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Amity Food Mart Has Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Grand Reopening


The Amity Food Mart in Taylorville had a grand reopening today after a long rebuild nearly a year after a devastating tornado tore through the area. The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning, and Amity Food Mart owner Amit Patel, could not be more happy with how the area has come together in support of his business.



Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle says that she is excited that they have a chance to rebuild.


The Amity Food Mart is located at 630 West Spresser Street in Taylorville.



Raymond To Host Holiday Christmas Mall

Holidays mean that there are plenty of local festivities. The annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall in Raymond will be held on November 30th from 8 until 2. Cathie Downey with the Christmas Mall says there will be plenty of vendors there for you to shop with.



Downey says that for the first time there will also be a scavenger hunt.


There will also be a Christmas Tree Lighting that evening with Santa Claus.



For more information visit the Raymond Facebook page or call Cathie Downey at 710-6678.

Rebecca Livingston is the Christian and Montgomery Counties Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator at The University of Illinois Extension office and she discussed what it is that she does on an everyday basis.



Livingston went on to discuss some of the different Ag in the Classroom programs that she had for the fall season.



Finally, Livingston talked about one of the more popular programs that’s offered to classrooms each and every spring.


Livingston was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

See Actual Copy Of Gettysburg Address At Lincoln Museum

When people look at Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches, The Gettysburg Address is considered one of the best. Considered an afterthought at the time, Lincoln was invited to speak at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery and was picked to speak alongside Edward Everett. Everett spoke for over 2 hours before Lincoln spoke for 2 minutes. Lincoln considered his address a failure. However, it is considered by historians to be one of the most famous speeches of all time. A handwritten copy of the speech will be featured at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the next two weeks through December 2nd. 


There are only five surviving copies of the speech. This one stays in a climate-controlled vault to protect it from light and humidity. Dr. Samuel Wheeler, who is an Illinois State Historian says that the speech is a tangible connection to President Lincoln and the turmoil of the Civil War. “We look at his handwriting on this plain, white paper, and imagine him searching for just the right words for a nation torn in two. 


The Abraham Lincoln library holds over 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. For more information visit the President Lincoln website here.




Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wants to encourage you to have a good time this Holiday Season, but he also wants to make sure that if you do decide to drink that you make the smart and responsible decision and that you have a designated driver because designated drivers save lives.



Sheriff Kettelkamp also wanted to encourage everyone to always wear your seat belt.



Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp wanted to remind everyone to always be on the lookout for Deer when you’re traveling.


Sheriff Kettelkamp was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she discussed the upcoming Business After Hours Event at Angelo’s Pizza at 404 W. Spresser Street in Taylorville. The event is hosted by Angelo’s Pizza, Diamond Brothers Insurance, and First National Bank. It’s this coming Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 and it’s an event that you will not want to miss.



Small Business Saturday is on Saturday November 30th and this year Megan Dain of Megan Dain Weddings and Events is hosting a town wide scavenger hunt with over 60 businesses involved. You can pickup a map in the US Bank Lobby located at 108 W Market St from 9-2 on Saturday November 30th.



Hornbuckle sat down with the Mayor and other city officials to discuss the upcoming one year anniversary of the December 1st Tornado and what the city should do to commemorate it. The One Year Anniversary Memorial will be held on Sunday, December 1st at the VFW located at 515 N. West Avenue in Taylorville from 2-4.


Hornbuckle was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

Insulin Bill Heads Back To Senate For Final Approval

The General Assembly today approved Senate Bill 667 sending the bill back to the senate for one last vote before it goes to Governor JB Pritzker, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Senate Bill 667 which is sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar would cap co-payments for insulin at $100 a month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. Senator Manar says that the high cost of insulin is hurting all kinds of people and it needed to be stopped.



Manar says this all happened from ordinary people speaking up and demanding change.



If the bill is signed into law, Illinois and Colorado will be the only states in the country to cap insulin payments.

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