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Crews named emergency coordinator of the year
Mike Crews
Mike Crews
TAYLORVILLE — Mike Crews has been named coordinator of the year by the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Bond reduction denied for local man charged with child porn
TAYLORVILLE — Bond will stand at $150,000 for a 27-year-old Stonington man charged with child pornography.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stonington Post Office Falling Down
TAYLORVILLE — Barricades prevent entry to the front of Stonington Post Office.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

31-year-old Nokomis man dies in Sunday AM crash
NOKOMIS, Ill. — Justin Gunderson, age 31, of Nokomis died Sunday morning, May 1, in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Illinois Route 16, west of East Bertolino Ave., Nokomis at approximately 4:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

City approves half-milion-dollar-plus street projects
TAYLORVILLE — Two street renovation projects totaling considerably more than a half-million dollars were approved at Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting. The bulk of the agenda, however, was spent debating a four-way stop sign at the intersection of England and Morton Streets.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ill. panel again urges medical pot expansion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois advisory board is once again recommending that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration add new health conditions to a list of what can be treated legally with medical marijuana.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

COURTHOUSE
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stonington seeks water main grant
STONINGTON — The Stonington Village Board on Monday approved spending $1,500 for preliminary engineering work needed to apply for a water main replacement grant.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Additional pet of the year contestant - PRECIOUS
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Additional pet of the year contestants
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mt. Auburn plans annual rummage sale
MT. AUBURN — The annual community-wide garage/rummage sales will be held in Mt. Auburn on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Shadow Home receives $1,300 contribution
HARRISTOWN, Ill. — Taylorville’s Shadow Home for women and children recently received a check for $1,300 from Jenner Ag, the result of a lawn mower raffle that culminated in a prize drawing during the dealer’s Demo Days April 15-16.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2 represent T'ville in Optimist oratorical contest
SPRINGFIELD — The third quarter District meeting of the Illinois Optimist clubs was held this past weekend in Springfield.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Officer Wells nominated for Optimist law enforcement award
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12. The breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The public is encouraged to nominate their favorite police officer as the Officer of the Year.  Nominations may be made online at www.ctitech.com/RespectForLaw/.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Memorial run/walk to honor Pana state trooper who died in line of duty
SPRINGFIELD—Lincoln Land Community College’s Veterans Club invites runners and walkers to participate in the 9th annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, May 28 beginning at 8 a.m. on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The event offers a 5K run/walk and a 10K run.
Monday, May 2, 2016

TFD Testing
Monday, May 2, 2016

COURTHOUSE
Monday, May 2, 2016

VisionWay Students Learn About Recycling
Monday, May 2, 2016

Pana Royalty
Monday, May 2, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Breaking Ground
Construction has begun near the intersection of Routes 104 and 29 for what is expected to be a new health care center. Investors have discussed with Taylorville City Council in April  plans to built a prompt care facility. Work is anticipated to be complete early fall, according to onsite workers on Friday. Owners and investors have not returned calls from the Breeze-Courier seeking additional information.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ireland's easter rising was 100 years ago this spring
The struggle for Irish independence from Great Britain spanned several centuries.  Few events had the dramatic impact of the Easter Rising.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Two people, one path, a world apart
TAYLORVILLE — In many regards, the story of the late Hartzell and Louise Givens, both of Taylorville, is a simple one; they met as two young college students, married, pursued their careers, raised a family, and settled into old age together.

On it’s surface, the story appears elementary, familiar, and mundane even, but there are layers of irony, intrigue, and even paradox throughout it’s pages. None greater, perhaps, than the connection that they share with company like Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenhimer, Otto Frisch, and Richard Feynman.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Community Calendar printed May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Newspapers and Fourth Graders
Fourth graders at Memorial Elementary School learn about newspapers on Friday at the Breeze-Courier. The students already exhibited key traits of a journalist — they had lots of questions as they learned about the newsroom and the press room.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Video game design tournament at LLCC
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There will be a video game design tournament held on Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College 5250 Shepherd Rd., Springfield.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

APL sets May pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during May 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Center HCEA to meet on May 2
TAYLORVILLE — The Center HCEA meeting will be on May 2nd 2016 at the Christian County Extension Office at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Lunch Program, "Grab-n-Go," Plans to Grow Again in 2016
TAYLORVILLE — For a fifth consecutive year, Taylorville First United Methodist Church will be offering free meals for children in the area this summer.  Children up to and including age 18 are invited to eat.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

TJHS to participate in annual TECH 2016 demo
SPRINGFIELD — The 25th annual TECH 2016 Students for the Information Age event will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 9:30am-11:30am and from 1pm-3pm at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. More than 100 schools will be represented from throughout the state of Illinois.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

City seeking easements to continue sewer project
TAYLORVILLE — A $3 million sewer overhaul project on the northeast side of town that has been in the planning stages for years may have hit a snag at Thursday evening’s City of Taylorville Street and Sewer Committee meeting.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Fish Day
Cody Napier and Matt Wiemelt, both of Springfield, came to Manners Park Pond on Friday in hopes of fishing for trout. The young fishers had no luck as of press time, but the duo remained optimistic that they will succeed.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Deputy Strawn Nominated for Law Enforcement Award
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 29, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016

Courthouse printed April 29, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016

Saved by Grace at Edinburg Baptist Church May 1
EDINBURG — Saved by Grace will be at Edinburg Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. They will be preaching and singing in the morning service. There will be a lunch following the service.
Friday, April 29, 2016

TASC May Support Group Meeting
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held Thursday, May 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. Hillsboro, Ill.
Friday, April 29, 2016

North Elementary School Student Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — Josephine Redmann was selected as Student of the Week for North Elementary School.
Friday, April 29, 2016

HCE members learn about the coroner's office at spring retreat
HILLSBORO, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension hosted an all-day spring retreat for members of the Home and Community Education Association (HCE) in Unit 18 on April 21.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Taylorville Sertoma Club offers $5,000 food pantry building challenge
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sertoma Club is pledging up to $5000 to help complete the building fund campaign for the Taylorville Food Pantry. Larry Peterson, president of the local club, said: “the Food Pantry has always been a preferred charity for our club.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Railway police guard trains and tracks
TAYLORVILLE — The days of passenger train bandits largely disappeared as the Wild West was tamed. But the need to police the railways remains.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Problem-solving court - saving lives, saving money
TAYLORVILLE — A drug addict gets caught smoking dope. In the past, the courts had one main remedy for an offender. Throw him in prison.

But there’s one problem. Once he’s out of prison, he runs afoul of the law again. And again and again.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Meth clean-up - dangerous and vital work
TAYLORVILLE — Joe Stepping has been in the meth cleanup business for 16 years.

It’s a dirty business. A dangerous business.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Salute to law enforcement
Nominees have been announced for the Taylorville Optimist Club’s Salute to Law Enforcement on May 12.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Courthouse printed April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 Edinburg Prom Court
EDINBURG — The 2016 Edinburg Prom, “Wildest Dreams”, will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Officer Mahan, Detective Bryan nominated for Law Enforcement Award
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.

The breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

TMH Foundation announces Lose-to-Win Challenge top winner
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation completed their 25th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge and Tanya Jett, Taylorville, takes the win by losing 28.2 percent.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pana Public Library to host area author in book signing
PANA — An award-winning area writer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book at the Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library in Pana on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Davis Hosts 3rd Annual 'Investing in Women' Event
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) hosted his 3rd Annual ‘Investing in Women’ event at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) in Springfield this past Saturday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pack 74 Cub Scouts hold Blue and Gold Banquet
MORRISONVILLE — The members and parents of Pack 74 Cub Scouts in Morrisonville gathered at the Morrisonville Methodist Church last weekend for the annual Blue and Gold Banquet.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mazzotti guest speaker at Optimist meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, Vice-president Seth McMillan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 27, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lightning strikes sets home ablaze
TAYLORVILLE — Lighting struck a home on Lake Shore Drive, and it took firefighters more than two hours to put out the blaze.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Predator held for trial in kidnapping teen
TAYLORVILLE — A Pennsylvania judge ruled today that there is enough evidence to hold a sexual predator for trial in the alleged kidnapping of 17-year-old Rachel Barrish.

Billie Joe Baker, 44, formerly of Taylorville, was charged last week with kidnapping the Taylorville teen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THS Introduces 2016 Prom Court
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Taylorville High School 2016 Prom Court were formally introduced today.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Officer Grove nominated for Law Enforcement Award
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect
Taylorville Fire Department practiced drills and honed skills on Wednesday morning at an unused apartment complex just south of  the Taylorville Memorial Hospital campus.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pana Pool repairs near completion
PANA — The Pana Park Revitalization Committee will soon be presenting a check in the amount of $60,000 for the recent pool improvements. Community Support Chairman, Jerry Jordan, stated the proceeds were raised locally and should cover approximately 70-80 percent of the expense.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Taylorville Junior High awarded grant
TAYLORVILLE — At the annual spring fundraiser held on April 8, the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation awarded its annual All School Grant for $2, 451.48 to the Taylorville Junior High School. 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Local Boy Scout lays wreath at Lincoln's tomb
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Boy Scouts of America held its 71st Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage in Springfield to honor the 16th President of the United States.  US Representative Rodney Davis was the guest speaker.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FBCA to present "Stopping at Ellis Island"
ROSAMOND — The junior and senior high school student of First Baptist Christian Academy, located in Rosamond, will be showcasing their spring play this Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. Local volunteer parent, Tammy Witt, will be debuting as a director.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Illiopolis Kitchen Band Performs at T'ville Estates
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

C.E.F.S. to blaze new trails for Older Americans Day
TAYLORVILLE — May is Older Americans month. The C.E.F.S./Golden Circle Nutrition Program will be celebrating Older Americans Day at the local nutrition site. The national theme is Blaze New Trails.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TPD offering vehicle inspections for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department and TRIAD would like to announce an upcoming safety event for any senior. On Saturday, May 7, 2016 we are hosting a FREE vehicle safety inspection. This event will be sponsored by and held at Main Cross Auto Service located at 1143 N. Cheney St. from 9:00 am until Noon.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Senior Crochet Class Gives Generously
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center’s Crochet Class, known affectionately as the Happy Hookers, meets weekly on Thursday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 p.m. While crocheting, the class socializes and trades crocheting tips.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

71st Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teenage auto theft suspect in jail after running from police
TAYLORVILLE — A 19-year-old Pana man is in jail on $30,000 bond after trying unsuccessfully to run and hide from Pana police.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Police and Fire
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Crime Stoppers
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Park Board approves Jaynes Park stanchion fence
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Park Board met in their regular meeting on Monday night at the Manners Park Office. The following agenda items were discussed.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Red Roses Red Hat Club to meet May 9
TAYLORVILLE — Shirley Ingold and Nina Elvers have planned a Red Roses Red Hat Club outing Monday, May 9. We are to meet at the Methodist Church upper parking lot at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bulpitt Native Receives Congressional Gold Medal
TAYLORVILLE — Ivan Maras, a Bulpitt native and retired Kincaid teacher currently living in Rochester, showcases a bronze replica of his Congressional Gold Medal awarded to him and his battalion, the 65th Infantry Regiment.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LLCC Recital Series features Paul Van Heuklom
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Paul Van Heuklom, professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College, will perform a Native American flute concert in the LLCC Recital Series on Sunday, May 1. The 4 p.m. performance in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Students perform at LLC's Johnston Music Festival
 MATTOON — More than 130 students from 21 area junior high schools will participate in the Frances Watts Johnston Junior High Honors Band and Chorus Festival held at 6:30 p.m. on May 6 at Lake Land College in the Field House.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Davis Greets Scouts At Lincoln Pilgrimage
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Meeting Notices printed April 25, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 25, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016

Courthouse printed April 25, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016

Blooming Boulevard
TAYLORVILLE — Their petals are gone now, but the Bradford Pear trees that line Bidwell Street, just north of the Taylorville Junior High School, were in full bloom last week. Most Bradford Pear trees are only in maximum bloom for just a short span, usually only three to five days.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Dewhirst Nominated for Law Enforcement Award
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.
Monday, April 25, 2016

100-mph chase ends in drug bust
TAYLORVILLE — An ultra high-speed motorcycle chase on Friday led to a drug bust and arrest of a 26-year old Taylorville man.

Devon J. Newman, 26, of Taylorville, zoomed into town at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. When police finally caught up with Newman, they found more than half a pound of cannabis in the motorcycle’s saddle bag.

Monday, April 25, 2016

THS announces National Honor Society inductees
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School announced the most recent inductees into the National Honor Society.
Monday, April 25, 2016

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs to Speak at Blackburn College Commencement
CARLINVILLE — Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will be the speaker at Blackburn College’s 147th Commencement, to be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7, on the campus’ Hudson Quad.
Monday, April 25, 2016

APL's Mobile Pet Adoption Center
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) is excited to be a part of the grand opening of the First Sunday Midwest Bazaar at the Menard County Fair Grounds, 18450 N Fairgrounds St, Petersburg on Sunday, May 1. APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center will be on site with adoptable dogs and cats from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at this event. In addition, APL will have t-shirts, hats, totes and a variety of animal supplies for sale.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Pana Public Library to host area author in book signing
PANA — An award-winning area writer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book at the Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library in Pana on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Pa. paper shares account of missing teen

By JOE PINCHOT 

The Herald » Sharon, Pennsylvania

WOLF CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police arrested a trucker Tuesday after pulling him over for a traffic violation and finding a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Illinois in his sleeper cab.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Illinois professor to lead inmate review program
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A professor at Southern Illinois University has been recruited by the Illinois Department of Corrections to review the effectiveness of every offender program aimed at reducing recidivism.  
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Bale Of Turtles
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kincaid Police Chief among law enforcement nominees
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12. The breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

If you lived in Greasy, you didn't want any one to know it
ILLINOIS — The legendary town of Greasy, once located between Palmyra and Girard in northern Macoupin County, has become an indelible part of area history. But there is considerable debate on several key issues about Greasy – including how it got its comical name.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Batter Up
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Scout Court of Honor Monday
Saturday, April 23, 2016

On 60th anniversary, TCCU looking forward
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union had more reasons to celebrate at its annual meeting this year, in addition to the positive results in growing its membership and its loan portfolio. 2016 marks the organization’s 60th anniversary of service to people who live or work in Christian, Shelby or Montgomery Counties.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Survey suggests a possible shortage of LPNs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A shortage of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may be on the horizon in Illinois, according to a recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Illinois Center for Nursing. The voluntary 2015 LPN Workforce Survey also finds that LPNs, in comparison to RNs, are a more racially diverse group, clustered in the urban areas of Illinois. The survey was completed by nearly 22% of the total LPN population in Illinois.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Illinois home prices climb 4.3 percent in March
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The spring market is in swing with steady gains in March median prices and modest growth in statewide home sales even as the housing supply is low for the season, according to the Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

TMH volunteers devoted nearly 6,000 hours last year
TAYLORVILLE — National Volunteer Week was celebrated April 10-16. Taylorville Memorial Hospital honored volunteers who have reached service hour milestones during their annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon held in the Janice Hopper Auditorium on Monday, April 11. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Taylorville Native Lori Lytle Coleman Is
TAYLORVILLE — Sir Edmund Hillary once said “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” One such Taylorville native is conquering mountains and moving rocks these days.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mini Therapists
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kincaid Legion sells tons of sausage at annual event
KINCAID — On Wednesday, April 20  nearly 70 volunteers from Edwin Corpin American Legion Post 905 and the community produced over 6600 pounds of their infamous garlic sausage.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

SAVORY AND SWEET GRILLED CHEESE WITH PEACH-JALAPENO JAM:
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kitchen Scoop
The price of salmon is expected to be high this year, but if you find a good bargain anytime, buy it andcook the whole thing right away, then freeze the leftovers for great, fast meals down the road.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Courthouse printed April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016

Music Fest Tonight
TAYLORVILLE — THS junior Connor Smegal performs a solo during a rehearsal for tonight’s Taylorville Schools Annual Spring Music Festival as Taylorville High School Director of Vocal Music Keith Chase directs the THS choir behind him.
Friday, April 22, 2016

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

Without The Rain There Would Be No Rainbow
A double rainbow after yesterday’s rain frames the rural Owaneco farm of Aaron and Sue Schafer. The double rainbow is considered a blessing, lucky or magical by some cultures, and almost all  give positive meaning to seeing the phenomenon.


Friday, April 22, 2016

TPD Sgt. Allan Mills among law enforcement award nominees
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Morrisonville schools eye cooperation with neighbors
MORRISONVILLE — Rick Cina and his family moved to Morrisonville because of the quality education provided by a small-town school.
Friday, April 22, 2016

City gaming ordinance leads to unforeseen consequence
TAYLORVILLE — Almost a year after the City of Taylorville enacted an ordinance featuring a more stringent stance on video gaming machines, aldermen are now contemplating an amendment to that policy.

“We tried to make a decision, and I think our primary goal was...that we didn’t want any business having a parlor. In other words, we didn’t want the majority of revenue coming from gaming, we wanted it be ancillary,” said Mayor Greg Brotherton at Thursday’s City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee meeting.

Friday, April 22, 2016

North Student of the Week
TAYLORVILLE — Sierra Motley was recently selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Cheerleading date changed
TAYLORVILLE — The date for Taylorville Youth Cheerleading has been changed to Friday, April 29 from 5-8 p.m. in the Manners Park Dining Hall.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jim Smith speaks about American Youth Band
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Ted Marrinan with the morning’s invocation. Brief reports were given on the busy month of May coming up for the club.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Phi Chapter Installs New Officers
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016-2018 Phi Chapter (of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society) officers were installed at the April meeting in Litchfield, Ill. at the April meeting.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Area Events Planned to Mark National Day Of Prayer
Friday, April 22, 2016

Predator with teen charged with kidnapping
44-year-old Billie Baker listed as a sexual predator

TAYLORVILLE — A former Taylorville man has been charged in Pennsylvania with kidnapping 17-year-old Rachel Barrish.

Billie J. Baker, 44, is being held in Mercer County Prison on $250,000 bond.

Baker was charged by the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office with kidnapping to inflict bodily injury or inflict terror, interference with the custody of a child and concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Courthouse printed April 21, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

Original Mark Ninmer composition featured in Music Festival Friday night
TAYLORVILLE — Whether its the brazen sounds of brass horns, the persistent and grounding beat of the percussion section, the earthy and sometimes airy acoustics of woodwinds, or the harmony of the choir, all will be in accord and on full display Friday evening for the annual Taylorville Schools Spring Music Festival.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Preserving And Protecting our Planet
TAYLORVILLE – Two Memorial Elementary School students are shown competing in a Recycle Dash race designed to educate children about the importance of recycling. The race was part of a larger Conservation Day event sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension office and held at Manners Park this morning that hosted over 450 area third and fourth graders.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 21, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Entry forms available for state writing competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced today that entry forms are available for the 12th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Y WINNERS
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners of the Y March Mania fitness challenge: Amy Moreland, April Atkins and Michelle Beckmeier. This team accumulated 1017 points, to win the challenge.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal speaks to local Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Republican Party Hosts Lincoln Day Dinner
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Republicans hold their 24th annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Several hundred gathered on Saturday April 9 to celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln. House Republican leader Jim Durkin, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, and Congressman Rodney Davis were featured speakers.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rep. Bourne holding area office hours
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is hosting traveling office hours throughout the district April 25-28. Traveling Office Hours are held in an effort to make it easier for those who are unable to make it to the Litchfield Office to meet with the Representative.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

Duckling Dynasty
TAYLORVILLE — With the sun shining and spring in full force on Tuesday, it was a great day for a swim. The Manners Park pool may not be open for the season yet, but some local park inhabitants managed to get their dip in anyway.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mold remediation at library begins today
TAYLORVILLE — Since April 12, 2016, the Taylorville Public Library has been closed to the public following the discovery of a serious mold problem affecting portions of the building.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pana reports decrease in Title Funding
PANA — The Pana School Board met Monday night, April 18. The board  discussed a fiscal update for 2016 allocations ($464,463) and reported the FY17 projection is $46,446 less than FY16, coming in at $418,017. Superintendent Dr. David Lett, stated “Title funding continues to go down.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Music will continue to play in downtown Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Music will continue to play from the courthouse bell tower.

That was the decision of the Christian County Board on Tuesday after hearing testimony from proponents and opponents of the music system at a special committee meeting.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pay freeze approved for county board
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday voted to freeze the salaries of all board members.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

State wants local overpayments back
TAYLORVILLE — Taxing bodies in Christian County were overpaid nearly one-third of a million dollars, thanks to a blunder recently uncovered by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

In all, units of government in Christian County were overpaid more than $327,000.

And now that the state has discovered the error, it wants its money back.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Area students view state government in action
SPRINGFIELD - Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Avery Bourne met with 16 students representing Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, April 13 in Springfield.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DAR Essay Winners Honored
TAYLORVILLE — Winners of the DAR-sponsored American History and Christopher Columbus essays were honored at a recent meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Accompanied by family members, the students read their winning essays and then enjoyed refreshments.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Taylorville Senior Center Hosts HS Seniors
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center has welcomed THS seniors each Friday at the Center for almost 3 years. For the last 2 weeks, the Center’s senior bag players have beat handedly the THS seniors who volunteered at the Friday’s Golden Circle Nutrition Program meal.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Education amendment gets initial okay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Voters would be asked to change the Illinois Constitution to declare that the state should be responsible for the majority of public school funding under a measure that advanced in the state House Monday.  
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Medication Use Discussed at Hickory Estates
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s, Don Schaeffer, RPh, TMH Pharmacy Manager, spoke to residents at Hickory Estates of Taylorville about managing their medications. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Car Collides with Commercial Building
TAYLORVILLE — At approximately 10:00 a.m. today, a vehicle collided with a commercial building at 601 N. Cheney St. in Taylorville causing significant structural damage to the building. The Taylorville police and fire departments responded to the scene, and a crash evaluation is ongoing. No injuries were reported, but the identity of the driver was not released at press time today. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Missing Taylorville teen located in PA
STONINGTON, Ill. — A seventeen-year-old Taylorville teen, missing since February 18, has been found in western Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pana hires new Junior High Principal

PANA — The Pana C.U.S.D. #8 Board of Education and Administration is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Juletta Ellis as its Junior High Principal for the 2016-2017 School Year.  

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Christian County 911 shortfall persists
TAYLORVILLE —  Almost four months after the Christian County 911 system faced potential shutdown as a result of inadequate state funding, the program is still facing financial shortfalls. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Aldermen approve indoor gun range permit
TAYLORVILLE — The construction of an indoor firing range and armory in Taylorville came one step closer to reality on Monday evening as the Taylorville City Council approved a special use permit allowing local businessman, Joshua Assad, to pursue his planned 14,000 square foot range.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Police and Fire
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CC 4-H Clover Club
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

THS Students H.E.A.R. About Bullying
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cooperatives participate in Youth Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jimenez and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer met with students representing Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, April 13 in Springfield.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

'Les Liaisons' revival coming
NEW YORK (AP) — “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play about power and seduction in 18th century France, will return to Broadway’s embrace this fall, starring Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boston Marathon movies filmed during race Monday
BOSTON (AP) — With the real-life Boston Marathon underway Monday, Hollywood film crews took to the marathon finish line and Fenway Park to shoot scenes for competing movies about the deadly 2013 marathon attacks.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Crimestoppers
Monday, April 18, 2016

Meeting notice
Monday, April 18, 2016

Courthouse
Monday, April 18, 2016

Police and fire
Monday, April 18, 2016

Appeals court upholds $1-billion NFL concussion lawsuit settlement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, potentially ending a troubled chapter in league history.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Trump wuz robbed
Monday, April 18, 2016

The Early American Dream House
Monday, April 18, 2016

Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices today over President Barack Obama’s immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Illinois History: Senator expelled from D.C. in 1912
Monday, April 18, 2016

Flood Relief
Monday, April 18, 2016

Two Taylorville blood drives next week
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host two community blood drives from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at 201 East Pleasant St., inside the auditorium and 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at Taylorville High School East Gym.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Casner earns certification, concussion assessment
PANA — Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play. An estimated 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with increases emerging among middle school athletes.
Monday, April 18, 2016

95-year-old WWII veteran, who served under Patton, on honor flight
PANA —World War II veterans are becoming increasingly harder to find these days, but that doesn’t mean that their sacrifices have been forgotten. In fact, it only means that they should be celebrated even more enthusiastically.
Monday, April 18, 2016

For lawmakers: No budget, no paycheck
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawmakers from the governor on down will start waiting for their paychecks like others whose payments from the state have been delayed due to the prolonged budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said Sunday.
Monday, April 18, 2016

William B. Hopper Honored as Distinguished Alumni
The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation on April 8 awarded its Taylorville Public Schools Foundation "Distinguished Alumni Award" to Mr. William B. "Bill" Hopper, who graduated with the class of 1958. 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

City Of Taylorville committees tackle extensive agenda
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Lake and Airport Committee, as well as the Water Committee, met in regular session of Thursday evening. The principal discussion revolved around a dispute between the City of Taylorville and the Village of Owaneco as it relates to a 60-year contract for water services.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Officer Jones among law enforcement nominees
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Air Force Graduation Cut Short By Shooting
TAYLORVILLE — It was supposed to be a day of celebration.

Sandy Kaiser trekked with her family to San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month to see her grandson Brayden Copeland, an E3 Airman First Class, graduate from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Drug Take-back Event Planned
Once again the Taylorville Police Department is taking part in the national drug take back sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Taylorville Police Department has teamed up with CVS Pharmacy this year for the event.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Community Calendar printed April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Women's Power Lunch features 7-Time Olympic Medalist
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The 2016 Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer will feature Shannon Miller, seven-time Olympic Medalist and ovarian cancer survivor. Proceeds from the seventh annual event will benefit all cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

You aren't grieving right!
In response to a departed neighbor's passing, the issue of how to grieve is a heated debate. To Katie, the step-daughter, and everyone who agrees with her; I have to disagree. It's not anyone's right to say that John, Katie's husband grieves incorrectly, or to tell John how to get over emotional distress.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fitness forged on the Sqaure
TAYLORVILLE — It started with a modest fitnes goal in 2010. Do one pull-up.

Megan Scales has come a long way since then. Training at Crossfit Adversis, Megan blasts out dozens of pull-ups without breaking a sweat.

She propels herself well above the bar using a “kipping” motion, swinging her body like a gymnast. “Kipping” is a foundational move for CrossFitters.  When they do pull-ups, they keep the reps high and movements fast.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Zone Nutrition: Taylorville's one stop health store
TAYLORVILLE — Whether it’s vitamins, essential oils, all-natural hygiene products, dietary supplements, or a sports nutrition regimen, Taylorville’s Zone Nutrition has the products needed to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

When quitting is winning
(Family Features) Quitting tobacco is hard, but it's never too late to quit and begin reaping the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle. 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Faith-based healthy lifestyle sessions offered at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Participants in "First Place for Health" at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville enjoyed the personal testimony of  Jacob Skelton at their Tuesday, April 5 meeting.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Budgeting to eat healthy
TAYLORVILLE — “Eating healthy is too much work and too expensive” are two common excuses in defense of choosing high fat and high sodium convenience foods over fruits and vegetables.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Skin tags are often harmless
Doctors have long been urging patients to be aware of changes to their skin, which could be indicative of illness, including skin cancer. When performing self-inspections, some people may discover skin growths that look unsightly or give them pause. Oftentimes these growths are skin tags.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Taylorville's Anita Ayers Henderlight: Making A Difference In South Sudan
YEI, SOUTH SUDAN — An old African proverb states "if you want to go fast, go along. If you want to go far, go together." Former Taylorville native, Anita Ayers Henderlight is helping the South Sudanese children go far in life. In her words, "I read a book, met some people, packed my bags and went to South Sudan." She attributes her love of reading to propelling her towards her current position as Executive Director for Africa Education and Leadership Initiative (Africa ELI).
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Meeting Notices printed April 15, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016

Courthouse printed April 15, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016

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

TPD Officer among outstanding law enforcement nominees
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 12. The breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Preserving the past is all about the future
TAYLORVILLE — An annual event being held this Sunday at the Christian County Historical Society is a time-honored tradition that officially kicks off the organization’s busiest season of the year. While the historical society revisits and reinvents past successful events to help fund the preservation of the past, the group has a new future-oriented outlook today.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Taylorville, Owaneco clash over 60-yr.-old water contract
TAYLORVILLE — An intergovernmental agreement between the City of Taylorville and the Village of Owaneco that was signed in June of 1970 is at the forefront of a dispute between the two municipalities. The agreement was an unprecedented sixty-year contract for water services to be provided by the City of Taylorville.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Loan assistance okayed for local flood victims
SPRINGFIELD — Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Pay freeze for co. board members recommended
TAYLORVILLE — A joint committee of the Christian County board voted Thursday to recommend freezing the salaries of all board members.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Fire Chief Crews speaks to local Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation. Brief reports were given on upcoming events.
Friday, April 15, 2016

South Fork Students Raise Funds
KINCAID — South Fork Junior/Senior High school recently held their annual Pony Talent Night on April 1.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Faith Community attends 'Pursuit Conference'
DECATUR, Ill. — Ten ladies representing Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville attended a two-day "Pursuit Conference" at the Heartland Community Church in Decatur sponsored by the Illinois Church of God Department of Women's Ministries.
Friday, April 15, 2016

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

Faculty changes approved for Edinburg
EDINBURG — The Edinburg School Board on Wednesday approved faculty changes for the upcoming school year.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Courthouse printed April 14, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bond set for men charged in meth lab
TAYLORVILLE — Bond was set Thursday for two Taylorville men arrested for allegedly cooking methamphetamine in an empty trailer.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

State's Attorney Testifies At Senate Committee
SPRINGFIELD — Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera was at the Capitol building in Springfield on Wednesday afternoon to speak to a senate committee on Senate Bill 210 which is the Bath Salts Prohibition Act.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fire Dept. receives grant for dive team equipment
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Fire Department received a Public Safety grant from Norfolk Southern Railway. The grant will be utilized, along with donation as a result of the December 2015 flood, to purchase a side sonar unit for the Taylorville Fire Department Dive Team.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

School funding reform bill passes committee
SPRINGFIELD — “Today’s vote was a great step forward in changing what is, without a doubt, the least equitable system of funding education in the nation,” Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said following a 10-1-6 Senate Executive Committee vote that passed his education funding reform bill, Senate Bill 231, out of committee on Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rep. Davis hosting service academy night
DECATUR — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) will host a Service Academy Night in Decatur on April 19 to give junior high and high school students an opportunity to learn more about Federal Service Academies. Additionally, Davis will have a representative from his office at U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood’s (R-Ill.) Service Academy Night in Springfield on April 26.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Workshop on creating edible landscapes
TAYLORVILLE — Area residents are still able to sign up for a free two class workshop series on creating edible landscapes. Trees Forever, in cooperation with University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 and the Taylorville Park District, is sponsoring the workshop series held on April 19 and 26 from 6-9 p.m. at theCounty Extension offices, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nature's Splendor
TAYLORVILLE — Spring has finally arrived with this colorful display at the home of Bob and Lynda Hall in Taylorville. The warmer temperatures brought out the grand color palette for these budding tulips. The local forecast for the weekend promises sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 70s.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teach A Man To Fish - Feed Him For A Lifetime
TAYLORVILLE — People were lined up Wednesday morning at the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District for  their annual fish sale.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Indian Market Days At Cahokia Mounds A Showcase Of Native American Handmade Work
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site presents some of the nation’s best Native American artists April 22-24 at the site’s annual Spring Indian Market Days. The artists will sell paintings, jewelry, beadwork, pottery and much more.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Harmony Presents 'I've Got The Music In Me' Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — “Gonna fly like a bird on the wing; hold on to your hat, honey; sing, sing, sing, sing, sing! I got the music in me!”

These are lines from the first song and title number of Harmony’s 2nd full length concert. This is the song intended to set the mood and direction of a concert that the 14 women of Harmony have been hard at work in preparation for the past year.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 14, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lego builder to present program on medieval castles
DECATUR, Ill. — Lego enthusiast Dr. Bob Carney will give a presentation on the Lego castles he has constructed Saturday, April 16. This particular presentation will focus on medieval castles, a passion of his for over 30 years.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lake Land College Students Compete At National Event
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twenty Lake Land College students from the Agriculture Division recently competed in the National Post-secondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) competition in Kansas City.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Edwards Place to offer tour of secret spaces
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Historic Edwards Place will offer “secret spaces” tours of Edwards Place on Saturday, April 16. Guests will have their curiosity fully satisfied as to what lies behind all the closed doors in Edwards Place.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Scout badge opportunity Apr. 28
DECATUR, Ill. — Boy Scouts can earn their Forestry badge at Rock Springs Nature Center during a workshop on Thursday, April 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pana teachers inducted into Phi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met on April 9 in Litchfield where three new members from Pana were initiated into the organization. They included Anna Patton, English teacher at Pana High School, Stacy Smedley, English teacher at Pana High School and Joan Saatkamp, Special Education teacher at Pana High School.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rock Springs offering mudpainting art program this Sunday
DECATUR, Ill. — Make a masterpiece in mud during Mudpainting at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Use mud mixed with paint to create your own art in this nature-based tactile program.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Future of local bike trail still uncertain
Pana, Ill. — Pana City Engineer, Greg Holthaus addressed the Pana City Council Monday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. Holthaus indicated he has been in contact with Cliff Frye, Christian County Engineer and Jim Klein from the Department of Transportation regarding the railroad train trussel on the bike trail.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Police raid meth lab in unoccupied mobile home
36-year-old Farmersville man and 32-year-old Taylorville man arrested

TAYLORVILLE — Early today the Taylorville Police Department received information in regards to a suspect wanted on numerous outstanding arrest warrants and charges for retail theft and theft of motor fuel, a felony, who apparently had been located at an unoccupied mobile home in Hillcrest Park, 1500 E. Main Cross, Taylorville.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Peabody files for bankruptcy today
NEW YORK (AP) — Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, has filed for bankruptcy protection as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Library closes amid mold concerns
TAYLORVILLE — Following an emergency meeting of the Taylorville Public Library Board of Trustees Building Committee on Tuesday evening, the Taylorville Public Library was closed to the public and will remain so for an undetermined period of time.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Public Meeting notices printed April 13, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kincaid village garage sales
CORRECTION: The sign-up sheets for the town-wide garage sale held Friday, June 3, and Saturday June 4, will be at Kincaid Village Market. An incorrect location was given in the Tuesday article titled “Ousted Kincaid foreman fights firing.”
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 13, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Courthouse printed April 13, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stonington Legion honors long-time members
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Post 257 met on Monday, April 11 in a special meeting to recognize the long service of the post members. Andy Marucco was recognized for 70 years; Donnie Blakeman for 60 years; Robert Shoemaker, Ralph Hodges and Larry Besson for 50 years each.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Search for frogs by sight and sound at Friends Creek area
DECATUR, Ill. — Search for frogs by sight and sound during a Frog Music Hike at Friends Creek Conservation Area on Friday, April 22 from 9-11 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Retired teachers meeting at Richland College, April 21
TAYLORVILLE — An article published in yesterday’s Breeze-Courier regarding the Retired Teachers of Christian County was incorrectly submitted to the newspaper. Following is the correct information for the upcoming meeting.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

North Elementary Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students have been selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary. The students received a certificate and assisted with the morning announcements.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Area man attends 60th straight Cards home opener
TAYLORVILLE — Almost like no other object, the ergonomics of a baseball instantly suggest its purpose. One look, one touch, and almost intrinsically, it ‘s design is understood and it’s utility discovered, it is meant to be gripped in the palm of the hand.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sertoma Club hears about local food pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Don Readhead and Linda Root were special guest speakers at the Taylorville Sertoma Club's recent dinner meeting. Readhead and Root are co-coordinators of the Taylorville Ministerial Food Pantry.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kendra Brown to showcase artwork at MacMurray
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — MacMurray College senior art majors Kendra Brown, of Assumption, Ill. is one of two senior art majors who will be showing their artwork at the MacMurray College Student Art Exhibition starting this week.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Court Reporter Speaks to THS Career Class
TAYLORVILLE — Lisa Hafliger, Court Reporter for the Macon County Court House, recently spoke to the Career class at THS.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Festival of Spring on Saturday, April 23
DECATUR, Ill. — Celebrate spring and Earth Day with a day of outdoor festivities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 35th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Retired Teachers of CC will hold spring meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Retired Teachers of Christian County Association will have its’ spring meeting at Krieger’s Restaurant on Tuesday, April 21, 2016. An optional buffet will begin at 11:45 a.m. with the business meeting beginning at 12: 30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Meals on Wheels program correction
In the April 11, 2016 edition of the Breeze-Courier, in an article titled ‘Meals on Wheels: more than a meal,’ it was incorrectly stated that the local Meals on Wheels program is federally funded.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

TSD renews contract with Veolia
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sanitary District met in its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday afternoon to act on an abbreviated agenda.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Courthouse printed April 12, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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

CEFS Golden Circle hosts Meals on Wheels
TAYLORVILLE — The CEFS/Golden Circle Nutrition program hosted their 9th Meals on Wheels America’s Mayors for Meals Day on March 22, 2016. Mayor Greg Brotherton showed his support of the seniors in the community by delivering meals to homebound seniors in the area.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

TMH discusses healthy eating during National Nutrition Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s, Janelle Cornell, RD LDN, Clinical Dietitian, spoke to residents at Hickory Estates of Taylorville about healthy eating. Cornell’s discussion began with the new US Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 and what has changed.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Taylorville Park Board passes on powwow
TAYLORVILLE — “My suggestion is going to be that we pass on this, “ said Park Board President Marlane Miller at Monday morning’s special Taylorville Park Board meeting. She was speaking in reference to the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, a three-day event intended to showcase Native American culture, that was pitched to the board at the regular March 28 meeting.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Taylorville School Board revises suspension policy
TAYLORVILLE — Most of the revisions to the student handbook and Taylorville School District discipline code were of the superficial variety, namely dates and website changes, but the Taylorville School Board did approve at least a few changes that dynamically alter the discipline code specifically.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ousted Kincaid foreman fights firing
KINCAID — The ousted village foreman returned at Monday’s village board meeting to fight his recent termination.

And he was cheered on by several of about 30 residents who crammed into the small village hall.

Pat Durbin served as village foreman until Friday, when the village board in a special meeting voted to fire him.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Police & Fire printed April 11, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016

Courthouse printed April 11, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016

Meeting Notices printed April 11, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016

Missions for Taylorville taking apps and looking for volunteers
TAYLORVILLE — The late Chris Wilson, Davis Memorial Christian Church member, began Missions for Taylorville (MFT) in 2010 with the goal of assisting people in need of minor home repairs, improvements and yard work. Since its inception, nearly 300 projects have been completed with the help of 900+ volunteers and include such things as building ramps, minor plumbing repairs, painting, minor repairs on houses and shed, cleaning gutters and yardwork.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Burned eyesore lingers as neighbors and city leaders fume
TAYLORVILLE —Tom Campbell takes pride in his Victorian home on East Market Street.
But the view from behind is a nightmare.
Fire consumed a blue home on the 500 block of East Main Crossing in September 2015.
More than a half year later, the ruins remain.
A dangerous ramshackle mess now threatens the neighborhood’s aesthetics, safety and property values.
For months, jagged edges of glass hung from broken windows. Doors were busted open. The insides of the home are a burned blight of charred wood and walls. Chunks of roof are missing. Junk from the blaze litters the sides of the house.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Catholic Daughters hosts guest speaker
TAYLORVILLE — Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Taylorville 583 met April 7 at the K.C. Hall. 
Monday, April 11, 2016

Shop, Save and Succeed Workshop coming soon
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension is excited to partner with US Bank in celebrating Money Smart Week the last week in April! Come learn about budgeting and techniques for eating healthy without breaking the bank. Money Smart Week is held annually to promote personal financial literacy.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Taylorville Community to host two Blood Drives in April
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community will host two  community blood drives in the month of April. The first  one will be held on Tuesday, April 19  from 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m at Lincoln Land Community College, located at 800 S Spresser St., inside Bloodmobile.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Meals on Wheels: much more than a meal
TAYLORVILLE — As the American short story writer Washington Irving once said, “Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.”

Irving may have been speaking in reference to the Christmas holiday, but his words hold true regardless of the season as there really is no time for charity like the present.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Greenhand FFA members attend conference
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Students from FFA chapters across Illinois attended the 212 Degree Leadership Conference. This conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Monday, April 11, 2016









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