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Corley pens second historical fiction
TAYLORVILLE —  Taylorville resident Kevin Corley shows off his newest historical fiction novel “Throw Out the Water,” which is a sequel to his first novel “Sixteen Tons.” Both books feature early Christian County coal mining as their backdrop.                                                                    Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE —  Taylorville resident Kevin Corley shows off his newest historical fiction novel “Throw Out the Water,” which is a sequel to his first novel “Sixteen Tons.” Both books feature early Christian County coal mining as their backdrop.
                                                                    Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — After the unexpected publication of Kevin Corley’s first book “Sixteen Tons,” the Taylorville resident says he just felt compelled to continue to the story. Now he has a sequel and his second published book, “Throw out the Water.”
Saturday, August 27, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

2015 Pana Tri-County Fair Royalty
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Come out and enjoy harness racing at the fair
Saturday, August 27, 2016

From Heart Felt To Honky Tonk Country rock band Broseph E. Lee at fair Friday
PANA — A full-blown country-rock concert. That's how fans describe a night with Broseph E. Lee. These musicians raise the bar high and bring a party with every song. They're wildly talented, energetic and thrive on entertaining crowds of all ages.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Six full days of fun at the Pana Tri-County Fair
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pana Fair Little Miss Contestants
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pana Tri-Co. Fair starts Wednesday, concludes with big parade
PANA — Exhibitors and spectators are invited to the annual Pana Tri-County Fair Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5th. The Pana Tri-County Fair is here to bring together both urban and rural people in a setting that provides entertainment as well as education for all and to help show-case all that the surrounding counties have to offer.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

University Women of Christian County look forward to sensational season
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County will begin the 2016-2017 season on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Krieger's Grill. The guest speaker will be Lee Mateer, the defensive coordinator of more than 100 Taylorville Tornado football players. The popular teacher speaks from his heart about life-changing lesson especially from his mother who looms large.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Taylorville proud to boast of Nobel Prize winner Edward M. Purcell
TAYLORVILLE — Edward M. Purcell grew up in Taylorville in the early 1900’s. It was a time when the coal mining industry was booming and Taylorville was beginning to flourish.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Blood drive this Wednesday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a blood drive on Wednesday, August 31 from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the auditorium, located at 201 E. Pleasant Street.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Brilliant Blooms
Saturday, August 27, 2016

LLCC accepting athletic hall of fame nominations
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lincoln Land Community College is accepting nominations for its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cass Gymnasium. Introduction of inductees will take place at the half-time of the men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m.. The public is invited.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Angelo's to expand catering operations to old Medicine Shoppe
Saturday, August 27, 2016

U of I College of ACES announces research study at the Dudley Smith farm
TAYLORVILLE, IL - University of Illinois Extension held a Nutrient Loss and Soil Health Field Day at the Dudley Smith Farm, near Pana, Ill., on August 19. University of Illinois – College of ACES and the Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) are supporting a nutrient loss and water quality research project taking place at the Dudley Smith Farm site.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Christian County CEO announces 2016-17 class
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County CEO Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 16-17 Christian County CEO Class. Brendan Watson, Samantha Hafliger and Alexus Gibson all from Edinburg; Matthew O’Brien, Zebert Dunaway, Kyle Woods, Rhett Molen and Dalton Lingl all from Taylorville will be embarking on the CEO journey.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Community Garden hosting Taste of Harvest
TAYLORVILLE — The public is invited to the Taste of Harvest, sponsored by the Taylorville Community Garden (TCG) on September 25, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial Christian Church fellowship hall.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

NEARLY 1 MILLION ILLINOISANS SERVED IN WORLD WAR II
LLINOIS — As the Depression dragged into the late 1930s, the United States was faced with another threat, as a world war loomed in Europe and Asia. Illinois, as in other times of crisis, became a national leader in the effort.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 26, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016

Bee Castle Gets A New Roof
Things are buzzing at the Christian County Historical Society as the Bee Castle gets a new roof. The Courthouse will be next. The Christian County Historical Society was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in the amount of nearly $5000, half of the expected amount required to complete the shake roofs on both the original courthouse and the Bee Castle buildings.
Friday, August 26, 2016

City moves forward with northeast sewer bypass
TAYLORVILLE — It’s been five years in planning, but the City of Taylorville came one step closer to completing a thirty-inch sewer bypass for the northeast quadrant of town Thursday.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Assumption accident leads to diesel spill
ASSUMPTION — A single car accident that occurred in Assumption at about 7:30 this morning has led to a diesel spill, which threatened to contaminate the village’s sewer system.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Police Dept. reports 2nd commercial burglary this week
TAYLORVILLE — Less than a week after the Taylorville Moose Lodge was broken into, the Taylorville Police Department is now reporting a second commercial burglary.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Kincaid woman recognized as scholarship winner
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, Board of Directors recently awarded $8,000 in educational scholarships to nine individuals who are pursuing post-secondary education. The educational scholarships were made available through funding provided by the Community Services Block Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Illinois 4-H Foundation recognizes Myers family
URBANA, Ill. — The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, 74 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date. Brian and Michelle Myers, were recognized from Christian County.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Resolution would name T'ville Chilli Capital of Illinois
TAYLORVILLE — A  proposed resolution  filed with the Illinois House of Representatives would name Taylorville the “Chilli Capital of Illinois.”  The legislation is slated for reading into the record and adoption at the next scheduled session.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Moses speaks to Optimist club about escape room
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, August 26, 2016

APL's Kitten Circus cutest show on Earth
SPRINGFIELD – Come one, come all to the Cutest Show on Earth- Animal Protective League’s (APL) Kitten Circus is one of the best times of  the year to adopt a kitten with 125 adorable kittens up for adoption!
Friday, August 26, 2016

VisionWay Christian School adds new staff members
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) is blessed to add several individuals to their teaching staff this year.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Faith-Extreme Teen Group Attends Powerlightfest
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Powerlightfest is an annual Christian musical festival at the Illinois State Fair targeting youth and young adults.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Fire Dept. gets federal training grant
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Fire Department has been awarded a grant for operations and safety from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Local police pursuing suspects in Moose burglary
TAYLORVILLE — A commercial burglary that is believed to have occurred sometime during the overnight hours between Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 2016 was just reported by the Taylorville Police Department this morning, six days after the fact.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 25, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Courthouse printed August 25, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016

TRIAD Senior Police Academy to meet every Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — In a story published Tuesday, August 22, regarding the Senior Police Academy beginning Sept. 8, it was incorrectly stated that the academy would meet every other Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

CrimeStoppers printed August 25, 2016
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Owaneco teen wins one of 5 $1,000 scholarships
URBANA, Ill. - Five youth from across Illinois were each awarded $1,000 scholarships at the 2016 Illinois Superior Young Beef Producers contest. The contest, sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland of Decatur and the Illinois State Fair, was held on August 10  in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H and FFA members from Illinois competed in this three-phase competition challenging their knowledge of beef production.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crimestoppers coordinator speaks to Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the coordinator of Christian County Crimestoppers, at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

TMH Foundation announces Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship recipients
TAYLORVILLE — As summer winds down and students embark on their college journey, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has formally announced that Olivia Graham and Mallory Westrick graduates of the Taylorville High School class of 2016, are the recipients of the 2016 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship administered through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation. 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 24
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grab-n-Go lunch program feeds nearly 8,000 this summer
TAYLORVILLE — For a fifth consecutive year, Taylorville First United Methodist Church led an interdenominational, community-based program that offered free sack lunch meals for children in the area this summer.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

3 from area to serve at angus association
 CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — T. J. Curtin, of Blue Mound, and John C. Curtin, of Taylorville have been elected as delegates to the 133rd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the American Angus Association. Aaron Schafer, of Owaneco, has been elected as an alternate Angus delegate.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

State announces energy assistance program enrollment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

VisionWay Donates To Track Project
TAYLORVILLE — Glenna Tolliver, Administrator of VisionWay Christian School, recently presented a check to Bruce Barry, TCUSD#3 school board member, and Jerry Lowry, THS varsity girls' assistant track coach.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pana establishes public comment rules
PANA, Ill. — A first presentation of an ordinance developing rules for public comment at meetings at the Pana City Council and other boards and commissions was approved on a 6-2 vote at last night’s Pana City Council meeting. (Alderman Kroski and Miles casted the two no votes.)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pana man gets possible 11 years for DUI drugs
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man begged forgiveness for running over two men at Bob Ridings in Pana while high on synthetic marijuana and asked the judge to allow him to complete drug rehabilitation.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Manners Park ball diamond restoration price exceeds expectations

TAYLORVILLE — It was reported last month that Manners Park and Red Bland Little League may have an opportunity to host the District 2 Little League Tournament in 2017.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Police & Fire printed 8/23
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Senior Police Academy starting Sept. 8
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police Department and Christian County TRIAD announce the seventh annual Senior Police Academy, which will begin Thursday, Sept. 8
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Correctional Center to host blood drive
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Correctional Center will host a community blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30 at 1144 Illinois Route 29, inside Bloodmobile.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Memorial to hold 5k run & walk
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Memorial Medical Center’s 12th annual 5K Transplant Run/Walk to benefit kidney and pancreas transplant patients will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Washington Park in Springfield.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TMH Foundation Announces Lose-to-Win Challenge Top Winner
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital completed their 26th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge and Steven Lomprez, Taylorville, takes the win by losing 16.95 percent.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Courthouse
Monday, August 22, 2016

Pana man gets extra time for profanity-laced tirade
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man earned himself seven more days in jail after letting rip several profanities in open court.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Lincoln Land kicks off 50th anniversary celebration
Monday, August 22, 2016

2 Area blood drives set for August 31
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — There are several opportunities for people to donate at local blood drives in Christian County. 
Monday, August 22, 2016

Sewing To Save History
Monday, August 22, 2016

Girl Scouts Lend A Helping Hand
Monday, August 22, 2016

Aldermen oppose city manager position
TAYLORVILLE — Mayor Greg Brotherton circulated a letter at Monday evening’s full Taylorville City Council meeting that outlined some of the advantages to hiring a city manager.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sports Boosters
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Taylorville Tornado Sports Booster’s Tornado Open Committee presented the totals from the 24th Annual Tornado Open on Friday, in front of the home crowd at the Purple and Gold Scrimmage game.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meeting Notices printed August 21
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wildflower of the Week
Saturday, August 20, 2016

American Legion Auxiliary hosting Veterans Benefit, Appreciation Run
TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary, Post #73 in Taylorville will be hosting the 13th Annual Veterans Benefit and Appreciation Run on Saturday, August 27.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Taylorville native wins Drum Corps International Championship
TAYLORVILLE — If Drum Corps International (DCI) is the Major League of marching music, then their annual word championships would be the equivalent of the World Series.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

New paper-based HS equivalency test to be offered
HILLSBORO — In striving to offer more adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to obtain an equivalency credential, the Regional Office of Education #3 is pleased to announce that they will begin offering the paper-based version of the TASC test this September.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind Sept. 24
PEORIA, Ill. — This year marks the 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. Mark Linder started Walk for the Mind in 2003 as a way to increase awareness of brain tumors as well as a means for raising funds to support brain tumor research. Sadly, Mark lost his battle in 2005. But he would have been so proud to see what his Walk is accomplishing today.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Land of Lincoln
Local historian and retired judge Ron Spears is shown presenting a talk on Lincoln's First Year in Illinois at the Friends of the Library's "Meet Me at the Library" evening lecture series to a capacity crowd.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Community Calendar printed August 21
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Courthouse printed August 19
Friday, August 19, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 19
Friday, August 19, 2016

Clarification: Joint 911 with Shelby County approved
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Pana fire chief was asked to serve on the new 911 board and declined, said board member Andy Goodall.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Committee supports more relaxed video gaming ordinance
TAYLORVILLE — There were several disagreements over the course of Thursday evening’s marathon City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee meeting, but committee members did manage to agree that they did not want to drive businesses out of town.  They were discussing, again, a proposed amendment to the city’s video gaming ordinance.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Morrisonville schools approve new hires
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville School Board approved new hires and a resignation at its Thursday meeting.
Friday, August 19, 2016

New family-medicine physician joins Springfield Clinic here
TAYLORVILLE — Chiniya Thapa, MD, an experienced family medicine doctor, will join the Springfield Clinic Taylorville team on Monday, August 29.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Upland game hunt applications are now available
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Conservation District is accepting applications for upland game hunting at Friends Creek Conservation Area’s Upland Game Management Area.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Free household paint, stain and varnish collection
DECATUR, Ill. — Macon County Environmental Management Department is sponsoring one day drop-off events for the collection of residential, household paint from Macon County residents.
Friday, August 19, 2016

U of I Extension offers invasive plant workshop
TAYLORVILLE — Invasive plants are a major threat to biodiversity and native plant habitats. This workshop will cover identification, reporting, mapping, control methods, and native plant alternatives.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Lincoln Presidential Library presents special Civil War Tech event Aug. 27
SPRINGFIELD – Children can get back into school mode with a blast of science and games Aug. 27 when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a special “Civil War Tech” event.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Tower Hill Free Methodist to host Wes Wheeler
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Wes Wheeler will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 Erie at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Kincaid Church of God hires two new pastors
KINCAID, Ill. — August 1st marked the start for new pastors, Chris and Sarah Rose at the Kincaid Church of God. Chris is the Family Care Pastor, in charge of youth and children’s services, and Sarah is the Administrative Pastor handling events, volunteers, and media for the church.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Assumption farmer to host soil health field day Friday
PANA — Illinois farmers interested in adopting progressive agricultural practices to improve the health of their soil can learn from their peers at a series of field days this summer. On Friday, August 19, Assumption farmer Leon Corzine will host one such field day at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm just outside of Pana.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pana man charged with son's death asks judge to reconsider
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man charged in the death of his infant son is asking the judge to reconsider his refusal to throw out his confession.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

All Smiles
Students were all smiles as they exited the bus for the first day of class at Memorial School.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

M'ville resident shares concerns with board
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville met in an abbreviated session on Wednesday evening. Outside of approving the minutes from the prior meeting, only one item on the agenda required a vote.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

New hires for Kincaid; laptops for jr. high
KINCAID — The South Fork School Board approved several new hires at its Wednesday meeting.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 18
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Courthouse printed August 18
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mt. Auburn announces winners in picnic events
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — The Mt. Auburn Farmers' Picnic, which was held on August 4-6, has announced the winners of several picnic events as follows:
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Illinois State Fair showcases local livestock, culinary and art winners
SPRINGFIELD — For years the Illinois State Fair has had the opportunity to showcase some of the best local livestock and culinary talent in the country. This year is no exception.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Congressman Davis speaks to local Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium.  Following breakfast, President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Taylorville woman treated after vehicle overturns in ditch.

TAYLORVILLE — An 82-year-old female is being treated for non-life-threatening  injuries after leaving the roadway on Illinois 48 about one mile south of Taylorville Airport.

Evenlyn B. Sysco of Taylorville was driving a 1995 Oldsmobile. For unknown reasons, the vehicle went off the road and overturned in a ditch. 

Sysco was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for treatment. 

The investigation is pending. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pana jr. high repairs discussed at meeting
PANA, Ill. — The spring storm damage at the Pana Junior High school was on the forefront of discussion at Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Autopsy: Chicago teen died from 1 shot by police to back
CHICAGO (AP) — An autopsy shows the 18-year-old shot and killed last month by a Chicago police officer during a chase was hit on the right side of his back.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 17
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ayerco breaks ground on new station in Edinburg
EDINBURG — According to Mike Bell, Project 29 co-chairman, more than 8,000 motorists travel Illinois Route 29 between Taylorville and Springfield every day. In approximately 90 days, perhaps, some of those individuals may have more of a reason to stop in Edinburg.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Joint 911 with Shelby County is approved
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday approved the creation of a joint 911 board, with members from Christian County and Shelby County.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ravienne Blaiz Neville
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IDVA announces 'Serving Those Who Served' program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair this past Sunday. During the program, Erica Jeffries Director of IDVA,  announced a new State-wide program to thank the service men and women, our veterans and their families.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pana Red Roses Red Hat group travels to Godfrey
PANA — Sixteen members and guests from the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club braved the rainy weather and traveled to Josephine's Tea Room in Godfrey, Ill. on Monday, August 15.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Guest speaker to discuss history of Illinois farming
DECATUR, Ill. — Discover how farming transformed during the 20th century with guest speaker Dr. Deb Reid. Reid’s presentation, “From Horses to Hybrids: Farming in 20th Century Illinois” will be held at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m. The event is free and no registration is required.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Farm Boys"
TAYLORVILLE — The Shanks "children" of rural Taylorville gather on the porch as they enjoy a nice summer day and casually watch as hay gets baled in the distance.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stonington Post Office moves into old village hall
TAYLORVILLE — The Stonington Post Office will move into the old village hall on Main Street.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Christian County weighs large electronic recycling
TAYLORVILLE — A County Board committee is weighing its options for how best to dispose of large electronics, including televisions and computers.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Herpstreith to resign as police chief, stay on with TPD
TAYLORVILLE —Taylorville Police Chief Dave Herpstreith submitted his resignation as chief of police today.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taylorville City Council to debate merits of city manager position
TAYLORVILLE — In a letter submitted to the Taylorville City Council on Monday evening, Mayor Greg Brotherton says he will be advocating for a new position, the hire of city manager.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Meeting Notices printed August 16
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Courthouse printed August 16
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 16
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Friends Creek hosts Astronomy Jamboree Aug. 20
ARGENTA, Ill. — Take a better look at the night sky through telescopes! Join the Macon County Conservation District for the 32nd Annual Astronomy Jamboree on Saturday, August 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Friends Creek Conservation Area.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lake Land College to offer free food sanitation classes
MATTOON, Ill. — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free food sanitation classes at various locations for the first 12 applicants who register.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Illinois State Police issues new school year reminder for motorists
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 Commander, Captain Scott Compton, would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors and begin the new school year. The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Davis Memorial Christian Church to host blood drive, August 25
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville community will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 at Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 West Franklin, inside Fellowship Hall.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Crime Stoppers printed August 15
This week, Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Man questioned in slayings of NYC imam
NEW YORK (AP) — Police detectives investigating the slayings of an imam and his associate have detained and questioned a man as part of an attempt to identify a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the shooting, authorities said Monday.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Courthouse printed August 15
Monday, August 15, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 15
Monday, August 15, 2016

Area veterans to be celebrated on Tuesday Honor Flight
TAYLORVILLE — Four county veterans will be recognized for their service to their country on Tuesday as they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Landscaping Primer Offered at Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension will hold a landscaping maintenance primer Friday, September 2, 2016 from 10–11 a.m. at University of Illinois Extension Christian County Office, 1120 North Webster Street, Taylorville.  Registration is free.
Monday, August 15, 2016

4H Spin Club will meet August 18
TAYLORVILLE — The 4-H Medical Careers SPIN Club is kicking off the 4H year. Children ages 12 and up is interested in exploring medical careers are welcome to attend.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Memorial Medical Center to hold free seminar
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on gynecologic cancers at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Monday, August 15, 2016

TPSF receives donation
TAYLORVILLE — Chad Sutton, at Endurance Capital, is an avid runner who has been blessed with success earlier this year in his racing endeavors.
Monday, August 15, 2016

American Legion Post 721 awards scholarships
MORRISONVILLE — Two students were recently awarded the American Legion Post 721 of Morrisonville Scholarship.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Funding Faith
Saturday, August 13, 2016

J. Micenheimer named outstanding fair person of year
SPRINGFIELD —Of all the county fair members from all 103 county fair boards in the State of Illinois, Jim Micenheimer of Taylorville was selected as the lone Outstanding County Fair Person of the year on Friday at a kickoff event to the Illinois State Fair.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Campground hardest hit area of state fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair reopened Saturday morning after record rainfall forced organizers to close early Friday and cancel the Grandstand concert.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

3D mammography fundraising continues at Pana Community Hospital
ANA — 3D Mammography is coming to Pana Community Hospital and fundraising efforts are in full swing. The new 3D Mammography machine has beem delivered to Pana Community Hospital. Fundraising efforts to offset the cost of the machine continue through October.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Speaks To Optimists
Saturday, August 13, 2016

MAI Employees Donate To Shadow Home
Saturday, August 13, 2016

VFW announces kick-off of scholarship competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Commander W. Dave Stout of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Illinois announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

THS Class of 1966 enjoy memorable reunion
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Reunion over the weekend of July 29-31. A huge turnout was enjoyed by all, with various activities available for the classmates to share. An unofficial theme of “friends and classmates forever” was chosen to highlight the true affection the class has held for one another through the years, and also to honor those who have passed away. They are forever in our hearts, and we feel their presence at all of our reunions, and other times, as well.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

THS senior Lane Ruppert awarded $1,000 Ken Deck Memorial scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — The Ken Deck Memorial Fund (KDMF) presented Lane Ruppert with a $1,000 scholarship.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cory Jobe, director, Illinois Office of Tourism, will preside at ribbon cutting
SPRINGFIELD — Cory Jobe is the Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT), where he is responsible for leading the state’s tourism industry marketing and development efforts.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tourism Council announces Home Tour theme and line-up
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Warning: The Aroma Of Roasted Garlic Is Irresistible
Warning: This will fill your home with the most maddening, irresistible, and mouth-watering aromas imaginable.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Ahh, Farmers Market Fresh
I have a lifelong love affair with fresh-off-the-vine summer tomatoes. For me, every bite of a big juicy tomato is like tasting the sun and the fresh fertile Earth all at the same time. Tomatoes are easy to grow and there are scads of varieties that can thrive and produce even in a pot on your back deck.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Police/Fire
Friday, August 12, 2016

Kincaid neighborhood watch open house
KINCAID — The Kincaid Neighbohood Watch program will have an open house on Sunday, August 14 at the Kincaid Southfork Township Building beginning at 4 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Confession stands for Pana man charged in baby's death
TAYLORVILLE —The confession of a Pana man charged in the death of his infant son will not be thrown out, ruled Resident Judge Brad Paisley this week.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Route 29 head-on crash victims treated and released
TAYLORVILLE — A Taylorville woman, Lori L. Thomas, and her two daughters who were involved in a head-on collision Thursday morning on Illinois Route 29 near Edinburg have been treated and released from Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Local student travels abroad for research
TAYLORVILLE — Traveling the world is a dream for many, including Justin Huber, of Taylorville.
Friday, August 12, 2016

City struggles to finance water plant
TAYLORVILLE —Despite last year’s approval of a significant water rate increase that was intended to finance the project, the city appears to be struggling to meet their revenue projections needed to construct the planned $27 million water treatment facility. “Here’s what we thought revenues were, but we’re not there,” Taylorville Water Superintendent David Speagle said of financing the plant. “We need to go from a $27 million project to like a $20 million project.”
Friday, August 12, 2016

State education and health agencies issue reminder for immunizations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  As students are beginning to head back to school, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.
Friday, August 12, 2016

FS Donates To Local FFA Chapter
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, the Taylorville FS made a $3000 donation to the Taylorvillle FFA Chapter at the Annual Christian County Fair Ag Day Luncheon.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Entry forms available for Chillifest events
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has announced that a host of forms for its 31st annual Chillifest to be held on the square October 1-2, are now available.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Pana Marching Panthers earn award in State Fair parade
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Fair kicked off Thursday night with the Twilight Parade where the Pana High School Marching Panthers marching band took one of the top awards. PHS earned the Director’s Award.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Edinburg School District hires several new coaches
EDINBURG — The Edinburg School Board on Wednesday approved several new coaching contracts for school athletics.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

One airlifted to Springfield; five taken to area hospitals after morning crash near Edinburg
EDINBURG — According to the Illinis State Police District 9, a fifteen-year-old Taylorville teen driving a 2014 Ford Explorer crossed a double-yellow center line at approximately 8:08 a.m. this morning on Route 29 near Edinburg striking a Department of Corrections van head on.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 11
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Courthouse printed August 11
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spears to present "Lincoln's First Year in Illinois" at public library
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Friends of the Library are pleased to invite the public to their August "Meet Me at the Library" Lecture Series presentation. Local Historian, Ron Spears, will be presenting a talk on "Lincoln's First Year in Illinois," at 7:00 p.m., August 18 at the Taylorville Public Library.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Youth symphony opens registration for the season
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony (SVYS) is gearing up for an exceptional orchestra season and is looking for musicians to be a part of the experience.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Extension cooks up fun with "Jr. Chef" camp in Pana
PANA — This summer University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with Illinois Nutrition Education Program-SNAP ED, & Illinois 4-H hosted “Illinois Jr. Chef” a 4 day cooking camp in Pana.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Manners Pool Staff Collects Food For Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Manners Park Pool conducted dollar nights every Thursday evening during the summer.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Track Is Back
TAYLORVILLE — Tornado fans won’t have to go far this year to get a taste of Taylorville High School track and field events, with the resurfacing of the THS track now complete.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New 911 for Christian, Shelby counties
TAYLORVILLE — The County Board executive and personnel committee recommended on Tuesday to dissolve the current 911 board, which has only members for Christian County, and to create a joint board with members of Christian and Shelby counties.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Taylorville man gets federal sentence for meth
TAYLORVILLE — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Taylorville man to 54 months in federal prison for the manufacture of methampetamine.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 10
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lincoln library receiving book of presidential letters
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is receiving a unique three-volume biography that includes writings from Lincoln and nine other presidents.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sanitary dist. completes land purchase, foregoes another
TAYLORVILLE — After approving the purchase of two tracts of land at the July meeting, the Taylorville Sanitary District elected to forgo one of those purchases at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Community Foundation for Land of Lincoln extends reach
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest impacts.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CTI speaks to Kiwanis about fiber optic project
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the president of local Internet provider Computer Techniques, at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chief probation officer speaks to Sertoma Club
TAYLORVILLE — Laura Fry Cooper, Chief Managing Officer of the Christian County Probation Department was Sertoma's guest speaker at a recent dinner meeting.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The View from Above
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Courthouse is pictured from above in a photo taken by Taylorville resident Adam Pope in the early evening hours of Monday, August 8.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TCUSD approves tentative budget
TAYLORVILLE  — Financial hardships for the Taylorville Community Unit School District have been well documented this year. That notion was only reinforced at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting where the district unanimously elected to place on file a budget that features deficit spending of $1,267,988.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Probable cause found against Pana men in meth case
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Brad Paisley found probable cause that two Pana men participated in the manufacture of methamphetamine from their Pana home.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Taylorville All-Star Big Band Concert Aug. 10
TAYLORVILLE — Wednesday, August 10 will showcase a concert that features two vocalists, and a host of instrumental soloists. Also featured are tunes that inspire Olympic tradition, movie themes, and good ole big band era tunes.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pana City audit presented to council for FY2015-16
PANA — The Pana city audit was once again presented by auditor R.M. Patton for Fiscal Year 2016 at last night’s Pana City Council meeting.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Village of Kincaid concludes search for auditor
TAYLORVILLE — The Kincaid Village Board hired a new auditor on Monday.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Meeting Notices printed August 9
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Coroner: two-year-old dies of accidental asphyxia
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 9
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Courthouse printed August 9
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lake Land opens new scholarship
MATTOON, Ill. — The Lake Land College Foundation has re-opened its scholarship application period to allow incoming students to apply for a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Edinburg and Taylorville to host blood drive
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Edinburg will host a community blood drive from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15 at 107 West Masonic Street, inside Edinburg Community Building.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Adcock named Optimist of the month
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, August 4 in the TMH Auditorium.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

State Fair Conservation World offers family fun
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Free activities for children and families will give Illinois State Fair visitors a chance to sample the great outdoors in Illinois at Conservation World at this year’s state fair on Aug. 12-21 in Springfield.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Schedule of Events
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Blue Mound to host 5K race/fun run
BLUE MOUND, Ill. — The Blue Mound Fall Festival will be host to the Danny Byard 26th Annual Memorial Run 5K race and one mile fun run on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Neil and Rose Damery named parade grand marshals
BLUE MOUND, Ill. — The 2016 Blue Mound Fall Festival Parade Grand Marshals are Neil and Rose Damery.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Taylorville woman gets 17 years for cooking meth in basement
TAYLORVILLE — A 44-year-old Taylorville woman was sentenced Monday to 17 years in the Department of Corrections for cooking methamphetamine in her basement.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 8
Monday, August 8, 2016

Courthouse printed August 8
Monday, August 8, 2016

Meeting Notices printed August 8
Monday, August 8, 2016

TMH Auxiliary presents payment toward $50,000 pledge
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary President Jane Simmons presented Kim Bourne, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital with the Auxiliary’s first $10,000 payment towards their $50,000 pledge. Money committed during this pledge is earmarked to update cardiac and pulmonary monitoring equipment.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Prevention coalition to hold town hall meeting August 11
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Prevention Coalition is launching a campaign to tap the powers of parents and grandparents to help our children make healthy choices when it comes to underage drinking and drug use.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Bone studies, and expert witnesses in trial of Pana man charged in son's death
TAYLORVILLE — The trial of a Pana man charged in the death of his infant son has been pushed back as the defense attorney examines bone studies of the child and secures expert witnesses.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Coady Speaks To CWA
TAYLORVILLE — The  Community Women's Association met August 3 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Annex. Retired Judge John Coady presented a lecture on the biblical interpretation of the existence of Heaven.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Morrisonville Class Of 1961 Celebrates
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville High School Class of 1961, Morrisonville, Illinois recently celebrated the 55th anniversary of their graduation with a dinner.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Historical Society Members In Parade
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — Members and volunteers from the Christian County Historical Society and Museum participated in the Mt. Auburn Farmer's Day Picnic parade on Saturday August 6th.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Meeting Notices printed August 7
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Christian County Prayer Rally
Delbra Pratt delivers the openng prayer at the Christian County Prayer Rally for our Children and Schools, held at Taylorville Junior High School on Saturday.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Heroin invades Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — Heroin has come to Christian County with a vengeance.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Christian County 4-H "Stockman" awards presented
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Stockman Awards were presented at the Christian County 4-H Foundation Auction held July 28 at the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Morrisonville Troop 74 Scouts attend Pana Scout Camp
PANA — Ten boys and three leaders from Troop 74 BSA attended summer camp at the Rhodes France Scout Reservation near Pana.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lots of Locks
TAYLORVILLE — On August 4, Maecy Sue Richardson, age 5, daughter of Nathan and Jennifer (Mills) Richardson, had her first haircut.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Tomb of Taylorville man to be memorialized 80 years after death.
TAYLORVILLE — Little is known about Fred Spears, a former Taylorville resident who died in September of 1935.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Spreading music, America in Europe
TAYLORVILLE — Patrick Ward just returned from spreading music throughout Europe.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Taylorville High School Class of 1966
Pictured are members of the Taylorville High School Class of 1966.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sensory Friendly Film Event Aug. 13
HILLSBORO — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films". Our movie event for July will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at the Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. We will be showing Disney's newly released feature film, "Pete's Dragon".
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kiwanis Club receives donation at monthly business meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Community Calendar printed August 7
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Taylorville's community garden a giving garden
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Garden (TCG), now in its fourth year, is what is known as a "giving garden." The organizer’s vision for the garden is "Growing a healthy community, one garden at a time."
Friday, August 5, 2016

Pana man sentenced to 3 years for fleeing police
TAYLORVILLE — A 20-year-old Pana man was sentenced today to three years in the Department of Corrections after trying unsuccessfully to run and hide from Pana Police in April.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Taylorville High School artists find freedom in painting
TAYLORVILLE — Ethan Bowman says he enjoys the freedom and creativity art allows.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Courthouse printed August 5
Friday, August 5, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 5
Friday, August 5, 2016

Committee rejects hiring freeze for second time
TAYLORVILLE — The prospect of a city-wide hiring freeze has been discussed on several occasions by the City of Taylorville in recent weeks. It resurfaced on Thursday at both the emergency services committee and then spilled over into the personnel committee meeting.
Friday, August 5, 2016

TPD Officers Recognized
TAYLORVILLE –— Officer Wes Withrow and Officer Chase Dickey of the Taylorville Police Department were recently recognized by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) for their exceptional DUI enforcement.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Baby Miss Christian County Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners in the categories for the Baby Miss Christian County contest.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Baby Mr. Christian County Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners in the Baby Mr. Christian County contest.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Tiny Miss Christian County Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners of Tiny Miss Christian County Fair.
Friday, August 5, 2016

St. Mary School wins office technology contest
TAYLORVILLE — After weeks of voting, waiting with baited breath, and closely monitoring the polls, St. Mary School in Taylorville emerged as the top vote-getter in a contest that will see the school outfitted with new office technology to the tune of $15,000.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 4
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Courthouse printed August 4
Thursday, August 4, 2016

TFD Inspects Downtown Buildings
Members of Taylorville Fire Department inspected several buildings around town on Wednesday morning.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

4-H members headed to the State Fair
TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday August 20, 2016 Christian County 4-H members will head to the Illinois State Fair to exhibit their projects.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pedal Pull Winners Announced
Pictured are the winners of the 30-45 pound weight class from left.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Candidate Makes Campaign Stop In Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — At an event Wednesday at the Coal Miners Monument in Taylorville, Tim Drea, Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO and a former miner, led a group of former miners and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) representatives to announce Mike Mathis as the endorsed candidate by the UMWA in his bid for state representative of the 95th District.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

More than 75 antique cars on display this weekend in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Beautiful, historic cars in a beautiful, historic setting – that’s the promise of the 20th Annual Antique Car Exhibition on Aug. 6 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed August 4
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 3
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Davis Tours GSI
TAYLORVILLE — Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) toured GSI in Taylorville on Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pana man in jail after alleged DUI pursuit, leaving car in flames
PANA — A Pana man was arrested after leading police on a dangerous pursuit, which ended with the driver’s vehicle in flames.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mental health first aid coming to county
TAYLORVILLE — Mental health professionals in Christian County join about 30 people in the region in learning how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Taylorville schools preschool screenings to be Aug. 9-11
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 Preschool Screening is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 from 12-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Missions for Taylorville to begin planning for next event
TAYLORVILLE — The next Missions for Taylorville work day will be held September 10 and volunteers are needed.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Vocal soloist featured at Muni band concert tonight
TAYLORVILLE — The final Municipal Band concert for the season will be at Hershey Towers tonight, Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Area autism support group to meet August 11th
HILLSBORO — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11 at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Ill. Illinois due to the Old Settlers Celebration being held on the first Thursday of the month.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CNB Bank launches annual school supply drive
TAYLORVILLE — As school-year preparations begin, CNB Bank & Trust will be hosting their annual School Supply Drive.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pana man in jail after alleged DUI pursuit, leaving car in flames
PANA — A Pana man was arrested after leading police on a dangerous pursuit, which ended with the driver’s vehicle in flames.

The driver, Brylan A. Speer, and a juvenile passenger were removed from the vehicle on Monday and taken to Pana Community Hospital.

A Pana police officer involved in the chase also was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Council tables senior villages annexation vote
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville City Council on Monday voted to table an annexation agreement for the senior villages on Heights street behind Kroger after hearing concerns from a neighbor.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

School referendum expected on April ballot
TAYLORVILLE — “However they eventually address the school funding formula, the state is only going to do so much, and local resources are going to have to be provided if we want to continue to do the things we do currently in the Taylorville School District,” said Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau at Monday evening’s Board of Education Finance Committee meeting.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Courthouse printed August 2
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

41-year-old T'ville man found dead in motel
TAYLORVILLE — On August 1, 2016 at approximately 10:52 a.m., 911 received a call to respond to Route 29 Motel for a male that was unresponsive in his room.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 2
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rep. Bourne hosts Senior Technology Fair
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is inviting Senior Citizens from the area to attend a free Senior Technology Fair on Monday, August 8 from 9-11:30 a.m. in Taylorville.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bement Opry to Perform August 6
MT. AUBURN — Based out of Monticello, Ill., the Bement Country Opry will perform on Saturday, August 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Farmer's Picnic announces parade grand marshals
MT. AUBURN, Ill. — This year’s Grand Marshals are Larry and Sharon Werve. Larry and Sharon, both graduates of Mt. Auburn High School, have lived in the area their entire lives.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer's Picnic Schedule
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

130th Annual Farmer's Picnic, Aug 4-6
The 130th Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic will take place Thursday through Saturday, August 4 - 6, 2016, and feature a variety of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ministerial Association sponsoring "Church Feud"
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association is sponsoring the fourth annual “Church Feud” Fundraising Event, based on the popular TV show “Family Feud”.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kincaid Legion plans flag retirement ceremony
KINCAID — The Edwin Corpin American Legion Post 905, in Kincaid, is planning an upcoming Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Quad County opens new building
PANA — Quad County held an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new office building located just behind Pana Community Hospital on #8 Huber Street.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Crime Stoppers printed August 1
Monday, August 1, 2016

Courthouse printed August 1
Monday, August 1, 2016

Police & Fire printed August 1
Monday, August 1, 2016

Attorneys argue over autopsy in death of Pana boy
TAYLORVILLE — The prosecutor and defense attorney for a Pana man charged in the death of his infant son disagreed on Monday over whether the entire autopsy of the boy has been released.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Volunteer Registration Open for Special Olympics Family Festival
 MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications is looking for volunteers to help make the 33rd Annual Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) a day to remember for approximately 700 Special Olympics Athletes this September.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Pana Red Roses Red Hat travel to Sullivan
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Sullivan, Ill. to view Sister Act at The Little Theater on the Square on July 29.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Christian County Fair crowns chili cookoff champs
TAYLORVILLE — Chili cooks gathered from all across the Midwest on Saturday at the Christian County Fair’s annual International Chili Society chili cookoff.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Meal fundraiser for local church youth group
TAYLORVILLE — The youth of Grace Baptist Church, located at 965 East Union in Nokomis, will be having a BBQ fund raiser supper on Saturday August 6 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Monday, August 1, 2016










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