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Taylorville Announces Fall Cleanup Day; Hires Two New Employees

The Taylorville City Council met this evening to vote and talk about issues from the various committees. An ordinance was passed to establish the enterprise zone between Taylorville Assumption, Pana, and Christian County.  The city also passed an ordinance expressing support for hiring minorities, women, and persons with disabilities within the enterprise zone as well. To help the Industrial Park, a new road “Hopper Drive” along with a turn lane will be added west of Grant Drive in Taylorville. The city hired two new employees: Mike Mann Jr., who will take over as Superintendent of Streets and Sewers when Dick Wiseman resigns, and John Blakeman who will replace Cindy Brown when she resigns. Both men are excited to start their new jobs. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced that October 12th will be Clean-Up Day.


Mayor Barry also stressed that he is committed to fixing a lot of the drainage issues that are taking place in Ward 3.


The next City Council meeting will take place on October 7th.

CEO Program One Month in Students Making Most of Opportunity

The Christian County CEO Program has its biggest class yet with 17 total students enrolled. Yesterday three Tayorville seniors stopped by the Newstalk WTIM Studios and let us know how things are going so far.


Emily Leers has wanted to be a part of the CEO Program for a while now, she remembers back to as early as her sophomore year when she had the crystallizing moment.



Paris Bell had some butterflies leading up to the interview process but once she got in the building and the interview began the nerves settled.



Joey Curvey says the first day walking in he didn’t know what to expect but soon realized that this class was going to be everything he hoped it would be.



Leers, Bell, and Curvey all appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.




The Taylorville Park District met Monday evening to discuss the South Manners Park Pond. The pond has drastically shrunk since Thursday, and members of the Park District say a pipe has bust underneath it which is causing water loss. Superintendent Gary Brown, along with Recreational Director, Bailey Hancock doesn’t want a “band-aid” put on it, they want to fix the issue completely along with taking care and cleaning up of the north pond as well.



For that, Gary Brown has received approval from the board to be able to pursue bids for an excavator to help with the dam and start the process. There are quite a lot of fish still in the ponds, and Hancock encourages everyone if they have a fishing license to come on down to Manners Park.



Hancock also says that any dead wood that’s down there is up for grabs as well. She hopes that this will help Manners Park recover their ponds.


For more information visit the Taylorville Park District Facebook page.


Pana Man Graduates Basic Training For US Air Force

US Air Force Airman Charles R. Davis III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Davis also earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Davis is the son of Rebecca R. and Charles R. Davis of Oconee and he is a 2019 graduate of Pana High School.  Regional Radio News congratulates Airman Davis and wishes him the best!



Boil Order Issued For Parts Of Edinburg

The Village of Edinburg has issued a boil order at 2 PM on Monday. The public Water Supply issued the boil order for customers located on Elm Street from Masonic to Wildcat Way. Water supply personnel will return the system to normal operation as soon as possible after bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe for domestic use. Customers in the affected are encouraged to treat all water for drinking or culinary purposes by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes.  For more information contact Superintendent Mike Lebshier at 623-5542.

House In A Box Donating Supplies September 17

An organization is dropping off supplies for tornado victims on Tuesday. House In A Box is dropping off supplies to the city of Taylorville at 11 AM on September 17th.  The donations may be picked up at the old Gagne Building which is located at 1617 West Spresser Street located in Taylorville. Mayor Bruce Barry says that these supplies are being donated to help those who still need it.


House in a Box is a disaster services corporation that helps people get back on their feet. For more information visit https://www.svdpdisaster.org/.

Christian County Applying for New Enterprise Zone

The Christian County Enterprise Zone has been a major tool for the community that helps bring businesses to Central Illinois.


Edwards explains why the Enterprise Zone is so beneficial to Christian County and the state has decided that you can no longer reapply Enterprise Zones so now everyone is back to square one.



Edwards likes that Christian County seems to be ahead of the game with a great consultant to help them every step of the way in the process.



Edwards knows how competitive of  a process it is to apply for one of the 90 enterprise zones the state of Illinois is giving out. She doesn’t want to see Christian County miss out on potential businesses coming to the area.



Bourne appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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