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THS set for Evening of Jazz and Percussion Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — “We’ve got some tunes that push their musical ability to the limits, but they’re sounding good, so we’re looking forward to a really good night of music,” said THS Director of Music Chris Gunn of the upcoming Evening of Jazz and Percussion that is for Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the THS cafeteria.
Saturday, February 17, 2018


Move to HSA on pace to save city $120k
TAYLORVILLE — At a City of Taylorville Finance Committee meeting on Thursday, Dimond Brothers Insurance, according to Finance Chairman Larry Budd, informed the committee that the change from a standard insurance plan to a health savings account (HSA) insurance plan last year has already saved the City of Taylorville $61,215.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Illinois has embraced its role as the Land of Lincoln
ILLINOIS — Abraham Lincoln may not have been born in Illinois but he clearly is among the state’s favorite sons.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Assumption man injured in crash
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — According to Illinois State Police preliminary investigation indicates a red Ford pickup truck driven by Denny C. I. Timmermans of Assumption, was traveling westbound on Christian County Road 1200N. A truck-tractor (Bob Tail)  driven by Donald J. Juenger of Cahokia with Sandra M. Juenger of Cahokia as a passenger, was traveling southbound on US Route 51 at Christian County Road 1200N. The Ford pickup truck failed to yield and drove onto US Route 51, resulting in the truck tractor striking the Ford pickup truck. The driver of the Ford pickup truck was initially transported to Pana Hospital and later airlifted to St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, Illinois with injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the Ford pickup truck was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle and failure to yield at a stop intersection. Donald and Sandra Juenger did not sustain any injuries.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three county establishments fail underage drinking check
TAYLORVILLE — On February 15, 2018, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), in conjunction with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department, conducted 22 underage drinking compliance checks in establishments that serve alcohol in Christian County.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Meeting Notice
Saturday, February 17, 2018

VisonWay fourth graders get the scoop
TAYLORVILLE - Author Robin Moore once said "inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released."
Saturday, February 17, 2018

PCH to host blood drive Feb. 28
PANA — The Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 1-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 619 Kitchell St.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Event rescheduled Historical Society & Museum
TAYLORVILLE — Event Rescheduled due to weather. One picture is of the Pig shaped cake we will be serving and the other picture is of our guest performer Brian "Fox" Ellis.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

North School Students of the Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Students of the Week at North Elementary School. They assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate. Pictured from left are (front row) Marcis Bright, Lea Collier, Adien Allard, Cooper Rodgers, Adalyn Knight, Wyatte Gulhstorf, (middle row) Braylen Campbell, Ian Sneed, Elizabeth Phoenix, Kayden Melvin, Ruger Rankin, Payne Osborn, (back row) Addison Cottingham, Jayden Carter, Ross Thompson, Trenten Murphy, Katelin Burge and Bryce Belsher.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

TMH to host Community Blood Drive March 1
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the TMH Auditorium, 201 E. Pleasant St.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

LEADership program visits Taylorville Correctional Center
TAYLORVILLE — LEADership participants had the unique opportunity to tour the Taylorville Correctional Center on Wednesday, February 14. Major Robert Stoldt welcomed the group and took them on an extensive tour of the facility after which, Warden Kim Smith shared current statistics about the TCC and answered questions regarding her responsibilities, daily routine and challenges.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lake Land College plans Pana High School visit
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Deciding on what to do after high school graduation can be an overwhelming process. That’s why Lake Land College is scheduling high school visits to help students know more about transitioning from high school to a college or university.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friends of the Taylorville Public Library
TAYLORVILLE — The Friends of the Taylorville Public Library recently elected officers for the 2018 year. Pictured from left are Vice President Jan Scanland, Secretary/Treasurer Carol Waterman and President Judy Deal. The Friends are busy planning the full year of Meet Me at the Library evening lecture series, the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and much more.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Community Calendar
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Carter named acting president in Kincaid
KINCAID — George Carter was sworn in as acting President of the Village of Kincaid at last nights special board meeting.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Outstanding Musicians
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are Tyler Sherbert, the new Taylorville High School drum major, Alex Evrley and Gunther Abernathy, winners of the John Philip Sousa Award, and Band Director Chris Gunn.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Not Your Average Assembly
TAYLORVILLE — Jeff Mozingo of The Awaken Project lays down an incredible drum solo in front of the THS student body Friday morning. The Awaken Project is a program that seeks to inspire students to make good choices through music and motivation; its central message focuses on the devastation that drugs can cause. Joe Richardson, the second half of The Awaken Project and a former pro baseball player, delivered his message through a powerful first hand account of how drugs negatively affected his family.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Committee okays $450k jail expansion
TAYLORVILLE — The maximum capacity of the Christian County jail is 55 occupants; this morning there were 54.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, February 16, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, February 16, 2018

Memorial Festival of Trees sets fundraising record
SPRINGFIELD — More than 33,000 people attended Memorial’s 28th annual Festival of Trees, which raised $384,504 to fund health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.
Friday, February 16, 2018

History Forum will explore 'This Infernal War'
SPRINGFIELD — He went off to fight a war he opposed. She stayed behind and tried to hold their home together. Their relationship and views on the Civil War will be the focus of special Illinois History Forum on February 23 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Judge Spears speaks to Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 15, 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, February 16, 2018

Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents Rock Me Amadeus
 SPRINGFIELD — Let the magic of Mozart move you. Beginning with his First Symphony, written at eight years old, and concluding with his brilliant Forty-First and final symphony, Mozart was a rockstar of the classical era.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

TFD Contains Two Early Morning Fires
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Fire Department responded to two separate early morning blazes today. At approximately 2:30 a.m., firefighters responded to an apartment building fire at 2100 Grand Boulevard, above. The fire resulted in major structural damage, destroying the floor in the unit and a portion of the building’s roof. One person was sent to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, though Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews indicated that he thought they were smoke related. At approximately 6:36 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at the Gas Light Motel at 1420 West Spresser Street. No injuries were reported in that incident, but Crews says that one unit was totaled in the fire and another received considerable damage. Crews says the two incidents are unrelated. The cause of each fire is still undetermined, but the State Fire Marshall is investigating both scenes.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 15, 2018

APL pet adoptions set for this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart this weekend. On Saturday, February 17, cats and dogs will be available in our Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at PetSmart at 3183 South Veterans Parkway, Springfield as part of the PetSmart Charity's National Adoption Weekend.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Theatre 7 holding auditions for comedy
DECATUR, Ill. — Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for the farcical thriller “Murder Room,” the last show of its 2017-2018 season “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!” Auditions will start at 7 p.m. Monday, February 19 or Tuesday, February 20 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stonington Legion Auxiliary to host second GloBingo event
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 with ten members present. Those in attendance were: JoAnn Coffey, Stacey Ethridge, Carol Wickline, Patricia Rusher, Michelle Sklenka, Vickie Busby, Pamela Graham, Judi Hodges, Linda DeVore and Marilyn Remmert.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Civil War Saturdays' bring history alive at Old State Capitol
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — History will come alive at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield with “Civil War Saturdays” beginning February 17. Civil War Saturdays are living history programs that bring to life important themes in Illinois history in the immersive experience of the Old State Capitol.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Part Of DC Delegation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jeff Tumiati joined others with the Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA) in traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Illinois legislative delegation. Tumiati, from the Village of Stonington, was in Washington DC as part of the Rural Water Rally February 5–7. During the Rally hundreds of other water/wastewater professionals from across the country traveled to the nation’s capital to discuss the importance of funding drinking water and wastewater projects throughout rural America. During their time in DC the Illinois group visited with representatives in all 20 Illinois delegation offices.  Congressman Rodney Davis, pictured left,  and Tumiati, right, were able to discuss local issues effecting Christian County as well as those effecting rural America.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 15, 2018

TMH Foundation honors retiring board members
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation held their annual meeting of the corporation on January 16, 2018 in the annex of Taylorville Memorial Hospital where they honored retiring board members Wm. Roberts Appleton, Gloria A. Brummer, Sister Angela M. Laquet, ASC and Richard C. Shaw..
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Water main breaks cost Pana $45k so far this year
PANA — Pana Mayor Don Kroski told members of the Pana City Council at their Tuesday night meeting 14 water main breaks since the start of 2018 has cost the city around $45,000 in labor and materials.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Taylorville Junior High School welcomes new principal
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville School Board made it official Monday evening when they unanimously hired Jessica Miller as the new Taylorville Junior High School principal.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meeting Notices
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Olympics-Focused Learning
TAYLORVILLE — Second graders in Mr. Wamsley’s class at VisionWay Christian School will be learning about geography, social studies and math using a Winter Olympics theme. Pictured from left are: Mr. Wamsley, Abigail Wamsley, Adam Cunnington, Nollen Polley, Elizabeth Daugherty, Josie Kohl. Mr. Wamsley will enrich lessons in geography, social studies, and math using activities centered on the Winter Olympics in South, Korea. “I hope the students will be excited to go home and show their parents what they have learned,” he said. In addition to learning about the countries, people, and various sports, Mr. Wamsley’s students are excited to be presenting a running total of medals earned for the VisionWay students and staff to follow.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DAR Recognizes Good Citizens And District Winner
TAYLORVILLE — Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR recognized the annual winners of the organization's Good Citizens program at their monthly meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Prior to the business meeting, Ellen Colbrook, Chairman, Good Citizens Committee, introduced the area winners and presented a pin and certificate. Pictured from left: Ellen Colbrook, chairman; Adam Yoder, Edinburg High School; Joanna Williams, Morrisonville High School; Whitney Pascoe, Pawnee High School; Karlee Kuntzman, Taylorville High School; Trinity Hilton, Central A&M; Daniel Denning, South Fork High School. Teagan Strom from Pana High School, right, was unable to attend the chapter meeting. Strom was selected as the winner of the District V Good Citizens program.She will attend the Illinois State Conference Youth Awards luncheon on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Bloomington where she will be honored with a certificate and monetary award She will also compete in the Illinois State DAR Good Citizen contest among the seven district winners.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Students at PHS to drive solar car cross country
PANA — The Pana School Board met in special session Monday night to hear a request from a group of Pana High School students who want to participate in the Solar Car Challenge this coming summer. After a brief presentation by student spokesman Connor Hildebrand, all seven members enthusiastically voted “yes” to allow the students to travel out west where they will drive a solar powered car they have constructed from Fort Worth, Tex., to Palmdale, Calif.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TCUSD: New tech brings opportunities
TAYLORVILLE — Last year, the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation and the Taylorville School Board made an investment to bring a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lab to the junior high.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kincaid village president resigns effective immediately
KINCAID — Bill Jarrett, president of the Village of Kincaid, announced his resignation effective immediately at last night’s Village meeting.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Area mayors talk solar farms at roundtable
PANA — Area mayors conducted a roundtable discussion Monday morning in Pana with mayors from Assumption, Pana, Palmer, Morrisonville, Edinburg, Owaneco, and Taylorville all present.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
TAYLORVILLE — Sometime between Sunday February 4, 2018 and Tuesday February 6, 2018, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 912 East Market Street.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Yoder And Sims Are Crowned King And Queen At Edinburg Homecoming
EDINBURG — Edinburg High School hosted Homecoming last week. EHS planned a week of activities for students and hosted a pep assembly Friday before the basketball game against Tri-City Tornadoes. The Wildcat's victory over the Tornadoes (61-56) set the stage for a great night at the "Enchanted Forest" Homecoming dance Saturday evening. Pictured from left are: Sabrina Warren, Bryce Barton, Dariess Moreland, Sean Blevins, Natalie Yeaman, Jacob Watson, Emma Beck, Noah Oller, Retiring Queen Blair Brockelsby, Retiring King Alex Gibson, Caly Davidson, Zander Doan, Rebecca Younker, Houston Simon, Olivia Agnew, Paden Wicks. Front: Queen Emily Sims, King Adam Yoder, Crown Bearer Alivia Shick.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Two area hiking opportunies this month
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a Night Hike at Sand Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, February 24 from 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Venture into the darkness at this conservation area during a naturalist-led hike. You will use your five senses to find your way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Dress warm. The cost is $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on February 23 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Brown bag lunch-hour programs at state museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum will present a lunch hour Brown Bag Program on the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00 p.m. at the ISM Research and Collections Center in Springfield. The free program will be presented by Doris J. Bailey, AAHM Museum Coordinator, and Nell Clay, AAHM Museum Board Member.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Community blood drive in Taylorville Feb. 23
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville will host a community blood drive from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Davis Memorial Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1500 W. Franklin St.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

McMillan Speaks To Sertoma
TAYLORVILLE — Seth McMillan, candidate for the 48th Senate District, spoke at Sertoma's recent dinner meeting. A lifelong Taylorville resident, McMillan is the owner of McMillan Landscaping, the Christian County Republican Party Chairman, and served on the Taylorville School Board for eight years. McMillan spoke about the dysfunction in state government, as well as issues such as high property taxes, his belief in term limits for all politicians, the current business climate, and college students choosing to go to school in states other than Illinois. Pictured from left are Ed Downs and Seth McMillan.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LLCC to present spring film series 'Through a Different Lens'
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The first film showing will be Feb. 22.  
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

THS Journalism Recognized For Excellence

TAYLORVILLE — It was another banner year for the THS Journalism department in 2017. The program has a storied history of excellence for both the yearbook, the Drift, and the newspaper, the Zephyr. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, February 12, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, February 12, 2018

Dekalb activist's son shot while checking flat tires

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say an unidentified gunman fatally shot the son of a prominent activist with 11 bullets. His father believes it was a targeted killing.


Monday, February 12, 2018

TMH to host blood drive Thursday, March 1

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at 201 East Pleasant, inside the Auditorium. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

APL sets February pet adoptions

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


Monday, February 12, 2018

Memorial Medical Center to hold free seminar on heart health

SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on heart health on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).


Monday, February 12, 2018

Taylorville Optimist Club attend district meeting

BLOOMINGTON — Members of the Illinois District of Optimist International met in Bloomington this passed weekend for their quarterly meeting. Although the numbers were down in great part due to the forecast of bad weather, the spirits were high. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Create A Valentine's Craft At Rock Springs
Saturday, February 10, 2018

THS College & Careers Class Hosts Speakers
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Area students among academic challenge winners

SPRINGFIELD — Students from high schools in the Lincoln Land Community College  and Lake Land Community College districts competed in the 22nd annual regional-level Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge . 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

TMH Senior Life Solutions hosting Feb. 13 event

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program will be hosting their monthly seminar “Marketing for Seniors.” This seminar is geared for anyone who works or interacts with the senior community.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

THS Mid-Winter Band Concert Thursday

TAYLORVILLE — It promises to be a great night of music on Thursday, February 15 at Taylorville High School when the 60-member Tornado concert band puts on their annual Mid-Winter Band Concert. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Carlinville native is weathering the political storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general last year for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban, Dana Boente stepped into the job.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bill Gates tied to Christian County land purchases?
TAYLORVILLE —Farmland transactions are a relatively common occurrence in Christian County, but they are certainly less so when they are potentially tied to a multibillion-dollar software mogul.
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Deadline is approaching for LLCC scholarships

SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation 2018-2019 scholarship application deadline is March 1. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC in fall 2018 are encouraged to apply.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Lake Land accepting scholarship applications

MATTOON — Lake Land College is pleased to guarantee a Presidential Scholarship to all eligible in-district high school graduates who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Women's group to award 2 memorial scholarships

TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women's Association (CWA) will be awarding two $1,000 CWA Memorial Scholarships this year. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Students encouraged to apply for Ferry scholarship

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to encourage Taylorville High School seniors planning for a career in the medical field to apply for the Foundation’s 2018 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Edinburg schools name Star Students

EDINBURG — The Edinburg January Star Students have recently been named. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Community Calendar
Friday, February 9, 2018

Airline 'bumping' falls to lowest rate ever

CHICAGO (AP) — Airlines bumped passengers off flights at the lowest rate on record last year after United Airlines was pilloried when a passenger was dragged off a full plane.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, February 9, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, February 9, 2018

Man charged in fatal Springfield crash acquitted by jury

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Florida man involved in a fatal 2015 crash in Springfield was found not guilty of aggravated driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after his lead attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, raised questions about blood testing done after the crash.   


Friday, February 9, 2018

North School Students Of The Week
Friday, February 9, 2018

Judge Paisley speaks to Optimists about drug treatment programs

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. 

Resident Circuit Judge Brad Paisley was the guest speaker for the day. Judge Paisley was formerly the Christian County States Attorney from 2004-2007. Judge Paisley commented about how he doesn’t recall prosecuting a single case about heroin during his time as States Attorney. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

F-X Teens Decorate Cookies For Outreach
Friday, February 9, 2018

DMCC holding Getting in Touch with Jesus classes

TAYLORVILLE — “Getting in Touch with Jesus” is the Lenten theme at Davis Memorial Christian Church. Lent is a time when Christians and church examine their relationship with Jesus. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Kincaid church to host World Missions gathering

KINCAID — On February 16-17, Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host a World Missions Gathering at the Church. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bathing

TAYLORVILLE — For a brief time as a kid I did not want to take baths. To say the least, my parents were annoyed by my resistance. Fortunately, this tussle did not last long as mom and dad prevailed. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

County board to debate elected official salaries
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board Executive and Personnel Committee, along with the finance committee, will hold a joint meeting on March 15, 2018 to discuss potential adjustments to the salaries of elected and reelected officials.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mayor offers update on industrial park
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and Christian County Economic Development Corporation Director Mary Renner were in Chicago Tuesday afternoon to meet with individuals from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) regarding the $537,000 grant that was recently awarded to the Taylorville Development Association (TDA) to facilitate the construction of a 47-acre industrial park just off the Illinois Route 29 corridor.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

THS musicians perform at All-State and earn awards
TAYLORVILLE — Eleven Taylorville High School musicians participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s All-State January 24-27. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

1st Degree Black Belts
TAYLORVILLE — Steve Henry (right) and Darrion Ippolito (left) recently tested and were promoted to 1st degree black belt by Master Joe Cearlock. They are registered with Kukkiwon which is the official governing body for tae kwon do in South Korea and is the most recognized world wide. They are students at Taylorville Martial Arts Academy, which is relocating to 213 West Main Cross St. as of Monday February 12th.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Morrisonville mouse race benefits Kitchel Library
MORRISONVILLE — The annual Morrisonville Knights of Columbus Mouse Races held on Saturday, January 27 was another successful benefit for Kitchell Memorial Library.  The Knights of Columbus race organizer, Dale Brockamp, presented Kitchell Memorial Library with a check for $1,000.00.  Local business sponsors added $440.00 to the amount, and a donation of $62.00 made the total $1,502.00 to benefit the library.  It was a night of fun and big wins for many.  David Chernisky of Pana won the 50/50 drawing taking home $620.00. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Look inside toy box' at state museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Join curator John Lustig on a walking tour of the exhibition "Toy Box Inspiration Through Play" at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Tuesday, February 20 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Deadline approaching for local health needs survey

TAYLORVILLE — With the deadline nearing for Christian County residents to participate in an online survey about local health needs, organizers have reached 61 percent of their goal through completed online surveys.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Taylorville athlete awarded top AAU honor

TAYLORVILLE — Almost literally, Taylorville’s Karter Brachear is a powerhouse, not only as an athlete, but also as a person.

As a power lifter, the THS senior is a national and world champion many times over; he holds dozens of world records and over two-hundred state records. He also has 18 AAU Junior Olympic gold medals.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Federal grand jury indicts Pana man on meth, guns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A federal grand jury today returned its indictment of a rural Pana, Illinois, man, Michael Williams, on methamphetamine trafficking and gun charges. Williams, 49, was arrested on January 26, 2018, and charged by criminal complaint with distribution of methamphetamine. During a court appearance on January 29, U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins ordered that Williams remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Stonington approves a new trash hauler

STONINGTON — The Village of Stonington Board met Monday night in regular session.

On the agenda was discussion about a new trash company that will replace the current village approved hauler, Mayberry Disposal.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Learning about IT
TAYLORVILLE — Jeff Durbin, IT Operations Manager from CTI Fiber spoke to the College & Career Readiness class at Taylorville High School this week. Jeff shared with the class his career background and discussed different avenues you could take with an IT certificate/degree.  Students asked several questions after the presentation.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

THS grad earns Lincoln scholarship from UIS
SPRINGFIELD — Mallory Brotherton of Taylorville, a 2017 graduate of Taylorville High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for Spring Semester 2018 and awarded a $32,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Kiwanis Club inducts new members
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted 3 new members to the club, and held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Merchants in downtown Taylorville are planning for spring
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lincoln Bash this week at historical society
TAYLORVILLE – An A-list guest at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Bash this coming Saturday will be a pretty in pink pig, with cupcakes for hooves, fluttering frosting eye lashes and a snout popped out of a kiddie baking dish.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Phone Problem? Cell Tech Solutions Can Fix It
TAYLORVILLE — Ever have a cell phone problem you can't figure out? Corey Neeley is a certified cellular master technician with five years experience. He opened his shop at 105 E Market in March of 2016 where he can fix many problems. He can repair iPhones, iPads, iPods, Samsungs, Blackberry, Nokia and Motorola. He can also repair laptop screens and keyboards along with micro soldering and water treatment. So don't fret. Stop by Cell Tech Solutions and let Corey help you out! Open Monday thru Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Saturday Is Sample Day At Cottage Rose
TAYLORVILLE — Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe on the east side of the square is a fun place to shop. Enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and take a stroll through the store. New merchandise arrives weekly and with the variety of booths to shop, you are sure to find something for anyone on your list. On Saturdays Sheila and Donnie offer samples of dips, cheese balls, spiced crackers and more which is a taste of the gourmet foods mixes they offer. Cottage Rose is a must stop shop as you visit the square.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

For Something Unique Try Little Luxuries
TAYLORVILLE — Little Luxeries on the west side of the Taylorville square takes pride in offering beautiful and unique apparel, jewelry, and accessories. They feature Merle Norman Cosmetics as well as hand crafted Smith & Donovan confections. Quality fashion apparel and accessories are always on trend. On the Square since 2002, Little Luxeries is invested in the community and strives to offer an exceptional shopping experience along with customer service and free gift wrapping. Stop in for a complimentary makeup consultation, sample a sweet treat or just take a look!
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Shop Name-Brand Furniture At Betty Rose's
TAYLORVILLE — After many years doing business as Betty Rose's Furniture, Betty is in the process of retiring and her son Rick is now in charge. The store will continue to offer name brand furniture as well as quality bedding. Betty Rose's keeps up on the trends, offers traditional styles and prides themselves in customer service. Be sure to stop by Betty Rose's on the south side of the square.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Fire Fighter
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Don Williams Honored
TAYLORVILLE — Mayor Bruce Barry (right) presents Don Williams (left) with a certificate in honor of his many contributions to the Taylorville community. Barry says Williams, as head coach of the Taylorville Tornado basketball program, was one of the great influences in his life. Barry also pointed out Williams’ contributions as a teacher, as a former alderman, and as a volunteer for his church and community.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City still trying to finalize TIF district
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville is still trying to tie up loose ends as they relate to the creation of the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that they hope to create along the Illinois Route 29 corridor on the north side of town.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Area schools to participate choral festival at Central A&M
MOWEAQUA — The students of the THS Mixed Choir and Concert Choir will form the core choir of around 250 voices in the annual Area Choral Festival on Thursday, February 15 at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua, Illinois.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Charges filed in youth ATV accident
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has filed a charge of Contributing to the Delinquency or Criminal Delinquency of a Minor  against Eric S. Long, age 47, from rural Assumption.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Edinburg High School to host blood drive Feb. 20
EDINBURG — The Edinburg High School will host a community blood drive from 12:30 -6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 100 East Martin St. inside the Bloodmobile. Free t-shirts will be given to presenting donors.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Murder mystery fundraiser for Morrisonville boosters
MORRISONVILLE — On February 17, 2018, the Morrisonville Sports Boosters and the Knights of Columbus Council 1151 will host a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Fuller Street Building Corporation (KC Hall).
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Camp New Hope beginning fundraising campaign
TAYLORVILLE — The Kids to Camp New Hope Benefit Committee is beginning its 2018 fundraising campaign to help send individuals with developmental disabilities from the Taylorville area, to Camp New Hope’s “Summer Camp”. Thanks to donations from several Taylorville area businesses, civic organizations and individuals this past year, twenty-two special needs kids from this area were able to attend this special camp!
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Woodsongs radio host at Music at the Museum
SPRINGFIELD — Music at the Museum Concert Series will present the host of the internationally acclaimed Woodsongs Radio Hour, Michael Jonathan on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum. A consummate performer on guitar and banjo and a world class storyteller, Jonathan takes the stage with the “inventiveness of Bob Dylan, the melodic voice of John Denver, and the showmanship of Garrison Keillor” (Heartland Review).
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Family fun night at Taylorville library Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Library will host several events in the month of February.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

3 arrested for meth trafficking
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) recently conducted a methamphetamine trafficking investigation in the Christian County area. The investigation led agents to conduct surveillance on at least three suspects who were believed to be trafficking methamphetamine into the county from Colorado.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, February 5, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, February 5, 2018

Art Returns To Edinburg Elementary School
EDINBURG — Edinburg CUSD #4 has gone without art class for many years. This year the PTO purchased an art curriculum for the elementary school, as well as all supplies needed to complete the lessons. Art curriculum has officially returned to the classrooms thanks to PTO and the generous donations of the community. Pictured is Mrs. Amanda Durbin's kindergarten class engaged in their first Deep Space Sparkle art lesson. 
Monday, February 5, 2018

Leadership group participants tour Pana facilities
PANA — Focusing on education and medical facilities located within Christian County, members of the 2018 LEAD program travelled to Pana to take a first-hand look at Pana Community Hospital and Pana High School.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Once, Illinois had the largest city in what would become the U.S.
Centuries ago Illinois was home to the largest and most influential city in what would become the United States, rivaling the size of European cities at the time.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Trump nominee for ambassador to Singapore withdraws
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that K.T. McFarland has withdrawn from consideration to be ambassador to Singapore.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jeff Large visits CEO
TAYLORVILLE — An impressive start to his career, Jeffrey Large, an ex-Taylorville native, quickly rose through the ranks of Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly. Positioned as a project manager for CMT, he works for the largest engineering firm in Central Illinois. He recently joined the CEO class to discuss engineering and the tasks consisting in his job.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Animal Protective League sets February pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during February with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

TJHS students collaborate with PJHS students in STEM Lab
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday, January 19, 2017, a group of students from Pana Jr. High visited Taylorville Jr. High.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Students visit Illinois House of Representatives
TAYLORVILLE — “Student athletes from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville visited Springfield and met with their local elected officials this week. Bernie Roach from rural Christian County is pictured with Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) as he accepts a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives. This certificate was awarded to Bernie for his performance on his school’s Goalball team, a sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment, at an International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Conference Championship.”
Saturday, February 3, 2018

IDOT Celebrates African-American History Month
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a month of special events celebrating African-American History Month in February. This year’s theme, “Uncovering Our Rich History,” will be reflected in activities focused on art, mathematics, politics, engineering and education.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

TMH's Comfort Closet receives donation from Christian County Clover 4-H Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation recently received a generous donation from the Christian County Clover 4-H Club in support of the Emergency Department’s Comfort Closet.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Community Calendar
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra presents 'From Russia With Love'
SPRINGFIELD — Stirring, colorful, and passionate: nothing warms the heart quite like the music of the Russian greats! Join the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra in its winter concert “From Russia With Love” to enjoy an evening with Russia’s masterful composers and their most enduring works.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

North Elementary School Students of the Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. They assisted with the morning announcements and received a certificate. Pictured in the front row from left: Greta Clark, Braycen Cole, Landyn Pasquale, Madison Painter, Brantley Price, Khloe McGuire, Laynie Fore; middle row: Ryland Griffin, Blaire Rahar, Carter Parry, Kaleena Hendricks, Jakob Patrick, Will Nolen; back row: Zaydyn Donaldson, Tabitha Freeman, Preston Schull, Kathleen Denning, Blake Smith.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Bathroom stall message causes bomb scare at THS
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School officials say they came across a message scrawled on a bathroom stall today that referenced a possible explosive device at THS.

School officials say they do not know how long the message may have been there, but they contacted the Taylorville Police Department immediately after discovering it.

TPD dispatched multiple officers to the high school to perform a complete search of the building; they were accompanied by the Illinois Secretary of State Police. According to TPD Chief Brian Hile, It was quickly determined that the message did not represent a credible threat. 

Hile described the message as odd, saying it was very small and written in a location that was not immediately visible.

THS Principal Matt Hutchison says that the TPD’s efficiency in ruling out any danger made it unnecessary to evacuate the building.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Presidential library to celebrate Lincoln's birthday
SPRINGFIELD — The presidential library dedicated to Abraham Lincoln will celebrate his birthday Feb. 12 by offering free admission, showcasing some of its rarest artifacts and revealing the winners in a statewide children’s art contest.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Taylorville athlete to be featured on ESPN this weekend
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Courtney Coy is the eighth ranked women’s cornholer in the world.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, February 2, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, February 2, 2018

LLCC to host Education Career Day Feb. 13
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is hosting its 16th annual Education Career Day Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in A. Lincoln Commons on LLCC’s main campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Pine Wood Derby
Cub Scout Pack 132 held their Pine Wood Derby Saturday, January 27. Pictured are all the Cub Scouts and their siblings.
Friday, February 2, 2018

YMCA elects Stock as new board president
TAYLORVILLE — At the 38th Annual Meeting of the Christian County YMCA, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2018 which includes Duane Stock being named the new board president, Dan McNeely as vice president, Jennifer Nagle as treasurer and Bob Febus as secretary.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Teacher seminar will explore Lincoln's life, writings
SPRINGFIELD— This summer, educators will spend June 24-30 exploring Lincoln’s life and writings in the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation.” Led by renowned Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois, participants will consider the origins of Lincoln’s political thought, the forces that shaped his personality and character, and his relevance for the twenty-first century.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Taylorville Optimists plan for upcoming events
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

College and Career Readiness guest speaker
TAYLORVILLE — Angela Younker, PNP-BC from Springfield Clinic spoke to Ms.. Pennock's College and Career Readiness class this past week. She is always so informative and fun in her presentations. After, the students asked several questions about her career.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

VisionWay staff donates to TMH Comfort Closet
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, January 29, 2018, Mrs. Glenna Tolliver, administrator at VisionWay Christian School (VCS), presented a donation on behalf of the VCS staff to Mrs. Tracy Seaton, director of nursing, and Mrs. Raedena Ryan, executive director of Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Builders Club Volunteers During The Holidays
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Junior High School Builders Club volunteered at Christmas In The Park in December. They are a part of Taylorville Kiwanis. Students greeted each car asking them what their favorite display was in the park. Students even sang to those driving through. Pictured in the back row: Macy Richards, Brandon Hefner, Erica Edwards, Sierra Patterson, front row: Alliyah Daily, Abby Erlenbush, Rachelle Dubson, Carson Hefner, and Tabitha McArdle, not pictured but there: Drew Mickey, Darrian Ippolito, Ellie Vanhuss, Ella Moreland, Emma Murphy and Mrs. Foil.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

City treasurer speaks to Kiwanis Club this week
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville City Treasurer, during their weekly luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Former Macon Co. deputy pleads guilty to Class X felony
TAYLORVILLE - A former Macon County Sheriff's deputy could spend up to thirteen years behind bars for firing a weapon in the direction of his wife.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2 local teachers achieve national board certification
ARLINGTON, Va. —January 8, 2017—The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 3,957 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification. These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states.  Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Leadership Program tours four media outlets
TAYLORVILLE — The third week of the 2018 Leadership program took participants first to the Breeze-Courier, where Kim Paisley led this year’s participants on an up close and personal look at the inner workings of the paper. Participants were fortunate enough to watch as Wednesday afternoon’s Breeze-Courier rolled off of the press, was collated by sections and prepared for delivery. They also learned how advertising space is sold and allocated within the paper, as well as how articles are generated, edited and assigned to specific pages in the paper.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, January 29, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, January 29, 2018

Info sought in hit and run accident

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


Monday, January 29, 2018

Illinois Sheriff's Association announces scholarships
Monday, January 29, 2018

Flu epidemic of 1918 rocked area, nation

This year’s flu season has been one of the toughest on record. But it pales in comparison to the horrors of 1918.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Scholarship breakfast Sunday, Feb. 4

RAYMOND — Morrisonville Masonic Lodge will be holding their scholarship breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Lincolnwood High School cafeteria in Raymond.


Monday, January 29, 2018

TJHS Geography Bee

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Junior High School recently held its 2017-2018 Geography Bee. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

UWCC announces scholarship opportunity

TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County (UWCC) will offer two $1,500 scholarships to female residents of christian County, who have completed at least one year of college work (24 semester hours). 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

TMH Foundation announces new scholarship

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to provide a new scholarship for students who are seeking careers in healthcare.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

National Catholic Schools week begins today

TAYLORVILLE — St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylorville  will observe National Catholic Schools week from January 28-Feb. 2.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

South Fork Elementary School
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Edinburg Junior High School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Edinburg High School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Morrisonville Jr. High Honor roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Central A&M Jr. & Sr. High School
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Morrisonville High School
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pana High School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pana Jr. High Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Faith Bible Christian Academy Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sacred Heart School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

St. Mary School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Taylorville Jr. High School Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

VisionWay Christian School
Saturday, January 27, 2018

THS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Search warrant and arrest warrant executed at Pana Lake residence

PANA — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Illinois State Police Swat Team, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG), and officers from the Pana Police Department and Christian County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on January 26, 2018 at 5:45 a.m. at the residence of Michael Williams’ residence at Pana Lake.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jail arsonist sentenced to 12 years

TAYLORVILLE — A Christian County inmate who attempted to set the jail ablaze last August was sentenced to an additional 12 years in prison Friday.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flipping hotcakes for a cause
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nokomis schools announce honor roll students
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Super Saturday at state museum focuses on presidents

SPRINGFIELD — Presidents Day is celebrated every February. In honor of the State of Illinois’ Bicentennial, come to ‘Super Saturday” at the Illinois State Museum on Sat., Feb. 3 and learn about the four Presidents who have called Illinois home – Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

LLCC sponsors 10th annual Lincoln Lecture

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 10th annual Lincoln Lecture Monday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room of Menard Hall on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Campus visit day at Lincoln Land set for Feb. 19

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with others interested in returning to school, to Campus Visit Day on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Auditions at LLCC for world premier

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College, in collaboration with Cutlass Artists, NFP, will hold auditions for “Revenge: Treasure Island” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7- 9 p.m. in Sangamon South Room 0015 on the LLCC Springfield campus. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Local students invited to enter state essay contest

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois high school students have until midnight, Feb. 15, 2018, to submit essays celebrating Illinois’ 200th birthday.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat group gathers for meeting

PANA — Monday, January 22, Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at Pizza Man for a 2018 planning meeting .  


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stonington to host community blood drive Feb. 7

STONINGTON — Stonington will host a community blood drive from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Monsanto, 1982 IL Route 48. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

CC CEO class visits Oak Terrace Resort and Spa

PANA — On Tuesday, the Christian County CEO Class travelled to Oak Terrace Resort and Spa outside Pana. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Carry your own weight

TAYLORVILLE — We sometimes think aloud that another person should “carry his (or her) own weight.” That’s the way our culture operates. People are supposed to tend to their own business. They are supposed to provide for themselves financially, physically, and emotionally. They should be sure that they are not a burden on other people.



Friday, January 26, 2018

South Fork High School Honor Roll
Friday, January 26, 2018

South Fork Junior High School Honor Roll
Friday, January 26, 2018

City offers details on new road for proposed restaurant

TAYLORVILLE — At the January 18, 2018 City of Taylorville Finance Committee meeting, aldermen unanimously recommended that the council approve an expense of $50,000 for a traffic study and some design engineering work that may help attract a new restaurant chain. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

City Demolishes Another Blighted Home
Friday, January 26, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, January 26, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, January 26, 2018

Millikin Choir presents Winter Tour Finale Sunday

DECATUR, Ill. — The nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will conclude its 2018 Winter Tour with a finale concert on Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. James & Patrick Parish, located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill., beginning at 3 p.m. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Rep. Avery Bourne to hold traveling office hours

TAYLORVILLE — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is holding traveling office hours on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Coalition Helps Parents Know Signs Of Drug Abuse
Friday, January 26, 2018

Scott McClure speaks to Optimists about importance of end of life planning

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 25, 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, January 26, 2018

Edinburg First Baptist Church to host The Chosen Ones

EDINBURG — The Chosen Ones Gospel music recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will be in concert on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.


Friday, January 26, 2018

New series of First Place for Health begins at Faith Community Worship Center

TAYLORVILLE — First Place for Health (FP4H) will begin a new eight-week series at Faith Community Worship Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Getting in touch with Jesus
TAYLORVILLE — The Lenten season occurs when congregations and individuals prepare for the celebration of Easter. This is the time to reflect upon our lives and our relationship with Jesus. It is a period of 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday. The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) 2018 Lent theme is “Getting in Touch with Jesus”.
Friday, January 26, 2018

Morrisonville continues to mull golf carts

MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville is still exploring an ordinance that intends to allow golf carts on village streets.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Elephants spotted on road waiting for ride

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — Talk about hitchhikers you really can't pick up: Four circus elephants were briefly stuck along an Oklahoma road waiting for a ride.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, January 25, 2018

North School Students Of The Week
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Linking up with Lincoln
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Logo Revealed
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tourism Officials Treated To A Feast Fit For Lincoln
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in post 9-11 '12 Strong'

(AP) — In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

In Support Of New Technology
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Illinois AG candidate makes stop in Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — It’s shaping up to be a crowded race for Illinois Attorney General. Eight candidates have announced their intention to run for the soon-to-be vacated position left by retiring Attorney General Lisa Madigan.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sertoma Hosts Mayor
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

South Fork High announces Illinois State Scholar

KINCAID — Principal Chris Clark is pleased to announce that, Josh Mansfield, from South Fork High School graduating class of 2018 has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Red Cross winter blood shortage at critical level

ILLINOIS — Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

4-H club collecting cards for youth injured in ATV accident

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County 4-H Medical Careers SPIN Club is collecting greeting cards from anyone who would like to send a get well card to Logan Virden. Logan is a young 4-H’er who was in an ATV accident on Saturday and is in ICU. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Numbers up for visits to Christmas in Park
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prevention group to help parents identify signs of drug use

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Prevention Coalition will hold their January meeting Wednesday, January 24 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Christian County Crisis Resource Guide
Tuesday, January 23, 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. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TRIAD prepares for first event of 2018

TAYLORVILLE — It’s that time of the year again. The Christian County TRIAD is setting up for its winter and spring programs On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the TRIAD will hold its first event of the year.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Information sought in hit and run accident

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


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Presents Men Who Cook Winners

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members and shown presenting awards for best in class to the winning chefs who prepared dishes for the annual Men Who Cook event held Saturday night in the hospital auditorium.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jury returns guilty verdict in Stivers murder trial
TAYLORVILLE — At approximately 5:15 p.m. this evening, a Christian County jury of nine women and three men returned a guilty verdict that could put a Pana man behind bars for life.

After almost five-and-half hours of deliberation by the jury, Robert A. Stivers was convicted Monday night of first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child in the death of his four-month-old son Carter Livingston.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Stivers' fate now lies in the hands of the jury

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

TAYLORVILLE — As of 11:48 a.m. this morning, the presentation of evidence in the murder case of Robert A. Stivers concluded and the jury retired to their chamber for deliberation.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Best of Show
Monday, January 22, 2018

Historical Society to celebrate Lincoln's birthday

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville will be hosting a birthday party for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Saturday, Feb.10 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be activities for all ages including crafts, old time photo booth, hands on Civil War activity table, coloring contest, face painting and more. The first 24 children ages 5 and up will receive a special item commemorating President Lincoln.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Leadership participants tour two local facilities

TAYLORVILLE — The second week of the 2018 Leadership program took participants first to the Christian County Mental Health Association (CCMHA), where Brent DeMichael, President and CEO shared the history, mission and future goals of this nonprofit organization founded to identify the needs of persons with disabilities in Christian County.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Construction Continues At PCH
PANA — The forecast for warmer temperatures in central Illinois is a welcome reprieve for many, especially the construction crews at Pana Community Hospital. The frigid temperatures have not stopped the construction process but below zero conditions did make things more difficult.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

North to freedom on Illinois' Underground Railroad
ILLINOIS — Despite Illinois’ status as a free state, runaway slaves and free blacks did not find the state accommodating in its earliest days.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Illinois State Police seek assistance in locating vehicle
NASHVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is asking for assistance in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal traffic crash on I-64 near Nashville, Illinois (mile post 47). The vehicle sought is a 2007 black Cadillac CTS.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Vandalia to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday
VANDALIA, Ill. — Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Saturday, February 10.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Andy Manar announces library grants to local school districts
BUNKER HILL – Seventeen local school districts will receive more than $22,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program, Senator Andy Manar announced today.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Lake Land to host WYSE regional competition
MATTOON — What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the WYSE regional championship title. 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

So. Illinois University Edwardsville Dean's List announced for fall 2017
EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced the names of students qualifying for the Dean’s List for fall 2017. To qualify, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and have 12 hours calculated (B is equivalent to 3.0; A to 4.0).
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Community Calendar
Saturday, January 20, 2018










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