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Not The Bricks, But The Brotherhood
TOP: The Taylorville Masonic Lodge at 114 East Franklin Street is a grand structure steeped in the elements of classical architecture that features a bold, but still reserved, look. Sadly, the iconic structure is to be auctioned off on March 6.submitted photoBOTTOM: The lodge room at the Taylorville Masonic Lodge shows off a stately and sophisticated ambiance, but it also shows a space that has been battered by time and declining membership, which has prompted a March 6 auction of the historic building. Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
TOP: The Taylorville Masonic Lodge at 114 East Franklin Street is a grand structure steeped in the elements of classical architecture that features a bold, but still reserved, look. Sadly, the iconic structure is to be auctioned off on March 6.
submitted photo

BOTTOM: The lodge room at the Taylorville Masonic Lodge shows off a stately and sophisticated ambiance, but it also shows a space that has been battered by time and declining membership, which has prompted a March 6 auction of the historic building.
Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
TAYLORVILLE — It’s said that meaningful architecture is meant to articulate history. If that’s true, then the Masonic lodge at 114 East Franklin Street in Taylorville has a tremendous amount to say.
Saturday, February 22, 2020


Now These Men Can Cook!
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Outstanding Musicians
Friday, February 21, 2020

City taps business development fund for its own use
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Finance Committee unanimously recommended the purchase of a $100,000  replacement generator for City Hall Thursday night. The project, should it be approved by the full city council, is to be paid for with Business Development District (BDD) funds.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, February 21, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Feb. 21, 2020:
Friday, February 21, 2020

Christian Co. Coroner investigates death of Tovey man
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Coroner’s Office and Illinois Dept of Natural Resources are investigating a death that occurred in the Deer Run Camp Ground Area.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Leap day nature walk at Fort Daniel
LDECATUR — Spend some time relaxing in nature on Saturday, February 29, during a Leap Day Nature Walk at Fort Daniel Conservation Area, at 10am.  We’ll take a walk through the quiet winter woods, and look for wildlife.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This program is free and for all ages, but you must pre-register online by noon on Friday, February 28 at MaconCounty Conservation.org.
Friday, February 21, 2020

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College has announced its full-time President's and Vice President's lists for the fall 2019 semester. To be eligible for the full-time Vice President's and President's lists, students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above. Full-time students who earned a 4.0 GPA are noted with an asterisk.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Local teacher wins citizenship education award
TAYLORVILLE — Cathy Schaeffer, 6th grade teacher at St. Mary School, was honored by VFW #4495 with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the post level in December.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Rahar speaks to Optimists about estate planning
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, after which, Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Five on Friday
Friday, February 21, 2020

Encouraged to be encouraging
TAYLORVILLE — “Dynamite comes in small packages” would be an appropriate way to describe a young girl I met recently. This amazing little lady, that I’ll refer to as ‘Ellie,’ made an indelible impression on my life, filling me with hope and encouragement.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Friday, February 21, 2020

Morrisonville considering Safe Passage program
The Safe Passage program gives individuals who might be struggling with addiction an avenue to seek help without fear of incarceration.

In just the two years since the program’s inception, it has sprung up in area communities including Kincaid, Taylorville, Pana, and Edinburg. On Wednesday night, the Village of Morrisonville entertained a presentation from program coordinator Denise Evans after new Morrisonville Police Chief Rohn Burke invited her to speak to village trustees.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Riverton cop indicted for assault on former Taylorville man
A Riverton, Ill. police officer has been indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury in connection with a involving a former Taylorville man. Jacob B. Melton, 36, of Mechanicsburg, formerly of Taylorville, is the alleged victim.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Insurance covers Pana Township theft
Pana Township Supervisor Tom Latonis reported insurance has paid back a large portion of the cyber theft losses Pana Township incurred about a year ago. The report came during Wednesday night’s meeting, held almost a week later than usual, due to the absence of a quorum on Thursday, Feb. 13. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, but since the regular meeting night was Feb. 12, in postponed a day due to the Lincoln Birthday Holiday.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tree committee raising funds for tornado recovery
The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team (TTRT) is raising funds to help homeowners replace trees lost from the December 2018 tornado. These funds will be used in 2020 and will be awarded as available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 20, 2020

South Fork considering remote classrooms
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

It is no secret that Illinois is in the midst of a teacher shortage. South Fork schools have been trying different methods to bring more educators into the district, but at the Wednesday night Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Clark explained a new system that may just address the problem.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

UIS announces fall semester 2019 Dean's List
The University of Illinois Springfield has released the Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2019. A total of 599 students were selected; 82 are students in the College of Business and Management, 48 are students in the College of Education and Human Services, 382 are enrolled in programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 57 are enrolled in programs in the College of Public Affairs and Administration and 30 are non-degree seeking or undecided.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Return From Miami
—Battery Specialist and Golf Cars in Taylorville have been returned the 100 golf cars they sent to Miami for Super Bowl 54 earlier this month. The three cars seen here were re-styled by the NFL with a powder blue paint and the Super Bowl and season 100 decals applied by the league. Laurie Simmons, comptroller for Battery Specialists said they were able to track all 100 cars via GPS while on lo0cation and these three were used on the field during the pre-game ceremonies.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tribute to Bill Ridley set for March 7
Family, friends, and fans will pay tribute to the memory of one of Tornado basketball’s legends, Billy Ridley.  This tribute will focus on the outstanding years of Bill’s play at Taylorville as well as his days as a Fighting Illini. A picture of Bill and teammate George Bon Salle will be unveiled and hang on the wall of Angelo’s for all fans to see.  A picture of the 1944 undefeated state champions will also be displayed in honor of that great achievement.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

THS Mid-Winter Band Concert set for Thursday
The THS Concert Band is all set to host their annual Mid-Winter Band Concert Thursday night in the Taylorville High School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

TJHS Jazz Band honored at City Council
The entire THS Jazz Band was featured in a performance at the 2020 Illinois Music Education Conference, and they were honored at the Taylorvilel City Council as the Youths of the Month.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Salary increase for Assistant SA approved
Following a debate which ran for nearly 25 minutes, the Christian County Board voted 9-4 to approve a salary increase for the Christian County Assistant State’s Attorney. Most of the debate dealt with the Board itself setting the salary or allowing a budget increase in the line item for salaries for the State’s Attorney.

Mike Havera, State’s Attorney made his case before the Board during Tuesday’s meeting before an audience of about 70 people in the Taylorville High School cafeteria. Currently, the salary is $46,300 and Havera wanted to increase it to $55,000. He said since the office has been open - since last October - he had received two inquiries and neither panned out. He feels the higher salary, which is slightly higher than neighboring countys, will attract more candidates.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Area artist wins prestigious national award
Well-known Central Illinois artist Tracey Maras has been awarded a top prize in the Pastel Journal Top 100 competition. The Pastel Journal is the major international magazine for Pastel painting. Maras’ painting “Cool Drink” won second place in the wildlife category of the competition in which there were 1,500 entries world-wide in that category. The poignant image shows a raccoon taking a refreshing drink from a stream. All 100 winners are featured in the April edition of Pastel Journal which will hit news stands and magazine racks on March 3, 2020.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Millikin University announces Fall 2019 Dean's List
Millikin University is pleased to announce the names of the outstanding undergraduates who have been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester.

Students who attempt 12 graded credits during a fall or spring semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher earn Dean's List honors. Students earning a perfect 4.00 grade point average on 12 graded credits attempted earn High Dean's List honors. The students named to the Dean's List at Millikin University are listed in alphabetical order according to last name.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Applications being accepted for VOSH Eye Care Program
The Christian County VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) Program, in conjunction with “Save Your Vision Month” has been scheduled.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Central A&M FFA participates in job interview CDE
On Wednesday, December 11, Ella Forlines and Aaron Schmitt of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Career Development Event held at Sullivan High School.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Closed For Repairs
As of this morning, the elevator at the Christian County Courthouse has been closed as it undergoes renovation. Otis Elevator Company from Springfield, Ill. is the contractor. It is expected to be out of service between 8-12 weeks.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lake Land College's Medical Billing and Coding Program ranked second in nation and Lake Land ranked fourth best vocational college in Illinois
Real Work Matters, an organization dedicated to analyzing vocational schools in the United States, recently ranked the Lake Land College Medical Billing and Coding program as second in the nation. The organization also named Lake Land College as the fourth best vocational school in the state.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Learning Express focuses on dental and self-care
The Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express Program focused on the topics of dental and self-care for their February Group Connections.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ameren Illinois offers summer internship program
Ameren Illinois is helping local companies and organizations in the energy efficiency field identify potential candidates throughout Central and Southern Illinois through a summer Internship Program.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Have A Heart for APL in February
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will be holding its annual Have a Heart fundraiser in February.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TMH to host open house March 1
Taylorville Memorial Hospital invites the community to an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, to tour its new facility.

Tours will include the opportunity to see the new patient rooms, outpatient therapy services, outpatient testing and the specialty clinic for visiting physicians. The new two-story building is the first phase of an overall renovation project. The second phase will be completed in March 2021.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Taylorville man's federal pornography trial delayed
Federal trial for Todd M. England, 46, of Taylorville, has now been delayed until April, following a motion granted by the court which was filed on behalf of the defendant Feb. 12, 2020. England was indicted on a two-count information in Federal court in October, 2019, charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Tips for finding a home services provider
Homeowners who are good with their hands can tackle many minor home improvements on their own. However, more complicated projects often require the services of professional contractors to ensure the renovations are done right, completed on time and within budget.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Create a safe, tick-free zone in your yard
Despite their diminutive stature, ticks are a big concern for people, particularly those with pets.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Exterior renovations that can improve home value
Renovating a home to improve its value can be a smart investment. Interior improvements, such as updating kitchens and baths, offer good return on investment, but there are plenty of exterior renovations that can add value to a home and give it that coveted "wow" factor.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

How to care for wild birds this winter
The arrival of winter forces everyone to confront the changes synonymous with the season, and local wildlife is no exception. Low temperatures, harsh winter storms and a scarcity of food can make it challenging for wildlife, including birds, to thrive throughout the winter.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Til decor do us part? How couples can decorate together
Sharing a home with someone you love can be wonderful. But decorating together isn’t always easy, especially when your tastes aren’t the same.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 15, 2020

RIGHT AT HOME: Reclaimed wood's past adds character to decor
In their new book, “Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide” (Abrams, 2019), woodworkers Alan Solomon and Klaas Armster close with an imagined recounting of one tree’s story from sprout to salvage.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

1919 N 2050 EAST Road Stonington
$279,900.00. Located in the country on two acres, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath with large living room, dining room and sun room/family room all graced with beautiful new hard wood flooring and new windows. Custom kitchen with quartz counter tops that provide lots of room for meal preparation. Tile floors throughout with walk in pantry.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Calamine pink, or Dead Salmon? What's behind paint names
Ever wonder how paint colors get their names? If you’re shopping for pink, say, you’ll find dozens of shades referencing roses, bubblegum and shells. There are some extra-evocative names like Calamine and Dead Salmon. And what about a pink called Harajuku Morning? Modern Love?
Saturday, February 15, 2020

3021 Lincoln Trail Taylorville
Fantastic modern design home nestled on 10 acres of woods just at the edge of Taylorville on Lincoln Trail. Secluded from view yet within two minutes of city limits, this home was a dream from a talented architect and an owner with imagination.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Local business owners offer spring home decorating tips
With March right around the corner and the promise of spring ahead, many people start to consider what they can do to make their houses brighter places to be. With all the different decorating trends on social media and seen on television, deciding what to do can sometimes be a little overwhelming. However, two local business owners are here to offer advise and a place to start.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Taylorville Memorial Hospital to host open house March 1
Taylorville Memorial Hospital invites the community to an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, to tour its new facility.

Tours will include the opportunity to see the new patient rooms, outpatient therapy services, outpatient testing and the specialty clinic for visiting physicians. The new two-story building is the first phase of an overall renovation project. The second phase will be completed in March 2021.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memorial's Festival of Trees sets record, raises over $400,000
More than 32,000 people attended Memorial’s 30th anniversary Festival of Trees, which raised $401,304 to fund health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Winter Weekend events at Dickson Mounds Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting its annual Weekend Knap-in on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. both days. The public is welcome to view flint knapping demonstrations. Visitors may learn about the different techniques used by craftsmen and see their stone tool creations.  Flint knappers interested in participating should contact Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

TMH Auxiliary announces 'Men Who Cook' winners
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted its 10th annual “Men Who Cook” event at the Moose Lodge 1516.

This year, “Men Who Cook” competitors prepared a favorite dish for a sellout crowd in one of five different categories: appetizers, soups, main dish, side dish or dessert.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

LEAD participants hear from local elected officials
Members of the 2020 LEADership program were able to hear first-hand from a distinguished panel of local elected officials Wednesday afternoon that included, Becky Edwards, Christian County Board Chairman; Leon Goff, Pana City Council member; Paul Schmitz, Pana Township member; and Bill Beyers, Pana School Board President. 
Saturday, February 15, 2020

"I'm sorry for your loss"
The words “I’m sorry for your loss” are typically said to those who experience the loss of a loved one. It certainly is a sign of compassion expressed during a troubling time. But, what does it mean?

St. Mary Sixth grade students in Mrs. Cathy Schaeffer’s class are learning just what it means through an exercise they practice when someone from their parish passes away.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

All flip, no flop
Home ownership is often thought of as a little slice of the American Dream. Most people spend a lifetime searching or paying for the perfect place to hang their hat. For others, though, it’s more about the journey than the destination; just ask Sam and Rachel Peabody. They may well find their forever home one day, but, for the moment, they’re content with their right-now home. It’s a good thing, too, because they’ve had ten right-now homes in the last nine years.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Just In Time For Valentine's Day
Liam Bettis, a student at Taylorville Junior High School, captured this Valentine’s eve photo last night on Route 104 just outside of Kincaid.
Friday, February 14, 2020

County will consider raises for assistant state's attorneys
A request from Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera to raise the salaries of the Assistant State’s Attorney’s position was approved by the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee during its session on Thursday night in the he Courthouse. The recommendation will be considered by the full board during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Havera appeared before the committee asking the salary be raised to $55,000 per year from its current $46,300. He said the case load in his office keeps increasing and staff is needed to help with the overload. Since the last assistant left in October, 2019, Havera said he has had two applicants for the position. He feels a higher salary might interest other applicants.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, February 14, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, February 14, 2020

Alexander establishes LLCC scholarship for county students
Author Carol Alexander of Taylorville shared stories about Abraham Lincoln’s ties to Taylorville on Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12, at Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Davis speaks to Optimists about financial issues
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the morning invocation by Terry Wright. A brief discussion was held concerning the annual spring fundraiser. The Mostaccioli Dinner will be held on April 16th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Methodist Church at 200 S. Walnut. Tickets will go on sale soon at a cost of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for under 12. Dinners will be served in the Fellowship Hall, prepared for carry-out, or for drive-thru.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Library has new sculpture honoring namesake
Abraham Lincoln was a master at using words to motivate and inspire. Now his words will be part of a new sculpture honoring the 16th president, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced on Lincoln’s 211th birthday.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Program Feb. 29 on story of the English Prairie
The Illinois Road Scholars Speakers Bureau program “Antislavery Activism on the Frontier: The Story of the English Prairie” will be presented in the auditorium at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Coles Co. on Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to the free program.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Evangelical Free Church Members Celebrate Valentine's Day With '50s Party
On Saturday, February 8, 2020 the Women's Ministries group S.A.L.T (Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth) sponsored an early Valentine's Day event for the Evangelical Free Church. It was held at the Landing Barn, with a Happy Days theme and featured a diner style meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and root beer floats.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Edinburg schools plan for improvements
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regualr meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in junior high room #145.

Despite the cold and snowy roads, the Board gathered  to help plan for a better future for the Edinburg schools. At the meeting, the Board approved the application for the School Maintenance Project Grant that Superintendent Ben Theilen has been working on. The Buildings and Grounds Committee members got together twice prior to the meeting to walk through all the school buildings and survey the grounds to see what projects they could use the grant funds for.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Pana civic improvement group demolishes houses
It has taken almost six months, but finally, Pana Pride, the civic improvement organization, has started demolition on two properties in the 100 block of West Orange St. in Pana. The group is using donated funds to finance the demolition.

Pana Pride Director Jack Nollman said it has been a long time coming, but the group is happy to get to this step.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Still a learning process for BDD committee
Just a few months after its inception, the Business Development District (BDD) Committee says it is still settling into it’s newfound role.

The eight-person committee was selected by Mayor Bruce Barry to help determine BDD allocations that are intended to help repair infrastructure and spur development within the confines of the recently created Taylorville Business Development District.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Red Roses Red Hat group tours fitness facility
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met on Monday, February 10th to tour the Epoc Zone Fitness facility located at 207 E. Second Street in Pana.

The group was given a tour of the facility by manager Drew Bland who explained the necessity of exercise for everyone at any level. He showed the group each of the machines that have instructions on them and there is help available from staff. It is a 24 hour key-card business so you can go in even if you get off of work at midnight. There are showers and dressing rooms also available. In addition, there are free weights and a classroom for workout sessions.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

They Call It 'Puppy Love'
A benefit for the Christian County Animal Control Department was held Saturday night. The event, “Puppy Love Ball,” raised close to $8,700 for various projects at the department.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Center HCEA Holds Valentine Party
Center HCEA met at the CC Extension office recently and enjoyed a Valentine party. Each member brought their own creative Valentine box and shared their Valentine cards. Some members created their own beautiful cards. Valentine Bingo was played with the direction of Ann Bandy and prizes were given away. Elizabeth Bogan was the hostess and tables were decorated with Valentine decor and food.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Living with Diabetes meeting Thursday
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a “Living with Diabetes” meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in room 457 (Senior Life Solutions room) on the 4th floor.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Pana considers changes to harassment policy
During its meeting on Monday night, the Pana City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s sexual harassment ordinance. It passed unanimously, 5-0, with Aldermen Tim Eddy, Ron Miles and Kirk Woods being absent.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coroner investigating Morrisonville grain bin death
Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has identified the man who died in a grain bin entrapment as 61-year-old David L. Lowis of Taylorville. An autopsy is being held today in Bloomington, and the investigation is being handled by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Christian County Coroner’s Office. 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

County elevator project to proceed
During the Highway, Buildings and grounds Committee meeting of the Christian County Board, Chairman Phil Schneider told the committee the modernization of the Courthouse elevator will commence on Feb. 18.

During January’s County Board meeting, Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera was requested to write a letter to Otis Elevator asking what it would take for the county to get out of its signed contract for elevator renovation. Schneider read from the response letter from Otis which stated, “Otis believes that moving forward with the project as per the agreement is the best option for this customer and those that use the elevator. At this point, Otis is not willing or able to delay this project or accept a buyout.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

School board okays shorter Wednesdays
Beginning next school year, students all across the Taylorville School District will have shorter school days on Wednesdays.

A district-wide school improvement day will be scheduled for one Wednesday every month. On those days, students will be let out several hours early. Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison says THS will release at approximately 1:00 p.m. on those days, which is a time that loosely corresponds to the release schedule for all other buildings as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

North Elementary School Attendance Winners
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Local DAR Chapter Honors Good Citizens
Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR, of Taylorville, met on February 8, 2020 to honor DAR Good Citizens award recipients from seven area schools. DAR Good Citizen Chairman, Ellen Colbrook, presented pins and certificates to the following essay winners:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Water reclamation district orders emergency fix
At the regular monthly meeting Monday, the Christian County Water Reclamation District unanimously ordered emergency repairs for a bar screen at their Elm Street facility, which is an apparatus that filters out debris and prevents overflows.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

No new info. on Edinburg gas price issues
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Water and Gas Superintendent Mike Lebshier told the Board that there were no new developments in the IEPA status of the village’s intervention in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case against Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company for increasing their rates 500% for the upcoming fiscal year. The Village had finished sending all the required paperwork in and was now waiting to hear what happened. In the previous meeting, the Village had been told that they would likely have to wait and see what happened, so the news was no surprise.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

LLC offers course on healthy living for your brain
The Lake Land College Center for Business and Industry will offer a non-credit course titled, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research. The course will be held Thursday, March 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Webb Hall, room 081 on Lake Land’s main campus. The class will be facilitated by Elizabeth Hagemann, manager of education outreach with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, February 10, 2020

Cancer patients use more blood than those fighting any other disease
Patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply. That’s why this February, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time, ensuring loved ones have the strength and support to battle cancer.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, February 10, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Information sought in local burglary; property damage
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

No voting irregularities in Christian Co.
TAYLORVILLE — While other county clerks might be dealing with a handful of problems created by the Illinois Secretary of State’s voter registration process, no such problems exist in Christian County, according to County Clerk and Recorder, Michael Gianasi.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Healthy Happy Kids: Movement Monday making a difference
TAYLORVILLE — Monday. For many, the day brings to mind the inherent grumpiness of the famous feline Garfield. It’s the most hated day of the week. We think of Monday with a snarl as we blearily prepare for another day.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

UIS invites flutists to take part in Flute Festival
SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program invites high school, college and community flutists to take part in the UIS Flute Festival. The day will end with a free concert, which is open to the public.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Leadership participants tour Pana hospital, schools
PANA — Focusing on education and medical facilities located within Christian County, members of the 2020 Leadership Program traveled to Pana Wednesday to take a first-hand look at Pana Community Hospital and Pana High School.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Prowl for Owls at Blue Mound nature area
DECATUR — Look for owls at night with Macon County Conservation District staff during an Owl Prowl at Griswold Conservation Area, on Saturday, February 22 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Truth - Let Us Live In It
TAYLORVILLE — In 2 Timothy 3, Paul writes; 1” But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”
Friday, February 7, 2020

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. Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Feb. 7, 2020:
Friday, February 7, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, February 7, 2020

K-12 Artists Showcase set for Feb. 29
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Artists Showcase in the Taylorville Jr. High Gymnasium.
Friday, February 7, 2020

TPD to begin wearing body cams
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department will be rolling out body worn cameras on all patrol officers while on duty in the next two weeks. 
Friday, February 7, 2020

Area students place at regional academic challenge
SPRINGFIELD — Approximately 280 students from 18 area high schools competed in the 24th annual regional Academic Challenge Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Lincoln Land Community College.    
Friday, February 7, 2020

Pana Junior High students donate special needs cart
PANA — A group of students participating on the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Service) Lego Robotics team at Pana Junior High School have been working on a project for their competition. For the last few years, Mrs. Ashley Keeling, seventh grade science teacher, has taken a group of 8-10 students from sixth through eighth grade to a FIRST Lego Robotics competition.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lincoln library opens its vault in the name of love
History doesn’t always mean treaties, speeches and battles. It can also mean romantic letters, love songs and reunions with loved ones, as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will demonstrate the day before Valentine’s Day.

A special “Tales from the Vault” session on Feb. 13 will showcase materials from the presidential library’s collections that connect to love and romance. Manuscripts curator Christopher Schnell will explain each item and discuss what historians can learn from them.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

MFT calls for more volunteers, more funds
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) reports the tornado disaster recovery is not complete.

There are still people who are in the process of building new homes or repairing damage but do not have the financial resources or know how to complete their recovery.

There is a need for volunteer dry wall finishers on a new home construction. All drywall has been hung. Volunteers are able to pick their own hours and the house is heated. If interested, please call Lloyd Hoover at 217-825-7159 to make arrangements.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pana Foundation Presents Check
Last Friday, before the Pana boys basketball game, Pana Education Foundation President Becky Carter-Beeson presented a check to Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer in support of the district’s mini grant program and the one-to-one intitiative that seeks to provide individual students with their own chromebooks.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Rep. Avery Bourne hosting local outreach events
As the spring session gets underway in Springfield, State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) is hosting a series of Coffee & Conversation events across the 95th District.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

TMH blood drives moved to Extension Office
Taylorville Memorial Hospital blood drives will be held at the University of Illinois Christian County Extension Office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, beginning Feb. 27.

Because of ongoing hospital construction, the blood drives needed to be relocated.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

North School Attendance Winners
These students were the attendance winners at North Elementary for the week of January 27-31. Tanner Hennings, Elijah Patton, and Teagan Ross.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Nature program for tots
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers on Sunday, February 16 at 2pm. Children and their adult buddies will explore these unique birds, and make a woodpecker craft to take home. All supplies will be provided. Preschool Peepers programs are ideal for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. This program is free, but you must pre-register online by noon on February 14 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Prospective students are invited to preview UIS
The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting Preview UIS from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 (Presidents Day). UIS was recently ranked the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Seminar on autism at Memorial Center for Learning
A free community seminar on autism spectrum disorder will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lincoln Home offers unique trails-rails volunteer opportunity
All Aboard! Lincoln Home National Historic Site is seeking volunteers for the Trails & Rails program. The Trails & Rails program is a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service where volunteers ride the Amtrak train and engage with passengers in programming about local history, train route history, natural and cultural resources, and landmarks along the route.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Early voting in Christian County starts tomorrow
Early voting for the 2020 Illinois Primary begins Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Christian County as well as across the state. Registered voters can take advantage of the service in the Christian County Clerk and Recorder’s Office on the second floor of the Courthouse in Taylorville.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Someone wishing to vote in the Primary must request either a Democrat or Republican ballot at their polling place. Illinois is a closed primary state, so the voter must declare a party preference. In this election, there are no referendums or other questions for a non-partisan ballot. At one time, there was a question for a Public Safety Tax question, but organizers removed it and will try again at a later election.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Edwards' funeral held
Funeral services were held Tuesday for a former mayor of Springfield, Illinois and his medical examiner wife who died last week in the crash of a private plane.

Frank Edwards and Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards were remembered as “true community servants” during a memorial service at Springfield’s West Side Christian Church.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Mt. Auburn board seats new trustee
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Long time Mt. Auburn resident Scott Vincent was sworn in as the final board trustee at the meeting on Tuesday night. Vincent wasted no time jumping into his new role, with positive and helpful insights on some of the major items up for discussion at the meeting.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Edinburg National Honor Society Inducts Members
The Edinburg High School National Honor Society hosted a ceremony on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 where five new members were inducted: Hannah Royer, Kaden Smith, Robert Younker, Jennifer Freeman, and Julianna Orr.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Women Of The Moose Donate To Class Trip
Women of The Moose Jr. Grand Regent Dottie Durbin is shownpresenting a check to 8th grade student Brock Daugherty and McKenzie Sneed, chaperone for the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

HSHS St. Mary's Auxiliary hosting chocolate event
The 7th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza hosted by the Auxiliary of HSHS St. Mary's Hospital will be held on Friday, February 14 from 7 a.m. until sold out. A variety of chocolate, brownies, cakes, candy and cookies will be wrapped and ready to go. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted, and valet parking is available.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Two Pana Seniors Named Illinois State Scholars
Two Pana High School seniors have been designated Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. They are Haylee Ishmael, right, daughter of Jerry and Becky Ishmael and Quinton Perry, left, son of Tom and Penny Perry. The State Scholar Program recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Firefighters Promoted
Three Taylorville Firefighters were sworn into their new positions at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday. Matt Peters (left) was promoted to captain, Cody Rogers (middle) was promoted to assistant fire chief, and Nick Hackney (right) was promoted to captain.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Aldermen perplexed by surprise sewer project
A pair of infrastructure projects came before the full city council Monday night, but aldermen say that one of them never went through the proper protocols before being presented for approval.

Alderman unanimously ordered engineering services for the first project, which is a sewer line expansion that extends a line westward along the south side of Illinois Route 104 to potentially incorporate businesses like RP Lumber. In total, that project is expected to cost $121,213 with the money coming from the Business Development District (BDD) funds. BDD funds are generated through the additional one-percent sales tax that was added last year. The funds can only be used in the district and must be spent on qualifying projects that improve infrastructure or spur development.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Stonington appoints 2 to fill vacancies
The Village of Stonington met last night in regular session. Village President Bruce Dowdy appointed John LeVault as the new Zoning Officer and Korey Bailey to fill the vacant trustee spot. LeVault filled the open position once occupied by Doug Hoy who resigned effective December 31, 2019. Bailey took over Bruce Dowdy’s trustee position when he was appointed as President by outgoing president Ryan Marucco.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Nolan McNear wins junior high chess tournament
Checkmate. Sixth-grader Nolan McNear captured first place in the Taylorville Junior High Chess Club double elimination tournament held January 30th at the junior high. McNear, a second-year chess club member, competed against eighth-grader A. J. Evrley in the championship playoff round. McNear was able to capture Evrley’s king in a checkmate by moving his knight, resulting in the capture.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Smith Honored
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored Josh Smith at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting as the volunteer of the month. For the last ten years, Smith has served as the volunteer manager for both the THS football and basketball teams.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New TPD Officer Takes Oath
New Taylorville Police Department officer Matthew Nichols was sworn in and welcomed to the police force Monday night at the Taylorville City Council Meeting.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Conservation group hosting trip to Cahokia Mds.
The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a trip to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on Wednesday, February 12 from 12-7 p.m. The trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lincoln Presidential Library's oral history program reaches 1,000 interviews
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Oral History Program has recorded its 1,000th interview, reaching a milestone that few oral history programs anywhere in America have achieved.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, February 3, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, February 3, 2020

Christian County Coroner investigating death in Pana
On January 29, 2020, 911 received a call of a female unresponsive and not breathing in a residence in Pana. Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that the female was deceased.

Coroner Winans has identified the female as 52 year old Lisa Cantrell of Pana. Toxicology was drawn and results are pending at this time.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Rock Springs offers two nature events this month
Join a naturalist to learn about the Predators of the Prairie at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, February 8 at 1pm. After some time indoors, guests will journey outside to try to spot some!  Dress for the weather. This program is free and for all ages, but you must pre-register online by noon on February 7 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Autism support group to meet this Thursday
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, February 6 6pm to 7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave, Hillsboro, Ill. The meetings are open to all interested parents, grandparents and individuals who are affected by Autism or other related disorders that are looking for a place to connect, share information & experiences, gain education and find support.  Childcare is provided at each meeting by trained staff. Parents are then able to get the most out of the meetings while their children are enjoying fun activities designed for them. 
Monday, February 3, 2020

Museum invites students to showcase creativity
The Illinois State Museum is excited to invite Central Illinois high school students to look to 19th century women’s fashion for creative inspiration in the new year. The High School Showcase will invite local schools to submit one student-created clothing piece or accessory to be exhibited at the Museum this summer. The Showcase is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Fashioning Illinois, 1820-1900 (opening on March 21) that will explore both the personal experience of wearing and caring for clothing as well as the way fashion reflected the changing roles and attitudes about women over the first 80 years of Illinois statehood.
Monday, February 3, 2020

LLCC celebrates African-American history month
Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Vision 2020: Elevate, Accentuate, Illuminate Your Future.”

Events are open to the public at no charge and held at LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The LLCC African-American History Month Committee and LLCC Student Life are event co-sponsors unless otherwise noted.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lake Land hosting visit day on Feb. 14
Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The upcoming events will be held Friday, Feb. 14 and Friday, March 27 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Birds of prey program for tots Feb. 6
The Tot Time program at Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m. will be “Birds of Prey” presented by Wildlife Prairie Park.  Participants will get an up-close look at a variety of live birds and learn about what they eat, where they live, and other fun facts.  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy fun crafts to take home.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Sheriff offers new details on trauma victim
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp confirmed late Friday afternoon that an accident was, in fact, responsible for the severe hand trauma suffered by a Tovey man that drove himself to Taylorville Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon after he had lost most of his left hand and several fingers on his right hand.

The identify of the man was not disclosed as law enforcement has now officially labeled this an accident. Kettelkamp dispelled some rumors that were circulating that the incident may have been tied to a shooting, and he confirmed that the injuries were sustained after the man lit a large firework that went off in his hand.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

New Chess Workshop to be held at Dickson Mounds Museum February 8
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a new workshop – Experience the Game of Chess – on Saturday, February 8. There will be two sessions. The first session is from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and is for kids ages 9-16 years old. It is a chance for those who are new to chess to learn how to play and for those have playing experience to acquire basic strategies. The second session is from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and is for participants ages 17 years old and up. This second session is a great opportunity for those who already know how to play to find their match and hone their skills.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

North Elementary Attendance Winners
Saturday, February 1, 2020

UWCC announces new members
The University Women of Christian County would like to take this opportunity to announce and welcome these new members: Mary Dawson, Lori Cody, Jenny Moats, Kay Frevert, Karen Wilson, Karen Kuntzman, Judy Deal, Susie Noren, and Hannah Jelley. UWCC is always appreciative of new members and welcomes all women of Christian County with college degrees to join. 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

February sensory friendly film event
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.” Our next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 15th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. Our movie will be the newly released feature film, “Sonic the Hedgehog Movie.” With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Color therapy at Taylorville Public Library
According to the American Art Therapy Association, using coloring books to make and create artwork is a mental health process similar to meditation. Just like meditation, color therapy helps individuals in many diverse ways. It opens up avenues to explore what they are feeling, come to terms with emotional conflicts, support self-awareness, develop social skills, improve mental reality orientation, reduce anxiety and stress, and boost self esteem. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have even suggested using coloring therapy as an alternative to meditation.

Most importantly, coloring is fun.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, January 31, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, January 31, 2020

Lights, Camera, Action
Jasper and Bailey, two mini horses from Heartland Mini Hoofs, are getting hair and makeup done for their big commercial debut during Sunday’s Superbowl game.  Pictured right are owner Andra Ebert and her grandson Rian Ebert, seventh grade student at Taylorville Jr. High School, who are also featured during the commercial for HSHS St. John’s Hospital.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Authorities investigating local incident involving severe trauma
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylorville Police Department have reported that a Tovey man, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, drove himself to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with severe trauma to both hands at approximately 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says most of the left hand was missing and that several fingers from the right hand were also missing.

Friday, January 31, 2020

YMCA elects board president; welcomes new board
At the 40th Annual Meeting of the Christian County YMCA, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2020 which includes Adam Vocks being named the new board president, Jeff Robinson as vice president, Jennifer Nagle as treasurer and Raedena Ryan as secretary.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Surgeons to host sessons about weight-loss surgery
The Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center will hold monthly sessions for people who want to learn more about weight-loss surgery.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Optimists hear from Kim Bourne and Eric Kahle
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the FUMC. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation  by Pastor John Crist.
Friday, January 31, 2020

HCEA meeting Monday
Center HCEA will meet on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Christian Co. Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. Elizabeth Bogan will give Lesson for Living: “Managing Your Household Waste.” Roll Call will be My Most Memorable Valentine’s Day.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Faith Community holding 'Super Bowl of Caring'
As America prepares for their own celebrations to watch the Super Bowl Game in Miami, Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville will celebrate a "Super Bowl of Caring" to benefit the Church of God Home for Children in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Friday, January 31, 2020

'Classroom In The Community'
Mrs. Schaeffer's sixth grade class from St. Mary's School recently participated in Classroom in the Community as part of their celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Students were challenged to create a meal combination featuring the lowest number of calories and percentage of fat grams that cost under $10.00. The lesson incorporated skills that had been taught using the CATCH program sponsored by Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Friday, January 31, 2020

In it for the long haul
I have recently undergone a bit of a transformation. After years of growing longer hair, I cut it. After years of wearing facial hair, I’ve gone clean shaven. After years of bad eating habits, being overweight, and teetering on the edge of both diabetes and high cholesterol, I’ve begun eating healthier and exercising even more than I have previously. As a result I have also lost a considerable amount of weight. All in all, I look very different now than I did six months ago when I really got serious about these things.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Long list of special events at Lincoln library
February brings an array of special events and family-friendly activities to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, including free admission on Lincoln’s birthday.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Doctor Speaks About Risks Of Recreational Marijuana
Dr. Raymond Bertino spoke to a crowd last night at the Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) meeting about the risks of recreational marijuana. He was opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois. He spoke about how addiction begins in young children and carries through to adulthood.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Leadership group tours local media outlets on Wednesday
A peek into the inner workings of The Breeze-Courier Wednesday afternoon gave LEAD participants a rare opportunity to learn about the history of the paper, the importance of advertising space and its placement throughout the paper, how articles are written, edited and assigned to specific pages in the paper, as well as watching the paper roll off the press before being collated and prepared for delivery.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Committee talks stricter graduation requirements
Beginning next year, the incoming freshmen class at Taylorville High School could have a more stringent road to graduation than what is required of current THS students.

At the Taylorville School Board Curriculum meeting Tuesday night, board members discussed the possible revision of the high school’s credit system.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hit-and-run driver now in IDOC custody
Preston J. Newingham, 20, of Kincaid, is facing a charge of attempted murder, following a hit and run accident which happened about 7:28 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. He is accused of intentionally striking a pedestrian at the intersection of Adams and Clay Sts. in Taylorville.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Zoning board adds wind, solar ordinances to code
A capacity crowd in Courtroom “A” of the Christian County Courthouse Tuesday night saw the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals vote unanimously to place the current stand alone ordinances covering wind energy and solar energy into the county’s zoning code.

Chairman Steve Sipes regarded the move as a “house keeping measure” which had been recommended by the newly hired attorney for these matters, Benjamin M. Jacobi of the law firm O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook lawfirm of North Brook, Ill. Some of the board members complained about the absence of the attorney. However, it was explained Tuesday’s Zoning Board meeting had been scheduled prior to Jacobi’s hiring as counsel.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Plane crash kills former Springfield mayor and co. coroner
Former Springfield, Illinois, Mayor Frank Edwards and his wife, Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards, were two of the three people killed when a small plane crashed in a central Illinois field, authorities said Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Experts disagree on courthouse stability
Professional engineers debated the severity of the condition of concrete floors inside the Christian County Courthouse during a presentation Monday afternoon in the Board Meeting Room on the second floor. About 15 people, including Christian County Board members and elected county officials attended the presentation.

At the January Christian County Board meeting, it was requested a professional engineering service be called in to determine the extent of concrete floor damage. SKS Engineering of Decatur was selected and Chris Shaffer of the firm delivered his preliminary findings and recommendations during the session.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wind farm representative speaks to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a representative from Tradewind Energy, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

APL sets pet adoptions in February
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during September 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, January 29, 2020

Civil War Saturday series begins Feb. 1
The State Historic Sites in Springfield and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are pleased to partner with the Springfield Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society to present two history education programs on the first Saturday of February and the first Saturday of March at the Old State Capitol.  Both programs include free craft activities and share relevant historical information in a fun and relaxed setting.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dana-Thomas House hosting specialty tour series
Specialty tours to provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy extra time inside the historic Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield are planned for February and March, hosted by the State Historic Sites Springfield and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Two different tours will be offered, providing guests with not only an extended tour, but also extra insights into the architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Probable cause found in local murder case
Probable cause was found against a 21-year-old Taylorville woman charged in the stabbing death of Jason R. Bright, 40, of Taylorville, on New Year’s Eve day. Michaela L. Herpstreith, Taylorville, is being held in Christian County Jail on $1 million bond on two counts of first degree murder.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pana School Board to explore elementary situation
Members of the Pana School Board unanimously approved hiring BLDD Architects of Decatur to perform a new elementary school study, developing options for the future. Currently, elementary school students are house in two cross town locations, Washington Elementary School on the west side of Pana and Lincoln Elementary School on the town’s east end. Both of the schools were built during the Depression era, in the 1930’s.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Park pool fees to increase with minimum wage hike
This summer, it will cost parents and kids a little more to cool off at Manners Park pool.

At Monday’s Taylorville Park Board Meeting, trustees voted unanimously to increase admission costs at the pool from $3 currently to $5 beginning this summer. Additionally, the park will begin charging kids four and under.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Kincaid man charged with attempted murder
On Monday, January 27, 2020 at approximately 7:28 p.m., officers from the Taylorville Police Department responded to a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Adams and Clay Street. Upon arrival the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle was located a few minutes later with extensive damage. The vehicle was unoccupied. The pedestrian  was taken to the hospital in critical condition and his condition has been upgraded to stable.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pana hears report on Jack Flash development
Pana City Planner Tom Wobbe reported to the Pana City Council on the progress of the Jack Flash truck stop slated to be built near downtown Pana during the meeting of the Pana City Council on Monday night. The development, which will encompass almost an entire city block, is progressing, but not without hurdles along the way.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Coroner investigating Palmer death
On January 23, 2020 at approximately 10:00 p.m., 911 received a call of a male that was unresponsive and not breathing in a residence in rural Palmer.  Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that the male was deceased. Coroner Winans has identified the male as 60-year-old Jay T. Edwards of Taylorville.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

KC Raises $1,200 For Morrisonville Library
The 11th successful Mouse Race was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrisonville, Saturday, January 25. A large enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a fun night to benefit Kitchell Memorial Library. Fourteen races were run along with numerous side events.  Pictured above a group of enthusiastic participatns cheering on a mouse for a win.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

IDNR accepting applications for bike trail grants
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced that applications are being accepted for grants through the Recreational Trails Program , Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Earns 2nd In Congressional Challenge
THS student Ben Thompson, pictured center, was presented a certificate for placing 2nd in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, January 27, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, January 27, 2020

City Crews Demo Another Blighted Property
City crews were busy demolishing a blighted property at 1311 N. Webster Street in Taylorville today. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said he believes this is the 39th property to be demolished since the blighted property program began.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Illinois deer hunting seasons preliminary harvest totals 153,048 deer
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during all 2019-20 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Jan. 19, 2020. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 151,709 deer in 2018-19.
Monday, January 27, 2020

LEAD participants hear from local officials
Leadership in Christian County was never more prevalent than on Wednesday afternoon, January 22, when 2020 LEADership program participants toured both the Christian County Jail and the Christian County Emergency Communications Center.  Participants also heard from several Christian County elected officials at the courthouse later that afternoon.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Birds of a Feather: Kincaid junior helps National Audubon Society with Christmas Bird Count
KINCAID — For many high school students, winter break is a time to be at home lazing around the house. There is no pressing school work to complete and the wintry weather makes for the perfect excuse to become a couch potato. However, for South Fork High School junior Trevor Slovick, winter break is not the time to slack off. He and other dedicated “birders” have work to do.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Coalition speaker to discuss risks of recreational marijuana
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) invites the public to attend its January 29, 2020 meeting to hear a presentation by Dr. Raymond Bertino entitled The Risks of Recreational Marijuana. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Taylorville Public Library.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

11-year-old Chatham boy dies in skiing accident
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a boy from Illinois died after hitting a tree while skiing at an Idaho resort.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Garrett Credi US presidential scholar candidate
RIVER FOREST, Ill. — Garrett Credi, son of Mindy Credi, of River Forest, Illinois, recently learned he has been named as a candidate in the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

North School Names Attendance Winners
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Vandalia Statehouse to celebrate Lincoln's birthday
VANDALIA, Ill. — The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Saturday, February 8. The free event will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

A full house at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Area high schools to present Choral Festival in Kincaid February 6
KINCAID — The students of the South Fork and Taylorville High School Choirs will form the core of a 275-voice choir as South Fork High School hosts the annual Area Choral Festival on Thursday, February 6 in Kincaid.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Committee okays sewer line expansion
TAYLORVILLE — A couple of large Taylorville retailers on the south side of Illinois Route 104 have never tapped onto the city’s sewer system.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, January 24, 2020

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 Jan. 24, 2020:
Friday, January 24, 2020

Taylorville High School Choirs to participate in area choral festival
Friday, January 24, 2020

E-mail bombing; possibly coming to a computer near you
TAYLORVILLE — It’s a product of the environment we’ve built with on-line sales and transactions. While you might think your accounts numbers, credit cards numbers and passwords you have stored on computer or devise is secure, you might want to rethink it.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Fergin, Blessed Sacrament students attend pro-life rally
WASHINGTON D.C. — Taylorville’s Kathy Fergin is in Washington D.C. this week where she is chaperoning 35 eighth-grade students from the Blessed Sacrament Parish In Springfield. The students are attending the annual March For Life event.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Information sought in hit and run accident
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, January 24, 2020

LLCC offering free high school equivalency prep
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College’s adult education program is providing free classes to assist students in preparing for the GED or TASC high school equivalency test. A morning class is offered in Hillsboro, and evening classes are available in Litchfield and Taylorville.
Friday, January 24, 2020

ROE discusses plan to address area teacher shortage
VANDALIA — With Illinois facing a shortage of 1,800 educators in the upcoming school year and the country forecasted to face a shortage of 200,000 by 2025, Golden Apple is launching an initiative to address this crisis and help fill critical positions throughout the state: the Golden Apple Accelerators Program, a new teacher residency and licensure program that will expedite the preparation of highly-qualified teachers in areas of the state most in need, including central Illinois.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Spears speaks to Optimists about power of attorney
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Following coffee and donuts, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation. Ron  will be providing the club with information on upcoming events, such as our annual mostaccioli  dinner and the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Risk of infection from 'China' virus very low for central Illinois
A respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds and killed at least 17 people in China saw its first confirmed case in the United States this week, but a health official in Springfield said Thursday that the risk of transmission in central Illinois remains low.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Free mental health first aid training offered to community
Two free classes will be offered in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital annex to the public to receive training on how to identify and respond to adults and youth showing signs of mental illness.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

School district prepping for $8 million in projects
The Taylorville School District building and finance committees met Wednesday night to outline a couple of building projects that are either ongoing or that will need attention in the coming years.

Currently, the district is working to remediate cafeteria leaks at Memorial Elementary School. The proposed plan there will build a retaining wall on the north side of the property to keep runoff from surrounding properties from entering the school property. Gutters and downspouts will also be tied directly into the existing storm sewer, and a new drainage membrane will be installed under new rubber mulch that will direct water away from the building and towards the street.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Kroger manager updates Kiwanis on local store
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the local Kroger store general manager, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Event features little known story of Julius Rosenwald
Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the public to attend the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois. The Visitor Center will open one half hour early, at 8:00 A.M.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lincoln Library offers new reading program for kids
It’s never too early to introduce children to the joys of reading, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help parents do just that when Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales launches on Jan. 28.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fulton-Mason eagle day is February 1
The annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event will be held on Saturday, February 1.  Activities will include live raptor programs, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and wildlife viewing in various locations along the Illinois River in Fulton and Mason counties in central Illinois. Admission to all event locations and activities is free and open to all ages. 
Thursday, January 23, 2020

City to allow UTVs on streets on 6-month trial basis
Beginning April 1, the City of Taylorville will allow some side-by-side vehicles and UTVs to be operated on city streets, but only on a six-month trial basis. Additionally, only 25 licenses will be made available during that trial period.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Courthouse elevator talks at ground level
Talks between Christian County and Otis Elevator of Springfield on the modernization of the Courthouse elevator are parked with the doors open. Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera, through Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Carlson, delivered the message during Tuesday night’s Christian County Board meeting held in the cafeteria of Taylorville High School. About 85 people were in the audience, most of whose interests lie in the wind turbines discussions, not the ups and downs of the elevator saga.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How is your garden growing - in January!
January is a slow time in your garden, but there are tasks to do now that will pay big dividends in 2020. Let’s talk about three of those activities while the ground is (or should be) frozen.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

3 juveniles arrested in Christian school break-in
At approximately 3 P.M. on January 19, Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a call pertaining to a break-in and vandalism that had occurred at the Faith Bible Christian Academy located at 301 Mary St. in Rosamond, Illinois.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Christian County Coroner announces ongoing investigation
On January 18, 2020 at approximately 6:22 p.m., 911 received a call of a vehicle on fire in rural Stonington. Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that there was a victim in the vehicle. With the help of dental records, authorities have identified the deceased as 71-year old Diane McCoy of Decatur. An autopsy was held in Bloomington Monday and the preliminary results indicate that she died of carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a mini-van fire.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Red Cross says type O blood shortage is critical
The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Seventh grade student wins TJHS Geography Bee
Taylorville Junior High School recently held its 2020 TJHS Geography Bee. The Bee is the first level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Over 250 students participated in the preliminary rounds, and ten finalists competed to determine the school winner. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Federal pornography trial delayed again
For the second time this year, a Federal trial for Todd M. England, 46, of Taylorville, has been delayed. He is charged with possession of child pornography.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Red Roses Red Hat Club holds monthly meeting
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at Pana Bowling Alley for their monthly meeting on January 14th. Dena Adden and Judy Crosby were hostesses for this meeting. The meeting was to plan and discuss the upcoming years' events.
Monday, January 20, 2020

The 'I have a Dream' speech still resonates today
Many of its words were improvised, and some were not even original. But Martin Luther King’s

“I Have a Dream” speech summarized the struggles of millions and inspired people of all backgrounds, then and now.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Taylorville Food Pantry serve 319 families in Dec.
Despite being closed for the holidays during two days of distribution in the month of December, the Taylorville Food Pantry served 319 families, a total of 983 people, including 370 children.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Breast cancer support group to meet February 11
The February meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will discuss a mission trip to Ghana.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Campus visit day at Lincoln Land is February 17
Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to visit Lincoln Land Community College for Campus Visit Day on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. The free event will be held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, with two sessions scheduled, 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Honor Roll
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bridge over rising water
According to figures collected by the National Weather Service as of 5:55 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, Taylorville saw an average of between 1.21 and 1.32 inches of rain fall over night. The bike trail bridge just outside of Taylorville along Route 29 shows the bridge over rising waters, as the additional rainfall fell on already saturated ground.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wind energy proponents see advantages
While the majority of the news coverage has focused on opposition to wind turbines being established in Christian County, there are county residents who think wind farms can be an asset to the county. Several of those proponents expressed their opinions during recent interviews. They are also members of a loose-knit group known as the Christian County Wind Energy Coalition (CCWEC).

Organizers report nearly 300 members which is tied together by social media. Collectively, they have presented the Christian County Board with a petition bearing 1,400 signatures in support of the wind farm projects. They support two companies, Trade Winds Energy Rolling Farms and Invenergy’s Rose City Wind Farm, who are seeking to establish projects, mainly settled in the southeast quadrant of the county. The organization sees the advancement of wind technology as the wave of the future in green energy production.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Craig Lindvahl: A builder of better tomorrows
“Who will be better because of what I do today?” It’s a simple, earnest sentiment; one that more of us should aspire to uphold. At the very least, though, it did inspire one Taylorville native to extraordinary greatness.

For Craig Lindvahl, those words were more than just a mantra; those that knew him say they were a conviction and a beacon by which to guide him along the winding road of life. Sadly, on January 2, 2020, Lindvahl passed away after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. His legacy, however, will endure in the generations of students that will thrive on opportunities from which he created the bedrock.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mt. Auburn HCEA meeting Monday
MT. AUBURN — The Mt. Auburn Nite Unit of HCEA will meet Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Auburn Masonic Temple with Dixie Vincent as Hostess. Please note this change from the normal meeting night. The lesson will be: Financial Elder Exploitation.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lincoln Library named one of America's top event venues
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was named the nation's best place to hold events that offer participants a truly unique experience in voting conducted for Unique Venues magazine's 2019 "Best Of" awards.

The library and museum won the "Best Venue for Unique Experiences" category for combining top-notch meeting facilities with access to exhibits, history experts and special activities, such as history-themed scavenger hunts. The magazine also praised the opportunity to hold dinners and receptions in a museum plaza featuring a log cabin on one side and the White House on the other.

Saturday, January 18, 2020










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