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Big Tree - Little Damage
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville crews worked to clean up a large section of an enormous tree that covered the intersection of Franklin and Henrietta Streets in Taylorville. Fierce winds ripped through the area in the early evening hours on Tuesday night, but neighbors say the trunk split just before midnight during calm conditions. No injuries occurred as a result of the fallen tree, and all nearby homes were spared, but city crews say a fence was destroyed in the fall.Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville crews worked to clean up a large section of an enormous tree that covered the intersection of Franklin and Henrietta Streets in Taylorville. Fierce winds ripped through the area in the early evening hours on Tuesday night, but neighbors say the trunk split just before midnight during calm conditions. No injuries occurred as a result of the fallen tree, and all nearby homes were spared, but city crews say a fence was destroyed in the fall.
Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Beaman named grand marshal for Fourth of July parade
This year’s 4th of July parade will be hosted by the Taylorville VFW Riders/VFW Post 4495. The theme is “Honoring our Veterans, Past, Present, and Future.”.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

County board previews jail addition plan
The design for a 20-bed addition to the Christian County Correctional Center was unveiled to the full Christian County Board during its meeting Tuesday night in the Courthouse. The 2,160-square-foot addition will also house three isolation cells and currently has a $588,000 price tag.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SIU board sets meeting on removing president
Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has set a special meeting to consider placing the school president on administrative leave after a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding between its campuses.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cottage Rose
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DowntownTaylorville.Org
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rebecca's Antiques And Posh Boutique
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kompliments
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scholarship
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

County 4-H participates in Unit 18 Horse Show
Local Christian County 4-H members participated in the Unit 18 Horse show in Gillespie, Ill. Other participating counties included Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Extension cooks up fun in Kincaid with Jr. Chef
This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED hosted “Illinois Jr. Chef” cooking camp in Kincaid. The camp was held June 11-15 at the American Legion. The free camp was open to children between the ages of 8-13 years. The camp offered kids the opportunity to make their own nutritious meals and get excited about healthy foods, such as whole grains and low fat dairy. The program also showed participants how to add more fruits and vegetables to their daily meals. Students not only learned how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, but they also became aware of the importance of hand washing and good sanitation practices. Food and kitchen safety are good habits that will stick with them for years to come.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

City considering solar farm at new water facility
For now, at least, a new solar farm is not expected to materialize on the grounds of the new City of Taylorville water plant. That doesn’t mean, though, the city isn’t still mulling the idea.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Art of Arranging
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A night of good-byes as longtime employees retire from Pana
It was a night for reflection and nostalgia, hugs and handshakes at the Pana School Board meeting Monday evening as three long-time employees said good-bye.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Edinburg schools soon will have more security
Parents and students at Edinburg schools may feel safer soon. The board approved a bid from Wareham’s Security at the meeting to install a surveillance system on the property. The district was offered a few different packages to choose from, but the one the Board decided to go with a basic set up which cost around $7,400. The other options given for the entire installation and the security system would remain under $10,000 by the estimates the Board were given should they choose to pursue them later.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Taylorville Muni Band concert Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band will perform their second concert of the season on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pana police seize 698 grams of cannabis
On January 30, 2018, Investigators with the Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) initiated an investigation into possible illegal activity at the 605 W. Dewitt St. and 1020 Birch Lot 1 in Pana, Ill.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grant funding for mental health 1st aid
The Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has two funding opportunities for organizations and residents in its 16-county service region. Tax-exempt organizations can apply for mini-grants to provide the Mental Health First Aid and/or Youth MHFA 8-hour courses in Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marshall, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Sangamon, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Judge substitution allowed in case involving fatal accident
A motion requesting a substitution of judge for the trial of Owen Herbord, 19, of Rosamond, was granted by Fourth Circuit Court Associate Judge Christopher Matoush in Christian County Court on Monday. Herbord faces two felony charges, a misdemeanor charge and five traffic citations stemming from a two-vehicle accident on Illinois Route 16 just east of Rosamond in which a Nokomis man, 61-year-old  Randal K. McElroy, was killed. The accident happened on Feb. 26, 2018.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Montgomery County Fair begins tomorrow
The Montgomery County Fair begins June 20. This year’s organizers have announced several events scheduled for this year’s fair.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Garden Walk proceeds support gardener effforts
Saturday, June 16th, was a hot day for gardening and gardeners in Christian County. It featured the culmination of work by homeowners who had opened their gardens to area visitors and was well-attended, despite the sizzling summer temperatures. Dozens of visitors were able to enjoy what these area gardeners have created at their homes. From a cottage garden to a garden wonderland to a scenic country estate, it was a day to remember.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TPL to host Movie at the Library tomorrow
The Taylorville Public Library’s summer movie series continues this Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ISP conduct officer involved shooting investigation
NOKOMIS — Illinois State Police Zone 6 Investigations is conducting an independent investigation of an officer involved shooting that took place on June 15, 2018, at approximately 7:07 p.m. The shooting occurred in the 100 block of Sherman Street in Nokomis, Illinois. The Nokomis Police Department requested Illinois State Police Zone 6 Investigations to assume the investigation. 
Monday, June 18, 2018

Area vets honored on Tuesday Honor Flight
Two area veterans, John Graham of Taylorville and Don Larcher of Jeisyville, will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Red Cross issues safety tips for hot weather
It’s that time of year when the temperature goes up and heat and humidity, which can be deadly, make being outdoors very uncomfortable. According to theCenters for Disease Control (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. The American Red Cross has steps you can take to help stay safe when the temperatures soar.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, June 18, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, June 18, 2018

VFW Auxiliary Makes Donation
Monday, June 18, 2018

Rileys Have Pana 'Yard of the Month'
Butch and Brenda Riley, 907 Poplar St., are the Pana Pride June winners of Yard of the Month honors.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Miss Stonington Summerfest
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Stepping Back in Time
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Great Day For A Garden Walk
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Survivors, Friends And Famiily
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Courthouse
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 Judicial Circuit Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on June 15, 2018:
Saturday, June 16, 2018

An Act Of Fate Kept This Taylorville Sailor Alive
TAYLORVILLE — It was an “act of fate” that kept Taylorville native, Bill “Bubbles” Brookens, alive in April of 1963, said son, Kevin Brookens.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cub Scout Pack 132 to collect worn out flags
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Prospective students are invited to Laker Visit Day
 MATTOON, Ill. — Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, June 21 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.  
Saturday, June 16, 2018

St. Mary's holding car seat safety check
DECATUR — Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths are preventable.. Placing children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sertoma Awards Scholarship
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dance Ambassador
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Senator Awarded Honorary FFA Degree
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, June 15, 2018

Trump: Tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing to cut U.S. trade deficits and protect the nation’s high-tech “crown jewels,” President Donald Trump said today he’s levying a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Taylorville Memorial announces groundbreaking ceremony
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital is excited to begin their historic construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of the south entrance of the hospital.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Probation given in school terror case
TAYLORVILLE — A 17-year-old Taylorville male was sentenced to two years probation on a count of disorderly conduct after pleading guilty Thursday afternoon during a hearing in Christian County Court.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Work to begin on county FY19 budget

Tom Latonis

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — With the Christian County Fiscal Year 2018 budget half over, the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee turned its attention to FY 2019.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Governor announces release of funding for Department of Ag programs
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Raymond Poe, local officials, and the Stremsterfer family at Stremsterfer Farms in Pleasant Plains today to announce the release of $16M in agriculture grants. The funds being released from the fiscal year 2018 budget will fund soil & water districts, county fairs and agriculture societies, and the University of Illinois Extension services.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club travels to Decatur
DECATUR — The Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Decatur on their latest outing. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Scholarship Recipients
PANA — Two Pana High School seniors were awarded Pana Education Foundation scholarships during commencement ceremonies in the PHS gym of Friday, June 1. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Tonight: Bettis returns to variety show lineup
TAYLORVILLE — Donald Dennis Bettis is a singer, songwriter, licensed minister and Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. After a several year absence, he will be performing at the Taylorville Senior Center’s 31st Annual Variety Show on June 15. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Two graduate from Faith Bible Christian Academy

ROSAMOND, Ill. — On Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. the Senior Graduation was held at Faith Bible Christian Academy gymnasium.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Faith Bible announces 4th quarter honor roll
Friday, June 15, 2018

A Simple Touch
For me, one of the most powerful stories from the ministry of Jesus comes near the beginning. In Mark 1, we are just getting introduced to Jesus and what he is doing. We’ve already seen that he can do some amazing, miraculous things. He’s already gathered a crowd for his preaching and teaching. In the midst of these early steps of ministry, Jesus encounters a man who has leprosy.
Friday, June 15, 2018

F-X Teens attend Illinois State Student Connection
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Exteme (F-X) Teens and Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner from Faith Community Worship Center attended the Student Connection Day at the Illinois State Camp Meeting at Bethalto, Illinois on Friday, June 8.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

County Republicans Hold Open House At New HQ
Thursday, June 14, 2018

See you at the Garden Walk this Saturday
Nine plus inches of rain this week haven’t dampened the spirits of the Garden Walk participants, however challenging such a deluge might seem to be. Visitors will be sure to find something to interest them in the line-up.

The annual garden walk takes place this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Local districts ask to withdraw from Mid-State
A special meeting of the Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette and Montgomery Counties Regional Board of Education #3 scheduled for Monday, June 4, in Vandalia, was canceled. The special meeting had been called to discuss the petition of withdrawal from the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative by Taylorville CUSD #3, Nokomis CUSD #22 and Pana CUSD #8. The withdrawal petition was filed on May 22.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Follow the steps of Lincoln's courtship
This is for anyone who wants to know about the days when the Great Emancipator was the Great Romancer.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sr. Center volunteer to perform at Variety Show Friday night
Kevin Brookens has been volunteering at the Taylorville Senior Center for almost two years. He volunteered during times he was laid-off from GSI; but since his retirement after 21 years with GSI he has become a regular at the Center with his wife Laura. He helps serve lunch and provides daily jokes to entertain the staff and participants.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blue Mound native to lead Millikin showchoir camp
Millikin University will host the 39th annual Showchoir Camps of America (SCA) Sunday, June 17 through Saturday, June 23, on the Millikin campus.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer Porch Chats at the Iles House June 20, 27
“Growing Up in Springfield” is the theme of this year's Summer Porch Chats at the Elijah Iles House at Seventh and Cook in Springfield, a series of free events scheduled on successive Wednesday evenings, June 13, 20 and 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Elementary school holds kid-friendly cooking classes
Pana CUSD # 8 in partnership with the Illinois Nutrition Education Program recently offered a series of kid-friendly cooking classes to Lincoln Elementary School students.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Scott trial set to begin on July 16
The attempted murder trial of Larry Scott, 35, of Springfield, has been delayed a second time in two months. The jury trail is now set to begin July 16, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. The new trial date was set after a hearing Tuesday in Christian County Court.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Civil War encampment this weekend at Lincoln Log Cabin site
Visitors are invited to the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Coles Co. this Father's Day weekend and learn about the men who answered President Lincoln's call for troops in 1861. Members of the 5th and 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiments will be encamped at the Lincoln Log Cabin site on June 16-17 for special activities from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. both days.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Christian Co. assists in search for missing man
A search for a missing adult male lead to the Christian County Search and Rescue Team assisting the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office with a search in rural Sangamon County on Monday. Other area teams also included teams from Coles County, Douglas County, McLean County and Peoria County.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stonington Elementary Staff To Serve As Parade Grand Marshals
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Center Point Dance Academy on Summerfest main stage on Saturday
Coming off a successful "Brand New" dance recital, The Center Pointe Dance Academy will be proud to present select dances from its 2017/18 Competitve Dance team season on the main stage of the Stonington Summerfest this Saturday, from 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stonington celebration kicks off Friday with contests, carnival, fish fry, more
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Signing Janitor to perform at variety show
Janie Steele has lived in the country near Ramsey her whole life and is a janitor at Ramsey Grade School. Kenny and Velma Ballard are her parents. She and her husband Mike have four girls and one boy ranging in age from 18-28. They have three grandsons and two granddaughters five years old and under, with two more grandchildren on the way.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kiwanis Club Inducts New Member
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted their newest member, and heard about a cooperative church Vacation Bible School, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Youth group wants to take over Kincaid picnic, change to June or July
The Village of Kincaid met last night in regular session. Jack Hanlon addressed the board regarding the South Fork Youth Association (SFYA) and the use of the park. Hanlon stated the SFYA would like to take over the former Labor Day Picnic. This year’s picnic has been canceled by the former group in charge. Hanlon’s group is interested in starting it back up again, however, moving the date to late June or July, rather than Labor Day.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Edinburg looking at getting K9 unit with help of benefactor
Chief of Police in Edinburg, Brad Herzog, and Village President David Lutrell recently attended a meeting earlier in the month to discuss the possibility of the Edinburg Police Department acquiring a K9 unit.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rain Washes Out Road, Downs Crops
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pana Council passes several ordinances
The Pana City Council met in regular session on Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. Five ordinances were approved during the session, including four on first reading. The dealt with topics ranging from fire truck financing to heavy truck parking to alcohol licensing and video gaming.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

STEM labs topic at TCUSD3 meeting
The success of the Taylorville Junior High STEM (science, technology, Engineering, and mathematics) lab has garnered national attention after the school and the lab were featured in the June edition of the TechXcellence publication, a magazine which profiles technology excellence in U.S. schools.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sanitary district foregoes tax levy increase
In a taxed capped county, like Christian County, taxing bodies are permitted to automatically seek up to a five-percent annual increase in the amount of their tax levy.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Judy and The Lunch Bunch return to variety show
Judy and the Lunch Bunch will be performing the  Hokey Pokey at the Senior Center’s Variety Show. Judy Gates, Hokey Pokey Organizer, says “It is a lot of fun for everyone, including the seniors who come to the Center. We got started a few years ago. This year we have five participants: Kevin Brookens, Marion Lamb, Judy Gates, Alice Johnston and Rosie Enlow. Variety Show attendees are welcome and encouraged to participate, as well.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Community blood drive on June 21
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at 201 E. Pleasant, inside the auditorium. The only entrances to the hospital are the main lobby and the lab entrance.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CEO board member speaks to Sertoma Club
Lacy Glenn spoke to the Sertoma Club about the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program at a recent Sertoma meeting. Glenn is a graduate of Taylorville High School and a three year member of the CEO board.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Area Gets About 9.5 Inches Of Rain In 8 Hours
Monday, June 11, 2018

State seeks more bids for Lake Shelbyville resort
State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, June 11, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, June 11, 2018

Wind Leaves Wreckage In Kincaid
Monday, June 11, 2018

About 9.5 Inches Of Rain In 8 Hours
Monday, June 11, 2018

Seniors to hold 31st Variety Show Friday
The 31st Annual Variety Show sponsored by the Senior Citizens of Christian County (Taylorville Senor Center) will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Pana hospital offering sports enhancement program
Athletes need to be in top condition to perform well in their specific sport. Pana Community Hospital’s Excel Sports Enhancement Program is once again available to athletes that want to improve their skills and capabilities. The program can also be designed for athletes rehabilitating from an injury. This is the sixth year the Rehab Center has offered this program to athletes. 
Monday, June 11, 2018

Snake and Turtle Show at Rock Springs, June 21
See and feel Rock Springs Nature Center’s resident live reptiles at a Snake and Turtle Show on Thursday, June 21 at 6pm. We will discuss what makes them special and important in nature, as you learn about their lifestyles and get to know these sometimes misunderstood creatures. We have several species to show you at Rock Springs Nature Center. $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on June 20 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Taylorville Public Library hosting author June 21
The Friends of the Taylorville Public Library is hosting an informal discussion with local author Sue Stewart Ade on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Taylorville Fire chief claims local ambulance shortage
Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says there is a shortage of ambulance services in the Taylorville area. The influx of calls for the Taylorville Fire Department ambulance, he says, has left his department short staffed at times and scrambling to cover other emergencies.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Honor Roll
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dreams and dedication: A journey from student to principal
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, according to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. For one steadfast educator, that step came when she was enrolled in elementary school in 1970. Little did she know she would go from being a student of North Elementary School to its principal when she first walked through those doors.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Downtown Farmers Memorial Vandalized
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Breeze takes home press association awards
Illinois’ top newspapers were honored on Thursday and Friday at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention in Bloomington-Normal. More than 100 daily and non-daily newspapers competed in various categories in both the news coverage and advertising divisions.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Up on Quality Hill
A building’s historic significance is both a challenge and a reward. Rick Fore accepted this challenge when he purchased this Queen Anne Style home with classical details. Many other Queen Anne style homes can be found throughout Pana.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Drug Court graduates five
Five people became graduates of Christian County Drug Court on Friday afternoon in Davis Christian Church. The program enables those addicted to drugs and alcohol to become sober and positive members of society.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Weddings through the years
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bob Ridings raises money for Operation Honor Guard
Ridings Auto Group raises $10,500.00 for Operation Honor Guard Memorial Day event is a huge success at all Ridings Auto Group locations! Taylorville, Ill., June 7, 2018.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, June 8, 2018

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, June 8, 2018

S.A.A.D. to offer free Narcan training
On Saturday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m., the Christian County Prevention Coalition and S.A.A.D. will offer Narcan training in Nokomis.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Communicating with dementia patients program
The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter’s educational program, Effective Communication Strategies, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Area Agency on Aging, 3100 Montvale Drive in Springfield.
Friday, June 8, 2018

CICBC blood drive Saturday in Pana
A Saturday blood drive during the Hakuhna Matata Fest at the Pana fairgrounds has a new sponsor.  The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will be heading up the blood drive.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Special Bicentennial play premieres this weekend
A special play marking the Illinois Bicentennial, Anybody’s Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff, will premiere on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 at the Historic Edwards Place, 700 North 4th Street at 7:30 p.m. and again at the Illinois State Museum in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. The play, written and directed by Mark Beanblossom, is produced by the Springfield Art Association and the Illinois State Museum.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Slight momentary affliction vs seemingly eternal pain
Satan has no mercy and shows no mercy. He is the author of lies and deceptions. There is no hesitation on his part to speak lies into our hearts when we are in the darkest moments of sickness, pain, grief, depression and loneliness. He enlists the aid of the world and our sinful flesh to embrace these lies and to act upon them.
Friday, June 8, 2018

To speak at Kincaid Church of God
Good friend and previous pastor of Kincaid Church of God, Pastor Larry Odam, will be at Kincaid Church of God this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Larry Odam is currently a missionary serving around the world and has quite the story to tell.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Country home provides room for this gardener to grow
Stacey and Andrew Shanks moved to their home about 1 mile west of Millersville in 2014 and it has given this gardener with an artistic bent a place to build her palette of flowers for bouquets and event accents. The process of converting pasture to cutting beds of annual and perennial plants seems daunting to the untrained eye, but Stacey is forging ahead with the help of her husband and three young sons, lots of drip tape and cardboard, and a sure eye for finding the beauty in what grows around all of us.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 7, 2018

TMH to host community blood drive on June 21
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at 201 E. Pleasant, inside the auditorium.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kiwanis Club holds monthly business meeting
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bike trail group to host work day on trail Sat.
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) will host a work day on Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on the bike trail. If interested in helping out contact Bud Altman at 217-820-0849 or email hlaltman@lincolnprairietrailsconservancy.com.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tumble n' Fly holds 1st annual summer recital
Tumble n' Fly, located in Sharpsburg, held their first annual tumbling, dance, and cheer recital on Friday June 1, 2018 at Edinburg High School.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tuesday Morning Painters display work at courthouse
Since 2003, a group of area painters have met and become close friends over the course of those 15 years. During the month of June, the works of these painters are on display on the first floor of the Christian County Courthouse. More than 30 oil paintings are on display.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Stonington approves phase 1 construction
The Village of Stonington met in regular session on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Engineer Steve Bainbridge of Chastain and Associates updated the council regarding the acceptance of bids for the water plant building additions. He reported on Phase 1A for building the addition. Two bids were submitted by Trimble Construction in Blue Mound and Kenny Contractors.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tovey man escapes injury in fatal crash
Illinois State Police reported there was a two vehicle crash on I55 South at mile post 92, south of 6th street Tuesday, June 5, 2018 with one fatality.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mt. Auburn receives $500,000 grant
Relief is coming to residents of Mt. Auburn. The brown water issue which has plagued the town for years may soon be fixed. At the Village of Mt. Auburn Board meeting on Tuesday, June 5, the mayor announced that a $500,000 grant from the State of Illinois was going to be used to help fix the decaying water infrastructure.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hakuhna Matata Fest at Pana fairgrounds Saturday
The 2018 Hakuhna Matata Fest, featuring a blood drive, bake sales, vendors and games, will be held at the Pana Tri-County fairgrounds Saturday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. This year’s proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Tenleigh Stokes Medical Fund.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Model A Car Show June 16
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Children's Museum of Illinois to open pro law enforcement exhibit
The Children’s Museum of Illinois will open a pro-law-enforcement themed exhibition next month.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

International group tours Taylorville plant
More than 40 people representing agriculture from Asia, Europe, Latin America and South America toured the GSI-Automated Production Systems plant in Taylorville Monday afternoon as part of the 2018 Illinois Pork Tour. The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Pork Producers Association co-sponsored the tour.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Council still negotiating with Steak 'n Shake, Romano Co.
“Both developers are anxious to get moving,” Taylorville City Attorney Rocci Romano stated Monday night at the Taylorville City Council meeting.

He was referencing two large ongoing projects, one by the Romano Company that is expected to bring a 15,000 square-foot  HSHS clinic to Taylorville in the space just south of Aldi, and another that is intended to bring Steak ‘n Shake to town.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Verardi Is Volunteer Of The Month
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Triad Donates To TPD
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Morrissey trial date set
The trial of a Pana man charged with first degree murder is set to take place on Oct. 1, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Quinton L. Morrissey, 19, is charged in with the May 30, 2017, of Stephen L. Presnell, 59, at Presnell’s Lake Pana home.
Monday, June 4, 2018

17th Annual Blackhorse Pow Wow
Monday, June 4, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, June 4, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, June 4, 2018

Evangelical Free honor graduates
Monday, June 4, 2018

Olde Bowl hosting Kids Bowl Free Summer program
KidsBowlFree.com and over 1,400 participating bowling centers from coast to coast and Canada have teamed up to provide kids with two free games of bowling every day all summer. 
Monday, June 4, 2018

Quad County Veteran Volunteers Honored
Quad County Veteran Volunteers and staff traveled to the Illiana Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Meeting on Thursday May 16, 2018 at the Bremer Center on the campus of the Community College in Danville.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial Rosé wine is uncorked
NEW BERLIN, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday joined the Danenberger family to uncork their vineyards’ Illinois Bicentennial Rosé, one of sixteen wines from thirteen wineries across the state designated by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance (IGGVA) as official Bicentennial Illinois-grown rosés.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Summertime On The Square
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Missions For Taylorville
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Taylorville native part of award-winning group
CHAMPAIGN — The International Trade Center of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC proudly accepted the Export Awareness and Development Award at the 2018 Governor’s Export Awards, held at the Union League Club of Chicago on May 24.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

CEO student selected to attend nat'l trade show
TAYLORVILLE — On Sunday, June 10 J. T. Boehme from Taylorville High School, will present his business with over 30 high school entrepreneurs at the  CEONext National Trade Show from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Keller Convention Center, 1202 N Keller Drive, in Effingham.  The event will showcase innovative products and services developed by CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) students selected from 168 schools in 39 communities across the Midwest. The trade show is free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Morrisonville scout leader earns highest award
Bill Harmon, Morrisonville Pack 74 Cubmaster and Troop 74 Assistant Scoutmaster, was recognized at the Abraham Lincoln Council Recognition Dinner with the Silver Beaver Award.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Farm Bureau Foundation and Young Ag Leaders name scholarship winners
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — This year, the Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation is awarding two, $1,250 scholarships and the Young Ag Leaders are awarding four $650 scholarships to Christian County Students pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Quilters donate children's security quilts to Pana Community Hospital
PANA — "The Quilters Group at the United in Faith Church" donated 13 quilts to the Pana Community Hospital Emergency Department on May 18, 2018. The blankets are given as a wonderful security gift in which children receiving care in the emergency department may be wrapped in and taken home with their family upon leaving. PCH staff said these blankets are very much appreciated and a blessing to provide families.   
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Counselor Margo Wagoner reflects on career at Taylorville High School
TAYLORVILLE — “She will definitely be missed around here,” said Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

June sensory friendly film 'Incredibles 2'
HILLSBORO — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. The movie event for June will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released Disney’s Pixar feature, “Incredibles 2.”
Saturday, June 2, 2018

VisionWay awards Lasting Impressions scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Luc Louis Johnson, a 2018 graduate of Taylorville High School, was recently awarded the annual VisionWay Christian School (VCS) Lasting Impressions Academic Scholarship. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Garden to Enjoy: Randy & Tammy Wagahoff's garden, 1039 E. 1150 North Road, Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Tammy and Randy Wagahoff  built a “shome” to call home some six years ago, about a decade after first buying their version of paradise. “When we first built out here, it was mostly dirtlots of dirt,” Tammy says.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Some tips for choosing the right decking material
TAYLORVILLE — Warm weather often gives rise to thoughts about spending time in the great outdoors. Decks can expand outdoor living spaces, making them popular home additions. However, when it comes time to map out a deck building plan, individuals may be unsure as to which deck material will meet their needs. Wood and composite decks are among the most popular choices today, and the popularity of aluminum is growing steadily.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

What exactly is sustainable energy?
TAYLORVILLE — Many people may be familiar with the term “sustainable energy,” but not everyone may be aware of what that term implies. Sustainable energy is energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Home security for the do-it-yourselfer
TAYLORVILLE — Whether you own or rent, youmay be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security systems can be savvy investments. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bendable concrete can make infrastructure safer
(The Conversation via AP) — Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Simple steps you can take to child-proof your home
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tips to help reduce injuries during DIY projects
More than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home. Unintentional injuries can be traced to many factors, but making repairs around the house can contribute to accident risk. Falls, electrical shocks, broken glass, carpentry tools, and carrying overly heavy loads repeatedly result in injury. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to avoid electrical mishaps around the house
TAYLORVILLE — Many accidents, even those that are relatively minor, can be prevented. Such is often the case with electrical accidents, which may be more common than many people think. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, resulting in roughly 500 deaths and more than $1 billion in property damage.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Don't turn your AC off; just use it conservatively
TAYLORVILLE — Few people can make it through the dog days of summer without turning on their air conditioners. People  concerned about the environment and conserving energy may try to avoid using their air conditioners, but doing so on especially hot days can be challenging and potentially even deadly.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Stay healthy, minimize dust during renovation
Even though dust is ever-present both inside and outside of a home, when renovations are in full swing, dusty conditions are  exacerbated. Whether a home is new or old, numerous substances can be stirred up when removing walls, refinishing floors, removing tile, or expanding living spaces. These include silica from drywall, lead, asbestos, paint particles, and even waste from bugs or rodents. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to conserve energy throughout the hot summer months
TAYLORVILLE — For some households, higher energy bills might be stretching their budgets, while others might be looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

The average person in the US will move 11 times
TAYLORVILLE — It should come as no surprise that spring kicks off one of the busiest times of year in the housing market. Warm weather makes it more comfortable to see and display homes, leading to more listings and open houses.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Safety renovations to consider for seniors' homes
TAYLORVILLE — Harvard Health Publishing says that accidents at home are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. The chances for fatalities increases as one ages, and by age 75 and older, men and women are almost four times as likely to die in a home accident as people a decade younger.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How empty-nesters can transform their homes
TAYLORVILLE — After bringing home a bubbly baby boy or girl, it can be hard for parents to imagine that a day will come when their kids are off to college and then onto their own apartment or house. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Things you can do to prepare for elderly guests
TAYLORVILLE — Mobility and comfort needs for seniors may differ those necessary to accommodate other guests. Meeting the needs of senior guests may involve any of the following.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Want to keep your teen nearby? Create a teen cave
TAYLORVILLE — Having teens close by and interacting with them on a regular basis can benefit families. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics notes that parental involvement correlates to higher grade point averages.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Clearing a clogged drain can be as simple as using hot water and vinegar
TAYLORVILLE — Home plumbing systems are designed to handle heavy usage. When everything is working as it should, toilets flush, showers drain properly, and sink basins empty of water in a snap. But when a clog is present in a system, water can quickly back up.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to create an eye-catching gallery moment wall
TAYLORVILLE — Gallery walls, also called moment walls, are one of today’s hottest home decor trends. Gallery walls enable homeowners to create visually appealing groupings of photos, frames, wall art, and much more to dress up any room in the house. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to choose window treatments that work for you

TAYLORVILLE — Plantation shutters? Mini-blinds? Cafe curtains? Formal draperies? Homeowners’ options in regard to window treatments for their homes are extensive, which can make outfitting home interiors challenging for novice decorators. 

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mulch serves more purposes than just eye appeal
TAYLORVILLE — Mulch is available in various forms. Like other land and garden products, mulch can go a long way toward helping plants thrive. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to banish pesky mosquitoes from your yard
TAYLORVILLE — 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, June 2, 2018

Ergonomic gardening techniques can make gardening less taxing
TAYLORVILLE — Statistica reports that the number of people who gardened within the last 12 months in the United States rose from around 105 million in 2008 to 118 million in 2017. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ergonomic gardening techniques can make gardening less taxing
TAYLORVILLE — Statistica reports that the number of people who gardened within the last 12 months in the United States rose from around 105 million in 2008 to 118 million in 2017. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Experimenting with growing edibles indoors is fun and practical

TAYLORVILLE — Foodies find it hard to beat vine-ripened tomatoes plucked right out of a garden. Other edibles, such as fresh lettuce for a small luncheon salad or a handful of fresh parsley right out of a pot to add to a marinade, also add a lot to meals. 

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Introduce earthworms into the garden
TAYLORVILLE — Gardeners eager to revitalize their lawns and gardens may spend hundreds of dollars on tools and products designed to improve soil and growing conditions. Although many of these items can be advantageous, gardeners also may want to look to nature's best garden helpers: earthworms.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Understanding how to read a nursery plant tag
TAYLORVILLE — Shopping for new plants for a home can be an exciting undertaking. Nurseries and garden centers are often home to dozens of types of plant species that come in various colors, leaf variations and sizes. Such variety can make choosing plants more fun while also making the process of buying plants a bit complicated, especially for novices. Thankfully, plant tags can help consumers make informed decisions.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

The benefits of water features in garden landscapes
TAYLORVILLE — When planning gardens, homeowners may benefit by considering more than just flowers and shrubs while giving thought to other elements that can breathe vitality into their landscape designs. Water features can do just that, as such features provide more than just visual appeal. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Practical suggestions when shopping for fencing
TAYLORVILLE — With a vast array of fencing materials available, homeowners may find it challenging to decide which material is right for their properties. The following breakdown can help homeowners learn more about fencing and potentially point them in the right direction regarding which material to choose for their properties.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, June 1, 2018

Elevate Energy Holds Pana Meeting
Friday, June 1, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, June 1, 2018

Construction AT PCH Necessitates Temporary Change
Friday, June 1, 2018

Community yoga, live music, kids events Saturday on the square
TAYLORVILLE — If you head downtown tomorrow morning, you might just find some fun. Downtown Taylorville.org is sponsoring Summertime On the Square Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 to noon.
Friday, June 1, 2018

TJHS receives national award for innovation
TAYLORVILLE — District Administration magazine is honoring 22 schools and districts for education technology initiatives as part of the Schools of TechXcellence program. This is the second year for this national recognition program. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Autism support group to meet June 7
HILLSBORO — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, June 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month they will have an open discussion format.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Celebration on the Sangamon June 9
DECATUR — The 3rd Annual Lincoln Trail Homestead Homecoming will be held at the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial on June 9, 2018.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Center HCEA to meet on Monday
TAYLORVILLE — Center HCEA meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Delores Hunt.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Student serves as senator for the day
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Noah Nelson, a senior at Taylorville High School, to the Capitol as his senator for the day. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Springfield ATF resident agent speaks to Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then gave the morning invocation.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Nokomis Graduation Tonight
Friday, June 1, 2018

Faith Bible Christian Academy students earn awards
ROSAMOND — The Elementary Awards chapel was held on Wednesday, May 16 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Dominican sisters launch ministry for women
SPRINGFIELD — At a time when women are finding their voices and creating waves of energy offering hope for positive change in U.S. culture and in the Catholic Church , the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have launched a new ministry of mutual support for young women who seek to be a part of the change they want to see.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Heart matters
TAYLORVILLE — For 2018 our congregation has begun a yearlong journey through the Bible. Some brave souls among us have committed to reading the entire Bible during this year.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Expert to tell story behind state flag June 5 at Lincoln Library
The Illinois state flag was created just in time for the state’s 1918 centennial celebration, but its history – complete with a little controversy – can be traced back another century. You can hear the flag’s full story on June 5 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gardeners live at the home of Ken and Joyce Griffin
Ken and Joyce Griffin were born within five days of each other some eighty-five years ago, and they continue to do a lot together including gardening. When Joyce suffered a stroke four years ago, Ken stepped up to help out. He has always done the heavy work and continues to support Joyce in her endeavors. On a recent visit, he pointed out a new garden “bench” he had just put together so she would have an easier time getting around and getting her hands in the earth. As gardeners age, new equipment is coming on the market to help them adapt to limitations, something that is worth keeping an eye on for all of us.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pana schools hosting Cybersecurity presentation June 12
Ransomware, hacking, and bots - there is rarely a day that goes by that we don't hear about another data breach or another hacker breaking into someone's system. Do the hackers just target companies or should we all be concerned about this? How can we better protect ourselves? 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Longest-serving principal in PHS history, McRoberts ready to take it easy
When the last of nearly 80 Pana High School seniors walks across the stage to get their diploma Friday night, it will mark another milestone in the life of PHS Principal Gayle McRoberts. She will retire as the longest serving principal at Pana High School on June 30.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pana council approves fire truck purchase
The Pana City Council voted to purchase a new fire truck for the Pana Fire Department during the Tuesday night meeting of the Council. The meeting was pushed back a day due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Blue Mound man serves with Navy Strike Fighter Squadron
A 2009 Meridian High School graduate and Blue Mound, Illinois, native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron, which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Info sought in local hit and run accident
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Auditions for Young Frankenstein in July
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for Young Frankenstein The Musical, the first show of its 2018-2019 season of treacherous travels. Auditions will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

S.A.A.D. to offer free Narcan training
On Saturday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m., the Christian County Prevention Coalition and S.A.A.D. will offer Narcan training in Nokomis.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Edinburg Yard Of The Month
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Junior High Honors Students For Straight A's, Perfect Attendance, Completing All Work
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jerry Wesley, Witt, named to Lincoln Land Foundation Board
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Board of Directors welcomed Jerry Wesley of Witt as a new member at a recent meeting.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Medical Center seeks nominations to honor breast cancer survivors
Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair is accepting nominations for breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an inspiration to others.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Morrisonville library to host summer reading program
Invasion of the Emojis will occur at the Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville beginning June 5 as they kick off their summer reading program.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Guild Members Quilt For A Cause
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Paying Tribute
Monday, May 28, 2018

Mt. Auburn soldier graduates from West Point
“I was probably around kindergarten, and I remember going for Halloween as a soldier,” Mt. Auburn native and former Taylorville High School graduate Hugh Mahr recalls. Now, more than 15 years later, Hugh gets to don that uniform for real after graduating from the West Point United States Military Academy.
Monday, May 28, 2018

ISP to conduct roadside checks in Christian County in June
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 9 Commander, Lieutenant J.W. Price, announces the ISP will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) in Christian County during June. The use of RSCs combine a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public.
Monday, May 28, 2018

DeSherlia garden in Pana is a cool place
As Kim DeSherlia developed her garden under the shade of a mature willow tree, she and husband Tim created “a cool place” with the construction of a deck. A little later, the next “cool place” was the fire pit, ideal for relaxing with family and enjoying some-mores. Expanding the garage to add a second story and overhang added yet another “cool place,” a place to relax or perhaps to work on getting garden containers planted early in the season. And finally, Tim added a treehouse in the branches of the willow tree as a feature to highlight in this year’s Christian County Garden Walk.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat tours sunken gardens
On a beautiful sunny day, May 23rd, Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at Memorial Sunken Gardens in Shelbyville. The hostess for the day was Kathy Mizeur and  Master Gardener Karen Cherry, as guide.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Letter Carriers Food Drive
Monday, May 28, 2018

Edinburg teachers name outstanding students for final months of the year
Colton Rhodes is  in Mrs. Greenwood’s 1st grade class and is the son of Dusty and Lindsay Rhodes. He loves to play with Pokémon and soccer. His favorite thing about school is meeting new friends and always having something to do.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Community Calendar
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Peoples Bank & Trust donates to Turf Project
TAYLORVILLE — Peoples Bank & Trust recently presented a $10,000 check for the Taylorville Quarterback Club Tornado Turf Project. Pictured are Peoples Bank & Trust employees Jessica Bland, James Adcock, Larry Boston, Ryan Tapp, Jordan Ruppert, Judy Prasun, Lindsay Lopian, Edrie Walton, Brittany Alberts and Carole Gensler who joined Ken Hart, Mayor Barry, Lee Mateer, Ass’t Football Coach and Danny McNeely, Dimond Bros.,  for the presentation.
Saturday, May 26, 2018

A grandmother is a sword and a shield
TAYLORVILLE - “Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s ultimate privilege: Knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield.” — Fredrik Backman

This quote seems apropos for Alice Newlin, grandmother of 19 year old Alexis. Alice has always wanted the best for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She’d do anything to help them out. But she also won’t take any guff or accept being unaccountable for your actions.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

TCCU-Taylorville to hold member appreciation day
TAYLORVILLE — In appreciation to its more than 6000 members for their loyalty and business, TCCU-Taylorville has scheduled its annual Member Appreciation Day for Wednesday, June 6. From 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the credit union’s parking lot will be turned into a picnic atmosphere featuring traditional cook-out foods, including hamburgers, hot dogs, giveaways and more.
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Meeting notices printed 5-27
Pana Administration Committee
The Pana Administration Committee will meet Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the council chambers of Pana City Hall. Agenda includes: Fire truck bids and financing, FY 2019 Budget and any other topic properly presented.

Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees
The Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Manners Park Office Board Room. The Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., prior to the board meeting at 7 p.m. Agenda for the board meeting includes: Approval of April 23, 2018 Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Correspondence and/or Guests, Pulley, Martynowski & Blakeman – Annual Audit Report for Fiscal Year Ended 2-28-17, new/old business, reports from: Park Maintenance Superintendent, Office Administrator/Secretary, Recreation Director, Committee reports: finance - approval for pmt. of bills, executive session, possible action on matters discussed in executive session, adjournment.

Village of Kincaid meeting
The Village of Kincaid will be holding a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m. Agenda includes: Sewer line/SF Township, Jack Hanlon South Fork Youth Assn/Park, closed session, mayor, and anyone wishing to address officials.

Pana City Council meeting
The Pana City Council will be holding a meeting on May, 29, at 7:00 p.m. Agenda includes: Approval of May 14 minutes, payroll, disbursements, Treasurer’s report, first presentation of “An ordinance regulating large trucks,” Pana police pension report, Pana selected Opportunity Zone #9589, Supervisor’s evaluation complete, lake lease committee, fire chief salary increase, police/fire commission, community safety, community operations, liquor license for Dick Moss, motion to purchase 2 fire hydrants, motion to purchase a new fire truck from Alexis at a cost of $501,378.00 and Treasurer to check into financing $300,000, community support, economic development and tax increment financing, request for donation to Twin Pines Cemetery, and citizens opportunity to address Pana City Council.

Highway/Building Committee meeting
The Highway/Building Committe will meet on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee meeting
The Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.

County Board meeting
The County Board will meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pana fire truck rolls over; 3 slightly injured
Tom Latonis
Breeze-Courier Writer

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — While responding to a call for mutual aid at the Borgic Hog Farm Friday morning, the Pana Fire Department’s ladder truck was involved in an accident in rural Montgomery County.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fire damages Borgic Hog Farm
Tom Latonis
Breeze-Courier Writer

RAYMOND — Fire destroyed at least three hog confinement buildings and damaged several others at the Phil Borgic Hog Farm in rural Raymond, about 12 miles south of Morrisonville. The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Friday afternoon trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

50th anniversary of U. S. S. Scorpion tragedy
Tom Latonis
Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The summer of 1968 was a tumultuous one for the United States. There was violence associated with the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy and the protests and police beatings surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But there was another tragedy which unfolded during the spring and summer of 1968. And that tragedy has had a lasting effect on the family and friends of the 99 sailors lost at sea aboard the U. S. S. Scorpion submarine, and in particular, one family from the Taylorville area.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day service at Oak Hill Monday
TAYLORVILLE — The annual Memorial Day service will be held tomorrow, Monday, May 28 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Jack Brown will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and will begin the service at 10 a.m.
The service will feature the Taylorville Municipal Band, recognition of all patriotic organizations, a Salute to the Dead, Firing Squad and guest speaker, Taylorville Mayor, Bruce Barry.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the VfW.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

State designates Pana as opportunity zone
PANA — On May 18, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced that 327 opportunity zones in Illinois were approved by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Opportunity zones are intended to help spur economic development in low-income areas where growth has stagnated or declined.

Christian County Economic Development Corporation Director Mary Renner says initially she was aware of five qualifying tracts in the county, three in Taylorville and two in Pana. Only one was nominated and ultimately approved as an Opportunity Zone. It is an area that comprises much of the North and West sides of the City of Pana.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Committee says project will bring HSHS to town
At Thursday evening’s City of Taylorville Street and Sewer Committee meeting, aldermen announced that a planned construction project, on a six-acre plot immediately south of the Aldi property, is expected to bring a new HSHS (Hospital Sisters Health System) clinic to Taylorville.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Pana could reap $22k in energy challenge
Pana, Carlinville and Beardstown residents are facing off for a chance to win up to $22,000 for their community in the Energy Education Community Challenge. The winning community is determined by a point system, where residents earn points by learning how to reduce their energy use.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, May 25, 2018

Retiring Teachers
Friday, May 25, 2018

Kiwanis hears about summer park district programs
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many summer programs offered by the Taylorville Park District, during their weekly meeting Tuesday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

7-county drug task force member speaks to Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2018, in the TMH auditorium.
Friday, May 25, 2018

County Relay for Life at THS June 15
Life after hearing, “you have cancer” from a doctor is difficult for anyone. Those three little words cast a shadow over not only the patient, but their entire family as well. It may be easy to feel isolated and alone in the world. However, every person who receives this terrible diagnosis must remember: You are not alone. You are a survivor, and there is an entire battalion of people ready to help you face this fight head on.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Judge rejects corrections mental health
A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections’ plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tech Day: Students show Illinois lawmakers their technology-driven projects
Students and faculty from Pana and Taylorville met with State Senator Andy Manar to demonstrate innovative technology-driven projects they developed and to explain how technology is becoming a more important part of their education every day.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rural gardening on display at this Pana site
Orange poppies greeted me upon my arrival at the garden of Anne and Jim Ade on E. 350 North Road. Sparkling in the breeze, they were a sure sign that I had arrived at the right location for one of our garden walk sites.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rep. Davis to speak at Morrisonville Memorial Day service
The American Legion Post #721 will host its annual Memorial Day Services on May 28 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post in Morrisonville.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Community blood drives in Taylorville and Morrisonville in June
The Taylorville community will host a blood drive from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at 1500 West Franklin, in the Davis Memorial Christian Church Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day service Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery
The annual Memorial Day service will be held on Monday, May 28 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Congress on track to OK private care at VA
Congress is set to deliver a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system, despite concerns from some Democrats that this will prove too costly.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Information sought on local hit and run
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

















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