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Council Honors Students
The Taylorville City Council recognized Lynn Rice’s seventh-grade Geography class as the youths of the month Monday night. The class was recognized for their work on a year-long video project that highlights Taylorville and why it’s a great place to live.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Retirement reception for Pana teachers tomorrow
Seven Pana school teachers will be honored with a retirement reception in the Panthers Den of Pana High School from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

NPT special education plan is approved by state
During Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting, School Superintendent Jason Bauer reported the plan for the new Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative gained approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Local police capture suspect after a two-hour manhunt
Monday night, at approximately 6:35 p.m., the Taylorville Police Department responded to an aggravated battery which occurred in the 700 block of East Poplar Street. Police say a victim, whose identity remains undisclosded, was struck multiple times. That victim identified the suspect as Joseph R. Sparling, 31. According to TPD, Sparling was allegedly in possession of a firearm and possibly used the firearm to “pistol whip” the victim. Following the alleged incident, Sparling fled the scene before police arrived.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Local gov'ts seeking $533k in tornado relief
The Christian County Board is acting as the lead agency on the application for an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant that could bring more than $533,000 in tornado recovery funds to the area.

Through the grant, the City of Taylorville is seeking $379,078.41, Christian County is pursuing $113,897.63, and the Taylorville Township is requesting $40,722.51.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TMH Foundation hosts Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation was pleased to support community members who attended the recent Mental Health First Aid training specifically geared toward helping youth with mental illness and substance abuse issues. The training was held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on April 30.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TJHS Builders Club Donates
The TJHS Builders Club presented a generous check to Andra Ebert of Heartland Mini Hoofs. Heartland is a non profit organization. Heartland Mini Hoofs is dedicated to bringing happiness, healing, rehabilitation, and comfort to others through Equine assisted therapy and activities using mini horses.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Women Of The Moose
Pictured are Women Of The Moose Stephanie Goodrich, assistant guide, and Kayla Duey, guide, for the 2019-2020 year.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Red Hat club tours law enforcement training center
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Decatur Monday, May 13 to  tour  the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. They were greeted by Thomas Schneider - a Pana native, Tad Williams, Ed Culp, and Jennifer Peterson. They started in the cafeteria for a brief talk that told us about their facility. This is the only residential law enforcement academy in our area.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Arthritis, joint pain discussed at Hickory Estates
On April 29, Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Carla Tippitt, OTR/L, CHT spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates about her work as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Senior Prank
The 2019 class of seniors pulled their school prank Sunday night when they pitched tents and camped overnight in the front lawn of Taylorville High School.
Monday, May 20, 2019

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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Area artists work will go on display at Shelbyville gallery beginning this Sunday
A new shows is opening at Flourishes in Shelbyville this weekend, and all visual art display areas are changed with new shows now available to the public. The opening reception for these works is Sunday, May 26 from 1-4 p.m. Many of the artists and teachers will be available to talk to those in attendance. Doug Bergeron is the featured artist in the Gallery, Shirley Buescher in the Library, Carol Kessler in the Theme Hall, and Jamie Rutherford joins Doug Bergeron and Carol Kessler in the Upper Lobby. The Beaux Art Ballroom is blessed with even more art by students as well. The works will be on display until August 10 during regular open hours or by appointment.  If questions, please call 217-827-5690.
Monday, May 20, 2019

STEM class at TJHS partners with second graders
Seventh and eighth grade students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) classes at Taylorville Junior High School mentored second grade students as they partnered to make home made anemometers. An anemometer is a devise scientists use to measure wind speed.
Monday, May 20, 2019

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ramsey Lake State Park offers great outdoor fun at a location close to home
For those looking for family friendly outdoors adventures or just a beautiful place to dream away the summer hours, Ramsey Lake State Park has something for everyone. Located a little less than an hour’s drive from Taylorville in Fayette County, the state park is 1,980 acres of pure outdoor fun and beauty waiting for any willing adventurers to explore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Drive-thru fundraiser Friday for honor guard
Memorial Day weekend is all about paying tribute to our veterans, and while Memorial Day is officially on Monday, May 27, the Christian County Honor Guard and Mike Assalley with Shafer-Perfetti and Assalley Funeral Home is hoping to kickstart the weekend of tribute on the preceding Friday.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Miss Pana Heritage Days Crowned
Kailee Stewart, center, was crowned Miss Pana Heritage Days during ceremonies held Friday evening in downtown Pana.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lookin' Good in Neighborhood winner for April
After the devastation of the Dec. 1, 2018, tornado, West Prairie St. in Taylorville looked like a lot of other neighborhood - damaged and desolate following the storm. But in less than six months one of those Phoenixes has risen from the ashes to become the April winner of the Lookin’ Good in the Neighborhood Contest. The home of Joe McAvoy, 909 W. Prairie, is the initial winner.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

South Fork Music Festival
On Tuesday, May 7, the student musicians of South Fork Schools presented their 11th Annual Music Festival. Performing were the Elementary Choir, Junior High Choir, and High School Choir. Students also received certificates and medals for their achievements.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Peter Meyer Chapter DAR Meets
At the May 9 meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR, 28 members were in attendence to hear Millie Meyerholz of Pana portray her Native American great-great grandmother, Rachel Whitelock Lockwood. Lockwood was born in Ohio in 1812. She was one of eleven children from the Chippewa Tribe, which was also called Ojibwa.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Food fight at Pana High School benefits student
When someone thinks of a food fight, many people harken back to the movie, “Animal House,” when John Belushi screams, “food fight,” and all kinds of cafeteria cuisine flies. Tuesday afternoon, on the Brummett football field of the Pana High School campus, that filmed version couldn’t hold a candle to Pana’s version of a food fight.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer concert series at Rock Springs starts June 2
The Macon County Conservation District will again host a free, outdoor summer concert series at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Enjoy lazy summer evenings with live acoustic music in the great outdoors on select Sundays in June, July, and August from 7-8pm.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dickson Mounds offers special kids programming
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Fish” presented by staff from the Illinois River Biological Station. They will show a variety of live fish from the Illinois River. Participants may also enjoy viewing the station's fish population survey boat and learning about some of station’s latest research. In addition, there will be fun crafts for participating children to take home.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Students invited to apply for council
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) invites Illinois public high school students who will be in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the 2019-20 school year to apply to join ISBE’s Student Advisory Council. Members of the council will engage in discussions about how the public education system can better meet students’ needs. The State Board is seeking diverse applicants to provide perspectives on equity and opportunity in Illinois’ public schools.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer STEM Camp in Rochester for area students
Students will have an opportunity for a fun learning experience of exploring, creating, and building this summer at STEM Camp. They will work together on science, technology, engineering, and math challenges.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lake Shelbyville offers fun in the water, on the water and all along the shore
For those who enjoy summer fun on the water, look no farther to the east than Lake Shelbyville. This 11,100 acre reservoir is situated in both Shelby and Moultrie counties and offers a wide range of activities, whether you enjoy being in the water, on the water or along the shore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tornado Recovery Supplies Still Available
Residents affected by the December 1, 2018 Tornado still have access to free building materials and supplies through the City of Taylorville and it’s recovery center located at the old Gagne building at 1617 W. Spresser Street.
Friday, May 17, 2019

New court fees schedule passes board committee
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board met Thursday night and among the items discussed and recommended to the full county board for approval was a new schedule of fees for the county’s court system.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Palmer man enters plea agreement in child battery case
A Palmer man, Darrel Hunter Sanders, 20, entered a negotiated plea of guilty in a 2018 case of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13. Sanders entered the plea in Christian County Court Friday morning before Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Shelbyville man gets 24 years for meth
Nathan T. Mount, 24, of Shelbyville was sentenced to 22 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine between 100 and 400 grams. It is a Class X felony.
Friday, May 17, 2019

2 Vehicles Involved In Owaneco Crash
This panel delivery truck ended up in the drying unit at the Owaneco Elevator shortly before 8:00 a.m. Friday.
Friday, May 17, 2019

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Four Generations
This past Mother’s Day weekend was a celebration of mothers, traditions, and four generations.  The gathering took place in Kansas City and was kicked off on Saturday with great grandma’s annual trip to City Market.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Local Optimists honor law enforcement officials
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the TMH Auditorium.  Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist led the group in the morning  prayer.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Night hike at Friends Creek
Explore Friends Creek Conservation Area after dark during a night hike on Saturday, May 25 from 8-10PM. Discover how your eyes, ears, and nose work at night, as you find your way through the woods on this naturalist-led hike. Wear sturdy shoes. $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on May 24 at Macon CountyConservation .org.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, May 17, 2019

Keep up your courage
During this time of year, we are fully immersed in the “graduation” season. From Kindergarten to High School, from Associate degrees to PHD’s, so many take the proverbial “next step” in their life journey upon completion of a particular area of study. There is usually a mixture of excitement and apprehension as one significant phase of life ends and another begins. So, I want to say first of all, “Congratulations” to the many graduates and their families. This is truly a great accomplishment that deserves a genuine celebration.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Ministerial Assoc. to host Church Family Feud
The Church Family Feud will occur on Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Leopardo contract could save city $1.8M
In October of last year, the city was approached by the  Leopardo company about the possibility of commissioning an energy audit that seeks to bring capital improvements, and subsequently energy savings, to the City of Taylorville.

At Wednesday night’s City of Taylorville Finance Committee meeting, aldermen voted to move forward with the proposal after entertaining a second presentation from Leopardo. During that presentation, Leopardo revealed that their process could save the City of Taylorville $1.8 million over the next 20 years. Their representatives told council members Thursday night that they guarantee their performance. “Today, you’re budgeting and spending for utilities $386,000 (per year). We’re guaranteeing that you won’t spend more than $273,237 (per year), or we have to write you a check if we fail to deliver that,” said Leopardo representative Jeremy Brown.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

South Fork school board seats new member
The South Fork Board of Education held it’s regular session meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Free seminar on stroke awareness at TMH on Tuesday
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will hold a free seminar on stroke awareness at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the TMH Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Info sought on Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

New Women Of The Moose Chairmen
Pictured are some of the chairmen installed for the 2019-2020 year for Women of the Moose,
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Over 300 students attend conservation day at park
Fourth grade students from Christian County enjoyed a day of fun and exploration at the annual Conservation Day held on Wednesday, May 8th. Manners Park in Taylorville, served as the perfect location for students to participate in hands-on activities and experiments. Over 300 local students attended the event. Participating schools included: Edinburg Elementary, Memorial Elementary of Taylorville, Morrisonville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary of Pana, and South Fork Elementary of Kincaid.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Smashing debut for Swinton's daughter in 'Souvenir'
It was only weeks before production was starting on “The Souvenir,” the story goes, and British director Joanna Hogg and her friend, actress Tilda Swinton, still didn’t have a lead actress.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Taylorville Twp. looking for finance watchdog
In April, Taylorville Township trustees were still attempting to wade through IRS penalties stemming from delinquent payroll taxes. That process remains ongoing as it was stated at Monday’s regular meeting that penalties stemming from the fourth quarter of 2017 alone may total $5,539.82.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

She's A Real Paper Doll
It’s said a good story never goes out of style. Rebecca Steiner of Rebecca’s Antiques took the concept and ran with it, literally. Steiner has fashioned a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind dress made entirely from newspaper.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fight hunger campaign coming to Walmart Fri.
Join a cause with the 6th Annual "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign. Foodbank staff will be available to discuss the campaign and thier relationship with retail partners, such as Walmart. They will have a visual representation of hunger.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hospital Auxiliary golf outing Friday
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host the annual FORE! Taylorville Memorial Hospital Golf Outing on Friday, May 17 at Lakeshore Golf Course.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LLCC Taylorville campus to host job fair Tuesday, May 21
Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair on Tuesday, May 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the south building at LLCC-Taylorville, 800 S Spresser Street.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pana man sentenced to 10 years prison for burglary
A 24-year-old Pana man will spend the next 10 years in prison after a sentencing hearing in Christian County Court Tuesday afternoon. Eric J. Merritt received 10 years on a charge of residential burglary.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Walton awarded Zeigler scholarship
The First National Bank of Pana is pleased to award the Dixon Zeigler scholarship to Carter J. Walton of Stonington, IL as presented by Frank J. McChristy, the bank’s controller and assistant trust officer.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Shriners Donate
Jeff Scott, left, president of the Christian County Shriners, presents a check to Dave Dorn, Jr., a member of the Kids to Camp New Hope Committee, which helps send disabled children to specialized summer camp on Lake Mattoon.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ryan Held receives sheriff's association scholarship
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has announced that Ryan Held, of Taylorville, has been awarded one of the Illinois Sheriff's Association Academic Scholarships.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

THS Senior Choir Gives Final Performance
The Taylorville High School senior choir students stood out at their final concert performance on Thursday, May 9.  In addition to an excellent performance, the seniors were honored for their dedicated service to the THS Choral Department, and Elizabeth Coady was awarded the National School Choral Award.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kidzeum to host sensory-friendly resource fair May 21
Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, is set to host a sensory-friendly resource fair during their low sensory time on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TJHS Sixth Grade Choir Entertains Seniors At the Park
Senior citizens were entertained by the Taylorville Junior High School Sixth Grad Choir on Thursday, May 9, in the Taylorville Park District hall.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Davis holds election security roundtable with area co. clerks
Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) hosted a bipartisan election security roundtable Monday to hear from local county clerks from across the 13th District. Davis serves as the top Republican on the Committee on House Administration, which has primary jurisdiction over federal election policy in the U.S. House of Representatives. County Clerks from Bond, Christian, DeWitt, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, McLean, Montgomery, and Sangamon counties participated.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TMH patient accounts department relocating to hospital
Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Patient Accounts department will relocate their offices to the hospital at 201 E. Pleasant St. in Taylorville starting May 20, 2019.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TCUSD approves teacher contract, raises
Beginning this fall, Taylorville teachers will start the school year with a new contract.

The Taylorville School Board voted Monday night to finalize negotiations and accept the contract which features a 14-percent raise over four years.  “I’m proud to announce that we do have a four-year contract. It’s been ratified by the TEA, and the board is the last principle,” Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau said. “It’s a four-year contract with four percent year one, four percent year two, three percent year three, three percent year four.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Former Pana Walmart for sale, $3.6M
At the close of Monday night’s Pana City Council meeting, City Planner Tom Wobbe told members he and Mayor Don Kroski, Alderman Ron Miles and several members of Pana Pride had met earlier in the day with the broker who is in the process of marketing the former Pana Walmart store. The asking price is $3.6 million.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New utility rates coming to Edinburg residents
The Village of Edinburg held their regular session meeting on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Infant's death investigation continues
On Saturday, May 14, 2019 at 10:38 a.m., 911 received a call that a baby was not breathing. 22 day old Asher Wilson of Edinburg was taken to Taylorville Memorial Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead at 11:41 a.m. An autopsy was held in Bloomington.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sheriff Kettelkamp joins others across state in opposing legal marijuana
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is joining fellow law enforcement officials with the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in expressing disappointment that public safety concerns were ignored in the drafting of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (SB 7). As officials responsible for the safety of the community they serve, sheriffs from across Illinois are concerned the bill prioritizes commercialization over the safety of youth, families and those struggling with addiction and mental health challenges.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mayor speaks about progress to University Women
The University Women of Christian County met for the May meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Whit's End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Bruce Barry, Mayor of Taylorville. He spoke about the progress Taylorville has made in the last two years especially since the tornado in December, 2018. The word Mayor Barry would use to describe the Taylorville community is "optimistic.”
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Community Women announce scholarship winners
The Community Women's Association held their May meeting at Whit's End.

During this meeting, the 2019 CWA Memorial Scholarship winners were announced. The winners this year were Colleen Miller Schaefer and Isabella Thomas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dana-Thomas House in Springfield seeks volunteers
The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will host orientation and training sessions on June 1 and June 7 for individuals interested in volunteering at the famed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence in Springfield.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Meals on Wheels to celebrate Older American's Day
May is Older Americans month and the Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. will be celebrating on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with an Hawaiian theme.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Brown Bag lunch at Illinois state museum on homesteading
Homesteading: the Free Land Idea, will be the topic of the Illinois State Museum’s Brown Bag Program, presented by Lorna Shuman, Curator of Education, Illinois State Museum, on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 12:00 noon.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Edinburg Baccalaureate Wednesday
The Edinburg High School Class of 2019 Baccalaureate will be held at the Edinburg High School Gym on Wednesday evening, May 15, at 7 p.m.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Good360 to donate relief items to city
Mayor Bruce Barry announced today that the City of Taylorville and Missions for Taylorville will be receiving a semi-truck full of supplies from an organization called Good360.


The organization, located in Alexandria, Va., helps cities recover from disasters by donating large amounts of supplies. According to their website, “Good360 helps companies resolve the business challenge of responsibly distributing excess goods for maximum impact and in doing so, help their nonprofit partners deliver on their own important missions. Individuals facing challenging life circumstances get the goods they need, generating hope, and products are given a new life, reducing waste and helping build resilient communities for the future.”

Monday, May 13, 2019

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Monday, May 13, 2019

MFT Community Meeting May 21
Missions for Taylorville will hold a community meeting Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m in the high school auditorium.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea at Flourishes in Shelbyville
Artist's Tea at Flourishes May 28 at 3 pm. Reservations needed by Thursday, the 23rd by email, phone or text to 217-827-5690.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Students Participate In 2019 Tech Day
Students and faculty from Pana and Taylorville met with State Senator Andy Manar and State Representative Avery Bourne Tuesday at the Capitol to demonstrate innovative technology-driven projects they developed and to explain how technology is becoming a more important part of their education every day.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Cancer survivors invited to celebrate life
PANA — Pana Community Hospital and Dr. Benjamin Esparaz have planned a special luncheon on Saturday, June 1st to celebrate life. Special invitations were sent out to all people who have been treated at Pana Community Hospital with cancer. Dr. Benjamin Esparaz and Lori Holthaus, PCH Social Services Director, organized the event which begins at 11:00 am and will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Pana-619 Kitchell Street.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at THS
TAYLORVILLE — Five Taylorville High School teachers took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday afternoon during the cookout for high school seniors on their final day of attendance. Contributions from students and faculty total over $900 for the St. Louis Chapter of ALS according to Katie Glenn, high school social worker, who organized the event.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

State Police issue preliminary report on fatal accident
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday afternoon, the Illinois State Police released a preliminary report into a fatal accident between two vehicles which occurred at McAdam Dr. and Illinois Route 48 in which an 18-year-old Farmersville youth was killed.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Coroner handling two death investigations
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Coroner is handling two death investigation that occurred on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

State Board accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ public and nonpublic preK-12 schools. Any person or organization may submit nominations for the awards.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Edinburg Board votes to change grading scale percentages in High School /JHS, eliminates school to work program
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular session meeting on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
If you are searching for an easy and rewarding family dinner, then look no further than a chicken. A whole roasted chicken is a weeknight wonder, yielding a bounty of comforting food with little effort.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Moose Lodge 1516 new officers installed
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Local student has success at AQHA Level 1 Championships
WILMINGTON, OHIO — Layne Lebshier of Mechanicsburg, Ill., placed 7th in Youth Performance Halter Mares, 14th in Rookie Youth Trail, 15th in Level 1 Showmanship 14-18 (in the largest class), top 30 in Level 1 Horsemanship 14-18 and had a good ride in the Rookie Youth Equitation at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships on May 1-5 in Wilmington, Ohio at the World Equestrian Center.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Committee okays Bluestem energy proposal
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville has been in negotiations with Nebraska-based Bluestem  Energy Solutions for several months now. Initially, it was thought that Bluestem might be eying a renewable energy project in Taylorville, perhaps a solar farm to help offset the energy demands of the new water plant.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Firefighters put out fire at ADM in Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Fire officials say a blaze at an Archer Daniels Midland Co. facility in Decatur is out after crews worked for more than six hours to extinguish it.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Blood drive downtown next week
TAYLORVILLE —  Taylorville Community will host a community blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at 108 W. Market St., inside the Bloodmobile.All presenting donors receive a voucher for a free tshirt.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Teenager killed in Rt.48 accident
TAYLORVILLE — A teenager is dead following a two-vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of McAdam Drive and Illinois Route 48 on Thursday evening, which occurred after 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2019

HSHS, Dr. Del Valle show off new clinic
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Rick Del Valle and HSHS celebrated the recent completion of Taylorville’s newest health clinic Thursday night at an open house and blessing ceremony for the facility located at 1304 W. Burnett Dr.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Kincaid Fire Under Investigation
Friday, May 10, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, May 10, 2019

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, May 10, 2019

Optimist Club chooses three finalists for Officer of the Year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then led the group with the morning prayer, followed by the announcement of the three finalists for the “Officer of the Year” award. They are: Jeff Brown, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Hile, Chief of Police for Taylorville, and Dwayne Wheeler, Chief of Police for Kincaid.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Faith Community celebrates mothers with banquet
TAYLORVILLE — Thirty ladies, young ladies and girls gathered on Monday, May 6 for the annual Faith Community Worship Center Mothers Day Banquet. Pastor's wife Amber Thorpe welcomed the group, and explained the theme for the night, "Standing Out.”
Friday, May 10, 2019

Kincaid Church of God hosting Mother's Day events
KINCAID — Mother’s Day is Sunday, and Kincaid Church of God will be celebrating. On Saturday, May 11th at 11 a.m., a Mother’s Day Banquet will be hosted for all ladies and moms of all ages.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Minister's Message: An old cat
TAYLORVILLE — Barb and I have a 16 year old cat named Moltar. Like any living being the process of aging has taken ahold of her. In recent years, her appetite has decreased. We have tried all kinds of wet and dry cat food for her to eat. Yet, she has become picky and does not eat much.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Young At Heart group hears presentation on Muni
TAYLORVILLE — Gil Opferman entertained the Young at Heart of the Taylorville Christian Church with stories and songs from the upcoming musicals at the Springfield Muni Opera on Lake Springfield. Gil is on the board, has directed plays, and enjoys being a part of many of the plays each summer. He will be delightful in “Peter Pan” as a Pirate and in “The Wizard of Oz” as a Winkie Guard. It is amazing to learn that everyone at the Muni is a volunteer and they are always looking for new volunteers.
Friday, May 10, 2019

The God-shaped hole in the 'Avengers' universe
As most occupants of planet Earth know, last year's "Avengers: Infinity War" ended with the genocidal demigod Thanos using six "infinity stones" to erase half of all life in the universe.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Husband and wife take plea deal in cheerleading funds theft
A Taylorville couple charged with stealing youth cheerleading funds entered into a plea agreement in Christian County Court today. Ramon A. Gutierrez and Sasha L. Gutierrez each pled guilty to theft of funds from the Taylorville Youth Cheerleading Organization.

In the negotiated plea accepted by Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush, each will serve two years probation and required to pay the organization $7,943.29 in restitution. Fines and fees total $9,346.29.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Local nurses, on Nurse's Day, talk about the fulfillment of their career choices
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Taylorville Kiwanis Club installs new officers
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Lincoln Land hosting health care expo May 23
Lincoln Land Community College's many health care career programs will be showcased at the Health Care Expo Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. Prospective students are invited to learn about the wide variety of LLCC's health care degree, certificate and short-term program opportunities.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Four Taylorville High School journalists qualify for state
The Taylorville High School Journalism Department already has a storied history, but the group never seems content to rest on its laurels, and the future continues to look bright for the flourishing program.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Taylorville carriers join effort to Stamp Out Hunger
With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

County committee passes liquor license
The Executive and Personnel Committee of the Christina County Board was in session Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville. The committee approved a draft addition to the county’s liquor ordinance as well as heard a pair of grievances filed by AFSCME Local 31 county employees union.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Local and area libraries are awarded state grants
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY19 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $15.4 million to 631 public libraries serving nearly 12 million patrons.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Students learn about pollinators at research facility
The Stonington Research and Production sites collaborated to host a total of 605 pre-school thru 4th grade students at the Research facility in Stonington as well as in the classrooms.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ray Likes retires as Stonington village trustee
A Public Hearing was held at 6:45 p.m. Monday evening, May 6, 2019. The Village of Stonington applied to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a grant from the state for a disaster response program. The funds are to be used for reimbursement for labor and expenses of debris removal and clearing of streets following the December 1, 2018 tornado. The total amount to be requested is $49,695.39. The amount of funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit low income persons is approximately $18,471.78 based upon census data. A motion was made to approved the grant request and resolution 19-451 was approved.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New Mt. Auburn village trustees are sworn in
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular session meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Three trustees of the Village retired from their seats at the meeting. Trustees Glenn Goodrich, Dixie Vincent, and Mike Kratchum all stepped down. Rick Clayton, Amber Dooley, and Bridget Willard replaced the leaving members, with Willard being appointed by the mayor to fill out the Board. Sandra Gooder was also re-elected to her seat.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

South Fork High School Prom
South Fork High School is pleased to announce the crowning of their 2019 Prom King and Queen Markus Dulakis and Madisyn Snow.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lake Land College graduation May 10
Lake Land College will honor graduates at the annual Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 10. The ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Field House.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rep. Davis Greets Veterans
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) greeted veterans from the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

City to examine 20-year parking snafu
Since 1998, we’ve all been doing it wrong, parking that is.  According to a little-known, 20-year-old clause in a Taylorville ordinance, parking on just about any Taylorville side street is prohibited.

“It’s unlawful to park any vehicle in any place where the standing of that vehicle will reduce the usable width of the roadway for moving traffic to less than 18 feet,” City Attorney Rocci Romano said at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting as he read the ordinance. “That affects a lot of streets in town. You’ve either got to change your ordinance or enforce it.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

New Council Members Seated
Retired Judge Ron Spears swore in new Taylorville aldermen Monday night.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Representative Davis holding traveling help desks in May
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has announced that his staff will be holding a series of Traveling Help Desks in May. Traveling Help Desks are held while Congress is in session to ensure constituents in every corner of the district have an opportunity to connect with staff if they need help with a federal agency or have questions about legislation. These are in addition to Open Office Hours where Davis meets with constituents one-on-one or in small groups.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Retiring Aldermen Honored For Service
At a brief ceremony Monday night, Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council recognized outgoing aldermen Earl Walters (left) and Martin Vota (right) for their service to the city.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Palomino Club chili cookoff set for May 18-19
The Palomino Club will hold their annual two day chili cook-off Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

When grandparents are called upon to raise grandchildren
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.7 million grandparents across the country are stepping into parental roles for their grandkids. Some assist their adult children while others have become the primary caregivers. Factors like military deployment, illness, incarceration, and substance abuse are forcing grandparents to take on responsibilities they may have thought were over. PBS reports that, between 2009 and 2016, the number of grandparents raising grandchildren in the United States rose by 7 percent.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Free seminar on osteoarthritis and supplements May 29
Memorial Medical Center will hold a free seminar on managing arthritis pain with over-the-counter medications at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Area veterans prepare for Honor Flight to Washington
Five area veterans — Bill Meyers of Taylorville, Rocky Moore of Taylorville, Mike Moss of Pana, Mark Elrod of Pana, and Harold Baldock of Owaneco — will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Learn about and look for mushrooms at Rock Springs Saturday
Discover the fascinating world of fungus with Dr. Andrew Miller at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Dr. Miller is a mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Pana spring clean up is this Friday & Saturday
Pana Pride is sponsoring their annual Spring Clean Up days on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. This event is a chance for homeowners in Pana to get cleaned up for spring and make Pana a more inviting place, especially for visitors who will be coming to Pana for a variety of events.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, May 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, May 6, 2019

THS Prom Court
Pictured are members of the 2019 THS Prom Court.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Opening Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sensory-friendly film even May 11
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for May will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

CC Democratic Women to meet
Saturday, May 4, 2019

County Animal Control experiences highs and lows
TAYLORVILLE —He’s been at the post of Animal Control Director for about a year in Christian County, and Vince Harris is able to weave some stories about his experiences. He says life in the animal shelter is filled with emotional highs and lows.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

This local veterinarian tends to pets of all varieties
TAYLORVILLE — When people think of pets, a few animals come to mind. Most animal lovers picture furry cats or dogs, maybe some brightly colored fish, or the occasional round little guinea pig. For Dr. Stacey Funderburk at the Countryside Veterinary Service in Taylorville, though, pets come in all shapes and sizes. Big or small, exotic or common, she looks after the well-being and happiness of pets of all kinds.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tornado claims the life of mare, Dark Forecast
TAYLORVILLE — May 10th would have been beloved mare Dark Forecast’s 28th birthday. Sadly, the mostly black horse did not survive the December 1 Tornado that ripped through the town. Dark Forecast was badly wounded during the storm, suffering a severe cut that required owner Sam Merriman to put her down.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Some say they're ugly
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wilber raises eclectic mix of pets on Taylorville farm
TAYLORVILLE — Move over Old MacDonald, your fictional cows, pigs, and ducks don’t hold a candle to the very real camels, buffalo, and emus that can be seen at Roy Wilber’s farm just west of Taylorville.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tony the Pony performs at the Kentucky Derby
TAYLORVILLE — Local horsewoman, Patty Rykhus, drove her black classic Shetland Pony "Tony The Pony" in the Pegasus Parade in downtown Louisville, Kentucky as part of the week long celebration leading up to the 2019 Kentucky Derby. The 2019 Pegasus Parade was held on Thursday, May 2.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

One of these lucky animals will be named Christian County's Pet of the Year
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wayne Prose nominated for officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Lt. Wayne Prose becomes the first Department of Corrections officer to be nominated for the honor of becoming the “Officer of the Year.” Wayne graduated from THS in 1992. That same year he signed up for a three year stint in the US Army, followed by another 2 1/2 years in the National Guard.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Vietnam vet parachute memorial canceled
TAYLORVILLE — The ceiling never lifted enough Friday afternoon to allow a parachute jump to commemorate the life of a Maroa native who died 50 years ago in Vietnam. The activities were supposed to take place at the Mid-American Parachute Club at Taylorville Municipal Airport.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Quilters' Guild Donates To Hospital Founders
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Public Schools Foundation Donates To Music Dept.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Horace Mann Donates To Missions For Taylorville
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Students And Staff Support Relay For Life
Saturday, May 4, 2019

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Saturday, May 4, 2019

TASTE FOOD
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Six nominated for Optimist's Officer of the Year
TAYLORVILLE — Six people are vying for the honor of “Officer of the Year”. Three finalists will be named Thursday, May 9, 2019, and the “Officer of the Year” will be announced at the Optimist’s “Salute to Law Enforcement” breakfast on Thursday, May 23. Director of the ISP, Brenden Kelley will be the guest speaker for this event.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

ISP Acting Director guest speaker at Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast
TAYLORVILLE — Illinois State Police Acting Director, Brendan Kelly, will be the featured guest speaker at the “Salute to Law Enforcement” breakfast set for May 23.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Taylorville Optimist Club to recognize May as Respect for Law Month
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jeff Brown nominated for officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Jeff Brown, of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, has been nominated for the opportunity to become the 2019 Officer of the Year at the Taylorville Optimist Club’s 4th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylorville FFA wins state FFA livestock judging event
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past three years, five Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and especially the State FFA Contest.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Stonington man faces 15 child porn charges
TAYLORVILLE — A Stonington man, who was on parole for child pornography charges, now faces 15 more counts of possession of child pornography in a case presented in Christian County Court this morning. Associate Judge Christopher Matoush read each count filed against Bradley E. Martin, 30, by Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera.
Friday, May 3, 2019

COURTHOUSE
Friday, May 3, 2019

Pana PD seeks man on escape charges
PANA — The Pana police department has charged a Herrick man with escape following an incident which happened about 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday May 1.
Friday, May 3, 2019

POLICE/FIRE
Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School Students Of The Month
Friday, May 3, 2019

Square dance event at historical society
TAYLORVILLE — If you ever square danced or think you would like to, this is a great opportunity to come and enjoy the fun. If you don’t want to dance, you may sit and listen on the beautiful, peaceful grounds of the Christian County Historical Museum. Or, take the time to come watch a bunch of energetic youthful people have a lot of fun. It promises to be an exciting evening for everyone and hopefully the beginning of many more.
Friday, May 3, 2019

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Friday, May 3, 2019

Pana Pride details plans for this year's beautification
PANA — This marks the third year for Pana Pride’s Beautification Committee’s Yard of the Month program. The focus streets for 2019 are as follows: May – Kitchell Street; June – Fourth Street; July – People’s Choice (more information later); August – local churches; September – the area bordered by Jackson, Hickory, Lake, and Park Streets; and October – Orange Street.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Morrisonville to celebrate Older Americans Day
Friday, May 3, 2019

Illinois Army Nat'l Guard swears in Catholic chaplain
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Army National Guard officially has a Catholic chaplain to serve the men and women who serve our country. Father Mark Tracy of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was officially sworn in as a commissioned officer during a swearing in ceremony April 29 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Evangelical Free Church welcomes new co-pastor
TAYLORVILLE — The Evangelical Free Church of Taylorville welcomed their new co-pastor, Jonathan Sorensen, and his wife, Trisha, on April 28, 2019. An installation ceremony was held during the worship service, and a reception followed.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister's Message: Climate change?
TAYLORVILLE — We hear much about climate change these days. The subject brings sharp division in our culture. Causes cited are many, but most who side with climate change agree that it is man-made. Fear is released by several declaring we only have a short time to correct it or the world will be destroyed.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Pana PD seeks man on escape charges
PANA — The Pana police department has charged a Herrick man with escape following an incident which happened about 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday May 1.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Jeff Brown nominated for officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Jeff Brown, of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, has been nominated for the opportunity to become the 2019 Officer of the Year at the Taylorville Optimist Club’s 4th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement. Jeff is a graduate of THS in 1981. He earned an Associates degree in Law Enforcement Administration in 1983. He attended the Lincoln Land Police Training Center in 1993 and joined the Sheriff’s Department in that same year.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Stonington man faces 15 child porn charges
TAYLORVILLE — A Stonington man, who was on parole for child pornography charges, now faces 15 more counts of possession of child pornography in a case presented in Christian County Court this morning. Associate Judge Christopher Matoush read each count filed against Bradley E. Martin, 30, by Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylorville FFA wins state FFA livestock judging event
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past three years, five Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and especially the State FFA Contest.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Evangelical Free Church welcomes new co-pastor
Friday, May 3, 2019

Square dance event at historical society
Friday, May 3, 2019

Pana Pride details plans for this year's beautification
PANA — This marks the third year for Pana Pride’s Beautification Committee’s Yard of the Month program. The focus streets for 2019 are as follows:
Friday, May 3, 2019

Morrisonville to celebrate Older Americans Day
Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylorville Chief of Police Hile to retire
Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile confirmed Thursday that he will be retiring from his position effective July 1, 2019.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

National Day Of Prayer Observed
Several dozen Taylorville residents gathered at Taylorville Christian Church Thursday morning  to celebrate National Day of Prayer with food, fellowship, and, of course, prayer. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Summer lunch program will be offered again this year
For an eighth consecutive year, Taylorville First United Methodist Church will be offering free meals for children in the area this summer. Children up to and including age 18 are invited to eat. No reservations are needed and there are no income restrictions. Simply show up and eat. Persons over the age of 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled are also eligible to eat.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kincaid police chief nominated as officer of the year
Kincaid PD Chief of Police, Dwayne Wheeler, has been nominated for consideration as the “Officer of the Year.”
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Weather permitting, Vietnam vet parachute memorial is tomorrow
If the weather will cooperate Friday afternoon, members of the Mid-American Parachute Club at Taylorville Municipal Airport, will honor the memory of a 19-year-old Maroa native to mark the 50th anniversary of his death in Vietnam. Army Cpl. James C. Hensley, member of the 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division, was doing a demonstration night jump when he died on Sept. 22, 1969.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 2, 2019

North Students Enjoy Puppet Show
Mad Cap Puppets performed for North School students this week. The Taylorville P.T.A. sponsored the event for all K, 1, and 2 classrooms. The performance was The Wizard of Oz.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Taylorville students place in Shelbyville Art Show
Several students from Memorial School participated in the Shelbyville Art Show April 12-13, 2019. The students were selected from the Taylorville Elementary and Jr. High Art show in February.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

TPD Chief Brian Hile nominated for officer of year
Chief Brian Hile, TPD, has been nominated for consideration as the “Officer of the Year” at the Fourth Annual Salute to Law Enforcement. This Optimist hosted event has become very popular among the law enforcement community and public alike.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gov. Pritzker proclaims May Motorcycle Awareness Month
Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois, joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and motorcycle safety advocates to remind all users of the road to Start Seeing Motorcycles. Although motorcycles represent 3 percent of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for 12 percent of traffic fatalities – 119 in 2018 alone.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CCEMA named IL emergency management agency of the year
The Christian County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) was recently named the emergency management agency of the year by the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Local man's death apparent suicide
On April 30, 2019 received a call at approximately 3:46 p.m. about a possible suicide on the 400 block of South First Street, Jeiseyville, Ill.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

South Fork Choir Wins Division I Superior Rating
The South Fork High School Choir earned a Division I Superior Rating at the IHSA Organizational Contest held at Taylorville High School on April 12. The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Angela Chase and was accompanied by Mrs. Judy Tavernor. The group performed "Gloria" by Franz Joseph Haydn, "Thistle and Rose" by Phyllis Wolfe-Wright, and "Cantar" by J. Althouse.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CC Treasurer guest speaker at Kiwanis meeting
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Christian County Treasurer, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

TMH partners with YMCA for diabetes prevention program
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to partner with the Christian County YMCA to provide a new Diabetes Prevention Program.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Memorial lifts its visitor flu restrictions
With flu cases in Illinois declining, Memorial Health System’s four hospitals have lifted their visitor restrictions.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New member takes seat on Pana School Board
Following the certification of the Apr. 2, 2019 Consolidated Election results, James Moon of Pana took his seat as the newest member of the Pana School Board Monday night. Also winning re-election to four-year terms and taking their seats were incumbents Doug Kirkbride, Anne Dorn and Craig Deere. Mark Beyers took a seat to fill a two-year unexpired term. He was appointed to his seat when Aaron Schafer resigned from the board.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Benefits of setting advanced healthcare directives
Healthy adults may give little thought to injuries or illnesses. When the going is good, it is easy to forget about the less pleasant side effects of aging. However, putting off these conversations and decisions can lead to unnecessary obstacles in the years to come.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Power of attorney helps protect you and your family
Life is full of the unexpected. But just because the future is unpredictable does not mean adults cannot prepare for what lies ahead. Estate planning is important, and establishing power of attorney can be essential for men and women looking to protect their financial resources and other assets.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What you should know before creating your will
Drafting a last will and testament is an essential component of estate planning. Despite the importance of having a will, a recent survey from AARP found that two out of five Americans over the age of 45 do not have one.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Incorporating charitable giving into an estate plan
Charitable giving comes in many forms. Some people donate annually to their favorite charities, while others may volunteer their time or professional services.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Animal Protective League adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during May 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.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

KC Winners
Pictured are the 10-11 year old bike winners from the KC Hall and the Easter egg hunt at Manners Park.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seniors Learn About Fiber
The monthly meeting of the Christian County Triad was held Thursday, April 25 in the lower level conference room of the Taylorville Municipal Building. A presentation was given by Jeff Durbin and Brad Williams from Computer Techniques, Inc.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Restoration day at Lincoln Trail Homestead Park
The Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will hold a restoration day on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. They will continue removing bush, honeysuckle and garlic mustard.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Academy of Lifelong Learning presents speaker series
The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum invite the public to the upcoming speaker series “Standing on Her Shoulders” being held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Events will be held Sundays, May 5, July 21 and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rosenthal chosen chairman, LLCC Board of Trustees
The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed three newly elected members, chose new board officers and honored retiring trustees at their most recent meeting.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Local woman among art show winners
The 2019 Lincoln Land Community College Juried Student Art Show winners were announced at a reception on April 25. Sixty-three art students submitted a total of 148 entries for consideration, representing 14 of LLCC’s studio classes.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, April 29, 2019

THS National Honor Society Inductees
Monday, April 29, 2019

Missions for Taylorville insurance meeting tomorrow
 Missions for Taylorville (MFT) will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Davis Memorial Christian Church regarding insurance claims. The meeting is open to the public and free.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Beams go up on Phase II of Pana hospital project
Work is in full swing on Phase II of the Pana Community Hospital Building Project as steel beams rise above the landscape of the front of the hospital. The steel structure of the front addition and flooring will take approximately 2 weeks to complete followed by walls that will close in the new addition.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, April 29, 2019

Pana Prom
Pana High School held its Junior-Senior Prom on Saturday night in the PHS gym and Sarah Lin and Sam Nollman, seated, were crowned as queen and king.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Morrisonville Prom Court
Morrisonville Prom will be held May 4, 2019 with Paradise as the theme
Monday, April 29, 2019

Alan Jackson to retire as Lake Superintendent at the end of the month
Gas prices were $1.35 a gallon in 1981 when Alan Jackson first started working for the city at Lake Taylorville for then superintendent, Lindy Noren. He would work there for just three years, leaving in 1984 to pursue other ventures.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Pana man has duties at this year's Kentucky Derby
Continuing his long and varied career in the horse racing business, Tim Schmitz, 72, of Pana, will be supervising areas at Chruchill Downs for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4. Twenty horses in the $3 million field are scheduled to break from the post at 4:50 p.m. Central Time that afternoon.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Red Cross urges blood donations to help trauma patients
There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give blood during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Taylorville is 'Bridge the Gap' project for 2019
This weekend, a group of volunteers have been working on home renovations of those who were devastated by the Dec. 1, 2018, tornado. The effort is thanks to the help given the community by the Nokomis group, “Bridge the Gap, 2019” which this year picked the Taylorville area to donate their time, materials and talents. It is sponsored by the Nokomis Ministerial Alliance.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

First tree planted by Tree Recovery Team
The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team planted their first tree from Trees Forever on Saturday, April 27. According to Kellie Hamell, chairman of the Tree Board and a member of the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team, the goal of their organization is very simple. “The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team was formed after the December tornado to help replace some of the trees that had been lost. For 31 years, Taylorville has been known as a Tree City, and we want to keep it that way.”
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Hancock settling in as THS mental health counselor
Sometimes it’s a bad breakup, or an overwhelming school workload; sometimes it’s bullying. Maybe it’s simply the transition from junior high to high school, and sometimes it’s a larger issue that has developed at home. For many students, high school can be a mentally taxing experience, especially as students begin to transition from children to young adults.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, April 27, 2019

South Fork Prom Court
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Pana Easter Egg Hunt Winners
Hickory Estates of Pana held an Easter egg hunt on April 13 with approximately 15 children attended ages ranging 0-8.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Farm Supply donates to Trees Forever
Christian County Farm Supply General Manager Mark Bauman presented a check to Taylorville Tree Recovery Team Members and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry on Saturday, April 27.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Manner's Park Easter Egg Hunt Winners
Winners of a new Amazon Tablet from the American Legion as part of the Manners Park Easter Egg Hunt.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wingshooting clinic rescheduled at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is sponsoring wingshooting clinic sessions for hunters on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 at Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area. This clinic has been rescheduled to the May dates because the Sunday of the originally scheduled mid-April clinic had to be cancelled due to the weather.  
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Taylorville High School FFA guests at Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation. The club continues its busy schedule of activities which included the recent Youth Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday evening. Five THS seniors were recognized for their commitment to their school and their community. The five honorees for 2019 were Jack and Nick Livingston, Brandon Odam, Cara Rivecco, and McKienna Anderson.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

National prescription drug take back day is Saturday
To prevent misuse of prescription medications, one important action individuals can take is to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications to limit the possibility of illegal use. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Alan Mills nominated for officer of year
Officer Alan Mills of the Taylorville Police Department has been nominated as the 2019 Officer of the Year. Officer Mills is a native of Taylorville. He graduated from THS in 1993, and from LLCC in 1996.He joined the Taylorville PD after serving an internship with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department and graduating from the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Kidzeum blooms and butterflies exhibit opens Sat.
In preparation for their new exhibit: Bees, Butterflies & Blooms, opening on Saturday, April 27, Kidzeum of Health & Science will be installing pieces of the exhibit on the third floor of the museum.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, April 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, April 26, 2019

Information sought in Hewittville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Hewittville.
Friday, April 26, 2019

PEO accepting scholarship applications
Chapter FG of P.E.O. has announced that applications are being accepted for a $1,000.00 scholarship.  The cash grant is available to women residents of the Taylorville School district who (a) are enrolled at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri which is the independent liberal arts and sciences college for women owned and supported by the PEO Sisterhood or (b) have completed two years of college credit and are continuing their education for an undergraduate or advanced degree at any accredited college or university.  Educational and career goals, college grades, and financial need will be considered when determining the recipient.
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