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Deck The Halls
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Alderman Larry Budd has gone all out for the Christmas season. His lawn, located at 800 N. Cherokee Street, features a fully decorated upside down Christmas tree, a harnessed team of lighted reindeer, and a wide assortment of festive figures.Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Alderman Larry Budd has gone all out for the Christmas season. His lawn, located at 800 N. Cherokee Street, features a fully decorated upside down Christmas tree, a harnessed team of lighted reindeer, and a wide assortment of festive figures.
Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Homes For The Holidays
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Papa and Nana's: Taylorville's newest gift shop
TAYLORVILLE — Marilyn Monroe, Harley Davidson, and Batman are not brands typically associated with one another. Throw in some dreamcatchers, various comic books, an assortment of beer steins, fantasy figurines, and Coke signage and it’s a pop-culture smorgasbord.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Landing On Solid Ground
TAYLORVILLE - Change happens in life. It's inevitable. The trick, they say, is to adapt, overcome and find a place to land.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Joy Of Caroling
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Local Optimists planning for Christmas for Kids
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation. Ron Spears led the group in singing to honor the birthdays and anniversaries for the month of December.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Moose Donates To Camp One Way
Saturday, December 3, 2016

DAR group hosting December meeting at historical society
TAYLORVILLE — Peter Meyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pence Building on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society, located at the intersection of Routes 29 and 48, Taylorville.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Missions for Taylorville volunteers invited to assist Habitat for Humanity
KINCAID — The flood of December 2015 that ravaged 1/3 of the village of Kincaid in Christian County, Illinois affected 48 families in this  community of 1,500 people. 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Center HCEA Christmas party Mon., Dec. 5
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Illinois History: 1970 Constitutional Convention shaped state's future
ILLINOIS — The Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1970 was the sixth in the state’s history, and produced the first changes to the state’s governing document in a century. One writer aptly described the process as an example of “splendid bipartisan cooperation.” 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Pillars Event Center Celebrates Opening With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Share the joy of Christmas caroling at TMH Dec. 15
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital employees along with Dr. M.B. Prabhu and other Springfield Clinic staff will be spreading Christmas cheer by joining together with the community to sing Christmas carols and songs on Thursday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Royal Neighbors Donate To Program
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Problem-Solving Court Participants Graduate In Ceremony Friday
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Courthouse printed December 2
Friday, December 2, 2016

Police & Fire printed December 2
Friday, December 2, 2016

Area death investigations are finalized
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans reported today that investigations into the deaths of six county residents have been finalized. Two of the deaths were ruled homicide, two accidental and two suicidal. Drugs were a factor in both accidental deaths.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Ade-Harlow tapped for judgeship
TAYLORVILLE — Amanda S. Ade-Harlow is the new associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, announced Michael J. Tardy, director of the administrative office of the Illinois Courts, on Thursday afternoon.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Pana woman to deliver graduation address at Millikin
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University will recognize over 170 graduates during its 2016 Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Home Tour Continues Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured is the main floor of The Pillars event center, a premier stop on the 25th Annual Taylorville Christmas Home Tour. The tour continues on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Home Tour tickets are available tomorrow at The Pillars and at any of the other tour locations.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Former addict delivers strong message
TAYLORVILLE — “I was on a slow merry go round going no where fast. I tried to run away to a different country, where they didn’t speak my language. I just couldn’t shake my own shadow. I am my own biggest enemy,” said Brandon Novak to a crowded THS cafeteria last night.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Moose Lodge Donates To Toys For Tots
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516 donated to the Taylorville VFW Riders newly established Toys for Tots drive for Christian County youth.
Friday, December 2, 2016

North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. They  assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate.
Friday, December 2, 2016

APL sets December pet adoptions dates in Spfld.
 SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during December with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Holy Trinity Hall to host Christmas sale Dec. 10
STONINGTON — For the past 7 years, the second Saturday in December, Holy Trinity Hall in Stonington is filled with the aroma of hundreds of homemade holiday goodies.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Upcoming events at area churches
Friday, December 2, 2016

Area churches recognized at Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship ceremony
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Historical Society honors churches that have served their congregations for 150 years or more.

Recently, the society hosted its third Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship awards luncheon at the United Presbyterian Church of Peoria. The congregations recognized represented many denominations and all were proud to celebrate their history. When the guests assembled for a group photo, they spontaneously began singing “Amazing Grace,” commonly familiar to all.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Police & Fire printed December 1
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Courthouse printed December 1
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Problem-solving court celebrates new grads
TAYLORVILLE — A few years ago, Heather Farlow’s life was spiraling out of control.

“My real downfall was pain pills,” said Farlow, of Taylorville. “I was in a car accident, and I was on pain pills for a good long time.”

Then the unthinkable happened.

“I lost my management position. I gave my children to my family,” Farlow said. “I wasn’t stable enough to have them at that time.”

Farlow was accepted into the county’s problem-solving court in lieu of a possible prison sentence.

And she is one of four graduates who will celebrate their life turnaround on Friday.

“The team of people on drug court are just good people, especially (Resident Judge Brad Paisley),” Farlow said. “He genuinely cares about people. He’s saving lives.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Victorian Queen Still Reigns On Clay Street
TAYLORVILLE — Queen Victoria ruled in 1871 when land and coal magnet Hiram P. Shumway built the stately dwelling of homeowners Justin and Ashley Rahar.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed December 1
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hopper Foundation donates to Taylorville Public School Foundation
TAYLORVILLE — The Hopper Foundation recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Taylorville Public School Foundation.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Paulek re-elected to township official's board
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Craig Paulek, clerk for Stonington Township in Christian County, was unanimously re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) during the Association’s 109th Annual Educational Conference held in Springfield, Illinois, November 13-15, 2016.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Memorial pediatrician offers tips on kids and Santa
SPRINGFIELD – All you want for Christmas is a picture-perfect photo of your child sitting on Santa’s lap to share with the world on social media, holiday cards and texts to grandparents.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Morrisonville Jr.-Sr. High select students of month
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Jr. and Sr. High School recently selected their November students of the month. This award is in recognition for positive behavior and contribution to Morrisonville Junior/Senior High School and the Community of Morrisonville.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Enjoy the holidays at Springfield historic sites
SPRINGFIELD — The state’s historic sites in Springfield are celebrating the holidays with the city. Activities include visits from Santa Claus, unique holiday decorations and children’s reading events.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Local Kiwanis club hosts guest speaker
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of the new staff members at the Miller Media Group, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Last chance to donate to Christmas military packages
TAYLORVILLE — It’s not too late to help with the Christmas military packages at the Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC). The group that organizes the event is in need of monetary donations to help with the shipping costs.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Evidence center stage in drug-induced homicide trial
TAYLORVILLE — Phone records of an 18-year-old Kincaid woman accused of drug-induced homicide will be allowed at trial, despite a “sloppy” effort by prosecutors in executing a subpoena, Resident Judge Brad Paisley ruled on Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 30
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meeting Notices printed November 30
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New classrooms an early Christmas gift at St. Mary's
TAYLORVILLE — From a humble beginning in 1909, St. Mary’s Catholic School is still educating children 107 years later.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'Very Mary' Christmas Market at St. Mary's Saturday will benefit the school
TAYLORVILLE – ‘Tis the season to make new memories in the company of family, friends and neighbors as they mingle and jingle through the hub of activities at St. Mary’s Parish Center during the “Downton Abbey” Holiday Home Tour.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Collections Of Professions Began As An Ultimatum
TAYLORVILLE — Once upon a time, Bob Dunn's wife gave him the ultimatum to move his collection from home. So in 2004, Collections of Professions was created.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kompliments Salon Offers Bridal Package and More
TAYLORVILLE — Kompliments, which was opened by Autumn Long October 1st, 2010, has a staff that keeps up with new trends by attending continuing education classes held periodically by instructors right in the shop.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Full-Service Pharmacy With Lunch Counter And More
TAYLORVILLE — Rene's Drug Store, on the northwest corner of the square, has been doing business since 1936, with a pharmacy and lunch fountain, that are still popular today.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fine Jewelry, Exceptional Service, Affordable Prices
TAYLORVILLE — Anderson Jewelers has been in business since 1875 and has been under the ownership of David and Kay Cowell since 1985.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Catch a performance next weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 42nd annual production of The Nutcracker..
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Enjoy live music on the square before the parade
TAYLORVILLE — Two local musical groups, Harmony and Five Seasons, will be singing Christmas carols on the east side of the square near the Christian County Farmers Memorial from 3:30 until 5:00.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

White House Christmas theme: 'The Gift of the Holidays'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wreaths have been hung, lights have been strung and a towering fir tree is in place in the White House Blue Room.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crashes down, ticket writing up over holiday
TAYLORVILLE —Fifty-six traffic citations were issued over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, starting on Wednesday Nov. 23rd through Sunday evening Nov. 27th, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Park to attempt to control Lakeshore speeder

TAYLORVILLE — Golfers at Lakeshore Golf Course will soon be forced to slow down as they enter and exit the course.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Memorial to hold free hip replacement seminar
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on hip reconstruction and replacement at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Conservation area tours this winter
DECATUR, Ill. — Join the Macon County Conservation District for a tour of its sites on Saturday, December 10 from 2-4 p.m. During the Conservation Areas in Winter program, a naturalist will drive you to conservation sites you may not be aware of. We will look for wildlife, discover the beauty of nature, and hear what natural area restoration work is underway at each stop. This free tour meets at Rock Springs Nature Center and is open to all ages. Must pre-register online by December 9 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weber awarded EIU Cooley family scholarship
CHARLESTON, Ill. — The Eastern Illinois University Cooley Family Scholarship Award has been presented to Sierra Weber of Taylorville.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pana man accused of arson, home invasion seeks to bail out
PANA — A man accused of setting fire to a Pana house and threatening to cut the occupant with a “razor knife” appeared in Christian County Court on Monday, where he was read the charges and admonished of his rights.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Courthouse printed November 28
Monday, November 28, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 28
Monday, November 28, 2016

Phi Chapter awarded $1,000 stipend
TAYLORVILLE — Phi Chapter, of Illinois (Lambda State) of DKG Society International, recently was awarded $1,000. The stipend, whose applicaiton was submitted by chapter member Ginnie Hostetler will fund Math Literacy Kits.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Gospel sing at Edinburg First Baptist
Monday, November 28, 2016

Annual Barbershop Christmas Concert Sunday
Monday, November 28, 2016

Central A&M FFA students attend conference
NORMAL, Ill. — Central A&M FFA chapter members, Alyssa Nichols, Jillian Cooper, Daniel Morrell, and Jacob Nash attended the annual 212 degree conference in Normal, Ill. on November 18-19, 2016.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Hopper Foundation Donates To Economic Development
Monday, November 28, 2016

Meeting Notices printed November 27
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Glittsy decor and artistry create incrediable showcase
TAYLORVILLE – A French Country design is the newest home on the Christmas home tour. Dating to June 2014, the home was built on the site of a 19th Century teardown and has helped reclaim the neighborhood.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — While others braved the hordes of Christmas shoppers on Black Friday, the Grohler family spent the day decorating their yard with Santa, Frosty and festive animals.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Punching Out Parkinson's
TAYLORVILLE —   Sometimes, from the ashes of affliction, great ambition is born; sometimes, struggle is the stimulant to success; and sometimes, adversity inspires progress. Just ask Lisa Tarr of Taylorville.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

St. Mary School First Quarter Honor Roll
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Haunted Woods of Creek Hill blesses food pantry
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — This is the third year that the patrons of the Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry in Mt. Auburn have been blessed by the Haunted Woods of Creek Hill.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Southfork Spotlights Students
KINCAID — Southfork schools recently awarded three students with their Spotlight award.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Central A&M FFA attends 89th National FFA Convention
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jason Ferry retires from the U.S. Navy after 20 years
TAYLORVILLE — Navy Chief Electrician’s Mate Nuclear (SS) Jason Ferry is retiring from the US Navy the end of the year. Chief Ferry, a native of Taylorville, Illinois, and son of John and Susan Ferry and grandson of Elizabeth Ferry enlisted in the Navy in December 1996 while living in Urbana, Illinois. After graduation from the Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in February 1996, he went to Orlando, FL and began the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline. He is a 1991 graduate of Taylorville High School.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Community Calendar printed November 27
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Morrisonville to host an Old Fashioned Christmas Dec. 3
MORRISONVILLE — The 2016 Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, throughout the village.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Events printed November 27
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pana group eyeing Route 29 expansion
TAYLORVILLE — It took more than a quarter of a century to complete the Illinois Route 29 expansion project in Christian County.
Friday, November 25, 2016

On The Hunt For Black Friday Bargains
Shoppers stuff their carts with Christmas goodies today at Wal-Mart in Taylorville.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Veterans backing Taylorvile native to head VA
TAYLORVILLE — A grassroots movement is underway by veterans, who are backing a Taylorville native to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Friday, November 25, 2016

2nd graders dress in costume to help learn vocab
TAYLORVILLE — The second grade students at North Elementary School created costumes or posters that sent a host of words marching across the stage during American Education Week, November 14-18.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Guest Reader In Stonington
STONINGTON — Students at Stonington Elementary were treated to a guest reader during American Education Week.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Casting call for THS spring musical, 'Music Man'
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School is seeking talented student actors in grades 5th-8th form Taylorville Junior High School, St. Mary’s School, or Vision Way Christian School for two leading-roles and junior chorus members for the spring musical production of The Music Man.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Talented South Fork students take to the stage
KINCAID — On Friday, November 18, the students of South Fork Junior/Senior High School took to the stage to showcase their musical and comedic talents in their 8th Annual Pony Talent Night.
Friday, November 25, 2016

THS musicians perform in ILMEA festival
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Twenty four members of the Taylorville High School Band and Choir were selected to perform as members of the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Senior Band, Choir or Orcehstra on Saturday, November 19 . The festival was held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Edinburg UM hosts craft and bake sale
EDINBURG — The annual Edinburg United Methodist Church Craft and Bake Sale will be held Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have breads, cookies, cakes, pies, noodles, candy, nylon net scratchers, baby quilts and a raffle basket for purchase.
Friday, November 25, 2016

FCWC MOFIA Group Completes Project
TAYLORVILLE — The Men of Faith in Action (M.O.F.I.A.) group from Faith Community Worship Center met for a fall work project at the church on Saturday.
Friday, November 25, 2016

DMCC Men's Group Donates to Youth
TAYLORVILLE — Jonathan Newlin, pictured left, recently presented a check to the Davis Memorial Christian Church Youth Group.
Friday, November 25, 2016

A season of thanks, a season of giving
TAYLORVILLE — ‘Tis the season, and not just the holiday season, but also the season of giving.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

McClure retains seat on County Board
TAYLORVILLE — The absentee ballots have been counted, and it appears Democrat Mike McClure squeaked by Republican Jack Pearce to retain his spot on the County Board.
The County Clerk’s Office received 37 absentee ballots, which were counted on Tuesday.
Prior to the absentee votes being counted, Molly Alaria, a Republican, was the clear top vote getter in the district, earning 1778 votes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sasquatch coming to town this Christmas
PANA — Move over, Frosty.

There’s a new snowman coming to town this Christmas Season.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

4-H member attends Space Camp
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Fifty 4-H members participated in this special opportunity Nov 10-13, 2016 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Although the program was coordinated by Sangamon County 4-H Staff, this program was open to any active Illinois 4-H member in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and involved youth from twenty-seven different counties in Illinois including: Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Jackson, Jo Davies, Kane, Kankakee, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Montgomery, Peoria, St. Clair, Sangamon, Stephenson, Tazewell, Washington, and Wayne Counties.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kiwanis Club learns about 'Pillars' event center
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of the co-owners of a new event center in town, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Home Tour: 'Downton Abbey' experience awaits all at 'The Pillars'
The soaring former sanctuary will be the scene of performances by some of Taylorville’s finest voices. Harmony, directed by Janelle Cornell, will sing seasonal classics as well as tunes from the Downton sound track including “If You Were the Only Girl in the World” and “Auld Lang Syne” from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas greetings abound at CC Mental Health
TAYLORVILLE — The distinctive talents of clients at the Christian County Mental Health Association have been channeled toward the Christmas home tour for months.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Time To Talk Turkey With Thanksgiving Trivia Test
It’s time to talk turkey. Although people celebrate Thanksgiving each and every year, they may not be aware of some of its interesting history. Test your knowledge of gobblers and general trivia with this quiz.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday after Thanksgiving
TAYLORVILLE — Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Guess Who's Coming To Town?
TAYLORVILLE — So, who is coming to town?

Why, it’s the man in the big red suit.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tville Meals on Wheels Program to see changes
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Meals on Wheels Program (MOW) is currently feeding 15 homebound and disabled Taylorville citizens. The future of the program has been in doubt for the last month or so.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sheriff's office to conduct Saturation Patrols
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announces the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting Saturation Patrols on State and County Highways in Christian County in conjunction with the beginning of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel. The Patrol will start at 2 p.m. and will continue until midnight on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TFD Extinguishes Garage Fire
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Taylorville council approves remodeling permits

TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners wishing to perform exterior remodeling projects will now have to attain a city permit in order to do so, much like a building permit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

T'ville blood drive Nov. 29
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community will host a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29 at 920 McAdam Dr., inside Bloodmobile.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CC Shooting Stars 4-H Club to host open house
TAYLORVILLE — Have your children ever wanted to know more about archery, rifles, pistols, or shotguns? Would you like them to know how to be safe around each of these shooting sport disciplines? Would you like to sharpen their outdoor and hunting skills? 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Virtual science lesson provided at VisionWay
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, November 21, 2016, fifth through eighth grade students at VisionWay Christian School (VCS) experienced a virtual science lesson in their class with Mrs. Ann Lupton.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hands-on landscaping for THS ag students
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Agriculture classes are taking advantage of the good fall weather and performing some basic landscaping maintenance practices. Pulling weeds, laying mulch, and pruning trees have been some of the main activities that students have been performing around Taylorville High School, but Urban Rental gave students a rare opportunity to learn how to remove stumps out of the school campus.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4 children dead, mom hurt in Ind. house fire
FLORA, Ind. (AP) — An early-morning house fire in central Indiana killed four young sisters and sent their mother and two would-be rescuers to the hospital, authorities said Monday.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 21
Monday, November 21, 2016

Starbucks Holds Grand Opening
TAYLORVILLE — After months of anticipation for Christian County coffee lovers, Starbucks in Kroger celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Courthouse printed November 21
Monday, November 21, 2016

This Saturday, shop small; help local economy
SPRINGFIELD — Shoppers who are planning to hit the malls the weekend after Thanksgiving should also remember to visit local merchants for their holiday shopping, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Suspect hospitalized after alleged arson of Pana home
PANA — A 61-year-old Pana man has an arrest warrant for home invasion with a deadly weapon after allegedly entering a Pana victim’s home, cutting his throat in front of her, and dumping gasoline on the home before it was engulfed in flames.
Monday, November 21, 2016

New St. Mary School Welcomes Students
Students at St. Mary School marched with excitement to their new school building on Monday morning.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Pana man pleads not guilty to new murder count in death of son
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man on Monday pleaded not guilty to a new first-degree murder charge in the death of his infant son.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Edinburg National Honor Society hosts induction
EDINBURG, Ill. — On the evening of Monday, November 14, 2016, the Edinburg Chapter of the National Honor Society held its induction ceremony for new members.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Stonington Am. Legion Auxiliary visit Camp Butler
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Post 257 recently visited Camp Butler Cemetery and the war memorials at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  They learned that over 26,000 are buried in Camp Butler and includes a section for Confederate Soldiers.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Lincoln Land to hold Ag Career Expo on Nov. 22
SPRINGFIELD—Lincoln Land Community College is holding an Agriculture Career Expo Tuesday, Nov. 22. The event is being held in the Trutter Center at the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Santa's Helpers
Saturday, November 19, 2016

'Hamilton' member gives Pence an earful
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday demanded an apology from the “Hamilton” cast member who gave Mike Pence an onstage earful about equality.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Court
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Seven heroin deaths in Christian County this year: Heroin is killing communities
TAYLORVILLE — This is a tough message to give, but one that needs to be said and more importantly, heard.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Home Tour: Antiques abound in the house of many gables
AYLORVILLE – The 1902 gabled classic of Todd and Carol Overton has undergone an interior makeover since they moved in 15 years ago.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Library closing for holiday
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Heartland Mini Hoofs owners speak to UMW group
STONINGTON — The Stonington UMW met on November 10, 2016 with nine members and seven guests.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

TMH Foundation hosting fundraising event
TAYLORVILLE — The place to be on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. is the new Pillars Event Center where the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation will host their Fourth Annual Signature Event fundraiser. This year’s event titled “Gifts of the Season” is planned to help raise money for the Foundation’s Healthcare Career Scholarship Fund.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sorority Hears From Veteran About Honor Flight
TAYLORVILLE — Preceptor Delta Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held their monthly meeting Nov. 15 at the Rolling Meadows Senior Living facility.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Optimist Club hosts guest speaker Jerry Mahr
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group with the morning invocation.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Kincaid Church of God selling peanut brittle
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God has been cooking up  peanut brittle every Monday and Thursday. This Monday, Nov. 21, will be the final day. The cost is only $4 per bag.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Courthouse printed November 17, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016

M'ville School Board repairs gym roof
TAYLORVILLE — The Morrisonville School Board approved spending $49,350 for Joiner Roofing to perform roof repair on the barrel roof over the high school gym.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 17, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Grand jury indicts Pana man for murder of infant son
TAYLORVILLE — A grand jury on Wednesday charged a Pana man with another count of first-degree murder in the death on his infant son.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

TMH Auxiliary presents pledge payment to hospital
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president Jane Simmons presented Kim Bourne, president and ceo of Taylorville Memorial Hospital with the Auxiliary’s second $10,000 payment at the Auxiliary Governance Dinner held in the Janice Hopper Auditorium on November 14, 2016. Contributions committed towards the $58,000 pledge will be used to update cardiac and pulmonary monitoring equipment.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Industrial park development a step closer
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Finance Committee made a commitment to bring new industry to Taylorville on Wednesday night. Over the next two years, the city is expected to commit $50,000 each year to a project spearheaded by the Taylorville Development Association (TDA), a project that intends to bring vital infrastructure to the 47-acre industrial park located on the west side of Illinois Route 29, immediately south and west of the Trinity Dodge car dealership.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Officials searching today for cause of deadly explosion in Canton, Illinois
CANTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities todaywere investigating the cause of a gas explosion that rocked downtown homes and businesses in a central Illinois community, shattering glass and cracking interior walls in nearby buildings and killing one person and injuring several others.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Unique Energy-Friendly Construction: A First For The Christmas Home Tour
TAYLORVILLE – The energy-friendly home of Aaron and Ashley May is one of the most creative and innovative homes in Taylorville.

 The wall of windows in the front graces a spectacular entrance which embraces the outdoors. The remaining dwelling tucks into a grassy slope creating a feeling of warmth.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Kiwanis Club provides 89 coats for Head Start kids
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from one of the staff announcers of the Miller Media Group in Taylorville, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

LLCC recital series continues with Latin Jazz Project
SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College’s Recital Series continues Sunday, Nov. 20, with a performance by the Millikin University Latin Jazz Project. The recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Twinkles Goes To School
TAYLORVILLE — During American Education Week, Twinkles the Clown visited kindergarten students at North Elementary School to help them learn the letter C.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

County approves $573,00-deficit budget
TAYLORVILLE — With little fanfare, the County Board on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year with a deficit of  $573,729.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Barry joins field of 8 others in mayoral election
TAYLORVILLE — The race for the position of Taylorville mayor appears to be a popular one. Nine different candidates have emerged for the upcoming April election. They are: Victor Pop, Tim Calvert, Bill Newberry, Ray Koonce, Mark Durham, Clark Pearce, Rob Heberling, Terry Wright, and Bruce Barry.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Just Say 'Whoa' To Bullying
Students at Memorial Elementary School learned about how to stop bullying, with the help from horses from Heartland Mini Hoofs. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile, pictured with the horse, joined Heartland Mini Hoofs in talking about the dangers and pitfalls of bullying.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 16
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Foundation Supports Community
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lincoln Laureate
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Two-car accident impedes traffic on East Park St.
TALORVILLE — Traffic on East Park Street is impeded after a two-car accident that occurred around 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. According to Officer Dave Herpstreith of the Taylorville Police Department, the driver of the westbound vehicle crossed the centerline causing a head-on collision with the driver of the eastbound vehicle. The identity of both drivers remains undisclosed. Both drivers were transported via ambulance to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, but authorities say they believe the injuries to be only minor.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super Moon
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

School targets $.85 on April referendum
TAYLORVILLE — “We can’t sustain this district at the current tax rate,” said Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau on Monday evening.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tough talk in Pana over liquor
PANA — Strong discussions took place at last night’s Pana City Council meeting regarding a first presentation of an Ordinance amending the liquor code.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TMH receives national recognition
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural, acute care hospitals in the nation.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Passions rise over annexation, 'back-room deals'
TAYLORVILLE — Talks by the county’s Finance Committee of a budget with a $570,000 deficit nearly got overshadowed Monday as passions boiled over about recent city annexations of county land and accusations by a community member that the county had made backroom deals in violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Phosphorous removal could be costly task for Sanitary District
TAYLORVILLE — In June, the Taylorville Sanitary District acted on a U.S. EPA mandate and ordered a nutrient removal study intended to outline the feasibility  of a dramatic phosphorous reduction effort.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Edinburg Students Hold Mock Election
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Friendly Neighbors Garden Club meets Nov. 16
KINCAID — The Friendly Neighbors Garden Club will meet Wednesday, November 16 in the home of Dolores Hoover, 620 Railroad, Kincaid at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Deck the halls; stuff the stockings:
TAYLORVILLE — Join University of Illinois Extension for a festive evening of preparing for the holidays with Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator, and Lisa Peterson, Nutrition & Wellness Educator, as they help you create a wreath for the holidays and make both a cocoa mix and soup mix in a jar for homemade holiday gifts.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tarr guest speaker at Sertoma Club
TAYLORVILLE — Lisa Kennedy Tarr was Sertoma's guest speaker at their November 14 meeting. Tarr is a certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Courthouse
Monday, November 14, 2016

Tree ID hike Sat., Nov. 19
DECATUR, Ill. — Trees can be difficult to identify once their leaves drop. Join a naturalist for a guided hike through Rock Springs Conservation Area to discover other ways of identifying trees on Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Electoral College rarely comes into play in election
ILLINOIS — The stunning outcome of this month’s Presidential election is a rare example of a race decided in the Electoral College.  Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 650,000, Donald Trump won where it mattered most – by picking up over 270 electoral votes.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Police/Fire
Monday, November 14, 2016

North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School.
Monday, November 14, 2016

TFD holding angel tree signups beginning Wednesday
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Fire Department will host Angel Tree sign-ups for Taylorville area families with newborns through 14-year-olds from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Local soldier critically wounded in Afghan explosion
KABUL, Afghanistan  — An explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Saturday morning killed four people, and injured 16 U.S. service members and one Polish Soldier, according to the Associated Press.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Meeting Notices printed November 13
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Taylorville Care Center Honors Veterans
Residents of Taylorville Care Center, who served our country, were honored on Veterans Day for their sacrifice.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Taylorville Tea to Serve Royal Wedding Cake
TAYLORVILLE – Prince Williams’s favorite cake recipe is coming to tea in Taylorville.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

East Side aristocrat emerges from ruins
TAYLORVILLE – Time and neglect had taken a toll on the 1880 architectural mansion purchased by Tim and Janet Bowman. Used as rental property, it seemed ready for complete destruction.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Looking for Lillian Part II: An Interesting And Mysterious Lady
DALLAS — For those of us who have studied – either actively or passively – the assassination of President Kennedy for any length of time, there is probably a long list of names with which we are all familiar – Lee Harvey Oswald, Marina Oswald, Officer J.D. Tippit, Jack Ruby, and many other notable characters.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Taylorville student on winning SIU robotics team
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The robotics team from Southern Illinois University Carbondale swept the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering national robotics competition Nov. 2 in Orlando, Fla., winning nearly half of all the possible points available to teams competing.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Havera Speaks To THS Career Class
TAYLORVILLE — Kyra Havera, a Physical Therapist from Taylorville Memorial Hospital recently spoke to the Taylorville High School Career classes.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Taylorville FFA designs floral arrangements for local veterans
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10 the Floral Design class of the Taylorville FFA Chapter designed and arranged floral centerpieces to give to local veterans as well as donate to the Taylorville American Legion to use during their Veteran’s Day ceremonies.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Kindergarten Class Gets Visit From Clifford
TAYLORVILLE — Clifford the Big Red Dog, recently visited Mrs. Kent’s kindergarten class at North School to help kick off the book fair and upcoming American Education Week.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Community Calendar printed November 13
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Majors that might help you get hired
As the cost of college tuition continues to rise and the job market grows increasingly competitive, college students are giving greater consideration to their prospects of being hired before choosing a major.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Steps to choosing the right preschool
Kindergarten used to mark a child's first foray into formal education. But preschool has now taken up that mantle for many students.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Honor Roll printed November 13
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lincoln Academy to honor T'ville student
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Veronica Milligan of Taylorville, a student at Blackburn College, is among the 2016 outstanding college students who will be honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Academy will recognize these students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Volunteers needed to take down Avenue of Flags
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Amvets organization is again spearheading the Avenue of Flags effort this year in advance of Veterans Day which is Friday, Nov. 11.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Great War encampment this weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Get a close-up view of life in the World War I trenches of Europe during the 2016 Great War Encampment at the Illinois State Military Museum, in Springfield. The event will be held Friday, Nov. 11, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, November 11, 2016

A Salute To Veterans
TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion in Taylorville held a special ceremony on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Annexations stir potential legal battle
TAYLORVILLE — A more-than decade-long dispute between the City of Taylorville and residents of the Bertinetti subdivision was reopened on Thursday night at the City of Taylorville’s Water and Sewer Committee meeting.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Edinburg schools hire new coaches, teachers
EDINBURG — The Edinburg School Board approved several new hires for the upcoming school year.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day: The 11th day of the 11th month
TAYLORVILLE — On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, World War I fighting ceased.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Mt. Auburn Nite Unit of CC HCEA to meet
MT. AUBURN — The Mt. Auburn Nite Unit of CC HCEA will meet Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Auburn Community Building.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Retirees to honor Vets at Nov. meetings
DECATUR, Ill. — AFSCME retirees will have two opportunities to catch up on the latest news and to honor veterans for their service.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Work Progressing On E. Main Cross
TAYLORVILLE — Crews work to lay asphalt on East Main Cross Street in Taylorville near Illinois Route 29 this week.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Animal Protective Leaguesets Nov. pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during November with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Optimist group hears about Life's Journey
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan led the assembly with the morning invocation.
Friday, November 11, 2016

TFD Conducts Backdraft Training
TAYLORVILLE — TFD Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall (left) and TFD Fire Chief Mike Crews (right) use a model to demonstrate fire flows and backdraft threats.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Area churches, South Fork school sponsoring angel tree
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Midland United Methodist Church, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid Church of God, Kincaid Baptist Church and the faculty and staff of the South Fork School District are working together again this year to sponsor the Midland Community Angel Tree.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 10
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Courthouse printed November 10
Thursday, November 10, 2016

GOP not conceding co. board race until all votes are counted
TAYLORVILLE — A race in County Board District 3 is down to a dozen votes, and Republicans are not conceding defeat until all ballots have been counted.

Molly Alaria, a Republican, was the clear top vote getter in the district, earning 1778 votes, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Society presents program on Illinois Volunteer Infantry
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Genealogical Society will hold their Annual Meeting with a program on a Civil War regiment with 700 soldiers who were accused of deserting and being Southern sympathizers. The story of the 128th has been told by many in bits and pieces since April of 1863.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

'The Pie Lady' Welcomes Christmas Home Tour Visitors
TAYLORVILLE – JoAnn Gasparich, known as “The Pie Lady,” found her dream home and is enjoying retirement, but also pleasing the taste buds of many area residents.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed November 10, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Local CEO program now accepting applications
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County CEO Board of Directors announced today that applications are now available for the upcoming school year. Christian county high students who will be juniors or seniors during the 17-18 school year are eligible to apply.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Community women's group welcomes new member
TAYLORVILLE — The November meeting of the Community Women's  Association was held on November 2 at the Christian County Senior Center. The group welcomed a new member, Linda Olson, who was sponsored by member Chris Wright.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

3D PCH mammography campaign reaches goal
PANA — Pana Community Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 3D Mammography Campaign has surpassed their goal raising $213,000. A goal of $200,000 was set to offset the costs of the machine.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Raymond Christmas Mall Nov. 26
RAYMOND — The Christmas Mall at the KC Hall in Raymond the Saturday after Thanksgiving features 44 tables of high-quality vendor merchandise display a variety of products.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Millikin celebrates native heritage
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University's Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native American people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Run where Lincoln walked Nov. 12
PETERSBURG, Ill. — The New Salem State Historic Site on November 12 will welcome runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to the backwoods that Abraham Lincoln once called home for the fourth annual Abe’s Trail Trek.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

THS jazz musicians perform in music festival
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Thirteen members of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band participated in and performed in the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Jazz Festival on Monday, November 7 at Eastern Illinois University.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 9
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TJHS sixth graders cast their votes
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, November 7, sixth grade students at Taylorville Junior High School participated in a mock election. Mr. Hill, math and social studies teacher, organized the 6th grade voting event. The precincts were assigned by using each of the classroom numbers, with one person from each classroom assigned to be an election judge.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

St. Mary's 6th graders explore Wetlands Nature Trail
TAYLORVILLE — Sixth grade students from Mrs. Schaeffer's class at St. Mary's School took a field trip to the Wetlands Nature Trail on Lake Taylorville on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

County goes 'yuge' for Trump
TAYLORVILLE — Of the 22,732 registered voters in Christian County, 15,676 (69 percent) of them cast their vote in Tuesday’s  General Election. That is up slightly from the 2012 Presidential election, which saw a voter turnout of 14,847 (68.02 percent).

Ballots cast outside of polling place, be it by grace votes, votes by mail, or early votes, totaled 3,173, which was up significantly relative to 2012 when those same votes totaled 2,047.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Republicans win majority on county board
TAYLORVILLE — Republicans on Tuesday swept into a county board majority for the first time in more than half a century.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TJHS students learn about candidates; hold mock election
TAYLORVILLE — Students at Taylorville Junior High School have recently been busy learning about the election process, electoral college, the candidates, the issues and the voting process. 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Childers sworn in as Deputy Chief
TAYLORVILLE — At a brief ceremony at Monday evening’s Taylorville City Council meeting, Officer Vince Childers, in the presence of his family, was sworn in as the city’s new Deputy Chief of Police.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Taylorville native finds career passion after personal connection with Alzheimer's
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects more than five million Americans. One of the five million happens to be the grandmother of Lindy Noel, a 2007 graduate of Taylorville High School. Noel earned a bachelor’s in speech communication from Southern Illinois University in 2011 and a master’s in public administration and policy analysis from the University in 2014.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Christian County Senior Center introduces new fundraiser
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center has started selling tickets for their new Pick 3 Raffle. 1,000 tickets have been produced with numbers ranging from 000-999; no duplicate numbers will be produced.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Alderman questions ethicality of MFT transfer
TAYLORVILLE — In the coming year, the City of Taylorville has approved a street resurfacing project for Cherokee Street. On Monday, the finances of that project were hotly debated.

Street Superintendent Dick Wiseman has prepared a resolution to the Illinois Department of Transportation for use of Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds in the amount of $400,000 to be used towards the project. Aldermen approved that resolution on Monday evening on a vote of five in favor of, two against (Larry Budd and Jim Olive), and one abstention (Shawn Burtle).

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Oklahoma man arrested in Long Beach killing of mother, child
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An investigation of the August shooting of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter in Long Beach led detectives to a 22-year-old man who arrived in the city by bus from Tulsa, Oklahoma, three days before they were killed.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DAR chapter to meet Nov. 12
TAYLORVILLE — Peter Meyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday , November 12at 10:30 a.m. in Rochester at the home of Pam Spengler, hostess.
Members planning on attending should call Mrs. Spengler at 217-652-3501.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Volunteers are key to 4-H shooting sports program
TAYLORVILLE — You wouldn’t think it would work. The shooting sports program is one of the fastest growing projects in Illinois 4-H. The program offers four disciplines of focus: archery, rifle, shotgun, and wildlife/hunting. For some teens, shooting sports is the one reason they joined and stayed in 4-H during those busy high school years.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

South Fork High School hosting blood drive Nov. 17
KINCAID — South Fork High School will host a community blood drive from 1:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 at 610 Dial Street, inside Multipurpose Room.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

St. Mary's sixth graders learn about saints, lead mass
TAYLORVILLE — Sixth grade students in Mrs. Schaeffer's class at St. Mary School led the All Saints Day Mass at St. Mary's Church on Tues., November 1, while proudly sporting their brand new saint sweatshirts that they designed and created.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Internet freezes for 'mannequin challenge' craze
Forget dumping ice buckets, dancing or planking, the latest viral phenomenon sweeping the internet consists of people standing still as part of the "mannequin challenge."
Monday, November 7, 2016

Persimmon Royalty
TAYLORVILLE — The first annual Little Miss Persimmon Pageant was held Saturday November 5 at the Christian County Historical Society.
Monday, November 7, 2016

Courthouse printed November 7
Monday, November 7, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 7
Monday, November 7, 2016

Taylorville Public Schools Foundation Funds mini grants to TCUSD #3 teachers
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded 10 mini grants to 23 Taylorville Community Unit School District 6-12 teachers totaling $7,585 to be used for additional resources to motivate and encourage educational excellence.
Monday, November 7, 2016

Character Education winners announced
PANA — Washington Elementary school in Pana has selected their October Character Education winners.
Monday, November 7, 2016

Pub Stool Open And Persimon Party Saturday
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Select TFD members allowed to carry sidearm
TAYLORVILLE — Select members of the Taylorville Fire Department will soon be allowed to carry a sidearm again. Pursuant to state statute, qualified arson investigators are allowed to carry a sidearm.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Coroner awaiting toxicology report on suspicious death
MOWEAQUA — Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans ordered an autopsy for a Taylorville man, Tyler Lecocq, 35, yesterday after his body was found at a residence in rural Christian County, just west of Moweaqua.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Enjoy some extra sleep this weekend
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time won’t fly this weekend. In fact, it’ll actually hitch a ride back.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Heberling receives state award for programming
TAYORVILLE, IL — Jodi Heberling, INEP community worker with University of Illinois Extension, recently received the Individual Excellence in Outstanding Programming Award at the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs Annual Conference in Champaign, IL.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Local TOPS weight loss group welcomes guests
TAYLORVILLE — Five members of Taylorville TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Group No. 830 attended an awards ceremony in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Kirsten Cloyd receives scholarship from MU Ag Alumni Association
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kirsten Cloyd, daughter of Ron and Diana Cloyd, has been selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the MU Ag Alumni Association.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Veterans Day event Wednesday at LLCC Taylorville campus
SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville invites the public to a special presentation in honor of Veterans Day featuring Carolyn Yates, program support assistant, and Joe Wheeler, foreman, of Camp Butler National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nurse Speaks To UWCC About Russia
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County held their November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Krieger's Grill. The guest speaker was Miranda Matheny, a registered nurse, former UWCC scholarship winner, and graduate student at the University of Chicago. Miranda, fellow students, and an instructor visited Russia in 2015 touring different health care facilities, an orphanage, and a camp for the disabled.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pana Hospital Holiday Bazaar Nov. 12
 PANA — Tis the Season for the Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar! The event is Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 a .m.-1:00 p.m. at the Pana Junior High School. This is the second year the event will be held at the Junior High.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club visits Lake House Retreat
PANA — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met in Pana at the Pana Community Hospital Community meeting room for a delicious lunch recently.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Kindness Counts
Saturday, November 5, 2016

North School Students Of The Week
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Police & Fire printed November 4
Friday, November 4, 2016

Courthouse printed November 4
Friday, November 4, 2016

35-Year-Old Taylorville Man Found Dead
MOWEAQUA — At approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, the Christian County Sheriff’s office responded to a call for an unresponsive man.   According to Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, the individual was found in the grass, immediately adjacent to a parked vehicle at a residence located on County Highway 4, approximately  one-half mile east of 2525 East Road.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Lewd mailer depicts lawmaker nude, police investigating
TAYLORVILLE — Just days before the November 8, 2016 election, unidentified person or persons circulated a lewd, non-genuine photo of Representative Avery Bourne, Republican incumbent in the 95th District race for State Representative, through the U.S. postal system.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Pana hires new superintendent of schools
PANA — The Pana C.U.S.D. #8 Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Bauer as its next Superintendent of Schools for the 2017-2018 School Year. The Board of Education is expected to approve the 3-year contract with Mr. Bauer at a Special Board Meeting this Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00pm. Financial terms of the contract will be made available upon request.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Volunteers would be appreciated to help with Avenue of Flags
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Amvets organization is again spearheading the Avenue of Flags effort this year in advance of Veterans Day which is Friday, Nov. 11.
Friday, November 4, 2016











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