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Taylorville Kiwanis Collects 7300+ Pounds of Food for Taylorville Food Pantry

The Taylorville Food Pantry just announced that the Taylorville Kiwanis Club collected some 7,383 pounds of food during its Drive-Thru Donation Days in May, July, and September in front of the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park.


2 Kiwanis members were set up in front of the studios for Saturdays in those months from 8:30am to noon to collect non-persishable food and monetary donations to benefit the food pantry.


This the fourth consecutive year that the Kiwanis Club and the Miller Media Group have partnered to collect food for the local food Pantry.


Find out more on all the Taylorville Kiwanis Club does for children and youth in the Taylorville community, on-line at taylorvillekiwanis.com.

US Army Corps of Engineers Announces Youth Deer Hunt

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a youth deer hunt at Lake Shelbyville on October 7 & 8, 2023. The hunt will be conducted in portions of recreation areas previously closed for the season. As a safety precaution, Sullivan Beach, Whitley Creek Recreation Area, Coon Creek & Opossum Creek campgrounds, and the entire Wilborn Creek park will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from
2:00 p.m. October 6, 2023, until 8:00 p.m. October 8, 2023.


These closings include boat ramps located within Opossum Creek, Coon Creek, and Wilborn Creek Recreation Areas. Ramps remaining open during this period include those in Dam West, Lone Point, Lithia Springs, Whitley Creek and Bo Wood Recreation Areas, Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks and all secondary ramps. For more information contact the Lake Shelbyville Environmental Stewardship Department at (217) 774-3951 ext. 7049

Local Law Enforcement Speaks On Safe-T Act

The Safe-T Act went into effect this week Monday, September 18th, this means that some operations for deputies will change, along with sentencing and holding for criminals. The no-cash bail system has been applied to ease the populations in jails, but some officials believe this will have adverse effects on smaller towns with different types of crime than in big cities, like Chicago.

Taylorville Chief of Police, Dwayne Wheeler says it is going to take some adapting for the officers. Wheeler continued, explaining that the relationship between the Taylorville Police Department, the state's attorney, and the county judges is strong. That relationship will come in handy when pleading a case for a crime that is detainable.


Now with the Safe-T Act in place, there is a backlog of cases that must be revisited. At the time of these crimes, the Safe-T Act was not in place, now these offenders are getting a second look at their case to determine if that crime is a detainable one now with the new legislation.

Chief Deputy of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Jim Baker says the state’s attorney, the public defender, the CCSD, and the judge will have a different take on each individual crime. Chief Deputy Baker describes what the court docket looks like in the wake of the Safe-T Act.


Pre-trial release allows the offender to walk out the doors of the jail with a court date that they must attend. The question for officers and deputies alike is will this person re-offend? Chief Wheeler says there is always the possibility of re-offending, which is why the TPD and the CCSO will work diligently to build these criminal profiles to serve proper justice.


Chief Wheeler concluded by saying the Taylorville Police Department and the members of the Community Action Team, which includes Stonington, Kincaid, Assumption, Morrisonville, and Edinburgh Police Departments will not give up, they will not surrender and are dedicated to keeping all local cities and towns safe.

Taylorville Chief of Police, Dwayne Wheeler, and Chief Deputy for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office Jim Baker both appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Lake Shelbyville Announces General Dacey Hay Ride Dates

Join us on October 12th for the 2023 General Dacey Trail Hay Ride for People with Mobility Restrictions. This event features scenic hayride tours of the General Dacey Trail for all, young and old, who are physically unable to walk the trail on their own. The trailers used for the events are made to accommodate wheelchairs and sitting participants. 


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) staff will be on standby to assist any participants who may need assistance. Family or staff support are encouraged to ride along for the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Tours arrive and depart from the Shelbyville Aquatic Center parking lot in Shelbyville’s Forest Park. 


This event is made possible by Lake Shelbyville USACE, General Dacey Trail, and Sloan Implement of Shelbyville. Departure times are 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. To reserve a seat and time slot, please contact the Lake Shelbyville Interpretive Services and Outreach Program Department at 217-774-3951 ext. 7047. 


Only a limited number of seats will be provided, RSVP to secure a spot on the hay ride. Walk-ups will be accommodated if space is available, but is not guaranteed.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holding Kids Day Collections at West Main Cross and Webster Today and Tomorrow

You're reminded that today and tomorrow are the annual Taylorville Kiwanis Club Kids' Days with Kiwanis members donning Kiwanis vests at the corner of West Main Cross and Webster Streets.

Kiwanis members will be collecting financial donations to continue funding their many programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community, including Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, high school and YMCA scholarships, the Christian County C-E-O program, and many others.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club thanks the public for their continued support.

CNB Bank And Trust Donates To Food Pantry

A Commercial/Ag Officer for CNB Bank and Trust has made a great donation to the Taylorville Food Pantry.  Carl Goebel purchased a hog from the 4H Auction at the Christian County Ag Fair in July on behalf of the Bank.  Kelly Dulakis, Assistant Vice President and Retail Lending Officer along with Goebel took most of the processed pork to the Taylorville Food Pantry and the pantry truly appreciated the donation. 

Pictured left to right, Richard Breckenridge, Linda Baldock ( food pantry volunteers), Carl Goebel and Kelly Dulakis.  

Parish Fiesta At St. Mary's Catholic Church This Weekend

A family-friendly fiesta will be held this weekend at the St. Mary’s Parish Grounds. The St. Mary’s Parish Fiesta will be out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, with activities for the kiddos in the kid's tent, food offered every day of the event, live music, and a talent show on the final day.


Brenan Dennison, a Fiesta Committee member and a parent of two children at St. Mary’s School in Taylorville. The fiesta has been a drive-thru fiesta for the past years due to the pandemic. Dennison is excited to be back to in-person this year as there will be many things for families to enjoy.



Friday’s events will get started with the fish fry dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the kid's tent will be open with many activities like pumpkin painting, and an inflatable obstacle course will be out all three days. Rounding out night one will be the Colin Helton Band playing from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.



Saturday features a dodgeball tournament where registration will be open until the day of, a kids tent, and the Ambrosia Moon Band from 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. Sunday will be a busy one as the day starts with a Holy Mass at 11:00 a.m., bocce ball and corn-hole tournament, and a talent show. A lunch of fried chicken will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday also features a raffle where various items like baskets and meats are given away, along with a 50/50 raffle.


Dennison notes that it is not too late to sign up for the talent show, continuing to say there is one show for the kids to compete and one for the adults. Dennison is happy to be part of the fiesta this year and thanks the volunteers who made it all possible.



All the events this weekend will be held on the grounds of St. Mary’s Parish located at 422 South Washington Street in Taylorville.


More information about St. Mary’s Parish Fiesta can be found on their Facebook page.


Brenan Dennison appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Attorney Announces Run For Circuit Judge

A Taylorville attorney has announced he will be running for Circuit Judge.  Dennis Atteberry announced on Monday that he will be running for Circuit Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.  The vacancy was created when Judge Mike McHaney was elected to the Appellate Court. Atteberry graduated from Taylorville High School in 1990 before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Blackburn College, a Masters from UIS, and a Juris Doctorate from SIU School of Law all while working as a teacher to put himself through grad and law school. 


Atteberry graduated from law school in 2001 and has worked extensively in criminal, civil, probate, juvenile, municipal, and appellate law.  Atteberry is outspoken about the new Illinois trial laws. “Illinois just passed the Pretrial Fairness Act that allows Defendants to remain in our communities without having to post any bail.  This law encourages Defendants to delay their cases to remain free.  There is no incentive to get to trial.  For those who only obtain a fine and probation, it literally just places crimes on a payment plan.  As judge, I will manage the docket to limit court continuations in order to bring swift justice for the victims and hold the criminals responsible for their crimes.”


Dennis Atteberry outlined his motivation for running for judge. “I believe in a safe community for my family and others.  The responsibility of a judge is to sit on the front line to make a difference in our communities.  I want to make an impact and I strongly believe that conservative values are necessary for the bench in order to make that happen.”


The Republican Primary is March 19th, 2024. 

Shelby Electric Coop Presents Checks To Autism And Movement Project

Shelby Electric Cooperative was on hand in Pana Tuesday morning along with CoBank’s Sharing Success Program for a check presentation.  Shelby Electric donated $20,000 broken down to three separate checks to help out the Autism Movement Project.  The Autism and Movement Project or AAMP/ Autism Movement Therapy (AMT) will receive $15,000. Brewin’ Hope Coffee House will receive $2,500.  The Pana Historical Society will also receive $2,500.   Faith Wheeler, Member Services Specialist with Shelby Electric says it’s all about concern for the community.


Aaron Johnson, Vice President of CoBank says that they have been helping match funds for a while and that this is a fantastic program.  He says 2022 was a great year for matching.



Erica Matthews, Owner and Lead Instructor for AAMP/AMT is a non-profit organization serving and providing outreach to the autism community. The classes benefit children diagnosed with autism and special needs or any child that needs help with speech, behavioral, motor, or social skills.  She thanked the community for the support for the  Brewin’ Hope Coffee House. 


For more information on Shelby Electric visit https://shelbyelectric.coop. For more information on CoBank visit https://www.cobank.com/. Check out the Pana Historical Society at http://panahistoricalsociety.org/. The AAMP Learning Center can be found at https://www.aamplearningcenter.org/. They are located at 11 South Locust Street in Pana. The Brewin’ Hope Coffee House is at 38 Oak Street in Pana. 



Taylorville Memorial Hospital Names August Colleague Of The Month

TMH has announced their August Colleague of the Month.  Spencer Rice, a customer support specialist with information systems, earned the August award. According to a press release, sent from the hospital, Rice is known for reliability and providing customer support with a positive attitude.  His patience and relaxed manner are appreciated by many. 


His nominator agreed saying “Spencer is the first person who comes to mind anytime a piece of IT equipment misbehaves.  He moves about the organization quietly assisting anyone and everyone.  He never makes us feel stupid if we aren’t technoogically savvy.  He keeps us productive!” 


Rice has worked for Taylorville Memorial Hospital since 2022. 

Upcoming Events With The Macon County Conservation District

The Macon County Conservation District will be hosting events full of family fun at the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur this weekend. Monarch Madness, an educational and hands-on experience will begin this Saturday, September 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Then a fundraiser titled the Prairie Pedal Fundraiser will feature a bike ride and lunch provided by the Macon County Conservation District to those that have registered.

Monarch Madness is a free event that will not only allow the kiddos to explore and see monarch butterflies but also naturalists to help capture and tag the live butterflies for identification. Crafts will be on site along with face painting, balloon animals, and more.

Alysia Callison, Program Director for the Macon County Conservation District talks about what you can experience during Monarch Madness.


This Sunday, September 24th, The Macon County Conservation holds their annual Prairie Pedal Fundraiser where funds will go towards the various events and operations that come to the district. Aspects like animal feeds, planting, and playgrounds will be supported by the fundraiser.

Callison says that it is not too late to register for the bike ride as many riders register on the day of. $40 per rider will provide options of a 20-mile ride, 40 miles, or 62 miles, a meal of chili, and adult beverages will also be on site.


A raffle will also be held on the day of the fundraiser to give attendees a chance to win some prizes.

Registration for the Prairie Pedal Fundraiser can be found at www.maconcountyconservationfoundation.org/prairie-pedal/.

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

Illinois State Treasurer's Office Presents Illinois First Steps Program

The Illinois State Treasurer's Office has unveiled a new program that looks to invest in students early in their lives to ensure a successful journey through higher education. The Illinois First Steps Program works with college savings programs to put $50 of seed money into the account of newborns born after January 1st, 2024.

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that a student who knows they have a college saving fund is three times more likely to pursue a higher education of some degree. It does not matter whether the student chooses a four-year university, a community college, vocational, or technical school, Frerichs says that compounding interest plays its role in the account so that students will have funds to pay for materials that come with pursuing a profession.


Frerichs says that a student with a college savings fund is three times more likely to attend college. That number jumps to seven times more likely when that student is a first-generation college attendee. Frerichs explains that money in an account is not making a student smarter, it is showing that student that there is an investment in them, and that expectation produces more effort in the classroom.


The Illinois First Steps Program is available now for registration for Illinois Residents. This investment in students has been shown to produce successful outcomes when that student takes on the daunting years of higher education.
Find more information about the Illinois First Steps Program by visiting their website at, illinoisfirststeps.com/.

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

Christian County Mental Health Board Seeking Non-Profits

After being defunct for a few years, the Christian County Mental Health Board is back and working hard to get things going again. The organization, which was founded in the 1970s, is currently run by President Ray Koonce.  Koonce says that the past two years have been busy to get things back to what they were before.



Koonce says they are looking for nonprofit entities that deal with mental health.



Koonce says the state of Illinois has been a big help.



There are meetings held every month and Koonce invites everyone to attend.



Again, for more information contact Ray at 217-825-3353.

Christian County Economic Development Corporation Names Matt Hart New Executive Director

The Christian County Economic Development Corporation today announced the appointment of Matt Hart as its new Executive Director effective September 25th.


This comes following the retirement of its former Executive Director Dick Adams on August 31st.    Hart grew up in Taylorville and earned a Bachelor of Finance degree from the University of Illinois.


C-C-E-D-C President John Gardner said the selection was made after several hours of interviews and deliberation by the Corporation’s Search Committee, and added Hart will be a great proponent of economic development for all areas of the county.


Hart told Regional Radio News growing up in Taylorville gives him a unique perspective to his new job.



Hart has a wide background he'll bring to the C-C-E-D-C Executive Director position.



He told Regional Radio News he has specific goals, including a new web site for the organization.



Hart is looking forward to helping economic development in Christian County.



The Christian County Economic Development Corporation is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote the creation and retention of jobs to increase the economic tax base including the development, establishment, and expansion of commerce and industry in the Christian County area.

County Board Meets; Approves Moving Central Commodity FS Anhydrous Plant

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday night and approved moving the Central Commodity FS Anhydrous Plant out of Kincaid. The motion, which was approved by the ZBA earlier, was voted on after a long session that saw nearly 20 people talk and a 45-minute closed session.  


The vote was 9-1 in favor of moving with yes votes from David Buckles, Timothy Carlson,  Linda Curtin, Clint Epley, Ken Franklin, Vicki McMahon, Denise McWard, Brian Sharp, Thomas Snyder Jr., Jean Vandenbergh, and Clayton Walter.  David Puccetti was the only No vote.  Chairman of the Christian County Board Bryan Sharp says this is a decision the board doesn’t take lightly.



Sharp continued by stressing that there was a lot of talking and weighing of pros and cons. 



Sharp says there are plenty of pros to moving the facility out of Kincaid and into the country including being in a safer place. 



The county approved Chillifest on the courthouse lawn, and work on drainage ditches, along with some other variances and ZBA approvals. It was announced by Sharp that Jeff Nolen and Seth Foster had resigned from their positions on the board.  Sharp said they were moving forward with names to replace them and thanked them for their time on the board. 


Under new business, the board said they would be taking a look at the rules to make sure that everything was being done the way that it should be.  The next County Board meeting is set for October 17th. 

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Inducts New Member, Installs Officers at Installation Ceremony

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member and installed officers for the new Kiwanis year that starts October First, their club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Mike Assalley (right), owner of funeral homes in several communities including Taylorville, was inducted as the newest member of the Kiwanis Club.   Kiwanis new member chair Adam Jeffrey (left) presented Assalley with his Kiwanis membership certificate and pin.


President John Gardner then officiated during the ceremony recognizing committee chairs and inducting officers for the new Kiwanis year.   Committee chairs receiving certificates for their service to the club this past Kiwanis year included:



Kiwanis Park co-chairs Larry Kemner (right) and Duane Stock (who was unable to attend)


Interclub and Finance Committee chair Blain Cornwell


Membership chair Adam Jeffrey


Fund Raising Committee and Student Leadership Program chair Will Perkins


Program Committee chair Alec Myers



Funding and Public Relations Committee chair Randal J. Miller


Priority One and Kids Day chair Bruce Blanshan (right) who was also named “Kiwanian of the Year” with a plaque presented by Gardner.


Installation of officers for the new Kiwanis year starting October First then took place, with:



Blain Cornwell (center) and Jeff Grimmett (right) named co-treasurers



President elect Bill Assalley



Incoming Kiwanis president Chuck Martin.


Martin Vota, who has served as secretary of the club and was re-installed, was unable to attend.


Gardner was then presented with a certificate for his year of service as president of the club.  


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.     

Christian County YMCA Fights Back Against Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease attacks the body's nervous system, resulting in tremors that progress into uncontrolled movements of the body, and eventually slowed, slurred speech patterns will follow. Parkinson's is a disease that can not be cured, but those living with Parkinson’s can step in and slow the effects of the disease through motion and endurance activity.

The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project says that physical activity is a vital component in maintaining balance, coordination, and mobility for everyday living. Not only will exercise keep one physically fit but symptoms that come with Parkinson's disease like lessened mobility, depression, and anxiety will be eased through physical activity.

That's why the Christian County YMCA is hosting Rock Steady Boxing Classes, a program fit to serve those with Parkinson’s Disease. Bruce Blanshan, Director of the Christian County YMCA, and his team have stuck by the science of sport to keep these citizens moving. Blanshan says the classes will include core strength, balance, rhythm, and all movements that provide nero-protective aspects.


The CC YMCA is well known for its youth programs that keep the kiddos active, but Blanshan is proud to be able to offer programs like the Rock Steady Boxing classes to include and inspire others in sports and healthy living practices.


Blanshan says that fatigue is the goal for the Rock Steady Boxing classes and the volunteers who get the attendees up and moving do a great job.


Rock Steady Boxing classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CC YMCA members will pay a fee of $45 while non-member fees are $65. A $50 fee includes an initial assessment with a boxing coach.

Bruce Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Board To Meet This Evening

The Christian County Board will meet on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. After approval of minutes, the board will approve minutes, ZBA issues, along with hearing from the public and other committees. Under committee reports, the board will look at the highway, building, grounds, environmental, zoning, and welfare.  The board will look at a request to use the courthouse lawn, zoning, solid waste, highway, animal control, and courthouse and building business. The board will also go over a proposed amendment to the zoning code concerning the danger to public health and welfare of property damage. 


Under executive, personnel, liquor, and legislative, the board will receive an EMA update, go over residency waiver requests, personnel and future planning,  and animal control ordinance amendments.  Under audit, finance, purchasing, and budget, the board will review budget hearings.  The audit, finance, purchasing, and budget committee will present moving funds from general to capital improvements, the sale of delinquent tax properties, and approve claims. 


There is nothing listed under new business or old business on the agenda Regional Radio News received.  The next county board meeting is set for October 17, 2023.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story following the conclusion of the event. 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Gives September Update

The Mayor of Taylorville, Bruce Barry has kept busy this month, appointing a new alderman, finalizing construction projects, and amending areas to Taylorville’s enterprise zone.

In the Monday night Taylorville City Council meeting, Randy Mitchelson was appointed to Ward 1 of the city council, filling retired Larry Budd's seat. Mayor Barry says that of the people considered, Mitchelson had the most knowledge and was the best fit to serve as the financial chair that Larry Budd sat in for 10 years.


The Lincoln Prairie Trail that carries attendees to Lake Taylorville and even all the way into Pana will soon be getting the renovations to the bridge that will allow that ride to be possible. Funding has been secured to demolish and replace the bike trail bridge. The bridge, once owned by the city of Pana will soon be the property of Taylorville upon the completion of the bridge. Funding for the project is coming from both Taylorville, Pana, and a grant. The renovations look to be completed by Spring.


Taylorville enterprise zones will soon be updated as legislation has ended zone benefits to solar farms. A $15,000 donation was given by Peoples Bank and Trust to the Christian County Economic Development Council, which will benefit many surrounding communities.


Mayor Bruce Barry looks forward to the upcoming Taylorville events like Chillifest and the Car Cruise as many new visitors can witness the improvements that come to the city every month.

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

Taylorville City Council Meets; September 18th Named Olivia Hammac Day

Despite some technical issues, Regional Radio News was on hand to cover the Taylorville City Council meeting on Monday evening. Randy Mitchelson was approved as the appointment for Ward 1 Alderman.  Mitchelson says he is very excited to be on the board.  He was on the board during the 1980s.  He says it’s too early to set goals for himself but is excited to get to work.



Olivia Hammac was recognized by the council. Hammac was the winner of the Super Street Ladies division in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) for 2023 and is a Sophomore at Taylorville High School. 


An ordinance approving and authorizing the execution of a BDD agreement between Taylorville and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce was approved.  The council also approved pushing for a new part-time crossing guard position and the special events permit for Faith Bible Christian Academy Sports Boosters at West Main Cross and Webster Streets on October 13-14, 2023. 


The Council approved hiring a replacement police officer from the police eligibility list. The council approved a quote for block 41 from Windell Surveying and approved a new F250 truck.  The council approved paying bills.  


Regional Radio News was unable to get any audio from this meeting due to technical difficulties. There was a heated debate in public comments concerning closed sessions.  Alderman Megan Bryant and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry discussed supposed conversations that took place concerning raises.  Bryant wanted to make sure that anything the council agreed to as a group would then be done by the Mayor. 


The next city council meeting is set for October 2nd. 

Illinois Deer Donation Program Looking For Help

On average, deer yield about 60 pounds of meat which can feed 240 people.  Illinois Deer Donation Program is returning to help those who need it.  October 1st will be the beginning of the second donation cycle ready to support food pantries in East-Central Illinois.  The program connects hunters and meat processors to bring venison to food pantries.  


Hunters can donate a deer for free as the program covers the processing fees when deer are brought to meat processors.  Community members who don’t hunt but want to support in their local area can donate as well. 


A $100 donation will process one deer and go directly to the program’s partnering meat processors, which also help support small businesses.  Donations are tax-deductible and processed through the University of Illinois Foundation.  For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/deerdonation.  


The program is providing donated meat to food pantries in 16 counties, including Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby.  During 2022, the program helped fund the processing of 202 deer, which yielded 8,414 pounds of ground venison that was available at area food pantries. Find out more by visiting the Illinois Deer Donation Program’s Facebook page.  

Taylorville City Council Set To Meet This Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Monday evening. Olivia Hammac will be recognized by the council.  The council will also approve minutes.  There is a motion on the floor to approve the appointment of Randy Mitchelson to Ward 1 which would replace Larry Budd, who recently retired. There are a few motions on the table for the council to review including a BDD agreement, a letter of engagement memorandum for the Taylorville Christian County Enterprise Zone Amendments, a part-time crossing guard position, and a special events permit for the Faith Bible Christian Academy Sports Boosters on October 13th and 14th.


Under committee reports, the council will look at a motion to hire a replacement police officer from the Police Eligibility List, the cemetery board of managers has a motion out to approve a quote for the survey of Block 41 and to approve the purchase of a 2024 ¾ ton F250 truck.  Under lake/airport, the council will look to update the current lake lot and campground lease with a “nonrefundable regardless of self-termination of lease agreement” verbiage. The council will also look to approve changes to the Cabin and Camping reservation process.


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

Shelby Electric Cooperative Donates To Autism Movement Project

Shelby Electric Cooperative will soon be making a heroic donation to the Autism Movement Project. This initiative involves the CoBanks Sharing Success Program. The Autism Movement Project has grown from 6 to 137 children since its beginning in 2012.


Erica Frailey-Matthews leads the therapy-based training these children with disabilities are taught providing the skills it takes to interact with everyday life. With the underfunded nature of disability education and constant efforts from educators, Shelby Electric Cooperative will be donating $20,000 to the Autism Movement Project on Tuesday, Sept. 18th.


Kevin Bernson, Vice President of Media and Public Relations says that part of the cooperative's core principles is the commitment to their community. This year the cooperative was given the reigns to select where donation funds land. Bernson notes that schools have put forth great efforts to ensure the care of children with special needs but struggle financially to fill their classrooms with proper equipment. Bernson says the Autism Movement Project checks all the boxes for this donation.


The donation will not only go towards the facility for the Autism Movement Project, but also toward a coffee shop in which these people with disabilities can work, and a sensory garden. Bernson shared one of many success stories that come from the Autism Movement Project.


Bernson says Frailey-Matthews has done an excellent job getting these people with disabilities engaged in social living and is grateful to be part of Shelby Electric Cooperative as they inspire change with a large financial contribution.

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

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Holds Final Drive-Thru Donation Day

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club once again held their drive-thru donation day benefiting the Taylorville Food Pantry at the Miller Media Group front parking lot on Saturday, September 16th.


Kiwanis Club member Randy Miller says the donation drive is answering the call for the need for donations for a very busy Taylorville Food Pantry. Serving over 500 families in August, the Drive-Thru Donation Days provide that extra assistance.



Kiwanis member Alec Myers says that monetary donations for the Taylorville Food Pantry give them the freedom to stretch that dollar in as many ways as needed.



This was the last Kiwanis Club Drive-Thru Donation Day here in front of our studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville. The Taylorville Kiwanis Club and the Taylorville Food Pantry thank the local community who have come out and donated non-perishable foods and monetary donations to benefit the Taylorville Food Pantry.

Today is Last Kiwanis Drive-Thru Donation Day to Benefit Food Pantry at Miller Media Group Studios

Today from now til noon, is the last day the Taylorville Kiwanis Club is holding their Drive-Thru Donation Day for the Taylorville Food Pantry, in front of our studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville. 


The Kiwanis Club and Food Pantry both encourage you to drop off your non-perishable food or monetary donations between now and noon to help the over 5-hundred families that were served by the Taylorville Food Pantry in August, with the need continuing to grow.   


Kiwanis members Alec Myers and Randal J. Miller are manning today's Kiwanis Drive-Thru Donation Day benefiting the Food Pantry.


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