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McWard sworn in as new board member
Venise McWard, left, is sworn in as a Christian County Board member on Tuesday by retired Judge Ronald Spears. McWard, a Republican, fills the seat vacated by Ashley Linton, who resigned in recent weeks.
Mike Frazier / Breeze-Courier
Venise McWard, left, is sworn in as a Christian County Board member on Tuesday by retired Judge Ronald Spears. McWard, a Republican, fills the seat vacated by Ashley Linton, who resigned in recent weeks.
Mike Frazier / Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Venise McWard was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of the Christian County Board.

McWard took the oath, administered by retired Judge Ronald Spears, to kick off the monthly meeting.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Face to Face" Art by Gene Tanta at Anne Lloyd Gallery in September
DECATUR — Decatur Area Arts Council announces the September 2017 exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Entitled “Face to Face,” the exhibit features the art of Gene Tanta.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Taylorville to host community blood drive Aug. 24
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville will host a community blood drive from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at 1500 West Franklin, inside Fellowship Hall. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a football themed t-shirt of their choice in addition to being entered into a drawing for a $2,500 vacation package.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free class at Lake Land
PANA — Lake Land College’s Adult Education will be offering free computer classes in Pana on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Animal Protective League offers barn cat program
SPRINGFIELD — Animal Protective League (APL) is launching a new program to transfer feral cats from area animal control facilities to suitable outdoor homes. Feral cats are unsocialized, unfriendly to people, and not accustomed to living indoors.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary members discuss upcoming event
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14 with eleven members present. Those in attendance were Patricia Rusher, Stacey Ethridge, Jo Ann Coffey, Judi Hodges, Linda DeVore, Vicki Busby, Sandi Klein, Pamela Graham, Carol Wickline, Venise McWard and Marilyn Remmert.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

McClures present travelogue to Sertoma members
TAYLORVILLE — Jan and Mike McClure presented a travelogue of their spring trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji at a recent Sertoma meeting.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pana council receives FY 2017 audit report
PANA — Auditor R.M. Patton gave an update on the FY 2017 audit at Monday night’s Pana City Council meeting.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kemmerer Village wins new therapy horse, Oreo
ASSUMPTION — Throughout this past summer, Kemmerer Village competed in an online Facebook contest sponsored by LexLin Gypsy Ranch of Rockwood, Tennessee.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Donates
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary made a donation to the Stonington Fire Department. Pictured are Anthony Rusher, Patricia Rusher (American Legion Auxiliary President), Dave Blakemam, and Venise McWard.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Prisoners can interact with judge from jail
TAYLORVILLE — Inmates now can interact with the judge without leaving the jail.

The county recently launched last week a video program for those booked into jail.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edinburg Labor Day committee announces parade details
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Labor Day Parade committee is announcing the judging categories for the 2017 Grand Parade. “Seas the Day” is this year’s parade theme.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

School Starts Tomorrow In Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Prior to Monday’s school board meeting, the Taylorville School District hosted a meet-and-greet for it’s new teachers this year. The district welcomed (back row left to right): Kevin Loveless, first grade North teacher; Nick Ulferts, THS English teacher; Nick Gerndt, THS social studies teacher; Hayden Eldred, THS math; Matt Blomquist, THS vocational teacher; and Kristin Salmon, fifth grade junior high teacher. Front row left to right: Courtney DeClerk, fourth grade Memorial; Marianne Meister, THS biology teacher; Taylor Little, preschool teacher; Amber Ginger, Pana prep teacher; Ashley LeVault, TJHS language arts teacher; Katelyn Hunt, Stonington second grade teacher; Annie Michalek, second grade teacher at North; and Stephanie Schmitz, Title One teacher at North.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TSD to terminate contract with Veolia
TAYLORVILLE — As of October 3, 2017, the Taylorville Sanitary District (TSD) board will be the managing entity of the Taylorville Sanitary District waste-water treatment plant.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TCUSD passes tentative budget amid funding uncertainty
TAYLORVILLE — In fiscal year 2017/2018, the Taylorville School District is anticipating deficit spending of $1,825,991.

There are a few caveats with that number though.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ameren, Kincaid strike 20-year deal
KINCAID — The Kincaid Village Board OK’ed a 20-year agreement for Ameren to provide energy to the village.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Donates To Sr. Citizens
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, Debbie Johnson presented two donations to the Senior Citizens of Christian County. The donations were made on behalf of the Stonington Bunco Club and the Omicron Epsilon chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority. Donations such as Johnson’s are used by the Center to provide senior transportation for the County’s senior citizens.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Taylorville Senior Center offers free insurance counseling service for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — One of the many services the Taylorville Senior Center offers is the Senior Health Insurance Program, or SHIP.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crimestoppers: Police seek info about local theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PHS Class of 1967 to hold 50th reunion
PANA — The Pana High School Class of 1967 will hold a 50th class reunion on September 30, 2017 at Oak Terrace Banquet Hall (South Route 51). Cocktails and Social Hour will be from 6-7 p.m. The Welcome, Dinner, Program and Socializing will be from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club visits Little Theatre
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday, August 11 Rhoda Dudra of Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club chose to hostess our group to go see "Mamma Mia" at the Little Theatre on The Square in Sullivan, Ill. Their first stop of the day was lunch at the Red Apple just on the outskirts of Sullivan. During lunch the meeting was conducted and dues were collected for the year, as well as a contribution to their flower fund.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

THS Class of 1992 to hold 25 year reunion
TAYLORVILLE — The THS Class of 1992 will hold their 25th Reunion Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Morrisonville scout troop open house coming up
MORRISONVILLE — Pack 74 Cub Scouts and Boy Scout Troop 74 would like to invite boys and their parents to attend their open house on Monday, August 28 in the Morrisonville village park. The evening will begin at 7p.m., and will include games for the boys, campfire snacks, and crafts. Parents can talk to leaders and current Scout parents and register their boys. Scouting is open to all boys, regardless of school district they live in, from ages 7-17.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pana Yard Of The Month Winner
Monday, August 14, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ottawa photographer prefers film over digital

By STEVE STOUT

The Daily Times

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Pay close attention out and about in Ottawa, and the sight of a young man roaming the city with a vintage sheet film camera and tripod photographing buildings and landscapes may take you back.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Police seek info about local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary from that occurred in Taylorville.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Edinburg's Lamkey named superintendent of year
Monday, August 14, 2017

TRS schedules meetings

The Regional Office of Education #3, Effingham CUSD #40 and Taylorville CUSD #3, in conjunction with the Teachers’ Retirement System, are scheduling group meetings to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.  Members of the retirement system who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend one of the group meetings.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lincoln Home ranger program an opportunity for teachers
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Home National Historic Site welcomes educators Jenna Glore, from Riverton Elementary School, and Emilee Secrist, from Jacksonville’s Washington Elementary School, to the ‘Teacher Ranger Teacher’ program. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features landscapes by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14
SPRINGFIELD–The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the colored pencil art exhibit, “On the Move” by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. A reception with the artist will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Pana Pride Giveaway Winner
Monday, August 14, 2017

WSJ Best Sellers
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blake Davis receives TNT Client Development award
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pana Fair encourages tri-county residents to enter contests

PANA — With the summer winding, down and the kids heading back to school it’s time for the Pana Tri-County Fair.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pool donates to CEFS
Saturday, August 12, 2017

An unexpected journey: From Taylorville roots to Japan to fantasy novels

By Mike Frazier 

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Fred Durbin grew up reading monster stories and fairy tales.

As an adult, the Taylorville native has written several of his own.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

The return of the typewriter

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier

TAYLORVILLE — The clackity-clack and ding of a typewriter are familiar sounds in the home of Fred Durbin.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Delicious Fig & Raspberry Cake
Upside-down baking is irresistible. Whether it's in the form of a cake or a tarte tatin (a rustic French fruit tart), the common denominator is a gorgeous, gooey caramelized bottom, which, once inverted, becomes the top of the cake or tart. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Weekend Fun
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hospital Foundation pledges support for program for children

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to announce their support of the Comfort Closet at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. To date, the Foundation has provided a $500 grant to fund this program. 

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hot Lips, Chilli Bean entry forms available now

TAYLORVILLE — Two additional forms are now available for contests at the 32nd Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place on the Taylorville square October 7th and 8th.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prelude to the Prairie at ISM brownbag program
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The public is invited to a free noon-hour program at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center in Springfield on Wednesday, August 16 focusing on restoration work at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in northeast Illinois.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Moose Club Elects New Officers
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Restructured loan could save city 900k

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Last month, it was a $750,000 principal forgiveness. Now, it could be a reduced interest rate. Taylorville’s new water treatment facility still represents an enormous expense, but taxpayers may be able to shave another $900,000 off the total cost. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Pana Community Hospital breaks ground on $20M addition

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — “Pana Community Hospital, your partner in health for the last 100 years.” It was a slogan that was embraced by Pana Community Hospital last year as the institution celebrated its centennial anniversary.


Friday, August 11, 2017

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, August 11, 2017

Police seek information about local burglary

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary from that occurred in Taylorville. 

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pana marching band takes 3rd place in state fair parade
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Fair kicked off Thursday with the Twilight Parade.  An array of floats, bands and specialty units were featured encompassing this year’s theme, Generations of Fun. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

Optimists learn about historic building preservation
Friday, August 11, 2017

THS Grad Places Fifth At Nationals
Friday, August 11, 2017

Look up and say thanks!

Rev. Michael Evanchak

First Presbyterian Church

TAYLORVILLE — In the near future, we in this part of the world will be treated to a somewhat rare phenomenon. In the late morning and early afternoon of Monday, August 21, we will be witness to a solar eclipse.


Friday, August 11, 2017

County urges privately-run dog park
TAYLORVILLE — Backers of a dog park may be barking up the wrong tree if they expect the county to take responsibility for it.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bugler's Holiday
From left, Ron Lindvahl, Dennis Jones and Mark Lindvahl entertained a capacity crowd last night at the Taylorville Municipal Band’s season finale concert, playing Leroy Anderson’s legendery ‘Bugler’s Holiday.’ The concert raised money for the “Play the Music Forward” fund which was designed to provide music opportunities for students in Taylorville schools. A member of the audience last night described the concert as “better than wonderful.”
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Friends of Library program rescheduled
TAYLORVILLE — The August 17th Friends of the Library program has been cancelled due to the construction at the library. The Friends of the Library has rescheduled the August program with presenter Ron Spears for October 19th at 7 p.m. Please watch for an announcement on the September 21st program, which will be presented by Barbara Kay.

If you have any questions please call the library at 824-4736.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Extension cooks up fun with "Jr. Chef" Camp
PANA — This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED hosted “Illinois Jr Chef” cooking camp in Pana. The camp was held August 1-4 at the United in Faith Church in Pana.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Post Office searches for new site in Stonington
STONINGTON — The U.S. Post Office continues to search for a permanent location in Stonington, and the village board its offering a spot in the new village hall.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Illinois Department of Labor inspects all rides at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — At the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will conduct routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Council tackles full agenda Monday night
TAYLORVILLE —The Taylorville City Council tackled an extensive agenda Monday night at City Hall. Catastrophic server failures, street-legal golf cars, and the fight against blighted properties headlined the meeting as reported in yesterday’s Breeze-Courier, but Alderman also addressed the following issues Monday:
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

High School Improvements
TAYLORVILLE — Brick restoration continues in earnest at Taylorville High School. The work is part of a nearly $3 million restoration effort, which includes improvements such as a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stonington movie night
STONINGTON — Monsanto presents Stonington Summer Movie Night on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Stonington Park.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Community Calendar
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Several area schools will wrap up registration this Thursday
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Edinburg, Morrisonville and South Fork schools all will complete registration for the 2017-2018 year on Thursday, August. 10.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Betty Rose's Furniture Celebrates 30 Years
TAYLORVILLE — Take a stroll through Betty Rose's Furniture and you will be guaranteed to find something you can't live without!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BLH Computers Ensures Accuracy And Reliability
TAYLORVILLE — BLH Computers Inc. was originally formed in order to provide a source for parts and used computers at competitive prices.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Look What's New At Rebecca's Antiques And Posh
TAYLORVILLE — Posh-a Unique Boutique-is a fun area of Rebecca's Antiques. Along with ladies clothing, scarves and accessories, a new section has been added with one of a kind, handmade creations for little girls.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Meet The Smith Family At Taylorville Vision Source
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Vision Source, located on the east side of the square, is a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the Taylorville community.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Local DAR members attend Purple Heart Day
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Purple Heart Day was celebrated Monday, August 7th under the rotunda of the state capitol. The ceremony paid tribute to those awarded the medal by the U.S. government. The Purple Heart traces its roots back to the medals authorized by George Washington. It honors those military personnel who were wounded or killed in battle or by acts of terrorism.  Approximately 5,000 recipients of the medal are alive today.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kiwanis Club hears about in-home health care
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about in-home health care, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teens learn practical skills at TMH babysitting clinic
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on July 20.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lindvahls performing in muni band season finale
TAYLORVILLE — The final concert of the Taylorville Municipal Band will be held on Wednesday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers. The band has been performing all during the months of June and July and two weeks in August.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Moweaqua man wins $500,000 Illinois lottery prize
MOWEAQUA — Moweaqua resident Alvin Butler scratched a Towering 10’s ticket and instantly won $500,000. “This is a huge shock!” he said when he presented his ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Officer Sworn In
TAYLORVILLE — At a brief ceremony at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council  meeting, new Taylorville Police Officer Christian Nelson was sworn in by City Clerk Julie Lilly.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

City seeking long-term solution for server problems
TAYLORVILLE — “We are up and running good now,” Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said on Monday night. He was referencing a catastrophic server failure at City Hall that crippled the city clerk and treasure offices over the past few weeks.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Memorial to host fitness seminar for adults over 40
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free introductory session for athletes and active adults over 40 years old at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Memorial SportsCare.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Parade Steps Off On Saturday At 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jerry and Rose Reichert selected as grand marshals
BLUE MOUND, Ill. — The 2017 Blue Mound Fall Festival Grand Marshals are Jerry and Rose Reichert.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blue Mound Fall Festival starts this Thursday
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, August 7, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, August 7, 2017

Illinois History: 2 from Christian County awarded Civil War honor
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — A total of 106 Illinois men earned the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, including two from Christian County. Both of those soldiers won their medals for actions in the failed frontal assault on Vicksburg, Miss. on May 22, 1863.
Monday, August 7, 2017

CEFS board of directors holds annual meeting
EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, Board of Directors held their 52nd annual board meeting in Effingham on August 3, with nearly 200 people in attendance.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Hospital dietitian discusses diabetes management
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s, Janelle Cornell, RD LDN, clinical dietitian, spoke to residents at Hickory Estates of Taylorville about diabetes management. Cornell began her discussion with statistics of the American population.
Monday, August 7, 2017

PCH Invites Local Communities To Groundbreaking
PANA — Pana Community Hospital will be celebrating their building project with a Groundbreaking Ceremony, and the public is invited to attend. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 10, beginning at 3:00 p.m. under white tents located on the front lawn of Pana Community Hospital.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Plans are underway for 'Hope for Recovery'
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Addiction does not discriminate; it doesn’t differentiate between the rich or the poor, the famous or the unknown, a man or woman or even a child. It touches every age, ethnicity and socio-economic group.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Muni band: Music for a cause Wednesday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will strike up the band for a cause next Wednesday night, August 9.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Courthouse
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Inmate allegedly tries to set jail ablaze
TAYLORVILLE — An inmate of Christian County jail remains behind bars with a new charge of arson after allegedly trying to set the jail ablaze on Wednesday.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Quick Study
Taylorville native Larry Quick looks at his landscape photos, which adorn the halls of Christian County Courthouse. Quick’s work is on display through September.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

New library director brings passion for outreach and technology
TAYLORVILLE — For 14 months, the Taylorville Public Library was without a library director and head librarian, but that is no longer the case.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

IPRB conducts 8th annual Oil & Gas Summer Education Program for science, math teachers June 26-29
NOKOMIS — Peggy Brown, reading specialist and educator with the Nokomis School District was among teachers from 29 Illinois counties who convened at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, for four days of activities to learn about the science, the business and the people of the Illinois oil and natural gas industry.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Taylorville to host Blood Drive Friday, August 25
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Taylorville will host a community blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, at 108 W. Market St, inside Bloodmobile. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a FREE football themed t-shirt in addition to being entered into a drawing for a $2,500 vacation package.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

YMCA day campers discover locally grown produce
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. - This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with the Eat Local Initiative hosted a two-month program at the Christian County YMCA in Taylorville. The camp was free to YMCA Day Camp participants.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Emergency services meets
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee met in an abbreviated session on Thursday evening.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Not so special election in Iowa small town
MCINTIRE, Iowa (AP) — Apparently it was a not-so-special election in the tiny town of McIntire, Iowa, where none of its 70 registered voters showed up to cast ballots.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, August 4, 2017

APL pet adoptions are planned for this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, August 5, cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Parkway. Adoptable cats will also be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs from noon until 3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, 1895 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Alexander speaks to CWA
TAYLORVILLE — The August CWA meeting was held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Annex. Dolores Hunt provided the desert for the evening, a delicious Cola chocolate cake and a pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Optimists plan for upcoming events; announce guest speakers for August
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, August 3, 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, August 4, 2017

Morrisonville Presbyterian planning annual craft fair
MORRISONVILLE — The Faithful Friends Women’s Group of the Morrisonville Presbyterian Church have begun planning for their Second Annual Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Morrisonville American Legion, 607 Ricks Street, in Morrisonville.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Stonington dinner: 60 years of food and fellowship
STONINGTON — It’s 60 years in the making.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington is hosting its 60th annual steak dinner on Sunday ffrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, August 4, 2017

On Religion - Rabbi: Believers face sobering choices in these tense times
As long as there have been chase scenes -- think the Keystone Kops or Indiana Jones -- movie heroes have been caught straddling danger while trying to get from one vehicle to another.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 3, 2017

City clerk, treasurer issue statement
TAYLORVILLE  — The offices of the City Treasurer and City Clerk recently experienced a computer server failure that resulted in the temporary loss of information. As the information is being restored, the City water and sewer bills for customers on the west side of Taylorville and for customer accounts numbered 51 through 85 will not be mailed until the May and June 2017 water and sewer bills have been manually reentered into the computer system.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Town hall examines Rauner's funding veto
TAYLORVILLE — “Yes, Taylorville will open its doors on the sixteenth of August,” Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau told a crowd at a town hall meeting at Taylorville High School on Wednesday night.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Christian County 4-H announces the General Show results
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Over 100 projects were exhibited at the 4-H General Show at the Christian County Fairgrounds last week. A wide variety of projects were exhibited all the way from aerospace from interior designs. 4-H members who were selected as state fair delegates will have the opportunity to compete at the Illinois State Fair next Friday August 11.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Learn about hummingbirds, adopt one at Rock Springs fest
DECATUR — Meet hummingbirds up close at the Macon County Conservation District’s Hummingbird Festival on Tuesday, August 8, from 4-7 p.m. at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Join host Vernon Kleen to learn about hummingbird species, what attracts these birds and witness the banding process.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kiwanis reviews work for children, completes pavilion
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed committee work being done for children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mt. Auburn Picnic announces Soap Box Derby rules
MT. AUBURN — The annual Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic kicks off on Thursday, August 24, and the Bradley Allison Memorial Soap Box Derby will take place on Saturday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Open auditions for community cast for 'Nutcracker' to be held August 19
DECATUR, Ill. — The Moscow Ballet returns to Decatur after eight years to perform the holiday classic the "Great Russian Nutcracker" on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Construction Set To Begin
TAYLORVILLE — Heavy machinery is ready to go at the site of the new Taylorville water treatment plant on Lincoln Trail. Construction crews were on site Monday, and the heavy machinery is expected to be fired up in coming days for the $25 million project.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

High school to hold SB1 town hall Wednesday
TAYLORVILLE — “It is great news that the state budget has passed, but we are not finished yet. Our new budget calls for an “evidence-based model” to distribute funds to our K-12 schools,” a flyer promoting a Wednesday night town hall meeting at Taylorville High School reads.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Muni Band presents All-Star Big Band Concert, Aug. 2
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will present the next concert in their 2017 Taylorville Municipal Band Concert Series on Wednesday, August 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Tower.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Almanac trial is one of Lincoln's legal highlights
MASON CITY, Ill. —Abraham Lincoln vaulted to national prominence in the 1858 Senate race debates with Stephen A. Douglas. But before that, he was a skilled attorney on the Illinois frontier.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Meeting Notice
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Crimestoppers
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary from a vehicle that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Autism Support Connection to hold regular meeting Aug. 10
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, August 10th   6:00pm-7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month we will have an open discussion format.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur Family YMCA continue to offer free fitness classes with GO! 217
DECATUR — HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital and the Decatur Family YMCA are offering free fitness classes each month. This month’s first workout class, which includes zumba and toning, will be held Thursday, August 3, at Heartland Community Church starting at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Autism support group to host Sensory Friendly Film event
HILLSBORO — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. The movie event for August will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 12 at the Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Edinburg Labor Day Parade set for September 4
EDINBURG — “Seas the Day!” is the theme for the 2015 Edinburg Labor Grand Parade chosen by the Edinburg Labor Day Entertainment Committee. The Edinburg Labor Day Parade Committee has adopted the theme for the parade as well. The phrase is an exclamation expressing a desire to follow their compass and conquer the ocean seas with wanderlust and enthusiasm.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CC HCEA, U of I Extension to host seminar on squash
TAYLORVILLE — Join Christian County Home & Community Education Association and the University of Illinois Extension on August 8th at the Christian County Extension Office from 10-11a.m. to learn about preparing squash in a variety of ways. The class will discuss the different varieties of squash, nutritional benefits, how to shop for squash, preparation methods, and preservation. Participants will taste a variety of squash, watch a food demonstration, and take home recipes to prepare at home.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vendor and pageant forms available for Chillifest
TAYLORVILLE — Food and craft vendor forms are now available for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place on the square October 7-8. Both food and craft booths are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New summer reading program honors the life of Marion Guggenheim
TAYLORVILLE — A new summer reading program was recently created for the Taylorville Public Library in honor of Marion R. Guggenheim, longtime Taylorville resident.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Christian County Fair Chili Cook-off winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — The annual chili cook-off at the Christian County Fair is always a big draw and 2017 was no exception as a large group of talented chili and salsa chefs came from both far and near this year.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Saturday Derby Wraps up 94th Christian County Fair
TAYLORVILLE — It was a mass of twisted metal on the Christian County Fair track on Saturday night as car combatants from all over gathered for what is always a smashing good time. In the Semi-Stock class, it was Nate Mink in first, Brad Mizeur in second, Dan Mink in third, and Greg Mathews in 4th. Compacts: Brandon Miller in first, Jordan Gesner in second, Cody Basil in third, and Josh Harter in fourth.  Troy Stein won the Mini-van class while Chris Venriok came in second.  Bone Stock Class: Dean Main in first place, Cody Moor in second place, and Tim Wetenhaver in third.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, July 31, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, July 31, 2017

Prize Winning Pig
TAYLORVILLE — Clay Ayelsworth, of Mt. Pulaski, is pictured with his prize winning pig, Ludacris at the Christian County Fair livestock show. Fair festivities wrapped up on Saturday.
Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Christian County Fair Western Horse Show winners
TAYLORVILLE — The 2017 Western Horse Show took place Saturday on the Christian County Fairgrounds. Superintendent, Lacey Tex, said she “had an pretty good turnout for this years show with exhibitors from all over the state. Next year I’d like to see more youth participate. It is such a huge learning experience for them. It teaches a lot about how to win and lose gracefully, responsibility, preparation, pride and showmanship.”
Monday, July 31, 2017

Junior Public Speaking B
DES MOINES, Iowa — These junior members won top honors in the junior division of public speaking B at the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured on the far right is Lizzie Schafer, of Owaneco, Ill., who earned third place.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Intermediate Division of Prepared Public Speaking
DES MOINES, Iowa — Supporting the educational pursuits of young people in the Angus industry is one of the key endeavors of the Angus Foundation. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Des Moines, Iowa, 116 scholarships were given to undergraduate and graduate students totaling more than $213,000 invested in future agriculture industry leaders.These junior members won top honors in the intermediate division of prepared public speaking A at the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured from left are Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill, first; and Mardee Sadowsky, Eagleville, Mo., second.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding fatherhood fifty years later

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Few things are said to be able to conquer both time and space; some would say faith and love are capable, but perhaps when curiosity, coincidence, and courage all combine, maybe, just maybe, time and space can be bested. 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Taylorville Tourism reveals 'Million Dollar' tea theme S
TAYLORVILLE – While clearing out her late mother’s home on Lawn Avenue, Marion Lamb reached up to a closet shelf and brought down a Deerskin Trading Post carton.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Courthouse
Saturday, July 29, 2017

School violence, bullying down in US public schools
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of violent attacks and incidents of bullying in American public schools has gone down in recent years, according to a federal report published this week.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Take a tip from Mike Rowe: Consider vocational
TAYLORVILLE — Many students believe that the next natural step after graduating from high school is to go off to college. Secondary education has become such a common transition that many parents begin saving for college tuition as soon as their children are born. Although college can be the next chapter in a student’s education, many teenagers still choose to attend trade school.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Talk to first-time college students about dorm safety
TAYLORVILLE — College students have a few different living options at their disposal, but many opt for dormitory living, as it is one of the more convenient and popular boarding options, particularly for out-of-town students. Thousands of post-secondary students pack up their belongings and move away from home in the pursuit of an education, and parents want to do what they can to ensure their college-aged kids are safe. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lawmakers adjourn day 3, still no school funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators adjourned  on Friday, the third day of a special session, without wading into a school funding fight. 

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Newspapers in Education a traditional teaching tool
TAYLORVILLE  — Today’s students have numerous devices at their disposal that can make learning more fun. Teachers may rely on such devices to engage students, but one more traditional teaching tool can still be an asset in the classroom.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pana's Sacred Heart School Registration Aug. 2
PANA — Sacred Heart School in Pana will hold their registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd at the school office from 8:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.shspana.com. Please fill out and return the day of registration. Teachers will also be available to speak with parents.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lake Land accepting student ambassador apps
 MATTOON, Ill. — There is a great opportunity available for students attending Lake Land College for the 2017-2018 school year. Students interested in meeting new friends, gaining leadership skills, building their résumé and earning a scholarship can apply to become a Lake Land College Student Ambassador. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

VisionWay Christian School school registration
TAYLORVILLE — Registration at VisionWay Christian School (VCS) is closed, as all lower elementary classes are full. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Central A&M school registration is August 10
MOWEAQUA — School registration for Central A&M will be held on August 10 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the high school. Online registration will be available anytime after August 1.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

St. Mary School first day of school is August 16
TAYLORVILLE — Those wishing to enroll in St. Mary School in Taylorville should call 824-6501 for more information, as space is limited.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sertoma accepting donations for school supplies
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Edinburg school registration set for August 9 &10
EDINBURG — The registration dates for Edinburg schools will be August 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pana schools set registration date set for August 3
PANA — Pana school registration for K-12 will be held on August 3 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Pana High School, 201 West 8th Street.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Still time to register for fall 2017 classes at LLCC
SPRINGFIELD — There is still time to register for fall 2017 classes at Lincoln Land Community College. The fall semester begins Aug. 19.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Area school start dates:
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Final registration for Taylorville schools will begin on Aug. 8
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2017-18 school registration.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christian County Health Department announces immunization clinics
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Health Department, 902 West Springfield Road in Taylorville has announced the 2017 clinic dates for school immunizations :
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Local Master Gardeners to offer program on gardening with heirloom seeds at historic sites
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois State Historical Society and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Christian County are partnering to provide a program about gardening with heritage and heirloom seeds at historic sites and in your own garden.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

APL sets dates for August pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during August with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lads And Lassies Compete At County Fair
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Area youth qualifies for world championship show
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Layne Lebshier qualified to compete at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Level 2 and Level 3 Western Pleasure and Western Horsemanship on August 4-12 in Oklahoma City. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Choosing the right backpack. . .
TAYLORVILLE — Finding the right backpack is an essential component of back-to-school shopping. Children may have their own ideas of what’s in style, but parents should look for backpacks that are functional before factoring in style. Marrying form and function together can be challenging, but it’s necessary to prevent students from developing back problems. But parents must give consideration to more than just the size of their children’s backpacks.
Friday, July 28, 2017

University of Illinois start classes almost a week late
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois students and professors will have extra vacation time next month as classes will start almost a week late.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Nokomis registration August 14-15
NOKOMIS — Nokomis Junior and Senior High School will hold registration on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15.
Friday, July 28, 2017

South Fork students will register August 9 &10
KINCAID — South Fork Schools have set their registration dates for August 9-10 from 4-7 p.m. for all grades. Registration will be held in the Jr./Sr. High cafeteria.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Morrisonville schools, too, will register Aug. 9 & 10

MORRISONVILLE — School registration for Morrisonville schools will be Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10. Registration will be held at the Morrisonville Elementary School and the Jr./Sr. High School. Online registration will be open from August 1-15 via Teacher Ease. You can go to the district website at www.mohawks.net and click on the registration link. 

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Superintendent: Cherokee St. will be open this fall

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — “One way or another, it will be open by October,” said Taylorville Street Superintendent Dick Wiseman at Wednesday night’s street and sewer committee meeting. He was referencing Cherokee Street and the widening and repaving project that is currently ongoing there.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Chillifest to feature expanded carnival

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — It may be fair week still, but the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is already thinking about October and the upcoming thirty-second annual Chillifest, which is set for October 7 and 8.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, July 28, 2017

Venise McWard tapped to fill vacant county board seat

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier

TAYLORVILLE — A longtime local Republican advocate is planned to be the newest member of Christian County Board.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Grand Champion Steer
Friday, July 28, 2017

FCWC plans "Redneck Bible School"
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will hold a "Redneck Bible School" Wednesday through Friday, August 2-4 at 6 p.m. each night. Children ages 3 to 11 are welcome. 
Friday, July 28, 2017

Super Campers
Friday, July 28, 2017

Edinburg Trinity Lutheran to hold VBS Aug. 5
EDINBURG — Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg will host a one day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Saturday, August 5, 2017 form 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017

My favorite question in the Bible

Carlos Campos

Student Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church

TAYLORVILLE — One of my favorite places to eat in the world is Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO. Pappy’s is known for their world famous barbecue. As a New Yorker, I had never tasted the heavenly goodness of real barbecue until I moved here to the Midwest.


Friday, July 28, 2017

St. Rita's Holds VBS
Friday, July 28, 2017

Library Holds Children's Sewing Workshop
Friday, July 28, 2017

Taylor Awarded Ag Group Scholarship
Friday, July 28, 2017

Clarification
TAYLORVILLE — The state provided the judge an incorrect address in the affidavit accompanying a search warrant — not on the search warrant itself in a Tuesday story titled “Evidence not thrown out despite wrong address on warrant.”
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 27, 2017

2 injured in Montgomery Co. crash
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. — Illinois State Police District 18 is investigating a single unit crash which occurred on Longbridge Trail and Elm Trail on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 3:35 p.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Woman injured in vehicle-train crash
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. — Illinois State Police District 18 is investigating a single unit crash which occurred on Garold Trail approaching IL-16 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:58 a.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

No Word Yet When Lincoln Trail Will Reopen
TAYLORVILLE — IDOT crews work to install a massive culvert on Lincoln Trail. IDOT was unavailable to comment today as to when the project is to be completed.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ag Luncheon At Fair Today Draws Large Crowd
TAYLORVILLE — A great crowd gathered at the Christian County Fair today for the Christian County Ag Group and the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation’s annual ag appreciation lunch. The featured speaker was Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal. “This is such an important event that celebrates the people that make up Christian County’s largest industry,” Rosenthal said.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sertoma Club accepting donations for school supplies
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sertoma Club is once again purchasing, gathering and organizing school supplies for area children in need, just in time for school registrations.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Help clean up Taylorville, join in next Missions for Taylorville work day
TAYLORVILLE — Missions for Taylorville (MFT) will have a second workday for 2017 on September 9. They will meet at the hospital auditorium at 8:30 a.m. to hand out  assignments.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exhibit features textile art of Peoria artist
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Inner Map: Textile Art of Lisa Nelson Raabe from August 3-29 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. The exhibit features the textile art of Peoria artist and yoga therapist, Lisa Nelson Raabe who has created with textiles for more than thirty years. Raabe graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and completed a master’s degree in Art Education/Art Therapy at ISU. She is currently active with the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Memorial's Festival of Trees is seeking designers
SPRINGFIELD — Limited designer opportunities remain available for Memorial’s 28th annual Festival of Trees, “Skates, Sleds and Snow,” which will be held Nov. 18-26 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Register now for Walk to End Alzheimer's Sept. 23
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park in Springfield. Nearly 850 people from the Springfield area are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bingo!
Tom McKinney, front, and Tim Calvert, behind, fix the bingo lights shortly before hundreds of seniors competed in a bingo tournament at Christian County Fair. The bingo game on Wednesday was followed by a free luncheon.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

4-H club plants pollinator garden
MORRISONVILLE — Insect pollinators, including honeybees and butterflies play a vital role in fruit and vegetable production. Some estimates say that one out of every three bites of food we take is made possible because of pollinator species.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kiwanis hears about Central Illinois Public Transit
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about Central Illinois Public Transit, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Popular Civil War Tech at Lincoln Library offers hands on activities for kids
SPRINGFIELD — It will be a day of dueling ironclads, coded messages and battlefield operations Aug. 5 when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a back-to-school showcase of its popular Civil War Tech program.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Litchfield's Live in Library Park features country music singer Josh Stanley
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Live in Library Park has a big performance coming next week, on Thursday, August 3! This week’s performer will be Joshua Stanley. Joshua will perform on Thursday, August 3 from 6-8 PM in Library Park in Litchfield (400 North State Street).
Thursday, July 27, 2017

APL's Kittenfest this weekend; group looking to find homes for 80 kittens
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) is celebrating Kittenfest this weekend, July 28th through July 30th, with approximately 80 kittens looking for their forever homes!
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Fair Continues
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Muni band children's concert tonight is a family affair
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will be presenting its annual Children's Concert Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Children's Concert Tonight
This undated photo shows the Ninmer family perfoming at one of the Taylorville Municipal Band’s Children’s Concert. The Muni Band presents their annual concert for kids tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the east lawn of Hershey Towers, 400 W. Franklin St., Taylorville. There kids will get musical instruments to take home courtesy of the Sertoma Club and will get to take part in making music. Lots of prizes will be awarded and most of the music is designed to appeal to both kids and adults. Pictured above from left are Mark, Breanna, Ron, Jean, Scott and Drew Ninmer.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Emily Morrison Crowned Miss Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — Fifteen young women took the stage Tuesday night at the Christian County Ag Fair to compete for the honor of being named 2017 Miss Christian County. The night’s winners are pictured in the top photo from left: 3rd runner up Meredith Epley of Pana, 2016 Miss Christian County Myah Herbord of Pana, People’s Choice and 2017 Miss Christian County Emily Morrison, 1st runner up Olivia Graham of Taylorville, 2nd runner up Hayden Baker of Taylorville and Miss Congeniality Makayla Finks of Taylorville. Fourteen contestants took the stage hoping to win 2017 Junior Miss Christian County. Pictured from left in the bottom photo are the winners: Miss Congeniality Alaina Deal, 2016 Junior Miss Christian County Madison Lush, 2017 Junior Miss Christian County Lauren Phillips, 1st runner up Jhia Walker and 2nd runner up Rachel Williams.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TSD grills Veolia over use of funds
TAYLORVILLE — Earlier this month, the Taylorville Sanitary District (TSD) Board accused Veolia, the company that manages the day-to-day operations of the Taylorville Sanitary District plant, of misusing taxpayer money.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pana man gets 22 years for arson, home invasion
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man will serve 22 years in prison after a jury in May found him guilty of arson and home invasion.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Correction
Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Christian County Agricultural Fair, will be Saturday starting at 10 a.m., corresponding with Young America Day.

An incorrect date was listed in the Sunday edition.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary from a vehicle that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

APL pet adoptions are planned for this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart off of Veterans Parkway this weekend. On Saturday July 29, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. On Sunday, July 30, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bench Donated To County Fair
TAYLORVILLE — 2016 Miss Christian County Myah Herbord and Christian County Fair Board President Jim Olive sit on a new bench in front of the Christian County Fair Board office. They are joined by Bill Cope (left) and Kyle Buffenmeyer (right) of Monsanto while fair board members stand behind. Monsanto donated the bench, which is constructed from 100 percent recyclable materials, to the fair. “It’s just a small way for us to give back to the fair,” Cope said.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Christian County Pageant Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured above are the winners of the Baby Mister category of the second annual Christian County Baby Contest. Oliver Bilyeu won People’s Choice, and Owen Brownback was awarded 2017 Baby Mister Christian County.  Right, pictured are the winners of Tuesday night’s 2017 Miss Christian County Contest: from left, 2017 Little Miss Christian County Alysse Brown, 2017 Miss Christian County and People’s Choice Emily Morrison and 2017 Junior Miss Lauren Phillips.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

County Fair Pageant Winners
25 contestants competed for the title of 2017 Little Miss Christian County. The winners of the competition were 1st runner up Kenlee Durbin, 2017 Little Miss Christian County Alysse Brown and 2nd runner up Blaklee Edwards.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

County Fair Pageant Winners
Top photo, just before the kick off of the Little Miss Christian County Contest, winners of the 2017 Tiny Miss Christian County Contest were anounced. Pictured from left are Hazel Skinner, cutest attire; Ella Neighbours, people’s choice; 2017 Tiny Miss Christian County Sloan Dorsey, and most beautiful hair, Myah Burkey. Bottom photo, the winners of the 2017 Baby Miss Christian County Contest are pictured from left: Scarlytt Peden, who won awards for both people’s choice and cutest attire; 2017 Baby Miss Christian County Isabelle Tirpak, and Lilian Hughes, winner of the most beautiful hair award.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Murder trial proceeds for 18-year-old Pana man
TAYLORVILLE — A trial will go forward for an 18-year-old Pana man charged with first-degree murder after allegedly punching and stomping a man to death at Pana Lake in May.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Park Board passes $682,000 levy for 2017-2018
TAYLORVILLE — For the tax year starting March 1, 2016 and ending February 28, 2017, the Taylorville Park Board levied  a total of $754,463.64.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cream Of The Crop
Oliver Mizeur of Taylorville earned third-place honors in the 8-10 age division of the Illinois State Treasurer’s annual Cream of the Crop photo contest. The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit photos that depict their vision of agriculture in our state. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing materials and on display at the 2017 Illinois State Fair, Aug. 10-20. Oliver’s photo, shown above, is entitled Centennial Farm. Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit programs. It helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals. The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners with eligible lenders to offer farmers annual and long-term, low-interest loans which can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, processing, milling, livestock purchases, and other costs
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Evidence not thrown out despite wrong address on warrant
TAYLORVILLE — A Christian County judge on Monday refused to throw out evidence from a drug raid, although police gave a wrong address to the judge in requesting a search warrant.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THS FFA member one of many showing at fair
TAYLORVILLE — Tanner Mickey, a sophomore at Taylorville High School and active FFA member has been hard at work preparing his livestock for the 2017 Christian County Fair.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-H General Show Precedes Fair's Official Start
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are Lisa Peterson, U of I Extension 4-H judge and Caleb Grover, member of New Vision 4-H Club, at the Christian county 4-H General Show yesterday at the Extension Building at the Christian County Fair. Grover has been collecting baseball cards for 10 years and has a vast collection between 5-6,000 cards. His exhibit was entered in the Collection and Hobbies category.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christian County Fair Opens Today - Miss Christian County Contest Tonight
TAYLORVILLE — County and City officials, along with Christian County Fair Board members gathered Tuesday morning at the Christian County Fair to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for this year’s 94th annual Christian County Fair. Fair board president Jim Olive, says there is something for everyone at this year’s fair. “It really is a family event, and it looks like the weather is going to be good, so hopefully everyone will come out and enjoy the fair,” he said.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Alberts competes in national scholarship tourney
CLEVELAND, Ohio —  Taylorville native Brittany Alberts recently returned from Cleveland Ohio, where she competed with 840 other girls in the USBC Junior Gold Championship Bowling Tournament.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Correction
 Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Christian County Agricultural Fair, will be Saturday starting at 10 a.m., corresponding with Young America Day. An incorrect date was listed in the Sunday edition.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summertime Red Cross blood shortage continues
PEORIA, Ill. — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HCEA presents Lessons for Living, open to public
TAYLORVILLE — Join Christian County Home & Community Education Association and the University of Illinois Extension on August 8, at the Christian County Extension Office from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to learn about preparing squash in a variety of ways.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-H Group Makes Appearance At Morrisonville Picnic
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Lads and Lassies made an onstage appearance on Friday night of the Morrisonville Picnic. This year marks the 60th year for the club’s existence. Mackenzie Harmon provided historical information on how the club first started, meeting locations and past members. Each member then spoke on how many years they have personally been involved in 4-H and what projects they were enrolled in this year. Pictured from left (front row): Sophie Murphy, Brody Harker, Riley Brown, Hayden Harker, Elayna Harker and Rayla Brown. Back row: Mackenzie Harmon, Maria Brockamp, Maddison Lush and Sydney Poleon.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1923 NFL game in Benld, Illinois, was no big deal after previous week's game
BENLD, Ill. — Staunton High School’s 233-0 win over Gillespie in 1923 has become the stuff of legend among area sports fans, and stands today as an Illinois High School Association record.  It may even have overshadowed a National Football League game the following week in Benld.   
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Correction
Monday, July 24, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, July 24, 2017

4-H General Show Kicks Off County Fair Week
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County 4-H General Show took place Monday at the Extension Building on the grounds of the Christian County Fair. Pictured is one of the horticulture exhibits by Clover Club 4H member, Drew Mickey, age 10. Mickey grew the vegetables in his uncle’s garden this summer. The county fair officially starts on Tuesday.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Peacekeepers Ride
TAYLORVILLE — A couple of motorcycle riders gesture a peace sign to a small crowd of observers. The riders were part of a larger group of between 300 and 400 motorcyclists that roared through Taylorville on Sunday afternoon as part of the U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club’s Peacekeepers Ride. The day-long ride through Central Illinois was held in honor of all veterans, but the group’s second stop in Taylorville was in honor of Purple Heart recipient Maggie Bilyeu.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Homeschool informational open house July 29
TAYLORVILLE — A Homeschool open house will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Moweaqua Public Library located at 600 N Putnam St, Moweaqua. This outreach is for all the surrounding counties and will offer information on the homeschooling laws in Illinois, local field trips, events, homeschool groups and co-ops. There will be door prizes and much more. Ask questions, checkout the NEW homeschool curriculum section of the Moweaqua Public Library, meet other homeschoolers, get connected.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Memorial employee giving campaign tops $300k
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s 29th annual employee giving campaign raised a record-breaking $301,352 to improve the lives of patients and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.
Monday, July 24, 2017

CNB Bank launches annual school supply drive
TAYLORVILLE — As school-year preparations begin, CNB Bank & Trust will be hosting their annual School Supply Drive. Local communities have the opportunity to make a child’s school year brighter by making donations of much-needed school supplies at any CNB branch location. Help a child start the year off right.
Monday, July 24, 2017











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