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Snowflake Royalty
TAYLORVILLE — The Little Miss and Mr. Snowflake contest was held Saturday at Manners Park. Pictured from left are: 1st runners up Amelia Esswein and Jacob Smith; 2016 Little Miss Snowflake Alyssa Bryan; 2017 Little Mister Snowflake Kaydon Jenkins and 2017 Little Miss Snowflake Jayleynn DeVore;2016 Little Mister Snowflake Colten Morrissey; and secondrunnners up Jayse Carlile and Blaklee Edwards. Submitted photo

TAYLORVILLE — The Little Miss and Mr. Snowflake contest was held Saturday at Manners Park. Pictured from left are: 1st runners up Amelia Esswein and Jacob Smith; 2016 Little Miss Snowflake Alyssa Bryan; 2017 Little Mister Snowflake Kaydon Jenkins and 2017 Little Miss Snowflake Jayleynn DeVore;2016 Little Mister Snowflake Colten Morrissey; and secondrunnners up Jayse Carlile and Blaklee Edwards.
Submitted photo


Monday, December 11, 2017


North Elementary Students Of The Week
Monday, December 11, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, December 11, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, December 11, 2017

Class Contributes To Courthouse Preservation
Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa Claus and doggy paws
Santa met with festively dressed dogs on Saturday morning in his house on the courthouse square. Dog owners made a donation toward Dinner Seasoned with Love, a Christmas dinner, to have a picture of their dog with the jolly elf. Dinner Seasoned with Love is held Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at First Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin St. Santa also is expected to visit the dinner.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Problem-solving court commencement
TAYLORVILLE — Eleven lives changed.

That’s what crowds celebrated on Friday at the December problem-solving court commencement ceremony, held at Davis Memorial Christian Church.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, December 9, 2017

DAR Good Citizen recepients announced
TAYLORVILLE — Ellen Colbrook, chair of the DAR Good Citizen Committee for the Peter Meyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced the winners of the DAR Good Citizen Award from area schools. This annual award is presented to a senior high school student, boy or girl, who possesses the following qualities” dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

CWA holds last meeting of 2017
TAYLORVILLE — The December meeting of the Community Women's Association was recently held at Whits End. The group enjoyed a buffet dinner and then participated in a rousing Christmas game of Now You See It, Now You Don't. The group will return to their regular meeting place at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Annex on January 3. Anyone interested in joining this community group can contact Patti Faulkner at 824-7820.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Taylorville Public Schools Foundation fully funds mini grants
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded 40 Mini Grants to 48 Taylorville Community Unit School District K-5 teachers totaling $14,631.80 to be used for additional resources to motivate and encourage educational excellence.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation donates to CC CEO Program
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured is Ken Hart, Secretary and Treasurer of The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation presenting a check to Brenda Spurling Chairwoman of the board of the Christian County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program. The Hopper Foundation has supported the CEO Program since its inception three years ago.  The CEO learning experience is for high school seniors. The class meets daily before regular school hours. The CEO Program is wholly supported by private and business investors. No tax funds are used for program funding.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kicking off Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured is the singing group Harmony, who performed Christmas carols for the Senior Brunch in the Manners Park Dining Hall on Thursday, December 7. The Senior Brunch also kicked off Christmas in the Park.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Taylorville resident receives Patriotic Employer Award
SPRINGFIELD — Three Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) managing supervisors were awarded the Patriotic Employer Award this week from the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program. The award reflects efforts made by individual supervisors to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, December 9, 2017

City Continues Work On Blighted Properties
TAYLORVILLE — A City of Taylorville backhoe rips the roof off of a small garage located at 1017 W. Adams on Friday morning. Demolition of the blighted and vacant home was to immediately follow. Last week, the city tore down a property on North Silver Street; today’s demolition is only the latest in a string of homes that have been torn down in an attempt by the city to approve the aesthetics of Taylorville.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Former employee accuses city of deceptive practice
TAYLORVILLE — Things got a little heated Thursday evening at City Hall.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, December 8, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, December 8, 2017

Breeze Employees Donate To Kids, Cops and Christmas Program
TAYLORVILLE — Breeze-Courier employees donated to the Kids, Cops and Christmas fund Thursday from their casual Friday fund. Pictured is TPD Officer Alan Mills, left, with Breeze-Courier Circulation Manager Barb Profeta. TPD is still accepting monetary donations for the program. This year, TPD is helping 75 Christian County children have a brighter Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 14. Officer Mills says “seeing the look on these kids faces makes it all worth while. While this is the biggest amount of kids we’ve ever helped, we’d love to be able to help more.”
Friday, December 8, 2017

Optimist Club preparing for Christmas for Kids
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, December 07, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, December 8, 2017

TMH Foundation recognizes contributors at event
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation held its fifth annual signature event fundraiser titled “Gifts of the Season” on Saturday, December 2 at The Pillars Event Center in Taylorville.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Church Calendar
Friday, December 8, 2017

Minister's Message: Present
TAYLORVILLE — The Christmas season is well underway now, and many of us have already been enjoying the festivities. Trees are decorated. The parties have already started. The church programs are rehearsed. While we enjoy all of those things, we may also be feeling the pressure of the holiday season.
Friday, December 8, 2017

VisionWay Pre-k students visit Festival of Lights
SPRINGFIELD — The joy of Christmas is often at its peak in the hearts and minds of four and five year olds as they begin to truly understand the message and traditions surrounding Christmas.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Faith-Xtreme teen Christmas party Sat.
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith X-treme (F-X) Teen Department of Faith Community Worship Center will have their December worship service at 6 p.m. Saturday that will include a Bible lesson and praise music by the teen praise team. This is open to all teens ages 12 to 19 years of age. The event is under the leadership of Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner and Youth Leaders Tim and Tiffany McArdle.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Church of God hosting pastor appreciation event
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God will honor their pastoral team at a Pastor Appreciation Christmas dinner on December 10, 2017. The event will be held in the fellowship hall following the morning worship service.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Couple instrumental in establishing VisionWay returns to visit classroom
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) began in the hearts of several members of Taylorville Christian Church (TCC), two of those members being Jim and Karen Nuelle.
Friday, December 8, 2017

TDA gets $10k toward industrial park
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Development Association is well on its way to reaching the goal of a $1.2 million industrial park in Taylorville.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Taylorville Memorial to host blood drive Dec. 21
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 201 E. Pleasasnt, inside the Auditorium. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for their choice of long sleeve t-shirt of gift card.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Students awarded UIS scholarships
SPRINGFIELD — Abigail McKinnie, a resident of Morrisonville and visual arts major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the J. Porter and Alyce V. Coble Family Scholarship for History for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

THS Library Club hosting Polar Express Night Friday
TAYLORVILLE — The high school library club is hosting a Polar Express Night Friday, Dec. 8 in the high school library at 6 p.m. Pre-K - 2nd grade students are invited to attend.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Area flower farmer presents program to university women
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the December meeting at Whit's End Restaurant on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Stacey Shanks and Karen Cherry were guests for the meeting.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Wright Kind of Cheer: Dana-Thomas House hosting holiday events
SPRINGFIELD — The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield is decking the halls with new decorations and spreading holiday cheer with music and guided tours.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Vespers at THS this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Schools Choral Department will present its long-running Christmas Vespers Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Taylorville junior high battling flu outbreak
TAYLORVILLE — On Tuesday, 185 students at the Taylorville Junior High School were absent; that’s almost one-fourth of the total student body, and most of that was due to illness.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stockings For Soldiers
TAYLORVILLE — Erica Fuller, on behalf of Midland Community Bank-Taylorville, presented 10 decorated and filled stockings to Sutton Funeral Home recently for the benefit of the 'Stockings for Soldiers and Veterans' fundraiser. Through employee donations and bank matching funds, Midland collected $400 towards the purchase of requested stocking items. Pictured with Fuller is Austin Peters of Sutton Funeral Home.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Donation For TFD Angel Tree
TAYLORVILLE — The employees of Peoples Bank & Trust donated their “Jean Fund” money to the Taylorville Fire Department Angel Tree. Employees pay $1.00 to wear jeans on Friday. They chose to donate $510.00 to the Taylorville Fire Department. Pictured from left are: Chief Mike Crews, firefighter Kyle Rentfrow, firefighter Jon Wamsley, Carole Gensler (PBT), TFD Assistant Chief Andy Goodall and Jessica Bland (PBT).
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Raising The Bicentennial Flag
PALMER — A small group joined Village of Palmer Mayor Jim Hill Monday, December 4, 2017 at noon, to raise the State of Illinois Bicentennial Flag. Governor Bruce Rauner requested all municipalities to meet at this specific time to mark the beginning of Illinois’ year-long birthday celebration. The flag was donated by United Airlines.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

City grants final approval on gun range
TAYLORVILLE — When alderman approved a special use permit for Josh Assad to construct and operate an indoor firing range in April of 2016, it came with the contingency that the final facility was to be inspected by city officials.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lincoln Library to present exhibit on state's 4 presidents
 SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home, ALPLM Executive Director Alan Lowe announced Sunday.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Filings complete for March primary
TAYLORVILLE — Monday was the deadline for candidates to file petitions to be on the 2018 primary election.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Volunteer Of The Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry presents Richard Petes with an honorary plaque at Monday evenin’gs Taylorville City Council meeting, recognizing Peters for his volunteer efforts through Christian CountyTRIAD, a senior advocacy group.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Police
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CEFS recognizes area woman for personal achievement
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 52nd year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2017 annual meeting, some very special people were recognized that had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

TSD Announces Winners In Logo Contest
TOP PHOTO: The Taylorville Sanitary Department held a contest for all 1st-4th grade students. The students were challenged to design a logo for the Sanitary Department. Pictured are the winners from North Elementary School in the front row from left: 2nd Grade Tanner Marlow - Grand Prize Winner; middle row: 1st Grade Ryland Griffin - 1st place, 2nd Grade Hoyt Rees - 1st place, 2nd Grade Jayden Carter - 2nd place, 1st Grade Sarah Wagner - 3rd place, 2nd Grade Leigha Donaldson - 3rd place, 1st Grade Calum Shanks - 2nd place and back row: Frank Blanchfield and Dennis Atteberry. Bottom photo, Memorial School students also participated in the logo design contest. Pictured are their winners in the front row from left: Kavya Patel, Kaylen Tucker, Teagan Glass; back row: Frankie Blanchfield, Owen Doll, Gabrielle DeClerck, Mia Lyons and Dennis Atteberry.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Skydiver dies at Taylorville Airport

TAYLORVILLE — A 74-year-old Charleston man died Saturday in a skydiving accident at Taylorville Municipal Airport. 


Monday, December 4, 2017

Santa Claus has arrived
TAYLORVILLE — The Christmas season officially began with the arrival of Santa Claus during the Twilight Christmas Parade Saturday night. DowntownTaylorville.org sponsored the annual event while hundreds of people, young and old, delighted in the lights, sights and sounds of the parade through downtown Taylorville.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Celebrating 200 years of Illinois
Community leaders gathered at Christian County Courthouse at noon on Monday to celebrate the raising of the Illinois Bicentennial flag. The flag is raised in honor of the state’s 200th birthday.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Deadline nears for primary election
TAYLORVILLE — Candidates continue to file petitions to be on the 2018 primary election.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, December 4, 2017

Six-year-old struck by bus in Tovey; received non-life threatening injuries
Monday, December 4, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, December 4, 2017

Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR to hold meeting Saturday, December 9
TAYLORVILLE — The next meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Monday, December 4, 2017

VCS third graders go beyond book and classroom
TAYLORVILLE — Third grade students at VisionWay Christian School (VCS) are very expectant students. Their experience in Mrs. Laura Hubbartt’s classroom has taught them to be. In this classroom, the students are continually learning in ways that move beyond books and the typical classroom activities. Mrs. Hubbartt, with assistance from Mrs. Lindsey Davis, VCS Technology Integration Specialist, is continually utilizing technology and outside resources to teach her children.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Center HCEA to hold meeting Dec. 4
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Millikin University Tuba and Trombone Ensembles to perform Low Brass Recital Dec. 5

DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin University Tuba/Euphonium and Trombone Ensembles will perform in concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Kaeuper Hall in Perkinson Music Center on Millikin University's campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

CEFS recognizes area woman for personal achievement

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 52nd year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Edinburg community choir cantata Dec. 10

EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Christmas cantata “O Little Town of Bethlehem” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Packages For The Troops
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Illinois' 199th birthday today kicks off year-long bicentennial celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Happy birthday, Illinois — warts and all. 

It’s the home of the U.S. president credited with ending black slavery and the nation’s first black president, as well as a litany of imprisoned governors and other politicians. And until just months ago, it had the nation’s longest state budget impasse since at least the Great Depression. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

North School Students Of The Week
Saturday, December 2, 2017

PHS Solar Car Team forges ahead with project

PANA — The Pana Solar Car Team has begun to conduct wiring for the electronics sourced from a recent addition, a golf cart from Battery Specialists in Taylorville, to provide a sufficient amount of wiring to be used in the solar car. This, along with metal work, has been the current focus of the team.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Area dancers to perform in Nutcracker next week

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 43rd annual production of The Nutcracker.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

THS presenting 35th annual Madrigal performances Decenber 15 and 16

TAYLORVILLE — “The longevity of this tradition is rare, and I’m not familiar with very many other districts who have had a madrigal performance for this long,” said THS Director of Vocal Music Keith Chase. He was referencing the upcoming 35th annual Taylorville High School Madrigal performance and dinner.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Antimicrobial tiles for the germophobe

TAYLORVILLE — Tile can be a worthy addition to rooms with potential moisture issues or areas in a home that may routinely necessitate quick cleanup. Because they are not damaged by constant contact with water, tiled floors and walls are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and entryways. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Preparing your fireplace or stove for the season

TAYLORVILLE — Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves not only can be beautiful focal points within a home, but they also provide an additional source of heat and can be used to keep rooms or entire homes comfortable without the need for additional and potentially costly heating sources. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Simple ways to improve privacy and security at home

TAYLORVILLE — Living in close proximity to one’s neighbors has its benefits. But many homeowners would no doubt admit that privacy at home is a good thing.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Millwork architectural accents can add appeal and impact the bottom line

TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners are discovering that architectural accents can go a long way toward improving both the look and value of their homes. When renovating a space, the term “millwork” may be mentioned by designers and contractors. While it might be a mystery to some, millwork can give rooms unique looks.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

County to hold IL Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony Monday

TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, December 4 at noon, the County of Christian will participate in an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony outside at the flag pole on the north side of the Christian County Courthouse. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Storage beds can help make the most of limited space

TAYLORVILLE — Downsizing with regard to living space is a trend that has long been associated with empty nesters and senior citizens. As children move out and start families of their own, many homeowners decide to downsize to less expensive, more manageable properties.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Create more closet space without major renovations

TAYLORVILLE — Closet space is at a premium in many homes and apartments. Many older homes were not built to accommodate large wardrobes, while rental properties are often designed to maximize living space at the expense of storage.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Taylorville native, former nurse now seeks to heal the soul wih her poetry

TAYLORVILLE — From grief comes something beautiful.

Nancy Calumet, formerly Spresser, was devastated after the death of her husband Thomas.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Purple Reign Donates To Optimist Club
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Chuck Martin guest speaker at Optimist meeting

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017, in the TMH Auditorium.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Festive Meal To Remember
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, December 1, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, December 1, 2017

The Latest: Federal official denounce sanctuary cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Latest on the trial of a Mexican man in a killing on a San Francisco pier (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Federal officials are denouncing sanctuary cities after a jury in San Francisco found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman.


Friday, December 1, 2017

People's Bank donates to Christmas for Kids Program
Friday, December 1, 2017

Teacher who stopped shooter, saved students speaks for first time about her experience

MATTOON — Math teacher Angela McQueen said she was focused on saving students’ lives when she subdued a student shooter inside the Mattoon High School cafeteria on Sept. 20. The Illinois Education Association (IEA) member was honored Thursday for her heroic efforts during an afternoon reception at the school.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Volunteers still needed for Salvation Army Bell

TAYLORVILLE — Salvation Army bell ringing has arrived in Taylorville.  Most of us, have encountered folks ringing bells to raise funds for the Salvation Army.  Usually, we drop loose change or few dollars into a red kettle. This year we have an opportunity to help those in need in Taylorville.  


Friday, December 1, 2017

Scholarship breakfast Sunday, Dec. 3 in Morrisonville

MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Masonic Lodge will hold their scholarship breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Masonic Hall in Morrisonville.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Hopper Foundation donates to school foundation
Friday, December 1, 2017

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held their annual governance meeting in the Janice Hopper Auditorium.  The Auxiliary membership was invited to vote on the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Board. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Church Calendar
Friday, December 1, 2017

Lighthouse Apostolic to host candlelight service Dec. 22

TAYLORVILLE — The Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville will hold their annual candlelight Christmas service on Friday, December 22 at 7 p.m.


Friday, December 1, 2017

KCOG to host Christmas Bazaar Dec. 2

KINCAID — This Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) is hosting a Christmas Bazaar. The high school and middle school students of Restoring Hope Student Ministries are sponsoring the event to raise funds for an upcoming trip called Winterfest this February. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

FCWC to hold mother daughter Christmas Tea tomorrow
TAYLORVILLE — Ladies and girls from Faith Community Worship Center will gather at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall tomorrow, December 2 for the fifteenth annual Prayer Mother and Prayer Daughter Christmas Tea. 
Friday, December 1, 2017

"Enjoy the Two Seasons of Christmas"

TAYLORVILLE — With “tongue in cheek,” I pray that you will enjoy the two seasons of Christmas. There is the secular season which begins sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. This season is filled with excitement, stress, get-togethers, business, decorating, gift buying and the pleasantries of receiving gifts. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Filings pour into county clerk's office
TAYLORVILLE — Candidates continue to file petitions to be on the 2018 primary election.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Central Illinois Foodbank to distribute food December 2
TAYLORVILLE — The Central Illinois Foodbank is bringing a Healthy Foods Distribution to Christian County. The need continues to help those in Central Illinois. Over 4,200 people in Christian County are food insecure.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cherokee Street open, to be paved this spring
TAYLORVILLE — As of yesterday, Cherokee Street is reopen to Taylorville motorists.

Work on the project, however, is not yet complete.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

City to mark Illinois Bicentennial with flag raising ceremony December 4
TAYLORVILLE — Sunday, December 3, 2017, will mark Illinois’ 199th birthday and begin a celebration of Illinois becoming the 21st state of the union on December 3, 1818.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Courthouse Christmas
Master gardeners with the University of Illinois Extension decorate a towering tree on the second floor of Christian County Courthouse.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tackling Blight
TAYLORVILLE — A City of Taylorville backhoe rips into a vacant home at 920 North Silver Street on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Next on the list is another vacant and dilapidated property at 1017 West Adams, which Street Department Superintendent Dick Wiseman says will be down and cleaned up by the end of next week. The city, in conjunction with several property owners, took down three vacant homes last year, and the 1017 West Adams property will mark the fourth this year as part of the initiative to help remove blighted properties.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Kiwanis hears from CC CEO students
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the facilitator of the Christian County CEO, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program, along with five students in the class, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vocabulary On Parade
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are the 2nd grade students at North Elementary School at their Vocabulary Parade on Nov. 22. The students work on improving their vocabulary skills all throughout the year and this was a perfect way of reinforcing their skills. Parents were asked to get involved with assisting their child in selecting, definition, and depicting the word. The visual representation of their word was on a poster or they wore a costume about the word. The students were also asked to orally present a  definition of the word and use it correctly in a sentence. The top photo depicts students in  Mrs. Cope’s class while the bottom photo is Ms. Oyler’s class.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Iles House holiday events December 6, 9 and 16
SPRINGFIELD — Visitors are invited to see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 6, 9 and 16.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Feed the Animals at Rock Springs Dec. 10
DECATUR, Ill. — Get a behind the scenes look at how staff feed and care for the live reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center during “Feed the Animals” on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4p.m. 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Irving Berlin's White Christmas to open at The Little Theatre On The Square
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Irving Berlin's timeless classic, White Christmas will open at The Little Theatre On The Square on Friday, December 8 and run through Sunday, December 17.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Information sought in local arson case

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to an arson that occurred in Taylorville. 

At around 1:00 am on Friday, November 24, 2017, an unknown subject threw an item that ignited the back porch of a residence located a 1301 West Adams Street.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Edinburg artist showcased at courthouse
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

County awarded federal funds for Emergency Food and Shelter
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ROE #3 to hold meeting for potential substitute teachers

TAYLORVILLE — The Regional Office of Education #3 is offering an informational meeting for potential substitute teachers from 5:00-6:00 p.m., December 12, 2017 at Lincoln Land Community College Room 1207 located at 800 S. Spresser Street, Taylorville, IL 62568. 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Morrisonville to hold Old Fashioned Christmas
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 2, 2016 throughout the village. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How to cut back on holiday waste
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lake Land College Library to present National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit
 MATTOON — The Lake Land College Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s most recent traveling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection, throughout the month of January.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Edinburg FFA attends Agronomy CDE
EDINBURG — Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 FFA Agronomy CDE, hosted by Parkland Community College on November 7. Students competed based on their ability to judge different groups of crops and identifying different species of crops, weeds, and farming equipment. Noah Oller brought home a 7th place win for our high school team. Paige Baker, Emily Schleyhahn, and Emilee Boyd earned 1st place team in the Jr. High division, with each girl placing as the top 3 individuals respectively. Pictured from left: Emily Schleyhahn, Paige Baker, Emilee Boyd, and Noah Oller.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mysterious slaying of detective the talk of Baltimore
BALTIMORE (AP) — The death of a Baltimore homicide detective shot in the head with his own gun two weeks ago has transformed into a feeding frenzy of speculation in a city filled with armchair sleuths and deeply suspicious views of law enforcers.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Spurling Title's expertise backed by extensive records
TAYLORVILLE — For over 21 years, Spurling Title has been providing fast, efficient service and smooth closings for all of your real estate transactions. Their expertise is backed by the most extensive privately held collection of land records for Christian County, dating back to 1839. Let their friendly, professional staff take the worry out of your real estate transactions. Spurling Title is located in the beautifully restored, historic 1892 Bach building at 118 West Market Street on the South side of the Taylorville Square.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fly High Game Room and Bar
TAYLORVILLE — Raj Patel and family moved to Taylorville in 2007. Mr. Patel is the owner of Fly High Game Room and Bar which is located at 200 East Main Cross. The unique game room, sitting in the heart of Taylorville, offers a clean, calm and comfortable atmosphere for people to enjoy seven days a week. Raj Patel and family would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and a special thank you to everyone from the community for their continued support. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bill's Toasty Shop
TAYLORVILLE — A legend of its own, Bill's Toasty Shop holds a piece of history in downtown Taylorville. For more than 8 decades, people young and old have enjoyed a hamburger cooked right on the grill as you sit on one of the stools at the quaint little counter of the diner. Or maybe a hand made milkshake and an order of fried mushrooms or cheese balls hits the spot. The hardest decision is what to order from the full menu whether you dine in or carry out. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, make Bill's Toasty Shop a must.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1st Class Liquor
TAYLORVILLE — No matter what the occasion is when it comes to drinking, stop by at your very own 1st Class Liquors. They have dedicated our selves into selling the most varieties of craft beers, liquor and wine in Taylorville. They are Christian County’s number one craft beer headquarters.  They specialize in IPAs, stouts, porters, ciders, limited release and seasonal. They offer great customer service and competitive pricing. Any special request can be made at 1st Class Liquors. Come on in, and check out the new arrivals of wines and liquor for this holiday season and also check out the newly renovated interior.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Area Holiday Events
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Twilight Parade this Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Santa and Mrs. Claus promise to be a spectacular grand finale to Taylorville’s annual Christmas Twilight lighted parade, sponsored by DowntownTaylorville .org  on Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas in the park
TAYLORVILLE — Christmas in the park events include a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Pictured with Santa are Laila and Jace Hancock at last year’s event. In addition, Richard Landry will be on hand Dec. 8 to perform magic for the kids.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Taylorville Kiwanis club distribute coats for kids
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has been helping children since the club was chartered in October of 1954. This year is no exception as Taylorville Kiwanis members continue to do their part to make sure children are dressed appropriately for Central Illinois winters.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rachel Hager Nominated For Award
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The 6th annual Missouri March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards were held November 18, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. This is a fundraising gala to celebrate the nursing profession and nurses from around the State of Missouri and the neighboring metro Illinois counties.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pool resurfacing could cost park 200k
TAYLORVILLE — In a report presented to the Taylorville Park District by Mid-America Pool Renovation, the company says the Manners Park Pool is in need of significant repairs.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blue Mound man dies as result of one car accident
DECATUR — According to Macon County Coroner, Michael E. Day, David C. Waite, age 80, of rural Blue Mound, Ill. was pronounced dead in Decatur Memorial Hospital Emergency Room at 4:14 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Argentine national pleads guilty to forgery
TAYLORVILLE — A 50-year-old Argentine national pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery in Christian County Circuit Court, after prosecutors accused him of trying to buy goods at Pana Wal-Mart with a fake $100 bill.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

MMC to hold free seminar on spine surgery
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on minimally invasive spine surgery on Tuesday, December 12, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lads and Lassies present individual awards
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THS Ag students learn about tractor restoration
TAYLORVILLE — Agriculture students have been hard at work preparing the Oliver Super 77 for paint.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

March ballot taking shape with filings
TAYLORVILLE — Hopefuls started filing petitions today in Christian County Courthouse for the 2018 primary election.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Local woman seeks attorney in child endangerment case
TAYLORVILLE — A 34-year-old Taylorville woman was given more time to find an attorney after being charged in October with endangering two young children, who were found wandering along County Highway 1.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Midland Area Fire
Midland Fire Protection District and other neighboring fire departments responded to a fire at South Fork Dirt Riders on Illinois 104 Sunday evening. A building behind the main office was destroyed. The state fire marshal is investigating.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Meeting Notices
Monday, November 27, 2017

Giving Tuesday begins tomorrow
TAYLORVILLE — In the November 22, 2017 edition of the Breeze-Courier, information was provided about local charities for Giving Tuesday. Heartland Mini Hooves, a local 501(c)3 organization, was inadvertently left off the list.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Courthouse
Monday, November 27, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, November 27, 2017

Capitol Page
SPRINGFIELD – Taylorville High School senior Noah Nelson joined state Sen. Andy Manar at the Capitol in Springfield as his page for the day. Nelson visited the Capitol in November during the second week of the General Assembly’s fall veto session. He is the son of Ed and Teresa Nelson of Taylorville.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Edinburg FFA members attends two workshops
EDINBURG — On November 14, students taking agriculture classes had the opportunity to meet with Section 16 FFA officers and the Illinois FFA President, during the annual chapter visit. 
Monday, November 27, 2017

Local NRA affiliate holds final meeting of the year
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County National Rifle Association Affiliate (CCNRAA) held their monthly and final meeting for 2017 on November 20, 2017 at the Taylorville VFW Memorial Home. The organization noted that the annual fundraising banquet was successful. Disbursements of fundraising were voted on and dispensed. Review of the banquet was discussed. Burma Signage is moving forward. Suggestions for further fundraising was discussed.
Monday, November 27, 2017

A hero's feast
Veterans and their families are treated to a Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday at American Legion Post 73. This is the first year the American Legion has provided a Thanksgiving meal, thanks to the generous donation of a Legion member. Volunteers worked throughout Black Friday to prepare the feast. More than 60 veterans and family members signed up for the dinner.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday
Downtown merchants were busy Saturday morning with holiday shoppers. Marcia Banko, center, an store associate, and Ed Downs, right, store owner, help customers at Best for Less on West Market Street.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Roaring in the holidays
Spotted downtown on Friday were a reindeer and tyrannosaurus rex sporting Christmas lights. The festive creatures, who wished to remain anonymous, wished holiday cheer to Black Friday shoppers.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

St. Mary students learn about saints
TAYLORVILLE — Sixth graders in Cathy Schaeffer's class at St. Mary School are embarking on a new adventure to add to their studies on saints called "Paint My Saint." Following tradition of previous years, each student chose a saint to research and write about; they also created Google Slides presentations to present to all grade levels at their K-6 school. The sixth graders also designed sweatshirts featuring pictures and key words that describe their chosen saints. The students then became walking billboards to teach others the unique qualities their saints possess.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

First weekend of firearm season in Illinois sees harvest of 51,365 deer
SPRINGFIELD — Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 51,365 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on November 17-19. Hunters took 54,452 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2016.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

CNB donates to local law enforcement
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured is CNB Bank’s Kent Richardson presenting Officer Alan Mills a check for the Police Benevolent and Protection Associations annual Kids, Cops, and Christmas program. The program assists families in Christian County. Over the years, CNB Bank has been a generous sponsor for the event.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Kiwanis Club visits TJHS Kiwanis Builders Club meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Four members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club recently visited the monthly meeting of the Taylorville Junior High Kiwanis Builders Club.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

THS students participate in "Freshmen Success" program
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Class of 2021 visited Millikin University on Wednesday, Nov 15 as part of the “Freshmen Success” program implemented this year.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

TMH Auxiliary hosts Holiday Extravaganza
 TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary wrapped up their 2017 Holiday Extravaganza this past weekend. The two-day event was well attended by many guests, who enjoyed shopping over 30 local vendors, basket and quilt raffles and the Auxiliary’s Gift Shop. In addition to shopping, guests enjoyed a soup and salad luncheon prepared by TMH Food and Nutrition Services and served by the Auxiliary Volunteers.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Community Calendar
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Simpler, Flatter, Fairer Taxes
TAYLORVILLE — Congressman Rodney Davis envisions a day when most Americans could fill out their taxes on a form no bigger than a postcard.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Notice
Friday, November 24, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, November 24, 2017

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, November 24, 2017

LLCC Phi Theta Kappa hosts session on organ donation Nov. 28
 SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society will sponsor an information session on organ donation Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 5-8 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus. The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Edinburg names November Star Students
EDINBURG — Three Edinburg High School students were selected by their teachers as Star Student’s in the month of November. All three exemplified great qualities that stood out, including academic achievements, social skills, and positive attitudes.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Kiwanis hear from meterologist
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from Meteorologist Thomas Patrick from Newschannel 20 and Fox Illinois, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, November 24, 2017

First Presbyterian hosts Hanging of the Evergreens
TAYLORVILLE — First Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin, Taylorville invites the public to their annual Hanging of the Evergreens service.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Book Festival to follow the holiday tea
TAYLORVILLE – Downtown Taylorville will resemble a writers’ colony when the Christmas Book Festival is held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Preparing For The Season
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Charitable giving season kicks off Tuesday
TAYLORVILLE — Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

People encouraged to shop locally on Small Business Saturday

TAYLORVILLE — Small Business Saturday is set for November 25, 2017. 

The phenomenon began in 2010 as a way to help small businesses gain more exposure and find their niche between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DAR has program on quilts in history
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met on Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Programs consisted of "Quilts in History and Politics" and a tribute to veterans on Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Students in accelerated reader program

TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) students in first through fifth grades participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program each year. Classroom teachers work with Mrs. Diane Lowry, the Resource Coordinator for VCS, to set reading goals for each student based on their current reading level and past goals met.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Memorial Students Learn About The Importance Of STEM Education
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ministerial Assoc. raising funds for emergency fund
TAYLORVILLE — This Christmas season the Taylorville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Salvation Army Bell ringing. Funds raised will go to the Taylorville Ministerial Association’s emergency fund that assists people for gas, food and lodging, when needed. Eighty five percent will stay in Taylorville with fifteen percent going towards the Salvation Army. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Barbershop Chorus benefit concerts on Sunday
MATTOON — The Coles County Barbershop Chorus and quartets will present their 48th Annual Christmas Benefit Concerts on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Morrisonville to hold Old Fashioned Christmas
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 2, 2016 throughout the village. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Raymond to host Christmas Mall this Saturday

RAYMOND, Ill. — The Christmas Mall at the Kof C Hall in Raymond will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017. 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Be prepared for unexpected company

TAYLORVILLE — The latter part of the year is full of social engagements with family and friends. Pew Research Center says 92 percent of all Americans plan to celebrate Christmas as a holiday, with 69 percent using it as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Some baking shortcuts for time-pressed entertainers
‘Tis the season for baking cookies, cakes and other treats.  However, during the holiday rush, it’s easy to get side-tracked or tired, and perhaps even a little bit overwhelmed by all the things to do in such a short period of time. Holiday baking doesn’t have to add to seasonal stress. With these tips and shortcuts, there will be plenty of sweet treats for the family.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Talking turkey: Here's a test of your turkey day IQ
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Turkey boasts many nutritional, healthful benefits
TAYLORVILLE — If turkey is not normally on your lunch or dinner menu, come the holiday season it’s bound to show up in abundance. As soon as the weather cools and the crispness of late autumn is in the air, thoughts turn to more hearty meals, and of course, the fall pièce de résistance: Thanksgiving dinner. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Low Carb Recipes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Practical strategies to avoid the inevitable holiday weight gain
TAYLORVILLE — Staying fit during the holiday season can be quite challenging, even for the most ardent fitness enthusiasts and disciplined calorie-counters. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many people are offered a wide assortment of foods, beverages and other indulgences — typically in mass quantities. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday food recipes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving recipes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Co. board passes deficit-reducing budget
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board on Tuesday approved a new budget, which is expected to cut the county deficit by about $280,000.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

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

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

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

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

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Courthouse

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

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


Monday, November 20, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, November 20, 2017

Food Pantry Celebrates New Building
Monday, November 20, 2017

From The Sheriff's DeskBy Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

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


Monday, November 20, 2017

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

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

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

New THS STEM lab to redefine teaching conventions

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

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

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

Library holiday hours:
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Local churches look more closely at security

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier Writer

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Public invited to food pantry open house today

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

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Illinois State Museum to preview its legacy collection

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Bev Graham

Breeze-Courier Guest Writer

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chapter Learns About Opiate Crisis
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride raises $46,284.50

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

APL pet adoptions planned for today

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Assumption to host blood drive Nov. 30

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Second grader's letter prompts clothing drive at Christian school

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


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Courthouse
Friday, November 17, 2017

Police/Fire
Friday, November 17, 2017

Extravaganza Continues On Saturday
Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

County to vote on deficit-slashing budget Tuesday

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Little Miss Persimmon
Friday, November 17, 2017

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

Church Calendar
Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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

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

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Courthouse
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

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

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

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

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

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

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

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

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

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











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