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Christian County Speaks Out On Wind Farms

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday at 6:30 PM in the Taylorville High School Cafeteria. The big topic was wind farms, and it saw a very active public comment section.

 

Among those who commented was Pana Mayor Don Kroski, who made a case for the projects’ positive impact.

 

 

There were many who voiced concerns about the project as well. Among the concerns were placement of the turbines in designated flood plains. Daniel Nolan, a resident of Assumption, was concerned for the health of his child.
 

 

Under the Highway/Building/Grounds/Environmental/Welfare/Zoing Committee minutes the big concern surrounded the safety of an elevator. Assistant States Attorney Sarah Carlson read a statement from States Attorny Mike Havera, who was not present, in which it was stated that there is a contract with Otis Elevators and they are awaiting word from them.

 

Other motions that passed unanimously in other committees included approving the contracts of a full-time Public Defender, and approval of January claims. Chairperson Matt Wells wanted to bring up a discussion on downsizing the Christian County board since it is a Census year.

 

The Christian County Board will meet next on February 18, 2020.

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Taylorville City Council Approves UTV's & Mural

The Taylorville City Council met on Tuesday evening. On the table was voting for UTV’s (utility terrain vehicles) along with voting for a mural to be painted on the Advanced Title building located at 101 South Washington 18’x80’ with a cost not to exceed $18,000 from the Business Development District Fund. Those funds are allotted and only allowed to be used for specific things, this being one of them. After discussion, the motion for UTV’s passed with Alderman Larry Budd and Alderman Lee Lanzotti voting no on it.  The motion for allowing Ms. Maggie Tarr to complete the mural also passed unanimously. 

 

The council voted on the wording for the lake lots and campground sites lease fee increases. This motion had already been approved but the wording hadn’t been changed yet in the ordinance. This went ahead and changed it. A motion was approved to purchase the M4000 card reader system to replace the old system for the Airport. 

 

The city also approved purchasing 10 new 11” 64 gigabyte iPad Pro’s with pens and insurance for the Aldermen, Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer at a cost not to exceed $12,000.  The reason the city needs them is because of the Freedom of Information Act, this will prevent them from keeping documents on their personal phones and tablets. 

 

The next city council meeting will take place on February 6th.

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Kroger General Manager Program Speaker at Taylorville Kiwanis Club Meeting

(Taylorville)--The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the local Kroger store general manager, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  Robin Gross (left) was invited by program chair Kiwanis member Patty Hornbuckle (right).

 

Gross updated the members with happenings at the local store.  She told Kiwanis members that the Starbucks operating as part of the Taylorville Kroger store, has been very successful, and said that a new line of organic cheese, Murray’s Cheese, was recently added.

 

Gross added that the Taylorville Kroger's check out lanes have been modified to have 4 full-service lanes and 6 self-scan lanes.  

 

And, Gross indicated that the local Kroger store now offers Pick Up Service, using the Kroger app to order groceries.  The first 3 pick ups are free and then there's a $4.95 charge per pick up thereafter.  

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.

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Shelbyville High School To Host Pi Day 5k

Rachel Banfield is a math instructor at Shelbyville High School and she talked about the upcoming Pi Day 5k that will take place on March 14th.

 

 

Banfield went on to talk about you can register for the Pi Day 5k.

 


 

 

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

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Shelby County CEO Program To Host Murder Mystery Dinner

Abby Haws is a student at Shelbyville High School and Hannah Reed is a student at Windsor High School and they’re both members of the Shelby County CEO Program. They talked about what CEO stands for and what the program is.

 

 

Haws and Reed went on to talk about what they will work to accomplish in the CEO Program this year.
 

 

Finally, Haws and Reed went on to talk about the upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner event on February 1st at the Shelbyville Event Center.
 

 

Abby Haws and Hannah Reed were guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville.

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Bethany Police Chief Looks Forward to 2020

There can be quite a difference between being a police chief of a small town rather than a large town but Bethany Police Chief Chris Nichols is fairly content working in Bethany and he quite enjoys his job.  As part of the Hometown tour, Chief Nichols says that working in a small town gives him more time to get to know people by name. 

 


The village of Bethany has just hired another Police Officer, and Chief Nichols is looking forward to some of his goals in 2020.

 

 

Chief Nichols also talks about not having the luxury of a field officer training you in a small village like Bethany, so you learn on your feet.

 

Chief Chris Nichols was a guest on our Hometown Tour live from Bethany, Illinois.

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Melissa Rybolt With Pana Community Hospital Discusses The End Of The Building Project

Melissa Rybolt is the marketing manager at Pana Community Hospital and she talked about bringing the historic building project to a close.
 

 

Rybolt went on to talk about the reaction that patients and visitors have given when they see the new hospital for the first time.

 

 

Finally, Rybolt talked about how much of a relief that it is to finally be done with all of the renovations.
 

 

Melissa Rybolt was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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TPD Encouraging Support Of Triad For Senior Citizens

The Taylorville Police Department is encouraging you to join Christian County TRIAD. 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. Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger, talks about some of the goals of TRIAD.

 

 

Officer Bolinger talked about ways that you can get involved with helping your community through TRIAD.

 

 

Officer Bolinger says that the meeting is open to everyone and the next meeting will be this Thursday.

 

 

For more information on TRIAD hit their like button on Facebook by visiting Christian County IL TRIAD.

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Christian County Coroner Releases Cause Of Death In Rural Stonington Car Fire

The Christian County Coroner’s Office issued a press release concerning a fire in rural Stonington. On January 18th, at 6:22 PM 9-1-1 received a call of a vehicle in rural Stonington. Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that there was a victim in the vehicle. With the help of dental records, authorities have identified the deceased as 71 year old Diane McCoy of Decatur. An autopsy was held in Bloomington on Monday and the preliminary results indicate that she died of carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a mini-van fire.

 

The investigation into the fire is being handled by Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.  The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office is also assisting with the investigation. Helping with the fire was Stonington and Moweaqua Fire.

 

No other information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Faith Bible Christian Academy School Broken Into And Vandalized; Suspects Arrested

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in and vandalism call at 3 PM at Faith Bible Christian Academy located at 301 Mary Street in Rosamond.  Deputies responded to find damage had been done to the inside of the facility, including damage to the security system, computers, trophy cases, as well as a school-owned van. 

 

The suspects gained access to a locked office by destroying a door.  A classroom window had been destroyed as well and items such as candy, sports drinks, and an undetermined amount of money had also been stolen. The school van was stolen but later returned by the suspects. 

 

Video footage obtained showed three male suspects inside the building at approximately 12:40 AM on January 19th. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of three male juveniles who all admitted to taking part in the incident.  Some of the stolen property was recovered in their possession.

 

Two of the three suspects were enrolled as students at the school.  All three male juveniles are facing multiple felony charges and were detained in a juvenile detention facility pending their first court appearance before a Christian County Judge.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more information as it becomes available.

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Talks About Driving In Bad Weather Conditions

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp talked about how when the weather conditions are bad anything can happen and how important it is to be smart on the road ways.

 

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp went on to talk about how a lot of the roads in Christian County can get flooded with the weather is bad and how mixing alcohol and bad road conditions is never a good idea.

 

 

Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp talked about the Sheriff’s scholarship and how you can apply to win a $500 scholarship.
 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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CEO To Host Annual Banquet On February 29th At The Pillars Event Center

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she talked about the upcoming CEO annual banquet on February 29th at the Pillars Event Center. There will also be a $10,000 cash raffle. Tickets are $50 for the annual banquet and $100 for the raffle and they can be purchased at the Chamber office or from any CEO student.
 

 

Hornbuckle went on to talk about a brand new event called “Sunshine and Shopping in the Vil” that will take place on March 13th and 14th.

 

 

For more information on any of these events call the Chamber at 824-4919. Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Miss Shelby County, Adilyn McCray, Finishes Top 15 In Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant

The 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant was held Sunday night in Springfield. Miss Shelby County Adilyn McCray, daughter of Chad and Faith McCray of Gays, Illinois finished as a top 15 finalist out of 73 contestants. Adilyn says that both her coach Sara Long and her parents have been very supportive of her during her pageant time.

 

Adilyn says not knowing what the judges are looking for is the hardest thing about prepping for pageants.


Up next for Adilyn, is preparing for the retirement of her crown in June, but practices in April and May will keep her busy until then. She says that if you are thinking of running for a pageant, and you don’t think it’s for you, to go for it.

 

 

Adilyn is a Junior at Windsor High School. Other area girls who finished in the finals were Makenna Green, Miss Moultrie-Douglas County, and Shayna Phillips, Miss Effingham County—2nd Runner Up.

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Shelbyville High School Math Instructor Rachel Banfield Talks About Pi Day

Rachel Banfield is a math instructor at Shelbyville High School and she talked about the upcoming Pi Day celebration that they’re having at the high school in March and why it is that they celebrate it on March 14th.

 

 

Carson Beyers and Will Leach are both students at Shelbyville High School and they talked about what they’ll be doing to celebrate Pi Day.
 

 

Finally, Banfield talked about how they end Pi Day with an auction to pie a student or teacher in the face.

 

 

Rachel Banfield, Carson Beyers, and Will Leach were all guests on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

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Christian County Board To Meet Tuesday

The Christian County Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 PM. The board will meet at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria, which you can enter at the cafeteria west door from Knute Rockne Drive. Under highway, building, grounds, environmental, zoning, welfare issues the board will discuss courthouse business and/or repairs, they will discuss highway business and any other matters that come before the committee.

 

Under executive, personnel, liquor, and legislative issues, the board will approve public defender contracts, along with any other matters that properly come before the committee. 

 

Under audit, finance, purchasing, and budget issues, the board will approve claims for January, discuss courthouse business and repairs, adopt an ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with Taylorville and Christian County for a temporary lease for official court business.  They will review investment policies from the treasurer, get an update from WECS counsel, and any other matters that are properly brought before the committee.

 

The meeting will also discuss any new business, mileage and per diem, and appointments along with public comments and reading of communications.

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Taylorville City Council To Vote On Legalizing UTV's

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry talked about the council meeting that will take place tonight at 7pm at the municipal building in the council chambers at 115 North Main Street in Taylorville. The council will decide tonight if they’re going to legalize UTV’s for use within the Taylorville city limits.

 

 

Mayor Barry went on to talk about how the topic of UTV’s has been a hot topic of discussion for about 6 months now and Mayor Barry encourages everyone to weigh in by calling City Hall at 824-2101.

 

 

Finally, Mayor Barry talked about why they’re considering legalizing the use of UTV’s in Taylorville.
 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Taylorville City Council To Talk Murals And UTV's Tuesday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet Tuesday evening, due to the holiday on Monday. After approval of all regular minutes, there will be a discussion of an ordinance dealing with Taylorville City Code for lake lots and campground sites leasing fee increases. Under committee reports, for lake/airport issues a motion to recommend the airport to purchase a card reader system to replace the old card reader system will be voted on. There will also be a motion for recommending approval of building a boat dock at 43 Lake Vista Drive, along with research on installing keyless entry devices on the cabins and to increase deposit when renting a cabin.

 

Under water environmental issues will be a couple of motions for water treatment payment and construction payment costs along with a recommendation for a new aluminum sulfate feed pump from Brooks & Associates.

 

Under ordinance issues, there will be a discussion for a motion to recommend a new ordinance to allow the operation of UTV’s in the city of Taylorville with the same requirements as the golf cart ordinance. There will also be a motion to modify class A and class C Liquor licenses to include a gaming option at a rate of $3,000 and to require all license holders to pay all fees in full at the time of renewal. 

 

Under finance issues, there will be a motion to approve contributions to Christian County CEO program. There will be discussion and a motion to allow Ms. Maggie Tarr to complete the historic mural on the Advanced Title Building located at 101 South Washington 18x80 at a cost not to exceed $18,000 from the BDD fund with a start date of April/May 2020.

 

There will be treasurer and mayor updates along with a closed AFSCME negotiation. The meeting will take place at the Municipal Building at 7 PM.

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U Of I Extension Nutrition Educator Lisa Peterson Talks About How You Can Cut Back On Sodium

Lisa Peterson is the nutrition and wellness educator at the University of Illinois Extension Office and she talked about the topic of sodium and how much you’re supposed to have on a daily basis.
 

 

Peterson went on to talk about one of the biggest myths in regards to sodium. Peterson said that you don’t need to eat more salt prevent muscle cramping.
 

 

Finally, Peterson went on to talk about as you cut back on sodium you crave it less.

 

 

Lisa Peterson was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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Pride Packages CEO Pat Garlick Talks About Why She Sends Care Packages To Our Troops

Pat Garlick is the CEO of Pride Packages. Pride Packages is an organization that sends care packages to soldiers. Garlick talked about how her organization got its start thanks to her son.

 

 

Garlick went on to talk about how she figured out this was supposed to be her mission in life and how she came up with the name of Pride Packages.

 

 

Finally, Garlick talked about what they include in the care packages that they send to soldiers.

 

 

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

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Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle Talks Business After Hours

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she talked about the recent Business After Hours that took place last week at HSHS in Taylorville.

 

 

Hornbuckle went on to talk about the next Business After Hours that will take place on February 19th at Cottage Rose and Talia’s Cookies.

 

 

Finally, Hornbuckle talked about the upcoming Kiwanis Breakfast that will take place on January 25th at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

 

 

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

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Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Talks About The Dangers Of Drinking And Driving

Drinking and Driving is a big issue in Christian County and Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp talked about just how few drinks it takes to reach the legal limit of .08.

 

 

Sheriff Kettelkamp went on to give some important facts and statistics when it comes to drinking and driving.

 

 

Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp talked about how a DUI isn’t just driving under the influence of alcohol, but you can also get a DUI for driving under the influence of marajuana, but that testing for it is a lot more complicated.

 

 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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THS Building Trades Program Gives Update On House

The Taylorville High School Building Trades program continues to work at the house on 727 West Vandeveer Street.  The project which was started this fall under the direction of Teacher Matt Blomquist, continues to make progress. Blomquist says it’s nice to see it start to somewhat look like a house.

 

 

Blomquist says the outside is almost done.

 

 

Blomquist is in his first year of doing this, so he had to guess on timeframe but he’s still hoping to have it done in time for the end of the school year.

 

The house will be sold traditionally when it is fully complete.

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Illinois Senate Names New President

The State of Illinois has a new Senate President. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, was elected senate president after a 5 ½ hour meeting on Sunday saw a 37-12 vote go in favor of President Harmon.  Harmon was elected as former Senate President John Cullerton stepped down after 11 years. Senator Kimberly Lightford nominated Harmon saying that she can’t think of anyone else who would do as good of a job running their caucus.  Harmon says that he feels a need to work together and restore the public trust.

 

 

Harmon also promoted unity, saying that while we are diverse we all have one common goal.

 

 

Harmon has been in the senate since 2003.

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Multiple Weather Warnings In Effect For Central Illinois

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Regional Radio News Listening area throughout the evening until midnight.  Mixed precipitation is expected. Snow changing to a wintry mix is expected as well before changing completely to rain. Snow accumulations of up to an inch are predicted which will combine with ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch can be expected.  Wind gusts are also expected in the 30-35 mile an hour range.

 

Impacts can be felt on the roads so give yourself extra time to get to where you need to go. Slow down and use caution when driving and remember to turn on your lights. 

 

A flood watch will be in effect from 6 PM on Friday evening through Saturday morning for the listening area.  Heavy rainfall from last weekend has resulted in saturated soil conditions especially around rivers and lakes resulting in higher levels than normal. By Saturday morning some areas will receive between 1 and 1.5 inches. Moderate to heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low lying or poor drainage areas, including flooding on smaller creeks and streams. 

 

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Never drive across a flooded roadway.

 

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates on the weather as they become available.
 

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Lisa Peterson Talks About Major Myths In Regards To Sodium

Lisa Peterson is the nutrition and wellness educator at the University of Illinois Extension Office and she talked about getting ready for heart health season and an upcoming event on January 28th called “Cooking Soups Under Pressure.”

 

 

Peterson went on to talk about the importance of paying attention to the labels on the food that you eat.

 

 

Finally, Peterson talked about another major myth in regards to sodium.

 

 

Lisa Peterson was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.

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