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The Taylorville Police Department is working on establishing a new Neighborhood Watch program. The program is open to anyone and Taylorville Police Officer Kirsten Bolinger says that despite the weather they had quite a good turnout for their first meeting.



Officer Bolinger says that focusing on criminal behavior isn’t the only thing the Neighborhood Watch will be focusing on. 



The next meeting hasn’t been set up yet but there are still ways for you to get involved.



For more information, you can always visit the Taylorville Police Department Facebook page or contact the Taylorville Police Department.

New Insulin Bill Signed Into Law


A bill that has been near and dear to Senator Andy Manar’s heart was finally signed into law Friday morning. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 667. This bill will make Illinois the second state in the nation behind Colorado to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. Senator Manar says that this bill wouldn’t have happened without the impact of young advocates.



Senator Manar says that thanks to a bipartisan effort and a grassroots effort this is a big victory for Illinoisans, but the fight doesn’t stop here.



Over 1.3 million Illinoisans are living with diabetes and rely on insulin to manage their blood sugar levels and price increases hurt families and individuals like Josie Edlefson.


The new law will also require departments to issue an “insulin pricing report” to the public that will release insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.

Windsor School District Promotes Big Things For A Small Town

The Windsor School District may be small, but that isn’t a bad thing, at least not in the eyes of Windsor Elementary Principal April Drake.  Drake says that throughout it all, small classes mean that students don’t get lost in the shuffle, and they can give your child the extra attention they deserve.  There are also free lunch programs as well. 



Drake says there are plenty of activities available for the students that are in Windsor’s Elementary School.



Windsor School District also offers quite a few incentives through Windsor High School as well. 



April Drake was a guest live from the Village of Moweaqua for the Hometown Tour.

Moweaqua Continues To Thrive Under Mayor Boomer Neece

The Village of Moweaqua continues to thrive and no one advocates harder for success in Moweaqua than the village’s own Mayor, Boomer Neece. Neece says the village continues to thrive and that he looks forward to 2020 and the projects that Moweaqua will be working on in the near future. Neece says that the business incentives that Moweaqua offers is second to none.



Neece says one of the things that he is proud of is despite having to raise water rates back in 2014 to build a new water treatment plant, but they keep a good eye on spending in Moweaqua.



Neece also talked about how it was much easier to find things using the village website www.moweaqua.org. 



Boomer Neece was a guest live from the Village of Moweaqua for the Hometown Tour.

HSHS Good Shepherd To Host Casino Night

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Foundation will be hosting a casino night.  The hospital will be hosting it’s 10th annual Red Event “Casino Night” on February 15th. The foundation is now taking reservations for the event. Director of Marketing, Kristy Gorden says this is an event you won’t want to miss.



Gorden says that the proceeds for the event are going toward the Foundation for home sleep study equipment.



For more information on this event, visit their website at www.HSHSGood Shepherd.org. 

As County Fairs go so do beauty pageants, and one person working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure her girls are prepared for Judges, makeup, and talent is Shelby County Director Sara Long. Long has seen many top 15 finishes including from this year's 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant with Miss Shelby County Adilyn McCray finishing in the top 15. Long says preparation for the girls remains the same regardless of whatever age they are.



Long says that the cycle continues throughout the year and that now that the 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant is done it may seem over, but the work isn’t done just yet.



Long was appreciative of not only the work that Adilyn has put in, but also thankful for all of the support from the community as well.



For more information on Miss Shelby County and Sara Long visit Miss/Jr Miss Shelby County-IL on Facebook.

Kathleen Preissing Talks Sullivan Spark

Kathleen Preissing is a Peace Corps Fellow and AmeriCorps volunteer working with the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development and she talked about what the Sullivan Spark was able to accomplish in 2019.



Preissing went on to talk about what Spark is based on.



Finally, Preissing talked about two big projects that they’re working to get fully funded.



Kathleen Preissing was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show live from the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan.

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