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City looking to circumvent Owaneco water departure
TAYLORVILLE — The lingering dispute between the City of Taylorville and the Village of Owaneco over an embattled water contract resurfaced at Tuesday evening’s City of Taylorville Council meeting.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Demolition Begins At Southern Baptist Church
TAYLORVILLE — A fire claimed the Southern Baptist Church at 1121 N. Webster Street in August of last year. Today, the congregation took the first steps in the rebuilding process as they oversaw the demolition of the structure.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Morrisonville PD hires embattled Taylorville cop
MORRISONVILLE — After allegations of domestic abuse stemming from a June 22, 2016 incident in Skokie, IL, former Taylorville Police Department Officer Anthony Telford was dismissed from his position with the TPD.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

DCFS refuses to provide witness names in murder case
TAYLORVILLE — The Department of Children and Family Services is refusing to divulge witness names to a Pana man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his infant son.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Purcell get 18 years for drug trafficking
TAYLORVILLE — A Taylorville man was sentenced to 18 years in the Department of Corrections for running methamphetamine across state lines.

Purcell pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine, a Class X felony, after he and Destiny E. Doud allegedly bought 108 grams of methamphetamine in Oklahoma and brought the drugs to Illinois, intending to re-sell them.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Locals head to DC for inauguration
WASHINGTON — Anticipation is building for the Trump inauguration.

Seth McMillan, chairman of the Christian County Republican Party, joins about a dozen area residents who have traveled to Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration on Friday of Donald Trump.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The games begin in "The Lion in Winter" at The Legacy Theatre
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Legacy Theatre kicks off the new year with a gripping production of The Lion in Winter, in which audience members will literally step into a fabled world of kings, queens and medieval sword-fighting, only to find themselves in a situation much more contemporary than it seems.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Red Cross critically needs donors
MADISON, Wis. — Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Laura Cooper speaks to Kiwanis
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The guest speaker was Laura Cooper with the Christian County Probation office.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Local food producer seminars continues in Feb. with Cottage Law
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, February 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm the Christian County and Montgomery County University of Illinois Extension offices will host the next local food producer seminar, which will focus on Cottage Law.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

C.E.F.S./Golden Circle Nutrition Program to become Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Program Director Debbie Weber, announced earlier this month that the name of the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, which is sponsored by C.E.F.S., is changing its program name to Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. effective January 1, 2017.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed January 19
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Reminder of political season
TAYLORVILLE — Once again it is that time of year where a new political season is upon us with the local elections this upcoming May.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kincaid man arrested for burglaries
KINCAID — A 35-year-old Kincaid man was brought to court on Wednesday to face felony charges for allegedly burglarizing two Kincaid businesses on two occasions earlier this month.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Call for replacement of "unprofessional" members
TAYLORVILLE — A Democratic member of the Christian County Board called on the chairman to replace a committee member who acts in an “immature” or “unprofessional” way.

Board member Mike McClure, a Democrat, on Tuesday said he was not necessarily pointing fingers at members of the finance committee.

But McClure’s comments made pretty clear last week’s finance committee meeting was the inspiration for his remarks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Public Meeting Notice printed January 18, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital launches single site surgery program
 DECATUR — Each year, more than a million people experience gallstone disease. Gallbladder attacks caused by gallstones lodged in the bile ducts of the gallbladder can be extremely painful and life-threatening.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

People Brief printed January 18
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Nokomis native enlists in the Illinois Army National Guard
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pvt. Colleen Edrington, of Nokomis, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard Jan. 11 at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Central A&M FFA hosts Leadership Workshop
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — On Wednesday, January 11, students from Central A&M Middle School and High School met at the high school gym to hear motivational speaker Ted Wiese talked about having a positive attitude and making a difference.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gov. celebrates grand opening of 29
ROCHESTER — “This is a great day for Central Illinois,” Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony honoring the grand opening of the four-lane expansion to Illinois Route 29. It took 25 years, but all four lanes finally made their debut last October.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois Wesleyan announces Fall 2016 Dean's List
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Ashley Schneider, of Nokomis, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Third Annual Scholarship Awareness Day set for January 26
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organizing the 3rd Annual Scholarship Awareness Day at Taylorville High School on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 10:39 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

South Fork High School to host community blood drive Jan. 30
KINCAID — South Fork High School will host a community blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30 at 610 Dial Street, inside Multipurpose Room.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day
TAYLORVILLE — It’s Time to celebrate the wonderful world of Martin Luther King Day which occurs on Monday, January 16.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Illinois history sometimes repeats itself
ILLINOIS — There is an old adage that “history repeats itself.”  Events of the early 21st century in Illinois give credence to that statement. 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Durham drops out of mayoral race
TAYLORVILLE — Mark Durham has dropped out of the race for Taylorville mayor.

Durham, a water service technician, previously filed a petition with the city clerk, seeking to run for mayor.

He was one of several candiates to seek the office.

The others include Ray Koonce, Bruce Barry, Tim Calvert, Rob Heberling, Terry Wright and Victor Pop.

“I’ve decided to drop out of running for mayor," Durham said. “I realized you’ve got to be mayor 24/7, 365 days a year. With my other responsibilities, I didn’t think it would be fair to the city."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Strike looms for state employees, Manar warns
SPRINGFIELD — A strike or lockout involving the state’s largest public employees union looks imminent without leadership from the governor’s office, said State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) warned on Monday.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Spring Lake Land College Community Choir rehearsals to begin
MATTOON, Ill. — Everyone knows that “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” but the next lyric in Duke Ellington’s classic song offers a remedy; “It don’t mean a thing, all you got to do is sing!”  Preparation for the spring season of the Lake Land College Community Choir begins on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Lake Land College Theater from 7-9:30 p.m.
Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Chamber Leadership program kicks off
TAYLORVILLE – The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and the University of Illinois Extension in Christian County kicked off the 2017 Leadership program with “StrengthTraining” at the Trutter Center on the Lincoln Land Community College campus.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Hunter safety education class offered
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Class this January. The 10 hour class will meet at Rock Springs Nature Center on Monday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 25 from 6-9 p.m., and Friday, January 27 from 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

CWA members to host TMH CEO at next meet
TAYLORVILLE — The January meeting of the Community Women's Association was held on January 4, 2017 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Annex. Guest speaker for the evening was Ashley Rahar, a local real estate agent and mother of four. Ashley gave an informative talk about the basics of renovating and decorating. Ashley and her husband Justin were recent hosts during the 25th Annual Taylorville Christmas home tour.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tips for toasting: Keep it brief, stay appropriate
TAYLORVILLE — Wedding toasts are a tradition that many guests and wedding participants look forward to. An opportunity for maids of honor and best men to express their feelings about the bride and groom, wedding toasts often touch on the heartfelt and the humorous while shedding light on the relationship between the happy couple and the men and women they have chosen to play such significant roles at their wedding.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Preserving wedding bouquets and arrangements
TAYLORVILLE —  bride’s gown may garner its share of attention come her wedding day, but floral arrangements also tend to impress guests. Fresh flowers make a wedding and the ensuing reception more inviting and appealing.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Changing your last name becoming popular again
TAYLORVILLE — While many brides opt to take their husbands’ surnames upon tying the knot, over the years the popularity of such a decision has ebbed and flowed. Recent years have suggested the practice is once again gaining steam.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Blended families: Put others' need before your own
TAYLORVILLE — Families come in all shapes and sizes. During special events  — particularly those steeped in tradition, such as weddings — blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

'I do,' take two: A guide to a second marriage
TAYLORVILLE — Couples are returning to the altar in increasing numbers, as second and third weddings are becoming ever more popular. Pew Research Center indicates that, as of 2014, 64 percent of divorced or widowed men have remarried, compared with 52 percent of previously married women.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

The origins of bridal customs:
TAYLORVILLE — Chances are those who have attended a wedding have witnessed some popular traditions take place. The bride wears a veil, a court of wedding attendants accompanies the bride and groom, and birdseed, rice or flower petals are tossed. But have you ever wondered why? The wedding customs are ripe with tradition and harken back to days when superstition and myth often ruled the day.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ultra sensible tips for trying on wedding gowns
TAYLORVILLE — Many brides-to-be look forward to the day when they visit a bridal salon and are able to try on gowns for the first time. There are certain tips that can make the day go much more smoothly and potentially reduce the amount of time it may take to find the perfect gown.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Start With The Basics: How To Build Your Wedding Budget
TAYLORVILLE — Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and more engaged couples are completely or partially financing their own nuptials.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Taylorville Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. John Sigle, DPM
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome John Sigle, DPM. Dr. Sigle will see patients at Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Specialty Clinic, located within the hospital, the second and fourth Monday beginning in January 2017.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

THS to reschedule auditions for spring musical
TAYLORVILLE — The middle school auditions for the Taylorville High School Musical, the Music Man, have been rescheduled for next Friday, January 20 due to inclement weather. All information and times remain, other than the date change. If you have any questions please contact Keith Chase, Director of Vocal Music, at kchase@tcusd3.org or 824-2268 ext. 1159.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Morrisonville landmark to be demolished
MORRISONVILLE — The community of Morrisonville will soon bid farewell to a landmark that has occupied its current location for more than 84 years.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Davis Receives Committee Assignments for 115th Congress
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has received his committee assignments for the 115th Congress. Davis will continue to serve on three committees in the House: the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and Committee on House Administration. He will also remain the chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reduced EPA loan to save city thousands
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s new water plant, even after it was reduced in size late last year, is expected to cost taxpayers close to $26 million.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ways to creatively repurpose your wedding gown
TAYLORVILLE — When planning their weddings, many brides-to-be devote a large portion of their wedding budgets to their wardrobes. Statistics released by The Knot in 2014 indicated the amount the average woman was willing to spend her gown was $1,281.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Local woman launches event planning business
TAYLORVILLE — Megan Cole was all set to become a nurse, but after her wedding she changed her mind at the eleventh hour. Instead, she is now Taylorville’s newest event coordinator and the owner of Megan Dain Weddings and Events.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Butterfield Scholarship recipients are announced
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation announced the recipients of the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship and the John H. Butterfield Trust Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship at its Signature Event fundraiser “Gifts of the Season” on December 3, 2016 at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Better late than never: Written thank yous a must
TAYLORVILLE — Weddings and gifts go hand-in-hand. Couples who are tying the knot can expect to receive scores of gifts, ranging from simple well-wishes to cash to items listed on their registries. Because gift-giving is tradition, couples should plan on spending some time writing thank-you notes to express gratitude to the people who were kind enough to give a gift.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Tips to think about when considering a vintage gown
TAYLORVILLE — Brides-to-be devote plenty of time to thinking about their wedding gowns, and some women spend months scouring stores for their ideal designs. But what if the perfect gown is already tucked away in a family member's closet?
Friday, January 13, 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Relay For Life event rescheduled for Jan. 22
TAYLORVILLE — A kickoff event for the Relay For Life of Christian County that was initially scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Taylorville High School has been postponed due to impending poor weather.
Friday, January 13, 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Pantry Taking Shape
TAYLORVILLE — A backhoe lifts a steel girder into place as construction is underway on the frame of the new home for the Taylorville Food Pantry located near the intersection of East Main Cross and Water Streets.
Friday, January 13, 2017

TFD Trains At Old St. Mary's
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Firefighter Nick Zepin finds himself stuck in a floor of the old St. Mary School building as the Taylorville Fire Department enacts a simulated rescue.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Co. Board: Finance chairman grills clerk on payroll issues
TAYLORVILLE — The new chairman of the county’s finance committee grilled the county clerk over slow progress to bring online a new server to cover payroll and accounting.

“I’ve been going through the minutes the past few years,” said Chairman Becky Edwards. “I’m astounded how long this whole thing has taken. I really can’t believe it, frankly.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dr. Fuerstenau speaks to Taylorville Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Sheriff Kettelkamp speaks to local Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The guest speaker was Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Blood drive January 25
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville will host a community blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25 at 920 McAdam Dr, inside Bloodmobile.
Friday, January 13, 2017

North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. They assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Minister's Message: 'C.P.A.'
TAYLORVILLE — Creation, Procreation, and Absolution are three of the ways God gives us life. He is the author and creator of life. He designed His creation to procreate thus extending life to others. And He gives life by absolving us our sins.
Friday, January 13, 2017

A Soldier's Homecoming
Work began in earnest yesterday to build a ramp for PFC Maggie Bilyeu at her Taylorville home. Bilyeu was severely injured in an explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan in November 2016. Contractor Jeff Scattergood led the building project. Materials were donated by Alexander Lumber and R.P. Lumber.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Edinburg eyes school improvements
EDINBURG — The Edinburg School Board eyes improvements to the school building.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Campus visit day at LLCC is planned for Feb. 20
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with new and returning adult learners, to Campus Visit Day Monday, Feb. 20 (Presidents Day).
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Presentations explain volunteeering at historic sites
 SPRINGFIELD – Two presentations this weekend will inspire a love of history among people of all ages and explain how to volunteer at Springfield’s historic sites.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Church Donates To Court Outreach Program
Blain Cornwell, representing Davis Memorial Christian Church, presents gift cards for problem-solving court participants to Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tapscott Recognized For Years Of Service
EDINBURG — Cindy Tapscott was recognized at Edinburg CUSD#4 Board Meeting on January 11, 2017 for her 16 years of service to the Edinburg School District.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Evidence suppressed in infant death case
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his infant son will have part of his confession suppressed, ruled Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Garage Fire
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Fire Department responded to a non-suspicious garage fire Tuesday at 914 W. Rich St. No one was injured durnig the blaze, and damage was estimated at $40,000.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Taylorville nursing home fined after resident death
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville was recently fined $16,250 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) after a resident there died after sustaining a head injury while employees were in the process of moving her from her bed.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Schafer ranks 6th at nat'l livestock judging contest
DENVER, Colo. — Eric Schafer of Owaneco, Illinois, had the chance to represent Illinois at the National Western Round Up Livestock Judging Contest held in Denver, Colorado January 7.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Deadline for conservation scholarship January 15
TAYLORVILLE — High school seniors must apply by Jan. 15 for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s 2017 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CNB Bank scholarship deadline extended
TAYLORVILLE — The article in the Tuesday, January 10, 2017 edition of the Breeze-Courier indicated the scholarship deadline for the CNB Bank & Trust and CBAI Scholarship was January 13, 2017.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Central A&M FFA places in vet science competition
NIANTIC, Ill. — On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE at Sangamon Valley High School.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grandson of Morrisonville woman wins aeronautics award
ROLLA, Mo. — Dr. Joshua Rovey, an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Associate Fellow, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri‘s Science & Technology School in Rolla, Mo., has won the 2016 Lawrence Sperry Award. The Sperry Award is presented to honor a notable contribution made by a young person, age 35 or under, to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Downed Powerline
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Burglar hits Kincaid businesses twice in one week
KINCAID — Two Kincaid businesses, the Kincaid Diner and the Phillips 66 gas station on Illinois Route 104, were burglarized early yesterday morning.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kincaid passes restrictions for mobile homes
KINCAID — The Kincaid Village Board on Monday passed an ordinance to tighten regulations on mobile homes and manufactured homes.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pana considering business district
PANA — A proposed business district for Pana was the main topic at last night’s city council meeting.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Environmental concerns complicate proposed TSD project
TAYLORVILLE — According to Jeff Large, senior engineer with Crawford Murphey & Tilley, aging sewer infrastructure extending from the Taylorville Sanitary District’s southeast force main on Cherokee Street is in need of attention.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

School board receives district tech report
TAYlORVILLE — In the ever-changing word of technology, it’s hard to keep with the times, but the Taylorville shool district is trying its best to stay ahead of the curve.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois Senate budget plan to end deadlock stalls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s plan to end the nation’s longest state budget deadlock fizzled Monday after Republicans declared they wanted more time to ensure Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands are met before approving a tax increase.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Barbra Streisand backs Meryl Streep in criticism of Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Count Barbra Streisand in Meryl Streep’s corner when it comes to criticizing President-elect Donald Trump.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Senior Center's Transportation Program receives grant
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center’s Senior Transportation Program received a recent donation from the Taylorville First United Methodist Church’s Duncan-Kendrick Ministry Fund. Greg Patrick, Fund Chair, visited the Senior Center and made the announcement.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Morrisonville announces students of the month
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School has announced the December 2016 students of the month.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bourne guest speaker at Sertoma Club meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Kim Bourne, CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital for the past two years, was Sertoma's guest speaker at a recent dinner meeting.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CC Health Department receives donation
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Health Department was selected to receive $5,000.00 as one of the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation Award Recipients.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CNB Bank and CBAI announce scholarships
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — CNB Bank & Trust announces a scholarship competition that enables Illinois high school Seniors to enter a statewide essay-writing contest. The competition is part of a program sponsored by Illinois community banks and the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking to increase public awareness of locally owned banks and their contributions to the community.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Crash Into Lincoln Land College
Monday, January 9, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Crime of the week
KINCAID — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Kincaid.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Kincaid man dies after ejected from vehicle
On January 8, 2017, at about 9:32 a.m., 911 received a call from a passerby who saw a male subject lying in a field, next to overturned truck, in the area of 600 E 1400 North Road, Pawnee in South Fork Township. 
Monday, January 9, 2017

Hard Water At Lake Taylorville
Monday, January 9, 2017

Auditions set for The Music Man, Jr. at The Little Theatre On The Square
Sullivan, Ill. — The Little Theatre On The Square will hold auditions for its production of The Music Man, Jr. on Friday, January 13, 2017, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. at the theatre.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Camp One Way presents 'God is Bigger Than I' theme of winter camp
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — Elementary Camp for campers in grades 2 through 5 is offered at Camp One Way February 3 and 4. Dropoff time is 7 p.m. Friday, with pickup at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Central A&M FFA participates in Section 16 Dairy Products CDE
NIANTIC, Ill. — On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sangamon Valley High School to participate in the Section 16 Dairy Products CDE.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Central A&M FFA places 3rd at Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE
NIANTIC, Ill. — On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE at Sangamon Valley High School.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Terry Wright announces mayoral candidacy
TAYLORVILLE — Terry Wright has opened his campaign and is asking for your help and vote to become Mayor of Taylorville. The election is set for April 4th, 2017.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Illinois native Reno criticized for role at Little Bighorn
For its size, the Battle of the Little Bighorn left an imposing legacy, lifting the defeated commander, George Custer, into American legend.  His second-in-command fared far worse.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Meeting Notices printed January 8
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Garage Fire Extinguished
TAYLORVILLE — A firefighter emerges from battling a garage fire on 1430 North 775 East Road near Kincaid.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Crash on Spresser
Taylorville police and fire departments responded to a crash on the 1000 block of West Spresser Streets on Friday afternoon.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

VisionWay Selects December Stars
TAYLORVILLE — The December Star Students for VisionWay Christian School were recently announced.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Celebrating life at the Rose Bowl Parade
TAYLORVILLE — Liz Hager advocates for organ and tissue donation.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

IEA-Retired Teachers Memorial Scholarship
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Abe Lincoln Chapter of the Illinois Education Association Retired Teachers is sponsoring the Sharon Miller Memorial Scholarship to students in Region 11 and 47 public schools. Each recipient will receive a $1000 scholarship.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pana Red Roses holds fundraiser
PANA — Pana Red Roses met at the Pana Community Hospital Community Room for a delicious brunch On Wednesday, January 4. This was their annual fundraiser for charity where they sold donated red hat items by silent auction and live auction. Every member was given a choice of which charity would receive the funds collected. The Pana Food Bank won by majority.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Optimist Club holds weekly meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lake Land announces foundation scholarship deadline
 MATTOON, Ill. — Lake Land College Foundation scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Community Calendar printed January 8
Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Art Exhibit At Courthouse
Artwork from Taylorville native Tracey Maras adorns the halls of Christian County Courthouse outside the circuit clerk’s office.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Taylorville Fire Dept. struggling with employee turnover
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville is pursuing a two-pronged approach in order to discourage employee turnover in both their police and fire departments.
Friday, January 6, 2017

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Talking history at Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD – The new year will bring new opportunities to explore history as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum launches the Illinois History Forum on Jan. 12.
Friday, January 6, 2017

PHS Students Donate To Pana Christmas Baskets
PANA — The Pana High School Student Council once again sponsored a canned food drive the month of December.
Friday, January 6, 2017

TMH represented at the Rose Parade
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital was proud to be represented in the Rose Parade on January 1.
Friday, January 6, 2017

VisionWay Christian School students participates in clothing drive
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) recently participated in a school-wide clothing drive.
Friday, January 6, 2017

TMH Foundation's Lose-to-Win Challenge begins with a new tool
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has purchased a new Full Body Sensor and Scale through participant fees gathered through the Lose-to Win Program.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Coroner investigating two local deaths
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at about 2:57 p.m., 911 received a call that a 50-year-old female was unresponsive and not breathing at her residence in rural Moweaqua.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Police & Fire printed January 5
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Courthouse printed January 5
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kincaid Flood Relief
Community leaders gathered on Wednesday to celebrate raising about $100,000 in funds, services and supplies to help in the Kincaid flood relief effort.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Corzine to pay $5M penalty to resolve MF Global case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor who led the collapsed brokerage MF Global, has been ordered to pay a $5 million penalty for his role in the firm’s alleged illegal use of almost $1 billion in customer funds.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hopper Foundation Donates To Problem Solving Court
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Brad Paisley, pictured left, is shown receiving a check in the amount of $10,000 from Dr. Ron Mizer, representative of the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. The funds will be utilized for the Christian County Problem Solving Court.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Longtime Edinburg Team Driver And Scorekeeper Honored
Sam Bowsher, longtime team bus driver and scorekeeper for Edinburg Schools, was honored for his decades of service to the school district.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Relay For Life of Christian County to host kickoff January 15
TAYLORVILLE — American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Christian County will host the 2017 Kickoff “Cocoa, Cookies & A Cure” on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Extension gardening program offers winter webinar series
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team announces the Winter 2017 schedule for the Four-Seasons Gardening Webinar Series. The Four Seasons Gardening programs focus on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, and will begin again this month.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

VisionWay Selects December stars
TAYLORVILLE — The December Star Students for Vision Way Christian School were recently announced. Students are chosen each month by their teacher. They shine their lights for Jesus by showing great Christ like character.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rock Springs to Feature Prancing Deer Mini Camp, More
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed January 5, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Police & Fire printed January 4
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

City Breaks Ground On Long-Awaited Sewer Project
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville officials and members of Petersburg Plumbing gather near the northeast side of town this morning to celebrate the groundbreaking on the city’s new $3 million, thirty-inch sanitary sewer bypass project.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Underage drinking party busted in Stonington
STONINGTON — Eight individuals were arrested by sheriff’s deputies for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

llinois DCFS releases PSA to prevent child trafficking
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The human trafficking of children for sex in Illinois happens in every small town and big city throughout the state. In 2016, DCFS investigated 143 calls to the hotline for allegations of Human Trafficking. Many of the reports involved children being victimized within blocks of where they live.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Council will study further tree removal
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville City Council on Tuesday opted to study further what to do about tree removal.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

THS to hold casting call for spring musical
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School is seeking talented student actors in grades 5th-8th form Taylorville Junior High School, St. Mary’s School, or Vision Way Christian School for two leading-roles and junior chorus members for the spring musical production of The Music Man.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bill's Toasty Shop A Legend Of Downtown Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — A legend of its own, Bill's Toasty Shop holds a piece of history in downtown Taylorville. For more than 8 decades, people young and old have enjoyed a hamburger cooked right on the grill as you  sit on one of the stools at the quaint little counter of the diner.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bella Amore Where The Staff Makes You Feel Like A Princess
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dana's Book Exchange A Gem On The North Side Of The Square
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Think Advanced Title When You Need Title Work
TAYLORVILLE — Advanced Title opened January 1, 2000 and moved to the current location on the square in 2005.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Men Who Cook event going strong in seventh year
TAYLORVILLE — Whether it’s slow smoked BBQ, homemade cheese, exquisite cheesecake, exotic wild game recipes, or a unique spin on classic comfort foods, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Men Who Cook contest has been delighting the pallet and stimulating taste buds for the past six years.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Downtown Taylorville.org working hard to promote community activities downtown
Downtown Taylorville.org is a group of people and businesses sharing a concern for Taylorville by promoting the use of the historic downtown Taylorville buildings for the operation of retail, entertainment, and civic reasons.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Downtown Facelift
Security Finance and Advanced Title Group Inc. in downtown Taylorville recently renovated the building fronts with new brickwork.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

TMH Auxiliary hosts Babysitting Clinic for teens
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted a Babysitting Clinic on December 29, 2016 at no charge to participants.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jury trial reset for Stonington man accused of child porn
TAYLORVILLE — A judge’s patience is running out in the case of 28-year-old Stonington man accused of possessing child pornography.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Kincaid teen denied drug treatment, will be sentenced Jan. 26
TAYLORVILLE — Resident Judge Brad Paisley on Tuesday denied a motion that would allow a Kincaid woman to seek drug treatment as sentencing looms.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Memorial to hold free seminar on artery health
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on heart attack and stroke prevention by promoting artery health at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield announces meeting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois announces their upcoming Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, January 14, at Lakeside Christian Church hall, located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 100 west) in Springfield.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bistro Verde at LLCC opens Jan. 25
SPRINGFIELD—Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will open for lunch and dinner for the spring 2017 semester beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25. The community is invited to experience food prepared and served by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hopper Foundation Donates to Food Pantry
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Son of Vice-President, father of Gov. is forgotten generation in dynasty
The Stevensons are one of the dominant political families of Illinois history, boasting a Vice-President, governor, and U.S. Senator in three separate generations – all named “Adlai.” Overshadowed is Lewis Stevenson, whom some consider a weak link in the family dynasty.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Autism Support Connection holding support group meeting
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Ill.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

VFW to hold men's night
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a “Men’s Night” at the Veterans’ Memorial Home at 515 N. West Avenue on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Teenager airlifted after New Year's crash
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — A 17-year-old Christian County teenager was airlifted for medical treatment at about 3 a.m. New Year’s Day after crashing a Chevrolet Silverado into an oak tree at Route 104 near Township Road 900 near Kincaid.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Adavaha Rylee Jo Middleton Is The New Year's First Baby
TAYLORVILLE — The winner of the Breeze-Courier first baby of the new year contest is Adavaha Rylee Jo Middleton, born January 1, 2017 at 4:00 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Starting The New Year On The Right Foot
Members of Christian County YMCA were pumping iron and sweating on Monday morning.
Monday, January 2, 2017

More new laws that went into effect January 1
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — In the Friday, December 30, 2016 edition of the Breeze-Courier, some of the new laws that took effect on January 1, 2017 were highlighted.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Optimist hears about resolutions
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 29, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Monday, January 2, 2017

TASC January sensory friendly film event
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films."
Monday, January 2, 2017

TMH's Healthy New Year's resolution ideas
TAYLORVILLE — As we start 2017, a natural tendency is to take a look at our lives and determine areas where we would like to improve. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set goals and get a fresh start. Here are five healthy resolution ideas from Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s CEO Kim Bourne to help get you on your way.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, December 30, 2016

Police/Fire
Friday, December 30, 2016

Community helping one of its own
TAYLORVILLE — When the news broke that PFC Maggie Bilyeu, of Owaneco, had been severely injured in an explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan on November 12, 2016, the Taylorville community immediately wanted to know how they could help.
Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's resolutions - easy to make, tough to stick with
TAYLORVILLE — New Year’s resoultions were swirling through downtown Taylorville this week.
Friday, December 30, 2016

One year later: Residents reflect on South Fork flood
TAYLORVILLE — On December 28 and 29, 2015, South Fork flood waters ravaged Kincaid and the surrounding area.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Past First Babies of the Year Winners
Friday, December 30, 2016

Minister's Message: It's only the beginning
TAYLORVILLE — Though we are past Christmas by the time this is published. I think this reflection, which I posted on Facebook and in the church newsletter, is important as we move beyond the Christmas season.
Friday, December 30, 2016

F-X Youth Group Gives To Community
Friday, December 30, 2016

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fire Scare On The Square
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Complaint filed with AG over TSD FOIA request
TAYLORVILLE — A local attorney and the managing company of the Taylorville Sanitary District (TSD) are embroiled in a dispute over the release of documents that appear to be public information.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Police & Fire printed December 28
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas in the Park a big success
TAYLORVILLE — “I’ve been around since 1988, and I think I gotta say, that’s the best I’ve ever seen it,” said Park Board Trustee Don Bragg of the park’s annual Christmas in the Park event.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

City of Pana awards bid for bike trail project
PANA — Pana City Council met last night for the final City Council meeting of 2016.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Light Cleanup
Park workers were busy Wednesday taking down the thouands of lights and displays at Manners Park.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Illinois man received last surrender of Civil War
Though many believe the Civil War ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, several active Confederate armies remained in the field for weeks.  An Illinois man received the last surrender, nearly eleven weeks after Lee.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Washington School announces Character Education winners
PANA — Washington School in Pana recently announced the Character Education Award winners for the month of December.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hopper Foundation donates to CC Historical Society
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society received funding from the Hopper Foundation recently.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

THS to host community blood drive Jan. 26
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26 at 815 Springfield Road, inside East Gym.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TMH Foundation announces Lose-to-Win Challenge top winners
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has completed their 27th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge. Steven Jerry Ippolito, Taylorville, won the challenge by losing 18.89%.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

City Employees Honored
Monday, December 26, 2016

Kiwanis Club members help with Christmas in Park
TAYLORVILLE — Several members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, volunteered to again man the donation booth at the end of the Taylorville Park District “Christmas in the Park” tour at Manners Park on Thursday.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Vaughans recognized as Optimists of the year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 22, in the TMH Auditorium.
Monday, December 26, 2016

In Remembrance
Geraldine A. “Jerri” Durbin, of Taylorville was inadvertanly omitted from the In Remembrance list which was published in the Sunday, December 18, 2016 edition of the Breeze Courier.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Courthouse printed December 23
Friday, December 23, 2016

Sheriff advises of failure to appear scam
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Sheriff's Office would like to warn citizens in Christian and surrounding counties that a scammer is calling and claiming to be the Chief Deputy, Sheriff, or a Deputy from the Christian County Sheriff's Office.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas music brings joy, sales to downtown
TAYLORVILLE — Ed Downs remembers a few years back walking out of his downtown store on the square.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Santa Makes His Rounds Tomorrow Night!
Friday, December 23, 2016

Dr. Yaser B. Freij retiring after 41 years
TAYLORVILLE — After 41 years serving the children and parents of Taylorville and Christian County, Dr. Yaser B. Freij, MD, FAAP is retiring. He has nurtured generations of children with love and care. To say he is beloved would be a gross understatement.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Learn how and what to feed birds Jan. 7
DECATUR, Ill. — Start the year off right by helping our feathered friends. Learn which birds stay in Illinois over the winter, and how and what to feed them during “Bird Feeding Basics” at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, January 7 at 10 a.m.
Friday, December 23, 2016

IAA Foundation offers 71 scholarships statewide
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 71 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $143,400 for the 2017-2018 school year. 
Friday, December 23, 2016

CC Farm Bureau Foundation to award scholarships
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) Foundation Board of Trustees and the Christian County Young Ag Leaders (YAL) continued its commitment to supporting young agriculturists by approving to continue sponsoring scholarship allotments for 2017 at their December Board of Trustees Meeting.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Farm Bureau Members Discuss Ag Issues
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Farm Bureau Board of Directors discuss agriculture issues with their adopted Legislator Representative Sonya Harper.
Friday, December 23, 2016

VCS students go caroling at hospital
TAYLORVILLE — On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the VisionWay Christian School (VCS) junior high choir visited Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) to spread Christmas cheer to patients and staff.
Friday, December 23, 2016

The Christmas Window
TAYLORVILLE — The “Kids of Faith in Action” performed their Christmas musical, “The Christmas Window” Sunday December 18 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Students Keep Christ In Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Knight’s of Columbus recently held a contest with St. Mary Elementary school students about “Keeping Christ in Christmas.”
Friday, December 23, 2016

Church Calendar printed December 23
Friday, December 23, 2016

Minister's Message: Smile! It's Christmas!
TAYLORVILLE — One word can make all the difference!
Friday, December 23, 2016

Kane influenced first Illinois State Constitution
ILLINOIS — The original Illinois state constitution in 1818 was largely influenced by Elias Kent Kane, who was all of twenty-four years old. His dominance of the constitutional convention directed the path of Illinois government for decades.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Meeting Notices printed December 23
Friday, December 23, 2016

Community Calendar printed December 23
Friday, December 23, 2016

Morrisonville audit shows general fund surplus
MORRISONVILLE — Auditor Paul Martynowski gave the Village of Morrisonville a clean bill of health on Wednesday evening in his annual review of the village’s audit.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Courthouse
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 22, 2016

People in the news
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Washington School Kindness Winners
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Students Donate To Food Pantry
Thursday, December 22, 2016

TJHS Builders Club Officers
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Taylorville attorney Dan Austin retires from active practice
TAYLORVILLE — Daniel W. Austin has announced his retirement from the active practice of law after 42 years with the firm of Meyer, Austin & Romano P.C. and its predecessors.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Suburban Court Spectacular
TAYLORVILLE — Brian Herman has been displaying his Christmas lights for the last 42 years.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

County approves aerial mapping system
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday voted to spend up to $109,000 for an aerial mapping program, over the objection of the County Board Chairman, who said his constituents find the new system invasive and offensive.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Correction
Alec Cohoon Jr., of Taylorville , was inadvertanly omitted from the In Remembrance list that ran in the Sunday, December 18, 2016 edition of the Breeze Courier. Mr. Cohoon passed away on November 20, 2016. He was 88 years old.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Police & Fire printed December 21
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Kiwanis Club hears from Norfolk Southern officials
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from two officials with the Norfolk Southern Railroad, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Santa Sighting
TAYLORVILLE — Santa Claus took time out of his very busy schedule to visit the children at Davis Memorial Christian Church Preschool.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pana man jailed after allegedly battering girlfriend, chocking man with golf club
DECATUR — A 29-year-old Pana man is in Macon County jail after allegedly breaking into a home, attacking and choking a man with a golf club and battering his girlfriend, also in the house.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Owaneco, Kincaid to see water rate increases
TAYLORVILLE — A dispute between the City of Taylorville and the Village of Owaneco regarding the validity of a 60-year contract seems to have come to an end.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Candidates finalized for April election
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The deadline to file a petition for the upcoming consolidated election in April passed yesterday. With it, the field of candidates has been finalized.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

COURTHOUSE
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Judge J. Marc Kelly presided over the following cases on Dec. 20, 2016.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ice causes fatal crash in Blue Mound
MACON COUNTY — A 26-year-old Blue Mound man died about 2 p.m. Monday after his pickup truck hit an ice patch south of Blue Mound.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

120-year-old bee research in Carlinville has Entomologists buzzing
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Nestled in the cornfields of central Illinois, Carlinville is best known for its majestic courthouse. But its place for research studies on bees creates a buzz, so to speak.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Pana man accused of killing son seeks unredacted witness reports
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his infant son seeks unredacted copies of witness reports surrounding the incident.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Austin honored for Crimestoppers service
Christian County — Christian County Crimestoppers Board will be honoring our longest serving member at our December 21 meeting.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Village of M'ville to host special meeting
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Courthouse printed December 19
Monday, December 19, 2016

Police & Fire printed December 19
Monday, December 19, 2016

CORRECTION
In the Friday, December 16, 2016 edition of the Breeze-Courier, the photo attached to the story “Officer testifies in bloody box-cutter arson case” was an incorrect photo and not a photo of the accused Brian K. Ferguson. The individual in the photo has no connection to the charges or events described in the article. The Breeze-Courier does not have a photo of the actual Brian K. Ferguson.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Kincaid looks to regulate mobile homes
KINCAID — Kincaid officials are looking to tighten up regulations on mobile homes and manufactured homes.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Mville First Presbyterian Church to hold Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville First Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 6:00 p.m. instead of 6:30 as was previously listed.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Nokomis to host Trivia night
NOKOMIS — The 100th anniversary committee of the St. Louis catholic school in Nokomis is hosting a trivia night, Saturday February 4, 2017 at the St. Louis parish center.
Monday, December 19, 2016

CC Historical Society to host trivia night Jan. 28
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting a Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 28. Doors open at 6:00 and trivia begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. at the Christian County Senior Center in Taylorville.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Stonington Am. Legion Auxiliary hold Dec. meeting
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Post 257 met at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016. Those in attendance were: President Patricia Rusher, Vice President Stacey Ethridge, Secretary Marilyn Remmert, Treasurer Venise McWard, Chaplain Linda DeVore, Sgt. at Arms Pam Graham and Sandi Klein.
Monday, December 19, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016










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