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Blue Mound woman is killed in train-car accident Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — This Norfolk and Southern Railroad crossing on the southern edge of Taylorville was the scene of a deadly car-train accident on Thursday night. Pamela J. McPherson, 52, of Blue Mound, died in Taylorville Memorial Hospital from injuries she received in the accident which happened about 9:30 p.m.Kim Paisley-Jones/Breeze-Courier Photo
TAYLORVILLE — This Norfolk and Southern Railroad crossing on the southern edge of Taylorville was the scene of a deadly car-train accident on Thursday night. Pamela J. McPherson, 52, of Blue Mound, died in Taylorville Memorial Hospital from injuries she received in the accident which happened about 9:30 p.m.
Kim Paisley-Jones/Breeze-Courier Photo
TAYLORVILLE — A 52-year-old Blue Mound woman, Pamela J. McPherson, died of injuries she received in a car-train accident in Taylorville on Thursday night.
Friday, October 18, 2019


Volunteers needed to plant trees in city
TAYLORVILLE — Trees Forever, Taylorville Tree Recovery Team and volunteers will be planting approximately 100 trees to replace tree loss from the December 2018 tornado.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Daddy's Home
Friday, October 18, 2019

Sanders is sentenced in child battery case
TAYLORVILLE — A Palmer man, Darrel Hunter Sanders, 20, was sentenced to the maximum penalty, 18 years, in connection with a 2018 case of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13. The sentence came following an afternoon long sentencing hearing in Christian County Court Thursday afternoon before Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Committee split on marijuana dispenseries
TAYLORVILLE — The future of marijuana dispensaries in the City of Taylorville is still up in the air after the city’s ordinance committee came to a 2-2 split on the matter at Thursday night’s meeting.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Some US farmers get reprieve after challenging year
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go from bad to worse.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Milikin-Decatur orchestra performing Shostakovich
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2019-20 performance season on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Festival of Trees to host decorative painting event
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial’s Festival of Trees will hold a decorative painting event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Lincoln library plans fun kids' activities about history
SPRINGFIELD — Children have two great chances to explore history in fun, creative ways at events coming up at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One event focuses on “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II, and the other explores technology that people used to escape slavery on the Underground Railroad.
Friday, October 18, 2019

AFSCME retirees to hold two meetings this month
DECATUR — Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will hold two meetings during the month of October. The first will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). The guest speaker for that occasion is Louis Goseland who works for the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans. He will discuss the "Fair Tax" proposal and the benefits and effects it will have on seniors.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Annual turkey dinner at St. Maurice November 3
MORRISONVILLE — St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville will hold its annual Baked Turkey Dinner from 2:30-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus Hall.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Griffith Family gospel singers at Tower Hill Methodist
TOWER HILL — The Griffith Family will be at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Faith Community to host guest speaker on Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — A portion of the 10 a.m. Morning Worship service October 20 at Faith Community Worship Center will be delegated to guest speaker Ruth Leonard from the Montgomery County Cancer Awareness and Support group.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Farm Hands to perform bluegrass in Pana Sunday
PANA — The Farm Hands of Nashville, Tenn., will be performing at the United In Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road, Pana, Ill., on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019

TAYLORVILLE — The road to success. The road to happiness. The road less traveled. The road not taken. The road back to you. These are just a few of the expressions used to describe not so much a literal path we’ve experienced but more the journey of life we find ourselves on.  Of course, many would include the following lyrics to the list, “Life is a highway. I wanna ride it all night long.” (Rascal Flatts-2006) Among these famous descriptions about the roads we often encounter in life, let me suggest one other possibility and that would be, “The Road no one could see-the Road no one knew was there.” This particular expression is found in the Bible, Psalm 77:19. “Your road (God) led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters, a pathway no one knew was there!” There’s something intriguing about a road unseen.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Officers Talk With Youth Group
Friday, October 18, 2019

Billy Graham's preacher daughter looks to the future
Anne Graham Lotz has done her share of thinking about the past, present and future of evangelism -- which is understandable, since her father, Billy Graham, liked to call her the "best preacher in the family."
Friday, October 18, 2019

Chemistry Club at LLCC sponsors haunted lab
The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club will host the seventh annual "Haunted Lab" Friday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in upper Sangamon Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

TMH to offer 'Freedom from Smoking'
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to provide the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” program. Participants will learn how to overcome tobacco addiction and start enjoying the benefits of better health and how to stay smoke-free for good.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Leadership program accepting applications
Anyone interested in learning more about your community, expanding your leadership skills and networking with other residents, sign up today for the 2020 Christian County LEADership program.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

South Fork looks at bond refinancing
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 16 Proclaimed CTI Day
Wednesday, October 16 was national bosses day. The employees at CTI upped the ante on the occasion, though, when they orchestrated a surprise proclamation from Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry who named the day CTI Day in Taylorville. Barry said the decision was an easy one. “The services offered by CTI help to better the lives of Taylorville residents. CTI’s presence in Taylorville strengthens the economic vitality and enhances growth in the community,” he said.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

North Attendance winners
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Instructor speaks to club about concealed carry laws
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist then gave the morning invocation.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Carlyle Lake reminds hunters of their obligation
With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match your neighbors, but certain guidelines do pertain to all hunters.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

HOOAH Deer hunt for Heroes: A healing hunting trip
Hooah! Traditionally it’s a rallying cry for  the U.S. Army. Thanks to a group of Central Illinois volunteers, and a couple of Taylorville residents, however, it’s quickly becoming so much more. It’s now a therapeutic experience that binds all brothers in arms, no matter the branch of service.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Illinois fall trout season opens this Saturday
The 2019 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday, Oct. 19 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taxidermy, tanning hallmark of Alan Easter's career
From the outside, the unassuming brown building next to the Blue Mound Post Office on Niles St., doesn’t look very busy. But once you enter the shop through its side door, it is a beehive of activity, with pelts of many animals from all over the United States in various stages of the tanning process. Alan Easter’s company, Easter’s Taxidermy, does between 6,000 and 7,000 hide preservations a year for taxidermists around the country.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

County Honors Crews, Engeling
Christian County Chairwoman Becky Edwards read a proclamation at Tuesday’s county board meeting where she recognized the dedication of Mike Crews and Bruce Engeling (not pictured). Crews will be leaving his post as Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director while Engeling recently retired after 24 years of service as chief deputy for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

School audit shows growing reserves
The Illinois State Board of Education recommends that every school district have a minimum of 180 days of operating cash on hand. The Taylorville School District’s annual audit reveals that Taylorville is making headway in approaching that target.

 District auditor Adam Mathias told the board Tuesday night that TCUSD now has 164 days cash on hand, which is up from 134 days a year ago.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pana Counciil approves Enterprize Zone agreements
On a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the Pana City Council gave final approval to the Christian County, City of Pana, City of Taylorville and Village of Assumption Enterprise Zone. It was second reading of the measure which had gained approval, 4-3, on first reading two weeks ago.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Women's Group Donates
Barbara Duncan, Treasurer for the Community Women’s Association is pictured presenting a donation of $100 to Monita Kalka and Loretta Law, board members of Christian County Historical Society.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Kiwanis members hear about industrial park
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about Taylorville’s new Industrial Park from a long-time community leader, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

TMH holding 'Stop the Bleed' event
Featuring life-like simulations at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.

 The program, “Stop the Bleed,” will be offered on Tuesday, October 22. The session will run from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Women Of Moose Donate
Ashley Butterfield, of the Women of the Moose, is pictured presenting a check to Christi Luttrell for the THS CBI Class.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rep. Davis Help Desk in Morrisonville
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has announced his staff will be holding a series of Traveling Help Desks in October. Traveling Help Desks are held while Congress is in session to ensure constituents in every corner of the district have an opportunity to connect with staff if they need help with a federal agency or have questions about legislation.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New clinic to offer primary care and mental health services to Christian Co. residents
TAYLORVILLE — Memorial Behavioral Health and SIU Medicine are partnering together to open a clinic integrating primary care and mental health services for residents of Christian County.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Edinburg board talks new police car, body cameras
EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 15, 2019:
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hornbuckle Speaks To Sertoma Club
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Podeschi Speaks To Daughters Of The American Revolution
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Senior fair brings resources to area senior citizens
TAYLORVILLE — Senior citizens from around Christian County joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) Thursday for a free senior resource fair.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bent But Not Broken
The home of Susan Pearce was one of many damaged in the December 1, 2018 tornado that rocked the area. Like so many, she has had to rebuild or repair. One of the mature trees in her front yard was also damaged. Pictured is a section of the tree that was saved.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Public Schools Foundation Donates Proceeds
The Taylorvilel Public School Foundation presented a check Friday everning to high school principal Matt Hutchingson for $1,650 from the Foundations VIP Parking at the home footballs games. Bob Ridings of Taylorville  offered the Foundation his grass lot area across the street from the stadium entrance for parking.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 14, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, October 14, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, October 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 14, 2019

North School Attendance Winners
Monday, October 14, 2019

Davis Memorial sending out Military Packages for service members
Davis Memorial will be mailing packages to deployed service members on December 7, 2019, for Christmas. If you know of someone who is actively deployed, who would like to receive a package, please call the church office (824-8181) with their name and address.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Taylorville High School Class of 1969 Celebrates Fiftieth Reunion
Monday, October 14, 2019

Reduce your grocery bill with these simple tips
Expenses for the average household can pile up quickly. One of the easiest ways to keep a budget in check is to focus on how much is being spent on food. Chances are grocery bills can be reduced dramatically without upsetting daily routines.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Fun fall day trips for the family
If you're looking for something fun to do this Halloween season there are many local activities available, or some just a short drive away.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ghostly fun at Lincoln presidential museum
Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 19 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, music and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

A trip to find the past
When the air begins to carry a cool bite and the leaves start to dress in dazzling hues, that can only mean one thing. Autumn has arrived, bringing with it all the things people love. Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, flannel - the list could go on. For some people, the fall season is a time to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures: Antique shopping.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Take A Central Illinois day Trip
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Council still mulling lake lot increases
At last Thursday evening’s City of Taylorville Lake and Airport Committee meeting, aldermen were greeted to a packed house.

Lake Taylorville lake lot holders showed up in droves to voice their objection to a potential cost increase that may still be coming down the pike.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Another Big Year
At Friday’s Taylorville home football game, it was revealed that this year’s Tornado Open golf outing generated $25,328 to be donated to the THS Sports Boosters in support of Taylorville High School athletics.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

THS Choirs to present 2019 Fall Concert
The Taylorville High School Choirs in cooperation with the South Fork High School Choir will present the annual Fall Demonstration Concert on Thursday, October 17 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.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Take a ride on the Springfield brewery circuit
From American browns to coffee infused porters, from Mexican lagers to Bohemian pilsners, Hazy IPAs, and nitro stouts to  watermelon shandies; beer enthusiasts in Central Illinois don’t have to go far to find a flavor that suits their pallet.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ten 2020 IEC Memorial Scholarships available
David Stuva, President/CEO of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) has announced that the Illinois electric cooperatives in 2020 will award eleven academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.”   In addition, a twelfth scholarship – to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school – will also be offered.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pack 76 learns about fire safety
Cub Scout Pack 76 in Kincaid enjoyed a special guest speaker on October 8th. Aaron Tucker, Fire Chief for Midland Fire Department, attended their scout meeting to discuss fire safety. He demonstrated getting into his fire gear and also gave a tour of the trucks.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bill Ridley: Remembering a Taylorville icon
“Dolph Stanley, Johnny Orr, Ron Bontemps, and Bill Ridley are the Mt. Rushmore of Taylorville basketball,” said Taylorville High School Athletic Director Paul Held.

Sadly, Taylorville lost one of those icons on Saturday, October 5, 2019 when Bill Ridley passed at the age of 85.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

CWA Installs New Officers
New officers were installed for the Community Women’s Association at its October 2nd meeting
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Optimist looking for new meeting place
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its first business meeting of the new administration on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. New president Ron Spears called his first meeting order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation.  President Ron gave a brief summary of what to expect from the club in the coming year. One major change will be the meeting place which will become necessary when the hospital construction will require the club to re-locate. Several options are being considered. It was decided to seek the input of the membership on many important issues by way of a survey. This survey will be distributed in the near future.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville criminal damages
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Kiddie Tractor Pull winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Winners from last Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest kiddie tractor pull, have been released.



Saturday, October 12, 2019

Car Found In Manners Park Pond
While draining Manners Park Pond, authorities found an automobile buried by mud and silt. Members of the Taylorville Fire Department and its dive team reported to the scene about 8:00 a.m. today.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Christian County Mental Health clinic closes
Since 1972, the Christian County Mental Health Association has offered clinical support to Taylorville residents in need of mental health counseling. As of today, though, the long-standing clinic is now closed.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, October 11, 2019

Co. Board committees approve projects manager position
Two Christian County Board committees on Thursday night each met and approved sending to the full board on Tuesday night, a recommendation to hire a temporary, part-time Maintenance Projects Manager. The position is necessitated to coordinate schedules for maintenance work among the seven buildings the county maintains.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, October 11, 2019

Salvage Dawgs Donate To Honor Flight
The Taylorville Salvage  Dawgs pictured presenting a check for Beverly Walker to go to Washington D. C. as a guardian on the honor flight.  Pictured left to right are Danny Marron (who has gone on the flight as a veteran), Beverly (also a veteran but a guardian on this flight), Jeff and Phyllis Wilson, Chuck Schneider (who has gone on the flight as a veteran), Kathy Marron, and Suzy Schneider.  Beverly will be a guardian for a Vietnam era veteran on the October 29th flight.
Friday, October 11, 2019

HCEA Learns About India
The International Lesson for Living on the Country of India was presented Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Christian County Extension Center. There were 13 HCEA members and two guests present. Nrupa Patel, an attorney from Decatur, spoke on her family’s home country of India. Nrupa’s family lives in the state of Gujarat in the country of India.  Her grandmother still lives there.  Nrupa was born in Chicago and her family resides in Chicago, but her mother spends six months of the year in Gujarat. Nrupa also lived in Gujarat from the time she was a baby until she was four years old and she still visits her grandmother there.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Preschool Visits Firehouse
Preschool students from Pre-k program visited the Taylorville Fire House Wednesday as part of fire safety week.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Kincaid Church of God welcomes worship ministry team
Kincaid Church of God is excited to welcome the new additions to their ministry team and church family, Brent and Lindy Austin and Jeremy and Tawnya Austin.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Liberating emotions
“We are not salves to our emotions.” Chip and Dan Heath.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Women's Fellowship Group Hosts Luncheon
The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) Women’s Fellowship hosted a luncheon recently with Ed Legg as the guest speaker from Missions for Taylorville (MFT). Legg spoke to the gorup about the status of MFT regarding the effort in tornado recovery, the help they are receiving, as well as monetary donations still neded. He couraged the group that there are still many ways to help even if you can’t physically paint, roof or build. There’s something for everyone. You may contact Missions for Taylorville at 217-824-8181 if you’re able to help or donate monetarily.Pictured in the front row from left are:
Friday, October 11, 2019

Edinburg Lutheran Church celebrating 125th
Trinity Lutheran Church, in Edinburg, is celebrating their 125th Anniversary this Sunday, October 13. The day will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30am; at 9:00 Sunday school and Bible Classes will observe the many promises and blessings that God has bestowed upon Trinity these many years.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, October 11, 2019

VFW Post 4465 celebrates 74 years, recognizes members
Taylorville Post 4495 celebrated its 74th Anniversary at a party on Sunday, 29 September 2019, 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.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Edinburg Schools focus on literacy
The Edinburg Board of Education held  regular meeting on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. in room 145.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, October 10, 2019

North School Promotes Good Attendance
In honor of attendance awareness month, North School has started an attendance incentive program to promote good attendance habits. Each week, students who have perfect attendance are put into a drawing for special prizes. At the end of the quarter, all tickets will be put into a new drawing for a bigger prize and the parents of the student who is drawn will also win a prize.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Owaneco Fire Protection District Recognizes Volunteers
The Owaneco Fire Protection District recently held a volunteer appreciation dinner to recognize the department volunteers. Service awards were handed out from 5 years to 55 years of serving the department, also the Mizeur and Yucaneer families were recognized  for their three generations of active members, with over 200 years of  combined service.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Taylorville man faces federal pornography charges
TAYLORVILLE — Federal authorities in Springfield have charged a 46-year-old Taylorville man with two counts of child pornography. Todd M. England, Taylorville, was indicted on Oct. 2, 2019 by a Federal Grand Jury. His initial appearance and arraignment in Springfield Federal District Court is at 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2019.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Fundraising for PCH Building Project one million mark
PANA — Members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee gathered to celebrate as they added the $1.1 million dollar mark to the PCH Building Project fundraising sign!  The sign, mounted on the front of the hospital near the ambulance entrance, depicts the progress of the fundraising efforts of the PCH Foundation’s $1.5 million pledge towards the $20.3 million project. The fundraising total has now surpassed $1,125,000 through various fundraisers, activities and pledges.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Lincoln Land Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday
Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville, 800 S. Spresser, is hosting a free event for Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, 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.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fire Destroys Park Street Home Today
Taylorville firefighters rush to drag out their hoses as flames engulf the home at 404 East Park Street in Taylorville. The fire started at approximately 11:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, totaling the structure in the process.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

City tackles diverse agenda Monday
Monday’s Taylorville City Council featured a revolving door of incoming and outgoing city officials.

The council begrudgingly accepted the retirement of Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, but graciously thanked him for his years of service and his leadership in growing the Taylorville Fire Department. “We appreciate your hard work. I think your professionalism and your love for the fire department shows through your work,” Alderman Shawn Burtle said.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Local agencies partner for flu clinic
On Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 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 Thru Flu Shot Clinic and at the same time practice emergency preparedness exercises. 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Committee okays county projects manager
The Highway, Building, Grounds and Zoning Committee of the Christian County Board met on Monday night to discuss a variety of topics. That included hiring a part-time Project Manager for county building maintenance and new zoning permit fees. Those items were approved and will be recommended to the full county board for approval next Tuesday night when they meet.

At the beginning of the meeting, contractor Tony Verardi, who is doing window sealing repair at the Courthouse, reported on problems in the clocktower of the building which is preventing him from completing his work. He said there is water infiltration from several places which is causing the deterioration of mortar as well as wood rot to window frames. One of the main problems is access to the outside around the face of the clock. He said a large crane or bucket would be needed just to inspect the outside of the tower, or a lot of scaffolding would have to be installed to do the inspection and work.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

City Honors Pee Wee Basketball Board
The Christian County Pee Wee basketball program is in its sixth season. It’s a youth basketball program open to all children from pre-school to fourth grade. Last year, the program had more than 240 participants. 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New City Officials Sworn In
The City of Taylorville swore in two new officials at Monday’s council meeting.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Taylorville Township High School Class of 1954 Holds 65th Reunion
The Taylorville Township High School (TTHS) class of 1954 held their 65th Class Reunion on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the K of C Hall in Taylorville.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Corn Festival Royalty
Pictured is Andrew (5) and Abigail (2) Wiley of Morris, Ill. They were recently named the Grundy County Corn Festival King and Queen of the Kiddie Parade.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Current World Champions Attend Chillifest
Eleven International Chilli Society Champions competed or attended the “Chillinois” cookoff on day one of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Saturday. And, for the first time in the history of Chillifest or an ICS cookoff, all four current ICS 2019 World Champions attended Saturday’s event.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Volunteer Workday at Dickson Mounds Oct. 25
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a Volunteer Workday – “Operation Picnic Table” – on Friday, October 25 from 9:00 a..m.-12:00 noon.  Volunteers will help staff spruce up the picnic tables throughout the Museum’s grounds.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lincoln lectures focus on home and neighborhood
At the Museum of the Grand Prairie we’ve been proud to celebrate our area’s Lincoln heritage each year for the past eleven with a Lincoln Lecture Series. The 12th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series, happening this fall, includes four experts who will speak on the theme of home. Lincoln’s neighborhood, his many residences, his parent’s last cabin and the historic homes of the Lincoln era will all be featured on four Sundays in October and November. These free public talks occur on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the museum, at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 North Lombard, Mahomet IL 61853. For more information contact Barb Garvey, 217-586-2612.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dept. on Aging celebrates community care program
Joined by more than 500 attendees, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) held their annual conference in Peoria in September. IDoA Director Paula Basta opened proceedings and joined State Senator Dave Koehler and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging CEO Sandy Markwood to give opening remarks.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab to host Blood Drive Oct. 17
Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab will host a community blood drive from10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at 800 McAdam Dr., inside Bloodmobile
Monday, October 7, 2019

Pana High School Homecoming Court
During the Pana High School Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening, the formal coronation of the queen and king was held.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 7, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 7, 2019:
Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

TMH offering free mammograms for qualified individuals in October
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be offering free mammograms for qualified individuals during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Operation: Loaded Book Bag successful
TAYLORVILLE — Operation: Loaded Book Bag was able to supply 175 students from the community with their supplies for the first day of school this year, due to the generosity of its donors.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Lincoln Home National Historic Site to host Trick-or-Treat Event October 18th
SPRINGFIELD — In cooperation with its Springfield partners, the Lincoln Home Employee Association will host a free “Trick-or-Treat” event for children 12 years old and under, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, on Friday, October 18th. The event will begin at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site’s Visitor Center located at 426 South 7th Street in downtown Springfield. Children and parents are welcome to visit the park any time between these hours and view the site in a “different light.”
Monday, October 7, 2019

TMH Auxiliary to host glow golf outing
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a Glow Golf Outing on Saturday, October 19 on the beautiful greens of Lakeshore Golf Course.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Lil' Chilli Bean Cutest Baby Winners Announced
Monday, October 7, 2019

Experts will speak on Lincoln themes of home and neighborhood
MAHOMET, Ill. — The Museum of the Grand Prairie has been proud to celebrate the area’s Lincoln heritage each year for the past eleven with a Lincoln Lecture Series. The 12th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series, happening this fall, includes  experts who will speak on the theme of home.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Taylorville Memorial seeking local artwork for new facility
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital invites local artists to submit their work for consideration to be featured in the new facility.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Husband charged in murder of Taylorville native
HILLSBORO — A 68-year-old Taylorville native, Mary A. Burke Chesser, died of complications following a shooting incident in Hillsboro which occurred on Sept. 20, 2019. Her husband, David L. Chesser, 69, of Litchfield is charged in connection with the case. He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Center on $1 million bond.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

TPD Officer Nelson named Employee of quarter
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department has announced that Officer Christian Nelson has been named as their employee for the quarter for the period of July 1 to September 30, 2019. The selection is based on his demonstrated, sustained, superior performance of duties during the quarter.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pana Pride hosting fundraising dinner Oct. 23
PANA — Pana Pride, a civic group helping to develop Pana, will hold a drive through dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Pana. Tickets for the event must be bought prior to the event.
There will be no ticket sale the night of the dinner.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Mollie Lively selected for Teach Plus program
TAYLORVILLE — Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in policy and practice, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, has selected North Elementary School 1st grade teacher Mollie Lively, along with six other teacher leaders, to participate in its first Rural Teacher Leader Collaborative.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Mike Kennedy retiring as TCCU board member
TAYLORVILLE — After 32 years on the Board of Directors for Taylorville Community Credit Union, Mike Kennedy is calling it quits. Kennedy has served the credit union and its Board in several capacities since 1987, the first year of his tenure.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

TMH Fall-Prevention Project recognized by industry
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital partnered with Hickory Estates to implement a program to reduce the number of injuries from falls by the elderly. The initiative resulted in a 67% reduction in falls at the assisted-living facility.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Chillifest
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Enjoying Chillifest
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Expert speaks to University Women about terrorism
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the October meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Whits End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Joe Gasparich, Bureau Chief of Safety and Emergency Response of the Illinois Department of Human Service. Joe explained what terrorism is, how acts of terrorism are planned, and responses to terrorism.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Club honors Terry Wright as Optimist of the Year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held a combination officer induction/awards/NOW dinner on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at the Taylorville K of C Hall.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Professionals speak to THS College & Career Class
Saturday, October 5, 2019

THS Nat'l Honor Society helps out at Kemmerer
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School National Honor Society members volunteer at Kemmerer Village Saturday, helping the Village prepare for their 105th Anniversary Open House this Saturday, October 6th 1:00 to 4:00.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, October 4, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 4, 2019:
Friday, October 4, 2019

County problem solving court certified by Supreme Court
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County resident circuit judge, Brad Paisley, has announced that the Illinois Supreme Court has approved the Christian County Problem Solving Court for certification.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Food Pantry served 336 families in September
TAYLORVILLE — In September the Taylorville Food Pantry served 366 families, a total of 1,151 people, including 361 children.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Pana High School Wall of Fame ceremony this Sunday
PANA — The 17th Pana High School Wall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, a 2:00 p.m. Two alumni of PHS will be honored.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Senior resource fair set for next Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — Area residents are invited to join State Senator Andy Manar for a senior resource fair Thursday, October 10.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Scott Woods named new CCSO chief deputy
TAYLORVILLE — In the wake of Bruce Engeling’s recent retirement, long-time Christian County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Scott Woods has been named the new Christian County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Kidzone a part of the fun at Chillifest
TAYLORVILLE — The KidZone will again be part of the fun this weekend at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the west side of the square.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Chillifest officially kicks off tomorrow morning at 9
TAYLORVILLE — There’s entertainment galore this weekend during the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Evangelical Free Church Members Enjoy Fellowship
Friday, October 4, 2019

South Fork NHS Teams Up With Midland Methodist
Friday, October 4, 2019

Dig Deep
 TAYLORVILLE — Reading in Ezekiel 8:7 Then He brought me to the entrance of the Court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. Vs8 He said to me "Son of man, now dig through the wall" So, I dg through the wall, and behold an entrance. Vs9 And He said to me "Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here" Vs10  So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around.
Friday, October 4, 2019

320 W. Franklin St. Taylorville
Friday, October 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 3, 2019

County Finance Committee gets first look at the budget
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee got its first look at the fiscal year 2020 budget during their meeting on Wednesday night in the Courthouse. Preliminary figures show a deficit of about $222,000. Anticipated revenues total  approximately $6.9 million with expenditures of about $7.1 million.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Larry's announces sale to Neal Tire
TAYLORVILLE — Since 1978, Larry Barry has been a fixture in the Taylorville business community. What started as a two-bay Marathon gas station on the corner of Spresser and Webster Street has blossomed into a  very successful, six-bay service center.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 3, 2019:
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mt. Auburn phase one water project nears completion
The Village of Mt. Auburn met on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Mayor Amber Dooley and Water Superintendent Sky Trudeau announced that Phase One of the water protect would be finishing up by the next week. Residents in the board room expressed anger at the intermittent water shut offs and constant boil orders in town during the final weeks of the project.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Local animal control helping to reduce feral cat population
The Christian County Animal Control Center (CCACC) began a new TNR (trap, neuter and return) program in May of this year for feral cats.

CCACC Director Vince Harris said "We've partnered with all the vets in the county. We'll pay to have a feral cat spayed or neutered, as well as a rabies shot and tested for feline aids or leukemia. This is our way of helping control the feral cat population, which is huge here in Taylorville, Pana and Kincaid."

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Taylorville High School Class Of 1964 Celebrates 55th Reunion
The Taylorville High School Class of 1964 celebrated their 55th Class Reunion on Sept. 28, 2019.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Kiwanis holds monthly business meeting Tuesday
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sluggers Lend A Helping Hand
The St. Louis Sluggers Disaster Recovery Team has been in Taylorville all week helping tornado victims. There are about 20 individuals, all retired, who tour the United States for two weeks each year.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

YMCA theft investigation ongoing; all interviews have been completed
The investigation into the theft of money from the Christian County YMCA is still ongoing . An internal investigation utilizing an outside forensic auditor is nearing the end and the investigation will continue to move forward.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Taylorville Fire Chief Crews submits letter of resignation
Mike Crews, the Taylorville Fire Chief, has announced his resignation. His letter is as follows:

“It is with a heavy heart, I am submitting my resignation as Fire Chief of the City of Taylorville. I have accepted the position of Emergency Services Director for Hanover Township (IL) effective 10/28/2019.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

DMH becomes 5th hospital to join Memorial Health System
Decatur Memorial Hospital has cleared all regulatory approvals and today became the fifth hospital to join Memorial Health System.

Decatur Memorial Hospital becomes the eighth full affiliate of Memorial Health System and its second largest hospital.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Taylorville man is arrested for meth
On Monday, September 30, 2019 at approximately 9:45 a.m., members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team and patrol executed a narcotic search warrant at 408 S. Cherokee, Taylorville, Ill.

Jake E. Tucker, age 27, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and on a warrant for dangerous drugs out of Shelby County. According to TPD, Taylorville citizens provided helpful information leading to the arrest. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

District orders stream bank stabilization
On Monday, the Christian County Water Reclamation District took the first step in a comprehensive, ten-year capital improvement project when they approved a bid for a stream bank stabilization project.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Historic Bethel School Open at Friends Creek
There will be two opportunities to explore the past at Friends Creek Conservation Area near Argenta, Ill. on Saturday, October 5: A Preschool Peepers program and open house hours at Historic Bethel School.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

South Fork Homecoming Court
South Fork High School's Student Council hosted the 2019 Luau themed Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 28th. The student body voted Emalee Howe and Hunter Harris as  2019 Homecoming King and Queen.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Children invited to learn and create at state museum
Children and their families will enjoy employing their powers of observation at two Illinois State Museum programs in October.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

APL's Blessing of the Animals set for Sunday, Oct. 6
The Animal Protective League (APL) will host its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday, October 6, at the APL shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. This longtime APL tradition marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.  Rev. George Nellikunnel, S.A.C., Pastor of St. John Vianney and Holy Family Parishes will conduct the blessings and the ceremony. All animals are welcome at this special ceremony. However for the safety of the animals and people attending, all animals must either be on a leash or a size appropriate carrier throughout the entire event.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

TMH Senior Life Solutions offers support for seniors
Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosted the bi-annual networking luncheon for staff of area hospitals whose work is dedicated to the elderly population on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The group gathered to discuss ideas on community education efforts and how to effectively reach out to community referral sources. Hosted in the TMH Janice Hopper Auditorium, they were able to discuss sensitive information in a private environment.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, September 30, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 30, 2019:
Monday, September 30, 2019

First Friday Gallery Walk Oct.4, Decatur
DECATUR — The First Friday Gallery Walk for October will take place on Friday, October 4 from 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Presentation on Indian artifacts and more October 2
SPRINGFIELD — Ogden-Fettie is among the oldest Native American floodplain earthwork complexes in the Midwest. On Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Michael Wiant, Emeritus Director of the Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds, will speak about the results of archaeological work at this important site as part of the Paul Mickey Learning Series at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. The program is free and open to the public.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Public is invited to VFW open house anniversary celebration today
Taylorville VFW Post 4495 will celebrate its 74th anniversary at a party today, September 29, 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 PM.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Friendly Neighbors Garden Club officers
The Friendly Neighbors Garden Club recently installed new officers for the year 2019-2020.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Monmouth College student uses personal touch for A+ effort on advertising class assignment
Monmouth College business major Haylee Riggs of Taylorville, Ill., wanted her advertising class assignment to stand out. Her pitch wound up being very effective.

Riggs and her classmates in Tom Prince's upper-level business course were assigned to research Christina Stembel and her company, Farm Girl Flowers. Stembel has achieved some fame as a featured business person on a Capital One card commercial.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pana High School Homecoming Court Named
Many activities have been planned for the 2019 Pana High School Homecoming beginning on Monday, Sept. 30. Each weekday there is a theme for each day, culminating on Friday, Oct. 4, with the naming of the homecoming king and queen on Brummett Field at 6:30 p.m. The homecoming game - Pana’s 1,000th high school game - will begin at 7:00 p.m. as the Panthers host the Greenville Comets.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Red Cross: Donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed
The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bags tournament part of Chillifest
Lots of prize money is on the line at a host of bags tournaments happening October 4, 5, and 6, during the annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of  Commerce Chillifest.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

IDNR Announces State and Federal Sites to be open for 2019 Youth Waterfowl hunting seasons
A number of Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and recreation areas will be open to youth waterfowl hunting during the 2019 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Seasons, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today. Federal sites that fall under the IDNR waterfowl administrative rule that will be open for the youth hunts also are listed below.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Spooky Story Program at Dickson Mounds, Oct. 3
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Spooky Stories” presented by Mike Anderson. Tots and their caretakers will enjoy spooky, silly, funny and thought-provoking stories and songs that will deliver a shiver! Spooky face-painting and crafts will also be part of the morning’s activities.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Angela Sharp, Taylorville, recognized by CEFS
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 54th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2019 annual meeting, some very special people were recognized that had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”
Saturday, September 28, 2019

TMH Auxiliary hosts 11th Annual 5K
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted its 11th annual Heart and Sole 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 21. Men, women and children of all ages ran or walked the 5K course through the streets of Taylorville and enjoyed the chance to be outside for a good cause.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Information sought in criminal damages in Taylorville
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, September 27, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, September 27, 2019

Bob and Jan Febus to chair annual YMCA auction
The 31st Annual YMCA Auction, “Hats Off to the Y” has been scheduled for Friday, November 8 at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville.  The Christian County YMCA is also proud to announce Bob & Jan Febus as Chairpersons of the 2019 YMCA Auction.
Friday, September 27, 2019

TMH and SIU to host seminar on the opioid epidemic
Taylorville Memorial Hospital and SIU Medicine will hold a free seminar on the opioid epidemic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 9 in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Storm sewer fix incoming on southwest end of town
Aldermen have been kicking around a potential storm sewer fix on the southwest end of town for several months now. At Thursday’s street and sewer committee meeting, they voted to move forward with what could be a $250,000 project.

The project is expected to address poor drainage issues in the areas of Rich Street, from Houston to Elevator; Elevator Street, from Rich to England; and Morton Street, from Adams to Vandeveer.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Dove to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Dove will host their Annual Candlelighting Ceremony, "You are NOT alone"  which takes place in October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 108 S. Oak Street, Shelbyville.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Optimists hear from veterinarians at Countryside
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019, in the TMH auditorium.  Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. The morning invocation was given by Pastor Ted Marrinan.  Steve reminded all present that there will be no morning meeting next week, as the annual officer induction and N.O.W. dinner will be held on Thursday evening, Oct. 3rd, at 6:00 pm in the Taylorville K of C Hall on S. Walnut. Guest for the evening will be the new District Governor, Bill Wagner of the Highland Optimist Club.  Also, next weekend will be the annual Chilifest on the square. The Optimist food trailer will once again be present, offering corn dogs, hamburgers, and pork chop sandwiches. Coffee, iced tea, and lemonade will also be available for the patrons.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Adult singers invited to join community choir
The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in the Lake Land College Theater.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Grace Memorial Church to install new pastor
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Grace Memorial Church, located at 108 East Douglas Street in Edinburg, will be installing Pastor Wes Barteck as their new pastor at the 9:30 a.m. worship service.
Friday, September 27, 2019

South Fork NHS works with Midland Methodist
In mid-April, a group of 36 volunteers, including members of the South Fork High School National Honor Society, gathered at Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid.  They were there to create unique bowls out of lumps of clay.  Guided by Michelle Coakes, owner of Bad Wolf Pottery in Taylorville, and assisted by Trish Duknoski, an instructor at the pottery, over the course of several hours, the volunteers created and decorated 100 soup bowls. 
Friday, September 27, 2019

In this together
“Every man for himself.” When we hear that phrase, it means that we shouldn’t expect any help. Each person needs to fend for themselves against whatever danger is threatening the group. It’s a selfish approach that is bound to leave someone behind, but it’s not the way that the Bible calls us to live our lives.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Davis Memorial annual fish fry Friday, Oct. 11
The annual fish fry at Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) is set for Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1500 W. Franklin Street in Taylorville.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, September 27, 2019

Davis holding Taylorville open office hours Oct. 8
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced upcoming Open Office Hours in Monticello, Taylorville, Clinton, and Hardin. He will meet with constituents individually or in small groups about issues important to them.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Edinburg talks budget, financial software
The Edinburg Board of Education held a Budget Hearing at 5:45 p.m. in junior high room 145 on Wednesday, September 25, directly followed by a regular Board meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, September 26, 2019

John Coady honored by U of I College of Arts and Sciences
Seven alumni from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences have named recipients of the college’s 2019 annual alumni awards. The alumni represent a variety of backgrounds and degrees, and their achievements have clear links to their experiences at the University of Illinois. The recipients will be honored during Homecoming weekend on campus.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Public is invited to VFW open house anniversary celebration Sunday
Taylorville VFW Post 4495 will celebrate its 74th anniversary at a party on Sunday, 29 September 2019, 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 PM.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

South Fork Homecoming
South Fork High School's luau themed homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, September 28th. The following students were voted as homecoming court attendants by their peers.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eagle Scout
On September 23, 2019, an Eagle ceremony was held to celebrate Matthew Alberts earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Matthew is the oldest son of John and Kelly Alberts and the grandson of Gary and Mafalda Alberts of Taylorville.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

HCEA International Lesson for Living October 8
The Christian County Home and Community Education Association will present the International Lesson for Living on the country of India at the University of Illinois Extension Office Auditorium in Taylorville on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Taylorville Students Meet For Prayer
“See You at the Pole" is an annual student-led gathering and prayer service on the fourth Wednesday in September. In our community "See You at the Pole" took place at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25.  Those students and teachers who wish to do so meet at their school's flag pole prior to classes and pray for their nation, our President, our Congress, and our leaders on every level. Prayer is offered for our schools, administrators, teachers, and students.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

TCUSD budget shows healthy ed fund, overall deficit
Before bond payments, the Taylorville School District is expecting to operate with a $571,000 surplus budget this year.

The board met in a special meeting Tuesday night where board members unanimously (Dr. Freese-absent) adopted the fiscal year 2020 budget.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

16-year-old Pana teen charged in school threat
A 16-year-old male Pana juvenile is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center following an alleged threat he made against another Pana High School student on Monday.

In a statement from Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland, the police were contacted by Pana High School staff and made aware of a threat by a male juvenile student who possibly threatened to bring a shotgun to the school and carry out a shooting.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pana School board approves budget
During Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting, members approved the Fiscal Year 2020 budget on a 5-0 vote. Members Kyle Anderson and Craig Deere were absent.

The new fiscal year spending plan in the Education Fund shows a balance of almost $259,000 when it closes on June 30, 2020. Revenues are estimated at just over $12 million with expenses totaling $11.6 million. The Education Fund pays for the day-to-day operation of the school system - salaries, benefits, utilities, etc.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

'Power of 3' exhibit at LLCC gallery through Oct. 10
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will host the exhibit "the Power of 3," showcasing artwork from Sharon Carter, Diane Wilson and Wilma Wofford, now through Oct. 10. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lake Land College to host career day, college fair
High school students are invited to attend Lake Land College’s annual Career Day event on Oct. 1 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Field House.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

C.T. Fletcher at The Lockup Gym draws large crowd
Six-time powerlifting champion and former bodybuilder C.T. Fletcher made a stop at The Lockup Gym in Taylorville on Saturday, September 21.

Several hundred people trickled into the gym all afternoon for a meet-and-greet with Fletcher who signed autographs and swapped stories with some of his faithful followers. Fletcher also shared a bit of his own inspirational story, which focuses on overcoming adversity.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 24, 2019:
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Park begins pond reclamation project
TAYLORVILLE — A week after the Taylorville Park Board called a special meeting to address a leak that has drained much of the south pond at Manners Park, park officials say they still aren’t able to address the problem.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Pana Enterprise Zone ordinance passes 1st read
PANA — The Pana City Council narrowly approved the first reading of an ordinance to establish an Enterprise Zone in Christian County along with the cities of Taylorville and Assumption during Monday night’s meeting. This included an intergovernmental agreement among the government agencies on the Enterprise Zone. The vote was 4-3 with aldermen Ron Miles, Tim Eddy and Tracy Braye-Strawn voted “no.” Alderman Ray “Butch” Hocq was absent.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Kincaid man gets nine year in sex abuse case
TAYLORVILLE — A 32-year-old Kincaid man was sentenced to a total of nine years in prison following the acceptance of a negotiated plea presented in Christian County Court to Judge Christopher Matoush Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

City audit shows unsustainable sewer fund
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville sewer fund is supposed to be self sustaining. It isn’t.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TJHS teacher awarded IRTAF classroom grant
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TMH employees donate over $28,000 to campaign
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 3rd annual consecutive employee giving campaign raised over $28,000 to improve the lives of patients and colleagues.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, September 23, 2019

Amy Calvert Winans announces candidacy for re-election to Christian County Coroner
Amy Calvert Winans has announced her candidacy for re-election to the office of Christian County Coroner.

Since being elected in November of 2004, Coroner Winans has handled an increase in the number of coroner calls, updated the office with the addition of computer technology, and each year operated under budget. She has been able to purchase a coroner vehicle which allows the office to do their own transports for autopsy thus saving the county money in transportation costs. She has made it a priority to focus on educating teens about the dangers of drinking, driving, texting while driving, prescription drug abuse, synthetic drugs and heroin deaths and how they can be prevented.

Monday, September 23, 2019

TPD CAT Team arrests four on drug charges
On Saturday, September 21, 2019 at approximately 9:40 a.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team and patrol executed a search warrant at 512 White Street, Taylorville, Ill.  

The following were arrested James Lunsford, 51, of Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Jason Newberry, 47 of Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Matthew Wade Bottoms, 33 of  Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of Sex Offender Registry and Krystal L. Huckstadt, 34, off Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of Sex Offender Registry. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Pana Red Hats hold September meeting
The Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at the Spring Garden Restaurant in Pana on Sept. 17, for their monthly meeting.

Katie Sinclair, with Quad County spoke about the blanket project for hospice patients and for veterans that they provide. They are needing help to make these no-sew blankets. Veterans receive a blanket of the branch of service that the person served in. Anyone may call her to help with this project.

Monday, September 23, 2019

October 2019 archaeology talk at Dickson Mounds focuses on historic bead collection
The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Brooke Morgan, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, Springfield, who will present a talk titled “The Frost Trade Bead Collection at the ISM”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Lincoln Library: The movies of World War II - Fact vs. fiction
SPRINGFIELD — How much of “Tora! Tora! Tora!” matches the real events of Pearl Harbor? Were the D-Day seas really as calm as depicted in “The Longest Day”? Did Allied troops build and then destroy a bridge on the river Kwai? And how about all those love stories that found their way into so many Hollywood war movies?
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Building Trades home brings transformative opportunity
TAYLORVILLE — “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” It’s a clever quip from actor Milton Berle about perseverance and ingenuity. The Taylorville High School Building Trades program, though, has upped the ante on Berle’s philosophy. Forget the front door, the class is building the whole home instead, and students are hopeful the project will bring opportunity from the doorstep right into the living room.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Building Trades Students Get Instruction
Saturday, September 21, 2019

LLCC English, arts and humanities celebration is set for September 23-27
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to the "All Lit Up" English, Arts and Humanities Celebration the week of Sept. 23. Several free events are planned on the Springfield campus in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

LLCC English, arts and humanities celebration is set for September 23-27
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to the "All Lit Up" English, Arts and Humanities Celebration the week of Sept. 23. Several free events are planned on the Springfield campus in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

TJHS students particpate in Rochester STEM Fair
ROCHESTER — The Rochester STEM Fair was held on September 11, 2019. Many high schools exhibit STEM activities to the free event, as well as colleges.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Taylorville High School to host college night Oct. 2
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School is sponsoring their annual College Night to be held Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wounds Heal And Scars Eventually Fade
TAYLORVILLE — “Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going.” — David Rossi
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kincaid Class of 1969 50th Reunion
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mike Havera seeking re-election as state's attorney
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera has announced his candidacy for re-election to the office of the Christian County State’s Attorney for the 2020 election.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Courthouse
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Before warming up next to your first fire this winter
TAYLORVILLE — A warm fire can make even the coldest winter day more enjoyable. Fireplaces may not get much use in spring or summer, but come late fall and throughout the winter, the fireplace can be a great place for families to gather.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Practical reminders for home safety before traveling
TAYLORVILLE — Travel tends to rise in warm weather when school is no longer in session. A 2016 study from Google and Phocuswright, a global travel market research company, found 55 percent of leisure travelers take one to two vacations per year.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 20, 2019:
Friday, September 20, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, September 20, 2019

Hillsboro police investigate shooting
Friday, September 20, 2019












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