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Winter Weather Making Roads Slick

The Illinois State Police is reporting multiple accidents in Sangamon, Logan, Montgomery, and Christian Counties. Slideouts have happened on I-55, I-72, and multiple state roads. The ISP is reminding you to drive slowly, and only be on the roads if you have to be. Always make sure that you drive with your headlights on and leave space between you and the driver in front of you. 

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital Nearing Completion Of Phase 1 Of Remodel

Phase 1 of the modernization project at Taylorville Memorial Hospital is nearing completion. A new two-story building will be open for business on March 11th.  The $60 million dollar project’s second phase will be completed in March of 2021. That phase will include a new hospital kitchen, cafeteria, and administrative offices and conference rooms.  

 

Currently, the hospital is updating it’s 25-beds to make both inpatient and outpatient care safer, more comfortable, more convenient and more efficient. The new addition is a two-story, 97,000 square foot building and will have a new lobby, emergency department, areas for surgery and radiology, and the Springfield Clinic Medical Office Building. 

 

President and CEO Kim Bourne says this is a big improvement for the community.

 

The slogan for the project is “Advancing Care by Design,” and Bourne says that safety and care are first and foremost when it comes to the patients at TMH.

 

 

With a new hospital comes new technology, and with this being a major expansion during the technology era, it allows the hospital to build things with technology at the forefront.

 

 

The public is invited to an open house from Noon until 5 PM on Sunday, March 1st. This will give the public an opportunity to see areas of the hospital that you may not normally get to see. The tour will take about half an hour and you can view the new rehab gym, see the areas where EKGs will be done and much more.

 

New Reception Area along with offices and areas of care.

One of the new waiting areas.

The new rehab room at TMH.

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Pana High School FFA Talks About What They Love About FFA

Chase Temmen is the President of the Illinois Association FFA Section 19 and the reporter for the Pana High School FFA and Amanda Hall is the Pana FFA Chapter President and they joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during National FFA Week to discuss why they decided to become a part of the Pana High School FFA, what their favorite part of FFA is, and the work that they do in the community.

 

Amanda Hall started out by discussing why she decided to join the Pana High School FFA.

 

 

Chase Temmen went on to discuss what his favorite part of FFA is.

 

 

Finally, Temmen discussed the work that the Pana FFA does in the community.

 

 

Amanda Hall and Chase Temmen were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during National FFA Week.

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Taylorville Police Department Helping Out With Cell Phone Bank

The Taylorville Police Department is helping out with cell phones for both senior citizens and victims of domestic violence. The Taylorville Police are taking part in the 9-1-1 cell phone bank. This program helps give out used phones to senior citizens so that they have a direct line to 911 and can reach them in case of an emergency. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger explains.

 

 

While cell phones for senior citizens can only reach 9-1-1, the city is also helping out with donating live cell phones to victims of domestic violence.

 

 

Officer Bolinger says the support for the program has been fantastic.

 

For more information on the program contact the Taylorville Police Department or visit the cell phone bank website at www.911cellphonebank.org. 

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Central A&M FFA Members Talk About Why They Joined

Ella Forlines is the President of the Central A&M FFA, Hunter Mott is one of the Vice President’s of the Central A&M FFA, and Maddie Thompson is the Sentinel of the Central A&M FFA and they joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during National FFA Week to discuss why they decided to become a part of the Central A&M FFA.

 

Ella Forlines started out by discussing how everyone comes from different backgrounds and a different reason for joining FFA.

 

 

Hunter Mott went on to discuss his farming background and how that led him to join the FFA.

 

 

Finally, Maddie Thompson talked about how she doesn’t come from a farming background, but joined anyway after she was told that FFA isn’t just about farming.

 

 

Ella Forlines, Hunter Mott, and Maddie Thompson were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during National FFA Week.

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Avery Bourne Files Bill Looking To Protect Second Amendment Rights

A law that was signed by Governor JB Pritzker to combat crime is actually hurting middle and lower class gun owners. This is the message that is being sent by State Representative Avery Bourne. The bill that was signed into law was the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act. This act created new, duplicative licensing costs and new regulations in an effort to prevent the selling of guns used in the commission of crimes. 

 

Bourne filed House Bill 5032 in an effort to amend the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act which not only hasn’t done a good job of preventing the selling of guns to criminals, it has hurt honest and hardworking gun store owners forcing many to close their doors.

 

 

Representative Bourne filed Bill 5032, calling the original legislation an extreme overreach into the constitutional right of Illinoisans. 

 

 

Representative Bourne says that once again we run into an issue where there are more laws on law-abiding citizens while people that don’t follow the law will continue to try to find ways around it.

 

 

The bill remains in House Speaker Madigan’s Rules Committee and has not yet been assigned to a substantive committee for a hearing.

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Taylorville Junior High School Kiwanis Builders Club Advisor, Members Visit Kiwanis Club

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville Jr High Kiwanis Builders Club officers, during their weekly luncheon recently at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Builders Club President, Ellie VanHuss; Vice President, Ella Kother and Treasurer, Hagen VanHuss spoke about the many projects that they have been working on this year.  They had a display during Christmas in the Park, had a donation drive for the Christian County Animal Shelter, and participated in the annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.  The week of March 23-27 they will be having a snack sale in which the proceeds will be used to purchase items for the Loving Arms Crisis Center.

 

Advisor Lynn Rice told Kiwanis members that the Builders Club at Taylorville Jr High has close to 40 members this year.  As members of the Builders Club, they have pledged to better their school, their community, their nation and themselves and they continue to work on these goals.  

 

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 their new meeting location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

 

CAPTION TO PIX:  Taylorville Kiwanis Liaison Will Perkins (right), along with Builders Club members Hagen VanHuss, Treasurer; Ella Kother, Vice-President; Ellie VanHuss, President, and Lynn Rice, Kiwanis Builders Club Advisor were recent program speakers at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Moose Lodge.

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Preliminary Hearing Held In Hit And Run Incident From January

A Taylorville man who is accused of hitting a pedestrian with his car appeared in court on Tuesday. 20-year-old Preston Newingham appeared in custody with public defender Tiffany Senger. A preliminary hearing was held. A preliminary hearing is held to find if there is probable cause to hold a defendant. After listening to testimony from Detective Rob Thomason, probable cause was found. Newingham waived formal arraignment, plead not guilty, and requested a trial by jury. No trial date was set yet, but the next pretrial was set for March 24th. 

 

A bond hearing was conducted. The court found that a bond was necessary and set bond at $500,000. Newingham is accused of hitting a man with his car at the intersection of Adams and Clay in Taylorville on January 27th. 

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Mayor Barry Looking For Help With Census Committee

The city of Taylorville along with Mayor Bruce Barry is encouraging all residents of Taylorville and Christian County to be part of a Census Complete Count Committee.  The committee will meet sometime during the week of March 9th and March 13th. With the 2020 census fast approaching, the city needs your help with completing the census. For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 287-7946. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this event as it comes closer.

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TRIAD To Meet At Fire Station Thursday Morning

The February meeting for TRIAD will take place Thursday morning at the Taylorville Fire Department from 9-11 with snacks and refreshments. TRIAD is not an acronym, it’s for the three founding members, AARP, the International Association of the Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff’s Association. Fireman Nick Zepin will be there to give a presentation on fire and fall prevention. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger explains more about what TRIAD is. 

 

 

For more information on TRIAD visit their page on Facebook.

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Senator Manar Pushing For Legislation Against Medication Price Gouging

Nearly ½ of all Illinois residents are burdened with health care costs and prescription drugs. A new survey taken by the Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey in January found that 54% of respondents are either “worried” or “very worried” about paying for prescription drugs and 28% of Illinois residents have rationed or gone without medication due to the skyrocketing cost of prescription medication. State Senator Manar says that the conversations are the same whether you live in Chicago, Springfield, or Pana.

 

 

Senator Manar says that the system needs to change and it starts with legislation.

 

Manar has announced new legislation, House Bill 3493, to establish the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which would review data on drug prices and set new payment limits for state-regulated plans.

 

 

The survey found that both liberal and conservative Illinoisans showed support for legislation to address price raising and being able to have some consistency with the drug industry.

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Taylorville Kiwanis Hears from THS Kiwanis Key Club Advisor, Members at Weekly Luncheon

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club advisor, along with 2 Key Club members, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

 

Kiwanis Key Club advisor Nate Howard, along with freshmen Key Club members Sophie Robinson and Macie Richards, said that the high school club, which is sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, has been involved in many community projects this school year, including clean-up at Lake Taylorville, a winter coat drive to provide coats to teachers for needy students in their classes, Trick or Treating for UNICEF, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and delivering Meals on Wheels, among many others.

 

Howard told Kiwanis members it's satisfying to be the Key Club advisor.

 

 

Macie and Sophie were both members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Junior High Builders Club, which is why they decided to join the T-H-S Kiwanis Key Club.

 

 

Advisor Howard told Kiwanis members that the Key Club at Taylorville High School has between 35 and 40 members, and it's his goal for the club to help make them leaders in the community.

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club also presented Howard and the Kiwanis Key Club, a check for 500-dollars, to go towards several club members' attendance at the upcoming Key Club Leadership Conference in Springfield next month.

 

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 their new meeting location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

 

 

Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club advisor Nate Howard (right), along with Key Club members Sophie Robinson (left) and Macie Richards (center), were Tuesday's program speakers at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Moose Lodge.

 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Sarah Van Huss (left) presented a $500 check to the Taylorville High School Kiwanis Key Club, to go toward attending the Key Club Leadership Conference in Springfield next month, at Tuesday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.  Accepting the check for the THS Kiwanis Key Club were members Sophie Robinson (2nd from left) and Macie Richards (2nd from right), along with Key Club advisor Nate Howard (right).

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Amy Graham And Tavia Jones Talk About Senior Life Solutions At Taylorville Memorial Hospital

Amy Graham is a Registered Nurse and the Director of Senior Life Solutions at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Tavia Jones is a Counselor with Senior Life Solutions and they joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss what Senior Life Solutions is, what problems they work to address, and the brand new area that they have to work in.

 

Graham started out by talking about what Senior Life Solutions is.

 

 

Jones went on to discuss what problems they work to address.

 

 

Finally, Graham and Jones talked about the brand new area that they have to work in.

 

 

Amy Graham and Tavia Jones were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Dangerous Intersection In Sullivan To Be Replaced With Four Way Stop

A dangerous intersection in Sullivan will be getting converted into a 4 way stop. The intersection of Illinois 32 and Bruce-Findlay road will be converted into a 4 way stop after IDOT finished a rural safety assessment. The study had been conducted after multiple accidents. One of which included a 56-year-old woman and a 5-year-old child that was killed in September after an SUV hit a school bus. Senator Chapin Rose says that this has been a long time coming.

 

 

The intersection had recommendations for either a four-way stop, additional markings, or increasing enforcement.

 

The Moultrie County Board approved the changes. The process is expected to begin immediately.

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Taylorville Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle Talks Business After Hours

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to talk about the recent Business After Hours that took place at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe in Taylorville, the next Business After Hours that will take place at Neal Tire and Auto on Wednesday, March 18th, and the upcoming CEO Banquet that will take place on Saturday, February 29th.

 

Hornbuckle started out by talking about the recent Business After Hours that took place at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe in Taylorville.

 

 

Hornbuckle went on to discuss the next Business After Hours that will take place at Neal Tire and Auto on Wednesday, March 18th.

 

 

Finally, Hornbuckle talked about the upcoming CEO Banquet that will take place on Saturday, February 29th.

 

 

Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Park District Announces Numbers From Christmas In The Park

The Christmas in the Park in Taylorville that was held in December of 2019, proved to be quite successful as the numbers were released at the park district meeting that was held on Monday evening. There were over 4,950 cars that went through the event, with it raising nearly, $15,300.  Bailey Hancock, recreational director of the Park District, says that she was quite pleased with the turnout.

 

 

Hancock says that wrapping trees really helped bring in people and she was pleased with all the wonderful comments from viewers.

 

 

Usually Christmas in the Park runs a little longer as in 2018 there were 19 days, but Hancock explains that that is because of where Christmas fell this year.


 

2018’s Christmas in the Park ran for 19 days and 5,757 cars with donations of $15,660.

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Park District Meets; Tables Storm Sewer For Jaynes Park

The Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway and Park District met on Monday evening. The board approved the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 operating budget. The real discussion came over a storm sewer that is going to be built from Franklin Street and run straight west down Franklin to Jaynes Street and then down the south edge of Jaynes Park. Jim Olive, who runs the Taylorville Street and Sewer Department Committee, stopped by the meeting to explain.

 

 

Park District attorney, Quinn Broverman had some concerns on behalf of the board, especially over an apparent lack of communication as nobody was aware that the city was already in the planning stages of doing this project.

 

 

It was determined that the pipe would be 24 inches round. The board tabled everything until they had more time to review what all the storm sewer would entail. Maintenance Supervisor, Gary Brown, says that they are still working on clearing trees from the pond but the weather always plays a factor.  Recreational Director Bailey Hancock says that they are starting to work on summer plans and to look for lifeguards for the pool for the summer.  To see the full meeting click here.

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Kim Wiley With Shelbyville Manor Talks About The Garden Court Neighborhood

Kim Wiley is the Director of Marketing at the Shelbyville Manor and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to discuss how the Shelbyville Manor has been serving the Shelbyville community since 1962, what types of services they provide, and the Garden Court which is an Alzheimer's and Dementia care neighborhood.

 

Wiley started out by talking about how the Shelbyville Manor has been serving the Shelbyville community since 1962.
 

 

Wiley went on to discuss what types of services they provide.

 

 

Finally, Wiley talked about the Garden Court neighborhood at Shelbyville Manor.

 

 

Kim Wiley was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

 

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Taylorville Park District To Meet Monday Evening

The Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway and Park District will hold their monthly Board Of Trustees meeting at the Manners Park Office Board Room this evening at 7 PM. Jim Olive, with the Taylorville Street & Sewer Department, will be there to meet with the board, and the board looks to adopt the fiscal year 2020/2021 operating budget as presented. 

 

Under reports, there will be reports from the maintenance supervisor, Gary Brown. There will be a report from office administrator/secretary MaryAnn Becker, and a report from recreational Director Bailey Hancock. For committee reports, the finance committee will look for the approval for payment of bills and a possible executive session.

 

For more information on the meeting, contact MaryAnn Becker at 824-3110.

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Christian County LEAD Program Visits The Taylorville Correctional Center

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to talk about what the LEAD Program did at the Taylorville Correctional Center last week, how the Taylorville Correctional Center is different from other minimum security prisons in Illinois, and what they learned when during their visit.

 

Hornbuckle started out by talking about what the LEAD Program did at the Taylorville Correctional Center last week.
 

 

Hornbuckle went on to discuss how the Taylorville Correctional Center is different from other minimum security prisons in Illinois. 

 

 

Finally, Hornbuckle talked about what they learned when during their visit.
 

 

Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Hand Washing Important In Prevention Of Viruses

With viruses like the coronavirus and the flu running rampant throughout parts of the world, it has never been a more important time to practice good hygiene. Nothing does a better job of prevention than washing your hands. According to the CDC, there have been over 175,000 Americans sickened by the flu so far this year and nationwide more than 100 children have died from the flu this season alone. 

 

Tina Barton, who is an infection preventionist at OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac says that while getting the vaccine helps, practicing proper hand hygiene can go a long way towards keeping yourself healthy. 

 

 

The CDC recommends a five step handwashing process: wetting hands with clean running water, lathering soap on hands including under nails, scrubbing at least 20 seconds, rinsing hands, and then drying them with an air dryer or clean towel.

 

As always avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes nose or mouth.

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Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler Talks About Some Of The Changes He Has Made As Chief

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler joined the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show to talk about how some of the changes he has made since taking over as Police Chief, how the City of Taylorville is a safe city, and the importance of the USDA Grants.

 

Chief Wheeler started out by talking about some of the changes he has made since taking over as Police Chief.

 

 

Chief Wheeler went on to discuss how the City of Taylorville is a safe city.

 

 

Finally, Chief Wheeler talked about the importance of the USDA Grants
 

 

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Trying To Take Some Of The Danger Out Of Farming

A 2019 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked farming and ranching as the 7th most dangerous occupation in the U.S. There were 257 fatal injuries and 280 non-fatal injuries reported last year for farm and ag workers. Good Day’s Work is trying to reduce those numbers by providing a resource to train employees beyond meeting OSHA requirements to build a culture of safety on the farm.

 

According to Marty Huseman, Safety Director for a Good Day’s Work, it was difficult to find training relative to agriculture. Good Day’s Work set out to create more than 30 different types of real-life scenarios on actual farms to talk about all aspects of safety, and that includes grain bin safety…tape

 

 

Huseman says that farmers should never enter a bin with moving grain, and there should be a lock-out tag-out system in place on the farm as well. Air quality is also important when it comes to grain bin safety…tape

 

 

Aside from harnesses and a gas monitor, Huseman says another tool you should have with you is ear protection, especially when you’re around during the drying process…tape

 

 

To learn about how Good Day’s Work and providing video training for your operation, visit gooddayswork.ag.
 

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Landmark Of Taylorville Donates To Tornado Sports Boosters

For over 5 years, Landmark of Taylorville has been helping the Tornado Sports Boosters. Whether it be from 1st downs during football season, or three points that were made during basketball season, Landmark Of Taylorville donates for both. At Dolph Stanley Court in Taylorville, on Friday night at a home game vs the Lincoln Rail Splitters, General Manager, Bill Pinkston presented a check to the Taylorville Sports Boosters for $1800. Pinkston says that it is a great honor to be able to be involved with Taylorville Sports.

 

Between helping the Sports Boosters and giving back to the community, Pinkston says they like to help with all of Taylorville Sports.

 

 

Landmark of Taylorville is located at 1531 West Springfield Road in Taylorville. 

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Taylorville Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire

The Taylorville Fire Department responded to a structure fire Friday afternoon. At 12:45 PM, the Taylorville Fire Department arrived to the 800 block of East Elm and found a fire burning up an exterior wall. The Fire Department worked quickly to put out the fire and in so doing, prevented major damage to the home. The Fire Department continued by ventilating the smoke from the inside and no injuries were reported.  We here at Regional Radio News, salute you Taylorville Fire Department for your continued hard work.

 


Picture's Courtesy: Taylorville Fire Department Facebook Page

 

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