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THS Student Council earns national recognition for excellence

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


Friday, April 20, 2018


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

Kincaid officer nominated for officer of year

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

29-year-old man gets probation for sexual assault

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, April 20, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, April 20, 2018

Information sought in local burglary

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

LLCC student musicians to perform with Capital Area Concert Band

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Oconee Lions donated to Pana Community Hospital building project

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

McMillan speaks to Taylorville Optimist Club

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

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Dixie Melody Boys to play in Tower Hill Apr. 28

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

Children in church: Do they belong or not?

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

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

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

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

Correction
Thursday, April 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognized For Strength And Courage
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morrisonville Scouts Hold Shooting Event
Saturday, April 14, 2018

TPD Dispatchers Honored
Saturday, April 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baking For A Cause
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

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

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

Rare Bird
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visits THS
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

Top Fundrasiers' Treat
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

Demolition Of Vacated Medical Office
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

The Magic Of Science
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Davis tours McLane Foodservice
Monday, April 9, 2018

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

Snowy Spring
Monday, April 9, 2018

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

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

City says fire district mulling firetruck purchase

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Prevention coalition to sponsor students for teen institute

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Furniture Brings local history back to life. . .

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Give blood now during Natl. Volunteer Month

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

University Women learn easy way to identify birds

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

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

Appellate court judge to speak to Optimist Club

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

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Altman speaks to women's group about bike trail

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Tech night planned for area high school students

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pana committee seeks more information on dog park

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

TPD Officer Mills among law enforcement award nominees

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

Police union opposes resource officer

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

Information sought in local burglary

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

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Courthouse

Court appearances

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morrisonville PD Gets Grant
Thursday, April 5, 2018

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

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

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

Donates To Meals On Wheels
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Speaks To THS Class
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

Volunteer Of The Month
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

Spring Struggles To Take Hold
Monday, April 2, 2018

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

On The Hunt
Monday, April 2, 2018

Scouts Lead The Way
Monday, April 2, 2018

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

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

Meeting Notices
Saturday, March 31, 2018

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

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

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

Paint The Square Teal
Saturday, March 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students learn about coordinates
Saturday, March 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scouting For Food
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

Heartland Mini Hoofs Receives Donation
Monday, March 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Congressman Davis reacts to federal spending plan

Tom Latonis

Breeze-Courier Writer

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


Saturday, March 24, 2018

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

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

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

Pana hospital building fundraising reaches $500k
PANA — On March 15, 2018, the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for the PCH Building Project met to discuss the campaign and future fundraising activities. A sign was placed in front of Pana Community Hospital to show the progress of the fundraising efforts benefiting the PCH Foundation’s $1.5 million pledge towards the $20.1 million building project. Nearly $520,000 has already been raised through various fundraisers, activities and pledges.  
Saturday, March 24, 2018

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Guest speaker will discuss architectural styles of early Springfield homes
ROCHESTER, Ill. — Harry Berman, retired University of Illinois at Springfield faculty member and administrator, will discuss architectural styles of 19th and early 20th Century Springfield homes at the Rochester Historical Preservation Society meeting Monday, March 26, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Little Theatre to hold Annie auditions
SULLIVAN, Ill. — The Little Theatre On the Square announces auditions for girls ages 8-14 for roles in Annie, the 4th show of their 61st Anniversary summer season. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Springtime In The Kitchen
Springtime is about new beginnings in the kitchen. It's the time for baby roots, wispy leaves and tender stalks to tentatively emerge from the earth. Fresh, crisp and delicate, these greens are a sight for winter eyes and a delicacy to eat, a simple cleanse following a season of hardy winter fare.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

The meaning behind Easter's traditional symbols
TAYLORVILLE — Tradition plays an important role in Easter celebrations for many families. Cherished traditions and symbols of Easter may include anything from egg hunts to lilies to lambs. Understanding the importance behind these symbols can make sharing the miracle of Easter that much more special. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Sunday is April 1, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Edinburg Hosting Community Easter Egg Hunt

EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Morrisonville Hosting Easter Parade And Egg Hunt
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville spring shop local program continues this week, concluding on March 31, 2018, the Saturday before Easter. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

70th Annual Manners Park Easter Egg Hunt April 1
TAYLORVILLE — The 70th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park will be held on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Make simple dishes simply amazing this Easter
TAYLORVILLE —  Amazing food is the centerpiece of most holiday gatherings. This Easter, impress guests with your culinary talent by making simple dishes simply amazing. With a little special attention, even the most basic foods can evolve into dishes worth sharing with loved ones. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Simple tips help to serve a simply scrumptious dinner
TAYLORVILLE —  Easter is a time meant to be spent creating memories with loved ones. Even when hosting duties fall on your plate, creating the perfect brunch spread or Easter Dinner doesn't have to be a daunting task. If you take advantage of quality ingredients and recipes that feature simple preparation, your spread can impress even the pickiest of guests. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

RACK OF LAMB WITH QUINOA-HAZELNUT CRUST & MINT PESTO
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Children with autism get a calmer Easter photo opp
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Most families have a cringe-worthy memory of hitting the mall for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Brighten up your brunch menu with a wow factor
TAYLORVILLE —  Waking up early is hardly anyone's favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Best to avoid chicks and ducklings this Easter
TAYLORVILLE — Baby chickens and ducks make for adorable Easter scenery, as their soft feathers and diminutive size make them a natural draw for inquisitive and loving children just looking for a new pet. But those little winged cuties will grow up into adult animals, which often make them impractical Easter treats for the average family.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Clay, fabric, wood all alternatives to plastic eggs
TAYLORVILLE — Easter is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins to paganism. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

If you're dining out for Easter, book it right away
TAYLORVILLE — The holidays do not end when the weather begins to get warmer. Plenty of special occasions, including Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Communion celebrations, and graduations, occur in spring and summer. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Interesting golf facts
TAYLORVILLE — Golf is played all over the globe. Golf is one of the world’s oldest sports, boasting a rich history. Golf is a sport of skill, that can involve not only athletic prowess, but also brain power. Here are some interesting facts about the game.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

These need to know golf terms are par for the course

TAYLORVILLE — Golf is a game of sport and skill that can be played at any age. Millions of people in North America participate in golf as a recreational endeavor or a professional pursuit. As of the spring 2016, 25.13 million people in the United States played golf over the previous 12 months, according to Statistica. 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Early challenge awaits
WINDSOR — The scenic Fox Prairie Golf Course just south of Windsor offers an 18 hole terrain that challenges golfers from the first tee-box. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Decatur Park District Courses are Open for Spring!

DECATUR — The Decatur Park District’s two public golf courses offer beautiful scenery, affordable rates, and year-round play (weather permitting). 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Pana Country Club offers private club luxuries

PANA — Located at 411 East 9th Street, the Pana Country Club is a private 9-hole, par 35 golf club in Pana that offers a unique golfing experience, different than the everyday public course.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Moweaqua course open and ready for business

MOWEAQUA — Located just west of Moweaqua on 1900 North Road, the gorgeous Moweaqua Golf Course offers one of the more forgiving golf experiences in the area.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Central Illinois is home to some great golf courses!
PANA — Located just outside of Pana, the beautiful Oak Terrace Golf Course prides itself in providing golfers from far and wide the opportunity to experience one of Central Illinois’ finest courses!
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Area teens invited to youth service
TAYLORVILLE — Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner invites teens from the community ages 12-19 years to attend the Saturday, March 24 Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth Ministry service at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Kincaid church to host community Easter egg hunt
KINCAID — This weekend at the Kincaid Park, Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will be hosting their second Community Easter Egg Hunt from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Sisters of Faith attend "Joy" women's conference
DECATUR — Ladies gathered from throughout Illinois this past weekend to attend a "Choose Joy" Women's Conference at the GT Church in Decatur, Illinois. The conference was under the leadership of Mrs. Letha Witter from the Illinois Church of God Department of Women's Ministries and Mrs. Jordan Maples from the Illinois Department of Youth and Discipleship. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Jesus Loves You Ministries holds spelling bee
PANA — Jesus Loves You Ministries (JLYM) recently held an Adult Spelling Bee fund-raiser in the Pana Eagles Club. The event raised over $7,000.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Christ, our Passover lamb
TAYLORVILLE — So grateful to our God that He told His people to remember His Holy Convocations /Feasts, and celebrate them always. Passover is one of them. Most of the western church world call it Easter.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Memorial Students Learn About Aloha State
Friday, March 23, 2018

Officers Serve
Friday, March 23, 2018

Spurling updates Optimists on economic development plans

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. 


Friday, March 23, 2018

Rauner compares foes' tactics to mafia racket

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday compared the business practices of Illinois’ powerful House speaker with mafia tactics, opening a new attack on his longtime political foe while urging Republican unity following a bruising primary he barely won.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Taylorville schools to hold kindergarten registration April 25
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year, Wednesday, April 25 from 3-6:30 p.m. at North and Stonington Elementary schools only. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Council committee okays $400k resurfacing projects
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville Street Superintendent Dick Wiseman says the city is gearing up to finish the Cherokee Street resurfacing project in the next several weeks. They are simply waiting for some warmer weather, he says.
Friday, March 23, 2018

$18-million gift benefits LLCC ag program
SPRINGFIELD — Officials of the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation have announced that the college’s agriculture program is the beneficiary of a late farm couple’s charitable trust. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, March 23, 2018

Pana variety show benefits school's music programs
Friday and Saturday night will be the nights for the Pana Music Boosters Variety Show in the Pana Junior High School auditorium. Show time is at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Proceeds benefit programs for Pana music, band and chorus students.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

DMCC Preschool Chicks Have Hatched
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kettelkamp: policy change coming to probation
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that a policy change is coming to the probation office following a string of tragic events that occurred Monday.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Salute to Law Enforcement Campaign announces nominee
Assumption Chief of Police, Brian Wade is one of the nominees for Officer of the Year in the Taylorville Optimist Club Salute to Law Enforcement campaign.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

TJHS to receive Project Lead The Way grant
The Taylorville School District was recently notified that a $20,000 Project Lead the Way grant for the Gateway Program had been accepted and would be awarded to Taylorville Junior High School.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

School expels juvenile following February threat
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Morrisonville to up water reconnection fees
Thursday, March 22, 2018

North Elementary Students Of The Week
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vision Way students raise money for Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center
As one of their community projects, VisionWay students in Mrs. Tippet’s fourth grade have been working to raise money for Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital launches app for parents
In this digital world, everything is a click away. Getting information to improve your family’s health shouldn’t be any different. The HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital’s Family Care app can help you better care for your little loved ones.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Big money battle in governer's race
Relative to years past, it wasn’t a tremendously busy day at the polls for Tuesday’s Christian County primary election. Of the 20,969 registered voters in Christian County, only 4,294 ballots, or 20.5 percent, were cast.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rodgers sentenced to 10 years
Following a two-hour-and-15-minute hearing in Christian County Court Tuesday afternoon, Markes N. Rodgers, 51, who pled guilty to a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class X Felony, was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Fourth Circuit Court Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

THS's Bergschneider offered prestigious scholarship
A soon-to-be Taylorville graduate was just awarded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Coroner: Suspect in shooting dies
The Sangamon County Coroner, Cinda Edwards, announced that Lee Kennedy, age 43, of Taylorville was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 12:33 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Franklin Street House Demolished
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pana committee approves bike trail requests
The Community Support Committee of the Pana City Council met on Tuesday and approved several projects along the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail. The items will now be passed along to the Pana City Council for the Monday, March 26, 2018, meeting for final approval.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

















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