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Taylorville Lake Lot Lottery Upcoming

The lottery for available boat docks, lake lots, and campgrounds in Taylorville will be held on Monday, April 22nd, at 5 PM at the Lake Shop.  If you are signing up, bring a photo ID along with proof of residence like a water or electric bill for in-town residents.  If you show up without those items, you may not be able to sign up.  

 

If you currently have a lot and want to try for another, you must sign paperwork to give up your current lot if your name is drawn.  Lake Taylorville says this will apply to everyone that is wanting to sign up for the lottery, whether you now have a lot or not.  The limit is one lot per household.  

 

For Campgrounds, it’s $857 plus $300 security deposit, for Lake Lots, $600 plus $300 security deposit, and for boat docks, $250. Lists and maps will be available at the Marina and the City Clerk’s Office. 

Christian County CEO Trade Show This Sunday

You get the opportunity to see the businesses that 21 Christian County C-E-O students have created, during this Sunday’s trade show from 2 til 5 at the Taylorville Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

 

The students, who come from various high schools in Christian County, have spent the last 8 months learning entrepreneurial skills, touring county businesses, and learning from mentors.

 

C-E-O facilitator Neil Hohenstein told Regional Radio News the students the trade show is a culmination of several months’ of learning what it’s like to be an entrepre

 

 

Again you’re welcome to attend this Sunday’s Christian County C-E-O Trade Show from 2 til 5 at the Taylorville Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

Online Gardening Training Courses Available

Online training is becoming a much bigger trend and the University of Illinois Extension program is extending that into gardening. Master Gardeners are encouraging you to take your love of gardening to the next level in 2024 by joining an online training course. Whether you are interested in the Master Gardener Certification process, want to volunteer, or simply want to become a better gardener, Illinois Gardener Training is for you. 

 

The training includes videos, a manual, reading materials, and quizzes. The course can be completed in 14 weeks with four hours of weekly work. A strong internet connection is highly recommended. This course is aimed at exposing participants to in-depth horticulture content through 13 modules including soils and fertilizers, plant diseases, entomology, pest management organic gardening and more. For more information, visit https://extension.illinois.edu/mg/become-master-gardener.  The course costs $300 and registration is open until May 20, 2024. Local fees may also apply.

 

After finishing training, participants have the option to put their newfound gardening knowledge to use by applying to become an Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. To become a Master Gardener, you must fill out and submit an application by contacting your local county Extension office. After the local coordinator reviews the application, applicants will be asked for an interview. Acceptance of trainees will be based on an established need for local Master Gardener volunteer activities. Please note that different counties have different periods for accepting applications and applying does not guarantee acceptance, as some units receive more applications than spaces available for training. 

 

Master Gardener volunteers participate in education programs in their communities. Those opportunities may include speaking at garden clubs, civic groups, or schools; answering calls or emails at garden help desks; establishing demonstration gardens that serve as educational tools; and educating citizens on how to establish community gardens.  For more information, contact your local Illinois Extension Office at go.illinois.edu/ExtensionOffice. 

Over 60 Attend Christian County CEO Investor Breakfast Thursday

The Christian County C-E-O Investor Relations Committee held their annual breakfast this (Thurs) morning at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville, to honor those who have contributed to the program which enables high school seniors in the county to learn entrepreneurial skills.

 

Committee chair Amy Hagen told Regional Radio News the event was a way to say thanks to those who give money to keep the program going in the county.

 

 

 

Christian County C-E-O President Doctor Bill Beyers told Regional Radio News the annual breakfast is an important occasion to honor those give the money to keep the program going.

 

 

Doctor Beyers added the dollars raised are even more important next year with a 2nd class being added in the county.

 

 

 

Don’t forget you’re invited to help this year’s 21 C-E-O students launch their businesses, by attending this Sunday’s trade show from 2 til 5 at the Taylorville Christian Church Fellowship Hall.  

 

Get more information on the Christian County C-E-O program on-line at christiancountyC-E-O-dot-com.

Memorial To Hold Health Care Summer Camp

Memorial Health is accepting applications for a free three-day healthcare careers summer camp for junior and senior high school students to be held June 10-12th from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Memorial Learning Center Campers will participate in hands-on learning activities and informative learning opportunities will include interactions with Memorial colleagues, college faculty, and undergraduate students.  

 

Career assessments, guest speakers, simulated work environments, career networking, a suture skills lab, and other activities will be included.  College prep activities will be utilized to prepare for a variety of healthcare education pathways. The camp is offered free of charge and will include lunch and snacks daily.  Registration is open until April 30th at 5 PM and selected applicants will be notified by May 6th.  Parent or guardian consent is required.  You can learn more and register, by calling 217-788-0034 or visiting memorial.health/health-careers-camp. 

Senator McClure Talks Successful Legislation and Bill Deadline Day In The Senate

Multiple constituent-driven pieces of legislation have passed through the Illinois Senate after being coordinated and fought for by Senator and Republican Floor Leader Steve McClure. Senator McClure has moved 6 bills successfully through the Senate with one awaiting further consideration after being given an extension.


McClure states that this session has seen bipartisan support on many of the bills, a dynamic that he says is not shared in the Illinois House of Representatives.

 


A resident of Chatham IL,  brought issues to Senator McClure that involved the Illinois Department of Transportation spraying pesticides along roadways that were contaminating residential property. Upon Further investigation, Senator McClure uncovered the dangerous cocktail of chemicals that was being spread into backyards and pools.

 


After a dangerous, multiple-vehicle crash that spilled anhydrous ammonia in Teutopolis, killing five people, Senator McClure seeks to add more education into the driver’s ed classes that teach students the importance of safety around these tankers.

 


More information on Senator McClure's legislation can be found at senatormcclure.com.


Senator Steve McClure appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Junior High School Students Share Excitement For Current Activities

Taylorville Junior High School fifth-grade students might only be in the first year of their middle school careers, but they are setting the tone for future generations of young learners. Two recent initiatives have ignited the student's passion for learning and relationship building with the Tornadoes Together Program and the recent participation at the STEM Fair in Rochester.


Students Amber Achenbach and Ally Koniak explained that Tornadoes Together extends a friendly hand to FACeS (Functional Academic and Communication Skills) students or students with disabilities. Amber and Ally hope that the program eventually becomes normalized and implemented for future learners.

 


Keagan Heimsness and Truman McKenzie have ventured into the world of computer software and coding. The fifth graders were up to the task when fielding questions from STEM fairgoers and have future plans to continue their interests in technology.

 


There are many opportunities to become a well-rounded student while at TJHS. Principal Eric Bruder spoke on the many clubs offered such as office assistance, student council, jazz band, media assistance, drama club, and a popular Dungeons and Dragons Club, and more.


Matt Peabody, Student Services Coordinator, works with the Tornadoes Together Program and says it was completely student-driven, Peabody calls the initiative inspiring.

 


TJHS Dean of Students, Jodi Acree says that attendance rates are going up and students are present to enjoy the many academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them.


Students Amber Achenbach, Ally Koniak, Keagan Heimsness, and Truman McKenzie along with administrators, Principal Eric Bruder, Matt Peabody, and Jodi Acree appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Junior High School Student Selected As Regional Student Leader

A Taylorville Junior High School student has been selected as a student leader for the Abe Lincoln Region of the Illinois Principals Association.  Madison Krachum has been selected and Junior High Principal Eric Bruder made the announcement saying that Krachum represents the very best of the student body at TJHS.  He says, she is kind, takes the time to encourage her peers, and engages in meaningful ways with both students and staff. 

 

Bruder says Krachum is involved in many community activities and organizations.  She is a leader in the Student Council, Scholastic Bowl Team, Band, and TJHS Student Library Assistants.  

 

She will be honored on May 8th, 2024 at the University of Illinois Springfield.  Breakfast will begin at 9 AM with a small program beginning at 9:30 AM.  Dr. Lindsay Hall will be the keynote speaker.  We here at Regional Radio News salute you Madison Krachum!

Villas of Hollybrook In Shelbyville Recognized

The Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville, an assisted living community located in Shelbyville, IL, has achieved a deficiency-free annual survey administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Meridian Senior Living Regional Director of Operations, Shannon Paden, says that this survey is a testament to the excellence in care provided by the senior living community. 

 

Nicole Perry, Executive Director, expressed her excitement, saying that receiving this news was thrilling and that the dedicated staff works tirelessly, delivering meticulous care to residents and families. 

 

Achieving a deficiency-free survey in Illinois requires meeting or exceeding all state and federal standards across all services provided at the facility. According to a 2023 KFF analysis, only about 2% of Illinois senior communities—approximately 24 out of 1,200 long-term care facilities—were deficiency-free.

 

Assisted living communities in Illinois undergo regular inspections without prior notice to ensure compliance with state regulations. These inspections encompass interviews, physical premise inspections, observation of operations, and record reviews, covering various aspects such as care quality, safety measures, residents' rights, and confidentiality.

 

Located close to the popular destination Lake Shelbyville, The Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville is currently accepting new move-ins. Residents enjoy inclusive amenities and a pet-friendly environment. The community’s dedicated staff provides essential support, including bathing, dressing, medication management, and crisis response. They also organize engaging daily activities such as holiday-themed events, games, gardening, crafts, and music sessions to ensure residents remain active and connected. To learn more about The Villas of Holly Brook Shelbyville, visit www.villashollybrookshelbyville.com or call (618) 526-0100.

No Tax Sale At Wrights Furniture For The Rest Of April

Wright’s Furniture is offering a zero-tax sale for the rest of April on all in-stock inventory at their locations in Taylorville, Robinson, and Dieterich. In honor of summer approaching, Saleswoman, Sandy Carter speaks on the wide range of home and outside furniture options available, the long-lasting quality of the items, and the delivery services.


Carter says buying furniture is not a reoccurring event for many, so individuals and families might have some “sticker shock” when venturing out for a new couch or recliner. The No Tax Sale looks to ease the financial burden of purchasing an investment in one's home.

 


Wright’s features brands such as Lazy Boy, Flex Steel, and Country Woodworking. Carter notes that Wright’s Furniture features their own line of mattresses that can not be found anywhere else.

 


Purchasing a piece of furniture is half the battle, delivery and move-in end up becoming a sticking point in the process. Wright’s is here to help you with all of the details including, delivery, set-up, and even removal of the furniture that is being replaced.

 


Find Wright’s Furniture in Taylorville at 400 North Webster Street, in Dieterich at 113 North Main Street, and in Robinson at 1317 East Main Street. You can also call 217-824-9123 for more information.


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

Taylorville Fire Department Receives BDD Funds For Improvements

The Taylorville Fire Department purchased a new Freight-Liner Tanker Fire Truck to add to their fleet of vehicles and was approved at a city council meeting to receive $107,000 from the Business Development District for needed repairs to their facility.


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry wants the community to understand the importance of the 1% sales tax placed on Taylorville retailers and hotels, the funds gathered are used to help in any project that benefits the district. New equipment and building upkeep for the Taylorville Fire Department make for efficient and reliable first responders.

 


Taylorville will soon see the $5-million redevelopment in the downtown area as BDD funds look to create the infrastructure suitable for more businesses and living arrangements on the second floors.

 


For more information on Taylorville developments or BDD contact 217-824-2101.


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

 


 

Christian County Board Meets For Monthly Board Meeting

Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening for their regular monthly board meeting.  After roll call and minutes, the board approved appointments for Joe Dorr to the Owaneco Fire Protection District and Ron Verardi to the Taylorville Fire Protection District.  The board approved some ordinances including zoning variance applications.  Chairman Bryan Sharp says the first one was for Sloan Implement Company at 2050 North Road and Illinois Route 29.  

 

 

The next zoning variance application was for Central Commodity FS on Vandeveer in Morrisonville.  

 

 

The next zoning variance application was for Warren Elder at 1871 East 2850 North Road in Blue Mound. 

 

 

All zoning variance applications were approved. Under agenda items, it was approved to move committee meetings to 6 PM instead of 6:30 PM. A resolution was adopted in the migrant asylum seeker resolution. Chairman Sharp said that the Board does not intend to seek funding from Illinois to fund migrants or asylum seekers. 

 

The board adopted salaries for the circuit clerk and coroner. Under new business, the board tabled a motion on the Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone. There was a little discussion on the Kincaid Ash Pond. The board waited to send a letter until they got further information on what is actually taking place there. 

 

The next County Board meeting is set for May 21st. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hear From TPD School Resource Officer At Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of 2 Taylorville Police School Resource Officers at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. 

 

Sergeant Alan Mills, a 20-year-veteran of the Taylorville Police Department, is the School Resource Officer at Taylorville High School and Memorial Elementary School.  Sargent Mills gave an outline of why more and more school districts around the country have law enforcement officers in their buildings as a deterrent to gun violence in schools.

 

Sergeant Mills said the Columbine, Colorado High School shootings changed the landscape for schools nationwide.  Today, over 65-percent of the country’s schools have a School Resource Officer, with over 50-thousand in schools across the United States. 

 

He complimented the Taylorville School District and Administration for the great cooperation he’s received.   In addition to having a presence in the 2 schools, he serves as crossing guard at the busy Springfield Street crosswalk at the high school, and speaks to classes on law enforcement.

 

He told Kiwanis members it was thru a combined effort between he and school officials, that made the discovery of a look-alike pistol in a student’s possession. He showed the club a picture of the gun and described the events that unfolded:

 

 

You can help the Taylorville Kiwanis Club raise money for their many projects benefiting children and youth, by purchasing tickets for their annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 27th at the Moose Lodge.   Advance tickets are available from Kiwanis members, at Taylorville Community Credit Union, People's Bank and Trust Taylorville branch, and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce office on the square.   They can also be purchased the day of the event at the door.  Proceeds benefit such Kiwanis projects as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, high school and Y-M-C-A scholarships, and helping fund other local non-profit organizations with similar goals.

 

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.

Dust Storm On I-72

Illinois State Police are warning of a dust storm on I-72 between mileposts 80 – 85.  This is impacting I-72 travel in both directions, motorists speed and visibility are severely diminished.  Take your time and get to where you need to go.  GIve yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination and remember conditions can change rapidly.  

 

Update:  We are now being told that I-72 is closed for that section of highway. We will provide updates when they are released. 

Assumption Man Accused Of Child Pornography Ordered Held Until Trial

An Assumption man accused of 20 counts of child pornography under the age of 13 will have to stay in jail until his trial. Nicholas Vaughn was in Christian County Court on Monday afternoon and detention was found appropriate. After arguments were heard, and release was denied, Vaughn waived arraignment, pleaded not guilty, and demanded trial by jury.  He also asked for time to hire private counsel. A request for the public defender was denied after a look at Vaughn's financial circumstances. Vaughn's first appearance with counsel will be on April 22nd, at 10 AM. 

 

 

Dali Bliss Boutique New Location Now Open in Pana

A growing business in Pana is also finding success in its partner stores in Decatur and Lincoln. Dali Bliss Boutique is located at 39 South Locust Street in Pana and Owner, Jody Suey says she is excited to bring more local shopping options to the community. Suey explains that the Decatur location is a salon and boutique which is where she got her start five years ago.


Suey gives the breakdown of the three locations, saying that the Pana store is the result of good timing and Jody’s husband being a native of Pana.

 


Suey looks to bring more events to the Pana location. Thursday, April 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., nurses will be on hand providing services like permanent jewelry and lip filler.

 


Starting a business was scary at first, says Suey. She says she started with only a salon where she was the sole operator, which grew into a multiple-store operation in 2019.

 


Dali Bliss in Decatur is located at 159 West Main Street in Decatur, in Lincoln, 604 Broadway Street suite 2, and in Pana, 39 South Locust Street.


Check them out online at dalibliss.com.


Jody Suey appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in Downtown Pana.

Taylorville High School Girls Track Team Honored at City Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council gathered for a regular meeting on Monday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. The topics discussed included motions to approve road closures for the Memorial Day Service, the Taylorville Fire Department receiving funds from the BDD, and the status of the bent flag pole at Oak Hill Cemetery.

 

Alderman, Randy Mitchelson spoke on the bent flag pole, stating that he believes the pole should be moved to a new location and preserved as a historical monument. No motion was made and Mayor Barry says he looks to continue the conversion in upcoming meetings.

 

 

The Taylorville Fire Department Trustees gave a presentation to the City of Keys for the new Pierce Freightliner Dryside Tanker fire truck, passing off the keys to Mayor Bruce Barry.

 

 

 

 

Under ordinances, the GSI Group was approved for a time extension to install and make a functioning subject solar energy facility. Limiting cigarette and tobacco licenses to 20 and increasing fines to $750 carried unanimously. The Taylorville Fire Department was approved to receive $107,000 from BDD for needed repairs on their building. Road closures were approved for Cherokee Street going south to Gandy Street, to Second and First Streets on Monday, May 27th, for the Memorial Day Service from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

The Taylorville Girls Track Team was honored as athletes Emma Althoff, Ella Goodman, Ava Odam, Olivia Woodward, Alyssa Andreatta, Sydney Lowis, Lyla Repscher, and Liliella Vail accepted the mayor's proclamation to mark April 15th, 2024 as 2024 Taylorville High School Girls Track Team day. 

 


The City Attorney, Rocci Romano, and Mayor Bruce Barry gave their reports. Mayor Barry gave updates on golf cart regulations and city property.

 

 

 

All members of the board were present except for Kathy Driskell and omnibus votes were all approved for previous meetings. The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

The next Taylorville City Council meeting is set for May 6th.
 

Police Investigating Body Found In Altamont

Altamont Police Department is investigating after a body was found in water in Altamont on Sunday.  Effingham County Dive Team, Sheriff's Office, and Coroner's Office investigated a body that was found in a pond just south of Interstate-70 in the 100 block of South Frontage Street in Altamont around 7 PM. The identity of the man is being withheld, pending notification of the family. The investigation is being led by the Altamont Police Department.

Sinkhole Opens Near Route 185 Between Hillsboro & Coffeen

Route 185 has closed a portion of the road between Hillsboro and Coffeen, after a sinkhole opened up in a field nearby.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the sinkhole has shut down a portion of Route 185 for an indefinite amount of time. The road is closed while a geotechnical consultant evaluates the situation.  The sinkhole has slightly increased, making the area unsafe for travel.  

Multiple Spring Road Work Projects Get Underway Today

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced two separate road construction projects that will be taking place in both Effingham and Mt. Zion.  In Effingham, construction of the turn lanes on Fayette Avenue through the Raney Street intersection in Effingham begins today. This closure is part of the Fayette Ave reconstruction project. 

 

Resurfacing on Illinois 121 through Mount Zion, from U.S. 36 to the south limits of Mount Zion, will also resume today. The upgraded traffic signals and sidewalk ramps included in this $11.9 million project have been completed, with the milling, resurfacing and striping remaining. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction with traffic control signs, arrow boards and barricades directing traffic. Benefits from this project include a smoother driving surface and safer intersections. The project is expected to be completed by mid-June.

 

In Effingham, through April 29, Fayette Avenue you will not be allowed to turn left onto Raney Street, but one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Fayette Avenue through the intersection. Only right turns onto Fayette Avenue from Raney Street will be allowed, and through traffic is prohibited. The northbound traffic on Raney Street wanting to turn left will be detoured utilizing Grove Avenue and Henrietta Street. Eastbound traffic wanting to access the Speedway gas station will use their east entrance. Signs and message boards will be posted to direct traffic during this partial closure.

 

If you are traveling through the area you can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, the use of alternate routes should be considered. You are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment.

 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,000 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Four of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $12.1 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges, and 762 additional safety improvements.

 

For IDOT District 7 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict7 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com, which you can find on www.taylorvilledailynews.com.

Senator Turner's Food Desert Bill Heading To House

State Senator Doris Turner's initiative to combat food deserts in Illinois gained momentum as Senate Bill 3219 cleared the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill is championed by Turner and aims to extend grants to farmer-owned grocery stores and markets, building on the Illinois Grocery Initiative of 2023.

 

Turner recognizes the importance of supporting small-scale farmers who play a large role in ensuring access to fresh, nutritious foods. By expanding grant eligibility to farmer-owned establishments, the legislation seeks to address the scarcity of healthy food options in underserved areas across the state.

 

The proposal was inspired by conversations with Jenny Sauer-Schmidgall, founder of Grab 'n' Go Greenhouse in Riggston, who promises to create locally sourced food hubs that offer affordable and nutritious products to consumers. Sauer-Schmidgall calls the bill a catalyst for practical rural development and commerce, emphasizing its potential to keep food and revenue within local communities.

 

Senate Bill 3219 now moves to the House for further consideration, signaling a step forward in the ongoing battle against food insecurity in Illinois.

Fish Cleaning Stations Open At Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville is sporting some new fish cleaning stations for anglers to utilize as fishing season rolls in. Brock Key, Park Ranger of the US Army Corps of Engineers says surrounding campgrounds at Lake Shelbyville will be opening in the coming weeks.

 


Prior to the new fish cleaning stations being installed, anglers disposed of their fish carcasses by throwing them in a nearby dumpster, the new stations are automated and ready for use says Park Ranger Key.

 


For questions about Lake Shelbyville contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774/3951.


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

Taylorville City Council Set To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening at 7 PM for their regular city council meeting. The girl's track team will be recognized and there will be a presentation to the City of Keys to the new Pierce Freightliner Dryside Tanker fire truck. 

 

Under ordinances, the council will review ordinance including a motion to approve the Cherokee Street Closing going south from Gandy Street to Second Street and First Street at Cherokee Street on Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Service.  Other ordinances that will need approval, include extending the time period for GSI Group for the solar facility, limiting cigarette and tobacco dealer’s licenses to 20, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Annual Car Show on June 22nd, Taylorville Fire receiving $107,000 from BDD for needed repairs to the fire department, and removal of the bent flag pole at the cemetery. 

 

Under committee reports, the council will review selling the Danko Tanker Truck from the Taylorville Fire Department, purchasing a new computer system and software, promoting Kaylee Jones to Office Level II, two John Deere Mowers, and seal coating the Airport Parking Lot.  

 

The council will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

Senator McClure Files Bill To Relieve Interest On Property Taxes For Deceased

Even when a person has passed away, governments may still be charging them interest and penalties on property taxes, creating significant financial issues for their heirs. State Senator Steve McClure is advancing legislation he believes will help provide relief.

 

Senator McClure says that government shouldn’t be taxing and fining people who are dead.  He says this is a common sense idea that will help families during times they are grieving the loss of a loved one. 

 

Senate Bill 2832, filed by McClure, would allow for the estate of a deceased individual to apply for a waiver with the county treasurer. The waiver would prevent interest and penalties from being charged on delinquent property taxes for the deceased individual. The waiver would apply from the date of the decedent’s death until either the estate is closed or the property is sold, transferred, or conveyed.

 

McClure’s legislation was inspired by a constituent, Laurie Stall, who had to deal with a similar situation.

 

Stall says she’s glad that the bill passed. She hopes that maybe it will help in the future for someone that is taking care of the estate of a deceased family member,” 

 

SB 2832 passed the Senate on April 9th and now awaits action in the Illinois House.

Assumption Man In Court For 20 Counts Of Dissemination Of Child Pornography

An Assumption man was in Christian County criminal court after being accused of 20 counts of child pornography. 41-year-old Nicholas Vaughn of Assumption was in criminal court on Friday charged with child pornography dissemination of a minor under the age of 13.  If found guilty, the charges combined will amount to 12-60 years as they are mandatory consecutive according to Christian County State’s Attorney John McWard. 

 

The state has filed a motion to deny pretrial release and Vaughn is trying to secure an attorney for that case so it has been pushed to April 15th at 2 PM. 

New Mental Health Case Worker For The Christian County Health Department

The Christian County Health Department welcomes Payton Champley as their new Mental Health Case Worker. Champley is a Taylorville native and a graduate of Illinois State University. Mental Health services are an aspect Dr. Chad Anderson, Public Health Administrator, has been working to add after a survey notified the health department that mental health has risen to the most prevalent need in the county.


Dr. Anderson describes the mental health grant that was awarded to the Christian County Health Department to add a mental health case worker. Since taking the position in February 2024, Champley has been learning about the needs of the community and hearing from local, fully developed mental health departments.

 


Payton Champley is spending time building up programs and services to direct people struggling with mental health to the proper avenues.

 


Dr. Anderson is eager to begin operations of mental health in Christian County and plans on expanding the department to fit community needs in the future.

 


To inquire about mental health services at the Christian County Health Department, contact them to get in touch with Champley by calling 217-824-4113.


Payton Champley and Dr. Chad Anderson appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.


 

With Warmer Temperatures, Be Aware Of Ticks, Other Pests

The warmer temperatures have many of us venturing outside, some in search of mushrooms.  Morel Mushroom Hunting season is upon us and many folks have already had some luck.  But State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) and health departments around the state, want to remind you, that we aren't the only ones enjoying the outdoors.

 

 

When heading back inside you'll want to be sure to check for tiny hitch-hikers, the same grassy, woodsy natural areas that mushroom hunters frequent are those where ticks lurk.  Because of changes in the weather and climate, ticks are “changing and increasing” their geographical range. And with their increased presence comes the potential for unwanted diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.

 

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html 

Missions For Taylorville Announces Volunteer and Home Service Applications

Missions for Taylorville is sending out the call to fill out volunteer and home service applications for their biannual workday, providing carpentry, painting, yard work, window washing, gutter cleaning, and miscellaneous services to community members. People assisting homeowners in need by giving a helping hand is at the core of Missions for Taylorville’s values.


Yolanda Marucco, a task force Member of Missions for Taylorville says in faith-based mission trips, the work is often taken overseas, Missions For Taylorville looks to solve various home and land issues locally and volunteers can come from all backgrounds, not just a ministry.

 


In past years of workdays for Missions for Taylorville, over 100 volunteers arrived at Calvary Baptist Church to learn their assignment for the day. June 1st is set as Missions For Taylorville workday and Marucco says some volunteers get an early start on their tasks.

 


Marucco says Missions For Taylorville is hosting a meeting on Monday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial Christian Church. The meeting is open to anyone interested in volunteering or having services applied to a home.


Applications for work that needs to be done on a home or to volunteer to complete that task are due by Monday, April 13th.


Applications and information can be found by calling 217-824-8181, by email at, missionsfortaylorville@gmail.com, or on Facebook at missionsfortaylorville.


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

State Leaders Oppose USPS Consolidation Plan

Various state leaders have expressed concern and opposition to the United States Postal Service's (USPS) proposed network consolidation plan. While the proposal has good intentions, many politicians feel it would ultimately create unemployment and mail delays for Illinois residents.

 

State Representative Mike Coffey says that the change would be devastating to central Illinois. 

 

 

The current proposal by the USPS would convert 58 Processing and Distribution Centers into Local Mail Processing Centers. This action would redirect Springfield's packages and unprocessed mail to St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Rep. Coffey and community leaders say they are very concerned about losing local jobs, creating more delays in mail delivery, and the reliability of services to both residents and businesses. One of the biggest concerns is the delivery of medication for those who rely on prompt mail service to maintain their health.

Community Leaders Meet To Discuss Business Marketing

A group of leaders in Christian County gathered on Thursday afternoon to discuss planning and preservation of the downtown of Taylorville. Led by Cindy Frisina, of Heartland Development, the group met with Quinn Adamowski, a Regional Advocacy Manager with Landmarks Illinois. Adamowski met with the group that included many business owners, city and county officials, and other locals. Landmarks Illinois is a group that is dedicated to preserving older buildings and helping cities preserve their downtown areas. 

 

Adamowski urged leaders to take a look at special tax incentives that would help revitalize the downtown area. 

 

 

Adamowski encouraged hard looks at how TIF and BDD money was being utilized.

 

 

He also says that communities need to find their identity and figure out their strengths and weaknesses. 

 

 

Some of the group leaders that attended included Cindy Frisina, Mayor Bruce Barry, Dick Breckenridge, Gary and Brenda Spurling, Joe Curvey, Matt Hart, Kirby Casner, Megan Bryant, Jennifer and Ken Franklin, Jeff Peabody, and many others. For more information on Landmarks, visit https://www.landmarks.org/who-we-are/. 

 

LLCC Hosts Livestock Judging Contest At Christian County Fairgrounds

More than 800 FFA and 4-H members from Illinois and Indiana gathered on Thursday at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville for the Lincoln Land Community College Livestock Judging Contest.


The Lincoln Land Community College Livestock Judging Team and Agriculture Club were on hand providing tips and expertise to the next crop of agriculturally minded individuals. Contestants judge classes of beef, swine, sheep, and goats to evaluate the quality of breeding stock or the meat.


Livestock judging events strengthen FFA and 4-H members’ critical thinking skills, and public speaking to give opportunities for collegiate scholarships.

 

Taylorville Police Department Keeps Watchful Eye On School District

The Taylorville Police Department assures local schools are safe in the city in the wake of the incident at Taylorville High School where a student was caught with a fake weapon on school grounds. Further investigations found real weapons and ammunition at the student's home. Taylorville Police emphasize that in any situation that threatens student safety, Taylorville Police, the Emergency Management Agency, and surrounding law enforcement agencies would be on the scene in minutes with school building information and a plan to secure the school and eliminate any threats.


Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says a post on social media by the student that was threatening in nature gave TPD a warning of a threat at the school and cause to detain and hold the student in custody.

 


Chief Wheeler thanks Taylorville Schools for their commitment to communication during these times of danger and confusion. Adding that with a rise in social media usage among children, any post that may be seen as threatening will be taken seriously by the Taylorville Police Department.

 


Constant training for local law enforcement allows all members on the scene of a school threat to be aware of the building layout, to most efficiently eliminate any threat. Chief Wheeler adds that school resource officers are posted in the Junior High and High Schools in Taylorville.

 


The Taylorville Police Department urges you to stay vigilant as well. If you see something say something, the TPD is ready to accept information concerning any threat to the community to handle it professionally.


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

Anti Stalking Bill Passes Senate

State Senator Steve Stadelman’s legislation aimed at combating electronic stalking has successfully passed the Senate and advanced to the House.

 

Electronic stalking, a form of harassment and intimidation facilitated through various digital platforms and communication channels, has become increasingly prevalent in today’s society.

 

In this modern technological era, electronic devices are commonly used to track keys, wallets, luggage, and other personal items. However, these electronic devices can also be used by people to stalk others.

 

The measure seeks to include electronic stalking as a method of criminal stalking, providing crucial legal protections for victims in the digital age.

 

 

Senate Bill 2683 passed the Senate and heads to the House for further consideration.

Dairy Farms Utilizing Sustainable Practices

April is Earth Month and the St. Louis Dairy Council is highlighting the 96% of U. S. farms that are family-owned and operated. According to the St. Louis Dairy Council, milk is one of the most regulated products on grocery store shelves, causing farmers to treat their heads of cattle almost like family members.


Kelsey Bentlage, a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council says animal care is the priority for dairy farmers as happy and healthy cows produce more milk.

 


Farmers are strategic when thinking of their water use footprint. Current farm operations reuse the same water for different purposes five to six different times, says Bentlage.

 


Cow manure is being used for more than just nutrient-rich fertilizer, manure is being converted into renewable energy according to Bentlage.

 


Visit stldairycouncil on Facebook, Instagram, or online to find recipes of the month and more sustainable farming information.


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

Taylorville Kiwanis Hold Annual Clean-Up Day at Kiwanis Park

It was a beautiful day last Saturday for 7 members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club to spend over 2 hours cleaning up Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville.   It was the club’s annual Clean-Up Day at the facility.

 

Work included cleaning up the park itself, removing brush from around the playground, and getting it ready for the public to use this year.

 

Kiwanis Park co-chairs Larry Kemner and Duane Stock oversaw the effort.

 

The public can book the Kiwanis Park Pavilion for family gatherings or events, by calling the Taylorville City Clerk’s Office.

California Man Arrested For Meeting A Minor In Central Illinois

A California man was arrested after traveling to meet with a minor in Sangamon County. 24 year old Matthew M. Rodriguez of Sylmar, California was arrested on charges of transportation of minors, enticement of a minor, and transfer of obscene material to a minor. 

 

Authorities say in September of 2022, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an adult male communicating with a Sangamon County-area minor child using an online platform.  The adult male distributed the minor’s nude images on social media and it was reported that he had traveled from out of state to meet with the minor for sexual acts. 

 

After gathering evidence, Rodriguez was arrested on April 3rd around 6:17 PM at a residence in Springfield.  Evidence shows he traveled from California to Sangamon County to meet with the minor.  The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over to Homeland Security, due to the federal offense of crossing state lines to meet a minor. 

 

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office thanked Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, Homeland Security Investigations, the US Attorney’s Office-Central District of Illinois for assistance. 

Find Missing Money With The Illinois State Treasurer's Office

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is again highlighting a statewide initiative to reunite residents with their unclaimed money and property through the I-Cash program. With billions of dollars sitting unclaimed, Frerichs says it is a simple process of residents checking if they have any overlooked assets. The program safeguards various forms of unclaimed property, including unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards.

 

Frerichs notices the surprise many citizens experience upon discovering overlooked investments or paychecks. He stressed the ease of claiming these funds, emphasizing that they rightfully belong to the people of Illinois.

 

Frerichs' efforts include digital media, newspaper ads, and direct mail campaigns to reach residents across Illinois. State law mandates regular publication of ads in all 102 counties and sending letters to individuals with newly reported unclaimed property of $100 or more.

 

Statistics reveal that approximately one in four adults in Illinois who search I-Cash discover unclaimed property, with an average claim amounting to $1,000. Under Treasurer Frerichs', $1.9 billion has been returned through 1.5 million claims. His tenure has seen improvements in technology, efficiency, and state laws, aimed at simplifying the process of claiming unclaimed property.

 

To find unclaimed property or missing money visit, icash.illinoistreasurer.gov.

Pana Community Hospital Highlights Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Pana Community Hospital provides convenient care with its ongoing inpatient and outpatient services. PCH wants the community to know about these care options to end extensive travel out of town to get treatments.


Tifanee Knapp, a Registered Nurse and Infusion Nurse at PCH describes the treatment options available for outpatient services.

 


Some treatments are too involved to be completed from home. PCH works to create easy access to these infusions so citizens will not be burdened by heavy travel and a change in setting.

 


To gain access to these services, Knapp says a primary care provider or specialist can refer patients to PCH.


Tracy Craig, Director of Inpatient Services adds the availability and accommodations for special cases.

 


To learn more about inpatient and outpatient services at Pana Community Hospital, visit panahospital.com.


Tifanee Knapp and Tracie Craig appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Christian County Farm Bureau Playing Large Role at CC Fair

The Christian County Agricultural Fair is known for the carnival rides, demolition derby, and live music performances, but according to Angela Ohl-Marsters, the fair would not be possible without the dedicated Christian County Farm Bureau, leading the next generation of agriculturally minded citizens.


Alec Myers, Manager of the CC Farm Bureau is a native of Christian County and says his background in agriculture makes guiding the young farmers of today towards their future in ag and the fairs important in their journey.

 


Those who are showing livestock during the CC Fair have a very busy week says Myers. Parents and livestock exhibitors are preparing their animals before sunrise and the CC Farm Bureau uses their resources to make those mornings a little easier.

 


Angela Ohl-Marsters, Promotions and Marketing Director for the CC Fair calls agriculture the heart and soul of the far.

 


Tickets are on sale now for the Rodney Atkins and Allie Colleen concert appearing on July 19th and can be found at christiancountyfair.com/events/live-concert-rodney-atkins.


Alec Myers and Angela Ohl-Marsters appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School Board Meets for April Meeting

A new transportation bid and new HVAC systems for the gym were the main talking points of the regular Taylorville school board meeting on Tuesday night.

Before the meeting, there was a closed session to discuss the incident on April 3rd that involved a student bringing a fake weapon onto school grounds. Following this session, it was announced that the student was expelled for 2 calendar years.

 

Once the board transitioned into the regular session, it was announced that Taylorville School District would go with Durham School Services for their next 3-year contract. Durham School Services was the previous transportation provider for the Taylorville School District. Representatives from Durham School Services were present and announced that included with this deal would be the addition of 13 new school buses model year 2018 or newer.

 

A new HVAC project for the gymnasium, front lobby, and public restroom was passed 5-2, with Dr. Mizer and Tom Finks voting no. The project has a total cost of $853,811 and is expected to begin at the end of the school year, with completion anticipated for the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year in August.

 

 

New interim superintendent Kenny Schwengel gave his first superintendent report.

 

 

There was a presentation from the Christian County CEO program that explained they wanted to expand to include 2 classes for the next school year. The expansion would help some students who were unable to take the classes due to them being offered only in the morning, as well as students from other school districts in Christian County.

 

The board approved the press policy, the custodial supply bid, the Gosolutions bid, and credit recovery. These items are renewed annually.

 

The board also approved minutes and the treasurer's report, as well as claims.

 

The next school board meeting is scheduled for May 14th.
 

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears About Pillars Event Center, Air BnB at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Pillars Event Center and the new co-located “Air B and B” at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. 

 

Jerry Cocagne gave Kiwanis members his background as a long-time insurance agent in the community, followed by his purchase in April of 2015 of the former First Baptist Church on East Market.   He and former partner Kevin Hamel purchased the building, which is 100 years old this year, and spent a year and a half remodeling it to turn it into what became the Pillars Event Center.

 

Cocagne told Kiwanis members the investment they put into the building.

 

 

Work included painting, decorating, new floor joists, and a new HVAC system.  Jerry’s wife Lori assisted Jerry in much of the work.

 

Pillars opened to events on December First, 2016, and has hosted as many as 25 weddings and 15 dinners each year, plus as many as 15 smaller meetings in the former gym which was turned into a chapel and meeting space.

 

The Cocagne’s more recently purchased the house just east of their event center, and after remodeling it, has turned it into an “Air B and B”.  

 

The public is reminded of the annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 27th at the Moose Lodge, which is one of the club’s biggest fund-raisers to assist children and youth in the community.  Advance tickets are now available from Kiwanis members, at Taylorville Community Credit Union, People's Bank and Trust Taylorville branch, and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce office on the square.   They can also be purchased the day of the event at the door.

 

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.

Shelbyville Students Of The Month Announced For March

The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for March were presented with their awards recently. Pictured from left to right are Jake Palmer, Trinity Riley, Seth Crosley, and Anna Tynan.

Freshman:  Jake Palmer, Sophmore:  Trinity Riley, Junior:  Seth Crosley, Senior on far right is:  Anna Tynan.

 

Regional Radio News congratulates the Students of the Month!

 

Taylorville Students Of The Month Announced For March

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for March. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for March are Dekota Blue, Jackie Cargle, Arianna Presnell, and Ava Odam. 

L - R:  PBT REPRESENTATIVE MASON CROWE, FRESHMAN DEKOTA BLUE; SOPHOMORE JACKIE CARGLE; JUNIOR ARIANNA PRESNELL; SENIOR AVA ODAM

 

Pana Student's Of The Month For March Announced

Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR along with People's Bank and Trust are recognizing the Pana Students of the Month for March.  The March Students of the Month are Harrison Cothern, Brianna Mathis, Noah Gorenz, and Simon Rickett.

 

L - R:  PBT REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER MATHIS; FRESHMEN HARRISON COTHERN; SOPHOMORE BRIANNA MATHIS; JUNIOR NOAH GORENZ; SENIOR(NOT PICTURED) SIMON RICKETT; PBT REPRESENTATIVE KYNDALL JONES

Taylorville Junior High Students Of The Month Recognized For March

Miller Media Group and Peoples Bank & Trust Students of the Month for March at Taylorville Junior High School were recognized. These students were honored for displaying "responsibility"  throughout March.

 

Pictured: Nicole Maloney, Nikyla Lawrence (5), Drake Hoy (6), James May (7), and Addison Cottingham (8).

Taylorville Community to Host Community Blood Drive

Taylorville Community is teaming up with ImpactLife to hold a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, April 25th. The event will take place at the Christian County Extension Office Auditorium from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

 

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental permission) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo ID is required for donation. For those unsure about their eligibility, you can contact ImpactLife at (800) 747-5401 for clarification. If you last gave blood on or before February 29th, 2024, are eligible to participate in this drive.

 

ImpactLife serves as the primary provider of blood products and services to over 125 hospitals and Emergency Medical Services in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. In the Taylorville area, ImpactLife exclusively serves Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital. As a token of appreciation, If you donate you will receive an ImpactLife Promo Voucher that can be redeemed for various rewards. appointments are encouraged, and interested donors can contact ImpactLife Springfield at (800) 747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60145 to locate the drive. 
 

Pana High School Finding Success With Capturing Kids Hearts Program

The Capturing Kids Hearts Program is a district-wide initiative in the Pana School District that drives educators K-12 to pursue further education to support students' social-emotional well-being, strong relationships within the educational community, and improve student contentedness.


Autumn Amling, Dean of Students at Pana High School says she sees the program manifest in the student-to-teacher communication channels.

 


Pana High School students were given the opportunity to play their part in the Capturing Kids Hearts Program with an option to peer mentor students from Lincoln Elementary School.

 


Fundraisers and seasonal initiatives are a byproduct of the CKH program. Amling says the students are eager to be involved and to them, it is about creating a culture and community around giving back.

 


Amling says instilling these simple means of communication and respect gets more out of their students when they know there is a culture of educational success and dedication.


Autumn Amling appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust.


 

Taylorville School Board Meets for April Meeting

The Taylorville School Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, April 9th, at 6:00 p.m. at the district office for a regular meeting. The Christian County CEO group will give a presentation and Brenda Patrick will provide talking points from the Illinois Association of School Boards. 

Consideration and approval are needed for a contract with GoSolutions along with considerations for bids for transportation and the HVAC bid for the high school gymnasium. 

A consideration of personnel and overnight trip requests will also be covered at the meeting.

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


 

Taylorville Fire Department Welcomes New Truck

The Taylorville Fire Department is enjoying a new Pierce Tanker for their department.  The truck carries 2,000 gallons of water and is used in rural areas that don’t have access to hydrants.  Firefighters will be completing training on the new truck over the next few weeks and loading it with equipment.  The tanker was purchased by the Taylorville Fire Protection District and is leased to the City of Taylorville Fire Department. 

What To Know About The Outdoor Weather Sounder

With soundings of the severe weather sirens across Central Illinois this spring, the Emergency Management Agency wants the community to understand what this siren means and how to react when they hear it.


Jeff Stoner, Director of the Christian County EMA says that the loud and distinctive wail of the siren means the threat of a tornado is in the area, not that a tornado is touching down in the city. Nevertheless, Stoner says when the community hears that siren, seeking shelter in a safe structure is the priority.

 


Stoner says the “tornado” siren is a preventative measure to keep people safe and informed.

 


Having battery-powered devices like flashlights and radios will withstand power outages says Stoner.

 


To reach the Christian County Emergency Management Agency 217-561-1197.


Jeff Stoner appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Practicing Proper Mental Health During Spring

One professional wants community members to understand that struggling with mental health is a battle that many people are fighting and the closing of winter to the onset of spring exacerbates these feelings.


Ed Lacheta, Clinical Director of Shelby County Community Services says living in the here and now will help alleviate feelings of depression or anxiety.

 


Lacheta provides examples of mindfulness and how living in the moment will ground individuals struggling with mental health.

 


As many individuals prepare for spring cleaning and a renewal of their homes and even themselves, Lacheta reminds us to not allow the pressure of others to influence what is happening at the present moment.

 


To reach Shelby County Community Services, contact 217-774-5587.


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

Taylorville Police Looking For Subject With Active Warrant

Taylorville Police are looking for a resident who is being wanted for possession of meth with intent to deliver. The Community Action Team is looking for 55 year old Theodore Workman of Taylorville after receiving several complaints at a residence concerning drug sales. After a search warrant was obtained, evidence showed the sale and distribution of narcotics. 

 

Taylorville police believe he is still in the area.  He is currently out on pre-trial release from another drug-related arrest and was released from custody due to the Safe-T Act. Police urge you to get in touch with them or call Crime Stoppers.

 

 

Visitor Guides Available At Shelby County Office of Tourism

Many of the events and programs happening in and around Shelbyville are promoted by the Shelby County Office of Tourism. Director, Freddie Fry says visitor guides are in for the 2024 year and are ready to be picked up at 501 North Harrison Street in Shelbyville.

 


The Shelby County Office of Tourism is the smallest in the State of Illinois and garners funds through tourism to Shelby County the motel and hotel taxes.

 


Fry says enjoyillinois.com will have large state-wide events and also utilizes TV commercials for outreach.

 


The Shelby County Office of Tourism can be contacted at 217-398-9623.


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

State Rep Halbrook Looks For Transparency In Transportation

A new bill is calling for more transparency when it comes to transportation projects. State Representative Brad Halbrook is sponsoring legislation that calls for the Illinois Department of Transportation to have pre-bid, pre-construction meetings with various entities in the area of construction.  This bill will allow county, township, and municipal elected officials to be included.  Effingham County Sheriff, Paul Kuhns testified in committee in support of the new legislation.

 

 

State Representative Halbrook says that there is nothing wrong with the system, but it can be better.

 

 

House Bill 5422 is currently in the Transportation:  Regulations, Roads, and Bridges Committee and is still being negotiated between the sponsor at IDOT.

4H Youth Visit Melvin Price Locks And Dam

An environmental science career exploration trip and tour with the Army Corps of Engineers fascinated eighteen 4-H youth from various central Illinois counties on Monday. 4-H youth from Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties explored Melvin Price Locks and Dam.  The group was led by Extension 4-H Staff, Jessica Jaffry, Kate Harding, and Taylor Pope. 

 

Youth participants met with environmental science professionals for career advice and discussion. The participants heard from Corrinne O’Brien, Travis Smith, and Tom Lytle who all shared their position duties and responsibilities, education and experience requirements, career pathways, and advancement opportunities.  

 

Following the career discussions, youth participated in a tour including learning about the way the river flows, the role of the locks and dam with navigation, and how to preserve wildlife, water, and the surrounding community.  Park Ranger, Travis Smith shared the integral work each staff member performs while operating the dam. 

 

The University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that helps people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future.  For more information visit go.illinois.edu/cjmm or contac the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246. You can also email Taylor Pope, 4H Youth Development Program Coordinator at tpope4@illinois.edu. 

Taylorville Child Wins Free Bike from Kiwanis at Park District Easter Egg Hunt

Jax Lye, a kindergartener at North Elementary School in Taylorville, was the winner of a bicycle given away by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, at the Taylorville Park District Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.  Jax' father Brandon Steele, is shown in the picture behind Jax admiring his new bike.

 

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

Latest Internet Crime Information Released

Illinois has experienced a six percent increase in victim complaints when it comes to the latest Internet crime data.  According to data recently released in a 2023 Internet Crime Report released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, (IC3), Illinois has also seen a 20% increase in dollar loss. While the crimes making up the top three were the same from year to year, investment fraud surged to the top of the list in 2023.  This prompted a 74% increase in dollar loss to victims.  Investment fraud, Business e-mail compromise, and tech support scams rounded out the top three. 

 

Illinois mirrors national data which shows a nearly 10% increase in complaints received, and a 22% increase in losses suffered, compared to last year.  Also similarly, investment fraud accounted for the highest dollar loss, carrying a $4,57 billion loss.  Losses due to investment fraud in 2023 became the most of any crime type tracked by the IC3.  

 

In 2023, the number one critical infrastructure target of ransomware was the healthcare and public health industry. The report indicated that different age groups tend to be impacted by different crimes.  Victims 30-49 years old were the most likely group to report losses from investment fraud, while the elderly attributed well over half their losses to tech support scams. 

 

If you are the victim of an internet crime, submit a complaint to the IC3.  You can also file a complaint on behalf of another person.  Find out more information at www.ic3.gov. 

Christian County YMCA Offers PE Program For Home-School Students

The Christian County YMCA is offering Physical Education classes on Thursdays for home-schooled students. Tanner Jones, Program and Aquatic Director will be leading two, eight-week class sessions split by age groups. The home school PE program is available to members and non-members along with students interested outside of Christian County.

 


Registration and more information can be found at www.ccymca.org/home/programs.


Tanner Jones appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

IFBW To Host Fashion Show Highlighting Local Business

The Illinois Federation of Business Women in Christian County will be hosting a fashion show on Saturday, April 6th, to showcase 17 local, women-owned retailers. This is the 4th Annual Spring Fashion Show presented by the IFBW and this year 20 women will walk the runway highlighting the fresh styling of local businesses.


Tyler Frump, President of the fashion show says the event is all about supporting women-owned businesses.

 


Kayla McGraw, Vice President of the event says the IFBW re-branded from previous years to shift the focus on these businesses.

 


Amy Hagen has aided in the process of the fashion show with coordination and making an event that can become a tradition.

 


To get involved with sponsorship opportunities with the IFBW Fashion Show, visit the Facebook Page, TvilleBuisnessWomen. Tickets are available at a limited supply and can be purchased by contacting 217-454-1875.


Tyler Frump, Kayla McGraw, and Amy Hagen appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Police Arrest Juvenile In Connection With A Stolen Firearm

A juvenile was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Authorities say several firearms were recovered along with ammunition and extra magazines.  One of the pistols had the serial numbers filed off and the investigation included theft of firearms and an incident that happened at Taylorville High School.  Taylorville Police and the Christian County Sheriff's Office were involved in the arrest. This is a developing story.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for all the latest on this incident. 

American Eagle Restaurant Apparently Closed

The American Eagle Restaurant on East Park in Taylorville has apparently closed.

The restaurant has reportedly been closed since Easter Sunday, with no staff reporting for work since then.

The restaurant opened about 9 months ago, operated by Rufino Esperenza and his family.

Edinburg 6th Graders Engaged and Tested at Recent Science Fair

6th graders from Edinburg Middle School recently put their science skills to the test at a regional science fair. Students, Laken Joanne, Harper, Cally, and Maddie began displaying their projects at a district fair in Edinburg, and fielded questions from younger students, preparing them for their time at the regional fair where they would be asked questions about their projects and findings.

 


Students, Laken and Joanne ventured into the field of water filtration and what materials best clean water.

 


Harper chose to test the sensitivity of homemade slime and the effects of heat on the color of that slime.

 


Cally presented an experiment involving batteries, magnets, and copper and silver wire to get a reaction.

 


Maddie wanted to test the growth patterns of plants that were played different types of music. Maddie found that plants actually do have a musical preference.

 


Educator and Sponsor Peggy Brown couldn’t be more proud, seeing her students engaged and passionate about their science projects and their future in the STEM fields.


Laken, Joanna, Harper, Cally, Maddie, and Peggy Brown appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show
 

Central Counties Health Center Welcomes Family Medicine Specialist

Central Counties Health Center is welcoming a new specialist to their team. Dr. Alicia Altheimer is a Family Medicine Practitioner, meaning she has the ability to care for people from infancy to the end of life. Dr. Altheimer’s services are available now along with the many other services CCHC offers like vaccinations, behavioral specialists, and different types of healthy living assistance.

 


Dr. Altheimer describes the benefits of having a family medicine practitioner and one that would stay consistent with a patient through their entire life.

 


Heather Burton, CEO of Central County Health Center, explains that CCHC provides help to citizens that extend much further than just getting a vaccination or going in for a check-up.


Burton describes CCHC’s partnership with the Central Illinois Food Bank.

 


Visit www.centralcounties.org for information about services or visit the Taylorville CCHC Facebook page for updates.


Central Counties Health Center is located at 1141 North Cheney Street in Taylorville.


Dr. Alicia Altheimer and Heather Burton appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Woman Arrested For Child Grooming

A woman has been arrested following accusations of child grooming.  It is reported that on February 26, 2024, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office became aware of an adult female within Christian County who had sent unwanted texts to multiple juveniles. 

 

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office began investigating this situation and on April 2nd, 2024, Ashley N. Getz, 36 years of age, was arrested by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and charged with grooming. Getz is still in custody at the Christian County Jail. She is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for the latest developments on this ongoing case. 

Wright's Furniture Opens New Distribution Center

Wright’s Furniture and Flooring has officially opened up a new Distribution Center in Dieterich.  The facility is a 31,000-square-foot warehouse facility open in Dieterich’s Industrial Park East. The facility broke ground in May of 2023 and Alex Wright, Vice President of Wright’s Furniture and Flooring says he is excited that inventory is under one roof.  

 

Wright says that he believes customers will be able to get their furniture faster and easier, with customer pickup at the warehouse.  He thanked the Village of Dieterich, Dieterich Community Bank, and AKRA Builders. Wright’s flagship store is located in Dieterich but they also have locations in Effingham, Robinson, and Taylorville.   Interior design services are offered at all four storefronts. 

 

For more information visit www.wrightsfurniture.com. 

Christian County 4H Goes On Field Trip

An environmental science career exploration trip and tour with the Army Corps of Engineers fascinated eighteen 4-H youth from various central Illinois counties on Monday. 4-H youth from Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties explored Melvin Price Locks and Dam.  The group was led by Extension 4-H Staff, Jessica Jaffry, Kate Harding, and Taylor Pope. 

 

Youth participants met with environmental science professionals for career advice and discussion. The participants heard from Corrinne O’Brien, Travis Smith, and Tom Lytle who all shared their position duties and responsibilities, education and experience requirements, career pathways, and advancement opportunities.  

 

Following the career discussions, youth participated in a tour including learning about the way the river flows, the role of the locks and dam with navigation, and how to preserve wildlife, water, and the surrounding community.  Park Ranger, Travis Smith shared the integral work each staff member performs while operating the dam. 

 

The University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that helps people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future.  For more information visit go.illinois.edu/cjmm or contact the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246. You can also email Taylor Pope, 4H Youth Development Program Coordinator at tpope4@illinois.edu. 

Local Boy Scout Troops Makes Large Donation to Taylorville Food Pantry

The Taylorville Food Pantry was treated to substantial local giving as two Taylorville Boy Scout Troops collected nearly 2000 pounds of food items to donate to the pantry. Troops 132 and 4495 were successful in their efforts to secure not only non-perishable food items but also a wide range of foods that bring variety to the patrons of the Taylorville Food Pantry.


Pam Moses, Co-Coordinator for the Taylorville Food Pantry says this initiative with the Boy Scouts has only improved each year.

 


Amy Hagen, a Co-Coordinator says that with large donations like these, the food pantry workers and shoppers often do not know what to expect.

 


Upon inquiring to professionals about the food groups and if Taylorville Food Pantry patrons were getting all of their essential nutrients, the coordinators found that fresh produce was the only factor that was not focused on. In 2023 the Taylorville Food Pantry began providing fresh fruits and vegetables, expanding the options for shoppers as a result.

 


Days of service at the Taylorville Food Pantry are Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The TFP is located at 1429 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville.


Amy Hagen and Pam Moses appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Safe Passage Of Taylorville In Need Of Drivers

The comprehensive services of Safe Passage in Taylorville extend from finding people struggling with addiction rehabilitation centers, to aiding in securing housing and employment. One position is needed on the Safe Passage team which requires driving to and from rehabilitation centers, taking people struggling with addiction to their treatments.


Debbie Prince, Coordinator for Safe Passage says relationships for addicts with family and friends are often exhausted or ruined, meaning they will not have reliable transportation to and from rehab.

 


Prince works heavily with clients at Safe Passage and says she deals with over 15 people struggling with addiction each month. She says one of the main points of focus when communicating with an individual is gaining their trust and allowing them to speak freely in a safe space.

 


Safe Passage is available to anyone struggling with addiction and Debbie Prince says it is as simple as walking in the Safe Passage doors and asking for help.
Safe Passage is located at 108 West Vine Street in Taylorville.


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

Kiwanis Club Review Club Activities Benefitting Children, Youth as Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many club activities benefitting children and youth in the community, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. 

 

The club will have a new associate member Trisha Phillips as a result of Board actions on Tuesday.   

 

The club’s annual officer elections take place May 21st, and its scholarship committee will be meeting to select winners of the annual Kiwanis scholarships given to deserving Taylorville High School seniors who apply.

 

The public is reminded of the annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, April 27th at the Moose Lodge, which is one of the club’s biggest fund-raisers to assist children and youth in the community.  Tickets are now available from Kiwanis members or can be purchased the day of the event at the door.

 

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.

     

Senator Turner Helps Secure Nursing Funding

St. John’s College of Nursing has secured over $70,000 in funding to help increase the number of professional nurses in Illinois thanks to work from State Senator Doris Turner. 

 

Senator Turner says that the nursing school in Springfield will help address the nursing shortage head-on thanks to this funding. 

 

The Illinois Board of Higher Education awarded a total of $70,670 through a nursing school grant to St. John’s College of Nursing. The grant was awarded through a competitive application process where institutions submitted enrollment, retention, completion, and job placement rates of their students during a multi-year period and how grant funds would be used to enhance their program’s efforts to close equity gaps and improve student success.

 

Nursing school grants will be used to enhance nursing programs and efforts to close equity gaps in enrollment, course completion, graduation, and licensure by underrepresented students. Funds may be used for hiring additional nursing faculty and staff, developing and expanding instructional programs and modalities, expanding academic support services, improving classroom and lab spaces, purchasing equipment and instructional materials, and more.

 

To see a full list of nursing school grant awardees across the state click here

IDOT Announces Update To Work In Effingham

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces work in Effingham. IDOT says that one north and southbound lane will open in each direction on Henrietta Street as you approach Fayette Avenue beginning today The current closure of Henrietta Steet from Fayette Avenue south through Edger Avenue will also open today.

 

On March 28, eastbound Fayette Avenue traffic will be moved to the new eastbound driving lane. Westbound traffic will remain on the old westbound lanes. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until after the April 8 eclipse. On Tuesday, April 9, construction of the center turn lane along Fayette Avenue will begin. During this construction stage, westbound traffic will be down to one lane in the old westbound driving lane. Eastbound traffic will remain on the new eastbound driving lane.

 

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, the use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment. 

 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,000 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Four of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $12.1 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges and 762 additional safety improvements.

 

For IDOT District 7 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict7 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com

LLCC To Hold Eclipse Event

A total solar eclipse will be visible from southern Illinois on Monday, April 8. While the eclipse will still be visible from the Springfield area, it will not quite be total. Lincoln Land Community College is providing an opportunity for those not making the journey to southern Illinois to still experience the total solar eclipse through the college’s Facebook page and activities on the LLCC-Springfield campus during the Solar Eclipse Watch Party from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Samantha Reif, LLCC professor of geology, will be in southern Illinois and going live on Facebook every half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. to show what the sun and surrounding environment look like, provide information on the astronomical event, and answer questions from viewers.

 

Those who follow LLCC’s Facebook page will receive notifications when live video feeds are taking place. The video will be available on the LLCC Facebook page afterward as well.

 

Reif’s live-streamed videos will be shown on a screen in A. Lincoln Commons on campus. The LLCC Library will be handing out solar eclipse glasses during the event while supplies last. Other activities include exhibits from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Illinois State Museum; music from DJ Yinka; and space-themed snacks. The Logger Activities Board will help event participants to also make pinhole viewers to safely view the eclipse event.

 

Reif says indirect viewing is safe and easy. A pinhole viewer can be made by poking a hole through a piece of cardboard, stiff paper, or even a paper plate. Turn your back to the sun, hold your viewer in front of you so the sun shines on it, and project the shadow onto the sidewalk. The hole will project a perfect, clear image of the sun and the moon passing in front of it.

 

LLCC’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/LincolnLandCommunityCollege. Reif also has more information about solar eclipses available on youtube.com/@llccedu.

Short Film: "A Mother's Sacrifice" To Be Filmed In Pana

A short film titled “A Mother’s Sacrifice” looks to begin filming in the City of Pana, with screenwriter, director, and cinematographer, Katlin Davis, a Pana native. 


The film is set in the 1700s and tells the story of a group of witches whose way of life is under attack. The Head Priestess and her daughter are tasked with casting a difficult spell to save the coven and transfer the generational powers to the next generation.


The final step to produce “A Mother’s Sacrifice” is funding. Davis says crowdfunding efforts have brought the most recent tally up to 50% of the money needed.

 


Davis speaks on what motivated her to begin this film and the reasons for choosing topics that delve into power dynamics between generations.

 


The costume, setting, and sound design are all handled by professionals that Davis selected to present the proper tone and emotion to support the unique nature of the film.

 


To help “A Mother’s Sacrifice” reach its goal of $10,000 the community is invited to visit seedandspark.com/fund/a-mothers-sacrifice#story, here interested individuals can select the amount of the donation and even an incentive aspect that gives donors opportunities to be involved in the film.


Katlin Davis appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in Downtown Pana.
 

TMH Announces Colleague Of The Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has announced its Colleague of the Month for March.   Robert Moffett, an inventory control clerk at TMH was honored this month. In a press release issued by TMH, Moffett ensures the ordering process runs efficiently, and available resources are documented and used appropriately.  He coordinates with various departments for the best support of care. TMH says his positive helpful attitude makes the most complicated jobs go more smoothly when it comes to adding or subtracting items from the storeroom and other tasks. 

 

One of Moffett’s nominators wrote that he makes the ordering process in the Emergency Department more efficient, less wasteful, and easier by adding things easily to their templates.  The nominator says he is a behind-the-scenes hero who helps TMH run smoothly.  

 

Moffett has worked for Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2008. 

Sparklight Internet Accepting Charitable Giving Fund Applications

Sparklight, a provider of internet and cable services, is set to open applications for its Charitable Giving Fund, which began on April 1, 2024. The fund awards $250,000 annually in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and will accept applications until April 30, 2024.

 

These grants will be distributed across communities served by Sparklight and its affiliated brands, including Fidelity Communications, Hargray, and ValuNet Fiber. The focus will be on areas such as education and digital literacy, hunger relief and food insecurity, and community development.

 

Last year, Sparklight provided grants to over 50 nonprofits, addressing various critical issues including teen suicide prevention, homelessness, poverty alleviation, and child advocacy.

 

Julie Laulis, the President and CEO of Cable One, expressed the company's commitment to supporting communities in need. She says that being a strong local partner is fundamental to their values, and they take pride in making a positive impact where they operate.

 

The Charitable Giving Fund is part of Sparklight's broader corporate social responsibility initiatives, which include supporting national organizations dedicated to education and diversity, partnering with the Special Olympics, planting trees through the Arbor Day Foundation, and contributing to Keep America Beautiful to aid communities across the U.S. 

 

For more information on how to apply for the Cable One Charitable Giving Fund, interested parties can visit www.sparklight.com/charitablegiving.

Taylorville City Council Approves Dispensary License, Modifies Tobacco/Vape Licensing

Taylorville City Council approved a cannabis dispensary license and changes to the cigarette/tobacco licenses at the first regular March City Council meeting.  The council voted 6-2 in favor of approving a cannabis dispensary license for Dan Schmalshof with High Harbor Dispensary.  The dispensary had been looking at setting up shop over in the industrial park of Taylorville. Alderman Chris Skultety said he would vote Yes if they had proof that that was where the dispensary was going to go, but Alderman Randy Mitchelson was hesitant to add it to his motion, so he left it as is.

 

 

The motion passed 6-2 with Aldermen Kathy Driskell and Skultety voting no. The council also approved amending the Legendary Small Town Trading Company liquor license to a Class A. A small discussion took place concerning licenses for cigarettes/tobacco, and what fines will be placed for those selling before opening a business.  A limit of 20 cigarette/tobacco licenses to be issued at one time without full city council approval and a $750 fine to any establishment opening and selling tobacco or vape products without obtaining said license before opening their business passed 8-0. 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry praised the School Musical actors and actresses, recognizing the cast for their efforts and proclaiming April 1st as 42nd Street Cast Day. 

 

 

The Council approved the Ridge Manor Subdivision Final Plat 8-0. They also approved several other BDD agreements including Christian County Farmers’ Supply Company, McClure Funeral Home and SSB Lakeview Properties, CTI property on 803 E Franklin, and reclassification of zoning for 601 North Webster Street.

 

The meeting was approximately 28 minutes long and all Aldermen were present. The next Taylorville City Council meeting is set for April 15th. 

Chatham Woman Dies In Christian County Crash Outside Edinburg

A Chatham woman has been killed in a two-vehicle crash just outside of Edinburg on Route 29 Sunday evening.  70-year-old Sandra Stauder of Chatham, was killed in a crash at the intersection of Route 29 and County Road East 2100 North in Christian County after a Lincoln Sedan struck a Chrysler van.  

 

According to the Illinois State Police, a white 2011 Chrysler van was being driven by 62-year-old Kimberly Stinson of Chatham along with Stauder, just south of the intersection traveling northbound on Route 29.  A 2017 Lincoln Sedan driven by 75-year-old Howard Yoder of Edinburg, along with his passenger, 77-year-old Bonnie Baranzelli of Edinburg was traveling west on 2100 North.  Yoder failed to stop at the intersection and struck Stinson’s vehicle on the front passenger side. 

 

Both drivers and Baranzelli were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Stauder was transported to an area hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.  No further information is available at this time. 

Summer Course Registration Deadline Nears For Lincoln Land Community College

The summer semester registration due date for Lincoln Land Community College is nearing and LLCC wants area students to take advantage of the opportunity to complete general education classes through an eight-week course. Dee Krueger, Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville says the last day for summer semester registration is June 6th.

 


Krueger wants the community to know about the changes in FASFA, as students look to make their college decision based on how much money they will receive in financial aid. Those dates that release information about the amount of funds have been pushed back and will not allow students ample time to make their final college decisions.

 


45% of Lincoln Land Community College students are in the nursing and medical field and Krueger says a CNA license can be earned in just an eight-week summer course.

 


For important dates regarding the upcoming summer semester at Lincoln Land Community College visit www.llcc.edu/academic-calendars/important-dates, or contact Dee Krueger at 217-786-2778.


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

4-H Meat Science Workshop Comes to Christian County

One University of Illinois Extension program has made a big splash in multiple area counties and will soon be coming to the Christian County Extension Office for all youth, ages 8 to 18. The 4-H Meat Science Workshop will educate local young people about cuts of meat, evaluation of the carcass, and preparation, which will conclude with a taste test of the freshly cooked meat.


The Meat Science Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office.


Taylor Pope, 4-H Youth Development Coordinator is excited for this program to be coming to Christian County.

 


Sara Marten, County Director, says a University of Illinois Meat Science professional will be on hand providing education at the class.

 


Registration for this workshop is due by April 19th and the information can be found at extension.illinois.edu/cjmm, then searching “Meat Science Workshop”.
The Christian County Extension Office is located at 1120 North Webster Street in Taylorville.


Taylor Pope and Sara Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.
 

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening, Discuss Cannabis, Alcohol

Taylorville City Council is set to meet Monday at 7 PM for their first meeting in April to discuss committee issues, and ordinances, and hear from public officials. There will also be a public hearing/ordinance meeting to discuss amending the boundaries of the Taylorville Christian County Enterprise Zone and a discussion of the Ridge Minor Subdivision Final Plat at 6:30 and 6:45, respectively.

 

The THS Musical Cast will be recognized at the meeting along with a review of ordinances and omnibus. Under ordinances, the council will look at approving multiple BDD agreements between Taylorville and several businesses including Christian County Farmers’ Supply Company, SSB Lakeview Properties and McClure Funeral Home, Abby Barlow, and CTI.  The council will also finalize approving a couple of rezoning classifications. 

 

Under committee reports, the council will look to discuss approving a cannabis dispensary license and approve BDD agreements for 303 W Poplar Street and 103 S. Washington Street.  They will also look at a motion to amend the current liquor license for Legendary Small Town Trading from Class C to Class A.  A motion has been presented to amend Ordinance 4209 to set a limit of 20 cigarette/tobacco licenses to be issued at one time without full City Council approval for additional licenses, and to impose a minimum $750 fine for any establishment opening and selling tobacco or vape products without obtaining a license.  The council will also look to approve a motion to approve a special use permit for GSI.  

 

Under Street and Sewer, the council will look to approve special events permits for the THS Graduation Parade and the Red Bland Little League Parade, approve the purchase of a mower, and motions to approve the bidding for various street and sewer needs. 

 

The council will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

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