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THS jazz band featured at Big Band dance Saturday

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — About 20 Taylorville High School jazz band musicians will get an opportunity to showcase their musical skills on Saturday night at THS’s inaugural Big Band Decade Dance.


Friday, October 20, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

A Looking For Lincoln Community
Friday, October 20, 2017

Presbyterian Church to hold Kirking 'O the Tartans service
TAYLORVILLE — Tuesday, October 31 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses and the start of the Protestant Reformation. Each year, on or close to that date, many churches acknowledge this historic moment with a “Reformation Sunday” worship service. This is an annual tradition at First Presbyterian Church, yet with the 500th anniversary this year, things will be a bit different.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Rauner outlines more than $200M in budget spending cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it will make to the new state budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, October 20, 2017

3D Archery event at Rock Springs November 4
DECATUR — Take aim at 3D archery targets during 3D Animal Archery at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, November 4 from 2-4 p.m. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Night At The Museum
Friday, October 20, 2017

Ronald McDonald to perform at Pana health fair
Friday, October 20, 2017

Quad County veteran volunteers to speak at Live Well lunch
PANA — Quad County Hospice Veteran Volunteers are the guest speakers at the next Pana Community Hospital Live Well Lunch. The Live Well lunch is Monday, October 23 in the hospital’s Community Meeting Room located in the lower level. The event is from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Faith Community Group Tours Pumpkin Patch
Friday, October 20, 2017

Sheriff Speaks To DMCC Youth Group
Friday, October 20, 2017

More than we want
TAYLORVILLE — Several years ago, the church I was serving had a guest speaker in for a weekend conference which culminated in our Sunday worship services. At the end of each service, I asked our speaker to pray for our church.
Friday, October 20, 2017

TFD Extinguishes Lake Camper Fire
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Fire Department responded to a camper fire at Lake Taylorville Thursday morning. Upon arrival, the camper was fully engulfed in flames and was later deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation. No injuries were reported. Firefighters Matt Phillips (left) and Nick Hackney (right) are shown working to extinguish the remnants of the blaze.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pana hospital to host children's health, safety fair Saturday
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is sponsoring the 14th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pana Junior High School. Admission is free. Please note that the location for this year’s health fair has been moved from the senior high to the junior high due to the PHS Homecoming dance.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Meeting Notice
Notice of potential gathering of majority of quorum Taylorville City Council
Because more than one member of the Taylorville City council has been invited to CCEDC 2017 annual meeting on Oct. 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. notice is given that a majority of a quorum of Taylorville City Council may be present at this meeting. No council action may be taken because no agenda is posted for Council consideration of this meeting.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

M'ville considering major water line repairs
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville met in an abbreviated session Wednesday night where the primary topics of conversation were a potential water main repair and trick or treating hours.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Public library shows off long-awaited renovations
TAYLORVILLE — On Tuesday, the Taylorville Public Library showed off some of its recently updated facilities at an open house event.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Art show in Decatur features nature
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Love of Nature, featuring the work of Minnesota artist Kellie Rae Theiss, from November 1-22 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Edwards Place closes to public for renovations
SPRINGFIELD — Historic Edwards Place closed to the public on October 14 to accommodate the interior restoration of the second floor to its c. 1860s appearance. Work is projected to be finished in February 2018, at which point a “reveal” open house will be held. The mansion is scheduled to reopen for tours next March.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Millikin concert this weekend feature music of John Williams
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2017-2018 performance season with a Masterworks concert featuring the music of John Williams on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Taylorville Fire Department to reintroduce explorer program
TAYLORVILLE — “Growing up, I always wanted to be a firefighter. I would hang out with the guys at the station, but there just wasn’t an avenue for me to really explore firefighting until I was older,” said TFD firefighter Nicholas Zepin.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Co. board member bends knee during the pledge to 'mock' NFL

TAYLORVILLE — A Democratic county board member briefly bent his knee during the pledge of allegiance before Tuesday’s meeting, but he said he did it to mock football players who disrespect the flag.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Morrisonville scouts holding scrap drive
MORRISONVILLE — Troop 74 Boy Scouts will be offering a metal recycling day this Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Huge Crowd Welcomes Veterans Back Home
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pana School Board reviews PARCC test results
PANA - The Pana School Board met Monday evening and received a report of the Partnership for Assessment of Rediness for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores provided by Assistant Principal Heath Strom. There are five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills and practices students are able to demonstrate with level one being the lowest and level five the highest.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PCH to host Children's Health and Safety Fair Oct. 21
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is sponsoring the 14th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pana Junior High School. Admission is free. Please note that the location for this year’s health fair has been moved from the senior high to the junior high due to the PHS Homecoming dance. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pana School Board reviews PARCC results

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

PANA - The Pana School Board met Monday evening and received a report of the Partnership for Assessment of Rediness for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores provided by Assistant Principal Heath Strom.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CC CEO program to host first Powder Puff football game

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program is planning the first Powder Puff Football game November 9, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Taylorville High School football field.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THS Student Council Donates
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hospital welcomes Taylorville area first graders
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital recently held My Day, a 37- year tradition for area first grade students. This field trip was attended by nearly 200 students over a two day period.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Moses speaks to Kiwanis Club about new businesses
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about 2 new businesses, and a move of an existing business, all into a newly remodeled Taylorville building, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Information sought in theft at restaurant

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

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Michelle Hancock to run for county clerk's seat
TAYLORVILLE — Michelle Hancock, a supervisor of a group of financial advisors, announced she is running as the Republican candidate for the office of Christian County Clerk.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

American Legion to host Veterans Day celebration Nov. 11
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville American Legion Post 73 will hold Veterans Day activities on Saturday, November 11 beginning at 10:15 a.m. the public is invited to attend.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

City presses forward with new water contracts
TAYLORVILLE — Should Kincaid or Langleyville elect to transition away from Taylorville as their water provider, the City of Taylorville may not be able to meet their repayment terms on the new $25 million water treatment plant. After discussing the need to renew the contracts for both of those entities at last week’s water committee meeting, the full Taylorville City Council approved the finalized contracts that are to be sent to both municipalities at Monday evening’s council meeting.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grant equips communities in hard-hit opioid areas
SPRINGFIELD — To fight the opioid epidemic in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties that have been hard hit, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received a grant entitled, “Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose,” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. IDPH will receive more than $2 million in federal funding under this grant over the next four years.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pana author to speak at Sherman Library
SHERMAN, Ill. — The Sherman Public Library will host The Many Faces of Mystery, Third Thursday reading series Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at 2100 E. Andrew Road in Sherman, Ill.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sheriff to speak to DMCC youth group
TAYLORVILLE — Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp will attend the Davis Memorial Christian Church Youth group and Kids Club Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Speaks To THS Career Class
TAYLORVILLE — Jeffrey Smith, Senior Sourcing Manager from Bunn spoke to the THS College & Career Readiness class this past week.  Mr. Smith shared a slide show on what his company manufactures and his career path.  After his presentation, Mr. Smith asked questions and gave out prizes of Frisbees, chipclips and flashlights for correct answers. Pictured from left: Molly Smith, Allison Viara, Jeffrey Smith, Abby Smith.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gabrielle Manasco Day
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Gabrielle Manasco is presented a plaque by Mayor Bruce Barry proclaiming October 16, 2017 as Gabrielle Manasco day at Monday evening’s Taylorville City Council meeting. Manasco was recognized for her representation, for the second straight year, at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, an annual gathering of high-achieving high school students.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mayor Proclaims This Week As IFBW Week
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville chapter of the Illinois Federation of Business Women (IFBW), an organization that advocates professional and personal growth as well as leadership development for women, was presented a proclamation Monday evening by Mayor Bruce Barry naming October 16 through October 22, 2017 IFBW week. Barry honored the group for their “ongoing service to the community of Taylorville.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

35 THS musicians qualifiy for IMEA district concert
TAYLORVILLE — Thirty-five members of the Taylorville High School Band, Jazz Band and Choir were selected to perform as members of the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Senior Band, Orchestra, Choir or Jazz Band following auditions held at Effingham High School on Monday, October 9. These students, along with over 500 other students from ILMEA District 5, gave up their Columbus Day holiday to audition for these ensembles.
Monday, October 16, 2017

New charge for deputy accused of attempted murder
TAYLORVILLE — A Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of firing a handgun at his fleeing wife is facing a new charge from prosecutors.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, October 16, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, October 16, 2017

Meeting Notice
Monday, October 16, 2017

Correction
Michelle Reiss, principal of Edinburg Schools, was awarded two-year extension to her contract, with a salary of $75,348 per year. An incorrect salary was listed in a Sunday story titled “Supt. and principal contracts extended for Edinburg School District.”
Monday, October 16, 2017

Webelos Scout workshop offered at Rock Springs
DECATUR — Webelos Scouts can earn their Into the Wild pin at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. Scouts will tour the Ecocenter, learn about migration and identify dangerous plants and animals. $9/scout. Must pre-register online by October 25 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Quilt Society Officers
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Quilt Society recently elected new officers for the coming year. Pictured from left are Marilyn Rhoades, secretary; Dorrie Thomas, vice president; Debbie Wells, treasurer; Milly Cody, president.
Monday, October 16, 2017

State P.E.O. vice president speaks to local chapter
TAYLORVILLE — Chapter FG, P.E.O. members met Monday evening, October 9, in the home of Loretta Kahle. Special guest for the meeting was Deborah Moore, Illinois State Vice President officer. Deborah is a member of Chapter N in Roseville, Illinois where she lives with her husband, Ron and three sons.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Taylorville High School Class of 1959
TAYLORVILLE — The THS Class of 1959 held their reunion Oct. 4, 2017 at The Pillars. Pictured in the first row from left: Mary Dunn Bell, Nancy Spresser Calumet, Joyce South Marsango, Donna Bryan Hemer, Linda Fabbri SEidel, Carole Buesinger Bowen; second row: Dave Aldridge, Bonnie Buckler Bruns, Diane Haines Godat, Georgianna Bresh Pagliai, Pat Engeling Mollohan, Janet Brown Clarke, Arlene Menichetti Pulley, Jennifer Muffick Kenny, Carolyn Fleming Anderson, Karin O’Brien Fisher, Kay Hannon Parrish, Janet Parks Taylor, Betty Miller McLean, Mick Ryan; third row: Dorothy Wells McHenry, Bob Bell, Ed Brower, Larry Mollohan, Larry Stringer, Ted Moutrey, Jim Rodden, Lita Green Lancaster, Jim Scranton, Dave Goodall, Nancy Dickerson, Clare McClughan, Larry Garner, Madelyn Lazzarini, Bill McDonald, Willard Parrish.
Monday, October 16, 2017

City to negotiate water terms with Kincaid, Langleyville
TAYLORVILLE — After losing the Village of Owaneco as a water customer earlier this year, city officials are working to ink a deal with both Langleyville and Kincaid in order to ensure the continued financial stability of the new water plant.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Haunted Pathway
Nick Poor, owner of Sunny Knoll Organics on West Spresser Street, makes adjustments to a witch as part of his kid-friendly Haunted Pathway. The pathway is open to spook visitors starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays leading into Halloween.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taylorville Public Library to host Open House
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library is hosting an Open House event on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Supt. and principal contracts extended for Edinburg School District
EDINBURG — The Edinburg School Board last week voted to extend the contracts for Superintendent Fred Lamkey and Principal Michelle Reiss.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bourne sponsors bill to repeal taxpayer funded abortions
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) announced on Thursday that she signed on as a co-sponsor oåf HB 4114. This bill, by prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion, seeks to reverse key provisions of the recently enacted House Bill 40. House Bill 40 was recently signed into law in Illinois, legalizing taxpayer funded abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taylorville High School musicians excel in ILMEA auditions
TAYLORVILLE — Thirty-five members of the Taylorville High School Band, Jazz Band and Choir were selected to perform as members of the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Senior Band, Orchestra, Choir or Jazz Band following auditions held at Effingham High School on Monday, October 9. These students, along with over 500 other students from ILMEA District 5, gave up their Columbus Day holiday to audition for these ensembles.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary discuss Glo Bingo event
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017, with 12 members and one guest present. Those in attendance were: Carol Wickline, Patricia Rusher, Jo Ann Coffey, Stacey Ethridge, Michelle Sklenka, Marilyn Remmert, Linda DeVore, Vickie Busby, Venise McWard, Sandi Klein, Pam Graham, Leslie DeVore and guest Jackie Dowdy.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Monsanto donates to Glo Bingo
STONINGTON — Monsanto recently made a donation to the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Glo Bingo Fundraiser. The Glo Bingo will be held at the Stonington American Legion on Friday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at the event from the Stonington Summerfest Committee.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Five area veterans set for Honor Flight Oct. 17
TAYLORVILLE — Five area veterans will set out for Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 as members of the Honor Flight. These gentlemen , three from Taylorville, one from Pana and one from Kincaid, served in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. To say they are emotional about the trip might be an understatement.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morrisonville American Legion to host blood drive
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville American Legion will host a community blood drive from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25 at the Legion Hall, 607 Ricks Street.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lake Land College offers Basic Nursing Assistant classes
PANA — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free BNA classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning in January.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Public invited to open house at new Levi, Ray and Shoup Aviation Center
 SPRINGFIELD — The public is invited to tour the new Levi, Ray and Shoup Aviation Center at Lincoln Land Community College, located at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, on Wednesday, October 25, from 4 - 5 p.m. A ribbon cutting is planned for 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Benefit to be held for Rhonda Fleming
TAYLORVILLE — Rhonda Hendricks Fleming was diagnosed with Emphysema and COPD in 2011. She had to stop working in April 2012 and has been on oxygen since May 2012. Her illness has caused her lung capacity to continue to drop. She currently has 27% lung capacity. She began the evaluation process at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis in September. After all the testing is done she will be placed on the transplant list for a double lung transplant.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, October 14, 2017

For Fun Destinations And Unique Finds Take A Central Illinois Day Trip
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Apple fast facts
Autumn is a time of year when homes get dressed up with scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns as kids plan their perfect Halloween costumes and seemingly every recipe has a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg added in for good measure. Apples also experience a surge in visibility come the fall.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crafts for the not-so-crafty hobbyist
Creativity lends a lot to everyday life. School parties are made that much better by intricate dessert designs. Handmade blankets tend to be more inspiring and cherished than mass-produced alternatives. Because of that, many people find hobbies that inspire their creativity to be incredibly rewarding.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Red Barn Produce is a short drive for great fall produce
EDINBURG — Linda Smith began her business at Red Barn Produce in 2010, after she retired from the U of I Extension.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Holiday craft fair how-to
Craft fairs and flea markets are a staple of the holiday season. Not only are they ideal places to find one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list, but they also are great opportunities for small business owners to broaden their client base while making a relatively small investment.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

You don't have to drive very far to enjoy a fall foliage excursion
TAYLORVILLE — Autumn means different things to many people. Students may embrace the dawn of a new school year, while others might embrace the crisp weather after a season of heat. One of the more widely enjoyed aspects of autumn is the chance to take in the brilliant foliage.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nothing says fall like fresh apple butter
TAYLORVILLE — Crisp fall days call for flavorful desserts that warm you from the inside out. There's no better way to capture the flavor of fall than with dishes that celebrate traditional seasonal favorites like cinnamon, spice and tart, juicy apples.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Curtin's Creations and Plasma Cutting
STONINGTON — Ben Curtin began his business at a very young age making tug boats in his dad's shop and selling them to fourth grade classmates. He got interested in metal work his freshman year of high school, and in August 2016, he began his sign business, Curtin's Creations.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Vine and Branches
TAYLORVILLE — Shirley Williams began her business, The Vine And Branches, years ago. She has been making things out of dried flowers, barbed wire and things most people would see as junk for years.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

2018 Christian County Lead class seeks applicants
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — If you are interested in learning more about your community, expanding your leadership skills and networking with other business professionals and area residents, then be sure to register to the 2018 Christian County LEADership Program, which will begin on January 10, 2018.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Retired judge to present Lincoln lecture at library
TAYLORVILLE — As part of the Taylorville Public Library’s Meet Me At The Library Evening Lecture series, The Honorable Ron Spears, retired, will present “Lincoln’s New Salem Years” on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Please call the library at 217-824-4736 with any questions.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Blood drives scheduled starting next Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville community has three upcoming blood drives scheduled in the month of October.
Friday, October 13, 2017

More Than 12k Raise For Hurricane Relief
TAYLORVILLE — Ken Hart of Peoples Bank and Trust (left) and Terry Wright (right) present $5,000 in checks to Regional Philanthropy Officer for the American Red Cross Coleen Moore in support of hurricane relief efforts after three devastating hurricanes struck Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. According to Wright, Taylorville has raised more than $12,000 towards hurricane relief efforts. Moore says the Red Cross will use this $5,000 for shelter, comfort kits, meals, and even financial assistance to individuals.
Friday, October 13, 2017

County is set to slash deficit by half
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board will vote next week on a proposed budged, which would reduce the deficit by $281,000 — more than half.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, October 13, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, October 13, 2017

Public invited Decatur Audubon meeting
DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to its regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Natur Center, 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Friday, October 13, 2017

ISAC financial aid training program at LLCC
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be providing a free financial aid training workshop for professionals in high schools, higher education and community-based organizations on Thursday, October 19. The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. - noon in the Trutter Center at Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd., Springfield.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Morrisonville announces students, staff of month
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville Junior and Senior High School recently announced their Junior and Senior High School Students of the Month and Staff/Faculty of the Month for August/September. This award is in recognition for positive behavior and contribution to Morrisonville Junior and Senior High School and the Community of Morrisonville. Students can be nominated by their peers as well as by teachers and staff.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Little Mr. Chilli Pepper Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Little Mr. Chilli Pepper winners were presented on the south stage during the Chillifest last weekend. From left: Easton Ginger, best dressed; Liam Swiney, first runner up; Meritt Cochran, Little Mr. Chilli Pepper; Maverick Courtaway, second runner up; and Jayse Carlile, best stage presence.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Crimestoppers: Information sought in theft at local business
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sanitary District to modify Langleyville agreement
TAYLORVILLE — Representatives for Langleyville have been asking the Taylorville Sanitary District to rework their billing structure for months, and, on Wednesday, the TSD voted unanimously (Frankie Blanchfield-absent)to bring Langleyville’s billing inline with other entities serviced by TSD.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Festival of Trees to host decorative painting event
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial’s Festival of Trees will hold a decorative painting event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Davis speaks to Sertoma
TAYLORVILLE — Rodney Davis, member of the US House of Representatives, was Sertoma's guest speaker on October 9. Davis spoke with club members about the privilege of serving as a congressman, as well as the challenges he faces in that position.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Optimist president calls 1st meeting to order
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting this morning, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

TMH to host Saturday diabetes classes this month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be offering a Diabetes Self-Management class in October. This class will be held on two Saturdays, October 14 and October 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 457 at TMH.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pana looks at next step for revitalization
PANA — Pana Pride was well represented at last night’s Pana City Council meeting. Tom Wobbe provided an update to the council regarding projects completed thus far and a vision for the future.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Taylorville native on panel at governor's task force hearing
 CHICAGO — The Governor’s new Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force will convene in Chicago on Wednesday and hear testimony from medical professionals, first responders, community groups, and those suffering from opioid abuse disorder, a growing epidemic that claimed the lives of 1,889 Illinois residents last year.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Opportunity knocks for THS students
TAYLORVILLE — One-hundred and sixty-nine students at Taylorville High School are currently earning college credit, according to administrators.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

McMillan pledges a new direction for 48th District
TAYLORVILLE — Surrounded by supporters on the courthouse lawn, Seth McMillan announced on Wednesday his bid to unseat Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar in the 2018 election.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DAR chapter to meet Thursday evening
TAYLORVILLE — The October meeting of Peter Meyer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pence Building, Christian County Historical Society, Taylorville.  The program will be "Know the DAR," presented by member Martha Zimmerman.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Workshop to focus on resources to fight substance abuse
SPRINGFIELD — Local coalitions, schools, health departments, behavioral health, law enforcement, healthcare providers and other community stakeholders are invited to participate in the “Opioid Crisis Next Door: Identifying, Organizing and Activating Local Resources” workshop on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and will be held at St. John’s Prairie Heart Institute – Dove Conference Center, 619 East Mason Street in Springfield.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

IRTAF awards grants to Memorial school teachers
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards a total of $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide.  IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 37,000. On October 10, 2017, Stephanie Stephens and Jessica Reber, both teachers at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville, were awarded ther IRTAF grant checks.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THS Student Council Donates To Food Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — The THS student council recently raised $370 in water bottle sales at the homecoming dance in September. They donated the proceeds to the Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry. Pictured from left are Samantha Hodges and Wilbur Mills.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Local responder attends Homeland Security training
ANNISTON, Ala. — Emergency Responder Larry T. Johnson, from Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Office of Inspector General, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

South Fork Cheerleaders Donate
KINCAID — Pictured are the South Fork High School cheerleaders raised $1,000 to donate to the Cancer Society during the football game recently.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Altman speaks to Kiwanis Club about bike trail
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a new organization raising money toward work on the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

No hard feelings with Luke Bryan concert move
TAYLORVILLE — Last-minute rains moved the highly anticipated Luke Bryan concert on Friday from rural Edinburg to the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Applications being accepted for Little Miss Permisson
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016 Little Miss Persimmon Kenlee Durbin is getting ready to pass her crown and title on during the 2017 Little Miss Persimmon Pageant on November 4, 2017. The pageant is open to girls ages 4-6yrs.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lil Chilli Bean, kiddie tractor pull winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Winners were announced Sunday in the “Lil' Chilli Bean” Cutest Baby Contest at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunday Chillifest winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Winners were announced Sunday afternoon, at the conclusion of the second day of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  Tom Calert was chief judge and chaired the Cookoff committee again this year.
Monday, October 9, 2017

TPD defeats TFD in chilli eating contest
TAYLORVILLE — It was the cops against the firemen on Saturday morning, during the annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest chilli eating contest. Three members of the Taylorville Fire Department, squared off against two members of the Taylorville Police Department, along with Mayor Bruce Barry.  Each team had to down a total of nine bowls of chilli between them. The Taylorville Police Department won the competition, and each team member was awarded an official Chillifest Chilli Eating Contest t-shirt for their efforts.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Memorial's Festival of Trees seeks volunteers
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center Foundation seeks volunteers for the 28th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Nov. 18-26 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, October 9, 2017

32nd Annual Chillifest winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Winners in chilli, verde, and salsa judging were announced on Saturday, at the conclusion of the first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Chapter FG PEO to host state officer
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Chapter FG P.E.O. will meet Monday, Oct. 9 in the home of Loretta Kahle, 511 Heights Ave. Special guest will be Deborah Moore, Illinois state officer.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

UWCC 'travel' to Australia with Cathy Coker
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the October meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Whit's End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Cathy Coker who talked about her trip to Australia to visit with her daughter and son-in-law. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Central A&M FFA serves 'Ride for a Cure' riders
MOWEAQUA — On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Central A&M FFA donated a free lunch to all of the bike riders that participated in “Raiders Ride for a Cure” bike ride. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Chillifest Pageant Winners
Saturday, October 7, 2017

32nd Annual Chillifest
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bryan Wows Crowd At Fairgrounds Friday
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Luke Bryan
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Carlinville man forerunner to 4-H movement

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — October 1-7 was National 4-H Week, celebrating the foremost organization for rural American youth. A Carlinville man from a century ago is credited by many as a forerunner to the 4-H movement. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Autism support group will meet this Thursday
HILLSBORO — The Autism Support Connection (TASC) will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, October 12th   6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

THS choirs to present 2017 fall demonstration concert
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Choirs will present the annual Fall Choir Concert on Thursday, October 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Animal Protect League sets October pet adoptions
 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during October with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals from APL have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoptions. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

Lake Land offers free adult ed welding classes, Pana
 PANA — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering a free welding class in Pana. Attend the first night of orientation at Lake Land College Western Region Center, 600 E. 1st St., Pana – Monday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 2017

THS ag mechanics students learn about fire safety
TAYLORVILLE — The agriculture mechanics classes at Taylorville High School were fortunate enough to have Captain Matthew Adermann with the Taylorville Fire Department speak about fire safety. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, October 6, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, October 6, 2017

City cracking down on 911 abusers

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — On more than 40 occasions since May 30, 2017, the Taylorville Fire Department has responded to a personal assistance call at a single residence, the home of a woman in her mid sixties.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Mattoon shooter evaluation pending
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate has undergone a mental evaluation, but the results haven’t been completed.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Chillifest pageants will be moved in the event of rain
TAYLORVILLE — The Chillifest Little Miss, Little Mister, Miss Chilli Pepper and Junior Miss Chilli Pepper pageants will be moved to the First United Methodist Church a block east of the square on Saturday, in case of rain.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Deadline for VFW youth scholarship competition approaching
SPRINGFIELD — Your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is still accepting entries for the 2017-2018 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. The deadline for student entries in both contests is October 31st. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Friday, October 6, 2017

Optimist Club installs new officers
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5th, in the TMH Auditorium. The meeting was called to order by President Larry Vaughan with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning’s  prayer led by Pastor Ted Marrinan.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Pawnee United Methodist Church celebrating165th
PAWNEE — Everyone is invited as Pawnee United Methodist Church of Pawnee, IL, will be celebrating its 165th Anniversary with a special celebration on Sunday, October 8, 2017. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

FCWC to host guest soloist Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Ashley Garrett, a spring 2017 graduate of SIU-Edwardsville, will be the guest soloist Sunday in the 10 a.m. service at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Old Stonington Baptist Church to celebrate 180th
STONINGTON — A celebration of the 180th Anniversary of the Old Stonington Baptist Church will be held during the regular church service Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. The church address is 2050 E 1800 North Road, Stonington, Ill. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

We don't understand, Father!
TAYLORVILLE — Sunday, October 1, 2017 will go down in American history as the day of the unspeakable massacre of human life in Las Vegas,   Monday we awoke to find the story on every news channel. Questions, sorrow and fear filled our hearts as we watched hundreds of people being shot, injured and killed before our eyes. They were running for their very lives. How do we explain the love of God in the face of such purely evil events?
Friday, October 6, 2017

ISP and Sangamon County will handle security at Luke Bryan concert
SPRINGFIELD — Friday night’s Luke Bryan concert has been moved to the State Fairgrounds in Springfield due to recent rains.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Taylorville musicians performing this Sunday at Lincoln Land College
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series will feature the premiere performance of JACK’d this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd. 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fire Department Presents Safety Demo
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Courthouse

Appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

U.S. Representative Davis calls on ATF to review law regarding bump stocks
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after signing onto a letter to asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the law regarding bump stock technology that was reportedly used in the Las Vegas shooting earlier this week.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 5, 2017

After Vegas, security "amped up" for Luke Bryan concert

By MIKE FRAZIER

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Just days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, safety and security are the top priority for local leaders as country music sensation Luke Bryan rocks crowds in rural Edinburg on Friday.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lads & Lassies members explain why they like 4-H
MORRISONVILLE — During National 4-H Week , the members of Lads & Lassies 4-H Club share their thought about what 4-H means to them.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

THS FFA gears up for national FFA convention
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Alumni are planning a one day trip to the 2017 National FFA Convention again this year in Indianapolis. 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kiddie tractor pull and bags tourney at Chillifest
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Chapter and Larry's Service Center in Taylorville, are hosting a kiddie tractor pull during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on Sunday, October 8th.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Edinburg High hosting community blood drive
EDINBURG — Edinburg High School will host a community blood drive from 12:30- 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 16 at 100 East Martin St., inside Bloodmobile. All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt.  To donate, please contact Nona Blades at (217) 623-5631 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60066 to locate the drive.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Delta Kappa Gamma Donates
Thursday, October 5, 2017

City Volunteer
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Two days of fun await at the annual Chillifest downtown this weekend

TAYLORVILLE — Two days of fun and chilli await at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest this weekend on the Taylorville square.

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Millikin alumni band to perform
DECATUR — Millikin University music alumni will return to campus for Homecoming to perform on the Kirkland Fine Arts Center stage alongside the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nurses honored for care of UFC fighter Hughes
SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, October 3,many members of the HSHS St. John’s Hospital medical team gathered with former UFC fighter Matt Hughes and his loved ones as they honored two nurses with a special award in a private ceremony that took place on the hospital campus.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sputnik threw world into panic 60 years ago today

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — It was a round metal object the size of a beach ball, and only weighed 183.9 pounds. Yet it managed to throw a nervous world into a panic.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coffee With A Cop
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin crop makes healthy return
MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Agriculture experts say pumpkin crops in central Illinois are still recovering, but improving two years after heavy rain decimated area yields.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

City extends 9 percent raise to police

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The city and its police union have been negotiating a new deal for more than a year now, and on Monday night at the Taylorville City Council meeting, aldermen approved a nine-percent pay increase for TPD personnel.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Courthouse

Appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Local agencies planning drive-thru flu clinic
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Christian County Health Department, Taylorville Fire Department, and the Christian County Emergency Management Agency will partner together to provide Christian County residents with a community service of a drive-thru flu shot clinic and at the same time practice emergency preparedness exercises. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Church collecting items for the troops for Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Long-term care costs surging; many don't plan for it
(AP) — Long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Police seek info in vehicle burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Area scouts fundraiser
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts throughout central Illinois are conducting their annual Trails End Popcorn fundraiser. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

VCS taking part in painted rocks phenomenon
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, October 2, 2017, the junior high students from VisionWay Christian School (VCS) took an unusual field trip.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

County GOP chairman to challenge Manar

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Seth McMillan, chairman of the Christian County Republican party, announced he is circulating petitions to challenge Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar in the 2018 election. 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Arsonist, sentenced to 22 years, wants less prison time

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man, who was sentenced in July to 22 years in prison for arson and home invasion, continues to urge the judge to reduce the time he spends in prison. 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Lincoln Library records history of Illinois sports
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, October 2, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, October 2, 2017

Finks to help defend alleged murderer

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

TAYLORVILLE — A new attorney has been appointed to help defend a Pana man accused of shaking his son to death.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Pana man airlifted after ATV accident
OWANECO — A 35-year-old Pana man was knocked unconscious during an ATV accident on Sunday  near Owaneco.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Animal blessing at area hospital this week
DECATUR — HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital will host a blessing of the animals on Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Grade schoolers learn about safety
TAYLORVILLE—More than 300 fifth graders participated in the Christian County Annual Ag Safety Day. Ag Safety Day is put on through the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development.  Fifth graders learned various safety lessons both within agriculture and outside of agriculture. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Taylorville Community Credit Union scholarship registraton ends Oct. 13
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced two major news items regarding its 4th Annual ‘Stop. Shop. Vote! ‘Scholarship Program: 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Local beekeepers buzzing about new group

TAYLORVILLE — Honey bees are considered an integral part of the ecosystem, responsible for pollinating as much as eighty percent of a region’s flowers, fruits and vegetables. 

They also have perhaps the most refined sense of “smell” on the planet as they are equipped with 170 odor receptors that allow them to sense food sources from up to two miles away.

 Believe it or not, they are also considered excellent dancers.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, September 30, 2017

National 4-H Week celebrated by local clubs

TAYLORVILLE — 4-H members in Christian County will join the six million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rural Electric Cooperative offers school grants

TAYLORVILLE — Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative will sponsor two grants of $2,000 to enable teachers in local school districts to carry out education enhancement projects that are not included in the school budgets. The Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants Program is available for public and private schools in the general service area of RECC for grades K-8.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

TOPS installs new officers

TAYLORVILLE — A pirate themed ceremony for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) was held recently at Davis Memorial Christian Church. Pirate hats, eye patches, and hooks were handed out to participants. 

The group elected co-leaders Ruth Porter and Carole Turbin, Treasurer: Hester Dorsey, Weight Recorder: Darlene Collebrusco, co-secretary: Melissa Conaway and Janet Montgomery.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Taylorville VFW Riders making a difference

TAYLORVILLE — The members of the Taylorville VFW Riders are making a difference, one veteran at a time. They recently made a large donation of $25,000 to the This Able Veteran (TAV) organization. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Downtown Taylorville Dog Daze

Madison Good, 16, held Koda, her chocolate lab, navigate an obstacle course on the courthouse lawn Saturday morning. Dog Daze, an annual event to celebrate man’s best friend, drew dozens and dozens with their faithful companions. Dogs were paraded to the cheers of attendees. The event also featured educational and service resources — dental cleanings, bite prevention workshops, nail clippings and dog tags. 

Mike Frazier / Breeze Courier


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Morrisonville scouts enjoy September outings
MORRISONVILLE — Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Morrisonville had a fun weekend, despite the near record temperatures. While they had to drink extra to stay hydrated, the boys got to experience some of the best parts of Scouting. 
Friday, September 29, 2017

Optimists learn about new programs at THS

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28th, in the TMH Auditorium. President Larry Vaughan called his last regular meeting of his term to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation by Pastor Ted Marrinan.


Friday, September 29, 2017

City looking to amend sidewalk program

TALORVILLE — For years, residents wishing to update or replace the sidewalks outside of their home or business needed only to pay for the cost of the concrete, and the city would pay for the labor.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Rauner signs law for taxpayer-funded abortions

TAYLORVILLE — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law to provide state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a move that drew criticism from several members of his own party, including the lieutenant governor. 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Treasurer warns of half billion in unpaid insurance policies

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — State Treasurer Michael Frerichs stopped by Taylorville on Thursday, warning life insurance companies have not paid out more than half a billion dollars in death benefits to Illinois families. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Courthouse

Court Appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Circuit Court Judge William Robin Todd presided over the following cases on September 28, 2017:


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Students, Teachers, Pastors Gather At The Flag Pole
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sheriff seeking info on rural thefts of farm machinery
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of thefts over the past few months. These thefts have occurred between June and September and the unknown offender(s) have mainly been targeting farm machinery.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lillys and Robinsons to co-chair 29th annual YMCA auction
TAYLORVILLE — The 29th Annual YMCA Auction, “Once Upon a Time …” has been scheduled for Friday, November 10 at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. For the third year, the planning committee is excited to offer free child care with a meal at the YMCA exclusively for auction attendees. The Christian County YMCA is also proud to announce Jason and Val Lilly and Jeff and Mindy Robinson as co-chairpersons of the 2017 YMCA Auction. 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lake Land College accepting top 50 VIP nominations
 MATTOON — Lake Land College is accepting nominations for the top 50 Very Important People of Lake Land College. The Lake Land College Foundation would like to recognize those individuals who have made a significant positive contribution to the development of the college and to the student learning experience over the college’s first 50 years through a special 50th anniversary recognition. 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Friends of the library to host annual booksale
TAYLORVILLE — The Friends of the Taylorville Public Library are preparing for their annual Book Sale to be held on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. in the Library's Community Room. 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garden Club Officers
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Counselor Speaks To Career Class
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kiwanis Club installs new officers
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club ended their Kiwanis year reviewing the many projects for children and youth in the Taylorville community, and installed new officers, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Project 29 outlines simple approach for expansion

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier

TAYLORVILLE — It’s a pretty straight forward plan for the Project 29 group, one still in its infant stages, but simple in design nonetheless.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pana High Donates $1,000 To Relief Fund
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TMH diabetes class offers calorie books
TAYLORVILLE — The Diabetes Self-Management Class offered at Taylorville Memorial Hospital now has the financial support thanks to a grant awarded by the TMH Foundation. These funds are allocated to providing copies of the latest “Calorie King” by Alan Borushek book for everyone who takes the course. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

See You At The Pole
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

APL's Blessing of the Animals this Sunday, Oct. 1
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will host its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday, October 1, at the APL shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. This longtime APL tradition marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. Pastor Kreston Lipscomb of First Church of the Brethren will conduct the blessings and the ceremony. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lake Land College announces GED class schedule
MATTOON — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the first week of October. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cemetery Walk
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Construction has begun at Pana Community Hospital
PANA — It was an exciting week at Pana Community Hospital as the construction got into full swing on Phase I of the expansion project. This phase of the project will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management and new cafeteria. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Courthouse
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Local man pleads guilty to setting fire in jail
TAYLORVILLE — An inmate of Christian County jail pleaded guilty on Tuesday to arson after allegedly trying to set the county jail ablaze in August.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Park Board approves shoreline renovation project
TAYLORVILLE — The fishing dock on the south side of the pond at Manners Park was reopened last month after being closed for several weeks so that it could be repaired and refinished.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pana votes down Sunday liquor sales
PANA — The Pana City Council met last night with another full house. One of the items on the agenda was the first reading of an ordinance approving the limited Sunday sale of alcoholic liquor.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Crimestoppers: Information sought in burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sheriff speaks to career class
TAYLORVILLE — Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp spoke to the THS Career class this past week. He discussed why he got into his career and where he started and to where he is today. The students asked many questions about his duties and course work.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CEFS honors local woman for volunteer service
EFFINGHAM, Ill. —  C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently recognized volunteers that helped the agency achieve its mission.  According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “The agency recognized outstanding acts of volunteerism and civic involvement to help transform lives and to build stronger communities.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn tour of conservation areas being offered
DECATUR, Ill. — Join Macon County Conservation District staff for a tour of District sites on Sunday, October 1 from 2-4p.m. During the Conservation Areas in Fall tour, a naturalist will drive you to conservation sites you may not be aware of. Participants will look for wildlife, colorful fall foliage, and hear what restoration work is underway at each stop. 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Animal Protective League pet adoptions planned this weekend
 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, September 30, cats and dogs will be available in our Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Greenview Garden Center's Fall Festival, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Springfield. This 30-foot-long unit can safely transport up to twenty-five of our cats and dogs in a cooled trailer specially outfitted with comfortable, sturdy cages and a meet-and-greet room where animals can interact one-on-one with potential adopters.  This is a wonderful way for the public to meet our animals and is a vital tool in helping APL place 2,017 animals into permanent homes in 2017! Additionally cats will available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. at PetSmart at 3183 South Veterans Parkway, Springfield.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

State Police offering seminar on how to pass ISP's fitness test
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police (ISP) announces a Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) seminar will be held on October 14, 2017, at the ISP Training Academy in Springfield. The primary purpose of the seminar is to provide hands-on instruction on how to successfully pass the ISP PFIT.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

VFW Auxiliary honors years of service
Pictured in the front row is Natalie Upchurch, who was honored for 50 years of service to the VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary on Sunday. Pictured with Upchurch in the back row from left are Treasurer, Sharon Prose and President, Kathy Kuntzman.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Springfield-based unit mobilizes for Kuwait
SPRINGFIELD — Approximately 800 people crowded into the LRS Hanger of the Springfield Capital Airport to see off about 135 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who will deploy to Kuwait.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, September 25, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, September 25, 2017

Local potter has work included in state-wide exhibit in Chicago
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville potter, Michelle Coakes, is exhibiting several pieces of work in the “Connections” exhibit at the State Street Gallery in Chicago. The exhibit highlights the work of over 30 artists and artisans living and working in Illinois. The juried collection is largely tactile and three dimensional. Her brother, Michael Coakes, of Park Ridge, IL, a photographer and frequent visitor to Taylorville, will also have several pieces included in the exhibit.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to help maintain a diverse supply
SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.
Monday, September 25, 2017

VFW honors years of service
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville VFW Post 4495 celebrated their 72nd anniversary Sunday, Sept. 24. They honored those members with 50 and 60 years of service. Pictured in the front row from left: David Combs-50 years, Edward Voggetzer, James Norris, Richard Davis , all 60 years and Fred Campogni- 50 years. Back row from left: Jr. Vice Commander D J Devore and Commander David Collier.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Understanding the basic of how solar energy works
TAYLORVILLE — Solar panels are seen more and more on roofs of residential homes and even some businesses. Due in part to more aggressive marketing by solar energy companies, as well as greater awareness by customers, solar energy has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Smart homes have devices that communicate
TAYLORVILLE — Refrigerators that inform their owners when it’s time to buy more eggs and thermostats that learn homeowners’ heating and cooling preferences may once have seemed like futuristic ideas straight out of a sci-fi movie. However, such products are no longer a dream but a reality.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Moweaqua home on Illinois Solar Tour Oct. 7th
MOWEAQUA — The Illinois Solar Energy Association will host the 11th annual Illinois Solar Tour. As a part of the National Solar Tour, solar-savy home and business owners throughout the state will open their doors to show off their solar! 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Sun rises in new play about Rupert Murdoch
LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Illinois selects new management for state lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois has chosen a private firm to manage its lottery.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

End the trend of addiction
Saturday, September 23, 2017

North Elementary School is honing in on problem-solving skills this year

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — North Elementary School teachers gathered in the school’s library Monday morning for a brief presentation presented by the New Holland Middelton School District.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bourne to hold office hours
TAYLORVILLE — State Representative Avery Bourne will hold traveling office hours in Taylorville Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Harsh winter ahead or behind us?
TAYLORVILLE — Betty Bowman of Taylorville found an unusually large acorn, pictured left, in her yard last week. She brought in a smaller acorn for comparison and says this year it seems like the acorns are generally smaller, with the exception of the one on the left. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Registration is open for several Chillifest events
TAYLORVILLE — The annual Chillifest is set for Saturday, October 7. There are many activities set for everyone.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

LLCC celebrates 14th annual Multicultural Fest
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 14th annual Multicultural Fest Wednesday, Oct. 4. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. outside A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd. LLCC Outreach Centers in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Taylorville will also host celebrations in October. The events are free and open to the public. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017












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