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The first feast: This Thanksgiving, eat like a Pilgrim
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Guess who's coming to town?
TAYLORVILLE — So, who is coming to town?

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

See Christmas at the White House
SPRINGFIELD — From sending formal cards to celebrating in Palm Springs to hanging Abraham Lincoln ornaments, America’s presidents have marked Christmas in ways that reflect their personalities. Those celebrations are the focus of a new exhibit  at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Old Rt. 29 in Edinburg gets new name, Wildcat Way
EDINBURG — Starting Monday, old Route 29 will be renamed Wildcat Way, and the speed limit will be reduced for new traffic on the old roadway.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Local girl is 8th ranked world cornholer
TAYLORVILLE — Some call it bags, but purists are pretty adamant that it’s actually called cornhole.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mayor optimistic about industrial park grant
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry informed the Taylorville City Council Monday evening that he attended the Taylorville Development Association (TDA) meeting in Chicago on Monday morning.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Despite offer, trial likely for accused deputy
TAYLORVILLE — A Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of firing a handgun at his fleeing wife may soon receive an  offer from the state’s attorney’s office to resolve the case without a jury trial.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Behavioral health expert offers advice to caregivers
SPRINGFIELD — Financial and emotional costs of caring for elderly parents, especially those with dementia or traumatic brain injuries, can become overwhelming for their children. That's why it's important for caregivers to make time to take care of themselves and not feel guilty about it, says a licensed clinical social worker with Memorial Behavioral Health-Counseling Associates.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Only WWI flying ace from downstate Illinois died 75 years ago Thursday
CARLINVILLE — He rubbed elbows with the likes of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Few had a greater impact on the early history of aviation in the state.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stonington legion auxiliary donates to township library
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017 with eleven members present. Those in attendance were: Venise McWard, Carol Wickline, Patricia Rusher, Linda DeVore, Sandi Klein, JoAnn Coffey, Stacey Ethridge, Michelle Sklenka, Judi Hodges, Leslie DeVore and Marilyn Remmert.  
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Morrisonville announces students, staff of month
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School recently announced the October students and staff of the month.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scouts Race To Provide Thanksgiving Dinner For Needy Families
TAYLORVILLE — On November 19, 2017 Cub Scout Pack 132 held their pack meeting. The scouts participated in relay races to fill boxes with food. They were able to provide three families in Christian County with a Thanksgiving meal. The scouts would also like to give thanks to the community for supporting them in their popcorn sales.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Courthouse

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day.

Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following court appearances on Nov. 20, 2017.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, November 20, 2017

Food Pantry Celebrates New Building
Monday, November 20, 2017

From The Sheriff's DeskBy Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The holiday season is a time when people can become vulnerable to theft and other crimes. People are often rushing to buy gifts, decorating homes and travelling to visit family and friends. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Meeting Notice
CC Board meeting
The Christian County Board will hold a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda includes: Recognize County Clerk Laurie Mense for Service to thc County, Appointment of Michael Gianasi to fill unexpired term of County Clerk, Approve minutes from the regular County Board meeting of October 17,2017, Present in writing petitions, resolutions /or ordinances , proclamations, Reading of communications, Public comments, Committee reports -items to be addressed: Highway/Building/Grounds/Environmental/Zoning/Welfare-11/8/17: Review and approve revised Solar Power Ordinance, Audit/finance/purchasing/budget meeting 11/16/17: Approve claims presented for November payment, Review option for unemployment insurance program, Highwa y #10 rock inquiries as referred from the Highway Committee, Discuss bond issuance ordinance, Approve resolution for Pana Hospital's intent to issue bonds, Approve FY 2018 County Budget, Announcement and deposit of one-time payment from Ameren (Public Utilities Act), Discuss/approve new website development, Approve change to the March 2018 regular meeting date due to primary election. Traditional Energy electric rate renewal authorizing Chairman to sign, Referrals from other committees, any other matters that are properly brought before the Committee and/or questions from the public, Unfinished or New Business: Mileage and Per Diem Report, Appointments, Adjourn meeting until Tuesday, December 19, 2017 for the regular meeting.

Monday, November 20, 2017

TRIAD donates to Kids Cops and Christmas program
TAYLORVILLE — On November 13, 2017 TRIAD presented the Taylorville Police Department with a check for $100.00 for the annual Kids Cops and Christmas.
Monday, November 20, 2017

North Elementary students of the week
TAYLORVILLE — North Elementary School recently selected students of the week. They assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate. Pictured in the front row from left: Carter Riggs, Holliday Watson, Brindel Gaynor, Dylan Gerlick, Brysinn Phillips, Dexter Pelichoff, Owen Palmer; middle row: Ben Sams, Paige Mollet, Leigha Hamell, Jax Cherry, Topanga Mayes, Everleigh Grohler; back row: Landri Salmon, Tanner Marlow, Payton Haynes, Brylee Sams, Jolee Johnson, Ron Ferrell.
Monday, November 20, 2017

New THS STEM lab to redefine teaching conventions

TAYLORVILLE — Engaged learning and redefining the traditional classroom experience, they’re concepts that are becoming increasingly more popular by the minute with students, teachers, and administrators all across the country.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: Author delivers compassionate look at the displaced
(AP) — A naked man running through rush-hour traffic that's backed up for miles jumpstarts "Wonder Valley," author Ivy Pochoda's enthralling look at people mired in a nomadic existence, anonymous to most, yet longing for a connection with another
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Best-Selling Books Week Ended November 5.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chicken and Farro Soup With Carrots and Shiitake Mushrooms
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Library holiday hours:
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Local churches look more closely at security

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The song lyrics to Bob Dylan’s 1963 song “The Times They are a Changin’” couldn’t be more poignant today in the aftermath of the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Public invited to food pantry open house today

TAYLORVILLE — In 2018, the Taylorville Ministerial Association (TMA) Food Pantry will begin its 35th year of operations. 

It is with much excitement that they have moved to a new location at the intersection of Route 29 and East Main Cross in Taylorville at 1429 E. Main Cross. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Illinois State Museum to preview its legacy collection

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum is preparing to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by putting the best of its Illinois Legacy Collection of 13.5 million objects on display in an exhibition to open next summer – and the Museum will preview the exhibition on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Springfield.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tea in Taylorville 'Clothes I Felt Like A Million Dollars In' fashion event

Bev Graham

Breeze-Courier Guest Writer

TAYLORVILLE — One of the fabulous apparel fashion highlights of the annual Taylorville Tourism Council tea is a matching dress and coat combination accented with a matching pill box hat from the 1960s era.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chapter Learns About Opiate Crisis
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride raises $46,284.50

MORRISONVILLE — The family of Natalie Goeble  released fundraising details this week of the 10th Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride to benefit Camp COCO held earlier this year. The 10th Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride to benefit Camp COCO (Children’s Oncology Camping Organization) was held August 12, 2017.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

APL pet adoptions planned for today

 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at two locations today. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Assumption to host blood drive Nov. 30

ASSUMPTION — Assumption will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 at 225 N. Chestnut, inside Bloodmobile. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for their choice of a long sleeve t-shirt or a gift card to Amazon, Starbucks, Subway, or Target. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

TJHS Staff Kicks Off Book Fair With Western Day
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Second grader's letter prompts clothing drive at Christian school

TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) exists to develop students morally, intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually so they will become responsible members of their families, churches and communities. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, November 17, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, November 17, 2017

Extravaganza Continues On Saturday
Friday, November 17, 2017

US Rep. Davis says families in the 13th District will see tax cut savings

Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released this statement after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major tax reform bill since 1986:


Friday, November 17, 2017

County to vote on deficit-slashing budget Tuesday

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Finance Committee voted to recommend approval of a budget for next year, which would slash the county deficit by about $280,000.


Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Little Miss Persimmon
Friday, November 17, 2017

Optimists discuss Christmas for Kids program
Friday, November 17, 2017

Church Calendar
Friday, November 17, 2017

Reading With Leaders
State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) read to fourth graders on Monday at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville. Bourne was one of several community leaders who read to students on Thursday as part of the first annual “Educator for a Day” event produced by Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, funded by a grant from Consolidated Communiations. Students received a copy of the book read by the community leader.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrating American Education Week
STONINGTON — November 13-17 is American Education Week. Students at Stonington Elementary participated in a Book Character Read-In by the staff on Wednesday. The purpose of the day was to spark an interest in books and promote a lifelong love of reading. Pictured in the first row kneeling from left: Susan Deetz (Cat in the Hat), Janet Haines (Elf on a Shelf), Katrina Rexroad (Bad Case of the Stripes), Kayla Basil (Bad Kitty), Mary Vaughn (Thanksgiving Mouse), Pam Hartwig (Froggy); back row standing: Lori Oyler (The Man in the Yellow Hat), Katelyn Hunt (Miss Nelson), Dawne Wright (Pinkalicious), Regina Gaynor (Prince from Rapunzel), Lori Stombaugh (Mouse a Cookie), Cecilia Corriveau (Go Dog Go), Antoinette Spinner (Where's Waldo), Kelly McKee (Duck), Shannon Morrison (The Gingerbread Man), Anita Brown (Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus).
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Expanded video gaming dies at committee
TAYLORVILLE — At Wednesday evening’s City of Taylorville ordinance committee, aldermen entertained a discussion about the potential expansion of video gaming in Taylorville. Mayor Bruce Barry said he has been considering additional ways to help drive revenue for the City of Taylorville and that video gaming was something he wanted to renew the discussion on.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stonington Legion Auxiliary Donates
STONINGTON — The Stonington Legion Auxiliary made a donation to the Stonington Township Library at the meeting last Monday night. Pictured are Auxiliary members in the back row from left: Stacy Ethridge, Leslie DeVore, Marilyn Remmert, Linda DeVore, JoAnn Coffey; front row: Michelle Sklenka, Venise McWard, Carol Wickline, Judi Hodges (seated) Pat Rusher and Sandy Klein.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

PEO Meets
Members of FG, P.E.O. met Monday evening, Nov. 13, in the home of Linda Chastain. Guests present were members from Chapter HD in Pana. The highlight of the meeting was the International PEO Convention report by Virginia Scott from Chapter HU, Springfield.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pana Community Hospital partners to celebrate National Rural Health Day
 PANA — Pana Community Hospital joined with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day today.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kick off the holidays at the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert
SPRINGFIELD — Kick off your holidays with festive music and holiday songs Saturday, Nov. 18, 15 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Holiday Pops in the Heartland, is truly a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance  led by Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Former resident to be featured on upcoming episode of Fox TV's 'Empire'
TAYLORVILLE — Musician Michael Folker,  Taylorville High School Class of 1976, was recently hired to be the timpanist in a scene for the mid-season finale of the TV series EMPIRE which is filmed in Chicago.  It is a show that centers on a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of it.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hopper Foundation major gift going to THS STEM lab
TAYLORVILLE — William B. Hopper, president of the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation, announced that their annual meeting was held Monday, November 13, 2017.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving
LERNA, Ill. — Learn about Abraham Lincoln and the establishment Thanksgiving as a national holiday at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, the home of his parents Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, on Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Potato famine forever changed Ireland and America
ILLINOIS — Though the people of Ireland are known for their engaging manner, the history of the nation is rife with sadness.  The infamous potato famine, however, stands alone.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Speaker
TAYLORVILLE — Missy Keiser, RN, Surgery from Taylorville Memorial Hospital spoke to the THS College and Career Readiness class last week. The students asked many questions about nursing other health career fields. 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TMH Foundation to host annual signature event
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation will be hosting its annual Signature Event titled “Gifts of the Season” on Saturday, December 2 at The Pillars Event Center.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Morrisonville library holds Family Reading Night
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville celebrated Family Reading Night on Nov. 9.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

School district approves $13-million tax levy
TAYLORVILLE — Next year, the Taylorville School District will levy for more than $13.2 million in property taxes.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Angel Tree program ensures children will have Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Fire Department announces an Angel Tree program to ensure children in the Taylorville Fire Protection District have presents under the tree on Christmas.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

'Tis The Season
Blake Durbin, a city worker, drapes Christmas lights on the upper branches of a tree on the courthouse lawn. The tree will be lit Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in honor of Mike Drea, former county treasurer and county board member. Drea planted the tree as a young boy and had it moved to downtown Taylorville in honor of his father Patrick Drea. The tree-lighting ceremony is taking place in conjunction with the DowntownTaylorville.org annual twilight Christmas parade which will make its way around the square just prior to the tree lighting.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TJHS to have brand new admin in 2018
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says it will be a tall order to replace 57 years of experience at the Taylorville Junior High School next year, but that’s exactly the scenario the school finds itself in after the Taylorville School Board accepted retirement letters from both current Principal Kirk Kettelkamp and Assistant Principal Beth Vincent.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kincaid approves water rate reduction
TAYLORVILLE — The Kincaid Village Board on Monday approved a new water contract, which will bring a rate reduction to water users.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Information sought in local burglarly
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

National Honor Society Donates To Relief Effort
Members of the Taylorville National Honor Society present a check of $1,000 to The Salvation Army to help in hurricane relief efforts. From left are Lana Barnhill, emergency disaster services volunteer liason with The Salvation Army; Capt. Rhegan Stansbury with The Salvation Army; Capt. Joshua Stansbury, corps officer with the Salvation Army; Devonte Smith, a senior at Taylorville High School; and Karter Brachear, a high school senior.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Police chief speaks to Sertoma Club
TAYLORVILLE — Brian Hile, Taylorville Chief of Police spoke at Sertoma's recent dinner meeting.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Arts Council disbands, awards community grants
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Area Arts Council (TAAC) is announcing that the organization is coming to a close. With this announcement, the TAAC met on November 7, 2017 and awarded grants to various organization from the remaining funds to be used for a wide range of community projects.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, November 13, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, November 13, 2017

Correction
Heather Beaman was inadvertently omitted from  the 7th Grade A/B Honor Roll for Taylorville Junior High School in Sunday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Fire destroys Stonington home
STONINGTON — A fire destroyed the home of Gary Smith northeast of Stonington on Friday morning.
Monday, November 13, 2017

CWA Donates To Seniors
TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women's Association makes quarterly donations to various local agencies which are voted on by the members. This quarters donation went to the Christian County senior citizens. Pictured form left is CWA Treasurer Barb Duncan and Senior Citizens Director Gerry Mahr.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Hospital CEO speaks to group about opioid epidemic
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for their November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Whit's End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Kim Bourne, president and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She spoke about "The Health Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic". Kim belongs to the Christian County Prevention Coalition whose mission is to work for a community free of abuse by youth of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Former Vietnam prisoner of war speaks to local Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Ted Marinan giving the morning invocation.
Monday, November 13, 2017

In honor of those who served
Elyzabeth Harden, 6, plants a flag at Oak Hill Cemetery with the help of her grandmother Patti Esswein. Elyzabeth joined family on Saturday morning to put up flags in honor of those who served in the military, including family members Carlton “Gene” Esswein and William Esswein.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Congressman Davis thanks vets for service
U.S. Rep Rodney Davis (center) thanks veterans for their service at American Legion Post 73 on Saturday morning. Davis was greeted warmly by the veterans, including Rick Reed, chaplain for American Legion Post 73, left.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

From Birmingham to Vietnam
 SPRINGFIELD — Army nurse Connie Edwards already could claim a lifetime of experiences when she arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airbase in South Vietnam in July 1967.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

TPL to hold lecture series Nov. 16
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will hold their evening lecture series on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pana Pride announces October Yard of the Month
PANA — The October winners of Pana Pride Yard of the Month are Ron and Jane Lebon of 614 South Spruce Street. They have lived in their house for 59 years.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friesland Recognized as Volunteer of Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry (right) presented Benjamin Joseph Friesland with a plaque in recognition to his services to the City of Taylorville. Almost every morning, Friesland can be found around downtown Taylorville picking up trash from city streets. “It’s important to make a good impression, and I just can’t see that trash in the streets is a proper look for our town,” Friesland says his motivation.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pana Lions Club to memorialize Castle brothers
PANA — The City of Pana is still healing after the tragic loss of five members of its community this summer.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

TMH Auxiliary to host Holiday Extravaganza next weekend
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Holiday Extravaganza on Friday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Memorial's Festival of Trees to be held Nov.18-26
SPRINGFIELD — The 28th annual Memorial’s Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 18-26 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Democrats hold fall fundraiser
TAYLORVILLE — The Democratic Party of Christian County held its fall fundraiser on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Pillars Event Center at 303 Market Street, Taylorville, Illinois.     A capacity crowd of over 300 attended the event, hosted by Christian County Democratic Chairman Jack Mazzotti. 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gold Star Employee
EDINBURG — Pictured is Mrs. Nona Blades, Edinburg High School October's Gold Star Employee of the Month. She is the high school business and elementary keyboarding teacher. She was recognized for always helping other staff members with general questions and technology needs, as well as volunteering to help in the library.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

SAR meeting November 18
TAYLORVILLE — The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) is rotating their meetings in the area during the coming year.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bidding has begun for PCH Festival of Trees
PANA — The Pana Community Hospital Medical Mall is beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and holiday décor. Items on display are part of the Festival of Trees auction which is going on now through Thursday, November 16. There are 39 unique items up for auction from trees filled with toys, beautiful holiday wreaths, and a stunning Christmas place setting complete with table service and centerpiece. Bidders can view the items in the medical mall or on-line at www.priceauction.com.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Edinburg High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Taylorville Jr. High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Taylorville High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

South Fork Elementary School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Faith Bible Christian Academy
Saturday, November 11, 2017

St. Mary School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pana Sacred Heart School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

VisionWay Christian School Elementary and Junior High
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Central A & M Middle School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

South Fork Junior/Senior High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nokomis High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nokomis Junior High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pana Junior High School
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans: Illinois has been well-represented in American wars
ILLINOIS — Since statehood, and even before, Illinois has been well-represented in American wars. In many cases, Illinois was among national leaders in the number of men and women supplied to the service.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Treasurer says server crash still affecting some water bills
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville is still dealing with the fallout of the computer server crash that affected city hall this summer.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Two local brothers went to war, one returned
TAYLORVILLE — Two local brothers served in WWII; Ensign Chris Nelson Gibbs and RM3 Edwin Rowlette Gibbs.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Schools Celebrate Veterans Day
Friday, November 10, 2017

Rep. Davis to speak at Veterans Day event Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville American Legion will host a Veterans Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Congressman Rodney Davis will be the featured guest speaker.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Pana Red Hat Club members show off treasures
TAYLORVILLE — Hostess Carolyn Anderson chose for the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club to meet and have lunch at Angelo's in Taylorville. The theme of the meeting was show and tell. Carolyn showed her talent of sewing by bringing several pieces for enjoyment: quilts, bowl pads and Christmas themed gift card holders.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Bird migration hike at Rock Springs this Saturday
DECATUR, Ill. — Discover which bird species leave Central Illinois in the fall, and which spend their winters here on a fall bird migration hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m. Attendees are ecouraged to bring their cameras if they like. Binoculars will be available. This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by November 10 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Friday, November 10, 2017

APL participating in Pets for Vets program Saturday
 SPRINGFIELD — This Veteran's Day Animal Protective League (APL) is proud to be part of the Comptroller Critter's Pet for Vets Adoption day. At any of APL's planned adoption events Saturday, the adoption fee will be waived for any veteran in appreciation of his or her service and sacrifice.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Chapter FG of P.E.O. to meet Monday, Nov. 13
TAYLORVILLE — Chapter FG members of P.E.O. will meet Monday, November 13 in the home of Linda Chastain, 2707 Eastwood Drive at 6:30 p.m. The program will be presented by Virginia Scott. She will report on the international convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina this year. Members from Chapter HD, Pana, will be attending as guests for the meeting. Hostesses will be Betty Harryman, Pat Reese and Gloria Mizer. Members are asked to note the change in time for the meeting.
Friday, November 10, 2017

THS Madrigal dinner set for December 15-16
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Music Department will present its 35th Annual Madrigal Dinner performances on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16 at 6 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria. Matt and Lisa Hutchison will reign over the festivities as Madrigal King and Queen as they celebrate the holiday season. Tickets are on sale now for $22/adults and $15/students through grade 12. Make reservations by contacting Chris Ransdell in the THS main office at 824-2268 or emailing cransdell@tcusd3.org.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Library to close for Veterans Day
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will be closed on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Any questions can be directed to the library at 824-4736.
Friday, November 10, 2017

North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. They assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate. Pictured in the front row from left are: Carley Leonard, Kamara Dunaway, Amelia Esswein, Sabriya Fleming, Tommy Reed; middle row: Alle Alberts, Bentley Heimsness, Kenzley Heimsness, Jager Johnson, Layla Mathon, Olivia Gray; back row: Carson Mizera, Andrew Moran, Viola Harman, Avianna Fuentez, Ella Lundin, Lydie Reber, Avery Lawrence.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Morrisonville Presbyterian hosting November events
MORRISONVILLE — On November 12, at 9 a.m., the Reverend Richard Landry will present his magic show for the children of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville. The Rev. Landry has been a Children’s Minister in Springfield, Ill. for over 27 years. He provides fun and entertaining gospel programs for family audiences.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Faith Community holding service to honor veterans
TAYLORVILLE — Sunday, November 12 Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorvile will honor all Veterans in the 10 a.m. service.  All Veterans from the community are invited to this service.  Please bring photos and memorabilia from your time in the military to display on tables provided so others may honor you. 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Trinity Lutheran Donates To Hurricane Victims
TAYLORVILLE — Trinity Lutheran Church held a take out meal fund raiser this past Saturday. They served chili, cheese soup, chicken salad, ham sandwiches and cookies. The seed money for the project came from Thrivent Financial. Proceeds of $429.50 were donated to Lutheran World Relief for hurricane victims. Pictured are Trinity Lutheran Church ladies preparing the take out meals.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Students embrace challenge to be more Christ-like
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School students have accepted a challenge this year to be more Christ-like. Mrs. LeAnn Jones, children’s pastor at Taylorville Christian Church, regularly visits the elementary chapel service on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. to speak with students about ways in which they can be intentional in loving others and showing respect to teachers, adults and peers. Through her fun lessons, videos and interactive songs, Mrs. Jones teaches that words and actions matter.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Pana's Moonbuggy team to compete in solar car challenge
PANA — A number of former and new students from the Moonbuggy team at Pana High School are aiming to switch their focus to race in the Solar Car Challenge of 2018, with the race taking place in July going from Texas to California in seven days, covering a distance of 1,400 miles.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fall Colors
Fall has come to the park, but the leaves are dropping fast as shown in the photo taken today at Manners Park in Taylorville.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

New solar farm law headed to county board
TAYLORVILLE — A new ordinance for solar energy farms is headed to the Christian County Board.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Information sought in local thefts
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a series of vehicle thefts that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rocks flying on Morrisonville Road
MORRISONVILLE — Rocks are flying into vehicles traveling along County Highway 10.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

DAR meeting location changed for this Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The November meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR will be held Saturday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, 200 S. Walnut St. instead of First United Methodist Church in Morrisonville, as previously reported.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

St. Mary's Students Visit Wetlands Nature Trail
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are sixth grade students in Mrs. Cathy Schaeffer's class. The group visited the Wetlands Nature Trail on Lake Taylorville on Fri., Nov. 3. Mrs. Mary Dawson led the class in games and lessons on "carrying capacity" of the Wetlands environment. She also discussed animal and plant adaptations, providing animal skulls and pelts and plants for the students to examine. The students enjoyed a scavenger hunt along the trail, looking for examples of fungi and moss, and compound and simple leaves. The sixth graders then collected trash in the area, living out their mission as stewards of God's creation.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

THS Jazz Band members perform in IMEA Jazz Fest
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Thirteen members of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band traveled to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Monday, November 6 to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Jazz Festival. 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Military museum showcases WWI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Get a close-up view of life in the trenches of Europe during World War I. On Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. visit the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, to see how Illinois National Guard troops lived and fought "Over There."
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sighting
TAYLORVILLE — This turkey vulture spent some time in backyards on East Bidwell Street this past weekend. It was a large bird with a wingspan of approximately six feet.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fire Department 'Jenga'
Capt. Matt Adermann of Taylorville Fire Department hones his skills today with the jaws of life, a  hefty tool used to pry open wrecked vehicles to rescue those trapped inside. Firefighters referred to the drill as a firefighters’ version of Jenga as they carefully moved wooden blocks from lower levels to higher levels.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More Help Is Needed
TAYLORVILLE — Some flags are flying at Oak Hill Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day Saturday , but not as many as usual. Due to inclement weather last Saturday, the Amvets organization rescheduled erecting the flags in the interior of the cemetery until this Saturday, November 11 beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to assist and are asked to meet at Oak Hill Cemetery at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christian County area mayors hold roundtable discussion
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville, Pana, Mt. Auburn, Moweaqua, Assumption, Stonington, Palmer, Owaneco, and Tovey; all were represented at a unique meeting this morning in Taylorville as mayors and village heads from all over the county gathered to discuss some common issues affecting Christian County as a whole.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Area death investigation info released
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans released on Wednesday the results of recent death investigtions.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Junior high selected as grant winner
SPRINGFIELD — Taylorville Junior High School in the Taylorville School District  kicked of the 2017-18 school year with help from local farmers. The school is one of 21 Illinois schools recently awarded a Dollars for Dairy grant to encourage students to choose nutrient-rich dairy foods during school meals. The award, funded by Missouri and Illinois dairy farmers, is provided through St. Louis District Dairy Council, a non-profit nutrition education organization.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Donating To TFD
TAYLORVILLE — Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars donated 400 batteries to the Taylorville Fire Department this week as part of the Change A Clock, Change A Battery program, which is designed to ensure that smoke detectors are functioning properly all across Taylorville. Taylorville Fire Department Assistant Chief Andy Goodall says that anyone residing in the fire protection district that needs assistance in changing their smoke detector battery is encouraged to call the TFD. Pictured from left: Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall, Lori Simmons of Battery Specialists, and Fire Chief Mike Crews.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Edinburg Staff Participates In A Cause To Benefit Veterans
EDINBURG — Jeans for Troops is a veterans support campaign through the GI GO fund, a national organization to help fund employment, healthcare, and housing for our veterans.  Jeans for Troops is a national dress down day that allows participants to donate $5 to wear jeans on November 8 in honor of Veterans Day. Pictured are members of Edinburg CUSD #4 staff who participated in this event.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville City workers were busy hanging Christmas decorations in the downtown area this morning.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Grant to allow city to overhaul southeast sewer
TAYLORVILLE — Through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the City of Taylorville will be making some needed repairs to the sewer system in the southwest portion of Taylorville after years of mine subsidence has damaged that infrastructure.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meeting Notice
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Correction
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veteran volunteer program provides vet-to-vet visits to dying fellow veterans
PANA — Quad County Home Health & Hospice, located at 8 Huber St. Pana provides services to four counties, Christian, Shelby, Fayette and Montgomery Counties.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PCH Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar is this Saturday
PANA — The Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar is always a great event to start your Christmas shopping and find holiday decorations for your home. This year over 50 vendors will be at the Bazaar and offer local business owners a place to showcase their products. The event will take place at the Pana Junior High School on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Morrisonville library family reading night Nov. 9
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library, Morrisonville, will be hosting its annual Family Reading Night celebration on Thursday, November 9.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Morrisonville students conclude DC trip with stop in Gettysburg
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mohawks began their last full day in Washington D.C. by visiting the place where Abraham Lincoln was killed, Ford's Theatre. The group began the tour by viewing the museum in the downstairs of the building.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meeting Notice
Monday, November 6, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, November 6, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, November 6, 2017

Morrisonville library to host family reading night November 9
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library, Morrisonville, will be hosting its annual Family Reading Night celebration on Thursday, November 9.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Morrisonville students got to Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Morrisonville Mohawks has a very busy third day in Washington D.C. full of many visits to monuments. To begin the morning, the group went to see the 911 memorial at the Pentagon. Kaysey Spurgeon and Witni Scott gave a presentation on the site. Afterwards, the group headed to the Washington Monument where CJ Bergschneider and Braden Lush spoke. Next the group was given the opportunity to explore the Holocaust Museum for a few hours. It was captivating to get a glimpse into such a tragic, yet important piece of history.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Sheriff Kettelkamp to speak to Preceptor sorority
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp will address Christian County's growing drug problem and law enforcement's plan of attack as well as providing general safety tips for senior citizens as guest speaker to Preceptor sorority at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, in the home of Linda Chastain. Co-hostesses for the event will be Irene Davis and Pam Mathon. A sign-up sheet for the December 5 Christmas party in Ruth Hopper's home will be circulated at that time.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Memorial Medical Center to host Shoulder Replacement Seminar
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about each step involved in a total shoulder replacement on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Monday, November 6, 2017

A large Taylorville FFA delegation attends the National FFA Convention
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Before dawn Wednesday, October 25, 2017  FFA members and guests boarded a charter bus and headed for Indianapolis, Indiana. Taylorville FFA members, FFA Alumni, and guests were bound for the National FFA Convention. This experience was sure to be both inspirational and educational for all that attended.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taming Of The Sprout
If one vegetable symbolizes autumn, it's the Brussels sprout. When these little crucifers appear in the market, it means it's time to pull on our sweaters and plan our holiday menus.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taylorville High School Class Of 1967 Celebrates 50th Reunion
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Majestic sighting
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Persimmon Party
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bike trail advocacy group sets annual meeting for Nov. 18
TAYLORVILLE — The first annual meeting of the Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) will be held on Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Taylorville Township Building, 1620 W. Spresser St. in Taylorville. The business meeting will be followed by a soup and sandwich lunch.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Area law enforcement officers are honored
EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Christian County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jeff Brown, Pana Police Department Officer Adam Ladage and Taylorville Police Department Detective Evert Nation were recognize at the Illinois MEG Directors and Task Force Commanders Association Annual Awards Banquet held on Friday Nov. 3rd in East Peoria, Illinois. These officers are members of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) which is a multijurisdictional narcotics task force. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

People in the news
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Morrisonville students sponsor hurricane relief
MORRISONVILLE — In the wake of this fall's hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, Morrisonville Junior and Senior High School's National Honor Society sponsored a drive to collect items needed to create flood buckets filled with cleaning supplies. Some of the items include laundry detergent, dish detergent, household cleaner, and insect repellent. These buckets are then given to families returning to flood-damaged homes to aid in the clean-up process.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Men's Group Donates To Youth Group
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Builders Club Elects Officers
Saturday, November 4, 2017

South Fork schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week
KINCAID — South Fork Schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct 23-27. The nationwide event promotes drug awareness and a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle among pupils. Students participated in various activities to reinforce the drug-free message. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

North Elementary School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Toby The Tire Visits Stonington
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Elementary students learn a little change can make a big difference
TAYLORVILLE — Last month, elementary students in Taylorville learned first-hand that a little change can make a big difference.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Local woman donates hair and funds to charities
TAYLORVILLE — Beth Lahr, Taylorville Wal-Mart employee, recently cut off 28 inches of her hair, October 18, 2017 and donated it to Locks of Love. The non-profit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.  
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Advanced Eyecare Optometrists serve in Haiti

GRESSIER, Haiti — Dr. Dennis Rabe, optometrist, of Advanced Eyecare in Taylorville and Dr. Karen Rubrich, optometrist of Advanced Eyecare in Virden cared for patients at the CVESH Eye Clinic in Gressier, Haiti the week of Oct 16th. 



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Morrisonville students see government in action on Washington, D.C. tour

by Hannah Yattoni and Maria Brockamp

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are two addresses that everyone should memorize in their lifetime - their own and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To begin their second day of their D.C. trip, the Morrisonville Mohawks visited the latter of the two.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Speaks To THS Class
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taylorville native earns national ag education award
URBANA, Ill. — Two agricultural education faculty at the University of Illinois – Drs. Kari Hall Keating, a native of Taylorville, and Erica Thieman – recently earned national recognition for outstanding achievements in teaching and research, the university announced this week.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taylorville FFA member receives American Degree
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — At the 90th National FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana Caitlin Hadden of the Taylorville FFA Chapter obtained the highest degree that is possible for an FFA member to attain, the American FFA Degree.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taylorville FFA Students Rank eighth at National FFA Agriscience Fair
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two Taylorville FFA members have worked extremely hard this past year with their FFA Agriscience Fair Project titled “What’s For Dinner?.”
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, November 3, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, November 3, 2017

Area man gets 7 years for teen sex abuse

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — A 36-year-old Warrensburg man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in the Department of Corrections for criminal sexual abuse.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Representative Davis issues statement on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
Friday, November 3, 2017

South Fork schools to honor veterans Thursday, Nov. 9
KINCAID — The students and staff at South Fork Schools will honor area veterans and those currently serving in the military with a special program on Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Three keys to making your kids feel better than a selfie

Carlos Campos

Student Pastor Calvary Baptist Church

TAYLORVILLE — Reactionary parenting is sometimes all we’ve got. With culture changing SO RAPIDLY all around us, it’s so hard to stay in front of where our children are going.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Pastor Appreciation Day
Friday, November 3, 2017

Edinburg church to host free movie night
EDINBURG — The House on the Rock Church in Edinburg will host a free showing of the film “What would Jesus do?” on November 17 at 6:30 p.m. You are encouraged to bring a friend.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Church collecting items for troops for Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Familiar fundraiser back at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — Starting this Sunday night, Kincaid Church of God will be creating their first batch of peanut brittle for the season. Peanut Brittle from KCOG has always been a fall/seasonal favorite for the surrounding community. The delicious candy is made from several hard working hands in the kitchen of KCOG and has sold all the way from Kincaid to California, to West Virginia to Florida.
Friday, November 3, 2017

FCWC teens attend Illinois Saturate Conference
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville took 9 teen representatives from their Faith X-treme Youth Group to the "Illinois Saturate Conference" in Bethalto October 27-28. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Friday, November 3, 2017

Club names Terry Wright as Optimist of the year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, November 02, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Gun collector to speak on gun makers of Illinois
DECATUR — This  Saturday, November 4,  at 1:00 p.m. at the Decatur Civic Center the Macon County History Museum is hosting a program on long rifles made in Illinois predating Illinois becoming a state until 1900.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

THS ag teacher is awarded prestigious grant
TAYLORVILLE — It was all a ruse Wednesday morning at Taylorville High School.

THS FFA students and ag instructor Katie King all assembled in the cafeteria  at Taylorville High School on Wednesday under the pretense that the group was gathering for a yearbook photo.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Volunteers welcome to help erect flags this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The flags will be erected on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Haunted Hollow this weekend at SIU-C campus is a family-friendly festival
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The ninth annual Haunted Hollow, a popular fall tradition, will provide delight for all ages at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center on Nov. 5.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Simmons speaks to Kiwanis about low speed vehicles
TAYLORVILLE — -The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about low speed vehicles, and how they're allowed in the state of Illinois, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Morrisonville class arrives in Washington, D.C., tours Arlington Cemetery
WASHINGTON D.C. — After a long and bumpy bus ride, twenty-four students along with several chaperones from Morrisonville High School arrived safely to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 1.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Museum presents Life in Ancient Illinois this Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People have lived in Illinois for thousands of years. Learn about the lives of ancient Illinoisans and how scientists discover clues to what their lives were like at the November “Super Saturday” event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, November 4.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Taylorville McDonald's manager recognized globally
TAYLORVILLE — Kenny Stewart, Taylorville McDonald’s manager, had a look of utter shock and elation as he entered the southmost dinning area of the Taylorville McDonald’s this morning at about 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Memorial Elementary Costume Parade
TAYLORVILLE — A giant walking taco and a dancing, rainbow-colored unicorn were just two of the many unusual characters to grace the Taylorville square on Tuesday afternoon as Memorial Elementary students put on their annual parade and costume show. See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Legislators, doctor speak to county retired teachers
TAYLORVILLE — Two legislators and a physician/educator served as guest speakers for the Oct. 24 meeting of Retired Teachers of Christian County at the University of Illinois Extension branch office in Christian County.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brown's Barber Shop
TAYLORVILLE — Kevin Brown was born and raised in Taylorville. In 2006 he opened Brown's Barber Shop which is now just off the square on East Market. Kevin considers his shop the meeting place where people stop in for a true traditional barbershop feel. Brown's is a one stop shop offering men and boys haircuts and beard trims. Open Monday through Friday, feel free to stop by and experience a great haircut and sit a spell.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Amenities
TAYLORVILLE — Amenities is a full service salon and day spa. The salon offers hair, nail, waxing, permanent make up and facial services. Along with the 10 full time hair stylists, there are full time estheticians, nail techs and make up artists. Amenities is a Paul Mitchell Signature salon and carries Paul Mitchell products and color line as well as Reference of Sweden professional products. The salon is open Tuesday through Saturday and Monday by appointment. So choose Amenities on the north side of the square and enjoy a day of pampering!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bella Amore
TAYLORVILLE — Bella Amore is a full service Bridal Boutique on the historic Taylorville square. Beautiful bridal, bridesmaid and Mother's gowns are available in all sizes. Even the guys can find a great selection of the most up-to-date styles in tuxedos. Our friendly bridal consultants are ready to assist you in selecting the perfect gown and accessories. Stop and see what we have to offer.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Advanced Title
TAYLORVILLE — Advanced Title Group, Inc., located on the west side of the square since 2005, will be starting their 18th year in business soon. They pride themselves in efficient and quality work with reasonable prices. Advance Title provides title work for sales, refinancing, construction, as well as closings and escrow services for agricultural, residential or commercial properties. So remember to call Advanced Title when you have a need for real estate title work.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Events Around Town
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lincoln Library invites people to share stories of Cards-Cubs rivalry
 SPRINGFIELD – For months, visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum have been sharing their personal stories and favorite memories from the historic rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Congressman Davis to speak at Veterans Day celebration
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville American Legion will host a Veterans Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Congressman Rodney Davis will be the featured guest speaker.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DowntownTaylorville.Org Announces Christmas Parade Theme
TAYLORVILLE — Downtown Taylorville.org announced today the theme for the 2017 Taylorville Annual Twilight Lighted Christmas parade — Winter Wonderland. The parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Parade line-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Cross and Madison streets where entrants will be assigned a line-up position. The parade will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. Judges will view all entries as the parade passes along the south side of the square. Please no Santas in any entries. The official Santa will be the last vehicle of the parade and will then proceed to Santa’s house on the square. Anyone wishing to enter the paraded or DT.org’s residential and commercial holiday lighting contest should contact Marcia Neal at DowntownTaylorville.org at 824-3555 and leave a message if no one is in the office, or email downtowntaylorville@ctifiber.com. Parade entries are due by November 28, 2017. Look for a parade entry form in the Sunday, November 5 edition of the Breeze. DT.org will be awarding prizes in both the parade and the community lighting contest. First, second and third place prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded in the categories of parade entry, residential holiday lighting and business holiday lighting. Pictured above is a parade entry from the 2016 Christmas parade.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Historical Society & Museum annual Persimmon Party this Saturday, Nov. 4
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society & Museum along with the Christian County Genealogical Society will host their annual Persimmon Party (Fun Fall Family Festival) on Saturday November 4th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., located at Rte 29, and Rte 48 in Taylorville. For more information call 217-824-6922.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sample Illinois history with Illinois State Museum programs
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Learning about the past from burial markers and learning the real story behind Illinois statehood are subjects of free programs on Illinois history during November hosted by the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Help For An Aging Fleet
Pictured from left are Joe Durako, Five Oaks Senior District Manager; Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp; Christian County Vice-Chairman Becky Edwards; Cole Mitchell, Waste Management Taylorville route Mmanager; Christian County Board member Chares DeClerk; and Dan Erni, a Five Oaks engineer. Sheriff Kettelkamp said the funds will help replace an aging fleet of squad cars, several of which have more than 100,000 miles. And 100,000 miles of law enforcement work puts a lot more wear and tear on the vehicle than do similar miles of civilian use, Kettelkamp said.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Graduation
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County TRIAD held its Sportsmans Raffle drawing at their Senior Police Academy graduation luncheon recently. Pictured is guest speaker Greg King, chief division counsel for the Springfield office of the FBI drawing the winning tickets, assisted by Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile. First place winner was Joe Girrulat, second place was Gary Carter and third place was Jim Olive.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Taylorville among area high schools to receive grant from Pork Producers
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is proud to announce the recipients of the IPPA Inaugural Food Service Grant. opportunity was presented to all Illinois high school culinary, food service and consumer education classes.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CEFS. Head Start 0-5 program taking applications
TAYLORVILLE — C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program is a federally-funded program that provides comprehensive classroom and home-based educational services to pregnant women and children ages 0-5 including those with significant or multiple special needs. Recruitment and enrollment is ongoing.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ghoulish Gourds
Intricately carved pumpkins line the stairs of this house on West Franklin Street in Taylorvile — just in time for trick-or-treaters.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, October 30, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, October 30, 2017

Stonington Night Unit HCEA to meet Nov. 2
STONINGTON — The Stonington Night Unit HCEA will meet on Thursday, November 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Charro's for lunch. New program booklets will be distributed. The fall service project for this month is Loving Arms, and a monetary donation will be taken. The group will discuss the Membership Luncheon which will take place on November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Pana hospital to host blood drive Nov. 8
PANA — Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8 at 619 Kitchell Street, inside the First United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Rep. Bourne holding local office hours
TAYLORVILLE — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is holding traveling office hours on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at Congressman Rodney Davis’ Office, 108 W. Market Street in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R. She encourages constituents seeking assistance to stop by. For more information, Rep. Bourne can be contacted by calling the district office at (217) 324-5200.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Central A&M FFA Serves Alumni Banquet
MOWEAQUA — On Saturday, October 14, the Central A&M FFA served the Moweaqua Alumni Banquet. The delicious meal was provided by Cinda Stocks. There were 12 members who served, which made the serving very quick and easy. Pictured from left are (back row) Tyler McLain, Jacob Nash, Colton Hubner, Brett Zindel, Tyler Horton, Nate Coffman, Hunter Mott, (front row) Madison Thompson, Jodie Smith, Morgan Jamison, Mallory Burgener, Erin Forlines and Ella Forlines.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Relief Fund Donation
Ken Hart, left, president of Peoples Bank & Trust, and Terry Wright, right, present a check of $5,000 to Jen McHugh, center, regional director for donor ministries for Samaritan’s Purse. Funds will aid in hurricane relief efforts and were raised by residents of Christian County, Wright said.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Raptor awareness show next weekend at Cahokia Mounds
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Fall is the perfect time to check out the World Bird Sanctuary at Cahokia Mounds. They are hosting a Raptor Awareness Show in the Interpretive Center auditorium Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Farewell, Pana
PANA — The owners of Tanners Pub on East Second Street in Pana have a message for former customers. ‘Thank you Pana!’ and ‘We Will Miss You All’ are scrawled on the exterior of the building which suffered heavy damage when a rear second story section of the roof collapsed last Monday night. The pub owners say they will not reopen the facility.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

City street work to begin on Monday
TAYLORVILLE — Anticipated street work begins on Monday.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Recognized
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Clean-Up Committee presented the September Yard of the Month to Bud and Sue Huffines. They received a certificate and a gift card to the Burg. Bud and Sue work hard on keeping their yard nice and neat and are often seen around their block helping others keep a tidy yard as well. They have been displaying the sign in their yard for the month of October. There is still time for nominations for next month's winner. To help choose the next winner email edinburgcleanup@gmail.com before October 27.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Edinburg FFA competes in career event
EDINBURG – The Edinburg FFA Chapter competed at the Section 16 Land Use Career Development Event on October 5th to compete in Bethany.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Five Edinburg students selected as Star Students in the month of October
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Emergency Personnel Participate in Rescue Drill At Fairgrounds
Emergency responders simulated a dangerous emergency yesterday at Christian County Fairground. “Gunfire” rings out of the beer tent, from the shot of a revolver firing blanks. Under the drill, several people were shot in the fairground’s beer tent. The responders’ goal: provide emergency care and transport the “victims” safely to a nearby helicopter for transport. Participating in the drill were police, fire and emergency response personnel from Christian and Macon Counties. The drill was a success as “victims” were quickly treated and carried to helicopter or ambulance for further care.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

LLCC Soup & Stories provides cultural learning
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College Student Life and TRIO Student Support Services are hosting Soup & Stories programs on Wednesday, November 1 and Monday, November 6 in the R.H. Stephens Room on the college’s Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Rd. The programs are designed to foster learning and conversation about cultures and identity.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

North School Students Learn Fire Safety
TAYLORVILLE — North Elementary School students learned about Fire Safety during the month of October. Students were able to tour the fire trucks, see the hoses and learn about fire safety for school and home purposes.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Springfield Clinic grants wish for Shadow Home
TAYLORVILLE — Shadow Home was selected as the fall recipient of SC GIVES.

Springfield Clinic is donating a large item the group requested on their wish list, a 10 foot by 12 foot shed. The shed will be used to store the home’s outside furniture, tools and toys during the winter.

Saturday, October 28, 2017












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