming in have remained the same. In September of 2022 the food bank provided 331 homes with necessary food products, that number has reached 560 households based on this month's data. That is 1479 total nourished people. As SNAP benefits are cut and inflation rises the number of people needing this assistance will continue to rise.


Keeping the Taylorville Food Bank alive and functioning is Amy Hagen, a Co-Coordinator for the food bank, along with the many volunteers that work day in and day out to ensure food security. Volunteers are always needed and Hagen says, if there is a car out front, they are inside working and could use some help.

 


If a local citizen wants to volunteer, there is work to be done at the Taylorville Food Pantry. Hagen emphasizes that the food bank never turns away help. No matter age, physical ability, or knowledge, helping out the community comes easy with the Taylorville Food Bank.

 


New to the Taylorville Food Bank is fresh, locally grown produce from the Taylorville Community Garden and the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Garden. Supplying the community with more than canned products and non-perishable foods is important to the health of the citizens. Hagen is happy to be able to offer this at the food Bank, but with fresh produce comes more diligent work from the volunteers.

 


Amy Hagen and the staff at the Taylorville Food Bank need the communities help, in donations and with their time in volunteering. Hagen notes that it does not matter the amount of time one chooses to spend, every little bit helps.

 


The Taylorville Food Bank is located at 1429 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville.


Amy Hagen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

HSHS Welcomes New Senior Vice President

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), announced that Dr. Kevin L. Lewis, CPE, FAASM, will join the system’s executive leadership team as senior vice president and chief physician executive on August 28th. President and Chief Executive Officer with HSHS, Damon Boatwright, says that Dr. Lewis brings an ideal mix of healthcare leadership experience and passion for our mission.  

 

A pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine physician by training, Dr. Lewis practiced for 15 years before fully focusing on his journey as a healthcare executive.  He previously served as the Regional President and CEO of SSM Health Medical Group as well as the Regional Chief Clinical Officer of SSM Health—Oklahoma.  

 

Dr. Lewis says that the depth and breadth of the mission at HSHS, along with the extent to which leaders value their connection to the mission really struck him and he’s honored to have the opportunity to serve in a ministry with such a rich, enduring legacy.  

 

Dr. Lewis graduated Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio for Medical School.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa and Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky. 

 

Dr. Lewis and his wife Michelle have three adult daughters.  He lived in Springfield as a child and attended DuBois Elementary School from Kindergarten through Second Grade. 
 

CCEDC Accepting Resumes for Executive Director Position thru August 14th

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation has announced details for its selection process to fill the position of Executive Director as current E-D Dick Adams has announced his retirement effective August 31st.

Officials want the new Executive Director to be in place as of October First, and are now accepting resumes. 

Required qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Economic Development, Business Administration, Public Administration, or another relevant field of study; or three years of professional experience managing an economic development program; or equivalent experience. County residence is preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability.
 
Resumes are to be submitted via e-mail to John Gardner, Chairperson, Christian County Economic Development Corporation, whose e-mail address is: jgardner@bankpbt.com no later than August 14th.  
 
The CCEDC Executive Committee will review resumes and set up in-person interviews with selected qualified candidates. CCEDC is an equal opportunity employer.

Taylorville Park Board Holds July Meeting

The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening to discuss business, review the ordinance, and go over committee reports. They also went over the Ameren issue after they were offered land.


The meeting started by passing minutes and going over the Treasurer’s report. They then reviewed the proposal for an OSLAD grant for the new swimming pool. That vote was passed unanimously. 


The board then moved to the most pressing issue of the night which was the Ameren issue. The Taylorville Park District was offered the land that Ameren is currently dealing with right now. The Board was strongly against taking in the land due to liability concerns. Board President Marlene Miller said that while attending the meeting that took place over the issue, she was told it could take 100 years to fully recover the soil. There were also concerns over the safety of the land. 


The Board voted and unanimously denied looking into taking in the property. 


Next, Recreational Director Bailey Hancock gave her report. It was stated that camp is coming to a soon close and that swim lessons and the pool are doing very well. The Don Bragg sports complex is also getting ready to switch over to youth football.


The Next Park Board meeting is Scheduled For August 28th. 
 

Taylorville Memorial Foundation Announces Scholarships

The Taylorville Memorial Foundation announced the winners of the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship and the John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship July 19th.  The Butterfield family was able to award additional scholarships for the 2023 award cycle including a $1,000 scholarship to four college sophomores.  Luke Markwell, Gracie Shemwall, Riley Brown, and Elizabeth Schafer.  

 

Markwell received the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship.  He attends ISU in Normal and majors in nursing.  Shemwall received the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship. She attends Millikin University in Decatur and majors in nursing.  Rown received the John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship.  She attends SIU-Edwardsville and majors in integrative biology and pre-veterinary sciences.  Schafer received the John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship.  She attends Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, and studies science and agriculture. 

 

The John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a central Illinois high school, with priority given to a Christian County resident and has completed the first year in an agriscience or food nutrition program at a two-or four-year college or university. 

 

For more information about educational grants and scholarships available through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation, visit memorial.health/tmf. 

Pulmonary Care Unit in Action at HSHS Good Shepherd

The HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville are making progress towards getting 3-D mammography equipment. Regina Agnew works with HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and is excited to accept patients into their facilities that once needed to travel far distances to receive this advanced care.

 


HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has revitalized its pulmonary recovery unit. The Covid-19 Pandemic shut down this care and HSHS is excited to be offering this help to the community.

 


A patient utilizing pulmonary care services can expect many care options. From exercise to education to social support, the local community is in good hands at the HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital.

 


For information about HSHS Good Shepherd or the pulmonary care unit, you can visit, https://www.hshs.org/good-shepherd.


Regina Agnew appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.
 

Narcan Kits Available at Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville

They call it the opioid epidemic. Heroine and Fentanyl are two of the most common opioids ailing communities across the country. Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville is taking a step in the right direction, providing Narcan kits to help one who may be in harm's way from opioid usage.


Narcan is able to reverse the effects of overdosing on an opioid. Jessie Reed is a certified pharmacy technician and works for Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville. Reed says the kits are available and easy to use. Eliminating the problem entirely is not realistic, but providing ways to stop death is the next option.

 


Family Drug Pharmacy has kits available now. This is a state-funded program where materials are provided by the state, so Narcan can be handed out, no questions asked.

 


Administering Narcan to a person that is not experiencing an overdose scenario will not cause that person any harm.

 


you can visit, https://www.familydrug.net/ for information about services. Or call 217-774-7838.


Jessie Reed appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.

Park Board Meeting In Taylorville This Evening

The Taylorville Park Board is set to meet Monday evening at 7 PM at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. After reviewing the minutes and the treasurer’s report, the board will review Finances and look to submit an OSLAD grant.  The board will go over the Ameren Remidial issue.
 
Under reports, the board will receive updates from the Maintenance Superintendent, Office Administrator, and Recreational Director. The board will approve the payment of bills and hold an executive session. 
 
Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this meeting after the conclusion.
 

Central Commodity FS Hold Annual "Tot-Rod" Kiddie Tractor Pull Saturday at Christian County Fair

Central Commodity F-S again hosted the annual "Tot-Rod" Kiddie Tractor Pull on Saturday at the Christian County Ag Fair. 

 

 

 

Over 40 children from ages 3 to 12 participated.

 

 

 

 

 

Winners included:

in the 3-4 year old division:
1st place - Walt Wilhour
2nd place - Karmella Lawrence
3rd place - Miles Nickel

In the 5-6 year old division:
1st place - Daniel Stone
2nd place - Olivia Briggs
3rd place - Keegan Scoles

In the 7-8 year old division:
1st place - Wyatt Sanders
2nd place - Jett Amos
3rd place - Anthony Gant

In the 9-10 year old division:
1st place - Boyd Dammerman
2nd place - Nikayla Lawrence
3rd place - Remi Fleming

And in the 11-12 year old division:
1st place - Teddy Fleming
2nd place - Fisher Dammerman
3rd place - Leah Amos

WTIM Radio broadcast the event from the Christian County Ag Fair Saturday morning.

Severe Weather Drops Hail in Central Illinois Sunday Night

Severe weather hit the Regional Radio listening area Sunday night, with the biggest threat being hail.

Reports to the National Weather Service in Lincoln showed one-and-a-half inch hail fell in the Curran area southwest of Springfield.    There were several reports of one inch hail in the Chatham area, and one inch hail was also reported to the Weather Service in the Carlinville area.

No injuries were reported to the Weather Service from Sunday night’s severe weather.

Christian County Economic Development Director Dick Adams Announces Retirement

Regional Radio News has learned that Christian County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Dick Adams has announced his retirement effective August 31st.   Adams indicated he wants to spend more time with his family and friends.

Adams was named Executive Director February First of 2022 upon the retirement of long-time Executive Director Mary Renner.

Economic Development Corporation president John Gardner told Regional Radio News  the organization was very grateful for the years of service and the many hours Adams dedicated for the betterment our community, city and county, and more recently, his efforts on behalf of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation. 

Gardner added over the past 15 months, Adams worked to promote a unified regional economic and industrial development effort to create jobs and investment in Christian County.  

Gardner indicated filling the Executive Director seat will be an immediate priority of the Executive Committee's August 7th meeting. 

Miller Media President Honored With Community Award

Miller Media President Randal J. Miller was recognized by the University of Illinois Extension Office with a community award.  Miller was honored with a Community Service Award for all he and the Miller Media Radio Stations do for agriculture. University of Illinois Extension Office Director Amanda Cole honored Miller at the Ag Luncheon on Thursday.  Miller says he was left speechless.

 

 

Miller says at the end of the day it’s about helping the community, something he and the rest of his staff take very seriously. We here at Regional Radio News salute you Randal J. Miller!

Preschool at the Shelby Christian Church

The school year is right around the corner, whether the youngsters like it or not. Preparing the next generation of learners are preschools, more specifically, the Shelby Christian Church preschool. Nickie Beyers is the Next Generation Ministry for Shelby Christian Church and is set for another year of learning with the soon-to-be kindergartners.


Beyers says registration is now open. Ages 3-4 will be in the same class, 8:00 A.M.-10:30 P.M. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Transportation is offered to those parents busy with work.

 


Beyers breaks down the curriculum that is covered in their preschool. By learning numbers, letters, matching, and physical activity, the young students will be prepared for their first year of school.

 


The class will take a number of field trips this year including the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and the zoo.

 


you can find more information online at https://www.shelbycc.org/events.


Nickie Beyers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville.

New Updates from the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce

 The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Conference is back with more events that will get the community involved. The chamber has recently welcomed a new member of the board, Robert Harlow of Harlow Industrial. With a new perspective on the board, Harlow looks forward to serving the community, which will not be an issue as Harlow Industrial helps out local community members by fixing or installing overhead doors, garages, and safety shutters for schools.


Another new addition to Taylorville will be a job fair by Caterpillar Incorporated. Linda Allen The Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce and the board members have made this job fair possible by allowing Caterpillar to use their space at the chamber to accommodate all the steps of the hiring process. The job fair will be Wednesday, August 9th, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

 


Allen is calling this job fair a one-stop shop. All the necessary requirements for Caterpillar Incorporated will be on hand, and those that fulfill all requirements can walk out the door with a new job.

 


This Saturday, the 22nd the sanctioned Illinois State Cook-Off will take place. Tom Calvert is a Chillifest Chairman and has been busy preparing for a number of cook-off competitions happening in the coming months. On Sunday, July 23rd, Calvert and the Palomino Club are hosting a salsa, home-style chili, Verde green chili, and traditional red gravy Cook-Off.

 


Linda Allen explains how Chillifest has been restructured this year. With many sponsors already signed the chamber is accepting more to ensure a smooth event.

 


To contact Robert Harlow of Harlow Industrial you can call him directly at, 217-820-1758.


For information on the Chillifest, you can visit the Facebook page at Taylorville Chillifest
 

Christian County Sheriff's Department Taking SAFETY Act in Stride

The Christian County Sheriff’s Department and police forces across Illinois will be adopting a new way of handling crimes because of new legislation that has passed. The SAFETY Act is eliminating cash bail. This means that for crimes that once carried prison time, like illegal drug possession, will be met with a citation instead of an overnight stay at the jail.


Chief Deputy Jim Baker with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office explains that crimes like burglary and narcotic possession once would mean prison time. This is no longer the case.

 


Illinois is the first state to pass the SAFETY Act. Baker notes that some new deputies will need to be aware of the new rules to follow while handling their business.

 


Baker describes a “flow chart” that officers will use to handle crimes that once would be cut and dry. Once the officer follows the flow chart the decision on what to do next is no longer up to the judgment of the officer in the field, it will be the flow chart with the next step.

 


Staying the same for the CC Sheriff's Department is the development and outreach of the new Christian County Sheriff’s App that is out for smartphones. This one-stop shop app will have information from vacation patrol, to monthly events, to a citizen tip submission section.

 


Chief Deputy Jim Baker and his staff work tirelessly to keep our community and everyone in it safe. With the new SAFETY Act, rules on handling crimes once they have been committed might change but the constant efforts to keep local citizens protected will not.


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

Plan In Place For Taylorville High School Special Education Addition

Taylorville School Board has a plan in place moving forward for the construction schedule for the Taylorville High School new addition for its special education unit.  Site demolition is set to take place July 25th, with teams laying out the building pad July 26th-31st.  On August 1st and 2nd will be site water matters and internal electrical work will be done on the 2nd-4th of August.  Foundation walls are set to be placed on August 4th-11th.  Foundation walls will be backfilled on August 14th.

 

Plumbing and electrical work is set for August 15th-17th and the concrete slab will be poured on August 22nd and 23rd. This timeline may change given the weather and other circumstances.  The board also has asked the construction manager to look at possible cost reductions for the option chosen for the construction of the proposed gym and performing arts center. 

 

The next Taylorville School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, August 8th at 6 PM. 

Police Investigating Fatal Train Vehicle Crash In Sangamon County

A man has died following a train/vehicle crash that occurred on Thursday morning. On July 20, 2023 at 8:02 am, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office along with the Auburn Police Department, Divernon Police Department, and Virden Fire Department responded to an fatal accident in the 8700 Block of the Macoupin County Line Road in Virden Illinois.  

 

A locomotive train from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road Company was headed north west on the tracks.  While the train was in motion,  a 2022 Chevrolet  flatbed pickup truck attempted to cross the tracks in front of the train.  The truck was occupied by a 66 year old male and a 31 year old female.

 

The Chevrolet caught fire as a result of the impact with the locomotive. The male occupant of the Chevrolet was found deceased at the scene of the accident. The female was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation.

Big Crowd Attends Christian County Ag Group Annual Ag Appreciation Dinner at Fairgrounds Over Noon Hour Thursday

A great crowd of both agriculture and non-ag residents from Christian County and surrounding area, attended the 29th Annual Christian County Ag Group Ag Appreciation Dinner held over the noon hour today at the Christian County Ag Fair.

 

The Ag Group is a committee of local civic and business leaders whose goal is to keep agriculture in the spotlight in Christian County.

 

Monies they raise each year go to pay for the annual dinner, as well as to fund scholarships for high school seniors going to college majoring in ag related fields.

 

 

This year, 3 students received one-thousand dollar scholarships.  The family of long-time Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District chair Mark Roth, who passed away last November, also gave money to the Ag Group so that 3 students could receive ag scholarships this year.  Scholarship winners Karsen Manuel, Jhia Walker, and Cole Paulek were presented certificates to honor their scholarship. Mark's wife Diana spoke as the scholarships were being presented.

 

 

 

 

4 Christian County 4-H'ers that earned the right to travel to Scotland to experience agriculture there, then spoke to the Ag Appreciation Dinner audience.  Chloe Grant thanked the Ag Group for the scholarship they received.

 

 

Ben Wamsley enjoyed the various livestock shows they attended in Scotland and Ireland.

 

 

Jay Bliler told the Ag Appreciation Dinner crowd he liked seeing the various rural living historical sites they toured.

 

 

Emma Pistorius liked comparing agriculture between our country and Scotland.

 

 

 

Guest speaker for the Ag Appreciation Dinner was Mark Gebhards, Executive Director of the Governmental Affairs and Commodities Division at the Illinois Farm Bureau.

 

Gebhards spent most of his time talking about just getting back from Washington where a new 5-year Farm Bill is being debated.   He said he doesn't expect the new bill to get passed in September, but more hopeful it'll get done by the end of this year to avoid an election year.

 

 

Gebhards added that state bills regulating citing of wind, solar and C-O-2 pipelines are also on the radar from Illinois Farm Bureau's standpoint, due to their impact on farmer property rights.

 

This was the last year that Marietta Dunkirk, owner of Country Girl Catering, catered the annual Ag Group Ag Appreciation Dinner.   Dunkirk is retiring.

4-H Member Ready to Show Goats and Swine

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H member, Kate Waterman is staying busy, tending to her sheep and swine that she brought to the fair to show.


Waterman began by telling Regional Radio News a little about what it takes to get the animals ready for the show.

 


Sheering sheep is an important factor when presenting that animal to the judges. Waterman is no stranger to this task.

 


As for what the judges will be looking for, Waterman says that each judge is different, but size, build, and frame are all factors to be prepared for.

 


Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Kate Waterman appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.

Long-Time 4-H Member Shows Swine

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H member, Emma Pistorius is a veteran at the Christian County Ag Fair, going on eight years showing animals. This year Emma brought some swine to show.
There were perfect conditions on Tuesday, especially for the swine that need to be cooled off constantly.

 


Although the swine do everything in their power to make it difficult for the 4-H’ers, they are no match for the well-trained Pistorius and the other members.

 


Pistorius explains the way in which the 4-H members show off pigs, she notes that it may sound a bit inhumane but the swine are happy and healthy.

 


Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Emma Pistorius appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning. 
 

Taylorville Man Arrested For Sexual Conduct With Disabled Person

A 64-year-old Taylorville man was arrested for committing acts of sexual conduct with a person with a disability. According to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler 64-year-old James Eiskant, who lives on Clay Street, was arrested for aggravated criminal sexual abuse after a woman contacted Chief Wheeler to ask if he would talk to her 19-year-old Grandson who was disabled and leaving the house and visiting a place at all times during the day, when he was asked to stay home while at work or at a safe place that she knows about. 

 

After talking to the subject, Chief Wheeler realized that something was wrong and contacted the detective division to start the investigation. The Community Action Team conducted a search warrant on a house on Clay Street in Taylorville arresting Eiskant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and committing acts of sexual conduct with a person with a disability.

 

Eiskant was a registered sex offender for an incident several years ago, which had previously expired. Taylorville Police thanked Christian County States Attorney John McWard, who helped assist the department and officially charged Eiskant.  More charges are expected to be filed.

 

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

4-H Member Showing Goats and Swine

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H member, Levi Paulek brought his goats and swine to the fair for his second year participating. Levi says keeping the goat's hair conditioned and show-ready can be difficult.

 


Paulek provides some insight into showing his goats and swine. These steps are important for 4-H’ers to remember as the judges want to see a clean act.

 


Before showing swine Paulek notes that there is a special feed to make the animals appear more filled out. Paulek also shared a story with Regional Radio News about a rouge swine.

 


Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Levi Paulek appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.
 

Events Continue at the Shelby County 4-H Fair

The Shelby County 4-H Fair continued on Wednesday with another day full of agriculture, livestock shows, and community involvement.


Tuesday was busy with some more unique judging of College & Career Readiness, Leadership, Diversity, and Cultural Awareness, Passport to the World, Ready+Life, Robotics, Theater Arts, Weather, Exploratory, Family Heritage, Child Development, Computer Science, Health, Consumer Education, Drones, Entrepreneurship, Esports Civic Engagement, Communications, Maker, Video/Film making, Clothing & Textiles, Communication--Journalism, Shopping in Style.


Wednesdays events began at 8:00 A.M with the judging of Junior Fair Beef. At the same time, Poultry judging was happening in the Gillett Pavilion. Following the livestock showing, 4-H’ers that have focused on other projects brought them to the stage. From College and career readiness to leadership to theater arts, the 4-H members have another action-packed day.

 

Thursday will be the final day for the Shelby County 4-H Fair. Thursday starts with the important, 7:00 A.M. Fairgrounds Cleanup, then exhibits will be released from the 4-H Center and the Poduce Building until 8:00 A.M.


Crusin 98.3 will be live from the fair Tonight from 4 pm to 6 pm interviewing 4’Hers. 


The Shelby County 4-H Fair will continue through Thursday, July 20th. 


 

4-H Members Enjoying The Shelby County Fair

4-H’ers from all over Shelby County and the surrounding area brought their animals, exhibits, and projects to Shelbyville to be judged on Monday.  The Shelby County Fair continues this week through Wednesday. 


Cruisin’ 98-point-3 WSVZ was there to interview many of the county’s 4-H’ers on Monday during the Fair including Kalee Statenborough. Kalee told WSVZ about her success at the fair.

 


 
Kalee also told listeners about her inspiring efforts at last year's fair which included raising money for a special cause 


Blue Ribbon winners will take their winning entries to the Illinois State Fair to be judged next month.
 

Royalty Announced At Christian County Fair

THE 81ST ANNUAL CHRISTIAN COUNTY AG FAIR QUEEN PAGEANTS WERE HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 18TH AT THE FAIRGROUNDS GRANDSTAND IN TAYLORVILLE.

2023 MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY ROYALTY

L - R:  1ST RUNNER UP HAILEY DURHAM OF PANA; 2023 MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY HAYLEIGH MANUEL OF PANA, 2ND RUNNER UP AND MISS CONGENIALITY MAGGIE HOLTHAUS OF STONINGTON

 

2023 JR. MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR ROYALTY

 

L - R:  1ST RUNNER UP HOLLY KRUSE OF TAYLORVILLE; 2023 JR. MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY AND MISS CONGENIALITY REAGAN FUNDERBURK OF TAYLORVILLE; 2ND RUNNER UP OLIVIA GARREN OF TAYLORVILLE

 

 

2023 LITTLE MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY ROYALTY

 

FRONT ROW L - R:  1ST RUNNER UP HAZEL SKINNER OF TAYLORVILLE; 2023 LITTLE MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY VIOLET SKINNER OF TAYLORVILLE; 2022 LITTLE MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY QUINN HANCOCK; 2ND RUNNER UP KENNEDY HARRIS OF KINCAID

BACK ROW L - R:  2022 MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY LAUREN PHILLIPS; 2022 JR. MISS CHRISTIAN COUNTY ELLA HOHENSTEIN 

 

 

Pageant Winners Reminisce on Their Success

The Christian County Agriculture Fair has officially begun. Getting the fair started off right is the Little Miss, Jr. Miss and the Miss Christian County pageant. Lauren Phillips was the 2022 Miss Christian County winner and the spot is up for grabs now in 2023. The Little Miss Pageant begins at 6:00 P.M. and the Jr. and Miss pageants begin at 7:00.


Reporting live from the Christian County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning was Leroy Klimola, he was joined by Paige Van Dyke, the 2023 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen, and Lauren Phillips, the 2022 Miss Christian County Winner.


Phillips will be retiring her crown this year but the memories and relationships taken from pageantry will last her a lifetime.

 


Paige Van Dyke has had a successful run in the pageant circuit beginning her career in 2018, winning the Jr. Miss Clay County Fair Queen. Now that Van Dyke knows the ropes, she is attending many county fairs and giving knowledge of her experience to other pageant participants whenever she can.

 


Lauren Phillips fulfilled her duties of recruiting new contestants for this year's pageant. Phillips has brought in eight new possible Miss Christian County participants to compete in the variety of acts.

 


Van Dyke reminisced on past pageants and who has helped her along the way. She thanked her family and pageant directors for guidance and offered a piece of advice for future contestants saying, you just need to try it.

 


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for updates about the Christian County Fair and make sure to visit taylorvilledailynews.com for information following the event.


Paige Van Dyke and Lauren Phillips appeared as guests on WTIM’s remote coverage of the Christian County Fair.
 

Events Continue at the 4-H Fair Today

Extraordinary events continue at the Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville Today. The fair acknowledges the hours of work and effort 4-H members commit to being informed members of their field.

 

Monday, July 17th was filled with Junior sheep and goat Show Arena Judging. The 4-H members were out in force beginning their day at 8 A.M. to prepare their various farm animals for showing. More judging followed that allowed 4-H members to present their projects in the fields of, wildlife, sport fishing, aerospace, woodworking, and even beekeeping.  Rockets were tested and honey was tasted at the Shelby County 4-H Fair. Tuesday was another fun-filled day of livestock judging 

 

The fair continues another great day today with some more unique judging of College & Career Readiness, Leadership, Diversity, and Cultural Awareness, Passport to the World, Ready+Life, Robotics, Theatre Arts, Weather, Exploratory, Family Heritage, Child Development, Computer Science, Health, Consumer Education, Drones, Entrepreneurship, Esports Civic Engagement, Communications, Maker, Video/Filmmaking, Clothing & Textiles, Communication--Journalism, Shopping in Style

 

Crusin 98.3 will be live from the fair Tonight from 4 pm to 6 pm interviewing 4’Hers. 

 

The Shelby County 4-H Fair will continue through Thursday, July 20th. 
 

Plenty of 4-H Members Enjoying The Shelby County Fair

  4-H’ers from all over Shelby County and the surrounding area brought their animals, exhibits, and projects to Shelbyville to be judged for the rest of the fair.  The Shelby County Fair continues this week through Wednesday. 

 

 Cruisin’ 98-point-3 WSVZ was there to interview many of the county’s 4-H’ers on Tuesday during the Fair including Audrey Durbin, a veteran 4-H member. Durbin brought in a handmade painting, and of course, some livestock to show.

 


Brent Thompson is an 11-year 4-H member and has participated in just about everything a 4-H’er could. This year Thompson welded an intricate set of deer antlers.

 


WSVZ will continue their coverage today, from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

 

 Blue Ribbon winners will take their winning entries to the Illinois State Fair to be judged next month.


 

Christian County Board Meets For Monthly Meeting

The Christian County Board met at 6:30 PM at the Christian County Courthouse to discuss appointments, committee reports, and old and new business on Tuesday evening. During public comments, Dr. Chad Anderson spoke about a rumor that was going around that there were no nurses in the health department.  Dr. Anderson says that’s not true. 

 

 

County Board member Jeff Nolan asked for some transparency when it came to money being spent on the new Health Department building.  Five Health Board members were appointed including Lindsay Fox, Dan Held, Janet DeClerk, Stacey Funderburke, and Dr. Hwa-Long Chen. 

 

Under the highway, building, and grounds committee, the board discussed waiting for more information on a recommendation on a Vistra Decommissioning Letter.  The motion was approved. Under executive, personnel, liquor, and legislative, the board discussed approving some help for the 9-1-1 department from a 20-year veteran in Macon. The residential waiver was approved.  

 

Under Audit/Finance/Purchasing/Budget, claims were approved.  The Annual Audit Presentation was approved. Child Advocacy Center Agreement Related Costs was added to the budget. Christian County States Attorney John McWard alerted the board as to why this expenditure was important.

 

 

The motion was approved. A motion was also approved for a smoke/fire detection system at the courthouse. 

 

Under new business, permanent parcels were approved for the sale of delinquent property. Ray Koonce was on hand to discuss being President of the Mental Health Board. 

 

 

The next County Board meeting is set for August 15th, 2023. 
 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears From THS Principal at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the principal at Taylorville High School, at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Matt Hutchison has spent nearly 30 years in the Taylorville School District, the last several years as high school principal.   Hutchison told Kiwanis members this year’s 800 high school students begin their school year August 16th, with freshmen orientation called “the Tornado Drill” in the building on August 10th.  

 

 

He said his goal as education continues to recover from the pandemic, is to challenge students to attend school and do their best.

 

He outlined 7 different areas where Taylorville High School has excelled and continues to do so:  The Christian County C-E-O, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program; dual credit courses offered thru Lincoln Land Community College; 71 students this year enrolled in vocational training at the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield; the successful Tommy TV video production program; a new program being offered called “Tommy Photo” teaching photo skills; Taylorville High School’s very successful FFA program being the 2nd largest in Illinois with over 300 students; and the high school building trades class getting ready to sell house # 29 and start on house # 30 this fall.

 

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 4-H'er Jared Lauwerens Participates in General Shows

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.
4-H member, Jared Lauwerens has kept himself busy with an interior design project.

 

 

Lauwerens describes why he chose interior design for his project and what sparked his interest.

 

 

Lauwerens says that one of his greatest takeaways from his years with 4-H is the friendships.

 

 

Designing and building is nothing new to Lauwerens. In last year's show, Lauwerens displayed his woodworking talent.

 

 

Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Jared Lauwerens appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.  

 

Taylorville Athlete Looking For Help To Go To England

Gymnastics takes years to perfect and athletes work hard to train their bodies to get into top, physical shape so they can perform their gym routines. For one Junior in Taylorville, she has a chance to take it to the next level but needs help to get there. Sami Breckenridge has made the World Age Group Competition for Team USA.  

 

She is a 2023 United States Association of Gymnastics Junior Elite Double Mini National Champion, Senior national double mini team member, and a Junior national trampoline team member.  She is so good, she is ranked #1 for her age group in the US. She is 1 of four girls in the US who has earned this opportunity.  

 

Breckenridge is looking to compete for Team USA in Birmingham, England November 12th-20th. 

 

 

She says she is super proud of her accomplishments and looks to add to her resume.

 

 

Sami Breckenridge is looking for sponsorships right now for her trip. You can help by contacting Kevin Breckenridge at 217-827-2334.

 

WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3 Providing Extensive Coverage of Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair

Miller Media Group radio station WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3 is providing daily coverage this week from the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair.

 

 

Join Miller Media Group announcers Jacob Thome (left) and Tim Zalabak (middle) as they interview Shelby County 4-H'ers showing their animals and exhibits at this week's Fair.

 

Reports are being heard on WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3 from 4 to 6 each afternoon Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

 

And, audio from those interviews can also be found in stories being heard this week on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations, and posted on taylorvilledailynews.com.

Christian County Ag Fair Officially Opens With Ribbon Cutting Tuesday Morning

 

The Christian County Ag Fair officially kicked off this morning with a ribbon cutting in front of the fair office that was broadcast live on WTIM.

 

Here's Regional Radio News reporter Leroy Kleimola and Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller with the call of the ribbon cutting.

 

 

A host of Fair Board members, county and city leaders attended the ribbon cutting.

 

Taylorville alderman Larry Budd, also a Fair volunteer, told Regional Radio News why he works at the fair each year.

 

 

Former Christian County Board chair Tim Carlson has also been a long-time fair volunteer.

 

 

 

WTIM reporter Leroy Kleimola (right) interviewed both Illinois County Fair Queen royalty, and Christian County Ag Fair Queen royalty from 2022, at this morning's ribbon cutting.

 

Here are some pictures from a stroll across the Fairgrounds Tuesday morning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen for extensive coverage from the Christian County Ag Fair all this week on the Miller Media Group stations.

Abigail Erlenbush Brings Exhibits To 4-H General Show at Christian County Ag Fair

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H member, Abigail Erlenbush showed what has kept her busy in the past few months. Erlenbush focused on projects surrounding, veterinary technician, baking, and using fibers for visual art.


 

 

Veterinary science is one field that Erlenbush has specialized in and is presenting a poster with her findings of an illness that has affected one of her own horses.

 

 

Erlenbush tested her skills in the quilting field, creating her own afghan from scratch.

 

 

Erlenbush recounts her favorite memory from her years with 4-H.

 

 

Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Abigail Erlenbush appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.  

Christian County 4-H'er Abigail Wamsley Brings Entries to General Show

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show. 


4-H member, Abby Wamsley took some time to share some of the projects she's been working on like scrapbooking, cake decorating, and family heritage.

 

 

Wamsley speaks on one of her favorite projects she was able to work on.

 

 

Wamsley explains her cooking process and the time that was needed for this section.

 

 

Showing sheep takes much preparation. Wamsley describes her regimen when getting sheep ready for showing.

 

 

Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Abby Wamsley appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.  


 

Ben Wamsley Participates in Christian County Ag Fair 4-H General Show

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H member Ben Wamsley has been working on his E-Sports, interior design, and painting projects.

 

 

Wamsley has submitted his E-Sports project for the third year in a row. 

 

 

Wamsley is also staying busy as a livestock judge in this year's competition.

 

 

Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/ . Ben Wamsley appeared as a guest on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning.  
 

Cara and Conner Eggimann Bring Their Exhibits To 4-H General Show

4-H kicked off the Christian County Agriculture Fair Monday with the 4-H General Show.


4-H members Conner and Cara Eggimann have been working on their presentations for a while. Conner has specialized in leather working and communications, while his twin sister, Cara, displayed her artistic works in the form of flowers and clay figures.

 

 

Conner enjoys creative writing and is able to show his work at the 4-H General Show.

 

 

Cara Eggimann has had a busy schedule, working on a flower arrangement, quilting, and creating art with clay.

 

 

Cara created a quilt with remaining materials from a last project that she hopes her dolls will love.

 


Find a schedule of events for 4-H and all the events happening at the fair this week, at https://taylorvilledailynews.com/. Conner and Cara Eggimann appeared as guests on WTIM’s live coverage of the Christian County Ag Fair Monday morning. 

Events Happening at The Shelby County 4-H Fair

The Shelby County 4-H Fair continues Tuesday, July 18th. This fair acknowledges the hours of work and effort 4-H members commit to being informed members of their field.

 

Monday, July 17th was filled willed with Junior sheep and goat Show Arena Judging. The 4-H members were out in force beginning their day at 8 A.M. to prepare their various farm animals for showing. More judging followed that allowed 4-H members to present their projects in the fields of, wildlife, sport fishing, aerospace, woodworking, and even beekeeping.  Rockets were tested and honey was tasted at the Shelby County 4-H Fair.

 

Tuesday, July 18th is a day for judging livestock. Junior fair swine at 8:00 A.M., junior fair dairy cow at 1:00 P.M., dog care at 4:00 P.M., and master showmanship at 7:00 P.M.

 

The Shelby County 4-H Fair will continue through Thursday, July 20th.

American Eagle Restaurant Opening Today in Taylorville

The long-awaited opening of a new Taylorville restaurant is taking place today.

The new American Eagle Restaurant on East Park across from Apple Auto, opened at 6 this morning.   

Owner Rufino Esperenza tells Regional Radio News that all dishes offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be made fresh, and added he'll offer a wide variety of breakfast items including omlettes, eggs benedict, crepes, and many flavors of fresh toast.

Esperenza had hired 18 employees to assist him, and he says he'll be among 5 cooks that will be in the kitching preparing fresh food and making sure it's served in a timely fashion.

The new American Eagle Restaurant in Taylorville will be open 6am to 9pm 7 days a week.

Severe Storms, Hail Hit Regional Radio Listening Area Monday Evening

Nearly golf ball size hail along with heavy rain fell in the Regional Radio listening area during the 7 o'clock hour Monday night.

 

 

The picture shown is of hail nearly golf ball size, that fell at the Miller Media Group studios in Taylorville.

 

Meanwhile, the Taylorville City Council was meeting at City Hall at the same time, and marble to pea size hail fell there.   It was difficult for officials to conduct the first 15 minutes of their meeting due to hail making a lot of noise hitting plastic covers on top of glass skyviews in the roof.

Shelby County Hosts 4-H Fair at Fairgrounds

4-H’ers from all over Shelby County and the surrounding area brought their animals, exhibits, and projects to Shelbyville to be judged on Monday.  The Shelby County Fair continues this week through Wednesday. 


Cruisin’ 98-point-3 WSVZ was there to interview many of the county’s 4-H’ers on Monday during the Fair including Mackenzie White that brought her beekeeping skills and honey to the 4-H Fairgrounds. White told WSVZ listeners during our live coverage about that beekeeping.

 


 
Shelby County 4-H member Brook Shumaker brought her Goats and she says was positively surprised with today's results.


WSVZ will continue their coverage today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) from 4 pm to 6 pm. 


Blue Ribbon winners will take their winning entries to the Illinois State Fair to be judged next month.
 

Taylorville City Council Renews Hunting Land Leases in Brief Meeting Monday Night

It was a short 25-minute meeting of the Taylorville City Council Monday night.

The Council held a Public Hearing prior to the start of the City Council meeting, and approved putting on the next meeting agenda approval of the 39-point-5 million dollar appropriation budget.  This doesn't mean the city will spend that much in their fiscal year which began May First; it just means they are authorized to spend up to that amount if needed.

 

 

A long-time volunteer in the Mount Auburn and Taylorville area, Larry Allison (left), was honored with the Mayor's Volunteer of the Month award.   Allison has long been involved with the Mount Auburn Fire Department, 4-H, the Mount Auburn Picnic, and is a Shriner and a Mason.  Mayor Bruce Barry told Regional Radio News that Allison was a great choice.

 

 

Committee recommendations presented Monday night were all approved with the exception of 2 recommendations from the Lake and Airport Committee.  That committee wanted to put out for bids, 2 pieces of land at Lake Taylorville for hunting purposes.  Presently, Rick Champley has leased the 62-acre tract and Jake Heberling has leased some 51-acres also for hunting ground.  After discussion, the Council voted 5 to 2 not to put the land leased by Champley out for bid, and voted 4 to 3 not to put the 51-acres leased by Heberling out for bid.   Some Council members felt that both had been good leaseholders and instructed city attorney Rocci Romano to write resolutions offering both a 2-year extension at their existing rates.

 

The Taylorville City Council Monday night approved the additional local share payment of almost 8-thousand dollars to the state's Division of Aeronautics for the airport project; they approved advertising the permanent part-time Lake Patrol position at the Lake Department; they purchased an enclosed trailer costing some 58-hundred dollars for mowing equipment; and finalized the L-P gas contract with Central Commodity F-S at one-dollar 75-cents per gallon.

 

Taylorville Aldermen Monday night approved a host of requests for permits for the Taylorville High School Homecoming Parade September 13th at 5:30pm; and the permit for the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive Friday, September 15th from 8 to 5 and the next day from 8 to noon at the corner of Webster and West Main Cross.

Druby's Restaurant in Shelbyville Being Sold to Original Owners of Mattoon Burger King

Long-time owners of a Shelbyville restaurant have announced a sale.

Rob and Tami Bosgraaf are selling Druby's Resturant on Main Street, to Ernie and Jodi Drummond.  The Drummond's are the owners and operators of the original Burger King restaurant in Mattoon.

Druby's will close on August 5th, with the Drummonds planning to re-open the restaurant the first part of September.

The Bosgraaf's have owned and operated Druby's in Shelbyville for some 31 years.

American Eagle Restaurant Opening in Taylorville Tomorrow

The long-awaited opening of a new Taylorville restaurant happens tomorrow.

The new American Eagle Restaurant on East Park across from Apple Auto, opens to the public tomorrow morning at 6.  Owner Rufino Esperenza tells Regional Radio News residents will want to enjoy his restaurant because all dishes offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be made fresh.   He added the American Eagle Restaurant will offer a wide variety of breakfast items including omlettes, eggs benedict, crepes, and many flavors of fresh toast.

Esperenza had hired 18 employees to assist him, and he says he'll be among 5 cooks that will be in the kitching preparing fresh food and making sure it's served in a timely fashion.

The new American Eagle Restaurant in Taylorville will be open 6am to 9pm 7 days a week.

Shelbyville Public Library Reading in to the Summer

The Shelbyville Public Library has some summer events that get the youth community excited. Bernice the therapy dog will be at the library listening to stories kids want to read to the pup. Monica Cameron is the Director of the Shelbyville Public Library. Cameron enjoys the happiness this brings to young readers and is a fan favorite in Shelbyville.


New readers might struggle with reading to someone or an audience, Bernice the therapy dog brings her listening hear stories.

 


Bernice will be back in the library Thursday, July 27th, at 10:30 A.M.
Caleb Mathis is an art teacher for 6th to 12th graders and will be visiting the Shelbyville Public Library. Mathis returns to the library on Tuesday, July 18th to lead the summer art program.

 


For the second year in a row, the Shelbyville Public Library will host a Harry Potter Escape Room. For ages 10 and up, teams of 3-6 can navigate their way out of the Chamber of Secrets-themed Escape Room.

 


for a list of events and times for the Shelbyville Public Library you can visit, shelbyvillelibrary.org, and check the “Programs and Events” tab.


Monica Cameron appeared on the WTIM Mornings Show in Shelbyville as a guest.  
 

Learning to be Mindful During Stressful Times

Learning to be mindful and appreciating the present moment are aspects of life that humans do not focus on enough. Stress and anxiety are prevalent in today's society and there are ways to handle the day-to-day problems one faces. There are practical actions one can employ to lower their stress levels like deep breathing and even eating slowly.


Ed Lacheta (La-Het-Ah) is the Clinical Director for Shelby County Community Services, Mental Health. Lacheta wants the community to understand that stress has been high in the past years, stress is common, and it is important how we respond to that stress.

 


There has been a large increase in cases of anxiety and struggling mental health. Prior to the pandemic, about 20% of people have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. As of 2021 diagnosed depression and anxiety increased by 61%. These numbers mean in one's lifetime there is a 40% chance of developing a mood-related illness. Stigmas related to mental health were common in the past, Lacheta notes that acceptance of these illnesses leads to more cases.

 


Lacheta explains that out of the 196 countries in the world, the United States ranks 39th in health, saying there are third-world countries where, per capita, there are more healthy people. How can this be when the US. Is one of the leaders in access to healthcare? Lacheta cites the experts saying this is a trauma response from years of tough times for many.

 


But Lacheta gives seven easy steps to add to one's daily schedule that might be dealing with daily stress. These are Ed Lacheta’s tips to “chill out” and be mindful: Eat slowly, eating slowly allows for your bodily functions to digest food properly while taking extra time to enjoy your meal. Avoid Multitasking, this will more quickly stress out an individual rather than completing one task at a time. Listen, listening first to a conversation and not planning a response will cause one to have more in-depth conversations and relationships. Making a routine, and having times of the day one can focus on will prove to be effective for mindfulness. Mix it up, change small things during your day like taking a different route home, to see a different perspective, Give your thoughts and feelings names, one can objectify the feeling by giving it a name, making less stress fall on the individual. The final piece of advice is to breathe deeply, many people have shallow breaths and do not get the necessary oxygen they need.


Ed Lacheta appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.  
 

Taylorville City Council To Meet Tonight

Taylorville City Council is set to meet on Monday evening.  The meeting will be at the Municipal Building in Taylorville at 7 PM. After recognizing Larry Allison, the council will get to some of the ordinances on the table including one that will make appropriations to Defray Expenditures, and propose the approval of an amendment to the BDD redevelopment plan and a date for a public hearing for the third amendment. There is a motion on the floor to discuss approving an additional local share payment to the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, and a motion to advertise a permanent part-time Lake Patrol position at the Lake Department.  

 

The council will discuss approving the Taylorville High School Homecoming parade, a Tootside Roll Drive in September for the Knights of Columbus, and a Gas Firm Price Contract with Central Commodity FS.  The Mayor and City Attorney will give their updates before moving to committee reports. 

 

Under Lake/Airport the council looks to approve to bid for the lease of 62 acres and a lease of 50.65 acres of hunting ground at Lake Taylorville and discussion will continue concerning the construction of a 50’ retaining seawall and boat dock at 3516 East Lakeshore Drive. Under Water/Environmental, the council looks to approve a quote for oil and chip for the parking lot at the old water treatment plant. They will also approve the quote for seal coating, filling cracks, and restriping of pavement for the parking lot at the Water Treatment Plant.  

 

The council will hear from the public and approve and pay bills. The next city council meeting is set for August 7th.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 
 

It's Almost Here: The Christian County Ag Fair Starts Tuesday

It all starts Tuesday...the big Christian County Ag Fair at the Fairgrounds in Taylorville.   It's a full week to spotlight the importance of agriculture to Christian County and Central Illinois.

Tuesday kicks off the Fair with the ribbon cutting at 10am in front of the fair office, and the Little Miss and Miss Christian County pageants at 6pm.

Wednesday at the Christian County Ag Fair features several 4-H shows, the annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Dinner, Community Day vendors in the Expo, and stock car races at the Grandstand at 7.

Thursday's highlights include the first-ever Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance Wine Experience in the Expo Building from 4 to 9pm, and the stock truck pull at the Grandstand at 7pm.

Friday at the Christian County Ag Fair includes the Wine Experience from 4 to 10pm, and the I-T-P-A tractor pull at the Grandstand at 7.

Saturday rounds out the Fair with more 4-H judging, a Classic Car Cruise, Chilli Cook-Off, Scovill Mobile Zoo, and at 6pm in the Grandstand, the Demo Derby.

The Miller Media Group will broadcast over 8 hours of coverage starting on Monday with livestock judging, and concluding Saturday broadcasting live from the Kiddie Tractor Pull.  

Read all the results from judging as they're made available to us, by clicking the Christian County Ag Fair icon to the right of the masthead at taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hold Drive Thru Donation Days Infront of Miller Media Group Studios

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their Saturday Drive-Thru Donation Day, in front of the Miller Media Radio Station, at 918 East Park Street, in Taylorville. These Drive-Thru Donation Days are important for supplying the Taylorville Food Pantry with the items they need. Non-Perishable foods and monetary donations are accepted.
 
Two Taylorville Kiwanis members, Tim Sutton and Will Perkins worked the Drive-Thru on Saturday and say donations are always welcomed. Sutton Notes that monetary donations are given to the Taylorville Food Pantry, as they know exactly where the money is needed.


If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, Will Perkins notes there are other dates the next 2 Saturdays this month as well as other dates in September. You can also donate to Kiwanis directly.


The Taylorville Food Pantry, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, and The Miller Media group thank all those who contributed to the Drive-Thru Donation Day.
 

Shelbyville Event Season has Arrived

Shelby County is in the heat of the summer along with the heat of the county fair season. The Strasburg Homecoming and the Shelby County 4-H Fair. With many events planned the local community will not want to miss it. Freddie Fry is the Executive Director for the Office of Tourism at Lake Shelbyville and is prepared for the next week of events.

 


The 4-H club is much more than tractors and farm animals. Science, technology, engineering, and math are all prioritized with 4-H and those fields will be recognized at the fair.

 


On Saturday, August 12th, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Downtown Shelbyville will come alive with the Back to School Downtown Bash. This will be an event full of activities that will send the youth back to school with great summer memories.

 


The easiest way to find information about events will be by visiting the calendar tab at lakeshelbyville.com.


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

The Brains Behind the Backpack Drive

The Back to school season means one thing: stress. For parents and students alike, the beginning of a new school year means new teachers, new daily regimens, and added use of the checkbook. Parents and guardians of students that may fall short while buying school supplies can have one less thing to be worried about. Suzy Traughber is the President of Dinner Seasoned with Love and a Medical Assistant at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She is known as the brains behind the Backpack Donation Drive. The Backpack Drive looks to fill backpacks with school supplies that are requested every year from classrooms.


The Backpack Drive began July 10th and will run through July 28th. Drop-off locations can be found at the Walmart, located at 1530 West Springfield Road in Taylorville, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital at the Main and South entrances, located at 201 East Pleasant Street in Taylorville, and the YMCA, located at 900 McAdam Drive in Taylorville.


Contributing with donation boxes are the Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the YMCA. Traughber began this initiative in 2013, the drive started small but within a few years, donations began to flow in and many backpacks, filled with necessary items, were put together. Now Morisonville and Kincaid are following suit.

 


The Taylorville Memorial Hospital is not only accepting donations at the main and south entrances, but seven different teams comprised of the 300 colleagues at TMH are competing for who can bring in the most supplies. Darin Buttz, the Community Health Director is happy to be helping in such an influential way.

 


Bruce Blanshan is the YMCA Director and enjoys being part of the effort to ensure students have supplies on their first day of school. The YMCA is doing its part by waiving the activation fee for new members if the new member brings in a full bag of school supplies. Blanshan notes that he is happy to be part of this great initiative.

 


For a full list of supplies, you can visit https://taylorvilledailynews.com/, The Backpack Drive story.


Suzy Traughber, Darin Buttz, and Bruce Blanshan appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests.

Taylorville Businesses Plan for the Future

Rural communities are always changing, growing, or transitioning based on economic and business development. Taylorville is no different. There are areas economically where Taylorville shines and somewhere improvements can be made. The new industrial park making its way to Taylorville is an addition that has repeatedly been a success for other cities’ economic growth.


Valerie Belusko, the Community and Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, has recently spoken with a couple of community-minded members here in Taylorville. Amy Hagen and Dick Adams with the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, shed light on the current issues facing Taylorville economically, coming to the conclusion that with five different generations at work now, there must be a plan for the future to allow the business to remain alive.

 


When it comes to defining a community, Belusko believes that collective willingness to engage in projects and celebrations brings rural cities, like Taylorville, closer together. Belusko says that Taylorville is in the perfect position to utilize the industrial park to benefit the town economically. Belusko notes the next step for Taylorville is creating more affordable housing.

 


The institutions of Taylorville and other rural cities have been noticed and celebrated. The strong schooling systems, businesses, and hospitals have created a perfect place to live, now citizens need places to live in.

 


Belusko and the U of I Extension want to help businesses realize and understand the issues facing companies as one generation looks to replace the next.

 


Valerie Belusko is part of Unit 18 for The University of Illinois Extension. For more information, you can visit https://extension.illinois.edu/global/where-we-serve.


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

 

Taylorville Succeeding Through Marketing

Taylorville has made a name for itself as a visiting destination for travelers, with the town's flourishing new businesses and restaurants. Steve Craggs is the Co-Chair for Small Town Taylorville and the President of Downtown Taylorville, Craggs attributes the growth of the community to their efforts in marketing. The Small Town Taylorville group is doing everything they can to promote and acknowledge businesses that make Taylorville worth visiting, which is most of them.


The members of Small Town Taylorville are who the local citizens can thank for events like the 4th of July Parade and the Veterans Memorial ceremony. Craggs called it a fantastic day for Taylorville.

 


The Car Show and the visit from the Rural Partners are the product of Small Town Taylorville’s hard work. There are more events coming up that Craggs and Small Town Taylorville will not want the community to miss. Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, Taylorville Shops and restaurants will be offering deals that hope to bring in new customers.

 


A new way to reach citizens both within and beyond the borders of Taylorville is the video tours that take the viewer through many Taylorville establishments. These informational videos will give newcomers a real look at the inside of Taylorville's stores to know what to expect. Craggs looks to use this unique experience for the newly developing industrial park that is making its way to Taylorville.

 


You can visit smalltowntaylorville.com to find all business and development information. Or visit their Facebook page at Small Town Taylorville.


Steve Craggs appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.
 

West Nile Virus Discovered In Christian County

West Nile Virus has been found in Christian County.  Christian County joins 17 counties in Illinois that have been found to be West Nile Virus positive.  No human cases have been found in the state, but some mosquitoes collected on July 11th, in the Mount Auburn Area had the virus in them. 

 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, a county is considered positive for WNV when a mosquito, bird, horse, or human tests positive. Dr. Chad Anderson, Administrator for the Christian County Health Department says that if you have standing water in your yard, you should drain it, unless it’s a pond, in which case, they can send over a team to disinfect it. 

 

 

Dr. Anderson says one of the reasons that this has occurred is the recent rains that we have had. 

 

 

One thing to be aware of in your yard is any dead birds. 

 

 

The Christian County Health Department says they will continue to monitor and test mosquitoes for WNV.  If you have any questions regarding West Nile Virus, contact the Christian County Health Department at 217-824-4113. 

Operation Loaded Book Bag In Full Swing

Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the Christian County YMCA launched Operation Loaded Book Bag on Monday, July 10. The school supply drive will end Friday, July 28. Community members are encouraged to drop off donations at the public donation boxes located at the main and south entrances to the hospital, which is located at 201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville.

 

The following school supply items are needed: spiral bound notebooks (wide and college ruled), pens medium tip (red, black, blue), 10-pack markers (wide and thin line), pointed tipped scissors, book bags of all sizes, 16-count crayons, pencil box or pouches, loose leaf notebook, double pocket folders, rulers, colored pencils, yellow #2 pencils, white glue, glue sticks, pink erasers, ruled index cards, four-pack Play Doh, Dry Erase markers, snack/sandwich/quart/gallon Ziploc bags, clip board (plastic), two-inch binders, sticky notes, tissue boxes, Chlorox Wipes, pencils (need both Ticonderoga #2 and Yellow #2), headphones.

The Christian County Historical Society Prepares for the Quilt Show

Explore the history of quilts with the Christian County Historical Society for the Quilt Show on Saturday, July 15th. Hand-made quilts dating back to the 1800s will be on display in the various historical buildings at the CC Historical Society Grounds located at 325 Abe’s Way in Taylorville.


This event will include lunch and an ice cream sundae station, where the fees will be used for the CC Historical Societies' many events. Kay Frevert is a board member of the CC Historical Society and plays a large role in the Quilt Show and the Winter Dinner. Quilts are being accepted, and registration and admission are open. Frevert is excited to see what the community has to show off.

 


Some of the historical buildings open for viewing include the courthouse that Abraham Lincoln presided in, the Morrison House, and the Pence Building where there will be quilts on display.

 


Frevert notes that the events hosted by the CC Historical Society are important to spread knowledge to local citizens, young and old. The community is welcome to explore the sights during the Quilt Show.

 


The Quilt Show will begin at 10 A.M. on Saturday, July 15th , at 325 Abe’s Way in Taylorville.


Kay Frevert appeared on the WTIM Mornings Show as a guest.
 

Two Organizations Receive Support From Chamber Banquet

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce presented two checks to local businesses as part of the Greater Taylorville Chamber banquet. Hope House and Missions for Taylorville both received checks for $1,221.17. Linda Allen, with the Chamber, says that it is a great way to support some organizations that really need it. 

 

 

Monica Wamsley says that the check will go a long way towards supporting the Hope House.

 

 

Both Hope House and Missions for Taylorville were grateful for the support from the Chamber banquet. 

 

 

The New Christian County Fair Wine Experience

The Christian County fair is nearly here and there are new events at this year's fair that could cater to a different audience. The Wine Experience, driven by the Illinois Wine Association, has brought in various local wineries for tastings and to spread their beverages to more communities. Accompanying the Wine Experience will be live music.


The fair begins Tuesday, July 18th, through the 22nd, at the Christian County Fair Grounds, located at 1716 West Spresser Street in Taylorville. Craig Paulek, the Christian County Fair Board President is serving his second term as the Board President, his first term was in 2010-2011. Paulek is excited to present this year's Wine Experience.

 


Also new to the CC Fair this year is a petting zoo from the Scoville Zoo in Decatur. The petting zoo will run all week long and will give attendees an opportunity to pet a more exotic creature.

 


For the classic events at the Christian County Fair like the Stock Car Race and the Demolition derby, those tickets will sell out fast. Paulek notes that these tickets can be purchased at the CC Fair Grounds Office.

 


The local community and businesses are what make the CC Fair possible. Paulek thanks each and every donor that made contributions. Paulek says his favorite part of the fair is seeing the community engagement, noting that this is a time when local citizens can reconnect with others.

 


The Christian County Fair begins Tuesday, July 18th with a ribbon cutting and the Jr. Miss, Miss, and Queen Pageants at 7:00 P.M.


Craig Paulek appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest
 

FBI Springfield Warns Public of Grandparent Scam Targeting Local Residents

The FBI's Springfield office is once again cautioning the public to stay alert for unsolicited or suspicious phone calls from individuals claiming to be loved ones or family members in distress, who then immediately request money. This fraudulent scheme, commonly known as the grandparent scam, has recently targeted victims in the local area.

 

The grandparent scam takes on various forms, but a recent version observed in central Illinois involves victims receiving a phone call from someone posing as a family member involved in an accident with a pregnant woman and subsequently detained by law enforcement. Shortly after, victims receive a call from an alleged attorney, who states that a gag order prohibits further discussion of the case and seeks monetary assistance for the loved one's release. The scammer arranges a meeting to collect the requested funds, often employing a money mule to retrieve the money from the victim's residence.

 

The FBI's 2022 Internet Crime Complaint Center's Elder Fraud Report reveals that there were 400 victims aged 60 or above who fell victim to grandparent scams, resulting in losses totaling nearly $3.8 million.

To combat this growing problem, the FBI Springfield strongly advises individuals who receive unsolicited or suspicious calls from someone claiming to be a loved one to disconnect the call and independently verify the story by directly contacting the family member involved.

 

To avoid falling victim to grandparent scams, the FBI recommends the following precautions. Exercise caution when sharing personal information online, as scammers can exploit details posted on social media platforms and dating sites. Approach telephone calls that demand immediate action and requests bail money for a distressed family member with skepticism.


Be wary of caller IDs that appear familiar, as scammers may manipulate technology to mask their true phone numbers and make them appear trustworthy. Refrain from providing personally identifiable information or transferring money to individuals you have only interacted with via telephone or online channels. By remaining vigilant and adopting these preventative measures, individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones from falling victim to the grandparent scam.

 

If you or a loved one are a victim of fraud, contact FBI Springfield at 217-522-9675
 

Rural Partners Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in Taylorville, Gets Tour of the City

The Rural Partners Board, a group of government, civic and community leaders from across Central and Western Illinois, held their quarterly board meeting in Taylorville today at the CTI conference room.   The meeting was both to conduct business as well as take a tour of the town with many community leaders participating.

 

Taylorville's own Dick Breckenridge, a member of the Rural Partners board, chaired the meeting and told Regional Radio News before the proceedings, that the board chose Taylorville to have their meeting because they wanted to hear about the town's economic development growth.

 

 

During the meeting portion of the day, several Taylorville community leaders spoke including Mayor Bruce Barry; Dick Adams, Executive Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation; Cindy Frisina, president of Heartland Development Partners; and Bobbie Dean, CEO of CTI.

 

 

Following the business portion of the meeting, CTI hosted a tour of their new 6-thousand square foot facility they moved into last year.   They then were put on a couple of buses and were given a tour of the town, then lunch at Nesty's where they heard remarks from Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Allen and Small Town Taylorville Committee chair Steve Craggs.

 

 

The Taylorville tour by the Rural Partners board, is one of several communities they've held meetings at to tour communities that are experiencing economic development growth in Central and Western Illinois.

Lake Land College Receives Grant From Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois was awarded an $8,500 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant aims to support adult literacy in English Language Acquisition classes. As part of their larger initiative, the Foundation donated over $13 million in a single day to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs across 47 states where Dollar General operates.

 

The English language acquisition classes at Lake Land College help non-native speakers develop the skills necessary to function in American society. The program offers immersive courses focusing on conversational English, phonics, and written and oral reports. Students' progress is monitored through assessments, with the goal of improving their English speaking and listening skills for successful employment.

 

Shannon McGregor, the director of adult and alternative education at Lake Land College, expressed gratitude for the grant, mentioning the various locations where ESL classes are offered. She emphasized that attending the classes is free, thanks to funding primarily provided by an ICCB Adult Education and Family Literacy grant. The Dollar General grant will contribute to purchasing necessary items and introducing new resources to enhance the student's learning experience.

 

Denine Torr, the executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, celebrated the grant announcement during the Foundation's 30th anniversary year. Torr highlighted the Foundation's mission of providing access to literacy skills for all, stating that the grants inspire reading and build brighter futures.

 

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming and promote innovative instructional methods. They fund adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs, with preference given to organizations located within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in literacy services, providing information online and through referral cards available at Dollar General stores.
 

Safe Passage of Taylorville Awarded with Third Consecutive Grant

The Taylorville Police Department and the Safe Passage Program have announced the approval of their third consecutive yearly grant that provides funds to operate Safe Passage. This is a rehabilitation-based program that helps drug offenders before serving a sentence. The grant comes from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler states, “The results are black and white. It lowers crime, cleans your city, saves lives, and builds strong relationships with our citizens.”


The resources Safe Passage provides would not be accessible without the diligent work of Denise Evans and Debbie Prince, Coordinators for Safe Passage. The personal care each coordinator provides ensures addicts that they are in good hands and are on the road to recovery.


Upon arrival at the Taylorville Police Station, where Safe Passage is located, an addict will not be charged when divulging information about their drug usage. Transportation, salaries, and all other costs associated with Safe Passage will be covered with the state grant.

 


Debbie Prince, a Coordinator with Safe Passage has been making visits to the Taylorville Correctional Center. Upon request from an attorney, Safe Passage’s involvement is extreme, leaving the addict with nothing to question when it comes to the logistics of their journey back to sobriety. Prince includes that Safe Passage will find a rehab center that is available and even drive them there.

 


Outreach for Safe Passage has been the only issue. Evans wants members of the public that are struggling with addiction to know that have a safe space with Safe Passage. Safe Passage will use the start of the 2023-2024 school year to spread the Safe Passage message to the impressionable and influential youth of Taylorville by providing information to students.

 


Completing drug court prior to one's prison sentence will grant that addict another appearance in front of the judge for re-sentencing. Addicts who are able to demonstrate their rehabilitation through their graduation will be able to show the court they are less likely to re-offend.

 


The third grant for Safe Passage came into effect on June 30th, 2023, and will be good through June 30th, 2024. Taylorville is one of the only cities in Illinois that has connected their police department to Safe Passage and the community has seen the positive results that could motivate others to do the same.


Denise Evans and Debbie Prince appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as guests.


 

Family Celebrates Triumphant Find Of Missing Yorkie

An area dog went on a harrowing journey, surviving storms, the elements, and other animals, and lived to tell the tale.  Phoebe, a Yorkshire Terrie, escaped from the leash she was on and the skittish dog disappeared. Phoebe is the dog of Tiffany Castle, who was on vacation with her family in Florida. Tiffany had hired Sandra Hausner, who runs a dog-sitting company and was watching Phoebe.  After the dog escaped, Hausner started contacting everyone she knew to help find the Yorkie. 

 

 

Castle, who was still down in Florida felt helpless.  They tried to continue their vacation but were very concerned for the Yorkie and headed back early, arriving Wednesday.  She says she was amazed at the community support.

 

 

A grand search commenced for Phoebe that stretched for six days and included three sightings.

 

 

A big help was Illinois Valley Deer Recovery & Drone Services, who used drones to be able to spot movement and track Phoebe. Castle says that that was really the difference maker.

 

 

Tiffany, Corey, and her family live out near Lake Bertinetti in Taylorville.  Phoebe has been cleared by the vet and was a little tired at first, but has gone back to her normal cheery self after missing for nearly a week. 

 

 

July is National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month and for the St. Louis Dairy Council, it is another great opportunity to spread awareness of the health benefits associated with dairy products. President Reagan named July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984, as ice cream was recognized as a fun and nutritious food. Spreading the word about healthy ice cream habits is Kelsey Bentlage, the Nutrition Educator and Dietitian for the St. Louis Dairy Council.


In moderation, ice cream can provide benefits for one’s health in terms of a person's daily dairy intake. Bentlage says that ice cream may have a bad wrap in the healthy food department, but ice cream has a home in the right diet.

 


There are many new flavors making their way to grocery store shelves. The ice cream industry generates over $21 billion in sales yearly, causing there to be an influx in styles of ice cream, Bentlage says that chocolate and vanilla remain at the top of the list.

 


There are healthy options for ice cream lovers that can substitute the classic soft serve feel. Frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream that is lower in calories. Bentlage says that the recommended serving size for ice cream is half of a serving, about the size of a tennis ball.

 


A new take on ice cream could turn the late-night, unhealthy snack, into a healthy breakfast with the proper nutrients to fill one's system. Ice cream from cottage cheese is a trend making the rounds on social media. Bentlage has tried the healthier alternative and can say that she has enjoyed it.

 


Learn about ice cream information and all the St. Louis Dairy Council has to offer at, https://www.stldairycouncil.org/. Or Visit the St. Louis Dairy Council’s social media sites at stldairycouncil.


Kelsey Bentlage appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.  
 

Taylorville School Board Meets Tuesday Night

The Taylorville School Board met on Tuesday night for their regular board meeting. They discussed Minutes, the building project on the southeast side of Taylorville High School, heard from the Finance Committee, and introduced the new interim superintendent Deborah Philpot.

 

The board started by approving minutes and going over claims, as well as the treasurer's report.

 

They then turned their attention to old business. The biggest concern still on everyone's mind is the ongoing building project on the southeast side of Taylorville High School. The Building Committee had planned on presenting the School board with the proposal of choosing option number 3 which would be a combined effort of fine arts and athletics. The options were discussed in an earlier board meeting. The board decided to delay that due to the board appointing a focus group for the building project, but there was frustration expressed by Dr. Mizer regarding the lack of involvement of the current band director in the focus group.

 

 

Brenda Patrick said that if he were available, they would be willing to let him sit in and give input during the meeting. The board passed the appointment of the focus group.

The board then transitioned to the finance committee, where the main point of discussion was whether or not to plan the budget for $13 million. Dr. Mizer mentioned that $3.2 million had already been allocated to this project, leaving $9.8 million for the rest of the project.

 

 

The brand new interim superintendent, Deborah Philpot, gave her inaugural superintendent report. She mentioned that she was excited to have the office staff that she has, which was not available in other school districts.

 

 

She also discussed how she would handle future board meetings, specifically her use of closed sessions.

 

 

 

The board then went into a closed session where they discussed personnel decisions. The board will have a special meeting to make decisions on applicants.

The next board meeting is scheduled for August 8th. 
 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears From Christian County State's Attorney at Weekly Meeting

CAPTION TO PICTURE:   Christian County State's Attorney John McWard (left) was Tuesday's program speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.   Program chair for the meeting was Kiwanis Club president-elect Chuck Martin (right).

 

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Christian County State’s Attorney at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

John McWard was elected last November, and has been in office some 7 months.  He told Kiwanis members that he’s the youngest State’s Attorney in Illinois, and has spent a lot of his time in offer to clear the backlog of cases in the county judicial system.

 

McWard added that currently there are some 3-thousand felony cases dating back to 2015 that are still pending, along with over a thousand misdemeanor cases.

 

He told the club that he’s enjoying making a difference in the county, adding the biggest crime problem in Christian County is meth.  

 

 

He also said he found out not every decision he makes will please everyone.

 

During a question and answer session, McWard told Kiwanis members that he’s against the no cash bail legislation passed by the state and pending in the courts.  He’s also opposed to the latest gun registration law passed by the state.   McWard says he’s taking the same position as Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and will not enforce the state gun registration law.  McWard also is opposed to state control when placing wind turbines and solar projects.

 

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

Taylorville Fire Department Have Busy 48 Hours

The Taylorville Fire Department has had a very busy last 48 hours between a house fire, some airport training, and dealing with a tree that came down on a house.  Taylorville Fire responded to a house fire on Sunday morning around 3:21 AM.  Fire crews were able to fight the blaze but were unable to save the house.  No occupants were home at the time so there were no injuries or deaths.  The TFD Angel Tree is helping support the family but they are still looking for donations for the family. Contact the TFD for more information on how to support.

TFD hosted an Intro to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) class Monday evening.  Many area fire departments and first responders attended the training to help learn about airport and aircraft emergencies. 

On Monday night, at 7:15 PM Taylorville Fire responded to a tree down on a house.  When units arrived, they had found a large part of a tree had fallen and hit the front porch and part of the roof. After more investigation, they found a crack in another large branch that was over the main portion of the house.  TFD worked with the residents and landlord to secure the location and turn off utilities. Arrangements were made to remove the tree branch in the morning—but at 2:30 AM, the branch gave way and fell into the house. No residents were injured from the incident. 

 

Make sure to contact the Taylorville Fire Department if you wanna help support either family that has been affected by the recent incidents. 

Learn to Master Gardening this Summer

Gardeners are staying busy during the summer months maintaining and preparing their gardens for harvest. With little to no precipitation in many areas in Central Illinois, new tactics might have to be employed for many. Kathi Knope is one of the Master Gardeners and practices what she preaches every day in her own garden.


Kathi Knope explains all the maintenance that can be completed during the summer months and how to create the best environment for the success of your garden.

 


Japanese beetles are an invasive species that can harm all plant life. Knope says that she has come across some of the destructive pests this year. Clearing all insects from your garden is not optimal for the health of your plants, there are insects, like ladybugs, that benefit the flowering plants. Native plants are what keep ecosystems healthy. Invasive plants tend to sprout faster and with fewer roots in the soil. Knope explains that she will be focusing on native plants in her own garden.

 


Using organic soils and gardening products will lead to a healthier garden. Harmful, weed-killing substances will often do more damage to the native plants and beneficial insects.

 


For tips on proper gardening and all the information you need to develop your green thumb, visit, https://extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/master-gardeners.


Kathi Knope appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 

Taylorville School Board to Meet; Welcoming Deborah Philpot

 The Taylorville School Board is set to meet tonight, Tuesday, July 11th, at 6 P.M. The meeting will be held at 1100 North Sportsman Drive. After approval of minutes from the June 27th Regular Board Meeting, the board will recognize Deborah Philpot as the new Interim Superintendent for the 2023-2024 school year.

 

After approval of the consent agenda and the consideration of minutes of closed sessions for the last six months, the board will cover old business such as the consideration and action on the Appointment of Focus Committee. The board will also revisit bid BP01, for the site demo, earthwork, and site utilities.

 

The board will then cover new business; beginning with conducting the first reading of Press Policy Update 112. An official Superintendent Report will follow. An Executive Session will cover the appointment, employment, compensation, disciple, and performance of specific employees. The meeting will conclude with an Action on Executive Session including consideration and action on the personnel sheet.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for updates following the event.
 

Area Counties Receive Emergency Declarations

Christian County and other surrounding counties received natural disaster designations after storms moved through the area at the end of March and early April. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack issued four separate disaster declarations for Illinois due to tornadoes and drought that occurred during the growing season.  

 

Designation 1 went to Bureau, Clark, Crawford, and surrounding counties ofr a tornado that occurred on March 31st.  Designation 2 went to Fulton county and surrounding counties for a tornado that occurred on April 4th. Designation 3 went to Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Sangamon and surrounding counties including Christian, Macon, and Macoupin for tornadoes and high wind that occurred during March 31st through April 5th. 

 

Jerry Costello II, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director, praised farmers saying “Our Illinois farmers are resilient, facing uncertain weather conditions year after year.”  He thanked governor JB Pritzker for working with Secretary Vilsack and the USDA to ensure our farmers have the resources they need to come back after a natural disaster. 

 

This designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency to provide emergency loans to producers recovering from natural disasters.  This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.  Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Those eligible should contact their local USDA Service Center to ask questions or file a Notice of Loss. 

Ice Cream Safari at the Scovill Zoo

There are always things to see and do at the Scovill Zoo in Decatur. From free admission days to the Ice Cream Safari, the Scovill Zoo is a family-friendly destination all summer long. Keeping those animals safe and healthy, is Ken Frye, the director of the Scovill Zoo.


Ken Frye is also keeping us on our toes here in the studios of WTIM, bringing in Irwin the kookaburra for some history and education about the Australian native bird. With a loud call, Irwin was professional and sang his tune for us on-air.

 


The kookaburra is a flocking bird, meaning it travels with others just like it. With a strong call, multiple birds can create quite a song. Ken Frye explains that their calls can be for identification, territory, and even for finding food.

 


The Ice Cream Safari will be held this Sunday, July 16. There will be four different ice cream stations around the park that will give attendees a chance to taste many different flavors while seeing all the Scovill Zoo has to offer. The tasty treats will be served by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.

 


To not miss out on any of the events this summer at the Scovill Zoo make sure to visit, https://scovillzoo.com/scovill-zoo/.


Ken Frye and Irwin the Kookaburra appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.


 

TMH Announces Colleague Of Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has announced its Colleague of the Month for June.  Mallory Terwische, RN, with the Outpatient Care Center at TMH, is the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Month.

 

The hospital says that Terwische is appreciated for the way she prioritizes safety and that she makes sure treatment rooms are clean and organized.  Terwische organizes and preps needed supplies, and she isn’t afraid to speak up when she has questions about a process or situation.

 

“Mallory always has a smile when she interacts with patients or colleagues,” wrote her nominator. “This carries over to her patient care and the experience she provides. She and her colleagues make their patients smile, laugh and feel at home – all while providing great care to them.”

 

Terwische works well with others, including other departments, to provide important services to both patients and colleagues along with utilizing internal resources in order to promote a healthier workforce and community.

 

Terwische has worked for Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2021.

Shelby Electric Announces Three Scholarships

Shelby Electric announced their annual scholarships for higher education at the 2023 annual meeting.  Three youth would receive the 2023 scholarships for their outstanding applications and essays; Audrey Summers, Evan Swisher, and Kallie Havera.  Each recipient received $1,000 scholarships.

 

Summers hails from Shelbyville High School.  She is the daughter of John and Amy Summers of Mode and plans to attend school at the University of Louisville where she hopes to major in sales and finance.  Swisher attends school in Pana and will be attending Lake Land College where he will hope to major in environmental science before transferring to a four-year university.  Swisher is the son of Bryan and Jennifer Swisher of Tower Hill. Havera is a Taylorville High School Graduate and plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she has been accepted into the nursing program. She is  planning to work in critical care for two years as required to apply to the SIUE Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.  

 

Information about the 2024 scholarships will be sent to area high school guidance counselors in the fall.  You can learn more about this and other scholarships on the cooperative’s website, www.shelbyelectric.coop.  Check the community tab.  You can also call 217-774-3986.  Shelby Electric congratulates all the 2023 graduates.  

Shelby County 4-H with New Summer Workshops

The Shelby County 4-H has set a record for the number of members in one year. 407 enrolled members, ages 8 to 18 are exposed to new educational opportunities, ideas, and workshops offered by the 4-H Program. Yolanda Nation is the Youth Development Coordinator with the Shelby County 4-H and now looks to the Shelby County Fair, beginning July 17th, and running until the 19th.


Nation explains that the increased involvement and community engagement have made these events flourish. But the 4-H offers much more than agriculture-related programs. Aerospace, cooking, visual arts, and much more that can cater to any young person looking to learn.

 


4-H workshops have been a key piece of a child's growth and development. Nation explains that children will listen and absorb this content better when it is not coming from a parent.

 


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will be covered in the workshops as well. A Lego building workshop will challenge the young minds and prepare the youth for a possible career in the STEM fields.

 


More information on the 4-H club and the programs they offer can be found at https://extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/4-h-shelby-county.


Yolanda Nation appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Updates from the President of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce

The City of Shelbyville and the Chamber of Commerce had a great 4th of July celebration. The firework show over Lake Shelbyville was yet another success, which could not have been possible without the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and the US. Army Corps of Engineers. Ruth Woolery is the President of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, Ruth also serves as an Associate Attorney for the Shelbyville Office.


Woolery began by thanking the efforts of everyone involved in the firework show such as Shelbyville Police and Fire Departments, dive teams, and sponsors who made the event possible. Woolery also noted the perfect conditions the city had.

 


Today, Saturday, July 8th, the Shelbyville Airport will have a fly-over event and a car show from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 


This is Ruth's third year of service as President of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce. During these eventful years, the city has overcome a pandemic, that brought economic trouble to the town. Woolery wants the local citizens to know that there is a new office manager for the chamber of commerce.

 


Woolery also took the opportunity to notify parents that school and sports physicals are available now for the fall 2023 school year. HSHS Good Shepherd and Sarah Bush Lincoln are providing the physicals.

 


Ruth Woolery is thankful for the community engagement for the 4th of July Fireworks and looks forward to the city's next events.


Ruth Woolery appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.

Fur Love Holds Grand Opening

Fur Love, a new upscale resale shop in Taylorville, held its grand opening on Saturday morning. Fur Love, which opened at 222 West Main Cross in Taylorville, was constantly busy on Saturday with customers in and out all day long. Sherri Craggs says she was ecstatic by the crowd that was on hand.  Craggs previously served as the Director of the Christian County Animal Control. After seeing the underfunded and ill-equipped facilities, Craggs departed from the CC Animal Control and began Fur Love, where the proceeds will go to the CC Animal Control for various upgrades.

 

Steve Craggs, husband of Sherri says Sherri has been working really hard to make Fur Love possible. 

 

 

Craggs says he’s amazed at how much merchandise they have at Fur Love, and they are always looking for new stuff every day.

 

 

Sherri Craggs says that she has been shocked with how much has come in and how great the support has been from the community saying that she’s been blessed.

 

 

Find out more information, by visiting their Facebook page or by visiting the shop at 222 West Main Cross in Taylorville. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Drive-Thru Donation Day to Benefit Taylorville Food Pantry

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their Saturday Drive-Thru Donation Day, in front of the Miller Media Radio Station, at 918 East Park Street, in Taylorville. These Drive-Thru Donation Days are important for supplying the Taylorville Food Pantry with the items they need. Non-Perishable foods and monetary donations are accepted.

 

Two Taylorville Kiwanis members, Adam Jeffery and Dwayne Stock worked the Drive-Thru on Saturday and say donations are always welcomed. Stock Notes that monetary donations are given to the Taylorville Food Pantry, as they know exactly where the money is needed.

 

 

The Kiwanis Club supports the local community during all seasons. There is a coat drive that will keep struggling people warm during the winter. Adam Jeffery explains that this is important for the community.

 

 

The Taylorville Food Pantry, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, and The Miller Media group thank all those who contributed to the Drive-Thru Donation Day.

Beat The Heat With These Safety Tips

July is National Extreme Heat Safety Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) has some easy tips to keep you cool.

 

“Illinois has many days of sweltering high heat including several 100-degree days,” explained IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Know the differences and prevent heat cramps, heat illness, and heat stroke.”

 

Extreme heat is defined as two to three days of heat and humidity with successive 90+ degree days. In July 1995, a heat wave contributed to more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area.

Illinois State Climatologist believe that typically over 300 people die from heat every year. Heat is responsible for the highest number of deaths every year from weather-related hazards in Illinois.

 

Extreme heat safety awareness tips include:

    •     About 40 percent of unwanted heat buildup in homes is through windows
    •     Use awnings or curtains to deflect the sun
    •     Fans will move air around, but does not lower your temperature
    •     Use air conditioning inside your home or visit a store or local mall
    •     Urban homes are more at risk of extreme heat, so know your local cooling centers
    •     Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, and lightweight clothing
    •     Avoid strenuous activity during mid-day
    •     Hydrate with water, not caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
    •     Never leave children or pets in a vehicle
    •     Get trained in first aid to help when someone is suffering from heat illness

 

These habits will keep you stay safe and help others too. Check on neighbors, friends, family, and elderly who are more vulnerable to extreme heat. And learn the differences between a heat watch vs heat warning (NWS).

 

More tips on extreme heat safety can be found here:
https://ready.illinois.gov/hazards/extremetempshot.html

 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS): www.Ready.Illinois.gov
 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of commerce New Board President

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has some announcements regarding new board members and a new president. Jenifer Franklin has served for one year as the Board President and is now passing the torch to Mike Assalley, of Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville. Assalley will now hold the two-year term but Franklin will be helping for a smooth transition.


Linda Allen is the Executive Director for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and is pleased with the time served from once Board President, Jenifer Franklin. Allen says Franklin was an amazing leader.

 


Franklin served on the board since 2017 before moving to her position as president. Linda Allen and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce thank Jenifer Franklin for her service over the last year.


This Friday, July 7th is the Taylorville Car Cruise. Events like the Car Cruise provide valuable business opportunities for the shops around Taylorville Square. Allen notes that these businesses will have their doors open and are ready to welcome local citizens and newcomers into their establishments.

 


Taylorville will be hosting the traveling music festival, Tailgates N’ Tallboys July 27-29. The chamber is looking forward to the festival as music lovers far and wide will come to Taylorville to experience a weekend of county music.

 


An all-new opportunity will be making its way to Taylorville. A job fair by Caterpillar Incorporated will have all the necessary steps for new employment. The job fair date is TBD but will be located at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce building, new avenues for employment can be explored.

 


The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce gives local and surrounding communities many things to be excited about all year. With the Christian County Fair right around the corner, the chamber is staying prepared for any challenges and opportunities that come their way.


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

Christian County Court Update From States Attorney

Christian County is constantly busy and court stays consistent with case updates every day. Christian County States Attorney John McWard stopped by to give Regional Radio News an update. McWard says that they have had a major focus on methamphetamine.

 

 

Some of the cases that McWard says have happened recently include Todd England who was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months by the US Attorney’s Office not the Christian County State’s Attorney. England was charged with possession of child pornography and will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence.  Willie Jones who, after a negotiated plea deal received seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for unlawful weapon by a felon after he stabbed a dog. Mcward also wrapped up the case against Richard Klekamp. 

 

 

McWard says he has seen an uptick in “white-collared crimes” such as theft, but says they are prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law. 

 

 

Mcward says that things are going really well, but they are really looking for some help for his office. 

 

 

For more information, visit https://www.christiancountyil.gov/states-attorney/.

University of Illinois Extension with New Healthy Cooking Classes

There are groups in the Christian County area that care about your health and nutrition. The people with the University of Illinois Extension office are making it their goal to spread the word about healthy diets and habits. Coming soon from the U of I Extension office and the LiveWell Wellness Center in Pana is the Summer Salsa Making class followed by the Cooking for Diabetics class.


Lisa Peterson is the Nutrition and Wellness Educator for the University of Illinois Extension and is truly in her element, providing useful knowledge and skills that will make preparing and maintaining your food easier. The classes will focus on natural ingredients and easy-to-follow steps. Salsa making is Thursday, July 13th from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

 


The U of I Extension Office serves four counties in the Central Illinois Area; Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery. The cooking classes are specially catered to the citizens in these communities. The citizens can be educated on proper portion sizes and how to make meals for one or two people.

 


A piece of these educational classes is learning how to preserve your food through canning. Fruits, vegetables, and meats, if stored properly can have a much longer shelf life. The U of I Extension office will teach these skills and even check pressure gauges for canning, free of charge.

 


Botulism is a food-borne illness that can attack the body's nerves and can potentially lead to death. Proper canning practices will eliminate the chance of Botulism spreading to your produce.

 


For information about food preservation visit, https://extension.illinois.edu/food/food-preservation.


The best way to contact Lisa Peterson is by email at, lap5981@illinois.edu/


For events and activities, this summer go to, extension.illinois.edu/cjmm.


Lisa Peterson appeared on the WTIM Morning Show as a guest.
 

Fur Love Resale Store Grand Opening is Saturday, July 8th

The grand opening of a new resale shop called Fur Love will officially open its doors, Saturday, July 8th. Fur Love is located just off the Taylorville Square, at 222 West Main Cross in Taylorville. The new venture for Sherri Craggs is motivated by a long history of standing up for animals and ensuring they receive the care they deserve. Craggs previously served as the Director of the Christian County Animal Control. After seeing the underfunded and ill-equipped facilities, Craggs departed from the CC Animal Control and began Fur Love, where the proceeds will go to the CC Animal Control for various upgrades


Starting a new business, especially in the retail space is not easy. This is the first time entering this field for Craggs and her volunteer employees. Making it easy on the new store was the local community, coming through with plentiful donations.

 


There is something for everyone at the resale store, Fur Love. From home furnishing to clothing for men and women, to tools and outdoor supplies. Fur Love has even planned for a pick-up service. If a local community member has an item that will not fit in the car, Fur Love has a truck they will send to your door for an easy takeaway process.

 


The master plan of returning the profits to the Christian County Animal Control comes from Cragg's past connection to the department and witnessing the conditions that the cats and dogs endure now. Craggs mentions that the staff is well trained and does the best they can, but the problem is the underfunded nature of the shelter. With a new source of funds, Craggs looks to expand the building with a new free-roam area for cats, a visitation room, and more kennels for the animals.

 


The success of these efforts would not be possible without the volunteers that help animal control and Fur Love. Their love for animals is greater than a payday and Craggs is grateful for their continued dedication.

 


The grand opening will be accompanied by door prizes and some complimentary goodies. Shopping local is something that Taylorville Prides itself on and with Fur Love, you are shopping local while benefiting the local animal shelter.


For information on Fur Love, you can call 217-481-0390.


Sherri Craggs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois Livestock Fair Entries Updated

The Illinois State Fair announced today the livestock entry deadline for the 2023 Illinois State Fair has been extended to July 7. The rules state that the entries must be postmarked by July 1; however, if the postmark deadline falls on a Saturday that deadline is extended to Monday (July 3).

 

With many areas of our state impacted by severe weather in recent days, including various post offices experiencing power outages and the overall impact to Illinois families and communities, the Illinois State Fair is providing a grace period for 2023 Livestock Entries. All 2023 livestock entries must be postmarked by Friday, July 7.

 

“As we know all too well you cannot control the weather,” said Illinois State Fair Manager Rebecca Clark. “Health, life and safety should always come first. We hope this grace period provides our exhibitors with peace of mind during these extraordinary circumstances.”

 

In addition to mailing livestock entry forms, exhibitors can drop their forms off in the entry drop box located at the Emerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Illinois State Fair, running August 10 through 20 in Springfield. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 

The Christian County Fair is Near!

The Christian County Fair is right around the corner and for the 99th year in a row the days will be filled with activities, performances, and community engagement. Livestock judging will begin Monday, July 17th from 8:40 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The official start to the Christian County Fair will be Tuesday, July 18th with the official ribbon cutting.


Ron Fleming is the 2nd Vice President of the Christian County Fair Board and says this year will be another week of celebration. With the iconic carnival and great food vendors the local community will not want to miss out. The fair will be located at the Christian County Fairgrounds, 1716 W Spresser St, Taylorville, IL.

 


It would not be a proper county fair without the Miss Pageants. The Christian County Fair will host a Jr. Miss and a Little Miss pageant. Tickets sell out fast and Fleming notes that tickets can be purchased at the Christain County Fair Grounds office. The pageants have sold out in the past years and tickets can be purchased now.

 


The Grand Stand events will include stock car racing, tractor pulls, and a demolition derby. Yet another defining piece of the Christian County Fair. Fleming says that this is hours of action-packed entertainment.

 


For information on the Christian County Fair, you can call Teresa at 217-824-3100.


Ron Fleming appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Updates To Turkey Sighting Reports

In an effort to modernize collection of turkey sighting reports, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has switched from paper postcards to a web-based survey, making the process simpler for the volunteer citizen scientists who submit turkey sighting information to wildlife biologists.

 

“For the past several decades, volunteers have participated in our wild turkey brood survey by reporting turkey sightings with mail-in postcards,” said Luke Garver, IDNR’s wild turkey project manager. “Changing to an online survey system makes the reporting process easier and more convenient for everyone and allows a broader pool of volunteers to participate.”

 

The data collected from turkey brood surveys is extremely valuable to IDNR and is the department’s best way to estimate reproductive success each year for Illinois’ wild turkey population. IDNR encourages members of the public with interest to participate. The survey period runs June 1 through Aug. 31.

 

The new electronic system can be accessed on both mobile devices and home computers. Also, in addition to submitting surveys through their internet browsers, mobile users will have the option to use the Survey123 app to log turkey sightings.

 

For more information on turkey surveys, visit https://outdoor.wildlifeillinois.org/articles/changes-ahead-for-the-2023-idnr-turkey-brood-surveys/.

 

Anyone who would like to help with the IDNR wild turkey survey can report sightings at https://bit.ly/IDNRturkeysurvey. Instructions on downloading and using the mobile app can be found at https://bit.ly/IDNRturkeysurveyapp.

 

This information and more can be found in the Wild Turkey section of IDNR’s Hunt Illinois website.

YMCA Activity Registration's Begin Soon

The YMCA here in Taylorville has summertime activities that are sure to keep your child busy and active all summer long. Located at the YMCA in Taylorville, soccer camps and clinics, swim lessons and a boxing class for seniors will fill the YMCA calendar.


Soccer registration is due August 1st, an added fee will be applied for those that sign up later. The camps are for grades K-8. New this year is the coaches clinic which is instructed by Tim Karbach, Taylorville High School Varsity Soccer coach. The coach's clinic will inform new and veteran coaches on proper drills, skills, and teaching methods for the best production from their players. The Coach's clinic is Saturday, August 12th.


Bruce Blanshan is the Executive Director of the YMCA and is excited about this year's soccer programs.

 


Swim lessons are another program offered by the YMCA. Morning lessons run Monday through Thursday while evening lessons are Tuesdays and Thursdays, making time for any parent with a busy daytime schedule. The swim lessons are for grades K-8. The younger group running from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. and the older group will swim from 10:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.


The YMCA has experienced some trouble finding lifeguards and instructors for the aquatic center. Training is provided by the YMCA through the Red Cross.

 


Maggie Vocks, the new Program Director was once a member of the YMCA camps and activities as a child. She now uses her passion and experience in educating the youth in her new role.

 


The activities are for more than just the youth here in Taylorville. Rock Steady Boxing is a high-intensity boxing-style class that helps people dealing with Parkinson’s. This is an event that has grown in popularity over the last few years.

 

 

Bruce Blanshan and Maggie Vocks appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.


For information on all the YMCA events, you can visit, www.CCYMCA.org.

American Red Cross Looking for Donations

The severe weather Central Illinois endured last week on Thursday brought even more complications, this time, the problem falls in the medical field. The American Red Cross hosts many blood drives throughout the year to supply the endless need for blood in hospitals that could be needed at any given moment. Natural disasters are one factor that always drives the demand for blood donations.


Julie Bly, an Account Manager with the American Red Cross describes that there is a need for O+, O- and B- blood donations. If you do not know your blood type, the American Red Cross will notify you upon your donation. For the month of July there are two blood drives the first is July 6th, located at 500 S Main St, Witt, IL from 1: 00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. The second blood drive will be held July 12th at the Pana Christian Church from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. There are new incentives to donating such as a tote bag and a $15 gift certificate.

 


The American Red Cross app,  titled the Blood Donor App, allows donors to track their blood, keep up to date on what they have donated, and schedule future visits. One feature that has had great reactions is knowing where your blood is going. Bly notes that keeping donors' blood local is important, but the blood will be transported to wherever it is needed most.

 


Creating a connection to your donation is what keeps community members coming back and what helps the American Red Cross have the blood they need for any emergency that may arise. The Blood Donor App is not required but many have utilized the services and are able to have a deeper connection to their donation.

 


With the handy Blood Donor App and a need for certain types of blood, the American Red Cross needs community engagement to ensure the safety of others in need. Donations can be made every 56 days.

 

For information on blood donations or the American Red Cross you can visit, https://www.redcross.org/.


Julie Bly appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Doctors Warn Of Dangers Of Too Much Sun

With Summer in full swing, many people will be heading to the beaches and spending time out in the sun. Experts warn to not overdo it, as you could put yourself at risk of melanoma.  Melanoma is a less common skin cancer but one that accounts for most deaths.  One such case is a Granite City woman named Kristi Fetter.  She is a survivor of four types of cancer, including melanoma in 2018. She attends a cacner support group through OSF Healthcare in Alton.  

 

 

A patient navigator at OSF HealthCare in Alton, Heather Chambers, agrees saying that she wants to commit the number 30 to memory.  30 SPF sunscreen is recommended to keep you as safe as possible.  If you are light-skinned, you should go higher than 30 SPF. Tanning, either in the sun or a tanning bed, is popular, but Chambers encourages you to do it in moderation.

 

 

Dr. Alejandro Sanz sees many different types of cancers in his role as a surgeon for OSF Healthcare. He encourages you to skip the tanning bed, but watch your watch when you’re in the sun.  

 

 

Dr. Sanz encourages you to remember the ABCDE’s of melanoma.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, you should follow the ABCDE’s for moles. A is for asymmetry. One half is not like the other half.  B is for border, when the mole has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border. C is for color, as you should inspect if the mole has different colors. D is for diameter, and Doctor’s encourage you to check if your mole is greater than six millimeters.  E is for evolving, as to check if the mole looks different from the rest. 

 

Chambers sums it up with moderation. 

 

 

Learn more about skin cancer by visiting the OSF Healthcare website, or by talking to your local physician. 

LLCC To Hold Industrial Maintenance Training Open House

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) is hosting an open house on Wednesday, July 19th from 5:30 to 7 pm to showcase its industrial maintenance training program. The event, taking place at the Workforce Careers Center on the LLCC campus at 5250 Shepard Rd in Springfield, aims to inform attendees about the program's in-demand careers and enrollment process. With the program beginning on August 21, prospective students can explore the industrial maintenance lab, learn about local job opportunities, and acquire the necessary skills for success in the industry.

 

LLCC's industrial maintenance training program addresses the growing need for skilled technicians in manufacturing and industry-related technology fields. By focusing on the maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial machinery, as well as incorporating electrical and mechanical systems, process controls, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), the program equips graduates with the professional and technical skills required in the industry.

The open house offers a valuable opportunity for individuals to discover the program's curriculum, requirements, and enrollment details. By attending, participants will gain insights into the thriving field of machinery maintenance and repair, with a chance to explore LLCC's advanced industrial maintenance lab. With the increasing demand for skilled industrial maintenance technicians, LLCC remains committed to preparing students for rewarding careers in the industry.

 

For more information visit llcc.edu/industrial. 
 

Dedication Ceremony Held For Veterans Memorial In Taylorville

The Veterans Memorial Wall at Lake Taylorville was officially dedicated during a ceremony on the 4th of July at 1:30 PM. Steve Craggs hosted the event which saw a good crowd on hand to recognize and welcome home the Vietnam Vets.  Many of them were honored during the dedication ceremony. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry thanked them for their service.

 

 

Mayor Barry also recognized David “Termite” Durbin with a key to the city for his dedication to the community along with his service with the Salvage Dawgs. 

 

 

The dedication concluded with the 21 gun salute and the playing of taps by Leroy Kleimola. 


 

For more information on the Memorial Wall, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LTVPM/. 

 

You can watch the whole ceremony by clicking here. 

Taylorville City Council Meets for First July Bi-Monthly Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met for their first July meeting Tuesday night.

 

The City Council approved all omnibus votes covering the regular meeting held June 19th, the Public Facilities Committee Meeting held June 22nd, and the Finance Committee Meeting held July 3rd.

 

The two ordinances on most of the attendee's minds were the regulations of chickens in the City of Taylorville and the allowing of UTV’s on Taylorville Lake roadways.

 

Voting “No” on the allowance of chickens in the City of Taylorville were, Larry Budd, Jim Olive, Doug Brown, Megan Bryant and for the 5th and deciding vote, Mayor Barry, concluding that chickens will not be permitted. Upon the decision, many exited the meeting.

 

The ordinance to approve UTV’s on Taylorville Lake roadways was voted “Yes”, allowing the use of UTV’s. Alderman Budd was the only “No” vote.

 

In updates for Mayor Bruce Barry, he began by thanking the efforts of Ameren and Shelby Electric companies on their diligent work to restore power to Taylorville residents and businesses after the server storms last Thursday, June 29th. Mayor Barry also announced that tree limb pick-up will begin on boulevards and in alleyways on Wednesday, July 5th. He concluded by inviting the local community out to the Taylorville Lake events, like the playing of the municipal band and the firework show.

 

 

The next City Council meeting is set for July 17th.

Rural Partners Recognizes the City of Taylorville

The population of a city does not seem to matter when it comes to the achievements and progress that advance citizens within its borders and beyond. Rural Partners is identifying and showcasing these achievements that often go unnoticed due to smaller populations and less awareness.


The mission of Rural Partners is to connect communities, not-for-profits, businesses, state and federal and other players within a community to ensure community advancement and engagement.

Dick Breckenridge is a member of the Rural Partners and has seen growth in countless communities.
Breckenridge describes how linking these factors together will help communities unite and progress with more efficiency.

 


Taylorville has shown the success in business and development that has ultimately made the decision easy for the Rural Partners to make Taylorville a stop for the director's Showcase Tour. This tour will be a bus-guided event, displaying to the Rural Partner Directors the city's accomplishments.

 


In the past, tours of Taylorville focused only on the Taylorville square. With new and flourishing businesses expanding beyond the square, there are beneficial parts of the city that need to be viewed.

 


The Rural Partners have connected with local universities to aid in research and outreach. Breckenridge is grateful for this partnership as even more impediments are avoided and more opportunities can be created.

 


Taylorville will be showcased as the next city on the rise for the Rural Partners, Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 A.M. The tour will begin at the CTI offices located at 520 North Cheney St. In Taylorville.


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

Firework Safety from the Shelbyville Fire Protection District

It is easy to lose sight of safety precautions while participating in the 4th of July firework fun in the upcoming days. The dry weather conditions have added yet another safety concern for those lighting off their own fireworks. Stray sparks and even excess smoke can ignite dry trees and grass, easily turning a memorable 4th of July night into a disaster scenario.


Matt Lewis is with the Shelbyville Fire Protection District and wants the local community to avoid unneeded emergencies. Lewis notes that this 4th of July, the environment is much different and could be the perfect climate for unwanted fires.

 


Lewis says that the safest way to enjoy the fireworks is by leaving it to the professionals. Firework technicians have planned and practiced routines for their firework shows and in an event of an emergency, they have steps for that as well. The everyday firework enjoyer may not be as equipped to handle a situation that is the result of a rouge sparkler or Roman Candle.


Do not mix alcohol consumption and fireworks. Place fireworks at an even and secure level before igniting, to deter the projectile from falling over and hitting people or houses. And always practice caution while handling fireworks.

 


Once the firework is in the air, the danger is still imminent. Matt Lewis describes some of the common injuries that are caused by careless handling of fireworks. Ash raining from the sky can still be hot and leave burns. Sparklers can reach temperatures between 1300 and 1800 degrees, they may look fun and harmless but can potentially harm oneself or others.

 


Lewis reminds everyone to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency and to practice extra caution this 4th of July.


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


 

Illinois Urges Fireworks Organizers to Ensure Proper Licensing and Safety Measures

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is urging fireworks display organizers in Illinois to ensure their vendors have the necessary state licenses and certificates. The Illinois Explosives Act mandates that anyone handling explosives, including display fireworks, must hold an explosives license and storage certificate issued by the IDNR. Consumer fireworks (1.4 explosives) are exempt from IDNR requirements and regulated by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

 

Approved consumer fireworks can only be used in jurisdictions that allow such displays through local ordinances. Adults with permits can purchase and display them, but hand-held fireworks like firecrackers and bottle rockets are not allowed in Illinois. A comprehensive list of approved and prohibited fireworks can be found on the SFM Illinois website.

 

The IDNR's Office of Mines and Minerals, Explosives and Aggregate Division oversees the Illinois Explosives Act. The division, staffed with trained specialists, ensures compliance with licensing and storage regulations. The law also stipulates that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in IDNR-inspected and certified facilities.

 

Illinois currently has 2,165 licensed individuals, including 757 for display fireworks, and 737 certified explosives storage facilities with approximately 41 million pounds of explosives. Violating the IDNR's licensing or storage requirements is a violation of Illinois law, punishable by a Class 3 felony with up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The IDNR can also impose administrative fines.

 

Chief Erik Kambarian of the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Division highlights the importance of trained and licensed fireworks display operators for spectator safety. Emergency responders should promptly report injuries or property damage caused by explosives, including display fireworks, to the IDNR and the OSFM.

 

For more information, visit the IDNR and OSFM websites. To report an incident involving display fireworks, contact the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals, Explosives and Aggregate Division at 217-782-9976 and the OSFM at 217-785-0969.

Where to View Fireworks at Lake Shelbyville

There will not be many busier places than Lake Shelbyville during this July 4th weekend. With live music and food vendors and of course, the great firework show, Lake Shelbyville will come alive in the following days. Rob McCall is the General Manager of Lithia Springs Marina at Lake Shelbyville.


McCall explains why Lake Shelbyville provides a unique destination and viewing point for a firework show.

 


McCall talks about the great Lithia Springs Marina and the great views that are available near that location.

 


Nessie’s restaurant is located at the Lithia Springs Marina at Lake ShelbyVille. The patio seating sits about 75 people and is great for viewing of Lake Shelbyville and to see live performances.

 


The 4th of July weekend is one of the biggest for Rob McCall and the Lithia Springs Marina. Preparation for the events begins during the springtime and the efforts are shown through the community engagement during the holiday weekend.

 


The Lithia Springs Marina is located at 2042 1500 N E, Shelbyville.


For all information about the Lithia Springs Marina at Lake Shelbyville, you can visit, https://lithiamarina.com/.

 

Rob McCall appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.


 

4th of July Fireworks at Lake Shelbyville

July 4th weekend is officially here and Lake Shelbyville is the host for fireworks and lake activities during the holiday weekend. Brock Key is a Ranger with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is prepared for the eventful weekend as the Corps have been involved in shooting off the fireworks annually.


Ranger Key says the turnout is immense every year and this year will be no different. The fireworks will be ignited near the West Dam.

 


Some viewing points are better than others. Key explains that the West Dam, the East Dam, and the parking lot near the Dam will be open for viewing.

 


There will be live music and food vendors during the July 4th festivities at Lake Shelbyville, located in the West Dam Recreation Area parking lot at 3:00 P.M.

 


Ranger Key says the grand finale at the Lake Shelbyville firework show is one to remember. There are many efforts that go on behind the scenes from groups like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Shelbyville County Chamber of Commerce that make the event possible.

 


The July 4th activities will kick off at 3 P.M. and the firework show will begin at dusk.


Ranger Brock Key appeared on the WTIM Morning Show in Shelbyville as a guest.  
 

Attorney General Warns Of Scams With Recent Storms

Following severe storms in Illinois, Attorney General Kwame Raoul is warning Illinoisans about scammers looking to exploit homeowners and businesses who may need repairs from storm-related damage.

 

Scammers, according to Raoul often move quickly into communities to take advantage of people with damage to their homes or businesses.  Scam artists will often try to pressure people into making quick and often expensive decisions about cleanup and construction work.  They may also operate as public adjusters who offer “free” inspections to submit a claim to property owner's insurance companies.  

 

Raoul says to be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services or “free inspections. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust.  Visit the Better Business Bureau website to see if a business is a member.  Shop around and get written estimates. Get all the terms of a contract in writing and obtain a copy.  Never make the full payment until all work has been completed to your satisfaction. Never pay in cash.  Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor’s visit to your home. If your insurance carrier denies coverage you have the right to cancel the contract within five days. Public adjusters do not work for your insurance company and may charge additional fees.  

 

If you submit a claim to your insurance company, your insurance company will most likely provide an adjuster to review your claim.  If you contract with a public adjuster pay particular attention to the amount of fees being charged and whether you are obligated to use a specific contractor for repair. Ask to see the required state and local permits and licenses.  Insurance adjusters and roofers must be licensed by state agencies.  

 

Attorney General Raoul reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to provide customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1000. Residents and business owners to call local law enforcement agencies and his office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline (1-800-243-0618 in Springfield, and 1-800-243-0607 in Carbondale) to report any suspicious activities. 

Fireworks In The Area

The following fireworks displays will be held over the 3rd and 4th of July. This list is not exclusive. Start times for all of these are at dusk unless otherwise noted. 

 

Assumption: July 4, Slag Pile

 

Athens: July 3, Athens Community Park

 

Blue Mound: July 3 foulks auction

 

Decatur: July 4, Lake Decatur

 

Edinburg: July 4, Dusk

 

Effingham: July 3, Lake Sara Fireworks, dusk

 

Effingham: July 4, Effingham High School, 8 p.m.

 

Macon: Macon Speedway, July 3rd

 

Mt Zion: July 3, 323 Fletcher Park

 

Moweaqua: July 4, North Park

 

Oconee: July 4, North end of town

 

Pana: July 3 fairgrounds, dusk

 

Shelbyville: July 4,Lake Shelbyville-Dam West Recreation Area, dusk

 

Springfield—Springfield Horsehoes July 3rd and July 4th and Knights Action Park July 4th. 

 

Sullivan: July 4, Wyman Park

 

Taylorville: July 4, Lake Taylorville, dusk

 

Tower Hill: July 4,

 

Vandalia: July 3, Vandalia Lake

 

Did we miss your fireworks display? Give us a call at 824-3395 or comment below so we can get it included!

Miller Media Group Names Little Luxuries as Its "Business of the Month"

 

Little Luxuries on the west side of the Taylorville square, has been named this month's Miller Media Group "Business of the Month."

 

Owner Laura Long told Regional Radio News she's been owner of the business some 21 years.

 

 

 

Long says adding clothing and jewelry to her Merle Norman cosmetics business has put more people thru her door.

 

 

 

Long the Taylorville square is coming back to being a destination for shoppers.

 

 

The Miller Media Group congratulates Laura Long, owner of Little Luxuries in Taylorville, as this month's "Business of the Month."

Power Outages Continue from Thursday Storms

Central Illinois power providers continue to report outages across the Regional Radio listening area as of the 4 o'clock hour Sunday afternoon.

 

Ameren reports over 48,000 customers in Central and Southern Illinois still without power, including numerous outages continuing in communities along I-72 and south in our area.

 

Shelby Electric Cooperative is reporting scattered outages remaining in their service area, with most of them being in Cold Spring Township in Shelby County where 236 customers are without power, 27 in Dry Point Township, and 47 in Oconee Township.

 

 

 

 

New Illinois Law Protects Consumers and Enhances Transparency in Health Insurance Rate Review Process

On June 27th, 2023, House Bill 2296, sponsored by Senator Fine (D-Glenview), was signed into law in Illinois. The purpose of this legislation is to protect consumers from rising healthcare costs by granting the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) the authority to review health insurance rate changes. The law aims to make the rate review process more transparent and accessible to the public.

Under the new law, health insurers in Illinois will be subject to scrutiny when proposing premium rate increases for individuals and small businesses. This measure is intended to ensure that healthcare remains accessible and affordable for Illinois residents.

Transparency is a key component of the legislation. Insurance companies will be required to submit proposed rate changes to the DOI, which will publish the information on their website. This will allow members of the public to view and comment on the proposed rates, promoting a more inclusive and participatory process.

The Small Business Advocacy Council hailed the bill as a positive step towards stabilizing and reducing the costs of health insurance for small businesses and their employees. They commended Governor Pritzker and the legislators involved in passing this legislation, viewing it as a significant win for small businesses striving to offer affordable and quality health insurance to their employees.

It's important to note that House Bill 2296 will go into effect for plans purchased in 2026, allowing time for insurers and consumers to adapt to the new regulations and review processes.
 

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