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Mike Crews guest speaker at Kiwanis
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews (left) was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis April program chair Patty Hornbuckle is center, and Kiwanis president Will Perkins is at right. Photo submitted

TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Emergency Management Agency director Mike Crews (left) was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis April program chair Patty Hornbuckle is center, and Kiwanis president Will Perkins is at right.
Photo submitted

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the director of the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, at the club's weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Central A&M FFA Competes In Livestock Judging Invitational
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Detective Nation nominated for officer of year
Detective Evert Nation comes to the Taylorville Police Department with strong family ties.  His father Evert served on the police department as did his brother Bill and sister-in-law Sheila.  Evert is a 19 year veteran of the force and currently serves on the drug task force unit.  He graduated from Taylorville High School in   1990.  Det. Nation joined the U.S. Navy in 1994 and served until 1998.  He became an auxiliary officer in 1994 and served in that capacity until becoming full time in 1998.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Shadow Home Fire
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bad to worse: Train clips mirror; driver opens, loses door
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — After a train clipped a side mirror off a car Monday, the driver lost his whole door when he pulled up to another intersection and opened it to tell the crew, police in southwest Louisiana said.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pana CUSD #8 Bids Farewell To Retiring President
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Upcoming TMH blood drive April 27
TAYLORVILLE — On Thursday, April 27 Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the auditorium, located at 201 E. Pleasant Taylorville.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ethan Doan, awarded Excellence in Liberal Arts Award
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Ethan Doan of Edinburg was recently awarded the 2017-18 Excellence in Liberal Arts Award.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Washington School students will attend Students for the Information Age Tech 2017
SPRINGFIELD — The annual "Students for the Information Age" TECH 2017 event will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

5th graders publish book about perseverance
TAYLORVILLE — Mrs. Mansfield's 5th grade class recently published a book about Perseverence, one of the character traits they learned about in their "Say No to Drugs" program.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Information sought in vehicle burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Central A&M FFA Advances In District Public Speaking CDE
Monday, April 24, 2017

Area FFA members attend 2017 Youth Conference
Monday, April 24, 2017

Farmers Market Is Open For Business
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Officer Reimann nominated for officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville city police officer Aaron Reimann, has been nominated for the Taylorville Optimist Club’s 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.  Officer Reimann   graduated from Edinburg High School in 2008.  He received his associates Degree from Lincoln Land Community College in criminal justice in 2011.  He received a cachelors degree from Uniiversity of Illinois Springfield in 2016.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

By SADIE GURMAN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Allen Chapel AME Church to hold Bible study

TAYLORVILLE — The Allen Chapel AME Church, located at 600 E. Vine Street, will hold a Bible study every Tuesday from 11 a.m-12 p.m. The lesson will be taught by Rev. Tiney Walker and the public is welcome to attend.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Larry Vaughan guest speaker at Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then gave the morning invocation.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

TMH volunteer gives over 65 years of service
TAYLORVILLE — Louise Noren has been a volunteer at Taylorville Memorial Hospital since the then established St. Vincent Memorial Hospital first started having volunteers in the early 1950’s, giving over 65 years of service. Beginning in the coffee shop where they had carts for coffee and snacks, she was put in charge of the candy stripers. Since there, she has volunteered in several positions, including serving as an officer of the TMH Auxiliary since 2001.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Taylorville's Salvage Dawgs Helping Veterans

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — What can two war veterans do to help the community and help veterans? Jeff Wilson and Bill Yeaman asked themselves that very question last year. After much thought and discussion they decided a good old fashion scrap metal drive was the answer. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
There's no better way to spice up a party than by using unexpected ingredients in fun, flavorful dishes and drinks. For your next fiesta, celebrate a star of the party with sweet and juicy watermelon. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Up to 40 percent of those who suffer hair loss are women
TAYLORVILLE — Baldness is a condition most commonly associated with men, but many women also experience hair loss, and the effects of that hair loss can affect body image.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

If you're taking opioid painkillers, have Naloxone on hand
TAYLORVILLE — Health agencies are calling for doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet to make sure many patients also receive a separate drug that could save their life if they accidentally overdose.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Channeling energy for relaxation, wellness

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Karen Vatthauer has learned an ancient oriental technique to promote stress reduction and relaxation. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

How women can protect against osteoporosis
TAYLORVILLE — A bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both, osteoporosis can be debilitating. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones each year, a figure that experts predict with rise to three million by 2025.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

The critical role that insulin plays in the body
TAYLORVILLE — Insulin plays a key role in metabolic functions in the body. People with diabetes have an intimate knowledge of insulin, particularly if they do not produce enough naturally. However, the rest of the public may be less knowledgeable about the role of insulin and its impact on overall health.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Safeguard your eyes against computer vision syndrome
TAYLORVILLE — Technology has simplified life in so many ways. Thanks to their tablets and smartphones, many people now have a wealth of information at their disposal 24 hours a day, seven days week.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Common asthma triggers and potential causes
TAYLORVILLE — Asthma, a chronic lung disease that results in inflamed and narrowed air passages, affects millions of people around the world. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute notes that more than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. Asthma is also prevalent in Canada, where the Asthma Society of Canada says more than three million people currently have asthma.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

3 heart health tips women should take seriously
TAYLORVILLE — Heart disease may be something most commonly associated with men, but it can be deadly for women as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is to blame for one in every four female deaths in the United States.  Americans’ female neighbors to the north also are not immune from heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for Canadian women.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arthritis may be linked to another condition
TAYLORVILLE — People who see dermatologists for the skin condition psoriasis should not take the presence of joint aches and pains lightly, as the two things might be connected. The National Psoriasis Foundation notes that psoriasis is a precursor to psoriatic arthritis in 30 percent of patients.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Familiy caregivers must consider their own needs
TAYLORVILLE — Individuals are born into the world requiring the care of their parents and other adult guardians to grow and thrive. These adult children, in turn, may end up providing care when their parents reach senior age or face an illness or disability.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Christian County students help Tooth Wizard battle PlaqueMan for healthy smiles
PANA, Ill. — Christian County pre-kindergarten through third-grade students took a journey with Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan to the “Land of Smiles,” an educational program provided by the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation that teaches good oral health habits to battle what the U.S. Surgeon General identifies as the most common chronic childhood disease — tooth decay.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Council discusses Taylorville TIF district

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Last November, the Taylorville City Council committed $100,000 towards the development of a new industrial park on the north side of town, located on the 47-acre plot immediately west of Illinois Route 29 and just south and west of the Trinity Dodge dealership.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, April 21, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, April 21, 2017

Morrisonville Jr. High group plans event to benefit pantry
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Jr. High “Community Crashers” club is hosting a food drive competition from April 24 through April 28 as a way to help stock the local food pantry. The “CAN you Compete” contest involves students bringing nonperishable items to their first hour classes. Their teachers will provide a special lunch for the class with the most donations, as well as ice cream sundaes for second place, and coupons for a free soda at Sixth Street Market for third place. 
Friday, April 21, 2017

UIS student from Palmer to present at State Capitol
SPRINGFIELD – Ten students from the University of Illinois Springfield will present their work at the third annual University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day at the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Correction officer nominated for Optimist award
TAYLORVILLE — Correction Officer Bill Hogan has been nominated for the Taylorville Optimist Club 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. 
Friday, April 21, 2017

Farmers Market Opens This Saturday Downtown
Friday, April 21, 2017

Upcoming local blood drives April 26 and May 15
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, April 26, Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 815 Springfield Road, inside East Gym.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Ag in the Classroom hatching fun and learning
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — Students ranging in age from preschool to fifth grade in Kincaid, Morrisonville, Pana, Rosamond, and Taylorville are learning about chicken embryology up close by hatching chicks in the classroom. The project is offered by the University of Illinois Extension Agricultural Literacy’s “Ag in The Classroom” program. Charlotte Schuricht, Christian County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator said, “This lesson is very popular with schools because it is both fun and educational. It’s something the students never forget.”
Friday, April 21, 2017

CWA members learn about Senior Life Solutions
TAYLORVILLE — The April meeting of the Community Women's Association was held on April 5, 2017 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Guest speaker for the evening was Amy Graham of the Senior Life Solutions program located on the 4th floor of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. 
Friday, April 21, 2017

State of Grace performing in Tower Hill April 29
TOWER HILL, Ill. — State of Grace will be appearing at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Chruch, 207 N. Erie at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Kids Of Faith Perform
Friday, April 21, 2017

Minister's Message: What if?

Stan Pratt, Pastor

The Way of Life Church

TAYLORVILLE — This past week, most of us rejoiced as we remembered the resurrection of the Son of God - Jesus Christ. We read the Scriptures concerning the promises of our God to send a Redeemer and how they were fulfilled in Christ Jesus. We rejoiced at the revelation that the penalty for our sin had been paid in full by the Blood of Jesus, remembering as well that He has ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us. What a mighty, wonderful, faithful God we serve.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Wanda Mountain Boys to be in Pana this Sunday
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will perform on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Unitec in Faith Church in Pana.  The church is located at 609 Fairgrounds Rd. and the event will begin at 5 p.m. Southern Gospel Music has always been known for it’s smooth harmonies, strong vocals and powerful, straight forward lyrics. For the last 25 years, the Wanda Mountain Boys have displayed all three of these qualities as they have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Live Stations Of The Cross At St. .Rita's
Friday, April 21, 2017

Crash Today At Cheney And Main Cross
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Morrisonville board handles light agenda
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville conducted a brief meeting on Wednesday evening where they tackled the following agenda items.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hernandez suicide cloaked in mystery
BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s apparent suicide in prison — just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges — remains shrouded in mystery.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Public invited to Audubon Society presentation this Sunday
DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to the regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trade, security, key issues in meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip, trade and security matters were top items of discussion going into his meeting today with the prime minister of Italy, one of the two European countries set to welcome Trump in May.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club hosts K-9 demo
PANA — Thursday morning April 13, the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club witnessed a K-9 demonstration performed by the Pana Police Department. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trail inaugural event takes place at both trailheads
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On Saturday, April 8, the Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) held its first public event. Designed as a “Meet and Greet,” to inform the public and help build membership in the organization, the gatherings took place simultaneously at the Pana Trailhead and the Temporary Taylorville Trailhead (near Lake Drive).
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Programs this weekend at Gov. Oglesby mansion
DECATUR — “History Comes Alive” offers two events at the Governor Oglesby Mansion on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 421 W. William Street in Decatur.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quad County Health reps speak to Taylorville Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many services offered by Quad County Home Health Services based at Pana Community Hospital, during its weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Area Third Graders Learn About Electricity Safety And Energy efficiency
TAYLORVILLE — One of Shelby Electric Cooperative's best friends, CFL Charlie, visited area classrooms this spring teaching students about electricity safety and energy efficiency.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Enjoy the great outdoors at event at Blue Mound conservation area Apr. 29
DECATUR — Dig up the differences between rocks and minerals during Let’s Rock at Griswold Conservation Area in Blue Mound, Ill. on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Millikin-Decatur Symphony presents Symphonic Revolutionaries April 22
DECATUR — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will conclude its 2016-17 performance season with a masterworks concert on Saturday, April 22, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Famed dealer in Lincoln artifacts to speak May 3
SPRINGFIELD – One of the nation’s top dealers in Lincoln material visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on May 3 to share stories about the treasures he has handled and discuss the relationship between museums, collectors and dealers.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

LLCC student government group sponsoring Zombie Run this Saturday
 SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Student Government Association will sponsor a 1K Zombie Run this Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the LLCC softball field behind Cass Gymnasium on the Springfield campus.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed April 20
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump takes aim at the brutal MS-13 street gang
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration vowed Tuesday to crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused Obama-era border policies of allowing its ranks to flourish.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Mushroom Season
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Arbor Day celebration set for April 29
TAYLORVILLE — Saturday, April 15 was the second work day for the Taylorville Tree Board in preparation for the Arbor Day Celebration on April 29.  Members worked on pruning, mulching and leveling out low spots on the area between the Historical Society Museum of Christian County on Kennedy Dr. and Route 29.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

County now requires fireworks permit

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday voted to require a permit for those who want to shoot fireworks.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Davis tour highlights economic impact of Route 66
Taylorville, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) made stops at businesses and other historical Route 66 locations Tuesday in Edwardsville, Livingston, Litchfield, Carlinville, and Girard to highlight the economic and historical significance of Route 66. The two lawmakers met with local mayors, business owners, and community leaders at each stop.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Entry forms available for Emerging Writers competition
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced today that entry forms are available for the 13th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

North School Students Create Living Wax Museum
TAYLORVILLE — Second grade students at North Elementary School took part in a “Wax Museum” on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stonington Legion Easter Egg Hunt Winners
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion held their Annual Easter Egg hunt last Sunday.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Council annexes property, purchases truck

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville annexed four properties into city limits at Monday evening’s Taylorville Council meeting. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

U of I presents alumni award to Assumption farmer
URBANA, Ill. — Each spring the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) recognizes faculty, staff,  graduate students and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college. The recipients are honored at the annual Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Monday, April 17, at Pear Tree Estate in rural Champaign, Ill.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TPD officer Jones nominated for officer of year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club is currently conducting the second annual “Officer of the Year” for all law enforcement related persons in Christian County. The first nominee for 2017 is Taylorville Police Officer, Gary Jones. Officer Jones is a graduate of THS, class of 1989. He joined the TPD after receiving his training at the University of Illinois PTI program in 2002. Gary became the Firearms Instructor in 2006, and advanced to Master Firearms Instructor in 2010.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Library lecture Thursday features Baby Talk founder
TAYLORVILLE — The next Meet Me at the Library lecture series will be held on April 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Taylorville Public Library and will feature Claudia Quigg, M.Ed.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

National drug take back day Saturday, April 29

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the City of Taylorville will team up with the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) to host the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Police/fire
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Memorial lifts visitor flu restrictions
TAYLORVILLE — With flu cases in Illinois declining, Memorial Health System’s four hospitals, including Taylorville Memorial Hospital, have lifted their visitor restrictions.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Optimists Announce Oratorical Contest Winners
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club hosted the Illinois District Southern Regional Oratorical Contest on Saturday, April 15, at the TMH Auditorium.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

10 And 11-Year-Old Easter Winners At Park
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are the winners of the Manners Park Easter egg hunt, 10-11 year olds, Coner Foraker and Sophie McPherson.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hundreds Of Children Attend Local Easter Egg Hunt
TAYLORVILLE — Eager children accompanied by parents, grandparents and friends filled the 8.5 acres of Faith Community Worship Center that had been organized into four hunt areas covered with 10,000 plastic candy-filled Easter eggs.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beware of scammers now that IRS is using private debt collectors
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — According to Richard Peters, Director of the Christian County TRIAD (The Right Information And Direction), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collection agencies to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. Here's what you need to know.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Brewer, Ginoli family donates to park district
Monday, April 17, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, April 17, 2017

Courthouse

Appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on April 17, 2017.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Crimestoppers

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.



Monday, April 17, 2017

North School Students of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Knights Of Columbus Easter Winners At Manners Park
TAYLORVILLE — The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park was held Sunday.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Hat Parade
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are staff from North Elementary School. They had an Easter Hat Parade on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Egg Chase!
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meeting Notices printed April 16
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Community Calendar printed April 16
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary holds April meeting
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of the Zue Vandeveer Post #257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 with eight members present. Those in attendance were: Jo Ann Coffey, Carol Wickline, Patricia Rusher, Judi Hodges, Sandi Klein, Pam Graham, Venise McWard and Marilyn Remmert.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

K of C Helps Area Schools/Organizations With Tootsie Roll Drive
TAYLORVILLE — On April 12, 2017 the Taylorville Knights of Columbus issued checks to several local schools and organizations from the funds collected from their annual Tootsie Roll Drive.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Superintendent speaks to Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Taylorville 5th graders publish book
TAYLORVILLE — Mrs. Reindl's 5th grade class recently did a writing project in which they published a book with the help of Ms. Lowry, school librarian; Mrs. Elliott, art teacher; and their classroom teacher, Mrs. Reindl. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Taylorville native Allison Martin awarded 2017 IUPUI Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Allison Martin, Clinical Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Taylorville native, was recently awared a 2017 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Trustees' Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. 



Saturday, April 15, 2017

TPSF Presents 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award to the Barry Family

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) held its annual spring fundraiser “Take Me Home, Country Roads” Friday, April 7, at The Pillars Event Center to a record attendance crowd celebrating the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3, the passage of the school referendum, and the annual Distinguished Alumni Award presentation. The motto of the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation is “Excellent Schools Build Excellent Communities”. This past week with the 69 percent passage of the school referendum, the voters of the Taylorville CUSD #3 spoke in agreement that, indeed, excellent schools are important to the excellence of this community. The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation provides additional resources to individual classrooms and educators, school libraries, specific schools, and the district as a whole to motivate and encourage educational excellence.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

On Religion - Year 29: Yes, journalists still need to get serious about religion
It was a month after Donald Trump won the presidency and, to be honest, many stunned journalists were still trying to figure out how they missed the tremors that led to the political earthquake.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Special service at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — Last Sunday at the Kincaid Park, Kincaid Church of God invited the surrounding communities to their huge Easter Egg Hunt Event. The day included music, free nachos and lemonade, a drama performed by the church’s Restoring Hope Drama Team, and of course – 10,000 Easter Eggs. The event was successful with over 200 guests in attendance. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Church Calendar - Easter 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017

Junior High Musicians Take Top Spots at State Solo And Ensemble Contest
Friday, April 14, 2017

Junior High Musicians Take Top Spots at State Solo And Ensemble Contest
On Saturday, April 8, Taylorville Jr High School music students participated in the IESA Solo/Ensemble contest held at Mt. Zion Intermediate School. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

THS receives National Student Council award for the third year

TAYLORVILLE — THS receives National Student Council award for its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community. THS Student Council has been awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Watersports company considering Taylorville for attraction

TAYLORVILLE — Two months ago, it was the prospect of a riverboat cruise -a prospect that aldermen say has likely withered; now, another business wants to explore the possibility of an even grander attraction at Lake Taylorville.

Ross Kirkendoll, president of B and R Marine in Taylorville, conceded that his pitch was, “probably a big stretch,” but he says it is worth looking into. 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Finance committee brainstorms budget cuts

TAYLORVILLE — The county’s finance committee continues to brainstorm ways to reduce a deficit of more than half a million dollars.

Absent from last night’s meeting was the overheated partisan rancor, which overshadowed earlier budget talks.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 13, 2017

County's recycling program takes another hit
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — In what would have been a perfect solution to the drop-off recycling program for the residents of Christian County, abuse of the drop-off recycling bin location at Midstate Salvage has resulted in that bin being removed. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Edinburg, South Fork seek new sports identity

Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Edinburg School District appears ready to move forward with South Fork schools to develop a new team mascot, team name and team colors for the combined sports teams.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed April 13
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Memorial to sponsor heart-health event for women
SPRINGFIELD — Area women are invited to a free community event featuring fun and interactive breakout sessions to improve their heart health at Celebrate the Heart of a Woman from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4450 W. Iles Ave.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chess Champs
TAYLORVILLE — On April 11, the Taylorville Jr. High Chess Club conducted their championship round, with Daniel Sloan taking first place in the 2017 tournament.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Area 4-H Science Explorer wins with fair project
MACON COUNTY — STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is one of the fastest growing career areas and with programs focused on career preparation.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Christian County's Emergency Management conducts disaster drill

By Mike Frazier 

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — A group came together Wednesday to ponder the unthinkable.

A tornado wipes out a good chunk of the Taylorville.

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Clarification
TAYLORVILLE — Bradley S. Jenkins, charged with aggravated battery, a felony, is being prosecuted by the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor. 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Coronor conducts death investigation
BULPITT, Ill. — On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:36P.M. 911 received a call from a male subject that his wife was not breathing and unresponsive in the 300 Block of Garrison St, Bulpitt. Kincaid police responded to the scene and then asked that the coroner be notified. 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TJHS Students Place In Spring Student Art Show
TAYLORVILLE — Three Taylorville Junior High students received ribbons at the 2017 Arts-in-Education Spring Student Art Show.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sertoma Club scholarship deadline May 15
TAYLORVILLE  — Taylorville Sertoma is offering scholarships for juniors and seniors in college and graduate school.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Midstate honors Stonington TA for her dedication
STONINGTON — Carol Eickhoff, teacher assistant for the FACeS program at Stonington Elementary, received the “You Make the Difference Award” on April 11. 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

3rd Quarter Honor Roll 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kiwanis Club learns about State Treasurer's office
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many programs offered by the Illinois State Treasurer's Office, at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Local Sertoma Club donates to Camp New hope
TAYLORVILLE — Eric Jostes, Carlissa Puckett and Wendy Gorski, representing Camp New Hope, were guests at Sertoma's recent dinner meeting.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two speakers on agenda for retired teachers meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Tuesday, April 25, 2017, meeting of Retired Teachers of Christian County has been rescheduled at Angelo’s Pizza, 404 W. Spresser St., in Taylorville.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New county search and rescue team learns new techniques
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County is now under the watchful eye of the newly formed Christian County Search and Rescue team. This team of dedicated firefighters and damage assessment team members within Christian County successfully completed their initial training under the instruction of the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. Training was conducted at the Taylorville Fire Department on April 9-10. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mayor-elect resigns from Sanitary District

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — “Due to the recent election, I was elected as Mayor of Taylorville, and part of it is, I will have to resign from the Taylorville Sanitary District,” said mayor-elect and current TSD President Bruce Barry at Monday’s Taylorville Sanitary District meeting.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Shoes For Kids Drive In Edinburg
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pana City Council approves sale of real estate

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA —A second presentation of an ordinance authorizing the sale of surplus real estate was approved at last night’s Pana City Council but not without some discussion.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Taylorville school cuts are reinstated

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — It drew a resounding applause from what was a packed house at the Taylorville Community Unit School District office on Monday evening.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ISP seeking info on nearby cold case
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — On April 25th, 1998, at approximately 5:25am, the body of 20 year old Jeremy Chappelear, pictured left, was found on Buckeye Trail, 200 feet south of 4th Avenue, near Donnellson, Illinois. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stonington hosts spring cleanup May 13
STONINGTON — The spring cleanup in Stonington  will be Saturday, May13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kincaid board tables lake camper ordinance

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

KINCAID — The Kincaid Village Board tabled Monday an ordinance to tighten up regulations at Kincaid Lake. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Study explores how to get adults to eat their vegetables?
URBANA, Ill. - Parents may have their tricks to get kids to eat their vegetables, but what about getting adults to eat theirs?
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Memorial Home Services Hospice seeks volunteers
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Home Services Hospice will offer training on Saturday, May 6, to people who are interested in serving as volunteers.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Meals on Wheels celebrates March for Meals America
TAYLORVILLE - The Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. hosted their tenth Meals on Wheels America during the week of March 20-24, 2017.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Applications available for Ken Deck scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Many Taylorville Tornado sports fans will remember Ken Deck, Taylorville High School (THS) class of 1966, as one of the Tornado’s all-time greats, a two time THS Sports Hall-of-Famer with multiple awards. Football, basketball, baseball, track, you name it, he played it and played it well; an all-around athlete and leader.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Executive Coach McKee to present lecture tonight
DECATUR — Millikin University is pleased to welcome bestselling business book author Annie McKee for the 2017 Thomas W. Ewing Lecture on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public. McKee's presentation is entitled "Becoming a Resonant Leader."
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Coalition members attend 'Opioid Crisis Next Door'
SPRINGFIELD — Several local people, including Christian County Prevention Coalition members, attended “The Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs for Substance Use Disorders" workshop, held in Springfield. The event was attended by more than 100 people throughout the state.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, April 10, 2017

Burglary information sought
TAYLORVILLE — This week, Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Courthouse

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on April 10, 2017.

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pana man dies after smoking materials set house on fire

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — A 43-year-old Pana man died Saturday in his home after discarded smoking material by his recliner set the house ablaze. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

DAR recognizes American history essay contest winners
TAYLORVILLE — The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR hosted family members and the winners of this years' American History Essay Contest at the monthly meeting on April 9, held at the Christian County Extension auditorium.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High students of the month announced
MORRISONVILLE — This award is in recognition for positive behavior and contribution to Morrisonville Junior/Senior High School and the Community of Morrisonville.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Local students named to Augustana College's winter term Dean's List
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Augustana College announced 992 students were named to the Dean's List for the 2016-17 winter term.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Kids to Camp New Hope
TAYLORVILLE — The Kids to Camp New Hope Benefit Committee raises funds to pay the enrollment fee for these special needs kids, so they can attend Camp New Hope’s “Summer Camp”.
Monday, April 10, 2017

High speed a long way from rail beginnings in Illinois

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — The ongoing high speed rail project in Illinois is expected to reduce travel time between Chicago and St. Louis at a cost of $1.95 billion. It’s a long way from the first railroad in the state, some 175 years ago.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

County farmer steers Monsanta donation to Blue Mound food pantry
BLUE MOUND, Ill. — Macon County farmer Richard Boggs has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Blue Mound Food Pantry.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

North School Students Of The Week
Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Season Of Lent And Easter
TAYLORVILLE — Spring is eagerly anticipated, as many people look forward to enjoying the great outdoors once more. Spring is also a special time of year for practicing Christians.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Explaining Communion To Children

TAYLORVILLE — Young children preparing to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, may be confused by what it is all about. Children may mistakenly think that receiving Holy Communion is a singular event. But First Holy Communion is only the beginning of a potential lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ.

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Students Enjoy 'A Night At The Museum'
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum adds posters by award-winning artist Rex Parker
MOWEAQUA — The Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum has announced the recent acquisition of Rex Parker’s “Always” and “Moweaqua’s Christmas Angels.” Each of Rex’s dramatic posters celebrates the extraordinary lives and hardships of the hard-working heroes of the Moweaqua coal mining community. His powerful images further enhance the Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum’s collection of unique artifacts, from small gas detectors, miners’ lamps, historical documents, rare vintage photographs, exhibitions and geological coal samples from the mine. These are the first posters by the artist to enter the museum’s collection.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lincoln Land Taylorville campus to hold 50th anniversary celebration
TAYLORVILLE — Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville invites the public to a free community event Saturday, April 29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college’s founding. The event is being held from 1-3 p.m. at LLCC-Taylorville, 800 S. Spresser and includes music, a theatrical performance, a special program, children’s activities and informational displays.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

2nd Fatal Pana House Fire In A Week
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Let The Games Begin
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mayor-elect's vehicle and brothers' damaged in hit-and-run Friday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department apprehended a male juvenile on Friday night after he damaged “several” vehicles in a hit-and-run accident that occurred at the Pillars Event Center.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

LPTC marks National Opening Day for trails
Saturday, April 8, 2017

School Announces Kindness & Characteer Winners
Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Hope
Saturday, April 8, 2017

LLCC to celebrate Earth Week April 22 and 26
 SPRINGFIELD–The Green Center at Lincoln Land Community College is sponsoring a number of activities April 22 and 26 in celebration of Earth Week. The public is invited. The following activities are free and will take place on the LLCC-Springfield campus, unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

University Womens' group visits area winery
PANA — The University Women of Christian County met for the April meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Arpeggio Winery in Pana. Dinner was served by Angelo's Catering and Mike Swiney, owner of Arpeggio Winery, was the guest speaker. Arpeggio Winery is situated on Rt. 51 between Pana and Assumption. The hub of the winery is a gorgeously restored century old barn.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

'Inkblots' documents history of Rorschach test

"The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing" (Crown), by Damion Searls

(AP) — A bear. A bat. A butterfly.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sweet ideas for a spring-inspired Easter brunch
TAYLORVILLE — Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes.  
Friday, April 7, 2017

More food
Friday, April 7, 2017

BROWN SUGAR HAM AND CHEESE STICKY BUNS

Friday, April 7, 2017

This Easter brunch menu will appeal to all ages
Friday, April 7, 2017

Eggs symbolic of new life; Bunny arrived in 1700s
TAYLORVILLE — Easter is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins to paganism. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter of 1865 a definitive period in American history

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — Holy Week is a reflective time for people of many faiths, and Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are marked by tens of millions around the world.  However, Holy Week in 1865 was a defining period in American history.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Faithful Prepaire
Friday, April 7, 2017

Edinburg to host Easter egg hunt and kids games
EDINBURG — The Edinburg community will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter egg hunt at Manners Park begins at 2:00
TAYLORVILLE — The 69th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, April 7, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, April 7, 2017

City council committee passes on fire dept. position

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews presented a proposal to the emergency services committee on Thursday evening that sought to create a new position within the Taylorville Fire Department.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Rails to Trails Conservancy National Opening Day April 8
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — In conjunction with the Rails to Trails Conservancy’s National Opening Day for trails, the The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) will be hosting its first public event on Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 to noon.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Peter Meyer DAR meeting Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Peter Meyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian County Extension Center. The program will feature American History essays. Program chairman is Christy Rahar.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Taylorville Optimist Club plans upcoming events
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular business meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, April 7, 2017

4-H Ag Career Exploration Day held at Kehias farm
PANA, Ill. – Christian County 4-H held its second annual Ag Career Day for high school aged 4-H or agriculture students on Friday, March 31. The expo was held at the picturesque hilltop farm of Linda Kehias, located on Route 16 west of Pana, IL. Participating high schools included Central A&M, Edinburg, Morrisonville, and Pana.
Friday, April 7, 2017

House on Rock showing free film

EDINBURG — On April 21, the movie "The Investigator" will be shown free at 6:30 p.m. When a drug bust goes wrong, police Sergeant James Buanacore quits his job. Wrestling with his faith, he becomes a criminal justice teacher and baseball coach at a Christian high school. A student challenges him to investigate Jesus' existence, he hesitates. Can he overcome his doubt to help others and himself to discover the truth? The movie is inspired by true events.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Preparing for Easter Eggstravaganza at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Work crews have been meeting at Faith Community Worship Center for the past four weeks to fill 20,000 plastic Easter eggs with small toys and wrapped candies in preparation for the church's annual Easter Egg Hunt. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Hopewell Southern Baptist spring revival Sunday
PANA — Hopewell Southern Baptist Church, 4 miles south of Pana on route 51, will be hosting their spring revival beginning Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. through Thursday April 13.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Camp One Way to host open house for church staff
MT. AUBURN — In an effort to acquaint Pastors and other church staff with their facilities and programs, Camp One Way is hosting a drop-in Open House April 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Kincaid Church of God Easter egg hunt Sunday

KINCAID — Last Wednesday, March 29, you might have been curious about what was going on at Kincaid Church of God – no cars in the parking lot, caution tape surrounding the back entrance, police standing in front of the building? 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edinburg Baptist Church gospel sing tonight

EDINBURG — Edinburg Baptist Church will be hosting a Gospel Sing, Friday, April 7 at 317 North Ricks Street, Edinburg. 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edinburg Community Choir cantata is Sunday
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter cantata “Champion of Love” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday April 9 at 4 p.m. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Next week
TAYLORVILLE — Throughout the world, Christians will gather to remember the events of one week in the life of Jesus. On Sunday churches all over the world will wave palm branches and sing out, “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the Son of David. Hosanna in the highest.” Once again the Christians around the world will greet their Lord and Savior and proclaim Him the King of Righteousness.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Family is overwhelmed by support after fatal fire in Pana

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — The family of two young children killed in a tragic Sunday fire are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 6, 2017

'Secret Garden' at junior high this weekend

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — This Friday and Saturday night, Taylorville Junior High School students will perform their rendition of the literary classic ‘The Secret Garden,’ directed by Steve Witt and Mary Daugherty.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Monsanto employees walking for a cause tomorrow
STONINGTON — Monsanto in Stonington will be participating in the “World Heath Day” event on April 7th (Friday) at the Stonington Elementary School.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Y swimmers compete at Fools of April swim meet
DECATUR — Five members of the Christian County YMCA traveled to Decatur Family YMCA to compete in the Fools of April Swim Meet.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Countryside Veterinary Easter egg hunt Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Countryside Veterinary Service will hold their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8 at 12: 15 p.m., with lunch and registration from 11:30 a.m.-12 noon.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cast And Crew Of TJHS Play 'The Secret Garden'
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the cast and crew for the upcoming TJHS rendition of ‘The Secret Garden’ gather on the stage in the junior high gymnasium during a dress rehearsal.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Egg roll and hunt this Saturday at Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna
LERNA, Ill. — What could be more fun than hunting for Easter eggs? How about rolling them? On April 8, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site hosts a day of children’s crafts, stories and activities, including an egg hunt and egg roll.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Festival of Spring will celebrate Earth Day with Sangamon River cleanup
DECATUR — Celebrate Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 36th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8am to 4pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Songwriter's summit and concert at Dickson Mounds Saturday, April 15
DICKSON MOUNDS — Saturday, April the 15 at 7:00 pm, the Hickory Ridge Concert Series will host two of Midwest’s best singer-songwriters, Dave Moore and David G. Smith in an informal “in the round” concert. Known for their cut to the bone songs about real life experiences, these two writers represent some of the Midwest’s best; creating music that is rich in the roots of the region and as deep as the muddy Mississippi itself.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time & Light art show features illuminated sculptures and whimsical clocks
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Time & Light: The Art of Dennis French from April 1-27 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baseball expert and ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian to speak at Lincoln Library
 SPRINGFIELD — ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian brings his vast baseball knowledge and deep love of the game to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on April 20.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed April 6
Thursday, April 6, 2017

TPD and narcotics task force seize stash of drugs in Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — During the evening hours of April 4, 2017 agents from the Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG), the Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County Sheriff's Office executed a state authorized search warrant at 603 E. Market St. in Taylorville.

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

School districts file suit against state
TAYLORVILLE — Today Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and 16 other Illinois school districts stood up for students when they filed an unprecedented lawsuit to hold accountable the State, Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to carry out their constitutional duty of adequately funding a “high quality education” for all students.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

School tax vote exceeds all expectations

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — “It was almost overwhelming,” said Citizens For Education (CFE) co-organizer Melisa Livingston in reference to the comfortable passage of the school tax referendum after Tuesday’s election. “We were confident, but I don’t think any of us thought we would see support of almost 70 percent.”


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Barry takes Taylorville mayor by 22 points

Breeze-Courier Staff

TAYLORVILLE — It wasn’t the largest margin of victory in the county for a mayoral race -that distinction goes to Pana’s new mayor, Don Kroski- but Bruce Barry rose to Taylorville’s top seat on Tuesday with a 22-point victory in the polls.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Treasurer retained; new clerk, alderman, school board
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville City Treasurer Jacque Nation is one of the few familiar faces remaining after Taylorville’s political landscape shifted dramatically on Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Davis seeks student art competition submissions
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced he is accepting submissions from high school students in the 13th Congressional District for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Co.Emergency Mgmt. to host tabletop disaster drill
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Emergency Management Agency is hosting a countywide tabletop disaster drill at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium on April 12.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kids To Camp
TAYLORVILLE — The Kids to Camp New Hope Benefit Committee raises funds to pay the enrollment fee for these special needs kids, so they can attend Camp New Hope’s “Summer Camp”.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kiwanis club plans Kiwanis Park cookout May 16
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Turnout nearly triples '15 consolidated election
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — More than 9,600 ballots were cast at Christian County polling places on Tuesday as 42.1 percent of voters turned out for the consolidated election. More than 1,400 of those votes were mail, grace, or early votes.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Morrisonville to host Easter Parade Sat., April 15
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville will hold their annual Easter parade on April 15, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

69th Annual Manners Park Easter Egg Hunt April 16
TAYLORVILLE — The 69th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Little Luxuries
TAYLORVILLE — Little Luxuries on the West Side of the Taylorville Square takes pride in offering beautiful and unique apparel, jewelry and accessories.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Betty Rose's Furniture
TAYLORVILLE — Take a stroll through Betty Rose's Furniture and you will be guaranteed to find something you can't live without!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rebecca's Antiques and Posh
TAYLORVILLE — New to the square but not new to antiques, Rebecca's Antiques and Posh, located at 100 West Market, is an adventure by itself.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe
TAYLORVILLE — When shopping downtown Taylorville, the Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe is a must. The store is a veteran to the east side of the square since April of 2003.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

VisionWay School plans preschool expansion
TAYLORVILLE — Glenna Tolliver, administrator at VisionWay Christian School (VCS), has announced an expansion in the school’s preschool program. After much consideration, Mrs. Tolliver and Mrs. Campbell, the preschool program’s lead teacher, have decided to add additional attendance days and new curriculum components to the four year old class.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Olympians
NORMAL — Special Olympics Illinois held their State Basketball Tournament March 17-19 at Illinois State University in Normal.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Greg Patrick urges 2017 LEAD grads to set goals
TAYLORVILLE — Greg Patrick, 2007 LEAD graduate and retired Regional Assistant Superintendent of Schools, spoke to the 2017 LEADership graduates Tuesday evening about “Life After LEAD”.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Missions for Taylorville accepting applications, looking for volunteers
TAYLORVILLE — The late Chris Wilson, Davis Memorial Christian Church member, began Missions for Taylorville (MFT) in 2010 with the goal of assisting people in need of minor home repairs, improvements and yard work. Since its inception, nearly 400 projects have been completed with the help of 1000+ volunteers and include such things as building ramps, minor plumbing repairs, painting, minor repairs on houses and shed, cleaning gutters and yardwork. 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Election Day Finally Here
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Council awards bid on new water plant

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Alderman unanimously (Rob Heberling-absent) awarded a more-than $25  million bid on Monday evening for the construction of Taylorville’s new water plant. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Suspects sought in hurling brick from overpass
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Police/fire
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Washington School kindergarten pre-registration
PANA — Registration of Pana Community Unit School District #8 kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year, has been set for Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, from 8:30 a.m, - 3:00 p.m., at Washington Elementary School.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chinese Acrobats In Town
STONINGTON — The Chinese Acrobats, presented by the Bureau of Lectures, performed at an assembly for Stonington Elementary students.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ROE Distributes Backpacks And Food
VANDALIA — On April 3, 2017 the Regional Office of Education #3 received a delivery of 1400 student backpacks and several pallets of food from Feed the Children.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, April 3, 2017

Police/fire
Monday, April 3, 2017

2 children die in Pana house fire

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier

PANA — This town is mourning after an early Sunday morning house fire claimed the lives of two young children.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Breeze earns awards in AP news contest
CHICAGO (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2016 newspaper contest.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Can you pass the US citizenship test? Try it out
In a growing number of states, high school graduates are being required to know at least as much about U.S. founding documents as immigrants passing the citizenship test. Can you ace it? 
Monday, April 3, 2017

Shelby County Art Show to be held April 8-9
SHELBYVILLE, Ill.  — More preparations are underway to bring the public a great Shelby County Art Show. The show will take place at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center on Saturday, April 8 from 3 to 7 and on Sunday, April 9 from noon to 5. 
Monday, April 3, 2017

Sending Kids To Camp New Hope
Monday, April 3, 2017

VisionWay Star Students
Monday, April 3, 2017

Stanley took Taylorville to state and lots of other teams, too

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

TAYLORVILLE — Over a quarter-century after his death, Dolph Stanley is best remembered for his state title at Taylorville, as well as his sparkling run at Beloit College.  Those were hardly the only places where he excelled.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Meeting Notices printed April 2
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Correction
The public defender was appointed to represent Chism L. Haworth for alleged delivery of methamphetamine.

An incorrect person was named in Friday’s front page article titled

“Taylorville man found overdosing in road is charged with dealing meth.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Conservancy celebrates Opening Day for Trails
TAYLORVILLE — Come take a ride, run or walk on the Lincoln Prairie Trail. The Rails To Trails Conservancy designates a Saturday in April each year to celebrate Opening Day for Trails.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring Launch
Brett French, 21, of Taylorville, prepares to launch his boat into Lake Taylorville. French joined recreationists enjoying the spring weather on Saturday. French said it’s his first time to take the boat out by himself.
Saturday, April 1, 2017










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