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Regional Radio News has learned of at least four different vehicles that are involved in a vehicle crash in between Lake Taylorville and the city of Taylorville on Route 29.  District 9 units are en-route to the multiple-vehicle crash, involving a commercial motor vehicle on Route 29, East of Taylorville. Currently, there is a lane blockage as officers are working the scene. Authorities are asking the public to find a different route and avoid the area.


As soon as we hear more, we will update you.  This is a developing story.

The Senior Citizens of Christian County joined State Senator Doris Turner for a senior fair event at the center on Tuesday. The event provided area seniors the opportunity to connect with organizations, government agencies, and health care facilities and providers.  This allowed senior citizens to stay up to date with available resources and services.  Seniors could also receive flu shots and partake in bone density tests. 


Senator Turner says that community senior fairs help connect area residents with state agencies, health care providers, and local organizations to learn more about vital resources and take advantage of screenings and flu shots.


Senator Turner is hosting senior fairs throughout the district and has one more coming up in Springfield that will take place at the Salvation Army of Springfield from 9-11 AM on Tuesday October 11th.  Last week, Senator Turner was in Decatur. Those who would like to learn more about the upcoming senior fair can contact Senator Turner’s Springfield Office at 217-782-0228. 

Registration Ending Soon For TCCU Scholarship Program

An annual scholarship program is reminding students that registration is ending soon. Registration for TCCU’s 9th annual scholarship program closes on Friday, October 14th. The program is open to all seniors graduating in 2023 from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana. Students are eligible who want to continue their education at a trade school, two year community college, or four year university. 


Eight students, two from each school, will be selected and each will receive $1000 towards their education. TCCU President Will Perkins encourages everyone to register.  You can register by providing the student’s name, a good photo, and a completed parental permission form. 


Registration and parental permission forms are available at all four TCCU locations and online at www.tccu.org.  Award recipients are determined by votes that are cast by community residents at local businesses.  Tri-county residents can cast votes whenever they shop at participating retailers in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana and for every $10 spent shoppers can cast one vote. Spend $100 and you can vote ten times. 


Voting begins Friday, November 18th and runs through February 28th, 2023. Posters of registered students will be displayed in participating businesses.  There is a limit of 100 votes per any individual purchase.  There is no limit to how many businesses people can visit. Students have until Friday, October 14th to register. Scholarships will be awarded in May of 2023.  For more information regarding the TCCU Scholarship, call or stop by any TCCU location including Taylorville at 824-9658, Hillsboro at 532-5300, Litchfield at 324-7496, or Pana at 562-2516.  Visit www.TCCU.org as well. 

Safety Around Haunted Houses

Haunted House season is upon Illinoisans and safety is a top priority for the Illinois Department of Labor and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Acting Illinois State Fire Marshal Dale Simpson says that haunted houses can provide special hazards that make them particularly vulnerable to fire and fire injuries if codes aren’t followed.  Owners of haunted houses need to make sure they keep the public and worker's safety in mind.  


Two tragic fires in the 1970s and 1980s at haunted houses have led to closer scrutiny of haunted house safety. Most haunted houses in Illinois are required to have smoke detectors and be protected by automatic sprinklers.  Rules from the OSFM serve as the minimum requirements.  Local fire and building departments can ask for stronger requirements. 


Exits and pathways must be wide enough to account for the maximum number of people in the amusement, there must be a limited number of dead-end paths, and a provision of panic hardware on exit doors.  There must also be restrictions on open flame devices or pyrotechnic special effects, furnishings, and decorations required to be flame resistant, and all workers must be prepared for all emergencies. 


Halloween is the second busiest season for IDOL inspectors and IDOL Acting Director Jane Flanagan says that the Illinois Department of Labor is working hard to make sure that public safety is met at all events to provide a fun and safe visit for everyone.  

The Central Illinois Food Bank partners with the Vitamin Angels program. 


CIFB Public Relations Manager Tim Kirsininkas says its a program for expecting mothers and their newborn children providing proper nutrition and resources. 

Taylorville Food Pantry Co-Coordinator Amy Hagen says that this program is coming to Taylorville, soon. 

Partner Resource Coordinator for CIFB Brock Denherder explains that Vitamin Angels has nothing to do with vitamins. Rather, it focuses on making sure mothers and their young children are well. 

Hagen welcomes the Vitamin Angels program because it will add to an already flourishing fresh foods program. 

Learn more at taylorvillefoodpantry.com or centralilfoodbank.org. Hagen, Denherder and Kirsininkas appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Dairy Can Improve Your Homecooked Meals

Eating at home provides more control over your nutrition and it saves money. 


That’s according to St. Louis Dairy Council Registered Dietitian Kelsey Bentlage. 

Not only can eating your own cooking help your nutrition goals, but it also helps create a welcoming family environment. 

Eating at home provides a great opportunity to prepare that comfort food you are craving. 

Bentlage has a few ideas for your next home-cooked meal. She also has a special recipe of the month to share at stldairycouncil.org. 

Follow the St. Louis Dairy Council on social media @stldairycouncil. Bentlage appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

(Taylorville)--As part of its ongoing mission to help children and youth in the Taylorville community, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club this week awarded 4 Kiwanis Grant applications totaling 2-thousand dollars, to non-profits that submitted applications by the September 30 deadline.


Each non-profit organization will be receiving 500-dollars from the Kiwanis Club.  They include:


1.  Dinner Seasoned With Love's "Operation Loaded Book Bag" program, so that students and their families will not have the burden of worrying or stressing about where they are going to receive the money to purchase the school supplies that they need to be able to participate and succeed in school.  This program was shared by the head of the organization Suzy Traughber in a Kiwanis program a few weeks ago.  She was also honored at that time with the club's "Community Hero of the Month" award.


2.  Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, whose Executive Director is Kiwanis member Cathy Coker.  Our grant will help fund their "Earn While You Learn" and "Bright Course" programs, helping new-born parents learn important information regarding pre-natal and new baby care, healthy relationships, and life skills.  The "Earn While You Learn" program provides new parents "Mommy or Daddy Dollars" which they can use to purchase new or gently used items from their Baby Boutique, such as diapers, formula, cribs, car seats, strollers, and other items a baby needs.


3.  The Taylorville Public Library's Summer Reading Program.  It's meant to encourage children to develop a structured reading habit, engage with art and science, work with children their age in an informal capacity, and to promote continued personal and intellectual growth.


4.  The Taylorville Police Department Police Explorers program.  This program is simliar to the Boy Scouts, but has a law enforcement emphasis.  Chief Dwayne Wheeler, Officer Jody Grove, and several of the Explorer post members, gave a program at a Kiwanis meeting a few months back.  The TPD Explorers teaches youth different careers in law enforcement, life skills, and leadership.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a 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. 

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