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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears from Taylorville Mayor at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Mayor of the City of Taylorville, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Bruce Barry is in his second term as Taylorville’s chief executive, and outlined the many successes the city has had under his leadership.   Mayor Barry said his main focus has been to increase revenue while decreasing expenses, adding he’s done that thru new revenue streams and tightening budgets.


Mayor Barry added some recent accomplishments have been the Business Development District tax which has put some 3-million dollars back into the community thru many projects, and the 5-million dollar project including grant monies to rebuild the infrastructure around the Square and downtown area.


Mayor Barry told the Kiwanis Club about his goals the next few years.



He also wants to continue eliminating blighted properties in Taylorville.


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 Man Arrested On Meth Charges

A Taylorville man was taken into custody Monday morning after a search warrant led to the discovery of meth.  37-year-old Joshua Hawthorne was taken into custody after complaints were received at the 1000 Block of West Vine Street. Hawthorne was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, aggravated unlawful use of a residence/criminal fortification of a residence, and violation of bond conditions.  


He was currently out on bond for meth charges.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says that there was a sign on the door of the house that said “‘If Police are here’ if you wish to talk to them, go out on the porch and shut the door behind you.  Do not let them come in unless they have a warrant, they stay outside.”  Chief Wheeler continued by saying they made sure to have a warrant. 


Hawthorne appeared in court on Tuesday morning.  His first appearance with counsel is set for November 2nd. 

LLCC & Sarah Bush Lincoln Announce Partnership

Lake Land College along with Sarah Bush Lincoln is announcing a new partnership that will create an educational pathway to a high-demand career in healthcare as a central service technician.  Lake Land is offering two new sterile processing courses.  Students enrolled are training for a career as a central service technician.  This job prepares surgical, laboratory, and other healthcare equipment for use by performing routine sterilization, installation, and inspection procedures.  Sarah Bush Lincoln will be providing clinical supervision and scholarship support. 


These courses start as a starting point and pipeline for a full Surgical Technologist degree program that is currently in development for next year. The program will be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for approval.  Sarah Bush Lincoln is also providing tuition assistance scholarships to students in the exam review class and the clinical practicum.  


The first course, Central Service Technician Exam Review, equips students with the knowledge and classroom foundation necessary to perform the duties required. The second course is an immersive practicum designed to provide students with 400 hours of clinical experience.  Both courses can be taken together and they will prepare students for the exams needed to get the job. 


Sterile processing technicians earn on average up to $62,960 with a starting salary of $41,480.  There has also been steady job growth, with nearly 4,000 new sterile processing tech positions projected throughout the country over the next ten years. For more information, contact Erin Swingler, division chair at 217-234-5448 or at eswingler@lakelandcollege.edu. 

Taylorville Police Department With Last Minute Halloween Messages

As Trick or Treaters prepare for their candy haul tonight, the Taylorville Police Department has some messages to keep everyone safe to enjoy their Halloween night. The kids in costume have the hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to fill their bags and buckets, and with temperatures in the 30s, a jacket might need to be incorporated into the costume.

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says to always take caution while getting out of cars, walking from home to home, and while crossing the street. Never allow children to go into a stranger's home. The community is also reminded to always use crosswalks and wear a piece of reflecting clothing or wear a glow stick.
Chief Wheeler also reminds drivers to treat tonight's commute differently as children will be more focused on gathering treats, than taking extra precautions.


TPD witnessed a few instances of children running carelessly across streets and Chief Wheeler says this is an easy way for accidents to happen. Chief Wheeler added that letting kids out of the car on the sidewalk side of the car is the safest option.


Chief Wheeler and his officers will be patrolling areas to ensure safety. The Taylorville Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween.  


HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Named Critical Access Hospital

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is excited to announce its official designation as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). This significant recognition underscores the hospital's deep commitment to providing high-quality healthcare services to the residents of Shelby County and the surrounding communities. Good Shepherd Hospital recently assumed its role as a facility with this prominent selection, emphasizing its vital role in ensuring healthcare access in remote and underserved areas.


Critical Access Hospital status is exclusively reserved for facilities that play an integral part in delivering essential healthcare services to rural regions, highlighting Good Shepherd Hospital's dedication to addressing the unique healthcare needs of its local community and providing essential medical care to those who depend on it.


Chad Markham, President, and CEO of Good Shepherd Hospital expressed his excitement, saying, "We are thrilled to be recognized as a Critical Access Hospital. This achievement represents the culmination of many years of hard work by our dedicated colleagues and community members, showcasing our unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of Shelbyville."


With this new CAH status, Good Shepherd Hospital will receive increased financial support from Medicare, allowing for expanded resources and improved patient care. This designation empowers the hospital to focus on its mission of providing accessible and quality healthcare to the local community, whether for preventive, routine, or emergency services.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) commended the hospital's achievement, stating, "HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital earning Critical Access Hospital status is a lifeline not only for the hospital itself but for the individuals and families it serves. I'm pleased to have helped HSHS obtain this federal recognition, which will provide higher reimbursements from Medicare, fortifying the hospital's financial foundation and securing its ability to serve the people who depend on it. 


HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will continue to offer a wide range of medical services, including emergency and inpatient medical care, outpatient services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and specialized clinics.


This new designation emphasizes the hospital's commitment to delivering high-quality healthcare services to the residents of Shelby County and the surrounding communities, securing its role in meeting the unique healthcare needs of the local community.

For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, please visit hshsgoodshepherd.org.

Taylorville Commercial Industrial Park Ready For Business

The newly developed Taylorville Commercial Industrial Park is finished on the construction side of operations, now, developed and new businesses have the opportunity to relocate or expand their business. Three large incentives come to businesses that position themselves inside the Taylorville Industrial Park. Businesses will be in the Taylorville Enterprise Zone, building costs are covered under Tax Increment Financing or TIF Funds, and the business will benefit from Taylorville's Business Development District.

Providing insight into the new opportunities for new and established Taylorville businesses is Matt Hart, Executive Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation.

Hart began with some history of the site and the current state of development.


With 17 lots and 47 acres of land to take advantage of, Hart explains that lots can be combined to fit the needs of the business.


Hart expands on the incentive opportunities that come with the industrial park, aside from the benefits already listed like ready-to-use utilities, finished streets, and sidewalks.


Businesses that are looking to seize the opportunity of the fresh Taylorville Industrial Park are directed to the Executive Director of the CCEDC Matt Hart. To reach Hart call 217-565-2280, or email, edcchristiancounty@gmail.com.

Matt Hart appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Stonington Announces Upcoming Blood Drive

Stonington Community is hosting a blood drive with Impactlife on Thursday, November 16th from 11 AM until 3:30 PM at the Bayer located at 1982 IL Route 48 in Stonington. If you are interested in donating, please contact Jackie Dowdy at 325-4381 or visit www.bloodcenter.org code 60049 to locate the drive.  You can also contact ImpactLife to schedule at 800-747-5401.  Appointments are requested. 


Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age or 16 with parental permission and weigh more than 110 lbs. A photo ID is required to donate and you can call ImpactLife to find out more.  Donors who last gave blood on or before September 21st are eligible to give at this drive. 


The procedure should take about 45 minutes to one hour and individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may also be accepted as eligible donors.  

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Participates in Moose Lodge Trunk-or-Treat


As part of its ongoing mission to help children and youth in the Taylorville community, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club on Sunday participated in the Taylorville Moose Lodge “Trunk or Treat” held inside the Moose Building on McAdam Drive.


Kiwanis president Chuck Martin (right) and club member Larry Kemner (left), handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters that stopped by the Moose Lodge that night.  The pair also shared with parents, the many activities the local Kiwanis Club is part of including Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, YMCA and high school scholarships.


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

Keep Safe This Holiday Season

Halloween is a great event for families but the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is asking everyone to remember to keep safety in mind.  Halloween and fall decorations can add an increased fire danger to your home that could create a really scary situation.


According to the US Fire Administration each year from 2017-2019, an estimated average of 9,200 fires were reported over a 3-day period around Halloween.  These fires caused an estimated annual average of 25 deaths, 100 injuries, and $117 million in property loss.  The National Fire Protection Association or NFPA says decorations were the first thing to ignite in roughly 800 reported home fires every year.  Two out of every five fires occurred because decorations were too close to a heat source such as a candle or hot equipment.


The OSFM says to use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns, avoid long trailing fabric in costumes, make sure eye holes are large enough in costume masks, and teach children to stay away from open flames.  Be sure children know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.  Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper can catch fire easily, make sure they are kept away from open flames and heat sources.  Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks and keep exits clear of decorations. Finally, make sure smoke alarms are working safely. 


The OSFM says that if you can do that, you should have a very safe and fun Halloween.

Representative Halbrook Speaks Out In Support Of Israel

State Representative Brad Halbrook out of Shelbyville has filed House Resolution 449, condemning the attacks on Israel by Hamas. His resolution is encouraging Israel to act decisively in self-defense to protect Israelis, and to offer the support of Illinoisans.  State Representative Halbrook says that he hopes the legislature can come together this week and pass the resolution unanimously.



State Representative Brad Halbrook spoke on the House Floor during the Veto Session. 

Experts Warn To Be Aware Of Extra Sugar Around Halloween

Halloween is here and many Illinoisans will be going out and trick-or-treating, making holiday snacks, and enjoying the festivities of the spooky season.  With all things, experts warn about moderation, especially with sugar intake. 


According to the American Heart Association, kids ages 2-18 should have less than 25 grams or about six teaspoons of added sugar daily.  Eating too much added sugar is linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and an increased risk for heart disease.  Sara Umphfleet, RD, LDN, is a dietitian with OSF Healthcare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.  She says some snacks probably have a lot more sugar than you realize. 



The average child consumes three cups of sugar on Halloween alone according to Fortune Magazine.  That is nearly 27 times the recommended amount.  Americans also purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween and Trick-or-treaters. Umphfleet recommends toys as opposed to candy.



She encourages parents to give candy to children in moderation. Too much candy, Umphfleet says, can lead to a sugar crash. 



Above all else, Umphfleet recommends staying hydrated especially as you go out.  She says that with colder temperatures, people tend to forget to stay hydrated, but it is still important.



While candy is a big part of the Halloween festivities, Umphfleet says finally, to spend some time watching a good Halloween movie, looking at local decorations, and carving pumpkins.

Illinois State Agencies Promotes Cyber Safety

In response to the growing threat of cyberattacks, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, along with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Office of Homeland Security, and the Illinois State Police, have joined forces to educate and equip residents with essential knowledge to enhance online security. This initiative joins with Cybersecurity Awareness Month, aiming to emphasize the shared responsibility of protecting digital environments.


Sanjay Gupta, Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, highlighted the importance of collective efforts, stating, "October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we believe that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. By raising awareness and providing actionable guidance, we empower residents to take control of their online safety. Together, we can build a stronger and more secure digital future for Illinois."


Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor and IEMA-OHS Director, Alicia Tate-Nadeau, emphasized the significance of individual actions, urging residents to take steps such as creating strong passwords to prevent hacking. She warned that neglecting this aspect could lead to extensive efforts in restoring online profiles and personal accounts. Additionally, she stressed the criticality of protecting workplace credentials to prevent unauthorized access to employer records.


Brendan F. Kelly, Director of the Illinois State Police, reminded the public that while the Illinois Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center focuses on sharing cyber threat information with law enforcement, individuals must also take steps to safeguard their personal information and monitor financial accounts. He encouraged proactive measures to mitigate risks.


The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology along with the Illinois Emergency Management Office of Homeland Security advise of these tips to keep personal data safe. Use a unique password for each account. Do not include children's, pets or family member names in passwords. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters and be cautious of any online offers.


This collaborative effort by the Illinois agencies seeks to raise awareness and empower residents to enhance their cybersecurity practices during the month of October and beyond, ensuring a more secure digital future for the state.

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Equipped with 3-D Mammography Technology

The HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Decatur is happy to announce that 3-D mammography equipment is on the grounds and healthcare professionals are prepared to begin screening for a threatening yet treatable illness. Breast cancer will affect one in every eight women, the best fight against breast cancer is early alert and action.

Amy Waddington, the Radiology Manager at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital says that the process to get the equipment took some years but with the help of HSHS Good Shepherd Foundation, they are prepared to offer the cutting edge of technology.


Waddington explains the benefits of having 3-D mammography equipment.


Joel Fletcher, Director of the HSHS Good Shepherd Foundation spoke on the efforts it took to get the funds for the equipment.


To find out more information on the 3-D mammography equipment or to schedule a screening visit, www.hshs.org/good-shepherd.

Amy Waddington and Joel Fletcher appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Pana Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Possession Of Child Pornography

A Pana man has pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 30 years consecutively in the Illinois Department of Corrections along with a $5,000 fine. Billy J. Hulfachor of Pana, was originally facing 10 charges of child pornography with the victim under the age of 13 and violation of the sex offender registry. 


Hulfachor pleaded guilty to five counts of child pornography.  All other charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal. Hulfachor was sentenced for the first count to ten years in IDOC followed by three years to natural life of mandatory supervised release (MSR) or parole, to be served at the rate of 50%. For counts 2,3,7, and 9, Hulfachor was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections followed by 3 years to life of MSR on each count. 


Hulfachor had been previously charged and convicted in Edgar County for four years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of someone under the age of 13. He was also charged in Sangamon County for failure to register on the Sex Offender list. 

Illinois Conservation Police Successfully Meet NASBLA Standards

The Illinois Conservation Police has achieved a significant milestone, obtaining honors from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). This recognition highlights the department's commitment to conservation law enforcement, boating safety, and protecting Illinois' natural resources, surpassing the intense NASBLA standards.


Jed Whitchurch, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement, expressed his pride, stating, "We are honored to receive this accreditation from NASBLA. This validates our pursuit of the highest standards in law enforcement and boating safety. Our officers work tirelessly to uphold conservation laws and ensure waterway safety."


The accreditation process involved a comprehensive assessment of policies, procedures, training programs, and operational practices. NASBLA experts evaluated the department's performance against established benchmarks, demonstrating a commitment to professionalism and competence.


Dave Considine, NASBLA BOAT Program Director, congratulated the Illinois Conservation Police, stating, "We formally accredit the Illinois Conservation Police as meeting or exceeding the national standards within NASBLA's BOAT Program for maritime law enforcement officers. We were impressed with their program."


This accreditation assures Illinois residents and visitors that the Illinois Conservation Police adheres to nationally recognized standards, enhancing waterway safety and benefiting both the public and patrolling officers.

Drivers To Be Alert For Increased Deer Activity

As autumn unfolds in Illinois, high school football and vibrant forests fill the state, but it also marks the onset of deer mating season. To address the heightened risk of deer-related accidents, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) advise motorists to be cautious.


Deer are now more active, particularly during dawn and dusk. Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman warned against sudden steering maneuvers, emphasizing the potential loss of vehicle control. He added, "Always prepare for the unexpected. A deer might stop in the middle of the road or double back. They also frequently travel in groups, so when you see one, there likely are others nearby."


In 2022, Illinois saw 14,524 deer-related crashes, with 13,892 causing property or vehicle damage and 629 resulting in injuries. Tragically, four crashes led to fatalities. This time of year poses the highest risk, with over 40% of such crashes occurring in October, November, and December, with November being the peak. Rural areas witnessed more than 70% of these incidents, mainly during twilight or nighttime.


To ensure driver safety during this critical period, the IDOT and IDNR offer these driving tips.


Stay aware and be vigilant, particularly in deer crossing areas. Check for eye shine on the road's sides, indicating deer presence. Reduce Speed if you spot a deer and expect more. Expect the unexpected and be ready for deer to suddenly stop on the road. Avoid sudden moves, in unavoidable collisions, and try to minimize damage by not swerving.


Deer can appear unexpectedly, so drivers are urged to be cautious, slow down, and stay alert in known deer-crossing zones. By adhering to these guidelines, motorists can reduce the risk of accidents during deer mating season, ensuring safer roads this fall.

Hodson Files Appeal; Case Moves To Appellate Court

A Taylorville man has filed an appeal in court concerning an aggravated DUI that resulted in death. 48-year-old Robert Hodson was in Christian County Court Friday morning where Defense Attorney John Sharp filed the appeal. Hodson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for crossing the center line and hitting 19-year-old Haley Shoot, 20-year-old Zaydin Dudra, and Jade Thomas.  Shoot and Dudra were both fatally injured in the crash.  


The case will now move to the appellate court, where Judge Brad Paisley announced that the Office of the Appellate Defender is appointed to represent Hodson.  Sharp said Hodson would try to hire private counsel. 

Lincoln Land Community College Offering Many Healthcare Programs

Lincoln Land Community College wants the community to know about their many programs that will kick-start students in the healthcare field. Dee Krueger, the Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville says the school offers 25 healthcare certificate programs that range from areas of nursing, occupational therapy, EMT training, and even medical coding.

Krueger takes us through some of the courses offered. She reminds us that these courses are not credited courses but the student, upon completion, will walk away with a certificate making them eligible for the next steps of education or employment.


The field of nursing is very wide ranging and Lincoln Land Community College has plans for most nursing occupations. Krueger describes the medical coding field and options for nurses.


All programs offered by LLCC can utilize the PATH Program which helps students pay for costs that come with taking a college course.



Information about the many fields offered at LLCC or the PATH Program can be found at www.LLCC.edu.

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

Ameren Illinois Shines at International Lineman's Rodeo, Showcases Skills and Compassion

Teams and apprentices from Ameren Illinois made their mark at the International Lineman's Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas, held on October 13-14, 2023. The event saw linemen from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica, and Brazil showcase their skills, promote safety, and raise public awareness. Ameren Illinois participants, under the leadership of retiring VP of Electric Operations Craig Gilson, put on an outstanding performance, earning several accolades and recognition.


Jacob Carr, Buck Rodgers, and Ted Brinkoetter, journeyman linemen from Beardstown, Champaign, and Decatur, respectively, finished fifth overall in the "Best of the Best" competition with a time of 30:38.92. Additionally, Ameren Illinois had eight other teams place in the top 10, and three apprentices secured top 10 spots in individual events. The competition attracted over 1,300 participants, demonstrating their dedication and commitment to their trade.


In a heartwarming gesture, journeyman lineman Jason Novak and VP Craig Gilson led the "Climbin' for Kids" fundraiser before the event, raising more than $107,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This achievement not only highlights the exceptional skills of Ameren Illinois linemen but also their compassion and commitment to making a positive impact in their community. Ameren Illinois serves 1.2 million electric and 807,000 natural gas customers across central and southern Illinois, covering more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles.

WMKR & PBT Announce Pana October Students Of The Month

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR along with People's Bank and Trust are recognizing the Pana Students of the Month for October. The October Pana Students of the Month are Brenna Blackwell, Jaycie Funneman, Isaiah Harbert, and John Berns. 



L - R: Freshman Brenna Blackwell; Sophomore Jaycie Funneman; Junior Isaiah Harbert; Senior John’s Berns, PBT Representati Kyndall Jones

PBT & WTIM Announces THS Students Of The Month For October

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for October. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for October are Zach Braun, Finn Niemann, Ella Davis, and Khloe Moore.




November Events Upcoming For Christian County 4-H

The Christian County 4-H Club is preparing for some new and returning vents for the months of November and December. A Cloverbud Camp for kids ages 5-7 will be held on November 3rd. A committee meeting will be held on November 9th to give the club a chance to speak on programs and operations. And a Banking Class Workshop will get underway on November 9th.

Behind the great many programs is Amanda Cunningham, Youth Program Coordinator for the Christian County 4-H. She began by explaining the Cloverbud Camp and what the youngsters will take from it.


The committee meeting will give parents, 4-Her’s, and the community a chance to advocate for a program or event they would like to see again.


In an effort to supply 4-Her’s with relevant and useful life skills, the Banking Workshop will cover the basics of handling funds, says Cunningham.


all events and information can be found online at extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/4-h-christian-county.

Amanda Cunningham appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Local Halloween Events For Taylorville Area

Taylorville will be busy with Halloween Trunk or Treats and celebratory events for the weekend and the day of Halloween. These are the local Halloween events coming to Taylorville and the surrounding communities.




Trick or Treating for the nights of the 30th and 31st runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Friday, October 27th, Trunk or Treat at the Christian County YMCA, located at 900 McAdams Drive in Taylorville, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 28th, A spooktacular Monster Bash with the Taylorville Police Department and the Taylorville Fire Department, located at the TFD located at 202 North Main Street from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 28th, Spooktacular Halloween Promenade and Costume Contest located on the Taylorville Square, starting at 5:30 p.m..


Saturday, October 28th, Trunk or Treat at the Faith Community Worship Center, located at 2493 South Spresser, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 29th, Trunk or Treat at the First United Methodist Church, located at 200 South Walnut Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 


Sunday, October 29th, Trunk or Treat with Cub Scout Pack 4495 at the Taylorville VFW, located at 515 North West Avenue, 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 


Tuesday, October 31st, Trunk or Treat with Taylorville Care Center, located at 600 South Houston Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 


Tuesday, October 31st,  Trunk or Treat at the Calvary Baptist Church, located at 930 Haner Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m.


Taylorville trick-or-treating is October 30th and 31st. 




October 31st    6 - 8 pm    Windsor's Trick or Treat Night.

October 31st**    6 - 8 pm    Safe Trick or Treat at Villas of Holly Brook. 

October 31st**    5 - 8 pm    Shelbyville's Trick or Treat Night.

October 31st*    6 - 8 pm    Stewardson's Trick or Treat Night.

October 31st    6 - 8 pm    Findlay's Trick or Treat Night. 

October 31st*    6 - 8 pm    Strasburg's Trick or Treat Night.

October 30th & 31st    5 - 8 pm    Tower Hill's Trick or Treat Night.



October 30th & 31st  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Nights



This list is not comprehensive of all events coming to Taylorville or the surrounding area, so if you have an event for the kiddos in costume, make sure to leave it in the comments or email wtim@randyradio.com to have the event added.

Community Colleges Helping Economic Development in Christian County

Community colleges continue to be poised to help the economic development of communities around the country, and that is no different in Christian County.


The 2 community colleges whose districts include parts of Christian County—Lincoln Land Community College and Lake Land College—had representatives at last week's Christian County Economic Development Corporation board meeting.


Lincoln Land's Dee Krueger who heads up the Taylorville campus, and the president of Lake Land College Doctor Josh Bullock, told Regional Radio News that the community college is here to prepare both students and employees.



Both colleges already have established great partnerships with businesses in Christian County and thru-out their districts.



Both Krueger and Dr. Bullock are board members of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation.

Taylorville Police Give Update; Urge Locked Car Doors

The Community Action Team, comprised of members of Morrisonville, Kincaid, Edinburg, Stonington, Assumption, and Taylorville police got together to work on the threat of drugs in Central Illinois.  37-year-old Wade Bottoms of Taylorville was arrested for armed violence, a Class X felony, and possession of methamphetamine. 


Taylorville Police are also urging residents to lock their doors, especially in vehicles.  TPD reported that by Lake Taylorville on White Oaks Drive, two vehicles were stolen and vehicles were rummaged through.  One vehicle was located at an abandoned building in St. Louis.  A stolen vehicle was also recovered from Findlay.  


TPD says to lock car doors, and never leave your keys in your car unless you are in the car as well. 

Social Security Administration Gives Financial Fraud Awareness Tips

The Social Security Administration is reminding older citizens of the growing issue that is financial crime. Financial scams are affecting older individuals, especially those living with dementia. As cognitive and mental functions fade, these citizens become more vulnerable to someone acting maliciously.

Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration says victims of fraud who are 80 years of age or older lose an average of $39,200 every year. Many times these crimes go unnoticed as the funds make their way out of innocent people's accounts.


Those looking after a person with dementia will often need to be aware of their financial information to be aware of discrepancies that may be a sign of financial abuse. Myers notes that the advice given will require difficult conversations that may regard the independence of an individual.


Myers recommends that those who are vulnerable to financial scams to also sign up for the “Do Not Call” program that will shield that person from unnecessary fraudulent calls, Myers notes that the Do Not Call site will not end all scam calls.
For information about financial scams visit the Social Security Website at www.ssa.gov.

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


Central A & M School District Staff Visit Kemmerer Village

 Teachers and Staff of the Central A & M School District recently had the opportunity to visit the campus of Kemmerer Village and hear from a guest speaker, reigniting their passion for what they do every day in the classroom. Kemmerer Village lives by the saying, “Every child is one caring adult away from a success story,” and for educators this could not be a more powerful message.


Attending the Kemmerer Village trip was Sacha Young, First Year Central A & M School District Superintendent, and many other Central A& M staff members. Young described how Josh Shipp, guest speaker at the event, was able to provide powerful words during their time on the campus.



Discussions ensued over how to help children struggling in foster care situations. Young says the staff was challenged by putting themselves in the place of the “caring adult” who is there to make a difference.



Young describes the reactions from the educators and staff.



Sacha Young says the teachers and staff of the Central A & M School District appreciated their time at Kemmerer Village and now enter their classrooms with a new passion for being each child's caring adult.


Sacha Young appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

FFA Members Attend Leadership Training

On October 18, 2023, forty Taylorville FFA members attended Leadership Training School at Maroa High School. Members had the opportunity to meet and network with other FFA members in Section 16, a group of 18 FFA chapters surrounding Taylorville. While attending LTS, members also participated in workshops focusing on Team Building, Communication, and Adaptability in leadership positions. 


Each exercise was led by either a section or local chapter officer. The team building exercise demonstrated the importance of relying on team members to accomplish a common goal. Members were asked to take a pool noodle section and use the noodle to transport a marble across the room into a solo cup. Members had to work together, and every teammate had to touch the marble twice with their noodles. The activity encouraged teamwork and creative thinking which enhanced the leadership abilities of many Taylorville FFA members. The communication exercise consisted of 5 groups of 4 students. 


The students were assigned the task of creating a step-by-step plan for the workshop leader to follow to successfully make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The group members had to work together to make very detailed instructions, but many groups failed. The lesson was that in order to work together and be efficient in our practice, we need to communicate with one another and be specific to keep all members involved and productive. 


The adaptability exercise was led by Taylorville FFA Co-President, and Section 16 Sentinel, Abby Norris. Each student was assigned a number as they walked in the door and were to find a desk with their corresponding number. After groups were formed, Abby told the groups to have member number 1 close their eyes and all 4 table members were to hold the same marker and write “FFA” on paper. Next, members 1 and 2 had to turn around and still write using the same marker with the remaining members. 


This workshop illustrated that complications arise in all forms of business, but being adaptable will ensure tasks are completed. Overall, LTS is a great experience for all FFA members and teaches valuable skills to work in a group or organization setting. 

Report at CCEDC Annual Meeting: City of Assumption Establishing New Residential Subdivision

The City of Assumption is seeing retail growth, and is positioning itself for residential growth as well.   That's what mayor Derek Page told the Christian County Economic Development Corpooration board at last week's annual meeting.


Page visited with Regional Radio News after that meeting about a adding a new subdivision in Assumption. 



Find out more on the C-C-E-D-C on-line by clicking HERE.

Christian County ZBA Meets; Discusses Solar Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday evening to consider special use permits concerning Solar.  Three requests were considered. Skyline Solar was approved with some changes including the location of the interface connection to Ameren lines and a move for an access road to the south of the property. Many residents of Christian County attended the meeting and spoke up concerning the project saying that they were fine with the project but didn’t want it near their homes. They also felt that the solar farms would decrease their property value.


A special use permit for Pivot Energy was denied.  This would have been a solar project that would have been built on the southwest side of Pana. No one from Pivot Energy spoke concerning the solar project.  


SangChris Energy Center gave their project last. The plan would be to be built three miles directly south fo the current Dominion Power Plant between Kincaid and Pawnee.  Power would be available from 4-5,000 acres of solar panels nearby.  The company says they are concerned about mine subsidence but doesn’t feel that it will be a big problem.  They have also coordinated with local fire departments to handle any emergency plans. All units are self-contained and any fire could be contained inside the building without spreading. 


After much discussion, the SangChris energy project was tabled as the committee wanted to spend more time discussing the issue and learning about some of the other parts of the project going on. 

Effingham Man Charged With A Dozen Crimes Connected With Child Pornography

An Effingham man has been charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography and possession of ten counts of child pornography.  Attorney General Kwame Raoul, has charged 25-year-old Dallas R. Campbell with two Class X felonies, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and the ten Class 2 felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison each. 


Campbell’s home on the 200 block of North Banker Street in Effingham was searched on Thursday, October 19th by investigators and the Effingham Police Department.  He was arrested due to evidence on an electronic device.


The case is part of Kwame Raoul’s ongoing work, in collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement officials throughout Illinois, to apprehend offenders who download and trade child pornography online. Since 2019, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has received more than 35,000 CyberTips and has been involved in more than 600 arrests of sexual predators.  Since 2006,m there have been more than 1,900 arrests of sexual predators. Find out more at www.cybertipline.com or www.childrensadvocacycentersofillinois.org. 


Attorney General Raoul’s office is co-prosecuting this case with the Effingham County State’s Attorney, Aaron Jones. Assistant Attorney General Agnes Bugaj and Investigator Amanda Wimmersberg are handling the case for Raoul’s High Tech Crimes Bureau.  


Campbell is currently detained at the Effingham County Jail and his next court date is set for October 26th. 

SHADOW Home Executive Director Shares with Taylorville Kiwanis Members at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Executive Director of the SHADOW Home for Women and Children in Taylorville, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Vickie Jackson has been the home’s Executive Director for 5 years.   The faith-based home was founded in 2001, and has 15 volunteers that cover round-the-clock services.  


Jackson told the Kiwanis members the home holds up to eleven guests, with only women and children accepted.  She said the guests must apply in advance, adding it’s not an instant shelter.   Jackson also said guests must set goals and follow guidelines in order to stay.  


Guests participate in a weekly Bible Study, as well as training in life and organizational skills.


Jackson said the home always accepts donations of paper products, cleaning supplies and cash.   The SHADOW Home was the recent recipient of a 500-dollar grant from the Taylorville Kiwanis Club to repair the home’s playground fence.


Jackson was hosted by Kiwanis program chair Alec Myers.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reminds parents it will again be participating in the Taylorville Moose Lodge “Trunk or Treat” taking place October 29th from 4 to 6pmat the Lodge.  


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.     

Safe Passage in Taylorville Spreads Success To More Communities

Safe Passage in Taylorville is dedicated to serving citizens struggling with addiction, helping them get back on their feet by aiding in legal counsel, employment, and even custody. Since the start of the Safe Passage program in 2019, Denise Evans, the Director, and the coordinators have helped some 800 people return to sobriety.

Denise Evans has spoken about expanding the Safe Passage services to police departments around the state. As Safe Passage began to heal people in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties, the City of Clinton has recently got on board.
Evans speaks on the process it takes to get the program into more cities, and her recent conversation with Ben Lowers, the Clinton Chief of Police.


Now that Evans’ goal of expanding Safe Passage into more police departments around the state, recovered addicts will be recognized through an outreach blitz to market these success stories showing that the same success can be obtained in different towns.


In the communities that have gotten involved with Safe Passage, many have expanded with more facilities to accommodate citizens with outpatient programs. With the positive response from Clinton Police Chief Lowers and the continued support from Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, the Safe Passage program has the momentum it needs.


Evans reminds citizens that the Safe Passage services are always here to help those struggling with addiction. Those looking for help can walk into the Taylorville Police Station for help with their situation while not being detained for their history.

To contact Taylorville Police Department call 217-824-2211. To contact Denise Evans call 217-638-3247.

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

Points Of Focus For Fall Veto Session

Illinois Congress has entered into the Fall Veto Session officially this week as Republicans and Democrats vote on local, state, and national policies.

To provide insight into this year's Fall Veto Session, Dr. Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus for the University of Illinois Springfield describes the basics of the sessions and the types of legislation that will be brought up.


Policies to be aware of for this Fall Veto Session include collective bargaining, scholarship money for low-income students, and policies regarding healthcare insurance, rent control, and firearm possession prohibitions.


Redfield explains that a 60% vote is required from both chambers before a bill can take effect immediately.

Another aspect that will be a focus of the veto session will be ethics bills from Republicans concerning former Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan.


The Fall Veto Session will hold its legislation sessions on October 24,25,26 and November 7,8,9.

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


Report at Christian County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting: Pana Abuzz with Retail and Industrial Activity

The City of Pana is abuzz with economic development activity.   That report was shared to the Christian County Economic Development Corporation board at their annual meeting last week.


Economic Development Director for the City of Pana, Kirby Casner, visited with Regional Radio News after last week's meeting, to discuss what she told C-C-E-D-C board members about Pana's growth.



Find out more on the C-C-E-D-C on-line by clicking HERE.

Taylorville Park Board Meets on Monday Night

The Taylorville Park Board of Trustees met on Monday night. They started by talking about the IEPA Document Explorer site for facilities, they also approved minutes as well as approved reports.


They started by getting into the IEPA Document Explorer site for facilities, which is a site for all documents involved in the Ameren Remediation Project. The park board is currently reviewing these documents. 



The board then moved into reports, during the maintenance reports it was stated that the new camera work from August is starting to be put in as well as progress is being made on the dog park.


Recreation Director Bailey Hancock reported on the conclusion of the fall season as well as the transition toward Christmas in the park



The next meeting is set for November 27th.

Shelbyville's Festival of Lights Returns Better and Brighter

One of Shelbyville’s largest holiday features will be making its way soon to Forest Park in Shelbyville. The Festival of Lights will be available to view from November 17th to December 31st, 2023. The lights will be on display from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Bill Bly, Director of Operations for the Festival of Lights has been involved for 20 years, Bly explained his role and how the festival got its start.


Bly says this year will be better and brighter than years past, saying citizens will be surprised with the final result.


Past Festival of Light events have included different modes of transportation through the display to get all members of the community involved. Bly says he would enjoy seeing the senior citizen communities travel through on their buses.

Bill Bly appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Taylorville Park District Set to Meet on Monday

The Taylorville Park Board is set to meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. After reviewing minutes and the treasurer’s report. The board will go over the IEPA document explorer site for facilities.
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. They will then hold the first meeting of the Park District Efficiency Committee  
Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this meeting after the conclusion.

Taylorville Mayor Gives Growth Update at Christian County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting

Community leaders from thru-out Christian County gave reports on economic development in their towns, during last week's Christian County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting.


Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry told Regional Radio News he shared several positive things going on in the Christian County seat.



Other town representatives from Pana and Assumption also shared plans for continued growth in their communities, during last week's meeting.


Find out more on the C-C-E-D-C on-line by clicking HERE.

Shelbyville Public Library Brings New Programs

The Shelbyville Public Library has begun sharing programs with other area libraries to promote more activities and events for the community to enjoy. A new program has made its way to the Shelbyville Public Library that will take readers through true crime stories.

Monica Cameron, Directory of the Shelbyville Public Library is happy to be getting more programs out for the public and mentions that the libraries are not in competition, their only goal is to get the public in the doors to use their services.


Cameron reminisced on the great true crime program that allowed attendees to either take the true crime material they wanted and leave or to stay and discuss their favorite parts of the stories.


The Shelbyville Public Library has programs for students when early release school days leave them alone for an extra hour. Recently, the library held a Styrofoam spider creation project.


For all programs and events coming to the Shelbyville Public Library, visit their website at www.shelbyvillelibrary.org/. The Library is located at 154 North Broadway in Shelbyville.

Monica Cameron appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown studios in Shelbyville.

WTIM's Leroy Kleimola Nominated for Statewide Award by Illinois Broadcasters Association

WTIM Radio's news and sports reporter Leroy Kleimola has been nominated for an award by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  His 2022 story about a family seeking justice in the death of a 3-year-old, was named a finalist in the I-B-A's Small Market Radio nominations for Best Spot Radio News coverage.

It's the 2nd time in 3 years that Kleimola has been nominated for or won an award for best spot radio news coverage in the state.   

WTIM won an award from the I-B-A in 2019 for its hours of live coverage of the December First, 2018 tornado as well as a Community Service Award.   Kleimola won an award for Best Spot Radio News coverage in 2020 for his story on the George Floyd march in Taylorville.   In 2021, former WTIM play by play announcer Avery Cooper won the station an award for best small market play-by-play.  And, this year, Kleimola is again nominated in the Best Spot Radio News coverage among small market radio stations in Illinois.

Award winners will be announced at the I-B-A Convention next week in Bloomington-Normal.

New CCEDC Executive Director Gives First Report to Board at Annual Meeting

It was the first report for newly appointed Executive Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, when he addressed the board at the organization's annual meeting Thursday in Taylorville.


Hart told Regional Radio News after the meeting, he's reaching out to both existing businesses and those wanting to operate in Christian County.



Find information on the Christian County Economic Development Corporation on-line by clicking HERE.

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Reaches Record Number Sales

Looking back on a successful 2023 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, some official chili numbers have been calculated, notes for improvements next year have been made and a vast number of volunteers and community members are left to thank.

Saturday of Chillifest had J.I. McDowell, Owner of Angelo’s in Taylorville, and his crew were working hard as a new record of chili was made and sold for day one, 12 batches of chili were made on Saturday, at 22 gallons of chili per batch, that made for about 4,500 bowls of chili served. 950 pounds of ground meat was used during Chillifest weekend and McDowell called Ron’s Produce a game changer as all food items stayed fresh for the two-day event in Ron’s refrigerated truck.

Linda Allen, Executive Director of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce was pleased with the layout of Chillifest this year as the flow of people was not interrupted and the chili tent was able to keep pushing out the Chili.


J.I. McDowell is a veteran at Chillifest and had assembled his workers who have had experience with high-volume crowds and a fast-paced environment.


With close to 140 vendors, Allen was extremely happy to see the participation from the community and the businesses that made the day special. Allen reminds us that the 40th Chillifest is coming in 2025.


Information about Chillifest can be found on the Facebook page titled, Taylorville Chillifest.

Linda Allen and J.I. McDowell appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Ameren Offering Google Nest Thermostat

With winter on its way, you can prepare for the heating season by taking advantage of a Google Nest Thermostat at no cost today, thanks to Ameren Illinois. Thanks to a partnership with Google, qualifying Ameren Illinois customers can visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/SaveNow to get a no-cost smart thermostat.  It’s 100% no cost. Angie Ostaszewski, Energy Efficiency Advisor for Ameren explains that a smart thermostat has added bonuses.



Rob Kelter with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, says that the Google Nest Thermostat not only helps with saving money, it’s good for the environment too.  



There are many benefits to having a Google Nest Thermostat by setting things up for when you leave your house. 



Again, visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/Savenow to get a no-cost smart thermostat between now and November 30th. 

Christian County Sheriff's Department With Halloween Safety Tips

The Christian County Sheriff's Department has some Halloween safety tips for the month of October. Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriffs Department reminds kids and families participating in Trick or Treating, or Trunk or Treating, to be aware of their surroundings, watch for vehicles, and add a light source to the kiddos in costume to make them more visible.

The community is reminded to travel in groups when heading out for the candy haul and to be aware of houses not to visit. Chief Deputy Baker added that the community should use the Christian County Sheriff’s app which will provide a map of the area.


Chief Deputy Baker explained that the many local Trunk or Treats provide a safe space for kids and adults to relax and enjoy collecting candy, while not worrying about the variables that come with going house to house.


Chief Deputy Jim Baker and the Christian County Sheriffs Department wish for a happy and safe Halloween, which will come easy to those who put safety first.

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


Slow Cooker Tips And Tricks

If you have an old slow cooker that you haven’t used in a while, now is a good time to dust it off and bring it upstairs.  Crockpot introduced the slow cooker in the 1970s and the University of Illinois is giving some tips on how to use your slow cooker.  First things first test to see if your slow cooker still works.  Do that by filling it with 1/2-2/3rds of water putting the lid on it and turning the dial to low for eight hours.  After eight hours if the water temperature reads below 185 degrees it is time to replace it. 


Avoid lifting the lid during cooking.  The tight-fitted glass lid allows condensation to form and creates a water seal for a slow cooker to work correctly.  The tight-fitted glass lid keeps the heat in and every time it's lifted the temperature drops 10-15 degrees.  This also adds an additional 30 minutes to cooking time. 


Try not to put frozen meat in a slow cooker.  A slow cooker slowly cooks meat for 4 hours until it reaches a simmer point.  Frozen meat will not reach a safe temperature fast enough, and harmful bacteria could grow.  Slow cookers are useful all year round and it's easy to create a delicious meal during a busy week.  Soup is one of the most popular uses for a slow cooker, it can also be used to break down lean meat, for hot beverages, as a rice cooker, or even keep hot food hot after it is cooked.  


Always preheat a slow cooker if you are using it for hot holding food, and do not reheat leftovers in the slow cooker itself.  Find out more by visiting extension.illinois.edu/food or call your local extension office. 

Taylorville Junior High To Put On Veterans Breakfast

There will be a Veterans Day Breakfast put on by the Taylorville Junior High at 7:30 AM on November 6th, 2023.  The event will take place in the Taylorville Junior High School cafeteria.  Those attending should call the junior high at 217-824-4924 by Thursday, November 2nd.  Reservations need to include the name of the veteran, the number of family members attending, branch of service, and any special accommodations that might be needed.  The school is asking that veterans and their families park in the back parking lot and use the east entrance near North School to enter the building where escorts will show attendees to the cafeteria for breakfast and a short program. 

Christian County Economic Development Corporation Holds Annual Meeting, Reviews Recent Efforts

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation board held their annual meeting this afternoon at the People's Bank and Trust meeting room in Taylorville, to review economic development efforts going on thru-out the county.


President of the organization John Gardner told Regional Radio News after the meeting the group is funded by local investors who directs its efforts.



Gardner added the annual meeting went very well.



Gardner said the report given from Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry was encouraging.



Pana has seen its share of successes as well according to the report shared at the annual meeting.



The City of Assumption is also making strides in economic development according to the report shared at the C-C-E-D-C annual meeting.



Gardner stressed all the reports heard at the annual meeting were about one thing—jobs--with newly appointed Executive Director Matt Hart leading the effort.



Find out more on the Christian County Economic Development Corporation by clicking HERE.

No Safety Concerns For Taylorville High School; Code Yellow Lifted

It was announced today, at 11:13 A.M,  that Taylorville High School has been placed on a Code Yellow, Soft Lockdown. Reports from Taylorville High School say two students were arguing about an alleged airsoft gun that was in one of the students' lockers. The student who had said he was in possession of the airsoft gun told the administration he was joking about the comment. Both students' lockers were searched and the Taylorville Police Department has confirmed that there are no weapons found anywhere and there is no threat to any student or staff.


Taylorville High School has resumed normal classroom operations and the Soft Lockdown has been lifted.


Taylorville High School Administration states that the safety and security of THS students and staff are always of their utmost concern.

Christian County YMCA Holds First Adult Education Seminar

The Christian County YMCA’s Endowment Committee recently held their first Estate Planning Seminar, in an effort to begin providing educational opportunities for active, older adults looking to prepare their families for success in the future.

The guest speaker at the Estate Planning Seminar was David Edwards, an Estate Planning Professional and Elder Law Attorney. In the seminar, Edwards covered the following aspects of estate planning: designating beneficiaries, organization and design of an estate, will and trust information, charitable giving, directions for handling IRAs and appreciated stocks, real estate deeds, and life insurance plans.

With even more topics involved on the day of the Estate Planning Seminar, the Christian County YMCA is holding true to their mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build up a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Illinois State Treasurer Elected As President Of National Association Of State Treasurers

The Illinois State Treasurer, Mike Frerichs, has been elected as President of the National Association of State Treasures, a bi-partisan group made up of Treasures, Comptrollers, and State Auditors. Frerichs was first elected as the Illinois State Treasurer in November of 2014 and has successfully held the position through two elections.

Frerichs is a frequent guest on the Miller Media Groups, WTIM Morning Show, and has advocated for programs such as college savings funds, retirement, disability, and unclaimed property.

Treasure Frerichs says he is honored to be leading this group.


Frerichs expands on his focus and goals as the President of the National Association of State Treasures, staying consistent with the plans he has been advocating for since taking office.


The State Treasure has been dedicated to returning money to the citizens of Illinois that belongs to them through unclaimed property and savings bonds.

With clear goals and constant efforts to reach important milestones, the citizens of Illinois can be confident that their funds are in good hands.


Wrights Furniture To Hold Trunk or Treat This Weekend

Wright’s Furniture here in Taylorville will be hosting a Trunk or Treat, outside of their business this Saturday, October 21st, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A costume contest for the kids and cars, a photo booth, Nesty’s Burger Joint food truck, and a family-friendly environment are to be expected for the start of the Halloween celebration season.

Sandy Carter, a saleswoman at Wright’s Furniture says this is the first of hopefully many Trunk or Treats for the company. Carter says the grounds of the event will be pet-friendly. The call is also being made for more vehicles to give out treats. Carter says getting involved is easy and more candy stops will make for a better day.


Carter will be more like “Sandy the Scarecrow” on the day of the Trunk or Treat as she will be taking the pictures for the photo booth.


Wright’s Furniture is located at 400 North Webster Street in Taylorville.
For details about the Trunk or Treat this weekend or to become a car to give away candy, call Wrights Furniture at 217-824-9123, or email Sandy Carter at sondra@wrightsfruinture.com.

Sandy Carter appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

East Point Energy Hopes To Bring Battery Storage System To Christian County

A new battery energy storage system is hoping to be built in Christian County.  East Point Energy is presenting a special use permit application for the SangChris Energy Center which would be built near the Kincaid Power Station.  Will Frost, Project Developer, says that the project will help future solar and wind farms.



Frost says Christian County was selected because of the retiring Kincaid Power Station.



The ZBA Public Hearing will take place on October 24th, at 6 PM.



The project will be built in South Fork Township.  For more information, visit www.sangchrisenergycenter.com.  

Christian County Crimestoppers, Christian County Sheriff's Office Announce Joint Effort for "Crime of Week"

Christian County Crimestoppers and the Christian County Sheriff's Office this week announced a joint effort to post the "Crime of the Week" on the C-C-S-D mobile app.


The effort culimated after Chief Deputy Jim Baker spoke at a recent Christian County Crimestoppers meeting.


Pictured are Chief Deputy Jim Baker (left) and Crimestoppers Coordinator Alan Mills (right).


The Crimestoppers "Crime of the Week" is also featured several times a day on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations.


Find more information on the "Crime of the Week" on-line at christiancountycrimestoppers.org.

Taylorville Mayor Discusses Ameren Remediation Project Stoppage

After discussion and stoppage of the Ameren Remediation Project taking place in Taylorville, the area will undergo third-party testing to understand if there are any reasons to believe there are unsafe conditions.


Behind the stoppage of work was the Mayor of Taylorville, Bruce Barry.


Since the work has ceased a special park board meeting took place where a unanimous vote approved the hiring of an individual to test the site's air.

Mayor Barry says that he heard the community and in order to not re-live past events, halting the project until further review was the best option. Mayor Barry says a meeting will take place concerning the Ameren project this Thursday.


Ameren of Illinois has been a loyal provider for Taylorville for some years and Mayor Barry does not see any reason why Ameren would participate in an act that would harm that relationship.


Mayor Barry says he is taking the issue seriously as he and the town understand how important being thorough in this investigation will be.

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

Macon County Conservation District Providing Education Through Nature

Events are coming this weekend to the Macon County Conservation District’s great parks, that look to get the family out in unfamiliar nature settings. This Saturday, October 21st, a Snake and Turtle Show will make its way to the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur at 2:00 p.m. The Creatures of the Night Hike will get started the following night, Sunday, October 22nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Friends Creek Conservation Area in Argenta.

Alysia Callison is the Program Director for the Macon County Conservation District and is excited to offer these family-friendly events. She says that the reptiles on display will be there for education and for the kiddos to feel the skin and shell.


Sunday evening events will take attendees through the Friends Creek Conservation Area to witness wildlife at night and pay a visit to the nocturnal friends. Callison reminds attendees to bring proper footwear and urges against recreational light usage, as all the human senses look to be put to the test.


Registration for the Snake and Turtle Show and the Creatures of the Night Hike is required and can be found at maconcountyconservation.org.

Rock Springs Nature Center is located at 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur. Friends Creek Conservation Area is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Road in Argenta.

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

Illinois State Treasurer's Office Making Plans For The Golden Years

Those looking to enjoy their golden years with financial freedom will need to understand proper saving tactics, luckily the State of Illinois is making that easy. At retirement, Social Security benefits will most likely not be enough to keep up with that person's regular spending, leading to less overall spending that will come as a detriment to the economy.

The Illinois State Treasurer's Office and Mike Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, are sending out the message to employers and employees that do not offer or have 401(K's), to enroll for the Illinois Safe Choice Alternative, the Illinois way to do 401(K). Frerichs says that these funds will gather compounding interest from funds taken directly out of the worker's paycheck and into the savings account.


Frerichs says that in order for retired people to continue their same standard of living, a savings account must be developed. The lack of savings has also caused for later exits from the workplace, causing fewer job opportunities for younger people.


For those young people looking to get into the workforce, many of them have been helped by the Illinois State Treasurer's Office by utilizing their college savings programs. Frerichs speaks about the massive influx in dollars into these savings accounts since he took the Treasures Office in 2015, creating more learners with an investment in them.


For more information about the Safe Choice Alternative Saving Program make sure to visit tax.illinois.gov/businesses/securechoiceprogramenforcement.

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

COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Offered AT Christian County Health Department

As the cold, RSV and Covid-19 season roll around the Christian County Health Department is expected to be stocked with the vaccines to keep families safe. Free vaccinations given out from the beginning stages of the pandemic are over, and now primary care providers and pharmacies are requiring a fee for these immunizations. The Christian County Health Department is here to help those who are uninsured or under-insured with the VFC Bridge Program.

Dr. Chad Anderson is the Public health Administrator for the Christian County Health Department and discussed how the public had expressed a need for COVID-19 vaccines and upon these requests, more have been ordered and a waitlist has been created.


Dr. Anderson is pleased to be able to offer these vaccines during the season and directs all questions to the Christian County Health Department.


For information on vaccines offered by the Christian County Health Department, visit their website at cchdil.org. Or call 217-824-4113.

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

Christian County Board Meets; Discusses Lincoln, Collective Bargaining, And Announces New Board Members

The Christian County board met on Tuesday evening to discuss business, review committee reports, and announce appointments. The meeting took place at the courthouse and all board members were present except Miranda Langen. A wonderful donation from Jeff and Patricia Webb was presented to the board by Judge Ron Spears concerning a new portrait of Abraham Lincoln taken by George Peter Alexander or GPA Healy.  



Judge Spears said he was excited to have this painting in the Lincoln wing of the courthouse.

Chairman Bryan Sharp announced that Clint Gabriel was appointed to District 1 and Ray Koonce was appointed to District 3.  Both gentlemen say they are excited to be on the board. 



There was a heavy discussion concerning a nonbargaining ordinance. Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen spoke about the issue saying that it was unfair.  She urged the board to table the motion as she didn’t want to see penalties for being new. 



After much discussion, the board recommended changes concerning how salaries would be given out for year one and subsequent years.  They also agreed to talk about more in the future concerning how salaries were paid out. Sharp also says that they are aware of the Ameren Remediation Site and are working to get answers.



The next county board meeting is Tuesday, November 21st, 2023.  



Missouri Man Sentenced For Attempting To Sell Meth In Taylorville

A Cuba, Missouri man was sentenced on October 13, 2023, to ten years in federal prison consisting of 5 years imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and five years imprisonment for possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug crime.  65-year-old Raymond Toth was sentenced by United States District Judge Colleen R. Lawless, who ordered that Toth also serve four years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence. 


Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing showed that Toth brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Missouri to Taylorville for others to distribute in central Illinois.  Toth was responsible for helping to distribute nearly 8 pounds of pure meth. Toth also possessed a 9mm handgun when he was arrested in a Pana parking lot with 756 grams of methamphetamine. 


Toth was indicted in June 2018 and pleaded guilty in June 2023. He has been detained and is in the custody of the United States Marshal since May 24, 2018. Toth’s co-defendants Randy Hammond, Macy Sweitzer, and Claudette Borders were previously sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy, and co-defendant Jesse Stoldorf is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20, 2023.


The statutory penalties for conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of actual methamphetamine are not less than five and up to forty years imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release. The penalties for possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug crime are up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.


This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Springfield Resident Office; the Illinois State Police; the Christian County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office; the Taylorville, Illinois, Police Department; and the Pana, Illinois, Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from THS Ag Instructor, FFA Advisor at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville High School ag instructor and FFA advisor at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Sue Schafer has spent some 28 years as a teacher with 25 of those at Taylorville High School.   Before teaching, she grew up on a cattle and grain farm in northern Illinois.


Schafer gave credit for the Taylorville FFA Chapter’s success, to the strong community support they’ve been given, plus the fellow teachers at T-H-S, and great students.


Schafer told the Kiwanis Club the backbone to success for the Taylorville FFA Chapter is the work ethic of everyone involved.


She shared with Kiwanis members several award nominations that have been won by Taylorville FFA members, with the award winners to be announced at next month’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.  Tanner Mickey is among the top 4 in the nation in the “American Star” award, and he’ll find out if he wins the top title.   Taylorville FFA member Jay Bliler is among the top 4 in the nation for the FFA “National Proficiency” award which will be announced next month. 


And, the Taylorville FFA Chapter is also in line for the FFA “National Science Fair” award being among the Top 10 in the nation; and the FFA “Premier National Chapter” award being among the Top Three in the nation. 


Schafer added the Taylorville FFA Chapter’s Mentoring Program won the “Meet the Interview World” award where 30 to 35 community members help FFA members to learn and practice interviewing skills. She said the local chapter will have the most recipients at the National FFA Convention of any FFA club in Illinois, with 23 chapter members attending the four day convention.  10 community volunteers and 40 students will also be bused to Indianapolis for one day of the convention next month.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club also announced it will again be participating in the Taylorville Moose Lodge “Trunk or Treat” taking place October 29th at the Lodge.  


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 YMCA To Hold Trunk or Treat

The Christian County YMCA will soon be host to some great yearly events that get the community involved. For the second year in a row, the CC YMCA will hold a Trunk or Treat outside of the YMCA, on Friday, October 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Andrea Bach, Associate Executive Director for the CC YMCA says that the turnout for last year's Trunk or Treat was positive and they are excited to be hosting once again. Bach says that the YMCA is requesting an RSVP for cars that look to be giving away candy.


Bach says that the Trunk or Treat experience provides a safe and familiar atmosphere for those on a mission for candy.


for information about the CC YMCA’s Trunk or Treat make sure to contact the YMCA at 217-287-7271.

Andrea Bach appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois Ag In The Classroom Receives Helpful Grant

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program, is dedicated to teaching kids about agriculture and has received a financial boost through the Illinois Agriculture Foundation grants. 80 county coalitions serving 89 Illinois counties were awarded $647,000 in grants for materials, training, and educational activities during the 2023-2024 school year, in those counties is Christian County. The grants aim to support teachers in integrating agriculture into their classrooms.


Kevin Daugherty, IAITC Education Director, emphasized the importance of these grants in providing teachers with the resources needed for effective agricultural education. Last year, the IAITC program engaged 582,594 students and 40,046 teachers, and county IAITC programs presented 28,848 programs across the state, enhancing students' understanding of agriculture's role.


The IA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, funds these grants. Susan Moore, IAA Foundation Director, highlighted the significance of consistent funding, underscoring the positive impact the program has on students and agriculture education.


Partner organizations supporting the program include the Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, University of Illinois Extension, and various agricultural associations. Annual donors from the agribusiness community and individuals passionate about agriculture's future also contribute to the program's success.


For contributions to the IAITC program, visit www.iaafoundation.org. To learn more about the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program, visit www.agintheclassroom.org.


The IA/TC program's growth is pivotal for promoting agricultural education among Illinois youth.

Christian County Board To Meet This Evening

The Christian County Board is set to meet this evening at 6:30 at the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville to discuss business, review ordinance, and hear from the public.  After approval of minutes, public comments, and appointment announcements, the board will look at some ZBA amendments.  


During committee reports, the board will discuss a Halloween parade, solid waste, zoning, highway, and courthouse business. The board will also hear from EMA, go over ordinance amendments, and take a look at a proposed amendment to the zoning code.  


During new business, the board will go over economic development concerning the enterprise zone, and any other business that gets brought before the board. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the meeting. 

Taylorville City Council Meets; Recognizes Junior High Cross Country Team

The Taylorville Junior High Cross Country team was honored at City Council this evening during a short Taylorville City Council Meeting.  An ordinance adding section 3-3-21 for limiting the number of liquor licenses with video gaming was tabled for the full council to appear as both Megan Bryant and Doug Brown missed the meeting.


During City Attorney Update, Rocci Romano informed the council that the IRS is trying to give the city a penalty for $66,000 for failure to submit W2 requirements by January 31st, 2022.  Romano says they’re going to look into this. 



Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry praised Chillifest, saying that it was one of the best events he attended. He also says that he continues to work with the EPA to get everything taken care of on the Ameren Remediation Project.



All motions set in front of the board under committee reports were approved. The council went into closed session to discuss salaries for the Taylorville Police Department. The next City Council meeting is set for November 6th. 

Concert Coming To Shelbyville Chautauqua

The newly renovated Chautauqua in Shelbyville will soon be hosting a concert with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a popular band in Central Illinois. The concert will take place next weekend, Saturday, October 21st. The Show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will run until 10:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

Freddie Fry is the Director of the Shelby County Office of Tourism and notes that a food truck and beverages will be on hand at the Chautauqua during the concert.


Fry says the weather calls for perfect conditions for dancing or enjoying the musical humor band. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Information about the Chautauqua events can be found on the Chautauqua Facebook page titled Shelbyville Chautauqua.

Freddie Fry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from our Downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Stay Safe Against Covid, Flu, And RSV This Fall

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that although COVID hospitalizations are at a low level across the state, Illinoisans should go ahead and start to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus and other respiratory illnesses.  According to the CDC, all Illinois counties are currently at a low level for COVID-19 hospitalizations and the total number of hospitalizations for the week was at 566 across the state down almost 14 percent.  As fall begins, IDPH will continue to monitor the data.  They are also looking at other respiratory illnesses including flu and RSV. 


The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended newly reformulated COVID-19 shots for everyone over 6 months.  The federal agencies have given the green light for these vaccinations and these shots target the newest strains of COVID.  The CDC says these new shots are safe when given at the same time as other vaccines for flu and RSV.


Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccinations lower the risk of getting COVID and improve protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.  For those who are uninsured or under-insured, the CDC launched a “Bridge Access Program” that will cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccines this fall.  There is also a program for children called the “Vaccines for Children Program.”


Find additional information at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html. You can also visit www.covid.gov. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening at 7 PM For their regular scheduled meeting. The Taylorville Junior High School is set to be recognized by the Council.  The council will finalize an ordinance limiting the number of liquor licenses with video gaming, authorization for some work at the airport, and a special events permit for Vision Way Christian School for the One Mile Turkey Trop on November 4th.  


The Council will look to purchase a Dodge Charger from the Missouri Highway Patrol, and advertise for a heavy equipment operator and plant operator 2.  The Council will award the low bid for Service Line Materials, purchase four electric heaters for the Lake Cabins, select CMT as the airport’s engineering firm, purchase a FOD Commander, and purchase some fencing for the airport. 


There will be a closed session, mayor and city attorney updates, and comments from the public.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

Shelbyville School District Holds Month-Long Food Drive

A month-long food drive will be held by the Shelbyville School District to promote and increase donations of different types of goods to the Shelbyville Food Pantry. Each week will feature a different meal to be donated. In past weeks breakfast and lunch items were collected in the classrooms of the Shelbyville School District.

Shane Schuricht, Superintendent for Shelbyville School District is proud of the work done by his student council and says this new type of donation week is the first of its kind for Shelbyville, but for the past 13 years, the school district has focused on giving back during the month of October. This upcoming week will be asking for donations of dinner foods.


The following week, donations of dessert items will be taken. Schuricht says these donations are important to families in the community who rely on the food pantry.


Schuricht and the team of donors quickly realized how many gracious individuals there were in Shelbyville as their goal of taking one big picture with the items at the end of the month was not possible because of the vast amount of donations. With one load already given away, the next load will be taken at the end of the month.


Schuricht is proud of the diligent work done by his students to provide a variety of foods to the Shelbyville Food Pantry. Many families will be fed with quality items for the month of October.

Shane Schuricht appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show Live from our Downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Family Drug Pharmacy In Shelbyville Helps With Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment will soon be open for those who are eligible from October 15th to December 7th. There are many resources to help those struggling to find options that better suit their health needs.

Jesse Reed, with Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville, is one of many people who are here to help. The process is simple, a medication list is to be brought to a qualified figure so these experts can find the plan that will be most financially viable. Reed says Part D of Medicare plans covers prescriptions.


Aspects such as what pharmacy a citizen uses will also be part of the search. Reed mentions this process should be a yearly event for those utilizing Medicare as plans for medications are constantly changing.


Reed says one way to get started is by going to medicare.gov for information, those who are not as tech-savvy will be shown the way by a trusted individual, like those at Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville.


Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville is located at 1603 West Main Street in Shelbyville.

To contact Family Drug Pharmacy in Shelbyville call, 217-774-7838 to make an appointment.

Jesse Reed appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from out Downtown studios in Shelbyville.




Springfield Clinic Places in Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces

Springfield Clinic, a prominent healthcare provider, is thrilled to announce that they have been named the "Most Loved Workplace" title for the second year running. The recognition comes from the respected Best Practice Institute and Newsweek's annual Top 100 Companies list.


Katie Rutledge, Springfield Clinic's Chief Human Resources Officer, spoke about their efforts to improve the work experience for employees, highlighting better benefits, professional growth, communication, transparency, and recognition. Rutledge said, "We're proud of the improvements we've made, and we'll keep working to make this a great place for our team."


This "Most Loved Workplace" recognition means Springfield Clinic is where employees are happiest and most satisfied. It's based on scores from the Love of Workplace Index, which assesses employee satisfaction, teamwork, support, and belonging.


CEO Ray Williams linked employee happiness with patient care, saying, "We'll keep listening to our employees and making the workplace even better for taking care of our patients."


This ranking comes after surveys involving over 2 million employees from all kinds of businesses. It acknowledges companies where employees feel respected and inspired, making them central to the business.


Louis Carter, CEO of Best Practice Institute, stressed the importance of accepting employee feedback, saying, "These companies are listening and making workplaces employees love."


Springfield Clinic's commitment to creating a great workplace and delivering top-notch patient care has secured its place as a "Most Loved Workplace" for the second year in a row. The clinic's employees and leadership are in sync to ensure it remains a lovable place to work. 


For more, visit mostlovedworkplace.com/companies/springfield-clinic.

Taylorville Becoming A Shopping Destination

Taylorville provides a unique shopping experience as the city holds a small community feel with a big city selection of products. New shops have opened on the Taylorville Square like Ella's Treasures and More, while Down to Earth Sustainability will be expanding to a new location, right next to Florinda’s on the square.

Dyanne Skinner, owner of Dear Yesteryear and Tallulah Jane's Boutique describes that Taylorville is a shopping destination for community members outside of Taylorville. Skinner mentioned the recent Chillifest weekend as one example of events that bring citizens into the town to enjoy Taylorville's many gems.


Skinner described in one word what makes Taylorville a valuable destination for travelers, she responded with, “variety.” From the many dining destinations to second-hand shops and retailers, Taylorville truly has opportunities for everyone to shop.


A full list of retailers, antique stores, and local restaurants can be found on the Small Town Taylorville website under the “Dine” or “Shop” tabs. The website can be found at smalltowntaylorville.com/.

Dyanne Skinner and Steve Craggs appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

A Car Cruise Trunk-or-Treat Coming to The Taylorville Square

A Car Cruise and Trunk-or-Treat combination will take to the Taylorville Square on Friday, October 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the first of many Halloween events coming to Taylorville this season. The square will feature retro cars dressed in their best costumes and many treats for the kiddos.

Steve Craggs, President of Small Town Taylorville is excited for this year's Halloween events as he hopes the community comes out to enjoy a fun and spooky night.


This is the second consecutive year for the Car Cruise and Trunk-or-Treat and Craggs says last year there were over 1000 attendees. Craggs directs the community to the Small Town Taylorville Website where more Halloween events around Taylorville can be found.


To not miss any events this Halloween make sure to visit the Small Town Taylorville Website at, smalltowntaylorville.com/taylorvillehalloween/.

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

U of I Extension Expert Explains Volunteering Shortage

Volunteering has become an increasingly important aspect in communities across the nation as many non-profit organizations struggle through the winter months. Places like the Taylorville Food Pantry is operated by volunteers who make important efforts in securing and providing food to many in need. But why are experts seeing lower volunteering rates?

Valerie Belusko, a Community and Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says simply, people are busier. Belusko says most homes are two-income households leaving less room for volunteer hours.


There are many factors of life that have changed over the past half-century that cause volunteering to drop off, says Belusko. Women being included in the workforce has made for the equal working society that we live in today, but that has made for two busy parents who have other worries than volunteering.


Belusko urges non-profit organizations that struggle with adding and retaining volunteers to assign the position of a volunteer coordinator. This position would keep a schedule of those who have chosen to volunteer to help staff on days when help is needed. Belusko says prioritizing the relationships with volunteers will keep them coming back while possibly adding more as a result of the proper treatment.


Belusko sends the message to not give up, as a volunteer or a non-profit looking for volunteers, communities are stronger together.

For assistance with volunteers or economic development, Valerie Belusko is available at the U of I Extension Office at 217-532-3941.

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

Illinois Farm Families and Casey's Celebrate Illinois Family Farmers

Illinois Farm Families (IFF) and Casey's have joined forces to honor the hardworking farm families of Illinois, who play a crucial role in providing food, fuel, and clothing to the state's residents. This unique collaboration aims to spotlight and pay tribute to family-owned farms, the backbone of Illinois' largest industry.


Throughout the month of October, pizza lovers in Illinois will enjoy an extra treat when they order from Casey's. Each pizza box will contain a special flier featuring profiles of ten remarkable farm families, representing various family-owned row crop and livestock operations across the state. This promotion is an extension of IFF's ongoing "We are the 96%" campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the fact that 96 percent of Illinois farms are family-owned. The campaign is available at all  Casey's locations in Illinois.


The families featured on Casey's pizza flyers showcase the rich diversity of Illinois' farming communities. These families include the Noland family from Blue Mound, the Casner family from Rosamond, the Dollinger family from Mazon, the Heap family from Minooka, the Gould family from Maple Park, the Kleinschmidt family from Armington, the Willard family from Griggsville, the Sanderson family from Clare, the Stitzel family from Shannon, and the Leman family from Eureka.

October Is Farm To School Month

October serves as Farm to School Month for the St. Louis Dairy Council as they push for more acknowledgment and education to the farming and agriculture communities that provide food and dairy products. Kelsey Bentlage, a registered dietitian and Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council says that research has shown only 2% of the US. Population is connected to a farm in any way, making the “farm to table” idea more difficult to understand for many.

That's why the St. Louis Dairy Council is making it their mission in the month of October to spread the word about dairy farmers and agriculture in general to the youngsters in the classroom. Bentlage says starting education early will give students a perspective on what it takes for that product to get to the dinner table.


Bentlage calls dairy products “the original local food” because the milk being consumed by students has gone from cow to carton in only 48 hours. The St. Louis Dairy Council has started the “Moo to you” program that allows students to visit their website at www.stldairycouncil.org to find their nearest dairy farm.


To bring the full experience of farming to schools, the Mobile Dairy Classroom will hit the road, bringing a live cow in front of the eyes of students to show them the actual process of preparing dairy products.


For information on Farm to School Month or the St. Louis Dairy Council’s programs and recipes, visit their website at www.stldairycouncil.org, or look to their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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

This Week Marks Fire Prevention Safety Week

This week marks fire prevention week as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding everyone about the importance of creating a home fire escape plan and practicing that plan with the whole family so everyone knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. 


A free statewide program was launched in October 2019 by the DCFS to provide smoke alarms to families served by the department and as of August 31st, DCFS has given out 4,312 smoke alarms to families across Illinois who need it, including 897 this year alone. 


According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.  More than 1/3rd of home fire deaths result from fires where there are no smoke alarms present and the risk of dying in a fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.


Illinois law requires every home to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on each floor of the home.  Families served by DCFS may request smoke alarms from their caseworker or call their local field office to request one.  


For more information on Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general visit www.fpw.org. 

Illinois State Fire Marshal To Hold Spooky Safety Inspections

In preparation for Halloween, the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) are collaborating to ensure the safety of haunted house attractions. They're conducting thorough inspections to guarantee a secure experience for visitors.


Brian Fox, the Carnival Manager at the Illinois Department of Labor, underlined the importance of these inspections, stating, "Inspectors with IDOl's Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division, along with other State and local partners, walkthrough, inspect and permit haunted houses before they're open to the public.”


Illinois requires inspections for all haunted houses, except those run by not-for-profit religious, educational, or charitable organizations, which can request exemptions. State Fire Marshal James Rivera emphasized fire safety in these attractions, urging operators to follow guidelines.


Safety restrictions include wide exits and pathways, limited dead-end paths, panic hardware on exit doors, flame device restrictions, flame-resistant decorations, and emergency training for staff.


Additionally, Illinois law requires background checks, sex offender registry checks for attraction workers, and a substance abuse policy with random drug testing.

To report unpermitted haunted houses, accidents, or unsafe conditions, call 217-557-3112 during business hours or 217-993-2941 after hours. Complaints can also be submitted online.


As Halloween approaches, OSFM and IDOL ensure a spooky but safe experience for those seeking thrills.

Navigator Heartland Greenway Withdraws Application For CO2 Pipeline In Illinois

Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC has withdrawn its application for a CO2 pipeline that would have covered parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. The pipeline would have stretched more than 1,300 miles across the five states and Navigator CO2, withdrew the motion on Tuesday in front of the Illinois Commerce Commission. 


The newest motion for filing came in February of 2023, when an application to construct and operate an interstate carbon dioxide transportation pipeline in Illinois, was presented to the ICC. According to official documents, Navigator Heartland Greenway is reassessing the route and other aspects of the pipeline system, and the application. 


They intend to refile at a later date, depending on an evaluation of what the best plan is moving forward. Owen MacBride, is the attorney filing on behalf of Navigator Heartland Greenway.  


Illinois is not the only setback that Navigator Heartland Greenway has had after South Dakota rejected their requests for a pipeline. They also withdrew their plans in Iowa. The original plans would have had the pipeline depositing CO2 deep in the earth at sites in Montgomery and Christian County. 


To see the full withdrawal motion, click here

Sparklight Launches Comprehensive Wifi Solution For Businesses

Sparklight Business, a leading broadband communications provider, today announced the launch of Business Wi-Fi Plus, an always-on, mesh Wi-Fi solution tailored for small-to-medium-sized businesses that guarantee uninterrupted coverage, keeping businesses and their customers securely connected while delivering optimal speed and performance.


Teaming up with Eero, an Amazon company, Sparklight Business will offer the Eero Pro6E to deliver comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage throughout the business, creating a wide-ranging signal that blankets the location with coverage. Powered by the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, Business Wi-Fi Plus connects and transmits wirelessly up to 1 Gig, while Eero’s patented TrueMesh technology dynamically routes data through the fastest path in the network, giving businesses a fast, reliable experience they can count on. 


With world-class encryption and security protocols, eero systems are compatible with the strongest security standards available in consumer Wi-Fi today. In addition, for more advanced security, Business Wi-Fi Plus customers can take advantage of eero Secure to help keep their connected devices protected from online threats. Also available is SafeSearch, which filters out inappropriate web content; profile-specific content filtering; and ad, app, and website blocking.


More information about Business Wi-Fi Plus can be found by visitingbusiness.sparklight.com/managed-wifi.

October Is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Unsafe sleep is a leading cause of death for children 1 year old and younger and during Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month, Illinois DCFS is reminding parents and caregivers of three simple steps they can take to ensure infants are put to sleep safely.


“As much as we love our babies, sleeping with them is just not safe. In fact, unsafe sleep deaths are
100% preventable. It’s crucial for parents and caregivers to learn and follow the ABCs of safe sleep.
Infants should always sleep alone; on their backs; and in a safe crib,” said Illinois DCFS Director
Marc D. Smith. “Following these simple steps and removing bumpers, toys, blankets and other items
from cribs could save the life of your child.”


Most sleep-related deaths occur when infants are between 1 and 4 months old, and 90% occur before an infant reaches 6 months of age. In 2022, 106 infants in Illinois under the age of 1 died as a result of being put to sleep unsafely. Seventy-eight were found in locations other than a crib, bassinet or ‘pack and play;’ 24 were found in positions other than on their back; and 42 were co-sleeping with another individual at the time of death.


Infants sleep safest alone in a crib with a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheet. The crib should be free of pillows, blankets, bumper pads and toys. Infants should never be placed on an adult bed or couch to sleep. If parents of young children are traveling, they should call ahead to make sure their
accommodations include a crib or bring a ‘pack and play’ if one is not available.


For more information about safe sleep practices, visit Illinois Safe Sleep Support.

Road Closure For Crash In Taylorville

Christian County Highway 22 between 1700 north and north edge of Taylorville is closed until further notice for a traffic crash investigation. Please use an alternate route.

Prominent Community Members Speak On Great Chillifest

As the dust settles from a successful Chillifest weekend there are many great pieces to remember. Mike Assalley, President of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce was out on the square meeting with community members and of course, dishing out the chili. 


Assalley says new and returning volunteers were important in ensuring Chillifest went off without a hitch. Assalley thanks the members of the chamber and says the community coming out to the event shows how much the town cares.



Jim Baker, Chief Deputy for the Christian County Sheriff's Department was serving chili for multiple hours and mentioned how many people come from different states to eat chili and walk the Taylorville Square. Chief Deputy Baker and the chili teams dealt with a short chili shortage which only meant the demand was high.



Regional Radio News was reporting live from the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest and spoke with many prominent community members who were an important piece in making the big day one to remember. Stay tuned to taylorvilledailynews.com for more Chillifest interview content.

Taking A Look At Taylorville High School Sports

Taylorville High School sports are in full swing and with programs finding success through some building years, and others remaining dominant, constant effort and sacrifice is made by the young athletes daily. Taylorville Football is making their push for the Apollo Conference playoffs, a two-year-old tennis team has picked up some match wins, and Girls Varsity Basketball is set for their winter season with high hopes.

Keeping the athletics in order at Taylorville High School is Jason Hadley, Taylorville High School Athletic Director. Hadley began by speaking on the Girls Varsity Volleyball Team who have faced off against some tough competition in the Apollo Conference, but with a record of 20-6, it has been smooth sailing.


Under the winning spotlight for much of their time as high schoolers is the Girls Varsity Basketball squad, wrapping up last year with a close loss in the playoffs against East St. Louis, and finishing the year 22-9 overall.


Two years ago a Senior Varsity Tennis player, Mia Morelock, brought tennis to the attention of Hadley as the school has not had a team since the courts were removed in 2012. The girl's tennis team has amassed 12 players since the rebirth of the team and has picked up wins this season.


With Taylorville sports programs in different stages of life, one aspect remains the same, dedicated athletes working towards a goal of success while handling themselves with maturity on the field or the court.

Jason Hadley appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School Board Gains Ground On Building Project

The Taylorville School Board of Education held their regular monthly last night at the district office located at 1120 North Sportsman Drive in Taylorville. The main discussion centered around the Taylorville High School building project in which the board had narrowed the options from the architects down to option A- a larger version of the facilities with phase one completing the gymnasium first and the performing arts wing in phase 2. And Option B- a smaller version, using less funds with plans to expand the facilities in the future.

Board members Tom Finks and Dr. Ron Mizer were strongly opposed to the motion placed by Ann Chandler to move on option A, sending the architects to continue plans for the design of option A to begin the bidding process.

Taylorville School Board President, Brenda Patrick said that the board was nearing a critical moment where decisions needed to be made for the benefit of the high school students who are operating with less room than is required.

Tom Finks and Dr. Ron Mizer were very outspoken on the fact that the performing arts center was being forgotten and the facilities would not be adequate. Board member Tom Finks describes the direction he sees the board moving in.


A motion was set by Finks to table the discussion for one week to look over the funds, this motion was voted “No” with Finks and Dr. Mizer voting “Yes”.

In an effort to get plans moving for the students of Taylorville High School, Patrick concluded the conversation by saying that the facts and data were deeply considered by the board, focus committee, and building committee, and the plans to move forward with option A- with phase one completing the gymnasium and phase two the performing arts center, on a larger scale, was the best route. The Motion passed with Dr.Mizer and Tom Finks Voting "No". The motion to Move forward with option A- construction of the gymnasium in phase one and the performing arts center in stage two was passed 5 to 2.

The Next Taylorville School Board meeting is set for November 14th.

Taylorville Park Board Meets For Special Meeting Tuesday

The Taylorville Park Board passed a motion on Tuesday night at a special meeting to hire a private investigator to research and potentially take data on the effects of the Ameren Remediation project at Manners Park. The board was joined by Brenda Gillenwater as well as Bill Clutter who had previously held the meeting at the courthouse earlier this month regarding the same topic. They both spoke about their experience with the site and their fears going forward. 


The Park Board President Marlene Miller along with Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock wanted to stress that this was not a Taylorville Park District project nor was the project taking place on Park District property. 



The focus then shifted to what the park board's next decision would be. Marlene Miller stated that the number one objective was the safety of the parks, which this project had potentially jeopardized. 



The board then voted on the decision to bring in a private environmental engineer to do research and investigate any potential contamination from the Ameren Illinois Remediation Site. The board passed that motion unanimously. 


The next regularly scheduled park board meeting is set for October 30th.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Honors Taylorville Ministerial Association as October "Community Heroes of the Month" at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Taylorville Ministerial Association as the club’s October “Community Heroes of the Month” at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.



President of the Taylorville Ministerial Association Curtis Franks (center), pastor at Crossroads Apostolic Church, along with his wife Jessica, were presented a certificate by Kiwanis club president Chuck Martin (right), for the Association’s efforts in helping children and youth in the community.   The Association’s entities include the Taylorville Food Pantry, Missions for Taylorville, and the emergency assistance program.



Jessica Franks (left) shared that the bell ringing done by volunteers locally for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, also provides funding for Ministerial Association causes.


Kiwanis secretary Martin Vota was the program speaker, sharing a presentation on youth protection training for Kiwanis members provided by Kiwanis international.  The presentation is meant to help Kiwanis members as they work with children and youth in the local community.


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.  

State Senator Doris Turner Encouraging Breast Cancer Screenings

State Senator Doris Turner is marking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by advocating for women to prioritize their yearly mammograms. Turner says that early detection stands as the most powerful weapon against breast cancer. This initiative aims to catch the disease at its earliest, most treatable stages.


Statistics from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation reveal a concerning trend: more Black women succumb to breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. Furthermore, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners highlights that breast cancer ranks as the primary cause of cancer-related fatalities in women aged 20 to 59.


The call to action is clear, women aged 45 and above are urged to schedule regular mammograms. They should also engage in conversations with their healthcare providers regarding their personal risk factors and the necessity of additional breast cancer screening. Effective breast cancer prevention strategies include staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and moderating alcohol consumption.


Senator Turner emphasizes, "If a woman suspects any issue, scheduling a routine mammogram can significantly enhance the prospects of successful treatment if needed. A simple screening can save lives."


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is an important resource in this endeavor. Their Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free breast exams and mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Additionally, the program provides support for diagnostic services and facilitates referrals to treatment options.


Those interested in enrolling can contact the Women's Health Line at 888-522-1282. The Health Line is ready to guide individuals through the eligibility criteria and the screening process, making it easier for women to access these critical services.

Looking Back on Successful Chillifest Weekend

The Taylorville Square was transformed into a chili wonderland last weekend at the 38th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest 2023. With a record number of crowds and vendors, many shining aspects of Taylorville were on display.

Bruce Blanshan, Director of the Christian County YMCA is no stranger to Chillifest weekend and had a basketball competition set up on the northeast corner of the square. Blanshan is a community member that sees many citizens interacting through the YMCA, seeing it unfold in the best way during Chillifest made Blanshan proud to be a part of it.


Manning the chili tent for the first few hours was J.I. McDowell, President and Owner of Angelo’s in Taylorville. McDowell and his team have been out at Chillifest for 15 years in a row and mentioned how many people it takes to ensure events like these happen successfully.


Regional Radio News was reporting live from the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest and spoke with many prominent community members who were an important piece in making the big day one to remember. Stay tuned to taylorvilledailynews.com for more Chillifest interview content.

Upcoming Master Gardener Events

The University of Illinois Extensions Master Gardeners are hosting upcoming events that look to get all members of the community involved and educated in nature. A sensory garden program will take place on Wednesday, October 18th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program will get started at the Brewin’ Hope Coffeehouse in Pana, which is operated by individuals on the autism spectrum to begin their employment journey.

Master Gardner Gwen Podeschi says there are many benefits to sensory gardens and the sensory garden this program will tour will provide all the senses an experience.


Another upcoming event hosted by the Master Gardeners will be a Manners Park Tree Walk. This tree walk will take place Saturday, October 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with the walk starting at the Manners Park Dining Hall.


Registration for the sensory garden program must be completed before October 16th. Brewin' Hope Coffeehouse is located at 215 South Locust Street in pana. Registration can be found at extension.illinois.edu/sensorygardens or call 217- 287-7246. 

The Master Gardner’s of the University of Illinois Extension Gwen Podeschi and Janet Chiavaro appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School Board Of Education Set To Meet Tonight

The Taylorville School Board of Education is set to hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the district office located at 1120 North Sportsman Drive in Taylorville. The meeting will begin with a call to order, public comments, approval of minutes from previous meetings, and the treasurer's report.

Under “New Business” a presentation and approval for the FY2023 School District Audit by Adam Mathis will take place. For building committee updates, recommendations, and action items, consideration and approval to use Esser funds, and a donation from Taylorville High School Sports Booster to install air conditioning in the Dolph Gymnasium will be considered.

A recommendation will come from the building committee and discussion board to move forward with seeking out bids for the construction of the gymnasium from options A or B, with updated information from the architects as phase one of the building project.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio news for updates on the story following the meeting.


Taylorville Park District Set To Meet Tonight

The Taylorville Park District is set to meet this evening to discuss the Ameren Remediation Project.  The meeting will take place at the Manners Park Dining Hall at 7 PM.  Following the pledge and roll call, the board will have a full discussion on the Ameren Remediation Project and any other issues that may get brought to the board.  


The board will move to executive session in order to discuss the matter in private, than announce any matters discussed in that session before concluding the meeting.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Chillifest Pageant Winners

Chillifest Royalty was crowned this weekend at the 38th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. The names below are this years winners:


Little Miss - Genevieve Beyers


Little Mister - Kayden McLeod


Junior Miss - Charlie Sue Goodin


Teen Miss - Julie Wayman


Miss Chilli Pepper - Alivia Kent 


Miss Grand Pepper- Sue Badman


Mr. Grand Pepper- Paul Brodzik

Identifying Mental Health Changes In Youth

Staying up to date on mental health issues involving youth and teenage students has become increasingly important as stress levels have continued to rise. Experts believe students and community members have not yet completely healed from the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ed Lacheta, Clinical Director for Shelby County Community Services says stressors like emotional and financial stress are keeping people from living anxiety-free lives.



Lacheta says that a release of emotions must be acceptable through communication, as stress tends to build within a person, causing their actions and behaviors to change. Paying attention to a loved one's change in mood or behavior can open up a line of communication.


More signs and symptoms of failing mental health to be aware of are substance abuse and physical changes that come with this says Lacheta.


Lacheta says it can be as simple as asking someone how they are doing. Having meaningful conversations creates a bond where that young person knows they can release their inner troubles to begin healing.

To reach a mental health professional in an emergency contact the 988 crisis line. For 24/7 access to mental health help contact 866-5672400.

Ed Lacheta appeared as a guest, live from our downtown studio in Shelbyville.

Photos From Chillifest

All Photos courtesy of SK Walker Photography and Images. See more photos by visiting her Facebook page or clicking here. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on the exciting weekend in Taylorville. 










































Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Holds Successful Sunday

After record-day sales and beautiful weather for Chillifest on Saturday, crowds continued to pour into the Taylorville Square on Sunday despite colder, overcast weather and a brief drizzle. Mike Assalley, President of The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says that Chillifest was a great success. This statement was echoed by Linda Allen and Jennifer Franklin.



With the Taylorville Jazz Band playing, Little Chillibean and Grand Pepper Pageants, Cheer Expo, Kiddie Tractor Pull, and Bags tournament, there was something for everyone. Mckenzie Venters-Sneed says it was a great day. 



The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest was held on Saturday and Sunday.  Find out more information by visiting https://www.facebook.com/TaylorvilleChillifest/.  You can also find out more by visiting the Chillifest page on Taylorvilledailynews.com. 

Chillifest Winners for Saturday, October 7th

Here are the winnner's for the Chillinois Regional Chili Cookoff that was held on Saturday, October 7th at the 38th Annual Taylorville Chillifest.



1st Place - Josh Nicol

2nd Place - Julie Wetson

3rd Place - Mike Mayanschein

4th Place - Cathy Schmedke and Helen McCawley




1st Place - Trent Atwood

2nd Place - Lloyd Weir

3rd Place - Helen MCCawley

4th Place - Gary Ray




1st Place - Brenda Weir

2nd Place - James Weller

3rd Place - Helen McCawley

4th Place - Mike Goodman




1st Place - Mike Mayenschein

2nd Place - Lloyd Weir

3rd Place - Trent Atwood

4th Place - Julie Nestser

4th Place - Cathy Schmedke and Helen McCauley

Scarecrow Daze A Great Success In Shelbyville

Scarecrow Daze took place on Saturday and it started with a parade in the morning that wrapped through the city streets of Shelbyville before commencing with an event downtown with festivities including food vendors, a dance studio production, and artists Jake Cutler and Evan Matlock.  There was also a cutest dog contest and kid center fun.  Vonda McConnell who runs Mo-mo’s Fro Yo talked a little about Shelbyville and how much the city has grown. 



Schryll Bernson, who owns Simply Yours, talked about the hot air balloon festival that took place in the evening. 



Scarecrow Daze took place directly after the parade on Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. 





Weekend Full of Events in Regional Radio Listening Area

The Regional Radio listening area has great opportunities to attend family events this weekend.


In Taylorville, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce hosts its 38th annual Chillifest on the square Saturday and Sunday.   The 2-day event features International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, Chamber chilli being served by the bowl and quart, entertainment on both the main south stage and the north stage, and pageants both days.   Find the complete schedule by clicking HERE.  Listen for reports from Chillifest all weekend on all 6 Miller Media Group radio stations.


In Shelbyville, the annual Scarecrow Daze and Touchstone Energy Balloon Festival is taking place, with events both downtown and at the Shelby County Airport.   Find a schedule of events by clicking HERE.   Listen for coverage of Scarecrow Daze on WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3.


And in Pana, the Pana Historical Society is hosting Chautauqua Days thru Sunday afternoon in Kitchell Park.  The event began Friday.   Today's events include:


1 p.m. - Pie eating contest/Baking contest
1-4 p.m. - Period games
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Fishing Derby
2 p.m. - Skit - PPHG
2:30 p.m. - Storytelling with Linda Dust
3 p.m. - Bicycle parade with races to follow
4 p.m. - Beard contest
5 p.m. - Native American show
6 p.m. - Music begins

Sunday schedule:

9:30 a.m. - Church Service with Steve Nance
Religious Music and music to follow
1 p.m. - Storytelling with Linda Dust
3 p.m. - Teardown and close

Find out more by clicking HERE.

Youth Deer Hunt At Lake Shelbyville This Weekend

A youth deer hunt will be taking place for ten lucky hunters this weekend in Shelbyville in surrounding recreation areas that are usually closed for the hunting weekend. A drawing took place where young hunters applied for the spot and now will be able to take on the hunt with their adult counterparts.

Brock Key a Park Ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that names were basically pulled out of a hat for this year's winners and wished the hunters best of luck.


Park Ranger Key says that necessary areas will be closed to provide safety to motorists and attendees of Lake Shelbyville. Sullivan Beach, Whitley Creek, Coon Creek, Possum Creek, and the entirety of Wilborn Creek will be closed this weekend.


Lake Shelbyville and the US. Army Corps of Engineers wish every hunter a safe and successful hunt.

For information on the youth hunt or areas to avoid this weekend contact Park Ranger Tanner Coleman at 217-774-3951, ext. 7002.

Brock Key appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from our Downtown Shelbyville Studio.

U of I Extension Offering Food Protection Managers Class In Taylorville

Local restaurant managers and workers have an opportunity to get certified with classes coming soon to Taylorville. The Food Protection Managers Certification class and exam will take place at the Christian County Extension Office from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14th, then back on Sunday for the Exam from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition and Wellness Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says that the days are set to work well with anyone handling a full-time job.


Peterson says that to remain valid to conduct business, certification must be received. Day one of the class will be instruction-based.


The class and exam will take place at the Christian County Extension Office located at 1120 North Webster Street in Taylorville. For information or registration visit, extension.illinois.edu/certified-food-protection-managers-course.

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

Christian County CEO Program Discusses Upcoming Chillifest Business

The Christian County CEO students were back in the Miller Media Group Radio Stations, speaking on their efforts preparing for Chillifest and their next possible business ventures. The 21 students have prepared since the start of the school year for their first small business centered around providing caramel apple boats topped with sweet treats at Chillifest.

The students find the CEO program so valuable because they are treated as business professionals. Their daily morning meeting often includes discussion and deliberation on proper business moves, creating real-life scenarios for the students to navigate.

Mylie Sims, who serves on the marketing and investor relations teams says that decisions are put up for vote multiple times per day.


These friendly debates and discussions have led the CEO program to their first small business event in Chillifest. Both the caramel apples and mel-O-cream doughnuts were sourced locally. This was one aspect where the students used their newly developed business sense.


Christian County CEO student, Hallie Smith looks to go into architecture upon her graduation from Taylorville High School. Smith says she has a business of crafting wooden signs and designing products for home decor. Her Facebook page is titled, Inspired By Crafts.


CEO student, Milana Henson handles photography and annual reports for the program. Henson started a photography business a couple of years ago and now is looking to expand into videography. Her website can be found at milanahensonphotography.com.


With their first test coming this weekend to the Taylorville square, selling their products at Chillifest. The 21 Christian County CEO students are prepared and educated on what it takes to coordinate efficiently.

CEO students Hallie Smith, Mylie Sims, and Milana Henson appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Drawing For Trapping Permits To Be Held Soon

Sangchris Lake State Park, located near Springfield, is hosting a public drawing to allocate trapping permits on Saturday, October 21st, at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at the park, with registration starting at 10 a.m. at the site headquarters, about six miles southeast of Rochester.


Participants whose names are drawn during the event must be present, and they are required to follow site-specific drawing procedures. Through the drawing process, two permits for two trapping zones will be allocated. The sub-impoundment area is now included as another zone open to trapping.


Each permit will allow two names, and only the individuals listed on the permit will be allowed to engage in trapping activities. To enter the drawing, all participants must possess a valid 2023-2024 trapping license and habitat stamp.


Starting from February 1st, 2024, until the end of the trapping season on March 31st, 2024, Sangchris Lake will adhere to statewide trapping regulations. This means that any individual with a valid 2023-2024 trapping permit can trap beavers, muskrats, and river otters at the lake.


To facilitate the trapping process, all trappers at the lake, including drawing winners and their partners, must obtain a free windshield card permit online. Additionally, trappers will be required to report their harvest and hunter trips online by no later than February 15th each year, or two weeks after the season closes for those that end after February 1st.


It is important to note that failing to report in this manner for two consecutive years will result in the forfeiture of hunting privileges at the site for the following year, with no opportunity for reinstatement.


For further information and inquiries, individuals are encouraged to contact Sangchris Lake State Park at 217-498-9208 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Concerned Citizens Meet On Thursday Evening Over Ameren Site

On Thursday night, in front of the Christian County Courthouse, many concerned citizens gathered, along with Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, to discuss the issue at the Ameren Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS) Superfund Site. This site is located at 917 South Webster Street, right next to Manners Park. Ameren Illinois was in the process of cleaning up the site due to coal tar contamination. The hazardous material, a known carcinogen, was removed in 1987, but not before it contaminated the air and water supply.


Ameren Illinois is conducting an ISS Pilot project, and the public soon noticed an odor coming from it. The Illinois EPA says that the odors are not the result of the soil excavation. The excavation itself did not cause contamination. the excavation removed clean soil that was put in place as part of previous remedial activities. Contaminated soil that was left in place during past remedial activities is located at depth, below the current excavation. The source of the odors appeared to be contaminated soil that reached the surface as part of the pilot study being conducted by Ameren. However, this raised concerns among many members of the Taylorville community, as it reminded them of three decades ago when four families living near the site were forced to raise children with Neuroblastoma.


One of the affected mothers, Brenda "May" Gillenwater, was present at the Christian County Courthouse on Thursday night to share her experience. Her daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in the early '90s, and now, 30 years later, she is worried that history might repeat itself.



The main frustration voiced on Thursday night was the lack of documentation from the Illinois EPA, as well as the fact that the air monitoring is being conducted by Ameren, rather than a third-party provider. The Illinois EPA has stated that public comments were sought after and that copies of the plan were made available to the public at the library. 


Private investigator Bill Clutter, who was involved with the case in the 1990s and has continued to research and advocate for more answers, was also present at the courthouse on Thursday evening. He shared his frustrations about the difficulty in obtaining proper documentation from the EPA and expressed his desire to prevent history from repeating itself.


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry then addressed the gathering, mentioning that he has been actively making phone calls to address this issue. He pledged to continue advocating for third-party air monitoring.



For more information, you can visit the Facebook page "My Community, My Family - Taylorville Illinois".

Macoupin County Man Arrested For Allegedly Possessing Child Pornography

A Macoupin County man has been charged with allegedly possessing and disseminating child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.  45-year-old Robert L. Jones of Gillespie was charged with five counts of dissemination of child pornography of a child under 13 years old, each Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison; ten counts of possession of child pornography of a child under 13 years old, each Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; and three counts of failure to register under the Sex Offender Act, Class 3 felonies each punishable by up to seven years in prison.  Jones is detained at the Macoupin County Jail and his next court date is set for October 30th. 


Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced the charges and said that investigators with the assistance of the Gillespie Police Department and Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department searched Jones’ home on the 700 block of South Street in Gillespie on Tuesday, October 3rd, arresting him due to evidence of child pornography on his electronic device and social media accounts.  


Attorney General Raoul’s office is co-prosecuting this case with Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jordan Garrison. 

Illinois EPA Halts Ameren Remediation Project

The remediation project being conducted by Ameren at the CIPS Superfund Site has been halted due to odors coming from the site.  The Illinois EPA received complaints from residents of Taylorville regarding work being done.  EPA visited the site on Friday, September 29th, after receiving the complaints, and returned on Monday, October 2nd, and Wednesday, October 4th after receiving additional odor complaints.  


Illinois EPA formally requested, and Ameren agreed, to immediately shut down the ISS pilot project which has been stopped in accordance with a December 27th, 1993 consent decree addressing contamination at the site.  The stoppage will continue until the Illinois EPA has time to review and evaluate air monitoring data that has recently been submitted to the Agency.  If any odors continue, Ameren CIPS is required to undertake any necessary actions to address those odors to the extent possible.  


The Ameren Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS) Superfund Site is located at 917 South Webster Street in Taylorville (Christian County). The site is approximately 1.2 acres and along with two adjacent parcels also owned by Ameren make up an area of approximately 20.8 acres. The three parcels are subject to an Environmental Covenant (EC) with the Illinois EPA, restricting disturbance of soil and use of groundwater for potable purposes within the EC Area. The Site lies in a residential area adjacent to Manners Park. The site was designated as a "State-lead" enforcement case with Illinois EPA as the lead agency and United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Region 5 as support agency.


The Illinois EPA and Ameren are considering remedial alternatives to finish cleanup of the site and achieve Remedial Action Objectives. The existing pump and treat system, while effectively removing most of the groundwater contamination, would take an estimated 100 years or longer to meet the Illinois Groundwater Quality Standards. 


For this reason, the Illinois EPA is proposing additional remedial action to render the site usable in a more reasonable timeframe. The current preferred remedial alternative, pending public comment, is in situ solidification and stabilization (ISS). A public meeting was held on July 13, 2023 at the Taylorville Public Library. The Public Comment was open from July 5 – September 29. For additional information, please visit the CIPS Taylorville Site Fact Sheet by clicking here. 

Shehadeh Sentenced to 92 Months In Prison For Selling Meth

A Taylorville man was sentenced to over 7 years imprisonment followed by six years probation for distribution of meth.  40 year old Jamal Shehadeh of Taylorville, was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment for arranging to sell meth to a confidential source.  Shehadeh was previously found guilty by a federal jury following a two-day trial in October 2022.  During the trial, the government presented evidence that on March 3rd, 2021 Shehadeh accepted payment for the methamphetamine electronically and later called 9-1-1 in an attempt to distract law enforcement by reporting an emergency.  Shehadeh then went to a residence, met with the source, and sold the source meth. 


At sentencing, Judge Sara Darrow found that a sentencing guideline enhancement by obstruction of justice applied due to Shehadeh’s testimony at trial, which was rejected by the jury.  Judge Darrow also stated that Shehadeh has a high risk of repeated criminal conduct and reoffending. This is Shehadeh’s third federal criminal conviction.  At the time he sold meth, he was already serving a term of supervised release for a previous federal drug trafficking charge.  Judge Darrow revoked that term of supervision and sentenced Shehadeh to a consecutive 30-month term of imprisonment for his previous supervised release violations.


The statutory penalties for the offense of distribution of methamphetamine are up to 30 years’ imprisonment, at least six years of supervised release, and up to a 2,000,000 fine.  TPD investigated the case.  AUSA Sarah E. Seberger represented the government in the prosecution. 

Christian County CEO Students Speak On Successful Program

The students of the Christian County CEO Program came by the Miller Media Group Radio Station to discuss their involvement and the business experience they have gained by working with the student-based initiative. The culmination of the CEO student's hard work will soon be on display at the Taylorville Chillifest this weekend.

The students explained that in the CEO program, they are treated as business professionals. Led by Director, Neil Hohenstein, the students are delegated to roles and carry out operations of their business, preparing them for their next endeavors in education and their occupation. The CEO Program’s efforts have been spent collecting materials making calls, and coordinating finances to sell caramel apples topped with different treats at the Taylorville Chillifest, the students have named it "Johnny Apple CEO." Proceeds made from various events like Chillifest will go into a fund that is accessible to the CEO students to use when their business plans are fully formed.

CEO student Brock Daugherty explained what inspired him to join the CEO Program.


The CEO Program has a history of providing success to its students. CEO student and candle business owner Olivia Woodward spoke about her experience.


Emma Althoff says the business world has always sparked her interest but she lacked the knowledge to get started. With the CEO Program, Emma now has a foundation in the field of business. Althoff says she will soon be handling agenda items and assignments for CEO students in a few weeks.


Ella Moreland says that the CEO students are treated as business partners and make the decisions for their own plans. Moreland says that Hohenstein has been a great resource.


The CEO students all agreed that the CEO Program is unique and valuable to their development thus far in their careers. The students see the progress and know that upon reaching their goal an incentive of funds they created, will be waiting for them to kick-start their future plans.

CEO students Brock Daugherty, Olivia Woodward, Emma Althoff, and Ella Moreland appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County CEO Students Visit Miller Media Group Studios


The 2023 Christian County CEO class spent the last 2 days at the Miller Media Group studios.  Each day, half the group went on the air on 2 of the group's Morning Shows to visit with on-air announcers about the CEO experience.



The other half spent their time with station president Randal J. Miller, who facilitated a discussion called "Monetizing Air."



The Christian County CEO, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" program, enables seniors in the county to network with local business leaders and create their own business, outside of a school classroom setting.   Neil Hohenstein is the facilitator for the program which is funded totally from local businesses and individuals.


Ameren Manufactured Gas Plant At Manners Park

Much discussion has ensued over the Ameren Manufactured Gas Plant at Manners Park in Taylorville. The project was started in 2022 with expectations of noise, site traffic, and road closure for the area near the site. This project is handled by Ameren Electric Illinois and prior to the start of the project, public meetings were held where Taylorville Park Board President Marlene Miller attended these meetings and spoke with Ameren and the EPA with all aspects of the project known.

Bailey Hancock, Recreation Director for the Taylorville Park District says that questions and concerns may be directed towards Amaren or the EPA. As for Hancock, her staff, maintenance crews, and project site workers, all operations have proceeded as normal as Manners Park is perfectly safe to enjoy.


Informational handouts can be found at the project site at Manners Park to help understand the operations happening in Taylorville.

To contact Ameren with questions or information, call 618-343-8087.

To reach the Environmental Protection Agency, call 847-553-9251.

Bailey Hancock appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Announces $2000 in Grants Going to Local Non-Profits With Children, Youth Focus

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced grants totaling 2-thousand dollars going to 4 different local non-profit organizations that have similar goals of helping children and youth in the Taylorville community.


500-dollar grants will be going from the Kiwanis Club to each of these organizations:


--The SHADOW Home for Women and Children, with the money going towards new landscaping and fencing for their children’s playground on the east side of their property. Guest mothers are encouraged to take their children outside daily for fresh air and exercise.  The existing fence is in dire need of attention.


--The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy, to install a Fix-It Bike Repair Station with a tire pump, and a bike rack, both at the Taylorville Trail Head on Paw Paw Street.   This equipment will be used free of charge by children, youth, and adults.  With the City of Pana, who currently owns the bike trail, getting a grant to replace the existing wooden bridge on the trail near Lake Taylorville, officials with the organization expect the trail’s use to dramatically increase.


--The Taylorville Junior High School “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support” program.  This program rewards deserving students that exhibit positive behaviors at and away from school.  The donation will be used to purchase gift cards that will be awarded to deserving students.


--and the Loving Arms Pregnancy Center.  The Kiwanis grant will help fund the purchase of new cribs and mattress sets, safe sleepers, pack n’plays, baby monitors, car seats, head support pads, strollers for their clients to “purchase” with Mommy or Daddy dollars they earn from completing parenting classes at the Center.


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. 

Ameren Gives Update On Manners Park Remediation Project

After a social media post went viral concerning work being done by Ameren near Manners Park, Regional Radio News spoke with the Site Manager, David Palmer, to do the “dig down” on what was taking place for the remediation project. Palmer says work being done at the project site is a pilot test to evaluate the soil.



Palmer says that while there is some risk due to construction, for the most part, the project is safe and being carefully monitored by both Ameren and the EPA. He says that there are some smells, such as mothballs, but they quickly work to limit that. 



Palmer says that the particles in the air are way less than anything that has been produced before. 



He says that they will continue to monitor the project through the end of the pilot study in December. 



For more information on the remediation project, contact Brian Bretsch at Ameren at 618-343-8087 . You can also reach out to Brad Frost at the EPA at 217?782?7027 or email him at brad.frost@illinois.gov, and there is a site sheet located on site or here.


Names Released In Monday Route 48 Crash

Names have been released by the Illinois State Police in the crash that occurred Monday afternoon around 12:34 PM.  According to reports from ISP, a Hyundai Sedan driven by a 17-year-old was southbound on Cherokee and failed to yield to an oncoming truck tractor pulling a trailer driven by 44-year-old James Hunter of Pana. The two vehicles collided and both drivers were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries.  


The 17-year-old received a failure to yield at an intersection citation.  Route 48 was closed from the Nokomis Blacktop to IL-29 for nearly two hours for investigation and then on Tuesday morning as well. 

Taylorville Food Pantry Sees Busiest Summer Ever

The Taylorville Food Pantry served over 500 families a month throughout Christian County during the summer months and now preparing for the next wave ahead of the holiday season. Pam Moses, Co-Coordinator for the Taylorville Food Pantry was pleased with the support shown by the community and businesses in donations of food and money provided for those in need.

Moses called this summer the busiest the food pantry has ever seen. Moses spoke on the vast number of families that the Taylorville Food Pantry successfully provided for.


Local grocery stores have been doing their part in donating food through the Food Rescue Program, while countless amounts of donations have come from the local community. This means many volunteers are necessary for unloading trucks, stocking shelves, and serving families in need.


Moses says volunteers are working six days a week while accepting truckloads of food from participating grocery stores every two days. The volunteer entry process is simple, Moses tells interested volunteers to just walk in the doors.


The Taylorville Food Pantry is located at 1429 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville and for information about the pantry you can visit their website at taylorvillefoodpantry.com/.

Pam Moses appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Matt Hart: New Director Of The Christian County Economic Development Corporation

Matt Hart is the new Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation and sees opportunities across the county in business and development. Hart is a Taylorville native and says he is excited to be leading this department.

Hart’s goal is to support businesses in Christian County while developing a space that is conducive to future business that will arrive in the future.


Taking up the roles and responsibilities of the director position has not left Hart overwhelmed as he said he has prioritized creating relationships with business owners and the community, to find a pulse on what is needed.


Hart Explains that new employment opportunities lead to more housing and development which will ultimately lead to an increased and positive movement for Christian County economically. Hart explains that the CCEDC will help with aspects like business location, highway access to the business, utility needs, and grant funding.

Hart says the industrial park coming to Taylorville is ready for construction as roads and maintenance have been completed. Hart explains that building a business in this industrial park comes with incentives that hope to spark some momentum.


The Christian County Economic Development Corporation will hold their annual meeting on October 19th and will hear reports from local officials from surrounding cities.

For questions regarding the Christian County Economic Development Corporation, you can send an email to edcchristiancounty@gmail.com.

Matt Hart appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Kiwanis Honors Long-Time Secretary, Hears From THS Kiwanis Key Club President and Committee Reports at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Kiwanis long-time secretary, heard from the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club president, and also heard committee reports on Kiwanis activities for children and youth, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Long-time Kiwanis Club secretary Martin Vota (right) was presented with a plaque for his many years of service to the Club.   Vota has also served as president of the club and Kiwanis District offices as well.  Kiwanis president Chuck Martin (left) presented Vota with the plaque.



Sophie Robinson (right), the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club president, gave a report on the start of that club’s year.   She was introduced by Kiwanis Student Leadership Committee chair Will Perkins (left).   Robinson reported some 52 members have joined this year, the club has mandated some service hours for each member each semester to give back to the community, and several activities are also planned for October.



Committee chairs reported on current Kiwanis activities for children and youth.  Reporting for Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan, Randal J. Miller shared with the club that over 24-hundred dollars was raised during this year’s 2-day Kiwanis Kids Day fund raiser at the Harrison Corner.   Blanshan also headed up the club’s donation of anti-bacterial wipes, Klennexes and other paper goods to Memorial School.   The club co-sponsored the effort with HSHS Medical Group Taylorville and the Taylorville Food Pantry.


Kiwanis Student Leadership chair Will Perkins reported that a new record of 53 students have joined the Taylorville Junior High School Kiwanis Builder’s Club.


Kiwanis Interclub chair Blain Cornwell is planning visits this fall by local Kiwanis members, to the Builder’s and Key Clubs, plus possible trips to other Kiwanis clubs in the area.


Kiwanis Park Committee co-chair Larry Kemner reported that the broken merry-go-round has been removed from the playground there, with work also taking place on floats from the old dock.   Kemner added that the City of Taylorville is working with Club on replacing the Kiwanis Park sign at the entrance to Lake Taylorville.


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

ISP Looking For A Vehicle Potentially Involved In Teutopolis Crash


The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle that was potentially involved in a crash on September 29th just outside of Teutopolis that resulted in five fatalities and multiple injuries. 


This last Friday, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Teutopolis Fire Protection District and other local law enforcement agencies responded to a crash that occurred at 19740 East US Highway 40.  The crash involved a semi-truck tanker carrying anhydrous ammonia that was punctured and leaked. 


An initial investigation shows that at 8:35 PM, 7 minutes before the crash, a dark-colored vehicle potentially involved in the accident was traveling westbound through the intersection of US Highway 40 and Spring Creek Road in Montrose, Illinois.  The investigation determined that the vehicle continued traveling westbound through Teutopolis on US Highway 40 and would have passed the semi-truck tanker. 


ISP Agents are in Casey, Montrose, and Teutopolis communities retrieving surveillance video that could provide more information into this incident.  If you have doorbell or security cameras that may have captured video of this suspect vehicle before or after the incident or any information, you are encouraged to contact the ISP DCI Zone 8 Investigations at 217-342-7881.  Visit this story at www.taylorvilledailynews.com to see a video of the vehicle. 

Boo At The Zoo Coming Soon To The Scoville Zoo In Decatur

The Scoville Zoo in Decatur is nearing its final week of regular zoo operations with the last day on Monday, October 9th. The final free admission day will appear on Thursday, October 5th. Now the Scoville Zoo enters Halloween mode as they prepare for their weekends of Boo at the Zoo. Dates for Boo in the Zoo at Scoville Zoo in Decatur are October 13th-15th, 19th-22nd, and 26th-29th. Scoville Zoo is located at 71 South County Club Road in Decatur.

Ken Frye, Director of the Scoville Zoo says the summer flew by as it was filled with great attendance and family fun for the Zoo.


Ken Frye calls Boo at the Zoo a final hoorah for the year as Scoville Zoo is seasonal. Frye invites the community to come out in costume or without to enjoy the Halloween-themed zoo. There will be stations giving out treats to the kiddos on all nights of Boo at the Zoo.


Frye notes that the Scoville Zoo has stayed with reservation times for aspects such as the train rides and special areas of the park to reduce lines and parking overflow.

For information about the final days of the year for operations at the Scoville Zoo or questions regarding Boo at the Zoo, visit their website at, https://scovillzoo.com/scovill-zoo.

Ken Frye appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pana Chautauqua 2023 Coming This Weekend

A full weekend of live music, early 1900s games, and community engagement will be on hand at the Pana Chautauqua 2023. Short of taking the horse and buggy to the grounds, Kitchell Park in Pana will be transformed to emulate life in the early 1900s, hosting blacksmith demonstrations, a fishing derby, an old-time baseball game, pie-baking contest, Native American displays, and much more. The free event will run Friday through Sunday, October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Friday night at the Pana Chautauqua will feature live, acoustic music from area musicians. Tim DeSherlia, Co-Chairman for the Pana Historical Society explained that this is a returning event for Pana but has yet to get underway in some years. DeSherlia is excited to offer this weekend of history and activity to the community.


The old-time baseball game is one event that DeSherlia does not want the community to miss. Similar to the other events, this game will be correct to the time period, playing without baseball gloves and a different style of ball, then concluded with a historical ceremony.


Food, vendors, and craft demonstrations will be at the Pana Chautauqua for all three days of the event. DeSherlia thanks local clubs and volunteers who helped make it all possible.


For information about all the activities and events this weekend at the Pana Chautauqua can be found on their Facebook page titled, Pana Chautauqua 2023.

Tim DeSherlia appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Rep Praises First Responders For Clean Up In Teutopolis

State Representative Brad Halbrook thanked all first responders on Monday who have been helping on the scene of an accident on US 40 near Teutopolis involving an overturned tanker leaking anhydrous ammonia, and pledged his continued support for whatever is needed to clean up the accident scene to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the immediate area.


“My deepest sympathies go out to those affected by the incident. The fumes from the overturned tanker on Friday night quickly and tragically resulted in five fatalities on the scene, and multiple injuries, but the situation would have been much worse if not for the quick action of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Office of Homeland Security, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Teutopolis Fire Protection, and all other law enforcement, fire. and emergency management agencies in Effingham County who put their own lives at risk to render aid, divert traffic away from the area, and begin the clean-up of the ammonia. They are heroes,” said Rep. Halbrook.


Rep. Halbrook said ongoing efforts include the Illinois EPA ensuring all contamination from the incident is properly addressed, and the investigation into the cause of the crash being conducted by the Illinois State Police.


“I am very proud of and thankful for all the local first responders and state agencies that are working to ensure the scene is safe for local families and motorists,” Rep. Halbrook said. “We will double down on our efforts to get IDOT, ISP, and all involved agencies engaged to find solutions to make construction zones and affected areas safer and more secure.”

Taylorville Kiwanis, HSHS Medical Group, Taylorville Food Pantry Co-Sponsor Paper Supplies Drive for Taylorville School District

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with HSHS Medical Group Taylorville and the Taylorville Food Pantry, recently collected paper supplies and gave them to the Taylorville School District, to assist teachers in their efforts to keep students healthy.


Several boxes and containers of paper supplies donated include antibacterial wipes, napkins, Kleenex, and Lysol wipes.


Kiwanis Priority One Chair Bruce Blanshan (left) delivered the donations to Nurse Jenny Moats (middle) and Principal Michelle Reiss (right), both at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville.



This year’s effort was spearheaded by Blanshan and Jennifer Hoerner (above), Practice Manager with HSHS Multispecialty Care in Taylorville.


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 City Council Meets; Approves Limits For Gaming Licenses

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss business, review ordinances, and hear from the public at their bimonthly board meeting. The Taylorville Junior High Baseball was honored for being Regional Champions. The team went 13-3.  The meeting itself was very cut and dry with a minimal discussion on a motion to recommend to the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance to limit the number of video gaming liquor licenses to the current number of 40, with additional video gaming liquor licenses to be added only upon council approval. 


Alderman Chris Skultety broke down the list into the classes. 



Alderman Doug Brown wanted to know why this was needed as all gaming licenses are already voted on by the Council. 



Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he is adamantly opposed to all limits.



The motion passed 5-3 with Aldermen Jim Olive, Randy Mitchelson, and Megan Bryant voting No. The council passed Trick or Treat Hours for 5-8 On October 30th and 31st.  The council also approved BDD agreements and cemetery equipment shed roof painting.  Fall Clean-Up Day has been set for November 4th.  The Mayor gave his council update.



During public comments, the council heard from some city workers who brought up some issues taking place that needed to be addressed at the personnel meeting taking place later this week. They asked all aldermen to attend to learn more about the incident. The next city council meeting is set for October 16th. 

Pictures Released From Taylorville Crash

Taylorville Fire Department has posted some pictures from today's wreck on Cherokee and Route 48.  From what Regional Radio News has learned there were no fatalities in today's wreck.  We will have more as it becomes available.







Route 48 Closure Updates

IL Rt 48 and Cherokee Street Taylorville, the Rt 48 north and southbound lanes are now open. The Cherokee street travel remains closed until approximately 6:30 PM, at which time all lanes of travel will reopen. There will be a scheduled closure for all roads listed above at 8:30 a.m. on 10-03-23 until further notice.

Part Of Illinois Route 48 In Taylorville Closed For Crash

Illinois State Police Troop 6 is currently handling a traffic crash involving a commercial motor vehicle and a passenger vehicle on IL Route 48 near Cherokee Rd (south of Taylorville, IL) in Christian County.    IL Route 48 is closed between IL-29 and Nokomis Rd while the crash is being investigated/cleaned up.  Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route of travel. 


A Busy Upcoming Weekend In Shelbyville

There will be a full slate of activities coming to Shelbyville on October 6th, 7th and 8th. Balloon Fest, Scarecrow Daze, and fun for the kids will all be on hand. Upon sunset, the night of October 6th, a Soft Glow will take place where a few balloons will inflate at the Willow Ridge Winery. October 7th will be the busiest day of events as the day starts with the Sunrise Fun Flight, Parade in Downtown Shelbyville, and at 5:00 p.m. the Taylorville Parachute Club will jump from the skies.

Kevin Bernson Vice President of Media and Public Relations with Shelby Electric Co-Op says there is something in store for everyone.


Bernson says the events happening in Shelbyville would not be possible without the volunteers and community support.


For information about Balloon Fest and the activities on those days visit, www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/balloon.htm.

Kevin Bernson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from Shelbyville.

Taylorville City Council To Discuss Regulating Number Of Liquor Video Gaming Licenses

The Taylorville Junior High Baseball team, Trick or Treat Hours will be approved, and a motion to limit the number of video gaming liquor licenses to the current number of forty are the big keys of topic for the Taylorville City Council on Monday evening at the Municipal Building at 7 PM. After a reviewal of  ordinance over some BDD agreements, the council will look at a motion to approve the quote for the cemetery equipment shed roof painting to be done, trick or treating to be approved for Monday, October 30th, and Tuesday, October 31st, with both days being from 5-8 PM. 


There is a motion under odinance to limit the number of video gaming liquor licenses to the current number of forty, with additional video gaming liquor licenses to be added only upon council approval. The council will also look to approve Fall Cleanup Day for November 4th, 2023.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for an update following the conclusion of the Taylorville City Council Meeting Monday night. 

Five Killed In Anhdrous Ammonia Leak In Teutopolis

The Illinois State Police, Illinois EPA, EMA, and Office of Homeland Security, along with IDOT, IDPH, and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office are wrapping up an investigation into a multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck transporting anhydrous ammonia. 


At 9:25 PM, Friday, September 29th, ISP was notified of a crash that occurred on US Highway 40 ½ miles east of Teutopolis involving multiple vehicles and a truck leaking anhydrous ammonia.  The truck was carrying 7,500 gallons of the liquid at the time of which 4,000 gallons leaked from the tanker. Due to the plume of smoke from the ammonia leak, 500 residents were evacuated from their homes in northeast Teutopolis, and US Highway 40 was closed between Effingham and Montrose. Five fatalities were announced along with multiple injuries reported. 


The five people that were killed in the accident were 67-year-old Danny J. Smith from New Haven, Missouri, 31-year-old Vasile Cricovan from Twinsburg, Ohio, 34-year-old Kenneth Bryan from Teutopolis, 7-year-old Rosie Bryan from Beecher City, and 10-year-old Walker Bryan from Beecher City. 


Local, State, and Federal agencies coordinated response efforts and will continue to follow up.  US Highway 40 is reopened.  Effingham County Sheriff Paul Kuhns, praised the efforts of first responders, “I’m impressed with the quality and amount of assistance received from the local and state agencies.”


Preliminary investigation shows all five victims died from exposure to the ammonia, the coroner's office said. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday. 


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