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Congressman Rodney Davis: We Need To Come Together As A Country

What happened to George Floyd shouldn’t happen to any American. We have to do better as a country and better as people, according to Congressman Rodney Davis.  

 

 

Congressman Davis said to those who are so angry to give us a chance to hold those responsible for the death of George Floyd accountable.

 

Congressman Davis said that we have to do what we can to come together as a country.

 

Congressman Rodney Davis was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
 

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Central Illinois Sees Smallest COVID Increase Since March; Illinois sees Lowest Amount Since Early April

Central Illinois reported only 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Moultrie County reported its 12th case overall. The patient is a male in his 40s and is recovering at home in isolation. Sangamon County also reported one new case, bringing their total number of cases to 357 with over 250 already recovered.

 

Cases of Coronavirus were down on Wednesday as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 982 new cases of coronavirus with 97 additional deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 123,830 cases with 5,261 deaths overall from the virus in 101 of the 102 counties. 

 

Within the past 24 hours, labs have reported 24,471 tests done for a total amount of 959,175. The 7-day statewide rolling positivity rate is down to 6% from 7% yesterday.

 

Stay up to date on the latest on the Coronavirus and its impact on central Illinois. You can find up to date information on the Restore Illinois plan by visiting coronavirus cases by county on the top of the page online at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Memorial Health System Expands Telehealth With Online Platform

Memorial Health System has significantly expanded telehealth. Administrator of specialty services Kimberly Paskiewicz said that they began work on a two way video platform in late March so that patients could resume regular visits with their doctor while also promoting social distancing. 

 

Even after the COVID-19 pandemic Memorial Health System will continue to use telehealth.

 

 

Telehealth works best when a complete physical assessment isn’t needed. 

 

 

Typically, a telehealth visit is covered by insurance the same as a regular in person visit. 

 

 

For more information on Memorial Health System please visit choosememorial.org
 

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U OF I Extension Office To Host Stress Webinar

The University of Illinois Extension Office will be holding a free stress webinar on June 10th from noon until 1:45 PM. Valerie Belusko, Community & Economic Development Program Coordinator, says that this class is for anyone feeling stress. The class teaches you ways to watch for stress.

 

At one point the webinar focused on farm stressors, but the speaker, Pam Schallhorn noticed that more people would need help than just farmers. 

 

Belusco says the nice thing about this class is you don’t have to watch for the whole session you can watch the first hour, or the last 45 minutes.

 

You can register for this free webinar by clicking the link here or calling the Montgomery County Extension Office at 532-3941. You can also email Valerie Belusko at valerieb@illinois.edu.

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry Keeping Patients Safe

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry offices in Taylorville and Decatur are now open and are making sure patients are safe.

 

Owner Doctor Amanda Lewis says their locations have increased safety in air filtration and aerosols.

 

 

Doctor Lewis says that their patients are excited about coming to their office after being sheltered in place for a few months.

 

 

Find more information on their dental practice at c-i-smiles-dot-com.

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Few New Cases Of Coronavirus; Testing Numbers Low As Well

Central Illinois reported only 4 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, but testing is way down as well. There were only 73 reported tests that were done in the Central Illinois Region of Christian, Montgomery, Shelby, Sangamon, Macon, Moultrie, and Fayette Counties.  

 

Cases remained relatively the same around Illinois, as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,614 new cases of coronavirus with 113 additional deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 122,848 cases with 5,525 deaths overall from the virus in 101 of the 102 counties. 

 

Within the past 24 hours, labs have reported 16,431 tests done for a total amount of 934,704. The 7-day statewide rolling positivity rate is up to 7% from 6% yesterday.

 

Stay up to date on the latest on the Coronavirus and its impact on central Illinois. You can find up to date information on the Restore Illinois plan by visiting coronavirus cases by county on the top of the page online at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Pana Police Investigating Alleged Assault At Shell Station

The Pana Police Department is investigating an incident at the local Shell Station. According to Pana Police, at 10:13 PM on June 1st, Pana PD received a call from Shell Station Management concerning two male subjects beating on the front door of the store. When officers arrived, they were informed by people outside that the clerk struck one of the male subjects in the back with a crowbar while using racial slurs, when the clerk told the subjects to leave the store. 

 

After interviewing the clerk, the police were told that the male subject entered the store earlier and was in the restroom for several minutes.  The clerk told police he heard a lighter being used multiple times inside the restroom. He asked the customer to leave as they were preparing to close. The clerk told police an argument ensued and the clerk allegedly used a metal bar and struck the customer in the back before locking the door behind him.  The clerk reported being shoved by the customer and was told they would return with a gun. No firearm was found during the incident and the threat could not be proven.

 

Police did not discover any injuries. The case remains under investigation with the clerk possibly facing charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Officers have asked for surveillance video. 

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Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry Re-Opens Following Governor's Executive Order

Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry offices in Taylorville and Decatur have re-opened, and patient safety is at the forefront of all they do.

 

Owner Doctor Amanda Lewis says their locations have always done a great deal of disinfection, even before the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

Protective uniforms and masks have also been protocol at their office.

 

 

Find more information on their dental practice at c-i-smiles-dot-com.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Collect Over 1300 Pounds of Food, Over $3000 All for Food Pantry in 4 Drive-Thru Donation Days

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club collected a total of 1328 pounds of dry goods and 3-thousand 42-dollars in cash, all benefiting the Taylorville Food Pantry, during their 4 drive-thru donation days in the Miller Media Group parking lot on East Park Street, the last 4 Saturdays in May.

 

Officials with the Food Pantry report that the pound equivalent for the cash taken into consideration makes for an aggregated total of 17,338 pounds of food to benefit those using the local Food Pantry.

 

Food Pantry co-director Amy Hagen thanked the Kiwanis Club for their efforts the last few weeks.

 

And, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club thanks everyone for the support to assist with children and youth in the local community.

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Christian County Ag Group Cancels 2020 Ag Appreciation Luncheon

The annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon held as part of each year's Christian County Fair, is off for 2020.

 

The Christian County Ag Group, organizer of the event, made the announcement this morning, saying that after talking to their caterer, they wouldn't be able to serve due to the COVID-19 shutdown and the Phase the state would be in at the time.  The caterer added they could lose their license if they tried to prepare the meal for the Luncheon.

 

The Christian County Ag Group Luncheon is held to recognize the importance of agriculture to the Christian County economy.

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The American Red Cross Is In Desperate Need Of Blood Donors

The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations, according to American Red Cross External Communications Manager, Laura McGuire. To schedule an appointment to give blood, please visit redcrossblood.org.

 

 

Since March, the American Red Cross has seen a number of blood drives get cancelled because of COVID-19, but now that hospitals are starting elective surgeries, the need for blood donors is extremely high.
 

 

The American Red Cross is also looking for anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma to help those who are currently fighting COVID-19.
 

 

Laura McGuire with the American Red Cross was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Jill Williams With The St. Louis Dairy Council On National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month and the St. Louis District Dairy Council’s Nutrition Educator and Registered Dietitian, Jill Williams, talked about how National Dairy Month got started in 1937 to help farmers distribute more milk.
 

 

The theme this year for National Dairy Month is “Local Farmers/Local Dairy.”
 

 

The importance of dairy farmers cannot be understated, according to Williams.
 

 

Jill Williams with the St. Louis District Dairy Council was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville Police Officer Ben Toberman Promoted To Lieutenant

The Taylorville City Council met last night at 7 PM. Ordinances that were discussed and voted on include funds for the Business Development District. The City also voted to approve and adopt a COVID-19 Emergency Mortgage Subsidy Grant for the BDD. A motion to approve the hire of two summer help for Cemetery work was voted on and approved as well.

 

Under Committee reports in finance; the city voted to approve the proposed health insurance plan from Health Alliance at a savings of approximately $111,000. The city also allocated $8,000 towards the 35th Annual Chillifest. In Street and Sewer, the city council voted to allow the First United Methodist Church to make repairs to the alley at their own expense, and to install a stop sign at the corner of Wyandotte and East Main Cross after road improvements are complete.

 

The meeting kicked off though with the promotion of Taylorville Police Officer, Ben Toberman. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler said that this promotion to Lieutenant was a recognition of his professional achievement.    

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said that Lieutenant Toberman has had a great career with the City of Taylorville and that this is more of a supervisory role for him with the police department moving to 12 hour shifts.

 

Mayor Barry started off his mayoral update with a prayer for the United States during this time of chaos and a promise to support our local police officers. 

 

 

Mayor Barry ended his mayoral update with a promise to be as conservative as possible with spending. 

 

 

The next Taylorville City Council Meeting is scheduled for June 15th.

 

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Taylorville Park District Votes To Close Pool, Daycamps, Dining Hall Until Next Year

The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening to discuss summer plans and to vote on the pool, day camps, and dining hall opening. The Park Board received an update from Michael Mizeur concerning the North Pond Excavation Project.  Mizeur was hoping to get things started on it as soon as it started to dry up, but there has been too much rainfall.  The project will take 3-4 weeks to complete.

 

The Park Board also talked about opening up the pool and just how difficult it would be to open.  Bailey Hancock, Recreation Director, said given the CDC Guidelines and the amount of money the pool would be losing, it wouldn’t be worth it. One of the big concerns for the pool is the amount of training, lifeguards would need but would struggle due to social distance.

 

 

Hancock said it would be even worse with new lifeguards who haven’t had the training last season. The park board decided to close all pools for the season, all day-camps would be suspended and the dining hall would be closed until next season. The vote was unanimous. Hancock said it breaks her heart to have to shut it down.

 

Bailey Hancock also had a message for the kids saying that there was no point in having the day camp if it wasn’t going to be fun.

 

 

The Park Board did decide to reopen all parks in Taylorville, however, playgrounds and bathrooms would remain closed until further notice and there would be other restrictions put in place as well.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Holds First Committee Meeting Monday Night

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is on for October 3rd and 4th, and committee members couldn't be happier.  The group held their first meeting for 2020 Monday night at the Chamber office, and CEO Patty Hornbuckle said it felt good to get them together.

 

 

Many parts of the Chillifest weekend will be coming back and there'll be some surprises as well.

 

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest is held annually on the Taylorville square, and features 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, plus the Chamber serving up delicious chilli, chilli dogs and your favorite Pepsi products.

 

Find out information on the event as the year progresses, by going to chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

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10 New COVID-19 Cases In Central Illinois; 974 in Illinois

Central Illinois saw 10 new COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 24 hours, with one new case in a juvenile in Fayette County. Sangamon County is reporting 6 new cases including one death with Macon reporting the other 3 new cases. 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 974 new cases of COVID-19 with 23 additional deaths.  This brings the total to 121,234 cases overall with 5,412 deaths in 101 of the 102 counties in Illinois. Over the last 24 hours, there were 20,014 tests ran for a total of 918,273. The seven-day rolling positivity rate is down to 6% from 8% last Friday. 

 

Stay up to date on the latest on the Coronavirus and its impact on central Illinois. You can find up to date information on the Restore Illinois plan by visiting coronavirus cases by county on the top of the page online at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Watercraft Insurance Is A Must Have For Boat Owners

It’s that time of year when boats are getting back in the water, and according to Shelbyville Insurance Risk Advisors Derek Hayden and Garrett Ulmer if you are a boat owner, you really should have a watercraft policy.

 

 

A watercraft policy is very similar to an auto insurance policy.

 

 

Even if you’re boat isn’t worth very much, Hayden and Ulmer recommend having a watercraft policy.
 

 

Derek Hayden and Garrett Ulmer were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Anderson Jewelers In Taylorville Launches Online Only Auctions On Facebook

Matt and Heidi Corso are the brand new owners of Anderson Jewelers in Taylorville. Matt is an auctioneer for a living and worked with the former owners of Anderson Jewelers and ended up purchasing the business from them.

 

 

Heidi Corso is not much of a jewelry person, but running Anderson Jewelers is something enjoyable and it also allows her to use her creative niche.
 

 

Anderson Jewelers has some brand new technology on their Facebook Page that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

 

Matt and Heidi Corso were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Chip's Marine In Sullivan Offers Fishermen Everything They Need

Chip’s Marine is a Sullivan based bait and tackle shop that’s owned by Chip Christensen. Chip got into the bait and tackle business because he felt that he had to work with fishermen.

 

 

On top of being a bait and tackle shop they also offer camper storage and a boat repair shop.

 

 

Chip’s Marine offers all the bait and tackle that you could ever need along with all the Marine accessories you would need.

 

 

Chip Christensen is the Owner of Chip’s Marine and was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville City Council Meeting Open To Public This Evening

The Taylorville City Council Meeting this evening will be open to the public as the stay at home order has been lifted. All are invited to attend. Click here for the full article on the story. 

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4 Dead In Macoupin County Plane Crash

A plane crash in Macoupin County killed 4 men on Sunday afternoon around 3:50.  The Macoupin County Coroner’s office says the pilot was 35-year old Joshua Daniel Sweers of Michigan, 37-year-old Daniel Shedd, 39-year old Daniel Schlosser of Michigan, and 39-year-old John Camilleri of New York. The crash happened just south of Carlinville, when a small single-engine plane crashed on a farm off Wonderland Ranch Road. 

 

The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, Macoupin County Coroner’s Office, and the Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the crash. It is unknown at this time what caused the plane to go down. 

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Brenda Elder Talks About The Mission Of Shelby County Partners

Shelby County Partners works everyday to help the residents of Shelby County by holding events and raising funds, according to Shelby County Partners member Brenda Elder.

 

 

Since being involved in Shelby County Partners, Elder was able to get Shelby County Community Gardens started.

 

 

Elder discussed the upcoming Shelby County Farm Bureau food distribution on June 6th from 10 until noon at the Shelby County FairGrounds.

 

 

Shelby County Partners member Brenda Elder was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Shelby County Has Functioned Completely During COVID-19 Pandemic

Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon said that the Shelby County Board meetings have been quite popular recently.

 

 

Chairman Cannon said that the county has functioned completely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Chairman Cannon said that he thinks the COVID rules that were put into place were thought out and implemented very quickly and in many cases caused panic.

 

 

Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Senator Manar Pushing For Clinical Trial Coverage Under Medicaid

Senator Andy Manar has been keeping busy pushing through different bills, and if they get to Governor Pritzker’s desk, it would have huge benefits for Illinoisans.  Senator Manar put a bill forward for the Illinois General Assembly that would require Medicaid to cover routine care costs that are received during cancer treatments.  This bill would cover costs for life-saving clinical trials to treat cancer and other serious diseases.

 

More than 20% of Illinoisans are covered by Medicaid and it is the second-largest type of insurance behind Medicare. Medicare and private insurance carriers cover routine care costs in clinical trial participation, but Medicaid does not, and Senator Manar wants that fixed.

 

“This is a major stride toward health care equity that will save lives.  Access to the latest, most advanced cancer treatments can mean the difference between life and death for patients, treatments that they are unable to access today. The type of insurance you have shouldn’t disqualify you from accessing treatment that could save your life.”

The legislation was presented originally by the American Cancer Society. 

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Newly Retired Memorial School Teachers Discuss Their Final Year

Dana Schmid and Susan Jackson are newly retired 3rd Grade Teachers at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville. Schmid said that not seeing her students every day over the past few months was extremely difficult. 

 

 

Jackson said that the transition to virtual learning was difficult but that they had a wonderful team in place to make it all work.

 

 

Schmid and Jackson grew up together, went to the same college, and got hired at the same time.

 

 

Jackson’s plan was to always come back and teach in Taylorville.

 

 

Susan Jackson and Dana Schmid were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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