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Pana, IL: Peoples Bank & Trust has announced the promotion of four key employees, Susan Palliser, McKennah Dugger, Angela Horath, and Haylee Ishmael. 


Susan Palliser has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Banking in Waverly and Palmyra. Sue joined the Bank in October 2011 as a Consumer Banker and was later promoted to Consumer Banking Officer.  In her role, Palliser will provide leadership to deliver exemplary quality banking services to consumer banking customers in the Waverly and Palmyra branch areas. 


McKennah Dugger has been promoted to Consumer Banker in Springfield. Dugger joined the Bank in May 2018 as a part-time teller in our Waverly office. Dugger was promoted to a Customer Service Representative position in 2020. In her new role, Dugger will be responsible for providing courteous, individualized, and comprehensive banking services to consumer banking customers in the Springfield branch area.


Jeff Grimmett, AVP Consumer Banker in Waverly, Springfield, and Palmyra has taken on a new role as an AVP, Consumer Banker in Taylorville, Springfield, and Morrisonville. Grimmett is a native of Waverly and has been with the Waverly branch since 2004. Grimmett says he is passionate about customer service and will continue to offer his expertise to PBT customers.


In the Operations Department, Angela Horath has been promoted to AVP, Deposit Operations. Horath originally joined the Bank in 2015 in Altamont as a teller and was later a Customer Service Representative.  She took a year off in 2020 and returned as a bookkeeper in June 2021. Horath has lived in Altamont for nine years with her husband and three children. She currently works in both the Altamont and Pana branches.  In her new role, Horath is responsible for the administration and implementation of the bank’s bookkeeping/operations department. She looks forward to helping this department run smoothly and taking care of the needs and problems of our customers.


Haylee Ishmael, a part-time teller in Pana has taken a full-time bookkeeping position in the Deposit Operations area.  Ishmael joined the Bank in April 2022. She is a Pana native and a graduate of Pana Sr. High School.  


“The talents and abilities of our employees are very valuable to our team.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of people to serve our customers now and in the future,” said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO “and I’m very pleased Sue, McKennah, Jeff, Angela and Haylee have agreed to assume even greater responsibility in our organization.”


Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

Christian County 4-H Offers Summer Camp

Christian County 4-H offers Summer Camp!

That’s Youth Development Educator Sara Marten. She adds that it’s in a convenient, yet remote, location. 

You don’t have to be part of 4-H to enroll in Summer Camp. 

Marten provides the registration details. 

Learn more at the Camp Corral website, or extension.illinois.edu. 


Marten appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

LLCC TaylorvilleOffering Microsoft Office Trainings

Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville offering Microsoft Office training courses. 

That’s Dee Krueger, director of LLCC in Taylorville. 


She wants you to sign up now. Registration is open for Word training courses. She adds that you could learn a lot more than Microsoft Word if you wanted to. 

Krueger says that this is a great opportunity to re-establish or learn skills that make you more employable. Krueger adds this is especially true for Excel. 

Krueger says that registration is open through most of February. 

Again, learn more at llcc.edu. Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

State Representative Brad Halbrook announcing a series of February town halls.

State Rep. Halbrook provides details on each town hall. 

He asks that you RSVP for any town hall. 

State Rep. Halbrook details possible topics of discussion. 

Learn more at rephalbrook.com. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in downtown Shelbyville. 

Victim Dies In Macoupin County Fire

A victim has died from a fire in rural Macoupin County.  Macoupin County Dispatch reported a structure fire on Washer Road in rural Macoupin County at 6:06 AM on January 31st.  It was unknown who was inside.  According to Mount Olive Fire Protection District Chief Donnie Nowell, four firefighters on two engines from U-7 Fire department and four firefighters on an engine and tender from Mt. Olive responded to the fire. 


Upon arrival, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office found a mobile home heavily consumed by fire.  After extinguishing the fire, a primary search was conducted and firefighters discovered a deceased victim. The coroner and Office of State Fire Marshal were contacted and at this time, the identity of the victim has not been released. Mt. Olive Fire Protection District, Unit 7 Fire Protection District, Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service, and Macoupin County Sherriff’s Office all responded to the fire. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as we receive it. 

State Rep. Halbrook Hosting Virtual Town Hall

State Representative Brad Halbrook hosting a virtual Town Hall this evening. 

He adds you can catch the recording on a streaming application for your phone. 

Rep. Halbrook says that he and four other legislators will discuss the Lame Duck Session. 

He adds that the town hall will also cover the Safe T Act. 

Learn more at rephalbrook.com. He appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

 State Senator Doris Turner will serve as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee in the 103rd General Assembly.


“As a lifelong resident of Springfield, I understand the importance the agriculture industry plays in our daily lives,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Prioritizing farmers, encouraging students to learn about agriculture and uplifting the industry that puts food on our tables is vital.”


Turner served on the Senate Agriculture during the 102nd General Assembly. In December, she was awarded the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award from the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education in Springfield for her efforts in prioritizing the agriculture industry as a state legislator.


Turner previously led legislation to add agricultural sciences as a type of course that may be counted toward the requirement for three years of science in order to gain admission to an Illinois public university, and has been a staunch advocate of agricultural education. She believes it is crucial that today’s youth understand the ever-evolving and expanding agricultural industry with the knowledge gained through a current and progressive agricultural education.


“I will work to address the issues and concerns that face Illinois’ farming community,” Turner said. “Throughout Central Illinois and across the state, agriculture has a strong economic impact. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and stakeholders to better the lives of our farmers.”


For a full list of Turner’s committee assignments, click here

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