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St. Mary School a finalist in office makeover contest
TAYLORVILLE — Cathy Robertson, principal at St. Mary School, stands in the new construction that will become the school's office. St. Mary's is participating in RK Dixon's Make My Non-Profit Run Better Contest which will provide the lucky winner with an office technology makeover.
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TAYLORVILLE — Cathy Robertson, principal at St. Mary School, stands in the new construction that will become the school's office. St. Mary's is participating in RK Dixon's Make My Non-Profit Run Better Contest which will provide the lucky winner with an office technology makeover.
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TAYLORVILLE — St. Mary’s School is one of five area non-profit organizations that has a shot at a $15,000 office technology makeover.
Saturday, July 23, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Busy Despite Heat
TAYLORVILLE — Area residents braved the heat to browse tents full of fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally grown produce at the Downtown Taylorville.org Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The Farmer’s Market takes place on the East side of the Taylorville Square every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until early October.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Morrisonville Community Queens
MORRISONVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners of the 2016 Miss Morrisonville contest.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

TMH has economic impact
According to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Illinois’ 87 small and rural hospitals comprise 42 percent of the state’s hospitals.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Local Advantage
Need a stress test, colonoscopy, mammogram, lab work or physical therapy? No need to travel out of town. A variety of outpatient services are available at TMH.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beat the heat!
Eigtheen-month-old Laurel Lantz of Springfield was hard at work Saturday on the shores of Lake Taylorville collecting sand for a sand castle. Laurel came to the beach with her mother, Candice Coleman. They were joined by dozens of recreationists and boaters enjoying the cool lake waters.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bourne: Taylorville Memorial Offers Patients 'Best of Both Worlds'
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital offers its patients the best of both worlds, according to the nonprofit hospital’s president and CEO, Kim Bourne.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Taylorville Community to host blood drive July 29
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Taylorville Community will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at 1716 W Spresser St, inside Bloodmobile.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sand spiking - volleyball tournament set Saturday
Christian County Agricultural Fair will host a sand volleyball tournament Saturday, July 30.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Muni Band to put on Children's Concert July 27
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, July 27, the Taylorville Municipal Band will hold their 2016 Children’s Concert. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hershey Towers in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

West Nile Virus Dead Bird Surveillance
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — The Christian County Health Department (Christian CHD) is currently submitting birds to the Illinois Department of Public Health for West Nile Virus (WNV) testing.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Community Calendar printed July 24
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christian County Fair begins Tuesday: Schedule of Events
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fair readies for third annual stock car racing event
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016 Christian County Agricultural Fair is coming up July 26-30, and a number of racecar drivers have marked their calendars to take center stage in front of the main grandstand.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

At The Beer Tent
The beer tent will be rocking in the evenings this week at Christian County Agricultural Fair.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Getting Ready For The Christian County Fair
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Fair is a time for several local FFA members to showcase their FFA Project. Several students from the Taylorville FFA Chapter will not only be exhibiting their FFA Projects at the Fair, they will be assisting the fair with gate set up, an interactive petting zoo, and with clean up.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ag events a reminder of fair's beginnings
TAYLORVILLE —The present county Fair originated in 1924. Other fairs were held in the county, but on April 29, 1924, Phil S. Haner, Robert Carlin, Louis Tolliver, and Edward Alton, signed the application for the incorporation papers for the Christian County Agriculture Fair Association. The fair was the outgrowth of a small fair and livestock show held in Manners Park for two or three years prior to 1924. The success of this small effort prompted the leaders to expand and bring into being the present fair.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chili cook-off Saturday features fun and free tastes
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Agricultural Fair will host  one of the oldest chili cookoffs in the nation on Saturday.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Western Horse Show tests skill of rider and horse
TAYLORVILLE — The Open Western Horse Show will be held Saturday, July 30 at 9 a.m. in the infield of the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Two armband days at fair offer reduced ride prices
TAYLORVILLE — “The response over the last two years to our carnival has been very good, and I think people will be just as impressed this year,” said Christian County Fair Board President Jim Olive.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Busy 4-H show season concludes with county fair
TAYLORVILLE — Already this month, Christian County 4-H members have been busy with several shows including the clothing and textiles show and the food show on July 15, and the poultry, rabbit, cat, and dog shows on July 16.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Courthouse printed July 24, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016

4-H roots can be traced to 1899 Macoupin County
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — 4-H had its national beginnings around the turn of the century, and Illinois was there from the start.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed July 24, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Senior Citizens Day Luncheon
Senior Day at the Christian County Agricultural Fair will be Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

County 4-H Food & Nutrition Show Results
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County 4-H held their annual Food & Nutrition Show on July 15, 2016 at the University of Illinois Extension office in Taylorville, Ill. 4-H members brought in several tasty treats and exhibits for the judges to evaluate. The top projects of the classes were selected as Best of Show and the chance to take their selected project on to be judged at the 2016 IL State Fair in August.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stock truck pull Saturday one of fair's top events
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016 Christian County Ag Fair, Stock Truck Pull will be held on Friday, July 29 beginning at 7 p.m. The event is located in the grandstand at the Christian County Fair grounds.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

ITPA is one of the oldest organizations of its kind
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Tractor Pulling Assn. was formed in 1968 making it one of the oldest tractor pulling associations.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

TPD fires police officer accused of battery
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department released a statement today indicating they had completed their internal investigation regarding the arrest of Taylorville Police Officer Anthony Telford for domestic battery.

Officer Telford’s employment as a police officer with the Taylorville Police Department has been terminated effective today, Friday, July 22, 2016.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Courthouse printed July 22
Friday, July 22, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 22
Friday, July 22, 2016

Council committee recommends donation to Chamber
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce approached the City of Taylorville Finance Committee on Thursday evening to inquire about the possibility of a donation towards the annual October celebration.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Morrisonville Hopping With Activity
The celebrated jumping frogs of Morrisonville were a hit with kids. Dozens braved the heat make the frogs hop.
Friday, July 22, 2016

City considers reversal on gaming ordinance
TAYLORVILLE — No vote was cast and no recommendation came from the discussion, but City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee members contemplated a reversal in their stance on the city’s liquor and gaming ordinance on Thursday evening.
Friday, July 22, 2016

VFW Post donates to summer reading program
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville VFW Post 4495 made a donation to the Taylorville Public Library to help with the summer reading program for children and young adults.
Friday, July 22, 2016

American Legion Post #73 and Auxiliary Install Officers
Friday, July 22, 2016

Illinois District Quartet champs to perform at Night of Close Harmony
TAYLORVILLE — Drive Time, the 2014 Illinois District Quartet Champions, represent the Sterling-Rock Falls, Bloomington, Coles County, Frank Thorne, and St. Charles, Mo. Chapters.
Friday, July 22, 2016

On Religion: Religious liberty and the Utah compromise on gay rights issues
From the start, the "Utah compromise" on religious liberty and key gay-rights issues had that special sex appeal that made news.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Probable cause found in drug-homicide case
TAYLORVILLE — Fourth Judicial Circuit Resident Judge Brad Paisley determined today that probable cause exists in a case brought against Angela McKinnon of Kincaid for charges of drug-induced homicide in the death of Charles Stevens, also of Kincaid.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Courthouse printed July 21
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 21
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lightning Strike
TAYLORVILLE — Betty Bowman, of Taylorville, reported that lightning struck a tree in her front yard Monday at approximately 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hackers access voter registration data
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state’s voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morrisonville hires new teachers
MORRISONVILLE — Two new teachers were hired by the Morrisonville School Board at its Tuesday meeting.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Little Miss and Mister Morrisonville Are Crowned
MORRISONVILLE — Last night, the Morrisonville Picnic kicked off with the Little Miss and Mister contest.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Extension Cooks Up Fun with Culinary Camp
MORRISONVILLE, Ill. — This summer University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with Illinois Nutrition Education Program-SNAP ED and Illinois 4-H hosted “Illinois Jr Chef” a four-day cooking camp in Morrisonville, reaching out to nearly 30 youth and utilizing volunteers from the community.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Birbiglia gives improv its first close-up on big screen
NEW YORK (AP) — Good improv is like a magic act, conjured out of thin air. A handful of people step onto the stage with nothing prepared, and — poof! — an hour of laughs tumbles forth from unpredictable, off-the-cuff scenarios. 
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Junior Angus Show Winner
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Schafers Barbara 5308 won bred-and-owned heifer class 18 at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 3-9 in Grand Island, Neb. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the winning heifer.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beta Sigma Phi awards 2016 academic scholarships
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Retina Center owner speaks to Taylorville Kiwanis
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the owner of the new Central Illinois Retina Center in Taylorville, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Havera authors bill to outlaw 'bath salt' sales
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera authored legislation to punish Illinois retailers who sell so-called bath salts — synthetic cathinones, which produce a dangerous high in addicts.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 20
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meeting Notices printed July 19
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Moscow Library Director Returns To Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Last year, Director for the Center for International Relations at the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature Svetlana Gorokhova toured Taylorville and Central Illinois in order to gain a better understanding of Abraham Lincoln and his heritage. On Tuesday, Gorokhova returned to Taylorville, this time on a more informal visit with her two children.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meritage Trio, Angi Chase on French horn, are soloists at muni band concert tonight
TAYLORVILLE — The Meritage Trio and Angie Chase will be the featured performers at the Taylorville Municipal Band concert Wednesday, July 20 at Hershey Towers at 7:30 p.m. The Meritage Trio members are Marla Brotherton, Christy Conrad and Kathy Fergin.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Heat dome: heat index expected to rise to 110
TAYLORVILLE — Stay cool!

Residents are urged to keep hydrated and to stay in the shade as the heat index climbs to 110 over the next few days.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Problem-ridden payroll system leads to sharp exchange
TAYLORVILLE — Discussion of a problem-ridden new payroll system led to a sharp exchange between the county clerk and the county treasurer at Tuesday’s meeting of the Christian County Board.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Taylorville School District announces registration
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2016-17 school registration.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Morrisonville Queen Pageant Thursday Night
Pictured in the back row from left are Miss Morrisonville Community Queen contestants Claire Lupton, Justis Scott, Maddie Massie, Rian Kerney, Bayli Copeland, Kiersten Fritts, Emileigh King and Marcy Langen.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

U of I program recognizes area student as high school student innovator
URBANA, Ill. — A new app that stops cyber bullying before it starts, an innovative, green alternative to corn ethanol that costs 85% less and teens getting to job shadow in medicine. These are all innovations, not coming from established professionals, but from high school students right here in Illinois.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

City to pursue contested new hires
TAYLORVILLE — At the July 7, 2016 personnel committee meeting, Alderman Rob Heberling requested a hiring freeze until the city and its unions could work out a dispute over the failed transition to new health insurance plan. He referenced that request again at Monday’s regularly scheduled full Taylorville City Council meeting.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Big donor could help dog park
TAYLORVILLE — The push to build a dog park may have gotten a boost, thanks to an anonymous donation of $50,000 to Christian County Animal Control.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bill outlaws "bath salt" sales
TAYLORVILLE — Seated in Christian County Courthouse, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Illinois) signed a law on Monday afternoon to go after retailers who sell “bath salts” — synthetic cathinones, which produce a dangerous high for drug addicts.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Having stomach troubles? Try swallowing an origami robot
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Has your child swallowed a small battery? In the future, a tiny robot made from pig gut could capture it and expel it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Coronor investigating death of 18-year-old Pana man
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On July 17, 2016 at approximately 10:52 a.m., 911 received a call that a 18-year-old male was not breathing and unresponsive in the 300 Block of Kitchell St, Pana.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Courthouse printed July 18
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 19
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Faith Community Worship Center takes teens to camp
MT. ZION, Ill. — Illinois Churches of God Youth Department closed a second great week of Youth Camp July 11-15 with 135 campers between the ages of 12 and 19 at Camp Warren in Mt. Zion.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

St. Rita's Welcomes New Priest
KINCAID — Recently a welcoming reception was held for the new priest, Father Burusu at St. Rita’s Parish in Kincaid.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Calvary Baptist hosting Tammy Hodges cancer benefit
TAYLORVILLE — A benefit will be held Saturday, July 23, for Tammy Hodges, who is battling appendix cancer.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Judge tosses out neighbors' complaint about car wash
TAYLORVILLE — The dryer at Squeaky Clean Car Wash will continue to blow, after a heated legal dispute.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Meth lab raided in Pana
DECATUR — Police raided a Pana home on Friday, arresting two suspects and finding about 400 grams of methamphetamine manufacturing material.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Governor Praises Business, Fights Bath Salts
TAYLORVILLE — Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Illinois), stopped by Taylorville on Monday to tour Grain Systems Inc. and to announce  a new bill to curb the sale of addictive bath salts.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Officer acquitted in Baltimore police custody death case
BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Local students named to Augustana College spring term Dean's List
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Augustana College announced 913 students were named to the Dean's List for the 2016 spring term.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Trinity Lutheran to hold ice cream social, meal to benefit preschool scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The LWML and the Men’s Group of Trinity Lutheran Church will be having an Ice Cream Social and meal, a Thrivent Action Team event, to benefit the Preschool Scholarship Program on Sunday, July 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Rock Springs to host family campout July 29
DECATUR, Ill. — Pitch your tent at Rock Springs Conservation Area during a special Family Campout program on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. through 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Lake Land College offering free classes
PANA, Ill. — Lake Land College will be offering free welding classes and free GED classes in Pana, Ill.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Four Taylorville FFA members attend Washington D.C. leadership conference
TAYLORVILLE — Four Taylorville FFA members attended the Farm Bureau Washington D.C. Heritage and Cooperative Tours. The Taylorville FFA Chapter was awarded four all-expense-paid trips for members due to the chapter’s outstanding community service activities.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Meeting Notices printed July 17
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Illinoisians languished during Great Depression
ILLINOIS — The stock market crash of October 1929 was not a one-day occurrence, but a series of downturns over a span of several weeks. It was not the only factor that drove America into the worst economic crisis in its history.  But millions of Illinoisans, as elsewhere, felt the suffering.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christian County Fair Conjures Up Good Memories
TAYLORVILLE — Larry Barry, owner of Larry’s Service Center, presents the first ticket for this  year’s Christian County Fair Senior Citizen Day to Charles DeClerck.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rep. Bourne hosting Nokomis event
NOKOMIS — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is asking residents to join her for coffee.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

For Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Credit Union concluded its Freedom Tree Food Drive on Friday morning when TCCU President Will Perkins (left) and TCCU Vice President of Lending Consuela France (right) donated nonperishable food items, given by TCCU members in recent weeks, to the Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Holthaus receives P.E.O. scholarship
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On Monday, July 11, 2016, local Chapter FG of P.E.O. awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Emily Holthaus. Emily is in her sophomore year at Millikin University, seeking a degree in nursing.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

White Tails On Cotton Hill Road
PAWNEE — A pair of white-tailed deer, mother and fawn, stand in the front yard of a home on Cotton Hill Road in Pawnee in the early hours on Thursday, July 14.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

1920 wedding invitation finds its way back to Stonington family
TAYLORVILLE —In the roughly 100 years that it was open, Paul’s Shoe Store in Taylorville  was a staple within the community. It’s multiple owners established lasting connections with many of its patrons, creating thousands of memories in the process.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Runners 'Plow The Streets' At Farm Bureau's 5k Event Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — About two dozen runners gathered on West Market Street Saturday morning where the Christian County Farm Bureau hosted their annual Plowing the Streets 5k.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Students attend Taylorville Memorial's TEN Camp
TAYLORVILLE — Erin Hannant knows firsthand that the 14 high school students enrolled in the Teens Experiencing Nursing (TEN) Camp at Taylorville Memorial Hospital received valuable experience that will serve them well if they continue to pursue a career in nursing.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Enjoy the music. . .
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Morrisonville Picnic Events
Saturday, July 16, 2016

'Speed' and Marilyn Beaty named Morrisonville parade marshals
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Community Club has chosen Lawrence "Speed" and Marilyn Beaty as the 2016 Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming parade Marshals. The parade will be held Thursday July 21 at 1 p.m. in Morrisonville.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Community Calendar printed July 17
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Courthouse printed July 14
Friday, July 15, 2016

Assumption police seeking arson suspect
ASSUMPTION —The Assumption Police Department, working with ATF, is seeking the public’s help in solving a crime of arson, which occurred during the overnight hours of July 12 & 13, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 15
Friday, July 15, 2016

Owaneco mayor says village exploring new water supplier
TAYLORVILLE — In April, City of Taylorville Attorney Rocci Romano opined that a sixty-year contract for water services between the City of Taylorville and the Village of Owaneco was null and void based on the fact that it exceeded the allowed term-limit of forty years.
Friday, July 15, 2016

U of I Extension to hold weed identification class
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension will hold a workshop on broadleaf weed identification and management Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Mt. Auburn Picnic seeks talent show contestants
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — The Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic is currently seeking participants for the talent show to be held at the picnic on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. This event is not a contest and all participants will be awarded a prize.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Lake Land Recognizes New Dental Hygenists At Ceremony
MATTOON, Ill. — Megan Casner, Kelsie England,  and Jane Kinney, all of Pana, and Megan Stewart, of Assumption, were among the 2016 Lake Land College dental hygienists recognized at a pinning ceremony held recently.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Charge dropped against Taylorville police officer
TAYLORVILLE — A charge of domestic battery was dropped against a Taylorville Police Officer, the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office confirmed on Thursday.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Municipal Band concert rescheduled for tonight
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band concert that was rained out last night has been rescheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fierce winds knock down trees, knock out power
TAYLORVILLE — A home in Sharpsburgs stands in ruins after a power pole with a transformer fell into the home’s aluminum siding.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Courthouse printed July 14
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cheney to Reopen Tuesday
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville street and sewer crews are working to address a broken storm-sewer line at the intersection of Cheney and W. Main Cross Street.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Route 48 Rollover
TAYLORVILLE — Emergency personnel responded to a tractor-trailer rollover at around 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 29 and Lincoln Trail.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 14
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disney memorabilia collector speaks to Taylorville Optimist Club today
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Extension cooks up fun with "Jr. Chef" camp
TAYLORVILLE — This summer University of Illinois Extension Unit 18, in cooperation with Illinois Nutrition Education Program-SNAP ED, and Illinois 4-H, hosted “Illinois Jr. Chef”; a four day cooking camp in Taylorville.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bourne joins bipartisan school funding reform commission
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) was appointed today to serve on the newly formed Illinois School Funding Reform Commission by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TSD approves property purchases
TAYLORVILLE — On May 9, 2016, the Taylorville Sanitary District discussed the possibility of two potential land purchases immediately adjacent to the waste water treatment facility, 12.85 acres to the east and 6.75 acres to the north.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monsanto awards Mt. Auburn Fire Protection District with $10,000 grant
MT. AUBURN  — On Monday evening, the Mt. Auburn Fire Protection District (MAFPD) was the recipient of a generous Site Grant Award in the amount of $10,000 from Monsanto Co. in conjunction with Monsanto’s Illiopolis facility.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stonington American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary installs new officers
STONINGTON, Ill. — The Stonington American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary met in regular session on Monday, July 11, 2016 with nine members present. Those in attendance were: Mary Ann Reed, Patricia Rusher, Judy Campbell, Sandi Klein, Stacey Ethridge, Pamela Graham, Linda DeVore, Traci Roth, and Marilyn Remmert.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Taylorville Kiwanis hear from THS coach at weekly meeting
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a Taylorville High School coach, at their weekly meeting Tuesday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kincaid cracking down on speeders
KINCAID — Speeders, beware.

The Kincaid Village Board on Monday voted to put up child at play signs and to enforce 20 mile-per- hour speed limits near the 9000 block of Springfield Street.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New director at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Alan Lowe, a veteran historian and archivist, began work Monday as the new director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Eight simple steps to maintain brain health
TAYLORVILLE —  The brain is the body's most complex organ. It's also the most important one. That's why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rep. Bourne hosts Senior Technology Fair
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is inviting Senior Citizens from the area to attend a free Senior Technology Fair on Monday, August 8th from 9-11:30 a.m. in Taylorville. The event will be held at the Township Building, which is located at 1620 West Spresser Street.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fit As A Fiddle
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Estates resident, Erma Fitzjarrald, celebrated her 100th birthday.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pana City Council discusses blighted properties
PANA — A lengthy discussion regarding what to do with several blighted and burned out properties was on the minds of the Pana City Council and Pana Fire Chief, Rod Bland, at last night’s city council meeting.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dr. Abigail Walsh Flutist, featured soloist at Muni Band concert
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Abigail Walsh, noted flute soloist, will be the featured soloist with the Taylorville Municipal Band on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Taylorville School District talks state funding stopgap
TAYLORVILLE — The long-term financial outlook for Taylorville Schools remains ominous, but at least the district will be able to keep its doors open this year without borrowing upwards of $6 million.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Courthouse printed July 12
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 12
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fort Daniel hosting evening campfire, July 22
DECATUR, Ill. — Hear Native American lore, play games, and roast marshmallows during an Evening Campfire program at Fort Daniel Conservation Area on Friday, July 22 from 8-10 p.m. for $2 per person or $10 per family.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Spears guest speaker at Sertoma Club
TAYLORVILLE — Retired Judge Ron Spears was Sertoma's guest speaker at a recent dinner meeting. Judge Spears gave an informative overview of his recent trip to Egypt.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Assumption to host community blood drive on July 21
ASSUMPTION, Ill. — Assumption Community will host a community blood drive from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at 225 N. Chestnut, inside Bloodmobile.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kincaid American Legion announces scholarship recipients
KINCAID, Ill. — Edwin Corpin American Legion Post 905, in Kincaid, recently recognized two outstanding Kincaid students as their 2016 Scholarship Recipients.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Oath Of Office
Judge Brad Paisley was sworn in today as resident circuit judge of Christian County.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Woman's opiate death ruled accidental
TAYLORVILLE — After a scene investigation and toxicology results Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released the cause of death Jane Hailey, 62, of Taylorville, as combined morphine and hydrocodone intoxication.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Spfld. author's original play to debut at Edwards Place
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An original play by Springfield writer Rosemarie Serio will debut in historic Edwards Place on July 22 and run through July 23.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Gun raffle for county fair could generate $100,000
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Fair recently announced its first annual gun raffle.

The Fair will raffle 60 guns in 60 days beginning Sept. 1and ending Oct. 30.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Extension offering 'Yes! You Can' canning program
TAYLORVILLE — Crave the sweet taste of fresh strawberry jam in the middle of Winter? Water bath canning is a simple food preservation method to enjoy the taste of summer all year round.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Team Raises Funds To Fight Cancer
TAYLORVILLE — Members of St. Mary's Parish walked in Christian County's Relay for Life on Friday, June 17.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Museum coordinator speaks to women's group
TAYLORVILLE — The July monthly meeting of the Community Women's Association was held on July 6 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Guest speaker for the evening was the museum coordinator from the Christian County Historical Society, Rachel Sapp.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Lincoln statue in Rosamond Cemetery is highly regarded
ROSAMOND — Memorials to Abraham Lincoln dot the Illinois landscape, and are found in the largest of cities and the smallest of towns.  One of the most out-of-the-way landmarks is the Lincoln statue in the Rosamond Cemetery in southeastern Christian County.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hefty costs discussed at Taylorville committee
TAYLORVILLE —The City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee met in its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday evening where more than $550,000 worth of expenditures were discussed or recommended
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Meeting Notices printed July 10
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Illinois DNR ends deal with Middle Fork River outfitter
OAKWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The company that rents canoes on the Middle Fork River in eastern Illinois says business will come to an end this month after the state terminated its contract.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stonington Class of 1966
On June 25 the Stonington High School Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Increasingly, Women Are Giving Guns A Shot
TAYLORVILLE — Vicki McMahon has hit a bullseye with her new pursuit.

Actually, pursuit does not fully describe the depth of McMahon’s new passion for marksmanship, gun safety and Second Amendment advocacy.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Culture of Images
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — We live in a photo saturated society where barely a second goes by that we are not offered an image from someone else’s experience through one of the multiple electronic devices we happen to be carrying. The sharing of these images is supposed to strike common ground and make things universal; but does it?
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Christmas is coming early to APL with the Annual Christmas In July Carnival
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will present their annual “Christmas in July Carnival” this Saturday, July 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the organization’s shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pana Pool Receives Donation
The Taylorville Community Credit Union, represented by Will Perkins, presented a $500 check to the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Taylorville native Wombacher to make UFC debut on July 13
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After four years and more than 1,000 amateur fights, Taylorville native and mixed martial arts referee Bobby Wombacher will step into a Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon for the first time this coming Wednesday, July 13, to make his debut on UFC Fight Night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Community Calendar printed July 10
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Personnel committee debates hiring freeze
TAYLORVILLE — Two typically routine items, involving the potential hire of new City of Taylorville employees, ended in a contested debate that prompted a lengthy discussion at Thursday’s City of Taylorville Personnel Committee meeting.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Local Pray Vigil For Slain Dallas Officers
TAYLORVILLE — Several dozen Taylorville citizens and public officials gathered in prayer on the north side of the courthouse lawn this afternoon in response to the tragic Dallas shootings where five officers were senselessly killed on Thursday evening.
Friday, July 8, 2016

County committee recommends road improvements
TAYLORVILLE — A county committee Thursday night recommended approving an agreement with Montgomery County for a culvert, which would go under the road on the county line.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Scovill Mobil Zoo at Decatur museum Sat.
DECATUR, Ill. — Representatives from the Scovill Zoo will bring a variety of mammals, reptiles, and birds to the Macon County History Museum.
Friday, July 8, 2016

AFSCME retirees to meet on July 11 and 12
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have the opportunity to catch up on the latest legislative developments at their meetings in July.
Friday, July 8, 2016

THS Class of '74 holding 60th birthday celebration
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School Class of 1974 President Larry Barry invites all class members, spouses and friends to a celebration at Mitty’s Pub on Saturday, July 16, where classmates will celebrate turning sixty this year.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Optimists honor 5 club members for their service
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular monthly business meeting. President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ron Spears led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Yes, venti latte lovers, Starbucks is coming to town. . . after all
Kroger confirms October opening

TAYLORVILLE — Perhaps it’s a pumpkin latte, maybe a mocha frappuccino, or even a caramel macchiato, coffee lovers of all varieties will be able to get their fix this fall when Starbucks opens in Taylorville.

The popular coffee chain is partnering with the Taylorville Kroger on the venture, and they are bringing a full-service cafe to Taylorville, which will include food and drink offerings, a dedicated seating area, and Wi-Fi service.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Mission family conference in Litchfield
LITCHFIELD — Harvest Rain is the theme of the annual LRM Missions Family Conference in Litchfield, August 2-5. 
Friday, July 8, 2016

Kincaid Baptist announces VBS week
KINCAID — The members of the Kincaid Baptist Church invite your children to attend their Vacation Bible School (VBS) activities each evening, 6-8 p.m., beginning Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Morrisonville churches to host vacation Bible school
MORRISONVILLE — The Presbyterian, Catholic, and Methodist Churches of Morrisonville will be hosting Vacation Bible School during the week of July 11.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Inspirational Christian music concert July 23
STONINGTON — There will be a free Christian music concert Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 211 W. North Street in Stonington beginning at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 8, 2016

On Religion: Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt never hid her quiet, strong faith
Once a year, Seymour United Methodist Church in Tennessee held a "Laity Day," in which folks from the pews would handle all the clergy stuff one Sunday -- including the sermon.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Local Prayer Gathering Today At Noon For Slain Dallas Officers
In light of the tragedy in Dallas, Texas, the public is invited to gather on the north Court House lawn at noon.  This will coincide with the prayer service in Dallas to offer prayers and support to the families of the slain officers there, and to show support for the men and women who serve and protect us on a daily basis.  Please join us for this time of reflection and pray for the healing of our country.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Nokomis man in jail after police find home shot up
NOKOMIS — A 57-year-old Nokomis man remains in jail on $20,000 bond after police received a midnight call that his home had been shot up.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Attorneys await infant autopsy results for Pana man's trial
TAYLORVILLE — The case of a Pana man charged in the death of his infant son continues as both sides wait on an autopsy report detailing the baby’s death.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Driver rushed to hospital after striking utility pole
TAYLORVILLE — At approximately 11:36 a.m. on Wednesday, Taylorville Police Department responded to a single motor vehicle crash in the 400 Block of West Main Cross. 
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Courthouse printed July 7
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police & Fire printed July 7
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Upcoming family nature events offered
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Canoe Big Creek
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy a Macon County Conservation District canoe trip on Big Creek on Sunday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m. beginning from Cannon Park.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

IDVA seeking nominations for veterans, businesses
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is asking for nominations for the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award and the Illinois Veterans’ Business Appreciation Award.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Morrisonville school registration for 2016-17 school year is August 3 and 4
 MORRISONVILLE — Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 are the dates for registration to be held at the Morrisonville Elementary School and the Jr./Sr. High School.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

South Fork junior high students to get laptops
KINCAID — When junior high students return to school this fall at South Fork School District, they each will have a high-tech lap top waiting for them.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Rolling In
Storm clouds are shown rolling in early this morning at about 6:15 a.m. in this photo taken on Illinois Route 104 just west of Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Meeting Notices printed July 6
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Crash at West Main Cross
TAYLORVILLE — Emergency responders were called over the noon hour to the 400 block of West Main Cross, where they found a car smashed into a power pole.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coroner rules Pana death due to heroin intoxication
PANA — A 37-year-old Pana woman died of heroin intoxication, said Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

City, unions can't agree on health insurance
TAYLORVILLE — The transition to a new HRA health plan for city employees, one that was anticipated to save the city more than $140,000, has been put on hold. The motion was approved unanimously at last month’s regular city council meeting, but Mayor Greg Brotherton indicated that the city is contractually obligated to negotiate the transition with its labor unions.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Paisley is appointed to fill judicial vacancy of retiring Spears
 TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Associate Judge Bradley T. Paisley as the resident circuit judge of Christian County in the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Stonington post office future uncertain
STONINGTON — The post office is falling down, and the village president can’t get any answers.

In frustration, Stonington Village President Frank Paulek called the office of U.S. Rep Rodney Davis (R-IL) to voice residents’ worries about the future of Stonington Post Office.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nokomis Homecoming Events At A Glance
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pageant kicks off events on the stage Friday night
NOKOMIS, Ill. — The stage in Memorial Park will be packed with music and entertainment sure to please everyone at the Nokomis Homecoming. Bring chairs and be ready to stay all three nights.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let the games begin, softball tournaments Friday
NOKOMIS — The 2016 Homecoming Celebration will entice participants and spectators to spend a good portion of the weekend at Memorial Park.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Three days of fun, friends and food for a good cause
NOKOMIS, Ill. — Everyone knows the annual Nokomis Homecoming celebration, scheduled for July 8-10, revolves around good times, good friends, and good food for a good cause.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wiplash Performing Saturday Night
The hometown band Wiplash, playing a mix of rock and country, will perform on Saturday July 9 from 9-12 p.m. in the KC Beer tent.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nokomis Homecoming Little Miss And Mister Contestants
Pageant begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 8, on the South Stage.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

God Bless Our Veterans
TAYLORVILLE — The theme for this year’s annual July fourth parade was “God Bless Our Veterans.” The Christian County Historical Society was just one of many participants in the annual trek up Main Cross Street in Taylorville. Volunteers dressed in period costumes and greeted parade goers along the route.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pana fireworks show rescheduled for Sat.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Coroner investigating death of two-year-old
TOWER HILL — On July 4, 2016, at about 7:13 a.m., Coles County 911 received a call and transferred to Shelby County Sheriff Office that a two-year-old boy was not breathing and unresponsive in the 200 Block of Champlain St., Tower Hill. He was taken to Pana Community Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m. 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Donate a backpack, learn about Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD — Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for needy students between July 10 and Aug. 10 will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Donated backpacks will be given to the Springfield school district, which will distribute them to students.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Central A&M FFA to host 2nd Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
MOWEAQUA — On Saturday, July 16, 2016 the Central A&M FFA will host it’s 2nd Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Star-Spangled Celebration
Patriots young and old came out to celebrate our nation’s birthday for the annual Fourth of July Parade.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Outdoor Cooking Demonstration
DECATUR, Ill. —  Area residents are invited to an Outdoor Cooking Demonstration and Recipe Exchange at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, July 10 at 2pm.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Rock Springs hosting 3D Animal Archery event, July 16
DECATUR, Ill. — Take aim at 3D archery targets during 3D Animal Archery at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, July 16 from 5-7 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Sensory friendly film event at the Orpheum in Hillsboro
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films".
Monday, July 4, 2016

Taylorville, Pana to host community blood drives in July
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Taylorville will host a community blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at the Christian County YMCA, 900 McAdam Dr, Taylorville, inside the Bloodmobile.

Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at the First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell Street, Pana, in the Fellowship Hall.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Annual Prairie Pedal bicycling fundraiser set for September 25
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Conservation Foundation will hold its annual Prairie Pedal bicycling fundraiser event on Sunday, September 25 at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Taylorville woman cited for lane usage in I55 crash
SPRINGFIELD — According to Illinois State Police District 9, a 53-year-old Taylorville woman driving a 2004 black Jeep Wagon was cited for improper lane usage.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

TJHS Language arts teacher retires after 33 years
TAYLORVILLE — In today’s workplace, the average person changes careers every four years. It’s remarkable, then, that Taylorville Junior High School Teacher Lynell Slaybaugh devoted thirty-three years to Taylorville Schools and the students of the district.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Consolidated Communications Completes Acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company (CTC)
MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced today it has completed the acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill. area.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lincoln Library looks back on WWI trench warfare
SPRINGFIELD – A century ago, World War I took warfare to such vast new levels that some believed it would be “the war to end all wars.”
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Battles Of Somme And Verdun
Saturday, July 2, 2016

This week's wildflower
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Secretary of State Offices Closed for Independence Day
Saturday, July 2, 2016

U.S. Veterans thanked and honored for their service
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Get Ready Christian County For Another Outstanding 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Caregiver program supports Alzheimer's families
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Caregivers of Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients are invited to attend "The Savvy Caregiver," a six-week class designed to equip family members and others for the caregiving role.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Police/Fire
Friday, July 1, 2016

Courthouse
Friday, July 1, 2016

Budget: Route 29 is still on track
TAYLORVILLE — For more than 20 years, the communities of Taylorville and Edinburg have been clamoring for the completion of a four-lane highway from Springfield to Taylorville. They’ve contacted dozens of legislators, fundraised, rallied, and suffered through numerous delays, but it appears that they will finally get their road this fall, even though it took an eleventh-hour decision from lawmakers yesterday to make it happen.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Coroner rules on death investigation
TAYLORVILLE — After a scene investigation, autopsy, and toxicology results Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has released the cause of death
Friday, July 1, 2016

Skokie PD releases TPD officer arrest report
SKOKIE, IL — Taylorville Police Officer Anthony Telford was arrested by the Skokie, Illinois Police Department on June 22, 2016 for a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Today, the Skokie Police Department released the full report on the incident.

Friday, July 1, 2016

James H. Gardner is appointed Navy Ensign
KINGS POINT, N.Y. — James H. Gardner was newly appointed Navy Ensign at the United States Merchant Marine Academy on graduation day.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Guerriero speaks about citizenship to Optimists
Friday, July 1, 2016

Rock Springs offering 3D animal archery event
DECATUR, Ill. —  Take aim at 3D archery targets during 3D Animal Archery at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, July 16 from 5-7pm. 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Community prayer meetings in Pawnee
PAWNEE — The first monthly Pawnee Community prayer meeting, open to all interested persons, was held June 2, 2016, on the Square in Pawnee. Plans are to continue to have such meetings, normally to be held on the first Thursday of each month, but locations for the gatherings will vary. Information will be provided by news articles, email messages, posters and other means as available.
Friday, July 1, 2016

'Chosen Ones' back at United in Faith Church
PANA — On Sunday July 10, starting at 6 p.m. family singing group "The Chosen Ones" return again to United in Faith Church for a concert blending traditional and progressive Southern Gospel Music with light Contemporary Christian Music. This concert is part of United in Faith Church's program of bringing music groups, especially Christian Music Groups, to the Pana community.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Minister's Message
TAYLORVILLE — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight”, “…put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed,”  “…blessed is he who trusts in the Lord,” “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord” are Scripture statements in Proverbs, 2nd Chronicles and Jeremiah.
Friday, July 1, 2016

St. Rita's Vacation Bible School
Friday, July 1, 2016

Kincaid woman held on $1M bond after man overdoses on heroin she sold to him
TAYLORVILLE — An 18-year-old Kincaid woman remains in jail on $1 million bond after allegedly selling a lethal supply of heroin to a Kincaid man.

Angela N. McKinnon was booked into Christian County Jail on Wednesday and was charged with drug induced homicide.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

T'ville officer charged with domestic battery
COOK COUNTY — Anthony Telford, a Taylorville Police Officer, has been charged in Cook County with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning that’s sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meeting Notices printed June 30
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Turkish attackers from Russia, Central Asia
ISTANBUL (AP) — As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose today to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods looking for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Frog and toad show at Rock Springs
DECATUR — Meet and learn about frogs and toads. See and feel several species of live amphibians during a Frog and Toad Show on Thursday, July 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lighthouse Class Tours Historical Society
TAYLORVILLE — Twenty-one children from the school age class at the Lighthouse Learning Center enjoyed a day at the Christian County Historical Society and Museum.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

18-year-old Kincaid woman arrested for drug induced homicide
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On June 29th Angela N. McKinnon, age 18 from Kincaid, Illinois was booked into Christian County Jail and was charged with Drug Induce Homicide. Ms. McKinnon was arrested by Kincaid & Taylorville Police with assistance from members of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group in Taylorville at approximately 2:53P.M. on June 29th, 2016.

A full version of this story will appear in the Thursday edition of the Breeze-Courier.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Predator arraigned on kidnapping charges
TAYLORVILLE— A Taylorville sexual predator was arraigned yesterday in Pennsylvania on charges that he allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl from Taylorville.

Billie Joe Baker had an arraignment in Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court on Tuesday, meaning he was brought before a judge to have the charges formally read against him.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

School reform advocates rally in Vandalia
VANDALIA, Ill. — Superintendents, education advocates, and parents from over 30 school districts across the state rallied in Vandalia today to urge legislators and Governor Rauner to find an equitable solution to the K-12 education funding crisis by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Signs of optimism for stopgap budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Illinois Legislature met today to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal, but at presstime today no deal had been reached.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Flurry of legal papers filed over Pana car wash blower
TAYLORVILLE — Angry neighbors are hot over a dryer at a nearby car wash in Pana. Fourteen neighbors took Squeaky Clean Car Wash to court earlier this month, urging the judge to order the car wash to quiet the noisy dryer.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pana approves use of credit card payments
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Flag retirement ceremony July 4 at lake
TAYLORVILLE — Cub Scout Packs $68 and #132 are requesting your United States flags that are no longer in a proper condition to be flown or displayed.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kiwanis members learn about mining museum
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Christian County Coal Miner's Museum at the club's weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Taylorville Public Library reopens tomorrow
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will be re-opening on Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m., after being closed due to a mold issue since April 12.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Winter flooding recovery efforts continue in Kincaid
KINCAID, Ill. (AP) — Recovery efforts are continuing in central Illinois after deadly flooding in December.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Accident at 29 and 104
TAYLORVILLE — Two people were transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital on Monday evening after a collision around 7 p.m. at Illinois Route 29 and 104.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dennis Jones guest soloist on trumpet at Wednesday concert
TAYLORVILLE — Mr. Dennis Jones will be the featured trumpet soloist with the Taylorville Municipal Band in concert on Wednesday night, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ill. man embarks on 600-mile hike for charity
TAYLORVILLE — At eighty-five, walking for exercise is not an uncommon task. Walking in excess of six-hundred miles to raise money for charity, on the other hand, is a remarkable feat regardless of age.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Taylorville park board unanimously approves 2016 tax levy
TAYLORVILLE — Excluding various purpose bonds that have totaled $96,882 in each of the last two years, the 2016 Taylorville Park District tax levy stands to increase nominally from 2015 to 2016.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Oller appointed to Kincaid board 3 months after resigning
KINCAID — The Kincaid Village Board on Monday selected a former village president to serve as trustee.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lots of talent makes for lively muni band concerts
TAYLORVILLE — If you haven't tuned into the Taylorville Municipal Band lately, you just might want to take in a concert this summer, tomorrow night perhaps while the weather is delightful.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

U of I Extension hosting free grilling class, July 22
TAYLORVILLE — Love grilling food, but tired of using a store bought marinade? Join University of Illinois Extension for an afternoon of learning about making marinades for meat and vegetables, food safety tips, marinating techniques, receive recipes, and do a quick taste testing.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Red Cross volunteers deployed to flooded areas
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Five volunteers from the American Red Cross serving Central and Southern Illinois Region are among the hundreds of disaster workers responding to the devastating flooding in West Virginia and the wildfires in California.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Deadline for ag photo contest rapidly approaching
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The last day to submit photos for Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ Cream of the Crop Photo Contest is July 7.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sertoma Club makes donaton to food bank
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sertoma Club recently issued a challenge to the community with the hope of raising the last $10,000 needed for the Taylorville Ministerial Food Pantry to be able to begin Phase 1 of their new permanent building located on East Main Cross in Taylorville.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Community garden begins fourth season
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Garden (TCG) is blooming as it enters its fourth season.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Courthouse printed June 27, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016

Police & Fire printed June 27, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016

CORRECTION
Monday, June 27, 2016

Budget mess: Rt. 29 completion at risk
EDINBURG, Ill. (AP) — The  completion of Illinois Route 29 from Taylorville to Springfield is at risk, Illinois Department of Transportation warns, if there is no budget agreement by July 1. The remaining $12 million left to complete the $42.4-million project is among $2 billion in road projects threatened by the budget stalemate.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Children invited to learn pioneer skills, knots, July 3
DECATUR, Ill. — During a special Pioneer Skills activity, children can learn how to tie knots at Homestead Prairie Farm in Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Garden Pests and Diseases workshop to be held
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension will be holding a garden pests and diseases workshop Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at University of Illinois Extension Christian County Office, 1120 North Webster Street, Taylorville.
Monday, June 27, 2016












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