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Morrisonville considering police body cameras
MORRISONVILLE — After a harrowing encounter just a few weeks ago, Morrisonville Police Chief Ken Eller is now requesting that the Village of Morrisonville purchase two body cameras for him and his part-time officers.
Thursday, June 22, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Courthouse printed June 22
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Police & Fire
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crimestoppers: Info sought for Taylorville burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bridge Painting Complete
Painting is complete for a bridge on Illinois Route 29, heading out of town toward Pana. John K. Tsahas, project supervisor for Three Star Painting Inc. of Indiana, points to the newly painted underside of the bridge. Crews were packing up their heavy equipment Thursday morning.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Christian County ag group awards scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Ag Group, a group of agriculture leaders from business, government, and non-profit organizations that work to promote the importance of agriculture in Christian County, has awarded a $500 scholarship to a Taylorville High School senior.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jenner Ag Scholarship deadline approaching, June 30
HARRISTOWN, Ill. — Two $1,000 scholarships are available to Illinois and Indiana college and high school students who intend to study agriculture. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bringing your garden indoors with cut flowers
 URBANA, Ill. – As gardeners, many of us like to relax in the backyard, taking time to enjoy our beautiful flowers. Why not bring those beautiful bloomers indoors to enjoy? Many showy flowers, grasses, and foliage are available to interplant into your existing garden beds, allowing you to harvest throughout the seasons.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Credit Collection Partners donate to CC Problem Solving Court
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, employees of Credit Collection Partners donated their “jean day money” to the Christian County Problem Solving Court.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 22
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Porch Chat at the Iles House June 23
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will have this season’s first Summer Porch Chat on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the House. The topic is Thomas Lincoln Reconsidered. It is free and open to the public. Courtesy Refreshments Will be Served.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

32nd Annual Montgomery County Fair this weekend
BUTLER, Ill. — The Montgomery County Fair is going on now through the weekend. As always, the gate admission is $5 per person, which includes free parking and free carnival rides each evening.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

County forms ethics commission, appoints members
TAYLORVILLE — After a recent review of the requirements surrounding Christian County’s 2004 ethics ordinance, it was discovered that Christian County lacked an ethics commission.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Veterans recognized on Honor Flight to D.C.
TAYLORVILLE — William Goodwin Jr. of Pana served in the Atlantic Ocean for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 21
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honor Flight
Six area veterans toured memorial sites in Washinton, D.C. yesterday courtesy of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Pictured is William Goodwin Jr. of Pana, a World War II Navy Veteran, being greeted by Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honor Flight
Six area veterans toured memorial sites in Washinton, D.C. yesterday courtesy of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Pictured are Army veteran John “Joe” West” of Pana; Navy veteran Don Havrilka from Pana and Linda Carroll Greene, Havrilka’s niece.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honor Flight
Six area veterans toured memorial sites in Washinton, D.C. yesterday courtesy of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Pictured is U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis greeting Navy veteran Jerry Taylor of Morrisonville ; Army veteran Gary DeCourcy and Navy veteran Ernie Dorchinecz, both of Taylorville.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lots Of Events Planned For Kids
STONINGTON —  There’s plenty of entertainment for kids to enjoy at the annual Stonington Summerfest starting with the carnival which opens at 5:00 p.m. Friday night. On Saturday the Stonington Firefighters will sponsor kids games which begin at 1:00 p.m. Lots of activities for kids are planned for Sunday. The Tot-Rod pedal pull will begin at 1:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30. At 2:00 in the pavillion the Stonington Township Library will sponsor a kids craft. And, Sally the Clown will make an appearance at Stonington Summerfest on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

X-Krush To Perform Saturday Night
STONINGTON — The band, X-Krush, will perform Saturday night, June 24 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at the Beer Tent during Stonington Fest 2017.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2016 royalty
STONINGTON — Pictured from left: Camara Harvey, Jr. Miss 2016, Shaunee Johnson, Miss Stonington Summerfest 2016 and Chloe Ebert, Little Miss Stonington Summerfest 2016.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stonington Summerfest starts tomorrow promising three days of fun
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Christian County CEO class doubles in size for next year
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County CEO, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2017-18 Christian County C-E-O Class.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Muni band concert Wednesday night, 7:30
TAYLORVILLE — Mr. Dennis Jones will be featured as trumpet soloist at the Wednesday Municipal Band Concert. The concert will be held at Hershey Towers at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

City council votes to approve TIF boundaries
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville moved one step closer to the establishment of two Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts on Monday night as aldermen voted to approve maps outlining the preliminary boundaries of those two districts.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Courthouse printed June 20
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 20
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pana School Board approves budget
PANA — Last night was Pana Superintendent, Dr. David Lett’s final school board meeting. Lett will retire at the end of June, but is taking a couple weeks of vacation between now and then. The FY17 Amended Budget was approved at his final meeting. A budget hearing was held prior to the approval. Lett reported that Financial Reimbursement Information System (FRIS) payments are behind. The Pana School District is still owed approximately $310,039.92 by the state.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Meeting Notices printed June 20
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

VFW Donates to Relay for Life
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary donated to the Christian County Relay for Life recently. Pictured from left are Donna Campogni, Auxiliary member/survivor and Lisa Sims, Relay chair person.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TMH to hold blood drive
TAYLORVILLE- Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 at 201 East Pleasant, inside Auditorium.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Extension cooks up fun with Jr. chef culinary camp
KINCAID, Ill. — This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED hosted “Illinois Jr Chef” cooking camp in Kincaid.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

St. Mary's Raises Money For Relay For Life
TAYLORVILLE — St. Mary's Relay for Life team participated in Christian County's Relay for Life on Friday, June 16. Team members raised a total of $2,144 so far to help fight cancer! St. Mary's team has been participating every year since Christian County Relay began in 1998, for a total of 20 years. Anyone who wishes to donate may do so by going to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=81054&pg=team&team_id=2129107, or by contacting team captain Linda Stone at lstone@st-maryschool.com. Donations help to fund research, provide transportation and assistance for cancer patients, and promote cancer prevention through education. Pictured are team members Lori Norville, Linda Stone, Deb Heinemann, Tracy Carls, and Cathy Schaeffer. Team members not available for the photo include Tina Huber, Amy Hughes, Amanda Alsbury, and Erica Schwab.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on June 19, 2017.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, June 19, 2017

Pana man in jail after battery disabled woman, cop

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — A 25-year-old Pana man is in Christian County Jail after allegedly throwing down a disabled woman three times and hitting a police officer in the nose. 


Monday, June 19, 2017

People brief printed June 19
Monday, June 19, 2017

TMH to offer new service: Congestive Heart Failure Clinics
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital has begun offering Congestive Heart Failure Clinics. This new service offers an assessment completed by a nurse practitioner, review of medications by a registered pharmacist, patient and family education, assistance from a registered dietitian and referrals to support services.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Kiwanis compete in Raymond-Harvel Kiwanis golf outing
RAYMOND-HARVEL — Four members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club participated in today's Raymond-Harvel Kiwanis Club benefit golf outing.  The event is held by the Raymond-Harvel Club each year, to raise money for their Kiwanis programs benefiting children and youth in their area.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Area vets to be recognized on Tuesday Honor Flight

Area vets to be recognized on Tuesday Honor Flight

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Five area veterans - Jerry Taylor of Morrisonville, William “Bill” Goodwin Jr. of Pana, Donald “Don” Havrilka of Pana, Ernie Dorchinecz of Taylorville, and Gary DeCourcy of Taylorville - will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weather Holds For Garden Walk
Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's about saving lives

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Friday afternoon was a day to come together and celebrate two people who have done some pretty remarkable things.  



Saturday, June 17, 2017

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hurt in truck-train collision
RAYMOND, Ill. (AP) — Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was injured Friday at approximately 10:45 a.m. in a collision between a pickup truck and a train.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Electric cooperative holds 80th annual meeting
AUBURN – Members of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) gathered for their 80th annual meeting of members on Thursday, June 8 at Glenwood High School in Chatham. Before the meeting, about 550 members and guests enjoyed a pork chop dinner, vendor displays, bucket truck rides and a variety of activities for kids.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lincoln Trails Conservancy group reports progress being made on bike trail

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Bud Altman, Vice Chairman for the Lincoln Trails Conservancy, has reported great progress since the inception of the group in late February, 2017. 

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

VFW Donates to Kids Are Kids
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Neighborhood Watch game
KINCAID — The Annual Neighborhood Watch Softball game will be held on Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. in Kincaid. The event is designed to promote and strengthen family values and keep kids off the street.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Morrisonville blood drive
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 3:00 -6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 at 109 SE 5th Street, inside Fellowship hall. All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing for a $2,500 vacation package.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

TMH Auxiliary hosts babysitting clinic for teens

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted a free babysitting clinic on June 8, 2017. Fourteen students completed the program where they learned hands-on how to care for an infant and what to do in case of fire or other emergencies.

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Homestead Prairie Farm to celebrate 1860's way
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy a 4th of July festival as Americans celebrated it in the 1860s. Visit Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area for Independence Day 1860 on Saturday, June 24 from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. No registration required.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time to start thinking about county fair exhibits
TAYLORVILLE — The 2017 Christian County Fair Book will soon be available online at www.christiancountyfair.com. Linda Binger, Superintendent of Exhibits, says there have been some changes made this year and she wants to get this information out early to help with your decisions on what to exhibit this year. The fair dates are Tuesday, July 25 throughSaturday, July 29. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time to start thinking about county fair exhibits
TAYLORVILLE — The 2017 Christian County Fair Book will soon be available online at www.christiancountyfair.com. Linda Binger, Superintendent of Exhibits, says there have been some changes made this year and she wants to get this information out early to help with your decisions on what to exhibit this year. The fair dates are Tuesday, July 25 throughSaturday, July 29. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hot dog! Eye-catching LA wiener stand finds museum home

Hot dog! Eye-catching LA wiener stand finds museum home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An eye-catching Los Angeles hot dog stand designed in the 1940s to look like a giant wiener on a bun has found a home a decade after closing. 


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Faith Community holding Father's Day service
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will celebrate Father's Day with a weekend of activities beginning with a Father and son dinner on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the church and travel to a Springfield restaurant for the evening meal. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

Edinburg church announces bible school dates
EDINBURG — About half-way through the summer, kids are looking for something to do beyond their daily routine. Most kids like to sing, hear stories, watch skits, enjoy crafts, meet new friends, and share in refreshments. This is what “VBS” is all about: Vacation Bible School. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

FBCA hires new principal, seeks new direction
PANA, Ill.—First Baptist Christian Academy, a 7th-12th grade Christian day school located in Rosamond, on May 17 announced Caleb Wheeler as the new principal. For the last three years, Caleb has distinguished himself as the operations manager of the WJLY and WTRH radio stations. Recently, the Academy has taken the unique step of only offering classes at the upper grades, and he joins the Academy in this time of transition as the school seeks to be one of excellence in the tri-county area at the junior high and senior high levels.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Missionary speaks at Trinity Lutheran Church
TAYLORVILLE — Trinity Lutheran Church was host to Lutheran Church Missouri Synod missionary, Aiyssa Anders on Sunday evening June 11, 2017. A catered meal was served for approximately 30 church members. Aiyssa is presently serving in St. Petersburg, Russia teaching the English language.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Minister's Message
Friday, June 16, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, June 16, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, June 16, 2017

All 17 Christian County townships provide records

TAYLORVILLE —Just weeks ago, townships held their annual town meeting.

Advocates say the town meeting is the purest and oldest form of American democracy.

But even supporters admit hardly anyone darkens the doors of many town halls to partake in the annual rite of democracy.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Committee drafts preliminary TIF maps

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — City officials were busy charting a new map on Thursday evening. It isn’t a treasure map, but it is a map that most officials hope will lead the city of Taylorville to newfound prosperity. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Tracing your family tree
TAYLORVILLE — If you are interested in learning more about Grandma and Grandpa and who your great-grandparents were, this is for you. Want to learn more about your extended family and where they came from and their journey in life , The Christian County Genealogical Society can help.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Illiopolis Group Visits Historical Society
Friday, June 16, 2017

Grace Baptist to celebrate expansion project Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — This Sunday June 18th, 2017 Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville will be having a dedication service for the new auditorium. Service times are Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., and Church Service, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Relay for Life kicks off Friday night with survivor dinner
TAYLORVILLE — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Christian County will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Taylorville High School track.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Five from Pana dead after train hits van
NOKOMIS — Five Pana residents, all in their 70s and 80s, died Wednesday evening while returning from an ice cream social when a train struck a van at a crossing near Nokomis.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 15
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grand Levee returns to Vandalia Statehouse with food, music and Lincoln
VANDALIA, Ill. — The Grande Levée – a two-day party appropriate for the dignitaries a frontier state capital attracted during the 1830s – returns to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site on June 16-17.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cahokia Mounds hosts weekend of Chickasaw music, dancing and games
COLLINSVILLE – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site presents two days of Native American dancing, music, games and stories when the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe visits on June 17 and 18.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time to celebrate gardening with a visit to the Garden Walk this Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Saturday’s upcoming Garden Walk will be a place to celebrate peace, beauty, and the love of gardening. Our homeowners have been hard at work and it’s time to visit their gardens and show our appreciation. Thanks to all of them for being part of our garden-loving team and showing all of us what a little time in the out of doors can do, even in our own back yard.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gymnasts compete in USTA Invitational
TAYLORVILLE — Sky High Trampoline,Tumbling and Cheer competed in the U.S.T.A. Invitational competition held in Macon, Ill. and Pana recently.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Alexander speaks to Sertoma
TAYLORVILLE — Carol Alexander, well known Taylorville resident, spoke to Taylorville Sertoma Club at their meeting on June 12. She was an editor for the Decatur Herald & Review for many years and now an author and avid community supporter.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

New officers installed at Stonington American Legion Auxiliary meeting
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of the Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 12, 2017 with ten members present. Those in attendance were: Patricia Rusher, Carol Wickline, Linda DeVore, Pamela Graham, Jo Ann Coffey, Sandi Klein, Judi Hodges, Leslie DeVore, Venise McWard, and Marilyn Remmert.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 15
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Millikin showchoir camp founded by Blue Mound native
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will host the 38th annual Showchoir Camps of America (SCA) Sunday, June 18 through Saturday, June 24, on the Millikin campus.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Professor to speak on Lincoln's compassion and civility
DECATUR — Explore “Lincoln’s Legacy” of compassion and civility with guest speaker Dr. Dan Guillory on Sunday, June 18 at 2 pm in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Taylorville Municipal Band
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will present their second concert of the summer tonight at Hershey Towers at 7:30 p.m. In the event of rain tonight, the concert will be held Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Courthouse printed June 14
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 14
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crimestoppers: Info sought in hit and run accident
TAYLORVILLE —This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Davis calls for end to hateful rhetoric after shooting
TAYLORVILLE — The wedding ring and cell phone of U.S. Rep Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) still lay on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Advanced Title
TAYLORVILLE — Advanced Title opened January 1, 2000 and moved to the current location on the square in 2005. The interior was remodeled from the old Morton Drug Store to make a professional setting for the full service title and escrow company.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bella Amore
TAYLORVILLE — Bella Amore is a full service Bridal Boutique on the historic Taylorville square. Beautiful bridal, bridesmaid and Mother's gowns are available in all sizes.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Lock-Up Gym
TAYLORVILLE — The Lock-Up Gym is your one stop health and fitness destination. Located on the north side of the square, the gym is available with a membership 24 hours a day.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kompliments
TAYLORVILLE — Kompliments is a full service salon that provides hair services including full hair color, hi-lights, Balayage, Ombre, cuts and perms, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and gift certificates as well for all their services listed.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Six gardens will be featured on Garden Walk this Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Summer in Christian County would not be complete without the annual Garden Walk, sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THS Music Men to perform at annual variety show Friday
TAYLORVILLE — This spring, the Taylorville High School presented Meredith Wilson's The Music Man as their spring musical. The production garnered rave reviews from all who came to enjoy. One of the most integral parts of the show was the barbershop quartet/school board who amazed audiences with their close harmonies and winsome songs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meet Me at the Library series presents Dressmaker to a First Lady Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will present their upcoming library lecture, Dressmaker to a First Lady by Kathryn Harris on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happenings Now Thru The Weekend
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Craft, vendor forms available for Chillifest
TAYLORVILLE — Craft and food vendor forms are now available for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place on the square October 7-8.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cooking with Kids Camp begins Monday, June 26
MORRISONVILLE — Have kids who love to cook? Join University of Illinois Extension as they provide a hands-on, three-day cooking camp in Morrisonville June 26 through the 28 from 9 am-11:30 am at the Masonic Temple in Morrisonville.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kiwanis Club hears about upcoming garden walk
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about this weekend's Taylorville Garden Walk, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Today is Flag Day: Happy birthday, Old Glory, 240 never looked so good
 This year marks the 240th anniversary of the establishment of the official American flag, which was created by an act of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.  The admission of new states, and a surprisingly vague design pattern of the flag, have led to numerous changes since.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pana council honors long time city employee
PANA — It wasn’t your typical beginning at last night’s Pana City Council meeting. Mr. Bill Chernisky addressed the council and audience members and thanked them for their love and support shown at the passing of his son, Don “Beef” Chernisky on May 12, 2017.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stonington man is sentenced to 5 years
TAYLORVILLE — A 28-year-old Stonington man was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections on Monday after pleading guilty to child pornography.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dixieland, marches, show tunes highlight band concert
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will present their second concert of the summer on Wednesday, June 14 at Hershey Towers at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Taylorville district reviews SAT scores
TAYLORVILLE — Last year was the first year that Taylorville High School students were required to participate in the SAT test. Prior to that, it was the ACT initially and then the ACT and the Prairie State Achievement Examination.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meeting Notices printed June 13
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Courthouse printed June 13
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 13
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kincaid: No action on fireworks show
KINCAID — An agenda item for fireworks in the village fizzled at the Kincaid Village Board meeting.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creating a butterfly oasis in your own backyard
URBANA, Ill. – There are approximately 2,000 species of butterflies and moths native to Illinois, and creating a butterfly oasis can bring them to your backyard.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Extension: Knowing when and how to harvest sweet corn crop
URBANA, Ill. – The time for sweet corn harvest is almost upon us. One of the challenges to picking sweet corn is determining its readiness. The common time-consuming method of peeling back the husk can pose problems: if the corn is not ready, removing its protective covering can allow easier entry for pests like insects and birds. So, how can gardeners tell when it’s time to harvest sweet corn without peeling back the husk?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lincoln Library offers new exhibit on Illinois baseball from Little League up
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois loves baseball, so it’s no surprise the game is represented in the vast history collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. A new exhibit, “America’s Game in Illinois,” delves into those collections to explore the state’s many baseball connections.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Courthouse printed June 12
Monday, June 12, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 12
Monday, June 12, 2017

Chases to showcase musical talent at variety show
TAYLORVILLE — Local talents Keith and Angi Chase will showcase their talents at the Senior Center’s 30th Annual Variety Show on June 16, 2017.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Public health offers tips to avoid tickborne illness
SPRINGFIELD — As the weather warms up, more ticks are starting to appear. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., reminds residents about the importance of taking precautions against tick bites and the diseases they carry.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Author to discuss the Lincoln baseball connection
SPRINGFIELD – Author Talmage Boston, an expert on both Abraham Lincoln and baseball, will bring the two subjects together when he speaks at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on June 22.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Mary Todd Lincoln impersonator at variety show
TAYLORVILLE — The Senior Center is excited to announce that Mary Todd Lincoln (portrayed by Marilee Wright) will perform at the Center’s 30th Annual Variety Show on June 16. Marilee Turvey Wright has always had an interest in history, but when her granddaughter (now 18 years old) was in first grade and she was asked to be a guest reader, the idea of presenting Mary Todd Lincoln in an impersonation form was developed.
Monday, June 12, 2017

New officers sworn in for Peter Meyer DAR chapter
 STONINGTON — The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met on Saturday, June 10, at the Stonington Fire House hall with 19 members and 1 guest in attendance.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Tractor Rollover on 29
EDINBURG  — A two vehicle accident on Illinois Route 29 was reported just south of Edinburg on Friday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. A farm tractor is shown rolled over on its side while a mangled truck lays nearby. A winch attached to a utility truck is shown pulling the tractor upright. Indentities of the drivers have not yet been disclosed, but Edinburg Police Chief Brad Herzog said he believed the injuries to be only minor. Herzog said he was unable to comment on the cause of the accident.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Meeting Notices printed June 11
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tappers to make 30th consecutive appearance at Annual Variety Show
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tappers (formerly Charlie’s Angels) will be performing in their 30th Christian County Senior Citizens’ Variety Show on June 16. They would like to thank the Senior Center for allowing them to practice at the Center and are appreciative to all the many nursing homes, organizations and services who have asked them to perform.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Making A Splash
Drew Brooks, of Taylorville, dives into Manners Park Pool. Brooks, who competed in the age 15-18 division, represented Taylorville Swim Team at the Saturday meet.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Taylorville cops help crack Texas murder case
TAYLORVILLE — A Taylorville police officer played a part in a multi-state investigation, which resulted in a woman pleading guilty to murdering a Texas man.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Outdoor Living at Its Best, at the home of Steve & Mary Milling
Mary and Steve Milling moved into their home at 1330 E. Wantland Dr.19 years ago, to a blank canvas with no trees or landscaping areas, even very little grass. Since then, over forty trees have been planted as well as shrubs and many, many perennials.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Memorial School students visit the Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, the fourth grade classes at Memorial School visited the Breeze Courier to learn about the newspaper, advertisements, journalism, printing and distribution. All the students asked great questions, were well behaved and quite impressed with the press. Below are some of the thank you cards they sent after their visit.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Uphoff graduates from University of North Georgia
DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Brogan Uphoff of Assumption, Ill., graduated from the University of North Georgia (UNG) during the spring 2017 semester and has earned the Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Decatur Audubon Society to hold meeting June 18
DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to its first summer potluck meeting on Sunday, June 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park located three miles southwest of Harristown. Following the potluck meal and a brief business meeting, Judy Parrish, Millikin University Biology Department Professor, will present “Lincoln Trail Project Update.”
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pana Freight House
PANA — Members of the Pana Pride group recently met to discuss the possibility of repurposing an old brick railroad freight house that was used by the Illinois Central and New York Central lines. The freight house dates from the 1800s, and is of historical significance to the city and the Pana Pride and Pana History Museum would like to see this landmark saved.  They would like to tie it in with the switching station, also pictured, which was purchased and restored by the publisher of the Pana News Palladium, Tom Phillips.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

DelValle graduates; gives graduate response
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine graduated its 68th class during the college’s 2017 Academic Convocation on Friday, May 12th at Jesse Auditorium. Dr. Timothy DelValle was one of 112 new veterinarians, and was chosen by his classmates to give the graduate response. Timothy is the son of Dr. Rick and Mary DelValle of Taylorville and the grandson of Dr. I and Mary Kay DelValle of Taylorville and Ann Elmore of St. Louis.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Community Calendar printed June 11
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Courthouse printed June 9
Friday, June 9, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 9
Friday, June 9, 2017

Correction
In the police column of the June 8, 2017 Breeze-Courier, it was incorrectly stated that Alan W. Foster of Pana was arrested for improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Foster was not arrested in any capacity and was the victim of an accident caused by Penny A. Hardy, 23, of Pana. Hardy has been charged.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Campbell to perform at Sr. Center Variety Show
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center is excited to announce that Jenny Campbell will perform Friday, June 16, 2017, at the 30th Annual Variety Show. As a gopher at Nashville North, Jenny met the stars of Country music, sold tickets, ran a spotlight and any other task required of her. She longed for her own sold out show and for that spotlight to be pointed in her direction.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Taylorville woman wins quarter-million lottery prize
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Taylorville resident Tiffany Atkinson played a Roulette instant ticket and won a top prize of $250,000. “I’m going to use this money to pay my bills and buy a house!” she said when she presented her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield.
Friday, June 9, 2017

IDOT to close Lincoln Trail to through traffic
TAYLORVILLE —Residents living on Lincoln Trail will soon need to find another way to and from work.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Evangelical Free Church Recognizes Graduates
TAYLORVILLE — Graduate Recognition Sunday was recently held at Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. High school and college graduates shared their future plans with the congregation and were congratulated by Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, Don Beetem.  This year's graduates are pictured from left: Grace Markwell, THS; Michelle Roberts, Master's Degree, Eastern; Will Cruikshank, THS; Logan Markwell, SIU, Carbondale; and Thorin Roberts, THS.  Not pictured: Jack Cruikshank, Master's Degree, Eastern.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Meals On Wheels Celebrates Older American Day
TAYLORVILLE — The Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. program celebrated Older Americans Day at the Taylorville Senior Center May 23, 2017. A meal was served of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and cherry delight. A large crowd of abotu 75 seniors took part in the evnet. Pictured from left are Erica Fuller, Doris Stone, Teresa Lovekamp and Mayor Bruce Barry.
Friday, June 9, 2017

VFW Post 4495 donates to Taylorville Public Library
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville VFW Post 4495 recently made a donation to the Taylorville Public Library to help with the summer reading program for children and young adults. The program this year is called, “Reading By Design.” The Library is focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) principles for an action and creativity packed summertime adventure.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Registration For Summer Reading Program At The Library Begins Monday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library is gearing up for their Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design. Registration is Monday, June 12-17, ages 2 to adult. The children's librarians Rachael Ward and Sarah Zagotta have lots of exciting activities planned! As part of the Summer Reading Program, the Library will host family movie matinees on Tuesdays at 1:00.  Pictured abov e are Children's Librarians Rachel Ward and Sara Zagotta and participants of the library's character dress-up day that took place on Tuesday, June 6th.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Taylorville Library presents Dressmaker to a First Lady'
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will present their upcoming library lecture, Dressmaker to a First Lady by Kathryn Harris on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Steve Curtin to fill vacant TCUSD board seat

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — At a special Taylorville School Board meeting on Wednesday night, board members elected, unanimously, to seat Steve Curtin in the vacancy left by Bruce Barry after his transition to the office of Taylorville Mayor.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Peter Meyer DAR to meet Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Peter Meyer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m., at the Stonington Firehouse meeting Room.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

4-H summer workshop schedule is announced
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — School is out for the summer and Christian County 4-H is ready with June workshops for youth ages 6 and up. All registrations can be completed online at   http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or by calling the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246.  
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kiwanis members report on communty outreach

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from committee charis on their work helping children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Optimists hold moment of silence this morning
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, June 08, 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, with a special moment of silence for Barry Allen, a long-time club member who passed away suddenly this week.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

County board reviews union insurance grievance
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board personnel committee met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss a grievance filed by the employees’ union over a new health insurance plan.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pana teen charged with murder in stomping death
TAYLORVILLE — An 18-year-old Pana man has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly punching and stomping a man to death at Pana Lake.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No charges to be filed against co. elected officials
TAYLORVILLE — No charges will be filed after allegations swirled of wrongdoing at a March county finance committee.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Courthouse printed June 7
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 7
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meeting Notices printed June 7
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

First Baptist presents elementary school awards
ROSAMOND — The Elementary Awards chapel was held on Wednesday, May 17 at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond. Miss Christine Jones presented the following awards to 1st -3rd grade students:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pana Grads Receive American Legion Award
PANA — Two Pana High School seniors were honored with the American Legion Award at their Honor’s Day, held on May 4, 2017. The faculty selects the winners. Pictured are Nick McMillen, Claudia Magnusen and presenters Greg Gruber and Lowell Sickles.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meeting Notices printed June 6
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Muni band kicks off season Wednesday night
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band, under the direction of James H. Smith, begins its summer season this Wednesday evening at 7:30 on the east lawn of Hershey Towers, 400 W. Franklin St., Taylorville.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stonington looks to appoint new trustee
STONINGTON — The Stonington Village Board is looking to fill the trustee seat vacated when Ryan Marucco became village president.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stonington looks to appoint new trustee
TAYLORVILLE — For a sixth consecutive year, Taylorville First United Methodist Church will be offering free meals for children in the area this summer.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Winner of 1900 Belmont trained by Taylorville man
TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday (June 10), millions will tune in to watch the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of American horse racing’s Triple Crown.  The winner of the Belmont in 1900 was trained by a Taylorville native.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Insurance may spark city, union feud
TAYLORVILLE — For more than a year, the City of Taylorville and its union employees have debated a potential transition to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plan that city officials say will save the city approximately $180,000.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Life's Journey Senior Living to host magic show
TAYLORVILLE — The world is changing and becoming a more dangerous and stressful place. Richard Landry brings a little laughter into a person's day and that makes the world a better place. He blends magic and comedy in a unique and creative way as he lets kids and adults get up to help him during his presentation to make it more fun for everyone.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Senior Citizens line up great acts for 30th Annual Variety Show June 16
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The 30th Annual Variety Show sponsored by the Senior Citizens of Christian County (Taylorville Senor Center) will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Fundraising events such as the Annual Variety Show provide funds necessary for the Senior Center to operate the Senior Transportation Program and provide other services such as the Taylorville Meals on Wheels Program, legal assistance, health and fitness programs, outreach services, tax assistance, and social activities and programs.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

FCBA 4th-6th grade elementary students honored
ROSAMOND — The Elementary Awards chapel was held on Wednesday, May 17 at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond. Mrs. Dana Beetem presented the following awards to 4th-6th grade students:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dr. George Ferry scholarship recipients announced
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that Mallory Brotherton and Grace Markwell, both 2017 graduates of Taylorville High School, have been awarded the 2017 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is administered annually through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pana Pride: New look for downtown Pana scheduled June 10
PANA — On Saturday, June 10th the downtown sidewalks on Locust Street will get a new look. Pana Pride in partnership with the City of Pana will begin Phase 1 of their downtown streetscape project. The project cost $10,000 and was fully funded by donations.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Judge John Coady installed as president of Illinois Judges Association
CHICAGO — Retired Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge John Coady of Taylorville was installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association during the annual meeting on Saturday at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Courthouse printed June 5
Monday, June 5, 2017

Police & Fire printed June 5
Monday, June 5, 2017

FBCA students recognized at annual awards chapel
ROSAMOND, Ill. — On Saturday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. the Senior Graduation was held at First Baptist Christian Academy gymnasium.
Monday, June 5, 2017

First Baptist Christian Academy
ROSAMOND —  On Saturday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. the Senior Graduation was held at First Baptist Christian Academy gymnasium. Pictured from left are Mr. Charlie Wagner, Pastor Larry Gruis, 2017 Salutatorian Faith Wellbaum of Ramsey, 2017 Valedictorian Andrew Martin of Witt, Dr. Jay Martin and Pastor Nat Kealen.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Manar and McCann to meet AFSCME retirees
DECATUR — Retiree members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities to meet and discuss current legislative issues with two prominent members of the Illinois General Assembly. State Senator Andy Manar will be the featured speaker at the AFSCME meeting to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room) in Decatur.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Not the first time that 'Sus' is left out of 'Sussex'
TAYLORVILLE — The Thursday, June 1, 2017 edition of the Breeze-Courier posted an AP article from Sussex, Wisc. titled “Painting break results in town greeting visitors with ‘sex’.”
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hustle And Bustle Saturday
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Police collect millions in seized property

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Police raided the Moweaqua home of Noah Allen earlier this year. 

They seized drugs. They also took about $40,000 in cash they found in the home. 


Saturday, June 3, 2017

TCCU Freedom Tree Food Drive begins Monday
TAYLORVILLE, — From Monday, June 5th through Friday, July 14th, area residents are encouraged to participate in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 3rd annual ‘Freedom Tree’ Food Drive. All three TCCU locations will accept donations of canned and boxed food items, to benefit local food pantries in Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Couple transforms Main Cross garden into a spot of peace and tranquility
TAYLORVILLE — The Master Gardeners of Christian County are delighted to welcome a couple to the Garden Walk who participated in the first Taylorville Garden Walk in 1996. The feature of their cottage garden on East Adams Street was their front porch. When they moved to West Main Cross in 2003 after purchasing their home from Dr. Arthur and Frances Helm, they would only be the third owners of the home.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Credit Union announces 2017 scholarship winners

TAYLORVILLE — Drake Aten and Madelyn Althoff, graduating seniors from Taylorville High School, recently received $1000 awards from Taylorville Community Credit Union in its third  annual  “Stop. Shop. VOTE!” Scholarship promotion.  They joined four other seniors – two each from Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – as recipients of the awards to help them with their continuing education.

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Trail Donation
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Historical Society Welcomes Tour Group
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Updated Classic Country 2-Story On Nearly 4 Acres

STONINGTON — Just north of Taylorville and just west of Willy's Station, you will find the country peaceful and the sunsets awesome!!!         Set on nearly 4 acres,  and fenced for horses, this classic country 2 story has been updated and is move in ready. 

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Some steps to a more organized, functional garage
TAYLORVILLE — Organization can help homeowners transform their homes into less cramped, more spacious oases without forcing them to finance potentially expensive expansion projects.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Radon detection and reduction is imperative
TAYLORVILLE — Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that may be lurking in homes even if homeowners are unaware of its presence. Although it is a naturally occurring substance, radon has the potential to cause serious illness. Therefore, its detection and reduction are paramount.
Friday, June 2, 2017

How to make existing windows more efficient
TAYLORVILLE — Drafty windows make homes less comfortable by allowing cold air in during the winter and warm air in when temperatures rise. But comfort is not the only concern associated with leaky windows, as such fixtures also can have a negative impact on the environment.
Friday, June 2, 2017

How to make existing windows more efficient
TAYLORVILLE — Drafty windows make homes less comfortable by allowing cold air in during the winter and warm air in when temperatures rise. But comfort is not the only concern associated with leaky windows, as such fixtures also can have a negative impact on the environment.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Pitch in and save time and money
TAYLORVILLE — Home improvement projects can be expensive. While the size and complexity of a project will affect how expensive the project is, homeowners can expect to shell out a pretty penny when they renovate or remodel areas of their home.
Friday, June 2, 2017

How to find just the right replacement windows
TAYLORVILLE — Replacing old windows is often a worthwhile investment for homeowners. Energy-efficient windows can prevent heating and cooling loss and keep homes more comfortable throughout the year. Such windows also can improve a home’s resale value, proving a good return on investment for homeowners who want to upgrade their homes before putting them on the market. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Committee to explore $27k pager purchase

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — A discussion on the purchase of $6,598.15 worth of radio equipment was tabled at Thursday’s City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee after TFD Firefighter and union representative Matthew Aderman indicated to the committee that the proposed purchase did not provide full functionality for TFD members. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Meeting Notice
Friday, June 2, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, June 2, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, June 2, 2017

Coroner: Pana man died of blunt trauma
PANA — Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has released the name of the 59 year old Pana man that died in his residence on May 31, 2017.  
Friday, June 2, 2017

Sunshine Queen
Friday, June 2, 2017

Character Education Award Winners
Friday, June 2, 2017

Optimists announce Steve Switzer as president-elect
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, June 01, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning invocation by Pastor Ted Marrinan. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

The Lester's to perform in Tower Hill June 10
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Lester’s, from St. Louis, Missouri, often called "St. Louis' First Family of Gospel Music," have been sharing The Word through song for four generations. With more than a 90 year history and numerous albums behind them, the group proudly brings the third and fourth generation to the stage for a sound that is 100% "PURE LESTER."
Friday, June 2, 2017

F-X (Faith Extreme) Praise Team Ministers to lead at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Youth Ministry (Faith X-Treme) Team has been training a youth praise team in their worship service.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Minister's Message: "Seeds"
TAYLORVILLE — Another season, summer is just days away. We have sown our seeds in our fields and gardens and are watching over them in anticipation of a harvest. Some will produce in only a few weeks, and others in a few months. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Illinois State Police warns of phone scam
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pana teen could face murder charges

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — An 18-year-old Pana man could face murder charges after allegedly punching and stomping a man to death at Pana Lake. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scouts scrap drive Saturday
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville Boy Scout Troop 74 is holding their annual scrap metal drive for area residents.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kiwanis Club hears from Taylorville's new mayor
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the new Taylorville mayor, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Triple Crown
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Vince household is full of graduates. Sue Ellen Vince and her two sons, Kevin, left, and Noah, right, each graduated this spring within three weeks of each other. Sue Ellen Vince, mother, graduated May 6, with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Ill. She will return in the fall to pursue her Master’s degree.  Kevin Vince, oldest son, graduated May 12,  with high honors in automotive technology from Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. His hope is to find a job in the automotive field.  Noah Vince, youngest son, graduated May 26, from Taylorville High School, Taylorville, Ill. He will attend Lincoln Land Community College in the fall, enrolling in computer classes.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

TFD Are Friends Of Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Fire Department is the newest member of the program known as the Friends of Optimists (FOO). Businesses or groups may become FOO as a unit, enjoying the values and ideals shared by all members of the Optimist International. The group as a whole is considered as a new member of the local club. The TFD joins with several other local businesses who show their support of the good works of Optimist International and all the young lives they touch on a regular basis. Other area businesses and groups of any kind are invited to become “Friends of Optimists” by contacting any club member or by calling 827-5978 to receive more information. Pictured from left are Larry Vaughan, OC President, Capt. Mathew Aderman, Chief Mike Crews, Firefighter Kyle Renfrow, Firefighter Matt Peters, Asst. Chief Andy Goodall,and Firefighter Jon Wamsley.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial awareness group seeks nominations to honor breast cancer survivors
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair is accepting nominations for breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an inspiration to others.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artful gardening is featured, naturally, at the home of local artist Jane Frey
TAYLORVILLE — Jane Frey joins the 2017 Christian County Garden Walk with a different take on the joy and appreciation of gardening. “At first I had some doubts about whether my garden would be well-suited for the event,” she confides, “but then I thought ‘why not put a different spin on the idea.’”
Thursday, June 1, 2017

If barbershop music is your thing, you'll love 'The Best of Barbershop'
CHARLESTON, Ill. — At 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, the Dvorak Concert Hall on the EIU campus will be the site of “The Best of Barbershop”, the annual summer Show for the Coles County Barberbershop Chorus. Advance tickets ($12) can be purchased at Porter Auto Body (Mattoon and Charleston) and Coldwell Banker (Mattoon). All members have tickets and phone orders can be taken at 276-3312.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Big band music, kids crafts and story time, chalk art, yoga demo and history
TAYLORVILLE — There may be rain in the forecast later in the weekend, but the weatherman predicts good weather Saturday morning when Downtown Taylorville .org teams up with US Bank and the Taylorville Arts Council to present ‘Summertime on the Square,’ from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 1
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day on the Farm Tour features area innovators
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Farm Buyreau will sponsor the 2017 “A Day on the Farm Tour” on Saturday, June 17. Tour stops will include the following:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meeting Notice printed May 31
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Relay for Life date is Friday, June 16
TAYLORVILLE — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Christian County will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Taylorville High School track. In an earlier article in the Breeze-Courier, it was incorrectly stated as June 17.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Police & Fire printed May 31
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PHS announces honors students, scholarship winners
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pana Red Roses will visit flower farm on June 15
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Making Progress In Stonington
STONINGTON — Pictured are the last remains of the old Remmerts Garage in Stonington. Demolition is taking place today to make room for the construction of a Casey’s Convenience Store. Demolition also occurred last week for the old car wash.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Police & Fire printed May 30
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Courthouse printed May 30
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Days Gone By
KINCAID — Pictured is the Kincaid Elementary School Class of 1946. Back row from left: Norma Foster, David Ziegler, Lorene Martinelli, Thomas Davis, Delores Cathinari, Richard Duncan, Mary Dale Buschonan, James Sexson, Gerri Waitekitis, Jim Borgognoni, Leila Foli, Bob Nagen; Middle row: John B. Pacotti, Betty Roberts, T. Bayer, Edna Stover, Frank Baugh, Martha Williams, James Dodd, Mary Baugh, Ernest Loman, Patricia Day (Bob), Warren Peterson, Mr. Adin Howard Kellums; front row: Frances Babbs, Mary Lucas, Marjorie Snider, Donald Warren, G. Boirquet, Beatrice Gist, Pat Corsiatto, Loretta Summers, Delores Thompson. Some names were illegible and may be spelled incorrectly.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reading Award
TAYLORVILLE — Kyle Cearlock, pictured left, received a Kindle Fire from Ms. Lowry, Library Specialist, at Taylorville Junior High School recently. Cearlock was awarded for his efforts in reading 1,000 pages each quarter this school year and reading the most pages overall.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Washington School Kindness Winners
PANA — Washington School in Pana recently announced the May winners of their Kindness Kounts Award. The winners, pictured with school principal Mrs. Cheri Wysong, are (from back left) Derrek Ambrose, Evan Ohl, Gemma Armstrong, Kendra Steed, Lowell Witt; (front left) Dallas Hubbartt, Liam Beck, Zya Cushing, Carter Henschen and Madilynne Fry. Not pictured are Madison Heintz, Mykel Dilley and Cooper Fleet.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Warden Speaks To Taylorville Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured  are Larry Vaughan, Optimist Club President and Warden Kim Smith of the Taylorville Correctional Center. Smith spoke to the Optimist Club at their weekly meeting Thursday, May 25, 2017, as they wrapped up the “Respect for Law” mont.  Anyone who would like more information on the Optimist Club or would just like to visit is reminded that the club meets every Thursday morning for breakfast at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Contact any Optimist member or call 827-5978 for more details.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nursing students are inducted into honor society
SPRINGFIELD — Seven second-year nursing students from Lincoln Land Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program were inducted recently into the Beta Nu Chapter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. The students had to maintain stringent academic requirements and complete a capstone community education project to be eligible for membership.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hypnotist takes the stage with amazing ability Friday
MOWEAQUA — Due to the amazing success of last year’s show, Hypnotist William Mitchell will again perform on the stage at the Moweaqua Pow Wow on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eric Burgett On Stage Saturday
MOWEAQUA — Country music performer, Eric Burgett, will be featured on the Moweaqua Pow Wow stage on Saturday, June 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pow Wow Schedule Of Events
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

38th Annual Moweaqua Pow Wow starts Thursday and runs for 4 days
MOWEAQUA — The 38th annual Moweaqua Pow Wow will be Thursday, June 1st through Sunday, June 4 at the City Park.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In Memory Of Fallen Heroes
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) joined veterans and community members Monday morning at a Memorial Day Service at Oak Hill Cemetery to who honor those who died while serving in the armed forcesMembers of the Honor Guard, including American Legion Post 73, AMVETS Post 29 and VFW Post 4495, stand to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Monday, May 29, 2017

VFW Installs New Officers
TAYLORVILLE — At the meeting held April 10, 2017, the officers for VFW Post 4495 were elected or appointed and duly installed for the coming year, 2017-2018. These officers will take their seat after the state convention in mid-June.
Monday, May 29, 2017

JFK campaigned in cities around Christian County
ILLINOIS — For many Americans, Camelot ended all too soon.

Monday, May 29 marks 100 years since the birth of President John F. Kennedy, the first chief executive born in the 20th century and the last to die by assassination.  His death in November 1963 still strikes a chord for millions of Americans, who remember where they were, and what they were doing, when they heard the news.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kerwin Law guest speaker at local NRA meeting
TAYLORVILLE — At the Christian County NRA meeting held at the Taylorville VFW, members learned about the BAR rifle from guest speaker, Kerwin Law.
Monday, May 29, 2017

DAR Members Hold Grave Marking Ceremony
Members of Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met on Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Oak Hill Cemetery with members of the family of Shirley Jean Yerly Antle, including her daughter, son, and nieces and nephews.   The meeting was to perform a grave marking ceremony to commemorate the DAR marker which has been placed on the tombstone of Shirley in her memory.Shirley Jean Yerly was born in Taylorville and married to Norman L. Antle.  She died in Saint Marys, Camden County, Georgia, and was inurned in the spring of 2013 in Oak Hill Cemetery.  She had been a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution since 1997, and had served as Chaplain and Chapter Vice-Regent for the Earl of Camden Chapter NSDAR in Saint Marys.  Pictured above from left, Janet Sloman, Ida Sloman, Martha Zimmerman, Ellen Colbrook, Nancy McClure, Shirley Dilley, Nina Wunderlich, Karen Kerner (daughter of Shirley and Norman Antle), Joann Patino, and Phyllis Edgecombe.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Relay for Life of Christian County set for June 17
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life of Christian County 2016 "Ray of Hope" event will begin on June 17, 20136 at 6:00 p.m. at the Taylorville High School Courtyard in front of the school. It will conclude at 6:00 a.m. on June 18, 2016.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Municipal bands a favorite of summer across Illinois
ILLINOIS — Times may change, but some things stay the same. Fortunately for music lovers across Illinois, the municipal band is a constant, a cherished part of the summer landscape in communities statewide for decades.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Welcome to Lincoln Country
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, Alderman Earl Walters and Taylorville Tourism Council President Carol Alexander joined tourism leaders in Springfield Friday for the unveiling of a design for highway signs to be displayed in high traffic areas at the six “gateway” cities in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Described as “huge” in size, the signs are designated for Springfield, Bloomington, Danville, Quincy, Charleston and Alton.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Meeting Notices printed May 28
Saturday, May 27, 2017

CC Farm Bureau, others promote ag in Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Farm Bureau, Christian County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders and Jenner Ag-Taylorville all teamed up to promote agriculture in Christian County.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Medical Center to host forum on foot, ankle problems
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on common foot and ankle issues on Thursday, June 1, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

VCS Star Students
TAYLORVILLE — The May 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. Pictured in the front from left are Vanessa Kelley, Greyson Layton, Rhyten Brockelsby, Kaylee Richardson and Makilynn Hague-Boaden. Pictured from left in the back row are Nolan McNear, Caroline Kohl, Regan Matthews, Elizabeth Martin and Nellea Polley.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Community Calendar printed May 28
Saturday, May 27, 2017

City debates $600k Road Maintenance Fund surplus
TAYLORVILLE — A City of Taylorville Fund, the Road Maintenance Fund, currently has a balance of $615,830.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Country superstar Luke Bryan to perform in county
EDINBURG — Jim Ayers’ family farm in rural Edinburg is about to get a lot more crowded. Ayers’ farm was selected to be the site of a concert by country superstar Luke Bryan on Oct. 6.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Courthouse printed May 26
Friday, May 26, 2017

Taylorville Public Library closed May 29
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day. The Library will begin summer hours on Tuesday, may 30, those hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Wednesday-Sunday form 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 824-4736 for any questions.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Police & Fire printed May 26
Friday, May 26, 2017

Sertoma Club Scholarship Recipients
TAYLORVILLE — Bailey McDonald and Toryn Davis  were awarded Speech and Language Pathology scholarships from the Taylorville Sertoma Club. McDonald  graduated from Illinois State University summa cum laude and will be attending St. Louis University to begin work towards her graduate degree. Davis, a junior at Illinois State University, is studying audiology and plans to attend graduate school and pursue her doctorate. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship from the Sertoma Club. Pictured are Peg Fry, Toryn Davis, Bailey McDonald, and Barbara Westrick.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club recently presented $500 scholarships to three Taylorville High School graduating seniors at the annual Kiwanis Club cookout at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville. Pictured from left: Will Perkins, Kiwanis president; Alaina Mann; Grace Markwell; and Mallory Brotherton. The scholarships are awarded annually, based on an application process, to Taylorville High School seniors who are going to a college or university.
Friday, May 26, 2017

IFBW Scholarship Recipients
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Taylorville High School hosted their annual Awards Night. The Illinois Federation of Business Women awarded four young ladies with $500 scholarships. They will be honored at the next IFBW meeting on June 8. Pictured from left are: Libby Moore (IFBW scholarship co-chair), Madison Taylor, Erica Montes, Payton Champley, Sierra Beck, and Mellisa McMillan (IFBW president).
Friday, May 26, 2017

Hopper, Wright, Peel Scholarship Recipients
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are the Taylorville High School seniors who were recipients of the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation scholarships, the Laurence S. Wright scholarship and the Thelma Peel scholarship. From left are: Kiley Herman, Grace Markwell, Parker Stokes. Sierra Beck, Lawrence Curtin, and Dr. Ron Mizer, representing the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. Herman, Markwell and Beck all received scholarships from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. Stokes received the Hopper and Laurence S. Wright Scholarships and Curtin received the Thelma Peel Scholarship.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Minister's Message: Memories and memorials
In the long weekend ahead, we will celebrate Memorial Day. We will honor people who have sacrificed their lives for the good of others. This holiday is designed to remind us of an important truth: someone else paid the price for what we enjoy. Memorials are often good at just that. Days are marked on calendars or statues and stones are placed in parks to remind us that someone gave of themselves.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Yard sale fundraiser will help send kids to youth camp this summer
KINCAID — Next week during the Kincaid Yard Sales, Kincaid Church of God and their student ministries will be teaming up for a yard sale to sponsor students to go to youth camp this summer.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Kids Day
WEST FRANKFORT— Junior and primary aged students across Illinois gathered in West Frankfort on May 20 for an Illinois Church of God "Kids Day Out." Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner took three students from Faith Community Worship Center to the event: Sammy Kriener, Arianna Olivio, and Carrie Olivio, pictured right. The day began with a worship time that included active praise songs, black-light puppets, and a children's message.
Friday, May 26, 2017

First United Methodist Church honors graduates
TAYLORVILLE — The high school graduates and their families were honored at a luncheon Sunday, May 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville.
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