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Howell charged with attempted murder
A forty-year-old Taylorville man suspected of shooting two people in a Tuesday evening incident at 1259 N. 1250 East Road in Taylorville has been charged with first degree attempted murder.

If convicted, Nathan L. Howell could face a sentence of six years to life in prison stemming from the two charges filed against him, which include first degree attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.  “The law says that you can charge attempted murder and prove attempted murder if you can prove any intent to kill. A lot of people think first degree is premeditation; there doesn’t have to be any premeditation,” Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera said of the charge.

Thursday, July 18, 2019


Local Man Helps Predict Weather
Sgt. Tyler Ungerer-Stephens of Taylorville is currently serving in the United States Air Force at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He was recently featured in a short video about how the weather that he predicts impacts the Emerald Coast of Florida and the aviation on the base. “
Thursday, July 18, 2019

As temperatures soar, officials urge pool safety
Extremely hot and muggy weather is forecast across Illinois to end the week into the weekend meaning many people will head to the pool. It's important to follow all posted rules and to pay attention to your children. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2018 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, at least 148 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas according to the USA Swimming Foundation across the United States. In Illinois during that same time period, 6 children under the age of 15 drown.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Taylorville Muni Band concert rescheduled for tonight
The Taylorville Municipal Band will present their concert at Hershey Towers tonight, Thursday July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Broaddus hired as Morrisonville police chief
Beginning today, Don Broaddus has officially started his second tour as the Morrisonville Chief of Police.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Area fire stations designated cooling centers
With heat indexes expected to surpass the triple-digit mark, it’s important not to overexert yourself in dangerous heat.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Volunteers build barricades for bike trail bridge
Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) volunteers spent Wednesday morning building barricades for the Flat Branch Bridge on the bike trail.

Years of wear and tear have caused significant damage to the structure and it is no longer safe to use. The bridge has been closed for some time now, however, people were finding a way around the barricades. For safety concerns, a more permanent fencing structure was constructed yesterday.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CC Sheriff investigating local double shooting
Two people are in a Springfield hospital after both suffered gunshot wounds in a Taylorville shooting Tuesday night.

 The Christian County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Illinois State Police, are investigating the shooting that occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. near a residence located at 1259 N. 1250 East Road in Taylorville, just south of the Illinois Route 48 and Nokomis blacktop intersection.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

County orders engineering on bridge projects
Tuesday night’s regular Christian County Board meeting featured no discussion on a wind turbine debate that has raged for months.  Instead, the divisive issued was referenced only momentarily in a reading of the July 10  highway, building, and zoning committee meeting minutes. There, the issue was tabled so that committee members could further percolate their thoughts on the matter. The debate is expected to resume at the August highway, building, and zoning committee meeting for which no date has yet been set.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

TMH to host opioid seminar offering free Naloxone kits
Taylorville Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with the Christian County Prevention Coalition, will host a free opiod training and informational seminar Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lincoln Log Cabin Site premiers new Lincoln show
Lincoln the Great Communicator premiers at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium. 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Taylorville schools announce registration: Online process begins this Friday
Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2019-20 school registration.

Families of returning students may begin the online registration process on Friday, July 19. The primary guardian should log in to the district’s Skyward Family Access page at "http://www.tcusd3.org" www.tcusd3.org. Parents or guardians needing a log-in ID and password may call their school to obtain this information. Parents without computers will have access to a computer lab during registration hours to complete the process. Assistance will be available for those with no computer experience. There will be no paper registration for returning students.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Morrisonville Kids Parade set for Friday
The Morrisonville Kids Parade will be held this Friday, July 19, 2019.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

CC Sheriff investigating double shooting
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Illinois State Police are conducting an investigation of two individuals who were shot on Tuesday night, July 16th at approximately 10:30 p.m. The shooting occurred near the residence of 1259 N. 1250 East Rd. Taylorville. The Taylorville, Morrisonville, and Edinburg Police Departments assisted at the scene.

Both shooting victims were taken to a Springfield Hospital. Their conditions is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

City, school reach an agreement on resource officer
The Taylorville School Board reaffirmed their commitment to having a school resource officer in Taylorville schools last week when that board unanimously voted in support of retaining the position at a $12,000 cost increase in an updated contract with the City of Taylorville.

The Taylorville City Council, in what was essentially a formality, still had to approve the new contract, and they did so, unanimously, on Monday night.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dixieland band featured at muni band concert Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Smith, will perform its  weekly band concert on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TMH Auxiliary announces 2019 scholarship recipients
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the TMH Auxiliary Scholarship. Recipients are part- or full-time colleagues of TMH who are furthering their education to fulfill a career goal in the health care field.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Historical society quilt show is this Saturday
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville will host a Quilt Show on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 325 Abe’s Way in Taylorville.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Council Honors Senator Manar
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council thanked Senator Andy Manar Monday night when they presented him with a plaque in honor of his efforts to help secure $500,000 in state funding to be used for tornado relief efforts in the city and the county.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

PSB assured mistakes in football field will be fixed
The Pana School Board met in regular session on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Unit Office Board Room.

Once again, the football field project dominated most of the discussion at the meeting. Board members pointed out that the sod appeared to have been placed incorrectly. Instead of the sod pieces tightly fitting together, there were spots with gaps between them where athletes could very easily twist their ankles and get hurt. The Board questioned who was responsible for fixing the mistake. Jeff Stauder, Building and Grounds Director, did have some good news for the Board.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

47th annual bull frog jumping contest is Friday
The 47th annual bull frog jumping contests will be held at Morrisonville Homecoming celebration on Friday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Col. Morrison’s water hole across from the park.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Robert 'Hatch' Stewart serving as grand marshal
Robert “Hatch” Stewart is a proud lifetime resident of Morrisonville. Moving with his parents Melvin and Elizabeth and little brother Jim to the town as a young boy in 1936, he worked in his father’s meat locker business as it evolved into Stewart’s IGA and graduated Morrisonville High School as Senior Class President of the Class of 1948.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Enjoy 3 Days Of Fun At The Morrisonville Picnic
The Morrsionville Homecoming will run from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20. Events are as follows:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Triad Recognizes Retiring Taylorville Chief Of Police
On Thursday, July 11, the Christian County Triad held a luncheon at Angelos to honor and thank former Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile for his eleven years of service as the law enforcement advisor to the Triad organization.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Senior Citizen Day Tickets Available
Larry’s Service Center will once again host the annual Senior Citizen Day at the Christian County Fair. Last week, Tommy and Lindsay Barry handed out the first ticket when they presented it to Chas DeClerk.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, July 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, July 15, 2019

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosts Babysitting Clinic
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on July 10 to train young sitters to be the best caregivers.
Monday, July 15, 2019

THS Class of 1962 to hold 75th birthday party
The Taylorville High School Class of 1962 will hold a class 75th birthday party on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW in Taylorville. All are welcome to attend.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Families Anonymous to meet Thursday, July 18th
Don’t let somebody else’s drug or alcohol use or even somebody’s else’s struggles control your life. Guided by the principles of the Families Anonymous program, family members and friends learn how to find relief from their seemingly insurmountable burdens.
Monday, July 15, 2019

What you should know about Zika
As the weather warms and people take vacations from school and work, minds may shift to travel plans. Those with passports may find they can travel just about anywhere in the world to see the sights and soak up the culture of various lands. Travelers should be aware to keep safety in mind whenever traveling, especially as it pertains to personal health.
Monday, July 15, 2019

TPD and TFD to join Red Cross in Battle of the Badges
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police and Fire Departments are joining up with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 1-6 p.m. at the Taylorville Fire Department Training Room.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tornado long-term recovery team, MFT offer update for those still in need
TAYLORVILLE — The Long-Term Recovery Team and Missions for Taylorville have worked together to help those adversely affect by the tornado disaster of Dec. 1, 2018. The Long-Term Recovery Team is part of Missions for Taylorville. This is an overview of what the organization is doing to help those still in need.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

IDNR mulling ways to solve Lake Decatur issue
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mary Poppins coming to Carlinville next week
CARLINVILLE — Summer Repertory Theatre in Carlinville is pleased to announce the production of Mary Poppins. Performances will be held at Bothwell Auditorium at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, July 18,19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM and July 21, 28 at 2 PM.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, CNB Bank & Trust, Carlinville Public Library and online at blackburnsummerrep.org. Opening night, July 18, is pay what you can at the door. It is our way of giving back to the community and saying thank you for all the years of support.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Breast cancer support group meeting features yoga
SPRINGFIELD – The August meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will focus on yoga.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

ROE and TRS to hold group meeting August 28
EFFINGHAM — The Regional Office of Education #3 and Effingham CUSD #40, in conjunction with the Teachers’ Retirement System, is scheduling a group meeting ot provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thanks for keeping Pana history alive, volunteers say
PANA — “Folks have been asking when they will be called upon to volunteer and we thank you all for having patience as we sort everything out into manageable tasks for volunteers to undertake,” according to volunteers at the Pana History Museum.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Terry Wright selected as Optimist of the Month
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Family-friendly events in Springfield next weekend
Saturday, July 13, 2019

HSHS Medical Group Pulmonology Specialty Clinic seeing patients in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Manjeshwar Prabhu, MD, pulmonologist, now sees patients with pulmonology concerns in Taylorville. HSHS Medical Group Pulmonology Specialty Clinic - Taylorville is located at 1304 W. Burnett Dr., Taylorville, Illinois. In addition to Taylorville, Dr. Prabhu currently practices at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care – Decatur, HSHS Medical Group Pulmonology Specialty Clinic – Effingham and HSHS Medical Group Pulmonology Specialty Clinic – Greenville.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Time to start thinking about county fair exhibits
TAYLORVILLE — The 2019 Christian County Fair Book is now available online at www.christiancountyfair.com. The fair dates are Tuesday, July 23 through Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Home of Mick Rykhus wins 'Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood' in July
TAYLORVILLE — The home of Michael (Mick) Rykhus, 809 Hawley Street in Taylorville sustained extensive damages during the December 1, 2018 tornado.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

For retired Taylorville teacher Russel Burch, his career was a higher calling
TAYLORVILLE — For most of us, the question of “what do you want to do with your life?” brings unending anxiety. For former Taylorville teacher Russell Burch, though, that question had an easy answer.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Silicon Valley house offers family several options
Dear Helaine: I own a single-family home in the Silicon Valley. There's about $1 million equity in it and an annual property tax of $2,000 (thanks to Proposition 13, which limits annual tax increases).
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Farmer's Market Frenzy
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, July 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, July 12, 2019

Water plant expected to be $800k under budget
TAYLORVILLE — Benton and Associates, the engineering firm overseeing the construction of the new Taylorville water plant, was in attendance at Thursday’s City of Taylorville Water Committee meeting to discuss the construction schedule and finances of the new water treatment plant. 
Friday, July 12, 2019

County committee discusses employees contracts
TAYLORVILLE — The Audit, Finance and Purchasing Committee of the Christian County Board held a brief executive session Thursday evening to discuss contract terms between the county and AFSCME Local 31 which represents employees for the highway department and courthouse workers. No action was taken after meeting behind closed doors for about 10 minutes.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Coroner identifies woman found in alleyway
TAYLORVILLE — An autopsy was held Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington for 27-year-old Isabelle J. Triezenberg of Taylorville.
Friday, July 12, 2019

ECUSD new Superintendent at the helm
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular session meeting on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the junior high room 145.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
ILLINOIS — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Heart health discussed at Hickory Estates
TAYLORVILLE — On June 25, Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Michele Kilduff, RN spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates about her work in the Cardiac Rehab department at TMH.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.
Friday, July 12, 2019

"Staying on the Horse"
TAYLORVILLE — Martin Luther described the nature of mankind as being a drunken man who falls off his horse on one side, and then gets back on and falls off the other side. What he means here that we tend to go from one extreme to the other when dealing with this world.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Business district funds okayed for square project
After suffering an unfortunate partial collapse in 2014, the building located at 100 South Main Street —on the northeast corner of the square— has never been restored completely to its former glory.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Davis Introduces Fair And Open Skies Act
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, today joined the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and a group of bipartisan members to introduce the Fair and Open Skies Act to American workers and safety within our airline industry. This bill would prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from issuing a foreign air carrier permit for U.S. operations to an airline that exploits a “flag of convenience” to avoid the regulations of its home country, or otherwise undermines labor standards.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Statement regarding policy on granting access to DL/ID photos
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said today that his office does not share information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or any other law enforcement agency on the issue of a person’s legal status in the United States.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bryan returns to Taylorville School Board
The Taylorville School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting Wednesday night to appoint Rick Bryan to the vacant board seat left by Pam McConnell.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Little consensus on turbine zoning ordinance
Members of the Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings, Grounds, Environmental, Welfare and Zoning Committee spent most of their 2-1/2 hour meeting Wednesday after discussing updates to the zoning ordinance regarding wind turbines. However, when the smoke cleared, there was little agreement or a consensus, other than to table the matter and come back with a completely re-written ordinance.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

APL to participate in KittenFest July 13-14 in Springfield
The Animal Protective League (APL) is participating in KittenFest this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13th and July 14th, at PetSmart on 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy, in Springfield. Over 60 kittens will be available for adoption during this mega adoption event from multiple adoption agencies! Come out and meet kittens from 8 weeks to 6 months of age and help them find their forever homes!
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dickson Mounds to host Mississippian Conference July 27
Dickson Mounds Museum will host a Mississippian Conference on Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program is open to the public and there is a $5.00 registration fee, payable at the door.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

TMH holds Hands-On Healthcare Session
Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosted a Hands-On Healthcare session designed to help high school and college students as well as adult community members learn more about nursing as a career.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pana Solar Car Team Headin' For Texas
The Pana High School Solar Car Team - The Photons - gathered this morning to get ready to begin their trip to Texas to participate in the 2019 Solar Car Challenge. This is the second year students from Pana have participated and they are the only high school team from Illinois.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Suspect captured in Taylorville Monday charged with murder
Police have identified the man, on parole from the Illinois Department of Correction, who led them on a chase through at least three counties on Monday. Deven A. Barger, 24, of Watson, was taken into custody on Lincoln Trail in Taylorville without incident. He is a the suspect in the murder of Samantha Cushing, 22, of Shelbyville, and her unborn child.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Deceased woman found in street this morning
Taylorville Police Department reported today, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at approximately 6:41 a.m. 911 dispatched Taylorville Fire Department along with Dunn’s Ambulance to the 600 Block of West First Street for a report of an unresponsive female laying just off the roadway.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Timi's Tours Present Program To CWA
Pictured from left are Ken Sommer and Timi Kaufman on the right, from Timi’s Tours with President Monita Kalka of the Community Women’s Association.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nokomis Homecoming Schedule of Events July 12-14
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Park to take over Stonington Elementary
Despite closing at the start of next school year, it turns out that Stonington Elementary will continue to be a vital part of the community. It was announced at Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting that the school district will be transferring the now-vacant property to the Stonington Park District.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Citizens ask for help with Edinburg flooding
The Village of Edinburg held their regular session meeting on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

A large number of concerned citizens crowded into the Village Hall on Monday evening to directly address the Board about flooding along Eaton and other streets in the village. Terri Skaggs acted as the spokesperson for the citizens. She presented the Board with a signed petition from the village residents asking for help, as well as a list of issues and their requests.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Lizzie Schafer named state FFA Creed champ
It’s been a whirlwind year for the Taylorville FFA program already as the program is fresh off a livestock judging national title.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sanitary district orders $2.7M in projects
In August, the Taylorville Sanitary District is expected to unveil a capital improvement plan that will outline more than $10 million in projects over the next ten years.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Taylorville Muni Band performance on Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Smith will present its weekly concert on Wednesday, July 10 at Hershey Towers at 7:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pana Council approves property annexation
During the regular meeting of the Pana City Council Monday, a resolution and three ordinances were passed in order to facilitate plans to build a concrete mixing plant on the northeast side of Pana. The ordinances all passed on unanimous 8-0 votes.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Illinois State Museum Society hosting two day trips
The Illinois State Museum Society today announced two upcoming day trips that invite participants to explore the history and culture of Illinois by motorcoach.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pana Solar Car To Set Out Wednesday
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Class of '62 75th birthday
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School Class of 1962 will hold their 75th birthday party Saturday, September 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Lincoln's New Salem to host presentation on the history of corn
July 13, 2019 – Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site will host author Cynthia Clampitt presenting "How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else" on Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Multi-county police chase ends in Taylorville
A murder suspect, whose identity has not yet been disclosed as of press time, led police on a dangerous chase that spanned multiple counties Monday morning. It concluded on Lincoln Trail in front of the Taylorville water plant at approximately 9:30 a.m. when a fleet of about 30 squad cars finally boxed the male suspect in.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, July 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, July 8, 2019

Information sought on Taylorville theft
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, July 6, 2019

A new beginning; a visit with the new Chief of Police
Dwayne Wheeler was sworn in as the new Taylorville Police Chief Monday, July 1, 2019 and he didn't waste anytime diving right in.

I sat down with him Wednesday to talk about his new role and his vision for the department, as well as the community.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The John Deer Boy: A budding entrepreneur
Most 11-year-old kids are content to play video games in their spare time. For Taylorville’s Gage Price, spare time seems to be a foreign concept entirely.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital holds dedication for new Share garden
Join us Thursday, July 17 at 5 p..m. near the 16th St. entrance to the HSHS St. Mary's Hospital campus for a dedication of the hospital's new Share garden. The St. Mary's Share program is part of a national support group for families who experience the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in early infancy. As a memorial for all babies lost, St. Mary's recently added a Share garden to the campus with an Angel of Hope statue at its center as a symbol for these babies lost.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

The tell-tale murmur: heart problems in puppies
Although rare, some puppies are born with heart conditions that should be detected and treated as soon as possible to ensure that they lead a healthy life. Dr. Jordan Vitt, a veterinary cardiologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says the three types of congenital heart defects seen most often are patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, and subaortic stenosis.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pana teachers begin retirement
As the school year came to an end, the Pana School District bid farewell to six teachers with a combined experience of 136 years in the school system.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, July 5, 2019

DT.org breaks ground on veterans memorial
Independence Day is a patriotic occasion in and of itself, but DowntownTaylorville.org ratcheted up the star-spangled pride on Thursday when the group honored local veterans with a ground breaking ceremony for the new Lake Taylorville Veterans’ Point Memorial.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, July 5, 2019

Representing The TJHS STEM Program
Taylorville Junior High School Principal Mrs. Miller and Technology Integration SpecialistTammy Reindl submitted a proposal to present at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2019 in Philadelphia, Pa. They were lucky enough to get accepted. After recieving their acceptance, they asked Dr. Fuerstenau to bring two students with them; Meredith Repscher and Trenton Lehman -8th grade STEM students.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Autism support group to host swimming party
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will not be holding its regular monthly support group meeting this month as usual.  Instead TASC will be hosting a swimming party on Thursday, July 18th from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Park Pool in Hillsboro for all families affected by Autism and other related disorders.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Friday, July 5, 2019

IDNR adds more archery deer hunting sites
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced applications are being accepted for archery deer hunting on private land this October through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). The application deadline for IRAP archery deer hunting opportunities is Aug. 23.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Celebrate freedom
While considering the celebration of our freedom as Americans this week, I was made aware of the following quote, “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” ?William Faulkner. There are times when we take our precious freedoms for granted, and there are also times when we do not fully understand what it means to be free.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Donates To Safe Passage Program
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler spoke to the congregation at the First Presbyterian Church about the Safe Passage Program. Since then, the church's mission council has raised funds totaling $275 for this program.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, July 5, 2019

THS Band A Highlight Of The Parade
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Work on US 51 near Pana will begin on July 15
PANA — The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that construction on U.S. 51 in Christian County will begin Monday, July 15.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Star Spangled Fourth In Taylorville
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Grand Champion Cow-Calf Pair
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

House In A Box Lends A Helping Hand
“I think this is critical,” Alderman Jim Olive said Wednesday morning at the City of Taylorville disaster relief center. He was talking about the House in a Box program that is working  to restore common household goods to several Taylorville families affected by the December 1, 2018 tornado. “You take the fact that some people lost everything they own. Along comes House in a Box, and suddenly those people have got a few things that we all take for granted, like a bed. It kind of gives them a return to normal,” Olive continued.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Beach reopened at Lake Taylorville
Mayor Bruce Barry announced Tuesday afternoon that the beach at Lake Taylorville has now been reopened.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Municipal Band to perform at Lake July 4
The Taylorville Municipal Band under the direction of James Smith, will perform a holiday concert at Lake Taylorville on July 4, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will consist fo several musical numbers depicting our national heritage and dedicated to the 4th of July holiday.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

County awarded federal funds through DHS and FEMA
Christian County has been chosen to receive $16,761.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

End in sight for Phase One of Mt. Auburn water project
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular session meeting on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nature Walk for Health Series at Dickson Mounds July 25
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Emiquon Partnership-Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the July 25 “Nature Walk for Health Series” at Dickson Mounds from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Participants may enjoy fun wildlife stories and facts during each walk.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Breeze-Courier Donates To Optimist Club Fire Works Display
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Breeze-Courier Donates To Optimist Club Fire Works Display
The Breeze-Courier employees recently donated proceeds from their “jean day” money to the Optimist Club for this year’s Fire Work Display on July 4th.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Moose Club Donates To Relay For Life
The Taylorville Moose 1516 donated to the 2019 Relay for Life. The Moose supports local community organizations with their programs that benefit local citizens.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nature Walk for Health Series at Dickson Mounds July 25
The Emiquon Partnership-Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the July 25 “Nature Walk for Health Series” at Dickson Mounds from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Participants may enjoy fun wildlife stories and facts during each walk.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

City: Sidewalk project sparks heated debate
Things got a little heated Monday night at the Taylorville City Council meeting. After voting unanimously at the June 27 Street and Sewer Committee meeting to provide concrete and materials for a First National Bank of Taylorville curb and sidewalk project, a concession allowable under the city’s current sidewalk program, aldermen voted 5-2 Monday night (Larry Budd-no, Jim Olive-no, Chris Skultety-absent) to table the decision.

“I’ve gotten conflicting answers to questions,” Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz said of his motion to table. “Thursday night, at the committee, I made that motion, but there’s information that I got after that point in time that caused my dilemma.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Probable cause found in child porn case
Judge Christopher Matoush found probable cause during a nearly hour-long preliminary hearing charging Todd England, 45, of Taylorville, with 12 counts of child pornography.

Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera presented the court with six exhibits of the videos which were found on the defendants computer following the execution of a search warrant. Taylorville police had been alerted by Naperville police of the downloading of possible child pornography. The TPD officer testifying said the images were obtained through a “peer to peer” download, in which computer users can share files with other users. He said there is a disclosure when the software is downloaded this can be a result.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Organizers announce theme for Pana Labor Day parade
The Pana Labor Day Parade committee has released the theme for the 86th Pana Labor Day Parade - “Pana - Your  Future Is Now.”
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New Chief Sworn In
Fourth Circuit Court Resident Judge Brad Paisley performed the swearing in ceremony of new Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TV station and Joe Crain reach private agreement
An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who lost his job after criticizing a weather alert system put out a joint statement with the station that fired him saying they’ve “resolved their differences.”
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Donate a backpack, get free admission to ALPLM
Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough for students to carry books and school supplies.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer reading program in Morrisonville wraps up
Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville, wrapped up another successful summer reading program, “Adventures At the Library.”  Each Tuesday in June over 40 children participated in the fun programs at the library.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

House in a Box to donate to City and tornado victims
The City of Taylorville and Missions for Taylorville will receive supplies from an organization called House in a Box for the tornado victims of the December 1st tornado.

Supplies will be available for pickup at the old Gagne building located at 1617 W. Spresser Street located in Taylorville on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, July 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, July 1, 2019

Lake Land College accepts nominations for 2019 Distinguished Alumni Society award
The Lake Land College Alumni office is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Society award.
Monday, July 1, 2019

RECC students join national electric co-op Youth to Washington Tour
What do you get when 62 students from 26 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives join 1,800 of their peers across the United States? You get the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth to Washington Tour!
Monday, July 1, 2019

Information sought in local criminal damage
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Veterans Honored In Assumption Fest Parade
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Taylorville 4th of July parade kicks off at 10 Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — This year’s Taylorville 4th of July parade will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2019. It will be hosted by the Taylorville VFW Riders/VFW Post 4495.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Classic Car Show On The Square Saturday
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Taylorville looking at drainage problems across town
TAYLORVILLE — After torrent rains washed through the City of Taylorville last weekend, many residents were left, almost literally, up a creek.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

New court fees take effect Monday
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Extension offers advice on grieving the loss of pet
URBANA, Ill. — Our pets become part of our family. They develop distinct relationships with each family member, human and animal alike. After a pet's death, each family member will go through the grieving process in his or her own way.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sensory friendly film event July 6
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Last call for donations to credit union food drive
TAYLORVILLE — With its 5th annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive ending on Friday, July 12, TCCU is reminding tri-county residents there is still time to make donations. “The communities have again been very generous with their donations,” says TCCU President, Will Perkins. “This is kind of a ‘last call’ reminder that this year’s program ends on Friday, July 12. Donations of canned and boxed food items are still needed, as well as cash.”
Saturday, June 29, 2019

American Legion Post 73 Officers
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Taylorville native eager to hoist the Cup: Lindy Noel a behind the scenes contributor to St. Louis Blues organization
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — “Ain’t it funny how life changes.” The lyrics of country star Thomas Rhett leave many people considering where they thought they may be someday and where they are now. It’s a fitting jingle for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna and Taylorville native Lindy Noel, and maybe even a line she’ll use to promote Rhett’s September concert scheduled at the Enterprise Center.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Beach at the lake is closed 'til further notice
TAYLORVILLE — Lake Taylorville Beach is closed until further notice according to Mayor Bruce Barry.
Friday, June 28, 2019

One Airlifted In Rural Kincaid Crash
Friday, June 28, 2019

Police Chase Ends Badly For Robbery Suspect
Friday, June 28, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, June 28, 2019

Fire Claims Rural Edinburg Garage Today
Friday, June 28, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, June 28, 2019

Two vehicle accident Thursday
Friday, June 28, 2019

Live Music And Parade Saturday At Assumption Fest
Friday, June 28, 2019

TJHS adds names to 4th quarter honor roll
Friday, June 28, 2019

Tornado recovery and God
TAYLORVILLE — The recovery for last year’s tornado is not complete. There are many homes that are on their contractor’s long waiting list, trouble finding someone to help, and settling insurance claims are a few of the reasons why natural disasters recovery takes so long. But there are other issues folks have which is emotional trauma. There are people who were traumatized by the tornado event or have mentally worn down because of the long recovery period.
Friday, June 28, 2019

New assistant pastor joining Grace Baptist Church
Friday, June 28, 2019

Evangelical Free Youth Group Enjoys Outing After Completing Relief Work
Friday, June 28, 2019

Morrissey murder trial set for September
The murder trial for Quinton L. Morrissey, 20, of Pana has been set to begin on Sept. 30, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Christian County Court. Morrissey is accused of the May 30, 2017 murder of Stephen L. Presnell, 59, at a cabin on Lake Pana. The defendant has been incarcerated since, being held on $500,000 bond.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rock Spgs. program for toddlers Sat., July 13
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: River Otters on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

States attorney speaks to Optimists this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jenner Ag scholarship applications closing June 30
Illinois and Indiana students aspiring to achieve an agriculture degree only have a few days left to apply for two scholarships from Jenner Ag.

For the ninth year, Jenner Ag is providing ag students located in Illinois and Indiana the opportunity to have assistance in earning their degrees, with two $1,000 scholarships available this year. Ag students in their senior year of high school up to junior year of college can apply for the chance to further their education in an agriculture program.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Parents concerned about teacher shortages
The South Fork Board of Education held their regular session meeting following a Budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

IDCEO Tours CTI
Representatives of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity were in Taylorville on Wednesday morning, visiting the offices of CTI fiber. Owners Billy Williams, left and Adam Vocks, standing in doorway, right, spoke about the roots of the company and how it started in Taylorville and possible expansion in Christian County and other locations in the future. The company is gauging interest in expanding to the towns of Pana, Assumption, Kincaid, Morrisonville and Owaneco. Among the dignitaries were Kristi Dula, seated at right, program manager of IDCEO’s Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pana Council agrees to contract extensions
The Pana City Council agreed to one year contract extensions with the unions which represents city workers at the council meeting held Monday in Pana City Hall. The vote was 8-0 with all eight aldermen present. AFSCME Council 31 represents city employees and the police department is represented by Police Benevolent Labor Committee.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

VFW Auxiliary Donates To Relay For Life
The Taylorville VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary donated to the 2019 Relay For Life. The VFW supports local community organizations with their programs that benefit local citizens.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Animal Protective League announces July adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals for adoption will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all age appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club travels to Arthur
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Yoder's Kitchen in Arthur, Ill. for their Tuesday, June 18th meeting. A buffet lunch was available for everyone's enjoyment before they held a brief meeting and had speaker Norma Krummal "The Hat Lady" give them a presentation on her collection of hats.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

July breast cancer support group meeting features adult coloring
The July meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will feature a creative session of adult coloring.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

PSB discusses summer project problems
A number of situations involving summer remodeling projects at the Pana Junior High School and the restoration at Brummett Field and the Carol Schramm Track were discussed during the meeting of the Pana School Board on Monday night in the Unit Office on East Main St. in Pana.

Jeff Stauder, Buildings and Grounds Director, reported GRP Mechanical of Bethalto, the general contractor on the projects, proposed replacing all 27 of the interior classroom doors in the junior high with a price tag of just over $93,000. It was not originally part of the project. Plans had called for the original doors to be replaced, but parts are no longer available for closing mechanisms. The new doors are fire rated pre-finished doors with intrusion-proof levered knobs, new closers and fire rated narrow vision light kits. The price includes the installation.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Apply now to replace trees destroyed by tornado
Homeowners who lost trees in the December tornado can now apply for replacements with planting to begin this fall. The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team, made up of volunteers from the Tree Board, Trees Forever and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, is providing trees at no cost to eligible homeowners.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TMH to offer 'Freedom from Smoking' classes July 1
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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Muni band concert tomorrow night
Sandy Hooper will be the featured vocal soloist for the Municipal Band concert on Wednesday June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sheriff's office warns of recent phone scam
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has received calls recently about a phone scam that is being attempted in our area.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summerfest Royalty
2018 Miss Summerfest Katie True, Junior Miss Stonington first runner up Hannah Hartwig, 2019 Junior Miss Stonington Summerfest Kyndall Hoy and second runner up Charlotte Stickel.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summerfest Royalty
Pictured from left are 2018 Little Miss Stonington Gwynn Shapiro, Isla Wareham 1st runner up, 2019 Little Miss Charlee White, Kendall Ramsey 2nd runner up and Analisa Jo Cisco, contestant.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mike, Vanessa Corzine serving as grand marshals
Born and raised in Assumption, Mike and Vanessa Corzine didn’t venture far. Growing up across the street from each other, Mike, a 1976 graduate of Assumption High School, and Vanessa, a 1973 graduate of AHS, knew they wanted to raise a family in the same small town they were raised. They were married in 1983 and had two children, Abby of Assumption and Andrew (Stacey) of Moweaqua. They have since been blessed with four grandsons; Noah, Elijah, Grady and Emmett.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Assumption Fest to host Farm Extravaganza Kickoff
The 2019 Assumption Fest will hold a farm extravaganza kickoff event on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Sloan Implement in Assumption.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Assumption Fest kicks off Thursday, 3 days of fun
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Performing Friday
Antics will perform on Friday night, June 28th at the Assumption Fest from 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. in the beer tent. This year marks the 39th year of performing for the group. They began in 1980 with founding member Floyd Short.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blood drive next week at Bloodmobile at Christian County YMCA
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community will host a blood drive from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 2, from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at 900 McAdam Dr., inside the Bloodmobile at the Christian County YMCA.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Weekend Flooding
Monday, June 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, June 24, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, June 24, 2019

Meeting Notice
Monday, June 24, 2019

St. Mary School 4th quarter honor roll
TAYLORVILLE — The following students were named to the 4th quarter honor roll at St. Mary School in Taylorville:
Monday, June 24, 2019

IFBW presents scholarships and installs officers
TAYLORVILLE — As a result of very successful fundraising, the local organization of the Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs was in a position to present scholarships to Taylorville High School seniors Samantha Hodges. Cydnee Larson, and Meredith Thomas. The club also renewed scholarships for sophomore college students Audra Boehme, Anna Rever, and Jessica Oyler.
Monday, June 24, 2019

St. Mary's Supports Relay For Life
Monday, June 24, 2019

Information sought on theft in Taylorville
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to the theft of a firearm that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Words of wisdom from a retiring teacher
“Smile. Be pleasant. Be positive, be kind, and move on.”

A simple statement, but one that defined Janet Kensil’s thirty-five year teaching career as it comes to a close with her retirement. Twenty of those years have been spent as the funky and always positive teacher of English at Taylorville high school. No matter what the day, Kensil always wore a smile. She was always ready to share a joke or laugh with her students. Not only did she teach them grammar rules and how to write a research paper, Kensil also taught them by example her philosophy on always being kind. Teaching is something she says she was born to do.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pana Junior High School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pana High School 2nd Semester
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Faith Bible Christian Academy 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Central A&M Middle School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Nokomis Jr. High 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Edinburg Jr./Sr. High School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Nokomis Sr. High School 2nd Semester
Saturday, June 22, 2019

VisionWay Christian School
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Morrisonville Jr./Sr. High School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sacred Heart School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

St. Mary School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

T'ville Jr. High School 4th Qtr.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Taylorville High School 2nd Qtr. and 2nd Semester
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Jensen's announces sale to Wright's Furniture
In August, the intersection of Spresser Street and Route 29  in Taylorville will have a bit of a different look to it. The iconic red letters of the Jensen’s sign will be noticeably absent from the intersection.

Jerry Jensen announced Friday afternoon that he is selling the popular Taylorville furniture business to Wright’s Furniture out of Dieterich, IL.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The legacy of 'The Great War' at Lincoln Presidential Library
World War I resulted in millions of deaths and ushered in a new age of warfare. It also gave the victors a chance to remake the world in ways that are still felt today, as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore in a special presentation June 27.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Registration now open for participants and exhibitors
The Illinois Assistive Technology Program's 2019 Statewide Conference and Expo will be held September 13-14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

VFW Auxiliary helps with cancer fight
The Taylorville VFW, Post 4495, Auxiliary is pleased to donate to the 2019 Relay For Life. The VFW supports local community organizations with their programs that benefit our local citizens.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosts "Stop the Bleed" event
Featuring life-like simulations at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a free “Stop the Bleed” event taught the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Drug Court grads, supporters see potential ahead
Most of them, nearly at rock bottom when their mug shot was taken by law enforcement with involvement in drugs and alcohol, have a new outlook - as well as a new look - as they finish with a chapter in their recovery in Christian County Problem Solving Court. Also known as “Drug Court,” six individuals who have worked through addiction, family struggles and the possibility of going to jail for a very long period of time graduated during ceremonies at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville on Friday afternoon.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

St. Mary's Received Donation From Bayer
St. Mary School recently received a donation of ten Fire 7 tablets and accessories from Bayer U.S. “Bayer has also donated robotics kits to our school,” said principal Cathy Robertson, pictured. “
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Volunteers Ready For Work
Several volunteers wait to help unload a truck full of 72 mattresses for Missions for Taylorville at the former Gagne Distributors building, which was delayed by several hours. The mattresses are from “Home in the Box” charity of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Earlier, the bed frames and dressers, seen in the foreground were delivered. In addition to the mattresses, still to be delivered are sofas and kitchen tables and chairs.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, June 21, 2019

House in a Box Donates
Alderman Jim Olive and Gloria Budd unload 75 mattresses at the old Gagne Building on Thursday morning. The donation was made as a part of the House in a Box program that will be working to benefit those affected by the December 1, 2018 tornado.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, June 21, 2019

Committee okays business district expansion
It was only seven months ago that the City of Taylorville implemented a business development district (BDD). Now, aldermen are seeking to expand the boundaries of that district.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Morrisonville CUSD to focus on new curriculum
The Morrisonville School Board met Thursday, June 20, 2019 in regular session. Deb Poffenberger from the Regional Office of Education (ROE) presented  an elementary school improvement plan to the board.
Friday, June 21, 2019

2019 credit union $1,000 scholarship winners are announced
Six graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – were awarded $1000 checks toward their continuing education in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 5th annual “Stop. Shop. VOTE!” Scholarship promotion.

This year’s winners from Taylorville High School are Emily Young and Hunter Morgan.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvel celebrating 125th
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Harvel, will continue the celebration of its 125st Anniversary year with a special service at the church Sunday, June 30 at 11 a.m.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Public is invited to religious freedom celebration
As part of Religious Freedom Week (June 22-30), the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting Denise Burke, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the issue of religious freedom, current attacks on this fundamental right, how people can fight back, and victories in the courts.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Be blessed as you pursue Him
Psalms 103 begins with “Bless the Lord O my Soul” Then, it says “Forget none of His benefits - He forgives our iniquities, He delivers us from the pit, He satisfies our mouth with good things and renews our youth as an eagle”.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, June 21, 2019

Safe Passage Festival set for Aug. 24-25 in Kincaid
The Safe Passage Festival will be held in Kincaid Park August 24-25, 2019 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

New local enterprise zone could bring new business
It’s said that a rising tide lifts all boats. Municipalities in Christian County, and the county itself, are hopeful that a new enterprise zone within the county may be that tide.

An enterprise zone is a powerful tool that can help bring economic development to the area through state and local tax credits and exemptions. Notably, those benefits include a 7.25-percent sales tax exemption on building materials; a .5-percent investment tax credit on qualifying property, which can include machinery, equipment, and buildings; and approximately a five-percent natural gas exemption for businesses purchasing natural gas directly from a pipeline.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Church Family Feud event set for June 21 is canceled
The Church Feud that was scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2019 has been canceled.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dr. Fuerstenau speaks to Optimists this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning ‘s prayer by Pastor John Crist. Steve then had some brief discussions on recent and upcoming events for the Optimist.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Extension offers advice on summer planting of trees, shrubs and evergreens
If you think you missed the spring planting window for your favorite tree, shrub, or evergreen, do not despair. Summer planting can be done with some extra care at planting time and the weeks following. Container-grown plants have the greatest flexibility of planting times since all the roots that the plant has are contained in the pot. Balled and burlapped trees, shrubs, and evergreens that were dug for the spring planting season are also suitable for planting. The plants can begin to establish themselves in the yard before the fall planting season gets here and long before cold weather sets in for the winter.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

TMH Foundation sponsors another mental health first aid training course
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation sponsored another Mental Health First Aid course held on May 28 at TMH.  The TMH Foundation proudly covered the fee for five local participants who attended the all-day course to learn how to identify and respond to adults showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

New museum exhibit celebrates work of Illinois sculptor
The Illinois State Museum welcomes visitors to the new art exhibition URGENT CARE: Stuck in that Awkward Space between Birth and Death, which will open to the public on June 22.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Committee will craft wind turbine ordinance
It will be up to the Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings, Grounds, Environmental, Zoning and Welfare Committee, chaired by Phil Schneider, to formulate a draft of a new county zoning ordinance to regulate wind turbine construction, setbacks, maintenance and de-commissioning. The full board made that decision during the regular meeting of the Christian County Board held Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville.

About 35 people interested in the topic packed the Board’s Meeting Room on the second floor. However, the 45-minute discussion was among the 16 members of the board seated around their tables.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Highway 615 to perform at Stonington Summerfest
Highway 615 was founded in June 2018 with a vision to bring the country music fans of Central Illinois a show like they don’t often see anymore.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lincoln Log Cabin historic site seeks volunteers
As the summer season begins, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic site is looking for additional volunteers. With the implementation of the seven day-a-week summer schedule, more volunteers are needed to assist at the historic site's Visitor Center information desk and in the gift shop.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hopper Foundation donates to St. Mary School
Students at St. Mary School will explore the world with some help from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation. The Hopper Foundation has given St. Mary’s an $8,000 donation which will be used to purchase interactive technologies for the classrooms.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Stonington Summerfest kicks off Friday night with Miss Summerfest contest
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clarinet soloist featured at Wednesday concert
Miss Cara Rivecco clarinetist, will be the featured soloist at the Taylorville Municipal Band concert Wednesday night at 7:30 at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019















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