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Parade of tractors

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Illinois Supreme Court is hitting the road
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is going on the road.
The high court will hear oral arguments at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Sept. 18.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Salvage Dawgs host benefit ride Saturday
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Annual SamJam features grammy-winning performer
CARLINVILLE — A popular music festival created to celebrate the medical challenges of a local resident will feature a Grammy-winning performer this year.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Program for homeschoolers at Rock Spgs. Sept. 11
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District invites homeschoolers to join a naturalist for a program about Skeletons at Rock Springs Nature Center on Wednesday, September 11 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Breast cancer support group meets 2nd Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD — The September meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will feature a speaker from the American Cancer Society talking about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

STEM Fair is set for September 11 in Rochester
ROCHESTER — The 5th Annual STEM Fair will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rochester High School.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

TMH, Extension partner to offer air frying class
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois Extension Office will offer the “Cooking for the Heart: Air Frying” class on September 10. The class will be taught by TMH dietitian Janelle Cornell and Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition & Wellness educator for Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin and Jersey counties with the Extension Office.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Chillifest pageant entry spots are filling up fast
TAYLORVILLE — Pageant entries for the 5 pageants that are part of the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, are filling up fast.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Autism support group to meet on September 5th
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, September 5th,   6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month they will have an open discussion format.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

UWCC will begin 2019-20 season in September
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County will begin the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with dinner at Whits End Restaurant. As usual, there are very interesting speakers for this seasons meetings.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Spears speaks to Optimists about online learning
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Labor Day Parade Committee announces grand marshal; judging criteria
PANA  — The Pana Labor Day Parade Committee has announced the Grand Marshals for the 2019 extravaganza. They are the Pana High School Solar Car team, Lucas Duduit, Katelyn Townsend, Boone Elledge and Jessica Pollman.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Former Taylorville resident competes in NSBA World Championship Show
TULSA, Okla. — Former Taylorville resident, Danita (Morgan) Drake, recently competed in the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championship Show held in Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Tri-County Fair boasts three bands this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
PANA — There will be featured entertainment once again at this year’s Pana Tri-County Fair.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Tri-County Fair offers six days of fun - harness racing, carnival, music
Saturday, August 24, 2019

2018 Tri-County Fair Royalty
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Making healthy choices for kids when eating out
SPRINGFIELD — A fast-food meal is quick and convenient, especially when you and your kids are on the go for activities and events, but not all restaurants are created equal, said the coordinator for a local program that provides healthy lifestyle support for children and their families.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Local hazards mitigation committee to meet
TAYLORVILLE — The frequency and damages caused by severe storms and other natural hazards in Christian County will be discussed when the Christian County Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee meets Tuesday, September 10th at the Taylorville Fire Department, 202 N. Main Street in Taylorville, beginning at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 23, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, August 23, 2019

Meeting Notice
Friday, August 23, 2019

Kiwanis learn about Bikers Against Child Abuse
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a biker group working against child abuse, and about awards the local club won at the recent Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield, at their recent  weekly luncheon  at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Author to speak at Faith Community Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Reverend Rick McGough, author of the best-selling book ‘Faith and Reason Made Simple in a Skeptical World’ will be the speaker at a Saturday 7:00 p.m. teaching service at Faith Community Worship Center.
Friday, August 23, 2019

E-Free holding Wednesday night youth activities
TAYLORVILLE — All kids ages three through 5th grade are invited to join Awana at the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church, 319 South Washington Street, Taylorville.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Minister's Message: Back to school
TAYLORVILLE — Most students have made their way back to school. In fact, some students have been at it for weeks. I loved school so whenever this time of the year comes around, I always have a bit of nostalgia for being in school and wish I was preparing to go back in the classroom. I loved picking out school supplies, receiving a syllabus and seeing all the things that we were going to learn, and finding out about new teachers and professors.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Vacation Bible School At St. Rita's
Friday, August 23, 2019

Jenkins' Missouri court hearing continued
ST. LOUIS, MO. — Bradley S. Jenkins, 31, of Taylorville, was scheduled to appear in court today before Judge Madeline O. Connolly in St. Louis Circuit Court. According to court records, the hearing has been postponed until Sept. 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The docket did not indicate a reason for the continuation.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gov. signs new law today raising teacher pay to $40,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers’ minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 22, 2019

ROE, TCUSD to hold group meeting about TRS
TAYLORVILLE — The Regional Office of Education #3 and Taylorville CUSD #3, in conjunction with the Teachers’ Retirement System, is scheduling a group meeting to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.  Members of the retirement system who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend the group meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria in Taylorville.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gardeners Speak To Women's Group
Pictured are Mike Hady, Mary Ann Lowry, and Gwen Podeschi. Mike and Gwen were guest speakers at the August meeting of the Community Women’s Association.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Edinburg Youth Group, Probation Department Donate To Safe Passage Program
he Safe Passage Program received two additional donations this week. In the left photo, members from the youth group at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg recently sold barbecue sandwiches as a fundraiser and gave the proceeds of $100 to the Safe Passage Program. Pastor Gaylord Spilker is pictured in the back row, left, along with Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler and Safe Passage coordinator, Denise Evans. 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Looking for antique cars for Pana parade
The Pana Labor Day Parade Committee is requesting any individuals with automobiles built in 1969 (50 years old), 1944 (75 years old), and 1919 (100 years old) to be in the 2019 Labor Day Parade.

If you have a car built in one of these years, then please bring it on Monday, Sept. 2, for the Pana Labor Day Parade for everyone to enjoy. The cars stage on Maple street between 1st and 2nd Sts. near McCracken-Dean Funeral home at 9:00 a.m. Any groups of cars will be inserted into the parade two cars at a time.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Zombie Apocalypse party at Kidzeum
Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield is set to host a zombie apocalypse party on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The museum will be open to the public from 10 am - 5 pm and to members only from 5 - 7 p.m.

Guests who dress up in zombie-themed costumes will receive $1 off admission.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Autism group film event set for Aug. 1
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

South Fork implements new goals to improve district
The school year has officially started, and the administrators felt it was going to be a good one. Superintendent Chris Clark told the Board that the district was implementing many of the goals and ideas developed with the District Leadership Team meetings. One major change was that South Fork would now have a teacher mentoring program. Many educators requested starting the program, not only to help new teachers learn how the school works, but to also help create the positive and supportive school environment that many parents mentioned wanting at previous Board meetings. First and second year teacher would now have a senior teacher from the school acting as their mentor, to help guide them and give them confidence. Clark also stated that he was going to take advantage of the Regional Office of Education’s many professional development opportunities and have instructional coaching for staff and educators.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

County Board recognizes students; retiring member
The Christian County Board recognized a group of Pana High School students who took home first place in a national solar car competition and District 2 board member Chad Michel, rural Edinburg, who resigned from the board effective Tuesday night, during their regular monthly meeting in the Courthouse.

Michel, who was re-elected in 2018, has served on the board since 2006. He cited personal reasons for his decision to resign. A plaque was presented to Michel from Board Chairman Becky Edwards to commemorate his years of service. Edwards commented on his dedication and service to the board. It was followed by a standing ovation from the other board members and those in the audience.

The seat will have to be filled by an appointment by the chairman and approved by the board. That person will serve until the 2020 General Election in November, when someone will be elected to fill the remaining two-year term of Michel.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lose a tree in the tornado? Apply now for replacement
Applications for trees for homeowners impacted by last December’s tornado are due September 1.

Residents who lost trees can apply for trees at no cost by filling out an application available on the city of Taylorville’s website, Taylorville.net, or by picking up an application at Davis Memorial Christian church (DMCC) 1500 W Franklin St.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TPD officer Dickey is placed on unpaid leave
Following his involvement in an off-duty physical altercation at a Taylorville bar Saturday, Taylorville Police Department Officer Chase Dickey has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kiwanis members hear from Taylorville school resource officer
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville school resource Officer, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Bryan Thomas, a member of the Taylorville Police Department for some 18 years, became the Taylorville School District’s Resource Officer, last school year. Thomas said that in his going-on 2 years on the job, he’s learned from both students and staff. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Grant will help schools fund trip to Lincoln library
Good news for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum but worry about paying for the trip. Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a visit.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Area teen qualifies to compete in World Championship Show
The American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma City – Layne Lebshier of Mechanicsburg, Ill., qualified to compete in Level 2 Showmanship, Level 2 Horsemanship, and Level 3 Showmanship 14-18 at the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show on August 1-5 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lose to Win Challenge begins Sept. 4
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) Foundation will once again host their Lose To Win Challenge.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

City okays pot tax, still debating dispensaries
Last week, aldermen briefly discussed an ordinance that would allow the City of Taylorville to levy a three-percent tax on the sale of marijuana once it is legalized recreationally in January.

City officials were clear that the ordinance in question was not a determination on whether or not they would actually allow marijuana dispensaries to locate in Taylorville. Rather, the ordinance simply declares the city’s intent to tax such sales should officials ever decide to allow the product to be sold in city limits. The state calls such a tax the Municipal Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax, and any municipality considering dispensaries needs to register their intent with the state to impose such a tax.

The council voted 6-0 (Shawn Burtle-abstain, Kathy Driskell-absent) Monday night to add the requisite ordinance to the city code, but aldermen say they are not yet prepared to vote on whether or not to actually allow the sale  of marijuana within city limits.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Off-duty TPD officer involved in scuttle
An off-duty Taylorville Police Officer was involved in a physical altercation Saturday night or early Sunday morning at a Taylorville bar and then a private residence.

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler confirmed Tuesday that Officer Chase Dickey was involved in the incident.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

TJHS threat determined to be a hoax
An active shooter scare at a Taylorville Junior High School dance that occured last Friday has been determined by the Taylorville Police Department to have been a product of exageration.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pana School Board accepts tentative budget
The tentative 2020 Fiscal Year budget for the Pana School District was unanimously approved during the Pana School Board meeting Monday night in the Unit Office on East Main St. in Pana. Preliminary figures show a nearly $400,000 increase in revenues while expenses are pegged at almost the same amount.

The Education Fund in 2020 expects $11.9 million in revenues with expenses at $11.5 million. The Education Fund encompasses the daily expenses of running the school district. When the fiscal year ends next June 30, the expected fund balance is set at $7.4 million.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

AGCO seeking permit with water reclamation district
Officially, the Taylorville Sanitary District is now the Christian County Water Reclamation District (CCWRD). The entity completed the name change over the last month, and, on Monday, the board held their first monthly meeting under the new moniker.

In their first order of business, the board debated a proposal from AGCO, which is seeking to discharge water from their processes to the district’s plant.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

American Legion Auxiliary Officers Inducted
On Monday, August 12, 2019 the American Legion Auxiliary held an induction ceremony for the 2019-2020 officers. The Auxiliary members raise money to help local veterans including but not limited to donations to Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Cannon Place in Danville, Taylorville Honor Guard as well as providing cab fair for local veterans to get to and from doctors appointments.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Donating To Safe Passage
Credit Collection Partners President Rick Bonitzer, and the CCP staff, present a check to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler in support of the Safe Passage Program, which helps people struggling with addition to find outlets for recovery.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Landscaping with native plants program offered
University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Andrew Holsinger will present a program on how to incorporate native plants into your home landscape on Thursday, September 19, 2019.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Solliday Honored By Council
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Music at the beer tent
The entertainment at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic has been set with three great bands performing.

The Robbie Mitchell Band is set to perform Friday, August 23 in the beer tent at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. They play country rock and a variety of other music.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Soap Box Derby Saturday
MT. AUBURN — This file photo shows a participant in a previous Farmers’ Picnic Soap Box Derby. The annual Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic begins Thursday, August 22nd and runs through Saturday, August 24th. The famous Soap Box Derby will be held Saturday, beginning at 12 noon.
Submitted photo

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tom and Leona True are named grand marshalls
Tom True and Leona McGinnis were high school sweethearts, both growing up close to Mt. Aburn; Tom in Grove City and Leona on a farm a few miles West of there.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

133rd Annual Mt. Auburn Picnic starts Thursday
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Monastery Museum in Teutopolis open September 1
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

The hours are from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Visitors are encouraged to come early to see the many unique articles on display. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $1.00 for children.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations now
With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bike trail supporters to hold trail clean-up day on Saturday
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancey group (LPTC) is looking for volunteers to help clean up the bike trail this Saturday, August 24, 2019.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Free seminar on opioid epidemic on August 29
Memorial Medical Center and SIU Medicine will hold a free seminar on the opioid epidemic at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.

The 90-minute event, “Opioid Epidemic: How We Got Here and Where to Go Now,” will be in the M.G. Nelson Family Auditorium on the first floor.

Monday, August 19, 2019

PHS winning solar car on display at courthouse Tuesday
The Pana High School Solar Car team will display the solar-powered car in which they won first place in the national Solar Car Challenge in Ft. Worth, Tex. last month. The car will be on display Tuesday night on the Courthouse grounds between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Melvin, Rever set for Tuesday honor flight
Two area veterans, Kenny Melvin of Taylorville and George Rever of Assumption,  will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.

Both men, along with approximately 75 other veterans, will charter a jetliner on a day trip to visit and reflect on the nation war monuments including the National World War II Memorial, the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Air Force and Marine Corps Memorials. The day-long tour will conclude with the viewing of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, August 19, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, August 19, 2019

Kiwanis Club wins award at district convention, local members honored
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club won 2 prestigious awards at the recent Illinois-Iowa Kiwanis District Convention held in Springfield.

Long-time Taylorville Kiwanis Club treasurer Diane Beatty, who recently retired from that position, was honored for her many years of service to the local club.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Area artists' work on exhibit at Shelbyville gallery
— Artists Sue Goodpaster and Carol Kessler share the Gallery space at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the upcoming months. The public may view the exhibit which will be on display through October 26. Opening hours normally are on Tuesday from 10-5 and Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10-noon. Call 217-827-5690 for more information or confirmation of opening times as changes sometimes occur.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Active shooter scare at TJHS
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler confirmed that there was an active shooter scare at TJHS Friday night. Wheeler identified the event as an extra curricular activity, but could not confirm its nature.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pana Police involved in thirty hour standoff
On Wednesday, August 14 at 8:45 pm, Pana Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North State St. reference a violation of an order of protection on an adult male. Officers responded and discovered property damage and evidence to establish probable cause to arrest the adult male for the violation but the subject had fled the area.

Officers located the adult male at a separate location and requested he exit his residence while speaking to him through an open window. The male armed himself with a knife, barricaded himself inside his residence, and initiated a standoff with officers who were not aware if additional weapons were inside. Additional Pana Officers, along with the Christian County Sheriff's Office and Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) responded and secured a perimeter around the residence; Pana Ambulance and EMS were called to a staging area nearby. Officers negotiated with the subject for several hours, including utilizing family members, but gained no cooperation. A decision was made to remove uniformed officers and squad cars from the area to reduce pressure on the subject while leaving covert surveillance on the property. The residence was under surveillance for nearly 12 hours waiting for the subject to exit and be taken into custody for the criminal offense and prevent additional court-ordered violations and possible injury against the protected victim.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TPD apprehends Coughlan Friday afternoon
After a search that spanned three days, the Taylorville Police Department finally apprehended James R. Coughlan Friday afternoon at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Coughlan fled police Wednesday night during a search warrant at a home at 716 West Poplar Street. On Thursday, authorities chased him into a corn field near Don Bragg Sports Complex before he was able to again evade what was an extensive search party at that time.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

More from Kincaid village meeting
Resident Tony Pezze was invited to the table to discuss an issue on Cedar street regarding drainage ditches, levees and rain. He would like board support to put some sort of water main to help alleviate a lot of water issues in that area. He’s experienced several flooding issues and snakes. Village President Oller indicated the trustees would review the request to determine the best route to assist with fixing the problem.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship contest winners announced
The 2019 Master Showmanship Contest was held on August 9, 2019 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Fifty-two exhibitors, who were the winners of their respective 4-H county contests, competed for the title of “Illinois Master Showman."
Saturday, August 17, 2019

LLCC Director visits Optimist
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 15, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist then gave the morning invocation. Terry Wright gave a brief report on the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships recently completed in Doral, Fla. Terry also gave a brief report on the OI Foundation fund drive currently ongoing to help support our Foundation for the next year. Steve also announced the upcoming vote on the 2018-19 Optimist of the Year, which will be voted on at the Sep. 6 business meeting, and awarded at the combined Awards/Installation/NOW Dinner on Thursday evening, Oct. 3.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ken Deck Memorial Fund Scholarship received
Xanna Tornasello, a 2019 Taylorville high school graduate, was presented with her scholarship award given by the Ken Deck Memorial Fund. One of two scholarship awardees, this year Xanna was chosen on the basis of her scholarship, her involvement in athletics, her involvement in extra-curricular activities, and her character.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial restoration work day
Help us "Restore the Past" as it was when Lincoln lived here.  We will be removing bush honeysuckle. Please wear gloves. Any amount of time that you volunteer goes toward our goal of a minimum of 400 documented volunteer hours that will award us $4,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Community Stewardship Challenge Grant.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memorial Medical Center receives National Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care
Memorial Medical Center earned a national award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Foundation golf outing pushes capital campaign over the $1.1 million mark
The Pana Community Hospital Foundation's 26th Annual Golf Outing at Oak Terrace Resort of Pana pushed the Capital Campaign over the $1.1 million mark! The golf outing had 32 teams registered in the 18-hole golf scramble. Funds raised will benefit the Foundation's Capital Campaign for the hospital's building project.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Safe Passage Festival cancelled for next weekend
KINCAID — The Safe Passage Festival that was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019 has been postponed. They will reschedule at a later date and a different location according to Safe Passage Coordinator, Denise Evans.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Stonington Lions Club Scholarship Awarded
The annual Stonington Lions Club Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Curtin and Sophie Wade at the recent monthly meeting of the Stonington Lions Club. The graduating students each were presented with an award check in the amount of $500.00 to be used toward college expenses.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pana Pride Awards Yards, Business Of Month
Karen Wise of Pana Pride presented the August People's Choice Yard of the Month certificate and $25 Chamber Cash to Gary and Pat Cason of 409 Maple Street. The Casons have lived in their house over twenty years. They have beautiful flowers that bloom in different seasons, peach trees, shrubs, and brickwork. There were a total of 31 nominations, listing 19 different addresses.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Community to host Blood Drive August 29
aylorville Community will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 29 at 1500 West Franklin, inside Davis Memorial Christian Church- Fellowship Hall
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Morrisonville CUSD approves tentative 2020 budget
The Morrisonville CUSD held its regular meeting last night and approved the tentative FY 2020 budget.

Superintendent Dave Meister provided an update from the recent finance committee. "The budget is tentatively ready to go. The bottom line is that we do have a budget that is projected to be balanced; in fact a little bit of a surplus,” said Meister.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TPD manhunt now spans three days
Residents on the west end of Taylorville may have been alarmed to see a large contingent of officers combing through their neighborhoods Thursday night.

Dozens of officers, a fleet of about twelve to fifteen squad cars from four departments, and the Taylorville Fire Department were avidly searching for James R. Coughlan, 34, Taylorville, whose whereabouts remain unknown as of approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Will Taylorville allow marijuana dispensaries?
When recreational marijuana is legalized in Illinois beginning this upcoming January, only existing medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to legally sell cannabis initially. By mid 2020, though, the state will grant additional licenses to dozens of new stores and processors.

Statute allows individual municipalities to determine whether or not a dispensary can operate within its boundaries. The City of Taylorville briefly took up that debate Thursday night at the ordinance committee meeting. “We cannot opt out of people using marijuana in our town, but we could, I think, opt out of allowing it to be sold,” Mayor Bruce Barry said.

Friday, August 16, 2019

CC Sheriff's office hires four new deputies
This past year the Christian County Sheriff’s Office has lost four deputies. One has gained employment with the Illinois State Police, one laterally transferred employment to the Springfield Police Department, one has retired and one decided that law enforcement was not the career for him.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Finance Committee gets final budget requests
The Christian County Board’s Finance Committee heard the final requests from county department and agencies for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The meeting was held in the Courthouse on Thursday evening.

Julie Wollerman, regional superintendent for ROE #3 of which Christian County is a part, made her presentation and stated the Christian County share of the budget was $136 more than last year. Christian County is part of the ROE along with Bond, Effingham, Fayette and Montgomery counties. Christian makes up slightly less than 28% of the total ROE #3 budget.

The director of Christian County Senior Citizens, Gerry Mahr, said his budget for the four count senior centers is up by about $1,000, mainly due to increases in fuel prices and insurance.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Kincaid debates continuance of Safe Passage Program;
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night with tempers flaring over the discussion of whether to keep the Safe Passage Program in the Kincaid Police Department.

The agenda included an item about a new Safe Passage Banner that was installed outside the Kincaid Police Department. The new banner was paid for by the Safe Passage Fund.

Trustee JR Griffin posed the question, “Why is it on our building anyway if it’s not village funded.” Village President David Oller said, “Well, because we have the funds in our account.”

Trustee Andrew Mahan said, “We were told a couple of meetings ago it would be taken down the next day. And yet, we have a new banner put up without board approval once again.” Oller then stated, “I guess we need to call it to the next meeting, or whatever, if you guys do not want it, whatever you want to do.

The Safe Passage Programs are in Christian County and are in the police departments.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, August 16, 2019

Fleming, Jr., takes plea deal in Pana home invasion
Theodore M. Fleming, Jr., 37, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a hearing in Christian County Court this morning.

Judge Christopher M. Matoush accepted the negotiated plea involving a June, 2018 home invasion in the 200 block of South Clark St. in Pana.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 16, 2019

Lloyd Loar's Hometown Music Festival set for Saturday, August 24
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting the second annual Lloyd Loar's Hometown Music Festival on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., featuring live music from roots, folk, and bluegrass performers.  Visitors may enjoy performances by Andy Hatfield and Solly Burton, Chris Vallillo, The Rocky Ford Rounders, and The Nathan Taylor Band. The festival opens with guest performances by Carlos Shaw, Sunflower Slim, Erich Schroeder, and Erin Connolly.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Support for the papers of Abraham Lincoln
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been awarded grants by two important federal agencies for the goal of building a 21st century research tool that can be used by Lincoln scholars and fans around the world.
Friday, August 16, 2019

"Overwhelming Quietness"
It has been said that we should be quiet at times and wait on the Lord. This is true. Some say that you can hear the voice of the Lord when all is quiet. Yet, one may not be able to identify the voice of the Lord or distinguish it from their personal thoughts. Again, here one must be careful.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Endless Highway concert August 24 in Tower Hill
Endless Highway will be in concert at the Tower Hill free Methodists Church on Saturday, August 24 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, August 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Welcome Back To School
The cafeteria at Memorial Elementary School is Taylorville was teaming with students preparing to start the day.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Status of Pana football field still uncertain
After investing approximately $350,000 in a sports complex update this offseason, the Pana School Board says they’re left only half satisfied.

At a Pana School Board Facilities Committee meeting on Wednesday, board members say some of the grading and sod work on the new football field is still unsatisfactory. Pana Facilities Director Jeff Stauder says there are still low spots in the field and that large portions of the sod are dead or dying. “If you go out there and look at it, you’ll see a section that looks bad in the southwest corner. Along the home fence, there’s another section that looks pretty bad. There’s also a bad area near the entry at the northeast gate,” he offered. Stauder did state that he believes the field to be safe to play on without risk of injury.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pana Township Board hears from wind turbine companies
During its regular monthly session on Wednesday night in the Pana Township Building, township trustees heard about plans for building wind turbines to produce electricity in the township and Christian County.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Area men were rough riders in Spanish-American War
Military action in the Spanish-American War lasted less than four months, and the war receives only passing mention in history books today. The Rough Riders, though, have gone down in American lore.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Edinburg considers school to work program again
The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular session meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:07 p.m. in the Board room.

At the May Board meeting, it was decided to eliminate the school to work program due to difficulties in properly monitoring it and students who abused the school’s trust. Last night, the Board discussed the idea of reworking the program for the next school year.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Salvage Dawgs Thank Community
The Salvage Dawgs recently held a Chicago hotdog day on August 10, 2019 at the Palamino Club in Taylorville. The event was a way of thanking the community for their continued support of veterans and their families.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

MHS Class of '69 50th Year Reunion
The Morrisonville High School class of 1969 celebrated their 50th year reunion on July 19 at Bullards Place in Morrisonville. A delicious meal was catered by Country Girl Catering. Twenty classmates attended the reunion.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Memorial Medical Center, SIU Medicine to host free seminar on opioid crisis
Memorial Medical Center and SIU Medicine will hold a free seminar on the opioid epidemic at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

TMH Auxiliary to host 11th Annual 5K
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its 11th annual Heart and Sole 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 21.

Men, women and children of all ages are invited to run or walk the 5K course through the streets of Taylorville and enjoy the chance to be outside for a good cause.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Weather service releases Monday tornado preliminary reports
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has released these two graphics outlining preliminary results of their findings from Monday’s tornadic activity in Christian County. The line in the top graph shows the EF-1 tornado’s path along with the starting and ending points. The storm formed about 9:08 p.m. and traveled on the ground for 6.3 miles. It was 200 yards wide. It started 2.7 miles east-southeast of Edinburg and ended 4.1 miles northeast of Taylorville at 9:21 p.m., with top winds estimated at between 100 and 110 mph.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

TYC Donates To Head Start Program
The Taylorville Youth Cheer Team recently donated school supplies to the Taylorville Head Start Program.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Taylorville Township holds regular meeting
The Taylorville Township has almost fully worked through a series of IRS penalties that were levied against it earlier this year.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Amber Dooley new Mt. Auburn Mayor
At the special Board meeting held on Tuesday, Augsut 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall, Mt. Auburn Board member Amber Dooley was selected to act as the interim mayor for the Village. Trustee Rick Clayton nomiated Dooley, with Clayton, Trustee Sandra Gooder, and Trustee Bridget Willard voting yes while Trustee Denise Carey and Trustee Charlene Saulsberry voted no.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hummingbird Festival at Rock Springs, August 27
Meet hummingbirds up close at the Macon County Conservation District’s annual Hummingbird Festival on Tuesday, August 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Join host Vernon Kleen to learn about hummingbird species, what attracts these birds, and witness the banding process.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

TPD Chief guest speaker at Sertoma Club
Taylorville Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler spoke to the Sertoma Club at a recent dinner meeting.

Chief Wheeler is originally from the Chicago area and served on the Village of Maywood police force. He was the Chief of Police in Kincaid for over four years prior to accepting the Chief of Police position in Taylorville beginning July 1st.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

TYC Donates School Supplies To Local Schools
The Taylorville Youth Cheer Team (TYC) donated school supplies to Central, North, Memorial Junior and Senior High schools in Taylorville. Pictured are Taylorville Youth Cheerleaders from kindergarten to 6th grade, TYC Coaches, TYC board members, and Taylorville District principals.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

School board approves new HR position
It may be a bit of scramble as teachers, administrators, and building staff make their final preparations before school resumes in just two days, but Monday’s actual school board agenda was comparatively light.

New School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty started the meeting by saying she has toured all of the district facilities; she says they are set for the start of the year. Some busing and transportation details still need to be finalized, but she says she expects a smooth start to the year.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Final Municipal Band Concert Wednesday
The final concert of the Taylorville Municipal Band will be Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tornado Tears Through Christian County
A rural Edinburg home (top) bore the brunt of a Tornado that tore through rural Christian County Monday night. Several large trees outside the home were splintered and scattered across the yard. The home also received damage, and crop damage was extensive in the area.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pana Council passes budget; Mayor threatens veto
After the report from City Auditor R. M. “Whitey” Patton showing the city had a deficit in the last fiscal year of more than a quarter-million dollars, the Pana City Council approved the passage of the 2020 fiscal year budget on Monday night. The vote was 5-3 with Aldermen Glenn Schneider, Ron Miles and Steve Scott voting “no” to the spending plan.

Pana Mayor Don Kroski was heard to comment he planned to veto the budget. But on Tuesday morning, Kroski says he is backing away from that threat. He said following consultations with City Attorney Steve Mahrt after Monday night’s meeting, he has decided not to veto the budget, but to go through it, line by line, and see where there might be room to cut. He is also going to explore what increases in revenues could come from raising the Telecommunication Tax and the Utility Tax.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Results of Pana PD 'Saturation Patrol'
Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland has announced the results of a “Saturation Patrol” detail which took place over the evening hours of Friday, Aug. 9, in Pana.

According to Chief Bland, Pana police officers and reserves and Christian County deputies and reserves conducted the patrol.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Update on Edinburg flooding and CTI hook up
The Village of Edinburg held their regular session meeting on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

U of I Extension to host Tree Selection and Care Workshop
Trees when properly selected, placed, planted and cared for can be a valued focal point in your landscape.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Flourishes Gallery and Studios to feature "Our Feathered Friends" exhibit
“Our Feathered Friends,” a new exhibit at Flourishes Gallery and Studios, will feature a series of watercolor, gel pen and colored pencil drawings by Dan Modzelewski. Dan is looking forward to sharing his new work, which is definitely “for the birds!.”  Prints will also be available.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

TCUSD Welcomes New Teachers
The Taylorville School District held a brief reception Monday night before the board meeting to welcome new teachers and administrators to the district.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Kiwanis And HSHS Donate
The local Kiwanis club and HSHS Medical group office staff in Taylorville teamed up to collect and donate supplies to be used for students. The elementary school nurses gratefully accepted the supplies. We appreciate the support the community provides to our students.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Master Gardeners visit Senior Center
University of Illinois Master Gardeners of Christian County have been giving short presentations to audiences at the Christian County Senior Citizens’ Center. “We like to be able to do outreach to small and large groups,” says Gwen Podeschi. She credits recent Master Gardener intern, Jeff Brewer, and Master Gardener Kathi Knope with getting the volunteer group involved with the Seniors. Recent programs have included plant division and propagation and a program about the June Garden Walk. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CBD oil and arthritis
Health-conscious consumers have no doubt encountered advertisements for CBD oil at some point in recent memory. Supplement stores, pharmacies and even gyms may promote CBD oil, prompting consumers to wonder just what CBD is and how it may or may not play a role in the treatment of certain conditions, including arthritis.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Severe weather expected in the area today
Taylorville Fire Chief, Mike Crews, released a situation report from the National Weather Service (NWS) this morning advising the risk of severe thunderstorms today and into this evening.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Two arrested over weekend for possession of meth
On August 10, 2019 at approximately 1 p.m. Taylorville Police Department executed a search warrant at 1012 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, Ill.

Members of the newly created Community Action Team (CAT), a group of officers that follow up on citizens complaints,  were able to obtain a warrant after an investigation.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, August 12, 2019

Investigation in self inflicted gunshot incident over weekend
On August 10, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m., 911 received a call of an unresponsive 45 year old male at his residence in the 700 Block of Cleveland St., Taylorville.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, August 12, 2019

Nancy Ganci: a look back at her legacy as principal of Memorial School
Mrs. Nancy Ganci retired in May of this year as the principal of Memorial School, a position she held for the past 15 years. Her extensive 34 year career took her from teaching preschool to junior high, then to Assistant Principal in Chatham for three years followed by 15 years at Memorial School in Taylorville.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 10, 2019

VFW to meet Monday
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of Taylorville VFW Post 4495 at the Veterans' Memorial Home at 515 N. West Avenue on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. All Post members are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Gardeners plan butterfly event at Dana Thomas house
University of Illinois Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers will present a "Butterflies and Bugs" open house on Saturday, September 7, from 1-3 pm in the gardens at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic site located at 301 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mt. Auburn soap box derby Aug. 24
All interested youth are encouraged to begin assembling their soap box derby cars for the annual Bradley Allison Memorial Soap Box Derby to be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Knights Of Columbus Raise Money For Women's Center
Area Knights of Columbus Councils from Springfield, Riverton, Decatur, Sherman, Jacksonville, Petersburg, Mt. Zion, Pittsfield, Virden, Mt. Sterling, Litchfield, Hillsboro, Oconee, Assumption, and the Fourth Degree Knights teamed up to raise $20,819 with the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus then kicking in a $18,121 donation of their own, totaling $38,940, to pay for a new ultrasound machine for First Step Women’s Center on Springfield’s north end.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Larson awarded Ken Deck Memorial scholarship
Cydnee Larson has been presented a check in the amount of $1,000 as a scholarship award from the Ken Deck Memorial Fund.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pana red hat group tours mental health facility
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Taylorville for a tour of the Christian County Mental Health Association's (CCMHA) Developmental Workshop.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pair of Christian County brothers capture top honors in state photo contest
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced  the winners of the 2019 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest this week. The annual contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Memorial announces hands-on healthcare program
Memorial Medical Center will hold four sessions of its free program designed to help students and community members learn more about healthcare careers.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Taylorville Memorial hosting blood drive Aug. 22
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, August 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 201 East Pleasant, inside the Auditorium.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Medical professionals warn about dangers of vaping
After three young people in Illinois were hospitalized with severe breathing problems related to vaping, the Illinois Department of Public Health is working with local health departments to warn the public about the dangers of vaping.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Taylorville High School Class of 1974 Celebrates 45th Reunion
The Taylorville High School Class of 1974 held their 45th anniversary reunion on July 20, 2019. Seated on the floor from left are:
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, August 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 9, 2019

Naked man who accosted police sentenced to 12 years
Following an hour long sentencing hearing, Brandon J. Emery, 28, of Taylorville, was sentenced to a total of 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley. The sentence was handed down Thursday afternoon in Christian County Court.

Emery had pled guilty in a negotiated plea back in June. The only stipulation was his sentence(s) would not exceed 13 years.

Friday, August 9, 2019

City, LLCC exploring lake cabin restoration project
The four rental cabins at Lake Taylorville were initially constructed through a partnership between the city and Lincoln Land Community College.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, August 9, 2019

THS Head Football Coach Jeb Odam speaks to Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday in the TMH Auditorium with VP Blake Davis presiding. Blake called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Pastor Ted Marrinan giving the morning invocation.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Human Services offering resources at State Fair
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) wants Illinoisans and fair-goers to know that help is here. From August 9th through August 18th the IDHS booth will focus on the various resources that IDHS supports or provides for Illinoisans to help families and their communities.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Canoe bike trail pond at Rock Springs, Aug 25
Canoe the largest pond at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. All equipment, including life vests, will be provided for this fun paddle: Canoeing the Bike Trail Pond.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Church of God welcomes student ministry pastors
Kincaid Church of God is excited to welcome their new Student Ministry Pastors to the church staff.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Taylorville Methodist Church to celebrate 175th
The First United Methodist Church of Taylorville invites the community to celebrate with them their 175th Anniversary at special worship services on Saturday, August 17th (5:15 p.m.) and Sunday, August 18th (10 a.m.).
Friday, August 9, 2019

Does anyone have any ears?
Author John Trent tells the following story about some close friends of his family. Their friend’s household includes five active children. One evening the entire family was gathered around the dinner table. As often happens in this fun-loving family unit, everyone was talking at the same time… everyone, that is, except their youngest child?a five year-old boy named, Nathan. Repeatedly, he tried to squeeze what he wanted to say into any tiny break in the conversations. Finally, at the breaking point, without warning, he jumped up on his chair, and gave out a blood-curdling scream! His shocking howl stopped everyone talking, and finally riveted all eyes on his little face. “What’s the matter around here?” little Nathan said in total frustration. “Doesn’t anyone have any ears?”
Friday, August 9, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, August 9, 2019

TPD building child search database
After his parents had gone to bed, a 15-year-old Taylorville boy with special needs, Gavin Smith, wandered from his Rich Street home Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. He wasn’t noticed missing until his father got up for work at approximately 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. His whereabouts were unknown until TPD located him at approximately 6:15 a.m., when he was found unharmed picking up trash in an alley near Silver and Poplar Streets.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lincoln history celebrated daily at state fair
Bring the entire family to experience a wide variety of fun interactive events, demonstrations, and performances celebrating the life and times of Abraham Lincoln on the grounds of the Illinois State Fair from August 9 - 18. Every day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., re-enactors and performers from throughout the Looking for Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area will offer free demonstrations and performances sharing the Lincoln story with fairgoers.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 8, 2019

TFD Responds To Hazmat Spill
On Tuesday, the Taylorville Fire Department responded to a hazardous materials spill on East Park Street, north of Pershing Avenue. The material was determined to be an insecticide that is suspected to have fallen off a vehicle.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stonington to tear down old post office
The Village of Stonington Board of Trustees met in regular session Monday, August 5, 2019. The meeting was called to order by President Ryan Marucco with the following members present: David Blakeman, Bruce Dowdy, Andrew Callan, Tara Ramsey, Nathan Rybolt, Jill Gilpin, Christine Lerch, Jeff Tumiati, Mark Bingham, Chief of Police Travis Peden, Debbie Niles, and Zoning Officer Doug Hoy. Todd Thomason was absent.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Register by tomorrow for free craft event at Rock Spgs.
Adults are invited to construct a Bird Feeder Wreath at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, August 11 at 2pm.  Then, take your creation home for the birds in your backyard: they will love snacking on this edible wreath. All supplies will be provided. This program is free. Must pre-register online by noon on August 9 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Salvage Dogs to host Chicago hot dog day Saturday
The Salvage Dogs will host their first annual Chicago Hot Dog Day this Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Palamino Club, 1101 N. Webster St. in Taylorville from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Morrisonville Homecoming And Picnic Royalty
Above, Carly Goebel was crowned as Morrisonville’s 2019 Miss Community Queen following the 92nd annual Homecoming Celebration in July. Carly is the daughter of Gerry and Michelle Goebel.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

AFSCME retirees to hold annual summer luncheon
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will hold their annual summer luncheon on Monday, August 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Spring Gardens Restaurant in Pana, IL. The restaurant is located at 16 S. Poplar St in downtown Pana.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

National Night Out Fun
Ryleigh Paulding, 5, waits for her turn while Alanah Waller, 11, gets her face painted during the National Night Out event hosted by the TPD and TFD on Tuesday night. Ryleigh and Alanah were among the many children and their parents that turned out for the first-ever community engagement event, which featured a host of fun and game and food.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

TFD, TPD Host National Night Out
Alderman Larry Budd and an incognito Alderman Kathy Driskell share a laugh at the National Night Out event held at the Taylorville Fire Department Tuesday night. National Night Out is a community-building event that helps strengthen police and fire bonds in their communities through various games and fun activities.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Taylorville approves Sunday a.m. liquor sales
Previously, liquor sales could not commence until noon on Sundays. The Taylorville City Council voted Monday night to change that when they approved an ordinance that will allow beer and liquor sales beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The vote passed 6-1 (Lee Lanzotti-no, Shawn Burtle-absent) with little discussion amongst aldermen.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Pana dog park now under construction
Construction is proceeding nicely on the Pana Dog Park on the city’s south side with anticipation it will be open tot he public in September. The one acre dog park is situated on the site of the old Bi-Petro Refinery office just off Route 51.

Currently, the fencing is being installed by A-1 Fencing from Tower Hill. A pavilion structure was built by Trent Wilhour and crew and the concrete pad was finished with donated labor from Castle Concrete of Pana. PBI, Inc. of Pana donated the concrete mix. Yet to be finished is the water line, to be installed by Bob Blades Plumbing. The water line will feed the dog fountain. They will also install bag stations - three of them - for pet owners to pick up after their pet.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mt. Auburn mayor announces resignation after heated meeting
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a Public Hearing at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the Village Hall directly followed by a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Mt. Auburn Mayor Brent Milburn announced to a packed room in the middle of a heated discussion with members of the community and Board that he was resigning, later confirming the information during the closing statements of the meeting. Milburn has already submitted his letter of resignation to the clerk, and informed the Board that they would have to call a special meeting next Tuesday, August 13, to either appoint someone from the board to act as the new mayor or appoint someone else from within the community. The special meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall and is open to the public.

The bulk of the meeting was spent with Mayor Milburn trying to answers concerns raised by the citizens of Mt. Auburn. The spokesperson for the citizens, Mike Whitehead, announced he had questions from all the people present that needed answered. At Milburn’s insistence, Whitehead presented all the questions at once for the mayor to answer one at a time. “What prompted the first letter that was sent out? Why was there a meeting held without the Board, the meeting you had with engineering, the water superintendent and Rick? Why was the letter sent out without the Board’s knowledge? Are you aware that most municipalities have amended this Ordinance? Who were the other bids for hooking up the new services besides Nolan Plumbing? Why is the water superintendent not helping with the new service hook-up? Why are the Minutes five months behind n the website? That’s it for now.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

'Tales from the Vault' Thursday at Lincoln Library
From routine diplomatic matters to delicate negotiations that might change the course of the Civil War, foreign affairs played a major role in Lincoln's presidency.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Educator's activity guide available at the state fair
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will distribute free and interactive educator’s activity guides in the Lieutenant Governor’s Tent at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Aug. 9-18. The exhibit runs daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the duration of the fair.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Safe Passage informational meeting in Pana Thursday
Volunteer drivers for the Pana Safe Passage Program are needed. There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. at the Pana Police Department.

The Safe Passage Program provides help in the form of “safe passage” to a treatment facility to those suffering from addiciton.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Women Of Moose Donate
The Women of the Moose (WOTM) Chapter 1263 donated a check recently to the Problem Solving Court. Presenting the check and pictured left is Senior Regent Mary Turney along with Judge Brad Paisley.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Affordable housing project stirs council debate
A new housing project in Taylorville is proposing the construction of 48 new homes on the city’s west end. The homes are part of an initiative which seeks to build affordable housing for low-income families. In Taylorville, the project seeks to construct 18 two-bedroom homes and 30 three-bedroom homes in the neighborhood behind Ace Hardware. Twelve more similar homes are also to be built in the Pana area.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Taylorville Police Officers Honored
Taylorville Police Officers were recognized for their bravery in the line of duty when they were presented letters of recognition at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council Meeting. Officer Shane Ponzel was recognized for his efforts in response to his efforts to help secure a shooter during a July 16 incident on County Highway 1 and Route 48.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Municipal Band to perform Wednesday night
The Taylorville Municipal Band Big Band will present its concert this week on Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features "elemental" August 19 - September 12
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will host the exhibit "elemental" featuring mixed media paintings by Laura Anderson, LLCC assistant professor of art, Aug. 19-Sept. 12. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Council Honors Sklenka
As a member of the THS Bowling Team, Bryan Sklenka has had a pretty successful tenure. Sklenka was a four-year varsity starter for the team. In his senior year, he averaged 196 over 84 games.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Katie Micenheimer joins U of I Extension staff
Amanda Cole, Unit 18 County Extension Director, is pleased to introduce Katie Micenheimer to the Extension staff. Katie is the new Community Worker, SNAP-Ed working out of the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville, Illinois. Katie will work with local residents identified for SNAP-Ed programming to provide basic nutrition, food safety, physical activity, and food budgeting education for low-income individuals.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning to showcase opportunities for lifelong learners Aug. 14
Lincoln Land Community College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcasing learning opportunities for those ages 50 and older at its summer kickoff on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m. It will be held in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fall Festival History
“Our greatest blessings are FREE — water, air, sunshine and the social intermingling of kindred spirits.”
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blue Mound Fall Festival Schedule
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The 2019 Blue Mound Fall Festival Parade will be led by Grand Marshall "Anne Byard"
Anne has been a Blue Mound resident for most of her life. She was born to Wayne and Hallie Nicholls and raised in Blue Mound with her sister Janet and brothers Leon and Dick. She graduated from Blue Mound High School in 1956. Soon after, she married Danny Byard and lived as a military wife in North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky before settling in Blue Mound in 1972.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, August 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, August 5, 2019

Tornado Open Tees-Off
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Weather sirens set for monthly maintenance
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Chillifest now acception pageant applications
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, is now accepting applicants for its many pageants taking place Saturday, October 5th.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage to property
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

PHS Solar Car team reflects on national champion experience
PANA — The four-person team representing Pana High School at the Solar Car Challenge in Ft. Worth, Tex., two weeks ago, recently spent some time reminiscing about the past year, the hard work, dedication and sleepless nights and a look into the future for the Solar Car team, which may not be as bright as the August sun.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

P.E.O. announces scholarship winner
TAYLORVILLE — Chapter FG of P.E.O. has announced Sierra Beck as the recipient of its 2019 $1,000 scholarship award.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

A great trip for gardeners with the Master Gardeners of Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — You are invited to join the University of Illinois Master Gardeners of Christian County on a new adventure to one of the world’s best gardens—right in your back yard, so to speak.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Nimble Pilot
Friday, August 2, 2019

Two-Car Accident Stalls Route 29 Traffic
Friday, August 2, 2019

Man gets 20 years for meth trafficking
TAYLORVILLE — Jason M. Loveless, 43, of Coffeen, was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver Friday morning in Christian County Court. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided in the case. It is a Class X felony, according to Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera.
Friday, August 2, 2019

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 Amanda Ade-Harlow presided over the following cases on Aug. 2, 2019:
Friday, August 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 2, 2019

TPD leaning on new CAT program
TAYLORVILLE — In an attempt to mitigate the drug presence in Taylorville, police chief Dwayne Wheeler and the Taylorville Police Department have implemented a new Community Action Team (CAT). It’s a task force comprised of non-uniformed officers and unmarked squad cars; the aim is to not only be more discreet, but also more approachable when talking to residents about problem houses in their neighborhoods.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Millikin to host campus visit day Mon., Aug. 5
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will host a campus visit day for prospective high school students on Monday, Aug. 5.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Jim Adcock is named Optimist of the month
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, August 01, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group with the morning invocation.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Morrisonville Churches Team Up For VBS
Friday, August 2, 2019

Bible school at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Another very successful Bible school was held July 24-26 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville.  The theme of the event was "Wave Walkers" and the entire sanctuary and each of the classrooms was decorated in a beach theme complete with surf boards, beach towels, flotation devices, sand, and ocean creatures.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Edinburg Lutheran invites children to Roar VBS
EDINBURG — A summer kids’ event called Roar VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran, Edinburg from August 4th to August 8th. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life gets wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, August 2, 2019

Taylorville Tree Inventory Underway
Members from the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team, which is comprised of members from Trees Forever and the Christian County Master Gardeners, measured and counted trees in the West Second Street neighborhood Thursday morning as a part of new tree inventory project. “This will give us an idea of just how much damage there was from the tornado. It will also tell us how the trees have grown and what their health is since the last study in 2014,” Gwen Podeschi said.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 1, 2019

County budget committee continues hearings
The second night of budget hearings before the Christian County Board’s Audit, Finance and Purchasing Committee on Wednesday was a little more compact than the previous night. And those presenting their budgets had similar presentations - some salary increases and most expenditures remain the same as last fiscal year.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Farewell to Jensens, Welcome Wrights
Wright’s Furniture assumed the ownership of Jensen Home Furnishings in Taylorville July 31, 2019. The Wright family will continue to operate the store much like it always has. Patrice Jensen will stay on with the Wrights, and Tim Collins will continue as manager.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Taylorville High School Class of 1959 Celebrates 60th Reunion
The THS Class of 1959 celebrated their 60th class reunion on Saturday, July 27 at the VFW.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Junior High fall dance is August 16
The Taylorville Junior High School Fall Dance will be held on Friday, August 16. Fifth and sixth grade students will dance from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Free, fun-filled, back-to-school day Sat. at ALPLM
It will be a day of dueling ironclads, Civil War medicine, bridge building and much more when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a morning of free back-to-school activities for children Aug. 3.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Grants available for local nonprofits
The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting proposals for its Community Grants Program. The deadline for this grant cycle is September 3, 2019.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

City Demos 35th Blighted Property
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lindvahls will perform tonight at Muni Band children's concert
TAYLORVILLE — Tonight the Taylorville Municipal Band presents the annual children's concert. The concert will be at Hershey Towers, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Officials vow to improve Taylorville at town hall meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville has some positive momentum right now: Rebuilding efforts following the December 1 Tornado are revitalizing some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by that disaster; there is new economic development on the north end of town; there is a program in place to incentivize business development projects; and the city continues its crusade against blighted properties after tearing down its 35th vacant and dilapidated home on Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

County departments present their budgets
TAYLORVILLE — The first of three nights of budget hearings before the Christian County Board’s Audit, Finance and Purchasing Committee on took place Tuesday night in the Courthouse. Eleven elected officials and department heads presented their spending requests for the 2020 Fiscal Year which starts on Dec. 1.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Pedal Pull Winners At The County Fair Are Announced
TAYLORVILLE — The winners of this year’s Christian County FS Pedal Pull from the Christian County Fair have been announced.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Foundation sponsors participants in health training
TAYLORVILLE —  Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation sponsored another Mental Health First Aid course held on July 25 at TMH.   The TMH Foundation proudly covered the fee for local participants, including five members of the Taylorville Fire Department, who attended the all-day course to learn how to identify and respond to adults showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

View meteor shower at Blue Mound conservation area
View the Perseid Meteor Shower away from ambient city lights, under the dark sky at Griswold Conservation Area on Saturday, August 10 from 10pm-midnight.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Muni band children's concert is Wednesday
On Wednesday, July 31, the Taylorville Municipal Band will hold their 2019 Children’s Concert. The Children’s Concerts originated two decades ago under the direction of Mr. Ron Ninmer, and they continue to be one of the highlights of every summer season.

The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hershey Towers in Taylorville.  Please note that the starting time will be a half-hour earlier than the usual Wednesday evening starting time to accommodate the younger audience.  The music for the concert will be selected for the children, and will feature special music from some of the band’s youngest members.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Safe Passage Festival family event in Kincaid Park August 24-25
The Safe Passage Festival will be held in Kincaid Park August 24-25, 2019 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Edinburg ag teachers attends professional institute
Samantha Siemer, Agriscience educator at Edinburg recently attended a 9-day for APT professional development institute at Elkhart Area Career Center to teach the Agricultural Power and Technology; Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) course in Siemer’s program.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

FFA Helping Hand
Once again the Christian County Fair has come to an end. With that being said the Taylorville FFA Chapter assisted with the tear down and clean up of the fair grounds. Thirty-eight Taylorville FFA members, parents, alumni, and advisors showed up at the Christian County Fairgrounds early Sunday morning to take down livestock gates, clean up bedding, pick up trash, and clean up the petting zoo.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, July 29, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, July 29, 2019

Class Of '79 Pays Tribute To Veterans
“This town, and this class especially, has a deep heritage for service. We want everyone to know what they sacrificed and to appreciate that sacrifice,” said Mark Lancaster, a 20-year veteran and member of the class of 1979. He was describing the motivation behind a poignant tribute to all veterans that was conducted at the class’s 40th reunion Saturday night at the Pillars Event Center.
Monday, July 29, 2019

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Mobile at TMH
The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Mobile will be at Taylorville Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Prairie Wind Ensemble announces auditions for membership
The Prairie Wind Ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College announces auditions for the following sections: Flute, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion positions. The auditions will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Illinois Central College.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Rep. Sue Scherer outreach office in Kincaid
Rep. Sue Scherer’s office is hosting satellite hours for constituents on Tuesday, July 30 from 1:00 to 3:00  p.m., in the South Fork Township Office building located at 124 Central Avenue in Kincaid. Constituents are invited to drop in and discuss issues and insights with Rep. Scherer’s staff.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Christian County Fair chili cook-off results
Chili cooks from Christian County, and all across the country, gathered at the Christian County Fair Saturday for the annual chili cook-off. The event attracted competitors from as far away as Mississippi.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Edinburg First Baptist to host Gospel Sing
The Edinburg First Baptist Church, located at 416 N. Ricks St. in Edinburg, will host an Open Mic Gospel Sing on Friday, August 2nd at 6: p.m.
Monday, July 29, 2019












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