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County committee discusses failed tax referendum
Members of the Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings and Grounds Committee discussed what options are available after the recently failed referendum for a 1% Safety Sales Tax increase to pay for a new jail and sheriff’s office at its meeting on Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville. Engineer Bill Kennedy said the problem is not going to go away anytime soon and a plan of action was needed.

Kennedy felt one of the reasons it failed was because there was no plan for the public to see before the vote.

“Tax increases are never popular, but the thing was done with no plan and a request for money in perpetuity, which doesn’t make sense” Kennedy said. “We have to figure out what will fix the problem we have and how much money we will get into initially before we do anything else to the facility.”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Battle of the Badges blood drive set for this Friday
The Taylorville Police and Fire Departments will host the second annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1-6 p.m. in the training room at the fire station, located at 202 N. Main Street in Taylorville.

Citizens are encouraged to sign up by contacting the Red Cross at 800-733-2767 or visit their website at RedCrossBlood.org and enter “Taylorville” to schedule your appointment.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, April 10, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a deer stand that was on the property of Route 29 Kustoms, located at 1110 North Cheney Street. The unknown vehicle then left the scene heading south on Cheney Street. The stand and moorings were damged. The total dollar amount of the damage unkown at this time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Kincaid approves website; employee wage increases
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night. Village Clerk Marla O’Dell presented information to the board about creating a Village website. O’Dell recently spoke to the Village of Stonington clerk about their website. The proposal provides the opportunity to for residents to participate in online payments for water bills.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Memorial Health pauses administration of J&J vaccine
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Health System (MHS) has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, MHS has immediately suspended Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at all locations.

 In Springfield, MHS is partnering to offer clinics this evening at Third Presbyterian Church; Wednesday at MERCY Communities Inc.; and Thursday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. We will administer Pfizer vaccine at these locations, rather than the Johnson & Johnson that had originally been scheduled.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pana Council approves more downtown renovation
The Pana City Council continued its efforts to rehabilitate downtown Pana during its Monday night meeting. Those items included purchasing the McAfee building at 15 S. Locust and demolishing it and a building to the north, called the Bailey building, next to the AAMP building.

In addition, the Council approved making an agreement with Brunner Auto Supply to transfer ownership of the lots, contingent upon the execution of the Jack Flash Project. All eight members of the Council were present and all of the measures passed unanimously.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

T'JHS to get new principal next year
Beginning next school year, the Taylorville Junior High School will have a new principal. Current Memorial Elementary Principal Eric Bruder is poised to take the reins at TJHS while current jr. high principal Jessica Miller, on the other hand, will move into the position of district tech administrator.

The Taylorville School Board voted 4-1 (Steve Turner-no, Dave Driskell-absent, Rick Bryan-absent) Monday to approve the personnel changes. Turner — who is currently the outgoing board president — objected, saying he thought the newly elected board should be the ones to approve new administration. Turner actually motioned to table the decision; that motion, however, died for lack of a second.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

County committee tables early negotiations request
Members of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee voted to table until their May meeting a request from the Fraternal Order of Police to begin contract negotiations early. The committee met on Monday night in the Courthouse.

According to County Board Chairman Matt Wells, the current contract calls for negotiations to begin 90 to 120 days prior to the expiration of the contract. The contact reportedly expires on Nov. 30, 2021.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pana man guilty, aggravated fleeing
A jury deliberated 10 minutes before finding Brian M. Mahnke, Pana, guilty of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, a Class 4 felony.

According to Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke, Mahnke failed to appear in court and the trial proceeded in his absence.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Village projects stall waiting on paperwork
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Village has been working hard on two major infrastructure projects, the raw water line improvements and CTI’s installation of fiber Internet throughout the Village. While both are still moving along, getting the necessary paperwork compiled and completed has caused the projects to stall in momentum.

Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board that he has finally finished getting all the easements necessary for the project, but was still working on the rest of the legal work. The Archeological study necessary before any large project to check for historical and cultural artifacts was completed without any discoveries. The  study was done on both sides of the project area in case any issues came up later and the workers had to switch sides, they could do so immediately without having to wait for another study to be completed. The Village President had also contacted the necessary five Native American tribes to let them know about the work, as well. Romano hoped to have the rest of the paperwork finished as soon as possible.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Driver involved in deadly car crash posts bond
Robert R. Hodson, 46, Taylorville, has been released from Christian County Jail after posting $200,000 cash bond (10% cash applies). He was charged Friday with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death, following a accident Thursday night in which two individuals were killed.
Monday, April 12, 2021

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Monday, April 12, 2021

TMH to host blood drive April 22
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22nd at Christian County Extension Office, inside Auditorium.

To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60050 to locate the drive. Masks and appointments are required.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Morrisonville FFA Hosts Petting Zoo
Monday, April 12, 2021

Officer Campbell nominated for Office of the Year
The Taylorville Optimist Club is proud to present the first nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year. Robert Campbell is a 32 year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Having started his career in 1987 at the Pontiac correctional facility, he left after 19 years and went to Graham correctional facility in Hillsboro in 2006. After spending 3 years at Graham, Rob then transferred to the Taylorville Correctional Center in 2009. Rob retired from DOC in 2018. Since that time, Rob has served as a Court House Security guard and is still serving in that capacity today.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Bond set for Hodson
On Friday, April 9, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4 and ISP District 9 arrested Robert Hodson after being discharged from a local hospital.  

Hodson was charged with 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(F) Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death (Class 2 Felony). The penalty for this offense carries a term of imprisonment not less than six years and not more than 28 years since it involved the death of more than one person. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

LLCC to host Campus Cruise April 21 for prospective students
Prospective students are invited to participate in the Campus Cruise April 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Land Community College’s Springfield campus to learn more about the college’s programs, services and facilities.

Participants can take a tour of campus from their cars, accessing videos on their smartphones at various stops along the way. A map of the driving route and videos for each stop are available at www.llcc.edu/campus-cruise.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

MHS FFA Chapter Hosts Petting Zoo
The Morrisonville FFA chapter held a petting zoo Thursday, April 8th. Pictured are elementary students visiting with the FFA members and learning about the farm animals.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

TMH to host blood drive April 22
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22nd at Christian County Extension Office, inside Auditorium.

To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60050 to locate the drive. Masks and appointments are required.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Club discusses fund raising for Kiwanis Park
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about upcoming fund-raising efforts, and plans for further work at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. 
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Pana Jurior High School gets new principal
The Pana School Board hired Lisa Mayhall as the new principal for Pana Junior High School. The action took place during the board’s special meeting on Wednesday night. Her appointment was announced as a “transfer,” since Mrs. Mayhall is already employed at the junior high.

Her appointment will commence with the 2021-22 school year beginning July 1, 2021. Juletta Ellis, the current junior high principal, announced her resignation at the March meeting of the board.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

MHS FFA Chapter hosts drive-thru breakfast
The Morrisonville FFA Chapter recently hosted a drive through pancake breakfast this week. Pictured from left are Jhia Walker, Ava Saxe, Caitlin Clarke, Mason Tryon, Bella Tryon, Tessa Funderburk and Tessa Saxe.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Pana High grad earns U. of Houston teaching excellence award
The University of Houston has awarded a 2021 Teaching Excellence Award to Justin T. Burris, Ed.D., a professor in the College of Education, for his outstanding performance and dedication to students.

The recognition is among the top teaching honors at the University of Houston, a Tier One public research institution with more than 2,800 faculty and 47,000 students. Burris won in the instructor/clinical category.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Two killed in deadly crash on Ill. Rt. 48, alcohol involved
There was a two vehicle fatal crash on Illinois Route 48 near E 1550 N near Taylorville. The crash happened around 11:04 p.m. on April 8.

The driver of the first vehicle was Robert M. Hodson, a 46-year-old male from Taylorville, who was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries. The second driver was a 19-year-old female from Taylorville who was pronounced deceased on scene. Identification is pending notification.

 A 19-year-old female passenger from Lafayette, Ind., was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening-injuries. Identification withheld due to the severity of her injuries. The second passenger was an unidentified male who was pronounced deceased on scene.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Cops, coffee and cold scoops tonight
Local coffee and ice cream business LP Coffee & Creamery will be hosting a free fund raising event from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. tonight. The cops, coffee, and cold scoops event will be raising money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Pinewood Derby
The Log Cabin Railsplitter District Pinewood Derby was held at the Taylorville VFW. The event was open for the top finishing racers from Cub Scout packs in Christian, Montgomery, and Macoupin counties. Pack 74 in Morrisonville took the five top places.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Optimists Announce Easter Winners
The Taylorville Optimist Club once again participated with the Taylorville Park District, in providing candy filled eggs for the 2-3 year old age group. Two “special eggs” were hidden that contained a coupon good for a toy package.
Friday, April 9, 2021

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Flowers in the desert
Along the western coast of South America, there’s a vast desert that is unimaginably dry. In fact, the Atacama Desert in Chile is said to be among the driest places on earth. According to Reuters, the arid climate in the Atacama allows scientists to use the region as a way to gain insight about what life and living conditions might possibly be like on Mars. However, typically every five to seven years something amazing happens in this parched wilderness. A brief, uncommon period of rain will come across the desert, and seeds buried in the nutrient-scarce soil germinate and flower. And for a few weeks, the desert floor is carpeted with a beautiful landscape of vibrant blossoming plants. It’s referred to as the "desierto florido" (flowering desert). The spectacular colors of white, purple, and yellow, draw visitors and botanists from Chile and around the world. It truly is an amazing sight to behold.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Details of $250,000 gift for Pana baseball, softball discussed
A potential quarter-million dollar gift to the newly organized Pana Diamond Club was the topic of discussion during a special meeting of the Pana School Board on Monday night in the Pana High School library. An anonymous donor is pledging the money to make the infield at Panthers Field, just west of Pana Junior High School, an artificial turf surface.

Blair Angel, secretary-treasurer of the newly formed Pana Diamond Club, spoke to the board about her efforts to have the organization registered as a 501-3c not-for-profit organization, which would be able to accept the donation and have it be tax deductible to the donor. The Diamond Club would be a support group for baseball and softball at the high school and junior high school level and all of the teams would be able to compete on the new field. The outfield would remain natural turf.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Stonington addresses concerns about gas increase
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night. Village President Bruce Dowdy relayed information to the board regarding a grant that has been submitted for “shovel ready” projects. Part of the project will include two filters at the water plant that are not part of the big grant already taking place. This grant should help get all the equipment ready and electronics in them for the chlorine room project. There will be some engineering costs to that.

Mark Bingham, Engineer with Chastain and Associates, explained if a general contractor did the entire project the filters would cost $76,247.31, changing the chlorine to liquid chlorine cost is $24,955.35. There would be additional engineering costs associated for this project. The deadline for submitting the grant application is April 8, 2021. Dowdy said he made the decision ahead of time to get the grant application in, as the deadline was fast approaching.

Dowdy reiterated to the board he has been in contact with Congressman Rodney Davis’ office regarding any federal relief for the increase in gas the past couple of months.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Phase II, Mt. Auburn water project to begin in May
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Lee Beckman, from Milano and Grunloh Engineering, was present at the Board meeting to show the board the bids for the Phase II water project to replace the Village’s aging and rusted water systems. Before sharing the bids, Beckman told the Board that the costs for the project had gone up more than anticipated. That was do in part to any construction work being more costly currently as a result of production lines struggling to recover from the Pandemic impact. The pipe prices alone had tripled. Despite that, Beckman did not recommend waiting for the prices to go down or trying to re-bid, as he did not see the prices improving any time soon and the Village needed the work down.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Illinois music history exhibit opens April 30 at ALPLM
The next special exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the amazing musical history of Illinois by putting the spotlight on legends like rockers Cheap Trick, jazz great Miles Davis, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss and “king of soul” Sam Cooke.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

BioBlitz 'Spring Things' this Friday in Springfield
The BioBlitz “Spring Things” event is set for April 10, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Railsplitter Pavilion in Springfield.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Local officials react to election results
Tuesday’s consolidated election saw a handful of key races and even a couple of big issues on the ballot.

In the wake of that election, the City of Taylorville will see Mayor Bruce Barry retain his seat while Scott Alberssen will assume the role of City Treasurer.

Voters also denied a proposal to increase sales tax by one percent, which had bee pitched as a revenue stream to update the county jail.

Finally, Billie Heberling will step into the role of Taylorville Township supervisor, which is a position that has been shrouded in turmoil for the last year.

The Breeze-Courier asked several of the newly elected or re-elected officials for a brief comment regarding Tuesday’s election.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Fire Guts Block Of Downtown Pawnee
Approximately five businesses on the east side of the square in downtown Pawnee were  destroyed yesterday after a devastating fire broke out.  The fire was so large that several fire departments from the area were called out to assist including: Midland, Riverton, Rochester, Auburn, Divernon, Virden, Chatham, Springfield and Decatur. According to TFD Fire Chief Matthew Adderman, Taylorville was not called  to assist.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nathan Pastor is elected Pana mayor
In his first run for political office, Nathan Pastor, 37, of Pana, was elected Mayor of the city in the Apr. 6 Consolidated Election on Tuesday. He won by a margin of better than 2-to-1 over his nearest competitor, Steve Scott, 58, who is Third Ward Alderman in Pana, 578 votes to 215.

Rod Helm, the third mayoral candidate, received 71 votes. Current Pana Mayor Don Kroski, did not seek re-election.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

THS Homecoming parade moved to Saturday, April 17
The Taylorville Homecoming Parade has been changed from Wednesday, April 14th to Saturday, April 17, 2021.

According to THS Principal Matt Hutchison, “Due to COVID protocol we had some football players under quarantine and they will be finished with it on Thursday. We wanted to make sure as many kids as possible could participate in the festivities, so we have decided to move the parade to Saturday at 1 p.m.”

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

By the numbers: Christian County election results
According to unofficial election results, 6,682 votes were cast in Christian County in Tuesday’s consolidated election. Voter turnout, then, was reported at 30.4 percent. Relative to the 2019 consolidated election, Tuesday’s vote count was up signficantly as only 2,326 ballots were cast two years ago. Here’s how Christian County voted in contested races Tuesday:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

THS Homecoming parade scheduled for next Wednesday
The THS Homecoming is scheduled for the week of April 12-16 with as much school spirit planned as possible.

Although, there will not be a dance, pep rally or bonfire this year, they are still having a Homecoming Court and parade, along with school related activities throughout the week.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Show your support to raise awareness of child abuse
The ROE #3 Learning Express Staff, as well as many other organizations and individuals, will be wearing blue on Friday, April 9th to show their commitment to preventing child abuse.

Parents who are pregnant or have children under the age of 3 are invited to visit the table on the courthouse lawn in Taylorville to learn more about their program and receive free giveaways such as diapers, books, and much more.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

City okays 2nd round of business stimulus
City of Taylorville aldermen voted 6-1 Monday night (Chris Skultety-no) to move forward with a second round of economic stimulus payments for local businesses that have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Back in June of last year, the city approved a stimulus plan that provided up to $1,500 in relief for local businesses to be paid out of the City’s Business Development District (BDD) fund. Likewise, this newest round of stimulus payments will also be paid from the same fund. This time around, however, payments will be limited to $500.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

THS Homecoming Court Is Announced
The 2021 THS Homecoming Court has been announced.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Eagles Host Easter Egg Hunt For Four & Five Year Olds
The Taylorville Eagles hosted an Easter Eggs hunt for 4 and five year old children over the weekend.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Monday, April 5, 2021

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Christian County's only daily newspaper gets new ownership
TAYLORVILLE — The 127-year-old legacy of Christian County’s only daily newspaper, the Taylorville Breeze-Courier, will continue into the future under the ownership of Greg Hoskins and Better Newspapers, Inc., headquartered in Mascoutah, Ill. The sale was announced by Hoskins and Publisher-Editor of the Breeze-Courier, Marylee Cooper, on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Taylorville voters will decide Tuesday
TAYLORVILLE — Voters in the Taylorville School District will be asked to elect members to the Taylorville School Board by “at large” majority, or continue with the practice of limiting the number of board members to three from a specific Congressional Township when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hollywood, Illinois? Many actors hail from Illinois, many movies filmed here
ILLINOIS — The cornfields of Illinois are a long way from the glitz, glamour, and—many would say—shallow lifestyle of Hollywood.  But many actors were either born or raised in Illinois, and a surprising number of movies and television shows have Illinois ties.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Shelby County Art Show 2021 to open April 10
SHELBYVILLE — The Shelby County Art Show 2021 is now up and ready for viewing, thanks to SCAS Committee members Delta Collett, Bobbie and Paul Dimock, and Carol Kessler.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Earl Walters wraps up 30-plus years as an election volunteer
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Up and coming author: Nelson inks first book
TAYLORVILLE — Since leaving Taylorville High School, where he was an editor for the Zephyr, Noah Nelson has found meteoric success as a talented writer and a budding journalist.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Mott recognized as state FFA proficiency winner
MOWEAQUA — Hunter Mott was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Poultry Production Entrepreneurship.  Hunter is a member of the Central A&M FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. 
Saturday, April 3, 2021

CA&M FFA Earns Second
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Pioneer hero Samuel Whiteside is buried in Christian County
ILLINOIS — One of the pioneer heroes of Illinois during its territorial and early statehood eras was Samuel Whiteside, who was Abraham Lincoln’s commanding officer during the Black Hawk conflict.  He is buried in Christian County.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Advice to Grow By: When to prune spring trees and shrubs
TAYLORVILLE — Spring-blooming trees and shrubs are bursting into flower, with forsythia and star magnolias leading the way in many gardens, but the parade will continue throughout the spring months in many gardens, wrapping up with lilacs and weigelia. Along the way, you might enjoy the varieties of dogwood (Cornus); acid-lovers like azalea and rhododendron; hydrangeas and viburnums; and trees that include flowering cherry and redbud.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Sow vegetable seeds and harvest goodness
TAYLORVILLE — Along about February one begins to think about what they want to plant in the garden come spring. It is good to make a list of what seeds you wish to plant and when to plant them. The Farmers Almanac is a good resource for telling you the best time to start seeds indoor and outdoor. This year I planted my seeds February 27 which is a couple of months before the last spring frost.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Oxygen bleach, water will remove most leaf stains
TAYLORVILLE — Leaves that fall from trees can be a marvel to behold. But leaves can stain exterior surfaces when they eventually settle on vehicles, concrete driveways, patios, and other surfaces, become wet and/or are not cleaned away in a timely fashion.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Some shade tree picks from Arbor Day Foundation
TAYLORVILLE — Various factors motivate the decisions homeowners make when designing their landscapes. Some may be motivated by the ways additions will affect the resale value of their homes, while others may be guided by a love for a particular type of plant. Comfort is yet another motivator, and shade trees can make yards more comfortable as the mercury rises. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the following are some popular shade trees that can add beauty to a landscape and make it more comfortable come the dog days of summer.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Choose grass that suits your climate and region
TAYLORVILLE — Establishing a vibrant lawn requires research, including determining which type of turf is the best fit for a property. The lawn experts at Pennington say that homeowners can set up their lawns for success by choosing turfgrasses that thrive in their region.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Be patient, blueberries don't bear much fruit at first
TAYLORVILLE — A trip to the produce aisle at a local grocery store can unveil a host of healthy additions to anyone’s diet. Such a jaunt also can raise eyebrows, as produce, particularly organic fruits and vegetables, can be very expensive. Consumers may feel helpless to corral the cost of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, but all hope should not be lost. That’s especially so for people willing to give gardening a try.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

One of most prolific cicada generations is coming
TAYLORVILLE — Just when people thought it may be safe to take a collective breath after the roller coaster year that was 2020, something big is on the way — and they’re planning on arriving in the billions.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Pergola or gazebo?: Looking at options for your yard
TAYLORVILLE — Designing an ideal backyard space requires forethought and an eye for style. Knowing which features to include in a yard often boils down to what homeowners want to achieve in the space. Will it be a relaxing oasis or a central entertaining focal point?
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Techniques to revitalize a lawn after a long winter
TAYLORVILLE — Pristine, snow-covered landscapes can be wonders to behold. While that blanket of white is idyllic, a lawn’s delicate blades may be paying a hefty price beneath the cold, heavy piles of snow.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Learn the right ways to clean lawn & patio furniture
TAYLORVILLE — Once the days begin to grow a little bit longer and the numbers on the thermometer creep a tad higher, outdoor entertaining season is right around the corner. Homeowners may be anxious to once again return to the comforts of their backyards. However, their patio furniture may not be ready for lounging just yet.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Extension offering online program on gardening
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The U of I Extension will host a free online Container Gardening with Vegetables program.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Amid glow of open day, cloud looms over MLB
ATLANTA (AP) — Amid the glow of baseball’s opening day, there is a cloud looming over the All-Star Game still more than three months away.
Friday, April 2, 2021

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Friday, April 2, 2021

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Friday, April 2, 2021

The story behind 'I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die'
The first time Sarah J. Robinson tried to kill herself was eight months after she became a born-again Christian.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Southern gospel group to perform in Pana April 18
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will perform at United in Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana on April 18, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Minister's Message: Ginned up emotion
TAYLORVILLE — This Sunday, we Christians celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Others celebrate eggs, rabbits or something else, however the World over knows this is a special day.
Friday, April 2, 2021

FCWC to host Easter services, activities this weekend
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) in Taylorville will host a candlelight Communion service at 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. They believe in open Communion, that is, one need not be a member of the church to participate in Communion.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Davis Memorial Drive-In Worship Service
Friday, April 2, 2021

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Weittenhiller tenders resignation at Y
TAYLORVILLE — After a 12-year tenure with the Christian County YMCA, Chris Weittenhiller, Executive Director, has tendered his resignation to the organization’s Board of Directors effective April 23rd, 2021.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Donors provided disinfection systems to TMH
TAYLORVILLE — A gift to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation from two local donors has supplied the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Environmental Services department with two additional disinfection systems.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Musical Group To Perform At Art Show
The Shelby County Art Show has a past of featuring visual art and other arts areas.  In August, a new songwriter group will be sponsored by Keepers of the Arts at Flourishes and will include many benefits. For example, individuals will be able to record and have their songs digitally produced at no cost.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Rock Springs offering kids' nature kits
In place of in-person Mini Camps, the Macon County Conservation District is offering one more Mini Camp Nature Kit this spring. These nature-themed kits are designed for children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy. The pre-packaged kits contain activities, games, and crafts exploring each camp theme. Each kit includes materials for one child.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Information sought in local hit and run accident
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.

At around 7:25 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021, an unknown vehicle rear ended a vehicle near the intersection of Cherokee and Ash Streets. The suspect vehicle then left the scene heading northbound on Cherokee Street. The suspect vehicle is described as a gray SUV. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

LLCC Ag Club wins state, nat'l awards
Twenty-eight Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference held virtually Feb. 22-25. LLCC then moved on to compete in the virtual National PAS Conference March 15-19 with students from 33 colleges and universities. These contests are designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Millikin in-person graduation May 16
Millikin University will celebrate the Class of 2021 with two in-person Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. Undergraduate and graduate students, including doctoral students, will be honored during the ceremonies.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cub Scout Pack 74 holds annual Pinewood Derby
All twenty two Cub Scouts from Pack 74 competed in the annual Pinewood Derby Sunday at the Morrisonville American Legion Hall. The Cubs and their families created a race car from a basic kit, and then raced them to find out who had the fastest car.

The Cubs were able to race on a new track this year, thanks to donations from local supporters. The new track is easier to assemble, has a better timing system, and a smoother surface for racing.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Dept. of Labor predicts demand for nurses will soar in 2020s
Demand for nurses is high. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the demand for nurses in the United States would soar in the early years of the 2020s. The ongoing global pandemic has increased demand for nurses even more and highlighted how essential these workers really are.

New nurses or seasoned applicants ready for something a little different may appreciate the growth potential in a variety of in-demand specialties.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Applications being accepted for nursing student scholarship
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is accepting applications for the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship.  

One scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from a high school in Christian County and is enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be in or have completed their first year in a nursing program.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Community invited to attend free mental health first aid course
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation will cover the costs of attending a Mental Health First Aid - Youth training for anyone wanting to participate in the course.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Courthouse
Monday, March 29, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, March 29, 2021

THS Business Management Class Visits Food Truck Business
Sara Pennock's THS business management class visited The Coffee Can Drive-Thru on Tuesday, March 23. The class is studying how to prepare a food truck business plan, and with the drive-thru right across from the high school, Pennock took advantage of the opportunity.
Monday, March 29, 2021

Optimist members hear about upcoming Safety Tax Initiative
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Steve Robinson giving the morning prayer.

Ron highlighted memorable events and birthdays on this date in history. Terry Wright gave an update on the annual “Salute to Law Enforcement” that will be held on Thursday, May 27th. Law enforcement agencies from all over Christian County and Central Illinois will be honored at this special breakfast, as well as the naming of the 2021 Officer of the Year. Citizens may nominate their favorite officer by going on-line to https://www.ctitech.com/respectforlaw/, or watch for the Sunday edition of the Breeze Courier to find a nomination form to cut out and mail in.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Anne Dorn named 'Red Apple' teacher of the month
Mrs. Anne Dorn, third grade special education teacher at Memorial Elementary was named the Red Apple Teacher of the Month of February.

Mrs. Dorn wass recognized for her willingness to go the extra mile for  students and staff. Her ability to care more than what others think is necessary sets her apart as she works collaboratively with others to promote the well-being and academic success of each student on her caseload.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Adcock joins board of Hopper Foundation
Bill Hopper, President of the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation today has announced that James E. Adcock has been elected to the Foundation Board of Directors.

We’re pleased of Jim’s willingness to become our 11th board member. He has a valued business background locally. Presently with People’s Bank and Trust Company as their Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Six candidates are seeking two Taylorville School board positions
The Breeze-Courier asked candidates in contested races to submit a short profile and to outline their key issues facing the Taylorville School Board. Their responses were as follows:     
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Five running in two contested City of Taylorville aldermanic races
The Breeze-Courier asked candidates in contested races to submit a short profile and to outline two key issues facing the City of Taylorville. Their responses were as follows:
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Meet the Candidates
The Breeze-Courier asked candidates in contested races to submit a short profile and to outline two key issues facing the City of Taylorville. Their responses were as follows
Saturday, March 27, 2021

How to navigate Easter celebrations in the era of social distancing
Holidays have been celebrated differently since the outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019. Easter was among the first major holidays to be celebrated differently in 2020, and celebrations likely won’t return to normal in 2021.

Celebrations and social distancing make strange bedfellows. However, it’s possible for people to safely celebrate Easter with their loved ones.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Ham it up for Easter
A glazed ham is an easy way to prepare a celebratory Easter dinner -- or any dinner, for that matter. It's also a gift that keeps on giving, yielding a generous portion of meat that can be shared and repurposed in sandwiches, eggs, hash, soups and salads.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Make your own chocolate Easter bunnies
The Easter bunny is a tradition that has been passed down for centuries. Symbolizing fertility and wealth, the Easter bunny became a holiday standard in Germany during the 16th century.

The custom of chocolate eggs came along centuries after the Easter bunny, originating in the 19th century in France and Germany. As Easter celebrations evolved, chocolate eggs were not the only delicacy; chocolate Easter bunnies also were shared and enjoyed.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Easter centerpiece ideas to beautify the table
Easter is a springtime holiday that marks a prime opportunity to cast off the remnants of winter weather and dress a home in bright, colorful hues.

Come Easter, tulips and daffodils may be sprouting, lilies are on display in churches and many other spring touches are incorporated into home decor. Celebrants who will be hosting their families or more intimate Easter gatherings can extend the eye-catching improvements to the dining table. Easter centerpieces are a prime way to add color and ambiance to interior designs.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Cooking up good things for Easter
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Easter trees makes festive spring decorations
Easter is coming and it’s time to put up the tree. For those thinking right now that trees are for an entirely different Christian holiday, you are both right and wrong. Even though trees may be more widely associated with Christmas, Easter trees are an increasingly popular and festive tradition that trace their roots to Germany.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 4th at Manners Park
The Taylorville Park District will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 4, 2021 beginning promptly at 2 p.m. in Manners Park.

The road will be closed beginning at the Manners Park Dining Hall and after the playground area. The Easter Bunny will not be there this year.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Holy week celebrates the origins of the Eucharist
The Eucharist is a central component of the Christian faith. During the Eucharistic celebration, the sharing of bread and wine, which many Christians believe symbolizes the actual body and blood of Christ after the process of transubstantiation, takes place.

The Easter season is a key time to reflect on the origins of sharing communion and the Eucharist. Church teaching and Biblical study says the origin of the Eucharist occurred at the Last Supper of Jesus, which is commemorated on Holy Thursday. According to the religious resource The Catholic Tradition, the Last Supper in the New Testament set the course for the tenets of the Christian faith. Christian liturgies exist because Jesus Christ told people to do what he had done, in memory of him.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Everything Easter
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Interim Clerk Ready For April Election
You’ve just take over the duties of the Christian County Clerk’s office with about two weeks to go before an election. What do you do, panic? Not if you’re Katrina Dietrich, 34, of Taylorville, who was sworn in on Monday as the Interim County Clerk of Christian County.

Appointed Chief Deputy Clerk two years ago, Dietrich says the statues state the Deputy takes over in the absence of the county clerk. The current County Clerk, Michael Gianasi, resigned the position effective Mar. 19, 2021, to take a position with the Illinois Board of Elections. Since Gianasi was elected as a Democrat, it is up to the Democrat Party Chairman to name a candidate to succeed Gianasi until his unexpired term is up in November of 2022.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Lake Land College student named Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar
Lake Land College student Lucas Duduit, Pana, has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Duduit is president of the Lake Land College Phi Theta Kappa chapter as well as being the Lake Land College Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees. Duduit is also involved in several areas of campus life, including Student Ambassadors and the Student Government Association.

“It is definitely a distinguished honor that I am extremely grateful for,” Duduit said. “Lake Land helped me achieve it, and I am really proud to be able to represent Lake Land College on a national scale.”

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Millikin University to host in-person graduation ceremonies May 16
Millikin University will celebrate the Class of 2021 with two in-person Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. Undergraduate and graduate students, including doctoral students, will be honored during the ceremonies.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Kincaid village candidates
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Taylorville Township has crowded field with 14 candidates
The Breeze-Courier asked candidates in contested races to submit a short profile and to outline their key issues facing the Taylorville Township. Their responses were as follows:   
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Three aiming for mayor, two running for alderman in Pana
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, March 26, 2021

Spfld. Diocese announces modified dispensation
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois announced that effective April 11, the general dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation will expire and a modified dispensation will go into effect. The general dispensation has been in place since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the modified dispensation, most Catholics will be obligated to attend Mass, but others will continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass and Holy Days, including:
Friday, March 26, 2021

Kincaid church to host farewell reception for pastor
On Sunday, March 28, 2021, the Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host a farewell reception for Pastor Jacob Skelton, his wife Susan and their two children, Lilly and Ian.

The reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Still going
Just over a year ago, the state of Illinois went into lockdown to protect us from the coronavirus pandemic. For almost all of us, this was a new experience. We had never been through anything even remotely like this before, and we weren’t sure what to expect. Our churches wouldn’t be meeting in person the next Sunday, which was hard to fathom. Many churches were able to meet virtually, but for the first time, churches across the country would be empty on Sunday morning.
Friday, March 26, 2021

Taylorville man charged with reckless homicide in Moultrie County
Moultrie County State’s Attorney Tracy Weaver has charged a Taylorville man with reckless homicide in connection with an August 2020 car-motorcycle accident.

According to the release from the state’s attorney’s office, Dylan Tucker, 25, was charged with one count of reckless homicide along with numerous traffic offenses from a traffic crash which happened Aug. 19, 2020. The accident happened at Moultrie County Road 400E and 2400N. Tucker is accused of driving at an excessive rate of speed and failed to stop at the intersection which resulted in a crash with a motorcycle driven by Michael Castelli, 52, of Lovington. Castelli died as a result of the accident.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Three CA&M FFA members advance to state
Throughout the week of March 16-18, Central A&M FFA members competed in the District IV Proficiency Judging interviews.
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Central A&M FFA Places first at Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE
On Wednesday, March 2nd, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the virtual Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE.

Team members included Samantha Hazelwonder, Ella Forlines, Spencer Uphoff, Madison Hunter, Lilly Price, Mallory Schmitt, and Sami Huckstep.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Illinois produces 2M pounds of milk
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Fun run, walk raising funds for wildlife and conservation
Support natural areas and wildlife by running or walking in the Virtual Rock Springs Ramble 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk!  The Macon County Conservation Foundation is holding this new 5K fundraiser from now through Saturday, April 10.

This fundraiser supports the Macon County Conservation Foundation: a non-profit organization that funds natural area restoration and educational programs at the Macon County Conservation District and Rock Springs Nature Center.  All proceeds support natural areas and wildlife in Macon County, Illinois.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Information sought in hit and run accident
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle in the parking lot of the Funky Monkey Bar, located at 2100 West Spresser Street. The suspect vehicle then left the scene in an unknown direction. The victim’s vehicle suffered damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

TPD arrests two on drug and weapons charges
The Taylorville Police Department (TPD) initiated an investigation into an alleged narcotic location on the 900 Block of W. Rich Street. TPD had received complaints from neighbors about traffic in and out of the location frequently. TPD began to look into the location and observed the same. TPD is responsible for quality of life for our families, and living next to or around that area was an issue that needed to be addressed, TPD Chief Dwayne Wheeler stated.  

 On March 22, 2021, TPD was able to obtain a search warrant at that location after a series of events and resources. TPD initiated the warrant late into the night. This investigation is continuing and other co-conspirators are being investigated.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

CA&M FFA Wins 1st In Poultry Judging
On Wednesday, March 17th, five individuals from the Central A&M FFA attended the Section 16 Poultry Judging CDE that was held virtually.

In this competition, FFA members engage in activities related to the production and management, processing, marketing, food safety, and quality of poultry products.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Blue Ribbon 4-H Club Meets for First In-Person Meeting Of 2021
Pictured are members of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club who met Monday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. This was the group’s first  official in-person meeting of 2021 and it was held at the Christian County Extension Office. There were twelve in-person participants and two joining virtually.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Explaining granges and how they affect rural areas
Local granges serve as a center of rural life in many agricultural communities. People who live outside such communities may be unfamiliar with granges, including what they are.

The most basic definition of a grange is an outlying farm or land with a manor building on the property. When first developed in 12th century Britain, granges were properties that may have been owned by a lord, who chose to live on the property or leased it to others. Other granges were held by the church, mainly by monasteries.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Park District takes first step toward a new pool
The Taylorville Park District has hired an engineering firm to spearhead the push for a new Manners Park pool.

At Monday night’s regular park board meeting, trustees voted 6-1 (Bob Steiner-no) to hire Wisconsin-based Burbach Aquatics, Inc. to help get the estimated $3 million project off the ground.

The park board had narrowed the decision to three prospective firms before ultimately settling on Burbach.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Morrisonville Scouts Participate In Scouting For Food Drive
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Davis congratulates USAF Academy appointee
Monday, Congressman Davis visited Taylorville High School to congratulate HS senior Ben Thompson his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“Congratulations to Benjamin Thompson, a senior at Taylorville High School, on his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2025. I nominated Ben to the Academy, and he was ultimately successful in obtaining an appointment. He is the first Taylorville student I’ve nominated to get an academy appointment. We are very proud of him! “Today, I was able to formally congratulate him alongside his parents, principal, and superintendent. Best wishes at the Academy this summer, Ben!”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Pana City Council is asked for action on derelict building
The plight of Pana’s AAMP business and its owner, Erika Matthews, was a topic of conversation during Monday’s Pana City Council meeting. Following conversations between Matthews, Alderman Leon Goff, Mayor Don Kroski and Attorney Steve Mahrt, it was determined to have a resolution within two weeks.

Matthews was forced to move AAMP (Autism and Movement Project) to the former Family Video building on Poplar St. after a nearby building at the original location at 11 S. Locust, was in danger of collapse. The move was made in November and now, her lease is about to expire at the new location. She said the temporary quarters cannot be expanded and can’t accommodate her students. The square footage of the facility and some of its amenities are much smaller than her Locust St. location. She said she is incurring higher expenses because she is maintaining two buildings which has amounted to over $7,200 during this time.

She complained the former building owner to the south of her Locust St. location “Has got off scott free” with no penalties or fines. She insisted the city is now the owner of the property and wanted answers to what the city was going to do about the derelict property.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Committee to restart tornado tree replacement program
After a year off because of the COVID pandemic, the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team (TTRT) will resume the tree planting program for residents who lost trees from the 2018 tornado.

“It takes several years to replace community trees after a natural disaster” said Kellie Hamell, Chair of the Taylorville Tree Board. “Homeowners are still seeing the need to regain benefits that trees provide- energy savings, habitat for wildlife and aesthetic value.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Skeletal remains found near Pana positively ID'd
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans has announced that skeletal remains found in rural Pana on Saturday, Mar. 13, 2021 are indeed the remains of Daniel “Danny” Crosby, 25, of Carterville.

Crosby has been missing for more than year, ever since his car was found in a field following an accident near the Pana Tri-County fairgrounds. No one had been in contact with him since Feb. 27, 2020. He was reported missing on Mar. 18, 2020, to the Carterville Police Department.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

MCUSD #1 to co-op with Panhandle Lincolnwood next year
The Morrisonville Community Unit School District met in regular session Thursday, March 18, 2021.

The main topic of discussion centered around the sports co-op with the Panhandle Lincolnwood school district. Morrisonville Superintendent Dave Meister addressed the board with the proposal.

“The proposal we received from Panhandle School District is to do all high school sports in a co-op with Panhandle Lincolnwood. They would be the host school for all high school sports for boys and girls. The Jr. High sports program would be hosted by Morrisonville and Morrisonville Jr. High School would be the host school,” said Meister.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

CA&M advances in record keeping
The following Central A&M FFA members recently participated in the Section 16 Proficiency Award judging via Zoom on Monday, February 15th: Tanner Etherton - 1st Place - Beef Production, Ella Forlines - 1st place - Landscape Management, Hunter Mott - 1st in Poultry Production, Delaney Nation - 1st Place in Small Animal Care and Production,  Spencer Uphoff - 1st Place in Sheep Production, Julia Corzine - 2nd Place in Grain Production, Parker Smith - 2nd Place in Ag Processing, Mikey Neece - 2nd Place in Turf Grass Management, Kalee Stoutenborough - 2nd Place in Beef Production Placement, and Logan Virden - 3rd in Goat Production. Tanner, Ella, Hunter, Delaney and Spencer will all move on to district competition on March 10th.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Edinburg FFA members earn awards
Students in the Edinburg FFA competed in different Proficiency Award areas for the Section 16 event before advancing to the District Level. In this competition, FFA members complete an application regarding their Supervised Agriculture Experience and participate in an interview with a panel of judges. Competitors are judged for their record book quality and interviewing skills.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Applications available for veterinary loan program
Illinois Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training (IVET) loan program.

Loans are available for second-year veterinary students attending any accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and who are focused on Illinois food animal medicine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

FarmHouse Fraternity offers scholarship to U of I
FarmHouse Fraternity at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is offering multiple scholarships to incoming students of all majors that will be attending the university next fall.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, March 22, 2021

Courthouse
Monday, March 22, 2021

Skeletal remains found near Pana possibly of man missing for a year
A year of waiting. Closure for a family - possibly.

Following a day-long search just east of Pana on Saturday, searchers recovered what appear to be human remains in a tree line near a wind swept farm field. They are believed to be the remains of Daniel “Danny” Crosby, 25, of Carterville. No positive identification has been made.

Crosby has been missing for more than year, ever since his car was found in a ditch following an accident near the Pana Tri-County fairgrounds. No one had been in contact with him since Feb. 27, 2020. He was reported missing on Mar. 18, 2020, to the Carterville Police Department.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Avoid, adapt, alter, accept: Stress management tools help farm families
The only certainty during spring planting is uncertainty. Farmers face many challenges: too much rain, too little rain, long hours, crop diseases and pests, machinery breakdowns.

Josie Rudolphi, University of Illinois Extension specialist, says that most farm injuries occur during the spring and the fall when stress and fatigue increase risks for farmers. Stress and mental health conditions add to the risk factors for agricultural injury. Though faced with multiple challenges, farm operators are unlikely to seek help for mental health issues.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Year of COVID changed hog, cattle farms in Illinois
COVID-19 brought everyday life to a halt for many Illinoisans last March, but not for the state’s livestock farmers.

“We had things that had to continue on every day,” Cheryl Walsh, a Peoria County hog farmer recently told RFD Radio Network. Walsh, Illinois Pork Producer Association secretary, and her family run a breed-to-wean operation.

Monday, March 22, 2021

The role of technology in agriculture
When asked to think of industries that utilize technology in unique ways, few people may immediately think of agriculture. But technology has left a significant footprint in every industry, and the agricultural sector is no exception.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture notes that modern farms operate a lot differently than the farms of yesteryear. Dramatic changes have taken place within the agricultural industry over the last few decades, helping farming operations become more efficient and profitable as well as safer and more eco-friendly.

Monday, March 22, 2021

IDNR awards Illinois biodiversity field trip grants to schools
More than 2,000 students will visit Illinois state parks, natural areas, museums and other natural resources sites this year to learn about nature and conservation thanks to grant funding through the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Colleen Callahan today announced the awarding of more than $34,000 in donated funds for 37 field trip grants. Winners represented 15 counties in the state.

"This program allows students to visit locations throughout the state to see first-hand what they've been learning about in the classroom," said Director Callahan. "Our future conservation leaders need the opportunity to experience Illinois' natural resources in person. We are pleased to be able to support learning outside the classroom with these grants."

Monday, March 22, 2021

CAM FFA celebrated National FFA Week
MOWEAQUA — During the week of February 21- 27, the Central A&M FFA Chapter proudly celebrated National FFA Week during a time when celebration is very important.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Eight Taylorville FFA Members Advance to State Proficiency Awards
Recently, eight THS FFA members won their respective areas at the District 4 Proficiency Awards and will be advancing onto State competition March 28 through a Zoom formatted state event. The proficiency award competition started at the Chapter level in January when the Taylorville Chapter selected the top students to represent the chapter in Section 16 competition in 32 different respective areas.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

The benefits of organic agriculture
TAYLORVILLE — Modern consumers have more choices than ever before. Whether they're buying appliances, books, clothing, or any of the myriad necessities of daily life, consumers have a wealth of products to choose from.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

One year later; a look back how TMH staff endured a pandemic and emerged more confident
TAYLORVILLE — Hospitals and medical professionals throughout the country had more to deal with than every before one year ago. Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) was no different.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

On the farm with the Hughes family
MORRISONVILLE — Scott and Amanda Hughes, of rural Morrisonville, began their adventure as young farmers last year when they bought a farm house right outside of Morrisonville. You’ll find, when you meet them, they are a hard working, family oriented couple who decided to take a dream and make it a reality.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

ISP expands search for missing Carterville man
PANA — On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) - Zone 4 along with the Chris-Mont (Christian and Montgomery County) Emergency Management Agency, Pana Police Department, Pana Fire Department, and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office will be expanding the search for missing person, Daniel “Danny” Crosby of Carterville, Illinois.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Treasurer responds to mayor
TAYLORVILLE — At Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting, aldermen unanimously approved the minutes from the March 1, 2021 meeting, which referenced a claim of harassment from City Treasurer Jacque Nation against Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Meeting Notices
Friday, March 19, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, March 19, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, March 19, 2021

Coroner: Investigations complete on several area deaths
Friday, March 19, 2021

March is colorectal cancer awareness month
DECATUR — This month is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital and HSHS Medical Group want people to understand how important it is to not delay preventive screenings which could detect colon cancer in its earliest stages.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Minister's Message: Evil's gift of hate
TAYLORVILLE — Evil’s hatred targeted the Asian American community last night in Atlanta. It is obvious what the perpetrator committed was wrong. No one should debate this truth.
Friday, March 19, 2021

New Jerusalem Singer in concert
Friday, March 19, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Information sought in Taylorville theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

South Fork schools look at spending
KINCAID — The South Fork Board of Education met on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high media center.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pana High School musicians excel at state contest
PANA — Musicians of the Pana High School Band and Choir recently competed in the Illinois High School Association's State Solo and Ensemble Music Contest. Students who participated prepared selections which were then submitted via video, then judged by professional music educators. The students then earned feedback as well as numerical scores and ratings. The PHS students represented our community very well, earning eleven Division I (Superior) ratings, five Division II (Excellent) ratings, and one Division III rating (Good).
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

County chairman seeking consultant, permanent EMS chief
At the Tuesday night Christian County Board meeting, Chairman Matt Wells said he is trying to entice someone to become a consultant to the county and in the future, become the Director of Christian County’s Emergency Management Services (EMS). He did not identify the person he is in negotiations with during the meeting. He plans to inform the Board if the person accepts the position.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Local health department offering unrestricted vaccines
As the COVID vaccine continues to be distributed throughout the county, the Christian County Health Department (CCHD) has now established an individual request list for first-dose clinics. The new online Vaccine Request List for the first dose vaccinations is currently open to everyone.  Individuals who apply will be contacted by the CCHD and scheduled for a drive-thru appointment time block. Please note that the Moderna vaccine supply is ample. So, register online and you will very likely qualify for the Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Drive-thru Clinic.

If you have family or know someone who will have difficulty registering online, please reach out to them and assist them with this process.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Memorial Elementary gets grant for STEAM learning lab
This school year, Memorial Elementary School secured a grant to create an exciting new STEAM learning lab. The learning lab combines multiple seating and working areas with interactive science learning tools to create the perfect space for young learners to explore Science.

However, remote learning restrictions due to COVID 19 have prevented students from enjoying the space. That all changed this March, and the students and staff couldn't be more excited. Third grade students were the first to try out the new space to explore and create electronic circuits.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

City minutes show harassment claim
Aldermen voted unanimously at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting to approve the minutes as presented from the  March 1, 2021 meeting.

In those minutes, there is a reference to a harassment claim made by City Treasurer Jacque Nation against Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. “Treasurer Nation requested the status regarding her harassment complaint made to the Human Resource Manager regarding a comment made by Mayor Barry,” the minutes read. “Mayor Barry apologized to Alderman Lanzotti and to Treasurer Nation for the inappropriate comment made about them to an Alderman. He stated he should not have made this comment,” the minutes continue.

“Treasurer Nation has filed a complaint and should be receiving a formal written resolution from the Human Resource Manager,” the minutes conclude.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Board votes 4-3 to keep IDPH sports attendance standards
By a margin of one vote, the Pana School Board on Monday night voted 4-3 to adhere to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) guidelines for inside sporting event attendance during its meeting in the Pana High School library on Monday night. Current regulations calls for a maximum of 50 inside a gym for a sporting event.

About a half-dozen concerned parents attended the meeting who felt the guidelines were unfair. Brandi Malisia, parent of a multi-sport player, told the Board it was unfair to all parents and student-athletes to only have two tickets per athlete. She pointed out allowing for just two tickets only did not even meet the 50 people capacity. She also noted some children come from multi-parent backgrounds and it is not fair to the families.

Following an hour-and-15-minute executive session, the Board returned to open session and among other topics brought up was the attendance. President of the School Board, Dr. Bill Beyers, said the majority of the Board does not agree with the IDPH recommendations, but there are other considerations. He read from a letter to the Board from the district’s attorneys, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk and Miller which stated: “Our continued recommendation is to follow IDPH guidelines to the letter. There may be significant local opposition in the district, but continued compliance to this guidance, however, board precedence in Illinois firmly establishes that the IDPH retains authority to direct or issue guidance regarding the state’s response to the pandemic. Again, it’s our opinion that good faith adherence to these guidelines is likely to result in district having immunity under the Illinois Tort Immunity Act for potential claims and will put the district in the best possible position should such a claim arise.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Suspect arrested after Pana shooting
The Illinois State Police and the Pana Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at 200 North 2375 East Road at approximately 9:57 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to the police report, a 17-year-old male victim was shot during an altercation and was transported to an area hospital. The victim was listed in serious condition, according to the report.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, March 15, 2021

Courthouse
Monday, March 15, 2021

Shelby Co. art show 2 weekends in April
The 2021 Shelby County Art Show will be held on April 10-11 and 24-25, 2021.

The Junior Art Show will be held April 10-11 and the Adult Show is set for April 24-25 at Flourishes Gallery and Studios located at 140 1/2 E. Main Street in Shelbyville.

Adult artists from Shelby and adjoining counties may enter up to six artworks for a fee of $15 with an additional four entries being accepted for an extra fee of $1 each.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Master gardener says prepare your asparagus patch now, save work later
It’s mid-March, and that means it’s time once again to get outside and prepare your asparagus patch for the spring growing season.  Ninety percent of the time, you can bank on the fact that on “Tax Day”, April 15, you’ll ok pick your first asparagus spears for the year.  However, with the warmer temperatures we’ve already had this March, we may be picking asparagus much earlier than that. 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Blood drive March 29, First Baptist Church in Nokomis
First Baptist Church of Nokomis will host a Community Blood Drive from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, March 29 at 211 East South Street, inside Fellowship Hall

To donate, please contact Ryan Follis at (217) 563-8836 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 61304 to locate the drive.

Monday, March 15, 2021

NPT hosting FASFA Day March 19
Nokomis, Pana, and Taylorville are hosting a FASFA Day for 2021 parents and seniors on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the NPT Special Education Cooperative Office at 600 E 1st Street in Pana. The event is free and open to the public. Each family who participates will be provided with a $10 Casey’s gift card.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Boy Scout Troop 68 to hold annual food drive Saturday
The 2021 scouting for food drive is here. Over the last two days scouts have placed bags on the doors of the majority of houses in Taylorville for the annual scouting for food drive. Anyone who wishes to donate to the food drive can place a bag outside their home on Saturday March 20 and scouts will come by and pick them up.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Driving requires your full attention
Driving requires not only knowledge of the rules of the road and skill behind the wheel, but also concentration on the task at hand. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates distracted driving has been a significant factor in fatal car crashes. NHTSA says as many as one in 10 deaths are now attributed to driver distraction.

Distractions can come in many forms but fall into one of three categories: manual, visual and cognitive. Any distraction has the potential for serious consequences, including deadly accidents. Here’s a look at some of the common distractions and how to avoid them.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Stock up on vehicle breakdown supplies
Unforeseen situations can crop up at any time. Anyone who has had a roadside breakdown in their car understands this. A flat tire or an engine malfunction is something no driver wants to experience, but those with a well-stocked vehicle emergency kit and breakdown strategy can get through most situations rather easily.

A 2017 survey from AAA found that 40 percent of drivers in the United States are not ready to handle a typical roadside emergency breakdown. The organization estimates it helps some seven million motorists get back on the road each summer. A well-equipped roadside emergency kit may help drivers get their vehicles back on the road on their own.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Avoid drowsy driving incidents
Driving offers a sense of freedom that is hard to replicate. Is it any wonder young drivers are so eager to get their licenses while older drivers aim to hold on to them as long as they can?

Certain hazards come with getting behind the wheel, though most are largely preventable — including drowsy driving. As more people take to the roadways this spring and summer, it is important to remember that drowsy driving is a major problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that as many as 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be attributed to drowsy drivers. The National Sleep Foundation found about half of adult drivers in the United States admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. In addition, more than 40 percent of survey respondents say they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Vehicle maintenance tasks drivers don't want to overlook
Savvy drivers recognize that maintenance is essential to keeping their vehicles running strong for years on end. Such maintenance ensures vehicles are safe to take out on the road, and basic upkeep also protects drivers’ financial investments in their cars and trucks.

Drivers who are not mechanically inclined tend to put their vehicles in the hands of a trusted mechanic to perform routine maintenance like oil changes. But there’s a host of simpler vehicle maintenance tasks that drivers don’t want to overlook, some of which can be performed without visiting the auto body shop.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

When should you replace rotors and brake pads?
The ability to accelerate and steer freely is vital to vehicle performance. Equally crucial is being able to stop the car to avoid collisions and obstacles. Brake pads and rotors are vital components of braking mechanisms that need to be maintained and serviced.

Drivers may wonder how frequently they have to replace brake parts. Car and Driver magazine states brake pads are among the most crucial braking components. Brake pads create the friction that helps stop a car when they are pressed against the brake rotor, also known as the brake disc. It's in drivers' best interests to ensure that brake pads, as well as rotors, always function properly and are replaced before their effectiveness is compromised.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

What to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident
Car accidents happen every day. Though the World Health Organization reports that approximately 1.35 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes, many more people walk away from such accidents relatively unscathed. In such instances, knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident can help drivers and passengers stay safe and start on their road to physical and financial recovery.

No two car accidents are the same, but the Insurance Information Institute recommends anyone involved in a car accident take the following steps to make the most informed decisions in what is often a difficult situation.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

When will self-driving cars hit the road?
Tech afficionados often know when the latest gizmos and gadgets are slated to hit the market and be made available to consumers.

Anticipation tends to build around everything from the latest version of a popular smartphone to a new incarnation of a beloved gaming system. But perhaps no advancement in technology is as highly anticipated as the self-driving car. Industry experts note that the hype around self-driving cars, sometimes referred to as autonomous vehicles, has existed since 2004, when United States military experiments involving self-driving vehicles in the Mojave Desert garnered both attention and excitement. That anticipation and excitement waned as 2004 was left further and further behind in the rearview mirror, but the race to become the first auto manufacturer to build and offer driverless vehicles is still very much on.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Why is tire rotation so important?
Vehicle owners need to keep maintenance on the mind to ensure their cars and trucks are operating at peak capacity. Various components should be checked and serviced at key intervals. Oil changes and fluid top-offs are part of routine maintenance, but it can be easy to forget about other important parts of the vehicle, including tires.

Rotating tires is vital to their upkeep. Bridgestone Tires advises that tire rotation involves routinely repositioning a vehicle’s tires in specific patterns from front to back and side to side. According to Big O Tires, the front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans over when a driver turns a corner. The rear tires just follow the front ones, so they usually wear more evenly. By leaving tires in place, the outside edges on the front tires will wear down much faster than the rest and those tires will need to be replaced sooner. Rotation may be required by tire warranties. Rotation also keeps the tires working properly.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

What to look for when test driving preowned vehicles
Preowned vehicles have become hot commodities in recent years, reflecting a change in what drivers are looking for when it’s time to get a new ride.

According to the market and consumer data experts at Statista, preowned vehicle sales increased every year between 2014 and 2019 and more than doubled the number of new cars sold each year during that period. For example, in 2019 United States car buyers purchased 40.8 million preowned vehicles and right around 17 million new vehicles.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Did you know.....
According to the World Health Organization, males are more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes than females. The WHO notes that 73 percent of all road traffic deaths occur among young males under the age of 25. In addition, male drivers under the age of 25 are nearly three times as likely to be killed in road traffic crashes as female drivers under 25.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Residents Struggle With High Natural Gas Bills
The nicer weather in recent days might have made many people forget about the frigid February week we all endured about a month age. But some local residents, those in Stonington, Edinburg, Pawnee and Raymond, received a stark reminder when their natural gas bills arrived in their mailboxes the first of the month.

One of those people was Douglas Theroff, 86, of Stonington. Retired, Doug still works part-time at the Christian County YMCA during the week. Because of COVID-19, Doug - who is known as “Poppy” around the Y - is down to about 15 hours a week. Previously, he was a bus driver working around 39 hours per week.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Hornbuckle retires respectfully as Chamber CEO
There’s been a change in leadership at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

CEO Patty Hornbuckle has announced her retirement after 9 years at the helm of the town’s gateway to the community.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, March 12, 2021

1st total hip replacement in PCH new surgical suite
Pana Community Hospital is excited to announce completion of the first total hip replacement procedure in the hospital’s state of the art surgical suite.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Jacob Sams of Decatur Orthopedic Center (DOC). Pana Community Hospital has formed a new collaboration with Dr. Jacob Sams and Dr. Donald Sullivan of DOC. This new collaboration brings a comprehensive joint replacement program to Pana Community Hospital.

“It is very exciting to be able to bring the latest surgical techniques to PCH. The first hip replacement went very well. The past several months of preparation on behalf of the staff in addition to the exceptional facility provided the opportunity to have an excellent surgical experience for everyone,” stated Dr. Jacob Sams. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Taylorville Memorial part of vaccine allocation project
Taylorville Memorial and Hillsboro Area Hospital are expected to receive additional COVID-19 vaccines as part of the Safety Net Direct Vaccine Allocation Pilot program. The plan, spearheaded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, declared on March 3, 2021, which five federally qualified health centers and four safety net hospitals would be selected in the first round.

“The medical teams and staff at both Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Hillsboro Area Hospital have been working diligently to improve the health of the people within their communities and this substantial increase in the COVID-19 vaccine supply is urgently needed,” said Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield).

Friday, March 12, 2021

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Friday, March 12, 2021

APL comedy night fundraiser March 25
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Comedy Night Fundraiser on Thursday, March 25th, at VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd, in Springfield.  The event will be serving free appetizers from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Mayoral candidates speak to local Optimist club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in the Community room of the People’s Bank & Trust.

President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the morning invocation by Pastor Steve Robinson. Terry Wright gave brief updates on the scheduled events in the near future. They include: 1)annual Easter egg hunt on April 4th at Manners Park; 2) Southern Regional Oratorical Contest on April 17;  Youth appreciation, TBD; 3) 6th annual “Salute to Law Enforcement”; 4) OIJGC district tournament at Red Tail Run G.C., June 15-17. Voting on the 2021 Officer of the year is now open by clicking of the link https://www.ctitech.com/respectforlaw/ 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Lake Land College hosting in-person open houses
Potential students who are interested in touring campus and learning more about Lake Land College are encouraged to attend. The event also includes a Q&A session and the option to talk to representatives from college departments of interest.

Registration is now open at lakelandcollege.edu/visit/. Attendance is limited to 20 prospective students and one guest each. Due to the safety protocols surrounding COVID-19, advanced registration is required. Walk-in registrations cannot be accommodated at this time.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Free movie night March 19 House on Rock
A free showing of the film “Power of the Air” on March 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at House on the Rock Church (HOTR), 314 N. Grant St., Edinburg, Ill.

A missionary from Africa comes to the United States and shares with a concerned Christian how he feels the church in America is being deceived and in great danger. The Christian is very convicted by what he hears, makes a significant change in his life, and then sets forth a plan to reach his city with the gospel.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Finance Committee discusses clerk's salary
Members of the Finance Committee of the Christian County Board met on Wednesday night and held preliminary discussions about the salary the next elected county clerk and recorder will receive. Current clerk, Michael Gianasi, is set to resign from the office soon. An interim clerk will be appointed within 60 days of his resignation, but his actual term doesn’t expire until November of 2022.

By law, the county must set the salary for the upcoming term 180 days prior to the election. During the meeting, Matt Wells, board chairman, said the clerk’s salary is currently $66,000 per year and he suggested an annual salary of $60,000 to the newly elected person.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

District restructuring administration positions
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

The possibility of creating an assistant principal position to help lessen the load principal Michelle Reiss had to carry was brought up at the February Board meeting. The Board said, at the time, that they were interesting in doing so, but wanted Superintendent Ben Theilen to look into the job descriptions and what was needed before they took any actions. After doing some thinking and looking around, Theilen told the Board at the March meeting that he thought it would be more advantageous for the district if they did some restructuring of the administration positions instead.

For awhile now, the district had struggled to find someone to fulfill the role of a counselor to the students. Theilen had the idea while looking over job descriptions to create an administration position that would not only help fill that gap, but also support Reiss and help the district run smoothly. To that end, he suggested the Board look into creating an elementary principal position. The person who filled that role would also be the Director of Human Services and the Behavioral Interventionist. This would give everyone a clear idea who to contact in a crisis situation and what plans and steps were in place to support students. Theilen also suggested changing the current principal’s job description to reflect the new change, calling Reiss the JH/HS principal.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Funds for Bear Creek Rd. improvements okayed
The completion of the Bear Creek Road/County Highway 1 rehabilitation is scheduled to get underway soon and members of the Highway and Buildings Committee of the Christian County Board met Tuesday night to put the financial details together Tuesday night to make it happen.

Federal and state funds will take care of 80% of the estimated $3.3 million project with County funds accounting for 20%. The local money will come through Motor Fuel Tax allotments and the Build Illinois bonding program which is estimated at $700,000, according to Highway Engineer Cliff Frye.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Applications being accepted for local scholarships
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is accepting applications for the Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to two high school students who aspire to a healthcare career.

The recipients of each $2,500 scholarship must be seniors at Taylorville High School and plan to pursue an education in healthcare. The Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarships are provided in partnership with Dr. John and Susan Ferry, the late Elizabeth Ferry and Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

'Spring Forward' could be just what doctor ordered
On March 14 at 2 a.m. CST, people across the United States will reset their clocks and spring forward one hour into Daylight Saving Time. This change is often accompanied by complaints about losing that oh-so-important hour of sleep.

“Sleep is a restorative process,” said Dr. Manjeshwar Prabhu, HSHS Medical Group sleep medicine specialist. “All of the stress and difficulties we face daily are remedied as we sleep. That is why it is so important to practice good sleep techniques.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

ISO presents virtual concert Saturday
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Piano Quintet performs Franz Schubert's famous Trout Quintet on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., broadcast live from the UIS-PAC's Studio Theater. The ensemble features Concertmaster Roy Meyer, Principal Viola Erin Rafferty, Principal Cello Nomin Zolzaya, Principal Bass Nicholas Adams, and Pianist Ilia Radoslavov. Go to ilsymphony.org for a direct link to the performance. The performance is co-presented by the UIS- Performing Arts Center.

Link to virtual performance broadcast at ilsymphony.org

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pana City Council establishes Neighborhood Watch program
Member of the Pana City Council voted to approve the establishment of a Neighborhood Watch Program for the city during the meeting on Monday night in the Pana City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting was chaired by Pana High School student Owen Spracklen, a junior, who was participating the Mayor Don Kroski’s “Student Mayor for a Day.”

Police Chief Daniel Bland said he has been contemplating starting the program for several months and has some volunteers already step forward. He said Neighborhood Watch participants would probably meet quarterly to go over current situations and what members should be on the lookout for in their neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Watch started in 1972 with the help of the National Sheriff’s Association. It allows regular citizens to help in the reduction of crime in their own neighborhoods.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Five-day school week starts March 22
At the February Taylorville School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty outlined a plan that was expected to transition the district back to a more robust in-person learning model. At that time, the district was eyeing April 8, 2021 as the date where students would return to in-person learning four days a week.

At Monday night’s regularly scheduled school board meeting, however, board members voted 6-1 (Steve Turner-no) to ditch that plan and pursue a full return to in-person learning beginning March 22, 2021. Under the new plan, students will be back in the classroom five days a week, though they will still be released at 2:00 p.m. so that remote learning protocols can still be managed.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

History: Christian County men fought in 130th
Some Civil War units did not see as much action as others, but that doesn’t mean they did not suffer. An example is the 130th Illinois Infantry, which included a company of men from Christian County.

Though the 130th did not have the long battle history of other regiments, their combat experience included some of the tougher fights of the war. The regiment was battered in the frontal assault on Vicksburg in May 1863, a movement that is legendary for the valor of its participants.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Edinburg village attempts to tackle gas price crisis
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the community building.

Many Edinburg residents attended the meeting to discuss the staggering hike in natural gas prices the Village faced as a result of the winter weather in February. Village President David Lutrell explained that the Village usually only bought 75% of their natural gas on a contract through the gas provider; the rest they purchased from the open market. He explained that the IEPA and other advisory entities recommended that villages do this in an attempt to help them save money. But, he said, it was always a gamble. And in February, that gamble lead to the incredible price hike seen in many small communities. The amount of gas being used was up to the point where the gas Edinburg had under contract, that 75% they purchase with the provider, was not enough to cover the demand. The Village had no choice but to buy the extra gas at extremely high open market prices. Because of that, the bills customers received for February were notably higher than usual.

The residents were understandably unhappy about their bills, and wished to know what the Village was doing to help offset the costs. Many were already pinched for cash by the year-long pandemic and economic fallout which derived from the lockdown in the state, and the higher bill on top of all that was unacceptable to them.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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Monday, March 8, 2021

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Monday, March 8, 2021

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

People Brief
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Kiwanis learn about Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Lincoln Trail Bike Trail, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Energy Assistance funds still available
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance. Any household that has applied as of last July 27, 2020 or after would not be eligible to apply again unless they are being disconnected from their utility service. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income eligible households pay for their winter utility expenses. 
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Lake Land College will host in-person Preview Open Houses in March and April.
MATTOON — Potential students who are interested in touring campus and learning more about Lake Land College are encouraged to attend. The event also includes a Q&A session and the option to talk to representatives from college departments of interest.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Taking it one day at a time with Amanda Hanson
TOVEY — The past year has been rough on so many people in so many different ways. COVID-19 hit the world with a vengeance; quarantines happened, as well as job losses, illness, deaths; you name it.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hickory Estates Memory Care Facility Now Open
PANA — There is a new facility for local residents whose loved ones suffer from memory care problems. Hickory Estates Memory Care is a senior living community that specializes in the care for those with memory deficits, such as Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Courthouse
Court appearances
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Mar. 5, 2021:

Friday, March 5, 2021

Mt. Auburn looking at improvements and upgrades
MT. AUBURN — The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Free movie night March 19 at HOTR
EDINBURG — A free showing of the film “Power of the Air” on March 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at House on the Rock Church (HOTR), 314 N. Grant St., Edinburg, Ill.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Twelve diocesan schools can receive $15,000 in scholarships
Springfield — Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarships is at an all-time high. This school year, 481 students in 30 schools across the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received a scholarship to attend Catholic school thanks to about $1.4 million in donations.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Minister's Message: Get the picture
TAYLORVILLE — I was intrigued by the graduation tradition of a school not far from here, Lincoln Christian University. The account of their last graduation celebration on May 4, 2019 included this interesting detail: “In continuing with a long-time tradition, each seminary graduate was presented with a towel ‘to wash the feet of the world,’ reminding them of their call to serve.” (courtesy of Lincoln Daily News) According to the custom, each Graduate from the seminary receives a diploma and a towel during the commencement ceremony. The diploma marks the completion of an educational milestone; the towel signifies a lifetime of service to which graduates are committing themselves.
Friday, March 5, 2021

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Applications open for $1,000 Agriscience and Nutrition Student Scholarship
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is accepting applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship.

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from a central Illinois high school with priority given to a Christian County resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university with intention to pursue a career in agriscience or food nutrition.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dixon Zeigler Scholarship now available
The First National Bank of Pana is pleased to announce that the Dixon Zeigler Scholarship is available. Students graduating from Taylorville High School who reside within the last boundaries of the former Stonington School District are encouraged to apply.

Mr. Zeigler farmed in the Stonington area for many years. Upon his death in 2015, his wishes included the establishment of an education trust for deserving graduates of the Taylorville High School, residing in the last boundaries of the former Stonington School District when it was annexed to the Taylorville CUSD#3 in the year 1992. In addition to residing in the former Stonington School District, the student must have graduated in the top one-half of their Taylorville High School graduating class and must be enrolled as a full-time student in a college in the state of Illinois.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

First-come, first-serve COVID clinics will no longer be offered at fairgrounds
As the COVID vaccine continues to be distributed throughout the county, the Christian County Health Department (CCHD) is now establishing an individual request list for first-dose clinics. There will not be an open clinic at the fairgrounds in Taylorville next Tuesday, March 9. The new online Vaccine Request List for first dose vaccinations is currently open to those who live or work in the Christian County Health Department service area, are 65 years of age or older, and/or have comorbidities regardless of age.

If you are in one of the identified Phase 1A Healthcare Worker categories noted below, you are also still eligible for a vaccine, just complete the online request form. Individuals who apply will be contacted by the CCHD and scheduled for a drive-thru appointment time block when vaccines become available. Please note that the vaccine supply is still limited and this may take some time (several weeks) to receive a notification for a first dose vaccination appointment.

If you have family or know someone who will have difficulty registering online, please reach out to them and assist them with this process.

Thursday, March 4, 2021








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