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Metal drive to benefit veterans Fri. & Sat.
A scrap metal drive to benefit veterans will be held Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the corner of Webster and Market streets in Taylorville.
Thursday, April 26, 2018


Kincaid police find bullet on school bus
The Kincaid Police Department was notified at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 that a .22 caliber bullet had been found on school bus #75.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

LLCC radiography students win awards
Lincoln Land Community College’s second-year radiography students won two individual awards and a team award at the 83rd Annual Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists Conference held April 18-20 in Peoria.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Morrisonville Prom Court Is Announced
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kincaid police find bullet on school bus

KINCAID — The Kincaid Police Department was notified at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 regarding a .22 caliber bullet found on school bus #75. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

June hearing for juvenile accused of making terrorist threat
The teenage male accused of making a threat against the Taylorville School District in late February will return to court for an Adjudicatory hearing on June 14, 2018.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THS to host annual Music Festival this Friday evening
More than 700 area students are expected to congregate in the Taylorville High School west gymnasium on Friday night in a celebration of music for the annual Spring Music Festival.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THS Prom Court Announced
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Park district recognized by IPARKS
At Monday evening’s Taylorville Park Board meeting, Park District Office Administrator MaryAnn Becker informed the board that the Taylorville Park District was recently recognized by the Illinois Parks Association Risk Services (IPARKS) as an exemplary member.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Program at Rock Springs this Saturday
Uncover the aquatic critters who live in ponds during Dipping & Scooping at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, April 28 from 10 .a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lincoln Land sets June 12 date for college visit day
Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with others interested in returning to school, to Campus Visit Day on Tuesday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The free event is being held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

3 area teens earn outstanding citizenship awards
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, a ceremony was held honoring high school students across Central Illinois with the S.A.R. Outstanding Citizenship award at the West Decatur Church of God at 2 p.m. These awards are based on the recommendation of the faculty and staff of the school that these students attend. The Stephen Decatur Chapter covers DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie and Christian Counties.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Morrisonville Library receives Back to Books grant
Kitchell Memorial Library Board President and grant writer, Mrs. Beth Fuchs, has recently been notified that Kitchell Memorial Library, Morrisonville, has been awarded a "Back to Books" grant from the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State Jesse White.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dr. speaks about head trauma from contact sports
he Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a long-time local physician, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THS Journalism brings home sectional title
Twelve, three, and one; that’s twelve Taylorville High School journalism students who advanced to the state competition this year, now three sectional titles in school history, and one goal: a state championship.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Congressman Tours STEM Lab
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Evidence testing delaying Larry Scott attempted murder trial
The attempted murder case of Larry L. Scott, 35, Springfield, is being held up due to some evidence testing which is taking longer than expected. Scott is charged in the four count indictment with attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. The incident happened in Kincaid in September of 2017.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

City finalizes long-awaited TIF district
“Tonight was a very important night for Taylorville,” Alderman Larry Budd said Monday evening following a special Taylorville City Council meeting.

After almost two years in the making, council members unanimously (Lee Lanzotti-absent, Ernie Dorchinecz-absent, Shawn Burtle-absent) adopted a series of ordinances that finalized the creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district on the city’s north side, along the Route 29 corridor.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Morrisonville students address board
The Morrisonville CUSD met in regular session last Thursday evening to a packed room.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pana Council passes new water deposit policy
Members of the Pana City Council passed a new policy for water account deposits during their meeting on Monday night. The vote was 6-2 with aldermen Tim Eddy and Kirk Woods voting “no.”
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

VW students learn about recycling
VisionWay pre-K students in Mrs. Campbell’s class enjoyed a special visitor in their classroom on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Retired teachers hold annual spring meet
Janell Cornell, Registered Dietician, presented “Healthy Eating – Is It Possible?” to members of Retired Teachers of Christian County during their April spring meeting at Angelo’s.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

THS Returning National Honor Society Members
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pana Disc Golf Course Dedicated
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Taylorville High School New National Honor Society Inductees
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bike Rodeo Skills
Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day volunteers
Monday, April 23, 2018

Springfield Classical Guitar Society presents The Avanti Guitar Trio Saturday, May 12th
The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by The Avanti Guitar Trio on Saturday, May 12.
Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Nokomis High Prom Court
Monday, April 23, 2018

Blue Mound community garage sale set for April 27-28
BLUE MOUND, lL — Blue Mound will be sponsoring a two day, Blue Mound Community Garage Sale Event, Friday and Saturday - April 27 and 28. Sales will start at 8:00 a.m. Some businesses are planning special promotional events also.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Healthy Kids Day At The Y
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Taylorville student, a Marine poolee, speaks to ISBE
SPRINGFIELD — Area students, Abel Gunn, age 17, Maranda Robinson, age 18, and spoke at a meeting of the Illinois State Board of Education on April 18, 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pana Hospital Topping Out Ceremony
PANA —A special milestone was passed in the construction process of Pana Community Hospital’s $20.1 million building project Friday afternoon. A “Topping Out” ceremony, traditionally held when the last beam is set in place on a new structure.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Scouting merit award bestowed on local scout master

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — In late March, Taylorville resident Steven Harrison was presented with a very prestigious award for his many years of service to the area Boy Scouts organization.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Big R marks remodeling with customer appreciation

Tom Latonis

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Big R Store recently underwent remodeling and they invite their customers to celebrate during Customer Appreciation Days, Thursday through Sunday, April 26-28.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Taylorville Public School Foundation Investing in our community's future
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) held its annual spring fundraiser “Let’s Do This” Friday, April 13, at The Pillars Event Center to a capacity crowd celebrating the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and the All School Grant, the All District Grant, and the annual Distinguished Alumni Award presentations.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pana Pride kicking off Yard of the Month in May
PANA — Pana Pride Beautification Committee is making plans for the second year of Yard of the Month. The goal of this program, which runs from May to October, is to encourage homeowners and businesses to spruce up their properties to improve the appearance of Pana.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

TJHS musicians place at solo and ensemble contest
TAYLORVILLE — Instrumentalists and Vocalists from Taylorville Junior High recently competed at the IESA Solo and Ensemble Contest, which was held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Mt. Zion Intermediate School.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Area students win LLCC student newspaper awards
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College student newspaper, The Lamp, won 13 journalism awards in the recent statewide Awards for Excellence in Illinois Community College Newspapers competition. The awards were presented April 6 during the Illinois Community College Journalism Association conference held at LLCC.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Donations Received For Camp New Hope
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bourne holding Taylorville office hours
TAYLORVILLE  — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is holding traveling office hours In Taylorville Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Congressman Rodney Davis’ Office 108 West Market Street. It is located in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Auditions for The Little Mermaid Apr. 30
CARLINVILLE — Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College is pleased to announce open auditions for the musical production of Disney's, The LIttle Mermaid. 
Saturday, April 21, 2018

THS to host blood drive on April 27
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive on Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the East Gym, 815 Springfield Rd.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

4-H Medical Careers club to meet
TAYLORVILLE  — Teens that are interested learning more about medical careers are invited to attend the 4-H Medical Careers SPIN Club. Mark your calendar for the next event Monday April 23, 4p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital 2nd Floor Annex. The topic will be nursing. For more information call 217-827-2779. 
Saturday, April 21, 2018

THS FFA members take home awards at contest
TAYLORVILLE — On April 11, three Taylorville FFA members competed at the District 4 Public Speaking career development event. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Section 16 event in January.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Take a break and other effective ways to alleviate stress
TAYLORVILLE — Stress affects everyone at some point in their lives and does not discriminate based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, economic status, or age. The American Institute of Stress says job-related stress costs businesses millions of dollars each year due to unanticipated absences. In fact, work is the foremost source of stress for many adults.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Skin cancer is pervasive; when to worry about moles
TAYLORVILLE — Skin cancer is one of the most pervasive types of cancer, and just about everyone is at risk of getting it. The American Cancer Society says that, over the past 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. 
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Learning to distinguish among types of arthritis key to management
TAYLORVILLE — Arthritis affects hundreds of millions of people across the globe. The Arthritis Foundation notes that more than 50 million adults in the United States have some type of arthritis, while the European League Against Rheumatism estimates that rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis affect more than 120 million people in the European Union.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Men can benefit from yoga, too, by gaining stamina, flexibility
TAYLORVILLE — The popularity of yoga has grown considerably in the 21st century. But while women have embraced yoga en masse, men have been more hesitant to do so.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Silver Sneakers one of PCH Wellness Center's focus

Tom Latonis

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — Nestled just behind the main building of Pana Community Hospital sits a jewel of wellness and fitness. Young and old alike utilize the facility basically from dawn ‘til dusk each day.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cross Country Classics concert at park April 28
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a free concert Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Manners Park Dining Hall from 5-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Elizabeth Wood earns Lion's Club scholarship
PANA — Pana High School inducted 31 students into the National Honor Society on Sunday, April 15, 2018. They join 14 seniors who were inducted last year. 
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pana High School Inducts New National Honor Society Members
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Try This Cast-Iron Carbonara
My favorite cooking vessel is my cast-iron skillet. I call it one-stop shopping in the kitchenware department. Not only is a cast-iron skillet handy on the stovetop, you can use it in the oven and even on the grill. Recently, I made a simple carbonara pasta dish in my cast-iron skillet
Saturday, April 21, 2018

THS Student Council earns national recognition for excellence

TAYLORVILLE — For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Taylorville High School student council has been recognized as a 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National of Student Council (NatStuCo). 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Bike rodeo and ride Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — These are just some of the bicycles the Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC)  will be giving away for the for the organization’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride, Saturday, along the trail near Lake Taylorville. Activities begin at 9:00 a.m.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Kincaid officer nominated for officer of year

KINCAID — Joining the list of outstanding law enforcement officers being nominated for “Officer of the Year” is Officer Jody Grove of the Kincaid PD. Officer Grove is a 1993 graduate of South Fork H.S. in Kincaid. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

29-year-old man gets probation for sexual assault

TAYLORVILLE — John L. Hott, Jr., 29, of Taylorville, was sentenced to four years probation on a charge of criminal sexual assault to a family member, under a plea agreement reached in Christian County Court Friday morning.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, April 20, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, April 20, 2018

Information sought in local burglary

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

LLCC student musicians to perform with Capital Area Concert Band

SPRINGFIELD — The Capital Area Concert Band, comprised of community members and Lincoln Land Community College students, will perform a free concert on Tuesday, April 24, from 7-8 p.m. in the college’s Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

U.S. Rep. Davis hosting Service Academy Night
TAYLORVILLE  — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) will host a Service Academy Night in conjunction with U.S. Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) to give high school students an opportunity to learn more about U.S. Service Academies. 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Oconee Lions donated to Pana Community Hospital building project

PANA — Pana Community Hospital CEO, Trina Casner presented to the Oconee Lions at their March meeting. The presentation provided details about the hospital’s Master Facility Plan project that is currently underway. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

McMillan speaks to Taylorville Optimist Club

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. 

President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation. Dan Raab, chairman of the Youth Appreciation Banquet, gave a report on the upcoming dinner. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Faith Community Youth Perform At Regional Rally
Friday, April 20, 2018

Dixie Melody Boys to play in Tower Hill Apr. 28

TOWER HILL, Ill. — The popular Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys will be featured at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, located at 204 North Erie in Tower Hill, Ill. on Saturday, April 28 during the 5 p.m. music worship event.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Children in church: Do they belong or not?

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Yes, children DO belong. They are not the “FUTURE of the church”, they ARE the church NOW. As long as we think church is for adults, and children must first shed their innocence and childhood in order to be qualified as a church-member, then children will never belong:  “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder then, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Jesus says famously in Luke 18. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

City mulling costly website redesign
Anyone who has  visited the City of Taylorville’s website recently may have noticed some alarming pop-ups. Jeff Durbin from CTI says there is no chance for infection from the site, but he also noted that it doesn’t necessarily look trustworthy either.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

THS Jazz Band Earns Best Of Day At IHSA State Contest
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Salvage Dawgs metal drive for Veterans is next weekend
The Veterans will hold a scrap metal drive Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the corner of Webster and Market streets in Taylorville, weather permitting.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Correction
Thursday, April 19, 2018

2 arrested on drug charges
Kincaid Police conducted a narcotic investigation which led to the arrest of two subjects for possession of (crack) cocaine and possession with intent to deliver approximately 14.8 grams a class 1 felony other charges pending.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pana Hospital Auxiliary hosts annual meeting
The Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary held its annual meeting in the hospital’s community meeting room Friday, April 6.. President Candy Craig presided over the meeting.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Kiwanis hears from Taylorville water superintendent
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the City of Taylorville Water Superintendent, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

'Brothers O'Toole' this weekend at junior high
‘The Brothers O’Toole’ might be a case of mistaken identity, or it could be the tale of multiple personalities. A Taylorville audience will get the chance to find out this weekend when the Taylorville Junior High School puts on it’s rendition of the western-comedy play on Friday and Saturday nights.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

YMCA hopes to awaken summer imagination at healthy kids day
On Saturday, April 21, the Christian County YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

County Board members hear comments on office merger
Several residents voiced their concerns about the county combining the offices of zoning and animal control during their monthly meeting on Tuesday in the Courthouse in Taylorville. Most of the concerns centered around whether one person in a dual role could adequately fulfill the duty, especially when it comes to animal control.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TMH construction project is approved
Taylorville Memorial Hospital's plans to construct a two-story building that will replace most of the current hospital received a green light from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

St. Mary's hosting advance directive event
As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital’s spiritual care team will be available in the main lobby of the hospital Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist with questions and completion of advance directive paperwork. These include power of attorney for health care, living will and DNR (do not resuscitate).
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Millikin observation nights begin Thurs.
Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights (PON) at Requarth Observatory each Thursday evening for the rest of the Spring 2018 semester from 8 – 10 p.m. The next Public Observation Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m. (weather permitting). Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MAI and Roadside Protect form new company
MAI is pleased to announce the formation of a new company called MAI/RP Voice. The company is the result of an agreement with Roadside Protect who has purchased a strategic interest in MAI’s contact center business.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Expanded enterprise zone may bring solar development
At the April 2 Taylorville City Council meeting, it was stated that Cypress Creek Renewables was potentially interested in bringing a new solar farm to Taylorville. Aldermen took another step toward making that a possibility at Monday’s council meeting when they unanimously approved the city’s new solar farm ordinance following a unanimous recommendation from the planning and zoning commission.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pana schools, union reach contract deal
A new three year contract between teachers, support personnel and the Pana School Board was approved by board members during their Monday night meeting in the Unit Office on East Main St. in Pana.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Memorial Health System hospitals lift visitor flu restrictions
With flu cases in Illinois declining, Memorial Health System’s four hospitals, including Taylorville Memorial Hospital, have lifted their visitor restrictions.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recognized For Strength And Courage
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

3rd annual metal drive for veterans April 27-28
The Veterans will hold a scrap metal drive Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the corner of Webster and Market streets in Taylorville, weather permitting.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Theatre 7 holding open auditions for "Follies"
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for an in concert dinner theatre with songs from the acclaimed Stephen Sondheim musical Follies.. Auditions will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 or Wednesday, April 25 at Theatre 7, 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Senator learns about TMH quality improvement efforts
State Senator Andy Manar met with a representative from Taylorville Memorial Hospital at the Capitol Thursday to learn more about an initiative the hospital has undertaken to improve the quality of care it offers patients, families and communities.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Boehme reads essay at Peter Meyer DAR meeting
The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Christian County Extension Center. Christy Rahar, Chairman of the American History Committee, announced the winner of the Christopher Columbus essay contest.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mary Todd Lincoln impersonator speaks to PEO
President, Penny Bliler welcomed a special guest for the P.E.O. meeting on Monday, April 9.  Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Marilee Wright of Taylorville spent the evening visiting with the members of Chapter FG P.E.O. in the home of Cindy Adams. Dressed in black clothing, Mrs. Lincoln spoke of her life before and after the death of her husband, Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Community shred date set for this Saturday
The Taylorville Police Department (TPD) and TRIAD have again partnered with CNB Bank to host a community shred event on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon at the CNB Bank parking lot in Taylorville.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Historical Society clean up day this Saturday
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum clean up day will be Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. CCHSM needs help with both inside and outside cleaning of the buildings and grounds to get ready for the up-coming busy season.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Charges dropped against man accused of making threat
Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera has announced all charges against Todd Daugherty, 49, of Taylorville were dropped Monday. He had been accused of making a terrorist threat against Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville.
Monday, April 16, 2018

LLCC spring film series presents "Your Name"
The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to view and discuss the film “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) on Thursday, April 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Stonington Legion Auxiliary prepares for brunch
The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 with eleven members and one guest present. Those in attendance were: Patricia Rusher, Venise McWard, Stacey Ethridge, Pamela Graham, Linda DeVore, Sandi Klein, Michelle Sklenka, Vickie Busby, JoAnn Coffey, Leslie DeVore, Marilyn Remmert and guest Jacob McWard.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Pana author Sue Ade speaks to Preceptor Sorority
Pana author Sue Stewart Ade spoke about her writing career with the Preceptor Sorority  at the home of Lita Lancaster.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Father and daughter share experience with students
Morrisonville biology students were treated to special guest speakers on Monday, April 9. Kyle, Mary, Grace, and Charley Herschelman spent just over an hour in their presence sharing their story about Infantile Neuraxonal Dystrophy (INAD), in vitro, and an exciting new potential drug study to slow the progression of this disorder.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School names students and faculty of the month
Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School has announced the winners of the student and faculty of the month for March.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

TMH to host another babysitting class
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on April 4.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Morrisonville Scouts Hold Shooting Event
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Harmony to present concert Saturday, April 21
The local women’s singing group, Harmony, will present a full length concert on Saturday, April 21 in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary at 116 E. Franklin St., Taylorville, Ill. at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Getting rodeo ready
No ropes. No lassoes. No bronco riding. But volunteers with the Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) spent the day Wednesday learning to hone the skills they will need for the for the organization’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride. The event is planned for Saturday, Apr. 21, along the trial near Lake Taylorville. Activities begin at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

TPD Dispatchers Honored
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Officer of the Year Nominee Jeremy Alwerdt
Taylorville Police Officer Jeremy Alwerdt has been nominated as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Officer Alwerdt is a native of Taylorville, having graduated from THS in 2007.  After graduation from THS, Jeremy attended LLCC. 
Saturday, April 14, 2018

MFT workday announced for June 2
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) will have their first workday on June 2, 2018.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pana police chief nominated for officer of year
Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland has been nominated for the “2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award as presented by the Taylorville Optimist Club at their 3rd annual “Salute to Law Enforcement”. This event is held in conjunction with the Optimist International’s Respect for Law Month during the month of May.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Two percent raise for elected county officials is recommended
At the end of a joint meeting of the Executive/Personnel/Liquor and Legislative and the Audit/Finance and Purchasing committees of the Christian County Board, members voted 9-1 in favor of a two percent pay raise for county-wide elected officials beginning with terms starting on Dec. 1, 2018. The meeting, held Thursday night at the Courthouse in Taylorville, was punctuated by a pair of half-hour executive sessions over the two hour-20 minute meeting.
Friday, April 13, 2018

THS senior earns prestigious scholarship
Taylorville High School’s Ellie Tippitt is just one of twenty, out of a pool of 520 students nationwide, to be awarded St. Louis University’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship.
Friday, April 13, 2018

North School Students Of The Week
Friday, April 13, 2018

Local Optimist Club hears from appellate judge
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Lowrys step away from KFC after three generations
In 1971 Thomas Lowry Sr. moved his family to Taylorville on what sounds like a whim.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

EHS senior earns full academic scholarship to SIU-C
Edinburg High School Senior, Mason Dulakis, has recently been selected to receive Southern Illinois University’s Chancellor’s Scholarship. As the university’s most prestigious award, Mason will receive full in-state tuition, room, board, and fees valued at more than $25,000 per year.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

THS senior headed to West Point Prep School
The respective military academies are among the most prestigious schools in the entire country, and it’s certainly rare for a THS student to gain admittance.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pana man's death due to CO poisoning
Preliminary autopsy results show that 86 year old George Rissler of Pana died as carbon monoxide poisoning due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a house fire. 
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Peter Meyer DAR will announce essay winners
Meyer Chapter will meet Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the County Extension Center on North Wester in Taylorville. The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Members who plan on attending are asked to notify Pam Spengler at 652-3501.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Baking For A Cause
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trump: Missiles coming against Syria
Defying Russian warnings against U.S. military strikes in Syria, President Donald Trump said today that missiles “will be coming” in response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

TPD recognizes dispatchers during Telecommunicators Week
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Members THS National Honor Society
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rare Bird
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

86-year-old man dies in Pana fire Tuesday
An 86-year-old Pana man was pronounced dead at the scene of a fire in his home by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans Tuesday afternoon. The body of George Rissler, 706 S. Oak St., Pana, was discovered in the home.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Village of Kincaid sets date for city wide clean up
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session on Monday night and voted for the days of Friday and Saturday, June 1-2 for the city wide garage sales. Anyone interested in participating in the city wide garage sales should sign up with the Village Clerk.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Festival of Spring, river cleanup Apr. 21
Celebrate spring and Earth Day weekend with a day of outdoor activities.  The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 37th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 21 from 8am to 4pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bird migration hike at Fort Daniel
Join a naturalist for a Bird Migration Hike at Fort Daniel Conservation Area on Sunday, April 22 at 2pm. Species of native birds are returning to Central Illinois from their winter homes. Learn about these species and their songs on this bird identification hike. This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on April 20 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tom Emery speaks on 'The History of Illinois'
Join the Macon County History Museum on Saturday, April 14 as they welcome guest speaker Tom Emery who will present his program "The History of Illinois." The state of Illinois has a rich and varied history that is understood by few today. From its acceptance to the Union in 1818, Illinois history spans the days of Native American habitat and European settlement, to its political giants such as Lincoln and Douglas and its economic impact on the nation.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Landing to host Spring Bridal Expo Sunday
The Landing, in Taylorville, will host a Spring Bridal Expo this Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 1-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

South Fork High to hold talent night April 20
The South Fork Schools Music Department will host their annual Pony Talent Night on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the South Fork High School gymnasium.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Visits THS
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Volunteers speak to Kiwanis Club about local veteran hospice program
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local volunteer program that provides veterans in hospice, support and honor, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Top Fundrasiers' Treat
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pana explosion and fire destroys home
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TCUSD considering new special ed co-op
“Eighteen percent of our student population is special education.” Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau told the Taylorville School Board Monday night. He says attracting qualified special education teachers, however, has become more difficult under the district’s current special education cooperative; the Mid State Special Education Cooperative.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pana accepts 1st reading; water deposits, shut-offs
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

3rd death in Illinois connected to synthetic cannabis
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a third individual who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed. To date, 107 people in central Illinois and the Chicago area have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, including the three deaths.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Demolition Of Vacated Medical Office
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TPD and Walgreens team up for National Drug Take Back Day
Once again, the Taylorville Police Department is taking part in the national drug take back sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Taylorville Police Department has teamed up again with Walgreens Pharmacy this year for the event. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. officers will be present in the parking lot of Walgreens Pharmacy so anyone can drive up and dispose of unwanted, expired, or unused medication whether it’s prescription or over the counter.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2 Charged In Seizure Of Synthetic Cannabis
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sanitary district meets in regular session
According to Taylorville Sanitary District board member Tom Snyder, an agenda item to discuss a potential rate increase and new billing structure was inadvertently put on the agenda for Monday’s regularly scheduled TSD meeting.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ISO presents hits of the Silver Screen
Celebrate like a star as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25 years at their Silver Screen Gala starring musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra with special guests Julie Staley and pianist Cory Brown, led by Music Director Ken Lam performing some of the greatest hits of the Silver Screen. This special evening of FUN-draising will honor Isringhausen Imports and the Isringhausen Family for their many years of support and will also include dinner, live and silent auctions, and exciting entertainment all in support of LIVE music in central Illinois.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Heberling speaks to Sertoma Club
Jodi Heberling, President of the Christian County Historical Society and Museum, spoke at Sertoma's recent dinner meeting.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Magic Of Science
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Davis tours McLane Foodservice
Monday, April 9, 2018

No one injured in Rt. 16 accident
Monday, April 9, 2018

Snowy Spring
Monday, April 9, 2018

Corley to speak on mining history
Coal mine wars were every bit as brutal and bloody as the American Old West. Author Kevin Corley of Shelbyville will speak about those times in Assumption Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Optimist held 2018 Oratorical Contest
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Taylorville Optimist Club hosted the 2018 Southern Region Oratorical Contest. Six participants had advanced from local club competition in Belleville, Greenville, Highland, and Quincy.
Monday, April 9, 2018

City says fire district mulling firetruck purchase

TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee discussed the potential purchase of a new fire engine by the Taylorville Fire Protection District at Thursday evening’s meeting.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Prevention coalition to sponsor students for teen institute

TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Association for Behavioral Health will host their annual “Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute” the week of July 22 – 26, 2018 at Eastern Illinois University. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Furniture Brings local history back to life. . .

TAYLORVILLE — It's hard to believe that furniture can teach anything, but that is just what the new pieces at the Christian County Historical Society's Morrison House do. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Give blood now during Natl. Volunteer Month

TAYLORVILLE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

University Women learn easy way to identify birds

TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the April meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Whit's End. 

Linda Spence, an expert on backyard bird identification, presented an informative and lovely program about "Welcome to Bird Land." By comparing the physical features of a bird to that of a robin, she has devise an easy to grasp formula to identify birds.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

March Fitness Challenge Winners
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County YMCA held a March Mania Fitness Challenge recently.
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Appellate court judge to speak to Optimist Club

TAYLORVILLE — The next Optimist meeting will be Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

The guest speaker for the meeting is Judge David K. Overstreet.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Altman speaks to women's group about bike trail

TAYLORVILLE — The April meeting of Community Women's Association was held on April 4 at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Annex. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Tech night planned for area high school students

PANA — Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent of Schools, in conjunction with the technology specialists and integrationists of 20 school districts in the region are pleased to announce two “Tech Nights” for area students. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pana committee seeks more information on dog park

PANA — A proposed “dog park” in the city of Pana was discussed during a meeting of the Community Support Committee of the Pana City Council on Thursday. The meeting took place in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.


Friday, April 6, 2018

TPD Officer Mills among law enforcement award nominees

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club will host a Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast on May 10, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Police union opposes resource officer

TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville and the Taylorville School Board are, perhaps, one step closer to coming to an agreement as it relates to the placement of a school resource officer in the Taylorville School District.


Friday, April 6, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the University of Illinois system appeared before a state Senate committee asking for an increase in annual state funding.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Information sought in local burglary

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

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Courthouse

Court appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Circuit Court Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on April 6, 2018:


Friday, April 6, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat group holds auction
PANA — The Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at Pana Jr. High cafeteria Monday, April 2 to conduct their annual Red Hat auction. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

3 club members recognized as Optimists of month
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting in the TMH Auditorium on Thursday, April 05, 2018. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Kiwanis to hold work day at Kiwanis park Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys to perform in Pana
PANA — For the last 25 years the Wanda Mountain Boys have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest community in the Midwest. The Quartet is continuing the tradition set forth by their founding members as they share their unique sound and style with congregations across Mid-America. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Quarter auction at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host its first ever Quarter Auction Fundraiser Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.  
Friday, April 6, 2018

House on the Rock Church to host movie night
EDINBURG — The House on the Rock Church, 314 N. Grant St. in Edinburg, will host a free movie night on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. The movie, “Charge Over You” will be shown and free popcorn and drinks will be served.
Friday, April 6, 2018

When you find the donkey, you'll find your destiny
TAYLORVILLE — In 1954 a milkshake salesman named Ray Kroc was traveling the country trying to sale his “Milk Shake Multi-Mixer.” Sales were plummeting, so it got Ray’s attention when a burger stand in San Bernadino California purchased eight of his multi-mixers.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Taylorville Southern Baptist Church opens its doors nearly 2 years after fire
TAYLORVILLE — In July of 2016, the Taylorville Southern Baptist Church burned, causing heavy damage and destroying most of the interior of the building. Caused by a heater in the Baptistry, the fire forced the congregation to relocate from their home church to a rented room on West Vine Street.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Holds Huge Easter Event For Kids
Friday, April 6, 2018

Rep. Davis speaks to students about gun violence
“What would you say if I told you that I think -even if I disagree with the victims of Parkland, the victims of any gun violence- even if I disagree on how to solve gun violence problems with them, I think they need to be heard,” Congressman Rodney Davis said Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Historical society hosting open house this Sunday
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Morrisonville PD Gets Grant
Thursday, April 5, 2018

ROMEO club getting a foothold in Taylorville
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” - The classic Shakespeare line. If you ask where Romeo is in Taylorville, just stop in Charro’s Mexican Restaurant the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. There, you may find a half-dozen or so Romeos.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Want to create a garden for pollinators?
Geri Niemann, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist with University of Illinois Extension will share information on Gardening for Pollinators on April 19, 2018, at the Taylorville Public Library.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

LLCC Choir and UIS Chorus to perform April 8
The Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series will feature the LLCC Choir, directed by See Tsai Chan, in a joint concert with the UIS Chorus on Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Donates To Meals On Wheels
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Speaks To THS Class
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Toby The Tire Teaches Bus Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New 4-H Robotics SPIN Club in Stonington
The new 4-H Stonington LEGO Robotics SPIN club started with a successful evening. A SPIN Club is a special interest club who meets at least six times throughout the year. They are volunteered lead and the members don’t have to be enrolled in 4-H.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cypress Creek Renewables considering Taylorville solar farm
At the March 15, 2018 City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee meeting, aldermen reviewed a draft of a proposed solar ordinance that would govern the implementation of solar farms in the City of Taylorville.  At that time, the creation of this ordinance was said to be preemptive. When asked, the committee indicated that they were unaware of any immanent development of a solar farm in Taylorville.

Now, a little more than two weeks later, City Attorney Rocci Romano has stated that a new solar farm could be coming to Taylorville.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pana Pride again offering beautification awards
For the second year, Pana Pride, through its Beautification Committee, will sponsor its “Yard of the Month Award.” It starts in May. Similarly, the group will also sponsor a monthly award for the “Business of the Month.” It will also begin in May. The monthly awards will run through October.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Stonington cell tower lease terminated
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night. Village President Ryan Marucco stated the village received a letter about the cell tower site from Vertical Bridge, the company that leases the site from the Village. They have decided to terminate the lease that has garnered approximately $600 per month of revenue for the Village.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Illinois Emerging Writers Competition under way
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Scouts Collect A Ton Of Food
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Volunteer Of The Month
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Royal Neighbors Donate To Safe Passage Program
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Struggles To Take Hold
Monday, April 2, 2018

Republican co. clerk candidate withdraws from race
The Republican candidate for Christian County Clerk and Recorder, Michelle Hancock, announced Monday morning she was withdrawing from the race. Hancock sites personal and professional reasons for her withdrawal.
Monday, April 2, 2018

On The Hunt
Monday, April 2, 2018

Scouts Lead The Way
Monday, April 2, 2018

Manners Park Easter Egg Hunt Winners
Monday, April 2, 2018

Honoring those who serve: Local heroes take flight
The sight of the American flag rippling against a sky of cloudless blue is an emotionally charged image for many Americans. Soon, four brave men will be joining this symbol they fought to protect in the sky. On April 3, four local veterans will take flight to be honored for their service. The Lincoln Land Honor Flight, a non-profit volunteer program, will fly these incredible heroes out to Washington D.C. free of charge to view the war memorials there.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, March 31, 2018

THS to bump start time to 8:30 am next year
Beginning next school year, students at Taylorville High School will have an extra 15 minutes to make it to their seats before the first bell rings.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Pana TIF joint review board meets
The annual meeting of the Joint Review Board for the Pana Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District was held Friday afternoon in Pana City Hall. The meeting brings together representatives of the taxing districts which have a stake in the district to review the previous year and look to the future.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ashlyn's story: The road to recovery and a fresh start
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Paint The Square Teal
Saturday, March 31, 2018

3 ways to use your lawn to improve curb appeal
Returns on home improvement projects vary. In its annual Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling magazine notes the projects that yield the best returns on investment in a given year. But a host of factors, including the type of market (buyers’ or sellers’) and the region where the home is being sold, ultimately combine to determine if homeowners’ investments in home improvement projects will provide the returns they were hoping for.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

How to plant a tree for successful growth
More sunlight and warm temperatures frequently inspire homeowners to spend more time in the great outdoors during spring and summer. Outdoor projects often top homeowners’ to-do lists in spring and summer, with gardens and landscapes taking center stage. Planting more trees around the yard is one popular project that can improve property value and benefit the environment.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Starting seeds at home
As we get closer to spring, many people will begin starting seeds for their gardens. “If you’ve never started your own seeds before, there are several advantages to doing so,” says University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Ken Johnson.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

How to control common spring pests
Just when winter thaws out and people are anxious to enjoy the blooming flowers and luscious lawns of spring, pesky pests can appear and impact comfort levels and safety.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Managing crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds in the lawn
Besides the dandelion, the next biggest lawn challenge can be those annoying annual grasses, says Richard Hentschel, horticulture educator for University of Illinois Extension.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Pools and lawns can get along
Homeowners interested in installing pools in their backyards need not worry about the potential impact of such decisions on surrounding landscapes.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Did you know?
One oft-shared piece of pruning advice is that covering a newly pruned area with tar, paint or varnish can inhibit the fungal organisms that will get into the new cut, leading to a diseased tree, shrub or plant. This myth has been circulating for some time, according to the experts at Fine Gardening.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring brings cleanup opportunities to Pana community
While everyone in Pana has an eye to the sky, many are hoping it dries out enough - and soon - to begin getting into their gardens and landscaping.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Homemade herbicide considerations
Recipes for homemade weed killers abound on the internet. University of Illinois Extension specialist Michelle Wiesbrook explains why homemade is not always better.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

A little Tornado flair for the flowerbed
Sure,  you could plant some purple hydrangeas, maybe some lavender, sprinkle in some yellow carnations and a few marigolds, but there is another way to introduce a little purple and gold to the garden this spring.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Educational webinar series announced
The University of Illinois Extension office has released a master list of a series webinars that are free and open to the public to attend. You may participate from your own computer.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Annual Christian County Garden Walk set for June 16
From adult tree houses to historic homes, from pristine plots teeming with greenery to wondrous water features, the annual Christian County Garden Walk is a showcase of cultivation-inspired creativity.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

How to banish mosquitoes from your yard
Time spent in the backyard on spring and summer afternoons and evenings  contributes heavily to the popularity of these times of year. Many homeowners go to great lengths to make their outdoor living spaces as luxurious as possible, only to be bothered by uninvited and bothersome guests: mosquitoes.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Master Gardeners to hold annual plant sale May 5
On Saturday, May 5, the Christian County Master Gardeners will put on their annual plant sale. This year, however, the event is being dubbed Plant Sale Plus.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Pollinator gardens: both trendy and timely
“If you like almonds, if you like tomatoes, if you like corn, basically anything that doesn’t walk around on four legs, then you need pollinators,” Christian County Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi says.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

VisionWay and St. Mary's students spread Easter cheer
Saturday, March 31, 2018

AFSCME retirees host luncheon, elect officers
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dual Credit programs provide a head start
Students in high schools across the state are earning college credit and saving money thanks to a push by the community college system to increase access to dual credit opportunities.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Students learn about coordinates
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Solar electric generation farm possible for Pana
Officials with a Florida energy company are looking at a site about a mile north of Pana to build a 100 megawatt solar electric generating station. NextEra Energy, Juno Beach, Fla., is targeting to bring the project on line in the 2020-2021 time frame.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Memorial Medical to hold esophageal cancer seminar
Memorial Medical Center will hold a free conference on esophageal cancer at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Today happens to be National Doctor’s Day. It is a way of honoring physicians for the work they do for their patients, communities they work in and for society as a whole.
Friday, March 30, 2018

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Friday, March 30, 2018

Superintendent speaks to Optimists about water plant
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Kincaid chief speaks about 'Safe Passage' program
Kincaid Police Chief, Dwayne Wheeler was the featured guest speaker at last night’s Christian County Prevention Coalition meeting. Chief Wheeler addressed the large crowd about his efforts to help addicts get into a detox and/or rehab facility.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Opioid crisis: Rep. Davis meets with local health officials
“When I was state’s attorney from 2004 to 2007, I never had one heroin case.  Now, I have them every week, multiple times a week. It’s just exploded within the last five years,” Fourth Circuit Court Resident Judge Brad Paisley said Thursday morning at an opioid roundtable that was put on by Congressman Rodney Davis, USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, and hosted by the Christian County Public Health Department.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Morrisonville High inducts new NHS members
On Thursday, March 8, the Morrisonville High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted seven new members from the sophomore and junior classes.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

THS debuts freshman shadow program
Approximately 200 eighth-grade students at Taylorville Junior High School will get a sneak peak at next year’s freshman experience this week.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pay raises for elected officials dominates co. board discussion
The topic of raises for elected officials offices took center stage at Tuesday night’s Christian County Board meeting. Four county-wide positions are up for election in November and it is up to the County Board to set the salary of those offices 180 days prior to when the new terms of office start on Dec. 1.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Real Snake In The Class
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Scout, bird study workshops at Rock Spgs.
Boy Scouts are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for three badge workshops. Scouts should bring their blue cards. Each workshop is $12/scout, and open to anyone ages 10 and up. Participants should register online by noon the day before each workshop at maconcountyconservation.org.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat group tours greenhouse
The Pana Red Roses Red Hat group met in Decatur on March 27 at  Richland Community College Greenhouses on their campus.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Author to speak at Preceptor meeting
Sue Stewart Ade will speak to Preceptor sorority April 10 at 7 p.m., at Lita Lancaster's home. She will update the group about her novel “Friends Forever”.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Learning Express program holds mom's night out
The Learning Express Program held a Mom’s Night Out event at the Davis Memorial Christian Church on March 15, 2018. Penny Shehadeh, a Nurse Educator for the Taylorville Memorial Hospital, instructed the parents on performing CPR on children as well as rescuing a choking child.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Manar to host evening office hours in Taylorville
State Senator Andy Manar will host traveling office hours in Taylorville the evening of April 3 to assist residents who have questions, need help navigating government red tape or have concerns about other matters.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Park board adopts revised budget after omissions
The Taylorville Park Board adopted their operating budget in February, but board members were forced to revisit the issue at Monday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bond is reduced in local terror threat case
Bond has been reduced to $125,000 for a Taylorville man who is accused of posting a terrorist threat on social media against Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville. Todd Daugherty, 49, appeared in Christian County Court Tuesday morning before Judge Christopher W. Matoush for the first time with his attorney, Public Defender Greg Grigsby.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Police chief to speak to prevention coalition
Kincaid Police Chief, Dwayne Wheeler, will be the featured guest speaker at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Christian County Prevention Coalition.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

City planner reviews accomplishments with Pana council
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

First-Graders Take 'How To' Field Trip
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Scouting For Food
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

America's Farmers Grow Communities donates to local charity
America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, supports rural communities by offering farmers in 1,335 eligible counties across the country the chance to win a $2,500 donation to direct toward their favorite local nonprofit organization.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Heartland Mini Hoofs Receives Donation
Monday, March 26, 2018

Edinburg CUSD #4 February Star Students
February 5, Emma Rafferty was selected as the Star Student for the week. She is in 6th grade and is the daughter of Jennifer and Michael Rafferty.
Monday, March 26, 2018

VisionWay embraces Little Bits and STEM education
When MakerSpace was added at VisionWay Christian School (VCS) this year, students of all ages immediately found success with little bits.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Trooper Allen Teaches THS Students About College And Career Readiness
Monday, March 26, 2018

Illinois high school referee shortage getting worse
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A recent report shows Illinois’ referee shortage is getting worse, with the number of referees for the state’s high school athletics dropping 11 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 seasons. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

THS's Smith awarded Eastern's Pemberton Scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Out of a pool of approximately 300 applicants, Taylorville High School’s Abigail Smith is among one of only five students this year to be awarded the Pemberton Presidential Scholarship to Eastern Illinois University.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Congressman Davis reacts to federal spending plan

Tom Latonis

Breeze-Courier Writer

In the early morning hours of Friday, the U. S. Senate passed a bill to keep the government running until Sept. 30, 2018 - the end of the federal fiscal year. It totals $1.3 trillion. The 2,300-page bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 256-167 and in the Senate, it passed 65-32.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Attorney's help may be necessary in court judgment
DEAR BRUCE: I had to take my ex back to court on a financial matter (without an attorney), and the judge sided with me and ordered a judgment against her. Since I did this without a lawyer, how do I enforce it against her? The legal system is designed by lawyers to benefit lawyers. I need advice without paying someone $300 an hour or more to resolve this. -- G.F.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Jordan Ruppert joins Peoples Bank and Trust
PANA — Jordan M. Ruppert recently joined Peoples Bank & Trust as VP, Business Banking. In his role with the Bank, Jordan will develop and build business and agricultural credit relationships.  Jordan will be based out of the Taylorville location, but will service customers throughout Central Illinois. He is eager to begin his position and looks forward to meeting and serving many new clients.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Open house Thursday for Farmersville ag facility
FARMERSVILLE — The IL Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and the IL Pork Producers Association (IPPA) are coordinating an open house for a new 4,800-head, wean-to-finish pig barn for the Dereke and Chelsea Dunkirk family, two miles east of Farmersville, Illinois in Montgomery County on Thursday, March 29.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

















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