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Moon ahoy: THS students touch down on lunar surface
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School Modern American History Teacher Max Wilson (left) watches as his students, Paige Large (center) and Val Donnan (right), pour over old newspapers about the 1969 moon landing.  Two students in the background are engaged with the interactive board showing 3D models of the Columbia capsule. The new THS STEM lab is the perfect environment to integrate traditional teaching materials with the technology of the future for a two-tiered approach to education.Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School Modern American History Teacher Max Wilson (left) watches as his students, Paige Large (center) and Val Donnan (right), pour over old newspapers about the 1969 moon landing.  Two students in the background are engaged with the interactive board showing 3D models of the Columbia capsule. The new THS STEM lab is the perfect environment to integrate traditional teaching materials with the technology of the future for a two-tiered approach to education.
Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
‘Moon Ahoy,’ ‘Men Trod Dusty Moon,’ ‘The First Footstep,’ ‘The Eagle has Landed:’ At the time of the 1969 moon landing, these iconic headlines, and the stories that followed, were nearly the only insight most people had into the historic events that unfolded that fateful day in July.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018


County: 1st balanced budget in 15 years
Members of the Christian County Board voted to place a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on file during its meeting in the Taylorville courthouse Tuesday night. It is the first balanced budget presented in the past three fiscal years.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pana hospital children's health, safety fair is Saturday
Pana Community Hospital is sponsoring the 15th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pana Senior High School.    Admission is free. 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

VisionWay Pre-K Visits Fire Department
The Pre-K students at VisionWay Christian School made their annual field trip to the Taylorville Fire Department. October is designated as fire prevention month and the students had a great time at the TFD learning about fire safety and getting to experience  hands on activities.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fifth Graders Explore Virtual Reality
Taylorville Junior High schoolfifth graders went to the high school Monday, October 15, to see the Anatomage Table.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Food pantry co-directors speak to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Taylorville Food Pantry during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seeking info on attempted break-in
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to an attempted break-in that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Taylorville looking to ink solar farm deal
The City of Taylorville, according to Mayor Bruce Barry, has already been approached by about half a dozen developers seeking to place a solar farm in or around the city.

All of those developers, Barry says, have asked for a short-term exclusive contract in order to put a development plan together that meets the needs of the city.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

THS musicians capture 41 positions in district competition
On Columbus Day, 41 Taylorville High School Student Musicians gave up their day off school to audition for one or more Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Music Ensembles. These 41 musicians totaled 75 auditions for the day. The students could audition for Band/Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  After the results were in, 41 positions were earned in ILMEA District 5 Ensembles for THS musicians.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Taylorville Fire Department is looking for volunteers
“We’re down to about seven or eight active volunteers. We’ve been up to as many as twenty to 25, but that’s been years ago. In the last five years, we’ve been at probably a dozen or less,” Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall explained Monday.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pana board learns about Every Student Succeeds Act
An informative night for members of the Pana School Board as they were tutored on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by district Curriculum Director Paul Donahue during the regular meeting of the board held Monday in the Unite Office in Pana. Five of the members were in attendance with Anne Dorn and Kyle Anderson being absent. Craig Deere arrived late to the meeting.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Autism group presents sensory event
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.” The movie event for October will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Goosebumps 2.”
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Council Honors 5th Grade JFL
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored the fifth-grade Taylorville JFL team at Monday’s council meeting following an undefeated season in the Mid-State Conference and an overall record of 6-1.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Marching Tornadoes Bring Home Best Music Award
On Saturday, October 13, the Taylorville High School Tornado Marching Band traveled to Effingham to perform in the Effingham Marching Hearts Invitational Marching Band Competition. Divided into classes by school size, twenty-one high school bands performed at the competition and were evaluated by a panel of judges on music performance, visual effect and percussion.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

THS Jazz Band hosting Big Band dance Saturday
On Saturday, October 20, the Taylorville High School Jazz Band will be hosting the Big Band Decade Dance from 6-9 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria. The event is Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Meeting Notice
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Meeting Notice
Monday, October 15, 2018

Posthumously, Hawking says that science is under threat
Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, October 15, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, October 15, 2018

Millions spent to guard Confederate cemeteries
After last year’s deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs show.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Youth living in settlements at US border suffer poverty and lack of health care
Recent media stories from the U.S.-Mexico border about immigration have largely missed the daily struggle of families and children in U.S. communities called "colonias."
Monday, October 15, 2018

Drive-thru flu shot clinic at TFD on October 31
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Christian County Health Department, Taylorville Fire Department, and the Christian County Emergency Management Agency will partner together to provide Christian County residents with a community service of a drive thruflu shot clinic and at the same time practice emergency preparedness exercises.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Volunteers needed to install interpretative signs
Scouts, 4-H members and organizations looking for public service hours are invited to a special service day and tree jamboree hosted by Trees Forever, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Arborists Association at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources headquarters (Conservation World).
Monday, October 15, 2018

Davis Draws VP to Springfield
Vice President Mike Pence appeared at a rally for Congressman Rodney Davis Friday at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rock Springs hosting Hunter Safety Class
The Macon County Conservation District is hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Class this month. This 10 hour class will meet at Rock Springs Nature Center on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 20 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Youth waterfowl hunting seasons at Sangchris Oct. 20-21
A number of Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and recreation areas will be open to youth waterfowl hunting during the 2018 Youth Waterfowl Hunt, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has announced. Federal sites that fall under the IDNR waterfowl administrative rule that will be open are also listed below.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

IDNR asks hunters, landowners to report suspected cases of EHD in deer
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has received reports of 55 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2018, with EHD appearing at low to moderate levels in counties on or near the Illinois River including Fulton, McDonough, Peoria and Putnam.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tickborne Heartland Virus case in Illinois
The risk of tickborne illness is still out there, even as we head into the fall. A Kankakee resident recently tested positive for Heartland Virus, the first reported case in Illinois. Reported cases of Heartland virus disease are relatively rare. Likely spread by the Lone Star tick, more than 30 cases of Heartland virus disease have been reported in the Midwest and southern United States.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

AFSCME Pickets
City of Taylorville AFSCME employees picketed outside the Taylorville Street Department Saturday morning. “We just want a fair contract,” says AFSCME member Dustin McClure.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Some Big Numbers
TAYLORVILLE — The total proceeds from the Tornado Open this season totaled $40,462.
Robert Fagg/Breeze-Courier

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Using art to link past and future
Illinois children are getting a chance to use their artistic talents to explore what history can tell us about the future, thanks to a statewide art contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

IPC warns of dangers from fall mushrooms
As the cool, damp weather of fall sets in, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) receives an influx of calls about a potential threat popping up in neighborhoods across the country: mushrooms. While many types of toxic mushrooms can be found in Illinois, most are minimally to moderately toxic. In rare cases, they can be very poisonous and require hospitalization.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Memorial Medical Center to hold free program on Epilepsy
Memorial Medical Center will host a free program on treating epilepsy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pana October Business of the Month
The Pana Pride Business of the Month winner for October is Stark Services, 504 East First Street. Todd Stark owns two separate businesses. Stark Distributing has delivered Prairie Farms milk to schools, restaurants, and hospitals for thirty years. Todd started Stark Services four years ago. He delivers rock, dirt, sand, and lime, and has a backhoe and Bobcat available for digging. He specializes in putting in new rock driveways and digging out trees and shrubs.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Credit Collection Partners Donate
TAYLORVILLE — Employees at Credit Collection Partners pay $1.00 every Friday to wear jeans to work. They recently presented Officer Mills with a check for $223.00 for their “ Shop With A Cop” program.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Monsanto Donates To Stonington American Legion Auxiliary
Monsanto donated to the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary for the Glo Bingo event. Glo Bingo will be held October 19 at 7:00 p.m..
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Landmark Donates To Sports Boosters
A check from Landmark of Taylorville was presented to the Taylorville Booster Club in the amount of $963.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Memorial Medical Center to host Lung Cancer Awareness Event
Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about lung cancer on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pana Sportsmen's Club carries on 70-year tradition
Nestled just off of 2600E Road, almost a mile south of Sixth Street Road in southeast Christian County, lays the 33-acre grounds of the Pana Sportsmen’s Club. For almost 70 years, the club grounds has been a place where outdoor enthusiasts and their families have been able to fish, improve on their shooting skills, picnic and even camp.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

The trophy hunter's Taj Mahal
A couple of big zebras encase the doorway, a baboon looms ominously over the TV, a lynx is on the prowl, a massive bison overlooks the armchair, and then there are the trophy bucks, an entire wall of trophy bucks.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dozens of teachers help at McTeacher night
From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, the Taylorville McDonald’s hosted its annual Mcteachers night. Twenty percent of all proceeds were donated to the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Committee will present balanced budget
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board will present an “extremely tight,” but balanced budget for tentative approval on Tuesday night to the full county board. The action took place at the committee’s meeting Thursday night in the Taylorville courthouse.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Rock and Salvation series continues in Effingham
The EPC will host its next installment of the ROCK & Salvation Series on Thu., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with Matt Maher and Zach Williams: Together in Concert.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Man who builds medieval Lego castles will speak Sat.
Dr. Bob Carney started modeling real medieval castles with Lego blocks in 1986.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Meeting Notice
Friday, October 12, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, October 12, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, October 12, 2018

Larry Scott sentencing hearing delayed
A sentencing hearing for Larry L. Scott, 36, of Springfield, has been delayed. He was convicted of attempted first degree murder on July 23, 2018, in the shooting and severely wounding of Logan Durbin of Kincaid in an incident which happened on Sept. 14, 2017, in Kincaid
Friday, October 12, 2018

Revival continues at Kincaid Church of God
Refocus, Refresh, Renew, Revive Revival continues to take place at Kincaid Church of God! Last week, Lead Pastor Jacob Skelton and Singer/Evangelist Big Mo, both did an amazing job preaching and the church experienced powerful services. And this weekend, the church expects to see more great things.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Minister's Message
There is more to being a Christian than just going to church. Yet, it still includes going to church. Let me expound on
Friday, October 12, 2018

4-H members describe what 4-H means to them
National 4-H Week began on October 7. Members of the Lads & Lassies 4-H Club have shared their thoughts on why they became 4-H members.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Optimists meet for monthly business meeting
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation. Birthdays and anniversaries for the month were recognized, with Ron Spears leading the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to Dick Marshall.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Fore recognized by Pana Pride for yard of month
Rick Fore, 511 East Fifth Street, is the Pana Pride October Yard of the Month winner. Rick and his father, Richard, purchased the former Jehle house in 2006. The house was designated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and is the only house in Christian County on the National Register.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Retired teachers to meet with candidates in Pana
The Retired Teachers of Christian County will hold its semi-annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Oak Terrace south of Pana.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Christian Co. Democratic Party hosts fall fundraiser
The Democratic Party of Christian County held the annual Fall Fundraiser, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Resource Officer Talks To TJHS Students
Pictured is Taylorville School Resource Officer Bryan Thomas as he speaks to the 7th grade Homerooms.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Court dates set in residential counselor sex abuse case
First appearance in court with counsel for Christopher J. Wessling, 30, who is accused of 11 counts of criminal sexual abuse and aggravated criminal sexual abuse was held today in Christian County Court. Six of the counts are for aggravated sexual abuse, which are Class 2 felonies and the other five are criminal sexual abuse charges, which are Class 1 felonies.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

THS and South Fork join for Annual Fall Choir Concert
The Taylorville High School Choirs in cooperation with the South Fork High School Choir will present the annual Fall Choir Concert on Tuesday, October 16 beginning at 7:00pm in the THS Cafeteria. This first concert of the year serves as a demonstration of the learning process that the students go through while preparing for the performance. In addition to several finished songs, the THS/SFHS Combined and THS Concert Choirs will present some of the warm-up and vocal flexibility exercises that are used in the classroom.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

County okays new liquor license classification
During a 15-minute special session of the Christian County Board Wednesday, a new liquor license classification was added to the books. The Class F, Special Use License, was added following a unanimous vote of the 13 members in attendance. Members Charles DeClerck, Marilyn Voggetzer and Matt Wells were absent.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Suspect arrested in Cash Store robbery
On October 9, 2018, Algernon C. Perkins, 32, of Alorton, Illinois made his initial appearance in federal court in the Southern District of Illinois on federal charges of interference with commerce by robbery.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

$1-Million Powerball winning ticket purchased in Spfld.
If you bought a Powerball ticket in Springfield, you may want to check it right away. A gas station in Springfield sold a $1,000,000 winning Powerball ticket in the Wednesday, October 10, drawing.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Davis calls on opponent's supporter to remove negative ad featuring his kids
Rodney Davis has called on his opponent’s supporter, EMILY’s List/Women Vote, to remove a negative TV ad featuring his children. The ad says Davis wants to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and features their three children. Davis’ wife Shannon has a genetic form of colon cancer that could also be passed down to their children.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Edinburg school district received good financial report
The Edinburg School Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the board room.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Info. sought in local hit and run
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Community Women's Association Contributes To Community Causes
Every year, in addition to the scholarships that they award, the Community Women's Association contributes to a different community organization every quarter of the year.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Probation Supervisor Speaks To Sertoma Club
Ann Wolfe, supervisor at the Christian County Probation Department, spoke to the Sertoma Club.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

USA Tourism Leaders Discover Taylorville
From the Kenai Mountains of Alaska to Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s desk in Washington, D.C.,

Taylorville’s own story of Abraham Lincoln vs. courthouse pigs spread like prairie fire at a gathering of National Park Service and National Heritage Area staffs Tuesday at the Old State Capitol. Converging from all over the country, the tourism leaders took home beverage mugs imprinted with a colorful map of Lincoln’s Taylorville.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

No Stonington vote, public hearing set
The Taylorville School Board did not cast a vote to determine the fate of the Stonington Elementary building at Tuesday night’s full board meeting.

Instead, the board set a public hearing for October 29 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at the Stonington facility. There, the board intends to hold an open discussion on the matter with input from the public. A vote will be cast on the future of the building that night following the discussion.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Man charged in 11-count sex abuse case
Christopher J. Wessling, 30, Kincaid, has been charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual abuse or aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a victim younger than 17. Wessling was arrested by Christian County deputies on a Christian County warrant on Tuesday, and he appeared in court today via video conference before Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Public invited to observation nights at Millikin observatory
Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights (PON) at Requarth Observatory each Thursday evening throughout the Fall 2018 semester from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The next Public Observation Night is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Seeking more info, council postpones Pana dog park decision
Supporters of a dog park for Pana were disappointed once again Tuesday night as the Pana City Council put off voting on establishing the park until the dog park group provided more information.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edinburg board approves K9 program
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, October 8, 2018, in the Village Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Kiwanis hears about Missions for T'ville
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Missions for Taylorville organization, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Little Miss Persimmon deadline approaching
The deadline for applications for the 3rd Annual Little Miss Persimmon Pageant is Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TMH offering free mammograms in October
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be offering free mammograms for qualified individuals during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Two community blood drives are set for October
There will be two opportunities to donate blood locally during the month of October.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bond primary students enjoy 'Beef With the Chief'
Bond Primary September Students of the Month  got to have lunch with Chief Wade for demonstrating at school that they were responsible!
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LLCC Honors Program collecting Halloween costumes for distribution
The Lincoln Land Community College Honors Program is collecting Halloween costumes on campus and at several area locations, to be distributed to families at a “BOOtique” Oct. 20.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TCUSD awarded $50K DOJ grant
Before the end of this school year, the Taylorville High School will add another valuable tool to help prevent school violence.

Through a U.S. Department of Justice grant, the district will be able to partner with the Christian County Mental Health Department to add a full-time mental health counselor to the high school.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Chillifest Winners
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

71st annual Halloween parade
The annual Halloween parade will be on Thursday, October 25, in Kitchell Park, at the Chautauqua Pavilion. Sign up for all participants will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade across the stage starting around 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 THS Homecoming Court
Row 1: Freshmen Attendants Luke Markwell and Rhegan Gauch, Sophomore Attendants Alerina Letniku and Christopher Cherry. Row 2: Junior Attendants Jackson Tex and Layne Lebshier, 2018 King Justin Wright, 2018 Queen Madison Smith, Senior First Attendants Elizabeth Curtin & Will Kettelkamp. Row 3: Senior Second Attendants Carter Walton and Olivia Hadley, 2017 King Zane Neville, 2017 Queen Paige Daly
Courtesy of David Pickett

Monday, October 8, 2018

Saturday People's Choice winners
People’s Choice Award winners were announced in Saturday’s chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Saturday Verde Cook-Off winners
Verde cook-off winners were announced Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Saturday Homestyle Chilli Winners
Winners were announced Saturday in the first-ever homestyle chilli cook-off at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Red Chilli Winners
Red chilli winners were announced in judging Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest.
Monday, October 8, 2018

People's Choice winners
People’s Choice Award winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest
Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday Homestyle Chilli winners
Homestyle chilli cookoff winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest
Monday, October 8, 2018

Traditional red chilli winners
Pictured are the Traditional red chilli winners during Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest competition
Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday Chilli verde winners
Chilli verde winners at Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest
Monday, October 8, 2018

Miss Chillipepper
Monday, October 8, 2018

Jr. Miss Chillipepper
Monday, October 8, 2018

Little Mr. Chillipepper
Monday, October 8, 2018

Little Miss Chillipepper
Monday, October 8, 2018

Chillifest 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Chillifest Royalty
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Raymond banker named outstanding CBAI member
RAYMOND — CBAI recognizes one or more community bankers as an “Outstanding Member” at its annual convention. The recipient must be a community banker who has performed above and beyond the call of duty to benefit the cause of community banking through Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), either during the past year or over a period of years.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Taylorville High School Class of 1953 Celebrates 65th Reunion
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Taylorville Optimist Club Beginning Their 54th Year Of Service To Community
Saturday, October 6, 2018

After life-changing call, super survivor maintains positive outlook
EDINBURG — There’s never a good time to get the call.

Kim Hart was in the office at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday in 2009. She was the only one left. Her husband, Jim, was out of town. She was looking forward to taking her then 16-year-old daughter, Omi, to the movies to see the “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon.” Then, the phone rang.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Theatre 7 brings 'Young Frankenstein' to life
DECATUR — Tickets for  ‘Young Frankenstein The Musical,” the Broadway adaptation of the Mel Brook’s hilarious film, are now available at the Decatur Civic Center. Come experience the mayhem and hilarity of a mad scientist and his creation running loose on the streets of Transylvania when Theatre 7 brings “Young Frankenstein!” to life and the stage.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

LLCC film series "Tuesday Nights at the Movies"
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this fall and spring entitled, “Tuesday Nights at the Movies.” The first film showing will be Oct. 9.  
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Home and Community Week next week
ILLINOIS — Across Illinois, October 8-14,2018 marks Illinois Association Home and Community Week. The governor has issued a Proclamation in recognition of this important observance in commendation of IAHCE members for the dedication and commitment to the welfare of local communities throughout our state.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

AFSCME retirees to meet in Decatur, Hillsboro
DECATUR — Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities during the month of October to get the latest information regarding programs and legislation that is of importance to them.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Program on Australia at Extension
TAYLORVILLE — An international lesson presentation on Australia will be presented on October 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Christian County Extension Center located at 1120 North Webster St. in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Rep. Bourne is hosting county events next week
LITCHFIELD — Representative Avery Bourne (R - Raymond) will be hosting a series of Coffee and Conversation events around Christian County. Representative Bourne invites constituents to stop by if they have questions or just to say hello.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

UWCC learns about 'What's New in Pain Control'
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the October meeting on October 2, 2018 at Whit's End Restaurant. Adam Schneider, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), who works at Paris Hospital in the anesthesia department and the chronic pain clinic was the guest speaker. Adam described the latest techniques for pain management which can replace addictive opioid drugs.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

TMH Senior Life Solutions hosting senior art show
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions will host an arts and crafts show on Sunday, October 14. Arts and crafts created by local senior citizens will be on display on the 4th floor of TMH in the Senior Life Solutions department.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Two from Morrisonville attend library conference
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Linda Sheedy, Librarian and Beth Fuchs, Board President of Kitchell Memorial Library, Morrisonville, attended the Illinois Heartland Library System’s Member Day on September 27 in Effingham.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lindsey Bliler guest speaker at CWA meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The October meeting of the Community Women's Association was held on Wednesday, October 3 at Venezia's. Guest speaker for the evening was Lindsey Bliler, owner and operator of Farmhouse Signs on the Taylorville Square.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

City, fire protection district to debate new contract
TAYLORVILLE — In July of next year, the agreement between the City of Taylorville and the Taylorville Fire Protection District will expire. Both entities are working toward an extension, but there are still some hurdles to be cleared before an agreement can be reached.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, October 5, 2018

Pelican Brief
Friday, October 5, 2018

Chicago Tribune endorses Rauner
CHICAGO — Today, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Governor Rauner, highlighting how critical this election is to the future of Illinois.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Local VFW Post 4495 celebrates 73rd anniversary
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Post 4495 celebrated its 73rd Anniversary at a Party on Sunday, 30 September 2018, at the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Taylorville. Events for the day began with an Open House to the public from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 5, 2018

2018 South Fork Homecoming Court
Friday, October 5, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, October 5, 2018

APL to host Halloween party for dogs Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — Who says Halloween is for humans only? Dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to grab their leashes and their humans and join Animal Protective League (APL) at Springfield’s only Halloween Party for dogs! 
Friday, October 5, 2018

3rd Graders Talk with Superstar
Friday, October 5, 2018

Three Bridges gospel group in Tower Hill Oct. 13
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Three Bridges music group will perform at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, October 13 at 5 p.m.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Revival at Kincaid Church of God starting Sunday
KINCAID — During the month of October, the Kincaid Church of God will be hosting a month-long revival taking place on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. and another service at 6 p.m. on October 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Friday, October 5, 2018

VisionWay Students Honor Grandparents
Friday, October 5, 2018

Missions Center Serves All
Friday, October 5, 2018

Davis Memorial Fish Fry Is Next Friday
Friday, October 5, 2018

Presbyterian Church honors organist who has served 36 years
TAYLORVILLE — On Sunday, September 30, the members of First Presbyterian Church held a special service and reception honoring their long-time organist, Mrs. Sally Schaefer. A special anthem was sung by a 30-singer Alumni Choir of musicians who have sung under Mrs. Schaefer's direction. A special slide-show presentation and gifts rounded out "Sally Sunday."
Friday, October 5, 2018

School committee votes for Stonington closure
The seesaw struggle about what to do with Stonington Elementary saw its next chapter unfold Monday night at a Taylorville School Board Building Committee meeting.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

New THS career day attracts 100-plus speakers
One-hundred and five speakers, about half of which are THS grads, congregated at Taylorville High School Wednesday afternoon for the debut of the school’s new career day format.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 4, 2018

THS Celebrates Homecoming 2018
The homecoming celebration at Taylorville High School started early Wednesday with some student shenanigans (top, left) at the pep assembly. The Tornado spirit kept right on rolling through the early-evening parade that featured all manner of floats, fellow THS athletes, cheerleaders, the Tornado Dance Team, the Marching Tornadoes, and, of course, eager children scrambling for candy.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

TJHS Builders Club Officers
The Taylorville Junior High New Builder Club  elected club officers. Pictured from left are Sierra Patterson, vice president, Macy Richards, president and Meredith Repsche, secretary.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Story time for toddlers at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host an upcoming special event for children and families that will feature a pumpkin story time.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Kiwanis inducts new member at business meeting
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member, and held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Study shows more older women may benefit from bone drugs
A bone-strengthening drug given by IV every 18 months greatly lowered the risk of fracture in certain older women, a large study found. The results suggest these medicines might help more people than those who get them now and can be used less often, too.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

THS Homecoming Court
Seniors Justin Wright and Madison Smith, center, were announced as the 2018 THS Homecoming King and Queen at the annual homecoming pep rally Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Red Cross to hold disaster volunteer boot camp training
The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will offer a special Disaster Volunteer Boot Camp event in Champaign on October 5-7, in Quincy on October 12-14, in Peoria on October 19-21 and finally in Mt. Vernon November 2-4.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

YMCA to hold 30th annual fundraising dinner auction
The 30th Annual YMCA Auction, “Cheers to 30 Years” has been scheduled for Friday, November 9th at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. The Christian County YMCA is also proud to announce Duane and Cindy Stock as Chairpersons of the 2018 YMCA Auction.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fine tuning all that's left for county budget
A few fine touches are all that’s left for the Christian County Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Members of the Finance Committee met on Tuesday night to discuss revised revenue figures. The tentative budget, in its current form, shows a small deficit at it’s close on Nov. 30, 2019, in the General Fund. The new budget year begins on Dec. 1.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Board seeks resolution to billing issue
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular session meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Davis endorses McMillan
Congressman Rodney Davis is announcing his endorsement of outsider Seth McMillan for the 48th Senate District seat in the Illinois Senate this November. Davis, who has represented much of the 48th District while serving in Congress since 2013, says McMillan is the right choice to serve residents of the area.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Stonington to hold fall garage sales October 12-13
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night. The board reported the Fall Garage Sales will be held October 12-13 and the Trunk or Treat event will be held October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Edinburg announces September Star Students
Chloe Vincent is a September Star Student. Chloie Saunders is the new Star Student.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Council votes down aldermen pay raises
At the September 19, 2018 City of Taylorville Finance Committee meeting, council members debated a pay raise for aldermen elected or reelected in the upcoming 2019 election.

After a 2-2 vote at that committee, the motion was forwarded onto the full council, where it was discussed Monday night.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Info sought in Sept. 20 theft in Pana
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Pana.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pana's Air Conditioned Roses To Close Oct. 12
Air Conditioned Roses, Ltd., a wholesale florist established in Pana in 1963, has announced they are closing on Friday, Oct. 12. Ironically, it is the same day Pana’s Walmart is closing.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Davis Takes A Spin In PHS Solar Car
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13) of Taylorville spent some time Monday with students in Steve Bonser’s class to see first hand the solar-powered car Pana High School students built.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Council Honors Taylorville Music Icon
Taylorville’s James Smith (left) was recognized at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting for his outstanding dedication to the Taylorville music community.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Quilt Guild meets Thursday
Thursday, October 4, 2018, the Christian County Quilt Guild Sew Night will begin at 4:30 for hand sewers and 6:00 for quilters at Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin, Taylorville.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Groups support No Veteran Will Die Alone program
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #73 and the VFW Auxiliary Unit #4495 of Taylorville have given their hearts to Quad County Hospice.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

LLCC-Taylorville hosting Mental Health Awareness Day
Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville, 800 S. Spresser, is hosting a free event for Mental Health Awareness Day on Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the South Building student lounge. The event will provide education about mental health and related support services.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Chances of hitting a deer in Illinois 1 in 200
It’s October, and officially Fall.  Did you know that the odds of hitting a deer while driving more than doubles during October, November and December when deer collisions are most prevalent?
Monday, October 1, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, October 1, 2018

Rally for Walmart on Saturday in Pana
Residents of Pana are being asked to gather on the boulevard in front of the Pana Walmart store, 10 W. Second St. in Pana for a noontime rally on Saturday.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, October 1, 2018

Preceptor chapter of Sorority Sisters of Christian Co. meets
Preceptor chapter of the Sorority Sisters of Christian County met on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the home of Betty Harryman.
Monday, October 1, 2018

VisionWay Students Gather For See You At The Pole
The Students at VisionWay Christian School had the opportunity to come together as a student body for an event called, “See You At The Pole”.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Schoonover, Holman Reign Over Pana Homecoming Court
Selected as the queen and king of the 2018 Pana High School Homecoming Dance were Shania Schoonover and Eli Holman, seated, in front. They are the children of Shannen and Amy Schoonover of Pana and Todd and Amy Holman of Pana.
Monday, October 1, 2018

VFW anniversary open house Sunday
Taylorville Post 4495 will celebrate its 73rd Anniversary at a Party on Sunday, 30 September 2018, at the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Taylorville. Events for the day will begin with an open house to the public from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

New Teachers Welcomed At Pana
A reception for new teachers in the Pana School District was held prior to the regular September board meeting on Monday Sept. 24, in the Pana High School Library.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

All Smiles At Meet The Machines
Colin and Payton May giggle with excitement while they imagine themselves driving one of the massive combines featured at Saturday’s Meet The Machines event in downtown Taylorville.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosts two "Stop the Bleed" events
Featuring life-like simulations at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, two free “Stop the Bleed” events taught the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents..
Saturday, September 29, 2018

LLCC celebrates 15th annual Multicultural Fest October 3
Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 15th annual Multicultural Fest Wednesday, Oct. 3. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p..m. outside A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd., and is free and open to the public.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

VFW #4495 Trains 6th Graders in Flag Etiquette
Several members of the VFW Honor Guard recently visited St. Mary School to teach Mrs. Schaeffer's sixth grade students about flag etiquette.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

'Nothing but Noah:' Daily Illini edition
Former Zephyr editor and 2018 Taylorville High School graduate Noah Nelson may not be a Journalism major, but he is still sharpening his pencil as a wordsmith and student journalist.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

APL sets October pet adoptions dates
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during October with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Taylorville Optimist perpare for Chilifest
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Lake Land College to host College Fair and Career Day
More than 1,200 junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 40 college representatives this year at the annual College Fair and Career Day, held Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

South Fork 2018 Homecoming court
Freshmen CJ Henley & Gracie Shemwell, Sophomores Hayden Prince & Hailey McEntire, Juniors Vincent Wake & Emalee Howe, Seniors Grace Dulakis & Zach Wake,  Markus Dulakis & Makayla Dulakis, Hannah Johnson & Jeremy Martin.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Information needed on wanted subject in Christian County
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a wanted subject that is in Christian County.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, September 28, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, September 28, 2018

Morrisonville awaiting new business at old Casey's
“I can say, but I can’t say all of it, but the old Casey’s has a contract to be sold for a retail business. It’s supposed to close November the 15th,” Morrisonville Village Board President Larry Tolliver told the Morrisonville Village Board Thursday night.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Open House For LLCC Welding Lab
Friday, September 28, 2018

VFW hosting anniversary open house and flag retirement Sunday
Taylorville Post 4495 will celebrate its 73rd anniversary at a party on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Taylorville. Events for the day will begin with an Open House to the public from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Davis and Londrigan to face off Oct. 22
Millikin University will host a debate between candidates for the 13th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, on Monday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 p.m. The hour-long debate will be held in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms located on the third floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus.
Friday, September 28, 2018

THS announces homecoming events for next week
Float building for the THS Homecoming has already begun, and will continue on Monday and Tuesday of next week at the Christian County Fairgrounds as Homecoming week kicks off.
Friday, September 28, 2018

LLCC hosts open house for updated welding lab
Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville hosted an open house Wednesday to showcase its newly updated and renovated welding lab.
Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Pana High School Homecoming Court
The members of the 2018 Pana High School senior homecoming court have been announced. The queen and king of this year’s homecoming will be announced prior to the start of the football game on Friday night at Brummett Field at 7:00 p.m. The coronation is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night in the high school gym.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Quarter Midget Association Supports Food Pantry
Sunday, September 23, 2018, the Christian County Quarter midget Association held their annual Ron’s Produce Race.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Moose Donates To Pantry
Friday, September 28, 2018

Heart Health The Topic
Friday, September 28, 2018

Outdoor service this Sunday at Faith Community
Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites the community to join them at an outdoor worship service at the church pavilion located directly behind the church sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 30.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Methodist church recognized for community service
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 53rd year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.  During the 2018 annual meeting some very special people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners who enhanced the level of service to those in need.  According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “Without community partners like First United Methodist Church of Taylorville it would have been difficult to attain and achieve the agency outcomes and successes.”
Friday, September 28, 2018

Scott Parks new pastor at Old Stonington Baptist
On Aug. 19, Old Stonington Baptist Church called Scott Parks of Decatur as the church’s new pastor.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Day Sunday
On Sunday, September 30, the congregation of the Kincaid Church of God will be honoring their pastoral team on Pastor Appreciation Day.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Illinois Grain Tour next week will make stop at GSI
Beginning Monday, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host more than 20 international buyers from four different countries in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. During the past five years, the Illinois Grain Tour has generated more than $205 million in sales of grain, oilseeds, DDGS, and equipment.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Loving Arms attains highest level of non-profit recognition
Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center recently earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing information that highlights progress Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Benavides trial is moved to December
The trial of a Pana man accused of shooting a Taylorville man in June has been postponed until December. Without objection, Fourth Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush set the new trial date for Dec. 3, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. The trial had been scheduled to start Oct. 1.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

New pharmacy owner eager to open in Pana
The owner of Pana’s newest drug store is eager to open his Sav-Mor Pharmacy in downtown Pana. In fact, David Falk says he is hoping the Illinois Department of Public Health will expedite the company’s application so they can meet their proposed opening timetable. It takes 60 to 90 days to get an application approved, Falk said.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, September 27, 2018

TJHS And South Fork Students Gather At The Pole
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Home detention ordered for juvenile who made gun threat
Following the completion of a mental assessment of a 15-year-old male juvenile Taylorville High School student, Judge Allan Lolie decided to allow him to remain under home confinement at least until his new court date. The assessment found he was not a danger to himself or others at this time.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More info sought by county finance committee
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board met on Tuesday night and decided they need more financial facts before they start going through budget requests.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

TMH earns honors for workplace safety initiative
Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s workplace safety initiative received top honors in the outstanding achievement category during the annual leadership summit of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA).
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pana School Board approves fiscal year 2019 budget
The Pana School Board approved its Fiscal Year 2019 budget following a hearing held in the Pana High
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Family event Oct. 6 at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host an upcoming special event for children and families that feature fossils, minerals, and rocks.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

T'ville Kiwanis Club installs new officers this week
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club installed new officers and honored several of their own, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

North School students are observing 'Say Hello' week
North Elementary is participating in Say Hello week September 24-28. This is part of the Sandy Hook promise.Their school wide theme for North this year is kindness and mindfulness.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Park, TSD working toward easement agreement
At the regular Taylorville Park District meeting Monday night, members of the park board and the Taylorville Sanitary District board discussed a pair of agreements that are needed to facilitate a $1 million sewer project.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New drug store coming to Pana by year's end
It was one of those “one door closes another one opens” moments Monday night at the Pana City Council Meeting. On the heels of the announced closure of Pana’s Walmart on Oct. 12, Economic Development Committee Chairman Leon Goff announced during his report, Save-Mor Pharmacy of Nokomis was expanding to Pana and should be ready to open late November-early December.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Driver who hit school bus today charged with DUI-drugs
Christian County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a crash involving a school bus that occurred this morning at approximately 7:39 a.m.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Audit: pensions eat up property tax revenue
Iris Noblet-Crites, auditor for the City of Taylorville, told the finance committee Monday night that expenses were up and revenues were down for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2018.

The result is a $432,000 deficit in the city’s general fund.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monastery museum open October 7
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

IDOT kicks off high school engineering program
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that a kickoff meeting for the annual Engineering Explorers program will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, in Springfield. New and returning students are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

APL virtual event to honor Remember Me Thursday
The Animal Protective League (APL) is joining over 138 countries worldwide including Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico for the Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign. Candles are lit around the globe on the same day to remember the millions of animals who die in shelters or on the streets without ever knowing the security and love of a permanent home. 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Juvenile allowed over-night home stay
A 15-year-old male Taylorville High School student who threatened to bring a gun to school last week was allowed to stay home over-night, pending an evaluation by clinical staff on Tuesday morning.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Area veterans to be honored on Tuesday Honor Flight
Four area veterans -Leonard Gesell of Taylorville, Harlan Bailey of Taylorville, Gary Hart Sr. of Kincaid, and John Holmgren Sr. of Blue Mound- will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, September 24, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, September 24, 2018

Lake Land College's Adult Education Announces GED Class Schedule
Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the second week of October. Classes are 100 percent federally funded thanks to the U.S. Department of Education.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Illinois State Museum Seeks Photos for Exhibit on Immigrants
Who was the first person in your family to come to Illinois? The Illinois State Museum invites you to share their story by sharing family photos.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Lake Land Community Choir to begin fall rehearsals
The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Tuesday, Sept. 25. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Lake Land College Theater from 7-9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Annual family fun day at Camp One Way
Camp One Way's annual family event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 13.
Monday, September 24, 2018

September Spotlight students
Meliah Babbs and Allie Dees are the Student Spotlights of September for their exemplary behavior and great Pony Pride!
Monday, September 24, 2018

Incumbents hosting traveling office hours in Christian County
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is holding traveling office hours. She encourages constituents who need help to stop by so a member of her staff can assist them.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

U of I to study drop in African American enrollment
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois plans to conduct a survey to study the drop in African-American student enrollment.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Students Engage In Floral Design At THS
TAYLORVILLE — The semester-long Floral Design class at Taylorville High School has 24 students learning the ins and outs of floral design.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Reinforcing experiential learning at TJHS
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Junior High Teacher Lynn Rice is among a handful of teachers in the United States that have been designated as a WorldStrides Program Director.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sentencing delayed in Scott case; new trial requested
TAYLORVILLE — A Springfield man who was convicted in Christian County of attempted first degree murder has requested a new trial. Larry L. Scott, 36, was convicted on July 23 of attempted murder. He was accused of shooting and severely injuring Logan Durbin at a private Kincaid residence a little more than a year ago.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Manar replies to McMillan debate appeal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Senator Manar’s Campaign Manager Paul Peters issued the following statement:
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Beyond 'Dixie' - Music of the Civil War at ALPLM
SPRINGFIELD – The tragedy of war often inspires great music – songs to rouse the troops, to cheer up homesick soldiers, to comfort grieving families. The Civil War was no exception, and on Oct. 10 the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer a special peek at its collection of Civil War music.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Public library preparing for annual book sale
TAYLORVILLE — The Friends of the Taylorville Public Library are preparing for their annual book sale on Chilifest weekend, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the community room.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Conference explores state's bicentennial legacy
SPRINGFIELD — The first 200 years of Illinois statehood included traumatized Civil War soldiers, heroic Tuskegee airmen and dedicated abolitionists. It saw immigrants building new lives, minorities fighting for equality and artists producing unforgettable works.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair returns to state fairgrounds in October
SPRINGFIELD — The Be Aware Women's Fair hosted by Memorial Medical Center will return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for its ninth annual event on Saturday, October 13.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club tours 91-year-old Pana auction business
PANA — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at Price-Spracklen Auction Wednesday, September 19th for a tour of their facility and a lesson on how easy it is to bid on their on line auctions.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Taikoza Drums at Millikin Kirkland Center Sept. 29
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University is pleased to welcome the powerful rhythms and electrifying, room-thumping energy of the Taikoza Drums to Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

The power of coincidence: Delaney's story
TAYLORVILLE — “Here’s where Alice started to acknowledge, consciously or not, that there is an order to the universe. She stopped struggling, and when she did that, she opened herself to seeing the unexpected and the unplanned - the God Winks.”
 - Squire Rushnell, When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a robbery that had occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, September 21, 2018
















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