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TPD Officer Nearly Hit Thursday Evening

A Taylorville Police Officer had a scare Thursday evening after assisting a motorist who was having car trouble. Officer Christian Nelson of the Taylorville Police Department was helping a vehicle and parked behind them. A video released of the footage shows that as Officer Nelson walked back to his car, a vehicle was driving way too fast and almost collided head-on with oncoming traffic driving on the outside of the other lane to avoid hitting vehicles. The vehicle hit a guard rail and pulled over after. The driver stated that they were having brake problems.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler along with the rest of the Taylorville Police Department reminds you to move over slow down and pay attention, especially when you see flashing lights.  Scott’s Law, which requires you to slow down and move over, has gone up in fines and fees in 2020. To see the video of the incident click here

 

 

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Correction To Taylorville City Council Story

The Taylorville City Council meeting will be held on TUESDAY  at 7PM at the Municipal Building not Monday due to President's Day. For the full article click here.

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Jon Vonderheide With American Legion Post 611 Talks Membership

Jon Vonderheide is the Commander of American Legion Post 611 in Stewardson and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Shelbyville to discuss what the American Legion is, a recent change to the American Legion membership rules that opened up membership to more veterans, and where things currently stand membership wise at Post 611.

 

Jon Vonderheide started out by discussing what the American Legion is.

 

 

Vonderheide went on to discuss a recent change to the American Legion membership rules.

 

 

Finally, Vonderheide talked about where things currently stand in regards to membership at the American Legion Post 611.

 

 

Jon Vonderheide was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Shoveling Snow Safety Tips

While it may seem we are having some warmer weather, you never know when “ole man winter” is going to rear his ugly head and dump 1-2 feet of snow on you. When you can’t get out of your driveway because of snow, and your snowblower doesn’t work then you have to pull out your shovel and that can cause injuries. 

 

According to Dr. John Hafner, who is an emergency medicine physician at Saint Francis in Peoria, more than 195,000 people are injured every year due to accidents from snow shoveling. The majority of those accidents are back, head, broken bones, or even heart attacks or strokes. Shoveling snow can increase risks because of excess exertion coupled with the cold weather. While these risks are usually for people older than 55, younger people get injured from the improper shoveling technique.

 

 

Another risk from Hafner is ice, which can lead to broken bones or head injuries.

 

 

You are encouraged to wear enough clothing when going outside in winter, as it doesn’t take a long time before skin exposure can lead to frostbite. For more information on snow shoveling and how to stay safe when you do it click here.  

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Freddie Fry With The Shelby County Office Of Tourism Talks About The Visitor Guide

Freddie Fry is the Director of the Shelby County Office of Tourism and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Shelbyville to discuss how spring is coming soon and that means the visitors guide is coming soon. Fry also discussed all of the work that goes into the visitors guide each and every year.

 

Freddie Fry started out by discussing how spring is just around the corner and that means the visitors guide will be coming soon.

 

 

Fry went on to discuss the partners that they work with on the visitors guide.

 

 

Finally, Fry discussed why they decided to start doing the visitors guide themselves.

 

 

Freddie Fry was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Taylorville City Council To Meet Tuesday Evening For 2nd February Meeting

The Taylorville City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 7 PM at the Municipal Building. After approval of minutes, the Council will discuss some ordinance changes including Chapter 15 of Title 3 of the City Code which talks about liquor licenses and video game terminals; along with amending a different section of the Taylorville City Code discussing boat docks; and another ordinance discussing the relationship between the City of Taylorville and the Economic Development Group. The City Council will also discuss approving an application for a USDA Grant for a new police vehicle.

 

In Committee Reports, Emergency Services will recommend allowing Fire Chief Matt Adermann to apply for a State Fire Marshall Grant. There will also be a recommendation for forwarding the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the City of Charleston for billing for the Taylorville Fire Department Services. 

 

Under Personnel, there will be a discussion on bidding a Laborer position and a Marina Clerk position for the Lake Department.

 

Under Lake and Airport, a discussion will take place for increasing tent camping charges from $5 to $10 a day, using the hotel/motel tax fund for improvements of cabins at the lake, and allowing the Airport Manager to renew the annual Service agreement. 

 

There will also be a treasurer and Mayor update and any comments from the public. 

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Shelbyville Superintendent Shane Schuricht Talks School Construction Funding

Shane Schuricht is the Superintendent of Shelbyville Community Unit School District #4 and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live in Shelbyville to discuss issues that Illinois has when it comes to school construction funding, a recent task force that the Governor created to address the problem, and the need that Shelbyville has for a new elementary school.

 

Shane Schruricht started out by discussing school construction funding.

 

 

Schuricht went on to discuss a task force that was created to help address the problem.
 

 

Finally, Schuricht talked about the need that Shelbyville has for a brand new elementary school.

 

 

Shane Schuricht was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Jonathan Len Releases New Single For WMKR Listeners

Jonathan Len is a country artist who visited the Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR morning show to help spread the word of a new song of his. The song is called You’re All I Need, and prior to the official release, WMKR listeners got a first listen on Valentine’s Day.

 

Len spoke of why he chose Valentine's day to get this song to the public.


 

Sometimes songs take time to develop, but this one was special. According to Len, the idea came to him out of the blue.

 

 

Every songwriter has goals for their songs and through a combination of good fortune and a reaction from his producer, Len hopes this song is played at weddings for a long time.

 

 

Len appeared as a guest on the Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR morning show.

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Safe Passage Coordinator Denise Evans Talks About What She Does On A Daily Basis

Denise Evans is the Coordinator of the Safe Passage Program in Taylorville and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss what she does on a daily basis, who Safe Passage was created to help, and a recent long form video interview that they created recently to explain what Safe Passage is.

 

Denise Evans started out by discussing what she does on a daily basis.
 

 

Evans went on to discuss who Safe Passage was created to help.

 

 

Finally, Evans talked about a recent long form video interview that they created recently to explain what Safe Passage is.

 

 

Denise Evans was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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New Law In Illinois Clarifies Tips For Employees

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed new legislation clarifying state law when it comes to employees and their tips. The law amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. This law states that gratuities are the property of employees, not employers. Michael Kleinik who is the Director of the Illinois Department of Labor says that the new law leaves no doubt that gratuities belong to the workers who earned them.

 

The law requires gratuities to be paid to employees within 13 days after the end of the pay period during which the gratuities were earned. Employers are required to pay tipped workers a minimum of 60% of the state’s minimum wage.  That wage rose to $9.25/hr on January 1st and will keep going up until it reaches $15/hr in a few years. Tips and wages combined must be equal to at least the minimum wage. 

 

If you are a worker or employer who has a question regarding Illinois Wage payment or the collection act, you can call the Illinois Department of Labor at 312-793-2800.  You can also email DOL.Questions@Illinois.gov.

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Lake Land College To Host Broadcasting Open House

Lake Land College in Mattoon will be hosting a Broadcasting Communication Open House at the College Radio Station Studios in March.  There will be free food and hands-on fun. You can broadcast will be live on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative. You will also get the chance to anchor a newscast or use equipment in the TV production control room and studio, you can record and listen to your own audio spots, and you can operate state of the art cameras and video equipment along with digital editing software. Greg Powers, who is the Broadcasting Communication Studies Instructor, says that this is a chance for people to see what all of the excitement in broadcasting is.

 

 

Powers says that broadcasting programs stay on the cutting edge of technology and social media which is so important in today’s radio industries.

 

 

Prospective Radio Broadcasting majors are being invited to the event, but everyone is also invited as well.

 

 

The event will take place on March 27th from Noon until 2 PM. For more information on the open house, contact Greg Powers at gpowers@Lakelandcollege.edu or call him at 234-5335.

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Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Board Member Jennifer Franklin Talks LEAD

Jennifer Franklin is a board member of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the LEAD Program’s visit with locally elected officials in Pana, what they learned, and what the LEAD Program will be doing next week at the Correctional Center.

 

Jennifer Franklin started out by discussing the LEAD Program’s visit with locally elected officials in Pana.
 

 

Franklin went on to discuss what they learned while talking with the elected officials.
 

 

Finally, Franklin discussed what the LEAD Program will be doing next week.

 

 

Jennifer Franklin was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Office The Musical Coming To Effingham Performance Center

The Office! A Musical Parody will be coming to Effingham Performance Center on Friday, February 14th. Devina Sabnis who plays Kelly Kapoor in the musical graduated from Syracuse University and she is from South Brunswick, New Jersey. Sabnis says that the musical focuses on the best moments of the nine seasons.

 

 

Sabnis says that she got into the tour while she was taking classes.

 

 

There have been many incredible experiences on the North American Tour, but Sabnis says that she has such a great time with the rest of the cast. 

 

For more information or to get tickets visit https://www.the-epc.org/. Sabnis appeared as a guest on the Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR Morning Show.

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First Baptist Church Of Sullivan Pastor Mark Bjornbak Discusses Why He Entered The Ministry

Pastor Mark Bjornbak (Be-Yorn-Bach) is the brand new Pastor at First Baptist Church in Sullivan and he joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss why he decided to enter the ministry, how God has led him to places where people need to be cared for, and his work in the private sector.

 

Pastor Bjornbak started out by discussing why he decided to enter the ministry.

 

 

Pastor Bjornback went on to discuss how God has led him to places where people need help.
 

 

Finally, Pastor Bjornbak discussed some of his work in the private sector.
 

 

Pastor Mark Bjornbak was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Man Walking From Minnesota To Florida To Help Veterans

1,245 miles. That’s the distance from Northern Minnesota to Florida. Why is that significant? Because one man is making a difference by walking it. 62-year-old Jerry Meadows is walking from Minnesota to Florida to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. 

 

A former veteran himself, Meadows is trying to raise awareness of the countless number of veterans who still need help. He is currently in Dewitt, Iowa and finishing up the first leg of his journey which began in March and consisted of walking over 315 miles. During that time Meadows has raised over $11,000. Meadows says he’s doing it because of all the work that Wounded Warriors do for families.

 


Meadow’s started out in Bemidji and still has about $1,000 miles to go. Meadows doesn’t have an easy trek on this route. He carries oxygen with him as well.

 

 

Meadows hopes if all goes well to get to Florida by September or October of 2020. Meadows has enjoyed all of the nature that he has seen on his trip and encourages everyone to shake a veteran’s hand.

 

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, and for the work that Jerry Meadows is doing, you can visit his website at bit.ly/2EdXW26 .

 

 

 

CORRECTION TO THIS STORY: ORIGINALLY IT WAS LISTED AS BEING IN DEWITT, ILLINOIS AND HE IS ACTUALLY IN DEWITT, IOWA.

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Sullivan Bakery Owner Dorrie Jankowski Talks About Her Decision To Purchase The Business

Dorrie Jankowski is the owner of the Sullivan Bakery and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss what they’re doing for Valentine’s Day and why they decided to purchase the Sullivan Bakery.

 

Dorrie Jankowski started out by discussing what they have available this Valentine’s Day.
 

 

Jankowski went on to discuss something new that they’re doing this Valentine’s Day and that’s heart shaped donuts.

 

 

Finally, Jankowski discussed why they decided to purchase the bakery.
 

 

Dorrie Jankowski was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Restless Heart To Play In Effingham This Weekend

Restless Heart will be playing a concert at the Effingham Performance Center on Saturday, February 15. The band is in its 35th year of existence and the original five members will be performing at the EPC. 

 

Lead singer of the band Larry Stewart feels blessed that they’ve had such a long career together.

 

 

Central Illinois isn’t too far away from Stewart’s hometown, which makes performing here a special time.

 

 

Stewart spoke about the songwriting process, saying that they were fortunate to start when they did as opposed to nowadays when it’s a lot harder.

 

 

For tickets to the February 15th Restless Heart concert, you can call Effingham Performance Center at 540-2788. Stewart appeared as a guest on the Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR morning show.

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Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty Talks About The School Cancellation Process

Dr. Chris Dougherty is the Superintendent of the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the school cancelation process and some updates that they made to the school curriculum.

 

Dr. Dougherty started out by discussing what goes into the school cancelation process.
 

 

Dr. Dougherty went on to discuss how they want pathways for all of the students that attend Taylorville CUSD #3 to either earn or learn after they finish high school.

 

 

Finally, Dr. Dougherty discussed some changes that they’ve made to the curriculum for next year.
 

 

Dr. Chris Dougherty was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Christian County YMCA Elects New Board President; Welcomes New Members

The Christian County YMCA has elected a new president. Adam Vocks, will take over as new president for former board president Dan McNeely. Jeff Robinson will be the Vice President, Jennifer Nagle was appointed as Treasurer and Raedena Ryan was chosen as secretary. Leaving the YMCA Board will be Matt Beavers, J.I. McDowell, Melissa Rybolt, and Duane Stock. Three new board members were also nominated and approved. Chris Dougherty, Tyler Nation, and Drew Peabody will come on board. Vocks says he is excited to be the new Board President.

 

 

Vocks says they have some big plans for the YMCA.

 

 

Vocks is happy to have so many members on the board that he has good relationships with and is eager to continue the work from former Christian County YMCA President Dan McNeely.

 

 

Other members on the 17 member Board of Directors include Steve Youngblut, Rick Bonitzer, Alan Lockwood, J.C.Olive, Raedena Ryan, Tony Suggs, Dan McNeely, Jennifer Nagle, Jarred Rahar, Adam Vocks, James Kirk, Jeff Robinson, Harold Smedley, and Clint Hohenstein.

 

Pictured are new Christian County YMCA Board Members; Tyler Nation, Chris Dougherty, and Drew Peabody.

 

Pictured are retiring Christian County YMCA Board Members J.I. McDowell, Melissa Rybolt, and Duane Stock. (Not PIctured, Matt Beavers).

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Mattoon Man Convicted Of Murder; Faces Sentencing

A Mattoon man has been found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and one count of home invasion after an incident on February 4th of 2019. 33-year-old Alvan Booths of Mattoon, Illinois will face sentencing in April. 

 

Moultrie County State’s Attorney Tracy Weaver could not be reached for comment but did put out an official press release. She stated that evidence of the case showed that on February 4th, 2019 Booths unlawfully entered the Sullivan home of Otha Phillips and Holley Simmons. Mr. Booths proceeded to shoot Mr. Phillips in the neck using a firearm. Mr. Booths than attempted to shoot Ms. Simmons but the firearm jammed, at which time, Mr. Booths fled the scene.

 

Officers with the Sullivan Police Department, Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office, Mattoon Police Department, and Illinois State Police helped out with the investigation and eventual arrest of Mr. Booths. 

 

Weaver said in the press release that it was a complete team effort and she was very thankful for the efforts of everyone involved. 

 

“This was a team effort across departments and counties, and I am thankful for the efforts of all involved. The investigation into the incident did not simply stop with the arrest of Mr. Booths, as countless hours were spent by investigators and departmental staffs over several months. This case is an excellent example of the dedication and proficiency of the officers who worked this case.”

 

Mr. Booths will now face sentencing on April 7th, 2020 at 1:30 PM. 

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Autopsy Results Confirmed In Death Of Morrisonville Man

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans released information concerning the autopsy for 61-year-old David L. Lowis of Morrisonville. The autopsy was conducted on Tuesday. February 11th in Bloomington. Preliminary autopsy results showed that Mr. Lowis died from suffocation due to engulfment of corn grains in a grain bin. Toxicology testing is pending for the final report and will be available in a few weeks. Mr. Lowis was pronounced dead Monday morning on the scene of a farm where he had been working in rural Morrisonville after he fell in a bin full of corn.  The investigation is still being handled by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office. 

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U Of I Extension Master Gardner Gwen Podeschi Talks Valentine's Day Flowers

Gwen Podeschi is a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension Office and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss why now is the time to start planning what you’re going to plant in your garden, why now is the time to get started with your cool crops, and about how to care for your Valentine’s Day flowers.

 

Podeschi started out by talking about why now is the time to start planning your garden.

 

 

She then went on to discuss why now is the time to get started with your cool crops.

 

 

Finally, Podeschi talked about how to care for your Valentine’s Day flowers.

 

 

Gwen Podeschi was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville CUSD #3 Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty Talks About The Recent Success Of The Jazz Band And FFA

Dr. Chris Dougherty is the Superintendent of Schools at the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss the recent success that the Jazz Band has had, the success that the FFA had in Iowa, and some of the changes with the 2020-2021 school district calendar.

 

Dr. Dougherty started out by discussing the recent success that the Jazz Band had.

 

 

Dr. Dougherty went on to discuss the success that the FFA had in Iowa.

 

 

Finally, Dr. Dougherty talked about some of the changes with the 2020-2021 school district calendar.

 

 

Dr. Chris Dougherty was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Doctors Talk Prevention Of Visceral Fat

While there are many different kinds of fat, some good and some bad, the bottom line is people need body fat for many reasons. Fat supports your organs, stores energy, and helps build organs. The problem comes in when you have too much fat. This kind of fat is called visceral fat. Ricki Hickok, an exercise physiologist from Saint Anthony Medical Care explains that visceral fat is different from regular body fat.

 

 

There are many different kinds of contributing factors to visceral fat. Visceral fat has also been associated with a number of health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

All is not lost, however. There are many ways for you to do something about visceral fat before it becomes a problem. Experts recommend getting your weight under control. One way to do that is to work out for 150 minutes a week including walks, aerobics, and resistance training. 

 

 

For more information on visceral fat and the effects on your body, talk to your local physician. 

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Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne Talks About The Controversial Gas Station Attendant Act

Illinois State Representative Avery Bourne joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss her top three priorities for the upcoming legislative session which are to have a real balanced budget, ethics reform, and redistricting reform. Bourne went on to talk about why she hopeful that redistricting reform can get done, and the recent Gas Station Attendant Act proposal that would make it illegal to pump your own gas in Illinois. Representative Bourne started out by discussing her top three priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

 

 

Rep. Bourne went on to talk about why she is hopeful that redistricting reform could possibly get done.

 

 

Finally, Bourne discussed the controversial Gas Station Attendant Act.
 

 

Illinois State Representative Avery Bourne was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

 

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