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TMS Foundation seats new board members
Pictured above: Nancy Handegan, Billy Williams, and Nancy Handegan
Pictured above: Nancy Handegan, Billy Williams, and Nancy Handegan
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation welcomed three new board members and elected new officers at a recent meeting of its board of directors.

Board members also recognized the contributions of three retiring board members – Roger Hickman, Meg Kettelkamp and D.J. Kennedy – with a combined 18 years of leadership and dedication to the nonprofit hospital’s foundation.

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Anderson Jewelers

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State, fed disaster assessors tour Kincaid
KINCAID — Federal, state, and county officials all gathered in Kincaid on Thursday morning to tour the residential area of the village that was ravaged by flood waters in late December.

“This is a joint preliminary damage assessment conducted by the Illinois Emergency Management Association (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA),” said Donald Kauerauf, chair of the IEMA Illinois Terrorism Task Force. “All three of us are looking at it, and we’re going to see what relief programs may be available through this process.”

Friday, February 5, 2016

THS Student Council members to attend leadership event
Taylorville — Students from the Student Council of Taylorville High School will join thousands of other student leaders at a Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Chicago, Illinois on February 12-14, 2016.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Two-vehicle crash with injuries closes Rt. 48 Thursday afternoon
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Illinois Route 48 and Black Diamond Trail near Raymond closed Route 48 for approximately two and a half hours yesterday afternoon.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Rumors Bar holding Shriners benefit tournament
BULPITT — Rylee Kocurek, daughter of Mark and Susan Kocurek, has been a patient of Shriners hospital since she was nine-months-old. She was born with symbrachydactyly of her right foot. Her parents are raising money to give back to Shriners Hospital for everything the hospital does for Rylee.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Blue Mound soldier promoted to sergeant major
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jeffrey V. White of Blue Mound, Illinois, was promoted to the rank of sergeant major during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Jan. 30.
Friday, February 5, 2016

VisionWay January Star Students
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are the January Star students from Vision Way Christian School.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Lenten luncheon services set to begin on Feb. 17
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association (TMA) will host its annual ecumenical Lenten worship services from February 17 through April 18, 2016.
Friday, February 5, 2016

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Illinois history: Dred Scott once lived in Illinois
ILLINOIS — The controversial Dred Scott case of 1857 is considered a hallmark in the question of slavery in the United States.  Few realize that Scott once lived in Illinois.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lincoln Library Offers Free Day, Special Events
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — February brings an array of special events and family-friendly activities to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, including free admission on Lincoln’s birthday.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Backyard bird count and mini camp on owls at Rock Springs
DECATUR, Ill. — Show your love for birds by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Sunday, February 14 from 1-3pm at Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Events Calendar printed February 4, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Applications available for Ken Deck scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Many Taylorville Tornado sports fans will remember Ken Deck, Taylorville High School (THS) class of 1966, as one of the Tornado’s all-time greats, a two time THS Sports Hall-of-Famer with multiple awards. Football, basketball, baseball, track, you name it, he played it and played it well; an all-around athlete and leader.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Christian Co. Relay for Life holding ice cream social
TAYLORVILLE — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Christian County invites the community to an ice cream social to celebrate the first Relay For Life meeting of the year on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Taylorville High School Cafeteria, 815 W. Springfield St., Taylorville, Ill.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Leadership Program participants learn about local media
TAYLORVILLE – The third week of the 2016 LEADership Academy participants gained a better understanding of how the media works within Christian County and also explored some of the innovative technology being developed within the Taylorville area.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

St. Mary School celebrates Catholic Schools Week
TAYLORVILLE — St. Mary School joins Catholic schools across the diocese and nation this week in celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2016. Each year the last Sunday in January begins a week of activities that are spiritual, academic, and just plain fun. This year’s festivities run through February 6.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Center offering tax help for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center, 701 West Adams, will be sponsoring the local tax-aide program. Appointments are available now through April 7 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and can be made by calling the Center at 824-4263. Most appointments are approximately 45 minutes.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Overheated machinery cause of fire at Ahlstrom Tuesday
TAYLORVILLE — An over-heated piece of machinery is responsible for a small structure fire that occurred Tuesday afternoon at Ahlstrom Filtration, according to the Taylorville Fire Department.

The TFD was called out to Ahlstrom at approximately 1:59 p.m. yesterday, following a report of a structure fire at their East Elm Street location in Taylorville. According to Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall, about 50 feet of insulated duct work overheated and caught fire while Ahlstrom personnel were shutting down a machine located on the exterior of the plant.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Central A&M FFA Students Compete
FARMER CITY, Ill. — On Wednesday, January 27th, six members of the Central A & M FFA Chapter traveled to Blue Ridge High School to compete in the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. Erin Forlines and Mallory Burgener competed in the FFA Creed Speaking division.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stonington Debuts New Village Hall
STONINGTON — “It’s been a labor of love for more than five years, but we finally made it,” said Village of Stonington Superintendent Jeff Tumiati. He was referencing what has been an ongoing process of relocating the old and outdated village hall at 416 Main St. to the newly-constructed location at 118 East Fourth St.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Triad Hears About New Public Transit System
TAYLORVILLE — Jennifer Moore, pictured, mobility manager for the Central Illinois Public Transit System gave a presentation explaining the new public transportation system in Christian County.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducts new member
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting and inducted a new member at their weekly luncheon, Tuesday, at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Extension HCEA hosting seminar on all things garlic
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Home and Community Education Association (HCEA) and the University of Illinois Extension will host a seminar to learn about all things garlic on Tuesday, February 9 from 10-11:00 a.m. at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The students pictured were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. The students received a certificate and assisted with the morning announcements.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Millikin University celebrates Black History Month 2016
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2016 is "Because of Them, We Can."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Midland Community Bank Donates Jeans Day Fund
TAYLORVILLE — Midland Community Bank allows their employees to wear jeans on Friday if they donate $1.00. At their annual employee meeting in February, a local organization was chosen to be the beneficiary for the funds collected for the past calendar year.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Families Anonymous to meet in Taylorville and Pana
TAYLORVILLE — Families Anonymous is for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioral problems. There are two options for meeting locations in Pana and Taylorville. Pana Community Hospital, 101 E. 9th St., Community Meeting Room, Pana, Ill. from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.on the first Thursday of each month.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THS to participate in annual Area Choral Festival
TAYLORVILLE — The students of the THS Mixed Choir and Concert Choir will form the core of a 250 voice choir in the annual Area Choral Festival on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pack 68 Announces Pinewood Derby Results
TAYLORVILLE — Cub Scout Pack 68 held their Annual Pinewood Derby Race on Saturday, January 31.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hope remains 8 years after Tinley Park shooting
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after five women were found shot to death inside a Lane Bryant clothing store in Tinley Park, police say they believe there are people out there who know the killer’s identity.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Attorneys in Florida argue for execution delay
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Florida inmate asked the state’s highest court on Tuesday to delay his execution while the justices determine how to properly apply a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ferguson residents to get a say on police overhaul agreement
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New law imposes fine for minors with e-cigs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Anyone under 18 who’s caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dems will wait to send Gov. college funding bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he’s delaying sending a funding bill for colleges to Gov. Bruce Rauner in the hopes he’ll reconsider his threat to veto it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely
CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ex-prosecutor's children testify in Quincy trial
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Two children of a former Illinois prosecutor accused of killing his wife in 2006 have testified they saw their mother alive when forensic evidence suggests she was dead.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Historic Moline train depot to be razed, clock salvageda
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Preservationists have salvaged the clock and decorative stones from Moline’s historic train depot before it was to be razed.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

VFW Post 4495 Donation
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stonington discusses planned mini storage facility
STONINGTON — A new thirty-unit $100,000 mini-storage facility is currently being considered for construction in Stonington.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January in Illinois saw wild temperature swings
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois temperatures in January showed some very large swings in which the highs and lows tended to cancel each other out, with a monthly temperature of 26.7 degrees, or just 0.3 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Aldermen table Owaneco water rate adjustment
TAYLORVILLE — City of Taylorville officials, on Monday, voted to table a motion which would effectively cut Village of Owaneco water rates by more than 20 percent.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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CrimeStoppers printed February 1, 2016
PANA — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Pana.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Morrisonville Mouse Races
MORRISONVILLE — The annual Mouse Races were held Saturday, January 23 with a great crowd enjoying an evening of fun  and games.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Taylorville Community to host Community Blood Drive
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community will host a community blood drive from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 at 1500 West Franklin, inside Fellowship Hall. To donate, please contact Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60145 to locate the drive.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Local partners in TCCU's scholarhip program say they're 'paying it forward'
TAYLORVILLE, IL – In just its second year, TCCU’s Scholarship Program already has its loyal supporters and participants, most notably in the communities’ retailers.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Postal Employees Retiring
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Post Office will be losing a combined more than sixty-seven years of experience this month when long-time employees Mike Durbin (left) and Keith Vickers (right) retire
Saturday, January 30, 2016

At Work In The Kitchen
Kiwanis members volunteered to do the cooking and serving at Saturday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club Pancake and Sausage Day.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Taylorville National Rent-to-Own store is one- of-a-kind, corporate service hub
TAYLORVILLE —Since 2006, more than 19,000 electronic items, from 34 different National Rent-to-Own stores in both Illinois and Missouri, have been shipped to and repaired right here in Taylorville. In that regard, the Taylorville National Rent to Own facility is wholly unique. “All of our stores send their major electronic merchandise to Taylorville for repair. There are no other stores in our chain that do what we do,” said Service Manager Pat McBride.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Work for aid requirements to kick in
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Crowd Turns Out For Kiwanis Breakfast
Saturday, January 30, 2016

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens
Saturday, January 30, 2016

State had some remarkable women in late 1800s

ILLINOIS — Many people recognize the name of Jane Addams from high school history textbooks, but few know much else about this incomparable woman of nineteenth-century Illinois history. And she was hardly the only one.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why Cheap Oil Isn't Bad for the Environment
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

T'ville Food Center adds beer and wine to inventory
TAYLORVILLE — For the first time in sixty-two years, beer and wine will now be sold at Taylorville Food Center. “There’s never been beer in here, but after sixty-two years we just thought we would try something different,” said co-owner Gary Rhymes. “A lot of people come in and get their meat, and then head out to the lake or wherever, so it was really just about offering those people convenience.”
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heading to Mardi Gras? Hit the boudin trail
SCOTT, La. (AP) — Want a true taste of the real Louisiana? You'll want to get behind the wheel and head out of New Orleans and off into the cypress swamps and rice paddies of Cajun country.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

'Men Who Cook:' Reiss And Champley Best Of Show
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted their 6th annual Men Who Cook event Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

BACON-WRAPPED DATES, YES!
Saturday, January 30, 2016

BEER-STEAMED CHEESE AND MUSHROOM BEEF SLIDERS
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beer Adds Flavor To Super Bowl Sliders
Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Friday, January 29, 2016

State's attorney updates coalition on drug trends
TAYLORVILLE — “We see dozens of drug cases every month that directly involve the use of K-2’s (synthetic marijuana) and bath salts,” said Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera at the Christian County Prevention Coalition meeting on Wednesday afternoon. “If you’re talking about the number of cases that are affected indirectly by these substances, that number might be as high as 60 percent of all the cases we see. A lot of times, these drugs are the underlying cause for a lot of the battery cases we see, and they’re often the motive for robberies as well.”
Friday, January 29, 2016

FEMA to help assess flood damage in county
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Library receives donation in memory of Eleanor Lambert
TAYLORVILLE — Duane Avis recently made a generous donation of Caterpillar stock to the Taylorville Public Library. The Taylorville Library holds fond memories for Mr. Avis and his family, as his aunt, Eleanor Lambert, was the former librarian for years.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Prabhu guest speaker for Sertoma Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sertoma Club held its bi-monthly meeting Monday, January 25. Dr. Manjeshwar Prabhu was the special guest speaker for the evening.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Autism support group events
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave., Hillsboro, Illinois. We will have an open discussion format.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Extension and TMH team up for heart month
TAYLORVILLE — With the new dietary guidelines released a few weeks ago, one key recommendation that has remained consistent is cutting down on sodium.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Taylorville postman prevents house fire
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Postman Eric Martin was simply out on his route on the morning of January 26th when he noticed something out of the ordinary. “I was delivering mail to a residence in the East Adams neighborhood, and I heard a strange buzzing sound coming from the porch.” he said. “I got up there to deliver the mail, and noticed that there was an electrical cord where the insulation had burned through, It was arcing so I called the fire department.”
Friday, January 29, 2016

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

YMCA elects new president, welcomes new board members
TAYLORVILLE — At the 36th Annual Meeting of the Christian County YMCA, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2016 which includes Linda Smith being named the new board president.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Public questions TCUSD on proposed cuts
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville School Board gathered for a special meeting on Wednesday evening at the THS cafeteria in order to answer questions from the public and address concerns stemming from proposed cuts that could eliminate all junior high and freshman athletic programs and send Stonington Elementary students to Taylorville next year. In total, the cuts are estimated to save the district more than $680,000 annually.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Events Calendar printed January 28, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rock Springs announces early February events
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Spanish teacher gives presentation at this morning's weekly Optimist meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting this morning in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group with the morning invocation.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

CEFS offering utility help to income-eligible residents
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Ameren Illinois President Richard Mark announced today that the company has donated $40,000 to the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation to help customers with their energy bills. Hardship grants will be available to local residents who meet income-eligibility guidelines.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

LLCC Black History Month events open to public
SPRINGFIELD—Lincoln Land Community College will again celebrate African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Embracing Our Past, Reinforcing the Present and Providing Hope for the Future.”
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nine THS musicians selected to all-state program
TAYLORVILLE — “I think, as a high school musician from our area, this is kind of the pinnacle of where you want to be. You are representing yourself and your school as one of the best musicians in the state,” said THS Director of Music Chris Gunn in reference to the nine Taylorville High School students selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Conference.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pana City Council holds regular meeting
PANA — The Pana City Council met in their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Pana City Council Chambers. 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ISP stops car, seizes large amount of meth
LITCHFIELD — Approximately one pound of Methamphetamine (also known as Meth) headed from Mexico to northern Illinois, was intercepted by authorities on Interstate 55 near Litchfield.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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North School Students Of The Week
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School. The students received a certificate and assisted with the morning announcements.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Manners Park recreation director speaks to Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — Manners Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

United Way of Christian County funding available for 2017
TAYLORVILLE — All health and human care not-for-profit agencies serving Christian County and wanting to seek funds from United Way of Christian County for the 2017 funding year should contact the United Way office.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pana School Board hires IASB as search firm
PANA — The Pana School Board met with members of the Illinois Association of School Boards last night (IASB) to discuss the hiring of their firm to conduct the Executive Search for a new Superintendent of Schools once Dr. David Lett retires in 2017.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Public Meeting Notice printed January 26, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Park board holds regular meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Pleasure Driveway and Park District met in it’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening at the park office.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

People
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced the names of students qualifying for the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester. To qualify, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and have 12 hours calculated (B is equivalent to 3.0; A to 4.0).
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Preschool Screening to be held Feb. 17 and 22
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 Preschool Screening is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, February 22, 2016 from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. It will be held at Central School located at 515 E. Bidwell in Taylorville.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mickey Emerson speaks to Catholic Daughters
TAYLORVILLE — Mickey Emerson, nationally certified speech/language pathologist gave the Catholic Daughter of the Americas members insights about hearing loss and problems that it might cause in learning and communicating.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

South Fork High School to host community blood drive
KINCAID — South Fork High School will host a community blood drive from 1:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, February 1 at 610 Dial Street, inside the multipurpose Room.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LEADership Program sees county government firsthand
TAYLORVILLE — For the second week of the 2016, LEADership Academy participants met with several key local elected government officials and toured the Christian County Courthouse.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

IDNR delivers proposed bobcat hunting rules
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today delivered rules to implement bobcat hunting in Illinois. The proposed rules include:

Harvest of bobcats will be prohibited in northeastern and east-central Illinois.

Monday, January 25, 2016

At least 36 killed in snow-related deaths
(AP) — At least 36 people have died as a result of the mammoth snowstorm that pounded the eastern U.S. The deaths occurred in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning, and from heart attacks while shoveling snow:
Monday, January 25, 2016

Adams Co. ex-prosecutor, football star on trial in wife's death
QUINCY (AP) — A star football player at the University of Illinois, Curtis Lovelace returned to his western Illinois hometown with a law degree, later serving as a prosecutor who held lawbreakers accountable and as the local school board president.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Iowa caucuses will provide answers to some questions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Only a week remains before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in a tumultuous presidential campaign that has challenged long-held political assumptions.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Justices reject tough abortion law, uphold ban on automatice teen life sentences
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Trump's wife still remains private despite prospect of presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump. If that prospect evokes no clear image, that’s no accident.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Lakeland College hosting job fair, school visits
MATTOON — Does your business require a certain skill set or are you looking to hire highly qualified employees? If so, get a jump start on finding the right employees for your business at Lake Land College’s annual Job Fair.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Memorial hosting free seminar on artery health
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on arterial disease at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Sullivan Little Theatre to hold auditions Feb. 13
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Local auditions for The Little Theatre On The Square will be held on Saturday, February 13, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sullivan, Ill. for their 2016 summer season. Appointments are required for all auditioning.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Deadline approaching for volunteer nominations
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is reminding Illinoisans it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.
Monday, January 25, 2016

State's attorney to speak to prevention coalition
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Prevention Coalition has announced that Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera is the feature speaker at their Wednesday, January 27th meeting. Havera will be addressing illegal drug usage in the county and the criminal justice system’s response
Monday, January 25, 2016

Scout pack opens derby to all boys in grades 1-5
TAYLORVILLE — Cub Scout Pack 68 is gearing up for their Pinewood Derby. The race has been opened to all boys in grades 1-5.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed January 24, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Optimist Club to name law enforcement officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Each year, in keeping with the tenets of Optimist International, the Taylorville Optimist Club recognizes the month of May as “Respect for Law” month. The club in years past has invited a variety of law enforcement officials to be the guest speaker at meetings during May.  Representatives from agencies such as the FBI, ATF, DEA, ICE, ISP, Attorney General’s office, county and local police have made presentations to the Optimist Club.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Area nutrition program to maintain service 4 days a week
EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Golden Circle Nutrition Program was recently informed by the Area Agency on Aging that In spite of the state budget impasse lingering on, 60 percent of the State of Illinois General Revenue Funds were released to meet the nutrition needs of the elderly in the service area.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Volunteering in Kincaid
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) students felt honored to serve flood victims in the village of Kincaid. On Friday, January 8 and again on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the high school and junior high students assisted in the relief efforts organized by the American Red Cross and those representing the Southern Baptist Church who have traveled to central Illinois to help.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Honor Roll
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Origin of 'Go West, Young Man' is debated
ILLINOIS — The legendary phrase “go west, young man” became the embodiment of westward expansion in the United States in the nineteenth century. Tens of thousands joined the rush to settle the west, looking for political opportunity, economic gain, and a new start. 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stage Freight Theatricals to present 'A Killer 80's Reunion'
TAYLORVILLE — In conjunction with the Taylorville Memorial Hospital employee activity committee, Stage Freight Theatricals will present a classic “whodunit” murder mystery performance and dinner show on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Midland Community Bank donates to flood victims
KINCAID — Midland Community Bank is not only accepting donations to benefit the recent flood victims, but they are also stepping up and giving back to the community they serve. Midland Community Bank, CEO Mary Coy (right) is shown presenting a $5,000 donation to Midland United Methodist Church Reverend Linda Vonck.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Christian County CEO application deadline for next year extended
TAYLORVILLE — The application deadline to participate in the Christian County C-E-O, or "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" program, in the 2016-17 school year, has been extended thru March First.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Earning for Learning Grant Awarded
TAYLORVILLE — First graders in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years will receive a copy of the books "My Favorite Book" and "The Way to Go" as a result of the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation receiving a $2,100 award from Consolidated Communication's Earning for Learning grant program.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Miss Christian County Third In State Pageant
This past weekend Molly Holthaus, 2015 Miss Christian County, pictured left, competed at the 2016 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. The pageant is a part of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Annual Convention.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Former Taylorville CPA is indicted on felony charges
DECATUR — An accountant who practiced in Taylorville for three years has been indicted in Macon County on charges of financial exploitation of the elderly and theft.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Morrisonville CUSD releases test scores
MORRISONVILLE — “This year was supposed to represent base-line results for the PARCC test, but they are changing the format of the test so radically next year, that it’s going to be tough to measure year-on-year progress,” said Morrisonville School Superintendent Gary DePatis, prefacing the release of the district’s PARCC scores.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Emergency agency reviewing data on area flood damage
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is continuing to review damage information received from nearly three dozen counties impacted by severe storms and flooding in late December. IEMA asked counties to provide assessments of damages to homes as well as response and recovery costs incurred by units of local government. The deadline for submitting the information to the agency was Jan. 18.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Police/Fire printed January 22, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016

Courthouse printed January 22, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016

Richardson speaks to Optimists about career center
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Program kicks off with 'StrengthsFinder' training
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and University of Illinois Extension in Christian County kicked off the 2016 Leadership Academy with twenty participants. This year’s academy began with “StrengthsFinder” training at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.
Friday, January 22, 2016

DMCC Boxes Shipped to Troops in Korea
KOREA — The Davis Memorial Christian Church of Taylorville held their annual Christmas Package for the Troops drive in November of 2015. Over 40 boxes were boxed up in December and shipped to those serving overseas.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Prosser Family In Special Concert Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville native Denise Phillips Prosser and her family are returning to Denise’s home church, the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville, this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.to share with the congregation and community a joyful message of God’s love.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Village of Morrisonville holds regular meeting
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville met in their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Morrisonville Village Hall.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Manar, Scherer to hold flood recovery office hours in Kincaid
KINCAID — State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) have scheduled office hours in Kincaid to help families affected by the recent flooding in Christian County.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

'The King and I' Taps Into 'Hawaii Five-O' Star
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s next king has been awfully busy chasing bad guys on the streets of Honolulu.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a match made in musical theater heaven — Bette Midler will star in a Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Movie and theatrical producer Scott Rudin said Tuesday that the Divine Miss M will take on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the classic musical due to start next year.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Events Calendar
Thursday, January 21, 2016

North School Students Of The Week
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Illinois History:
ILLINOIS — Though Illinois is known primarily for agriculture, coal mining has been a key component of the state’s economy for over two hundred years.  By the late nineteenth-century, coal was one of the state’s top employers and most productive industries.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Microwaved muffin in a mug just the treat you need
(AP) — I'm not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. I'm a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I've only taken interest in the individually-made microwave version recently.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed January 20, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Police/Fire printed January 20, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

County Board meets in regular session
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board met in an abbreviated session for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening. Agenda items discussed at Monday’s audit and finance committee meeting were the only items on the docket.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Firing range ordinance goes back to committee
TAYLORVILLE — City leaders, on Tuesday evening, opted to have the Ordinance Committee take a second look at a proposed amendment to the city code which would pave the way for the construction of an indoor firing range in Taylorville.

With a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to table the matter, aldermen took no action last night on the passage of a draft ordinance which would establish guidelines for an indoor firing range, or ranges, within city limits.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Proposed school cuts prompt Manar visit
TAYLORVILLE — “We own the worst system in the country...it is the most unequal system by any measure or any account in the United States of American, and that is being played out every single day right here in this school, in the Taylorville School District,” said Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) at a press conference at North Elementary School in Taylorville on Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

People in the News printed January 20, 2016
FAYETTE, Mo. — Christina Schatz, of Pawnee, has been named to the Central Methodist University Dean's List for the fall of 2015. Schatz is a biology major at the main campus in Fayette.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THS hosting community blood drive January 29
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29 at 815 Springfield Road, inside East Gym.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dissections a big part of science curriculum at VCS
TAYLORVILLE — Junior high students at VisionWay Christian School (VCS) are continually exploring the world of science through hands on learning activities. “Hands on activities bring a science book to life for students.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kettelkamp reminds citizens to stay safe this winter
Winter is here and it comes as no surprise. In our county, winter hits at various times and it can be scary. It is important to plan ahead and prepare for the hazards winter brings. Often, those times of preparedness are left until the last minute. I’m going to share some tips on how to get yourself, and your vehicle, ready for the winter.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Representative Bourne announces legislative agenda
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Representative Avery Bourne (Raymond) announced four pieces of legislation that would impact the way that the State of Illinois creates a budget. Since Illinois has been without a budget since July of last year, Bourne sponsored new bills that address the current impasse and work to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Disaster victims entitled to local tax relief
TAYLORVILLE — Kincaid property owners, or any property owner in Christian County, who was adversely affected by the damaging flood waters should already have been given a form notifying them of their ability to have their property reassessed by Christian County. Any individual unaware of that form is encouraged to contact the county assessors office.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Manar, Scherer to hold flood recovery office hours
KINCAID – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) have scheduled office hours in Kincaid to help families affected by the recent flooding in Christian County.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Events mark MLK Day in St. Louis, Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Observers from St. Louis to Chicago are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day with commemorations and demonstrations.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sen. Manar Speaks At North School
TAYLORVILLE — Illinois Senator Andy Manar (center) was joined by Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau and State Representative Sue Scherer at North School Elementary in Taylorville today to discuss school spending reform.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bill would provide money for state utility bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois senator has introduced legislation that would authorize funding to pay for about $10 million the state owes for utility bills at government offices in the capital city.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

156K chickens added to list of birds being euthanized
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials investigating a bird flu strain that affected 10 turkey farms in southwestern Indiana have added 156,000 chickens to the list of thousands of birds being euthanized.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Local man accused of battering infant
TAYLORVILLE — A Taylorville man is facing up to 30 years in prison after allegedly battering an eight-month-old infant child.

The 29 year old was arraigned this morning in the Fourth Judicial Circuit on a one-count charge of aggravated domestic battery, a class-x felony that carries a sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Children's Museum open for Presidents Day
DECATUR — Children’s Museum of Illinois is opening its doors on Presidents Day February 15, 2016. While the Museum is normally closed on Mondays during the school year, this special openings will provide area families with a fun activity since schools and many daycares will be closed.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LLCC pharmacy tech program to begin Jan. 25
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Capital City Training Center (CCTC) has extended its partnership with MK Education to offer short-term health care training courses, including pharmacy technician.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Campaign to benefit M'ville Food Pantry
MORRISONVILLE — The First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville is sponsoring a “Looking Good – Feeling Good” campaign for the benefit of the Morrisonville Food Pantry.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pana Red Hat Club to donate to Pana Pool
PANA — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met for their monthly meeting recently. The meeting was to discuss which charitable cause they wished to donate and the Pana Swimming Pool won the vote.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Frey, prolific Eagles singer-songwriter-bandleader, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Frey, a rock ’n’ roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed West, co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley formed one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” has died.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crimestoppers printed January 18, 2016
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville. Sometime during the evening hours of Thursday January 14, 2016, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage and residence, located at 915 East Elm Street.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Icy Calm
TAYLORVILLE — Cold temperatures bring an icy calm to Lake Taylorville on Monday. Temperatures were expected to reach a high around 12 degrees on Monday, with west winds around 10mph. Wind chill readings were between 1 below and 11 below zero. Weather reports indicate a 20 percent chance of snow Tuesday afternoon with highs in the lower 20s.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Davis reacts to another anti-coal move by Obama
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced Friday it has ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined on federal lands:
Monday, January 18, 2016

Bradley University announces Fall 2015 Dean's list
PEORIA, Ill. — Cassandra L. Neal and Mia R. Rivecco, both of Taylorville, have received recognition on the Dean's List for the Fall semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Morrisonville Mouse Races
MORRISONVILLE — The 6th annual Morrisonville Mouse Races will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. It is hosted by the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus and it will benefit the Kitchell Memorial Library.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Lake Land College Community Choir
MATTOON — “All the boys and girls” will sing “Joy to the World” when the Lake Land College Community Choir meets to prepare for its spring concert, which will feature that song with its famous bullfrog, and other hits from the super seventies.
Monday, January 18, 2016

TJHS Builders Club donates to Big Brother Big Sister
TAYLORVILLE — Throughout the month of December the TJHS Builders Club held a drive for the Big Brothers Big Sister Organization. The Big Brother Big Sister Organization provided a wish list of booster seats, footballs, basketballs, and craft items. These items will be used by students in the district who belong to the program. The Builders Club along with Kiwanis Club were able to collect all the items on the wish list.
Monday, January 18, 2016

K of C donates to MSSE
ASSUMPTION — The Knights of Columbus Council 1026 of Assumption made a donation to Mid-State Special Education (MSSE) on January 13, 2016. Mathew Rund (right) delivered the donation to Brenda Patrick (left), Director of Mid-State Special Education.
Monday, January 18, 2016

CWA donates to Senior Center
TAYLORVILLE — Community Women's Association Treasurer Barb Duncan is shown presenting a donation to Christian County Senior Center Director Gerry Mahr.
Monday, January 18, 2016

DMCC Boxes Shipped To Troops In Korea
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nearly 2 dozen Chicago officers called before grand jury
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly two dozen Chicago Police Department employees have been called to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the 2014 death of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, according to records released to the Chicago Tribune.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lynn M. Kink, MD, joins Springfield Clinic Pediatrics
TAYLORVILLE — The board certified pediatrics team at Springfield Clinic continues to expand. Lynn M. Kink, MD, will join the medical team at Springfield Clinic Taylorville starting later this month.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hilton Plumbing of Pana Celebrates 40 Years
PANA — Hilton Plumbing of Pana celebrated its fortieth year of business in late 2015. Owner Greg Hilton and his father, Jim, started the business in September of 1975. They originally acquired the building and contents of what was, at the time, an existing plumbing company, Ditzler's Plumbing, located at 29 South Locust Street in downtown Pana.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

SLEEP GADGETS: GIMMICKS OR GREAT?
The market has exploded with options meant to help you sleep. Consumer Reports recently had its experts examine some of the latest in its labs.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

TMH Auxiliary's Men Who Cook welcomes newcomers
TAYLORVILLE — Whether it’s “to die for” BBQ, homemade cheese, exquisite chocolate chip cheesecake, exotic wild game recipes, or a unique spin on classic comfort foods, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Men Who Cook contest has been delighting the pallet and stimulating taste buds for the past five years. On January 23rd, almost two dozen area men will again put their culinary prowess to the test in this year’s sixth iteration of the event.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Optimist learn about concealed carry law
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2016, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Len Hempen called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Early interaction initiative expected to help employers stay current with payroll taxes
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new initiative designed to more quickly identify employers who are falling behind on their payroll or employment taxes and then help them get caught up on their payment and reporting responsibilities. The effort is called the Early Interaction Initiative.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Easy ways to trim wedding costs
Couples planning their weddings realize pretty quickly just how expensive weddings can be. Depending on where couples tie the knot, the costs can stretch into the tens of thousands of dollars, leaving many young men and women to scramble to find ways to trim costs without trimming quality.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Dresses For 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Grooms: Look your wedding day best
Weddings are a chance for couples tying the knot to be the center of attention. All eyes will be glued to the bride and groom on this special day, which makes it even more important for couples to look their collective best.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wedding good luck charms
Couples' wedding days are special moments, ones they hope pave the way to a life filled with happiness and good fortune.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Undergarments can make or break wedding looks
As guests' eyes are trained on couples come their wedding days, it is no surprise that both the bride and groom want to look flawless on their big days.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tame wedding day nerves
When couples tie the knot, many changes are in store, many compromises will be made and many lasting memories will be created. But in the weeks and months before their big days, couples can easily get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning, never taking inventory of their feelings until their wedding days have arrived.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Did you know?
Engaged couples often ask their closest friends and family members to be part of their wedding ceremonies.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Helpful hints when planning floral arrangements
When planning their weddings, couples may find themselves becoming experts on subjects they previously never gave much thought. Thanks to the cost of weddings, today's couples must make each decision carefully, and that may result in hours of research and discussion.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Delightful bean stew will have you humming in the kitchen
Saturday, January 16, 2016

4-H Medical SPIN club, supplies still needed for flood victims
TAYLORVILLE — The 4-H Medical SPIN Club is still collecting supplies to make first-aid kits for the 40 families from Kincaid that lost their homes in the recent flooding.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Illinois at near all-time low for factory work
As 2015 came to an end, Illinois quickly closed in on a new all-time low for manufacturing jobs, with a net of 14,500 factory jobs lost through the first 11 months of the year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Two $1,200 UWCC scholarships available, April deadline
 CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — University Women of Christian County will be offering two $1200 scholarships to female residents of Christian County, who have completed at least one year of college work (twenty-four semester hours).
Friday, January 15, 2016

Taylorville Junior High Holds Geography Bee
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Junior High School recently held its 2016 TJHS Geography Bee. The Bee is the first level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Getting and Giving
TAYLORVILLE — We’ve just emerged from a time and season within the church that celebrates the greatest gift that the entire world ever received, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. For countless generations, the giving and receiving of gifts have marked this blessed event. Songs have been written about this time and this emphasis.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Debate: Should lottery winners' names be secret?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even a jackpot isn’t enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.
Friday, January 15, 2016

4,000 artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of archaeological artifacts — and maps detailing where more can be found — are kept inside the national wildlife refuge buildings currently being held by an armed group of protestors angry over federal land policy.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Handing off the future of high school football in Illinois
BLOOMINGTON — Marty Hickman joined the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) staff in 1991 and became the organization’s sixth Executive Director in 2002.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Area gun range to host counter-terrorism seminar
ROCHESTER — “All you have to do is look at what is going on in the world, and that’s motivation enough to want to share some information and try to educate people about being better prepared to help protect this country,” said Del Wilber, who will be hosting a counter-terrorism seminar at Siddens Gun Range in Rochester on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

ECUSD to hold school improvement forum
EDINBURG — “We’re going to be doing school improvement planning this spring, before we can consider that, we want to have a good feel of the direction the community wants us to go,” Edinburg School Superintendent Fred Lamkey said at Wednesday evening’s regularly scheduled Edinburg School Board meeting. He was referencing a planned community-wide forum that is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 27th.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Police/Fire printed January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Courthouse printed January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016

THS Spring Musical Casts 'von Trapp' Family
TAYLORVILLE — The von Trapp family is an integral part of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical ‘The Sound of Music.’ This spring five area children will get the chance to portray that family in the THS rendition of the famous production.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Retired Illinois police officer writes gripping novel on terror attack
ILLINOIS — During a lengthy career in law enforcement, Ed Traylor never dreamed of writing a novel that would be picked up by the first publisher he contacted.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dogs and cats on road to adoption
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Animal Protective League (APL) is excited to announce its Mobile Pet Adoption Center will be putting more pets on the road to finding their forever homes. On Saturday, January 16, the Mobile Pet Adoption Center will be at Lowes, 2560 N. Dirksen Parkway from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stonington American Legion Auxiliary held meeting
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Post 257 met in regular session on Monday, January 11th with six members present. During the treasurer's report, Jane Besson gave information about the CDs held in the local bank.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

LLCC plans Campus Visit Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with new and returning adult learners, to Campus Visit Day Monday, Feb. 15 (Presidents Day). The free event is being held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road with two sessions scheduled, 9-11:30 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Murder Most Fowl
TAYLORVILLE — The TJHS Drama Club, led by Steve and Tammy Witt, will be performing the comedy, Murder Most Fowl.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sanitary District holds regular meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Sanitary District met in its regular meeting on Monday afternoon in the Taylorville Township building.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

USI's fall 2015 Dean's List released
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, the Dean’s List has been released for the 2015 fall semester at the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Ronald Rochon, provost, reported that 2,375 undergraduates were named to the Dean’s List.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

TRIAD speaks to Taylorville Kiwanis
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County TRIAD organization, which improves the quality of life for senior citizens, was the focus of Tuesday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club program during the club's weekly meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

North Elementary Student of the Week
The following students were selected as Student of the Week at North Elementary School: front row, from left: Ayden King, Lily Osborn, Maleah Repscher, Kannen Ostermeier and Channing Schafer. Middle row: Emma Kilduff, Kara Frey, Carter Kline, Rexton Pruitt, Sean Morrison and Kaylen Tucker. Back row: Emily White, Kyllie Cisco-Parker, Isaiah Krouse, Albin Letniku, Hayden Donoho and Selena Garcia. The students received a certificate and assisted with the morning announcements.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Illegal routing to sanitary sewer will be addressed
PANA — Mayor Steve Sipes addressed the issue of illegal hookup of storm water runoff from sump pumps directly routed into a sanitary sewer system at last night’s Pana City Council meeting.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Davis urges residents to utilize resource center
KINCAID — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) urges residents of Central Illinois who have been impacted by the recent flooding events to visit the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Kincaid.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kincaid employee to consult Labor Board
KINCAID — The Village of Kincaid’s regular meeting on Monday was mired by nearly an hour-long closed-session discussion regarding police personnel overtime.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

North Elementary Students of the Week
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bourne Co-Sponsors Bill: No Budget, No Pay
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is co-sponsoring legislation that would deny lawmakers their paychecks if there is no balanced budget. The State of Illinois is currently in its seventh month without one.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rural Electric co-op receive capital credit equity refunds
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) are receiving refunds on their electric bills, for the retirement of $268,957 in capital credit equity earned in 1982. Over 1,000 members still served by the co-op will see a refund credit on their billing statements mailed January 7, while 1,549 members who no longer have an active account were mailed refund checks.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LLC helps students complete FASFA info
MATTOON, Ill. — Lake Land College’s regional FAFSA Completion Nights can help you get started right away on the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TCUSD considers major cuts
Fate of jr. high and freshman sports, Stonington Elementary uncertain

TAYLORVILLE — In the last five years, the State of Illinois has withheld nearly $3.9 million in funding from the Taylorville School District, money that the district is entitled to, but not receiving.

In response to that shortfall, the district has faced some very tough decisions over the last few years. In an attempt to remain financially solvent, it has closed three elementary buildings, slashed operating expenses, and greatly reduced administrative and instructional staff through attrition. Yet, the district continues to find itself on the precipice of financial ruin.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Craig Lindvahl receives ISBE award
SPRINGFIELD — Members of the State Board of Education presented fellow Board member Craig Lindvahl of Effingham with a volunteer award for his 35-plus years of dedication to education and creating leadership opportunities for youth. The award was presented at the Board’s January meeting as part of the Year of the Volunteer program.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Christian County 4-H seek donations to help local flood victims
TAYLORVILLE — Due to the recent flooding that has devastated so many in the area; the Christian County 4-H Youth Leadership Team is conducting a canned food drive for the local food pantry of Kincaid.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Include good fats and carbs in a healthy eating plan
Come the end of the holiday season, many people resolve to rest, recharge and get back to healthy eating habits.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Low calorie foods that still fill you up  
Hunger can be a difficult hurdle to clear for people looking to lose weight. While nutritious foods don't lack for taste, many people adapting to new diets featuring healthy, low-calorie foods find themselves still hungry after meals, making it difficult for them to stay the course and reach their weight-loss goals.
Monday, January 11, 2016

For Whom The Bell Tolls
TAYLORVILLE — Ernest Hemingway penned the famous novel "For Whom The Bell Tolls" in 1940. While the story is centered around the civil war, the title certainly fits our story today. Those who currently live in Christian County or have lived in the past, certainly know about the Christian County Courthouse and the clock tower. It is 113 years old, having been built in 1902. It is the third courthouse to occupy the sleepy little town square and is iconic to the city, as well as the county. It houses numerous public offices, as well as the county courthouse. The original courthouse, which now sits on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society,  was once home to Abraham Lincoln when he practiced law. Much has been written about the courthouse and the history of the building. In fact, you can read all about it in a book titled "The Courthouses of Christian County, Illinois" written by Judge Ron Spears.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

New sounds from the courthouse
TAYLORVILLE — If you visited the downtown area during the holidays you may have noticed a new addition in the air, literally. The DowntownTaylorville.org (DTO) group was instrumental in securing a state of the art speaker and sound system to add a pleasant vibe to the environment.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016

6th Annual Men Who Cook Event
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is busy planning their 6th annual Men Who Cook event to be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Janice Hopper Auditorium. This year, Men Who Cook competitors, will be preparing a favorite dish in one of five 5 different categories; appetizers, soups, main dish, side dish, and dessert. 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kincaid contracts labor lawyer
KINCAID — At a special Village of Kincaid meeting on Friday evening, trustees voted unanimously to hire the law firm of Hesse Martone, P.C.

 “We’re getting legal council because the three street employees have showed interest in joining the union, the Teamsters Union out of Decatur,” Village President David Oller said. “We’re getting this person to negotiate our side. Typically, we are represented by Mr. Fines, but in this case, we felt we needed someone who deals more specifically with labor disputes.”

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Community Calendar printed January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Exercise your brain with history in 2016
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum invites anyone with a love of history and books to join its brown-bag book discussions throughout 2016.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cub Scout Pack 68 opens derby race to public
TAYLORVILLE — Cub Scout Pack 68 is opening their Pinewood Derby Race to any boys in the 1st – 5th grade. The race day is January 31, 2016, with weigh ins starting at 2:00 pm and the race starting at 3:00 pm. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Webelos Scouts Can Earn "Into the Woods" Pin January 14
DECATUR, Ill. — Webelos Scouts can earn their “Into the Woods” pin at Rock Springs Nature Center during a workshop, on Thursday, January 14 from 6-8 p.m. Scouts will learn the basics of trees, explore the nature center and plant a seed to care for to earn this pin.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Police/Fire printed January 8, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016

Public Meeting Notices printed January 8, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016

Committees commend disaster response efforts
TAYLORVILLE — At Thursday evening’s City of Taylorville Personnel and Emergency Services Committee meetings, Taylorville Police Chief Dave Herpstreith and Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews both commended all those involved in last week’s disaster relief and search efforts.
Friday, January 8, 2016

City adopts new electric supplier
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville residents and small business should have already received a letter in the mail from the City of Taylorville detailing the upcoming switch to Homefield Energy, the new supplier of electricity for the City’s Municipal Electric Aggregation Program.
Friday, January 8, 2016

LLCC's Academy of Lifelong Learning to hold Winter Celebration
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites the public to its winter celebration, “The Beach is a State of Mind,” Friday, January 29.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Lake Land College Nursing Club makes donation
MATTOON, Ill. — The Lake Land College Nursing Club recently donated $750 to the One Stop Community Christmas event.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Bourne Receives Award
GIRARD — Representative Avery Bourne (Raymond) was presented an award from LeadingAge Illinois for her commitment and dedication to senior citizens.
Friday, January 8, 2016

CWA to Award Scholarships
The January meeting of the Community Women's Association was held January 6 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The group voted to award two $1,000 scholarships this year.
Friday, January 8, 2016

St. Rita's Christmas Mass
KINCAID — St. Rita’s Christmas mass took place on December 24, 2015. Pictured from left are: (shepherd) Michael Foli, (Joseph) Brody Pop, (Mary) Bella Sappetti, (shepherd) Carter Foli.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Public Meeting Noticed printed January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Police/Fire printed January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Courthouse printed January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

TDA receives donation from Hopper Foundation
TAYLORVILLE — The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation recently made a contribution to the Taylorville Development Association (TDA). The Taylorville Development Association is in the process of developing a new industrial park for Taylorville and Christian County.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Taylorville Kiwanis attend pancake and sausage day
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Kiwanis Club members attended the North Mac Kiwanis Club Pancake and Sausage Day ON December 12. The North Mac club is comprised of members from the Virden and Girard area.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

LLCC's Academy of Lifelong Learning to hold winter celebration
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites the public to its winter celebration, “The Beach is a State of Mind,” Friday, January 29.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lincoln Land Foundation accepting scholarship applications
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students considering or planning to attend Lincoln Land Community College beginning in fall 2016 are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is March 1.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hunter Safety Education Class in January
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Class this January. This 10 hour class meets at Rock Springs Nature Center on Monday, January 18 from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, January 20 from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, January 22 from 6-10 p.m.
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