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TMH outlines $60M modernization project
TAYLORVILLE — A rendering of Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s planned two-story, 97,000-square-foot facility is depicted here.  The new building, which is expected to be completed in January of 2020, represents phase one of a comprehensive project that hospital administrators say will completely modernize Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
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TAYLORVILLE — A rendering of Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s planned two-story, 97,000-square-foot facility is depicted here.  The new building, which is expected to be completed in January of 2020, represents phase one of a comprehensive project that hospital administrators say will completely modernize Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
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TAYLORVILLE — By January of 2020, Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) is hoping to debut the first phase of their new $60 million, 97,000-square-foot facility that hospital administrators says will represent a complete modernization of the TMH facilities.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018


School library grants approved for Rep. Bourne's District
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) announced today that $13,589 in school library grant money will soon be flowing to schools located in the 95th Legislative House District.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Major Belle Reynolds was Illinois Civil War Heroine
The battle of Shiloh was one of the bloodiest of the Civil War, and nurses were in short supply. One who answered the challenge was Belle Reynolds, whose determination belied her tender age.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary donates to Taylorville Senior Center
TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 73 in Taylorville recently made a generous donation to the Taylorville Senior Center for transportation of area veterans to Veterans Administration medical centers and facilities.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Friendly Neighbors Garden Club to meet Jan. 17
TAYLORVILLE — The Friendly Neighbors Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the home of Geri Niemann, located at 2401 Pine Tree Dr.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Morrisonville Chief of Police named
MORRISONVILLE — During the December Village of Morrisonville meeting, the trusted voted to approve Mayor Larry Tolliver's recommendation to promote Tony Telford from a part-time police officer to Chief of Police. This recommendation came after former Chief of Police, Kenny Eller, requested to be moved to a part-time position to pursue other employment interest. Telford become Chief of Police effective January 1, 2018. Pictured are Mayor Larry Tolliver and Chief Tony Telford. Pictured from left: Chief of Police, Tony Telford and Larry Tolliver, Mayor of Morrisonville.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TCCU hosts 4th Annual Scholarship Program
TAYLORVILLE — TCCU President, Will Perkins, reminded local residents that they have through February 28, 2018, to visit local businesses and vote for their preferred Taylorville High School seniors registered in the credit union’s fourth annual scholarship program. “We are again awarding six $1000 financial scholarships – two each in Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro – to graduating seniors who plan to continue their education after high school.”
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Miss Christian County to compete in Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Contest
TAYLORVILLE — 2017 Miss Christian County, Emily Morrison, will compete for the title of 2018 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen on January 18-21 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Birds Take Flight
TAYLORVILLE — Several geese are pictured taking flight at Lake Taylorville on Saturday.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Rep. Bourne hosting Coffee and Conversation events
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is asking residents to join her for coffee. The invitation is for an informal event to sit and chat with the Representative and have your questions answered about state government. 
Monday, January 15, 2018

U of I Springfield cuts ribbon on new building
 SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield officially opened the new $21.75 million Student Union Building during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The first-ever student union will serve as a social hub for student life and foster a greater sense of community on the growing campus.
Monday, January 15, 2018

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features "A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes"
SPRINGFIELD — The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” Jan. 16-Feb. 1.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Last Acre at Hickory Ridge January 20
DICKSON MOUNDS — The Hickory Ridge Concert Series kicks off the new year with the duo Last Acre on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:00 at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown, Ill. Known for their original songs and tight family harmonies rich with the elements of folk, bluegrass, and Americana, Last Acre is the father daughter duo Mark and Molly Mathewson.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Eagle release at Lake Lou Yaeger next weekend
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Last April, at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, Ill., a female Bald Eagle was injured, in what was viewed as a territorial fight with a male Bald Eagle. While the male Bald Eagle did not survive, thankfully the female Bald Eagle was able to be transported to the Treehouse Wildlife Rescue Center in Dow, Ill. to recover from her injuries. The female bald Eagle has made a full recovery and will be released back to her native territory at Lake Lou Yaeger. The release is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. from Marina # 1 (for GPS use 4943 Beach House Trail) and the public is invited to attend.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Leadership program kicks off

TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and the University of Illinois Extension in Christian County kicked off the 2018 LEADership Program with “StrengthsTraining” at the Trutter Center on the Lincoln Land Community College campus Wednesday, January 10. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wedding tools make planning much, much easier

TAYLORVILLE — Ensuring an event goes on with minimal hiccups takes patience and thorough planning. This is especially true for weddings, when many elements must merge together for a memorable day. Today’s couples have a bevy of new resources at their disposal to facilitate wedding planning. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

What to expect: The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. now is $26,720

TAYLORVILLE — Newly engaged couples may experience an array of emotions when they sit down to plan their weddings. Some couples cannot wait to jump into planning and want to catalog every aspect of the process, while others may proceed with caution because they don’t know what to expect — particularly in regard to cost.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

'Plus one' etiquette for weddings: Include or not?

TAYLORVILLE — Couples tying the knot typically want to share their excitement with as many friends and family members as possible. Preliminary wedding guest lists can be quite extensive, but many couples ultimately shorten such lists in adherence to their budgets. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Challenges posed by long-distance relationships

(AP) — When people ask how my husband and I get through months spent on different continents, the conversation always turns to technology.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seven great ways to recycle your wedding gown

TAYLORVILLE — When planning their weddings, many brides-to-be devote a large portion of their wedding budgets to their wardrobes. Statistics released by The Knot in 2014 indicated the amount the average woman was willing to spend her gown was $1,281. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Writing your own vows? Skip the schtick and other tips

TAYLORVILLE — Couples who choose to write their own wedding vows recognize how special such personal gestures are. Writing one’s own vows can impart a personalized and special touch to the ceremony. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tips for couples thinking of Friday or Sunday weddings

TAYLORVILLE — The cost of weddings continues to rise. In its 2016 Real Weddings Study, bridal resource The Knot found that the average wedding cost couples and their families more than $35,000.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Rustic bouquets add a natural flair

TAYLORVILLE — Rustic wedding bouquets may seem like they were plucked right out of the garden or grabbed through a stroll in a meadow. They’re rarely symmetrical or feature the customary flowers of more formal wedding celebrations. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

12 wedding tricks add ease to planning and fun

TAYLORVILLE — Brides and grooms understandably feel a little stress when planning their weddings. Adding to the pressure is the fact that, according to a WeddingWire.com report, the average couple in their 30s spends $32,000 on their wedding.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Living centerpieces impressive, budget-wise, too

TAYLORVILLE —Centerpieces are one aspect of the reception where couples can get creative without breaking the bank. Flowers are popular centerpieces at weddings.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Why is June such a popular month to get married?

TAYLORVILLE — Since Ancient Roman times, June has been a popular month for couples to tie the knot. The month’s namesake, the goddess Juno, was said to be the protector of women in every aspect, but most notably in regard to marriage and childbearing. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

What to consider when shopping for wedding rings

TAYLORVILLE — Engagements precede wedding dresses, flower arrangements, limousines, and even a couple’s wedding vows. And no proposal is complete without a ring. Knowledge of rings and stones is essential for those who plan to propose in the near future.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

'I do,' take two: Practical guide to a second marriage
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Well-documented wedding memories last forever

TAYLORVILLE — Couples’ wedding days are momentous occasions, and couples want their memories of the day they tied the knot to endure long after the final guest has departed.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Witt native enlists in Army National Guard

SPRINGFIELD — Pvt. Kain Durbin, of Witt, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard Jan. 10, at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Morrisonville students, staff of the month named

MORRISONVILLE — This award is in recognition for positive behavior and contribution to Morrisonville Junior/Senior High School and the Community of Morrisonville.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Live Well lunch at Pana hospital on January 22

PANA — Bob Ludwig, CRNA at Pana Community Hospital is the guest speaker at the next Pana Community Hospital Live Well Lunch. The Live Well lunch is Monday, January 22 from 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room located in the lower level of Pana Community Hospital. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

City water bills to go monthly in May

TAYLORVILLE - Beginning May 1, 2018, the City of Taylorville is hoping to have the transition to monthly water billing complete.

Officials say the motivation behind the transition, which has been discussed for the better part of a year now, is to help residents better budget.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Lt. gov rolls out AP pilot program in Moweaqua

MOWEAQUA — Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti held press conferences on Thursday at Altamont high school and Central A&M high school to announce the launch of the Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program in 10 rural high schools. The ten schools are Kankakee High School, Altamont High School, Knoxville High School, Illini Central High School, Tri-Point High School, Pope County High School, Orangeville High School, Quincy High School, Central A&M High School, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Death investigation continues in local fatal shooting

TAYLORVILLE — On Thursday, January 11, 2017, an autopsy was conducted in Bloomington on Gregory Robbins, 30, of Decatur. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Honor Flight annual meeting Jan. 20, public invited

SPRINGFIELD — Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois announces the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, January 20th, at Lakeside Christian Church hall, located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 100 west) in Springfield. Beginning at 1:00 pm, this meeting is open to the public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Friday, January 12, 2018

Rock On!
Friday, January 12, 2018

Caring for those with dementia

Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

This article utilizes some thoughts from Elayne Lipp, a retired pastor who has both professional and personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, as found in the publication “Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families” (2012).


Friday, January 12, 2018

Camp One Way: Winter camps in God's back yard

MT. AUBURN — Spend a night and day at Camp One Way this winter. See old friends, meet new friends, enjoy games, music and food. All camps begin Friday night (after supper) and end Saturday night (after supper). Drop off and pick up at 7 p.m.


Friday, January 12, 2018

New series of First Place for Health

TAYLORVILLE — First Place for Health (FP4H) will begin a new eight-week series at Faith Community Worship Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Stivers confession draws debate from both sides

TAYLORVILLE - "I may have got a little aggregated at him, and I may have squeezed him a little too tight," Robert Stivers said on camera during a video interrogation on February 6, 2016.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taylorville Public Library closed Monday
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taylorville community blood drive set for Jan. 24

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 920 McAdam Drive, inside the Bloodmobile.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

CA&M FFA advances to district competition

SULLIVAN — On Wednesday, December 13, Erin Forlines and Alaina Burgener of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Career Development Event held at Sullivan High School.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taylorville hospital and health department to assess county's health needs

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the Christian County Health Department are seeking input from the public to assess the health needs of the residents of Christian County.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

One vehicle crash results in death of Effingham man

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On January 10, 2018 at 1:13 p.m. Christian County 911 received a call for a one vehicle traffic crash involving a semi-tractor trailer. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taylorville police investigating death of a Decatur man
TAYLORVILLE — Shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the Taylorville Police Department responded to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for a report of a male with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival officers discovered a male, later identified as Gregory J. Robbins, 30, of Decatur. Robbins later died due to his injuries.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Opening statements delivered in Stivers trial
TAYLORVILLE — Facing charges of first-degree murder in the death of his four-month-old son, Robert A. Stivers of Pana sat in a Christian County court this morning facing a jury of nine women and five men.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

These Guys Really Can Cook! Come See For Yourself
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host their 8th Annual Men Who Cook event Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Janice Hoopper Auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH).
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DowntownTaylorville.Org Promotes Community
TAYLORVILLE — Downtowntaylorville.org is a not-for-profit volunteer based organization driven to enhance, cultivate and promote a strong sense of community through the preservation and development of the downtown business district and improve the culture, economic and historic benefits of business life in Taylorville. Marcia Neal, executive director, has a line up of events scheduled for 2018 including the ever popular Farmer's Market which is held downtown starting in the spring. Pictured above is a file photo of the annual Christmas parade sponsored by Downtowntaylorville.org. This event brings crowds from all around the area and hosts the arrival of Santa to kick off the Christmas shopping season. If you would like to join the organization or volunteer for any of the events, call 824-3555.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kompliments - A Full-Service Salon
TAYLORVILLE — Kompliments is a full service salon that provides hair services including full hair color, hi-lights, Balayage, Ombre, cuts and perms, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and gift certificates as well for all their services listed. Autumn Long opened the salon in October of 2010. The full staff keeps up with new trends by continuing their education and attending classes held by instructors right in the shop. Call the today to ask for prices for the Bridal package that is offered which includes the whole wedding party. We will travel to you on your special day! You will enjoy your visit to Kompliments, 218 S. Main Street. Pictured from left: Autumn Long, Katie Kohl, Deanna Goebel, Jennifer DeClerck and Noel Ernst.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Forever Yours Specializes In Fine Line Art
TAYLORVILLE — Award winning artist, Ricci Johnson has been in the tattoo business for 28 years. He started in Taylorville and then went to Tennessee and worked with his father-in-law, then came to Springfield and then opened his first shop in 1993 on Spresser Street in Taylorville. Because he needed more room, he relocated Forever Yours to West Main Cross just off the square in 2001. The shop is State of Illinois Health Board appproved with modern sterilized equipment. Ricci specializes in Fine Line Art and free hand tattoos, cosmetic make up, excellence in cover ups, black and gray work and full color tattoos. So if a tattoo is on your "to do list", stop by Forever Yours Tattoo Studio today!
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

One-Of-A-Kind Clothing At Rebecca's And Posh
TAYLORVILLE — Rebecca's Anitques and Posh is a unique shopping experience while shopping downtown. Posh-a Unique Boutique-is a great part of the store featuring ladies one of a kind clothing, scarves, and accessories. A recently added section "Calico Kitten" offers handmade creations for little girls sizes 1 thru 8. This "must see for yourself" collection has the most adorable fabric and intricate detail. If you have a granddaughter or special little girl, be sure to shop Rebecca's Antiques and Posh on the southside of the square.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter lecture series at Cahokia Mounds
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The first of the Winter Lecture Series programs will open at Cahokia Mounds State Historic on Sunday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Mark Wagner, “Bound to the Western Waters: Searching for Lewis and Clark at Fort Kaskaskia, Illinois.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Theatre 7 presents 'And Then There Were None'
DECATUR, Ill. — Theatre 7 is excited to announce the cast of "And Then There Were None" the mid-season show in our 2017-2018 lineup of murder, mystery and mayhem! "We had a great turnout for auditions, 26 people, and we.re very excited bring this classic murder mystery to life,. said Director Al Schneider.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LLCC celebrates African-American history month
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Celebrating Our Strengths While Overcoming Our Challenges.”
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Extension says winter is a great time to explore nature's splendor
URBANA, Ill. - Each season brings a different look to the garden, and some plants are uniquely beautiful in winter. Rhonda Ferree, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension, says that winter is a great time to see a plant’s texture and form—each unique and mystical.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TSD preparing for hospital expansion
TAYLORVILLE — Engineering blueprints at Monday’s Taylorville Sanitary District (TSD) showed plans for Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s upcoming expansion project, which will feature the construction of new a facility immediately south and east of the Springfield Clinic facility and hospital addition that was completed almost eight years ago.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tourism group to host steering meeting in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) will host a Steering Council meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Christian County Historical Society in Taylorville.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

No decision yet on elementary consolidation
TAYLORVILLE — At the December Taylorville School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau outlined a presentation that proposed the consolidation of the district’s three elementary schools down to two beginning next year.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Food pantry partners with senior center to assist seniors, others
TAYLORVILLE — Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Food insecurity affects all segments of the American population; in 2015, 8 percent or roughly 5.4 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure. The number of food insecure senior citizens is projected to increase by over 50 percent in 2025 when the youngest of the Baby Boomer Generation reaches age 60.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Correction
TAYLORVILLE — In the Friday, January 5, 2018 edition of the Breeze-Courier, it was incorrectly stated in an article about Larry Asmussen that he participated in the Illinois Division of the Senior Olympics in September 2016. It should have listed the year as 2017.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day
 MATTOON — Prospective students are invited to visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 9 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon. 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vachel Lindsay Home 'Poets in the Parlor' events
 SPRINGFIELD — The public is invited to attend poetry events in January, February and March at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site in Springfield. The “Poets in the Parlor” poetry readings on January 21, February 18 and March 25 will provide an opportunity for guests to listen to and discuss poetry in the home of the artist Vachel Lindsay. The programs are free, and each will begin at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stonington Legion Auxiliary holds monthly meeting
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary for Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 with ten members present. Those in attendance were: Michelle Sklenka, JoAnn Coffey, Stacey Ethridge, Vickie Busby, Patricia Rusher, Linda DeVore, Leslie DeVore, Venise McWard, Judi Hodges, and Marilyn Remmert.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CEFS to conduct homelessness survey Jan. 25
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — You can help end homelessness. January 25, 2017 is The Point in Time survey which plays a critical role in the task of ending homelessness. Survey results are significant to the HUD competition for assistance in the eighteen counties of Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, Effingham, Clay, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar and Jasper. HUD continues to emphasize through its scoring the significance of the data reported as well as the process for the data collection. However, HUD deems most important the quality and accuracy of the count as opposed to merely the size of the count.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, January 8, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, January 8, 2018

Morrisonville library hosting 'Running of the Mice'

MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library (KML), Morrisonville, announces the “Running of the Mice” to be Saturday, January 27, 2018.  


Monday, January 8, 2018

CCHCEA to present lesson on herb gardening
Monday, January 8, 2018

Historical Society holding trivia night on Jan. 27

TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday January 27, 2018 the Christian County Historical Society & Museum will be hosting their 2nd annual Trivia Night held at the Christian County Senior Center in Taylorville. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Preceptor Sorority to meet on Jan. 23

TAYLORVILLE — Members of Preceptor sorority will meet at 7 p.m. January 23 at Rolling Meadows Senior Living facility. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

The gift of gratitude: one man's saving grace
TAYLORVILLE — “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”

It’s almost as if American author Melody Beattie penned those words specifically for Taylorville’s Dexter Thatch.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Teachers participate in STEM training
TAYLORVILLE — Have you ever wondered what teachers do on a break from school? They keep learning new strategies to implement into their classrooms.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rock Springs hosting free Hunter Safety Class
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District will host a free Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Class at Rock Springs Nature Center. Class will be held Monday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 17 from 6-9 p.m., and Friday, January 19 from 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

THS to host community blood drive Jan. 19
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19 at 815 Springfield Road, inside the East Gym. All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rep. Bourne announces traveling office hours
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is announcing regularly scheduled Tuesday Traveling Office Hours and extended hours in her Litchfield District Office. Bourne encourages any constituents seeking assistance to stop by her Traveling Office Hours on the first Tuesday of each month in Carlinville and the last Tuesday of each month in Taylorville.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Red Cross urges public to take safety steps
SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region has responded to 94 home fires in the past month. Tragically eight of the home fires had fatalities and 15 people, including four young children perished. Two of the fires occurred in multi-unit residences and the Red Cross opened shelters, due to the sizeable number of people displaced in those fires.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

LLCC-Taylorville to hold College Now information meeting
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville will host an information meeting Monday evening, Jan. 8, about the LLCC College Now program for area high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors as well as their parents or guardians.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lincoln museum honors MLK's inspiration
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday, January 15, by presenting his most famous speech and welcoming community groups that work to better the lives of others.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

TMH Auxiliary hosts babysitting clinic
Taylorville — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on January 4.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Community Calendar
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Taylorville Famiily Welcomes Their New Year's Baby
TAYLORVILLE — The first baby of 2018 has arrived. Colten Stephen Gagne, son of Patrick and Katie Gagne of Taylorville was born Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. He is the first child for the couple and weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. Colten is the grandson of Liz Frisina, Michael “Skip” and Toni O’Bryan, Paul Gagne and Betty Asmussen, all of Taylorville. Great-grandmother is Eva Mae Gagne of Taylorville.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Heroin deaths are down locally, but the fight continues
TAYLORVILLE — Opiate deaths were down in Christian County last year. But those leading the fight against opiate abuse say the fight continues.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, January 5, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, January 5, 2018

IEA retired teachers $1,000 scholarship available
SPRINGFIELD — The Abe Lincoln Chapter of the Illinois Education Association Retired Teachers is sponsoring the Sharon Miller Memorial Scholarship to students in Region 11 and 47 public schools. Each recipient will receive a $1000 scholarship.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Community Foundation announces local grant opportunity
SPRINGFIELD — The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is currently accepting letters of inquiry for a grant for the Women’s Fund.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Optimist Club wraps up 2017 while looking forward to the new year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its first business meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 04, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then gave the morning invocation. After recognizing the birthdays and anniversaries for the month of January, a brief report on the recent board meeting was reviewed.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Taylorville Christian Church expansion underway
TAYLORVILLE — A new expansion to the Taylorville Christian Church is beginning to take shape, and Pastor James Jones says the congregation is extremely excited about the new 7,000 square foot addition.
Friday, January 5, 2018

TDA awarded $537k grant to kickstart industrial park
TAYLORVILLE — For the better part of the last decade, the Taylorville Development Association (TDA) has been working to bring an industrial park to Taylorville, one that can serve as an economic hub for future growth.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Bevy
TAYLORVILLE — Despite the extreme cold, a bevy of swans were lazily milling about in a frozen corn field just east of Lake Taylorville this morning.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Talking history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois History Forum returns to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2018 with sessions on Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Ronald Reagan and Ulysses S. Grant.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Crime Stoppers: Information sought in burglary of vehicle
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cat and dog adoptions this weekend
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold the following pet adoptions in January:
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy wraps up year, looks to 2018
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — To those who use it on a regular basis, it had long been obvious that The Lincoln Prairie Trail needed an advocate. The City of Pana had done its best to keep up with the trails needs, but the costs of maintaining and repairing a fourteen mile plus asphalt trail are a significant challenge for any small town and it was simply beyond what the City was able to accomplish on its own.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quad County Hospice offers volunteer opportunities for local veterans
TAYLORVILLE — Quad County Hospice “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program representatives were guest speakers at Taylorville’s VFW on December 11.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sensory friendly film Jan. 13
CARLINVILLE — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for January will be held at 2 locations, 1 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro and Marvel Theatre in Carlinville. This month’s feature will be the newly released film, “Paddington 2”.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Aldermen split on metal buildings
TAYLORVILLE — Aldermen were split on a decision Tuesday night to allow the use of metal roofing and siding in the construction of accessory buildings.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Meeting Notices
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Collectors Club meeting set for Jan. 10
 LITCHFIELD — The first meeting for 2018 of the Mid-State Collectors Club will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Maverick Steaks & Spirits restaurant in Litchfield.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Grandson of former residents earns honor
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Isaiah Murrell-Thomas, a senior at Ritenour High School, earned a full scholarship to his first-choice college, University of Notre Dame, as a QuestBridge Match Scholarship recipient.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

McClure Recognized As Volunteer Of Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s John McClure (left) was recognized by Mayor Bruce Barry (right) and the Taylorville City Council Monday night as the volunteer of the month in honor of his work with various service clubs, Missions For Taylorville, and his efforts to help area veterans.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

TMH Auxiliary hosting babysitting clinic tomorrow
 TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting another babysitting clinic on January 4.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fires claim two homes on New Year's day
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — A Pana home has been left totaled, and a Taylorville home sustained tremendous damage after fires broke out in the two structures on New Year’s Day.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trial likely for accused deputy
TAYLORVILLE — A trial likely will go forward for a Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of firing a handgun at his fleeing wife.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TMH to host bi-weekly coffee group for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program will soon host a free bi-weekly coffee group for seniors.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Civil War Tech series: Where history meets science

SPRINGFIELD — Children will get to explore 3D-printing, try on disguises, make their own maps and even help build artificial limbs for disabled people in the 2018 “Civil War Tech” series at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Library receives ring that belonged to president's son

SPRINGFIELD — In a season of giving, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been given a unique personal item that once belonged to Lincoln’s youngest son: a ring braided from the hair of Tad Lincoln’s pony.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tutors speak to Optimists about calculus group

TAYLORVILLE — Acting President Blake Davis called the final regular meeting of the 2017 Taylorville Optimist Club to order on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Following breakfast at the TMH Auditorium, Blake led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Area students participate in Hour of Code

TAYLORVILLE — Students in the Taylorville School District recently participated in the Hour of Code, which is part of computer science week. Hour of Code is a global initiative to expose students to computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving, logic and creativity. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

White Family Donates
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Baby, it's cold outside. . .a deep freeze

(AP) — Brutally cold weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but the show will go on in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hundreds of new state laws to take effect in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — It was a big year in the Illinois statehouse with lawmakers ending an historic budget impasse and approving an income tax hike, overhauling how public schools get funding and allowing automatic voter registration. 

Now, a fresh set of 215 laws takes effect Jan. 1. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Baby? New tech can make a big difference

TAYLORVILLE — Welcoming a new baby to the family brings with it excitement, challenges and a lot of love. It is also a lot of work. But, there is help... sometimes at the touch of a button. Amy O'Malley, MSN, RN, mother of five and director of education and clinical services at Medela, has pulled together a few tips for navigating the first few months and how to incorporate some baby (and mom) friendly technology along the way! 

How many wet diapers? How long did he nurse? Use an App for That! 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, December 29, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, December 29, 2017

TMH Foundation seeks annual appeal donations

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking donations for its annual appeal to help fund community health outreach initiatives.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Retiring After 42 Years
Friday, December 29, 2017

The Pain of Staying The Same

Can I confess something? I actually like when I get sick and have to be taken care of. My mom spoiled me, and while I don’t enjoy the feeling of sickness, laying in the bed, watching Netflix, and being served soup for 48 hours isn’t the worst thing in the world. Can we all be honest and admit that sometimes staying in bed is better than dealing with life. I ask because reading about the crippled man in John 5 reminds me not everyone hates being sick.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Adult Birthday
Friday, December 29, 2017

Nokomis eyes redevelopment of business district
NOKOMIS — Nokomis is looking to spruce up its business district in the new year.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Two charged with felonies for home repair fraud, exploitation of elderly
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County State’s Attorney is cracking down on alleged financial exploitation of the elderly and home repair fraud.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Crime Stoppers
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Events Calendar
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jail escapees face new felony charges
TAYLORVILLE — Two escapees from Christian County Jail have been charged with new felony charges for their jail break.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An end of an era: Rene's sells pharmacy business to Walgreens
TAYLORVILLE — Since pre-Civil War days, there’s been a pharmacy on the corner of Washington Street and Main Cross Street in Taylorville, for a while there were even two. Beginning tomorrow, though, that will no longer be the case.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

TMH to host seminar on marketing for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program will soon be hosting a monthly seminar “Marketing for Seniors”. This seminar is geared for anyone who works or interacts with the senior community.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside!
Even at midday today, temperatures hovered just barely above zero as people bundled up for the arctic blast. The cold will ease slightly Thursday and Friday but return Saturday and through the weekend. Thursday’s high is expected to reach 21, however wind chill values will put the feels-like temperature between -6 and 4.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Central A&M Attends Leadership Training Workshop
MAROA — The Central A&M FFA Chapter visited Maroa-Forsyth High School for the Section 16 Leadership Training School. Brandon Escobedo, Ross Sloan, Jacob Daniels, Drew Guebert, Colton Hubner, Tyler Horton, Hunter Mott, Tyler McLain, Dane Washburn, Mallory Burgener, Erin Forlines, Alaina Burgener, Jodie Smith, Ella Forlines, Maddie Thompson and Izac Virden were the members who attended. While there, the officers had the opportunity to listen to many speakers talk about communication, leadership, teamwork and agriculture organizations after high school. The greenhands had the chance to learn what FFA is all about and what they can do as members. They also got to listen to a keynote address by the 2017-2018 Illinois State President Joey Birrittier. Before wrapping up the evening, the group participated and performed in a flag folding ceremony. All of the members had a great time and were able to take something away from the event. Pictured from left are (front row) Dane Washburn, Mallory Burgener, Erin Forlines, Alaina Burgener, Jodie Smith, Ella Forlines, Maddie Thompson, Izac Virden, (back row) Tyler McLain, Hunter Mott, Tyler Horton, Colton Hubner, Drew Guebert, Jacob Daniels, Ross Sloan and Brandon Escobedo.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Area fire fighters called out to fight 3 blazes over the holiday
TAYLORVILLE — Area firefighters were busy over the holidays putting out several blazes in Christian County.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Alzheimer's Association plans longest day event
SPRINGFIELD — The Longest Day is a day that’s all about love—love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. People across the globe will team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select an activity they love, or an activity loved by those affected, to help end Alzheimer’s through a do-it-yourself fundraising event. Together, they will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Nokomis man enlists in Illinois Army Nat'l Guard
SPRINGFIELD — Pvt. Cameron Gross, of Nokomis, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard Dec. 20, at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Morrisonville to host community blood drive Jan. 9
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville will host a community blood drive from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 at the United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall, located at 109 SE 5th Street. All presenting donors will receive their choice of either a beanie cap or a $5.00 e-gift card to Starbucks.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Edinburg Honors Yard Of The Month Winners
EDINBURG — Sue and Joe Kornack recently received Edinburg Clean-Up Committee’s “Yard of the Month.” The Kornack’s demonstrate a great sense of pride in their yard and are always working and making improvements. They received a certificate and a $25 gift card.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Edinburg star students of the month announced
EDINBURG — Edinburg has recently announced the star students of the month of December. Those being honored include: Kacee Craig, Owen Brockelsby’s, Ivy Mink and Bentley O’Laughlin.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Two inmates escape county jail, reapprehended within 3 hours

TAYLORVILLE — On December 23, 2017 jail staff discovered the escape of two inmates from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office jail. The inmates who escaped were 23-year-old Mackenzie J. Brion and 19-year-old Rodney D. Sizemore, both of Taylorville. 

Mackenzie Brion was being held for possession of a controlled substance and had a $10,000 bond.

Rodney Sizemore was being held for possession of a stolen vehicle, violation of an order of protection, battery, and aggravated battery to a police officer; he had a $70,000 bond. 

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says the pair escaped through an air vent to the roof after kicking out the grate to that vent.

Sheriff’s office personnel were informed of the escape at approximately 3:10 p.m. this afternoon, according to Kettelkamp. 

After releasing the information to the press and via social media, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding the whereabouts of Sizemore, who was apprehended within an hour-and-a-half of escape, Kettelkamp stated. 

Sizemore was located at a currently undisclosed Taylorville residence.

Brion, too, was apprehended, though Kettelkamp said he was located at approximately 6:00 p.m.; he was located, “out in the county,” Kettelkamp noted.

Kettelkamp indicated that the escape was a product, partially, of an internal policy violation by correctional officers at the jail. He affirmed that his office is looking into the details of the matter internally, that discipline will be handled internally, and that corrections to the policy and/or procedure will be made to prevent a similar future incident.

As a result of the escape, Kettelkamp says that new felony escape charges are anticipated to be filed against both Brion and Sizemore.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Davis pushes disaster aid reform
KINCAID — Two years after Kincaid was rocked by floods, U.S. Rep Rodney Davis  announced a bill, which he says will bring fairness to the government’s disaster assistance.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Grinch Has A Change Of Heart
The Grinch was spotted in Taylorville just days before Christmas repairing Christmas lights he took down. According to neighbors, the Grinch puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!
Saturday, December 23, 2017

The legacy of Santa as portrayed by Don Yost
TAYLORVILLE — ”There is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy,” wrote Francis Pharcellus Church in his now acclaimed response to an 1897 letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon where she inquired about the authenticity of Santa Claus.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Caroling
TAYLORVILLE — Third-grade students at VisionWay Christian School made a surprise stop at the Breeze-Courier on Friday morning to spread a little extra Christmas cheer as they sang a couple of great renditions of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.”
Saturday, December 23, 2017

St. Rita's Christmas play
KINCAID — St. Rita’s Parish in Kincaid held a Christmas play Sunday evening , December 17. The play was narrated by Mia Pop, Angels were Aubrey Lawrence and Addison Watson. The three kings were played by Emma Anderson, Kennady Watson, and Jenna Pop. Shepherds were Bella Sapetti, Giana Pop. Mary was played by Tessa Anderson and Jospeh was played by Brody Pop.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

TMH employees give back to community
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital employees have embraced the holiday spirit by collecting donations for several local entities.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

From Bluestems to Bluegills
 SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is 200 years old in 2018, and families are invited to learn about Illinois’ State Symbols at the “From Bluestems to Bluegills” Super Saturday event on Saturday, January 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Optimist Club hears from THS coaches about fundraising efforts
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the TMH auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Morrisonville Schools eye new method of learning
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville School Board is brainstorming ways to improve students’ learning experiences.
Friday, December 22, 2017

From the Sangamon River in 1917 to the Rhine in 1918
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield teenager’s letters and photos from France during World War I provide the background for the Illinois State Museum’s monthly Paul Mickey Science Series program on Wed., Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. From the Sangamon to the Rhine: The Letters and Photographs of Kent Hagler will be presented by Dr. Christopher McDonald of Lincoln Land Community College in the Illinois State Museum Auditorium in Springfield.  The event is free and open to the public.
Friday, December 22, 2017

TFD On The Scene
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire at 937 E. 1320 N. Road this morning. The source of the fire is currently unknown, but a shed was totaled and the flames spread to the home, causing exterior damage to the siding. The State Fire Marshall Office is investigating the incident. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid was provided by Midland and Edinburg Fire Departments.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Ordinance Committee loosens accessory builing restrictions
TAYLORVILLE — Currently, a City of Taylorville ordinance prohibits the construction of any accessory building that isn’t “architecturally compatible” with the accompanying primary structure.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Morrisonville looking at street-legal carts
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville Board unanimously instructed village attorney David Fines to formulate an opinion on the creation of an ordinance that would permit the use golf carts on Morrisonville streets at Wednesday evening’s regularly scheduled village meeting.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, December 22, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, December 22, 2017

Diana Corso is Lose-to-Win Challenge winner
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation completed their 30th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge and Diana Corso, Taylorville, takes the win by losing 15.8 percent. 
Friday, December 22, 2017

Faith Community Teens And Tots
Friday, December 22, 2017

School dreams big on future projects
TAYLORVILLE — In ten to twelve years, the Taylorville School District is hoping to host the annual Music Fest, the spring musical, and all of their performing arts concerts in a state-of-the-art auditorium.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pana City Council meets in final 2017 session
PANA — The Pana City Council met in a shortened session Wednesday night, December 20, 2017.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Night hike at Sand Creek
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a Night Hike at Sand Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, January 6 from 9pm-10:30pm. Venture into the darkness at this conservation area during a naturalist-led hike. You will use your five senses to find your way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Dress warm. $2/person. Must pre-register online by January 5 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Calendar
Thursday, December 21, 2017

APL free dog food distribution in Spfld. Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will distribute free dog food to pet owners in need this Saturday at the Salvation Army, the old Gold Gym's location at 1600 E Clearlake Avenue Springfield. APL is able to share this holiday bounty with pet owners due to a generous dog food donation from the community.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Free adult ed computer classes in Pana
 MATTOON — Lake Land College’s Adult Education will be offering free computer classes in Pana beginning Friday, Feb. 9.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Assumption to host community blood drive Jan. 25
ASSUMPTION — The Assumption community will host a blood drive from 3:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 225 N. Chestnut, inside the bloodmobile.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Red Roses Red Hat Club hosts Christmas party
PANA — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club held their annual Christmas party at St. Paul Lutheran Church on December 12. Hostess for the event was Rhoda Dudra.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Board approves solar farm, PCH bonds
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday gave the final OK for a solar energy farm.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Police School
Kincaid Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler shows a diploma he recently earned from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. From March through August, Wheeler took courses from the center’s school of police staff and command.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

APL pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart, 3183 South Veterans Parkway, this weekend. On Saturday, December 23, cats will available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. On Sunday, December 24, adoptable cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Madrigal singers entertain at local Kiwanis meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville High School Madrigal Singers, during the club's annual Christmas luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Early childhood program hosts Christmas party
TAYLORVILLE — Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express program hosted a holiday Christmas party at Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville for their enrolled Christian County families.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pana school taxes to be levied for next year up 6.4%
PANA — The Pana School Board met in regular session Monday night. A truth in taxation hearing was held prior to the regular meeting. In unanimous vote, the board approved the tax levy. The tax levy is a required action to certify the amount of revenue required form local property taxes. The levy will be filed in December, taxes are collected in the summer of 2018 and a disbursement is then received in the summer/fall timeframe.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Putting The Merry Into Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Because of such kind and giving people, members of the Taylorville Moose Lodge say, the lodge angel tree program was again a success. Members of the Women of the Moose delivered gifts to almost 60 people at a local nursing home. Pictured from left are Diane Marts, Debi Sherwood, Marcia Neal, Linda Canale and Sharon Koonce.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

City approves 8 percent raise for fire
TAYLORVILLE — Aldermen voted at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting to finalize negotiations with its union employees within the fire department.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Local man charged with sexual assault
TAYLORVILLE — A 28-year-old Taylorville man remains in jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested for alleged criminal sexual assault of an underage family member.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Celebration
TAYLORVILLE — Seth McMillan, pictured left, Chairman of the Republican Central Committee and State Senate candidate, and Tim Carlson, Christian County Board Chairman welcomed a full house at the annual Republican Christmas party last Wednesday. Both McMillan and Carlson thanked everyone for their continued support of the Republican party and wished all a Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Logo Design Contest Winner
TAYLORVILLE — Tanner Marlow won the Taylorville Sanitary District logo contest. His winning logo will be displayed on all sanitation vehicles. Marlow is pictured in the front row. Behind him are: Bob Willard, plant manager, Dennis Atteberry, attorney, Frankie Blanchfield, president Taylorvilly Sanitary District, and back row, Jeff Waterman.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hopper Foundation donates to TMH Foundation
Taylorville — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation in support of its newly developed Healthcare Careers Scholarship program. The Healthcare Careers Scholarship program will aid students who are interested in studying healthcare and will work at TMH upon degree completion.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Taylorville McDonald's celebrates 40 years
TAYLORVILLE — Marty Davis, Taylorville McDonald’s owner, remembers his grand opening well; it was Friday, December 16, 1977.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Ade-Harlow seeks Shelby County judge position
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow announced she is running for the Shelby County resident circuit judge position, which became open after the death of Judge Allen Bennett.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Volunteers unite in support of disabled veteran
TAYLORVILLE — It may only be the eighteenth, but Christmas came early this year for one former Marine.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Meeting Notices
Monday, December 18, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, December 18, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, December 18, 2017

Correction
In an article titled In Remembrance that ran in Sunday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier, the name of Mildred L. Vancil was inadvertently omitted from the list. Mrs. Vancil, of Taylorville, was 94 years old and passed away September 21, 2017.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Upcoming events
Monday, December 18, 2017

Hendricks recognized for service
TAYLORVILLE — The Department of Illinois and the local American Legion Post #73 presented David Hendricks an award for his commitment to the Post and dedication to the American Legion at their November meeting. Pictured left is Immediate Past Post Commander Hendricks and Commander Ed Legg.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Explore winter birds at Rock Springs, Dec. 30
DECATUR — Learn about the birds that stay in Macon County for the winter at Rock Springs Conservation Area during Holidays for the Birds on Saturday, December 30, from 2-4 p.m. Then, make a peanut butter or Crisco pine cone bird feeder, and either place it outside at Rock Springs, or take it home for the birds in your backyard. This program is free and open to all ages. Must pre-register online by December 29 at maconcountyconservation.org. 
Monday, December 18, 2017

Central A&M announces 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars
MOWEAQUA — Central A&M High School has announced that five seniors have been chosen as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on class rank, overall grade point average and ACT scores.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Some last minute holiday shopping tips

Stay within your budget. Even last-minute shoppers have holiday shopping budgets. But it can be harder for last-minute shoppers to stick to their budgets because they have less time to comparison shop and hunt for deals.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

(The Conversation via AP) —  Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippo to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Some last minute healthy holiday food gift ideas

 URBANA, Ill. - The holiday season brings many celebrations and traditions to enjoy, including gift-giving. Caitlin Huth, a University of Illinois Extension educator and registered dietitian, shares five healthy holiday food gifts this season.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Year's Eve appetizers your guests will savor
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Party Food That Your Guests Will Savor
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thinking Ahead To New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Century-old creche adorns Holy Trinity Church

STONINGTON — Measuring in at 27 inches wide, 73 inches long, and 43 inches tall, the nativity scene belonging to the Holy Trinity Church in Stonington is a spectacle to be sure.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Festive tree-trimming tips and techniques

TAYLORVILLE — People have visited forests to select their Christmas trees for centuries. While tree sellers conveniently stationed in store parking lots and artificial trees displayed in various retailers have led fewer people to venture into the wilderness, the Christmas tree is still an important component of holiday celebrations. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tips to assure your evergreens survive the winter

URBANA, Ill. — Winter can be a tough time for trees—especially evergreen trees and shrubs, says University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Candice Hart.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

If you haven't written to Santa yet. . .

TAYLORVILLE — At the tip of the North Pole resides a jolly man who collects letters from children asking him to deliver all of their hearts’ desires. Although Santa Claus does a thorough job of making sure children’s treats are delivered on the same night, sometimes he needs assistance with reading and responding to the thousands upon thousands of letters sent to him each year. That is why he often relies on an extensive list of helpers to handle much of his holiday correspondence.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Local gardeners create a masterful Christmas tree

TAYLORVILLE — The holly and the ivy having some beautiful rivals this Christmas season, thanks to the efforts of Christian County master gardeners. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Get in the holiday mood with Sia, Smokey and Stefani

(AP) — Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press.

Fantasia, "Christmas After Midnight" (Concord Records)

With the barely-there red dress she's wearing on the cover, the come-hither pose on the back and the suggestive title, one might think Fantasia's first Christmas album is something to be played after the kids and grandparents have gone to bed.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

No flower says Christmas like this one

URBANA, Ill. —  No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia, according to Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Let’s learn a few facts and dispel some misconceptions about this traditional Christmas plant.”


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pana Sacred Heart students partner with veterans to support the troops

PANA — Pana students from Sacred Heart School and St Patrick's youth group, along with members of the Pana VFW, stuffed over 50 Christmas stockings Dec. 2. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

A brief history of the British high tea

LONDON — The British tradition of High Tea began in the mid 1700s as an afternoon meal usually served between 3 and 4 o'clock.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Opulent tea draws visitors from 45 cities

TAYLORVILLE – Visitors came from 45 cities to take tea at opulent table settings arrayed at The Pillars Event Center on the first Saturday in December.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Welcome 2017 New Arrivals
Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017's 1st Baby Now Almost One Year Old
Sunday, December 17, 2017

The origins of celebrating Midnight Mass unknown

TAYLORVILLE — Many families have their own unique holiday traditions, but one tradition that unites millions of Christians all over the world is the celebration of Midnight Mass.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mistletoe was sacred and magical to ancient Druids

URBANA, Ill. — Decorating with mistletoe has been a holiday tradition for many centuries in North America and Europe. It begs the question: Why do we have this strange tradition that prompts friends, family, and even enemies to kiss when they meet underneath mistletoe?


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Accounting students at THS compete in budget challenge

TAYLORVILLE — Ms. Pennock’s Accounting 2 students competed in the H & R Block Budget Challenge. During the challenge, students endured eight weeks of personal financial decision-making in a virtual environment. They were presented with multiple options and made choices based on lifestyle, educational plans and employment. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blood drives coming up this week and next

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital will hold a blood drive on Thursday, December 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Those wishing to donate should eat beforehand and bring a photo ID. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays: Recipes From the Breeze-Courier Staff
Saturday, December 16, 2017

The origins of celebrating Midnight Mass unknown
TAYLORVILLE — Many families have their own unique holiday traditions, but one tradition that unites millions of Christians all over the world is the celebration of Midnight Mass.
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Morrisonville names students, faculty of the month

MORRISONVILLE — The Student of the Month award is in recognition for positive behavior and contribution to Morrisonville Junior/Senior High School and the Community of Morrisonville. Students can be nominated by their peers as well as by teachers and staff.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

People in the news
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Donating To Project Warm Winter
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lincoln Land Public Speaking Class Wins Food Drive Collection Challenge
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kiwanis Members Lend A Hand At Christmas In The Park Donation Booth
Saturday, December 16, 2017

CCMHA Clients Get In The Christmas Spirit
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas In The Park Lights Up Taylorville
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Creative ways to repurpose your Christmas cards

TAYLORVILLE — Roughly 1.6 billion Christmas cards, including boxed cards, are purchased in a given year. That’s quite a lot of cards to address and mail, and many festive greetings for recipients to read and display.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

O Tannenbaum
Saturday, December 16, 2017

TPD, TFD ensure a Merry Christmas for all

TAYLORVILLE— Alan Mills still remembers the joy of unwrapping a Star Wars spaceship from Santa under his family’s Christmas tree.

“I was eight or nine,” said Mills, a Taylorville Police officer. “I was just hoping on hope to get it. That feeling, I remember it 30-plus years later.”


Saturday, December 16, 2017

THS students spread cheer with cards

TAYLORVILLE — Students enrolled in the THS Community Based Instruction (CBI) Program come from various high schools in Christian County, including Edinburg, Morrisonville, Nokomis, South Fork, Pana, and Taylorville. The goal of the program is to prepare these students with special needs for life after high school.  


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Enjoying the holidays as a blended family

TAYLORVILLE — Emotions run deep come the holiday season. Holiday planning can be hectic, especially for blended families. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

How to cut back on holiday waste

TAYLORVILLE — The holiday season is a joyful time of year. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day also tend to be very wasteful. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that household waste increases by more than 25 percent during the holiday season.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

THS FFA, Student Council helping those in need

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville FFA members are always busy with contests, leadership training, and community service projects, but this time of year it is an FFA Chapter tradition to help the Taylorville community in need have a brighter holiday.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Early Christmas stockings may have had gold coins

TAYLORVILLE — The hanging of Christmas stockings is a tradition with an extensive history.  Here is a look at some of the stories that have made Christmas stockings so popular.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

A look at the origins of some Christmas traditions

TAYLORVILLE — Christmas celebrants participate in many different traditions year after year, but some may not fully understand the meaning behind them. A Christian holiday, Christmas did not originate with all activities centralized to the church. In fact, many of the traditions people hold dear have pagan roots, which were adapted as Christmas celebrations evolved.


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