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Emily Morrison Crowned Miss Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — Fifteen young women took the stage Tuesday night at the Christian County Ag Fair to compete for the honor of being named 2017 Miss Christian County. The night’s winners are pictured in the top photo from left: 3rd runner up Meredith Epley of Pana, 2016 Miss Christian County Myah Herbord of Pana, People’s Choice and 2017 Miss Christian County Emily Morrison, 1st runner up Olivia Graham of Taylorville, 2nd runner up Hayden Baker of Taylorville and Miss Congeniality Makayla Finks of Taylorville. Fourteen contestants took the stage hoping to win 2017 Junior Miss Christian County. Pictured from left in the bottom photo are the winners: Miss Congeniality Alaina Deal, 2016 Junior Miss Christian County Madison Lush, 2017 Junior Miss Christian County Lauren Phillips, 1st runner up Jhia Walker and 2nd runner up Rachel Williams.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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Muni band children's concert tonight is a family affair
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will be presenting its annual Children's Concert Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Children's Concert Tonight
This undated photo shows the Ninmer family perfoming at one of the Taylorville Municipal Band’s Children’s Concert. The Muni Band presents their annual concert for kids tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the east lawn of Hershey Towers, 400 W. Franklin St., Taylorville. There kids will get musical instruments to take home courtesy of the Sertoma Club and will get to take part in making music. Lots of prizes will be awarded and most of the music is designed to appeal to both kids and adults. Pictured above from left are Mark, Breanna, Ron, Jean, Scott and Drew Ninmer.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TSD grills Veolia over use of funds
TAYLORVILLE — Earlier this month, the Taylorville Sanitary District (TSD) Board accused Veolia, the company that manages the day-to-day operations of the Taylorville Sanitary District plant, of misusing taxpayer money.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pana man gets 22 years for arson, home invasion
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man will serve 22 years in prison after a jury in May found him guilty of arson and home invasion.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Correction
Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Christian County Agricultural Fair, will be Saturday starting at 10 a.m., corresponding with Young America Day.

An incorrect date was listed in the Sunday edition.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary from a vehicle that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

APL pet adoptions are planned for this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart off of Veterans Parkway this weekend. On Saturday July 29, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. On Sunday, July 30, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bench Donated To County Fair
TAYLORVILLE — 2016 Miss Christian County Myah Herbord and Christian County Fair Board President Jim Olive sit on a new bench in front of the Christian County Fair Board office. They are joined by Bill Cope (left) and Kyle Buffenmeyer (right) of Monsanto while fair board members stand behind. Monsanto donated the bench, which is constructed from 100 percent recyclable materials, to the fair. “It’s just a small way for us to give back to the fair,” Cope said.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Christian County Pageant Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured above are the winners of the Baby Mister category of the second annual Christian County Baby Contest. Oliver Bilyeu won People’s Choice, and Owen Brownback was awarded 2017 Baby Mister Christian County.  Right, pictured are the winners of Tuesday night’s 2017 Miss Christian County Contest: from left, 2017 Little Miss Christian County Alysse Brown, 2017 Miss Christian County and People’s Choice Emily Morrison and 2017 Junior Miss Lauren Phillips.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

County Fair Pageant Winners
25 contestants competed for the title of 2017 Little Miss Christian County. The winners of the competition were 1st runner up Kenlee Durbin, 2017 Little Miss Christian County Alysse Brown and 2nd runner up Blaklee Edwards.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

County Fair Pageant Winners
Top photo, just before the kick off of the Little Miss Christian County Contest, winners of the 2017 Tiny Miss Christian County Contest were anounced. Pictured from left are Hazel Skinner, cutest attire; Ella Neighbours, people’s choice; 2017 Tiny Miss Christian County Sloan Dorsey, and most beautiful hair, Myah Burkey. Bottom photo, the winners of the 2017 Baby Miss Christian County Contest are pictured from left: Scarlytt Peden, who won awards for both people’s choice and cutest attire; 2017 Baby Miss Christian County Isabelle Tirpak, and Lilian Hughes, winner of the most beautiful hair award.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Murder trial proceeds for 18-year-old Pana man
TAYLORVILLE — A trial will go forward for an 18-year-old Pana man charged with first-degree murder after allegedly punching and stomping a man to death at Pana Lake in May.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Park Board passes $682,000 levy for 2017-2018
TAYLORVILLE — For the tax year starting March 1, 2016 and ending February 28, 2017, the Taylorville Park Board levied  a total of $754,463.64.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cream Of The Crop
Oliver Mizeur of Taylorville earned third-place honors in the 8-10 age division of the Illinois State Treasurer’s annual Cream of the Crop photo contest. The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit photos that depict their vision of agriculture in our state. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing materials and on display at the 2017 Illinois State Fair, Aug. 10-20. Oliver’s photo, shown above, is entitled Centennial Farm. Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit programs. It helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals. The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners with eligible lenders to offer farmers annual and long-term, low-interest loans which can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, processing, milling, livestock purchases, and other costs
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Evidence not thrown out despite wrong address on warrant
TAYLORVILLE — A Christian County judge on Monday refused to throw out evidence from a drug raid, although police gave a wrong address to the judge in requesting a search warrant.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THS FFA member one of many showing at fair
TAYLORVILLE — Tanner Mickey, a sophomore at Taylorville High School and active FFA member has been hard at work preparing his livestock for the 2017 Christian County Fair.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-H General Show Precedes Fair's Official Start
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are Lisa Peterson, U of I Extension 4-H judge and Caleb Grover, member of New Vision 4-H Club, at the Christian county 4-H General Show yesterday at the Extension Building at the Christian County Fair. Grover has been collecting baseball cards for 10 years and has a vast collection between 5-6,000 cards. His exhibit was entered in the Collection and Hobbies category.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christian County Fair Opens Today - Miss Christian County Contest Tonight
TAYLORVILLE — County and City officials, along with Christian County Fair Board members gathered Tuesday morning at the Christian County Fair to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for this year’s 94th annual Christian County Fair. Fair board president Jim Olive, says there is something for everyone at this year’s fair. “It really is a family event, and it looks like the weather is going to be good, so hopefully everyone will come out and enjoy the fair,” he said.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Alberts competes in national scholarship tourney
CLEVELAND, Ohio —  Taylorville native Brittany Alberts recently returned from Cleveland Ohio, where she competed with 840 other girls in the USBC Junior Gold Championship Bowling Tournament.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Correction
 Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Christian County Agricultural Fair, will be Saturday starting at 10 a.m., corresponding with Young America Day. An incorrect date was listed in the Sunday edition.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summertime Red Cross blood shortage continues
PEORIA, Ill. — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HCEA presents Lessons for Living, open to public
TAYLORVILLE — Join Christian County Home & Community Education Association and the University of Illinois Extension on August 8, at the Christian County Extension Office from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to learn about preparing squash in a variety of ways.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-H Group Makes Appearance At Morrisonville Picnic
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Lads and Lassies made an onstage appearance on Friday night of the Morrisonville Picnic. This year marks the 60th year for the club’s existence. Mackenzie Harmon provided historical information on how the club first started, meeting locations and past members. Each member then spoke on how many years they have personally been involved in 4-H and what projects they were enrolled in this year. Pictured from left (front row): Sophie Murphy, Brody Harker, Riley Brown, Hayden Harker, Elayna Harker and Rayla Brown. Back row: Mackenzie Harmon, Maria Brockamp, Maddison Lush and Sydney Poleon.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1923 NFL game in Benld, Illinois, was no big deal after previous week's game
BENLD, Ill. — Staunton High School’s 233-0 win over Gillespie in 1923 has become the stuff of legend among area sports fans, and stands today as an Illinois High School Association record.  It may even have overshadowed a National Football League game the following week in Benld.   
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Correction
Monday, July 24, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, July 24, 2017

4-H General Show Kicks Off County Fair Week
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County 4-H General Show took place Monday at the Extension Building on the grounds of the Christian County Fair. Pictured is one of the horticulture exhibits by Clover Club 4H member, Drew Mickey, age 10. Mickey grew the vegetables in his uncle’s garden this summer. The county fair officially starts on Tuesday.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Peacekeepers Ride
TAYLORVILLE — A couple of motorcycle riders gesture a peace sign to a small crowd of observers. The riders were part of a larger group of between 300 and 400 motorcyclists that roared through Taylorville on Sunday afternoon as part of the U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club’s Peacekeepers Ride. The day-long ride through Central Illinois was held in honor of all veterans, but the group’s second stop in Taylorville was in honor of Purple Heart recipient Maggie Bilyeu.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Homeschool informational open house July 29
TAYLORVILLE — A Homeschool open house will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Moweaqua Public Library located at 600 N Putnam St, Moweaqua. This outreach is for all the surrounding counties and will offer information on the homeschooling laws in Illinois, local field trips, events, homeschool groups and co-ops. There will be door prizes and much more. Ask questions, checkout the NEW homeschool curriculum section of the Moweaqua Public Library, meet other homeschoolers, get connected.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Memorial employee giving campaign tops $300k
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s 29th annual employee giving campaign raised a record-breaking $301,352 to improve the lives of patients and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.
Monday, July 24, 2017

CNB Bank launches annual school supply drive
TAYLORVILLE — As school-year preparations begin, CNB Bank & Trust will be hosting their annual School Supply Drive. Local communities have the opportunity to make a child’s school year brighter by making donations of much-needed school supplies at any CNB branch location. Help a child start the year off right.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Discover 4-H: Leader opportunities for adults
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension is gearing up for a new 4-H year by offering a “Discover 4-H Cloverbuds” workshop for adults interested in working with youth between the ages of 5-7.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Morrisonville Lads And Lassies Projects Judged
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Lads and Lassies kicked off the Morrisonville Picnic by having their projects judged at the KC Hall on Thursday, July 20. After judging, their outstanding projects were displayed at the 4-H tent for all to enjoy. Clover Bud Elayna Harker, presented an amazing informational poster on chicks, potbelly pigs and bunnies. Hayden Harker won a blue ribbon for his creative visual arts project, Scrapbooking 101.  Brody Harker won a blue ribbon for his well organized visual arts scrapbooking project. Sydney Poleon won a blue ribbon for her intricate visual art string horse project. ( Mackenzie Harmon won a blue ribbon for her outstanding metal work project.  Sophie Murphy received a blue ribbon for her display about the Murphy's amazing mules. Isabella Murphy and her adorable dog, Lola, won a blue ribbon in the category Dogs 201. Riley Brown and her wonderful rescue beagle, Sam, won a blue ribbon for Dogs 101.
Monday, July 24, 2017

A Hopping Good Time In Morrisonville
Rafe Baird, Little Mr. Community King 2016, prepares to launch a frog with his mother, Anne Baird, at this year’s Morrisonville Frog Jump. The frog was one of several of the celebrated jumping frogs at the Morrisonville Homecoming and Picnic.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Descriptions of Christian County offer a glimpse into the past
TAYLORVILLE — Today, Christian County is home to nearly 35,000 residents and some of the best farmland in the area. A century ago, descriptions of the county were similar to today – but only in some ways.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dexheimers reflect on 150 years of family farming
TAYLORVILLE — It is said that legacy lives in the hearts and memories of the people we influence and not in the possessions we pass on.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stonington to host Community Blood Drive Thursday, August 3
STONINGTON — The city of Stonington will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3 at 304 N. Elm, inside the Bloodmobile.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taylorville Muni Band to perform 2017 Children's Concert
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday, July 26, the Taylorville Municipal Band will hold their 2017 Children’s Concert. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hershey Towers in Taylorville. Please note that the starting time will be a half-hour earlier than the usual Wednesday evening starting time to accommodate the younger audience.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Special Olympics Games At The Moose
Nathan D. enjoys painting with a balloon at a Special Olympics event held at Moose Club. About 60 participants played games and engaged in exercises to improve motor skills.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tips for grilling the perfect burger
Hamburgers are a staple at backyard barbecues. Though burgers are a relatively simple food, mastering the technique to grill burgers is no small feat, as there is more to great grilled burgers than simply firing up the grill and dropping down a patty.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christian County Fair begins Tuesday
Your ticket to fun begins here. . .
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chili cook-off draws cooks, tasters from far
Cooks and lovers of chili will travel from across the nation for the Chili Cook-off State Championship at Christian County Agricultural Fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fair brings conclusion to busy season for Christian County 4-H members
TAYLORVILLE — The first 4-H club in Illinois was the Union Pig Club organized by C.C. Coots in Macoupin County in the spring of 1915. By 1917 over fifteen thousand members were enrolled in Illinois. Not only were there corn and pig clubs, but the work, then,  included canning, sewing, garden, strawberry, and calf clubs.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

What's a fair without fun and games?
TAYLORVILLE — “We’ve been very pleased with Miller Spectacular Shows ever since we changed to them a few years back,” said Christian County Fair Board President Jim Olive of one of the fair’s biggest draws, the carnival.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Racing, pulls, derby bring the noise to fairgoers
TAYLORVILLE — After making its return in 2014, stock car racing is now back in a big way at the Christian County Fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Christian County Fair Board
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chili cookoff
TAYLORVILLE — This file photo shows Bob Hall, of Taylorville, as he tends to his chili just moments before the start of the annual Christian County Fair Chili Cookoff last year. This year’s ICS Sanctioned cookoff will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kade and Mary Kate
TAYLORVILLE — Kade Beckmier, son of Craig and Michelle Beckmier, of Morrisonville, and Mary Kate Curtin show off their sheep during the Junior and Open Sheep Show at the Christian County Fairgrounds in 2016.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christian County Fair history
TAYLORVILLE — The present county Fair originated in 1924. Other fairs were held in the county, but on April 29, 1924, Phil S. Haner, Robert Carlin, Louis Tolliver, and Edward Alton, signed the application for the incorporation papers for the Christian County Agriculture Fair Association. The fair was the outgrowth of a small fair and livestock show held in Manners Park for two or three years prior to 1924. The success of this small effort prompted the leaders to expand and bring into being the present fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Grandstand events:
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fairgoers can rock to variety of tunes
Live music returns to Christian County Agricultural Fair

“We’ve got classic rock Thursday night, Friday night country, Saturday night just a big mix of party and dance music,” said Chris Warren, organizer of the fair’s beer tent and bands.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Congressman, ag director to speak at fair
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and Director of the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Raymond Poe are featured speakers at this year’s Christian County Agricultural Fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Goat Show
TAYLORVILLE — Hanna Buzzard, age 15, from Mt. Auburn is pictured with her four month old Boer Goat, Run for Cover, at the 2016 Christian County Fair. She is the daughter of Dennis and April Buzzard of Mt. Auburn.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Getting ready
TAYLORVILLE — This file photo shows Taylorville FFA member, Anna Rever, shearing her market lamb for the Christian County Fair. Rever raised sheep and exhibited at the County Fair for the first time last year. The Opportunity was made possible through the “Building Future Leaders Taylorville FFA Program.”
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Open Western Horse show set for Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Open Western Horse Show will be a featured grandstand event on Saturday morning at the Christian County fair. The show is set to start at 9:00 a.m., and admission is free.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

County Fair Queens
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are 2016 Jr. Miss Christian County, Madison Lush, 2016 Little Miss Christian County Paige Mollett and 2016 Miss Christian County Myah Herbord. The queens were having a good time touring the livestock events at the 2016 Christian County Fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Area youths learn about firefighting during Firefighter Appreciation Day
Kids can learn all about being a firefighter at the County Fair.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jr. Miss Bingo
TAYLORVILLE — 2016 Jr. Miss Christian County, Madison Lush visited with fairgoers and senior citizens during the senior citizen’s luncheon last year at the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sr. Citizens Lunch
TAYLORVILLE — The cooler temperatures made for an excellent turnout at the Senior Luncheon held at the Christian County Fairgrounds last year. The annual luncheon is sponsored by Larry’s Service Center and serves several hundred senior citizens.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Meeting Notice
Friday, July 21, 2017

APL pet adoptions set for this weekend
SPRINGFIELD - The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart off of Veterans Parkway this weekend. On Saturday July 22, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, July 21, 2017

Firefighters Respond
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Firefighters douse a smoking semi truck on Illinois Route 48 near the Nokomis blacktop today after the vehicle caught fire. The unidentified driver of the vehicle appeared unharmed on scene and was walking and talking with first responders.
Friday, July 21, 2017

TMH physical therapist speaks to Optimist Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Hope House Donation
TAYLORVILLE — Dimond Bros. Insurance recently presented Hope House of Central Illinois with a donation generated from the Dimond Bros.' "You Share, We Care" referral program. Hope House of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization created to serve parents and families in their time of loss. Hope House offers a short get away during the grieving process. Pictured, left to right, are Brad Whittaker and Karl Buffenmeyer, both of Dimond Bros., Michael St. Louis and Jon Wamsley, both of Hope House of Central Illinois, Dan McNeely and Gary McNeely, both of Dimond Bros.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Community Celebration
TAYLORVILLE — Bob Ridings Ford in Taylorville celebrated its 42nd anniversary on Thursday. Bob Ridings (left) is shown offering a thumbs up to his patrons as he stands in front of the now infamous sweet corn trailer that has become a big part of the annual celebration. “Taylorville has been good to me, so it’s important for me to give back,” Ridings said of the event, which featured door prizes, drawings for one of 42 $100 bills, and, of course, bushels and bushels of free sweet corn.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Emily Thorpe is named "Super Camp Worker"
DECATUR — Illinois Churches of God ended their Kids Youth Camp on Friday for ages 6-11 at Camp Warren in Decatur. with 111 campers and 52 staff members. Gabriel Michaud from FCWC attended the camp.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Minister's Message: Ask for the ancient path
TAYLORVILLE — Bless you today in Jesus name as you seek to do His Will, according to His Word in your daily walk. May you find His Grace always to be sufficient in all the affairs of your life. Peter stated that Grace and Peace would be multiplied in our lives as we increased in knowledge of (intimacy with) our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Friday, July 21, 2017

DMCC pastor attends Wild Goose Festival
TAYLORVILLE — Pastor Bill Kerns of Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) recently attended the Wild Goose Festival (WGF), an annual gathering held in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Friday, July 21, 2017

DMCC to host block party July 22
TAYLORVILLE — The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) will hold their 3rd Annual Block Party on Saturday, July 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Morrisonville First Baptist Church to hold VBS
MORRISONVILLE — Join the action at First Baptist Church of Morrisonville July 30 – August 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s Bible School is “Over the moat- Drawbridge to the King!”
Friday, July 21, 2017

Taylorville native serving at missile defense site in Romania
DEVESELU, Romania – A Taylorville Senior High graduate and Taylorville, Illinois native is part of a new and unique Navy command providing critical missile defense to a large part of Europe.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

APL event this weekend to recruit foster families for pets
SPRINGFIELD —  This Saturday, July 22, Animal Protective League (APL) and the Petco Foundation are inviting the public to learn more about the lifesaving impact of fostering animals.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bow hunting program assists with deer herd management
DECATUR — Applications are now available for the 2017 Archery Deer Herd Management Program at the Macon County Conservation District. This program helps control the deer population and maintains healthy, balanced ecosystems within the District’s conservation areas.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Committee okays street-legal golf cars
TAYLORVILLE — “We have the largest dealer in Illinois, or at least the highest selling dealer in Illinois - who has won numerous awards- and we’ve got the community that is not golf car friendly. I don’t think that bodes well for Taylorville,” said Alderman Bruce Jones at Wednesday evening’s City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee meeting. He was referencing Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars and the ongoing debate about whether or not golf cars should be street legal in Taylorville.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meeting Notice
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming area events include programs on US mail, Vietnam, archaeology
DECATUR — Brent Wielt, of the Macon County Conservation District, will present information about how mail changed in the 1800s and how it affected society, from postcards to letters, flyers, stamps and more. See what was sent and received and how it became the basis of what we still get today.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dealing a blow to cancer: Wrestlers in Kincaid organize event for charity
TAYLORVILLE — Jason Willhite spent 16 years on the independent wrestling circuit, where he was known as Jason Wells, the Hardcore Legend.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kiwanis learns about history, tenure of county fair
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the history and tenure of the Christian County Fair, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Teachers Work On STEM Lab At Junior High
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are Taylorville Junior High School teachers working on construction of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lab. With support from the Taylorville Public School Foundation and the community, the lab will be equipped with virtual reality, 3D printers, Z space device, interactive white boards, collaboration stations, and programmable drones and robotics.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Legion Installs Officers
TAYLORVILLE — New officers for the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary for 2017 -2018  were installed Monday evening at the American Legion Post 73.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hibiscus Abloom On Hawley
Beautiful hibiscus flowers stretch along a homeowner’s property line on Hawley Street in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

'Pana Pride' encouraging renovation of downtown buildings
PANA — The City of Pana and "Pana Pride" are partnering in an effort to encourage downtown property owners to renovate their buildings.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pana's new superintendent on the job
PANA — Jason Bauer, Pana’s new Superintendent of Schools, conducted his first official board meeting Monday night.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Young conservative retires from county board
TAYLORVILLE — A young, conservative member of the county board offered her resignation on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Information sought in recent burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deputies recognized for DUI enforcement
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced Deputy James Pickett and Phil Deal have been awarded a certificate of appreciation and recognition for their life saving efforts in DUI enforcement. This award was given by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorist.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Band concert Wednesday features trumpet, vocal soloists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band is pleased to present 2 soloist for its concert on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Online school registration to begin next week
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2017-18 school registration.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Planned industrial park experiences setback
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s planned industrial park on the 47-acre plot just north of Wal-Mart experienced a major setback on Monday. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry informed the Taylorville council at Monday night’s regular meeting that the Taylorville Development Association (TDA) did not receive the U.S. Economic Development Association (EDA) grant for which it had applied.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Courthouse printed July 18
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Police/Fire printed July 18
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Renovations continue at Edinburg Schools
EDINBURG — Floor renovations are almost complete at Edinburg Schools.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brother, sister jailed for identity theft
TAYLORVILLE — A Nokomis brother and sister are behind bars after the sister stole a purse from an 80-year-old woman and the brother went on a spending spree, according to prosecutors.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Meeting Notices printed July 18
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Correction
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Circuit Clerk’s Office initially filed incorrect charges against Joshua L. Lynch who appeared in the Friday courthouse column in the Breeze-Courier.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Retiring Morrisonville Royalty
MORRISONVILLE — Pictured are last year’s Little Miss and Mister winners from the Morrisonville Picnic. From left are: 2nd runner up Junior Edwards; 1st runner up Aaron Blount; retiring king Ruger Clark; 2016 king Carson Daugherty; 2016 queen Lily Fleigle; retiring queen Madeline Pinnell; 1st Runner up Sophia Gordon; and 2nd runner up Mackenzie Poleon.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Retiring Morrisonville Royalty
MORRISONVILLE — Pictured are the winners of the 2016 Morrisonville Community Junior Miss contest, from left: Kaci Bethard, first runner up; Bayli Copeland, Miss Morrisonville 2016; Junior Miss Morrisonville 2016 Jhia Walker; Alaina Deal, retiring junior miss Morrisonville 2015; Justis Kraner, second runner up and Madyson Bockewitz, Miss Congeniality.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Retiring Morrisonville Royalty
MORRISONVILLE — Pictured from left are the winners of the 2016 Miss Morrisonville contest Claire Lupton, Miss Congeniality; Marcy Langen, First Runner Up; Aliana Deal, 2015 Jr. Miss Morrisonville; Katelyn Harris, 2015 Miss Morrisonville; Bayli Copeland, 2016 Miss Morrisonville and Madeline Massie, Second Runner Up.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Picnic will begin with village-wide prayer service
MORRISONVILLE — There will be a village wide prayer and inspirational service on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. The service will begin the Morrisonville Picnic.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Frog Jump Is Friday
MORRISONVILLE — In this 2016 file photo from the Breeze-Courier, Carsen Daughtery places his frog on the launch pad for the annual frog jump at the annual Morrisonville Homecoming and Picnic. This year’s event will take place on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Morrisonville parade grand marshals announced
MORRISONVILLE — Bob and Della Montgomery have been named as the 2017 Grand Marshals for the Morrisonville Homecoming Parade.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Morrisonville Picnic kicks off Thursday, celebrating its 90th year
MORRISONVILLE — The  Morrisonville Picnic will celebrate the 90th Homecoming this year. For the first time in picnic history, it will be held  on Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR holds meeting
STONINGTON — The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met on June 10, 2017 at the Stonington Firehouse.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

T'ville Memorial Foundation holds successful employee giving campaign
 TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that over $28,000 was donated during the 2017 Mission in Action (MIA) employee giving campaign.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Extension cooks up fun with "Jr. Chef" Culinary Camp in Stonington
STONINGTON — 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 Stonington.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Hero's Homecoming
ASSUMPTION — More than 2000 American Flags fluttered gently in a warm breeze above the streets of Assumption on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds had gathered to celebrate the long-awaited homecoming of Captain Joseph Smith, but there was a remarkable stillness, save for the flapping of those flags, that permeated the celebration as nearly the whole of Assumption waited with baited breath for the long-overdue return of one of their own.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Courthouse printed July 17
Monday, July 17, 2017

Police/Fire printed July 17
Monday, July 17, 2017

Meeting Notices printed July 17
Monday, July 17, 2017

"Uncle Dick" Oglesby was top IL general, governor
ILLINOIS — Among the many prominent Civil War generals from Illinois was Richard Oglesby, who lived for much of his adult life in Decatur. He is the only man to be elected to three non-consecutive terms as Illinois governor.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Odams to debut Center Pointe Dance Academy downtown
TAYLORVILLE — “We want to bring the heart of dance to the heart of downtown,” says Heather Odam, co-owner, of Taylorville’s newest dance studio, Center Pointe Dance Academy, which will open on the Taylorville square Friday, July 21, 2017 with an open house.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Mt. Auburn Nite Unit CCHCEA
SULLIVAN — Several members of the Mt. Auburn Nite Unit of CCHCEA recently made a trip to the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan to enjoy a performance of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Following the performance they traveled to Arthur to enjoy a meal t Yoder’s Kitchen. Those in attendance are pictured from left, back row: Jane Long, Deb Coontz, Berniece Larimore, Judy Buzzard, Kay Swope, Stephanie Butcher. Front row: Mary Janet’ Allison, Ginger Hardy, Dixie Vincent, Helen Hohenstein.
Monday, July 17, 2017

People in the news
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lake Land offers free adult ed welding classes
 MATTOON — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free welding classes in Pana for the fall semester.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary meets
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary of the Zue Vandeveer Post 257 met at 7:00 p.m on Monday, July 10, 2017 with nine members present. Those in attendance were: Patricia Rusher, Sandi Klein, Stacey Ethridge, Leslie DeVore, Linda DeVore, Pamela Graham, Michelle Sklenka, Venise McWard and Marilyn Remmert.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Veteran Pinning Ceremony honors Virginia Ferguson one last time
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dogs die from heat: PETA offers tips to prevent similar incidents
TAYLORVILLE — PETA receives reports every year about animals who experience horrifying deaths after being left outside or in hot cars during the warmer months. This year, at least 27 dogs, including four puppies, have reportedly died after being left in hot vehicles. On Thursday in Kincaid, two dogs were found dead after being left outside without food or water during 93-degree heat.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Morrisonville 4-H members compete in food show
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Perfect Summer Dessert Just Got Even Better
Blueberries are a summer treat. Inky blue, sweet and juicy, they are a healthy snack you can pop in your mouth, fold into yogurt and bake into desserts.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Illinois History: Calvin Goudy was early Taylorville pioneer

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

TAYLORVILLE — One of the influential names of early Taylorville history was Calvin Goudy, a physician and politician who was present for some of the seminal moments in the development of Illinois. 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunday News: Guest Lineups
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, July 14, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, July 14, 2017

Kincaid man arrested for animal cruelty

KINCAID — A Kincaid man is now facing criminal prosecution after two dogs were found deceased on his property.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Federal grant to save Taylorville taxpayers $900k

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville, and Taylorville taxpayers, received a good bit of news Thursday.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Pana Police confiscate drugs and cash
PANA — On July 9, 2017  at 3:24 a.m., Pana Police received a call of a suspicious odor coming from the area of the Rosebud Motel Apartments located at 326 US Highway 52.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Lads and Lassies 4H Club celebrates 60 years

MORRISONVILLE — The Lads & Lassies 4-H Club is celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary. 

The event will be commemorated with a float in the Morrisonville Homecoming Parade and sponsored by the Morrisonville Farmers Coop, on July 22 at 11:00 a.m. 


Friday, July 14, 2017

Semi, two vehicle crash sends three to the hospital
Friday, July 14, 2017

Area churches announce vacation bible school
Friday, July 14, 2017

Magician to present 'The Amazing Gospel' program
TOWER HILL — On July 22, 2017, Richard Landry and his magic rabbit Snowball will be performing “The Amazing Gospel” comedy magic program for the Family Fun Night at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church in Tower Hill, Illinois. Good for all ages, The magic begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a meal at 5:45 p.m.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Patriotic worship service this Sunday in Kincaid
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) and the Midland Ministerial Association have combined their annual community patriotic worship service into a Gospel Sing on Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at the Church of God in Kincaid. The gospel group “Royal City” from Monterey, Tenn. will perform.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Crimestoppers

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

TMH dietician speaks to Optimists about diabetes
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 13, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning invocation by Pastor Steve Switzer. A warm welcome was given to Past-President Jerry Cormier. Jerry now resides in Phoenix and is back visiting and dropped in to renew old acquaintances.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Kiwanis Club learns about Swing Bed program
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The guest speaker was Becky Erlenbush with Taylorville Memorial Care Management.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Half a century later, Assumption pilot laid to rest
ASSUMPTION — Capt. Joseph Smith’s jet fighter crashed into the jungles of Cambodia in 1971.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

City has exhausted police, fire applicants
TAYLORVILLE —After reaching a unanimous decision to offer a conditional letter of employment to a Taylorville Police Department applicant on Wednesday evening, the Taylorville Police and Fire Commission is now staring down a blank list.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hit And Run
TAYLORVILLE — A cable line droops dangerously close to the ground while the utility pole lies in splintered ruins after a semi truck apparently struck the pole located just north of Park Street near the south side of Jensens. The accident is being classified as a hit and run according to preliminary reports from Taylorville Fire Department. Firefighters parked their vehicles to block the roadway, ensuring safety.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Courthouse printed July 13
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 13
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gene Autry sidekick Smiley burnette was a Central Illinois native
ILLINOIS — If you’re ever in Tinseltown and visiting the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, look closely. You’ll find several central Illinois natives who have a star on the legendary sidewalk of celebrities.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed July 13
Thursday, July 13, 2017

First Ticket
TAYLORVILLE — Charles DeClerck proudly holds the first ticket for this year’s Christian County Fair Senior Citizens Day on July 26. DeClerck is flanked by Tommy Barry and Lindsay Barry of Larry’s Service Center. The event will feature Bingo will at 11 a.m. and lunch will follow immediately after. Tickets are free and available at Larry’s Service Center.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Smokin' Hot BBQ Winners
ASSUMPTION — Pictured are the winners of the Smokin’ Hot BBQ contest held during the Assumption Fest. From left are: Angela Ohl-Marsters, President of Assumption Fest, Lorne Grady Outsiders BBQ head cook Grand champion winner Sprighfield, Adam Cook Outsiders BBQ Springfield and Ted Coleman, Smokey's Q BBQ Reserve Champion, Mascoutah, Ill.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Palomino Club Donates To Senior Citizens
TAYLORVILLE — Gerry Mahr, executive director of Senior Citizens of Christian County, second from left, proudly accepts a $3,000 check on behalf of the Aldo Klinghammer Memorial Chili Cook-off. Also pictured are, from left to right, Tom Calvert, chili cook-off chairman; Phyllis Wilson, chairwoman of the volunteer board of directors for Senior Citizens of Christian County; and Tina Blazier, owner of Palomino Club. The donation especially will help fund transportation for seniors.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

TSD says Veolia misusing taxpayer money

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — In 2016, Taylorville taxpayers spent $736,086 to employ the services of Veolia North America, an independent environmental solutions company that manages day-to-day operations of the Taylorville Sanitary District plant.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot outside? The area sweltered in the summer of 1936

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — With oppressive heat and humidity this week, area residents will be reaching for the ice 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Courthouse

Appearances

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard Tuesday, July 11, 2017.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pana City Council tables engineering proposal

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

PANA — A representative from Benton and Associates Engineering firm was in attendance at the Pana City Council meeting Monday night. He was present to answer questions about the proposed agreement for the firm to provide engineering services for the design of the Pana Water Distribution System, as well as services for the proposed spillway and water treatment plant improvements. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer safety tips for children: Prevention is the key to fun
TAYLORVILLE — Ah, summertime. The time of year everyone’s been waiting for … especially the kids! Pools are open, picnic baskets are filled with healthy treats and vacations are in full swing. 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Get Ready For The 94th Annual Christian County Fair, July 25-29
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flutist to perform Wednesday with Muni Band
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal Band will feature Dr. Abigail Walsh, flutist at its Wednesday evening concert, July 12.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

County settles jail death suit for half million
TAYLORVILLE — A man hung himself in Christian County jail in 2011, and his family will receive a settlement of $550,000 after filing a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Taylorville Memorial Hospital named among 'most wired'
TAYLORVILLE – Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) is one of the nation’s most wired hospitals, according to the Hospital & Health Networks’ 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Storm Cleanup
 Workers with Phil Tullis Excavating and Construction carve up and haul away downed tree parts  at Hillcrest Mobile Home Park on East Main Cross. Nearby, city crews cleaned up more downed limbs on East Main Cross. At about 10:35 p.m., storm damage caused outages for about 1,230 Ameren customers in Taylorville, Pana and Nokomis.  Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said a lot of trees were reported down. Kettelkamp did not hear reports of structural damage. Illinois Route 48 was closed temporarily last night because of trees in the roadway, the sheriff said. Taylorville Fire Department responded to seven calls after the storm hit.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THS to debut Freshman Success program this fall
TAYLORVILLE — “We want to connect kids in a meaningful way to high school,” said Taylorville High School Vice Principal Eric Bruder at Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting. He was referencing a new initiative that is expected to be introduced at THS this fall called Freshman Success.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TDA optimistic about development prospects
TAYLORVILLE — I think we’ve got more positive attitudes, more positive news, than we’ve had -as far as economic development goes- in many many years. In two years time, we could have an industrial park, we could have a new hotel, and we could have an energy park if everything goes well,” said Ken Hart, president of the Taylorville Development Association (TDA) at their meeting on Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Taylorville Council agrees to 3 percent AFSCME wage increase
TAYLORVILLE — Approximately 55 City of Taylorville employees will receive a three-percent increase on their wages beginning January 1, 2018.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 11
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lucky Break In Kincaid
KINCAID — A Kincaid home narrowly avoided devastation on Monday night after storms severed and toppled a large tree at this home on Walnut Street in Kincaid. The tree fell just inches from the residence, nearly protruding through the front bay window in the process.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Friends of the library summer picnic cancelled
TAYLORVILLE — The Friends of the Library summer picnic that was scheduled for July 20 at the Taylorville Public Library has been cancelled.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

C.E.F.S. offering student loan workshop
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. will be hosting a Student Loan Workshop on August 1, 2017 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at 1805 S. Banker in Effingham. 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lake Land Adult Ed offering free BNA classes
 PANA — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) training in the fall semester in Marshall and Pana.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Theatre 7 holding auditions for 'Clue: The Musical'
DECATUR — Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for “Clue: The Musical” the first show of its 2017-201 season Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!. Auditions will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 or Wednesday, July 25 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Reps hosting fishing derby Saturday at fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) will host a fishing derby on Saturday, July 15 from 9-11 a.m. at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Explore prairie wildflowers July 22
DECATUR — Search for beautiful summer wildflowers during the Prairie Flowers Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. Grow your knowledge of summer wildflowers on this guided walk, as we look for blazing stars, coneflowers, and wild petunias. This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by July 21 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Archaeological Society to host Indian artifact show
SPRINGFIELD — The public is invited to attend the Illinois State Archaeological Society’s Indian Artifact Show on Saturday, July 29 at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. There is no cost to enter the event and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Courthouse printed July 10
Monday, July 10, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 10
Monday, July 10, 2017

Coronor release results in area deaths
Monday, July 10, 2017

Bluegrass band to perform at Hickory Ridge July 15
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Hickory Ridge Concert Series welcomes the Burr Oak String Band to their stage Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dickson Mounds Museum Outside of Lewistown, Illinois. The Burr Oak String Band offers up a crowd-pleasing mix of lively instrumentals and heart-felt harmonies in a variety of instruments and styles – old-time, raggy blues, bluegrass and folk.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Donate a backpack to ALPLM, learn about Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD — Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, July 10, 2017

'Spoon River Anthology' editor to discuss work
 SPRINGFIELD — The next Illinois History Forum at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features the editor of an acclaimed edition of “Spoon River Anthology” leading a discussion of that classic poetry collection about small-town Illinois.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Riding For A Cause
The Taylorville VFW Riders rolled out Saturday afternoon to raise funds and awareness and funds to help veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Illinois counties are larger than some entire nations
ILLINOIS — With over 34,800 residents, Christian County is not among the leaders of Illinois’ 102 counties in population.  But it’s still larger than four entire countries.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

ISP District 09 announces saturation patrols in high crash locations
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police District 09 Commander, Chris Owen, announced today a saturation patrol detail focusing on high personal injury and fatal crash locations.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

People left out of township reform effort
TAYLORVILLE — Long before Tim Carlson became county board chairman, he served as supervisor for May Township.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Frog and Toad Show at Rock Springs
DECATUR — Meet and learn about frogs and toads. See and feel several species of live amphibians during a Frog and Toad Show on Thursday, July 13 from 6-7pm at Rock Springs Nature Center. Fee is $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on July 12 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Correction
Saturday, July 8, 2017

People Brief printed July 9
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Meeting Notices printed July 10
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cookie Monsters
TAYLORVILLE — Youths gobble down cookies as part of a cookie eating contest downtown on Saturday morning. The winner was Colyn Diehl of Taylorville, not pictured.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Garden flowers for the "dog days" of August
URBANA, Ill. – Every summer, gardeners notice that certain plants are beautiful up until the heat arrives. Then they fade and wither, leaving us with only the memories of what once was. To keep these plants looking good, watering becomes a nightmare during high heat and periods of no rainfall. Xeriscaping, or low-water-usage gardening, may be the answer.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

June Pana Pride Yard of the Month chosen
PANA — The winners of the Pana Pride Yard of the Month for June are Harold and Marilyn Endris. The focus street for June was Maple and they reside on the corner of Maple and Fifth Street.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Community Calendar printed July 9
Saturday, July 8, 2017

VFW Riders sponsoring PTSD awareness benefit Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. That’s almost one an hour, every day. Someone has to do something to help.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Senator Durbin brings healthcare debate to Taylorville
TALORVILLE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made a stop in Taylorville on Thursday afternoon to discuss, as part of a panel, the threat of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on Central Illinois.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Courthouse printed July 7
Friday, July 7, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 7
Friday, July 7, 2017

Registration now being accepted for Prairie Pedal, September 24
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation Foundation will hold its tenth annual Prairie Pedal bicycling fundraiser event on Sunday, September 24 at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Friday, July 7, 2017

LLCC getting youth excited about STEM
SPRINGFIELD — The College for Kids program at Lincoln Land Community College engaged youth who recently completed fourth-eighth grades in science, technology, engineering and math activities from June 19-22 and 26-29 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. These STEM activities foster creative thinking skills and expand students’ creative confidence to solve 21st century problems.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Stone Speaks To CWA
TAYLORVILLE — The guest speaker for the June CWA meeting was Lu Anne Stone of Doterra oils. Luann spoke to the group about her business and had samples of oils for the members to use and smell. Pictured are Luann Stone and CWA member Linda Olson.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Assumption to hold blood drive on July 20
ASSUMPTION — Assumption will host a community blood drive from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at 225 N. Chestnut, inside Bloodmobile.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Optimists report successful fireworks fundraising
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Larry Vaughan called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then gave the morning invocation.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Local attorney is selected as newest Stonington trustee
STONINGTON — An attorney for the state police is expected to be appointed Monday to the Stonington Village Board.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pana man coached younger brother to attack man on square, police say
TAYLORVILLE — A Pana man remains in jail on $100,000 bond after allegedly coaching his younger brother to  beat a victim on the courthouse square and joining in the beating himself.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Courthouse printed July 6
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 6
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed July 6
Thursday, July 6, 2017

LLCC hosting Road Scholar choral program
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a Road Scholar/Elderhostel choral program July 10-14. Twenty-five individuals from across the United States will visit Springfield to participate in “Singing in the Heart of America: A Choral Workshop.”
Thursday, July 6, 2017

VFW announces annual scholarship competition
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Jeffrey Hastings announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Illinois high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grandsons Graduate
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Bob and Mary Bell are proudly pictured with their two grandsons, Nicholas Bell who recently graduated from SIU, and Nathan Bell, who graduated from Eureka College. Nic will attend the University of Louisville in the fall and pursue a law degree and Nate will take the CPA exam in the near future. Pictured from left are: Teri Simon, mother, Nic Bell, Mary Bell, Bob Bell and Nate Bell. Nic and Nate are the sons of the late Jeff “Bubba” Bell.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pinning ceremony honors veteran hospice patients
PANA — Quad County’s Hospice Veteran Volunteers have kicked-off their hospice veteran pinning ceremony, a new feature of the Quad County Hospice “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program. Quad County serves Shelby, Christian, Fayette, and Montgomery counties.  
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 5
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

APL dog/cat adoptions planned for this weekend
 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, July 8th, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, Springfield.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pet Show Winners Announced
ASSUMPTION — The winners of the Assumption Fest Pet Contest were announced on June 29, 2017. Pictured from left are Queen: Juliette the Shin Tzu, owner: Eulalia Ohl of Assumption and King: Clyde, the mixed breed, owner Brice and Janice Griesemer.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Music planned for all 3 days
NOKOMIS — Hunter Sharp from Litchfield, Ill., will be performing old time country and classic rock on the Memorial Park South Stage Friday, July 7 from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nokomis Homecoming kicks off on Friday with three days of fun planned
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Taylorville council passes surplus budget
TAYLORVILLE — It does not amount to much, but the City of Taylorville is still expecting a surplus in the amount of $2,572 on this year’s budget.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Star Spangled Parade
Fred Byers, a Marine, served as grand marshall of the parade as he rides in a military jeep. A patriotic boy looks behind while waving the flag as a tractor takes a lap around the courthouse square.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth Of July Parade Honors Veterans
Local veterans fire blanks from their rifles, energizing patriotic parade goers. Veterans entertain crowds at the courthouse as the drive by on their motorcycles.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cheering For The Fourth
The Taylorville High School Cheer Team prepares to dazzle parade watchers at the Taylorville Fourth of July Parade.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Extension offers refresher on garden hydration
URBANA, Ill. – It’s not rocket science; we all know that plants need water to thrive. But Andrew Holsinger wants to give gardeners a refresher on the ins and outs of garden hydration.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

American History: Wm. Henry Harrison was shortest-serving president
WASHINGTON — Many newly-elected Presidents take months to impose their agenda, and the transitions are often bumpy.  In the case of William Henry Harrison, he never got the chance.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Preparing For A Patriotic Parade
Children climb on the family fun float for Calvary Baptist Church, ready to greet parade watchers at the Taylorville Fourth of July Parade.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rollover On Owaneco Blacktop
TAYLORVILLE — An undisclosed male driver was fortunate to walk away from a rollover accident this morning with only minor injuries. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the single-vehicle accident that occurred late morning today and involved this mangled cement truck. According to Taylorville Fire Department personnel, the driver suffered a broken arm among other minor injuries, which is incredible as the cab of the vehicle is mostly caved in. The accident occurred about three-quarters of a mile north of the Assumption Blacktop on the Owaneco Blacktop.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Parade and fireworks highlight Taylorville's Fourth
TAYLORVILLE — Join the community for a grand Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday. Line up will be at the Christian County Fair Grounds with step off at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed east on Main Cross to the Taylorville square.
Monday, July 3, 2017

South Fork, Stonington townships release financials
KINCAID — A mother and daughter pretty much run the office at South Fork Township.

They make a great team, said township supervisor and mother Nancy Roggero.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Muni band to perform July 4 concert, feature soloist Jean Ninmer
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Municipal band will present a Fourth of July concert at Lake Taylorville July 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Softball league says park willfully discouraged play
TAYLORVILLE — “To provide recreation and park experiences that enrich the quality of life for our community.” It is the Taylorville Park District’s mission statement, but several members from the Taylorville Men’s Softball League say the park betrayed that objective last week.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Courthouse printed July 3
Monday, July 3, 2017

Police & Fire printed July 3
Monday, July 3, 2017

Parade and fireworks highlight Taylorville's Fourth
TAYLORVILLE — Join the community for a grand Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday. Line up will be at the Christian County Fair Grounds with step off at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed east on Main Cross to the Taylorville square.
Monday, July 3, 2017

AFSCME to hold meetings July 10-11
DECATUR — AFSCME Subchapter 87 members will have two opportunities to attend a meeting and catch up all the happenings in the State affecting retirees.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Avenue of Flags
Monday, July 3, 2017

Proudly Ready For The Fourth
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Autism support groups holding events
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films." 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Guest Speaker on 'Art on the Farm'

DECATUR — Discover how two very different Central Illinois artists used crops and livestock as inspiration to elevate Midwestern agriculture to an artistic genre in the late 1800s. “Art on the Farm: A Tale of Two Central Illinois Artists” will be led by guest speaker Bill Kemp, Librarian of the McLean County Museum of History, in Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. 

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

TMH Swing Bed Program helps patients transition
TAYLORVILLE — If you or a loved one need time to recover from a surgery, illness or injury, you may want to consider Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Turn the Corner Swing Bed Program. The Turn the Corner Swing Bed Program may be an option when you no longer require acute hospital care, but you are not ready to return home. This is exactly what happened with Charlyn Fargo’s mother, Roberta Archer.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Township road budgets top $7 million

By Mike Frazier

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

TAYLORVILLE — Jim Micenheimer started taking care of township roads when he was just a kid.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fourth of July parade to honor the late "Chub" White

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Semper fidelis, or semper fi as it is more commonly known; it's the Marine Corps motto and it's Latin for always faithful. 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

UPS driver has fateful encounter during his last night of a training period

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

TAYLORVILLE — Marcus Aurelius once said “Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.” Marty Mateer, of Kincaid, understands that more than most these days. 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

State finances were shaky as far back as 175 years ago

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

 

ILLINOIS — Years of free spending, poor planning, and inept leadership left Illinois in financial ruin, with meager revenue, a mountainous debt, and no clear solution.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

CC Historical Society to host Mystery of History

Heinz Suppan will discuss new book “Pana: The Crossroads of Crisis”

 

TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society & Museum located at 325 Abe's Way in Taylorville is please to anounce they will be having a Mystery of History event on Saturday July 8 from 1-3 p.m. Heinz Suppan will be discussing his new book "Pana: The Crossroads of Crisis."

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Donors to get gift cards, Pana blood drive
PANA — Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at 619 Kitchell Street, inside Main Room.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pana Pride!
Saturday, July 1, 2017

TMH Auxiliary announces scholarship recipients
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Taylorville Public Library closed July 4
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